Partypoker Live will bring the Party brand to the Balkans — joining forces with high roller tournament organizer Triton Poker for a four-event big-money series in Montenegro.
Partypoker Live president John Duthie announced on Party’s blog last week their intent to sponsor the Super High Roller Series in Montenegro, May 12-18, at the Maestral hotel, resort, and casino on the coast of Adriatic Sea. Further details beyond a branding and tournament relationship have yet to be announced, but Triton presumably will use Partypoker’s online platform to host satellites for some of its forthcoming events.
High Stakes Innovation, Attracting Pros
The Super High Roller will consist of four tournaments with buy-ins ranging from $32,000 to $125,000.
The $125,000 main event gets underway on May 15. With 60-minute levels and unlimited rebuys until the start of level 12, the organizers will be hoping to top last year’s 52 total entries and $6.2 million prizepool.
While the main event will likely see the return of Sam Trickett, defending champion Manig Loeser and Triton founder Richard Yong, the “short deck ante only” looks to be the most intriguing option. Popular in Asia, short deck poker is played using a Hold’em format but with 2s, 3s, 4s and 5s removed.
Designed to create more action, the tournament is the type of innovation Partypoker ambassador Jason Koon expects to see at one of the “most fun” high roller series in the world.
The partnership with Triton is one that plays into Partypoker’s recent push to establish itself as the “player friendly” live tournament brand.
When Duthie took charge of Party’s “Live” series in February 2017, he told players that he wanted to provide “value” for attendees and invest money in the overall experience. Since that time, the operator has recruited a number of influential poker pros to help shape its products.
As well as working with Isaac Haxton et al, Partypoker recently announced the launch of its own tournament currency. Known as Partypoker Live $$$ (PPL$$$), the tokens can be won and used online or to cover expenses associated with offline events.
Triton’s combination of high stakes action and tournament innovations is something that jives with Partypoker’s push to become the leading brand on the live circuit.