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 -, 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.

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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.

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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?

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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


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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


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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.

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Hakim Zoufri emerged victorious at the 2016 Master Classics of Poker main event, beating 356 players for €275,608 ($294,661). The €4,250 buy-in event, which was held at the Holland Casino Amsterdam, had a prize pool of €1,409,760 up for grabs.

After four days of intense poker action, nine players made it to the final table. Post a series of eliminations, it was left for Hakim Zoufri and Fabio Sperling to fight it out for the title.

The heads-up duel between the two lasted for 30 minutes. The final hand of the game was played when Sperling (A-Q) raised preflop. Zoufri (7-7) re-raised and Sperling moved all-in. The 3-6-K-9-4 board sealed the deal in favour of Zoufri, while the German Sperling had to settle for a second place finish for $197,597.

The Dutchman joined the likes of Ole Schemion, Ram Vaswani, Noah Boeken, and Robert Mizrachi in the list of players to have captured the MCOP crown.

Final Table Results:

1: Hakim Zoufri (Neth) $294,661
2: Fabio Sperling (Ger) $197,597
3: Ivan Arbatsky (Kaz) $137,006
4: Juha Helppi (Fin) $98,421
5: Stefan Fabian (Rom) $73,250
6: Samuli Sipila (Fin) $56,219
7: Michiel Brosky (Neth) $44,312
8: Rashed Zade (Neth) $35,721
9: Charlie Carrel (UK) $29,240

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Noah Boeken emerged victorious at the 2016 Master Classics of Poker €10,250 High Roller to win €217,069 ($229,812) for his first-place finish. The event, held at the Holland Casino in Amsterdam, offered a prize pool of €732,604 thanks to 73 participants.

Boeken's win helped him take his lifetime earnings tally to $2,019,263 and reach 9th on the Netherlands ‘All Time Money List’.

After a series of eliminations, six players made it to the final table. In the heads-up round, it was left for Noah to take on English pro Charlie Carrel.

There was an intense duel between them towards the end. The final hand of the game was played when Carrel (4,4) moved all in pre-flop. Noah (A,A) made the call.

The dealer laid out a Q-6-3-8-Q board, to consign Charlie to a respectable second place finish for €144,615, while Noah walked home with the big prize and bragging rights.

Top 10 Finishes: 

1: Noah Boeken €217,069
2: Charlie Carrel €144,615
3: Kees van Brugge €98,901
4: Jans Arends €69,524
5: Luuk Gieles €50,330
6: Enzo Del Piero €37,656
7: Rashed Zade €29,087
8: Stefan Wolzak €23,297
9: Rob Buky €23,297
10: Wim Emo €19,414

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Online poker giant PokerStars is out with its latest offering  - Casino Rush – a mobile gaming app that offers poker, casino and slots for free play.

Players can access this app in the app store across the globe. Users can play online or offline on iOS and Android devices.

On signing up, players will get 75,000 free chips, with more being credited as and when new games are unlocked.

Apart from taking on the best in the Casino Rush leader board, players will have a chance to participate in private leaderboards with friends and family.

“We spent a lot of time assessing the social casino market, what was missing and what players wanted,” PokerStars director of social gaming, Lloyd Melnick, said.

“Our analysis found that our social players want a poker experience that they can enjoy quickly whether or not they are connected to the Internet.

“That’s why we created Casino Rush; it is the best of poker, casino and slots all fused into one great game, just what gamers in 2016 are looking for.”

In a bid to promote its ‘PokerStars Casino’ service, the company recently rolled out its first TV ad campaign in the UK.

This campaign is a new strategy for the PokerStars Casino brand. With almost 105 million players in their kitty at the moment, the company wants to further add to that number.

Sam Hobcraft, director of casino at PokerStars, said:

“In just two years, PokerStars Casino has grown immensely; we are already one of the world’s leading online casinos.

“PokerStars Casino is currently a well-kept secret for poker players, who love to play casino, and we now feel it is the right time to share our unique product and customer experience with a wider audience.”

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Ken Komberec emerged victorious at the Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) Meskwaki main event, outplaying 405 players to take home a cool $93,922 for first place. The $1,100 buy-in event had a prize pool of $391,350 on offer.

Interestingly, four months back Ken's mate John Sun had won the 2016 MSPT Iowa State Poker Championship for $104,627.

“Feels good. I don’t play in a lot of these, so it feels great. John won here in July. Hopefully you’ll keep having us back. We’ll be playing some more tournaments in the next six months for sure,” Ken said.

Some of the big names that walked away with a return on their investment at the MSPT Meskwaki main event included Blake Bohn in 43rd ($1,957), Jason Seitz in 37th ($1,957), Rodger Johnson in 32nd ($2,348), Kou Vang in 26th ($2,935); Matt Alexander in 17th ($3,796), John Reading in 14th ($5,088), and Aaron Massey in 20th ($2,935).

After three days of solid poker, 10 players made it to the final table and Ken and Drew Woodke had to fight it out for the title after a series of eliminations.

After a protracted heads-up battle, Ken got the better of his final opponent thanks to his pocket rockets that held over a open-ended straight draw.

Woodke had to settle for a $56,746 for his spirited second place finish.

Final Table Results: 

1: Ken Komberec $93,922
2: Drew Woodke $56,746
3: Tom Hammers $36,983
4: Josh Reichard $25,633
5: DJ Buckley $19,568
6: Carl Carodenuto $15,067
7: Ron McMillen $12,523
8: Anthony Knepper $10,371
9: Keith Neuzil $8,766
10: John Whitacre $6,653

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