Poker players in New Jersey and Nevada will have a leg up on their brethren in states without regulated poker. The Road to the WSOP, brought to you by WSOP.com, will allow ordinary individuals to score seats to the World Series of Poker by playing in weekly satellite tournaments. The setup is a bit different for each of the two states, so we’ll go over all the details separately.
Every Sunday at 5:00 p.m. EST and Tuesday at 7:45 p.m. EST, players in New Jersey can enter the $185 + $15 2016 Main Event Qualifier Package. This re-entry event will award a $13,000 prize package to the winner, and one package is guaranteed even if as few as eight players enter. These special satellite tourneys will be held until Apr. 24. Each $13,000 prize package contains:
- $10,000 in WSOP tournament buy-in chips
- $2,000 in cash for travel expenses
- $1,000 buyin to the Online Bracelet Event or 5 x $200 online tournament tickets
If $200 to enter this satellite seems a bit too steep for your tastes, then you might want to instead enter the $10 R&A tournaments that will be running every Sunday at 4:15 p.m. EST and Saturday at 5:00 p.m. EST. The winner of each of these tournaments will be able to choose from among the following prizes:
- $1,000 in WSOP tournament buy-in chips
- 5 x $200 online tournament tickets
- 2 x $500 online tournament tickets
Residents and visitors to Nevada will be able to head online to WSOP.com to play in Qualifier to the 2016 WSOP $10,000 Main Event tournaments. These re-entry satellites are being held every Sunday at 5:00 p.m. PST and Saturday at 4:00 p.m. PST until 4/30, and they will cost $185 + $15 to enter. As long as at least eight players sign up, the satellite will run. The winner will take home $10,000 in WSOP tournament buy-in chips.
There will also be $10 R&A tourneys Sundays at 3:15 p.m. PST and Saturdays at 5:00 p.m. PST. The winner will get $1,000 in WSOP tournament buy-in chips.
Besides these recurring weekly tournaments, there will be a special, one-time event on July 9 at 1 p.m. PST called the “25 Seat Scramble” that will award 25 x $10,000 Main Event entries. It will cost $200 to enter.
WSOP Nevada also runs a Sit & Go steps system whereby you can win $1,000 in tournament buy-in chips, low-cost satellites to the $7-million guaranteed Colossus II event, and many more ways to qualify for WSOP events. There are other aspects of the Road to the WSOP that will be announced shortly, so stay on top of the WSOP.com Nevada promotions page to keep apprised of new developments.
About WSOP Live Tournament Chips
The WSOP tournament chips that you can win in these online satellites can be used at the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino to buy into any live WSOP event in 2016 with a buyin of $500 or more. So if you should be fortunate enough to take home a $10,000 chips prize, you can use it to enter the Main Event, or you can find multiple smaller events to use the chips on.
About the WSOP.com Online Bracelet
Available to anyone 21 and older physically located in the State of Nevada, this year’s $1,000 WSOP.com Online No-Limit Hold’em bracelet event will take place on July 8 at 1:00 p.m. PST. Unlike every other online tournament during the year at any Internet-based poker site, this one will actually count as an official bracelet event, #66 on the 2016 schedule. Get yourself a nice piece of gold hardware without even leaving your home!
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