Awarding $700K in Prizes Ahead of Real Money Launch

Players have three different ways to win their share of the $700,000 being given away by this summer. (Jay Newnum photo)

Players have three different ways to win their share of the $700,000 being given away by this summer. (Jay Newnum photo)

Cards are in the air at the 2013 WSOP, with poker players competing for 62 bracelets over the course of the summer. They’ll soon be able to play at as well and they’ll have plenty of incentive to do so. is awarding over $700,000 in cash and tournament seats in conjunction with their soon-to-be launched real money online poker platform in Nevada. Three different promotions will give players plenty of opportunities to get in on the action.

Players who register for a account will automatically be entered into a giveaway where one randomly selected player will get a seat into a bracelet event the next day. There will be 36 such drawings throughout the 2013 WSOP, with one lucky winner receiving free entry into the $111,111 One Drop High Roller, which is expected to have a prizepool of over $10 million. There will be over $180,000 in seats awarded by the end of the 2013 WSOP.

All newly registered players are also automatically registered for a $100,000 freeroll, which will be held in October. That tournament will be followed by eight other No Limit Hold’em events during a series that will be called the Online Championships. Running from October 25 through November 2, the events will feature $300,000 in added prize money and an added bonus for the nine players who win.

The winners advance to the first ever “Online Nine”, with the nine champions getting another $100,000 freeroll at the Rio on November 4. They’ll play down to the final two players online and stop, with the heads-up match taking place inside the Penn & Teller Theater on November 5 immediately before the final table of the 2013 WSOP Main Event.

Finally, players who register on and play in a WSOP bracelet event have a chance to have money added to their online accounts. The “Hot Seat” promotion will give a randomly selected player who wears a patch at the table $500 in bonus money in their online account. There will be 64 such prizes awarded at the 2013 WSOP.

“Being the online brand extension of the World Series of Poker affords us the exclusive opportunity to offer players unique promotions that integrate the offline and soon-to-be online offerings of the WSOP,” said Michael Staskin, vice president of marketing and brand for Caesars Interactive Entertainment, Inc., the owner of “We are incredibly excited about’s upcoming launch of real money poker in Nevada and rewarding players who have always shown their loyalty and passion for the World Series of Poker brand.” is still awaiting final regulatory approval from the Nevada Gaming Control Board.

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Tim Fiorvanti

Tim Fiorvanti graduated from St. John's University with a B.S. in Journalism in 2008. After several years in the industry, he started working for BLUFF in the summer of 2010. He worked his way up at BLUFF and joined full time as a Senior Writer in April of 2012. Fiorvanti now serves as the Managing Editor of BLUFF. He's a tortured Mets and Jets fan, along with several other frustrating allegiances, but he's also a two-time defending BLUFF Fantasy Football Champion.
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