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  1. [caption width="640"] It's hard to miss the 888 poker players at the 2016 WSOP Main Event[/caption] It’s nearly impossible to look around the remaining players in the 2016 World Series of Poker Main Event and notice an abundance of 888 poker branding. The hats, shirts and patches adorned with the 888 poker logo seem to be everywhere - and that’s thanks to an extensive satellite campaign put on by the online poker site over the first six months of 2016. A total of 148 players qualified for the WSOP Main Event through 888 poker this year. Most came through a satellite step system that allows players to start playing the first level for one penny. “We have so many of them because the system is really friendly in terms of the process. We have six or seven steps that are running as scheduled tournaments,” said Hilli Shakked, 888 Director of Poker Operations. “Every hour we have a penny tournament, every hour we have a dime tournament, every one or two hours we have a $1 tournament.” Those $1 buy-in Step tournaments are just the third step in what is a seven step qualifying system. Players advance from the $1 into the $5 Steps, then $30 Steps, then $160 Steps and eventually find themselves in a $1,050 WSOP Main Event package qualifier. Shakked points out that one of the reasons the program is so successful is that players can move out of the step system at any time and use the tournament tickets elsewhere on 888 - including regularly scheduled MTTs. While 888 is an official WSOP sponsor and the only online poker company that can offers WSOP Main Event satellites outside of WSOP.com, they launch the WSOP qualifier program in January to help build momentum and interest. “We don’t want to run it too early. We want to create excitement around the start and then we can do some promotion around, so that everybody knows,” said Shakked. “Many play because of the opportunity to play in the WSOP. It adds a lot of prestige to us. And, of course there is some cannibalization with the regular games, but it’s difficult to measure the immediate impact. we believe that the overall impact is positive.” Along with the 148 players who made their way into the Main Event through the site, another 100 players qualified for the $888 Crazy Eights event. But not all of those players made their way in via satellites. The site offered mission-based challenges throughout 2016 that rewarded players with the chanceto spin a wheel and win a Main Event or Crazy Eights package. “We had several campaigns. We had one called “The Road to Vegas” that every player that registered got to spin a wheel,”said 888 Poker Acquisition Director Shai Tabibian. “The wheel gives some options, including a seat to the Main Event, the $888 event, or to participate in other freerolls. We had players register and win a seat to the Main Event.” Now that the WSOP campaign is finished, 888 is focusing their qualifying efforts on this fall’s Super XL Series, which comes with the biggest main event guarantee they’ve ever run - $1.5 million. Qualifiers for that are running now.
  2. [caption width="640"] Ky Maciejewski won his 2017 WSOP Main Event seat in an 888poker freeroll.[/caption] When the 4,000 or so players sit down on Monday to play Day 1C of the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event there’s one guy who can claim he has nothing to lose. 41-year-old Ky Maciejewski is playing the event having invested exactly zero dollars in his qualification process. Maciejewski, who works as a builder in Bicester, England, won his Main Event package on 888poker through a freeroll sponsored by The Sun newspaper. Maciejewski, who regularly plays micro and small stakes online, saw an article on TheSun.co.uk one day at work and made plans to register for the event after he got home that night. “I got the details, logged on and then my daughter phoned up. I could see my chips disappearing, but you’ve got to talk to the daughter, haven’t you?,” said Maciejewski. ”Started playing about 20 minutes, half an hour after the game started. I stayed on, stayed on, got in position for the next day with 45 in it.” Once he was in the second stage of the tournament, he still wasn’t sure he believed that the prize was an all expense paid trip to Las Vegas to play in the Main Event. So he called some of his poker-playing friends to confirm it for him. Once he knew he could find himself rubbing elbows with some of his poker heroes, Maciejewski amped up the aggression. “Got down to the last table and smashed it. I lost one hand I thought I should I have had but I lost to a lucky river for that chap. The next hand I just annihilated him, the cards fell for what I required,” said Maciejewski. “I thought it would be a good two or three hours of play and it was a 20 minutes, I took them all out. “ As part of the package, Maciejewski was chosen to represent Team UK in the 888poker “8-Team” promotion pitting teams from the UK, Canada, Germany, Brazil and Sweden against each other. Maciejewski is joined by Chris Moorman and William Kassouf representing the Union Jack. The 8-Team event awards a 2018 Main Event seat to the qualifier on the team that performs the best this year. Just getting the chance to meet Moorman and Kassouf and learn a little bit from them is a reward Maciejewski can’t put a price on. “Lovely people. I was sat there just watching and listening to how they talk and correspond,” said Maciejewski. “You’re still learning, even though you’re not playing the game, you’re watching and seeing what everyone else does, because I might be playing one of them in the tournament.” While most in his situation might find themselves dealing with nerves, Maciejewski is simply ready to embrace the experience for what it is - a vacation with a chance at $10 million score. “I’ve done scuba diving and skydiving, and I was like, ‘What do you do next?’ Then I won the tournament and I was like ‘Good job. That’s the next’.,” said Maciejewski. “You jump out of a plane at 15,000, 16,000 foot, and you’re not attached to anyone, they’re holding onto you by little hooks on your shoulders. What can beat that? Only poker.” With that in mind, Maciejewski knows there’s only one thing that can add an exclamation point to this whole experience. “Something shiny on right hand, isn’t it? That’s the only way you can top it,” said Maciejewski.
