POKER SCHEDULE: Online Sites Ramp Up Tournaments in Face of COVID-19 (Updated March 20)

Self-quarantined poker players still have numerous options when it comes to online poker. Several operators are offering tournament series, events, and promotions in the coming weeks.

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GGPoker

High Roller Series begins this week, Sunday GGMasters and big weekend events continue

The GGPoker High Rollers begin this week with the series running March 22-30. The schedule is expected to be released later this week and will be posted here when available.

That includes a total of $9 million guaranteed and buy-ins range from $210 to $5,000. Players won’t want to miss the $1,000 dailies throughout the series as well as the $250 Phase tournaments, each with a $500,000 prize pool!

The site is also giving out more than 1,000 seats guaranteed in High Roller satellites. There are numerous major events and big guarantees.

Here is the schedule of regular daily events:

  • $210 Bounty Warmup – $75,000 guaranteed
  • Daily $500 – $100,000 guaranteed
  • Daily Main $1,000 – $100,000 guaranteed

In addition, 0.5% of the prize pool will be donated to University Health Network Foundation for COVID-19 support. That will be fully matched by the operator. Here’s a look at the complete schedule:

Tournament nameDateBuy-inGTD
Phased: HR Week $1K, $500K GTD [Day1]March 22, 20201000500000
HR Week #01 Bounty Kick-Off $210March 22, 2020210200000
HR Week #02 $5KMarch 22, 20205000150000
HR Week #03 Sunday $500March 22, 2020500150000
HR Week #04 Bounty $525March 22, 202052575000
HR Week #05 $1KMarch 22, 20201000100000
HR Week #06 Omaha $1KMarch 22, 2020100050000
HR Week #07 Short Deck $500March 22, 202050030000
HR Week #08 Turbo $500March 22, 202050050000
HR Week #09 $5KMarch 22, 20205000200000
HR Week #10 Sunday Main $1KMarch 22, 20201000150000
HR Week #11 Omaha $5KMarch 22, 20205000100000
HR Week #12 Omaha $500March 22, 202050050000
Phased: HR Week $1K, $500K GTD [Day1, Turbo]March 22, 20201000500000
Phased: HR Week $250, $500K GTD [Day1, Turbo]March 22, 2020250500000
HR Week #13 Bounty $1KMarch 22, 20201000100000
HR Week #14 Turbo $500March 22, 202050050000
Phased: HR Week $1K, $500K GTD [Day1, Turbo]March 22, 20201000500000
Phased: HR Week $250, $500K GTD [Day1, Turbo]March 22, 2020250500000
HR Week #15 $5KMarch 23, 20205000150000
Phased: HR Week $250, $500K GTD [Day1]March 23, 2020250500000
Phased: HR Week $1K, $500K GTD [Day1]March 23, 20201000500000
Phased: HR Week $250, $500K GTD [Day1]March 23, 2020250500000
HR Week #16 Bounty Warm-Up $210March 23, 202021060000
HR Week #17 $5KMarch 23, 20205000100000
HR Week #18 Daily $500March 23, 202050075000
HR Week #19 Bounty $525March 23, 202052550000
HR Week #20 Daily Main $1KMarch 23, 20201000100000
HR Week #21 Omaha $1KMarch 23, 2020100035000
Phased: HR Week $1K, $500K GTD [Day1, Turbo]March 23, 20201000500000
Phased: HR Week $250, $500K GTD [Day1, Turbo]March 23, 2020250500000
HR Week #22 Turbo $500March 23, 202050030000
HR Week #23 $5KMarch 23, 20205000100000
HR Week #24 Omaha $500March 23, 202050025000
HR Week #25 Bounty $1KMarch 23, 2020100050000
HR Week #26 $5KMarch 24, 20205000100000
Phased: HR Week $250, $500K GTD [Day1]March 24, 2020250500000
Phased: HR Week $1K, $500K GTD [Day1]March 24, 20201000500000
Phased: HR Week $250, $500K GTD [Day1]March 24, 2020250500000
HR Week #27 Bounty Warm-Up $210March 24, 202021075000
HR Week #28 $5KMarch 24, 20205000100000
HR Week #29 Daily $500March 24, 2020500100000
HR Week #30 Bounty $525March 24, 202052575000
HR Week #31 Daily Main $1KMarch 24, 20201000100000
HR Week #32 Omaha $1KMarch 24, 2020100035000
Phased: HR Week $1K, $500K GTD [Day1, Turbo]March 24, 20201000500000
Phased: HR Week $250, $500K GTD [Day1, Turbo]March 24, 2020250500000
HR Week #33 Turbo $500March 24, 202050050000
HR Week #34 $5KMarch 24, 20205000100000
HR Week #35 Omaha $500March 24, 202050025000
HR Week #36 Bounty $1KMarch 24, 2020100075000
HR Week #37 $5KMarch 25, 20205000100000
Phased: HR Week $250, $500K GTD [Day1]March 25, 2020250500000
Phased: HR Week $1K, $500K GTD [Day1]March 25, 20201000500000
Phased: HR Week $250, $500K GTD [Day1]March 25, 2020250500000
