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  1. [caption width="640"] Poker players are flocking to the Playground Poker Club just outside of Montreal for the upcoming partypokerLIVE MILLION North America.[/caption] After opening its doors in December of 2010, the Playground Poker Club has quickly become one of North America’s premier poker venues. Located in Kahnawake, Quebec, just on the other side of the St. Lawrence river from downtown Montreal, the Playground Poker Club hosts several high-profile tournament series and has partnerships with some of the biggest brands in poker. The club became a household name in the poker world in 2012 when they partnered with the World Poker Tour. Since Jonathan Roy took down the inaugural WPT Montreal for $754,210, the Canadian card room became a fixture on the WPT and is always one of the most popular stops on the schedule. It can be argued that two of the most historic moments in WPT history took place during two of the three stops at the Playground this past WPT season. Last November, one of the faces of the WPT and Poker Hall of Famer, Mike Sexton, etched his name on the Champions Cup. He topped a field of 648 and defeated Benny Chen heads-up to win $317,817. The third stop of the season at the Playground Poker Club saw the WPT crown its first female champion in an open event. Ema Zajmovic won $183,789 to become the second woman to have her name inscribed on the cup. She joined Van Nguyen, who won an invitational event, as the only two females to earn the title of WPT champion. With the success of the first WPT stop in 2012, Playground added a second stop to the schedule in 2013 with the creation of the partypoker WPT Canadian Spring Championship. Since 2013, they have been one of the few venues with multiple stops on the tour in the same season. This year, however, instead of running the Canadian Spring Championship, they are hosting the partypokerLIVE MiILLION North America stop in its place. Even with the subtraction of the Canadian Spring Championship, Playground added an event in February, which will likely become a permanent stop on the tour’s schedule to continue its trend of multiple stops a year. The Playground Poker Club became relevant in the poker world largely after Black Friday, but since it is based in Canada, it was still able to run events with several of the biggest names in the online world. In 2013, they held the Full Tilt Poker Montreal Festival and the partypoker.net Premier League. In 2014, they hosted the PokerStars Canada Cup, which gave them an event with, at the time, the three biggest online poker rooms on the planet. The 2014 Canada Cup was one of the most memorable ends to a tournament in poker history. Robert Notkin, a qualifier on PokerStars for $30, won a four-way all in with pocket kings to knock out three players and win $354,379. One of the features of the club that sets itself apart from other tournament venues is that the only gambling that takes place at Playground is poker. There are no slot machines, no table games and no sportsbook for players to place other bets. It's all poker, all the time. The club is widely regarded as the best place to play poker in all of Canada. It spreads games of all sizes, ranging for $1/$2 No Limit Hold’em all the way up to some of the biggest games the country has to offer. If players are looking for some time away from the tables, they are a 20-minute car ride away from taking in the sides and sounds of downtown Montreal. Between its location, selection of cash games and premier tournament schedules, it’s not a surprise that Playground Poker Club has emerged as one of the most desired places to play poker.
  2. [caption width="640"] King's Casino is a few weeks away from playing host to partypoker MILLION Germany.[/caption] In the search for a new contender for best live poker series of 2017, partypoker LIVE has emerged as the clear front-runner. Having already traveled through Russia, England, and Canada, partypoker LIVE is establishing itself as a can’t-miss stop for future years. The next stop is at King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic, for the partypoker LIVE MILLION Germany. The €1,000,000 guaranteed event carries a buy in of €1,100, but starting at just a single penny, players can qualify for one of the largest tournaments outside of Las Vegas during the summer. As with all of the previous partypoker MILLION stops, Day 1s can be played online and for this version, there is a Day 1A and 1B. Before playing either of those qualifying flights, all MILLIONhopefuls have numerous opportunities to start climbing the satellite ladder. Currently available every 30 minutes from 12:00-22:00 CET on the partypoker client are $.01 satellites. All entrants who advance out of that stage receive $1.10 tickets that can be used in the Micro Feeder step. The $1.10 satellite runs every hour in the same timeframe as the $.01 qualifier. Sign-up now for partypoker.com to start yourself on your way to playing in a partypoker LIVE MILLION event. The Micro Feeder step awards $5.50 tickets to those who move on. Next up is the Mini Feeder step which pays out a $22 ticket. Like the Micro Feeder, the $5.50 Mini Feeder satellite runs every hour between 12:00 and 22:00 CET. One out of every four entrants into the Mini Feeder will walk away with a seat to the MILLION Germany Feeder, which is the second-to-last step before officially qualifying for the Main Event. The $22 Germany Feeder will place one out of approximately five entrants into the $109 Direct Satellite and runs every hour on the same schedule as the Mini and Micro Feeder. The $109 qualifier features two options of qualification. One avenue, the Direct Satellite, allows for players to attempt at satelliting into exclusively an Online Day 1 and the other, the partypoker MILLION Germany Satellite, gives players the option of playing an Online or Live Day 1. The two Online Day 1s are taking place at 20:00 CET on May 21 and 28. The Direct Satellite offers flights at 16:00 and 18:00 prior to either Day 1 and awards a €1,100 seat to one out of every 10 entrants that can only be used for Online Day 1A or Online Day 1B. The partypoker MILLION Germany satellite is scheduled for 18:00, 20:00, and 22:00 CET and one out of every 10 players who earn a Day 1 seat can use it either for one of the Online Day 1s or a live Day 1, which are taking place on June 2-4 at King’s Casino. The Online Day 1 structure is familiar and offers a deepstack structure you would expect from a main event. All players start with 100,000 chips with late registration and single re-entry available for the first six levels of play. Levels are 18 minutes each and all players who survive the 12 levels set for play earn a place in Sunday, June 4’s Day 2. The Live Day 1 also offers a 100,000 starting stack with 12 levels to be played before remaining players bag for Day 2. Levels for live play are 45 minutes with the same late registration and re-entry policy at its live counterpart. Day 1E is a six max turbo with levels cut down to 15 minutes.
  3. [caption width="640"] Artur Voskanyan finds his company, Poker Club Management, in the center of the Russian poker scene.[/caption] When 1,170 players made their way to Sochi, Russia to play in the partypoker Live Sochi Million, standing off on the side of the room was Artur Voskanyan - the person most responsible for making sure the record-breaking event went off without a hitch. Voskanyan is the CEO and owner of Poker Club Management, the Russian-based company spearheading the rapid growth of live poker in Russia. How he came be one of the most important people on the Russian poker scene started years ago, when he was a student. "I met one girl who described to me her perfect life; to be a casino dealer and have her freedom so she could study during the day and work at night," said Voskanyan. "In 1998 I started as a poker dealer, then became floor manager, general manager and in 2006 I opened my own company, Poker Club Management." His company is now in charge of a number of poker clubs in Russia - including the one inside Sochi and Casino Resort, the host of the partypoker Live Event. "Poker in Russia has been in a blocked position for the last six years, but now we have a new wave here in Russia because of new casinos opening in the official gambling zones," said Voskanyan. "Now we have one casino in Sochi, Kalainingrad, Altai, and Vladivostok, and Poker Club Management is now working with three of them." The gambling zones that Voskanyan refers to were created by the Russian government in 2016 and revitalized the Russian poker market. While most of Europe has been building and developing their poker market while Russia was without legal gambling, Voskanyan believes the country will soon be the home of a boom of their own. "It is difficult to compare (to Europe). We have different culture and different way of development," said Voskanyan. "We have no common European market, every country has its own way of developing in poker. Online in Russia difficult because it is in a gray market, but still possible to play." With a population of 143.5 in Russia alone, the sheer number of people playing poker, even recreationally, might already be the tops in Europe, if not the world. "The Russian poker market is probably one of the best in the world. But don't tell anybody this - it's a secret," joked Voskanyan. "We have a huge number of players and even much more potential. The biggest wave will be when online poker is legalized in Russia - hopefully in the next two years." That could lead to even further growth of the Russian poker market, and something that Voskanyan is already building towards. "We are doing many tournament in many different countries, mostly for Russian-speaking players," said Voskanyan. "We're opening more clubs in Russia and hope to have more than 30 clubs under our name soon." The overwhelming success of the $1,100 buy-in event in Sochi has allowed partypoker to move forward with bigger and better offerings for the Russian poker scene. Just days after the Sochi event wrapped up, the company announced that they would be heading back in September, with bigger and better plans. The event, scheduled for September 1-11, is a $5,000 US buy-in with a $5 million guaranteed prizepool - $1 million of which goes to the winner.
