Partypoker's $5 million guaranteed Powerfest series has been running since Feb. 21 and continues to do so until the 98th and final tournament on March 20. Leading into today, a total of 89 events have taken place and they've awarded combined prize pools in excess of $3.82 million, meaning there’s still almost $1.18 million left to play for.
Week 1 of Powerfest was dedicated to partypoker's Featherweight tournament, all no-limit hold'em, namely those with buy-ins of $5.50 and $11. Despite the low cost of entry, there were some big guaranteed prize pools played for including one of $25,000 in the third event of the series, which was won by "Tosny93" for $3,925.
Several other Featherweight events boasted $20,000 guarantees including a $5.50 buy-in six-max affair won by "Kraken_pL" for $3,086, and an $11 buy-in bounty event that "element9288" won for $3,200 and $34 worth of bounty payments.
The biggest tournament from Week 1 was the $11 Main Event, which featured a $50,000 guarantee. It overlaid by 196 entrants and was chopped heads-up between eventual champion "omnos" and "X200_MEH", who walked away with $6,968.34 and $6,700.66, respectively.
Middleweight tournaments with buy-ins of $22 or $55 took center stage during Week 2 where the guarantees continued to swell. One of the opening tournaments, Event #39, boasted of a $50,000 prize pool, $8,000 of which headed to the partypoker account of "muchofkingusto," the tournament's champion.
Week 2's highlight was, without a doubt, the $100,000 guaranteed Main Event. The $55 buy-in tournament smashed its guarantee by some $32,100 when 2,642 players bought into it. They were all outlasted by "tone2toni" who scooped the $20,872.59 first-place prize.
Welcome the Heavyweights
The highlight of the Heavyweight week was the $500,000 guaranteed Week 3 Main Event, which attracted 2,483 players to the partypoker tables. It ended in a five-way chop with the least amount locked up beint $41,892 and the champion, "NotMooorningYet" grabbing a cool $51,454 for their $215 investment.
Other Heavyweight highlights include Joel "MrsPaintba1l" Brown and "xNittyMcNitx" chopping the $250,000 guaranteed Event #88 for $67,930.13 and $62,359.88, and Phil "PhilRoyal888" Mighall winning the $100,000 guaranteed Event #87, which saw a prize pool of $234,500, for $45,131.25.
High Roller Week Begins
The fourth and final week of Powerfest will see 12 tournaments take place, nine of which have $530 buy-ins, two have $1,050 buy-ins, and the biggest online tournament that partypoker has run in some time is a $500,000 guaranteed event with a $5,200 buy-in. That last one is the final event of the Powerfest and is a fitting way to end what has been a superb online festival thus far.
Win a $5,000 Package to Las Vegas
Instead of a leaderboard system, partypoker is entering every winner of a Powerfest event into a Tournament of Champions. This exclusive tournament pays everyone a prize ranging from a $5.50 ticket up to a $5,000 VIP Las Vegas Package for the ultimate champion.
The package includes:
- Five nights accommodation for two people
- An entry to the WPT500 at Aria
- $1,000 spending money
- Dinner with partypoker ambassador Mike Sexton
- A copy of Mike Sexton’s new book, Life’s a Gamble
- A pair of boxing gloves signed by four-time world champion boxer, Carl Froch
The Tournament of Champions runs at 8 p.m. CET on Sunday, March 27.
Download partypoker Today
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