Poker Central Takes Poker Masters Online with PartyPoker
As the coronavirus pandemic spread across Europe and America, it prompted the cancellation of poker tournaments and, subsequently, the closure of casinos and card rooms altogether.
Tournament operators quickly gathered ideas to continue poker in this temporary but real realm of contagion and quarantine. There was one online poker company ready to take up the task, and that was PartyPoker.
When the Irish Poker Open was forced to cancel, its organizers partnered with PartyPoker and it’s now scheduled online. And when the World Poker Tour had to cancel its live events around the world, its executives contacted its oft-partner, PartyPoker, and organized the first-ever WPT Online Series.
Now, Poker Central and PartyPoker have teamed up to offer the first-ever Poker Masters Online.
Online and with Guarantees
The Poker Masters played its last series in November 2019. With 10 tournaments in all, high-stakes poker pro Sam Soverel not only won the last of them – the $100K buy-in NLHE Main Event – but he also won the Player of the Series leaderboard and the Poker Masters purple jacket.
Just last week, Poker Central was forced to cancel its US Poker Open as the coronavirus warnings resonated through Las Vegas casinos. And this week, all signed began pointing to more than just a few weeks of a quarantine-type situation.
— Poker Central (@PokerCentral) March 12, 2020
PartyPoker and Poker Central were no strangers in the poker world. They have worked together in the past. But for the first time, the two announced today that they are teaming up to offer the first Poker Masters Online.
The series will run from April 12-26 with a massive number of 30 high-stakes online poker tournaments. Altogether, there will be more than $15 million in prize pool guarantees. And the winner of the overall series will win $50,000 in cash and the Poker Masters purple jacket.
Poker Central President Sam Simmons noted, “We know PartyPoker is the right landing spot for our tournament brand to evolve into a new format. We value this partnership as a way to bring the poker community together in these uncertain times.”
Poker Masters Online Series Schedule
The schedule is similar to the high-stakes offerings by Poker Central that comprise series like the US Poker Open and Poker Masters. The lowest buy-in available is $10,300, and the highest is $51K to play the Main Event.
All tournaments are either No Limit Hold’em or Pot Limit Omaha, and they play either 8-max or 6-max tables. Their guarantees are $250K or $500K. And there are two tournaments each day.
There are some with higher guarantees that stray from the normal offerings. Those are as follows:
Event 19 / April 21: $25,500 NLHE 8-Max ($1M GTD)
Event 21 / April 22: $25,500 NLHE 8-Max ($1M GTD)
Event 23 / April 23: $25,500 PLO 6-Max ($1M GTD)
Event 25 / April 24: $25,500 NLHE 8-Max ($1M GTD)
Event 27 / April 25: $25,500 NLHE 8-Max ($1M GTD)
Event 29 / April 26: $51K NLHE 8-Max Main Event ($2M GTD)
The final event is one more NLHE 6-max event with a $10,300 buy-in and $250K guarantee to wrap the series on Sunday, April 26.
Hot off the presses 🔥📰
— Poker Central (@PokerCentral) March 19, 2020
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