  4. [caption width="640"] The Sochi Casino & Resort poker room is going to be packed for the partypoker Sochi Million.[/caption] Just over three years ago, people from around the world had their eyes on Sochi, Russia for the Winter Olympics. Starting Friday, the poker world will be watching the Russian resort town closely as the partypoker LIVE Million Sochi event runs for 10 days. The 15-event festival is highlighted by the $1,100 buy-in Main Event. Players can play the opening day of the Main Event on partypoker.com this Sunday. Day 1A was March 12. Opening live flights of the Main Event begin March 23 and run through March 25. Earning its name, the event has a $1,000,000 guarantee. Other events on the schedule include the $550 buy-in Russian Poker Championship. The tournament comes with a $250,000 guarantee and has three starting flights - and yes, players can re-enter.. There's also a $3,300 buy-in High Roller event and a $220 Open Face Pineapple event. Some of the world's best players are on their way to Sochi already, including one of Russia's best young talents, Anatoly Filatov. Sochi Casino and ResortThe event is being held at the Sochi Casino and Resort which opened just over two months ago. The world-class property includes a poker club operated by Poker Club Management, a Russian company specializing in organizing tournament and festivals. Players are encouraged to stay at the attached Sochi Marriott Krasnaya Polyana Hotel which is right next door. Players from outside of Russia should know that a passport is required to enter and all players must be 18 or older. Complete partypoker Million Sochi Schedule DATE#EVENTBUY-IN (C.S.U.*)GUARANTEE (C.S.U*) March 172Six Max Bounty (100 KO)200+2010,000 March 173Hyper Turbo Monster Stack300+3015,000 March 184Russian Poker Championship Day 1A500+50250,000 March 194Russian Poker Championship Day 1B500+50250,000 March 204Russian Poker Championship Day 1C (Turbo)500+50250,000 March 185High Roller3,000+300100,000 March 196Turbo Deep Stack200+2015,000 March 207Speed Bounty (150 KO)300+3020,000 March 218Pot Limit Omaha500+5015,000 March 229Super Sat To PP Millions Day 1 C200+2010 seats March 231partypoker Million Sochi Main Event Day 1C1,000+1001,000,000 March 2310Turbo Sat To PP Millions Day 1 D100+106 seats March 241partypoker Million Sochi Main Event Day 1D1,000+1001,000,000 March 2411Hyper Turbo Deep Stack400+4020,000 March 251partypoker Million Sochi Main Event Day 1E (Turbo)1,000+1001,000,000 March 2512Speed Deep Stack500+5025,000 March 2613Win The Button Turbo400+4015,000 March 2714Open Face Pineapple200+205,000 March 2715HORSE460+40-- *C.S.U. = Casino Sochi Unit. One Casino Sochi Unit is equivalent to approximately 55 RUB / US $0.90
  5. [caption width="640"] The Playground Poker Club will be the first venue to host a partypoker Live event when they bring the partypoker Million North America to Montreal in May.[/caption] Partypoker is going on a world tour and giving poker players the chance to join them with the launch of partypoker Live. The new tour will be based around $5,300 buy-in main events with million dollar guarantees. The announcement comes in the wake of a number of successful live events held under the partypoker banner in the last few months, most notably the Caribbean Poker Party last November in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. “Listening to feedback from the players at the Caribbean Poker Party it was clear that there was a desire for events that not only offer high guaranteed prize pools but also fun off the felt,” said Tom Water, Group Head of partypoker. “With the 2017 partypoker LIVE events schedule, there will be something for everyone! Online qualifiers start from $0.01 on partypoker giving players the opportunity to travel all over the world to take part in some amazing events.” The first partypoker Live event is slated for the popular Playground Poker Club in Montreal, Canada in May. The event, dubbed the partypoker Million North America, comes with a $5,000,000 guaranteed prize pool and a cool $1,000,000 guaranteed for the champion. It consists of three stages: Phase 1, Day 1, and Day 2. Phase 1 and Day 1 can be played online at partypoker.com or live at the Playground Poker Club, while everything Day 2 is played out live. “We are thrilled to be hosting the first partypoker Million with our online partner, partypoker.,” said Phil Sabbah, Playground Chief Marketing Officer. “Kicking off the tour in Montreal, Canada gives all the North American players a first look at the amazing events partypoker will offer in 2017. We will also be featuring live phase 1’s in the club for all our players.” Phase 1 of the partypoker Millon North America is already running both online and live with Day 1 events set to begin in April. To help promote the launch of the new Live tour, partypoker is awarding an additional $550 cash to the first 100 players to qualify online for Day 1. This $550 is not deducted from the prize pool and can be used for travel or other expenses. The new tour also includes the creation of the partypoker Nationals events – $1,100 buy-in events with prize pool of at least $500,000. Future partypoker Live dates and locations will be announced soon but look for Dusk Till Dawn, a long time partypoker partner and the largest poker room in the United Kingdom, to be included.
  6. [caption width="640"] Dusk Till Dawn Casino in Nottingham, England is about to host some of poker's biggest stars.[/caption] Considered by most to be the heart and soul of poker in England, the Dusk Till Dawn Casino in Nottingham will soon be hosting some of the world's best poker players for one of the biggest guarantees any European event has held in years. The first ever parytpoker Millions takes over DTD April 14 - 23 with six events and guarantees totaling £8,000,000 - with the Main Event guaranteeing £6,000,000. The Millions Main Event runs April 18 - 23 with a £5,300 buy-in, but players can start playing Phase 1 on partypoker or live at Dusk Till Dawn for just £550. The online Phase 1 events play 19 12-minute levels and players carry their chips forward to the Day 1. Along with the £6,000,000 guaranteed prize pool, Dusk Till Dawn has also guaranteed £1,000,000 to the eventual champion. A number of top players have already confirmed they'll be headed to Nottingham to play, including former #1-ranked PocketFivers; Griffin Benger, Joao Simao and Patrick Leonard. When partypoker announced plans for a live tour, it was obvious that Dusk Till Dawn would be the host for what should be considered the flagship event in Season 1. Following the partypoker Live Million Sochi event last month in Russia, this will be the first partypoker Live event in England. The Main Event is certainly the big attraction, but the other six events give players a multitude of options with buy-ins ranging from £220 up to £2,700 with most event offering re-entry. There's also live satellites running at the club now. "There are so many huge guaranteed events on this schedule I can’t wait to be back at Dusk Till Dawn to play all of them! There are a range of events for everyone," said Sam Trickett, partypoker Ambassador. "You can either buy-in direct or there is also a great satellite schedule that gives players of all bankrolls the opportunity to become a millionaire at Dusk Till Dawn next month." COMPLETE partypoker MILLIONS SCHEDULE DATETIMEEVENTBUY-INGUARANTEE April 1412:00 PMMillions Phase 1£500+£50-- *5:00 PMMillions Phase 1£500+£50-- April 1512:00 PMMillions Phase 1£500+£50-- *5:00 PMMillions Phase 1£500+£50-- April 1612:00 PMMillions Phase 1£500+£50-- *5:00 PMMillions Phase 1£500+£50-- April 1712:00 PMMillions Phase 1£500+£50-- *5:00 PMMillions Phase 1£500+£50-- *6:00 PMMillions High Roller Day 1£10,300£1,000,000 April 1812:00 PMMillions Phase 1£500+£50-- *1:00 PMMillions High Roller Final Day£10,000+£300-- *2:00 PMMillions Day 1A£5,000+£300£6,000,000 *5:00 PMMillions Phase 1£500+£50-- April 192:00 PMMillions Day 1B£5,000+£300£6,000,000 April 201:00 PMMillions Day 2£5,000+£300£6,000,000 *4:00 PMEight Max Day 1A£2,500+£200£1,000,000 April 211:00 PMMillions Day 3--£6,000,000 *4:00 PMEight Max Day 1B£2,500+£200£1,000,000 *8:00 PMDTD200 Day 1C£200+£20£100,000 April 2212:00 PMEight Max Day 1C£2,500+£200£1,000,000 *1:00 PMMillions Day 4--£6,000,000 *2:00 PMDTD200 Day 1D£200+£20£100,000 *4:00 PMEight Max Day 2--£1,000,000 *4:00 PMSix Max Day 1A£2,500+£200£250,000 *7:00 PMDTD200 Day 1E£200+£20£100,000 April 2312:00 PMDTD200 Turbo Day 1F£200+£20£100,000 *12:00 PMSix Max Turbo Day 1B£2,500+£200£250,000 *1:00 PMEight Max Final Day--£1,000,000 *1:00 PMMillions Final Day--£6,000,000 *3:00 PMMillions Ladies Event£200+£20£10,000 *3:30 PMDTD200 Final Day--£100,000 *3:30 PMSix Max Final Day--£250,000 The online satellite program begins with tournaments running at just one cent while Dusk Till Dawn is offering live satellites to the Main Event, the High Roller, Phase 1 and £2,500 buy-in events. “It’s important for me to see such a fantastic range of events for the players to choose from," said partypoker Live President, John Duthie. "A great satellite schedule also gives players of all bankrolls the opportunity to become a millionaire at Dusk Till Dawn next month.” The casino, which opened in 2008, has hosted some of poker's biggest events before. The members-only club played host to the WPT500 and a World Poker Tour event last October, a WPT National event last May and UKIPT events over the years. The poker room has 45 tables and often spreads No Limit Hold'em and Omaha cash games each night. Players who want to play the partypoker Millions will need to become a Dusk Till Dawn member - but don't fret, simply fill outthis online form and have photo ID ready when you arrive and you're all set.
  7. [caption width="640"] Some of the best poker players in the world are headed to Montreal for partypokerLIVE North America.[/caption] After a successful stop in Russia last month in Sochi and a record-breaking event at Dusk Till Dawn in England, partypokerLIVE is heading to North America. The partypokerLIVE MILLION North America stop takes place at the Playground Poker Club in Montreal from April 30 – May 10. The 11-day poker festival’s main attraction is the No Limit Hold’em main event that features a $5,000,000 guaranteed prize pool. Players can play Phase 1 for $550 or buy directly into one of the two Day 1’s for $5,300. For those who try to qualify via any of the five Phase 1’s, those fields will play down to 10% of the field and the survivors will move on to Day 1. Players who buy directly into Day 1 will receive 1,000,000 in tournament chips and blinds will start at 2,500/5,000 with a 500 ante. Those who made it through Phase 1 will take their stacks with them to the first day of action.If you're not playing on partypoker.com yet, what are you waiting for? By signing up today you'll not only able to qualify for partypoker LIVE, but you'll also get a 100% bonus on your first deposit up to $500. Sign-up right now!The other high-stakes event for the series is the $10,000 No Limit Hold’em High Roller event. It is a two-day event that carries a $500,000 guaranteed priz epool. It is scheduled to start on the same day as the final of the five Phase 1’s and will conclude on Day 1A of the main event. The scheduling allows players to participate in both the main event and the high roller. Other events on the schedule include a $330 No Limit Hold’em survivor with a $30,000 guaranteed prize pool, a $2,500 No Limit Hold’em second chance with a $150,000 guaranteed prize pool, a $330 No Limit Hold’em eight-max with a $40,000 guaranteed prize pool and a $1,100 no limit hold’em 50/50 bounty with a $60,000 guaranteed prize pool. The only non-No Limit Hold’em events on the schedule are $330 Five-Card Pot Limit Omaha and a $220 Pot Limit Omaha 50/50 bounty event. Playground Poker Club The Playground Poker Club is one of Canada’s premier poker venues. Located 20 minutes outside of downtown Montreal, there are plenty of sights to see if players want to take a break from grinding it out on the felt. Players coming from outside of Canada will need to bring a passport and all players must be at least 18 years old to participate. Players are encouraged to stay at the Westin Montreal, the W Montreal, the Hyatt Regency Montreal, the Loews Hotel Vogue Montreal, or the L Hotel Montreal. Outside of the extensive tournament schedule, there will be plenty of cash game action spread throughout the room of varying stakes. There is No Limit Hold’em varying from $1/$2 all the way up to $10/$25 and Pot Limit Omaha from $1/$2 up to $5/$10. There are higher stakes games available in private High Stakes rooms. Complete partypoker Million North America Schedule DATETime (ET)EVENTBUY-IN (CAD)GUARANTEE (CAD) April 307:00 PMpartypoker Million North America Phase 1500+505,000,000 May 111:00 AMpartypoker Million North America Phase 1500+505,000,000 May 211:00 AMpartypoker Million North America Phase 1500+505,000,000 May 27:00 PMPot Limit Omaha 50/50 Bounty Re-Entry100+20+10010,000 May 311:00 AMpartypoker Million North America Phase 1500+505,000,000 May 37:00 PMNo Limit Hold'em Survivor300+3030,000 May 411:00 AMpartypoker Million North America Phase 1500+505,000,000 May 41:00 PMHigh Roller10,000+300500,000 May 512:00 PMpartypoker Million North America Day 1A5,000+3005,000,000 May 51:00 PMHigh Roller Day 210,000+300500,000 May 612:00 PMpartypoker Million North America Day 1B5,000+3005,000,000 May 712:00 PMpartypoker Million North America Day 25,000+3005,000,000 May 811:00 AMNo Limit Hold'em Second Chance2,300+200150,000 May 812:00 PMpartypoker Million North America Day 35,000+3005,000,000 May 88:00 PMNo Limit Hold'em Eight-Max300+3040,000 May 911:00 AMNo Limit Hold'em 50/50 Bounty500+100+50060,000 May 912:00 PMpartypoker Million North America Day 45,000+3005,000,000 May 912:00 PMNo Limit Hold'em Second Chance2,300+200150,000 May 98:00 PMFive-Card Pot Limit Omaha Re-Entry300+3015,000 May 1012:00 PMpartypoker Million North America Day 55,000+3005,000,000 May 107:00 PMNo Limit Hold'em Bounty200+30+10030,000
