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Online Poker Room Roundup: Huge Tournaments May Make You a Hoarder

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The World Series of Poker won't get here for at least another month.

But if you're one of those who lives in your boxers, squints at the sunlight and collects enough pizza boxes to be on your way to qualifying for a new episode of "Hoarders" in a couple years - in other words, you play a LOT of online poker - then you may not even notice.

PokerStars and Full Tilt are both putting on huge online poker tournament series and you've still got time to qualify for some of the biggest seats.

The first, and biggest if you're going by guarantees, is PokerStars' Spring Championship of Online Poker. The series is always one of the biggest of the year, and this year it may be the biggest - period - with a guaranteed prize pool of $45 million.

One of the best things about SCOOP, in my opinion, is the fact that there are three different levels. You might, for instance, look at a $2,100 buy-in, like SCOOP's kick-off event on May 2, and just shake your head. But how does a $22 buy-in grab you? Hey, not so bad, eh?

And if you do want to buy in with the big boys - or those with big bankrolls - you can easily qualify for seats through a huge schedule of satellites that will run right up until the last event.

The Main Event, on May 16, is the last event, as usual, and even the lowest buy-in for that one is $109, so you might want to start playing those satellites now. Just so you know, the buy-in is $10,300.

Holy crap!

Just so Full Tilt's not left out, it's putting on yet another huge poker series with yet another FTOPS, and this series starts this week, on April 23 and backs right into SCOOP, to May 2, so you can play big tournaments for a month.

In fact, there's another MiniFTOPS as well, from May 7-16, so even if there aren't the three levels that SCOOP features in FTOPS, you can play the Mini events for 1/10th of the buy-in.

Both series combine for a guaranteed $25 million in prize money.

And - you guessed it - you can qualify for FTOPS events right now through satellites. In fact Full Tilt hosts satellite challenges, which gives you the chance to win extra buy-ins to other events and tournament dollars, so that’s another reason to play as many as you can, not just the diminished buy-ins to huge events.

Now that we're talking huge, big buy-in events, it's nice to take a break and enter some tournaments for….nothing! That's right – nothing! You don't even have to qualify to do them.

Just hop on Facebook.

Oh come on, you were going to do that anyway. It's OK. Be honest. You've got some virtual farming to do as well as comment on someone's cute puppy photo. And now if you hop on the RAI$E page and become a fan, you can take part in three $5K Invitational Freerolls, scheduled at Ultimate Bet on April 23, May 7, and May 21.

Easy peezy.

UB's also added some freerolls to its Bellator Fighting Championship’s promotion. The regional freerolls are giving away "VIP High Roller" packages to players located in select New England states and parts of the South-Central United States before the end of the month.

So if mixed martial arts are your thing, you can get some free tickets to watch guys pummel each other in a cage-side seat.

Facebook's also got some cheap tournament tickets for PartyPoker. Hop on the site, become a fan and you'll receive a password to the May 9 Facebook Bounty tournament the day of the event.

If you don't have a PartyPoker account yet, download it right here on PokerWorks. You'll get $25 free immediately for opening a new, real money account, and you can download any other poker site at PokerWorks for free as well.

This tournament costs only $10 + $1 to play, but it's called a bounty tournament for one reason: Big money for knocking out the big stars. Tony G, Ian Frazer, Bodo Sbrzesny, Felipe Ramos and Dragan Galic, and if you knock one of them out, you'll get $100 extra, even if you don't cash.

If you win the tournament, you'll also get a ticket to the Party Poker Monthly Million, a $640 value.

We're back to talking about big, huge, monster tournaments, and this time we should talk about the biggest of all. Yep, it's the World Series of Poker. As we've said many times in the last few weeks, there are many sites currently hosting tournaments for you to qualify for a seat to the Main Event of the WSOP.

Titan Poker
, however, has a unique way for you to win and compete on an international level, which is what you'll be doing at the WSOP anyway.

It's called the Titan Poker World Challenge, and it hopes to give the five best players from around the world a $13,000 WSOP Main Event package.

The challenge begins with two rounds of weekly tournaments hosted by 12 different countries/regions, with the results posted onto leaderboards so you can track your progress.

Those rounds are still going on now.

Once those are over, the top 200 will compete in finals that will start May 16. You can qualify for the final eight tournaments that way, and those who finish in the top five of the final leaderboard will win a package.

That might even be worth leaving the house.

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