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  1. The first round of the PocketFives #1 Number One contest is complete and while all four #1 seeds had little trouble advancing to the second round, there were five first round upsets which could change the fates of a few of the former #1-ranked players. Hearts Bracket Chris 'moorman1' Moorman advanced to the second round thanks to his first round bye. The higher ranked seed in each of the seven other first round matches in the Hearts bracket also advanced. Chad 'M8kingmoves' Batista, who passed away in 2015, defeated Matt 'ch0ppy' Kay. #2 seed 'C Darwin2' moved past Yevgeniy 'Jovial Gent' Timoshenko while Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard eliminated Lukas 'lukethafluke' Berglund to move onto the second round. [table id=204 /] Moorman versus Batista might be the highlighted second round match up, but the other three matches all include some of online poker's brightest stars. 'C Darwin2' takes on Bert 'girafganger7' Stephens, Chris 'Gettin Daize' Oliver is up against Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard, and #4 seed 'eisenhower1' battles #5 seed 'Legenden'. Diamonds Bracket The #1 seed in the Diamonds bracket, Nicolas 'PokerKaiser' Fierro made his way to the second round by defeating James 'P0KERPR033' Campbell. He led the top five seeds in the bracket in advancing before Annette 'Annette_15' Obrestad pulled off the first upset of the competition. Obrestad, ranked #11 in the bracket, defeated #6 seed Roman 'Romeopro' Romanovsky. The second upset in the bracket came via #9 seed Artem 'veeea' Vezhenkov securing a win over #8 seed Caio 'pessagno' Pessagno. [table id=205 /] Fierro now faces Vezhenkov in the second round that features some of the most beloved PocketFivers ever going head-to-head. Griffin 'Flush_Entity' Benger squares off against Shaun Deeb, who had a first round bye, #4 seed Calvin 'cal42688' Anderson faces #5 seed Chris 'Big Huni' Hunichen, and Obrestad will look for another upset, this time against the current #1-ranked player in the world, Yuri 'Yuri Martins' Dzivielevski. Clubs Bracket Everything went according to the seeding for the first seven matchups in the Clubs brackets before one of the most popular PocketFivers ever pulled off a minor upset. #9 seed Fedor 'CrownUpGuy' Holz sent Tim 'Tmay420' West out in the only upset of the bracket. Top seed Sebastian 'p0cket00' Sikorski defeated Mike 'StrungOut1' Wasserman, #2 seed Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez beat #15 seed Doc Sands, while Cliff 'JohnnyBax' Josephy moved onto the next round via a bye. [table id=207 /] Sikorski may have an uphill battle in front of him in the second round as he goes toe-to-toe with Holz. Gonzalez takes on Josephy, Steve 'gboro780' Gross is matched up against Conor '1_conor_b_1' Beresford, and #4 seed Andreas 'r4ndomr4gs' Berggren goes up against #5 seed Dan 'djk123' Kelly. Spades Bracket Just like the Diamonds bracket, the Spades bracket produced a pair of upsets in the first round, including the biggest of the five total upsets. Seeded #14, Paul 'paulgees81' Volpe defeated #3 seed 'Sheater' and will now take on #6 seed Christopher 'NigDawG' Brammer in the second round. Brammer defeated #11 seed and current #9-ranked player in the world, Bruno 'bbotteon' Botteon to advance. The other first round upset came Jordan 'Jymaster0011' Young, the #9 seed, pushing past #8 seed Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao. [table id=206 /] Along with Brammer taking on Volpe, the second round Spades matchups include Young going up against #1 seed 'lena900', and #2 seed Alex 'AJKHoosier1' Kamberis battling #7 seed Andras 'probirs' Nemeth, and Ari 'BodogAri' Engel, who had a first round bye, matched up against Sami 'LarsLuzak' Kelopuro. Five Players Tied for Bracket Contest Lead Out of 129 total entries in the #1 Number bracket contest, five players emerged tied after the opening round scoring. They include Michael 'Gags30' Gagliano, Harley Stoffmaker, Adam 'Roothlus' Levy, Jason 'wackyjaxon' Glatzer, and 'Degger, each with 300 of a possible 360 points. Full standings. Players are fighting for their share of more than $2,000 in prizes from contest sponsors Run It Once training, Run Good Gear, D&B Poker, and Faded Spade playing cards.
  2. Hosted by Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters, The Fives Poker Podcast runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and debate the hottest topics in poker. On this week's episode of The Fives, Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters get you up to speed on the early happenings of the GGPoker Spring Festival and the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker, including the first player to win a million dollar score and one of the best player's in the world adding a pair of big wins. The duo also discuss the latest signings for Team PokerStars Pro, including a pair of streamers from Pennsylvania, and the departure of one of partypoker's longest serving ambassadors, Sam Trickett. Proving that they have their finger on the pulse of the world of poker, Lance and Donnie also talk about the World Poker Tour's venture into the world of non-fungible tokens and what it might mean for poker fans and the players themselves. And lastly, this week listeners can win free Sour Patch Kids just by listening and tweeting - but you've got to listen to the show to find out how!
  3. Hosted by Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters, The Fives Poker Podcast runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and debate the hottest topics in poker. It's time for another all-new episode of The FIVES Poker Podcast as Lance and Donnie discuss an action-packed week in the world of poker. This week, the guys break down the ups and downs of the epic heads-up match between Phil Hellmuth and Daniel Negreanu who battled it out in Round One of the latest edition of High Stakes Duel to the delight of poker fans. Also, the World Series of Poker has announced dates for the return of the live, in-person Las Vegas poker festival for 2021. WSOP also discussed dates for both a domestic online gold bracelet series as well as the return of the World Series of Poker Europe to King's Casino in Rozvadov. All of that and so much more! Listen in! Subscribe to The FIVES and never miss an episode - available everywhere you enjoy your favorite podcasts. Subscribe: Apple Podcasts * Google Podcasts * Stitcher
  4. GGPoker is smashing records in the online poker arena once again with its upcoming GG Spring Festival. The online poker series, which runs from April 4-28, promises at least $150 million in total guaranteed prize money, the highest series guarantee in online poker history. The festival includes more than 110 events each of which includes tiered buy-ins of Low, Medium, and High. Of the more than 300 tournaments, 39 of them will feature a prize pool guarantee of $1 million or more. The whole festival kicks off on April 3 when GGPoker partners with Canadian electric music producer and DJ deadmau5 to host an opening night party that includes an exclusive music set streamed on GGPoker.TV and a $100,000 freeroll. The partnership with deadmau5 doesn’t end there as he will also be partaking in the action, along with many of the GGPoker ambassadors, in his own $10K GG Legends Bounty tournament taking place on April 10. “This is going to be the biggest online poker event of all time and will blow a lot of people’s minds,” said GGPoker ambassador Daniel Negreanu. “From the deadmau5-hosted launch party and other festival elements to the massive headline event guarantees, it’s a true poker party from start to finish, and I can’t wait for it to get underway.” A trio of headline events includes some of the biggest guarantees of the festival. The Main Event (High) is a $1,500 buy-in tournament with a $10 million guarantee. The high-roller Super MILLION$ Main Event (High) is a $10,300 buy-in event with another $10 million guaranteed. The third GG Spring Festival headliner is a $400 buy-in, guaranteeing $2.5 million. Leading up to the biggest events of the series, a number of spotlight tournaments are sure to draw large fields. In Week One, dubbed the “Opening Stage”, both the Opening Act-L $80 NLHE with a $1 million guarantee and the Opening Act-L $80 PLO with $500,000 guaranteed will have mid-stakes players ready to boost their bankrolls. In Week Two (aka Headliner Stage), in addition to two of the largest guaranteed tournaments, there’s also a $400 PLO-NL event with another $1 million on the line. Finally, in Week Three - dubbed the Main Stage - joining the $1,500 Main Event, is a $1,500 PLO-NL Main Event that carries a $2 million guarantee. The series will feature plenty of Super High Roller action as well. The schedule includes 10 different $25,500 buy-in events, which, in total, accounts for $34 million of the total guarantees. Players on the other end of the spectrum are well-catered to as well with more than 100 events carrying a buy-in of less than $100. There are plenty of six-figure guarantees to go along with them including the $25 Mini Main Event, the $25 GGMasters, and the $30 Sunday Marathon all of which will have at least $100K in the prize pool. GGPoker is incentivizing players to participate with more than just aggressive tournament guarantees. They are putting up $1 million in total leaderboard prizes which can be won over the course of the entire series. In Weeks 1 and 2, $300,000 will be handed out to players over the three different tiers of Low, Medium, and High. Then, as the festival heads into the home stretch, Week 3 leaders will divvy up $400,000 in prizes. Of course, GGPoker has plans to showcase some of the biggest events on their broadcast channels with the final tables with all three of the prize-pool-boosted Super MILLION$ taking center stage on GGPoker.TV Take a look at the complete GGPoker Spring Festival schedule.
