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.
PokerStars is hosting a micro-buy-in series called Common Cents. This micro festival series starts Sunday, June 24 and runs thru Sunday, July 1. The lowest buy-in in a penny and the most expensive is 99 cents. The opening event has a $0.01 buy-in but a $100K guaranteed prize pool. There are 23 events and every buy-in is less than a buck.
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.
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!
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.
Reminder and potential overlay alert! Cards go in the air at 14:00 ET for the Sunday Million 12th Anniversary: Take 2. First place pays $1 million with a total guaranteed prize pool worth $10 million. Platinum Passes are up for grabs too! When PokerStars ran this original 12th birthday promotion in February, the guarantee kicked in with a $1.2M overlay. Will there be another seven-figure overlay for the Take 2? The buy-in for the Sunday Milly is $215. You can re-entry up to three times and late registration lasts 4.5 hours.
The second edition of partypoker's POWERFEST kicks off on May 6 and runs for two weeks through May 20. The schedule has been released. POWERFEST features 366 events with $40,000,000 in guaranteed prize pools. At least 13 events will have a guarantee worth $1 million, while the $25,500 Super High Roller boasts a $5M guarantee. POWERFEST events have four different buy-in levels: MICRO, LOW, MEDIUM, and HIGH. Satellites are running now at partypoker for as little as $1.10.
In February, the Sunday Million 12th Anniversary on PokerStars missed its $10 million guarantee. The overlay was a juicy $1.2 million, with first-place banking a cool million. PokerStars will run a similar promotion for the Sunday Million on Sunday, April 22 at 14:00. The Sunday Million 12th Anniversary: Take 2 will have a $10M guaranteed prize pool, including a first-place price worth $1 million. To sweeten the reprise of the 12th anniversary, PokerStars added Platinum Passes to the mix. Participants will have multiple shots at winning a package to the $25K PSPC at the 2019 PCA.
Big day for online poker players in the USA. A shared player pool between Nevada, New Jersey, and Delaware arrives on May 1, 2018. Caesars Interactive Entertainment, which owns the WSOP.com, will be the first site to open doors to the three-state pool. The three states only represent 13 million people, but it's the first step in a long road to get online poker back to its heyday in the pre-Black Friday era.
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.
The Caribbean is always a festive atmosphere, but there's $10 million more reasons to take a holiday down to the Islands. partypoker LIVE announced a special MILLIONS World super high roller event to take place in November 2018 at this year's Caribbean Poker Party (CPP) at Baha Mar in the Bahamas. The $25K SHR will have a $10 million guarantee. partypoker will be giving away at least 100 seats online. Prize packages will be worth $32,500 and satellites will cost as little as $22.
Gus Hansen appeared on Joey Ingram's Poker Life podcast last week. The Great Dane gave a frank and candid interview about being Gus Hansen and playing in the high-stakes world. The next day, Ingram railed Hansen playing high-stakes PLO on partypoker with Sam Trickett and Leon Tsoukernik. Hansen shipped a pot worth $270K with a Royal Flush against Leon.
PokerStars announced a new cash game format to their array of online poker offerings. Split Hold'em is a variation of Texas Hold'em with the addition of a second board of community cards. Yes, there's two flops, two turns, and two rivers. You have to win both boards to win the entire pot. Split Hold'em is the newest innovation for PokerStars, who introduced Power Up last year.
PokerStars is hosting another special event for the Sunday Million. The 12th anniversary of the Sunday Million in February offered a $10 million guarantee that ended up an overlay. They decided to splash the pot once again. The Sunday Million Anniversary Edition: Take 2 will have another $10 million guarantee with $1 million allotted for first place. Set your calendars for Sunday April 22.
The Monster Series will return to partypoker starting April 29 and it will run thru May 6. This installment of the Monster Series has a $2.7 million guarantee with 123 tournaments. The buy-ins will range from a modest $0.44 to $33. The Monster Championship event on May 6 has a $33 buy-in with a $300K guarantee.
The 2018 High Rollers series runs March 18 through March 26 on PokerStars with five additional events to this year's schedule. The High Rollers consist of 27 exciting, thrilling, sensational events. There's $10 million in guarantees at stake including three events with at least $1 million set aside for the prize pool. The $2,100 buy-in Main Event has a whopping $2 million guarantee. There's also six turbos and three hyper-turbos to cater to the ADHD cardslingers. The lowest buy-in for the 2018 High Rollers is a mere $530, while the deep end of the pool includes a pair of $10K events and a trio of $5K events.
