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  1. For many who take the game of poker seriously, they can point to another player who has had a profound effect on their game. Whether it’s emerging from obscurity to win the Main Event of the World Series of Poker, pulling off heart-stopping bluffs on High Stakes Poker, or crushing the nosebleed stakes of online poker, some of the best poker players in the world have helped to inspire generations of new players find their way in poker. We've spoken with some of the biggest stars in the game today about who it their poker idols are. Kara Scott is so much more than a poker player. In addition to boasting over $650,000 in career tournament earnings, Scott has gone on to be considered one of the most successful poker commentators of her era through her yearly sideline reporting of the World Series of Poker Main Event on ESPN as well as an acclaimed podcast host with her show The Heart of Poker. Traveling the world as an 888poker ambassador affords Scott all kinds of opportunities to play. Last June she won the Ladies Event at the 888poker LIVE stop in Barcelona. When you first started playing poker, who was the player you admired the most? When I first started playing poker, one of the first things I watched was the movie Rounders. That scene with Johnny Chan and the way that Mike talks about him and his skill, the way the casino reacted to him walking in and sitting down to play, that stayed with me. Watching the clips of his WSOP championships made him seem like a superstar to me. What was it about that player that you liked or admired? The fact that Chan had back to back Main Event bracelets gave him such a mystique. He’d done this incredible thing in our game. Something that’ll likely never, ever be done again. It made him seem larger than life in a way I’m guessing a lot of new players see Hellmuth for his bracelet record. When did you first get to see them play (either on TV or live)? I first saw him in the movie Rounders and then I went and watched what I could find of his WSOP wins. Did you ever get to meet that player and what was that like? I did actually get to meet Johnny Chan, less than a year after seeing him on screen for the first time. I was hosting a tiny cable poker show back then with my friend, poker pro Nick Wealthall. Chan was coming to London on a press tour and by some miracle, they’d convinced him to do our show. He must have been expecting a lot more than our tiny setup! He was so gracious though, I remember that. I’d worked all week doing just a ton of research and writing up all my questions and me, overeager newbie, arrived with 15 pages of notes, just to hear the producers say they thought it would be better for Nick to interview him alone. Nick has always been both a great friend and a generous colleague and he insisted I get to be there for the interview and he made sure there was space for me to take part. I’ve never forgotten that and I’ve never forgotten how cool Johnny was. Although I’ve seen him at the poker table and I’ve interviewed him loads of times since then, I still have the Queen he signed for me after that interview, 15 years ago. Can you tell me about something either on the felt or off of the felt that you learned from them? Although we were a much smaller show that Johnny was expecting, he still gave us a great interview and spent loads of time with us on-air. He was big-time and we were small-time but you never would have guessed that from his demeanor. How does it feel to know somebody out there looks at you the way you looked up to your favorite player? It’s such a wild thought. When people ask me for an autograph or a photo, it’s always hugely gratifying that they like my work. I’m no Johnny Chan but I’m glad I have my spot in the poker world!
  2. As the World Series of Poker Online series gets underway on the GGPoker Network, we check in with some of the Natural8 ambassadors (aka Team Hot) to ask them about their WSOP grind, get advice for first-timers, and try to predict who will walk away from the online series with a new piece of poker hardware. As one of Japan’s top poker pros, Kosei Ichinose is ready to bring home a World Series of Poker gold bracelet while playing on Natural8. After all, online poker is where Ichinose got his start, grinding the PokerStars tables and becoming the first player from Japan to achieve Supernova Elite status back in 2012. Even though online poker was where Ichinose thrived early, he also has amassed over $650,000 in career live earnings while playing on the Asian circuit. He has claimed victories in the Asia Pacific Poker Tour, the Macau Poker Cup, and the Asian Poker Tour. He registered his career-high live cash in the 2016 Asia Championship of Poker warm-up event where his third place finished earned him over $83,000. It’s been since 2012 that Ichinose has attended the World Series of Poker. That year, the cashed three times including a money-making run in the Main Event where he finished in 400th for over $24,000. This year, the WSOP is taking place right on his home site of Natural8 and he’s ready to spend his weekends looking to take his career to new heights. What is your schedule like for the upcoming World Series of Poker events on Natural8? I’m planning to play mainly on weekend schedules. Which particular event are you most looking forward to playing? Looking forward to PLO events and of course the Main Event. What would it mean to you to win a WSOP bracelet this year? Winning a bracelet means a lot to me as it will be the biggest achievement of my career so far, if it actually happens. How will the WSOP events change your normal playing schedule? It doesn't change much to be honest. It’s hard for me to play all the schedules from an Asian time zone, will most likely play weekend events. I won’t attempt to play all events as I know I won’t be able to fully focus in the games. What’s your typical day look like when you’re playing online? Do you have a routine you follow before or after you start playing? When I prepare for long sessions like MTT grinding, I’ll take a nap before sessions or set the time schedule for the MTT time from days before. I enjoy daily grinding on day time so I don’t usually play too hard on MTT these days. What is your favorite way to unwind or celebrate after a big win or score? Nothing specific but I like to spend time with my close friends and girlfriend. What would you tell people playing in a high pressure, prestigious event for the first time ever? I always tell them, including myself, to play as you feel and practice. You won't be better than what you know in the moment, so always try your best to play and not worry about the end result. Tell us one player you think will win a bracelet this year? I hope it will be myself.
  3. As the World Series of Poker Online series gets underway on the GGPoker Network, we check in with some of the Natural8 ambassadors (aka Team Hot) to ask them about their WSOP grind, get advice for first-timers, and try to predict who will walk away from the online series with a new piece of poker hardware. With over $8.3 million in career live earning, Malaysian-born Michael Soyza has rapidly become one of the biggest threats on the high roller scene. With results dating back to 2011, it wasn’t until 2017 that the volume of his results really picked up as he notched a pair of six-figure scores while playing tournaments in Macau and his first-ever result at the World Series of Poker. In 2018, Soyza really caught fire and was seemingly at every final table. He took down the $1,655 Venetian Deepstack Championship in Las Vegas for over $588,000, an EPT Barcelona side event for $344,000, and nearly captured a WSOP bracelet with his third-place finish in the WSOPE $100K High Roller for over $592,000. In early 2019, Soyza logged his career-high score by winning the Triton Poker Super High Roller Jeji 6-Handed event for $1,420,581. He grabbed his second career seven-figure score in August of that same year by finishing in fourth in the Triton Poker Super High Roller London Main Event for $1,363,027. With a resume packed with huge scores and titles from around the world, a WSOP bracelet would make for a nice addition to Soyza’s trophy case...even if not something he's really into. What is your schedule like for the upcoming World Series of Poker events on Natural8? I am probably going to take it easy and play if I can and when I feel like it. I am currently working on another project right now so my attention is somewhat divided. Which particular event are you most looking forward to playing? Of course, the Main Event. It has the largest prize pool and the WSOP Main Event is one of the events that I look forward to the most every year due to the atmosphere and camaraderie. What would it mean to you to win a WSOP bracelet this year? It would be very cool, but I’m not much of a trophy kind of guy. But, it would still be sweet to win one. How will the WSOP events change your normal playing schedule? As mentioned above, I do not know what schedule is going to be like so I will just go with the flow. What’s your typical day look like when you’re playing online? Do you have a routine you follow before or after you start playing? Not particularly, I just make sure I have enough sleep so that I can play my A-game without feeling tired and get through the long sessions. What is your favorite way to unwind or celebrate after a big win or score? Normally, we just go to eat some good food. What would you tell people playing in a high pressure, prestigious event for the first time ever? Just take it one hand at a time and treat each decision independently. It is just another tournament after all. Tell us one player you think will win a bracelet this year? Michael Adammo.
