Two Million Dollar Sunday tournaments are scheduled at the Winning Poker Network over the next couple of weeks and, as usual, upcoming USAFriendlyPokerSites MDS events will give readers the opportunity to qualify for free. However, there are some changes to the events readers should be aware of.
Last week I alerted readers to two Million Dollar Sunday “Encore” tournaments taking place over the next couple of weeks at the Winning Poker Network. However, based on the success of the recent high buy-in BOSS Main Event, the Network has taken the decision to increase the buy-ins for the “Encore” events on the 9th and 16th September to $2,650 ($2,500 + $150).
Because the increase in the buy-in will price out a number of players who would have bought-in directly, the Network is hosting daily Mega-Satellites guaranteeing between two and twenty seats for the target events. These too are quite pricey – ranging from $210 buy-ins to $440 buy-ins – so there is a selection of sub-satellites available through which players can qualify for the Mega-Satellites.
The Freebuy Route to the MDS Mega-Satellites
The most popular route to qualify for the MDS Mega-Satellites is via Freebuy sub-satellites. These are effectively freeroll tournaments that give players the opportunity to enhance their chances of winning a seat in an MDS Mega-Satellite by purchasing re-buys and an add-on. Those that don´t take advantage of the re-buy/add-on options have to be extremely lucky to progress beyond Freebuy level.
Freebuy sub-satellites start with players already short-stacked (typically 20 BBs) and steep increases in blinds each level. The key to remaining competitive during the early levels is either to get lucky, or to take advantage of the re-buy option to maintain an above-average chip stack. Due to the size of the add-on, it is virtually essential this option is taken advantage of.
How many players qualify out of the Freebuy sub-satellite and into the MDS Mega-Satellites usually depends on the buy-in for each MDS Mega-Satellite. For example, in the past, USAFriendlyPokerSites MDS Freebuy events have awarded between one and five seats in MDS Mega-Satellites – the fewer the seats, the higher the buy-in for the target event.
Upcoming USAFriendlyPokerSites MDS Freebuy Events
As usual, before a Million Dollar Sunday tournament, USAFriendlyPokerSites is hosting Freebuy events that give readers the opportunity to qualify for an MDS Mega-Satellite for free (plus a couple of dollars for re-buys and add-ons should you choose to take advantage of them). However, rather than hosting the events on a Wednesday or Thursday evening when they may be inaccessible to some readers, the freebuys will take place on Saturday 8th and 15th September at 6:45 pm (ET).
Each USAFriendlyPokerSites MDS Freebuy event guarantees one seat into the $330 buy-in MDS Mega-Satellite taking place the following morning (Sunday) at 11.30am (ET). The Sunday morning MDS Mega-Satellites each guarantee twenty seats into that afternoon´s Million Dollar Sunday “Encore” event. What´s important to note is that the Million Dollar Sunday “Encore” events start at 1:00 pm – so you will be automatically entered during late registration if you qualify through from the MDS Mega-Satellite.
Although playing a back-to-back MDS Mega-Satellite and a Million Dollar Sunday tournament is a tough ask, you have to remember that the buy-ins for each have increased five-fold compared to normal. Consequently, the field sizes in each event are likely to be much smaller than previously and the feature event will be over far earlier than the 2:00 am finishes we have seen in the past. Furthermore, with fewer players taking part in the MDS Mega-Satellite, there is a better chance of qualifying out of it.
How to Enter the USAFriendlyPokerSites MDS Freebuys
The USAFriendlyPokerSites MDS Freebuys can be found in the Tourney Lobby at Americas Cardroom and Black Chip Poker under the “Freeroll” tab. The Freebuy events are password protected and the passwords will be published on the USA Friendly Poker Sites’ WPN Freebuy Passwords page closer to the weekend. If you take part in the Freebuys, I wish you well – just remember to deposit a few dollars into your account before you play to give yourself the best chance of qualifying for the MDS Mega-Satellite.