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  1. This week, the 23 living members of the Poker Hall of Fame (PHoF) voted to induct Jennifer Harman and John Juanda as the 49th and 50th members of the exclusive club. While very few have questioned the accomplishments of Juanda and Harman, a rising tide of industry insiders have begun speaking out against the PHoF's seeming unwillingness to induct non-US players. European Poker Tour founder John Duthie (pictured) recently penned an op-ed on PokerNews warning that if Hall of Fame members continue to shy away from backing non-US candidates, the Hall will be in danger of losing its prestige and be seen as nothing more than a Las Vegas "tourist curiosity." The argument for revising the Hall of Fame voting process was magnified after British poker icon Dave "Devilfish" Ulliott succumbed to cancer earlier this year. Soon afterwards, a campaign involving several prominent industry players and high-profile poker pros was kicked off with the goal of shortlisting Ulliott's nomination. While Devilfish was ultimately added to the list, he did not make the final cut. "I myself suggested on my Facebook page that no non-American player should even accept nomination until the selection process has been changed," said Duthie. "Now, this is just not about Devilfish (pictured) himself, but it is about the fact that no international player has ever passed the stage of nomination and this includes quite a list of talent." While you might look at the list of PHoF membersand spot players of many different ethnicities, Duthie considers players like Johnny Chan, Scotty Nguyen, and Juanda to be, for all intents and purposes, American due to their US citizenship. The EPT founder suggests making changes to the process. "Either the WSOP breaks its association with the Poker Hall of Fame and it remains as it is, becoming a sort of Madame Tussaud's of US poker, or it resolves to change and completely overhaul the nomination and selection process so that it is a true reflection of international poker talent and not just US-centric." This year, there was no shortage of non-US candidates from which to choose. Swedish born poker pro Chris Bjorin, France's Bruno Fitoussi, Ireland's Terry Rogers, Italian Max Pescatori, and Spain's Carlos Mortensen (pictured) were all nominated alongside Ulliott, but none of them made the final two. As it stands now, players must meet a set of five requirements in order to be considered for nomination. That includes being at least 40 years old, having played against top competition for high-stakes, standing the test of time, and gaining the respect of peers. Non-players are also eligible if they have contributed to the overall growth of the game in a positive way. The PHoF also received criticism this year for failing to recognize PokerStarsfounder Isai Scheinberg's role in the poker boom of the 2000s, which introduced millions of people to the game. Terrence Chan spoke out against the snub, calling the institution "illegitimate" until Scheinberg is included. "One need only look at the WSOP fields and prize pools to know that the world before online poker was but a shell of what it is today, and PokerStars was the unquestionable leader of the online poker industry." "This is a turning point in the Poker Hall of Fame's evolution and the old guard and other newer existing members will undoubtedly push back against this change, and that is their right," said Duthie. "But in reality, they need to look closely at the type of institution they want to be part of. If they want to be taken seriously outside of the US, then change is imperative." Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  2. The 2015 PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) started over the weekend, the 14th running of the popular tournament series. Opening up the festivities was a rather strange new event, a three-day tournament that actually began back in August. --- Tournament Poker Edgeis the only poker training site dedicated exclusively to MTTs and features over 1,000 training videos, blogs, articles, podcasts and a dedicated strategy forum for members. Check Tournament Poker Edge out on Twitter. --- WCOOP Event #1 consisted of two "phases." The first was a qualification period of sorts that began on August 30. From that date until Sunday, September 6, PokerStars held a total of 18 starting flights for the $100 + $9 tournament. Two were held each day for the first six days, then five more ran on Saturday, September 5, and one more last gasp flight ran this past Sunday. Each flight consisted of fourteen 15-minute levels and everyone who still had chips at the end advanced to Phase 2. The starting flights were re-entry style, as those who were eliminated could try again in another Phase 1 flight for an additional buy-in. So really, Event #1 was structured like World Poker Tour events or, say, the World Series of Poker Main Event, but with starting flights