Phil Mighall Secures WPT Online Main Event Title for $1.6 Million; Satellite Winners Score Huge

Phil Mighall won the WPT World Online Championships Main Event for $1.6 million.

Phil Mighall became the latest player to add his name to the Mike Sexton World Poker Tour Champions Cup and did so in a big way. On Wednesday, this player from the United Kingdom became the inaugural champion of the $10,300 WPT World Online Championships Main Event.

Mighall scored a Herculean payout of $1.6 million on partypoker after topping a field of 1,011. The event built a $10.1 million prize pool and was the highlight of the series. Mighall now sits among the tour’s champions.

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Cracking Aces to take the title

When the Main Event reached heads-up play, Mighall battled Netherlands-based Teun Mulder. The two agreed to a deal with an extra $100,000 in prize money to play for.

The final hand saw Mulder’s pocket Aces catch a third Ace on the flop. However, his opponent hit a gutshot straight on the turn. Mighall then moved all in. Mulder called and Mighall secured the title.

For his runner-up finish, Mulder earned $1.4 million. Mighall is the first player to add his name to the Sexton Cup since the trophy’s namesake passed away.

Beyond the online game, Mighall has more than $531,000 in live tournament winnings. Along with a replica version of the Sexton Cup, he receives several other nice extras including: 

  • $15,000 added value entry into the next WPT Tournament of Champions (presented by Baccarat Crystal)
  • a Hublot Big Bang timepiece worth $15,000
  • a set of Baccarat Crystal tumblers

More satellite winners score big in WPT events at partypoker

The WOCs were meant to be similar to a live WPT experience with players’ names used at the tables. Numerous satellites and qualifiers were also offered throughout the series to give lower bankroll players a shot.

That included the Main Event, with seven of nine final table players qualifying via satellite. Argentina’s Damian Salas entered the final table as the chip leader after qualifying in a $1,000 satellite. He went on to finish third for a massive $814,664.

Blaz Zerjav, of Slovenia, qualified through a partypoker LIVE passport and took fourth for $552,006.

Brazil’s Victor Simionato pulled off one of the biggest underdog stories of the entire series. He started in a $22 qualifier and navigated through three satellites to qualify for the Main Event. By the time he was eliminated in fifth place, Simionato earned a life-changing $391,257.

Team partypoker’s Dzmitry Urbanovich, of Poland, also went on an impressive run to the final table. He qualified in a $530 satellite before going on to finish sixth for $277,014.

The final table was streamed live on partypoker’s Twitch and YouTube channels. The WPT’s Matt Savage and Lynn Gilmartin as well as James Dempsey called the action.

“Tournaments this size don’t come around very often,” said Team partypoker’s Jason Koon, who also commented on some of the action. “The final table had a ton of talent and was open for several players to win, which made it really enjoyable to watch.

“It’s got to be an amazing feeling taking down this special WPT, so congratulations to Phil Mighall.”

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WPT partypoker WOC action continues 

The Main Event may be over but plenty of events remain at partypoker. The WOCs run through Sept. 24 with $100 million guaranteed for the entire series.

One major event is set to conclude on Thursday. The $3,200 WPT Heads Up Championship is down to the final 16 players after attracting 166 entries in the bracket-style event.

Partypoker will stream those events tonight in a unique setting with four tables at once. Other major events set to wrap up in the next week and streamed online include:

  • Turbo Championship
  • High Roller Championship
  • Super High Roller Championship

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Photo courtesy WPT

Unibet Launches UOS9 with $1 Million Guaranteed; New Software in the Works

The Unibet Online Series X kicks off Nov. 22 and features €1 million guaranteed.

Poker players have yet another online series to look forward to this week. The Unibet Online Series 9 kicks off Sept. 18 and runs through Oct. 11 with 133 events and an overall guarantee of €1 million.

The site caters to those who may not be looking for mega buy-in events and prefer some lower-stakes cash games and tournaments. Those looking to go a bit bigger, however, will also find some action.

The UOS9 is an example of that with Nano, Low, Mid, and High buy-in levels. That ranges from as small as €0.50 all the way up to €300.

Those looking for some lower buy-in options and plenty of fun may want to jump in the UOS9 action.

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“We foster for our recreational players by running a quite large part of our tournaments in the lower buy-in range,” Kindred Group (Unibet’s corporate owner) poker tournament manager Leo Wagenius tells USPoker. “But of course we’re also running some weekly tournaments in the higher buy-in range, such as €50 to €200.”

Some highlights of the Unibet OS9 schedule

The UOS9 offers plenty of tournaments for players who prefer some fun with a bargain buy-in. Unibet goes out of its way to live up to its motto “By players, for players.”

When it comes to micro stakes action that means no rake. Unibet takes no fee for any tournaments with a buy-in of €1 or less.

Players in the UOS9 will find mostly No Limit Hold’em with a few Omaha events mixed in. There are also several bounty tournaments on the schedule, adding some extra excitement.

Key bullet points include three two-day main events set for Oct. 2 with the €300 Main Event guaranteeing €30,000. The €0.50 Nano version guarantees €400 and the €10 Low version guarantees €4,000.

Unibet is also including some of its traditional brands into the series: the UK Tour and the Unibet Open. The €1,100 Unibet Open Online, a two-day event with €250,000 guaranteed, should attract a nice field.

A few other events that should draw plenty of interest include:

  • €1 Nano NLHE Rebuy Two-Day – €500 guaranteed (Sept. 20)
  • €50 Mid NLHE Rebuy Two-Day – €25,000 guaranteed (Sept. 27)
  • €250 High NLHE UK Tour Online Two-Day – €25,000 guaranteed (Sept. 27)
  • €100 Rebuy High NLHE Two-Day – €50,000 guaranteed (Oct. 4)
  • €50 Rebuy Mid NLHE Two-Day – €25,000 guaranteed (Oct. 4)
  • €100 High Unibet Open Online Two-Day – €25,000 guaranteed (Oct. 11)
  • €1,100 High Unibet Open Online Two-Day – €250,000 guaranteed (Oct. 11)

Here’s a look at the complete schedule.

2020 Unibet Online Series 9

DateeventNameBuy-in levelBuy-in (in Euros)GuaranteeTypeRebuyBounty Prize/Bounty//Win/On-head
2020-09-181€300 E1 UOS NanoNano0.50300HoldemNo
2020-09-182€5,000 E2 UOS LowLow105000HoldemNo
2020-09-183€15,000 E3 UOS MidMid5015000HoldemNo
2020-09-184€100 E4 UOS Omaha Bounty NanoNano0.50100Omaha BountyRe-enter40/60/50/50
2020-09-185€3,000 E5 UOS Omaha Bounty LowLow103000Omaha BountyRe-enter40/60/50/50
2020-09-186€7,500 E6 UOS Omaha Bounty MidMid507500Omaha BountyRe-enter40/60/50/50
2020-09-197€200 E7 UOS NanoNano0.25200HoldemNo
2020-09-198€2,000 E8 UOS LowLow52000HoldemNo
2020-09-199€10,000 E9 UOS MidMid2510000HoldemNo
2020-09-1910€200 E10 UOS Re-enter NanoNano0.25200HoldemRe-enter max 5
2020-09-1911€1,000 E11 UOS Re-enter LowLow51000HoldemRe-enter max 5
2020-09-1912€7,500 E12 UOS Re-enter MidMid257500HoldemRe-enter max 5
2020-09-2013€500 E13 UOS Nano 2-DayNano1500HoldemNo
2020-09-2014€10,000 E14 UOS Mid 2-DayMid2510000HoldemNo
2020-09-2015€30,000 E15 UOS High 2-DayHigh10030000HoldemNo
2020-09-2016€300 E16 UOS Rebuy NanoNano0.25300HoldemYes
2020-09-2017€2,500 E17 UOS Rebuy LowLow52500HoldemYes
2020-09-2018€7,500 E18 UOS Rebuy MidMid257500HoldemYes
2020-09-2119€700 E19 UOS Rebuy NanoNano0.50700HoldemYes
2020-09-2120€6,000 E20 UOS Rebuy LowLow106000HoldemYes
2020-09-2121€15,000 E21 UOS Rebuy MidMid2515000HoldemYes
2020-09-2122€100 E22 UOS Omaha Bounty NanoNano0.25100Omaha BountyNo50/50/75/25
2020-09-2123€1,000 E23 UOS Omaha Bounty LowLow51000Omaha BountyNo50/50/75/25
2020-09-2124€4,000 E24 UOS Omaha Bounty MidMid254000Omaha BountyNo50/50/75/25
2020-09-2225€100 E25 UOS NanoNano0.25100HoldemNo
2020-09-2226€2,000 E26 UOS LowLow52000HoldemNo
2020-09-2227€8,000 E27 UOS MidMid258000HoldemNo
2020-09-2228€100 E28 UOS Bounty NanoNano0.25100Holdem BountyNo50/50/50/50
2020-09-2229€1,000 E29 UOS Bounty LowLow51000Holdem BountyNo50/50/50/50
2020-09-2230€15,000 E30 UOS Bounty HighHigh10015000Holdem BountyNo50/50/50/50
2020-09-2331€400 E31 UOS Rebuy NanoNano0.25400HoldemYes
2020-09-2332€6,000 E32 UOS Rebuy LowLow106000HoldemYes
2020-09-2333€15,000 E33 UOS Rebuy MidMid2515000HoldemYes
2020-09-2334€100 E34 UOS Omaha NanoNano0.25100OmahaNo
2020-09-2335€2,000 E35 UOS Omaha LowLow102000OmahaNo
2020-09-2336€7,000 E36 UOS Omaha MidMid507000OmahaNo
2020-09-2437€300 E37 UOS Bounty NanoNano0.50300Holdem BountyNo50/50/70/30
2020-09-2438€4,000 E38 UOS Bounty LowLow104000Holdem BountyNo50/50/70/30
2020-09-2439€15,000 E39 UOS Bounty MidMid5015000Holdem BountyNo50/50/70/30
2020-09-2440€300 E40 UOS Rebuy NanoNano0.25300HoldemYes
2020-09-2441€4,000 E41 UOS Rebuy LowLow104000HoldemYes
2020-09-2442€15,000 E42 UOS Rebuy MidMid5015000HoldemYes
2020-09-2543€300 E43 UOS NanoNano0.50300HoldemNo
2020-09-2544€4,000 E44 UOS LowLow104000HoldemNo
2020-09-2545€10,000 E45 UOS MidMid5010000HoldemNo
2020-09-2546€100 E46 UOS Ante Re-enter NanoNano0.25100Holdem AnteRe-enter max 5
2020-09-2547€1,000 E47 UOS Ante Re-enter LowLow51000Holdem AnteRe-enter max 5
2020-09-2548€5,000 E48 UOS Ante Re-enter MidMid255000Holdem AnteRe-enter max 5
2020-09-2649€1,000 E49 UOS Rebuy NanoNano0.501000HoldemYes
2020-09-2650€6,000 E50 UOS Rebuy LowLow106000HoldemYes
2020-09-2651€15,000 E51 UOS Rebuy High UK SIDE EVENTHigh10015000HoldemYes
2020-09-2652€100 E52 UOS NanoNano0.25100HoldemNo
2020-09-2653€1,500 E53 UOS LowLow51500HoldemNo
2020-09-2654€5,000 E54 UOS MidMid255000HoldemNo
2020-09-2755€2,000 E55 UOS Rebuy Nano 2-DaysNano12000HoldemYes
2020-09-2756€25,000 E56 UOS Rebuy Mid 2-DaysMid5025000HoldemYes
2020-09-2757€25,000 E57 UOS UK Tour Online High 2-DaysHigh25025000Holdem1 re-entry
2020-09-2758€200 E58 UOS Rebuy NanoNano0.25200HoldemYes
2020-09-2759€2,500 E59 UOS Rebuy LowLow52500HoldemYes
2020-09-2760€7,500 E60 UOS Rebuy MidMid257500HoldemYes
2020-09-2861€200 E61 UOS Big Bang NanoNano0.50200HoldemNo
2020-09-2862€2,000 E62 UOS Big Bang LowLow102000HoldemNo
2020-09-2863€10,000 E63 UOS Big Bang HighHigh20010000HoldemNo
2020-09-2864€200 E64 UOS Rebuy NanoNano0.25200HoldemYes
2020-09-2865€2,000 E65 UOS Rebuy LowLow52000HoldemYes
2020-09-2866€10,000 E66 UOS Rebuy MidMid2510000HoldemYes
2020-09-29REST DAY
2020-09-3067€200 E67 UOS NanoNano0.50200HoldemNo
2020-09-3068€4,000 E68 UOS LowLow104000HoldemNo
2020-09-3069€10,000 E69 UOS MidMid5010000HoldemNo
2020-09-3070€300 E70 UOS Rebuy NanoNano0.25300HoldemYes
2020-09-3071€4,000 E71 UOS Rebuy LowLow104000HoldemYes
2020-09-3072€15,000 E72 UOS Rebuy MidMid5015000HoldemYes
2020-10-0173€300 E73 UOS Rebuy NanoNano0.25300HoldemYes
2020-10-0174€6,000 E74 UOS Rebuy LowLow106000HoldemYes
2020-10-0175€15,000 E75 UOS Rebuy High DSO SIDE EVENTHigh10015000HoldemYes
2020-10-0176€100 E76 UOS Omaha NanoNano0.25100OmahaNo
2020-10-0177€2,000 E77 UOS Omaha LowLow102000OmahaNo
2020-10-0178€6,000 E78 UOS Omaha MidMid506000OmahaNo
2020-10-0279€400 E79 UOS Nano 2-DaysNano0.50400HoldemRe-enter
2020-10-0280€4,000 E80 UOS Low 2-DaysLow104000HoldemRe-enter
2020-10-0281€30,000 E81 UOS DSO Online Main High 2-DaysHigh30030000Holdem1 re-entry
2020-10-0282€100 E82 UOS Ante Re-enter NanoNano0.25100Holdem AnteRe-enter max 5
2020-10-0283€1,000 E83 UOS Ante Re-enter LowLow51000Holdem AnteRe-enter max 5
2020-10-0284€5,000 E84 UOS Ante Re-enter MidMid255000Holdem AnteRe-enter max 5
2020-10-0385€300 E85 UOS Bounty NanoNano0.50300Holdem BountyNo50/50/75/25
2020-10-0386€5,000 E86 UOS Bounty LowLow105000Holdem BountyNo50/50/75/25
2020-10-0387€15,000 E87 UOS Bounty MidMid5015000Holdem BountyNo50/50/75/25
2020-10-0388€200 E88 UOS Rebuy NanoNano0.25200HoldemYes
2020-10-0389€1,500 E89 UOS Rebuy LowLow51500HoldemYes
2020-10-0390€5,000 E90 UOS Rebuy MidMid255000HoldemYes
2020-10-0491€1,500 E91 UOS Rebuy Nano 2-DaysNano11500HoldemYes
2020-10-0492€25,000 E92 UOS Rebuy Mid 2-DayMid5025000HoldemYes
2020-10-0493€50,000 E93 UOS Rebuy High 2-DaysHigh10050000HoldemYes
2020-10-0494€200 E94 UOS Rebuy NanoNano0.25200HoldemYes
2020-10-0495€2,500 E95 UOS Rebuy LowLow52500HoldemYes
2020-10-0496€7,500 E96 UOS Rebuy MidMid257500HoldemYes
2020-10-0597€300 E97 UOS Rebuy NanoNano0.25300HoldemYes
2020-10-0598€6,000 E98 UOS Rebuy LowLow106000HoldemYes
2020-10-0599€10,000 E99 UOS Rebuy MidMid2510000HoldemYes
2020-10-05100€100 E100 UOS Omaha NanoNano0.25100OmahaNo
2020-10-05101€2,000 E101 UOS Omaha LowLow102000OmahaNo
2020-10-05102€4,000 E102 UOS Omaha MidMid254000OmahaNo
2020-10-06REST DAY
2020-10-07103€300 E103 UOS Bounty NanoNano0.50300Holdem BountyNo50/50/75/25
2020-10-07104€4,000 E104 UOS Bounty LowLow104000Holdem BountyNo50/50/75/25
2020-10-07105€10,000 E105 UOS Bounty MidMid5010000Holdem BountyNo50/50/75/25
2020-10-07106€300 E106 UOS Rebuy NanoNano0.25300HoldemYes
2020-10-07107€4,000 E107 UOS Rebuy LowLow104000HoldemYes
2020-10-07108€15,000 E108 UOS Rebuy MidMid5015000HoldemYes
2020-10-08109€300 E109 UOS Rebuy NanoNano0.25300HoldemYes
2020-10-08110€6,000 E110 UOS Rebuy LowLow106000HoldemYes
2020-10-08111€15,000 E111 UOS Unibet Opener Online HighHigh10015000HoldemYes
2020-10-08112€100 E112 UOS Ante Re-enter NanoNano0.25100Holdem AnteRe-enter max 5
2020-10-08113€1,000 E113 UOS Ante Re-enter LowLow51000Holdem AnteRe-enter max 5
2020-10-08114€5,000 E114 UOS Ante Re-enter MidMid255000Holdem AnteRe-enter max 5
2020-10-09115€300 E115 UOS Bounty NanoNano0.50300Holdem BountyNo50/50/75/25
2020-10-09116€4,000 E116 UOS Bounty LowLow104000Holdem BountyNo50/50/75/25
2020-10-09117€10,000 E117 UOS Bounty HighHigh10010000Holdem BountyNo50/50/75/25
2020-10-09118€100 E118 UOS NanoNano0.25100HoldemNo
2020-10-09119€1,000 E119 UOS LowLow51000HoldemNo
2020-10-09120€5,000 E120 UOS MidMid255000HoldemNo
2020-10-10121€400 E121 UOS Rebuy NanoNano0.25400HoldemYes
2020-10-10122€6,000 E122 UOS Rebuy LowLow106000HoldemYes
2020-10-10123€15,000 E123 UOS Unibet Open Online Warm-Up HighHigh10015000HoldemYes
2020-10-10124€200 E124 UOS Rebuy NanoNano0.25200HoldemYes
2020-10-10125€2,500 E125 UOS Rebuy LowLow52500HoldemYes
2020-10-10126€7,500 E126 UOS Rebuy MidMid257500HoldemYes
2020-10-11127€2,000 E127 UOS Rebuy Nano 2-DaysNano12000HoldemYes
2020-10-11128€25,000 E128 UOS Unibet Open Online High 2-DaysHigh10025000HoldemYes
2020-10-11129€250,000 E129 UOS Unibet Open Online High 2-DaysHigh1100250000Holdem1 re-entry
2020-10-11130€200 E130 UOS Rebuy NanoNano0.25200HoldemYes
2020-10-11131€2,500 E131 UOS Rebuy LowLow52500HoldemYes
2020-10-11132€7,500 E132 UOS Rebuy MidMid257500HoldemYes
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Proudly rec player friendly at Unibet

