Party Poker Monster – Bigger Than the WSOP?

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Whichpoker.com rates Party Poker Monster as possibly the biggest poker tournament of all time. Party Poker has seeded the tournament with $16 million however, the big story is the progressive Grand Final prize pool which currently stands at $8.6 million and there are more than 30 weeks for this to grow.

What’s in a name? It’s tough to argue with the bard. Certainly that which they call the Party Poker Monster by any other word would smell as rich. It is after all, likely to feature the biggest prize pool in the history of poker – online or live. And most of it is free.

Here’s how it works: the Party Poker Monster is a series of freerolls taking place over the next 11 months. There will be 32 weekly $100,000 guaranteed freerolls, eight monthly $1 million guaranteed freerolls and a grand final with a minimum prizepool of $5 million.

Players can qualify for the weekly freerolls in a number of different ways. There are special Monster Sit and Go tournaments and Monster multi-table tournaments in which players can win cash prizes as well as entry to the weekly freeroll. You may also qualify by being one of the top PartyPoints earners, or by playing in a Monster Jackpot hand.

The $100,000 Monster Weekly Freeroll has a first prize of $12,500 and pays right down to 1000th place ($40) but the key to the weekly freeroll is that the top 2000 players from each weekly freeroll will advance to the $1 Million Monster Monthly Freeroll with a first prize of $125,000. The top 1000 players in the monthly tournament will gain entry into the Monster Grand Final.

That’s not all however. The top nine finishers in each $1 Million Monster Monthly Freeroll will receive entry into one of the monthly Off-line TV events that take place in locations from Las Vegas to London.

The Grand Final will be played online until the 8000 entrants have been whittled down to just six. The final six will then reconvene in June 2007 in South America to play live for a gigantic sum of money.

Just how gigantic though is anyone’s guess. PartyPoker started the prize pool at $5 million and have been adding a percentage from Monster qualifiers and the Bad Beat Jackpot ever since. Already the prize pool has reached $8.5 million and is increasing by roughly $2 per second, if you go by the counter on Whichpoker.com. That works out at around $172,800 per day! At that rate we could have a prize pool of over $40 million by June. Bigger than the WSOP? Quite possibly.

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