DraftsKings Seeks Purchase Of Partypoker Parent Company Entain For $20 Billion

Partypoker could become part of DraftKings if the poker site’s parent company Entain accepts a rumored $20 billion offer.

Partypoker could become part of DraftKings if the poker site’s parent company accepts a rumored $20 billion offer. Entain  is one of the largest online gaming groups in the world and also owns the popular poker site.

DraftKings has reportedly offered $20 billion for the based in the United Kingdom-based company, according to CNBC. The possible deal came to light on Tuesday after Entain filed a report on the offer with the London Stock Exchange.

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Details on the DraftKings-Entain offer

The move would create a massive sport betting, online gaming, online poker, and fantasy sports empire. DraftKings is a leader in the US sports betting and daily fantasy sports markets. The company also offers online casino gaming in some markets as well.

Along with owning partypoker, Entain also includes bwin, Ladbrokes, Coral, and numerous other online gaming brands. Partypoker remains one of the largest online poker operations in the world.

The poker brand regularly ranks among the top 10 sites in the PokerScout worldwide online traffic report.

In the US, the company also has a partnership with MGM Resorts for the partypoker US Network. That includes the Borgata and BetMGM poker skins as well as the PartyCasino brand. The partnership also includes a growing sports betting presence in several US states as well.

Party also partners with the World Poker Tour to offer live and online events both internationally and in the US. CNBC notes that a possible deal would need the approval of MGM because of the US partnership.

“Any transaction whereby Entain or its affiliates would own a competing business in the US would require MGM’s consent,” the company said in a statement per the network. “MGM will engage with Entain and DraftKings, as appropriate, to find a solution to the exclusivity arrangements which meets all parties’ objectives.”

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The deal makes for some interesting dynamics. MGM made its own $11 billion offer for Entain earlier this year. That was to be an all-stock arrangement, but Entain rejected the bid.

DraftKings has offered a mix of cash and stock for the company. If the deal goes forward, DraftKings becomes one of the biggest online gaming companies in the world.

However, there are some details to work out – namely with MGM. In the US, DraftKings and BetMGM are competitors in the sports betting and online gaming spaces.

MGM is a leader in online casino in the US. The deal would in essence have DraftKings owning half of a chief rival. The company could possibly sell all of its interest in the US venture to MGM, which has shown interest in acquiring full ownership.

In that scenario, poker players would find the US version of partypoker/MGM/Borgata completely separate from the international brand.

However, all these scenarios simply remain speculation at this point. The $20 billion may not be the exact figure as well. Some in the industry believe that figure overvalues Entain.

Partypoker history and possibilities

Party was launched in 2001 with poker legend Mike Sexton as one of the co-founders. The company grew quickly during the poker boom. GVC Holdings (now known as Entain) purchased the company in 2016 for $1.1 billion.

The international platform is now available in numerous countries. Party/GVC even owned the WPT from 2009-15 before selling the brand for $35 million.

Party has seen large fields across all its platforms since the Coronavirus pandemic. Online poker saw a massive surge over the last two years and party benefited from that as well.

The industry has attracted player pools not seen since the poker boom of the 2000s. However, it seems unlikely the brand is a key target for DraftKings. Sports betting and online casino betting opportunities seem the more likely focus.

A deal would allow DraftKings to grow that aspect of the business in the United States and beyond. However, adding a poker brand could benefit both companies.

Party could become part of a platform with millions of gamblers. DraftKings also gains access to poker players who may also be interested in sports betting and other gaming.

Plenty remains to be seen about a possible deal.PokerScout will continue to follow the story.

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Biggest WCOOP Ever Wraps Up At PokerStars With Almost $127 Million Paid Out To Players

The 20th edition of PokerStars’ WCOOP concluded last Wednesday and produced the biggest version ever with $126.5 million paid out to players.

The 20th edition of PokerStars’ World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) concluded Wednesday and produced the biggest version ever. The festival awarded $126.5 million in prize money, crushing the original $100 million guarantee.

Over more than three weeks, the series attracted 1.4 million entries across the 102-event schedule. The six Main Events awarded a total of $18.4 million.

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Brazilians score big in WCOOP

Players from Brazil have run hot recently in major online poker tournaments. That included the WCOOP with players from the country securing the most wins in the series with 57.

Brazil’s Yuri “theNERDguy” Dzivielevski also scored three WCOOP wins. He also became the first ever to win three titles in back-to-back WCOOPs.

Dzivielevski accomplished the feat in 2020 and 2021, and recently spoke with PokerScout about signing as a member of Team partypoker. He spoke about his preparation to remain the world’s No. 1-ranked online poker player.

“I make sure I have some kind of interaction with poker every day, whether playing or studying,” he says. ”I try to play two to three times a week and study on the other days. I don’t have an exact number of hours that I devote to studying, but I study on demand.”

Those efforts certainly paid off. Along with the prize money, every WCOOP champion receives a newly designed trophy. 

PokerStars ambassadors grab WCOOP titles on same day

Several other players stood out in the series as well, including some members of the PokerStars ambassador ranks. Ben “Spraggy” Spragg and Parker “Tonkaaaa” Talbot both won the second WCOOP titles of their careers on the same day.

