October, 2009 - Update - Nevermind this article,
you hear? Full Tilt Poker does not deserve your business.
Since the publication of this blog entry, Full Tilt has been
involved in some serious cheating scandals and lawsuits.
Need I say more?
April 07, 2008 - I don't know about you, but I
don't think I have ever come across a $10 million guaranteed
online poker tournament. Yes, when I say guaranteed, I mean
that is how much is guaranteed to be handed out in winnings
to participating poker players. But before you get your
hopes up, let me clarify this is $10 million spread out over
an entire series of tournaments, and not a single table.
I know, I know. I
thought the same thing when I saw Full Tilt Poker's headline
press release saying "Over $10 million in guaranteed prize
money". I've got to hand it to Full Tilt for getting my
attention, though. $10 million is too good to be true for a
single online tournament, but $2 million sure isn't. Indeed,
the main event for Full Tilt's Online Poker Series is
guaranteeing $2 million for first place.
The tournament is
scheduled less than a month away, from May 7-10, 2008.
Twenty-four individual tournaments will go down during this
time - covering the complete spectrum of poker games,
including Razz, Omaha, HORSE, and of course, No Limit
Hold'em. As I mentioned, the winner will walk away a
millionaire (if they're not one already). During the course
of tournament action, Full Tilt says they will announce a
handful of "mystery" tournaments, like a two-day $2,500
No-Limit Hold'em tournament to take place before the main
event (Obviously, this one's not such a mystery).
Anybody who makes it to
a final table will be crowned, or rather, adorned with a
jacket, while winners will get a gold jersey for further
bragging rights, as well as a gold jersey avatar on Full
Tilt's website. Me personally, I'd pass up on the gold
avatar. Bragging rights are fun and everything, but
sometimes you just want to be the quiet one sitting in late
position, if you know what I mean.
The best perk of
winning one of these tournaments (besides the money of
course) is a free entry into Full Tilt's Tournament of
Champions on May 24. Winning this, my friends, will buy your
seat to the next World Series of Poker main event.
Full Tilt Online Poker
Series is now in its third year, and seems to only get
larger each time around. The 2006 event modestly hosted 8
tournaments and guaranteed a $1 million top prize. Now with
three times as many tournaments and lots more money, this
year's games are expected to draw a large turnout. Online
satellite qualifications to all tournaments are now
available through Full Tilt's Satellite Challenge.
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