Covet a WSOP bracelet? N.J. is 1 of 2 states where players can compete in World Series of Poker online event

Weekly events in October, November feature approximately $10M in prize money

As the online gambling marketplace continues to grow, Caesars Entertainment is again offering a way for players to earn the most coveted bracelets in poker as well as a decent cash payout.

And — dare we say — the odds are in favor of someone from New Jersey winning some of them.

Starting Oct. 3 and continuing each Sunday throughout the tournament, will host a gold bracelet online tournament, starting at 8:30 p.m.

The event will open with a Double Bracelet Day on Oct. 3 and go through Nov. 21, when there will be a mini main event. Only players in New Jersey and Nevada will be eligible for most of the events.

In total, throughout the 2021 World Series of Poker event, 10 gold bracelets will be contested on the Nevada and New Jersey poker network, plus one culminating bracelet for players on Pennsylvania.

Interested players need to go through the online WSOP platform to participate. (Register here.)

The World Series of Poker comes at a time when internet gambling is growing.

The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement said online gambling in August did $113 million in revenue, No. 3 all-time and the seventh time in eight months that online gaming topped $100 million.

Of that total, $2.4 million came from poker — although only three casinos are in the game: Caesars’ platform led the way at $964,818, followed by Borgata ($800,113) and Resorts ($678,483).

Caesars officials view the World Series of Poker as an opportunity to introduce — or reintroduce — the concept.

“We want players to be in on the action, even if they are unable to make it to Las Vegas for the main event,” Danielle Barille, director of WSOP Online Poker, said. “With the accessibility of online poker, we are able to bring the excitement and action from the tables straight into the homes of poker fans all across New Jersey.”

Not to mention solid prize money.

In 2019, the WSOP held nine online bracelet events concurrent to the offline series, with a total prize pool of $9,880,110. It’s unclear how much the top players each week will receive.

WSOP online bracelets have been a part of the live festival since 2015.

Ty Steward, senior vice president of the World Series of Poker at Caesars Entertainment, said online poker is an important form of tournament poker in 2021.

“Our philosophy has always been to provide players the most options of any poker festival in the world,” he said. “ online bracelets have a strong track record of significant prize pools, making them a great option for players who want to multitable while in a live tournament, or play from the convenience of their home or hotel.”