Online Poker Tournament Events Are Great For Turning A Small Entry Into A Big Win
– Satellites, Schedules And Information On The Best Online Poker Events Here!
March sees some of the big online poker events for both US and international players. The Black Diamond Open at Bovada competes with the PowerFest at Party and Millions Superstorm at 888.
Bovada Black Diamond Open - Finishes March 29th - $6 Million Guaranteed
This might not be the richest online tournament series at a US-friendly site (the OSS at ACR is bigger). For me, it is the softest - thanks to the big sports betting cross over crowd and anonymous games. The Black Diamond Open (or BDO) is a series of tournaments which include warm-up events, 3 high-roller tournaments and two 'Main Events'. The combined prize pool guarantee is $6 million.
The Main Events are on March 29th, one is a mini-main with a $109 buy-in, the other has a $450k guarantee with a $450 prize pool.
As always with Bovada, there are a ton of satelite qualifiers running. Canadian readers can enter via the Bodog brand.
Check out the schedule - and see what a huge difference those anonymous games make for yourself now over at www.bovada.lv
Party Poker - PowerFest Event - $20 Million Guaranteed - 15th to 29th March 2020
Party Poker seem to be coming up with new events every month. The backbone of their schedule are the PowerFest events - and these are well worth checking out.
It is not just the eye-catching $20 million in guaranteed prize pools, it is the recreational nature of the games. This makes is possible to amateur / recreational players to take a shot, with different people making big money final tables every time.
Buy-ins start small, and go up to a mind-blowing $25k. There are many formats scheduled, including PKO and PKO Battles as well as the usual mix of rebuys, freezeouts and short-handed games.
You'll find that Party make a ton of effort to get the fields for their PowerFest events full. There are satellite qualifiers, including special 'SPINS' which allow you to win tickets,
Grab $30 / £40 in tokens when you make a deposit with bonus code SNGPLANET - and check out the PowerFest event for yourself now over at www.partypoker.com now!
America's Cardroom - OSS Cubed with $13mm Gtd - Feb 9th to March 8th
Last time ACR poker (who are US-friendly), ran their 'Online Super Series' this had a $12 million total in guaranteed prize pools. This time, they have gone one better, making this $13 million. The 'Cubed' in the title refers to the 3 different tiers of buy-ins. Lower stakes, mid buy-ins and high-rollers are all catered for.
The event ends with a $1,000,000 guaranteed tournament on the 8th of March, there is a multi-flight (multi-day) tournament on Saturday the 29th Feb too.
This site works really hard to make big buy-in tournaments available to players from the US as well as those worldwide. There are tons of satellite qualifiers, which get you entry into the biggest and best of the OSS tournaments without needing to spend your bankroll on the buy-ins.
If you still remember the excitement just a couple of years ago when this site offered the first $1 million Gtd game for the US since the UIGEA, I'm sure you'll be impressed by how far they have come. There is little doubt that ACR are now the go-to offshore site for poker tournament fans.
You can get $50 in tokens, in addition to your 200% welcome bonus if you are new to the site.
More info over at the US and tournament-friendly www.americascardroom.eu
888 Poker Millions Superstorm
Quick mention for a different kind of event over at 888. This is a Million dollar guaranteed tournament, though not in the usual format. There are 'day 1 events' from March 3rd to the 22nd - which feed into the main event. What is different is that freerolls and other qualifiers are going on all day. 888 seems determined that you don't need a bankroll to get involved in this one.
You can take multiple shots at day 1's until you grab a seat.
See www.888poker.com for the details.
Stay tuned - plenty more events to tell you about in the near future!
Remember to keep an eye on my Poker Satellites main page for the latest live and online events!
Many sites offer regular tournament events these days, often accompanied by their own anagrams and big ‘total guaranteed prizes’ headlines. These are so popular that I decided to create a page covering everything in one place. Here you will find information on what Online Poker events are available, how they work, how you can get the best of out them and links to plenty of other articles for more information on tournament strategy and making the most of the satellite qualifiers.
Poker events are announced all the time, with old ones being changed around and new ideas created. Make sure you bookmark this page now – this will be your reference point for these poker festivals for 2018 and beyond!
What Constitutes An ‘Online Poker Event’ And Which Are The Biggest And Best?
These focus on tournaments and can be anything from 5 to 40 events ranging from a week to a month long. You can expect a ‘main event’ with a big prize pool, and plenty of smaller events, satellites and promotions running alongside. Some include tiered buy-ins, so smaller stakes players can get involved – while others stick to the $100+ entries and run qualifiers to fill up the seats.
