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PokerSchool League

PokerSchoolOnline runs three monthly leagues: 
The full benefits, structure and details for each league are described in detail below, but first a few key features:

Open Skill League - everyone is invited

The Open Skill League tournaments will be available six times per day in the PokerStars client and are open to anyone as freerolls. This means that you will be playing with PokerStars users from all corners of the world.

Each tournament will have prize pools of $10, but the really big money, as always with our leagues, is awarded based on the final leader board standings for the month.

Premier Skill League – by invitation only

The Premier Skill League tournaments will require a ticket for entry which is awarded only to an exclusive set of league participants who prove to be ready for increased challenge, and an even larger prize pool.

Another way to qualify for the Premier League

The Premier Skill League Qualifier is designed to provide our school members an alternative method for qualifying for the next month's Premier League. It features a small buy-in and requires a ticket, so you can expect to compete with a smaller, more experienced, and poker-savvy field.

One leaderboard for all PokerSchool members

All school members will be ranked together in the same leader boards – one for the Open Skill League, one for the Premier Skill League and one for the Premier Skill League Qualifier. All leagues use the same scoring system.

Huge prize pools

The leagues have a combined prize pool of more than $44,000 per month

The Open Skill League

The PokerSchool Open Skill League is where you can hone your poker skills playing against a large and diverse group of poker enthusiasts.

Open League tournaments: 
  • Name:  PokerSchool Open Skill League
  • Schedule (dates):  Daily, starting on the 3rd of each month
  • Schedule (ET):  1:00, 5:00, 9:00, 13:00, 17:00, 21:00
  • Location:  Tournament Freeroll (or All) tabs
  • Buy-in:  No buy-in, it's a freeroll
  • Prize Pool: $10
The top 2,000 players win a slice of the prize pool of more than $11,800. It is distributed as follows: 
  • < 20    Members who have earned fewer than 20 VPPs during the prior month are playing for a first prize of $150 from a a prize pool of more than $1,800.
  • 20+    Members who have earned 20 VPP or more during the prior month are playing for a first prize of $1,500 from a prize pool of more than $11,800.
What are VPPs?

Notes:  Even though the tournaments are open to anyone in the PokerStars.com client, only tournament results for players that are already school members will be scored for the leaderboard.  School members who are eligible to play in the Premier League are not prevented from playing in the Open League Tournaments, but their results will not be scored for the Open League Leaderboard.
 
Click to open full payout table for Open Skill League
     
    Less than 20 VPP    Between 20 and 150 VPPs   

    Open Skill League Payout Table
    Rank
    1st $150.00 $1,500.00
    2nd $100.00 $1,000.00
    3rd $75.00 $750.00
    4th $50.00 $500.00
    5th $30.00 $300.00
    6th $25.00 $250.00
    7th $20.00 $200.00
    8th $15.00 $150.00
    9th $12.00 $120.00
    10th $10.00 $100.00
    11th $9.00 $90.00
    12th $8.00 $80.00
    13th $7.00 $70.00
    14th $6.00 $60.00
    15th  -    20th $5.00 $50.00
    21st  -    40th $2.00 $10.00
    41st  -    80th $1.50 $7.50
    81st  -    500th $1.00 $5.00
    501st  - 2000th $0.50 $2.50
     

The Premier Skill League

The PokerSchool Premier Skill League is contested between the top 1,500 members* from the previous month's league leader board.

A 'Premier Skill League Ticket' will be awarded to the following league participants:

700 members from the Premier Skill League that did not earn at least 20 VPP, or finished too low in the leader board, will not receive the new month's Premier League ticket, and will therefore only be able to compete in the Open Skill League or the Premier Skill League Qualifier during the month.

Premier league tournaments:
  • Name:  PokerSchool Premier Skill League
  • Schedule (dates):  Daily, starting on the 3rd of each month
  • Schedule (ET):  2:00, 8:00, 14:00, 20:00
  • Location:  Tournament Private tab
  • Buy-in:  [Current month's] Premier League Ticket
  • Prize Pool:  $10
 The leader board for the Premier Skill League will award the top 500 players up to $30,000 across two levels as follows:
  • 20+    Members who have earned between 20-150 VPPs during the prior month will play for a top prize of $500 from a prize pool of $3,000.
  • 150+   Members who have earned 150 VPPs or more during the prior month will play for a top prize of $5,000 from a prize pool of $30,000.
What are VPPs

Note:  Members who have been invited to the Premier Skill League are not eligible to compete in the Open Skill League leader board during that month. For example, if you were awarded an 'August Premier Skill League Ticket', you will not be prevented from playing in the Open League tournaments during August, but your results in those will not be scored for the Open League leader board. However all members are welcome to compete in the Premier Skill League Qualifier leader board.

