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GGPoker and WSOP Join Forces for Super Circuit
GGPoker and the World Series of Poker have joined forces for an unprecedented online poker event. The WSOP Super Circuit Online Series debuts on GGPoker during May.
The poker community is still waiting for the confirmation of the schedule, but they’ve received some hints. A press release on April 15 revealed a schedule of “hundreds of events” is planned. Some eighteen WSOP Circuit gold ring awarding events headline the to-be-confirmed schedule.
Whoever wins the series’ Main Event receives an invite to the $1,000,000 World Series of Poker Global Casino Championship freeroll. The invite extends to the winner of the series’ leaderboard champion too.
WSOP recently ran a successful Online Super Circuit Series on its Nevada platform. This is the operator’s first forway into the global online poker market.
WSOP Thrilled To Join Forces With GGPoker
“We’re thrilled to partner with an operator on the rise who is both aggressive and passionate about growing poker engagement around the world,” said Ty Stewart, the Executive Director of the WSOP.
“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.”
Head of GGPoker, Jean-Christophe Antoine, is equally as excited for the series.
“A GGPoker and WSOP partnership brings together two like-minded global organizations. I can’t wait to see GGPoker players competing for WSOP Circuit rings online!”
Why GGPoker and Not 888poker?
Many believe this is the first clear indication that the 2020 WSOP in Las Vegas won’t happen. The 2020 WSOP should start in mid-May but looks unlikely with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic scuppering everyone’s plans.
It makes sense for the WSOP to switch to an online format, although there are obstacles. Segregated markets is the biggest hurdle. The WSOP prides itself on being accessible by poker players the world over. This can’t happen online due to rules, laws, and regulations.
Most of Europe plays together, but France, Spain, and Portugal all share the same traffic. Italians have to play against their own nationality, too.
It’s surprising to see WSOP opt for GGPoker and not 888poker. WSOP has 888poker as its official online poker sponsor. It’s only possible to qualify for WSOP events online in Europe at 888poker. Also, WSOP’s online products are powered by 888poker’s software.
GGPoker has approximately 50% more cash game traffic. Its tournament schedule is also far superior. A $500,000 guaranteed $150 buy-in freezeout runs every Sunday at GGPoker. 888Poker almost always fails to hit its $100,000 Sunday Mega Deep guarantee every week.
It is still a puzzling decision to ditch your long-term partner when they have a ready-made site to host a series.
Who Is The GGNetwork?
The GGNetwork is a series of online poker site of which GGPoker is the flagship site. Sites on the network used to only offer online poker to Asian countries. Recently, they expanded into Europe and have their sights set on the United States.
GGPoker has a very aggressive marketing approach that acts quickly to customer demands. They essentially copied another online poker site’s reward system within days of it going live. The site has also ramped up its stable of ambassadors.
Bryn Kenney, the player with the most live poker tournament winnings in the world, is an ambassador. As is Brazil’s Felipe Ramos. GGPoker signed poker superstar Daniel Negreanu last year and Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier this week.
Industry insiders believe Negreanu was key to WSOP choosing GGPoker for this online festival. Negreanu is held in extremely high esteem with the WSOP management. There is no way GGPoker would have approached WSOP to host this series, nor would the WSOP evet dream of approaching GGPoker. Negreanu is the common denominator in this.