Bodog to run mini poker series

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Bodog Poker announced this week it plans to launch a new online poker tournament series in conjunction with the events of the 2008 World Series of poker in Las Vegas.

The Mini-SOP will run from May 30 to July 3, with each tournament taking place on the same date as its counterpart at the WSOP, but with a buy-in of 1% of the WSOP event buy-in.

That means buy-ins will range from as low as $10+$1 up to $100+$9 for the events, and not only will players get a shot at winning some extra cash, they'll be competing for a possible seat in the 2009 WSOP Main Event as well.

Bodog Poker will be running a Tournament Leader Board throughout the series with the top four players after the Mini-SOP's completion receiving automatic entry into a final tournament on July 10. Players who place fifth through 100 on the leaderboard will then compete in a semifinal to fill 18 more seats.

A final five seats in the final tournament will be picked from a random wild-card drawing of players who entered in at least three Mini-SOP events.

The top three finishers in the final tournament will be awarded $12,000 prize packages to the 2009 Main Event. The package includes the $10,000 buy-in plus money for travel and accommodations.

Other players won't leave empty handed either. The players who finish fourth through ninth will receive T$109 to buy into online poker tournament at Bodog Poker.

Just like the WSOP, the Mini-SOP will kick off May 30 with a Pot-Limit Hold'em tournament. In Las Vegas players will be ponying up a $10,000 buy-in while players at Bodog Poker put in their $100+$9 to play.

It's not too late to secure a spot in the 2008 WSOP Main Event as well. Bodog Poker is guaranteeing at least six prize packages for players each week through its Main Event Seminfinal tournaments and the ongoing Player's Choice promotion.

Qualifiers for WSOP Semifinals and Player's Choice tournaments are running daily, giving poker players the opportunity to qualify online for the Main Event for as little as $1 or 100 points. Players can also buy in directly for $250+$20.

On June 8, Bodog Poker will also host a Main Event Semifinal that will guarantee five WSOP prize packages. The tournament begins at 3:15 p.m. ET.

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