GGPoker Goes Big With $5M GGMasters Overlay Edition; Short Deck Series Also Cranks Up

An overlay is usually not good news for an online poker operator. This means a tournament didn’t meet the guarantee and the site running the event forks over some of its own money to make up for the loss.

Now GGPoker is putting a new spin on the scenario with the $150 GGMasters Overlay Edition. The special tournament is set for March 20 and boasts a guaranteed prize pool of $5 million.

The unique event celebrates two years of the GGMasters, the poker world’s richest weekly freezeout tournament. The site is also launching the Short Deck Series this weekend as well.

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What to expect from GGPoker’s Overlay Edition

GG launched the Masters tournaments in early 2020. The events have grown to become the industry’s richest weekly freezeouts.

Players jumping in the Overlay Edition will find three starting flights based on a player’s location:

  • 1 – Asia flight (12:00 UTC/20:00 CST)
  • 2 – Europe flight (17:00 UTC)
  • 3 – Americas flight (22:00 UTC/19:00 BST)

Those who advance in each starting flight return for Day 2 on March 21 at 17:00 UTC. With such a low buy-in, GGPoker ambassador Daniel Negreanu believes an overlay is likely. A freezeout at that price point will require a massive field to meet the guarantee. 

“$150 buy-in. $5 million  guaranteed. No rebuys. There’s no way this tournament is not going to have an overlay!” Negreanu said in a news release. “This is GGPoker’s flagship freezeout tournament and you won’t want to miss out on the value this March 20.”

Kid Poker even offered his own guarantee regarding the guarantee for the event.

“I’ll shave my head if this thing goes over $5 million,” Negreanu noted in the GG video promoting the tournament (see below). “I’ll shave it all off.”

That might add some extra hype around the event as well.

Qualifying opportunities get underway this week

Those looking to grab a seat in the GGMasters Overlay Edition will find numerous opportunities. Satellites kick off on the site on Feb. 16 and run daily, with qualifiers starting at just $2.

New GGPoker players can also claim the poker room’s Welcome Bonus. New players can earn even more with the Honeymoon for Newcomers promotion. They also automatically join GGPoker’s Fish Buffet loyalty program, with regular cash prizes available.

All GG players can also win free entry into the Daily $100,000 #ThanksGG Flipouts via the integrated GGCare and GGCheers promotions. See more on earning these using exclusive PokerScout bonus offers below.

Short Deck Series kicks off Sunday

In other GG news, players who enjoy Short Deck are in luck this month. GG is hosting the second Short Deck Series from Feb. 20-27 with $1 million guaranteed.

The game is a bit different than traditional Texas Hold’em and played with a “shorter” deck, hence the name. Deuces through Fives are removed and the game then follows the traditional Hold’em gameplay. 

The lack of those cards makes for only a 36-card deck and brings plenty of action. The new deck even changes the math of the game and ranking of hands as well.

Straights rank higher than flushes in Short Deck. With so many higher cards, the odds of making much stronger hands increase. Some players say the game brings a bit more gamble than traditional Hold’em.

GG players will find a hefty schedule featuring $52.50 and $525 Bounty Main Events. Numerous starting flights are available throughout the series with the final stage set for Feb. 27.

The festival is designed for players of all skill levels and bankrolls. The GGPoker Short Deck Squad will also stream the action throughout the series. Here’s a look at the complete schedule.

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2022 GGPoker Short Deck Series

