Online Poker Tournaments in October - Part 1
by Jason Kirk  

Every new month brings a new crop of promotions at all your favorite online card rooms. Whether you're looking for big guaranteed prize pools or satellites to the biggest tournaments at casinos around the world, chances are there's something to suit your bankroll and appetite.

Full Tilt Poker

This month Full Tilt Poker seems to be going all-out to be the home of the best tournaments online. No less than six major tournament promotions are going on this month, and October 1 marks the start of a new tournament schedule and new guaranteed prize pools. I may be understating the case when I say it's a good month to play at Full Tilt.

Two of the new dates for this season's WSOP Circuit are in November at Paris/Bally's in Las Vegas and in December at Showboat in Atlantic City. Starting this month, Full Tilt is holding "Return of the WSOPC" tournaments that could net you a $12,000 prize package to play in the championship event at either of these new circuit stops. Every Sunday from October 9th to November 20th, at 4 PM ET, these $200+16 tournaments will send another player to one of the two biggest gambling resorts in America to play against some of the world's best poker players. Satellites to the "Return of the WSOPC" start at $4+.40, so even the smallest bankroll can afford to take a shot. Satellite seats are also being given away to the Ultimate Poker Challenge in Las Vegas. At 3 PM ET on Sunday, October 2nd, $200+16 will give you a shot at winning an $11,000 prize package to this televised tournament.

In addition to all the satellite tournaments, Full Tilt is also expanding its tournament schedule and beefing up its guaranteed prize pools this October. "Post-Game Poker" comes just in time for football season. Every Sunday night at 11:59 PM ET these $50+5 tournaments, in addition to regular first-place money, will also pay the winner $1 for every point scored in all NFL games that day. The new weekly guaranteed prize pool tournaments are worth more than $400,000. With entry fees as low as $24+2, they are as good a deal as you're going to find anywhere - and best of all they run 9 times daily. (You can check out the full schedule here.) The biggest of these guaranteed tourneys is the Sunday $200+16, with a minimum $50,000 being paid out. If that's not enough money on the line for you, make sure you show up on October 23rd for the $200,000 Guarantee. The entry into this tournament is also $200+16, and the winner will receive his own personalized avatar on Full Tilt.


The European Poker Tour's second season is in full swing now, and PokerStars is the home of all satellites to this prestigious tournament series. If touring the Old World and facing down its best players sounds like a good time, this is definitely where you want to play. The next stop on the tour is in Dublin, Ireland, the capital of the nation that brought us Guinness and 2005 WSOP Main Event finalist Andy Black. On October 29th the Merrion Casino Club will open the doors on a 4,000+200-euro main event. Ram Vaswani of the Hendon Mob outlasted two native Irishmen to win last year's first prize of 93,000 euros. If you'd like to be the one fending off the Emerald Isle's home-grown poker sharks this year, you can play in a $360+20 EPT Dublin qualifier on Saturdays at 3:00 PM ET. Single-table satellites to these qualifiers are available for $48+4, and multi-table rebuy satellites run for $5+.50 and $12+1.

Outside of the EPT the biggest tournament from PokerStars in the near future is the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. Last year this event brought poker to the Bahamas for the first time at Atlantis Resort and Casino on Paradise Island, and this year it's bringing it back, bigger and better. As sponsor of the event, PokerStars is giving away more than $500,000 in seats to its players - in satellites with buy-ins as low as $3. When you consider that this year's prize for first place is likely to be larger than John Gale's $800,000 last year, that starts sounding like an even better deal. Prize packages for the Caribbean Adventure are worth $12,000, including $8,000 for the tournament buy-in, seven nights at the 5-star Atlantis resort, $1,000 in meals and $1,000 in cash. The full satellite schedule for this trip to poker paradise can be found here.

Tournaments in October Part 2

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