Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Test Your Cash Game Might at Party Poker

While everyone else has been running around trying to find out who the best online tournament poker player is, Party Poker is more interested in finding out who happens to be the best online cash game poker player. It is in the spirit of gaining that information that they have announced the first Online Cash Game Championship. The OCGC for 2010 will go from March 1st to April 2nd and will feature more than $250,000 in prizes given out by Party Poker to the best cash game players around.

In total, there are going to be seven levels run for the championship, each cutting players out of the running. In all of the levels, you need to play at least 400 hands to qualify for consideration and the best performers over 400 or more hands will be able to advance to the next level. Players will start on level one from March 1st to 5th with the best players advancing to level 2 which will be played March 8th to 12th.

Successful players will win $50 and advance to level 3 which will be played March 15th to 17th. This time successful players get a cash prize of $200 before playing in level 4 from March 22nd to March 23rd. Success here is worth $400 in prize money and a spot in level 5 from March 25th to March 26th. Players that are successful here will advance to the final two levels and gain $1500 in prize money at the same time.

These secondary prizes are nice, but they pale in comparison to what players can win on April 2nd if they make it to the final table of the OCGC 2010 event. The highest stack at the end gets the grand prize of $40,000 while the runner up gets $20,000 and the third place finisher still nets an impressive $10,000.

If the event is successful, Party Poker has certainly not ruled out the possibility of coming back with an annual or even more than once per year version of the OCGC for its players to compete in.