From November 12th through December 15th Bovada Poker is giving players $140,000 each week in extra daily guaranteed tournaments. The Poker Power Play Tournaments run during the 9 o’clock hour Mondays through Saturdays evenings Eastern Time and during the 4 o’clock hour Sunday afternoons Eastern Time.
Bovada Poker’s Monday through Saturday Poker Power Play Tourney schedule is as follows:
9:01 – $1K GTD Turbo Rebuy for $1.10
9:03 – $2K GTD Deepstack for $3.30
9:05 – $3K GTD Rebuy for $5.50
9:07 – $2K GTD Turbo Short Stack Pot Limit Omaha for $7.70
9:10 – $10K GTD Deepstack for $11
9:12 – $4K GTD Turbo Short Stack for $13.20
9:15 – $4K GTD Action Hour Turbo for $16.50
9:20 – $8K GTD Deepstack for $22
9:25 – $3K GTD Deepsstack for $27.50
9:30 – $3K GTD Super Knockout Deepstack for $33
9:35 – $3K GTD 6-Hnaded Deepstack for $38.50
9:40 – $6K GTD Turbo Short Stack for $44
9:45 – $500 GTD Turbo Rebuy for $0.50
9:50 – $4K GTD Deepstack Pot Limit Omaha Hi/Lo for $55
9:55 – $10K GTD 10 Minute Levels Deepstack for $60
Bovada Poker’s Sunday Poker Power Play Tourney schedule is as follows:
4:01 – $1K GTD Deepstack for $1.10
4:03 – $5K GTD Turbo Rebuy for $3.30
4:05 – $5K GTD Short Stack for $5.50
4:07 – $2K GTD $2 Knockout Short Stack Pot Limit Omaha for $7.70
4:10 – $15K GTD Deepstack for $11
4:12 – $5K GTD Action Hour Turbo for $13.20
4:15 – $5K GTD Deepstack for $16.50
4:20 – $5K GTD Deepstack Pot Limit Omaha for $22
4:25 – $5K GTD Turbo 10K Chips
4:30 – $5K GTD Short Stack
4:35 – $5K GTD 6-Handed Deepstack
4:40 – $5K GTD Super Knockout Deepstack
4:45 – $1K GTD Rebuy
4:50 – $5K GTD Short Stack Pot Limit Omaha Hi/Lo
4:55 – $10K GTD 10 Min-Levels 10K Chips
Qualifiers run daily at Bovada Poker for all these Poker Power Play Tournaments with buy-ins starting at just $0.22.
Win a share of a $50,000 guaranteed prize pool at Poker 770 with its Free Festival 770, running through October 31, 2013.
With free unlimited Sit and Go tournaments and at least 1 freeroll per hour between now and Halloween, the Poker 770 Free Festival 770 events are all free to enter and all have guaranteed cash prize pools.
Between 2 am and 1 pm every day of the promotional period are Free Festival $10 tournaments, from 2 pm to 1 am are Free Festival $27.70 tournaments, and all day long are SNG Free Festival tournaments with $0.10 guaranteed prize pools.
Players can also win a free package into the MegaPoker Series through the Free Festival 770 and Poker 770. You can qualify for the next MPS stage by playing in the $27.70 Free Festival event. From each running, the top 10 finishers will get a 2.20 Euro token into the daily “Mega 1” satellite with 1-seat guaranteed with a 2.15 Euros + 0.05 Euros direct buy-in.
Also during this limited time promotional period, Poker 770 is holding Hyper SNG tournaments with extraordinarily low buy-ins. There’s the Hyper SNG $0.05 buy-in event with a $0.05 + $0.01 buy-in, and the Hyper SNG $0.10 buy-in event with a $0.10 + $0.01 buy-in.
And all this is being offered in addition to Poker 770’s usual selection of monthly freerolls: $50,000 worth each month. These include the $30 Daily; $200 Daily Final; $500 Weekly Final; Late Night Poker; Lunch Time Poker; Tea Time Poker; Midnight Poker; and $35K Tokens events.
The 2012 Aussie Millions $100k buy-in event drew in only 22 players, but it was some of the biggest names in all of poker who participated. We saw the likes of Jason Mercier, Phil Ivey, and Erik Seidel all eliminated before the final table was decided, but even the remaining eight had some power behind it. Our final table included Joe Hachem, Gus Hansen, Sam Trickett, Sorel Mizzi, and Tony G to round out the “popular” players, but we also had three up and coming players in Dan Smith, Mikhail Smirnov, and Nam Le who were right there in the action as well. The final table was made up of eight players, but only four were going to make the cash when all was said and done. The total prize pool was a very nice one, with first place getting paid out over $1 million for whoever could outlast the other 21 players.
The action started with Hansen and Hachem leading the field with over 535k chips a piece, and after that the closest was Dan Smith was 346,500 chips. After that everyone fell under 270k with Smirnov holding 265k, Mizzi holding 228,500, Tony G with 102k, and Nam Le and Sam Trickett rounding out the field with 79,500 chips and 73k chips respectively.
