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Debate on who should be nominated for the 2017 Poker Hall of Fame


Nominations are currently open for the 2017 Poker Hall of Fame class and Sarah Herring of PokerNews recently walked around the Rio in order to interview poker players and media members in order to ascertain who they feel are the top picks.

A number of those interviewed, including Chris DeMace, Bruno Fitoussi, David Williams and PokerNews’ Mathew Parvis selected Dave “Devilfish” Ulliott.

Fitoussi revealed that he has Devilfish back on his list for 2017 and after speaking openly about the lack of European players in the Hall of Fame he went on to say that Devilfisht had a fantastic personality and character and he intends voting for him again.

Devilfish was an English professional poker player

Max Pescatori, four-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner has chosen Ted Forrest, a six-time bracelet winner and member of the consortium of high-stakes poker pros who took on Andy Beal, a Texas billionaire, in the early 2000s.  Forrest was born on 24th September 1964 and is an American professional poker player who currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Forrest won three bracelets at the 1993 World Series of Poker and two bracelets at the 2004 World Series of Poker.

He defeated poker player Phil Hellmuth in June of 2014 in the final table of the World Series of Poker Razz event, bringing his total number of WSOP bracelets to 6.

Pescatori described Ted Forrest as an amazing player and also said that he is very challenging.

Phil Ivey, was of course the obvious choice for this year’s class.  Ivey, who turned 40 in February of this year, is an American professional poker player who has won ten World Series of Poker bracelets, one World Poker Tour title and has appeared at nine World Poker Tour final tables.

Ivey first began to develop his poker skills by playing against co-workers at a New Brunswich, New Jersey Telemarketing firm in the late 1990s.

Ivey was at one time regarded by a vast number of poker observers and contemporaries as the best all-around player in the World.   He is currently the most feared cash game player of all time.


Fast BLAST Tournaments Introduced by 888poker


888poker has introduced a new turbocharged version of its popular BLAST games that will see one of the most action-packed online poker tournament variants become even crazier.

BLAST tournaments are 888poker’s version of the so-called “jackpot sit & go” tournaments with all BLAST tournaments played on four-handed tables and commencing when four players have entered either the $1, $5, $10, $15, $30 or $100 buy-in game.

The prize pool is randomly selected before any cards are dealt to players, as in other online poker sites’ jackpot sit & go games. However, there is then a major difference which separates BLAST from the competition.  BLAST games do not play out like a typical sit & go but have a five minute timer displayed.  Once the timer hits zero, any remaining players are set all-in until such time as a champion is decided.  This process is bound to lead to a couple of crazy plays when the timer is about to count down.

Despite the fact that five minutes promotes more than enough frenzied action, 888poker is currently preparing to introduce Fast BLAST tournaments, which only have a time limit of two minutes.  Players still have a chance to play for a share of a prize pool up to 10,000 times the buy-in amount with the same rules but now have a mere 120 seconds in which to build a stack large enough to give them an increased chance of winning some prize money.

The $10 BLAST WSOP Package edition is yet another new addition to the 888poker BLAST offering where the winner is awarded a $12,500 package to the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event for triggering the jackpot.

The $10 buy-in games see 8% of the buy-in paid in fees while the prize pool multiplier is twice, five times or 1,250 times the buy-in.  Prizes are due to be awarded at the following frequencies.

Prize Pool Multiplier Prize Pool Frequency
1,250 $12,500 450 in 1,000,000
5 $50 372,800 in 1,000,000
2 $20 626,750 in 1,000,000



84 Confirmed for WSOP Europe €111,111 High Roller at King’s Casino


King’s Casino has congratulated Dough Polk on claiming victory at the exciting conclusion of the $111,111 One Drop High Roller and extended an invitation to Polk to attend the next One Drop high roller at the World Series of Poker in November 2017.

Leon Tsoukernik, the Czech entrepreneur and owner of King’s Casino, commented that all of them at King’s would love to congratulate Doug Polk on his fabulous win and that they extend a very warm welcome to him to play their €111k One Drop at the WSOPE in November.