DateTournamentBuy-inGuarantee
Feb. 20Asia High Roller $888 [3-Stack]$888$20,000
Feb. 20Asia Special $88 [3-Stack]$88$10,000
Feb. 20Bounty Main Event $525 [Stage 1]$525$200,000
Feb. 20Bounty $52.50$52.50$5,000
Feb. 20Bounty Mini Main $52.50 [Stage 1]$52.50$100,000
Feb. 20Sunday Special $125 [3-Stack]$125$8,000
Feb. 20Bounty High Roller $1,050$1,050$25,000
Feb. 20Bounty $105$105$8,000
Feb. 20Bounty Main Event $525 [Stage 1]$525$200,000
Feb. 20Sunday High Roller $1,500 [3-Stack]$1,500$30,000
Feb. 20Sunday Main $250 [3-Stack]$250$15,000
Feb. 20Bounty Mini Main $52.50 [Stage 1]$52.50$100,000
Feb. 20Bounty Turbo $210$210$8,000
Feb. 20Bounty Main Event $525 [Stage 1]$525$200,000
Feb. 20Bounty Mini Main $52.50 [Stage 1]$52.50$100,000
Feb. 20Super High Roller $10,300 [3-Stack]$10,300$100,000
Feb. 20Bounty Super High Roller $5,250$5,250$75,000
Feb. 21Bounty Mini Main $52.50 [Stage 1]$52.50$100,000
Feb. 21Asia Special $88 [3-Stack]$88$6,000
Feb. 21Bounty Main Event $525 [Stage 1]$525$200,000
Feb. 21Bounty $52.50$52.50$4,000
Feb. 21Bounty Mini Main $52.50 [Stage 1]$52.50$100,000
Feb. 21Daily Special $125 [3-Stack]$125$5,000
Feb. 21Bounty High Roller $1,050$1,050$20,000
Feb. 21Bounty $105$105$5,000
Feb. 21Bounty Main Event $525 [Stage 1]$525$200,000
Feb. 21High Roller $1,500 [3-Stack]$1,500$25,000
Feb. 21Daily Main $250 [3-Stack]$250$8,000
Feb. 21Bounty Mini Main $52.50 [Stage 1]$52.50$100,000
Feb. 21Bounty Closer $210$210$4,000
Feb. 21Bounty Main Event $525 [Stage 1]$525$200,000
Feb. 21Bounty Mini Main $52.50 [Stage 1]$52.50$100,000
Feb. 22Bounty Mini Main $52.50 [Stage 1]$52.50$100,000
Feb. 22Asia Special $88 [3-Stack]$88$6,000
Feb. 22Bounty Main Event $525 [Stage 1]$525$200,000
Feb. 22Bounty $52.50$52.50$4,000
Feb. 22Bounty Mini Main $52.50 [Stage 1]$52.50$100,000
Feb. 22Daily Special $125 [3-Stack]$125$5,000
Feb. 22Bounty High Roller $1,050$1,050$20,000
Feb. 22Bounty $105$105$5,000
Feb. 22Bounty Main Event $525 [Stage 1]$525$200,000
Feb. 22High Roller $1,500 [3-Stack]$1,500$25,000
Feb. 22Daily Main $250 [3-Stack]$250$8,000
Feb. 22Bounty Mini Main $52.50 [Stage 1]$52.50$100,000
Feb. 22Bounty Closer $210$210$4,000
Feb. 22Bounty Main Event $525 [Stage 1]$525$200,000
Feb. 22Bounty Mini Main $52.50 [Stage 1]$52.50$100,000
Feb. 23Bounty Mini Main $52.50 [Stage 1]$52.50$100,000
Feb. 23Asia Special $88 [3-Stack]$88$6,000
Feb. 23Bounty Main Event $525 [Stage 1]$525$200,000
Feb. 23Bounty $52.50$52.50$4,000
Feb. 23Bounty Mini Main $52.50 [Stage 1]$52.50$100,000
Feb. 23Daily Special $125 [3-Stack]$125$5,000
Feb. 23Bounty High Roller $1,050$1,050$20,000
Feb. 23Bounty $105$105$5,000
Feb. 23Bounty Main Event $525 [Stage 1]$525$200,000
Feb. 23High Roller $1,500 [3-Stack]$1,500$25,000
Feb. 23Daily Main $250 [3-Stack]$250$8,000
Feb. 23Bounty Mini Main $52.50 [Stage 1]$52.50$100,000
Feb. 23Bounty Closer $210$210$4,000
Feb. 23Bounty Main Event $525 [Stage 1]$525$200,000
Feb. 23Bounty Mini Main $52.50 [Stage 1]$52.50$100,000
Feb. 24Bounty Mini Main $52.50 [Stage 1]$52.50$100,000
Feb. 24Asia Special $88 [3-Stack]$88$6,000
Feb. 24Bounty Main Event $525 [Stage 1]$525$200,000