When we finally made it down to the cash it was Hachem, Tony G, Smith, and Smirnov who were the final four. Dan Smith simply went to work, and eliminated both Tony G (4th place), and Hachem (3rd place) to set up the heads up match between him and Smirnov. Smith’s hot run continued on as he seemed to hit all of the cards he needed and make all the right plays at the right times as well. Smith went on to knock out Smirnov in 2nd place, and take home the win and the $1,012,000 first place prize. Smirnov received a nice consolation prize of $616k as well though.
This was definitely the biggest win of Smith’s live tournament career, but he has had some nice finishes outside of this big score as well. Winning $1 million over a two day span will typically be the highlight of most players’ careers, but before this Smith had won over $600k on the live poker tournament circuit as well.
Yet another of the 1k donkaments took over the Rio with Event 8: $1,000 No Limit Hold’em. Having two starting days, an astounding 4,178 players showed up to try their shot at one of the cheapest bracelet event at this year’s WSOP. This created a massive $3.7 million prize pool to compete for.
Most of the field had been eliminated by the time day 2 rolled around, with the fields combining and the remaining 623 players trying to position themselves for a win. It wasn’t long before the money bubble burst, with the top 423 players guaranteed $1,800.
Attempting the whole shot win was Jon ‘PearlJammer’ Turner. Turner led day 1b, day 2, and was one of the final three at the end of day 3. However, he came up short from the bracelet, exiting in third place.
Going into heads-up play, Sadan Turker and Sean Getzwiller found themselves almost equal in chips. Before the first hand was dealt, they requested a break. The tournament director denied their request, so they began “talking” at the table. Upon being informed this also was not allowed, both players simply got up, walked out of the room, and continued their discussion. While I was not privy to their conversation, I would expect that a chop was agreed upon.
While we may not know (though I will be sure to update if this ever comes to light), what we do know is that Getzwiller won the tournament, taking home (at least part of) $611,185 and a shiny gold bracelet.
I expect we will hear more in the days to come about chops in WSOP events.
The Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) is an annual online mega tournament hosted by PokerStars, which is a leading poker room. It is modeled after the World Series of Poker (WSOP), which is the biggest land based poker tournament extravaganza. The objective of SCOOP is to give online poker players an experience of a mega poker event. SCOOP 2011 has begun on May 8. It will span 38 events and run till May 22.
There is one major difference between SCOOP and WSOP. Each SCOOP event is actually three independent events with low, medium and high buy-ins. This allows low rollers to participate and also ensures that players are not forced to play at stakes that do not suit them. All events have a guaranteed prize pool that will be shared by the winners in the declared manner. The total prize pool across all 114 events (38 x 3) is $25 million.
As in WSOP, there is a declared Main Event, which is the most prestigious, has the largest prizes and enjoys the greatest participation. At SCOOP 2011 the Main Event is Event #38, which is the last event. The poker variant is Texas Hold’em and the betting structure is No Limit. The combined prize pool for this event is $4.75 million. The low buy-in event gets $750,000, the medium buy-in event gets $1.5 million and the high buy-in event gets $2.5 million. Some of the other notable SCOOP 2011 events are Event #20 No Limit Hold’em and Event #35 No Limit Hold’em Heads Up Match Play. There are events in Omaha, Seven Card Stud, Razz and H.O.R.S.E. as well.
Apart from a major slice of the prize pool the top winner of each SCOOP event will be given a swank Movado gold watch with the PokerStars spade and SCOOP Champion on the face. The winners of every high, medium and low event will receive the watch. PokerStars has also announced a SCOOP Leader Board. Players will receive points based on how they perform in the various SCOOP events. The player who finishes on top of the leader board will receive the Player of the Series trophy, a seat at the main event of WSOP 2011, a prize package to the 2012 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, a seat at the Grand Final of the European Poker Tour and a special edition PokerStars chip set.
Players can enter the SCOOP events by paying the designated buy-ins. However, satellites to SCOOP events are running round the clock at PokerStars. The buy-ins to the satellites are much lower and this is a great way of winning a seat at the SCOOP events. Some of the buy-ins are as low as $0.25.
When the SCOOP 2011 schedule was first announced earlier this year it was with a much larger prize pool base. The sum total of the prize pools was then $45 million. After the seizure of the American domain of PokerStars, it was evident that there would be no participation from American players. Therefore the prize money had to be reduced considerably.
It has been rumored for weeks now that Full Tilt Poker has been working on venturing into the live tournament market. Today, all of their planning and work has been made available to the general public.
Kicking off on May 11, 2011 in fabulous Las Vegas, Full Tilt Poker’s Onyx Cup will bring some of the best players in the world to play for stakes that are, quite honestly, insanely high. There will be 6 events in this series, played in the United States, Europe, and Asia, all of which will have a buyin of no less than $100,000.
This event is guaranteed to showcase some of the sickest action in the poker world. Already home to some of the highest stakes online cash games, Full Tilt is again upping the ante, showcasing itself as the premier leader in the biggest games played around the world.
To see more, simply click the Full Tilt logo in this post to go to the announcement video.
