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Party Poker

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Party Poker and PokerStars have very similar WSOP packages this year. The value of winning a WSOP package on Party Poker is roughly $12,000. The package itself is really only $11,000 ($10,000 buy-in plus $1,000 in spending money), but Party Poker is also awarding the winner with free hotel accommodations if they agree to wear Party Poker merchandise throughout the tournament.

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There are four different avenues from which one can qualify for the WSOP at Party Poker: freerolls, regular satellites, gateway satellites, and steps tournaments.


Party Poker is giving away many WSOP packages through their WSOP freeroll tournaments. Every Saturday at 4:30 pm ET a freeroll tournament will give away 20 unique WSOP packages. First place in this freeroll tournament is a $50,000 entry to the inaugural WSOP H.O.R.S.E. event. Second through tenth will win $10,000 Main Event packages. Eleventh through twentieth will be awarded packages to play in a $2,000 buy-in preliminary event.

This Saturday freeroll is not open to anyone. In order to participate, one must qualify through a different freeroll tournament throughout the week. Each day 12 freerolls are held on Party Poker that anyone with a real money account is welcome to participate in. The top 50 finishers in these freerolls advance to the big Saturday freeroll at the end of the week. These sub-qualifier freerolls are capped at 3,500 entrants and virtually never come short of meeting this quota.

Regular Satellites

Each day at 9:00 pm ET, Party Poker is holding a $200+$15 satellite that will directly award WSOP packages. Besides buying into the tournament directly, there are a variety of ways to qualify for this $215 tournament: $2 rebuy and add-on qualifiers, $50+$5 multi-table tournament qualifiers, and $30+$3 single-table qualifiers just to name a few.

Gateway Satellites

For players interested in small field WSOP satellite tournaments, Party Poker's "Gateway Satellites" are ideal. Every Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday at 8:03 pm ET a $500+$35 tournament that is limited to 22 entrants will award the winner with a WSOP package. Each Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday at 11:03 pm ET a $250+$20 tournament that is limited to 44 entrants will also award one WSOP package.

Steps Tournaments

"Steps" are single-table tournaments where you buy-in for a low amount and win entries into higher buy-in single-table tournaments. At the highest step, the $1,560+$105 step, one player wins an entry into the WSOP. There are two types of these tournaments, "Steps" and "Quick Steps". Each of them is a five-tier series of tournaments that lead to the final tournament where one WSOP package is awarded. The "Quick Steps" begin with a $55+$5 tournament. The "Steps" begin at $9+$1. Players are free to buy-in to any level of the "Steps" tournaments if they do not wish to start at the bottom.

Please note that these WSOP Steps are among the worst deals out there for WSOP qualifiers. This is because of the huge rake involved with these steps. For most of these single-table tournaments, you will end up just winning another entry into another single-table WSOP step, which means you will be paying the rake again.

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