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.
A couple of weeks ago, the Global Poker League announced that PokerStars was joining them as an important partner, which would ensure the continuation of the first season of the GPL and guarantee a second season. And now, you can use the logo for your favorite GPL team as your PokerStars avatar. The official logos are now available so you can finally ditch your old avatar of your pet and support your favorite team with a GPL av.
American online exile David ‘dpeters17' Peters shipped the Sunday Million on PokerStars. He faded 5,041 players to win $143K. The final table took approximately two hours and heads-up between Peters and “Jack Addict” lasted a full hour. Peters finished in 16th place in the Sunday Million last week. Peters is having a sick year. He won a WSOP bracelet during the WSOP and finished in second place in a couple of High Rollers. His run good continued by binking the Sunday Milly. Read all about his run at PokerStars Blog.
Germany's llJaYJaYll took down the 2016 WCOOP Main Event championship last night for a $1.5 million score. The $5K buy-in event attracted 2,091 total entries and a prize pool of a shade over $10M. Two different money chops fell apart, so there was no deal at the final table. 0409479 from the United Kingdom was the runner-up and earned $1.1M. Fabrizio 'Sixth SeSen16' Gonzalez won the Player of the Series after making four final tables and cashing 24 times. Over the weekend, Daniel Negreanu won the WCOOP HORSE Championship by defeating Viktor ‘Isildur1' Blom heads-up for the win.
Say goodbye to SolidPenis! Earlier this year, Doug Polk set history by winning the most money ever recorded on a live stream via Twitch. His record was short lived after SolidPenis edged him out. Alas, the SolidPenis record fell flat this week when Polk chopped the 10K high roller event during the 2016 WCOOP. Although Polk did not win the event, he finished in second to Phil ‘Grindnation' McAllister, Polk still banked $455K. That number – $455K – is the newest benchmark for highest cashed during a Twitch live stream.
Fedor Holz is at it again. The young German is supposed to be enjoying his retirement, but he just chopped the 100K Super High Roller on PokerStars for the 2016 WCOOP. Holz chopped the SHR heads-up with bencb789 for approximately $1 million each. Since Holz announced his retirement, he shipped a High Roller event at the EPT13 Barcelona and chopped the WCOOP SHR. Even when he's not trying to win…he's winning.
Retirement has been kind to Fedor Holz. The wunderkind returned to crushing online tables at the 2016 World Championship of Online Poker over at PokerStars. Holz is playing in WCOOP under his noble screen name CrownUpGuy. Holz made the final table of the 100K Super High Roller along with Ike 'philivey2694' Haxton, Salman 'salfshb' Behbehani, Nikita 'fish2013' Bodyakovskiy, bencb789, and Igor 'lechuckpoker' Kurganov. BetStars put Holz at 4-1 odds to win it all. First place of this $102,000 buy-in event is $1.4 million and only the top three places get paid out. The final table is currently underway!
Another day, another big change over at PokerStars. This time, they are revamping their VIP Club. In 2017, a series of changes will occur with PokerStars VIP Club and it will be rolled into a single VIP program for a “combined rewards program for poker, casino and sportsbook.” For more information about these vital changes to the VIP Club, visit the corporate section of PokerStars Blog.
The latest attempt to get online poker legalized in California during the 2016 session fizzled out completely when online poker bill AB2863 failed to reach a vote by the last day of the legislative calendar. A vote in mid-August was postponed to add amendments to the bill, but the new language was not sufficient for a large pro-online poker coalition led by PokerStars. Once the biggest proponents of the bill flip-flopped their position, it was evident the bill would not have enough support to pass the state Assembly. Online poker legalization will not occur in California in 2016. It's going to happen eventually, but until legalization occurs, the largest state in the U.S. will keep out online poker for another year. Can Native America tribes find middle group with their fellow tribes on the other side of the issue including PokerStars in conjunction with three major land-based card rooms in Los Angeles? Better luck next year?
