Online Poker Tournaments in September - Part 3
© 2006, Randy Saylor  


Right now, UltimateBet is all about Aruba. The upcoming September 23 start of the UltimateBet Poker Classic means that satellite tournaments are running like crazy. The fun culminates September 16 with a 25 seat guaranteed $1000 buy-in MTT. Each package is valued at $10,000, and includes travel plus the $5200 entry into the main event. Pro Bounty satellites to Aruba have also been added. Several of the UltimateBet pros, including Antonio Esfandiari and Annie Duke, are playing. If you knock one of them out, your buy-in is refunded, so you’re getting a shot at Aruba for free!

Elimination Blackjack tournaments are now on the schedule at UltimateBet! This is an exciting tournament format. Players start with $25,000 in tournament chips and play regular casino blackjack to accumulate as many chips as possible. Elimination hands and secret bets are just part of the fun. This is an exciting tournament that is worth a few tries.

The Aruba Classic and the introduction of Blackjack games at UB are no mere coincidence. The new Ultimate Blackjack Tour will have a tournament in Aruba at the same time, and there will be a freeroll for online (poker) qualifiers to win a seat in the Blackjack tournament too.

Cash game players are often ignored in the promotions area (other than deposit bonuses, of course). For September, this will change at UB. The top ten Ultimate Points earners each week will be awarded cash or apparel items. There are two tiers of awards so low limit players have a shot at some prizes.

September Bonuses: A first deposit bonus of 100% up to $650 is available. It clears quickly at the amazingly fast cash games. Very regular reload bonuses are offered. UB is one site that is tough on bonus abusers, so some overplay after clearing the bonus is recommended.

Pacific Poker

The dust hasn’t even settled from Jamie Gold’s Main Event win at the World Series of Poker, but Pacific Poker is already running satellites to the 2007 event! Harrah’s hasn’t set the date, but Pacific doesn’t care. They offer weekly Saturday satellites ($125+10) that award $14,000 Main Event packages.

The Showdown Survivor is another promotion that benefits cash game players. On five dates in September, an 18-hour period is the showdown time. Each time a hand plays to showdown, the players in the showdown receive points. The top 100 point earners each day earn bonus cash from $25 up to $200.

September Bonuses: Pacific Poker offers a 25% up to $100 first deposit bonus.

This ambitious site has refused to go the network route by sharing game servers with several other sites. Instead, they stand alone. Their excellent software and customer service has built their player base to as many as 6000 players at a time.

The freerolls offered by are some of the best. $50 is given away every two hours, and there is a daily freeroll of at least $1000 (as much as $10,000). New members are entitled to enter New Player freerolls for four weeks. These award $50 and run every three hours. New players also get a ticket to a $500 new player freeroll, which is valid for one week.

Some innovative features of the software include player icons. If you recognize a fish or a shark, you can tag that player so an icon will appear on the table next to their username. The “Expose One Card” lets you expose one of your hole cards when the other player folds. The “Rabbit Hunt” feature lets you have the remaining cards dealt after a hand is folded out to find out if you would have filled your flush. The penalty is that this exposes your pathetic hole cards to the rest of the table. also allows immediate withdrawals (with restrictions) to Neteller or Click2Pay accounts, to keep your bankroll liquid.

September Bonus: first deposits receive 100% up to $100. This clears at $1 per 200 comp points (see site for details), and is released in $10 increments. First depositors also receive an entry into the October 1 freeroll that will award a $12,500 Aussie Millions tournament package.

Online Poker Tournaments in September Part 1
Online Poker Tournaments in September Part 2
Online Poker Tournaments in September Part 3

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