  4. As the World Series of Poker Online series gets underway on the GGPoker Network, we check in with some of the Natural8 ambassadors (aka Team Hot) to ask them about their WSOP grind, get advice for first-timers, and try to predict who will walk away from the online series with a new piece of poker hardware. Germany’s Henri Buehler may be better known by his screen name 'Buehlero'. The 23-year old Buehler can be seen grinding the World Series of Poker (and much of the Natural8 tournament schedule) on his popular Twitch channel where nearly 50K followers watch him experience the highs and lows of the life of a MTT pro. In 2019 Buehler picked up his first live results at the World Series of Poker, cashing twice including a deep run in the $800 NLHE Deep Stack (Event #37). But his big score during his trip to Las Vegas came with his runner-up finish in the Venetian DeepStack Championship Poker Series where he earned a career-high live score of $255,938. While he won’t be making it back to Las Vegas this summer, he will be battling for bracelets on Natural8. What is your schedule like for the upcoming World Series of Poker events on Natural8? I just recently started grinding again after taking a few weeks off, so I'm really hungry for the series. I'm going to play on most days. Which particular event are you most looking forward to playing? Definitely the Main event, exciting buy-in, large field. Let's bring it on! What would it mean to you to win a WSOP bracelet this year? A lot! I've lost two heads-ups for a trophy and I'd love to have something that reminds me of my poker journey and there's really not a greater trophy than a WSOP bracelet! How will the WSOP events change your normal playing schedule? Instead of playing some smaller buy-ins to fill my screen, I have all the big WSOP events and also the side events. That means more buy-ins and probably fewer tables, so I can focus better. What’s your typical day look like when you’re playing online? Do you have a routine you follow before or after you start playing? I make sure I get enough sleep, then eat healthy during the day and get a workout in or play sports. I like to have a bit of time to relax before I start my session, so I'm not rushed and unfocused at the start. After a session, I get some fresh air then straight to bed. What is your favorite way to unwind or celebrate after a big win or score? Usually, I just chill a bit on the terrace and get some fresh air and appreciate everything. I'm usually a bit exhausted and it's tough to really understand how you feel with so much adrenaline. The next day you really feel the success and I like to do something with friends and get a nice breakfast or dinner. What would you tell people playing in a high pressure, prestigious event for the first time ever? Everyone makes mistakes, so don't worry about potential mistakes you might have made during a session. Just focus on the hands ahead, there's always time to review hands after the session, so don't beat yourself up during it. Tell us one player you think will win a bracelet this year? Claas Segebrecht. He's been working with Dominik Nitsche on the DTO app and spent lots of time in the lab. Keep an eye out for him!
  5. As the World Series of Poker Online series gets underway on the GGPoker Network, we check in with some of the Natural8 ambassadors (aka Team Hot) to ask them about their WSOP grind, get advice for first-timers, and try to predict who will walk away from the online series with a new piece of poker hardware. Long-time high-roller Danny Tang would love to add to his World Series of Bracelet collection through the tournament being held on Natural8. He captured his first gold bracelet in 2019, the same year he started taking shots in Super High Roller tournaments. Tang outlasted a field of 123 elite entries and took down the prestigious $50,000 NLHE High Roller event for $1,608,406. Tang’s WSOP win was a huge score for sure, but it’s just one of many for the nosebleed tournament player with over $8.5 million in live tournament earnings on his resume. In addition to a WSOP title, 2019 brought Tang a coveted title in the Triton Montenegro Main Event for a career-high cash of $1,796,498 which helped him reach the #1 spot on the #1 ranking on the Hong Kong Global Poker Index. Having hit new highs in his career, Tang continues to show the world that he belongs in the upper echelons of tournament poker by continuing to add to his accolades. What is your schedule like for the upcoming World Series of Poker events on Natural8? I am plan on playing all 54 bracelet events. Which particular event are you most looking forward to playing? Definitely the Main Event, I’m very excited to play the $10k short deck as well. What would it mean to you to win a WSOP bracelet this year? It would be pretty special as it’s the first WSOP on Natural8 and I happen to be one of the ambassadors. Would love to win one! How will the WSOP events change your normal playing schedule? I would need to change my time zone, my sleeping pattern as I’m currently in Asia. I haven’t been playing much lately, I’ve played a lot of cash games last month and took a little break before the World Series. I would need to get back on the grind What’s your typical day look like when you’re playing online? Do you have a routine you follow before or after you start playing? I’m not much of an online poker player, I play more live tournaments. For cash games, I don’t really have a routine because you can play whenever you want. For tournaments, I try to sleep and wake up just before the tournament, take a shower to refresh myself. Don’t eat much as I will feel sleepy when I eat too much. What is your favorite way to unwind or celebrate after a big win or score? Grab some good dinner, party, and KTV. What would you tell people playing in a high pressure, prestigious event for the first time ever? One hand at a time and just relax. Don’t let the pressure get to you, we all have the same two cards. Tell us one player you think will win a bracelet this year? The first player that came to my mind is Patrick Leonard, I don’t follow too much of his online scores but I do like to see his Instagram now and then. Of course, him coming up with a massive score in second for $25k in Natural8, like a month ago. He is one of the best players in the world and I would love to bet on him that he will win a bracelet. Hopefully, I can win one myself as well.
  6. There’s a lot of good that can come from being in your seat at the start of a tournament. From getting better reads on your opponents to accumulating a chip lead early, there are plenty of reasons that pros and recreational players alike enjoy being at the table when the first hand is deal. Starting on July 15, 888poker is giving their tournament grinders yet another to register early for every MTT that they play. The online site’s brand new “Early Bird Rakeback” promotion is here to incentivize players to avoid late registration and register before the start of every tournament they play by putting a percentage of the tournament fees back in their account. No matter what level buy-in a player prefers, from micro-stakes to the Sunday Majors, the 888poker “Early Bird Rakeback” program makes it easy to earn 10% rakeback. The first thing a player needs to know is that they need to register before the start of the tournament. Thus the ‘Early Bird’ portion of the promotion. While some players use late registration as a strategy or to get an extra hour of sleep, those players who want to pick up early chips and play every hand from the very beginning are the ones eligible for this promotion, Next, there are select tournaments that are eligible for "Early Bird Rakeback". They are scheduled throughout the week, Monday through the following Sunday. Players need to play in a schedule of these tournaments in order to have 10% of the fees come back to them. Then, the following Monday, 888poker will deposit the accumulated rakeback back into the player's account. There's no tickets to redeem, no boxes to open - no surprises. It's just straight cash which can be used to play in another week of tournaments. There are a few items to note. First, there is a minimum buy-in as this promotion is aimed at those who plan on playing a more complete schedule of tournaments. The weekly rakeback limit is set to $500. It is high enough that most MTT players on the site will enjoy the rakeback as a bankroll boost to a slate of tournament that may already be on their schedule. Finally, the “Early Bird Rakeback” promotion is eligible for depositing players on 888poker. So, if you are the type of player who enjoys maximizing their time at the table, playing every hand, and are looking to get rewarded for it. Check out the new "Early Bird Rakeback" promotion on 888poker which kicks off on July 15.
