The Winning Poker Network (WPN) has confirmed that its million-dollar guaranteed Sunday tournaments will be brought back in the fall. Responding to posters at popular online poker forums, the network said that million-dollar guaranteed tournaments will be held on September 13 as well as throughout October.
America’s Cardroom, the WPN’s flagship online poker site, now displays details of a promotion related to the million-dollar guaranteed tournaments on its website. The online poker room says: “Prepare yourself for an explosion in big prize pool poker tournament action with five individual Million Dollar Sunday tournaments on ACR this fall!”
The online poker room has also announced that these tournaments will be played on September 13, October 4, October 11, October 18, and October 25 at 3:00 p.m. ET. Each tournament will have a buy-in of $500+$40.
The WPN is available in gray markets, which makes it very popular among US players and puts it in the class of other US-facing networks such as Bovada. The network, along with its skin America’s Cardroom, has been one of the most successful US-facing networks in the world. However, WPN and America’s Cardroom do not accept residents of Delaware, Nevada, and New Jersey, three US states that have legalized and regulated the game of online poker.
America’s Cardroom has also announced a few finer details regarding the five tournaments. The first-place prize would be an enormous $200,000. All the final table winners would receive their winnings through free bank wire. No other US-facing online poker room offers prize pools as large as these tourneys offer. America’s Cardroom will run a number of satellites to help players win free seats.
WPN encountered a number of problems when it first tried to run a million-dollar guaranteed tournament. However, it has been very successful in running similar tournaments in the future. When it tried to do so for the first time, it became the victim of a Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) attack, which forced it to cancel its tournament and refund all the affected players.
US-facing sites often become victims of DDOS attacks. Nobody knows who engineers these attacks, but some suspect hackers hailing from Eastern Europe. Such hackers have been attacking online gambling sites for the last 15 years although the attacks have reduced during the last few months. The WPN may have decided to re-launch its million-dollar tournaments because a series of international investigations into the DDOS attacks may have frightened away the hackers.