Last Seasons Winners

World Series of Poker Main Event Satellite Poker Series

Introducing Ugly Tuna's Poker Series for the World Series of Poker Main Event

Our WSOP Satellite Poker Series offers an exciting qualifying format for anyone who wishes to win their way into the WSOP Main Event for a fraction of the cost. Included is cash consolation prizes for 3rd and 4th places.

After 10 games played, 2 WSOP seats will be awarded to the Top 2 Leader board winners, then 18 players will be vying for the last two seats in the 'Last Chance' tournament.  

BUY-IN: $2511  (rake-free) Players are required to submit a deposit before the first game to lock up their seat. Players then have the remainder of the season to pay off the balance of the buy-in.

DATES: This series hosts 11 games; 10, two-table tournaments (20 Players) and a 'Last Chance' Tournament. Prior to each season the club polls all the players for dates to be used for the entire series. Typically we play Friday nights and some times a Saturday night. Once dates are locked in, no date can be changed. Club holds the right to cancel any game due to bad weather.

Generally the season starts in December and is finished in May or earlier.


All games will be played at Tuna's Fish Pond. All tournaments begin exactly at 7:30PM. 

All tournaments will begin EXACTLY on Friday at 7:30 PM. If you don't arrive on time, your chips will be blinded off until your arrival.


There will be 11 games played in total; 10 SNGs tournaments with one throw-away game. The last event of the series is labeled as our "Last Chance" Tournament.

  • League Size: This series based on 20 players and prize are allocated accordingly.

  • Prize Pay Outs: This series will offer two WSOP Seats with travel. Season-ending leader board points leaders for 3rd and 4th receive cash prizes. The 'Last Chance' will offer cash prizes for places 3rd and 4th too. The last two players remaining in the 'Last Chance' event will win a WSOP Package. An Ugly Tuna Trophy is awarded to all winners.

  • Deals: Main Event seat winners may elect to have someone else play from within the series players if they can't go. No winning player can keep the cash equivalent of the WSOP buy-in. The prize is a tournament seat, not cash! Any deals must be made by the two parties who participated in current season series. You can negotiate any acceptable deal but someone must go to Vegas. The club will not broker any deals for you. Only Travel funds are distributed to the winning players', nothing else.

  • Escrow: The club will place all funds from the series into an Ugly Tuna Escrow account. The club will buy in all winning players into the WSOP Main Event at the Rio Hotel. Winners won a seat not $10,000 cash. If you made a deal for the seat, those deals will not include taking any money out of escrow. The player will no longer hold the burden or anxiety of carrying cash out to Las Vegas or wire transfer these funds to the Rio. The club will take care of this for you.

  • Deferment: Any winner can defer playing the WSOP Main Event for only one year for any reason. If you defer you must play the following year. Shareholders of the winning will still have 20% of equity for the following year. All winners have one week prior to the start of the WSOP Main Event to declare if they will play or defer. The House has the right to alter, grant or deny based on any situation.

  • Contract: All players are required to sign a player agreement contract indicating that you will be obligated to pay this series in full. Furthermore, it will include that you or an elected player will actually play in the 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event if you win. No refunds are allowed, your deposits and/or fund will be lost.

  • Throw-Away Game: All players are entitled to one throwaway game. If you can't make a date, you can use that game as your throw away option. Absent players will have their stack blinded off. They will receive the corresponding points based on their finish.

  • Dropping of Lowest Score: After 10 games your lowest score will be removed and your 9 best scores will be allocated towards the leader board totals.

  • Tardiness / Absent Rules: Your stack will be placed at the table and it will be blinded off. Your stack will remain at the table until you show up or until the stack is blinded off. If you stack is blinded off you will receive your points that correspond to your placement. All games start on time, we don't wait for any late arriving players.

  • Seat Draws: All players will randomly pick their own seats upon arrival. Tardy players will pick their own seats upon arrival.

  • Rain Date: During the winter months, the weather might affect the date of a scheduled game. If weather will cause the slightest traveling hazard it will be called off. Any game called off will have 6 hours prior notice. The rain date will be made up at the back end of the playing schedule when weather conditionals will comply.

  • No More Shareholders Equity Kickback: This season the equity kickback to league players has been eliminated. Any money won playing in the Main Event is kept by the player.


Season Leader board players will have a determined winner. If there is a tie for the Season Leader board, then the following tie-breakers will be used:

    • First Tie Breaker: total score of top 5 SNG finishes

    • Second Tie Breaker: most tournament wins

    • Third Tie Breaker: if the players are still in a tie after the result of the second tiebreaker, the winner will be determined by playing either a small SNG or heads up game.

  • Last Longer Bets : This league offers Last Longer Bets. These bets are optional to participate. Last player standing of the participating players win this bet.