  5. Though tens of thousands of players have made their way into the PocketFives Rankings since the website launched in 2005, just 60 different players have climbed to the top and held the #1 spot. This list of players who have been #1 includes some of the most respected and feared players in the game, spanning multiple eras of online poker. There’s no doubt that these 60 players are all great - but who is the greatest #1 of all time? It’s a question that’s never been asked. Until now. And the answer to that question is entirely up to you. Over the next 30 days, poker fans will have the opportunity to help determine who the #1 Number One is in our head-to-head bracket style competition - and can win their own share of more than $2,000 in prizes along the way. The PocketFives #1 Number One is a single elimination tournament with all 60 former #1s. All players were seeded and placed in the bracket based on how many times they hit #1, how long they held onto the top spot, their career online earnings, and how many Triple Crowns they have won. "We wanted to give poker players and fans the opportunity to have their say in who they think is the greatest online poker tournament player of all time," said PocketFives President and Editor in Chief, Lance Bradley. "The next month should be a lot of fun with some 60 former #1-ranked players vying for the title and the championship belt." With 60 players, the four winners of the Global Poker Awards PocketFives Legacy Award each received first round byes: Cliff ’JohnnyBax’ Josephy, Ari Engel, Shaun Deeb and Chris ‘moorman1’ Moorman. Show me the bracket! Each day for the next 30 days, PocketFives will release two match-ups via Twitter for poker fans to vote on. Each poll is open for 24 hours with the player receiving the most votes moving on to the following round. This continues until the #1 Number One is determined on May 4, 2021. The player receiving the most votes in the final round earns the title of #1 Number One and the accompanying championship belt. Not only will poker fans around the world have the chance to vote, they'll also be able to win their share of more than $2,000 in prizes by entering a bracket with their predictions for how each match-up goes through all six rounds. Points are awarded for each accurate prediction with the points awarded each round doubling from 10 in the first round up to 320 in the final. ENTER NOW Prizes include a Run It Once Training Pads on Pads course, valued at $999, as well as prizes from D&B Poker, Faded Spade playing cards, and Run Good Gear. To be eligible for prizes, entrants must have a PocketFives account and must follow PocketFives on Twitter. Full details including rules, prizes, and all match-ups are available here.
  6. Hosted by Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters, The Fives Poker Podcast runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and debate the hottest topics in poker. It's time for a brand new episode of The FIVES Poker Podcast! Lance and Donnie return from their one-week hiatus to break down all of the news from this week in the world of poker. It's been a wild two-week whirlwind for Candian poker pro and Twitch streamer Vanessa Kade who just this week ended up winning the PokerStars Sunday Million 15th Anniversary event for a career-high score of $1.5 million. The guys break down the timeline of her clash with GGPoker right through to her poker resume defining victory. Then, Above The Felt founder Tom Wheaton joins the guys to talk about the business of starting a new generation poker agency and what he sees as the future of the poker industry. Also, PokerStars announces news about the future of their live $25K PokerStars Players Championship. Listen in! Subscribe to The FIVES and never miss an episode - available everywhere you enjoy your favorite podcasts. Subscribe: Apple Podcasts * Google Podcasts * Stitcher
  7. Hosted by Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters, The Fives Poker Podcast runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and debate the hottest topics in poker. On this week's episode of The Fives Poker Podcast, Lance and Donnie talk about the World Poker Tour's return to Las Vegas and the amazing run that Qing Liu is on right now and his shot at making WPT history. They also discuss the complaints aired by WPT Venetian eighth place finisher Jared Jaffee about how the final stages of the tournament were handled. Following Michael Addamo's win in the partypoker MILLIONS $100,000 Mega High Roller, the hosts try and figure what the future of live poker looks like after a year of having marquee events moved online. They wrap up the show by discussing the PokerStars Players Championship broadcasts and how they accurately reflect the energy of the live event and should be a template for how poker should be portrayed to bring in more casual viewers. Subscribe to The FIVES and never miss an episode - available everywhere you enjoy your favorite podcasts. Subscribe: Apple Podcasts * Google Podcasts * Stitcher
  8. Everything seems to be falling into place for PocketFivers over on 888poker. Despite February being the shortest month of the year, PocketFivers outperformed the totals of January in each of our tracked categories. With a brand new tournament lineup being rolled out, PocketFivers have even more ways to get involved in the action-packed events taking place at 888poker. One thing that wasn’t brand new in February was the absolute dominance of Portugal's Bruno ‘KeyzerSozePT’ Ferreira. Just last month, Ferreira dominated on 888poker including as the top earner, in which he pulled in just over $20,000. Well, he did it again in February. Not just as the biggest winner, but Ferreira pulled off the unprecedented feat of coming out picking up the most cashes and most MTT wins as well for the second month in a row. Not only did he lead all three categories, but he also bested his results from last month in all three as well. Ferreira earned a total of $24,187 over the course of 86 cashes and ten outright victories. His month got off to a fast start when, on February 2, he won back-to-back-to-back tournaments for a three-score total of more than $3,500. Just four days later he booked a $1,687 score in an 888poker Progressive Knock Out event. He’d go on to pick up a four-figure score a total of eight times which helped him outpace all other PocketFivers on 888poker by more than $2,700. Behind Ferreira on that very list was ‘JRG’ who collected $21,463 over just 36 cashes in February. After taking over a month off from playing on 888poker, ‘JRG’ came back full force and pulled off some large scores which included a victory in the February 21 $33 Sunday BIG Fish for $5,631. On the very same say they finished as the runner-up in the $16.50 Sunday BIG Fish for another $2,981. Two days later, ‘JRG’ was back in the winner’s circle, adding $3,973 to their bankroll with a victory in the $215 buy-in $10,000 PKO Rumble. Currently ‘JRG’ is sitting at a career-high ranking of #2,646 in the world and, thanks to their prosperous month, just passed the $150,000 online career earnings mark. Ireland’s ‘SRFC1899’ grabbed the #3 spot on the list in February racking up $15,878 in earnings over just eight results. Although he didn’t put in a ton of volume, what ‘SRFC1899’ did end up playing really counted. His biggest score of the month came on February 7 when he finished as the runner-up in a restructured $100,000 Sunday Mega Deep, turning his $109 buy-in into an $11,290 score. One week later, he added another nice payday with a victory in the $16.50 Big Fish for $3,872. With his 888poker earnings, the Irishman is now up over $350,000 in lifetime online earnings. 