2023 WSOP Online – The Complete Guide to the Richest Online Poker Series

WSOP Online is the most prestigious poker series in the world. It was established in 2020, following the postponement of the live version due to COVID, and now attracts thousands of the best players in the world who compete to win millions of dollars at the virtual felt.

This guide will show you how the WSOP Online series works. We’ve included information on the types of tournaments you can play, how to enter, the online poker sites you can play at, and highlighted the schedule for this year’s games.

Snapshot of WSOP Online – Everything You Need to Know

  • WSOP Online series runs from August 20th to October 17th
  • US players need to download the WSOP online poker room
  • US players must be located in either Nevada, New Jersey, Michigan, or Pennsylvania
  • International players must use the GGPoker online poker room
  • 33 separate events (66 total) for both US and International residents
  • Over $55million in guaranteed prizemoney for 2023
  • Satellites available on WSOP and GGPoker
  • $2million in Continental freerolls
  • Leaderboards run throughout
  • Live streaming via GGPoker.TV (WSOP Main Event and High Roller only)

What is the WSOP?

WSOP stands for the World Series of Poker. It’s been running since 1970 and is held annually in Las Vegas, Nevada. For most, it’s the pinnacle of the game, and each tournament presents a gold bracelet to the winner, which is regarded as one of the highest honors. There are millions of dollars to play for across dozens of tournaments every year, but the prestige of winning and being engraved into poker history far outweighs the monetary rewards for most.

wsop online

The online series is an extension of the live game, with multiple games running once a year, usually from August through to October. Even though WSOP Online has only been running since 2020, because of the history surrounding the WSOP brand, it’s now the biggest and most lucrative online poker series in the world.

How Does the WSOP Online Work?

The series takes place online over a 7-week period. In total, there are 33 tournaments that players can enter, with varying buy-ins, starting as low as $100 up to $25,000.

Games are diverse and include Texas Hold’em and Omaha variants. To mix it up, each game changes in terms of the rules. These might include different starting stacks, varied level timers, players at the table, speed of the blinds, and bounties.

WSOP Online live table

Players are permitted to enter as many of the events as they wish, but most will pick and choose games that suit them in terms of ability and bankroll. Some professional players will train all year to have the funds and the ability to play in all 33 events.

There is a catch, however.

Restrictions for online poker in the United States mean they are limited in terms of players they can play against based on location. To overcome this, WSOP Online has created two tournament schedules: one for the US and one for the Rest of the World.

Players in the US can access games on the official WSOP online poker site, whereas players from outside the US play on GGPoker.

Each online poker site has 33 tournaments (66 in total), and there is no crossover in players. In fact, the schedules for each are quite different, with buy-ins in the US ranging from $365 up to $5,300, whereas international players can play games from $100 up to $25,000.

Winners of each tournament will still win a bracelet each, which for most, is what the WSOP is all about.

How to Enter WSOP Online

Being an online event, the WSOP registration process is incredibly simple. If you’ve got an account and you’ve enough money in your account to buy in, you’re good to go. However, we’ve outlined the whole process below in an easy-to-use step-by-step guide.

1)   Download the WSOP App

wsop online registration

Head to the WSOP site and download the app. You’ve got the choice of downloading via your mobile/tablet or desktop/Mac.

2)   Create an Account

WSOP online create an account

You can do this on the website prior to downloading the app or via the app, whichever is easiest. The process should take just a few minutes, but it’s worth noting that only players in Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.

3)   Open the WSOP Site

wsop online poker client

Open the poker client and log in. You will need to fund your account, which you can do so via the cashier.

4)   Find the “Tournament” Tab

WSOP online tournament tab

Within the poker client, find the “All Games” tab and then choose the “Tournament” tab. This will open all the tournaments that are live. Click on “Special” to see the full range of WSOP online games.

5)   Choose Your Game and Register

wsop online register for tournament

Double-click on the tournament, and this will bring up the lobby for that game. Click on the “Register” button to enter. If you decide that you don’t want to play, you can click on “Unregister,” and your entry fee will instantly be refunded.

