Christian Rudolph Scores Partypoker WPT Online Main Event; Site Offers Boosted Cashback

The WPT Online Series wrapped up at partypoker with Christian Rudolph winning the Main Event.

The WPT Online Series came to a close on June 2 with the $3,200 Main Event coming to an end. The event featured $3 million guaranteed with Christian Rudolph coming out on top.

Some other big names also rose to the top during the series at partypoker. Along with some big tournament action, party has also announced a nice cashback promotion for cash game players.

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Rudolph shines in WPT Main Event

For his win, Rudolph becomes the first WPT champion of Season XIX. The tour recently announced its 2021 dates and Rudolph moves to the top of the Player of the Year standings.

He began the final table in the middle of the pack before surging ahead. The win came after a heads-up deal with Brazilian player Fabiano Kovalski.

Going into heads-up play, Rudolph held 150 million chips to Kovalski’s 63 million. That flipped at one point, but Rudolph later reclaimed the chip lead. The players then struck a deal that left $30,000 extra for the eventual champion.

Play continued with Rudolph eventually taking the title and Kovalski collecting $401,792 for runner-up. Canada’s Daniel Dvoress scored $249,324 for third.

Rudolph adds to a long list of poker achievements including winning a World Series of Poker bracelet in 2020. In the WSOP Online, he took down the $25,000 Poker Players Championship for $1.8 million.

The German poker star has more than $4.8 million in live tournament winnings. He has millions more online and now also adds his name to the Mike Sexton WPT Champions Cup.

Wiktor Malinowski takes down Super High Roller for $354k

Many may remember Wiktor Malinowski for his heads-up battle earlier this year with Fedor Holz. While he may be better known for high stakes cash games, he appears to have tournament skills as well.

Malinowski won the $25,500 Super High Roller for $354,791. The event attracted 39 players, coming up just one player short of the $1 million guarantee.

Wiktor Malinowski took down the WPT $25,500 Super High Roller at partypoker. (photos courtesy partypoker)

With two players remaining, Malinowski battled Joao Vieira for the title. With no deal struck, Malinowski came out on top for $354,791 with Vieira scoring $217,902 for second.

The WPT Online was a nice series for Malinowski. Earlier, he finished runner-up in the $10,300 WPT High Roller $166,429.

partypoker offers players 10% cashback

Cash game and fastforward players are in store to claim an additional 10% cashback at partypoker. The promotion begins June 7 and runs four weeks with money awarded weekly.

“By offering our loyal players an additional 10% cashback, we are giving back more to players, and helping players of all levels enjoy more games on partypoker,” partypoker director Vadim Soloveychik said in a news release.

“Busier cash game and fastforward tables during the traditionally lower-volume summer season will be great for everybody.”

Players who rack up 600 cashback points in a week in any game type are eligible for the boosted cashback.

Players earning 600 points earn 40% total cashback on their cash game and fastforward play. Those who earn 1,200 points receive a total of 50% cashback on their ring game play.

Players earn 1 point for every $1 in rake they generate. Points are earned through all game types, not just cash games or fastforward. Cashback reward payouts are made every Tuesday during the promotion.

“It’s great to see partypoker give back even more to cash game players,” Team partypoker’s Jaime Staples said. “I think we are doing a good thing here to continue to promote and grow cash games. It has always been an important part of poker, and needs to grow alongside tournaments, SPINS games, and sit & gos.”

Partypoker’s “Hot Tables” are already proving popular for ring game players. The promotion has generated more than 325,000 boosted pots in just over two months. The cash game promotions now continue with some nice cash returned to players.

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WPT Online Series Update: Big Names Score, Satellite Qualifiers Advance at Partypoker 

The WPT Online is coming to partypoker and the site released the official schedule on Tuesday with plenty of action running May 14 to June 2.

The WPT Online rolls on at partypoker and the Main Event is underway with two starting flights remaining. The series runs through June 2 and some big names have already produced some nice results.

The $3,200 Main Event guarantees a $3 million prize pool. More starting flights and qualifiers are in the works in the coming days as well as other interesting side events.

“We have already seen some fantastic performances in this year’s WPT Online Series,” partypoker head of poker room management Chris Donnachie said. “We’re delighted to give players of all bankrolls yet more chances to get involved in the WPT Main Event and become a WPT champion.”

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WPT action rolls on at partypoker

Day 1A of the Main Event played out on May 23. Connor Drinan held the lead at the end of the day with a stack of more than 3.84 million chips.

Drinan has more than $11 million in tournament winnings including taking down a WSOP Online event in September for $1.4 million. He now hopes to add his name to the Mike Sexton WPT Champions Cup.

Day 1A featured 521 players with 78 advancing to Day 2. Partypoker has worked to incorporate satellites for every bankroll and several players have done well.

Connor Drinan finished Day 1A as chip leader WPT Online Main Event.

Six players who won a seat in the 50x seat mega satellite moved on to Day 2. Another mega satellite is set for May 30 just before Day 1B on the same day. Players can qualify for just a single cent.

A Day 1 turbo satellite also plays out May 31 with Day 2 later the same day. Day 3 is scheduled for the following day and the final table will play to a finish on June 2.

The final table will be streamed live on partypoker’s Twitch channel.

A look at some other events

In other action, Brazil’s took down the WPT500 Knockout, which featured a $1 million guarantee. Caio Pessagno topped a field of 2,054 players for a payday of $102,704.

There have been some other nice performances so far.  Another Brazilian, Douglas Souza, won the $33 WPT Pro Hunt on the opening day of the series, winning $5,748. Souza also won a seat in the Main Event.

Fritjof Torstensson took the victory in the WPT Mini Main Event for $78,769. Sweden’s Simon “C. Darwin2” Mattsson also won the $10,300 WPT High Roller for $249,791 on May 24. That event attracted 95 players with 17 returning for Day 2.

Mattsson has won more than 230 online poker tournaments and battled cash game specialist Wiktor Malinowski heads-up for the title. Malinowksi scored $166,429 for runner-up.

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More WPT action ahead at partypoker

Plenty of WPT action remains at partypoker beyond the Main Event. Several starting flights are planned for another WPT500 event. The tournament  concludes on June 1 and features a $1 million guarantee.

The $300 WPT Closer is also set for May 31 with $150,000 guaranteed. The $30 Mini version features $50,000 guaranteed and $5 Micro comes with a $15,000 guarantee.

