POKER WEEK: Massive Events and Prize Pools Set for Partypoker, PokerStars, 888poker

Big turnouts continue for online poker operators around the world. The Coronavirus pandemic has left many players at home with time on their hands.

Online operators have stepped up to meet the demand to play: More big events were announced recently and this week’s guide offers a look at:

  • Partypoker $1 million Leaderboards,WPT Online Series, Irish Open
  • PokerStars Turbo Series, Brazilian Series, SCOOP 2020
  • 888poker Galaxy of Freerolls, God of Arena PKO, Dragon Series
  • GGPoker big weekend action

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PokerStars

Blast off this week with Turbo Series

The fast-play poker action returns when the PokerStars Turbo Series kicks off this week. Events run April 5-19 with a total of 114 events and an overall guarantee of $25 million.

As the name implies, the series will feature events all in the turbo format. Event buy-ins range from $11 to $5,200 and are available to play on the .COM site only.

The $1,050 Main Event is set for April 19 and offers a $2 million guarantee. There is also a $55 Low Main Event with a $1 million guarantee.

Events are mostly No Limit Hold’em with a few Omaha variants mixed in as well. Here’s a look at the complete schedule:

DateEvent
13-AprTurbo Series 60: $11 NLHE, $50K Gtd
13-AprTurbo Series 61: $109 NLHE [6-Max], $175K Gtd
13-AprTurbo Series 62: $22 NLHE [Heads-Up, Progressive Total KO, Zoom, Progressive Total KO], $75K Gtd
13-AprTurbo Series 63: $215 NLHE [Progressive KO], $300K Gtd
13-AprTurbo Series 64: $109 PLO8 [6-Max], $65K Gtd
13-AprTurbo Series 65: $55 NLHE [8-Max], $175K Gtd
13-AprTurbo Series 66: $22 NLHE [Progressive KO], $75K Gtd
14-AprTurbo Series 67: $109 NLHE [Progressive KO], $150K Gtd
14-AprTurbo Series 68: $11+R NLO8 [6-Max, Splash], $35K Gtd
14-AprTurbo Series 69: $215 NLHE [4-Max], $200K Gtd
14-AprTurbo Series 70: $55 NLHE [8-Max], $250K Gtd
14-AprTurbo Series 71: $215 NLHE [Fat Tuesday SE], $125K Gtd
14-AprTurbo Series 72: $530 NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO], $400K Gtd
14-AprTurbo Series 73: $109 NLHE, $135K Gtd
14-AprTurbo Series 74: $11 NLHE [6-Max], $40K Gtd
15-AprTurbo Series 75: $55 NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO], $135K Gtd
15-AprTurbo Series 76: $530 PLO [6-Max], $100K Gtd
15-AprTurbo Series 77: $22 NLHE, $175K Gtd
15-AprTurbo Series 78: $1,050 NLHE [Progressive KO], $400K Gtd
15-AprTurbo Series 79: $109 NLHE [8-Max, Zoom], $100K Gtd
15-AprTurbo Series 80: $530 NLHE [6-Max, Hyper-Turbo, Daily Supersonic SE], $225K Gtd
15-AprTurbo Series 81: $55 NLHE [8-Max], $80K Gtd
16-AprTurbo Series 82: $215 NLHE, $125K Gtd
16-AprTurbo Series 83: $109 FLHE [6-Max], $25K Gtd
16-AprTurbo Series 84: $109 NLHE [Progressive KO], $400K Gtd
16-AprTurbo Series 85: $55 NLHE [6-Max, Win the Button], $75K Gtd
16-AprTurbo Series 86: $215 NLHE [Fat Thursday SE], $125K Gtd
16-AprTurbo Series 87: $530 NLHE [8-Max], $225K Gtd
16-AprTurbo Series 88: $109 NLHE, $175K Gtd
16-AprTurbo Series 89: $11 NLHE [Progressive KO], $40K Gtd
17-AprTurbo Series 90: $11 NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO], $60K Gtd
17-AprTurbo Series 91: $55 NLHE [Heads-Up, Progressive Total KO, Zoom, Progressive Total KO], $100K Gtd
17-AprTurbo Series 92: $22 NLHE, $150K Gtd
17-AprTurbo Series 93: $109 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO], $400K Gtd
17-AprTurbo Series 94: $55 8-Game, $40K Gtd
17-AprTurbo Series 95: $55 NLHE [3-Max, Hyper-Turbo, 5-Stack], $100K Gtd
17-AprTurbo Series 96: $215 NLHE [6-Max], $100K Gtd
18-AprTurbo Series 97: $22 NLHE, $80K Gtd
18-AprTurbo Series 98: $109 NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO, Zoom], $200K Gtd
18-AprTurbo Series 99: $11+R NLHE [Splash], $125K Gtd
18-AprTurbo Series 100: $530 NLHE, $200K Gtd
18-AprTurbo Series 101: $215 NLO8 [6-Max, Hyper-Turbo, Progressive KO], $100K Gtd
18-AprTurbo Series 102: $1,050 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Daily Cooldown SE], $300K Gtd
18-AprTurbo Series 103: $109 NLHE, $80K Gtd
19-AprTurbo Series 104: $109 NLHE [8-Max, Deep Stacks], $150K Gtd
19-AprTurbo Series 105: $22 NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO], $150K Gtd
19-AprTurbo Series 106: $215 PLO [6-Max], $125K Gtd
19-AprTurbo Series 107: $22 NLHE [8-Max, Double Deuce SE], $275K Gtd
19-AprTurbo Series 108: $5,200 NLHE [8-Max], $750K Gtd
19-AprTurbo Series 109: $1,050 NLHE [Main Event – High], $2M Gtd
19-AprTurbo Series 110: $55 NLHE [Main Event – Low], $1M Gtd
19-AprTurbo Series 111: $109 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO], $400K Gtd
19-AprTurbo Series 112: $215 NLHE [6-Max, Hyper-Turbo, Sunday Supersonic SE], $275K Gtd
19-AprTurbo Series 113: $22 NLHE [6-Max, Hyper-Turbo, Mini Sunday Supersonic SE], $150K Gtd
19-AprTurbo Series 114: $55 NLHE, $135K Gtd

