Asia’s largest online poker room Natural8 has plenty of promotions in store for the international leg of the 2021 World Series of Poker Online. They take place from August 1 until September 12 and give aspiring poker players from all over the world the chance to compete for one of 33 gold bracelets.
While jumping into the vast ocean filled with card sharks from the comfort of the own home or chosen destination for a poker vacation, Natural8 players can earn additional prizes through exclusive promotions. Three of them in particular are only available to all poker players with an account on Natural8 and we take a closer look at how exactly they work.
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The WSOP 2-in-1 Challenge
For the first time in history, Natural8 will combine tournament performances and cash game efforts to dash out extra rewards. That’s what the unique WSOP 2-in-1 Challenge is all about, which will award $30,000 in prizes. The cash is distributed in six weekly $5,000 Flipout Freerolls, for which players qualify by earning points.
How exactly does it work?
First of all, you will rack up tournament points by taking part in any WSOP branded tournaments. Unlike other promotions, this also includes satellites and Side Events. For buy-ins between $1 and $20, you will earn one point whereas buy-ins of $501 and above award ten points. A minimum of three points per week is required and there is a cap of 20 points during the same period.
In order to earn a boost on top of that, head over to your preferred cash games. No matter if it’s Hold’em, PLO/PLO-5, Short Deck (6+), Rush & Cash or All-in or Fold, they all count. Things get a bit more tricky when it comes to earning booster points in cash games.
For every raked hand, one point is awarded. If you hit a set and win on the flop, it unlocks another three points. By winning a hand in a showdown with seven-deuce, ten points are granted. And then there are also two specific poker hands that played a pivotal role to determine the 2020 WSOP Main Event champion.
It took 173 hands to crown a champion in the unique hybrid event at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino when the international challenger Damian Salas clashed with US domestic contender Joseph Hebert. When they got it in with the ace-queen for Hebert and the king-jack of Salas, the inferior hand would improve on every street to make a full house.
Argentina’s Salas was crowned the 2020 WSOP Main Event champion and earned an additional $1 million for the heads-up victory. By winning a showdown hand with his king-jack, you will gain five points – for PLO/PLO-5 those will be halved to 2.5 points. Likewise, losing a hand with ace-queen at showdown will grant the same number of points.
Hands played on higher stakes will trigger a higher multiplier but the total number of points are capped at 800 per week, thus players of all bankrolls have the same chance. In order to qualify for the booster, at least 125 points per week are required.
The tournament and cash game points are then multiplied to determine the chip stack for the Flipout Freeroll. All weekly leaderboards are updated every 24 hours and the eligible players are entered automatically into the Flipouts. Since all hands automatically enter the all-in stage, there is no need to be present in order to claim a portion of each weekly $5,000 prize pool.
The Return of Team Bling
During the 2020 WSOP Online on the GGPoker Network, eight Natural8 players earned one of poker’s most elusive prizes and claimed the coveted gold bracelet. On top of them all winners also received sponsorships thanks to the Winner’s Circle promotion. A total of $97,500 in sponsorships were granted as all champions entered Team Bling.
Asia’s leading online poker site has decided to bring back Team Bling to give even more players the chance to win live and online poker sponsorships. By winning any of the 33 gold bracelets from August 1 until September 12 via Natural8, a Team Bling Sponsorship worth at least $5,000 will be yours.
And if the winner of the $5,000 Main Event is a Natural8 player, they can look forward to a gigantic $100,000 sponsorship! That includes $25,000 in live event buy-in sponsorships, $5,000 to cover expenses and T$70,000 in online event sponsorships throughout 12 months.
Will you be wearing the Natural8 patch and represent the brand on major live poker events all over the world? The Team Bling packages are awarded on top of all winnings and the gold bracelet, courtesy of Natural8. There are 33 chances to be one of the winners and join the existing Team Bling members.
The WSOP Amazing Race
Not only the Natural8 gold bracelet winners will earn a live poker sponsorship package but all others have the chance too thanks to the WSOP Amazing Race. From August 1 until September 12, seven country-specific and three region leaderboards will award $75,000 in prizes to poker enthusiasts from all over the world.
Japan, Vietnam, India, Hong Kong, China, Thailand and Taiwan all have their own leaderboards. On top of that players based in the Asia-Pacific region, Latin America and the Rest of the World battle for additional value. The points for each ranking are automatically obtained by playing in any of the WSOP branded tournaments, satellites are excluded.
At least one LiveX sponsorship worth $5,000 will be awarded in each leaderboard and further packages with a value of $3,000 and $2,000 are up for grabs. The players will be ranked according to their login IP and entering from multiple countries will lead to the disqualification from this promotion.
Do you have what it takes to beat all other aspiring poker players from your own country or region? If the answer is yes, there is a decent chance at earning one of the LiveX sponsorships, which have already been awarded by Natural8 throughout previous major online poker festivals in 2020 and 2021.
Please keep in mind that these additional campaigns are on top of all network promotions during the 2021 WSOP Online international bracelet events. You can also win your package for the 2021 WSOP Main Event in Las Vegas as of August 1 or win extra prizes as part of the $1 million Gift Box!