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  1. As the World Series of Poker Online series gets underway on the GGPoker Network, we check in with some of the Natural8 ambassadors (aka Team Hot) to ask them about their WSOP grind, get advice for first-timers, and try to predict who will walk away from the online series with a new piece of poker hardware. As one of Japan’s top poker pros, Kosei Ichinose is ready to bring home a World Series of Poker gold bracelet while playing on Natural8. After all, online poker is where Ichinose got his start, grinding the PokerStars tables and becoming the first player from Japan to achieve Supernova Elite status back in 2012. Even though online poker was where Ichinose thrived early, he also has amassed over $650,000 in career live earnings while playing on the Asian circuit. He has claimed victories in the Asia Pacific Poker Tour, the Macau Poker Cup, and the Asian Poker Tour. He registered his career-high live cash in the 2016 Asia Championship of Poker warm-up event where his third place finished earned him over $83,000. It’s been since 2012 that Ichinose has attended the World Series of Poker. That year, the cashed three times including a money-making run in the Main Event where he finished in 400th for over $24,000. This year, the WSOP is taking place right on his home site of Natural8 and he’s ready to spend his weekends looking to take his career to new heights. What is your schedule like for the upcoming World Series of Poker events on Natural8? I’m planning to play mainly on weekend schedules. Which particular event are you most looking forward to playing? Looking forward to PLO events and of course the Main Event. What would it mean to you to win a WSOP bracelet this year? Winning a bracelet means a lot to me as it will be the biggest achievement of my career so far, if it actually happens. How will the WSOP events change your normal playing schedule? It doesn't change much to be honest. It’s hard for me to play all the schedules from an Asian time zone, will most likely play weekend events. I won’t attempt to play all events as I know I won’t be able to fully focus in the games. What’s your typical day look like when you’re playing online? Do you have a routine you follow before or after you start playing? When I prepare for long sessions like MTT grinding, I’ll take a nap before sessions or set the time schedule for the MTT time from days before. I enjoy daily grinding on day time so I don’t usually play too hard on MTT these days. What is your favorite way to unwind or celebrate after a big win or score? Nothing specific but I like to spend time with my close friends and girlfriend. What would you tell people playing in a high pressure, prestigious event for the first time ever? I always tell them, including myself, to play as you feel and practice. You won't be better than what you know in the moment, so always try your best to play and not worry about the end result. Tell us one player you think will win a bracelet this year? I hope it will be myself.
  2. As the World Series of Poker Online series gets underway on the GGPoker Network, we check in with some of the Natural8 ambassadors (aka Team Hot) to ask them about their WSOP grind, get advice for first-timers, and try to predict who will walk away from the online series with a new piece of poker hardware. With over $8.3 million in career live earning, Malaysian-born Michael Soyza has rapidly become one of the biggest threats on the high roller scene. With results dating back to 2011, it wasn’t until 2017 that the volume of his results really picked up as he notched a pair of six-figure scores while playing tournaments in Macau and his first-ever result at the World Series of Poker. In 2018, Soyza really caught fire and was seemingly at every final table. He took down the $1,655 Venetian Deepstack Championship in Las Vegas for over $588,000, an EPT Barcelona side event for $344,000, and nearly captured a WSOP bracelet with his third-place finish in the WSOPE $100K High Roller for over $592,000. In early 2019, Soyza logged his career-high score by winning the Triton Poker Super High Roller Jeji 6-Handed event for $1,420,581. He grabbed his second career seven-figure score in August of that same year by finishing in fourth in the Triton Poker Super High Roller London Main Event for $1,363,027. With a resume packed with huge scores and titles from around the world, a WSOP bracelet would make for a nice addition to Soyza’s trophy case...even if not something he's really into. What is your schedule like for the upcoming World Series of Poker events on Natural8? I am probably going to take it easy and play if I can and when I feel like it. I am currently working on another project right now so my attention is somewhat divided. Which particular event are you most looking forward to playing? Of course, the Main Event. It has the largest prize pool and the WSOP Main Event is one of the events that I look forward to the most every year due to the atmosphere and camaraderie. What would it mean to you to win a WSOP bracelet this year? It would be very cool, but I’m not much of a trophy kind of guy. But, it would still be sweet to win one. How will the WSOP events change your normal playing schedule? As mentioned above, I do not know what schedule is going to be like so I will just go with the flow. What’s your typical day look like when you’re playing online? Do you have a routine you follow before or after you start playing? Not particularly, I just make sure I have enough sleep so that I can play my A-game without feeling tired and get through the long sessions. What is your favorite way to unwind or celebrate after a big win or score? Normally, we just go to eat some good food. What would you tell people playing in a high pressure, prestigious event for the first time ever? Just take it one hand at a time and treat each decision independently. It is just another tournament after all. Tell us one player you think will win a bracelet this year? Michael Adammo.
