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Only 18 Spots Left for $1 Million Big One for ONE DROP


The Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino’s third-ever $1,000,000 buy-in Big One for ONE DROP is only a month away and there are currently just 18 seats remaining.  Thirty players have, therefore, committed to playing which includes 22 professional poker players and 8 businessmen.

This year’s biggest buy-in tournament in the world, which is rake free and is held over three days, is scheduled to begin on 15th July 2018, marking the last day of the 2018 World Series of Poker.  The event will be televised by ESPN2 on 16th and 17th July and will also be live-streamed on PokerGo.

Eight per cent of the $1 million buy-ins will go to the ONE DROP Foundation, which provides access to safe water to people around the world.  An amount of $92,000 will, therefore, go directly to the prize pool which will be $44,160,000 if it hits the 48 player cap.  The tournament will also apply big blind antes and a shot clock.

Among those confirmed are a number of first timers that include Nick Petrangelo, Dominik Nitsche, Jason Koon, Bryn Kenney, Rainer Kempe, Steffen “Goose” Sontheimer and Adrian Mateos.

Those players who are unable to pay the seven-figure buy-in will have an opportunity to win their way in via satellites at the World Series of Poker on 14th July 2018.  There will be a $10,300 mega satellite at Noon that will feed into a $100,500 satellite at 6 p.m.

Jack Effel, Tournament Director at the World Series of Poker, commented that a charity poker tournament that could have such an impact is simply astonishing.  He added that since 2012, through 15 tournaments and player donations, over 12,000 individuals have contributed to raising over $20 million for the cause of access to safe water.  He also said that this has had an incredible impact on the lives of over 170,000 people in need and that both from the poker and humanitarian aspects, the whole poker community and them at WSOP are lucky to be a part of this.

The Big One for ONE DROP tournament is reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.  Those who provide a deposit will have their seat guaranteed until 10th July 2018.

partypoker LIVE takes €500,000 Guaranteed Grand Prix to Rozvadov


partypoker LIVE takes €500,000 Guaranteed Grand Prix to Rozvadov

The King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic, is getting ready to host a €500,000 guaranteed partypoker LIVE Grand Prix which is scheduled to take place from 17fth to 25th June 2018.

Although partypoker Live Germany only costs €220 to enter, the tournament has a massive guaranteed prize pool of €500,000. The tournament features seven live Day 1s and four online Day1s to help the partypoker LIVE team reach the desirous guarantee.

Players will find daily online satellites available at partypoker from an amount of $0.50 with King’s Casino Centrolls awarding €22 tickets to the King’s Casino Satellites that guarantees two €220 seats.

Players also have the opportunity to buy into the Grand Prix Germany Main Event by using ‘My partypoker LIVE Dollars (My PPL$$$)’, a new currency that has been created by the partypoker LIVE team.  “MyPPL$$$ can be won in daily and weekly satellites and can be used by players in order to buy into any partypoker LIVE tournament, including side events and can also be used to purchase flights, accommodation and a number of other expenses.

partypoker LIVE Grand Prix Germany Schedule

Date Time Tournament Buy-in (inc. fee) Blinds Chips
Sun 17 Jun 2:00 p.m. Satellite to Day 1a – Turbo €40 15 mins 5,000
  4:00 p.m. Main Event Day 1A €220 30 mins 100,000
  8:00 p.m. Main Even – Online – Day 1A €220 15 mins 100,000
Mon 18 Jun 8:00 p.m. Main Event – Online – Day 1B €220 15 mins 100,000
Tue 19 Jun 8:00 p.m. Main Event – Online – Day 1C €220 15 mins 100,000
Wed 20 Jun 8:00 p.m. Main Event – Online – Day 1D €220 15 mins 100,000
  8:00 p.m. Mega Satellite to Day 1B – 50 seats GTD €55 15 mins 5,000
Thu 21 Jun 3:00 p.m. Satellite to Day 1B – Turbo €40 15 mins 5,000
  5:00 p.m. Main Event – Day 1B €220 30 mins 100,000
Fri 22 Jun 11:00 a.m. Satellite to Day 1C – Turbo €40 15 mins 5,000
  1:00 p.m. Main Event – Day 1C €220 30 mins 100,000
  2:00 p.m. Satellite to Day 1D – Turbo €40 15 mins 5,000
  6:00 p.m. Main Event – Day 1D €220 30 mins 100,000
Sat 23 Jun 10:00 a.m. Satellite to Day 1E – Turbo €40 15 mins 5,000
  12:00 p.m. Main Event – Day 1E €220 30 mins 100,000
  6:00 p.m. Main Event – Day 1F €220 30 mins 100,000
Sun 24 Jun 10:00 a.m. Main Event – Turbo – Day 1G €220 12 mins 100,000
  2:30 p.m. Main Event Day 2   30 mins  
Mon 25 Jun 2:00 p.m. Main Event – Day 3 (Final Day)   30 mins  


$10 Million Guaranteed KO Series Heads to partypoker from 3rd June 2018


An amount of $10 million is guaranteed to be won across 226 Progressive Knockout tournaments at partypoker between the period 3rd and 10th June 2018, courtesy of the latest edition of the KO Series.

