Ultimate Poker has announced the hosting of an online championship series, the first of its kind for the nation’s first legal poker site in Nevada.
Ultimate Poker Championship 1 (UPC1) consists of 11 events spanning the same amount of days with a guaranteed prize pool of $250,000. The online action kicks off on October 10 with a $25 No-Limit Hold’em Rebuy and concludes on October 20 with a $300 No-Limit Hold’em Megastack that features a $100,000 guaranteed prize pool.
One event will be played each day and all tournaments will start at 18:00. Five of the scheduled tourneys require a $100 entry fee, while another three can be entered for $200. A leaderboard race is on throughout the entire series, with the winner guaranteed free entries to every online tournament scheduled in UPC2.
It appears that the battle for the online poker market share in Nevada has begun, as UP’s announcement comes on the heels of WSOP.com announcing a tournament series of its own. The WSOP.com Online Championships are slated for October 25 – November 2, a total of nine events with $500,000 added to the prize pool.
The winner of each event in UPC1 will receive a custom-made Ultimate Poker watch in addition to the prize money. The winners of WSOP.com’s Online Championships will be known as the Online Nine and will compete in a special $100,000 freeroll to be held simultaneously with the November Nine competition of the 2013 WSOP Main Event final table.
UP is also promoting a 100% deposit bonus up to $500 that is available now and will expire prior to the first event of UPC1 on October 10. While this bonus and the online tournament championships sound delightful to players throughout the U.S., they are restricted to Nevada residents and tourists at this time.
Perhaps when regulation spreads throughout the U.S. in the future as is expected, players in other states will be allowed to join the action at WSOP.com and Ultimate Poker. In the meantime, U.S. players not situated in Nevada can play at poker rooms such as Black Chip Poker, Americas Cardroom, or Bovada.
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