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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Monday August 13, 2018 at 7:02 pm
2018 WCOOP starts September 2

The 2018 World Championship of Online Poker is almost here. The 2018 WCOOP has 162 events this year with over $70 million in guaranteed prize pools plus additional prizes worth over $116 million in guaranteed prizes. Also, there will be 6 Platinum Passes to the 2019 PSPC in the Bahamas up for grabs. 2018 WCOOP runs from September 2 through September 17.

Wednesday August 8, 2018 at 2:13 pm
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Sunday August 5, 2018 at 5:11 pm
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Friday August 3, 2018 at 5:08 pm
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How about another new form of poker? No-limit Texas Hold'em is still the Cadillac of poker, but PokerStars has been busy creating different variations. They've been releasing so many nuances it's hard to keep up with all the new rollouts and game variants. You can add Unfold Poker to the growing list of hold'em variants such as Power Up Poker, Split Hold'em, and Showtime Hold'em. Players now have the chance to unfold their hand after the flop has been dealt.

Wednesday August 1, 2018 at 4:42 pm
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Ice Cream shop owner ships WPT event! The WPT kicked off its 17th season with an event at the Gardens Casino outside of Los Angeles. Simon Lam faded a field of 584 runners to win the WPT Gardens. Lam banked $565,055 for first place, plus a 2018 Mercedes-Benz SLC Roadster. Lam defeated Jake Schindler heads-up for the win, cash, and Mercedes. Men the Master finished in third place.

Tuesday July 31, 2018 at 7:31 pm
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Neymar Jr. final tables BSOP High Roller

When you are Neymar Jr., you will always get a rail. Whether its football or poker, Neymar Jr. draws a big crowd. The BSOP live stream set a record number of live streamers the other night when Neymar Jr. made the final table of the BSOP High Roller. Neymar Jr. did not win it all, but he managed to finish in sixth place. Neymar Jr. banked R$79,440, or approximately $21K USD for his run in the BSOP High Roller in Sao Paulo.

Monday July 30, 2018 at 6:41 pm
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The Triton Super High Roller circuit touched down at the Landing Casino in Jeju, Korea for another series of high roller tournaments, including the highly-popular Short Deck poker using 36 cards. The 2018 Triton Super High Roller Series Jeju in South Korea completed events and winners included Nick Shulman, Ivan Leow, David Peters, and Ken Kee. Kee banked nearly $2.8 million USD for his win in the HK$1,000,000 Short Deck event. The HK$2,000,000 Main Event is currently underway.

Monday July 16, 2018 at 2:28 pm
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2018 WSOP: Joe Cada wins fourth bracelet with win in The Closer

A couple days after his exit at the Main Event final table, Joe Cada shipped The Closer for his second bracelet this summer and his fourth overall. Event #75 was the last $1,500 NL event on the schedule and this special blowout had 30-minute levels. Joe Cada faded a field of 3,210 runners to win $612,886. Cada banked nearly $3 million at the 2018 WSOP.

Monday July 16, 2018 at 8:20 am
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2018 WSOP: Ben Yu wins $50K High Roller and third bracelet

Ben Yu outlasted a star-studded final table to win Event #77 $50,000 NL High Roller (Big Blind Ante). Yu survived a field of 122 runners to win his third bracelet. First place paid out $1.65 million.Yu cashed in 15 events this year and moved into second place overall in the Player of the Year race. Yu pulled off an extremely a rare feat by finishing in first place, second place, third place, and fourth place in the same series.

Sunday July 15, 2018 at 2:10 pm
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2018 WSOP: John Cynn wins Main Event for $8.8 million

Say hello to the newest world champion, John Cynn! Cynn won his first-ever bracelet with a victory in Event #65 $10,000 Main Event Championship. Cynn faded a field of 7,874 runners, which is the second-biggest field in WSOP Main Event history. Cynn outlasted a final table that included 2009 WSOP Main Event Champ Joe Cada, who busted in fifth place. Cynn rallied from behind to win a marathon heads-up affair against Tony Miles. Their ten-hour, 199-hand heads-up bout was the longest ever recorded in WSOP history. For a consolation prize, Miles banked $5 million for second place. Cynn won $8.8 million for first, plus the coveted special bracelet.

Saturday July 14, 2018 at 5:06 pm
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2018 WSOP: Shaun Deeb wins 4th bracelet, back to first in POY

Shaun Deeb became the first player this year to win two bracelets at the 2018 WSOP. Deeb picked up his second bracelet of the summer and his fourth overall with a victory in Event #74 Big Blind Ante $10,000 NL 6-Handed. Deeb banked $814K for the win. He regained the top spot in WSOP Player of the Year standings, while former frontrunner Johnny World Hennigan slipped to second place.

Saturday July 14, 2018 at 3:01 pm
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2018 WSOP Main Event: Tony Miles takes huge lead with 3 to go; Joe Cada 5th place

Day 9 of the WSOP Main Event saw the final table lose a trip of players as the field thinned from six to three. 2009 Main Event champ Joe Cada missed his shot at winning another World Championship when he busted in fifth place. Aram Zobian was knocked out in sixth place, and Nicolas Manion hit the rail in fourth place. With three remaining, Tony Miles sits atop a gigantic lead with 60% of the chips in play a stack worth a shade under 239M. John Cynn is in second with 128.7M. Mike Dyer is the shorty with 26.2M. They will crown a champion on Saturday night.

Friday July 13, 2018 at 5:14 pm
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2018 WSOP Main Event: Mike Dyer leads final 6

The 2018 WSOP Main Event final table started on Thursday evening and played down to six players. Antoine Labat from France busted first in ninth place, followed by Artem Metalidi in 8th place, and Alex Lynskey in 7th place. At the end of Day 8, Mike Dyer bagged the lead and held more than twice as much as Nicolas Manion in second place. Joe Cada is somewhat short and fifth overall. John Cynn, Tony Miles, and Aram Zobian are all still left in the hunt for $8.8 million.

Thursday July 12, 2018 at 6:14 pm
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2018 WSOP: Phil Hellmuth wins $5K NL for bracelet # 15

Phil Hellmuth won Event #71 $5,000 NL (30-minute levels). This two-day affair included expedited blinds. While all eyes were focused on the Main Event playing down to its final table, Hellmuth's event and final table flew under the radar. That is, until he got heads-up against two-time bracelet winner Steve Wolansky. Alas, Wolansky busted in second place and Hellmuth went on to win his 15th career bracelet.

Thursday July 12, 2018 at 8:20 am
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Phil Hellmuth wins bracelet #15

While all eyes were focused on the Main Event, Phil Hellmuth's final table appearance in Event #71 $5,000 NL (30-minute Levels) flew under the radar. Phil Hellmuth defeated Steven Wolansky heads-up for the win. That victory marked a total of 15 WSOP bracelets for Hellmuth, who padded his all-time lead. Hellmuth banked $485,082 for first place. Stay tuned for our full recap of Hellmuth's final table.

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