PokerStars HQ announced their latest invention, Power Up, is officially live in Europe. PokerStars Power Up will be rolling out to .COM and .NET within the end of the week. PokerStars Power Up will be giving avid poker players a chance to employ new strategies, while learning a new format of poker with special powers to "shake up the game." Using specialty power cards, you can gain an edge. For example, you can now peek at your opponent's hole cards, or get to choose what your next card will be. In addition, you can defend against opponent attacks. Will Power Up become the next big thing in the poker community Zoom and Open-Face Chinese Poker, or will it become another flash in the pan?
In the latest move to acquire top-notch talent, partypoker invited Jason Koon to join forces with them. Koon, a high-stakes American pro who has over 8-figures in career tournament cashes, will be the newest member of partypoker's new advisory panel. Koon will join the ranks of Fedor Holz, Mike Sexton, Sam Trickett, and Johnny Lodden.
The 2017 WCOOP concluded on Tuesday with the final table of the Main Event. The $5,200 buy-in championship event attracted 1,804 original runners and they added 379 additional entries for 2,183 total entrants. The prize pool was worth nearly $11M. First place was guaranteed at least $1.5M, but the final payout was $1.6 million. Holland's Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff took down the Main Event for a sick payday.
The 2017 World Championship of Online Poker has been running for 20 days now on PokerStars. This year's series is 82 events deep with both low and high options. The marquee event, the WCOOP Main Event, kicks off on Sunday. The low-version of the Main Event has a $215 buy-in with a $2M guarantee and $250K to first place. The high-version of the Main Event with a $5,300 buy-in has a $10 million guarantee with $1.5 million guaranteed to first place! PokerStars is running last minute satellites for the Main Event. Take your shot at the biggest online tournament probably for the rest of the year.
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.