There's a big event coming up later this month on 888poker that online tournament players should be noting on their calendars. It's the 5th Anniversary Mega Deep, a special version of the popular weekly tournament set for Sunday, November 27 sporting a huge $500,000 guarantee. That's up from the Mega Deep's usual guarantees of $100K or $150K.
Even with blind levels being cut back from the usual half-hour to 20 minutes for this special 5th anniversary edition of the Mega Deep, the structure is still slow and thus rewards patience while providing many opportunities for tournament players to battle for pots postflop.
888poker Ambassador Chris Moorman made this very point about the Mega Deep recently when discussing the upcoming event.
"With the amazing structure allowing for great flexibility of play, the Mega Deep has always been one of my favorite tournaments of the week," noted Moorman who has a second book of poker strategy due out July 2017.
"Upping the prize pool to half a million dollars makes this a must-play for any aspiring or professional poker player," he added.
The winningest online tournament player in history, Moorman earlier this year eclipsed the $13 million mark in total online tournament winnings, which along with his $4.4 million-plus in live tournament cashes means he's had plenty of experience managing deep stacks in tournament settings.
Moorman spoke with PokerNews a while back about the topic of deep-stacked tournament play, specifically answering the following questions:
- How do you maintain a big stack early on in a tournament?
- How do you keep growing a big stack throughout a tournament?
- How do you handle a downswing when you have a big stack?
One theme running through Moorman's answers is to be ready to get involved and apply pressure with your big stack, but to exercise discretion and remain selective when deciding to fire those third barrels postflop or try other kinds of bluffs.
Especially early in a deep-stacked tournament when players have enough chips to keep calling even with medium-strength hands (or worse), it pays to show some patience and be judicious when picking spots to pressure.
It may seem paradoxical that deep-stacked play often translates into playing lots of smaller pots, while short-stacked poker often involves a lot of relatively "big" hands resulting from preflop all-in confrontations. But that's the challenge presented by events such as the Mega Deep on 888poker, and a source of a lot of the fun as well.
Online players of all levels of interest — whether they have thoughts of playing professionally or consider poker a part-time or recreational interest — ought to give the 5th Anniversary Mega Deep some consideration. The $500,000 guarantee will ensure a large prize pool with the likelihood of a huge turnout being high, and it often happens that such special events attract a larger-than-average number of casual players, too.
In other words, not everyone is going to come to the tournament equipped with Chris Moorman-level ability and deep-stacked know-how.
Satellites for the 5th Anniversary Mega Deep have been up and running for weeks already. There are many avenues to earning a seat, including some starting with buy-ins of just a penny.
All of which is to say if you don't already have an account on 888poker, now is a great time to get one. In fact, you can get an account on 888poker and start playing without even making a deposit.
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Get in there now — there's still plenty of time to get your seat in the 5th Anniversary Mega Deep on Sunday, November 27.
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