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$35 Million Guaranteed Powerfest to be held in September


Partypoker is pleased to announce that it will be guaranteeing a whopping $35 million during the latest edition of its Powerfest series.

Powerfest had guaranteed prize pools of $5 when it launched in February of last year with the total guarantees increasing to $7.8 million when partypoker ran another edition of Powerfest in May 2016. Partypoker increased the guarantees to $10 million in August of last year, before increasing the guarantees to $11 million in January of this year.

The last time that Powerfest ran was in May, 2017, when $20 million was guaranteed and over $27 million was paid out across 301 events.

There has been a marked increase in confidence in the Powerfest with an amount of $35 million on the line when the series returns next month.  The latest Powerfest will be the largest and most ambitious series that partypoker has run for quite some time.

Partypoker is promising that there will be a vast range of buy-ins available from $5.50 to $530 in order to give all players an opportunity to win a life changing amount of money.

The 12 Champion events that are due to take place in September include a number of multi-phase tournaments that take place online.

The $25,500 Super High Roller event that is due to return is bound to be popular with partypoker players.  The Super High Roller attracted 129 entries last time and when it returns on Tuesday, 19th September 2017 it will be a two day event with a $3 million guaranteed prize pool.

Four Main Events will round off the series on Sunday, 24th September at 7.00 p.m. BST with buy-ins of $11, $55, $215 and $1,050 and combined guarantees of $2.7 million.

Partypoker ambassador, Patrick Leonard, revealed that he remembers playing Powerfest at the start of the year and it was great to play some “pure” poker.  He went on to say that the schedule for September is the best that partypoker has ever had, with bigger buy-ins, bigger guarantees and 2 day tournaments.  He also said that the software will be improved to make it easier for players to find the right tournaments.hbh

888poker to take Live Tour to Brazil in September


888Live is scheduled to head to the notorious soccer city of Sao Paulo, Brazil from 6th to 11th September 2017.  The 888Live Sao Paulo Festival will be held at the Casa Bossa – Cidade Jardim Centre for six days of powerful poker action in what will be the fourth stop of the tour.

Brazil is currently very popular for poker with players from the South American country among the most enthusiastic in the world.  Poker enthusiasts will be given the opportunity to enjoy a number of fantastic tournaments, including a $318,000 (R$1,000,000) guaranteed Main Event, which also awards its champion a $13,000 package to the 2017 World Series of Poker Europe Main Event.

The Main Event features six starting flights for the height in flexibility.  The buy-in has been set at R$1,300 ($400) although players can win their way into the event from a mere $0.01 thanks to online satellites that are run at 888poker.

 888Live Sao Paulo Festival Schedule

Date Time Tournament Buy-in Guarantee
Wed 6 Sep 3:00 p.m. High Roller Satellite R$300 10 seats
  5:00 p.m. High Roller Day 1 R$2,500 R$200,000
  8:00 p.m. Main Event Day 1a R$1,300 R$1 million
Thu 7 Sep 2:00 p.m. Main Event Day 1b R$1,300 R$1 million
  5:00 p.m. High Roller Final Day R$2,500 R$200,000
  8:00 p.m. Main Event Day 1c R$1,300 R$1 million
Fri 8 Sep 6:00 p.m. Flop Omania 6-Max Freeroll  
  8:00 p.m. Main Event Day 1d R$1,300 R$1 million
  9:00 p.m. Celebrities Freezeout Invitational    
Sat 9 Sep 2:00 p.m. Main Event Day 1e R$1,300 R$1 million
  8:00 p.m. Main Event Day 1f R$1,300 R$1 million
Sun 10 Sep 2:00 p.m. Main Event Day 2   R$1 million
  8:00 p.m. Ladies Event Day 1 R$500  
Mon 11 Sep 2:00 p.m. Main Event Final Day   R$1 million
  7:00 p.m. Ladies Event Final Day    
  7:00 p.m. Last Chance Tournament R$150  


Not only the champion of the Main Event will win a $13,000 World Series of Poker Europe Main Event Package but whichever lady manages to take down the Ladies Event will also receive a package to Rozvadov to chase a coveted gold bracelet.

