The World Series of Poker (WSOP) has taken another step forward in bringing gold bracelets to the masses — this gold bracelet is reserved for an online poker event. July 2nd will open the door for online poker players in Nevada to play Event #64: $1,000 WSOP.com Online No Limit Hold'em and battle it out for the gold. In February the 2015 WSOP schedule was announced. That announcement stated that the final two players of the online bracelet event would play out the championship at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino. It appears the original plan has been changed up.
What is in the works now is a plan to bring back the final six players, according to pokerfuse but the WSOP is awaiting the Nevada Gaming Control Board's approval.
Pokerfuse's report has a statement from the WSOP's Seth Palansky. The WSOP "had concerns initially of getting the players to the Rio the next day to play out the event live." That has changed, the decision was made to have a travel day on July 3rd "for any players not in proximity to Las Vegas." Palansky went on to say that instead of the original plan of heads-up play in a live setting, the final six players would battle it out in a live setting on July 4th.
PokerNews.com reached out to the WSOP but until regulatory approval has been received, there will be no comment. Details will be released once approval has been received.
A look at two poker pros take on the WSOP online event in response to PokerNews.com's queries:
"My favorite part of the schedule is the online bracelet," 2012 WSOP champ Greg Merson, who serves as an ambassador for WSOP.com. "Online has been a big boost for the game and rewarding the industry with a bracelet is amazing."
On the opposite side of the online bracelet enthusiasm, 2013 WSOP bracelet winner Trevor Pope has a different opinion.
"I think the WSOP online event is going to be quite overrated," said Pope. "I am guessing the structure is going to be pretty bad, and the thing that the WSOP probably doesn’t understand is that the majority of online poker players prefer to play multiple tables. Saying that, getting all these online pros to sit there and play one table is going to be quite funny to me. I think a lot of these players are just going to be gambling it up and trying to go for a stack fast, so my advice to any amateur deciding to play it — wait for the chips to be gifted to you."
Pope added: "I personally won't be playing the online event because I will just get too bored playing one table myself and it will be a good day to take off. I don’t think a bracelet should be awarded for this event because the WSOP has history behind it, it's a poker series played at the casino where all you need is a 'chip and a chair' as they say, but this is putting a whole new spin on that because now you need a good computer, reliable Internet, a place to play, and probably some good tracking software. I am just not a fan of this being added to the schedule overall but who knows, maybe it will be a huge turnout and will push online poker in the right direction."
The complete 2015 WSOP schedule can be viewed by clicking here.