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  1. The “King Of Instagram” is coming to GGPoker as the online site announced that noted social media influencer Dan Bilzerian has signed on to become the latest addition to Team GGPoker in the role of brand ambassador. Bilzerian, perhaps best known for accumulating over 32 million followers on Instagram by providing a window into a lifestyle filled with excess, has also been a figure in the poker world for well over a decade. Back in 2009, Bilzerian, along with his brother Adam, first stepped into the poker spotlight after being featured during ESPN’s coverage of the World Series of Poker Main Event. Soon thereafter, "Blitz" signed on as a pro for the short-lived online poker site Victory Poker. However, Bilzerian’s main ties to poker stem from the assertion that he has amassed a small fortune by playing nosebleed stakes in some of the world’s most exclusive private games. Now, he joins some of the biggest names in the game of poker, including Daniel Negreanu, Fedor Holz, Felipe Ramos, and Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier in representing the fast-rising online poker site for both online and live events. “In these crazy times, GGPoker is the best option to get my poker on - they cater to the recreational players and that’s the future of poker, not a bunch of math nerds,” said Bilzerian. “I’ve battled guys from the $2 buy-in to the $200,000 buy-in tables at GGPoker, and will be working with GG to make cash game tables even better for the average player out there.” To celebrate the signing of Bilzerian, as well as his upcoming 40th birthday, GGPoker is holding a $100,000 Birthday Freeroll tournament on Monday, December 7 for new depositors. In addition to the $100,000 guarantee with a $10,000 first-place prize, the event offers a select few exclusive “Blitz”-like prizes including a “once-in-a-lifetime” heads-up match against Bilzerian for the winner and an “all-expenses-paid trip to Las Vegas” to party with Bilzerian himself for the player who knocks him out of his own tournament. Additionally, for players who eliminate any other Team GGPoker ambassador, member of the GGSquad stream team, or one of Bilzerian’s “special guests” (the list of which has yet to be revealed) GGPoker is gifting special Spin & Gold bundles and a cash prize of $1,000 for one player. “Dan joining Team GGPoker is a huge win!," said Daniel Negreanu about the signing. "No one in poker has a bigger reach than Dan.” More information on the Bilzerian's $100,000 Birthday Freeroll is available at GGPoker.
  2. The 2020 World Series of Poker Main Event has arrived. The unique live-online hybrid solution to finding a successor to current reigning World Champion Hossein Ensan gives players, both in the United States and internationally, one final shot at winning a gold bracelet in 2020. The tournament, which comes with a traditional $10,000 buy-in and is a true freezeout, will hold all of its starting flights online. Players in the United States can travel to Nevada or New Jersey to play in a single opening flight on WSOP.com while international players have three starting flights to choose from on GGPoker. These two separate online tournaments will spawn two different final tables which will be played out live. The final nine from the WSOP.com player pool will determine a winner in Las Vegas as GGPoker's final table will battle it out at King’s Casino in Rozvadov. Ultimately, the winner of each final table will face off in a winner-take-all heads-up battle in front of the ESPN camera on December 30 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The winner of that match will take home an additional $1 million and the title of WSOP World Champion. WSOP Main Event Schedule (GGPoker) [table id=130 /] WSOP Main Event Schedule (WSOP.com) [table id=128 /] Julian Menhardt Leads GGPoker Day 1A Survivors The first flight of the 2020 World Series of Poker Main Event had 246 entries take their one-and-only shot in the $10,000 buy-in tournament. At the end of 16 30-minute levels, just 62 players advanced to day two with Germany’s Julian ‘VWgunther’ Menhardt bagging the chip lead with 534,490 chips (107 big blinds). Germany’s Paul ‘AsiaStylez’ Esau finished the day with 472,075 (94 bbs) for second in chips while the Netherlands Dirk Gerritse rounded out the top three with a 472,075 stack (91 bbs). Plenty of star power entered and survived through Day 1A. This includes former WSOP Main Event standout Preben Stokkan, a pair of Brazil’s best in Brunno Botteon and former #1-ranked player Yuri Dzivielevski, Anatoly Filatov, Daniel Dvoress, and Russia’s Artur Martirosian among others. For others though, the dream of becoming the WSOP Main Event champ will have to wait another year. Fedor Holz, Kristen Bicknell, Christian Rudolph, Julien Martini, and former #1-ranked players Steven van Zadelhoff and Andreas Nemeth were among those notable players who busted before the day was done. Joining them on the rail are the likes of Pablo Brito Silva, Jans Arends, Ole Schemion, Rainer Kempe, Christian Jeppsson, Sebastian Sikorski, and Patrik Antonius. The players that made it through to Day 2 of the WSOP 2020 Main Event will return to the online tables on December 7 and merge with the remaining fields of Day 1B and Day 1C to play down to a final table of nine. Day 1A Top 10 Chip Counts (GGPoker) [table id=129 /]
  3. As the poker world has turned nearly its entire focus to online poker in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the best tournament players in the world have found themselves battling more frequently on the virtual felt. Following its launch in June, the GGPoker Super MILLION$ has became one of the top destination for poker's elite. The Super MILLION$ is one of four events on the weekly MILLION$ schedule and features by far the largest buy-in. The other three are the High Roller MILLION$ ($500 buy-in), the Zodiac MILLION$ (¥500 buy-in) and the Global MILLION$ ($100 buy-in). Each of those events are doing well in their own right, but the murderer's row field that frequents the $10,000 buy-in Super MILLION$ each Sunday sets it apart. The fields often include the likes of Stephen Chidwick, Timothy Adams, Ali Imsirovic, Alex Foxen, Isaac Haxton, Artur Martirosyan, and former #1-ranked PocketFivers Niklas Astedt, Fedor Holz, and Yuri Dzivielevski all playing under the real name. The high buy-in and relative strength of the field are helping to turn the five-month old tournament into one of online poker's most prestigious Sunday events. The Dominance of Michael Addamo No player has had more success in this event than Australian Michael Addamo. The Super MILLION$ has run 23 times and Addamo has five cashes, four final tables appearances, and three victories for $1,537,452.90 in winnings. Addamo's wins came on June 28, July 19, and August 16. His two other results were a 33rd place finish on August 23 and a third place finish on October 18. He also finished on the stone bubble on September 20. No other player has won more than once. [table id=125 /] The Consistency of Stephen Chidwick While Addamo leads the way in wins and overall earnings, no player has cashed with a higher frequency than Stephen Chidwick. A former #1 on the Global Poker Index, Chidwick has found the cashier cage in 14 events. His best finish came on October 11 when he finished runner-up to 'blakjak19' and earned $263,791.65. Rui Ferreira is the only other player to have broken the double digit barrier in cashes with 10. [table id=124 /] The Excellence of Niklas Astedt Nobody who has been paying attention to the online poker rankings over the past three years is shocked to learn that Niklas Astedt has also found success in the Super MILLION$. Ranked #1 for 65 total weeks in the past three years, Astedt is widely considered amongst the best tournament players in the world and has proven to be a threat here as well. Astedt has made the final table five times, highlighted by a runner-up finish on October 25. Finishing one spot behind fellow Swede Joakim Andersson earned Astedt $251,336.47. Six other players have each cashed four times each. [table id=126 /] Livestreaming for the World to See With final tables packed with some of the most recognizable faces in the game, GGPoker knew they had a hit on their hands. The Super MILLION$ plays down to a final table on Sunday with the remaining nine players retuning on Tuesday to give GGPoker.tv the opportunity to stream the final table action. With Randy Lew and Kevin van der Kooi calling the action, the weekly stream has become one of the week's top options for those looking to rail some online poker heavyweight action. By the Numbers During the 2020 WSOP Online, the Super MILLION$ was one of the 54 bracelet events on the schedule. That day, Connor Drinan beat the largest Super MILLION$ field ever to win $1,435,048.71 and his first career WSOP bracelet. The tournament had 899 entries and a $8,720,300 prize pool. The Super MILLION$ was also a part of the recently completed High Roller Week on GGPoker with prize pools of $3,000,000 and $5,810,000. Despite the star-studded fields, there has been overlays in nearly 40% of the weekly events. The first five events, which ran June 14 through July 12, all had overlays, the largest coming on July 12 when 192 players created a $137,600 overlay.
  4. The recent announcement from the World Series of Poker of a hybrid online-live event that will crown the 2020 WSOP Main Event champion has drawn strong reactions from the poker community. Many players were quick to question the safety of holding a live event in Las Vegas given the current status of the global pandemic while others had questions about the confusion over the status of the title of the "Main Event champion". The new event, which has a $10,000 buy-in and will run on WSOP.com in New Jersey and Nevada and GGPoker.com in international markets, is a freezeout event similar in format to the traditional annual WSOP Main Event. With COVID-19 restrictions around the world making a traditional live Main Event impossible, the WSOP created a hybrid format The final nine players from the NJ/NV online event will travel to Las Vegas to play down to a winner while the final nine players from the international market will travel to Rozvadov, Czechia to play down to a winner. Those final two players will then meet for a heads-up match in Las Vegas with $1 million on the line. This follows a summer in which WSOP organizers held 85 bracelet events across the two online poker sites. The news was initially greeted with a mixed reaction from the poker community. Veteran pro David 'ODB' Baker tweeted his support for the idea and pushed back against some of the backlash directed at the WSOP for extending its brand even further. According to Stewart, each of the nine players who make the live final table in Las Vegas for American players will be subjected to testing prior to play. Any personnel involved in the production of the show will also be subjected to the same testing allowing the WSOP to create a "production bubble" where only those who have passed the testing will be allowed entry. Players will not be require to wear masks and plexiglass will not be in use. "There are only nine players in each bracket who are asked to voluntarily come to a live setting, where they will be protected by the most advanced Covid-19 testing prior to facing their competitors," Stewart said. "Our strategy here was intentional to keep the majority of play at home or in a controllable environment and keep the finale live environment small, manageable, and at the option of those with most to gain." Those same protocols will be used for the heads-up finale in Las Vegas on December 30. The decision to hold a made-for-TV WSOP Main Event before the end of the year lead some to wonder if a contractual obligation with ESPN forced WSOP's hand. Stewart dismissed this theory and indicated that the production costs are being absorbed by Caesars and GGPoker. "For the first time in over a decade, WSOP and its partner GG will be fully subsidizing all the costs of this production to guarantee the television coverage, given timelines and scope of programming could not be delivered in 2020," Stewart said. "Given that investment, and our $1M money added, the 51st Main Event will be a marketing expense. Which is fine with us. We are in poker for the long haul."