  7. GGPoker’s World Series of Poker Silk Road satellite series is making the dream of competing for a WSOP gold bracelet available to everyone - including micro-stakes grinders. Unprecedented Satellites From July 1 through August 31, the online site is offering a series of satellites to WSOP bracelet events with buy-ins ranging from $1.08 to $21.60 with thousands of dollars in tournament tickets guaranteed. But this is not a step system or a super-satellite, these are direct satellites - win and you’re in. Players that make it to the end of a Silk Road tournament will find themselves playing for a bracelet on GGPoker. The guarantees start at $1,000 worth of tickets and climb all the way to $100,000. During the first week alone, there is more than $289,000 worth of WSOP entries on the line. Silk Road LeaderBoard In addition to having the opportunity to play a bracelet event for a previously inconceivably small buy-in, GGPoker is also giving Silk Road grinders a leaderboard that will award the winner a $5,000 WSOP Main Event ticket. The leaderboard runs from the start of the series on July 1 through August 29, two days before the start of the Main Event. If by chance, the winner of the leaderboard has already locked up a ticket to the $25,000,000 guaranteed Main Event, then they will be paid out in tournament dollars. Every time you play in a Silk Road event, you have the opportunity pick up points for the leaderboard. And calculating those points is easy with GGPoker’s published formula. Leaderboard Point = f * sqrt (Prize pool / k) k is the place of finish f=2.0 (1st place) f=1.5 (Final table) f=1.0 (In the money) f=0.5 (Bubble) An item of note for players is that the first World Series of Poker ticket won during the series is a must-play for any target event. It cannot be exchanged for tournament dollars. If a player wins multiple tickets for the same event, any unused duplicate tickets will be exchanged for GGPoker tournament dollars. GGPoker WSOP Silk Road Series - Week One [table id=71 /]
  8. 888poker’s celebrated Sunday Sale promotion returns on Sunday, July 12 giving online grinders a shot at a bankroll boosting payday at a fraction of the cost. And this time they are bumping up the fun by showcasing their online players with an epic day of live streaming. Three Times The Fun, Half The Price Three of 888poker’s marquee Sunday tournaments will have their buy-ins reduced by 50% while maintaining their normal guarantees. So, while the paydays will remain intact, the opportunity cost to win big is drastically reduced. [table id=75 /] The $100,000 Sunday Sale Mega Deep kicks things off at 16:30 GMT and instead of a $109 buy-in, players can find their way in for just $55. It’s followed up by the $20,000 Sunday Sale Whale which fires an hour later at 17:30 GMT. The high roller tournament regularly is priced at $320 but this Sunday players can get in for $160. At the same time as the Whale, the $15,000 Sunday Sale Monsoon will feature a $27.50 buy-in as opposed to it’s standard $55 buy-in. Watch The Action - Live! 888poker is adding a bit of excitement to the weekend by shining a light on their Sunday Sale tournaments with a bonafide poker stream for players and fans alike. Veteran poker commentators David Tuchman and Nick Wealthall will be teaming up to break down the action on all three events on 888poker’s Facebook and YouTube channels. Tune to see who will take home the biggest prizes of the weekend starting at 9:00 pm GMT. Stream Freeroll To encourage people to jump into the stream, 888poker is giving viewers a Sunday Sale Stream Freeroll. Tune into the stream from the beginning and sometime before 10:30 GMT, Tuchman and Wealthall will reveal the password for a $500 freeroll. Everyday Low Prices The Sunday Sale tournaments the only low-cost options on 888poker. While the direct buy-ins for those three tournaments are half-off, players can still use the 888poker satellite system to get in for the minimum. Satellites on 888poker start for as little as $0.10 and players can win their way up through the system until they have a direct entry into any of the tournaments in the 888poker lobby. Sunday Sale satellites can be found in the same spot as the Sunday Sale tournaments themselves. Select the Sunday Sale tab under the Tournaments tab. For a full list of satellites available, click the ‘Satellites’ tab in the 888poker client.
  9. More and more online poker players are beginning to voice concern over the growing number of reentry tournaments. Freezeouts are becoming less and less common giving players with unlimited bankrolls a better shot at winning. 888poker heard the call and answered with vigor. The 888poker Freezeout Series runs June 21 - 29 with buy-ins $5.50 to $109 and more than $650,000 in total guarantees. Each event is a freezeout so players will have one shot at victory. The opening day includes three Tune Up events highlighted by Event #1 ($55 $50,000 Tune Up). Each day of the Freezeout Series has a theme. Monday is 8 Max, Tuesday is 9 Max, Wednesdays is for 8 Max PKOs, Thursday is for PKOs and Friday is for Deepstacks. Things pick up on the weekend. Saturday, June 27 includes one of just two $109 buy-in events and all Saturday events are played using Six Max. Everything culminates with the $109 buy-in Main Event that comes with a $200,000 guarantee. That event has multiple flights beginning on June 14. There is also a Mini Main Event with a $33 buy-in and $40,000 guaranteed and a Micro Main Event with a $5.50 buy-in and $10,0000 guaranteed. As always, 888poker offers an extensive satellite tournament program that allows players to qualify for as little as 1 penny. 888poker Freezeout Series Schedule [table id=72 /]
  10. With the postponement of the World Series of Poker, and live poker taking a back seat in general, we decided to check in on some of the 888poker ambassadors to see how they are coping with quarantine, how they are passing the time away from the live felt, and what they are most looking forward to when the coast is finally clear. There’s no doubt about it, Martin Jacobson would love to be gearing up for another run at the World Series of Poker. After all, the 2014 WSOP Main Event champion’s final table performance is widely considered one of the best in recent history. In late 2017 Jacobson joined the 888poker roster of brand ambassadors and has spent the better part of the past three years representing the online poker room at events all over the world. In addition to his dedication to the game, Jacobson is well-known for taking the same mental discipline he has for poker to his intense workout regimen. After making deep runs at the WPT Montreal and 888poker LIVE Barcelona last year, Jacobson has eclipsed over $17 million in total live earnings. Other than poker, what activity have you missed the most since the lockdown began? Socializing with friends and being surrounded by other people. They recently eased the restrictions here in the UK so you’re now allowed to stay outdoors and meet up with one other person outside of your household. Since then we've been going to the parks around London a lot more and it made me realize how much I have actually missed those simple experiences. What's the best TV show or movie you've discovered during lockdown? Russian Doll on Netflix. It’s really weird but unexpectedly great. It feels more like an HBO production than Netflix. Ozark season 3 and the Last Dance with MJ I really enjoyed as well. What is the biggest frustration you’ve had during lockdown? Not being able to party. I live a very strict and dedicated lifestyle to poker, health, and fitness which are all things I love but every now and then I just need to let loose and have a good party together with my friends. That balance is extremely important to me and something that this lockdown has prevented me from having. What's the one thing about live poker that used to tilt you that all of a sudden you miss? The smell of the Rio hallway. Haha, I don't know to be honest. It's definitely not seeing the majority of the field not washing their hands after they've taken care of their business in the bathroom! What have you found to be a silver lining surrounding quarantine? A few things. A better appreciation for things that I would normally be taking for granted, for example spending time with friends, family, or going out for dinner. I have also realized how important it is to have human interactions and feeling connected to other people, even outside your immediate circle. This might be naive and only have a short term effect but I would like to think that we, as a society, will show more appreciation for one another once things do go back to normal. How are you using this time to work on your poker game? I'm mostly playing right now as there are a ton of online action, like the XL series on 888 poker. For studying I have mainly been watching replays of the major online final tables on YouTube together with instructional videos on Run-it-once, and going through my own hand histories with the help of solvers. What is something new that you have learned or are trying to learn during lockdown? Spanish and guitar. I've dabbled with both in the past so I have some experience but definitely far from perfection. I especially struggle with the guitar, mainly because my fingers feel too big, and it can be super frustrating at times. What's the first place you're going to travel to once we're able to? Probably either Stockholm or Spain to see my family. I had loose plans to visit sometime in the spring but that was before this thing escalated to where it is now. I plan to travel less than I have in the past and make sure I prioritize seeing the people that matter the most.
