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Online Poker Tournaments in January - Part 3
2006, Jason Kirk  
Here's an overview of the tournaments running at PokerStars, Titan Poker, and Absolute Poker in January.

PokerStars

European Poker Tour satellites are the focus of tournament action at PokerStars this month. First things first, the last chance to qualify for the Scandinavian Open at PokerStars is literally right around the corner. The $360+20 super satellite runs at 1 PM ET on January 7th and will award 1 EPT prize package for every $6,600 in the prize pool. Winners will play at Casino Copenhagen in Denmark starting January 19th, with hundreds of thousands of euros and a seat at the Monte Carlo EPT Grand Final at stake.

One of the best stories of last year's EPT was Brandon Schaefer. Brandon qualified for the EPT Deauville French Open through a last-minute FPP satellite, took 1st place in Deauville, and then took 2nd in the EPT Grand Final in Monte Carlo. If you think you're destined to be this year's Brandon Schaefer, your journey starts with a qualifier for the French Open at PokerStars. All of these satellites run on Sundays. The FPP satellite, for the Brandon Schaefer purists out there, run at 12 PM ET and cost 3,000 FPPs. The cash qualifiers runs Sundays at 5 PM ET and have a $360+20 price tag. After winning the satellite of your choice, your next step is the French Open, which will be held at Deauville Casino in Deauville, France, from February 8th to the 11th. A win there and you're just a short flight away from poker history at Monte Carlo.

Monte Carlo is the last destination on the EPT trail, and it's the ultimate prize package up for grabs in PokerStars satellite tournaments in January. Because it's the big one at the end of the line, sporting a buy-in of €10,000, the satellites are more costly as well. Cash super satellites will set you back $615+35, and they run on Saturdays at 3 PM ET. FPP satellites are scheduled on Sundays at 2 PM ET, and will cost you 6,000 FPPs. The Grand Final doesn't kick off until March 7th, so there's still plenty of time to win a seat.

Titan Poker

Titan is getting into the satellite tournament act this month, giving its players a chance to play in the WPT Borgata Poker Classic in Atlantic City at the end of the month. Titan's super satellite has a direct buy-in of $300+15, making it a great value with only 5% juice. It is scheduled to run at 8 PM ET on Friday, January 20th, just over a week before the beginning of the newest event on the World Poker Tour. Daily $21+1.50 multi-table qualifiers for the super satellite run nightly at 7:30 PM ET, and 10-man and 6-man sit-and-go qualifiers run around the clock. The winners of the Super Satellite will receive a $12,000 prize package including the tournament buy-in and money for travel and accommodations.

For those of you who don't win your seat into the WPT event at Titan, there's another tournament to set your sights on. The $100,000 Guaranteed is scheduled for 5 PM ET on Sunday, January 29th. Direct entry into the tournament is available for $200+15, and satellites are also running. Multi-table qualifiers run at 5 and 10 PM ET nightly and carry an entry of $10.75+1. 10-man and 6-man sit-and-go satellites are always available.

Absolute Poker

Just like Doyle's Room, Absolute Poker has gotten a jump on the 2006 World Series of Poker by kicking off its weekly WSOP Main Event super satellites. These are held every Sunday at 8:30 PM ET, with a relatively low entry of $100+8, and award 1 $11,000 WSOP Main Event prize for every 110 players in the super satellite. The best news for anyone whose bankroll isn't quite as big as their dreams of taking down the biggest tournament in the world is that Absolute has a variety of levels available to give you a chance at the WSOP. If you prefer to take a multi-table route, qualifiers for the weekly super satellites only cost $9 or $18 and sub-qualifiers to those tournaments run for $1 and $2. Single-table qualifiers run around the clock, and can be played for either $12, $24, or $36.
 

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