In 2002, PokerStars ran the first-ever World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) – to recreate the World Series of Poker vibe. That online poker tournament series became a central part of online poker's playbook. Since then, big online tournament series caught on like fire across multiple poker sites.
Now every major poker site from 888poker to GGPoker to partypoker to PokerStars has their own signature tournament series. And often - it runs multiple times per year. Needless to say it’s great news for us poker players because there’s a ton of money to be won. So if you want to get in on non-stop online poker tournament series action, here’s all you need to know.
Due to the global pandemic, some Live Tournament series have shifted to online tournament series. You’ll find more details below.
Online Poker Tournament Series - 2021 Schedule
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Online Series 2020
GGPoker Online Tournament Series
- WSOP 2020 Online
- Multi MILLION$ Tournament Series
- GGMasters & POY Series
WSOP 2020 Online
On July 1, WSOP 2020 begins in a completely new online format. There will be a total of 85 gold bracelets to win over the course of two months. WSOP NJ and Nevada players can play for an exclusive gold bracelet every day in July on WSOP.com.
Then from July 19, all international players can join and try their luck for the remaining 54 bracelets on GGPoker. The international WSOP tournament series will run through September 6. Marking the first time players outside the US can compete for an official WSOP 2020 bracelet online.
GGPoker plans to reveal its WSOP 2020 dates and bracelet schedule on a rolling basis and will have a broad range of buy-ins and game formats.
GGMasters is GGPoker’s signature FREEZEOUT event with a $500,000 GTD every Sunday - no re-entry, no rebuy. You can buy into the Sunday event for $150 or qualify via satellites throughout the week from a tiny $1.50.
With every Sunday event you play throughout the year, you accumulate leaderboard points for Player of the Year (POY). With extra points for 1st place, final table and bubble. The final reward is becoming a GG ambassador worth $500,000. Second to 10th place get free GGMasters tickets for 2021.
If you happen to bust, you can catch boosted guaranteed tournaments at GGPoker every day of the week.
Weekly Multi MILLION$ Tournaments
The Multi Million$ Tournament Series is three massive tournaments each week where you play for millions across 3 buy-in levels and different time zones:
- Zodiac Millions: ¥1 Million GTD / Buy-in: ¥500
- Global Millions: $1 Million GTD / Buy-in: $100
- High Roller Millions: $2 Million GTD / Buy-in: $500
There’s a whole schedule of mini events and satellites that lead up to the final day every Sunday. Just click the GGPoker banner above to access. The Sunday Finals schedule for each tournament is below.
PokerStars Online Tournament Series
It’s hard not to consider PokerStars the benchmark for successful online poker tournament series. Since the initial nine-event 2002 WCOOP, which awarded over $730,000 in prize money, it has continually set the bar. Each online poker tournament series since has been bigger and even more lucrative.
In 2020, PokerStars is offering these major annual series:
- SCOOP – Spring Championship of Online Poker (All May)
- TCOOP – Turbo Championship of Online Poker (April 5-19)
- WCOOP - World Championship of Online Poker (Sept 1-23)
- Micro Millions – Micro Stakes Tournament Series (April 19-26)
- Summer Series 2020 (June 7-21)
- # of Events: 65+
- Buy-ins: $5.50 - $50K
- Prize Pool: $75-$115 Million
- Dates: May (Spring)
- Main Events (3): $11.5M GTD
- PLO Main Events: $1.75M GTD
The 2020 SCOOP – Spring Championship of Online Poker has recently wrapped up. But not before awarding $920,596 to “Alexgirs” from Belarus after a three-way deal in the $10,300 SCOOP Main Event. Brazil’s “HayashiJoão” also banked $920K in the only Main Event that didn’t end in a deal - the $1,050 tournament. While Latvia’s “auercan“ beat a field of 46,238 entries to win $371,750 from the $109 low buy-in edition.
The Spring Championship of Online Poker started in 2009 following WCOOP’s success, immediately offering three buy-in levels: Low, Medium, High. Steve O’Dwyer and Mateos cashed in this year’s SCOOP. However, thousands flock to lower buy-in events too - all wanting a taste of major online poker tournament success.
SCOOP Main Event – High Champs include:
- Jude “j.thaddeus” Ainsworth (SCOOP 2009)
- Ryan “toetagU” Fair (SCOOP 2010)
- Sami “Lrslzk” Kelopuro (SCOOP 2011)
- Nicholas “GripDsNutz” Grippo (SCOOP 2012)
- Viktor “Isildur1” Blom (SCOOP 2013)
- Ivan “vandir4ek” Soshnikov (SCOOP 2014)
- Mustapha “lasganaaaammm” Kanit (SCOOP 2015)
- Talal “raidalot” Shakerchi (SCOOP 2016)
- Charlie “Epiphany77” Carrel (SCOOP 2017)
- Gianluca “Tankanza” Speranza (SCOOP 2018/19)
- “Alexgirs” (Belaraus) (SCOOP 2020)
- # of Events: $100+
- Prize Pool: $25 Million
- Dates: April 5-19
- Buy-ins: $11 - $1,050
- Main Events (2): $3M GTD Total
The Turbo Championship of Online Poker (TCOOP) founded in 2017 has recently been replaced by the Turbo Series. It ran for two weeks in April with dozens of action-packed, high-speed Turbo and Hyper Turbo poker tournaments in different variations.
