WSOP Launches Online Poker Summer Series Tourney Worth $3M

WSOP Launches Online Poker Summer Series Tourney Worth $3M
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The World Series of Poker is continuing to ramp up its online poker tournament schedule, this time offering a Summer Series that guarantees $3 million in prizes.

Players can use New Jersey online poker sites, or sites in Nevada or Delaware, to enter. All players must be 21 years old and have a valid and verified real money account.

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The WSOP online tournament is underway now and runs through Aug. 23, culminating in a $200,000 No Limit Hold’Em Main Event with a $525 buy-in on the final day. The tournament includes entries for as little as $5 for NLH Deepstack events worth $5,000. Buy-ins go all the way up to $1,000 for High-Roller events worth $100,000; most of those are limited to six or eight entries.

This year has seen a slew of online poker events crop up, mostly a result of physical casinos closing in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. The inaugural World Series of Poker Online tournament began July 1. has a complete Summer Series tournament schedule and more details on eligibility.

Busy Year for Online Poker

The World Series of Poker’s online poker action doesn’t stop with the new Summer Series events, which began Aug. 2. The WSOP’s Global Casino Championships will take place online on Sept. 13 with at least $1 million in guaranteed prize money for players in New Jersey and Nevada. The original GCC event was set for Aug. 11-13 in Cherokee, North Carolina, but it was moved online.

The WSOP also had a Money May tournament and the Spring Online Championships earlier this year and other major poker organizers, including the World Poker Tour and PokerStars, also moved some major events online. And Unibet announced in April that it would move all of its land-based 2020 events online.

One consequence of the casino closures brought on by coronavirus, and the social distancing norms enforced after physical casinos started opening, is that more American enthusiasts are deciding to move their poker playing online rather than dealing with actual cards and chips (or dividers separating players at a poker table).

Right now, players in New Jersey, Nevada, Delaware and Pennsylvania can legally play poker online. Michigan and West Virginia plan to launch legal online poker some time late this year or early in 2021.

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