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 January 17, 2019 at 2:36 am
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2019 PCA: Chino Rheem wins $10K Main Event for $1.5 million score

The 2019 PCA Main Event Championship is in the books and American pro Chino Rheem survived a field of 865 runners to win $1.5 million. Rheem came into the final table with the lead and knocked out all five opponents en route to a quick and efficient victory in the Bahamas. Rheem picked off Daniel Strelitz heads-up for the trophy. Rheem has officially passed $10 million in career earnings.

Wednesday January 16, 2019 at 5:37 pm
2019 PCA: Chino Rheem leads Main Event final table

The 2019 PCA Main Event Championship is down to its final table and Chino Rheem is the big stack with six remaining. This year's $10K Main Event attracted 865 players. First place pays out $1,567,100. The runner up banks $951K. Canada's Scott Wellenbach is second in chips, followed by two Americans -- Brian Altman and Dan Strelitz. Vicent Bosca is repping Spain at the final table and Pavel Veksler is the short stack.

Tuesday January 15, 2019 at 7:13 pm
RIP Gavin Smith

Canadian poker pro Gavin Smith passed away in his sleep at the age of 50. Smith won a WPT title at the Mirage in 2005 and won his first WSOP bracelet in 2010. Smith banked over $6.3 million in tournaments. The magnanimous Smith was an integral part of Poker Road Radio during the peak of the online poker boom. Smith is currently ranked #11 on the all-time Canada money list.

Tuesday January 15, 2019 at 8:56 am
2019 PCA Main Event: Tommy Nguyen Leads Final 20

The 2019 PCA is in its home stretch and Chino Rheem still has chips in the Main Event. After the third day of action, the $10K Main Event went from 79 to 20 players. Tommy Nguyen bagged up the big stack with Jeff Hakim, Dan Strelitz, Matthias Eibinger, and Brian Altman round out the Top 5. First place pays out a juicy $1.5 million. Only two more days remain before they crown a champion in the Bahamas.

Friday January 11, 2019 at 4:17 pm
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PSPC: Spain's Roman Colillas wins $5.1 million

After five glorious day of action at the Atlantis Casino and Resort on Paradise Island in the Bahamas, PokerStars crowned a winner in the largest $25,000 tournament in history. Ramon Colillas from Spain banked $5.1 million for outlasting a field of 1.039 hopefuls at the PokerStars Players Championship. He defeated French pro Julien Martini heads-up for the victory Martini took home a little less than $3 million for a runner up share.

Thursday January 10, 2019 at 7:42 pm
PSPC: Down to 8, Scott Baumstein leads

The first-ever PokerStars Players Championship played down from 38 players to the final eight on Day 4 of action. On Day 5, they will be playing down to a champion. The top six places pay out at least $1 million with the winner banking $5.1 million. American pro Scott Baumstein is the big stack with 10.7M, followed by Marc Rivera, Julien Martini, Farid Jattin, Roman, Colillas, Jason Koonce, Talal Shakerchi, and Marc Perrault.

Tuesday January 8, 2019 at 8:08 am
PSPC: Farrid Jattin leads Day 2 with 215 to go

PokerStars threw the largest tournament in history with the $25,000 buy-in PokerStars Players Championship attracting 1,039 unique runners. The top 181 places will pay out with first place winning $5.1 million. Only 215 players remain after two full days of action. Farrid Jattin fromColombia is the chipleader. Italian pro Mustapha Kanit bagged up the second-biggest stack. Other big stacks included Brandon Adams, Griffin Benger, Athanasios Polychronopoulos, Julien Martini, Kristen Bicknell, and Talal Shakerchi.

Monday January 7, 2019 at 4:16 pm
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PSPC: Talal Shakerchi chipleader after Day 1

The PokerStars Player Championship got off to a sensational start when it passed 1,000 entries. The total is 1,014 runners. First place will pay out over $5 million and that includes an extra $1 million bonus on top. It was a Who's Who of poker at Atlantis Casino in the Bahamas for the start of the inaugural PSPC. After the first complete day of action, only 756 players remaining and The U.K.'s Talal Shakerchi is the big stack with over 420K. Registration is still open.