  8. [caption width="640"] partypoker Millions is back in 2018 with seven events on the schedule[/caption] The partypoker Millions series premiered in 2017 to great praise from players and casino partners with huge guarantees being set and hit on a regular basis across the world. With the start of 2018 in sight, the official calendar for next year’s Millions series has been released with over $100 million in guaranteed prize pools lining the schedule. Five events carry a guarantee of $10 million, making partypoker one of the foremost leaders in the industry in that category. All five events with a $10 million guarantee also include guaranteed prizes of at least $1 million for first, second and third. partypoker is also guaranteeing 250 places paid and a minimum payout of €10,000. As with the 2017 events, there will be multiple ways to qualify via satellite as well as online and live Day 1 flights. There are seven events in total lined up between the end of Season 1 and Season 2 with six played live and one online. Many of the familiar cities visited in 2017 are back once again with Sochi, Russia, Nottingham, England, and Montreal, Canada all featured. The last event on the 2017 calendar is a $5 million guaranteed online event run entirely on partypoker.com. The $5,300 buy-in tournament runs from December 3-6 and will have satellites starting on November 1 for players to qualify in hopes of ending their year a millionaire. The largest addition to the schedule comes in one of poker’s premier stops in Barcelona, Spain. From April 7-15, the end of Season 1 takes place as part of the Millions Grand Final which features a €10 million guarantee. partypoker claims the event to be the first of the year where three players will become millionaires. The first 200 players to qualify for December's $5 million guaranteed online event will be entered into a last longer pool where the winner will earn a $15,000 package to the Millions Grand Final. Season 2 starts only a week after Season 1 ends with Montreal playing host to their second running of partypoker Millions. The $10 million CAD guaranteed event is double the guarantee from 2017, that drew a total of 1,168 entries. The buy-in of $5,300 CAD remains unchanged. The Millions UK event ran at Dusk Till Dawn in Nottingham, UK was in April of this year and is scheduled for September 29-October 9 in 2018. The 2018 schedule wraps up with the $10 million Caribbean Poker Party from November 10-18 at a location to be determined. partypoker Live President John Duthie created the former European Poker Tour series and has unleashed a new giant in the partypoker Millions series. Said Duthie on the 2018 schedule, “The response to the partypoker MILLIONS series has been incredible and I think the increased prize pools next year are going to take the events to a whole new level. It’s going to be very exciting.” The Chairman of partypoker, Mike Sexton, added, “The MILLIONS series has brought a great deal of excitement to the live and online poker world and really engaged players with a very competitive environment so I can’t wait to see the impact of even bigger prize pool guarantees in 2018.” The full partypoker Live 2018 schedule will be released soon with Grand Prix’s and other events listed. DateEventGuaranteeUSD Guarantee Dec 3-6, 2017Millions Online$5,000,000$5,000,000 Feb 10-18, 2018Millions Germany - Rozvadov€5,000,000$5,800,000 Aprl 7-15, 2018Millions Grand Final - Barcelona€10,000,000$11,700,000 Apr 21-29, 2018Millions North America - Montreal$10,000,000 CAD$7,900,000 Aug 4-12, 2018Millions Russia - Sochi$5,000,000$5,000,000 Sept 29-Oct 9, 2018Millions UK - Nottingham£6,500,000$5,000,000 Nov 10-18, 2018Caribbean Poker Party$10,000,000$10,000,000
  9. [caption width="640"] partypoker Online is upping the ante in 2018 with their largest online guarantee event.[/caption] The partypoker Online MILLIONS event made headlines in December with a rousing $5 million guaranteed for the $5,300 buy-in. The largest MTT prize pool in partypoker history reached $5.1 million and over $1 million went to first place winner Jon ‘apestyles’ Van Fleet. MILLIONS online returns to partypoker on December 1, 2018, with the same $5,300 buy-in but a quadrupled guarantee. partypoker is laying $20 million on the line and players will have the full year to earn their seat for this massive event. The MILLIONS Online Leaderboard is in effect starting Monday, February 5 with the highest-ranking 10 players each week earning their seat to the event. Along with the leaderboard, the top 20 players win $530, $109 and $22 satellite tickets. Players who finish in the top 10 of a partypoker Live MILLIONS event get a seat to the $5,300 MILLIONS Online event. The first of these seats will be awarded from February 10-18 at Kings Casino for MILLIONS Germany. On adding MILLIONS Online to the partypoker schedule, President of partypokerLive John Duthie said, “I love the concept of a MILLIONS leg on partypoker, it gives us the opportunity to bring together our MILLIONS players from all over the world at the end of the year to compete for an unprecedented prizepool. I was a little nervous about trying this concept out, but players supported us this time so we should return the favour and go for a record-breaking online prize pool in 2018.” partypoker Managing Director Tom Waters added, “Running the first MILLIONS Online this year was an exciting time for us, bringing the concept of our live tour online. The feedback we had from our players was overwhelming, so what better way to say thank you than to run it again but this time making the guarantee a whopping $20,000,000.”
  10. The partypoker LIVE MILLIONS series hits its North American stop in Montreal in late April for a CAD $10 million guaranteed event. The buy-in for the event is CAD $5,300 but New Jersey online player Dan 'dazedace' DiZenzo is playing for one-tenth of that amount. DiZenzo earned his seat via satellite on partpokerNJ and is one of close to three dozen players from New Jersey to earn a qualifying seat. Familiar With The Territory The traveling pro has cashes in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Nevada so far in 2018 and could not miss a chance to win a seat to one of the largest events in the world. Between October, the month when he won the PokerStarsNJ NJCOOP Main Event, and his satellite seat finish, DiZenzo had not recorded an online cash, according to PocketFives. Sometimes it can take players a couple tries to win a satellite seat but DiZenzo claimed his on the first try. DiZenzo says he ran well during the middle stages of the tournament and “cruised” to the final table. DiZenzo has been a part of the New Jersey online ecosystem since play opened in 2013. A veteran of his experience recognizes the impact qualifiers can have on growing a player pool and looks forward to future offerings. “Having qualifiers, in general, is always a good thing for bigger buy-in MTTs,” DiZenzo said. “We all play MTTs to have that one massive score and satellites offer that experience for all players. Having these satellites in New Jersey is super convenient for us, and shows that people are willing to play if they simply offer them to us.” Second Chance On The Way? A massive score like the one DiZenzo speaks of almost happened for him in November of last year. DiZenzo took eighth place in a field of 1,061 at the partypoker Caribbean Poker Party Main Event in Punta Cana won by Sam Greenwood for $1 million. The $70,000 score for DiZenzo might have been more were it not for pocket kings getting cracked right before the final table. The cash was the fifth-largest in a career that includes almost $2 million in combined live and online earnings. Although he fell short in a painful fashion of a life-altering win, DiZenzo had a positive enough experience with the partypoker brand to be hyped for the upcoming Montreal event at the Playground Poker Club. “I am pretty excited. Punta Cana was my first partypoker MILLIONS event and I was impressed with how everything was run there. My expectations for the event in Canada is that it will be just as good if not better, given the hype around the $10 million guaranteed.” DiZenzo logs his share of miles every year but this is the first time he is traveling beyond the wall to play in Montreal. An avid foodie as well as a poker player, DiZenzo looks forward to all that the city has to offer. “I have talked to all my friends who have played there in the past, and they all seem to tell me it is one of the best rooms to play in,” DiZenzo noted. “I haven't really looked too much into the city and what they have to offer outside of poker, but I have heard good things about the restaurants in Montreal.” More Online in the Future MILLIONS North America marks one of the final events for DiZenzo before he makes the annual trek for a summer in Las Vegas. In that time, it is possible that the online pipeline between New Jersey, Nevada, Delaware, and possibly Pennsylvania will officially open. Is that pipeline enough for DiZenzo to cut back on his travel and play more online? He’s weighing the options. “I am looking forward to when more states start combining liquidity and growing the player fields and prize pools. I would definitely play more than I have been playing once the player pools start to grow with new states coming on board.”
  11. The partypoker MILLIONS Grand Final in Barcelona gets underway on April 7 and is highlighted by a mammoth €10,000,000 Main Event. The tournament is billed as the largest guaranteed tournament in Europe’s history and no fewer than three players will walk away from the contest having won at least €1,000,000. In order to pull off such an ambitious feat, partypoker is going to need plenty of players to qualify for the event through both the live satellites happening in Barcelona as well as through their ample opportunities online. The Main Event For the final event of Season One of partypoker LIVE, the company has pushed the envelope once again - essentially doubling their efforts from many of the Main Events they've held thus far. As opposed to a €5 million guarantee at a €5,000 buy-in, as they held recently in Rozvadov, the stakes are raised with a €10,300 buy-in and €10,000,000 as a guarantee. There are four starting flights, beginning on April 11, that allow for a single re-entry per flight. Players with a healthy bankroll can play multiple flights and the largest chip stack for that player will move forward into Day 2. Even though this is clearly a major tournament, the action will be swift with Day 1 levels of 40 minutes and a starting stack of 100bb and an ante right off the bat. Day 2 sees levels increase to 60 minutes and should you get to the end, heads-up play escalates with 30-minute levels. Taking place at the Casino Barcelona, right next to the Barceloneta beach, partypoker has made every effort to create a tournament that would be worth winning a seat for. Step Up To €10,000,000 Players have a path to the €10,300 buy-in starting for as little as $0.50 when qualifying online. partypoker has provided a small twist to the standard satellite steps players may be accustomed to. Certainly, players can buy their way into any of the four levels of satellites in hopes to either win their way to the next step or win a seat outright. But as an extra bonus, some of the steps allow players to work up a stack that carries over into the next step. The first step is a $0.50 tournament, which runs daily. This feeds into a $22 buy-in satellite. You can either win the first stage or buy directly into the $22 at any time. Players in the daily $22 tournament need to both survive to the end as well as have the opportunity build a stack to carry with them into one of the daily $109 tournament. Once in the $109 tournament, the same principle applies - players build a stack to take with them to the final $1,050 tournament that will take them to the MILLIONS Grand Final Barcelona. Again, players can buy into any stage at any time, but those who climb the steps may have an added advantage of being able to build a massive stack to take with them into the Sunday Final. The $1,050 tournament runs on Sundays at 8pm GMT/ 4pm ET and guarantees at least 10 packages to the Main Event. Each package is worth $16,000 and gives the winner a €10,300 ticket to the Main Event, 8-night accommodation at the Hotel Arts for the duration of the Grand Final (April 8-16) and an additional $500 for expenses. partypoker is also running pure (non-package) satellites for seats online where players can buy or win their way into a $1,050 tournament that awards a guaranteed 10 seats to the Main Event. Players can jump in $0.50, $22 and $109 satellites every day and build a stack to take with them to the Sunday Final, which takes place every Sunday through the beginning of the event. You can get a free $22 tournament ticket just by signing up for a Mypartypokerlive.com account. This will give you access to exclusive coverage of all partypoker LIVE events and could send you on your way to winning a partypoker MILLIONS title.
