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Partypoker’s 2018 LIVE Schedule with $100 Million Guaranteed


Partypoker LIVE held a number of popular live poker tournaments this year, which included the rewarding partypoker MILLIONS.

Following last year’s success, partypoker has announced the 2018 partypoker MILLIONS schedule, which guarantees over $100,000,000 in prize pools between now and December 2018.

The Caribbean Poker Party will still be taking place this year from Sunday, 17th to Monday, 25th December, 2017 offering $10 million in guaranteed prize pools and the partypoker Online Millions that commenced on Saturday, 2nd  December will run until Wednesday, 6th December 2017.

Next year’s schedule will feature events in North America, Russia, the Caribbean and Europe and return to King’s Casino in the Czech Republic, Playground Poker Club in Canada and Sochi Casino Resort in Russia.  A new stop is also planned at Casino Barcelona as well as a new venue planned for next year’s Caribbean Poker Party.

Multiple opening flights and guaranteed prize pools of at least $5 million with five events guaranteeing at least $10 million will be featured at all the festivals.  Each of the $10 million guaranteed events will pay out a minimum of $10,000 to at least 250 players while three players will be guaranteed to walk away with at least $1 million.

Other popular aspects of the poker festival include players being able to qualify for events for as low as $1.10 and to play online Day 1s from their own home.

Players will also be offered the opportunity to qualify for and play in partypoker MILLIONS events online prior to competing at the venue during next year’s festivals with those buying into live opening flights.

Partypoker MILLIONS Schedule

Dates Destination Guarantee Guarantee USD
Nov. 17-25, 2017 Caribbean Poker Party $10,000,000 $10,000,000
Dec. 2-6, 2017 MILLIONS Online $5,000,000 $5,000,000
Feb. 10-18, 2018 MILLIONS Germany: Kings Casino, Rozvadov €5,000,000 $5,800,000
April 7-15, 2018 MILLIONS Grand Final: Barcelona €10,000,000 $11,700,000
April 21-29, 2018 MILLIONS North America: Playground Poker Club, Canada CAD$10,000,000 $7,900,000
Aug. 4-12, 2018 MILLIONS Russia, Sochi $5,000,000 $5,000,000
Sept. 20-October 9, 2018 MILLIONS UK: Dusk Till Dawn £5,000,000 $6,500,000
Nov. 10-18, 2018 Caribbean Poker Party $10,000,000 $10,000,000


Partypoker LIVE President John Duthie has revealed that he is excited about partypoker’s commitment to growing its live brand and next year’s planned growth.

Mike Sexton, partypoker Chairman, also commented that he is thrilled about how partypoker MILLIONS has taken off and its prospects for next year.

£1 Million Red Spade Open Returns to PokerStars


Players at PokerStars will be pleased to learn that the mid stakes tournament, the Red Spade Open, with a likely overlay and £100 bounty on every Team PokerStars member in the field, is scheduled to take place next weekend.

PokerStars is bringing back the $1 million guaranteed Red Spade Open on Sunday, 3rd December 2017 at 21:00 CET in the Events tab of the PokerStars client after having taken a break last year.  Satellites are already running around the clock at PokerStars.  The Red Spade Open event was launched by PokerStars six months after Black Friday in 2011, beginning as a $55 buy-in $1 million guarantee with a first-place prize of $200,000.

The massive guarantee for the price point of $55 is the obvious draw of the Red Spade Open.  It is necessary for the event to get 20,000 entries including rebuys in order to cover the guarantee, failing which it will be an overlay.  The relatively low buy-in is, however not the only enticing feature.

The tournament has, as a rule, offered bounties for knocking out any Team Pro or Team Online member with a red spade next to their name.

After starting off at $100, the bounties have seen increases to $250 in 2014 and then to $500 in 2015 when there were more than 50 bounties offered in the field.   It is not yet known if this latest Red Spade Open will once again offer bounties and if so, how many and for how much.

It is also not clear how much the first-place guarantee will be as, although it started at $200,000, after a few years, the first-place guaranteed prize was reduced to $100,000, probably in an endeavor to flatten the payout structure and pay out a higher percentage on the field.

PokerStars are expected to provide more details of the Red Spade Open soon but players with access to the client can prepare for the event to take place on Sunday, 3rd December, 2017, which is the day that the recently announced PokerStars High Roller series comes to an end.

Virtue Poker Adds Phil Ivey as Adviser


Phil Ivey, one of the greatest players in the history of online poker, has joined the burgeoning team at cryptocurrency-based online poker start-up Virtue Poker.

Ivey will be lending his expertise in a number of areas and will assist with product development by helping the Virtue team to fine-tune their almost finished poker client.  Ivey can also use his widespread contacts in the poker world to enhance relationships for the company and provide important information about the state of the poker world.

