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Microgaming Online Casino Video Slot Review: Tomb Raider

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

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One of Microgaming Software’s most popular online casino slots to date is the Tomb Raider video slot. If that name sounds familiar, screen shots of the game and corresponding reel symbols will look even more familiar, for Microgaming’s “Tomb Raider” is exclusively licensed to be themed on the popular Tomb Raider video games, which in turn, was themed after the popular box office hit, feature film starring Angelina Jolie as Lara Croft.

As the video game goes, Tomb Raider follows the adventures of Lara Croft as she risks her life and precious, beautiful limbs trying to search for the elusive “idol”. To get an idea of the entertainment and action that accompanies game play, as well as the super hotness of Lara herself, there is an engaging opening movie trailer that can be viewed after downloading “Tomb Raider” at any Microgaming online casino.

The structure of “Tomb Raider” online video slot is five reels and fifteen paylines – your average sized video bonus slot. The stakes range is wide, allowing bets for as little as a penny and awarding up to 75,000 coins on a nine-coin wager. The most unique thing about this game is the bonus round, which is unique in the sense that it was the first online casino slot to award players bonus entry with a free spins feature.

tombraider02A wild symbol (Tomb Raider logo), Scatter Symbol (Lara Croft herself) and the elusive “Idol” symbol are your best friends on this game, for five wilds will hit the big jackpot payout, three or more Lara Croft’s activate the free spins feature with 3x winnings and three or more “Idol’s” get you into the bonus round, aka, the tomb.

In addition to the 10 free spins with triple payouts on three or more scatter symbols, initial winnings are increased with two or more Lara Croft symbol combos. Therefore, 2 Lara Croft’s pays double winnings, 3 Lara Croft’s pay 4x winnings, and five Lara Croft’s pays a massive 400x on the initial win. As for the Tomb Bonus Round, anywhere from three to five “idols” are to be chosen, paying out from $36 to $2,500 each.

As you can see, the payouts on “Tomb Raider” video slots are just as enticing as the theme of the game. Be sure to read over the full payout table and familiarize yourself with the symbols, paylines and winning combos before gambling with real stakes.

One Club Online Casino Offering Upsized Welcome Bonus & New Reload Offer

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009
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Now offering 250% up to $777 Free

U.S. facing One Club Casino has made some changes to their promotions package, which for the most part, decidedly makes for an overall better offer of bonuses and free cash. The former welcome bonus, which was worth $777 Free over the course of four consecutive deposits, ranging from 25% to 150% Free, is now worth a generous 250% up to $777 Free on a single deposit. The only difference is that while the former bonus allowed Blackjack, 21, Pontoon and Video Poker wagers to meet the wager requirement, these games are now excluded.

The welcome bonus offer, in essence, is a slots bonus (keno and certain other parlor games with traditionally higher Casino Edges are also permitted). Not bad at all for a slots bonus, some players may find the 40x play-through a little high compared to other U.S. facing online casinos; Nonetheless, this is a great slots welcome bonus for the player who has already claimed the best welcome bonus offers available at other online casinos.

The other perk about the bonus offers at One Club – and a new offer at that – is that all deposits are now eligible to receive reload bonuses worth 75% up to $500 Free. The terms and conditions are the same as those governing the welcome bonus, so be sure you know what you’re getting into before claiming. For anyone who is planning to wager on slots to begin with, taking advantage of some of this free bonus money is a no-brainer. And no, there are no maximum withdrawal limits imposed on bonus money winnings as is the case at many other online casinos.

With the reload bonuses in effect, the fact that One Club has discontinued their $20 no-deposit bonus offer for players who complete the faxback verification process in a timely fashion and many Player’s Club perks, such as a $1,000 weekly draw, and weekly bonus offers, makes these changes all a little more “digestible”. Nonetheless, One Club is still offering special promotion games and events from time to time, along with their $20 Friend Referrals and comp point loyalty program.