Thursday January 3, 2019 at 5:49 pm
Outgoing Governor Rick Snyder vetoes online gambling bill in Michigan

Republican governor Rick Snyder decided to veto a bill that would have allowed Michigan gamblers to gamble online and play online poker. Michigan missed a chance to become the fifth state in America to legalize online poker joining Nevada, New Jersey, Delaware, and Pennsylvania. Snyder cited that Michigan needed to study the data more before making a decision to authorize online gambling.

Thursday December 27, 2018 at 3:56 pm
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2019 WPT UK Main Event scheduled for September 22 thru October 6

The World Poker Tour is coming to the UK in the fallof 2019! The WPT UK will be hosted at the Dusk Till Dawn Poker & Casino Nottingham. The £3,300 buy-in event also has a £1.5 million guarantee. The first of two opening flights begins online at partypoker on September 22. The first of three live opening flights begins on September 30 at Dusk Till Dawn Poker & Casino Nottingham. The WPT UK Main Event will run through October 6. For a complete schedule, click here.

Friday December 21, 2018 at 4:26 pm
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2019 WSOP dates and partial schedule released

Christmas came a little early for poker enthusiasts because dates dropped for the 2019 World Series of Poker. The Rio Casino in Las Vegas will host the 50th version of the WSOP with 78 events running over 50 days starting May 28 and running through July 16. This year's special event with be the $5million guarantee Big 50, which is $500 juice free (initial) entry. The Main Event will feature three opening flights over the Fourth of July weekend.

Thursday December 20, 2018 at 4:12 pm
Isaac Haxton ships Super High Roller Bowl V for $3.6 million

Ike Haxton faded a field of 36 super ballers to win the $300,000 buy-in 2018 Super High Roller Bowl at the Aria Casino in Las Vegas. Haxton banked $3.6 million for his victory in the fifth installment of the SHRB. The American pro defeated Alex Foxen heads-up for the win. The final table for the SHR included Ali Imsirovic, Igor Kurganov, Adrian Mateos, Talal Shakerchi, and Stephen Chidwick.

Saturday December 15, 2018 at 1:50 am
PokerStars Winter Series with $40 million in guarantees

The holiday season is upon us. PokerStars will celebrate the end of the year and the holiday season with 60 events and 240 tournaments for the Winter Series starting on December 23 and running through January 7. The Winter Series has four levels with different buy-ins for players with varying bankrolls with events at Micro, Low, Medium, and High. There will be $40 million in guaranteed prize pools. The Main Event Medium and High will both have $1.5 million guarantees. Buy-ins for the Winter Series will range from $0.55 to $5,200.

Thursday December 13, 2018 at 3:51 pm
EPT Prague: Matthias Eibinger wins €50K High Roller

It's another day, another high roller. At the 2018 EPT Prague, hosted at the swanky Hilton Hotel, Matthias Eibinger from Austria outlasted 40 other players to win the €50K High Roller for a score worth €653,000. Eibinger defeated Andras Nemeth from Hungary heads up for the cash and the crown. Also at the final table were Liang Xu, Pavel Plesuv, Luc Greenwood, and Charlie Carrel. Eibinger, closing in on $5 million in winnings, is capping off the best year of his career with a big win in Prague.

Wednesday December 12, 2018 at 3:19 pm
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100K Isolation prop bet over on $62K buyout

It was a crazy wager, but American poker pro Rich Altai won the $100,000 prop bet where he had to live in complete isolation and seclusion for 30 days. After 20 days, Australian poker pro Rory Young realized Altai was going to all the way for the win, so he negotiated a buy-out worth $62,000. Altai agreed, and he exited the sequestered room where he lived in total darkness and silence for 20 days.

Monday December 10, 2018 at 4:11 pm
Minneapolis Jim Meehan Passes Away

One of the last remaining characters in poker, Minneapolis Jim Meehan, passed away at the age of 66. The attorney and poker pro from Minnesota won a WSOP bracelet in 2003, made a couple of televised final tables during the poker boom, and banked over $1.4 million in career earnings.

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