Americas Cardroom to Kick Off New OSS June 14

Americas Cardroom to Kick Off New OSS June 14

Online poker traffic is still soaring at Americas Cardroom on the Winning Poker Network. Numbers have been on the rise since the start of the coronavirus pandemic that shut down live poker options for players around the world.

Americas Cardroom has been hosting everything from online poker charity events to tournaments with million-dollar guarantees since mid-March. And the flagship WPN poker site kicked off June with bomb pots and will start another Online Super Series (OSS) starting this weekend.

Building on a Successful May

After running a massive High Five Series in April, one that doubled its guarantees because of such significant interest, Americas Cardroom started May with a new promotion. May Millions offered three tournaments every Sunday throughout the month, each with $1 million guarantees on the prize pools.

The total for May was to be $30 million in guarantees.

Evidently, ACR overestimated the interest in the three weekly events. It required the site to put in its own money to contribute to the prize pool to keep its promises.

For example, the final weekend of May Millions offered three events, and only one prize pool surpassed its guarantee.

–$2,650 buy-in $1M GTD Anniversary Millions = 514 entries, $1,285,000 prize pool

–$265 buy-in $1M GTD Anniversary Millions = 3,730 entries, $1M prize pool ($67,500 overlay)

–$109 buy-in $1M GTD Anniversary Millions = 7,359 entries, $1M prize pool ($264,100 overlay)

Bomb Pots in June

At the beginning of June, ACR introduced bomb pots. They are very similar to ones in live cash games, and players are automatically opted in when they play during Happy Hour each day.

A bomb pot may hit up to four times per hour. When it does, everyone at that table must put in an extra blind. It then takes the place of preflop betting, meaning all players contribute the required amounts and see a flop. Regular betting then resumes after the flop.

The goal is to randomize the game a bit, offering a chance for any two cards to hit the flop and get into action without typical preflop decisions.

During June, Happy Hours with bomb pots will run at all stakes and for all poker game varieties, whether Hold’em, PLO, or Stud. After this month, however, it seems that there will be tables designated specifically for players looking for bomb pots.

OSS XVII June 14-28

The Online Super Series, better known as OSS, often runs with several phases to appeal to players with various bankrolls. This time, the OSS will offer all of that in one vast series with 150 tournaments in 15 days.

The series will run June 14-28 with $15 million in prize pool guarantees. It will offer a number of poker variations and buy-ins, as well as regular and turbo structures. The highlights will be the $1M prize pools as follows:

–Sunday, June 14:  $265 buy-in NLHE with $1M GTD

–Sunday, June 21:  $630 buy-in NLHE with $1M GTD

–Sunday, June 28:  $2,650 buy-in NLHE with $1M GTD

The above tournaments will start at 12:30pm ET each Sunday and run for two days each.

To give an idea of the range of offerings on the first day of action only, this is the full OSS schedule for June 14 (all times ET):

–Event 1 at 12pm:  $630 NLHE High Roller 8-Max ($300K GTD)

–Event 2 at 12:30pm:  $265 NLHE 2-Day ($1M GTD)

–Event 3 at 1pm:  $109 NLHE Warm-Up 8-Max w/5 hours late reg. ($500K GTD)

–Event 4 at 2:30pm:  $215 NLHE Sunday Special ($400K GTD)

–Event 5 at 2:30pm:  $215 PLO Sunday Special 8-Max ($80K GTD)

–Event 6 at 3pm:  $55 PLO8 6-Max ($40K GTD)

–Event 7 at 4pm:  $0.82 NLHE Mega Stack ($1,500 GTD)

–Event 8 at 5pm:  $6.60 NLHE 8-Max ($10K GTD)

–Event 9 at 7pm:  $27.50 NLHE 8-Max ($30K GTD)

–Event 10 at 8:30pm:  $66 NLHE Turbo Mega Stack ($20K GTD)

That’s only Day 1. The entire 15-day schedule is listed on the ACR website.

 

 

About Jennifer Newell

Jennifer began writing about poker while working at the World Poker Tour in the mid-2000s. Since then, her freelance writing career has taken her from Los Angeles to Las Vegas and back to her hometown of St. Louis, where she now lives with her two dogs. She continues to follow the poker world as she also launches a new subscription box company and finishes her first novel. Jennifer has written for numerous publications including PokerStars.com and has followed the US poker and gaming market closely for the last 15 years. Follow Jen on Twitter

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