Partypoker Looking to Hit Hard with $30 Million KO Series Guarantee

September 4th, 2019 | by Jason Reynolds

It might have been announced at the last minute but the sixth KO Series looks set to pack a punch.

Partypoker KO Series

Partypoker is hitting back with another KO Series and a $30 million prizepool. (Image: Partypoker)

Getting underway on September 8, Partypoker’s online festival will feature 283 MTTs and $30 million in guaranteed prize money.

As well as boasting one of the largest KO Series prizepools to date, Partypoker is offering more qualifiers.

More Satellites, More MTTs, More Money

Alongside regular satellites starting at $0.22, players can take part in KO Spins. The three-handed showdowns will follow the same lottery-style format as traditional Spins tournaments.

However, instead of random cash prizes, players can win KO Series tickets ranging in value from $33 to $5,200.

When the action gets underway, four super high roller events costing $5,200 each will top the bill. At the other end of the spectrum, buy-ins will start at $2.20 for multiple MTTs, including Event #1 which carries a $5,000 guarantee.

The timing of the latest KO Series is interesting. With PokerStars announcing details of its $75 million World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) back in August, Partypoker moved quickly.

In much the same way it did earlier this year, the tournament team showed it can counterpunch when necessary. Back in February, discontent surrounding PokerStars’ Turbo Series was mounting.

Looking to steal some business and gain the upper hand over its rival, the site put together a surprise KO Series with a prizepool $250,000 larger than what PokerStars was offering.

The coup appeared to work but in recent weeks some players have becoming increasingly disillusioned with certain updates at Partypoker.

KO Series Could Knockout Any Bad Vibes

Although not universal, there’s a feeling that removing features such as downloadable hand histories has hurt regulars. For its part, Partypoker has said the changes are designed to make the site less predatory and more appealing to casual players.

Those that use tracking software have disagreed, leading to debates across various online forums. Far from backtracking, Partypoker is sticking to its guns and hoping the allure of $30 million will be enough to quell any ill feeling.

Even if it doesn’t change the tide, the KO Series is yet another major source of value for players this September.

If history is anything to go by, WCOOP’s prizepool should breach the $100 million mark when it gets underway on September 22. 

With the KO Series starting and ending just before WCOOP, Partypoker will be hopeful its guarantee can also be beaten.

If that happens, there could be upwards of $140 million in prize money up for grabs in September across two of the industry’s top sites.


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