2017 Black Diamond Poker Open at Bodog/Ignition Gear up for serious tournament poker action because the PaiWangLuo Network (formerly the Bodog Network) is running the latest edition of its premier Black Diamond Poker Open (BDPO) tournament series from March 12 to April 10. This is the sixth installment of the series, which ran in prior years at Bovada Poker and other network partners. This year’s schedule consists of an incredible 140 events, so you’ll want to mark your calendar and remember to take your seat at the appropriate times. If you haven’t already created an account, then we recommend you do so without delay. Click here to peruse our review of Ignition Poker, PaiWangLuo’s U.S.-facing skin. Check out our review of Bodog Poker, the site on the PaiWangLuo Network that operates in Canada and a number of Latin American markets.
There’s more than $3 million in guaranteed prizes up for grabs in this year’s BDPO, including $300,000 in the Main Event. Buyins for the BDPO run the gamut from $15 + $1.50 all the way up to $425 + $25, so you’ll have a fairly wide choice as far as the stakes you wish to play. The costs of registering for most events may be a bit steep for micro-stakes grinders, but this is to be expected with a big-name series like the BDPO. You can win low-priced entry into the MTTs of your choice, though, by participating in myriad satellite tournaments, which have already started running. They permit you to earn tickets to BDPO events for as little as $2.20.
As you would expect, the BDPO is heavily focused on No Limit Texas Hold’em because this is the most prevalent form of poker spread on the internet today. Nevertheless, fans of other poker games will encounter several tourneys that cater to them. The lineup includes:
As far as tournament structures go, you’ll find deep-stack tournies, shootouts, knockouts, turbos, hypers and other formats. There aren’t any rebuy and add-on events, however, which is somewhat unusual for a major online tournament series. Perhaps the organizers felt that the buyins were high enough already without making people pay them multiple times.
In order to accommodate 140 tournaments in just a little over a month, the poker network has had to squeeze several events into each day of the BDPO. There are four tourneys per weekday, and this jumps to six or more on every Saturday and Sunday. Mondays through Fridays, the action runs in the evening for those on Eastern Time while a few afternoon events are sprinkled into the mix on weekends. You’re probably too busy to participate in every single one of the contests that comprise the BDPO. Some of the highlights that you may want to put on your to-do list are:
Warm-Up Event, $40 + $4 $10K Gtd (SS)The first event on the schedule, this reasonably priced tourney will let you dip your toe in the waters of the BDPO without committing too large a fraction of your bankroll. Because you’ll start with a Super Stack, you’ll get plenty of play for your investment.
PLO Event, $200 + $15 $30K Gtd (Turbo, 10,000 Chips)If two hole cards are good, then four are twice as good, right? Test your skills with wraps, combo draws and other big PLO hands in this, the most expensive PLO tournament on the 2017 BDPO roster. You’ll start with 10,000 chips, but the turbo structure will drive the action and keep the pace fast.
Mini Main Event, $75 + $7, $75K GtdIf the regular main event is outside your comfort level, then the Mini Main Event is probably right for you. Because it’s being held on the final Sunday of the series, it should attract a healthy-sized field.
Main Event, $425 + $25, $300K GtdThis is the tournament in which you can score the most enviable payday if you’re both lucky and talented. With a guarantee of $300,000, the event will need more than 700 entrants to cover it, and there’s no reason to expect that turnout will be any less.
High Roller Event, $300 + $25, $60K GtdWeirdly, the BDPO High Roller event isn’t the most costly tournament on the schedule although it is tied for second place with a few other MTTs. It’s probably best to think of it as a kind of second chance: Even if you brick the Main Event, there’s enough money on the line for you to potentially achieve a profitable series if you cash in the High Roller.
Perhaps the most noteworthy feature of the PaiWangLuo poker product is its anonymized tables. Nobody is identified by a username or screenname; instead, they’re listed simply as “Player 1,” “Player 2,” et cetera. This measure was implemented to protect newer and less-savvy players from being preyed upon by sharks, and, judging by the quality of the poker games on the site, this strategy appears to be working admirably. The recreational player model has less of an effect in multi-table tournaments where you can’t choose whom to play against anyway. Yet for the prestigious BDPO tournament series, you’ll probably see plenty of amateur cash game players lured over to the MTT section by the hefty guaranteed prize pools, so the anonymized tables help keep tourneys soft too.
Whether you sign up at Ignition Poker (formerly Bovada Poker) or Bodog Poker to play in BDPO events, you’ll get the opportunity to claim a 100% up to $1,000 poker welcome bonus. When you’re ready to take advantage of this deal, first clear the cookies in your web browser. Then, if you’re a resident of the United States, join Ignition Poker today. If you live in Canada or Latin America, then instead sign up at Bodog Poker.