PokerStars run the two biggest events of the year:
Pokerstars ‘World Championship Of Online Poker’ (known as the WCOOP). This is the biggest of them all and runs every September, with 60+ events and some of the biggest prize pools you will see in any online tournament… I am talking $5 million guaranteed tournaments with $1 million for the winner here – and up to $40 million in total prizes. As you might imagine, satellite qualifiers to the big events are crazy! Of all the tournament events covered, the WCOOP gives more amateur players life (or at least poker career) changing money than any other! Find out more about the WCOOP and associated satellite qualifiers in this article.
Next in size is the SCOOP, which stands for ‘Spring Championship Of Online Poker’, this one takes place in May and is growing to be almost as big as the World Championship. After a long dark winter there is always an online buzz about this event, which also has 3 tiers of buy-ins and mega prizes for the big events. I should mention the high roller events have eye-watering buy-ins of up to $10,000 and attract big name pros to the tables. For more on the SCOOP and satellites to the events check out this article.
Pokerstars also run 2 more events, the TCOOP (Turbo Championship) and Micro-Millions ( an event especially focused on the smaller buy-ins). I think they have enough coverage on this page already – though of course I will add them to the ‘upcoming events’ list when the next ones are due. For more about Pokerstars in general, you can check out my detailed 2018 Pokerstars review here.
Online Poker Tournament Events Elsewhere:
888 Poker (who are fast developing one of the best poker experienced for recreational and amateur players) have announced their own tourney event. The first 888 Poker Super XL Series will feature $2,000,000 in guaranteed prizes over 87 tournaments. Buy-ins range from $35 up, and there is a big focus on satellites for the events too. Expect the fields to be far softer than equivalent events at the bigger sites! I am tipping this site to be a big success story in 2015 (again!), check out my review here.
Party Poker have only recently jumped on the online poker event train – though they have done an excellent job of it with their PokerFest events. These are shorter events of around 10 days, and feature the higher ($109+) buy-in events, along with a big money main event. There is a big focus on the stage-by-stage qualifiers, which keeps these tournaments very busy. There was $3 million guaranteed at the last running, and I fully expect this to go up next time round after the initial success. What I like about the PokerFest is the large number of extras like special $1 tournaments, leaderboards and jackpots. Party know how to look after their recreational players. Satellites and info can be found on my PokerFest page.
Titan Poker used to run the European Championships, though this has now been replaced with the innovative ‘iPoker Online Poker Series’. This has run twice now, and has a great twist for the main event. Once you get down to the last 27 players, the online tournament stops and the remaining part is played live in a major European city (Barcelona last time). Not only will players be fighting for the best part of the $500k prize pool – there is a chance of some televised fame to go with it. It would be great to see the iPOPs expanding from the current 5 events to include some more games. Keep up with the latest news on my iPOPs page here.
US friendly poker networks are getting to the point where they are big enough to run events of their own. Carbon Poker, on the cool Merge Network, have already run one ‘Poker Maximus’ tournament event, and there are also some one-off specials like the Liberty Tournament which Americas Card room ran to show some defiance on the 1st anniversary of Black Friday. I’ll update the latest list as more events come up, you can also keep an eye on my US friendly poker page for the latest news.
Full Tilt Poker are now back, and with them one of the coolest events around in the form of the 'Full Tilt Online Poker Series' which is usually shortened to FTOPS. This used to happen every few months, and with PokerStars now owning Full Tilt we can expect the gaps between the 'COOP' events to be filled up! There is also a mini-FTOPs which runs separately, this is the same schedule as the bigger events - only with 10% of the buy-ins... as you can imagine the field sizes for the mini-version are huge (and resulting prize pools pretty damn big as well). My review of Full Tilt gives you the low-down on the reincarnation fo this excellent site.
Those are the main events covered, I will add news from other rooms and networks once they get on the online poker events bandwagon!
How Can You Profit From Online Poker Events?
There are three ways you can make money from these events, I will assume that as a SNG Planet reader you are already familiar with the basics of poker tournament strategy… If not then I have a whole section of the site dedicated to exactly that subject here!
Firstly, you should take advantage of the reload bonuses and promotions which usually go along with the events. Pokerstars usually offer a new bonus for each event, and Party are famous for giving their players extra bonuses, and so hardly need the excuse. You should keep some of your poker bankroll in an eWallet such as Skrill (Moneybookers) or Neteller. You can then take advantage of extra bonuses fast.
Second, the satellite qualifiers which go alongside these events are super-soft compared to other games. Many of your opponents will not have a clue about good strategy for the satellite bubble. This should give you a big positive expectation in winning a seat in tournament you might not otherwise have been able to afford. My tip here is to check out the satellites at Titan Poker, those are crazy soft!
Finally, poker tournament events attract 1000’s of amateur and recreational players. If you have read up on your strategy and know a move or two you will be way ahead of the field… all you then need to do is catch a couple of cards to be on your way to what could be the biggest cash of your poker career!
Remember to keep an eye on my main Poker Satellites main page for the latest news of poker events and qualifiers to the biggest live tournaments around the world!