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.
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.
It's time for a new innovation in online gaming. 888poker introduced Flopomania, which is the latest nuance and spin on traditional Texas Hold'em. Instead of blinds and pre-flop action, Flopomania cuts right to the chase and deals out a flop with your hole cards. Every player antes to see the flop without getting pushed out preflop. Will Flopomania become the next big thing? Head over to 888poker and find out.
PokerStars online pros are giving away tickets to Sunday Million Live! Approximately €6,500 worth of €215 Day 1 online tickets are up for grabs... for free! Team PokerStars Pro Online crew members such as xflixx, L.Veldhuis, easywithaces and Spraggy are givign away tickets on their Twitch streams! This will span between now and the next three weeks. Log in to their Twitch feeds regularly for a chance to win a Day 1 ticket to Sunday Million Live!
Coming soon... a live version of the PokerStars Sunday Million with a €1 million guarantee in RozVegas! This special once-in-a-lifetime event will run from August 24 thru September 3 at the King's Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic. PokerStars will allow players to play Day 1s online or live at the King's Casino.
The first season of PokerStars All Stars ran from April 12 to May 10. This private, invitation only, home game series pitted the top cash game players on PokerStars. They played a $10/$20 NLHE game and the top five winners were awarded a bonus. Hatrick19911 ended the series in the top spot and won $20,000. Daniel Negreanu reviewed the top 20 hands from the All Stars Challenge. He posted a video discussing the Top 20 hands that involved players such as 0human0, limitless, OtB_RedBaron, Sinkarma, SDMackOn, and OhHeyCindy.
Russia's BIack88 shipped the 2017 SCOOP $25K High Roller. SCOOP Event #15-High attracted 93 total entries, or 61 originals + 32 re-entries. The total prize pool was over $3M for this $2M guaranteed event. BIack88 chopped heads-up with Belarus' fish2013. Also at the final table... Apotheosis92, zcedrick, jdtjpoker, bencb789, €urop€an and stevie444. Read the final table recap via PokerStars Blog here.
The 2017 Spring Championship of Online Poker kicked off on Sunday. This year's SCOOP features 57 events with 3 levels of buy-ins. Today, the 2014 WSOP Main Event Champion Martin Jacobson binked SCOOP Event #8-H $530 NL with Rebuys. Jacobson crushed a final table that included 4 previous SCOOP champions. First place paid out approximately $107K… which is peanuts compared to the $10 million his shipped in 2014 in Vegas. Read the MGMT-inspired final table recap over at PokerStars Blog.
Good news for New Jersey residents! The 2017 New Jersey Spring Championship of Online Poker (NJSCOOP) kicks off at PokerStars New Jersey on May 6 and runs until May 22. In all, 70 tournaments will be a part of the 2017 NJSCOOP, with 35 events offering buy-ins with two varied prices. This special event on PokerStars New Jersey will also have a $1.2 million guarantee in prize money.
Team PokerStars Online pro Felix Schneiders is hosting his annual charity tournament today! Felix will be streaming the event live on his Twitch stream. The charity tournament is only €11.11 with all proceeds going to charity. Fedor Holz is the co-host with Schneiders. Other members of the high-stakes community, along with notable German players will participating in this charitable event. Holz and Felix will be raising funds for various charities that assist the homeless, children in Nepal, and other medical charities to fight childhood leukemia.
A couple of new things brewing over at PokerStars. For all of you Omaha freaks and Spin&Go enthusiasts, PokerStars launched Omaha Spin&Gos. Yup, a brand-new, hyper-turbo Pot Limit Omaha format now available. Can you say, "PLO Spin&Gos!" Due to popular demand, PokerStars Megastack is coming to other European countries like France, Belgium, and Ireland.
A first-place prize worth $1 million is up for grabs on PokerStars. The Sunday Million turns 11-years old! This weekend's Sunday Million, starting at 14:00 ET on the 2nd of April, is a triple-entry event with a special $10 million guaranteed prize pool. A cool $1 million will be set aside for the champion. Plenty of time left to win a seat via satellite and through $5 Spin&Go qualifiers.
