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Online Poker Hits Milestone with Over $180m Guaranteed for September

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Arguably the biggest month in online poker ever began this week with over $180 million in guaranteed prizes spread across numerous poker sites including PokerStars and partypoker.

The colossal schedule is the result of a nuclear arms race between partypoker and PokerStars to offer the most robust online poker series.

For years PokerStars has dominated with the World Championship of Online Poker but lately partypoker has been knocking on the door with its Powerfest series, which this year will offer a $60-million guaranteed prize pool for the first time ever.

The real winners are the players, who will have access to nearly $200 million in guarantees and over 1,000 different tournament options in September.

This year the series will be staggered with WCOOP running from now until Sept. 17 while Powerfest runs until the following week with the Main Event scheduled to take place on Sept. 23.

Over 1,000 Tournaments on Tap for September

PokerStars made a major change to its venerable WCOOP series this year by switching to a three-tier buy-in system for the first time ever.

In years past WCOOP was generally regarded as the most elite online series in the world thanks to its rigid schedule of high buy-in tournaments.

This year WCOOP is taking a page from its sister online series Spring Championship of Online Poker and offering three different buy-in levels for each event.

For instance the big No-Limit Hold’em event set to take place this Sunday in place of the traditional Sunday Million will offer buy-in levels of $11, $109 and $1,050. Even the $11 buy-in tournament will offer a $200,000 guaranteed prize pool.

Over the course of the month, PokerStars will run a total of 185 events.

Meanwhile partypoker’s Powerfest has always offered a tiered structure. The September series will offer six different buy-in levels from Micro (which starts at just $1.10) all the way up to the gigantic Super High Roller (which tops out at $25,500).

Powerfest will also feature 20 championship events over the course of the series with 15 tournaments providing guaranteed prize pools of $1 million or bigger.

In total the September edition of Powerfest will offer 670 different tournaments.

Here’s a look at some of the standout events that will take place on PokerStars and partypoker over the next month:

Biggest Guaranteed Prize Pool
DateEventPrize PoolSeries
Sept. 16$5,200 buy-in NLHE Main Event$10,000,000WCOOP
Biggest pot-limit omaha prize pool
DateEventPrize PoolSeries
Sept. 5$25,000 buy-in PLO High Roller (Six-Max)$1,000,000WCOOP
Biggest buy-in tournament
DateEventPrize PoolSeries
Sept. 20$25,500 buy-in Super High Roller$3,000,000Powerfest
smallest buy-in tournament
DateEventPrize PoolSeries
Sept. 18$1.10 buy-in NLHE Micro$1,000Powerfest
lowest buy-in $1,000,000-GTD Tournament
DateEventPrize PoolSeries
Sept. 16$55 NLHE Main Event$1,000,000WCOOP
Biggest $1,000 buy-in tournament
DateEventPrize PoolSeries
Sept. 9$1,050 NLHE$1,500,000WCOOP
lowest buy-in Championship event
DateEventPrize PoolSeries
Sept. 23$3.30 NLHE Micro$15,000Powerfest

888poker XL Eclipse Adds $2.8m to Busy September Schedule

PokerStars and partypoker aren’t the only major online poker sites offering some serious incentive to players in the month of September.

888poker will run its own 34-event XL Eclipse from Sept. 13-23 with over $2.8 million in guaranteed prize pools. Buy-ins for XL Eclipse range from $5 all the way up to $2,600 for a special high roller on Sept. 18.

The XL Eclipse will culminate with a $1,050 buy-in NLHE Main Event on Sept. 23 with a $1-million guaranteed prize pool.

888poker offers extra incentive for players who take part in XL Eclipse in the form of a special achievement promotion.

The promo rewards players who manage to win multiple XL Eclipse titles. Any player who wins two titles receives an extra $1,000 bonus. The bonuses ratchet all the way up to $1 million for any player who takes down five separate titles over the course of the series.

Combined with the offerings from PokerStars and partypoker, it makes one of the busiest months in the history of online poker. It’s almost enough to make one forget about the NFL kicking off its 2018-19 season this week.

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