WSOP Satellite Tournaments
2005 WSOP Schedule
Day 1A will be held on July 7th. The first 1,000- 2,200 players will play down to 500-650 players.
Because so many people are expected to be at the 2005 WSOP, the play has to be broken down in order to accommodate the huge playing field. Play and eliminations will drag out until day 6, July 14th, when the remaining 3 tables will resume the hunt for world champion at the WSOP true home, Binion's Horseshoe. Day 6 will be played until 27 players are knocked down to a final table of 9. On July 15th, the remaining players at the final table will duke it out for a top prize of what may be upwards of $5,000,000.
How to Qualify for the World Series of Poker
This is so exciting for us poker players, and we want a piece of the pie, right? Are by now you are probably wondering how to quality for the World Series of Poker. It is easy for professionals to just throw down 10Gs and get in, but for smaller time players this isn't the case. We must win our way into this event, and online poker rooms give us a plethora of ways to do so. Players like Chris Moneymaker and Greg Raymer did it, so why can't we?
WSOP Satellite & Super Satellite Tournaments
WSOP satellite tournaments and super satellite tournaments are the way to get into the WSOP main event very cheaply. A satellite tournament is a cheap and direct qualifier to whatever event your are trying to gain entry to. A super satellite tournament is an even cheaper event to the direct qualifying satellite. There is a WSOP qualifying event for every bankroll, even the meek, and sometimes you can even qualify with no money out of your pocket.
Qualifying through Free Roll Tournaments
Qualifying through free roll tournaments cost you nothing at all. Though they are called free roll tournaments, there is usually a frequent player point buy in. Frequent player points are points that your earn from the online poker site where you play. Every time you enter a tournament or play a ring game (cash game) you earn a certain amount of points. You get more points for ring games since it goes by how much the house rakes for each hand that you play. You can use these points to enter tournaments, including WSOP super satellites and direct qualifying satellites.
Most of the time you will have to come out of pocket and pay to enter your satellite of choice. Online poker rooms' WSOP main event qualifiers are plentiful, ranging from $2.00 to about $650.00. The very cheap ones are usually not direct qualifiers, but they put you into a direct qualifying tournament.
Satellites at Poker Stars
I have noticed some very interesting and very do-able satellites at Poker Stars. One is a $160.00 double shoot-out. The tournament starts when 81 players, 9 tables, have registered. You must win the 1st table you are at (i.e., take every chip from the other 8 players at the table). When they have 9 winners from the 9 tables to make a final table, you do it again and the winner of that table receives paid entry into the WSOP main event. I think this is the best bang for your buck. I have run over table after table in sit-n-go tournaments many times, so qualifying this way is not unthinkable. They have also added $26.00 triple shoot-outs and $11.00 quadruple shoot-outs that run the same way. You just have to win more tables or rounds, but it is still a very cheap way to take a stab at winning your $10,000 entry.
Direct Qualifying Tournaments at Poker Stars
Direct qualifying tournaments that cost $650.00 to enter run very frequently at Pokerstars.com. For every $10,000 in the prize pool, one seat to the WSOP is awarded. This may be a little costly for smaller time players, but they seem to attract a lot of contenders. You can usually find a super satellite event to get into these. I believe they are usually $33.00 re-buy tournaments.
You can get your seat at the WSOP for just about nothing if you play your cards right (no pun intended). No matter what your bankroll is, online poker rooms offer you a way in. Take advantage of the tournaments that are offered to you, and getting into the main event may be a lot easier than you ever dreamed.
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