Monday April 16, 2018 at 4:47 pm
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Bertrand Grospellier, otherwise known as "ElkY", signed with partypoker last week. The addition of Triple Crown winner ElkY as an ambassador is another bold marketing move by partypoker, who have been bolstering their roster of sponsored players over the last 18 months. ElkY will be an ambassador for partypoker.eu, which will launch later this month and become the virtual poker home for players in France and Spain.

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Say hello to the newest poker ambassador... ELkY! The timing of ElkY's announcement is near-perfect with the launch of partypoker.eu on the horizon. partypoker is seizing the opportunity to gain an advantage of the inevitable shared liquidity deal between France, Spain, Italy, and Portugal. For now, it will be a shared player pool between France and Spain, while waiting for regulators in Italy to get their proverbial crap together.

After stepping away from PokerStars at the start of the new year, ElkY was arguably one of more coveted unsigned pros out there. If I were talking about American professional sports teams, ElkY would be the top of the "free agent class." And it didn't take too long before someone snatched up ElkY.

ElkY is the all-time money leader in France with over $13 million in winnings. ElkY banked at least $2 million online too.

Although ElkY and Winamax, the top online poker site in France, seemed like an inevitable coupling, ElkY migrated to partypoker. One insider suggested that whomever ElkY signed with was going to have a difficult time fighting the "ghost of PokerStars ElkY," since ElkY and PokerStars have gone hand-in-hand for nearly a decade. It was impossible to think of one entity without conjuring up the other.

The ElkY/PokerStars marriage is a thing of the past. ElkY has a new significant other now and partypoker seems like a perfect fit.

What is PokerStars' loss is now partypoker's gain. That seems to be a theme over the last year or so, particularly with the success of the partypoker LIVE circuit and the partypoker LIVE MILLIONS events. Heck, just last night in Barcelona, partypoker awarded three payouts in excess of €1 million (when Pascal Lefrancois binked €1.7M, with second place winnings €1.3M and third getting a cool million). It's rare to see more than one seven-figure payout in a 10K event, let along three.

At the start of the calendar year, several high-profile pros parted ways with PokerStars. That list included Jason Mercier, Vanessa Selbst, Felipe Ramos, and ElkY. In ElkY's goodbye announcement, he didn't pull punches about his real feelings about how PokerStars' attitude shifted in the last few years (after the company was acquired by Amaya). Once PokerStars went full-blown corporate, the bottom-line became the primary focus versus building a brand and expanding poker. ElkY got lost in the shuffle, which was a shame because of ElkY's reach in both the poker world and the esports/gaming realm.

ElkY kicked off his statement with a not-so-subtle jab and residual shade directed at his former sponsorship partner. "It is very refreshing to be in touch with a company which prioritizes the wellbeing of the game and its community," ElkY said in his statement.

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It is very refreshing to be in touch with a company which prioritizes the wellbeing of the game and its community. I am very excited about being able to be closely and actively involved in the renewal of PartyPoker is bringing to the poker world, LIVE and online.

 

Our aim is to become the reference in both, and I am confident with PartyPoker expertise and ambition it is an achievable goal in the foreseeable future.

ElkY finished his brief statement by asking the community to reach out and share their opinions. "The support of the community would be of paramount importance, so if you have any comment regarding any aspect of it, please do reach out, because in the end, the poker universe we want to build is for the players."

Tom Waters, the Managing Director for partypoker added, "We are delighted that ElkY is joining us at partypoker. ElkY has a fantastic profile and has great experience both in France and across the world and this makes him a perfect ambassador for us ahead of the shared liquidity launch. We will be looking to translate recent successes we have seen in our dotcom market to the new .eu market and ElkY will be instrumental in helping us to achieve our goals."

In the last year or so, partypoker has been aggressively signing up pros in the high-stakes community along with top tournament players such as Ike Haxton, Jason Koon, Kristen Bicknell, and Johnny Lodden. The addition of ElkY makes sense. It makes great business sense.