  3. As the World Series of Poker Online series gets underway on the GGPoker Network, we check in with some of the Natural8 ambassadors (aka Team Hot) to ask them about their WSOP grind, get advice for first-timers, and try to predict who will walk away from the online series with a new piece of poker hardware. Germany’s Henri Buehler may be better known by his screen name 'Buehlero'. The 23-year old Buehler can be seen grinding the World Series of Poker (and much of the Natural8 tournament schedule) on his popular Twitch channel where nearly 50K followers watch him experience the highs and lows of the life of a MTT pro. In 2019 Buehler picked up his first live results at the World Series of Poker, cashing twice including a deep run in the $800 NLHE Deep Stack (Event #37). But his big score during his trip to Las Vegas came with his runner-up finish in the Venetian DeepStack Championship Poker Series where he earned a career-high live score of $255,938. While he won’t be making it back to Las Vegas this summer, he will be battling for bracelets on Natural8. What is your schedule like for the upcoming World Series of Poker events on Natural8? I just recently started grinding again after taking a few weeks off, so I'm really hungry for the series. I'm going to play on most days. Which particular event are you most looking forward to playing? Definitely the Main event, exciting buy-in, large field. Let's bring it on! What would it mean to you to win a WSOP bracelet this year? A lot! I've lost two heads-ups for a trophy and I'd love to have something that reminds me of my poker journey and there's really not a greater trophy than a WSOP bracelet! How will the WSOP events change your normal playing schedule? Instead of playing some smaller buy-ins to fill my screen, I have all the big WSOP events and also the side events. That means more buy-ins and probably fewer tables, so I can focus better. What’s your typical day look like when you’re playing online? Do you have a routine you follow before or after you start playing? I make sure I get enough sleep, then eat healthy during the day and get a workout in or play sports. I like to have a bit of time to relax before I start my session, so I'm not rushed and unfocused at the start. After a session, I get some fresh air then straight to bed. What is your favorite way to unwind or celebrate after a big win or score? Usually, I just chill a bit on the terrace and get some fresh air and appreciate everything. I'm usually a bit exhausted and it's tough to really understand how you feel with so much adrenaline. The next day you really feel the success and I like to do something with friends and get a nice breakfast or dinner. What would you tell people playing in a high pressure, prestigious event for the first time ever? Everyone makes mistakes, so don't worry about potential mistakes you might have made during a session. Just focus on the hands ahead, there's always time to review hands after the session, so don't beat yourself up during it. Tell us one player you think will win a bracelet this year? Claas Segebrecht. He's been working with Dominik Nitsche on the DTO app and spent lots of time in the lab. Keep an eye out for him!
  4. As the World Series of Poker Online series gets underway on the GGPoker Network, we check in with some of the Natural8 ambassadors (aka Team Hot) to ask them about their WSOP grind, get advice for first-timers, and try to predict who will walk away from the online series with a new piece of poker hardware. Long-time high-roller Danny Tang would love to add to his World Series of Bracelet collection through the tournament being held on Natural8. He captured his first gold bracelet in 2019, the same year he started taking shots in Super High Roller tournaments. Tang outlasted a field of 123 elite entries and took down the prestigious $50,000 NLHE High Roller event for $1,608,406. Tang’s WSOP win was a huge score for sure, but it’s just one of many for the nosebleed tournament player with over $8.5 million in live tournament earnings on his resume. In addition to a WSOP title, 2019 brought Tang a coveted title in the Triton Montenegro Main Event for a career-high cash of $1,796,498 which helped him reach the #1 spot on the #1 ranking on the Hong Kong Global Poker Index. Having hit new highs in his career, Tang continues to show the world that he belongs in the upper echelons of tournament poker by continuing to add to his accolades. What is your schedule like for the upcoming World Series of Poker events on Natural8? I am plan on playing all 54 bracelet events. Which particular event are you most looking forward to playing? Definitely the Main Event, I’m very excited to play the $10k short deck as well. What would it mean to you to win a WSOP bracelet this year? It would be pretty special as it’s the first WSOP on Natural8 and I happen to be one of the ambassadors. Would love to win one! How will the WSOP events change your normal playing schedule? I would need to change my time zone, my sleeping pattern as I’m currently in Asia. I haven’t been playing much lately, I’ve played a lot of cash games last month and took a little break before the World Series. I would need to get back on the grind What’s your typical day look like when you’re playing online? Do you have a routine you follow before or after you start playing? I’m not much of an online poker player, I play more live tournaments. For cash games, I don’t really have a routine because you can play whenever you want. For tournaments, I try to sleep and wake up just before the tournament, take a shower to refresh myself. Don’t eat much as I will feel sleepy when I eat too much. What is your favorite way to unwind or celebrate after a big win or score? Grab some good dinner, party, and KTV. What would you tell people playing in a high pressure, prestigious event for the first time ever? One hand at a time and just relax. Don’t let the pressure get to you, we all have the same two cards. Tell us one player you think will win a bracelet this year? The first player that came to my mind is Patrick Leonard, I don’t follow too much of his online scores but I do like to see his Instagram now and then. Of course, him coming up with a massive score in second for $25k in Natural8, like a month ago. He is one of the best players in the world and I would love to bet on him that he will win a bracelet. Hopefully, I can win one myself as well.
  5. Natural8 has patched up another pro as Pennsylvania-based grinder Thai Ha becomes the latest brand ambassador for the rapidly growing online poker site. The 29-year old Ha has already had quite an impressive career with over $2.3 million in career earnings and experience battling in live tournaments at some of the highest stakes. Now, he joins the likes of Danny Tang, Michael Soyza, Henri Bueller, and Kitty Kuo on the Natural8 roster. “I am looking forward to playing the rest of the APT schedule, as well as all the WSOPC events. The $1,000 WSOP Super Circuit Main Event with $5 million guaranteed will be very exciting, but I will same my run good for the $25,000 High Roller Championship with $10 million guaranteed,” Ha said. Natural8 has been making plenty of moves as of late, including helping the Asian Poker Tour take their 2020 schedule online for the very first time due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ha's live tournament resume is packed with results from high buy-in events. He was even one of the high-profile winners of a $25,000 Platinum Pass for the 2019 PokerStars PSPC. But there was a time that online poker was his main grind, spending several years as an online pro. “I have been playing poker since about 2013 when I was still in college,” Ha said to PocketFives last year. “Since 2014, after I graduated and couldn’t get the job I wanted until very recently, my only income was from poker.” Ha’s career has elevated with some exceptional scores over the past 12 months. They include a second-place finish in the $10,000 Short Deck event at the 2019 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, as well as a runner-up finish in the €25,500 Short Deck event at the 2019 World Series of Poker Europe for $511,788, a career-high cash. Despite not taking home the bracelet in either of those events, Ha's success in Short Deck has turned him into a bit of a Short Deck specialist. “It has the most fun, fast, and addicting action. That being said, I still like No Limit Hold’em tournaments and a mix of some Pot-Limit Omaha cash games,” Ha said. As a member of the Natural8 team, players can find him grinding online under his own name, “Thai Ha”, and splashing around in the mid-to-high stakes cash games and tournaments. For Ha, the features of the Natural8 software, which is part of the GGPoker Network, is just one of the things that made joining the team so enticing. “The Natural8 software makes me feel more relaxed. It’s more like playing a video game instead of poker. Being able to squeeze the river cards are fun as well, and the staking platform is also unique and easy to use. What gets me excited is the sound system, especially the all-in sound!” Ha is planning on playing the remaining schedule of the WSOP Super Circuit Series which runs through May 31.
  6. Kitty Kuo had her March calendar all planned out. Sacramento, for the World Poker Tour Rolling Thunder event, San Jose, for the Bay 101 Shooting Stars where she was scheduled to be one of the bounties, Las Vegas, for tournaments at the Venetian and Wynn, then off to Los Angeles to play Live at the Bike before jetting off to Barcelona. That's not how it played out though. Kuo played the Rolling Thunder event, but then canceled her trip to San Jose after the area became a hot spot for Covid-19. She stayed in Las Vegas and attended the Global Poker Awards where she was a nominee. Kuo knew she had a decision to make. She could either stay in Las Vegas with her friends or head back to her native Taiwan and stay with her family there. Kuo chose the former and bounced between her best friend Jason Mo's house and her condominium. Deciding to stay in Las Vegas wasn't an easy decision. "All my friends are here and I wanted to keep them company," Kuo said. "I didn’t know the USA would be as bad as it is now. Also, if I go back to Taiwan, I worry I will have issues coming back to the USA." Over the last six weeks, Kuo has kept in touch with her family back home. Restrictions for Taiwanese residents are much stricter than what Americans have been experiencing to date. "In Taiwan, you need to follow the rules and stay (in isolation) for 14 days, but we can still communicate with families and friends. Everyone I know is safe in Taiwan," Kuo said. Time in self-isolation has given Kuo a chance to put in extra time working on her poker game. She's spent more hours working with her poker coach and challenged herself to play 100,000 hands of online cash games. For somebody who has been focused mostly on tournaments over the past few years, it's "Since live events will not be back anytime soon, I've decided to focus on online cash games," Kuo said. "I've been mastering Rush and cash. Five years ago, I couldn't beat online $1/$2 Rush and cash games." Like most people who are self-quarantining, Kuo has had some time to plan what she wants to do once the pandemic has passed and life returns to some level of normalcy. "I finally realized that I can't stay home for long periods of time. After this pandemic is over, I'm planning to travel the world for a year," Kuo said. "(I miss) having nice dinners with friends, playing poker on live streams, and traveling to all the WPT and APT stops." On Wednesday, after nearly seven weeks of staying in Las Vegas, Kuo changed her mind and headed home to Taiwan. One thing she'll be able to do is take advantage of the recently-announced Asian Poker Tour online event on Natural8. That series runs April 29 - April 5 with over $1.5 million in guarantees.
