China Bans Mobile Poker, But The Chinese Poker Scene Will Go On

Playing poker in China became much tougher this month. The country’s video game licensing bureau, the State Administration of Press and Publications, effectively banned mobile poker, leaving millions of players out of the game.

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How the Chinese mobile poker ban happened

Last year, the government agency suspended the licensing of games for nine months. Officially, the suspension came as part of a government initiative to combat youth video game addiction.

The State Administration of Press and Publications, which is overseen by the Communist Party‘s propaganda department, has approved 795 new video games in the first quarter of 2019. However, none of those approved games include poker.

The effect of the hiatus on approvals has already shown. As the South China Morning Post noted,

“China’s gaming market, the world’s largest, recorded its slowest revenue growth in 2018 in at least a decade.”

Any company hoping to market a game in China must be licensed by the government. So, unfortunately, those titles featuring poker or card games are out of luck.

At a time when the game is an upswing, the ban certainly disappoints players and those in the industry.

Poker in China WAS a growing market

With 1.3 billion people, China represents a huge opportunity to grow the poker industry. Poker’s popularity in China had been growing in recent years, mostly online as a social game.

Gambling is illegal in the country, but social poker offered an alternative to heading to Macau or Hong Kong. In a 2016 Business Insider article, Global Poker League founder Alex Dreyfus said:

Texas Hold’em is not part of the cultural roots of China, but this has changed in the last few years thanks to the introduction of free poker applications on mobile phones. Therefore, you have new generations of white-collar, educated and influential individuals that love the game and play regularly.”

At the time, he estimated 100 million Chinese citizens had downloaded poker games onto their devices. However, the Chinese government is now looking to stop that. 

According to Niko Reports, regulators launched a “crackdown on titles in the poker and mah-jong genre after China’s government became concerned about real world money being used in these games.” 

Beyond the ban, as of June 1, even discussing or promoting the game on social media will be outlawed. Some in the industry expect the moves to have a major negative impact on the Asian poker market. As Hong Kong Poker Players Association managing director Stephen Lai told the Morning Post,

“(The Asian market) was growing very fast, (but) now it is going to be more difficult for operators in Asia to organise poker events. Chinese players make up over half of the field.” 

An inside perspective about the Chinese poker scene

Professional poker player Xuan Liu and her family immigrated to Toronto when she was 5. Born in Tianjin, China,  Liu has almost $2 million in live tournament winnings and has played regularly in Asia.

On mainland China, poker has flourished even in a live atmosphere. Gambling is illegal on the mainland, but underground card rooms and even casinos do exist.

Liu believes those operations will continue.

“There has been significant interest in poker in China for awhile, but it’s always operated in the mainland in various shades of gray,” she said. “Those who really want to play will always find places to do so, whether it’s through the various local clubs that hold games, or online through VPNs and cashless play money sites.”

Liu also emphasized the importance of Chinese nationals playing in high profile events. A Chinese face at the EPT or the WSOP is critical to the growth of the game’s popularity on the mainland.

And The Award Goes To … Global Poker Awards Set For Vegas On April 5

The film industry has the Oscars, television has the Emmys and the world of music has the Grammys. In the same vein, the poker community will welcome the Global Poker Awards (GPA) on April 5.

The Global Poker Awards will broadcast live from the PokerGO Studio at the Aria Resort & Casino in Las VegasThe awards bring together multiple Global Poker Index (GPI) awards under one umbrella, including the American Poker Awards and European Poker Awards.

This year, Global Poker Index is partnering with Poker Central to stream the festivities for poker fans on the company’s PokerGO app. For this year’s event, organizers hope to recognize excellence on and off the felt, which will include successful players, industry leaders and media members.

“The awards are a great opportunity for everyone in the poker world to come together and not (just) celebrate the past year, but also the game we all love,” GPI and Hendon Mob Database President Eric Danis said. 

Global Poker Awards all about recognizing the greats

“I personally think it’s important to celebrate those who have achieved great things each year,” said Danis. “The awards also legitimize our industry. And, to be honest, it’s one hell of a fun time.”

The GPAs will feature 20 categories. Global Poker Index will soon release the categories, their nominees and more plans for the evening.

Once the nominees are announced, a nomination panel will determine the finalists in each category. Then, a jury of industry representatives will select the award winners.

As it happens, recognizing players this way is a shift from recent history. The American Poker Awards (APA) recognized US players and others for four years.

However, the awards have become an international affair, so a change is probably suitable. The GPI posted a tweet Thursday asking players, media and fans for submissions to be considered.

‘Best nights of the year in poker’

PokerStars sponsors the annual event. However, organizers believe streaming the ceremony live will garner additional prestige.

“We’re excited to have the awards presented on PokerGO for the very first time,” Danis said. “Everyone who attends the awards seems to have a great time and agree that it’s one of the best nights of the year in poker.

“Being able to work with industry giants like (producers) Mori Eskandani, a former American Poker Award winner, and Dan Gati will go a long way to help those not in attendance feel (like a) part of the show.”

Danis says that GPI is currently finalizing the awards list. Usually, the company rotates some awards in and out of the mix each year. He believes it’s important that so many poker entities have come together to present something to spotlight standouts in the industry.

