Winamax Launches WSOP Main Event Online Qualifiers

French poker site Winamax launched a series of WSOP Main Event qualifiers with the 50th Anniversary World Series of Poker little more than a month away. Currently, Winamax plans to send several dozen qualifiers to the WSOP Main Event. The online card room is hosting qualifiers for two other WSOP bracelet events, too.

Winamax offers qualifiers to French players only. Despite shared player liquidity, Winamax does not have the right to offer WSOP buy-ins to Spanish players. 888casino bought the exclusive right to host WSOP qualifiers in the Spanish online poker market.

The World Series of Poker takes place at the Rio Convention Center in Las Vegas from May 28 to July 16, 2019.

The WSOP Main Event begins on July 3 and runs for 14 days. Like the past two years, the full World Series of Poker Main Event takes place in the summer. The final table ends in July, so no November Nine will take place.

€11,000 WSOP Packages

The Winamax qualifiers began on March 31 and runs twice weekly through June 4. Players can enter qualifiers on any Tuesday or Sunday until June 4th. The buy-in for qualifiers is €500. Winners collect a €11,000 package, including the US$10,000 buy-in fee and an additional hotel package worth €2,000.

The package includes not only hotel fees, but also airport reception, hotel transfer, and an “almost certain” Winamax column feature. Presumably, if your story isn’t compelling enough, Winamax won’t write a feature column about you.

WSOP qualifiers who need it also qualify for bilingual help at all key stages before the tournament, plus free entry into the world-renowned Winamax Players Party.

Qualifiers for WSOP Events

Winamax is hosting qualifiers for two WSOP side events, too. Both include packages worth €4,450. Card players can enter qualifiers for the WSOP $1,500 Double Stack on July 11. The Double Stack event is a 2-day competition and is listed as Event #82 if you wish to read more.

The second side event is the $1,111 Little One for One Drop. For each entry, $111 is donated to Guy Laliberte’s One Drop foundation, which provides clean water to needy communities around the globe. The Little One for One Drop event is an addendum to the biennial Big One for One Drop, which costs $100,000 to enter.

Each year, the Little One for One Drop event generates about US$500,000 for One Drop. Roughly 4,500 players enter the event, though final totals aren’t known at present. This year, Flight A starts on July 6 and Flight B begins on July 7.

Qualifiers for the $1,500 Double-Stack event and the Little One for One Drop event happen each Tuesday at Winamax.fr. They do not take place on Sunday at Winamax.

Cheapest Winamax WSOP Qualifiers

Some might consider €500 too expensive of an outlay. If you fall into that group, you can enter an Winamax online poker qualifer for as little as €10. These players need to win the €10 event to qualify for the €500, then win a second time to qualify.

Still, it’s a cheap way to win an all-expense paid trip to Las Vegas. Also, the risk is only €10, so if you lose, all you lose is time and €10.

WSOP at Rio Convention Center

This could be the final year for the World Series of Poker at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. A good chance exists that Caesars Entertainment sells itself to a competitor or merger with another company in the next 365 days. If so, then the new ownership likely would move WSOP from Rio to a more prestigious resort in the city.

The Rio hosted the World Series of Poker for the past 15 years. During the WSOP’s first 35 years, Binion’s Horseshoe in Downtown Las Vegas hosted the world’s biggest poker event. In 2005, most WSOP events took place at the Rio, but the main event continued at The Horseshoe.

Cliff Spiller

Cliff Spiller has been an online writer for more than a decade. He worked for Small World Marketing for years, where he covered topics like gaming, sports, movies, and how-to guides. He's covered US and international gambling news on BestOnlineCasinos.com, USPokerSites.com, and LegalUSPokerSites.com since 2014.

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