HR Week #38 Bounty Warm-Up $210March 25, 202021060000
HR Week #39 $5KMarch 25, 20205000100000
HR Week #40 Daily $500March 25, 202050075000
HR Week #41 Bounty $525March 25, 202052550000
HR Week #42 Daily Main $1KMarch 25, 20201000100000
HR Week #43 Omaha $1KMarch 25, 2020100035000
Phased: HR Week $1K, $500K GTD [Day1, Turbo]March 25, 20201000500000
Phased: HR Week $250, $500K GTD [Day1, Turbo]March 25, 2020250500000
HR Week #44 Turbo $500March 25, 202050030000
HR Week #45 $5KMarch 25, 20205000100000
HR Week #46 Omaha $500March 25, 202050025000
HR Week #47 Bounty $1KMarch 25, 2020100050000
HR Week #48 $5KMarch 26, 20205000100000
Phased: HR Week $250, $500K GTD [Day1]March 26, 2020250500000
Phased: HR Week $1K, $500K GTD [Day1]March 26, 20201000500000
Phased: HR Week $250, $500K GTD [Day1]March 26, 2020250500000
HR Week #49 Bounty Warm-Up $210March 26, 202021060000
HR Week #50 $5KMarch 26, 20205000100000
HR Week #51 Daily $500March 26, 202050075000
HR Week #52 Bounty $525March 26, 202052550000
HR Week #53 Daily Main $1KMarch 26, 20201000100000
HR Week #54 Omaha $1KMarch 26, 2020100035000
Phased: HR Week $1K, $500K GTD [Day1, Turbo]March 26, 20201000500000
Phased: HR Week $250, $500K GTD [Day1, Turbo]March 26, 2020250500000
HR Week #55 Turbo $500March 26, 202050050000
HR Week #56 $5KMarch 26, 20205000100000
HR Week #57 Omaha $500March 26, 202050025000
HR Week #58 Bounty $1KMarch 26, 2020100075000
HR Week #59 $5KMarch 27, 20205000100000
Phased: HR Week $250, $500K GTD [Day1]March 27, 2020250500000
Phased: HR Week $1K, $500K GTD [Day1]March 27, 20201000500000
Phased: HR Week $250, $500K GTD [Day1]March 27, 2020250500000
HR Week #60 Bounty Warm-Up $210March 27, 202021050000
HR Week #61 $5KMarch 27, 20205000100000
HR Week #62 Daily $500March 27, 202050060000
HR Week #63 Bounty $525March 27, 202052550000
HR Week #64 Daily Main $1KMarch 27, 20201000100000
HR Week #65 Omaha $1KMarch 27, 2020100035000
Phased: HR Week $1K, $500K GTD [Day1, Turbo]March 27, 20201000500000
Phased: HR Week $250, $500K GTD [Day1, Turbo]March 27, 2020250500000
HR Week #66 Turbo $500March 27, 202050030000
HR Week #67 $5KMarch 27, 20205000100000
HR Week #68 Omaha $500March 27, 202050025000
HR Week #69 Bounty $1KMarch 27, 2020100050000
HR Week #70 $5KMarch 28, 20205000100000
Phased: HR Week $250, $500K GTD [Day1]March 28, 2020250500000
Phased: HR Week $1K, $500K GTD [Day1]March 28, 20201000500000
Phased: HR Week $250, $500K GTD [Day1]March 28, 2020250500000
HR Week #71 Bounty Warm-Up $210March 28, 202021050000
HR Week #72 $5KMarch 28, 20205000100000
HR Week #73 Daily $500March 28, 202050060000
HR Week #74 Bounty $525March 28, 202052550000
HR Week #75 Daily Main $1KMarch 28, 20201000100000
HR Week #76 Omaha $1KMarch 28, 2020100035000
Phased: HR Week $1K, $500K GTD [Day1, Turbo]March 28, 20201000500000
Phased: HR Week $250, $500K GTD [Day1, Turbo]March 28, 2020250500000
HR Week #77 Turbo $500March 28, 202050030000
HR Week #78 $5KMarch 28, 20205000100000
HR Week #79 Omaha $500March 28, 202050025000
HR Week #80 Bounty $1KMarch 28, 2020100050000
HR Week #81 $5KMarch 29, 20205000100000
Phased: HR Week $250, $500K GTD [Day1]March 29, 2020250500000
Phased: HR Week $1K, $500K GTD [Day1, Turbo]March 29, 20201000500000
Phased: HR Week $250, $500K GTD [Day1, Turbo]March 29, 2020250500000
Phased: HR Week $1K, $500K GTD [Day1]March 29, 20201000500000
Phased: HR Week $250, $500K GTD [Day1]March 29, 2020250500000
HR Week #82 Bounty Warm-Up $210March 29, 2020210150000
HR Week #83 $5KMarch 29, 20205000150000
HR Week #84 Sunday $500March 29, 2020500150000
HR Week #85 Bounty $525March 29, 202052575000
HR Week #86 Main Event $1KMarch 29, 20201000200000
HR Week #87 Omaha $1KMarch 29, 2020100050000
HR Week #88 Short Deck $500March 29, 202050030000
Phased: HR Week $1K, $500K GTD [Day2]March 29, 20201000500000
Phased: HR Week $250, $500K GTD [Day2]March 29, 2020250500000
HR Week #89 Turbo $500March 29, 202050050000
HR Week #90 $5KMarch 29, 20205000250000
HR Week #91 $1KMarch 29, 20201000100000
HR Week #92 Omaha $5KMarch 29, 20205000100000
HR Week #93 Omaha $500March 29, 202050050000
HR Week #94 Bounty $1KMarch 29, 20201000100000
HR Week #95 Turbo $500March 29, 202050050000
HR Week #96 $5KMarch 30, 20205000150000