Tsoukernik went on to say that this One Drop high roller will be the richest non-invitational tournament in European poker history and with 84 deposits already put down and the field capped at 111, they encourage players to commit sooner rather than later.

Three players from the One Drop final table, runner-up Bertrand “Elky’ Grospellier, Andrew Robi and Rainer Kempe, join 81 other philanthropists, businessmen and poker professionals in November to fight for gold while using their poker ability in order to give back and do some good.

One Drop made history with the first $1million buy-in tournament in 2012 and has been a charitable partner of the WSOP since then.

The World Series of Poker has since relinquished its fees and $505,570 was raised from this year’s tournament for the One Drop Foundation which promotes access to safe drinking water around the globe.  The WSOP has, since then, proudly hosted a Big One and Little One for One Drop each year.

Tsoukernik is honored to take what has been first and foremost a Las Vegas highlight and bring it to Kings Casino in Rozvadov, which houses the largest poker room in Europe, with 160 tables.

Other recent additions to the Europe version include recent bracelet winners, Gus Hansen, Bobby Baldwin, Igor Kurganov, Liv Boeree, Lauren Roberts as well as Dan Shak.

The €111,111 High Roller for One Drop that commences on Friday, 3rd November 2017, is a re-entry tournament offering a guarantee of €10,000,000 and has a cap of 111 players.

The €1,100 Little One for One Drop No-Limit Hold’em with a €500,000 Guarantee and two starting flights will also be offered by King’s Casino on Wednesday 1st and Thursday 2nd November 2017.



Live Poker Tournaments Taking Place in the UK & Ireland This Month


Poker tournament players who hail from the United Kingdom or Ireland will be pleased to learn that, although the focus and attention of the poker world may be fixed on the 2017 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas this month, there will also be a number of events to keep them busy that are much closer to home.

Players who would like to play in the tournament with the largest guaranteed prize pool are advised to head to Dusk Till Dawn in Nottingham where Dusk Till Dawn and partypoker are running a £220 buy in Grand Prix UK event that comes with a massive £1 million guarantee.

Those players in the Grand Prix UK have the opportunity to play a number of online Day 1s at partypoker and live Day 1s at Dusk Till Dawn and a couple of other casinos from the UK and Ireland before they head to Dusk Till Dawn in order to complete the event and endeavor to win a portion of the seven-figure prize pool.

An 888poker sponsored event, 888 MAX, has kicked off at Aspers Casio Westfield in London that is bound to provide lots of fun at the tables.

Another one of 888poker’s events will be held in London during this month with one taking place at the Village Green Card Club in Dublin with the 888Live Special Edition Dublin event running from Thursday, 8th to Monday, 12th June 2017.

The PokerStars Megastack will head to the Hippodrome Casino in London towards the end of this month for a three-day festival, which includes a £170 Main Event and a £330 High Roller.  Players who head to PokerStars will have an opportunity to win their way into one of these events for a fraction of their cost.

There are also the 2017 Genting Poker Series Mini that is due to take place in Liverpool and the £100,000 guaranteed UK Poker Tour London Main Event as well as half-a-dozen side events to complement it.

Six popular Grosvenor 25/25 Series tournaments will also run across the country, each guaranteeing £25,000 for a £220 buy in.

Players can qualify for the GUKPT London Main Event and the 25/25 Series online at Grosvenor Poker.


“The 8-Team” Launched by 888poker for 2017 WSOP


A team of poker players, known as “The 8-Team”, will be sent by 888poker, the official sponsor of the World Series of Poker, to the 2017 World Series of Poker.   A lucky qualifier has a chance to become part of the team with an opportunity to fly the 888poker flag at the 2018 WSOP.

Five teams, each from a different country and featuring a team captain, a wing man as well as a qualifier will be selected to represent Germany, Brazil, the United Kingdom, Canada and Sweden at the upcoming 2017 WSOP Main Event.  The longest lasting qualifier out of the five qualifiers will be awarded a value-packed package to the 2018 WSOP Main Event.

