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!
Three big events to report for Spring 2019 - with the ongoing Black Diamond Open at Bovada for US-based players on top:
US Players: Bovada's Black Diamond Open
This is the biggest tournament event at the biggest US poker room. There is $4,000,000 in guaranteed prizes over 130 tournament events.
We are already over half way through - though the main event is still to come (on the 31st March) and plenty of satellite qualifiers are running. This main has a $300k guarantee, with a $425+$25 buy-in. If you have not yet played at Bovada, the anonymous play will feel like a breath of fresh air. You play with seat numbers or tourament entry numbers instead of a screen name - preventing tracking tools giving the pros too big an edge.
There are plenty more reasons besides the Black Diamond Open to check out Bovada. These include the only fast-fold poker for US players, and a long list of promos.
See www.bovada.lv for the full schedule!
Party Poker $30 Million Guaranteed PowerFest 31st March to 14th April
I have to say Party are leading the way for events at the moment, with new 'smaller' ones between their big PowerFests...PowerFest is the flagship events, and this one has a huge $30,000,000 in guaranteed prizes. The buy-ins will be tiered, with the biggest being 'heavyweight'. Party continue to offer the softest tournament fields - and as usual a lot of qualifiers.
Still waiting for details of the full schedule - I'll update here as soon as this appears.
If you are split between a couple of the big online poker events this spring, then this is the one to pick!
You can grab $22 in tokens at Party Poker (deposit with bonus code SNGPLANET)... see if you can turn them into an entry or two for the PowerFest over at www.partypoker.com
Sunday Million Anniversary at PokerStars - 14th April - $10 Million Guaranteed
This is a one off special for the Sunday Million, rather than an event lasting a week or more. It is certainly worth a note, PokerStars will 10x the usual guarantee - and keep the buy-in the same as usual.
If you can't afford the $215 to enter, then there are satellites running right now (including both MTTs and Spin N Go SNGs).
All players should check out the Sunday Million at least once, and if you are going to do it, then why not when there is a $10mm guarantee with $1 million for 1st!
Remember Marketing Code PSP3108 when you register and bonus code THIRTY for $30 worth of tokens and buy-ins when you deposit. See www.pokerstars.com for more
XL Blizzard at 888 Poker - 4th to 14th April
I noticed a change in the tone in the news from 888 about their upcoming Blizzard event. This emphasises smaller buy-ins (alongside the usual big ones). The XL series events run throughout the year and are often seasonally marketed. Correct me if I am wrong, but Spring and Blizzard? Ah, never mind...
Check out www.888poker.com for the schedule now!
Online Super Series Cubed + $5 Million Prize Single Tournament at America's Cardroom
No messing around as we enter 2019 from ACR and the Winning Poker Network. This site welcomes both US and International players, and is starting to dominate the tournament niche for the US market.
Two big announcements:
Online Super Series: This event has $8 million in guaranteed prize pools, 3 buy-in tiers and a ton of qualifiers. Things kick off on the 10th Feb (qualifiers are available now) and run through to March 10th.
Sunday Venom $5 Million Guaranteed: This is a single online tournament with a $5 million prize pool, and $1 million for 1st. There are 'Steps' style qualifiers running now, with the big event scheduled for the 21st of July. Some of the qualifiers are freerolls (the real money ones start at $6+$61c).
There are more 'normal' $1 million guaranteed Sunday events before this... my thinking here is 'that escalated quickly', it was only a couple of years ago that the first $1 million guarantee for US players was announced. With some decent support, maybe this will not be the last big event of 2019 from ACR.
The 100% welcome bonus has been boosted to 200% for a short while (you need to deposit with crypto to get the extra), and you'll get $50 in cash thrown in over your first 20 days.
See www.americascardroom.com for the details.
MicroGaming - 32Red Poker - Universal Championship of Poker
Anyone else notice MicroGaming creeping back up the rankings in terms of player numbers at the end of last year?
It seems they are joining the poker events bandwagon, a welcome move! The 'Universal Series of Poker' starts on the 13th of January. This then runs through to the 10th Feb, with 56 'Passport Events'.
The angle here is that these are smaller (some mid) buy-in tournaments. What 32Red and MicroGaming are doing is promoting a leaderboard contest, which sees $10k worth of packages to tournaments around Europe for the winner. There are 20 prizes in total, which are all explained on the UCOP page.
As usual, your support for these events will make sure they get bigger and better next time around.
See www.32red.com/poker for details
Looks like the other major sites are still nursing their New Year hangovers, I will update on those as soon as news comes in!
GL at the tables,
Other Offers Worth a Quick Mention!
US and Worldwide Players: BetOnline Bad Beat Jackpot: This is not an event as such, though certainly worth a mention... the BBJ in BetOnline Poker cash games is (at the time of writing) a massive $487,000. This can be won at any point, though you can check the current amount by clicking the 'poker' link from the top menu (then 'promotions' if needed). Not many sites have Bad Beat Jackpots these days, and this one could be life-chaning for the lucky winner. See www.betonline.ag for more.
Quick Mention - Cyber Mondays on the MicroGaming Network: This is a regular thing, rather than a one-off event - though still worth a mention! Red Kings, now on the MPN, have a 'Cyber Monday's' offer, where you get to enter cut-price tournaments with some decent guarantees. If you always wanted to play for bigger prize money - and your bankroll did not quite justify enterting the bigger games - then this could be a perfect solution. Check out the schedule (and $300 special bonus when you first get dealt the 2 red kings) over at www.redkingspoker.com
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!