In the last few years, the World Series of Poker $10,000 Championship Event has been transformed by online poker. In 2003, only 63 of the 839 runners in the event paid the full $10,000 to enter the tournament and in 2004, when the field expanded to 2,576, it was mostly because of the multitude of online satellites that increased the field. When last year's event topped the five thousand mark, it was the online world that once again was the driving force behind the numbers. With this in mind, Full Tilt Poker is not offering one way to earn your entry into the world's greatest poker tournament. Full Tilt is offering THREE different promotions for this year's event, including two ways that you can be sitting at the tables with what is projected to be a remarkable 8,000 poker players.
First up is their $1 Million WSOP Main Event Seat Giveaway. Starting in March, Full Tilt will be offering five freeroll tournaments, with one to be conducted each month until just before the start of the World Series Championship Event. Each tournament will have as the prizes twenty $10,000 seats into the Championship Event. In total, Full Tilt will be doling out to 100 players a completely free seat to compete at the World Series. There are several ways to qualify for these freeroll events, thus ensuring that the competition will be intense as players attempt to get their seat gratis.
Coming in next is the WSOP Main Event 100 Seat Guarantee. Last year, Full Tilt sent thirty players to the World Series through a promotion similar to this and this year they have decided to up the stakes! With a minimum prize pool of $1.2 Million (100 WSOP prize packages that include a $10,000 seat and $2,000 in spending money), this is the largest single WSOP seat guarantee announced so far by an online site. The tournament, to be conducted on July 16th, has a buy-in of $500+$35 but there are a multitude of ways that you can satellite into the event, including one that costs under $5. Such an event as this should draw one of the larger tournament fields, possibly even expanding the prize pool beyond the minimum of $1.2 million.
Finally, for everyone who qualifies for the WSOP Championship Event through Full Tilt, the Tilters have brought back the $10 Million Main Event Mania. If a player qualifies for the Championship Event of the World Series through Full Tilt and makes the Final Table, Full Tilt will add on an additional $50,000 to the player's winnings from the event. If a Full Tilt qualifier is able to work their way to the final three players at the Final Table, that goes up to $100K. In the event that the Full Tilt qualifier captures the World Championship, the player will pocket an astounding $10 million to go along with the bounty from the Championship Event.
You can possibly expect to see many of the Full Tilt professionals throughout these events as well. Representing over twenty World Series bracelets, multiple World Poker Tour event wins and final tables and the current WSOP Tournament of Champions victor, you might be running up against such notables as former World Champion Chris Ferguson, the current WSOP TOC Champion Mike Matusow, and other professionals such as Phil Ivey, Howard Lederer, and Jennifer Harman. With competition such as this, if you earn your way to the World Series of Poker it will be a well deserved seat! For full details on all of their promotions for this year's World Series, be sure to get to the tables at FullTiltPoker.com.
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