“There is still more to come too,” Donnachie said. “The hallmark WPT Main Event is complemented by an extensive range of exciting events, and I’m sure we will have many more great stories as we approach the conclusion of the series.”

Here’s a look at the complete schedule:

2021 partypoker WPT Online

DateEventTournamentFormatBuy-InGuaranteeFeeDayTournament length
May 28#34Warm Up8-Max PKO$1,000$500,000$50Day 1A[2-Day Event]
May 28#34Mini Warm Up8-Max PKO$100$250,000$9Day 1A[2-Day Event]
May 28#34Micro Warm Up8-Max PKO$10$50,000$1Day 1A[2-Day Event]
May 28#24WPT5008-Max$500-$30Day 1E[2-Day Event + FT Tuesday]
May 28#25Super508-Max$50-$5Day 1E[3-Day Event]
May 28#26Super58-Max$5-$0.50Day 1E[3-Day Event]
May 287-Max Turbo Knockout7-Max, PKO$200$30,000$15-[1-Day Event]
May 29#34Warm Up8-Max PKO$1,000-$50Day 1B[2-Day Event]
May 29#34Mini Warm Up8-Max PKO$100-$9Day 1B[2-Day Event]
May 29#34Micro Warm Up8-Max PKO$10-$1Day 1B[2-Day Event]
May 29#24WPT5008-Max$500-$30Day 1F[2-Day Event + FT Tuesday]
May 29#25Super508-Max$50-$5Day 1F[3-Day Event]
May 29#26Super58-Max$5-$0.50Day 1F[3-Day Event]
May 29Mix-Max TurboMix-Max$300$30,000$20-[1-Day Event]
May 30#34Warm Up7-Max PKO$1,000-$50Day 1C[2-Day Event]
May 30#34Mini Warm Up7-Max PKO$100-$9Day 1C[2-Day Event]
May 30#34Micro Warm Up7-Max PKO$10-$1Day 1C[2-Day Event]
May 30#24WPT5008-Max$500-$30Day 1G[2-Day Event + FT Tuesday]
May 30#25Super508-Max$50-$5Day 1G[3-Day Event]
May 30#26Super58-Max$5-$0.50Day 1G[3-Day Event]
May 30#35The Big Game8-Max$500$300,000$30-[1-Day Event]
May 30#35The Mini Big Game8-Max$50$150,000$5-[1-Day Event]
May 30#34Warm Up8-Max PKO---Final Day-
May 30#34Mini Warm Up8-Max PKO---Final Day-
May 30#34Micro Warm Up8-Max PKO---Final Day-
May 30#20Main Event8-Max$3,000-$200Day 1B[3-Day Event + FT Wednesday]
May 30#367-Max7-Max PKO$1,500$500,000$75Day 1A[2-Day Event]
May 30#36Mini 7-Max7-Max PKO$150$200,000$12Day 1A[2-Day Event]
May 30#36Micro 7-Max7-Max PKO$15$50,000$1.50Day 1A[2-Day Event]
May 30#37Omaha Hi-Lo6-Max Hi-Lo PKO$1,500$250,000$75Day 1A[2-Day Event]
May 30#37Mini Omaha Hi-Lo6-Max Hi-Lo PKO$150$50,000$12Day 1A[2-Day Event]
May 30#37Micro Omaha Hi-Lo6-Max Hi-Lo PKO$15$20,000$1.50Day 1A[2-Day Event]
May 30#38High Roller7-Max$10,000$1,000,000$300Day 1[2-Day Event]
May 30#24WPT5008-Max$500-$30Day 1H[2-Day Event + FT Tuesday]
May 30#25Super508-Max$50-$5Day 1H[3-Day Event]
May 30#26Super58-Max$5-$0.50Day 1H[3-Day Event]
May 30High Roller Turbo7-Max$5,000$250,000$200-[1-Day Event]
May 306-Max Hyper Knockout6-Max PKO$300$40,000$20-[1-Day Event]
May 31#24WPT5006-Max$500-$30Day 1 Turbo[2-Day Event + FT Tuesday]
May 31#25Super506-Max$50-$5Day 1 Turbo[3-Day Event]
May 31#26Super56-Max$5-$0.50Day 1 Turbo[3-Day Event]
May 31#20Main Event8-Max---Day 2[3-Day Event + FT Wednesday]
May 31#367-Max7-Max PKO$1,500-$75Day 1B[2-Day Event]
May 31#36Mini 7-Max7-Max PKO$150-$12Day 1B[2-Day Event]
May 31#36Micro 7-Max7-Max PKO$15-$1.50Day 1B[2-Day Event]
May 31#39Closer6-Max PKO$300$200,000$20Day 1A[2-Day Event]
May 31#39Mini Closer6-Max PKO$30$50,000$3Day 1A[2-Day Event]
May 31#39Micro Closer6-Max PKO$5$15,000$0.50Day 1A[2-Day Event]
May 31#37Omaha Hi-Lo6-Max Hi-Lo PKO$1,500-$75Day 1B[2-Day Event]
May 31#37Mini Omaha Hi-Lo6-Max Hi-Lo PKO$150-$12Day 1B[2-Day Event]
May 31#37Micro Omaha Hi-Lo6-Max Hi-Lo PKO$15-$1.50Day 1B[2-Day Event]
May 31#24WPT5008-Max---Day 2[2-Day Event + FT Tuesday]
May 31#25Super508-Max---Day 2[3-Day Event]
May 31#26Super58-Max---Day 2[3-Day Event]
May 317-Max7-Max$500$50,000$30-[1-Day Event]
June 1#20Main Event8-Max---Day 3[3-Day Event + FT Wednesday]
June 1#367-Max7-Max PKO---Day 2[2-Day Event]
June 1#36Mini 7-Max7-Max PKO---Day 2[2-Day Event]
June 1#36Micro 7-Max7-Max PKO---Day 2[2-Day Event]
June 1#37Omaha Hi-Lo6-Max Hi-Lo PKO---Day 2[2-Day Event]
June 1#37Mini Omaha Hi-Lo6-Max Hi-Lo PKO---Day 2[2-Day Event]
June 1#37Micro Omaha Hi-Lo6-Max Hi-Lo PKO---Day 2[2-Day Event]
June 1#408-Max8-Max$500$150,000$30-[1-Day Event]
June 1#40Mini 8-Max8-Max$50$50,000$5-[1-Day Event]
June 1#40Micro 8-Max8-Max$5$10,000$0.50-[1-Day Event]
June 1#41Omaha High Roller6-Max PLO$5,000$200,000$200-[1-Day Event]
June 1#41Mini Omaha Knockout6-Max PLO$500$50,000$30-[1-Day Event]
June 1#41Micro Omaha Knockout6-Max PLO$50$10,000$5.00-[1-Day Event]
June 1#42Super High Roller7-Max$25,000$1,000,000$500Day 1[2-Day Event]
June 1#39Closer6-Max PKO$300-$20Day 1B[2-Day Event]
June 1#39Mini Closer6-Max PKO$30-$3Day 1B[2-Day Event]
June 1#39Micro Closer6-Max PKO$5-$0.50Day 1B[2-Day Event]
June 1#24WPT5008-Max---Final Table-
June 1#25Super508-Max---Final Day-
June 1#26Super58-Max---Final Day-
June 1High Roller Turbo7-Max$5,000$250,000$200-[1-Day Event]
June 1Mix-Max Turbo KnockoutMix-Max PKO$200$30,000$15-[1-Day Event]
June 2#20Main Event8-Max---Final Table-
June 2#39Closer6-Max PKO---Final Day-
June 2#39Mini Closer6-Max PKO---Final Day-
June 2#39Micro Closer6-Max PKO---Final Day-
June 2#43Turbo Finale6-Max$500$75,000$30-[1-Day Event]
June 2#43Mini Turbo Finale6-Max$50$25,000$5-[1-Day Event]
June 2#43Micro Turbo Finale6-Max$5$10,000$0.50-[1-Day Event]
June 2Hyper Finale7-Max PKO$250$30,000$15-[1-Day Event]

