The World Series of Poker is on the horizon and for those of you that have no luck in traditional super satellites, Ladbrokes Poker may be your best route to Vegas. Ladbrokes are always the envy of online qualifiers at the WSOP because of the exclusive VIP treatment their players get while they are out there.
It's one thing to bemoan a river card for missing out on your seat to the WSOP; it's another thing to blame your mates. This is why Ladbrokes Poker are holding a WSOP Team League. You and three mates can form a team to play in regular $22 MTTs and receive league points for placing in the event, the winning team after 14 weeks will receive a WSOP package for each member.
So hopefully you will see your team mates many a time joining you at the final table in the next 14 weeks (And of course you will have a decision to make if you have a chance of busting them). For those that don't, then there is a 'lucky loser' tournament for the individuals placing 2nd-36th which gives a free individual seat to the WSOP – unfortunately the rest of your team won't be able to join you but you can send them postcards!
The other route to the WSOP is for all your sicko cash game grinders out there and is the increasingly popular rake race. This time three races are taking place for low, medium and high stakes players with cash prizes at the end of them.The top 154 players in each race will place with prizes between $15 and $3,500 for anyone that makes the grade at the end of March. This offer is open to Hold'em and Omaha players alike.
Anyone who makes it into the top 50 of one of the three groups will be automatically entered into a WSOP free roll which will give away three $14,000 packages to the 2008 WSOP. If you fail to make the top 50 you can still get a wild card entry into the competition if you finish in places 50-54, 100-104 and 150-154. The higher up you finish in the race the more chips you start with in the free roll.
On top of the rake race prize money, don't forget that you will also be able to turn your mountain of player points accumulated into up to 30% cash back on the rake you have paid during the race. Add an exclusive UK Pokernews $500 sign up bonus to this and you could probably buy yourself into the WSOP direct anyway.