Progressive Knockout, or PKO, tournaments have gained a lot of popularity in online poker circles due to the fact that they give players a chance to win cash without the need to navigate their way to the money places.

All participants begin with a bounty on their heads in a PKO tournament with half of the bounty collected as a cash prize and the other half added to the winning player of the knockout hand when someone is eliminated.  This results in a special dynamic where players can become valuable targets as the value of their bounty increases and leads to some huge bounties being available in the later stages of the tournament.

The eventual champion of the tournament gets to keep the bounty that is on their head, which often results in a lucrative prize.

Ever since Tom Waters, Managing Director for partypoker, took the novel step of removing the rake from the bounty element of the buy-in, the bounties in partypoker’s PKO tournaments are bigger than ever before.

Waters revealed that after feedback from the poker community and lobbying from their ambassador Patrick Leonard, they removed rake on the bounty element on all their PKO MTTS which began just before POWERFEST.

Leonard added that they will hold this policy for six months with the intention to make this a permanent reduction to their pricing structure.

He went on to say that there are over 350 PKO MTTs per week with guarantees of over $4 million, so they will clearly need players continued support to remain competitive revenue-wise with any other online poker sites.

Payers are given the opportunity to download partypoker via UK & Ireland Poker News, enter the bonus code ‘UKPNEWS16” when making their first deposit and partypoker will match their first deposit 100% up to £250.  Within 48-hours after making their first deposit at partypoker, players will also receive an additional bonus of between $10 and $100 worth of tournament dollars, depending on the size of their deposit.


$10 Million Guaranteed MILLIONS World Event Scheduled for the Caribbean Poker Party


The 2018 partypoker LIVE Caribbean Poker Party to be held at the Baha Mar Resort in the Bahamas this November sees many players looking forward to the $5,300 MILLIONS Main Event with its $10 million guarantee.

However, another tournament, MILLIONS World, a Super High Roller event is scheduled to run at the Baha Mar Casino from 9th to 12th November 2018 and is bound to attract several of the world poker’s elite players with the buy-in set to $25,500.   Partypoker LIVE has also added a $10 million guarantee on the event, which means that the event needs to attract 400 entries.

The MILLIONS World satellites currently running online at partypoker will result in a number of recreational players joining the dozens of poker superstars likely to descent on the Bahamas just to play MILLIONS World.

Satellites for this huge event start at a mere $22 and partypoker is also creating some special edition Sit & Go Hero tournaments, leaderboards and other promotions that will eventually award $32,500 packages.

Winners of the $32,500 package will be awarded –

  • $25,500 MILLIONS World buy-in
  • 10 nights bed and breakfast for two people
  • $1,000 resort credit
  • $2,000 towards flights and transfer

Those players who believe that winning a $32,500 MILLIONS World package for only $22 was not incentive enough to rush to partypoker in order to try to qualify for the $10 million guaranteed event, will find that partypoker LIVE is running a special promotion that that sees the first player winning a $32,500 package via the $22 satellite tree also receiving an amount of $10,000 worth of tournament entries that can be spent at the 2018 CaribbeanPoker Party.

Those players who already have a partypoker account can open the software, and endeavour to satellite their way into some of the big party LIVE events.  Those who don’t have an account yet, can download partypoker via PokerNews, enter the bonus code “UKPNEWS16” when making their first deposit.  Partypoker will match it 100 percent, up to £250, in the form of a bonus.

PokerStars to Sponsor the Mammoth Poker Festival


Online poker giant PokerStars will be sponsoring the Mammoth Poker Festival scheduled to take place at the Bonnington Hotel in Dublin, Ireland between 29th May and 4th June 2018 resulting in the festival being bigger and better than ever.

The Mammoth Poker Festival is running for the second year and features six tournaments, including a €150,000 guaranteed Main Event that costs €120 to enter and a €50,000 guaranteed High Roller event that requires a buy-in of €500.