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ONLINE POKER STRATEGY: Advice from PokerStars Streamer and Series Host Lex Veldhuis

As the Lex Not Live series continues at PokerStars, ambassador and streamer Lex Veldhuis offers some strategy advice for online players.

The “Lex Not Live” tournament series continues through the weekend at PokerStars with buy-ins ranging from $11 to $55. The series is hosted by site ambassador Lex Veldhuis and stresses a community aspect seen on Twitch streams.

One of the most popular Twitch Poker streamers, Veldhuis has almost $700,000 in live tournament winnings and more online. A poker pro for 16 years, he’s been streaming his action for the last five years. He spends about $60,000 a month competing in online tournaments.

As Lex Not Live continues, the PokerStars ambassador spoke with PokerScout this week to offer some strategy advice for online players.

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Transitioning to online poker

Online poker exploded over the last year and a half. That has included new players jumping in the game. What are some concepts new and intermediate players should keep in mind when adjusting to online poker?

Veldhuis says live poker is an information game and the same is true for online poker. But the online version features a different sense of information.

“You don’t see people and you don’t have the social aspects,” he says. “In online poker, you try to look much more for betting patterns, for instance, or how quickly somebody acts. So it’s a little bit more of a ‘numbers information’ stream.”

Online poker players can get in the action with PokerStars streamer Lex Veldhuis in the “Lex Not Live” series from May 18-23.

Online poker also features much more action than live poker. Hands move faster and some live players may get caught out of their comfort zone. It’s important not to take on more than a player can handle.

“I think that live players can sometimes be caught out in online poker as they can play too many tables when they play online,” Veldhuis says, “because they get super excited and then all of a sudden they’re playing six tournaments, and they’re not playing their best on all of them. So, I think that’s something they should take into account.”

Avoiding common bankroll mistakes

As players go online, some may be tempted to play bigger buy-in events hoping for a large score. Veldhuis recommends avoiding this pitfall. Stay within your bankroll to gradually move up as a player finds success.

“I think that a lot of people jump in a bit too high because you can play more games and can play games at the same time,” he says. “It’s easier to play a little bit lower and better.

“If you go to a live tournament, you may normally play a $200 tournament. You travel to a live tournament so that’s worth it, right. But if you play online and play a similar buy-in, you don’t get that whole trip for it and you can play multiple ones at the same time for that buy-in.”

Players who may be accustomed to playing $200 events in a live setting may not be at the same level online. Multiple buy-ins at that level may sink a bankroll because the action moves so quickly. A few quick eliminations can deplete those poker funds.

“It’s a new beast that you’re trying to approach, so if I was a new player online, I would definitely step down a few levels,” he says. “See what it’s like, play a few tournaments at the same time and not too many. Online and live are two different games, and I think it’s good to approach that with care.”

Lex Veldhuis battling it out at the live tables of the European Poker Tour.

Strategy advice for playing new games

Lex Not Live features some unique games many players may not have played, such as Fusion and 6+ Hold’em. How should players who have never played them before approach these games?

Veldhuis says many players jumping in these events during Lex Note Live will actually be in the same boat.

“The good thing about these games and these tournaments specifically is that a lot of the players that are playing will be community players that watch Twitch a lot and that go to Lex Live,” he says. “So that means that you’re not going to play against people that grind Six-Card PLO or play Fusion a lot.

“There’s a lot of people in these tournaments that are discovering the game for the first time, so that makes it a little bit more of a level playing field.”

For those completely new, Veldhuis suggests reading through the rules thoroughly. Consider some possible strategies as you adjust to the new format.

“Don’t play too many tables and just play and pay attention to what happens on the table,” he says. “See how other people do and what their strategies are, and see if you can pick up something interesting from that.”

Lex Not Live also features lower buy-in levels with most events priced at $11. This offers players a chance to try something new without breaking the bank.

“Also, new games give you a pretty cool perspective on a different way a poker game can be played,” Veldhuis says, “which sometimes gives you also some inspiration for a No Limit Hold’em game, for instance.”

Moving from No Limit Hold’em to PLO

A few events in Veldhuis’s series feature Pot Limit Omaha (PLO). The game continues to grow in popularity and he offered some advice for Hold’em players looking to play. 

“It’s a completely different game, a lot of people go into PLO with a No Limit Hold’em mindset,” he says. “They check to the raiser a lot or to the person who bet the previous street. But PLO’s a very dynamic game. The board changes a lot. The board favors different players throughout the whole hand.

“A four-card hand in PLO from the big blind covers completely the lower part of the board, so there’s a lot of possibilities there to lead at a pot on the turn or the river if straights get to the board. That’s just a specific example where you normally would check to a raiser in No Limit Hold’em.”

In PLO, bet sizes should also be a lot bigger, he says. Hands have a higher percentage to beat another PLO hand than a random Hold’em hand against a random Hold’em hand. 

“You’re almost never drawing dead,” Veldhuis says. “You have a big percentage to win hands. That also means that when you have a good hand you have to protect those hands. Try to look at the game not with a Hold’em mindset but be open minded.