Talbot took down the $5,200 Midweek Freeze (Event 75-H) for $108,729. Spragg won the $1,050 Turbo PKO Freezeout (Event 83-H) for $67,968. The accomplishment produced plenty of excitement from Spragg.

Some other highlights from the series also included a trifecta of titles for the United Kingdom’s Talal “raidalot” Shakerchi. This player and Dzivielevski were the only two to accomplish the feat.

The Player of the Series also went to Shakerchi. He won the High leaderboard for $15,000. The Medium leaderboard winner went to “FONBET_RULIT” for $10,000 with the Low leaderboard going to “ekvilibryst” for $5,000.

In total, 13 players managed to secure two WCOOP titles. More than $1 million in value was added by PokerStars through giveaways and qualifiers.

COOP action continues in US, Southern Europe

Plenty of action remains for US-based PokerStars players. Championship of Online Poker series are currently underway for players in:

The three series run concurrently through Sept. 27 featuring a total guaranteed prize pool of $4.5 million across the three state championships.

In Southern Europe, the Galactic Series is also taking place in France, Spain, and Portugal until Sept. 26. The series offers 303 events and more than €10 million guaranteed.

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Partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Kicks Off In North Cyprus With $5M Guaranteed; Streaming On Twitch

The return of live poker continues with the partypoker LIVE MILLIONS North Cyprus running through Sept. 27 with $5 million guaranteed.

The return of live poker continues with the partypoker LIVE MILLIONS North Cyprus series getting underway on Thursday at Merit Crystal Cove. The series runs through Sept. 27 with a total guarantee of $5 million.

This becomes the first LIVE MILLIONS since the South American festival was held in February 2020. The $5,300 Main Event begins Sept. 22 and features a $3 million guarantee.

Players can select from four starting flights before Day 2 begins on Sept. 25. Numerous other side events are also in the works.

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“I’m really excited to return to North Cyprus at the Merit Crystal Cove for these major events and guarantees,” Team partypoker’s Jeff Gross said in a news release. “I really look forward to the High Roller, as it gets a mix of the best in the world as well as some amateurs looking to compete. I’m also eager to play in the Main Event.

“I have had several of my best poker trips and results at Merit Crystal Cove in the past and I plan to have a similar experience on this trip.”

Online satellites continue at partypoker for several events including the championship.

Partypoker LIVE MILLIONS highlights

Players will find plenty of events to choose from on this trip to the Mediterranean. The $2,200 Warm Up kicked off the events on Thursday and finishes on Sept. 20 with $500,000 guaranteed.

The $10,500 High Roller also runs Sept. 19-22, also with a $500,000 guarantee. The $2,200 Super Bounty should also attract plenty of players and kicks off Sept. 26 with $150,000 guaranteed. Here’s a look at the complete schedule:

