Showing posts with label online satellite tournament. Show all posts
Showing posts with label online satellite tournament. Show all posts

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Win Your Way to Barcelona Millions

Video: Online satellites for MILLIONS BARCELONA Opening Event

Online poker tournament winner will win trip to Barcelona for live tournament with €1,000,000 guaranteed prize pool.

The first season of the incredible MILLIONS poker tour ends in Barcelona in April. There'll be a €10,000,000 GTD prize pool! Beginning on today, Intertops Poker and Juicy Stakes are running satellites to the opening event, the Open $1M GTD.

Win of the online satellite tournament Final on February 11 and you'll receive a $4500 prize package to compete in the Mediterranean resort.  It includes €1100 buy-in for the Open €1M GTD NL Hold’em opening event, 5 nights accommodation at the Hotel Arts Barcelona and US$700 toward travel expenses.

“Barcelona is definitely one of the coolest cities in the world and this is an amazing event with some ridiculous money to be won,” said Intertops’ poker manager.

The Open €1M GTD starts on April 7th and ends on April 10th. Day 2 begins April 9th after four Day 1s. The tournament takes place at Casino Barcelona, just steps from one of the nicest beaches on the Mediterranean.

Players can buy-in to a Step 1 satellite for just $3 + $.30 and win their way to the Final, or they can buy in at any stage of the three-tier tournament.

€1,000,000 GTD Barcelona Satellites Schedule

Step 1 ($3+$0.30)
1 Step 2 ticket awarded
Daily, starting January 31, 2018
2:00 am / 6:30 pm / 8:00 pm GMT

Step 2 ($10+$1)
1 ticket to Final awarded
Daily, starting February 1, 2018
8:00 pm GMT

Last Chance Wild West Satellite ($1+$0.10)
1 ticket to Final awarded
Sunday, February 11, 2018
12 pm GMT

Final ($100+$10)
$4500 Prize Package awarded
Sunday, February 11, 2018
4:30 pm GMT

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

German Tennis Coach Wins His Way to Austria

An online poker player known as "AleGaston" won a recent EPC Velden Online Satellite Tournament series at Intertops Poker.  The tennis coach from  Altötting, Germany will play in the €700,000 European Poker Championship in Velden, Austria this summer.

He said he mostly plays online but has played a few live tournaments -- smaller tourneys, not big buy-ins. So with its €700,000 prize pool and €2700 buy-in, EPC Velden will be a big event for him!

The German poker player recalled the moment at the Final Table when victory was in sight.

“When I doubled through the chip leader, I started to realize that I might just win the tournament.  At that point I had a decent stack to play with so I knew I had a good shot to take it down.”

“My strategy for online tournaments is to stay cool in early stages, try to find good spots to make Chips with the best Hand. In later stages I get more and more aggressive. The best is winning the pots without showdown, especially in the late stage.”

Another series of EPC online satellites concluded May 14th. We'll be announcing the winner of that event shortly.

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

My First is Still a Favorite

Since starting this blog I've been to four major poker tournaments and produced 20 or so videos featuring players that have won their way to poker tournaments in exotic locations by winning online satellite tournaments.

This episode from my first Living the Dream video series and is still one of my personal favorites:

It was fun travelling to the Caribbean Poker Tour with Daniel Montagnolli, Derek Scallon, Neil Slade, Steven Loney & Phil Cardella.

Until our next poker adventure...


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Monday, 17 October 2016

4 Online Champions are on Their Way to $500K PPC Aruba

Four players that won online satellite tournaments at Intertops Poker and Juicy Stakes Poker this summer are on their way to the Caribbean for the PPC Aruba World Championship.

One member of the team, Joan Sandoval, placed 6th in the $5000 GTD at PPC Aruba last year and is looking forward to playing the Main Event this year.

“I know a lot of my competition in Aruba, actually. I know it is going to be a tough crowd with a lot of good professional players” said Joan from her home in Wisconsin.  “My strategy in any bigger tournament is to play one hand at a time and concentrate on just my table and not so much everyone around me. I like to just study the people and limit big pots in the beginning and try to play premium hands...try to get a solid image on the table so I can make my occasional bluff.”

Joan will be joined by Tim O’Keefe and John Curcuru, both professional poker players.

When he’s not grinding online, Tim plays mostly in casinos in Texas where he lives and in nearby Oklahoma. He also travels to Foxwoods a few times a year.  This is the third time that Tim, who only recently quit his day job and turned pro, has won his way to a major live tournament like this.

No stranger to the casinos of Las Vegas where he lives, this is the second Caribbean junket for John.  Also an avid chess player, John joined the Living the Dream team at the TKPT tournament in St Maarten this spring.

