With the Word Series of Poker starting the 67 events of 2016 on the 2nd June, the online poker sites are ramping up their satellite qualifier schedules. You can win trips to enter the ‘Main Event’ starting in early July. These trips include $10k for your buy-in, along with hotel accommodation and money for flights and expenses. There are also satellite qualifiers to ‘side events’. These are the smaller events with buy-ins up to $1500. The poker sites also offer hotel stays and money for flights to go with these.
World Series Qualifiers for US Based Players
If you are based in Nevada or New Jersey, you can enjoy qualifiers on the 888 branded in-state US online poker sites. For the rest of the country, you’ll need to head offshore to find a game.
This year, America’s Cardroom has added a different twist to their WSOP 2016 qualifier games. These are running via the new ‘Lottery Sit N Goes’.
Specifically, you’ll pay $3 to enter a 3-handed tournament – which has a random prize pool. Most of the prizes will be $6, some $27 or $81. Every now and again, a tournament will crop up with 3 prizes, each worth $12,500 – one for each of the players that enter. Those players get to attend the Main Event with a shot at that multi-million dollar final table.
Check out the qualifiers at www.americascardroom.eu now!
World Series Qualifiers for Non-US Based Players
Here the choice opens up, though for me one site (the official sponsor, 888 Poker) stands out in 2016.
888 have a 6-stage qualifying system, which means even the smallest stakes players have a legitimate shot at making it to the main event. You can buy-in to the World Series satellites at any point you like (so you are not forced to grind out 10c games if you do not enjoy them!).
Once you hit stage 6 you will win entry into a ‘supersatellite’ event which awards tickets to games giving away $13,500 prize packages to the Main Event. These include the usual mix of flight money, expenses, accommodation and entry into poker’s biggest tournament!
888 also have some side-event qualifiers.
If you are new to this site you can now claim up to $88 in free play at the real money tables without a deposit (no credit card info needed either). Check out this deal and all of the World Series qualifiers at www.888poker.com now!
Side Event Qualifiers
There are many sites offering the chance to qualify for smaller events. One that caught my eye was the ‘Viva Las Vegas’ trip from the huge iPoker site – Titan Poker. This gives you 5 nights at Treasure Island – plus tournament entry into a $1500 event and flight / expense money. If you have not already discovered for yourself, the games at Titan Poker are famously soft!
My bigger dedicated poker site – www.sitandgoplanet.com – has even more detailed information on the 2016 World Series qualifiers.