PokerStars rebranded the TCOOP into the Turbo Series, which kicks off on February 18 and runs through March 4. The Turbo Series, featuring super-fast tournaments and a $15M guarantee, will consist of 74 events with buy-ins from a modest $11 to a balla-zone $5,200. A bunch of Platinum Passes to the 2019 PSPC in the Bahamas will be awarded to the winner of the Twin Turbo Main Events on March 4. You can also win seats into the Turbo Series via Spin & Gos. Click here to view a full Turbo Series schedule.
At the Triton Super High Roller Series in Montenegro, two Americans – Jason Koon and Kane Kalas – jousted in one of the largest pots ever recorded in televised poker history. The €1.8 million pot (or $2 million USD) occurred during the live stream of nosebleed cash game session with blinds at 2K/4K and 10K ante. Doug Polk posted a great video where he broke down the action in the $2 million pot.
The Triton Super High Roller series in Montenegro has been producing some big headlines over the previous week of action. Phil Ivey won his first tournament in a few years when he took down a short deck event last weekend. Last night, Jason Koon survived a 15-hour final table marathon to win the $1,000,000 HKD buy-in for a score worth approximately $3.6M USD.
Check out the latest episode of Club Poker Radio from our big brother site. This week's guests for S11E34 are Benjo and Jerome Schmidt, two pioneers in the French poker world. The second half of the show includes an interview with 2-time WSOP bracelet winner Kristen Bicknell.
The dispute: $692,460. The crux: America or Canada? 2016 WSOP Main Event Runner-Up Gordon Vayo provided proof he was in Montreal, Canada during the duration of his SCOOP victory last year. The security squad claimed he violated TOS by connecting to the site using a VPN. Vayo responded with a lawsuit against the biggest online poker operator on the planet.
Author Maria Konnikova announced her new book was going to be delayed because she's been too busy crushing the poker tables! Maria Konnikova appeared on the Poker Life Podcast with Joey Ingram to discuss her recent rise on the tournament scene.
2018 Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) is underway! It began yesterday at PokerStars and there will be at least one $1 million guaranteed tournament per day over the next 2 weeks. A total of 61 events are on the schedule this year with 3 buy-in tiers or 183 total tournaments. In addition, 5 Platinum Passes to the 2019 PSPC in the Bahamas are up for grabs. Anyone who enters a SCOOP is eligible to win a Platinum Pass.
A driving instructor from Paris won the return of the EPT Monte Carlo. Nicolas Dumont faded a field of 777 runners at the Monte Carlo Bay Hotel & Casino to win €712,000. Dumont outlasted a shark-infested final table that included David Peters, Patrik Antonius, and Ole Schemion. Dumont edged out New Zealand's Honglin Jiang heads-up for the title and €712K in cash. Dumont also shipped a Platinum Pass to the 2019 PSPC in the Bahamas.
It's the final table! The EPT Monte Carlo is down to the final six out of 777 entries. Will Nicolas Dumot go all the way and win the first-place prize of €712,000? Or will David Peters rise to the top? Also still alive.... Krisztian Gyorgyi, Patrick Antonius, Tomas Jozonis, and Honglin Jiang. Watch the final table stream here.
Taylor Black defeated Darryll Fish heads-up to win the partypoker LIVE MILLIONS North America Main Event Championship in Montreal, Canada. Black outlasted a field of 1.954 runners and earned $1,400,000 CAD for his first-place finish. Fish took home $1.2 million CAD as a consolation prize. Anthony Ruberto raked a cool million for third place.
The largest tournament in the history of Canada is on the cusp of its conclusion at the Playground Poker Club in Montreal, Canada, which hosted the partypoker LIVE MILLIONS North America. Only nine players are still alive and in the hunt for $1.4 million CAD. A total of 1,954 players took a shot at the $5,300 CAD buy-in Main Event championship. Anthony Ruberto is the chip leader. Also still alive... Taylor Black, Darryll Fish, Tommy Nguyen, George Lagos, Markus Prinz, Guillaume Nolet, Demosthenes Kiriopoulos and Charles La Boissonniere.
Mark your calendars! 888 Poker is running another XL Inferno Series starting on May 10 and ending May 20. There will be 34 events including a $1 million guaranteed Main Event. There's special bonuses in play to winners of multiple events starting at $1,000 for 2, $10K for 3, $100K for 4, and if anyone binks 5 XL events, then they'll get a bonus worth $1 million!
The swank Playground Poker Club in Montreal, Quebec, Canada is hosting the latest stop on the partypoker LIVE MILLIONS global tour. Chris Kruk won the $25K Super High Roller last week and we're currently in the middle of the partypoker LIVE Millions North America Main Event Championship. Only 280 players remain out of 1,954 entrants in the $5,300 buy-in anchor event. Brain Yoon bagged up the most chips at the end of Day 2A. Follow the action for Day 3 with the money bubble looming at 250.
A WSOP Circuit ring was up for grabs in Cherokee, NC. The $1,675 buy-in Main Event at the Harrah's Cherokee attracted 1,060 players. The prize pool was nearly $1.6 million. Dylan Wilkerson defeated Erick Lindgren heads-up for the bling. Lindgren banked approximately $182K for second place, while Wilkerson won $294,152. This marked a second-career WSOP Circuit win for Wilkerson, who binked the WSOP Circuit Los Angeles at the Bicycle Casino in March 2017.
An online player from the Netherlands and Game of Thrones fan outlasted 56,310 players to win the Sunday Million 12th Anniversary: Take 2. Yes, ship it to the Mother of Dragons. Daenarys T earned a first-place payday worth $1 million for two days of work. Daenarys T defeated the U.K.'s ThEcLaiMEer heads-up for the victory. ThEcLaiMEer banked $715K for second-place. No overlay this time around. The Take 2 had a $10 million guarantee, which did not kick in because the total prize pool topped $11.2 million.
PokerCentral produced a mini-documentary on the legendary Johnny Chan. Hear the 10-time WSOP bracelet winner give the Cliff Notes behind his storied life from working in his family's restaurant in Houston to his entry into the world of high-stakes poker. Chan won the WSOP Main Event twice and was the last person to win it in consecutive years (1987-88).
Reminder and potential overlay alert! Cards go in the air at 14:00 ET for the Sunday Million 12th Anniversary: Take 2. First place pays $1 million with a total guaranteed prize pool worth $10 million. Platinum Passes are up for grabs too! When PokerStars ran this original 12th birthday promotion in February, the guarantee kicked in with a $1.2M overlay. Will there be another seven-figure overlay for the Take 2? The buy-in for the Sunday Milly is $215. You can re-entry up to three times and late registration lasts 4.5 hours.
The second edition of partypoker's POWERFEST kicks off on May 6 and runs for two weeks through May 20. The schedule has been released. POWERFEST features 366 events with $40,000,000 in guaranteed prize pools. At least 13 events will have a guarantee worth $1 million, while the $25,500 Super High Roller boasts a $5M guarantee. POWERFEST events have four different buy-in levels: MICRO, LOW, MEDIUM, and HIGH. Satellites are running now at partypoker for as little as $1.10.