WPT Online Series Kicks Off at partypoker

The inaugural WPT Online Series kicked off at partypoker on May 3 and did so in style.

The World Poker Tour is hosting its WPT Online Series at partypoker due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Anyone who wondered if this would work has had their doubts smashed as the series kicked off in style on May 3.

Six WPT Online Series events shuffled up on Day 1 of the festival and all smashed their guarantees. None crowned champions, however, because all the events are played over at least two days.

WPT #01 – Opener: $2M Gtd was the biggest tournament on Day 2. The $5,200 buy-in WPT Online Series event attracted 497 players who created a $2,173,150 prize pool. Only 19 of those starters navigated their way to Day 2 and they’re all in the money.

Sixty-four places were paid with Adria Dalmau bursting the money bubble. His exit locked up at least $10,865 for the surviving players. The likes of for WSOP Main Event champion Ryan Riess, Sorel Mizzi, and Patrik Antonius cashed.

Those 19 players return to the action on May 4 knowing they’re guaranteed $19,775. One of them, however, wins $409,638.

Joey Weissman is the man in pole position going into Day 2. The Canadian finished Day 1 with 1,488,215 chips. Frenchman Sylvain Loosli (1,403,869), Stewart Kirby (1,366,718), and Zachary Clark (1,144,689) were the only other players to finish with seven-figure stacks.

Place Player Country Chips
1 Joey Weissman Canada 1,488,215
2 Sylvain Loosli United Kingdom 1,403,869
3 Stewart Kirby United Kingdom 1,366,718
4 Zachary Clark Malta 1,144,689
5 Tom Rafferty New Zealand 813,048
6 Sami Kelopuro Finland 756,070
7 John O’Shea Ireland 741,684
8 Istvan Birizdo Hungary 725,270
9 Michel Dattani Malta 675,401
10 Umut Kara Cyprus 639,292

WPT Online Series $1M Knockout

Knockout tournaments are extremely popular in online poker circles and they don’t come much bigger than this one. WPT #02 – Knockout: $1M Gtd is a $2,100 buy-in event that saw 501 players enter. This resulted in a $1,002,000 prize pool shared among the top 64 finishers.

A whole host of players busted in the money places before the curtain came down on proceedings. Dario Sammartino, Dan Shak, Gianluca Speranza, and Jeff Gross were among them.

Belarus’ Ilya Anatski is the man to catch going into Day 2 of this WPT Online Series event. He bagged up 2,110,182 chips at the close of play. Others still in the hunt for the $74,004 top prize include Parker Talbot, Simon Mattsson, and Niklas Astedt.

We have to give a nod to Joao Oliveira who finished with 1,332,710 chips, enough for fourth-place. He’s already accumulated $17,406 worth of bounty payments, the most of any player so far.

Place Player Country Chips
1 Ilya Anatski Belarus 2,110,182
2 Parker Talbot Canada 1,954,862
3 Norbert Szecsi Hungary 1,447,430
4 Joao Oliviera Croatia 1,332,710
5 Andrii Novak Ukraine 1,123,078
6 Simon Mattsson Sweden 1,122,352
7 Paul Hofer Germany 744,457
8 Santtu Ojala Finland 738,956
9 Niklas Astedt Sweden 589,560
10 Adam Crawford Canada 568,249

Four Other Events Complete Day 1

Some of the best tournament players navigated their way through the other four WPT Online Series events that completed Day 1.

The $530 buy-in Mini Opener attracted a field of 1,362 players. Only 66 made it through, including Yann Dion, WSOP bracelet winner Daniel Strelitz, and Max Silver.

Only 101 of the 2,548 starters in the $215 Mini Knockout navigated their way to Day 2. Jakob Miegel leads them back into battle. The likes of Chris Oliver, Samuel Vousden, and Jakub Michalak are among the Day 1 survivors.

Some 108 of the 727 entrants made it through on the first WPT500 Day 1s. Ten Day 1s are available and 4,000 players are required to hit the $2 million guarantee. That shouldn’t be an issue if the opening flight is anything to go by.

Lastly, the first of 22 flights in the WPTSuper50 took place. This $55 buy-in WPT Online Series event has a $1 million guaranteed prize pool! A field of 1,493 players bought into Day 1A, only 193 of those hopefuls progressed at the first attempt.

What’s In Store on Day 2?

Monday is traditionally quiet in the online poker world. but there are still some big tournaments planned. Day 1 of the $500,000 Gtd Superstack kicks off. Expect plenty of the game’s elite to exchange $1,575 for 60,000-chips and the chance of glory.

There’s a $162 edition of that event, the Mini Superstack, which has $150,000 up for grabs.

Pot-Limit Omaha players can compete in a $5,200 buy-in event with at least $500,000 in the pot. Partypoker is also running a $1,050 PLO knockout tournament that is sure to be fun.

Throw into the mix another WPT500 and WPTSuper50 Day 1 and a $109 Mini PLO Knockout and you have the recipe for an intense day of poker tournament action.

Matthew Pitt

Matthew Pitt

If it’s something you can play online for real money, chances are Matthew knows a bit about it. He’s been writing about slots, craps and poker for the better part of the last decade. He’s written for PokerNews, PartyPoker and many other respected online gambling websites during the last nine years.


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