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.
PokerStars released the dates for the 2019 Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) with the first day of events kicking off on Sunday, May 12 and concluding on May 27. As per usual, there will be low, medium, and high versions of events. Cards go in the air for the Main Event set for Sunday, May 26. Stay tuned for more details.
Jaime Staples, one of the most popular poker streamers on the interwebs, will join his brother Matt Staples as a member of Team Online. partypoker assembled a mega-team of the top Twitch streamers in the world, which also includes super baller Jeff Gross. Jaime will officially become a part of the team on May 4, which is also Star Wars day.
partypoker is making a huge push to build out an online quad of the top content creators in the streaming realm. partypoker launched Team Online to specifically target the top Twitch streamers. They has nine members and counting including Matt Staples, Hristivoje "ALLinPav" Pavlovic, Travis "dramaticdegen" Darroch, Patrick "XxXMLGPROXxX" Tardif , Alan "hotted89" Widmann, Ryan "RSchoonbaert" Schoonbaert, Courtney "courtiebee" Gee, Steven "DWstevie" Kok, and their newest member, Monika "HeyMonia" Zukowicz.
The future is here. PokerStars recently announced the debut of PokerStars Next Gen, which is a new and improved mobile gaming app. The new sleek app debuted in Denmark and will be rolling out to other countries shortly.
PokerStars launched 6+ Hold'em or their version of short-deck hold'em. The favorite format among high-stakes cash game players now comes to the online tables. All the cards between deuces and fives have been removed in 6+ Hold'em. Flushes beat full houses and Aces can be used as a high and low. There's as a button blind, which speeds up the action even more.
The holiday season is upon us. PokerStars will celebrate the end of the year and the holiday season with 60 events and 240 tournaments for the Winter Series starting on December 23 and running through January 7. The Winter Series has four levels with different buy-ins for players with varying bankrolls with events at Micro, Low, Medium, and High. There will be $40 million in guaranteed prize pools. The Main Event Medium and High will both have $1.5 million guarantees. Buy-ins for the Winter Series will range from $0.55 to $5,200.
The largest and richest online poker tournament is finally over. The 2018 partypoker MILLIONS Online is complete. The $5,000 buy-in event attracted 4,367 runners and a prize pool in excess of $21.8 million. Tthe top four place paid out at least $1 million. With two remaining, Manuel 'Sheparentao' Ruivo and Pim 'ForMatherRussia' de Goede were almost even stacked and agreed for a chop. Sheparentao held more chips and was awarded first place and $2,329,943 in cash. ForMatherRussia locked up $2,309,994 for second place.
Another historic moment in the online poker world. partypoker pulled off their epic feat with a successful partypoker MILLIONS Online event. It had a $20 million guarantee, but it never kicked in because 4,367 entrants took a shot at the MILLIONS Online, which boosted the prize pool in excess of $21.8 million. First place will pay out $2,729,376. Currently, 29 players are remaining with wheatforsheep the big stack (566M) and they'll play down to a champion today. Chris Kruk and Chance Kornuth are in the top ten.
Another day, another new game by PokerStars. This week the interwebs are buzzing about Fusion Poker, the latest derivative of poker created by PokerStars. Fusion Poker is a pot-limit cash game that starts out like Texas Hold'em, however, players are dealt a third card on the flop and a fourth hole card on the turn as the game morphs into Omaha. Fusion starts out as PLH and becomes PLO by the river. Fusion is currently available on PokerStars.
Set your calendars for November 25. That's the start of the partypoker's MILLIONS Online. The $5,200 buy-in Main Event in the MILLIONS Online will have a $20 million guarantee with $2.5 million set aside to the champion. Last year's winner, Jon 'apestyles' Van Fleet, binked the MILLIONS Online for a $1 million payday. partypoker is offering different ways to get into the MILLIONS Online at affordable price points through Feeder Satellites, currently running and starting as low as $0.01.
Set those calendars knockout artists! It's Big Bounty Hunters time on partypoker. On Sunday September 30, there's a special Big Bounty Hunters event with a supersize guarantee. The $33 buy-in Big Bounty Hunters will have a $200,000 guaranteed prize pool. PKO fans are thrilled at the news. Bounty Hunters run around the clock on partypoker, but there's six special Big Bounty Hunters also running daily.
The High version of the 2018 WCOOP Main Event played down from 17 to a champion. wann2play from the Netherlands outlasted 2,044 entrants to win $1,352,967.97. After Linus 'LLinusLLove' Loeliger busted in third place, the final two -- wann2play and eze88888 -- made a heads-up deal. They played for $200K in cash and the title. Argentina's eze88888 finished in second place and won $1.25M.
The 2018 World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) is heading into its final day of action. The $5,200 buy-in Main Event attracted 2,044 entrants and only 17 are remaining. The final two tables will play down to a champion today. Linus 'LLinusLLove' Loeliger is the big stack. Also still alive: Noah 'Exclusive' Boeken, Simon 'C. Darwin2' Mattsson, and Robert 'PlayaPlz' Lipkin. The final event on the schedule, the $25K High Roller, kicks off today and Twitch superstar Lex Veldhuis will be streaming the action.
The first week of the 2018 WCOOP on PokerStars is complete and one of the big stories is that nilsef from Germany won two WCOOP titles in the same day in NL Omaha and Win the Button. Also, NJCOOP will kick off soon in the Garden State starting September 29. Three Platinum Passes to the 2019 PSPC will be in play during NJCOOP.
PokerStars is introducing a new online series especially tailored for their player base in Southern Europe. The Galactic Series starts on Sunday, August 26th and it will consist of 186 events for players in France, Spain, and Portugal. The Galactic Series boasts a total guarantee worth a whopping €15 million. The €250 buy-in Main Event has a €1.5 million guarantee and begins September 9. There's also the special Hercules event, where you have 12 chances to reach Day 2. The Hercules has a modest buy-in of only €20, but a juicy €300K guarantee.
PokerStars recently announced that their brand ambassadors will be sharing various ways for players to win a "place in the ultimate poker event" which is the $25,000 PokerStars Players Championship in the Bahamas at the 2019 PCA. Daniel Negreanu, Jennifer Shahade, Jeff Gross, Lex Veldhuis, and Maria Konnikova are providing different opportunities to qualify for the PokerStars Platinum Pass Adventure.
Last week, PokerStars admitted that real money games were interrupted due to Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) hacks. These attacks occurred on multiple platforms between August 12 and August 14. PokerStars canceled tournaments on Sunday and Monday of that week including the Sunday Million. They issued refunds and are currently hosting a series of freerolls starting August 22 and running through August 26. With over $500,000 in freerolls, affected players will have 3 tickets to play in the 5 daily events (with $100,000 at stake daily). Tickets to the 2018 WSOP and Galactic Series will also be awarded.
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.