888poker Top 10 Earners February 2021 [table id=180 /] Right behind Ferriera on the most cashes list is another familiar name to the 888poker leaderboards. The Netherlands’ ‘HeateN’, who has topped this list plenty of times in the past, finished in second place this month with 83 total cashes for a total of $3,280. In third place, was mid-stakes grinder from Ukraine Vadym ‘vaduwka’ Khabarov who racked up 65 total scores for a total of $2,785. 888poker Top 10 Most Cashes February 2021 [table id=181 /] When it comes to victories, again Ferriera was king with 10 overall victories. Latvia’s ‘Krekerz’ was not too far behind taking down six small-stakes events and finishing the month with a total of $2,345 in earnings. Thailand’s ‘Deeagie’ picked up five gold medals in February, good for third place on the list, and added $1,235 to their more than $600,000 in career online earnings. 888poker Top 10 Most Wins February 2021 [table id=182 /]
  9. Hosted by Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters, The Fives Poker Podcast runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and debate the hottest topics in poker. Don't miss this week's all-new episode of The FIVES as Lance and Donnie are joined by none other than 15-time World Series of Poker gold bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth! Hellmuth hypes up and breaks down his upcoming High Stakes Duel against Daniel Negreanu set to take place in mid-March on Poker. Plus, Lance and Donnie bring you all of the latest news from around the world of poker. Listen in! Subscribe to The FIVES and never miss an episode - available everywhere you enjoy your favorite podcasts. Subscribe: Apple Podcasts * Google Podcasts * Stitcher
  10. Hosted by Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters, The Fives Poker Podcast runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and debate the hottest topics in poker. Buckle up folks ... fresh off of his $1.2 million win over Daniel Negreanu, Doug Polk joins co-hosts Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters to talk about how much he ACTUALLY won, what he thinks of his longtime rival now, and what's next for him and his career. Lance and Donnie also get into Chris Moneymaker's new sponsorship, the launch of PokerStars in Michigan, what GGPoker's licensing in Pennsylvania means for players there and what would the world of poker be if there wasn't a massive Twitter drama bomb? Lance and Donnie give their take on the Terrence Chan/Mike McDonald Twitter beef over PokerShares' offering on the Landon Tice vs. Bill Perkins heads-up challenge. Subscribe to The FIVES and never miss an episode - available everywhere you enjoy your favorite podcasts. Subscribe: Apple Podcasts * Google Podcasts * Stitcher
  11. There’s no doubt about it, it’s been a great start to the year for PocketFivers over on 888poker. With 888poker’s rollout of their “Made To Play” software now in full effect, players piled into the lobbies of 888’s robust tournament schedule and, of course, took advantage of the return of their Sunday Sale promotion to pad their bankrolls in January. Perhaps no one enjoyed last month on 888poker more than Bruno ‘KeyzerSozePT’ Ferreira. Typically this column breaks out the players into three categories - Top Earners, Most Cashes, and Most Wins - while celebrating the players who top each category. It's rare, but from time to time, a player has topped two lists in a single month. But last month, the name atop all three lists is the same - it’s ‘KeyzerSozePT’. Ferriera, playing under his screen name ‘MadTiltCrazy’ earned $20,232 over the course of 79 cashes while finishing in first place seven times. He was able to reach the peak in all three categories through sheer volume. The Portuguese grinder played everything in sight in the small to mid-stake MTT schedule and when he cashed he managed to go deep. Of his 79 in-the-money finishes, he registered 20 top-3 finishes, five of which were good for four-figures. His best day came on January 14 when he scored two wins and a runner up in back-to-back-to-back tournaments for $2,781. On January 20, he picked up another big victory by taking down the $55 PKO for $1,635. His month helped push him up over $900,000 in career online cashes and should he continue to push as he did in January, he’s a favorite to surpass the $1 million mark by the end of the year. Denmark’s Rasmus ‘RAGATTACK’ Gadegaard finished as the Top Earners runner-up having collected $15,880 during over his 34 cashes. He kicked off 2021 with his largest 888poker score of the month when he finished in second place in the January 1 edition of the $33 BIG Fish for $2,491. Days later he backed that up with a deep run in the $30,000 Sunday Challenge for another $2,226. Gadegaard, the #11-ranked player in Denmark, used his 888poker earnings to help him earn the $1 million lifetime online earnings badge. Germany’s ‘LIk3az0mbY’ finished the month in the #3 spot by pulling down $13,264 over 21 total cashes. Three large cashes made up the bulk of the 888poker reg’s earnings including a bronze finish in the January 15 $33 BIG Fish for $2,039, a win in the January 21 $12,000 Mega Deep for $3,700, and a fourth-place finish in the January 24 Sunday SALE Whale for $4,288. In January, ‘LIk3az0mbY’ broke back into Germany’s top-10 rankings where he currently sits at #9. 888poker Top 10 Earners January 2021 [table id=168 /] Joining ‘KeyzerSozePT’ in the top three spots of the Most Cashes is Brazil’s Renan ’aleplis’ Porto who finished at #2. Porto is a longtime PocketFiver, having joined back in 2013, and he’s primarily a micro-stakes grinder. He put in plenty of volume in January and his 67 in-the-money finishes yielded him $1,145. It’s a significant increase to his roughly $16,000 in career online earnings. Another player building his bankroll from the ground up is ‘Momentum288’ who finished third on the Most Cashes list with 61 for a total of $1,436. New to PocketFives, ‘Momentum288’ primarily plays small stakes on 888poker and last month pulled off two victories where he was able to turn a pair of $2 buy-ins into scores of roughly $150 each. 888poker Top 10 Most Cashes January 2021 [table id=169 /] Again, ‘KeyzerSozePT’s was tops in January when it came to the most wins, but he wasn’t alone in notching seven first-place finishes. The Netherlands ‘HeateN’, who is no stranger to this list, also racked up seven victories and $1,638 over the course of his 56 in-the-money finishes. ‘xenute’ also had a nice month, grabbing the gold in four of his 12 cashes for a total of $7,365. 888poker Top 10 Most Wins January 2021 [table id=170 /]