888poker have already chosen the captains while the wing men will be revealed within the next few weeks and the qualifiers are due to be chosen from everyone who qualifies for a 2017 WSOP Main Event package online at 888poker, which any player can participate in for as little as $0.01.

The captains that have been selected for the 8-Team are members of 888poker’s choice team of ambassadors.

Chris Moorman, who will be captaining the United Kingdom, has close to $15 million in online tournament winnings and $4.6 million from his live poker achievements.  Moorman, a recognized winner is a player worthy of being the captain of any poker team.

Bruno “Foster” Politano, who has already enjoyed a taste of WSOP success, will captain Team Brazil.  Politano finished in eighth-place in the 2014 WSOP Main Event, returning home with $947,172.

Parker Talbot, known as “Tonkaaaa” will be in charge of Team Canada. Talbot is endeavoring to win his first WSOP cash this summer.

Sofia Lovgren, will be leading Team Sweden and although primarily a cash game player, she is also no slouch in poker tournaments.  Lovren played her way to 12th place in the Millionaire Maker event at the 2016 WSOP.

Dominik Nitsche, one of the most successful poker players of recent years will lead Germany.  Nitsche has won three WSOP bracelets and over $6.5 million in live poker tournament winnings.

Players who download 888poker via PokerNews and make a deposit of $20 using the bonus code ‘PNWSOP30” will be rewarded by 888poker with a WSOP Step 5 satellite ticket valued at $30 for free.



WSOP Takes Aim at Stalling with New Clock Rules


The World Series of Poker is the latest poker tournament to apply methods that were structured to speed up play and has announced that it has changed the rules for the 2017 series that will profoundly change the way that players can put “on the clock”.

Several poker tournament series have endeavored to speed up the pace of play and prevent stalling over the past few years.   The Action Clock, a tablet-like timer set was put into operation in the poker table in front of the dealer in the World Poker Tour’s WPT Tournament of Champions.

“Shot Clocks” has been introduced by PokerStars in almost all of their tournaments at $10,000 and higher, starting at PokerStars’ Championship Bahamas.  Among the first to make use of timers and time extension chips was the ARIA High Roller series with the Super High Roller Bowl.

Poker superstar Daniel Negreanu, a participant in all of the above tournament series, has been pushing for changes that reduce tanking in poker and recently wrote in his blog that he believed that it would be only a matter of time before a clock was added to at least a few WSOP events.

Negreanu wrote that he did not enjoy playing most hold’em tournaments without a shot clock and that in any of the no limit hold’em events that he does happen to play, he will take advantage of his right to call for clocks on any habitual tankers.

The WSOP have introduced a rule change for 2017 that will allow players to call the clock on other competitors quicker, and a tournament supervisor may put a clock on any player that is felt to be deliberately stalling, without any prompting from a player at the table.  The WSOP, however, feels that the use of the clock should be based on “the game situation”.

According to Greg Himmelbrand, a professional poker player, the only negative that he sees is the potential for a vindictive tournament supervisor to abuse the ability to call a clock on a player without another player requesting one.  He went on to say that he expects that it will only be used in blatant stalling situations and that it will help keep the game going.




888Live Festival Barcelona Due to Attract the Stars


The last installment of 888poker’s popular and value-packed 888Live Festival will be held in Barcelona for 12 days of poker between Thursday, 11th and Monday, 22nd May 2017.

The festival offers a total guaranteed prize pool of over €700,000 and is due to take place at “Gran Casino de Barcelona” shortly after the completion of the 888Live Kings Festival in Rozvadov.

As predicted, the Main Event, High Roller and probably a number of the higher buy-in side events, are attracting the attention of some of poker’s elite.

Amongst those who are expected to attend the festival are Cate Hall as well as trash talking William Kassouf, high stakes cash game guru Patrik Antonius and the man known as The Grinder”, Michal Mizrachi.  Several members of Team 888 will also be heading to Barcelona for the festival, including 888poker Ambassadors Kawra Scott, Bruno Kawauti, Bruno “Foster” Politano, three-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner Dominik Nitsche, Sofia Lovgren, Nicolau Villa Lobos and Natalie Hof.

