Not headed to Vegas this summer? At Full Tilt, the Mini Series of Poker offers the same schedule as the World Series of Poker, but with no plane ticket required.


MSOP has a nearly identical schedule to WSOP, but with all events at 1/100th of the cost. Even though the pros will be too busy to play in these online games, they are sure to be filled with lots of action and big prizes, with a total of 3 million guaranteed for the whole series. In addition, the player who claims the top spot on the leaderboard earns a free package to the 2011 WSOP Main Event.


The first game, a $5+.50 NL Hold’em event, kicks off the MSOP on May 28th with an impressive 40K guarantee. Like the WSOP, the series has 57 events including the final Main Event on July 4th. The Main Event, a $100+9 Hold’em game, carries a huge $600,000 guarantee and is sure to draw thousands of contestants. Other big games include a $50+5 6-max keluaran hk tournament on June 17th, a $100+9 Heads Up event on June 18, and a $250+16 6-Max Hold’em game June 30th. If you are a good all around player with a solid bankroll, check out the most expensive event: a $500+35 7-Game tournament on May 28th, which mirrors the WSOP Poker Player’s Championship.


MSOP champions won’t get a coveted gold bracelet, but they will win a free Full Tilt Poker Champion’s Watch to wear instead. Keep winning those watches, and you may find yourself on top of the MSOP leaderboard with a free entry and plane ticket to next year’s Main Event in Las Vegas.


Full Tilt’s Mini Series of Poker offers more than just big guarantees for small buy-ins. The bragging rights, WSOP-style gameplay, and sheer variety of events make it one of the best series this summer – for anyone not going to Vegas, that is.


Brian Townsend Facing Massive Downswing


Brian “sbrugby” Townsend’s troubled career as a professional poker player has reached a new hurdle: a $2.8 million downswing.

Since the start of 2010, Townsend has lost $1 million playing Omaha and $1.8 million playing HORSE, adding up to a massive deficit that has entirely erased his profits from 2009. This downswing follows his one month suspension as a Full Tilt Pro in December due to accusations of datamining and colluding against Isildur1. When he was reinstated as a pro in January and his name turned red, so did his bankroll.


Huge wins and losses are the nature of high stakes poker. As a professional player and a regular at the Bellagio’s Big Game, Townsend is used to swings like this, including a $3.5 million downswing in 2007. Other professional players, such as Isildur1 and Patrik Antonius, have faced far larger downswings in a year and sometimes even bounced back to net a profit.


Townsend’s biggest losses occurred in February of this year, where he lost $1.3 million in just over 22,000 hands. The last two weeks have been particularly bad as well, with $620,000 lost to Ilari Sahamies, Gus Hansen, and David Oppenheim. During these sessions, Townsend lost a staggering $482,000 to Sahamies in only a 90 minute 240 hand game.


In the past, Townsend has reacted drastically to downswings, including removing most of his funds from Full Tilt and quitting high stakes games. As this downswing continues, his presence on the tables and tentative status as a Full Tilt Pro may be at risk.