Catering to recreational and part-time players is a major part of the mindset at Unibet. Along with lower buy-ins and rake-free micro events, the site also has some other ways it caters to rec players.

Poker tracking software is banned and players can change their usernames up to three times a day. These present some obstacles for sharks looking to feast on less-experienced players.

Wagenius says communicating with players remains a big goal as well at Unibet.

“What really stands out is our close and straightforward communication with our customers,” he says. “We have a Unibet community where we listen to customer suggestions on a daily basis.”

The site also offers players the ability to create on-demand home game tournaments. All these events run rake free – a nice benefit to play with friends while social distancing during a pandemic.

“It’s really appreciated by customers, to be able to have small tournaments with friends and not pay for it,” Wagenius says.

“The entire poker team tries to make customers feel that they can actually impact where we take the product.”

Players have another nice event to look forward to during UOS9. The site plans to launch a complete software client facelift on Sept. 22. No word on the changes yet, but with its player-friendly approach, Unibet hopes the new software will be even more user friendly.

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THUNDERSTRUCK: 888poker Dropping Biggest Series in Site History with $8 Million Superstorm

The 888poker Millions Superstorm wrapped up Oct. 11.

There will be plenty of seven-figure paydays with 888poker’s upcoming Millions Superstorm series. The series is the site’s biggest ever with $8 million in guarantees and numerous ways to win.

The series kicks off on Sept. 10 with 15 tournaments and concludes Oct. 11 with the $320 Main Event with a $1 million guarantee.

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Plenty of action in the 888poker Millions Superstorm 

As part of the series, players will actually find three different promotions with plenty of money on the line.

  • Millions Superstorm Series – This is the complete tournament series with several events daily including the $1 million Main Event.
  • $1 Million BLAST – Take a shot at some of these tournaments throughout the series and earn a shot at three prize pools worth a million bucks each.
  • $1 Million Giveaway – With this promotion, players can win bonuses, tickets, and Main Event seat.

There are numerous satellites throughout the series starting at just pennies.

Highlights on the Superstorm schedule

Superstorm features 480 tournaments as part of the month-long series, with something for every bankroll. Two daily tournaments vary throughout the series and are paired with a Mini event for players with lower bankrolls.

Here’s a look at some of the bigger regular events throughout the series.

888poker Millions Superstorm 2020

DayTournamentBuy-inGuarantee
Sundays888 Millions Sunday Special$215$100,000
Mondays888 Millions R&A$33$25,000
Tuesdays888 Millions High Roller$530$100,000
Thursdays888 Millions PKO 8-Max$160$50,000
Fridays888 Millions DeepStack$55$30,000
Saturday888 Millions 6-Max$109$30,000
Sunday, Oct. 11888 Millions Superstorm Main Event
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$320$1,000
Sunday, Oct. 11888 Millions Mini Main Event$55$75,000
Daily888 Millions PKO$16.50$5,000
Daily888 Millions PKO 8-Max$44$5,000
Daily888 Millions PKO 8-Max$88$10,000
Daily888 Millions BIG Fish$33$12,000
Daily888 Millions Mega Deep$109$12,000
Daily888 Millions PKO$22$8,000
Daily888 Millions PKO 8-Max$7.50$6,000
Daily888 Millions Monsoon$55$12,000
Daily888 Millions BIG Fish$16.50$15,000
Daily888 Millions BIG Fish$33$12,000
Daily888 Millions BIG Fish$5.50$7,000
Daily888 Millions PKO 6-Max$55$10,000
Daily888 Millions PKO$22$8,000

These are just some of the highlights and there are numerous other daily events. Buy-ins start at only $5.50 with numerous big guarantees.

A look at the $1 million Main Event

888poker will find several wrinkles for the multi-flight $320 Main Event. The tournament features numerous Day 1 flights beginning Aug. 23 until Day 2 on Oct. 11, the series’ final day.

Players have several options to get in the on the action:

Lower rollers who don’t snag a ticket can also jump in the $55 Millions Mini Main Event with a $75,000.

Much more to the Millions Superstorm

Beyond the traditional series, there are also numerous other promotions planned. Players can win freeroll tickets in some other ways on the 888 platform including:

  • Sports betting
  • Casino play
  • Tournament play
  • Winning hands with Queen-Jack in cash games

Players will also find three daily freerolls, which reward tickets to the $1 million BLAST special. Cash Freerolls and Millions Superstorm Daily Freerolls will also be awarding tickets to the Main Event.

Some of the major events will be live streamed on the 888poker Facebook and YouTube channels. Special guests as well as exclusive giveaways and freerolls are planned as part of the fun.

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88poker ‘Sunday Sale’ promotion continue throughout August

The Superstorm may be coming in September, but there is also some nice value in August at 888. The site is once again running the “Sunday Sale’ promotion with major Sunday tournament buy-ins cut in half.

However, these events are still paying out the same guarantees, making for nice bang for the buck. Here’s a look at Sunday sale events:

  • $109 Mega Deep – buy-in now only $55 ($100,000 guarantee)
  • $55 Monsoon – now only $27.50 ($15,00 guarantee)
  • $320 Whale – now only $160 ($20,000 guarantee)

There are also regular qualifiers for these events, starting at only pennies. Players will have some big opportunities at a nice score at a 50% discount.

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PokerStars Blasts Off With Largest Galactic Series Guarantee Ever

The PokerStars Galactic Series kicks off for players in Spain, France, and Portugal on Aug. 30.

Players in southern Europe have a shot at some out-of-this-world money during the PokerStars Galactic Series from Aug. 30 to Sept. 28. The festival boasts more than €17 million in total guarantees – the largest in the series’ history.

The Galactic offers plenty of action for players in France, Spain, and Portugal. The Galactic adds to a massive month for PokerStars during September, which is also running the World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) on the .COM site.

With all tournament series combined, the company has more than $200 million in tournament series guarantees on the line.

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A preview of the Galactic Series

Those looking to take their games to an interstellar level have a lot to look forward to in the Galactic Series. The festival caters to every category of player with buy-ins ranging from €5 to €250.

