PartyPoker NJ has created multiple ways for online poker players in New Jersey to compete in the World Poker Tour WPT500 tournament taking place at the Aria Hotel and Casino. The WPT500 is an innovative tournament format with ten opening flights spread across three separate weekends.
Players can win their way into the tournament through “Step” Sit & Go tournaments that are currently running around the clock, or by competing in one of the site’s scheduled WPT500 multi-table tournaments.
Additionally, PartyPoker is giving S&G players the choice to play for just a buy-in to the WPT500 (valued at $565) or take a shot at winning a prize package that includes a buy-in to the tournament as well as over $1,000 to cover travel and hotel expenses.
The WPT500, a WSOP ME alternative
The success of the inaugural WPT500 at Aria was one of the biggest surprises of 2014.
The tournament took place alongside the World Series of Poker Main Event, offering players unable to come up with the hefty $10k buy-in for the WSOP Main Event a more affordable event to play.
When the dust settled, a remarkable 3,599 players had registered for the WPT500 at Aria, and the tournament shattered its guarantee of $1,000,000.
This year the WPT500 is going to be even bigger, as the WPT has upped the guarantee to $2,000,000 and spaced out the starting flights (ten in total) over the course of three weekends:
|Day 1A||Sunday, May 31||12:00 pm|
|Day 1B||Monday, June 1||12:00 pm|
|Day 1C||Tuesday, June 2||12:00 pm|
|Day 1D||Saturday, June 6||12:00 pm|
|Day 1E||Sunday, June 7||12:00 pm|
|Day 1F||Monday, June 8||12:00 pm|
|Day 1G||Thursday, July 2||12:00 pm|
|Day 1H||Friday, July 3||12:00 pm|
|Day 1I||Saturday, July 4||12:00 pm|
|Day 1J (Turbo)||Sunday, July 5||8:30 am|
Players surviving their Day 1 flight will return on Sunday, July 5, for Day 2, and the nine lucky players who survive Day 2 will play for the WPT500 Aria title on Monday, July 6.
Sit and go your way to the Aria for the WPT500
NJ.PartyPoker.com has created a “Steps” satellite program that ultimately allows players who reach the final step (Step 4) to decide if they want to play for a seat in the tournament by triumphing in a six-player Sit & Go tournament, or take a shot at the$1,600 prize package by competing in an 18-man Sit & Go tournament.
Players also have two ways to reach the Step 4 satellite:
- Option 1 is to buy-in directly (players can buy in directly at any step) for $100.
- Option 2 is to start at a lower step and work your way up the ladder. The Step satellite process for the WPT500 begins at just ten loyalty points.
Here is a look at the complete Steps process:
|Daily WPT500 Sit-n-Go Step Satellites|
|WPT Step 0||10 loyalty points||Winner receives a Step 1 Ticket|
|WPT Step 1||$1 or Step 1 Ticket||Winner receives a Step 2 Ticket|
|WPT Step 2||$5 or Step 2 Ticket||Winner receives a Step 3 Ticket|
|WPT Step 3||$20 or Step 3 Ticket||Winner receives a Step 4 Ticket|
|WPT Step 4 (6-player S&G)||$100 or Step 4 Ticket||WPT500 Seat ($565 Value)|
|WPT Step 4 (18-player S&G)||$100 or Step 4 Ticket||WPT500 Package ($1,600 Value)|
S&G’s aren’t for me, I’m more of an MTT guy
If Sit & Go tournaments aren’t your thing, PartyPoker NJ will also be hosting a multi-table super-satellite tournament to the WPT500 every Sunday through June 21.
The buy-in for the Sunday tournament is $100, and for every 18 entries PartyPoker will award a $1,600 WPT500 prize package.
NJ PartyPoker will also host daily multi-table tournaments in which players can win their way into the Sunday satellite for as little as $1 – satellites to the satellite, so to speak.
|WPT500 Scheduled Step Satellites|
|WPT Step 1||Daily||12:00 pm2:15 pm3:50 pm6:45 pm||$1 or Step 1 Ticket||Step 3 Ticket|
|WPT Step 2||Daily||6:15 pm7:15 pm||$5 or Step 2 Ticket||(2) WPT Step 3 Tickets|
|WPT Step 3||Daily||8:05 pm9:45 pm||$20 or Step 3 Ticket||(2) WPT Step 4 Tickets|
|WPT Step 4||Sunday||6:45 pm||$100 or Step 4 Ticket||WPT500 Package
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