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Poker Events in February and March 2016

There are a lot of events, both live and online, which you can win tickets (or even trips) to enter. Instead of doing individual write-ups for each, I have consolidated them into one post.  Highlights include 2 big events (including a $10,000,000 guaranteed Sunday Million) and 2 and a half great live tournament destinations!

10 Million Sunday Million at PokerStars – March 20th

An online poker tournament with a 10 million guaranteed prize pool has to go first on the list. This is the 10th anniversary of the biggest weekly tournament and (best of all) the $215 prize pool will remain in place.

Experience shows that in the run-up to this event, the satellite qualifiers will go crazy. This should give you plenty of opportunities to win your seat (these include freerolls based on loyalty ‘VIP’ points too). You can win multiple seats, taking ‘Tournament Dollars’ for those you do not use instead.

If you have not yet experienced a Sunday Million, then what better way to do it than to compete for the $1,000,000 which is guaranteed for the winner.

Register at PokerStars with affiliate marketing code (from the drop-down list) PSP3108, then use bonus code STARS600 when you deposit for a 100% matched welcome bonus of up to $600.

Go to and check out the $10m qualifier schedule now!

FTOPS XXIX at Full Tilt Poker

Another online tournament event which has become an institution, the Full Tilt Online Poker Series is a series of big buy-in tournaments covering different poker game variations and different table size / speed variations.

The start is the 21st of February, with the 22 events concluding with a $250,000 guaranteed tournament on the 13th of March. In total there are $1,000,000 in guarantees.

Full Tilt’s software has come a long way recently. It still has the colorful cartoon-like feel, though is a lot smoother and faster than before. Check it out (along with the details of the new FTOPS schedule) over at now!

Online and Live Poker Events Feb and March 2016

TPTK St Maarten – US Players Welcome – at Intertops Poker

In the depths of winter, the thought of an all expenses paid trip to the Caribbean Island of St Maarten in April for a poker tournament sounds enticing enough. When you find that you can win a package in a qualifier over at InterTops Poker for just a few dollars, this sounds even better!

This event takes place on from April 26th to May 1st, and there is a $100,000 guaranteed prize pool ($1,100 buy-in). You can win entry, hotel and money towards your travel expenses at – check out the qualifier schedule now!

Unibet Open London

I mentioned 2 and a half great venues in the introduction to this post… this is the half! I love London, only being a Brit myself, I’d recommend being somewhere both warmer and dryer at the start of March!

The Unibet Poker Open is a great reason to stay around, this event is held at the Vic. Last time this event was held at that venue, the winner (Paul Valkenburg) took home more than £120,000. You can win seats in qualifiers at UniBet Poker which are happening right now. There are tournaments which give away the tickets on Wednesdays and Sundays, and sub-qualifiers to get you into those events too.

Put March 3rd to 6th into your diaries, and head over to see the wonderful Unibet software (and the qualifiers schedule) at

Grand Live Malta – Red Kings Poker

Back to a sunnier destination to end this roundup. The Grand is a hybrid live and online poker event series which runs throughout the year which is organized by the OnGame Poker network. The Malta Open is the latest live stop, running from the 11th to the 16th of March.

You can win packages which include entry to the €1100 event, accommodation and €350 extra towards travel and expenses.

There are 2 routes to qualify, either through a series of regular tournaments or via ‘super-steps’ sit n goes. Red Kings are an old and trusted site who come up with many unique promos, I recommend that you check them out over at

That’s all for this roundup.

GL at the tables,


PS: Check the recently revamped Poker Satellites main page for qualifier strategy and where to find the best sites for qualifying for the bigger events!

PPS: Don't forget that there are some excellent bonus offers around during the dark winter months... this page keeps you up to date.

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