December will be a huge month on partypoker with the 2020 Irish Poker Masters beginning this week on partypoker with 21 events over the next 13 days. The first flight of the €1,100 buy-in Main Event, with a €1 million guaranteed prize pool, begins on December 6 and you can qualify for the Irish Poker Masters for as little as a penny!
Doug Polk continued his winning streak with two more positive sessions in the High Stakes Feud against Daniel Negreanu. In Round 11, which lasted 416 hands of $200/$400 NL, Polk banked $120K. During Round 12 on Saturday, Polk had his biggest score to date with a $332K score over 684 hands. After 5,751 total hands, Daniel Negreanu is in the hole $596,197 after 12 sessions.
After ten sessions, Doug Polk and Daniel Negreanu completed 4,651 hands of their High Stakes Feud at $200/$400 NL. Polk won Round 10, arguably the most exciting session to date, and banked $117,624. Polk extended his lead, while Negreanu is now down $144K with more than 80% of their high-stakes grudge match remaining. They have approximately 45 more sessions remaining at the current rate.
Poker King produced a new video featuring one of their ambassadors, Tom Dwan. Dwan sat down with pro Nick Shulman to discuss how he was able to stay ahead of the curve in the high stakes realm with PLO and Short Deck poker. Many pros regard Dwan as one of the Top 5 Short Deck players in the world, but he's been playing and studying the games much longer during his time playing nose bleed stakes in Macau and Asia.
The 2020 European Poker Tour Online series came to a close when WhatIfGod from Sweden outlasted a field of 1,034 to win the $5,200 buy-in Main Event. WhatIfGod defeated Timothy Adams heads-up for the Main Event title and $1,019,081. Bert 'girafganger7' Stevens took down two events at the EPT Online series. Other notables who won events at the EPT Online series included Tatiana 'Mysters_Y' Barausova and Mikita Badziakouski.
PokerStars continues their popular low-stakes tournament series with the return of MicroMillions on November 19. MicroMillions will run for 11 days featuring 117 tournaments with modest buy-ins starting as low as $1.10. The largest buy-in is $22 for the MicroMillions Main Event, which also has a $1 million guaranteed prize pool. Overall, the MicroMillions has $3.5 million in guaranteed prize pools.
Doug Polk ended a two-session skid with a small win during Round 6 of his High Stakes Feud against Daniel Negreanu. KidPoker won the first round of $200/$400 NL during a live session at the Aria, before Polk won the next two online. During Round 4 and Round 5, Negreanu erased the deficit and took a slight lead. However, Polk is back ahead by +$67K after 2,374 hands completed.
The World Series of Poker will host a Main Event Championship with a hybrid format that starts online with two brackets (domestic at WSOP.com and international at GGPoker) and then it moves to a live casino to play out a final table (Rio in Las Vegas for US, and King's Casino in RozVegas for international), before a $1 million heads-up finale featuring the winners of each final table that will be played at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas on December 28. The heads-up winner also earns the bracelet.
The 2020 Caribbean Poker Party went virtual and the Caribbean Poker Party Online will run starting this Friday, November 13 through November 25 over at partypoker. There will be ten marquee events with over $10 million in guaranteed prize pools. The Main Event, which was won by Adrian Mateos last year, has a $5 million guarantee and a $5,300 buy-in. Satellites are running as we speak.
Daniel Negreanu lost a second session in a row and now trails Doug Polk by $268,031 after three rounds of their High Stakes Feud and grudge match. The two slugged it out at WSOP.com and played two tables of $200/$400 NL. Polk banked $166,239 over 382 hands as the challenge reached 1,006. Only 24K more hands to go at $200/$400 NL. Action resumes Wednesday.
Doug Polk and Daniel Negreanu played their first online session of their High Stakes Duel over at WSOP.com last Friday, and Polk banked $218K over 424 hands at $200/$400 NL (two tables). Negreanu won $117K during a 200-hand live initial session, but he now trails Polk by $101K after 624 hands of their 25,000-hand heads-up duel. The two will throw down in the High Stakes Duel three times this week on GGPoker.tv on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 2:30pm PT.