“I’m really honored to have PokerStars and Poker Central/PokerGO partner with us for the first-ever Global Poker Awards,” he said. “I’m really excited to see who the nominees will be in each category. One category, in particular, the Breakout Player of the Year, looks to have contenders from all areas of the world.”

Danis continued, “That’s the goal with the Global Poker Awards, to make sure that every poker fan, player, industry member and media person from around the globe feel like they’re a part of it.”

Feel The Rush: GGPoker Debuts Fun New Rush & Cash Game

Players who crave more action at a quicker pace or have a short attention span can find both at GGPoker.  GGPoker has introduced its players to some rapid poker action with the debut of the “Rush & Cash” poker format.

The site presents a unique take with its version of fast-fold poker.  Rush & Cash features no waiting between hands, offers plenty of fun and excitement and a shot at some big rewards.

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How Rush & Cash works

Rush & Cash mostly operates like a traditional Texas Hold’em game. However, things change when players fold. Players can click the “Rush” button and immediately play another hand against different opponents.

Players don’t even have to wait for the previous hand to play out to switch tables.

Cash Drops add an extra layer of appeal for Rush & Cash

GGPoker has also thrown in some added value for players as well. Special “Cash Drops” reward Rush players with the equivalent of 65 percent rakeback. So, for players who choose this format, there is a nice, extra financial incentive.

At the beginning of randomly selected hands, chips rain down onto the table and go directly into the pot. Players can win amounts from 10 to 500 big blinds.

The smaller Cash Drops will go into the pot of the current hand. GGPoker will divide the larger Drops among all players at the table and add the funds directly to each player’s stack. So, players gain an excellent chance at building that bankroll.

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Get in on the Rush & Cash action

Ready to give Rush & Cash a shot? Here a few things to keep in mind:

  • A player can “Rush” to a new table any time, even if it’s not his or her turn to act, as long as that player is facing a bet.
  • GGPoker seats players randomly for each hand in Rush & Cash
  • On the other hand, all players will be seated on the button an equal number of times the more they play.
  • Rush & Cash games do come with all-in insurance.
  • Players may not run multiple boards in these poker games.
  • Traditional small and big blind rotations are not used in Rush & Cash games. Each player pays an ante, and the player on the button pays a “button blind.”
  • All Rush & Cash games are played in renminbi (¥), but players can enter the game with a US dollar balance. Dollars will be converted automatically into renminbi as players enter Rush & Cash games.

The blind/ante breakdown

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¥1¥50 – ¥150
¥10¥500 – ¥1500

No rake will be taken from hands with 5 or less players!

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Poker World On Alert After Player Disappears At Tournament

Several friends and family members of an Icelandic poker player missing for two weeks have converged on Dublin, Ireland. They have come to continue searching for Jon Jonsson, 41, who left his hotel to play a poker tournament and never returned. His disappearance has, once again, underlined the need for player safety and caution.

Jonsson was last seen on Feb. 9. Security cameras captured him leaving his hotel and walking down the street.

Family members say he left his cellphone, passport and wallet behind in his room. He may have had a few hundred euros on him for the tournament buy-in. 

Aside from a cigarette matching his preferred brand, there is little evidence about where Jonsson went. Jonsson’s brother, Karl Vilhelm, expressed his worry in an interview with the Irish Times:

“We do not know why he left the hotel. His fiancée went to the bar area for a coffee, (but) when she came back, he was gone. He (has) never gone missing before. This is very unlike him … if he works late or something, he always reports back to his family or fiancée. He is a father of four children. This is out of character.”

Needless to say, the case has garnered plenty of media attention in Ireland. Law enforcement officials have been asking the public for help in locating Jonsson.

“We will stay as long as we need to,” Vihelm said. “We are not leaving Dublin without our brother. That’s how it is.”

Cash-rich nature of poker makes player safety a priority

While theft or robbery may not have been the cause of Jonsson’s disappearance, the case is a good reminder for poker players. Poker players necessarily carry generous amounts of cash, which can make them an inviting target for criminals.

Thankfully, the robbing of poker players isn’t as common as it was in the days of the Texas road gamblers. The ability to play in legitimate casinos, rather than underground rooms, has helped stamp out some of that criminal activity. 

Even so, occasional robberies do occur:

  • In 2004, only months after winning the World Series of Poker Main Event, two men attempted to rob Greg Raymer as he walked back to his hotel room at the Bellagio. He had been playing cash games at the time and reportedly had $150,000 in poker chips. He fought back and the two men fled.
  • A man made off with cash from the poker room cashier at the Bellagio in 2017.
  • Thieves robbed and shot a player outside a social poker club in Austin, Texas,  in April 2018.
  • A mugger in Sacramento, Calif., recently robbed a poker player at knifepoint in his garage after the player won a few thousand dollars at the Capitol CasinoPolice believe the suspect somehow obtained the victim’s information from his playing card and waited for him at his home.

Caution and vigilance are keys to success

These cases outline the need for players to take caution when carrying significant amounts of cash, law enforcement members say. It’s important to be aware of one’s surroundings at all times.

I recently spoke with Justin Hammer, tournament coordinator at the Commerce Casino, about this issue. He urged players to take advantage of any VIP rooms and try to handle money as privately as possible.