“Again, look at what you see around you. A lot of times when you’re discovering a new game, if someone does something super annoying to you, that means that you can also try to employ that strategy.”

For example, a player may bet the pot every time there’s a straight on the board on the turn. You continue to fold two pairs in spots like this. That’s something to consider doing yourself.

Veldhuis stresses to play with an open mind and don’t think too much with a No Limit Hold’em brain.

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Advantages of playing online and watching Twitch streams

Obviously Veldhuis is a fan of online poker. Those new to the game have a chance to get more experience at a quicker pace.

Players can see more hands, and it’s simpler to just sit down and play immediately. There’s also no need or cost to travel.

Twitch viewers can also learn while watching others play. Watching a stream like Veldhuis’s offers players some new perspectives on the game. Many of the more popular streamers are winning players with experience and have a lot to offer.

“One thing that I think will teach you a lot more when you watch is to try and look at a hand and think to yourself, ‘what would I do here before the streamer explains it?’” Veldhuisa says. “You see a turn card, ‘what would I do? Would I bet here?’

“And be honest to yourself. I think if the Twitch streamer is talking and you’re just listening to the words and you’re like, ‘well, yeah, super logical to bet this turn,’ even though you wouldn’t really be able to form an opinion about that on your own or to come up with a strategy.”

The process can be very interactive. Players should be amenable to new perspectives and strategies, Veldhuis says.

“I think one of the most important things in poker learning is keeping an open mind and not trying to put a label on something immediately if you think something’s good or bad just because you’re not familiar with it,” Veldhuis says. “From an educational point of view, I think that’s a really important thing to keep in mind.”

He believes that advice includes being open to new games. Seeing some strategies and some games may inspire a player to branch out with new ideas in other games.

“If you like to explore new things in poker, going back to No Limit Hold’em after that will kind of reignite your passion for it and your interest in it,” he says. “It’s just fun because there are so many different forms of poker.

“You know the basic rules, you know the hand strengths, and there’s more than one game, and I think it’s important to keep discovering that. And that’s fun with smaller tournament series as well.”

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Unibet May Tournament Series Offers Players Numerous Events, €650,000 Guaranteed

Tournament poke returns to Unibet this month with the site’s UOS XII running May 16-31 with 102 events and €650,000 guaranteed.

Tournament poke returns to Unibet this month with the site’s popular Unibet Online Series (UOS XII). The series runs May 16-31 and players will find 102 events and €650,000 guaranteed overall

The site has also planned plenty of extras, promotions, and leaderboards for the series. It should make for an interesting two weeks at Unibet.

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What to expect at Unibet

Players will find mostly No Limit Hold’em and a few Omaha tournaments also added to the schedule. UOS XII also features several bounty events.

Unibet is regularly among the top 15 poker sites in the world in player traffic and has seen that increase recently. The site caters to recreational players and often features lower buy-in events.

That certainly applies to UOS XII as well. The series features four buy-in levels: nano, low, medium, and high.

To keep recreational players in the mix, Unibet bans the use of poker tracking software. Players can also change usernames up to three times a day.

The site doesn’t even take a rake for micro stakes action. There’s no fee for any tournament with a buy-in of €1 or less.

Some Unibet series highlights

UOS XII offers plenty of action for players of all bankrolls. The series also incorporates the site’s Unibet Open, once again held online this year.

A few major Open events highlight the series. The two-day €1,100 Unibet Open on May 30 serves as the series’ main event. The event features a €200,000 guarantee.

Players with lower bankrolls will also find a €100 Unibet Open event the same day with a €50,000 guarantee.

A third major Unibet Open event is set for May 29. The €100 Unibet Open Rebuy Warm-Up comes with a €12,500 guarantee. Here’s a look at the complete schedule:

Unibet UOS XII May 2021

DateEventTournamentBuy-inGuaranteeTierGame type
May 161€35,000 E1 UOS Rebuy High 2-Days10035000HighHoldem
May 162€20,000 E2 UOS Rebuy Mid 2-Days5020000MidHoldem
May 163€3,000 E3 UOS Rebuy Low 2-Days53000LowHoldem
May 164€750 E4 UOS Rebuy Nano 2-Days1750NanoHoldem
May 165€5,000 E5 UOS Rebuy Mid255000MidHoldem
May 166€1,500 E6 UOS Rebuy Low51500LowHoldem
May 167€100 E7 UOS Rebuy Nano0.5100NanoHoldem
May 178€7,500 E8 UOS Rebuy Mid257500MidHoldem
May 179€4,000 E9 UOS Rebuy Low104000LowHoldem
May 1710€250 E10 UOS Rebuy Nano0.5250NanoHoldem
May 1711€7,500 E11 UOS Bounty Re-enter Mid507500MidHoldem Bounty
May 1712€1,000 E12 UOS Bounty Re-enter Low51000LowHoldem Bounty
May 1713€100 E13 UOS Bounty Re-enter Nano0.25100NanoHoldem Bounty
May 1814€10,000 E14 UOS Big Bang High20010000HighHoldem
May 1815€4,000 E15 UOS Big Bang Mid254000MidHoldem
May 1816€1,000 E16 UOS Big Bang Low51000LowHoldem
May 1817€100 E17 UOS Big Bang Nano0.5100NanoHoldem
May 1818€4,000 E18 UOS Bounty Re-enter Mid254000MidHoldem Bounty
May 1819€1,000 E19 UOS Bounty Re-enter Low51000LowHoldem Bounty
May 1820€100 E20 UOS Bounty Re-enter Nano0.25100NanoHoldem Bounty
May 1921€10,000 E21 UOS Rebuy Mid5010000MidHoldem
May 1922€2,000 E22 UOS Rebuy Low52000LowHoldem
May 1923€100 E23 UOS Rebuy Nano0.25100NanoHoldem
May 1924€5,000 E24 UOS Omaha Rebuy Mid505000MidOmaha
May 1925€2,000 E25 UOS Omaha Rebuy Low102000LowOmaha
May 1926€100 E26 UOS Omaha Rebuy Nano0.25100NanoOmaha
May 2027€10,000 E27 UOS Big Bang Bounty High20010000HighHoldem
May 2028€4,000 E28 UOS Big Bang Bounty Mid254000MidHoldem
May 2029€1,000 E29 UOS Big Bang Bounty Low51000LowHoldem
May 2030€100 E30 UOS Big Bang Bounty Nano0.5100NanoHoldem
May 2031€5,000 E31 UOS Rebuy Mid255000MidHoldem
May 2032€1,500 E32 UOS Rebuy Low51500LowHoldem
May 2033€100 E33 UOS Rebuy Nano0.5100NanoHoldem
May 2134€10,000 E34 UOS Bounty Re-enter High10010000HighHoldem Bounty
May 2135€7,500 E35 UOS Bounty Re-enter Mid257500MidHoldem Bounty
May 2136€1,500 E36 UOS Bounty Re-enter Low51500LowHoldem Bounty
May 2137€100 E37 UOS Bounty Re-enter Nano0.5100NanoHoldem Bounty
May 2138€7,500 E38 UOS Rebuy Mid257500MidHoldem
May 2139€3,000 E39 UOS Rebuy Low103000LowHoldem
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Players will also find mystery tournaments, freerolls which pop up randomly. Along with desktop and mobile software, Unibet also offers insta-play via the site’s web browser.