  12. The award-winning partypoker LIVE MILLIONS wraps up its inaugural season next month with the MILLIONS Grand Final in Barcelona. For nine days, beginning on April 7, the partypoker LIVE tour sets up shop at Casino Barcelona for nine action-packed events headlined by the €10,300 Main Event that carries a €10,000,000 guarantee. €23,000,000 Up For Grabs The MILLIONS Grand Final is one of the most ambitious stops of partypoker LIVE’s first season. Over the course of nine events, players will vie for a piece of the €23,000,000 (~$28,500,000 US) in guarantees. There are four Super High Rollers on the schedule including two €25,000, a €50,000 and the €100,000 Super High Roller - each of which is guaranteed for €2 million. For those players who want in on the action, but at a more manageable buy-in, the slate includes a pair of €1,000 tournaments, each holding their own €1 million guarantee. €10 Million Main Event Not to be missed though is the Main Event. Billed as Europe’s largest ever guaranteed tournament, the €10,000 buy-in carries with it a massive €10 million guarantee. Also promised, the top three finishers in the tournament will all walk away with at least €1,000,000 in earnings. In order to hit that lofty guarantee, the tournament will have to have no fewer than 1,000 runners either buy-in or qualify for the event. To that end, the tour is doing all they can to give players a path to taking their seat. There are four starting flights for the tournaments. Day 1A and Day 1B both take place on April 11 with the next two flights taking place the following day. Should a player go bust, they can re-enter once per flight as well as play multiple starting days with the largest stack earned moving forward. partypoker has also provided plenty of opportunities for players to win their way into the Main Event as there are five mega satellites that will take place at Casino Barcelona leading up to the Main Event. Additionally, players can qualify online for the live event. The structure of the event is similar to the Main Event of MILLIONS Germany with 40-minute levels on Day 1 and 1,000,000 in starting chips. Players can’t rest too comfortably though as the blinds start at a hefty 5k/10k with a 5k ante ensuring that even with 1 million in chips, the action will move quickly from the start of the first level. From Day 2 forward the structure slows down, offering 60 minute levels all the way until the beginning of heads-up play when the levels regress to 30 minutes. How to Follow The Action From daily live updates to the final table live stream, Mypartypokerlive.com will cover the event from start to finish. Sign-up for a Mypartypokerlive.com account to be able to follow the action and you'll also get a free $22 tournament ticket into your partypoker account. Forcing The Hand of History Throughout the entire first season of the partypoker LIVE tour, the company has been promoting their events through ambitious guarantees. While everyone will remember Viktor Blom’s courageous call to seal the victory of the MILLIONS Germany Main Event, from a business side - the €5 million guarantee was missed by roughly €150,000. That’s not a massive misstep by any means, but backing that up with a tournament that doubles both the guarantee and the buy-in is not exactly playing it safe. But partypoker has announced that they aren’t looking to “play it safe.” partypoker’s new ALL-IN campaign, which features new software, a new robust online tournament schedule and the end of the year $20,000,000 guaranteed MILLIONS online tournament, could really be bolstered should the company find a way to crush the MILLION Grand Final Main Event guarantee. Helping them no doubt will be their ever-expanding stable of pros including Patrick 'pleno1' Leonard, Isaac Haxton, Jason Koon, Joao 'joaosimaobh' Simao, Kristen Bicknell, Sam Trickett and Fedor Holz, many of whom will likely be on hand to help welcome players and battle them on the felt. The Big Game Once again, partypoker is also bringing their high stakes cash game, The Big Game, with them to Barcelona. In addition to the 24/7 cash offerings of the casino, the tour will feature a streaming high stakes cash game featuring some of the games biggest names. All of the action begins on April 7 with the €1,000 Opening Event with a €1,000,000 guarantee and wraps up nine days later on April 15 with the conclusion of the Main Event.
  13. For the last 10 days the poker world has had its attention on the city of Barcelona as the first partypoker LIVE season came to a conclusion with the partypoker MILLIONS Grand Final. The final table played out on Sunday with some of the most dominant tournament players in the world battling it out for one of three seven-figure scores and in the end it was Canadian Pascal Lefrancois that overcame a stacked final table to walk away with €1.7 million and yet another major title. With four players holding over 100 big blinds at the start of the day, it took 4.5 hours before the first bustout. Down to just about eight big blinds, Thomas Boivin moved all in from UTG and Stephen Chidwick called from the small blind. Boivin showed [poker card="ah"][poker card="3h"] and needed some help after seeing Chidwick tabled [poker card="jc"][poker card="jd"]. The [poker card="7s"][poker card="5s"][poker card="3s"] flop gave him a couple of extra outs, but the [poker card="6c"] turn and [poker card="td"] river were both bricks and Boivin was out in eighth place. It took just a couple of minutes for the next elimination. Davidi Kitai, who came into the final table with the chance to be the first person to own a World Series of Poker bracelet, a World Poker Tour title, a European Poker Tour championship and a partypoker MILLIONS victory, moved his seven big blind stack all in from UTG and Diogo Veiga called from the small blind. Kitai showed [poker card="as"][poker card="jd"] and got great news when Veiga showed [poker card="ah"][poker card="4c"] but the [poker card="kc"][poker card="6h"][poker card="4d"] flop changed everything. Kitai was unable to catch up after the [poker card="8d"] turn or [poker card="td"] river and was out in seventh place. Veiga's night didn't last much longer. An hour after taking out Kitai, Veiga found himself on the bad side of a clash with Chidwick. After Chidwick raised to 10,000,000 from the cutoff, Veiga re-raised to 39,000,000 from the small blind. Chidwick called and the two players saw the [poker card="ah"][poker card="8s"][poker card="3d"] flop. Veiga checked, Chidwick bet 20,000,000 and Veiga moved all in for 84,000,000 more. Chidwick called and showed [poker card="ad"][poker card="3c"] for top and bottom pair while Chidwick was behind with [poker card="ac"][poker card="9c"]. The turn was the [poker card="jh"] keeping Veiga ahead but the [poker card="js"] river paired the board and gave Chidwick the pot, eliminating Veiga in sixth. Jan-Eric Schwippert started the day third in chips, but was unable to weather the storm and fell victim to Adam Owen a number of times before seeing Owen send him off for good. From the cutoff, Owen raised to to 16,000,000 before Schwippert moved all in for 136,000,000 from the big blind. Owen called and showed [poker card="7d"][poker card="7h"] which put him ahead of Schwippert's [poker card="ac"][poker card="9c"]. The board ran out [poker card="js"][poker card="6d"][poker card="5h"][poker card="jh"][poker card="qs"] and Schwippert was eliminated. The final four players battled for another two hours before the next player was sent packing. Action folded to Dominik Nitsche in the small blind and he moved all in for 71,000,000 and Lefrancois called from the big blind. Nitsche found himself slightly ahead with [poker card="ks"][poker card="6c"] over Lefrancois' [poker card="kd"][poker card="3c"]. The [poker card="ts"][poker card="4s"][poker card="2c"] flop was harmless, but the [poker card="5c"] turn gave Lefrancois an open-ended straight draw. Nitsche could only shake his head and pack up his things as the [poker card="ac"] river completed the draw to eliminate him in fourth place. Ten minutes later, Chidwick suffered a similar fate. Lefrancois called from the button, Owen folded the small blind and Chidwick moved all in from the big blind for 94,000,000. Lefrancois called and showed [poker card="ks"][poker card="ts"] which put him behind Chidwick's [poker card="ah"][poker card="7c"]. The [poker card="kh"][poker card="9s"][poker card="8d"] flop moved Lefrancois into the lead and he maintained that position after the [poker card="5d"] turn and [poker card="8c"] river to bust Chidwick in third. Heads-up play began with Lefrancois holding 65% of the chips in play. Over the first 45 minutes of heads-up play, Owen chipped away at the lead and eventually took the lead for himself only to see Lefrancois return the favor before putting an end to the tournament. Owen raised to 38,000,000 and Lefrancois responded by three-betting to 105,000,000. Owen continued to apply pressure and moved all in for 451,000,000 and Lefrancois called. Owen turned over [poker card="as"][poker card="ts"] but grimaced as Lefrancois had him out-pipped with [poker card="ad"][poker card="jd"]. The [poker card="qc"][poker card="5c"][poker card="5d"] flop gave Owen some hope, but the [poker card="3s"] turn and [poker card="7d"] river offered no relief and gave Lefrancois the final pot of the tournament, the MILLIONS Grand Final title and a cool €1.7 million to with it all. Final Table Payouts Pascal Lefrancois - €1,700,000 Adam Owen -€1,300,000 Stephen Chidwick - €1,000,000 Dominik Nitsche - €800,000 Jan-Eric Schwippert - €602,500 Diogo Veiga - €450,000 Davidi Kitai - €325,000 Thomas Boivin - €225,000
  14. The partypoker LIVE MILLIONS series found success in Punta Cana last November with a field of 1,061 in the Caribbean Poker Party $5 million guaranteed Main Event. This year, the Party moves from Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic to Baha Mar in Nassau, the Bahamas for a $5,300 buy-in $10 million guaranteed tournament. An expected field of at least 2,000 runners means plenty of qualifiers at the satellite level. partypoker has introduced the "centroll" satellites in the hopes of bringing in as many players as possible by the time the Party gets started on November 9. The centrolls start at $0.50 for the Caribbean Poker Party. Qualifiers are running now on partypoker and remain in action all the way to the lead up to the event on a daily basis. Each $0.50 satellite carries a five-seat guarantee into the $22 quarterfinals which are also running each and every day. The $0.50 openers carry a hyper turbo structure of three-minute blind levels. Instead of directly winning seats into the next step on the qualification ladder, players bring their stacks through to whatever stage comes next. For the $22 quarterfinals, all players "bag" their largest stack after the end of Level 21 for the $109 semifinals. The semifinals are in action on a daily basis, as well. Both the quarterfinals and semifinals have five-minute blind rotations. The semifinals are the penultimate stage of the $1,050 Live final. Players are required in this round to reach the end of Level 24. The finals do not run on a daily basis and players are therefore allowed to play multiple semifinals bring their best stack forward into the last qualifier. Caribbean Poker Party finals award approximately one seat for every ten entrants for the $12,000 package. The full deal includes a $5,300 buy-in into the Caribbean Poker Party, a nine-night stay at the Baha Mar resort, $1,000 resort credit and $2,000 in travel expenses. Blind levels are 12-minutes each for the finals and late registration is available for 12 levels. The finals are up and running every Sunday on partypoker.com and each final has a guarantee of 10 packages to be given away. Expect to see the New Jersey market involved once again in the qualifying process. partypokerNJ is sending over 30 players to partypoker MILLIONS North America in Montreal including New Jersey online player Dan DiZenzo. The road toward qualifying for one of the best tournaments of the year starts at less than a dollar on partypoker.com. With a four-figure field in play, expect to see a few satellite winners make some noise during the event.
