For poker players, the World Series of Poker held at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas each year is the Masters, the Super Bowl and, yes, the World Series all rolled into one. And whether you’re a pro or an amateur player, everyone dreams of pulling a Chris Moneymaker.
Moneymaker, of course, qualified for the WSOP Main Event in 2003 through online satellites at PokerStars and eventually won the event’s $2.5 million prize. His win pushed televised poker into the limelight, and it hasn’t looked back since.
Since 2003, online satellites for WSOP have had their ups and downs, but since WSOP.com went live in New Jersey and Nevada, players in both states have had their chance to live the Moneymaker dream (amazing how well that name works).
This year WSOP.com is offering a steady schedule of satellites at both its Nevada and New Jersey sites. Remember, the WSOP is actually a more than monthlong series of 74 tournaments, and WSOP.com has satellites for other big events before the Main Event gets underway July 8.
Early satellites from WSOP.com are focusing on events like the Colossus III, a $565 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em tournament with starting flights on Friday, June 2, Saturday, June 3 and Sunday, June 4, respectively. The event carries a guaranteed $1 million first prize.
Other satellites carry packages for early events and three online tournaments that will award WSOP bracelets. The online events will be only be offered at WSOP.com Nevada.
Satellites for the WSOP Main Event are held every Sunday at 7:30 p.m. with a $200 buy-in. Think about that—a $200 buy-in that could lead you all the way to the Main Event. Last year’s Main Event winner Qui Nguyen took home just over $8 million.
Now that’s the Moneymaker dream.
Here’s a look at WSOP.com qualifiers:
Qualifier to the 2017 WSOP $10,000 Main Event [Re-Entry]
Sundays at 7:30 p.m.
Win a $10,000 Main Event Seat to the 2017 World Series of Poker.
Qualifier to WSOP Event #8 The Little Grind Online Bracelet [R&A]
Sundays at 6:00 p.m.
Win a ticket into WSOP Event #8: $333 The Little Grind Online Bracelet this summer.
The Little Grind Online Bracelet guarantees $333,333 and a WSOP gold bracelet. The Bracelet takes place June 3 at 3:33 p.m.
Qualifier to WSOP Event #71 The Classic $1,000 Online Bracelet [R&A]
Sundays at 7:00 p.m.
Win a ticket into WSOP Event #71: $1,000 The Classic Online Bracelet this summer. The Classic Online Bracelet is the bracelet event you all know and love, but played out entirely online. The Classic Online Bracelet takes place July 7.
WSOP Kick-off Weekend Package Qualifier [R&A]
Sundays at 4:45 p.m.
Win a $565 seat into the Colossus III and an entry into Event #8: $333 Online Bracelet at the 2017 World Series of Poker. On top of that, each qualifier guarantees WSOP.com swag.
Qualifier for the $565 Colossus III at the 2017 WSOP [R&A]
Sundays at 5:45 p.m.
Win a $565 seat into the Colossus III. Last year’s Colossus II had over $10 million in the prize pool.
Qualifier for a $1,000 2017 WSOP Seat [Turbo, R&A]
Sundays at 6:45 p.m.
Win a $1,000 Seat to the 2017 World Series of Poker. You can use the $1,000 in tournament buy-in chips for any WSOP event with a buy-in of $500 or greater.