It was a week or so ago when Chops told me he was planning on dedicating the majority of his online play to WSOP main event satellites.
For Chops, this decision to focus on satellites sprung from an honest assessment and humble acceptance that his original plan of winning a $10,000 seat from $50-100 sit-n-go‚Äôs just didn‚Äôt quite have the steam he imagined.
He confided in me, ‚ÄúAs of now Colin, I‚Äôm a bit short of the buy-in.‚Äù
Chop‚Äôs candid analysis in the face of a plan gone wrong was refreshing to me. Immediately after our conversation, I likewise took inventory of my own earnings status over the past six months. And you could imagine the shock when I discovered I too have yet to amass enough for my WSOP seat.
I mean, how can it be after all those tournaments in Los Angeles, the weekend in Tunica, even the day at the Vic in London, all of those weekly games here in Atlanta, and 24 hour marathon online sessions that I‚Äôm nowhere near the requisite 10 g‚Äôs? How?
Complete and utter shock I tell you.
So after a brief Rounders moment where I thought I‚Äôd take my current bankroll, grab a poker friend and hit as many college games, ‚Äúmunicipal workers‚Äù games, and NYC underground games against Russian mobsters (and after realizing I didn‚Äôt have a friend nicknamed Worm), I decided to ‚Äòget real‚Äô and look into which sites are having satellites right now as well as the various formats offered.
What I‚Äôve found is interesting. While there are plenty of multi-table satellites out there, as one would expect, what has surprised me is how many freerolls exist to land a seat at the WSOP main event.
Okay, sure the odds of winning that coveted seat in a freeroll situation would be like catching a flush on the flop three times over the past 3 or 4 months and each time getting beat by a straight flush, likewise caught on the flop, but wait, such luck, bad for me but good for someone else, does exist and just might be coming my way, or yours.
So ‚Äòtis the season to begin thinking of how you‚Äôre going to be the guy everyone hates because you won $5,000,000 from a freeroll. Here‚Äôs some places to begin that journey:
>> FULL TILT POKER – Make your first deposit, or, if you’ve already deposited, get your Full Tilt Points balance up to 100, and you’ll automatically be entered into their WSOP $10K Freeroll.
>> EMPIRE POKER ‚Äì While this one is not so free it may be worth it if you‚Äôre already playing on Empire. 2 seats are guaranteed each month. You can enter a multi table tournament for Free and if you make it to the top, you win a $10,000 entry seat to the WSOP 2005. BUT the catch is you must reach 3000 raked hands per month.
>> PARADISE POKER – For April, May and June, they‚Äôre giving away 1 FREE WSOP prize package each month. Play in one of the daily ‚ÄúWSOP Free‚Äù freeroll tournaments and if you place in the top 50 you‚Äôll qualify for the end of month ‚ÄúWSOP Final‚Äù. The winner of the ‚ÄúWSOP Final‚Äù will win a FREE $12,000 prize package.
>> PARTY POKER ‚Äì Can‚Äôt seem to find one on their site. Anyone?
>> POKER STARS ‚Äì The online home to the last 2 WSOP champions, PokerStars will be giving away 100 WSOP prize packages free to its frequent players. There will be 96 chances to win by playing in Frequent Player Point buy-in tournaments and four more packages awarded to their top Tournament Leader Board Players.
I‚Äôm sure there are more, and if you come across one you like please share here. For now, good luck‚Ä¶unless you‚Äôre playing at my table.