  12. Hosted by Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters, The Fives Poker Podcast runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and debate the hottest topics in poker. A busy week in the poker world gives Lance and Donnie plenty to discuss on this episode of The FIVES Poker Podcast. For the first time in nearly a year, the World Poker Tour crowned a new champion in a live venue with a nearly record-sized field turning up for the Lucky Hearts Poker Open at the Seminole Hard Rock. That wasn't the only headline that the World Poker Tour found itself in this week. The company was sold to an investment firm for more than $78 million and they also announced a new online series with a brand new partner. The Doug Polk vs. Daniel Negreanu Challenge is nearly 80% complete with Polk bringing a new strategy to the table that seems to have tilted his opponent. Polk maintains his position as the leader but a big win by Negreanu has given his fans and backers some hope. The guys also discuss the ending of the Phil Galfond vs. Chance Kornuth match in the Galfond Challenge, the Winamax Team Pro who qualifies for dumbest multi-accounter of all time, and give American online poker players some hope for a brighter future. Subscribe to The FIVES and never miss an episode - available everywhere you enjoy your favorite podcasts. Subscribe: Apple Podcasts * Google Podcasts * Stitcher
  13. This weekend just got a little bit brighter for online poker players. The now legendary Sunday Sale at 888poker is back and gives those players the chance at massive prize pools at a decent discount. This Sunday, January 24, 888poker is hosting their usual assortment of tournaments but have cut the buy-in by 50% on three of the marquee events - all while keeping the guarantees the same as previous weeks. Things get underway at 16:30 GMT with the $20,000 guaranteed Monsoon. Instead of the normal $55 buy-in, grinders can get in on the action for just $27.50. Action starts with 50,000 chips and will play 12 minute levels. Players can rebuy up to three times in the first 3.5 hours of play. The Mega Deep could be the best value of all. Offering the biggest guarantee of the Sunday Sale tournaments at $100,000, the Mega Deep buy-in is just $55 this week instead of the usual $109. Action starts at 19:00 GMT and players are given a 50,000 starting stack with 12 minute levels. Players can rebuy up to five times in the first 3.5 hours of play. Wrapping up the hat trick of savings, the $30,000 guaranteed Whale has a $215 buy-in and starts at 20:00 GMT. Once again, players will all start with 50,000 chips and will play 12 minute levels. Players can rebuy up to three times in the first 3.5 hours of play. Sunday Sale Satellites for a Cent For players whose bankroll still can't afford the discount, 888poker offers an extensive satellite program for all three tournaments with buy-ins starting at - wait for it - just a penny. Dubbed the Pennybuy, the 1¢ buy-in events run daily and offer guaranteed seats to the $2.20 buy-in satellite which then guarantees between five and ten seats to the Sunday Mega Deep. Players can rebuy as many times as they want for 5¢ and can add-on up to three times for 20¢. Other satellites are available with buy-ins of 2¢ up to $16.50 giving players multiple opportunities to qualify no matter what their bankroll is. Finding the Sunday Sale tournaments in the 888poker software is simple. Just click on the Tournaments tab on the right hand side and then choose 'Sunday Sale' in the Category listing. All tournaments and satellites to those tournaments will then be displayed.
  14. In poker, the only thing worse than being forced to listen to someone else’s bad beat story is suffering a brutal bad beat of your own. GGPoker is helping players better deal with the sting of getting coolered by rewarding them with cash prizes with their latest promotion called GGCare. GGCare is a new rewards promotion for their online players who suffer from bad beats, suckouts, or unavoidable coolers. Without having to opt-in, when a player runs into a particularly bad beat or cooler, GGCare kicks in. A pop-up window appears in the client and lets that player know that they’ve been granted a stack in the GGCare Daily $30,000 Flipout tournament. There’s no need for the player to be in their seat for the Flipout tournament in order to cash. The tournament runs and automatically forces every player all-in every hand until there is a winner. Those who make the money will find it automatically paid to them and waiting for them in their balance. Then, the whole promotion starts all over again. The very next day a new group of players who took a bad beat is entered into the next Flipout tournament with $30,000 in cash prizes distributed to a new batch of winners. “We’ve all experienced the pain of bad beats. It’s part of the game,” saidGGPoker ambassador Daniel Negreanu. “But GGPoker has your back. With GGCare, you can suffer the worst bad beat and still come out ahead.” According to the GGPoker website, their team of game experts “will continually look for unlucky situations” in order to optimize what details will trigger an instance of GGCare. Each game has its own conditions and players are granted a stack size in the Flipout in accordance with the size of the pot and the severity of the bad beat or cooler. As far as GGPoker is concerned the more unlucky a player is, the more deserving they are of GGCare. So when the run bad appears in multiple hands of a session, a player will accumulate additional chips in the Flipout tournament making it more likely that they’ll see rewards put back in their bankroll in the end. “Just play the game as normal and GGCare will take care of you,” said Negreanu. “The prize money will only grow more and more in the future.” GGCare is currently available for GGPoker's Hold’em, Omaha, and Short Deck standard cash games as well as their All-In of Fold, Rush & Cash, and Spin & Gold. GGPoker will add tournament coverage at a later time.
