The entire poker fraternity is waiting for the richest poker tournament to kick off. Each one around the world is polishing up to play the biggest ever World Series of Poker (WSOP) which is about to kick in within a week, the US based players in Nevada and New Jersey can enjoy playing on WSOP.com beginning on 1 July.
Get ready for mouth watering guarantees and formats you have never seen before at the WSOP 2020. To make the season more interesting, GGpoker announced its real name policy in early June. The popular poker site is switching to a real names system and with this move, the rapid growing poker room hopes to end network multi-accounting. The new policy will make its way to the upcoming WSOP Online events as well.
Starting 19 July, GGpoker will host 54 online bracelet events on its online poker network comprising GGPoker itself and its skin, Natural8. These events will stretch over 50 days until the first week of September. The head of GGPoker Network, Jean-Christophe Antoine, on the pokerfuse podcast said, “We think it’s a good thing for online poker. We don’t know yet if it’s good to do it for everyone every format, every game type, et cetera, so what we’re doing is we are trailing it. We’re starting testing the waters, starting step-by-step,” he further added, “We’re slowly rolling it out, and if it works well, then we will expand it. If it doesn’t work well, we’ll review it.”
A total of 85 WSOP gold bracelets will be given out this summer. For GGPoker events, the use of real names will be utilized at the final table only that means the rest of the tournament will be played as a traditional online tournament with players displaying their screen names. However, it is still not clear whether the online bracelet events on WSOP.com for players residing in New Jersey and Nevada will also utilize their real names.
In June, those playing on GGPoker received a message saying, “Thank you for being an active member of our VIP Games. We are contacting you to inform you of our new VIP Game policy. It has recently come to light that some players are creating multiple accounts to hide [sic] identity and target weaker players despite our effort to police it. This is affecting the safety of our VIPs and hurting the integrity of the game. As such, we plan on progressively converting players’ nicknames to their Real Names.”
The step taken by GGPoker is beneficial to some extent but at the same time it raises concern as some players may not feel free to reveal their identities. For more updates on WSOP Online series, stay tuned to GutshotMagazine.com