Lara Brown

Online poker giant Partypoker has expanded its service offering from online and mobile gaming after the company announced a new live event series for 2017.

The ‘PartyPoker Live’ tour for 2017 will be headlined by the ‘PartyPoker Million’, with every even multi-million dollar prize pools.

The series will also comprise ‘PartyPoker Million Nationals’, where players will vie for guaranteed prize pools over $500,000 (€474,000).

The inaugural series will kick off with the Playground Poker Club in Canada this May.

Tom Waters, group head of PartyPoker, commented:

“With the 2017 PartyPoker Live events schedule, there will be something for everyone.

 “Online qualifiers start from $0.01 on PartyPoker, giving players the opportunity to travel all over the world to take part in some amazing events.”

 

Bryn Kenney emerged victorious at the PokerStars Championship Bahamas (PCB) $50K High Roller for $969,075, taking his career earnings to $13,153,881.

Speaking about his big win, the WSOP bracelet holder said:

“I was in ninth position with seven big blinds but I got my rush. Sometimes you just have to wait it out and fortunately good cards came. The right people busted, I got fortunate spots and was able to win it!”

The $50K High Roller, hosted by the Atlantis Resort and Casino in the Bahamas, drew 49 entries and 20 rebuys to create a prize pool worth $3,313,035.

Nine players made it to the final table and after a series of eliminations it was left for Kenney and Mustapha Kanit

As the duo went into the heads-up round, Kenney held a 2 to 1 chip lead over Kanit. After a tough duel, the final hand of the match was played when Kenney moved (A-J) all-in preflop. Kanit (9-9) made the call and the dealer laid out a Q-J-2-7-3 board. That was it then and Kanit had to be happy with a second place finish for $695,740, while Bryn Kenney bagged the title. 

“It was a close heads-up match. First I had a nice lead and then he took the lead. Then I showed him a bluff where he could’ve closed the game if he would’ve called there on the river. Fortunately, he didn’t,” Kenney further added.

Final Table Results:

1: Bryn Kenney $969,075
2: Mustapha Kanit $695,740
3: Byron Kaverman $452,220
4: Daniel Colman $341,240
5: Stephen Chidwick $265,040
6: Benjamin Tollerene $205,400
7: Sergi Reixach $162,340
8: Daniel Dvoress $125,900
9: Cary Katz $96,080

Jason Koon won the inaugural PokerStars Championship Bahamas $100,000 Super High Roller, beating 54 players to take home $1,650,300 first place prize.

In doing so, Koon registered his biggest ever score since 2008. Post this win, Koon took his career earnings to $8,143,080.

Speaking about his latest win, Koon said:

“I think it’s really important to keep my eye on the rail, stay grounded and realize that I’m having a mini-Fedor moment and that’s awesome. But at the same time, there’s a bunch of guys that are more talented than I am so I need to work hard and stay on top of it.”

Seven players made it to the final table and after a series of eliminations it was left for Koon and Charles Carrel to fight it out for the title. The duo played out an exciting battle before Koon emerged victorious. The final hand of the game was played when both players checked a K-Q-2-8 board all the way through to the river, which was a J. Carrel’s bet was responded to by Koon by moving all-in. Carrel (k-7) made the call and Koon (Q-8) had enough to clinch the contest.

Final Table Results: 

1: Jason Koon $1,650,300

2: Charles Carrel $1,191,900

3: Daniel Colman $759,660

4: Daniel Dvoress $576,300

5: Byron Kaverman $445,320

6: Connor Drinan $340,540

7: Bryn Kenney $275,060

Back in November 2016, Dan Smith announced that he was aiming to raise $350,000 for noble causes that were close to his heart. Basically, Smith would match any total donations up to $175,000. However, in just two months, the poker pro has already raised a cool $1.7 million.

Interestingly, just 134 participants raised this big amount. Also, thanks to some generous donors, an additional $125,000 was contributed to the drive after it reached $175,000.  The extra funds were handed to three charities - 350.org, Against Malaria and Give Directly.

Big sums were also contributed by DFS pros Martin and Tom Crowley, helping Dan Smith’s second annual charity drive raise close to $1.7 million. 

Commenting on the same, Smith stated:

“The limited details I know of their story are amazing: two guys who plan on making a huge difference in the world by doing the thing they are the best at: fantasy sports. I can’t say enough great things about these two guys who really epitomize the effective altruism movement.”

