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  1. [caption width="640"] The King's Casino in Rozadov, Czech Republic is going to be hosting the next two WSOP Europe festivals, in 2017 and 2019. (Photo courtesy King's)[/caption] The World Series of Poker announced that the World Series of Poker Europe is returning in the fall 2017, but with a brand new home that has been the host to some of poker's elite over the past few years. After holding the series in England, France, and Germany, the latest installment of the poker festival has a home at the King’s Casino in Rozadov, Czech Republic. The WSOP and King’s Casino have reached an agreement that will keep the WSOPE in the Czech Republic for through 2019. In 2014, the WSOP began rotating WSOP Asia-Pacific in even years with WSOPE in the odd years, so King’s Casino will be the host site for the series in 2017 and 2019. The casino is located near the German border and its central location makes it an easy travel destination for many European players. Over the last several years, it has grown into the largest poker room in Europe, with over 150 tables. It is only continue to grow with more tables to be added and a huge expansion in the property before the outset of the tournament series next fall. “I have really bought into Leon’s vision for creating a poker-first destination in Central Europe,” said WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart. “The existing set up already reminds me of the Amazon Room at the Rio and it’s only going to get bigger. When the new hotel and the renovations are complete, and considering the way Leon and staff cater to poker players, this is going to be a very comfortable environment for a large festival such as ours.” Leon Tsoukernik of King’s Casino echoes Stewart’s sentiments of both continued growth and excitement about renovations. “We are honored to be holding such prestigious WSOP bracelet events,” said Tsoukernik. “By the time of the WSOPE next year, people will discover an all-new version of the King’s Casino. Not only are we adding 1,800 square meters of Las Vegas-style casino space with 40 more poker tables, we are opening an amazing new hotel with 218 rooms. “Last year alone, we brought over 250,000 poker players to Rozadov. Although this is already great for a town of 500, I believe we will be able to double that number as soon as our plans for expansion are completed.” For the two guaranteed years of the WSOPE, the King’s Casino will hold at least 10 bracelet events each series and will have more than $5 million in prizepool guarantees. Along with holding at least 20 bracelet events over two years, the King’s Casino will hold WSOP Circuit stops as well. They are guaranteed a fall and spring stop in 2018 and 2020 and will have a spring stop in 2017, 2019, and 2021. Here is a look at past WSOPE Main Events: 2007: Annette Obrestad beat 362 entrants to win $1,000,000 2008: John Juanda beat 362 entrants to win $868,800 2009: Barry Shulman beat 334 entrants to win $801,603 2010: James Bord beat 346 entrants to win $830,401 2011: Elio Fox beat 593 entrants to win $1,400,000 2012: Phil Hellmuth beat 420 entrants to win $1,058,403 2013: Adrian Mateos beat 375 entrants to win $1,000,000 2015: Kevin MacPhee beat 313 entrants to win $883,000
  2. 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.
  3. [caption width="640"] King's Casino is a few weeks away from playing host to partypoker MILLION Germany.[/caption] In the search for a new contender for best live poker series of 2017, partypoker LIVE has emerged as the clear front-runner. Having already traveled through Russia, England, and Canada, partypoker LIVE is establishing itself as a can’t-miss stop for future years. The next stop is at King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic, for the partypoker LIVE MILLION Germany. The €1,000,000 guaranteed event carries a buy in of €1,100, but starting at just a single penny, players can qualify for one of the largest tournaments outside of Las Vegas during the summer. As with all of the previous partypoker MILLION stops, Day 1s can be played online and for this version, there is a Day 1A and 1B. Before playing either of those qualifying flights, all MILLIONhopefuls have numerous opportunities to start climbing the satellite ladder. Currently available every 30 minutes from 12:00-22:00 CET on the partypoker client are $.01 satellites. All entrants who advance out of that stage receive $1.10 tickets that can be used in the Micro Feeder step. The $1.10 satellite runs every hour in the same timeframe as the $.01 qualifier. Sign-up now for partypoker.com to start yourself on your way to playing in a partypoker LIVE MILLION event. The Micro Feeder step awards $5.50 tickets to those who move on. Next up is the Mini Feeder step which pays out a $22 ticket. Like the Micro Feeder, the $5.50 Mini Feeder satellite runs every hour between 12:00 and 22:00 CET. One out of every four entrants into the Mini Feeder will walk away with a seat to the MILLION Germany Feeder, which is the second-to-last step before officially qualifying for the Main Event. The $22 Germany Feeder will place one out of approximately five entrants into the $109 Direct Satellite and runs every hour on the same schedule as the Mini and Micro Feeder. The $109 qualifier features two options of qualification. One avenue, the Direct Satellite, allows for players to attempt at satelliting into exclusively an Online Day 1 and the other, the partypoker MILLION Germany Satellite, gives players the option of playing an Online or Live Day 1. The two Online Day 1s are taking place at 20:00 CET on May 21 and 28. The Direct Satellite offers flights at 16:00 and 18:00 prior to either Day 1 and awards a €1,100 seat to one out of every 10 entrants that can only be used for Online Day 1A or Online Day 1B. The partypoker MILLION Germany satellite is scheduled for 18:00, 20:00, and 22:00 CET and one out of every 10 players who earn a Day 1 seat can use it either for one of the Online Day 1s or a live Day 1, which are taking place on June 2-4 at King’s Casino. The Online Day 1 structure is familiar and offers a deepstack structure you would expect from a main event. All players start with 100,000 chips with late registration and single re-entry available for the first six levels of play. Levels are 18 minutes each and all players who survive the 12 levels set for play earn a place in Sunday, June 4’s Day 2. The Live Day 1 also offers a 100,000 starting stack with 12 levels to be played before remaining players bag for Day 2. Levels for live play are 45 minutes with the same late registration and re-entry policy at its live counterpart. Day 1E is a six max turbo with levels cut down to 15 minutes.