  11. With the postponement of the World Series of Poker, and live poker taking a back seat in general, we decided to check in on some of the 888poker ambassadors to see how they are coping with quarantine, how they are passing the time away from the live felt, and what they are most looking forward to when the coast is finally clear. It was nearly three years ago that Brazilian poker pro Vivian Saliba first stepped into the poker spotlight. In just her second year participating in the World Series of Poker, Saliba turned heads with a deep run in the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship event where she finished in 11th place for over $47,000. She followed that up as the youngest woman to enter the WSOP Main Event that year, where she cashed for over $27,000. Not long after that summer, she signed with 888poker as a brand ambassador and began to travel the world, playing in some of the biggest poker festivals on the circuit. Just last year at the WSOP, Saliba nearly took down the 888poker sponsored Crazy Eights, finishing in fourth place for a career-high score of $308,888. Other than poker, what activity have you missed the most since the lockdown began? I missed out traveling and the freedom of coming and going that we all had before. I've been living in Europe since 2018 but all my family and most of my friends are still in Brazil. Recently my sister had a baby and I was supposed to go to Brazil to get to know the little one. It really hurts messing out moments like this. I really wish I could meet my family and friends. What's the best TV show or movie you've discovered during lockdown? I have watched many series on Netflix and also some documentaries and political shows. I think the favorite one that I have discovered recently was Vikings. I love stories that portray old ages, like medieval times or even older. What is the biggest frustration you’ve had during lockdown? I really missed out traveling and meeting the people that I love, but I also had a big delay regarding organizing my life in Austria, where I've been living since October. Moving to a new country is never easy, especially in this case, since the language, culture, and laws are so different from Brazil. I was transferring my driver’s license to here and also learning the language. Both activities got postponed, which resulted in not being to drive and communicate very well. What's the one thing about live poker that used to tilt you that all of a sudden you miss? I love live poker and I can't think about anything that really tilted me about it. But to mention something, I've never been a big fan of bubble time during a tournament, especially in the super big events because it can take a lot of time. I would love to participate in any live bubble now and I wouldn't mind at all if it took too long, all I would care would be the thrill of the moment and of live poker. What have you found to be a silver lining surrounding quarantine? I think we all learned to appreciate more the things we used to take for granted. For example, the freedom of traveling or being able to leave your home whenever it suits you. I became way more grateful for my life also. The fact of being a poker player and being able to work also from my home gained even more value to me than before. How are you using this time to work on your poker game? Live poker is very different from online poker, as we all know. The difficult part for me is to make key adjustments in order to beat online games and how to compensate for the edge of reading a person at a live session. I've been studying a lot and reviewing and fixing many of my leaks. I also have been working out on a more regular basis and I am back to meditation. Having a fir body and mind is also so important to achieve a high-level performance for a longer time. What is something new that you have learned or are trying to learn during lockdown? I'm trying to learn German! As a Portuguese speaker and for someone who has a very difficult time learning new languages, this is a very hard task. I also learned many new things about the technical aspects of Omaha. During my free time, I like to cook and try new stuff, I came out with some very delicious recipes. I also learned a lot about history and politics. What's the first place you're going to travel to once we're able to? I'll travel to Brazil as soon as I have the chance. I really want to meet my niece and visit all my family and friends. Maybe because of the current situation there regarding the virus, I will be able to visit other places first than Brazil. In this case, I would like to visit some family and friends in Europe, in Austria and Germany. I'm giving even bigger importance to those I love and seeing those people would be nicer than any vacation right now. Follow along with Saliba's online poker adventures via her Instagram account: vivi.saliba.
  12. With the postponement of the World Series of Poker, and live poker taking a back seat in general, we decided to check in on some of the 888poker ambassadors to see how they are coping with quarantine, how they are passing the time away from the live felt, and what they are most looking forward to when the coast is finally clear. Former #1-ranked online player in the world Chris Moorman is one of the most respected and successful online tournament players of all-time. He was the first player in history to break through the $10 million lifetime earnings mark and by continually grinding he currently sits at #3 on the All-Time Online Money List with over $16.4 million in cashes. Moorman continues to hold the record for the most career Triple Crowns and in 2019 PocketFives Editor-in-chief Lance Bradley presented Moorman with the PocketFives Legacy Award at the Global Poker Awards for his achievements in both online and live poker. An 888poker ambassador since 2016, Moorman has represented the online site in events all over the world including the last 888poker LIVE London Festival, where he took down the series' High Roller Event for over $34,000 putting him just $67,000 short of $6 million in total live earnings. Other than poker, what activity have you missed the most since the lockdown began? Playing pickleball with my friends. For anyone who doesn’t know what that is, it’s essentially mini tennis and anyone can pick up the game pretty quickly. 
What's the best TV show or movie you've discovered during lockdown? Upload on Amazon Prime has been a guilty pleasure of mine. Even though it’s pretty cheesy, I ended up binging it hard. Like everyone else, I’ve also been watching The Last Dance to get my sports fix. 
What is the biggest frustration you’ve had during lockdown? I’ve not really had any to be honest. I’m pretty lucky to be at home with my wife so I haven’t been too lonely. Also, I don’t have to worry about certain things that a lot of people do, such as losing a job, so it’s important to realize how lucky you are even if it can be a bit annoying being stuck at home all the time. What's the one thing about live poker that used to tilt you that all of a sudden you miss? The awful ‘funny’ poker stories people come up with at the tables that really aren’t funny at all. What have you found to be a silver lining surrounding quarantine? The amount of online poker action has been insane and has felt a bit like the glory years pre-Black Friday playing for big money with soft fields. How are you using this time to work on your poker game? Mainly by playing at the moment as the action is just too good. What is something new that you have learned or are trying to learn during lockdown? Not necessarily something I’ve learned but I’m trying to get better at running with my goal eventually by the end of the year is to run a 6-minute mile. What's the first place you're going to travel to once we're able to? Probably back home to London to see all of my family. Fortunately, I was just there in January so the gap shouldn’t be too long
  13. With the postponement of the World Series of Poker, and live poker taking a back seat in general, we decided to check in on some of the 888poker ambassadors to see how they are coping with quarantine, how they are passing the time away from the live felt, and what they are most looking forward to when the coast is finally clear. Normally right about now long-time 888poker ambassador Kara Scott would be preparing to spend the summer at the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas in preparation for her high-profile assignment as the lead sideline reporter for ESPN’s coverage of the World Series of Poker Main Event. Instead, Scott is currently quarantined with her immediate family in Italy but she is still in the habit of creating poker content. Her new podcast, The Heart of Poker, launched in late January and in recent weeks has featured high-profile poker personalities that include fellow 888poker ambassador Dominik Nitsche, Danielle Andersen, David Williams, Brad Owen, and Maria Ho. Other than poker, what activity have you missed the most since the lockdown began? I've really missed wandering around our city every day, going to the market to buy fresh food, or having a drink outside with friends. We've been living on the family farm since February which means we've been really lucky to have access to fresh food now that it's spring, but not being able to just buy the things I want has been aggravating. I have some serious food allergies so I don't do well when I can't buy my own food! What's the best TV show or movie you've discovered during lockdown? I didn't discover it during lockdown but I'm re-watching Killjoys which is just fantastic. I'm a big sci-fi buff and this show has really great action but also a lot of heart and humor and I love that. What is the biggest frustration you’ve had during lockdown? No Wi-Fi! Can you imagine months with no Wi-Fi? The phone signal in most of the house is so poor that I have to turn airplane mode on and off again just to kickstart it into downloading every photo on Instagram. I think it's been the number one reason for my blood pressure raising over these months. Plus, it's just ridiculously hard to work and every file I send takes an hour. What's the one thing about live poker that used to tilt you that all of a sudden you miss? The late nights. I've always been really bad at playing poker after midnight so tournaments that start late just crush me. But now... I'd LOVE a chance to be up at 1 am playing live poker and then going for a drink afterward. What have you found to be a silver lining surrounding quarantine? I really hope that people generally remember and keep some of the good habits we've gained through this. Food preservation and reducing food waste are huge issues for the world and when you don't have easy access to the shops, we all have to be better and using everything in the fridge before it goes bad. How are you using this time to work on your poker game? Oh boy. My poker game has NOT improved in this time. See my above lack of Wi-Fi. What is something new that you have learned or are trying to learn during lockdown? I've been working on learning more about online marketing and using social media (specifically Instagram) better. I really love photography and I've recently been trying to schedule time to go outside and take more pictures. The farm is one of the most beautiful spots in the world so I have a lot of choice for photos! What's the first place you're going to travel to once we're able to? Canada! I'm not sure when I'll be able to but I really want to go home and see my family. My father had a heart attack last month during the quarantine and it was terrifying to be so far away and not able to help or be there to support my Mom. Thankfully, he's doing a lot better now and is recovering well. It definitely focuses the mind though and has given me a real drive to go home to spend time with them all. Scott’s The Heart of Poker podcast is available to download through Apple iTunes and to keep up with her live chats, she can be found on Instagram under her own name, karascott.
