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  1. PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker is coming to Pennsylvania. The first-ever PASCOOP is set to take place from April 4-20 with a massive $2 million in guaranteed prize money. The online poker series, which starts next Saturday, has 50 events on the schedule. Just like the 2020 New Jersey SCOOP series, Pennsylvania’s will also feature both a “High” and a “Low” buy-in, for a total of 100 tournaments, with buy-ins ranging from as little as $5 up to $500. [ptable zone="888poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"][ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"] Of course, the schedule is heavily weighted to No Limit Hold’em events of different varieties. Standard tournaments are broken up with the addition of Progressive Knockouts, 6-Max and 8-Max events, Zoom, Big Antes and Hyper-Turbos among other formats. Other poker disciplines are also represented throughout the schedule. Pot Limit Omaha, 8-Game, Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo, and No Limit Omaha 8 players will all get their own PASCOOP title events to battle over. Record-Setting Main Event The series will build to a pair of two-day Main Events that start on April 19. The Main Event High carries a $300 buy-in with a $200,000 guarantee, making it twice as big as the 2020 NJSCOOP Main Event. The PASCOOP Main Event Low offers a $50,000 guaranteed prize pool for just a $50 buy-in. The $200,000 guarantee on the Main Event High is likely to set a record PokerStars PA. Even though every online poker series the company has run has been overwhelmingly successful, they have yet to see Main Event in PA hit $200,000. Back in December, the debut of the PokerStars Pennsylvania Championship of Online Poker included a Main Event with a $100,000 guarantee. After seeing how players were smashing their original projections early in the series, PokerStars gave the tournament a ‘guarantee boost’ and bumped it up to $125,000. That number was no problem as a total of 640 entries pushed the PACOOP Main Event prize pool to over $179,000, making it the largest MTT in PA's brief history in regulated online poker. It should be no surprise that PokerStars is being aggressive with PASCOOP. Since Day 1, players in the Keystone State have shown a healthy appetite for online poker, routinely beating guarantees in special online series as well as the weekly Sunday Majors. Add to that the current situation surrounding the coronavirus pandemic and the online site, which remains the only online poker operator in Pennsylvania, has seen a surge of players logging on and taking shots in online tournaments. Helping put people into the Main Event virtual seats are non-stop qualifiers with guaranteed seats running the entire week leading up to the start of PASCOOP as well as throughout the series. In addition to the super satellites, PokerStars is offering a $15K Main Event Depositor Freeroll on April 19 with 50 total seats being given away to the $300 Main Event High. In addition to the 100 tournaments of the series, for players who enter any PASCOOP event but fall short of the cash, PokerStars will be running Daily $1K Second Chance All-In Shootout Freerolls. You get entered and those lucky enough to win a series of all-in hands will have some money put back in their bankrolls. The debut of PokerStars’ PASCOOP is on Saturday, April 4. Here’s the entire 100 event schedule. PokerStars 2020 PASCOOP Schedule DATE EVENTBUY-INGUARANTEED 4-4 PASCOOP-01-H NLHE [Nightly Stars - PASCOOP Warm-Up] $100 $50,000 4-4 PASCOOP-01-L NLHE [PASCOOP Warm-Up] $10 $10,000 4-4 PASCOOP-02-H NLHE $50 $35,000 4-4 PASCOOP-02-L NLHE $5 $6,000 4-4 PASCOOP-03-H NLHE [6-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO] $200 $25,000 4-4 PASCOOP-03-L NLHE [6-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO] $20 $10,000 4-5 PASCOOP-04-H NLHE [8-Max, DeepStack] $100 $40,000 4-5 PASCOOP-04-L NLHE [8-Max, DeepStack] $10 $8,000 4-5 PASCOOP-05-H NLHE [6-Max] $50 $30,000 4-5 PASCOOP-05-L NLHE [6-Max] $5 $6,000 4-5 PASCOOP-06-H NLHE [Progressive KO] $150 $35,000 4-5 PASCOOP-06-L NLHE [Progressive KO] $15 $8,000 4-5 PASCOOP-07-H NLHE [Sunday Special SE] $100 $70,000 4-5 PASCOOP-07-L NLHE [Mini Special] $10 $10,000 4-5 PASCOOP-08-H PLO [6-Max] $100 $15,000 4-5 PASCOOP-08-L PLO [6-Max] $10 $5,000 4-5 PASCOOP-09-H NLHE [Hyper-Turbo, Sunday SuperSonic SE] $50 $15,000 4-5 PASCOOP-09-L NLHE [Hyper-Turbo, Mini SuperSonic] $5 $3,000 4-6 PASCOOP-10-H NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO, Battle Royale SE] $50 $30,000 4-6 PASCOOP-10-L NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO] $5 $3,500 4-6 PASCOOP-11-H NLO8 [6-Max] $150 $15,000 4-6 PASCOOP-11-L NLO8 [6-Max] $15 $3,500 4-7 PASCOOP-12-H NLHE [Super Tuesday SE] $250 $50,000 4-7 PASCOOP-12-L NLHE [Mini Super Tuesday] $25 $20,000 4-7 PASCOOP-13-H NLHE [Escalating Antes] $150 $20,000 4-7 PASCOOP-13-L NLHE [Escalating Antes] $15 $6,000 4-7 PASCOOP-14-H NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO] $75 $17,500 4-7 PASCOOP-14-L NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO] $7.50 $5,000 4-8 PASCOOP-15-H NLHE [6-Max, High Roller] $500 $50,000 4-8 PASCOOP-15-H NLHE [6-Max] $50 $25,000 4-8 PASCOOP-16-H NLHE [Progressive KO] $100 $30,000 4-8 PASCOOP-16-L NLHE [Progressive KO] $10 $7,500 4-9 PASCOOP-17-H NLHE [Progressive KO, Thursday Thrill SE] $250 $50,000 4-9 PASCOOP-17-L NLHE [Progressive KO, Mini Thrill] $25 $20,000 4-9 PASCOOP-18-H PLO [8-Max] $150 $15,000 4-9 PASCOOP-18-L PLO [8-Max] $15 $4,000 4-9 PASCOOP-19-H NLHE [Turbo] $75 $15,000 4-9 PASCOOP-19-L NLHE [Turbo] $7.50 $3,500 4-10 PASCOOP-20-H 8-Game $200 $17,500 4-10 PASCOOP-20-L 8-Game $20 $4,000 4-10 PASCOOP-21-H NLHE [Turbo, Progressive KO] $150 $22,000 4-10 PASCOOP-21-L NLHE [Turbo, Progressive KO] $15 $7,500 4-11 PASCOOP-22-H NLHE $100 $25,000 4-11 PASCOOP-22-L NLHE $10 $5,000 4-11 PASCOOP-23-H NLHE [4-Max] $200 $30,000 4-11 PASCOOP-23-L NLHE [4-Max] $20 $12,000 4-11 PASCOOP-24-H NLHE [Turbo, Progressive KO, BigStack Turbo] $150 $25,000 4-11 PASCOOP-24-L NLHE [Turbo, Progressive KO, BigStack Turbo] $15 $10,000 4-11 PASCOOP-25-H NLHE [8-Max, Turbo] $50 $12,000 4-11 PASCOOP-25-L NLHE [8-Max, Turbo] $5 $3,000 4-12 PASCOOP-26-H NLHE [Marathon] $150 $35,000 4-12 PASCOOP-26-L NLHE [Marathon] $15 $8,000 4-12 PASCOOP-27-H NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO] $50 $22,000 4-12 PASCOOP-27-L NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO] $5 $3,000 4-12 PASCOOP-28-H NLHE [Sunday Special SE] $200 $50,000 4-12 PASCOOP-28-L NLHE [Mini Special] $20 $15,000 4-12 PASCOOP-29-H NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Big Antes] $150 $25,000 4-12 PASCOOP-29-L NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Big Antes] $15 $6,000 4-12 PASCOOP-30-H NLHE [Hyper-Turbo, Sunday SuperSonic SE] $75 $12,500 4-12 PASCOOP-30-L NLHE [Hyper-Turbo, Mini SuperSonic] $7.50 $5,000 4-13 PASCOOP-31-H NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO] $200 $20,000 4-13 PASCOOP-31-L NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO] $20 $5,000 4-13 PASCOOP-32-H PLO [6-Max, Hyper-Turbo] $150 $20,000 4-13 PASCOOP-32-L PLO [6-Max, Hyper-Turbo] $15 $5,000 4-14 PASCOOP-33-H NLHE [Super Tuesday SE] $200 $45,000 4-14 PASCOOP-33-L NLHE [Mini Super Tuesday] $20 $17,500 4-14 PASCOOP-34-H NLHE [8-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO] $75 $17,500 4-14 PASCOOP-34-L NLHE [8-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO] $7.50 $5,000 4-15 PASCOOP-35-H NLHE $100 $20,000 4-15 PASCOOP-35-L NLHE $10 $5,000 4-15 PASCOOP-36-H NLHE [Heads-Up, Progressive Total KO, Zoom] $200 $25,000 4-15 PASCOOP-36-L NLHE [Heads-Up, Progressive Total KO, Zoom] $20 $7,500 4-16 PASCOOP-37-H NLHE [Progressive KO, Thursday Thrill SE] $200 $35,000 4-16 PASCOOP-37-L NLHE [Progressive KO, Mini Thrill] $20 $15,000 4-16 PASCOOP-38-H NLHE [8-Max] $100 $12,000 4-16 PASCOOP-38-L NLHE [8-Max] $10 $2,000 4-17 PASCOOP-39-H Stud Hi/Lo [6-Max, Turbo, Fast Friday SE] $50 $10,000 4-17 PASCOOP-39-L Stud Hi/Lo [6-Max, Turbo] $5 $2,500 4-17 PASCOOP-40-H NLHE [8-Max, Hyper-Turbo, Progressive KO] $100 $15,000 4-17 PASCOOP-40-L NLHE [8-Max, Hyper-Turbo, Progressive KO] $10 $3,500 4-18 PASCOOP-41-H NLHE [6-Max, Deepstack] $100 $40,000 4-18 PASCOOP-41-L NLHE [6-Max, Deepstack] $10 $8,000 4-18 PASCOOP-42-H NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO] $150 $30,000 4-18 PASCOOP-42-L NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO] $15 $7,500 4-18 PASCOOP-43-H NLHE [Turbo, Zoom] $75 $25,000 4-18 PASCOOP-43-L NLHE [Turbo, Zoom] $7.50 $6,000 4-19 PASCOOP-44-H NLHE [Progressive KO, DeepStack] $100 $30,000 4-19 PASCOOP-44-L NLHE [Progressive KO, DeepStack] $10 $6,000 4-19 PASCOOP-45-H NLHE [Main Event] $300 $200,000 4-19 PASCOOP-45-L NLHE [Main Event] $50 $50,000 4-19 PASCOOP-46-H NLHE $100 $25,000 4-19 PASCOOP-46-L NLHE [Progressive KO] $10 $6,000 4-19 PASCOOP-47-H NLHE [Hyper-Turbo] $75 $15,000 4-19 PASCOOP-47-L NLHE [Hyper-Turbo] $7.50 $5,000 4-20 PASCOOP-48-H NLHE $100 $40,000 4-20 PASCOOP-48-L NLHE $10 $8,000 4-20 PASCOOP-49-H NLHE [Phase Day 2] $100 $50,000 4-20 PASCOOP-49-L NLHE [Phase Day 2] $10 $10,000 4-20 PASCOOP-50-H NLHE [6-Max, Hyper-Turbo, PASCOOP Wrap-Up] $150 $20,000 4-20 PASCOOP-50-L NLHE [6-Max, Hyper-Turbo, PASCOOP Wrap-Up] $15 $5,000
  2. 'Carnotaurus' had little reason to be disappointed that the partypoker POWERFEST schedule on Saturday included just four High Roller events. Outlasting 75 other players in the biggest buy-in event on the slate earned 'Carnotaurus' a nearly $38,000 influx to their bankroll. 'Carnotaurus' took down Event #130-HR ($2,100 Six Max PLO PKO) which came with $17,312.89 and another $20,559.09 worth of bounties. The final bounty they collected belong to runner-up 'ChinHauChu' who grabbed $17,297.64 and $7,171.59 in bounties. Third place finisher 'iMightPot' earned $10,649.38 and just $1,837.50 via bounties. [ptable zone=“Global Poker Article Ad”][ptable zone=“GG Poker”][ptable zone=“NJ Online Poker Promos”] 'mararthur1' took down Event #125-HR ($530 Six Max NLHE Grind) for a $27,260.02 payday. Runner-up 'GangGangGang' pocketed $18,980 while 'YOINK' got $12,782.96 as the bronze medalist. The great game of Pot Limit Omaha got into the action on Saturday with 101 players jumping into Event #127-HR ($530 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha). 'SonOfDad' topped them all to win $15,796.73. A second place result for 'SmbCal911' came with a $9,847.50 score. 'StopLossing' came in third for $6,060. 'UrineSelka' beat 150 other entries in Event #128-HR ($530 NLHE PKO Fast) to win $6,664.91 and an astonishing $15,750.10 from bounties. Runner-up 'betman1408' walked away with $6,657.27 from the prize pool and just $492.19 worth of bounties while 'GotNoEdge' came in third place for $4,844.40 and $2,575.77 from eliminating other players. Event #125-HR: $530 Six Max NLHE Grind 232 entries $116,000 prize pool mararthur1 - $27,260.02 GangGangGang - $18,980 YOINK - $12,782.96 Whatisinit - $9,338 unluckymelon - $6,960 I am there - $4,640 Event #127-HR: $530 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha 101 entries $50,500 prize pool SonOfDad - $15,796.73 SmbCal911 - $9,847.50 StopLossing - $6,060 DeHengelaar - $4,418.75 spreadthesmile - $3,156.25 Raul33 - $2,146.25 Event #128-HR: $530 NLHE PKO Fast 151 entries $77,387.50 prize pool UrineSelka - $6,664.91 + $15,750.10 betman1408 - $6,657.27 + $492.19 GotNoEdge - $4,844.40 + $2,575.77 DvaSlona - $3,431.45 + $2,444.54 Talespin - $2,422.20 + $1,706.24 LikeBTC - $1,917.57 + $853.12 akkaakkaa - $1,525.98 + $590.62 WhaledShark - $1,211.10 + $2,264.05 Event #130-HR: $2,100 Six Max PLO PKO 76 entries $155,800 prize pool Carnotaurus - $17,312.89 + $20,559.09 ChinHauChu - $17,297.64 + $7,171.59 iMightPot - $10,649.38 + $1,837.50 Crackalackin - $7,765.17 + $9,355.66 NoMoreBets85 - $5,546.55 + $1,312.50 kannnichtmehr - $3,771.65 + $3,806.25
