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$3.5 Million in Golden Spade Poker Open 2018 at Ignition, Bodog, Bovada

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It's time to clear your schedule and get ready for big poker tournament action because the Golden Spade Poker Open is here. Running from Sat., Oct. 13 and continuing through Thurs., Nov. 8, this year's GSPO boasts total guarantees of more than $3.5 million. You can access these events from any poker room on the PaiWangLuo Network, including Ignition Casino, Bovada, and Bodog.

Golden Spade Poker Open 2018

Normal Tournaments Boosted

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In addition to the special tourneys that are part of the 119-event lineup, you'll also see a few familiar contests replaced by bigger and better editions.

The normal Sunday $150 + $12 $100,000 Guaranteed MTTs scheduled for Oct. 14, Oct. 21, Oct. 28, and Nov. 4 will see their prize pools enhanced to $106,000. Perhaps more noteworthy is the fact that the $300 + $25 High Roller tournaments on these same dates will see their normal $75,000 guarantees improved also to $106,000.

Buyins and Formats


Most of the GSPO is focused around No Limit Hold'em because this is the most commonly played poker variant. Nevertheless, there are about half a dozen Pot Limit Omaha events listed along with a small number for Limit Omaha/8, Limit Hold'em, and Pot Limit Omaha/8 games. There's the expected array of knockout, turbo, six-handed, superstack, and other popular tourney formats. Buyins start at $25 + $2.50 and go up to $425 + $25.

Main Events


The Main Event of the Golden Spade Poker Open will be held Sun., Nov. 4 at 5:06 p.m. ET. There's a guaranteed prize pool of $350,000, which you can compete for by paying the buyin of $400 + $25.

If this is too much cash for you to part with for a single afternoon of cards, then you might want to consider the Mini Main Event instead. It will run on the same day as the normal Main Event, but it's scheduled to commence two hours earlier at 3:06 p.m. ET. It only costs $100 + $9 to join the Mini Main Event, and there's $75,000 up for grabs.

Those few poker players in our audience who are awake at the crack of dawn might be interested in the Early Bird Main Event. It kicks off, also on Nov. 4, at 8:06 a.m. ET for a buyin of $75 + $7 and comes with a guarantee of $10,000. The amount of cash in play here isn't especially alluring, but the field size will probably be very small, giving you the best opportunity for a final table result.

Satellites Abound

Chart of Satellites

Poker room management is well aware that some of the contests in the GSPO lie outside the comfort zones of prospective participants. To alleviate this issue, there are plenty of satellite tournaments that enable you to win your entry for less. These feeder tournaments are shown in the lobby at the following price points:

  • $4 + $0.40: Satellites to any $25 + $2.50 GSPO event
  • $4 + $0.40: Satellites to any $40 + $4 GSPO event
  • $7 + $0.70: Satellites to any $50 + $5 GSPO event
  • $7 + $0.70: Satellites to any $60 + $6 GSPO event
  • $7 + $0.70: Satellites to any $75 + $7 GSPO event
  • $15 + $1.50: Satellites to any $100 + $9 GSPO event
  • $15 + $1.50: Satellites to any $125 + $10 GSPO event
  • $15 + $1.50: Satellites to any $150 + $12 GSPO event
  • $25 + $2.50: Satellites to any $200 + $15 GSPO event
  • $25 + $2.50: Satellites to any $250 + $20 GSPO event

Moreover, there are satellites to the $425 + $25 Main Event with buyins of $25 + $2.50 and $50 + $5, and you can try to win your seat in any of the $325 + $25 High Roller tourneys for $40 + $4. Sit n' go fans will see single-table qualifiers to a few GSPO events also.

Please note that all tickets won through satellites must be used in the events that they're good for and cannot be exchanged for cash or other compensation. If a player wins more than one entry to a single event, then all entries beyond the first are forfeit.

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Chips and Cards

As exciting as $3.5 million in prizes is, you can't win any of it unless you have an account at one of the participating poker sites. For Canadians and Latin Americans, we recommend and respectively. Read our Bodog Poker review to find out why. Australians can register at Ignition Casino for a $1,000 bonus, and Americans are welcome as well. Check out our accurate Ignition Casino Poker review page for further instructions. Americans have the option to instead make Bovada their online poker home. Although its poker bonus is only half the size as Ignition's, Bovada has a sportsbook, which Ignition does not. Consult our review of Bovada to learn more.

Previous Golden Spade Poker Open Details

YearDates# of EventsGuarantees
2017Oct. 14 - Nov. 8112$3 million+
2016Sept. 10 - Oct. 30100+$3.5 million+