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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Saturday October 20, 2018 at 5:48 pm
partypoker ONLINE Millions starts November 25

Set your calendars for November 25. That's the start of the partypoker's MILLIONS Online. The $5,200 buy-in Main Event in the MILLIONS Online will have a $20 million guarantee with $2.5 million set aside to the champion. Last year's winner, Jon 'apestyles' Van Fleet, binked the MILLIONS Online for a $1 million payday. partypoker is offering different ways to get into the MILLIONS Online at affordable price points through Feeder Satellites, currently running and starting as low as $0.01.

Friday October 19, 2018 at 12:38 am
WSOP Europe: Hanh Tran wins Event #3 PLO, Second bracelet in 2018

Hanh Tran, a cash-game specialist from Austria, joined a special club of poker players who shipped bracelets at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas and the WSOP Europe. During the summer Tran won a Lowball bracelet. At the King's Casino in RozVegas, Tran won Event #3 €550 PLO for a score worth €59,625. French pro Romain Lewis took third place and final tabled his fourth WSOP event of the year.

Wednesday October 17, 2018 at 12:42 am
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WSOPE: Asi Moshe wins second bracelet with win in Event #2 Deep Stack

Back-to-back bracelets for Israel at the King's Casino in RozVegas. The second event of the WSOP Europe was a €1,650 buy-in NL Deep Stack affair. Asi Moshe faded a field of 221 to win €82K and his second-career bracelet. Tamir Segal from Israel won Event #1 Colossus the previous night. Meanwhile, Shaun Deeb padded his Player of the Year lead when he finished in 11th place.

Thursday October 11, 2018 at 3:33 pm
Long Island poker pro busted for dealing marijuana

In February 2018, Micah Raskin was arrested by Nassau County, New York prosecutors on five drugs and weapons-related charges for dealing marijuana to associates in Washington, D.C. and Baltimore. Raskin, a poker pro with approximately $2 million in cashes, was swept up in Long Island's largest weed bust according to the District Attorney. Raskin's home in Westbury, NY and storage unit in a nearby town were raided by law enforcement. Police seized over 350 pounds of marijuana and hash oil with a street value estimated at $500,000. According to the Baltimore Sun, Raskin was also charged in U.S. District Court with distributing 100 kilograms or more of marijuana.

Tuesday October 9, 2018 at 4:49 am
WSOPE History

The World Series of Poker Europe began in 2007. It's only a decade old, but has a deep history already. The WSOPE has been played out at some of the coolest spots in Europe including London, Cannes, Berlin, and now in RozVegas! The Main Event was won by some of the biggest names in poker including Phil Hellmuth, Annete Obrestad, John Juanda, and Adrian Mateos.

Monday October 8, 2018 at 5:07 pm
2018 WSOP Europe Schedule

The 2018 World Series of Europe starts on Tuesday, October 9 at the Kings Casino in Rozvadov. This year's WSOPE runs through November 2 and will feature 10 bracelet events including the €10,350 buy-in Main Event championship. There will be a WSOPE-version of the COLOSSUS that has 8 opening flights. The MONSTER STACK will also make an appearance in Europe. There's a pair of High Rollers with the €25,500 Super High Roller and €100,000 King's Super High Roller. In total, there will be €13 million in guaranteed prize pools, including a €5M guarantee Main Event and High Roller.

Monday October 8, 2018 at 3:13 am
Ioannis Angelou-Konstas wins partypoker LIVE MILLIONS UK

The 2018 partypoker LIVE MILLIONS UK is finally over. After a week of action at the Dusk Till Dawn in Nottingham, we have a winner in the £5,300 buy-in Main Event Championship. Ioannis Angelou-Konstas faded a field of 1,015 players to win £940,000. Angelou-Konstas knocked out Alex Foxen in second place. They made a heads-up deal. Foxen banked £720,000 for a runner-up finish.