The action is highlighted by the €250 Main Event on Sept. 20 with a €1 million guarantee. Players can win an entry via three depositor freerolls on Aug. 29 and Sept. 5 and 29. The site will also host:

  • Special edition €12.50 Spin & Go’s – awarding Main Event entries as well as cash prizes.
  • Numerous qualifiers – players of all levels can win entry into various series events starting at just €1.

The series will be available to players using the PokerStars .ES, .PT, or .FR platforms. There’s something for everyone during the series and the series should make for some cosmic vibes.

Here’s a look at the entire schedule:

2020 PokerStars Galactic Series

EventDateBuy-InTournamentGuarantee
130-Aug€ 5Big Bang [Opening Event]€ 30,000
230-Aug€ 50NLHE Deep to NEPTUNE [8-Max, Progressive KO]€ 125,000
330-Aug€ 50Warm-Up [Progressive KO]€ 175,000
430-Aug€ 5NLHE Deep Micro MERCURY [6-Max]€ 20,000
530-Aug€ 30NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO]€ 75,000
630-Aug€ 10ClassiComet€ 100,000
730-Aug€ 250Sunday Stellar [Progressive KO]€ 250,000
830-Aug€ 20NLHE SuperStack VENUS€ 60,000
930-Aug€ 125NLHE [Turbo, Progressive KO]€ 100,000
1030-Aug€ 5BigStack Turbo [8-Max]€ 15,000
1130-Aug€ 50BigStack Turbo€ 60,000
1230-Aug€ 125Supersonic [6-Max]€ 60,000
1331-Aug€ 30NLHE [Deep to NEPTUNE]€ 50,000
1431-Aug€ 10NLHE [6-Max, SuperStack VENUS]€ 30,000
1531-Aug€ 5NLHE Deep Micro MERCURY [8-Max]€ 15,000
1631-Aug€ 50NLHE [Deep-Stack, Progressive KO] € 90,000
1731-Aug€ 250NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO]€ 100,000
1831-Aug€ 20NLHE SuperStack VENUS€ 50,000
1931-Aug€ 50BigStack Turbo€ 50,000
2031-Aug€ 5BigStack Turbo [6-Max]€ 15,000
2131-Aug€ 50NLHE Deep-Turbo€ 40,000
2231-Aug€ 30MOONLIGHT Express [8-Max, Hyper]€ 35,000
2331-Aug€ 250JUPITER High Roller [Turbo, Progressive KO]€ 50,000
241-Sep€ 30NLHE Deep to NEPTUNE [6-Max]€ 40,000
251-Sep€ 10NLHE [6-Max, SuperStack VENUS]€ 25,000
261-Sep€ 5NLHE Deep Micro MERCURY€ 15,000
271-Sep€ 50NLHE [Progressive KO]€ 70,000
281-Sep€ 125NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO]€ 75,000
291-Sep€ 20NLHE SuperStack VENUS€ 45,000
301-Sep€ 50NLHE [8-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO]€ 60,000
311-Sep€ 5BigStack Turbo€ 12,500
321-Sep€ 50NLHE Deep-Turbo [Progressive KO]€ 40,000
331-Sep€ 30MOONLIGHT Express [8-Max, Hyper]€ 35,000
341-Sep€ 250Jupiter High Roller [6-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO] € 35,000
352-Sep€ 30NLHE Deep to NEPTUNE [8-Max]€ 40,000
362-Sep€ 10NLHE [6-Max, SuperStack VENUS]€ 25,000
372-Sep€ 5NLHE Deep Micro MERCURY [6-Max]€ 15,000
382-Sep€ 50NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO]€ 70,000
392-Sep€ 125NLHE [Progressive KO]€ 75,000
402-Sep€ 20NLHE SuperStack VENUS€ 45,000
412-Sep€ 50BigStack Turbo€ 40,000
422-Sep€ 5BigStack Turbo [8-Max]€ 12,500
432-Sep€ 30NLHE Hyper [6-Max]€ 25,000
442-Sep€ 30MOONLIGHT Express [8-Max, Hyper]€ 35,000
452-Sep€ 125NLHE [8-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO]€ 35,000
463-Sep€ 30NLHE [Deep to NEPTUNE]€ 40,000
473-Sep€ 10NLHE [6-Max, SuperStack VENUS]€ 25,000
483-Sep€ 5NLHE Deep Micro MERCURY€ 15,000
493-Sep€ 125NLHE [6-Max, Deep-Stack, Progressive KO] € 100,000
503-Sep€ 50NLHE 6th Sense€ 100,000
513-Sep€ 250NLHE Super Thursday [Progressive KO]€ 150,000
523-Sep€ 20NLHE SuperStack VENUS€ 50,000
533-Sep€ 50Thursday Galactic Turbo [Progressive KO]€ 75,000
543-Sep€ 5BigStack Turbo [4-Max]€ 12,500
553-Sep€ 50NLHE Deep-Turbo [6-Max, Progressive KO]€ 60,000
563-Sep€ 30MOONLIGHT Express [8-Max, Hyper]€ 35,000
573-Sep€ 250Jupiter High Roller [Turbo, Progressive KO]€ 35,000
584-Sep€ 30NLHE Deep to NEPTUNE [6-Max, Progressive KO] € 40,000
594-Sep€ 10NLHE [6-Max, SuperStack VENUS]€ 20,000
604-Sep€ 5NLHE Deep Micro MERCURY [6-Max]€ 15,000
614-Sep€ 50NLHE [Progressive KO]€ 70,000
624-Sep€ 125NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO]€ 70,000
634-Sep€ 20NLHE SuperStack VENUS€ 50,000
644-Sep€ 50NLHE [8-Max, Turbo]€ 40,000
654-Sep€ 5BigStack Turbo [6-Max]€ 12,500
664-Sep€ 50NLHE Deep-Turbo€ 35,000
674-Sep€ 30MOONLIGHT Express [8-Max, Hyper] € 30,000
684-Sep€ 125NLHE [8-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO]€ 35,000
695-Sep€ 30NLHE [Ultra KO]€ 25,000
705-Sep€ 10NLHE [6-Max, SuperStack VENUS]€ 20,000
715-Sep€ 5NLHE Deep Micro MERCURY [8-Max]€ 15,000
725-Sep€ 50NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO]€ 60,000
735-Sep€ 50NLHE [Progressive KO]€ 70,000
745-Sep€ 20NLHE SuperStack VENUS€ 40,000
755-Sep€ 50NLHE Deep-Turbo€ 30,000
765-Sep€ 5BigStack Turbo€ 12,500
775-Sep€ 30NLHE Hyper [6-Max]€ 25,000
785-Sep€ 30MOONLIGHT Express [8-Max, Hyper]€ 25,000
795-Sep€ 125NLHE [6-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO]€ 35,000
806-Sep€ 50NLHE Deep to NEPTUNE [8-Max, Progressive KO]€ 125,000
816-Sep€ 50Warm-Up€ 150,000
826-Sep€ 5NLHE Deep Micro MERCURY [6-Max]€ 25,000
836-Sep€ 30NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO]€ 75,000
846-Sep€ 10ClassiComet€ 100,000
856-Sep€ 50[50 Special, Progressive KO]€ 250,000
866-Sep€ 20NLHE SuperStack VENUS€ 50,000
876-Sep€ 125NLHE Deep-Turbo,€ 75,000
886-Sep€ 5BigStack Turbo [8-Max]€ 15,000
896-Sep€ 50BigStack Turbo [Progressive KO]€ 75,000
906-Sep€ 125Supersonic [6-Max]€ 40,000
917-Sep€ 30NLHE [Deep to NEPTUNE]€ 50,000
927-Sep€ 10NLHE [6-Max, SuperStack VENUS]€ 30,000
937-Sep€ 5NLHE Deep Micro MERCURY [8-Max]€ 15,000
947-Sep€ 50NLHE [Deep-Stack, Progressive KO]€ 100,000
957-Sep€ 250NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO]€ 125,000
967-Sep€ 20NLHE SuperStack VENUS€ 50,000
977-Sep€ 50BigStack Turbo€ 50,000
987-Sep€ 5BigStack Turbo [6-Max]€ 12,500
997-Sep€ 50NLHE Deep-Turbo [Progressive KO]€ 50,000
1007-Sep€ 30MOONLIGHT Express [8-Max, Hyper]€ 40,000
1017-Sep€ 250Jupiter High Roller [Turbo, Progressive KO]€ 40,000
1028-Sep€ 30NLHE Deep to NEPTUNE [6-Max]€ 50,000
1038-Sep€ 10NLHE [6-Max, SuperStack VENUS] € 25,000
1048-Sep€ 5NLHE Deep Micro MERCURY€ 15,000
1058-Sep€ 50NLHE [Progressive KO]€ 90,000
1068-Sep€ 125NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO]€ 100,000
1078-Sep€ 250NLHE [Heads Up], *NO LATE REG, CAP 256* € 25,000
1088-Sep€ 20NLHE SuperStack VENUS€ 50,000
1098-Sep€ 50NLHE Deep-Turbo€ 50,000
1108-Sep€ 5BigStack Turbo€ 12,500
1118-Sep€ 50NLHE Deep-Turbo [6-Max, Progressive KO] € 50,000
1128-Sep€ 30MOONLIGHT Express [8-Max, Hyper]€ 35,000
1138-Sep€ 250Jupiter High Roller [6-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO]€ 40,000
1149-Sep€ 30NLHE Deep to NEPTUNE [8-Max, Progressive KO]€ 40,000
1159-Sep€ 10NLHE [6-Max, SuperStack VENUS]€ 25,000
1169-Sep€ 5NLHE Deep Micro MERCURY [6-Max]€ 15,000
1179-Sep€ 50NLHE€ 70,000
1189-Sep€ 125NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO]€ 100,000
1199-Sep€ 20NLHE SuperStack VENUS€ 50,000
1209-Sep€ 125PL Omaha [6-Max]€ 20,000
1219-Sep€ 50NLHE [8-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO]€ 60,000
1229-Sep€ 5BigStack Turbo€ 12,500
1239-Sep€ 30NLHE Hyper€ 25,000
1249-Sep€ 30MOONLIGHT Express [8-Max, Hyper] € 35,000
1259-Sep€ 125NLHE [8-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO] € 40,000
12610-Sep€ 30NLHE [Deep to NEPTUNE]€ 40,000
12710-Sep€ 10NLHE [6-Max, SuperStack VENUS]€ 25,000
12810-Sep€ 5NLHE Deep Micro MERCURY€ 20,000
12910-Sep€ 125NLHE [6-Max, Deep-Stack, Progressive KO] € 100,000
13010-Sep€ 50NLHE 6th Sense € 75,000
13110-Sep€ 250NLHE Super Thursday [Progressive KO]€ 150,000
13210-Sep€ 20NLHE SuperStack VENUS€ 50,000
13310-Sep€ 50Thursday Galactic Turbo [Progressive KO]€ 60,000
13410-Sep€ 5BigStack Turbo [4-Max]€ 12,500
13510-Sep€ 50NLHE Deep-Hyper [6-Max, Progressive KO]€ 40,000
13610-Sep€ 30MOONLIGHT Express [8-Max, Hyper]€ 35,000
13710-Sep€ 250Jupiter High Roller [Turbo, Progressive KO]€ 35,000
13811-Sep€ 30NLHE Deep to NEPTUNE [6-Max, Progressive KO]€ 30,000
13911-Sep€ 10NLHE [6-Max, SuperStack VENUS]€ 20,000
14011-Sep€ 5NLHE Deep Micro MERCURY [6-Max]€ 15,000
14111-Sep€ 50NLHE [Progressive KO]€ 50,000
14211-Sep€ 125NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO]€ 50,000
14311-Sep€ 20NLHE SuperStack VENUS€ 40,000
14411-Sep€ 50NLHE Deep-Turbo [Progressive KO] € 40,000
14511-Sep€ 5BigStack Turbo [6-Max]€ 12,500
14611-Sep€ 50NLHE Deep-Hyper [8-Max, Progressive KO]€ 30,000
14711-Sep€ 30MOONLIGHT Express [8-Max, Hyper]€ 25,000
14811-Sep€ 125NLHE [8-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO]€ 25,000
14912-Sep€ 30NLHE [Ultra KO]€ 25,000
15012-Sep€ 10NLHE [6-Max, SuperStack VENUS]€ 20,000
15112-Sep€ 5NLHE Deep Micro MERCURY [8-Max]€ 15,000
15212-Sep€ 50NLHE [6-Max]€ 40,000
15312-Sep€ 125NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO]€ 70,000
15412-Sep€ 20NLHE SuperStack VENUS,€ 40,000
15512-Sep€ 50NLHE Deep-Turbo [6-Max, Progressive KO] € 40,000
15612-Sep€ 5BigStack Turbo€ 12,500
15712-Sep€ 30NLHE Hyper [4-Max] € 20,000
15812-Sep€ 30MOONLIGHT Express [8-Max, Hyper]€ 25,000
15912-Sep€ 125NLHE [6-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO] € 25,000
16013-Sep€ 50NLHE Deep to NEPTUNE [8-Max, Progressive KO]€ 125,000
16113-Sep€ 50Warm-Up€ 150,000
16213-Sep€ 5NLHE Deep Micro MERCURY [6-Max]€ 25,000
16313-Sep€ 30NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO]€ 75,000
16413-Sep€ 10ClassiComet € 100,000
16513-Sep€ 250Sunday Stellar [Progressive KO] € 250,000
16613-Sep€ 20NLHE SuperStack VENUS€ 50,000
16713-Sep€ 125NLHE [Turbo, Progressive KO]€ 100,000
16813-Sep€ 5BigStack Turbo [8-Max]€ 15,000
16913-Sep€ 50BigStack Turbo€ 75,000
17013-Sep€ 125Supersonic [6-Max]€ 40,000
