COOLER CONTROL: Unique GGPoker Promotion Pays Back Players Experiencing Bad Luck

GGPoker has launched a new promotion to help players experiencing some bad luck.

Bad beats – be gone. That’s the message GGPoker is sending to start the new year.

The site launched a new integrated promotion on Jan. 1 called GGCare and hopes to ease the pain of coolers and suckouts. Cash game players experiencing these types of poker disasters are rewarded as part of the program.

GG will be tracking cash game hands throughout January. Players who experience bad beats are registered automatically to a daily $30,000 Flipout tournament.

We’ve all experienced the pain of bad beats. It’s part of the game,” GGPoker ambassador Daniel Negreanu said in a news release. “But GGPoker has your back. With GGCare, you can suffer the worst bad beat, and still come out ahead.

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How does GGCare work?

After earning a tournament ticket , each “unlucky” player receives an entry for the following day. There are a few interesting wrinkles to the promotion.

When the Flipout tournament starts, players will be awarded different starting chip stacks depending on how unlucky they were. A custom data algorithm will determine each player’s chips – meaning the bigger the bad beat, the more a player has in the tournament.

The conditions that trigger eligible bad beats, coolers, or suckouts vary by game. The company plans to continuously optimize the GGCare system.

In the coming weeks, GG will add new trigger points to expand eligibility. That should reward even more players that find themselves in unlucky situations.

GGCare tries to channel rewards to players that might need them the most. The promotion brings something a bit different than the traditional online poker tournament reward.

Most sites normally reward similar freeroll entries to cash game players based solely on volume. Company promotions staff members have high hopes for GGCare and will monitor how players receive the program.

More than $7 million given away in January

With online poker exploding around the world, GGPoker continues to work to meet player demand. That includes on the promotion front as well.

The site has promised more than $7 million in free money up for grabs throughout January. Along with the GGCare promotion, players will find $40,000 given away daily in Rush and cash game leaderboard prizes. That totals $1.3 million in cash prizes for the month.

The site is also offering $20,000 in daily leaderboard cash for Spin & Gold players. Here’s a look at just a few other promotions planned:

  • All-In or Fold daily prizes – Play 100 hands and earn one buy-in every day.
  • Short Deck (6+) Hold’em leaderboard – GG is giving away $150,000 this month with $5,000 awarded daily.
  • Daily free spin – Simply log in and earn a daily $0.25 Spin & Gold ticket. Players have an opportunity to win up to 12,000 times their buy-in.

Along with all the January promotions, the World Series of Poker Online Circuit series continues through Jan. 10.

The series has a packed schedule with 18 championship ring events and $100 million guaranteed. For a complete look at that series, click here.

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TALE OF THE TAPE: Daniel Negreanu, Doug Polk Heading Toward Big Poker Showdown

Doug Polk and Deniel Negreanu have agreed to a high-stakes online poker matchup.

Maybe the upcoming battle between Daniel Negreanu and Doug Polk should be billed as the Tank Top Tussle. Whatever the name, the matchup has been confirmed and should be a blockbuster poker showdown.

After plenty of back and forth, Polk and Negreanu have arrived at a general agreement on how things will go down. Some details remain to be sorted out, but there should be plenty of fireworks when the online poker battle commences sometime in September or October.

Bad vibes for a big event

Another big heads-up match took place recently as part of the new PokerGO series, The Duel. That featured Phil Hellmuth and Antonio Esfandiari battling it out for $50,000 each.

Unlike that event, this battle should be a little more salty. Both come into the event not as friendly rivals, but more as definite adversaries.

The animosity started in 2016 when Negreanu offered his opinions on increased rake at PokerStars. An ambassador at the company at the time, he argued increased rake in some cash games could keep pros away. That would be good for recreational players, he noted.

Polk believed Negreanu wasn’t representing players well. He’s since been a frequent critic and that included a “More Rake is Better” billboard at the World Series of Poker in 2018.

Negreanu says Polk uses him as a foil to grow his YouTube audience. He’s also taken a few jibes in recent years as well.

The insults have flown over the last week. Negreanu says Polk has bullied him and has an “an unhealthy obsession.”

Polk has referred to Negreanu as a sellout who “belittles people quite frequently.” He threw some shade in his nemesis’ direction.

A look inside the numbers

Whatever the case, the antagonism boiled over throughout the last week. Polk challenged Negreanu heads-up and that was accepted. Here are some of the details that have been ironed out so far.

  • Game – Heads-up No Limit Hold’em
  • Stakes – $200/$400
  • Number of hands – Between 10,000 and 25,000
  • Number of tables – 2
  • Side bet – unknown as of now
  • Time – To be determined, possibly September or October

Where do the two combatants stand heading into the matchup? Like two boxers ready to slug it out, here’s the complete tale of the tape.

Daniel Negreanu

Originally from Canada and now living in Las Vegas, he’s one of the most recognized names in poker. No stranger to table talk, Negreanu also brings big skills.

However, the six-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner says he’ll be at a disadvantage heads-up against Polk.

