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Online Poker Tournaments in September
by Jason Kirk  

August was a great month for online tournaments, and September is shaping up to be even bigger. Let's begin with a look at some of our favorite poker rooms and see what satellites and big buy-in tourneys are being offered this month.

PokerStars

The 4th Annual World Championship of Online Poker kicks off at PokerStars this Sunday with the $500+30 entry, $800,000 Guaranteed No-Limit Hold'em event. For the next two weeks, the WCOOP will offer one tournament a day with a guaranteed prize pool of at least $150,000. There simply isn't a bigger event anywhere on the net. You can still win your way into these tournaments through satellites - check the WCOOP FAQ for more information.

Also running at PokerStars this month are satellite tournaments for the second season of the European Poker Tour. The EPT season starts in Barcelona on the 16th of this month, and you can win your way in for as little as $5.50 through a PokerStars satellite. Also currently available are satellites for tournaments in London (9/30-10/2) and Baden 10/4-10/6). The prize package for each of these tournaments is well over $6,000, including travel, lodging, and tournament entry fees. Also worth a mention is that each of these tournaments will be broadcast on throughout Europe on Eurosport and on the UK's fiveTV. For more info on the EPT, you can check the official website.

Finally, PokerStars has organized two charity tournaments to benefit the regions affected by Hurricane Katrina. The $5+0 no-limit freezeout will be held September 12th at 9:30 PM ET, and the $20+0 no-limit freezeout will be held September 14th at 9:30 PM ET. The prize pools will be matched 100% by PokerStars, and all the money will be donated to the American Red Cross for relief of the affected areas. Wil Wheaton - actor, writer, and member of Team PokerStars - will be playing in each of these events, and will be giving autographed books away to the players at each final table. PokerStars has an excellent reputation for responding in times of crisis, and they continue to show what they're made of with these two events.

Empire Poker

Empire Poker has run its TV Star tournaments regularly for some time, offering entry into tournaments taped for television. This month's TV Star qualifiers will receive a $17,000 prize package that includes entry into the WPT Bellagio Five Diamond Classic in Las Vegas - one of the most prestigious tournaments on the tour. Every Saturday this month, Empire will hold a $100+0 qualifier tournament for the WPT event, with one seat being given away for every 170 entrants. While you can buy in to this qualifier directly, there are several ways to win your way in for less. Multi-table qualifiers, awarding one seat in the $100+0 Saturday tournament for every $100 in the prize pool, are available daily for $10+1 (12:30 AM ET), $5+1 (7:30 PM ET), and $1+0 (5:30 PM ET). Single-table SNG qualifiers run around the clock for $20+2, and multi-table SNG qualifiers are available for $10+1.

UltimateBet

The premier offering from UltimateBet this month is its annual WPT Aruba Classic event. The tournament on the southern Caribbean island kicks off on September 26th, but you can still win your way in through UltimateBet satellites. Super-satellites are now running 7 days a week, with buy-ins ranging from $20+2 to $300+20, and satellites are to these tournaments are running every day for as little as $3+0. 300 prize packages that include hotel, travel, and tournament entry fees - worth $9000 - are being awarded, and there are unlimited chances to win the $5200 tournament entry as long as the satellites are still running. For the schedule of satellite tournaments, visit UltimateBet's Aruba page here.

UltimateBet is also holding three tournaments to benefit the areas affected by Hurricane Katrina, with all fees from the tournaments being sent to the American Red Cross and earmarked for hurricane relief. While the site is guaranteeing a minimum contribution of $10,000, they can send even more if enough people sign up to play. What's more, Team UB members Phil Hellmuth, Jr., and Russ Hamilton have offered to match the contributions 100% up to $10,000. That's a lot of money headed to people who desperately need the help. UltimateBet's hurricane relief tournaments are running on September 8th ($5+5), 9th ($20+5) and 10th ($150+150). Plenty of Team UB pros will be playing with bounties on their heads, and players who make the final table of each tournament will receive something special. Full information on the UltimateBet hurricane relief tournaments can be found here.

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