This year, four big series took place on Winning Poker Network (WPN). There were three OSS Cub3d series (the name is related to the division into 3 parts according to the buy-in level) with guarantees ranging from $13 to $20 million and one PKO OSS $25M GTD. Another version of this festival was prepared for the last month of the year:
The last such event was held last summer. While the total guaranteed prize pool remains the same, these festivals have several significant differences:
- For December, the number of tournaments was increased by a third, so the average guarantee per event should decrease by about 30% (to ~$73,000).
- The minimum buy-in increased to $16.5, while there were a few $0.82-$11 buy-in events back in 2020.
- The number of million-dollar events has increased from 3 to 5. Even one multi-day event with $2,000,000 GTD, which was not the case last year.
- There will be 13 non-Hold 'em events: one $630 Stud Hi/Lo $30K Gtd that starts on December 5 at 22:30 CET, six PLO events ($55-$1,050 buy-ins with $20K, $50K, and $150K GTD), and six PLO8 events ($5-$630 buy-ins, $20K-$80K GTD).
Obviously, this time the organizers have adjusted the series considering the drop in traffic compared to the period of the COVID-19 poker boom and are trying to stir up players' interest by offering $1M+ GTD tournaments with relatively small buy-ins and numerous satellites. However, such a significant increase of the minimum buy-in amount should affect the affordability of many events, so this series, most likely, will not be able to avoid overlays.
The full schedule of the Online Super Series (OSS) XVIII is available here (the times shown are CET-5).
Four events on the series schedule have the "Main" status. The most expensive tournament - $2,650 buy-in OSS #122 $1,000,000 GTD (December 19-20) is not among them. All Main Events are listed below:
- OSS KickOff - MDS $1,000,000 GTD ($215 buy-in). The final day starts on December 5 at 23:30 CET; numerous flights are available during the week (each lasts 4 hours and 12 minutes). You can buy-in into these flights directly or qualify through daily $11 and $22 satellites with up to 10 tickets GTD.
- OSS #128 - $2,000,000 GTD ($630 buy-in) with 13 flights from 5 to December 19 (flights will be held irregularly: two at once on several days, but nothing on some others). A total of 12% of each flight participants will qualify for the final day, which starts on December 20 at 19:05 CET.
- OSS #129 - PKO $1,000,000 GTD ($250 buy-in).
- OSS #130 - $250,000 GTD ($16.50 buy-in).
The last two events are copies of OSS #128, except for the satellite grid in terms of their structure.
World record attempt
Americas Cardroom streamer and ambassador Michael Loncar decided to use the OSS launch as the perfect moment to kick off a 50-hour continuous stream that would set a new world record. The current record holder is Tom Maaswinkel from the Netherlands, who entered the Guinness Book of Records with his 24-hour online poker stream in May 2019.
Michael will kick off his Twitch stream with a home game on December 4 at 05:00 CET. It is unknown how many of the 20 weekend events he intends to play. According to the video attached to his Twitter post, he is more interested in how much coffee and Red Bull he would drink during this time.
By the way, Loncar also received such an honor as the OSS XIII event named after him: the $88 buy-in OSS #127 - $80,000 GTD Loncar MegsStack starts at 01:45 on December 20. The event will be long and deep: 200BB starting stack, 12 minutes blind levels, and late registration with unlimited re-entries until the end of level 15.
On December 1, 2021, WPN rolled out an update:
- Improved player notes window.
- "Squid Game"-style table theme and avatars. New "Comic" theme.
- Synchronized breaks in multi-table SNGs.
- You can change the tournament fonts in the "Staking" section settings, like in the main lobby.
- You can choose your own sounds, the volume for each sound, and also adjust the master volume for all sounds at once.
Watch this dedicated video to see the main changes:
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