One must question, though, the timing that Full Tilt is choosing to launch this. These events are bound to coincide with Annie Duke’s recently launched FS+G Pro’s series, and the first event overlaps Pokerstars EPT Madrid event. This is bound to continue the fighting between the two juggernaut sites that has already led to each segregating their players from the other tournaments. Whatever happens, though, one thing is sure: Phil Ivey is going to make a lot of money.
Single table poker tournament or SNG’s as they have become more commonly known are fast becoming the most popular form of poker online. Much of the popularity of these poker tournaments stems from numerous factors. Firstly the entire event starts and finishes in a very short space of time, usually the entire tournament is over in around 45 minutes.
This means that they are not terribly restrictive when it comes to time for most players. One could easily play an SNG in one’s lunch hour or if they have a spare 30 to 45 minutes to kill. But yet it is surprising how few people at the lower stake levels actually play the game well enough to be able to make money. Although this situation is rapidly changing with the advancement of coaching sites and tutorial material on this subject.
There are numerous techniques and strategies for playing these events. But one of the things that you have to remember when playing single table poker tournaments is that they do tend to mimic cash games at the very beginning. By this I mean with regards to the blind to stack ratio. In cash games the usual number of big blinds tends to be between 50 and 100 with most of the stronger players buying in for the maximum.
So what this essentially means is that during the first level of play in an SNG then cash game strategy tends to prevail. By cash game strategy I mean a tight and not too aggressive approach rather than a loose aggressive one. Let us say for instance that your tournament had either nine or ten players. This is the same number as what you would face in a full ring game. So for the first level of an SNG then a full ring game strategy is a very good way to play.
But also there are contrary opinions to this and that the proper strategy in single table tournaments is now so well known that opening up and playing a more attacking style during the early levels is now being seen as a more viable strategy.
I don’t overly agree with this and especially in micro stakes and low stakes tournaments. I think even though the level of play is increasing slowly, it is still correct for novices not to become too aggressive too early in the tournament. So how should you play during the early stages?
Well if you remember that an SNG is basically a miniaturized version of a full-scale poker tournament then you will be better placed to understand an optimal way in which to play them.
But at the end of the day there are massive differences between full scale poker tournaments and single table tournaments. The main difference is of course with regards to the time factor. Strong tournament players who play large multi-table tournaments over numerous hours and even over several days often have playing styles that involve being aggressive from the beginning.
Their goal is to try to accumulate as much dead money as they possibly can before all of the novice players and weaker tournament players are eliminated. This method of play has tremendous validity but its function is dramatically reduced in single table tournaments because strong players do not have the same amount of time that that they do in full tournaments in which to outplay the weaker players.
Even today in what is a far more aggressive poker environment, the solid strategy of playing tight aggressive at the very beginning is still a strong way to play. This does not just apply to tournament poker but also to single table tournaments as well.
FeltStars has thrown their hat back into the online series ring. Though no FTOPS, their World Championship of Internet Poker (WCOIP) is a great value for non-nosebleed players. WCOIP will have 13 events spanning 22 days in May 2011. There are events for all bankrolls. the lowest buyin event is $1.10 while the highest is $109. Satellites to all events are running daily now. There are even freeroll satellites for the bankroll challenged.
The WCOIP begins May 01, 2011. The WCOIP will have a Leaderboard to determine the Overall Champion. If you make the final table in any WCOIP event, you will be awarded points. The top 10 Overall Leader board winners will win a Feltstars Guaranteed Tournament Coupon Package. The more events you play the better chance you have to win the Overall Championship. The winner of each event will also receive a custom Feltstars baseball jersey with the name and number of their choice.
The NBC Heads-Up Poker Championship has just concluded and the player that is on one of the best runs on recent history has made his way to the top of the list yet again. Beating out 63 of some of the best players of the poker world (and some celebrities that have a love of the game), Full Tilt Poker Pro Erik Seidel has claimed yet another title in 2011 and collected $750,000 in the process.
In the final match versus Pokerstars Pro and WSOP Main Event Champion Chris Moneymaker, Seidel left little room for Moneymaker to have a shot. While the format requires the winner to win the best two out of three contests, Seidel decided to make it quick and easy by simply winning the first and second matches to secure the title.
Seidel did not have an easy road to travel to his title. He first match was against the recently quiet Allen Cunningham. In the round of 32, he faced yet another Full Tilt Pro Jennifer Harman. In the round of 16, he was up against fellow Full Tilt Pro Phil Gordon, busting him with AQ versus the Tiltboy’s A4. In the quarterfinals, he had to overcome another Pokerstars pro in Vanessa Selbst, who has also been on a tear the last year. In the semi-finals, he faced Andrew Robl, maybe more well known as “good2cu” in the online world. There was not a soft spot anywhere in Seidel’s road to victory, pitted against fellow pro’s every step along the way.
Seidel continues his historic 2011. It seems like every week that Seidel is collecting yet another title. In this tournament where there is always a discussion as to who has been slighted or disrespected for not being invited and for who does not deserve to be there, it is nice to have a sense of calmness with a winner who undoubtedly deserved to be there.
Congratulations Erik. We will soon be calling 2011 the Year of Erik Seidel.