  3. One day after a jam-packaged partypoker POWERFEST schedule included 11 High Roller or Super High Roller events, the Friday slate was made up just four High Roller events. The biggest day's biggest score went to 'NotDarwin' who survived their way through a 187-player field to win Event #119-HR ($530 Mix Max NLHE PKO Fast) for $9,332.81 and a staggering $15,426.12 worth of bounties. Runner-up 'Serenity25' found peace with a $9,322.55 score and $3,080.29 in bounties. Third place went to 'DreamBoy72' for $6,558.50 and just $877.73 in bounties. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="NJ Online Poker Promos"] Event #116-HR ($530 Eight Max NLHE Grind) had the biggest field of the four High Roller events with 197 entries. 'hondje1986' took it down for $20,390 and 'Kvrlee' earned $14,800 as the runner-up. 'Labasrytas' picked up yet another podium finish, this time earning $10,550 for a third place result. 'StrawberryGirl' added their second POWERFEST High Roller title of this series to their resume on Friday after beating 69 other players in Event #118-HR ($530 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha 8-or-better) to win $12,106.78. They previously won Event #60-HR ($530 Six Max PLO w/rebuys). 'Lamba123' earned $7,875 for coming in one spot behind 'StrawberryGirl' and 'IanHunt' picked up $4,200 for finishing in third. The final event saw 'Meiko87' pick up $8,354.64 and another $14,289.85 in bounties for winning Event #121-HR ($1,050 Six Max PLO PKO). 'Lars41' finished second for $8,347.25 and another $3,108.75 in bounties while 'relentless' just missed out on a five-figure score with $5,139.02 from the prize pool and $4,708.59 worth of bounties. With POWERFEST continuing to draw record numbers, partypoker announced the series had been extended for an additional week. The series will now conclude on April 5. Event #116-HR: $530 Eight Max NLHE Grind 197 entries $98,500 prize pool hondje1986 - $20,390 Kvrlee - $14,800 Labasrytas - $10,550 tsuipen - $7,800 jknack10 - $5,500 fAkETaXi87 - $4,200 Event #118-HR: $530 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha 8-or-better 70 entries $35,000 prize pool StrawberryGirl - $12,106.78 Lambal23 - $7,875 IanHunt - $4,200 Nl0lPTRl4l2l - $3,150 Lavrentiy11116 - $2,275 reQuireJunKgent - $1,575 Event #119-HR: $530 Mix Max NLHE PKO Fast 187 entries $95,837.50 prize pool NotDarwin - $9,332.81 + $15,426.12 in bounties Serentiy25 - $9,322.55 + $3,080.29 in bounties DreamBoy72 - $6,558.50 + $877.73 in bounties Loading - $4,751.27 + $557.81 in bounties R_Romanello - $3,497.86 + $295.31 in bounties better_than_you - $2,331.91 + $918.75 in bounties Event #121-HR: $050 Six Max PLO PKO 73 entries $74,825 prize pool Meiko87 - $8,354.64 + $14,289.85 in bounties Lars41 - $8,347.25 + $3,108.75 in bounties relentless - $5,139.02 + $4,708.59 in bounties PayAndPlay - $3,747.20 + $1,181.25 in bounties ChimneyBarrel - $2,676.57 + $1,279.69 in bounties tazmania888 - $1,820.07 + $1,050 in bounties
  4. The big guns were out in full force on Thursday as the partypoker POWERFEST schedule included three Super High Roller events and another eight High Roller events. The single largest buy-in event on this POWERFEST schedule wrapped up on Thursday with 'Piace1992' beating 89 other entries in Event #109-SHR ($25,550 No Limit Hold'em) to win $596,250. Just 10 days ago, they won Event #19-H ($215 Mix Max NLHE Fast) where the guarantee was lower than Thursday's buy-in and first place paid $10,261.56. Runner-up 'MeisterTTT' won $416,250 while 'SuperNutz' grabbed a $292,500 score for finishing in third place. [ptable zone="888poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"][ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"] Event #110-SHR ($5,200 No Limit Hold'em) had 103 entries with 'CocaineKiller' beating all of them to earn $126,175. 'TheseApples' came in second for $90,125 and 'onehundredeyez' added yet another podium finish to their resume and $64,375 to their bankroll as the third place finisher. It was also a big day for Team partypoker Pros. Sam Trickett took down Event #112-SHR ($5,200 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha) for $104,000. The runner-up prize of $66,545 went to 'sukamibosak' and 'idefix' had to settle for a third place finish and the accompanying $33,800 payday. Fellow pro Joni 'JJouhki' Jouhkimainen finished fourth in that event for $23,400, but that wasn't his biggest score of the day. The Finn beat out 268 other entries in Event #110-HR ($530 Eight Max NLHE PKO Fast) to win $10,577.12 and another $15,011.87 in bounties. 'P0kerpr02.0' finished second for $10,563.49 and just $1,214.06 while the third place finisher, 'N0GUTSNOGloryAA', actually earned more thanks to his $7,413.83 take from the prize pool and $5,036.76 worth of bounties. That was one of two runner-up finishes for 'P0kerpr02.0'. 'EmpireMaker' took home $59,455.01 for winning Event #107-HR ($1,050 Six Max NLHE) while 'P0kerpr02.0' earned $39,215 for coming in second place. Third place went to 'LickMyCev' for $27,880.09. Event #106-HR: $530 Mix Max NLHE Grind 318 entries $159,000 prize pool mbnlfg - $36,279.72 xmetterling - $24,247.50 furikuri - $17,490 cmiuc - $12,720 relentless - $8,745 bitw1 - $6,360 Event #107-HR: $1,050 Six Max NLHE 253 entries $253,000 prize pool EmpireMaker - $59,455.01 P0kerpr02.0 - $39,215 LickMyCev - $27,880.09 DasIstMirWurst - $20,366.50 R_D3ck4rd - $15,180 Namastayinbed - $10,120 Event #108-HR: $1,050 Six Max PLO PKO 100 entries $102,500 prize pool NOLIMITHOLDEM - $11,390.05 + $21,820.32 KamelAAsAA - $11,380.03 + $3,018.75 kannnichtmehr - $7,006.17 + $1,246.87 Tardelli92 - $5,108.66 + $393.75 SnoutMySprout - $3,649.04 + $3,018.75 shahter98 - $2,481.35 + $2,067.19 Event #109-SHR: $25,550 No Limit Hold'em 90 entries $2,250,000 prize pool Piace1992 - $596,250 MeisterTTT - $416,250 SuperNutz - $292,500 Mikita 'fish2013' Badziakouski - $202,500 NOLIMITHOLDEM - $157,500 Triple Sexy - $118,125 CaptainJack95 - $95,625 Robbery9999 - $78,750 Event #110-SHR: $5,200 No Limit Hold'em 103 entries $515,000 prize pool CocaineKiller - $126,175 TheseApples - $90,125 onehundredeyez - $64,375 El_Cucuy - $45,062 Crackalackin - $33,475 Mr.Toesie - $25,750 fromHolland1945 - $20,600 AndreyBolkonsky - $16,737 Event #110-HR: $530 Eight Max NLHE PKO Fast 269 entries $137,862.50 prize pool Joni 'JJouhki' Jouhkimainen - $10,577.12 + $15,011.87 P0kerpr02.0 - $10,563.49 + $1,214.06 N0GUTSNOGloryAA - $7,413.83 + $5,036.76 AbejlogluBele - $5,395.21 + $0 wikidipidi - $3,817.02 + $1,132.03 F3ww3_D3_lux3 - $2,862.76 + $1,476.56 Tommm - $2,018.61 + $2,017.97 L_Cesk - $1,468 + $4,421.48 Event #111-HR: $2,100 Eight Max NLHE PKO 153 entries $313,650 prize pool cmiuc - $27,012.52 + $40,195.33 Patrick_Leonard - $26,981.81 + $4,987.50 DasIstMirWurst - $19,634.26 + $17,882.81 Dandelion32892 - $13,907.60 + $9,450 bite_me - $9,817.13 + $5,512.50 patrick - $7,771.89 + $7,875 wikidipidi - $6,184.79 + $3,150 BaLuuuuu - $4,908.56 + $4,528.12 Event #112-SHR: $5,200 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha 52 entries $260,000 prize pool Sam 'SamTrickett' Trickett - $104,000 sukamibosak - $66,545 idefix - $33,800 Joni 'JJouhki' Jouhkimainen - $23,400 DONKEY6666 - $18,200 BaBaDeBaBa - $14,054 Event #112-HR: $530 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha 124 entries $62,000 prize pool PUCKBOUCHARD - $15,618.22 Shahin - $10,540 BinLife - $7,440 JorgeP7 - $5,270 ChinHauChu - $3,875 SnoutMySprout - $2,573 Event #114-HR: $530 Six Max NLHE PKO Turbo 127 entries $65,087.50 prize pool NewPak - $6,081.92 + $9,587.47 ShipAndDate - $6,075.50 + $2,099.99 DaKid96 - $4,290.83 + $2,401.47 OcusPhocus - $3,039.34 + $1,017.19 JozinhoPP - $2,234.80 + $262.50 GordonBanks. - $1,483.91 + $1,181.24
  5. One of the winningest players in partypoker POWERFEST added to their legacy on Wednesday as one of nine players who took down a High Roller event. Sami 'ChimneyBarrel' Kelopuro beat out 67 other entries in Event #102-HR ($2,100 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha) to win $47,043.50. Kelopuro now has over $400,000 in POWERFEST winnings alone in the last eight months alone. Finishing as the runner-up earned 'San holo1' $30,600, while 'Labasrytas' finished in third for $16,320. [ptable zone="888poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"][ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"] 'DasIstMirWurst' had a busy day that started with a win in Event #97-HR ($530 Eight Max NLHE Grind) for $21,205.60. 'jknack10' finished $15,392 as the runner-up and 'Dandelion32892' wound up in third place, earning $10,972. 'DasIstMirWurst' also final-tabled Event #98-HR for a $5,707.80 score. 'Talespin' won their second title of the series and $34,714.90 after beating the 151-player field in Event #98-HR ($1,050 No Limit Hold'em). One spot behind them was 'Xingyun8' for $24,915 while 'Adamm' came third for $18,120. Back on March 17, 'Talespin' took down Event #25-HR ($530 Mix Max No Limit Hold’em PKO Fast). After outlasting 193 other players in Event #101-HR ($1,050 Six Max NLHE PKO), 'veegar' picked up $17,991.86 from the prize pool plus another $18,012.06 worth of bounties. The final bounty 'veegar' collected belonged to 'RentCollection' who finished second for $17,972.18 and $10,186.25 in bounties. Third place finisher 'stakelevic24' took home $12,643.59 from the prize pool and $10,118.54 in bounties. The biggest buy-in event on Wednesday, Event #103-HR ($2,100 Six Max NLHE Fast), drew 41 entries with 'PayAndPlay' doing exactly that by beating all of them to win $32,800. A $20,897.49 prize went to 'Brilvis' for a silver medal performance and 'BaBaDeBaBa' hummed their way to a bronze medal and $10,660. Event #97-HR: Eight Max NLHE Grind $530 buy-in 208 entries $104,000 prize pool DasIstMirWurst - $21,205.60 jknack10 - $15,392 Dandelion32892 - $10,972 Jupiter Jones - $8,112 iRunStims - $5,720 AndreyBolkonsky - $4,368 Patrick_Leonard - $3,224 ChilliConFahne - $2,392 Event #98-HR: No Limit Hold'em $1,050 buy-in 151 entries $151,000 prize pool Talespin - $34,714.90 Xingyun8 - $24,915 Adamm - $18,120 wikidipidi - $12,835 attitydsproblem - $9,060 jenagevite - $7,172.50 DasIstMirWurst - $5,707.80 Greenstone25 - $4,530 Event #99-HR: Pot Limit Omaha 8-or-better Eight Max $54 buy-in 530 entries $27,000 prize pool FcknPeasents - $9,450 JorgeP7 - $6,345 monkeynuts66 - $ AngryKitten - $2,430 mo1st - $1,890 HappyBrm - $1,552.50 IanHunt - $1,282.50 Event #100-HR: Mix Max NLHE PKO Fast $530 buy-in 207 entries $106,087.50 prize pool NILAos - $9,486.32 + $11,098.91 in bounties GlobalHappi - $9,475.91 + $6,537.93 in bounties p4tm0ng0 - $6,666.38 + $1,558.59 in bounties tsuipen - $4,829.42 + $1,361.71 in bounties lipcheader - $3,555.40 + $2,157.43 in bounties Happy-AIA - $2,370.27 + $5,241.80 in bounties Event #101-HR: Six Max NLHE PKO $1,050 buy-in 194 entries $198,850 prize pool veegar - $17,991.86 + $18,012.06 in bounties RentCollection - $17,972.18 + $10,186.25 in bounties stakelevic24 - $12,643.59 + $10,118.54 in bounties SlowBonus0808 - $9,159.58 + $5,471.49 in bounties Dandelion32892 - $6,743.25 + $2,231.24 in bounties JailWallet - $4,495.50 + $2,182.03 in bounties Event #102-HR: Six Max Pot Limit Omaha $530 buy-in 110 entries $55,000 prize pool Knubben71 - $11,602.86 iMightPot - $11,602 actionFreak - $6,600 bonjogo - $4,675 Joao 'XjoaosimaoX' Simao - $3,427.50 NILAos - $2,282.50 Event #102-HR: Six Max Pot Limit Omaha $2,100 buy-in 68 entries $136,000 prize pool ChimneyBarrel - $47,043.50 San holo1 - $30,600 Labasrytas - $16,320 Baccarat - $12,240 PayAndPlay - $8,840 SnoutMySprout - $6,120 Event #103-HR: Six Max NLHE Fast $2,100 buy-in 41 entries $82,000 prize pool PayAndPlay - $32,800 Brilvis - $20,897.49 BaBaDeBaBa - $10,660 Dandelion32892 - $7,380 BigHoney - $5,740 NOLIMITHOLDEM - $4,432.51 Event #104-HR: NLHE PKO Turbo $530 buy-in 105 entries $53,812.50 prize pool headshot - $8,931.20 + $7,411.61 in bounties Serentiy25 - $8,921.66 + $3,474.02 in bounties jamboree - $6,376 + $1,082.80 in bounties High Level - $4,463.20 + $3,371.48 in bounties RiverOffice - $3,315.52 + $1,640.60 in bounties N0GUTSNOGloryAA - $2,550.40 + $131.25 in bounties tritu - $2,040.32 + $902.33 in bounties All_In_PAV - $1,657.76 + $721.88 in bounties
  6. Updated March 26, 10:30 AM ET Nearly nine years after the United States Government Department of Justice charged the owners of PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker, and Absolute Poker with operating illegal gambling businesses, in what became known in the poker world as Black Friday, the final defendant has pleaded guilty. Isai Scheinberg, the 73-year-old founder of PokerStars, plead guilty on Wednesday to one count of operating an illegal gambling business. He now faces a maximum of five years in prison. [ptable zone="888poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"][ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"] “Ten years ago, this Office charged 11 defendants who operated, or provided fraudulent payment processing services to, three of the largest online poker companies then operating in the United States – PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker, and Absolute Poker – with operating illegal gambling businesses and other crimes. As Isai Scheinberg’s guilty plea today shows, the passage of time will not undermine this Office’s commitment to holding accountable individuals who violate U.S. law,” Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said. Scheinberg will be sentenced at a later date. "Mr. Scheinberg is pleased to put this matter behind him and that all charges other than violating the 1971 Gambling Act have been dropped. Notably, all PokerStars players were paid back immediately and Mr. Scheinberg played an important role in ensuring that all of the players from other sites were repaid as well," read a statement released by a representative of Scheinberg. In January, Scheinberg flew from Switzerland to New York City after negotiating with the U.S. government over the previous three months. During his first court appearance, federal prosecutor Olga Zverovich told a hearing that Scheinberg had been negotiating with the government and had an "agreement in principle" at the time. Scheinberg founded PokerStars in 2001 and grew the company into the largest online poker operator in the world. In the aftermath of Black Friday, the company continued to operate outside of the United States and eventually settled a civil lawsuit with the U.S. government by paying a $731 million fine. Scheinberg sold the company to a group lead by David Baazov in 2014 for $4.9 billion. The other 10 charged on Black Friday, Ray Bitar, Scott Tom, Brent Beckley, Nelson Burtnick, Paul Tate, Ryan Lang, Bradley Franzen, Ira Rubin, Chad Elie, and John Campos had all previously dealt with their charges.