  5. When the COVID-19 outbreak forced the postponement of the 2020 World Series of Poker live events early this year and pushed WSOP organizers to offer 85 online bracelets in its place, many believed that was it for WSOP events for the year. Not so fast. On Friday, the WSOP announced a hybrid online-live Main Event to take place on WSOP.com inside the United States and on GGPoker.com in international markets. "There must be a World Champion in 2020," said Ty Stewart, Executive Director of the World Series of Poker. "Poker’s history is too important. It’s a unique format for the Main Event, but this is a unique year. We want to keep players’ health and safety top of mind and still deliver a great televised showcase for the game we love." The buy-in for this event (on both platforms) is the traditional $10,000 and just like every other WSOP Main Event in history, players can enter just once. Players on WSOP.com and GGPoker will each play down to a final table of nine players before pausing to play a final table live. Players on WSOP.com will reconvene at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas while players on GGPoker will meet at King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech. Each of those final tables will play down to a winner and each winner will travel to Las Vegas in late-December to play for the title. The International Tournament, for players outside of the United States, gives players three starting flights to choose from; November 29, December 5, December 6. Players who make it through their starting flight will advance to Day 2 on GGPoker on December 7. The final nine players will then travel to King's Casino to play down to a winner on December 15. Players in New Jersey and Nevada, where WSOP.com is available, have just a single starting day, December 13 with the tournament pausing after approximately 12 hours of play before continuing on December 14. That final table takes place December 28 in Las Vegas. Both tournaments will pay out players according to a regular payout structure with the final two players playing for $1 million provided by the WSOP and GGPoker. This tournament is a continuation of the partnership between the WSOP and GGPoker which was first showcased with a WSOP Super Circuit Online series in May and then the 54 WSOP Online events this summer. That series culminated with Stoyan ‘Nirvana76’ Madanzhiev winning the $5,000 buy-in Main Event for $3.9 million. "We’re very happy to continue to deepen our relationship with WSOP," said Steve Preiss, GGPoker Head of Poker Operations. "It was a huge summer of record-setting action on GGPoker and we’re excited to offer players access to the biggest tournament of all." The ESPN broadcast of the heads-up portion on December 30 will feature Lon McEachern and Norman Chad in the commentary booth. With travel restrictions and casino availability constantly in flux due to COVID-19, the WSOP has contingencies in place which could include playing the final tables online or at another venue. Players traveling to play either final table will be subject to local COVID-19 testing policies.
  6. The poker resume of Mike ‘SirWatts’ Watson is overflowing with incredible achievements. From seven-figure scores to capturing major online titles, Canada’s current #1-ranked online crusher has added a new accolade by entering the elite air of the top five of the online poker rankings for the first time in his over 14 year career. Thanks to a late-summer surge filled with a string of impressive scores, Watson jettisoned into his current spot at #4 in the world and, for the time being, has eclipsed some of online poker’s biggest names, including ‘Lena900’, Yuri ‘Yuri Martins’ Dzivielevski and Chris ‘Gettin Daize’ Oliver, to enjoy a career-high worldwide ranking. One just needs to look at Watson’s dominance in the month of August to see how he leveraged an online heater to hit new heights. He found early month success playing in big buy-in events including the August 9 edition of the PokerStars $5,200 High Roller where he finished as the runner-up for a $92,337 score. Two days later, Watson found another second-place finish in the Natural8 $5K High Roller Blade Prime for $80,176. Watson really hit a mid-month stride when he won back-to-back $10K Short Deck High Rollers on Natural8. On August 12, he topped the small-but-elite field of 20 entries and eventually defeated Mikita Badziakouski heads up to walk away with a $66,569 win. He took those winnings and played the same event the very next day. This time he bested Rozvadov's King’s Casino owner Leon Tsoukernik to pick up another $110,400 victory. While all of those big money scores were an important part of Watson’s month, none of them helped him when it came to his PLB point total. He was smashing huge scores but the field sizes hadn’t done anything for him in terms of rankings. But Watson isn’t just a small-field specialist and he showed that late in the month. ‘SirWatts’ was in the midst of grinding the World Series of Poker on GGPoker and at the same time playing large field events on PokerStars when he racked up an impressive string of results that sent his PLB score soaring. It got started on August 25 when Watson picked up a cash in the High Roller Super MILLION$ on Natural8 for $21,665 and 190.63 PLB points. The next day he took 5th place in WSOP Event #72 ($1,500 Limit Hold’em Championship) on GGPoker for another $26,069 plus 260.52 PLB points. On August 30, Watson was battling for titles during PokerStars 2020 World Championship of Online Poker finishing in second place in Event #2-H ($10,300 NLHE 8-Max, PKO) for a total of over $198,000 and 597.43 PLB points, the eighth-highest score of his career. He again nearly grabbed the title in Event #3-H ($5,200 PLO 6-Max High Roller) where he fell in third place for $20,184 and 205.44 PLB points. The very next day Watson switched his focus and ran deep in a pair of WSOP side events, earning a total of more than $12,000 and, more importantly for his ranking, another 271 PLB points. And while, no longer technically August, he finished off his stretch of PLB pickups with a final table finish in the September 1 edition of the High Roller Super MILLION$ which earned him $45,324 and 420.83 PLB points. In total, over the course of three days and five events, Watson earned nearly 1,500 PLB points. In the month of August alone, Watson earned roughly $677,000 (and 2,031 PLB points) which helped push past the $7 million mark in lifetime online earnings. Of course even though August was over, the winnings didn’t stop there for Watson. Since then, he’s picked up 10 five-figure scores and a considerable amount of PLB points which has helped him hold on to his #4 ranking for the past three weeks. However, in order to keep the momentum going, and take a shot at the #1 spot, Watson will need to get back to the online grind. After a summer of heavy grinding, he only racked up four total results in the entire month of October. That said, with over $20 million in total career earnings, when Watson decides to set his sights on climbing even higher than his current #4 spot, he’s a good bet to get there.
  7. It’s official. The 2020 World Series of Poker Main Event on GGPoker has been certified as the largest prize pool for an online poker tournament by the Guinness World Records. The $5,000 Main Event took place from August 16 - September 6 and drew a total of 5,802 entries which boosted the prize pool to $27,559,500, crushing the originally posted $25 million guarantee. When all was said and done, Stoyan Madanzhiev from Bulgaria etched his name in the online poker history books by taking home the largest-ever first-place prize of $3,904,685. “This Guinness World Records title was on our radar from the very beginning,” said Steve Preiss, Head of Poker Operations at GGPoker. “Players and fans of poker expect nothing less than record-breaking prizes when it comes to the World Series of Poker, and GGPoker delivered.” After “reviewing the evidence and going through all the details”, Michael Empric, an Official Adjudicator for Guinness World Records, placed a video call to GGPoker ambassador Daniel Negreanu to deliver the news.  “Breaking a Guinness World Records title show what happens when you combine GGPoker’s amazing platform with the World Series of Poker brand,” said Ty Stewart, WSOP Director. “This will be a tough record to beat,” Stewart is likely right. The Main Event had 23 starting flights and allowed players to enter three different times which helped them set the new record. The previous record for an online poker prize pool was established by partypoker in 2018 with their $5,300 buy-in $20 million guaranteed MILLIONS Online tournament in which the company spent the better part of the entire year qualifying players to ultimately reach a prize pool of $21,780,000. In 2019, partypoker took a shot at their own record by offering the same tournament with a $10,300 buy-in. However, they missed the mark falling just short with a prize pool of $21,090,000. Online Poker All-Time Largest Prize Pools [table id=115 /] Even though the new prize pool record was widely recognized by the poker industry, GGPoker and the WSOP took the extra step of getting their achievement stamped by Guinness. And they are far from the first in poker to officially set a recognized world record. While many have claimed to have played longer, Phil Laak is the official record holder of the longest live cash game session when he played for 115 hours straight at the Bellagio back in 2010. Perhaps that is what inspired the Netherlands’ Tom Maaswinkel to get into the record book with his 24-hour session of online poker in May of 2019. There are other niche poker records in Guinness as well. Randy ‘nanonoko’ Lew put his multi-tabling talent on display for his world record for most online poker hands played in eight hours (14,548) back in 2012. Former PokerStars ambassador, and current GGPoker pro, Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier still holds the record for the most online poker tables played in one hour when he played 62 tables back in 2009 (a record unlikely to be challenged with modern-day table limits.) The Guinness World Records also acknowledges Joe Cada as the youngest WSOP Main Event champion and Antonio Esfandiari as having won the single-largest first-place prize for his $18.3 million score at the 2012 Big One For One Drop. While many of poker’s Guinness World Records are centered around some of the game’s biggest events, for individuals looking to set their own records, Guinness World Records is ready to review the achievement. According to their website, all it takes is an attempt at creating a new record or breaking an existing record (with evidence) plus an application fee of $800-$1000.
  8. The time has come for Croatia's top-ranked online poker pro Ivan ‘zufo16’ Zufic to take his shot at the top spot. After a hot start to the year, Zufic’s results surged this summer and brought him career-defining scores and resume-topping titles. This week, he finally ascended all the way up to take over the worldwide #2 spot from Brazilian powerhouse Brunno ‘bbotteon’ Botteon with only Conor ‘1_conor_b_1’ Beresford left in his path. Early Returns At the start of the year, Zufic was spending most of his time playing mid-to-high stakes, looking to eclipse a $16,000 career-high score that he had set back in 2019. In April, he was ranked 83rd in the world when he picked up a title in the PokerStars EU Spring Championship of Online Poker for a little over $28,000. The win was not only a mile marker for Zufic but the start of a heater that lasted all summer long. He backed up his new SCOOP title by taking home another trophy in late March in the PokerStars.com SCOOP series. He bested the 630-entry field in Event #81-H ($530 NLHE, 6-Max) for a massive $61,202 score. Then four days later he grabbed a win in the World Series of Poker Circuit Series $250 Daily Special on GGPoker for another $10,965 bringing his weekly PLB point total to more than 631 and putting him as the #1-ranked player in Croatia. Red Hot Summer The hits kept coming for Zufic, who again put himself in a position to hit new career highs. Just one week after taking down the $250 WSOPC side event he did it again, this time in the June 1 edition of the $500 Sunday Main on GGPoker. He outlasted the tough 1,249-entry field to take home $93,755 first-place prize and a new spot inside the worldwide top-50. Zufic continued to rise in the rankings in the following weeks by taking down tough tournaments like the PokerStars $109 Sunday Kickoff and nabbing a podium finish in a WSOP Side Event. However, as good as it was going for him, the best for him was right around the corner. Gold Bracelet Glory Zufic’s poker career would never be the same after August 17 when he took down the 2,055-player field in the 2020 World Series of Poker Online $500 Mini Main Event for a life-changing score of $843,460, far-and-away a new career-high cash. Additionally, Zufic earned himself a place in WSOP history by becoming the first-ever player from Croatia to win a WSOP gold bracelet. Prior to the win, Zufic was ranked 29th in the world, but a win of such magnitude added 2,685.21 PLB points to his total, jettisoning him into the top 10 for the very first time. Even after all that success, Zufic kept on his grind and found success once again on GGPoker. In the September 14 edition of the High Roller MILLION$, Zufic struck gold again and added another $355,375 to his incredible year plus another 1,457.30 PLB. These two scores combined pushed him into the top 10, putting his name among the elite grinders. Throughout his success in some of the biggest tournaments of the summer, Zufic was still grinding a daily schedule. His work ethic can scene in the results which brought him three PocketFives Triple Crown awards this year. He booked his first three victories (on three different networks in the same week) on April 1. He did it again on June 1 as well as September 22, accomplishing a feat three times in the same year that many players will labor to do even once. Despite all his success this year, Zufic is going to need to keep his head down and put in the hours if he hopes to catch Beresford. The current #1-ranked UK grinder is known for putting in plenty of volume and, like Zufic, he is also in the midst of a career year. Currently, just under 2000 PLB points shy of Beresford, it will take some big-time results from Zufic in order to close the gap and for Zufic to make history. But with nine of Zufic’s top-10 career cashes coming this year, he currently has the momentum to possibly make it happen.
