PartyPoker Announces KO Series Starting September 8

PartyPoker Announces KO Series Starting September 8

Online poker players knew that PartyPoker had planned for a KO Series in September. It was happening.

However, PartyPoker only revealed the full schedule of all 283 tournaments a little more than a week before the series was set to start.

It is teed up and ready, though, with action beginning on September 8 and running through September 22. The entire series will consist of 283 online tournaments with buy-ins ranging from $2.20 to $5,200.

The KO Series will compete against the XL Eclipse series on 888poker this month, but its biggest competitor will be PokerStars. The World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) will begin a few days before the KO Series and is offering a staggering $75 million in tournament guarantees.

PartyPoker has loyal players, though, and it will certainly draw crowds to the online tables.

KO Series Basics

The KO Series is one featuring all progressive knockout tournaments. Not only is that type of event a player favorite, it also has the added benefit of no rake charged for the bounty element of the buy-ins.

Rake was removed from the PKO bounties in April 2018 at the suggestion of players and a push from PartyPoker pro Patrick Leonard. That makes the PKO tournaments even more appealing, as no rake is taken from the bounty element of each tournament buy-in.

This series will run September 8-22 and offer $30 million in guaranteed prize pools over the course of the 283 tournaments.

For most events, there will be a variety of buy-ins. For example, let’s look at the options for the first two events of the series:

Event 1:  NLHE 8-max

–High version = $215 buy-in with $200K GTD

–Medium version = $55 buy-in with $100K GTD

–Low version = $11 buy-in with $20K GTD

–Micro version = $2.20 buy-in with $5K GTD

Event 2:  NLHE 8-max

–Super high roller version = $5,200 buy-in with $750K GTD

–High roller version = $1,050 buy-in with $500K GTD

–High version = $215 buy-in with $300K GTD

–Medium version = $33 buy-in with $125K GTD

–Low version = $5.50 buy-in with $20K GTD

There are 70 unique events, but with each offering several buy-in options – varying from one tournament to another – it brings the grand total to 283 tournaments.

Main Event Options

On September 22, as the schedule reaches its last offerings, the Main Event will enter for the grand finale. There will be a Hold’em and Omaha version, each with numerous buy-ins. Those will be:

Event 67:  NLHE 8-max Main Event

–High roller version = $2,100 buy-in with $1M GTD

–High version = $320 buy-in with $1M GTD

–Medium version = $55 buy-in with $250K GTD

–Low version = $11 buy-in with $50K GTD

–Micro version = $2.20 buy-in with $7,500 GTD

Event 68:  PLO 6-max Main Event

–High roller version = $2,100 buy-in with $250K GTD

–High version = $320 buy-in with $100K GTD

–Medium version = $55 buy-in with $50K GTD

–Low version = $11 buy-in with $10K GTD

Discounted Tournament Tickets

As always, PartyPoker players will be able to win tickets into every tournament through satellites.

KO Series satellites are specifically marked and start as low as $0.22 to enter.

Phased satellites will cost only $2.20 to start. Players can win their way to a weekly final in which a total of 50 prize packages will be guaranteed. Each prize package is worth $110 and comprised of tickets to the medium buy-in NLHE and PLO Main Events.

A higher-priced phased satellite system is set up for bigger buy-ins. This begins with $109 buy-in satellites and awards 10 Main Event tickets weekly worth $5,200 each.

Additionally, PartyPoker is running KO Series SPINS. These are super-turbo SNGs that play three-handed and award a prize only to the winner. They cost $5 to enter, and though they usually award cash prizes, they will now also pay out with KO Series tournament tickets worth anywhere between $33 and $5,200.

It should be noted, though, that the most common awards for those $5 SPINS will be the $10 and $20 cash prizes. There will be many KO Series tickets up for grabs, mostly $33 and $55 tickets. However, the chance of winning a $1,050 seat is 50 in a million, to win a $2,100 seat is 30 in a million, and to win a $5,200 seat is literally one in a million.


About Jennifer Newell

Jennifer began writing about poker while working at the World Poker Tour in the mid-2000s. Since then, her freelance writing career has taken her from Los Angeles to Las Vegas and back to her hometown of St. Louis, where she now lives with her two dogs. She continues to follow the poker world as she also launches a new subscription box company and finishes her first novel. Jennifer has written for numerous publications including and has followed the US poker and gaming market closely for the last 15 years. Follow Jen on Twitter

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