LAS VEGAS (January 6, 2021) –The WSOP Online Circuit Series kicks off Jan. 14 with the first in a slate of online tournaments marking the beginning of a new season of Circuit Events for 2021.  As live poker remains a challenge due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 season will be expanded online. With comprehensive leaderboards and ranking systems, the 13 online events will include added prize money and more than 180 WSOP Gold Rings.  

WSOP.COM will be the official home for a comprehensive new season of WSOP Circuit Events in the US, with incentives and a championship model reminiscent of its live counterpart.   The WSOP Online Circuit Series will have an online festival monthly in 2021 in the Nevada and New Jersey markets. An additional 13th online circuit event is earmarked pending launch of the WSOP.COM service in a newly regulated market.

All tournament series will feature 12 official WSOP gold ring events, with four special “Super Circuits” having an expanded slate of 18 gold ring events, including $1,000 and $2,000 high roller events and a $500 PLO tournament.  New for 2021, some tournaments will be co-branded with official host casino venues, highlighting “cash at the cage” buy-in and cash out availability while offering its out-of-market players special promotional rates to stay onsite.  

“Players deserve great tournaments and great value year-round, and that’s what we aim to do with the 2021 WSOP Online Circuit Series,” said Ty Stewart, WSOP Executive Director. “We’ve been thrilled with the big prize pools for WSOP.COM events in 2020, and we only expect to see that grow with this new model.” 

In total, the WSOP Online Circuit Series will offer over $600,000 in added prize money across a variety of promotions and events. Each gold ring event will assign leaderboard points for “in the money” performances, which will be tracked to create eligibility for freeroll events and other incentives.  Information on the WSOP Online Circuit Series rankings methodology is available at WSOP.COM.

$250,000 WSOP Online Circuit Championship - WSOP Gold Bracelet Event
The year-end WSOP Online Circuit Championship will have a total of 256 entrants competing for the $250,000 prize pool.  There are multiple ways a player can become eligible:
      • Win a WSOP Gold Ring Event during the 2021 season 
      • Win a $10,000 Player of the Month Leaderboard 
      • Win a Second Chance Fast Forward 
Be one of the top 50 players on the Cumulative Circuit Leaderboard who are not otherwise eligible (50) 

$25,000 WSOP Circuit Stars Monthly Freeroll
Instead of pushing all promotional prize money until the end of the year, every tournament series will also feature an immediate $25,000 freeroll for its top performers. This tournament will be small and exclusive, with eligibility only to those who:
      • Win a WSOP Gold Ring Event during that festival (12 players or 18 for Super Circuits)
      • Are top 10 in leaderboard from tournament festival (and not otherwise eligible) 

Monthly Second Chance Fast Forward
All players who participate in a minimum of four (3) WSOP Online Circuit series tournaments in a given session but did not otherwise qualify for the Championship Event will be entered into a “winner take all” freeroll with a chance to win a seat to the year-end WSOP Online Circuit Series Championship.

$10,000 WSOP.COM Circuit Player of the Month 
Each month will offer a WSOP Circuit Series Leaderboard, where the top 10 players will win a share of $10,000 in tournament tickets and be invited to participate in the $25,000 Monthly Freeroll. On top of the $10,000 in added prizes and entry into the $25,000 freeroll, the leaderboard’s first-place finisher will win a seat to the $250,000 Year-End Championship Event.

Players can earn points for this leaderboard by participating in eligible WSOP Gold Ring events each month. 

For more information and a player’s guide to the 2021 WSOP Online Circuit Series, visit WSOP.COM.  All dates and events are subject to changes and cancellations.

Winter Online Super Circuit
Dates:  Jan 14 – Jan 31
Rings: 18 rings
$25k Freeroll:  Tuesday, Feb 2

Planet Hollywood Circuit
Dates: Feb 17 – 28
Rings: 12 rings
$25k Freeroll: Tuesday, March 2

Silver Legacy Circuit
Dates: March 19 - 30
Rings: 12 rings
$25k Freeroll: Thursday, April 1

Spring Online Super Circuit
Dates: April 10 - 27
Rings: 18 rings
$25k Freeroll: Thursday, April 29

Caesars Atlantic City Super Circuit
Dates: May 8 – 25 
Rings: 12 rings
$25k Freeroll: Thursday, May 27

Summer Online Super Circuit
Dates: June 10 - 27
Rings: 18 rings
$25k Freeroll: Tuesday, June 29 

Bally’s Online Circuit
Dates: July 16 - 27
Rings: 12 rings
$25k Freeroll:  Thursday, July 29

Rio Online Circuit
Dates: August 20 - 31
Rings: 12 rings
$25k Freeroll: Thursday, September 2

Caesars Las Vegas Online Circuit
Dates: September 15 – 26
Rings: 12 rings
$25k Freeroll: Tuesday, September 28

Fall Online Super Circuit
Dates: October 9 - 26
Rings: 18 rings
$25k Freeroll: Thursday, Oct 28 

Paris Las Vegas Online Circuit
Dates: November 10 - 21
Rings: 12 rings
$25k Freeroll: Tuesday, November 23

Harrah’s Las Vegas Online Circuit
Dates: December 8 – 19
Rings: 12 rings
$25k Freeroll: Tuesday, December 21

$250,000 Year End Championship Event
Date: December 28

About the World Series of Poker
The World Series of Poker® is the largest, richest and most prestigious gaming event in the world, having awarded more than $3.29 billion in prize money and the prestigious gold bracelet, globally recognized as the sport’s top prize. Featuring a comprehensive slate of tournaments in every major poker variation, the WSOP is poker’s longest-running tournament in the world, dating back to 1970.  In 2019, the event attracted 187,298 entrants from 118 different countries to the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas and awarded more than $293 million in prize money. In addition, the WSOP has formed groundbreaking alliances in broadcasting, digital media and corporate sponsorships, while successfully expanding the brand internationally with the advent of WSOP Europe in 2007 and the WSOP Asia-Pacific in 2013 and the WSOP International Circuit Series in 2015. All WSOP events are subject to the then-current and applicable WSOP tournament rules. For more information, please visit www.wsop.com.