The World Series of Poker unveiled the full schedule for its 54th annual return late last week, and it will be by far the most extensive program, featuring the most bracelet events in the history of WSOP.
Across seven weeks of the summer extravaganza, the WSOP 2023 will feature 95 live bracelet events, with the schedule hitting the usual high notes — a big opening weekend event followed by the return of WSOP signature events and the $10K Main Event to wrap up the series.
The online component of the series, which has proven to be immensely popular over the years, will also make a return for US online poker players.
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In 2022, the online bracelet events that ran alongside the live series paid out over $14 million spread across 29 events. Banking on last year’s success, this year, WSOP will host 34 online bracelet events — the most ever to be scheduled since the officials began spreading them in 2015.
Out of 34 online bracelet events, 20 will be held for WSOP NJ & WSOP NV players, while seven events each will take place on the segregated WSOP MI & WSOP PA platforms.
The NJ/NV online bracelet events represent an increase of seven events over 2022 — the most significant expansion, while the MI & PA series will see a cut from eight to seven.
Buy-ins start at $300 for the MI and PA series and $333 for the NJ/NV sharing the same player pool, with online events kicking off on June 1. The online events include the usual suspects — a $1000 NLHE Online Championship, Lucky 7’s, NLHE Ultra Deepstack, and Summer Saver. Notable new events are a PLO Championship, a 6-max Championship, a couple of Turbo events, and a $2000 buy-in Freezeout.
Return of Hybrid Online-Live Event
However, the most curious inclusion is the return of the hybrid online-live event — finally making its way after a gap of seven years.
A hybrid online-live bracelet event plays out just like a typical online event, except that the final table is played in person at a live venue. This allows the event to be more accessible to players and retain the glory of the live spectacle.
When WSOP started spreading online bracelet events in 2015, they were played in this exact format, with most of the tournament being played online only to end with a live final table.
However, starting in 2017, this was switched to online-only events. 2020 was the anomaly year when the WSOP Main Event had a similar hybrid structure after the event was postponed due to COVID-19.
The return of the hybrid online-live format was something that Poker Industry PRO had predicted for the WSOP 2022 series. While no such event was planned for that year, the hybrid format has become a reality for the 2023 series.
Event #13: $5300 NL Hold 'em HR Championship, taking place on Monday, July 3, will be played out in this format, with most of the event taking place online. For the final table, the remaining eight players will compete for the gold bracelet on the Las Vegas Strip. The event will be only available to NJ/NV players, while no such event is planned for Michigan or Pennsylvania players.
The live bracelet events will be played in person on the Las Vegas Strip for the second year at the Paris Las Vegas and the Horseshoe Las Vegas (formerly Bally’s) from May 30 to July 18. Online bracelet events will kick off starting June 1 for NJ/NV players and June 4 for MI/PA players.
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