Partypoker KO Series Making Holiday Season a Knockout

There are some extra reasons for online poker players to party this holiday season. Partypoker has launched a new KO Series just in time for Christmas and New Year to kick off 2021.

The festival begins on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, and runs through Jan. 19 with 23 events. The series gives players of all levels a chance at success, with mini and micro versions of all events.

“KO Series of the past have seen us packing the schedule full of quality events at multiple times per day,” partypoker head of poker room management Chris Donnachie said.

“This time around, we wanted to focus less on volume and even more on quality, hence why the number of key events has reduced significantly compared to past editions.”

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What’s partypoker have planned for the holidays?

All KO Series tournaments will be played in a progressive knockout (PKO) format. These tournaments are slightly different than typical bounty tournaments.

In a PKO, a player eliminating another player only receives a portion of that player’s bounty. The other portion is added to the winning player’s bounty.

That can make for some big knockout totals later in the tournament. PKOs are a fun twist to a typical bounty tournament.

Partypoker officials have also worked to make this series even more popular with recreational players.

“Most events are scheduled to play in multi-day or multi-flight formats, which allows us to offer better structures but with the added advantage of player-friendly earlier finishing times,” Donnachie said.

“Re-entries have also been limited to a maximum of one on most events, which is in line with our continued efforts to level the playing field.”

A look at the KO Series highlights

Players will have plenty of options when it comes to the KO Series with buy-ins ranging from $2 to $2,000. Players can end Christmas Day with any of three versions of the Christmas Opener.

The $215 high buy-in features a $250,000 guarantee. Those with lower bankrolls will find buy-ins of $2.20 and $22 for the micro and mini versions. 

The New Year Kick Off on Jan. 1 also offers a nice way to start off 2021 in style. The $320 high edition comes with a $300,000 guarantee. There are also $3.30 and $33 micro and mini versions.

The $1,050 Main Event will be a three-day tournament and will begin on Jan. 16 with a $1 million guarantee. The event crowns a champion on the final day of the festival. 

There will also be mini and micro editions of the tournament and here’s a look at the complete schedule.

