Big Satellites Planned as WPT Main Event Approaches; POWERFEST Underway in France, Spain

After more than six weeks of action at partypoker, the highlight of the WPT World Online Championships is on the horizon. As part of that, the site has a host of satellites planned for the Main Event, set to finish up on Sept. 16.

The $10,300 tournament features a $10 million guarantee and Day 1A is set for Sunday, Sept. 6. The WPT and partypoker have numerous ways to get in the action and hoping a wide range of players get involved.

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WPT Main Event satellite spectaculars running all week at partypoker

For the Main Event, players can enter feeder events to the satellites for as little as $2.20. That small amount can eventually turn into a $10,300 seat.

Several mega satellites also give players chances to enter the tournament, priced at $530 and $1,050 buy-in levels.

Team partypoker’s Richard Dubini has already experienced his own qualifier success. He turned a $109 satellite entry into a $10,300 partypoker LIVE passport.

Dubini will now be using that passport for the Main Event.

“I’m so excited to play in the Main Event, with $10 million guaranteed,” Dubini said in a news release. “I won my seat … which proves there is so much value in these amazing satellites.”

Plenty of added value in WPT Main Event

Partypoker has made it quite an event with some nice extras planned for the Main Event winner. On top of the cash winnings, the Main Event winner will also receive a $15,000 package to the next WPT Tournament of Champions (presented by Baccarat Crystal).

Just like a live WPT event, the champion’s name will be engraved on the Mike Sexton WPT Champions Cup trophy. The winner also receives a replica version of the trophy as well as:

  • joining the exclusive WPT Champions Club
  • winning a Hublot Big Bang watch worth $15,000
  • taking home a set of Baccarat Crystal tumblers

Satellite success stories during WPT World Online Championships

Several lower buy-in players have already found success in WOC satellites. Liliane Figueiredo won $13,153 after qualifying via a Second Chance Freeroll for the $109 Six-Max Mini Warmup.

Last week, Kim Heidemann qualified for the Micro Main Event through a satellite, then finishing runner-up for $104,299.

Team partypoker’s Louise Butler praised the site for running so many qualifiers.

“The satellite schedule for WPT World Online Championships is the best I’ve ever seen for an online series,” he says. “There have been some amazing stories of satellite players who have turned small buy-ins into six-figure scores.

“I’m looking forward to playing in the satellites for the Main Event and I hope they will result in more great stories for lower buy-in players.” 

The WOCs run through Sept. 24 with tens of millions of dollars in guarantees still up for grabs. The series is designed to replicate an authentic live poker experience.

That includes the use of players’ real names and limited Day 1 flights and re-entries.

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POWERFEST underway, Benjamin Pollak joins Team partypoker

In addition to the WOCs, partypoker’s POWERFEST is running on the partypoker EU network through Sept. 23. The annual series features a guarantee of €5 million in France and €4.5 million in Spain.

POWERFEST offers something for all types of players in three tiers:

  • High Roller
  • Medium
  • Low

Corresponding with the series is the announcement that French poker pro Benjamin Pollak has joined Team partypoker.

Pollak burst onto the poker scene with a third-place finish in the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event. That finish landed him $3.5 million and he now has almost $13 million in live tournament winnings. 

Pollak began playing poker in 2006 and then quickly moved up in stakes.

“I immediately felt that I was able to go far,” he says. “With hindsight, it may be because I had spent 10 years in Magic [The Gathering, a card game] and I was therefore used to cards and bluffing. Poker was a revelation. I felt it was made for me.”

For Pollak, it’s important poker remains fun and he enjoys showcasing the human element of the game. He can be found playing at the partypoker tables as “BenjaminPollak.”

“I’m thrilled and very excited to join the partypoker team,” he says. “They’ve supported players from the beginning and see the game as I do. I couldn’t be more happy to support them and be part of this great adventure.”

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