Major accomplishments: $42 million in lifetime tournament winnings; six WSOP bracelet, two WPT titles

  • Poker style: Small-ball poker, but adapted style through the years
  • Poker media/business: Longtime ambassador for PokerStars, but now part of Team GGPoker; streams his online play and produces daily vlogs during WSOP events
  • Interests away from the tables: hockey
  • Extra bullet point: Produced a MasterClass on poker strategy

Doug Polk

A YouTube poker sensation, Polk has plenty of heads-up online poker experience. However, he’s been out of the game for a few years and focused on other topics.

Originally from California and now based in Las Vegas, Polk has come out of retirement for this challenge. The poker world will be buzzing when they take a seat at the table.

  • Major accomplishments: $3.7 million in live tournament winnings as well as significant online winnings; three WSOP bracelets including the $111,111 High Roller for One Drop for $3.7 million
  • Poker style: Highly experienced, technically sound, ability to make correct adjustments relative to opponents
  • Poker media/business: Co-founder of Upswing Poker training site; successful YouTube channels  
  • Interests away from the tables: Trading cryptocurrency
  • Extra bullet point: Part of a team that beat artificial intelligence bot at Carnegie Mellon University

Players ready to take in the action

Many players have taken to Twitter to voice their anticipation of the event. It seems many poker fans have been dreaming of the tank top-clad poker warriors battling it out.

Popular commentator Nick Schulman expressed the thoughts of many in the poker world. With Team Polk versus Team Negreanu, he believes a large multimedia presentation should be part of the fun.

“Listen buddy, as far as commentary goes there should be different teams/platforms covering this thing,” he noted in a response to a Polk Tweet. “I really don’t know but everyone should come out of the woodwork. All I ask is for a little sit down with you both before playing face to face. Borderline aroused thinking about it.”

Shaun Deeb also took to Twitter offering some speculative lines related to the event. He even threw in a tank top wager.

Look for more at PokerScout as more details are announced. Whatever the outcome, it should be quite an interesting poker brawl.

LET’S MAKE A DEAL: GGPoker Reaches Partnerships Expanding Network into Europe, Asia

GGPoker announced three major expansion deals recently.

It’s been a whirlwind of news for GGPoker over the last few months. From major ambassador signings to major event launches, the company’s reach continues to grow.

That included some expansion news in April and May. The site also announced a partnership with one of the biggest names in poker – Fedor Holz. That also includes a deal with his training site PokerCode.

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The news comes after reaching a deal with the World Series of Poker for an international Super Online Circuit Series. GG has also had some other major signings including Daniel Negreanu, Bryn Kenney, and Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier.

Since launching in Asia in 2014, GG has quickly become one of the top operators in the world. Company officials believe the site is poised to grow even more and these types of expansion agreements will help.

GGPoker, OlyBet sign strategic partnership

At the end of April, GG reached a strategic partnership with Olympic Entertainment Group. The deal moves OlyBet poker players onto the GGPoker Network, the largest in the world.

OlyBet is the largest provider of online poker, sports betting, and casino games in the Baltics and Finland. Olympic also has more than 100 casinos in:

  • Estonia
  • Italy
  • Lithuania
  • Latvia
  • Malta
  • Slovakia

GG software is now available on OlyBet in all local languages in the traditional desktop client and mobile options.

“GGPoker Network is the wunderkind of the post-boom online poker business and this deal is great news for all OlyBet players of today and tomorrow,” OlyBet managing director Veiko Krünberg said. “GGPoker Network is one of the clear leaders in global online poker and massive growth lies ahead in Europe and North America.” 

The partnership extends to all current and future OlyBet markets. The move offers GGPoker an expanding footprint into Europe as well as a partner with live poker experience. Olympic Entertainment organizes major European poker festivals like the Battle of Malta and Kings of Tallinn (Estonia).

“OlyBet is arguably one of the most experienced poker operators in Europe,” Head of GGPoker Jean-Christophe Antoine said. “We want OlyBet to become the dominant poker player in their markets and GGPoker will support OlyBet 100% in achieving this.”

TotoGaming joins GGPoker Network

A week after the Olympic deal, GG announced another partnership with TotoGaming also joining the network. The brand is operated by platform provider Digitain.

“We are delighted to partner with GGPoker, the world’s most extensive poker network,” digitain external communication manager Samvel Mkrtumyan said.

“With an impressive array of highly engaging jackpot, tournament, and stake options, the company’s product suite makes for an exciting addition to our award-winning casino platform. We look forward to a long and mutually-beneficial commercial relationship.” 

The company offers licensed sports betting, casino, and other games to the Armenian public.

“We are continuing our expansion with TotoGaming and we are not going to stop,” Antoine said.

“TotoGaming is an impressive partner to add to our roster, and it will be wonderful to see Armenian players enjoying the best poker experience on the market.”

Company welcomes Fedor Holz, Pokercode

As if the company’s stable of poker ambassadors wasn’t big enough, German poker superstar Fedor Holz becomes the latest addition. On May 4, GGPoker announced a partnership with poker training site Pokercode.