Partypoker LIVE MILLIONS North Cyprus 2021

DateEventTournamentBuy-inGuarantee
Sept. 161NL Turbo Sat. to Warm Up Day 1A1 Day Event : 3 Seats GTD$200+20
Sept. 162NL Warm UpDay 1A : $500K GTD$2,000+200$500,000
Sept. 163NL Bounty [$300 K.O.]1 Day Event : $25K GTD$600+60
Sept. 164NL Turbo Sat. to Warm Up Day 1B1 Day Event : 3 Seats GTD$200+20
Sept. 175NL Turbo Sat. to Warm Up Day 1B1 Day Event : 3 Seats GTD$200+20
Sept. 172NL Warm UpDay 1B : $500K GTD$2,000+200$500,000
Sept. 176NL Turbo Sat. to Warm Up Day 1C1 Day Event : 3 Seats GTD$200+20
Sept. 177NL Turbo Deep Stack1 Day Event : $30K GTD$600+60$30,000
Sept. 172NL Warm Up Day 1C Turbo : $500K GTD$2,000+200$500,000
Sept. 178NL Turbo Sat. to Warm Up Day 1D or Day 21 Day Event : 3 Seats GTD$200+20
Sept. 182NL Warm Up Day 1D Turbo : $500K GTD$2,000+200$500,000
Sept. 182NL Warm UpDay 2 : $500K GTD$2,000+200$500,000
Sept. 189NL Turbo1 Day Event : $20K GTD$500+50$20,000
Sept. 1810NL Super Sat to High Roller Day 11 Day Event : 5 Seats GTD$1,000+100
Sept. 192NL Warm UpDay 3 : $500K GTD$2,000+200$500,000
Sept. 1911PL Omaha Bounty [$400K.O.] (8-max)1 Day Event : $25K GTD$800+80$25,000
Sept. 1912NL Turbo Sat. to High Roller Day 11 Day Event : 2 Seats GTD$700+70
Sept. 1913NL High RollerDay 1 : $500K GTD$10,000+500$500,000
Sept. 2014NL Bounty 6 - Max [$400 K.O.]1 Day Event : $40K GTD$800+80$40,000
Sept. 2015NL Step Satellite1 Day Event : 10 Seats GTD$50+5
Sept. 202NL Warm UpFinal Day : $500K GTD-$500,000
Sept. 2013NL High RollerDay 2 : $500K GTD$10,000+500$500,000
Sept. 2016NL Step Satellite1 Day Event : 10 Seats GTD$50+5
Sept. 2017NL Satellite to Main Event Day 1A1 Day Event : 5 Seats GTD$500+50
Sept. 2118NL Bounty [$750 K.O.]1 Day Event : $100K GTD$1,500+150$100,000
Sept. 2119NL Step Satellite1 Day Event : 10 Seats GTD$70+5
Sept. 2113NL High RollerDay 3 : $500K GTD$10,000+500$500,000
Sept. 2120NL Step Satellite1 Day Event : 10 Seats GTD$70+5
Sept. 2121MILLIONS Super High RollerDay 1$25,000+500
Sept. 2122NL Super Satellite To Main Event Day 1A1 Day Event : 10 Seats GTD$700+70
Sept. 2223MILLIONS North Cyprus Main EventDay 1A : $3M GTD$5,000+300$3,000,000
Sept. 2224NL Step Satellite1 Day Event : 10 Seats GTD$50+5
Sept. 2213NL High RollerFinal Day : $500K GTD-$500,000
Sept. 2221MILLIONS Super High RollerFinal Day$25,000+500
Sept. 2225NL Step Satellite1 Day Event : 10 Seats GTD$50+5
Sept. 2226NL Turbo Deep Stack1 Day Event : $30K GTD$600+60$30,000
Sept. 2227NL Satellite to Main Event Day 1B1 Day Event : 5 Seats GTD$500+50
Sept. 2323MILLIONS North Cyprus Main EventDay 1B : $3M GTD$5,000+300$3,000,000
Sept. 2328NL Step Satellite1 Day Event : 10 Seats GTD$50+5
Sept. 2329NL Turbo Deep Stack Bounty [$300 K.O.]1 Day Event : $30K GTD$600+60$30,000
Sept. 2330NL Step Satellite1 Day Event : 10 Seats GTD$50+5
Sept. 2331NL Monster Stack1 Day Event : $20K GTD$400+40$20,000
Sept. 2332NL Satellite to Main Event Day 1C1 Day Event : 5 Seats GTD$500+50
Sept. 2423MILLIONS North Cyprus Main EventDay 1C : $3M GTD$5,000+300$3,000,000
Sept. 2433NL Step Satellite1 Day Event : 10 Seats GTD$50+5
Sept. 2434NL Short Deck (6+)1 Day Event : $40K GTD$600+60$40,000
Sept. 2435NL Satellite To Main Event Day D Turbo or Day 21 Day Event : 3 Seats GTD$500+50
Sept. 2423MILLIONS North Cyprus Main EventDay 1D : $3M GTD$5,000+300$3,000,000
Sept. 2436NL Mix-MaxDay 1 : $100K GTD$1,500+150$100,000
Sept. 2523MILLIONS North Cyprus Main EventDay 2 : $3M GTD$5,000+300$3,000,000
Sept. 2536NL Mix-MaxDay 2 : $100K GTD$1,500+150$100,000
Sept. 2637NL Satellite to Super Bounty1 Day Event : 3 Seats GTD$200+20
Sept. 2623MILLIONS North Cyprus Main EventDay 3 : $3M GTD-$3,000,000
Sept. 2638NL Super BountyDay 1 : $150K GTD$2,000+200$150,000
Sept. 2639NL Turbo Deep Stack1 Day Event : $20K GTD$500+50$20,000
Sept. 2636NL Mix-MaxFinal Day : $100K GTD-$100,000
Sept. 2740NL Deep Stack Bounty 6-Max [$300 K.O.]1 Day Event : $25K GTD$600+60$25,000
Sept. 2723MILLIONS North Cyprus Main EventFinal Day : $3M GTD-$3,000,000
Sept. 2738NL Super BountyFinal Day : $150K GTD-$150,000
Sept. 27Freeroll to Event 41,R&A $251 Day Event : 3 Seats GTD$0
Sept. 2741NL Bounty 6-Max [$200 K.O.]1 Day Event : $20K GTD$500+50$20,000

Live streaming the action

Those who can’t make it to North Cyprus can still check out some of the major action. Partypoker will stream some of the bigger events live at the site’s Twitch, YouTube and Facebook Live channels.

Here’s a look at the complete streaming schedule.

  • Warm Up (final day) – Sept. 20
  • High Roller (Day 3) – Sept. 21
  • High Roller (Final Day) – Sept. 22
  • Main Event (Day 2) – Sept. 25
  • Main Event (Day 3) – Sept. 26
  • Main Event (final day) – Sept. 27

Team partypoker’s Joni Jouhkimainen is looking forward to jumping in the series and getting back to the real poker felt.

“I’m really excited to get back to playing live after such a long break, especially at one of the always well-organized LIVE MILLIONS events,” he said. “I’m going to be playing as many tournaments as I can, but my main focus will be the Main Event.”

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WSOP Weekly: Canadian, French, Chinese Players Score Titles To Close Out Series At GGPoker

The WSOP Online bracelet hunting wrapped up on Sunday at GGPoker with players from France and Canada winning the final two events.

The World Series of Poker Online bracelet hunting wrapped up on Sunday at GGPoker. The site offered multiple events that carried more than $6 million in guaranteed prize pools. 