2020 partypoker KO Series

DateNameBuy-inGuarantee
Dec. 25#01 - Christmas Opener Day 1A: $250K Gtd [2-Day Event]$215$250,000
Dec. 25#01 - Mini Christmas Opener Day 1A: $50K Gtd [2-Day Event]$22$50,000
Dec. 25#01 - Micro Christmas Opener Day 1A: $7.5K Gtd [2-Day Event]$2.20$7,500
Dec. 26#01 - Christmas Opener Day 1B: $250K Gtd [2-Day Event]$215-
Dec. 26#01 - Mini Christmas Opener Day 1B: $50K Gtd [2-Day Event]$22-
Dec. 26#01 - Micro Christmas Opener Day 1B: $7.5K Gtd [2-Day Event]$2.20-
Dec. 27#01 - Christmas Opener Day 1C: $250K Gtd [2-Day Event]$215-
Dec. 27#01 - Mini Christmas Opener Day 1C: $50K Gtd [2-Day Event]$22-
Dec. 27#01 - Micro Christmas Opener Day 1C: $7.5K Gtd [2-Day Event]$2.20-
Dec. 27#02 - One Shot: $300K Gtd [2-Day Event]$1,111$300,000
Dec. 27#02 - Mini One Shot: $200K Gtd [2-Day Event]$111$200,000
Dec. 27#02 - Micro One Shot: $40K Gtd [2-Day Event]$11$40,000
Dec. 27#01 - Christmas Opener Day 2: $250K Gtd-
Dec. 27#01 - Mini Christmas Opener Day 2: $50K Gtd-
Dec. 27#01 - Micro Christmas Opener Day 2: $7.5K Gtd-
Dec. 28#03 - Super Six: $150K Gtd [2-Day Event]$530$150,000
Dec. 28#03 - Super Six: $75K Gtd [2-Day Event]$55$75,000
Dec. 28#03 - Super Six: $15K Gtd [2-Day Event]$5.50$15,000
Dec. 29#04 - High Roller: $150K Gtd [2-Day Event]$1,050$150,000
Dec. 29#04 - Mini High Roller: $75K Gtd [2-Day Event]$109$75,000
Dec. 29#04 - Micro High Roller: $30K Gtd [2-Day Event]$11$30,000
Dec. 30#05 - Turbo Seven: $100K Gtd$320$100,000
Dec. 30#05 - Turbo Seven: $30K Gtd$33$30,000
Dec. 30#05 - Turbo Seven: $5K Gtd$3.30$5,000
Dec. 31#06 - New Year Countdown: $25K Gtd$109$25,000
Dec. 31#06 - Mini New Year Countdown: $7.5K Gtd$11$7,500
Dec. 31#06 - Micro New Year Countdown: $1K Gtd$1.10$1,000
Jan. 1#07 - New Year Kick Off Day 1A: $300K Gtd [2-Day Event]$320$300,000
Jan. 1#07 - Mini New Year Kick Off Day 1A: $75K Gtd [2-Day Event]$33$75,000
Jan. 1#07 - Micro New Year Kick Off Day 1A: $10K Gtd [2-Day Event]$3.30$10,000
Jan. 2#07 - New Year Kick Off Day 1B: $300K Gtd [2-Day Event]$320-
Jan. 2#07 - Mini New Year Kick Off Day 1B: $75K Gtd [2-Day Event]$33-
Jan. 2#07 - Micro New Year Kick Off Day 1B: $10K Gtd [2-Day Event]$3.30-
Jan. 2#08 - Big Omaha: $30K Gtd [2-Day Event]$215$30,000
Jan. 2#08 - Mini Omaha: $10K Gtd [2-Day Event]$22$10,000
Jan. 2#08 - Micro Omaha: $2K Gtd [2-Day Event]$2.20$2,000
Jan. 3#07 - New Year Kick Off Day 1C: $300K Gtd [2-Day Event]$320-
Jan. 3#07 - Mini New Year Kick Off Day 1C: $75K Gtd [2-Day Event]$33-
Jan. 3#07 - Micro New Year Kick Off Day 1C: $10K Gtd [2-Day Event]$3.30-
Jan. 3#09 - One Shot: $300K Gtd [2-Day Event]$1,111$300,000
Jan. 3#09 - Mini One Shot: $200K Gtd [2-Day Event]$111$200,000
Jan. 3#09 - Micro One Shot: $40K Gtd [2-Day Event]$11$40,000
Jan. 3#07 - New Year Kick Off Day 2: $300K Gtd-
Jan. 3#07 - Mini New Year Kick Off Day 2: $75K Gtd-
Jan. 3#07 - Micro New Year Kick Off Day 2: $10K Gtd-
Jan. 4#10 - Super Seven: $150K Gtd [2-Day Event]$530$150,000
Jan. 4#10 - Super Seven: $75K Gtd [2-Day Event]$55$75,000
Jan. 4#10 - Super Seven: $15K Gtd [2-Day Event]$5.50$15,000
Jan. 5#11 - High Roller: $200K Gtd [2-Day Event]$1,575$200,000
Jan. 5#11 - Mini High Roller: $100K Gtd [2-Day Event]$162$100,000
Jan. 5#11 - Micro High Roller: $50K Gtd [2-Day Event]$16.50$50,000
Jan. 6#12 - Turbo Mix: $100K Gtd$320$100,000
Jan. 6#12 - Mini Turbo Mix: $30K Gtd$33$30,000
Jan. 6#12 - Micro Turbo Mix: $5K Gtd$3.30$5,000
Jan. 7#13 - The Big Freeze: $100K Gtd [2-Day Event]$265$100,000
Jan. 7#13 - The Mini Big Freeze: $40K Gtd [2-Day Event]$27.50$40,000
Jan. 7#13 - The Micro Big Freeze: $7.5K Gtd [2-Day Event]$2.75$7,500
Jan. 8#14 - Weekender Day 1A: $400K Gtd [2-Day Event]$530$400,000
Jan. 8#14 - Mini Weekender Day 1A: $100K Gtd [2-Day Event]$55$100,000
Jan. 8#14 - Micro Weekender Day 1A: $15K Gtd [2-Day Event]$5.50$15,000
Jan. 9#14- Weekender Day 1B: $400K Gtd [2-Day Event]$530-