  7. After three days of play, the largest PokerStars Sunday Million finally has a champion and after the final four players agreed to a deal it left just one player a new millionaire instead of the originally planned two. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="NJ Online Poker Promos"] Brazilian 'AAAArthur' was the last player standing after beating Stefan 'CrAzY_sTeFaN' Dragos heads-up and earned $1,192,802 - including the $50,000 that PokerStars required the players leave behind in any deal made. Dragos wound up banking $921,328. His previous largest cash came last June when he finished second in a UFC KO event on PokerStars for $72,028. Third place finisher 'caroline2963' earned $786,873, while 'salonteskis' won $826,920 thanks to the chop. The original payouts were $1,509,390.01, $1,031,584.64, $705,059.41, and $481,889.85 respectively. The event, which was meant to commemorate the 14th anniversary of the Sunday Million, attracted 93,016 entries to create an $18,603,200 prize pool, the largest ever on PokerStars and the third largest in the history of online poker. The only events with more money up for grabs were the 2018 partypoker MILLIONS Online ($21.78 million) and the 2019 partypoker MILLIONS Online ($21.09 million). The final day began with 91 players still in contention and Canadian-based grinder 'meandmyarrow' leading the way. Things didn't quite go according to plan for them and they were eliminated in 30th place. Along with Dragos, two other PocketFivers made the final table. Marios 'Jully-19' Mansour finished in sixth place for $225,108 and Paulius 'D3cor' Vaitiekunas came in ninth for $71,870. Final Table Payouts AAAArthur - $1,192,802 Stefan 'CrAzY_sTeFaN' Dragos - $921,328 caroline2963 - $786,873 salonteskis - $826,920 AlexHoldz - $329,357 Marios 'Jully-19' Mansour - $225,108 tweny1 - $153,854 pokerfrance - $105,155 Paulius 'D3cor' Vaitiekunas - $71,870
  8. Over the last two weeks, poker players have been flocking to online poker as a means of entertainment in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. Now, at least one operator has found a way to help the cause by working directly with a charity battling the pandemic while expanding their offering to players. GGPoker has pledged a donation to the University Health Network's Toronto General and Western Hospital Foundation. The donation comes from .5% of the prize pools in the ongoing High Roller Week on GGPoker and a matching amount from GGPoker themselves. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="NJ Online Poker Promos"] High Roller Week is a series of tournaments on GGPoker running from March 22 through March 29 with buy-ins ranging from $250 up to $5,000 and total guarantees exceeding $9,000,000. GGPoker has guaranteed UHN that the donation will be no less than $100,000. GGPoker High Roller Week Events TIME (UTC) BUY-IN GUARANTEES 17:30 $210 $60,000 - $150,000 18:00 $500 $60,000 - $150,000 18:00 $5,000 $100,000 - $150,000 18:30 $525 $40,000 - $60,000 19:00 $1,000 $100,000 - $200,000 20:00 $1,000 $35,000 - $50,000 20:30 $500 $30,000 - $50,000 21:00 $500 $25,000 - $50,000 21:00 $1,000 $50,000 - $100,000 21:00 $5,000 $100,000 - $250,000 0:00 $1,000 $20,000 0:00 $5,000 $100,000 - $150,000 The news comes on the same week that GGPoker's flagship Sunday tournament, the GGMasters, broke its own prize pool record. Two weeks ago, the GGMasters had a $300,000 guarantee and beat that number for the first time in the short history of the event with 2,260 players creating a $311,880 prize pool. In response to that, GGPoker upped the guarantee to $400,000 for this past Sunday. The 3,051 players that showed up pushed past the guarantee and ended up with a $421,038 prize pool. GGPoker responded by once again upping the guarantee for Sunday, March 29 to $500,000. To avoid an overlay, the event will need to attract 3,624 players (before fees). The site has also reduced fees on all regular tournaments, dropping from the standard 10% fee to 8%. This change was quietly rolled out to the site this week. Fees on bounty and high roller events will stay at 5%. Beginning March 27, players will be able to play in hourly freerolls dubbed the #stayathome Freerolls. Each tournament has a $100 prize pool and there is no entry fee whatsoever. Players are restricted to playing in one of the freerolls per day.
  9. Just five days ago, 'CalmDownMan' stood tall after winning POWERFEST Event #35-SHR ($5,200 Six Max NLHE PKO) for $147K. On Monday, they added another partypoker POWERFEST title to their resume by winning Event #79-HR ($530 Eight Max NLHE Grind) for $26,865. 'CalmDownMan' outlasted the other 269 players to win the tournament. Finishing as the runner-up earned 'STAY_HUNGRY' $19,440 and 'SonOfPunt' earned $13,635. The biggest winner on the day was 'fromHOlland1945' who scored $49,066.02 after navigating their way through the 197-player field in Event #80-HR ($1,050 Mix Max NLHE) for $49,066.02. 'ChimneyBarrel', who also finished seventh in Event #79-HR, earned $31,520 for a runner-up performance, while 'JCardz11' finished in third place for $22,162.50. The other four of the seven High Roller events on Monday's schedule were of the PKO variety. 'PayAndPlay' topped the 81-player field in Event #81-HR ($530 Six Max Pot Limit Omaha 8-or-better PKO Battle Fast) to win $4,613.03 and another $6,976.85 worth of bounties. 'SnoutMySprout' just missed out on a POWERFEST title and earned $4,608.91 plus $1,058.21 in bounties. Third-place finisher 'AngryKitten' grabbed $2,837.49 and an additinoal $2,424.04 in bounties. Event #82-HR ($530 Six Max NLHE PKO Fast) drew 223 runners with 'dartazzzz' beating all of them to bank $9,797.78 and $11,080.46 in bounties. Second-place finisher 'PUCKBOUCHARD' had to settle for a $9,786.50 score and $5,448.94 in bounties while 'RiverShove' finished third for $6,961.72 and just $2,424.04 in bounties. The biggest buy-in PKO event on Monday, Event #83-HR ($1,050 Eight Max NLHE PKO) had 197 runners with 'just.a.baron' taking home the $15,880.26 from the prize pool and another $15,803.36 worth of bounties. The last bounty collected belonged to 'GebGeb' who walked away with $15,860.63 and another $12,128.33 in bounties. Coming in third earned 'kristian150' $11,313.08 + $6,242.57 in bounties. The final event of the day, Event #84 ($530 Six Max PLO PKO) had 110 entries with 'iHodl.' taking it down for $5,267.81 and another $8,203.18 in bounties. Runner-up 'theSDMsickness' pocketed $5,26.25 and $705.47 in bounties while 'SnoutMySprout' added another podium finish, earning $3,716.47 and $3,133.60 in bounties. POWERFEST #79-HR: Eight Max NLHE Grind $530 buy-in 270 entries $135,000 prize pool CalmDownMan - $26,865 STAY_HUNGRY - $19,440 SonOfPunt - $13,635 relentless - $9,922.50 MortenVM_ - $7,020 dartazzzz - $5,265 ChimneyBarrel - $3,712.50 sims_or_sin... - $2,700 POWERFEST #80-HR: Mix Max NLHE $1,050 buy-in 197 entries $197,000 prize pool fromHOlland1945 - $49,066.02 ChimneyBarrel - $31,520 JCardz11 - $22,162.50 Ben Molho - $16,055.50 Robbery9999 - $11,820 washington1234 - $7,880 POWERFEST #81-HR: Six Max Pot Limit Omaha 8-or-better PKO Battle Fast $530 buy-in 81 entries $41,512.50 prize pool PayAndPlay - $4,613.03 + $6,976.85 in bounties SnoutMySprout - $4,608.91 + $1,058.21 in bounties AngryKitten - $2,837.49 + $2,424.04 in bounties Razorblade Nick - $2,069.01 + $1,230.47 in bounties relentless - $1,477.86 + $262.50 in bounties astenia - $1,004.94 + $754.69 in bounties POWERFEST #82-HR: Six Max NLHE PKO Fast $530 buy-in 223 entries $114,287.50 prize pool dartazzzz - $9,797.78 + $11,080.46 in bounties PUCKBOUCHARD - $9,786.50 + $5,448.94 in bounties RiverShove - $6,961.72 + $2,424.04 in bounties veegar - $5,085.56 + $3,006.46 in bounties NOLIMITHOLDEM - $3,790.48 + $1,255.07 in bounties iRunStims - $2,526.98 + $1,476.56 in bounties POWERFEST #83-HR: Eight Max NLHE PKO $1,050 buy-in 197 entries $201,925 prize pool just.a.baron - $15,880.36 + $15,803.36 in bounties GebGeb - $15,860.63 + $12,128.33 in bounties kristian150 - $11,313.08 + $6,242.57 in bounties AndreyBolkonsky - $8,364.17 + $7,514.06 in bounties iRunStims - $5,897.81 + $4,790.62 in bounties ShipAndDate - $4,503.78 + $3,478.12 in bounties TheOptimist - $3,324.22 + $1,476.57 in bounties Kroat.. - $2,466.35 + $656.25 in bounties POWERFEST #84-HR: Six Max PLO PKO $530 buy-in 110 entries $56,375 prize pool iHodl. - $5,267.81 + $8,203.18 in bounties theSDMsickness - $5,26.25 + $705.47 in bounties SnoutMySprout - $3,716.47 + $3,133.60 in bounties Happy-AIA - $2,632.50 + $787.50 in bounties Dandelion32892 - $1,935.66 + $1,509.37 in bounties TheGladiator - $1,285.27 + $1,542.18 in bounties
  10. When Day 1 of the PokerStars Sunday Million 14th Anniversary event ended on Sunday night, there were 85,432 entries with late registration open for another 16 hours. By the time registration closed on Monday afternoon, another 7,584 players had managed to register to push the final number to 93,016. That put the final prize pool at $18,603,200 - the third largest online poker tournament of all-time and the largest one ever held on PokerStars. Only the 2018 partypoker MILLIONS Online ($21.78 million) and the 2019 partypoker MILLIONS Online ($21.09 million) had larger prize pools. [ptable zone="888poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"][ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"] More than 20,000 players were in action when Day 2 began and after eight hours of action, just 91 players remain in the hunt for the $1,509,390.01 first-place prize. Leading the way is Canada-based player 'meandmyarrow' with 59,709,692. Sitting in second is Finland's 'Arlingtona' with 55,018,866. Third place belongs to Cyprus-based player 'akamas73' with a stack of 46,500,346. A number of familiar faces entered Day 2 dreaming of winning it all but had those dreams dashed too soon for their liking. Former #1-ranked Matt 'ch0ppy' Kay finished in 121st place, Vicente 'vicenfish' Delgado Zamorano came in 139th, Pascal 'Pass_72' LeFrancois finished 145th, each earning $9,260.67. Robin 'robinho' Ylitalo was eliminated in 294th place for $5,664.67. The third and final day of play begins at 1 pm ET and is scheduled to play down to a winner. Top 10 Chip Counts meandmyarrow - 59,709,692 Arlingtona - 55,018,866 akamas73 - 46,500,246 Stefan 'CrAzY_sTeFaN' Dragos - 46,272,960 tweny1 - 44,809,750 heitorqueiro - 39,850,786 need2more - 39,280,856 BOOOOOM92 - 37,485,140 Marko 'Kuconi' Boskovic - 36,578,085 luckyjoy1984 - 33,586,301
  11. Sunday was a massive day for online poker with turnouts in tournaments across all sites seeing extraordinary growth. When PokerStars chose March 15 as the date for its 14th Anniversary Sunday Million event, they had no idea that real world events would bring so many players back to the online tables. The $12.5 million guarantee already meant that this event would be the single largest prize pool in PokerStars 19-year history, but it took just under three hours to draw the 62,500 required players that ensured PokerStars wouldn't be out of pocket. Over the next four hours of play, a grand total of 85,432 entries pushed the total prize pool to $17,086,400. The only two events in the history of online poker with bigger prize pools were the 2018 and 2019 partypoker MILLIONS Online, both of which eclipsed $21,000,000. [ptable zone="888poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"][ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"] Late registration in the Sunday Million remains open until the start of Day 2 at 1 PM ET but they have no chance at breaking the record. The 107,000 player cap means the maximum possible prize pool for this event is $21,400,000, which would put it one spot behind the 2018 partypoker MILLIONS Online event and just ahead of last December's MILLIONS Online. Largest Online Poker Tournament Prize Pools DATE EVENT BUY-IN PRIZE POOL December 6, 2018 partypoker MILLIONS Online $5,300 $21,780,000 December 11, 2019 partypoker MILLIONS Online $10,300 $21,090,000 March 22, 2020 Sunday Million 14th Anniversary $215 TBD December 18, 2011 Sunday Million 10th Anniversary $215 $12,423,200 April 14, 2019 Sunday Million 13th Anniversary $215 $12,268,400 September 26, 2010 WCOOP Main Event $5,200 $12,215,000 March 6, 2011 Sunday Million 5th Anniversary $215 $11,825,600 April 22, 2018 Sunday Million Anniversary: Take 2 $215 $11,262,000 September 26, 2019 WCOOP Main Event $5,200 $11,180,000 April 2, 2017 Sunday Million 11th Anniversary $215 $11,167,000 Just 16,836 players advanced through the 18 levels of play on Day 1. China's 'nowwor880' ended up with the chip lead after accumulating 680,117 chips. Not far behind them is Belgium's 'X_QQ_AA_KK_fish' with 643,093. Rounding out the top three was 'DLSXL' with 576,980. Top 10 Chip Counts nowwor880 - 680,117 X_QQ_AA_KK_fish - 643,093 DLSXL - 576,980 GLiTCHy M-F - 565,242 flyflo - 545,887 guiantonio2 - 530,381 nakolene888 - 529,102 IownYoUlolz - 513,879 ChrizCrozz - 501,481 CharlyBigPot - 499,343 Some of the notables to advance to Day 2 of the three-day event include former #1-ranked 'eisenhower1' (413,982), Anatoly 'NL_Profit' Filatov (384,476), Antoine 'A.Saout' Saout (357,942), Patrick 'pads1161' Leonard (110,532), Pedro 'pvigar' Garagnani (105,908), Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford (97,661), Alex 'bigfox86' Foxen (85,166), Kristen 'krissyb24' Bicknell (43,897), current #2-ranked Johannes 'Greenstone' Korsar (34,050), and 'cocojamb0' (20,000). Current #1 'Lena900' also advanced to Day 2 with 87,603. The average stack is 101,719. Play resumes at 1 PM ET on Monday and will play 32 15-minute levels.
