partypoker slap a $30m on the KO Series tin; Merit Poker Classic concludes


partypoker is doubling the size of the guarantee for the latest KO Series, and the partypoker LIVE sponsored Merit Poker Classic Main Event ends with a victory for Andreas Christoforou.

The doctor has removed the stethoscope from the chest of partypoker’s POWERFEST.

partypoker-slap-a-30m-on-the-ko-series-tin-merit-poker-classic-concludesThe heart beats healthily.

Let’s do it all again.

From May 12 – 26, the online poker operator hellbent on world domination promises to guarantee $30m in prize money during the KO Series, mirroring POWERFEST.

It’s double the size of the previous KO Series and runs in parallel with the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP). There will be 226 tournaments divided between six tiers ranging from Micro to Super High Roller, and the game of choice is Progressive Knockout (PKO).

As with POWERFEST, there is no coiled rattlesnake taking centre stage. Instead, there are10 Championship Events, with nine of them guaranteeing $1m in prize money, and a $2m guaranteed event on the last day of the series where $7m+ will fly out of partypoker’s coffers, into the bank accounts of some of the best and luckiest poker players in the world, and you can buy plenty of ironing boards with that kind of money.

Here are those Championship events.

partypoker is still the only operator that doesn’t charge rake on the bounty portion of the buy-in. If that makes your internal organs tingle or puts a few strands of hair onto your bald pate, then show your appreciation by getting involved.

Championship Events

May 12 18:00 $5,200 8-Max, $1m GTD
May 12 20:00 $2,100 8-Max, $1m GTD
May 12 20:00 $320 8-Max, $1m GTD
May 19 18:00 $5,200 8-Max, $1m GTD
May 19 20:00 $2,100 8-Max, $1m GTD
May 19 20:00 $320 8-Max, $1m GTD
May 26 18:00 $5,200 8-Max, $2m GTD
May 26 18:00 $1,050 8-Max, $1m GTD
May 26 20:00 $2,100 8-Max, $1m GTD
May 26 20:00 $320 8-Max, $1m GTD

*All starting times (BST)

For a deeper dive into the schedule, click here.

Andreas Christoforou wins The Merit Poker Classic Main Event

Moving swiftly from online to live poker and partypoker LIVE and Poker Club Management organised a successful event at the Merit Crystal Cove Hotel and Casino in Kyrenia with the $5,300 Merit Poker Classic Main Event coming to a close yesterday.

The $5,300 buy-in, $3m GTD event attracted 649-entrants, and after a final table that lasted 13-hours, local lad, Andreas Christoforou took the title and personal best score of $565,157.

The win was Christoforou’s third, with all of them coming at the Merit Crystal Cove. It’s his third six-figure score with a final table appearance at the 2013 European Poker Tour (EPT) Main Event in Barcelona amongst them.

partypoker’s ambassadors attended the event en masse with two of them making the final table. Ludovic Geilich finished sixth, and the Global Poker Index (GPI) Female World #1, Kristen Bicknell, finished third.

Final table results

1. Andreas Christoforou – $565,157
2. Liran Twito – $416,245
3. Kristen Bicknell – $254,770
4. Daniel Braude – $188,685
5. Basil Yaiche – $141,440
6. Ludovic Geilich – $113,330
7. Selhaddin Bedir – $94,490
8. Anton Morgenstern – $75,355
9. Mustafa Biz – $56,515
10. Florian Duta – $41,565

Three other poker robots that clunked their way through the field running out of batteries before the final table included the recent EPT Monte Carlo Main Event winner, Manig Loeser (19th), the former November Niner, Kenny Hallaert (27th), and the former EPT and WPT Champ, Andrey Pateychuk (34th).