Satellites Made Easy at Americas Cardroom
Every hour of every day, throughout the year, you’ll find that real money online poker isn’t only a non-stop global machine, but we’re so spoilt for choice with the enormous menu on offer that it’s often difficult to know how to spend our poker time. The scale of the industry, with countless poker rooms all competing for their share of the collective pie - and, therefore, maximising their offering to cover all potential bases - means that choosing at which tables to sit can be quite bewildering.
There’s Texas Hold'em and Omaha cash tables, Sit & Go games of various formats and, of course, online poker tournaments to get involved in. With the latter in mind, we can break ‘tournaments’ down even further, and one interesting category is satellites and other qualifiers. Whether it’s winning our way to packages to ‘live’ events around the globe or qualifying for various higher buy-in online tournaments, it can be a problem working out if satellites are worth our time and effort. Playing in a tournament with a sizeable field at least gives us a bunch of prizes to aim for, whereas satellites might offer only a limited number of ‘tickets’ - even just one!
Americas Cardroom is one online operator that has come up with a player-friendly solution to this problem in the form of so-called Blitz Satellites, which has been designed to speed up an often time-consuming qualifying process. Indeed, this novel approach enables players at ACR to earn places in various events and tournaments that might otherwise be beyond their bankroll quicker and easier than usual.
How It Works
Blitz Poker satellites allow players to advance through six levels to win tickets to big events. Unlike regular satellites, it’s not necessary to reach a final table or win a qualifying tournament to earn tickets. Regardless of which of the six levels you buy into, you advance to the next phase simply by earning 5,000 chips. Once you reach this target, it’s onward and upward – no need to battle away to finish in the top few players.
And if you finish with over 5,000 chips you can move on to the next level AND be seated again at the same level with your extra chips! For example, let’s say you win a 9,000-chip pot. First, you get a ticket for the next level, but you’ll also be automatically reseated at the same level you bought in for with those extra 4,000 chips, with the chance of winning all over again, and so on...
FOR THE WIN
A great touch that makes ACR’s Blitz satellites really stand out is the FOR THE WIN feature. We often find ourselves having almost achieved this or that target, only for the proverbial wheels to drop off and we fall at the final hurdle. Thanks to FOR THE WIN, you can avoid such an annoying banana skin. An indicator shows the cash value of your chip stack towards reaching the next level, and by clicking on the FOR THE WIN button you can pay for the difference and the ticket is yours.
It will be interesting to see in what way other online poker rooms follow the example of Americas Cardroom regarding the satellite process...
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