  14. There’s a lot of action to be had on the online felts in the month of May and 888poker is doing their part by giving their players more than $25,000,000 in total tournament prizes to play for. The online site is running an abundance of promotions and big-time tournaments that will provide both online grinders and recreational players a reason to log on. Sunday Sale One of 888poker’s most popular promotions returns in May with the return of the Sunday Sale. The Sunday Sale allows players to take a shot in some of 888poker’s biggest tournaments of the week for half the price. The real value comes with the fact that even though the buy-in is cut in half, the guarantee stays the same. This includes a $55 price tag for the popular $100,000 Mega Deep. The high rollers will see the $320 price tag on the $20,000 Whale reduced to just $160. Also, the $15,000 Monsoon drops into the mid-stakes with a $27.50 buy-in. To find all of the Sunday Sale opportunities, fire up the client and click on the Tournament Tab. Enter The Dragon One of the biggest tournaments currently taking place on 888poker is the new multi-flight event - The Dragon. In fact, there are actually two tournaments in series: the $55 buy-in $50,000 guaranteed Dragon and the more affordable $12 buy-in, $30,000 guaranteed Mini Dragon. Both of the Dragon tournaments have Day 1 flights running every day of the week from Sunday through Friday. Then, on Saturdays, those who build a stack in the opening flights reconvene for Day 2 to play down to that week's winner. Both The Dragon and the Mini Dragon have been pulling in big fields so far with the $55 Dragon routinely paying out five-figures for first place. The Mini Dragon is helping small stakes player turn their $12 into huge paydays the majority of the final table will typically walk away with more and 100x their initial investment. In order to help players participate in the weekly Dragon tournaments, 888poker has direct satellites into Day 1 flights. The satellites, which run every day, all guarantee seats. Players can register for a satellite for as little as $0.50 to get into the Mini Dragon and just $2.20 for the Dragon. In classic 888poker style, super satellites for the series start at just $0.10. The Freerolls Continue What started back in March continues through the month of May as the Galaxy of Freerolls rolls on. The promotion challenges players to complete ‘Space Missions’ in order to pick up tickets to weekly freerolls that have thousands of dollars in value. Whether you are a tournament player or a cash game grinder, the missions are designed to be easy to complete so that everyone has a chance and getting a free boost to their bankroll. For those who get ambitious, a player who collects two or more challenges in a week will get entry into the weekly $10K freeroll. Finally, complete 14 challenges over the course of the promotion and you’ll earn a ticket to the $100,000 freeroll which will take place on June 7. The Heat Is On Of course, a large part of what’s taking place in May on 888poker is their popular XL Inferno online series. The online series gives tournament players 11 days of action with over $1.5 million in guaranteed prize money. New for 2020, an additional bump to the guarantees of some of the series most popular tournaments. Additionally, the $500,000 Main Event comes with a $250 price tag and touts itself as one of the biggest opportunities of the year for recreational players and everyday grinders alike. The complete XL Inferno schedule offers an event for everybody. From high-rollers to the micro-stakes, 888poker has price points that are appealing across the board. Of course, 888poker is running non-stop satellites for all of the premier events on the schedule. Also, with daily freerolls for recent depositors, there’s a variety of ways to get into the biggest events of XL Inferno for the minimum.
  15. May is a massive month for online poker and starting on May 14 888poker will join the party with the return their XL Inferno online poker series. XL Inferno features 34 events spread over 11 days of action and promises more than $1.5 million in total prize money. The series is one of the best values on the 888poker calendar for poker players and this year there’s even more for grinders to fight for as the online poker site has boosted the guarantee in some of the most popular tournaments on the schedule. 888poker is known for its XL Championships. They run three times a year (XL Blizzard, XL Inferno, and XL Eclipse) and feature high-value tournaments at accessible buy-ins. One of the selling points is the guarantees that ensure a healthy boost to the bankroll for those who find themselves deep in an event. However, for the 2020 XL Inferno, 888poker is upping the ante on a handful of tournaments by adding another $90K spread out at every buy-in level. Here are the events on the schedule that now have a little extra to play for. It's Opening Day The Opening Event, which takes place on May 14 this year, is always a big attraction for 888poker. Players who are eager to win themselves an XL title pile into the lobby and make it one of the biggest tournaments of the entire schedule. This year, 888poker has bumped the guarantee from its standard $50,000 up to $75,000 while keeping the buy-in at just $109. Last year, 534 entries plus 192 rebuys pushed the prize pool to over $72,000. In the end, ‘sh4xuR7’ bested longtime 888poker grinder ‘pokerdave128’ in heads up play to take home the title and the $13,721.40 first-place prize. There looks to be plenty of added value in this year’s Opening Event. Either they hit the guarantee and the winner walks with should be a nice five-figure score or the overlay provides a little extra equity for everyone who plays. At the same time that the Opening Event is seeing a boost, those who fire in the Mini Opening Event will also get a nice bump. The guarantee is raised from $20,000 up to $25,000. The value in the Mini Opening Event can be seen just by taking a look at last year’s results. For a $16.50 buy-in, ‘wh4isha3’ topped a field of over 2000 to walk away with a $5,114.25 payday. That was after a three-way deal was struck where each of the top three players padded their bankrolls by more than $3,300. Big Boost For The Tune Up The largest boost to the guarantee arrives with the May 17 Tune Up. Typically, the Sunday event is a warm-up for the Main Event and comes with a $100,000 guarantee. This year they bumped the guarantee by 50% and it will be the $150,000 Tune Up with a $109 buy-in. With the Tune Up landing on a Sunday, the biggest day of the week for online poker, there is always a surge in the player pool. During the 2019 XL Inferno, over 800 entries played in the event as ‘prebzzz’ turned their $109 into a $23,376 score. For 888poker though, this might be a stretch as the prize pool from last year was just $123,750. They’ll need to ride the current wave of online poker popularity to make sure that there’s no overlay. On the same day, 888poker is also giving those who play in the Micro Tune Up a little extra to play for as the guarantee for that event is also seeing a $5,000 raise. It may not feel like a lot for some but when you are entering a $5.50 tournament, the bonus money in the prize pool could help take a player to have the ability to take shots in bigger tournaments. Don't Miss The Main Event The final tournament that is seeing a boost is the $20,000 Micro Main Event which received a $5K jump in 2020. On the final day of the series, those who want to play for the last XL title will only need to buy-in for $5.50 to have a shot at walking away with a four-figure score. Of course, when it comes to the value of playing in an 888poker XL series, the $500,000 Main Event is one of the best opportunities players may have on the site all year. For a $250 buy-in, the Main Event typically promises healthy five-figure scores for the majority of the final table. In last year's XL Inferno Main Event, a three-way deal was agreed to that gave Russia's ‘D3n1sk4PP’ the victory and a $70,252 payday. At the same time ‘LuisRRRRR’ took home $65,502 as the runner-up and ‘lucasfalves9’ picked up over $55,000 for third place. The complete 888poker XL Inferno schedule is available now with satellites running non-stop on the client.
  16. 888poker is in the midst of an ‘out of this world’ promotion. From right now until June 7, the online poker site is hosting a series of big-time freerolls dubbed the “Galaxy of Freerolls” that features over $500,000 in total prize money. There is freeroll action up for grabs every day of the week. Monday through Saturday players can win tickets into the twice-daily $2,000 Venus Freerolls. Then on Sunday, players can really build a bankroll by battling in the $10,000 Neptune Freeroll. It is all building up to the final day of the promotion, Sunday, June 7, when 888poker gives players a shot at a six-figure prize pool with the $100,000 Super-Saturn Freeroll. In addition to all of the freerolls, 888poker is letting players take a ride on the 'Daily Spin'. The 'Daily Spin' gives players the opportunity to win a ticket into the $1000 Space BLAST Freeroll, a tournament that gives players tickets to 888poker's four-handed, hyper turbo BLAST Sit & Go's. Complete The Challenges But it’s not just a matter of showing up. Players need to complete “Space Missions” in order to participate. These missions are some very simple challenges that, once completed, will award tickets to the freerolls. There are three ways for players to earn a ticket to the twice-daily $2,000 Venus Freeroll. The first way is called “The Tournament Voyager”. It's simply that players need to register in tournaments where the buy-ins total at least $3.00. It can be a number of micro-stakes tournaments, one larger tournament, or even a BLAST tournament. If the buy-ins total more than $3.00 then a pair of tickets are awarded. The next way is for cash game grinders. It’s called “Ace-King Apollo Landing” and whether you are playing on a traditional cash game table or 888poker's fast-fold SNAP tables, you just need to win a hand while holding Ace-King. If you drag the pot, you’ll also grab a pair of Venus freeroll tickets. The final way is available to 888poker’s casino and sports betting customers. While there may not be a whole host of things to bet on right now for the "Casino & Sports Atlantis Orbiter", casino customers can take advantage by placing a bet totaling $5.00 or more on any of their favorite games. One bet will net two freeroll tickets. Collect The Challenges The $10,000 Neptune Freeroll has a little bit of a different challenge required in order to get in. Players need to complete two or more challenges over the course of the week in order to earn a ticket. So, a player can play $3.00 worth of tournaments on Monday and take down a hand with Ace-King on Friday and they will instantly be qualified for Sunday’s $10,000 Neptune Freeroll. Those freerolls will repeat weekly, so players can win their way in every day. If they do, they’ll be rewarded with a seat into the final freeroll. The $100,000 Super-Saturn Freeroll requires players to grind this space-themed promo by completing 14 or more challenges before the June 7 tournament date. However, with the promotion running throughout the entire months of April and May, plus the first week of June, players have plenty of time to accumulate challenges and play for a piece of that six-figure freeroll.