Brazilian Series of Poker moves online this week

The PokerStars Brazilian Series of Poker was recently cancelled because of the Coronavirus pandemic. However, the series has now moved online featuring 11 events from April 3-6 with a total guarantee of $605,000.

The action should be big with the series now available to all players at PokerStars.com. The $215 Main Event brings a $200,000 guarantee. The online series features high roller, Omaha, turbo knockout events, and others.

The online series will also keep some tradition alive from the live series. The Main Event champion will receive a BSOP winner’s bracelet. Here’s the complete schedule of events:

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SCOOP rolls on for European players

The Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) plays out through April 9 for players in France, Spain, and Portugal. The series features €12 million in tournament guarantees across 19 days of action.

The series offers a range of buy-ins, including the €250 Main Event on April 5 with a €1 million guarantee. Players can win a seat for a fraction of the cost with hundreds of tickets given away through Depositor Freerolls. These run on March 21, 28 and April 4.

Players can also win their way into the Main Event with special €12.50 Spin & Go’s. Some other highlights of the series include:

  • March 22 – €250 Sunday Special PKO with a €200,000 guarantee
  • March 29 – €50 Special PKO with a €250,000 guarantee
  • April 5 – €50 Warm-Up guaranteeing €175,000

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Partypoker

Another $1 million up for grabs in April Cash Game Leaderboards

Playing online at partypoker pays off in April. The site has extended its $1 million Cash Game Leaderboard promotion for another month.

The promotion runs from March 30 to April 27 with $250,000 awarded each week across 16 separate leaderboards. These include a range of stakes, ensuring everyone has a shot at some extra cash.

The promotion applies to all NLHE and PLO cash and fastforward tables. The only exceptions are heads-up, limit hold’em, and short deck games.

First-place prizes have been raised with top prizes rewarding $10,000. More money is also available for finishing in a “min-cash” position. One cashback point earned at the tables equates to one leaderboard point.

All leaderboards reset every Monday, and prizes are credited within 24 hours. The promotion offers even more reason to play.

Poker Masters Online Series brings more than $15 million guaranteed

Partypoker and Poker Central have announced they are teaming up for the new Poker Masters Online. The series is set for April 12-26 with 30 high roller events featuring $15.25 million in total guarantees.

The two companies have moved the series online because of the Coronavirus pandemic. Most events come in the $10,300 to $25,500 buy-in range. The $51,000 main event is set for April  26 offers players a guaranteed prize pool of $2 million.

The main event champion will also earn a $50,000 bonus and will be awarded a coveted Poker Masters purple jacket.

“We are pleased to be able to give players the chance to continue doing what they love and play the tournament in online format,” partypoker managing director Tom Waters said in a news release. “The Poker Masters brand carries significant weight in the poker community and we believe this innovative online format will be appealing for fans and players alike.”

Partypoker and Poker Central have previously partnered on the partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Tour and Super High Roller Bowl events.

