Online Qualifiers now up and Running for the Belgium Open Poker Championships

Oct 27, 2009, 12:43 ET from Belgium Open Poker Championships

NAMUR, Belgium, October 27 /PRNewswire/ --

- Wide Range of Qualifiers are now Available on Various Sites for the Belgium Open Poker Championships; Satellite all the way to Namur for as Little as $2

Online qualifiers are currently running on numerous sites for the sixth annual EUR1,500 + EUR200 buy-in Belgium Open Poker Championships which take place at the Casino de Namur in Belgium next month, from Nov. 21 to 29.

There are many inexpensive ways players can win a seat in the main event. At PokerStars.com, satellites begin at $5 + $0.50, with one seat on offer for the weekly $25 + $2 buy-in satellite per every $27 in the prize pool. This event then sees one seat on offer for the $200 + $15 buy-in monthly final for every $215 in the prize pool. The monthly final will give away a Belgium Open Poker Championship package per every $4,500 in its prize pool. These satellites can be found in the "Events" section of the PokerStars lobby, under "Special".

Alternatively, hopefuls can start climbing the Sit 'n' Go Steps at EverestPoker.com for just $2 to reach their seat in Namur. Players can use their Step 5 tokens or buy in directly to any $336 + $24 Belgium Open qualifier listed under the "Steps" tab of the "Sit 'n' Go Tournaments" section in the Everest Poker lobby. Elsewhere, bwin Poker will hold a freeroll for Belgian players.

EUR50 + EUR10 unlimited rebuy live satellites for the main event are held every Tuesday and Saturdays at 20:00 (CET) and Sundays at 15:00 (CET) at the Namur Casino in Belgium, and on Thursday at 20:00 (CET) at its sister Spa Casino. Main event satellites will also take place at the casino on Nov. 21 (EUR100+10 plus rebuy and add on), Nov. 22 (EUR200+20 freezeout), and Nov. 23 (EUR300+30 freezeout).

Last year Dutch player Sijbrand Maal beat an 843-strong field to take home EUR315,875 for first place. This year the event aims to attract up to 1,000 players, in turn creating an estimated prize pool of EUR1.5 million. Big names such as Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier , Arnaud Mattern, Ludovic Lacay, Lex Veldhuis, Davidi Kitai, Noah Boeken, Marcel Luske, Marc Naalden, and last season's EPT grand final champion Pieter De Korver have already signed up, with more expected.

Another big attraction this year is the new heads-up team event which will see teams of four battle each other in heads-up matches across two days (day one split into 1A+1B). This unique tournament will kick off on Nov. 23, and the buy-in is EUR10,000 + EUR500 per team of four. Those interested in taking part in both the team event and the main event can purchase a combination package for EUR5,125.

Other side events on offer at the Belgium Open Poker Championships 2009 are:

    Event 1 - No-Limit Hold'em Heads Up Team Event (Nov 23) EUR10,000+500
    Event 2 - No Limit Hold'em (Nov 26) EUR200+10 freezeout
    Event 3 - No-Limit Hold'em (Nov 27/28) EUR1,000+50 freezeout (plus
              satellites Nov 25/26)
    Event 4 - No-Limit Hold'em (Nov 28/29) EUR500+25
    Event 5 - No-Limit Hold'em Bounty (Nov 29) EUR150+10 freezeout
    Event 6 - No-Limit Hold'em Ladies Event (Nov 29) EUR100+10 freezeout

The main event will take place over nine days including four starting days, and two day 2s. It will be streamed live on the Internet and filmed for broadcast. Sponsors' logos are allowed. Hold'em cash games will also be running daily during the festival.

Packages to the main event are available at a cost of EUR2,500 and include a ticket to the main event, six nights in the hotel Beauregard in the same building as the casino, six breakfasts (available until 12 noon), and six dinners in the casino restaurant.

Players can register for the event at http://www.circuspoker.be/en/calendrier-poker-en.php or at Casinos de Namur and Spa. Alternatively email Kenny Hallaert at kh@circuspoker.be or call +32(0)476-80-65-35 to register by telephone. Visit http://www.circuspoker.be/bopc for more information.

SOURCE Belgium Open Poker Championships