Chris Moneymaker, Greg Rayer, Joe Hachem, and Peter Eastgate. These are world-famous names because they won the biggest poker tournament on the planet – the World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event. All four played on PokerStars prior to winning the event and signed lucrative sponsorship deals to represent the site afterward. Could you be the fifth person in that exclusive list of millionaires? Fortunately for Mac poker players, the popular room is giving fans of the game from all bankrolls a shot at becoming the next WSOP Main Event Champion.
PokerStars has already sent over 1,000 players to the 2009 WSOP via online satellite qualifiers, with the number increasing every week. Players can enter these events using cash and Frequent Player Points (FPPs) and participate in step tournaments with a wide variety of buy-ins.
PokerStars announced that just entering the WSOP Main Event isn’t the only prize a satellite winner will receive. The site is offering 100,000 VPPs to make a player an instant SuperNova VIP. In addition, players are entered into a $1 million freeroll.
The 2009 WSOP prize package from PokerStars is worth $12,000 and includes:
· $10,000 WSOP Main Event buy-in
· $1,000 for expenses including travel
· Eight nights’ hotel accommodation at the Palms with the opportunity to stay longer if a player is still in the tournament past July 10th
· A PokerStars player bag
· Free shuttle service from the Palms to the Rio
· A VIP invitation to the July 9th PokerStars player party
Don’t have a bankroll? Not even one single penny? Not a problem, as PokerStars is offering the chance for players to get into the WSOP Main Event for free through June 20th by running 14 daily freeroll tournaments. All players that finish in the top 10 qualify for the Weekly Final, where a player will win a $12,000 Main Event prize package. This tournament is listed as the “WSOP Freeroll 4x Shootout” under the “Tourney – Regional” tab and is open to U.S. and Canadian players.
There are many different ways a player can get themselves a $12,000 Main Event prize package from within the “Events – WSOP” area of the PokerStars lobby. There are 12 ongoing sit and go tournaments that run at all times, including:
· $55 Quad Shootout Qualifier (four-max). This shootout starts with 256 people registered and probably will only happen on weekends.
· $475 Double Shootout Qualifier. It starts when there are 36 players registered and is played in a six-max format.
· $215 Double Shootout Qualifier. It starts with 81 players and has one WSOP package winner.
· $80 Satellite to the $650 Qualifier. A one-table tournament with 1,500 chips and 10 minute blinds. Winner gets into the $650 Qualifier and second place gets their money back.
· $11 Double Shootout to the $650 Qualifier. Requires 100 entrants and sends the winner to the $650 Qualifier.
· $24 Double Shootout to the $650 Qualifier. Requires 36 entrants, with the winner going to the $650 Qualifier. This tournament is played as a turbo with five minute blinds.
· $175 Turbo to the $650 Qualifier. Requires only four entrants with a winner-take-all package to the $650 Qualifier.
· $4.40 Turbo Triple Shootout to the $650 Qualifier. Played in a six-max format and requires 216 players. Due to the small buy-in, this is one of the more populated sit and gos.
· $36 Turbo to the $109 rebuy Qualifier. The top two in this tournament receive tickets to the $109 rebuy Qualifier.
· 350 FPP turbo to the $33 rebuy Qualifier. This turbo has five minute blinds and a maximum of six players, with the winner gaining entry into the $33 rebuy Qualifier.
· $4.40 Turbo to the $33 rebuy Qualifier. Played as a one-table tournament, with the winner getting the ticket and second place getting $3. These tournaments seem to be well-populated throughout the day.
A lot of these tournaments send players to the prestigious $650 Main Event Qualifier, which has a guarantee of 25 prize packages. The next tournament is set to run on Sunday, June 7th at 6:00pm ET on PokerStars.
With so many ways to get into the WSOP Main Event, ranging from high buy-in qualifiers to freerolls, the question isn’t going to be if there will be another Chris Moneymaker, but rather, who will be the next Chris Moneymaker. Visit PokerStars for more information.