  • Dinner Orders: If you elect to eat dinner with us at 7 PM then you are required to text Tuna your food order by 6:15 PM. Any order not receive by 6:15 will not be ordered. Dinner orders will be ready and available by 7 PM. Each player is responsible for their own food order. We collect $15 for any dinner orders for each individual. The house will provide beer, water, coffee and an assortment of desserts during each tournament.

  • Email Updates: After each game, all players will receive an updated email with a detailed spreadsheet attached displaying all the MTT SNG results, Points Leader board, and "Last Chance" chip totals amassed for all players.

  • Live Stream: All games are streamed live to our Twitch channel, feel free to share this stream with friends and family. Streams are also saved to our YouTube channel for replay playback.

  • Code of Conduct: All players must act in a mature and professional manner. No bashing or rude comments should ever be directed at any individuals. If you are making the environment unpleasant for other players we will ask you to leave the league and not to be invited back. Please respect the house and its property.

  • Not Happening: No food or drinks are allowed on any tables. If you need a side table for such items, just ask the house.

  • Speech Play: Players allowed to talk during the hand, provided it does not tip off the holdings of the hand, play is heads-up only and Postflop. Players who have mucked their hand are not allowed to talk about their mucked holdings or reading of any boards.

  • Seniority Rights: Previous player(s) who left the league will get seniority privileges for the following season only. They will be placed at the top of the waiting list. This privilege is good for only one year. The player has first right to regain their seat if a seat opens up the following year. First-come first-serve for any player wanting to get back in the following season.

  • Floor! Any issues must be brought to the house's attention. The floor/tournament director will explain and execute the proper rules with fairness and integrity of the league.

  • All Rights Reserved: The house reserves the right to alter, change, or cancel the tournament. The club will not be held responsible in the event of typographical errors or misinformation on the website or email pertaining to this series. Players will not have any claim or discourse in these matters.


Each player will be awarded points based on their finish for each SNG tourney. Each position will earn you points and award you additional chips for the "Last Chance" Tourney. These points and chips are cumulative for each SNG event.

This system will keep all players active and involved throughout the SNG tourney events. Every player will start with a base starting stack of 2000 chips. Any point earned in the series gets you 75 additional chips for your 'Last Chance' stack.


All players will start with 15,000 chips for each SNG tournament. All levels are 25 minutes.

  • Tournament Antes have switched to the Big Blind Ante versus the Individual Ante of seasons prior. The Small Blind will be the size of the ante and to be paid by the player in the Big Blind.

  • Once play becomes heads-up, players will continue their play to the end of the current level. All levels become 10 minutes thereafter. (This rule does not apply for the "Last Chance" tourney).

The "Last Chance" tournament will have all players starting with different starting stacks based on all the chips accrued from the SNG tourney events. The top two SNG leader board winners will not play in the "Last Chance" tournament and their stack will be removed from play.

Any leader board winner who have mathematically locked up their WSOP seat will not be allowed to play any future SNG events.

Ugly Tuna Fish Pond

Ugly Tuna Fish Pond


2019: SEASON 5
Seat #1 Greg Candido (Leaderboard Winner), Cashed for $59,295, Eliminated Day 6

Seat #2 Jason Cohen (Leaderboard Winner) Did Not Cash, Eliminated Day 1

Seat #3 Rob Pardo (Last Chance Winner), Cashed for $59,295, Eliminated Day 5

Seat #4 Sherrie Nachamkin (Last Chance Winner) Did Not Cash, Eliminated Day 2

2018: SEASON 4
Seat #1 Bill Kean (Leaderboard Winner) Did Not Cash, Eliminated Day 2

Seat #2 Tom Ernst via Al Riccobono (Leaderboard Winner) Did Not Cash, Eliminated Day 3

Seat #3 Sherrie Nachamkin (Last Chance Winner) Did Not Cash, Eliminated Day 2

2017: SEASON 3 

Seat #1 Bill Kean (Leaderboard Winner) Did Not Cash, Eliminated Day 1

Seat #2 Greg Candido (Leaderboard Winner) Did Not Cash, Eliminated Day 1

Seat #3 Al Riccobono (Last Chance Winner) Did Not Cash, Eliminated Day 3

2016: SEASON 2 

Seat #1 Bob Kearney (Leaderboard Winner) Did Not Cash, Eliminated Day 2

Seat #2 Greg Candido (Last Chance Winner) Cashed for $17,232, Eliminated Day 4

2015: SEASON 1 

Seat #1 Sherrie Nachamkin (Leaderboard Winner) Did Not Cash, Eliminated Day 3

Seat #2 David Levy (Last Chance Winner) Did Not Cash, Eliminated Day 1

‘Last Chance’ Trophy

‘Last Chance’ Trophy