Since WSOP in Las Vegas was postponed this past summer, the online site hosted 33 bracelet events from Aug. 1 to Sept. 12. Players from all over the world chased gold bracelets from their laptops or mobile devices.

The last few events produced some winners from France, Canada, and China.

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Event 31: ¥815 Zodiac Autumn Festival (Sept. 12)

This event drew in huge numbers on Sunday with more than 7,000 entries for a ¥5,275,593 ($6.2 million) prize pool. In the end, China’s Henry “[email protected]” Luo took the bracelet.

Luo, a Hong Kong resident, scored ¥563,257, which equates to over $87,000. Luo defeated Argentina’s Martin “titan64” Pochat heads-up for the title. For second place, Pochat scored ¥422,381 ($65,543).

Event 32: $210 Bounty Double (Sept. 12)

With over $2 million in guaranteed prize money and bounties on the line, players were eager to get in on the action. The Double Bounty fun attracted 14,162 entries for a $2.8 million prize pool, crushing the guarantee.

Canadian Ruslan “Sovs20” Rishko came out on top – winning $282,586 and his first bracelet. Brazilian players have dominated much of the GGPoker series all month and they continued to make it tough for Rishko. Three players from Brazil made the final table. 

Event 33: $500 The Closer (Sept. 12)

GGPoker crushed yet another guarantee and closed out the series with a nice-sized prize pool.  With 7,103 players ponying up $500 each, this tournament produced a prize pool topping $3 million.

France’s Arnaud Enselme captured the final bracelet in the series. He cashed multiple times during the series, but the $360,223 for first place takes the cake.

Enselme defeated Japan’s Kazuki Ikeuchi in the heads-up match. Japan had three seats locked up at the final table and Ikeuchi raked in $270,127 for his runner-up finish. 

Now that the GGPoker series has concluded, the bracelet hunting shifts to the Rio in Las Vegas. The annual live series runs Sept. 30 to Nov. 23 with 88 bracelet events.

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Brazil’s Best: World’s Top Online Player Yuri Dzivielevski Discusses Success, New Role With Partypoker

Brazil's Yuri "theNERDguy" Dzivielevski recently spoke with PokerScout about signing with partypoker and his success on the felt.

It’s been a banner few months for Brazilian online poker players. Rounders from the land of samba and sun have scored massive tournament wins on some of the game’s biggest stages.

As the sixth most-populous country, Brazil represents a growing market apparently with plenty of talent. Partypoker recognizes that and recently announced the signing of Yuri “theNERDguy” Dzivielevski as a site ambassador.

The company didn’t just sign any Brazilian player, Dzivielevski is currently the top-ranked online tournament player in the world. The Brazilian star spoke with PokerScout this week about his poker life and new deal with partypoker.

“It’s a very special moment in my career,” he says. “It will be an honor for me to represent a brand I admire. I am very happy.”

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Climbing the poker rankings

Dzivielevski began playing poker after his brother first introduced him to the game. Playing home games with friends became part of his normal routine and he had a knack for the game. His poker skills eventually helped his family out.

After leaving high school, he began making a living from poker to help his parents out. Those early days grinding it out online proved to be some great learning opportunities and his career soon skyrocketed.

He’s one of the most successful poker players in Latin America with online winnings totaling $14 million. That’s a record for any player based in Latin America.

Beyond the virtual felt, the 29-year-old has $1.2 million in live tournament winnings. In 2019 he even added a World Series of Poker bracelet to his trophy case. He took down a $2,500 Mixed Omaha Hi/Lo, Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo event for $213,750.

A year later, the WSOP Online produced another bracelet after Dzivielevski won the $400 PLOSSUS for $221,557. The partypoker signing now becomes another nice bullet point in his career.

“This is a dream come true,” he says. “Joining partypoker is one of the most important achievements in my career and I am very excited to work with them.”

Joining the partypoker crew

Dzivielevski’s Team partypoker signing comes just as WPT World Online Championships are playing out at the site. Along with representing the brand,  he’ll be a regular face on partypoker’s Twitch channel, partypokerTV.

That work includes contributing to daily shows as well as streaming some new content of his own. Additionally, the Brazilian pro will run exclusive streamed tournaments.

In an age when so many online players stream their action, playing on Twitch will be a new experience.

“I actually don’t have a streaming channel, but I’ll be streaming weekly on partypoker Brazil,” he says. “My team and I will work together to give viewers the best possible content and I can’t wait to get started.”

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Sharpening his skills

Maintaining a ranking atop the entire world’s pool of online poker talent certainly isn’t easy. How does “theNERDguy” work on his game? It involves less actual play at the tables than one might imagine, but there’s plenty of hitting the books.

“I make sure I have some kind of interaction with poker every day, whether playing or studying,” he says. ”I try to play two to three times a week and study on the other days. I don’t have an exact number of hours that I devote to studying, but I study on demand.”

Working with other poker-playing friends is also a major part of his preparation. He set up a study group with some friends in Brazil. The team splits the work and manages to cover most areas of the game, he says.