Players are being offered qualifiers to the Main Event and the Opening event with a $30 buy-in and a $12 buy-in, respectively by 888poker and also have an opportunity to win their way into the festival satellite tournaments with buy-ins of a mere $0.01.

888poker revealed that before the festival commenced in October of 2016, the average live prize pool for a Main Event was $55,412.   The festival kicked off with the 888Live Festival in London offering a $250,000 guaranteed pool and has since then grown considerably, ensuring a guaranteed pool of at least $500,000 in this month’s festival in Barcelona.

Catalin Pop won the 888Live Main Event in the latest festival that was held in Rozvadov, granting him a seat in the Barcelona tournament.  Pop has revealed that he is hoping to walk away with the title, but has advised other hopeful players to “have patience, be aggressive and not be afraid to bust”.

Although there is more than enough poker action at the 888Live Festival Barcelona there will also be two major sporting events taking place in Barcelona during 888poker’s visit.  The legendary FC Barcelona soccer team will be hosting Las Palmas on 14th May and the Spanish F1 Grand Prix is being held between 12th and 24th May 2017.

Live Poker Tournaments Scheduled for UK and Ireland during May


Over a dozen significant live poker tournaments have been scheduled to take place next month in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

With the 2017 World Series of Poker only a couple of weeks ago poker players from the United Kingdom and Ireland have a number of chances to buy into live events in their countries throughout the month of May as can be seen from the schedule of live poker tournaments set out below.

Major live poker tournaments in the UK & Ireland during May

Date Tournament Location
May 1-7 2017 Genting Poker Series Mini Genting Casino Blackpool
May 4-7 Grosvenor 25/25 Series Grosvenor Casino Portsmouth
May 5 £10,000 Gtd Victoria Gate Casino, Leeds
May 5-7 £100,000 Gtd DTD200 Dusk Till Dawn, Nottingham
May 5-7 Bristol Rainbow Poker Masters Series Rainbow Casino, Bristol
May 5-7 150 Monkeys Green Isle Hotel, Dublin
May 5-7 PokerStars Megastack London Hippodrome Casino, London
May 11-14 Grosvenor 25/25 Series Grosvenor Casino Bradford
May 11-14 Super Stack Scotland Alea Casino, Glasgow
May 12-14 PokerStars Megastack Leinster Regency Airport Hotel, Dublin
May 14 Mini Monthly Special Grosvenor G Casino Reading
May 14-16 £100,000 Gtd DTD200 Dusk Till Dawn, Nottingham
May 15-21 2017 Genting Poker Series Leg 8 Genting Club Westcliff, Westcliff-On-Sea
May 18-21 Grosvenor 25/25 Series Grosvenor G Casino Dundee
May 19-21 Ulster Poker Festival Cavan Crystal Hotel, Cavan
May 19-21 The Big One in Cavan Cavan Crystal Hotel, Cavan
May 21-23 £100,000 Gtd DTD200 Dusk Till Dawn, Nottingham
May 21-28 2017 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour Leg 5 Grosvenor G Casino, Reading
May 21-28 Yorkshire VGCPoker Championships Victoria Gate Casino, Leeds
May 24-29 The Fitzwilliam Poker Masters Fitzwilliam Card Club, Dublin
May 25-28 888Live London Local Aspers Casino Stratford, London
May 25-28 PokerStars Live London Series Hippodrome Casino, London
May 28-30 £100,000 Gtd DTD200 Dusk Till Dawn, Nottingham

Three popular Grosvenor 25/25 Series events will also take place in May, namely in Bradford, Dundee and Portsmouth, each carrying a £25,000 guarantee for the £220 buy-in.

Grosvenor Casino is also running the Reading leg of the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour that has a £550 buy-in as well as a number of satellites and side events scheduled for 21st to 28th May.

