Anyone who’s ever seen a televised poker tournament dreams of joining the ranks of those top-notch players who turn out for these high-stakes events. The likes of the World Poker Tour and WSOP provide a perfect platform for young aspiring poker players to showcase their skills in front of a huge national audience, as well as competing for massive sums of money.
If the everyday player is looking to take his own stab at these big money events, he’ll need to get their via a satellite. A series of qualifying tournaments for increasingly higher buy-ins is all that stands between most players and a ticket to exotic locations and prestigious tournaments. Full Tilt Poker offer some of the most lucrative satellites around, and are currently running two in particular that warrant a second glance.
First up, the very last chance to make your way Down Under for the Aussie Millions. This popular tournament has been running since 1998 and brings multi-million dollar prize pools to the Southern Hemisphere. Countless satellites have been running over the past few months and now there’s just one left. On December 12th at 22:00 ET, a $500 + $35 tournament is running that will payout on $14,500 2010 Aussie Millions Package.
The package winner join the likes of Phil Ivey and Howard Lederer down in Australia, playing for their shot at stardom. Along with the $10,000 entry fee, the package also covers hotel accommodation, travel expenses, and entry to an exclusive $50,000 freeroll. The lucky player will also be treated to series of special Full Tilt Poker activities. Among the delights in store is a unique training session from Team Full Tilt Pros. With some expert guidance behind them, any satellite qualifier should be more than ready to tackle the prestigious Aussie Millions Main Event.
In the modern poker-saturated world, another high stakes tournament is never too far round the bend. Coming up at the beginning of 2010 are a couple of well known WPT events. First up on February 26th is the LA Poker Classic. A regular stop on the World Poker Tour, it draws in hundreds of players, including many of the game’s top pros. Last year’s tournament boasted a prize pool of over $6.6 million and this year it looks set to be just as attractive.
A few short months later and it’ll be time for the Bay 101 Shooting Star Championship. This tournament is famous for the bounties it places on the heads of established pros. Eliminate a well known face and you’ll be a few thousand dollars richer. For that reason, the field will be packed with Team Full Tilt Pros and other great players from around the world. Last year it was Full Tilt Poker’s Steve Brecher who finished top of the pile, taking home a 1st place prize worth over $1 million.
For your chance to appear in front of the WPT cameras, log on to Full Tilt and buy-in to one of the many satellite tournaments. All of them award $12k prize packages, which include the $10,000 buy-in and $2,000 for travel and expenses. The three main satellites are:
Dec. 6th – Feb. 28th
Every Sunday at 16:30 ET
$500 + $35
2 Prize Packages
Dec. 1st – Feb. 23rd
Every Tuesday at 21:00 ET
$300 + $22
1 Prize Package
Dec. 3rd – Feb 25th
Every Thursday at 21:00 ET
$1,000 + $60
2 Prize Packages
These are still fairly pricey, but if you’re looking for an even cheaper way into the WPT, there are avenues available. There a multiple satellites running daily, which award tickets into the more expensive qualifying events. Prices range from $0.50 to $150, although many of them fall around the $20 – $40 range. Check the satellites tab in the Full Tilt Poker client for a full list of WPT satellites.