It’s that time of year again. The time when poker dreams are given new life and visions of gold invade our thoughts.
With 78 events in the 2018 World Series of Poker, it can be challenging trying to put together a schedule while keeping your budget in check.
The best way to get the most bang for your buck is to find ways to saftellite into the events you want to play.
Importance of qualifiers for the WSOP
Qualifying for various events, whether the WSOP or other big buy-in tournaments, is an essential part of the poker landscape. It’s the idea that anyone can win that makes poker so great.
It was back in 1983 when Jack Binion was looking for a way get more low-stakes players into the series that he introduced the satellite tournament. They were popular back then, and they haven’t looked back.
Satellites and other ways to qualify for tournaments help attract new players, build the prize pool and make the tournament more attractive to poker professionals.
According to the WSOP, 1,189 players qualified into bracelet events at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino over the seven weeks of tournament play. Of those, 78 players won a seat into the Main Event.
That’s a lot of players that had the chance to play the WSOP who might not have otherwise played.
Conventional ways to qualify for the WSOP
Satellites and Mega Satellites
Satellites are a lower-cost option to entering a tournament that allows someone to qualify for a larger buy-in for a fraction of the cost.
The most common type of satellite is the single-table satellite, where one winner emerges and claims a tournament ticket. There are also mega-satellites that run more like a multi-table tournament with the number of winners dependent on the prize pool generated by the entrants.
According to Seth Palansky from the WSOP, new satellites will be released on WSOP.com each month before the series starts at the end of May.
The WSOP also has plans to introduce Main Event and online bracelet satellites beginning in March.
Last year at the Rio, single-table satellites would run once a table filled, and there were several regularly scheduled satellite tournaments. We can expect the live satellite schedule closer to WSOP kickoff in May.
Palansky also indicated the return of the popular 25 Seat Scramble would be once again making an appearance online this summer closer to the start of the Main Event.
Local Card Room Tournaments
Card rooms have been known to offer tournaments and other qualifying events. It’s always exciting to send local players to Nevada to represent their hometown. Some of these tournaments happen in conjunction with the WSOP, and some are a product of the casino.
Check with your local card room for their plans to offer satellites into the Main Event or other bracelet events.
Online Poker Sites
Online poker sites are probably where most players first came into contact with poker satellites.
With the slow introduction of online poker back into the American national landscape, you can expect to see satellites both on sites catering to international players and those sites catering to American players.
The most popular sites in the past for satellites have been PokerStars, 888poker, partypoker and, of course, WSOP.com. Continue to login to your accounts and check the tournament lobby for satellites and online qualifying events.
Current Online Satellites
In May, WSOP.com and USPoker have teamed up for a $2 satellite with one guaranteed seat into World Series of Poker online bracelet event. WSOP.com is also daily satellites for a variety of bracelet events, including the WSOP Main Event.
Unconventional ways to qualify for the WSOP
As we get closer to the opening of World Series of Poker, you will most likely discover some ways to qualify for the WSOP that hadn’t crossed your mind.
Raffles and drawings, usually found in local card rooms, tend to run closer to the start of the Series.
Download the Caesars App and Win a Main Event Seat
Right now, Caesars is offering up a $10,000 WSOP Main Event seat to a lucky person who downloads their Total Rewards app.
Two qualify for the chance to win, after downloading the app:
- Sign-in with your Total Rewards account information
- Accept the WSOP Main Event offer
- Keep your fingers crossed
For more information, visit www.caesars.com/WinaseatWSOP
Keep your eyes on WSOP.com
The best place online to find information for online satellites is WSOP.com.
While other sites will be offering satellites in the coming months, the WSOP is still the best place to get your information.
It has a vested interest in helping more players realize their dream of playing in the arguably the most popular poker tournament series in the world.
Stay tuned to this space as we continue to update this article with all the latest conventional and unconventional ways to qualify for the WSOP as it becomes available.