Online News: Retro Week Series at 888Poker; Poker March Madness on Chico Network; Big Sunday: GGMasters Overlay Edition and PokerStars Sunday Million; PokerKing hosts $6M GTD High Five Tournament Series

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Retro Week Series’ $300K GTD Main Event at 888Poker

Screen Shot 2022 03 24 at 1.58.35 AMPhoto Credit – 888poker

Global brand 888poker is celebrating its 20th anniversary this Spring season with a week-long throwback festival on its multi-platform site. The Retro Week Series running through this March 27th features $888,000 in prize guarantees spread out across its 26-tournament schedule. The festival is unlike any other the online operator has hosted before with this week’s offering showcasing a selection of its most popular and historic games that many have sorely missed.

While the 8-day lineup boasts a number of great value tournaments, all eyes remain on this Sunday’s $300,000 guaranteed Retro Week Main Event. The $215 buy-in tournament ensures a thrilling poker experience as players start with a 300 big blind mega deep stack. With 12 minute blind levels and late registration through level 19, tournament runners can fire up to three re-entries for a chance to win the series’ biggest top payout.

Retro Week Series Schedule

Time
Event
Buy-in
GTD

Fri 25.3

18:00
Retro Week #18 – $30,000 Friday Challenge KO
$109
$30,000

19:00
Retro Week #19 – $20,000 Big Fish PKO
$33
$20,000

20:00
Retro Week #20 – $10,000 Catfish 6-Max
$16.50
$10,000

Sat 26.3

16:00
Retro Week #21 – $12,000 Swordfish 6-Max
$33
$12,000

18:00
Retro Week #22 – $30,000 Saturday Challenge PKO 8-Max
$55
$30,000

20:00
Retro Week #23 – $15,000 Tornado PKO
$88
$15,000

Sun 27.3

18:00
Retro Week Main Event – $300,000 Mega Deep
$215
$300,000

19:00
Retro Week #24 – $50,000 Mini Mega Deep
$33
$50,000

20:00
Retro Week #25 – $50,000 Whale
$525
$50,000

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Poker March Madness on Chico Network

US-friendly Chico Poker Network is likewise hosting its very own party parallel to the ongoing NCAA Championship games with over $175,000 in guaranteed prizes. The Poker March Madness series which kicked off late last week, boasts of an extensive 64 tournament schedule covering Boost (Fast-Fold) tournaments, Turbos, Hyper Turbos, short-handed events, and its newest Boost Turbo PKO games. Buy-ins range from an inexpensive $2.20 to as high as $215 with the festival’s two biggest guarantees coming up this weekend: MM #52: $10,000 GTD Boost PKO and MM #62: $10,000 GTD Boost Turbo PKO, to wrap up the series.

Screen Shot 2022 03 25 at 5.26.31 PMPhoto Credit – BetOnline

Aside from the cash prizes waiting to be won, the top 64 players of each format’s leaderboard (Boost, Turbos, Hypers, PLO/PLO8) will automatically qualify to a bonus $5,000 Freeroll scheduled this Sunday, March 27.

2022 Poker March Madness Schedule

Date
Time (ET)
Event #
Tournament Name
Buy-in
KO
Fee
Total
Format

Friday, March 25th, 2022
1:30 PM
41
MM – #41 $2,500 Gtd
$10.00
$10.00
$2.00
$22.00
Boost PKO

Friday, March 25th, 2022
2:30 PM
42
MM – #42 $600 Gtd
$2.50
$2.50
$0.50
$5.50
Turbo PKO

Friday, March 25th, 2022
3.30 PM
43
MM – #43 $2,000 Gtd
$25.00
$25.00
$5.00
$55.00
Turbo PLO8 PKO

Friday, March 25th, 2022
4:30 PM
44
MM – #44 $6,000 Gtd
$60.00
 
$6.00
$66.00
Boost

Friday, March 25th, 2022
5.30 PM
45
MM – #45 $2,000 Gtd
$15.00
 
$1.50
$16.50
Hyper Turbo

Friday, March 25th, 2022
6:30 PM
46
MM – #46 $1,500 Gtd
$10.00
 
$1.00
$11.00
PLO

Friday, March 25th, 2022
7:30 PM
47
MM – #47 $500 Gtd
$5.00
 
$0.50
$5.50
Hyper Turbo

Friday, March 25th, 2022
8:30 PM
48
MM – #48 $400 Gtd
$2.00
 
$0.20
$2.20
Boost

Date
Time (ET)
Event #
Tournament Name
Buy-in
KO
Fee
Total
Format

Saturday, March 26th, 2022
1:30 PM
49
MM – #49 $6,000 Gtd
$80.00
 
$8.00
$88.00
Boost

Saturday, March 26th, 2022
2:30 PM
50
MM – #50 $600 Gtd
$2.50
$2.50
$0.50
$5.50
Turbo PKO

Saturday, March 26th, 2022
3.30 PM
51
MM – #51 $1,500 Gtd
$10.00
$10.00
$2.00
$22.00
Boost Turbo PLO PKO

Saturday, March 26th, 2022
4:30 PM
52
MM – #52 $10,000
$100.00
$100.00
$15.00
$215.00
Boost PKO

Saturday, March 26th, 2022
5.30PM
53
MM – #53 $2,000 Gtd
$15.00
 
$1.50
$16.50
Hyper Turbo

Saturday, March 26th, 2022
6:30 PM
54
MM – #54 $3,000 Gtd
$20.00
 
$2.00
$22.00
Boost

Saturday, March 26th, 2022
7:30 PM
55
MM – #55 $500 Gtd
$2.00
 
$0.20
$2.20
Turbo

Saturday, March 26th, 2022
8:30 PM
56
MM – #56 $5,000 Gtd
$25.00
$25.00
$5.00
$55.00
Boost Hyper Turbo PKO

