With less than 3,000 hands remaining in the inaugural Galfond Challenge, Phil Galfond seized the lead and posted his first "double green" day since this began in late January. On Day 35, Galfond booked a session win worth €121,486 to put him ahead of VeniVidi for the first time. After 22,097 hands of heads-up PLO, Galfond is now ahead €81,064 after wiping out a €900K deficit.
During Day 32 of the Galfond Challenge against VeniVidi on Run It Once Poker, Phil Galfond book another six-figure win to nearly erase a €900K hole. For a brief moment on Thursday, the smoking-hot Galfond pulled ahead of VeniVidi before he posted a late rally. But the damage was done. Galfond won €113,680 on Day 32 as his miraculous comeback continued. VeniVedi's lead shrunk to €40,607 with less than 5,000 hands remaining.
After 31 sessions of the Galfond Challenge on Run It Once Poker between Phil "OMGClayAiken" Galfond and VeniVidi, Galfond is down - €154,287 as they approach 20,000 hands of their 25,000-hand heads-up bout playing €100/€200 PLO. Galfond stormed back after losing 900K during the first 15 sessions. His heater continued after he banked another six-figure winning day with a€106K score on Day 31. The Challenge resumes on Monday.
Over the years, PokerStars introduced various new versions and tweaks on traditional Texas Hold'em. In their latest new format, PokerStars introduced Swap Hold'dem. The game is essentially Texas Hold'em, except you can swap out one or two cards at any given time, but can only do so one time. Unlike some of the weird gimmicky game, the fun and exciting Swap Hold'em should stick this time around.
The Galfond Challenge on Run It Once Poker is on a short pause after VeniVidi asked for a couple days off during their recent downswing. Phil Galfond stormed back in the last two weeks while playing two tables of heads-up €100/€200 PLO against VeniVidi. After 28 sessions, Galfond is only stuck €319K after wiping out €581K in previous losses. The two have less than 7,500 hands to go in the first installment of the Galfond Challenge and action will resume on Thursday.
The Poker Masters quickly became a popular series among the high roller crowd. With the quarantine underway during the coronavirus pandemic, the Poker Masters teamed up with partypoker to create the Poker Masters Online. The first installment will include 30 online events -- with buy-ins from $10K to $50K -- running from Sunday, April 12 through Sunday April 26, 20200 on partypoker. The first Poker Masters Online has a guaranteed prize pool totaling $15.2 million including a $2 million guaranteed Main Event.
After taking off a couple of weeks to catch his breath after a tremendous downswing in the inaugural Galfond Challenge on Run It Once, Phil Galfond and VeniVidi resumed their match with five sessions. They finally passed the mid-way mark of the 25,000-hand heads-up battle. On Day 20, Galfond won €92,803 for his third winning session since resuming the challenge. He's now stuck €592,309, which is a huge improvement from when he was €900K in the hole after the first 15 days.
PokerStars will celebrate the 14th anniversary of the Sunday Million with a special event on Sunday, March 22, 2020 with a $12.5 million guaranteed prize pool, which will be the largest single tournament in PokerStars history. The 14th anniversary Sunday Mill is a re-entry event (up to three re-entries) has late registration open until Day 2. First place will win at least a cool million. China's Wang 'wangli0402' Li won last year's record-setting Sunday Million 13th Anniversary event.
Phil Galfond suspended the Galfond Challenge against VeniVidi after losing over €900,000 over 15 sessions playing €100-200 PLO. The two played less than 10,000 hands of the 25,000-hand challenge. Galfond wants to take an extended break while thinking about his decision to quit or continue to play on. For now, Galfond will pay a €3,000 per day penalty while missing scheduled playing days.
Triple WSOP bracelet winner and online poker legend, Phil Galfond, is currently stuck €553,000 in his #GalfondChallenge heads-up battle against VeniVidi. The two have been playing €100/€200 PLO on Run It Once in a match spanning 25,000 and broadcast on Twitch. After 7K hands and ten days of action, Galfond won only once and posted eight losing days in a row.
This Sunday will include special half-price tournaments at PokerStars. That's right the Half Price Sunday Million is only $54.50 this week for half the usual buy-in, plus the usual guaranteed prize pool of $1 million is still in play. There's also a half-price version of Sunday Warm-Up which will cost $107.50. The Half Price Sunday Storm will be just $5.50. Click here for more details.