International Users

International users will need to use the GGPoker app. The process is very similar to that of the WSOP site, and we’ve briefly outlined what you need to do below.

  1. Head to the GGPoker site and click on the “Download” button
  2. You can create an account on the website or via the poker client. This applies to both online and mobile users.
  3. Click on the “WSOP Online” tab at the top, which will open up the list of tournaments
  4. Click on the tournament you want to enter
  5. Click the “Register” button at the top of the app and confirm your buy-in

How to Satellite into WSOP for Free/Cheap

One of the best ways to get entry into WSOP Online is to satellite in. These are smaller tournaments that are set up, and if you win, you get a seat at the main events.

The best way to find satellites you can enter is from the main poker lobby on WSOP Play Online and GGPoker. If you search for the tournament you want to play and then open the lobby for that specific event, there will be a section at the bottom that shows all the live satellites you can enter.

Across the two sites will be a host of different tournaments with ranging buy-ins and seats available. The higher the buy-in, the more seats there will be up for grabs.

Buy-ins for these events can range from freerolls with free WSOP chips up to several hundreds of dollars. If you want to get access to main events for cheap or even for free, then this is the way to go.

WSOP Tournament Types

One of the best things about the WSOP circuit is the range of tournaments it offers. With a total of 66 across WSOP and GGPoker, it creates a diverse mix of games (limited to Texas Hold’em and Omaha base games), buy-ins, and prizemoney.

The WSOP app has entry fees that start from $365 for the NLH Monster Stack and range up to $5,300 for the Super High Roller Freezeout. Interestingly, there are no guaranteed prize pools, but prizemoney from previous years has hit millions of dollars for most.

GGPoker has a wider range when it comes to entry fees. You can buy in for as little as $108 for the Bankroll Builder Bounty, which is the first event of the series, and it maxes out at $25,000 for the Super High Rollers Championship.

Unlike WSOP, GGPoker does have guaranteed prize pools for some events. The most notable is the $25million which is GTD for the Main Event.

Texas Hold’em

Texas Hold’em is the most prominent game type and is covered in depth across both sites. Given that it’s the most popular poker format, it’s not surprising to see how many games there are, but in a bid to keep each different, they have varying rules.

Some of the Hold’em variants include:

  • Bounties
  • No limit
  • Monster Stacks
  • Mystery Millions
  • Limit
  • 6-handed
  • Ultra Deepstack
  • Short Deck
  • Double Chance
  • Re-buys
  • Turbos
  • Lucky 7’s
  • Crazy 8’s

Omaha

Omaha games are limited across the two sites but are still accessible. These games can be some of the more entertaining as it often gets players playing who aren’t as strong as mixed games as they are Texas Hold’em, meaning competent WSOP players have a notable skill advantage.

Some of the Omaha variants include:

  • Pot limit
  • Bounty
  • Secret bounty
  • Deepstack
  • High roller

WSOP Online Bracelet Winners

The table below highlights the bracelet winners from all of the WSOP Online events that have taken place so far. In total, there are 121 different bracelet winners, and three have multiple wins.

Rank Player Bracelets Won
1 Todd Estes 2
2 Manig Loeser 2
3 Allen Chang 2
4 121 Players 1

2023 WSOP Online Schedule

This section gives you an overview of how the 2023 WSOP Online series is shaping up in terms of schedule. The GGPoker series for international players starts a couple of weeks before the WSOP series but ends a couple of weeks sooner as well.

WSOP Schedule for US-Based Players

The table below highlights the World Series of Poker 2023 schedule for players in the United States.

