BetOnline Poker has this week announced a new tournament schedule and a $1,000 Challenge for Sit n´ Go players in a further round of site improvements.
BetOnline Poker is certainly making an effort to give players what they want. In the past few months there has been a micro buy-in tournament series, a dollar buy-in promotion with $10,000 in cash prizes, and an overhaul of the Bad Beat Jackpot promotion to include the players at the site´s fast-fold Boost tables. Now the site has launched a much improved tournament schedule and a $1,000 Challenge for Sit n´ Go players that complements the existing weekly Sit n´ Go leaderboard competition.
To be fair, the previous tournament schedule was a little lacking in imagination. Most tournaments with guaranteed prize pools had a re-buy and add-on structure that meant players entering them had to pay three times the buy-in (when you take into account a single re-buy and an add-on) in order to be competitive in the tournaments. Although some re-buy and add-on events still remain in the schedule, there is now a far wider range of events for players to enjoy.
The New BetOnline Poker Tournament Schedule in More Detail
The new BetOnline Poker tournament schedule will delight most low and mid stakes tournament players. The new schedule includes progressive KOs, mega-stack freezeouts, and Comp Point events that pay up to $250 is tournament dollars. There has also been some adjustments to the entry fee structure, with many tournaments having their entry fees halved and the extra buy-in added to the prize pools.
In addition to the new formats – which are still predominantly NL Hold´em events – players will notice improved tournament structures, longer late registration periods, and longer times to act as the endgame of each tournament approaches. Although nothing much has changed at the top end of the schedule, further improvements are likely if the new schedule proves to be popular with players.
The $1,000 Sit n´ Go Challenge and Leaderboard Competition
The $1,000 Sit n´ Go Challenge is an ongoing Steps promotion with eight different buy-in points. Each Step is a 6-Max game and – other than in Steps 1 and 8 – four of the six players will either win a ticket for a higher Step, stay where they are, or be demoted a Step. The ultimate aim is to win Step 8 and it´s $1,000 cash prize, but there is also a second prize to compensate the runner up for their near miss.
The Sit n´ Go Challenge complements the existing Sit n´ Go leaderboard competition that runs Sunday to Sunday inasmuch as players that put in a little effort to make to the higher Steps in the Challenge are likely to find themselves in the money for the Sit n´ Go leaderboard competition as well. There´s more than $5,000 up for grabs each week in the leaderboard competition, so it´s well worth checking it out.
What Else is New at BetOnline Poker?
Quite a lot. Despite the changes to the Bad Beat Jackpot which sees more money distributed to players who are in the right place at the right time, the site´s new Flip Jackpot games are proving popular. These are similar to three-handed hyper turbo Jackpot games inasmuch as a random prize pool is selected at the start of each game, but they have the added twist of all three players being all-in every hand.
There have also been some changes to the new player freeroll tournaments. These used to be once-a-month events with a $10,000 prize pool exclusively for new players. Now they have been divided up into weekly freeroll tournaments with $2,500 prize pools and are played in a different format each week – giving new players an opportunity to experience different types of NL Hold´em tournaments.
New players can also take advantage of a 100% match bonus on first deposits up to $1,000. Details of how to claim a first deposit bonus can be found in our BetOnline Poker review, which also includes information on how to fund your account and get your money out again after enjoying a good win – possibly in one of the site´s new tournaments, or if you win the $1,000 Sit n´ Go Challenge.