Monday April 19, 2021 at 2:27 pm

It's been a long time coming, but the Rio Casino and Resort in Las Vegas will return to full operations. The Rio, also the home for the iconic World Series of Poker, re-opened in December but the hotel and resort was only open to the public on the weekends. The Rio resumes 24/7 operations including the return of bars and restaurants and weekday reservations. The 2021 WSOP will take place this fall at the Rio's convention center.

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Get ready for full-fledged degen action returning to the Rio Casino in Las Vegas. The Rio was the last of the Caesars operated or owned casinos to return to its full power. Last March, the Rio shut its doors when Governor Sisolak shuttered all casinos in the state of Nevada to stop the spread of coronavirus. Some casinos returned in 2020, while others remained closed. By the start of 2021, majority of casinos in Las Vegas opened with capacity restrictions, but some casinos were still not accepting weekday reservations.

But the Rio is back! It will return to 24/7 operations and accepting reservations for all seven days, not just the weekend. This also includes all of their eateries and bars. Yes, the glorious Hooker Bar returns. I assume hookers will have to wear masks? If you're a fan of massive-sized breakfast, then you're in luck because the Hash House A Go Go returns. The All American Bar and Grille will also reopen, and that was a popular dining establishment for many WSOP denizens. Oh, and great news if you're looking to get your coffee fix because Starbucks will reopen all their spots inside the Rio, especially by the bank of elevators so you won't have to step far into the casino floor to get your caffeine fix.

Last year, the 2020 World Series of Poker was postponed and the powers that be hoped they could host something later on in the year. However, in the meantime they pivoted online and hosted bracelet events at WSOP.com for Americans and at GGPoker for international players. When the autumn rolled around, the pandemic was still raging in the USA, so there was no live-version of the WSOP.

Late in 2020, the WSOP shocked everyone when the suits and big wigs decided to host a $10,000 buy-in WSOP Main Event Championship. The controversial move sent the poker community into an uproar and included weird format with two pools of players fighting themselves in a hybrid online/live setting. Americans slugged it out at WSOP.com until they got down to a final table and then migrated to the Rio to play down to a champion. In the international leg, Main Event players slugged it out at GGPoker and they migrated the final table to a live setting at the King's Casino in RozVegas. The two winners were scheduled to meet at the Rio with the heads-up winner dubbed the 2020 WSOP Main Event champion.

A travel and customs snafu meant that the actual heads-up match was delayed and played out in the first week of January 2021. When the dust settled, Damian Salas from Argentina emerged as the 2020 WSOP Main Event champion.

The 2021 WSOP will not run this summer, but the organizers will host a live WSOP at the Rio Casino this fall. The WSOP said they will announce a summer online series on both WSOP.com and GGPoker again. Yup, get ready for more controversial online bracelet events. Better than nothing, eh?

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Tuesday May 11, 2021 at 3:22 pm
Use Gemini crypto wallet at the New Resorts World Casino in Las Vegas

Resorts World is the newest casino and three-hotel resort on the Las Vegas Strip located just north of the Wynn and Encore, which will open its doors on June 24. If you're into cryptocurrency, then there's some good news because the Winklevoss Twins cut a deal to partner up with Resorts World as the first crypto platform in Sin City. Gamblers will be able to access their Gemini crypto wallet at Resorts World.

Friday May 7, 2021 at 3:00 pm
High Stakes Duel: Phil Hellmuth beats Daniel Negreanu in Round 2 for $200K

Despite the fact that Daniel Negreanu was the big betting favorite against Phil Hellmuth in the second installment of their High Stakes Duel on Poker GO, the Poker Brat came out on top of Kid Poker this week to win another $100,000. Hellmuth is now up $200,000, but Negreanu is expected to play a rematch sometime in June for a chance to break even against the 15-time WSOP bracelet winner.

Wednesday May 5, 2021 at 3:56 pm
Joon Park wins Lone Star Series Main Event in Texas for $271K

Joon Park from Austin, Texas outlasted a field of 1,818 runners to win the Lone Star Poker Series Main Event at the Champions Social Poker Club in Houston. This special $1,300 buy-in event had a $1 million guaranteed prize pool, but it was smashed due to the huge turnout. Park banked $271,420 for the victory via a three-way chop by outlasting a final table that also included Shawn Rice and Mike Wang.