“It’s great travelling with a group like this,” said John.  “The camaraderie really helps you cope with the pressure of the tournament.  They took very good care of us last time so I’m really looking forward to joining them again!”

The fourth member of the team is Texas poker mom Ashley Hine. Ashley works with her father building luxury custom homes but hits the casino several times a week.  PPC Aruba will be her fourth live tourney.

“I expect the players to be a smart, tight group, everyone hoping to make money and make a name for themselves.  I think it’ll take massive determination and discipline.  I always say it’s not the hands you, play but the folds you make that can make you a great player.”

All four online satellite tournament champions won $5000 prize packages that include $2,400 buy-in to the Main Event (November 4th – 7th) and accommodation on Palm Beach at the Hilton or Hyatt Resort. Their prize packages also include travel expenses, one $200 tournament buy-in and one $300 buy-in.

The PPC Aruba World Championship is one of the most exotic stops on the Poker Players Championships circuit, now in its fourth season, which includes high stakes events all over America.

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Winning his way to Austria was just what the first CAPT Seefeld satellite winner needed right now

The first player to win their way to CAPT Seefeld was Robert Szum of Chicago. He'll be going to Austria with winners of two more online satellite series.

Robert won his ticket to the December 20th CAPT Seefeld Online Satellite Final in an NFL Game Score Challenge that a poker room ran on Facebook. Now he’s won his way to Austria without spending a dime.  Nice one Robert!  By the sounds of it, he could use a break like this right now.

By day, Robert works in customer support for a major internet service provider.

“I’m just a low stakes recreational player,” he said from his home in Massachusets. “I’ve been playing through a long downswing lately and my poker bankroll is at all time low.  I’m virtually running on fumes!”

Fortunately the prize package he won includes buy-in for the CAPT Seefeld Main Event and accommodation at a hotel near the casino.  It also includes some money for travel expenses but he said he could use a good run to put some cash in his pocket before the trip to Europe next month

Thursday, 3 December 2015

Online Satellite Champion Wins TKPT St Maarten

Photo: TKPT
A player who won his way to the Caribbean by winning online satellite tournaments at Intertops Poker went all the way and won the TKPT Caribbean tournament in St Maarten last week.

The prize pool was $124,160 and Akash Mazumdar from the USA won $33,930 for his first place finish.

Players had a starting stack of 20,000 chips. Levels were 45 and 60 minutes. The competition started with 128 players.

“I am happy. I just won the Main Event of the TKPT and it’s a special and pleasant feeling," Mazumdar said after his spectacular win in the Caribbean. "I qualified online through a satellite at Intertops which rewarded me with a full package -- a five-day holiday in an all-inclusive hotel plus the $1100 buy-in for the Main Event!"

"Personally I think the structure of this tournament was perfect. The wisdom and experience of Thomas Kremser organizing tournaments is tangible. The event was great from start to finish, especially the final table. During all seven hours of play the action was crisp. The international field that participated created a unique atmosphere. St. Maarten is really a friendly island.”

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

You can't win 'em all

It was a bit of a nail-biter toward the end, but Arturo Morales of Costa Rica won the CPT Punta Cana and walked away with $44,494. Pura vida! Our Daniel Montagnolli went pretty far, but sadly, none of the Living the Dream guys made it to the final table.

Daniel went into Day to in 8th place with 85000 chips but ultimately placed placed 26th. He pocketed about $1700 which he most likely blew in Punta Cana nightclubs before he returned to Austria. His trip was paid for by an online poker site where he won a satellite tournament, though, so… c’est la vie.

Part of what made CPT Punta Cana an interesting event were the other events happening at the same time: the World Swimsuit Finals and its parties for starters. The 500K Punta Cana Classic, running concurrently, also added to the excitement. Venezuelan Luis Yapez won that event, taking home $171,000.

There were also lots of other events with two to three hundred dollar buy-ins – plenty of opportunities to take advantage of what Daniel thought was a pretty soft field.

We’re already looking forward to coming back to Dominican Republic for CPT Punta Cana 2016. All-inclusive packages are available through the CPT Punta Cana website.

To find out about upcoming online satellite tournaments where you can win your way to a live tournament, check back here or like the Living the Dream Facebook page.

Thursday, 5 November 2015

So far all we've done is sweat -- but Main Event begins manana!

Most of our group arrived in Punta Cana yesterday, the others arrive tonight in time for the CPT Punta Cana Main Event that we came to Dominican Republic for.  In today's video, Steve, who won his way to the Caribbean by winning an online satellite tournament, gives his first impression of Dominican Republic, the Hard Rock Casino and the CPT.  Tomorrow we'll have a re-cap of today's events.

