This coming Sunday, Americas Cardroom is hosting two $55.00 buy-in tournaments that guarantee a minimum of fourteen seats into next Wednesday´s Cage event.
The Cage is a weekly event that is unique to Americas Cardroom. It is a five-hour long 6-Max cash game with a $1,050 buy-in and blinds that increase every hour. Usually attracting 20-25 players, there are only two ways in which you can leave the Cage – either survive the five hours of action, or go broke.
Understandably, the $1,050 buy-in is out of reach for many players, and although Americas Cardroom hosts a range of satellites into the event, they usually only guarantee one or two seats. However, this coming Sunday (October 16) there are two tournaments offering seats into the Cage that players should really sit up and take notice of.
The Beast and Sit & Crush Tournaments
Each week, Americas Cardroom runs a “Beast” leaderboard competition for cash game players and a “Sit & Crush” leaderboard competition for Sit & Go players. The prizes for finishing close to the top of each leaderboard are a mixture of cash prizes and tournament entry tickets. The tournament entry tickets are for special “Beast” and “Sit & Crush” tournaments that take place at 6:00pm and 8:00pm respectively on Sunday evenings (all times ET).
Up until recently, Americas Cardroom has been using these tournaments to promote the forthcoming Punta Cana Poker Classic and given away some fantastic packages to more than 100 players. However, the Punta Cana Poker Classic starts in two weeks´ time, so Americas Cardroom has had to change the prizes for the two tournaments. This Sunday the site has decided to make them feeder satellites into next Wednesday´s Cage event.
Ten seats are guaranteed in the “Beast” tournament and four seats guaranteed in the “Sit & Crush” tournament – although, as Americas Cardroom will add one extra seat for each $1,050 in the prize pool, the likelihood is that a total of around twenty seats will be given away over the two tournaments. Players who have not won their tournament seats in either of the two leaderboard competitions can buy-in directly to the “Beast” tournament and/or the “Sit & Crush” tournament for $55.00.
Compelling Reasons to Play in the Tournaments
There are several compelling reasons to play in the two tournaments in addition to winning a seat in next Wednesday´s Cage. Players winning seats in the “Beast” and the “Sit & Crush” tournaments via the respective leaderboard competitions are entered automatically into the two events, whether they are able to play in them or not. Consequently there is a lot of dead money at the tables due to players having other commitments on Sunday evenings.
There are also players who are entered into the two tournaments, but who will not play in them, because they are unable to play in the target event. Although this is a more likely scenario when packages for a Caribbean live poker event are up for grabs, the Cage starts at 7:00pm sharp on Wednesday evenings when some players may be still on their way home from work or have other commitments. The Cage has no late registration.
Finally, next Wednesday´s Cage promises to be one of the most valuable in ages. The usual entry of 20-25 players is likely to be doubled – implying that there could be as much as $50,000 on the tables. With that much cash up for grabs, there will be plenty of players with healthy bankrolls looking to take advantage of qualifiers who have won their seats in the Beast and Sit & Crush tournaments, and the total entry could climb even higher.
More about the Cage
If you are unfamiliar with the Cage, here is a quick guide. As mentioned above, the 6-Max NL Hold´em game starts at 7:00pm on Wednesday evening. Players have starting stacks of 1,000 chips – each chip having the value of $1.00. Play gets underway with blinds $5.00/$10.00 (ante $1.00) which increase each hour:
- Level 1 – Blinds $5.00/$10.00 (ante $1.00).
- Level 2 – Blinds $8.00/$16.00 (ante $1.00).
- Level 3 – Blinds $10.00/$20.00 (ante $2.00).
- Level 4 – Blinds $15.00/$30.00 (ante $3.00).
- Level 5 – Blinds $25.00/$50.00 (ante $5.00).
At the end of five hours, every player still with chips in front of them cashes them in and the balance is added to their accounts. There are no re-buys allowed or re-entries if you are eliminated before the end of the game. Once you are out of the Cage, you are out.
The Cage is a very high adrenalin game, with momentous decisions made in every hand. If you want to be part of the action, the best way to get involved is by winning your seat in the “Beast” and Sit & Crush” tournaments at Americas Cardroom this coming Sunday.