In the part one of the histories of poker satellites series, Tom McEvoy, the 1983 WSOP Main Event champion, was invited for a talk. This American had reached to live tournament glory, hence invited to give his inputs on the evolution of online satellites. For the second part, O’Kearney was invited who is known to be an ambassador of Unibet.
Most of the players had focused on satellites; as live tournaments were a big bonus they were drawn to. In reality, the real objective was to generate tournament money as much as possible, in order to continue playing online tournaments. O’Kearney knew that he was performing well at satellites, during the time of UK & Ireland Poker Tour. He also knew that he needed to adapt when the tables started turning slowly.
In the long run, it got tougher for recreational players as others were getting aware of the O’Kearney’s tactics. Eventually, it distorted pros-to-recreational ratio, dragging and diminishing the entire character of the satellite – to try and to get qualified for an individual tournament.
Many sites saw a way of making a lot of money by raking satellite tournaments, turning it into a big deal. But Unibet had a different strategy- to try making a structure for lots of recreational to come and play. It’s their best shot to keep satellite structure intact. In the end, the satellites are best, for almost all the finest recreational players on the site got qualified. The only limiting factors are overlays in satellites.