  9. GGPoker is ready to take another shot. On the heels of their successful GG Series of Poker, the online site has announced their next major, massive online poker series that takes aim at players who enjoy going for the knockout. GGPoker’s Bounty Hunter Series will take place from October 11-25 and guarantee $40 million in total prize money. For two weeks, the GGPoker schedule is absolutely packed with non-stop bounty tournament action with 353 official events and more than 500 total tournaments with side events included. No matter what stakes a player enjoys, there’s a tournament in the schedule with a buy-in (and time) to fit their schedule. The Bounty Hunter Series averages more than 20 tournaments a day with buy-ins that range from at little as $5.25 all the way up to the $10,300 Super MILLION$ Bounty Hunters with $1,000,000 guaranteed, the biggest bounty tournament ever run on the site. Featured Events The schedule is so extensive, it may be hard to figure out a plan of attack on finding the best value. For those who are building a bankroll and enjoy playing at the lower and mid-stakes, one of the events to target is the GGMasters Daily $25, a freezeout tournament that runs at the same time every single day of the series and comes with a $50,000 guarantee. Mid-stakes shot takers have a buffet of $100-$300 tournaments to choose from. One to keep an eye on is the Main Event Special Edition. The tournament, which runs multiple times, comes with a $210 buy-in and a $500,000 guarantee. Additionally, GGPoker’s tentpole tournament, the GGMasters, will run with a $157.50 buy-in and also has a $500,000 guarantee. Of course, GGPoker has not left out the high-rollers. In addition to the Super MILLION$, which runs three times, there is an abundance of tournaments with a buy-in greater than $1,000. The $3,150 Sunday Bounty King High Roller runs multiple times and features a $300,000 guarantee, one of the biggest guarantees of the series. Another feature of the series comes in the form of speed of play. For those that just don’t have the time to grind out a standard tournament, the Bounty Hunter Series features “Speed Racer” tournaments at multiple buy-in levels. These hyper-turbo tournaments start players with just 10 big blinds and provide the same knockout action in a fraction of the time. $100K Leaderboard While it may be daunting to think about grinding an entire schedule that has hundreds of events, those that do it and do so successfully will be rewarded with a piece of $100,000 in additional prizes. GGPoker has brought back their $100,000 Leaderboard for the Bounty Hunter Series which will split the six-figure sum between the top 100 performing players. Those looking to battle in the leaderboard best not take their time getting in on the action though as points begin to be earned on day one, October 11, where there are 29 events scheduled. To take a look at the entire GGPoker Bounty Hunters Series, visit their website or download the client.
  10. In 2018, online poker sponsorships for American poker pros are a rarity. Those who have followed Bryn Kenney's career know he has a habit of trusting his instincts and sometimes doing things in an unconventional way. So it should come as no surprise that Kenney has landed himself a sponsorship contract. Kenney will be the face of GGPoker.com, a non-US online poker site that has roots in Asia but services players in Canada, Europe, and South America. " I’m really happy to become part of the GGPoker team," said Kenney. " They are the western face of Asia’s largest poker network, with lots of opportunities for growth, and it’s great to be in a position to both represent the brand and to positively influence the further development of GGPoker." Kenney, who has over $21.1 million in lifetime live earnings, will be adorned with a GGPoker patch at all live events but will be more than just a patch-wearing ambassador. Kenney will help GGPoker as they continue to develop their product and expand their audience. " Bryn is a one-of-a-kind poker player, a massive winner who plays using gut instincts as much as anything else, and we’re just thrilled to welcome him to Team GGPoker," said Paul Burke, Head of GGPoker. " In addition to representing the GGPoker brand worldwide and helping us reach out to those who not played at our tables, Bryn is going to help us further improve the GGPoker experience, ensuring that our players both new and old have something very special to look forward to." Kenney is the 2017 Global Poker Index American Player of the Year and currently sits #10 on the GPI. In 2017 he won the PokerStars Championship Monte Carlo Super High Roller for $1.9 million - the largest score of his career. To celebrate Kenney's signing, GGPoker is running a $2,500 freeroll on Sunday, March 25 at 12 pm EST. Sign-up for a GGPoker.com account today and get a 200% bonus on your first deposit (up to $1,000).
  11. You’ve seen it in the movies: a group of soldiers sitting around dealing out a deck of cards, tossing some money in the middle and playing a little poker just to pass the time. It may be cliche, but for Germany’s Torsten 'Jektiss' Brinkmann that is a scene from his life. Torsten, then just 21 years old, was serving in the army when half-a-world away Chris Moneymaker was taking down the World Series of Poker Main Event. The poker boom that turned the game of poker into a global phenomenon reached as far as Torsten and his friends. The next thing he knew he and his crew started playing poker. “We were just playing for fun and nobody really had a clue what to do,” Brinkmann said. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"] But soon after his time in the army, as Brinkmann began studying economics at school he happened upon PokerStrategy, one of Europe’s largest online poker communities and strategy forums. It was then that he really started diving deep into the game and taking it seriously. “I got some free money to play with and ever since then I’ve been into poker.” That was nearly 15 years ago and a lot has happened to Brinkmann on his poker journey since. He’s been an online grinder and spent some time taking shots playing live. In 2011 he was featured as the runner-up in the European Poker Tour’s Grand Final in Madrid, where he earned a career-high cash of over $1.33 million. Since 2014 though, Brinkmann has turned his attention to grinding online. “I’ve played a lot of live poker and always tried to find a good balance between live and online. I liked playing live a lot but the biggest downside of playing live poker, except tournaments, is that the game starts very late and you have to spend long nights grinding," Brinkmann said. "When you play online you can make your own schedules and jump into the games whenever you have the time and you can do that from anywhere you want. The independence of online poker I like the most.” His love of playing online has recently led him to new opportunities as well. Brinkmann has found a love of streaming his online cash game sessions on Twitch, sharing his ups and downs with an audience. His dedication to streaming has led to him being named as one of GGPoker’s core members of their GG StreamTeam, helping to represent the online poker site. “What I enjoy the most about streaming is the community with other poker players. I love to share what I am doing and I also love to be part of that community from other streamers when I do not stream myself,” he said. Brinkmann's popularity has been building. He now has over 4,200 Twitch followers and his new ambassadorship with GGPoker is helping him expand his audience and share his enthusiasm for online poker while exposing players to the up-and-coming online poker site. “I was playing on GGPoker for a while before I joined the StreamTeam. Especially as a cash gamer you are always looking around for places with a variety of games running, consistent player pools, simple and stable software, and some rakeback. GG is doing a really good job on all these criteria and this is what the viewers are noticing too. People are showing more and more interest for the site which is great feedback and makes it even more fun streaming.” For Brinkmann, even after all this time, he's still finding ways to have fun playing poker. He's grinding online, interacting with fans and being sponsored by a site he respects - what could go wrong? “I think the biggest challenge when you stream poker is to keep spreading positivity when you run bad,” Brinkmann said. “I am really bad at this and maybe I need coaching for this, but most of my viewers know that and don’t take it too seriously if I keep crying and complaining. I try to be a little bit more sarcastic if I am running back to keep it at least a bit enjoyable.” Brinkmann’s stream continues to grow but he’s not overly concerned with what’s down the line. “I do not have any future plans in mind really. I am happy for any day that I can keep doing what I’m doing at the moment.” Catch Brinkmann streaming online on his Twitch channel.
  12. GGPoker’s mammoth GGSeries 3 kicks off on September 8 and it promises online grinders all the action they can handle. With $50 million in total prize pools guaranteed and a staggering 482 events, the GGSeries 3 is five times bigger than any of the online site’s previous series. Even for the most dedicated of grinders, firing in a large percentage of 482 events in a three-week span is the ultimate challenge of even the healthiest of bankrolls. In fact, the GGSeries 3 has an abundance of big buy-in online tournaments including over 65 events with a $10K price tag or higher. But even if you don’t have the biggest of bankrolls it doesn’t mean there isn't a way to get in on some of GGPoker’s biggest tournaments of the year. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"] In-Game Staking One of GGPoker’s most unique software features is the ability to buy and sell pieces of your tournament action - right inside the poker client. "GGNetwork is constantly trying to push the envelope of online poker, especially when it comes to keeping things fun/engaging and streamlining the player experience. We feel in-client staking ticks both boxes," said Jean Christophe-Antoine, Head of GGNetwork. "Having a piece certainly makes for great sweats, especially in the current era of live-streamers, where you can track how your investment is doing in real-time. From a utility perspective, there's no need to leave the client, and action can be bought or sold with a few simple clicks." Of course, staking is a big part of tournament poker. Players who don’t necessarily want to assume all the risk of any single tournament, or even a series of events, will sell pieces of their action to those who want to come along for the ride. With GGPoker, players don’t have to post their action on third-party websites or community message boards as the entire transaction can take place right inside the tournament lobby. "From a utility perspective, there's no need to leave the client, and action can be bought or sold with a few simple clicks. Basically, we saw a gaping hole in the industry, for something which is as common in poker as bad beat stories, and we thought to ourselves why not fill the void?" said Christophe-Antoine. Players looking to sell action for a tournament will have a ‘Staking Profile’ page which provides potential backers pertinent information, including previous tournament results and details of action that is currently sold. One of the small differences with in-client staking is that the player must first register the tournament they want to play before selling pieces to that tournament. However, once registered, the player can then put up pieces for sale at whatever markup they wish. The action will remain open throughout the registration period or until it’s sold out. Backing The Action For potential backers, buying a piece may be a way to support your favorite online player or streamer who is taking a shot in the series. GGPoker provides potential backers a word of warning: like most things in the game of poker, backing comes with risks so putting your money to work could result in that money being lost. With that understood, if there’s a player who is posting action that you want a piece of it’s easy to get involved. Here are a few things to take note of if you get involved in backing on GGPoker. All pieces are purchased in a minimum of 1% increments, there is no extra fees to purchase pieces, and as soon as a purchase is made, it’s booked and non-refundable. So while the player can cancel their stake before the tournament, the backer is locked in at the time of purchase. The backer will get their money back in the event that the seller cancels, the tournament is unexpectedly canceled or the seller decides to unregister from the event. Once the tournament is underway, the backer can follow along by viewing the table of their player and sweating the action as it happens. "The transactions are 100% instantaneous and secure. Any winnings earned from staking is automatically credited to the buyer's account," said Christophe-Antoine. Staking may be an option for people to get involved with GGSeries 3, but take note: the new staking platform on GGPoker is up and running for all of their tournaments (except for Rebuy & Add-on tournaments). GGPoker's $50 million guaranteed GGSeries 3 kicks runs from September 8-29.
