As the 2019 World Series of Poker draws closer, the dream of taking down the biggest tournament of the year grows stronger.
For many, the ultimate poker ‘bucket list’ item is to take a seat in the $10,000 WSOP Main Event. Testing their skills against 8,000 other players in an effort to take home life-changing money and write their name in the poker history books. However, in order to even have a shot, you have to get in the game.
888poker is an official partner of the 2019 World Series of Poker and they have plenty of ways for low-rollers, value hunters and tournament grinders to book their ticket to Las Vegas and enter the Main, for far less than ten grand.
We’ve already talked about working your way up from the $5 levels, but if you have a little larger of a bankroll to work with here’s how you can check the biggest item off your bucket list for under $20 ($16.50 to be exact.)
By no means are the $16.50 sub-satellites to the WSOP 2019 Main Event Package the very bottom of the satellite chain. Players can start at the very bottom of the Step Satellite system for as little as $0.01. That’s right, one penny.
However, we’re taking a closer look at the $16.50 super satellites. For under $20, you can start a three-step journey to winning a $12,600 package to the WSOP that includes six nights stay at the Vdara Hotel, your $10K seat into the tournament and a bonus $1,000 to help you pay for a flight, food, and other expenses.
If you do want to take a single step back and win your way into the $16.50 super satellite, that can be arranged. Any tournament that offers a $16.50 ticket can be used as a qualifier into the $16.50, including the $1.50 buy-in tournament that guarantees 50 tickets to the BIG Fish tournament. Instead of playing the BIG Fish, simply take that $16.50 ticket and apply it to your WSOP adventure.
Get In The Game
The $16.50 satellites are currently running every day on 888poker. Simply go to the Live Events > Tournaments tab to register. There are multiple events running daily.
Like the $5 Step Four satellites, the $16.50 is not an ‘on-demand’ super satellite. It runs less often than some of the earlier steps, however, at most times of the day, there is one open for registration and another in the near future.
What You Win
Those who make it to the end of the $16.50 satellite will pick up a $109 tournament ticket. The ticket can be used for any equally priced 888poker tournament or satellite.
Of course, players grinding their way to Las Vegas for the summer are going to want to parlay that into taking a shot in the $109 super satellite to the WSOP Main Event, which can be registered for in the same tournament lobby.
Players who are used to playing some of the lower buy-in satellites will see a marked improvement in the structure mostly due to the starting stack being increased to 5,000 chips with the same 8-minute levels. This tournament is a pure freezeout with no re-entries or add-ons. If you bust this satellite, you’ll need to take another shot in the next one.
The tournament needs at least five players in order for the 1-seat guaranteed event to take place. If there are at least that many players to start, there is 75 minutes of late registration to help players battle for more than a ‘winner-take-all’ seat. Sometimes, this level satellite can have a hard time getting enough players to actually take place, but more often than not (especially as the WSOP gets closer) there will be enough for the tournament to run.
Once you have taken down the $16.50, it’s time to battle in the $109. At that point, you’re just two victories from having to change the dream from playing the Main Event to winning a bracelet.