The 2020 European Poker Tour Online series came to a close when WhatIfGod from Sweden outlasted a field of 1,034 to win the $5,200 buy-in Main Event. WhatIfGod defeated Timothy Adams heads-up for the Main Event title and $1,019,081. Bert 'girafganger7' Stevens took down two events at the EPT Online series. Other notables who won events at the EPT Online series included Tatiana 'Mysters_Y' Barausova and Mikita Badziakouski.
PokerStars continues their popular low-stakes tournament series with the return of MicroMillions on November 19. MicroMillions will run for 11 days featuring 117 tournaments with modest buy-ins starting as low as $1.10. The largest buy-in is $22 for the MicroMillions Main Event, which also has a $1 million guaranteed prize pool. Overall, the MicroMillions has $3.5 million in guaranteed prize pools.
The 2020 Caribbean Poker Party went virtual and the Caribbean Poker Party Online will run starting this Friday, November 13 through November 25 over at partypoker. There will be ten marquee events with over $10 million in guaranteed prize pools. The Main Event, which was won by Adrian Mateos last year, has a $5 million guarantee and a $5,300 buy-in. Satellites are running as we speak.
For the first time in its history, PokerStars will host an online version of the kind of tournament they'd run somewhere along the tour in Barcelona or London like the old days of the European Poker Tour. PokerStars will launch the EPT Online on November 8 and the virtual festival will run through November 18 with 20 unique events that come along with a $20 million guaranteed prize pool. There will also be 20 additional mini-events called the Mini-EPT.
Phil Ivey and Poker King, a new online poker site in Asia, recently joined forces. Poker King recently spliced together a video on a new series called " A conversation with Phil Ivey. In this episode, Ivey invites his old friend Barry Greenstein to have a chat about life, growing old in poker, and mental health. Ivey also explains his new venture with Poker King and their innovative security system to identify cheaters.
PokerStars launches their latest series on Sunday, October 11 with their Bounty Builder Series. This series with 213 events of the Progressive KO variety, is specifically designed to help players expand their bankroll. Tournaments have buy-ins as low as $1.10 with over a dozen events with buy-ins under $22. The Bounty Builder has over $30 million in guaranteed prize pools and will run through October 25. There will be two Main Events with buy-in price points at $55 and $530.
PokerStars will roll out "Active Waiting List" with a specific mission to protect recreational players and protect the overall game by fostering a healthy ecosystem The folks at the red spade attempted to address sharks preying on weaker players in cash games and deter the act of bum-hunting by modifying the wait list. This new Active Waiting List is specifically created to induce more action and create a fair distribution of players joining new tables, while acting as a deterrent for pros who seek out and prey on bad players.
The 2020 World Poker Tour Online Championships have finally come to a conclusion on partypoker. The pro-friendly event ended with a $100K Super High Roller. Michael Addamo and partypoker ambassador Ike Haxton agreed on a heads-up chop, but Addamo walked away as the WPT Online Championships official champion, Addamo banked early $1.3 million for being the last high roller standing.
The 2020 World Championship of Online Poker Main Event Championship, aka WCOOP Event #72-H at PokerStars attracted 1,977 runners to the $10 million guaranteed prize pool event. The final table included... Teun 'tinnoemulder' Mulder, Andre "PTFisherman23" Marques, Robin 'robinho' Ylitalo, Tonio "prrrak4783" Roder, Michael 'munchenHB' Telker. The top three agreed to a chop that gave them roughly $1 million each. Portugal's Andre "PTFisherman23" Marques defeated Germany's Tonio "prrrak4783" Roder heads-up for the WCOOP Main Event title and $1.14 million in cash. Dutch pro Teun Mulder took third place.
Shaun Deeb, one of the greatest online poker player of all time and four-time WSOP bracelet winner, headed to Mexico to grind out the 2020 World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) at PokerStars. Deeb contracted coronavirus and has been holed up in a hospital in Mexico, but he's still trying to grind out WCOOP tournaments, despite his health struggles.
It's been a wild, sizzling, sensational 24-hour period for Fedor Holz. The "retired" pro from Germany took down a WSOP Online $25K bracelet event at GGPoker on Sunday for a cool million and his second-career bling. Then on Monday at PokerStars, Holz heads-up chopped WCOOP Event #25-H Super Higher Roller for $515,293.
Two different online series played down to a champion. The 2020 WSOP Online continued at GGPoker with an old-school limit hold'em affair, while the 2020 WPT World Online Championship crowned a new champ over at partypoker. American pro Ajay 'Ross_Geller' Chabra took down WSOP Online Event #70 $1,500 Limit Hold'em for a $77K score and a bracelet. Russia's Andrey Kotelnikov outlasted 989 players to win the WPT Online $3,200 buy-in Mix-Max Championship at partypoker for a socre worth over $488K.
Two-time WSOP bracelet winner, Nick Petrangelo, took down the World Poker Tour Online Event #4 $3,200 6-Max Championship. Petrangelo faded 999 runners that were competing in a $3 million prize pool (which smashed the $1 million guarantee). Petrangelo's final table also included Jake Schinler and Elior Sion.
The first-ever PokerStars Stadium Series came to an end with the Grand Final. The three-tiered buy-in event had buy-ins ranging from $55 to $530 to $5,200 and Brazilian players won two of the three. Best of all, the Grand Final was an old-school freeze out. In the Stadium Series Grand Final - $530 buy-in Medium, Caio 'Pessagno' Pessagno outlasted 4,234 runners and secured a three-way deal to win $266K. In the Stadium Series Grand Final - $5,200 buy-in High, Fernando 'fviana' Viana faded 971 runners to take down first place and $721,235 (also via a three-way deal).