Overall, One Club Casino is certainly an excellent destination for players to open real money wagering accounts, especially players residing in the U.S. One Club is regulated in the UK (one of the strictest betting jurisdictions in the world), and is powered by TST fairness certified RTG software. U.S. players will be pleased to know that Visa and MasterCard are accepted here, and that One Club will work hard to prevent financial delays typically associated with U.S. account holders. Here is what they say on their website:

“It is very important to us that we meet or exceed your expectations. For this reason we need you to understand ahead of time that regulatory changes in the market place and new banking regulations have limited the availability of deposit and withdrawal methods and have increased the time required to process withdrawals.We value your business and will do everything we can to offer as many deposit and withdrawal options as possible and to keep the time it takes to process withdrawals to a minimum. Please allow up to 2 weeks for withdrawals to process and we will do our best to exceed your expectations”.

I love the part about exceeding expectations. That’s what I call good customer service.

Please note the minimum deposit amount at One Club Casino is $100, while withdrawals are limited to $1,000 per month, unless cleared with a customer service manager.

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New Year’s Week Bonuses Worth $40,000 Now at Rushmore Online Casino

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

$40,000 in free cash bonuses through New Year's Weekend at Rushmore

$40,000 in free cash bonuses through New Year's Weekend at Rushmore

Rushmore Casino is giving away a horde of bonuses this week on top of their already loaded offering of welcome and reload bonuses for U.S. players. In celebration of the coming New Year, Rushmore is offering a series of “New Year’s Countdown” bonuses, consisting of forty bonuses each worth 50% up to $500 Free from Monday, December 28 through New Year’s Eve, Thursday December 31, 2009. That’s a total of $20,000 in bonus cash that can be used on games like Slots, Blackjack and Video Poker. An additional $20,000 in bonus cash is available on New Year’s Weekend (more on that later).

Half of the New Year’s Countdown bonuses are slots bonuses, which can be wagered on keno and scratch-off cards in addition to all of Rushmore’s online slots. The play-through requirement is only 20x, and there are no maximum withdrawal limits. The other half of these bonuses (twenty total), are considered all-games bonuses, with the only game restrictions being Roulette, Craps, Baccarat and Pai Gow. Since strategy-based games like video poker and blackjack are allowed to meet the overall wager requirement, the play-through is 50x.

On Rushmore Casino’s Promotions Page, these bonuses can be found under the “New Year’s Countdown” section. The promo coupon codes are as follows (Just be sure to claim the bonus after making the matching deposit but BEFORE making any wager):

For the Slots Bonuses worth 50% up to $500 Free, use the following codes for corresponding days:

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For the Table Game Bonuses worth 50% up to $500 Free, use the following codes for corresponding days:

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To keep the party going, Rushmore Casino is further offering a series of larger bonuses on New Year’s Day (12 am Thusday night, New Year’s Eve) and through the weekend. These are called the “Happy 2010 Weekend Bonuses” and consists of a series of twenty bonuses worth 100% up to $1,000 Free. The total amount of free bonus cash is the same as the “Countdown to 2010” bonuses, just spread out over half the number of bonuses. As before, half of these bonuses (10 total) are slots bonuses, while the remaining 10 bonuses are for table games (both governed by the aforementioned wager requirements). Coupon bonus codes corresponding to the method of deposit can be found under the “Happy 2010 Weekend Bonuses” section, and are as follows:

For the Slots Bonuses worth 100% up to $1,000 Free, use the following codes for corresponding deposit methods through New Year’s Weekend:

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All free cash bonuses can be redeemed in the “Redeem Coupon” section within Rushmore’s online casino cashier. If you’re game for even more free cash, Rushmore also offers a High Roller’s Bonus worth 150% up to $3,000 Free, an $888 Welcome Bonus, four-part Blackjack Bonus worth 200% up to $4,000 Free, a Slots Bonus worth 400% up to $2,400, and a Winner’s Bonus amounting to a 40% no-deposit bonus on withdrawn winnings. The T&C’s for all these bonuses are generally the same as the above-mentioned New Year’s Bonuse, but as always, read the entire wagering requirements before claiming any bonus and making any bets.

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Online Poker Tournament at Poker Stars Beats Guinness Book World Record

Monday, December 28th, 2009

When Poker Stars set out to break it’s former Guinness Record for World’s Largest Poker Tournament, nobody thought they would have done so by twofold. But that’s what you get with the world’s most popular online poker room. If there ever was any debate on whether or not Poker Stars was the largest and most popular poker room, there should be no question after yesterday’s world record smashing game.

