UK Guide To The 2016 World Series Qualifiers
It is about time we had a British winner of the WSOP Main Event – there have been several close calls in recent years. This year it is down to you to show the rest of the world a little bit of British grit and grind out a victory, maybe the multi-million prize + lucrative contracts guaranteed for first place could help to persuade you?
This article covers the best qualifier options online – as the World Series satellites for 2016 get released by the different sites I will update this page with offers, highlight easy games and show you the best path to get to Vegas.
In the past the sites used to go to war to send as many players as possible to represent them in Vegas. These days they wait for the final table and simply sponsor the chip leaders (fair enough from an effort perspective!). You'll still find some great opportunities to qualify, the picks of those that have released their satellites so far are covered below:
My Number 1 Pick (best by far) - UK WSOP Qualifiers at 888 Poker
888 have literally shot up the rankings over the last year or two, and in 2016 are established as the 2nd largest poker site (after PokerStars and before iPoker). They focus on recreational players, give out up to £12 for UK players to try the games with no deposit needed – oh, and they have some awesome qualifiers to live poker events too. Not just the World Series (though as the official sponsor that features heavily), you can also win tickets to big prize live events closer to home - including Spain and Malta as just 2 examples.
This year there are 6 stages or 'steps' to work through – so you can pick the entry point that best suits your bankroll. These start from just 1c, 10c, then $1, $5, $30, $160 and finally the $1050 Main Event qualifier – which awards prize packages worth $12,500 (entry, hotel, goodies + travel / spending money).
Having all those stages ensures that there are a lot of smaller stakes players making their way up the levels. It also means that I can write that it is 100% possible to turn 10c into around $10,000,000 this year at the World Series of Poker. There is also a side-event qualifier worth $4500.
Free Trial - No Strings
What I like about their £12 for Brits is that there are no strings attached, you get some tournament tokens, some cash game buy-ins and get to try out the games with these. If you like what you find, and decide to deposit later down the line, then you are still able to claim your 100% welcome bonus. In my experience there are a lot of one-off and special bonuses available alongside this, some needing deposits, others not.
888 Will be sending a lot of people to Vegas for the World Series this year, to give yourself a chance of joining them, check out www.888poker.com for yourself now!
- Official partner of the WSOP, plenty of qualifiers to live events
- Focus on recreational players means far fewer nitty ‘grinders’ in the games
- Plenty of innovations; Snap poker, webcam games and more
- £12 Completely free to check out the games, plus excellent ongoing bonuses and rewards
British World Series Qualifiers – Titan Bet Poker
Titan Bet Poker (the UK regulated part of the Titan Poker brand) is a long-term favorite of mine, and benefits hugely from membership of the iPoker Network. This group of sites includes many big name sports betting brands (Bet365, BetFair, Will Hill and so on). This means that the players which find their way to the poker room are more recreational and regular punters than the smaller stakes pros that infest other sites.If you are thinking that this makes the games soft, then you'd be right - I would go as far as to say very soft.
The 2016 prize package does not mention the World Series at all and is simply called a 'Viva Las Vegas' promotion. What you'll get is 7 nights accommodation (in Treasure Island), money for flights and expenses and then €1300 for entry into a poker tournament (one of the big NL Holdem side events...). What I like about this one is that there are 42 full packages up for grabs, and even if you get knocked out on day 1, you'll have a great holiday for your troubles!
Titan Bet World Series of Poker qualifiers are over 3 stages, which means you can work your way through to the games which give away the prize packages (side event entry, flight money + hotel).
There are plenty more live event qualifiers available, mostly for tournaments closer to the UK (for example the Irish Open)
Check out those easy games at www.titanbetpoker.com for yourself here (you can get an additional $20 on top of your 200% Titan Bet welcome bonus with bonus code SNGPLANET)
Plenty more sites are still to announce their WSOP 2016 qualifiers for UK players – bookmark this page today and I will update you as soon as the news comes in.
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