When not at the tables, Dzivielevski enjoys spending time with family, studying the Bible, surfing, and going to the gym. Drinking wine and eating some nice meals are also regularly on the menu.

Already with two WSOP bracelets, the WPT World Online Championships now offer another opportunity. He remains confident in his chances during the series, with good reason based on results.

“Winning a WPT title would be amazing,” he says. “In fact, it will be amazing! WPT series are such an important part of poker and I love to watch WPT events on TV, so this would be particularly special for me.

“A lot of good things will come from this partnership with partypoker and I’m sure we will create amazing things together.”

* photos courtesy partypoker

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$1M ‘Big Shot’ Highlights September at 888Poker; ChampionChips Reach Finish Line

888poker's special multi-flight $1 million Big Shot Special Edition promises something massive throughout September.

888poker is ramping up its regular Big Shot tournament in September to the tune of seven figures. The special multi-flight $1 million Big Shot Special Edition promises something massive throughout September.

Starting flights for the event kick off today and run through Sept. 27. The tournament becomes one of the biggest of the year so far at 888.

In other news, the site also recently concluded the ChampionChip Series with some nice payouts for winners.

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The special Big Shot tournament could certainly turn out to be a bargain for players. The event promises a vastly expanded guaranteed prize pool for the same regular buy-in.

September’s special event comes after 888 revamped its entire Sunday tournament lineup in February. The $109 Big Shot was a major part of that, with a Sunday guarantee of $150,000. The new lineup promised players:

  • More payouts
  • Better options for recreational players
  • More tournaments during prime time hours

 

Freerolls, satellites, tournament tickets

Along with the Big Shot, 888 is offering players a chance to get in the action for small money. The site is offering Day 1 Flight Freerolls and round-the-clock  24/7 Day 1 Satellites. Other Big Shot promotions include:

  • Winner Spinner – players can win a Day 1 ticket for free
  • Gift drops – random prizes include free tournament seats

Additionally, players can score tournament tickets through several social and 888poker ambassador-related contests. Those plans include:

ChampionChip Games wrap up

In August, 888 ran the premier ChampionChip Games with plenty of events for players to choose from. The series brought in a combined 30,140 players and paid out $760,800 in prize money, topping the guarantee.

Players from Germany and Russia captured the most titles – with four each. Brazilian and Ukrainian players claimed three titles each.

Two titles went to players from Canada, the United Kingdom, Romania, and Sweden with Denmark and Ireland claiming one each.

The $50 ChampionChip main event featured a $500,000 guarantee with numerous starting flights throughout the month. In total, the tournament attracted 8,130 players who rebought 930 times for a 9,060-entry field.

Russia’s “kuzya174” came out on top for $60,000 with Brazil’s Leonardo “leosouza9” Souza finishing runner-up for $43,500.

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Wiktor Malinowski Knows No Limits – Scores Super High Roller Bowl Europe Title For $3.7 Million

Online poker pro Wiktor “Limitless” Malinowski’s won the Super High Roller Bowl Europe (SHRBE) main event Wednesday for $3.7 million.

From the keyboard to the crown. That’s how PokerGO commentator Brent Hanks described Wiktor “Limitless” Malinowski’s Super High Roller Bowl Europe (SHRBE) championship win on Wednesday.

The description is certainly now fitting. The high stakes online poker pro scored the biggest win of his career for $3.7 million – this time in a live setting. Malinowski isn’t a traditional high roller. A glass of wine and smoking a cigar is a regular part of his online poker streaming routine. That was the case in March when he battled Fedor Holz heads-up at GGPoker.

With the SHRBE title, he’ll now have even more reason to celebrate. The championship brought the series to a close. Here’s a look at Malinowski’s big win as well as the last few events closing out the series.

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Super High Roller Bowl Europe championship

The SHRBE featured nine events at Merit Royal Hotel Casino in North Cyprus. Some of the game’s best turned out for the high stakes action. That has included some big wins by players like Phil Ivey and Tony G.

Malinowski added his name to that list in the championship event. Along with the money, the Polish pro takes the SHRBE championship ring and adds his name to a long list of SRB winners that includes Justin Bonomo, Brian Rast, Christoph Vogelsang, Isaac Haxton, and others.

The event kicked off on Monday with Malinowki as chip leader going into Wednesday’s final table. However when play reached heads-up, Ivan Leow held a chip advantage over Malinowski.

That lead flipped back and forth a bit however, before both players got it all in with Malinowski holding Ace-King to Leow’s Ace-Four. Neither player paired and Malinowski scooped a massive payday.

In total, the tournament attracted 71 entries for a $10.3 million prize pool. Leow scores $2.5 million for runner-up.

In April, Malinowski took to Twitter longing for the return of live poker. In North Cyprus, Limitless returned in a major way.

Event 5: $50,000 Short Deck

The stripped-deck action returned to the series with China’s  Santi Jiang taking the title for $756,000. The score meant four nice series cashes for Jiang, who is based out of Spain.

In total, he cashed for more than $1.2 million in the series. Seth Davies finished runner-up for $504,000 and the event attracted 42 entries for a $2.1 million prize pool.

Short Deck has become a popular poker variant on the high roller circuit. Phil Ivey won the first event of the series, which also featured the game.

