Full Tilt Poker's Onyx Cup is a high-stakes poker tour where the term 'nose bleed limits' doesn't even begin to describe the buy-ins in five events that start from $100,000 to $300,000 and culminate in a $250,000 buy-in Grand Finale. An estimated $30 MILLION prize pool is expected across the entire series with $1 Million being added to the Grand Finale prize pool.
The Onyx Cup is made for TV - and those who can afford the buy-ins - and will take place in the United States, Europe, and Asia, and will be broadcast across 40 countries in 20 different languages.
The Onyx Cup Leaderboard will have the top three finishers in each event earning points and at the end of the Grand Finale, the player with the most points will earn the title of Onyx Cup Champion, drive off a luxury sports car, and will be acknowledged by their competitors as "the player that conquered poker's elite."
Full Tilt Poker is always going over the top with promoting the professional player and they just took a giant leap into No Man's Land with the Onyx Cup. It's difficult to figure the long term effect the Onyx Cup with have on the poker greats and how it integrates with the picture of poker overall. In the meantime, there will be online qualifiers to play the tour. Full Tilt Poker will have an Onyx website on March 15th but you can check out the announcement as it was made today for a view from the Full Tilt Poker Pros as they spoke with Ali Nejad.
Now that the Onyx Cup announcement is out of the way, let's get back to reality and get ready to play the next Skill League Challenge that kicks off on March 16th with a NLH Deep Stack $10+$1 buy-in with $5,000 added where the top 64 points scorers hit the points multiplier with 2. The Skills Challenge Series is a huge event for the everyday poker player, created for the 'real' poker player's bankroll, and created to help you build a bankroll and have fun at the action packed tables at Full Tilt Poker. You will find a new Skills Challenge event every Wednesday through April 13th and the League Final on April 20th.
You won’t be facing Phil Ivey, Tom ‘durrrr’ Dwan, Erik Seidel, Patrik Antonius, and more members of the world’s elite, when you play the Skills Challenge or be on TV, but you will have a shot at winning, and a shot at moving up in limits, and perhaps one day…