  15. FIVE THINGS is a column, written by PocketFives President and Editor in Chief, Lance Bradley that covers pressing topics and current events in the poker world today. It will appear periodically at PocketFives.com. Chris Moorman Continues to Dominate Online Almost four years to the day that he was last ranked as the #1 online poker player in the world, Chris Moorman showed everybody that he's still got it. Moorman beat out 1,261 other players to win the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up for nearly $40,000. His win came just days after he picked up his 28th PocketFives Triple Crown award. Moorman's dominance of online poker tournaments is well documented on PocketFives, but when you consider he doesn't put in the online volume he used to, it becomes even more clear that Moorman is one of the elite tournament players in the world. There is one glaring omission on Moorman's resume though. He's never won a PokerStars COOP title. He has come close though. In 2009 he finished eighth in the SCOOP Main Event. A year later he finished third in a SCOOP Medium $215 NLH event. The next year he finished third in the SCOOP High $2,100 NLHE event. This year's SCOOP schedule includes 183 events and with Moorman clearly in top form right now, this might be the year that Moorman gets one. WSOP Continues to Tinker with Player of the Year In 2017, the orld Series of Poker revamped their Player of the Year points system. After using GPI and BLUFF scoring systems, WSOP decided to create their own system that rewarded cashing over winning more than the previous systems had. Once players realized this and saw how it worked, there was more than a few vocal opponents who were happy to make their feelings known. The WSOP apparently heard them loud and clear and has, for the fourth time in as many years, changed the scoring system. The WSOP promises that the new system will better reward deep runs and wins over building a resume full of smaller cashes through more events. There are still some players disappointed that the new system is going to reward players who can afford to play the bigger buy-in events. The WSOP Player of the Year award should reflect the best performance of the year. The award shouldn't exclude players who don't play the $10,000 and up buy-in Championship events, but it's hard to consider anybody the best when they don't post strong results against fields largely considered to be the toughest of the year. Germans Unhappy with Super High Roller Bowl Invites In a little over five weeks some of the best poker players in the world will be at the Aria for the $300,000 Super High Roller Bowl. With the field limited to 49 players, and 61 players putting down a deposit to play, a lottery was held for the first 30 seats in March. On Wednesday another 15 names, chosen by Aria Poker management, were released and while it includes the likes of Doug Polk, Fedor Holz, Jake Schindler and Bryn Kenney, it seems that some players are upset with the names chosen. In a tweet that's since been deleted, Steffen Sontheimer pointed out that 12 of the 15 chosen were American and a number of German players who had paid the deposit were passed over. Sontheimer replaced that tweet with the following:   Whether or not the German players were excluded on purpose or not, it makes no sense for the reigning Poker Masters Purple Jacket winner to not be guaranteed a seat in the other PokerCentral events at Aria. The way to build prestige for something new, such as the Purple Jacket, is to have it mean something. Allowing Sontheimer to buy-in to the Super High Roller Bowl if he wants to, would have given the broadcast team multiple opportunities to emphasize to viewers that he is the reigning Poker Masters champion. The same goes for US Poker Open winner Stephen Chidwick. PokerGO and the Aria are building something that could be very, very special in the poker world, but this feels like a real misstep. partypoker Shows Well at MILLIONS Grand Final The Great Poker War of 2018 has partypoker doing their best to usurp PokerStars as the leader not just in the online world, but in the live tournament scene as well. The partypoker MILLIONS Grand Final in Barcelona last week was a showcase for exactly what they're hoping for. The €10,300 buy-in Main Event came with a €10,000,000 guarantee which they smashed with 1,175 entrants. Before the Main Event wrapped up, the schedule also included two €25,000 buy-in events, a €50,000 event and a €100,000 event. Those events drew 88, 90, 57 and 48 players respectively. All four of those events easily surpassed their €2,000,000 guarantees with the €100,000 event prize pool more more than doubling the guaranteed amount. It's a sure-fire sign that players at all levels are recognizing the financial commitment that partypoker has put behind their LIVE tour. Players weren't the only ones who benefited though. Mypartypokerlive.com provided a top-tier live stream product alongside live updates, video interviews and other content. Considering the number of years they have to make up on PokerStars in the live arena, they certainly seem to be taking huge strides. Phil Galfond Progressing with Online Poker Site In the wake of PokerStars cutting off SuperNova Elite players with no notice and the ensuing fall out from some of the impacted players, Phil Galfond began putting the wheels in motion to launch his own online poker site. He made those plans public in September 2016 and had been mostly radio silent since then. That all changed this week when Galfond announced that Phase 1 of RunItOnce would launch this summer. According to Galfond, the first phase of release will only include cash games. Multi-table tournaments and sit-n-gos are expected to be part of Phase 2, which does not have release date. In the latest update, Galfond explained his reasoning for putting out the product in various phases. We decided to stay on course and deliver part of our offering quickly while also working on changes that will allow much more flexibility in our development process going forward. This meant a sped up launch, but a slightly slower path to our final product. Whether or not Galfond can build an online poker site, and more importantly a business that can survive the online poker market of 2018 remains to be seen, but observers who are disappointed or frustrated by the pace at which they're moving forward are missing the point. Galfond could very easily have acquired the software necessary, quickly put in place the necessary marketing and customer service channels and picked up the necessary licensing to operate in some European and ROW markets, but the likelihood of failure would have been sky high. Instead, Galfond and his team are taking their time to build a quality product while also making sure the ancillary product offerings, such as the VIP rewards program, aren't just cookie cutter copies of what's out already there. In the current online poker business environment, slow and steady is bound to at least stay in the race, if not win it. DISCLAIMER: The views expressed here do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of PocketFives.com or its owners.
  16. The majority of the poker world may be transfixed on the massive World Series of Poker schedule happening right now in Las Vegas but those in the know are already planning on where to recover after a long summer grind. The partypoker LIVE Caribbean Poker Party festival, one of the most anticipated live stops of the year, returns in 2018 from November 9-18. The Caribbean Poker Party comes with a massive guarantee and a brand new venue that promises to be more than enough reason to hop a flight to the Bahamas. Double The Guarantee One of the first things players will notice is that the Main Event guarantee has doubled from 2017 from $5 million to $10 million. partypoker's LIVE MILLIONS schedule continues to push their guarantees and make good on their promises to make their live events a "must-play" affair. The details of the Main Event will be familiar to those that have played one of the more recent MILLIONS events. The tournament comes with $5,300 buy-in and follows a similar structure to the Main Event held in April at the Playground Poker Club in Montreal. Players start 100bb deep, with 1,000,000 in chips and all Day 1 starting flights have 40-minute levels. Those who survive to Day 2, will enjoy 60-minute levels. Those who don’t, well, they'll be able to enjoy the beach. At least three players in the Main Event will walk away as millionaires. First place is guaranteed $1.4 million, the runner-up will take home $1.2 million and the bronze medalist will leave with $1 million. The Main Event will be but one of an entire festival of events that will include the $1,000 MILLIONS Opening event, a $10,000 and $25,000 High Roller and a $5,000 MILLIONS Finale. partypoker officials are going for broke during the Caribbean Poker Party this year. They will need to nearly double the 2017 turn out in order to hit their money mark. In 2017, 1,061 runners made their way into the Main Event. Canadian pro, and PocketFives member, Sam ‘Pudge714’ Greenwood secured his second career million dollar score, taking home an even $1,000,000. It was a field packed with notable names from the poker world. Jason Koon, Mike Sexton, Maria Ho, Felipe Ramos, Joao ‘joaosimaobh’ Simao, Seth Davies, Alex Foxen and Steffen Sontheimer all made the trip and left having made the money. New Sights, New Sounds In 2018, it’s not only the guarantee that will change. partypoker has relocated the festival to a brand new location. The exceptional new resort Baha Mar will play host to poker players from all over the world. From the description, the resort will treat every player as if they were a high roller with 20 restaurant options, plenty of bars and lounges, a golf course and spa. The casino itself is said to be wide open with a view of the ocean and resort pools. Win And You’re In partypoker has already begun running satellites for a package worth $12,000 with satellites starting for as little as $0.50. The package takes care of everything. It includes a Main Event seat, nine nights bed and breakfast at Baha Mar, room credit for the resort worth $1,000 and an additional $2,000 in cash to help players pay for travel expenses. Players can opt in to play at any stage - $0.50, $11, $22 or $109 and even buy directly into the finals which run on Sundays and come with a 10-package guarantee. Satellites to the 2018 partypoker LIVE Caribbean Poker Party are running right now on partypoker. The 10-day festival gets underway on November 9.