In Short Deck, deuces through fives are removed from the deck. This makes for plenty of action and big hands. Because of the differing mathematics in the game, straights are worth more than flushes. Jiang certainly seems to have figured out Short Deck’s intricacies.

Event 6: $100,000 NLHE

This six-figure buy-in saw Artur Martirosyan finish on top for $1.4 million. The payout becomes the biggest live score for this player from Russia.

David Peters also continued his huge run over the last few months, taking runner-up for $910,000. He also scored fifth in the championship event for $820,000.

These finishes come after he earned overall champion of the US Poker Open in June after winning three events.  He also grabbed a World Series of Poker bracelet at WSOP.com in July.

The tournament attracted 35 entries for a $3.5 million prize pool. France’s Johan Guilbert continued his impressive run after already scoring one win in the series. This time he took third for $560,000.

Event 7: $100,000 Short Deck

Tony G was back in the winner’s circle after already winning the second event, $25,000 Short Deck. He got it done again in the game a week later, this time in this six-figure buy-in version.

The Short Deck wizard scored $1.2 million this time after topping Paul Phua heads-up for the title.

Phua took home $728,000 for runner-up. Jiang also had another deep Short Deck run, finishing fourth for $260,000. It was certainly a huge series for Tony G.

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Event 8: $50,000 Short Deck

After some huge runs throughout the series, including a runner-up and a third-place finish, Seth Davies broke through with a win. He took home $435,400 after topping a field of 19 entries for a $950,000 prize pool. Jake Schindler took runner-up for $362,600.

Davies made numerous final tables and deep runs over the last two years and now has another title on his deep poker record. In four cashes in the series, Davies added more than $1.3 million. Here’s a look at all the SRBE winners.

Super High Roller Bowl Europe 2021

Start DateEventBuy-inTournamentWinnerPayout
Aug. 231$25,000Short DeckPhil Ivey$408,000
Aug. 242$25,000No Limit Hold’emJohan Guilbert$506,250
Aug. 253$25,000Short DeckTony G$382,500
Aug. 264$50,000No Limit Hold’emSelahaddin Bedir$832,000
Aug. 275$50,000Short DeckSanti Jiang$756,000
Aug. 286$100,000No Limit Hold’emArtur Martirosyan$1.4million
Aug. 297$100,000Short DeckTony G$1.2 million
Aug. 318$50,000Short DeckSeth Davies$435,400
Aug. 30Main Event$250,000No Limit Hold’emWiktor Malinowski$3.7 million

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Phil Ivey, Tony G Score Titles In Super High Roller Bowl Europe

The Super High Roller Bowl Eruope is underway in North Cyprus and some of the early event winners include Phil Ivey and Tony G.

The Super High Roller Bowl (SHRB) is underway in North Cyprus and some big names are rising to the top. Some of the early event winners include Phil Ivey and Tony G in one of PokerGO’s premier events.

The series is attracting some of poker’s elite with nine events running Aug. 23-31 featuring buy-ins starting at $25,000. The $250,000 Super High Roller Bowl is the signature tournament and should build a massive prize pool. Here’s a look at some of the action so far.

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Event 1: $25,000 Short Deck

Phil Ivey came out on top in this game featuring a stripped-down deck. In Short Deck, deuces through fives are removed from the deck.

This makes for plenty of action and big hands. Because of the differing mathematics in the game, straights are worth more than flushes.

The Short Deck win earned Ivey $408,000 and continues a big run he’s been on since March. That included a runner-up finish in the fourth event in this series as well. Short Deck has been especially good to the 10-time World Series of Poker champion. Beyond the SHRB, here’s a look at his major scores since March:

  • 2nd,  partypoker LIVE Millions $51,000 Short Deck – $525,000
  • 1st – partypoker LIVE Millions $50,000 Short Deck – $856,050
  • 1st – WPT Heads-Up Championship – $400,000

The SHRB Short Deck event attracted 48 entries for a $1.2 million prize pool. High stakes regular Stephen Chidwick finished runner-up for $264,000.

Event 2: $25,000 No Limit Hold’em 

French player and popular Twitch poker streamer Johan Guilbert scored this title for a nice score of a half-million bucks. He topped a field of 81 entries for a top prize of $506,250.

Turkey’s Selahaddin Bedir finished runner-up for $364,500 and continued his huge run in the series by winning the fourth event. The event attracted 81 entries for a $2 million prize pool.

Guilbert has $2 million in live tournament winnings and has become a regular on the high roller scene. In May, he finished runner-up to Matas Cimbolas in a $10,000 Aria High Roller event for $108,000.

Some other big names cashing were Seth Davies (third, $243,000) and Ali Imsirovic (6th, $121,500).

Event 3: $25,000 Short Deck

The stripped-deck action returned and another familiar name rose to the top. Lithuania’s Tony G scored the title for $382,500.

The event attracted 45 entries for a $1.1 million prize pool. American Chris Brewer finished runner-up for $247,500.

A regular on the poker scene since running deep in multiple World Poker Tour events during the poker boom. For several years, the businessman and poker player (real last name Guoga) has also served as a member of the European and Lithuanian parliaments. 