  3. [caption width="640"] Winning your way into the 2017 WSOP Main Event is a lot more lucrative now thanks to 888poker.[/caption] Over the last ten years, winning theWorld Series of Poker Main Event has been worth between $7.6 million and $10 million to the eventual champion. It's life-changing money for sure, but now the folks over at 888poker want to make you even richer. As part of their Supersize ME promotion, any player that qualifies for the 2017 WSOP Main Event through 888poker will be eligible to win $10,000,000 if they go on to win the Main Event. That's because 888poker will make up the difference between the standard WSOP payout for first and $10,000,000. "This makes an already exciting tournament even bigger and more incredible. Imagine getting to the final table of the WSOP Main Event with the possibility of winning a full 10 million dollars," said Kara Scott, 888poker Ambassador. "The prize money for the champion is already huge but this takes it one step further and gives all the 888poker qualifiers an even bigger prize to shoot for." Martin Jacobson is the only WSOP Main Event winner to walk away with $10,000,000 in the last 10 years. YEARCHAMPWINNINGSENTRANTS 2007Jerry Yang$8,250,0006,358 2008Peter Eastgate$9,152,4166,844 2009Joe Cada$8,547,0426,494 2010Jonathan Duhamel$8,944,3107,319 2011Pius Heinz$8,715,6386,865 2012Greg Merson$8,531,8536,598 2013Ryan Riess$8,361,5706,352 2014Martin Jacobson$10,000,0006,683 2015Joe McKeehen$7,683,3466,420 2016Qui Nguyen$8,005,3106,737 The promotion is open to anybody who wins their way to the WSOP Main Event through 888poker. The online poker operator ran a similar promotion in 2016, but it was only for a limited number of satellites and guaranteed an additional $5 million to the winner. Only 30 players were eligible, but Romanian Joldis Cosmin gave the company a real sweat by making it to Day 5 before busting out in 85th place. There were two 888poker qualifiers who made it to the November Nine though. Former PocketFives #1-ranked Griffin Benger and amateur Fernando Pons both won their seats online and turned that into a seven-figure score. Players who qualify for the WSOP Main Event through 888poker get a package worth $12,500 that includes the $10,000 Main Event buy-in, $1,200 travel and expenses allowance, five nights at the Vdara Hotel Las Vegas and an 888live poker kit. Winning your way to the 2017 WSOP Main Event starts with satellites for just one cent. Work your way through six steps to get into the $1,050 WSOP satellite. To help, PocketFives has put together a comprehensive guide on how to play each step. How to Qualify For the 2017 WSOP Main Event for Just $0.01 How to Qualify For the 2017 WSOP Main Event for Just $0.10 How to Qualify For the 2017 WSOP Main Event for Just $1 How To Qualify For the 2017 WSOP Main Event For Just $5 How To Qualify For the 2017 WSOP Main Event For Just $30 How To Qualify For the 2017 WSOP Main Event For Just $160 If you don’t have an 888poker account yet, sign up through this link and you’ll get a 100% bonus up to a maximum of $700. You'll also get a free $10 on top of the first $10 you deposit available to you right away!