Tuesday May 4, 2021 at 9:43 pm
Blackhawk Colorado poker rooms resume with no-cap NLH and PLO cash games

Casinos and legal card rooms in the state of Colorado no longer have to cap cash games with the $100 max bet law. Voters in Colorado passed Amendment 77 which removed the $100 cap on all table games including poker. That means the poker action at casinos in Blackhawk, Central City, and Colorado Springs will pop off in the next few months after casinos re-opened with six-handed tables.

Monday May 3, 2021 at 11:47 pm
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partypoker screen name change coming soon

With the latest installment WPT Online Series starting May 14 on partypoker, the folks at partypoker are allowing players to change their screen names and alias in order to protect players and minimize bum hunting, fish stalking, and reduce the edge from those utilizing hand history and tracking software. As Rob Yong explained the alias change is "good in terms of combating all the various databases and sharing of information that unfortunately goes on in poker at the moment." More info on the WPT Online Series here.

Thursday April 29, 2021 at 4:58 pm
Hungary's kZhh wins 2021 SCOOP Main Event for $895K

The 2021 SCOOP Main Event played down to a champion last night. Event #92-High had a $10,300 buy-in and attracted 664 entrants and a prize pool worth $6.6 million. kZhh, Dan 'Dannyz0r' Borlan, and Kayhan 'KayhanMok' Roshanfekr agreed on a three-way money chop, but Hungary's kZhh won the title and first-place prize worth $878,781. The final table also included Beowulf3182, David 'MissOracle' Yan, Christian 'WATnlos' Rudolph, Ka Kwan 'kaju85' Lau, Jareth 'jareth3542' East, and 23tudy23.

Wednesday April 28, 2021 at 4:28 am
Sonny Franco leads final table at WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown

The 2021 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown set new record for most entrants in a World Poker Tour event with 2,482 entrants and generated a prize pool worth nearly $7.95 million, which also crushed the initial $2 million guarantee. The final table is set and Sonny Franco bagged the lead with Brekstyn Schutten, Steven Snyder, Ken Aldridge, Albert Calderon, and Viet Vo still remaining. The final six will slug it out at a delayed final table at the Aria Casino in Las Vegas on May 18. First place pays out $1.26 million.

Monday April 26, 2021 at 10:52 pm
WSOP Super Circuit Online Series begins May 1

The 2021 WSOP Super Circuit Online Series at GGPoker begins on May 1 and ends May 30 with 18 low-tiered buy-in tournaments with 18 WSOP Circuit rings up for grabs. Plus, they'll give away two WSOP Circuit rings to cash game specialists. The $5 million guaranteed Main Event, which starts May 30, has a modest price tag of $525. You can win a WSOP Circuit ring for as little as $25, while the biggest buy-in is only $840.

Friday April 23, 2021 at 5:30 pm
PokerGo Tour launches new pro tour and ranking system

Get ready for the brand-spanking new PokerGo Tour launched by PokerGo, which was created to establish a bona fide professional ranking system. This new PokerGO Tour will include 150 international events, including PokerGo's branded events -- US Poker Open, Poker Masters, and Super High Roller Bowl -- in which poker pros compete for the Poker Go Tour Player of the Year and an additional $100,000 in cash.

Friday April 9, 2021 at 2:00 am
Pavel Veksler wins 2021 Irish Open Main Event

Ukraine's Pavel Veksler faded a field of 1,880 runners to take down the 2021 Iish Poker Open Main Event, which was hosted at partypoker for a second year in a row due to the pandemic. partypoker pros Patrick Leonard and Matthew Staples went deep, but missed the final table. Pavel Veksler and Bulgaria's Stoyan Obreshkov cut a deal heads-up, but Obreshkov busted in second place and Veksler won the title and a first-place prize worth €266K.

Wednesday April 7, 2021 at 6:26 pm
Talal 'raidalot' Shakerchi ships fifth SCOOP title

London banker Talal 'raidalot' Shakerchi and high-stakes poker player is also one heck of an online poker player. Playing on PokerStars as raidalot, Shakerchi binked his fifth SCOOP title with a victory in 2021 SCOOP Event $2,100 HORSE. Shakerchi won a SCOOP in back-to-back years after he won his fourth SCOOP last spring. He's now a member of the 5 SCOOP Club with Jason Mercier, Luke Schwartz, and Shaun Deeb.

