Poker Maximus V is Ready for the Arena with $2M in Guarantees
Carbon Poker has started promoting its fifth Poker Maximus online tournament series. The headline number this year is $2 million in prize money guarantees. Events start in May on a schedule to be released in the next few days.
The 2013 Poker Maximus V will consist of 52 events, with a final day including “Main Events” for all buy in levels from $11 to $530. The climax will be a $215 NLHE Main Event with a $250k guarantee.
There will be a minimum of four events scheduled each day with plenty at the low buy-in levels including two $1 unlimited rebuy “Frenzy” tournaments. All of the freeze-out tournaments will be enabled with the reentry option which allows players who bust out early the chance to carry on playing with a new starting chip stack.
The growth of the series can be seen by the size of the guarantees which have doubled from the $1m just two years ago for Poker Maximus III.
The April promotions leading up to the series offer a 50% match up to $375 reload bonus and a Poker Maximus Freeroll Giveaway. Players who earn 50 VIP points between April 1st and April 28th will qualify for a gigantic freeroll offering event entry coupons for the Poker Maximus series. The freeroll is offering $25k worth of entries with a deep prize pool:
- 1st-18th – $530 Coupon
- 19th-45th – $215 Coupon
- 46th-72nd – $109 Coupon
- 73rd-99th – $60 Coupon
- 100th-130th – $33 Coupon
- 131st-500th – $11 Coupon
Carbon Poker.ag is a major skin on the Merge Network. It was one of the last skins on the network to offer rakeback, but in January compulsorily transferred players on rakeback deals to the network’s standard VIP program.
2+2 Carbon Poker rep CarbonRyan explained:
“After being able to digest this for a while, we believe that moving away from rakeback, to an improved VIP program, is the best way to build and improve the overall poker ecology of our network.
While we understand that many people who currently receive rakeback will not feel the same way, we are taking these steps now to secure the longevity of the network, and to put ourselves in a position to offer more rewards, more evenly distributed across the entire player base on the network.”
Needless to say this was not a popular move for the affected players, but the Merge Network needed to make changes to recover some of the ground it lost to other operators in 2012.
The 50% reload bonus and $2m in Poker Maximus V guarantees may incentivize some of those players who stopped playing when their rakeback ended to rejoin the Carbon Poker player pool.