WSOP Circuit Questions

    • Beeeej
      Beeeej
      Basic
      Joined: 17.02.2012 Posts: 3
      (I'm new to this site and its forum, and I don't see any other section of the forum where this would be more appropriate to post, so I'm going to do it here...)

      I've been playing small stakes tournaments in the NYC area, and I would like to try my hand at a sanctioned larger-stakes event. I don't know for certain that I'm ready for it in terms of skill and practice, but I'm going to do it sooner or later, and I have a few vacation days coming to me.

      Anyway, I'm looking at the 2011/12 WSOP Circuit, particularly the stop at Caesars Atlantic City from March 1-12, as my best opportunity to enter a couple of tournaments for real money. But I have some questions to which I cannot find the answers on the WSOP website, so I was hoping that someone here might know a little more about how WSOP events work. Please forgive me in advance for what will likely seem like dumb questions to the veteran players and posters.

      1. What is a "ring event" vs. a "non-ring event"? My impression was that a "ring game" was a cash game, i.e., a non-tournament poker game. So I'm confused by the use of "ring event" to describe a tournament. A careful Google search has finally turned up for me the possibility that this simply means they award the winning player a gold ring to wear on his finger in addition to WSOP points - is that really it?

      2. How, where, and when will I be able to register for these tournaments in advance? Atlantic City isn't that far away, but I'm loathe to make the trip if I don't know for certain that I can get a seat at some of these events. The only registration page on the WSOP website is for the 2012 main event - and, well, I'm not quite there yet. :rolleyes:

      3. How do "re-entry" events work? For instance, take Event #2A and Event #2B on the March 1-10 schedule page. #2A is a three-day event and #2B is a two-day event, and apparently if you get knocked out in #2A, you can re-enter in #2B. Does that mean that if I buy into #2A, get knocked out on the first day, and then re-enter in #2B on its first day, I'll now be facing people who have huge chip stacks from #2A plus people who didn't buy in until #2B started? That doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me, so I had to ask. Plus, does it mean that if I buy into #2A and get knocked out on the second day, I'm no longer allowed to re-enter in #2B, I'm just plain done?

      4. For the Main Event Mega Satellite on March 9, which is a satellite to the Circuit Main Event on March 10, is the one and only prize a seat at the March 10 tournament for the individual winner of the Satellite? Or are there several seats to be given out - and are there also cash prizes?

      4b. Similar question for the March 11 and 12 "Road to the Main Event" 2012 WSOP Main Event Satellites - would I be playing solely for a seat in the WSOP Main Event this summer? How many seats will be given out? Are there also cash prizes in the Satellite?

      Thanks again for your patience with me, and my appreciation in advance for anyone who's able to help.
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    • purplefizz
      purplefizz
      Bronze
      Joined: 12.03.2008 Posts: 4,508
      hi Beeeej,

      warm welcome to the forum. whew! you've got quite a lot of questions there.

      i hope some of the members can chip in, but to be honest, majority of the forum is made of online players from europe and asia. i think the best and most accurate source of info would be to email the WSOP support directly. it's at the bottom of the page you posted.
      Contact WSOP

      so have you been playing long?

      regards,
      wendy
    • chenny8888
      chenny8888
      Bronze
      Joined: 03.10.2007 Posts: 19,324
      Originally posted by Beeeej
      1. What is a "ring event" vs. a "non-ring event"? My impression was that a "ring game" was a cash game, i.e., a non-tournament poker game. So I'm confused by the use of "ring event" to describe a tournament. A careful Google search has finally turned up for me the possibility that this simply means they award the winning player a gold ring to wear on his finger in addition to WSOP points - is that really it?
      That's all it is, yes. Generally the ring events are the more prestigious ones. But also higher buyin, more people.

      Originally posted by Beeeej
      3. How do "re-entry" events work? For instance, take Event #2A and Event #2B on the March 1-10 schedule page. #2A is a three-day event and #2B is a two-day event, and apparently if you get knocked out in #2A, you can re-enter in #2B. Does that mean that if I buy into #2A, get knocked out on the first day, and then re-enter in #2B on its first day, I'll now be facing people who have huge chip stacks from #2A plus people who didn't buy in until #2B started? That doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me, so I had to ask. Plus, does it mean that if I buy into #2A and get knocked out on the second day, I'm no longer allowed to re-enter in #2B, I'm just plain done?
      If you get knocked out in day 1A you can reenter in day 1B. People who survived day A go through to day 2, where they are joined by the people surviving day 1B. if you get knocked out from both, then that's it, your tournament is done.

      Originally posted by Beeeej
      4. For the Main Event Mega Satellite on March 9, which is a satellite to the Circuit Main Event on March 10, is the one and only prize a seat at the March 10 tournament for the individual winner of the Satellite? Or are there several seats to be given out - and are there also cash prizes?

      4b. Similar question for the March 11 and 12 "Road to the Main Event" 2012 WSOP Main Event Satellites - would I be playing solely for a seat in the WSOP Main Event this summer? How many seats will be given out? Are there also cash prizes in the Satellite?
      That'll depend on how many runners they get for the satellite
    • Beeeej
      Beeeej
      Basic
      Joined: 17.02.2012 Posts: 3
      Wendy -

      Thank you for the response and the warm welcome! I went looking for the best poker discussion forums I could find, and sadly most of them seemed to be a few years out of date because they'd been hosted by actual commercial poker sites. So I thought I'd give it a shot here, though I will of course understand if nobody here has the expertise to help.

      Believe it or not, I did use the "Contact WSOP" page - which basically says "If you can't find an answer to your question, send us an email." I did exactly that several days ago, asking my questions in detail - and the reply, which arrived the next day, said, "Call our customer service number. We hope you've found this reply helpful."

      I called the customer service number, and nobody there was able to answer my questions. They said they host the WSOP events, but they don't work for the WSOP.

      So I'm really not sure where to go at this point. The WSOP website seems to presume everyone who plays in these tournaments already knows how the tournament works.

      Ultimately I've been playing some variation of tournament Texas Hold 'em for about eleven years, but I've only gotten semi-serious about it in the past two years.

      Thanks again!
    • Beeeej
      Beeeej
      Basic
      Joined: 17.02.2012 Posts: 3
      Thanks for your help, chenny8888! I guess at this point I consider "how do I sign up for the damn things?" to be the most important question, so I'll keep pursuing that.
    • chenny8888
      chenny8888
      Bronze
      Joined: 03.10.2007 Posts: 19,324
      Originally posted by Beeeej
      Thanks for your help, chenny8888! I guess at this point I consider "how do I sign up for the damn things?" to be the most important question, so I'll keep pursuing that.
      they'll have it on the day at the casino, just rock up with cash an hr in advance or something and you'll be fine.
    • purplefizz
      purplefizz
      Bronze
      Joined: 12.03.2008 Posts: 4,508
      there ya have it, straight from one of the most dashing live pros :D

      thanks chenny :) and lots of luck beeeej! you will let us know how you get on, right? we'd love to hear all about the experience, both good and bad ;) ship it!