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Black Diamond Poker Open at PaiWangLuo Network

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Clear your schedule and get your mouse finger ready because the Black Diamond Poker Open is back at Ignition Casino Poker, Bodog Poker, and Bovada Poker on the PaiWangLuo Network. Consisting of close to 100 events running from March 3 to March 28, this series comes with guaranteed prizes amounting to over $2.7 million.

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BDPO Events

The 94 numbered events in this year's Black Diamond Poker Open carry buyins ranging from $15 + $1.50 to $425 + $25. The majority of the contests will be held in No Limit Texas Hold'em format, but there's plenty of variety for fans of other poker disciplines. Pot Limit Omaha (Hi and Hi/Lo) and Fixed Limit Hold'em are two of the variants listed on the schedule.

This is the seventh running of the BDPO, so the MTTs all start seven minutes past the hour. There will be three tournaments every weekday, four on Saturdays, and six every Sunday. Some of the prominent events for you to look forward to are:

Event #1 - Sat., March 3, 3:07 p.m. ET - $40 + $4 Warm-Up, $12,000 GTD
Kick the series off with a low-priced tournament that runs on a Saturday, so it a nice prelude to your Sunday grind. This is the perfect way for you to get started in the Black Diamond series without risking too much of your bankroll.

Event #8 - Sun., March 4, 7:07 p.m. ET - $15 + $1.50 Crazy Eights, $8,888 GTD
It's time for something completely different with the Crazy Eights tournament. You'll get 88,888 chips to start with (4,444.4 big blinds), and the levels are eight minutes long. With a cost of entry of just $16.50, how can you opt not to play this wacky event?

Event #33 - Sun., March 11, 7:07 p.m. ET - $100 + $9 Heads-Up, $10,000 GTD
Pit yourself head-to-head against your opponents in one-on-one matches. You'll have to defeat several of them in succession to have any hope of cashing. Remember to get to your seat in time – there's no late registration period in this tourney.

Event #80 - Sunday, March 25, 3:07 p.m. ET - $75 + $7 Mini Main Event, $75,000 GTD
Whether the normal main event is too expensive for you or you intend to play it but want some extra MTT action on the side, the Mini Main Event holds a decent-sized pot of cash for a buyin of just $75 + $7.

Event #81 - Sunday, March 25, 5:07 p.m. ET - $425 + $25 Main Event, $300,000 GTD
This is the premier event in the Black Diamond Poker Open. There's $300K up for grabs, and at least 15% of the field will finish in the money.

Event #85 - Sun., March 25, 10:07 p.m. ET - $200 + $15 PLO Super KO 10K Chips, $12,000 GTD
If you feel you're skilled at four card poker, then now's your opportunity to prove yourself. $100 of each buyin is set aside for a bounty, so if you manage to knock out many of your adversaries, you could wind up with a sizable profit even apart from what you win from the normal prize pool distribution.

Sunday Schedule Replacements

Change Arrows

In honor of the Black Diamond Poker Open, the PaiWangLuo Network is replacing a couple of its normal Sunday tournaments. The $150 + $12 $100,000 guaranteed will remain at the same buyin as usual, but the guarantee will be bumped up to $107,000 and it will be called the “BDPO Special $107,000 Guaranteed.” The normal $250 + $20 $50,000 High Roller will be rechristened the “BDPO Special $75,000 Gtd (High Roller),” and it will cost $300 + $25 to join. Like its new name implies, its prize pool guarantee will increase from $50K to $75K.

Although the Black Diamond Poker Open proper begins March 3, these boosted Sunday MTTs will start to appear from Feb. 25. Think of them as an early sampler of the action to follow once the BDPO truly gets underway.

Qualify for Less

Dollars and Cents

With a minimum buyin of $15 + $1.50 and quite a few events denominated much higher, the Black Diamond Poker Open isn't really for micro-stakers. Yet, it's possible to win seats for a pittance by earning them in satellite tournaments. These sattys have already started to appear in the poker lobby, and they cost as little as $2.20 in some cases ($1 for the special Sunday $107K Gtd Cheap Seats satellite).

You can win entry to any event only a single time; additional seats you win to the same tournament will be forfeited and cannot be exchanged for cash. This isn't as bad as it might seem because most of the tickets awarded are good for any BDPO tournament of the given price level, so you'll have some choice as to which events to play.

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As of the most recent publication of this article, Feb 2018, you may wish to double or triple dip your poker tournament fun by participating in the tournaments at competing poker sites. Currenly Winning Poker Network is hosting the Online Super Series Cub3d and Chico Poker Network is hosting the Global Online Poker Series.