The rise of satellite poker
Satellite poker tournaments have always been popular. In 2003, an accountant called Chris Moneymaker won a seat in the Main Event of the 2003 World Series of Poker from an original satellite entry of just $86. His subsequent victory in the $10,000-entry WSOP Main Event provoked an influx of online players that has remained a key part of the poker public ever since. While the 'Moneymaker Effect' will never happen again, that's only because playing a satellite qualifier into a poker tournament is now so commonplace.
Today, satellites into live tournaments are a common part of any recreational player’s aspiration, as well as a core element of how professionals make a profit in the game.
Even more satellites at partypoker
At partypoker, more satellites have been added than ever before. They are a key part of how we approach a live tournament. It's no longer a case that a few online qualifiers provide good stories for reporters. The story is now about how big a percentage of any field reached the start line having paid a fraction of the buy-in.
More satellites mean bigger guarantees
With satellites achieving a greater popularity than even we expected, the guarantees have increased too. From $110,000 to an incredible $500,000. And that’s not all. More satellites mean more opportunities than ever before for players to get to big tournament, like Day 1 of a MILLIONS Main Event, for example.
Black to Back Satellite Wins?
One player who can hardly advocate satellites more is Taylor Black. Black won the MILLIONS North America Main Event after entering with PP LIVE $$$ and in doing so, took his tournament winnings to over $2 million. What a result for the young man, and he was excited to tell us all about it the moment he wrapped up victory:
Winning partypoker LIVE Dollars
Rather than winning a package, satellites on partypoker online award partypoker LIVE Dollars (PP LIVE $$$). They get added to your account when you win and you can spend them on a buy-in to any partypoker LIVE main and side event and partypoker LIVE satellite on partypoker. You can even use your poker currency for your expenses and travel to these multi-million dollar guaranteed events.
Travel the world on PP LIVE $$$
Travel the world to tournaments such as MILLIONS Live, Country Championships, Grand Prix and partypoker sponsored events such as the Irish Open – all using your PP LIVE $$$. The MILLIONS Online Leaderboard is currently in action and shows who has won the most this season, whether by competing for PP LIVE $$$ in online satellites now running on partypoker, or by winning them in exciting promotions.
Daily satellites for every player
The varied satellite buy-in levels make it even more exciting and give you even more opportunities to qualify. There are daily satellites where you can win PP LIVE $$$ in $200 or $1,000 increments OR a weekly final that guarantees an amazing 10 x $5000 PP LIVE $$$ prizes.
Oi Oi Oi Going for Gold
Everyone who wins PP LIVE $$$ is entered into the $1,000,000 leaderboard, which runs throughout the 2018-19 poker season. At the end of the season, the $1,000,000 will be divided up between the top 100 players with $100,000 for the winner. Check out the current standings here if you want to know who's winning the race, because the lead changes day by day. Sami Gold looked like a strong contender for running away with it, but 'Oi Oi Oi' has reigned them in.
With the current top ten players coming from seven different countries including Russia, Great Britain and Canada, there is a huge variety to the players taking part. If you want to get involved, then don't delay. You can read all about the prizes on offer in a bit more detail right here.
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