The Winning Poker Network has announced that it will be offline in the early hours of tomorrow morning to change the format of the Beast weekly rake race.
This weekend, two major events are happening on the Winning Poker Network – the format of the weekly race rake “The Beast” is changing, and the network´s Online Super Series III reaches its climax. Due to both events happening around the same time, the Winning Poker Network has announced an early morning period of downtime tomorrow to make the changes necessary to its software.
Consequently, the Winning Poker Network will suspend all Beast tables from 12:00 (EST) today. Ring games will continue on the non-jackpot tables until all of today´s events in the Online Super Series III are completed, at which time (estimated to be 2.00am EST on Saturday morning) the entire network will be taken offline for about two hours.
What´s Happening to The Beast?
In case you missed the news, the Winning Poker Network has decided to remove the premium rake paid at Jackpot/Beast tables and fund the Beast promotion from its own pockets – well, at least from the “regular” rake that is deducted from cash game pots.
It is also extending the criteria for a Beast qualifying hand – so that only two players have to be dealt into a hand before funds are added to the Beast prize pool – and eliminated the minimum stakes limits before players can earn points for the Beast leaderboard (formally $0.10/$0.25).
The Beast is currently paying out around $50,000 each week in cash prizes and tournament entry tickets, and it will be interesting to see how the changes to The Beast affect the prize pool and the number of players that receive cash bonuses each week. Early feedback from the poker forums would suggest that this is a welcome move by the Winning Poker Network, and will result in a significant bump in traffic.
OSS III Main Event this Sunday
This Sunday (April 6th) sees the climax of the Online Super Series III with a $200,000 guaranteed Main Event for which the cards are in the air at 5.00pm (EST). The tournament has a buy-in of $215.00 and there is a host of satellites running all weekend with guaranteed seats into the event starting at $2.20.
To date, the Online Super Series III has been a tremendous success for the Winning Poker Network, with practically all of the events surpassing their guarantees. However, with the exception of the High Rollers Event #17, no tournament has managed to pay beyond $100,000 in prize money and – despite 5 hours of late registration for the Main Event – there could be a considerable overlay in the climax to the series.
In total there are still twenty tournaments to be played in the WPN Online Super Series III (including today´s action) with over $400,000 in prize money and tournament entry tickets still to be won. Buy-ins for the remaining events start from as little as $1.10, so there is something for everyone on sites affiliated to the Winning Poker Network this weekend.