The 2017 World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) will run from September 3 to September 26 on PokerStars. This year's WCOOP will have 81 events with high and low versions of each event. The $5,200 buy-in Main Event begins on September 24th. For a complete schedule of the 2017 WCOOP, click here.
The first four events of the Poker Masters at the Aria Casino in Las Vegas are in the books, while the final and fifth event is currently underway. The first four events at Poker Masters each had a buy-in of $50,000, while the freezeout finale was an $100,000 entry. Each winner at the Poker Masters got awarded a coveted purple jacket. The first four jacket winners were Nick Schulman, Steffen Sontheimer, Bryn Kenney, and Brandon Adams. Only 14 players are still alive in Event #5. You can follow along with a live stream and coverage via PokerGO.
Whenever a tragic natural disaster hits like Hurricane Irma, most people are overwhelmed with a paralyzing feeling of helplessness. They want to help, but do not know the best way to assist those in need. Many charities are simply collecting for the "next" disaster, so the majority of your financial assistance is not exactly going to those currently afflicted. Luckily, PokerStars has lots of experience dealing with various charities. The online poker site recently announced how their players and other members of the poker community can assist with Hurricane Irma Emergency Appeal Fund. PokerStars teamed up with Helping Hands charity to make sure those in need get assistance. PokerStars will be matching their player donations, so every Dollar, Euro, or Pound counts.
Daniel Negreanu recorded another episode of the Full Contact Poker Podcast. Episode 15 titled The One About Angle Shooting covered a few incidents of angle shooting. Kid Poker gave some examples by Amarillo Slim, Puggy Pearson, and Shaun Deeb. Angle shooting used to be more common place in the days before the online poker boom, but we still see some examples today with players testing the elasticity of the rules.
The live stream is up and running! Check out the action at the partypoker Millions High Roller, which is live from Sochi Casino, along th Black Sea in Russia. Notables such as Steve O'Dwyer are in the mix for the €10,300 High Roller. ElkY and Alexandru Papazian are in the field. Watch the stream here.
William Kassouf, the chatter box Brit who got his fifteen minutes of fame at the 2016 World Series of Poker Main Event, flopped a monster hand during an appearence on Live at the Bike live stream at the Bicycle Casino outside of Los Angeles. Kassouf flopped a monster hand in a cooler. A slow roll ensued that might have been one of the sickest and most annoying slow rolls in recent history.
The 2017 World Championship of Online Poker kicked off on Sunday on PokerStars. This year will feature 82 events with varying buy-in levels, for 164 total tournaments. On Thursday, Nicolac ‘chilenocl' Yunis from Chile won his first WCOOP title to securing a rare Triple COOP (with victories in all COOP series on PokerStars: WCOOP, SCOOP, and TCOO). Check out a schedule of WCOOP events here.
PokerStars published a blog post the other day outlining their newest attempt at paying out more players in tournaments. The blog post explained how the initial 10% payout had jumped from the brick and mortar world into the online realm. Over the years, PokerStars evolved their payout structures. And starting next week, there'll be one more big jump. According to Mike Jones, “On September 11, most tournaments on PokerStars will be changing to deeper payouts. Tourneys that have been paying 12% will change to 14%; 14% will change to 16%; 16% will change to 18%, and 18% will change to 20%. Keep in mind that this doesn't affect every tournament; there's no change to approximately 30% of the weekly recurring schedule.” Read more here.
After four days of action, the WPT Legends of Poker at the Bicycle Casino played down from 763 to six. JC Tran leads the final table and Phil Hellmuth is third overall. Also rounding out the final table... Marvin Rettenmaier, Art Papazyan, Adam Swan, and D.J. Alexander. Hellmuth made his fifth final table on the WPT, but has yet to win a title. Tran and Rettenmaier are double-winners and seeking their third WPT title. An elite gorup of five players are tied for most WPT wins with three. First place pays out $668,692.
JC Tran has been a poker legend since the earliest days of the World Poker Tour. The two-time champ is seeking his third title. The new season of the WPT kicked off at the Bicycle Casino on the outskirts of Los Angeles. JC Tran is the leader with 24 remaining out of 763 runners in the Legends of Poker Main Event. OD Baker, Tuan Le, Phil Hellmuth, Marvin Rettenmaier, David Sands, Garrett Greer, and Allan Le are all still alive. First place pays out $668,692.
PokerStars announced their launch of Winning Moments Video. In the coming weeks, PokerStars will showcase highlights of their players going deep in various 2017 WCOOP events. These Winning Moments videos will include top-notch narration by James Hartigan and Stapes. You're eligible for a Winning Moments Video if you make the final table of a WCOOP in a NL event and cash for 100x your buy-in. Check out what it looks like here. And for more details, click here.
PokerStars released another ALPHA version of their newest creation: POWER UP. In the last couple of years, PokerStars introduced innovations such as Spin&Go and Beat the Clock, in addition to ZOOM poker. PokerStars is trying to capitalize on popular games such as Magic: The Gathering and Hearthstone, in which special cards give the user special powers. Will this be a novelty gimmick? Or is this a new format that will revolutionize the game forever? One thing is certain, PokerStars is trying to expand into the gamer-side of online gambling.
The 2017 PokerStars Championship Barcelona Main Event played down to a champion on Sunday. Sweden's Sebastian Sorensson is a newcomer to the tournament scene who was playing in only his second-career live tournament. The 27-year old neophyte won his seat via a PokerStars satellite, then faded 1,682 runners to win the Main Event. With three to go, Sorensson made a money deal. He eventually found himself with a massive lead when it got heads-up against Lacjezar Petkov. The Swedish quakifier prevailed and Sorensson earned a first-place payout worth €987,043. Team PokerStars Pro Andre Akkari finished in fifth place. PokerStars Championship Monaco winner, Raf Sorrentino, finished in third place.
There's €1.41 million on the line at the Barcelona casino in Barcelona, Spain for the 2017 PokerStars Championship Barcelona. Italy's Raffaele Sorrentino came into the final table with the big stack. Sorrentino shipped an event in Monaco a couple months ago. Can he win another PC title? Also advancing to the final six: Brazilian pro Andre Akkari, Lachezar Petkov, Brian Kaufman, Sebastian Sorensson, and Usman Siddique. The final table kicked off at noon local time, but the stream is on a one-hour delay. Watch the final table stream here.
The Poker Brat appeared on the Tim Ferriss Podcast. Ferriss, a renowned life hacker and best-selling author behind the 4-Hour Work Week, invited Phil Hellmuth on his show to discuss the tenets of his success. The 14-time bracelet winner shared how he set/achieved career goals, employed money management, and overcame rough times as a professional poker player.
The World Poker Tour and PokerGO announced a special broadcast partnership. Final tables of the upcoming season of the WPT will be live streamed on PokerGO. The subscription site webcasted final tables of the 2017 WSOP, the Super High Roller Bowl, and most recently, they re-boot the popular show Poker After Dark. Now, the WPT joins PokerGO.
Montreal, Bad Beat City! The bad beat jackpot at the Playground Poker Club had ballooned to over $1.2 million last week before it finally hit on Thursday evening. Elphege Delarosbil flopped a set of Jacks and turned quads, but Shane Galle rivered a straight flush with Qs-8s. That river beat trigged the bad beat jackpot worth $1.2 million. Delarosbil walked away with $460K, while Galle banked $230K. The table share was $33K per person. Everyone inside the poker room won $1.2K as part of the bad beat promo. As Elky would say, "So sick!" Watch the jubilation here.