Jan. 9#14 - Mini Weekender Day 1B: $100K Gtd [2-Day Event]$55-
Jan. 9#14- Micro Weekender Day 1B: $15K Gtd [2-Day Event]$5.50-
Jan. 9#15 - Big Omaha Hi-Lo: $30K Gtd [2-Day Event]$215$30,000
Jan. 9#15 - Mini Omaha Hi-Lo: $10K Gtd [2-Day Event]$22$10,000
Jan. 9#15 - Micro Omaha Hi-Lo: $2K Gtd [2-Day Event]$2.20$2,000
Jan. 10#14 - Weekender Day 1C: $400K Gtd [2-Day Event]$530-
Jan. 10#14 - Mini Weekender Day 1C: $100K Gtd [2-Day Event]$55-
Jan. 10#14 - Micro Weekender Day 1C: $15K Gtd [2-Day Event]$5.50-
Jan. 10#16 - One Shot: $300K Gtd [2-Day Event]$1,111$300,000
Jan. 10#16 - Mini One Shot: $200K Gtd [2-Day Event]$111$200,000
Jan. 10#16 - Micro One Shot: $40K Gtd [2-Day Event]$11$40,000
Jan. 10#14 - Weekender Day 2: $400K Gtd [2-Day Event]--
Jan. 10#14 - Mini Weekender Day 2: $100K Gtd [2-Day Event]--
Jan. 10#14- Micro Weekender Day 2: $15K Gtd [2-Day Event]--
Jan. 11#17 - Super Mix: $150K Gtd [2-Day Event]$530$150,000
Jan. 11#17 - Mini Super Mix: $75K Gtd [2-Day Event]$55$75,000
Jan. 11#17 - Micro Super Mix: $15K Gtd [2-Day Event]$5.50$15,000
Jan. 12#18 - High Roller: $250K Gtd [2-Day Event]$2,100$250,000
Jan. 12#18 - Mini High Roller: $100K Gtd [2-Day Event]$215$100,000
Jan. 12#18 - Micro High Roller: $50K Gtd [2-Day Event]$22$50,000
Jan. 13#19 - Big Turbo Battle: $50K Gtd$109$50,000
Jan. 13#19 - Mini Turbo Battle: $20K Gtd$11$20,000
Jan. 13#19 - Micro Turbo Battle: $3K Gtd$1.10$3,000
Jan. 14#20 - Warm Up Day 1A: $200K Gtd [2-Day Event]$320$200,000
Jan. 14#20 - Mini Warm Up Day 1A: $75K Gtd [2-Day Event]$33$75,000
Jan. 14#20 - Micro Warm Up Day 1A: $10K Gtd [2-Day Event]$3.30$10,000
Jan. 15#20 - Warm Up Day 1B: $150K Gtd [2-Day Event]$320-
Jan. 15#20 - Mini Warm Up Day 1B: $75K Gtd [2-Day Event]$33-
Jan. 15#20 - Micro Warm Up Day 1B: $10K Gtd [2-Day Event]$3.30-
Jan. 16#20 - Warm Up Day 1C: $150K Gtd [2-Day Event]$320-
Jan. 16#20 - Mini Warm Up Day 1C: $75K Gtd [2-Day Event]$33-
Jan. 16#20 - Micro Warm Up Day 1C: $10K Gtd [2-Day Event]$3.30-
Jan. 16#21 - Main Event Day 1A: $1M Gtd [3-Day Event]$1,050$1,000,000
Jan. 16#21 - Mini Main Event Day 1A: $300K Gtd [3-Day Event]$109$300,000
Jan. 16#21 - Micro Main Event Day 1A: $50K Gtd [3-Day Event]$11$50,000
Jan. 16#20 - Warm Up Day 2: $150K Gtd$320-
Jan. 16#20 - Mini Warm Up Day 2: $75K Gtd$33-
Jan. 16#20 - Micro Warm Up Day 2: $10K Gtd$3.30-
Jan. 17#21 - Main Event Day 1B: $1M Gtd [3-Day Event]$1,050-
Jan. 17#21 - Mini Main Event Day 1B: $300K Gtd [3-Day Event]$109-
Jan. 17#21 - Micro Main Event Day 1B: $50K Gtd [3-Day Event]$11-
Jan. 18#22 - Second Chance-: $150K Gtd [2-Day Event]$530$150,000
Jan. 18#22 - Mini Second Chance-: $75K Gtd [2-Day Event]$55$75,000
Jan. 18#22 - Micro Second Chance-: $15K Gtd [2-Day Event]$5.50$15,000
Jan. 18#21 - Main Event Day 2: $1M Gtd [3-Day Event]--
Jan. 18#21 - Mini Main Event Day 2: $300K Gtd [3-Day Event]--
Jan. 18#21 - Micro Main Event Day 2: $50K Gtd [3-Day Event]--
Jan. 19#23 - Closer: $50K Gtd$265$50,000
Jan. 19#23 - Mini Closer: $25K Gtd$27.50$25,000
Jan. 19#23 - Micro Closer: $5K Gtd$2.75$5,000
Jan. 19#21 - Main Event Day 3: $1M Gtd--
Jan. 19#21 - Mini Main Event Day 3: $300K Gtd--
Jan. 19#21 - Micro Main Event Day 3: $50K Gtd--

Many chances to qualify at lower buy-ins

There are numerous opportunities for players to get in the KO action for a bargain price. Phase events begin Dec. 23 offering a chance to qualify for larger events with buy-ins as low as $0.50.

Special KO Series SPINS will also run throughout the series, rewarding winners with tournament tickets. A player in a $10 SPIN tournament has a chance for a ticket valued as high as $2,100. Players can also buy into satellite events for as little as $1.10.

After the gifts are unwrapped and the festivities come to a conclusion, some holiday poker may be on tap for many. The KO Series offers a nice way to ring in the new year.

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