PokerStars knows satellites, and it's pulling out all the stops for its annual World Championship of Online Poker, which begins Sept. 14.
If you want to get into a few WCOOP events on the cheap, PokerStars has plenty of options for you. Perhaps the best feature of the WCOOP satellites is the ability to get into events for free. PokerStars is running numerous Frequent Player Point satellites around the clock. The most common version for the $215 events is either a 1,500 FPP buy in or a 400 FPP plus rebuys turbo in which a seat is given away for every 13,500 FPP in the prize pool. For the larger buy in WCOOP events, there's a two-tiered FPP satellite structure in which you must win a seat into a larger buy in FPP satellite, such as a 5,000 one, or you can buy in directly if you have a plethora of Frequent Player Points.
Of course, there are also plenty of cash satellites. For the $215 events, players can win seats via $39 multi tables and sit-in-goes or $8.80 plus rebuys turbo satellites. You can win a seat into the $320 Pot-Limit Omaha via an $11 plus rebuys satellites. A seat into $215 Razz can be had in a $22 turbo. The options are numerous. As with Full Tilt Poker and its FTOPS series, there are multi-tiered satellites to get into the big buy-in events, including the whopper of them all - the $2,500 buy in No-Limit Hold'em Main Event on Sept. 30.
The great option that PokerStars gives players that Full Tilt Poker doesn't is the ability to unregister from events and higher buy-in satellites without playing them. This allows players to grind away at the satellites to try to build up W$. It's much like the guy who goes to the World Series of Poker and makes a killing just playing satellites. He wins the tournament buy in chips, sells them to other players and enters more satellites. If you're good at SNGs, it's a great way to make money. And here on PokerStars, if you're a good SNG or multi-table multi-winner satellite player, you can make good money on the W$ by winning WCOOP seats, unregistering and playing more satellites. Go buy some W$ for a slight discount on the various sites that trade this unique PokerStars currency, then grind away. You might be able to win multiple WCOOP seats on as little as $200 as I have.
One beef I have with the satellite structures is too darn many of them are turbos. As any of you who have played them know, there's a lot of luck involved in these crapshoots. Sure, if you know how to play turbos (very tight and all-in aggressive) you have an advantage over other players, but I think the advantage is less for a skilled player than in a normal tournament structure. I wish PokerStars would run more normal structured tournaments and fewer turbos.
I'm also disappointed at how few of the SNGs tend to fill up on the WCOOP SNG page, even the 6-player ones. I think that most players don't look on this page much for WCOOP satellites. Perhaps PokerStars could promote the fact they have numerous SNGs options available better.