A Celebrity Invitational Tournament will also see a few of the 888poker ambassadors and local celebrities, such as soccer legends Denilson and Café as well as Sofia Lovren, Chris Moorman and Kara Scott being in a

Guarantees Increased for World Series of Poker Europe Main Event


King’s Casino recently announced that it is raising the guaranteed prize pool for the €10,350,000 World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE) Main Event that is taking place between Friday, 4th and Thursday, 10th November 2017.  The guarantee has increased from €4,000,000 to €5,000,000, with the eventual winner now taking home a minimum of €1,000,000.

Leon Tsoukernik, the owner of King’s Casino, commented on the event by saying that they are so encouraged by the number of early bookings for the World Series of Poker Europe that they have raised the total guarantee of the Main Event to €5,000,000 and they are now guaranteeing €1,000,000 to the winner.  Tsoukernik went on to say that his advice is to book now to secure their spot.

Commencing on Thursday, 19th October, the 2017 World Series of Poker Europe will feature 11 bracelet events in Rozvadov, Czech Republic.  The first official gold bracelet event will begin on 19th October with a €1,100,000 buy-in Monster Stack No-Limit Hold’em event with three starting flights and a prize pool guarantee of €500,000.  A winner will be crowned in the Main Event when the series officially concludes on Friday, 10th November 2017.

According to Tsoukernick, more than 90 players have committed to the World Series of Poker Europe €111,111 High Roller that begins on Friday, 3rd November 2017.  The event is due to be capped at 111 players and will include a number of the biggest names in poker, including Phil Hellmuth, Patrik Antonius, Gus Hansen, Tony G, Fedor Holtz, Antonio Esfandiari and Liv Boeree.

Tsoukernik went on to comment about the High Roller event by saying that the demand is strong and he has given up his own seat and intends playing host instead.  He added that his €11,000 deposit will go to One Drop.

King’s Casino recently added 1,800 square meters of Las Vegas-style casino space with 40 more poker tables in order to prepare for a large sequence of poker festivals.  The Casino will also be opening the majority of an awesome new hotel with more than 200 additional rooms on 10th August during the upcoming partypoker German Poker Championships taking place from 3rd to 15th August 2017.



2017 GUKPT Goliath Could Smash Poker Tournament Attendance Record


The fact that the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event attracted a whopping 7,221 players to the Rio All-Suite & Casino has resulted in it being the third-largest WSOP Main Event thus far and the 2017 GUKPT Goliath now looks as though it could possibly beat the attendance record for a poker tournament taking place in Europe.

Although the Goliath that ran in 2012 attracted 1,954 entries, the £200,000 guarantee was not met.  However, the tournament proved to be a great success with all those participating having a chance to play in a WSOP-like event for an outlay of a mere £120.

The number of entrants for the Goliath tournament increased by 31.42 percent in 2013, with 2,568 turning out for the event.  In 2014 there were 3,394 entering the tournament – an increase of 32.17 percent while 2015 saw another increase of 24.4 percent with an impressive 4,210 buying into the tournament.

The largest-ever Goliath tournament took place last year with 5,232 players buying in in over the course of a number of starting flights which saw another increase of 24.28 percent.

Should the attendance for the 2017 Goliath tournament only increase by 10 percent when it kicks off on Saturday, 29th July 2017, there will be over 5,750 entrants and a prize pool of £575,500 on offer.  An early analysis by GUKPT, the sponsors of the Goliath, showed that there would be over 5,000 players at the tournament.

Several side events are also on the schedule, including events run by RedTooth Poker and APAT.

