WSOP 2023: What This Years Series Means for Ontario Players

With three months remaining until the start of the 54th Annual World Series of Poker, we take a look at what this year’s series could mean for Ontario players.
WSOP 2023: What This Years Series Means for Ontario Players
March 01, 2023

Ontario online poker players on the GGPoker Ontario app have been closely watching the summer schedule, only to be disappointed that no online bracelet series was announced.

The officials unveiled the complete schedule for the 54th Annual World Series of Poker 2023 on February 1. The WSOP 2023 schedule comprises 95 live events and 34 online bracelets, taking the total number of bracelets for the year to an all-time high of 129.

However, the online bracelets are restricted to just US players residing in New Jersey, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Michigan. No online bracelet series have been revealed for the international dot-com market nor Canada’s largest province, Ontario.

But Ontario online poker players should not worry as the question is not whether the online bracelet series will take place but when. It is quite possible that GGPoker could run the online series once the summer live series concludes.

The online bracelet series for the rest of the world will be held on GGPoker once the WSOP live series finishes. The officials could treat the Ontario market the same way.

Last year, GGPoker Ontario hosted its bracelet series virtually just weeks after officially launching it in the market. Three events were held with combined guarantees of CAD $450,000.

It is almost certain the WSOP Online bracelet series for Ontario players will return this year, but it remains to be seen whether the series will be held alongside the live series or once it is over.

Expected Dates for the WSOP 2023 Online Bracelet Series for GGPoker Ontario Players

The 2023 WSOP online bracelet series on GGPoker Ontario has not been announced yet but is expected to occur between June and August.

Expected Details of the WSOP Ontario 2023 Online Bracelet Series on

While the schedule has not been released yet, we can only make a guess based on last year’s series. In 2022, the operator hosted an online bracelet series just weeks after going live in the market.

The 2022 WSOP Ontario bracelet schedule comprised just three events with CAD $450,000 in combined guarantees. The buy-ins were $150, $210, and $1050. For the 2023 WSOP Online bracelet series, we expect organizers to expand the events from three to at least six. Buy-ins are expected to range from $100 to $1050. The series will be accompanied by hundreds of side events starting from $25.

Players on GGPoker Ontario, which runs in partnership with WSOP, will have to provide their real names while playing the online bracelet events.

Qualifiers for the Online Bracelets

GGPoker Ontario is expected to host satellites and qualifiers once the online bracelet schedule is out. Direct satellites could start at CAD $25 and sub-satellites from $5.

Qualifiers for the WSOP 2023 Main Event

GGPoker, which runs in partnership with WSOP, has confirmed that GGPoker Ontario will host satellites for the $10,000 WSOP Main Event. While no further details are available, the operator confirmed to pokerfuse that Ontarians will have a separate online satellite campaign that is expected to kick off in March.

Qualifiers are expected to start at CAD $10, and direct satellites with buy-ins starting at $250. The package will likely be valued at CAD $12,500, including a seat to the coveted Main Event and travel & accommodation expenses.

Key Takeaways

  • An Ontario-only bracelet series will happen — the question is whether the series will take place alongside the live series or once it concludes.
  • Ontarians can expect to see an expansion to the online bracelet schedule from three to half a dozen.
  • It could be the largest-guaranteed online tournament series in the Ontario market.
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