Big Week Ahead for USA-Friendly Poker Tournaments

US PokerOver the next few days, all the major USA-friendly poker sites are hosting online poker tournaments with bigger-than-normal guaranteed prize pools.

If you are a fan of valuable online poker tournaments, and you live in a jurisdiction that has not regulated online gambling, there is a treat in store over the next few days. All the major USA-friendly poker sites are hosting online poker tournaments with bigger-than-normal guaranteed prize pools in order to attract players to the virtual felt over the Thanksgiving holidays.

The combination of the valuable tournaments and Thanksgiving holidays will undoubtedly also bring more players to the cash game tables – resulting in plenty of action around-the-clock. This is not only good news for USA-based players, but for players from around the world who are equally welcome to take advantage of the opportunities to register a big win.

Winning Poker Network´s High Five Series Starts Tomorrow

Players do not have to wait until Thursday´s holiday for the opportunity to register a big win, as the Winning Poker Network´s [geolink href=””]November High Five series[/geolink] starts tomorrow. The first day´s schedule features a 6-Max event guaranteed for $100,000 and four other feature events with combined guaranteed prize pools of $70,000. The Network is also doubling the guarantees on its regular “Big 10” tournaments.

Over the five days of the High Five series, there is nearly $2 million in guaranteed events, with the highlight of the series being the $420,000 guaranteed High Five Main Event on Sunday. There is also a massive satellite schedule supporting the Main Event, and the best sites to qualify at include [geolink href=””]Black Chip Poker[/geolink] and [geolink href=””]Americas Cardroom[/geolink], where new players will be eligible for a first deposit bonus up to $1,000.

Qualify Now for Thanksgiving Madness at Intertops Poker

Intertops Poker may not have the player database to host tournaments series with million dollar guarantees, but the site still makes an effort. This coming Thursday at 5:30pm (ET) the site will be celebrating Thanksgiving Day with a $1,000 guaranteed Thanksgiving Madness event. For players with modest bankrolls, this looks to be the best opportunity to register a decent – if not big – win.

The Thanksgiving Madness tournament will likely be a popular event for Australian players despite its mid-morning start time (9:30am AET), as Intertops is hosting plenty of Aussie-friendly satellites in the run-up to the event. The full satellite schedule [geolink href=””]can be found here[/geolink], and new players can take advantage of a 200% first deposit bonus up to $1,000 by following the instructions in my [geolink href=””]Intertops Poker review[/geolink].

Ignition and Bovada Bump Main Event Guarantee up to $250,000

Each Sunday, sites on the Pai Wong Luo Network (formerly the Bodog Network) host a “Main Event” tournament typically guaranteeing a $100,000 prize pool. For the Thanksgiving Weekend, the two USA-friendly poker sites on the Network – Ignition Poker and Bovada Poker – are bumping up the guaranteed prize pool for Sunday´s Main Event to $250,000. Sadly the buy-in is also being bumped up to $325.00.

Conscious of the fact most players don´t have a bankroll to support a buy-in of that magnitude, Ignition Poker and Bovada Poker are hosting one of the most comprehensive satellite schedules ever seen. There are dozens of satellites running around-the-clock guaranteeing hundreds of seats into the target event, and with buy-ins for the satellites starting at $7.70, everybody (*) has the chance to win a seat.

(*) Please note: Ignition Poker (first deposit bonus [geolink href=””]up to $1,000[/geolink]) only accepts players from the USA. Bovada Poker (first deposit bonus [geolink href=””]up to $500[/geolink]) only accepts players from the USA, Brazil and Mexico. Players from elsewhere in the world will have to take advantage of one of the other Thanksgiving opportunities.

BetOnline and SportsBetting Poker´s Monthly $100,000 GTD Tournament

By a happy coincidence, the monthly $100,000 guaranteed tournament also takes place this weekend at BetOnline Poker ([geolink href=””]review[/geolink]) and SportsBetting Poker ([geolink href=””]review[/geolink]). This popular event gets underway at 7:00pm (ET) on Sunday and has a direct buy-in of $109.00. Like the other USA-friendly poker tournaments taking place this weekend, the sites offer a comprehensive satellite schedule with buy-ins starting at $11.00.

Players who enjoy a challenge also have the opportunity to go from “Zero-to-Hero” via the Steps qualifying promotion. This promotion consists of five 6-Max Sit & Go Steps – starting at freeroll level – that players can buy into at any stage. The freeroll Step of this promotion takes place on Friday at 7:30pm (ET), so players wanting to take on the challenge had better clear their diaries for the weekend.

Which USA-Friendly Poker Site Will You Choose?

Selecting which site(s) to play at can be difficult. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages depending on your style of play and experience. You may prefer the anonymous tables at Ignition Poker and Bovada Poker, or the relatively easy level of competition at Intertops Poker.

Undoubtedly some players will be attracted by the larger prize pools available at sites on the Winning Poker Network, while BetOnline and SportsBetting Poker are the only sites from those featured above that run an MTT leaderboard competition.

Whichever USA-friendly poker site you choose to play at, good luck this Thanksgiving holiday!

Jacqueline Packett
Jacqueline Packett