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Not headed to Vegas this summer? At Full Tilt, the Mini Series of Poker offers the same schedule as the World Series of Poker, but with no plane ticket required.

MSOP has a nearly identical schedule to WSOP, but with all events at 1/100th of the cost. Even though the pros will be too busy to play in these online games, they are sure to be filled with lots of action and big prizes, with a total of 3 million guaranteed for the whole series. In addition, the player who claims the top spot on the leaderboard earns a free package to the 2011 WSOP Main Event.

The first game, a $5+.50 NL Hold’em event, kicks off the MSOP on May 28th with an impressive 40K guarantee. Like the WSOP, the series has 57 events including the final Main Event on July 4th. The Main Event, a $100+9 Hold’em game, carries a huge $600,000 guarantee and is sure to draw thousands of contestants. Other big games include a $50+5 6-max Hold’em tournament on June 17th, a $100+9 Heads Up event on June 18, and a $250+16 6-Max Hold’em game June 30th. If you are a good all around player with a solid bankroll, check out the most expensive event: a $500+35 7-Game tournament on May 28th, which mirrors the WSOP Poker Player’s Championship.

MSOP champions won’t get a coveted gold bracelet, but they will win a free Full Tilt Poker Champion’s Watch to wear instead. Keep winning those watches, and you may find yourself on top of the MSOP leaderboard with a free entry and plane ticket to next year’s Main Event in Las Vegas.

Full Tilt’s Mini Series of Poker offers more than just big guarantees for small buy-ins. The bragging rights, WSOP-style gameplay, and sheer variety of events make it one of the best series this summer – for anyone not going to Vegas, that is.