  12. Friday's POWERFEST schedule on partypoker might have felt a little lighter than previous days, but that doesn't mean that the posted guarantees were ever in danger of falling. No Super High Roller events on the schedule but five High Roller events made for over $700,000 in prize pools. This time last year, 'imakeusweat' was well on their way to winning three POWERFEST titles in a two-week span. On Friday, they were the biggest winner after beating out 195 players in Event #53-HR ($1,050 Mix Max NLHE PKO). The win came with $17,895.68 from the prize pool and a staggering $34,576.23 worth of bounties. 'CharlesBarkley' came in second place for $17,876.05 and $4,446.08 in bounties while 'SnoutMySprout' rounded out the podium finishers and earned $12,575.96 plus $1,706.25 in bounties. [ptable zone=“Global Poker Article Ad”][ptable zone=“GG Poker”][ptable zone=“NJ Online Poker Promos”] 'Johnni_blue99' won Event #49-HR ($530 NLHE Grind) for $20,138.30. One spot behind them was 'John Coffey13' who picked up $14,469. Third place went to 'basketlove' for $10,556. The event drew 182 runners for a $91,000 prize pool. Event #51-HR ($530 Six Max PLO PKO) had just 111 entries, but 'DR.Summer69' topped all of them to win $5,315.73 and pick up $6,806.62 in bounties. Already a regular at POWERFEST final tables, 'Labasrytas' picked up a second-place finish for $5,310.08 and another $4,115.94 in bounties. Coming in third earned 'eggtoi' $3,750.25 and an additional $885.93 in bounties. 'frenchsniperrr' picked off the competition in Event #52-HR ($530 NLHE PKO Fast) to win $8,061.11 and collected $13,965.96 worth of bounties. The final victim, 'RiverShove' won $8,051.08 from the prize pool and another $2,079.51 in bounties while third place 'bitw1' added grabbed $5,742.68 from the prize pool and another $852.13 from bounties. A marriage of Pot Limit Omaha 8-or-better and PKO in Event #54-HR ($530 PLO8 PKO) culminated in 92 players building a $47,150 prize pool. 'freestylee' took it down for $4,627.31 and $9,825.44 in bounties. Runner-up 'ArrancadadoKurt' won $4,622.70 plus $2,249.72 in bounties while 'KaKaRoTo_AJU' took home $3,250 and $623.44 in bounties for coming in third place. POWERFEST #49-HR: 8 Max Grind NLHE $530 buy-in 182 entries $91,000 prize pool Johnni_blue99 - $20,138.30 John Coffey13 - $14,469 basketlove - $10,556 MrDatt - $7,553 LikeBTC - $5,278 Stefstef111 - $4,096 Thenut21 - $3,185 Hendimann69 - $2,502.50 POWERFEST #51-HR: Six Max Pot Limit Omaha PKO $530 buy-in 111 entries $56,887.50 prize pool DR.Summer69 - $5,315.73 + $6,806.62 in bounties Labasrytas - $5,310.08 + $4,115.94 in bounties eggtoi - $3,750.25 + $885.93 in bounties ToroToro66 - $2,656.43 + $196.87 in bounties Baccarat - $1,953.25 + $2,612.68 in bounties OveSundberg - $1,296.96 POWERFEST #52-HR: 8 Max NLHE PKO Fast $530 buy-in 200 entries $102,500 prize pool frenchsniperrr - $8,061.11 + $13,965.96 in bounties RiverShove - $8,051.08 + $2,079.51 in bounties bitw1 - $5,742.68 + $853.13 in bounties Wildspirit - $4,245.77 + $2,444.53 in bounties Wages - $2,993.81 + $4,224.59 in bounties TREELITTLEBIRDS - $2,286.18 + $492.19 in bounties winterburn - $1,687.42 + $1,115.61 in bounties cmiuc - $1,251.95 + $1,099.20 in bounties POWERFEST #53-HR: Mix Max NLHE PKO $1,050 buy-in 195 entries $199,875 prize pool imakeusweat - $7,895.68 + $34,576.23 in bounties CharlesBarkley - $17,876.05 + $4,446.08 in bounties SnoutMySprout - $12,575.96 + $1,706.25 in bounties earthworm - $9,110.58 + $3,707.81 in bounties ElCabanero - $6,707.18 + $3,174.61 in bounties qpakup - $4,471.45 + $3,051.56 in bounties POWERFEST #54-HR: Pot Limit Omaha 8-or-better PKO $530 buy-in 92 entries $47,150 prize pool freestylee - $4,627.31 + $9,825.44 in bounties ArrancadadoKurt - $4,622.70 + $2,249.72 in bounties KaKaRoTo_AJU - $3,250 + $623.44 in bounties mario4ndre - $2,250 + $1,829.29 in bounties UnifromHokkaido - $1,750 + $397.84 in bounties stdevsq - $1,312.50 + $733.15 in bounties FONBET_RULIT - $1,062.49 + $590.61 in bounties Friendly fish - $875 + $426.56 in bounties
  13. Saturday was another busy day for the partypoker POWERFEST series with 17 events on the schedule. Five of those events were in the High Roller category with buy-ins from $530 up to $2,100. [ptable zone=“Global Poker Article Ad”][ptable zone=“GG Poker”][ptable zone=“NJ Online Poker Promos”] The largest buy-in event on the calendar also produced the single biggest score of the day, but only because of a dominating performance by the eventual champion. 'pkrbt' beat Team partypoker Pro Joni 'JJouhki' Jouhkimainen heads-up to win Event #63-HR ($2,100 Six Max PLO PKO Battle Fast) for $16,146.72 and another $28,481.25 in bounties for a $44,627.97 payday. Jouhkimainen had to settle for $16,134.27 from the prize pool and $7,218.75 worth of bounties. Third place finisher 'Dandelion32892' won $8,608.25 and another $3,937.50 in bounties. One day after finishing runner-up in Event #53-HR ($1,050 Mix Max NLHE PKO), 'CharlesBarkley' shed the bridesmaid tag by beating out 130 other entries in Event #58-HR ($530 Six Max NLHE Grind) for a $16,499.90 score and title. Finishing one spot back was 'StepInTheArena' for $11,135 while 'Thanksalot' earned $7,860 for coming in third place. 'StrawberryGirl' took down Event #60-HR ($530 Six Max PLO w/rebuys) for $28,000. The 52-player field rebought a total of 64 times and added-on 24 times to build a $70,000 prize pool, well past the original $30,000 guarantee. Runner-up 'iMightPot' won $17,916.15 and third place came with a $9,100 scaore of 'NILAos'. It took an A+ performance in Event #61-HR ($530 Six Max NLHE PKO Battle Fast) for 'aaaaaaaaaaaaa' to win $7,286.62 from the prize pool and another $8,523.12 in bounties. Falling one spot short of a title came with a consolation prize of $7,278.59 and $2,592.19 worth of bounties for 'onehundredeyez'. 'Hendlman69' earned $5,120.55 and $3,830.88 worth of bounties for a bronze medal finish. 'ClubsMaker' topped the 199-player field in Event #63-HR ($1,050 No Limit Hold'em PKO) to grab $16,041.59 from the prize pool and another $26,709.44 worth of bounties. Runner-up 'Zeds_dead_baby' took home $16,021.65 and $4,183.59 in bounties. Third place finisher 'kgroqigmqtbmqom' wound up taking home $11,427.93 and another $9,105.47 worth of bounties. POWERFEST #58-HR: Six Max NLHE Grind $530 buy-in 131 entries $65,500 prize pool CharlesBarkley - $16,499.90 StepInTheArena - $11,135 Thanksalot - $7,860 trustbobody_99 - $5,567.50 Nathwcr - $4,093.75 KarlMarx - $2,718.25 POWERFEST #60-HR: Six Max PLO w/rebuys $530 buy-in 52 entries + 64 rebuys + 24 add-ons $70,000 prize pool StrawberryGirl - $28,000 iMightPot - $17,916.15 NILAos - $9,100 eggtoi - $6,300 Sundaynightking - $4,900 pkrbt - $3,783.85 POWERFEST #61-HR: Six Max NLHE PKO Battle Fast $530 buy-in 159 entries $81,487 prize pool aaaaaaaaaaaaa - $7,286.62 + $8,523.12 in bounties onehundredeyez - $7,278.59 + $2,592.19 in bounties Hendlmann69 - $5,120.55 + $3,830.88 in bounties ChillConFahne - $3,709.56 + $1,706.24 in bounties tritu - $2,730.96 + $590.62 in bounties Bit-T0ne - $1,820.64 + $1,279.69 in bounties POWERFEST #63-HR: Six Max PLO PKO Battle Fast $2,100 buy-in 62 entries $127,100 prize pool pkrbt - $16,146.72 + $28,481.25 in bounties JJouhki - $16,134.27 + $7,218.75 in bounties Dandelion32892 - $8,608.25 + $3,937.50 in bounties sukamibosak - $6,456.19 + $3,806.25 in bounties FinalFantasy - $4,662.80 + $4,725 in bounties MUNJOSHuHa - $3,228.09 + $1,312.50 in bounties POWERFEST #63-HR: No Limit Hold'em PKO $1,050 buy-in 199 entries $203,975 prize pool ClubsMaker - $16,041.59 + $26,709.44 in bounties Zeds_dead_baby - $16,021.65 + $4,183.59 in bounties kgroqigmqtbmqom - $11,427.93 + $9,105.47 in bounties Sundaynightking - $8,449.08 + $2,460.93 in bounties daborreguer - $5,957.69 + $3,773.44 in bounties Kroat.. - $4,549.50 + $1,837.50 in bounties onehundreeyes - $3,357.97 + $1,706.25 in bounties DasIstMirWurst - $2,491.39 + $3,281.24 in bounties
  14. Day 3 of partypoker POWERFEST included a number of well-known players picking up big scores, but it was a relatively unknown player who took down the biggest prize of the day. 'FrannersFeet' beat out 126 other players to win Event #25-SHR ($5,200 NLHE) to pick up $155,575. Finishing one spot behind him earned 'KETOandYOGA' $111,125 while Team partypoker pro Jason Koon came in third spot for $79,375. 'sims_or_sins...' beat 'ShipAndDate' heads-up to win Event #23-HR ($1,050 Six Max NLHE) for $61,805.01. 'ShipAndDate' had to settle for $40,765 and 'Thenut21' came in third place for $28,982.07. [ptable zone="888poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"][ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"] It was Tuesday, but 'Sundaynightking' reigned supreme in Event #24-HR ($1,050 Six Max PLO PKO) to win $11,503.89 and another $19,966.44 in bounties. 'StrawberryGirl' came in second place for $11,493.83 and another $3,986.71 in bounties. 'Labasrytas' finished in third position, earning $7,076.23 and another $2,326.50 in bounties. 'Talespin' topped the 268-player field in Event #25-HR ($530 Mix Max No Limit Hold'em PKO Fast) for $11,774.85 and an impressive $13,012.29 in bounties. Runner-up 'No_No_No' picked up $11,761.35 and another $6,302.09 in bounties while 'zehighhand' came in as the bronze medalist for $8,366.55 from the prize pool and an additional $4,245.12 in bounties. Team partypoker pro Kristen Bicknell came in sixth place for $3,036.91 and $590.62 worth of bounties. The second-largest buy-in on Tuesday's slate, Event #26 ($2,100 NLHE PKO), drew 158 players with 'headshot' taking it down for $27,895.25 plus $36,487.52 in bounties. 'NOLIMITHOLDEM', a regular at the high stakes final tables on partypoker, came in second place for $27,863.57 and $17,718.75 in bounties. Third place finisher 'Dandelion32892' picked up a $20,275.90 score and another $17,521.87 in bounties. Powerfest Day 3 Results POWERFEST #23 (HR) Six Max No Limit Hold'em $1,050 buy-in 263 entries $263,000 prize pool sims_or_sins... - $61,805.01 ShipAndDate - $40,765 Thenut21 - $28,982.07 Kroat.. - $21,171.50 EmpireMaker - $15,780 Toppairlover - $10,520 POWERFEST #24 (HR) Six Max Pot Limit Omaha PKO $1,050 buy-in 101 entries $103,525 prize pool Sundaynightking - $11,503.98 + $19,966.44 in bounties StrawberryGirl - $11,493.83 + $3,986.71 in bounties Labasrytas - $7,076.23 + $2,326.50 in bounties Apochelius - $5,159.75 + $262.50 in bounties Upswing - $3,685.53 + $2,264.06 in bounties bitw1 - $2,506.16 + $2,067.18 in bounties POWERFEST #25 (SHR) No Limit HOld'em $5,200 buy-in 127 entries $635,000 prize pool FrannersFeet - $155,575 KETOandYOGA - $111,125 Jason_Koon - $79,375 Tigerbluff - $55,562.50 Triple Sexy - $41,275 NOLIMITHOLDEM - $41,750 RainMan74 - $25,400 Xingun8 - $20,637.50 POWERFEST #25 (HR) Mix Max No Limit Hold'em PKO Fast $530 buy-in 268 entries $137,350 prize pool Talespin - $11,774.85 + $13,012.29 in bounties No_No_No - $11,761.35 + $6,302.09 in bounties zehighhand - $8,366.55 + $4,245.12 in bounties Plush0 - $6,111.79 + $2,141.03 in bounties Ben Molho - $4,555.37 + $4,487.13 in bounties Krissyb24 - $3,036.91 + $590.62 in bounties POWERFEST #26 (HR) No Limit Hold'em PKO $2,100 buy-in 158 entries $323,900 prize pool headshot - $27,895.25 + $36,487.52 in bounties NOLIMITHOLDEM - $27,863.57 + $17,718.75 in bounties Dandelion32892 - $20,275.90 + $17,521.87 in bounties hummylun - $14,362.10 + $6,890.62 in bounties TheOne - $10,137.95 + $4,068.75 in bounties Greenstone25 - $8,025.88 + $2,887.50 in bounties jerbi9999 - $6,386.90 + $6,562.50 in bounties Awesam - $5,068.97 + $8,137.49 in bounties POWERFEST #27 (HR) Six Max Pot Limit Omaha 8-or-better PKO $530 buy-in 81 entries $41,512.50 prize pool Junglemandan - $4,613.03 + $8,599.12 in bounties vincelis - $4,608.91 + $2,639.34 in bounties dimamid - $2,837.49 + $582.42 in bounties JeffGross - $2,069.01 + $1,082.80 in bounties FckinPeasents - $1,477.86 + $262.49 in bounties Frank_Grimes - $1,004.94 + $1,025.40 in bounties POWERFEST #29 (HR) Six Max NLHE Turbo PKO $530 buy-in 139 entries $71,237.50 prize pool Labasrytas - $6,656.62 + $9,331.12 in bounties Madgenius - $6,649.57 + $3,485.56 in bounties Danis - $4,696.26 + $2,477.34 in bounties Robbery9999 - $3,326.52 + $3,367.37 in bounties tritu - $2,445.97 + $131.25 in bounties Moehemani99 - $1,624.12 + $525 in bounties