The inaugural Mammoth Poker Series Main Event was won by Lee Egan in June of last year when he came out on top of a 1,468-strong field to win an amount of €15,250.  A deal was struck among the final seven finishers, with the second-place finisher down to seventh each taking home an amount of €10,000.

This year’s edition of the Mammoth Poker Series Main Event features a guaranteed prize pool of €15,000 for the same buy-in of €120 (€100 + €20).  However, Pokerstars’ sponsorship will see the winner also securing a PokerStars Players Championship Platinum Pass worth $30,000, which will add extra spice to the tournament.

The winner of the High Roller will also be awarded a $30,000 Platinum Pass by PokerStars, making both tournaments must-play events.

The Schedule for the 2018 Mammoth Poker Series –

Date Time Tournament Buy-in Starting stack Clock
Tue 29 May 7:00 p.m. Warm Up – IPS Monthly €10,000 Guaranteed €80 20,000 20-mins
Wed 30 May 4:00 p.m. Mammoth Main Event Day 1a €120 25,000 30-mins
  10:00 p.m. High Roller Satellite (2 x €500 seats guaranteed) €60 8,000 15-mins
Thu 31 May 4:00 p.m. Mammoth Main Event Day 1b €120 25,000 30-mins
  10:00 p.m. High Roller Satellite (2 x €500 seats guaranteed) €60 8,000 15-mins
Fri 1 Jun 4:00 p.m. Mammoth Main Event Day 1c €120 25,000 30-mins
  10:00 p.m. High Roller Satellite (2 x €500 seats guaranteed) €60 8,000 15-mins
Sat 2 Jun 12:00 p.m. Mammoth Main Event Day 1d €120 25,000 30-mins
  6:00 p.m. Mammoth Main Event Day 1e Turbo €120 25,000 15-mins
  8:00 p.m. High Roller Satellite (4 x €500 seats guaranteed) €60 8,000 15-mins
Sun 3 Jun 10:00 a.m. Mammoth Main Event Day 1f Hyper Turbo €120 25,000 10-mins
  2:30 p.m. Mammoth Main Event Day 2   40-mins  
  3:00 p.m. IPS High Roller Day 1a €50,000 guaranteed €500 30,000 30-mins
  5:00 p.m. Super Deep Freezeout €80 50,000 15-mins
  9:00 p.m. IPS High Roller Day 1b Reduced Clock 30,000 15-mins  
Mon 4 Jun 12:00 p.m. Mammoth Main Event Final Day   50-mins  
  1:00 p.m IPS High Roller Final Day   30-mins  
  2:00 p.m 20/20 Poker Challenge €80 20,000 20-mins
  6:00 p.m. Super Deep Turbo Freezeout €80 50,000 15-mins

Players may re-enter once per flight in the Main Event, with each Day 1 playing down until 15% of the field remains.  Players making it through to Day 2 are guaranteed to be in the money places.

Day 1 of the High Roller plays 10 levels with late registration available until the start of play on Day 2.  Day 2 can be bought in directly even if players have not played a starting flight.  The starting flights allow one re-entry per flight.

Satellites for the Mammoth Main Event are available online at PokerStars from as little as €5.50.  €22 buy-in qualifiers guarantee between one and three €120 seats to the Main Event.

Winamax SISMIX Heads to Es Saadi Marrakech


The fifth edition of the Winamax SISMIX is due to take place at the fabulous Ed Saadi Resort in Marrakech from 5th to 13th May 2018.

Previous editions of the Winnamax SISMIX have been great fun as they combine a crowded poker schedule with daily parties, scrumptious food and popular Djs.  Players looking for an enjoyable live poker tour are well advised to look no further than the Winamax SISMIX.

Although there are more than two dozen tournaments scheduled for the 2018 Winamax SISMIX, it is the Main Event that all participants will want to win.

The currency for the tournaments, including the Main Event, are in Dirhams (MAD).  The Main Event comes at a cost of the equivalent of €550 to enter with everyone sitting down at six-handed tables armed with 50,000 chips and playing to 40-minute blinds.  Players are allowed to re-enter once per each of the three starting flights.

Players will find that most of the Winamax SISMIX side events have a unique twist as they can purchase a Dealer Bonus before play commences to receive more chips in their starting stack.  In the festival-opening Warm-Up event, players can pay an additional 100 MAD and receive an extra 2,000 chips to take their starting stack to 20,000.

Attendees at Winamax SISMIX will, as usual, find a busy schedule of activities away from the tables with everyone who registers for a SISMIX tournament, with the exception of satellites, receiving a bracelet that allows them to have free access to the ritzy pool parties, access to the Theatro nightclub as well as all of the SISMIX activities for the duration of the festival.