“Large sums of cash is sometimes a necessary part of our game, but that doesn’t mean it should be on display if avoidable,” he said. “Commerce offers an armed escort to the car, or even around the casino if carrying tournament winnings downstairs for example. There’s security is on guard at all times in the parking lot, and also security available for an escort if players request it.”

Players hitting it big in a tournament can also request checks to avoid large stacks of cash. Most casinos also offer some service to transport money safely and efficiently throughout the property.

“Take advantage of these services any time there’s suspicious activity, or even if you just need some peace of mind,” Hammer said. “Those services are for players’ protection and convenience. We always want to help players get their money to where they want it to go as seamlessly as possible.”

Several US States Are Considering Launching Online Poker Sometime Soon

While the growing sports betting market has gotten plenty of news in recent months, poker players in the U.S. received some welcome news recently. A few states are making moves to launch online poker in the near future.

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Pennsylvania

Most notably, Pennsylvania is in the process of trying to roll out online gaming, including poker, by the spring.

Only Nevada, New Jersey, and Delaware currently have legal online poker. All three states share their player pools through a multi-state compact.

Pennsylvania hopes to become the fourth state to join that compact, which would expand the US player pool to almost double its current size. However, a recent reinterpretation of the Wire Act by the Department of Justice has thrown a wrench into that plan.

The DOJ opinion declares that the Act’s purview covers all types wagering across state lines, rather than just sports betting. The fallout from this opinion could potentially affect the existence of the compact, payment processing, and online poker itself.

As a result, Pennsylvania is likely to begin with intrastate poker only. 

Kentucky

Nevertheless, other states appear to be interested in getting in the poker businesss. Kentucky is one of them.

State lawmakers have introduced a bill that would legalize sports betting, online poker, and fantasy sports. Even though there aren’t any casinos in the state, many feel the addition of sports betting fits in well with the state’s horse racing industry.

Rep. Adam Koenig (R – Erlanger) is chairman of the House Committee on Licensing, Occupations, and Administrative Regulations and introduced the legislation. Koenig told WDBR,

“You can bet on sports on this right now illegally. We have an opportunity now to make sure this is done legally, safely, and in a regulated fashion.”

According to Koenig’s bill, players over 18 would be allowed to play and operators would face a 6.75 percent tax on revenue. Lawmakers see online poker as a possible solution to the state’s broken pension system. 

So far, the bill has several sponsors. Koenig believes it could pass the House. Movement on the issue may be slow, but offers the state’s poker players a glimmer of hope.

West Virginia

West Virginia was quick to get on the sports betting bandwagon in 2018. The Mountain State is now looking to add poker to the mix.

A new house bill, H 2178, would legalize online gambling in all forms including poker. The state’s lottery commission, which already oversees sports betting, would be charged with overseeing the expanded gaming options.

The bill also makes provisions for possibly joining interstate compacts if the issue became clearer in the courts. Similar to its sports betting expansion law, H 2178 would only allow five online gambling licenses, matching the same number of casinos in the state.

Thus, the state’s casinos would have the opportunity to run their own online games. They could also partner with other operators as has been seen in other states. 

There might be a bit of delay in passing the bill, however. In January 2019, lottery officials announced that they would focus on the expansion of keno and limited video lottery terminals for right now.

They pledged to return to online gambling soon, though. The lottery just wants sports betting to be a bit more settled before piling on.

New York

In New York, it’s been a bit of a roller coaster ride for supporters of online gaming in the last few years. State Sen. Joseph Addabbo Jr. is hoping that recent news of a $2.3 billion budget deficit would propel his three-year plan to bring online poker and gaming to the state. He recently told Online Poker Report,

“When the governor is behind something, it moves. I would really hope to have the governor have an initiative behind the legalized expansion of gaming in our state. To maximize our potential as a state in this industry and for the recreational purposes of our residents, we need an initiative.”

It is possible that the state can legalize online poker as a game of skill. With a population of almost 20 million, the Empire State would become the largest state with legalized online poker.

What the DOJ Opinion Means for Online Poker in NJ and PA

Poker players across the country, including in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, are wondering what this week’s Department of Justice opinion on the Wire Act means for online poker. The new opinion reversed a previous department opinion of the act, which stated that the Wire Act affected sports betting only.

The new opinion stands in stark contrast to the previous one. As Online Poker Report noted:

“The new opinion now makes the Wire Act applicable to any form of gambling that crosses state lines, including online gambling and online lottery. Several states have legalized online gambling in the wake of the 2011 opinion, including New Jersey, Nevada, Delaware and Pennsylvania.”

The DOJ finalized the opinion in November 2018, but it wasn’t released until Jan. 14. The department has delayed implementation of the new opinion of the act for 90 days to give operators time to comply. A department official told Reuters:

“DOJ will continue to prioritize the most egregious conduct, including gambling activity that is part of a larger criminal scheme.” 

The Impact in NJ and PA

New Jersey

Legal experts believe the opinion will be challenged in court soon. New Jersey officials have shown particular stubborness in challenging gaming laws in court as of late.

In fact, New Jersey led the fight for state-by-state sports betting to the US Supreme Court. Now, less than a year after the state’s triumphant Supreme Court victory, there may be another major legal case about gambling taking shape.

