Due to COVID-19, the 2020 WSOP won’t be like anything in the past. Therefore, the world’s biggest poker tournament series will run online for at least 85 events.
WSOP.com is set to run 31 of the 85 online tournaments. GGPoker, an international-facing site, will stage the remaining 54 internet events.
The latter will run their tourneys from July 19 to September 6. Their schedule will culminate in a $5,000 buy-in Main Event ($25 million guaranteed).
Players were shocked to find out that it’s seemingly possible to buy into the Main Event 22 times. Therefore, wealthy businessmen and professionals would have a decided advantage.
Negreanu Explains Truth Behind the Online WSOP Main Event
Daniel Negreanu is arguably the world’s most-famous poker pro. He’s also a high-profile ambassador for GGPoker.
So, Negreanu took it upon himself to explain the reality behind GG’s Main Event structure through Twitter. He started this video by explaining that, no, players won’t truly be able to buy in 22 times. They’ll only be able to play in the ME three times (entry + two rebuys) at the most.
“No matter how many heats there are, if there are 100 heats, 200 heats, you will only get to play three times,” Negreanu explained. “So you get one shot, mulligan. Two shot, three strikes, you’re out.”
Besides clarifying the confusion on the online Main Event, Negreanu also said that he’s still holding out hope for a live $10,000 Main Event. The latter has capped off the WSOP for 50 years.
Americans Can’t Play at GGPoker
Negreanu addressed one final concern regarding GGPoker’s online WSOP schedule. Americans can play on the site, but they must be outside of the United Stated to do so. For example, Negreanu is heading to Mexico to play.
“For you players that are traveling from the US to play other places, there’s been a little bit of confusion about what the rules are there,” he said.
“So, here’s the deal. It’s actually going to be a lot simpler than you think. You can get an Airbnb, you can get a hotel, wherever it is you want to go outside the United States. All you need to do is show proof of address and you’re good to go.”
The proof of address refers to the address of the hotel, Airbnb, or whatever non-US location a player is staying at.