Ivey commented on joining the company through a press release by saying that he is looking forward to serving as a strategic adviser to the Virtue Poker team.  He added that he believes their new peer-to-peer solution built using blockchain technology can add considerable value to the online poker experience.

Brian Rast and Dan Colman, Ivey’s fellow poker superstars, also teamed with the Ethereum-based business as ambassadors two months ago when the company announced its enterprising business.

Virtue will endeavor to solve two issues with online poker, namely trust in the fairness of the software and trust in the operator as a neutral party that holds player funds in escrow, with blockchain technology being the key in both cases.

Virtue employs a program called Mental Poker which is a peer-to-peer card shuffling protocol.  All players seated at the table contribute to the card shuffling and company employees, therefore, are not able to see players’ cards.

Ryan Gittleson, the co-founder of Virtue, commented that instead of trusting a random number generator from an operator stored in some offshore server, every single player has an RNG built into the machine that they utilize and they shuffle the deck for each hand played on the platform.

Poker players have become wary of trusting sites with the money after Lock Poker, Ultimate Bet and Full Tilt Poker did not prove to be liquid when it came time to pay up.

Virtue, however, eliminates that potential issue as the site never actually controls player funds.  Cryptocurrency is used by players to fund a digital wallet enabling players to then buy in and send the funds into an escrow via an Ethereum smart contract with the contract executing and automatically paying out winnings at the end of the game.



Vivian Saliba Joins 888poker as Newest Ambassador


888poker announced its newest ambassador live on Wednesday, 8th November 2017, at King’s Casino in Rozvadov.

Vivian “Vivi” Saliba signed her contract live on Facebook after accepting her new position as 888poker Ambassador after which she commented that she is officially part of the team and that it is a privilege to be an official.

During an official press release, Saliba went on to say that there are many aspects that she likes about 888poker.  She added that first of all, the 888live events are due to the affordable buy-ins with good structures and amazing locations.  She said that she also likes the online platform because of the variety of different tournaments and cash games with a large number of players online at any time.

Saliba logged her first win in 2014 when she earned over $174,000 in winnings but has been slow in getting noticed on the tournament scene.  However, she made a splash this summer finishing in 11th place in the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha 8 Handed Championship at the World Series of Poker.

The new ambassador also came 1st place in the 888Live in London Woman’s Event, 3rd place at WSOP International Circuit – Sao Paulo in Event No.6 – Pot Limit Omaha and 3rd place at PokerStars Championship Barcelona in Event No. 38 €1,100 Pot Limit Omaha.

Saliba joins the 88poker team that includes Parker Talbot, Chris Moorman, Kara Scott, Sofia Lovgren, Natalie Hoff as well as fellow Brazilian, Bruno Foster.

In the 888poker press release Saliba also revealed that she could not be happier about joining the 888 Team and that as a professional poker player, she always looked forward to a partnership.  She also said that 888poker is one of the biggest poker companies, and she is fortunate to be a part of it.

Saliba went on to say that she prefers PLO as there is much more action compared to Hold’em, making it more enjoyable to play.  She added that a lot of players are new to the game and make many mistakes which is obviously good for her as a professional poker player.


Chris Moorman Wins 26th Online Triple Crown


Chris “Moorman1” Moorman, an 888poker ambassador, managed to win his 26th Triple Crown last week after winning a qualifying tournament at his sponsor’s site.

A Triple Crown is awarded by to those players who win three poker tournaments on three different poker sites within a seven day period with each tournament meeting the following criteria –

  • Must have a buy-in of at least $0.01 — free-rolls do not qualify
  • Must have at least 100 entrants
  • Must have a prize pool of at least $1,000

Moorman won the Uppercut Warm-Up $20K Gtd at partypoker for an amount of $8,060 on 26th October 2017 after which he took down the $109 Fast Friday Early Edition at PokerStars for $4,163.  The Essex-born star then placed second and third in four other tournaments before succeeding in the $10,000 Monsoon at 888poker on 20th October for an amount of $2,591.

Triple Crown was created by in the year 2005 and saw 13 recipients in the first 12 months.  The number of winners increased each year with the exception of 2011 which was due to Black Friday and reached its peak in 2013 when 208 Triple Crowns were won.  Triple Crowns were awarded to 60 players last year and there have been 24 thus far awarded during this year.

Although a number of players have won multiple Triple Crown titles, only Nicolas “PokerKaiser” Fierro and Moorman have managed to win more than 20.

Moorman is now looking to win a live poker edition of the Triple Crown, which is similar to that awarded by PocketFives.  Any player who wins a World Poker Tour, World Series of Poker bracelet as well as a European Poker Tour title is given the live Triple Crown.

