PokerStars released the schedules for three upcoming PokerStars Festival events in France, Ireland, and Romania. Two of these PokerStars Festivals will occur this summer and the third at the end of September. The PokerStars Festivals will take place in Lille, France on July 15-23. The PokerStars Festival Bucharest will run from July 31 thru August 6. Lastly, the PokerStars Festival Dublin will be hosted from September 25 until October 1. All three events will have at least €2.2 million in guaranteed events.
Good news for New Jersey residents! The 2017 New Jersey Spring Championship of Online Poker (NJSCOOP) kicks off at PokerStars New Jersey on May 6 and runs until May 22. In all, 70 tournaments will be a part of the 2017 NJSCOOP, with 35 events offering buy-ins with two varied prices. This special event on PokerStars New Jersey will also have a $1.2 million guarantee in prize money.
Comedian and actor Kevin Hart made a dramatic entrance at the 2017 PokerStars Championship at the Monte-Carlo Casino in Monte Carlo. Hart arrived by helicopter to play in the €100K Super High Roller event. Day 1 kicked off with 46 entries (and one re-entry) and registration is open all day. For updates of the €100K SHR, head over to PokerStars Blog.
It's been a wild couple of months for the Bellagio Casino in Las Vegas with the recent fire and the pig-masked robbers who knocked over the Rolex store. However, there's some good news and positive for the Bellagio finally! The Bellagio Poker room launched its live stream tonight called Bellagio POTS, which is an acronym for Poker on the Strip. A cash game table will be featured on Wednesday nights at the Bellagio. Tonight's action is $2/$5/$10 NL featuring familiar faces like Danielle Anderson, Dan O'Brien, and Brandon Meyers. Watch the Bellagio's Twitch stream here.
Daniel Negreanu posted two new videos on his popular YouTube channel. For the hand of the week breakdown, Negreanu discussed a crazy hand between Phil Ivey vs. Tom Dwan in a PLO cash game on Poker After Dark. Also, Negreanu continued his mini-series on how to play mixed games. This week focused on Limit Hold'em.
Team PokerStars Online pro Felix Schneiders is hosting his annual charity tournament today! Felix will be streaming the event live on his Twitch stream. The charity tournament is only €11.11 with all proceeds going to charity. Fedor Holz is the co-host with Schneiders. Other members of the high-stakes community, along with notable German players will participating in this charitable event. Holz and Felix will be raising funds for various charities that assist the homeless, children in Nepal, and other medical charities to fight childhood leukemia.
A couple of new things brewing over at PokerStars. For all of you Omaha freaks and Spin&Go enthusiasts, PokerStars launched Omaha Spin&Gos. Yup, a brand-new, hyper-turbo Pot Limit Omaha format now available. Can you say, "PLO Spin&Gos!" Due to popular demand, PokerStars Megastack is coming to other European countries like France, Belgium, and Ireland.
The WSOP goes to Holland! First the first time in its history, the World Series of Poker Circuit will be hosted in the Netherlands. The Holland Casino in Rotterdam will host 12 WSOP ring events kicking off on August 25 and running through September 2. The Main Event has a €1,650 price tag and a €1,000,000 guarantee.
Maurice Hawkins has been on a heater the last couple of years. The WSOP Circuit rounder notched his tenth career victory, which put him at the top of the list for most-ever WSOP Circuit rings. Hawkins shipped the 2017 WSOP Circuit in Council Bluffs, Iowa by fading a field of 271 runners. First place paid out $97,561 and Hawkins surpassed $1.1 million in career WSOP Circuit earnings.
Daniel Negreanu posted two more videos. In his tip of the week vid, Negreanu gave advice on how to play Seven-card Stud. He also discussed river value bets versus checking. He re-posted an old video from his PokerVT days.
Season 15 of the World Poker Tour has come to an end. Daniel Weinman won the season-ending Tournament of Champions at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida. Weinman edged out a field of 66 current and former champs to win a first place prize worth $381,500... in addition to numerous other prizes including a brand-new 2018 Audi S5 Coupe. Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi had a runner-up finish and took home $218K for second. Erik Seidel finished in fifth place.
Down to six! The World Poker Tour Tournament of Champions, hosted at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood, Florida, is down to its final table. Dan Weinman is the chip leader at a difficult final table that also includes Erik Seidel, Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi, David Ormsby, Dan Santoro, and Dylan Wilkerson. First place pays out $381,500 plus a brand new Audi and of course... bragging rights.
File this one under "man bites dog." Jason Mercier won another High Roller event. Mercier earned a first-place payout worth nearly $795K for winning the $25K High Roller Event at the 2017 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown. Mercier faded a field of 116 runners. The total prize pool was $2.9 million. Mercier defeated ZeeJustin heads up for the win. Also at the final table... Loni Harwood, Tony Spinella, Olivier Busquet, Sam Soveral, Bryn Kenney, and Ari Engel.
Daniel Negreanu posted two new videos on his YouTube account. The tip of the week video focused on the Top 5 reasons why you're probably losing at poker. Negreanu offered up valuable advice on how to plug obvious leaks in your game like not playing on tilt and poor fundamentals. For the hand breakdown of the week, Negreanu discussed a hand against Brian Rast, in which Rast got a little too greedy when Negreanu woke up with pocket Kings.
Breaking news... the Bicycle Casino in Bell Gardens, California (located just outside the Los Angeles city limits) was raided this morning by multiple government agencies including Homeland Security, ICE, the IRS, and California Gaming Control Board. The Bicycle Casino, a.k.a. the Bike, is currently under a criminal investigation for money laundering. According to a report by the L.A. Times, the scope of the investigation is unknown due to a sealed warrant.