  13. Mark Twain believed that finding a job you love meant you'd never have to work a day in your life. Czech poker pro and streamer Karlen 'Karlencho' Aladzjan clearly agrees, except he's actually found two things that he loves doing. Aladzjan got his start playing poker in his early teens and by the time he was in high school, he knew that he wanted to play the game professionally. Rather than finish up high school, Aladzjan told his parents he was putting that on hold. "I was supposed to go to high school, but I decided to take some time off and try to play online poker for a living, try to build my bankroll and I was lucky enough to build my first bankroll after going broke a couple of times," Aladzjan said. "It took me probably three years to build a bankroll, which I later used to basically pay for my living expenses, and try to pursue a career as a poker streamer." [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="888poker"][ptable zone="PokerStars NJ"] When Aladzjan first started playing poker, he admired the poker pros who had endorsement deals with online poker rooms and he set that as a goal for himself. In between then and now, the landscape changed and it just happened to better align with another one of his interests. "Today, it's not really about necessarily being the best poker player as you can be to get sponsored," Aladzjan said. "So, I just decided that the best way to get that done is by creating content and I've also always had a passion for creating videos and doing some graphic designs and stuff. So, I decided to combine those two passions of mine and do both at the same time." Aladzjan took to Twitch, and much like a lot of streamers have done over the years, he decided to run a bankroll building challenge. His mission was to turn $10 into $1,000. Everything was going perfectly and he was just $48 from hitting the goal. Rather than just grind away at some low stakes sit-n-gos or MTTs, Aladzjan decided to challenge a streamer who had been a strong influence on him, Felix 'xflixx' Schneiders. "I was basically challenging the final boss in the game, the original guy that made this challenge. I was going to take over the throne, and then I shoved ten-four offsuit and he had ace-king," Aladzjan remembers. Unable to take out the 'final boss', Aladzjan went on a terrible downswing that showed no signs of ending. Over the six months that followed, the $952 that he had built up kept falling, but it was while he was struggling to finish this challenge that representatives from GGPoker.com first reached out about having him join the GGPoker Stream Team. Down to just six dollars, Aladzjan signed with GGPoker and decided it was probably best to put the challenge on the back burner and get started on some other streaming projects built around GGPoker. "I just couldn't see a way of me being able to promote GGPoker, and at the same time bounce back from the six bucks," Aladzjan said. "So, we decided to not go down to zero totally, but at the same time not cancel the challenge and maybe renew the challenge in the future." Even though he didn't get to that $1,000, he looks back at the challenge and considers it a success. He had just 15 followers when he started streaming and built that up to over 5,000 during the time he was doing the challenge. He hit 1,000,000 YouTube views and grew his Instagram audience by nearly 4,000 followers. And he also completed one of his bigger goals of signing a contract with an online poker room. "We signed a deal and I took a one week break. Then I came back to Twitch and I was exclusively streaming on GGPoker, just random games, random tournaments for about four or five months," Aladzjan said. "I just decided to take a couple of months to enjoy the sponsorship and enjoy some time with my audience playing on GGPoker." That's when he decided to start a new challenge, hoping to turn $1,000 into the $10,000. He's still working towards that goal now but recently took some time off to get his content production business, Karlencho Productions, off the ground. "I was working on this business, and website while I was doing this challenge, and it was just overwhelming. It doesn't really matter if the challenge is going well or not. I am just doing everything by myself, so, at one point it was just too much for me to handle streaming and working on the website and run the business at the same time. So, it just felt like a good step to take some time off." The production company gives Aladzjan the chance to work with other Twitch streamers on some of the technical elements of streaming while also helping them build their audience. "I edit my own videos. I made my own Twitch layout. I made all my banners for social media, all the intros, outros, logos, basically everything content-wise, I did by myself and it is something that I enjoy doing," Aladzjan said. "While I was streaming and playing poker, I had other poker streamers reaching out to me. If someone wanted an Instagram clip for something that they had going on, I created that for them. If someone wanted a layout, I took some time to create a layout for them." That gave Aladzjan a perfect way to combine his passion for poker streaming and content creation. Now that the business is up and running, he's returned to the Twitch streets for the GGPoker GG Series 3 tournaments. The "I don't think I've ever had a number that I want to reach. It was never about that. It was more about, doing what I love and just enjoying the progress and seeing the brand grow," Aladzjan said. "It doesn't matter if it was 100 followers or 5,000 followers. It was never about the numbers for me, and it still isn't to this day." The production business, which allows Aladzjan to serve as a guide and a mentor to any streamers looking for guidance, is anything but a distraction for the 25-year-old's own streaming plans. In fact, it's a perfect match that gives him ample opportunities to spend his energy on all of the things that drive him. "I have two passions and I am trying to be the best in both of them. I am just enjoying it. It doesn't feel overwhelming for me at all. I just love it."
  14. George 'ShroomTheRiver' Davidson has been playing online poker seriously for close to 10 years now, but he’s been around the game for much longer than that, playing for sweets with his family long before he took it up more competitively. "I don't think there was any avoiding it to be honest," Davidson said of how he got into poker. "My uncle has played live professionally since I was a little one, and as early as four years old I can remember playing cards with my nan for sweets and pocket money. It started out with bingo and rummy but poker wasn't too far behind." Fast forward a whole bunch of years and now poker is how Davidson makes a living. He streams and plays poker on a full-time basis, although he had some other jobs along the way. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"] "Feels a bit weird saying it still, but yes, alongside streaming poker is what I do full time," Davidson said. "I worked as a croupier in London for almost five years, dabbled with air-conditioning installation, and even lived in a farmhouse in France training and showing dobermans for a bit. I couldn't really see a future for myself in any of those and repeatedly hit the same brick wall. Feeling a bit lost, I threw myself into streaming. GGPoker approached me not long after and the rest is history." Davidson’s most memorable poker experience involves his family, specifically his uncle, Geoff. His uncle took him to play live poker at Grosvenor Victoria Casino on Edgware Road in London, with buy-ins covered. Davidson remembers losing a handful of stacks at £1-2 and feeling pretty terrible about it. "The only thing that's worse than losing your own money in poker is losing someone else's," Davidson said. His uncle didn’t seem to mind, though, and pushed Davidson into the casino’s monthly tournament, a £300 freezeout. Although he got short early, Davidson spiked a jack with pocket jacks against pocket aces to ignite a run to the final table. He finished second in the tournament and ended up taking home a little more than £7,000. "I'm a cash player at heart, but I think we can all agree that nothing beats that rush of running deep in a big-field MTT," Davidson said. Davidson began streaming in the second half of 2017. He was grinding a $100 bankroll online and playing games with a buy-in of $5. Davidson eventually started playing on GGPoker and within a year had worked his way up to cash games with a buy-in of $100. "It's honestly like therapy for me," Davidson said of the thing he finds most enjoyable about streaming. "Was feeling really lost when I first started. I didn't know if I'd be any good at it, or even enjoy it. But I was, and I did, and everything just kind of clicked into place. The accountability that comes with streaming forces you to be honest with yourself, which has led to huge improvements both on and off the felt. If I had to narrow it down to one aspect though, it'd be the freedom." Like many who have been switched on to poker, the freedom one has when compared to a normal job is often the biggest attraction. Davidson was no different in this sense than others in the community. He mentioned feeling a bit "trapped" at times while working the other jobs he had over the years, as many do. Turning to streaming and poker full time has allowed him to realize that you can take a passion and turn it into a profession, and it’s something he’s done well with. So well that he’s now a member of the GGPoker Stream Team. "Being able to stream when, where, and for how long I'd like is unparalleled in its worth to me,” Davidson said. Nowadays, Davidson can be found in the virtual streets of GGPoker playing mostly six-max cash games with a buy-in of $100. He’ll occasionally dabble in multi-table tournaments or play GGPoker’s new Rush & Cash format, but his bread and butter is $100 buy-in No Limit Hold’em cash games. He said he’s taken a few shots at higher limits but feels the need to continue to work on his game in order to move up the stakes. Davidson said he enjoys playing on GGPoker not only because of the high rakeback, soft games, jackpots, and constant stream of promotions, but also because of the emotes he gets to use while playing. "They say more than words ever could and I've lost count of the amount of times I've been left grinning from ear to ear after a classic GGPoker emote exchange," Davidson said. Davidson continued with the "fun factor" when asked about why he’d recommend others play on GGPoker. "First up, the site's a lot of fun," Davidson said. "This is something that often gets overlooked but you can't put a price on actually enjoying yourself whilst you grind. Flopping an open-ended straight flush draw and having approximately 10% to hit a jackpot for $2,000 is exciting. Getting it in with pocket jacks versus seven-deuce preflop for 100 big blinds and then having the guy spam the ‘bad bead’ emote for the next 10 minutes is hilarious. Logging in to find tickets/ or tournament dollars in my account that I didn't even know I'd won will never get old. The games are crazy soft, the promotions never end and seem to double in size every month. Imagine every time you opened a chest on PokerStars and it was guaranteed to contain $100 to $1,000 - welcome to GGPoker!" Coming to play on GGPoker is more than just a very enjoyable experience for Davidson, as he’s made it a profitable one, too. He used to play a lot on PokerStars and admits to struggling to move up in stakes. Once he hopped over to GGPoker, he said he built up a bankroll of $10,000 within a year after starting out in $10 games with a bankroll of $150. "For me, it was the best decision I made as a poker player, my only regret being that I didn't do it sooner," Davidson said. "It's not going to be the same for everyone, of course, but if you don't try you'll never know."
