WSOP Online Circuit Series putting players in the Tournament of Champions

WSOP.com is giving American players more chances to win circuit rings and access to what promises to be one of the toughest events of the year, the inaugural World Series of Poker Tournament of Champions.

You can win a WSOP Circuit ring like this on WSOP.com this month and earn the chance to play for a WSOP bracelet at the Tournament of Champions in Las Vegas. (Picture: WSOP)

Players from Nevada, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Michigan have nine more chances to earn a WSOP Tour ring and boost their bankroll before the WSOP begins in Las Vegas on May 31. A circuit tournament will take place daily in these markets until May 24th. Satellites for events start from $2 and also run daily.

The WSOPC ring not only looks good while checking-raising the locals in your home casino, it’s also worth entry into the three-day Tournament of Champions – a $1 million freeroll that starts on the 18th. July – two days after the Main Event ends. As the name suggests, the Tournament of Champions will consist of the winners of the live and online Circuit events, as well as the 88 bracelet events.

Value to find

There has been a recent string of WSOP.com tournaments in Pennsylvania and Michigan that have missed their prize pool guarantees, sometimes significantly. In Pennsylvania, the $320 Circuit event missed its $15,800 guarantee on Saturday. In Michigan, the same $320 event missed its $50,000 guarantee by $14,300, and on Sunday night the $525 event missed the $50,000 guarantee by $5,000.

This is a continuation of a trend that provides good value to players at the expense of sites. In Pennsylvania, the 46-event online championships that ran from May 1-15 had only 21 tournaments meeting the prize pool guarantees. Of these 21 events, one of them exceeded its promised prize pool by just $3.

Sunday’s Guaranteed $150,000 Main Event in Pennsylvania missed its target of $50,600.

It’s a similar story in Michigan, where 14 Online Championship tournaments from that state’s 46 events have missed their prize pool guarantees.

Players on the WSOP.com New Jersey/Nevada client don’t see as many overlays. These two states, along with Delaware, share player pools, and Michigan will soon join them through the Multi-State Internet Gambling Agreement (MSIGA). It hasn’t been announced when WSOP.com Michigan will begin sharing its player pool with Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware, but a hint may have been found in a schedule post: Last week, WSOP .com has released its bracelet schedule for Michigan. players, meaning they won’t be playing for bracelets against players from New Jersey and Nevada until next year.

WSOP.com is the only online poker room to take advantage of MSIGA. This allows the site to offer – and honor – greater guarantees, as evidenced by the schedules of WSOP.com Circuit events in the various markets.


WSOP.com Online Circuit Schedule: Pennsylvania & Michigan

Date Weather Membership Guarantee
May 16 7 p.m. $215 $30,000
May 17 7 p.m. $500 $50,000
May 18 7 p.m. $109 $30,000
May 19 7 p.m. $215 $40,000
May 20 7 p.m. $215 $30,000
May 21 7 p.m. $215 $50,000
May 22 7 p.m. $525 $100,000
May 23 7 p.m. $109 $20,000
May 24 7 p.m. $1,000 $50,000

WSOP.com Online Circuit Schedule: New Jersey and Nevada (ET times)

Date Weather Membership Guarantee
May 16 7 p.m. $215 $50,000
May 17 7 p.m. $500 $75,000
May 18 7 p.m. $215 $50,000
May 19 7 p.m. $320 $75,000
May 20 7 p.m. $215 $40,000
May 21 7 p.m. $320 $50,000
May 22 7 p.m. $525 $250,000
May 23 7 p.m. $250 $50,000
May 24 7 p.m. $1,000 $75,000

Written by

Bob Pajich

Bob Pajich is a poker journalist, creative writer, and poker player who has never encountered any suited connectors he doesn’t like. If you liked what he writes, follow him on Twitter: @PondHockey2.

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