BREAKING: Full Tilt Poker Announces ONYX Cup

And here's Full Tilt's major announcement--the ONYX Cup.

Full Tilt has made their major announcement. It’s called the ONYX Cup. Here is an abridged summation:

:: It’s six (6) major events with buy-ins ranging from $100,000 to $300,000.

:: Grand Finale event will have a $250,000 buy-in with $1M added to the prize pool.

:: Top three finishers of each event get points, and whoever accumulates the most points by the end of the series is the ONYX Cup winner.

:: Events take place in U.S., Europe, and Asia.

:: Qualifying will take place online, of course, at Fill Tilt. Qualifying begins on Tuesday, March 15.

:: The first event will apparently take place on May 11/12 in Las Vegas.

To watch the full announcement video, go here.

Phil Ivey, Patrik Antonius, Tom ‘durrrr’ Dwan, Gus Hansen, and Erik Seidel appear in the vid to discuss the ONYX Cup series. What stands out the most is this is almost in direct competition (in theory) to the Federated poker thingy. Best of the best. Elite of the elite. Top pros. Series of events. Juiced prize pools. Etc. Although there are plenty of differences too (no card carrying members, buy-in size, chances for success, etc.) We’ll see how much overlap there is with the actual events.

To watch Onyx “Slam,” go here.


4 Responses

  1. Jono

    March 14, 2011 10:15 am, Reply

    Apparently its points based and after 6 events players with most points go t o the final to play for a $1 mil prize pool and sports car. Qualifiers start for the first event in vegas from tomorrow!

  2. Chinaman

    March 14, 2011 1:09 pm, Reply

    These dicknuggets are determined to try and ruin televised poker, aren’t they?

    No-personality slack jaws playing these events gratis, excluding players by way of affiliation to Full Tilt and the fact that they’ve excluded themselves in playing in shows and leagues put on by other sites, certainly isn’t all that enticing. How painful was that eight-minute clip to watch? Great, I’m glad Ivey is the best player in the world. I’m satisfied that a surly, aloof, and frankly boring personality who has never given an interesting interview or sound bite, is somehow the darling of the poker media. But, you know what? Based on watching Ivey in televised poker shows, he might also be the best in the world at catching flies.

    The draw isn’t even that exciting. Enormous buy-ins aren’t outlandish anymore, not when we’ve seen people shipping hundreds of thousands of dollars on straight draws with over cards on shows like High Stakes Poker for the last half decade. So, what are they trading on exactly, their name brand?

    Aside from the small population percentage that follows poker and online poker feverishly – and, it is a small percentage – who will derive any enjoyment out of watching full-length Full Tilt commercials comprised of super-rich poker players, who, let’s be honest, have little interest in tournament poker or even the game for that matter, considering the wealth they’ve gained from their percentage stake in what is still an illegal business. Certainly there’s no personality.

    Fuck that noise. You know, I do check up with Wicked Chops every day. Same goes for pokernews, and to a lesser extent even ESPN’s poker website. Years of being a fan of the game and playing the game at levels both low and high and tournaments, including the WSOP (depending on how I’m running that year, if I’m being perfectly honest) doesn’t make me excited to see this, it’s disappointing. I don’t want to be told how great and exciting players are who can barely hold a conversation at a televised poker event because they have shifty eyes or they’re a ranked 2400 in chess.

    Give me the Tony Gs, the Phil Hellmuths, Salty Joes, Viffers, Daniel Negreanus, Moneymakers, and, I can’t believe I’m saying this, the Phil Laaks and Jean-Roberts instead of these suckbags.

    Rant off.

  3. Charlie

    March 16, 2011 6:45 pm, Reply

    That was fucking strong Chinaman. You made a lot of valid points that hold a lot of fucking water.

    Entities: Sign this dude up for a weekly rant.

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