up the wazoo. We've all see this structure before, but not to this extent in an online tournament. A total of 17,130 players entered the Phase 1 flights, creating a prize pool of $1.713 million. Phase 2 began at 1:30pm ET on Sunday with 2,502 survivors taking their seats to play fifteen 20-minute levels. The money bubble burst fairly early on and eventually just 151 players remained for Monday's action. In the end, it came down to PocketFiver winwin07(pictured at top) versus John Blessed Duthie (pictured) for the title and just over $200,000 in first place money. Before we get to the winner, let's talk about the runner-up for a moment. Duthie founded the European Poker Tour, which some would argue is the most important live tournament series outside the World Series of Poker, and served as its chief executive from 2004 to 2012. He has also been a successful poker player in his own right; he holds the unique honor of being the first person to win over a million dollars in a televised tournament, winning $1.4 million in the Poker Million in 2000. For several years now, luminaries in the poker world have been calling for his induction into the Poker Hall of Fame; Daniel Negreanu has been one of Duthie's most vocal supporters. As for the 2015 WCOOP's first winner, winwin07 is no stranger to success in online poker tournaments. Also going by the screen name RcknTheSbrbs, he has $1.66 million in tracked tournament earnings on PocketFives, split about 3-to-1 between PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker. He currently sits in 440th position in the PocketFives Rankings, having been as high as 345th in 2012. The $200,352 winwin07 won for the WCOOP victory is the largest online cash of his career. Visit PokerStars for more details on the ongoing WCOOP. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  3. King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic has become a pretty enticing destination for poker’s largest events. World Series of Poker Europe is coming to King’s in the fall and partypokerLIVE is making a stop there next month for the partypoker Million Germany series. Owned and operated by Leon Tsoukernik, King’s Casino sits just on the edge of the Czech Republic/Germany border. The property boasts over 150 poker tables, making it prime real estate for any tour looking to make a splash with a massive guarantee. The partypokerLive Million series is comprised of multiple events with the €1,100 €1,000,000 guaranteed main event serving as the primary attraction. As with all partypokerLive events, Day 1 is available to be played either online or live with King’s Casino playing host to the live flights with the next opening session kicking off on May 28. All players who choose to enter a live Day 1 session will start their main event journey with 100,000 chips and 12 45-minute levels to get through before arriving at Day 2. One re-entry is available for each player per starting flight with late registration also available through the first six levels. Entrants who opt to play Day 1 online have the same structure with the exception of level length, which is 18 minutes. Day 1E offers a turbo flight with 15-minute levels and all tables playing Six Max poker. That flight starts at 12:00 pm local time on Sunday, June 4. Day 2 starts at June 4 at 3:30 pm local time with 12 more 45-minute levels scheduled to be played. The third and final day runs on Monday, June 5 starting at 2:00 pm local time. Levels on Day 3 increase to 60 minutes before reducing down to 30 minutes for heads up play. RELATED:Just One Penny Could Send You to partypoker LIVE GermanySide events are running on either side of the main event with a High Roller and an Eight Max both available. The High Roller event is a €2,200 buy in with a €200,000 guarantee. This event starts on Thursday, June 1 and offers unlimited re-entry. All players start with 100,000 chips and levels are 45 minutes for both Day 1 and Day 2 on June 2. The €1,100 €100,000 guaranteed Eight Max event gets started on June 4 for the first of two Day 1s. Day 1A carries 45-minute levels and 45-minute levels. Day 1B starts on June 5 at 12:00 pm local time and has a turbo structure with levels only 15 minutes long. All players who emerge from Day 1A and Day 1B will combine at 3:30 pm local time for Day 2 to play down to a winner. The partnership between partypokerLive and King’s Casino is sure to be a great one and partypokerLive President John Duthie is confident about the future of his tour in conjunction with the largest poker room in Europe. “Our primary focus is to make a tour that listens to players. We are happy to have done a deal with King’s - their growth recently has been one of the biggest stories in poker and we hope to match that by bringing both the Grand Prix and partypoker Million to their impressive poker arena! Roll in May!” Sign-up now for partypoker.com to start yourself on your way to playing in a partypoker LIVE MILLION event.