The 888poker ambassador managed to win the 2014 WPT World Poker L.A. Poker Classic for an amount of $1,015,460 after which he won his first bracelet when he emerged victorious from the $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed event at the 2017 World Series of Poker that netted him $498,682.

Poker Player Phil Ivey Loses £7.7m Casino Case


Phil Ivey, a 10-time winner of the World Series of Poker and one of the world’s top poker players, has lost his case in the UK Supreme Court where he was endeavoring to reclaim an amount of £7.7m in winnings that was withheld by a London casino for five years.

The American poker player was challenging a Court of Appeal judgment that Crockfords Club could refuse to pay up after Ivey won the £7.7m playing a version of the card game Baccarat, known as Punto Banco at Crockfords Club in Mayfair, central London, in 2012 together with Cheung Yin Sun, a fellow gambler.

At the time, Genting, the owners of the casino, refused to pay out the amount as they claimed that the two players had jointly used the technique of “edge-sorting”, which involves identifying minute differences in the patterns on the back of playing cards and exploiting that information in order to increase their chances of winning.  According to Genting, this was not a legitimate strategy.

Ivey argued that the technique was not a form of cheating as it did not involve dishonesty.  He also said that he had simply exploited Crockfords’ failure to take proper steps to protect itself against a gambler of his ability and he was, therefore, entitled to claim his full winnings, instead of having only his initial stake of £1m returned to him.

Ivey once again found himself on the losing side of the case, with the Supreme Court upholding the 2014 Court of Appeal’s ruling that the edge sorting technique gave Ivey an unfair advantage that falls under the definition of cheating.

In May of 2013, Ivey explained that he had taken the case court as he had been given a receipt for his winnings at the time but that Crockfords had subsequently withheld payment, leaving him with no alternative but to take legal action.

Lady Justice Arden explained the ruling by saying that Ivey and Sun interfered with the process of the game, and therefore, were not entitled to the winnings that came as a result.

Ivey revealed that he was upset as he had played an honest game and won fairly.  He added that his integrity is infinitely more important to him than a big win.


Partypoker Launches $5 Million Guaranteed Monster Series


Partypoker has launched a low-to-mid stakes online poker tournament festival – the $5 million Monster Series – this is running from Saturday, 21st to Tuesday, 31st October 2017.

Partypoker has launched the Monster Series following a successful Powerfest series.  The Monster Series is a $5 million guaranteed online poker tournament that is aimed at low and mid-stakes players.

Tournament schedule expert Bryan Slick assisted with the design of the Monster Series with lower stakes players in mind, unlike the $35 million guaranteed Powerfest series that had a series of buy-ins to suit all bankrolls.

The $5 million guaranteed Monster Series has been split into Micro-Level and Mid-Level and offers 140 events with buy-ins that range from $1.10 up to $215 for the Mid-Level Event.  Each tournament comes with a guarantee of between $1,000 and $1,000,000.

There are combined guarantees of $1,000,000 in the Micro-Level which is made up of 70 tournaments with buy-ins from $1.10 to $5.50 and ending with a $22 buy-in $300,000 guaranteed Main Event on Sunday, 29th October 2017.

The 70 events scheduled for Mid-Level players with combined guarantees of $4,000,000 comes with buy-ins starting at $11 and increasing to $55.  The $215 Main Event and its $1,000,000 guaranteed prize pool for this level will run on Sunday, 29th October 2017.

According to partypoker ambassador Natalia Breviglieri, the new partypoker Monster Series is a wonderful initiative.  She also said that like her, there is a lot of players out there who really enjoy playing low to mid stake Sit and Go’s or MTT’s who will relish the opportunity to compete in a tournament series tailored just for them.

Breviglieri went on to say that she is really excited about this series and that it is going to be a fun 11 days.

Bryan Slick commented that players have been requesting a mid-stakes series for a very long time and there are delighted to be able to provide it at partypoker while also providing a first-ever micro-stakes series for their players.   He added that with a total guarantee of $5,000,000, the new series is bound to give thousands of players many chances to compete for serious prizes across nearly two weeks of amazing poker.



888poker’s New “Monday Twins” Tournaments


888poker’s new Monday Twins’ online poker tournaments offer players, who are always on the lookout for ways to win, new and unique gaming content that could see players winning up to seven different ways each week.

The Monday Twins are a pair of tournaments that run at 888poker every Monday with the pair of $22 buy-in events named Monday Twins Challenge: Royal and Monday Twins Challenge: Flush that both commence at 7.35 p.m. BST.  The tournaments each offer a guaranteed prize pool of $8,000.

Players have the opportunity to compete in both Monday Twins tournaments simultaneously, giving them two chances of winning a share of the prize pool.  888poker has also spiced up the action by adding five special bonus prizes to those players who cash in both Monday Twins tournaments.

