What's going on this summer in Ontario Poker? Summer Sale, Micro Festivals and Summer Stacks

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Last Updated
June 18, 2023

What's New In Ontario Poker?

The lower to mid buy-in range dominates the Ontario Poker scene this summer as the province's top operators vie for the attention of poker enthusiasts on their summer vacations. Whether you're a midstakes grinder or a micro grinder, there are exciting tournaments to choose from across various platforms. Let's take a closer look at some of the ongoing series and what they have to offer.

Pokerstars Summer Stacks

The Pokerstars Summer Stacks series is currently in its second week, running from June 11th to June 25th. With buy-ins ranging from $10 to $100, this series caters to players of all levels. The highlight of the series is the $100 8-Max PKO Main Event, scheduled for June 25th, with a guaranteed prize pool of $50,000. If you're looking for thrilling midstakes action, this series is not to be missed.

888Poker Summer Sale

If you're seeking great value for your money, look no further than the 888Poker Summer Sale. From next week until the weekend, all regular tournaments on 888Poker will feature a half-price buy-in without affecting the guaranteed prize pool. One of the standout events is the Summer Sale Mystery Bounty Main Event, with Day 2 set for Monday, June 26th. With a buy-in of $55, participants will compete for a $30,000 prize pool, including a top mystery bounty prize of $3,000.

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bwin Ontario Micro Series

Currently taking place from June 11 to 26, the bwin Ontario Micro Series has garnered considerable attention among poker enthusiasts in the province. This highly anticipated series offers an impressive combined guarantee of CAD $200,000, featuring a lineup of 88 numbered events and over 200 individual tournaments.

The Micro Series aims to cater to players with varying budgets, providing a range of buy-in options starting from CAD $0.11 and going up to CAD $265. Despite its affordability, the series maintains a competitive structure similar to more prestigious tournaments, with events categorized into Low, Medium, and High buy-in tiers. This ensures a diverse selection of over 200 tournaments throughout the series.

One of the main attractions of the Micro Series is the inclusion of two exciting Main Events. These progressive knockout (PKO) tournaments offer players a chance to compete for generous guarantees. The Low-tier Main Event, accessible with a CAD $5.50 buy-in, boasts a guaranteed prize pool of CAD $3,000. Meanwhile, the High-tier Main Event, featuring a more substantial CAD $55 buy-in, offers an impressive guarantee of CAD $25,000.

Qualifying for the Main Events is possible through multiple Day 1 flights that run daily until June 26. Players who survive the flights will converge on June 26 to compete for the coveted titles. To make participation more accessible, sub-satellites are available with buy-ins as low as 55 cents, providing an opportunity for players to secure their seats.

In addition to the Main Events, the Micro Series showcases various other captivating tournaments. Noteworthy highlights include the PKOpener events, renowned for their bounty format. Offering buy-ins of CAD $0.55, $11, and $55, these tournaments guarantee respective prize pools of CAD $50, $1,500, and $5,000.

As the series progresses, players can look forward to the highly anticipated Super High Roller tournament. With a buy-in of CAD $265, this 7-max PKO event represents one of the largest guarantees of the series. Satellites are available for as little as 1 cent, offering players a chance to secure their spot in this prestigious tournament.

The Micro Series also caters to a wide range of player preferences with its diverse tournament formats. From 6-max, 7-max, and 8-max tournaments to engaging Progressive Knockouts (PKOs) and Pot Limit Omaha (PLO) contests, there is something for everyone. Whether players prefer deepstacks, turbos, or hypers, the Micro Series promises a thrilling experience.

Notably, the series offers unique PKO variations such as the Ultra version, where 75% of the buy-in contributes to the bounty pool instead of the usual 50%. Another variation is the Total KO edition, where the entire buy-in goes toward the bounty pool, allowing players to exclusively compete for bounties throughout the tournament.

As of the current date, June 18, the bwin Ontario Micro Series is still ongoing, providing poker enthusiasts with a fantastic opportunity to showcase their skills and compete for significant prizes. With its diverse range of tournaments and accessible buy-ins, the Micro Series continues to captivate players throughout the province.

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GGpoker Micro Festival

The GGPoker.ca Micro Series has returned since June 4th and runs through til th end of next week, June 25.

What sets this micro Festival apart is its inclusivity. Unlike the high-stakes games we often see on TV, this series caters to players of all bankroll sizes. With buy-ins starting as low as $1, you can compete for massive prizes without breaking the bank. It's the perfect opportunity for players to showcase their skills and compete against a diverse field of participants from around the globe.

The micro Festival offers three exciting variants of each event, ensuring there's something to suit every player's preferences. Whether you're a fan of No-Limit Hold'em, Pot-Limit Omaha, or enjoy the thrill of bounty tournaments, you'll find a tournament that fits your style.

Altough much of the series has been played, Here are some of the highlights you can still look forward to:

$10.50 BUY-IN Mystery Bounty Millions Main Event- $100,000 GTD: Test your mettle in this high-stakes event and compete for a chance to win a share of the impressive $100,000 guaranteed prize pool. Final Stage is June 25. Stage 1's are ongoing.

$5 BUY-IN - Ontario Bounty $20,000 GTD: Join the action in this exciting tournament with a buy-in of just $5 and a guaranteed prize pool of $20,000. Final Stage is today, June 18th, but you can still get in with many last minute Day 1's for the next several hours.

$5.25 BUY-IN - Omaholic Mystery Bounty $10,000 GTD: If you're looking for a challenging competition with a smaller buy-in, this event with a guaranteed prize pool of $10,000 is the perfect choice. Final stage is June 25th with Stage 1's ongoing.

To give you an idea of what tournaments are upcoming, here are some key events:

June 18, 20:30 ET - micro Ontario Bounty MILLION$ [Final Stage] - $5.25 buy-in, $20,000 guaranteed prize pool.

June 18, 20:30 ET - Mystery Bounty MILLION$ [Final Stage] - $2.10 buy-in, $10,000 guaranteed prize pool.

June 18, 21:30 ET - micro Omaholic Bounty MILLION$ [Final Stage] - $5.25 buy-in, $10,000 guaranteed prize pool.

June 25, 20:30 ET - micro Ontario MILLION$ [Final Day] - $5 buy-in, $20,000 guaranteed prize pool.

June 25, 20:30 ET - Mystery Bounty MILLION$ Main Event [Final Stage] - $10.50 buy-in, $100,000 guaranteed prize pool.

June 25, 21:30 ET - Omaholic Mystery Bounty MILLION$ [Final Stage] - $5.25 buy-in, $10,000 guaranteed prize pool.

Don't miss out on this exciting opportunity to be a part of the ontario poker community and compete in some of the most prestigious online poker events of the year for micro players. Download GGpoker.ca today and make a small deposit to take your shot this summer! 

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Ryan Fisler
Ryan Fisler

Ryan is a poker enthusiast and entrepreneur currently living in Kingston, Ontario.

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