PokerStars decided to combine sports, live sports, and poker all in one format with the newly added Stadium Series. This summer, PokerStars will host a series with $50 million in guaranteed prize pools with 103 events spread out over four weeks starting on 5 July and ending on 2 August. Players will compete in daily heats to see if they qualify for the Sunday finales. The final tables will be broadcast on Twitch. At the end of the Stadium Series, there's the Grand Final on August 2 with a $5,200 buy-in and $5 million guaranteed.
It's been a while, but PokerStars Home Games got a much needed overhaul. After a significant number of Home Games were created during the coronavirus outbreak and lockdown, PokerStars finally addressed some of their biggest issues with the Home Games section. Players now have the opportunity to play Home Games on mobile devices. They also have the ability to try out other formats like Short Deck, Fusion, and PKO formats.
The "high" version of the $10,300 buy-in 2020 SCOOP Main Event came to an end with Belarus' alexgirs outlasting 609 players to win the title and $920,595. The final three chopped including Pablo 'pabritz' Brito in second place and Alex 'dynoalot' Difelice in third. Also, at the final table were Pieter 'XMorphineX' Aerts, Daniel 'Oxota' Dvoress, Michael 'imluckbox' Addamo, Max 'goodeh99' Silver, and Benjamin 'bencb789' Rolle. PokerStars ambassador Lex Veldhuis went deep and set Twitch stream records along the way, but the Dutch pro busted in 15th place.
Over the weekend, pandemic poker series were in full swing. 2-time WSOP bracelet winner, Elio Fox, won a 25K WPT Online Super High Roller for $565K and outlasted a tough final table that also included Tim Adams and Chris Hunichen. British pro Charlie Carrel, who won the 2017 SCOOP Main Event, binked his third SCOOP title with a victory in Event #70 Hight $530 NLHE PKO. Meanwhile over at GGPoker, a player under the screenname '800-522-4700' faded a field of 505 hopefuls to ship the WSOP Super Circuit $25K High Roller Championship for nearly $2.2 million and a coveted WSOP Circuit ring.
The World Poker Tour and partypoker teamed up to create the first-ever WPT Online Series, which will include 40 events and $35 million in guaranteed prize pools. Plus, there's the $5 million guaranteed Main Event that has a $3,200 buy-in and four starting flights. The Main Event champ also wins a seat into the season-ending WPT Tournament of Champions. The series is already underway and runs from May 3 to May 30 only at partypoker.
PokerStars.FR released a special format for their French players called La Course. This cycling-themed event features a 4-person progressive knockout SNG and Shootout format with randomized PKO bounty prizes. Players can start this race for a modest entry fee of €1, with various buy-in levels (sprint levels) up to €60. You win the sprint race by reaching a specific monetary number of bounties and can earn up to €100K in bonus prizes.
Phil Galfond will take on ActionFreak in the next installment of the Galfond Challenge over at Run It Once Poker. This heads-up PLO series, the third overall, will take place at €150/€300 stakes for only 15,000 hands. The two have an even money side bet worth €150,000. The first day of action lasted a brief time whole ActionFreak experienced technical difficulties. Action between Galfond and ActionFreak will resume on Tuesday.
At the first-ever Poker Masters Online, hosted at partypoker, Alexandros Kolonias cashed in 11 out of 30 events to win nearly $1.3 million and earn the prestigious Purple Jacket for finishing in first place on the PMO Championship Leader Board. Kolonias, the top Greek pro in the world who also won the 2019 WSOP Europe Main Event, locked up the purple jacket with a victory in Event #30 $10K 6-Max.
The Spring Championship of Online Poker on PokerStars returns with the 2020 SCOOP. This will be the 12th installment of their annual spring tournament series with 240 tournaments and 80 events with three tiers of buy-ins. The 2020 SCOOP also has $85 million in guarantees with $13 million in Main Event guarantees including the $5 million Main Event $10,300 buy-in (High).
GGPoker signed up Bertrand 'Elky' Gospellier to their growing roster of top talent that already included Daniel Negreanu, Antonio Esfandiari, Felipe Ramos, and Bryn Kenney. Elky is a social media star and should be able to create exciting content with GGPoker. Elky is a Triple Crown winner with a pair of WSOP bracelets. Plus, he became the first-ever Supernova Elite player at PokerStars back in the day.
After 2.5 months and 39 sessions, the first Galfond Challenge with 25,000 hands of €100/€200 PLO has come to a conclusion. Phil Galfond completed his epic comeback by rallying from down €900K to secure a modest +€9,843 victory and win a €100K side bet against VeniVidi. But even Galfond admitted he didn't think they'd finish it off on Sunday, but they played 699 hands to cap it off.
On Saturday, there will be two big charity poker events with proceeds donated to COVID-19 relief. Run It Once Poker will host a special heads-up tournament featuring 16 of the top players in the world including Phil Galfond, Sam Greenwood, Parker Talbot, John Cynn, and Dan Smith battling 16 qualifiers. Meanwhile, over at America's Cardroom, several big-time celebrities will be taking part in the festivities including Tom Brady, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Tobey Maguire, John Hamm, Adam Sandler, Aaron Paul, Jason Bateman, Cheryl Hines, Brian Cranston, Sarah Silverman, and Adam Levine.
And the nosebleed PLO swings continue. After blowing a €900K lead over Phil Galfond, VeniVidi posted consecutive winning sessions to regain the lead in the Galfond Challenge at Run It Once Poker. Galfond dropped 78,237 during Day 37. With 1,432 hands remaining in the 25,000-hand heads-up battle at €100/€200 PLO, VeniVidi now leads by €31,753. With the two nearly deadlocked over the past week, this could end in less than three sessions.