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.
Peter Eichhardt created history at the ongoing WSOP has he became the first non-US player to win a bracelet with his triumph in Event #6: $1,500 No Limit Hold’em for $438,417.
The Swede put on a strong show, beating 2,016 players with $2,721,600 up for grabs. After three days of solid poker, the 50-year-old had just US player Davis Aalvik standing between the coveted bracelet and himself.
The latest win helped Peter extend his lifetime earnings to $1,289,702.
Speaking about the bracelet victory, he said:
“I think we have seven or eight gold bracelet winners in Sweden. Chris Bjorin has two. And, of course, there’s Martin Jacobson. But it’s still pretty unusual for us in Sweden to win a gold bracelet. It’s special for us.”
Some of the key names that had a decent outing included Steve Grass in 84th ($4,140), David Vamplew in 52nd ($7,681), Mike Leah in 37th ($9,229), Justin Young in 22nd ($13,786), and Adam Geyer in 10th ($27,351).
Nine players made it to the final table and after a series of eliminations it was left between Eichhardt and Aalvik to fight it out in the heads-up. The last hand of the event was played when the Swede (Kh-Jh) moved all-in preflop, only to be called by Davis (Kd-9c). The board ran Ah-3h-2h-Qc-6d to seal the deal in favour of Peter.
“A few years ago, I wasn’t good in poker, at all. I was playing in the Bahamas and I looked around and everyone at the table was like between 21 and 30 and they were so good. And I was so bad. I was like a tourist there. I just made up my mind to start taking the game more seriously and do something about it. And, I did. I started studying a lot. I worked a lot at it, and now here I am.,” the winner further added.
Final Table Payouts:
1: Peter Eichhardt $438,417
2: Davis Aalvik $270,842
3: Michael Addamo $196,202
4: John Racener $143,563
5: Tim Farrelly $106,115
6: Bruno Borges $79,241
7: Raymond Phu $59,787
8: Anthony Zinno $45,582
9: Richard Dubini $35,121
US pro Seth Davies beat 416 other players to win the WPT Canadian Spring Championship main event for C$256,390 ($203,992) as first place prize.
The C$3,500 buy-in tournament was hosted at the Playground Poker Club in Kahnawake, Quebec with a prize pool worth C$1,294,368 ($1,029,843) up for grabs.
During the seven days of high-action poker, some of the players to walk away with a return on their investment included Andy Frankenberger in 48th (C$5,860), Jeff Gross in 45th (C$6,880), Darryll Fish in 41st (C$6,880), Amir Babakhani in 31st (C$7,900), and Antonio Esfandiari in 24th ($10,330).
Six players made it to the final table and after a series of eliminations Seth Davies and Ruben Perceval remained to fight it out for the title. Davies held a 6,780,000 to 5,680,000 chip advantage over Perceval as the two collided in the heads-up round.
Final hand of this duel was played after about 90 minutes when Perceval (8-7) went all-in on a 10-9-4-7-5 board. Davies (K-10) made the call, which ended Ruben's hopes of a win. He had to settle for a second place finish for $180,088 CAD ($115,598 USD).
Davis on the other hand took his live career earnings to $495,552. The 27-year-old's other notable performances have come at the WSOP Main Event where he finished in 123rd place for a $54,851 in 2001.
Final Table Payouts (US)
1: Seth Davies $226,893
2: Ruben Perceval $148,833
3: Joel Miller $95,512
4: Thomas Taylor $70,628
5: Guillaume Nolet $53,025
6: Tony Dunst $42,479
Paul Hoefer emerged victorious at the Aussie Millions $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em event, beating 190 players for a cool A$106,920 (US$74,515) in prize money.
Hoefer played solid poker over two days to take his not just capture LK Boutique Aussie Millions championship ring but also stretch his live career earnings to $1,046,853.
