PokerListings Operator Awards: Best Series

This year has seen many great online series take place.

But which one takes the cake for overall event management, structure, promos, entries and prizes?

This PokerListings Operator Award goes to the poker room judged to have given us the best tournament series event this year. Following the iconic Moneymaker win in 2003, I think we can all agree that online tournament series are essential to the community. You can turn a small-entry satellite into a big win, from the comfort of your own home. So this automatically increases player pools and inflates prize pools.

We’ve had lots more online series events than usual this year, for obvious reasons - with some giant guarantees. These nominated events ran over one week, one month or several months. Some had huge Main Event turnouts or guarantees, and featured satellites, side events and promos alongside them. Regardless, there are multiple factors we consider: Like overall event organization, tournament structure, branding, prize pools, plus number of players and entries - to name a few.

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Nominees: Best Online Series of the Year

WSOP at GGPoker

Previously, online bracelets could only be won from the US, but WSOP on GGPoker opened this to the world. GG managed to rack up a $27.5 million prize pool for the international Main Event alone - Setting a Guinness World Record. This series had 54 events across almost 8 weeks - with a record 44.5K entries to the BIG 50 alone. New features, like SnapCam and Day 2 Staking, also rolled out, adding authenticity. GGPoker then donated a substantial amount of earnings to charity.

WSOP on WSOP.com

This year’s WSOP was done in two parts, first over the month of July on WSOP.com for US players. (Before GGPoker started their 8-week run for international players).  There was one bracelet a day for players located in either Nevada or New Jersey, whereas in previous years there were only a handful of online bracelets up for grabs. WSOP also added $100,000 prize money for top performers and promotions. And made Poker Central coverage available for many events.

WCOOP at PokerStars

WCOOP 2020 - Pokerlistings Operator Awards Nominee - Best Series

The WCOOP in September had over $80 million in prizes this year and an impressive 225-event schedule. The most we’ve seen on PokerStars. There were dizzying amounts of satellite qualifiers to the big events, sweepstakes and giveaways on their social channels. So extra effort was put there. Plus, low, medium and high tiers to make it affordable to everybody. Even cards-up Twitch coverage on PokerStars own channel. Prizes exceeded expectations with 23 events having 7 figures.


EPT Online by PokerStars

Props to PokerStars for bringing another major live tournament to the online sphere. The first EPT Online had over $6.5 Million for the Main Event prize pool - a big four-day event that attracted 900+ players and 1,304 entries. And across all 20 online EPT events, the $20 million in guaranteed prizes was smashed. This online series has been nominated because of PokerStars’ stellar organization. And the amount of freebies, promos and coverage that was available.

WPT Online at PartyPoker

The WPT Online Championships of 2020 was another record-breaking event this year. The move to the virtual felt was very swift. Although it ran parallel to the international WSOP, this series held its own with unprecedented registrations. There was over $100 million in guarantees over nine weeks, more than Partypoker has ever awarded. Plus, online coverage on partypoker TV and promos to enter tournaments cheap. “A” for effort to Partypoker for this event.


How the Awards Process Works

The PokerListings editorial team has worked in the online poker business for decades and here we’re presenting the PokerListings Operator Awards - casting a spotlight on the most deserving in the business.

1. Nominations

Throughout the month of November, our PokerListings experts present the shortlisted nominees in 8 different categories: Best for Beginners, Best for Grinders, Best Online Series, Best Software, Most Improved, Innovation of the Year, Poker Operator of the Year, and finally the PokerListings Players' Favorite.

2. Voting

During this Nomination period in November all PokerListings players can vote for our 8th category: Your favorite poker operator of them all. You will find a wider selection of nominees than the other award categories for a better choice. And you can cast your vote (one per person) on our Facebook and Twitter channels. We'll provide results on both outlets as well as our Player Favorite page - along with the other category results.

3. Winners

After a long deliberation throughout this month, we will announce the winners on all our channels at the start of December (official date TBA). Our winners will also be contacted and provided with their badge of honor as this year's winners.


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