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 Through May 31, players can also complete certain monthly missions to unlock prizes. It should be a big month for players at Unibet.

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GGPoker Receives ISO 27001 Certification As Company Continues Expansion

NSUSLAB Korea, parent company of GGPoker, announced this week that it has received ISO 27001 certification for its online gaming platform.

NSUSLAB Korea, parent company of GGPoker, announced a new certification from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) this week. The company received ISO 27001 certification for its online gaming platform.

The distinction outlines a framework of “policies and procedures that includes all legal, physical, and technical controls involved in an organization’s information risk management processes,” according to

Company officials said the certification signals GG’s dedication to safety and security on the platform.

“NSUSLAB is proud to have secured this ISO 27001 certification, as we have always placed information security at the forefront of our efforts,” NSUSLAB CEO Daniel Lim said in a news release.

“We hope that the news further assures GGPoker, its players, partners, and regulators of our commitment to maintaining the security of their information.” 

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ISO 27001 is an international standard recognized globally for managing risks to the security of organization’s information. The process provides a set of standardized requirements for securely managing information.

With poker sites hosting thousands of players and maintaining their information funds, security is of top importance in the industry.

NSUSLAB Korea’s software powers GGPoker, which hosts hundreds of thousands of players and games each week. The company operates in a number of regulated markets.

Beyond poker, NSUSLAB also produces omni-channel online casino table games, proprietary gaming platforms, and business intelligence systems. The company boasts more than 200 developers.

The site is licensed by the United Kingdom Gambling Commission and Isle of Man Gambling Supervision Commission.

More major events coming to GGPoker

GGPoker has made some major poker news in recent weeks. Once again the site will host World Series of Poker online bracelet events for international players this summer.

The international half of the series runs on GG from Aug. 1 to Sept. 12 and awards 33 bracelets.

The site is also hosting the WSOP Super Circuit Online Series May 1-30. That series features a $100 million guarantee and awards 18 championship rings.

The site is also running satellites for the $10,000 WSOP Main Event from Aug. 1 to Oct. 1. World Series officials announced recently that the annual series in Las Vegas was being moved to the fall this year. The annual festival runs Sept. 30 to Nov. 23 at the Rio.

Much of the 2020 Main Event played out online with international players competing on GGPoker. The site also announced another major series in the works. The WSOP Winter Online Super Circuit will run at the site with a schedule released later.

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PokerGO, GPI Reach Deal on Streaming Global Poker Awards in Las Vegas Through 2024

The GPI announced an agreement with PokerGO this week that will see the service streaming the Global Poker Awards through 2024.

The Global Poker Index (GPI) has carved out a niche in the poker world ranking the game’s best players. Over the last few years, the site’s Global Poker Awards have also recognized greatness within the game.

The company announced an agreement with PokerGO this week that will see the service streaming the awards through 2024. Like the first editions in 2019 and 2020, the 2022 ceremony will be in Las Vegas at the PokerGO Studio

Because of COVID-19, GPI canceled the awards ceremony in 2021 and will resume in March 2022. The Global Poker Index is part of Mediarex Group sports and entertainment, which also includes Hendon Mob (THM). The awards celebrate notable poker players, media, and industry pioneers.

“We are honored to be a part of celebrating the accomplishments of the most renowned figures in the poker industry,” GPI/THM President Eric Danis said in a news release.

“After having to cancel this year’s ceremony due to the pandemic, we are so excited to welcome the poker world once again to the Global Poker Awards in March 2022 and for years to come.”

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What to expect from 2022 awards

When the awards resume in 2022, poker fans will see more than 20 awards presented. Some of those regularly given out include:

  • GPI Player of the Year
  • GPI Female Player of the Year
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  • Players’ Choice Award for Best All-Around Poker Player
  • People’s Choice Award for Hand of the Year

“The Global Poker Awards recognize and celebrate the most elite poker players and significant figures making a notable difference in the industry,” PokerGO President Mori Eskandani said.

“At PokerGO, we aim to give credit to those who make a splash in our sport, and holding these awards in the PokerGO Studio for the next three years allows us to do so.”

A look back at 2019-20

The last Global Poker Awards saw some of the biggest names in poker collect hardware for 2019 performances. Alex Foxen picked up Player of the Year for the second straight year. Kristen Bicknell claimed the Female Player of the Year for the third year in a row.

As of Thursday, American Nick Pupillo stood atop the standings for 2021. However, Foxen also has a shot to add another title and is currently in seventh.

Bicknell, a partypoker ambassador, remains at the top of the standings on the female side of the rankings. She could be in line for a fourth straight award.

Australia’s Robert Cambell won the award for Breakout Player of the Year. The honor came after a huge World Series of Poker performance that included two bracelet wins.

Phillip Hui took Final Table Performance of the Year for winning the WSOP Poker Players Championship. He won the event for $1.1 million at a final table that included Josh Arieh, John Esposito, Bryce Yockey, Shaun Deeb, and Dan Cates

The annual Icon Award went to Johnny Chan. Other winners included:

  • Stephen Chidwick – Players Choice for Toughest Opponent
  • Paul Phua (Triton Poker) – Industry Person of the Year
  • Matt Savage (World Poker Tour) – Tournament Director of the Year
  • PokerStars Players Championship Bahamas – Event of the Year

PokerStars Beefs Up Ambassador Squad With Six New Signings

PokerStars recently announced the signing of six new ambassadors.

During the poker boom of the 2000s, it seemed every player who’d won a tournament signed an ambassador deal. Those sponsorships are now more difficult to come by and often require more than just live tournament results.