This year’s hugely successful charity drive follows last year’s effort which witnessed a donation $140,000 for Smith’s favorite cases. He also put half that amount himself.

It is indeed wonderful to see such good work done by poker players. Giving back to the community is extremely essential and more players need to take up such endeavors.

The latest innovation by PokerStars to draw more recreational players to the site is called The Deal. This feature is not entirely new, as Full Tilt implemented it back in 2015.

Considering it was very popular with FTP players, Amaya Gaming are hoping it receives a similar response this time around as well.

For a buy-in of either 7 or 70 StarsCoins, players can participate in quick-fire mini poker game. They will be dealt seven cards out of which two need to be discarded in order to form a five-card poker hand.

Players can avail cash payouts based on the rank of their hand. For instance, straight flush hands offers them a chance to enter a spin the wheel progressive jackpot round, with prizes starting from $25,000.

The Deal places less emphasis on skill and more on gambling elements, which appeals to both - gamblers as well as recreational players.

“This introduction of The Deal to PokerStars is great news. PokerStars players get the chance to play an exciting game, and Full Tilt players benefit from the additional liquidity that the PokerStars clients bring to the table. It’s sure to mean that the progressive jackpot builds up at an even faster rate and is triggered more frequently," Severin Rasset, Director of Poker Innovation and Operations said.

While this appears as an excellent move on paper. One has to wait and check out how exactly it benefits PokerStars.

Friday, 16 December 2016 17:22

12 Days of Christmas Promotion at PartyPoker

The best month of the year is here and the festive cheer is already in the air.

This is not just the time to have fun with friends and family but indulge in some of the most exciting things life has on offer.

Playing online poker during this wonderful time of the year can be extremely lucrative since operators tend to put out extremely generous offerings.

Partypoker too is no different and has some fantastic promotions on offer during this time.

For the 12 days of Christmas—25th December to 5th January—Partypoker is giving away a prize to every player. From stocking stuffers to books signed by poker pros, boxing gloves on boxing day, a partypoker MILLIONS Phase 1 entry, $100 cash bonuses, other random bonuses, and even a $2,500 package to the US Darts Masters final - every day holds a little something you’ll love.

This promotion runs daily, from 25th December 2016 until January 5th 2017 - from 00.00 CET to 23.59 CET. 

That’s not all. Partypoker plans to make this Boxing Day extremely special for your and your poker buddies.

This Boxing Day, Partypoker is going all-out with double guarantees, extra tourneys, and we’re even moving our biggest tournament of the week to give you a chance to score a slice of a whopping total prizepool!

Here’s what’s up for grabs:

The Title Fight

Guarantee: $500,000 (up from $250,000)

Buy-in: $215

Time: 20:00 CET

This tourney will also feature partypoker ambassador Carl Froch with a partypoker MILLIONS Phase 1 ticket (worth $675) bounty on his head. Knock him out and it’s yours.

The Uppercut

Guarantee: $100,000 (up from $50,000)

Buy-in: $109

Time: 20:00 CET

High Roller

Guarantee: $100,000 (up from $50,000)

Buy-in: $530

Time: 20:00 CET

Plus, Partypoker's adding an extra $20,000 Gtd 6-Max Turbo High Roller tourney ($530 buy-in) at 22:00 CET.

What better way to add to your relaxing day off than to score your slice of an extra $370,000 in prize pools?

The best month of the year is here and the festive cheer is already in the air.

This is not just the time to have fun with friends and family but indulge in some of the most exciting things life has on offer.

Playing online poker during this wonderful time of the year can be extremely lucrative since operators tend to put out extremely generous offerings.

888Poker is no different and this time they have come up with an incredible set of bonus offers that will make you happy.

888Poker is hosting All-in Gifts Tournaments between 15/11/2016 and 01/01/2017, and you could bag yourself an iPhone 7, PlayStation 4, GoPro Camera and much more.

Entering the fray to win these superb prizes is extremely easy. Just register to the tournament and you’ll automatically be all-in the moment it starts, without taking any action.

$6,000 in cash is up for grabs every day in 888Poker’s 3 x daily $2,000 Lucky Star tournaments. That’s not all.

You can also get your hands on Parrot Bebop Drone, Galaxy Tab & huge cash prizes. To keep a tab on all the exciting offerings, you need to check your email on Saturdays.

However, there are a couple of things you need to keep in mind.

Missions are available to depositors only who have played in the All-in Gift Tournament at least once.

