Ready for Action: First Week of 2021 WSOP Online Promises Action

The 2021 World Series of Poker Online begins Thursday on with the first of 33 events scheduled to take place over the next 32 days. The opening week schedule includes all No Limit Hold’em event with buy-ins ranging from $500 to $2,000.

Event #1: $500 No Limit Hold’em The BIG 500 Kick-Off

July 1

The opening event gives players 20,000 in chips and levels go up every 15 minutes. Players can rebuy a maximum of three times for $500 until late registration closes at 9:55 PM ET.

In 2020, Jonathan Dokkler topped the 1,715-entry field to win $130,426 in this event. The final table also included Justin Turner, Tony Dunst, Shawn Daniels, and Taylor von Kriegenbergh. Die-hard poker fans will remember that Phil Hellmuth teased everybody before posting 11th place finish, falling short of winning his 16th career WSOP bracelet.

Event #2: $600 No Limit Hold’em Monster Stack

July 2

Players get a little bit more bang for their buck with Event #2. A starting stack of 40,000 chips and blinds going up every 15 minutes. Players can re-buy twice, getting another 40,000 chip stack for an additional $600.

This was one of eight events that broke the 2,000 entry barrier in 2020 with Ryan Torgersen taking home $172,362 for beating 2,073 other entries. The late Sam Grizzle finished third for $77,725.

Event #3: $500 No Limit Hold’em Turbo Deepstack

July 3

Another $500 buy-in event, this one gives players 40,000 chips to start their quest for a bracelet but levels increase every eight minutes. Players who bust can rebuy up to a maximum of two times for $500 and get another fresh stack of 40,000.

New Yorker Allen Cheung won the event, outlasting the 1,578 other players to walk away with the first bracelet of his career and a $120,082.95 score. Brian Altman came in third place for $53,291.25.

Event #4: $500 No Limit Hold’em Super Turbo

July 4

Rather than force players to choose between playing for a bracelet or enjoying the July 4th fireworks, WSOP officials decided for the second year in a row to make sure players could do both. Levels go up every six minutes and players start with 30,000 chips. Once again, players can rebuy twice.

Last year, it took just less than six hours of action for Matt Bode to emerge victorious. Bode shipped the bracelet after quickly working his way through 1,179 total entries. Frank Marasco, Kevin MacPhee and Shawn Daniels also made the final table.

Event #5: $1,000 No Limit Hold’em 8-Max

July 5

While there were a number of $1,000 buy-in events on the schedule in 2020, the format of this event is a new one as far as bracelet events go. Players get 20,000 chips and levels go up every 15 minutes. Players can rebuy no more than twice.

Event #6: $2,000 No Limit Hold’em Deepstack

July 6

Players get 30,000 chips and will get to play 15-minute levels in this event. As is standard, players can rebuy (not re-enter) twice.

This event actually appeared on the tail end of the 2020 schedule as Event #29 of 30. Nick Guagenti grabbed the bracelet and $305,433 for navigating through the 746 other entries. Former PocketFives #1 Ari Engel finished third to pocket $130,291.74.

Event #7: $777 No Limit Hold’em Lucky 7’s

July 7

If seven is your lucky number, this event just might be for you. Dropping $777 into the prize pool gets players a starting stack with 15,000 chips. Levels will go up every 15 minutes and players can rebuy twice.

Hard to forget Pat Lyons winning his first career WSOP bracelet and $173,552 for beating 1,381 other entrants. Jonathan Dokler, who won Event #1, narrowly missed out on a second bracelet of the year, finishing in fourth place.

Satellite City

Players can play their way into any of the bracelet events with a number of satellite options. Check the tournament lobby each morning for the complete satellite schedule including super turbo events which are designed to get last-minute players into the field before registration closes.

Each event will also have All In Satellite options where players pay their buy-in and then flip for a seat into the target event with 63 other players. Players are all in each hand until one player has all of the chips.

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