Pokersites offers a huge variety of ways to monitor online poker tournaments at over 20 of the top online poker rooms. Below are various options you can use, including our unique, free Poker Tournament Toolbar for IE or Firefox. Additionally, there are various feeds and schedules of tournaments that you can use either via newsreader software, personal portals like MyGoogle and MyYahoo, raw RSS feeds or even make your own configurable feeds. Webmasters and poker blog authors will also find plugins for their websites and blogs that show readers the latest poker tournaments.
Option #1: Search & Bookmark
First up, a very basic solution: I have set up a few of the more popular poker tournament schedules for direct access. You can browse these via the links below and bookmark the pages. The tournaments are converted to and displayed in your local time.
» Live Poker Tournament Schedule...
» High Stakes Poker Tournament Schedule...
» Freeroll Tournament Schedule...
Option #2: The Poker Tournament Toolbar
Secondly, here is the most comprehensive solution to monitoring tournaments and the one I'd recommend for comprehensive tournament coverage. The free Pokersites Poker Tournaments Toolbar (for Internet Explorer and Firefox) is essential kit for the online poker player. It collects live tournament information from some 20 or so of the top online poker rooms, converts the start times to your local timezone and displays them in your browser toolbar one by one. You have lots of configuration options: choose the poker rooms, types of tournaments, add filter words, search the schedule and much more.
To appreciate the full extent of this free toolbar's usefulness, you really need to check out the poker toolbar page below, read up on the features and get the free download!
» Poker Tournament Toolbar..
Option #3: The Poker Tournaments RSS Feed
I have also set up some RSS feeds which will allow you to monitor all the tournaments.
Like the poker toolbar, each title links to the details of that tournament when clicked. Unlike the toolbar, the RSS is not able to show tournaments in your local time, although the timezone for each poker tournaments start time is specified.
As far as getting a free RSS newsreader goes, I can recommend using the simple but excellent RSS Reader for Windows which runs in the system tray, grabs the RSS feed and alerts you to new tournaments. Once installed, "Add" the following feed URL:
Option #4: Email Alerts
As another alternative, you can receive a daily email of new tournaments via Feedburner. Simply enter your email address in the box below and click on the authentication link that is sent to you. The service is managed by the excellent opt-in Feedburner service with opt-out options included.
Tournamentss By Email
You can also receive the daily poker tournaments at all poker rooms via email using the Yahoo! Alert service. To add the Tournament Alert, go to the scheduke and click "More Options".
Option #5: For Webmasters & Poker Blog Authors
For all webmasters and bloggers, the only condition of using Pokersites Tournaments feeds is that you include a link to http://www.bluffed.net with the Anchor Text "Bluffed [.net]" on any page which features the data, or once on your site's homepage.
If you are a webmaster and want access to the raw RSS file to put in your blog or on your website, there are several options. First option is to use the code below to display the latest 15 tournaments on your webpage. Simply copy and paste the code into your HTML file. Click here to see what it looks like in action.
Wordpress bloggers can use the RSS wordpress plug-in inlineRSS which is pretty easy to set up. Then put the following RSS URL into the configuration file:
Once set up, it's as easy as putting one line of code into your blog to display the tournaments in real-time, updated every hour.
MySpace Authors and Webmasters
The following "widget" code can be placed on your website to display a box of poker tournaments for your visitors. To see what it looks like, click here (you can change the look and feel of the widget, using the "Get Widget" link underneath the widget itself)
Option #6: Yahoo Pipes: Filter The RSS Feed
The slightly more technical amongst you might like to take the RSS feed and add filters to show only certain tournaments based on your own filter words. This can be achieved using Yahoo Pipes. I have set up an example pipe to show all freeroll tournaments contained within the schedule which you can also "clone" using different filters.
You can "create a pipe" to filter only certain tournaments from specific poker rooms, then either bookmark the results, grab the filtered RSS feed, get a JSON feed, or just have the results emailed to you on a daily basis. Below is a link showing the "All Tournaments Pipe" I have set up - try setting up your own pipe and publishing it using the link below (hint: use the "clone" feature to get started).
» Filter The Poker Feed With Yahoo Pipes
If you need the URL of the raw RSS feed to create a new pipe (IE: you didn't use the "Clone" facility), it is:
Pokerstars (Own Network)
Bluffed [.net] Sections
Poker Tournaments Section