Winning Poker Network continues to try to show why it should be considered the players’ network with its recent additions to the tournament schedule. These changes were made after much consideration and urging from players, despite initial doubt by the Winning Poker Network Tournament Director, which is something you don’t see often.
Players love to have large prize pools, but they also like short late registration on most tournaments, especially recreational players who have work in the morning, as short late registration normally means shorter tournaments overall. Winning Poker Network, which consists of America’s Cardroom, Black Chip Poker, PokerHost, True Poker and Ya Poker, is hoping that they managed to combine the best of both of those worlds together in their announcement of the GI60M tournaments. GI60M may sound like some computer component, but it actually stands for “Gone in 60 Minutes,” as the tournaments only have a 60 minute late registrations period. This is a pretty big difference from the direction that many sites have been moving to in recent years, with those sites extending late registration as long as possible to get the most amount of entries into a particular tournament.
Winning Poker Network is a huge fan of branding their nightly tournaments, as they already have the Turbo 10 and the Big 10, so another nightly tournament schedule with a name shouldn’t be of any surprise to players. This particular schedule (which isn’t replacing anything, but just adding onto the already existing offerings) features 10 tournaments scattered from 12:00 PM ET until 11:15 PM ET all with 60 minute late registration. Despite this large time frame, 7 of the tournaments are 7:25 PM ET or later.
The tournaments themselves are not just No-Limit Hold’em tournaments as Pot Limit Omaha and Pot Limit Omaha 8 or Better are both represented. They are also going to offer turbo and regular speed as well as 6-max and full ring variations of tournaments. Players shouldn’t worry about bad structures though, as many players have reported being a fan of the structure that these tournaments use. They have been noted for allowing enough play, but not dragging on forever. The tournaments are still reentry for that first hour, except for whenever noted as a rebuy/add-on tournament. The buy-ins range from $2.00 + $0.20 up to $50 + $5 with guarantees from $100 up to $1,500.
The last part might cause more than a few groans from players as those guarantees don’t seem exceptionally aggressive in any sense of the word, but it’s important to remember that this is the first week of these tournaments. The tournament director of Winning Poker Network wasn’t hopeful about how these would turn out, so he wanted to insulate the network from taking huge losses if things went as he predicted. As players participate in these tournaments and the fields grow, the prize pools should follow. Winning Poker Network has adjusted guarantees in the past to fall in line with increased participation, and all indications are they would do the same for these tournaments as well.
Winning Poker Network is listening to player suggestions once again, even when they don’t think the suggestion will work out nearly as well as the players hope it will. Regardless of the actual outcome of the 60 minute late registration multi-table tournaments, it’s encouraging to see a site take player consideration into account so heavily and change things. Are you a fan of small prize pools, but shorter late registration time? Would you rather have the longer late registration times, but bigger prize pools? Tell us on Twitter and Facebook!
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