  15. ‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the land poker players were playing, getting in one last hand. The bad-regs were grinding at the tables with care in hopes that some run good soon would be theirs. The locals were nestled, all snug in their seats, with visions of jackpots brought on by bad beats. Playing live on the strip, no PokerBros app. Is that Mike Postle with his phone in his lap? When out in the lobby, someone backed up a truck. I sprang from my seat to see what the f**k. There was Doug Polk celebrating a win, and Joey beside him, a shit-eating grin. The scene was electric, a buzz filled the air. Like Galfond’s big comeback, I’m glad I was there. When what to my bloodshot eyes should appear? A high-stakes affair, the big game was here! With cameras, lights, and high society stacks, a commentary team of Schulman and Platt. As if from a chimney, the great Mori came and he whistled and shouted and called them by name: “It’s Ivey, and Dwan! There’s Doyle and Gus Hansen! Daniel and Bellande! That’s Dan Bilzerian!” They all took a seat Stacking chips with a grin “Splash away! Splash away! Let’s go all-in!” They got ready to play, the rail became deep. I was pushed to the back, it was hard just to see. But then the crowd parted, Daniel stood on his seat, he said “We need one more!” and he pointed at me. Nervous but ready I knew this was my chance. A seat with the best, a trip to the dance. A Perkins-sized buy-in, it’s all on the line. Like Mike versus Teddy, it’s my time to shine. They shuffled and dealt, chips and cards flew. I was tight, I was snug, it was all I could do. The pros were relentless, betting and raising. The pots quickly grew, these guys were amazing. Finally the time to play a hand had arrived. With joy I looked down, I spied Pocket Fives I opened with a raise, but Ivey three-bet. Folded back to me, should I mine for a set? I looked in his eyes, not a read to be had. The poker world will see this, will math nerds be mad? I called and I gulped and awaited the flop. Ivey laughed, turned to Doyle, and said “We’re on for props!” An ace and a queen with a five in the door. Ivey didn’t slow down, he bet even more. Just what I wanted, I set the trap. “Let’s play for it all”, I pushed in my stack. Ivey snap-called, like I hoped he would do. He flipped over his cards, he flopped top two. We just had to hold, I showed down my set. The turn was a deuce, we’re not safe just yet. I used my ”one time”, I prayed to St. Nick The river was dealt, “It’s a brick, it’s a brick!” With the pot pushed my way, Ivey vanished from sight “Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”
  16. After 34 events and more than $1 million in total prizes won, 888poker’s XL Winter Series wrapped up on Sunday with ‘Kazi070486’ winning the $500,000 GTD Main Event PKO for $34,685 plus an additional $26,178 in bounties for a total score of $60,863. The final event in the nearly two-week-long series drew a total of 1,824 entries, which provided players some extra value to the tune of $44,000 in overlay. After eleven and a half hours, Russia’s ‘Kazi07086’ walked away with the outright win, besting Denmark’s ‘Acp0lle’ in heads-up play. As the runner-up, ‘Acp0ll3’ took home $34,683 as well as an extra $3,568 in bounties. Brazil’s ‘M.Flush.N’ took the final spot on the podium, finishing in third place for $21,506.78 plus $8,431 in bounties. The XL Winter Series Main Event was one of the biggest tournaments 888poker held all year and as such provided some of their largest paydays to their players. Six players turned their $250 buy-in into five-figure scores including Romania’s ‘Mr.Crusher’ (4th, $17,364), former top-50 worldwide ranked ‘peledazmogis’ (5th, $12,577), and ‘rivadeep’ (7th, $10,880) who despite finishing in seventh place, cashed for more than 6th place ‘Jarmoausalt’ (6th, $9,210), thanks to racking up $4,321 in bounties along the way. XL Winter Series Main Event Final Table [table id=147 /] XL Winter Event Series Highlights The $500K GTD Main Event was by no means the only tournament in the series that provided players an opportunity to build a healthy bankroll. There were plenty of highlights to be had, in which 888poker players turned smaller buy-ins into big-time scores. Right off the bat in XL Winter Event #1 ($50,000 Opening Event), the 511-player field bested the guarantee with a $51,100 prize pool. India’s ‘arucia’ and the UK’s ‘barrybarry15’ ended up making a heads-up deal, that awarded ‘arucia’ a first-place prize of $9,039 and ‘barrybarry15’ $8,048 as the runner up. Sweden’s 'TrollKnost8' also turned the $109 buy-in into a nice payday, grabbing $5,365 for third place. It’s tough to say what the highest value tournament of the series was, but Event #10 ($50,000 Tune Up) with its $55 buy-in might just be it. Players saw it the same way as 1,085 entries pushed the prize pool to over $54,000 giving the top eight players four-figure payouts. ‘pereleman’ ended up taking it down for $9,819 and the XL Winter title. Right behind him was Russia’s ‘Thundy100’ who locked up $7,052 as the runner up. ‘FlushJeZus’ also picked up nearly 100x the buy-in, taking the bronze for $5,289. Some of the biggest paydays came in Event #17 ($50,000 High Roller). The $320 buy-in was the biggest of the series, but that didn’t stop 154 entries from taking their shot at the $11,500 first-place prize. Previous XL Eclipse champ ‘Kannwas’ added another title to their poker resume when they defeated the UK’s ‘oldskool555’ for the outright win. The UK grinder took home an even $8K as the runner up and Russia’s ‘mao042’ rounded out the top three with a $6,075 score. In the end, it was the combination of value and the popularity of PKO’s that turned Event #33 ($50,000 Mini Main Event) into one of the most popular tournaments of the series. A total of 1,983 entries paid the $33 buy-in which crushed the guarantee to the tune of $59,490. Brazil took the top two spots with ‘afelipelli’ claiming the title and $3,555, plus an additional $3,338 in bounties, for first. His countryman, ‘JMBrotto’ settled for second place and a total score of $3,654. ‘heroes333’ almost got to the end, but finished in third place for a total haul of $3,083. 2020 XL Winter Series Winners [table id=149 /] * denotes deal
  17. November was a virtual feast for all of the PocketFivers who enjoyed the new “Made To Play” mobile poker platform over on 888poker. Whether they were taking advantage of the Early Bird Rackback program or just extracting the incredible value in the online site’s tournament schedule, it was clear that players had plenty to be thankful for last month. ’BillySlater’ took home the title of 888poker Top Earner for the month of November after putting together a string of nine cashes for a total of $20,373. A mid-stakes grinder, ‘BillySlater’ picked up his largest score across all platforms when he took down the November 8 edition of the $100,000 Sunday Mega Deep for the $18,750 first-place prize. The very next day, he tacked on another $639 with a final table performance in the $10,000 Monsoon, a critical score that helped him lock up the Top Earners spot. Currently ranked as Chile’s #2-ranked player, ‘BillySlater’ has been an active PocketFiver since 2007 with career earnings totaling rapidly approaching $3.7 million. Additionally, he’s celebrated five online Triple Crown awards with his most recent achievement being earned this past September. Finishing in a close second was the UK's Feargus ‘EZPZ’ Murphy who ended the month having earned $19,986 on 888poker. Murphy registered 17 total results in November including five podium finishes. He has identical results less than one week apart when he finished as the runner-up in both the November 11 and November 16 editions of the $10,000 Mega Deep both of which paid him $2,669 for his effort. In between those tournaments, he booked a win in