|Tournament Type:||Multi-Table Tournament|
|When:||Sundays at 13:30 ET|
|Blind Levels:||12,15,20 Minutes
|Buy-in:||$200 + $15|
|Interesting Fact:||Biggest weekly tournament at Full Tilt Poker.|
The Full Tilt Poker $250K Sunday Guarantee is Full Tilt Poker’s flagship tournament and the centerpiece of its weekly tournament schedule. As the name indicates, it has a guaranteed prize pool of $250,000.
With so much at stake, the $250K Guarantee is a prestigious and hotly contest event. First place money is usually around $50,000.
To give everyone a chance to play in Full Tilt Poker’s biggest weekly tournament, they run a huge number of satellites to this event. Satellites start at just $2.20 or 2,000 Full Tilt Points to enter.
Like most tournaments on Full Tilt Poker, you are allowed to win more than one entry to the $250K Guarantee. Any entries beyond the first will be credited to your account as tournament dollars if you won a cash satellite or as Full Tilt Points if you won a points satellite.
As a special bonus, Full Tilt Poker offers a weekly cash prize to the player who wins the most satellite entries to the $250K guarantee. That lucky guy or gal will find themself $400 richer while 2nd and 3rd place on the satellite challenge leaderboard each get $200.
Compared to many other of Full Tilt Poker’s tournaments throughout the week, the $250K has a very slow structure. The levels aren’t long at the start, but there are lots of them, including some odd in-between ones like 40/80 that most other sites don’t use. Take your time in the early stages and concentrate on playing well post-flop rather than hoping for a big double-up with a big pocket pair all-in preflop. The slower the structure, the more important position is, so keep that in mind when you’re deciding which hands to play.
Pay close attention when the antes kick in at level 7. The jump in blinds from 40/80 to 50/100 won’t seem like that big of a deal, but with antes in the mix, it means 100% more chips will be in the pot before any cards are dealt. With more money out there, don’t be afraid to steal aggressively.
One final thing to keep in mind when playing the $250K Sunday Guarantee is the importance of the money bubble. The first payout level is not much more than the entry fee (it’s usually around $280-$300), but because so many of the competitors are small-stakes players who qualified through satellites, it represents a huge sum. Strong players should exploit their fear of finishing out of the money by putting huge pressure on them near the bubble. You’ll be surprised at just how often players will fold to your raises and reraises, even when they suspect you don’t have a great hand every time. Fearless play will pay reap huge dividends in this tournament.
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