ElkY is one of the few people on the planet who do not have to use their given names. Madonna, Ronaldo, Bono, ElkY. If that's not an indication of quantum branding power, I dunno what is.

"Bertrand Grospellier joins partypoker" isn't exactly one of those eye-popping headlines. However, "ElkY joins partypoker" is something that would definitely make heads spin. After all, he's one of the most popular game wizards on the planet. If it's video games or poker, ElkY is gonna destroy you.

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Thursday May 24, 2018 at 5:59 pm
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Darren Elias wins 4th career WPT title

Mark it four, Dude! Darren Elias won the first-ever WPT Bobby Baldwin Classic at the Aria Casino in Las Vegas, which marked his fourth-career win on the World Poker Tour. Ellias faded a field of 162 players and defeated Kitty Kuo heads up to win $387,580. Joe McKeehen, Dietrich Fast, Jon Little, and Sam Panzica were also at the final table. Phil Hellmuth bubbled the final table in seventh place.

Wednesday May 23, 2018 at 11:01 pm
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It's back! The 2018 World Series of Poker kicks off at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas on May 30. The 49th running of the WSOP features 78 bracelet events, which expanded from 74 the previous year. The $10,000 Main Event starts on July 2 and they'll crown a champion on July 14. The Big One for One Drop has a $1 million buy-in and runs July 15-17. We have a week-to-week breakdown of the 2018 WSOP schedule to give you a better picture of what's going down in Las Vegas this summer.

Saturday May 19, 2018 at 4:16 pm
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Jason Koon wins Triton SHR for $3.6 million

The Triton Super High Roller series in Montenegro has been producing some big headlines over the previous week of action. Phil Ivey won his first tournament in a few years when he took down a short deck event last weekend. Last night, Jason Koon survived a 15-hour final table marathon to win the $1,000,000 HKD buy-in for a score worth approximately $3.6M USD.

Friday May 18, 2018 at 5:20 pm
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Club Poker Radio with Benjo and Jerome Schmidt

Check out the latest episode of Club Poker Radio from our big brother site. This week's guests for S11E34 are Benjo and Jerome Schmidt, two pioneers in the French poker world. The second half of the show includes an interview with 2-time WSOP bracelet winner Kristen Bicknell.

Saturday May 12, 2018 at 5:52 pm
November Niner sues PokerStars for unpaid score of $693K

The dispute: $692,460. The crux: America or Canada? 2016 WSOP Main Event Runner-Up Gordon Vayo provided proof he was in Montreal, Canada during the duration of his SCOOP victory last year. The security squad claimed he violated TOS by connecting to the site using a VPN. Vayo responded with a lawsuit against the biggest online poker operator on the planet.

Saturday May 12, 2018 at 4:17 pm
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XL Inferno Series underway at 888poker

XL Inferno Series is underway on 888poker. XL Inferno kicked off on May 10 and will be running for another week of furious, heated poker action. 888 is always giving away bonuses for anyone who wins multiple events. Win 5 XL events and bank a cool million! For a schedule of events, click here.

Monday May 7, 2018 at 6:09 pm
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2018 SCOOP begins

2018 Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) is underway! It began yesterday at PokerStars and there will be at least one $1 million guaranteed tournament per day over the next 2 weeks. A total of 61 events are on the schedule this year with 3 buy-in tiers or 183 total tournaments. In addition, 5 Platinum Passes to the 2019 PSPC in the Bahamas are up for grabs. Anyone who enters a SCOOP is eligible to win a Platinum Pass.

Friday May 4, 2018 at 5:51 pm
Nicolas Dumont wins EPT Monte Carlo

A driving instructor from Paris won the return of the EPT Monte Carlo. Nicolas Dumont faded a field of 777 runners at the Monte Carlo Bay Hotel & Casino to win €712,000. Dumont outlasted a shark-infested final table that included David Peters, Patrik Antonius, and Ole Schemion. Dumont edged out New Zealand's Honglin Jiang heads-up for the title and €712K in cash. Dumont also shipped a Platinum Pass to the 2019 PSPC in the Bahamas.

