It was one of the last weekends to take advantage of the humongous overlays that have characterized major online poker tournaments over the past six weeks. With the 2008 World Series of Poker playing down to the final nine players within the week, the attention of the poker world will soon be turning back to online poker. Let’s check out the results from across the virtual felts this past weekend, focusing on some of the tournaments that featured five-digit overlays.
The Absolute Poker $150K Guaranteed brought in 252 entrants. The $500+30 tournament sported a crisp $25,000 overlay. In the end, whitewollfe took home $37,500 for first place. He defeated traction1 heads up, who cashed for $24,000. The top four finishers brought home more than $10,000 each. This weekly tournament takes place on Saturday, making it a convenient warm-up if you’re a player who plays in the Sunday major tournaments regularly. What are you doing this Saturday? Playing in the Absolute Poker $150K Guaranteed, of course.
When you think of Bodog, you might think of its sports book – after all, the site offers you a chance to bet on the future of Brett Favre with different odds for each potential outcome. However, make sure to check out the poker room on the site while you’re there. It’s the home of the weekly $100K Guaranteed. There were 728 players in the $100+9 tournament, meaning the overlay was just over $27,000. The winner was pkb6786, who took home $23,600 for first. This tournament regularly has an overlay that has ballooned to $30,000 in recent weeks, so be sure to take advantage of it. What’s the point of passing up free money?
If you’re not in the United States, one online poker site that should be on your radar is PartyPoker. Right after the passage of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act in the United States, PartyPoker bailed out of the US market, becoming one of the largest non-U.S. sites on the planet. Every week, PartyPoker offers a tournament with a $200+15 buy-in. This week, the $300K Guaranteed attracted a healthy field of 1,372 players, but still saw an overlay of $26,000. Ugga_chak took down this week’s edition, winning $60,000. The runner up, ChipReloader, received a $33,000 consolation prize. The top six slots paid at least $10,000.
The two largest online poker tournaments each week occur on Full Tilt Poker and PokerStars. The former boasts a $750K Guarantee every week, a $200+16 tournament that regularly brings in the top poker players from around the world. Winning $132,788 for first place was holdplz, who defeated jibossh heads up. Second place was worth a colossal $80,250. Belig, the third place finisher, brought home $52,500. It’s always worthwhile to play in a tournament where the top three prizes pay out over $50,000. We’ll see you next week on Full Tilt Poker.
On PokerStars, the Sunday Million saw a field of 7,131 players battle it out. You’ll notice that the Sunday Million, unlike other tournaments played over the weekend, shattered its guarantee, boasting a prize pool of over $1.4 million. The 1,017 players that cashed were led by BadBeatKid_2, who banked $177,277 for first place. PokerSavage1 finished in second for $120,514. The top seven players brought home over $25,000. The buy-in is $200+15 and it’s a “must play” for any serious tournament pro.