  15. GGPoker is not messing around. The online site has announced their upcoming September online poker series, GGSeries 3 (GGS3) which takes place September 8-29. It’s by far the biggest online series GGPoker has ever attempted featuring $50,000,000 in total guarantees over a gargantuan schedule of 482 events. Non-Stop Nosebleed Action Known for their high-roller action, GGPoker's online series is packed with big buy-in tournaments. Over the three week span of GGSeries 3, there are an incredible 14 tournaments with a $25,000 buy-in and at least a $500,000 guarantee. The final $25K on September 29 features a $1,000,000 guarantee. Perhaps even more jaw-dropping is the fact that the schedule has 67 total $10,000 buy-in tournaments. GGSeries 3 is a high rollers paradise but may test even the deepest of bankrolls, with nearly 250 total tournaments on the schedule carrying a four-figure or larger buy-in. $1M Main Event For All But all the big money isn’t carved out for the nosebleed tournament players. The GGS Championship Event is a multi-flight $250 buy-in with a massive $1,000,000 guarantee. The tournament will need 4000 runners to hit the guarantee but there will be plenty of opportunity for players to fire multiple times as this Main Event has 13 starting flights to choose from. GSS3 Championship Event Starting Flight Schedule DATE EVENT/FLIGHT TIME BUY-IN GUARANTEE Sep 22 GGS Championship: $1M Gtd [Day 1A] 16:00 $250.00 $1,000,000.00 Sep 23 GGS Championship: $1M Gtd [Day 1B] 16:00 $250.00 $1,000,000.00 Sep 24 GGS Championship: $1M Gtd [Day 1C] 16:00 $250.00 $1,000,000.00 Sep 25 GGS Championship: $1M Gtd [Day 1D] 16:00 $250.00 $1,000,000.00 Sep 26 GGS Championship: $1M Gtd [Day 1E] 16:00 $250.00 $1,000,000.00 Sep 27 GGS Championship: $1M Gtd [Day 1F] 16:00 $250.00 $1,000,000.00 Sep 27 GGS Championship: $1M Gtd [Day 1G, Turbo] 20:00 $250.00 $1,000,000.00 Sep 27 GGS Championship: $1M Gtd [Day 1H] 16:00 $250.00 $1,000,000.00 Sep 27 GGS Championship: $1M Gtd [Day 1I, Turbo] 20:00 $250.00 $1,000,000.00 Sep 28 GGS Championship: $1M Gtd [Day 1J, Turbo] 14:00 $250.00 $1,000,000.00 Sep 29 GGS Championship: $1M Gtd [Day 2] 18:00 $250.00 $1,000,000.00 GSS 500 Another spotlight, high-value tournament on the schedule is the $500 buy-in GSS 500 that comes with a $500,000 guarantee. Like the Championship Event, the GSS 500 has multiple starting flights to help them get to the 1000 runners needed to reach the guarantee. There are eight starting flights for the GSS 500 beginning on September 15. However, if a multi-flight tournament simply isn’t for you, GGSeries 3 is running another one-day $500 buy-in $500K GTD tournament at the end of the series on September 28. There are plenty of opportunities for low-to-mid stakes grinders to dive in as well. The schedule is packed with $100 or lower buy-in tournaments with hefty guarantees at those price point. Also, satellites for nearly every GSS3 tournament will be taking place throughout the month of September allowing players who are on a smaller bankroll the opportunity to battle in the big-time tournaments by winning their way in at a smaller buy-in. GGPoker is loading the GSS3 with promotions as well. They will have a $300K leaderboard promotion in three different tier buy-ins (low, mid and high) as well as a $100K GSS3 giveaway for players who meet daily playing requirements. With the addition of GGPoker’s GGSeries 3 September is going to be a hotbed of competition in the world of online poker. GGSeries 3 overlaps with both PokerStars’ massive $75 million guaranteed World Championship of Online Poker as well as 888poker’s upcoming XL Eclipse series.
  16. Darius Wajda, who may be better known as 'KomodoDragonJesus,' has been playing poker since he was a teenager. He only recently decided to take the game up on a full-time basis, though, but in the short period of time, he’s done well enough to land himself on the roster of GGPoker's Stream Team. "I first learned to play as a teenager and then made my first real-money online account when I turned 18," Wajda said. "I played casually for many years, making a little spare cash, and then one year ago I decided to play full time." Wajda played on the side while in school for mechanical engineering. After he school, his side hobby continued but it wasn’t his regular profession, or at least not yet. He plays mainly cash games at the $200 buy-in level. "I play and stream professionally," Wajda said. "I played poker casually while earning my mechanical engineering degree and for a few years while working as a structural analyst in the aerospace industry. Eventually, I came to my senses and decided to switch to poker full time." [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] Wajda's interest in poker came about in similar fashion to many others. He and his friends had an affinity for card games and were eventually introduced to Texas Hold’em. Even though Wajda and his pals may not have had proper poker chips to play with early on, it didn’t stop them from getting games together for fun, competitive entertainment and poker quickly became a favorite of theirs, he said. Now, Wajda can be found regularly streaming the game he loves for a global audience, and he’s joined the GGPoker Stream Team alongside fellow streamers George 'ShroomTheRiver' Davidson, Torsten 'Jektiss' Brinkmann, and Karlen 'Karlencho' Aladzjan. "I've been a little on and off with streaming," Wajda said. "I was one of the first poker streamers on Twitch back in 2014, then I took a long break from streaming after my son was born as it was only a hobby back then. Now, I've been back full time for nearly a year and I don't plan on stopping." Like those other streams on the GGPoker Stream Team, Wajda was quick to point out that the best thing about playing regularly on GGPoker is the action that’s presented. The site is getting past the stage of being the new kid on the block, but the environment and player base lean more fun and action-friendly than can be commonly found elsewhere. "GGPoker has some of the softest cash games I've ever played," Wajda said. "The games are both more profitable and more enjoyable - less nitty, more action - than most other sites I've tried." The poker streaming community is a welcoming, passionate one. From streamers to their audience, the affection for poker is palpable and infectious. Wajda said that the best thing about streaming, for him, is the community that he gets to interact with, and that's something you can’t truly get through online poker. Online poker is a very solitary activity, but streaming adds a whole new social layer to what is very much an individual practice. "The best thing for me is the community and getting to share a game that I love with other people," he said. "Playing poker online is an amazing experience and I love it, but unlike live poker, you're not surrounded and engaged by people who share that interest. Playing for long hours by myself would take a toll on me mentally. Through Twitch, I've met a ton of amazing people from all over the world and I guarantee I wouldn't view the game the same way as I do today had I not discovered Twitch." Although Wajda plays mostly No Limit Hold’em these days, his favorite poker memory came from a very different game. "My favorite memory comes from when I was first learning to play," Wajda said. "I made my first-ever final table in a multi-table tournament, a $1 razz tournament. I'm still not sure why I was playing razz, but it turned out nice. I was a member of an old staking forum called PartTimePoker and because I had nobody to share it within real life at the time, I posted about my final table on the forum. It didn't get much traction because let's face it, it was a $1 razz tournament and I think I ended up somewhere around fourth place for a negligible amount of money. Then later, I logged on to the forum and found an extremely wholesome private message from one of the best players on the forum ('herschelw,' if you're out there, you rock!) congratulating me on the final table. It really meant a lot that a professional player would take the time to write me for my silly little accomplishment."
  17. Bulgaria's Rosen 'dtminator' Apostolov banked their first six-figure online cash after navigating through a 10,344 player-field in the PokerStars $109 Sunday Million for $108,027. Apostolov crushed their previous best score of $12k after a heads-up victory over Canada's 'Samuel Peace'. Morocco's 'bibichov1989' claimed the bronze medal for $55,843, with the well-known name of Mike 'goleafsgoeh' Leah making a final table appearance in ninth-place for $7,715. [ptable zone="NJ Online Poker Promos"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"] World #4 Andras 'probirs' Nemth collected another gold medal with victory in the PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller for $41,015. The Hungarian got the better of Michael 'imluckbox' Addamo heads-up on a final table that included Conor Beresford, 'prebz' and 'Remi Lebo_10' 'Stakelis24' topped 913 entrants in the PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller for a score worth over $67,000. Former #1 ranked 'C.Darwin2' took ninth place for $3,134 + $687 and after 'abarone68' exited in third for $20,027 + $8,493, 'ZaraJung' was unable to save thier bounty and departed in second for $27,568 + $11,393. 'fellatiado' was this week's PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-Up champion for $24,907. Former SCOOP champion 'clapjkspit' took the bronze for $13,117, before three-time PocketFives Triple Crown winner and former Sunday Million champion 'OMGACEACEACE' was the final player to fall in second place for $18,075. 'PayAndPlay' won the biggest Sunday prize on partypoker for $129,850, after winning the $5,200 Sunday High Roller Big Game. 106 entrants created a $530,000 prize pool with 'AGORAVAI' taking third place for $66,250. 'patience' in name and nature made their way into the final two, but ultimately had to settle for the runners-up spot worth $92,750. World #2 Patrick Leonard won the partypoker $2,100 Sunday High Roller Gladiator for an impressive $78,760 score. The partypoker pro topped the 149 player-field after a heads-up victory over 'junglemandan', who banked a consolation prize worth $28,511 + $11,632. Leonard, who has already been at the top of the online rankings in 2019, could be set to reclaim his seat at the top after yet another impressive result. PokerStars $109 Sunday Million $1M Guaranteed 10,344 entrants, $1,034,400 prize pool dtminator - $108,027 Samuel Peace - $77,667 bibichov1989 - $55,843 wendellau - $40,151 Miry1313 - $28,869 Conglomo222 - $20,757 D!egoRezende - $14,924 Seaman58 - $10,730 goleafsgoeh - $7,715 PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller, $100k Gtd 66 entrants, $132,000 prize pool probirs - $41,015 imluckbox - $29,557 Iimitless - $21,300 mararthur1 - $15,349 1_conor_b_1 - $11,061 prebz - $7,971 Remi Lebo_10 - $5,744 PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller, $350k Gtd 913 entrants, $456,500 prize pool Stakelis24 - $37,611 + $30,055 (in bounties) ZaraJung - $27,568 + $11,393 abarone68 - $20,027 + $8,493 ShippityShip - $14,812 + $3,888 nilsef - $10,857 + $6,615 slarki1 - $7,958 + $2,515 jvieiradias8 - $5,833 + $2,039 rojorulez - $4,275 + $1,921 C. Darwin2 - $3,134 + $687 PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-Up $115k Gtd 733 entrants, $146,600 prize pool fellatiado - $24,907 OMGACEACEACE - $18,075 clapjkspit - $13,117 smir9david - $9,519 jeff710 - $6,907 BOKPOWER - $5,013 joaoMathias - $3,638 Leitnant - $2,640 EduardoGarl@ - $1,915 partypoker $5,200 Sunday High Roller Big Game $500k Gtd 106 entrants, $530,000 prize pool PayAndPlay - $129,850 patience - $92,750 AGORAVAI - $66,250 Greenstone25 - $46,375 Junglemandan - $34,450 Forrest_guuump - $26,500 Slim_Shady - $21,200 fromHolland1945 - $17,225 partypoker $530 High Roller Phased Final - $250k Gtd 563 entrants, $275,050 prize pool WhaledShark - $44,253* SpankyMcfarland - $43,460* zavor - $24,837 StrA1dEr - $17,190 Sphynx7 - $12,102 five90fspades - $8,746 Joe Panini - $6,298 SapereAude - $4,510 partypoker $2,100 Sunday High Roller Gladiator $300k Gtd 149 entrants, $305,450 prize pool Patrick_Leonard - $28,541 + $50,219 (in bounties) junglemandan - $28,511 + $11,632 MahmoudMokhtar - $20,136 + $13,026 TopGirl - $14,263 + $4,921 kqroqigmqtbmqom - $10,487 + $8,793 Jacques - $6,693 + $4,528 patience - $4,693 + $2,887 Sundaynightking - $4,693 + $3,806 partypoker $320 Sunday Gladiator - $300k Gtd 993 entrants, $305,844 prize pool El_Cucuy - $20,306 + $14,565 (in bounties) caraanchoa81 - $20,276 + $8,082 FlipTheShiip - $15,015 + $6,388 Rick OShea - $10,307 + $6,154 RustInPeace - $6,736 + $3,309 AegonTargaryen - $4,162 + $4,967 Benetnasch - $2,651 + $849 Jacquees - $2,651 + $3,554 888poker $100,000 Sunday Mega Deep $215 470 entrants – $100,000 prize pool Perrymejsen - $19,350 LeetRunGoot - $14,500 magnit7 - $11,000 RagnAArok - $8,250 Kelvin_kerbe - $5,700 sweet_dr34ms - $4,400 Rumukuluss - $3,400 xvckneru - $2,400
  18. Six months after he officially left PokerStars, Daniel Negreanu has become an ambassador for GGPoker.com. Negreanu made the announcement via a video posted to his Twitter account on Wednesday morning. Sources confirmed the multi-year deal with GGPoker has a larger financial component than his previous PokerStars deal which made him the highest-paid ambassador in poker. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zgone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] In the announcement, Negreanu pointed to the success of the most recent GG Series, which had $50 million in total guarantees, as well as the state-of-the-art proprietary software as reasons for his decision to join the company. GGPoker has grown quickly over the past few years and now ranks as the third-busiest online poker site in the world, according to PokerScout. The company, which has offices in Toronto, Canada, and Dublin, Ireland, does not accept US online poker players. 2019 has been an interesting year for Negreanu. It started on New Year's Eve when Negreanu proposed to Amanda Leatherman. The couple were married in May at a ceremony in California. A few days after that, after spending 12 years as the face of PokerStars, Negreanu and the company parted ways. At the time, the six-time WSOP bracelet winner mentioned that he would be focusing on starting a family. Prior to the start of the WSOP, he sold pieces of his action only to have the offering be too popular, causing servers to crash and players who thought they had secured a piece of Negreanu, find out they, in fact, had not. Negreanu then cashed 16 times, earning $2,042,752.92. Most recently, Negreanu left WSOP Europe down for the trip but under the impression he had won the 2019 World Series of Poker Player of the Year award only to be informed days later that a data-entry error incorrectly awarded Negreanu with points from an event he did not cash in. Negreanu joins Bryn Kenney as ambassadors for the site, giving GGPoker the #1 and #3 players on poker's all-time money list as patch-wearing pros.
