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Can't Miss Online Poker Promotions

THE WEEKLY SHUFFLE, 2008-08-31, by Ozone

There are several interesting promotions taking place in the online poker world right now. We figured, what better way to fill everyone in about what's going on than to cram it into one article? This is that article.

888 Poker Open

This is a very cool and unique promotion. For the first time ever, a live poker tournament will be held that guarantees ALL participants will be on TV! Pacific Poker is hosting the 888 Poker Open October 27th though November 7th. The event will be played in Maidstone, England and aired on Sky TV all over the world. Since just 108 players will participate in this shootout tournament, event organizers are able to guarantee that all players who participate in this tournament will be on Sky TV.

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888 Poker is giving away seven packages each valued at $8,500 to this tournament. The risk to take a chance at winning any of these seven packages is just $1. Here is how it will work:

Each Thursday for seven weeks (starting September 4th), country restricted tournaments will take place that cost $1 to enter. There are eleven countries represented and one "rest of the world" grouping. In each $1 satellite, the top five finishers advance to the final tournament which will be held on the Saturday two days after the satellite. These Saturday final tournaments will have just 60 participants. The winner of each Saturday final will receive an $8,500 package to the 888 Poker Open. There are nice prizes for the 2nd through 10th place finishers as well.

If this promotion still seems confusing, check out this Pacific Poker page for complete details. The 888 Poker Open will have a guaranteed prize pool of $648,000 with the winner set to take home $250,000!

Titan Poker's $2.5 Million Guaranteed Tournament

On September 7th, Titan Poker is raising the bar for their Biggest Tournament Ever with a $2,500,000 guaranteed event. Direct buy-in for this tournament is $1,500+$80. Needless to say, that's pretty steep. Thankfully someone invented satellites. Qualifiers start for as little as $3+$.30. With just a week left before the Main Event, satellites are running full steam around the clock.

It's not unreasonable to expect an overlay in this tournament. They need 1,666 players to avoid one, and with a little more than a week to go, just 566 players are registered.

Overlay or not, this will be one of the largest online tournaments held this year and the largest in the history of the iPoker network.

PKR's Road to Vegas

Starting September 15th, the 3-D graphic online poker room PKR is launching freerolls to the 2009 WSOP. A little early? Perhaps. However, this promotion is pretty cool. Dubbed the Road to Vegas, this promotion is using a 'one a week, every week' format in which a unique WSOP package will be up for grabs each week for 33 weeks in a row.

A unique WSOP package will be given away each week. There are packages for pot-limit Omaha events, the $10k buy-in heads-up championship, several packages to six-handed tournaments, and packages to the $5,000 shootout event.

Full details of this promotion have not yet been released. Our news section will feature these details shortly. However, we can say that each of the 33 packages will be freerolls. Qualifying requirements will likely change from week to week depending on the package being given away. They're kicking things off with a big one; the week one package is worth $12,500 for a trip to the 2009 Main Event.

Free $20 at Mansion Poker

Lastly, if you haven't spent much time on PokerTips lately, you might not have heard about a very cool deal we made with Mansion Poker. By creating an account with Mansion through a link from PokerTips, they will credit your account with $20. Best of all, no deposit is necessary!

To get your free $20, visit Mansion Poker and create an account using pokertips20 as your referral code. It's as simple as that! Within 24-48 hours after creating your account, the $20 should appear in the "sportsbook" section of your account. Simply transfer this money to "poker" to begin grinding up your free poker bankroll.

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