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Australian Poker Players Find New Home for Tournaments at WPN

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With the new Australian legal climate for online poker games pushing publicly traded companies out of the market, many of the sites Aussies have come to love have closed their doors to the country. PokerStars, 888poker, Intertops, and PartyPoker fall into this category. Their departure has left many poker fans uncertain as to where they should now play particularly tournament players who used to head to PokerStars every Sunday for its robust MTT schedule.

There's a good argument to be made that Americas Cardroom and the rest of the Winning Poker Network is the best replacement for the now-unavailable PokerStars. Much as its competitor does for customers around the globe, Americas Cardroom provides a well-rounded schedule to those in Australia, including a Sunday Major tournament with a mouth-watering $1 million+ prize pool.

Million Dollar Sunday

The Million Dollar Sunday (MDS) at the Winning Poker Network corresponds roughly to the Sunday Million at PokerStars. Both tournaments pay out at least $1,000,000 every week ($1,000,001 in the case of the MDS), and both begin in the early afternoon (2:15 p.m. ET at PokerStars and 2:00 p.m. ET at Americas Cardroom). The buyin for the MDS is $250 + $15, and for the Sunday Million, it's $200 + $15.

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Some contend that the structure of the MDS is actually superior to that of the Sunday Million because while both events start with 10,000-deep stacks, the MDS initial blind level is 15/30 as opposed to the 25/50 and 5 ante found in the Sunday Million. Moreover, all blind levels are 15 minutes long in ACR's premier event as opposed to the 'Stars Sunday Major, which starts out with 12-minute blinds before switching to 15 minutes after a couple of hours. You therefore get more play for your money in the WPN tournament.

The biggest advantage to playing in the Million Dollar Sunday lies in the frequent overlays that occur. I've already informed you in a previous post about this extra tournament cash, which can boost your returns by 15% or more depending on participation levels. Every single MDS that has taken place thus far in 2018 has had an overlay, and this will probably continue for a while until word spreads about the sick value to be had in this tournament.

No other Australia-friendly online poker site has anything approaching the Million Dollar Sunday in terms of total prize pool. The closest is Ignition Casino Poker's $100,000 Guaranteed, which is only 1/10 as large although, to be fair, it does sometimes garner enough entrants to distribute $200K+. Still, this isn't even worth mentioning in the same breath as the Winning Poker Network's MDS offering.

Sunday Special

The WPN's $200 + $15 Sunday Special accompanies the Million Dollar Sunday, running at 2:30 p.m. with a guarantee of $150,000. It's priced identically to the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up although the latter tournament pays out a minimum of $250,000. On the other hand, the 'Stars event begins at 11:00 a.m., which might be challenging for dedicated poker players, many of whom seldom wake up before noon. The afternoon starting time of the WPN Sunday Special is probably more convenient for most.

Other Weekly Tournaments at WPN

Sunday is just the anchor for the rest of the WPN tournament schedule, which pays out more than $6.5 million in guarantees every week. The buyins range from less than a dollar all the way up to thousands of dollars. There are a few games in formats other than No Limit Hold'em, like Pot Limit Omaha, No Limit Omaha-8 and 7 Card Stud, some of which you won't be able to find at many other Australian internet poker sites.

Tournament Series

The Winning Poker Network hosts tourney series several times per year. The headline series is called the OSS, and it's often held in “Cub3d” form, meaning there are three separate rosters of events, one for low stakes, one for high, and one in the middle. The latest installment of the OSS Cub3d has more than $15 million in guarantees, making it several times as large as the series promoted by competing poker rooms.

Keep Competing for Big-Money Prizes

Despite the designs of lawmakers and the realities of the market, there are still large MTT prize pools for Australians to contend for at Americas Cardroom. Much as players from the United States had to do in 2011, Australians now have to evaluate their options and pick one that has the level of action they're looking for. There's a pretty good chance that the Winning Poker Network fulfills this criteria for you because it has the most fully fleshed-out and lucrative tournament schedule among all sites still available to Australians.

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