Do you want to win a juicy package to the Bahamas? Then you're in luck. Over the next three days, you have ten chances this weekend to win a Platinum Pass to the 2019 PokerStars Players Championship (PSPC). PokerStars will be giving away ten more Platinum Passes valued at $30K. Active social media participants have a chance. If you cashed in the Sunday Million, Sunday Warm-Up, Sunday Storm, or Mini-Sunday Million then you have a chance. And the triumphant winner of the Turbo Series Main Event also gets a Platinum Pass. And players from Spain/France specifically have a shot at a Platinum Pass.
The online game evolves quickly. Who are the top dogs in 2018? Doug Polk posted a new video discussing the list made by Andres "educa-p0ker" Artinano of the Top 10 cash game players at 6-max NL. Among the players listed... Timofey "Trueteller" Kuznetsov, Linus "LLinusLLove" Loeliger, Jonas "OtB_RedBaron" Mols, Stamboloff, OBORRA, Katya_18, hhecklen, Fish2013, and MMAsherdog. I love a good piece of click bait, but watch Polk's video here.
2003 WSOP Main Event Champion Chris Moneymaker was profiled in the Independent under the headline "Chris Moneymaker: What it's like to go from an unknown to a poker millionaire overnight." Moneymaker was the first online qualifier to win the WSOP Main Event, but he didn't blow his money by playing high stakes or making bad loans to friends/family seeking handouts. Moneymaker had a money quote with... "Money does not make you happy, but it makes you sad if you don't have it." Read the full article here.
PokerStars rebranded the TCOOP into the Turbo Series, which kicks off on February 18 and runs through March 4. The Turbo Series, featuring super-fast tournaments and a $15M guarantee, will consist of 74 events with buy-ins from a modest $11 to a balla-zone $5,200. A bunch of Platinum Passes to the 2019 PSPC in the Bahamas will be awarded to the winner of the Twin Turbo Main Events on March 4. You can also win seats into the Turbo Series via Spin & Gos. Click here to view a full Turbo Series schedule.
If you have a Twitter account, then you have a chance to win a Platinum Pass to the inaugural PokerStars Players Championship (PSPC) in the Bahamas in January 2019. The winner of the Truth or Bluff freeroll on March 4 at 19:00 ET on PokerStars will win a Platinum Pass valued at $30K. Twitter users will earn a free seat to the freeroll if they participate in Truth or Bluff promotion. On every Tuesday for the next three weeks, PokerStars will post a video on Twitter and Facebook and you must determine if the pro is bluffing or tell the truth. Submit your answers via Twitter with your user name and the special hashtag #PlatinumPass. If you are correct, then you will have extra chips added to your starting stack. The winner of the Truth or Bluff freeroll gets a Platinum Pass and a free trip to the Bahamas.
January 1, 2018 marked the 20th anniversary of online poker when Planet Poker became the first virtual card room to host real money games. Planet Poker took their first steps into online poker approximately nine months before Rounders appeared in movie theaters. Talk about a blast from the past. Planet Poker is making me a feeling a little nostalgic for online poker via dial-up modems!
The Winter Series will run on PokerStars starting December 25 and running through January 7, 2018. The Winter Series offers four buy-in levels to fit everyone's bankroll needs with Micro levels up to $5.50 and High up to $5,200. There will be plenty of Hold'em, PLO, Turbos, Prog-KOs, and Zooms. Plus, much much more. Four Platinum Passes to the $25K PSPC will be awarded during the Winter Series, so here's your first online chance to win one! Also, PokerStars is hosting a year-end New Year's Eve Magic Freeroll, which starts on the morning of December 31st.
Ho ho ho! The holiday season is rapidly approaching and PokerStars is in the giving spirit. How about a half-priced Sunday Million with a $1 million guarantee? Yup, this Sunday December 10, 2018 will have a half-price buy-in. In all, the PokerStars Christmas Calendar Bonanza boasts over $2 million in various giveaways. The Christmas Bonanza is underway and runs thru the Christmas Day Freeroll.
Poker pros and well-known Twitch streamers Lex Veldhuis and Jason 'jcarverpoker' Somerville will be joining other popular Twitch streamers for a special $100,000 Charity Invitational. Saturday's action live from the Aria Casino in Las Vegas will begin at 1:30pm PT on a 30-minute delay. On Friday, popular streamers such as Reckful, PMSProxy, Jeff Gross, OnScreen, itsHafu, MitchJones, Timmac, and Andy Milonakis. Check out $100,000 Charity Invitational via Somerville's Twitch feed, starting at 1:30 pm PT or 10:30pm CET.
It's official! Online poker will be coming to Pennsylvania after Gov. Tom Wolf signed HB 271 into law on Monday morning. HB 271 expanded Pennsylvania's gambling laws to help fund the $32 billion state budget. The new gaming bill permits online poker and daily fantasy sports. Pennsylvania is now the fourth state with legal poker in the United States.