On Tuesday, PokerStars announced the signing of six ambassadors and several bring more than just winning statistics. As poker sites work to bring more players into the game, often a player’s platform may be as important as winnings. Personality helps too.

Five of the six new PokerStars players are Twitch streams and just a couple stand out in live tournaments. The deals signal where online poker stands now, with a player’s community a major factor in representing a brand.

Beyond that, another interesting note is the inclusion of two Americans from the state of Pennsylvania. This may signal how PokerStars sees the possibility for growth in the US market.

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Adding to the PokerStars team

A few of the new PokerStars team members may be recognizable for poker fans. Those include poker pros Sam Grafton and Parker “tonkaaaaP” Talbot.

A few up and coming Twitch streamers also join the mix including:

  • Andre “ACoimbraPoker” Coimbra
  • Lasse “WisternJL” Jagd Lauritsen
  • Keith “AccidentalGrenade” Becker
  • Mark “naigo1” Foresta

“We are proud to expand our team and welcome these brilliant ambassadors for the game to PokerStars,” company associate director of communities and partnerships Scott Goodall said in a news release.

“The cornerstones of our strategy are supporting poker players and poker streamers, in particular new talent who have tons of potential and drive to grow, alongside creating a fun and welcoming environment for our community on Twitch and in other spaces. We’re excited to bring on board our new ambassadors so they can share their journeys, inspire others, and most importantly have fun.”

Live poker crushers join PokerStars

Grafton may be the best known among the new ambassadors with more than $4.1 million in live tournament winnings. The English pro’s biggest live cash was in the 2019 EPT Barcelona Super High Roller, where he scored €1.3 million.

Sam Grafton

At PokerStars, Grafton will serve as a poker commentator as well as getting involved with content and activities.

“I’m really excited to join the team and I was really excited when I heard ‘tonkaaaaP’ was coming on board at the same time,” Grafton said of the news on Talbot’s on stream. “I’ve really enjoyed working with PokerStars over the last year, and now I’m contractually obliged to turn up anytime Joe Stapleton requests a commentary buddy.”

Parker Talbot

Talbot has more than $750,000 in live tournament winnings and more than $3 million online. The Canadian poker pro’s new role includes plenty of streaming and content creation.

Talbot is considered one of the best high stakes players on Twitch. Some

notable online wins include a $109,000 SCOOP score and a Super Tuesday win for over $100,000. He also has a WCOOP title after topping a field of 842 to win $51,000, 

“It’s going to be unreal, I’m very excited to join,” Talbot said on the PokerStars SCOOP Twitch stream.

Joining the PokerStars team, ready to stream

Streaming has become a bigger part of the PokerStars ambassador crew. Beyond Grafton, four other Twitch players also join the PokerStars crew with two from Europe.

Portugal’s Coimbra returns to the team with goals of growing his Twitch and social media communities. Another goal is winning a large live tournament.

Taking second in the TRIO series Main Event last year became his best streaming moment to date. Coimbra racked up his biggest score in a poker tournament with thousands of viewers following his action


“I’m very happy having the opportunity of joining Team Pro again and once again to be an ambassador for my favorite poker site,” he said.

Lasse Jagd Lauritsen

Lauritsen is from Denmark and loves poker streaming. The 23-year-old goes live as much as six days a week and is looking to grow his community.

His online platform involves “drinking coffee and talking about the most random stuff,” his Twitch bio notes.

Reaching out to US players with new streamers

Two of the more interesting additions might be two American players. The US market may be more open for online poker after a recent Supreme Court ruling.

Online poker is now legal in six states with others considering legalization. PokerStars now operates platforms in three US states:

Two of the new ambassadors stream their action from Pennsylvania. Becker fell in love with poker while playing with friends. His competitive drive inspired him to take poker seriously.

“Keith will be streaming on PokerStars PA and his aims are to break down the walls for those new to poker and bring more people to the game,” the company notes in a news release.

Mark Foresta

Rising Twitch streamer Foresta rounds out the new PokerStars ambassadors. He’s also looking forward to streaming on PokerStars PA.

The company notes that his goals of “inspiring others to enjoy the game and being able to share streaming successes with his community.”

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WPT Announces International Live Events, 888poker Online Series Schedule Released

WPTDeepStacks London Online kicked off on 888poker Sunday. The site also launched a new Twitch channel as part of the festivities.

The World Poker Tour has slowly begun to return to the live poker felt. That also now includes more series internationally and in the United States as well as more online events.

The tour’s DeepStacks series recently announced some new stops in Australia and Vietnam. Along with that, the complete schedule for the upcoming WPTDeepStacks series at 888poker has also been released.

Many players may be pleased to see the tour returning. The company continues to expand with both live and online poker options.

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Getting back in action with live WPT events

After running live events in Florida and Las Vegas already, the WPT continues to grow its schedule. The WPTDeepStacks Hanoi runs April 21-25 at the Crown Poker Club. The series features a VND22,000,000 ($950) buy-in and comes with a guarantee of about $173,000.

The WPTDeepStacks Gold Coast is set for May 27-31 at The Star Gold Coast and comes with a buy-in of AU$1,500 ($1,140).

The property is located about an hour south of Brisbane on Australia’s luxurious coastal getaway. A guarantee hasn’t been announced yet.

Both events produced 650-plus fields when last run in 2019. WPT live events specialist Danny McDonagh notes that foreign players made up more than 50% for previous Vietnam events. Because of that, producing a similar result may be ambitious.

“However, Vietnam is a relatively new market for poker and interest is growing, so for a country starved of major festivals for well over a year, the festival will surely generate excellent local numbers from locals and expats throughout Vietnam,” McDonagh told PokerScout.

The WPTDeepStacks Gold Coast is set for May 27-31 in Australia at The Star Gold Coast. (photo courtesy WPT)

Tour hopes for success again in Australia 

The inaugural WPT Gold Coast attracted a large proportion of Australians. A similar result may be possible once again. Lifting of New Zealand tourist restrictions would also help, but that possibility remains to be seen.

Both properties will have COVID protocols in place including seven-handed tables in Australia. How does it feel to see live WPT events returning internationally?

“The big positive I see is that it is giving real hope to poker players that life is beginning to return to normal,” McDonagh said.

“Poker players in Vietnam and Australia have the opportunity to attend the event, while poker players in other countries are encouraged by these developments and live in hope of travel restrictions being relaxed sometime in 2021 so they too can get to an event. Without a doubt poker players worldwide have missed live poker festivals.” 

