PartyPoker Loads Up $7.8m-GTD PowerFest, Pure Poker

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Don’t call it a comeback but PartyPoker is set to run its biggest ever PowerFest online series with a staggering $7,800,000 in guaranteed prizes.

The massive series will feature 172 separate tournaments divided into three different buy-in categories including featherweight, middleweight and heavyweight in addition to high roller.

PowerFest will run from May 1-22, 2016, with the lower buy-in tournaments first and then escalating up to a series of high roller events from May 15-22.

Pure Poker = Less Re-Entries

Sick of nearly ubiquitous re-entry tournaments where the players who enter the most times have the biggest advantage?

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PartyPoker's Mike Sexton

PartyPoker is experimenting with something it's calling Pure Poker with a very limited amount of re-entry tournaments on the PowerFest schedule.

In fact only high roller events and a few special events will retain the re-entry format.

Meanwhile PowerFest will offer buy-ins for players of every bankroll from $5.50 all the way up to $5,200.

“Powerfest has become an iconic event for PartyPoker and after listening to feedback from our players earlier this year we have decided to run it again, bigger and better than ever!” said PartyPoker group head Tom Waters.

“The $7,800,000 guarantee is the largest that PartyPoker has ever offered, giving players of all bankroll sizes the chance to win big, with buy-ins from $5.50 to $5,200."

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Here’s a breakdown of the PowerFest schedule:

Featherweight
May 1 – 8, 2016
Buy-ins $5.50-$11
Main Event: May 8, $11 buy-in $50,000 Guaranteed
Total guarantees: $390,000

Middleweight
May 8 – 15, 2016
Buy-ins $22-$55
Main Event: May 15, $55 buy-in $100,000 Guaranteed
Total guarantees: $840,000

Heavyweight
May 15-22, 2016
Buy-ins $109-$215
Main Event: May 22, $215 buy-in $500,000 Guaranteed
Total guarantees: $2,925,000

High Roller
May 15-22, 2016
Buy-ins $530-$5,200
Main Event: May 22, $1,050 buy-in $1,000,000 Guaranteed
Total guarantees: $3,650,000

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