re: Poker & Pokerstars step tickets
The Poker Stars Steps SNGs are a tiered system to eventually for a larger high buy-in tournament.
They can be founded listed under "Sit & Go", "Satellite", "Steps" in the Poker Stars main lobby.
You can buy-in directly into any step, or buy-in into a lower step and try to progress through the system.
The basic step system is:
STEP 1 - $7.00+$.50 - HORSE, PLO, Limit HLE, PLO8, NLHE (turbo ony) - 9 handed
1st and 2nd - Step 2 ticket
3rd - Step 1 ticket
4th - $1.50
STEP 2 - $25.00+$2.00 - HORSE, PLO, Limit HLE, PLO8, NLHE (turbo ony) - 9 handed
1st & 2nd - Step 3 ticket
3rd & 4th - Step 2 ticket
5th - Step 1 ticket
STEP 3 - $55.00+$7.00 - HORSE, PLO, Limit HLE, PLO8, NLHE (turbo and regular) - 9 handed
1st & 2nd - Step 4 ticket
3rd, 4th, & 5th - Step 4 ticket
STEP 4 - $200.00+$15.00 - NLHE (regular) - 9 handed
1st & 2nd - Step 5 ticket
3rd - Step 4 ticket
4th & 5th - Step 3 ticket
6th - Step 2 ticket
STEP 5 - $670.00+$30.00 - NLHE (regular) - 9 handed
1st & 2nd -Step 6 ticket
3rd & 4th - Step 5 ticket
5th & 6th - Step 4 ticket
STEP 6 - $2000.00+$100.00 - NLHE (regular)
This is the target tournament level. The size of the field and payout structure vary depending on the tournament you choose to attempt to qualify for. These include LAPT, EPT, PCA, Poker Camp, etc. In the spring of 2008 this also include WSOP
At the step 4 level you can choose to attempt to qualify for the Super Tuesday ($400,000 garunteed) or the Sunday 500 ($500 garunteed) as opposed to continuing through the steps.
You can satellite into Step 1 or Step 2 in a 60 FPP 100 seat tournament.
You can buy directly into Levels 1, 2, and 3 using FPP (1-500, 2-1,750, 3-5125).