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.
Phil Galfond turned $100 into millions, as least that's how the story goes on The Ringer's latest podcast Gamblers, which specializes in epic stories about gamblers. The pod tells the origin story about Galfond from an up-and-coming online poker player in college to a bona fide pro. He retired from the game, then came back to play in a heads-up challenge
GG Poker made a highly controversial move by adding Dan Bilzerian as their latest pitchman. GG Poker seeks to leverage Bilzerian's massive reach on social media in hopes of leveraging and monetizing his legion of fans. Bilzerian joins Daniel Negreanu, Elky, Fedor Holz, Brynn Kenney, and Felipe Ramos as GG Poker ambassadors.
December will be a huge month on partypoker with the 2020 Irish Poker Masters beginning this week on partypoker with 21 events over the next 13 days. The first flight of the €1,100 buy-in Main Event, with a €1 million guaranteed prize pool, begins on December 6 and you can qualify for the Irish Poker Masters for as little as a penny!
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.