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|Tournament Type:||Multi-Table Tournament|
|When:||Sundays at 5 PM ET|
|Blind Levels:||12 Minutes to Start, then 15, then 20|
|Buy-in:||$200 + $16|
|Interesting Fact:||Biggest weekly tournament at Full Tilt.|
The Full Tilt Poker $750K Sunday Guarantee is FTP’s flagship tournament and the centerpiece of its weekly tournament schedule. As the name indicates, it has a guaranteed prize pool of $750,000. As one of the most popular high-stakes tournaments on the site, however, the $750K regularly eclipses that mark, and the prize pool is often closer to $1 million.
With so much at stake, the $750K Guarantee is a prestigious and hotly contest event. First place money is usually in the range of $125,000 to $175,000.
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. The cheapest satellites are just $3 + $0.30 to enter—or if you don’t want to spend money at all, you can enter one of several that take only Full Tilt Points.
Like most tournaments on FTP, you are allowed to win more than one entry to the $750K 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, FTP offers a weekly cash prize to the player who wins the most satellite entries to the $750K guarantee. That lucky fellow will find himself $400 richer while 2nd and 3rd place on the satellite challenge leaderboard each get $200.
Compared to many other of FTP’s tournaments throughout the week, the $750K 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 11. The jump in blinds from 100/200 to 120/240 won’t seem like that big of a deal, but with antes in the mix, it means 585 chips will be in the pot before any cards are dealt—a big jump from the 300 of the previous level. With more money out there, don’t be afraid to steal aggressively.
One final thing to keep in mind when playing the $750K 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 payoff big in this tournament.
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