The Best World Series Qualifiers At European Friendly Poker Sites
Note: For the 2019 qualifier season, I have consolidated the information for European players into a single 'main' page covering the different satellites. You can find it here. The text below is from last year, though the same sites have offers again!
World Series qualifiers are getting underway at the biggest and best poker sites around the world. This article focuses on the qualifiers at sites popular with European players. As the qualifiers get released I will update with the details of more sites.
Sites Still To Announce Their Qualifiers
PokerStars usually send 100’s of players to the Main Event – though they wait until after their ‘Spring Championship’ is over before pushing the qualifiers. iPoker are have been careful not to mention the World Series, and are instead running 'Viva Las Vegas' qualifiers, which are essentially a side-event package. 888 are the place to head for qualifiers running right now, with a mix of a Main Event qualifier path and side-event qualifiers too.
Sites With Qualifiers Running Now
For those keen to get their WSOP package won and their trip to Vegas booked – there are two European sites which are already ahead of the pack. The good news is that their games are super-soft and their prizes very generous!
World Series For European Players #1 – 888 Poker
This is my top pick of the early satellites – thanks to their super-soft games and multi-stage qualifiers.
In fact, 888 Poker have 6 different Steps to get to their $13,000 prize packages, meaning players with big and small bankrolls can jump into the stage they want and take a shot. The last stage is a $1050 game, which means a fantastic 1 in 13 entrants gets a huge package, that includes plenty of travel money in addition to the event entry and hotel. There are also side event packages to be won which are worth $4500. You now get a free token to a sub-qualifier fot this package when you make a deposit.
888 offer all new players up to $88 free to try their games (in the form of tournament tokens and cash game buy-ins in $8 increments). This does mean that you could qualify for the World Series without having to spend a penny. If you do choose to deposit, taking the free money does not stop you getting the 100% matched welcome bonus later down the line. This site has grown considerably over the last couple of years, and are my top pick for WSOP qualifiers in 2016 - check out the easy qualifier tournaments at www.888poker.com for yourself now.
World Series For European Players #2 – Red Kings Poker
Red Kings are still running satellites to their 'Grand Series of Poker Live' event (which does look very good). I will update when the 2016 qualifiers are announced - last time they did side-event packages.
I’ll be updating this article regularly to bring you the latest qualifier news and deals from European sites – good luck at those tables in the meantime, and I hope we can meet in Vegas this summer!
WSOP Qualifiers for European Players #3 - Titan Poker
It is almost comical the way that the iPoker sites have avoided using any trademarked terms, 'a big Texas Holdem tournament on the 12th June with a €1,300 buy in' is your target - any guesses?
With that aside, Titan has always been a solid choice for qualifying for live tournaments. Their satellites have 3 stages, which feed into the games that give away the trips. If you have a smaller bankroll this is abn ideal opportunity to work your way up the ranks. The prize on offer is worth €5000, and includes money for flights, accomodation is included. The biggest advantage of qualifying at iPoker is that most of the sites which share this network are sports betting brands. This means a lot more regular / recreational type players compared to the 'small stakes pros' which infest other networks. You'll notice the difference in the games, which are noticably softer than those elsewhere.
You can get $20 extra free on top of your 200% welcome bonus with bonus code SNGPLANET - register with this, make your first deposit and I will ensure that the extra cash is in your account within 48 hours (normally sooner). See you over at www.titanpoker.com and maybe even in Vegas!
More Cool Articles Covering The 2016 World Series:
- Main WSOP Qualifiers Page (links out to all of the comparisons and info articles)
- World Series Qualifiers At 888 (detailed look at how to use the 6-stages to your benefit)
- World Series Side Event Qualifiers (we already have 3, including one for US players)