  17. For the next three weeks, 888poker is giving online poker players the chance to win their share of a $1 million guaranteed prize pool for just $100. The Millions Superstorm Main Event began March 1 and offers Day 1 starting flights every day until Saturday, March 21. Each Day 1 flight runs through the end of Level 11 or until just 15% of the field remains. Surviving players advance to Day 2 on Sunday, March 22. [ptable zone=“888poker”][ptable zone=“Party Poker NJ”][ptable zone=“Global Poker Article Ad”] There are 25 Day 1 flights in total, including two on March 3, 8, and 15. The first Day 1 flight ran on Sunday, March 1 with 2,018 players all taking their first shot and 399 of them moved on to Day 2. Through the first three starting flights, there has been 2,895 entries to generate $266,340 of the guarantee. To avoid an overlay, the events will need a total of 10,870 players over the course of those 25 Day 1 flights. Satellites Galore While the $100 buy-in is meant to make this affordable for a wide-range of poker players, there is a robust schedule of satellites offered as well and it takes just a single penny to get started. The $0.01 "Pennybuy" event is the first step and awards top finishers with seats in the $2.20 Sub-Satellite. The $0.50 Superstorm Sub-Satellites award the top finishers with seats to the $12 Mega Satellite and the $2.20 Sub-Satellite puts top finishers entry into the $16.50 Mega Satelite. Both the $12 and $16.60 Mega Satellites all offer guaranteed Day 1 seats and run multiple times per day. Freerolls, Too Even players who don't want to risk anything can find a way to get in on the action. Players can earn entry into daily freerolls by completing one or more of the following challenges: Play tournaments on 888poker totaling $3 or more (rebuys not included). Win a hand with pocket aces in any cash game with stakes of at least $0.02/$0.05. Play 888casino games risking at least $5 Bet at least $5 in the 888sports sportsbook. Players completing any of those challenges earn two tickets to use on either the $1M Superstorm Main Event Freeroll which awards 50 seats to any Day 1 flight or in the $3,000 Superstorm Freeroll which is a tournament with a $3,000 prize pool. Both events run daily until Day 2 of the Millions Superstorm. Players can also take advantage of the Daily Spinner which awards tickets to the $1M Superstorm BLAST Freeroll, which gives out 600 $5 BLAST tickets, or direct entry to the $1M Superstorm Main Event.
  18. This week, Poker Central announced a new sponsorship deal with the social online poker room, Global Poker. Global Poker, the online poker room that serves players from the United States and Canada, will have their branding included in some of Poker Central’s premier poker broadcasts including the Super High Roller Bowl, Poker Masters, U.S. Poker Open, Poker After Dark as well as a slate of additional, yet-to-be-named U.S. and international events. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"] “Kicking off this partnership with Global Poker has been a dream come true for our team,” said Sampson Simmons, president of Poker Central. “Our two companies share a common goal of making poker accessible to fans worldwide, and this partnership will allow both to advance that mission through live events and once-in-a-lifetime experiences.” One of those experiences may be spending some time in the newly created “Global Poker Lounge” located inside the PokerGO Studio in Las Vegas. The lounge aims to give poker fans a “heightened poker viewing experience” as well as access to all of the perks of hanging out in the modern studio. “Given the prestige of Poker Central’s events, bringing our brands together feels like the next step in taking both partners to the next level,” said David Lyons, GM of Global Poker, “This partnership will not only promote the events but offer countless opportunities to bring poker players and enthusiasts from all over the world into the action.” Global Poker has plans on bringing its dedicated online players some new offline experiences. Players can look forward to meet-and-greets with popular players at the PokerGO Studio, one-of-a-kind giveaways, and exclusive qualifiers to special events. Global Poker has a history of giving its players a shot at live poker glory. In the past, they have provided leaderboard winners from their major online poker series a chance to represent the brand in a live tournament of their choice. Now, with a partnership with Poker Central in place, the opportunity to see a Global Poker player having a shot in a Sit & Go versus a table full of pros becomes a very real possibility. Global Poker's Sweepstakes model is what allows them to operate in the U.S. and cater to all types of players. They operate in two different currencies. For those who want to play socially, they can buy-in using their Gold Coin currency. Gold Coins are virtual chips with no cash value. For players who want to increase the stakes, there is Sweeps Cash. Players can acquire Sweeps Cash and play in that currency. Then that currency can be turned into “prizes” which is a cash equivalent. The Global Poker sponsored programming will all be available on the PokerGO streaming platform. If you don’t already have a subscription and want to watch all of the upcoming marquee events, including the previously announced new episodes of High Stakes Poker, you can sign up today using the promo code “POCKET5S” for $10 off the PokerGO annual plan.
  19. The second annual Global Poker Awards will take over Las Vegas and the PokerGO airwaves on March 6 as top players and industry leaders converge on the PokerGO studio at the ARIA Hotel & Casino to honor the biggest and brightest in the game. The event is produced by the Global Poker Index and Poker Central and will present more than 20 awards this year including GPI Player of the Year, Event of the Year, and Industry Person of the Year. There will be new categories this year including Best All-Around Poker Player which will be voted on by players in the GPI 300. "The Global Poker Index team is hard at work on this expanded Global Poker Awards event, filled with new awards and experiences for attendees and the viewing audience," said Eric Danis, GPI president. "We’re delighted that the Global Poker Awards have become a repeating annual event that is growing in scope and significance among the poker industry." The PocketFives Legacy Award, which honors a long-time PocketFives player who has shown success in the online and live poker arenas over their entire career, will also be part of the show. Previous winners of the award include Cliff Josephy, Ari Engel, and Chris Moorman. The Global Poker Awards debuted earlier this year as a combination of the American Poker Awards and European Poker Awards. The event was not without controversy however as the nomination and voting process came under fire. As a result, this year each category will have its own set of experts to help determine nominees and finalists. Some categories will include fan voting as well. The event will air live on PokerGO for the second consecutive year. "The first annual Global Poker Awards were a tremendous success and an important moment for us as an industry to recognize our best and brightest," said Sampson Simmons, president of Poker Central. "The second annual event is an important opportunity for Poker Central to once again partner with the Global Poker Index and to stream our community’s biggest night on PokerGO for the fans at home."
