When it comes to large cash games in the United States it can be hard to find anything that will run consistently or for an extended period of time. Winning Poker Network has an unique way to fix that problem, and now they are bringing it back for even more players to get a chance to compete in!
Winning Poker Network, which consists of America’s Cardroom, Black Chip Poker, PokerHost, True Poker and Ya Poker, which is made up of all sorts of sites that really want you to be doing business with them, is bringing back a format of poker which had some early success but was not able to really replicate the initial bump that it generated. The Cage makes its triumphant return on October 28th at 7:00 PM EST and will then be a weekly fixture for the site from that time forward. Different this time though is the buy-in which will be $1,000 and not the $5,000 that it initially was. It’s unclear if this will be enough to really gain back the players that the first tourney saw, but it is a good start.
The Cage is a pretty simple concept overall, but it is fairly unique as it mixes both tournament and cash game poker into a format that works for both specialties of players. For $1,000 you are entered into a tournament that has a 4-hour time limit on it [Knock 27 dollars off your buy-in fees by signing up for a rakeback account now]. At the end of the 4 hours you are paid out what you have left in chips. The blinds go up every hour, but stay relatively low compared to the average stack to allow for a decent amount of play as well. This allows the tournament to go from a game that is advantageous to cash players as the average stack will get over 100bb pretty quickly to one that will give more of an advantage to tournament players as the final level will be 20bb of the original stack, so like 40-60bb for most players. Another great feature of this is that it is rake free in so far that rake is not taken out each hand and so the $50 tournament fee you pay at the beginning would actually be fairly close to what you would pay otherwise, or maybe slightly less. WPN is the only one of the online poker sites in the USA to offer a poker format even remotely like this, and in fact, no one in the world offers similar.
The major reason why this could work this time around, as opposed to last time is the sheer amount of people they will be able to satellite into the event. The tournament for the foreseeable future that The Beast and Sit n’ Crush are going to award entries into is the satellite for this event. In the past only 1 in every 100 players would win entry into it, so really, you were getting a very small amount of entries overall from this event. Now, with 1 out of every 20 getting an entry you can get a significant number of people into the event that might not otherwise play. This is also really nice for the normal players, because they are going to presumably have an advantage against these players, especially if some of them are Sit n’ Crush players. It’s a win-win for everyone involved.
The other good thing about this change is that having it as a weekly event will allow for more marketing to be centered around it and it will always be on a night that doesn’t really have anything else large happening on it for US Poker. With it not being a full tournament it will be over by 11:30 PM ET, so not too late at all and provides a great chance for people of all time zones and locations to take full advantage. It is unclear if it will fall back an hour in time with daylight savings time or not, but regardless, the time slot is going to be great for all kinds of players. This increased marketing and consistency should do wonders for regulars who want to make it part of their normal tournament or cash game grind.
When The Cage was announced a few months ago it was a unique idea that never really gained steam as it was expensive and inconsistent. Winning Poker Network, which consists of America’s Cardroom, Black Chip Poker, PokerHost, True Poker and Ya Poker seems to have fixed this major issue by lowering the price and making it a weekly event. While it is still unclear if this will pay the dividends they are hoping for, it can’t hurt the cause. Please remember, WPN is a Mac-friendly poker site, so yo uaren't left out in the cold! Are you excited for the new version of The Cage? Do you think it will fare better than the first version? Tell us what you think on Twitter or Facebook!