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The World Series of Poker® (WSOP) is beyond compare; the richest, most respected, and most historical poker event in the universe. This event attracts over 9,300 entrants – and we expect it to do better every year. The main event is always buzzing with excitement as it hosts a wide range of tournaments with prize pools well into the millions.

At Ignition Casino, you already know how mad we and our members are for poker. That’s why it’s no surprise that many of them attend the WSOP every year. If you’re one of the brave players attending, we have one simple piece of advice: practise, practise, practise. Refine your skills before jumping in the deep end. As it happens, there’s no better place to do exactly that than here at Ignition Casino. Let’s take a look at some of our key training tips to prepare you for the WSOP.

Ignition’s poker app: opening a world of poker opportunities

The first step in honing your online poker skills? Download Ignition poker – we’ve got an app you’ll love – to play on your smartphone, desktop, or tablet. With the app, you’ll gain access to all the benefits of Ignition poker; from Anonymous Tables to Zone Poker to Quick Seat, you’ll get it all.

When you play Quick Seat, you start by picking your game (Omaha, Omaha Hi/Lo or Texas Hold’em) and your stakes. Once you’ve done that, you’re automatically redirected to your table when there’s an open spot. Less waiting, more action!

Anonymous Tables is one of our coolest features we recommend to all users. As the name suggests, it protects your identity by letting you play anonymously. If you play with a username, your competitors can track your behaviour and predict your moves, however when you play anonymously, you won’t be vulnerable to poker sharks who use heads-up displays (HUDs).

Zone Poker needs to be a key part of your online poker portfolio. Let’s say you play 100 hands per hour at a cash table, Zone Poker will allow you to double or possibly even triple that volume. Whenever you fold, you’re immediately moved to an open seat at a new table with brand-new cards. If you’re super keen on fast-paced action, you can even play two Zone Poker tables at the same time.

We’re proud to report that there are heaps of Ignition online poker games to keep you busy at all times! To help you even more, we even offer tips, tricks, and tactics to help you flex those muscles in preparation for tournaments.

Try cash games for quick practice rounds 

Poker is more than the world’s greatest card game, it’s several awesome card games. Playing online poker for real money at Ignition gives you lots of game choices. But regardless of what poker game you play online, it must be one of two formats: cash game or tournament.

The differences are large enough that you could excel at one format, and suck at the other. In cash games, every hand is its own distinct event that requires a tactic that’s different from tournaments, where you play a sequence of hands trying to outlive your opponents. There are several differences to look out for when deciding which to play.

Chips in cash games are exchanged in cash for the printed face value. The chips at a tournament have no denomination on them. Payouts are always available to you in cash games. You simply leave the table and cash out. Tournament money only comes after you win or get eliminated. Managing your bankroll in cash games gets smoother as it rises. In tournaments, your bankroll goes down more frequently than it goes up, so you need to be more cautious. Cash games have no time limit. Play as long as you want. But in a tournament, you must wait until the end, which could take hours or even days.

The bottom line is that cash poker games give you a lot more freedom compared to tournaments, which will affect your playing style and quite likely your outcomes. It’s probably best to bone up on all the ins and outs before you commit. Learn the difference between cash games and tournament poker.

Prepare for WSOP stardom with Jackpot Sit & Go tournaments

Jackpot Sit & Go tournaments are quick three-player poker games where all players start with a 500-chip stack and the prize pool is determined randomly at the beginning of each game. The winner is the one holding all 1,500 chips at the end. It’s the quickest route to winning a thousand times your initial buy-in.

Jackpot Sit & Go buy-ins range from $2 to $60, so if you hit the jackpot with a $60 buy-in, you could be looking at a $60,000 prize. Playing Jackpot Sit & Go tournaments for your WSOP preparation is quick and easy with most games lasting only a few minutes. It’s a thrilling format with fabulous chances to win real money!

Collect Your Rewards in the Golden Spade Poker Open

Ultimate poker action every single day and night for an entire month. Sound like something you’d be into? We thought so. If so, then the Golden Spade Poker Open is perfect for you. This high-paying online tournament series takes place every year on the Ignition site and at your home – if you’re up to it, of course! Amateurs, pros, newbies, veterans – this tourney attracts players from all walks of life. If we had to guess, it might have something to do with the $10 million in guaranteed prizes. In the days leading up to the main event, you can play a few qualifying rounds to get your head in the game and win some cold, hard cash.

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Visit the poker lobby for the entire qualifiers schedule and play your way into our Golden Spade Poker Open.

Enter the ring with Knockout Poker Tournaments

In Knockout Poker tournaments, each player has a bounty placed upon them. Your mission? Eliminate your competitors to collect their bounties. If you’re the last player standing, you are declared the winner. It’s a dog-eat-dog game, but that’s part of the fun! The intensity, the stakes, the ruthlessness – it’s an atmosphere you don’t get in any other game. Don’t be surprised if you break a few hearts and make some new enemies.

Knockouts include a minimum of six and a maximum of 18 poker players, all of whom buy in for a few dollars each. For example, if the buy-in is $25, the first $20 will be put into the prize pool and the remaining $5 is placed on your head as the bounty. If you win the tournament, you take the whole jackpot.

Think you’ve got what it takes to destroy your competition? Take your corner and then come out swinging.