  4. [caption width="640"] Chris Ferguson earned WSOP Player of the Year honors, benefiting from the controversial scoring system. (WSOP photo)[/caption] The system was doomed before the 2017 World Series of Pokeropened up in May and six months later, with the conclusion of WSOP Europe, the WSOP Player of the Year race wrapped up. Say what you will about him, but there is no denying the year Chris Ferguson put together to earn top honors. Ferguson racked up 23 total cashes, three final tables (two in $10,000 events) and capped off his run by earning his sixth bracelet. When the WSOP departed for King's Casino in October, Ferguson held a precarious lead over John Racener and Ryan Hughes. Those two opponents were the top contenders to travel over to the Czech Republic to battle for the title. Among those who built up a solid resume and had a chance to catch Ferguson were Daniel Negreanu, Ray Henson, and Ben Yu. All three decided to not travel to chase one of the most elite titles in poker. Early in the summer, players took to social media to voice their opinions on what they viewed to be a system full of flaws. Points were awarded on a scale that rewarded players who constantly min-cashed in smaller buy-in, large field events. One player who was notably held back by the system was David Bach. Bach won two bracelets, one in a $1,500 event and the other in a $10K, and cashed three more times before the end of the summer. Bach wound up finishing in 87th place in the POY standings The only other player to win two bracelets, Nipun Java, didn’t even crack the top 100. So what does this mean for Ferguson’s year and overall accomplishment? Well, it’s hard to fully put it into context. Ferguson performed the best out of any player within the given system and no matter how bad the rules, you still must play by them in order to win. Although Ferguson’s win is out of the ordinary for a variety of circumstances, his stats are more or less in line with previous Player of the Year winners. Of the 13 previous years the POY was awarded, five of the honorees had one bracelet to their name. And among that baker’s dozen, another five had three or less final tables. The number that obviously stands out for Ferguson is his 23 cashes. The most ever prior to him was Jason Mercier in 2016, who made 11 trips to the payout cage. Twice before then, a player cashed 10 times with George Danzer and Negreanu doing so there. Based on the overwhelmingly negative player feedback, the POY system is likely going revamped for 2018 and a year like Ferguson’s is unlikely to be rewarded the same way. In a year of many highs and lows for the WSOP, it seems appropriate that Ferguson is the POY winner and is indirectly recognized for his accomplishment in what was an incredible year. Even with the 15 percent payout structure in place, it is unlikely that any player will match Ferguson’s magic 23 in the immediate future. For now, all that’s left is to wonder what Ferguson’s acceptance speech might entail. Regardless of what the public opinion, there is no taking away his second banner inside the Rio.
  5. [caption width="640"] Leon Tsoukernik, owner of King's Casino, battles high-stakes mainstay Matt Kirk in Nevada courts[/caption] Clark County's Eighth Judicial Court ruled for a partial dismissal in the ongoing court battle between high-stakes grinder Matthew Kirk and the owner of King's Casino, Leon Tsoukernik. The lawsuit, filed by Kirk, seeks to recover $2,000,000 of an alleged $3,000,000 loan Kirk gave to Tsoukernik during a heads-up battle at the Aria Hotel & Casino this spring just prior to the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. According to court documents obtained by PocketFives.com, on the morning of May 27 2017, Kirk and Tsoukernik were engaged in a high-stakes heads-up poker game that seemingly was going Kirk's way. So much so that on four occasions during that session, Kirk “loaned casino chips to Mr. Tsoukernik so that Mr. Tsoukernik could continue playing the heads-up poker game against Mr. Kirk.” In total, Kirk handed over $3,000,000 in chips to Tsoukernik. At the conclusion of the match, Tsourkernik seemingly refused to pay the amount back and only after “repeated demands” handed over $1,000,000 on June 3 to Kirk. Looking to obtain the remaining $2,000,000 debt, Kirk filed a lawsuit in the state of Nevada will allegations of “breach of contract, breach of implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, fraudulent inducement, and unjust enrichment.” Partial Dismissal & Nevada Revised Statue 463.361(1) Tsourkernik's legal team looked to have the entire lawsuit dismissed, mainly, on the back of Nevada Revised Statue 463.361(1). The basic breakdown of NRS 463.361(1) is that the state does not enforce gaming debts between non-licensed parties. For licensed parties (e.g. major casinos) there are legal remedies should someone opt not to pay back a gaming debt. But for two unlicensed participants like Kirk and Tsoukernik, their early morning heads-up battle and subsequent loaning of chips is classified by the state as a gaming debt as there was money won and lost. That gaming debt, and therefore the “contract” between them, is not legally enforceable. In response to the motion, Kirk claimed that the loaning of the physical chips was not, in and of itself, the gaming debt and therefore needed to be repaid. The court determined that, no matter the currency, it didn't change the nature of the debt. The court therefore dismissed Kirk's claims of “breach of contract” and “breach of implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing.” Tsoukernik Not Off The Hook Even though Tsourkernik had counts 1-8 dismissed and had the debt declared a nonenforceable gaming debt, the court found the Kirk had enough to proceed with the lawsuit on the final two allegations of “fraudulent inducement and unjust enrichment.” Fraudulent inducement is, essentially, the entering of an agreement by one party with no actual intent on holding up their end of the bargain. While the Court has deemed that it would not enforce an illegal or unenforceable contract, such as the gaming debt here, that it is not without exception. In this case, there was no illegality, no “serious moral turpitude” and Kirk's allegation that Tsourkernik had no intention of paying him back from the very start is at the very least viable, citing text messages from Tsourkernik to Kirk allegedly sent less than 20 minutes after the match, where Tsourkernik acknowledges that he took the money but stating that the debt is invalid. Here's a look at what constitutes “Fraudulent Inducement”, according to the court document: “First, a false representation; second, knowledge that the representation is false; third, an intent to induce consent to contract; fourth, justifiable reliance on the misrepresentation; and fifth, damages resulting from such a reliance.” Basically, Kirk is claiming that Tsourkernik represented that he would pay him back and took the money with no intention to do so because he thought that recovering the debt would be completely unenforceable. Finally, Kirk's claim of “unjust enrichment” was also survived. If “fraudulent inducement” is proven, then it stands that it could be found that Tsourkernik also had “greatest moral fault” in the incident and therefore, by not paying back $2,000,000 of the debt, has been unjustly enriched. In Summary The first eight counts relating to the breach of contract claims have been dismissed. The Court views the agreement as an unenforceable gaming debt between the two parties. That said, if Tsourkernik was banking on that when he entered the gaming debt, Kirk still has remedies available to him and therefore the final two counts of fraudulent inducement and unjust enrichment can proceed. Matthew 'Aussie Matt' Kirk, is still playing in the Las Vegas high-roller scene having appeared on the reboot of Poker After Dark in August while Tsourkernik, as the owner of King's Casino, is preparing to host the World Series of Poker Europe in Rozadov, Czech Republic starting on October 19. The two have even played against each other on partypoker's high stakes cash games.
  6. [caption width="640"] 888poker is the only place to qualify online for the 2017 WSOP Europe Main Event.[/caption] The 2017 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas is officially done and dusted, but that doesn't mean there isn't more bracelets up for grabs. This October, King's Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic is playing host to WSOP Europe, with 11 events on the schedule. And 888poker is the only online poker room offering qualifiers for the €10,350 Main Event, which runs November 4-9. Each Main Event package, valued at $13,000, includes tournamnet buy-in, five nights accomodation in Rozvadov and $400 for travel expenses. “We are thrilled that our ongoing partnership with the WSOP has been extended to the hugely anticipated WSOPE Poker Festival in Rozvadov,” said Itai Pazner, Senior Vice President & Head of B2C at 888 Holdings. “888poker works very hard to make big poker events like this accessible to all its players, giving them the chance to win big money and compete for a coveted bracelet.” The $1,050 buy-in qualifiers will run 2-3 times a week between late-July and October with each paying out a minimum of one 2017 WSOP Europe Main Event package. Players can work their way up through the 888poker Steps program starting as low as $0.01 or play in $12 sub-satellites and $109 satellites to work their way into the $1,050 qualifier. TOURNAMENTBUY-INPAYOUT Step 1$0.01Pays 1 Step 2 Ticket for every $0.10 in prize pool Step 2$0.10Pays 1 Step 3 Ticket for every $1 in prize pool Step 3$1Pays 1 Step 4 Ticket for every $5 in prize pool Step 4$5Pays 1 Step 5 Ticket for every $30 in prize pool Step 5$30Pays 1 Tournament Ticket for every $160 in prize pool Sub-Satellite$12Pays 1 Satellite Ticket for every $109 in prize pool Satellite$109Pays 1 Qualifier Ticket for every $1,050 in prize pool Qualifier$1,050Pays 1 WSOPE Package for every $13,000 in prize pool The 2017 WSOPE schedule includes events with buy-ins ranging from €550 for the European edition of Colossus, all the way up to €111,111 for the High Roller for One Drop. FULL 2017 WSOP EUROPE SCHEDULE EVENT #TOURNAMENTBUY-INGUARANTEE 1Monster Stack (No Limit Hold'em)€ 1,100€ 500,000 2Pot Limit Hold'em€ 550- 3No Limit Hold'em (Super Turbo Bounty)€ 1,100- 4Six Max No Limit Hold'em€ 1,650- 5The Colossus (No Limit Hold'em)€ 550€ 2,000,000 6Pot Limit Hold'em€ 2,200- 7Pot Limit Hold'em Eight or Better€ 1,650- 8Little One for One Drop (No Limit Hold'em)€ 1,100€ 500,000 9High Roller (No Limit Hold'em)€ 25,000- 10High Roller for One Drop (No Limit Hold'em)€ 111,111€ 10,000,000 11Main Event€ 10,350€ 4,000,000
  7. [caption width="640"] 888poker team pros Bruno Politano, Chris Moorman, and Bruno Kawauti are excited for the release of the Live Festival and Local Event schedule. (888 photo).[/caption] 888poker’s 2017 Live Festival season kicked off at King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic and recently announced a full series in Barcelona in May. 888live is pleased to reveal seven more stops to add to their calendar. In total, there are three 888live Festivals on the remaining schedule along with six Local Events. The 888live Festival Series and Local Events will be making four separate stops to London. The Live Festival is on the schedule for October with Local Events on tap for May, July, and November. 888poker team pro and former PocketFives #1 player Chris 'moorman1' Moorman is planning on being in attendance in London and excited to take down a title in his native country. “I plan on winning the event in London as I've always wanted to win an event in my home city and getting so close in the high roller last year has wet my appetite to do this even further,” said Moorman. Fellow 888poker ambassador Kara Scott is overjoyed at the prospect of winning a title so close to home. “I'm calling London! I'm going to use Barcelona as my warm up (and absolutely try to take it down). But London feels like home turf to me, and I've done well there in the other two 888poker main events I've played, even coming 3rd in the first I played with an 888poker patch on, so it feels like mine.” Along with the previously announced 888live Festival stop in Barcelona, the other Live Festival stop on the calendar is in August in Sao Paolo, Brazil; the home of many 888poker team members. One of those Brazilian players, 2014 November Niner Bruno Politano, loves playing 888Live events and will be at the stops in Barcelona and Brazil. “The atmosphere in 888Live events is amazing. You can feel that the company is putting the players first, giving them the chance to play with our amazing 888 team. I absolutely love the 888Live events in Brazil and will love even more the upcoming [series] in Barcelona!” The other Local Events on tap for later this year are Dublin in June, Madrid in September, and Vienna in December to close out the campaign. The official locations and schedule of events will be released closer to the timing of each series. Both returning and new players should be ready for an experience unlike any other when the next 888poker arrives at a city near them. Live poker has come a long way and someone who has been around the game as long as Scott is floored by what 888poker offers at their events. “When players approach me to share their stories of how fun an event was or to tell me how they feel taken care of by 888poker, it always makes me feel very proud to be part of the 888poker team. Since the inception of 888Live, the players have come first at 888poker, as they consistently offer affordable buy-ins alongside impressive guaranteed prize pools.” If you don’t have an 888poker account yet, sign up through this link and you’ll get a 100% bonus up to a maximum of $700. You'll also get a free $10 on top of the first $10 you deposit available to you right away!
  8. [caption width="680"] The World Series of Poker is making its return to Europe with a trip to King's Casino in October of this year. (WSOP file photo)[/caption] The long-awaited return of World Series of Poker Europe hits King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic this October and features 11 bracelet events and €17,000,000 in guaranteed prize pools. The official schedule, which starts October 19 and wraps up on November 10 with the final table of the €10,300 buy in €4,000,000 guaranteed Main Event, was announced on Wednesday. In total, there is €17,000,000 in guaranteed prize pools up for grabs starting with the always popular Monster Stack event. The three starting flight tournament carries a €500,000 guarantee for a €1,100 buy in and boasts a 20,000 starting stack, 5,000 more than its Las Vegas counterpart, along with a single re-entry. Among the other events on the WSOPE schedule is the €550 buy-in Colossus, €1,650 single re-entry Six Max, €25,000 re-entry High Roller, and the €111,111 buy in €10,000,000 guaranteed High Roller for One Drop. King’s Casino is owned and operated by Leon Tsoukernik and has grown to worldwide prominence since opening in 2003. With the capacity to fit 160 tables, King’s Casino is more than capable of performing on the game’s biggest stage and Tsoukernik is excited to host the biggest series in the game. “I’m so proud that that the WSOP Europe is coming to King’s,” said Tsoukernik. “I started off with a dream and my dream has come true and I hope poker players have their dreams come true too when they see the sheer size and facilities of King's. With the awarding of WSOP gold bracelets, we have brought a huge piece of Las Vegas to Europe and we aim to deliver Vegas standards with this event too.” More than just a businessman, Tsoukernik is an avid poker player himself and will be participating in this summer’s Super High Roller Bowlat the Aria. The “Fall Festival” at King’s Casino officially starts on September 28, with the World Series of Poker Circuit making a European stop. In total 84 events will be played out over the course of 44 consecutive days, making this stop a can’t miss for any player. The WSOPE Main Event boasts two Day 1s on November 4 and 5 and features a single re-entry option along with a 50,000 starting stack. The Colossus has ten starting flights, a €550 buy in and a €2 million guarantee, making it very likely that the field will eclipse 4,000 entrants and become the largest tournament in European history. The first flight for the Colossus kicks off on October 27. The anticipation is already starting to grow and the Executive Director of the World Series of Poker, Ty Stewart, expects this series to be the best European one yet. “WSOP Europe has struggled to find a permanent home since debuting in 2007 because we could never really find the venue or partner to replicate what we have in Las Vegas,” said Stewart. “But I truly believe in Leon’s vision, his passion and King’s Casino to execute the best WSOP Europe to date. We are bullish in this becoming the European equivalent of the WSOP in Las Vegas, something we have always dreamed of doing when we first began our foray into Europe a decade ago.” #EVENTBUY-INGUARANTEESTART DATESNOTES 1Monster Stack No Limit Hold'em (re-entry next flight)€1,100€500,000Oct. 19, 20, 21Three starting flights 2Pot Limit Omaha (Eight Max, re-entry)€550--Oct. 23, 24Two starting flights 3Super Turbo Bounty No Limit Hold'em (re-entry)€1,100--Oct. 25Two starting flights, €500 bounty on each player 4Six Max No Limit Hold'em (single re-entry)€1,650--Oct. 26* 5Colossus (one re-entry per flight)€550€2,000,000Oct. 27, 28, 29, 30, 3110 starting flights 6Pot Limit Omaha (Eight Max, unlimited re-entry)€2,200--Oct. 28* 7Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better (re-entry)€1,650--Oct. 31* 8Little One for One Drop No Limit Hold'em (re-entry)€1,100€500,000Nov. 1, 22 starting flights 9No Limit Hold'em High Roller (re-entry)€25,000--Nov. 1* 10High Roller for One Drop (re-entry)€111,111€10,000,000Nov. 3(111 player cap) 11WSOP Europe Main Event (single re-entry)€10,300€4,000,000Nov. 4-52 starting flights
  9. partypokerLIVE is prepared to hold their first major event of 2018 when their branded MILLIONS series arrives on February 8 in Rozvadov for the MILLIONS Germany poker series. The 11-day festival, which comes with over €12.5 million in guarantees over nine events, will be taking place at Leon Tsoukernik’s King’s Casino. Even though the famous poker palace is technically is in Czechia, it's close enough to the border for the event to still be promoted as taking place in Germany. The Main Event The featured event of the series is the mammoth €5,300 Main Event that carries with it a €5,000,000 guarantee. To help them reach the hefty guarantee, the event will hold four starting flights, beginning on February 14, and each one will allow players a single re-entry. The structure moves swiftly for a €5k, with 40-minute levels on Day 1 then increasing to hour-long levels thereafter. Also, for players who like to shuffle chips, there’s plenty to be had as each starting stack is 1,000,000. While that sounds like a lot, level one starts at 5k/10k making starting stacks a mere 100 big blinds deep. The tournament is also using the button ante system for antes, hopefully helping the speed of play, allowing more hands per level. Keeping An Eye On The Prize To exceed the ambitious guarantee, partypoker will need at least 1000 entries over the four starting flights. While there are ample opportunities for players to blast off and re-enter, they may find that there are a finite number of players who will be willing and able to fire multiple bullets into a 5k. The previous MILLIONS event to offer a similar guarantee was the partypoker Caribbean Poker Party, won by Canadian Sam Greenwood, which exceeded the guarantee by just over $32,000. Just prior to that, the partypoker MILLIONS Russia Main Event missed the mark by $150,000. So many in the industry will be keeping their eyes on the number of runners that make it out to this one. The numbers from the most recent World Series of Poker Europe are certainly promising for the MILLION Germany Main Event. While not a perfect comparison, the €10,350 Main Event for WSOPE, held in the very same room, did fetch 529 runners, creating a prize pool above the €5,000,000 mark. Certainly, satellites will help put players in seats and partypoker has plenty to offer for those looking to win their way in. Online satellites start at $0.50 with steps at the $22, $109 and eventually the $530 level where 10 seats are guaranteed, three times a week. King’s Casino will also be holding two Mega Satellites into the Main Event, both on February 13. Each of the €550 Megas comes with a 50 seat guarantee and both have unlimited re-entry. Tons Of Tournaments In fact, the action all week should be fast-paced. Nine total events are on the schedule starting off with the €500,000 GTD Grand Prix. This €220 event boasts four online starting days and five live starting flights. The tournament will merge on Day 2, February 10, the same day that both a €1,000 and the €25,000 Super High Roller get started. Other events on the schedule include a €10,000 High Roller and what will likely draw the most attention of the series, the €50,000 Super High Roller. In addition to large amounts of winnings available in the variety of prize pools, partypoker is offering ten free $5,300 seats to the massive $20 million guaranteed MILLIONS Online tournament to the top ten finishers in the Main Event. The online tournament, hoping to have the largest prize pool in online history, is set to run from December 1-4 2018. High Stakes Cash Games In addition to the 24/7 cash games that accompany the tournaments, partypoker is running their televised high stakes cash game, The Big Game. The €50/€100 No Limit Hold'em game will run for 36 hours straight and saddling up to the table will be some of the biggest names in the game. partypoker ambassador Sam Trickett will be joined by bombastic Lithuanian politician Tony G, the owner of popular UK cardroom Dusk till Dawn, Rob Yong, Team partypoker's mustachioed Phillip Gruissem as well as online superstar Viktor 'Isildur1' Blom. All of the action is set to be live-streamed from 6 pm (Noon ET) February 10 until 6 am February 12 (Midnight ET) on partypoker TV. MILLIONS Germany is the final event in a successful inaugural season of the MILLIONS tour. The next and final stop for Season One will be the Grand Final in Barcelona in April.
  10. The Czech Republic is up and coming in the live poker world. King’s Casino is the host of Europe’s biggest events and the upcoming partypokerLIVE MILLIONS event. Online poker is the lifeblood of the Czech Republic’s poker success and the top-10 is full of names familiar to the peak of PocketFives rankings. The #1 player on the list is ‘pappadogg.’ The lion avatar reached an all-time of #6 in the Worldwide Rankings in 2017. ‘pappadogg’ does not put in as much as volume as they once did to reach that rankings peak but are starting to pick up the pace at the start of 2018. Miroslav ‘Nethos’ Forman comes in at #2. Forman plays the mid-stakes and low-stakes tournaments on PokerStars and struck relative gold at the end of 2017. The November 26 Sunday Million featured a third-place finish from Forman to pick up 550.22 PLB points and $75,250. The bronze medalist in the Czech Republic rankings is WSOP Main Event Day 7 finisher Michael ‘SmallKindB’ Sklenička. The young Czech made the partypokerLIVE MILLIONS final table in Sochi, Russia in September and is no slouch on the online felt either. Sklenička is nudging toward $1 million in earnings, exclusively playing on PokerStars. The ‘gembler’ of the Czech Republic is at an all-time high for their PocketFives rankings at #325. ‘Gembler’ is another player who grinds the single and double-digits buy-in events. Playing under the moniker of ‘IKnowYourLimits,’ they take third in the second event of the partypoker PowerFest in a field of 1,981 to take down 163.58 points. Jakub ‘Olli444’ Oliva plays well online as his $1.325 million in tournament winnings would attest to. Most of Oliva’s biggest scores are from a few years ago and he’s back on that pace with an $18,154 win on PokerStars. ‘Foldin4livin’ plays a few hands, apparently. The #6 player in the Czech Republic has their best results on partypoker including two runner-ups at the end of January. ‘Desmo’ enters the fray at #7. The all-time high for ‘Desmo’ was #106 in 2016. The #500 player in the world resides in the Czech Republic with ‘martinkom111.’ The PokerStars only player took second in the January 28 Sunday Million and pocketed $116,229 and 730.75 PLB points to shoot up the rankings. The final two on the list are ‘Vocaaas’ and ‘dohodys.’ Both players are under 3,000 PLB points and looking to pass their countrymen in the upcoming weeks. Czech Republic's Online Poker Rankings Top 10 RANK PLAYER POINTS 1 pappadogg 4,496.92 2 Nethos 3,751.70 3 SmallKindB 3,554.34 4 gembler 3,491.86 5 Olli444 3,295.43 6 Foldin4livin 3,242.67 7 Desmo 3,184.06 8 martinkom111 2,992.26 9 Vocaaas 2,975.41 10 dohodys 2,743.24
  11. The legal drama surrounding last summer's high-stakes heads-up battle between King's Casino owner Leon Tsoukernik and poker pro "Aussie" Matt Kirk completed another episode on Tuesday. According to the Las Vegas Review Journal, a Las Vegas judge dismissed Tsoukernik's counterclaims of defamation, fraud and civil conspiracy against Kirk and the Aria Resort & Casino. The back-and-forth courtroom battle between the Rozvadov casino owner and the high-stakes pro stems from an unpaid $2 million debt incurred by Tsoukernik after he allegedly borrowed millions from Kirk only to lose it all back to him in a late night heads-up poker game on May 27 at the Aria. It appears that all are in agreement that Tsourkernik has repaid $1 million of the initial $3 million loan. However, with the remainder left unpaid, Kirk took Tsourkernik to court. The judge ruled that while the debt was an "unenforceable gambling debt", but left the door open for Kirk to continue his legal pursuit on the grounds of “fraudulent inducement" and "unjust enrichment.” As a counter-measure Tsourkernik sued Kirk, also naming the Aria Resort & Casino. In his claim, he argued that he overserved and was too impaired to play on the night of May 27. Additionally, Tsoukernik says that Kirk didn’t disclose where his money came from, inferring that he was backed. District Judge Linda Bell apparently found little merit to Tsourkernik’s arguments, tossing out the claims against both Kirk and the Aria. “What does that matter, if he’s an independent poker player, where he gets his money from?” Bell said. “That’s not something that any person gambling is required to tell any other person gambling. How can that be fraud?” Lawyers for Tsoukernik argued that both Kirk and the Aria placed an inebriated Tsoukernik in a “vulnerable situation” and that the fraud was conducted in “how the game itself was executed, not the simple request of participating in the game.” Countering, Kirk’s attorney Richard Schonfeld said, “There’s no factual allegation that Mr. Kirk ordered him a drink or anything of that sort. Simply, Mr. Tsoukernik alleges that he voluntarily consumed alcohol and somehow that’s a fraud that my client committed upon him.” In addition to tossing the claim, Judge Bell also ordered that Tsoukernik’s team pay the legal fees for Kirk. While the rulings were a definitive loss for Tsoukernik, the judge did state that if Tsoukernik’s lawyers found a new argument, the door would be open for them. Lawyers for Kirk say that despite the previous ruling of the $2 million is an "unenforceable gambling debt", they are still proceeding with attempting to obtain payment in full. The judge also dismissed the charges levied against the Aria, stating that those issues should be addressed by the Gaming Control Board. In the meantime, Tsoukernik's King's Casino will be hosting the World Series of Poker Circuit Spring Festival from March 1-19.
  12. Another opportunity to capture a gold bracelet arrives when the World Series of Poker Europe returns to the King’s Casino in Rozvadov from October 9 - November 2. The three-week festival includes 10 bracelet events, including the €5 million guaranteed Main Event, and €13 million guaranteed over the span of the series. Streamlined Schedule The schedule of events in 2018 is slightly trimmer, down to 10 events from 12 a year ago. But the loss of the One Drop charitable events doesn’t stop the schedule from offering a slate of tournaments that will appeal to everyone from the recreational bracelet hunter to the Super High Roller. In addition to the €10,350 Main Event with a €5,000,000 guarantee, there are two high rollers, including a €100,000 Super High Roller. Pot-Limit Omaha specialists have plenty to play as the game makes three appearances over the three weeks at three different buy-in levels. Also, two of the summer’s most popular branded tournaments, the Colossus and Monster Stack, have European counterparts again this year. A Look Back 2018 marks the 11th year of the WSOPE. In previous years, the event was held all over Europe from London to France to Germany. For the second time in as many years, this year, it takes place at King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic. Last year, 888poker online qualifier Marti Roca de Torres turned his satellite investment into a 1.1 million Main Event victory. One that he parlayed into a sponsorship from the site. The only thing that overshadowed the Spaniard’s Main Event win was the attention paid to the WSOP Player of the Year race. That was eventually secured during the WSOPE by the controversial Chris Ferguson. Roca de Torres is just one of an extensive list of notable names that have taken down the WSOP Europe Championship bracelet in years past. At the first WSOPE in London in 2007, a young Annette Obrestad became the youngest WSOP bracelet winner and the first WSOPE champion winning £1,000,000 at just 18 years old. The years after saw a string of high profile players capture the title including John Juanda, Barry Shulman, James Bord and Elio Fox. In 2012, the leader in all-time WSOP bracelets won, Phil Hellmuth earned his 13th by taking down the Main Event in Cannes, France. Joining him in the years after, both Adrian Mateos and Kevin McPhee joined the WSOPE Main Event winner’s club. What To Watch For Of course, there will be a spotlight on who will become the next European Main Event Champion. At the same time, all eyes will be on the current WSOP Player of the Year race. At the top of the leaderboard is former top-ranked PocketFiver Shaun ‘shaundeeb’ Deeb. Deeb had a phenomenal summer campaign in Las Vegas. He accumulated 16 total cashes, earning more than $2.4 million. He also picked up two new WSOP bracelets bringing his career total to four. Deeb has a healthy points lead and will likely make the trip to Rozvadov to earn more. However, there are a couple players within striking distance that could change the face of the POY race if they attend the series and book a win or two. Deeb’s closest competition is Ben Yu. Like Deeb, Yu also had a magnificent 2018 WSOP. He cashed in 15 events and took home the bracelet in Event #77: $50,000 NLHE High Roller for $1.65 million. Both Yu and Deeb have had plenty of recent success in Pot Limit Omaha events. So, if we see the pair in Rozvadov, look for fireworks in the PLO tournaments if they both go deep. Joe ‘jcada99’ Cada and recent Poker Hall of Fame inductee John Hennigan are third and fourth on the WSOP leaderboard respectively. Neither player is well-known for traveling the circuit to play. So, it would be a surprise to see either of them on the other side of the world racking up points in this race. The World Series of Poker Europe beings on October 9 with the start of the €550 Colossus and will come to an end when the 12th WSOPE Main Event Champion is crowned on November 2. WSOP Europe Schedule of Events Date Event # Event 10/9 1a €550 Colossus No-Limit Hold'em - €1,000,000 Guarantee 10/10 1b 10/11 1c 10/12 1d 10/13 1e 10/14 2 €1,650 6-Handed Deepstack NLHE -- €200,000 Guarantee 10/15 3A €550 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed -- €100,000 Guarantee 10/16 3B 10/17 4 €1,100 Turbo Special Bounty Hunter No-Limit Hold'em -- €200,000 Guarantee 10/18 5A €1,100 Monster Stack No-Limit Hold'em -- €1,000,000 Guarantee 10/19 5B 10/20 5C 10/21 6 €1,650 Pot Limit Omaha/NLHE Mix -- €200,000 Guarantee 10/22 7 €2,200 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed -- €200,000 Guarantee 10/24 8 €25,000 High Roller No-Limit Hold'em - €1,000,000 Guarantee 10/26 9 €100,000 Super High Roller - €5,000,000 Guarantee 10/27 10A €10,350 WSOP Europe Main Event - €5,000,000 Guarantee 10/28 10B
  13. On Thursday, the World Series of Poker continued with its steady flow of announcements regarding its 2019 events by announcing the dates for WSOP Europe. The festival returns to King's Resort Rozvadov in the Czech Republic October 15 and runs through November 4, 2019. The 2019 WSOP Europe schedule features 10 gold bracelet events, highlighted by the €10,000 WSOP Europe Main Event. The WSOP Europe Main Event is scheduled for October 25-30. Last year's WSOP Europe Main Event attracted a field of 534 entries for a prize pool of €5,073,000. The UK's Jack Sinclair bested them all to win the €1.122 million first-place prize and coveted gold bracelet. "We love hosting WSOP Europe and treating the game's best players with our one-of-a-kind hospitality," King's Resort owner Leon Tsoukernik said in the press release. "We hope players who have participated in WSOPE come back this year, and for those yet to make it out to King's, we strongly encourage you to make plans to join us for Europe's richest annual live poker festival." The 2018 WSOP Europe festival drew 6,028 entries across its 10 gold bracelet events. Those entries generated just shy of €21 million in prize money. Although the 2019 WSOP Europe schedule of events has yet to be announced, players can likely expect a similar slate to last year's offering, which included a €550 Colossus, €1,100 Monster Stack, and €25,500 High Roller. Stay tuned to PocketFives.com for more news from the World Series of Poker.
  14. The World Series of Poker is gearing up for their return to King’s Resort in Rozvadov for the 2019 WSOPE from October 13-November 4. For the third year in a row, Leon Tosukernik’s casino in the Czech Republic will play host to the WSOP’s European series where it’s very likely that the 2019 WSOP Player of the Year winner will be determined. Fifteen Gold Bracelet Events After rolling out an initial slate of 11 gold bracelet events, organizers have recently increased the number of events to 15 due to player feedback. The changes include a pair of tournaments to entice the high-rollers including a €250,000 Super High Roller as well as €25,500 Mixed Game Championship. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"] “Coming off the success of the 50th Annual World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, we took another look at the initial WSOPE schedule and felt we could enhance it,” said WSOP Vice President Jack Effel. ”Leon and his team have been great partners for WSOP Europe and while the dates of the 2019 event haven’t changed, we were able to find some room to add some exciting new events that will drive bigger prize pools and see players busy.” 2019 WSOPE Schedule DATE EVENT BUY-IN 10-13 Opener No-Limit Hold'em - Flight A €350 10-14 Pot-Limit Omaha (8-Handed) - Flight A €550 10-14 Opener No-Limit Hold'em - Flight B €350 10-15 Pot-Limit Omaha (8-Handed) - Flight B €550 10-16 Mini Main Event No-Limit Hold'em - Flight A €1,350 10-16 Super High Roller No-Limit Hold'em €250,000 10-17 Mini Main Event No-Limit Hold'em - Flight B €1,350 10-17 8-Game Mix €2,500 10-18 Mini Main Event No-Limit Hold'em - Flight C €1,350 10-18 Short Deck High Roller No-Limit Hold'em €25,500 10-19 Turbo Bounty Hunter No-Limit Hold'em €1,100 10-20 Platinum High Roller No-Limit Hold'em €25,500 10-20 Pot-Limit Omaha/No-Limit Hold'em Mix €1,650 10-21 Mixed Games Championship €25,500 10-22 Pot-Limit Omaha €2,200 10-23 Diamond High Roller No-Limit Hold'em €100,000 10-24 Short Deck No-Limit Hold'em €2,500 10-25 Main Event No-Limit Hold'em - Flight A €10,300 10-26 Main Event No-Limit Hold'em - Flight B €10,300 10-28 Colossus No-Limit Hold'em - Flight A €550 10-29 Colossus No-Limit Hold'em - Flight B €550 10-30 Colossus No-Limit Hold'em - Flight C €550 10-31 Colossus No-Limit Hold'em - Flight D €550 10-31 Colossus No-Limit Hold'em - Flight E €550 11-01 Colossus No-Limit Hold'em - Flight F €550 11-01 Colossus No-Limit Hold'em - Flight G €550 11-02 Colossus No-Limit Hold'em - Flight H €550 11-02 Colossus No-Limit Hold'em - Flight I €550 Player Of The Year The increased schedule adds plenty of potential Player of the Year points that could make a big difference in the tight 2019 POY race. On the back of two gold bracelet victories during the summer series, Australian Robert Campbell currently sits atop the WSOP Player of the Year leaderboard however he’s trailed closely behind by a number of top-tier pros, all of whom have declared at some point that they had their sights on taking down the 2019 WSOP Player of the Year. Right behind Campbell, sitting in second place on the leaderboard, is former #1-ranked PocketFiver and the 2018 WSOP Player of the Year, Shaun Deeb. Deeb is expected to make the trip to King’s Casino as he is looking to make WSOP history by winning the award in back-to-back years. Also looking to make history is Daniel Negreanu, who is sitting in third place. Negreanu has already declared that he will be in Rozvadov in search of a record-extending third POY award. After winning his first WSOP gold bracelet this summer, Dan Zack, who currently sits in fourth place, said his plan at the start of the year was to chase the POY award, however, he has indicated that he does not plan on attending. The 2019 Poker Players Championship winner Phillip Hui is still well within striking distance sitting in fifth place. The recent additions of a Mixed Game Championship to the WSOPE schedule play to the strengths of these five players as all five have proven to excel in mixed games as well as No Limit Hold’em. 2019 WSOP Player of the Year Top 10 RANK PLAYER POINTS 1 Robert Campbell 3,418.78 2 Shaun Deeb 3,280.13 3 Daniel Negreanu 3,166.24 4 Daniel Zack 3,126.13 5 Phillip Hui 2,881.67 6 Jason Gooch 2,643.72 7 Joseph Cheong 2,595.54 8 David "ODB" Baker 2,480.06 9 Chris Ferguson 2,476.96 10 Anthony Zinno 2,443.22 World Series of Poker Europe Main Event The World Series of Poker Europe Main Event has never been the same spectacle as it’s summer series counterpart, but since 2007 (with the exception of 2014 & 2016) the WSOPE has crowned its own Main Event champion with all ten of the previous champions earning at least $1 million. When the WSOPE first took place in 2007, online poker phenom Annette Obrestad won the Main Event becoming the youngest player to ever win a bracelet. She defeated the field of 362 players to take home the £1,000,000 first-place prize, which at the time, converted to over $2 million USD, the largest prize in the event's history. The field size remained static for the first four years of the event until 2011 when entires spiked to 593. That year, Elio Fox defeated former #1-ranked PocketFiver Chris Moorman for the WSOPE Main Event title and €1,400,000. However, the aftereffect of Black Friday also hit the WSOPE fields and over the next three events, from 2012-2015, fields dipped to an all-time low. In 2015, Kevin MacPhee took home the title in a field of just 313 players. After a break in 2016, the WSOPE returned and began its tenure at King’s Casino in Rozvadov. Giving players the option of a single reentry for the Main Event, the entries once again soared over 500. In 2018, the UK’s Jack Sinclair won the second-largest WSOPE Main Event in its 10-year history taking home a career-high prize of €1,122,239. History of WSOPE Main Event Winners YEAR WINNER AMOUNT FIELD SIZE 2007 Annette Obrestad $2,013,733 362 2008 John Juanda $1,580,096 362 2009 Barry Shulman $1,321,534 334 2010 James Bord $1,281,048 346 2011 Elio Fox $1,870,208 593 2012 Phil Hellmuth $1,333,841 420 2013 Adrian Mateos $1,351,661 375 2015 Kevin MacPhee $1,001,576 313 2017 Marti Roca de Torres $1,297,551 529 2018 Jack Sinclair $1,277,012 534
  15. The 2019 World Series of Poker Europe kicked off this week at King’s Resort in Rozvadov, Czech Republic, and the first event is in the books. Topping the 1,011-entry field in the €350 Opener No Limit Hold’em was Renat Bohdanov, earning €53,654 and his first career gold bracelet. The win proved to be the largest live tournament score of Bohdanov’s career, as his previous best payout was for €11,350 in the €250 Mini Main Event held earlier in the month during the WSOP International Circuit in Rozvadov. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] WSOP Europe Event #1 Results 1st: Renat Bohdanov - €53,654 2nd: Norbert Mosonyi - €33,112 3rd: Eyal Bensimhon - €23,386 4th: Mykhailo Hryhoriev - €16,736 5th: Samuel Mika - €12,138 6th: Michal Kral - €8,923 7th Rafi Elharar - €6,651 8th: Jeff Lisandro - €5,026 9th: Ricardas Vymeris - €3,853 The event created a prize pool of €302,541, with the top 152 finishers reaching the money. Among those to finish in the money were Ismael Bojang (14th - €2,363), Pierre Neuville (24th - €1,538), Erik Cajelais (76th - €615), and top-ranked PA online poker player Thai Ha (146th - €465). Entering Day 3, the final day of play, 10 players remained. Austria’s Eyal Bensimhon had the chip lead to start and it was Marcus Mondel first to bust. He was knocked out by Bensimhon to set the official final table. After Ricardas Vymeris fell in ninth place, six-time WSOP gold bracelet winner Jeff Lisandro was eliminated in eighth. Rafi Elharar then went out in seventh, Michal Kral in sixth, and Samuel Mika in fifth. It was Bohdanov who knocked out Mika in what was the biggest of the tournament up until that point. Bohdanov had the [poker cards="4s"][poker cards="4h"] to Mika’s [poker cards="7s"][poker cards="7c"], but he was able to come from behind thanks to the [poker cards="7h"][poker cards="3h"][poker cards="2h"][poker cards="5c"][poker cards="6s"] runout. Four-handed play saw Mykhailo Hryhoriev bust in fourth, also falling at the hands of Bohdanov as Bohdanov increased his chip lead. Shortly thereafter, Bohdanov got even more chips when he knocked out Bensimhon in third place. On Bensimhon’s final hand, he got the last of his chips in with the [poker cards="Kh"][poker cards="3h"] against Bohdanov’s [poker cards="Ac"][poker cards="6d"]. The window card was an ace, but it was followed by a king and a three on the [poker cards="Ad"][poker cards="Kd"][poker cards="3c"] flop to keep Bensimhon alive. The turn was the [poker cards="3c"] and Bensimhon was still in front, but the [poker cards="6h"] on the river gave Bohdanov a better two pair. Bohdanov entered heads-up play with the chip lead and continued to apply pressure to widen the gap. Although the chip lead did change hands during heads-up play, it was ultimately Bohdanov that got the better of his opponent. On the final hand, Bohdanov’s [poker cards="Ad"][poker cards="9s"] held up against the [poker cards="Kd"][poker cards="5d"] for Norbet Mosonyi. The money went in preflop and the final runout was [poker cards="Ah"][poker cards="Ks"][poker cards="Td"][poker cards="As"][poker cards="6s"].
