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Online Poker Room Roundup: Time To Travel In Style

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Admit it. You've always wanted to be a high roller.

You KNOW you have. You could drink champagne at breakfast, wear silk robes at lunch and drive a luxury car - one with heated seats!

Then again, I don't need all that. I prefer a beer, and not really even for breakfast. I think I'd look kinda gay in a silk robe. And the car would be nice. But I'd rather earn that playing poker.

Now there's a way. Coming off the success of the High Roller Bounty Shootout at the Venetian in Vegas on the last stop of the PokerStars North American Poker Tour, PokerStars.net is putting on another event at the Mohegan Sun in Connecticut in April. Maybe you've seen the site's new TV commercial featuring the event (and some cool blues music).

The $25,600 buy-in tournament during the 16-day poker festival will feature $5,000 bounties for every opponent you knock out (not just the many stars expected to be there). Plus the site is putting up a $30,000 seat for the next Shootout for the player who wins the most bounties.

OK, so you're NOT a high roller? Yeah, me either. But there's hope. PokerStars is also putting on a super satellite at noon Sunday, April 11. There are 10 entries as prizes. At least one-in-five entrants are guaranteed a seat.

The Main Event runs from April 7-11 if you have to miss the Shootout, and of course, PokerStars is hosting many qualifying tournaments to that right now. TV coverage should take place for that Main Event as well, so there's a chance to snag the spotlight. High rollers like spotlights.

As usual, there are plenty of other satellites into major poker tournaments floating around the online world. One example is UB Poker as the headline sponsor of the inaugural Four Aces Poker Pro Canada Classic in Montreal scheduled for April 15-18.

That, of course, means you can hit up the satellites to win a $2,500 prize package, including a seat at the $1,650 buy-in tournament plus $850 for travel expenses to get to Quebec, Canada. Those Super Satellites are already up and running Sunday through Wednesday and will go on until April 7, with a guarantee of 10 prize packages to be won each week.

You can also qualify for all of the Super Satellites for as little as $10 + $1, and more will be added to the daily lineup as the live Montreal event, and the expected $500,000 prize pool, draws near.

Full Tilt Poker's also got its own poker tournament and series, taking a cue from PokerStars. Full Tilt Poker Series - España begins in April, with four live No-Limit Holdem tournaments. And guess what? You can qualify through satellites on the site, or, if you want, you can buy-in directly to the tournament on the site as well.

You'll travel to Gerona, Malaga, Madrid or Barcelona throughout the year for the new series.

Betfair Poker is offering seats to a major poker tournament as well. It's THE major tournament, in fact. But you can qualify by playing the cash games you love (or I love), not a big poker tournament that might make you miss meatloaf night for dinner.

Just grind away until May 31, and if you earn enough Betfair Poker Points, you can win a package to the World Series of Poker.

A Main Event will cost you 450,000 points. That's a lot of points, and a lot of play, but you can earn a $14,000 Main Event package that includes two weeks accommodation in Las Vegas, a buy-in to the Main Event, a Betfair merchandise pack and some other goodies.

You don't have to win anything. All you need to do is play enough to gather up those points.

If you earn 325,000 points, you can snag a $7,000 package, which includes 10 days in Las Vegas and a buy-in to a bracelet event, and if you earn 100,000 points (easy, right?) you'll get an entry to a Main Event freeroll, which will give a seat to one in 20 entrants.

You can download these and any other online poker room on PokerWorks right now to get in on the action.

Speaking of the WSOP, you have a chance to vote for who will get spots in the WSOP Tournament of Champions, which is being brought back this year. Of the 27 spots, 20 will be determined by fan voting. Annie Duke, Mike Matusow and Mike Sexton are already in for winning the tournament in the past. The reigning WSOP and WSOP-Europe Main Event champions, Joe Cada and Barry Schulman, and the final two are for the WSOP to decide.

The only requirement is the person has to have won a bracelet. There are more than 500 who have, but that's not as easy as you might think: Gus Hansen, Phil Gordon and Tom Dwan, for instance, have not won bracelets. The freeroll will feature 27 players and a piece of $1 million.

You never know. That could be you one day once you finally reach high-roller status.

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