The full Poker Masters schedule can be found below:

DateEventGuaranteeBuy-in
Mon 20-Apr-20Poker Masters #17: $500K Gtd [PLO, 6-Max]$500,000$10,300
Mon 20-Apr-20Poker Masters #18: $250K Gtd [NLH, 6-Max]$250,000$10,300
Tue 21-Apr-20Poker Masters #19: $1M Gtd [NLH, 8-Max]$1,000,000$25,500
Tue 21-Apr-20Poker Masters #20: $250K Gtd [NLH, 6-Max]$250,000$10,300
Wed 22-Apr-20Poker Masters #21: $1M Gtd [NLH, 8-Max]$1,000,000$25,500
Wed 22-Apr-20Poker Masters #22: $250K Gtd [NLH, 6-Max]$250,000$10,300
Thu 23-Apr-20Poker Masters #23: $1M Gtd [PLO, 6-Max]$1,000,000$25,500
Thu 23-Apr-20Poker Masters #24: $250K Gtd [NLH, 6-Max]$250,000$10,300
Fri 24-Apr-20Poker Masters #25: $1M Gtd [NLH, 8-Max]$1,000,000$25,500
Fri 24-Apr-20Poker Masters #26: $250K Gtd [NLH, 6-Max]$250,000$10,300
Sat 25-Apr-20Poker Masters #27: $1M Gtd [NLH, 8-Max]$1,000,000$25,500
Sat 25-Apr-20Poker Masters #28: $250K Gtd [NLH, 6-Max]$250,000$10,300
Sun 26-Apr-20Poker Masters #29: $2M Gtd [NLH, 8-Max, MAIN EVENT]$2,000,000$51,000
Sun 26-Apr-20Poker Masters #30: $250K Gtd [NLH, 6-Max]$250,000$10,300

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Irish Poker Open online series kicks off April 6

The Irish Poker Open will now run the entire festival online from April 6-12. The Main Event on April 6 features a €1 million guarantee.

The good news about the online festival is that it will be available to players in all countries on the .COM site.

“Since our announcement last week regarding the postponement of Irish Open 2020, considerable efforts have been made to find an alternative date,” organizer JP McCann said in a news release. “However, as the uncertainty surrounding live poker events continues, we feel that the best decision to take at this point is to cancel the live festival for 2020.

“We would like to thank partypoker for taking the initiative to help ensure Europe’s oldest running Poker Festival goes ahead during these very challenging times.”

Here’s a complete schedule of events:

WPT, partypoker move tour action online

Partypoker also recently teamed up with the WPT to offer the new Online Series. The festival runs May 10-26 and features $30 million in total guarantees including $15 million across 10 headline events.

The WPT and partypoker have teamed up for the new WPT Online Series.The highlight will be a $3,200 WPT Online Championship with a $5 million guarantee, set to begin May 10. The series becomes an official part of the WPT Main Tour.

The new series comes after the WPT was forced to postpone several events. Like a live event, the winner will have his or her name added to the tour’s Champions Cup trophy. Here’s the complete WPT schedule.

DateBuy-InEventGuarantee
May 3$5,000WPT Grand Opener $2 million
May 10$3,200 WPT Online Championship$5 million
May 10$530WPT500$1 million
May 12 $5,200Bounty Hunter NLHE$1 million
May 14$5,200 PLO$500,000
May 18$1,1000 NLHE Six-Max $1 million
May 19 $5,200Mix Max$1 million
May 21$25,500Super High Roller$2 million
May 21 $2,100Turbo PKO$500,000
May 24 $10,300High Roller$2 million
May 25 $1,600WPTDeepStacks$1 million

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888poker

Rocket through a Galaxy of Freerolls

Everyone enjoys free money and 888poker is giving players plenty of opportunities. The site’s Galaxy of Freerolls promotion runs through June 7 and features more than $500,000 in guaranteed giveaways.

888 offers two daily $2,000 Venus Freerolls Monday through Saturday. On Sunday, a $10,000 Neptune Freeroll will be run with one happy astronaut/champion.

The final freeroll on June 7, aka the Super-Saturn Freeroll, will feature a $100,000 prize pool. Additional surprises, rewards, bonuses, and exclusive freerolls will also be on tap during the Galaxy of Freerolls.

Those looking to earn tickets in the $2,000 Venus need to complete “Space Missions.” Some of those challenges include:

  • The Tournament Voyager – Simply play tournaments with buy-ins of $3 and earn a pair of tickets.
  • Ace-King Apollo Landing – Win a hand holding Ace-King in a cash game and earn two tickets.
  • Casino and Sports Atlantis Orbiter – Place bets totalling $5 or more on any casino game or sports bet and claim but two tickets.

Those hoping to land in a $10,000 Neptune need to complete two or more Space Missions in one week. Players can complete one Space Mission per day and will need at least one more during the week.

How do you play in the $100,000 Super-Saturn Freeroll on June 7? Simply become an 888 astronaut by completing 14 or more Space Missions.

Players can also enjoy a “Daily Spin” to win a ticket to a $1,000 Space BLAST Freeroll.

God of the Arena PKO Series brings plenty of fun

Players can channel their inner Roman God when the God of the Arena PKO Series cranks up April 5-12. The series features 33 tournaments with the $109 Main Event on April 12 offering up a $200,000 guarantee.

