With World Series of Poker (WSOP) mania hitting poker players as it usually does this time of year, all of the major poker rooms are promoting prize packages that send a player to Las Vegas to participate in the Main Event. For Mac users, Full Tilt Poker is one of the few rooms that offer a Mac software download to play the game in the OS X environment. Even more fortunate, Full Tilt Poker has a ton of ways to qualify for the biggest poker tournament in the world.
The extra incentive included with the $12,000 WSOP Main Event prize package is that players who qualify through Full Tilt and agree to be sponsored during the tournament are eligible for a $10 million bonus should they win it all. The event is expected to reach last year’s levels thanks to the massive number of online satellites, meaning that first place could once again be worth approximately $9 million (plus the extra $10 million Full Tilt Poker is willing to bestow on the winner).
The prospect of earning $19 million is a pretty attractive one to both professional and amateur poker players around the world. The way to get started on Full Tilt Poker is relatively easy, with several different methods of winning your way into the Main Event through super-satellite and satellite events.
The most direct way to gain entry into the WSOP Main Event is to participate in the Main Event Shootout, which runs at 15:30 ET and 21:30 ET twice every day. These shootout tournaments cost $200+$16 and offer at least one $12,000 prize package. In a shootout, each table plays down to a winner much like a sit and go: The final player at each table will move on to face the winners of the other tables. Super-satellites are available to the Main Event Shootout and start as low as $8. If you win the Main Event Shootout, you’re on your way to Las Vegas.
Another way to get to the WSOP Main Event is through Cash Qualifiers. They range from a $300 Tuesday tournament (two seats guaranteed), $200 Wednesday event (one guaranteed), $1,000 Thursday contest (five guaranteed), $300 Saturday tournament (two guaranteed), and a $500 Sunday event with two seats guaranteed. There are satellites available to these as well. The structure of the qualifiers is conducive to solid poker play, as entrants start with 3,000 starting chips and blind levels last 12 minutes each. There are also ongoing sit and go tournaments to satellite directly into Main Event Qualifiers ranging from $10+1 to $69+5 that start as soon as the appropriate number of seats have been filled.
The 150 Seat Main Event Guarantee will most likely be one of the most popular methods of getting into the big event in Sin City. The tournament will start on Sunday, June 21st at 18:00 ET. There are 150 seats guaranteed, meaning that approximately $1.8 million in prize money will be up for grabs. The direct buy-in for this event is $500+35. Satellites include 12,000 Full Tilt Points (FTPs) events, $24+2 tournaments, and $150+10 nine player sit and gos. Players can even super-satellite their way in for free by winning tournaments for as low as a $1 or 50 FTPs.
For players who want to find all of the different ways to claim a $12,000 prize package, simply go to the Full Tilt Poker lobby and look up Tournament #82609867. From there, you will see “Upcoming Satellites,” which shows all of the different qualifying routes. By double clicking on one of these tournaments, a user will see its lobby and oftentimes super-satellite events. This starting process makes it easy for a player to work from the “top down” in order to find the right path to gain their ultimate objective.
With so many ways to get into the WSOP Main Event plus the added incentive of possibly winning an extra $10 million if you win the big one, players would be wise to qualify for the biggest poker tournament in the world at Full Tilt Poker. Visit Full Tilt Poker for more information.