Phil Galfond is one of the greatest PLO players in the history of online poker, but he had to make a tough business decision regarding his dream website Run It Once. Galfond's online poker site -- Run It Once -- will cease global operations as of January 3, 2022 in order to focus on the US marketplace in the near future. Players have until April 3, 2022 to cash out, but this is a major step backward before Galfond and Run It Once can take a giant leap within the American marketplace.
Get ready for the upcoming Winter Series on PokerStars to cap off 20211 and kick off 2022 with a fun tournament series with $50 million in guaranteed prize pools. This year's installament of the Winter Series begins on Christmas and runs through January 12, 2022. A total of 291 events will take place including 252 tiered and 39 non-tiered events starting as low as $2.20. The Winter Series Main Event on January 9, 2022 will be three tiers with over $4.5 million in guarantees.
The Big 20 features a special throwback series on PokerStars to celebrate 20 years of existence. There will be 22 different tournaments with $5.5 million guaranteed prize pools starting November 14 and running through December 5. Each event in The Big 20 will celebrate a different year in PokerStars history and if you dig the Foo Fighters, there's a special VIP experience at stake as well.
If you ever dreamed about becoming a sponsored player and the next poker ambassador for PokerStars, then the latest Dare2Stream competition on Twitch is up your alley. Dare2Stream returns to PokerStars with a coveted PokerStars Ambassador contract up for grabs to the winner. The competition runs from October 23 to December 12 on Twitch with a one-year contract at stake.
GGPoker expanded their roster of brand ambassadors with the addition of American pro Jason Koon, which was announced at the 2021 WSOP over the weekend. Koon won over $32.5 million in live tournaments during his career and he's currently ranked #10 all-time on Hendon Mob. Koon joins Daniel Negreanu and Fedor Holz as GGPoker's brand ambassadors.
The celestial Galactic Series from PokerStars returns to southern Europe beginning 5 September and running through 26 September. The 2021 Galactic Series features 303 events and a €10 million in guaranteed prize pools, including the €1 million guaranteed Main Event on September 19. There will be special Galactic trophies awarded to ten championship event winners in ten Galactic Series Championship Events.
PokerStars added a new ambassador to their ranks. They announced the addition of German poker pro Benjamin 'BenCB' Rolle as an ambassador, along with a partnership with his poker teaching site Raise Your Edge that will debut in September. Rolle is a stellar MTT player who has big sores in the WCOOP and SCOOP over the years. Rolle also has a popular stream on Twitch, which he'll continue doing as a PokerStars ambassador.
PokerStars finally released the full schedule of events for the 2021 World Championship of Online Poker, which begins its 20th incarnation on Sunday, August 22 and runs through September 15. There are 102 events with three tiers of buy-ins for 306 total tournaments with $100 million in guaranteed prize pools. The $5,200 buy-in WCOOP Main Event has a $10 million guarantee and begins on Sunday, September 12.
It's back! The 2021 MicroMillions features 122 events spread out over 12 days on PokerStars beginning July 15 and running through July 25 with buy-ins as low as $1.10. This latest version of MicroMillions offers $4.7 million guaranteed prize pools. The $22 buy-in Main Event has a $1 million guarantee. PokerStars added three freerolls awarding $200K in MicroMillions tickets. There's also Spin & Gos are running as we speak for $0.50 for seats into the MicroMillions Main Event.
Get ready for some stellar action at the virtual tables if you live in Brazil with the fifth incarnation of the insanely popular Brazilian Series of Poker (BSOP) series returns online to PokerStars with 25 events starting July 7 and running through July 12 with $1.6 million in guaranteed prize pools. The champions will be awarded a coveted BSOP trophy for their excellence.
The 2021 SCOOP Main Event played down to a champion last night. Event #92-High had a $10,300 buy-in and attracted 664 entrants and a prize pool worth $6.6 million. kZhh, Dan 'Dannyz0r' Borlan, and Kayhan 'KayhanMok' Roshanfekr agreed on a three-way money chop, but Hungary's kZhh won the title and first-place prize worth $878,781. The final table also included Beowulf3182, David 'MissOracle' Yan, Christian 'WATnlos' Rudolph, Ka Kwan 'kaju85' Lau, Jareth 'jareth3542' East, and 23tudy23.
The 2021 WSOP Super Circuit Online Series at GGPoker begins on May 1 and ends May 30 with 18 low-tiered buy-in tournaments with 18 WSOP Circuit rings up for grabs. Plus, they'll give away two WSOP Circuit rings to cash game specialists. The $5 million guaranteed Main Event, which starts May 30, has a modest price tag of $525. You can win a WSOP Circuit ring for as little as $25, while the biggest buy-in is only $840.
The GG Spring Festival over at GG Poker recently crowned champions that banked seven-figure scores. Joakim Andersson outlasted a field of 1,089 runners to win the $10K buy-in GG Spring Festival Super Millions Main Event for a score worth $1.5 million. The other day, Mikita Badziakouski shipped a $25K high roller event for $1.1 million.
London banker Talal 'raidalot' Shakerchi and high-stakes poker player is also one heck of an online poker player. Playing on PokerStars as raidalot, Shakerchi binked his fifth SCOOP title with a victory in 2021 SCOOP Event $2,100 HORSE. Shakerchi won a SCOOP in back-to-back years after he won his fourth SCOOP last spring. He's now a member of the 5 SCOOP Club with Jason Mercier, Luke Schwartz, and Shaun Deeb.