  15. As poker operators continue to cancel live events in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, the World Poker Tour and partypoker have teamed up to offer an online WPT series for the first time in the 18-year history of the tour. The WPT Online Series consists of 10 events, including a WPT Main Event with a $5,000,000 guarantee and a seat in the WPT Tournament of Champions. [ptable zone="888poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"][ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"] "It is an honour for us to host the first ever WPT Online Series. We are always looking for ways to bring exciting, high profile MTTs to our players and the World Poker Tour is up there amongst the most prestigious brands in poker," said Tom Waters, partypoker Managing Director. "The online festival promises to be huge and with a WPT Tournament of Champions seat on offer, it’s a really exciting opportunity for partypoker players." The schedule also includes a WPT500 and WPTDeepstacks event as well as a High Roller and Super High Roller event. The total guarantee across all 10 events is $15,000,000. "WPT and partypoker are proud to break new ground for both of our brands with the first WPT Online Series festival," said Adam Pliska, WPT CEO. "Players from around the globe can look forward to the opportunity to play in World Poker Tour events from the comfort of their homes at all buy-in levels." The Main Event The Main Event, which has a $3,200 buy-in and a $5,000,000 guarantee, has five starting flights with the first three running on three consecutive Sundays, May 10, 17, 24. The final two starting flights run on Monday, May 25 include a standard structure and a turbo structure. Players who make it through a Day 1 flight will play Day 2 on Monday, May 25 with the final day scheduled for Tuesday, May 26. Players start with 100,000 chips and levels last 20 minutes and can re-enter once per starting flight. WPT500 One of five events with a $1,000,000 guarantee, the WPT500 just might offer the best value of the 10 events. There is a single $530 starting flight each day from May 10 until May 17. On Monday, May 18, there are two starting flights, one with a standard structure and a last chance Day 1 starting flight with a turbo structure. All survivors return to play down to a winner on Monday, May 18. Players start with a 100,000 stack and levels are 15 minutes long each. Players can re-enter each starting flight one time. High Roller Scene It would be almost impossible to host a tournament series today with having some events catering to the high rollers. This series does exactly that with a $10,300 High Roller and a $25,500 Super High Roller event on the schedule. The Super High Roller event runs on Thursday, May 21, and players start with 100,000 stack and can re-enter a single time. Levels are 15 minutes long. The High Roller starts on Sunday, May 24, and ends on Monday, May 25. Again, players are afforded a single re-entry. Starting stack is 100,000 and levels are 20 minutes long. WPT Online Series Schedule Event # Dates Event Name Buy-In Guarantee 1 May 10-26 WPT Main Event $3,200 $5,000,000 2 May 10-18 WPT500 $530 $1,000,000 3 May 12 WPT Bounty Hunter $5,200 $1,000,000 4 May 14 WPT Pot Limit Omaha $5,200 $500,000 5 May 18-19 WPT Six Max $1,100 $1,000,000 6 May 19-20 WPT Mix-Max $5,200 $1,000,000 7 May 21 WPT Super High Roller $25,500 $2,000,000 8 May 21 WPT Turbo (PKO) $2,100 $500,000 9 May 24-25 WPT High Roller $10,300 $2,000,000 10 May 25-26 WPTDeepstacks $1,600 $1,000,000
  16. Pennsylvania online poker scene has just one online poker site to play on, but they turned out in droves on Sunday as homebound players found the virtual felt a welcoming distraction from the coronavirus outbreak. Field sizes in the five 'Sunday Majors' on PokerStars PA were up a collective 80.3% over the previous week's numbers and only one event had an overlay. The $100 buy-in Sunday Special drew a record-setting 830 players this week with 'SleazyAmishGirl' topping all of them to win $12,724.37. 'LiveMonster179' finished as the runner-up for a $9,148.35 payday and 'Mr Loat' collected $6,577.74 for coming in third place. [ptable zone="888poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"][ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"] The day began with 587 players in the Sunday Warm-Up, an increase of 266 players from last week. 'POTLORD420' took it down for $2,825.26 while 'money87mesk' and 'BMM2019' finished second and third respectively for $2,049.80 and $1,487.53 respectively. The Sunday Storm was the only event with an overlay After the guarantee was increased from $5,000 to $7,500, 797 players jumped into the $10 buy-in event to fall just $247.30 short of the guarantee. 'Flash7779916' pocketed $1,265.61 for coming out on top. Their final victim, 'NeillyAA74' won $881.53 for coming in second place and 'Topsy Kretts 34' picked up $614.22 for finishing in third. The biggest buy-in event on the calendar, the $250 Sunday High Roller, grew from 60 players last week to a 143-runner field this week. 'jacktreehorn1' outlasted all of them to win the tournament and $7,046.23. A frequent final-tablist on PokerStars PA, 'A Frequent ?' earned $5,146.21 for a runner-up finish while '$hankNbankh' banked $3,758.58 as the third place finisher. The $100 Nightly Stars attracted 159 entries, nearly doubling the 82-player field of just a week ago. Taking it down earned 'jbk15212' a $2,948.69 score while second-place finisher 'wolfofbrdst' added $2,222.66 to his bankroll. Third place finisher 'giggglesnort' was laughing all the way to the bank with a $1,675.46 score. The final event on the slate, the $50 Sunday Supersonic, had a 179-player field with 'redhanded777' beating everybody to win $1,672.54. Beating all but one player, 'Mitchb611911' earned $1,238.67 as the runner-up and 'Jhy1116' rounded out the podium finishers in third place, earning $917.46. PA Sunday Majors Final Table Results PokerStars PA $30 Sunday Warm-Up 587 entries $16,025.10 prize pool POTLORD420 - $2,825.26 money87mesk - $2,049.80 BMM2019 - $1,487.53 Dkoof74 - $1,079.50 MikeyShegani - $783.39 WoodlandCritter - $568.51 danmc714 - $412.56 FuzzyLogic17 - $299.40 KennthL10 - $217.27 PokerStars PA $10 Sunday Storm Six Max 797 entries $7,500 prize pool ($247.30 overlay) Flash7779916 - $1,265.61 NeillyAA74 - $881.53 Topsy Kretts 34 - $614.22 LegenDeery33 - $427.97 Dr.ChaseIt - $298.20 mcgobirds - $207.77 PokerStars PA $100 Sunday Special 830 entries $76,194 prize pool SleazyAmishGirl - $12,724.37 LiveMonster179 - $9,148.35 Mr Loat - $6,577.74 DCG1945 - $4,729.45 Brac9690 - $3,400.51 WHATWHYNO - $2,444.99 ArdentCensor - $1,757.97 AD2021 - $1,263.99 Skrovicake66 - $908.81 PokerStars PA $250 Sunday High Roller 143 entries $33,319 prize pool jacktreehorn1 - $7,046.23 A Frequent ? - $5,146.21 $hankNbankh - $3,758.58 AFA5671 - $2,745.11 love2playpoker - $2,004.91 keller22687 - $1,464.31 PokerStars PA $100 Nightly Stars 159 entries $14,596.20 prize pool jbk15212 - $2,948.69 wolfofbrdst - $2,222.66 giggglesnort - $1,675.46 spechuul - $1,262.98 NoamSayng - $952.05 TYCA45 - $717.66 Dkoot74 - $540.98 dbrinker - $407.80 aldrich801 - $307.40 PokerStars PA $50 Sunday Supersonic 179 entries $8,413 prize pool redhanded77 - $1,672.54 Mitchb611991 - $1,238.67 Jhy1116 - $917.46 tobykeith121 - $679.54 and_porter - $503.32 love2playpoker - $372.80 thewhitesmith - $276.12 mrd022420 - $204.52 Mcatcal - $151.48
  17. With the coronavirus outbreak forcing millions of people to stay home, online poker operators expected an increase in activity over the weekend and the Sunday Majors provided proof of that coming to fruition. The PokerStars Sunday Million, partypoker MILLION, GGPoker GG Masters and a number of other key events all saw increases in turnout and the corresponding prize pool. [ptable zone="888poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"][ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"] The PokerStars Sunday Million had 13,579 entries - up 2,575 from the last time the event ran without a Progressive Knockout format (March 2). Last week, the event had 14,502 runners using the PKO format. 'blue70mach1' earned $131,418 for an outright victory while 'Momess' picked up $95,361 for coming in second place. Brazilian Geraldo 'GeraldoCesar' Cesar Neto finished with a bronze medal and $69,203 - the second biggest score of his career. One of the biggest increases in field size on PokerStars belonged to the High Roller Club $530 Bounty Builder. On March 9, the tournament drew 300 entries for a $150,000 prize pool. This week, 1,509 entries created a $754,500 prize pool with Diego 'phounderAA' Veiga scoring $49,721.48 from the prize pool and an impressive $50,378.27 worth of bounties. Former Sunday Million winner 'WATnlos' finished in second place for $49,720.34 and $9,216.79 in bounties. Maxime 'Daghemuneguu' Chilaud wound up in third place for $30,346.85 and another $6,946.76 in bounties. The PokerStars $109 Bounty Builder brought in 4,487 entries and Vietnam's 'Namduong86' topped all of them to win $27,050.63 and another $14,992.30 collected from bounties. His final bounty belonged to 'ZeBaronju' who earned $27,047.25 for coming in second place and another $2,551.59 from the bounties. Third place finisher 'ksieciunio97' picked up $15,312.42 from the prize pool and $2,195.58 in bounties. The partypoker MILLION also saw an uptick in attendance with POWERFEST also kicking off on Sunday. The MILLION burst through the $1 million guarantee with a $1,080,558 prize pool. The final three players agreed to a deal that saw each of them score a six-figure payday. Finishing in top spot gave 'supersmasher' $122,111.89, 'trekgeit' came in second place for $119,674.45, while 'mogvision' pocketed $112,963.25. POWERFEST Recap: 'SpanishFly' Tops Opening Day with $192,359 Win The bump in field sizes helped mark a historic occasion for GGPoker. For the first time in the 11-week history of the GG Masters, the flagship tournament beat the posted guarantee. The 2,260-entry field created a $311,880 prize pool to pass the $300,000 guarantee. Beating that record field came with a $46,252.45 score for 'oldzet'. Coming in as the runner-up gave 'OtxarkoagabrO' a $32,968.92 bankroll boost while '-MortenVM-' grabbed $23,501.34 as the third place finisher. Sunday Majors Results PokerStars Sunday Million 13,579 entries $1,357,900 prize pool blue70mach1 - $131,418 Momess - $95,361 GeraldoCesar - $69,203 anteen - $50,221 pececada - $36,445 HS toaster - $26,448 Cripple86 - $19,193 NoLimit173 - $13,928 du wang ckf02 - $10,108 PokerStars Sunday Warm-up 929 entries $185,800 prize pool Lefebvre1101 - $30,543.13 com 157 - $22,099.16 JElK0 - $16,037.36 1MTM91 - $11,638.30 Gabriel1244 - $8,445.91 HU4FU - $6,129.18 Buehlero - $4,447.94 KANIBAL_MIND - $3,227.86 Eleres88 - $2,342.45 PokerStars $109 Bounty Builder 4,487 entries $448,700 prize pool Namduong86 - $27,050.63 + $14,992.30 in bounties ZeBaronju - $27,047.25 + $2,551.59 in bounties ksieciunio97 - $15,312.42 + $2,195.58 in bounties nek100 - $10,597.39 + $4,325.87 in bounties Bulancordit6 - $7,334.24 + $4,754.96 in bounties TreeHogan - $5,075.87 + $2,208.41 in bounties Qiwo - $3,512.89 + $2,391.61 in bounties Snozzzi - $2,431.19 + $1,130.16 in bounties ermiamzok - $1,682.48 + $1,112.88 in bounties PokerStars High Roller Club $530 Bounty Builder HR PKO 1,509 entries $754,500 prize pool phounderAA - $49,721.48 + $50,378.27 in bounties WATnlos - $49,720.34 + $9,216.79 in bounties Daghemuneguu - $30,346.85 + $6,946.76 in bounties MITS 304 - $22,022.68 + $6,773.43 in bounties ShipitFTW911 - $15,981.85 + $6,056.65 in bounties 23noraB - $11,598.02 + $1,359.38 in bounties TonyGPT - $8,41.67 + $9,049.80 in bounties sk2ll_m0dR - $6,107.97 +$6,142.56 in bounties EduardoGarl@ - $4,432.57 + $1,796.88 in bounties partypoker MILLION 830 entries $1,080,558 prize pool supersmasher - $122,111.89 trekgeit - $119,674.45 mogvision - $112,963.25 edy14101 - $48,192.88 Mr Taog - $33,097.49 Toppairlover - $22,453.99 XjoaosimaoX - $15,786.95 KARL1981 - $10,157.24 GGPoker GG Masters $150 NLHE 2,260 entries $311,880 prize pool oldzet - $46,252.45 OtxarkoagabrO - $32,968.92 -MortenVM- $23,501.34 designed2win - $16,752.57 M@cacoCidadao - $11,941.82 TOMOCHAIN - $8,512.51 ilsy768 - $6,068.03 QualquerDuas - $4,325.49 thmz - $3,083.37 888poker Sunday Mega Deep $100,000 Guaranteed 773 entries + 268 rebuys $104,100 prize pool Sw33ney - $19,102.35 AndreyNiki - $13,637.10 salue7 - $10,305.90 DONCIKO18973 - $7,755.45 Iplayanyone - $5,413.20 Egption - $4,372.20 Hailey88 - $3,331.20 daltonhb - $2,290.20 jadedjason - $1,353.30
  18. As the live poker tournament comes to a halt for the foreseeable future in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, the last high profile event to wrap up featured a winner putting on a repeat performance. Timothy Adams beat Christoph Vogelsang to win the Super High Roller Bowl Russia for $3.6 million. It was just 41 days ago that Adams beat Kahle Burns to win the Super High Roller Bowl Australia for $1.4 million. [ptable zone="888poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"][ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"] SHRB Russia drew 40 entries and just seven players returned for the final day of play in Sochi on Sunday. Ben Heath started the day with the chip lead while Adams was right in the middle of the pack. Only six players were getting paid, and it took just 45 minutes for the bubble to burst with Stephen Chidwick being eliminated in seventh place. Once Chidwick was out, it was just 10 minutes before the first player was sent to the cashier cage. Vogelsang raised to 60,000 from the cutoff and Ivan Leow called from the button. The flop came [poker card="qh"][poker card="7h"][poker card="3d"] and Vogelsang bet 55,000. Leow moved all-in for 300,000 and Vogelsang called. Leow turned over [poker card="ah"][poker card="7c"] but got bad news when Vogelsang showed [poker card="qd"][poker card="7d"]. Neither the [poker card="ts"] turn or [poker card="kc"] river were any help for Leow and he was out in sixth place. Five-handed play lasted just over an hour before a battle of the blinds ended with an elimination. Heath raised to XXX,000 from the small blind before Adrian Mateos moved all-in for 1,000,000 from the big. Heath called and showed [poker card="ah"][poker card="qs"] and Mateos turned over [poker card="2c"][poker card="2d"]. The [poker card="ac"][poker card="as"][poker card="9s"] flop left Mateos needing one of two deuces. The [poker card="9h"] turn ended all of that though as Heath made a full house. The [poker card="8d"] river completed the board and Mateos exited in fifth place. The four remaining players battled for another five hours without a single elimination. Another blind versus blind situation finally broke that stalemate. Vogelsang and Mikita Badziakouski folded before Heath moved all-in for 1,200,000 and Adams called. Heath turned over [poker card="qs"][poker card="6s"] and Adams had a small edge with [poker card="as"][poker card="2d"]. The board ran out [poker card="js"][poker card="td"][poker card="9c"][poker card="9d"][poker card="5c"] to bust Heath in fourth. Just 20 minutes later, Badziakouski's run ended. Adams folded the button and Vogelsang raised to 1,500,000 and Badziakouski called all-in and turned over [poker card="ac"][poker card="qh"] which put him ahead of Vogelsang's [poker card="jh"][poker card="3h"]. The [poker card="js"][poker card="9s"][poker card="3s"] flop changed everything and left Badziakouski drawing thin. The [poker card="8s"] turn gave Badziakouski some outs to stay alive but the [poker card="4c"] river was a complete brick, eliminating the Belarusian poker pro in third place. When heads-up play started, Vogelsang held 55% of the chips in play. Over the next two hours both players took turns with the chip lead. As play wore on, the pair agreed to skip a level and just 20 minutes later, Adams put the finishes touches on his victory. Adams completed from the small blind but Vogelsang responded by moving all in for 3,700,000 and Adams snap-called. Vogelsang showed [poker card="ac"][poker card="6d"] but was dominated by Adams' [poker card="ah"][poker card="9s"]. The [poker card="th"][poker card="5s"][poker card="2d"][poker card="jh"][poker card="9d"] runout kept Adams ahead and even improved his hand to a pair of nines on the river to eliminate Vogelsang. Super High Roller Bowl Russia Payouts Timothy Adams - $3,600,000 Christoph Vogelsang - $2,400,000 Mikita Badziakouski - $1,600,000 Ben Heath - $1,000,000 Adrian Mateos - $800,000 Ivan Leow - $600,000
