The Monster Series kicked off on Halloween but the only thing scary is how good these tournaments are. Low-cost doesn’t mean low quality, far from it, because these Monster Series events have amazing blind structures, limited late registration and re-entries, giving you a championship event experience for a fraction of the buy-in.
This is the story so far.
Monster #01 – 8-Max: $150K Gtd
Prize pool: $150,000
The $150,000 guaranteed opening event has reached Day 2 with both starting flights done and dusted. A total of 3,685 players bought in for $33 and only 607 of those hopefuls remain.
“chyluk” is the player to catch when play resumes at 20:30 CET on November 2. They finished their flight with a tournament-leading stack of 2,360,083 and is now in pole position for the huge $22,820.25 top prize.
There’s still plenty of poker to be played in this event because 607 players have chips in front of them. Some 536 of those will receive a slice of the $150,000 prize pool.
Blinds at the restart at 8,000/16,000/2,000a and the average stack is 606,707, so a fraction under 38 big blinds.
Monster #01 – Mini 8-Max: $15K Gtd
Prize pool: $15,000
Only 555 of the 3,520 starters in the Monster #01 – Mini 8-Max remain and 472 of those will secure a slice of the $15,000 prize pool. One of those 555 returnees will walk away with the title of champion and a $2,292.98 top prize for their troubles.
“pipec_18499” returns to the tables in the enviable position as the chip leader, courtesy of bagging up 2,547,978 chips at the close of their flight. Three of pipec_18499 opponents finished their flights with more than two million chips, too. Look out for “zerblom”, “DefenD”, and “Free_The_Real” when play resumes at 20:30 CET on November 2.
Monster #02 – Hyper Knockout: $20K Gtd
Prize pool: $20,000
“castaway….” was the first champion of the Monster Series after they topped a field of 1,547-entrants in the Monster #02 – Hyper Knockout: $20K Gtd event. Half the $20,000 prize pool went on the heads of each entrant, the remaining $10,000 was shared among the top 228 finishers.
The champion walked away with more than $2,100 with bounties included. They won the $1,383 top prize plus an additional $812 from the bounty prize pool. That bounty prize was so chunky because the winner of a PKO tournament secures the bounty on their own head.
“PlaytheGame” was the runner-up. This impressive finish netted them a $1,379 prize plus $159 from the bounty prize pool.
We have to doff our cap to fourth-place finisher “Dgang” who accumulated $337 worth of bounties. Only castaway…. managed to send more opponents to the sidelines.
Monster #02 – Mini Hyper Knockout: $2K Gtd
Prize pool: $2,000
While castaway…. was busy marching to victory in the first Hyper Knockout, “Mrkevver” was doing the same in the $1.10 buy-in Mini edition. A field of 1,430 players descended on the partypoker virtual felt, each wanting to become a Monster Series champion.
First-place weighed in at $149 plus $68 worth of bounties, a substantial return on a $1.10 investment. On a par with the victory was the fact this tournament only took a shade over 2.5 hours from start to finish. Imagine winning more than $200 from a $1.10 investment and doing so in time to get tucked up in bed at a reasonable hour!
Monster #03 – Deepstack: $30K Gtd
Prize pool: $45,960
*reflects a heads-up deal
Monster #03 – Deepstack: $30K Gtd was the first deepstack event of the series and it proved popular with 2,298 players buying in for $22 and creating a $45,960 prize pool.
All but two of those who reached the final table turned their $22 investment into a four-figure prize. “jonny vqen” and “Sweet Caroline” were those two players; they banked $554.96 and $746.85 respectively.
“lolchtole” ($1,089.25), “ViStation” ($1,594.8) and “Dolivirum” ($2,284.21) were the next to bust before “SteveRogers” fell in third for $3,400.81 and sent the tournament into the heads-up stage.
Heads-up pitted “AAseguraKK” against “Fighterlove” and the heads-up duo decided to strike a deal. The deal saw Fighterlove crowned champion and take home $6,443.83 with AAseguraKK collecting $6,297.44.
Monster #03 – Mini Deepstack: $3K Gtd
Prize pool: $4,400
There was no deal in the Mini Deepstack, a $2.20 buy-in affair that drew in a 2,200-strong crowd. The lion’s share of the $4,400 prize pool, namely $727.51, is now nestled in the partypoker account of “Staken” who defeated the awesomely named “LanaDelRaise” heads-up, resigning the runner-up to a $512.96 consolation prize.
All but two of the finalists saw their $2.20 buy-in swell to more than $100, a superb result for a micro-stakes event.
What Monster Series Events Can You Play Today?
Monday 2nd November sees the first non-Hold’em event take place. Monster #05 is the event you want if you’re a fan of Pot-Limit Omaha. Head to the partypoker tables from 19:30 CET to make the start of the $5.50 and $0.55 buy-in PLO events.
The $5.50 buy-in carries a $2,500 guarantee while the $0.55 has a $250 guaranteed prize pool.
An hour later, at 20:30 CET are a pair of 6-Max Knockout tournaments. Monster #06 comes with a $11 and $1.10 buy-in, with guarantees of $75,000 and $7,500 respectively. November 2 sees the first of two starting flights for these exciting PKOs shuffle up and deal. Day 1B starts at the same time on November 3.
Check out the full, exciting Monster Series schedule here.
|Time (GMT)||Time (CET)||Event||Buy-in|
|18:30||19:30||Monster #04 – PLO: $2.5K Gtd||$5.50|
|18:30||19:30||Monster #04 – Mini PLO: $250 Gtd||$0.55|
|19:30||20:30||Monster #05 – 6-Max Knockout Day 1A: $75K Gtd||$11|
|19:30||20:30||Monster #05 – Mini 6-Max Knockout Day 1A: $7.5K Gtd||$1.10|
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