“The opinion acknowledges that the decision will likely be tested judicially,” tweeted gaming attorney Daniel L. Wallach. “I think we could be headed toward the next big gambling case that reaches the Supreme Court, or at the very least, the U.S. Court of Appeals.”

Wallach, a Florida-based attorney and a founding director of the sports wagering program at the University of New Hampshire School of Law, believes several entities will look to challenge the DOJ. Potential challenges possibly range from online poker operators and their land-based casino partners, as in New Jersey, to vendors and suppliers.

Pennsylvania

In Pennsylvania, the online poker industry appeared to be gaining a bit of traction after the state passed legislation last year. Online gaming, including poker, expected to come online in the early part of this year.

Observers also expect that Pennsylvania will want to share liquidity with New Jersey, Nevada, and Delaware. However, Monday’s opinion casts considerable doubt on the viability of the Keystone State’s plan. For that matter, it casts doubt on the existing compact itself.

There are many possible scenarios for the outcome of this opinion

It may become hard to play and hard to pay

The DOJ’s move could be quite a setback for the industry. The opinion casts uncertainty on the future of online poker operators and support companies.

One possible scenario is that operators may revert solely to intrastate poker offerings until the legal situation can be clarified. Obviously, that would be a setback for what had been a slowly burgeoning industry. The effects would manifest in the form of lower player pools and smaller prizes.

Unfortunately, it is even possible that the opinion would affect intrastate online poker and gaming.  Even though the start and end point of a signal could be in the same state, it is possible that it could go out of state during its travel. Hence, a court could conceivably classify the transmission as an interstate transaction, and subject to the Wire Act.

Payment processing might also suffer due to this opinion. Some banking institutions may fear DOJ action for taking payments that might cross state lines. In states like New Jersey and Delaware, payment processing has already been problematic from time to time.

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The silver lining to a rather dark cloud

However, online poker players don’t need to start closing their accounts just yet. In past rulings, the 1st and 5th Circuit Courts of Appeal have defined the scope of the Wire Act to sports betting only – in direct opposition to the DOJ opinion.

The DOJ may also choose not to enforce its own opinion. Several states have passed recreational marijuana usage laws in recent years, but the practice remains technically against federal law. On the other hand, a federal solution via Congress seems highly unlikely.

Investors Business Daily notes that the DOJ may have difficulty justifying its opinion, too. There is considerable legal opposition, which includes previous court opinions, regarding the Wire Act.

That could offer some hope for online poker. As Deutsche Bank managing director Carlo Santarelli said,

“Given the genie has left the bottle, we think the DOJ will have a somewhat uphill battle to successfully defend its new position. We think it will require considerable leg work to undo what’s been done, and we think the process will take an extended period of time.”

Global Poker Christmas Drop Offers Chance At Some Big Holiday Cash

Global Poker Christmas

Global Poker has gotten into the holiday spirit with numerous promotions and tournaments throughout December. The U.S. and Canada-friendly site is offering players plenty of goodies with big tournaments but also plenty of promotions available throughout the month via its email newsletter and special offers on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

The Christmas Drop offers a chance to play in either of two series – one for Gold Coins and one for $weeps Cash, which is awarded for the purchase of Gold Coins and in can be earned in promotional tournaments. $weeps Cash, unlike Gold Coins, can be redeemed for cash.

As part of the fun, players can expect freerolls, special-edition avatars, time-limited promotions, photo competitions, and huge guarantees for Gold Coin and $weeps Cash games and tournaments. That includes numerous tournaments in the $11 to $33 range with some nice guarantees.

An example of the action is a $33 Christmas Turbo tournament on Dec. 21 featuring a SC$7,000 guarantee. An $11 event on Dec. 19 offers a prize pool of SC$3,000. PLO fans will enjoy a $22 tournament on Dec. 28 with a SC$4,500 guarantee.

The series also features two SC$55 tournaments on Dec. 23 and 30 with SC$10,000 and SC$15,000 guarantees. Here’s a look at some of the other offerings in the coming days:

  • Dec. 8 – Look for three Pop-up Freerolls totaling SC$3,000 between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. (EST). The tournaments will pop-up and be open for registration 60 mins before start time.
  • Dec. 11-12 – The Daily Bonanza guaranteed prize pools receive boosts SC$500 per day for a total of SC$2,000 over two days.
  • Dec. 13-14 – Finish among the Top 25 in the Daily Gold Rush Leaderboard and earn an exclusive Santa avatar.
  • Dec. 15 – Three more Pop-up Freerolls totaling SC$2,000 between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. Tournaments are open for registration 60 mins before start time after popping up.
  • Dec. 18-19 – Like those Daily Hundos? The popular tournaments will feature double guarantees – a chance to win 100 times the SC$1 buy-in. Players qualify by playing at least 25 Gold Coin ring-game hands before the tournament starts and the challenge resets daily at 10 p.m.
  • Dec. 20-21 – Play 100 Pot Limit Omaha Gold Coin ring-game hands and earn 100,000 GC and a Santa avatar.
  • Dec. 24-25 – Play one of several hyper-turbo tournaments on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with a buy-in of SC$5.35 and guarantees from SC$150 to SC$500. Here are the tournament options:
    • Breakfast Epiphanies – 7 a.m., 8.30 a.m., 10 a.m.
    • Lunch Money – 12 p.m., 1.30 p.m., 3 p.m.
    • Eyes Wide Shut – 12 a.m., 1.30 a.m., 3 a.m.
  • Dec. 26-27 – Play 15 Gold Coin Sit and Go hands and earn GC 100,000.

