Overlays at Many Poker Sites on Second Weekend of March

Jonathan
03 Apr 2024
Jonathan Raab 03 Apr 2024
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  • Overlays on several online poker sites over weekend of 9-10 March, 2024
  • $21k overlay in Crazy Sunday PKO on WPT is biggest miss of the weekend
  • All Jack Poker Sunday specials overlay, by combined total of almost $15k
  • PokerStars suffers rare missed guarantees to several early starting mtts on Sunday 10th March
Overlays last weekend
Several online poker sites posted overlays on their Sunday schedules on March 10th 2024

Some weekends online poker bites-off more than it can chew. Yes there is a poker boom and yes players are venturing onto the real life and online felt in numbers seemingly greater than the great annual Wildebeest migration, but some weekends even this isn’t enough to meet the ambitious guarantees being posted by operators across the industry.

Several online poker sites posted overlays in multiple events over the weekend of March 9-10, 2024. The most overlay prone sites were WPT Global and Jack Poker and while it may not be a surprise that these sites followed their usual modus operandi, missed guarantees at PokerStars were more eyebrow raising. The Unibet Anniversary Series had its final weekend also, with two missed guarantees from its three tiered buy-in main events.

GG Poker

The WSOP Super Circuit Series on GG Poker continued to be the largest online series across all sites at the weekend. With just a few ring events per week, the demand to play in this series is high and may be drawing players away from other sites. While this Sunday’s ring events were high buy-in affairs, some other key regular Sunday tournaments have been converted into WSOP Super Circuit side events, with the added carrot of free ticket drops in all of them. The most significant regular tournament to be converted to a side event is the $54 Bounty Hunter, which carried a $1m guarantee this weekend, double its usual. The series is going well, guarantees are being easily met and in most cases surpassed by 10-15%, but its success may be affecting the performance of mtts on other sites, most notably PokerStars.

The WSOP Super Circuit continues on GG Poker until April 1st, with a further three ring events taking place this week. 

DayStart Time (UK)EventGuarantee
Tue 12th March18:00#7: $800 Bounty No-Limit Hold'em Championship$1,000,000
Thu 14th March18:00#8: BIG $500 PLO Bounty$500,000
Sun 17th March18:00#9: $365 Super GIANT No-Limit Hold'em$1,000,000

If you want to participate, but are are yet to register, use the GG Poker bonus code WIRED to get started with a 100% deposit match worth up to $600.

WPT Global

With the KO Series now over, the regular weekly schedule is the main focus once again and WPT Global have a promotion running throughout March to help boost participation. This promotion sees 100% of mtt fees being returned to players via three big freerolls, with players required to play specific numbers of tournaments to gain entry. These freerolls have a combined minimum guarantees of $600,000. Early signs are promising for WPT, with week-on-week participation in key events jumping significantly. Overlays were still posted in the main Sunday evening tournaments, however, they were far smaller overlays than there have been in recent weekends. 

There was one tournament however which massively overlaid. This was the Crazy Sunday PKO, a $110 buy-in tournament with a $100,000 guarantee. The reason this one struggles so much is because it is an early starter, aimed at players in Asia, as it tees off at 8.30 am (Irish time). This week it posted a $21,600 overlay and is one for early rising value hunters to keep their eye on next weekend.

TournamentGuaranteeEntriesPrizepoolOverlay
$110 Crazy Sunday PKO$100,000784$78,400$21,600
$1,060 WPT Passport$37,20034$34,000$3,200
$110 Sunday Slam$66,500662$66,200$300
$110 Nightly Escalator$20,000152$15,200$4,800
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Jack Poker

The monthly Big Bang Sunday had its second outing yesterday, having been launched in February, however it failed to build on last month’s participation and with 884 players, posted an overlay of $6,132. All-in-all it was a torrid Sunday for the owners of Jack Poker, but a great one for value hunters as all five regular special Sunday tournaments fell short of their guarantees as well. These tournaments alone provided almost $15,000 in overlay and they were by no means the only tournaments to miss their guarantee on the site.

TournamentBuy-InGuaranteeEntriesPrizepoolOverlay
Sunday Mini Jack$6$3,000440$2,772$228
Big Bang Sunday$27$30,000884$23,868$6,132
Sunday Big Jack HR$184$20,00077$14,168$5,832
Sunday Jack Hunter$9$4,000360$3,240$760
Sunday Big Jack Special$69$12,000170$11,781$219
Sunday Jack$22$8,000289$6,242$1,758

A new mtt series starts today on Jack Poker and runs until the end of the month. Featuring tournaments with higher buy-ins than last month’s Nuclear 4s Series, the Heavy Hitter Series included over 100 tournaments and $777,000 in guarantees, which included $70,000 earmarked for its $77 main event on March 31st.

If you are yet to register, use the Jack Poker promo code WIRED when joining the poker room to get the biggest available welcome bonus.

Unibet Poker

The Unibet 10th Anniversary Series is drawing to a close. The main events that started on Sunday 9th are all 2-day tournaments and will be completed on Monday 11th, with a few series side events to keep them company as the curtain closes on the two-week long festival. The series began with overlays in the kick off events, but participation picked up in the week that followed and the events on the middle weekend all faired reasonably well, with only a scattering of peppercorn overlays. However the last few days of the festival were a struggle, with many of the weekend’s tournaments on Unibet Poker missing their targets. Four of the key Sunday events posted overlays, but none of them were huge.

TournamentBuy-InGuaranteeEntriesPrizepoolOverlay
Anni Main€ 95€ 40,000379€ 36,005€ 3,995
Anni Micro Main€ 5€ 2,000397€ 1,886€ 114
The Big One€ 23€ 7,500268€ 6,164€ 1,336
The Big One€ 5€ 1,500270€ 1,242€ 258

While the 10th Anniversary Series may now be concluding, the anniversary celebrations continue on Unibet as the €100,000 Phase tournament with a €10 buy-in does not reach phase 2 (the final day) until next Sunday, 17th March. Prior to this weekend, the tournament was running 10% behind the pace it needs to be to hit its guarantee. Unless there’s a significant increase in participation this week, an overlay of between €5,000-€10,000 looks likely.

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PokerStars

The performance of PokerStars’ extensive Sunday schedule was somewhat baffling on March 10th. All the early starting Sunday specials missed their guarantees with a sharp week-on-week drop in participation. The Majors however, all easily surpassed their guarantees, increasing their week-on week participation. Later on in the evening, almost all of the late starting Sunday specials smashed their guarantees, posting big increases on the previous weekend. 

So what caused this? Possibly It was due to the $54 buy-in $1m guaranteed WSOP Super Circuit bounty hunters side event on GG Poker, which clashed with the overlaying tournaments on PokerStars. PokerStars are usually experts at setting their guarantees and actively manage them on a week-by-week basis, which means that widespread overlays such as those that occurred over the weekend are few and far between. Its likely that the issue will have been resolved by next weekend, so value hunters should temper their expectation for a repeat.

TournamentBuy-InGuaranteeEntriesPrizepoolOverlay
Mini Sunday Starter$10$15,0001318$13,180$1,820
Sunday Kickoff$100$50,000404$40,400$9,600
Mini Sunday Kickoff$10$25,0002164$21,640$3,360
Sunday Marathon$50$15,000249$12,450$2,550
Sunday StacKOsaurus$200$70,000319$63,800$6,200

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