[toc]With May upon us, poker enthusiasts can now say the 2017 World Series of Poker starts this month. In just a few weeks, the biggest poker series of the year kicks off at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino.
Plenty of New Jersey poker players will head west in search of a WSOP bracelet. With such a big slate of online action though, the New Jersey online gambling grinders might consider making the trip too.
Summer Grind Series runs from May 30-July 17
The live poker action is not the only reason to travel to Nevada though. WSOP.com is offering online poker players a jam-packed schedule of MTTs, satellites and megas, featuring over $2.5 million in guarantees. There are a few important online events New Jersey players traveling to Vegas this summer should mark on the calendar.
Three online bracelet events
The online offerings run concurrently with the live summer series. As usual, there is also an online component of the live bracelet action, but things are even bigger and better this year. For the first time ever, there will be three different online bracelet events.
All events are one-day tournaments, which will play out entirely online. All three feature unlimited re-entries until registration closes. The schedule is as follows:
- Sunday, June 3 at 3:33 p.m.: $333 buy-in The Little Grind ($333,333 guaranteed)
- Saturday, July 1 at 3:33 p.m.: $3,333 buy-in The Big Grind
- Friday, July 7 at 2 p.m. – $1,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em aka The Classic
Mega satellites with with big seat guarantees
If you’re traveling to Nevada and plan to play live and online, you can do so on the cheap. There are daily satellites offering two seats guaranteed to $1,000 buy-in bracelet events. Those events have a $20 buy-in, but satellites are running non-stop throughout the summer for as little as $10.
There are two big mega satellites for live events. The first one is a $22 buy-in mega for the $550 buy-in Colossus bracelet event. Called the Colossus XXII, the tournament runs on Saturday, June 3 at 5 p.m. and guarantees at least 22 seats.
Then, of course, there is the return of the 25 Seat Scramble. One of the best Nevada online poker values of the year, this Main Event satellite is a $200 buy-in with 25 guaranteed seats into the $10,000 buy-in tournament. The Scramble runs on Saturday, July 8 at 3 p.m.
Nevada Online Championships
Don’t worry, New Jersey online players. The East Coast WSOP.com site will have its own Online Championships series later this year. Nevada will get first crack at it though. Throughout the summer there will be a 108-event series on the site.
The Championships kick off with a $100 buy-in opening event on Saturday, June 3 at 4 p.m. The tournament features a deep-stack structure and a $20,000 guarantee.[i15-table tableid="11211"]
Setting up your WSOP Nevada account
Be warned: Just because you have an account set up in New Jersey does not mean you are good to go in Nevada come summertime. The sites are both operated by WSOP.com, but you need to have separate NV and NJ accounts.
Separate accounts also mean separate funds. You are not able to transfer funds across the two sites. In other words, you will need to sign up for a new account in Nevada. You can use your New Jersey address, but you will not be able to play unless you are physically located in Nevada.
As in New Jersey, you will need to provide your phone number and Social Security number in order to get your account set up, approved and verified. Then you are able to deposit and withdraw using the same methods as NJ.
Additionally, you will need to download a different version of the poker client. You can do that in advance by clicking here.
The client is the same, but WSOP.com is going to be a lot busier in the desert. So, if you are making the trip to Vegas this summer, be sure to pack your laptop or tablet to get in on the action.
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