  4. [caption width="640"] In 2015 Tommy Yates turns a penny into a WSOP Main Event seat and a ride of a lifetime.[/caption] The 2017 World Series of Poker is just over 100 days away and players around the world now know they can again qualify for the WSOP Main Event via one of the world's leading online poker sites. The WSOP and 888poker announced a two-year extension of their current contract that sees 888 act as exclusive online provider of WSOP qualifier satellites and promotions. “WSOP is delighted to have renewed our agreement with 888poker for the third year running,” said Ty Stewart, WSOP Executive Directo. “We’ve seen 888poker really up the stakes in the past few years, with a refreshing new online and offline approach which aims to give the power back to the players. This shared vision and love of the game means it’s a natural partnership for both our brands." The extension sees 888poker remain the exclusive way for players to qualify online outside of the United States through 2018. 888poker clearly sees the partnership as an opportunity to further their brand in the online poker space. “Our extended partnership with the WSOP is a testament to our increasingly dominant position in the industry and our longstanding commitment to making poker more exciting and accessible for players around the world,” said Itai Pazner, Senior Vice President & Head of B2C at 888 Holdings. “As part of our wider mission to empower all players, and in the interests of giving everyone a shot at winning big, we’ll once again offer our members the incredible opportunity to enter the world’s biggest and most prestigious live tournament, from as little as one cent." In 2015, Tommy Yates made his way from Greece to Las Vegas to play in the WSOP Main Event after qualifying for just one cent. Yates finished 486th for $19,500. In 2016, two players who qualified through 888poker made their way to the November Nine. Spaniard Fernando Pons won his way in from a €30 satellite while Canadian and former #1-ranked player Griffin Benger won a €160 satellite to earn his $10,000 entry. The pair were just two of the 250 players who qualified via 888poker. Qualifiers are already running on 888poker and will continue to do so until June. TOURNAMENTBUY-INPRIZE Step 1$0.01One Step 2 seat for every $0.10 in the prize pool Step 2$0.10One Step 3 seat for every $1 in the prize pool Step 3$1One Step 4 seat for every $5 in the prize pool Step 4$5One Step 5 seat for every $30 in the prize pool Step 5$30One Step 6 seat for every $160 in the prize pool Step 6$160One Step 7 seat for every $1,050 in the prize pool If you don’t have an 888poker account yet, sign up through this link and you’ll get a 100% bonus up to a maximum of $700. You'll also get a free $10 on top of the first $10 you deposit available to you right away!
  5. [caption width="640"] 888poker is the only place to qualify online for the 2017 WSOP Main Event[/caption] So far 66 online poker players have won their entry into the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event through 888poker. With the Main Event just over two weeks away, this is the final weekend to qualify and get yourself to Las Vegas with a chance at winning $10 million. 888poker, the official WSOP satellite provider, is running sub-satellite "Steps" for another week for players to move up the ladder and compete for a $3,000 WSOP "Crazy 8s" package or a $12,500 grand prize entry into the 2017 WSOP Main Event which includes lodging, and money for travel expenses. Last year 888poker sent close to 150 players to the WSOP Main Event, including final table participants Griffin Benger and Fernando Pons. To make playing worth even more, players who qualify for the WSOP Main Event through 888poker that go on to win the Main Event will have their winnings increased to $10,000,000. "This makes an already exciting tournament even bigger and more incredible. Imagine getting to the final table of the WSOP Main Event with the possibility of winning a full 10 million dollars," says Kara Scott, 888poker Ambassador. "The prize money for the champion is already huge but this takes it one step further and gives all the 888poker qualifiers an even bigger prize to shoot for." Here is a look at this week's online poker Satellite Tournament schedule. Real money players can qualify for as little as $0.01. WSOP 2017 MAIN EVENT QUALIFIER *Qualify via Steps or buy-in direct $1,050 buy-in June 25 -- 15:30 - Tournament #105069459 1 WSOP Main Event Package awarded Single-Table "Steps" to WSOP 2017 *Sit & Go events run at various times throughout the day Step 1: $0.01 buy-in Winners receive $0.10 Ticket Step 2: $0.10 buy-in Winners receive $1 Ticket Step 3: $1 buy-in Winners receive $5 Ticket Step 4: $5 buy-in Winners receive $30 Ticket Step 5: $30 buy-in Winners receive $160 Ticket RELATED: How to Qualify for the WSOP Main Event for $0.01 To find out which satellite tournaments are currently available to qualify for the 2017 World Series of Poker, select the menu options ALL GAMES > TOURNAMENTS > LIVE EVENTS within the 888 Poker lobby (make sure you have the "Satellites" box checked at the bottom). This is the final week to qualify for a WSOP Main Event package at 888 Poke! 2017 Main Event Package Winners To Date: 66 2017 Crazy 8's Package Winners To Date: 17
  6. 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.) The Buy-In 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. RELATED: Win Your Way Into The 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event For $5 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. Tournament Info 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. Next Step 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.