Bringing in 149,196 players in the last Sunday poker tournament for 2009, Poker Stars blasted its former record of 65,000 players. Needless to say, the low $1 buy-in and timing the tournament to take place over Christmas weekend certainly helped with these numbers. Still, there is no denying that online poker continues to grow more popular with players the world over. Poker Stars, which is open to U.S. poker players, is certainly leading the way in making this happen.

As for the World Record tournament, nearly 100,000 players caught wind of it and signed up in the last 72 hours before the registration deadline. And as quick as the players came rolling in, the tournament was over in the blink of an eye. Finalized in just six hours, a player going by screen name “oskar69” walked away the winner with $50,000 cash in his pocket. The remaining $250,000 prize pool was split up amongst the next 30,000 players down the line.

Elsewhere at Poker Stars, the Sunday Million produced a hefty pot, dishing out the largest win of the day to Larry “BBOY3110” Sharp. Even though Sharp’s big prize was worth over $213,400, it was “Coach6999” who won the tournament, walking out with over $143,400. The Sunday Majors also produced some large pots, as seven different players emerged with six-figure scores.

Sunday Majors would have been even larger if Full Tilt poker room’s server hadn’t unexpectedly crashed on Sunday. Cough, cough…yet another reason why I don’t like Full Tilt. The downtime was so extensive that Full Tilt was forced to void all tournaments and award players based on chip counts at the time of the crash. Poker Stars, on the other hand, was more than adequately prepared to handle the world’s largest poker tournament ever to take place. A tip of the hat to all the Poker Stars out there. 🙂

Newbie Online Gambling Tips: The Faxback Verification Process

Monday, December 28th, 2009
Fax in your required documents before requesting your first withdrawal

Fax in your required documents before requesting your first withdrawal

For may people new to online gambling, the road to identity verification can be something of an unfamiliar and sometimes unnecessary process. However, faxback verification is essential for preventing fraud, as well as underage and problem gambling. The verification process is only required of a player the first time a withdrawal request is made, and depending on the online casino, will even provide extra bonus money/comps to players who complete the process. FYI, Rushmore Casino offers one of the best Authorization Bonuses available.

The bottom line is that ALL real money depositing players will need to complete a faxback verification before a first-time withdrawal can be fully processed. The sooner you complete it, the sooner you can get your money.

As the name implies, a faxback verification requires players to fax documents into the online casino used for verifying one’s identity. These documents include a valid government issued identification card, copy of a recent utility bill and copy of the front and back side of at least one credit card. If using a third-party eWallet such as eWallet Xpress or Neteller, your credit card on record will not be used for making future deposits, and is simply kept on record for the aforementioned security reasons.

Understandably, the nature of faxback verification can be disconcerting to some players who have never gambled online before – especially those players who are not certain about the trustworthiness of an online casino operator and the security of transmitting personal information. This is why it is vital to only open real money accounts at properly licensed and regulated online casinos, and to consult third-party review directories such as Online Casino Suite. 🙂 On that note, please see the online casino reviews page for a selection of the top customer service rated, government licensed online casinos guaranteeing 100% security and identity protection.

If you are unfamiliar with sending a fax and/or do not have a fax machine, this is a secure process that sends encrypted information over secure phone lines. Using a fax service such as Kinko’s is perfectly fine for sending your faxback verification and does not jeopardize the security of your information. The documents themselves will be destroyed after being scanned and stored on firewall protected servers on the online casino’s end.

Some online casinos, like the Real Time Gaming powered One Club Casino (open to U.S. players) permit players to scan their documents directly to One Club’s secure servers for even more expedited faxback verification. The aforementioned RTG powered Rushmore Casino offers an Authorization Bonus in the form of 10% cash back on five deposits. Simply return the faxback authorization within one month’s time and make five deposits to be eligible for the free cash.

And if you do decide to play at Rushmore, don’t forget to take advantage of the thousands in free bonus money, including an $888 Welcome Bonus, a $1,500 High Roller Bonus, 200% up to $4,000 in Blackjack bonuses, and 400% up to $2,400 in slots bonus money.

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Microgaming to Change Rake Calculation for Online Poker Rooms

Sunday, December 27th, 2009
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Microgaming Likes to Feed Fish to the Sharks!

