Win your WSOP seat
through a satellite

Jun 20, 2006 4:10 AM

Want to compete in the World Series’ championship event but don’t want to fork up the $10,000 buy-in?

Then try your hand at winning a seat through a satellite event.

Satellites are being conducted in poker rooms across the country, as well as on Internet poker sites. In fact, two of the last three champions qualified via an online satellite.

Moreover, nearly three-fourths of last year’s 5,000-plus participants won their seat online, usually at a fraction of the buy-in.

In addition to conducting satellite tournaments that award seats to the WSOP Championship Event, the satellite casinos also offer a variety of promotions and giveaways that also award seats and other prizes.

There are too many satellites to mention here, but you can expect several to be held at The Rio during the weeks leading up to the main event.

If you’re coming from outside Nevada, check with local poker rooms for any satellite tourneys.

In the meantime, here is a description of the different types of satellite tournaments being offered.

Single Table Satellites offer players the chance to win a tournament entry by winning a one-table tournament. The winner of a Single Table Satellite receives a tournament entry plus cash. Single Table Satellites for any particular tournament are usually played during the 24-hour period immediately preceding the start of that tournament.

Double Shootout Satellites are two-tiered satellites that award a $10,000 seat for the World Championship Event to a player who beats out 18 other players, nine at the First Table and nine more at

the Final Table. Buy-in is about $125 for the First Table.

Winners of 10 First Table satellites will return to play against each other at a Final Table. The winner of the Final Table will receive a $10,000 entry into the World Championship Event.

Super Satellites are multi-table tournaments offering multiple players the chance to win a $10,000 seat in the World Championship Event. Buy-in is $225, and multiple $200 re-buys are allowed during the first three levels of play. Prize pool money for each Super Satellite is converted into as many $10,000 seats as possible and play ends when there are as many players remaining as there are seats to be awarded.

Here is the satellite and second chance schedule for this year’s WSOP:

$225 buy-in super satellites will take place daily at 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. $1,060 buy-in mega satellites will take place nightly at 7 p.m.


(Super satellite days on July 26 and July 27: $225 buy-in super satellite will take place at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. $1,060 buy-in mega satellite will take place at 1 p.m. and 8 p.m.)                                         Second chance schedule:


$540 buy-in no limit hold’em tournaments will take place daily at 5 p.m. $225 buy-in no limit hold’em tournaments will take place nightly at 11 p.m.