Next month, PokerStars is running its World Championship Of Online Poker: minimum buy-in $109. The good news is that satellites are already running.
Unlike the recent Micromillions, this is strictly for people with deep pockets; the name Rafael Nadal springs to mind, though if he looks at some of the screengrabs below, he may decide that tennis is the easier option.
Full details of WCOOP, including the timetable, can currently be found here. Full coverage and updates can be found on the PokerStars blog.
PokerStars has also recently acquired Full Tilt, which has been in the doldrums since the Black Friday domain seizures; the latest news is that the site will be relaunched in November.
Although PokerStars is the world's biggest poker site, it is far from the only one; others are likewise offering promotions, such as William Hill. Currently, this UK based site is offering a 200% sign up bonus for new players, but beware, you will have to play an awful lot of poker to clear that. It has also revamped its VIP scheme, which enables dedicated players to cash in points earned playing at the cash tables for real money; there are also a number of freerolls on offer, all No Limit Hold 'Em, unfortunately.
Finally, at present, Party Poker and its sister site WPT are offering a wide range of Summer freerolls, some of which are totally free, while for others, entry is limited to qualifying players, but qualification is fairly easy, earn 10 points at the cash tables or with tournament buy-ins to enter the Silver Summer Superstars Freeroll, and 25 points for the Gold.
July 14, 2012: This is what can happen when you play garbage hands at No Limit Hold 'Em. The turn card makes our hero a full house; the muppet thinks he is ahead with his straight and goes all-in on the river.