Although the site may not have the level of traffic as PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker, the USA-friendly online poker room Bodog has a fantastic tournament series rolling out this week. The Bodog Poker Open IV was announced recently and will take place from November 1st to 8th. Bodog has graciously added money to each tournament’s prize pool, including $25,000 to the Main Event.
Bodog is Mac OS X friendly through use of a web-play option, which works within any Java-enabled web browser like Safari or FireFox. Once you’ve logged in, you can play at exactly one real money cash game table. In order to participate in the tournaments, you will need to download and install the Bodog client via Parallels or Boot Camp.
The Bodog Poker Open IV’s winner will be featured in CardPlayer Magazine and on Bodog’s website. There are two tournament series running as part of the Bodog Poker Open IV, the”Championship Series and the Contender Series. The former has tournaments starting at $50+$5 and going up to the $470+$30 Main Event. The Contender Series is the same slate of tournaments at one-tenth of the buy-in. Typically, the Contender tournament will start 30 to 60 minutes after its Championship companion.
The first event in the Championship Series will be a $100+$9 No Limit Hold’em tournament with $15,000 added to the prize pool on Sunday, November 1st. The next day, Event 2 takes place, a $250+$20 No Limit Hold’em tournament with $5,000 added. On Tuesday, November 3rd, the $300+$25 No Limit Hold’em Six-Max tournament will be played with $5,000 added to the prize pool. Event 4 is the $50+$5 No Limit Hold’em Rebuy event with $5,000 added and Event 5 will take place on Thursday, November 5th, a $150+$12 Pot Limit Hold’em contest with $5,000 added to the prize pool.
Event 6 is slated to start on Friday, November 6th at 20:30 ET, a $150+$12 Limit Hold’em tournament with $2,500 added. On Saturday, November 7th, Bodog will be holding “Satellite Saturday,” with tournaments running to gain entry into Sunday’s finale. On November 8th, the $470+$30 No Limit Hold’em Main Event will take place and feature a whopping $25,000 added.
In addition to taking home a nice payday, every player at a final table in a Contender Series event (with the exception of its winner), will receive entry to that series’ finale. Any player that wins a Contender Series event will claim an automatic entry into the Championship Series Main Event.
Bodog has a slate of big name pros expected to participate in the upcoming Bodog Poker Open. Four players promoted on the Bodog homepage have all hinted at participating in this year’s events. They include “Survivor” cast member Jean-Robert Bellande, World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event runner-up David Williams, and high-stakes pros Evelyn Ng and Justin “ZeeJustin” Bonomo.
Bodog is considered by many to be an alternative poker room because it’s only ranked 14th in the world overall by traffic according to PokerScout.com. However, there’s little doubt that the same people would say it’s among the softest when it comes to competition. Among poker rooms that accept U.S. players, it’s the fifth largest alternative and has double the traffic of the Merge Gaming Network.
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