Click to open full payout table for Premier Skill League
     
    Between 20 and 150 VPPs    150 and over VPPs   

    Premier Skill League Payout Table
    Rank
    1st $500.00 $5000.00
    2nd $335.00 $3,350.00
    3rd $250.00 $2,500.00
    4th $165.00 $1,650.00
    5th $120.00 $1,200.00
    6th $100.00 $1000.00
    7th $80.00 $800.00
    8th $50.00 $500.00
    9th $40.00 $400.00
    10th $35.00 $350.00
    11th $30.00 $300.00
    12th -  13th $25.00 $250.00
    14th $20.00 $200.00
    15th -  19th $15.00 $150.00
    20th $13.00 $130.00
    21st  -  79th $5.00 $50.00
    80th -  500th $2.00 $20.00
     

The Premier Skill League Qualifier

Members who want to increase their chances to qualify for the Premier League, or prefer not to participate in the open events, can attempt to earn an invitation via the Premier Skill League Qualifier league.

These tournaments require a buy-in of $1.10, plus a ticket that is awarded by passing the Basic Assessment. Therefore only PokerSchool members who have proven their poker knowledge in the Basic Assessment will have access to these tournaments.

The top 200 finishers* in the Premier Skill League Qualifier leader board will be awarded a ticket for next month's Premier Skill League** - provided they have earned at least 20 VPPs

Premier Skill League Qualifier tournaments:
  • Name:  Premier Skill League Qualifier
  • Schedule (dates):  Daily, starting on the 1st of each month
  • Schedule (ET):  3:00, 7:00, 11:00, 15:00, 19:00, 23:00
  • Location:  Tournament Private tab
  • Buy-in:  $1.10 and the PSO Member Ticket which you get for passing the Basic Assessment
  • Prize Pool: Dependant on # of entrants
Notes: There is no added money in the tournaments or in the leader board – this league is intended for qualification into the Premier league only.

Examples to illustrate how the Premier League invitations will be determined:

Example 1:

Player A finishes in place 470 for the July league leader board and earned 16 VPPs in July. Even though he finished higher than 500the place in the leader board, this user will not be invited to the Premier League for August as he has not earned the minimum of 20 VPPs*.

Example 2:


Player B has earned 267 VPPs in August and finishes in place 617 in the August league leaderboard.

500 members in the league who finished in higher positions AND earned more than the minimum 20 VPP during August have already been invited to the Premier League for September, so she will not move up to the Premier League.

Example 3:


Player C plays the Premier League in August, earns 1,200 VPPs in August as well and finishes in place 450. This player will be invited to remain in the Premier League for September.

Example 4:


Player D plays the Premier League in August, earns 10 VPPs in August and finishes in 1st place!  This player will not receive an invitation for the September Premier League as he has not earned the minimum of 20 VPPs*.

Example 5:


Player E plays in the Open League in August, earns 21 VPPs in August, and finishes in 528th place.  Because only 490 of the members who finished in places 1 through 527 have earned the minimum 20 VPPs in August, Player E will receive an invitation for the September Premier League. Nine more invitations will be awarded to the next highest finishers who also earned the minimum 20 VPPs in August.

Which poker community is the best?  Which country is the strongest?

Participate in the PokerSchool Skill Leagues to find out. 

* Players are required to have earned at least 20 VPPs, and have played at least five tournaments in the league, during the month in order to be eligible for the next month's Premier League.

** 1,500 Premier League Tickets will be awarded each month. The Qualifier League will award tickets to the top 200 members from the leader board that have earned the minimum 20 VPPs, and have not already earned a ticket via the Open or Premier League.

What are VPPs

Time To Act

Our league have recently lowered the time to act from 19 seconds to 12 seconds, this has been put in place to lower the amount of stalling within these tournaments.




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