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Online Poker Room Roundup: Win A Race To The Top

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It's racing season. I've completed a marathon and a triathlon (both for the first time). You could also say it's racing season in the poker world.

At least it will be this weekend on Full Tilt Poker. Starting June 11 and ending the afternoon of June 13, you'll get a full dose of Super Turbo Weekend.

Super Turbos do not offer the kind of patient, controlled poker you'd play at the World Series of Poker, with its generous chip counts and relaxed blind structures. We'll give you new opportunities to get there in a second.

No, Super Turbos are the kind of poker that maniacs like to play. You get 300 chips. You get fast blind levels. Hang on and good luck. And, yes, you'll have to win a race or two (or five) to do well.

Fortunately, you'll have plenty of chances, as a typical Super Turbo Sit n Go lasts 15 minutes. You'll also have plenty of reasons to play, as this weekend, you'll be playing for a ticket to a $100,000 Super Turbo Step Freeroll.

All you have to do is unlock all four pieces of your ticket. You can do this by cashing in a Super Turbo. A cash will get you one or two pieces unlocked, depending on the buy-in (if the buy-in is equal to or greater than $5, you'll unlock two pieces of your ticket with a cash).

You can also play MTTs if a Sit n Go isn't your thing.

The $100,000 freeroll takes place on Sunday, June 13, at 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time. The top 20 finishers each receive a $2,100 Step 7 ticket. That's only one step away from a $12,000 WSOP Main Event Package (see, I told you we'd get you to the WSOP!).

You can also use those tickets to play in the 150-Seat Main Event Guarantee, the best chance to win your way to Vegas.

That 150-Seat Guarantee takes place during Full Tilt's Main Event week, which starts June 14 and runs through June 20.

More than 200 Main Event Seats will be awarded during the week. A full slate of tournaments dangling those seats will take place, including direct qualifiers that will offer twice as many seats, twice as many daily shootouts and special tournaments all throughout the week.

As if that isn't enough, PokerStars has a huge satellite of its own offering bunches of seats to the Main Event. This is called, appropriately enough, the Mega Satellite.

PokerStars is replacing the beloved Sunday Million (for just one week, so relax) with a World Series Mega Satellite that offers 200 seats guaranteed. Packages include the buy-in, a party, travel and accommodations and a little cash on the side as well.

That satellite takes place June 20, on a Sunday, for only $370, a relatively low buy-in for a satellite that offers so many seats to the WSOP.

And if you're not so focused on the WSOP as everyone else in the poker world is - in other words, if you'd rather hit the beach than the inside of a casino - then you'll be pleased to learn that the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure may be six months away but satellite qualifiers are already running now.

Those packages include seats to the Bahamas. Nice!  And you can get there for as little as 20 Frequent Player Points, thanks to the mega-path qualifiers. One player, Darren Keys, won $150,000 at last season's PCA, and he won his seat for 75 FPPs.

You can win a bunch of money for winning these tournaments - a BUNCH of money - but PartyPoker continues to offer a way to win a bunch of money - a BUNCH - and all you have to do is lose.

Hell, I do that all the time.

Of course, losing to hit PartyPoker's Bad Beat Jackpot might be more difficult than winning one of those tournaments, but you never know, right? I remember a time when I was playing in a Colorado casino and someone actually did hit the Bad Beat Jackpot when his quad 8s lost to quad 10s.

When the huge roar went up, I looked at my cards. Pocket Aces. Pretty funny eh? I did win my hand later once all the hubbub died down.

Just hop on PartyPoker's Bad Beat Jackpot tables. There are more than 100, so the jackpot typically increases by $1,000 every hour and grows until someone like you hits it.

Lose with four of a kind and you're golden.

If you like life in the fast lane, PokerWorks just welcomed RPM Poker to our slate of online poker rooms, and this one actually takes U.S. players.

RPM belongs to the Merge Gaming Network, which counts Carbon Poker, Players Only Poker and Sports Book Poker among the members. All those rooms welcome U.S. players as well.

The best thing is RPM has its own look and feel to it rather than being one of the typical "skin" poker sites.

PokerWorks is pushing rooms that welcome U.S. players a bit harder these days, and another, fast-growing room is the Play Aces Poker room. Play Aces is the poker room of the sports betting site SportsBook.com.

SportsBook is one of the leading sports betting sites in the world and now has opened its own poker room. The site features things such as a Quick Start and a wide variety of games.

It's nice to see rooms not worrying so much about silly regulations that try to scare us into giving up poker. The action's just too great, especially this summer, to let it go.

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