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Staking poker tournaments on Winning Poker Network

On October 7, 2021, the Winning Poker Network (WPN) finally rolled out an update that was postponed from the end of September. Its main features are staking, the ability to customize the lobby, and pre-configured bet-sizing for raised pots. You will find all network news in this article, including the return of the local edition of "Sunday Million."

Staking poker tournaments on Winning Poker Network

Beta test of the new feature

Currently, only the GGNetwork poker rooms offer built-in functionality that allows players to buy and sell tournament shares. But now they've got a competitor:

The US-friendly Winning Poker Network has added the "Staking" feature to its software.

But the staking lobby will function in "Beta" mode for a while. Right after the update, a message has appeared on the network's forum:

Staking poker tournaments on WPN

How to buy and sell shares?

Although the players will have to wait for a little to add at least a few MTTs, where they can try out a new feature, a lot is already known about how it would work.

Buying shares:

  1. Click the yellow button in the lower right corner of the poker client main lobby (or within any tournament's lobby).

    Step 1 tournament shares on WPN
  2. When you choose any tournament from the list, the right section displays the participants selling shares. Any of them can be added to your "favorite" list by highlighting the star sign near the alias. There are two fields below the sellers' list:
  • "Staking Percentage" to enter the size of the desired share (at least 1% of the buy-in amount);
  • "Player Notes" to add any notes if needed.

Also, there are three tabs under the tournament list, which show:

  • the list of players you are staking;
  • your own staking offers;
  • the list of your favorite players.

    Step 2 staking poker tournaments on WPN

Sale of shares

  1. Register for the tournament and click the "Sell action" button located in the lobby.

    Selling tournament shares on WPN
  2. Enter the required information: selling percentage (no more than 90% of the buy-in amount), markup, and the number of entries to the tournament that you are going to use. Click the "Offer Staking" button.

    Staking offer on WPN

Any staking offers are closed 5 minutes before the start of the tournament. If a player sets markup of more than 1.5, he gives automatic consent to disclose his real name to the stakers.

It is not yet clear if the staking history would be saved and how it could be accessed.

Updated tournament lobby

New tournament lobby at PokerKing

  • Now there's a late registration timer in the first column of the lobby.
  • The "State" column, which previously indicated the status of the tournament (announced, registering, late reg.), was removed, together with the "Level" column (indicated the current blind level).
  • "Enrolled" and "Date and Time" columns were renamed into "Players" and "Start," respectively.

    New MTT lobby settings
  • Players can adjust the appearance of tournament names (6 font types and 3 sizes are available) and font color for the "Start" column via the "Lobby" section of the "Settings" menu.

As a result, the lobby has become more informative and appealing.

New bet-sizing settings

Bet sizing menu on WPN

After activating the "Use Big Blinds" checkbox ("Bet-Sizing" section of the "Settings" menu), a scale of adjustable sizes for the pre-flop raised pot appears.

Still, the sizings set is quite limited: minimum, all-in, 3 BB, 4 BB, 5 BB. Developers have already been asked on the network's forum to add more sizings, like "50% of the pot", but they have not implemented them yet. The same goes for user-defined sizings.

Million Dollar Sunday

Million Dollar Sunday on ACR

After almost a three-year break, WPN has decided to return its own version of the "Sunday Million." In 2019, the weekly MDS tournaments were replaced by monthly The Venom events due to constant overlays. These Venom tournaments have grown into even larger but much rarer events later.

However, this time Million Dollar Sunday has a unique structure of flights. The developers primarily focus on casual players, who are not prepared to play for 10 hours in a row. It is crucial for local deep stack tournaments with up to 5 hours late registration period.

The final flight of the $215 Million Dollar Sunday $1M GTD starts at 22:05 BST every Sunday.

There are 27 flights during the week (at 14:45, 18:30, 22:00, and 01:00 BST). Each of them has the following structure:

  • Running time: 4 hours.
  • Late registration period: 2 hours.
  • Starting stack: 100,000 chips (100BB).
  • Blind levels: 10 minutes (up to level 13) and 12 minutes (after level 13).

The final day starts from level 23 (15 minutes blind levels). You can qualify for the tournament through $11 and $22 satellites, guaranteeing 2 to 10 tickets. The steps are also available, with buy-ins starting from $0.45.

Time will show the viability of this decision. Only PokerStars and the GGNetwork can afford $1M GTD Sunday tournaments, and WPN is way behind them in terms of traffic. It seems like MDS is destined to become a "factory" of overlays sooner or later.

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