17114-Sep€ 30NLHE Deep to NEPTUNE [Progressive KO]€ 50,000
17214-Sep€ 10NLHE [6-Max, SuperStack VENUS]€ 20,000
17314-Sep€ 5NLHE Deep Micro MERCURY [8-Max]€ 20,000
17414-Sep€ 50NLHE [Deep-Stack, Progressive KO]€ 75,000
17514-Sep€ 250NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO]€ 100,000
17614-Sep€ 20NLHE SuperStack VENUS€ 40,000
17714-Sep€ 125NLHE Deep-Turbo [6-Max, Progressive KO]€ 60,000
17814-Sep€ 5BigStack Turbo [6-Max]€ 12,500
17914-Sep€ 50NLHE Deep-Turbo [Progressive KO]€ 50,000
18014-Sep€ 30MOONLIGHT Express [8-Max, Hyper]€ 35,000
18114-Sep€ 250Jupiter High Roller [Turbo, Progressive KO]€ 30,000
18215-Sep€ 30NLHE Deep to NEPTUNE [6-Max, Progressive KO] € 40,000
18315-Sep€ 10NLHE [6-Max, SuperStack VENUS]€ 20,000
18415-Sep€ 5NLHE Deep Micro MERCURY€ 15,000
18515-Sep€ 50NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO]€ 70,000
18615-Sep€ 125NLHE [Progressive KO]€ 75,000
18715-Sep€ 250NLHE [Heads Up], *NO LATE REG, CAP 1024* € 20,000
18815-Sep€ 20NLHE SuperStack VENUS€ 40,000
18915-Sep€ 50NLHE Deep-Turbo, € 50,000
19015-Sep€ 5BigStack Turbo€ 12,500
19115-Sep€ 10NLHE [Heads Up Hyper], *NO LATE REG, CAP 1024* € 10,000
19215-Sep€ 30MOONLIGHT Express [8-Max, Hyper]€ 30,000
19315-Sep€ 250Jupiter High Roller [6-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO]€ 35,000
19416-Sep€ 30NLHE Deep to NEPTUNE [8-Max, Progressive KO]€ 40,000
19516-Sep€ 10NLHE [6-Max, SuperStack VENUS]€ 20,000
19616-Sep€ 5NLHE Deep Micro MERCURY [6-Max] € 15,000
19716-Sep€ 50NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO]€ 60,000
19816-Sep€ 125NLHE [Progressive KO]€ 75,000
19916-Sep€ 20NLHE SuperStack VENUS€ 40,000
20016-Sep€ 50PL Omaha [6-Max]€ 15,000
20116-Sep€ 50NLHE [Turbo, Progressive KO]€ 50,000
20216-Sep€ 5BigStack Turbo [8-Max]€ 12,500
20316-Sep€ 30NLHE Deep-Hyper [6-Max, Progressive KO]€ 30,000
20416-Sep€ 30MOONLIGHT Express [8-Max, Hyper]€ 30,000
20516-Sep€ 125NLHE [8-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO]€ 30,000
20617-Sep€ 30NLHE [Deep to NEPTUNE]€ 40,000
20717-Sep€ 10NLHE [6-Max, SuperStack VENUS]€ 20,000
20817-Sep€ 5NLHE Deep Micro MERCURY,€ 15,000
20917-Sep€ 125NLHE [6-Max, Deep-Stack, Progressive KO]€ 90,000
21017-Sep€ 50NLHE 6th Sense€ 75,000
21117-Sep€ 250NLHE Super Thursday [Progressive KO], € 125,000
21217-Sep€ 20NLHE SuperStack VENUS€ 40,000
21317-Sep€ 50Thursday Galactic Turbo [Progressive KO] € 60,000
21417-Sep€ 5BigStack Turbo [4-Max]€ 12,500
21517-Sep€ 50NLHE Deep-Hyper [6-Max, Progressive KO] € 40,000
21617-Sep€ 30MOONLIGHT Express [8-Max, Hyper]€ 35,000
21717-Sep€ 250Jupiter High Roller [Turbo, Progressive KO] € 35,000
21818-Sep€ 30NLHE [6-Max, Ultra KO]€ 20,000
21918-Sep€ 10NLHE [6-Max, SuperStack VENUS]€ 20,000
22018-Sep€ 5NLHE Deep Micro MERCURY [6-Max] € 15,000
22118-Sep€ 50NLHE [Progressive KO]€ 50,000
22218-Sep€ 125NLHE [6-Max, Ultra KO]€ 30,000
22318-Sep€ 20NLHE SuperStack VENUS€ 35,000
22418-Sep€ 50NLHE Deep-Turbo [Progressive KO]€ 40,000
22518-Sep€ 5BigStack Turbo [6-Max]€ 12,500
22618-Sep€ 50NLHE Deep-Hyper [8-Max, Progressive KO]€ 30,000
22718-Sep€ 30MOONLIGHT Express [8-Max, Hyper]€ 25,000
22818-Sep€ 125NLHE [8-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO]€ 20,000
22919-Sep€ 30NLHE Deep to NEPTUNE [6-Max, Progressive KO] € 40,000
23019-Sep€ 10NLHE [6-Max, SuperStack VENUS]€ 20,000
23119-Sep€ 5NLHE Deep Micro MERCURY [8-Max]€ 15,000
23219-Sep€ 50NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO]€ 50,000
23319-Sep€ 125NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO]€ 70,000
23419-Sep€ 20NLHE SuperStack VENUS€ 35,000
23519-Sep€ 50NLHE Deep-Turbo [6-Max, Progressive KO]€ 40,000
23619-Sep€ 5BigStack Turbo€ 12,500
23719-Sep€ 30NLHE Hyper [4-Max, Progressive KO]€ 20,000
23819-Sep€ 30MOONLIGHT Express [8-Max, Hyper]€ 25,000
23919-Sep€ 125NLHE [6-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO]€ 20,000
24020-Sep€ 50NLHE Deep to NEPTUNE [8-Max, Progressive KO]€ 125,000
24120-Sep€ 50Warm-Up [Progressive KO]€ 200,000
24220-Sep€ 5NLHE Deep Micro MERCURY [6-Max]€ 25,000
24320-Sep€ 30NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO]€ 75,000
24420-Sep€ 10ClassiComet€ 100,000
24520-Sep€ 250Main Event 8-Max PKO€ 1,000,000
24620-Sep€ 20NLHE SuperStack VENUS€ 50,000
24720-Sep€ 125NLHE [Turbo, Progressive KO]€ 125,000
24820-Sep€ 5BigStack Turbo [8-Max]€ 15,000
24920-Sep€ 50BigStack Turbo [Progressive KO]€ 90,000
25020-Sep€ 125Supersonic [6-Max]€ 40,000
25121-Sep€ 30NLHE Deep to NEPTUNE [Progressive KO]€ 50,000
25221-Sep€ 10NLHE [6-Max, SuperStack VENUS]€ 25,000
25321-Sep€ 5NLHE Deep Micro MERCURY [8-Max]€ 15,000
25421-Sep€ 50NLHE [8-Max, Deep-Stack, Progressive KO]€ 75,000
25521-Sep€ 250NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO]€ 125,000
25621-Sep€ 20NLHE SuperStack VENUS, € 40,000
25721-Sep€ 125NLHE Deep-Turbo [6-Max, Progressive KO]€ 60,000
25821-Sep€ 5BigStack Turbo [6-Max]€ 12,500
25921-Sep€ 50NLHE Deep-Turbo [Progressive KO]€ 50,000
26021-Sep€ 30MOONLIGHT Express [8-Max, Hyper]€ 30,000
26121-Sep€ 250Jupiter High Roller [Turbo, Progressive KO]€ 35,000
26222-Sep€ 30NLHE Deep to NEPTUNE [6-Max, Progressive KO] € 40,000
26322-Sep€ 10NLHE [6-Max, SuperStack VENUS]€ 20,000
26422-Sep€ 5NLHE Deep Micro MERCURY€ 15,000
26522-Sep€ 50NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO]€ 60,000
26622-Sep€ 125NLHE [Progressive KO]€ 75,000
26722-Sep€ 250NLHE [Heads Up], *NO LATE REG, CAP 1024* € 20,000
26822-Sep€ 20NLHE SuperStack VENUS€ 40,000
26922-Sep€ 50NLHE Deep-Turbo, € 40,000
27022-Sep€ 5BigStack Turbo€ 12,500
27122-Sep€ 10NLHE [Heads Up Hyper], *NO LATE REG, CAP 1024* € 10,000
27222-Sep€ 30MOONLIGHT Express [8-Max, Hyper]€ 25,000
27322-Sep€ 250Jupiter High Roller [6-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO]€ 30,000
27423-Sep€ 30NLHE Deep to NEPTUNE [8-Max, Progressive KO]€ 40,000
27523-Sep€ 10NLHE [6-Max, SuperStack VENUS]€ 20,000
27623-Sep€ 5NLHE Deep Micro MERCURY [6-Max] € 15,000
27723-Sep€ 50NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO]€ 60,000
27823-Sep€ 125NLHE [Progressive KO]€ 60,000
27923-Sep€ 20NLHE SuperStack VENUS€ 40,000
28023-Sep€ 30PL Omaha [6-Max]€ 15,000
28123-Sep€ 50NLHE [Turbo, Progressive KO]€ 40,000
28223-Sep€ 5BigStack Turbo [8-Max]€ 12,500
28323-Sep€ 30NLHE Deep-Hyper [6-Max, Progressive KO]€ 20,000
28423-Sep€ 30MOONLIGHT Express [8-Max, Hyper]€ 25,000
28523-Sep€ 125NLHE [8-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO]€ 25,000
28624-Sep€ 30NLHE [Deep to NEPTUNE]€ 40,000
28724-Sep€ 10NLHE [6-Max, SuperStack VENUS]€ 20,000
28824-Sep€ 5NLHE Deep Micro MERCURY,€ 15,000
28924-Sep€ 125NLHE [6-Max, Deep-Stack, Progressive KO]€ 75,000
29024-Sep€ 50NLHE 6th Sense€ 75,000
29124-Sep€ 250NLHE Super Thursday [Progressive KO], € 100,000
29224-Sep€ 20NLHE SuperStack VENUS€ 40,000
29324-Sep€ 50Thursday Galactic Turbo [Progressive KO] € 50,000
29424-Sep€ 5BigStack Turbo [4-Max]€ 12,500
29524-Sep€ 50NLHE Deep-Hyper [6-Max, Progressive KO] € 30,000
29624-Sep€ 30MOONLIGHT Express [8-Max, Hyper]€ 30,000
29724-Sep€ 250Jupiter High Roller [Turbo, Progressive KO] € 30,000
29825-Sep€ 30NLHE [6-Max, Ultra KO]€ 20,000
29925-Sep€ 10NLHE [6-Max, SuperStack VENUS]€ 15,000
30025-Sep€ 5NLHE Deep Micro MERCURY [6-Max] € 15,000
30125-Sep€ 50NLHE [Progressive KO]€ 50,000
30225-Sep€ 125NLHE [6-Max, Ultra KO]€ 30,000
30325-Sep€ 20NLHE SuperStack VENUS€ 35,000
30425-Sep€ 50NLHE Deep-Turbo [Progressive KO]€ 30,000
30525-Sep€ 5BigStack Turbo [6-Max]€ 12,500
30625-Sep€ 50NLHE Deep-Hyper [8-Max, Progressive KO]€ 25,000
30725-Sep€ 30MOONLIGHT Express [8-Max, Hyper]€ 25,000
30825-Sep€ 125NLHE [8-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO]€ 20,000
30926-Sep€ 30NLHE Deep to NEPTUNE [6-Max, Progressive KO] € 30,000
31026-Sep€ 10NLHE [6-Max, SuperStack VENUS]€ 20,000
31126-Sep€ 5NLHE Deep Micro MERCURY [8-Max]€ 15,000
31226-Sep€ 50NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO]€ 50,000
31326-Sep€ 125NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO]€ 60,000
31426-Sep€ 20NLHE SuperStack VENUS€ 30,000
31526-Sep€ 50NLHE Deep-Turbo [6-Max, Progressive KO]€ 30,000
31626-Sep€ 5BigStack Turbo€ 12,500
31726-Sep€ 30NLHE Hyper [4-Max, Progressive KO]€ 20,000
31826-Sep€ 30MOONLIGHT Express [8-Max, Hyper]€ 30,000
31926-Sep€ 125NLHE [6-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO]€ 25,000
32027-Sep€ 50NLHE Deep to NEPTUNE [8-Max, Progressive KO]€ 125,000
32127-Sep€ 50Warm-Up€ 150,000
32227-Sep€ 5NLHE Deep Micro MERCURY [6-Max]€ 25,000
32327-Sep€ 30NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO]€ 75,000
32427-Sep€ 10ClassiComet€ 100,000
32527-Sep€ 50[50 Special, Progressive KO]€ 225,000
32627-Sep€ 20NLHE SuperStack VENUS€ 50,000
32727-Sep€ 125NLHE Deep-Turbo,€ 75,000
32827-Sep€ 5BigStack Turbo [8-Max]€ 15,000
32927-Sep€ 50BigStack Turbo [Progressive KO]€ 75,000
33027-Sep€ 125Supersonic [6-Max]€ 40,000
33128-Sep€ 30NLHE Deep to NEPTUNE [Progressive KO]€ 40,000
33228-Sep€ 10NLHE [6-Max, SuperStack VENUS]€ 20,000
33328-Sep€ 5NLHE Deep Micro MERCURY [8-Max]€ 15,000
33428-Sep€ 50NLHE [8-Max, Deep-Stack, Progressive KO]€ 75,000
33528-Sep€ 250NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO]€ 100,000
33628-Sep€ 20NLHE SuperStack VENUS, € 25,000
33728-Sep€ 125NLHE Deep-Turbo [6-Max, Progressive KO]€ 40,000
33828-Sep€ 5BigStack Turbo [6-Max]€ 12,500
33928-Sep€ 50NLHE Deep-Turbo [Progressive KO]€ 30,000
34028-Sep€ 30MOONLIGHT Express [8-Max, Hyper]€ 30,000
34128-Sep€ 250Jupiter High Roller [Turbo, Progressive KO]€ 30,000
TOTAL€ 17,005,000

