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Bodog preparing Poker Open II
As one giant online poker series draws to a close, another will be kicking off in one week's time.
The Bodog Poker Open II (BPO II) is set to award $650,000 in guaranteed prize money and will kick off next Sunday (Sept. 28) with a special bounty tournament.
This time around the series of online poker tournaments will take place over eight days and feature a total of 14 events, with No-Limit Hold'em variants like Pot-Limit, Turbo and Limit all scheduled. The $500 buy-in main event will take place Oct. 5 and offer a guaranteed prize pool of $300,000, the largest ever in Bodog history.
"Whoever said sequels are never as good as the original certainly wasn't talking about the Bodog Poker Open II," said Bonomo.
"The first BPO was pretty big but BPO II takes it to a whole new level with more events, more money guaranteed, deeper stacks and they're keeping it fun along the way with bounty tournaments. I welcome all players to take a shot at me during the series."
Bodog will host a total of six bounty tournaments during the BPO II with players winning $109 in Bodog Tournament Credits for each Team Bodog pro and select featured player they eliminate during the tournament. The credits can be used in any BPO II Main Event satellite, which are hosted nightly at 9:20 p.m. ET over the course of the Open.
The inaugural Bodog Poker Open took place in March 2007 and consisted of six tournaments. Players like Annette Obrestad, Kevin Saul, Thayer Rasmussen, Eric Lynch and many more all played in the prestigious series. Incredibly, Evelyn Ng and Josh Arieh (who at that time was a Team Bodog pro) finished second and third in the first event of the first BPO.
The series drew to a close on March 9 with 596 players competing for a share of the $305,120 prize pool.
The total cash purse, which included $25,000 in additional money added by Bodog, made the BPO main event the richest poker tournament ever held on Bodog. Shawn "phatcat" Luman finished first and took down $76,280 for his efforts.