The 2021 World Series of Poker (WSOP) is tipped to be the biggest poker tournament in WSOP history. Players had missed out on a live WSOP festival last year; and now, the event is finally returning, but instead of adopting the usual summer schedule, it will take place during the fall.
Some of the series’ most popular events will make a return this year, including The Millionaire Maker, Colossus, The Closer, Monster Stack and many others, but what makes the 2021 edition even more interesting is the addition of new exciting events, including a live version of Flip & Go, a popular fast-paced tournament available online at GGPoker.
GGPoker’s Flip & Go is mainly based on the pineapple poker variant, with elements from the lottery sit and go format also being incorporated into the new game. The idea is to get players straight into action, skipping all the boring parts.
The entire field initially goes all-in until one player remains at each table. The survivors then advance into the next round where all of them are guaranteed to take home some cash. From there, the game is played as a standard No-Limit Hold’em tournament.
The game’s Flipout stage differs from the traditional flipout format as it involves more skill. Players are dealt three cards and they must choose which one to discard. When this game is played online at GGPoker, the discard happens before the flop, but in the live version at the 2021 WSOP, players remove a card after the flop.
The Flip & Go bracelet event takes place on October 10 and comes with a $1,000 buy-in. Players start the action with 20,000 in starting chips. The event features two starting flights, taking place at 10am and 4pm on the same day, and players can enter both flights. Survivors from each Day 1 will combine on Day 2 to play down to a winner.
Merging of Live and Online Poker
The inclusion of a new flip-style bracelet event in the WSOP schedule is a first for the festival and is expected to generate significant interest among players.
Furthermore, it provides further proof that while live and online poker have significant differences, both can still work together, a trend evident during the pandemic when several live tournaments were turned into online poker tournaments.