What happens when one of the best football players in the world takes on one of Hollywood's most-gifted actors in a heads-up poker match? Cristano Ronaldo played heads-up poker against Aaron Paul as a part of the PokerStars Duel series. The winner won money for the charity of their choice. Ronaldo got coaching from Vanessa Selbst, while Paul got coached by Fatima Moreria de Melo. In this short video, you see how Ronaldo defeated Aaron Paul heads-up for the win.
The future of online poker in California is on the clock. Last minute adjustments to online poker bill AB2863 were added in attempts to get a bill passed before the state legislature adjourns on August 31. The recent amendments include a flat tax of 10% on all poker websites, plus a five-year wait for anyone deemed a bad actor. The anti-PokerStars coalition of Indian tribes sought to keep PokerStars in the penalty box for five years before the can operate legally in California. The PokerStars coalition, which includes major L.A.-based card rooms like the Bicycle, Commerce, and Hawaiian Gardens along with the Morongo and San Manuel Mission tribes, are vehemently opposed to the 11th hour amendments. Both sides are iffy on whether or not the bill will pass in its current form. But time is running out. Will AB 2863 go to vote? Or will it die on the floor, like previous i-poker bills?
Jason Somerville, a PokerStars sponsored pro with a massive following on Twitch, appeared on CNBC the other day for an interview and healthy debate against a member of the anti-online gambling coalition. Somerville gave a stunning and convincing interview and totally schooled Rev. James Butler,the executive director of California Coalition Against Gambling Expansion. Butler tried to spout gloom and doom about the evils of online poker, and Somerville intelligently crafted an excellent argument on why online poker should return to U.S. soil.
It's almost time for WCOOP! The 2016 World Championship of Online Poker will kick off on Sunday September 4th on PokerStars. This year's WCOOP has been expanded to include 82 events with 12 new events plus a four-day Marathon Event and a $102,000 buy-in Super High-Roller. The Main Event will have a $10 million guarantee with first place winning at least $1.5 million. Plus, PokerStars created an additional accompanying series called Mini-WCOOP. Yeah, there will be baller events for the sharks and smaller buy-in events for beginners and players with modest bankrolls.
Everyone loves a rags-to-riches story. That's why so many people play poker...for the chance of turning a small investment into a huge score. And snarky reporters love a screen name like "SolidPenis." So when a small stakes Russian player from Moscow binked a €250K Spin and Go jackpot on PokerStars, and he streamed his victory live on Twitch while playing under the screen name: SolidPenis. When it was over, SolidPenis also set a record for most money ever won on during an online tournament on a live Twitch stream for €250K or approximately $275K USD.
Club Poker Radio's gossip girl Gaëlle Jaudon sat down with German pro George Danzer at the WSOP this summer. Danzer had a great summer and went on to win his fourth-career WSOP bracelet. Gaëlle spoke to Danzer about what he does to prepare for each summer in Vegas, along with his take on why Germans have been dominating Super High Roller Events. And yes, Gaëlle also asked about his Mohawk hair style!
Ready for another $1 MILLION freeroll on PokerStars? They said they would set up four different freerolls in 2016. And the second of four has just been announced. It will kick off on Sunday July 17…which is in two Sundays. Cards go in the air just after noon ET at 12:04 ET or 9:04am PT or 6:04pm Paris time. Players will get ten different shots at qualifying.
Club Poker's gossip queen Gaëlle Jaudon sat down with Chris Moorman for an exclusive interview during the WSOP. The British pro, who was recently sponsored by 888poker, shares some secrets on how he's been able to stay atop of the online tournament world. Moorman also talks about moving away from his home country of England and setting up home in Los Angeles, which seems like an odd place for one of the greatest players in the brief history of online poker.
Summer is here and partypoker will be giving out $1 million in prizes over the next couple of months. The juiciest prize of them all? Ten prize packages to Caribbean Poker Party in the Dominican Republic in November (valued at $6,000). Plus you have a chance to win a $5,000 WPT Main Event package for as low as a penny!