  19. After a one-week hiatus, the partypoker MILLION returned on Sunday and the second week of the Daniel Negreanu-inspired GGPoker Masters saw an even bigger turnout. The partypoker MILLION drew 4,953 players this week to fall just 47 players short of the guarantee. Two players, 'maktub1' and 'eL3v3n', made the most of it by chopping up nearly $260,000 after outlasting every other player. Taking the #1 spot earned 'maktub1' a $135,498.93 score while 'eL3v3n' banked $124,301.08 for finishing in second place. 'ShortSqueeze' was eliminated in third and earned $68,500 for that finish. The GGPoker Masters event, which is a freezeout with a $150 buy-in, drew 1,901 runners in just its second week of existence. Created by GGPoker pro Daniel Negreanu, the GGPoker Masters increased their guarantee from $250,000 to $300,000 this week despite missing the guarantee in the first week of action. The 1,901 players was 291 more than last week but still created a $37,662 overlay. The final two players, 'MwonderchilD' and 'ruael' came to terms on a deal that gave 'MwonderchilD' a $36,794.72 payday and runner-up 'ruael' a $40,190.02 score. Third-place finisher 'GorillaWarfare' ended up with $22,838.43. The Winter Series continued on PokerStars with the Main Event taking the place of the Sunday Million this week. That two-day event will wrap up on Monday but there was still some big wins on the world's largest online poker site. 'Rebel FishAK' won $51,777.49 plus an additional $22,055.02 in bounties for beating out 8,990 other entries in the Sunday Warm-up SE PKO. The $530 High Roller Club Bounty Builder PKO event was won by 'like1989' for $48,291.43 and $35,968.11 in bounties. partypoker $215 MILLION Online 4,953 entries $1,000,000 prize pool ($9,400 overlay) maktub1 - $135,498.93* eL3v3n - $124,301.08* ShortSqueeze - $68,500 vem kikando - $44,600 DramaticDegen - $30,630 Johnny Bananas - $20,780 INDOMIE_GORENG - $14,610 ThinnusButyrum - $9,400 partypoker $5,200 High Roller Sunday Big Game 118 entries $590,000 prize pool Player_1234 - $144,550 PayAndPlay - $103,250 autopilot - $73,750 Player123560423 - $51,625 Lone1 - $38,350 j1994p - $29,500 Sundaynightking - $23,600 SpankyMcfarland - $19,175 partypoker $530 High Roller Bounty Hunter 292 entries $149,650 prize pool ($350 overlay) Zevs zevs - $11,536.50 + $11,923.32 in bounties CAPN_Crunch - $11,521.67 + $5,053.16 in bounties Meiko87 - $8,086.31 + $2,908.02 in bounties Double_UP - $5,884.59 + $3,076.18 in bounties MexicanJoker - $4,163.25 + $1,041.80 in bounties TopGirl - $3,122.43 + $5,061.35 in bounties SeniorBOB - $2,201.72 + $2,707.04 in bounties leannartpronk - $1,601.25 + $262.50 in bounties partypoker $320 Gladiator 833 entries $256,564 prize pool explogtopkr - $17,104.53 + $13,423.90 in bounties Crixus-the-Gaul - $17,079.21 + $7,860.53 in bounties qpakup - $12,964.59 + $5,436.20 in bounties SomaPowered - $8,870.51 + $3,592.04 in bounties BORA LOGO - $6,141.12 + $1,607.15 in bounties goats_Street - $4,094.08 + $1,870.08 in bounties PokerStars Winter Series $109 Sunday Warm-up SE PKO 8,991 entries $899,100 prize pool Rebel FishAK - $51,777.49* + $22,066.02 in bounties estroygordoyk - $54,746.38* + $11,191.21 in bounties DrJames89 - $30,477.55 + $7,094.56 in bounties Bit2Easy - $21,235.93 + $5,977.91 in bounties sonic257- $14,796.62 + $3,167.63 in bounties ezepoker90 - $10,309.88 + $6,257.82 in bounties JerryPot91 - $7,183.62 + $582.03 in bounties wpwhite-eck - $5,005.33 + $1,886.60 in bounties silentm0de - $3,487.60 + $2,557.99 in bounties PokerStars High Roller Club $530 Bounty Builder PKO 1,226 entries $613,000 prize pool like1989 - $48,291.43 + $35,968.11 in bounties zavor - $35,397.01 + $16,594.22 in bounties ¿¿toneecho?? - $25,945.89 + $6,245.11 in bounties Tomatee - $10,018.26 + $8,408.20 in bounties digopapel - $13,940.35 + $3,257.80 in bounties Atropos11 - $10,218.25 + $2,679.68 in bounties niknaknuk7 - $7,489.97 + $812.50 in bounties Faaaarst - $5,490.11 + $3,500.02 in bounties goodkicker1 - $4,024.25 + $1,769.54 in bounties 888poker $109 Sunday Mega Deep 824 entries $111,500 prize pool guitiradent1 - $18,181.07* MurningB4n - $16,495.43* forvardok - $10,871.25 HiroNakamura - $8,139.50 Rebozeio - $5,742.25 geringonsa - $4,627.25 shamaani112 - $3,512.25 Agustin12389 - $2,464.15 7.045.pptY - $1,427.20 GGPoker GG Masters $300,000 Guaranteed 1,901 entries $300,000 prize pool ($37,662 overlay) MwonderchilD - $36,794.72 ruael - $40,190.02 GorillaWarfare - $22,838.43 Andre3 - $16,280.01 Formosa Dreamers - $11,604.96 uptrendgaming- - $8,272.41 7/11 - $5,896.86 Yerick - $4,203.48 ksusha44 - $2,996.40
  20. Hosted by Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters, The Fives Poker Podcast runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and debate the hottest topics in poker. It's 2020 and the guys are back on the air and talking poker on another all-new episode of The FIVES Poker Podcast! This week, Lance and Donnie get you all caught up with the most important news from the world of poker in the New Year. Phil Galfond prepares to embark on a full schedule of high-stakes poker challenges, online poker site GGPoker introduces a low buy-in, high guarantee Sunday freezeout tournament, and speculation begins about when and if partypoker will finally go live in Nevada. Listen to the latest episode below or download and subscribe from wherever you enjoy your favorite podcasts! Subscribe: Apple Podcasts * Google Podcasts * Stitcher
  21. As we move into 2020, PocketFives takes a look back at the year that was in poker news, going month-by-month through the biggest and most important stories of 2019. November involved two big pieces of news involving Daniel Negreanu, and then, of course, we got the launch of legal online poker in Pennsylvania. Data Error Finds Negreanu Not WSOP POY After it was originally announced that Daniel Negreanu was the 2019 World Series of Poker Player of the Year, a data-entry error was discovered by Russian poker journalist Alex Elenskiy that resulted in Negreanu being credited for more points than he should have. WSOP officials were made aware of the issue, verified the error, and then corrected the 2019 WSOP Player of the Year standings, with Australian Robert Campbell being awarded the title. "We have confirmed an error was made in our results for WSOP Event #68, affecting places 32-46," a WSOP statement read. "As a result, Daniel Negreanu was given 213.1 points erroneously in this event. We deeply regret this error and its impact. Recalculating our Player of the Year results has an impact to the standings. Robert Campbell finishes in 1st place in the now final results, with Negreanu dropping to third place. Again, we apologize profusely for the error in our calculations and the impact it has had." Also involved was Shaun Deeb, who ultimately finished second in the race. Deeb was vocal and very upset with what had happened, and the entire debacle caused plenty of a stir within the poker community. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zgone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] Negreanu Signs with GGPoker After he parted ways with PokerStars back in May, Daniel Negreanu signed a new sponsorship deal with GGPoker. The new deal came six months following the part between Negreanu and PokerStars and saw Negreanu become an ambassador for GGPoker.com. Negreanu made the announcement via a social media video. PokerStars PA Goes Live November brought exciting times in the world of regulated US online poker, as PokerStars PA went live in the first week of the month. Following a couple of days for a soft launch period, PokerStars PA went fully live on November 6, 2019. The wait may have been extended, but Pennsylvania online poker players were out in full force when PokerStars PA went live. Cash games traffic was very good upon the site opening its virtual doors, and the first Sunday tournament schedule featured plenty of variety and guaranteed prize pools. PocketFives followed the launch of PokerStars PA through its live blog and captured some of the best moments from the start. Mateos Wins partypoker MILLIONS World Bahamas Adrian Mateos just keeps on crushing, and November saw him take down the partypoker MILLIONS World Bahamas Main Event. Mateos topped the 948-entry field to win $1.162 million. At the final table, a three-handed deal was made between Mateos, Aaron Van Blarcum, and Chris Hunichen, and it was Mateos coming out as the champion. Caribbean Poker Party Final Table Payouts 1st: Adrian Mateos - $1,162,805* 2nd: Aaron Van Blarcum - $970,000* 3rd: Chris Hunichen - $1,097,195* 4th: Scott Wellenbach - $650,000 5th: William Blais - $500,000 6th: Oleg Mandzjuk - $350,000 7th: Peter Jetten - $250,000 8th: Gregory Baird - $180,000 With the victory, Mateos has now won the WSOP Europe Main Event, European Poker Tour Grand Final, and partypoker MILLIONS World Bahamas Main Event in just more than six years. 'Josef_shvejk' Wins Monthly PLB in November Russian online grinder Arsenii 'josef_shvejk' Karmatckii won the Monthly PLB title for November. He earned 1,958 points in the month to narrowly beat out 'DeathbyQuads' and 'C Darwin2.' Included in his November success was a victory in the PokerStars High Roller Club $530 Bounty Builder for $14,298.
