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TwoPlusTwo’s Pokercast on Hold



It has been confirmed that TwoPlusTwo’s Pokercast, one of the most popular podcasts in the poker industry, has been suspended indefinitely.

According to Mason Malmuth, the site proprietor, it is simply a question of the finances, and it just does not make sense for the site to keep pumping out the podcast.  He added that unfortunately, times have changed and the poker world has slowed down a great deal.

Malmuth went on to say that Eric Holder’s Justice Department, which was part of the Obama administration, did a great deal of damage to their industry and to their show when they shut down the major internet poker sites in 2011.  He also said that this has resulted in him officially announcing the suspension of the TwoPlusTwo Poker Cast.

Malmuth joined as the very first guest when Pokercast debuted on 2nd January 2008 with hosts Adam Schwartz and Mike Johnson.

The show continued over the years with hundreds of episodes and guests ranging from leading poker personalities such as Mike Sexton, Joe Ingram and Jaime Staples to a number of the top players in the world such as Fedor Holz, Daniel Negreunu and also Phil Ivey in 2014.

Malmuth also said that Howard Lederer’s appearance in September 2012 was the show’s peak, attracting 4 million downloads.

Terrence Chan, who had been a frequent Pokercast guest, stepped in to replace Johnson on show No. 330 after he hung up his mic for the show in 2014.  Chan helped to keep the show going until episode 499, which aired on 9th July 2018 during the World Series of Poker Main Event and was the final episode of the show.

TwoPlusTwo fans have expressed their sadness and reflected on the happy memories of the show.

Schwarz, whose run with Pokercast lasted over a decade, thanked Malmuth profusely for all of his support over the years, then thanked everyone else who made the run to 499 episodes possible, including producer Ross Henry.




2018 Partypoker Powerfest Promotions


2018 Partypoker Powerfest Promotions

Partypoker has announced that the upcoming Powerfest series that is due to run from Sunday, 2nd to Sunday, 23rd September 2018 will include a series of promotions that have been designed to reward online poker players throughout the festival.

It is expected that this latest Powerfest instalment will be partypoker’s largest ever online poker festival with lots of ways for poker players to boost their bankrolls over and above the $60 million guaranteed prize money at stake.

There will be 670 events spread across the 22 days of the festival and players will also have an opportunity to participate in a ‘fast-forward Rake Race’, ‘Sit & Go Jackpot’ and ‘Power Hour’ promotions that will be running over several weeks with the popular series Leader Boards also returning to the festival.

The ‘fast-forward Rake Race’ is scheduled to kick off proceedings prior to the start of the Powerfest and will award a total of $50k in Powerfest tickets across three prize leaderboards.  Players earn cash-back points on fast forward and cash game tables between Thursday, 23rd August and Saturday, 1st September 2018 in order to climb each respective leaderboard.

During the daily Powerfest ‘Power Hour’ (18.00–19.00 CET Monday-Saturday; 16.00-17.00 CET Sunday), a slew of cash and ticket prizes will be ready to be won from a mere $2.50 by playing at ‘Sit & Go Jackpot’ tables between Tuesday, 14th August and Sunday, 23rd September 2018.

The following prizes will be awarded during the series of the above three-handed, fast-paced games:

  • Multiplier / 1st Prize
  • x2 – $5 Cash
  • x4 – $10 Cash
  • x11 – $27.50 Powerfest ticket
  • x22 – $55.00 Powerfest ticket
  • 6 – $109 Powerfest ticket
  • x212 – $530 Powerfest ticket
  • x420 – $1050 Powerfest ticket
  • x2080 – $5200 Powerfest ticket

Four weekly Powerfest Leaderboards will each award $60k worth of MILLIONS Online Tickets as from Monday, 27th August and running weekly until Sunday, 23rd September 2018, to the top performing players.

Millions Online, which is set to be the biggest online poker tournament ever held, kicks off on Sunday, 25th November 2018 giving away an unprecedented $20 million guaranteed prize pool.   Players have a chance to claim their seat early to the event by participating in the Powerfest Leaderboards.


Cash Game Festival Returns to Bulgaria


This year marks the third year that the ever-popular Cash Game Festival is held at Platinum Casino, located steps away from the sand and surf of the Black Sea in Sunny Beach, Bulgaria.

The festival will return to the seaside resort town from Wednesday, 8th August to Sunday, 12th August 2018 for five straight days and over 120 hours of nonstop poker action.

