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Some Cool January Tournament Events

star-smallIt feels great to be back at Planet HQ after a relaxing holiday break. While the poker sites get back into sorting out their offers and specials for the new year – I thought it would be good to list some of the upcoming tournament events which we already know about. These are the ‘Super Sale’ returning at Titan, the TCOOP at PokerStars and the Mini-FTOPS at Full Tilt. I’ll start with a quick mention of some big ‘overlays’ at the US friendly Carbon Poker.

Overlay refers to the times when a guaranteed tournament prize pool is more than the sum of player entry fees. This is basically free cash, provided by the poker site and divided among those players who reach the paying places. Overlays used to be common, alas the sites learned to manage this better and nowadays they are rare. Carbon are a temporary exception. In recent months they have been moving cashier, a process which put a strain on deposits. I am now seeing plenty of deposits there… indicating that the changeover is completed and US deposits getting back to normal. Add to this some members of the Merge Network (which Carbon is the biggest site on) leaving and we have the perfect situation for overlays. With around $20k extra in the prize pool of their Sunday Major and $1000’s more distributed among the smaller tournaments – there is some real value for tournament fans at the moment. This will not last long (with withdrawals being back, my estimate is that this month will see the best value here). I recommend you check them out – bonus code SNGPLANET will net you a cool 200% matched welcome bonus (max $5k) + downloadable Calculator / HUD software + 1 month of training at pro training site ‘Drag The Bar’ too – Click this link to check out Carbon Poker for yourself now!

Titan Poker Super Sale Is Back!

This is a promo I always get enthusiastic about – Titan Poker offer between 40% and 70% off of their tournament entry fees, yet keep the guaranteed prize pools the same. This gives smaller bankroll players a shot at some of the big prizes, and with satellites giving away more seats than before it ensures that there are plenty of novice and recreational players in the running too. The SuperSale runs from Jan 7th through 20th, and this time around you can enjoy ‘BOGOF’ (buy one, get one free) deals on some of the tournaments too. Full details and schedule are available via the Titan Poker Homepage. Don’t forget that SNG Planet readers can claim $20 extra free cash on top of your 200% matched welcome bonus with bonus code SNGPLANET


PokerStars TCOOP

Speed things up with the 2nd running of the Turbo Championship Of Online Poker (TCOOP) which kicks off on the 17th Jan. There are 50 events in total, covering Turbo, Hyper Turbo and 2x Turbo formats and lots of games and variations like Knockouts too. $15,000,000 is guaranteed in prizes and satellite qualifiers are already running. This is a huge event, I may well do a bigger feature on it a few days before it starts. If you don’t want to wait then the schedule is available via the PokerStars homepage.

Full Tilt Mini-FTOPS

Finally, one especially created for players with smaller bankrolls. The Mini-FTOPs is identical to the main ‘Full Tilt Online Poker Series’ in all but one respect – the buy-ins on the mini version are 10% of those in the bigger event. $3 Million is guaranteed in the 35 events, which starts on the 6th Jan and includes Multi-Entry and Rush Poker Tournaments along with the usual types. There is also a leaderboard and chance to bag yourself a custom avatar too. See the Full Tilt Poker website for more! Right, that’s a roundup of what caught my eye – I’ll get back to ensuring that my network of websites are all as fresh as possible to start 2013!

GL at the tables for the year ahead, Mark

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