Tom Dwan is making tidal waves on the poker rumor mill this week. The superstar emerged from a Twitter hiatus with a tweet storm about the CIA and Wikileaks. In a recent video, Doug Polk shared his opinion of the infamous Durrrr Challenge with Dwan and Jungleman, plus the recent rumors that Dwan got involved in a sportsbetting scam for seven figures.
It's another year and it's another attempt by California to legalize and regulate online poker. Last year's attempt failed, but it was the farthest any bill had ever gotten. Will the newly introduced AB-1677 finally go all the way? Or will the Internet Poker Consumer Protection Act fall short of the mark like previous attempts over the last decade in California?
Comign soon... Power Up! PokerStars has been pushing the innovation envelope. In the last couple of years, PokerStars programmers launched nuances such as Beat the Clock and Spin&Go. And now, there's some buzz surrounding their newest innovation called Power Up. It is still in “alpha” testing, but some of the basic elements of the game have been discussed in a blog post from PokerStars HQ. Looks fun with special powers like X-Ray, EMP, Clone, Disintegrate, Engineer, Intel, Reload, Scanner, and Upgrade. The newest variant draws inspiration from esports and video games. Power Up is reminiscent of kitchen poker games with wild cards and other bizarre rule amendments.
Time for action junkies with short-attention spans to celebrate! The 2017 Turbo Championship of Online Poker (TCOOP) kicks off today and runs through January 29. Over the next 12 days, there will be 65 events on the schedule, with at least 5 events per day. This year's TCOOP has a $15 million guarantee. Check out the complete schedule over at the TCOOP home page.
Three-time Wimbledon champ, Boris Becker, signed with partypoker and will be a part of their Beat the Ace promotion. If you can beat Becker heads-up, then you win $25,000. The tennis legend from Germany had been a pitchman for PokerStars in the past, but now he'll become the newest poker ambassador for partypoker.
The Turbo Championship of Online Poker returns in January 2017 with 65 turbo-charged events and $15 million in guaranteed money. The 2017 TCOOP kicks off on January 18 and ends on Sunday January 29 with the $1,000 buy-in Main Event and a $3K High Roller. This year's Main Event also has a special low-stakes edition with a $27 buy-in. Check out the schedule and the new changes for the 2017 TCOOP over at PokerStarsBlog.
NBA basketball player Dwyane Wade appeared in a PokerStars commercial along with Cristiano Ronaldo for the second campaign of PokerStars' Raise It social media promotion (#raiseit). Ronaldo, most-popular soccer star in the world, has been a pitchman for PokerStars for a while now, but this is the first time a high-profile American athlete has been used to promote PokerStars.
The holiday season is rapidly approaching. To help celebrate Christmas this year, PokerStars will be awarding over $5 million in prizes during their PokerStars Christmas Festival. Six weeks of tournaments started on November 21s and will be running through the end of the year including a $1 million freeroll, a $2 million guaranteed Monday Million tournament, plus the MicroMillions returns with over $1 million in guaranteed prizes!
Gus Hansen is back! Sort of. The Great Dane recently sat down with the Dutch press for an extensive interview. Hansen talked about taking a break from poker for a couple of years to pursue a music-related business. He played a cash game in Vegas over the summer for the first time in almost a year and revealed that he was rusty. He then returned briefly to the online poker tables. Was this just a quick pit stop for Hansen? Or is he eying a full-time return to poker?
Do you have a short attention span? Or are you always short on time? Or perhaps you don't have the patience to play a MTT for 10+ hours. If that's the case, then you're in luck! PokerStars unveiled a new tournament format called Beat the Clock. ZOOM tournaments last only 5 minutes and if you're still alive when time expires, then you make the money. Prizes are awarded proportional to remaining stack sizes.
Welcome to the Sunday grind! Elky is streaming his online action via Twitch as he takes a shot in the FCOOP Main Event, which has a €1K buy-in and €1 million guarantee. FCOOP Main Event is the biggest online event of the year in France, so Elky's stream will be in French in honor of the historic day! Starting at 9pm CET or Noon Vegas time, watch Elky's so sick live stream here.