The July 2021 launch of WSOP.com as a regulated online poker option in Pennsylvania was much anticipated by PA players, in part because it seemed to offer hope that interstate play wasn’t far off. Thirteen months later, there’s been little to no progress on that front. Pennsylvanians can still only share the virtual tables with fellow Pennsylvanians.
But at least they’ll have the opportunity to win some real World Series of Poker hardware in the weeks ahead.
The 2022 WSOP Online just got underway Sunday with a tournament available to non-U.S.-based players hosted by GGPoker, and the U.S. events start Sept. 10. For players pooled across New Jersey and Nevada, there are 33 tourneys between Sept. 10 and Oct. 18, with buy-ins as high as $10,000. For those in Pennsylvania, the schedule is decidedly more limited. WSOP.com announced six bracelet events — one each Sunday from Sept. 11 to Oct. 16 — with buy-ins from $365 to $1,000.
Six chances to win gold
WSOP Online is still playing catchup in Pennsylvania with market leader PokerStars. In the most recent figures published by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, PokerStars (tethered to Mount Airy Casino Resort) produced June revenue of $1.62 million, while WSOP (tethered to Harrah’s Philadelphia) finished second in the state with $692,000. (The BetMGM Poker and Borgata Poker sites, two separate skins serving one player pool, combined for $279,000.)
With WSOP still growing its player base, the limited menu of offerings on the schedule is no surprise:
|Sept. 11||No-Limit Hold'Em Monster Stack||$500|
|Sept. 18||No-Limit Hold'Em||$365|
|Sept. 25||No-Limit Hold'Em Ultra Deepstack PKO||$400|
|Oct. 2||No-Limit Hold'Em Lucky 7s||$777|
|Oct. 9||No-Limit Hold'Em BIG 500||$500|
|Oct. 16||No-Limit Hold'Em Championship||$1,000|
Fans of games other than no-limit hold’em are out of luck for this series. WSOP.com is running daily satellites for those players hoping to compete for the bracelets without ponying up the full buy-in amounts.
Each event awards a gold bracelet to the winner, and winners also receive a seat in the 2023 WSOP Tournament of Champions as part of next summer’s in-person World Series in Las Vegas.
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