2017 GUKPT Goliath Schedule is as follows –

Date Time Tournament
Thu 27 Jul 7:00pm £220 National 25/50 Event Flight A
Fri 28 Jul 7:00pm £220 National 25/50 Event Flight B
Sat 29 Jul 11:00am £87 Redtooth £25,000 Gtd
  12:00pm £120 Goliath Main Event Flight A
  7:00pm £220 National 25/50 Event Flight B
Sun 30 Jul 11:00am £76 Redtooth Tag Team Event
  12:00pm £120 Goliath Main Event Flight B
  2:00pm National 25/50 Final Day
  6:30pm £38 Redtooth Win the Button
  7:00pm £31 Open Dealers Championships
Mon 31 Jul 12:00pm £120 Goliath Main Event Flight C
  7:00pm £38 4/5/6 Omaha 7-max
Tue 1 Aug 12:00pm £120 Goliath Main Event Flight D
  7:00pm £38 Win the Button
Wed 2 Aug 12:00pm £120 Goliath Main Event Flight E
  7:00pm £76 Tag Team Event
Thu 3 Aug 12:00pm £120 Goliath Main Event Flight F
  6:00pm £83 APAT 8-Game Championship Day 1
7:00pm £38 Joker is Wild  
Fri 4 Aug 12:00pm £120 Goliath Main Event Flight G
  8:00pm APAT 8-Game Championship Day 2  
Sat 5 Aug 12:00pm Goliath Main Event Day 2
4:00pm £83 APAT UK Amateur Poker Championship Day 1  
  7:00pm £330 Super High Roller Day 1
Sun 6 Aug Goliath Main Event Final Day  
  12:30 Super High Roller Final Day
  1:00pm APAT UK Amateur Poker Championship Final Day
  1:30pm £58 APAT Pot-Limit Omaha Championship
  2:00pm £38 Deep and Steep Event


Borris Becker Signs with Partypoker


Borris Becker, former tennis world number one six-time majors’ singles winner, is the latest celebrity to be signing up with Partypoker as a brand ambassador.

Partypoker has recently been busy recruiting sponsored professionals and ambassadors in an endeavor to reach into countries around the globe.  This year alone has seen partypoker sign Patrick Leonard, Roberto Romanello, Sam Trickett, Natalia Breviglieri, Jackie Glazier, Beata Jambrik and Joao Simao as ambassadors or sponsored pros, joining the renowned Mike Sexton, Tony Dunst and four-time world champion boxer Carl Frock on the online poker’s books.

Becker revealed how excited he was to sign for partypoker in a recent press release, wherein he stated that he is equally competitive at the poker table as he was on the tennis court, so is really excited to be partnering with partypoker and taking on players around the world.

Becker went on to say that he learnt to play poker a long time ago and that it is a game of skill and perseverance.  He added that he is, therefore, hoping to use his experience on the tennis court to his advantage.  He also said that partypoker has some world class tournaments coming up and he is eagerly looking forward to playing online as well as live at the partypoker MILLIONS in April.

Tom Waters, Group Head of partypoker, welcomed Becker to his team by saying that it is great to have him on board as he is one of Germany’s and indeed the world’s most notable sportsman.  Waters added that Boris’ mental strength and desire to win will make him a tough competitor at the poker table, and he is certain that he will test their players as part of the partypoker Tennis Missions promotion.  He also said that are trying to expand their poker offering in Germany for 2017 and he is absolutely thrilled that Boris will be their ambassador in this market.

British Pro JamieBurland Explains Vegas’ Best-Kept Secret


Although every player has a different method of taking on the World Series of Poker, building a bankroll for the tournament schedule that grows every year is an all-round project for most players

British player and Bearhug Poker Pro Jamie Burland plays in the lucrative Sit ‘n’ Go Satellites in order to add to his chances.  The satellites only reward the eventual victor in a 10-man winner-take-all format, with the satellites paying players in the famous $500 “lammers” that can be converted into tournament buy-ins at the World Series.  Burland, together with a vast number of players, supplement their outlay by triumphing in the format.

Burland has taken time out from his one-table strategizing to let players in on the best way to take them down.

According to Burland, for any players out here, the Sit n Go “Pit” is Vegas’ best-kept secret.  He also said that his old mentor Neil Channing absolutely swore by these games as he was right in this little corner of the Rio Pavillion that was full of guys who sat and played them all summer.  He added that these are winner-take-all 10-seat satellites and they are looking for “lammers’ which are $500 big chunky chips that cannot be exchanged for cash but can be used to buy-in for tournaments.  Those left with a bunch of “lammers” at the end of the trip can sell them in the Main Event queue.

Burland went on to say that taking part in a story of ten players playing down to one and getting used to that feeling, builds a little final table experience.

Burland is not the only player taking advantage of one of the best ways to reduce variance in bracelet event buy-ins while playing poker that is in the spirit of Las Vegas in the truest sent of the phrase.   It is possible that the Main Event winner could crawl out of the pit to rise highest of all in less than a fortnight.

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.


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