We are ahead of our expectations at this stage of the Road To Vegas qualifiers, so GGPoker believes that we’ll send more than 500 players to the WSOP 2023 Main Event come the start of July. The Road to Vegas 2023 satellite campaign on GGPoker is in full flow. A thousand players have already taken their shot at playing poker’s most prestigious event and what is considered a dream event for many — the $10,000 World Series of Poker 2023 Main Event.
With less than two months since the campaign started, the operator has already qualified close to 300 players on its dot-com platform. At this pace, the operator is well on course to awarding more than 500 packages to the pinnacle event.
“We are ahead of our expectations at this stage of the Road To Vegas qualifiers, so GGPoker believes that we’ll send more than 500 players to the WSOP 2023 Main Event come the start of July,” a GGPoker spokesperson told pokerfuse.
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This year, the officials of the WSOP are doing everything they can to make WSOP 2023 Main Event the biggest ever. To achieve that, GGPoker — the exclusive international partner of WSOP — has pledged to send at least 500 players via its online poker platform and another 100 players through its unique sweepstakes online poker platform, ClubGG.
Qualifiers and direct satellites run daily around the clock, with buy-ins starting as low as $1. Direct satellites also run multiple times daily, with buy-ins starting from $250. These direct satellites also have sub-satellites with buy-ins of $15 and more.
Every week, dozens of packages are being handed over to players. Each package is valued at $12,000 and includes a seat to the WSOP 2023 Main Event worth $10,000, a seven-night stay at the Horseshoe Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, $1000 in travel expenses credited to each player’s GGPoker account, extra perks such as merchandise, and access to the GGPoker Platinum Lounge.
Many of these satellites are falling short of their guarantees, meaning the operator has to pay the difference from its own pocket.
“With this year’s Road To Vegas, we’re going to see more GGPoker players than ever make their way to the world’s biggest live poker tournament,” Paul Burke, Head of Public Relations at GGPoker, told Poker Industry PRO in February. “We can’t wait to see some of them make their mark in Las Vegas this summer and become WSOP legends.”
This is the third year in a row GGPoker is running this campaign, sending hundreds of players to Sin City. In 2021, over 150 players qualified through the GGPoker platform, and 129 players a year later.
But this year, there is an added twist. If the package winner goes on to win the Main Event, they will receive a $1 million bonus on top of the first-place prize.
Over 350 Players Have Won Across Multiple GGPoker Platforms
In the dot-com platform, 289 players have won the package worth $12,000 and have booked their seats to the $10K WSOP 2023 Main Event thus far. A further 23 players won on the operator’s Ontario segregated room and an additional 40 players via the operator’s ClubGG platform, totaling more than 350 players.
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Not just GGPoker, but WSOP itself has been running daily satellites across its three networks in the US market. These direct satellites start at $215, each guaranteeing one seat at the Main Event.
While the official numbers are unknown, pokerfuse estimates over 50 players have already won their way to Las Vegas on WSOP NJ, WSOP NV, WSOP PA, and WSOP MI platforms. The operator will ramp up its efforts next month through its upcoming online satellite campaign Seat Sprint in which 112 seats will be given away from late June.
European online poker giant Winamax is also authorized to run online satellites exclusively for French and Spanish players. It is also expected to send dozens of players to Las Vegas to play poker’s most important tournament.
The 54th annual World Series of Poker kicks off on May 30 and runs until July 18. The Main Event commences on July 3.