The site’s community is led by Holz and fellow poker pro Matthias Eibinger. Holz has lifetime live and online poker earnings of more than $42 million and Eibinger has $13 million. Holz becomes a member of Team GGPoker as an ambassador as well.

Members of the Team Pokercode community have access to elite-level training materials. Pokercode will also offer additional promotions to its players.

For GG, the platform gains access to a respected online training site. Pokercode will share training materials with the entire player base. That includes community coaches offering advice and strategy help.

“We’re thrilled to become a GGPoker partner, particularly at this exciting time, and I’m honored to join Team GGPoker,” Holz said. “In addition to the broad suite of poker training our players already have access to, helping them see much greater success at the tables, Pokercode players can now call the best platform in the industry home.”

Holz adds even more cachet to the Team GGPoker brand. The 26-year-old poker phenomenon has numerous major scores on some of poker’s biggest stages. That includes one WSOP bracelet after winning the $111,111 High Roller for One-Drop in 2016 for $5 million

“Pokercode is yet another top brand to add to our list of partners,” Antoine said. “It’s a pleasure to welcome Fedor Holz onto Team GGPoker.

“His passion for the game and success both live and online is truly impressive. We couldn’t be happier to welcome Fedor and the entire Pokercode community.”

BIG DEAL: GGPoker, WSOP Agreement Brings New Super Circuit Online Series

The WSOP and GGPoker recently announced a partnership on the new Online Super Series.

GGPoker continued its growth as a global brand by announcing a new deal with the World Series of Poker on Wednesday. The two companies will now partner on the new WSOP Super Circuit Online Series.

The series debuts in May and is expected to play out over three weeks with hundreds of events. Highlighting the schedule will be 18 WSOP Circuit championship ring tournaments.

“I’m thrilled to reveal that GGPoker will be hosting the WSOP Super Circuit Online Series in partnership with World Series of Poker,” head of GGPoker Jean-Christophe Antoine said.

“A GGPoker and WSOP partnership brings together two like-minded global organizations, and I can’t wait to see GGPoker players competing for WSOP Circuit rings online.”

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A look at the GGPoker/WSOP Super Series

Players around the world will be pleased to see more major action coming online during the Coronavirus pandemic. The WSOP Circuit was forced to cancel several events because of the virus.

Online rounders now have a chance to battle online for a championship gold ring. The full tournament schedule will be announced at a later date.

WSOP officials were pleased with the deal and seeing the series launched on such a growing brand.

“We’re thrilled to partner with an operator on the rise who is both aggressive and passionate about growing poker engagement around the world,” WSOP executive director Ty Stewart said in a news release.

“It was unfortunate that we were forced to cancel so many offline WSOP Circuit events this spring, but with vast reach GGPoker plans to dwarf the prize pools of the suspended events all at once in one truly Super WSOP Circuit.”

What to expect from WSOP, GGPoker events

In March, held its own Online Super Series with a $1.24 million guarantee. That total was smashed, however, with more players at home and looking to play online. The series ended with more than $3.9 million awarded to players.

Numerous big-names also got in on the action. It’s a good bet that may continue with the GG series.

The GGPoker Super Series should easily shatter that US event total with players around the globe able to play. GG players can also qualify for events in satellites throughout the series.

Beyond that, the Super Circuit also offers a chance to qualify for the $1 million guaranteed WSOP Global Casino Championship. Winners of the Main Event and player of the series leaderboard earn free entries into the popular bracelet event.

GGPoker continues growing and making news

As a growing international site with significant reach, the new GG series brings more momentum for the site. GGPoker regularly ranks among the top five in the world in site traffic.

The Super Series also adds to its growing slate of events. The site is currently running the GGSeries through April 26, with a massive $50 million in guaranteed prize pool. 

The series includes an ongoing $300,000 leaderboard and features numerous daily events in four tiers:

  • Low
  • Mid
  • High 
  • High Rollers

GG also continues to offer huge Sunday GGMasters tournament guarantees. The events feature a $150 buy-in, a $300,000 guarantee, and a freezeout format.

In March, the site also restructured its Sunday lineup with 174 tournaments with $2 million in guarantees.

GG ambassador Daniel Negreanu comments on WSOP deal

Some of the biggest news for GGPoker came in November when it added six-time WSOP bracelet winner Daniel Negreanu. As the site’s ambassador, he sees the announcement as a huge opportunity for the brand.

“The WSOP is the most prestigious brand in poker dating back to 1970,” he told PokerScout. “Anytime you can be in a partnership with the WSOP, that’s a great opportunity and I was thrilled to see GGPoker partner with them.

“How does this help the WSOP? Well, I strongly believe that GGPoker offers the best software and player experience you’ll find anywhere online. Especially the mobile client which is in a league of its own.”

The poker star believes that quality software and efforts at keeping fun in the game add to GG’s growing popularity.

“Since signing with GGPoker I’ve had countless industry insiders, Twitch streamers, and casual players rave about the playing experience and the software,” Negreanu says.

“The goal was always to make the game fun and engaging with all the bells and whistles that help accomplish that. Whether it’s squeezing your cards or rabbit hunting, the focus is always on fun.”

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