Bodog Poker pulling out all the stops to attract players right now.
With incredible World Series of Poker (WSOP) packages topping the prize lists Bodog Poker seems to be ahead of all other online poker rooms.
Bodog.com has started their WSOP qualifying events – for as little as $1 – that ultimately offer customers the opportunity to end up “in Las Vegas partying with a WSOP bracelet” by securing a main event seat at the extravaganza in July.
The United States-based room’s poker manager, Nicholas Sims, says they are offering Texas hold’em players a one-in-25 chance of winning a main event seat at the WSOP, which begins on July 7 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Vegas, as well as a “comfortable” and “personalized” playing experience.
Sims added that his company had “a long history of sending players to the WSOP” and hoped to see one of their customers “take a bracelet in 2011”.
Across at London-based Betfair.com, a series of promotions are running that will provide seats worth $150,000 at the WSOP.
The poker room’s The Good, The Bad and The Ugly event is a $70,000 points race that runs until May 27, when the leading three players will be awarded with seats at the WSOP’s main event. Those who place fourth to 150th will share $40,000.
Additionally, the website is operating its 6-Shooter series that gives players the opportunity to secure as many seats as they can until May for their six-shooter events that run from July 1-6, when a pair of $5700 WSOP packages are available in each.
Players that earn a minimum of 50 points also have the opportunity to secure a $5700 seat at a side event – if they win May 7’s Sharp Shooter Final.
In other WSOP news, Betfair.com’s daily $2500 Welcome Freeroll has been changed into a bi-weekly tournament for April and May, when a $3600 side event package can be won, as well as $1400 worth of satellite tickets.
Meanwhile, organizers believe the India Poker Open, which kicks off next month, will be “the premier Indian poker tournament brand”.
The first of four events starts on May 12 in Goa’s Casino Carnival, while the main event – a $2300 no limit hold’em freezeout – is on day three.
The other events, with only 120 seats available for each game, are day one’s $115 no limit hold’em rebuy, day two’s $230 no limit hold’em freezeout, and the final day’s $335 pot limit Omaha freezout on May 15.
The event, with online qualifiers being held at 888.com until May 1, has been organized by New Delhi-based poker products company The Shark and the IPRT (India Poker Ranking Tournament).
In a joint statement, the organizers said that they see “India as an emerging, but fast growing market” and believe that within the next two years the country will become “a regular stop on the Asian poker circuit” with several international tournaments being held there every year.
Finally, Badbeat.com players can celebrate the upcoming British royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton by winning a seat at the United Kingdom & Ireland Poker Tour (UKIPT) Newcastle main event worth £500 (approximately $812) at Aspers Casino from June 16-20.
Any Badbeat.com player who wins a hand with a royal flush before 9am on May 1 will secure a seat at the Newcastle event, as will those who win hands with king or queen high straight flushes.
John Conroy, the Badbeat managing director, congratulated the couple on their forthcoming wedding, before adding that “we’re hoping to make the month even more memorable for Badbeat players with this UKIPT give-away”.