Guoga now has $7.6 million in live tournament winnings. This win followed another Short Deck score in a $25,500 partypoker MILLIONS event in the game. He won that event in 2019 for $265,859.

Event 4: $50,000 NLHE

The battle for this title came down to two players who’ve already been heads-up in the first three events. Phil Ivey won the first event of the series and Selahaddin Bedir took runner-up in the second.

This time, Bedin came out on top for $832,000 in an event that attracted 52 players for a $2.6 million prize pool. For second place, Ivey earned another $546,000. Both players have had impressive runs in the series so far.

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More action ahead

The weekend brings some more high roller action, all available to stream live on PokerGO. Players can jump in $50,000 and $100,000 NLHE events on Friday and Sunday.

The Short Deck action returns on Saturday with a $50,000 event on tap. The final two events in the series play out next week and PokerScout will provide a recap of those events as well. Here’s a look at the events remaining on the schedule:

2021 Super High Roller Bowl Europe

Start DateEventTournamentBuy-inRe-entry
Aug. 275Short Deck Hold’em$50,000Unlimited
Aug. 286No Limit Hold’em$100,000Unlimited
Aug. 297Short Deck Hold’em$100,000Unlimited
Aug. 30Main EventNo Limit Hold’em$250,000Single
Aug. 318No Limit Hold’em$50,000Unlimited

Partypoker WPT Roundup: More Satellite Seats, Player of Series Cash, Big Winners So Far

The online poker action continues in the WPT World Online Championships at partypoker through this weekend with plenty more on the agenda.

The WPT World Online Championships Main Event kicks off this week at partypoker. The site is now giving even more players the chance to participate through the weekly mega satellite final.

The series runs through Sept. 14 with the $5,300 Main Event comes with a $5 million guarantee. Day 1A plays out on  Sunday with starting flights continuing for the next two Sundays. Day 2 is set for Sept. 13 with the final two days on Sept. 14-15.

Along with adding additional satellite seats, partypoker has also announced some nice cash up for grabs for the Player of the Championships. Here’s a look at some of the news surrounding the series.

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Partypoker adds 50 extra satellite tickets

The WOCs offer players of all bankrolls the opportunity to qualify. Partypoker recently added even more qualifying opportunities with $0.01 feeder satellites running daily and satellite finals held every Sunday.

The centrolls award at least 15 tickets to the $4.40 buy-in Phase 1. Players making their way through that stage go into the $22 buy-in Phase 2. That’s followed by the $109 Phase 3.

This leads into the weekly final. Players can choose which phase best suits their bankroll and can also buy into the weekly final directly for $530.

This week, the number of Day 1A tickets given away has increased to as many as 50. This gives more players the chance to compete in the series’ highlight.

Team partypoker’s Jeff Gross is one of many who have claimed a Main Event entry via satellite. He won his spot in the tournament after entering at Phase 3.

“The satellites for major events on partypoker have always provided some of the best value in online poker,” Gross said in a news release. “This WPT series is no different, with a variety of phase entry points. I was fortunate enough to grab my seat from the $109 phase and can’t wait to play in the Main Event.”

Extras for the partypoker WOC champion

On top of the large cash prize, the new WOC champion scores some additional rewards. That includes:

  • name engraved on Mike Sexton WPT Champions Cup
  • replica of the WPT trophy
  • Hublot watch
  • entry into the WPT Champions Club

Mini and Micro versions of the tournament also run concurrently with the WPT Main Event. The Mini comes with a $1,050 buy-in and a $1 million guarantee. The $109 Micro features a $300,000 guarantee.

The Main Event and other key events will be live-streamed on partypokerTV, partypoker’s Twitch channel.

Player of series pays out $50K

Beyond the added satellites, partypoker also announced prizes for the WPT Player of the Championships leaderboard.

As many as 50 players will share $50,000 in cash prizes. The overall winner claiming the top payout of $10,000.

Players earn points by cashing in WOC events. Even finishing in the standings earns a player at least $100.

Sweden’s Bengt Sonnert scored one of the first titles of the WPT World Online Championships. (photos courtesy partypoker)

Sonnert wins WPT Omaha Championship

At the tables, several events are already in the books. Sweden’s Bengt Sonnert took down the $2,100 WPT Omaha Championship on Monday for $71,239.

A total of 24 players reached Day 2, including Team partypoker’s Joao Simao, who finished ninth. He recently spoke with PokerScout about the series and his poker life.

Sonnert eventually beat Denmark’s Patrick Hyllegaard heads-up to claim the title. Hyllegaard scored $49,032 for runner-up.

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Sergiy Yashchur took down the first event of the series, the WPT Pro Hunt.

Sergiy Yashchur wins WPT Pro Hunt

The $33 WPT Pro Hunt kicked off the series this year. Sergiy Yashchur topped a field of 1,374 players to take the title for $5,340.

The event topped the guarantee for a prize pool of $41,220. Along with his winnings, the Ukrainian banked a free $5,300 seat into the WOC Main Event.

Yashchur is something of a freeroll and low-stakes specialist. He’s a regular tournament ticket winner for larger buy-in events. It was a bit out of the norm for Yashchur to play in an event like the Pro Hunt. The win added to quite a successful week.