I don’t know about you, but it kind of rubs me the wrong way when I hear that an online gambling company is actively looking for ways to make more money off of players. Now, I’m no spring chicken and I’m certainly not naive to the fact that online casinos are in the business of making money. Heck, that’s the law of the land for any business. For that matter, I understand there are lots of operating costs for online casino operators, and that finding ways to maximize return is essential to staying in business.

However, when a casino is already making good money, but still finds it necessary to bring in even more revenue, even if it means stealing from the poor, so to speak, that doesn’t sit well with me. In fact, it prompts me to take my business elsewhere, no matter how “large” of a free cash bonus is being offered. Perhaps this is a little extreme and high-minded. Believe me, I know I can be a snob. So, let me share with you where I’m coming and going with all this, so you can judge for yourself about the workings of doing business in the online gambling sector.

Microgaming, which initially started off as a developer of online casino software (consequently helping found the online gambling industry), has since developed a thriving poker network fittingly called the Microsoft Poker Network. But it’s apparently not thriving enough. Microgaming recently announced it will be changing the method of rake calculation (effective January 6, 2010) from that of splitting pots between the total number of players to what is called the weighted method, which calculates rake per room proportionally to the amount of wagers players contribute to every pot.

What this means is that more loose, casual players will help generate more return for poker rooms in Microgaming’s network. Microgaming’s decision to change their rake calculation essentially incentives poker rooms to encourage casual players to participate more in poker games. Although that could mean more winnings for casual players, the reality is that casual players who tend to be forthcoming with their bankroll, tend to lose more overall.

And that, my friends, is great news for card sharks, in addition to the poker networks who are following suit to adopt this new method of rake calculation. These now include the Boss Media network and Bodog, both of which impose fines on poker rooms whose payouts exceed stakes by more than 99.8%. Although Microgaming isn’t going to that far of an extreme, it is hardly probable Microgaming would be making these rake calculation changes if Boss and Bodog were not leading the way.

Like I said, business is business, and overall, the players themselves should not be adversely affected. It’s just kind of disappointing that Microgaming would sink to the depths of Bodog and make revenue growth the bottom line.

Online Roulette Tournaments Availabe at U.S. Facing EHGV Online Casinos

Saturday, December 26th, 2009
Play Online Roulette Tournaments at English Harbour Online Casino

Play Online Roulette Tournaments at English Harbour Online Casino

Fans of the big spinning wheel, shiny bouncing ball, and black ‘n red checkered board, listen up! Roulette tournaments can now be played online. And not that they weren’t available before – I mean, if they were, nobody ever told me! Online roulette tournaments certainly weren’t available for US and UK players at reputable online casino networks like the English Harbour Gaming Ventures Group, which includes Millionaire Casino and, of course, English Harbour Casino herself.

You heard right. EHGV is now hosting online roulette tournaments in addition to their popular lineup of online slots, video poker and blackjack tournaments. Powered by Vegas Technology (EHGV is actually the core network that helped originally found Vegas Technology), this is a roulette game boasting outstanding graphics, user-friendliness and playability. In other words, it was always a treat to play online roulette at English Harbour Casino, whether it be by yourself or with a friend looking on. Now, you can play it with other players, all the while giving you an opportunity to put less money at risk and winning more.

Just how much, you ask? Well, by the looks of the tournament schedule on the English Harbour Casino website, it’s as much as it wants to be. Being that the prize pool is the pot, the winnings depend on how many players buy-in, which in this case, is just $5. So, if you have 1,000 players participating, you have a minimum prize pool of $5,000. That’s not even counting multiple buy-ins per player, nor the likelihood that even more players will be participating in the games. Remember, this is one of the only ongoing online roulette tournaments currently available.

The EHGV group is currently hosting four weekly online roulette tournaments, networked between several online casinos (thereby bringing in even more players). In the land-based gambling world, this would be akin to a wide-area progressive jackpot network. The last online roulette tournament for December is taking place right now (starting on Thursday, December 24th, wrapping up on December 31st), while the former three online roulette tournaments each kicked off on a Thursday evening (December 3/10/17).