PokerStars will host their third-largest online series of the year with their annual PokerStars Winter Series, which begins on December 25 and lasts nearly three weeks with over 242 tournaments with $50 million in guaranteed prize pools including a special Sunday Million with a $3 million guarantee. At least 34 events have a modest buy-in of $5.50, while 47 events are catered for high-stakes players with buy-ins costing $1,000 or higher. The Main Event has three tiers with $55, $530, and $5,300 price points.
On Sunday the first of December, the $10,300 buy-in partypoker MILLIONS Online returns with the opening flight Day 1A of four day one's. This year's MILLIONS Online has a $20 million guaranteed prize pool. There's also a special $1 million bonus if the chip leader on Day 1A can go all the way and win the MILLIONS Online title.
Daniel Negreanu and PokerStars parted ways after 12 years together at the end of May shortly before the start of the 2019 WSOP. Six months later, Negreanu announced he will be joining GGPoker as their ambassador.
PokerStars recently added two new game variants called Deep Water Hold'em and Tempest Hold'em. Deep Water Hold'em is just like regular 6-handed hold'em except with deep stacks, a third blind, and escalating antes in non-showdown pots. Tempest Hold'em sounds like a lot of fun for because it's a simple concept: all-in or fold.
The PokerStars New Jersey Championship of Online Poker (NJCOOP) returns to PokerStars New Jersey this week. This year's schedule includes 50 events and over $1,000,000 in guarantees for the duration of the 2019 NJCOOP which begins on Saturday, October 12 and runs through Monday, October 28.
The 2019 WSOOP Main Event on PokerStars has a $5,200 buy-in and attracted 1,637 entries plus 599 re-entries. The prize pool topped $11.1 million. BigBlindBets outlasted everyone to win $1.6 million. Brazilian pro Danilo 'dans170'' Demetrio finished in second place for $1.18 million. British banker and high-stakes fixture Talal 'raidalot' Shakerchi finished in third place for $846K. For a complete WCOOP Main Event update, head over to PokerStars Blog.
PokerStars has been introducing new games and formats for the last couple of years, but very few of them have stuck around. PokerStars version of Short Deck a.k.a. 6+ Hold'em is still available in cash game form, however, the Spin and Go versions of 6+ Hold'em have been pulled from the PokerStars platform.
The 2019 World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) kicks off on September 5, 2019 and runs through September 23 with 73 events. Each event has three tiers of buy-ins, except the Main Event which has two tiers. Event #70-L Main Event has a $55 buy-in and $1.25 million guarantee. Event #70-H has a $5,200 buy-in and a $10 million guarantee. The 2019 WCOOP includes four UFC-branded events, plus a first-ever charity event.
In the ongoing war between bots and humans, partypoker took another huge step in the right direction after it removed 121 bots in July 2019. This is the largest crackdown since earlier this year when partypoker revealed their newly formed Poker Fraud Team eliminated 277 bot accounts over a four-month period.
PokerStars introduced another new series which begins on Sunday, June 23. This one is in conjunction with a UFC promotion called the UFC KO Poker Series with 68 tournaments that all are Progressive Knockouts, including the Sunday Million, which will be a PKO format. Yup, 68 PKOs with no less than seven daily tournaments and buy-ins as low as $11! Players have a shot at winning a free trip to California to see UFC 241 live featuring Cormier vs. Miocic 2 in August.
Gianluca 'Tankanza' Speranza, an Italian pro residing in Austria shipped the 2019 SCOOP Main Event on PokerStars in back-to-back years. The 2018 SCOOP Main Event champ successfully defended his title in the $10,300 Main Event against a field of 662 runners. Speranza banked $1,028,203 after a heads-up deal with OMGitshunt.
The 2019 World Series of Poker will include 89 bracelet events including nine online events. Online players will have a chance to win a bracelet during Sundays this summer with seven Sunday events. Event #68 ONLINE NL Championship has a $1,000 buy-in and there will also be a $3,200 ONLINE High Roller. The affordable online events have buy-ins as low as $400.
The newest live poker craze, the action-inducing Short-Deck Hold'em, has now become a part of everyday life in the online poker world. partypoker is the latest online poker operator to introduce Shortdeck cash games to their platform. The 36-card deck variant of old-school Hold'em is insanely popular in Asia and has become a staple among high rollers all over the world. SHORTDECK games are up and running on partypoker now.
PokerStars is switching things up once again with the Sunday Million. This weekend, they are making the Sunday Million a Progressive Knockout (PKO) event. Players will be rewarded for busting other players and they can bank those bounties even if they bust out before the money. The PKO Sunday Milly kicks off on Sunday, March 31. All of the majors will be PKOs. Buckle up.