THE ULTIMATE POKER CHALLENGE operates on the point system. Each of the twenty-three qualifying events is actually a stand-alone tournament and will be played until there is one winner. You collect points in the qualifying event for your finishing position . Each week of the $1,000 buy-in, 60% of the buy-in goes to that week's tournament and 40% goes to the semi-final/final event. The winner of the first game will receive 100 points, which are the most points that can be awarded after any one game. Additionally, that player qualifies for the semi-finals. Note: There is no way to buy-in to the semi-final event. It is only for qualified players.
There are two ways to qualify for the semi-final/final event: