Global Poker Upping The Stakes With $200K GTD Event

Written By Jessica Welman on March 5, 2018 - Last Updated on February 6, 2023
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You could say Global Poker is going NUTS. That would not even be an insult either.

The legal online poker site is owning the designation. You have to be a little kooky to put $200,000 in Sweeps Coin (SC) on the line for a single online tournament.

Yet that is exactly what is happening. The big event is on April 1. And that is no practical joke.

Global Poker Madness features tiers of satellites

The event is called Global Poker Madness. It will hopefully be as crazy and fun as college basketball.

The Main Event features a buy-in of SC$540. Now that is certainly a steep price point, but do not fear at all. There are plenty of opportunities to get in on the cheap. How cheap? Try SC$1.50.

There are four tiers of tournaments, including The Nuts Main Event.

The lowest satellite rounds are labeled Mild. At a price tag of SC$1.50, they are quite gentle on the bankroll. They are also very easy on the schedule, as they run constantly all through March.

If you are looking to splurge the bankroll and conserve your time, consider the Moderate satellite events. These are SC$11 buy-in events with a turbo structure. There are two each day, at 7:50 p.m. and 10:50 p.m. ET.

Once we get into the meat of March, things start getting a little crazier. The Extreme satellites kick off on March 10, then run weekly through the end of the month. These Saturday satellites are SC$77 buy-in events with 10 seats guaranteed in all but one event. The exception is the March 31 tournament, which will have 20 seats at least.

Complete Global Poker Madness schedule

Date Time (ET) Tournament Buy-in ($weeps)
Mar 4 2:05 PM Madness: $2,500 Opening Freeroll $0
Daily All day Madness: Mild Satellite Rd 1 (several formats offered) $1.50
Daily 7:50 pm Madness: Moderate Satellite Rd 2 [Turbo] $11
Daily 10:50 pm Madness: Moderate Satellite Rd 2 [Turbo] $11
Mar 10 4:20 pm Madness: Extreme Satellite Rd 3, 10 Seats Guaranteed $77
Mar 17 4:20 pm Madness: Extreme Satellite Rd 3, 10 Seats Guaranteed $77
Mar 24 4:20 pm Madness: Extreme Satellite Rd 3, 10 Seats Guaranteed $77
Mar 31 4:20 pm Madness: Extreme Satellite Rd 3, 20 Seats Guaranteed $77
Apr 1 3:20 pm Madness: Extreme Satellite Rd 3 [Turbo], 10 Seats Guaranteed $77
Apr 1 5:30 pm Madness: The Nuts Main Event $200,000 Guaranteed [Deep] $540

Global Poker is one of the only legal options in New York

The great part for advocates of online poker in New York is that Global Poker is totally legal to play. In a state with no in-state legal options, Global Poker players can rest at ease any money on the site is safe and all the games are legal.

Essentially, Global Poker has its own currency, kind of like social casinos have fake coins. The currency players buy Gold Coins. As part of that purchase, they earn bonus SC. Then, players can buy into both GC and SW tournaments on the Global Poker site.

Then, when it is time to cash out, you transfer your money onto Paypal, where it appears as real USD. It’s so easy, it is crazy. You could even say it is madness.

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Jessica Welman is a longtime member of the poker media. She has worked as a tournament reporter for the World Poker Tour, co-hosted a podcast for Poker Road, and served as the Managing Editor for A graduate of the University of Southern California and Indiana University, Welman is not only a writer but also a producer. She has been involved for livestreams for the WSOP and WPT and worked as a consultant on many other poker productions. She can be found on Twitter @jesswelman.

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