The partnership between partypoker and premier casino Dusk Till Dawn has primarily focused on the United Kingdom's poker market. One way it has done this is by creating the Grand Prix Poker Tour (GPPT), a series of $109 buy-in tournaments held at football (soccer) stadiums across the UK, each featuring $250,000 guaranteed prize pools.
On the schedule for the current season of the GPPT is an online leg held at partypoker. The original plans were to host a $250,000 guaranteed tournament online for players calling the UK and Ireland home, but changes have resulted in the tournament being opened up to partypoker's dot-com customer base and the guarantee boosted to $500,000.
Another major change is the inclusion of the multi-day function. Previously, players could only satellite into or buy in directly to the online leg. This time around, thanks to partypoker's developers releasing its multi-day function, players have the opportunity to play in several Day 1s, much like a major live event.
On Saturday, April 2, 2016, there are a total of nine Day 1s taking place every two hours, with an additional four scheduled on April 3. Survivors of the flights, which conclude at the end of 16th 12-minute level, then gather for Day 2 at 2 p.m. EDT (8 p.m. CET) on April 3 to play for the $500,000 guaranteed prize pool, or possibly more.
Players can also play in as many GPPT Online Leg Day 1s as they wish, but only their largest stack is taken through to Day 2.
2016 GPPT Online $500,000 Guaranteed Schedule
|Date||GPPT Onine Leg $500K||Start Time (EDT)||Start Time (CET)|
|April 2||GPPT Online Leg: $500K Gtd Day 1a||04:00||10:00|
|April 2||GPPT Online Leg: $500K Gtd Day 1b||06:00||12:00|
|April 2||GPPT Online Leg: $500K Gtd Day 1c||08:00||14:00|
|April 2||GPPT Online Leg: $500K Gtd Day 1d||10:00||16:00|
|April 2||GPPT Online Leg: $500K Gtd Day 1e||12:00||18:00|
|April 2||GPPT Online Leg: $500K Gtd Day 1f||14:00||20:00|
|April 2||GPPT Online Leg: $500K Gtd Day 1g||16:00||22:00|
|April 2||GPPT Online Leg: $500K Gtd Day 1h||18:00||00:00|
|April 2||GPPT Online Leg: $500K Gtd Day 1i||20:00||02:00|
|April 3||GPPT Online Leg: $500K Gtd Day 1j||04:00||10:00|
|April 3||GPPT Online Leg: $500K Gtd Day 1k||06:00||12:00|
|April 3||GPPT Online Leg: $500K Gtd Day 1l||08:00||14:00|
|April 3||GPPT Online Leg: $500K Gtd Day 1m 6-Max Turbo||10:00||16:00|
|April 3||GPPT Online Leg: $500K Gtd Day 2||14:00||20:00|
Tom Water, Group Head of partypoker, said of the new format: "With Powerfest coming to a close we wanted to offer players another huge guaranteed online tournament. Our normal MTT schedule offers our biggest guarantees at peak European time, so we decided that we would like to offer all our online players around the world the chance to play in a huge online tournament. This online GPPT is structured with multi-time zone day 1’s so that everyone can get involved at a time that suits them. This is a unique concept for us to try and if it is supported we will look to build this into our monthly offering. The new multi-day tournament on partypoker is something we have been working on for a while so I am delighted to bring this new feature to the site."
"YTheSnaiL" Is Reigning Champion
This is the second time that there has been a GPPT Online leg, as the inaugural tournament took place on the partypoker virtual felt on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015. On that occasion, 2,446 players bought in and 250 players were paid, each receiving $221 in cash a $109 GPPT ticket.
"YTheSnaiL" was the player with his name at the top of the leader board when it was all said and done, his prize being a cool $34,891 in cash and a $109 GPPT ticket.
If you fancy trying to take "YTheSnaiL's" crown, you'll need to download partypoker via PokerNews and make a deposit using the code PNCOM, which triggers a 100-percent bonus up to $500 on your first deposit.