New additions invade PokerStars galaxy

Similar to WCOOP, Stars is bringing plenty to the table for southern European players. The “‘Galactic Series Sweepstakes” is a new promotion this year and offers players  plenty of opportunities.

From Sept. 5-19, a total of €150,000 in Main Event entries will be awarded – €10,000 daily. For a shot at a tournament ticket, players must opt in using their challenge window.

Then need to simply play in at least one Galactic Series tournament for an entry into that day’s giveaway. The higher the buy-in level, the more entries a player receive for that day’s sweepstakes.

PokerStars managing director and commercial officer Severin Rasset said the company makes efforts to add something new and different to each series.

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“The Galactic Series is now in its third year and has become a key event in the calendar for many of our players in Southern Europe,” Rasset said.

“In listening to our players and thinking about ways we can offer additional excitement, on top of the series’ biggest ever guarantee we have added more value and more ways to win this year. There are sweepstakes, special Spin & Go’s, and freerolls, ensuring players of all types have the chance to take part.”

The Galactic Series is just one major series running in September. Over the same dates, the PokerStars WCOOP will also be underway.

That series also features its largest ever guarantee ever as well – a nice $80 million. Combined, the Galactic Series and WCOOP will award more than $100 million.

For a complete WCOOP preview, click here. Looking to get in the action for the Galactic Series or WCOOP? Click here for a complete PokerStars review and exclusive bonus offers.

PokerStars Earns Industry Awards for Innovation, Creativity

There was plenty of good news for PokerStars at the recent EGR Marketing and Innovation Awards. The annual event was held virtually on July 30 and recognizes standout creativity and innovation in online gaming.

In the area of innovation, PokerStars received two awards. Company officials said that has been a key focus in recent years.

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PokerStars’ focus on innovation recognized

On its poker side, PokerStars received the award in the “Innovation in Poker” category. The company was recognized for its wide selection of new games, fresh products, and virtual reality offerings over the last year.

“Difficult to challenge PokerStars for research and development, and another good year for new product launches,” judges noted about the platform.

“Clearly doing well given the phenomenal growth rates during COVID, demonstrating success of both old and new variants. Love the fact that PokerStars has embraced virtual reality and done so in a big way. This brand is always working on a way forward and new ideas.”

PokerStars is the largest online poker site in the world and produces one of the top software platforms. The site is internationally recognized and offers several platforms beyond its .COM site.

That includes sites for Italian players as well a dedicated site for players in Spain, Portugal, and France.

Stars also offers online poker in the US in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

The site has been particularly innovative in developing new games and promotions. Some of those include

Throughout PokerStars and particularly for its dedicated Poker Innovation and Operations team, trying out new formats and game types, listening to players’ responses, and going back to the lab is a constant focus,” said Rebecca McAdam Willetts, PokerStars associate director of public relations.

PokerStars has seen massive player pools and activity since the COVID-19 pandemic began. The most recent was the Stadium Series, which smashed the $25 million guarantee by $9 million.

PokerStars also earns award for casino product

EGR also recognized PokerStars proprietary tournament platform Casino Races in the “Innovation in Casino” category.

With PokerStars Casino, the aim was to give customers something they hadn’t seen before. Over the past 12 months PokerStars worked to successfully build and launch the product platform.

“Building new products that are fresh and entertaining for our community is of utmost priority at PokerStars,” McAdam Willetts said. “While the classic games that we all love aren’t going anywhere, we truly enjoy seeing our customers take to new formats and products.

“The focus on continuously developing exceptional experiences in everything from our customer support options to our responsible gaming tools is vital to PokerStars’ mission as we meet, head on, the expanding variety of entertainment options the modern world provides. We’re extremely pleased to have won two awards in this area across our offering.”

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PokerStars Goes Global With $80 Million WCOOP; Adds 2021 Online Entry Giveaways

PokerStars has announced its biggest WCOOP series yet.

As if the online poker smorgasbord weren’t big enough, PokerStars announced the World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) returns Aug. 30. The series features 75 events and $80 million guaranteed – the largest in the history of the series.

Running through Sept. 23, the series allows players of all buy-in levels a shot to be a world champion. The series runs the gamut of tournament type and promises another massive series for international players.

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“WCOOP is a prestigious staple in the poker calendar and this year we are excited to bring players our biggest WCOOP ever, as well as adding extra excitement and value into the mix,” PokerStars managing director and commercial officer Severin Rasset said.

“We want to give players of all levels the opportunity to become a champion, so there will be lots of ways to get in on the action. Plus we’re particularly excited about setting poker fans up for the coming year with our new Slam Packages.” 

A look at some of the highlights on the WCOOP schedule

Players ready to get in the action have a lot to look forward to. All events feature Low, Medium, and High buy-in tiers.

Those range from $2.20 to $25,000 and players will also find three series championships. These freezeout main events will be held on Sept. 20 and here’s a look at what to expect:

  • Low $55 – $1.25 million guaranteed
  • Medium $530 – $2 million guaranteed
  • High $5,200 – $10 million guaranteed

Players can battle it out in Player of the Series leaderboards for these three categories as well. There will also be an overall champion named.

One part of the series is already underway – the $2.20, $22, $215 Phase Tournaments. The  events run until Sept. 21 with guarantees of $250,000 for the $22 tournaments and $2 million for the $215. Here’s a look at the complete schedule:

