GGPoker, PokerStars and partypoker Offer $300 Million+ in Online Poker Tournaments this Summer1 year ago
With live poker currently on life support this summer promises to turn the online poker tournament scene into something we’ve never seen before.
News that the World Series of Poker had been cancelled rocked the poker community, even if it was no real surprise.
It didn’t take long before the major sites whirled into action and got things moving online in a big way. This summer we will see at least $300 million+ worth of tournament guarantees across GGPoker, PokerStars, and partypoker.
Let’s take a look at what each site is promising over the next three months.
A month ago Rob Yong broke the news that partypoker would be partnering with the World Poker Tour for the WPT World Online Poker Championships.
Starting on 1st July, five and a half weeks of fast paced action will see some of the best tournament players fighting it out for a share of around $100 million worth of guarantees.
The whole series will slowly build up until August 29th when the $10,300 buy-in Season XVIII WPT World Championship Online kicks off. With not a lot going on in Las Vegas right now, this is sure to be one of the best support series in a while.
Tom Waters, partypoker Managing Director, said:
“With the live poker schedule likely to be empty over the traditionally hectic summer months, we have been working on plans for a huge online festival to provide an alternative for players that would normally migrate to Vegas.”
GGPoker has pulled off a masterstroke during the COVID-19 lockdown. In March the whole world locked up and everyone retreated indoors, with live poker players wondering what on earth they were going to do.
A couple of months later and GGPoker was running the WSOP Circuit Online series which saw almost $150 million paid out in prizes. Now they have gone and done a deal for the World Series of Poker proper, sharing the gig with WSOP.com.
Starting on July 19th 2020 you can compete for a bona fide WSOP gold bracelet in 54 different events on GGPoker.
Everyone thought that the WSOP was dead in the water but not now. Unfortunately the American player pool will be split up from the rest of the world but this is the best we can do, for the time being.
As the summer draws to a close PokerStars is thought to be running the 2020 World Championship of Online Poker - WCOOP.
Normally weighing in with a $75 million stack of guarantees, it will be a fitting end to a great summer of poker. Nobody knows yet if they will come up with a bespoke series for those who won’t be playing on GGPoker or partypoker in the major festivals.
The next three months promise a lot for online poker. Even when the live scene is back to where it was in March, the online game could be in its best state for many years.
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