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Recreational poker player played smart to win his way to Punta Cana

Phil Cardella, 29, won the last CPT Punta Cana online satellite tournament series to be held this fall and picked up the last of the $4100 prize packages.  He’ll join the four other players at the Hard Rock Punta Cana November 4th – 9th.

“There were only 8 players at the final table, but it was challenging as always,” Phil said after his online tournament win.  “I think when we were 5 handed me and one other person had at least half of the chips in play between the two of us and I figured we'd go heads up, which we did.”

Phil, a CAD (Computer Aided Drafting) Designer by trade, said he felt he had played smart throughout the poker tournament.

“I can't really recall any one play in particular that I would say was smart. I do remember the last hand though!  I had A-10 diamonds and I believe they had KK. I flopped a flush draw and caught it on the river. Wouldn't really say that was smart, it just went my way this time.”

He does recall one play during the poker tournament that he could have regretted.

“We were heads up and I had a 3:1 chip lead and went in with 33 pre-flop. I lost to two overs and then we were even in chips at that point. Wasn't long after that that I won though.  It all worked out in the end!”

When asked if he had any advice for online tournament players, he said “Learn how to lose because it happens quite frequently.”

“I’m hoping for some great weather in Punta Cana, and a good time,” he said from his home in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. “And some extra cash to take home would be nice!”

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

New Online Satellite Tournament Series Sending Winner to WPT Venice

As five online satellite tournament winners get ready for their trip to the CPT Punta Cana in just a few weeks, another satellite series has just begun at Intertops Poker and Juicy Stakes Poker and this one will send the winner to Italy for the WPT Venice National in December.

The WPT National Venice will be played at the oldest gaming establishment in the world, the luxurious Casino de Venezia. The tournament begins December 4th and the Final Table will be December 7th.

Step 1 tournaments in the three-tier series begin today and continue until October 17th.  You can buy-in at any stage or win your way to the Final to be held Sunday, October 18th at 1:00 pm Eastern.

The winner gets a $2200 prize package that includes €990 buy-in to the WPT National Main Event, four nights premium accommodation in Venice, and $500 to help with travel expenses.

WPT National Venice Online Satellite Tournaments

Step 1 ($2+$0.20)
1 ticket for Step 2 awarded
Daily October 7th – October 17th, 13:00,  19:00, 21:00, 23:00 CET  (7am,  1pm,  3pm,  5pm EST)

Step 2 ($10+$1)
1 ticket for Final awarded

Daily October 7th – October 17th, 21:00 CET (3pm EST)

Final ($100+$10)
$2200 WPT Venice prize package awarded

Sunday, October 18th, 19:00 CET (1pm EST)

Enter these tournaments at either Intertops Poker or Juicy Stakes Poker.

The winner of another online satellite tournament series last spring competed in the WPT Venice in April. Lukas W, a 28 year old civil servant from Germany, enjoyed his trip to Venice but was eliminated early in that tournament.

“At the end of Day 1 I was busted,” he wrote in the Living the Dream poker player blog. “It was time to enjoy Venice with my girlfriend!”

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Good Luck to Lukas W Who's Going to WPT Venice This Weekend Courtesy Intertops Poker

Another online satellite winner is on his way a major live tournament event.  Lukas W, a 28 year old civil servant from Germany, will be copmpeting in the WPT Venice Main Event.  The champion of a gruelling online satellite tournament series, Lukas (Buck$Bunny) won a $2200 prize package that includes €990 buy-in and premium hotel accommodation for him and his girlfriend.

Check this space for photos, stories and hopefully videos from Venice!

They were 22 players in the WPT Venice online satellite Final where Lukas won his prize package. Here's what he had to say about that event:

"I used a re-buy and an add-on. During the tournament I was one of the Big Stacks and I found good spots in all-in situations. I think patience is very important as well as aggression at the right time. At the end, the players were scared and so it was possible to get some chips with raise in position. "

"I realized that I might win when we were 3-handed."

"I eliminated one of the opponents in an all in situation KQ>K7 and won a huge pot. At the heads-up, the other player was crippled and so it was over very quick. "

"I don't play lots of major events. Usually, I'm playing cash games. "

"In 2013 I played a 330€ side event at the EPT Berlin and last year I won a seat at the FPS Cannes for 1.100€. I reached day 2 with only 25BB, and I busted fast without cash. Hopefully, it's time for a catch in Venice this weekend! "

A premiere event on the WPT European circuit, the three-day Gioco Digitale WPT National Venice will be played at the luxurious Casino de Venezia, the oldest gaming establishment in the world.  The tournament begins April 17th and the Final Table is on April 20th. The game will be No Limit Texas Hold’em. Players will begin with 30,000 chips. Blind levels last 40 minutes. The prize pool will be €200,000 guaranteed.