With the coronavirus pandemic continuing to fester, organizers at the World Poker Tour decided to still host their WPT Montreal event, but they migrated it online at partypoker instead of playing it out at the Playground. The new 2021 WPT Montreal Online has a $3,200 buy-in with two opening flight, with a single re-entry per flight, starting on Sunday 10 January 2021 for Day 1A and Sunday 17 January 2021 for Day 1B. This event has a $2 million guarantee prize pool. Satellites begin this weekend at partypoker for as low as a penny.
The High Stakes Duel finally got underway with Doug Polk and Daniel Negreanu playing the first 200 hands of their 25,000-hand challenge at $200/$400 NL stakes. It took about 3 hours and 40 minutes to complete 200 hands of their grudge match live at the Aria Casino in Las Vegas. After the first 200 hands, Negreanu finished up 2.2 buy-ins and he opened a $117K lead over Polk.
MGM Grand made a tough decision to close the poker room at some of their Las Vegas Strip properties indefinitely. That bold decision includes the shuttering of the legendary poker room at the Mirage Casino, which at one time hosted the biggest cash games in the Vegas. In addition, the suits made a decision to shut down the Mandalay Bay and Excalibur, two low-level poker rooms that used to attract both tourists and locals alike.
The Aria Casino in Las Vegas will host the first 200 hands of the Daniel Negreanu vs Doug Polk high-stakes challenge that will consist of 25,000 hands of $200/$400 NL. The initial first 200 hands of this event will be captured live on PokerGo and available for free for all poker fans on November 4 at 5pm PT. After that, the two jousting pros will head to WSOP.com to finish off their 25K bout. KidPoker is the underdog at 4/1 odds.
Election Day is officially on the first Tuesday in November in America, but many citizens are started early voting due to the pandemic and chaos involving the US Postal service. Oddsmakers universally have Joe Biden as the consensus favorite to win the 2020 US Presidential election, but Donald Trump was an underdog in 2016 and surprised everyone with a victory. Can the incumbent do it again, or have the citizens finally had enough of the clown show in DC?
PokerGo will produce a new season of High Stakes Poker starting on December 16. The classic program will finally get rebooted much to the delight of pros and fans alike. The first batch of high-stakes cash game action included Tom Dan, Phil Ivey, Phil Hellmuth, and Jason Koon. No word on whether or not Gabe Kaplan also makes his comeback as an announcer.
For the first time in its history, PokerStars will host an online version of the kind of tournament they'd run somewhere along the tour in Barcelona or London like the old days of the European Poker Tour. PokerStars will launch the EPT Online on November 8 and the virtual festival will run through November 18 with 20 unique events that come along with a $20 million guaranteed prize pool. There will also be 20 additional mini-events called the Mini-EPT.
In the Degen News of the Day, poker pro Mike Matusow wagered $10,000 that Daniel Negreanu will win the upcoming high-stakes heads-up challenge against Doug Polk. The Mouth said the $10K prop bet on Kid Poker is worth half his overall poker bankroll. Matusow also revealed he wagered $5,000 on Donald Trump to win the 2020 election.
The poker world said goodbye to one of its last grizzled characters when Sam Grizzle passed away after a massive stroke this weekend. Grizzle, most known as Phil Hellmuth's nemesis, was one of those characters that flirted the line between pro and angle shooter. Grizzle won $1.3 million in tournaments, but won unknown amounts as a cash game player in Nevada.
After a lengthy shutdown, live poker returns to Planet Hollywood on the Las Vegas Strip. Meanwhile, one lucky Pai Gow poker player struck it rich with a $133,037 jackpot win at Planet Hollywood. And over at the Wynn Casino, the poker room is temporarily shuttered and relocated after the Wynn/Encore reduced hours due to a serious drop off in gamblers.
The poker room at the Borgata Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey will finally reopen for the first time since being shuttered in March. The Borgata will resume action with 30 of its 77 tables on Wednesday, October 21. All players will be required to wear masks. Tables have plastic partitions and will only be seven-handed. The Borgata reopened in late July of this year, but the poker room was not ready yet.