Real Gaming, which entered the online poker market in Nevada in mid-February under a soft launch, has quietly been running a promotion that will award $100,000 to top players over the course of one year.
The promo is entitled “The Real 50” and requires only a $50 deposit. A total of $7,000 will be doled out each month for 12 months, with the remaining $16,000 earmarked for three top players in each of two stake levels in a competition lasting the entire 12 months.
The top 50 players in both small stakes and medium stakes cash games are in line to cash in monthly, meaning that grinders who play at both of those stake levels can conceivably land within both leaderboards. Small stakes are anywhere from 10c/20c to 50c/$1, while medium stakes are defined as $1/$2 to $5/$10.
Loyalty Score to Determine Player of the Year
The competition is based on points accrued according to a Loyalty Score determined by a specific formula. Loyalty Score is calculated by considering the number of flops seen, hands played, and overall contribution to rake. Online grinders who multi-table for large amounts of time will benefit the most in The Real 50 competition.
The year-long leaderboard race seeks to crown a Player of the Year in both the small stakes and medium stakes categories. Medium stakes winners can lay claim to $10,000, with payout splits set at as 50%, 30% and 20% for the top three finishers. A full $6,000 is reserved for the three best small stakes players under the same distribution percentages.
Other novel promos at Real Gaming include winning anywhere from $5 to $100 in cash for players who make the highest hand during select hours of the day. A “Quadzilla” promotion also awards from $5 to $50 to players that are dealt quads provided that minimum pot totals are reached.
Real Gaming Set to Grab Market Share
Real Gaming is aiming to establish itself in Nevada’s online poker market but has a tough road to hoe considering that Ultimate Poker and WSOP.com got a lengthy head start. The newest player in the Silver State’s ipoker scheme is leaning on its newly-developed software that requires no downloads or installation and was designed with an eye toward the mobile market.
The online poker market in Nevada currently averages 165 cash players, down from the more than 200 who were logging on regularly while the WSOP was in town during June and part of July. Nevada players can likely land in-the-money in Real Gaming’s monthly Real 50 competition with a minimum amount of effort considering the market’s small size.
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