Online poker tournaments are not only glamorous but also surprisingly affordable and even the main event is within reach for most grinders. The best part of these events is that those who are truly interested in participating, have plenty of time on their hands to secure a seat. Qualifiers run live many weeks and sometimes months ahead, with prominent poker companies such as PokerStars keeping players up to date via newsletters and e-mail campaigns.
The PokerStars SCOOP series is the equivalent of the World Series of Poker when it comes to online games and tens of thousands of players attend this event every year. It lasts only one week, but there are plenty of side events that don’t set players back more than a double-digit amount. The main event is the one that attracts poker professionals and Mike Watson, Scott Seiver and Phil Galfond were among those who participate in this year.
The beauty of running online tournaments is that you are not limited to a handful of tables and the organizers can accommodate as many players as they like. Furthermore, Texas hold’em is not the only version of poker on the menu, with Omaha, single draw 2-7 and even HORSE events a working serious prizes. The best proof that these side events are immensely popular with poker professionals is that Scott Seiver participated in the $2,100 Single Draw 2-7.
He is an all-around poker player with plenty of hours spent at this type of poker, so it came as no surprise that he outshined all his competitors. He won $37,000 while the runner-up received a paycheck of $25,000, a nice return on investment for a tournament that was attended by several professionals. Alex Luneau was one of those who barely recuperated his investment, but since he played at cash game tables while being involved in the main event, he ended up raking a profit of more than $100,000.
The $2,100 Omaha Hi/Lo tournament was the best paying event for this type of poker and the winner is a relatively unknown player. The only information that transpired in the media is that he uses “aless_84” for screen name and that he had no problem in eliminating more experienced opponents. George Danzer lasted long enough to make the final table and the heads-up stage, but he was no match for this ambitious opponent and had to accept a paycheck to $45,000.
The same amount was paid by those who participated in Event 18 which is also known as the NLHE Turbo Knockout. What made this tournament special is that a record number of players participated, so the winner ended up winning $143,000. On this particular occasion, the most successful player was not an amateur or someone using an unknown screen name, but poker professional Niki Jedlicka. He made a formidable comeback in 2014 and it looks like his hot streak is far from ending.