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Report Reveals North Korea Cyber Criminals Targeting Online Poker

North Korea Online Poker

That tough day at the online poker table just seems to be getting worse. No matter what you do, those two players at the table just have your number. Are they bots or are they just that much better? Most of the time, the latter is the answer. But maybe not always.

According to a new study and recent media reports, one country stands out as a home to online poker collusion – North Korea. That’s right, when it’s not holding the world ransom with its nuclear weapons programs, dictator Kim Jong Un has his underlings cheating at poker.

How does this work? Cybercrime has long been a major part of the regime’s efforts to secure dollars in the face of crippling global economic sanctions. Those crimes range from digital bank heists to email phishing scams and mining operations to cryptocurrency thefts, according to a new study by cyber threat intelligence service Recorded Future.

As if the country’s hackers weren’t busy enough, the study also notes that Kim’s henchmen are even involved in petty crime to acquire cash for the regime – and that includes cheating at online poker and other online gaming. The enterprise is just a small part of an effort to siphon money into regime coffers via the Internet.

“The Kim regime has developed a model for using and exploiting the internet that is unique – it is a nation run like a criminal syndicate,” the report notes. “In particular, the Kim regime has cultivated the Internet as a potent tool for revenue generation and sanctions circumvention by utilizing (and exploiting) cryptocurrencies, various interbank transfer systems, the pluralized nature of the ‘gig economy,’ online gaming, and more. They have paired this with a decades-old smuggling network and system of corrupted diplomats, embassies, and consulates.”

The regime is believed to be responsible for a 2016 cyber-bank heist of the  Federal Reserve Bank of New York, in which hackers were able to get away with $81 million.

North Korea has long been involved international criminal enterprises to secure hard currency for the regime – from trafficking drugs and arms to counterfeiting currency – as it circumvents sanctions that Kim himself has described as the work of “hostile forces trying to stifle the Korean people.

Why online poker?

It seems so small-time. But not all those online crimes have to be seven or eight figures – every dollar counts.

“North Korean hackers spend most of the day doing low-level crime — cheating at online poker, cracking video games, committing low-level financial crime,” Recorded Future Director of Strategic Threat Development Priscilla Moriuchi told Axios.com. “That’s where most of the money comes from.”

A major score online through collusion or hacking adds to the Kim bottom line and keeps the regime afloat. The Recorded Future study notes that Internet usage has been embraced more by the regime in recent years, and that leaders are given more freedom to use it at their disposal to bring in dollars for the country. The report noted higher levels of usage on Saturdays and Sundays, which could be timed well with major online tournaments and increased player traffic.

Interestingly, the increased usage of the Internet by North Korea has also made the country itself now more of a target for hackers around the world hoping to thwart some of the regime’s efforts. More computers accessing the Internet means more opportunities to be hacked itself.

“We can’t say the online computers are, say, missile testing systems,” Moriuchi tells Axios. “But knowing that they are increasingly reliant on the Internet realistically means more targets.”

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Eagle Cup Returns To Global Poker In October With SC$750,000 Up For Grabs

Global Poker Eagle Cup

Online poker fans in the U.S. have quite a bit to look forward to as the Global Poker Championships Eagle Cup series returns in October for the second straight year.

The Cup is the inaugural leg of the GPCs, featuring 135 championship events and a guaranteed $750,000 in $weeps Cash prizes. GlobalPoker.com is the fastest growing poker site for American players. For those new to the site, Global Poker offers opportunities at real-money cash and prizes.

Through its sweepstakes model, players use virtual chips (Gold Coins), which they accumulate but cannot redeem for real money. However, when purchasing Gold Coins, players receive sweepstakes prizes called $weeps Cash. This virtual currency can be used for $weeps Cash tournaments and ring games, and can also be won in freerolls.

As a player wins, $weeps Cash can be cashed out as real prizes using Global Poker’s unique sweepstakes model, and many players are getting in on the action. The Eagle Cup offers just one more chance for players to win some real cash in a major online tournament series environment.

Series-opening freeroll

The tournament series kicks off with an Opening Freeroll on Sept. 30 with $5,000 in prizes up for grabs. The first official championship event is set for Oct. 1 and continues for three weeks.

The Global Poker Eagle Cup offers two concurrent schedules, tournaments using Gold Coins and $weeps Cash tournaments with low, medium, and high buy-ins for every bankroll. A highlight is the SC$100,000 guarantee Main Event on Oct. 21.

Prizes will be awarded not only for $weeps events, but also for Gold Coin events. Winners will snag a Champions Pack filled with Global Poker merchandise and gear. Champions also win Eagle Cup Champion trophies engraved with the winner’s name.

The site is also once again offering one player a chance to represent Global Poker at a live tournament. This year, any player finishing first or second in a GPC event receives an invitation to play in the Tournament of Champions. The TOC winner earns a $5,000 package to head off and represent Global Poker in a major live tournament. Additionally, there is $10,000 of added prizes for the TOC.

