There are few things better than being able to check-raise the bully in seat four while you’re lying on the bed in your underwear.
One that immediately comes to mind is the ability to do all that in an online satellite. All this while winning your way into a live event for a fraction of the actual tournament buy in.
In fact, online poker sites have literally been built by giving players the opportunity to satellite into live events online.
Online satellites helped PokerStars grow
PokerStars certainly was. The world’s biggest online poker site dined out for years on the story of Chris Moneymaker and his meteoric rise to stardom. In 2003, Moneymaker won an $86 satellite on PokerStars. This gave him a seat in a World Series of Poker Main Event satellite. He won that, and then went on to capture the World Championship and $2.5 million.
It ignited poker’s boom. In fact, millions have been chasing that same dream, firing up every online satellite to the WSOP Main Event they can ever since.
Before this, PokerStars was one of dozens of burgeoning online poker sites. After, it focused on its online satellite programs and became the market leader by a country mile.
The site even found great success offering its players the opportunity to satellite in its own live events. By giving players the chance to win their way into everything from European Poker Tour events to those on the Asia Pacific Poker Tour, and even for a time, the North American Poker Tour, the site’s online satellites became hugely popular.
It helped PokerStars increase market share immeasurably.
Online satellite success continues
In fact, the site is holding onto that market share today by giving players the chance to satellite in PokerStars Championship and PokerStars Festival events, increasingly through innovative new poker and casino game hybrid products like the site’s Spin & Go tournaments.
The bottom line is bankroll management-minded players and some of the sharpest minds in the game have made careers out of satelliting into live events online.
WSOP.com releases massive satellite schedule
That’s why it’s so great to see WSOP.com in Nevada releasing a massive schedule of online satellites for the 2017 WSOP. And that effort will surely be rewarded with an increase in online poker revenues, and players on the site, for years to come.
The WSOP.com Nevada online poker room is calling it the Summer Grind Tour 2017. It’s already underway. But marketing gimmicks and advertising campaigns aside, this is a solid satellite schedule sure to attract online poker players in droves.
The site is running four daily WSOP bracelet satellites plus, four daily satellites for entry into one of three online WSOP bracelet events. It is also hosting Signature WSOP event satellites every day at 5 p.m. for entry into massive events like Colossus and Millionaire Maker.
Plus, it’s running WSOP Main Event satellites every Saturday and twice every Sunday up until the big dance begins.
Add in Sit’n’Go Step tournaments leading up to a $1,000 WSOP seat, the $333 Online Event, and the WSOP Main Event running all day long, and there’s literally an opportunity to satellite in WSOP events online 24 hours a day, seven days a week.[i15-table tableid=20717][i15-table tableid=19346]
More than 1,000 seats up for grabs
The truth is, there are too many satellite opportunities to list right here. Do yourself a favor and check out the full listing on the WSOP’s website.
In 2016, more than 700 seats were won into WSOP events through online satellites on WSOP.com. This year, they expect that number will jump up over 1,000.
Here’s hoping it does. Here’s also hoping online poker continues to grow the old fashioned way, through more and more online satellites into live events at the WSOP, and beyond.