Players can win up to 3 tickets per day, one ticket per mission

 

Leon Tsoukernik emerged victorious at the EPT €50k Super High Roller, beating 49 players to take home €741,100 ($782,453).

The event in Prague was hugely successful and offered €2,352,735 as prize pool with seven players being paid.

Leon was extremely confident right through and even indulged in some banter ahead of the final table shootout.

“I’m the only pro, the rest is semi-pro at best," he said.

Seven players made it to the final table and after a series of eliminations; it was left for Leon to fight it out with Charlie Carrel for the title.

Tsoukernik held a three-to-one chip advantage over UK pro Charlie Carrel at the start of the heads-up.

The final hand of the game was played when Carrel (K-J) went all-in pre-flop. He was called by Tsoukernik (A-K). But there was no help from the board for Carrel, who had to then settle for a runner-up finish worth €535,250.

Final Table Results:

1: Leon Tsoukernik (Cz) €741,100

2: Charlie Carrel (UK) €535,250

3: Juha Helppi (Fin) €341,150

4: Viacheslav Buldygin (Rus) €258,800

5: Paul Newey (UK) €200,000

6: Julian Thomas (Ger) €152,915

7: Anthony Zinno (US) €123,520

 

Saturday, 10 December 2016 17:21

Protecting your online poker bankroll

The art of money management in the game of poker is termed as bankroll management. Learning how to manage your online poker cash is extremely essential and important. Ideally, one needs to build a poker bankroll over a period of time and invest it wisely. This isn’t easy and requires tremendous discipline. Here are some of the ways you can get better at bankroll management.

Select your strategy

This will depend on what kind of online poker you are or want to be. Are you happy playing poker occasionally for recreation or do you want to grow as a poker player and build your winnings? If you want to play poker for fun, then you don’t need a big bankroll. Just make sure you keep some cash to play, that’s about it. Don’t utilize your savings or invest if you are facing a cash crunch. If you are serious about the game, then you need to be more judicious with your money and build your bankroll one step at a time.

Keeping records

Now this may sound boring, but it is important to keep a track of your money. Use a book or an excel sheet to enter details of every session you play. This should include the buy-in, winnings and type of game. Basically this is a log of your daily performance. You can also add the metrics like hours played, type of opponents, your mood and the time of play. Keep doing this for a month or two and you will have a nice little pattern of your play and performances. Draw your inference from this date and you’ll have a fair understanding of what works and decent. Remember, the ultimate objective is to keep a track of the money trail.

Moving up the ladder

All poker players reach that stage where they believe it’s time to step up and play at higher stakes. This might seem like the next logical step in your online poker journey, but you need to be careful in making this transition.Bankroll management becomes crucial when you want to move up the limits. In case you have made sizable profits at the lower stakes and you have spare cash to invest, you can have a go at the big tournaments. If it doesn’t work out, you can still grind at the micro tables. Also, if losing cash at the new higher level leaves you disturbed and affects your finance, do not switch. Stay where you are. Play in your comfort zone for a little longer. There is no hurry. The important part is building your bankroll and not losing it in order to play with the big boys.

Tennis icon Boris Becker is the latest high-profile name to join the partypoker bandwagon in an ambassadorial role. This isn't the first time the German has assumed such a role. He was earlier associated with PokerStars from 2007 to 2013 as part of the Team SportStar. 

Just to mark the occasion of Becker's signing, the company has launched a special promotion for its players called Beat The Ace. The site's players will have a chance to play four $5,000 freerolls, with the final winner setting up a heads-up clash against Becker for up to $25,000.

Confirming the collaboration with the tennis star, Tom Waters, Group Head at partypoker, said:

“Boris’ mental strength and desire to win will make him a tough competitor at the poker table, and I’m sure he’ll test our players as part of the partypoker Tennis Missions promotion!”

Becker's resume boasts of $111,417 playing live poker tournaments. His best performance came at the 2009 WPT $25,500 Championship Event, where he finished 40th place for a $40,855. Earlier this year, Becker put up a good show at the £5,000 WPT UK Festival, finishing 13th for £15,000 ($18,278).

Speaking about his new role at partypoker, Becker said:

“There are a lot of similarities between tennis and poker. Tennis rankings have been instrumental in turning tennis players into superstars recognized the world over. I hope to be able to help do the same for poker and poker players.”

On Tuesday, Becker and Novak Djokovic parted ways after a three-year association. With plenty of time on his hands, one wonders whether Becker will take more keen interest in his performances on the felt going forward.