the November 13 $10,000 Monsoon for $2,505. While ‘BillySlater’ may have bested Feargus on the Top Earners list, Feargus has one-upped his fellow PocketFiver in the worldwide rankings. Whereas ‘BillySlater’ currently sits ranked #409 in the world, Feargus has him pipped with a ranking of #408. Rounding out the top three earners for November is Brazil’s Romulo ‘dred’ Barreto who did all his damage on 888poker in a single tournament. Barreto took a shot in the November 1 edition of the $100,000 Sunday Mega Deep and didn’t miss. He bested the field of 674 entries to take home the $18,750 first-place prize, the second-largest score of his career. The score has helped him close in on a number of career highlights including hitting an all-time high in the worldwide rankings (#261) and needing less than $2,000 to eclipse the $500,000 career earnings mark. 888poker Top 10 Earners November 2020 [table id=139 /] There was a tie atop the Most Cashes list as both ’Momentum288’ and October’s Most Cashes winner Marcelo ‘Cheloidpro90’ Navarrete both captured 70 total results. ‘Momentum288’, who regularly plays at the lower end of the buy-in, earned a total of $1,856 which included a victory in $500 Turbo Deep. Navarrete turned his 70 scores into $4,334 and also picked up a win in a daily $500 GTD Turbo tournament. ‘steveysee’ finished not too far behind the list leaders with 62 in-the-money results in November. The grinder collected $1,288.77 for his efforts and added it to his impressive $625,738 in career online earnings. 888poker Top 10 Most Cashes November 2020 [table id=140 /] No one found their way to the top of the 888poker podium last month more than Stephen ‘sizzlinbetta’ Reynolds who notched five victories and finished the month with total earnings of $2,385. The Republic of Moldova’s ‘Blugaru007’ picked up four wins and after him, there were plenty of PocketFivers notched three victories. 888poker Top 10 Most Wins November 2020 [table id=141 /]
  18. Hot on the heels of their recently released “Made To Play” mobile poker app, more changes are in store for 888poker as they announced a rebranding of their championship online poker series from XL Blizzard to XL Winter Series. While the name may have changed the concept is the same, an 11-day series which kicks off on December 10 is filled with value-heavy tournaments for low-to-mid stakes players. The 2020 XL Winter series features 34 events with the majority of buy-ins ranging from $5-$50 and over $1 million in total prize money guaranteed. The Main Event The bulk of that guaranteed money is wrapped up in the highlight of the entire series, the $250 buy-in, $500,000 GTD Main Event. The Main Event takes place on Sunday, December 20 and for the first time in the history of the XL Championship series, it will be played out as a Progressive Knockout. The XL Winter Main Event follows a similar structure that has turned these championship events into the biggest tournaments of 888poker’s calendar year. Players are given a 30,000 chip starting stack and 15-minute levels. There is plenty of late registration time (270 minutes) and up to four reentries should things not go according to plan. In the end, whether the tournament hits the guarantee or not, the first-place prize will be in the high-five figures allowing a player to turn their modest buy-in into a potential career-high score. Spotlight Events In addition to the Main Event, the XL Winter Series schedule boasts a number of spotlight events that offer players prime bankroll building opportunities. Four different tournaments have guarantees of $50,000. On December 10, the first tournament of the series is the $109 buy-in $50,000 GTD Opening Event, an event which historically has been one of the biggest prelim events of a series. On December 13, the $55 buy-in $50K Tune Up promises players who make a deep run a nice payday as does the December 15 $320 buy-in $50,000 High Roller. Finally, at the very end of the series, running at the same time as the Main Event, the $33 buy-in Mini Main Event PKO gives players one last shot at a big-time payday for a modest buy-in. Livestream Freerolls Another new addition for the XL series is 888poker integrating their social media channels more than they have in the past. Like they did during their recently completed Millions Superstorm, players and fans can follow some of the biggest tournaments in the series in a series of livestreams hosted by David Tuchman and Nick Wealthall. Some of the 888poker ambassadors will also be sitting in on the broadcasts to break down the poker action. During each of the livestreams, 888poker will be giving away $109 and $33 tournament tickets and dishing out the information on three XL Winter Streaming Freerolls that take place alongside the livestream. 888poker Live Stream Schedule [table id=131 /] Of course, players looking to get into XL Winter events for the absolute minimum can win their tickets through 888poker’s satellite system, which offers entry for as little as $0.01. All XL Winter satellites can be found in the XL Winter lobby under the Tournament tab in the client. In addition to satellites and freerolls, XL Winter tickets are being given away throughout the entire series via 888poker’s new ‘Gift Drops’ which debuted along with their new mobile client. 888poker Full XL Winter Schedule [table id=132 /]
  19. The “King Of Instagram” is coming to GGPoker as the online site announced that noted social media influencer Dan Bilzerian has signed on to become the latest addition to Team GGPoker in the role of brand ambassador. Bilzerian, perhaps best known for accumulating over 32 million followers on Instagram by providing a window into a lifestyle filled with excess, has also been a figure in the poker world for well over a decade. Back in 2009, Bilzerian, along with his brother Adam, first stepped into the poker spotlight after being featured during ESPN’s coverage of the World Series of Poker Main Event. Soon thereafter, "Blitz" signed on as a pro for the short-lived online poker site Victory Poker. However, Bilzerian’s main ties to poker stem from the assertion that he has amassed a small fortune by playing nosebleed stakes in some of the world’s most exclusive private games. Now, he joins some of the biggest names in the game of poker, including Daniel Negreanu, Fedor Holz, Felipe Ramos, and Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier in representing the fast-rising online poker site for both online and live events. “In these crazy times, GGPoker is the best option to get my poker on - they cater to the recreational players and that’s the future of poker, not a bunch of math nerds,” said Bilzerian. “I’ve battled guys from the $2 buy-in to the $200,000 buy-in tables at GGPoker, and will be working with GG to make cash game tables even better for the average player out there.” To celebrate the signing of Bilzerian, as well as his upcoming 40th birthday, GGPoker is holding a $100,000 Birthday Freeroll tournament on Monday, December 7 for new depositors. In addition to the $100,000 guarantee with a $10,000 first-place prize, the event offers a select few exclusive “Blitz”-like prizes including a “once-in-a-lifetime” heads-up match against Bilzerian for the winner and an “all-expenses-paid trip to Las Vegas” to party with Bilzerian himself for the player who knocks him out of his own tournament. Additionally, for players who eliminate any other Team GGPoker ambassador, member of the GGSquad stream team, or one of Bilzerian’s “special guests” (the list of which has yet to be revealed) GGPoker is gifting special Spin & Gold bundles and a cash prize of $1,000 for one player. “Dan joining Team GGPoker is a huge win!," said Daniel Negreanu about the signing. "No one in poker has a bigger reach than Dan.” More information on the Bilzerian's $100,000 Birthday Freeroll is available at GGPoker.