If you are new to the EHGV group, a word of warning. While English Harbour Casino and sister site, Millionaire Casino, both offer outstanding ongoing welcome bonuses, please note that wagers on European Roulette are NOT permitted. Therefore, if you decide to open a real money account at either casino in order to participate in the online roulette tournaments being offered, DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT CLAIM ANY WELCOME BONUS MONEY. Unfortunately, European Roulette is the only game that cannot be played with bonus money. If you have plans to participate in any other online tournament (blackjack, video poker or slots), then by all means, claim the bonus money and put it to good use.

Israeli Shakedown: Checking the Facts Before Opening an Account at an Online Casino

Saturday, December 26th, 2009
Always do the Research before joining an online casino - Photo by Gerlos

Always do the Research before joinging an online casino - Photo by Gerlos

In light of the recent news about an online gambling shakedown involving the arrests of two Israeli men who were operating an illegal online casino and sports betting website, Internet1x2, it goes to show that it’s not always enough simply to trust the word of a betting site operator or a portal affiliate website for that matter. In other words, just because an online casino says on their website that licensing credentials are held in such-and-such jurisdiction, don’t believe it until you see it.

It still isn’t known whether Idan and Shai Raviv, aka the Raviv brothers, do indeed hold an online betting license with the Belize government, which the two men were on record stating shortly following their recent arrest for taking bets from Israeli citizens. Although Israeli law allows residents of Israel to operate online gambling websites, it explicitly prohibits said sites to advertise in Israel nor to take wagers from Israeli citizens. The Raviv brothers apparently were indeed taking bets from their fellow citizens, thus prompting their arrests.

Notwithstanding the fact that Internet1x2 was said to have been very slow delivering payouts, and that not much is even known about parent company, Net Games Inc., the operation was pulling in a fair amount of business. Of course, that is no longer happening, and as far as the funds in active player accounts is concerned, there is no telling what will become of it. Much of that will depend on whether or not the Raviv brothers online gambling business is registered in Belize.

At this stage, however, things are not looking very promising. According to Lincoln Blake, who represents the Belize Ministry of Economic Development, there are no filing records showing that Internet1x2 and Net Games Inc. even existed. Blake went on to say that, “The Government of Belize recently discovered that several online gaming websites are claiming to have licenses in Belize. We want to advise the Internet community and the general public that there are only two with license to operate from Belize (Fulton Data Processing and Sports Offshore Limited).”

If that is true, the Raviv’s could very likely have been running non-transparent, unmonitored online gambling operations all these years – cheating players all the while. As mentioned earlier, this truly goes to show that players must take responsibility to ensure an online casino or any betting website for that matter is on the up-and-up. That doesn’t mean taking the casino’s word for it. Heck, that doesn’t mean taking Online Casino Suite’s word for it. While independent review sites such as OCS serve as a great starting point in narrowing down the search for an online casino to open an account with- not to mention the fact that OCS does indeed verify all information and credentials before we post it in our online casino reviews – it is still up to the person opening the account to verify this information for themselves.

Until you have verified for yourself that the information shared here at OCS is fully reliable, do the legwork necessary to validate facts for yourself and separate truth from fiction. We are confident you will come back to be guided by our “word” in the future and will have gained the knowledge necessary to know what online casinos will serve you best.

Is Online Gambling Legalization on the Horizon in North Carolina?

Friday, December 25th, 2009
Internet Cafes in North Carolina permitted to offer remote slots and video poker wagering

Internet Cafes in North Carolina permitted to offer remote slots and video poker wagering

Don’t get too excited just yet all you U.S. citizens and residents of North Carolina. While you might have read headlines that online gambling is legal in North Carolina, it’s not quite that simple. But then again, maybe it is. It’s just not as liberalized as you might think.

According to multiple local news sources, a North Carolina Judge has ruled that gambling parlors, which some reports refer to as internet cafes and sweepstakes parlors, should be exempt from current regulatory law, i.e., prosecution and raids by State Police for allowing gambling outside of tribal reservations.

Is Online Gambling Legal in North Carolina

In reality, the referred gambling activity taking place is not actually “online gambling” per say, anyways. It hasn’t been specified exactly how people are gambling, other than it being via wagers on video poker machines and slots. This could mean via computers and/or machines, which are essentially one and the same anyhow. The one exception for the allowance to even do so is that instead of awarding cash prizes, thes “internet cafes” are only permitted to offer merchandise and non-cash prizes, such as free computer time and phone cards.