Sunday October 7, 2018 at 6:55 pm
New poker books by Greg 'Fossilman' Raymer and Martin Harris

D&B Poker Publishing announced they are publishing new titles in 2019 including a long-awaited strategy book by 2004 WSOP Main Event Champion Greg Raymer. Fossilman's Winning Tournament Strategies will be released in July 2019. D&B Poker is also publishing a book on poker and popular culture by Martin Harris. The veteran poker reporter and college professor authored Poker and Popular Culture: Telling the Story of America's Favorite Card Game, scheduled for release in June 2019.

Saturday October 6, 2018 at 3:23 pm
Pro gambler Haralabos Voulgaris offered analytics job with Dallas Mavericks

Former sports bettor and high-stakes poker pro Haralabos Voulgaris is joining the Dallas Mavericks according to a report by ESPN. Voulgaris, also known as Bob or by his Twitter handle @Haralabob, is finally getting his dream job: running the analytics department of an actual NBA team. Since the early 2000s, Voulgaris was known in gambling circles as the premier bettor in the NBA. Haralabob utlized his proprietary algorithm, Ewing, nicknamed after former NBA star Patrick Ewing, to predict game totals. Haralabob wagered up to a $1 million on the over/under of a single game.

Thursday October 4, 2018 at 3:50 pm
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Steve O'Dwyer wins partypoker LIVE MILLIONS UK £25,000 Super High Roller

Ship it to Steve O'Dwyer. Again. This isn't a rerun. It's real life. The American online exile who lives out of his suitcase wandering the global circuit shipped another big-time event. O'Dwyer binked the partypoker LIVE MILLIONS UK £25,000 Super High Roller for £450,000 or approximately $592K. O'Dwyer outlasted 31 high-ballers en route to his victory at the Dusk Till Dawn Poker & Casino in Nottingham, United Kingdom.

Wednesday October 3, 2018 at 3:03 pm
Liv Boeree Ted Talk

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Tuesday October 2, 2018 at 3:15 pm
2019 PCA and PSPC schedule released

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Monday October 1, 2018 at 5:05 pm
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Doug Polk might be retired from poker, but he's still generating content for his active YouTube channel. In his most recent episode, Polk takes on the ins and outs of staking players.

Thursday September 27, 2018 at 4:46 pm
partypoker to supersize Bounty Hunters with $200K guarantee

Set those calendars knockout artists! It's Big Bounty Hunters time on partypoker. On Sunday September 30, there's a special Big Bounty Hunters event with a supersize guarantee. The $33 buy-in Big Bounty Hunters will have a $200,000 guaranteed prize pool. PKO fans are thrilled at the news. Bounty Hunters run around the clock on partypoker, but there's six special Big Bounty Hunters also running daily.

Tuesday September 25, 2018 at 3:19 pm
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Friday September 21, 2018 at 3:41 pm
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Erkut Yilmaz leads WPT Borgata Poker Open final table

The 2018 WPT Borgata Poker Open is down to the final table. Only six players are still left in the hunt for a WPT title. Erkut Yilmaz is the chip leader and he'll be trying to fend off remaining players: Oleg Shnaider, TK Miles, Austin Wentling, Liam He, and Anthony Maio. Poker Masters Purple jacket winner Ali Imsirovic missed the final table when he was picked off in ninth place. Author Maria Konnikova also went deep, but she busted in 20th place.

Thursday September 20, 2018 at 3:37 pm
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Introducing PokerStars VR

Virtual reality and poker have intersected thanks to PokerStars. The news out of PokerStars HQ today is glowing news about PokerStars VR. Coming soon! Get those head sets ready. By the way... supposedly there will be pet donkeys.

Wednesday September 19, 2018 at 3:27 am
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wann2play wins WCOOP Main Event for $1.35 million

The High version of the 2018 WCOOP Main Event played down from 17 to a champion. wann2play from the Netherlands outlasted 2,044 entrants to win $1,352,967.97. After Linus 'LLinusLLove' Loeliger busted in third place, the final two -- wann2play and eze88888 -- made a heads-up deal. They played for $200K in cash and the title. Argentina's eze88888 finished in second place and won $1.25M.

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