It’s a new month. That means it’s time for another installment of the BetMGM Online Series at BetMGM Poker Michigan.
The monthly tournament series returns again August 15-22. This fifth version of the series adds an extra event, making it 11 tournaments in eight days with guarantees adding up to $330,000.
BetMGM poker series guarantees increased following positive July showing
This fifth running of the BetMGM Online Series follows a successful series in July that saw just over $353,000 awarded across 10 events.
That total well exceeded the $285,000 in total guarantees for last month’s series, likely prompting the increased guarantees this time around.
The increases come primarily in two events, in fact the last two scheduled.
The $20 buy-in “Mini” event has proven especially popular over recent months. In the past that event sported a $5,000 guarantee. Yet last month nearly 2,000 entries pushed the prize pool to nearly $36,000. In June there the event was even larger, with 2,169 entries and a prize pool exceeding $39,000.
According to the schedule, the $20 event will have a $15K guarantee this time. (That said, the event in the client currently shows a $5K guarantee.)
Meanwhile the guarantee has been increased for the series-ending $1,060 buy-in event as well. Formerly $75,000, the guarantee is $100K this month. In July, that event attracted 101 entries to create a prize pool of $101,000.
As in the past, most of the events are no-limit hold’em and feature a variety of price points. There is one pot-limit Omaha tournament, a turbo event, and a progressive knockout bounty tournament.
Full August BetMGM Online Series schedule
|No.||Date||Time (ET)||Event (Gtd.)||Buy-in|
|1||Aug. 15 (Su)||5:00 p.m.||$50K Gtd. NLH 8-Max||$535|
|2||Aug. 15 (Su)||5:00 p.m.||$35K Gtd. NLH 1/2 Price 8-Max||$109|
|3||Aug. 16 (M)||8:00 p.m.||$20K Gtd. NLH 8-Max||$215|
|4||Aug. 17 (T)||8:00 p.m.||$20K Gtd. NLH 6-Max||$215|
|5||Aug. 18 (W)||8:00 p.m.||$20K Gtd. NLH 8-Max||$215|
|6||Aug. 19 (Th)||8:00 p.m.||$10K Gtd. PLO 8-Max||$109|
|7||Aug. 19 (Th)||8:00 p.m.||$10K Gtd. NLH Turbo 6-Max||$109|
|8||Aug. 20 (F)||8:00 p.m.||$25K Gtd. NLH 8-Max Progressive KO Bounty||$215|
|9||Aug. 21 (Sa)||8:00 p.m.||$25K Gtd. NLH 6-Max||$215|
|10||Aug. 22 (Su)||5:00 p.m.||$15K Gtd. Mini NLH 8-Max||$20|
|11||Aug. 22 (Su)||5:00 p.m.||$100K Gtd. NLH 8-Max||$1,060|
(Note: Event #7, the $109 buy-in NLH Turbo 6-Max event with a $10,000 guarantee, does not currently appear in the client; the other 10 events do.)
BetMGM Poker MI continues heads-up battle with PokerStars, WSOP coming
Since BetMGM Poker MI launched in late March, the BetMGM Online Series has been a regular highlight on the tournament schedule.
So far the first running of the series in April remains the largest in terms of prize pools. That 10-tournament series awarded just over $360,000.
Otherwise the site additionally ran a special one-off $1,060 buy-in Ultimate Super Satellite event in June. The event guaranteed two $25,000 packages covering entries in Las Vegas events this summer and during the World Series of Poker this fall. Ultimately 89 players took part, which meant three $25K packages were won with another $14,000 going to the fourth-place finisher.
PokerStars continues to enjoy a dominant online poker position in Michigan. Following a big Michigan Spring Championship of Online Poker in which players won over $2.35 million, PokerStars MI‘s Summer Stacks series in June awarded another $1.1 million.
Meanwhile both PokerStars MI and BetMGM Poker MI anticipate the arrival of a third player at the Michigan online poker table. After launching in Pennsylvania in July, WSOP.com remains a likely candidate to go live in Michigan soon.
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