If you want to win a seat in the $25,500-seat World Poker Tour finale, which is anticipated to draw more than 1000 players and a whopping estimated prize pool of $25 million at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, April 18-24, now is the time to enter a satellite.
Participating online poker rooms include PartyPoker, UltimateBet, PokerStars.com, bodog.com, TigerGaming.com, and PokerChamps. Currently, the online casinos start their satellite buy-ins anywhere from $5 to $50.
Or, if you live in the USA, near one of these casinos and card-rooms, you can enter one of their satellites: Cliff Castle Casino (Camp Verde, AZ), Turning Stone Casino Resort (Verona, NY), Spirit Mountain Casino (Grand Ronde, OR), Black Bear Casino & Hotel (Carlton, MN), Roman Casino (Seattle, WA), Quinault Beach Resort & casino (Ocean Shores, WA), Desert Diamond Casino (Tucson, AZ), Grand Casino Coushatta (Kinder, LA), Bad River Casino & Convention Center (Odena, WI), Big Tomato Card Club (Sacramento, CA); Chip-In's Island Resort Casino (Harris, MI), Argosy Casino Baton Rouge (Baton Rouge, LA), Apache Gold Casino Resort (San Carlos, AZ), Greektown Casino (Detroit, MI), Riverside Resort Hotel & Casino (Laughlin, NV), Trump Indiana Casino (Gary, IN), Sandia Casino (Albuquerque, NM) and Bellagio (Las Vegas, NV). Many of these casinos have buy-ins starting as low as $35.
Winners will receive from the hosting poker room the $25,000 + $500 buy-in, round-trip airfare and accommodations at the Bellagio. Smaller satellite host card rooms offer an alternative to the larger buy-in: a $2,500 entry prize to the Bellagio Super Satellites preceding the WPT World Championship tournament.