888 Poker has begun its qualifier series for the 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event in Las Vegas, Nevada. The 888 Poker WSOP 2012 Qualifier Series features weekly qualifier tournaments every alternating Sunday, starting promptly at 20:05 GMT, for a direct buy-in of $500 + $25.
Players can avoid that $525 buy-in, however, by winning their way to that event through a series of smaller satellites with buy-ins as low as $1.10.
It starts with WSOP Step 1 qualifiers, with a player’s choice of $1 + $0.10 rebuy/add-on events, taking place daily every 2 hours and awarding one Step 2 qualifier seat for every $25 in the prize pool, or a $5 + $0.50 with no rebuy or add-on, taking place 3 times weekly and from which 1 of every 5 players will advance to Step 2.
The Step 2 qualifier has a $23 + $2 direct buy-in and also takes place thrice weekly and advances one 1 in 5 to the next step. That would be Step 3, with its own $105 + $10 direct buy-in, taking place three times a week and advancing 1 in 5 to the final WSOP Qualifier.
Each qualifier winner receives a prize package valued at $15,000 that includes the $10,000 WSOP Main Event buy-in as well as $2,000 for travel expenses, $500 in spending cash, 8 nights of hotel accommodations in Vegas, exclusive access to the 888 Poker player’s lounge, with pool table, XBox, TV, drinks all day long and breakfast, as well as an 888 Poker Live Event merchandise kit and a special invite to a VIP event.
Starting this Monday, February 27th, players at Party Poker can now enter qualifiers for the upcoming 2012 World Series of Poker which run through June 17th.
Each Party Poker prize package into the 2012 WSOP Main Event is valued at $14k and includes not only the $10k main event buy-in but a 10-night stay while in Las Vegas for the tournament as well as $2k in expense money.
The 2012 PartyPoker WSOP Main Event Qualifier series starts with daily Freeroll qualifiers sending the top 25 at each to a $2 WSOP Sub Qualifier Speed Rebuy Event. These sub qualifiers run daily and award a seat in the next step up, the WSOP Satellite Qualifier, for every $80 collected in the pot. There is also a $4 sub qualifier speed rebuy event with the same winning qualifications. Players who wish to play a sub qualifier speed event without a rebuy can skip all that, however, and just enter the $9 sub qualifier which sends 1 in 10 players on.
You can also skip all that and just pay the $80 to enter the WSOP Satellite Qualifier directly. These events run two times every day, along with an additional running on Sundays as a Turbo tournament. All of these satellite qualifiers send 1 in 10 players on to the final WSOP Satellite, a weekly event held on Sundays at which the actual PartyPoker WSOP 2012 Main Event prize packages will be awarded, at a rate of 1 in 20.
The 2011 WSOP Main Event champion was Pius Heinz, who took home $8.7 million for his accomplishment.