The first of two Million Dollar Encore tournaments held at the US-friendly Winning Poker Network and its top skins of Americas Cardroom and Black Chip Poker last Sunday surpassed the $1,000,000 guarantee when 428 entries bought in for $2,500 + $150, creating a prize pool of $1,070,000.
Topping the field was “omaha4rollz,” who will likely also play Texas Hold’em for bankrolls considering his prowess at the game as evidenced by his victory. First place prize money totaled $205,333, an awesome payday for the Omaha lover.
Runner-up prize money was none too shabby either at $152,475, which landed in the account of “moneyless.” He or she is certainly far from moneyless after bagging that six-figure score. Kudos to “SerGiLLuLL” as well for finishing just behind moneyless and taking home $112,350 for third place.
Million Dollar Encore #2
On Sunday, Sept. 16 the second of two $2,500 + $150 Million Dollar Encore tournaments was also a big success with 438 registered players, again surpassing the million dollar gurantee. It’s looking more and more like there may be additional encores on following Sundays since there seems to be a demand for huge guaranteed poker tournaments among players who don’t blink an eye at the $2,650 entry fee.
Of course, plenty of the entrants won their seats at daily satellites hosted by Black Chip Poker and Americas Cardroom. Those satellites remain on the schedule every day leading up to next Sunday’s $1,000,000 guaranteed tournament, so players can head over to the WPN sites and take a shot at earning a seat to the big event for a small fraction of the buy-in.
Sunday Warmup and Sunday Special
While the Million Dollar Encore drew much of the attention last Sunday, there was plenty more poker action at ACR and BCP that shouldn’t be overlooked. The Sunday Warmup has a new $200,000 guarantee that, unlike the Million Dollar Encore, was not reached.A total of 1,950 entries paid the $100 buy-in, resulting in a $195,000 prize pool. The overlay required WPN to kick in $5K to match the $200K guarantee.
The title went to “SundayOnly,” who may have to consider playing on other days of the week as well after winning the lion’s share of prize money, $36,800. Of the 306 players that cashed in the Sunday Warmup, “Bbjam” nailed runner-up earnings of $22,600, while “Leon Black” settled for third place and $14,800.
Another major tournament that saw a recent boost in guaranteed prize money was the Sunday Special with $150,000 GTD. The buy-in of $200 was posted by 772 entries, creating $154,400 in prize money spread out over 126 top finishers. The best among them was “nowb3athat” whose bankroll grew by $29,640.
Six Plus Hold’em Debuts
While multi-table tournament action is in full swing at Black Chip Poker and Americas Cardroom, there is also plenty of excitement on the cash game tables. The rollout of Six Plus Hold’em, the poker variant that uses 36 cards instead of 52, was put in play on Monday.
Early reports are that players are taking a liking to the game. Six Plus Hold’em requires the learning of new strategies with regard to the optimal decisions to be made as the hand plays out. As with any new game, it will take some time to hone one’s skills, but it appears that players are up to the task.