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Online Poker Room Round-Up: A tourney called the Mini, why Titan is celebrating 2010 and a site that's a Winner

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We'll kick off our round-up of top online poker rooms by asking a question: Why does Full Tilt Poker call it the MiniFTOPS when there's nothing really small about it?

Yes, it's a smaller version of the FTOPS that comes around every few months on Full Tilt, but some of these prize pools were hardly tiny, at least not to this low-limit player.

The Mini only lasts until Dec. 20, so either you were there or you weren't. But I thought one of the best things about the Minis was the challenges that Full Tilt gave us during the series.

These challenges almost resembled prop bets during high-stakes cash games, only the stakes weren't (quite) as high. In this case, the challenges were to see how many seats you could satellite into, or to try to make it to level 10 in as many events as possible, or to double your stack.

Probably the most fun was a series of tasks in the Holdem games, including winning a big pot with A-A or K-K, bluffing with Ace high or stealing the same player's blind three times.

If you did any of those tasks, you were rewarded with an entry to a freeroll.

Let's hope Full Tilt tests us with more of these challenges in the next few months, when another series comes around again. And there's still a little time to get into the final few events, so maybe you can meet them now.

If you don't get in to this Mini series, there's still ways to earn some nice cash at Full Tilt on Big Money Sunday. Last week more than 19,000 players generated almost $2 million in prize money.

And if you just want to press your nose against the glass, you can still follow the antics of recent Red Pro signee Tom "durrr" Dwan and his friends in the nosebleed stakes. Durrr was rumored to be going broke, if you believe all the railbirds chirping away at the chat, but he still seems to have plenty of money left.

Winner Poker
just gave away hundreds of thousands for its 2 billionth hand promotion, but that doesn't mean you've missed out on other promotions. The site is a new one to the iPoker network, and you can get $50,000 in PokerWorks freerolls. Stay tuned to this round-up to learn about more of these freerolls over the next few months as well as other promotions for this new site as it finds its feet in the crowded online poker landscape.

Party Poker just gave away a ton of seats to the Aussie Millions, but some of the better news came in its stacking feature to allow you to see information on multiple tables in one chunk-sized square. If you haven't downloaded the Beta version released about a week ago, you really should.

As some additional motivation, Party Poker is running a ton of promotions this December, including a cash game race for its Bronze, Silver, and Gold players to outdo each other by earning as many points as possible. As a reward, the top players will split a $50,000 prize pool.

On the opposite side, Party Poker is offering a jackpot for Sit & Go players. If you win five single-table tournaments in a row, you'll win a jackpot of $10,000 to $50,000, depending on the buy-in you were playing.

And if you prefer MTTs, use just 20 PartyPoints to buy in to tournaments where you're not only competing for $5,000, but the top 200 players will qualify for a $250,000 Grand Final tournament on Jan. 3.

If you want to cheat a bit, you can buy into that Grand Final for 1,000 points, but where's the fun in that?

Have you made your audition video for the PokerStars Million Dollar Challenge yet? The PokerStars blog has a few of the more, um, unusual ones, including one of grown men in diapers. We would suggest you leave the diapers off (but please wear pants).

If you do qualify at the site for the show, just turn in a creative, funny video that shows you playing poker, and you could find yourself on the hottest poker show in years. The show, in case you're behind on your DVR, runs on Fox Sports and stars Daniel Negreanu as the pro who coaches you to beat pros and then turns the table and becomes your opponent for a chance at $1 million.

There's also still lots of time to qualify for seats at PokerStars to the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, which starts on Jan. 4 with a super satellite to the $10,300 Main Event (ouch!). This live, 50-event, 10-day event shouldn't be missed, and you can follow the action on the site if you can't fly out there.

Finally, we're still focused on Christmas (have you done your Christmas cards yet?), but Titan Poker is already celebrating 2010 with its $2010 promotion.

Events are going on now for the promotion. First you can play a nightly 2010 tournament for a cheap $2 + $.10. The top 10 players will qualify for Titan's $2010 Monthly Freeroll.

But Titan is taking care of cash game players as well, with points that can earn you entries into freerolls or even cash if you're one of the leaders. A new contest starts every week.

As always, you should download access to all these rooms through the links that are available at PokerWorks and receive the deposit bonuses and free money that many offer just for opening an account.

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