DateEvent
30-Aug01-L, M, H: Phased Tournament
30-Aug02-L: $109 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Sunday Slam], $1.5M Guaranteed
30-Aug02-M: $1,050 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Sunday Slam], $2M Guaranteed
30-Aug02-H: $10,300 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Sunday Slam], $1.5M Guaranteed
30-Aug03-L: $55 PLO [6-Max], $125K Guaranteed
30-Aug03-M: $530 PLO [6-Max], $250K Guaranteed
30-Aug03-H: $5,200 PLO [6-Max, High Roller], $750K Guaranteed
30-Aug04-L: $22 NLHE [Freezeout], $100K Guaranteed
30-Aug04-M: $215 NLHE [Freezeout], $250K Guaranteed
30-Aug04-H: $2,100 NLHE [Freezeout], $500K Guaranteed
30-Aug05-L: $5.50 NLHE [8-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO, Freezeout, Mini Sunday Cooldown SE], $50K Guaranteed
30-Aug05-M: $55 NLHE [8-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO, Freezeout, Sunday Cooldown SE], $250K Guaranteed
30-Aug05-H: $530 NLHE [8-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO, Freezeout, Sunday Cooldown SE], $500K Guaranteed
31-Aug06-L: $5.50 NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO], $75K Guaranteed
31-Aug06-M: $55 NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO], $350K Guaranteed
31-Aug06-H: $530 NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO], $500K Guaranteed
31-Aug07-L: $22 PLO8 [6-Max], $40K Guaranteed
31-Aug07-M: $215 PLO8 [6-Max], $100K Guaranteed
31-Aug07-H: $2,100 PLO8 [6-Max], $200K Guaranteed
31-Aug08-L: $11 NLHE [8-Max, Freezeout], $50K Guaranteed
31-Aug08-M: $109 NLHE [8-Max, Freezeout], $200K Guaranteed
31-Aug08-H: $1,050 NLHE [8-Max, Freezeout], $250K Guaranteed
1-Sep09-L: $11 NL 2-7 Single Draw, $10K Guaranteed
1-Sep09-M: $109 NL 2-7 Single Draw, $25K Guaranteed
1-Sep09-H: $1,050 NL 2-7 Single Draw, $75K Guaranteed
1-Sep10-L: $109 NLHE [8-Max, Freezeout, Mini Super Tuesday SE], $350K Guaranteed
1-Sep10-M: $1,050 NLHE [8-Max, Freezeout, Super Tuesday SE], $1M Guaranteed
1-Sep10-H: $10,300 NLHE [8-Max, High Roller], $1M Guaranteed
1-Sep11-L: $11 FLHE [6-Max], $12K Guaranteed
1-Sep11-M: $109 FLHE [6-Max], $30K Guaranteed
1-Sep11-H: $1,050 FLHE [6-Max], $75K Guaranteed
1-Sep12-L: $5.50 NLHE [Heads-Up, Turbo, Progressive Total KO, Zoom], $50K Guaranteed
1-Sep12-M: $55 NLHE [Heads-Up, Turbo, Progressive Total KO, Zoom], $175K Guaranteed
1-Sep12-H: $530 NLHE [Heads-Up, Turbo, Progressive Total KO, Zoom], $200K Guaranteed
2-Sep13-L: $11 NLHE [Midweek Freeze], $60K Guaranteed
2-Sep13-M: $109 NLHE [Midweek Freeze], $200K Guaranteed
2-Sep13-H: $1,050 NLHE [Midweek Freeze], $400K Guaranteed
2-Sep14-L: $11 PLO [6-Max], $30K Guaranteed
2-Sep14-M: $109 PLO [6-Max], $100K Guaranteed
2-Sep14-H: $1,050 PLO [6-Max], $300K Guaranteed
2-Sep15-L: $5.50+R NLHE [8-Max], $75K Guaranteed
2-Sep15-M: $55+R NLHE [8-Max], $250K Guaranteed
2-Sep15-H: $530+R NLHE [8-Max], $400K Guaranteed
3-Sep16-L: $109 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Freezeout, Mini Thursday Thrill SE], $500K Guaranteed
3-Sep16-M: $1,050 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Freezeout, Thursday Thrill SE], $1M Guaranteed
3-Sep16-H: $10,300 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, High Roller], $1M Guaranteed
3-Sep17-L: $11 6+ Hold'em [6-Max], $30K Guaranteed
3-Sep17-M: $109 6+ Hold'em [6-Max], $40K Guaranteed
3-Sep17-H: $1,050 6+ Hold'em [6-Max], $100K Guaranteed
3-Sep18-L: $22 NLHE [Freezeout], $75K Guaranteed
3-Sep18-M: $215 NLHE [Freezeout], $200K Guaranteed
3-Sep18-H: $2,100 NLHE, $400K Guaranteed
5-Sep19-L: $5.50 NLHE [Freezeout, Afternoon Deep Stack], $50K Guaranteed
5-Sep19-M: $55 NLHE [Freezeout, Afternoon Deep Stack], $150K Guaranteed
5-Sep19-H: $530 NLHE [Freezeout, Afternoon Deep Stack], $250K Guaranteed
5-Sep20-L: $11 HORSE, $20K Guaranteed
5-Sep20-M: $109 HORSE, $50K Guaranteed
5-Sep20-H: $1,050 HORSE, $100K Guaranteed
5-Sep21-L: $55 NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO], $250K Guaranteed
5-Sep21-M: $530 NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO], $500K Guaranteed
5-Sep21-H: $5,200 NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO], $500K Guaranteed
5-Sep22-L: $11 NL 5-Card Draw, $15K Guaranteed
5-Sep22-M: $109 NL 5-Card Draw, $25K Guaranteed
5-Sep22-H: $1,050 NL 5-Card Draw, $50K Guaranteed
6-Sep23-L: $5.50 NLHE [Freezeout, Mini Sunday Kickoff SE], $30K Guaranteed
6-Sep23-M: $55 NLHE [Freezeout, Sunday Kickoff SE], $200K Guaranteed
6-Sep23-H: $530 NLHE [Freezeout], $400K Guaranteed
6-Sep24-L: $11 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Freezeout], $100K Guaranteed
6-Sep24-M: $109 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Freezeout, Sunday Warm-Up SE], $300K Guaranteed
6-Sep24-H: $1,050 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Freezeout, Sunday Warm-Up SE], $500K Guaranteed
6-Sep25-L: $215 NLHE [8-Max, Sunday Slam], $1M Guaranteed
6-Sep25-M: $2,100 NLHE [8-Max, Sunday Slam], $1M Guaranteed
6-Sep25-H: $25,000 NLHE [8-Max, Super High Roller Sunday Slam], $2.5M Guaranteed
6-Sep26-L: $22 5-Card PLO [6-Max], $40K Guaranteed
6-Sep26-M: $215 5-Card PLO [6-Max], $100K Guaranteed
6-Sep26-H: $2,100 5-Card PLO [6-Max], $300K Guaranteed
6-Sep27-L: $11 NLHE [Freezeout], $50K Guaranteed
6-Sep27-M: $109 NLHE [Freezeout], $200K Guaranteed
6-Sep27-H: $1,050 NLHE [Freezeout], $300K Guaranteed
6-Sep28-L: $22 NLHE [8-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO, Freezeout, Mini Sunday Cooldown SE], $125K Guaranteed
6-Sep28-M: $215 NLHE [8-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO, Freezeout, Sunday Cooldown SE], $300K Guaranteed
6-Sep28-H: $2,100 NLHE [8-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO, Freezeout, Sunday Cooldown SE], $400K Guaranteed
7-Sep29-L: $11 NLHE [Progressive KO], $150K Guaranteed
7-Sep29-M: $109 NLHE [Progressive KO], $500K Guaranteed
7-Sep29-H: $1,050 NLHE [Progressive KO], $750K Guaranteed
7-Sep30-L: $5.50 NLO8 [6-Max], $15K Guaranteed
7-Sep30-M: $55 NLO8 [6-Max], $50K Guaranteed
7-Sep30-H: $530 NLO8 [6-Max], $100K Guaranteed
7-Sep31-L: $5.50 NLHE [4-Max], $35K Guaranteed
7-Sep31-M: $55 NLHE [4-Max], $125K Guaranteed
7-Sep31-H: $530 NLHE [4-Max], $250K Guaranteed
8-Sep32-L: $11 NLHE [Progressive KO, Freezeout], $75K Guaranteed
8-Sep32-M: $109 NLHE [Progressive KO, Freezeout], $250K Guaranteed
8-Sep32-H: $1,050 NLHE [Progressive KO, Freezeout], $350K Guaranteed
8-Sep33-L: $55 NLHE [8-Max, Mini Super Tuesday SE], $350K Guaranteed
8-Sep33-M: $530 NLHE [8-Max, Super Tuesday SE], $750K Guaranteed
8-Sep33-H: $5,200 NLHE [8-Max, High Roller], $750K Guaranteed
8-Sep34-L: $22 8-Game, $30K Guaranteed
8-Sep34-M: $215 8-Game, $60K Guaranteed
8-Sep34-H: $2,100 8-Game, $150K Guaranteed
8-Sep35-L: $22 NLHE [6-Max, Freezeout], $75K Guaranteed
8-Sep35-M: $215 NLHE [6-Max, Freezeout], $200K Guaranteed
8-Sep35-H: $2,100 NLHE [6-Max, Freezeout], $400K Guaranteed
9-Sep36-L: $22 NLHE [Midweek Freeze], $150K Guaranteed
9-Sep36-M: $215 NLHE [Midweek Freeze], $250K Guaranteed
9-Sep36-H: $2,100 NLHE [Midweek Freeze], $400K Guaranteed
9-Sep37-L: $55 PLO [6-Max], $75K Guaranteed
9-Sep37-M: $530 PLO [6-Max], $200K Guaranteed
9-Sep37-H: $5,200 PLO [6-Max, High Roller], $500K Guaranteed
9-Sep38-L: $11 NLHE [Freezeout], $50K Guaranteed
9-Sep38-M: $109 NLHE [Freezeout], $175K Guaranteed
9-Sep38-H: $1,050 NLHE [Freezeout], $300K Guaranteed
10-Sep39-L: $55 NLHE [Progressive KO, Mini Thursday Thrill SE], $500K Guaranteed
10-Sep39-M: $530 NLHE [Progressive KO, Thursday Thrill SE], $1M Guaranteed
10-Sep39-H: $5,200 NLHE [Progressive KO, High Roller], $1M Guaranteed
10-Sep40-L: $11 Razz, $15K Guaranteed
10-Sep40-M: $109 Razz, $40K Guaranteed
10-Sep40-H: $1,050 Razz, $75K Guaranteed
10-Sep41-L: $22 NLHE [6-Max, Freezeout], $75K Guaranteed
10-Sep41-M: $215 NLHE [6-Max, Freezeout], $200K Guaranteed
10-Sep41-H: $2,100 NLHE [6-Max], $400K Guaranteed
12-Sep42-L: $11 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Freezeout, Afternoon Deep Stack], $75K Guaranteed
12-Sep42-M: $109 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Freezeout, Afternoon Deep Stack], $200K Guaranteed
12-Sep42-H: $1,050 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Freezeout, Afternoon Deep Stack], $250K Guaranteed
12-Sep43-L: $5.50 NLHE/PLO [6-Max], $25K Guaranteed
12-Sep43-M: $55 NLHE/PLO [6-Max], $60K Guaranteed
12-Sep43-H: $530 NLHE/PLO [6-Max], $125K Guaranteed
12-Sep44-L: $22 NLHE, $150K Guaranteed
12-Sep44-M: $215 NLHE, $300K Guaranteed
12-Sep44-H: $2,100 NLHE, $400K Guaranteed
12-Sep45-L: $11 FL Badugi [6-Max], $10K Guaranteed
12-Sep45-M: $109 FL Badugi [6-Max], $20K Guaranteed
12-Sep45-H: $1,050 FL Badugi [6-Max], $50K Guaranteed
13-Sep46-L: $11 NLHE [8-Max, Freezeout, Mini Sunday Kickoff SE], $50K Guaranteed
13-Sep46-M: $109 NLHE [8-Max, Freezeout, Sunday Kickoff SE], $200K Guaranteed
13-Sep46-H: $1,050 NLHE [8-Max, Freezeout], $300K Guaranteed
13-Sep47-L: $22 NLHE [Freezeout], $125K Guaranteed
13-Sep47-M: $215 NLHE [Freezeout, Sunday Warm-Up SE], $400K Guaranteed
13-Sep47-H: $2,100 NLHE [Freezeout, Sunday Warm-Up SE], $500K Guaranteed
13-Sep48-L: $55 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Sunday Slam], $1M Guaranteed
13-Sep48-M: $530 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Sunday Slam], $1.5M Guaranteed
13-Sep48-H: $5,200 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Sunday Slam], $1M Guaranteed
13-Sep49-L: $22 NLO8 [6-Max, Progressive KO], $50K Guaranteed
13-Sep49-M: $215 NLO8 [6-Max, Progressive KO], $100K Guaranteed
13-Sep49-H: $2,100 NLO8 [6-Max, Progressive KO], $200K Guaranteed
13-Sep50-L: $11 NLHE [6-Max], $100K Guaranteed
13-Sep50-M: $109 NLHE [6-Max], $250K Guaranteed
13-Sep50-H: $1,050 NLHE [6-Max], $500K Guaranteed
13-Sep51-L: $5.50 NLHE [8-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO, Freezeout, Mini Sunday Cooldown SE], $50K Guaranteed
13-Sep51-M: $55 NLHE [8-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO, Freezeout, Sunday Cooldown SE], $250K Guaranteed
13-Sep51-H: $530 NLHE [8-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO, Freezeout, Sunday Cooldown SE], $400K Guaranteed
14-Sep52-L: $5.50 NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO], $75K Guaranteed
14-Sep52-M: $55 NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO], $350K Guaranteed
14-Sep52-H: $530 NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO], $500K Guaranteed
14-Sep53-L: $5.50 PLO8 [8-Max], $15K Guaranteed
14-Sep53-M: $55 PLO8 [8-Max], $50K Guaranteed
14-Sep53-H: $530 PLO8 [8-Max], $100K Guaranteed
14-Sep54-L: $11 NLHE [8-Max, Win the Button], $50K Guaranteed
14-Sep54-M: $109 NLHE [8-Max, Win the Button], $175K Guaranteed
14-Sep54-H: $1,050 NLHE [8-Max, Win the Button], $250K Guaranteed
15-Sep55-L: $22 HORSE, $25K Guaranteed
15-Sep55-M: $215 HORSE, $50K Guaranteed
15-Sep55-H: $2,100 HORSE, $150K Guaranteed
15-Sep56-L: $22 NLHE [8-Max, Freezeout], $125K Guaranteed
15-Sep56-M: $215 NLHE [8-Max, Freezeout, Mini Super Tuesday SE], $400K Guaranteed
15-Sep56-H: $2,100 NLHE [8-Max, Super Tuesday SE], $750K Guaranteed
15-Sep57-L: $22 FL 2-7 Triple Draw, $15K Guaranteed
15-Sep57-M: $215 FL 2-7 Triple Draw, $40K Guaranteed
15-Sep57-H: $2,100 FL 2-7 Triple Draw, $100K Guaranteed
15-Sep58-L: $5.50 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Freezeout], $35K Guaranteed
15-Sep58-M: $55 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Freezeout], $125K Guaranteed
15-Sep58-H: $530 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Freezeout], $250K Guaranteed
16-Sep59-L: $55 NLHE [8-Max, Midweek Freeze], $175K Guaranteed
16-Sep59-M: $530 NLHE [8-Max, Midweek Freeze], $350K Guaranteed
16-Sep59-H: $5,200 NLHE [8-Max, Midweek Freeze], $500K Guaranteed
16-Sep60-L: $5.50+R PLO [6-Max], $35K Guaranteed
16-Sep60-M: $55+R PLO [6-Max], $125K Guaranteed
16-Sep60-H: $530+R PLO [6-Max], $300K Guaranteed
16-Sep61-L: $11 NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO, Freezeout], $60K Guaranteed
16-Sep61-M: $109 NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO, Freezeout], $250K Guaranteed
16-Sep61-H: $1,050 NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO, Freezeout], $350K Guaranteed
17-Sep62-L: $11 Stud Hi Lo, $15K Guaranteed
17-Sep62-M: $109 Stud Hi Lo, $35K Guaranteed
17-Sep62-H: $1,050 Stud Hi Lo, $75K Guaranteed
17-Sep63-L: $22 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Freezeout], $250K Guaranteed
17-Sep63-M: $215 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Freezeout, Mini Thursday Thrill SE], $500K Guaranteed
17-Sep63-H: $2,100 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Freezeout, Thursday Thrill SE], $750K Guaranteed
17-Sep64-L: $11 FLO8 [8-Max], $15K Guaranteed
17-Sep64-M: $109 FLO8 [8-Max], $40K Guaranteed
17-Sep64-H: $1,050 FLO8 [8-Max], $100K Guaranteed
17-Sep65-L: $11 NLHE [6-Max, Freezeout], $60K Guaranteed
17-Sep65-M: $109 NLHE [6-Max, Freezeout], $150K Guaranteed
17-Sep65-H: $1,050 NLHE [6-Max], $250K Guaranteed
19-Sep66-L: $5.50 NLHE [Freezeout, Afternoon Deep Stack], $40K Guaranteed
19-Sep66-M: $55 NLHE [Freezeout, Afternoon Deep Stack], $150K Guaranteed
19-Sep66-H: $530 NLHE [Freezeout, Afternoon Deep Stack], $250K Guaranteed
19-Sep67-L: $11 NLO8 [8-Max], $20K Guaranteed
19-Sep67-M: $109 NLO8 [8-Max], $50K Guaranteed
19-Sep67-H: $1,050 NLO8 [8-Max], $125K Guaranteed
19-Sep68-L: $11 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO], $150K Guaranteed
19-Sep68-M: $109 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO], $500K Guaranteed
19-Sep68-H: $1,050 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO], $600K Guaranteed
19-Sep69-L: $109 8-Game, $60K Guaranteed
19-Sep69-M: $1,050 8-Game, $150K Guaranteed
19-Sep69-H: $10,300 8-Game [High Roller], $500K Guaranteed
20-Sep70-L: $5.50 NLHE [Freezeout, Mini Sunday Kickoff SE], $35K Guaranteed
20-Sep70-M: $55 NLHE [Freezeout, Sunday Kickoff SE], $175K Guaranteed
20-Sep70-H: $530 NLHE [Freezeout], $400K Guaranteed
20-Sep71-L: $11 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Freezeout], $125K Guaranteed
20-Sep71-M: $109 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Freezeout, Sunday Warm-Up SE], $500K Guaranteed
20-Sep71-H: $1,050 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Freezeout, Sunday Warm-Up SE], $1M Guaranteed
20-Sep72-L: $55 NLHE [8-Max, NLHE Main Event], $1.25M Guaranteed
20-Sep72-M: $530 NLHE [8-Max, NLHE Main Event], $2M Guaranteed
20-Sep72-H: $5,200 NLHE [8-Max, NLHE Main Event], $10M Guaranteed
20-Sep73-L: $109 PLO [6-Max, PLO Main Event], $300K Guaranteed
20-Sep73-M: $1,050 PLO [6-Max, PLO Main Event], $750K Guaranteed
20-Sep73-H: $10,300 PLO [6-Max, PLO Main Event], $1.25M Guaranteed
20-Sep74-L: $11 NLHE [8-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO, Freezeout, Mini Sunday Cooldown SE], $100K Guaranteed
20-Sep74-M: $109 NLHE [8-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO, Freezeout, Sunday Cooldown SE], $400K Guaranteed
20-Sep74-H: $1,050 NLHE [8-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO, Freezeout, Sunday Cooldown SE], $750K Guaranteed
21-Sep75-L: $11 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Series Saver], $175K Guaranteed
21-Sep75-M: $109 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Series Saver], $600K Guaranteed
21-Sep75-H: $1,050 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Series Saver], $1M Guaranteed
21-Sep01-L: $2.20 NLHE [Phase 2], $250K Guaranteed
21-Sep01-M: $2.20 NLHE [Phase 2], $1M Guaranteed
21-Sep01-H: $215 NLHE [Phase 2], $2M Guaranteed