  22. One of the most buzzed-about online tournaments on the Sunday Majors schedule is getting an added extra boost of star power this weekend as Daniel Negreanu is packing his bags and flying to Toronto specifically to play GGPoker's $150 buy-in GGMasters. Negreanu, who signed on as a GGPoker ambassador in November was instrumental in creating the GGMasters. Now, he's not only planning on playing it for the first time but he's going live on his Twitch channel and streaming the whole thing. “I’ve been so stoked about the growth we’ve been seeing with the GG Masters, it’s inspired me,” Negreanu said on the DAT Poker Podcast this week. “I’ve been wanting to play, but obviously, from the U.S., I can’t play. So we’ve got a streaming station set up in my brother’s house with a computer, desktop, it’s hardwired - everything should be good. “So I’m going to fly in on Saturday to Toronto, stream it all on Sunday and fly back on Tuesday.” For an online poker site known for its incredible slate of high-roller tournaments, the GGMasters is quickly becoming GGPoker’s marquee Sunday event. The tournament is a bit of an online poker throwback. The $150 price point makes it easier for casual players to afford and it’s massive $300,000 guarantee is going to provide an enormous ROI for those that make the final table. Also, it’s a freezeout. In an online poker landscape that thrives on unlimited re-entry, the GGMasters is bucking the trend. Without players blasting off for multiple re-entries, it can be hard to hit a big guarantee. That means extra value for the players. “Each and every week of the GG Masters we’ve had an overlay,” Negreanu said. “A big part of that is because after the first week when we missed the [guarantee] they decided to kick it up to $300,000. Which is very aggressive when you talk about no re-entry and a $150 buy-in. “This week, we finally crossed the 2000 player mark with 2064 players, super stoked about that…but still, an overlay.” As Negreanu indicated, the numbers for the GGMasters are on the rise. Six weeks ago, 1601 players registered for the inaugural GGMasters. When the tournament missed its $250,000 guarantee - GGPoker increased it to $300,000 anyway. The next week, 1901 players registered but there was still $37,662 in extra money for players to battle for. Despite breaking the 2000 player mark last week, there was still a healthy overlay of $15,168. While in Toronto, Negreanu will not only play in the tournament but also show off some of GGPoker’s unique features. This includes their in-game staking platform. “On GGPoker you can click on [a screen name] and be like, ‘Is this guy any good? Let’s check his ROI in past tournaments’,” Negreanu explained on the podcast. For those who find the $150 buy-in just out of reach, GGPoker has the built-in ability to sell pieces to a tournament. Players can buy, sell and even add mark-up all right within the client. Another added bonus to the GGMasters is the inclusion of rake-free ‘early-bird’ bubble protection. Those that register the tournament before the official start time are qualified for bubble protection. Depending on how many players enter the tournament, a certain amount of players will get their buy-in back if they bust on, or close to, the actual money bubble. Finally, one more item which has elevated the tournament is the GGMasters leaderboard. Grind the GG Masters, and the player who finishes on top of the leaderboard, based on year-long results, will take home a GGPoker sponsorship valued at up to $500,000. The GGMasters takes place every Sunday on GGPoker at 16:00 GMT.
  23. Just weeks after GGPoker surprised the poker world with the signing of Daniel Negreanu as an ambassador, the six-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner flexed his influence by helping create a recreational player-friendly Sunday tournament. The GG Masters features a $150 buy-in, a freezeout format, and a six-figure guarantee. Through eight weeks of play, the tournament has grown to become a key part of many players' Sunday schedules. [ptable zone=“GG Poker”][ptable zone=“Party Poker NJ”][ptable zone=“Global Poker Article Ad”] Since the inaugural event on January 5, the GG Masters has had an overlay each week while continuing to show moderate growth. That first offering of the GG Masters had a $250,000 guarantee and even though over 1,500 players showed up to play, when registration closed it had a $27,820 overlay. Seemingly undeterred, the following week GGPoker responded by increasing the guarantee to $300,000 where it has remained since. That event drew 1,901 players and just 1,800 the following week. That attendance drop wasn't a trend that continued, however. Over the following four weeks, the number of entries increased each week. For the February 16 event, Negreanu flew to Toronto, Canada to play the GG Masters and stream it live on his Twitch channel. That level of help helped push the event to a high of 2,135 players. [caption id="attachment_629227" align="aligncenter" width="704"] Until a small dip last week, the GG Masters had shown steady week-over-week growth.[/caption] GG Masters Overlays Each of the eight events has had an overly. The $150 buy-in ($138 + $12), means that the GG Masters needs 2,174 players to meet the $300,000 guarantee. The largest overlay came on January 19 when GG Poker had to cover a $51,600 shortfall in prize money while the smallest overlay, just $5,370, came on February 16. Date Overlay W/W Growth Jan 5 $27,820 N/A Jan 12 $37,662 35.38% Jan 19 $51,600 37.01% Jan 26 $36,282 -29.69% Feb 2 $32,280 -11.03% Feb 9 $15,168 -53.01% Feb 16 $5,370 -64.60% Feb 23 $19,584 264.69% Champions The eight events have produced eight unique champions. The winner of the first event, 'howardern', won $32,654.63 - the smallest any winner has taken home to date. The biggest prize went to 'mrbradleyy' who earned $45,167.37 for winning the January 19 event. Date Player Winnings Jan 5 howardern $32,654.63 Jan 12 MwonderchilD $36,794.72 Jan 19 mrbradleyy $45,167.37 Jan 26 M@cacoCidadao $44,945.82 Feb 2 REPTAR $44,945.82 Feb 9 G0spRaf0 $39,962.89 Feb 16 mayKKz_ $44,710.89 Feb 23 br0keliving $41,277.05 The Leaderboard Along with the freezeout format, the GG Masters also launched a GG Masters leaderboard that runs through the end of 2020. Only players who cash in an event and a pre-determined number of players who bubble the event, earn leaderboard points. The player at the end of the year sitting atop the leaderboard will become a GGPoker ambassador, a prize worth "up to $500,000". Players finishing second through ninth each win tickets to 2021 GG Masters. Thanks largely to a victory in the third week, British grinder 'mrbradleyy' sits atop the leaderboard with 1,199.71 points - 996.79 of which came from that win. Sitting in second is Maltese player 'MwonderchilD', winner of the Week 2 event, with 1,129.19 points. Third place belongs to week 4 winner Brazilian 'M@cacoCidadao' with 1,101.4 points. Another Brazilian, GGPoker ambassador Felipe Ramos sits at ninth with 626.5 points thanks to a Top 25 Rank Screenname Points 1 mrbradleyy 1,199.71 2 MwonderchilD 1,129.19 3 M@cacoCidadao 1,101.40 4 G0spRaf0 1,098.81 5 br0keliving 1,095.48 6 mayKKz_ 1,085.59 7 REPTAR 1,034.83 8 howardern 942.71 9 Felipe Ramos 626.5 10 Bullet-proof 600.68 11 LUCKYFISH567 595.02 12 tripl3barr3l 587.92 13 scrimitzu 579.68 14 katoooo 575.72 15 call~call~allin 561.66 16 ppak 544.68 17 Specknacken 544.18 18 ruael 543.25 19 MaoZeDonk 538.98 20 fjhgs 499.95 21 FastActor 498.01 22 Joris Gruis 482.63 23 KittyAtTheCocobongo 470.07 24 IG0C0C0L0C0 462.43 25 vivaegipto 458.59
  24. With the coronavirus outbreak forcing millions of people to stay home, online poker operators expected an increase in activity over the weekend and the Sunday Majors provided proof of that coming to fruition. The PokerStars Sunday Million, partypoker MILLION, GGPoker GG Masters and a number of other key events all saw increases in turnout and the corresponding prize pool. [ptable zone="888poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"][ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"] The PokerStars Sunday Million had 13,579 entries - up 2,575 from the last time the event ran without a Progressive Knockout format (March 2). Last week, the event had 14,502 runners using the PKO format. 