Michigan online poker players will have their shot at another bracelet this fall, as WSOP MI has revealed its plans to host a singular bracelet-awarding event on October 15 — the only bracelet event the operator is running. This is a significant reduction compared to last year’s second round of online bracelet events, which saw six tournaments.
During the summer series, WSOP MI featured seven events, but for the second round, the site decided to significantly cut the numbers for Michigan and Pennsylvania, confirming that only one event is to take place on October 15.
This may come as a disappointment to players in these two states, especially in the light of the fact that those in the shared player pool of WSOP NJ/NV have a chance to compete for as many as 33 bracelets, and even WSOP Ontario saw eight bracelet tournaments on its now-concluding schedule.
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One Shot at Glory
With the event now only a couple of weeks away and WSOP officials confirming their decision several times, it is clear that Michigan players will have to be content with a single extra attempt at a bracelet in 2023.
The tournament is set for October 15, featuring a $1000 buy-in and a respectable guarantee of $150,000. It will play out in the popular Mystery Bounty format, featuring a 30,000 starting stack and 15-minute levels. Bounties will come into play after level 18.
As is customary for most online tournaments these days, those who get eliminated early on will have a chance to reenter. All players will be allowed up to three reentries during the first 270 minutes of play.
WSOP Super Circuit & Mystery Bounty Series as a Consolation
While WSOP MI players have been somewhat shortchanged in terms of bracelet opportunities, the operator somewhat remedied a situation with a Mystery Bounty Series that is now in its final stretch.
The series consists of a total of 17 tournaments, all featuring the MB format and buy-ins ranging from $30 – $1000, allowing players some “target practice” for the big event. A few tournaments remain on the docket before things conclude on October 2.
Alongside and immediately after the singular bracelet event, MI players will have plenty of opportunities to compete for WSOP bling of a different ilk. The WSOP Super Circuit Series comprises 18 events in total, with most buy-ins in the $215 – $320 range. There are a few more expensive events on the docket as well, and one $100 tournament on October 8 ($25,000 GTD Mystery Bounty NLH).
In addition to cash prizes, all event winners will receive WSOPC gold rings. These may not be as prestigious as bracelets, but they still make for a nice addition to one’s trophy collection.
While Michigan players will have to be content with one bracelet event this year, this could change significantly in 2024. With Michigan joining the MSIGA back in January, the door was opened for operators to combine their player pools across state borders.
So far, only PokerStars has taken advantage of this opportunity, joining its MI and NJ platforms, but WSOP.com could soon follow suit. When this happens, players in three states, MI, NJ, and NV, will be able to compete in the same tournaments, resulting in more bracelet opportunities for Michiganders.
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