Players who manage to cash in during both tournaments of the Monday Twins Challenge will earn a free seat to the following Monday’s tournaments.  With buy-ins costing $22 each, this bonus prize is valued at $44.

All players who manage to reach the final table during Monday Twin Challenge events on the same day will be given seats to enjoy a Free Month of Sundays – seats in all the following month’s Sunday Challenge tournaments that are worth at least $436.

Players who win one Monday Twins tournament and final table on the other tournament on the same day will be awarded an additional amount of $1,000 in cash while taking down one of the Monday Twins tournaments and finishing second on the other tournament on the same day will have their winnings boosted by a massive sum of $2,500.

The largest cash prize of $10,000 is awarded to any 888poker player who manages to win both Monday Twins Challenge tournaments on the same day.

Players should take note that all Terms and Conditions apply to the Monday Twins Challenge.

Tickets can only be won to the Sunday Challenge of the following month’s tournaments.

Prizes of tickets to tournaments are not refundable or saleable and members can only win one prize from each Monday Twins Challenge.


Simon Jones Crowned “Greatest Poker Player in the Universe” in UCOP


The 2017 edition of the Universal Championship of Poker (UCOP) at MPN (previously known as the Microgaming Poker Network) came to an end recently with Simon Jones being crowned the “Greatest Poker Player in the Universe”.

Comprising of 59 events held from 10th to 24th September 2017 with an amount of €75,000 in prize pool guarantees and representing an increase of €250,000 from last year’s guarantees, the 2017 Universal Championship of Poker was the largest one to date, awarding over €810,000 in payouts throughout the event.

A €10,000 leaderboard was a unique aspect of the UCOP which tracked player progress throughout the series to determine who the Greatest Poker Player in the Universe was.  In addition to the financial incentive of a €5,000 cash bonus for winning, the UCOP also gives players a chance to compete for the esteemed title of “Greatest Poker Player in the Universe”.

Professional poker player/sports psychology lecturer, Simon Jones, came out on top and although he did not intend playing so many events, early success motivated him to compete for the leaderboard.

Jones commented on his win by saying that he had not actually planned on playing the entire UCOP series, but he had been doing really well on the MPN the previous couple of months.  He added that the size of the fields in the network tournaments meant that one has a realistic chance of getting close to the money a decent chunk of the time, so he decided to see how the first few days went before committing himself.

Jones went on to say that he had a number of third place finishes and other deep runs to put him in the top five after which a €5.4K win in Event No. 32 catapulted him to the top spot.  He added that he really wanted the trophy and is chuffed to actually win.


Alex Scott, the Head of Product (Network Games) at Microgaming, commented on the UCOP series by saying that the poker industry’s most thrilling tournament series has once more come to a close, with another vast increase in prize pools compared to the previous year.


Scott congratulated Simon on becoming the Greatest Poker Player in the Universe – for now.



WPT and ELC Gaming to Host Poker and Esports Collaborative Event


The World Poker Tour will soon be teaming up with the European division of Allied Esports, ELC Gaming that will see the two being brought together in the first-of-its-kind integrated poker and esports event at Holland Casino in Valkenburg in the Netherlands.

This revolutionary event is due to take place during the WPTDeepStacks series at Holland Casino between Monday, 9th and Sunday, 15th October offering a packed schedule that will feature integrated poker and esports events.  Players can expect to find the regular DeepStacks schedule offerings including a €1,100 Main Event between Thursday, 12th and Sunday, 15th October as well as a range of additional menu items.

ELC Gaming’s 18-wheel mobile esports arena “Big Betty” will be onsite outside of the casino where it will host events with lots of opportunities for players and fans to win seats into the poker tournaments and esports competitions.  They will also be offered an interactive virtual reality experience, daily esports battles between local universities giving players a chance to win additional prizes as well as a casual gaming lounge.

Adam Pliska, the CEO of World Poker Tour explained why they chose to launch the inaugural collaborative event at the WPTDeepStacks Netherlands by saying that the crossover between the poker and esports communities is undeniable, and the addition of a live esports event to one of the WPT’s live poker festivals is a perfect fit to provide an even greater experience for their players.

Frank Ng, CEO of Ourgame International, commented on the merging of the two realms by saying that as Ourgame International is the parent company of both WPT and Allied Esports, it is well positional to bring forth this collaboration between poker and esports.  He added that with prominent business in poker and esports, Ourgame is uniquely positioned to raise the bar with a new breed of events across the globe to give all of their players more of what they want.

Leon Groenewoud, COO of ELC Gaming, added that they are thrilled to be working with their sister company, the World Poker Tour, and Holland Casino to create the first-ever crossover experience between poker and esports.



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