For poker players, a trip to Las Vegas to play has always been about sitting in for some of the best live action in the world. That was true before the World Series of Poker was even a thing, and it’s true in 2016.
There are any number of possible games for players of any bankroll and experience level available in the city — tournaments, cash games, hold’em, Omaha, mixed games, and even Chinese Poker. Whatever game or format you fancy, if you can’t find it in Vegas during the WSOP, you probably can’t find it anywhere with felt and chips. Last week in this very space, we looked at a number of great tournament options spanning the city.
However, another option does exist for players looking for action while in Nevada, and that’s regulated online poker.
Going to the WSOP means you will automatically have online poker right at your fingertips, assuming you own some sort of electronic device with the capability of connecting to the interwebs. That’s because WSOP.com, the main provider of regulated online poker in Nevada, is run by Caesars, and the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino is a Caesars property.
First, you’ll need to create an account. I’m not going to get into the nitty gritty of it as most of the process should be familiar to poker players, but if you need a step-by-step guide, there is one right here.
Next, you’ll want to deposit some cash to get started. There are a number of options, all listed here, but the one I’ve seen players use the most is exchanging cash at the cage in any Caesars property.
Caesars is a corporation with a number of casino holdings in Nevada. You can go to the Rio, Caesars Palace, Planet Hollywood, Harrah’s, or Paris and deposit anywhere from $10 to $10,000 into your account. This also works as an easy and convenient withdrawal option.
Once you’ve got some money on there, you might be surprised at the breadth of poker options available to you.
Obviously, hold’em tables are the games most frequently running, but I’ve seen noted mixed-game enthusiast and PokerNews Editor-in-Chief Donnie Peters playing some stud from time to time. I had a couple of friends come to visit and play poker last summer, and they both love to play pot-limit Omaha. The majority of their action was live, but almost every day, if we were just sitting around the house, they could be found getting in $1/$2 PLO hands on WSOP.com.
One of the chief reasons for getting money onto WSOP.com is to play Event #66: $1,000 WSOP.com Online Bracelet No-Limit Hold’em. The WSOP brass debuted the online event in 2015, when Anthony Spinella took it down for $197,743 after beating a field of 905.
This year’s online bracelet event, which features unlimited reentry, kicks off July 8. Once again, it will play down to six players online and then finish live at the Rio, so everyone who makes it gets the full WSOP final table experience. You can check out the structure and schedule for this year’s event right here.
The WSOP has already laid out an extensive satellite schedule as well for this year’s online bracelet event. The gist of it is that starting May 25, there will be two satellites every day, a $30 entry at 1 p.m. and a $10 entry at 5 p.m. Both are turbo rebuys and guarantee one seat apiece. Then, the day before the bracelet event, there’s a 10-satellite bonanza scheduled with a total of 21 seats guaranteed.
Online poker on WSOP.com might not be the first thing that jumps to mind when you’re heading to Sin City for a poker trip, but it does have its selling points. Whether you plan on firing the $1,000 bracelet event or just want to supplement your live grinding with some relaxing sessions from a hotel room, it’s an option there for your consideration.
- To read Part 1 of this series, How To Attack the WSOP, Part 1: Planning What To Play, click here.
- To read Part 2 of this series, How to Attack the WSOP, Part 2: Taking Advantage of Satellites, Live and Online, click here.
- To read Part 3 of this series, How to Attack the WSOP, Part 3: Coming Prepared, click here.
- To read Part 4 of this series, How to Attack the WSOP, Part 4: Know Your Limits — Limit Versus No-Limit Strategy, click here.
- To read Part 5 of this series, How to Attack the WSOP, Part 5: Tips From the Pros, click here.
- To read Part 6 of this series, How to Attack the WSOP, Part 6: Make the Colossus Your Main Event, click here.
- To read Part 7 of this series, How to Attack the WSOP, Part 7: It’s Not Just About the Bracelet Events, click here.