Date Event Buy-in
Sun, Sep 10th
3:30 PM
WSOP Online Bracelet #1: Series Kick-Off $400
Sun, Sep 10th
4:30 PM
WSOP Online Bracelet #2: No-Limit Hold’em $2,000
Tue, Sep 12th
3:30 PM
WSOP Online Bracelet #3: NLH High Roller 6-Max $3,200
Thu, Sep 14th
3:30 PM
WSOP Online Bracelet #4: PLO 6-Max $1,000
Sat, Sep 16th
3:30 PM
WSOP Online Bracelet #5: NLH Deepstack $500
Sun, Sep 17th
3:30 PM
WSOP Online Bracelet #6: NLH Crazy 8’s $888
Sun, Sep 17th
4:30 PM
WSOP Online Bracelet #7: NLH Super High Roller 6-Max $5,300
Tue, Sep 19th
3:30 PM
WSOP Online Bracelet #8: NLH 6-Max $500
Thu, Sep 21st
3:30 PM
WSOP Online Bracelet #9: NLH Turbo Deepstack $600
Sat, Sep 23rd
3:30 PM
WSOP Online Bracelet #10: NLH Freezeout $2,500
Sun, Sep 24th
3:30 PM
WSOP Online Bracelet #11: NLH Monster Stack $365
Sun, Sep 24th
4:30 PM
WSOP Online Bracelet #12: NLH 6-Max $1,500
Tue, Sep 26th
3:30 PM
WSOP Online Bracelet #13: NLH $500
Thu, Sep 28th
3:30 PM
WSOP Online Bracelet #14: NLH Bounty $1,000
Sat, Sep 30th
3:30 PM
WSOP Online Bracelet #15: NLH Turbo $500
Sun, Oct 1st
3:30 PM
WSOP Online Bracelet #16: COLOSSUS $400
Sun, Oct 1st
4:30 PM
WSOP Online Bracelet #17: NLH 6-Max $2,000
Mon, Oct 2nd
3:30 PM
WSOP Online Bracelet #18: NLH $500
Tue, Oct 3rd
3:30 PM
WSOP Online Bracelet #19: NLH Lucky 7s $777
Wed, Oct 4th
3:30 PM
WSOP Online Bracelet #20: NLH Ultra Deepstack $400
Thu, Oct 5th
3:30 PM
WSOP Online Bracelet #21: NLH Super Turbo $500
Sat, Oct 7th
3:30 PM
WSOP Online Bracelet #22: NLH BIG 500 6-Max $500
Sun, Oct 8th
3:30 PM
WSOP Online Bracelet #23: NLH Deepstack Championship $600
Sun, Oct 8th
4:30 PM
WSOP Online Bracelet #24: NLH High Roller Championship $3,200
Tue, Oct 10th
3:30 PM
WSOP Online Bracelet #25: NLH Bounty 6-Max $1,500
Wed, Oct 11th
3:30 PM
WSOP Online Bracelet #26: PLOSSUS 6-Max $400
Thu, Oct 12th
3:30 PM
WSOP Online Bracelet #27: NLH Freezeout $1,000
Fri, Oct 13th
3:30 PM
WSOP Online Bracelet #28: NLH Turbo 6-Max $500
Sat, Oct 14th
3:30 PM
WSOP Online Bracelet #29: NLH Super Turbo Bounty 6-Max $600
Sun, Oct 15th
3:30 PM
WSOP Online Bracelet #30: NLH Online Championship $1,000
Sun, Oct 15th
4:30 PM
WSOP Online Bracelet #31: NLH Super High Roller Freezeout 6-Max $5,300
Mon, Oct 16th
3:30 PM
WSOP Online Bracelet #32: NLH Deepstack $400
Tue, Oct 17th
3:30 PM
WSOP Online Bracelet #33: Fall Finale Crazy 8’s $888

WSOP 2023 Schedule for International Players

The table below outlines the World Series of Poker online schedule for International players.