  20. The month of October was scary good for PocketFivers over on the 888poker tables. In addition to racking up wins during the Millions Superstorm and taking advantage of the Early Bird Rakeback program, 888’s new ‘Made To Play’ mobile platform was rolled out at the end of the month giving players a brand new experience when it comes to playing poker on the go. No one had a better month on 888poker than former #1-ranked PocketFiver Aaron ‘aguskb’ Gustavson who, while playing under his screen name ‘YoureMagical’, took the title of Top Earner for October with a total of $21,526. Gustavos, who won the EPT London Main Event back in 2009 for more than $1.35 million, spent his time crushing the mid-stakes MTT schedule. He locked up 18 total results including a spotlight score in the 888Millions Sunday Special for $13,899. Gustavson found the podium four times, including a victory in the October 8 edition of the 888Millions $33 Big Fish for $1,959. That was the difference for him when it came to taking the leaderboard top spot and finishing in second place. However, it’s just a drop in the bucket for his outstanding online career in which he had earned more than $5.1 million to date. Michael ‘skeldon87’ Skeldon racked up 26 cashes for a total of $20,574.15 on 888poker to capture the number two spot. He kicked off the month with a pair of wins, the first of which came on October 1 when he took down the 888Millions Mini PKO 8-Max for $3,562. Three days later he grabbed gold again in the Mini Mega Deep for another $3,140. For his third victory of the month, Skeldon went the distance in the October 14 edition of the $10,000 Mega Deep which was good for $3,520. The mid-stakes grinder took home seven four-figure scores and an equal amount of podium finishes all of which has helped him to a career-high spot of #436 in the world, #40 in all of the UK. At the end of next month, he’s expected to soar past $700,000 in career online earnings. Rounding out the top three in earnings is another former #1-ranked PocketFiver in Sweden’s Anton ‘VnilaVader’ Herrmann. Herrmann put in slightly less volume than those players above him, and certainly less than what he did back in 2014 when he sat atop the online poker world. But he did manage to pick up two wins in his 13 total results which helped him take home a total of $18,716 for the month. Herrmann first knocked out the competition in the October 4 edition of the 888Millions Sunday Challenge PKO for $6,403 and then two days later grabbed the $3,438 first-place prize in the 888Millions Mega Deep. He added three more four-figure scores in the month and then called it a day, wrapping up his month with his final result on October 18. 888poker Top 10 Earners October 2020 [table id=116 /] For the first time in a number of months, the Most Cashes list has a new name sitting in the top spot. Ecuador’s Marcelo ‘Cheloidpro90’ Navarrete has wrestled the title away from Netherlands’ ‘HeateN’ by racking up 73 total cashes for a total of $3,385. This is a breakout month for Navarrete who has been a member since 2014 and plays mostly small stakes. His effort has made him a ranked player and lifted his total career cashes up over $30,000. Belarus’ ‘Glum’ took the second spot, earning 68 total results for a total of $1,839, five of which were good for wins. He tied ‘HeateN’ who also notched 68 results but took home just a bit more cash by locking up $2,389 and six victories. 888poker Top 10 Most Cashes October 2020 [table id=119 /] Those six victories for ‘HeateN’ was good enough for him to take the #1 spot on the Most Wins list. The grind continues for the micro-stakes crusher as he is just $15,000 away from eclipsing $200,000 in total career earnings. 'Glum's five victories was good enough for second place and following him, there is an extended tie for third place with multiple players able to lock up three victories in October. 888poker Top 10 Most Wins October 2020 [table id=120 /]
  21. After two years of development, 888poker has introduced its brand new mobile poker platform for both iOS and Android. Branded as the “Made To Play” poker platform, the latest overhaul of the 888 software promises a vastly upgraded experience for players, created with user's input and the latest in online poker industry standards. Having discovered that more than 60% of their players get into their games on their smartphones, 888poker decided to make their mobile platform a priority. They have updated the entire design, from lobbies to table layout, to a more sleek portrait mode. The new look allows for users to play as well as scroll through lobbies one-handed, making it easier to get into the action. It also makes it easier to multi-table where users can play up to four tables at a time and jump in and out of the action with a single swipe. The new-look poker lobby is now similar to the rest of 888’s online products, including 888casino and 888sport. This gives players who take part in those other features a seamless experience when they switch back and forth between each activity. 888poker has loaded up the new release with brand new features to keep its customers coming back for more. Gone is the traditional chatbox, replaced by a more modern “emoji display’ which allows people to communicate through a variety of quick pick emojis. ‘Throwables’ add to the fun as players celebrate a big win or a bad beat by hitting their opposition on-screen with virtual objects like an egg, a cupcake, or a snowball. New player tags give players quick reference to the type of player they think they are up against. But behind all the small details which promise to make the mobile experience a more player-friendly experience, 888poker says that the new platform has all of the powerful features necessary for users to customize their own experience from a four-color deck to personalized lobby filters to getting into a pre-defined game of a particular buy-in with the click of a single button. Also new on the platform is ‘The Winner Spinner’ where, twice-a-day, players win prizes with a spin of the virtual wheel. And ‘Gift Drops’ are prizes awarded to players at random times while they are seated at a table. In addition, some of 888poker’s most popular exclusive games are now available across all platforms including SNAP fast-fold poker, where players get moved to a new table with brand new cards as soon as they fold or finish a hand. As well as BLAST Jackpot Sit & Go’s, the short-handed SnG that gives variable prize pools and can award players up to a $1,000,000 top prize. To roll out the new “Made To Play” software, 888poker is giving away more than $1,000,000 in prizes with non-stop freerolls that will hand out $30,000 in prizes every week. There will be daily Happy Hours and Gift Drops every five minutes that will award up to $1,000 each. The new 888poker app is being rolled out to all users and will be able to be downloaded on both iOS and Android.
  22. GGPoker is ready to take another shot. On the heels of their successful GG Series of Poker, the online site has announced their next major, massive online poker series that takes aim at players who enjoy going for the knockout. GGPoker’s Bounty Hunter Series will take place from October 11-25 and guarantee $40 million in total prize money. For two weeks, the GGPoker schedule is absolutely packed with non-stop bounty tournament action with 353 official events and more than 500 total tournaments with side events included. No matter what stakes a player enjoys, there’s a tournament in the schedule with a buy-in (and time) to fit their schedule. The Bounty Hunter Series averages more than 20 tournaments a day with buy-ins that range from at little as $5.25 all the way up to the $10,300 Super MILLION$ Bounty Hunters with $1,000,000 guaranteed, the biggest bounty tournament ever run on the site. Featured Events The schedule is so extensive, it may be hard to figure out a plan of attack on finding the best value. For those who are building a bankroll and enjoy playing at the lower and mid-stakes, one of the events to target is the GGMasters Daily $25, a freezeout tournament that runs at the same time every single day of the series and comes with a $50,000 guarantee. Mid-stakes shot takers have a buffet of $100-$300 tournaments to choose from. One to keep an eye on is the Main Event Special Edition. The tournament, which runs multiple times, comes with a $210 buy-in and a $500,000 guarantee. Additionally, GGPoker’s tentpole tournament, the GGMasters, will run with a $157.50 buy-in and also has a $500,000 guarantee. Of course, GGPoker has not left out the high-rollers. In addition to the Super MILLION$, which runs three times, there is an abundance of tournaments with a buy-in greater than $1,000. The $3,150 Sunday Bounty King High Roller runs multiple times and features a $300,000 guarantee, one of the biggest guarantees of the series. Another feature of the series comes in the form of speed of play. For those that just don’t have the time to grind out a standard tournament, the Bounty Hunter Series features “Speed Racer” tournaments at multiple buy-in levels. These hyper-turbo tournaments start players with just 10 big blinds and provide the same knockout action in a fraction of the time. $100K Leaderboard While it may be daunting to think about grinding an entire schedule that has hundreds of events, those that do it and do so successfully will be rewarded with a piece of $100,000 in additional prizes. GGPoker has brought back their $100,000 Leaderboard for the Bounty Hunter Series which will split the six-figure sum between the top 100 performing players. Those looking to battle in the leaderboard best not take their time getting in on the action though as points begin to be earned on day one, October 11, where there are 29 events scheduled. To take a look at the entire GGPoker Bounty Hunters Series, visit their website or download the client.
