For some, playing the Main Event of the World Series of Poker is a yearly ritual.
It is the one ‘must-play’ event of the year with its field of thousands of casual players combined with the chance to take home life-changing money.
But even for a seasoned pro, taking $10K to the cage can be a daunting task. Perhaps it represents a major part of a bankroll. Perhaps bankroll management is tossed out the window. For those with discipline, they know that the best way to take a seat in the Main Event is to get in for the minimum – and that means winning through a satellite.
888poker is an official partner of the 2019 World Series of Poker and they have plenty of ways for players to win their way to Las Vegas for far less than the full price sticker shock of $10,000. In addition to winning a seat, on 888poker players pick up a full package that puts them up at the Vdara Hotel and provides a little extra cash. All of that is simply two steps away when you buy in at $109.
The $109 WSOP 2019 Main Event Package is one of the more expensive starting points in the satellite system as it is only one win away from allowing you to participate in the final satellite. For those looking to step back and start at the bottom, there’s an entire satellite step system that allows players to work their way up through the ranks for as little as $0.01.
There are a number of direct satellites to the $109 tournament which can be bought in for as little as $5. Obviously, the lower the buy-in point of the super satellite, the fewer the number of $109 tickets will be given away. However, most of the super satellites to the $109 have a guarantee of as many as two tickets, no matter the price point.
Get In The Game
On most days, you can fire up the 888poker client and find a $109 satellite preparing to take place. They are easy to find by going to the Live Events > Tournament tab.
There are often a number of $109 satellites open for registration at the same time so make sure to take a close look and register for the proper satellite, otherwise, you may be battling for a tournament ticket that you never intended to play.
Additionally, 888poker is offering a couple of different types of $109 satellites to the $1,050. Most of them have a one-seat guarantee and take place daily. Deepening on when you see this, there may be another tournament later in the week with a 5-seat guarantee.
What You Win
Players that win in the $109 satellite will be credited a $1,050 ticket to the 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event satellite. The final contest between you and a flight to Las Vegas this summer.
With some of the earlier satellites, winners could turn a ticket into a shot at some other tournament but after taking down the $109 it’s time to fire into the $1,050 for a shot at the $12,600 package. The ultimate prize includes your $10K Main Event seat, six nights at the 5-star Vdara Hotel in Las Vegas and $1,000 extra to help cover the costs of travel, food and more.
With the majority of the higher buy-in satellites, the structure is the same. Players get 5,000 starting chips and eight-minute levels.
Unlike some of the smaller satellites, there are two available rebuys providing another 5,000 chips for $100 (no additional entry fee).
The daily $109 satellites need a minimum of five players to take place or else it that tournament will be canceled. As the price points go up, it can sometimes be difficult to get players to play a mega satellite in the middle of a weekday so make sure you double check to see if these are taking place. However, if you find one with the minimum number of entries, there’s value to be found in the overlay.
If you take down a $109 satellite, the only next step is to book some time on a Sunday and take your shot at the Main Event. The $1,050 Main Event package satellites take place at 20:30 GMT so make sure you have the time and maybe you will be sitting in the Amazon Room at the Rio this summer undertaking the marathon that is the Main Event.