When WSOP announced the return of the WSOP online 2023 bracelet series for US players last month, the operator had unveiled the schedule solely for New Jersey and Nevada players sharing the same player pool, leaving Michigan and Pennsylvania players in the dark.
Now, there’s a mix of good news and bad news for residents of these two states.
The good news is that WSOP MI and WSOP PA players will also have an opportunity to compete for an online bracelet this fall. However, the bad news is that there will be just a single online bracelet event.
On October 15, WSOP.com will host the solitary online bracelet event for players in the Great Lakes State and the Keystone State. This event, known as the “$150,000 Mystery Bounty Championship,” breaks from WSOP tradition by offering a guaranteed prize pool of $150,000, with a buy-in of $1,000.
- Up to $100 in free play with first deposit
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- Compete for WSOP bracelets & rings
As the name suggests, the event will feature the popular Mystery Bounty format, where players compete for randomized bounties, with the highest bounty set at $21,000.
Players will kick off the tournament with a starting stack of 30,000 chips, and blind levels will increase every 15 minutes. The Mystery Bounty feature will come into play once level 18 begins, and each player will be allowed up to three re-entries during the first 270 minutes.
This event will be open to both the Michigan and Pennsylvania online poker markets, where WSOP operates segregated player pools.
No other online bracelet events will be offered, pokerfuse can confirm.
The decision to host just one online bracelet event for Michigan and Pennsylvania players may be disappointing, especially when compared to the shared network spanning New Jersey and Nevada, which offers 33 gold bracelets. In fact, even in Canada, where WSOP Ontario operates in partnership with GGPoker, there are a total of eight online bracelets scheduled.
Michigan and Pennsylvania, despite having player pools limited to a single state, are no strangers to online bracelets. In the recent WSOP summer series, the two states hosted seven online bracelets. Last year, when WSOP announced the second leg of the online bracelet series, the MI and PA legs featured six online bracelets.
Nonetheless, something is better than nothing.
Mystery Bounty Series to Return
To help players prepare for the star event, WSOP will host a Mystery Bounty series exclusively for players in Michigan and Pennsylvania. The series runs from September 24 through October 1, featuring at least two tournaments each day.
There are 17 tournaments in the series, all structured in the Mystery Bounty format, with buy-ins ranging from $30 to $1000. The combined guarantees for both series exceed $200,000.
The highlight of the series is the Main Event on October 1, offering $40,000 in guarantees for a $215 buy-in. This event is accompanied by a $ 1,000 High Roller on the same day, guaranteeing $30,000, making it the second-largest guaranteed prize pool of the series.
Eight tournaments on the schedule have buy-ins below $100, each with a guaranteed prize pool starting at least $3000.