Poker players heading to Las Vegas in May for the 47th running of the World Series of Poker will be aiming to win boatloads of cash on the live tables, but will find the online offerings at WSOP.com hard to resist as well.
More than 500 tournaments are scheduled from May 25 to July 10, resulting in over $2 million in guaranteed prize money. Many of the tournaments are qualifiers and satellites for the live events, allowing players to win seats to everything from the Monster Stack, Millionaire Maker and Colossus to the Main Event.
Within that schedule are the Online Championships consisting of 93 events from June 10 to July 10. More than $700,000 in GTD prize money is up for grabs in the Online Championships, including $65,000 reserved for a $500 High Roller on July 9.
Back for a second year is the online bracelet event, a $1,000 buy-in tournament that gets underway on July 8 as Event #66. Anthony Spinella was the first ever WSOP online bracelet winner last year, taking home over $197K along with the gold jewelry.
There are several changes to report at this year’s WSOP, the most exciting of which may be the eQueue payout process that is designed to eliminate long waits in line to receive prize money. Payouts will go to the top 15% of the tournament field instead of 10% as in years passed, so it’s refreshing to hear that the WSOP has addressed the issue of waiting in long lines to collect.
Here’s how it works. Players can opt to be added to a payout list provided that the required information to facilitate payment is properly on file. A text message will alert players when their payouts will be available for pickup.
The process will be in place when long lines begin forming, requiring a visit to a pre-payout clerk where players will provide their cell phone numbers in order to receive the text message confirming a pickup time. Seems like an idea whose time has come.
Headphones and Chip Counts
Players into wearing headphones who never liked the idea of having to discontinue doing so once the money bubble was burst can rejoice. Starting this year, headphones will be permitted until the final table is reached. The WSOP kindly reminds players that all rules must still be followed and that headphone wearers must pay attention to the action.
Players will be able to update their own chip stacks via their smartphones or tablets through “ChipIn,” a tool set to debut this year. Players can register now at www.WSOP.com/ChipIn by providing their info and Total Rewards number.
Chip counts can be updated as often as a player desires, allowing friends and family to follow and keep abreast of your performance. No need for them to constantly text you for updates.