  19. As the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread around the globe, a number of poker events have been postponed or cancelled. This article will be updated regularly as tournament organizers make announcements. UPDATE 3/17/20: PokerStars announced today that EPT Sochi, originally scheduled to take place March 20-29, has been postponed. UPDATE 3/17/20: World Poker Tour CEO Adam Pliska issued a statement to announce the postponing of the WPT's three televised final tables set to play out March 31-April 2 at the HyperX Esports Arena in Las Vegas. The tentative plan is to finish these events in May with the WPT's second set of televised final tables. The three event final tables postponed are the WPT Gardens Poker Championship, the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open, and the WPT L.A. Poker Classic. UPDATE 3/17/20: Playground Poker Club announced that the upcoming WPTDeepStacks Montreal tournament has been postponed. The event was originally scheduled for April 16-27. New dates will be made public once decided. UPDATE 3/16/20: The Irish Poker Open was previously postponed. On Monday, March 16, partypoker announced that have partnered with the Irish Poker Open to play the series online April 6-12. UPDATE 3/16/20: Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, New Jersey, said that it will temporarily suspend operations by 8 p.m. ET on Monday, March 16. The 2020 Borgata Spring Poker Open, originally scheduled for April 7-24, is cancelled. UPDATE 3/16/20: The Venetian poker room released a statement on Monday that the poker room will operate with a maximum of three players per table. UPDATE 3/16/20: The Orleans poker room stated that all cash and tournament tables will have a maximum of five players, starting Monday, March 15. Included in the announcement was messaging that stated cash games will have reduced rake during this time. UPDATE 3/16/20: Following the closing of the Wynn poker room, the entire Wynn Las Vegas resort will close temporarily started Tuesday, March 17. MGM Resorts also announced it would be temporarily closing its Las Vegas casinos. UPDATE 3/16/20: Commerce Casino, located in Los Angeles and home to one of the largest card rooms in the world, closed on Saturday, March 14, and will remain closed until at least Sunday, March 29. UPDATE 3/15/20: The WSOP announced that the WSOP Circuit St. Maarten stop, scheduled for March 25-April 6, is postponed indefinitely. UPDATE 3/15/20: Wynn poker room in Las Vegas closed on Sunday, March 15, at 6 a.m. PT and will remain closed until further notice. Access to deposit boxes will be available Monday and Tuesday from 10 a.m. PT to 6 p.m. PT. Players have been asked to visit the casino cage at Encore for chip redemption. UPDATE 3/14/20: Starting Saturday, March 14, Bay 101 Casino in Northern California is temporarily suspending all casino operations, the company said in a statement. The plan is to close for at least three weeks until April 4. UPDATE 3/13/20: The World Series of Poker issued a bevy of announcements regarding its events. Live WSOP Circuit stops at Harrah's Atlantic City in New Jersey, King's Resort in Rozvadov, Czech Republic, and the Bicycle Hotel & Casino in Los Angeles have been suspended, with expectations that the festivals and events will resume when appropriate. WSOP Circuit stops at Bally's Las Vegas, Harrah's Cherokee in North Carolina, and Casino Barriere Le Croisette in Cannes, France, have all been postponed, with new dates to be announced should they be established. In response to the changes, the WSOP announced a WSOP.com Online Super Circuit Series for March 14-31. The festival features 18 gold ring events and more than $1 million in prize pool guarantees. The 18 events are said to count for the Global Casino Championship leaderboard points standings. UPDATE 3/13/20: Jason Somerville's very popular Run It Up Reno scheduled to take place in April has been cancelled. In the company statement, Run It Up said that it looks forward to seeing players at the Run It Up Reno event scheduled for October 30-November 9 later this year. UPDATE 3/13/20: PokerStars announced updates for the Brazilian Series of Poker São Paulo and the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo Casino European Poker Tour events. Both of these events have been postponed. An update for EPT Sochi is said to come in the coming days following the company's review. UPDATE 3/13/20: The World Poker Tour has updated its groups of events that have been affected by COVID-19. The list of postponed events now includes WPT Venetian, WPT Barcelona, WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown, WPTDeepStacks Maryland, WPTDeepStacks Jacksonville, the WPTDeepStacks Championship at Thunder Valley, and the WPTDeepStacks European Championship. WPTDeepStacks Vietnam and WPTDeepStacks Amsterdam have been cancelled. UPDATE 3/13/20: The MSPT tournament scheduled to take place at Meskwaki Casino in Iowa from March 20-22 has been postponed. UPDATE 3/13/20: The WSOP Circuit event at Harrah's Resort Atlantic City has cancelled the rest of its events. "In the interest of protecting the health and well-being of players and staff, the decision was made to cancel the rest of the events for the series." The series was scheduled to run through March 16. UPDATE 3/13/20: King's Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic, announced today that the venue will be closed until further notice "in compliance with the Czech government-issued restrictions." At the time of the announcing, King's Casino was hosting a WSOP International Circuit series, originally scheduled to run through March 23. UPDATE 3/12/20: The Bicycle Hotel & Casino in Los Angeles has announced it is postponing the remainder of the WSOP Circuit series currently running at the venue and originally scheduled to take place through March 18. UPDATE 3/12/20: Thunder Valley announced that the WPTDeepStacks Championship, scheduled for March 19-April 7, has been postponed. UPDATE 3/12/20: WPT Venetian, a $5,000 buy-in event scheduled for March 13-17 with a $2 million guaranteed prize pool, has been postponed. UPDATE 3/12/20: Wynn Poker announced they will postpone the Wynn Spring Classic events scheduled for March 13-18. The suspension includes the series' $5,300 Championship. At the time of the announcement, the $1,100 No Limit Hold'em event was currently playing and is planned to complete its Day 2 on Friday, March 13. UPDATE 3/12/20: PokerCentral announced that the US Poker Open, which was set to run March 19-31 at the PokerGO studios at the ARIA Hotel in Las Vegas, has been indefinitely postponed. UPDATE 3/12/20: The RunGood Poker Series at Horseshoe Bossier City, originally scheduled for March 31 - April 5, was postponed with no date announced. UPDATE 3/12/20: The WPTDeepStacks Amsterdam event began as scheduled on March 12, only to have the host property, Holland Casino, cancel the event midway through the first day of play after Dutch officials barred large gatherings of people. On March 8, PokerStars announced that all European events on the calendar before April 10, 2020, have been postponed. This included three Road to PSPC events in Hamburg, Germany, La Grande Motte, France, and Madrid, Spain. The European Poker Tour event in Sochi, Russia, scheduled for March 20-29 will go ahead as planned, as will the Okada Manila Millions, and the Brazilian Series of Poker event in Sao Paulo. According to sources within the company, The Stars Group has also restricted all of its employees from traveling until further notice. [ptable zone=“888poker”][ptable zone=“Party Poker NJ”][ptable zone=“Global Poker Article Ad”] On March 2, King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech has responded to the widespread outbreak in Italy by banning all players from that country until further notice. A WSOP Circuit event, with 15 Circuit rings up for grabs, is currently underway. "We have chosen to completely limit access in all areas of the casino, not even accepting hotel reservations, to all residents and coming from Italy indefinitely, cancelling from now all the events of March and April 2020 that target mainly target the audience mentioned above," a King's staff member wrote on the King's official Facebook page. On March 10, the WPT and partypoker LIVE have postponed the WPT event scheduled for March 22 - April 5 in Barcelona, Spain . The decision to postpone came just days after the two organizers announced the event would go on as planned without the €5,000,000 guarantee. Players who qualified online will be offered opportunities to use that seat for another event. That wasn't the first WPT event to feel the effect of concerns over the coronavirus. On February 17, the WPT Deepstacks event in Vietnam, originally scheduled for March 13 -22, was cancelled and WPT Taiwan, March 27-April 6, was postponed. Triton Poker has also been impacted. Back in early February, Triton announced the Jeju Super High Roller Series, which was scheduled for March 2-9, was postponed. On March 4, organizers made the decision to cancel the event altogether. On March 9, partypoker announced that players who have won seats into partypoker LIVE events will be afforded some flexibility and will be able to use their seat at a later date should they decide to not play. "I think we've got a responsibility to players and staff to not expect them to travel," said Rob Yong, partypoker partner and Dusk Till Dawn owner. "I know a lot of people's wives and families have said I prefer you not to go and we need to respect that." The Irish Poker Open, the second-longest running poker tournament in the world, was postponed on March 10 with no future date announced. Players who won their seat into the event via online or live satellites will have the seat honored for the future date. The World Series of Poker has yet to make an official statement in regards to the 2020 WSOP, but their verified Twitter account has replied to some people who have asked, "We are monitoring COVID-19 developments very carefully and have no plans to cancel WSOP at this time." Meanwhile, betting site PokerShares.com has posted odds on if the 2020 WSOP Main Event will be played out as scheduled. Originally opening with the No side as a +495 underdog, the line current line is the opposite, with Yes being a +235 underdog. Poker Tournaments Postponed Due to Coronavirus Irish Poker Open (April 6-12 online at partypoker) Road to PSPC Hamburg (Date TBD) Road to PSPC La Grande Motte (Date TBD) Road to PSPC Madrid (Date TBD) Winamax Poker Tour Grand Final (Date TBD) WPT Barcelona (Date TBD) RunGood Poker Series Horseshoe Bossier City (Date TBD) US Poker Open (Date TBD) Wynn Spring Classic (Date TBD) WPT Venetian (Date TBD) WPTDeepStacks Championship at Thunder Valley (Date TBD) WPTDeepStacks Maryland (Date TBD) WPTDeepStacks Jacksonville (Date TBD) WPTDeepStacks European Championship (Date TBD) WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown (Date TBD) BSOP São Paulo (Date TBD) PokerStars and Monte-Carlo Casino EPT (Date TBD) WSOP Circuit Harrah's AC (Date TBD) WSOP Circuit Bally's Las Vegas (Date TBD) WSOP International Circuit King's Resort (Date TBD) WSOP Circuit Bicycle Hotel & Casino (Date TBD) WSOP Circuit Harrah's Cherokee (Date TBD) WSOP International Circuit Casino Barriere Le Croisette (Date TBD) WSOP International Circuit St. Maarten (Date TBD) WPTDeepStacks Montreal (Date TBD) WPT TV final tables (Date TBD) EPT Sochi (Date TBD) Poker Tournaments Cancelled Due to Coronavirus Triton Super High Roller Series Jeju WPTDeepStacks Vietnam Golden Poker Million Marrakech Bounty Poker Tour 888poker LIVE Bucharest Netbet Open Craiova Unibet DeepStack Open Aix en Provence Norwegian Championships LEX LIVE 3 Barriere Poker Tour Ribeauvillé WPTDeepStacks Amsterdam Run It Up Reno X Borgata Spring Poker Open
