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The novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has caused a lot of economic pain. Still, it is raining money for the online poker operators who are witnessing an unprecedented spurt in traffic as the majority of the world’s population is stuck indoors practicing the only sure way of avoiding this contagious virus – “social distancing”!
The direct fallout on the poker industry has been that all live venues are shut and all upcoming live tournament stops have either been canceled or postponed. Even as the fate of the annual World Series of Poker (WSOP) hangs in the balance, the brand’s online site WSOP.com has gone on overdrive these last few weeks. After pulling off an immensely successful Online Super Circuit Series from March 14 to 31, the site is presently hosting the biggest online series ever in the U.S., the Spring Online Championships Series (April 5 to May 3).
While WSOP.com was good to cater to poker players residing in Delaware, Nevada, and New Jersey, WSOP has now set its sights on the global poker audience by tying up with GGPoker. Announcing the collaboration in a press release on April 15, WSOP will be debuting the WSOP Super Circuit Online Series on the GGPoker Network. Even though the exact details are yet to be announced, the series is likely to begin in early May and continue for approximately three weeks. The WSOP has confirmed that there will be hundreds of events throughout the series, with 18 premium events awarding WSOPC gold rings.
GGPoker players will be able to qualify for WSOP Super Circuit events via satellite tournaments, ensuring a shot at big prizes and WSOP glory at a potentially low investment.
The WSOP International Circuit is moving online in May in partnership with @GGPokerOfficial
The Super Circuit for International players will award 18 Circuit rings and 2 seats to the Global Casino Championship.
More details to come soon. pic.twitter.com/olJIUYi1V9
— WSOP (@WSOP) April 15, 2020
As is customary at WSOPC live events, this upcoming series on GGPoker will also be awarding two seats to the $1 million WSOP Global Casino Championship bracelet event. One of these seats will be awarded to the Main Event winner while the other one will go to the player of the series.
Sounding excited on this new collaboration, the Head of GGPoker Jean-Christophe Antoine, said: “I’m thrilled to reveal that GGPoker will be hosting the WSOP Super Circuit Online Series in partnership with World Series of Poker.”
Antoine added, “A GGPoker and WSOP partnership brings together two like-minded global organizations, and I can’t wait to see GGPoker players competing for WSOP Circuit rings online!”
Commenting on the partnership, the Executive Director of World Series of Poker Ty Stewart, said: “We’re thrilled to partner with an operator on the rise who is both aggressive and passionate about growing poker engagement around the world. It was unfortunate that we were forced to cancel so many offline WSOP Circuit events this Spring, but with vast reach, GGPoker plans to dwarf the prize pools of the suspended events all at once in one truly super WSOP Circuit.”
Even the six-time WSOP bracelet winner and GGPoker Ambassador Daniel Negreanu was stoked about this new series, and he said, “I give credit to the WSOP for bringing the circuit online during these trying times. Winning a circuit ring is a great honor. Online players will love the experience of chasing rings at GGPoker.”
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