A new freebuy tournament series is coming to Americas Cardroom; but, unlike previous series, this one won´t be available to players on other Network skins.
Freebuy tournament series used to be a regular feature on the Winning Poker Network. Between the fall of 2015 and spring of 2016, the Network hosted three Freebuy Super Series which cost more than $200,000 to run due to some substantial overlays. More recently, freebuy tournaments have been run as individual events – either with a modest cash prize or with seats in a major tournament up for grabs.
Last week it was announced there will be a fourth Freebuy Super Series running from 16th October to 3rd November. The series will be the biggest yet, with 114 tournaments (6 per day) and $250,000 in prize money. However, unlike previous series, Freebuy Super Series IV will not be a Network-wide series but exclusive to players at Americas Cardroom.
More about Freebuy Super Series IV
With the extended High Five series still in full swing, details about Freebuy Super Series IV are thin on the ground. As usual, all the tournaments in the series will be free to enter, with players having the option of purchasing re-buys and an add-on during the late registration period. Typically tournaments have a turbo or hyper-turbo structure and players start with only 1,000 chips. So usually, unless you are very lucky, a re-buy (2,500 chips) and an add-on (10,000 chips) are necessary to finish in the money.
However, during Freebuy Super Series IV, players at Americas Cardroom will be given the opportunity to “win” re-buys and add-ons for free by competing certain tasks. A site representative told me the tasks will likely consist of watching videos on the Americas Cardroom YouTube channel (probably to obtain a password) or liking the site on social media. I suggest readers follow @ACR_POKER on Twitter as this is the social media platform on which Americas Cardroom is most active.
On the final day of the series (Sunday 3rd November), the feature tournament will be a Main Event with a $20,000 guaranteed prize pool. In previous series, re-buys and add-ons for the Main Event have been set at $20 each. However, according to a press release on the Americas Cardroom forum, it looks as though re-buys and add-ons could be capped at $5 each – which would give players with limited bankrolls a better chance of finishing in the money.
What about Players on Other Network Skins?
If you play at a skin on the Winning Poker Network other than Americas Cardroom (for example Black Chip Poker, True Poker, or Ya Poker), you will not be able to access the freebuy tournaments through your site´s poker client. If you want to play in Freebuy Super Series IV, it will be necessary to create a new account with Americas Cardroom – which has its advantages, because you will also be able to benefit from another first deposit bonus.
Details of how to create a new account can be found in my Americas Cardroom review, but it is important to remember you cannot log into the new account and your existing account at the same time. The Winning Poker Network has mechanisms in place to detect dual accounts operating from the same IP address, and the likely outcome of logging into two accounts simultaneously is that both accounts will be closed and any funds you have in them forfeited.
It is also important that you manage any Venom Steps tickets you have in your accounts carefully, as you won´t be able to enter the Venom event from two separate accounts. If you happen to win a seat in November´s Venom event from your new Americas Cardroom account, but you want to play the tournament from your existing account, it is possible to have the Winning Poker Network´s customer services team transfer the ticket for you.