The Cash Game Festival offers all kinds of cash action across a number of games and stakes.  Stakes begin at a mere €1/€2 and go up from there.  Although most of the games will be in no-limit hold’em and pot-limit Omaha, any game is possible.  Prior festivals have seen players enjoying lots of action in Sviten Special (also known as drawmaha), H.O.R.S.E., Open-Face Chinese poker, super dealer’s choice and a variety of other poker variants.

The Cash Game Festival hosts televised feature tables on its Twitch channel at high and low stakes, allowing any player to participate.

The Cash Game Festival awards a trophy and a prize to the player that wins the most “big blinds” at any of the ten feature tables.

Martin “Franke” von Zweigbergk, Co-Founder of Cash Game Festival, and Norwegian poker pro Jon Kyte, will be on hand to become the first player to win three Cash Game Festival trophies.

A number of players will be attending through satellites won at Cash Game Festival partners Unibet Poker and 32Red Poker who are both currently running promotions to the Cash Game Festival Bratislava, due to take place on 12th to 16th September at Banco Casino, Bratislava.

Players will also come with a package valued at €1,500 after winning promotions that took place at previous Cash Game Festivals including Carmen-Elina Vist, Cash Game Festival Dublin trophy winner Kevin Malone and Unibet Poker Ambassador Rauno “Estonian Jesus” Tahvonen.

Cash Game Festival qualifiers and others with the hospitality package are in for a treat as the organizers will welcome them with drinks, a VIP dinner, a players’ party, a city tour with a twist as well as a sporting event.

World Poker Tour Announces “Asia Swing”


The World Poker Tour enjoyed a successful festival at the World Poker Tour New Zealand and is now planning an “Asia Swing” with stops in Japan, Korea, Vietnam and India.

The best performing player across the first three stops will win a package which includes buy-in and accommodation to the World Poker Tour India Main Event.  Furthermore, all four stops are eligible for the World Poker Tour Asia-Pacific Player of the Year competition.

Commencing with World Poker Tour Japan, the Asia Swing will run from 15th to 17th September 2018 in Tokyo followed by the World Poker Tour Korea at Paradise City Casino in Incheon, South Korea from 18th to 24th September 2018.

The World Poker Tour will hold their first-ever Teams Event in Korea between 19th and 21st September 2018.  The $5,000 buy-in event is capped at 16 teams, each made up of four players with each country having a maximum of one team.  The teams will square off against one another in up to six events which include variations of both no-limit hold’em and pot-limit Omaha.  The winning team will be awarded World Poker Tour Korean Main Event entries for each member.

The countries that have already confirmed include Australia, Hong Kong (captained by Sparrow Cheung), Japan, Malaysia, Singapore (captained by Bryan Huang), the United States, China, India, South Korea, New Zealand and United Kingdom (captained by Sam Razavi).

The World Poker Tour Vietnam will be held at the Pro Poker Club in Ho Chi Minh from 26th September to 4th October 2018, featuring a VND 22 million buy-in (approximately $1,000 USD) and VND 8 billion ($345,000 USD) Main Event from 28th September to 2nd October 2018.  There will also be a VND 44 million ($2,000) High Roller and a VND 11 million ($500) three-day World Poker Tour Pro Club Superstack Classic.

World Poker Tour India is scheduled to take place at the Deltin Royale Casino in Goa with the partnership of Adda52 from 13th to 19th November 2018 with the stop offering an INR 55,000 ($800) buy-in Main Event from 16th to 19th November 2018 as well as High Roller, Superstack, Bounty and Shootout events.  The inaugural World Poker Tour India drew 527 runners last year and saw Vikash Manti being the winner of $92,000.

PokerStars to Trial New Multi-Tabling Limit in Italy


The Stars Group has revealed that, following frequent complaints of a number of players taking too long to act when playing a cash game, it has devised a plan to minimize such delays.

Online poker cannot be much fun if, while playing a cash game and enjoying the speed of the game that internet poker affords, one player at the table continues to run out their time bank as the other players at the table lose precious poker time, resulting in fewer hands per hour.

The Stars Group is acutely aware of how frustrating it must be when players are trying to grind out ten tables at a time when there are moments when a decision at one table takes players’ attention away from the others and is endeavouring to minimize such delays.

Following the Company’s recent trial introduction of ‘Seat Me’, PokerStars began testing another new feature on Tuesday, 17th July 2018: limiting multi-tabling to six tables max.

