partypoker Ontario has announced its signature Championship series will return to the province for its second iteration in 2023.
Scheduled to run from January 8 to 23 in the new year, the Ontario Poker Championships will be much bigger and broader than its inaugural edition, featuring over CAD $600,000 in guarantees. The number of events has also expanded — comprising 105 numbered events — each having multiple buy-in tiers as seen before, with nearly 300 individual tournaments.
The range of buy-ins stays the same starting at CAD $1.10 and going up to $530. There will be three Main Events with combined guarantees of almost CAD $75,000. The $109 buy-in Main guarantees $50,000 — the biggest of the series. The mid-tier $33 buy-in Main promises $20,000, and the micro Main with a buy-in of $3.30 guarantees $2000.
All of the three Mains will be played as Phased PKO events featuring multiple Day 1s. Players can qualify for the Main via sub-satellites starting at just 1 cent.
partypoker Ontario Poker Championships Key Points
- Will mark the second tournament series by BetMGM/partypoker Network in Ontario
- Takes place from January 8 to 23, 2023
- Features CAD $600,000 in guaranteed prize money
- 105 events with multiple buy-in tiers totaling over 300 individual tournaments
- Buy-ins range from CAD $1.10 to $530
- Three Main Events feature combined guarantees of nearly CAD $75,000
- Series to feature the biggest $55 buy-in event in Ontario
- Satellites available for just 1 cent
On the opening day of the series, the operator will be hosting their biggest standalone $55 tournament in its short history. The Opener runs at 18:05 with a juicy $10,000 guarantee — the highest in BetMGM/partypoker’s history. On the same day, the operator will also be running its biggest $5.50 tourney guaranteeing $1000.
The remainder of the schedule is filled with a variety of formats, including the uber-popular progressive knockouts (PKOs), Battle Royale tourneys, Deepstacks, and High Roller tourneys with table structures of 7-max and 8-max.
While qualifiers are available for the Main Event starting at just 1 cent, players can also qualify for some of the other events with no investment. For instance, the operator is running Centrolls for The Big Sunday C-Note PKO, guaranteeing CAD $25,000 for a buy-in of $109 taking place on January 8. A centroll is a satellite that is free to enter but can be rebought once players are eliminated for a minimal cost.
The Ontario Poker Championships will be the operator’s second tournament series since its launch in early April. The first edition ran in September with total guarantees of CAD $500,000 — spread over 74 numbered events. Compared to that, the second edition not only grew in size but also in total guarantees.
The series will coincide with rival PokerStars’ Chinese New Year Series, which will commence on January 13 and conclude on January 23. It will also slightly overlap with WSOP Ontario’s WSOP Winter Circuit Series, which wraps up on January 9.
888poker has yet to announce a series for the new year but it did run a short Holiday Sale on tournament series, offering discounted buy-ins on select tournaments.
The partypoker Ontario Poker Championships takes place from January 8 to 23.
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