Four DTD200 tournaments with a £100,000 guaranteed prize pool are scheduled to take place from Friday through Sunday each week during May at Dusk Till Dawn.

Three major tournaments by PokerStars are running in May, the first being the PokerStars Megastack costing £170 to enter.  There is also a £330 High Roller event and the PokerStars Live London Series on 25th to 28th May with a buy-in of £275.




$7.5 Million Guaranteed XL Inferno Championships Announced by 888poker


888poker has revealed that, following the success of its Super XL Series, it will be running a trio of online poker tournament festivals over the following twelve months.

The $7.5 million guaranteed XL Inferno Championships is the first of the festivals and kicks off on Sunday, 7th May 2017.  This will be followed by the XL Eclipse Championships that is scheduled to be held in September and the finale – the XL Blizzard Championships early next year.

With a huge schedule of 197 events, the XL Inferno Championships is the largest ever series in terms of total events.  It will also be 888poker’s richest online series with a whopping $7.5 million guaranteed which is a 50 percent increase over any of its previous Super XL Series.

The XL Inferno Championships will begin with a $109 XL Inferno edition of the Sunday Lightning with a guaranteed prize pool of $30,000 that will be followed by a $300,000 guaranteed event later that day at a cost of only $160 to enter.

Three of the tournaments that are due to take place on Tuesday, 16th May 2017, namely the $100K Mini Super High Roller, the $10,000 Turbo and the $1,500,000 Million Main Event are special tournaments that will help the “Raising for Effective Giving” (REG) and “Global Poverty Charity Portfolio”.  888poker will donate all fees from the above three tournaments, which is a fantastic way to contribute to worthy causes without affecting the tournament’s prize pool.

Included in the XL Inferno Championships schedule is a Champion of Champions event.   Only those who won one of the 197 XDL Inferno Championships tournaments are eligible to enter this special event.

A 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event package will be awarded to the winner of the Champion of Champions event while the runner-up will be given a Crazy8s WSOP Side Event package and a $1,050 Main Event Qualifier ticket and the player coming third will receive a Crazy8s WSOP Side Event package.

The fifth and fourth placed players will receive a $600 tournament ticket while those finishing from sixth to fortieth will receive a $55 tournament ticket.



888Live Barcelona Festival to Take Place between 11th and 22nd May 2017


888poker will be offering over €700,000 at the 888Live Barcelona Festival that is scheduled to be held at Gran Casino de Barcelona across 12 days of tournament between Thursday, 11th May and Monday, 22nd May 2017.

Last year’s guarantee for the first 888Live Main Event in London was $250,000 which was bolstered to $280,291 by the end of registration while the visit to Rozvadow in February had the guarantee of $320,000 smashed with a massive $439,419 in the prize pool.

Catalin Pop, who won the 888Live Main Event in Rozvadov, securing a seat to the Barcelona event, has advised players to have patience, be aggressive, and not be afraid to bust.

The event is bound to inspire professional players to win big and will also motivate lower stake players to qualify for as little as $0.01 via

888Poker Ambassadors Kara Scott, Bruno Kawauti, Sofia Lovgren, Bruno Politano, Domonik Nitsche, Nicolau Villa Lobos and Natalie Hof will be attending the festival and are all hopeful of running deep in the main event.

Those attending the event will find that Barcelona is one of the most diverse cultural centers in Europe with works of Antoni Gaudi which are bound to inspire and sights such as Barcelona Cathedral and Casa Mila on their doorstep.

Chris Moorman, 888Poker ambassador revealed that he thinks the 888live events are great tournaments for all types of players.  He added that they feature a range of buy-ins and a good mix of participants from beginners to seasoned pros.  Moorman also said that he believes the 888live events have a much more relaxed environment surrounding them at the table as the buy-ins are more affordable for players.  He went on to say that as a result, they are much more fun to play in, and everyone at the table manages to have a great time.

According to Swedish pro Sofia Lovgren, the Barcelona Festival is great for recreational as well as professional players.  She added that it is the perfect time to hang out with poker friends, catch some sun and make a deep run just before the WSOP.




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