Full Tilt MiniFTOPS and PokerStars WCOOP start

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The dream of competing for hundreds of thousands of dollars while paying only a fraction of the buy-in comes true this month at Full Tilt Poker. The MiniFTOPS XXIII begins today and it will conclude in two weeks from now, with a prize pool of $3 million and buy-ins that are 10 times lower than regular ones.

The first event is the $20 + $2 No Limit Hold’em tournament which has a guaranteed prize pool of $200,000 followed by the $30 + $3 No Limit Hold’em Escalator. The buy-in for the MiniFTOPS XXIII is a reasonable $11, but players can compete in satellites that cost $.50 or even play for as little as 50 Full Tilt Points. The MiniFTOPS XXIII culminates with the grand final that is scheduled for September 22nd where players will compete for a total amount of $750,000.

Texas hold’em is the most popular game right now and featured in most of the Full Tilt miniFTOPS tournaments, but players can also compete in 5-Card Omaha, 6-Card Omaha or Courchevel. The winner of the last edition was a Full Tilt Poker player using the screen name “lawnmower0” who won $150,000 with “Joao Dianda” coming in second by winning $100,000 in the Two-Day Event.

PokerStars Pro members are ready for the most important Internet poker circuit, the 2013 PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker. Widely regarded as the online equivalent of the World Series of Poker, the WCOOP begins this weekend and will consist of a total of 66 events. The best players can hope to win a share of the guaranteed $40 million, with the richest tournament being the Main Event.

The winner will take home at least $1.25 million, but the first prize is likely to exceed this value given the immense popularity of the WCOOP. The buy-in for the main event is $530, a hefty amount for regular players but one that is worth paying for a chance to become a world champion. Those who aspire to climb on the highest step of the podium but can’t afford to pay the buy-in out-of-pocket should compete for the ticket offered by Team PokerStars Pro.

All they need to do is to send a picture of themselves doing something they are particularly good at, to convince the poker pros that they are worth given a chance. Call it professional courtesy between world champions, as Team PokerStars Pro is ready to subsidise a true professional, even if his area of expertise has nothing to do with online poker.