  7. It goes without saying that playing in (and winning) the World Series of Poker Main Event is the dream scenario for every poker player on the planet. And if it’s not, then it’s for sure in the top 5. But even in today’s world of regularly offered high rollers where players buy-in for astronomical amounts and seven-figure scores are broadcast to fans everywhere, for the average poker player, posting the $10,000 buy-in for the WSOP Main Event is a non-starter. Even the most dedicated online grinder would have a very difficult time walking up to the cage at the Rio in Las Vegas and place a brick of hundred dollar bills on the counter in return for a single tournament. That’s where 888poker comes in. 888poker an official partner of the 2019 World Series of Poker and one of the only online sites authorized to help players qualify for the Main Event. In traditional, 888poker style, they are helping players win their way in for the absolute minimum. Here’s how you can climb the ladder and take your seat in the biggest poker tournament of the year starting at just $5. The Buy-In 888poker has WSOP Main Event qualifiers for players with every size of bankroll. This one is for the low-rollers. Those who are working their way up the ranks can hop into a Step Four satellite to the WSOP for just $5. The truth is players can start even lower. They start at the very bottom and work their way up from the first step for as low as $0.01. However, we’re going to assume that if those who think enough of their game to want to take a shot in the Main, can rip off a five dollar bill and get started. However, for those that DO want to start from the bottom, here’s the beginning of the Steps satellites: Step 1 - $0.01 - winners receive a $0.10 seat to Step Two Step 2 - $0.10 - winners receive a $1.00 seat to Step Three Step 3 - $1.00 - winners receive a $5.00 seat to Step Four Get In The Game The $5 Step 4 to the World Series of Poker tournaments run every day with tournaments popping up in the Live Events > Tournaments tab in the 888poker client. Players will notice that the $5 satellites run a little less often than the earlier steps, however when looking in the lobby players should see one open for registration in the not-too-distant future at all times of the day and night. What You Win The winners of the $5 satellite are playing for either a $16.50 tournament ticket or a $30 tournament ticket. There are two different Step 4 satellites, so you can pick which ladder you want climb up. That earned ticket can be used in any 888poker tournament or satellite of an equal amount. Since we are talking about working your way into the $10K Main Event, players are going to want to use that to buy into either the $16.50 or the $30 super satellite (depending on the payout) to the WSOP Main Event, which can be found in the same tournament lobby. Tournament Info Players who have started in the earlier steps will see an improved structure from the earlier steps. Players are given a 2,500 chip starting stack with eight-minute levels. This tournament is a pure freezout. There are no re-entries, no second chances in these. There are no add-ons either. When it comes to winning this satellite, you have one shot per tournament. If you do bust, there will likely be another $5 satellite firing again in the near future. Four players are needed for the tournament to take place. While there’s the occasional chance for some overlay (if only the minimum is met), if the tournament takes place there should be plenty of players battling for the tickets. Depending on the time of day, sometimes these steps are hard to get off the ground so we recommend checking in at all the convenient times to take your shot. Take The Next Step Once you have won your next seat, it’s time to hop into one of the first direct super satellites to the World Series of Poker Main Event. You’re just three wins away from a summer seat in Las Vegas.