Open from 11.00 p.m. until the early hours of the morning throughout SISMIX, the Theatro nightclub will have a minimum of 12 Djs playing throughout the festival.  These include Dj Angelo, Bakermat, Dj James, Duel Beat, Stone Van Broken, Nicolas Monier, Ayanne, Sara Lugo, Dj Kol, Mymy, Miss Owl and Super Mana.

The SISMIX Hub Social Club will also serve as a sports bar throughout the day and feature an American food court where players can get involved in quizzes, betting challenges, beer pong and more.


Cash Game Festival Returns to Tallinn 25th to 29th April 2018


The Cash Game Festival that consists of five days and over 120 hours of nonstop cash game poker action will be returning to the Estonian capital of Tallinn between 25th and 29th April 2018 at Olympic Park Casino.

Players will find games available in many formats with stakes starting as low as €1/€1 and the sky is the limit in terms of how high.  Prior festivals offered poker variants that included no-limit hold’em, Sviten Special (aka Drawmaha), pot-limit Omaha, Open-Face Chinese poker, H.O.R.S.E., Super Dealer’s Choice and many more.

The social aspect that the Cash Game Festival encourages sees players making friends easily and feeling part of a family after attending just one event.

The Cash Game Festival not only offers a bar and lounge area for players to hang out when they are not playing but also offers hospitality packages to those players that won a high hand promotion in prior festivals, as well as satellite winners from its online poker partners that include OlyBet, Unibet and 32Red.

The festival will also host two televised feature tables daily at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. on a 20-minute delay with hole cards exposed on the Cash Game Festival Twitch channel.

Andrew “Picasso” Hedley and Herny Kilbane, two prior commentators of the festival, will team up for analysis of the action together with friendly banter among themselves, guest hosts and viewers in the Twitch chat.

The Cash Game Festival will award a trophy to the best performer at all of the televised feature tables of the event.

Martin “Franke” von Zweigbergk, the Co-Founder of the Cash Game Festival, won the fifth-ever Cash Game Festival trophy during the last stop of the festival at Banco Casino Bratislava on 4th to 8th April winning €1,563 (781 big blinds) at a €2/€2 pot-limit Omaha table.

Von Zweigbergk feels that winning one trophy is not enough and is challenging everyone to keep him from winning it again to become the first player to win back-to-back Cash Game Festival trophies.

World Series of Poker Circuit Debuts in Russia from 13th May 2018


partypoker LIVE has signed a four-year agreement in terms of which it will become the major partner for live poker tournaments at the Casino Sochi, Russia with the partnership kicking off in style with partypoker helping to run the first-ever World Series of Poker Circuit event in Russia.

The festival is scheduled to run from Sunday, 13th May to Sunday, 27th May 2018 at the spectacular Casino Sochi where there will be seven “ring events” rewarding their champion a sought-after WSOP Circuit ring during these dates.  A massive amount of P243 million is guaranteed to be won during the festival which equals to approximately $4 million.

The Main Event features the biggest guarantee with the P66.000 ($1,100) buy-in tournament seeing P120 million ($2 million) guaranteed that is bound to attract select poker players from Europe, Russia and all over the world.

Yet another ring event that comes with a large guarantee is the P16.500 ($275) Colossus event which has P60 million ($1 million) up for grabs.  Other ring-awarding events include the Super High Roller, High Roller, Monster Stack, Closer and Pot Limit Omaha.

Event Buy-in Guarantee Approx Value in USD Dates
Main Event ₽66,000 ₽120,000,000 $1,100 / $2 million May 13-27
Colossus ₽16,500 ₽60,000,000 $275 / $1 million May 13-22
Monster Stack ₽33,000 ₽15,000,000 $550 / $250,000 May 21-23
Super High Roller ₽318,000 ₽15,000,000 $5,300 / $250,000 May 21-22
High Roller ₽132,000 ₽15,000,000 $2,200 / $250,000 May 25-27
Closer ₽16,500 ₽15,000,000 $275 / $250,000 May 25-27
Pot Limit Omaha ₽33,000 ₽3,000,000 $550 / $50,000 May 27

Players can choose from a total of eight Day 1s in the Main Event that includes two that are to be played online at partypoker.  These run on Tuesday, 1st and Sunday, 20th with the live Day 1s starting on Tuesday, 22nd May 2018.

partypoker will also be hosting an online Day1 and online Day2 for the Colossus.

Satellites to the WSOP-C Russia Main Event are available online at partypoker.  Feeder tournaments start at a mere $0.50 and feed into $22 buy-in Semi Finals which award seats to the $215 WSOP-C Russia Finals running on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday guaranteeing between 15 and 30 x $1,175 seats.


