The ever popular Micromillions
is a chance for tournament players to win big money from a tiny buy-in. Actually, it is no fewer than a hundred chances, because there are that many tournaments from the first on November 14 to the last on November 24, the latter being a $1 buy-in hyper-turbo with a guaranteed prize pool of $30,000.
As might be suspected, the majority of tournaments are no limit hold 'em, but there are plenty of other games at no limit, pot limit, and limit, including a $5,000 guaranteed razz tournament and a $10,000 guaranteed stud hi-lo, the former with a $5.50 buy-in, the latter with a $3.30 buy-in.
This is all very straightforward, but the same cannot be said of Party Poker
whose new promotions and incentives set up is so incredibly complex that it might just have been drafted by a patent lawyer. Incentives and freebies are always welcome, but this veritable maze of missions, achievements and rewards is, to put it mildly, mindboggling.
Party Poker now has no fewer than four types of bonuses: new player, deposit, fixed percentage and special. On most poker sites you simply play tournaments, sit and go's or cash games, earning points accordingly. On PokerStars for example, these points can be used to buy in to tournaments or to buy branded clothing and such.
On Party Poker you can choose missions, which may include playing 5 hands - seriously; winning a hand - always a good idea; and simply entering a tournament. Naturally things become a little more complex, because after missions come achievements, which may include winning 3 sit and go's in a row, playing 50 cash hand games in a single tournament, and winning a hand at showdown with a heart flush on Valentine's Day. Seriously. And yes, there is one for Christmas Eve as well, at least one.
It remains to be seen how long this will last, but whether or not you play on Party Poker, PokerStars or elsewhere, keep your eyes peeled for further goodies, especially as Christmas approaches. You will find information relating to poker promotions on pokersites.com
, the 2 + 2 Forum
, and the promotions pages of the gaming sites themselves.