PartyPoker Kicks Off WPT500 Series on March 7

The World Poker Tour has been partnering with PartyPoker throughout the pandemic to bring its WPT tournaments to the masses. The two entities had partnered for live events prior to 2020, but their latest collaborations have taken their relationship to a new level.

Now, PartyPoker is ready to kick off the WPT500 online poker series, one of the most popular events with World Poker Tour players. It all starts on March 7 and runs through March 23.

WPT500 Gets Its Own Series

The WPT 500 is a creation of the World Poker Tour that offers lower price points than other major WPT events. The main tour offers the largest buy-ins, WPTDeepStacks puts buy-ins around $1,500, and the WPT500 offers big fields and guarantees for a $500 commitment.

Its first event happened in the summer of 2014. PartyPoker sponsored the inaugural WPT500 at the Aria on the Las Vegas Strip. There were six starting days that delivered 3,599 entries and a $1,799,500 prize pool, well beyond the $1M guarantee.

Since then, the World Poker Tour hosted a couple of WPT500 events each year, but that all changed in 2020, as did everything. The WPT did add one WPT500 into its first series online with PartyPoker in the spring of 2020, though, and brought in 4,828 entries.

Working with PartyPoker, the WPT500 is back and online for players around the world. And they made it into a series that offers more than two dozen tournaments and more than $4M in guarantees.

Inaugural WPT500 Online

The official WPT500 events will offer their $500 buy-ins, but those two highlights will offer shadow events called the Super50 for just $50. Both offer multiple starting days, a second full day for survivors, and then a final day.

The rest of the series offers a range of buy-ins that top out at $5,200.

An overview of the schedule is as follows:

  • Event 1 on 7-16 Mar: $530 NLHE WPT500 8-Max ($1M GTD, 9 starting flights, 1 reentry/flight)
  • Event 1 on 7-16 Mar: $55 NLHE Super50 8-max ($250K GTD, 9 starting flights, 1 reentry/flight)
  • Event 2 on 7 Mar: $265 NLHE PKO 6-Max Hyper PKO ($30K GTD, 1 reentry)
  • Event 3 on 8 Mar: $215 NLHE 7-Max ($20K GTD, 1 reentry)
  • Event 4 on 9 Mar: $3,200 NLHE High Roller 6-Max ($150K GTD, 1 reentry)
  • Event 5 on 9 Mar: $1,050 NLHE High Roller 6-Max Turbo PKO ($50K GTD, 2 reentries)
  • Event 6 on 10 Mar: $530 Omaha 7-Max ($50K GTD, 1 reentry)
  • Event 7 on 10 Mar: $165 NLHE 6-Max Turbo PKO ($20K GTD, 1 reentry)
  • Event 8 on 11 Mar: $5,200 NLHE High Roller 7-Max ($250K GTD, 1 reentry)
  • Event 9 on 11 Mar: $1,050 NLHE High Roller Turbo 7-Max ($50K GTD, 1 reentry)
  • Event 10 on 12 Mar: $320 NLHE Mix-Max Turbo PKO ($30K GTD, 1 reentry)
  • Event 11 on 13 Mar: $215 NLHE 7-Max Turbo ($20K GTD, 1 reentry)
  • Event 12 on 14 Mar: $265 NLHE 6-Max Hyper PKO ($30K GTD, 1 reentry)
  • Event 13 on 15-23 Mar: $530 NLHE WPT500 8-Max PKO ($1M GTD, 8 flights, 1 reentry/flight)
  • Event 13 on 15-23 Mar: $55 NLHE Super50 8-Max PKO ($400K GTD, 8 flights, 1 reentry/flight)
  • Event 14 on 15 Mar: $215 NLHE Turbo 7-Max ($20K GTD, 1 reentry)
  • Event 15 on 16 Mar: $3,200 NLHE High Roller 7-Max ($150K GTD, 1 reentry)
  • Event 16 on 16 Mar: $1,050 NLHE High Roller Turbo 7-Max ($50K GTD, 1 reentry)
  • Event 17 on 17 Mar: $530 Omaha PKO 6-Max ($50K GTD, 2 reentries)
  • Event 18 on 17 Mar: $165 NLHE PKO 6-Max Turbo ($20K GTD, 1 reentry)
  • Event 19 on 18 Mar: $5,200 NLHE High Roller 6-Max ($250K GTD, 1 reentry)
  • Event 20 on 18 Mar: $1,050 NLHE High Roller 6-Max Turbo ($50K GTD, 1 reentry)
  • Event 21 on 19 Mar: $320 NLHE Mix-Max Turbo ($30K GTD, 1 reentry)
  • Event 22 on 20 Mar: $215 NLHE Turbo PKO 7-Max ($20K GTD, 1 reentry)
  • Event 23 on 21 Mar: $265 NLHE 6-Max Hyper ($30K GTD, 1 reentry)
  • Event 24 on 22 Mar: $215 NLHE 7-Max Turbo ($20K GTD, 1 reentry)
  • Event 25 on 23 Mar: $530 NLHE Closer 6-Max PKO Turbo ($50K GTD, 1 reentry)

For starting times, chips, and more details, PartyPoker offers a complete schedule.

Tune in to PartyPoker’s Twitch channel for commentary of the WPT500 playdowns and final table action. Players will find commentary options in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Russian.

Meanwhile, everyone wanting to participate will find satellites on PartyPoker around the clock for a small fraction of the actual $500 buy-ins.

 

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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