  8. Every year the World Series of Poker holds massive mega satellites to the Main Event and this year will be no different. Players fly in from all over the world and hop in these events in an effort to win their way into the Main Event for 1/10th the cost, putting up $1000 in hopes of earning a $10,000 seat. READ: 2019 Structure Breakdown - The Main Event It’s not just amateurs that go this route, winning a seat into the Main Event (or any tournament) is incredibly +EV, especially when you are given a chance to take home a multi-million dollar score. For many who play in the live satellite, if they fail to win a seat, they may just buy-in anyway. For the rest though, playing in a live satellite for a 1-in-10 shot just isn’t a possibility. 888poker gives you that same opportunity online. 888poker is an official partner of the 2019 World Series of Poker and their $1,050 satellites to the Main Event is the final step for players to be able to book their travel to Las Vegas, assured they will be playing in the best tournament of the year. Not only does the 2019 Main Event package include the $10K seat, but also six nights stay at the Vdara Hotel and an extra $1,000 for travel and additional expenses. It’s like the live mega satellite but from the comfort of your couch. The Buy-In This is it - it’s the direct satellite to the Main Event and with it comes the biggest buy-in of $1,050. As we’ve noted throughout this series, this is by no means the starting point to win a seat. In fact, it’s the very last step. So, if players prefer to try and win a couple of other tickets in order to get into this contest for less, the steps system starts for as little as $0.01. However, there are additional more bankroll-friendly steps along with way from $5 to $109 and price points in between. The majority of super satellites to the $1,050 are priced at $109 - which we highlighted earlier in the series - but satellites can be found for as low as $30. Look for satellites with multiple seats guaranteed, as some offer as many as five spots into the $1,050. Get In The Game The $1,050 direct satellite to the 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event can be found in the Live Events > Tournaments tab in the 888poker client. The $1,050 is not a tournament you can just hop into like the majority of satellites that come before it. They are taking place on Sundays at 20:30 GMT, in the middle of the weekend tournament grind. For reference as to how big these tournaments get, in a previous qualifier, 40 entries gave away three $12,600 packages with cash being given to 4th-6th place. What You Win If you take down a top spot in the $1,050 satellite to the 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event, you’ve made it. You get the entire package: a $10,000 seat into the Main Event, six nights stay at the 5-star Vdara Hotel in Las Vegas and $1K in extra cash to help you get there. The only thing you have left to do is book a flight, pack those bags, get your mind right and join other 888poker qualifiers like ‘FlatTopTony’, ‘CBruell’ and ‘chiquidealer’ in making the most out of your journey. The Main Event has three starting flights, the first of which kicks off on July 3 at 12:00 noon local time. Tournament Info In the final step of the satellites, the structure is slightly better than every tournament that came before it. Players still get 5,000 in starting chips but get 10 minutes per level. If you have the bankroll and determination, there are two optional rebuys if you go broke. The rebuy is a rake-free $1K giving you 5000 more chips and it is available for the first 2 hours. The Main Event qualifier needs a minimum of 6 players in order to take place, but that should never be a problem. They only take place once per week with players qualifying throughout the entire week. Additionally, on a Sunday, some players with fewer bankroll concerns are likely to buy-in directly. With some of the lower buy-in satellites, there may be a shot at some overlay, not here. In this tournament, there will likely be multiple seats up for grabs so simply pick the best time for you to jump in. Next Step When you take home the $12,600 package to the Main Event, you celebrate. There are no more steps to complete, you’ve won the grand prize. Start looking up flights. Check out the rest of the World Series of Poker schedule and see what else you might play. Get your mind right and ready for the grind that is the Main Event.
  9. There’s no tournament like the Main Event of the World Series of Poker. It is widely regarded as the best tournament of the year, with the slowest structure allowing for the most play, and an electric energy that is hard to duplicate. For many recreational players, getting a seat in the Main Event feels more like a far-off fantasy rather than a dream that could possibly come true. However, every year players from all corners of the poker world take shots in mega satellites and win their way to Las Vegas to compete for life-changing money. 888poker offers one of the best ways to do that. 888poker is an official partner of the 2019 World Series of Poker and, once again, this year they are providing players a number of paths to punch their ticket to the Main Event. Not only can you win a seat at the table, but 888poker is also providing an all-inclusive package that puts you up at a hotel and provides extra cash for travel expenses…all for $30. The Buy-In The $30 WSOP 2019 Main Event Package satellite certainly is not the baseline satellite, but for many who have built up a bankroll it is a great place to start. As we have mentioned, players can begin to work their way up from the very bottom where the first step costs a single penny. Yep, $0.01. As we have already covered, those looking to hop in the $30 satellite can also win their way in through a $5 Step 4 satellite. Get In The Game The $30 satellites are an everyday occurrence on 888poker and you can easily find