The current law in North Carolina only permits tribal casinos to offer gambling – and no remote gambling at that. Tribal casinos tried to do so in the past, and even that was struck down in court. Considering that laws regarding online gambling are grey to begin with, the recent ruling allowing the video poker and slots gaming to continue is being labeled as a temporary solution until laws become more definitive.

Whether that means the current law becomes less or more liberalized is anybody’s guess. If anything, it’s reassuring for North Carolina residents who like to gamble at online casinos that they can continue their wagering activity somewhat unchecked, as authorities are certainly more inclined to look the other way and hold off on taking any steps so severe as certain State’s, such as Louisiana and Kentucky, who have directly gone after online casino operators in the recent past.

In the meantime, the fact that remote wagering is even taking place within North Carolina state borders provides a glimmer of hope for online gambling activists working hard to get the UIGEA bill overturned and some form of federal regulation passed to legalize internet betting and provide protection for North Carolina residents currently wagering at offshore online casinos.

Poker Stars in the News: Upcoming Tournament Could be Largest to Date; 9/11 Cop Wins Million Dollar Challenge

Thursday, December 24th, 2009
Visit Poker Stars to Join the World Record Poker Tournament for $1

Visit Poker Stars to Join the World Record Poker Tournament for $1

The leading U.S. facing online poker room, and the most popular poker room at that, Poker Stars, has been in the news of late, shooting the final episode for the first season of the “Poker Stars Million Dollar Challenge”, and getting geared up for what could possibly be the largest online poker tournament to date – that is the Guinness World Record for largest poker tournament.

The news that technically shouldn’t be news to begin with, has to do with the results of the final table at the Poker Stars Million Dollar Challenge, which is scheduled to be aired on FOX December 27, 2009. However, due to a leak provided to the New York Post, the final results have already been published for the whole world to see. What makes the outcome of this event especially newsworthy is that the winner is a retired NYC detective who was one of the first officers on the scene at Ground Zero on 9/11.

Officer Mike Kosowski, who was originally an alternate to compete in the tournament after placing fourth in a Poker Stars online qualifier satellite tournament, ended up getting to compete in the final event after all show four players were knocked out in the first round. After winning a consolation sit ‘n go, Kosowski went on to face three other show winners at the final table, beating them out to compete in head’s up play against noted poker professional, Daniel Negreanu.

Besides the fact that an underdog won the Poker Stars Million Dollar Challenge, what’s so great about this particular tournament is that it was won by a national hero. Not only was Kosowski one of the first emergency personnel on the scene at Ground Zero, while helping evacuate civilians, Kosowski was thrown ten feet in the air after the South World Trade tower collapsed, consequently receiving burns on his head and neck.

Retiring shortly after the trauma of 9/11, Kosowski turned to online poker to help him occupy his time (encouraged to do so by his wife, who was cheering him on all the while at the final table). As it turns out, the decision to join Poker Stars has been another “life changer” for Kosowski, who says he is still on an emotional high and wondering if he is living a dream. As mentioned, the taped action at the final table with Kosowski will air on FOX Sunday, December 27th, beginning at 5 pm.

Now, onto other Poker Stars  news and events, which for all the online poker players out there, is what it’s all bout, right? Also taking place December 27th (beginning at 2:45 EST) will be the start of a $300,000 guaranteed prize pool poker tournament, which could end up being the largest online poker tournament to date if enough players sign up. In fact, the whole point of the tournament is beat Poker Stars current world record of 65,000 players. Currently, there are nearly 50,000 registered players.

Not only are there three days still to go for 15,000 more players to sign up, satellite tournaments are taking place round the clock. Furthermore, the buy-in is just $1, which is as cheap as a non-freeroll poker tournament can get. With the top prize valued at $50,000, and the top 30,000 finishers guaranteed cash winnings, that is one investment worth the risk. If you’ve never participated in an online poker tournament before, this is a great, cost-effective opportunity to get a taste of what an online poker tournament is like. Visit Poker Stars to open a free account now. Read the OCS Poker Stars Review for more information.

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