WPT and PartyPoker Partner for Summer Championships

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)

Players: 497

Prize pool:  $2,173,150

Winner:  Leo Fernandez (Argentina) for $409,638

Event 1:  $530 WPT Mini Opener ($500K GTD)

Players:  1,362

Prize pool:  $681K

Winner:  Evgeny Galakhov (Russia) for $115,293

Event 2:  $2,100 WPT Knockout ($1M GTD)

Players:  501

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)

Players:  429

Prize pool:  $643,500

Winner:  Tamas Adamszki (Hungary) for $122,908.50

Event 6:  $5,200 WPT PLO High Roller ($500K GTD)

Players:  101

Prize pool:  $505K

Winner:  Ola Amundsgaard (Norway) $117,115.59

Event 7:  $1,050 WPT PLO Knockout ($200K GTD)

Players:  242

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)

Players:  290

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)

Players:  225

Prize pool:  $1,125,000

Winner:  Pascal Hartmann (Austria) for $205,826.53

Event 10:  $1,050 WPT Heads-Up ($100K GTD)

Players:  121

Prize pool:  $121K

Winner:  Anthony Zinno (Canada) for $29,040

Event 11:  $10,300 WPT High Roller ($1M GTD)

Players:  105

Prize pool:  $1,050,000

Winner:  Sam Greenwood (Canada) for $257,250

Event 12:  $530 WPT Turbo Bounty ($150K GTD)

Players:  411

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)

Players:  293

Prize pool:  $732,500

Winner:  Daniel Reijmer (Mexico) for $167,137.47

Event 14:  $25,500 WPT Super High Roller ($2M GTD)

Players:  98

Prize pool:  $2,450,000

Winner:  Charles Carel (UK) for $600,250

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 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.


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 PokerStars.com and has followed the US poker and gaming market closely for the last 15 years. Follow Jen on Twitter

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