For players outside of the US, May looks to be the best month so far in 2017 for online poker events. There are 3 big events at different online poker sites, all with the same dates. These are, the SCOOP at PokerStars, the PowerFest at Party Poker and the XL Inferno at 888 Poker. When you add up the guaranteed prize pools on offer, this is a staggering $82,500,000 (not a type, that is more than eighty two million!).
This page gives you the highlights of all 3, with my personal pick at the bottom of the page.
I’ll start with the biggest of the 3:
May Poker Events #1 – The PokerStars SCOOP – 7th to 21st May 2017
The Spring Championship of Online Poker has been running for years now and is the second largest poker event each year. The only bigger one is the WCOOP (World Championship) which is held in the Autumn. The guaranteed prize pools for this event add up to a huge $55 million. When you take into account that a lot of the tournaments will go over their guarantee… then you can see there is still a lot of life in online poker.
Each tournament is divided into 3 tiers, with lower, mid and higher buy-in versions on the same day. The coverage in terms of game types, formats and speed is huge. You can expect all poker types to be played somewhere along the line.
You can also expect some very soft satellite qualifiers for those looking for entry into the bigger games.
Every year sees someone unknown get a huge score and kick-start their poker career… maybe this year it is your turn?
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Check out the full SCOOP schedule at the world’s biggest poker site for yourself now at www.pokerstars.com
May Poker Events #2 – Party Poker PowerFest – 7th to 21st May 2017
Party have been ramping up their PowerFest events, getting bigger each time it runs. The combined prize pool for the 300 tournaments running between 7th and the 21st of May is now at $20 million. They have used the same idea as PokerStars, with the 3 tiers of buy-ins (named after boxing weights), with the smallest events at just $11.
There is not the same number of poker variations at Party that you’ll find at Stars. What makes up for this is that the fields are very much recreational. With most pros exclusively at PokerStars these days, you’ll find that a little bit of poker strategy knowledge goes a long way in these games. You will also find leaderboard contests, and of course – plenty of satellite qualifier games.
As a side note, Party Poker are also running qualifiers to some parties in Las Vegas at the moment. Those parties are scheduled to match with the World Series of Poker Main Event, (this one links to my other site SNG Planet, where I list the World Series qualifier options) and include a $12 prize for the winners of the satellite games…
Party offer $ / £20 to play with right away for new depositing players, you can grab this or a 100% matched welcome bonus with bonus code PBCLUB. Check out www.partypoker.com for more on the PowerFest!
May Poker Events #3 – XL Inferno at 888 Poker – 7th to 21st May
888 Poker have a main online poker event known as the ‘Super XL Series’. There are now 3 different XL themed events to go alongside this… using the popular idea more often.
The Inferno is no small event, in fact this has guaranteed prize pools of $7,500,000.
Again, there are different tiers of events for different bankroll levels. The main event of this series (on the 21st of May) has a guarantee of $1.5 million – a great chance for someone to break through to the next level.
Satellites are running all the time at 888, and winning entry into the bigger tournaments should be greatly helped by the large number of fish and recreational players at the tables there.
Best of all, 888 are so confident that new players will love their site, that they offer cash and tokens up front for new players. This does depend on your country, with some lower GDP places excluded. Most countries get up to $88 just for registering ($8 right away, then more instalments of $8 as you earn points). If you are from the UK, then you get £20 instead.
Check out the XL Inferno and grab your free cash at www.888poker.com now!
3 May Online Poker Events – My Pick
I’m looking forward to all 3, though 888 edges it.
The overall guarantees is not the main thing for me. The mix of super-soft tables, mid-sized fields and plenty of promotions is the right combination!
Check out www.888poker.com – I’ll hope to see you at the final table of one of the XL Inferno events!
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