New WPT Online Series to Run on PartyPoker July-August

The reopening of land-based casinos in North America is proving to be a slow and arduous – and unpredictable – endeavor. While casinos and other gambling establishments reopen after the coronavirus pandemic, card clubs and poker rooms are rarely included in that process. Poker players must sit very close together and all of them must interact with the dealer while all handling the same chips and cards.

Most poker rooms have yet to figure out how to offer poker safely without compromising the health of their staff and players. The age of Covid-19 presents unique challenges.

Meanwhile, though, poker players in many parts of the world have an alternative to live poker. Online poker has stepped up its game (so to speak) to offer more options.

Canadians have access to numerous online poker sites, including PartyPoker. This makes it convenient for them to play the upcoming WPT World Online Championships.

Adding to a Summer of Online Poker

Just this month, the World Series of Poker announced that it will offer 85 WSOP gold bracelet tournaments online, some in the United States and the majority of them on GGPoker. This means players in Canada will be able to play in the GGPoker options from July 17 through September 6.

Players now have a second option, this one from the World Poker Tour and PartyPoker.

The WPT World Online Championships is the latest series from the World Poker Tour, which has had to place the end of one season of live tournaments and the beginning of another on an indefinite hold. The WPT decided to work with its partner, PartyPoker, to offer a series of tournaments this summer.

Conveniently, the WPT series will start on July 17 and run through September 8.

History in the Making

PartyPoker will surround the WPT World Online Championships with a series that will guarantee at least $100 million in prize pools through that time. And a significant part of that will feature WPT-branded events, five of which will create new WPT Champions Club members.

World Poker Tour CEO Adam Pliska said, “The WPT World Online Championships brings together the World Poker Tour and PartyPoker once more for what will be the largest series in both of our histories. … Five WPT Champions crowned in a single series is a first for the WPT in 18 seasons.”

PartyPoker Managing Director Tom Waters added, “We want to give the festival more of a live event feel, so the tournaments will be structured as such, including single reentry for all NLHE events, freezeouts, limited late registration, and limited Day 1s. Due to popular demand, players will be able to see each other’s real names at the tables.”

Schedule Highlights WPT Events

The larger series set to begin in mid-July will offer a wide range of tournaments and buy-ins. That schedule will be posted on the PartyPoker website when it is complete.

Meanwhile, the official WPT tournaments featured in the series were announced in recent days. Each official event has three levels of buy-ins with a few exceptions. Most events offer two starting flights, a Day 2 and final table day, a single reentry, and buy-ins at the regular, mini, and micro levels. The standard buy-in will be $3,200, but the mini version will offer a $320 buy-in and micro a $33 buy-in. Guarantees do vary per event, though.

Notable exceptions to these rules are the Main Event options, which offer $109, $1,100, and $10,300 buy-ins, and the High Roller and Super High Roller tournaments.

Also, the exceptions to other standards are in Event 8, as there are no reentries or multiple flights for heads-up play, and the final event, as it will be a turbo with no reentries and only one flight.

Let’s get to the schedule:

  • Event 1 (Jul 18-21): $33 / $320 / $3,200 WPT PLO Hi-Lo ($50K / $150K / $500K GTD)
  • Event 2 (Jul 25-28): $33 / $320 / $3,200 WPT PLO ($100K / $300K / $1M GTD)
  • Event 3 (Aug 1-4): $33 / $320 / $3,200 WPT NLHE 8-Max ($300K / $1M / $3M GTD)
  • Event 4 (Aug 8-11): $33 / $320 / $3,200 WPT NLHE Knockout ($300K / $1M / $3M GTD)
  • Event 5 (Aug 15-18): $33 / $320 / $3,200 WPT NLHE 6-Max ($300K / $1M / $3M GTD)
  • Event 6 (Aug 22-26): $109 / $1,100 WPT NLHE Main Event ($1M / $5M GTD)
  • Event 7 (Aug 29-Sep 2): $10,300 WPT World Championship NLHE Main Event ($10M GTD)
  • Event 8 (Sep 2-3): $33 / $320 / $3,200 WPT NLHE Heads-Up ($20K / $100K / $500K GTD)
  • Event 9 (Sep 5-8): $33 / $320 / $3,200 WPT NLHE Mix-Max ($300K / $1M / $3M GTD)
  • Event 10 (Sep 5-8): $25,500 WPT NLHE High Roller ($10M GTD)
  • Event 11 (Sep 7-8): $102K WPT NLHE Super High Roller ($5M GTD)
  • Event 12 (Sep 8): $33 / $320 / $3,200 NLHE Turbo ($100K / $300K / $1M GTD)

Stay tuned for more information about the non-WPT portion of the series and other information as the starting date nears.



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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