PartyPoker Announces Next Three Online Tournament Series
The new year has started with numerous tournament announcements. The World Series of Poker has dominated much of the poker news with its ongoing press releases about the 2019 WSOP schedule for the summer. And as far as online poker operators, PokerStars covered all angles of the news in the first few weeks of 2019 with the PSPC and rest of the PCA in the Bahamas, as well as announcing its upcoming Turbo Series and new 6+ Hold’em game.
PartyPoker did get into the news with its PartyPoker MILLIONS LIVE 2019 schedule, though, which will take players to live events in Brazil and Canada, the Czech Republic and Bahamas, and then for a big online event.
However, there will be several online poker series coming up for PartyPoker, starting with the return of the KO Series, Monster Series, and Powerfest. The three key tournament series will run through February and March, though the Monster has yet to announce its official online series dates.
KO Series: February 3-17
Progressive Knockout tournaments have become increasingly popular in online poker, as bounties are placed on each player, making each elimination more valuable. And by eliminating a competitor, one’s own bounty increases. Targets increase in value as the action moves along.
Players seek out these online tournaments even more, as the rake was removed from the bounties in these events by PartyPoker by player demand. This happened in early 2018 when PartyPoker Ambassador Patrick Leonard took player concerns to the company and came out with a deal for PKOs to give players a rake break.
That means that this year’s KO Series that begins in a few days will be even more attractive.
Great news if you're a fan of massive PKO tourmaments because the #KOSeries returns to #partypoker from February 3rd and brings with it $15 million worth of guaranteed prize pools! Stay tuned for more details. https://t.co/g2JpV3zWwC 18+ Play responsibly. begambleaware pic.twitter.com/2HtOe71GaG
— partypoker (@partypoker) January 27, 2019
In all, the action will run from February 3-17 and offer $15 million in total guarantees. Technically, there will be 77 tournaments on the schedule, but that number can be multiplied, as most of them have several buy-in options: micro, low, medium, high, high roller, and super high roller levels. The buy-ins and guarantees for each event vary based on the version of the tournament.
Tournaments will range from the micro buy-in of $2.20 on up to a super high roller buy-in of $3,150. Guarantees vary as well, but the biggest of them will be on what could be dubbed as the Main Event. The $530 buy-in will offer a $500K guarantee, but Event 74 officially has six versions as follows:
KO #74-Mi: $3.30 buy-in 8-Max NLHE ($15K GTD)
KO #74-L: $11 buy-in 8-Max NLHE ($50K GTD)
KO #74-M: $33 buy-in 8-Max NLHE ($100K GTD)
KO #74-H: $109 buy-in 8-Max NLHE ($250K GTD)
KO #74-HR: $530 buy-in 8-Max NLHE ($500K GTD)
KO #74-SHR: $3,150 buy-in 8-Max NLHE ($300K GTD)
PartyPoker has listed the entire schedule with a search function by buy-in categories and registration availability.
Look no further than the #KOSeries Added satellites if you're looking for some incredible value because we're adding more than $350,000, yes $350,000, worth of tickets to these tournaments! More details here: https://t.co/fTSTGFpMzF 18+. Play responsibly. begambleaware pic.twitter.com/yQijJqjiQr
— partypoker (@partypoker) January 28, 2019
Monster Series: Dates Unknown
While the KO Series caters to all players, the Monster Series specifically targets low-stakes players. The last edition of it offered more than 100 tournaments and several million dollars in guarantees, and PartyPoker originally planned to run a Monster after the KO Series.
Pokerfuse reported that the Monster Series was originally scheduled to begin on February 24 and offer $3 million in guarantees, but the dates have been removed and overall guarantee may be lowered.
The $20 million guaranteed Powerfest, Monster Series for low stakes players and $15 million guaranteed KO Series from @partypoker are all slated to run in the first three months of 2019. https://t.co/b00BDkPgCy
— pokerfuse (@pokerfuse) January 24, 2019
The PartyPoker Monster Series web page now notes that there will be $2.5 million in guarantees in tournaments to run over an eight-day period, but the dates have not yet been confirmed.
Powerfest: March 31 – April 14
The largest tournament run online by PartyPoker each year is Powerfest, and the next rendition will be Powerfest IX. According to PartyPoker, the only thing confirmed is that the series will run from March 31 to April 14 with “a wide variety of buy-in levels, structures, and games.”
The 15 days of online tournaments will offer $20 million in total guarantees.
We saw that a few months back, partypoker cut gtds in the last week of Powerfest explicitly because they expected to have some WCOOP 'cover' (my word).
PokerStars did the ol' do-si-do and cut WCOOP short, leaving partypoker stranded. It was no accident.https://t.co/gItOS68oN3
— Nick Jones (@pokerprojones) December 13, 2018