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2006 WSOP SATELLITE REVIEWS
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Betfair Poker has some unique WSOP qualifiers. Betfair's default WSOP package is valued at $15,500. This is considerably higher than the packages offered at most sites. Aside from the $10,000 buy-in, package winners receive $2,500 for traveling expenses as well as 15 nights stay at the Rio Hotel and Casino, which is valued at $3,000. Betfair is also offering an incentive package this year known as a "Threedom Pass" which means they will pay the entry fee for the following three WSOP Main Events to anyone who makes this year's final table after qualifying through Betfair.
There are two main reasons Betfair's package is more valuable than the packages offered at most other sites. First, the players who qualify for the WSOP through Betfair are likely to live very far from Las Vegas (due to the fact that no Americans play on this site). Therefore, travel expenses are likely to be much higher for Betfair qualifiers, which is why they are being credited a hefty $2,500 for miscellaneous expenses. Secondly, the bigger online poker sites are offering hotel accommodation only for the first half of the WSOP due to the fact that most players are likely to be eliminated from the tournament by this time. If a player is still in the tournament after their hotel package expires, these sites have agreed to pick up the tab on further hotel lodging. Betfair is unique in that they are offering a hotel room for the entire duration of the WSOP, even though it is likely that most qualifiers will have been long eliminated from the tournament before the 15th day.
Cash Game Qualifiers
Betfair Poker has a unique route to win a WSOP package that involves never having to play a tournament. Users who generate £28,000 of rake during the qualification period (February 20th through June 25th), they will be awarded a $15k WSOP package outright. Those who come up a little short of playing this large number of raked hands will still have a smaller WSOP package made available to them as a thank you for playing cash games on Betfair. Freerolls that award WSOP packages are available to those who generate £4,000 of rake or more.
New Members WSOP Freerolls
Anyone who creates a real money account on Betfair after February 20th and accumulates at least 4,000 MPP's within 30 days of playing their first raked hand will be invited to play in one of four WSOP freerolls. Each awards a WSOP package to the winner. The latest a player could still be eligible for a new member WSOP freeroll after creating an account and completing the accumulation of 4,000 MPP's is June 25th.
Each Saturday a $705+$45 Land-based Online Qualification Series (LOQ) tournament takes place on Betfair. A $15,500 package will be awarded for every 22 entrants in this tournament. It should be noted that LOQ winners are given the option of what land-based tournament they wish to play. Therefore, LOQ winners may choose to play in a $10,000 buy-in tournament other than the WSOP Main Event.
Betfair will soon release dates and buy-in details of their 2006 WSOP cash satellites. Aside from the LOQ series, Betfair has not yet started running any cash satellites on their network.
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