The World Series of Poker has disclosed its “comprehensive” online return after its land-based counterpart shattered records to surpass expectations during its maiden Las Vegas Strip appearance.
WSOP Online 2022 will represent the third year of the digital contest, which is praised as breaking “several records in its first two years of existence,” and will feature offerings across WSOP.com in the US and exclusive partner site GGPoker for all international jurisdictions.
An array of gold bracelet tournaments will be a key feature of 2022’s series, which will feature action via GGPoker from August 14-September 27 and WSOP during September 10-October 18.
Each bracelet winner from the latter, both international and domestic, will earn a seat at the Tournament of Champions during the 2023 WSOP in Las Vegas.
For the third time, GGPoker will play host to the $5,000 WSOP Online Main Event, which is lauded as still holding the Guinness Book of World Records mark for prize pool in an online poker tournament, that will again feature a staggering $20m prize pool guarantee.
GGPoker will display 33 bracelet events with buy-ins ranging from $100 to $10,000, with online satellites for all such international competitions to run via the group.
“Online bracelets are just as prestigious as live tournament bracelets,” said Daniel Negreanu, GGPoker Global Ambassador and winner of six WSOP gold bracelets.
“I’m glad that we’re creating a new tradition to celebrate the online game, and I’m striving to add my first WSOP Online bracelet to my collection.”
WSOP Online, available to players physically located in Nevada or New Jersey, created prize pools of more than $25m in both 2020 and 2021.
This year, the action is expanded to Michigan and Pennsylvania for the first time with six weekly bracelet tournaments each, for players geolocated within those state borders, in addition to the 33 bracelets that will be awarded on the Nevada and New Jersey shared liquidity network. Daily satellites for all will also be run via WSOP.com.
“No one wanted to see this year’s WSOP come to an end,” added Ty Stewart, Senior Vice President and Executive Director of the World Series of Poker.
“However, in many ways, the return of WSOP Online is even more exciting. Together with GGPoker, we have a clear vision to make this festival annually the biggest deal in online poker so that the WSOP offers players the marquee event in both live and online poker each year.”
In total, the 2022 WSOP live events saw a total of 197,626 entries from over 100 countries with a record-breaking $347.9m total prize pool, eclipsing the previous record from 2019 of $293.18m
The 2022 main event attracted a total of 8,663 entries, making it the second largest in WSOP history. It also welcomed participants from 87 countries competing for the $10m first place prize.