Severin Rasset, Director of Poker Innovation and Operations at Stars Group, explained that both Seat Me and the company’s new multi-table limit are a way of carrying out the company’s main goal of making games on the site as viable as possible.  That goal can be achieved by creating an atmosphere where the game is fun, fast and enjoyable for all.

The six-table max limitation will apply to regular cash games, while the current limits for Zoom and other games will continue to remain the same.

Rasset also revealed that 99.7% of their players already play six tables or fewer at a time.  The Stars Group feels that the change will help speed up games and improve the overall poker experience for customers.

Stars will collect data during the trial period, in order to compare changes in deviation from average time to act, looking at players who go from playing more than six tables at a time to six or fewer.  Player feedback will also be considered in their research so as to help determine if the change is a positive one for the games and players on the whole.

It is hoped that the six-table max limitation will lead to fewer long delays at the tables.

2018 Grosvenor Casinos Goliath Tournament


The 2018 Grosvenor Casinos Goliath tournament is due to be held in two and a half weeks, guaranteeing that the winner will take home an amount of £100,000 for an investment of £125.  If previous editions are any indication, the Goliath tournament is bound to be massive.

In July of last year, when Grosvenor Casinos ran the Goliath, it broke the record for the largest live poker tournament ever to be held outside of Las Vegas, breaking the record for the number of unique events as well as for the number of re-entries purchased.

An incredible 4,022 unique players took part in the 2017 Goliath, making 1,263 re-entries among them and taking the total attendance to 6,385 entries.  Each entry was worth an amount of £120 with the total prize pool, therefore, weighed in at an impressive £638,500.

Although 682 places were paid in 2017, it was Elliot Marais who walked away with the lion’s share of the prize pool of a whopping amount of £85,760 for his £120 investment.

The 2018 Goliath looks as though it will be eight days of poker fun.  The flagship of the festival is the £100+£25 Goliath Main Event, which this year guarantees that its champion will secure a £100,000 payout.

The Grosvenor G Casino in Coventry’s Ricoh Arena will play host to the 2018 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour Goliath festival which is scheduled to take place between Wednesday, 25th July and Sunday, 5th August 2018.  The Main Event will feature seven starting flights, which are each re-entry, and is accompanied by an entire host of side events that are suited to players towards the more recreational end of the scale.

The event will, no doubt, reach capacity at some point but players can guarantee their seat by downloading Grosvenor Poker and buying into one of the holding tanks for an amount of £125.  There are also a number of satellites running at Grosvenor Poker leading up to the Goliath shuffle up and deal.






A Number of Live Poker Tournaments Scheduled to Start in the UK in July 2018


The United Kingdom will be offering various entertainment opportunities this month, including a variety of live poker options.  The UK is once again home to a number of interesting live poker events and tournaments this month, offering a great deal of excitement and of course, the chance to win some cash.

Casino venues all across the country will be hosting different events, offering various prize pools and gaming formats in order to match players’ different skills, bankrolls and knowledge of the game.

Grosvenor 25/25 Series

A No Limit Hold’em event will be hosted at the Grosvenor Casino Merchant City in Glasgow, beginning with an online starting flight on the brand’s poker website, followed by three more starting flights and a second play day in the period from 12th to 15th July 2018.

Grosvenor UK Poker Tour

The fifth leg of this year’s Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) starts at London’s iconic Poker Room with Leg 5 of the series kicking off on 1st July and the last events to be held on 8th July 2018.  A Mini Main event is also available with a £560 buy-in and a £100,000 guaranteed prize pool offered in the Main Event.

Genting Poker Series Mini

2018 Genting Poker Series Mini’s leg 11 will start on 12th July at the Genting Casino Luton.  One Main Event will be for everyone wanting to join, with three starting flights being offered, as well as a guaranteed prize pool worth £35,000.

Other Live Poker Events in the UK in July

A live poker event is scheduled to be held in one of the most popular casino venues in the capital of the UK.  The Poker Room, previously known as the Vic, will hold The London Deepstack event from 19th to 22nd July 2018.  The event will be held on two gaming days, offering three starting flights.

The Dusk Till Dawn Casino in Nottingham is due to host the Dusk Till Dawn 8-Max Series from 19th to 22nd July 2018.  Several events will offer a variety of buy-ins and guaranteed prizes will be available with the 8-Max Main Event offering players a huge guaranteed prize pool of £100,000.


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.


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