Get ready for the largest Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) in PokerStars history. Starting Sunday, April 4 and running through April 28, PokerStars will host 102 events for 2021 SCOOP and a total of 306 tournaments ranging from $2.20 to $25,000. The 2021 SCOOP has a whopping $100 million in guaranteed prize pools, which makes it the largest guaranteed COOP in history. The $10,300 buy-in Main Event High No-Limit and $5,200 Main Event Medium NL both have a $5 million guaranteed prize pool.
Canada's Vanessa 'Niffller' Kade faded a field of 69,876 runners to win PokerStars Sunday Million special 15th Anniversary Party with $12.5 million in guaranteed prizes and $1.5 million set aside to first place. Kade defeated Poland's Talibenes heads-up for the title and sick score. Talibenes banked a cool million as the runner-up. This special Sunday Milly final table included players from Russia, Bulgaria, Norway, Netherlands, Romania, Poland, and Canada.
PokerStars will host a special event this upcoming Sunday aka March 21 to celebrate the 15th anniversary of their flagship event otherwise known as the Sunday Million. PokerStars will run a $12.5 million guaranteed prize pool and celebration as the Sunday Milly turns 15-years old. Get in on the action with qualifiers and satellite running as we speak, including a special $4 Sunday Million Spin and Go.
The 2021 Super MILLION$ Main Event on GGPoker had a $10 million guarantee and it attracted only 976 runners during their high roller series. Ben Ward took down the Main Event for a $1.2 million score and e outlasted a final table that also included Alexandros Kolonias, Javier Gomez, Sebastian Gaehl, Shankar Pllai, Kramsimir Yankov, Thomas Muehloecker, Wei Zhao and Benjamin Chalot.
The 2021 partypoker MILLIONS Online Main Event crowned a champion. The $5,300 buy-in Main Event attracted 1,084 players and a prize pool in excess of $5.4 million. Endrit Geci and Francisco Correia chopped with Geci winning their heads-up battle and $774,838 in cash. Canadian pro Daniel Dvoress finished in third place and Polish pro Dzmitry Urbanovich finished in fourth place.
Full Tilt Poker is nevermore. The brand, owned by PokerStars, will cease operations this week on February 25. Full Tilt Poker began in 2004 and the online poker site was co-founded by Ray Bitar, Jesus Ferguson, and Howard Lederer. It was shut down on Black Friday in 2011 by the feds and acquired by PokerStars and relaunched in 2012. But now it's time to say goodbye to one of the relics from the poker boom.
Getting ready to start dreaming about online poker and Tetris! The popular video game is a part of the latest promotion from PokerStars where they continue to combine popular video games and online poker. Get ready for a Tetris Spin & Go and a special Tetris Spin & Go Leader Board running thru March 28 with $1.5 million in prizes up for grabs including a juicy daily prize pool worth $33,000. Play for as little as a quarter, yes $0.25!
Carnival Series returns to PokerStars in France, Italy, Spain and Portugal starting February 21 and running through March 11. There will be 272 events with more than €10 million in guaranteed prize pools. The Main Event has only a €250 buy-in but also has a 500K guaranteed prize pool. You can qualify for as low as €12.50 through the Spin & Go Carnival Series. There's also a new deposit freeroll. For more details head over to the French version of Club Poker.
If you're a fan of single-day tournaments, or have a thirst for turbo-charged tournaments, then you'll be in for a treat with the 2021 Turbo Series on PokerStars. There will be 134 tournaments and $25 million in guaranteed prize pools starting Sunday, February 21 through March 7. The marquee Turbo Series Main Event has a $1,050 buy-in and a $2 million guarantee.
PokerStars Michigan will host Michigan Championship of Online Poker (MICOOP), their first major online poker festival and COOP-branded tournament series that includes 60 events starting February 20 and running through March 8 during this $1 million guaranteed prize pool. Buy-ins are as low as $10 and there's even a $500 High Roller. The $300 NL Main Event has a $175K guaranteed prize pool. Satellites are running now for as low as $2.
Chris Moneymaker, the fellow with the best name in poker, recently signed a deal to become a pitchman for America's Card Room (ACR). This happened a month after Moneymaker announced that he and PokerStars parted ways after a relationship that dated back to 2003 when he first made a name for himself by winning the 2003 World Series of Poker Main Event and helping usher in the glorious online poker boom.
After a lengthy legislative battle in Michigan, online poker officially launched one week after online gambling went live. So far, PokerStars in conjunction with the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, is the first and only online poker site in Michigan, but BetMGM Poker and the Greektown is expected to get into the mix next.
Phil Galfond won another Galfond Challenge at Run It Once Poker. With less than 10,000 hands remaining in a 35,000-hand heads-up PLO battle, Chance Kornuth threw in the towel against Phil Galfond. Galfond banked $726,500 through 25,400 hands of $100/$200 PLO. Kornuth lost $250,000 in the side bet with Galfond at 4 to 1 odds. Galfond has now won three out of seven scheduled challenges.
The High-Stakes Fued continues in 2021. Daniel Negreanu won nearly 100K during a 750-hand session against Doug Polk in their High Stakes Heads-Up Battle. Negreanu continues to chip away and grind out small wins to trim his deficit to approximately -$645K. Kid Poker was stuck in a hole nearly $1 million in December, but he stopped the bleeding at the end of the year after hitting the midway mark. The two agreed to complete the 25,000-hand challenge.
Get ready for the Blowout Series on PokerStars, which will begin on December 27 and run for over three weeks into the start of the new year. There will be 88 events at the Blowout Series with three tiers of buy-ins for every event for a total of 268 tournaments. The overall guarantee for this series will be $60 million. Oh, and there's a special New Year's Eve Bash tournament with an $11 buy-in. Plus a Big Blowout every Sunday with over $5 million in guaranteed prize pools.