  17. After more than five full days of action, the final table of partypoker LIVE’s MILLIONS Russia Main Event came to a conclusion on Monday. Over 650 runners packed the Sochi Casino and Resort over the course of three starting flights, all looking for their share of the 300,000,000 RUB ($4.4 million USD) guaranteed prize pool. In the end, it would be partypoker’s own ambassador, Russia’s Anatoly Filatov, who ended up on top taking home the 60,000,000 RUB ($886,200 USD) first place prize. When the official final table got underway, seven of the eight participants all hailed from the Russian Federation. Chip leader Viktor Khodorenko, from Belarus, was hoping to dash the hometown dreams of his fellow final tablets. It only took 11 hands into the official final table for the first player to fall. Short-stacked Konstantin Uspenskii found a spot to four-bet all in holding [poker card="as"][poker card="kd"]. Having already three bet his [poker card="kh"][poker card="qc"], Filatov called and even though dominated, Filatov spiked a turn [poker card="qs"] to secure the hand and sending Uspenskii to the rail in eighth place for 4,200,000 RUB ($62,142 USD). Filatov was just getting started getting to work. An hour later he found himself once again in position to knock out a player when Mikhail Galitskiy moved in on Filatov’s opening raise. A quick call from Filatov, who held [poker card="ks"][poker card="kc"], saw he was up against Galitskiy’s [poker card="Ah"][poker card="qs"]. The board offered some excitement as it ran out [poker card="jc"][poker card="td"][poker card="qh"][poker card="6h"][poker card="jd"] but pocket kings held ending Galitskiy’s Main Event run in seventh. He took home 6,000,000 ($88,749 USD) RUB for his efforts. Gleb Tremzin found himself super short and moved in under the gun holding [poker card="4c"][poker card="4d"] and, unfortunately for him, he was called in two spots by players both holding bigger pocket pairs. Andrey Malyshev called with [poker card="tc"][poker card="ts"] while chip leader Khodorenko tried for the double knockout and called with [poker card="8d"][poker card="8s"]. Despite a small side pot brewing, the board ran out clean for pocket tens. While Khordorenko took a hit to his chip, Tremzin took a trip to the rail finishing in sixth for 8,400,000 RUB ($124,172 USD). A few hands later Filatov officially took over the chip lead for the first time at the final table, one that he would widen with his elimination of Alexey Melnikov. Melnikov moved his short stack all in from the small blind holding [poker card="ac"][poker card="6s"] and Filatov made the easy call with [poker card="kc"][poker card="jc"]. Melnikov held the lead in the hand all the way until the river when the [poker card="js"] gave Filatov the only pair and the knockout. Melnikov goes broke in fifth place for 12,000,000 ($177,386 USD). His previous best live cash in his career was for roughly $10,000 USD. Roughly an hour and a half later, after some wild swings in which the chip lead was wrestled from Filatov and one-time chip leader Khodorenko lost the bulk of his stack, another player busted. After an open from Gor Kazaryan, now short-stacked Khodorenko made his last stand shipping his stack with [poker card="ad"][poker card="7c"]. Once again it was Filatov in the middle of the action as he re-shipped from the big blind holding [poker card="qd"][poker card="qs"]. Kazaryan got out of the way and Filatov spiked a set on the turn, making the river [poker card="as"] useless for Khodorenko. Khodorenko wraps up his tournament in fourth place for 18,000,000 RUB ($266,139 USD). The final three players would battle through a dinner break and a swing of chips that saw each of them assume the chip lead at one point. With both Malyshev and Filatov looking up at Kazaryan in the chip counts, they battled each other for the right to go heads up against the chip leader. Malyshev shoved [poker card="kd"][poker card="7c"] with ten big blinds. Filatov in the big blind ended up making the call with [poker card="kc"][poker card="8d"], out-pipping Malyshev by one. The board ran out [poker card="jc"][poker card="td"][poker card="2h"][poker card="9c"][poker card="5h"] making it so the eight plays. Filatov claimed another victim and Malyshev claimed his third place prize of 26,730,000 RUB ($395,066 USD). It took 58 hands of heads-up play to determine a winner. Though Kazaryan started the match with the lead, the chip swings were many and eventually, Filatov wrestled away not just the lead, but the tournament. On the final hand of the contest, Kazaryan limped with [poker card="qs"][poker card="9h"]. Filatov raised his [poker card="jh"][poker card="th"]. Kazaryan called. The flop was dealt [poker card="qc"][poker card="9d"][poker card="7c"]. Filatov was open-ended and Kazaryan flopped two pair. Kazaryan took the betting lead and Filatov called. The [poker card="ks"] came on the turn giving Filatov the straight, which he checked. Kazaryan continued to bet. Filatov shipped, Kazaryan called off and when the [poker card="as"] hit the river, the Main Event was over. Filatov had eliminted six of his seven final table opponents en route to victory. Kazaryan collected a healthy runner-up payday of 39,000,000 RUB ($576,543 USD) while the ambassador Filatov earns a new career-high score of 60,000,000 RUB ($886,200 USD). partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Russia Final Table Results 1. Anatoly Filatov - 60,000,000 RUB ($886,200 USD) 2. Gor Kazaryan - 39,000,000 RUB ($576,543 USD) 3. Andrey Malyshev - 26,730,000 RUB ($395,066 USD) 4. Viktor Khodorenko - 18,000,000 RUB ($266,139 USD) 5. Alexey Melnikov - 12,000,000 RUB ($177,386 USD) 6. Gleb Tremzin - 8,400,000 RUB ($124,172 USD) 7. Mikhail Galitskiy - 6,000,000 RUB ($88,749 USD) 8. Konstantin Uspenskii - 4,200,000 RUB ($62,142 USD)
  18. The partypoker LIVE MILLIONS UK festival is ramping up as the tour stops at the Dusk Till Dawn, Nottingham from September 29 through October 7. The 9-day festival features five major events, a £5 million Main Event ($6.5 million USD) and a total of £8.5 million in total guaranteed prize pools over the course of the week. A MILLIONS Main The partypoker MILLIONS Main Event continues to be one of the biggest draws in live poker. The structure features three starting flights, the ability for a single re-entry per day, and the option to build a larger stack on multiple days. While the tournament's structure and flexibility are enjoyed by players, it's really the prize pool that has poker professionals traveling from all over the world to play. It's big enough to change someone's life and make them a millionaire. In addition to the Main Event, the festival will again bring out the high roller crowd with both a £25,000 and a £10,000 high roller event. Then bookending the entire affair is a £1,100 and a £550 allowing players on more of a budget to get in on the action. Looking Back It’s been over a year since the official partypoker MILLIONS tournament was last held at Nottingham’s Dusk Till Dawn but it is not an event that was soon forgotten. The poker world watched as Argentia’s Maria Lampropulos dramatically won her first million-dollar score in a star-making performance. She battled through a tough final table field that included US Poker Open Champion Stephen Chidwick and local favorite, runner-up Jacob Mulhern. Mulhern was playing in the biggest tournament of his career and, like Lampropulous, went on to earn a career-high cash of over $815,000. Season Two Success partypoker MILLIONS UK hopes to continues the successes seen thus far in Season 2. The first event of the official second season took place in April with the MILLIONS North America event. Taking place at the popular Playground Poker Club in Montreal, Canada the Main Event event offered over a $7.5 million prize pool, the bulk of which was won by Taylor Black who took home a career-high cash of $1,093,425. August in Sochi, Russia saw 692 players enter the Main Event helping create a prize pool of over $4.5 million. partypoker watched as their own ambassador Anatoly Filatov rose to the occasion and, in his home country, won the $944,000 first place prize. Though both events brought out large fields, both events also had a small amount of overlay as partypoker has continued their commitment to trying to grow their brand with large, player-friendly guarantees. The $100K Last Longer The first 100 players who register for the MILLIONS UK Main Event using their own PP LIVE $$$ will be entered into a last longer for the tournament, the winner of which will win an extra $100,00. The proprietary currency is won online in partypoker satellites and can be used for a variety of tournament expenses including the buy-in, lodging, and travel. Win And You're In The number of qualifiers, both live and online, is what continues to make MILLIONS events a great value. Up to 170 seats will be guaranteed in live satellites at Dusk Till Dawn Nottingham. Also, players can grind online for a seat into the tournament starting for as little as $3.30. Complete partypoker MILLIONS Schedule DATE START LATE REG # EVENT BUY-IN GUARANTEE Sep. 29 12:00 16:30 #1 MILLIONS UK Open Day 1A £1,000+£100 £1,000,000 Sep. 29 17:00 23:45 #1 MILLIONS UK Open Day 1B £1,000+£100 £1,000,000 Sept. 29 19:00 22:00 - Mega Satellite: 10 x Day 1A Main Event Seats Gtd £500+£50 Sept. 30 12:00 16:30 #1 MILLIONS UK Open Day 1C £1,000+£100 £1,000,000 Sept. 30 17:00 23:45 #1 MILLIONS UK Open Day 1D £1,000+£100 £1,000,000 Sept. 30 19:00 22:00 - Mega Satellite: 20 x Day 1A Main Event Seats Gtd £500+£50 Sept. 30 21:00 Day 2 16:30 #2 MILLIONS UK Main Event Online Day 1 £5,000+£300 £5,000,000 Oct. 1 12:00 Day 2 16:30 #2 MILLIONS UK Main Event Day 1A £5,000+£300 £5,000,000 Oct. 1 10:00 13:15 #1 MILLIONS UK Open Day 1E Turbo £1,000+£100 £1,000,000 Oct. 1 14:00 17:00 - Mega Satellite: 30 x Day 1B Main Event Seats Gtd £500+£50 Oct. 1 15:00 - #1 MILLIONS UK Open Day 2 - £1,000,000 Oct. 1 17:00 Day 2 15:15 #3 MILLIONS UK Super High Roller Day 1 £25,000+£500 £1,000,000 Oct. 1 19:00 22:00 - Mega Satellite: 30 x Day 1B Main Event Seats Gtd £500+£50 Oct. 2 12:00 Day 2 16:30 #2 MILLIONS UK Main Event Day 1B £5,000+£300 £5,000,000 Oct. 2 12:00 - #1 MILLIONS UK Open Day 3 - £1,000,000 Oct. 2 13:00 15:15 #3 MILLIONS UK Super High Roller Final Day £25,000+£500 £1,000,000 Oct. 2 14:00 17:00 - Mega Satellite: 30 x Day 1C Main Event Seats Gtd £500+£50 Oct. 2 19:00 22:00 - Mega Satellite: 30 x Day 1C Main Event Seats Gtd £500+£50 Oct. 3 12:00 Day 2 16:30 #2 MILLIONS UK Main Event Day 1C £5,000+£300 £5,000,000 Oct. 3 12:00 - #1 MILLIONS UK Open Final Table - £1,000,000 Oct. 3 14:00 17:00 - Mega Satellite: 10 x Day 2 Main Event Seats Gtd £500+£50 Oct. 3 19:00 22:00 - Mega Satellite: 10 x Day 2 Main Event Seats Gtd £500+£50 Oct. 4 12:00 16:30 #2 MILLIONS UK Main Event Day 2 £5,000+£300 £5,000,000 Oct. 4 17:00 22:30 #4 MILLIONS UK Finale Day 1A £500+£50 £500,000 Oct. 5 12:00 - #2 MILLIONS UK Main Event Day 3 - £5,000,000 Oct. 5 12:00 16:30 #4 MILLIONS UK Finale Day 1B £500+£50 £500,000 Oct. 5 13:00 Day 2 17:30 #5 MILLIONS UK High Roller Day 1 £10,000+£300 £1,000,000 Oct. 5 17:00 22:30 #4 MILLIONS UK Finale Day 1C £500+£50 £500,000 Oct. 6 12:00 - #2 MILLIONS UK Main Event Day 4 - £5,000,000 Oct. 6 12:00 16:30 #4 MILLIONS UK Finale Day 1D £500+£50 £500,000 Oct. 6 13:00 17:30 #5 MILLIONS UK High Roller Day 2 £10,000+£300 £1,000,000 Oct. 6 17:00 22:30 #4 MILLIONS UK Finale Day 1E £500+£50 £500,000 Oct. 7 10:00 12:10 #4 MILLIONS UK Finale Day 1F £500+£50 £500,000 Oct. 7 12:00 - #2 MILLIONS UK Main Event Final Day - £5,000,000 Oct. 7 14:00 - #4 MILLIONS UK Finale Final Day (6 Max) - £500,000 Oct. 7 13:00 - #5 MILLIONS UK High Roller Final Day - £1,000,000