PokerStars WCOOP offers a grand slam

The WCOOP makes it a gargantuan month for PokerStars. At least $200 million will be awarded to tournament players across the company’s platforms in September.

Stars is hoping to even spread some of those good vibes to future online series. WCOOP introduces the site’s “2021 Slam Packages” and “WCOOP Sweepstakes” promotions.

Champions of any one of 15 special Sunday Slam WCOOP tournaments earn something extra – a Slam Package. This is quite a reward and entitles the winner to 2021 Main Event-High entries into all of the following:

  • WCOOP
  • SCOOP
  • Stadium Series

A Slam Package means three freeroll shots at winning a title next year.

Additionally, $1.5 million in WCOOP tickets will be awarded via WCOOP Sweepstakes from Aug. 30 to Sept. 20. To gain entry to the sweepstakes, players must simply take part in a tournament.

The more tournaments and the higher the buy-in level played, the more entries a player earns. At least three $5,200 Main Event tickets will be awarded daily during the sweepstakes, along with additional ticket prizes

More ways to get in the WCOOP action

There are several other promotions players can expect to get in the action. WCOOP Fast Track will award at least five Main Event High seats every day until Sept. 20.

To earn a Fast Track Main Event seat, players can complete the four-step qualification route. That starts at just $1 or players can buy in at a higher step. Other promotional highlights players can take advantage of include:

  • Spin & Go’s – awarding WCOOP Main Event entries, tickets, and cash prizes and start at just $4 will
  • PokerStars School – awarding WCOOP tickets in regular giveaways.
  • Series qualifiers – Players of all levels can win series entries for as little as $1. 

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Taking Fridays off, more action for European players

Along with plenty of tournament action, PokerStars is also offering a bit of time away from the tables during WCOOP. Players can take Fridays off with no worries of missing an event.

After receiving player feedback, PokerStars chose to include a regular player break.  This should be welcome news for players who compete in the Player of the Series race.

WCOOP isn’t the only major PokerStars tournament series running in September. Players in Southern Europe can welcome the Galactic Series Aug. 30 to Sept. 28.

That series, for players in Spain, Portugal, France, comes with a €17 million total guarantee. The €250 Main Event features a €1 million guaranteed.

The WCOOP and the Galactic Series will award more than $100 million to PokerStars players. That means plenty of fun and cash opportunities for online poker players.

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Unibet Summer Circuit Series Sizzles With $250,000 Guarantee 

The Unibet Summer Circuit Series kicks off on Aug. 23.

The international online poker market continues to explode and Unibet is getting in on the action this month. The operator offers up its Summer Circuit Series Aug. 21-30 with a total guarantee of €250,000.

The series features 40 events with buy-ins ranging from €50 to €200. The series offers plenty of action for players around the world with guarantees from €2,500 to €20,000.

Those players with limited bankrolls will find some nice payouts for a small investment.

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Quick look at the Unibet  Summer Circuit Series schedule

Unibet has long worked hard to cater to recreational players. This isn’t a site for poker pros, but players looking to have some fun. For the Summer Circuit Series that includes a shot at some nice prize pools..

The site bans poker trackers and allows players to change their alias up to three times per day. This makes picking off fish a bit more difficult for the sharks in this poker ocean.

Most events in the Summer Circuit Series have bargain buy-ins, but those looking for bigger tournaments will find a few. That includes three €100 tournaments on Aug. 23, 27, and 30.

The €200 Big Bang is set for Aug. 25 with a €10,000 guarantee and is the largest buy-in of the series. This event and the three €100 events are considered the series’s championships.

Other Unibet series highlights

Beyond that Big Bang “High Roller,” players have some other nice action to check out. A few highlights include:

  • €50 Kickoff, Aug. 21 — €5,000 guaranteed
  • €100 NLHE Rebuy 2-Day (championship), Aug 23 — €20,000 guaranteed
  • €25 NLHE NLHE Rebuy 2-Day, Aug 23 — €10,000 guaranteed
  • €25 NLHE NLHE Bounty, Aug. 25 — €7,500 guaranteed
  • €200 Big Bang (championship), Aug. 25 – €10,000 guaranteed
  • €50 NLHE NLHE Rebuy, Aug. 26 — €7,500 guaranteed
  • €100 NLHE NLHE Bounty (championship), Aug. 27 — €10,000 guaranteed
  • €100 NLHE Rebuy 2-Day (championship), Aug. 30 — €20,000 guaranteed

Here’s a look ta the complete schedule.

Unibet Summer Circuit Schedule

DateNameBuyinGuaranteeGame
Aug. 21#1 NLHE Kickoff€50€5,000NLHE
Aug. 21#2 NLHE Rebuy€25€5,000NLHE
Aug. 21#3 NLHE€50€2,500NLHE
Aug. 21#4 NLHE€25€2,500NLHE
Aug. 22#5 NLHE€25€5,000NLHE
Aug. 22#6 NLHE Bounty€50€7,500NLHE Bounty
Aug. 22#7 NLHE Re-Enter€25€2,500Omaha
Aug. 22#8 NLHE Rebuy€50€7,500NLHE
Aug. 23#9 NLHE Rebuy 2-Day€100€20,000NLHE
Aug. 23#10 NLHE Rebuy 2-Day€25€10,000NLHE
Aug. 23#11 NLHE Bounty€25€2,500NLHE Bounty
Aug. 23#12 NLHE Rebuy€50€2,500NLHE
Aug. 24#13 NLHE€50€7,500NLHE
Aug. 24#14 NLHE Rebuy€25€7,500NLHE
Aug. 24#15 NLHE Bounty€25€2,500NLHE Bounty
Aug. 24#16 NLHE€25€2,500NLHE
Aug. 25#17 NLHE Big Bang200€10,000NLHE
Aug. 25#18 NLHE€25€2,500NLHE
Aug. 25#19 NLHE Bounty€25€7,500NLHE
Aug. 25#20 NLHE Bounty€25€2,500NLHE Bounty
Aug. 26#21 NLHE€50€5,000NLHE
Aug. 26#22 NLHE Rebuy€25€5,000NLHE
Aug. 26#23 NLHE Rebuy€25€5,000NLHE
Aug. 26#24 NLHE Rebuy€50€7,500NLHE
Aug. 27#25 NLHE Rebuy€25€7,500NLHE
Aug. 27#26 NLHE Rebuy€50€7,500NLHE
Aug. 27#27 NLHE Bounty€100€10,000NLHE Bounty
Aug. 27#28 NLHE Bounty€25€2,500NLHE Bounty
Aug. 28#29 NLHE€50€5,000NLHE
Aug. 28#30 NLHE Rebuy€25€7,500NLHE
Aug. 28#31 NLHE Rebuy€25€7,500NLHE
Aug. 28#32 NLHE Bounty€25€5,000NLHE Bounty
Aug. 29#33 NLHE Rebuy€25€5,000NLHE
Aug. 29#34 NLHE Bounty Re-enter€50€5,000NLHE Bounty
Aug. 29#35 NLHE€25€2,500NLHE
Aug. 29#36 NLHE Bounty€25€2,500Omaha Bounty
Aug. 30#37 NLHE Rebuy 2-Day€100€20,000NLHE
Aug. 30#38 NLHE Rebuy 2-Day€50€15,000NLHE
Aug. 30#39 NLHE Rebuy€50€7,500NLHE
Aug. 30#40 NLHE€25€2,500NLHE

Added qualifiers and leaderboard cash

There will be numerous qualifiers for all different buy-in levels running daily throughout the Summer Circuit Series. That also includes daily “superqualifiers” already underway with multiple tickets  guaranteed during each event.

 As part of the fun, there is also a series leaderboard with a €10,000 prize pool. The top spot finisher takes home an extra €2,500.

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Even more to come from Unibet – with seven figures

The Summer Circuit isn’t the only poker festival on tap for Unibet players. The site has already announced plans for the Unibet Online Series (UOS9) set for Sept. 18 to Oct. 11.

USO9 promises even more for players – with a €1 million total guaranteed prize pool. The series features a €1,100 two-day main event with a €250,000 guarantee.

The entire schedule hasn’t been released yet, but check back at PokerScout for a complete preview when it’s announced.

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WSOP ROUNDUP: First Double Bracelet Winner, Ireland’s O’Dea Scores Gold, Numbers Rise, & More

The WSOP Online continues at GGPoker.

The World Series of Poker Online produced some big news over the last week at GGPoker. That included the first player to win not only two bracelets in the series, but the first to ever win two online bracelet events.

There were also some big $10,000 heads-up fireworks and a WSOP final table player winning a bracelet. The series has now awarded 24 bracelets with plenty of big online poker remaining. Here’s a look at some of the news from the series over the last week.

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Numbers in WSOP Online at GGPoker continue to grow after big events

Recent major events like the Millionaire Maker have inflated the nice WSOP Online numbers even more. The last week has seen the average number of entries rise from 3,754 last week to 3,830 this week.

The average prize pool has also climbed by about $300,000 over the last week to $2 million. The average payout has now ballooned to almost $299,896, an increase of almost $45,000 from last week.

