WPT Partners With partypoker to Host First-Ever Online Series

  • WPT Online Series will run May 10-26, $7 million in guarantees
  • Events include WPTDeepStacks, WPT500, and the WPT Online Championship
  • Announcement follows poker events being canceled due to the deadly coronavirus
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The World Poker Tour has partnered with partypoker to launch its first-ever online series, which guarantees $7 million in prize money. [Image: Shutterstock.com]

$7 million in guarantees

The World Poker Tour (WPT) has announced a brand-new poker series for players titled WPT Online Series, which will be hosted on the partypoker platform.

The WPT Online Series will take place from May 10-26, offering a total of $7 million in guarantees.

$3,200 buy-in WPT Online Championship will highlight the schedule

Events will include the WPT500, the WPT Online Championship, and the WPTDeepStacks. The $3,200 buy-in WPT Online Championship will highlight the schedule, offering players a chance to compete for a piece of the $5 million prize pool.

Additional tournament details

The WPT500 Online will run May 10-18. There will be ten starting flights and the tournament will include a $1 million guaranteed prize pool. Once this event ends, the WPTDeepStacks Online will start shortly after on the 25. It will only last for two days, and it will also offer a $1 million prize pool.

The WPT announced the upcoming series via Twitter and other social media pages:

WPT CEO Adam Pliska commented on the new online series. He said WPT and partypoker are proud to have created the first WPT Online Series. Players from around the globe can now take part in WPT events from home, with buy-ins catering to players of all levels.

Hermance Blum, vice president of WPT Europe, commented as well, saying that the $7 million in guarantees is an exciting breakthrough for the WPT partnership with partypoker.

Blum went on to say: “We can’t wait to crown our first WPT Online Championship winner and see them in the WPT Tournament of Champions presented by Baccarat Crystal.”

Online at the right time

The WPT Online Series has been announced at a time when live tournaments are coming to a standstill.

With the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) having a major impact on countries across the globe, including the United States, many gambling operators have been forced to close venues and cancel events.

The World Poker Tour announced on Tuesday that it had reached an agreement with partypoker LIVE and Casino Barcelona to postpone WPT Barcelona. The poker festival was supposed to begin on March 27. It will now be postponed for later in the year.

The WPTDeepStacks event in Maryland and the WPTDeepStacks European Championship have also been canceled. The European stop was canceled due to the spread of the coronavirus in France.

With the WPT Online Series, players will still be able to enjoy poker, despite major land-based events being canceled or postponed.