It may be hard to believe, but the 41st annual World Series of Poker is just a little more than two months away.  Therefore, the annual rush of online qualifiers has begun.  One of the first to step up to the plate is Party Poker, which is keeping it simple this year with its qualifying path to the WSOP Main Event.
The road to the Main Event begins with freerolls twice a day, scheduled for 1:15pm and 7:15pm ET at Party Poker.  At the end of these freerolls, the top 25 finishers will win seats into the next step on the qualifying ladder.
That next step is the daily WSOP Sub Qualifier Speed Rebuy.  At Party Poker, “speed” tournaments are the same as “turbos” at other online poker rooms, with blind levels escalating every five minutes, as opposed to every 15 minutes for standard tournaments (note: levels increase every 10 minutes for Party Poker’s freeroll tournaments).  Party Poker allows rebuys up to the first scheduled break.  For those who do not want to wade through the daily WSOP freerolls, the WSOP Sub Qualifier Speed Rebuy can be entered for just $2.  One entry into the next qualifier will be awarded for every $80 in the prize pool.
Everyone who makes it past the Sub Qualifier will get a seat in the $75 + $5 WSOP Satellite Qualifier, which can also be bought into directly.  These are held twice per day Monday through Saturday at 3:35pm and 9:40pm ET and once on Sunday at 1:45pm ET (the Sunday qualifier is a speed tournament).  One out of every ten players will advance to the next qualifying round.
The final step on the road to the 2010 World Series of Poker is the big $700 + $50 WSOP Satellite, held on Fridays at 6:00pm ET and Sundays at 3:35pm ET.  One in twenty players will win a $14,000 WSOP prize package.  As is the case with all of the qualifiers, this one can also be bought into directly.
Players who want to skip the freerolls can also win a seat in the $75 + $5 WSOP Satellite Qualifier via two other tournaments.  The first is almost exactly the same as the WSOP Sub Qualifier Speed Rebuy discussed earlier, except that the direct buy-in is $4, rather than $2.  The other one is a $9 WSOP Sub Qualifier Speed, but without rebuys, in which one in ten players will earn an entry into the next qualifier.
The $14,000 2010 WSOP prize package includes the $10,000 WSOP Main Event buy-in, $2,000 in spending money, and hotel accommodation and hospitality.  Additionally, all players who win the Party Poker prize package will get the opportunity to attend a poker seminar hosted by at least one member of Team Party such as 2009 Poker Hall of Fame inductee Mike Sexton, Ian Frazer, Tony G, and Kara Scott.
The 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event will run from July 5th through July 17th at the Rio in Las Vegas and will break once it gets down to nine players, to be resumed in November.  Party Poker qualifiers will run until June 13th.  Keep in mind that Party Poker does not allow prize package winners to give their package to someone else, nor will the poker room give anyone the cash equivalent of the prize package, so if you attempt to qualify for the WSOP via Party Poker, be prepared to travel to Las Vegas this summer.

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