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.

For a complete GGPoker review including an exclusive new player bonus up to $1,000, click here.

888poker

Superstorm qualifiers continue this week

The Millions Superstorm Main Event starting flights continue through Sunday, March 22. The site has been running numerous starting flights since March 1 with Day 2 finally playing out March 22 with a big field.

One lucky winner will walk away with a massive payday of $1 million. There are numerous other events and promotions as part of the Superstorm as well.

Earn a trip to the WSOP 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

For a complete 888poker review including an exclusive new player bonus of $88, click here.

Partypoker

POWERFEST offers huge poker festival for all bankrolls

Players stuck at home will be pleased to see the POWERFEST returning in March. The series runs March 15-29 with total guarantees of $20 million.

The series features 488 tournaments with buy-ins ranging from $0.55 to $25,500. The game variants include No Limit Hold’em and Pot Limit Omaha. Formats include:

  • 8-Max
  • 6-Max
  • 8-6 Mix-Max
  • 6-4 Mix-Max
  • Rebuy
  • Freezeout
  • Progressive Knockout (PKO)
  • PKO Battle

Events are split into levels ranging from Low to Super High Roller – something for every bankroll. At least 14 players are guaranteed to walk away with $100,000-plus paydays.

Four No Limit Hold’em and four Pot Limit Omaha main events are scheduled. That totals a combined $1.5 million in guaranteed prize money. All main events are scheduled for March 29 with numerous satellites also running and starting at just $0.55.

Irish Poker Open plays out online

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 teams with partypoker for massive new series

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 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

For a complete partypoker review including an exclusive deposit bonus up to $1,000, click here.

PokerStars

SCOOP Returns for part of Europe in March

The Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) returns March 22 to 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

Swap Hold’em debuts

PokerStars will soon be offering a new twist on Texas Hold’em. The new cash game variant, Swap Hold’em, is now available at PokerStars.

Swap rules are almost identical to Texas Hold’em. However, before players have the option to fold they can swap out one or both of their hole cards for new ones. Players can swap once per hand, at any point pre- or post-flop.

Players can see which players swapped their cards and how many by looking at the swap icon by each player’s avatar. If a player does swap, they can see the cards they held originally by hovering over their own swap icon.

Swap Hold’em is the latest limited-time cash game from PokerStars. It’s currently available on the .UK and .NET sites and will soon be available on .COM, .EU, .BE, and .EE.

For a complete PokerStars review including an exclusive deposit bonus up to $500, click here.

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