Tuesday April 6, 2021 at 5:00 pm
Sam Grafton, Andre Coimbra, and Parker Talbot newest PokerStars Ambassadors

PokerStars expanded their growing list of PokerStars Ambassadors by adding three well-known pros and three popular Twitch streamers. Sam Grafton, Andre Coimbra, and Parker 'tonkaaaaP' Talbot are the pros that are now the latest PokerStars Ambassadors. In addition, Twitch streamers Lasse ‘WisternJL' Jagd Lauritsen from Denmark, and Keith 'AccidentalGrenade' Becker and Mark 'naigo1' Foresta from America also become the next generation of PokerStars Ambassadors.

Friday April 2, 2021 at 1:34 am
2021 WSOP returns to the Rio Casino in Las Vegas this fall

The 2021 World Series of Poker will run a full slate of live bracelet events starting this fall. The 2021 WSOP returns to the Rio Casino in Las Vegas starting September 30 and running through November 23. The $10,000 buy-in WSOP Main Event begins with four flights starting November 4. The WSOP Online series also returns this summer for both US and international players. Plus, the 2021 WSOP Europe returns to the King's Casino in Roz Vegas between November 19 and December 8.

Wednesday March 31, 2021 at 10:44 pm
Element Partners raises bid to $105 million to acquire WPT

It's been a wild ride following the big to buy the World Poker Tour. A raising war broke out to buy the WPT between Element Partners and Bally's. In one corner, there's the unknown entities making up Element and their current bid is up to $105 million. In the other corner, Bally's is well-known gambling brand that operates casinos and racetracks across America. Bally's previously bid $90 million, but now they must decide if they want to make a higher bid for the WPT.

Tuesday March 30, 2021 at 11:45 pm
PokerStars goes big with $100 million guarantee for 2021 SCOOP

Get ready for the largest Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) in PokerStars history. Starting Sunday, April 4 and running through April 28, PokerStars will host 102 events for 2021 SCOOP and a total of 306 tournaments ranging from $2.20 to $25,000. The 2021 SCOOP has a whopping $100 million in guaranteed prize pools, which makes it the largest guaranteed COOP in history. The $10,300 buy-in Main Event High No-Limit and $5,200 Main Event Medium NL both have a $5 million guaranteed prize pool.

Saturday March 27, 2021 at 4:03 pm
PokerStars cancels 2021 PokerStars Players Championship (PSPC) in Barcelona

PokerStars made a tough decision to pull the plug on the second installment of the PokerStars Players No Limit Hold'em Championship (PSPC), which was supposed to take place at the end of the summer of 2020, but never came to fruition due to the pandemic. PokerStars live events were shuttered in 2020, but the red spade hoped the PSPC could return in 2021, but the logistics have made it a daunting task, so they'll focus the PSPC returning in 2021.

Wednesday March 24, 2021 at 1:59 pm
RIP George Segal, star of Robert Altman's poker film 'California Split'

Actor George Segal passed away after complications from heart surgery at the age of 87. The comedic actor was nominated for an Oscar for his work in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" Poker players will recognize Segal as "Bill" from "California Split", a buddy film directed by Robert Altman in 1974 about a pair of degen gamblers from Los Angeles that also featured Elliot Gould.

Wednesday March 24, 2021 at 3:33 am
Canadian pro/streamer Vanessa Kade wins Sunday Millions anniversary party for $1.5 Million

Canada's Vanessa 'Niffller' Kade faded a field of 69,876 runners to win PokerStars Sunday Million special 15th Anniversary Party with $12.5 million in guaranteed prizes and $1.5 million set aside to first place. Kade defeated Poland's Talibenes heads-up for the title and sick score. Talibenes banked a cool million as the runner-up. This special Sunday Milly final table included players from Russia, Bulgaria, Norway, Netherlands, Romania, Poland, and Canada.

Monday March 22, 2021 at 2:46 pm
High Stakes Duel II set for March 31 with Hellmuth and Negreanu showdown

Mark your calendars, or set your phone alarm. The second installment of High Stakes Duel will take place exclusively on PokerGo for the highly-anticipated heads-up battle between Phil Hellmuth and Daniel Negreanu. Love them, or hate them... this heads-up joust will be must-see TV because the poker world cannot wait to see a Hellmuthian meltdown at the hands of Kid Poker. PokerCentral will air the first part of High Stakes Duel II: Hellmuth vs Negreanu for free on PokerGo starting March 31.

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