Feb. 24Bounty $52.50$52.50$4,000
Feb. 24Bounty Mini Main $52.50 [Stage 1]$52.50$100,000
Feb. 24Daily Special $125 [3-Stack]$125$5,000
Feb. 24Bounty High Roller $1,050$1,050$20,000
Feb. 24Bounty $105$105$5,000
Feb. 24Bounty Main Event $525 [Stage 1]$525$200,000
Feb. 24High Roller $1,500 [3-Stack]$1,500$25,000
Feb. 24Daily Main $250 [3-Stack]$250$8,000
Feb. 24Bounty Mini Main $52.50 [Stage 1]$52.50$100,000
Feb. 24Bounty Closer $210$210$4,000
Feb. 24Bounty Main Event $525 [Stage 1]$525$200,000
Feb. 24Bounty Mini Main $52.50 [Stage 1]$52.50$100,000
Feb. 25Bounty Mini Main $52.50 [Stage 1]$52.50$100,000
Feb. 25Asia Special $88 [3-Stack]$88$5,000
Feb. 25Bounty Main Event $525 [Stage 1]$525$200,000
Feb. 25Bounty $52.50$52.50$3,500
Feb. 25Bounty Mini Main $52.50 [Stage 1]$52.50$100,000
Feb. 25Daily Special $125 [3-Stack]$125$5,000
Feb. 25Bounty High Roller $1,050$1,050$20,000
Feb. 25Bounty $105$105$4,000
Feb. 25Bounty Main Event $525 [Stage 1]$525$200,000
Feb. 25High Roller $1,500 [3-Stack]$1,500$25,000
Feb. 25Daily Main $250 [3-Stack]$250$6,000
Feb. 25Bounty Mini Main $52.50 [Stage 1]$52.50$100,000
Feb. 25Bounty Closer $210$210$3,000
Feb. 25Bounty Main Event $525 [Stage 1]$525$200,000
Feb. 26Bounty Mini Main $52.50 [Stage 1]$52.50$100,000
Feb. 26Bounty Mini Main $52.50 [Stage 1]$52.50$100,000
Feb. 26Asia Special $88 [3-Stack]$88$5,000
Feb. 26Bounty Main Event $525 [Stage 1]$525$200,000
Feb. 26Bounty $52.50$52.50$3,500
Feb. 26Bounty Mini Main $52.50 [Stage 1]$52.50$100,000
Feb. 26Daily Special $125 [3-Stack]$125$5,000
Feb. 26Bounty High Roller $1,050$1,050$20,000
Feb. 26Bounty $105$105$4,000
Feb. 26Bounty Main Event $525 [Stage 1]$525$200,000
Feb. 26High Roller $1,500 [3-Stack]$1,500$25,000
Feb. 26Daily Main $250 [3-Stack]$250$6,000
Feb. 26Bounty Mini Main $52.50 [Stage 1]$52.50$100,000
Feb. 26Bounty Closer $210$210$3,000
Feb. 26Bounty Main Event $525 [Stage 1]$525$200,000
Feb. 26Bounty Mini Main $52.50 [Stage 1]$52.50$100,000
Feb. 27Bounty Main Event $525 [Stage 1]$525$200,000
Feb. 27Bounty Mini Main $52.50 [Stage 1]$52.50$100,000
Feb. 27Bounty Mini Main $52.50 [Stage 1]$52.50$100,000
Feb. 27Asia High Roller $888 [3-Stack]$888$20,000
Feb. 27Asia Special $88 [3-Stack]$88$10,000
Feb. 27Bounty Main Event $525 [Stage 1]$525$200,000
Feb. 27Bounty $52.50$52.50$5,000
Feb. 27Bounty Mini Main $52.50 [Stage 1]$52.50$100,000
Feb. 27Sunday Special $125 [3-Stack]$125$8,000
Feb. 27Bounty High Roller $1,050$1,050$25,000
Feb. 27Bounty $105$105$8,000
Feb. 27Bounty Main Event $525 [Last Chance]$525$200,000
Feb. 27Bounty Mini Main $52.50 [Last Chance]$52.50$100,000
Feb. 27Sunday High Roller $1,500 [3-Stack]$1,500$30,000
Feb. 27Sunday Main $250 [3-Stack]$250$15,000
Feb. 27Bounty Turbo $210$210$8,000
Feb. 27Bounty Main Event $525 [Last Minute]$525$200,000
Feb. 27Bounty Mini Main $52.50 [Last Minute]$52.50$100,000
Feb. 27Bounty Main Event $525 [Final Stage]$525$200,000
Feb. 27Bounty Mini Main $52.50 [Final Stage]$52.50$100,000
Feb. 27Super High Roller $10,300 [3-Stack]$10,300$100,000
Feb. 27Bounty Super High Roller $5,250$5,250$75,000

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