  20. Online poker players in Pennsylvania have to wait no longer. Monday, November 4 is Day 1 of the two-day soft launch period for PokerStars PA. This story will be updated throughout the day. Update 10:00 PM: Day 1 of the soft launch is in the books. We'll be back tomorrow for more coverage of Day 2! Update 9:25 PM: Time may be winding down for the night but that's not stopping 'breakfastball' and 'pittfan80' from battling heads up in the $4/$8 Eight Game Mix. Update 9:11 PM: Longtime PocketFiver Gilbert 'YourPokerPastor' Thurston was one of the first players to log on today and he's looking forward to everything that PokerStars PA will bring. Read: Gilbert ‘YourPokerPastor’ Thurston Finds Sheer Joy In PokerStars PA Update 9:04 PM: We enter the last hour of Day 1 of the soft launch with the player pool hovering right around 700. Update 8:40 PM: Registration closed in the $20 Moonlight Express with 173 entries making it the biggest tournament of the first day of the soft launch. With a total prize pool of $3,252.40, it surpassed the Hot $20 from earlier with 147 entries and a $2,675.40 prize pool. Update 8:00 PM: Just before 8:00 PM, PokerStars PA saw 700 concurrent players for the first time. After dipping back down for a minute or two, the number climbed back over the mark at the top of the hour. Update 7:30 PM: Taking another look at the player pool, at 7:30 PM there were more than 665 players battling in real money games. Update 7:16 PM: Registration just closed in one of the two $1,000 guaranteed tournaments on Monday's schedule and the event easily surpassed that number. A total of 147 entries in the Hot $20 Turbo created a total prize pool of $2,675.40. First place will pay $557.51. Update 7:02 PM: 604 players. Update 7:00 PM: There were 590 real money players online at 7 PM. If everything stays the course we should see 600 in a few minutes. Update 6:52 PM: Even in PA, PKO’s are popular. The $10 NLHE Progressive Knockout closed registration with 166 entries (119 players, 47 re-entries) and a $1,510.60 prize pool. Update 6:44 PM: PokerStars ambassador Jennifer Shahade held the chip lead with six players left in the Hot $10. In the end, the Women's Chess Champion settled for a third-place finish collecting $158.56...right from her home outside of Philly. Update 6:37 PM: Just cleared 500 players online. Update 6:30 PM: We are keeping tabs on how many real money players are on the PokerStars PA site during peak hours. At 6:30 PM there were 484 players on the site. Update 6:16 PM: The biggest NLHE game running is the $2.50/$5 game. There are currently two tables going with 'ToddLaxmen' and 'FarWomenTellAll' doing a little multi-tabling and 'TeamVillage' currently sitting with over $1,400 behind. Update 6:08 PM: While we were putting together that last update, the number of players playing real money games soared past 400. Update 6:07 PM: The $5 PLO MTT [Six Max, Turbo] had a total of 46 entries (30 players, 16 re-entries) with the top seven placed getting paid. Players were in the money just before the re-entry period expired. Update 6:00 PM: There are 392 players playing for real money as the clock hit 6pm ET. Update 5:48 PM: In the first PokerStars PA MTT ‘SugarDaddyPA’ and ‘Stonks_Are_Up’ agreed to a deal that saw each player turn their $5 buy-in into at least $110.88. Update 5:40 PM: One of the benefits to the PokerStars client is how many games they offer. While the majority of the action on Day 1 has been in NLHE, PLO or in the MTT's, a heads up battle between ‘veedubs23’ vs. ‘cardfan42’ is taking place at the $3/$6 Limit Stud tables. Update 5:33 PM: It's worth mentioning that PokerStars popular Zoom cash games are not a part of the Day 1 soft launch. Update 5:13 PM: The second tournament of the day was The Hot $10 [Turbo] and it easily smashed its $500 guarantee as 111 players (and 37 re-entries) generated a prize pool of $1,346.80. Update 4:57 PM: Online poker is back in Pennsylvania...and so are those bad beats! Update 2:12 PM: Don't worry, Pennsylvania online poker players. None of the sportsbooks in your state managed to launch right on time either. PokerStars PA will be live soon. Update: 2:00 PM: More than two years after online gaming regulations were passed in Pennsylvania, the first online poker site now has cards in the air. PokerStars PA went live at 2 PM for Day 1 of a two-day soft launch testing period required by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. “We’re excited to launch PokerStars as the first and currently the only online poker option available to players in Pennsylvania,” said Matt Primeaux, President, FOX Bet. “Including today’s launch of our highly rated casino product, which is now available in the FOX Bet and PokerStars apps, we’re proud to say we’re currently the only online provider offering all three forms of regulated gaming in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.” PokerStars PA is available Monday, November 4 from 2 PM until 10 PM EST and Tuesday, November 5 from 2 PM until Midnight. Players can download the client from PokerStarsMtAiryCasino.com and it is also available for iOS and Android devices. PokerStars is partnered with Mount Airy Casino Resort and they're excited to be working alongside the world's largest online poker operator on a groundbreaking day for the Keystone State. “We’re constantly investing in our player experience, and in 2019 that means going beyond brick and mortar improvements to bring customers one of the most exciting gaming options available,” said Todd Greenberg, Chief Operating Officer and General Manager at Mount Airy Casino Resort, FOX Bet’s partner in Pennsylvania. “Through strategic partnerships like our affiliation with PokerStars, Mount Airy is committed to offering the most cutting-edge gaming experience possible.” Quite possibly one of the most excited with today's launch is PokerStars Ambassador Jennifer Shadade. The Pennsylvania native is finally able to play legal online poker from the comfort of her own home. “Finally, PokerStars is available in my hometown and I couldn’t be more thrilled,” said Pennsylvanian and PokerStars Ambassador, Jennifer Shahade. “Players in Pennsylvania have been looking forward to this day, and I can’t wait to be a part of all the action. Hope to see many of you on the tables!” Update 1:20 PM: PokerStars PA will be available to all online poker players in Pennsylvania from 2 PM until 10 PM EST.  
  21. With the two-day soft launch period now in the books, PokerStars PA is officially now the only Pennsylvania online poker room. PocketFives will be live blogging throughout the day with all the news and happenings from the first day of official play. Update 7:00 PM: The first edition of the PokerStars PA Nightly Stars with its $10K guarantee kicks off as the real-money player total soars to over 1K. This wraps up our three-day coverage of the return of online poker to the Keystone State. Thank you for following along with us! Update 6:03 PM: The after-work crowd is here as the total number of players online rocketed to over 800 at 6 pm ET. Update 5:57 PM: We've been keeping an eye on the Sit & Go tab to see if any high stakes SNGs were able to get off the ground. There was a $100 HU Hyper that took place with 'Fuzzy2525' taking it down and we also caught a six-handed $50 Turbo in action. Update 5:02 PM: The player pool has remained robust throughout the day with over 750 players online at the top of the hour. In other news, the $2/$4 8 Game Mix has been up and running for a little while now. Update 4:27 PM: Another guarantee smashed. The $800 GTD Big 15 had 148 entries (106 players, 42 re-entries) and a prize pool of $2,020.20. Update 3:38 PM: Add an event to your calendar: Scrolling down the MTT schedule PokerStars has included a 'We Are In Pennsylvania Freeroll' with $20,000 added on November 17. No hoops to jump through, no bonuses to clear- simply create an account, log on and register at 1:00 pm ET on November 17 to fight for a piece. Update 2:45 PM: One of the larger Pot Limit Omaha games in the early going is currently active as four players are battling on a $5/$10 PLO table. Update 2:40 PM: PokerStars has loaded up the Tourney tab with tournaments extending through the weekend. Check out what a Sunday grind in Pennsylvania looks like with our First Look at PokerStars PA Sunday MTT Schedule. Update 2:36 PM: Hot Lunch! The first guaranteed tournament of the day, The Lunchtime Hot $20, is close to a final table. It's just another early launch guarantee taken down as the players exceeded the $750 GTD mark with 101 total entries for a $1,838.20 prize pool. Update 1:31 PM: With over 550 players on the site, the six-handed $2/$5 NLHE cash game has been running steady for the past half hour. Update 12:37 PM: PokerStars has released a statement regarding their official launch in the Keystone State. "PokerStars PA is now officially live after receiving full approval from the regulator. We look forward to welcoming players in Pennsylvania around the clock and we’re very excited by the level of engagement and support so far," Rebecca McAdam, PokerStars spokesperson. Update 12:35 PM: Want a closer look at all of the games PokerStars PA has to offer? Read: PokerStars PA Fully Live with Wide Variety of Stakes and Formats Update 12:29 PM: We're keeping an eye on the SNG lobby to see if any of the higher buy-in Turbos take place. Right now, for those looking to play a little higher, the $20 Six Max Turbos are running regularly without players having to wait too long. Update 12:05 PM: Just a few minutes after noon on the East Coast and there are over 400 players on the PokerStars PA client. Three of which are splashing around on the first play money table. Update 11:36 PM: While a lot of people are anxiously awaiting the first Sunday MTT schedule, the first day of tournaments includes 28 MTTs running before Midnight. The biggest tournament is the $100 buy-in Nightly Stars event which has a $7,500 guarantee - the PokerStars NJ version of the same event has a $7,000 guarantee tonight. Time Game Buy-in Name Guarantee Speed 12:00 PM NLHE $3.00 Time Tourney: 45 Minutes Turbo 12:30 PM NLHE $20.00 The Lunchtime Hot $20 $750.00 Turbo 1:00 PM NLHE $5.00 Time Tourney: 45 Minutes Turbo 1:30 PM NLHE $15.00 The Big $15 $800.00 2:00 PM NLHE $2.00 $100 Gtd $100.00 2:30 PM NLHE $5.00 $150 Gtd $150.00 3:00 PM NLHE $10.00 Bounty Builder $10 $300.00 3:30 PM NLHE $2.00 $100 Gtd $100.00 4:00 PM NLHE $5.00 The Big $5 $500.00 5:00 PM NLHE $15.00 $250 Gtd $250.00 6:00 PM NLHE $10.00 The Big $10 $1,000.00 6:30 PM NLHE $3.00 $3 NLHE 7:00 PM NLHE $20.00 The Big $20 $1,500.00 7:00 PM NLHE $100.00 Nightly Stars $7,500.00 7:30 PM NLHE $5.00 $500 Gtd $500.00 7:30 PM PLO $20.00 Nightly PLO $400.00 8:00 PM NLHE $50.00 Wednesday 6-Max $5,000.00 8:15 PM NLHE $10.00 The Hot $10 $1,000.00 Turbo 8:30 PM NLHE $5.00 $200 Gtd $200.00 9:00 PM NLHE $20.00 Bounty Builder $20 $1,000.00 9:15 PM NLHE $5.00 The Hot $5 $500.00 Turbo 9:30 PM NLHE $10.00 Deep Hyper-Turbo $500.00 Hyper 10:00 PM NLHE $3.00 $250 Gtd $250.00 10:15 PM NLHE $50.00 The Hot $50 $2,000.00 Turbo 10:30 PM NLHE $15.00 Bounty Builder $15 $850.00 11:15 PM NLHE $30.00 The Hot $30 $1,500.00 Turbo 11:30 PM NLHE $3.00 Deep Hyper-Turbo $100.00 Hyper 12:00 AM NLHE $20.00 Moonlight Express $1,000.00 Hyper Update 11:00 AM: PokerStars PA is now live!