WPT Main Tour events crank up in US

The tour experienced big numbers recently at the Venetian in Las Vegas and at the Seminole Hard Rock in Florida. Players are in store for another Main Tour event soon.

The $3,500 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown is set for April 23-27 with a $2 million guarantee. The event comes after the property’s Lucky Hearts Poker Open attracted 1,573 entries in January.

That event produced a prize pool of $5 million, crushing the $1 million guarantee. The Venetian event brought in 937 entries in February for a $4.3 million prize pool, also easily topping the $1.5 million guarantee.

WPT officials hope similar results continue. No other US-based live events have been announced so far.

However three remaining final tables from 2020 have been scheduled to be played in Las Vegas at the PokerGO Studio. These events are set to be filmed for broadcast on FOX Sports:

  • Borgata Winter Poker Open – May 16
  • LA Poker Classic – May 17
  • Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown – May 18

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WPTDeepStacks hits the online poker tables in 888poker London series

Beyond live action, the WPTDeepStacks is also returning to action online. 888poker is hosting the DeepStacks London Online from April 18-26 with an overall guarantee of more than $2 million.

The series boasts 16 events with each winner taking home an official WPTDS trophy. The $1,050 Main Event highlights the series with $1 million guaranteed.

Players will find seven starting flights for the Main Event. Other highlights include:

  • $320 PKO (Event 3, April 19) – $100,000 guaranteed
  • $2,100 High Roller (Event 5, April 20) – $100,000 guaranteed
  • $525 Marathon (Event 9, April 22) – $100,000 guaranteed
  • $215 Mini Main Event (Event 15, April 25) – $100,000 guaranteed

888 will also offer daily freerolls awarding $200,000 in tickets to qualifying events. Satellites are already underway. Poker fans can follow the action with four live streaming events on the 888 Facebook and YouTube channels including:

  • Opener (Event 1)
  • High Roller (Event 5)
  • Marathon (Event 9)
  • Main Event Day 2 (Event 15)

Celebrity guests and poker pros will  drop in the commentary booth throughout the events. The streams will feature giveaways, contests with Main Event tickets up for grabs, freerolls, and more. Here’s a look at the complete tournament schedule:

April 19#3 - $100,000 PKO$320$100,000
April 19#4 - $30,000 PKO$55$30,000
April 19#16 - $1,000,000 Main Event Day 1$1,050$1,000,000
April 20#5 - $100,000 High Roller$2,100$100,000
April 20#6 - $75,000 Mini High Roller$215$75,000
April 20#16 - $1,000,000 Main Event Day 1$1,050$1,000,000
April 21#7 - $100,000 Crazy 8$440$100,000
April 21#8 - $30,000 Mini Crazy 8$88$30,000
April 21#16 - $1,000,000 Main Event Day 1$1,050$1,000,000
April 22#9 - $100,000 Marathon$525$100,000
April 22#10 - $50,000 Half Marathon$160$50,000
April 22#16 - $1,000,000 Main Event Day 1$1,050$1,000,000
April 23#11 - $50,000 PKO 8-Max$109$50,000
April 23#12 - $20,000 Mini PKO 8-Max$16.50$20,000
April 23#16 - $1,000,000 Main Event Day 1$1,050$1,000,000
April 24#13 - $100,000 6-Max$320$100,000
April 24#14 - $20,000 Mini 6-Max$33$20,000
April 24#16 - $1,000,000 Main Event Day 1$1,050$1,000,000
April 25#15 - $100,000 Mini Main Event$215$100,000
April 25#16 - $1,000,000 Main Event Day 1$1,050$1,000,000
April 26#16 - $1,000,000 Main Event Day 2$1,000,000

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Fedor Holz Chalks Up Big Session to Win GGPoker Face-Off Challenge

The GGPoker Face-Off Challenge between Fedor Holz and Wiktor Malinowski wrapped up Friday with Holz winning about $90,000.

The high stakes, heads-up action between Fedor Holz and Wiktor “Limitless” Malinowski wrapped up Friday. After four sessions, Holz came out a winner of about $90,000 in the GGPoker Face-Off Challenge.

The series is one of a growing list of heads-up battles that have attracted plenty of interest in recent months. Daniel Negreanu and Phil Hellmuth are up next, playing in a  live setting for PokerGO.

Here’s a look at the last two sessions between Holz and Malinowski. The series pitted two online poker sharks against each other battling online with GG streaming the action.

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  • Stakes: $100/$200 tables
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Session 3: Holz notches six-figure win

After dropping the first two sessions, Malinowski found himself in a $52,000 hole to start the third day. The two players put in about four hours in the third session, which lasted 562 hands. In the end, Holz came out on top again, scoring $108,195.

Right of the gate, Malinowski picked up pocket Aces followed by Ace-King. However, he didn’t get much action on either and raked minimal pots.

One interesting early battle typifies some of the less-than-marginal hands played in these events. Malinowski raised to $500 with 310♥ and Holz made the call with 7♥2♥.

The flop brought Q♠2♣A♣ and both players checked. The 7♠ fell on the turn and both players checked again. Holz then hit a full house on the river 2♦.

He chose to check again and Malinowski made a stab at the pot with a $1,100 bet. Holz raised to $7,100 and his opponent quickly folded. A nice $3,840 pot went Holz’s way.

Holz takes command

Despite that hand, Malinowski held a $15,000 lead after the first hour of play. That wouldn’t last. One hand about halfway through the session saw Malinowski raise from the button to $500 with A♣9♠. Holz three-bet with Q♠J♠ and received a call.

The flop brought an interesting 5♦5♠5♥. Holz bet $1,230, Malinowski called, and the river brought the 8♠. Holz bet $3,600 and his opponent called again.

The 6♠ on the river gave Holz a flush, but still a scary board with full house possibilities. He bet $3,400 and Malinowski eventually folded, sending Holz a $13,700 pot.

Fedor Holz finished up the winner in the first edition of the GGPoker Face-Off Challenge. (courtesy Poker Central)

At the same time on the second table. Holz took a $29,000 pot after catching a set with 4♠4♥ to Malinowski’s A♣10♠ for top pair and top kicker.

It was that kind of day for the Polish high stakes online poker pro. He made some hands, but the bigger ones were too sporadic to gain any major traction.

Malinowski is a fun guy who clearly loves poker. Seeing him in some major live events would be a nice addition for a televised poker show.

