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WPN Brings Back VENOM $10M Guaranteed: Jan. 26 – Feb. 8

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It's time for the thirteenth running of the Venom tournament at the Winning Poker Network, this time with $10 million in guaranteed prizes. The action begins Thursday, Jan. 26 and continues through Wednesday, Feb. 8. You can access this tournament from any participating site on the WPN, including Americas Cardroom, Blackchip Poker, True Poker, and Ya Poker.

The VENOM Tournament

Millions Guaranteed Is a Venom Tradition

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The total guarantee of $10 million is ambitious for most online poker tournaments. The first such $10M event in August 2021 had an overlay of $175,000, and then the VENOM that ended in February 2022 had a more sizable shortfall of $545K. However, the VENOM that concluded in August 2022 was able to meet its $10 million guarantee, so there's every chance that the upcoming one will succeed as well.

To be in with a chance of claiming some of the loot, you have the option of buying in to the tournament for the full sticker price of $2,500 + $150. Alternatively, you can gain access to the tournament via satellite qualifiers, and there is an absolute abundance of these satellite tournaments and other ways to gain entry without having to spend a lot of money.

Key Details and General Structure

Multiple Starting Flights

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The most important structural detail of the tournament is that there are five individual Day 1 flights. Day 1A is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 26, and the event is set to get underway at 1:05 p.m. ET. The next opportunity for joining the Venom comes on Sunday, Jan. 29, and that is when Day 1B will kick off, keeping the same 1:05 p.m. ET start time. The third starting day will take place on Thursday, Feb. 2, followed by Day 1D on Saturday, Feb. 4 and the final starting day on Sunday, Feb. 5. All of these starting flights begin at 1:05 p.m.

On all five starting days, play will last for 28 levels. Each of these will be 20 minutes long, and there will be 18 levels of late registration.

It's possible to participate in multiple Day 1s so long as you earn enough entries or are willing to hand over $2,650 for each additional day you wish to play. However, once you qualify for Day 2, you will not be able to enter any more starting days.

Subsequent Days

If you make it past the first day, then you’ll find Day 2 springing into action on Monday, Feb. 6 at 1:05 PM ET. You’ll start this day with the same chips carried over from the number that you finished with on your first day of the event. Day 2 is scheduled for a full nine and a half hours of gameplay.

Then should you survive to Day 3, you will begin play at 1:05 PM ET again on Tuesday, Feb. 7 and continue until there are only eight players remaining. The Final Table is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, May 25. In a change from the previous days, the cards will begin to fly at 4:05 p.m. ET.

Satellites Available

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A myriad of satellites and other methods are available for you to utilize as a potential way of gaining access to the Venom tournament. These work perfectly for players who don’t have the initial $2,650 buy-in price in hand.

Venom Fever

Something of particular note are the Venom Fever satellites. They operate as the fastest and easiest way of qualifying for the $5 million event. Standard MEGAs run almost daily from Jan. 8 through to Feb. 5. It starts at just $0!

How is it possible for this to be the case? Well, most of these MEGA satellites have a three- or four-step approach for you to take. You can start out by playing a freeroll satellite, which guarantees seats to a Satellite. Win one of the seats in the Satellite, and that will transport you onward. After you progress through the preliminaries, you'll be propelled to the Mega Satellite. Through this, you can garner a $2,650 Venom ticket.

If you would rather buy in to a MEGA directly rather than battling your way through sub-satellites, this is of course possible. The four most popular MEGAs are as follows:

  • $630 MEGA 40 SEAT GTD, Sunday, Jan. 29 and Feb. 5. Freeroll > $5.50 Super Satellite > $55 Satellite > $630 MEGA
  • $290 MEGA 25 SEAT GTD, Sunday, Jan. 15 and 22. Freeroll > $2.50 Super Satellite > $33 Super Satellite > $290 MEGA
  • $95 BEAST SATELLITE 20 SEAT GTD, Every Sunday. Freeroll > $11 Super Satellite > $95 BEAST SATELLITE
  • $44 MEGA 20 SEAT GTD, Saturday, Feb. 4. Freeroll > $4.40 Super Satellite > $44 MEGA

There are 948 tickets available through the Venom Fever qualifiers.

Venom Blitz Steps

As an alternate steps route, you can try out Blitz satellites. They provide speedy, fast-fold Blitz action whereby you begin with a certain number of chips and must run them up to 5,000 in order to claim your ticket to the next step. Step 1 costs just $0.11 to enter.

In these Blitz satellites, you can join and leave whenever you please, and your chip stack will be preserved for the next time you play. The scheduling of the Blitz Steps is thus totally under your control, and you can play at the hours that are most convenient for you.

The seven Steps you must proceed through have the following buyin levels:

  • Step 1: $0.11
  • Step 2: $0.55
  • Step 3: $2.50
  • Step 4: $11
  • Step 5: $33
  • Step 6: $109
  • Step 7: $290

Make it through Step 7, and you will earn your $2,650 VENOM ticket.

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Start Planning Today

All things considered, this is bound to be one of the biggest online poker tournaments of the year in terms of number of users participating and total prize money up for grabs. You only need to look at the outcome of the prior Venom tournaments to realize that. With so many opportunities to gain entry happening on a daily basis, it makes sense to take a crack at it and see if you can emerge from the season hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars richer.

Of course, in order to do so, you must have an account in good standing with Americas Cardroom or another reputable site on the Winning Poker Network. We advise our readers to register for ACR with our exclusive America's Cardroom bonus code PRB10FREE. This will enable you to receive $10 with no deposit required. What's more, you’ll also get a 100% up to $2,000 bonus on your initial deposit. Read our detailed ACR review to learn more.

If you’d rather head elsewhere, then Americas Cardroom has several sister sites that provide the same access to the Venom and the rest of the tournament schedule although some of their welcome promos might be different. Check out our reviews of BlackChip Poker, True Poker, and Ya Poker (non-US) for information about these alternate WPN skins.



Previous Venom Details

YearDatesGuarantees
2022Oct. 20 – Nov. 2$5 million
2022July 21 – Aug. 3$10 million
2022May 13 – 24$5 million
2022Jan. 21 – Feb. 2$10 Million
2021Sept. 3 – Sept. 29$5 Million
2021July 23 – Aug. 4$10 Million
2021Apr. 30 – May 10$5 Million
2021Jan. 22 – Feb. 3$8 Million
2020Oct. 23 – Nov. 4$5 Million
2020July 24 – Aug. 5$7 Million
2019Nov. 27 – Dec. 11$6 Million
2019July 14 - 24$5 Million