them by going to the Live Events > Tournament tab in the client. They do not run nearly as often as some of the feeder satellites prior to it, like the early Steps satellites or even the $16.50. So, we recommend taking a look in the client and making these $30 tournaments more of an appointment. You'll need to plan a little bit ahead just to make sure you can have an opportunity to participate in them. What You Win The winner of the $30 satellite picks up a $1,050 ticket to the Main Event, putting them one win away to making that dream a reality. There’s no real decision on what to do next. Players will take this $1,050 ticket and have a chance at the $12,600 prize package that includes a six-night stay at the Vdara Hotel in Las Vegas and $1,000 bonus cash to help with flights, food, and other expenses. The $1,050 tournament takes place on Sundays at 12:30 GMT, so check your calendar and make sure you can be in front of your computer at that time. Tournament Info The $30 tournament has a nearly identical structure to the $16.50 satellites with 5000 in starting chips and 8-minute levels. One of the major differences is that there are two rebuys allowed for the first 105 minutes of the tournament. That hopes to help get the prize pool up enough to cover the cost of at least a single seat. It might also offer those who miss out, but still finish in the top spots, some extra cash. The tournament needs at least five players to get underway otherwise it will be canceled. There will be some overlay if it doesn’t reach the 35 player threshold. There have been $30 satellites where this has been the case, so value hunters should be on the lookout. Next Step If you happen to take down the $30 satellite, you are one step away from bagging a seat in the Main Event. Register for the most convenient Sunday $1,050 and run great. If you miss, there are more $30 satellites available every day, or look in the direction of the $109 satellites if your bankroll can support it - the odds aren’t quite as long with the bigger buy-in.
  10. The 2020 World Series of Poker Main Event is still some nine months away, but WSOP.com is already working to get players qualified for the event. Over the past several weeks, players in New Jersey and Nevada have been able to play in $215 satellites which have guaranteed at least one seat for the 2020 WSOP Main Event. The early start to qualifying players via their own online platform is in response to player demand and could be a sign of bigger things to come through the rest of the winter and spring. "We started with Main Event satellites in October because we had enough player feedback to suggest they would appreciate and participate in this offering. We plan to continue to ramp up closer to the WSOP as well," said Danielle Barille, WSOP.com’s Senior Manager of Product and Operations. "Satellites are a great way for players to have a chance to play in events they may otherwise not have. If the players respond favorably, we will certainly look to continue to add them more throughout the year." [ptable zone="NJ Online Poker Promos"][ptable zone="888poker"][ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"] 2020 Main Event Field Could Be Record Breaker The 2019 WSOP Main Event was the second largest of all-time, falling just 204 players short of the record-setting 2006 Main Event which drew 8,773 runners. Increasing the number of players qualifying online from WSOP.com could help close the gap and make 2020 the biggest Main Event ever and may even push the total field size within striking distance of 10,000 players. Getting American players into the WSOP Main Event hasn't been easy for WSOP.com. In November 2018, WSOP began offering the rake-free $80 ALL-IN satellites but had trouble getting the 129 players needed for them to run. In the weeks before the 2019 WSOP Main Event, those tournaments did run and were popular with players already in Las Vegas. Those satellites will be back in the client soon and Barille is hopeful they will be successful this year. Once the calendar turns to 2020, WSOP.com players will find even more opportunities to win their way into the Main Event. Barille admits that could include more mega-satellites patterned after the one they run every summer that sends 25 players to the Main Event. "One of our big goals is to always increase satellites to the Main Event, and focus heavily on giving players access to satellites at low buy-ins, especially focused on the 25 Seat Scramble," Barille said. "With the success year after year of the Scramble, we may also start focusing on more mega satellites throughout the year and summer." Players who manage to win a satellite get a $10,000 seat to the 2020 Main Event but unlike how some online operators have run qualifiers for their live events, there is no money included for airfare or hotel. "We have tried these in the past, and there was not as much appetite for these, so we have continued to stick with straight $10K ME satellites," Barille said. "We have done some smaller packages in the past where players can win seats to multiple events in one satellite, called Kick-off packages. They include entry into the events for opening weekend. We plan to continue to offer these types of satellites in the future." Could Pennsylvania Players Get In on the Action? Online poker players in Pennsylvania are still sitting on the sidelines waiting for their chance to play on regulated online poker sites. Barille remained tight-lipped about WSOP.com's plans for the Keystone State but did admit that adding Pennsylvania to their inter-state network would lead to increased traffic and send even more players to poker's most prestigious event. "Adding the PA market to the NV-NJ compact would allow for bigger prize pools as well as more opportunity to add more satellites to the growing liquidity. It would be great for poker players," Barille said.
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