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WTP PokerMania ONLINE Bracket Series!

March 4, 2024

Introducing our first ever WTP Online Bracket Tournament! Taking place from March 11th through April 13th, PokerMania is a multi-week promotion of head-to-head (not heads up) competition between players on WTP Online.

Read on for ALL the details on this awesome Online event!

What Is PokerMania?

Just like the March Madness brackets, participating players will be matched against each other for a one-on-one last player standing – with the winners moving on to the next round.

From Monday, March 11th to Sunday, March 17th, WTP Online players can claim one of 256 spots in our PokerMania bracket. WTP Pro players will have a great advantage by having many more opportunities to qualify – so if you’re a Free player, click here to consider upgrading right now!

Players can qualify by finishing in the Top 8 of the following “PLAY-IN” events:

  • PROS: All scheduled events from Monday, March 11 through Sunday, March 17

  • Free Players: 3pm Day Drinkers event from March 11 through 13 ONLY (Mon thru Wed)

On Monday, March 18th, all of the above Top 8 finishers will be set in a 256-player field with a random draw**. Just like the NCAA tournament, players will be pitted against each other in "one-on-one matchups" to advance to the next round (to 128 players, then 64, 32, 16, 8, 4, and 2).

**IF WE HAVE LESS THAN 256 PLAYERS: First-round “byes” will happen based on the players who earn the most qualifications during the PLAY-IN events. Again, another reason to GO PRO!

While free WTP Online players have three shots to qualify, WTP Pros will have more than 50! Click here to upgrade to PRO for the best chance to win!

PokerMania Prizes

All players that reach the Field of 64 will all receive PokerMania medallions. More prizes will be awarded for the following achievements:

  • Field of 8: Poker-only Access Pass to OPEN 31 and a 20-year Anniversary WTP T-shirt

  • Field of 4: Party & Poker Access Pass to OPEN 31 and a 20-year Anniversary WTP T-shirt

  • CHAMPION: 3 Nights Hotel and Two (2) Party & Poker Access Passes to OPEN 31, plus the and a 20-year Anniversary WTP T-shirt!

Here’s How It Works

Once the field is set, players will have specific dates during select Twisted River 7pm ET games they must compete in if they wish to advance:

Field of 256: Thursday, March 21st

Field of 128: Saturday, March 23rd

Field of 64: Thursday, March 28th

Field of 32: Saturday, March 30th

Field of 16: Thursday, April 4th

Field of 8: Saturday, April 6th

Field of 4: Thursday, April 11th

Field of 2: Saturday, April 13th

How to advance: You must simply last longer than your opponent in the above events. For example, let’s say Steve and Trish are in a matchup in the Field of 256 game. If Steve goes out in 60th place and Trish goes out in 45th place, Trish wins and advances in the bracket.

No-shows: If a player no-shows/doesn't play in one of the above events, their opponent wins and advances in the bracket. If neither player in a matchup shows up, neither advance, and the next player in the bracket will be advanced to the next matchup.

All of the above tournaments are regular tournaments that any WTP Pro can play. If you're not in the Field of 256, you can still participate in the above tournaments as you would normally.

Key Notes

  • The entire PokerMania Series will last through April 13th.

  • MOST IMPORTANTLY: Any player caught trying to collude with another will receive an automatic ban from WTP Online. This is designed to be fun – let’s not ruin it!

NOTE: All the rules are listed above. If you contact us with any questions, we will only refer you back to this page. Thank you!

Frequently Asked Questions

What if a player does not show up or play?

They forfeit their Matchup and the other player who did play will advance.

What if someone sits out for long periods of time to try to “game” the system? Let’s use some common sense here. While sitting out is never a valid strategy in trying to win a game, some may think it’s wise to simply sit out and wait out your opponent so you can advance. If a player is repeatedly doing this on purpose, they will be removed from the bracket and their opponent will advance. Use the WTP Help Center (click here) to report any egregious instances of players sitting out (do not contact us if a player gets disconnected or sits out on occasion).

What if both players in a Matchup go out at the same time?

However the Online system scores the elimination is how we will determine who advances. So if two players in a Matchup go out at basically the same time, whichever player gets the better finishing position will advance.

If I am a free player and qualify for the Bracket, will I be able to play in the select 7pm games? Yes, you will be able to enter any Bracket game you are qualified for or advance to. You will not have access to any other Pro event, though.

Does this qualify us for a seat into Nationals?

Not yet. We are using this initial series to see the response and learn where adjustments might be needed. In the future, you may see other qualifications stemming from these events.

Where and when will brackets be updated?

Generally the day after the previous event. Please be patient with us during weekends and off-hour times. All updates will be posted to our INFO website blog, our WTP Facebook page, and the Official WTP Online Facebook group.



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