Online Poker Tournaments in August
© 2006, Randy Saylor  

Every month, I will take a run through the tournament calendars of the various sites to find the biggest upcoming events. Some of these are weekly tournaments with guaranteed prize pools, and some are one-shot deals that generate a lot of excitement at the sites with their accompanying satellites.

Also included are opportunities to play on television by qualifying for a large buy-in tournament such as the World Poker Tour through an online satellite. These tournaments award the winner(s) with buy-in and entry fee for the tournament, hotel accommodations, and travel expense money.

Poker Stars

The largest regular online tournament prize pool is found in the Poker Stars Sunday Million. This $200+15 event is held every Sunday at 1630 ET. Satellites start at $3. Once a month, the buy-in increases to $500+30 to allow the players to compete for a similar prize pool with fewer opponents.

Expect satellites for the annual World Championship of Online Poker to be available soon. The series of tournaments kicks off September 16 and ends October 1. The 17 tournaments combine to guarantee $10 Million in prize pools. Buy-ins range from $200+15 to $5000+200.

Full Tilt Poker

Full Tilt’s big Sunday tournament is the $200+16 $200,000 Guaranteed event. Start time is 1800 ET.

The Winner’s Choice tournament plays twice weekly - every Tuesday and Saturday at 2100 ET. The $200+16 tournament awards entry ($10,200) and travel ($1800) packages to the winner’s choice of World Poker Tour events: Legends of Poker (August 26-30, Los Angeles), Borgata Poker Open (September 15-18, Atlantic City), and World Poker Finals (November 11-16, Foxwoods).

Party Poker

Party also hosts a $200+15 Sunday tournament with $1 Million guaranteed. This event starts at 1630 ET. Qualifiers run every 30 minutes, 24 hours per day and can be entered for as little as $3 (rebuy) or $7.

Party Poker’s daily tournaments generate a lot of entries. The “Super” tournaments are on Monday through Thursday evenings with $150+12 entries. The Wednesday game is one of the largest Limit Holdem tournaments available anywhere. The Friday Special ups the price to $200+15. The Saturday night $200+15 guarantees a $200,000 prize pool, and features 5000 starting chips for plenty of poker action.

Doyles Room

Tribeca Network sites, of which Doyle’s Room is the most popular, are running a super satellite on July 29 to the WPT Legends of Poker, held August 26-30 at the Bicycle Casino in Los Angeles. Buy-in is $198+19.80. The winner will receive a $10,000 entry plus $2500 for travel costs.

This site will be running two super satellites to the WPT Borgata Poker Open in September. The $250+25 satellites are August 12 and 27. Qualifiers can be entered for as little as $2. Winner(s) will receive a $12,500 travel and entry package.

Ultimate Bet

Sun, sand, surf. This will be the setting September 23 through October 1, as players head to the Caribbean for the Ultimate Poker Classic in Aruba. Satellites are held exclusively at Ultimate Bet. Direct entry satellites range from $100+9 to $1000+60. Sub-qualifiers start at $3. Winners receive: $5200 tournament entry, coach airfare for two, and eight nights’ hotel.

Ultimate Bet recently introduced tournament dollars, which replace the old tournament entry tokens. Now a player can win a satellite, unregister from the target tournament, and receive tournament dollars in exchange. This allows players flexibility in their tournament times and choices.


The Ongame Network sites, including PokerRoom, are the place to find the Sunday Big Deal tournament. This 1400 ET event costs $300+20, and guarantees a prize pool of $80,000. Qualifiers start at $8.

A single prize of at least $1 Million will be awarded to the winner of the Poker Classic. This tournament begins September 2 with a buy-in of $5000+200. The tournament will be played online until 45 players remain. The players will then convene in Barcelona, Spain on September 30 to play the remainder of the tournament live. The total prize pool is guaranteed to be at least $5 Million, and the travel expenses (paid by the site) will not come out of the prize pool.

Bodog Poker

Check out the Sunday 1400 ET $100,000 Guaranteed tournament, with a $100+9 buy in. Qualifying starts for as little as $1.

Paradise Poker

Winners of the $200 WPT satellites at Paradise Poker get their choice of entry into the August 26-30 Legends of Poker or the October 23-27 North American Poker Championship, the first WPT event held in Canada, at the Fallsview Casino in Niagara Falls. Satellites run around the clock, starting at $4 for rebuy tournaments.

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