Online Poker Tournaments in September
2006, Randy Saylor  

This series of articles tours the largest poker sites for news of bonuses and tournaments, including freerolls. Tournaments and bonus terms are subject to change. Check each site’s current Terms and Conditions for changes in bonus restrictions.

Paradise Poker Qualifiers Dominate WPT Legends

Two players that qualified for the recently completed World Poker Tour Legends tournament at Paradise Poker made the top six spots and will be featured on the televised portion of the final table.

The Paradise Poker team congratulated Razzman99 (Randy Holland), who finished 5th for $177,460, and gaamblor (Joe Pelton), who won the tournament for $1.6 Million. A third member of Team Paradise finished twelfth.

Paradise Poker continues the WPT satellites with $200 and $500 qualifiers to the North American Championship, held October 25-29 at the Fallsview Casino at Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.

Paradise Poker Receives Award

Paradise Poker recently captured the honor of best online tournaments from Casino Player magazine. The highlight of the schedule is the daily (2100 ET) $100,000 Guaranteed tournament. This $30 rebuy tournament often has an overlay (the total of buy-ins does not meet the guarantee). Weekly $150,000 and monthly $250,000 guarantees are also on the schedule.

Within the last few months, Paradise Poker has introduced a new multi-table tournament format to its lineup. Known as “Quickie” MTTs, these tournaments are technically not sit-and-go games, because the start time is fixed. They are called by that name because the number of players is capped at 10, 20, 50, or 100. Buy-ins range from $5 to $40. Most tournaments are no-limit holdem, but a few are pot-limit Omaha. Tournaments usually fill up about 15 minutes before the scheduled start. These MTTs are great for players who cannot commit five or six hours to defeat several hundred opponents.

Player’s Club $1000 freerolls run twice daily at Paradise Poker. These are entered with 100 Player’s Club points.

Pot-limit Omaha (High only) sit-and-go tournaments are now available. Buy-ins are $5+1, $10+1, $20+2, or $50+5.

Paradise is one of the few sites where players can access Draw, Five Card Stud, Pineapple, and Pineapple Hi-Low games.

Bonuses for September: First deposit bonus of 25%, $50 maximum. This is a 10x bonus that is stackable with no expiration. It releases in $10 increments. (See this link for explanations of bonus terms.)

There are no reload bonuses currently available, but they are due to announce one soon (based on history). If you do not currently have an account there, it may be a good idea to deposit $200 now to claim (not clear) the deposit bonus. You can withdraw 48 hours later, and then also claim a reload bonus if and when it’s offered without forfeiting the deposit bonus.

PartyGaming (Party Poker, Empire Poker)

The largest poker site is also the quietest this month. No big events are currently scheduled other than Monster Freeroll qualifying. With $20 Million likely to be given away, this is a major freeroll and is certainly worthy of the attention.

Some of the largest tournaments online are found at Party Poker. This is one of the few sites where a $5 buy-in can return $1000, because there are so many potential players. The largest regular tournaments at Party Gaming are the daily $150+12 “Super Weekday” tournaments. Sunday’s $200+15 Million Dollars Guaranteed tournament usually awards over $140,000 to the first place winner.

PartyGaming owns Empire Poker and the two sites share tables and players. The never-ending question is “are you allowed to have an account at both sites?” The answer is a) maybe; b) it depends on who you ask; or c) it depends on the current phase of the moon and last night’s lottery numbers.

Some customer service and affiliate managers suggest this is acceptable, and others deny it. It is generally believed that it is allowed, but not actively encouraged by the sites to discourage bonus chasers. Installing the software for both is sometimes problematic if you already have an account at the other. The best solution is to install the software on a different (non-poker) PC and register your account there. If you have an alternate email address, this may be helpful too. You can then download the software to your poker computer and log in.

Complete poker novices have access to special “Beginners” tables from the Party lobby. No-limit holdem (2 cent/4 cent blinds), and fixed limit holdem (.05/.10). Access to these games is removed after your account has been active for 90 days.

September Bonuses: Both sites virtually always offer a 20% ($100 max) or $25 free (on a $50 deposit. Terms vary, but are usually 7x with a 30-day expiration. Check carefully, because bonus terms at Party Poker have often changed recently.

Party Poker offers a one-time reload bonus for customers using the IGMPay service (see the cashier) of 20% up to $100. Other Party reloads are account specific (emailed to certain players). Party Poker gives out a lot of no deposit bonuses, but these are unpredictable. You should always check your email for these offers.

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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