  16. As the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread around the globe, a number of poker events have been postponed or cancelled. This article will be updated regularly as tournament organizers make announcements. UPDATE 3/17/20: PokerStars announced today that EPT Sochi, originally scheduled to take place March 20-29, has been postponed. UPDATE 3/17/20: World Poker Tour CEO Adam Pliska issued a statement to announce the postponing of the WPT's three televised final tables set to play out March 31-April 2 at the HyperX Esports Arena in Las Vegas. The tentative plan is to finish these events in May with the WPT's second set of televised final tables. The three event final tables postponed are the WPT Gardens Poker Championship, the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open, and the WPT L.A. Poker Classic. UPDATE 3/17/20: Playground Poker Club announced that the upcoming WPTDeepStacks Montreal tournament has been postponed. The event was originally scheduled for April 16-27. New dates will be made public once decided. UPDATE 3/16/20: The Irish Poker Open was previously postponed. On Monday, March 16, partypoker announced that have partnered with the Irish Poker Open to play the series online April 6-12. UPDATE 3/16/20: Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, New Jersey, said that it will temporarily suspend operations by 8 p.m. ET on Monday, March 16. The 2020 Borgata Spring Poker Open, originally scheduled for April 7-24, is cancelled. UPDATE 3/16/20: The Venetian poker room released a statement on Monday that the poker room will operate with a maximum of three players per table. UPDATE 3/16/20: The Orleans poker room stated that all cash and tournament tables will have a maximum of five players, starting Monday, March 15. Included in the announcement was messaging that stated cash games will have reduced rake during this time. UPDATE 3/16/20: Following the closing of the Wynn poker room, the entire Wynn Las Vegas resort will close temporarily started Tuesday, March 17. MGM Resorts also announced it would be temporarily closing its Las Vegas casinos. UPDATE 3/16/20: Commerce Casino, located in Los Angeles and home to one of the largest card rooms in the world, closed on Saturday, March 14, and will remain closed until at least Sunday, March 29. UPDATE 3/15/20: The WSOP announced that the WSOP Circuit St. Maarten stop, scheduled for March 25-April 6, is postponed indefinitely. UPDATE 3/15/20: Wynn poker room in Las Vegas closed on Sunday, March 15, at 6 a.m. PT and will remain closed until further notice. Access to deposit boxes will be available Monday and Tuesday from 10 a.m. PT to 6 p.m. PT. Players have been asked to visit the casino cage at Encore for chip redemption. UPDATE 3/14/20: Starting Saturday, March 14, Bay 101 Casino in Northern California is temporarily suspending all casino operations, the company said in a statement. The plan is to close for at least three weeks until April 4. UPDATE 3/13/20: The World Series of Poker issued a bevy of announcements regarding its events. Live WSOP Circuit stops at Harrah's Atlantic City in New Jersey, King's Resort in Rozvadov, Czech Republic, and the Bicycle Hotel & Casino in Los Angeles have been suspended, with expectations that the festivals and events will resume when appropriate. WSOP Circuit stops at Bally's Las Vegas, Harrah's Cherokee in North Carolina, and Casino Barriere Le Croisette in Cannes, France, have all been postponed, with new dates to be announced should they be established. In response to the changes, the WSOP announced a WSOP.com Online Super Circuit Series for March 14-31. The festival features 18 gold ring events and more than $1 million in prize pool guarantees. The 18 events are said to count for the Global Casino Championship leaderboard points standings. UPDATE 3/13/20: Jason Somerville's very popular Run It Up Reno scheduled to take place in April has been cancelled. In the company statement, Run It Up said that it looks forward to seeing players at the Run It Up Reno event scheduled for October 30-November 9 later this year. UPDATE 3/13/20: PokerStars announced updates for the Brazilian Series of Poker São Paulo and the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo Casino European Poker Tour events. Both of these events have been postponed. An update for EPT Sochi is said to come in the coming days following the company's review. UPDATE 3/13/20: The World Poker Tour has updated its groups of events that have been affected by COVID-19. The list of postponed events now includes WPT Venetian, WPT Barcelona, WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown, WPTDeepStacks Maryland, WPTDeepStacks Jacksonville, the WPTDeepStacks Championship at Thunder Valley, and the WPTDeepStacks European Championship. WPTDeepStacks Vietnam and WPTDeepStacks Amsterdam have been cancelled. UPDATE 3/13/20: The MSPT tournament scheduled to take place at Meskwaki Casino in Iowa from March 20-22 has been postponed. UPDATE 3/13/20: The WSOP Circuit event at Harrah's Resort Atlantic City has cancelled the rest of its events. "In the interest of protecting the health and well-being of players and staff, the decision was made to cancel the rest of the events for the series." The series was scheduled to run through March 16. UPDATE 3/13/20: King's Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic, announced today that the venue will be closed until further notice "in compliance with the Czech government-issued restrictions." At the time of the announcing, King's Casino was hosting a WSOP International Circuit series, originally scheduled to run through March 23. UPDATE 3/12/20: The Bicycle Hotel & Casino in Los Angeles has announced it is postponing the remainder of the WSOP Circuit series currently running at the venue and originally scheduled to take place through March 18. UPDATE 3/12/20: Thunder Valley announced that the WPTDeepStacks Championship, scheduled for March 19-April 7, has been postponed. UPDATE 3/12/20: WPT Venetian, a $5,000 buy-in event scheduled for March 13-17 with a $2 million guaranteed prize pool, has been postponed. UPDATE 3/12/20: Wynn Poker announced they will postpone the Wynn Spring Classic events scheduled for March 13-18. The suspension includes the series' $5,300 Championship. At the time of the announcement, the $1,100 No Limit Hold'em event was currently playing and is planned to complete its Day 2 on Friday, March 13. UPDATE 3/12/20: PokerCentral announced that the US Poker Open, which was set to run March 19-31 at the PokerGO studios at the ARIA Hotel in Las Vegas, has been indefinitely postponed. UPDATE 3/12/20: The RunGood Poker Series at Horseshoe Bossier City, originally scheduled for March 31 - April 5, was postponed with no date announced. UPDATE 3/12/20: The WPTDeepStacks Amsterdam event began as scheduled on March 12, only to have the host property, Holland Casino, cancel the event midway through the first day of play after Dutch officials barred large gatherings of people. On March 8, PokerStars announced that all European events on the calendar before April 10, 2020, have been postponed. This included three Road to PSPC events in Hamburg, Germany, La Grande Motte, France, and Madrid, Spain. The European Poker Tour event in Sochi, Russia, scheduled for March 20-29 will go ahead as planned, as will the Okada Manila Millions, and the Brazilian Series of Poker event in Sao Paulo. According to sources within the company, The Stars Group has also restricted all of its employees from traveling until further notice. [ptable zone=“888poker”][ptable zone=“Party Poker NJ”][ptable zone=“Global Poker Article Ad”] On March 2, King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech has responded to the widespread outbreak in Italy by banning all players from that country until further notice. A WSOP Circuit event, with 15 Circuit rings up for grabs, is currently underway. "We have chosen to completely limit access in all areas of the casino, not even accepting hotel reservations, to all residents and coming from Italy indefinitely, cancelling from now all the events of March and April 2020 that target mainly target the audience mentioned above," a King's staff member wrote on the King's official Facebook page. On March 10, the WPT and partypoker LIVE have postponed the WPT event scheduled for March 22 - April 5 in Barcelona, Spain . The decision to postpone came just days after the two organizers announced the event would go on as planned without the €5,000,000 guarantee. Players who qualified online will be offered opportunities to use that seat for another event. That wasn't the first WPT event to feel the effect of concerns over the coronavirus. On February 17, the WPT Deepstacks event in Vietnam, originally scheduled for March 13 -22, was cancelled and WPT Taiwan, March 27-April 6, was postponed. Triton Poker has also been impacted. Back in early February, Triton announced the Jeju Super High Roller Series, which was scheduled for March 2-9, was postponed. On March 4, organizers made the decision to cancel the event altogether. On March 9, partypoker announced that players who have won seats into partypoker LIVE events will be afforded some flexibility and will be able to use their seat at a later date should they decide to not play. "I think we've got a responsibility to players and staff to not expect them to travel," said Rob Yong, partypoker partner and Dusk Till Dawn owner. "I know a lot of people's wives and families have said I prefer you not to go and we need to respect that." The Irish Poker Open, the second-longest running poker tournament in the world, was postponed on March 10 with no future date announced. Players who won their seat into the event via online or live satellites will have the seat honored for the future date. The World Series of Poker has yet to make an official statement in regards to the 2020 WSOP, but their verified Twitter account has replied to some people who have asked, "We are monitoring COVID-19 developments very carefully and have no plans to cancel WSOP at this time." Meanwhile, betting site PokerShares.com has posted odds on if the 2020 WSOP Main Event will be played out as scheduled. Originally opening with the No side as a +495 underdog, the line current line is the opposite, with Yes being a +235 underdog. 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