After the third session, he lamented folding in some spots where he had the best hand. He said on the GGPoker stream: “I was Wiktor Fold-inowski today.”

  • Total hands played in series: 1,462
  • Results in series: Holz up $160,268

Session 4: Malinowski gets some back with win

After three straight losing sessions, Malinowski needed a win in the final session to cut his losses. If not, the series might end with a loss of $200,000 or more.

The fourth session went another four hours and this time Malinowski came out on top. He produced a $69,893 win after 392 hands, but that wasn’t enough to dig completely out of the hole. Holz ended the series with a win of $90,375.

The two players were fairly chatty during the session with Malinowski once again drinking a glass of wine.

The winning started early for Malinowski after picking up a $6,000 pot with 7-7. A few hands later, Holz picked up A♦A♠ and raised to $2,050.

Malinowski called with 7♣5♣ and the flop brought 4♣7♠8♦. Holz bet $1,230 and his opponent called. The 9♣ on the turn made the board even more interesting.

Holz bet $4,400 and Malinowski again made the call. The 7♥ on the river certainly changed things. This time, Holz moved all in and received an instant call.

The set of sevens sent Malinowski a $40,000 pot and typified the action on Day 4. After some missteps in the first three sessions, some solid poker skills and a little luck produced some positive results.

Full house over full house produces massive pot

By the halfway point Malinowski led by about $18,000. He turned it on even more in the second half. Holz missed some big draws and Malonowski made some nice calls after seeing some major bluffs in the first three sessions.

At close to three hours into the session, a huge hand developed. Holz raised to $500 from the button with 7♠7♣ and his opponent three-bet to $2,000 with A♣K♦.

The flop brought plenty of fireworks with 7♦A♥A♦. Malinowski hit two pairs but Holz landed a full house. After Malinowski bet $1,200, his opponent simply called.

The trap didn’t work, however, when the K♠ came on the river. Malinowski now had a larger full house and checked. Holz bet $3,200 and Malinowski simply called.

The river brought the 4♣ and tanked a bit before moving all in. Malinowski snap-called and raked a pot of $49,000. The day didn’t go his way but Hlz was pleased to finish up the series as a winner.

“This turned out to be a lot better than I thought it would,” he said on the GG stream, “and I’m very, very happy.”

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Looking back at the action

The Face-Off Challenge produced some interesting hands and showing each player via video was a nice touch. The final two sessions seemed to produce more chit-chat between Holz and Malinowski.

Joey Ingram did a nice job on the GGPoker stream and brought some humor himself. In the fourth session, Ingram noted that was a little stressed out.

The reason? Supposedly his ex-girlfriend was moving out in the other room. Who knows if that was the case, but that kind of humor adds some fun in these long sessions.

Some side conversations between the players also produced interesting moments. Malinowski’s sense of humor certainly comes through.

Both players talking about their other side games going on at the same time was also insightful. The downside of that? Some slow play bogged down the action at times, especially from Holz.

Overall, the Face-Off Challenge produced some interesting moments. Look for even more heads-up matches online in the coming months. The format seems to be growing in popularity among poker fans/.

  • Total hands played in series: 1,854
  • Results in series: Holz up $90,375

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Chess Becomes King at Partypoker With Challenge & Freerolls; Grandmaster Wins High Roller

Partypoker is running Battle of the Minds on March 11 poker and chess pros teaming up to battle it out on the chess board and poker felt.

Poker players have embraced chess since the The Queen’s Gambit became a hit for Netflix. Big name players have worked on their best Garry Kasparov and Bobby Fischer moves – even streaming their action.

Partypoker is now getting in the act with the Battle of the Minds on Friday. The event features two teams battling it out on the chess board and at the online poker felt. The event promises a unique competition with viewers able to stream all the action.

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What can viewers expect from partypoker’s Battle of the Minds?

The event teams up a poker pro with a chess master, playing both games. The contest features three sets, each consisting of one heads-up sit and go and one chess game.

In the poker games, players will alternate play on every street. For example, one player will have the pre-flop action. A partner will then play the flop and they continue alternating from that point.

If the scores are tied after three sets, the tie-breaker is a hyper-turbo heads-up sit and go. If either team wins both of the first two sets, the third set will still be played. The two Team Partypoker members and their teammates are:

  • Isaac Haxton and super grandmaster Alexander Grischuk
  • Patrick Leonard and eight-time Russian chess champion Peter Svidler

The poker will be played on partypoker with the site teaming with chess24 to host the chess matches. The site is a complete chess news and information portal.

The action will be live-streamed by all four players and on chess24’s Twitch and YouTube channels.

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More chess & poker action with Freeroll Series

Partypoker is promising even more poker and chess action. The site and chess24 are allowing others to get in the game as part of the event. 

The Battle of the Minds Freeroll Series runs every Sunday throughout March and April. The festival offers players the chance to win tickets for partypoker tournaments and €50 in chess24 shop vouchers.

Those participating earn leaderboard points to qualify for the second stage of the series. Players in the top four positions at the end of April will play in a knockout heads-up tournament. All four earn prizes with the winner earning:

  • €100 partypoker ticket
  • €100 chess24 shop voucher
  • one hour of private poker coaching session with a pro
  • one hour of private chess coaching session with a pro

Chess grandmaster turns into poker champ

Numerous poker players have crossed over from the world of chess to try their luck at poker. The poker world saw another example emerge last week.

Estonian chess grandmaster Ottomar Ladva traded in rooks and pawns for full houses and flush draws. He took down the partypoker MILLIONS Online $25,500 Six-Max Super High Roller for $525,089.

Ches grandmaster Ottomar Ladv won the partypoker MILLIONS Online $25,500 Six-Max Super High Roller for $525,089. (photo courtesy partypoker)

 That profit amounted to even more considering the 23-year-old qualified via a $530 satellite. That moved him into a $2,650 satellite, where he went on to qualify for the tournament.

After beating out 69 competitors, Ladva came out on top. The final table included poker heavyweights like Justin Bonomo and Jason Koon.

Ladva eventually faced Bonomo heads-up, certinly no easy task. He also had to fight back from a 6 to 1 chip deficit but completed that unlikely feat.

No stranger to poker success, Ladva now has more than $800,000 in poker winnings. The tournament paid out $1.75 million, well above the $1 million guarantee. Bonomo earned $327,468 as runner-up.

It’s been a big month of chess for partypoker. The strategy seems like a nice idea as more operators work to bring more players to the game.

Chess seems like a nice complement to poker with competitive, strategic players in both games.

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