  19. The World Poker Tour has a new champion, after Patrick 'prepprepprep' Serda defeated a field of 792 entries to win the Season XVII WPT Montreal C$5,300 Main Event. Serda came into the final table at Playground Poker Club with the chip lead and successfully battled his way to victory to claim the C$855,000 first-place prize. At the official WPT final table of six, Serda defeated World Poker Tour champion Ema Zajmovic in heads-up play, and he also battled with Sorel Mizzi (3rd place) and WPTDeepStacks champion Upeshka De Silva (5th place). WPT Montreal Final Table Results 1st: Patrick 'prepprepprep' Serda - C$855,000* 2nd: Ema Zajmovic - C$556,000 3rd: Sorel Mizzi - C$410,000 4th: Kauvsegan Ehamparam - C$305,450 5th: Upeshka De Silva - C$230,250 6th: Jiachen Gong - C$175,500 *First-place payout includes a $15,000 entry into the season-ending WPT Tournament of Champions. The final-table eliminations began when Jiachen Gong was sent home in sixth place as the result of a three-way clash. Zajmovic, Gong, and Kauvsegan Ehamparam found all of the money in the middle preflop. Zajmovic and Gong both had ace-queen, and Ehamparam had ace-king. The ace-king held for Ehamparam and he won the pot to triple up, while Gong long to Zajmovic after she made a flush. De Silva was next to go, busting at the hands of Mizzi when his pocket fours couldn’t pull off the upset against Mizzi’s pocket jacks. Shortly after that, Ehamparam was sent home in fourth place by Zajmovic. Three-handed play meant Zajmovic was just two players away from her second World Poker Tour title. Serda and Mizzi were each looking for their first. After being fairly quiet throughout the final table, Serda woke up in a big way when he knocked out Mizzi in third place. Mizzi had fallen short and moved all in from the button for 3.2 million when the blinds were 100,000-200,000 with a 200,000 big blind ante. Serda reraised all in from the small blind for 12.6 million. Zajmovic folded from the big blind and it was Mizzi’s two sizes against the pocket nines for Serda. Mizzi failed to come from behind and was knocked out in third place for C$410,000. With the elimination of Mizzi, Serda was able to enter heads-up play with a slight lead. Serda had 16.15 million to Zajmovic's 15.675 million. Only a handful of hands were played between the two before Serda sealed the victory. The heads-up pots played between Serda and Zajmovic to start didn’t seem like much. Then, seemingly out of nowhere, the two collided to end the tournament. On the final hand, Zajmovic raised to 500,000 on the button. The blinds were still 100,000-200,000 with a 200,000 big blind ante, and Serda opted to three-bet to 1.6 million. Zajmovic came back with a four-bet to 3.8 million, and Serda called. The flop was [poker card="Ts"][poker card="7s"][poker card="6s"] and both players checked to see the [poker card="Ac"] land on the turn. Serda checked, Zajmovic bet 3 million, and Serda called to see the [poker card="3h"] land on the river. Serda checked, Zajmovic moved all in for 8.5 million, and Serda went into the tank. He eventually made the call holding just the[poker card="7d"][poker card="5d"] for a pair of sevens. Zajmovic had air with the[poker card="Kd"][poker card="9s"] and was eliminated in second place. Season XVII WPT Montreal event marked the first in the new four-year partnership between the World Poker Tour and partypoker LIVE. The event attracted 792 entries but failed to reach the C$5 million guarantee on the prize pool. The top 103 places reached the money, and notable finishes were had by WPT Champions Club members Jonathan Little (8th - C$105,500), Amir Babakhani (12th - C$67,000), Mike 'goleafsgoeh' Leah (18th - C$36,500), Marvin Rettenmaier (45th - C$14,978), David Ormsby (55th - C$13,221), Matt Salsberg (99th - C$8,712), and Darryll Fish (102nd - C$8,712). Next up for the World Poker Tour is the Season XVII WPT Seminole Rock 'N' Roll Poker Open at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. The full festival runs November 14-28, 2018, with the $3,500 Championship Event taking place November 23-28. Photo courtesy of the World Poker Tour.
  20. The World Poker Tour and partypoker have teamed up once again to present the partypoker WPT Montreal festival, taking place at the Playground Poker Club from October 26- November 4. The festival brings together three major WPT brands into a single series. Players will have the opportunity to battle for a WPT500, WPT DeepStacks and the Main Tour title all in the same trip. Players also have the opportunity to win their way into these events through satellites where they can win and buy-in with partypoker LIVE Dollars. partypoker LIVE Dollars is a new proprietary currency that helps players to buy in to LIVE tournaments. They can also be used to pay for travel, lodging, all of the LIVE events, and online Day One's. Now, players headed to Canada to take part in the Montreal Festival can work their way up a satellite tree of LIVE dollars and win their way into the Main Event or even the WPT500. Work Your Way Up The steps of the satellite tree are very similar to what many players will be already familiar with. Players can start at the bottom of the steps and work their way up to competing for a WPT seat for as little as $1.10. pp LIVE Dollar Mega Satellites $1.10 to win a $5.50 ticket $5.50 to win a $22 ticket $22.00 to win a $109 ticket $109 to win a $530 ticket The $530 ticket can be used to purchase a seat into the WPT Montreal Satellite which awards a minimum of two seats into the Main Event. Of course, one does not need to start at the bottom as players can jump into the satellite tree at any point and play their way through. This includes the $530 direct satellite to win a seat. Cash Out Along The Way partypoker LIVE Dollars have some flexibility to them. Instead of working their way up through the tournament ticket steps, at just about any point a player can opt to play for more LIVE Dollars. Once they have accumulated enough Dollars they can be put to any LIVE event as well as the online starting flights. The WPT500 will have three online starting flights on partypoker beginning on October 21. The Main Tour $5,300 buyin will have one online starting flight taking place on October 28. Win An Ambassadorship partypoker is running a number of promotions in connection with their LIVE Dollars with regards to WPT Montreal. If a player is one of the first 100 to buy in to the Main Event using PP LIVE Dollars and they end up winning the event, partypoker will make them a Sponsored Pro for a year by giving that player $100,000 to use at any of their LIVE events in the next 12 months. Additionally, that player gets to keep 100% of any winnings. partypoker is extending that Sponsored Pro promotion to both the WPT500 and WPT Deepstacks tournaments as well. Be one of the first 200 to buy in to either one and then win that tournament and receive $50,000 to spend on LIVE events for the next year. Upcoming partypoker WPT Montreal Qualifiers Date Event Buy-In 10/09 WPT Montreal Satellite: 2 X $5,300 CAD Seats Gtd $530 10/11 WPT Montreal Satellite: 2 X $5,300 CAD Seats Gtd $530 10/14 WPT Montreal Satellite: 2 X $5,300 CAD Seats Gtd $530
  21. Less than a week after winning the Industry Person of the Year award at the Global Poker Awards, Paul Phua took home $1.512 million for winning the MILLIONS Super High Roller Series Sochi $100,000 No Limit Hold’em event. Final Table Payouts Paul Phua - $1,512,000 Matthias Eibinger - $1,008,000 Webster Lim - $672,000 Adrian Mateos - $420,000 Michael Addamo - $336,000 Kahle Burns - $252,000 The event attracted 42 entries and generated a prize pool of $4.2 million. The top six spots were set to be paid, with a min-cash being worth $252,000. Entering the final table, it was Michael Addamo in the lead. Following the eliminations of Cary Katz and Ben Heath, the tournament was on the money bubble. The next player to fall was Michael Soyza, hitting the rail just one spot outside the money and securing a cash for the others. Soyza went out at the hands of Matthias Eibinger. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"] According to the partypoker LIVE reporting staff, first to bust in the money was Kahle Burns, going out in sixth place at the hands of Adrian Mateos. Then it was Addamo falling in fifth place to Webster Lim. With four players left, Phua was third in chips and Mateos was fourth. Mateos moved all in from the small blind with the [poker card="5c"][poker card="4c"] and Phua made the call from the big blind with the [poker card="Ks"][poker card="7c"]. The board ran out [poker card="8d"][poker card="8s"][poker card="7s"][poker card="3s"][poker card="9h"] and Mateos took his exit with a $420,000 payday. Shortly after busting Mateos, Phua doubled through Eibinger to take the chip lead. Eibinger had opened with a raise on the button and Phua had moved all in from the big blind. Eibinger called with the [poker card="As"][poker card="Jd"] but was dominated against Phua’s [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Qc"]. The [poker card="Ks"][poker card="Kd"][poker card="3s"][poker card="4c"][poker card="Tc"] board kept Phua in the lead and scored him the double. Despite losing a chunk of chips doubling up Phua, Eibinger wasn’t the next player to bust. That was Lim who fell after Phua made a very good call against him. After a preflop raise by Phua on the button and a call from Lim out of the big blind, Lim check-raised all in on the [poker card="4h"][poker card="3d"][poker card="3s"] flop. Phua tanked for a bit and eventually called with the [poker card="Ac"][poker card="5d"]. Lim had the [poker card="7c"][poker card="5c"]. The turn was the [poker card="8d"] and the river was the [poker card="9c"] to give Phua the win and send Lim out in third place for $672,000. Phua took the chip lead into heads-up play against Eibinger and made fairly quick work of his opponent. On the final hand, Phua had raised with the [poker card="As"][poker card="8s"] and Eibinger defended with a call holding the [poker card="Th"][poker card="8h"]. Eibinger then called bets on the flop and turn of the [poker card="Ah"][poker card="9d"][poker card="8c"][poker card="Kd"] board to bring the two to the [poker card="6c"] on the river. After Eibinger checked the river, Phua bet to put him all in. Eibinger made the call with his pair of eights but saw the bad news that Phua had two pair. With that, Eibinger was eliminated in second place for a $1.008 million payday. The victory pushed Phua to more than $18.2 million in career live tournament earnings, and the score was his sixth seven-figure payday from a live poker tournament.