Players of all buy-ins will be rewarded however. There is also a $33 Mini Main Event on April 12 with a $50,000 guarantee. The same day also features a $5.50 Micro Main Event with a $15,000 guarantee.

The series kick off this Sunday with five major events:

  • $44 Daily Kickoff – $15,000 guaranteed
  • $109 Tune Up – $150,000 guaranteed
  • $22 Mini Tune Up – $40,000 guaranteed
  • $55 Late Tune Up – $30,000 guaranteed

PKO stands for progressive knockout and the tournaments have grown in popularity recently. In this type of bounty tournament, a player’s bounty increases as they progress through the event.

When a player knocks out another player, he receives a portion of the eliminated player’s bounty. The other portion is added to the price on that winning player.

The deeper a player goes, the more the bounties are worth. The PKO format adds some extra fun to a bounty tournament. Here’s a complete God of the Arena PKO Series schedule:

EventDateBuy-inEventGuarantee
5April 6$44Daily Kickoff$15,000
6April 6$558-Max$30,000
7April 6$8.80Mini 8-Max$10,000
8April 6$22Late 8-Max$10,000
9April 7$44Daily Kickoff$15,000
10April 7$1099-Max$40,000
11April 7$16.50Mini 9-Max$20,000
12April 7$55Late 9-Max$20,000
13April 8$44Daily Kickoff$15,000
14April 8$1098-Max$40,000
15April 8$16.50Mini 8-Max$20,000
16April 8$33Late 8-Max$15,000
17April 9$44Daily Kickoff$15,000
18April 9$1099-Max$40,000
19April 9$16.50Mini 9-Max$20,000
20April 9$33Late 9-Max$15,000
21April 10$44Daily Kickoff$15,000
22April 10$55Freezeout$20,000
23April 10$16.50Mini Freezeout$15,000
24April 10$33Late Freezeout$10,000
25April 11$44Daily Kickoff$15,000
26April 11$1096-Max$30,000
27April 11$16.50Mini 6-Max$20,000
28April 11$55Late 6-Max$15,000
29April 12$44Daily Kickoff$15,000
30April 12$55Warm Up$100,000
31April 12$109Main Event$200,000
32April 12$33Mini Main Event$50,000
33April 12$5.50Micro Main Event$15,000

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Players can now slay The Dragon at 888

Another multi-flight tournament series returns to 888poker in April. The Dragon offers plenty of opportunities for players to make a major score.

The $100,000 Dragon features a $109 buy-in with three starting flights daily from Sunday to Friday. Day 2 then plays out on Saturday.

There are two satellites to each flight with five seats guaranteed and sub-satellites with two seats guaranteed.

 The $50,000 Dragon features a $12 buy-in and three starting flights daily from Sunday to Friday. Day 2 then also plays out on Saturday for these events.

Two satellites run daily for each flight with 10 seats guaranteed and five seats via sub-satellites.

Starting flights and satellites to both Dragon events are already running. Grab you chips and slay the beast.

Players earn shot at WSOP package via 888poker

888poker is the only operator offering non-US players the opportunity to qualify online.

The site is offering multi-step satellite tournaments, with buy-ins starting for as little as 1 cent. 

This year, players have the chance to earn a $15,000 Mega Package. That features a $10,000 buy-in to the Main Event and an $888 buy-in to the Crazy Eights tournament. That also includes travel and accommodation. 

Qualifier tournaments are already underway. Here’s a look at the complete $15,000 Mega Package:

  • 12 nights at the luxury Vdara Hotel (June 26 – July 8)
  • $10,000 buy-in to the WSOP Main Event
  • $888 buy-in to the Crazy Eights
  • $1,000 for travel and expenses (paid directly to the winner’s 888poker account)
  • A special welcome session at the Vdara Hotel
  • Transportation from the Vdara to the Rio Hotel and Casino (June 27 – July 6)
  • An 888poker LIVE kit

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GGPoker

Sunday GGMasters and big weekend events attract big numbers

The site also continues to offer huge Sunday GGMasters tournament guarantees. The events feature a $150 buy-in, a $300,000 guarantee, and a freezeout format.

Satellites run throughout the week with numerous on Sunday. Buy-ins begin at only $1.50.

In March, the site also restructured its Sunday lineup with 174 tournaments now offered with $2 million in guarantees. That includes something for every level of player – from $2 to $5,000. Highlights on the schedule include:

  • Sunday Main Events – These events run multiple times throughout the day with buy-ins from $22 to $250. Guarantees range from $12,000 to $65,000.
  • High Roller Bounty Warm-Up – This $210 event guarantees $100,000. There is also a $500 buy-in event with a $100,000 guarantee.
  • Phase tournaments – The site runs these $250 events several times on Sunday.

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*** Those playing online poker in the US can find a complete list of online poker sites and events for the week of March 30 by clicking here. ***