The Millionaire Maker easily became the largest payout and prize pool of the series. The prize pool almost reached $9 million with Daniel Dvoress taking the title for $1.5 million.

With some nice tournaments set for the coming week, these numbers should continue. Here’s a look at all winners and statistics.

For complete facts and information about the WSOP Online, including Twitch streams, click here.

EventBuy-inTotal entriesPrize poolWinner payoutWinnerCountry
#32: The Opener NLHE$10029,306$2,696,152$265,880Marcelo Jakovljevic PudlaBrazil
#33: Every 1 for Covid Relief$1,1112,323$2,580,853$343,204Alek StasiakCanada
#34: Super Turbo Bounty NLHE 6-Handed$5252,214$1,107,000$117,650Shoma IshikawaJapan
#35 Pot Limit Omaha Championship$5,000328$1,558,000$306,622Juha HelppiFinland
#36 FIFTY STACK NLHE$1,5001,342$1,912,350$297,496Michael ClacherSouth Africa
#37 Bounty Pot Limit Omaha$1,050971$971,000$161,887Hun Wei LeeAustralia
#38 Monster Stack NLHE 6-Handed [Asia Time Zone]$6002,007$1,143,990$171,389Aaron WijayaChina
#39: NLHE [Asia Time Zone]$1,500922$1,313,850$216,213Roberto RomanelloUnited Kingdom
#40: Pot Limit Omaha$2,500532$1,263,500$224,493Klas LofbergSweden
#41: COLOSSUS$40012,757$4,796,632$595,930Ranno SootlaEstonia
#42: PLOSSUS$4004,356$1,637,856$221,557Yuri DzivielevskiBrazil
#43: Short Deck NLHE Championship$10,000301$812,700$276,393Lev "LevMeAlone" GottliebUnited States
#44: NLHE 6-Handed$2,500892$2,118,500$356,412Kristen BicknellCanada
#45: Bounty NLHE$8402,382$1,906,500$245,448Patrick "Muddington" KennedyUnited Kingdom
#46: Deepstack NLHE$5002,307$1,095,825$189,098Sung Joo "ArtePokerTV" HyunSouth Korea
#47: Short Deck NLHE$1,000487$462,560$88,202Paul TeohMalaysia
#48 MILLIONAIRE MAKER$1,5006,299$8,976,075$1,489,289Daniel DvoressCanada
#49 Turbo Deepstack$5002,978$1,414,550$192,523Vladas "apuokos" BurneikisLithuania
#50: Bounty Championship$2,1001,168$2,336,000$327,319Enrico "GTOExploiter" CamosciItaly
#51: Pot Limit Omaha$4002,005$753,880$100,945Eoghan "DrRoche" O'DeaIreland
#52: NLHE$1,0002,006$1,905,700$273,505Alek StasiakCanada
#53: Double Stack PLO [Asia Time Zone]$800831$631,560$94,253Frank CrivelloUnited States
#54: Heads-Up Championship$10,000128NANAevent not yet finishednot yet finished
#55: NLHE Asia Time Zone ChampionshipHK$8,0003,247$3,184,074$458,261Luis Eduardo Assuncao GarlaBrazil
#56: GGMasters WSOP Edition$1509,835$3,068,025$183,526Anatoly "Pohitrusha" SuvarovUnited States
TOTALS91,924$49,647,132$7,197,495
Average3,830$1,997,347$299,896

Two cashes, two WSOP bracelets

It’s been a dominating performance so far at GGPoker for Alex Stasiak. The Canadian first won Event 32: $1,111 Every 1 in for COVID Relief for $343,200.

In his second cash of the series, Stasiak did it again. He won Event 52: $1,000 No Limit Hold’em on Aug. 6 for $273,505. That made him the series first two-time winner, and that included the US half at WSOP.com.

Beyond that feat, he also becomes the first player to ever win two online bracelets. That’s quite a feat and he still has time to attempt the trifecta.

2011 Main Event final table player scores bracelet

Irish eyes were smiling for Eoghan O’Dea on Aug. 5 in Event 51: $400 Pot Limit Omaha. The Dublin, Ireland, native scored the first bracelet of his career and took home $100,945.

O’Dea is no stranger to WSOP success and now has almost $2.4 million in series winnings. That included a sixth-place finish in the 2011 Main Event for $1.7 million.

In 2019, he also scored a nice PLO finish in the $10,000 championship in Las Vegas. He took sixth in that event for $143,128. O’Dea now becomes the fifth Irish player to win a bracelet.

Poker runs in the O’Dea family. His father Donnacha O’Dea is a card-playing legend in Ireland. He made two Main Event final table appearances, finishing sixth in 1983 and ninth in 1991.

PLO seems to be a nice game for the O’Deas with Donnacha also winning his bracelet in the game in 1998. 

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Dvoress wins Millionaire Maker, vaults into top spot on WSOP Leaderboard

The battle for the player of the series continues to heat up. Last week, three Brazilians took the top three spots.

However, a pair of Canadians now slide into first and second place with Daniel Dvoress taking the lead. He took down the Millionaire Maker on Aug. 8 for $1.5 million.

A coach at the RunItOnce training site, Dvoress offered some thanks to a friend who offered some pre-tournament help.

This becomes just the latest huge score for Dvoress. He has more than $15 million in live tournament winnings. That includes winning the partypoker Live $250,000 Super High Roller Bowl in November for $4.1 million.

Here’s a look at the complete leaderboard:

  • 1st – Daniel Dvoress (Canada), 6,095.66
  • 2nd – Alek Stasiak (Canada), 5,973.95
  • 3rd – Ranno Sootla (Estonia), 4,931.59
  • 4th – Yuri Dzivielevski (Brazil), 4,334.47
  • 5th – Belarmino De Souza (Brazil), 3,968.44

Canada leads bracelet total by country

Which country will end the WSOP Online with the most bracelets? That remains to be seen, but Canada leads as of Aug. 11.

Wins by Dvoress, Alek Stasiak (2), and Kristen Bicknell move the country into the top spot.

Two other countries are just behind the Great White North. The United States and Brazil both have three winners each. 

Players from the United Kingdom have won two bracelets. No other country has more than one.

A look at the week ahead at GGPoker

The WSOP Online at GGPoker runs through Sept. 6 and plenty of action remains. In the coming week a few tournaments stand out

Don’t have enough for the $5,000 Main Event? Then check out the $500 Mini Main Event on Sunday, Aug. 16. The event comes with a $5 million guarantee – plenty of bang for the buck.

Another lower buy-in event should attract a nice number on Saturday, Aug. 15. The $300 Monster Stack Six-Handed (Asia Time Zone) should build a nice prize pool, though without a guarantee.

On Tuesday, Aug. 18, the $600 NLHE Deepstack Championship should bring out plenty of online rounders looking for a title. Here’s a look at the complete schedule.

DateEvent NumberTournamentBuy-inPrize GuaranteeNotes
Wednesday, September 02, 202048People's Choice Event [Pros Vote]TBATBATBA by Vote
Thursday, September 03, 202049People's Choice Event [Spin the Wheel]TBATBATBA by Vote
Saturday, September 05, 202050People's Choice Event [Most Popular]TBATBAAsia Time Zone, TBA by Vote
Saturday, September 05, 202051$1,050 Beat the Pros [Bounty]$1,050
Sunday, September 06, 202052$10K WSOP Super MILLION$, $5M GTD$10,000$5,000,0002-Day Event
Sunday, September 06, 202053$100 WSOP MILLION$ [Final Day], $2M GTD$100$2,000,0002-Day Event, 1-RE Flights
Sunday, September 06, 202054$500 The Closer [LAST CHANCE]$500

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.

STADIUM STORIES: Player Scores Five Figures With Promo Entry; PokerStars Series Tops Guarantee

The 2020 Stadium Series produced big numbers for PokerStars.

The PokerStars Stadium Series turned into quite an event for John “99rocks” Vallis. The 52-year-old was among those who cashed in. His $57,000 score didn’t come from hours and hours at the table, however. 

Instead, this recreational player turned a $22 ticket from a promotional chest into a five-figure online poker payday. That’s just one interesting story coming out of a huge Stadium Series, which wrapped up on Sunday.

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From free money player to PokerStars satellite success story

John Vallis

At home in Surrey, United Kingdom, Vallis works as a compliance manager. Married with two daughters ages 18 and 19, poker isn’t a big part of his routine.

In fact, he usually plays with free tokens rather than real money. Occasionally Vallis might jump in a micro tournament, but real money tables aren’t a regular part of his online life. Before last week, his biggest win was around $70.

Then a $22 promotional satellite ticket popped in his inbox. If he advanced in the satellite it would then be on to another $109 qualifier.

If he advanced in that, an entry into a $2,100 Heat Deepstack was next. Vallis did just that and was primed for the biggest event of his life.

“I hadn’t played a single real money game in over four months going into the tournament,” he tells PokerScout.

The run of his life at PokerStars

Going into the event, Vallis kept his expectations low. Throughout both satellites as well as Day 1 of the tournament, an online quiz game occupied much of his time as well.

He played both qualifiers and the deepstack event, as well as the quiz, on his mobile phone. After reaching Day 2, however, Vallis shifted to playing on his computer but other duties still occupied much of his time.

“I still found time to cook the family supper, steak and chips, while we were closing in on the final table,” says Vallis, who enjoys running and cycling when not playing poker or spending time with family. “I think those distractions actually worked in my favor as I didn’t have time to think about the amount of money at stake.”

Those efforts paid big dividends. Vallis ultimately finished third for $57,229 out of a field of 234 entries. That’s a big score – all from a freeroll.

“Playing in the tournament was an amazing experience – I did not even contemplate the potential outcome until relatively late,” he says. 

How did it feel to turn his promo ticket into such a massive score?

“Extremely strange,” Vallis says. “I have absolutely no experience playing high stakes poker, so I have never really considered the money angle. I think that removed the pressure as I got deeper into the tournament, as I felt absolutely no expectation to actually convert the result into a prize.”

Ever the family man, wife and children come to mind when Vallis considers what he’ll do with the winnings.

“There’s some things I want to get done to the house,” he says, “a car for my kids to use and a spectacular holiday when COVID permits.”

Considering his massive finish, it’s fortuitous that PokerStars email didn’t land in the spam folder. For Vallis, it definitely paid to check his email.

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PokerStars Stadium Series brings out plenty of competitors

Speaking of Stadium Series success, the festival came right after an unprecedented Summer Series. That scorched the $25 million guarantee by paying out $34 million.

The Stadium Series also produced plenty of bang for the buck. Wrapping up on Aug. 2, the festival brought some big numbers. The series paid out $54.3 million – more than $4 million above the guarantee.

The series attracted 698,964 entries across 102 events. In the $10,000 Grand Final, “Lena900” came out on top for a score of $230,435.

The France, Spain, and Portugal version of the series saw 228,799 entries and a prize pool of €6.6 million. Spain’s “Sick2BeatMe” won the €250 Grand Final for €66,882 plus €44,273 in bounty bucks.

In Italy, the series attracted 127,252 players and a €4 million prize pool. “NNWPT” took the €250 Grand Final for €34,792 plus €17,002 in bounties.

The action continues this week with several Stadium Series after party events. PokerStars is offering several phase tournaments featuring these buy-ins with hefty guarantees:

  • $1.10 – $100,000 guaranteed
  • $11 – $250,000 guaranteed
  • $109 – $500,000 guaranteed
  • $1,050 – $1 million guaranteed

Team PokerStars streamers score big, reach impressive Twitch numbers

Along with a massive score by a recreational player, some PokerStars ambassadors also produced during the Stadium Series.

PokerStars streamers Fintan “Easywithaces” Hand and Ben “Spragg” Spragg made deep runs in the $5,200 event on July 29.

Spragg’s stream reached more than 30,000 viewers, who saw him finish third for $70,633. That became the largest score of his career.

Hand took 10th in the event for $14,732. It’s been quite the run for these two poker streamers.

A year ago, both were streaming their play in $5, $11, $55, and $109 events on the main PokerStars channel. Spragg Tweeted his delight at the progress he’s made in his own game.

 

In other action, Stars streamer Jens TheRealKnossi Knossalla broke the Twitch Poker record for concurrent viewers. His stream peaked at more than 91,000 and is part of a growing presence on the platform for streamers during the pandemic.

Knossalla wasn’t playing himself, instead calling the action as his moderator Frank “Knueppel” Stockhaus played for a Platinum Pass. He ultimately finished runner-up in the $1,000 event for more than $117,000.