PartyPoker Adds New Tournaments to Schedule; Ole Schemion Wins Inaugural ‘Grand’ Event

Partypoker debuted a few new tournaments recently. The events range from smaller buy-in “community” events to higher stakes events with plenty of qualifying opportunities.

A World Poker Tour champion recently rose to the top in one of those major events. Here’s a look at some of the news coming from partypoker.

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Schemion wins the inaugural ‘Grand’ tournament

The Grand is the newest addition to the partypoker tournament schedule. The tournament is fittingly priced at $1,050 with a $200,000 guarantee. To enter, party also offers phased tournament qualifiers with buy-ins of:

  • $2.20
  • $22
  • $109

The first event played out on June 6 and attracted 280 entries for a $280,576 prize pool. A familiar name rose to the top with German poker superstar Ole Schemion taking the championship for $53,425.

Schemion has won on some of the game’s biggest stages including the WPT, Aria High Rollers, European Poker Tour, and numerous others.

In the Grand, he battled Austria’s Simon Grabenschweiger heads up for the title. Grabenschweiger took home  $37,172 for the runner-up finish. Another Grand event runs on June 13.

Another 500 tournament also debuts Sunday; Tuesday 500 changes format

Along with The Grand, partypoker is adding another event to the tournament roster. The Sunday 500 also plays out each Sunday and premiers June 13.

The $530 event comes with a $100,000 guarantee in a progressive knockout format (PKO). Players win at least $125 for each knockout with the other bounty portion added to the winning player’s bounty.

Players begin with 500,000 chips with 12-minute levels. Late registration is open for the first 10 levels with a single re-entry allowed before the end of the 10th level. Satellites are already underway and come with buy-ins of $0.55, $5.50, and $55.

In other tournament news, the Tuesday 500 tournament became a PKO event on June 15. This now brings the event in line with the Thursday and Sunday 500 events.

The site has also added an extra $109 Weekender tournament with a $100,000 guarantee. The event now includes three starting flights beginning on Friday with the final day playing out on Sunday.

Community Knockout sees two players cash in on special bounties

Partypoker launched the inaugural Community Knockout event on Wednesday. The event is an occasional tournament featuring members of various online social media communities.

The tournament was open to any player on the platform, but those knocking out special guests were in line for extra bounty prizes. A player who’s a member of that group knocking out a community bounty player also earned a bonus prize.

The $5.50 tournament attracted 1,726 entries with Russia’s Artem Kharitonov coming out on top for $1,209. The event also awarded two special bounty prizes.

Mr DT,” who runs a popular football fan community, was knocked out by “bikense_pkr” for an additional $50. “DTM85” took out Swedish table tennis player Mattias Falckto to win a PlayStation V5 console.

The company plans on running more Community Knockout events in the coming months.

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England’s Paul Romain turns free ticket into $1,100 World Cup of Cards seat

Fresh off the WPT Online Series, the World Cup of Cards is the next series up at partypoker. Set for June 16 to July 8, the festival is usually held at the Playground Poker Club in Canada.

The World Cup moves online again this year however, and players can expect plenty of action. The $1,100 Main Event features a $1 million guarantee and partypoker is offering some special qualifying opportunities.

The site is giving away tickets via partypoker social media channels. Paul Romain received a $4.40 ticket on Facebook. He then turned that satellite entry into a $1,100 seat in the main Event.

Romain is well-known on the British poker scene. A regular live poker player, the COVID-19 pandemic forced him to move more into online poker. It’s been quite an interesting poker life for Romain.

“I was a relative latecomer to poker,” he recently told partypoker. “I had never played it until I was 46. I took it up as a hobby online in 2007 after taking voluntary redundancy from BT [British Telecom] and have pretty much supported myself through poker ever since.”

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