Important Changes to Winning Poker Network´s Venom Event

Winning Poker Network (WPN)

The Winning Poker Network´s Venom event will be a multi-day tournament, with satellite qualifiers automatically seated at the beginning of a rescheduled Day 1A.

The Venom promises to be one of the online highlights of the summer. The $5,000,000 guaranteed tournament is the biggest US-facing event since Black Friday and will likely match PokerStars $10,300 SCOOP Main Event in terms of prize money – despite having a buy-in a quarter of the size.

Sites on the Winning Poker Network have been running satellites feeding into the Venom for some time, and already more than one hundred players have qualified. Therefore it came as a bit of a surprise to learn this week about some changes to the event that will affect players who have already qualified, and those who were thinking of giving it a shot in advance.

Key Changes to the Venom

Up until this week, the Venom tournament was scheduled for Sunday July 21st. With no information to the contrary, it was also fair to assume the tournament would have a similar structure to the Network´s Million Dollar Sunday tournaments that proved so popular last year – i.e. a one-day event. Apparently not.

According to the Americas Cardroom website, the Venom tournament will now have a multi-day format with Day 1s on both Tuesday July 16th (Day 1A) and Sunday July 21st (Day 1B). Players who have qualified for the Venom before 16th July will be seated automatically at the start of Day 1A at 1.00 pm (ET) and blinded out if they are unable to play.

Players who survive the twenty-four 30-minute levels on each Day 1 will carry forward their chips into Day 2 of the event on Monday July 22nd, with play also starting at 1.00 pm (ET). There will be a further twenty-four levels of action on Monday unless only eight players are left before the end of the day. If necessary, there will be a further session (Day 3) on Tuesday July 23rd.

The Venom´s Final Table will take place on Wednesday, July 24th at 5.00 pm (ET). Naturally the action will play down to a winner; who – even in the event of a deal – will be guaranteed $1,000,000 in prize money. The Network will pay the winner immediately at the end of the tournament if the player has an account that supports an accepted cryptocurrency.

What´s Prompted the Changes to the Venom?

The likely reason for the changes to the Venom is that it gives the Network double the number of opportunities to run Mega-Satellites feeding into the event. We expect there now to be Mega-Satellites offering a substantial number of seats on both the weekend prior to Day 1A, and then again in the period between Day 1A and Day 1B.

As well as giving players double the opportunities to satellite into the Venom, it also means the Network will be closer to reaching the two thousand entries needed to avoid an overlay. The changes are a little unfair to players who have already qualified, and who will now have to rearrange their plans to accommodate the change of starting date, but at least the Network has given plenty of notice.

If despite the changes, you are still looking to qualify early into the Venom, there are plenty of opportunities to do so. The Network is hosting direct satellites daily from $88.00, plus running a Steps promotion into the event starting at freeroll level and culminating with a five-seat-guaranteed Final Step each Sunday.

These may not be the final changes to the Venom before July, so be sure to follow @PokerNewsReport on Twitter in order to keep up to date with news about the event. And, if you are considering creating an account on a Winning Poker Network site to play in the Venom, be sure to read our Americas Cardroom review or Black Chip Poker review to see how you can take advantage of a 100% first deposit bonus up to $1,000.