  20. The final table of the World Poker Tour Rolling Thunder stop was not hurting for storylines before play began on Tuesday afternoon. Defending champion Erkut Yilmaz had a shot at going back-to-back. Jake Schwartz had another shot at his first WPT title at his sixth final table. Robert Heidorn, who bubbled the 2019 WSOP Main Event final table, was hoping for a small piece of redemption. Tony Tran was hoping to win his second WPT title in just over 18 months. One of those came true, but it came with a twist that M. Night Shyamalan would have been proud of. [ptable zone=“888poker”][ptable zone=“Party Poker NJ”][ptable zone=“Global Poker Article Ad”] When Tran won his first WPT title at the bestbet Bounty Scramble in October 2018, he finished it off by beating Schwartz heads-up. Tuesday night he got heads-up with Schwartz again and once again he beat him. It was the first time in WPT history that the final two players in an event had already battled heads-up in another tournament. Tran started the final table with the shortest stack, but Shankar Pillai was right there with him. Neither player was able to gain much traction until the two players clashed in an all-in preflop pot. Tran opened from the hijack to 65,000 and Yilmaz called from the cutoff. Down to just 19 big blinds, Pillai moved all-in for 565,000 before Tran moved all-in for 655,000 forcing Yilmaz to fold. Pillai turned over [poker card="7c"][poker card="7s"] which put him well behind Tran's [poker card="kc"][poker card="ks"]. The board ran out [poker card="9d"][poker card="4s"][poker card="3c"][poker card="qs"][poker card="9s"] to send Pillai out in sixth place and nearly double Tran's stack. Tran continued to build and doubled through Yilmaz. Another 19 hands after that, Tran sent the defending champion to the rail. Action folded to Tran in the small blind and he moved all in with [poker card="8d"][poker card="7d"] before Yilmaz called off his last nine big blinds with [poker card="9c"][poker card="5c"]. The board ran out [poker card="6h"][poker card="6s"][poker card="3s"][poker card="7s"][poker card="kd"] to give Tran a pair of sevens to eliminate Yilmaz in fifth. Four-handed play continued for 51 hands without an elimination before Tran found yet another victim. Kevin Rabichow moved all-in from the button for 1,175,000 and Tran called from the big blind. Rabichow showed [poker card="kc"][poker card="4c"] before Tran turned over [poker card="ac"][poker card="jc"]. The [poker card="qd"][poker card="qh"][poker card="jh"] flop cut Rabichow's chances down even further. The [poker card="9c"] turn gave him an extra out but the [poker card="jd"] river finished him off for good in fourth. Just a few moments later, Tran once again ended another player's run. Heirdon moved all-in for 1,625,000 and Tran called from the big blind. Heirdon showed [poker card="2d"][poker card="2h"] but was behind Tran's [poker card="td"][poker card="ts"]. Heirdon found no help through the [poker card="ad"][poker card="8d"][poker card="8s"][poker card="3h"][poker card="4d"] runout and was eliminated in third. Thanks to his work eliminating the other four opponentns, Tran began heads-up play with a nearly 4-1 chip lead over Schwartz. It took 30 hands for Tran to finish Schwartz off to win his second WPT title. On the final hand, Tran raised to 250,000 before Schwartz moved all-in for 1,350,000 and Tran called. Schwartz showed [poker card="jh"][poker card="th"] but found himself dominated by Tran's [poker card="qc"][poker card="ts"]. Tran made gin on the [poker card="jd"][poker card="9d"][poker card="8c"] flop and Schwartz was unable to catch any of the three remaining queens to stay alive and was eliminated, giving Tran another WPT title and $279,270 including a seat in the WPT Tournament of Champions in late May. WPT Rolling Thunder Final Table Payouts Tony Tran - $279,270 Jake Schwartz - $177,680 Robert Heidorn - $122,105 Kevin Rabichow - $85,800 Erkut Yilmaz - $61,685 Shankar Pillai - $45,390
  21. With the PokerStars PA Bounty Series now in the books, online poker players in Pennsylvania returned to the regularly scheduled Sunday Majors. The marquee event on the Sunday slate, the Sunday Special, drew 422 entries, 14 short of making the $40,000 guarantee. After 419 players were sent packing, the final three players came to agreement on a deal that saw each of them pick up $5,449. Finishing on top was 'F1yerzRu1e' while 'Mr.Wiggly34' and '<RSL888>' rounded out the top three. [ptable zone=“Global Poker Article Ad”][ptable zone=“GG Poker”][ptable zone=“Borgata Poker”] The day began with 'bigdoritoTito' picking up $1,646.41 for winning the 321-player Sunday Warm-Up. Finishing one spot behind 'bigdoritoTito' gave 'FuglyFunGuy' a $1,206.58 boost to their bankroll while 'losblvrds' picked up $884.42 for finishing in third. The Sunday Storm Six Max missed out on the $5,000 guarantee by 40 players creating a $359 overlay. Beating all 509 other entries gave '_flipshipit' a $885.13 score from a $10 investment. Second place finisher 'quailman09' picked up $616.43 while 'sp2016245' finished third to grab $429.51. A regular at the PA Sunday Major final tables, 'fubadbeatbob' rose to the top of the $250 Sunday High Roller field to win $4,985.85. Silver medalist 'king12929' walked away with $3,074.65 and 'naveyesu' earned $1,896.07 for coming in third. The $100 Nightly Stars event drew 82 entries to meet the $7,500 guarantee by a single entry. An outright victory earned 'sirbach85' $1,832.39 while 'hockster27' picked up $1,368.75 for a runner-up performance and 'and_porter' banked $1,022.48 for rounding out the podium finishers. PokerStars PA $30 Sunday Warm-Up 321 entries $8,763.30 prize pool bigdoritoTito - $1,646.41 FuglyFunGuy - $1,206.58 losblvrds - $884.42 EroseBro - $648.28 johnpower1979 - $475.18 goldfinch314 - $348.31 AceToFace22 - $255.31 subs0013 - $187.14 brooksey54 - $137.17 PokerStars PA $10 Sunday Storm Six Max 510 entries $5,000 prize pool ($359 overlay) _flipshipit - $885.13 quailman09 - $616.43 sp2016245 - $429.51 naveyesu - $299.27 flopzdanutz9 - $208.52 donnygyo - $145.29 PokerStars PA $100 Sunday Special 422 entries $40,000 prize pool ($1,260.40 overlay) F1yerzRu1e - $5,449.63* Mr.Wiggly34 - $5,449.63* <RSL888> - $5,449.62* plo_head - $2,836.00 KyubOne - $2,078.78 harrymoosedog - $1,523.74 pghtos101 - $1,116.89 Honeyjawn U - $818.68 Kong1672 - $600.09 PokerStars PA $250 Sunday High Roller 60 entries $13,980 prize pool fubadbeatbob - $4,985.85 king12929 - $3,074.65 naveyesu - $1,896.07 keller22687 - $1,169.26 westphilly64 - $721.06 oaklandraiders1 - $628.74 PokerStars PA $100 Nightly Stars 82 entries $7,527.60 prize pool sirbach85 - $1,832.39 hockster27 - $1,368.75 and_porter - $1,022.48 DMac8822 - $763.80 olephillyboy4 - $570.57 A Frequent ? - $426.22 ChrundleTheGr8 - $318.39 jessewilll - $237.84 alrdrich801 - $214.36 PokerStars PA $50 Sunday Supersonic 126 entries $5,922 prize pool srb25x - $1,293.97 octobersky2345 - $959.50 BYAH20 - $711.55 Clementine101 - $527.68 Blivot - $391.32 JML9232 - $290.19 potlimitless - $215.20 hickorynuts - $159.59 FenixDeNoche - $141.07
  22. When Ivan Stokes first found online poker following a relatively successful chess career, he was what you might call a total newb. "I didn't even know how to click the timebank on my computer. I didn't know what a hotkey was. I didn't know there were poker forums," Stokes said. "I'd read Sklanksy's Theory of Poker book, Tournament Poker for Advanced Players, I think was another one, and I'd read Dan Harrington's Harrington on Hold 'Em trilogy. So, that was my education." [ptable zone=“888poker”][ptable zone=“Party Poker NJ”][ptable zone=“Global Poker Article Ad”] Stokes decided the best way for him to learn was to watch the best players at the time and try to emulate what they were doing - but only if you could figure out why they were doing it. "I'll just open up all their tables and I'll just write down by hand what they're doing, and I'll try and reverse engineer what their strategy is and then I'll just try and copy it to the best of my ability and guess what is correct, more or less," Stokes said. He quickly shed the "newb" label and over the course of the years that followed, the English poker pro became a two-time Supernova Elite on PokerStars. Now, Stokes is more focused on coaching than he is on playing. While he still makes time to play key online series like the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker and the Spring Championship of Online Poker, Stokes spends far more time in the lab. "The majority of my time is spent on research and development. So, researching the game, doing theoretical and data research and analysis," Stokes said. "And then I try to make those findings as useful as possible for coaching with students." Moving from grinding to coaching gave Stokes the opportunity to follow another one of his passions, travel. While being in different countries around the world isn't necessarily ideal for playing a regular online tournament schedule, Stokes can still maintain all of his coaching appointments. The lifestyle he currently enjoys is one of the benefits of putting his efforts into coaching rather than playing, but there's also some professional fulfillment. "I just gravitate towards having a fascination for improving and studying the game itself. So it's oriented pretty well. I enjoy coaching, I really enjoy the interaction," Stokes said. "Having played poker for quite a lot of years, I guess about 13 years for money, you get to a point where you get a bit burned out. I was more happy to try and really enjoy the times that I'm playing, rather than feeling that I have to play around a 365 days a year schedule kind of thing." Stokes' thirst for knowledge eventually landed him with Poker Detox. He was enamored with how different their approach to teaching and coaching was. "It sounded very exciting, very contrarian to what the common way of doing things was. Kind of like saying, 'This GTO thing might not really be as good as you think it is. In fact, it could be hurting you and these are the reasons why. We've got this solid data behind us, we have another way of being able to objectively assess things.'" After first using their products as a customer, Stokes wondered if some of the things he had previously been working on might make for a solid match as part of their team of coaches. "I was working with some pre-flop solvers, which was giving some insights into the pre-flop part of the game," Stokes said. "If I used their methodology for my pre-flop research, I could offer them a pre-flop blueprint to go with their post-flop blueprint. So I offered that to them and we collaborated and took it from there." Most of the Poker Detox products were focused on cash game players. Stokes joined Poker Detox in late 2019 with the goal of launching an MTT product and building a team around it. "We basically have a new division of the Poker Detox wing, which is for MTTs - before they were exclusively on cash games. And I'm basically the head coach of that, in partnership with Nick (Howard) on building this whole thing together. So, pretty much my entire focus is on this MTT team now." Players chosen for the team get the benefit of team retreats and grindhouses for major online series such as WCOOP or SCOOP in time zones specifically chosen to be optimal for the grind. Mindset clinics are also included to allow each team member to prepare for success. Building a team of MTT players is a multi-step process. Players that are interested in joining need to be able to prove to Stokes and Howard that they're already at a certain level. Each applicant is expected to submit multiple hand histories that show their current level of poker acumen, but there's another piece of the puzzle that Stokes believes is maybe even more important. "Apart from that, sort of trusting our instincts. We want people to be reflecting our core values as a company. We believe in being a very inclusive community, being a very strong team that works together and we try and help one another to solve problems rather than seeing each of us as individuals that just trying to run our own race," Stokes said. Being a part of the Poker Detox MTT team isn't about taking a player making $50,000 a year to a six-figure winner. Stokes and his team believe that's certainly possible with their coaching and support, but they also believe that is best achieved by creating an environment devoid of ego. "As a company, we just simply try to facilitate the environment that nurtures that, encourages it, and offers some resources where they can do that to the best of their abilities," Stokes said. "So, it's about trying to keep the environment very positive, and conducive for this, and get rid of any toxicity. So, trying not to recruit people that are quite egotistical and selfish, but instead, those that are a bit more inclusive and welcoming." While Stokes' poker career started with a heavy dose of Sklansky books, his methodology of instruction is far more modern. Using technology, such as solvers and databases of information, is what the Poker Detox program is built around. Teaching his players how to best use this technology to learn and improve is meant to position them for long-term success. "There's going to be one self-evident truth in the poker world that will probably never change, which is that the average poker player is lazy," Stokes said. "So, whilst that's a constant and everything else is very fluid, you've got an opportunity there because you just need to basically not be lazy and be kind of savvy about how you go about your self-development." Players interested in learning more about the PokerDetox MTT team can visit the official site here.