Unibet Open Partners with Cash Game Festival and Unibet Deepstack Open


The team at Unibet is pleased to reveal that it will be partnering with the Cash Game Festival and joining forces with the Unibet Deepstack Open in conjunction with Casino Malta for the first time.

The Cash Game Festival takes effect today, Wednesday 4th April 2018 at the next stop of the year – the Banco Casino Bratislava in Bratislava, Slovakia -and will continue until Sunday 8th April 2018.

The Cash Game Festival includes over 120 hours of consecutive live cash games at high and low stakes as well as two televised feature tables a day.  The festival also hosts lots of thrilling activities outside the felt for online qualifiers and those that take part in the hospitality package.

The Unibet Open will also be partnering with the Unibet Deepstack Open in conjunction with Casino Malta for the first time in May of this year at the Intercontinental Hotel in the dazzling area of St. Julian’s, Malta.

The festival will commence with the two-day €330 Unibet Deepstack Open Cup on Wednesday, 16th and Thursday, 17th May 2018 with the final day streaming on the Unibet Open website.

The Unibet Open Malta will feature 10 action-packed events in total that will be highlighted by the €1,100 Unibet Open Main Event.

The schedule includes the €220 NL Turbo Bounty tournament, a €330 Deepstack tourney as well as a special €110 Ladies Event hosted by Daiva Byrne.  Other Unibet ambassadors include Rauno “Estonian Jesus” Tahvonen, Espen Uhlen Jorsad, two-time Unibet Open champion Dan Murariu and The Chip Race podcast hosts David Lappin and Dara O’Kearney.

The €10,000 invitational “Battle Royale” freeroll is yet another highlight to the festival in Malta that will see eSports stars competing for a top prize of €5,000.  During the last Battle Royale that took place at the Unibet Open London in February 2018, Dutch player Thijs Molendijk won the title with Phil “syrinxx” Schpenebaum coming in at second place and Scott “Sco” McMillan cashing in third place.

Grosvenor Casino’s Full Schedule for 2018


Grosvenor Casinos has released its full schedule of live poker events for this year which includes details of the 12th season of the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT), namely the Goliath, the popular 25/25 Series and the UK Student Poker Championships.

Last year’s GUKPT featured 10 legs and awarded  £3,698 throughout the year.  The coming season’s schedule has been reduced by one leg with GUKP Walsall having been removed from the calendar.

The first leg of the 2018 GUKPT took place in London between 28th January and 4th February 2018 with a £1,100 buy-in Main Event and a £200,000 guarantee.

The tour heads to Manchester from London then to Edinburgh, Reading, back to London for a £560 buy-in tournament and a £100,000 guarantee then to Leeds, Luton, Blackpool, finishing off the year with a £2,140 Grand Final with a massive guaranteed prize pool of £400,000.

The 2018 GUKPT Schedule is as follows –

Dates Leg Main Event Buy-in Main Event Guarantee Location
Jan. 28-Feb. 4 GUKPT London £1,110 £200,000 The Poker Room, London
Feb. 25-Mar. 4 GUKPT Manchester £1,110 £200,000 Grosvenor Casino Bury New Road
Apr. 22-29 GUKPT Edinburgh £560 £100,000 Grosvenor Casino Maybury
Jun. 3-10 GUKPT Reading £560 £100,000 Grosvenor Casino Reading South
Jul 1-8 GUKPT London 500 £560 £100,000 The Poker Room, London
Sep. 9-16 GUKPT Leeds £560 £100,000 Grosvenor Casino Leeds Westgate
Oct. 7-14 GUKPT Luton £1,110 £200,000 Grosvenor Casino Luton
Nov. 4-11 GUKPT Blackpool £1,110 £200,000 Grosvenor Casino Blackpool
Nov. 25-Dec. 2 GUKPT Grand Final £2,140 £400,000 The Poker Room, Lond


The Goliath was the biggest live poker tournament held outside the USA during 2017 when 6,385 entries were processed.  This year’s edition that runs from 26th July to 5th August 2018 could increase with the eventual champion being guaranteed to win at least £100,000 for an investment of £125.

Grosvenor’s 25/25 Series is a well-structured tournament that players can play for a low buy-in cost of £225.  It offers guaranteed prize pools of £25,000 and heads to 30 casinos between 11th January and 9th December 2018.

The Grosvenor Casinos UK Student Poker Championship takes place from 4th to 8th April 2016 at the Grosvenor Casino Coventry in the Ricoh Arena.  The Main Event is a £37 buy-in.

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