'blue70mach1' earned $131,418 for an outright victory while 'Momess' picked up $95,361 for coming in second place. Brazilian Geraldo 'GeraldoCesar' Cesar Neto finished with a bronze medal and $69,203 - the second biggest score of his career. One of the biggest increases in field size on PokerStars belonged to the High Roller Club $530 Bounty Builder. On March 9, the tournament drew 300 entries for a $150,000 prize pool. This week, 1,509 entries created a $754,500 prize pool with Diego 'phounderAA' Veiga scoring $49,721.48 from the prize pool and an impressive $50,378.27 worth of bounties. Former Sunday Million winner 'WATnlos' finished in second place for $49,720.34 and $9,216.79 in bounties. Maxime 'Daghemuneguu' Chilaud wound up in third place for $30,346.85 and another $6,946.76 in bounties. The PokerStars $109 Bounty Builder brought in 4,487 entries and Vietnam's 'Namduong86' topped all of them to win $27,050.63 and another $14,992.30 collected from bounties. His final bounty belonged to 'ZeBaronju' who earned $27,047.25 for coming in second place and another $2,551.59 from the bounties. Third place finisher 'ksieciunio97' picked up $15,312.42 from the prize pool and $2,195.58 in bounties. The partypoker MILLION also saw an uptick in attendance with POWERFEST also kicking off on Sunday. The MILLION burst through the $1 million guarantee with a $1,080,558 prize pool. The final three players agreed to a deal that saw each of them score a six-figure payday. Finishing in top spot gave 'supersmasher' $122,111.89, 'trekgeit' came in second place for $119,674.45, while 'mogvision' pocketed $112,963.25. POWERFEST Recap: 'SpanishFly' Tops Opening Day with $192,359 Win The bump in field sizes helped mark a historic occasion for GGPoker. For the first time in the 11-week history of the GG Masters, the flagship tournament beat the posted guarantee. The 2,260-entry field created a $311,880 prize pool to pass the $300,000 guarantee. Beating that record field came with a $46,252.45 score for 'oldzet'. Coming in as the runner-up gave 'OtxarkoagabrO' a $32,968.92 bankroll boost while '-MortenVM-' grabbed $23,501.34 as the third place finisher. Sunday Majors Results PokerStars Sunday Million 13,579 entries $1,357,900 prize pool blue70mach1 - $131,418 Momess - $95,361 GeraldoCesar - $69,203 anteen - $50,221 pececada - $36,445 HS toaster - $26,448 Cripple86 - $19,193 NoLimit173 - $13,928 du wang ckf02 - $10,108 PokerStars Sunday Warm-up 929 entries $185,800 prize pool Lefebvre1101 - $30,543.13 com 157 - $22,099.16 JElK0 - $16,037.36 1MTM91 - $11,638.30 Gabriel1244 - $8,445.91 HU4FU - $6,129.18 Buehlero - $4,447.94 KANIBAL_MIND - $3,227.86 Eleres88 - $2,342.45 PokerStars $109 Bounty Builder 4,487 entries $448,700 prize pool Namduong86 - $27,050.63 + $14,992.30 in bounties ZeBaronju - $27,047.25 + $2,551.59 in bounties ksieciunio97 - $15,312.42 + $2,195.58 in bounties nek100 - $10,597.39 + $4,325.87 in bounties Bulancordit6 - $7,334.24 + $4,754.96 in bounties TreeHogan - $5,075.87 + $2,208.41 in bounties Qiwo - $3,512.89 + $2,391.61 in bounties Snozzzi - $2,431.19 + $1,130.16 in bounties ermiamzok - $1,682.48 + $1,112.88 in bounties PokerStars High Roller Club $530 Bounty Builder HR PKO 1,509 entries $754,500 prize pool phounderAA - $49,721.48 + $50,378.27 in bounties WATnlos - $49,720.34 + $9,216.79 in bounties Daghemuneguu - $30,346.85 + $6,946.76 in bounties MITS 304 - $22,022.68 + $6,773.43 in bounties ShipitFTW911 - $15,981.85 + $6,056.65 in bounties 23noraB - $11,598.02 + $1,359.38 in bounties TonyGPT - $8,41.67 + $9,049.80 in bounties sk2ll_m0dR - $6,107.97 +$6,142.56 in bounties EduardoGarl@ - $4,432.57 + $1,796.88 in bounties partypoker MILLION 830 entries $1,080,558 prize pool supersmasher - $122,111.89 trekgeit - $119,674.45 mogvision - $112,963.25 edy14101 - $48,192.88 Mr Taog - $33,097.49 Toppairlover - $22,453.99 XjoaosimaoX - $15,786.95 KARL1981 - $10,157.24 GGPoker GG Masters $150 NLHE 2,260 entries $311,880 prize pool oldzet - $46,252.45 OtxarkoagabrO - $32,968.92 -MortenVM- $23,501.34 designed2win - $16,752.57 M@cacoCidadao - $11,941.82 TOMOCHAIN - $8,512.51 ilsy768 - $6,068.03 QualquerDuas - $4,325.49 thmz - $3,083.37 888poker Sunday Mega Deep $100,000 Guaranteed 773 entries + 268 rebuys $104,100 prize pool Sw33ney - $19,102.35 AndreyNiki - $13,637.10 salue7 - $10,305.90 DONCIKO18973 - $7,755.45 Iplayanyone - $5,413.20 Egption - $4,372.20 Hailey88 - $3,331.20 daltonhb - $2,290.20 jadedjason - $1,353.30
  25. It's not too often that Twitch poker viewers get a chance to sweat a player on his way to a six-figure payday, but that's exactly what happened on Sunday as partypoker Team Online pro Jordan 'The Undecided' Drummond outlasted 123 other entries to win the $5,200 buy-in partypoker Big Game while streaming on Twitch. The outright victory earned Drummond a paltry $141,086.97 payday while his last victim, 'NOLIMITHOLDEM' also earned a six-figure score, taking home $100,776.37 as the runner-up. Third place finisher 'LappyRage' picked up $71,983.12. BBZ Coaching, the coaching site Drummond founded, tweeted a clip of the final hand. The partypoker MILLION had a $61,342 overlay and also paid $100,000-plus cashes to the top two finishers. Topping the 746-player Day 2 field gave 'attitydsproblem' a $153,350 prize and runner-up 'jerbi9999' came home with $107,050. 'Bijzettafel' got the bronze medal and the accompanying $68,700 payday. [ptable zone=“Global Poker Article Ad”][ptable zone=“GG Poker”][ptable zone=“Borgata Poker”] The PokerStars Sunday Million, which took on a Progressive Knockout format this week, suffered a server crash with 92 players remaining, forcing players to be paid out based on their chip stack at the time of the crash. Brazilian 'flaviobbud' had the biggest stack at the time and earned $14,012.75 as a result plus the $2,966.48 in bounties. Former World Series of Poker Main Event champion Pius 'MastaP89' Heinz was in fourth place when the crash occurred and ended up with $10,835.06 from the prize pool and another $2,703.79 in bounties. The GGPoker GG Masters had a small downturn in entries this week with 2,046 players putting up the $150 buy-in which created a $17,652 overlay. 'XAMA' beat them all to win $44,821.56. Runner-up 'Kurily' took home $31,950.33 and 'OMGChaningTatum' managed a third place finish to score $22,775.28. The 888poker Sunday Mega Deep missed out on the $100,000 guarantee by $8,700. The 682 entries accounted for 231 rebuys to push the total number of buy-ins to 913. Taking it down earned 'haymon23' a $18,750 score while runner-up 'CheersMates' had to settle for $13,500. 'pAhApepu' finished in third place for $10,000. PokerStars Sunday Million 14,502 entries $1,450,200 prize pool flavioabbud - $14,012.75 + $2,966.48 in bounties sarxa - $12,671.43 + $3,566.58 in bounties Ice B - $10,835.06 + $2,703.79 in bounties Pius 'MastaP89' Heinz - $10,501.90 + $1,000.77 in bounties hoodie333 - $9,272.74 + $2,257.82 in bounties Sharkette888 - $8,566.67 + $807.03 in bounties zhanshen168 - $8,308.25 + $557.03 in bounties ediguadro - $8,207.20 + $1,015.63 in bounties missy_gazell - $8,012.68 + $534.38 in bounties PokerStars Sunday Warm-up 653 entries $130,600 prize pool TerjePower18 - $22,660.22 Paffchen - $16,444.21 Andras 'probirs' Nemeth - $11,933.56 ceedonen - $8,660.17 tua133 - $6,284.69 pvas2 - $4,560.80 NhFy - $3,309.78 patapong - $2,401.90 Tarumbl - $1,743.06 PokerStars $215 Bounty Builder 1,055 entries $211,000 prize pool Xungazz - $14,713.74 + $13,274.37 in bounties MrTermo1021 - $14,712.94 + $5,088.46 in bounties BOOOOOM92 - $8,849.51 + $3,292.58 in bounties NigDawG - $6,362.88 + $4,759.39 in bounties dougiedan678 - $4,574.96 + $1,228.91 in bounties bamboosky863 - $3,289.44 + $1,618.75 in bounties chessskg - $2,365.14 + $650.00 in bounties YZH-ACheng - $1,700.56 + $406.25 in bounties antibiotik - $1,222.72 + $1,332.81 in bounties PokerStars High Roller Club $530 Bounty Builder HR PKO 300 entries $150,000 prize pool mjw006 - $12,332.92 + $14,498.00 in bounties MarToMchat - $12,332.81 + $1,171.88 in bounties yst121119 - $7,897.80 + $7,177.73 in bounties JoaquinMRuiz - $5,908.88 + $921.88 in bounties LeslieGroves - $4,420.83 + $1,453.13 in bounties be_awesome1 - $3,307.52 + $3,390.63 in bounties APonakov - $2,474.58 + $3,160.16 in bounties ameliaroy007 - $1,851.38 + $1,062.50 in bounties tekelson221 - $1,385.15 + $2,007.81 in bounties partypoker MILLION 746 entries $1,000,000 prize pool ($61,342 overlay) attitydsproblem - $153,350 jerbi9999 - $107,050 Bijzettafel - $68,700 Stolewon - $44,740 OelaPaloema - $30,750 Tejon - $20,890 Stormbreaker - $14,710 Snoek2 - $9,490 partypoker $5,200 Big Game 124 entries $575,865 prize pool Jordan 'The Undecided' Drummond - $141,086.97 NOLIMITHOLDEM - $100,776.37 LappyRage - $71,983.12 TheseApples - $50,388.18 RussianButs - $37,431.22 Achtungdiekurve - $28,793.25 BaBaDeBaBa - $23,034.60 tdlvechicknbn - $18,715.61 partypoker $2,100 High Roller Gladiator 115 entries $235,750 prize pool WatchMeDance - $22,028.84 + $34,879.72 in bounties ChimneyBarrel - $22,005.77 + $7,940.61 in bounties iRunStims - $15,541.60 + $10,992.18 in bounties Achtungdiekurve - $11,008.63 + $4,068.75 in bounties NewYorkJimmyY - $8,094.58 + $3,346.87 in bounties AndreyBolkonsky - $5,374.80 + $6,103.12 in bounties GGPoker GG Masters $150 NLHE 2,046 entries $300,000 prize pool ($17,652 overlay) XAMA - $44,821.56 Kurily - $31,950.33 OMGChaningTatum - $22,775.28 Babu$hka - $16,234.98 PincheGordo - $11,572.83 reallyeasy - $8,249.49 x/c x/c x/muck - $5,880.51 new day $4,191.84 ThePainkiller - $2,988.09 888poker Sunday Mega Deep $100,000 Guaranteed 682 entries + 231 rebuys $100,000 prize pool ($8,700 overlay) haymon23 - $18,750 CheersMates - $13,500 pAhApepu - $10,000 getabreak - $7,500 CoolHandTone - $5,250 normannolly - $4,250 V_Poliakov - $3,250 AndreyNiki - $2,250 LeetRunGoot - $1,410
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