The German has been on a solid run in the last couple of years. In 2015 he registered the biggest score of his career with a win at the WSOP $1,111 No Limit Hold’em Little One for One-Drop event for $645,969, beating a strong field of 4,555 players.
This latest win was Hoefer's second biggest career score.
10 players made it to the final table. After a series of eliminations, Hoefer had to battle it out with Alex Grocott for the title.
The former held a 1.75m to 1m chip advantage over his opponent, as the heads-up commenced.
It did not take him much time to outclass Grocott with the final duel lasting less than 30 minutes.
Hoefer (K-3) and Grocott (10-5) went all-in on a K-10-4-J-K board. Grocott had to be content with a runner-up finish for A$70,565, while Hoefer was crowned the champion.
Final Table Results:
1 Paul Hoefer A$106,920
2 Alex Grocott A$70,565
3 Mogens Hansen A$44,890
4 Vic Spadavecchia A$36,335
5 Robert Nguyen A$28,905
6 Frank Williams A$23,510
7 Karib Yustinus A$19,235
8 Najeem Ajez A$14,960
9 Piyush Gupta A$10,685
10 Michael Tomeny A$8,550
In a development that could have widespread repercussions for online gaming in US, Nevada Gaming Commission is currently probing the illegal use of a HUD (Heads-Up Display) by a player while playing on WSOP.com.
As per rules that govern Nevada’s regulated iPoker sites, use of such is banned. Violation of this state law can be prosecuted under category B felony, carrying a potential fine of up to $10,000, or between one and six years in prison.
The incident in question occurred when Tommy Chen (‘Tcblade’) was live streaming action at WSOP.com on Twitch. Playing under the screen “BTCBLADE” at the time, fellow pro Randy Dorfman spotted Chen's HUD.
Dorfman then sought an explanation from WSOP, as he took to Twitter to question the company's Head of Online Poker Bill Rini.
Randy Dorfman “@billrini @Kevmath point is players r accessing 3rd party software. If u can’t police HUDS then u hv to make them LEGAL until u can detect it.”
Bill Rini “@RandyDorfman @Kevmath The NV GCB made them illegal. We can’t just make them legal because 1 guy was caught using one… Randy, we decided to warn. Again, you’re free to disagree.”
Nevada gambling statute NRS 465.075 also applies to land-based casinos as well as online gaming.
Citing violation of terms of service, WSOP suspended the Twitch account of BTCBLADE and referred the incident to the Nevada Gaming Commission (NGC). Since November 22, Chen hasn't use his WSOP.com account.
This incident highlights how a trust deficit has led to a decline in number of recreational players at online poker sites.
“The image of a grinder using data analysis to make his decisions is not the experience we want to sell. We want to sell entertainment, and a recreational experience.. HUDs don’t provide that,” says Global Poker Index CEO Alexandre Dreyfus.
With the imminent launch of its play money poker app, Full Tilt Poker is set to become the first major player to make its mark on the Steam market.
With Steam’s approximately 125 millions players, Full Tilt will be looking to make a big impact in this market.
It has been reported earlier that the company sought approval from authorities for its app to be launched on the gaming platform.
Steam makes use of a “Greenlight” process to ascertain which games are going to be disseminated via its services. In order to get the green signal, Full Tilt needed a vote of confidence from Steam users.
Speaking about this latest development, Dominic Mansour, Managing Director at Full Tilt said:
“The opportunity to introduce our game to the millions of players who make up the Steam gaming community is really important to us.
“We will be the first major online poker brand on the platform and the move underlines our strategic intentions to explore new avenues for our games,” he added, saying that the “Greenlight qualification process has been very interesting and has provided us with some excellent insights into the wider gaming community.”
The company is pretty certain of its app being distributed to Steam users come the end of 2015.
After being greenlit by Steam, one can understand that Full Tilt could be looking to diversify and make an attempt to reach out to a newer audience.
The alterations to its product as well as changes to the VIP program appear to be in line with a new direction that the company is set to take in the New Year.