If you’re unfamiliar with a “Turbo” online poker tournament - it’s a sped up version with faster levels and blinds. This cuts down on total tournament time and affects players’ overall strategy. Being super fast makes it super fun - and accessible with buy-ins at every level.
- # of Events: 100+
- Prize Pool: $75-$115 Million
- When: August 30 - September 23, 2020
- Buy-ins: $2.20 - $25K (Low, Med, High)
- Main Events (2): $1M & $10M GTD
If there’s a granddaddy of online poker tournament series it’s the WCOOP - World Championship of Online Poker. Not only is it the first PokerStars online poker tournament series, but also the most diverse. In WSOP spirit, it tests poker players in all sorts of games and variations to prove their wits. Including: NLHE Progressive KO, NL 2-7 Single Draw, Razz, Fixed Limit Omaha, HORSE, 5-Card Draw, NLHE 3-Max, and Stud Hi-Lo.
Notable WCOOP Main Event winners from both the live and online poker world. Including JC Tran (2006 WCOOP), Tyson Marks (2010 – $2.2m biggest WCOOP payout), and Fedor Holz (2014 WCOOP). Of course, several amateur players also made their own history with big wins in the Main Event.
Like Russian Marat Sharafutdinov, who famously declared ‘I wont million” in the chat box when refusing a deal. Then went on to win over $1M in the 2012 WCOOP Main Event. Phenomenal prizes and low buy-ins - there’s no online poker tournament series quite like WCOOP.
NJCOOP, NJSCOOP & US Turbo Series
- # of Events: 45+
- Prize Pool: $1.5 Million+
- Buy-in: $50 - $500
- Levels: Low, Med, High
- Main Events: $150,000 GTD
Also in the online tournament series:
- $30K Platinum Pass packages to PSPCA in the Bahamas
- Freerolls / Second Chance Freerolls with $10-20K in Main Event seats
- Special Spin & Go’s awarding Main Event seats for just $4
For its legal US site, PokerStars NJ adapted its famous online poker tournament series to a localized version. The PokerStars NJCOOP plays in the Fall, similar to the WCOOP while the NJSCOOP plays in the Spring. Events include progressive KOs and hyper-turbos.
The PokerStars NJ Turbo Series runs in late Winter and offers Turbo and Hyper-Turbo versions of the most popular poker formats. Guarantees typically run to about $200,000 with a $25,000 GTD Main Event. Buy-ins start from $15 but you can win your seats for less in low-cost satellites.
Micro Millions Tournament Series
- # of Events: 120+
- Prize Pool: +$1 Million
- Last On: April 19-26, 2020
- Buy-in Range: $.1.10 - $11
- Main Events: $1M GTD & +$100K for 1st place
The Micro Millions is one of PokerStars’ most popular annual tournaments. Because it has super small buy-ins, massive fields and ridiculously big prizes. Despite the small buy-ins, millions have been paid out in the MicroMillions series. It’s one of the most egalitarian online poker tournament series ever because literally anyone can play, and anyone can win.
- # of Events: 166
- Total Prize Pool: €25 Million GTD
- Dates: June 7-21
- Buy-in Range: $11 - $530
- Main Events: $1-2 Million GTD
- MIn. 8 events daily
A Summer Series highlight is the $55 NLHE Progressive KO Main Event Low on June 21 with $1 Million GTD. Then the $530 NLHE Progressive KO Main Event High doubles the guarantee to $2 Million while Sunday Million guarantees $1,500,000.
There will be at least eight Summer Series events daily, so make sure to check out the PokerStars tournament schedule not to miss out. Sign up through PokerListings for an exclusive bonus, if you haven’t already.
888poker XL Series – Blizzard, Eclipse & Inferno
Originally this online poker tournament series launched as a single Super XL Series back in 2015. The 888poker signature online tournament event has since expanded to tri-yearly one:
- 888poker XL Blizzard
- 888poker XL Eclipse
- 888poker XL Inferno
What’s the difference among them? Time of year, mostly. XL Blizzard runs in the Winter/Spring, XL Inferno in Spring/Summer and the XL Eclipse in the Summer/Fall. Otherwise, they all offer a diverse array of tournaments over two weeks with big guarantees and a showcase Main Event.
- # of Events: 35
- Total Prize Pool: €1.5 Million
- Last Event: XL Inferno in May
- Dates: 3 times per year
- Buy-in Range: $5.50 up to $320
- Main Events: $500,000 GTD
- Satellites and freerolls daily
You can expect to see many of the 888poker pros and ambassadors at the seats in the XL series tournaments. Including Dominik Nitsche and Sofia Lovgren in particular. But this is truly a poker tournament series for the people with low-to-mid-level buy-ins and lots of No-Limit Hold’em. XL Series events also start as low as 1c so literally any 888poker player can get in on the action.
partypoker Online Poker Tournament Series
All partypoker online poker tournament series offer about $150 million in guarantees across the board in so many formats.