“I found out about this tournament about 10 days before it started,” he told partypoker. “Prior to this tournament, I had only played three tournaments that week; one of which was the Double Jab at partypoker.

“I had free tickets for all three tournaments, and I reached the final table of all three! After that, I decided to play the WPT Pro Hunt and made it a streak of four final tables in a row.”

After reaching the final table, Yashchur overcame a 2-to-1 chip deficit heads-up against Laust Mejer Nielsen. To complete the victory, he called all in with a flush draw against Nielsen’s two pair.

“I was in a stupor for a couple of minutes before running to wake my wife,” Yashchur says. “Her first words were to ask what currency my prize money was in! Neither of us could sleep. Instead of celebrating the next day, we decided to simply go to the river with our children for a day out in town.”

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Brazilian Storm: Partypoker’s Joao Simao Discusses WPT Series, Life in Poker, & More

PokerScout spoke with Team partypoker's Joao Simao about the WPT World Online Poker Championships, the industry, Brazil, and more.

Team partypoker’s Joao Simao remembers watching clips of the World Poker Tour on YouTube when he was younger. He dreamed of one day getting his own shot to chase some WPT glory.

That opportunity is now playing out on the site for Simao and others with the WPT World Online Championships running on the site through Sept. 14. The series once again offers players a close facsimile of a live WPT tournament.

“To have the chance to play in WPT events on partypoker is amazing, especially as we have not had many live tournaments in the last year,” he says.

“I particularly love the event formats with multiple day one flights, like the $215 Opener event. I will grind all the WPT schedule and hope to win another WPT title, as I did in the WPT Online Series in May.”

Simao spoke this week with PokerScout about the series and more.

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Winning big in online poker

The 32-year-old poker pro from Brazil has been among the top online players in the world the last several years. It’s also been a nice online run for Simao in 2021.

At the beginning of August, Simao scored his first World Series of Poker bracelet. He took down a $1,111 event online for $206,075.

He’s now hoping that success continues with the WPT Online. Adding his name to the Mike Sexton WPT Champions Cup would be a dream come true.

“I’m a hunter of event titles,” Simao says. “I won a WPT PLO event in May on partypoker and now I’m looking to go for more titles because the feeling was incredible, and I want more of it.”

Simao’s list of accomplishments is long. He’s been the top-ranked online poker player in the world. At the MILLIONS Germany festival in February 2018, Simao scored three six-figure cashes in a five-day span. His poker resumé also includes nine POWERFEST titles as well.

Simao is the second most-successful Brazilian player ever. A nice run in the current WPT events isn’t out of the cards for this poker shark.

A life in poker

The game of poker has been good to Simao and he certainly appears to love the game. However, in recent years he’s let off the gas a bit, enjoying some of his other interests outside the game.

“I used to be more serious about my routine,” he says. “Now, I play tennis or go to the gym or wakesurf. I try to stay happy and take it easy to allow me to enjoy the session.”

When not playing online poker, Simao’s interests include spending time with family and friends. Sports also occupy some of his time.

Some business opportunities have recently become a new challenge and the poker phenomenon is always interested in learning new things.

Anyone paying attention to the poker world of late may have noticed the success of Brazilian players. Players from Simao’s home country continue to rack up big wins and scores. He’s excited to see so many taking up the game and finding success.

“Brazil is crushing it at the moment, and I don’t see this changing, because we are working as a community,” he says. “I believe in this power – the Brazilian storm!”

The future of the game; an online poker tip

As a longtime online poker player, where does Simao see the industry in 10 years? He believes keeping recreational players involved in the industry is a must.

“I hope to see a decent ecosystem where the recreational players have a chance to win, without needing to use HUDs, et cetera,” he says. “Yes, they are open for everyone, but recreational players want to have fun and want to play poker, not to operate a program or a simulation.

“We all need recreational players for a healthy ecosystem and for the game to continue to grow. I think we should deliver what they want in a fun and fair model. Therefore, I support many of partypoker’s decisions recently that are looking out for the interests of recreational players.”

That has included running more qualifiers. Many of these, such as in the current WPT series, run for as little as $0.01. The site has also geared its mobile app and software more toward social gaming players.

With so many recreational players entering the game, what is one tip Simao would offer new players?

“Be patient, but don’t be lazy,” he says. “Being patient means enjoying the ride at the table, living in the moment, and avoiding getting anxious and tired due to spending too many hours in front of the computer.”

The WPT World Online Championships continue at partypoker. Here’s a complete schedule of events.

2021 WPT World Online Championships

DatesEventBuy-inGuaranteeFormat
Aug 21-23Omaha Championship$2,100$300,0006-Max
Aug 28-307-Max Championship$2,100$1,000,0007-Max PKO
Aug 29 – Sep 14WPT Main Event$5,300$5,000,0008-Max
Aug 29-30High Roller Championship$10,300$1,000,0007-Max
Sept 4-66-Max Championship$2,100$1,000,0006-Max PKO
Sept 5Super High Roller Championship$25,500$1,000,0007-Max
Sept 11-13Mix-Max Championship$2,100$1,000,000Mix-Max PKO
Sept 12-13Turbo Championship$2,100$200,0007-Max
 

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