World Series of Poker releases 2022 WSOP Online schedule, but uncertainty remains

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Haley Hintze
Posted on: February 23, 2022 16:22 PST

As part of its rollout of World Series of Poker festivities beginning in late May, the WSOP has released its schedule of 2022 WSOP Online bracelet events. Online bracelet events have been a small but growing part of the overall WSOP experience since being introduced in 2015 when a single online event was offered.

Dropped today, in conjunction with the 2022 WSOP's 88-event land-based schedule , the online portion of the summer's festivities shows 14 more bracelet events, according to the WSOP's home site. However, there may be either 21 or 26 separate online bracelet events being offered -- 13 for the shared-liquidity WSOP.com offered to Nevada and New Jersey players, and either eight or 13 more for online participants in the other current WSOP.com state, Pennsylvania.

The schedule as it's currently displayed at WSOP.com makes no mention of the difference between NV/NJ and PA players, which leads to some level of uncertainty. Here's the 2022 WSOP Online bracelet schedule as it's currently displayed:

Day Date Time Tournament Buy-in
Sunday 5-Jun 2:00pm PT No Limit Hold'em High Roller Freezeout $5,300
Sunday 5-Jun 3:30pm PT No Limit Hold'em BIG $500 3x Re-entry $500
Sunday 12-Jun 2:00pm PT No Limit Hold'em Ultra Deepstack 2x Re-entry $400
Sunday 19-Jun 2:00pm PT PLO 6-Max 3x Re-entry $1,000
Sunday 19-Jun 2:00pm PT PLO 6-Max 3x Re-entry $500
Sunday 26-Jun 2:00pm PT Online Deepstack Championship 2x Re-entry $600
Tuesday 28-Jun 3:30pm PT No Limit Hold'em Turbo Deepstack 2x Re-entry $500
Sunday 3-Jul 2:00pm PT No Limit Hold'em Deepstack 2x Re-entry $500
Sunday 10-Jul 2:00pm PT Lucky 7's NL Hold'em High Roller 1x Re-entry $7,777
Sunday 10-Jul 3:30pm PT NL Hold’em Online Bracelet Championship 2x Re-entry $1,000
Tuesday 12-Jul 3:30pm PT NL Hold'em High Roller 8-Max 2x Re-entry $3,200
Saturday 16-Jul 2:00pm PT NL Hold’em Lucky 7’s Second Chance 3x Re-entry $777
Sunday 17-Jul 2:00pm PT NL Hold’em High Roller Freezeout Encore $5,300
Sunday 17-Jul 3:30pm PT NL Hold'em Summer Saver 3x Re-entry $500

However, that schedule as currently displayed contains at least one unresolved issue, which in turn leads to the possibility that the 2022 WSOP will award 26 online bracelets, rather than the 14 as shown. The fourth and fifth events shown appear to show the same event twice, but with different buy-ins, scheduled for Sunday, June 19:

Sunday 19-Jun 2:00pm PT PLO 6-Max 3x Re-entry $1,000
Sunday 19-Jun 2:00pm PT PLO 6-Max 3x Re-entry $500

The table as shown above turns out to not be the schedule of events as originally published earlier today. That table (below) shows an additional column to the right, which indicates for which states a given event will be available:

Day Date Time Tournament Buy-in State
Sunday 5-Jun 2:00pm PT No Limit Hold'em High Roller Freezeout $5,300 NV/NJ
Sunday 5-Jun 3:30pm PT No Limit Hold'em BIG $500 3x Re-entry $500 NV/NJ/PA
Sunday 12-Jun 2:00pm PT No Limit Hold'em Ultra Deepstack 2x Re-entry $400 NV/NJ/PA
Sunday 19-Jun 2:00pm PT PLO 6-Max 3x Re-entry $1,000 NV/NJ
Sunday 19-Jun 2:00pm PT PLO 6-Max 3x Re-entry $500 PA
Sunday 26-Jun 2:00pm PT Online Deepstack Championship 2x Re-entry $600 NV/NJ/PA
Tuesday 28-Jun 3:30pm PT No Limit Hold'em Turbo Deepstack 2x Re-entry $500 NV/NJ
Sunday 3-Jul 2:00pm PT No Limit Hold'em Deepstack 2x Re-entry $500 NV/NJ/PA
Sunday 10-Jul 2:00pm PT Lucky 7's NL Hold'em High Roller 1x Re-entry $7,777 NV/NJ
Sunday 10-Jul 3:30pm PT NL Hold’em Online Bracelet Championship 2x Re-entry $1,000 NV/NJ/PA
Tuesday 12-Jul 3:30pm PT NL Hold'em High Roller 8-Max 2x Re-entry $3,200 NV/NJ
Saturday 16-Jul 2:00pm PT NL Hold’em Lucky 7’s Second Chance 3x Re-entry $777 NV/NJ/PA
Sunday 17-Jul 2:00pm PT NL Hold’em High Roller Freezeout Encore $5,300 NV/NJ
Sunday 17-Jul 3:30pm PT NL Hold'em Summer Saver 3x Re-entry $500 NV/NJ/PA

The column at far right offers an explanation for the duplicated June 19 events, in that a separate PLO 6-max event was originally shown as a Pennsylvania-only offering, but with a $500 buy-in instead of the $1,000 buy-in for the joint NV/NJ tourney.

However, that introduces a second question about the 2022 WSOP Online bracelet schedule. If Pennsylvania remains separate from the Nevada/New Jersey player bloc when the WSOP arrives, then Pennsylvania may get its own abbreviated bracelet-event slate.

Seven of the events in the original table show state eligibility as "NV/NJ/PA", but under current regulations, that cannot be. The likeliest explanation is that each of these table entries represented two events, with the same starting date and time, format, and buy-in; one would be for Nevada and New Jersey players, and the other would be Pennsylvania. The only exception to that would be the June 19 PLO 6-Max event with the lowered buy-in necessitating the separate entry.

That means that 21 separate bracelet events could be contested, if this original table is reintroduced at a later date, albeit with modifications. The original page as archived offered no explanation for the differentiation as shown in the far-right column. Meanwhile, the WSOP has been under immense time pressure to release its 2022 live and online schedules. Continuing this line of thought, the WSOP may have realized immediately after publishing the online-bracelet schedule earlier today that the needed explanations about the state-by-state eligibility had not been entered.

If such was the case, then deleting the "State" column of the schedule represented the quickest fix, though it created the interpretive error regarding the June 19 events. And if this was what happened, then the WSOP will almost certainly issue a corrected version of the online schedule in the near future, with a fuller explanation of each event's state-by-state eligibility.

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