This is where we take a look at what’s in store for micro stakes players this weekend.
This is for you, the poker player who doesn’t so much worry about the first number in the buy-in so much as the many zeros that follow it.
So if your weekend poker budget is on the south side of $5 then stick with us as we go through the best value tournaments that start with 1, 2 or 3, and are followed immediately by a decimal point.
We start with Friday, which is the real start of the weekend, if you discount Thursday night that is.
Let’s get started.
One great thing about low buy-in events is that the label tells you everything you need. Take this great start to the weekend. It’s Micro. It’s fast. And it’s on Friday. What else do you need to know?
Well, the buy-in is an affordable $2.20 for a start and that gives you 10,000 chips for a Turbo format (fast). That means while it starts on Friday it also finishes on Friday. It’ll take you about 3 and a half hours to win this one (give or take 30 seconds if you choose to slow roll with your time bank) and when you do, you’ll collect a good payday.
Last week’s $5K guaranteed prize pool topped out at more than $7500 and 872 of those dollars went to the winner. Not bad for $2.20.
Potential hourly rate: About $250 (suits anyone not currently working as a corporate lawyer)
This is where you can get busiest, with multiple good sized micro events to fill a big gap in your schedule.
The first of the two picks is this one. The Saturday Micro (see what we mean about the name).
This one has a slightly higher buy-in, but the extra dollar is worth it for a straight down the middle regular multi-table tournament.
Last weekend the guarantee was easily beaten, reaching just shy of $5400. And the winner a shade under eight hours later (no turbo structure here) logged off with $635.
Potential hourly rate: About $79. That’s still exec territory.
For afters try this one. Back to the two buck buy-in but with a very tasty looking $8K guarantee. That might be why it had more than 10000 players last week.
But this one has a few added features. $1 from every buy-in is added to the Bounty prize pool.
That means you start the tournament with a bounty of $1. Each time a player is eliminated, 50% of their current bounty is awarded to the player who eliminated them. Meanwhile the other 50% is added to that players bounty. Which gets bigger.
It means as well as prize money, there are bounties to win. Last week’s winner collected $479 in prize money, but an extra $304 in bounties, for total of $783. And remember the potential to win bounties starts from the very first hand.
At just over eight hours this one could take you into Sunday, but not empty-handed.
Potential hourly rate: $97 (according to a Google search, that’s Underwater Welder type money)
That’s not everything for the Micro stakes player this weekend.
There’s also a long list of satellites into Sunday Majors and WCOOP 50/50 series events which suit small bankrolls. Be sure to check those out if you have your sights set on something bigger.