The GPCs are right around the corner. Sign up for Global Poker and join in on the fun.

2018 Global Poker Eagle Cup Schedule

Date Time ET Tournament Name Buyin SC$

Sun Sep 30

2:00 PM

GPC Eagle Cup: Opening $5,000 Freeroll

$0.00

Mon Oct 1

8:30 PM

GPC Eagle Cup 01-L: NLHE $3,000 Guaranteed

$11.00

9:00 PM

GPC Eagle Cup 01-M: NLHE $5,000 Guaranteed

$33.00

9:30 PM

GPC Eagle Cup 01-H: NLHE $10,000 Guaranteed

$110.00

Tue Oct 2

8:30 PM

GPC Eagle Cup 02-L: PLO $2,000 Guaranteed [6-Max]

$11.00

9:00 PM

GPC Eagle Cup 02-M: PLO $3,500 Guaranteed [6-Max]

$33.00

9:30 PM

GPC Eagle Cup 02-H: PLO $5,000 Guaranteed [6-Max]

$55.00

Wed Oct 3

8:30 PM

GPC Eagle Cup 03-L: NLHE $3,000 Guaranteed [2R1A]

$5.50

9:00 PM

GPC Eagle Cup 03-M: NLHE $7,500 Guaranteed [2R1A]

$22.00

9:30 PM

GPC Eagle Cup 03-H: NLHE $12,500 Guaranteed [2R1A]

$55.00

Thu Oct 4

8:30 PM

GPC Eagle Cup 04-L: NLHE $3,000 Guaranteed [Rebuy, 4-Max]

$3.30

9:00 PM

GPC Eagle Cup 04-M: NLHE $7,500 Guaranteed [Rebuy, 4-Max]

$11.00

9:30 PM

GPC Eagle Cup 04-H: NLHE $12,500 Guaranteed [Rebuy, 4-Max]

$33.00

Fri Oct 5

8:30 PM

GPC Eagle Cup 05-L: NLHE $3,000 Guaranteed [Turbo]

$11.00

9:00 PM

GPC Eagle Cup 05-M: NLHE $5,000 Guaranteed [Turbo]

$33.00

9:30 PM

GPC Eagle Cup 05-H: NLHE $10,000 Guaranteed [Turbo]

$110.00

Sat Oct 6

3:15 PM

GPC Eagle Cup 06-L: NLHE $2,500 Guaranteed [1R1A]

$5.50

3:45 PM

GPC Eagle Cup 06-M: NLHE $4,000 Guaranteed [1R1A]

$11.00

4:15 PM

GPC Eagle Cup 06-H: NLHE $7,500 Guaranteed [1R1A]

$33.00

8:30 PM

GPC Eagle Cup 07-L: NLHE $2,500 Guaranteed [Big Ante]

$11.00

9:00 PM

GPC Eagle Cup 07-M: NLHE $4,000 Guaranteed [Big Ante]

$33.00

9:30 PM

GPC Eagle Cup 07-H: NLHE $5,000 Guaranteed [Big Ante]

$55.00

Sun Oct 7

3:00 PM

GPC Eagle Cup 08-M: NLHE $20,000 Guaranteed [Deep]

$110.00

4:15 PM

GPC Eagle Cup 08-L: NLHE $7,500 Guaranteed [Deep]

$22.00

5:30 PM

GPC Eagle Cup 08-H: NLHE $50,000 Guaranteed [Deep]

$218.00

8:30 PM

GPC Eagle Cup 09-L: NLHE $3,000 Guaranteed [1R1A, 6-Max]

$5.50

9:00 PM

GPC Eagle Cup 09-M: NLHE $7,500 Guaranteed [1R1A, 6-Max]

$22.00

9:30 PM

GPC Eagle Cup 09-H: NLHE $12,500 Guaranteed [1R1A, 6-Max]

$55.00

Mon Oct 8

8:30 PM

GPC Eagle Cup 10-L: NLHE $4,000 Guaranteed [2x-Chance]

$11.00

9:00 PM

GPC Eagle Cup 10-M: NLHE $6,000 Guaranteed [2x-Chance]

$33.00

9:30 PM

GPC Eagle Cup 10-H: NLHE $10,000 Guaranteed [2x-Chance]

$110.00

Tue Oct 9

8:30 PM

GPC Eagle Cup 11-L: NLHE $3,000 Guaranteed [1R1A, Turbo]

$5.50

9:00 PM

GPC Eagle Cup 11-M: NLHE $7,500 Guaranteed [1R1A, Turbo]

$22.00

9:30 PM

GPC Eagle Cup 11-H: NLHE $12,500 Guaranteed [1R1A, Turbo]

$55.00

Wed Oct 10

8:30 PM

GPC Eagle Cup 12-L: NLHE $3,000 Guaranteed [Rebuy, 6-Max]

$3.30

9:00 PM

GPC Eagle Cup 12-M: NLHE $7,500 Guaranteed [Rebuy, 6-Max]

$11.00

9:30 PM

GPC Eagle Cup 12-H: NLHE $12,500 Guaranteed [Rebuy, 6-Max]

