WPT and PartyPoker Partner for Summer Championships
The World Poker Tour’s first foray into the world of real-money online poker has been successful thus far. The inaugural WPT Online Series on PartyPoker kicked off this month with 10 WPT-branded tournaments amidst a series of even larger proportions.
With early success and a lot of confidence, the World Poker Tour and PartyPoker announced they are teaming up again for the WPT World Online Championships from July 1 through August 9.
Big Numbers for WPT Online
This first cluster of online poker tournaments for the WPT on PartyPoker began last weekend and led to an exciting few days. Many of the tournaments only started their initial flights, but a few events ran to completion already. Those results were:
Event 1: $5,200 WPT Opener ($2M GTD)
Prize pool: $2,173,150
Winner: Leo Fernandez (Argentina) for $409,638
— World Poker Tour (@WPT) May 4, 2020
Event 1: $530 WPT Mini Opener ($500K GTD)
Prize pool: $681K
Winner: Evgeny Galakhov (Russia) for $115,293
Event 2: $2,100 WPT Knockout ($1M GTD)
Prize pool: $1,002,000
Winner: Paul Hofer (Germany) for $74,004.05 + $81,970.71 bounties
Event 5: $1,575 WPT Superstack ($500K GTD)
Prize pool: $643,500
Winner: Tamas Adamszki (Hungary) for $122,908.50
Event 6: $5,200 WPT PLO High Roller ($500K GTD)
Prize pool: $505K
Winner: Ola Amundsgaard (Norway) $117,115.59
Event 7: $1,050 WPT PLO Knockout ($200K GTD)
Prize pool: $242K
Winner: Jesper Hougaard (Denmark) for $21,264.93 + $21,917.97 bounties
Event 8: $2,100 WPT 6-Max Bounty Hunter ($500K GTD)
Prize pool: $580K
Winner: Guillaume Nolet (Canada) for $47,47,874.85 + $66,000.01 bounties
Event 9: $5,200 WPT High Roller ($1M GTD)
Prize pool: $1,125,000
Winner: Pascal Hartmann (Austria) for $205,826.53
Event 10: $1,050 WPT Heads-Up ($100K GTD)
Prize pool: $121K
Winner: Anthony Zinno (Canada) for $29,040
— World Poker Tour (@WPT) May 6, 2020
Event 11: $10,300 WPT High Roller ($1M GTD)
Prize pool: $1,050,000
Winner: Sam Greenwood (Canada) for $257,250
Event 12: $530 WPT Turbo Bounty ($150K GTD)
Prize pool: $205,500
Winner: Gianluca Escobar (Malta) for $15,450.44 + $22,757.85 bounties
Event 13: $2,650 WPT 6-Max ($500K GTD)
Prize pool: $732,500
Winner: Daniel Reijmer (Mexico) for $167,137.47
Event 14: $25,500 WPT Super High Roller ($2M GTD)
Prize pool: $2,450,000
Winner: Charles Carel (UK) for $600,250
Carrel wins $600,250 and is now near the top of the WPT Online leaderboard.
— World Poker Tour (@WPT) May 8, 2020
Actually, there are many more, but we’ll summarize the biggest events at a later date.
WPT Online Series Changes
PartyPoker and the WPT received player feedback regarding the overlap of the WPT Online Main Event and WPTDeepStacks. The Main Event was scheduled to play its Day 2 on May 18 and final day on May 19, and those are the two days set for the WPTDeepStacks.
With that in mind, the executives made some changes. The WPTDeepStacks will keep a starting flight on May 18 but then move the conclusion of the tournament to May 27.
Further, the WPTDS tournament guarantee is now $3 million, increased from $2 million.
WPT Online Series Update: The @WPTDeepStacks $1K $3M has been moved to after the @WPT $3K $5M Main Event @partypoker & Closer moved to Sunday $530 $1M. Details in video below. Cheers Rob 🍻 pic.twitter.com/slL3jQCOQb
— Rob Yong (@rob_yong_) May 9, 2020
WPT World Online Championships Set for Summer
Last week, the World Poker Tour announced the next big series to be held online via PartyPoker. It will be the WPT World Online Championships, featuring 15 championship tournaments and an entire series set for July 1 through August 9, 2020.
The main event of the series will be the $10,300 buy-in WPT World Online Championship, which will officially close out Season XVIII of the World Poker Tour. Many players will recall that the WPT often closed out its season with a World Championship event, but that has been missing in the last several years. The last one was the closer for Season XIII at Borgata in Atlantic City.
PartyPoker LIVE President John Duthie noted, “Players have asked us to do something special, and the WPT World Online Championships is the perfect way to meet the demand of the summer poker season.”
Action will kick off on July 1, but the aforementioned highlight of the series will happen at the beginning of August. That schedule is set:
–$10,300 buy-in WPT World Championship Main Event (freezeout)
—–Day 1A on Saturday, August 1
—–Day 1B on Sunday, August 2
—–Day 2 on Monday, August 3
—–Day 3 on Tuesday, August 4 to play to a final table
—–Final day on Saturday, August 8
There will also be a Mini World Championship running alongside the larger buy-in. The Mini will offer a $1,100 buy-in, though it will also be a freezeout and mimic the exact schedule of the other.
There may be guarantees placed on these events, but we must wait to see if that happens. And the full schedule is not yet available. This was the overall announcement with must more information to come in the following weeks.
RT,+ user name & 50 followers get $109 sat ticket to $10K Main Event
🍻 KTF Rob pic.twitter.com/WoNpLzzrRS
— Rob Yong (@rob_yong_) May 7, 2020
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