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.
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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
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
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.”
All good things come to an end, is a line gambling and showbiz industries are all too familiar with. The latest big news to emerge out from this sphere is the split between singer Mariah Carey and Australian casino mogul James Packer.
This after the pair got engaged on 21st January 2016 in a rather lavish manner. That shouldn’t come as a surprise, since Packer is one of Australia’s richest men with an estimated fortune of around $4 billion.
However, things have now turned ugly between the two, as the American pop diva has asked for a $50 million settlement from her the Aussie.
Mariah’a lawyer argue that Packer made several financial promises to her client and compelled her to move from New York to Los Angeles.
The exact reasons for their splitsville aren’t known yet but there are several reports in the American media.
“Our sources say what may have been the deal breaker for Packer came when she had some sort of rendezvous with one of the dancers in her Vegas show … something that is on video for the reality show. We’re told James hated the reality show from the get-go and it became a major source of conflict,” read an article on TMZ.
This saga between the ex-couple is far from finished. It remains to be seen how the two will go on to settle this matter.
Either way, will keep you posted on what happens next.
Jakub Michalak emerged victorious at the €10,200 EPT Malta Single Re-entry High Roller, beating 64 players to walk away with a cool €178,133 ($193,789). The event, hosted at the Casino at Portomaso, offered a prize pool of €814,800.
Thanks to this win, Michalak’s live career earnings increased to $1,280,460. Interestingly, this was his second biggest career win.
Some of the big names, who participated in the event included Max Silver and Steve O’Dwyer.
Nine players made it to the final table and after a series of eliminations, it was left for Jakub and Rocco Palumbo to fight it out for the coveted prize.
The heads-up battle was wrapped up rather quickly after Michalak's K9 was too good for Palumbo's pocket twos.
Final Table Results:
1: Jakub Michalak Poland €178,133
2: Rocco Palumbo Italy €138,763
3: Charlie Carrel UK €170,754
4: Orpen Kisacikoglu Turkey €80,250
5: Scott Seiver USA €63,550
6: Behzad Ahadpour Iran €49,700
7: Pratyush Buddiga USA €39,100
8: Adrian Mateos Spain €30,550
9: Morten Mortensen Denmark €23,200
David Yan emerged victorious at the EPT Malta €25,750 High Roller, beating a strong field of 46 players to walk home with €465,800.
Commenting on the win, the New Zealand poker pro said:
“I’m pretty happy with it. It’s tough to explain, but it feels pretty nice. It’s pretty cool.”
The event, held at the Portomaso Casino, had two noted players in Adrian Mateos (9th), and Davidi Kitai (7th) just missing out on the final table.
Six players however made it to the final table and after a series of eliminations, Yan and Ramin Hajiyev were left to fight it out for the coveted title.
The heads up battle didn't last too long as Hajiyev was brushed aside by Yan in no time.
Ramin (9h-6d) moved all-in on a Jh-10d-5h-7d-Qh board. Yan (Qc-10c) made the call to seal the deal. Hajiyev took home a cool €334,400, while Yan was crowned 2016 EPT Malta High Roller champion.
This win helped Yan take his live career earnings to over $3 million.
Final Table Results:
1: David Yan (NZ) €465,800
2: Ramin Hajiyev (AZ) €334,400
3: Oleksii Khoroshenin (UKR) €217,400
4: Max Silver (UK) €164,030
5: Mikita Badziakouski (BY) €127,400
6: Ole Schemion (GER) €98,740
7: Davidi Kitai (BEL) €78,050
8: Patrick Leonard (UK) €60,500
9: Adrian Mateos (SPN) €46,180
Panzica carved out a memorable win at the 2016 WPT bestbet Bounty Scramble, after he outplayed a strong field of 379 players to walk home with $354,335.
Thanks to this win, Sam's live career earnings tally reached $1,833,379. Interestingly, a majority - $1,126,534 - of it has come in 2016 itself.
The $5,000 main event had a prize pool of $1,762,350 up for grabs. The list of notable players that walked away with a return on their investment included Byron Kaverman in 19th ($16,380), Marvin Rettenmaier in 18th ($19,689), and Maxx Coleman in 14th ($24,040).
Nine players made it to the final table. But after a series of eliminations, Sam and Richard Malone Jr were left to fight it out for the big prize.
Going into the heads-up duel, the latter held a 2:1 chip advantage over the former. However Panzica played some solid poker to not just level things up but to also edge ahead.
140th hand was the final one and it arrived when Panzica moved all-in preflop with K-9. Malone (A-3) made the call. The board ran 8-7-5-9-K to condemn Malone to a second place finish for $237,616.
Final Table Results:
1: Samuel Panzica $354,335
2: Richard Malone, Jr. $237,616
3: Ankush Mandavia $152,766
4: Tyler Patterson $100,643
5: Noah Schwartz $77,499
6: Paul Balzano $64,183
7: Timothy Miles $53,785
8: Kory Kilpatrick $43,827
9: Jake Schwartz $33,933
Jackie Glazier is the latest high-profile name to join partypoker as a brand ambassador. The Australian pro signed a two-year deal with the poker brand to join the likes of Mike Sexton, Tony Dunst, Patrick Leonard, Natalia Breviglieri, Roberto Romanello and boxer Carl Froch.
During her very illustrious career, Glazier has amassed $1,323,493 playing live tournaments, with $458,996 as her biggest payday. In 2014, she was signed up by 888Poker after a string of big results. Her sponsorship with 888Poker ended this year and without much delay, partypoker secured her services.
Commenting on the latest development, Glazier said:
“I am confident that together our passion will help us to expand the game of poker in my country. I am looking forward to announcing some games and promotions over the next few weeks that will offer great value to the Australian poker community.”
Jackie will feature on the partypoker tables under the “JACKSTARPARTY” screenname. She will participate in some of the biggest poker tournaments across the globe.
Soon after the deal with the Aussie was signed, Group Head of partypoker Tom Waters said:
“It is a pleasure to have Jackie join the partypoker team as an ambassador and we are delighted to have such a prestigious player representing us in the Australian market. We are looking to invest in grassroots poker in Australia and Jackie is the perfect person to assist us in achieving these goals.”
Glazier is one of the best female poker players in the world. This is a smart move by partypoker and it will help the company in appealing to a bigger audience going forward.
Rachid Rami took down the World Poker Tour National Marrakech main event, beating 396 players for a MAD 950,000 (US$97,586) first place prize.
The event, hosted by the Casino De Marrakech in Morocco, witnessed three days of solid poker that ended in a win for the local favorite.
Thanks to this win, Rami pushed his live career earnings to $573,843. Reacting to his triumph, Rami said, “The money stays in Morocco!”
Nine players made it to the final table and after a series of eliminations, Rami and Mohammed Lahlou were left to fight it out for the title.
The final hand of the heads-up battle was played after Rami (6-2) check-raised on a 3-2-2 flop. Lahlou moved all-in holding pocket jacks. The 6 and A on turn and river were enough to seal his fate. Lahlou walked home with $66,769 for a runner-up finish.
Final Table Results (US$):
1: Rachid Rami (Mor) $97,586
2: Mohammed Lahlou (Mor) $66,769
3: Arthur Conan (Fra) $46,224
4: Dimitri Sukhorukov (Fra) $33,179
5: Alexandre Riccomi (Fra) $25,475
6: Alexandre De Zutter (Fra) $20,339
7: Joao Pinto Correia (Por) $16,230
8: Mathieu Maroccini (Fra) $13,148
9: Jean-Claude Guiot (Fra) $10,580