  4. [caption width="640"] Dusk Till Dawn Casino in Nottingham, England is about to host some of poker's biggest stars.[/caption] Considered by most to be the heart and soul of poker in England, the Dusk Till Dawn Casino in Nottingham will soon be hosting some of the world's best poker players for one of the biggest guarantees any European event has held in years. The first ever parytpoker Millions takes over DTD April 14 - 23 with six events and guarantees totaling £8,000,000 - with the Main Event guaranteeing £6,000,000. The Millions Main Event runs April 18 - 23 with a £5,300 buy-in, but players can start playing Phase 1 on partypoker or live at Dusk Till Dawn for just £550. The online Phase 1 events play 19 12-minute levels and players carry their chips forward to the Day 1. Along with the £6,000,000 guaranteed prize pool, Dusk Till Dawn has also guaranteed £1,000,000 to the eventual champion. A number of top players have already confirmed they'll be headed to Nottingham to play, including former #1-ranked PocketFivers; Griffin Benger, Joao Simao and Patrick Leonard. When partypoker announced plans for a live tour, it was obvious that Dusk Till Dawn would be the host for what should be considered the flagship event in Season 1. Following the partypoker Live Million Sochi event last month in Russia, this will be the first partypoker Live event in England. The Main Event is certainly the big attraction, but the other six events give players a multitude of options with buy-ins ranging from £220 up to £2,700 with most event offering re-entry. There's also live satellites running at the club now. "There are so many huge guaranteed events on this schedule I can’t wait to be back at Dusk Till Dawn to play all of them! There are a range of events for everyone," said Sam Trickett, partypoker Ambassador. "You can either buy-in direct or there is also a great satellite schedule that gives players of all bankrolls the opportunity to become a millionaire at Dusk Till Dawn next month." COMPLETE partypoker MILLIONS SCHEDULE DATETIMEEVENTBUY-INGUARANTEE April 1412:00 PMMillions Phase 1£500+£50-- *5:00 PMMillions Phase 1£500+£50-- April 1512:00 PMMillions Phase 1£500+£50-- *5:00 PMMillions Phase 1£500+£50-- April 1612:00 PMMillions Phase 1£500+£50-- *5:00 PMMillions Phase 1£500+£50-- April 1712:00 PMMillions Phase 1£500+£50-- *5:00 PMMillions Phase 1£500+£50-- *6:00 PMMillions High Roller Day 1£10,300£1,000,000 April 1812:00 PMMillions Phase 1£500+£50-- *1:00 PMMillions High Roller Final Day£10,000+£300-- *2:00 PMMillions Day 1A£5,000+£300£6,000,000 *5:00 PMMillions Phase 1£500+£50-- April 192:00 PMMillions Day 1B£5,000+£300£6,000,000 April 201:00 PMMillions Day 2£5,000+£300£6,000,000 *4:00 PMEight Max Day 1A£2,500+£200£1,000,000 April 211:00 PMMillions Day 3--£6,000,000 *4:00 PMEight Max Day 1B£2,500+£200£1,000,000 *8:00 PMDTD200 Day 1C£200+£20£100,000 April 2212:00 PMEight Max Day 1C£2,500+£200£1,000,000 *1:00 PMMillions Day 4--£6,000,000 *2:00 PMDTD200 Day 1D£200+£20£100,000 *4:00 PMEight Max Day 2--£1,000,000 *4:00 PMSix Max Day 1A£2,500+£200£250,000 *7:00 PMDTD200 Day 1E£200+£20£100,000 April 2312:00 PMDTD200 Turbo Day 1F£200+£20£100,000 *12:00 PMSix Max Turbo Day 1B£2,500+£200£250,000 *1:00 PMEight Max Final Day--£1,000,000 *1:00 PMMillions Final Day--£6,000,000 *3:00 PMMillions Ladies Event£200+£20£10,000 *3:30 PMDTD200 Final Day--£100,000 *3:30 PMSix Max Final Day--£250,000 The online satellite program begins with tournaments running at just one cent while Dusk Till Dawn is offering live satellites to the Main Event, the High Roller, Phase 1 and £2,500 buy-in events. “It’s important for me to see such a fantastic range of events for the players to choose from," said partypoker Live President, John Duthie. "A great satellite schedule also gives players of all bankrolls the opportunity to become a millionaire at Dusk Till Dawn next month.” The casino, which opened in 2008, has hosted some of poker's biggest events before. The members-only club played host to the WPT500 and a World Poker Tour event last October, a WPT National event last May and UKIPT events over the years. The poker room has 45 tables and often spreads No Limit Hold'em and Omaha cash games each night. Players who want to play the partypoker Millions will need to become a Dusk Till Dawn member - but don't fret, simply fill outthis online form and have photo ID ready when you arrive and you're all set.
