It’s that time of year again. Time for the online poker rooms to roll out the World Series of Poker satellites! This year, even though Harrah’s has said that it will not accept third party payments for WSOP seats, Full Tilt Poker is going all out to send hundreds of players to the Series.
Full Tilt’s monster WSOP qualifier (not to be confused with Party Poker’s defunct "Monster" promotion from last year) is the "100 Seat WSOP Main Event Guarantee." The tournament is exactly what you would expect. On Sunday, June 17 at 6:00pm EST, Full Tilt will hold a $500 + $35 multi-table tournament in which at least the top 100 finishers will win seats to the WSOP Main Event, plus $2,000 in spending money. Of course, the "at least" means that if enough players enter to make the prize pool large enough, more seats may be added.
The poker room is also running WSOP qualifiers on a smaller scale, offering chances to win a prize package on both Tuesdays and Thursdays. The "WSOP Tuesday Qualifier" will take place every Tuesday (obviously) from March 6 through June 19 at 9:00pm EST. The buy-in is $300 + $22. At least two $12,000 WSOP Main Event prize packages are guaranteed. The "$1K Thursday WSOP Qualifier" is a bit more pricey, at $1,000 + $60, but will award one Main Event seat for every twelve entrants, with at least five seats guaranteed. This tourney will be every Thursday at 9:00pm EST from March 1 through June 21. Finally, there is the "WSOP Sunday Qualifier," held every Sunday from March 4 through June 24 at, once again, 9:00pm EST. Buy-in is $200 + $16, with at least two Main Event prizes guaranteed.
On top of all of those weekly WSOP qualifiers, Full Tilt is holding one massive qualifier for the $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. event, where it will award at least two $52,000 prize packages. The buy-in is $1,000 + $60 and the tournament will be on Sunday, June 10 at 3:00pm EST.
All of the above qualifiers also have satellites so that players can win entry for a smaller buy-in.
It doesn’t stop there, though. All Full Tilt players can win a Main Event seat for free just for playing at Full Tilt. Every week, the online poker room will hold a freeroll tournament in which at least two seats will be awarded. To gain entry into the freeroll, players must earn 3,000 Full Tilt Poker Points in the previous qualifying week. The qualifying weeks begin on Thursdays and end on Wednesdays (the final week ends June 20). The freerolls will take place on Sundays at 4:30pm EST. Players can also take 75 Iron Man Medals instead of the freeroll entry, but must choose that option before the freeroll begins. Freeroll tokens and Iron Man Medals can be confirmed in the Cashier.
Full Tilt Poker is also bringing back a couple popular WSOP promotions from last year. In the "Race for Bracelets" promotion, players can win a $2,000 WSOP prize package ($1,500 towards a seat plus $500 in spending money) by winning one of thirteen tournaments held every week. Buy-ins range from $24 + $2 to $200 + $16 and the games include no-limit hold’em, H.O.R.S.E., Omaha, Razz, short-handed no-limit, and fixed-limit. There is even a ladies only event.
And back once again "$10 Million Main Event Mania" longshot. If a player wins his Main Event entry on Full Tilt and goes on to win the whole thing, Full Tilt will award him an additional $10 million. It’s that simple (well, simple might not be the right word).
Last but not least, there is the "King of the WSOP" promotion. In this one, whoever wins the most Main Event seats through Full Tilt will be crowned King and receive first-class round-trip airfare to the WSOP from anywhere in the U.S., round-trip airport limo service in Vegas, a free suite at the Rio, and a special crown on the Full Tilt avatar of his choice. Additionally, if the new King eclipses last year’s mark of five Main Event seats, he will win an another $25,000.
And that’s it. If you can’t find a qualifier to enter at Full Tilt, you obviously aren’t looking. For all the details, terms, and schedules, see http://www.fulltiltpoker.com/world-series-of-poker-2007/.