Date
Time (ET)
Event #
Tournament Name
Buy-in
KO
Fee
Total
Format

Sunday, March 27th, 2022
1:30 PM
57
MM – #57 $5,000 Gtd
$50.00
$50.00
$9.00
$109.00
PLO8 PKO

Sunday, March 27th, 2022
2.30 PM
58
MM – #58 $500 Gtd
$2.00
 
$0.20
$2.20
Boost

Sunday, March 27th, 2022
3:30 PM
59
MM – #59 $1,500 Gtd
$10.00
 
$1.00
$11.00
Turbo

Sunday, March 27th, 2022
4.30PM
60
MM – #60 $2,500 Gtd
$25.00
$25.00
$5.00
$55.00
Boost PLO PKO

Sunday, March 27th, 2022
5:30 PM
61
MM – #61 $2,000 Gtd
$20.00
 
$2.00
$22.00
Hyper Turbo

Sunday, March 27th, 2022
6:30 PM
 
MM FREEROLL – $5,000 Gtd
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
Turbo

Sunday, March 27th, 2022
7:30 PM
62
MM – #62 $10,000 Gtd
$50.00
$50.00
$9.00
$109.00
Boost Turbo PKO

Big Sunday Turnout: GGMasters $5M Overlay Edition and PokerStars’ $10M Sunday Million

Screen Shot 2022 03 25 at 6.35.40 PMPhoto Credit – GGPoker

A smashing Sunday wrapped up a few days ago as two online poker giants scrambled for everyone’s attention in order to meet their ambitious guarantees. PokerStars began with the excitement for its 16th anniversary edition when it slapped a $10,000,000 prize pool guarantee for its $215 Sunday Million event, followed closely by Natural8 – GGNetwork’s announcement of its GGMasters $5,000,000 Overlay Edition happening on the same day. 

While PokerStars’ massive tournament is one for the books, players saw a slightly smaller guarantee as compared to its previous 15th anniversary $12.5 million prize pool. This however, did not slow down this Sunday’s traffic with 52,119 players having jumped in for a piece of the action. In the end, it was Germany’s “Blackbeaty” who claimed the title along with $931,885 in winnings.

Sunday Million 16th Anniversary Final Table Results

Place
Player
Country
Payout (US$)

1
Blackbeaty
Germany
$931,885*

2
JanRas1983
Denmark
$817,235*

3
ChavesVila
Brazil
$552,126

4
Peauker123
Belgium
$406,954

5
EdilsonRTJ
Brazil
$299,952

6
bamse25
Sweden
$221,085

7
ajjapasia
United Kingdom
$162,955

8
begines1
Brazil
$120,108

9
Nigelsnuts
Brazil
$88,528

*Denotes a deal was made

GGNetwork’s signature GGMasters tournaments are already a popular choice for online players everywhere for its great value, freezeout format and juicy guarantees. While its regular schedule is already exciting in itself, the aggressive operator made it even more enticing as it pulled out all the stops to bring the recently concluded $5,000,000 Overlay Edition to the felt. 

Considering the prize pool, 36,232 distinct players were required to participate to meet the guarantee. Iconic ambassador Daniel Negreanu went over and beyond to even promise the community that he would shave off his head should the $5M be met. Luckily for the Canadian, the turnout recorded over 3,000 short of runners, pushing the network to fork out a minor overlay. By the end of the final day, it was Albania’s “Sr_Duck” who emerged triumphant and took home the generous $343,564 top prize.

GGMasters Overlay Edition Final Table Results

Place
Player
Countryq
Payout (US$)

1
Sr_Duck
Albania
$343,564

2
CallMeEasy
Ukraine
$257,637

3
BJHorseman
Poland
$193,200

4
lwolfwhite
United Kingdom
$144,880

5
Malach
Israel
$108,645

6
1TrytoSHIP
Germany
$81,472

7
ZaaKiiu
Brazil
$61,096

8
Fishulkin
Russia
$45,815

9
FHT Luffy
China
$34,357

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PokerKing hosts $6M GTD High Five Tournament Series

900x500 high five imagePhoto Credit – PokerKing

Reputedly the fastest growing online poker in Europe, PokerKing is happy to announce a 420-friendly series featuring over $6,000,000 in prizes to be awarded. The festival, geared for this April 8th through the 27th, will run five tournaments a day throughout the 20-day schedule for a total lineup of 100 games. Similar to its 2021 festivities, two Main Events will also be available with the later one posting a $1,000,000 guarantee for a $420 entry fee.

Main Event #1
$420,000 GTD ($55 buy-in)
Day 1’s from April 10th to 17th
Day 2 on Sunday, April 17th

Main Event #2
$1,000,000 GTD ($420 buy-in)
1st Day 1 on Saturday, April 23rd
2nd Day 1 on Sunday, April 24th
Day 2 on Monday, April 25th

So far, the full schedule of events has not yet been released but looking back at last year’s festivities, players can expect buy-ins to range somewhere between $0.25 to $2,650, catering to users of all levels of bankroll. Additionally, a variety of games including less common types Stud and Omaha Hi-Lo were evident in the 2021 games suggesting this year may likewise have something for everyone.

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Janette Dee

Graduated from De La Salle University, Janette works as a full time teacher in Manila, Philippines. She has long joined the local poker community as a recreational player for the last decade. Having a natural love for the game, she decided to branch out into a different avenue of poker. Currently, Janette works for Somuchpoker as a content writer reporting local and international news for the site.

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