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Online Poker Room Roundup: I'll Buy That For a Dollar!

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I took my Snickers Bar up to the counter, looking forward to the snack.

I like Snickers. They're actually pretty cheap energy bars, and I had just gone for an 18-mile run as a part of my marathon training plan.

"$1.35," the lady at the counter said.

Um. Seriously?

OK, sure, this Snickers was a bit King Size (hey, I had just run 18, back off). But still, it's a CANDY BAR. Why I remember when I could take a $1 to the store and get a package of Skittles, and a package of Sprees, and a chocolate bar, and...

Sorry. Still with me? OK. The point is, you just can't buy much for $1 these days.

Except for a seat to the World Series of Poker.

OK, it's really just a CHANCE at the WSOP, not an actual seat. Let's be realistic. Still. $1. Nice, Full Tilt!

Lots of Web sites are offering up seats to the WSOP, but it doesn't get much cheaper than $1. Starting this Sunday, every Sunday through June 27, you can buy in directly to a tournament for $1 or, if that's too much for you (the price of Snickers have apparently gone up, for instance), you can satellite your way in for as little as 30 cents or 30 Full Tilt Points.

At least five prize packages will be awarded per $1 tournament. If you win, you'll get a $12,000 prize package that will include a buy-in to a $10,000 seat to the Main Event at the World Series of Poker. And if you finish in the money at that tournament, you'll get a free seat to the 2011 Main Event.

Full Tilt's also offering a nice promotion to get you the $1 you'll need to get there. It's called the Take 2, and you can earn up to $25 and double the Full Tilt points you'd normally receive for playing in a cash game.

This runs from April 3 to April 11, and if you play at least two standard ring games or, everybody's favorite (at least mine for now)a single table of Rush Poker, not only will you get more points, you'll earn a bonus. Earn at least five Take 2 bonus points on any five days during Take 2 to get $5 in cash, and do so on all nine days to earn an additional $20.

From one big game to another. PokerStars is hosting a new TV show called the Big Game. If it sounds like High Stakes Poker, it is, a huge, high-stakes, televised cash game. The catch is you can be a part of it.

Qualifiers started this week and will run until June 25. These are daily freerolls that are considered Round 1 qualifiers. Finish in the top 200 in any of the Big Game Final Round qualifiers and you'll be invited to submit a casting video.

That's when you've got to convince PokerStars that you'd be good as a Loose Cannon. I would have no trouble convincing anyone of that, especially earlier in my career, before my toddler twins squeezed all my testosterone out of me.

What's the Loose Cannon? That's your role in the Big Game. You'll face off against the biggest names in poker in the high-stakes cash game with $100,000. You get to keep what you win but only what you win.You don't get to keep the $100,000. Eventually you'll have to start making moves or betting your good hands hard, or else you'll be going home with nothing.

Annie Duke went home a big winner in the….OK, hold on.


OK. Sorry. Anyway, Duke won the event, and now Ultimate Bet is celebrating with a brand new tournament. It's a monthly $1000 + $50 heads-up tournament. The first tournament was Sunday with a guaranteed prize pool of $128,000 with a bounty on Duke's head.

Duke, the first woman ever to win that title, will host the monthly event scheduled for the last Sunday of every month.

You can either pony up the money directly, or, as you might have guessed, you can participate in one of the daily satellites with a buy-in of $100 + $9. There are other qualifiers for the rest of us that start as little as $8 + .80.

If you do manage to knock out the champ, you'll win a $500 + $30 seat at the following Sunday's $200,000 Guaranteed tournament.

During April and May, UB will also give away four seats to the April 25 and the May 30 heads-up tournaments. Two of those seats per month will be awarded through freeroll events, and the other pair will be up for grabs in two $1 buy-in events.

And if you win your way in that tournament and knock out Duke, you'll win the tournament bounty plus $1,500 in tournament dollars.

If you want to take part in these whoppers, download the software right here through PokerWorks, where you'll get some good deals for doing so.

And if you'd rather take it easy on the big events, you can at least play a small freeroll sponsored by PartyPoker. All you have to do is become a fan on Facebook.

You'll get to take part in a $1,000 Easter Freeroll for doing so, and you'll only get the password if you're a Facebook fan. And you won't have to piss off your family for playing it, as it actually starts Tuesday, April 6.

You might even get a Snickers bunny as gratitude from your family.

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