partypoker appears to be taking a shot at the heavyweight title with its upcoming POWERFEST online series.
The online poker giant released a schedule for the series this week with a staggering $40 million in guaranteed prize money spread across 366 different events. It’s the biggest POKERFEST that partypoker has ever run.
The series will run for two weeks from May 6-20, 2018, but online satellites have already started on partypoker. Qualifiers start at just $1.10.
Serious poker players will have their hands full with 17 championship events and a total of 58 high roller or super roller tournaments.
It’s safe to say there is plenty of money to be won with a total of 13 events offering guaranteed prize pools of $1 million or more.
The series will culminate with seven championship events on Sunday with nearly $4 million in combined prize pools.
Something for everyone with Micro, Low, Mid, High buy-ins
As usual, POWERFEST will offer a variety of different buy-in levels thanks to its Micro, Low, Mid, and High formats.
Buy-ins at the Micro level start at just $1.10 but shoot all the way up to $216 for the High buy-in events. That’s not even including the High Rollers and Super Rollers that top out at a sky-high $25,500.
The series will also feature a wide variety of games with No-Limit Hold’em, PLO, and PLO8. There will also be a collection of the ever-popular Progressive Knockout events.
Organizers for this edition of POWERFEST focused on giving players a diverse selection of tournaments to play.
partypoker ambassador Patrick Leonard was heavily involved with creating the schedule. He’s happy with where the series ended up:
“There is a lot of consistent logic throughout giving the most varied, exciting and fun POWERFEST schedule since partypoker’s resurrection a few years ago.”
“There are more 6-Max events, more PLO, more high rollers but also buy-ins for all bankrolls and most importantly lots of chances of glory. I don’t think I’ll take a day off over the two weeks.”
Of course, the majority of the series will still take place in familiar Hold’em with No-Limit events taking place pretty much around the clock.
Massive $25K Super High Roller returns
partypoker shook up the online world last year when it introduced a massive $25,000 super high roller for the May 2017 edition of POWERFEST.
The $2 million guaranteed tournament was a first for partypoker. All registration fees went towards charity. partypoker also chipped in an extra $50,000, thanks to the field exceeding 100 entries.
In the end, partypoker smashed the guarantee with 129 entries, creating a prize pool of $3.2 million.
Online player juanpardo99 got through a very tough final table to walk away with $660,067 for first place. That figure was taking a two-way chop into account as well. partypoker’s own Sam Trickett and Joao Simao featured prominently at that final table, finishing eighth and fifth respectively.
The very next edition of POWERFEST, which took place in September 2017, saw Ben Tollerene defeat fellow online legend Viktor “Isildur1” Blom heads-up to win the second POWERFEST $25K for $846,722.
After a brief hiatus from the smaller POWERFEST in early 2018, the $25,000 buy-in SHR will make a triumphant return in the upcoming series. The blockbuster tournament will take place on May 17.
If previous editions are any indication then this tournament will be a must-watch for poker fans and a must-play for elite players with deep wallets.