  23. During the month of September, PocketFivers continued to grind and thrive in the midst of the 888poker Millions Superstorm. With the bulk of the $8 million in total guaranteed prize pools up for grabs last month, players at every level were able to find no shortage of value and bankroll boosting opportunities. One of the biggest beneficiaries of all the action on 888poker was Ukraine’s ‘yarik1903’ who grabbed the top spot on the Top Earners list for the month of September. The former top-100 ranked player put in the bulk of his volume in the last week of the month and scored big with a victory in the September 27 edition of the $100,000 GTD 888Millions Sunday Special for $19,350. Add to that a runner-up finish in the $33 888Millions Sunday Big Fish for $2,821 and that amounts to the lion’s share of his $23,397 total monthly earnings. Although ‘yarik1903’ grinds less volume now than when he did when he was ranked #26 in the world back in 2014, his monthly haul was enough to help him leap to over $2.6 million in career online earnings. Cambodia’s ‘Kortex_67’ finished in second place on the 888poker Top Earners list playing under his 888 screen name ‘Creative.’. The online grinder amassed a monthly total of $22,109 to help him climb to become the top player in his country and hit a career-high ranking of #392 in the world. ‘Kortex_67’ took down the September 13 edition of the $100,000 GTD 888Millions Sunday Mega Deep for $18,890 and followed that up with a runner-up finish in the September 27 running of the 888Millions Sunday Challenge PKO for another $2,567. If he continues to put in the same amount of volume, there a good chance he’ll be able to hit the $51,000 he needs to eclipse the $500,000 lifetime total mark by the end of the year. The top 3 Top Earners is rounded out by former worldwide #1-ranked Fabrizio ‘SixthSenSe19’ Gonzalez who took home $19,375 from 888poker in September. The top-tier pro from Uruguay simply hasn’t been playing very much online poker over the past year, having already made more than $7.7 million in his esteemed career. But last month he decided to take a couple of shots during the Superstorm and walked away with a victory in the September 13 edition of the $100,000 GTD 888Millions Sunday Special for $19,350, which was essentially the totality of his earnings for the month. 888poker Top 10 Earners September 2020 [table id=113 /] For the third month in a row, the Netherlands ‘HeateN’ topped the Most Cashes list for the month of September. His 70 total cashes is a bit of a drop from his volume and results in recent months, but it was still enough to get the job done to be #1. The small-stakes grinder grabbed two gold medals and took home a total of $4,608. ‘HeateN’ held off another well-known name on the Most Cashes list as Russia’s ‘Neverhood007’ racked up 61 cashes and three wins for a total of $1,899 to grab the number two spot. Brazil's Daniel ‘dandeprimo’ Pedro de Primo Santos tied with ‘Neverhood007’ with 61 cashes, but was just slightly outearned taking home $1,783.28 in the month. 888poker Top 10 Most Cashes September 2020 [table id=114 /] There was also a tie atop the Most Wins list as both Sweden’s ‘Mr.kantarell’ and ‘Kotofei5’ from the Republic of Moldova picked up five gold medals in September. With 30 total scores, ‘Mr.kantarell’ picked up the win 16% of the time and racked up $3,460 in the month. ‘Kotofei5’ earned money 21 times and his five wins represented a nearly 24% victory-when-cashing rate and helped the small-stakes grinder to $1,226 in total earnings. 888poker Top 10 Most Wins September 2020 [table id=112 /]
  24. Poker players in Asian markets are about to get the opportunity to play for their share of World Poker Tour glory - and $100 million HKD in guaranteed prize pools - thanks to the tour's partnership with Natural8. WPT Asia Online is a 22-event series, running from October 3 - 22 featuring tournaments which are restricted to players in Asian markets and includes various game formats, multiple leaderboards, and the single biggest online poker tournament guarantee in the region's history. The WPT Asia Main Event has a $10 million HKD guarantee and a $10,000 HKD buy-in. There are 22 starting flights beginning on October 18 with the final day scheduled for October 25. There are also National Championship events for Vietnam, Korea, Philippines, Taiwan, Cambodia, Japan, and Macau. The buy-in and guarantee for each of these events is in the host country's currency and the eventual champion of each event also earns a WPT Passport valued at HK$23,000. Three separate leaderboards, each covering a single week of play, will give players the opportunity to earn points for their home country. The top 10 players for each country have their total count towards the leaderboard and players who earn at least one leaderboard point for the top-performing country will then play in freeroll tournaments with prizes of $50,000 HKD, $50,000 HKD, and $100,000 HKD. [table id=109 /]
  25. Just when you thought the schedule of major online poker tournaments was about to take a breath, here comes this Sunday’s slate of events in 888poker’s Millions Superstorm Series. Online grinders take note: September 27 is one of the biggest days in 888poker’s month-long, $8 million guaranteed Millions Superstorm Series. On this one day, there are 15 tournaments, promising nearly $400,000 in total prize money, two of which boast six-figure guarantees. So even though the World Series of Poker Online may be over and the World Championship of Online Poker has crowned its Main Event winner, poker players looking for value and the opportunity to take home a title still have more to play for. Six-Figures On The Line Of course, Sunday is the biggest day of the week in online poker, and this week 888poker is offering a pair of tournaments fit to be a part of the Sunday Majors. The first is the 888 Millions Sunday Special, a $215 buy-in tournament with a $100,000 guarantee. With long levels and 50,000 in starting chips, the Sunday Special promises to live up to its name. Plus, for recent depositors, there is a 30 seat freeroll satellite taking place the day before, so players who plan on making an effort to play in this one can plan ahead and take a shot at a free ticket. Starting just one hour later, is 888poker's marquee weekly tournament, the $109 buy-in $100,000 Mega Deep. The schedule staple often provides five-figure paydays for those that make it to the end and savvy players know that, on occasion, this tournament has the possibility to provide players a little bonus in the form of an overlay. Mid-stakes Menu While it’s true that the biggest buy-in events carry the biggest guarantees of the day, mid-stakes players have more than their share of bankroll boosting opportunities this Sunday. Seven of the 15 tournaments on tap have a buy-in between $20-$55, all with healthy guarantees. But perhaps the best value of all of those tournaments is the $55 buy-in, 888 Millions Mini Sunday Special with its $50,000 guarantee. Even if $55 is slightly out of reach, 888poker is running plenty of $5 satellites to help lower stakes players find their way into the Mini Sunday Special. Plenty of PKOs 888poker has also packed its Sunday schedule with a number of their popular Progressive Knock Out tournaments. Bounty hunters can stay in action all day by playing in any or all of the seven PKO tournaments on the schedule. For those that enjoy playing on the high side, the $88 buy-in PKO 8-Max offers a $15,000 guarantee and the biggest bounties of the day. But, for those who want the same PKO action but at a smaller price point, check out the $7.50 PKO 8-Max with $6,000 up for grabs. The guarantee is roughly half of the larger tournament but at less than 1/10th the price. While Sunday is indeed the biggest day of the week, players can participate in the 888poker Millions Superstorn all the way through Sunday, October 11. 888poker Millions Superstorm Sunday Schedule [table id=108 /]
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