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Online Poker Room Roundup: Compete in Tournaments Or Cash Games For Moolah

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There used to be a time when I would play poker at work.

Seriously, when I was writing a story, I would play these small $2 Sit N Go tournaments for a fairly large profit without my bosses knowing much about it.

I stopped when my boss did question me about it, and since then I haven't played a lick of poker at work. PokerStars now offers a way for you to check what tournaments you want to play at work. Maybe, if you've got the game installed, you can launch right into your next challenge as well.

PokerStars introduced this feature last week: All you need to do is take a look at the tournament lobby through the browser, and when you click on that specific tournament, your client will load right up and launch you right into the tournament, or enter you into the game for that night while you're watching "High Stakes Poker."

Good thing, too, because PokerStars has tons of qualifiers going on, including seats to the World Series of Poker, its own tours across the country, seats to the European and Asia Pacific poker tours, and finally, if you're female, you can earn a spot to the Luxury Ladies Poker Club.

The latest in a series of five-day extravaganzas of poker and pampering takes place in Monte Carlo on the European Poker Tour from April 27 - May 2. You can qualify for free with freerolls, cash and satellites until April 18.

The prize includes an entry into the Ladies tournament and a place at Vanessa Rousso's Ladies Bootcamp, as well as manicures during tournaments and other treats (I would not consider that a treat, but this prize isn't for me).

I might consider a seat to Full Tilt's FTOPS XVI a prize. Man, didn't we just do one of these? Oh OK, that was the MINI FTOPS. This, my friends, is the real thing, and it all starts April 23.

You'll find your usual huge games at Full Tilt Poker and a chance to win one of those special golden avatars, which is kinda like an Olympic gold medal in poker.

You can - yep, you guessed it - satellite your way in starting now to many of the big events, and with $25 million guaranteed, you'd better believe there's a lot of big events.

You'll also find another Mini FTOPS starting May 7, but that’s enough about FTOPS events for now.

On to cash games, my favorite bread and butter (though lately it's just been bread crumbs for me). PartyPoker is hosting the first-ever Online Cash Game Championships.

It's like a tournament that's not really a tournament!

OK, you don't even have to be a regular at the cash game tables in order to win your share of $250.000 during the month of April.

The competition is divided into seven levels. At each level, players should play 400 hands in a day. The most profitable players advance toward the final table that takes place on May 7.

As you progress through the levels, cash prizes are added, and both the stakes and the quality of the opposition are sure to increase.

You MUST opt in before the end of level one - the .50/$1 No-Limit Holdem cash tables until April 9 - in order to take part, so get on it now.

Ultimate Bet and Absolute Poker and its CEREUS poker network are offering double points for playing a cash game, only this time it’s HORSE. It lasts until April 11.

HORSE, as you may know, is a mixed game of Holdem, Omaha Hi/Lo, Razz, Seven Card Stud and Stud Eight or Better, and now you'll get double points for playing it. I would say double the thrill, too, but that's really a cliche.

You can double your thrills - OK, stop rolling your eyes - by downloading any of the above listed poker rooms right here at PokerWorks. We'll even throw in some cool bonuses for doing so. And I promise we'll drop the cliches.

Finally, there's one more cash promotion you should probably check out. It's the top hand promotion and the bad beat bonuses at Titan Poker. If you're not familiar with live poker play in a casino, these are the kinds of promotions you'll find all the time as a way for poker rooms to get your business.

In fact, as the bad beat bonus climbs in my poker room in Colorado, the wait for an open seat climbs as well. Everyone's just SO convinced they're going to hit their one in a million shot for $100,000 or more.  And someone always does!

In this case, you'll receive a $250 salve for losing with four Kings or better at the table in Holdem ring games.

If you get four Kings or better, you could pick up $100 as a bonus if you're the first player to do so.

That's exactly the kind of bonus that you used to get at work before the recession tanked. Now you've got to play poker to get it.

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