$33.00

Thu Oct 11

8:30 PM

GPC Eagle Cup 13-L: FLHE $2,000 Guaranteed

$11.00

9:00 PM

GPC Eagle Cup 13-M: FLHE $3,000 Guaranteed

$33.00

9:30 PM

GPC Eagle Cup 13-H: FLHE $4,000 Guaranteed

$55.00

Fri Oct 12

8:30 PM

GPC Eagle Cup 14-L: NLHE $3,000 Guaranteed [2R1A, 6-Max]

$5.50

9:00 PM

GPC Eagle Cup 14-M: NLHE $7,500 Guaranteed [2R1A, 6-Max]

$22.00

9:30 PM

GPC Eagle Cup 14-H: NLHE $12,500 Guaranteed [2R1A, 6-Max]

$55.00

Sat Oct 13

3:15 PM

GPC Eagle Cup 15-L: NLHE $2,500 Guaranteed [1R1A]

$5.50

3:45 PM

GPC Eagle Cup 15-M: NLHE $4,000 Guaranteed [1R1A]

$11.00

4:15 PM

GPC Eagle Cup 15-H: NLHE $7,500 Guaranteed [1R1A]

$33.00

8:30 PM

GPC Eagle Cup 16-L: NLCP $2,500 Guaranteed

$11.00

9:00 PM

GPC Eagle Cup 16-M: NLCP $4,000 Guaranteed

$33.00

9:30 PM

GPC Eagle Cup 16-H: NLCP $5,000 Guaranteed

$55.00

Sun Oct 14

3:00 PM

GPC Eagle Cup 17-M: NLHE $20,000 Guaranteed [Deep]

$110.00

4:15 PM

GPC Eagle Cup 17-L: NLHE $7,500 Guaranteed [Deep]

$22.00

5:30 PM

GPC Eagle Cup 17-H: NLHE $50,000 Guaranteed [Deep]

$218.00

8:30 PM

GPC Eagle Cup 18-L: NLHE $3,000 Guaranteed [Turbo, 6-Max]

$11.00

9:00 PM

GPC Eagle Cup 18-M: NLHE $5,000 Guaranteed [Turbo, 6-Max]

$33.00

9:30 PM

GPC Eagle Cup 18-H: NLHE $10,000 Guaranteed [Turbo, 6-Max]

$110.00

Mon Oct 15

8:30 PM

GPC Eagle Cup 19-L: NLHE $3,000 Guaranteed [Rebuy]

$3.30

9:00 PM

GPC Eagle Cup 19-M: NLHE $7,500 Guaranteed [Rebuy]

$11.00

9:30 PM

GPC Eagle Cup 19-H: NLHE $12,500 Guaranteed [Rebuy]

$33.00

Tue Oct 16

8:30 PM

GPC Eagle Cup 20-L: NLHE $2,500 Guaranteed [Ante Up]

$11.00

9:00 PM

GPC Eagle Cup 20-M: NLHE $4,000 Guaranteed [Ante Up]

$33.00

9:30 PM

GPC Eagle Cup 20-H: NLHE $5,000 Guaranteed [Ante Up]

$55.00

Wed Oct 17

8:30 PM

GPC Eagle Cup 21-L: NLHE $3,000 Guaranteed [1R1A]

$5.50

9:00 PM

GPC Eagle Cup 21-M: NLHE $7,500 Guaranteed [1R1A]

$22.00

9:30 PM

GPC Eagle Cup 21-H: NLHE $12,500 Guaranteed [1R1A]

$55.00

Thu Oct 18

8:30 PM

GPC Eagle Cup 22-L: NLHE $3,000 Guaranteed [6-Max]

$11.00

9:00 PM

GPC Eagle Cup 22-M: NLHE $5,000 Guaranteed [6-Max]

$33.00

9:30 PM

GPC Eagle Cup 22-H: NLHE $10,000 Guaranteed [6-Max]

$110.00

Fri Oct 19

8:30 PM

GPC Eagle Cup 23-L: PLO $2,000 Guaranteed [1R1A]

$5.50

9:00 PM

GPC Eagle Cup 23-M: PLO $3,500 Guaranteed [1R1A]

$11.00

9:30 PM

GPC Eagle Cup 23-H: PLO $5,000 Guaranteed [1R1A]

$33.00

Sat Oct 20

3:15 PM

GPC Eagle Cup 24-L: NLHE $2,500 Guaranteed [1R1A]

$5.50

3:45 PM

GPC Eagle Cup 24-M: NLHE $4,000 Guaranteed [1R1A]

$11.00

4:15 PM

GPC Eagle Cup 24-H: NLHE $7,500 Guaranteed [1R1A]

$33.00

8:30 PM

GPC Eagle Cup 25-L: NLHE $4,000 Guaranteed [2x-Chance, 6-Max]

$11.00

9:00 PM

GPC Eagle Cup 25-M: NLHE $6,000 Guaranteed [2x-Chance, 6-Max]

$33.00

9:30 PM

GPC Eagle Cup 25-H: NLHE $10,000 Guaranteed [2x-Chance, 6-Max]

$110.00

Sun Oct 21

3:00 PM

GPC Eagle Cup 26-M: Main Event NLHE $40,000 Guaranteed [Deep]

