Many online poker sites are running spring tournament series for players currently staying at home as the result of restrictions caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Among the sites doing so is Global Poker who is running its inaugural Global Poker Home Series from March 30-April 26. The series features 28 Gold Coin Trophy events.
Sweepstakes site an option for Hoosier online players
Global Poker is a “sweepstakes” model online poker site that welcomes players from 49 U.S. states, including Indiana. (Only Washington is excluded.)
Using a dual-currency system, the site uses both “Gold Coins” and “Sweeps Coins.”
Players can purchase Gold Coins which have no monetary value to use in “play money” games. However, when purchasing Gold Coins they receive Sweeps Coins as a bonus. Sweeps Coins can also be obtained via Facebook giveaways, by writing Global Poker directly, by winning them in freerolls, and by other means.
Sweeps Coins can additionally be won in cash games and tournaments such as those in the Global Poker Home Series. When players accumulate a minimum number of Sweeps Coins, they can exchange them for U.S. dollars and cash them out. Each Sweeps Coin can be redeemed with a value equivalent to $1 USD.
28 events, over SC2 million in guarantees
Like other tournaments on the site, the buy-ins for featured events in the Home Series are in Sweeps Coins. The 28 tournaments feature buy-ins ranging from SC33 rebuy events up to several SC218 events and a final SC540 event.
Each of the events has a guaranteed prize pool, ranging from several SC40,000 guaranteed events on up to the series-culminating Event No. 28 featuring that SC540 buy-in and a huge SC500,000 guaranteed prize pool.
That final event culminates a series of special Sunday Scrimmage events happening every Sunday night in April at 17:30 ET, deep-stacked no limit-hold’em events with gradually increasing guarantees:
- Sunday, Apr. 5: Event No. 7: SC218 Sunday Scrimmage SC100,000 guaranteed [Deep]
- Sunday, Apr. 12: Event No. 14: SC218 Sunday Scrimmage SC150,000 guaranteed [Deep]
- Sunday, Apr. 19: Event No. 21: SC218 Sunday Scrimmage SC200,000 guaranteed [Deep]
- Sunday, Apr. 26: Event No. 28: SC540 Sunday Scrimmage SC500,000 guaranteed [Deep]
Taken altogether, the 28 events’ guarantees total SC2 million. That figure provides a good idea of the overall scope of the series, which is the largest Global Poker has run since its launch in late 2016.
Satellite tournaments for each of the events are running each day as well, including three direct satellites into each event. The site promises “pop-up freerolls, bonuses, and ticket drops, plus plenty of other promotions on social and through Global Poker’s other channels” throughout the series.
The site is additionally running a parallel series of 28 Gold Coin Trophy events using the site’s play money currency. Winners of both the Sweeps Coin Trophy events and Gold Coin Trophy events will each receive a custom made glass trophy.
A welcome and (potentially) rewarding distraction
As the “Home Series” name indicates, Global Poker is running its tournament series in response to the various “stay-at-home” guidelines in place in Indiana and throughout the United States.
“We’re all currently experiencing a higher-than-usual level of uncertainty, and to provide a welcome and rewarding distraction, we’re making sure we offer the best poker experience while everyone stays at home,” said Global Poker’s General Manager David Lyons.
“It’s the best place to be at the moment, and we’re making sure of it for our poker players,” added Lyons. “Stay safe, take care of yourself and your families, and if you want to play a little poker, we’ll be here.”
Global Poker Home Series schedule
|March 30||SC218||1 - SC50,000 guaranteed [Deep]|
|March 31||SC218||2 - PLO SC40,000 guaranteed
|April 1||SC218||3 - SC40,000 guaranteed [Big Ante, Deep]|
|April 2||SC110||4 - SC50,000 guaranteed [2R1A]|
|April 3||SC218||5 - SC45,000 guaranteed [Turbo]|
|April 4||SC218||6 - SC50,000 guaranteed [6-Max, Deep]|
|April 5||SC218||7 - Sunday Scrimmage SC100,000 guaranteed [Deep]|
|April 6||SC218||8 - SC45,000 guaranteed [6-Max, Turbo]|
|April 7||SC110||9 - SC50,000 guaranteed [1R1A]|
|April 8||SC110||10 - SC40,000 guaranteed [2x Chance, Deep]|
|April 9||SC33||11 - PLO SC35,000 guaranteed
|April 10||SC218||12 - SC40,000 guaranteed [Ante Up,
|April 11||SC33||13 - SC40,000 guaranteed [Rebuy]|
|April 12||SC218||14 - Sunday Scrimmage SC150,000
|April 13||SC218||15 - SC50,000 guaranteed [Deep]|
|April 14||SC218||16 - PLO SC40,000 guaranteed
|April 15||SC218||17 - SC40,000 guaranteed [Big Ante, Deep]|
|April 16||SC110||18 - SC50,000 guaranteed [2R1A]|
|April 17||SC218||19 - SC45,000 guaranteed [Turbo]|
|April 18||SC218||20 - SC50,000 guaranteed [6-Max, Deep]|
|April 19||SC218||21- Sunday Scrimmage SC200,000 guaranteed [Deep]|
|April 20||SC110||22 - SC45,000 guaranteed [6-Max, Turbo]|
|April 21||SC110||23 - SC50,000 guaranteed [1R1A]|
|April 22||SC110||24 - SC40,000 guaranteed [2x Chance, Deep]|
|April 23||SC33||25 - PLO SC35,000 guaranteed [Rebuy, 6-Max]|
|April 24||SC218||26 - SC40,000 guaranteed [Ante Up, Deep]|
|April 25||SC33||27 - SC40,000 guaranteed [Rebuy]|
|April 26||SC540||28 - Sunday Scrimmage SC500,000 guaranteed [Deep]|