Tonybet Poker, the biggest online open-face Chinese (OFC) poker site, has announced the OFC Grand Prix, an online tournament series that will run from April 26 through May 3 and feature 17 events with more than €30,000 in guaranteed prizes.
Following the success of last year's online tournament series, as well as that of the first live OFC World Championship held in Prague last December, Tonybet Poker has decided to welcome spring with an event that is set to keep the OFC poker community busy.
"Last year we were the pioneers of online OFC poker and most of the things we did were done for the first time ever," a representative from Tonybet Poker told PokerNews. "Despite that, our online and live events received very good remarks from our players, which gave us the confidence to continue the good run."
This year, the site has not only increased the number of OFC events from 12 to 17, but has also increased the total guaranteed prize pool from €25,000 to €30,000. According to a representative from the poker room, Tonybet will run cash-game and tournament leaderboards rewarding players with free tickets to the OFC Grand Prix events, cash prizes, and even packages to the next live OFC Poker World Championship.
"The two new OFC games we launched recently gained popularity among the players really fast, so we are really happy to include them in the series," the representative explained. "We will also be running a number of promotions allowing our players to qualify for the OFC Grand Prix events for free."
"We're going to give away free tournament tickets to our Twitter followers, so everyone would get the chance to participate in the online series. Also, 15 players will be rewarded with live OFC Championship tickets during the online Grand Prix, so there's just so much to play for."
Here's a look at the full calendar of the 2015 OFC Poker Grand Prix at Tonybet Poker:
|Date and Time (UTC+3)||Event||Buy-In||Game||Guarantee|
|Everyday, 20:00||Freeroll satellite to GP #1||Free||Freezout - Pineapple||2 seats|
|Everyday, 20:30||Satellite to GP #2||€5||Freezout - Progressive||2 seats|
|Everyday, 21:00||Satellite to GP #3||€20||Freezout - Pineapple||2 seats|
|Everyday, 22:00||Satellite to GP #5||€10||Freezout - Pineapple||2 seats|
|Everyday, 23:00||Satellite to GP #8||€5||Freezout- Pineapple||1 seat|
|April 26, Sunday 21:00||Grand Prix #1||€10||Freezout - Pineapple||€1 000|
|April 26, Sunday 22:00||Grand Prix #2||€30||Freezout - Progressive||€750|
|April 26, Sunday 23:00||Grand Prix #3||€100||Freezout - Pineapple||€2 000|
|April 27, Monday 22:00||Grand Prix #4||€30||Freezout - Pineapple||€1 500|
|April 28, Tuesday 22:00||Grand Prix #5||€50||Freezout - Pineapple||€1 200|
|April 28, Tuesday 23:00||Grand Prix #6||€100||Freezout - Pineapple||€2 000|
|April 29, Wednesday 22:00||Grand Prix #7||€30||Freezout - 2- 7 Pineapple||€750|
|April 29, Wednesday 23:00||Grand Prix #8||€75||Freezout - Pineapple||€1 500|
|April 30, Thursday 21:00||Grand Prix #9||€30||Freezout - Turbo||€750|
|April 30, Thursday 22:00||Grand Prix #10||€75||Freezout - Pineapple||€1 500|
|April 30, Thursday 23:00||Grand Prix #11||€150||Freezout - Pineapple||€3 000|
|May 1, Friday 23:00||Grand Prix #12||€50||Freezout - Pineapple||€1 200|
|May 2, Saturday 22:00||Grand Prix #13||€20||Freezout - 2- 7 Pineapple||€750|
|May 2, Saturday 23:00||Grand Prix #14||€75||Freezout - Pineapple||€1 500|
|May 3, Sunday 21:00||Grand Prix #15||€50||Freezout - Pineapple||€1 200|
|May 3, Sunday 22:00||Grand Prix Main Event||€200||Freezout - Pineapple||€5 000|
|May 3, Sunday 23:00||Grand Prix High Roller||€500||Freezout - Pineapple||€6 000|
The second-annual Tonybet Poker OFC Grand Prix Tournament series is set to take place from April 26 to May 3. For more information about the series, the prizes on tap, and the ways to qualify for the Grand Prix events for free, visit TonybetPoker.com.
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