  22. As the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread around the globe, a number of poker events have been postponed or cancelled. This article will be updated regularly as tournament organizers make announcements. UPDATE 3/17/20: PokerStars announced today that EPT Sochi, originally scheduled to take place March 20-29, has been postponed. UPDATE 3/17/20: World Poker Tour CEO Adam Pliska issued a statement to announce the postponing of the WPT's three televised final tables set to play out March 31-April 2 at the HyperX Esports Arena in Las Vegas. The tentative plan is to finish these events in May with the WPT's second set of televised final tables. The three event final tables postponed are the WPT Gardens Poker Championship, the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open, and the WPT L.A. Poker Classic. UPDATE 3/17/20: Playground Poker Club announced that the upcoming WPTDeepStacks Montreal tournament has been postponed. The event was originally scheduled for April 16-27. New dates will be made public once decided. UPDATE 3/16/20: The Irish Poker Open was previously postponed. On Monday, March 16, partypoker announced that have partnered with the Irish Poker Open to play the series online April 6-12. UPDATE 3/16/20: Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, New Jersey, said that it will temporarily suspend operations by 8 p.m. ET on Monday, March 16. The 2020 Borgata Spring Poker Open, originally scheduled for April 7-24, is cancelled. UPDATE 3/16/20: The Venetian poker room released a statement on Monday that the poker room will operate with a maximum of three players per table. UPDATE 3/16/20: The Orleans poker room stated that all cash and tournament tables will have a maximum of five players, starting Monday, March 15. Included in the announcement was messaging that stated cash games will have reduced rake during this time. UPDATE 3/16/20: Following the closing of the Wynn poker room, the entire Wynn Las Vegas resort will close temporarily started Tuesday, March 17. MGM Resorts also announced it would be temporarily closing its Las Vegas casinos. UPDATE 3/16/20: Commerce Casino, located in Los Angeles and home to one of the largest card rooms in the world, closed on Saturday, March 14, and will remain closed until at least Sunday, March 29. UPDATE 3/15/20: The WSOP announced that the WSOP Circuit St. Maarten stop, scheduled for March 25-April 6, is postponed indefinitely. UPDATE 3/15/20: Wynn poker room in Las Vegas closed on Sunday, March 15, at 6 a.m. PT and will remain closed until further notice. Access to deposit boxes will be available Monday and Tuesday from 10 a.m. PT to 6 p.m. PT. Players have been asked to visit the casino cage at Encore for chip redemption. UPDATE 3/14/20: Starting Saturday, March 14, Bay 101 Casino in Northern California is temporarily suspending all casino operations, the company said in a statement. The plan is to close for at least three weeks until April 4. UPDATE 3/13/20: The World Series of Poker issued a bevy of announcements regarding its events. Live WSOP Circuit stops at Harrah's Atlantic City in New Jersey, King's Resort in Rozvadov, Czech Republic, and the Bicycle Hotel & Casino in Los Angeles have been suspended, with expectations that the festivals and events will resume when appropriate. WSOP Circuit stops at Bally's Las Vegas, Harrah's Cherokee in North Carolina, and Casino Barriere Le Croisette in Cannes, France, have all been postponed, with new dates to be announced should they be established. In response to the changes, the WSOP announced a WSOP.com Online Super Circuit Series for March 14-31. The festival features 18 gold ring events and more than $1 million in prize pool guarantees. The 18 events are said to count for the Global Casino Championship leaderboard points standings. UPDATE 3/13/20: Jason Somerville's very popular Run It Up Reno scheduled to take place in April has been cancelled. In the company statement, Run It Up said that it looks forward to seeing players at the Run It Up Reno event scheduled for October 30-November 9 later this year. UPDATE 3/13/20: PokerStars announced updates for the Brazilian Series of Poker São Paulo and the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo Casino European Poker Tour events. Both of these events have been postponed. An update for EPT Sochi is said to come in the coming days following the company's review. UPDATE 3/13/20: The World Poker Tour has updated its groups of events that have been affected by COVID-19. The list of postponed events now includes WPT Venetian, WPT Barcelona, WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown, WPTDeepStacks Maryland, WPTDeepStacks Jacksonville, the WPTDeepStacks Championship at Thunder Valley, and the WPTDeepStacks European Championship. WPTDeepStacks Vietnam and WPTDeepStacks Amsterdam have been cancelled. UPDATE 3/13/20: The MSPT tournament scheduled to take place at Meskwaki Casino in Iowa from March 20-22 has been postponed. UPDATE 3/13/20: The WSOP Circuit event at Harrah's Resort Atlantic City has cancelled the rest of its events. "In the interest of protecting the health and well-being of players and staff, the decision was made to cancel the rest of the events for the series." The series was scheduled to run through March 16. UPDATE 3/13/20: King's Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic, announced today that the venue will be closed until further notice "in compliance with the Czech government-issued restrictions." At the time of the announcing, King's Casino was hosting a WSOP International Circuit series, originally scheduled to run through March 23. UPDATE 3/12/20: The Bicycle Hotel & Casino in Los Angeles has announced it is postponing the remainder of the WSOP Circuit series currently running at the venue and originally scheduled to take place through March 18. UPDATE 3/12/20: Thunder Valley announced that the WPTDeepStacks Championship, scheduled for March 19-April 7, has been postponed. UPDATE 3/12/20: WPT Venetian, a $5,000 buy-in event scheduled for March 13-17 with a $2 million guaranteed prize pool, has been postponed. UPDATE 3/12/20: Wynn Poker announced they will postpone the Wynn Spring Classic events scheduled for March 13-18. The suspension includes the series' $5,300 Championship. At the time of the announcement, the $1,100 No Limit Hold'em event was currently playing and is planned to complete its Day 2 on Friday, March 13. UPDATE 3/12/20: PokerCentral announced that the US Poker Open, which was set to run March 19-31 at the PokerGO studios at the ARIA Hotel in Las Vegas, has been indefinitely postponed. UPDATE 3/12/20: The RunGood Poker Series at Horseshoe Bossier City, originally scheduled for March 31 - April 5, was postponed with no date announced. UPDATE 3/12/20: The WPTDeepStacks Amsterdam event began as scheduled on March 12, only to have the host property, Holland Casino, cancel the event midway through the first day of play after Dutch officials barred large gatherings of people. On March 8, PokerStars announced that all European events on the calendar before April 10, 2020, have been postponed. This included three Road to PSPC events in Hamburg, Germany, La Grande Motte, France, and Madrid, Spain. The European Poker Tour event in Sochi, Russia, scheduled for March 20-29 will go ahead as planned, as will the Okada Manila Millions, and the Brazilian Series of Poker event in Sao Paulo. According to sources within the company, The Stars Group has also restricted all of its employees from traveling until further notice. [ptable zone=“888poker”][ptable zone=“Party Poker NJ”][ptable zone=“Global Poker Article Ad”] On March 2, King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech has responded to the widespread outbreak in Italy by banning all players from that country until further notice. A WSOP Circuit event, with 15 Circuit rings up for grabs, is currently underway. "We have chosen to completely limit access in all areas of the casino, not even accepting hotel reservations, to all residents and coming from Italy indefinitely, cancelling from now all the events of March and April 2020 that target mainly target the audience mentioned above," a King's staff member wrote on the King's official Facebook page. On March 10, the WPT and partypoker LIVE have postponed the WPT event scheduled for March 22 - April 5 in Barcelona, Spain . The decision to postpone came just days after the two organizers announced the event would go on as planned without the €5,000,000 guarantee. Players who qualified online will be offered opportunities to use that seat for another event. That wasn't the first WPT event to feel the effect of concerns over the coronavirus. On February 17, the WPT Deepstacks event in Vietnam, originally scheduled for March 13 -22, was cancelled and WPT Taiwan, March 27-April 6, was postponed. Triton Poker has also been impacted. Back in early February, Triton announced the Jeju Super High Roller Series, which was scheduled for March 2-9, was postponed. On March 4, organizers made the decision to cancel the event altogether. On March 9, partypoker announced that players who have won seats into partypoker LIVE events will be afforded some flexibility and will be able to use their seat at a later date should they decide to not play. "I think we've got a responsibility to players and staff to not expect them to travel," said Rob Yong, partypoker partner and Dusk Till Dawn owner. "I know a lot of people's wives and families have said I prefer you not to go and we need to respect that." The Irish Poker Open, the second-longest running poker tournament in the world, was postponed on March 10 with no future date announced. Players who won their seat into the event via online or live satellites will have the seat honored for the future date. The World Series of Poker has yet to make an official statement in regards to the 2020 WSOP, but their verified Twitter account has replied to some people who have asked, "We are monitoring COVID-19 developments very carefully and have no plans to cancel WSOP at this time." Meanwhile, betting site PokerShares.com has posted odds on if the 2020 WSOP Main Event will be played out as scheduled. Originally opening with the No side as a +495 underdog, the line current line is the opposite, with Yes being a +235 underdog. Poker Tournaments Postponed Due to Coronavirus Irish Poker Open (April 6-12 online at partypoker) Road to PSPC Hamburg (Date TBD) Road to PSPC La Grande Motte (Date TBD) Road to PSPC Madrid (Date TBD) Winamax Poker Tour Grand Final (Date TBD) WPT Barcelona (Date TBD) RunGood Poker Series Horseshoe Bossier City (Date TBD) US Poker Open (Date TBD) Wynn Spring Classic (Date TBD) WPT Venetian (Date TBD) WPTDeepStacks Championship at Thunder Valley (Date TBD) WPTDeepStacks Maryland (Date TBD) WPTDeepStacks Jacksonville (Date TBD) WPTDeepStacks European Championship (Date TBD) WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown (Date TBD) BSOP São Paulo (Date TBD) PokerStars and Monte-Carlo Casino EPT (Date TBD) WSOP Circuit Harrah's AC (Date TBD) WSOP Circuit Bally's Las Vegas (Date TBD) WSOP International Circuit King's Resort (Date TBD) WSOP Circuit Bicycle Hotel & Casino (Date TBD) WSOP Circuit Harrah's Cherokee (Date TBD) WSOP International Circuit Casino Barriere Le Croisette (Date TBD) WSOP International Circuit St. Maarten (Date TBD) WPTDeepStacks Montreal (Date TBD) WPT TV final tables (Date TBD) EPT Sochi (Date TBD) Poker Tournaments Cancelled Due to Coronavirus Triton Super High Roller Series Jeju WPTDeepStacks Vietnam Golden Poker Million Marrakech Bounty Poker Tour 888poker LIVE Bucharest Netbet Open Craiova Unibet DeepStack Open Aix en Provence Norwegian Championships LEX LIVE 3 Barriere Poker Tour Ribeauvillé WPTDeepStacks Amsterdam Run It Up Reno X Borgata Spring Poker Open
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