BetMGM Online Poker Series Returns To Michigan; Scaled-Back Guarantees Total $240K

Written By Martin Harris on September 17, 2021

As PokerStars Michigan‘s Michigan Championship of Online Poker (MICOOP) charges into its final week, BetMGM Poker Michigan once again will offer some counter-programming with another installment of its monthly BetMGM Online Series.

The 10-tournament series runs Sept. 19-26 on BetMGM Poker MI. Buy-ins range from $20 to $1,060, with the total guaranteed prize pools adding up to $240,000.

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$20 event registrations already booming, $1,060 event guarantee cut in half

This marks the sixth running of the BetMGM Online Series on BetMGM Poker MI. After August’s experiment adding an 11th event to the mix, the September series reverts back to the standard 10-tournament schedule packed into eight days.

As before, the BetMGM Online Series will be bookended by Sundays with multiple events, while each weekday and Saturday will feature single tournaments in the evenings.

Guarantees have been scaled back this time from the $330,000 in total guarantees for the August series. Last month, the BetMGM Online Series awarded just over $432,000, the highest total in any series at BetMGM Poker MI.

This time, BetMGM Poker MI is frontloading the series with the always popular “Mini” no-limit hold’em event that costs just $20 to play. That one occurs at 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 19 and features a $10,000 guarantee. In past versions of the series, the $20 event has attracted more than 2,000 entries, with the prize pool sometimes exceeding $40,000. For example, in August, the $20 event came on the final day and featured a 2,249-entry field and $41,606.50 prize pool.

As of Friday morning, that $20 event already has more than 1,600 players registered, meaning the prize pool is already nearing $30,000 two-and-a-half days before the tournament will start.

Once again, the big buy-in $1,060 NLHE tournament concludes the series. In August that, event had a $100,000 guarantee and ultimately had a $15,000 overlay. For the September version, the event’s guarantee has been cut in half to $50,000.

Another tweak this time finds a second progressive knockout bounty tournament added to the schedule. Again, all events are NLHE save one pot-limit Omaha tournament.

Here is the complete schedule for next week’s BetMGM Online Series at BetMGM Poker MI.

No.DateTime (ET)Event (Gtd.)Buy-in
1Sept. 19 (Su)5:00 p.m.$40K Gtd. NLH 8-Max$215
2Sept. 19 (Su)5:00 p.m.$10K Gtd. NLH 8-Max Mini$20
3Sept. 20 (M)8:00 p.m.$20K Gtd. NLH 8-Max Progressive KO Bounty$215
4Sept. 21 (T)8:00 p.m.$20K Gtd. NLH 6-Max$215
5Sept. 22 (W)8:00 p.m.$20K Gtd. NLH 8-Max$215
6Sept. 23 (Th)8:00 p.m.$10K Gtd. PLO 8-Max$109
7Sept. 24 (F)8:00 p.m.$10K Gtd. NLH Turbo 6-Max$109
8Sept. 25 (Sa)8:00 p.m.$20K Gtd. NLH 8-Max Progressive KO Bounty$320
9Sept. 26 (Su)5:00 p.m.$40K Gtd. NLH 6-Max$215
10Sept. 26 (Su)5:00 p.m.$50K Gtd. NLH 8-Max$1,060

Final week of MICOOP at PokerStars MI will provide stiff competition to BetMGM series

In August, BetMGM Poker MI had the PokerStars MI Champions Preseason tournament series with which to contend. This time, the competition is even fiercer, with the popular MICOOP series ongoing at PokerStars MI. Indeed, the rival series might have provided encouragement to BetMGM Poker MI to lessen the guarantees this time around.

So far, 27 of 68 scheduled tournaments have completed in MICOOP through the series’ first seven days. The turnouts have been routinely big for MICOOP. A total of 23 of those 27 events comfortably exceeded scheduled guarantees, with the others having only small overlays.

Players have won just over $618,000 during MICOOP’s first week of action, with the series’ total guarantees adding up to just over $1.5 million. MICOOP continues through Sept. 27, one day after the conclusion of the September BetMGM Online Poker series. Click here to see the complete MICOOP schedule.

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Martin Harris is a writer and teacher who has reported on poker, online gambling, and sports betting since the mid-2000s. Once a full-time academic (Ph.D., English), he currently teaches part-time in the American Studies program at UNC Charlotte. In 2019, his book Poker & Pop Culture was published by D&B Books.

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