The God of the Arena Progressive Knockout (PKO) Series is finally back! From 10th of November through the 17th, players at 888poker will have prime poker pickings with 24 tasty tournaments on the menu.

And, at the centre of this fantastic series is the affordable $320 buy-in $300,000 GTD Main Event. This tournament kicks off on 17th of November at 18:30 GMT, but you can satellite your way in for as little as 1 cent, via our online step satellites and qualifiers.

Top God of the Arena PKO Events

The series is made up of regular, mini and late variations of each tournament. Event #1 is our $150K 9-Max, which kicks off on 10th of November at 18:00 GMT boasts a $150K guarantee and $215 buy-in. The mini version of this tournament is due to take place the same day at 18:30 GMT with a $22 buy-in and $30K GTD. The Late 9-Max has a $20K GTD and $55 buy-in. It starts at 20:00 GMT that night.

The jewel in the crown of the series happens on the 17th of November, starting at 18:00 GMT with the $100,000 GTD Warm Up with a $109 buy-in. One hour later at 19:00 GMT, the $50,000 Main Event kicks off with a $33 buy-in.

Sandwiched between the two tourneys is the main attraction – the $300,000 GTD Main Event starts at 18:30 GMT with a reasonable $320 buy-in.

Keep in mind that most, if not all, of these events have satellites where you can get your seat for a fraction of the direct buy-in. We also have some free online qualifiers for the $300K Main Event and $150K 9-Max where your seat will cost you nothing!

Check out the full schedule here to make your favourite tournament picks.

What’s Different about PKO Tournaments?

PKO tournaments differ from regular knockout tournaments

PKO tournaments differ from regular knockout tournaments in that, instead of being fixed, a player's bounty increases as they progress in the event. Each time a player knocks out another player, he or she receives a portion (usually 50%) of the eliminated player’s bounty. The other piece is added to their own, increasing their bounty.

It makes for a fun and exciting game that requires a slightly different style of play.

Team888’s Martin Jacobson had one excellent strategy tip:

“Find a good balance between playing aggressively enough to accumulate bounties without being too loose.”

And, 888poker Ambassador, Chris Moorman told us the one mistake to avoid making:

“The number one mistake I see people make in [a] PKO MTT is bounty hunting too hard with awful hands when it will ruin their stack if they lose."

We hope you run like a God of the Arena in the upcoming series.

See you at the tables!

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