- WPT Online 2020
- partypoker Powerfest
- partypoker Millions Online
- partypoker KO Series
- partypoker Monster Series
- The Big Game
WPT World Online Championships 2020
- # of Events: 40+
- Dates: July 1 - Aug 9
- Tournaments: Main Event & Mini Event
- Total Prize Pool: GTD TBD
- Buy-ins: $22-$10,300
- Levels: Low, Med, High
The inaugural WPT Online Series wrapped up at partypoker in May 2020 after 94 events across 29 days. The three key tournaments were the WPT500, WPTDeepStacks, and WPT Online Championship. With a combined prize pool of almost $53 million. Now, partypoker have joined forces once again for the WPT World Online Championships in July-August.
Main Event Buy-in is $10,300 while the Mini Main Event is $1,050. But even this may be a little steep for recreational players. So partypoker is offering PP LIVE Passport satellites phased events available in $22, $109, and $1,050 buy-ins. You can buy into any phase, taking your stack forward with you.
Based on partypoker poker’s weekly Power Series of tournaments, Powerfest is an amped up version of series that runs 2-3 times per year with around $30 Million in guarantees over around 250 events.
- # of Events: 250
- Last Prize Pool: €30 Million
- When: 2-3 times per year
- Buy-ins: €5.50 - €25,000
- Buy-in Levels: Low, Medium, High
All levels draw huge fields of amateurs and pros alike. The schedule is nice and diverse with all kinds of poker variations. Like 6-max, 8-max, Mix-Max, Progressive KO, turbo, hyper-turbo and Deepstack - but plenty of core No-Limit Hold’em and PLO too.
Upcoming: partypoker Powerfest XI - TBA
partypoker Millions Online
When you talk about signature online poker tournaments the annual partypoker Millions is near the top of the list. It also holds the record for the biggest online poker tournament ever in 2018. There’s $20M in prize money guaranteed and partypoker has already made 8 millionaires in its first two editions.
- # of Events: 250
- Last Prize Pool: +€20M
- Next: December 2020
- Buy-ins: TBA
- Levels: Low, Med, High
partypoker Monster Series
- Total Prize Pool: +$2 Million
- When: Summer
- Buy-in Range: $0.11-$55
- Main Events: 4 Championship events
- Prizes: partypoker MILLIONS tickets
Targeting the more recreational poker player the Monster Series is a shorter series usually about a week long. Buy-ins are again spread over three buy-in levels but the spread is much tighter. Special edition SPINS games are also available for cheap and easy satellites into events.
partypoker KO Series
- # 2020 Events: 189
- Event Prize Pools: up to $58K
- Dates: February 2020
- Buy-ins: $1.10 and up
The partypoker KO Series is another shorter series that runs over 1-2 weeks. All events in the KO Series are progressive knockout tournaments, so you get a bounty for knocking out another player. For every player you bust, though, your own bounty increases and makes you more enticing to knock out. There's also NO rake on bounty wins.
The Big Game
- Phases: Freerolls, 1-3
- GTD Prize Pool: $500,000
- Final Event: Sundays
- Phases: Mon-Sun
- Buy-ins: $5.50 - $5,200
Tiger Gaming MICRO Online Poker Tournament Series
- # of Events: 67
- GTD Prize Pool: €200,000
- Dates: June 14-28, 2020
- Buy-in Range: $0.55 - $33
The MICRO Tournament series at Tiger Gaming is a chance to test your skills in a range of formats. Including NLHE, PLO, 6+, and Bounties, among others. The tournaments are also in phases, so you can jump in at any time at micro stakes.
Unibet Poker Online Tournament Series
The Unibet Poker Series is another Tournament Series that shifted to being entirely online in light of the global pandemic. The Unibet Poker Online Series has been around for 5 years now and has consistently grown its prize pools and traffic. Max Silver won the first 2020 Unibet Open Online for €77,320, beating out Twitch streamer Jamie “jamnix_90” Nixon. This was in the 1,100 buy-in tournament.
- Last Series # of Events: 132
- Total Prize Pool: €1 Million GTD
- Spring Dates: May 2020 (Unibet Online Series VIII)
- Fall Dates: September 2020 (Unibet Online Series IX)
- Winter Dates: December 2020 (Unibet Online Series X)
- Buy-in Levels: Nano, Low, High
- Buy-in Range: €0.10 - €100
- High - €100 buy-in; €100,000 guaranteed
- Low - €25 buy-in, €15,000 guaranteed
- Nano - €1 buy-in, €2,000 guaranteed
Main Events have player-friendly structures and run two days. Every player that wins a Unibet Online Series event gets a seat in the series-ending Unibet Online Series Showdown Tournament. Top 35% of finishers receive leaderboard points for a €25,000 split for each buy-in level. Get an exclusive Unibet Poker sign-up bonus via our review page here: