The Cage Live

We’re back baby!

Get ready for the return of The Cage Live this summer in San Jose, Costa Rica! Experience our popular cash game in a time-based tournament format at the luxurious Sheraton Hotel in their recently expanded poker room.

The event takes place from Wednesday, August 16th through Saturday, August 19th. It starts with a fantastic player party on Wednesday at 8:30pm at the Sheraton Arde rooftop bar. Drinks are on us!

Win your $8,700 package online and compete in this multi-day event where the cash game action increases as the blinds rise to nosebleed stakes.

How to Qualify:

Online Satellites

  • 36 packages worth $8,700 each are GTD through the Sunday Beast over four weeks:
    • Sunday, July 9th at 6:05pm ET (9 packages GTD) – $95 buy-in
    • Sunday, July 16th at 6:05pm ET (9 packages GTD) – $95 buy-in
    • Sunday, July 30th at 6:05pm ET (9 packages GTD) – $95 buy-in
    • Sunday, August 6th at 6:05pm ET (9 packages GTD) – $95 buy-in
  • Each $8,700 package includes:
    • One Entry ($5,250 value) to the Cage Live.
    • $800 for airfare and $1,000 spending money.
    • $400 for cash games.
    • Double occupancy stay for 5-nights (August 15th-20th) at the Sheraton Hotel in San Jose.
    • Airport Transportation.
    • Free breakfast.

Live Event Satellites (in Costa Rica). This takes place on Wednesday and Thursday and players can win an additional buy-in for the following Day 1.

  • Daily Starting Time: 7:00pm
  • Starting Chip Stack: 5,000
  • Buy-in: $400+40
  • Blind levels: 12-minute blinds
  • 2-hour late reg

How the Cage Works:

  • Players buy in directly for $5,250 and receive 5,000 in chips.
  • Blinds increase throughout the event, just like in a tournament.
  • If eliminated, players may rebuy once during any of the Day 1 flights.
  • Players may play multiple Day 1 flights and combine their stack for Day 2.
  • It’s a time-based tournament, so at the end of Day 2, players cash in their chips, and every chip is worth cash value (e.g., if you have 25,000 in chips, you’re taking home $25,000).
  • You can’t cash out until Day 2 is over (This is why we call it The Cage).


Day 1 Breakdown (Wednesday – Friday)

  • Buy-in $5,250 ($250 Reg fee), 5,000 in chips
  • Can re-enter or top up stack once in any Day 1 flight for $5,250 (5,000 additional in chips)
  • Two 3-hour levels
    • Starting Time: 1:00pm
    • Level 1: $15/30 with $5 Ante
    • 30 min break
    • Level 2: $25/50 with $5 Ante
    • Finish Time: 7:30pm

Day 1 Completion

  • Whatever number of chips you finish Day 1 with, you bag up and take to Day 2 on Saturday. All players who earn chips on Day 1 are forced to play on Day 2.
  • If knocked out on Day 1, players are eligible to play subsequent Day 1s for a $5,250 buy-in receiving 5,000 in chips (with 1 rebuy or top-up option each subsequent Day 1).
  • All players can play any Day 1 regardless of whether they are qualified for Day 2 or not.
  • All players’ Day 2 starting stack equals the cumulative chips from the completion of each Day 1 (e.g., finish Wednesday’s Day 1 with 10,000 in chips, and Friday’s Day 1 with 8,000 in chips, then Day 2 starting stack is 18,000 in chips).

Day 2 Breakdown (Saturday)

  • Three 3-hour levels
  • Starting Time: 11:00am
  • Level 1: $40/80 with $10 Ante
    • 30 min break
    • Level 2: $50/100 with $10 Ante
    • 30 min break
    • Level 3: $75/150 with $15 Ante
  • Finish time: 9:00pm

Second Chance Tournament

  • Starting Time: 1:00pm
  • Starting Chip Stack: 10,000
  • Buy-in: $600+60
  • Mystery Bounty
  • Blind levels: 12-minute blinds
  • 3 hours late reg

Terms and Conditions:

  • Cage Live packages hold no cash value.
  • Cage Live packages are transferable. Arrangements must be made exclusively by contacting
  • Satellite winners who win their package must use it for the next Cage Live event.  If players do not sell their package or attend the next Cage Live, the package will be forfeited.
  • It is the sole responsibility of the winner to find a buyer should they wish to sell their package and the Winning Poker Network will not buy the package or attempt to facilitate the sale of the package.  WPN will help only in facilitating the transaction once it has been confirmed by both parties.
  • All cash winnings won by players at the Cage Live in Costa Rica will be transferred to the WPN player account of the winner.
  • Winners are responsible for booking their own flight to and from San Jose, Costa Rica.
  • All decisions made by the Tournament Director for Cage Live events are final.
  • To help coordinate transportation, the itinerary must be provided to organizers at least three business days before the date of arrival.
  • Players who win multiple packages online will only receive the spending money for 1 package at a time. The spending money will be allotted during each of the separate visits to Costa Rica.
  • Breakfast is included at the hotel.
  • Players are responsible for any additional expenses incurred.
  • The Cage Live will have a shot clock & players will all have Time Bank buttons.
  • The Cage Live does not have late registration. To participate, the player must be seated by the time each day starts.

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