  7. As a sign of the times, another major live poker series is being brought online. It was announced this week that the Asian Poker Tour has partnered with Natural8 to bring the APT online for the first time in their 12 year history. The APT 2020 Online Series runs April 29 through May 10 and offers 62 events with more than $1.5 million in guaranteed prize money. The series offers a wide array of events with buy-ins ranging from $50 up through the $5,000 Super High Rollers. Although the series has a concentration on No Limit Hold’em players can also find both Pot Limit Omaha and Short Deck events mixed into the schedule. In fact, the series highlights four major events including the 2020 APT $500 Main Event which kicks off on May 3. The Main Event gives players five flights to choose from over the course of three days in an effort to make it into the final stage on May 5 where there is $200,000 guaranteed to fight for. Other major events include the $400 Pot Limit Omaha Championships on May 6, the $400 Short Deck Championships on May 7th, and the $800 Championships event which wraps up on the final day of the series with a $250,000 guarantee. This is new territory for the APT. Since forming back in 2008, the Asian Poker Tour has grown to become a premier poker brand in the Asia-Pacific market. In their first year, the tour only offered two Main Events, which were won by infamous Australian cash game pro David Saab and well-known tournament grinder Yevgeny Timoshenko. Over the next few years later the tour picked up traction and by 2012, the APT was offering 10 stops in a year. Now in 2020, two APT events have already taken place with at least six more events still on the schedule even after the cancellation of APT Philippines and the postponement of APT Tokyo due to COVID-19 concerns. Of course, the APT is just one of many live poker tours that are being forced to make adjustments due to the coronavirus pandemic. Last month, the World Poker Tour announced that they would be teaming up with partypoker to present their very first online series in their 18-year history. In the past two weeks, the World Series of Poker officially postponed the 2020 WSOP summer series as well as announced a partnership with GGPoker to bring players outside of the United States a WSOP Circuit Super Series. Like other live series that have taken place online, including the Irish Poker Open, the APT will reap some of the benefits of taking their series online. In addition to a broader customer base, allowing players from around the world to participate, Natural8 will be running over 180 qualifiers giving players access to the biggest events on the schedule for as little as $6. Additionally, Natural8, which is part of the GGPoker Network, will also be able to offer its unique in-client staking platform, allowing players to sell pieces of themselves for select events. However, the APT isn’t forgoing all of their live traditions however, as winners of the events will be shipped actual trophies and a leaderboard will determine the APT Player of the Series. Asian Poker Tour 2020 Online Series Schedule DATE EVENT BUY-IN GTD 04-29 APT Event 1: Monster Stack Flight A $300 $30,000 04-29 APT Event 2: High Rollers $1,000 $30,000 04-29 APT Event 3: No Limit Hold'em Freeze Out $100 $5,000 04-29 APT Event 4: Progressive Bounty 93.50 $200 $12,500 04-29 APT Event 1: Monster Stack Flight B $300 $30,000 04-29 APT Event 5: High Roller Turbo $500 $15,000 04-29 APT Event 6: NLH Turbo $50 $10,000 04-30 APT Mini Main Event Flight A $200 $75,000 04-30 APT Event 1: Monster Stack Flight C $300 $30,000 04-30 APT Event 7: Pot Limit Omaha $100 $5,000 04-30 APT Mini Main Event Flight B $200 $75,000 04-30 APT Event 8: No Limit Hold'em $100 $10,000 04-30 APT Event 9: High Roller Turbo $500 $15,000 04-30 APT Event 1: Monster Stack Final Day N/A $30,000 04-30 APT Mini Main Event Flight C $200 $75,000 04-30 APT Event 10: NLH Turbo $50 $10,000 05-01 APT Mini Main Event Flight D $200 $75,000 05-01 APT Event 11: Monster Stack Flight A $300 $30,000 05-01 APT Event 12: High Rollers $1,000 $30,000 05-01 APT Event 13: Progressive Bounty $200 $12,500 05-01 APT Mini Main Event Flight E $200 $75,000 05-01 APT Event 14: Micro Monster Stack $50 $10,000 05-01 APT Event 11: Monster Stack Flight B $300 $30,000 05-01 APT Event 15: No Limit Hold'em Freeze Out $100 $5,000 05-01 APT Mini Main Event Flight F $200 $75,000 05-01 APT Event 16: NLH Turbo $50 $10,000 05-02 APT Mini Main Event Flight G $200 $75,000 05-02 APT Event 11: Monster Stack Flight C $300 $30,000 05-02 APT Event 17: Progressive Bounty $200 $12,500 05-02 APT Mini Main Event Flight H (Turbo) $200 $75,000 05-02 APT Event 18: No Limit Hold'em $100 $10,000 05-02 APT Event 19: High Roller Turbo $500 $15,000 05-02 APT Event 11: Monster Stack Final Day N/A $30,000 05-02 APT Event 20: NLH Turbo $50 $10,000 05-02 APT Mini Main Event Final Day N/A $75,000 05-03 APT Main Event Flight A $500 $200,000 05-03 APT Event 21: Super High Rollers $5,000 $100,000 05-03 APT Event 22: No Limit Hold'em Freezeout $200 $12,500 05-03 APT Event 23: Micro Monster Stack $50 $10,000 05-03 APT Event 24: Short Deck $100 $5,000 05-03 APT Main Event Flight B $500 $200,000 05-03 APT Event 25: PLO Turbo $50 $5,000 05-04 APT Main Event Flight C $500 $200,000 05-04 APT Event 26: No Limit Hold'em $200 $12,500 05-04 APT Event 27: Progressive Bounty $200 $12,500 05-04 APT Event 28: No Limit Hold'em $300 $15,000 05-04 APT Event 29: High Roller Turbo $500 $15,000 05-04 APT Main Event Flight D $500 $200,000 05-04 APT Event 30: NLH Turbo $50 $10,000 05-05 APT Main Event Flight E (Turbo) $500 $200,000 05-05 APT Event 31: Monster Stack Flight A $300 $30,000 05-05 APT Event 32: High Rollers $1,000 $30,000 05-05 APT Event 33: No Limit Hold'em Freezeout $200 $10,000 05-05 APT Event 31: Monster Stack Flight B $300 $30,000 05-05 APT Event 34: Pot Limit Omaha $100 $5,000 05-05 APT Main Event Final Day N/A $200,000 05-05 APT Event 35: NLH Turbo $50 $10,000 05-06 APT Pot Limit Omaha Championships $400 $25,000 05-06 APT Event 31: Monster Stack Flight C $300 $30,000 05-06 APT Event 36: Pot Limit Omaha $100 $5,000 05-06 APT Event 37: Progressive Bounty $200 $12,500 05-06 APT Event 38: High Roller Turbo $500 $15,000 05-06 APT Event 31: Monster Stack Final Day N/A $30,000 05-06 APT Event 39: NLH Turbo - 10,000 GTD $50 $10,000 05-07 APT Short Deck Championships $400 $25,000 05-07 APT Event 40: Monster Stack Flight A $300 $30,000 05-07 APT Event 41: Super High Rollers $5,000 $100,000 05-07 APT Event 42: Short Deck $100 $5,000 05-07 APT Event 43: No Limit Hold'em Freezeout $200 $10,000 05-07 APT Event 40: Monster Stack Flight B $300 $30,000 05-07 APT Event 44: NLH Turbo $50 $10,000 05-08 APT Championships Flight A $800 $250,000 05-08 APT Event 40: Monster Stack Flight C $300 $30,000 05-08 APT Event 45: No Limit Hold'em $300 $15,000 05-08 APT Event 46: Progressive Bounty $200 $12,500 05-08 APT Event 47: High Roller Turbo $500 $15,000 05-08 APT Event 40: Monster Stack Final Day N/A $30,000 05-08 APT Championships Flight B $800 $250,000 05-08 APT Event 48: NLH Turbo $50 $10,000 05-09 APT Championships Flight C $800 $250,000 05-09 APT Event 49: Monster Stack Flight A $300 $30,000 05-09 APT Event 50: No Limit Hold'em Freeze Out $200 $10,000 05-09 APT Event 51: Micro Monster Stack $50 $10,000 05-09 APT Event 49: Monster Stack Flight B $300 $30,000 05-09 APT Event 52: High Roller Turbo $500 $15,000 05-09 APT Championships Flight D $800 $250,000 05-09 APT Event 53: PLO Turbo $50 $5,000 05-10 APT Championships Flight E (Turbo) $800 $250,000 05-10 APT Event 49: Monster Stack Flight C $300 $30,000 05-10 APT Event 54: High Rollers $500 $30,000 05-10 APT Event 55: Progressive Bounty $200 $15,000 05-10 APT Event 56: NLH Hold'em $100 $15,000 05-10 APT Event 49: Monster Stack Final Day N/A $30,000 05-10 APT Event 57: NLH Turbo $50 $15,000 05-10 APT Championships Final Day N/A $250,000
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