Million Dollar Sundays to Become Regular Events on WPN

Million Dollar SundayThe Winning Poker Network has announced its flagship Million Dollar Sunday events are to become a regular feature on the tournament schedule despite recent massive overlays. The Network has also extended the satellites feeding into the events, giving more players the opportunity to qualify “for pennies on the dollar”.

Despite the Winning Poker Network´s Million Dollar Sunday events failing to reach their ambitious guarantees once in the past three months, the Network has announced the tournaments will become regular events on the tournament schedule and will be played each Sunday at 3:00 p.m. (ET). Furthermore, the buy-ins will remain at the “half-price level” of $265.00.

The news has surprised some industry observers, who have been totting up the overlays since an ambitious schedule of twelve consecutive Million Dollar Sunday events was announced last October. Indeed the first of the “permanent” Million Dollar Sunday events last weekend failed by more than a thousand entries to meet its guarantee – overlaying by an eye-watering $252,250.

Clearly there is plenty of value to be obtained in the Million Dollar Sunday events. Not only is it easier to reach the bubble with fewer players taking part, but once you do, the payouts are worth 25% more than what they would be without the guarantee (based on last weekend´s entries). Consequently the Network is taking steps to increase the number of players taking part.

Network makes it Easier for More Players to Qualify

Admittedly, last weekend´s event was played on Easter Sunday – a time when many regulars may have been spending time with their families or friends. However, the Network has responded to the shortfall in numbers by increasing the number of satellites and sub-satellites, and increasing the number of seats available through the three mega-satellites played each Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The Network has also doubled the number of Freebuy qualifiers guaranteeing seats in the target event – Freebuys being free-to-enter satellites in which players can enhance their chances of winning a seat in the Million Dollar Sunday event by purchasing additional re-buys (for $1.00 each) and an add-on (for $2.00) at the end of the late registration period.

More viable alternatives offering direct qualification into Million Dollar Sunday events include a $5.50 buy-in Hyper-Turbo satellite guaranteeing three seats in the target event, and a nightly $22.00 buy-in Deepstack Turbo satellite guaranteeing ten seats in the target event. The midweek qualifiers at these buy-in levels appear to offer plenty of value for players aiming to qualify for Sunday´s feature event.

April High Five Series also Announced

Despite the shortcomings of the Million Dollar Sunday events, the recent OSS Cub3d series was a huge success – so much so it has promoted the Network to quickly put together a High Five series between April 18th and April 22nd. The series will consist of twenty-five tournaments added to the Network´s regular schedule, guaranteed for a total of more than $1.5 million.

The feature tournament of the High Five series will be the $420,000 guaranteed Main Event. This will take place at 4:00 p.m. (ET) on Sunday April 22nd and have a buy-in of $450.00. There are a further five events in the schedule with a prize pool guarantee of $100,000 or more, including one that only has a $22.00 buy-in at 2:00 p.m. (ET) on the afternoon of the Main Event.

Registration has already opened for the tournaments in the High Five series and, like the Million Dollar Sunday events, the series is being supported by a comprehensive satellite schedule at Americas Cardroom and Black Chip Poker. As usual, it is recommended players take advantage of the early qualifiers when there is more likelihood of greater value.