Date Event Buy-In
Aug 20

Sun

18:00

#1: $108 Bankroll Builder Bounty NLHE $108
Aug 21

Mon

18:00

#2: $300 Gladiators of Poker Opener, $2.5M GTD [Day 2] $300
Aug 22

Tue

18:00

#3: $2,100 Bounty NLH Championship $2,100
Aug 24

Thu

18:00

#4: $840 Bounty Pot-Limit Omaha $840
Aug 26

Sat

18:00

#5: $500 Ladies No-Limit Hold’em Championship $500
Aug 27

Sun

18:00

#6: $1,500 MONSTER STACK No-Limit Hold’em $1,500
Aug 28

Mon

18:00

#7: $210 Mystery Millions – $1M Top Bounty, $10M GTD [Day 2] $210
Aug 29

Tue

18:00

#8: $2,500 Limit Hold’em Championship $2,500
Aug 31

Thu

18:00

#9: $315 Bounty No-Limit Hold’em $315
Sep 2

Sat

18:00

#10: $1,050 Beat the Pros Bounty NLH $1,050
Sep 3

Sun

18:00

#11: $100 FLIP & GO No-Limit Hold’em, $1M GTD [Go Stage] $100
Sep 4

Mon

18:00

#12: $500 Mini Main Event No-Limit Hold’em, $2.5M GTD [Day 2] $500
Sep 5

Tue

18:00

#13: $5,000 6-Handed NLH Championship $5,000
Sep 7

Thu

18:00

#14: THE BIG $500 Bounty NLH $500
Sep 9

Sat

18:00

#15: $800 Ultra Deepstack No-Limit Hold’em $800
Sep 10

Sun

18:00

#16: $1,050 Secret Bounty Pot-Limit Omaha $1,050
Sep 11

Mon

18:00

#17: $1,500 MILLIONAIRE MAKER in Paradise, $5M GTD [Live Final 100] $1,500
Sep 12

Tue

18:00

#18: $5,000 Short Deck Championship [3-Stack] $5,000
Sep 14

Thu

18:00

#19: $777 LUCKY SEVENS Bounty 7-Handed NLH $777
Sep 16

Sat

18:00

#20: $1,000 DOUBLE CHANCE NLH [2-Stack] $1,000
Sep 17

Sun

17:00

#21: $1,500 WSOP GGMasters HR Freezeout NLH $1,500
Sep 18

Mon

18:00

#22: $400 COLOSSUS, $3M GTD [Day 2] $400
Sep 18

Mon

18:00

#23: $400 PLOSSUS, $1M GTD [Bounty, Final Stage] $400
Sep 19

Tue

18:00

#24: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship $10,000
Sep 21

Thu

18:00

#25: $525 Superstack Turbo Bounty No-Limit Hold’em $525
Sep 23

Sat

18:00

#26: $10,000 Heads Up NLH Championship [No Late Reg, 128 Cap] $10,000
Sep 24

Sun

18:00

#27: $500 FIFTY STACK Pot-Limit Omaha $500
Sep 25

Mon

18:00

#28: $5,000 WSOP Online MAIN EVENT, $25M GTD [Day 2] $5,000
Sep 26

Tue

18:00

#29: $25,000 GGMillion$ Super High Rollers Championship $25,000
Sep 28

Thu

18:00

#30: $2,100 6-Handed Bounty No-Limit Hold’em $2,100
Sep 30

Sat

18:00

#31: $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller $5,000
Oct 1

Sun

18:00

#32: $1,500 The Closer NLH [Bounty Turbo] $1,500
Oct 2

Mon

18:00

#33: $10,300 GGMillion$ High Rollers NLH, $10M GTD [Day 2] $10,300

How to Watch the Action

The best way to stay up to date with the action is to follow the social media outlets of the WSOP and GGPoker. They both have Twitter and Facebook accounts that will be commenting live, as well as an exclusive WSOP newsletter with recaps of the day’s action.

Live streaming is accessible via GGPoker.TV. They run an incredible live stream that is delayed slightly to ensure fairness to the players. This is hosted by Jeff Gross and Ali Nejed, two of the best in the business.

The only negative is that only two events are planned for live streaming on the channel. This is the WSOP Online Main Event and the GGMillion$ High Roller. Granted, they are the two best tournaments of the series, but ideally, there’d be a little more choice.

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