Partypoker to Host $60 Million Guaranteed Powerfest Online Poker Series September 2-23, Will Compete With PokerStars WCOOP

Partypoker is upping the ante with a Powerfest online poker series that guarantees at least $60 million in prize pool money will be awarded over 670 events from September 2-23, the same time as the popular World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) runs over at competitor PokerStars.

 Partypoker 2018 Powerfest

Partypoker is hosting a $60 million guaranteed Powerfest online poker series from Sept 2-23. (Image: Twitter)

The Powerfest series has a little something for everyone, whether you’re a high roller or a micro stakes grinder, with buy-ins ranging from $1.10 all the way up to $25,500.

This will be the ninth installment of the Powerfest and is set to become the largest poker series in Partypoker’s 17-year history.

Starting on August 23, Partypoker is giving its customers a chance to win a share of $50,000 worth of Powerfest tournament tickets. Players can earn free tournament tickets by putting in enough hours in cash games until the September 1st deadline.

Players can also earn entries into series events via satellites.

Seven-Figure Guarantees

The upcoming online poker extravaganza is highlighted by 20 championship events, 15 of which guarantee at least $1 million in prize money, including the $25,500 buy-in Super High Roller on September 20 that has a $3 million guarantee. The winner will receive at least $735,000.

Notable Championship Events (no-limit hold’em unless otherwise noted)

Sept 3, $5,200 Super High Roller ($1 million)

Sept 9, $1,050 High Roller ($1 million)

Sept 18, $10,300 6-Max PLO ($500,000)

Sept 18, $10,300 Super High Roller ($2 million)

Sept 20, $25,500 Super High Roller ($3 million)

Sept 23, $55 Medium Level ($250,000)

Sept 23, $1,050 High Roller ($1 million)

Competing Against PokerStars

Powerfest will have a tough competitor. PokerStars, the world’s largest online poker site, is running its popular World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) series at the same time (September 2-17), and is guaranteeing even more prize pool money than Partypoker.

WCOOP will award its players at least $70 million over 60 events, with buy-ins ranging from $2.20 to $25,000. The highlight of the series is the $5,200 Main Event that guarantees at least $1 million to the winner and a $10 million total prize pool.

PokerStars is also giving out seven Platinum Passes, good for a $25,000 seat in a PokerStars PCA tournament in the Bahamas in January and travel expenses, during the WCOOP series.

2018 WCOOP Key Events (guaranteed prize pool in parenthesis)

Sept 2, $2,100 No-Limit Hold’em 8-Max ($1 million)

Sept 2, $215 Sunday Million NLH ($1 million)

Sept 4, $10,300 NLH High Roller ($1 million)

Sept 5, $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller ($1 million)

Sept 6, $2,100 HORSE ($256,000)

Sept 8, $2,100 8-Game Mix ($250,000)

Sept 9, $5,200 NLH High Roller ($1 million)

Sept 9, $530 Sunday Warmup NLH ($750,000)

Sept 9, $109 Half-Price Sunday Million NLH ($1 million)

Sept 12, $25,000 8-Max High Roller NLH ($2 million)

Sept 14, $22 DeepStack NLH ($100,000)

Sept 16, $5,200 Main Event NLH ($10 million)

Written by
Jon Sofen
Semi-pro poker player with 17 years experience on the felt and more than five years working as professional poker media.


makisaa wrote...

Many millions to both popular sites! This is wonderful for poker! Great competition! In my country only Pokerstars is lisenced. I do not know why partypoker is not!!

JonathanAReth wrote...

Why do poker sites feel the need for direct competition like this? I know on the surface it sounds goo that there is competition out there, but think of it this way, if PartyPoker started theirs the week AFTER the WCOOP then not only would they get all the winners from WCOOP dumping money into their site, but it would also allow players to compete in both series without having to stretch themselves thin either monetarily or via multi-tabling. Running them side-by-side is a huge gamble and I’m not so sure they’re going to win it.

Andrew Popov wrote...

Perhaps this is such an attempt to take care of the “poker ecology” – to force experienced regular players to choose and play somewhere in one series. Leaving more room for lovers. This will really make the field weaker, but it is obvious that there will simply be fewer participants in the tournaments.

The good news is that perhaps the guarantees of the tournaments will not be covered by the paid BI.

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