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Online Poker Room Roundup: Dust Off Your SnG Skills

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This will come as a surprise to anyone who really knows me as a poker player, but I learned how to play online through Sit & Gos.

I believe I spent practically a whole year on 6-man, $5 SnGs when I first put real money into the now-defunct Poker Room, which I chose because I had a Macintosh and it was the only poker room that offered a client for my computer.

I started with $25 - practically a whole week's allowance (I'm only kidding, government, you can still pass that law that legalizes online poker) - and made it last almost the whole year before I went broke.

I then started with $150 in birthday money and began playing cash games because my first child was born and I could leave them any time I wanted, or to be more accurate, any time he wanted. I won a few grand that year and never looked back. That's how most people know me, as a nitty cash game player, because that's mostly all I've played for four years.

I rarely played any tournaments after that. I still enjoy them, but cash games fit my lifestyle a lot more, especially now that Rush Poker is the hottest game on Full Tilt.

Ah, the good old days. Well, those good old days may be back thanks to Full Tilt's Sit & Go Madness.

You'll fight for a share of more than $125,000 in cash and prizes this weekend, from March 5 through March 7, by playing your favorite SnGs. You can win your cut of leaderboard prize money, tickets to the madness raffle and entry into the madness freeroll, where you'll play for your share of a $50,000 prize pool.

There are four levels of madness (which sounds like my house when the twins are both crying, actually), so my fellow $5 friends can join me, and the levels go all the way up to $110 SnGs.

The 48 hours of madness will be divided into 24, two-hour blocks throughout the weekend with a leaderboard for each of the four groups. The top seven players in each group will be paid at the end of every two-hour block. You can win up to $500 for each group.

There's also an overall leaderboard for each group during the entire 48-hour period. That winner is determined by the best performance during a two-hour time period.

Finally, the top two players from each leaderboard will meet in a $5,000 SnG Freeroll that will pay the best three spots. Even if you don't make a leaderboard, you can earn a spot in the $50,000 freeroll by winning at least two green SnGs during the 48 hours. And if you just cash in one of the green SnGs, you'll earn one raffle ticket for drawings for cool gear and prizes from the Full Tilt Store.

Look for the green to earn some green. Catchy huh?

Well, Absolute Poker has a SnG leaderboard of its own, only in this case, it's not just over a weekend. There are weekly and monthly leaderboards for all kinds of different levels, and if you find your way onto at least one of them, you can win at least $1,500 a week and $5,000 for a month. You can earn up to $6,000 for a week and $10,000 for a month.

Titan Poker also wants you to play SnGs and is putting up $25,000 in prizes to push you back to 2006. Maybe that's just me. Anyway, all through March, join an SnG League at Titan and start playing.

You'll be ranked by the number of tournaments won and you'll compete in three weekly leagues (Monday-Thursday) based on the buy-ins of the SnGs (do you notice a pattern here)? Every week you'll play for a share of $4,000.

Not only that, but the top 200 players from each league will win an entry to a $1,000 tournament points race the following Sunday and a $6,000 final league from March 28-31.

PartyPoker has its own leaderboard, but this one seems to favor cash game players (finally, sheesh). This challenge runs until April 1, and PartyPoker is calling this the Gladiator challenge.

You have to hit a target of just 10 points for five days and you'll get an entry into a $10,000 freerolll. But you knew that wouldn't be it, right? Nope. The more days you earn points on, the bigger your prize will be, and you can earn up to $7,500.

If you earn 2,000 points every day for the full 30 days (starting March 3) - and God help you to do just that - you'll win a $12,500 Main Event package for the World Series of Poker.

Join in by downloading any or all of the poker rooms right here on PokerWorks, grab a few good bonuses for doing so, and making a real money deposit.

All right, I can't forget PokerStars, mainly because it's running a ton of promotions this month, and this one has nothing to do with leaderboards or SnGs.

This one's for Australians - hello, mate (sorry, I know that must get old), and it's called Dream Job Australia. You start by playing in the daily freerolls, and if you make it to the final 10 players in the Grand Final (that you can qualify for in those freerolls), you'll become a finalist.

You'll then complete a poker knowledge test, meet with Team PokerStars and for the next six weeks, you'll blog, tweet and Facebook your poker exploits.

Then you wait. If you're not a finalist, and even if you're not from Australia, you can vote on who you like best among the 10.

That person wins $40,000 in tournament buy-ins and a $100,000 salary.

The promotion runs until March 27, the day of the Dream Job Grand Final.

Good luck in all these promotions. Maybe it will inspire you to be one of the best. Or at least start playing cash games soon.

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