The World Poker Tour (WPT) Online Series will once again run on partypoker! The 2021 edition of the online festival will run from May 14 to June 2. Players will compete for at least $3.5 million in guarantees across two Main Events, with plenty of side events to choose from.
The full schedule has yet to be released, but the Main Event dates have already been confirmed. Below are the initial details.
Main Events Guaranteeing $3.5M
This year’s WPT Online Series will feature a pair of Main Events. The Mini version has a buy-in of $530 and promises $500,000 in guarantees. It kicks off on May 15 and features two starting flights. Day 2 is scheduled on May 17, with the final action taking place on May 19.
The bigger Main Event has an entry fee of $3,200 and features a massive $3 million guarantee. It also has two Day 1s taking place on May 23 & 30. Both fields will combine on Day 2 on May 31 and will battle it out through to the final day on June 2 until a champion is crowned.
The winner of the $3,200 buy-in Main Event will walk away with a luxury Hublot watch, and will have his or her name engraved on the Mike Sexton WPT Champions Cup.
Satellites for both events are already running on partypoker. Those keen on taking part in the $3,200 buy-in Main Event may take part in phase satellites which involve two phases (Phase 1- $3.30 buy-in; Phase 2 – $33 buy-in). But players can win their way into the event for much less via centrolls for just $0.01! The finale takes place on Sundays with 15x $3,200 Main Event seats to be awarded.
The Phase 1 satellites for the Mini Main Event cost just $0.55 to enter, while Phase 2 has a buy-in of $5.50. Players may directly buy in at either stage, but the final action has no direct buy-in. There are 30x $530 tickets that will be given away during the final phase. Centrolls are also available for only $0.01.
Apart from the Main Events, the schedule is also expected to feature other key tournaments from last year, such as WPT500 events, WPT DeepStacks, as well as High Roller and Super High Roller tournaments. Players can also look forward to a wide selection of side events suitable for every bankroll.
Building on the Success of the 2020 Inaugural Event
The inaugural WPT Online Series in 2020 was a massive success, with the Online Main Event setting a new record that time for the biggest field ever for any WPT Main Tour tournament. The event attracted a total of 2,130 entries, ultimately topped by Christian Jeppsson for $913,783 in first-place prize.
The WPT went on to break that record when it hosted the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown in Florida in April, a tournament that pulled in a total of 2,482 entries. A champion will be crowned on May 18 when the final table plays out at the PokerGO Studio in Las Vegas.
This year, both the WPT and partypoker are aiming to achieve a similar success for the second running of the WPT Online Series.
Alias Change
As many of you may have noticed, this year’s WPT Online Series will get underway about a week later than the original 2020 schedule. This was purposely done in response to player feedback, as a lot of players who participated in recently-concluded festivals like the POWERFEST, GG Spring Festival, and SCOOP wanted to take an extended break.
Partypoker is also rolling out a new software update which will enable players to change their screen name once again. Players will most probably compete under a new alias in the upcoming WPT Online Series. partypoker is enforcing the alias change to prevent third-party tracking tools from working. The initiative was first rolled out back in 2019.