Over the next two weeks, the WSOP International Circuit will be in full swing at the Kings Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic. This is just a warm-up before the actual WSOP Europe arrives at the end of October. The first Circuit event, Event #1 €299 "Oktoberfest", is currently underway. A total of 14 ring events are on the International Circuit schedule including the €1,650 buy-in Main Event (with a €1M guarantee), which starts October 13. For a full schedule of WSOP International Circuit events, click here.
The city of Portland is battling with the state of Oregon over the legality of its poker rooms. The city allowed “cover charges” for poker rooms who skirted around the no-rake laws. The Oregon Lottery, which handles all gaming in the state of Oregon, stated that the largest room in Portland, the Portland Meadows, has until end of October to cease operations, or figure out a legal alternative. Otherwise, poker rooms in Portland are only a month away from closing its doors.
The 2017 WCOOP concluded on Tuesday with the final table of the Main Event. The $5,200 buy-in championship event attracted 1,804 original runners and they added 379 additional entries for 2,183 total entrants. The prize pool was worth nearly $11M. First place was guaranteed at least $1.5M, but the final payout was $1.6 million. Holland's Steven 'SvZff' van Zadelhoff took down the Main Event for a sick payday.
PokerStars is joining forces with the Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood in Hollywood, Florida to assist with the SHR's fundraising efforts in the wake of Hurricane Irma. On October 3rd at 7pm, the Seminole Hard Rock will be hosting a charity tournament with proceeds going to Feeding South Florida. The Caribbean and South Florida were devastated by Hurricane Irma earlier this month. PokerStars' sponsored players, such as Florida resident Jason Mercier, Jen Shahade, and Jeff Gross, will be attending this special charity tournament to raise money for Irma relief organization Feeding South Florida. Through Helping Hands, PokerStars will be matching funds raised at the charity tournament on a dollar-to-dollar basis up to $100,000.
Degen alert! PokerGO re-launched the popular series Poker After Dark a couple of weeks ago on their subscription streaming service. And the results were tremendous. This week, PAD returns with a live stream of a $300/$600 PLO cash game (with a $100K min-buy-in) featuring Phil Galfond and Tom Dwan. Dubbed as “PLOMG Week”, also playing in this high-stakes PLO game… Brian Rast, Brandon Adams, and Ike Haxton. PAD's PLOMG starts tonight at 5pm PT and airs the next three nights exclusively on PokerGO.
The 2017 World Championship of Online Poker has been running for 20 days now on PokerStars. This year's series is 82 events deep with both low and high options. The marquee event, the WCOOP Main Event, kicks off on Sunday. The low-version of the Main Event has a $215 buy-in with a $2M guarantee and $250K to first place. The high-version of the Main Event with a $5,300 buy-in has a $10 million guarantee with $1.5 million guaranteed to first place! PokerStars is running last minute satellites for the Main Event. Take your shot at the biggest online tournament probably for the rest of the year.
Lock up the purple! Germans continue to dominate high rollers! After five high roller events at the Aria Casino in Las Vegas, we finally have a newly-crowned Poker Masters champion: Steffen Sontheimer. Young German pro Sontheimer shipped two events including the $100K freezeout finale and the second event. In all, he banked over $2.7M and got to slide on the coveted purple jacket that all future Poker Masters winners will receive.
Poker pros JC Alvarado and Angel Guillen have been busy with earthquake relief efforts in their home country of Mexico. Earlier this week, a 7.1 quake rattled Mexico City. Several Mexican pros and a handful of American online poker exiles living south of the border mobilized to help out any way they could. Stop by JC's twitter page (@JCalvarado1) for more info on how you can join/fund relief efforts. Also, check out a newly launched site – pokermx.life – to send donations for Mexico earthquake relief.
The first four events of the Poker Masters at the Aria Casino in Las Vegas are in the books, while the final and fifth event is currently underway. The first four events at Poker Masters each had a buy-in of $50,000, while the freezeout finale was an $100,000 entry. The overall winner at the Poker Masters will get awarded a coveted purple jacket. The first four event winners were Nick Schulman, Steffen Sontheimer, Bryn Kenney, and Brandon Adams. Only 14 players are still alive in Event #5. You can follow along with a live stream and coverage via PokerGO.
Whenever a tragic natural disaster hits like Hurricane Irma, most people are overwhelmed with a paralyzing feeling of helplessness. They want to help, but do not know the best way to assist those in need. Many charities are simply collecting for the "next" disaster, so the majority of your financial assistance is not exactly going to those currently afflicted. Luckily, PokerStars has lots of experience dealing with various charities. The online poker site recently announced how their players and other members of the poker community can assist with Hurricane Irma Emergency Appeal Fund. PokerStars teamed up with Helping Hands charity to make sure those in need get assistance. PokerStars will be matching their player donations, so every Dollar, Euro, or Pound counts.
Daniel Negreanu recorded another episode of the Full Contact Poker Podcast. Episode 15 titled The One About Angle Shooting covered a few incidents of angle shooting. Kid Poker gave some examples by Amarillo Slim, Puggy Pearson, and Shaun Deeb. Angle shooting used to be more common place in the days before the online poker boom, but we still see some examples today with players testing the elasticity of the rules.
The live stream is up and running! Check out the action at the partypoker Millions High Roller, which is live from Sochi Casino, along th Black Sea in Russia. Notables such as Steve O'Dwyer are in the mix for the €10,300 High Roller. ElkY and Alexandru Papazian are in the field. Watch the stream here.
William Kassouf, the chatter box Brit who got his fifteen minutes of fame at the 2016 World Series of Poker Main Event, flopped a monster hand during an appearence on Live at the Bike live stream at the Bicycle Casino outside of Los Angeles. Kassouf flopped a monster hand in a cooler. A slow roll ensued that might have been one of the sickest and most annoying slow rolls in recent history.
The 2017 World Championship of Online Poker kicked off on Sunday on PokerStars. This year will feature 82 events with varying buy-in levels, for 164 total tournaments. On Thursday, Nicolac ‘chilenocl' Yunis from Chile won his first WCOOP title to securing a rare Triple COOP (with victories in all COOP series on PokerStars: WCOOP, SCOOP, and TCOO). Check out a schedule of WCOOP events here.
PokerStars published a blog post the other day outlining their newest attempt at paying out more players in tournaments. The blog post explained how the initial 10% payout had jumped from the brick and mortar world into the online realm. Over the years, PokerStars evolved their payout structures. And starting next week, there'll be one more big jump. According to Mike Jones, “On September 11, most tournaments on PokerStars will be changing to deeper payouts. Tourneys that have been paying 12% will change to 14%; 14% will change to 16%; 16% will change to 18%, and 18% will change to 20%. Keep in mind that this doesn't affect every tournament; there's no change to approximately 30% of the weekly recurring schedule.” Read more here.