Golden Cup Series of Poker

An inordinate number of online tournaments are run daily by the estimated 40 online poker rooms, and one such tournament, which proved to be an unparalleled success, was the Golden Cup Series of Poker (GCSOP) I & II.

GCSOP I

The inaugural GCSOP took place in the first week of June (4 – 10 June) 2007 and offered seven different poker tournaments with a guaranteed total prize pool of £500 000. Games were restricted to no limit and fixed limit holdem and buy-ins ranged from as little as £100 to £1000. All the prize pools were most attractive and the main event topped the list at a very cool £225 000!

Each poker room which presented GSCOP action offered slightly different chip lures to their online faithful – for instance William Hill poker players received either 4500 chips or twenty times the buy-in, which ever was greater, whereas other poker rooms simply offered triple chips (4500) to start with. For the main event, players were given either 10 000 chips, as was the case with Classic Poker or, a mammoth 20 000 chips, which was offered by the William Hill poker room.

For both series I & II the blinds increased every 20 minutes in the preliminary events and every 30 minutes for the £1000 Gold Cup Final. Players who were unable to buy-in to any of the planned events could enter the GCSOP via satellites and super satellites run by the vast majority of online poker rooms. Buy-ins to these tournaments ranged from £2-£15 for the satellites and between £13 and £120 for the super satellites.

GCSOP II

The initial Golden Cup Series was such a success that it was decided to run a longer, second offering which took place over 9 days in September 2007. This time 27 separate poker tournaments were held and instead of limiting the games to Holdem, the preliminary events included pot limit Omaha, 7 card stud, holdem blackjack and Omaha hi-lo.

The main events remained exclusively no limit holdem, and there was even a ‘post’ event, fittingly dubbed the Headhunter which offered no limit holdem, but instead of just getting a slice of the prize pool, players earned cash for every opponent they eliminated.

Best All Round Player (BAP)

Both series of the Golden Cup offered an added incentive to online punters. The top 15% of finishers in each event were allocated points towards the final BAP award. The first four in the BAP points ranking were rewarded with cash and Caribbean Poker Classic packages as follows:

  1. $10K Caribbean Poker Classic package which included a free entry to the event plus paid accommodation, meal vouchers and spending money, as well as $5000 in cash and the coveted Gold Cup award.
  2. $10K Caribbean Poker Classic package
  3. $4K Caribbean Poker Classic Lite package which included accommodation and spending money
  4. $1000 cash