Friday May 4, 2018 at 1:49 pm
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Final table live stream EPT Monte Carlo

It's the final table! The EPT Monte Carlo is down to the final six out of 777 entries. Will Nicolas Dumot go all the way and win the first-place prize of €712,000? Or will David Peters rise to the top? Also still alive.... Krisztian Gyorgyi, Patrick Antonius, Tomas Jozonis, and Honglin Jiang. Watch the final table stream here.

Thursday May 3, 2018 at 4:06 pm
Taylor Black wins partypoker LIVE MILLIONS North America for $1.4M

Taylor Black defeated Darryll Fish heads-up to win the partypoker LIVE MILLIONS North America Main Event Championship in Montreal, Canada. Black outlasted a field of 1.954 runners and earned $1,400,000 CAD for his first-place finish. Fish took home $1.2 million CAD as a consolation prize. Anthony Ruberto raked a cool million for third place.

Wednesday May 2, 2018 at 4:21 pm
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Watch final table live stream partypoker LIVE MILLIONS North America

The largest tournament in the history of Canada is on the cusp of its conclusion at the Playground Poker Club in Montreal, Canada, which hosted the partypoker LIVE MILLIONS North America. Only nine players are still alive and in the hunt for $1.4 million CAD. A total of 1,954 players took a shot at the $5,300 CAD buy-in Main Event championship. Anthony Ruberto is the chip leader. Also still alive... Taylor Black, Darryll Fish, Tommy Nguyen, George Lagos, Markus Prinz, Guillaume Nolet, Demosthenes Kiriopoulos and Charles La Boissonniere.

Monday April 30, 2018 at 11:17 pm
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XL Inferno Series returns to 888 Poker on May 10

Mark your calendars! 888 Poker is running another XL Inferno Series starting on May 10 and ending May 20. There will be 34 events including a $1 million guaranteed Main Event. There's special bonuses in play to winners of multiple events starting at $1,000 for 2, $10K for 3, $100K for 4, and if anyone binks 5 XL events, then they'll get a bonus worth $1 million!

Monday April 30, 2018 at 5:25 pm
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Watch Day 3 of partypoker LIVE Millions North America

The swank Playground Poker Club in Montreal, Quebec, Canada is hosting the latest stop on the partypoker LIVE MILLIONS global tour. Chris Kruk won the $25K Super High Roller last week and we're currently in the middle of the partypoker LIVE Millions North America Main Event Championship. Only 280 players remain out of 1,954 entrants in the $5,300 buy-in anchor event. Brain Yoon bagged up the most chips at the end of Day 2A. Follow the action for Day 3 with the money bubble looming at 250.

Friday April 27, 2018 at 5:01 pm
Dylan Wilkerson wins WSOP Circuit Harrah's Cherokee

A WSOP Circuit ring was up for grabs in Cherokee, NC. The $1,675 buy-in Main Event at the Harrah's Cherokee attracted 1,060 players. The prize pool was nearly $1.6 million. Dylan Wilkerson defeated Erick Lindgren heads-up for the bling. Lindgren banked approximately $182K for second place, while Wilkerson won $294,152. This marked a second-career WSOP Circuit win for Wilkerson, who binked the WSOP Circuit Los Angeles at the Bicycle Casino in March 2017.

Tuesday April 24, 2018 at 3:14 pm
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Daenarys T wins Sunday Million Take 2 for $1 million

An online player from the Netherlands and Game of Thrones fan outlasted 56,310 players to win the Sunday Million 12th Anniversary: Take 2. Yes, ship it to the Mother of Dragons. Daenarys T earned a first-place payday worth $1 million for two days of work. Daenarys T defeated the U.K.'s ThEcLaiMEer heads-up for the victory. ThEcLaiMEer banked $715K for second-place. No overlay this time around. The Take 2 had a $10 million guarantee, which did not kick in because the total prize pool topped $11.2 million.

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