Five 2020 WSOP Bracelet Events That Won’t Break The Bank

The bracelet awarded tot he champion of Event #1 of the 2019 WSOP

Poker tournament players around the world dream of winning a WSOP bracelet. It is seen as the highest accolade a player can receive. A permanent reminder that, for one tournament at least, they were the best player in the world.

Playing in live poker events, particularly at the WSOP, can be expensive. Take the Main Event, for example, with its $10,000 buy-in. Not many people out there can afford to take a $10,000 shot at a bracelet, even if that event has a $10 million top prize.

You don’t have to spend a fortune in order to be with a chance of winning a bracelet in 2020. The WSOP prides itself on being a festival for the players so the 2020 schedule has plenty of low buy-in options. Discounting the online poker tournaments, here are five bracelet events that won’t break the bank.

Win a Bracelet For $400 in the Colossus

Sejin park won South Korea's first-ever WSOP bracelet

Colossus by name, colossus by nature, this $400 buy-in bracelet event is quite ridiculous. Last year’s Colossus attracted a field of 13,109 players to the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. That five-figure attendance saw the prize pool swell to $4,382,515 for a $400 buy-in event!

The top 45 finisher won five-figure prizes, with the top five walking away with six-figure hauls! Andrew Barber, Juan Lopez, and Ryan Depaulo busted, leaving Sejin Park and Georgios Kapalas to fight for the bracelet. Park emerged victorious to get his hands on the gold and an incredible $451,272.

The Record-Breaking BIG 50

Tournaments don’t come much bigger than the BIG 50 despite it only costing $500 to enter. This multi-day event is huge with a capital H. The BIG 50 appeared on last year’s schedule to help celebrate 50 years of the WSOP. Nobody expected the poker community’s fantastic response.

Some 28,371 players bought in before late registration closed on the final starting flight. This gave the BIG 50 the title of largest-ever live poker tournament held anywhere in the world.

Femi Fashakin won the BIG 50’s bracelet and a rather substantial $1,147,449. Imagine becoming a millionaire from a $500 buy-in event. Stop daydreaming, make it happen.

Funky Buy-in, Funky Top Prize, It’s the Crazy Eights

888poker is the official online poker partner of the WSOP and has its own special event in its honor. The Crazy Eights is an $888 buy-in tournament that guarantees the champion banks an $888,888 prize. It’s weird, but it’s wonderful and a cheapish way to play for a bracelet.

Playing the Crazy Eights means you’re in it for the long haul because 10,185 players bought in last year. Ricardo Alvarado outlasted them all and returned home with $888,888. The victory rounded off a great week for Alvarado as he won a $1,100 PLO tournament for $153,489 a couple of days prior to his bracelet win.

Win a Bracelet While Helping Charity in the Little One for One Drop

The Big One for One Drop is a $1 million buy-in event only accessible by the game’s elite. it’s fair to say this is our of the constraints of your bankroll. The $1,111 buy-in Little One for One Drop, however, is far more affordable.

Almost 950 of the 6,248 entrants received a slice of the $5,623,200 prize pool. Those in first through seventh place book a six-figure haul. James Anderson was the last man standing and he netted a cool $690,686 and his first WSOP bracelet. Anderson had come close to winning gold several times over the years and finally got the monkey off his back.

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire Maker?

$1.3 million and a gold WSOP bracelet went to John Gorsuch

The Millionaire Maker is the most expensive bracelet awarding event on our list but still only costs $1,500 to enter. It pays the champion at least $1 million, as the name suggests, and it fulfilled this promise in 2019.

John Gorsuch topped a field of 8,809 runners to turn his $1,500 into a bracelet and $1,344,930. He defeated Japan’s Kazuki Ikeuchi heads-up, resigning the runner-up to a still welcome $830,783.

This particular event attracts a mix of keen recreational players and seasoned professionals. The latter tend to play fast and loose, hoping to go big early or go home.

Matthew Pitt

Matthew Pitt

If it’s something you can play online for real money, chances are Matthew knows a bit about it. He’s been writing about slots, craps and poker for the better part of the last decade. He’s written for PokerNews, PartyPoker and many other respected online gambling websites during the last nine years.


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