$110.00

4:15 PM

GPC Eagle Cup 26-L: Main Event NLHE $15,000 Guaranteed [Deep]

$22.00

5:30 PM

GPC Eagle Cup 26-H: Main Event NLHE $100,000 Guaranteed [Deep]

$218.00

8:30 PM

GPC Eagle Cup 27-L: NLHE $3,000 Guaranteed [2R1A, Turbo]

$5.50

9:00 PM

GPC Eagle Cup 27-M: NLHE $7,500 Guaranteed [2R1A, Turbo]

$22.00

9:30 PM

GPC Eagle Cup 27-H: NLHE $12,500 Guaranteed [2R1A, Turbo]

$55.00

Sun Oct 28

2:00 PM

GPC Eagle Cup: Tournament of Champions

$0.00

Koon, Haxton Win Big As Last Weekend Of partypoker POWERFEST Approaches

After almost three weeks of action, players have just a few days left to get in on the partypoker POWERFEST action. There were plenty of big winners in the final week, including Team partypoker members Jason Koon and Isaac Haxton coming up just short of a title in the $500,000 Guaranteed Championship 6-Max PKO.

Final week of action

Tuesday brought some huge action for Week 3 of the POWERFEST with the kickoff of the $10,300 buy-in $2 Million Guaranteed Championship with 208 entries adding an extra $80,000 to that guarantee. Poker pro Chance “ChanceSeeYou” Kornuth took third in the event for $219,440 as he streamed his play Twitch.

“Alien_Army” and “mbtremendo” battled heads-up for the championship. In the end, mbtremendo took the title and $424,112. It was a nice few days for Alien_Army, who won $307,840. Alien_Army also won the $540 buy-in $200,000 Guaranteed PKO Mix-Max on Friday for $20,515 plus $5,434 in bounty cash.

If that weren’t enough, Tuesday featured a second $10,300 event in the $500,000 Guaranteed Championship 6-Max PKO. With 97 entries, the prize pool swelled to $970,000. Partypoker team members Isaac “Ike_Haxton” Haxton and Jason “Jason_Koon” Koon advanced to the final three. Ultimately, Haxton finished third for $116,400 and Koon took second for $189,150. “MysterioBrown” took the title for a nice $303,421 score.

The $1,050 buy-in $500,000 Guaranteed, also played on Tuesday, ended in a deal between the final two players. The event attracted 405 entries, just short of the guarantee, and “SUPERSCOUSER” and “TheFatMexican” split a combined first- and second-place prize pool of $161,350 for $80,675 each.

Emma “cr3zyem34” Fullarton highlighted Wednesday’s action after winning the $300,000 Guaranteed 6-Max event, which featured a $1,050 buy-in. Fullarton best a field that included 280 entries to win $68,452. MOTHERSMATT finished runner-up for $45,750.

The same day, 749 players bought in the $200,000 Guaranteed 6-Max for $215. “Duda850” and “farell8” ended up heads-up for the title, with Duda coming out on top for $34,000. Farell8 took $26,000 for finishing runner-up.

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Big weekend ahead

There is still plenty of fun for those looking for some poker at any buy-in level. So far, there have been 550 events played and more than $53.6 million awarded in prize money. As the weekend approached, 120 tournaments remain.

Thursday brings several major events – highlighted by the $3 Million Guaranteed Super High Roller. With a $25,500 buy-in, someone will take home a big payday in an event that is sure to attract plenty of poker sharks. Also on Thursday is the $500,000 Guaranteed Mix-Max ($1,050 buy-in), and Omaha fans will be pleased with the $200,000 Guaranteed 6-Max PLO  ($1,050 buy-in).

Plenty of big weekend action awaits with nice six-figure and $1 million guarantees. Here’s a look at some of the weekend’s highlights:

  • Friday, Sept. 21 – $300,000 Guaranteed 6-Max PKO  ($1,050 buy-in)
  • Saturday, Sept. 22 – $200,000 Guaranteed PKO  ($1,050 buy-in)
  • Sunday, Sept. 23 – $500,000 Guaranteed PKO  ($1,050 buy-in)
  • Sunday, Sept. 23 – $1 Million Guaranteed Championship ($5,200 buy-in)
  • Sunday, Sept. 23 – $1 Million Guaranteed Championship ($1,050 buy-in)

Along with those big buy-in events, there are also several $530 buy-in events with guarantees ranging from $50,000 to $300,000. Lower rollers also have numerous options, including events such as a $16.50 buy-in with a $30,000 guarantee and a $27.50 event for $50,000 guarantee.

Promotions

Partypoker offers several ways for players to win free tournament tickets. Check out the daily Click Card promotion where players can win POWERFEST buy-in tickets up to $5,200 in value.

The site is also running the series-long Leaderboards with $60,000 worth of MILLIONS Online tickets up for grabs. One additional way to win POWERFEST tickets for only $2.50 is to give one of the POWERFEST Sit & Go Jackpot tournaments a shot.

Cash game players aren’t left out. Of the POWERFEST promotions. During the daily Power Hour, cash game and fastforward players can earn double cashback points for an hour every day. There’s a promotion for everyone during this fun poker festival.

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There are only a few days left for your chance to get in on the action and take a shot at big money. For the complete POWERFEST schedule, click here.