  22. Online poker giant PokerStars has returned to New Jersey. Since it has been five years since PokerStars offered real money play to American players, PocketFives has constructed this Frequently Asked Questions page to help answer any questions that may come up. Do you have to be a New Jersey resident to play on PokerStars New Jersey? While you don't need to call the state of New Jersey home to play for real money, you do need to be in the state of New Jersey while playing. Players visiting New Jersey can play on the site as long as they pass the Geo Location test. What is Geo Location? To ensure that players are physically in the state of New Jersey, the New Jersey Department of Gaming Enforcement requires PokerStars to verify a player's location using IP address and Wi-Fi signal triangulation. Who is PokerStars licensed by? PokerStars is licensed by the New Jersey Department of Gaming Enforcement. Can I use my old PokerStars account login in New Jersey? For launch, PokerStars has created the Quick Account Creation process which allows players who previously had PokerStars accounts to use that information to sign up. To take advantage of the Quick Account Creation, follow the instructions below: Login using existing PokerStars User ID and password. Press ‘Create Account on PokerStars NJ’. You will see confirmation that your account was successfully created. After login, you will be asked to acknowledge that you are at least 21 years of age and that you agree with the End User License Agreement. In order to play for real money, you will be required to complete electronic account verification. Your personal details from your old account will be pre-populated to speed up the registration process. Players who wish to create a new account and screenname and keep their previous account for play outside of New Jersey can do so. What methods of deposit and withdrawal are available? Players will be able to deposit via Skrill, NETELLER, VISA, MasterCard, ACH bank transfer and in person at Resorts Casino in Atlantic City. Are PokerStars New Jersey players playing against players around the world? Due to gaming laws, the PokerStars New Jersey product only includes players within the state. How do I download the PokerStars NJ software? Download the PokerStarsNJ client here. To register your account visit www.pokerstarsnj.com. Can we play on mobile devices? The PokerStars App will be available at launch and will allow players to play cash games, sit & gos and spin & gos. Will casino games be available or just poker? PokerStars is licensed to offer a full slate of casino games as well as poker. Blackjack, roulette, baccarat, video poker and slots will be available at launch. How can I add my new PokerStars NJ screen name to my PocketFives profile? Login to your PocketFives account On the top right, click on your PocketFives username and select 'Profile' Choose 'Edit Poker Names' From the drop-down menu, select 'PokerStars NJ' and enter your screen name and click 'Create New' Please note: It can take up to 24 hours for your screen name to pop up in your profile.
  23. Get inside the mind of Chris 'moorman1' Moorman. As an 888poker ambassador Moorman has played poker on camera a countless number of times. But in this latest video for 888poker and PokerGO, the man with over $16 million in online earnings jumps into the role of the commentator to break down a now-famous hand from Poker Central’s Super High Roller Bowl between two heavyweight poker pros in Daniel Negreanu and Mikita Badziakouski. “I remember watching it at the time, live on the stream, and I was amazed by the end results,” Moorman said. [ptable zone="NJ Online Poker Promos"][ptable zone="888poker"][ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"] In the video, the former #1-ranked PocketFiver takes a moment to give props to the high caliber of players at the table including Ali Imsirovic, Jake Schindler and Brian Rast. Then he proceeds to break the hand down. Street-by-street the PocketFives Legacy Award winner offers his insight and analysis, even taking issue with some of the decisions that were made. He discusses the importance of re-evaluating your thought process and decisions when information you weren’t expecting is introduced, such as when Negreanu is faced by an overbet by Badziakouski on the river. Ultimately, Negreanu finds himself in a tight spot where he makes an amazing laydown where many people might have called off. “It looks amazing because it’s right,” Moorman says. “Definitely in-game though you have a weird sort-of spidey sense feeling. Your gut is telling you to fold and there are definitely times I’ve listened to my gut over the theory and made an exploitable fold and been right.” Check it out below.
  24. For the rest of October right up through the end of November, 888poker is offering one of their biggest promotions of all-time. Player loyalty to 888poker will be rewarded big-time with a major new promotion that will put up to 100% cash right back into the bankroll of online poker players the very next day after they play online. The promotion is called the Ultimate Cashback Spin and it’s taking place on every facet of 888 gaming. Poker players, as well as casino and sports betting customers, will earn an Ultimate Cashback Spin every day they log on and play on 888 from October 17 through November 30. [ptable zone="NJ Online Poker Promos"][ptable zone="888poker"][ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"] One of the best parts of the promotion is there are no extra hoops to jump through in order to participate and pick up the cashback. Simply log on to 888poker and play in any of the wide array of tournaments and cash games to be eligible to pick up the extra cash. Here's the basics of how it works: for every day a player sits at an 888poker online table, takes a chance on any of the casino games (like online slots), or makes a sports bet on their favorite team they will receive an email the very next day inviting them to spin the Ultimate Cashback wheel that could give them 100% of their money back. Of course, not everyone is going to hit 100% - but there will be cashback for everybody. The wheel promises at least 5% back with 25%, 50%, 75% and a full 100% being offered. Additionally, there are no restrictions on how many days a player can qualify. Every day for the rest of the month of October right through until the end of November players who log on will have the opportunity the next day to put money right back into their account. So, when you play on 888poker just be sure to check your email the very next day for the Ultimate Cashback Spin opportunity and take back up to 100%.
  25. There simply isn't a more decorated player in the history of PocketFives than Chris 'moorman1' Moorman. He's won more Triple Crowns than anybody else, been ranked #1 more times than anybody else and was the first player to hit the $10 million and $15 million earnings marks. [ptable zone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="888poker"] In February, Moorman was presented the PocketFives Legacy Award at the Global Poker Awards in Las Vegas. Now he's looking ahead at the rest of his career and what he hopes to accomplish, particularly on the live scene, in this video from 888poker titled 'Behind the Online Legend'.
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