March Madness Poker Series Underway March Madness Poker Series Underway

March Madness typically rallies college basketball fans online and around their television screens – not to mention to sportsbooks and betting sites – through the month of March. This year, the much-anticipated basketball games are nowhere to be found. The spread of coronavirus prompted the games’ cancellation.

That same COVID-19 outbreak also prompted casino owners to shut down their properties around the United States. Not only were there no games on which to bet, there was no sportsbook at which to bet on anything at all. doesn’t need basketball for its March Madness, though. The March Madness Poker Series, running on and BetOnline sharing the same network, kicked off earlier this week and runs through March 29.

Everyone Logs On

Live poker players lost their live cash games and tournaments in the span of two weeks. They also lost most of the sports on which they would normally wager. They have turned online for all of their poker and betting needs.

There is no better place to play some tournament poker and wager on sports than

Both activities require only one account. And while there may be no basketball, baseball, or other pro sports open for wagers, there are several options, such as MMA and UFC fights, cricket games, and a few other sports. And for those with different interests, they can bet on everything from stock prices and television shows to spelling bees and hot dog-eating contests.

March Madness Tournament Series

This series is different than others offered to US players right now in that it is comprised mostly of Progressive Knockout tournaments.

The March Madness Tournament Series kicked off on March 15 and continues through March 29. There will be 80 tournaments in all and $750,000 in guaranteed prize pools, all in a 15-day time span.

This Saturday, March 21, there will be eight tournaments with tens of thousands in guarantees, and Sunday nine events with even more money promised.

Tournament buy-ins are very affordable, starting at just $1.10 and going up to $525. There will be a series finale and several big events on the last day of action. The lineup will be as follows, all on March 29:

Event 74 at 11am:  $33 NLHE Bounty 6s ($7,500 GTD, 50/50 bounty split)

Event 75 at 1pm:  $109 NLHE Main Event ($150K GTD, no bounties)

Event 76 at 4pm:  $5.50 NLHE Bounty ($5K GTD, 50/50 bounty split)

Event 77 at 4pm:  $22 NLHE Monster Grind ($30K GTD, no bounties)

Event 78 at 4pm:  $110 NLHE Bounty ($25K GTD, 50/50 bounty split)

Event 79 at 6pm:  $215 NLHE Monster ($50K GTD, no bounties)

Event 80 at 6pm:  $55 NLHE Monster ($40K GTD, no bounties)

Players should know that there are satellites to many of the tournaments on the schedule, and is running $15K in prize pools daily for freerolls.


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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