  23. It's not too often that Twitch poker viewers get a chance to sweat a player on his way to a six-figure payday, but that's exactly what happened on Sunday as partypoker Team Online pro Jordan 'The Undecided' Drummond outlasted 123 other entries to win the $5,200 buy-in partypoker Big Game while streaming on Twitch. The outright victory earned Drummond a paltry $141,086.97 payday while his last victim, 'NOLIMITHOLDEM' also earned a six-figure score, taking home $100,776.37 as the runner-up. Third place finisher 'LappyRage' picked up $71,983.12. BBZ Coaching, the coaching site Drummond founded, tweeted a clip of the final hand. The partypoker MILLION had a $61,342 overlay and also paid $100,000-plus cashes to the top two finishers. Topping the 746-player Day 2 field gave 'attitydsproblem' a $153,350 prize and runner-up 'jerbi9999' came home with $107,050. 'Bijzettafel' got the bronze medal and the accompanying $68,700 payday. [ptable zone=“Global Poker Article Ad”][ptable zone=“GG Poker”][ptable zone=“Borgata Poker”] The PokerStars Sunday Million, which took on a Progressive Knockout format this week, suffered a server crash with 92 players remaining, forcing players to be paid out based on their chip stack at the time of the crash. Brazilian 'flaviobbud' had the biggest stack at the time and earned $14,012.75 as a result plus the $2,966.48 in bounties. Former World Series of Poker Main Event champion Pius 'MastaP89' Heinz was in fourth place when the crash occurred and ended up with $10,835.06 from the prize pool and another $2,703.79 in bounties. The GGPoker GG Masters had a small downturn in entries this week with 2,046 players putting up the $150 buy-in which created a $17,652 overlay. 'XAMA' beat them all to win $44,821.56. Runner-up 'Kurily' took home $31,950.33 and 'OMGChaningTatum' managed a third place finish to score $22,775.28. The 888poker Sunday Mega Deep missed out on the $100,000 guarantee by $8,700. The 682 entries accounted for 231 rebuys to push the total number of buy-ins to 913. Taking it down earned 'haymon23' a $18,750 score while runner-up 'CheersMates' had to settle for $13,500. 'pAhApepu' finished in third place for $10,000. PokerStars Sunday Million 14,502 entries $1,450,200 prize pool flavioabbud - $14,012.75 + $2,966.48 in bounties sarxa - $12,671.43 + $3,566.58 in bounties Ice B - $10,835.06 + $2,703.79 in bounties Pius 'MastaP89' Heinz - $10,501.90 + $1,000.77 in bounties hoodie333 - $9,272.74 + $2,257.82 in bounties Sharkette888 - $8,566.67 + $807.03 in bounties zhanshen168 - $8,308.25 + $557.03 in bounties ediguadro - $8,207.20 + $1,015.63 in bounties missy_gazell - $8,012.68 + $534.38 in bounties PokerStars Sunday Warm-up 653 entries $130,600 prize pool TerjePower18 - $22,660.22 Paffchen - $16,444.21 Andras 'probirs' Nemeth - $11,933.56 ceedonen - $8,660.17 tua133 - $6,284.69 pvas2 - $4,560.80 NhFy - $3,309.78 patapong - $2,401.90 Tarumbl - $1,743.06 PokerStars $215 Bounty Builder 1,055 entries $211,000 prize pool Xungazz - $14,713.74 + $13,274.37 in bounties MrTermo1021 - $14,712.94 + $5,088.46 in bounties BOOOOOM92 - $8,849.51 + $3,292.58 in bounties NigDawG - $6,362.88 + $4,759.39 in bounties dougiedan678 - $4,574.96 + $1,228.91 in bounties bamboosky863 - $3,289.44 + $1,618.75 in bounties chessskg - $2,365.14 + $650.00 in bounties YZH-ACheng - $1,700.56 + $406.25 in bounties antibiotik - $1,222.72 + $1,332.81 in bounties PokerStars High Roller Club $530 Bounty Builder HR PKO 300 entries $150,000 prize pool mjw006 - $12,332.92 + $14,498.00 in bounties MarToMchat - $12,332.81 + $1,171.88 in bounties yst121119 - $7,897.80 + $7,177.73 in bounties JoaquinMRuiz - $5,908.88 + $921.88 in bounties LeslieGroves - $4,420.83 + $1,453.13 in bounties be_awesome1 - $3,307.52 + $3,390.63 in bounties APonakov - $2,474.58 + $3,160.16 in bounties ameliaroy007 - $1,851.38 + $1,062.50 in bounties tekelson221 - $1,385.15 + $2,007.81 in bounties partypoker MILLION 746 entries $1,000,000 prize pool ($61,342 overlay) attitydsproblem - $153,350 jerbi9999 - $107,050 Bijzettafel - $68,700 Stolewon - $44,740 OelaPaloema - $30,750 Tejon - $20,890 Stormbreaker - $14,710 Snoek2 - $9,490 partypoker $5,200 Big Game 124 entries $575,865 prize pool Jordan 'The Undecided' Drummond - $141,086.97 NOLIMITHOLDEM - $100,776.37 LappyRage - $71,983.12 TheseApples - $50,388.18 RussianButs - $37,431.22 Achtungdiekurve - $28,793.25 BaBaDeBaBa - $23,034.60 tdlvechicknbn - $18,715.61 partypoker $2,100 High Roller Gladiator 115 entries $235,750 prize pool WatchMeDance - $22,028.84 + $34,879.72 in bounties ChimneyBarrel - $22,005.77 + $7,940.61 in bounties iRunStims - $15,541.60 + $10,992.18 in bounties Achtungdiekurve - $11,008.63 + $4,068.75 in bounties NewYorkJimmyY - $8,094.58 + $3,346.87 in bounties AndreyBolkonsky - $5,374.80 + $6,103.12 in bounties GGPoker GG Masters $150 NLHE 2,046 entries $300,000 prize pool ($17,652 overlay) XAMA - $44,821.56 Kurily - $31,950.33 OMGChaningTatum - $22,775.28 Babu$hka - $16,234.98 PincheGordo - $11,572.83 reallyeasy - $8,249.49 x/c x/c x/muck - $5,880.51 new day $4,191.84 ThePainkiller - $2,988.09 888poker Sunday Mega Deep $100,000 Guaranteed 682 entries + 231 rebuys $100,000 prize pool ($8,700 overlay) haymon23 - $18,750 CheersMates - $13,500 pAhApepu - $10,000 getabreak - $7,500 CoolHandTone - $5,250 normannolly - $4,250 V_Poliakov - $3,250 AndreyNiki - $2,250 LeetRunGoot - $1,410
  24. King's Casino LLC, the parent company of the Stones Gambling Hall, filed a motion this week to dismiss the lawsuit brought by Veronica Brill and 24 others in relation to the Mike Postle cheating scandal. "This lawsuit reflects the oldest complaint of gamblers - that their lack of success means they were cheated," the motion reads. The lawsuit was filed in October 2019, sought $30 million in restitution for Postle's victims and named Postle, King’s Casino, the owner of the Stones Gambling Hall, and Justin Kuraitis, the Stones Tournament Director, who was oversaw the live streaming operation, as defendants. The motion, which cites 55 other cases as precedent, asks for the court to throw out all five claims against Stones in part because the "plaintiffs make no credible allegations of wrongdoing by Stones" and "gambling losses are not cognizable as damages under California law and public policy". The motion to dismiss is only relevant to the accusations against Stones and not those against Postle and Kuraitis, who would remain as defendants. Stones' lawyers have also asked the court to dismiss the libel complaint brought by Brill in relation to the tweet below, claiming "the alleged statement did not refer to her expressly or by clear implication and she fails to plead the require economic damages to the type of libel that she alleges." Stones makes no attempt to deny or confirm that they believe any cheating occurred, but make the case that Stones Casino simply provided a venue for a poker game to occur and are not responsible for the alleged actions of any players involved. "Plaintiffs decided whether they wanted to play, for how long, how much to bet, and in which hands to participate," the motion reads, while citing a lawsuit related to the Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao broadcast in 2017 in which unhappy boxing fans sued the fight promoters after learning that Pacquiao entered the match injured. That lawsuit was ultimately dismissed. Stones' legal team also pointed to decisions made by some of the plaintiffs to continue playing on Stones Live Poker with Postle even after allegations of cheating had been raised as a reason for dismissal. "Plaintiffs concede that they continued to play with Mr. Postle despite their own beliefs about what was allegedly going on, suggesting that even Plaintiffs thought that Mr. Postle could have just been playing excellent poker," the motion states. The case is set to be heard April 16, 2020.
  25. Just two weeks ago, Gabriel 'gtavares10' Tavares finished runner-up in the 888poker XL Blizzard Main Event for a career-high $60,100 score. On Sunday, he nearly doubled that by winning the PokerStars Sunday Million. Tavares, currently ranked #33 in his native Brazil and #131 worldwide, topped a field of 10,804 runners to win $110,883.75 to break through the six-figure barrier for the first time ever. Russia's 'serg.82g' earned $80,462.89 as the runner-up while another Brazilian, 'Pelckito' came in third place for $58,391.94. [ptable zone=“Global Poker Article Ad”][ptable zone=“GG Poker”][ptable zone=“Borgata Poker”] The partypoker MILLION had a $3,236 overlay this week and the top two finishers each took home $100K+. 'Eh juxto' banked $153,000 for coming out on top while 'BuddyRW' picked up $106,800 for falling one spot short. Third place finisher 'Hedger16' earned $68,500. 'Jizoint' beat out 114 other entries to win the $5,200 buy-in partypoker Big Game for $131,550.30. 'BaBaDeBaBa' added $93,964.50 to their bankroll for a silver medal performance and 'LittleRussia' rounded out the podium finishers, coming in third place for $67,117.50. The GGPoker GG Masters had its second-largest field ever with 2,088 players - up from the 2,032 that played last week. Topping that field earned 'BabaSchlumpf' a $44,821.56 score. Runner-up 'nari111' earned $31,950.33 while 'Kench' walked away with a third place finish and $22,775.28. The 888poker Sunday Mega Deep fell short of the $100,000 guarantee again. This week, 716 entries and 265 rebuys created a $1,900 overlay. Brazilian 'franguet' won $18,750 for beating the field, including runner-up Martin Jacobson. The former World Series of Poker Main Event champion won $13,500 for coming in second place while 'CKLouis' won $10,000 for finishing third. PokerStars Sunday Million 10,804 entries $1,084,000 prize pool gtavares10 - $110,883.75 serg.82g - $80,462.89 Pelckito - $58,391.94 LEV.DG1990 - $42,375.12 storehyller - $30,751.74 fabrishow71 - $22,316.63 Adso139 - $16,195.30 prallimall - $11,753.02 guitey - $8,529.10 PokerStars Sunday Warm-up 795 entries $159,000 prize pool aleks0601495 - $27,014.23 niek112 - $19,603.93 Bit2Easy - $14,226.57 K0VAK - $10,324.23 shenideda - $7,492.28 _sennj_ $5,437.14 com 157 - $3,945.72 langace66 - $2,863.41 Daghemuneguu - $2,077.97 PokerStars $215 Bounty Builder 1,357 entries $271,400 prize pool DeckMcFly - $17,966.54 + $13,946.82 in bounties pitaoufmg - $17,965.74 + $2,579.68 in bounties ImRichAreU? - $10,805.99 + $4,998.43 in bounties bluehawail - $7,769.59 + $920.31 in bounties Sammy200176 - $5,586.40 + $4,392.18 in bounties cusirc - $4,016.66 + $2,529.68 in bounties Andron240684 - $2,888.00 + $1,193.75 in bounties chengfeng1217 - $2,076.49 + $920.31 eze88888 - $1,493.01 + $525.00 PokerStars High Roller Club $530 Bounty Builder HR PKO 1,218 entries $609,000 prize pool wonderboy222 - $41,571.76 + $35,078.50 in bounties DON_CHICHO21 - $41,570.82 + $11,519.02 in bounties bedias - $25,776.59 + $125.00 in bounties Hoelle1 - $18,894.16 + $7,604.48 in bounties GoodLuck2968 - $13,849.39 + $2,515.63 in bounties pronto1111 - $10,151.57 + $1,554.69 in bounties great dant - $7,441.09 + $7,836.90 in bounties roo_400 - $5,454.29 + $2,126.95 in bounties T-Macha - $3,997.99 + $3,439.44 in bounties partypoker MILLION 774 entries $1,000,000 prize pool ($3,236 overlay) Eh juxto - $153,000 BuddyRW - $106,800 Hedger16 - $68,500 MoStack - $44,600 Bets ombro - $30,630 bechi_elpi - $20,780 nagraniec - $14,610 AllPainNoGain - $9,400 partypoker $5,200 Big Game 115 entries $536,940 prize pool Jizoint - $131,550.30 BaBaDeBaBa - $93,964.50 LittleRussia - $67,117.50 Triple Sexy - $46,982.25 Madgenius111 - $34,901.10 fromHolland1945 - $26,847 attitydsproblem - $21,477.60 BlueMagic1 - $17,450.55 partypoker Gladiator 929 entries $286,132 prize pool Zorro-Supremo - $18,997.76 + $21,855.34 in bounties daborreguer - $19,969.33 + $3,566.10 in bounties Toppairlover - $14,047.70 + $2,846.48 in bounties HAPPYHONEY - $9,643.55 + $4,248.72 in bounties PrinzOfDTO - $6,302.48 + $493.75 in bounties kgroqigmqtbmqom - $3,894.47 + $1,333.12 in bounties GGPoker GG Masters $150 NLHE 2,088 entries $300,000 prize pool ($11,856 overlay) BabaSchlumpf - $44,821.56 nari111 - $31,950.33 Kench - $22,775.28 DIAS18 - $16,234.98 loveybietch - $11,572.83 UraizeIfold - $8,249.49 KACARUN - $5,880.51 EinZLife - $4,191.84 CocoTheDog - $2,988.09 888poker Sunday Mega Deep $100,000 Guaranteed 716 entries + 265 rebuys $100,000 prize pool ($1,900 overlay) franguet - $18,750 MJacobson888 - $13,500 CKLOuis - $10,000 Vishzz - $7,500 NOETKAKA - $5,250 stockfish - $4,250 bganev - $3,250 sikosomatik - $2,250 eno3434 - $1,410
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