Hey, an old guy won a major online poker tournament! There's harmonious balance in the universe after all! Talal ‘raidalot' Shakerchi, a British hedge fund manager, philanthropist, and high-stakes player who has more than paid his dues in the trenches, won the 2016 SCOOP Main Event for a sick $1.4 million score. Not too shabby for a $10K investment. Also, Shaun Deeb won the SCOOP Player of the Series. Even though he did not win a bracelet, he cashed in 41 events an advanced to nine eight tables. The most events won? Shawn ‘buck21' Buchanan shipped 3 bracelets and now has 6, but he trails Calvin Anderson, who has 7. And yes, the Brazilians dominated SCOOP with 21 total bracelets.
The world of online poker and reality television intersected once again. The highly popular Big Brother Canada contestant, Kevin Martin, was just signed by PokerStars as a sponsored player as the newest member of Team PokerStars Online. Most recently, Martin who plays under the screen name ‘GarlicXToast' has become a rising star in the Twitch world for live streaming his low-stakes grinding action in an amusing and educational manner.
During the 2016 SCOOP events 21 to 30, the red-hot Canuck Shawn 'buck21' Buchanan won another bracelet. And in one of the richest events of the year, Slovenia's Secret_M0d3 won the High Roller for $718K. Also, Nick 'TheTakeover' Schulman defeated Marco 'NoraFlum' Johnson heads-up for a win in the Triple Draw event.
The early story during 2016 SCOOP has been the rise of the Brazilians. They gobbled up a bunch of bracelets during the first two weeks of action and no one is even close to stopping them. Also, Shawn ‘buck21' Buchanan is on another heater and picked up two more SCOOPs. During the first two weeks, we saw big wins by Dan 'Danny98765' Smith, Mike ‘goleafsgoeh' Leah, Nick 'TheTakeover' Schulman, Matt 'plattsburgh' Vengrin, Marco 'NoraFlum' Johnson, Stevie ‘stevie444' Chidwick, and James ‘Andy McLEOD' Obst.
Howard Lederer, one of the principal owners of Full Tilt Poker, issued an apology to the poker community… on Daniel Neagreanu's blog… and five years after the fact. As expected, the community did not take the news very well. There's plenty of bad blood still boiling over from the fallout of Black Friday in April 2011 and the subsequent mishandling of Full Tilt's finances, which had gotten so bad that PokerStars had to step in and bail them out (as part of their deal with the U.S. Department of Justice). At surface level, the passive-aggressive apology is self-serving so Lederer doesn't get harassed or even physically accosted while playing at any WSOP events in Las Vegas.
The first ten events of the 2016 Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) on PokerStars are dunzo. Thirty total tournaments are in the books, which means 30 new SCOOP bracelets were awarded. A few notables added more SCOOP bracelets to their collection including Luke "lb6121" Schwartz and Tommy “tcblade” Chen. Schwartz is now tied with Shaun Deeb for second-most bracelets with 5. George Danzer passed the "150 Mark" in career SCOOP cashes. No other player has cashed in more SCOOPs than the German pro.
Assemblyman Adam Gray introduced bill AB2863, which would legalize online poker in the state of California. AB2863 passed a vote after a hearing in front of the Assembly Committee on Governmental Organization, otherwise known as the “GO” committee. AB2863 passed unanimously 19-0 and now it awaits approval from the Appropriations Committee. Last year's online poker bill died on the shelf at that stage. Everyone is hopeful that AB2863 passes the next and final step before it is finally introduced to the floor of the California State Legislature. Still a long road ahead before online poker comes to California, but at least we're moving ahead in the right direction.
The future of online poker in California is still a big fat question mark. However, assemblyman Adam Gray is trying to move the ball a little bit closer toward the goal line with an online poker bill otherwise known as AB 2863. There's a hearing scheduled in front of California Assembly Governmental Organization Committee on April 21 with some last minute amendments to AB 2863, which includes a backdoor “bad actor” clause.