  5. [caption width="640"] partypoker Millions is back in 2018 with seven events on the schedule[/caption] The partypoker Millions series premiered in 2017 to great praise from players and casino partners with huge guarantees being set and hit on a regular basis across the world. With the start of 2018 in sight, the official calendar for next year’s Millions series has been released with over $100 million in guaranteed prize pools lining the schedule. Five events carry a guarantee of $10 million, making partypoker one of the foremost leaders in the industry in that category. All five events with a $10 million guarantee also include guaranteed prizes of at least $1 million for first, second and third. partypoker is also guaranteeing 250 places paid and a minimum payout of €10,000. As with the 2017 events, there will be multiple ways to qualify via satellite as well as online and live Day 1 flights. There are seven events in total lined up between the end of Season 1 and Season 2 with six played live and one online. Many of the familiar cities visited in 2017 are back once again with Sochi, Russia, Nottingham, England, and Montreal, Canada all featured. The last event on the 2017 calendar is a $5 million guaranteed online event run entirely on partypoker.com. The $5,300 buy-in tournament runs from December 3-6 and will have satellites starting on November 1 for players to qualify in hopes of ending their year a millionaire. The largest addition to the schedule comes in one of poker’s premier stops in Barcelona, Spain. From April 7-15, the end of Season 1 takes place as part of the Millions Grand Final which features a €10 million guarantee. partypoker claims the event to be the first of the year where three players will become millionaires. The first 200 players to qualify for December's $5 million guaranteed online event will be entered into a last longer pool where the winner will earn a $15,000 package to the Millions Grand Final. Season 2 starts only a week after Season 1 ends with Montreal playing host to their second running of partypoker Millions. The $10 million CAD guaranteed event is double the guarantee from 2017, that drew a total of 1,168 entries. The buy-in of $5,300 CAD remains unchanged. The Millions UK event ran at Dusk Till Dawn in Nottingham, UK was in April of this year and is scheduled for September 29-October 9 in 2018. The 2018 schedule wraps up with the $10 million Caribbean Poker Party from November 10-18 at a location to be determined. partypoker Live President John Duthie created the former European Poker Tour series and has unleashed a new giant in the partypoker Millions series. Said Duthie on the 2018 schedule, “The response to the partypoker MILLIONS series has been incredible and I think the increased prize pools next year are going to take the events to a whole new level. It’s going to be very exciting.” The Chairman of partypoker, Mike Sexton, added, “The MILLIONS series has brought a great deal of excitement to the live and online poker world and really engaged players with a very competitive environment so I can’t wait to see the impact of even bigger prize pool guarantees in 2018.” The full partypoker Live 2018 schedule will be released soon with Grand Prix’s and other events listed. DateEventGuaranteeUSD Guarantee Dec 3-6, 2017Millions Online$5,000,000$5,000,000 Feb 10-18, 2018Millions Germany - Rozvadov€5,000,000$5,800,000 Aprl 7-15, 2018Millions Grand Final - Barcelona€10,000,000$11,700,000 Apr 21-29, 2018Millions North America - Montreal$10,000,000 CAD$7,900,000 Aug 4-12, 2018Millions Russia - Sochi$5,000,000$5,000,000 Sept 29-Oct 9, 2018Millions UK - Nottingham£6,500,000$5,000,000 Nov 10-18, 2018Caribbean Poker Party$10,000,000$10,000,000
  6. The final day of the second-largest online poker tournament ever ended in an anti-climactic and yet completely expected fashion. The final two players in the partypoker MILLIONS Online, 'frenchsniperrr' and 'Lucio' agreed to a deal that saw each of them lock up a minimum of $2.2 million each. Thanks to to having the bigger chip stack, 'frenchsniperrr' banked $2,259,113.58 for first place while 'Lucio' took $2,222,511.43 as the official runner-up. Discussion on a deal actually began with three players remaining but 'nomeansyes' turned down the opportunity. Not long after, with blinds of 8M/16M, 'nomeansyes' moved all in from the small blind for 224,032,356 with [poker card="qd"][poker card="js"] only to have 'frenchsniperrr' call from the big blind with [poker card="as"][poker card="qc"]. The board ran out [poker card="kh"][poker card="7d"][poker card="7h"][poker card="tc"][poker card="7s"] to eliminate 'nomeansyes' in third place for a $1,370,850 score. That hand was the last one played in the tournament. Within a minute of 'nomeansyes' being eliminated, 'frenchsniperrr' and 'Lucio' agreed to their deal and the tournament was over. 'Rank 1 Global', who began the day as the chip leader with 27 players remaining, finished in fourth place for $1,107,225 while European Poker Tour creator and Team partypoker Pro John Duthie finished in fifth place for $869,962.50. With a $10,300 buy-in, the 2,109-player field created a prize pool of $21,090,000 to make it the second-largest online tournament prize pool ever. The only tournament with a larger prize pool was the 2018 partypoker MILLIONS which awarded $21,835,000 after 4,367 players paid the $5,300 buy-in. Final Table Payouts frenchsniperrr - $2,259,113.58 Lucio - $2,222,511.43 nomeansyes - $1,370,850 Rank 1 Global - $1,107,225 John_Duthie - $869,962.50 Cloudking - $659,062.50 PalPal012015 - $474,525 BillKluka - $316,350

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