Fall In Focus: How PokerStars' EPT Online and GGPoker's High Rollers Week Fared Fall In Focus: How PokerStars' EPT Online and GGPoker's High Rollers Week Fared

Two of the three prestigious high stakes series scheduled by the top three online poker rooms have come to an end. PokerStars hosted the first-ever European Poker Tour (EPT) Online Series while GGPoker, nipping at its heels, slotted in a last-minute High Rollers Week (HRW).

Both festivals featured 20 high-stakes events, including a $25,000 buy-in Main Event with a $5 million guarantee to cap off the series.

EPT Online in total guaranteed $16.7 million in prize money. A further $3.3 million was guaranteed in an accompanying mini-series. HRW had over $22.4 million guaranteed across its 20 tournaments.

The average buy-in across the two series was also similar, GGPoker’s HRW at $5776 compared to PokerStars’ $4784. The only significant difference between the two were entry rules: HRW allowed unlimited re-entries in all but one event while EPT Online limited re-entries to two or three.

After ten days of play, both operators can claim success. In total, EPT Online generated over $21 million in prize money; HRW reached over $25 million.

Meanwhile, partypoker’s Caribbean Poker Party Online enters its final week. So far, turnout has been good, and the operator is on course to cover its own ambitious Main Event.