PartyPoker Now Running KO Series to January 19

It is online poker season. And as 2020 comes to a close and many aspects of the coronavirus-mandated lockdowns are in effect again, more players are logging on to play poker than in recent years.

PartyPoker has a series to please a wide range of players, from micro-stakes competitors to high rollers. By popular demand, the series is a full progressive knockout festival, appropriately named the KO Series.

Why the KO Popularity?

In the past several years, players have grown to enjoy the progressive knockout format more and more. Some say it increases the competition between players. Others contend it gives more people the opportunity to win money early in the tournament without having to wait to make the money.

For whatever the reason, more poker operators now implement PKO events into their series than ever before. Even the World Series of Poker offers PKO tournaments.

The basic progressive knockout format is simple. Players buy in, and half of that money goes to the prize pool. The other half of the money becomes that player’s own bounty. If someone knocks that player out, they collect the bounty.

As a player collects bounties by knocking other players out of the tournament, he or she doesn’t collect the full bounty. Rather, he or she collects half (unless otherwise noted) of the bounty, while the other half adds to that player’s own bounty. By knocking out other players, a person increases the bounty on his or her own head, making that person a target for other players.

Essentially, there is more incentive to knock out other players than to just take their chips.

PKOs add another layer of competition, another challenge, and perhaps new strategies for the analytic players. All poker players like a challenge.

What About the KO Series?

For the first time, PartyPoker put its KO Series at the end of the year. It started on December 25 and will run through January 19.

The official schedule shows 23 events, but each of those comes in three offerings, one at the Micro buy-in level, one at the Mini, and then the regular buy-in. This gives players the chance to compete in all of the tournaments at whatever buy-in level is comfortable for them.

Events 1 and 2 played out this weekend. The numbers were solid and exceeded expectations, as exemplified by these results of Event 1:

  • Event 1 $2.20 Micro Christmas Opener = 5,018 entries for $10,036 prize pool ($7.5K GTD)
  • Event 1 $22 Mini Christmas Opener = 5,524 entries for $110,480 prize pool ($50K GTD)
  • Event 1 $215 Christmas Opener = 1,740 entries for $348K prize pool ($250K GTD)

Schedule of Remaining Events

Event 3 started on December 28 and will play through December 29. This schedule shows everything from December 29 forward.

This schedule shows the three buy-in levels and their three corresponding prize pool guarantees. Also, note that some tournaments are single-day events, others play out over two days but offer only one starting flight. Tournaments that show play on three days offer three flights – one per day – and the final day of play starting later on that third day.

The Main Event is highlighted below.

  • Event 4 on 29-30 Dec: $11 / $109 / $1,050 NLHE High Roller ($30K / $75K / $150K GTD)
  • Event 5 on 30 Dec: $3.30 / $33 / $320 NLHE Turbo Seven ($5K / $30K / $100K GTD)
  • Event 6 on 31 Dec: $1.10 / $11 / $109 NLHE New Year Countdown ($1K / $7,500 / $25K GTD)
  • Event 7 on 1-3 Jan: $3.30 / $33 / $320 NLHE Kick Off ($10K / $75K / $300K GTD)
  • Event 8 on 2 Jan: $2.20 / $22 / $215 Omaha ($2K / $10K / $30K GTD)
  • Event 9 on 3 Jan: $11 / $111 / $1111 NLHE One Shot ($40K / $200K / $300K GTD)
  • Event 10 on 4-5 Jan: $5.50 / $55 / $530 NLHE Super Seven ($15K / $75K / $150K GTD)
  • Event 11 on 5-6 Jan: $16.50 / $162 / $1575 NLHE High Roller ($50K / $100K / $200K GTD)
  • Event 12 on 6 Jan: $3.30 / $33 / $320 Turbo Mix ($5K / $30K / $100K GTD)
  • Event 13 on 7-8 Jan: $2.75 / $27.50 / $265 NLHE Big Freeze ($7,500 / $40K / $100K GTD)
  • Event 14 on 8-10 Jan: $5.50 / $55 / $530 Weekender ($15K / $100K / $400K GTD)
  • Event 15 on 9-10 Jan: $2.20 / $22 / $215 Omaha Hi-Lo ($2K / $10K / $30K GTD)
  • Event 16 on 10-11 Jan: $11 / $111 / $1111 NLHE One Shot ($40K / $200K / $300K GTD)
  • Event 17 on 11-12 Jan: $5.50 / $55 / $530 Super Mix ($15K / $75K / $150K GTD)
  • Event 18 12-13 Jan: $22 / $215 / $2,100 NLHE High Roller ($50K / $100K / $250K GTD)
  • Event 19: to be announced later
  • Event 20 on 14-16 Jan: $3.30 / 33 / $320 NLHE Warm-Up ($10K / $75K / $200K GTD)
  • Event 21 on 16-18 Jan: $11 / $109 / $1050 NLHE Main Event ($50K / $300K / $1M GTD)
  • Event 22 on 18-19 Jan: $5.50 / $55 / $530 NLHE Second Chance ($15K / $75K / $150K GTD)
  • Event 23 on 19 Jan: $2.50 / $27.50 / $265 NLHE Closer ($5K / $25K / $50K GTD)

PartyPoker lists the full schedule, except those for which registration is closed. It also lists the feeders and satellite options for the events. They begin as low as $0.02.

 

Jennifer Newell

Jennifer Newell

Jennifer Newell has been writing about poker and gambling since 2004. From her days in the WPT offices to covering summers of WSOP tournament action, she also followed gambling legislation to Washington D.C. and women-only poker to the Bahamas. Meanwhile, she lived in Los Angeles and Las Vegas for many years before moving back to her hometown of St. Louis, Missouri. Now, Jen travels less, writing about poker and online gambling from her home with her two dogs watching her every move. In her spare time, she follows politics, works on her never-finished novels, and learns Italian in the hopes of retiring to Italy someday.

If you want to know more, you can follow Jen on Twitter @WriterJen

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