Online Poker Tournaments in December
2005 Jason Kirk  

Here's a look at some of the tournament action at Full Tilt Poker and Poker Room this December.

Full Tilt Poker

The online home of some of your favorite professional players is one of the best places on the net for tournament play. From guaranteed prize pools to satellites for the biggest buy-in events on the World Poker Tour and the World Series of Poker Circuit, there's plenty at Full Tilt to scratch your tournament itch this month.

Each week Full Tilt hosts tournaments with a combined guaranteed prize pool of over $500,000. The majority of these events feature a buy-in of $24+2, making for one of the best tournament values on the net. The nightly $9,000 and $14,000 Guarantee tournaments run at 8 PM and 10 PM ET, respectively, and the prize pools often exceed their guarantees. If you're looking for bigger money you'll want to play on the weekends. Saturday at 6 PM ET is the time for the weekly $30,000 Guarantee tournament, which features a $100+9 buy-in. For an even bigger prize there's the Sunday $200,000 Guarantee. The buy-in for this tournament is $200+16. All of these guaranteed prize pool tournaments are in a freezeout format - no rebuys or add-ons allowed!

Sunday nights on Full Tilt are the time for another unique promotion - Post Game Poker. This $50+5 freezeout tournament runs at 11:59 PM ET on Sunday evenings for the remainder of football season, leaving you plenty of time once the day's NFL slate is completed to get registered. In addition to the full prize pool from player buy-ins, Full Tilt will add $1 for every point scored in NFL competition throughout the day. There's never been a better reason for poker players to cheer for high-scoring football.

For those players who aspire to greater heights than daily cash prizes, Full Tilt offers one of the best satellite deals on the net: the Winner's Choice tournament. These $200+16 tournaments run twice weekly, on Tuesday at 9 PM ET and Saturday at 3 PM ET. For every $12,000 in the prize fund one player will earn entry into his choice of one of five tournaments in the next two months: the LA Poker Classic, the Borgata Poker Classic, the World Poker Open, or the WSOP Circuit events at Grand Casino Tunica and Caesars Palace Las Vegas. The prize package includes tournament buy-in, dinner with the Full Tilt pros, and $2,000 in spending money. Satellite entry into the biweekly Winner's Choice events can be earned for as little $4+.40 in sit-and-go and multi-table satellites.

Poker Room

There's a lot of money up for grabs at Poker Room throughout each week, starting off with guaranteed prize pool tournaments. Anyone who likes rebuy tournaments will find it tough to stay away. Sunday through Thursday at 9 PM ET there is a $20,000 Guarantee with a buy-in of $20+2, with players allowed one re-buy during the first hour and 1 add-on at the first break. Friday at 9 PM ET are the home of the $40,000 Guarantee, with a $20+2 buy-in, unlimited rebuys in the first hour, and 15-minute levels. On Saturdays at 9 PM ET the guarantee jumps to $50,000 - you get 15 minute-levels and unlimited rebuys in the first hour for your $30+3 buy-in. There are also 3 new $20+2 guaranteed prize pool events running at noon ET, each featuring unlimited rebuys in the first hour and one add-on: Monday through Thursday the guarantee is $10,000, on Friday it jumps to $15,000, and on Saturdays it becomes $20,000.

Poker Room is putting on its biggest weekly event to date with the Big Deal tournament. This $80,000 guarantee tourney runs at 2:00 PM ET every Sunday and features a $300+20 buy-in. Qualifier satellites are available for this event. Single-table sit-and-go satellites feature a $32+3 buy-in and run around the clock. The $5+.50 Stage 1 Qualifier multi-table tournaments run daily at 10:30 AM and 2:15, 5:45, 7:45, 9:45 and 11:45 PM ET, while the $40+4 Stage 2 Qualifiers run daily at 1:45, 6:45 and 10:15 PM ET.

Finally there's the $1,000+0 Grand Tournament V, which will run December 16th and 17th. Qualifier freezeout tournaments to the Grand V run daily and feature several levels of buy-in. The least expensive of these is the $5+.50 direct qualifier running at 1 PM and 7 PM ET each Friday - five $1,000 tickets are guaranteed in each of these tournaments. Stage 1 Qualifiers cost $11+1, award one ticket to a Stage 2 Qualifier for every 10 entries, and run daily at 10:15 and 11:30 AM, and 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30, 4:30, 5:30, 6:30, 7:30, 8:15, 9:30 and 11:40 PM ET. Stage 2 Qualifiers cost $100+8, award one ticket to the Grand V for every 10 entries, and run daily at 2:30 and 8:30 PM ET, with an additional qualifier running weekends at 10:30 PM ET.


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