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Kara Scott – 3 Tips On Surviving Your Live Poker Event

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I’m off to London to play the £100k guarantee WPT National UK series at Aspers Casino and not surprisingly, I’m not the only one. We’re expecting quite a crowd of players, partypoker and live qualifiers and special VIP guests at the felt. Over 300 qualifiers altogether are being predicted for this event at Westfield with 100 unique seats already awarded online at party.

Feels like home

It’ll be great to be back at Aspers. The last time I was there was while hosting the partypoker Premier League last year. We stayed in the complex for nearly two weeks while we were filming and after spending so much time there, it definitely began to feel like home. I remember how excited all of us on the production staff, including the ‘Voice of Poker’ Jesse May were when they saw the enormous variety of food available in the food court. I know that sometimes I can be overly food-centric but good food while at a poker tournament or TV shoot is a huge luxury, believe me!

I’m curious about the accumulator

This will be my first accumulator tournament so I’m curious to see how that plays out. Players have the option to buy in for one, two or all three of the Day 1 flights at £200 a pop. Instead of just taking the biggest stack through to day 2, like in a re-entry event, you take the grand total of ALL of your remaining chips through for your starting stack on Day 2. I’m going to be getting some advice from the pros on the best way to approach an accumulator but for those of you playing your first big live event at the WPTNUK soon, here are some top tips for surviving in a big field of players, be it the Pokerfest, an accumulator or not.

 1. Get some rest!

I give this advice so often that I think I may come across like a bit of a ‘mom.’ Playing poker live can be a lot more tiring than you expect and you’ll be far better able to concentrate if you’re well rested and alert. Give yourself the chance to make the most of the opportunity.

 2. Remember that you can’t actually win a multi-day tournament on Day 1.

One of the best pieces of advice I ever got was from British poker player Jon ‘Skalie’ Kalmar who made the final table of the 2007 WSOP Main Event and that is exactly what he told me. When the blinds are low, you’re most likely to win small pots and lose big ones so don’t try to force things to happen. Take the time to get to know the players at your table and until the antes kick in, realise that constant big gambles and bluffs might be counter-productive.

3. Have fun.

And if you’re at my table, you should know that I am never, ever bluffing. Ever. Never. Maybe. - Kara Scott

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Here’s The Password For Our Upcoming Pokerfest UK Freeroll!

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We’re back once again with even more exclusive freerolls! Only this time around to celebrate our upcoming Pokerfest we’re giving you the chance to win some pretty sweet tickets! That’s right ranging from a $50 ticket to “Pokerfest #5 the $25,000 Freezeout” for first place all the way to Turbo Mega Satellites for those bring up the rear.

So get ready for some serious poker action over the next few weeks as every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday nights are now designated partypoker Pokerfest UK freerolls!

The important stuff

When? This Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday!

How much? Free!

What can I win? Tickets to Pokerfest.

The partypoker Pokerfest UK Freerolls

If you’re playing our Sunday Majors then you’ll know how this works by now. First up the time and password:

Tuesday 25th at 19:30 GMT password = ”button

If you’re in the UK they’ll appear in the freeroll lobby and be open for registration the same day as the tournament. All you need to do is do what you do best play poker, come top 19 and you’ll earn a Pokerfest ticket to the following value:

 

We’ll be giving out the passwords on our UK Facebook account  and witter and you can register here but hurry as we’re giving you extra value by capping them at 100 players. So what are you waiting for go sign up! And to all of you poker champions out there we salute you, here’s to crushing Pokerfest!

The brand new partypoker Sunday tournament schedule!

The all new partypoker has introduced a new Sunday tournament schedule. The key changes are the addition of an action-packed fun $10K Super Bounty and a wide range of new low buy-in tournaments featuring the best of the old but also new speed, rebuy, add-on and PLO tournaments – a great Sunday mix if you want to win top prizes and have fun playing tournament poker.

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Let’s Head To The Movies With Our Brand New Mission!

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This is the make or break week for those in the entertainment business and to celebrate we’ve gone and rolled out the red carpet…

The important stuff

When? 24th February-9th March, 2014

How do I take part? Go to your ‘Missions’ section, find ‘The Movies’ and then click ‘Start Mission’.

If you already have an active Mission, you will have to pause that one first

What can I win?

  • $5 bonus for fastforward games only
  • $5 bonus for cash games (including fastforward)
  • $5 bonus for Sit & Go games

It’s time to be the star in our latest “Movies Mission” and this one’s literally filled to the brim with excitement, drama action and more. A real daredevil high fulled octane inspired car chase of a poker challenge to keep you up all night and on the edge of your seat! Give a star rated performance of your carrier and you’ll be rewarded with three $5 bonuses for our cash games, fastforward tables and Sit Go tourneys.

The Mission has the following objectives:

  1. Win a hand with K-K on a cash games table AND a fastforward table (Best Film – just like King Kong, be the star attraction)
  2. Win a hand with Q-Q on a cash games table AND a fastforward table (Best Actress – the scene-stealing queens)
  3. Win a hand with K-J suited on a cash games table AND a fastforward table (Best Actor – the king among the pretenders)
  4. Win a hand with 7-2 off-suit on a cash games table AND a fastforward table (Best Screenplay – what a story, from zero to hero)
  5. Win a hand with J-5 suited on a cash games table AND a fastforward table (Best Song – another victory? That’s sweet music)
  6. Win a hand with A-K suited on a cash games table AND a fastforward table (Best Special Effects – use that A-K to devastating effect)
  7. Win a hand with a straight using both hole cards on a cash games table AND a fastforward table (Best Support – you need to rely on your supporting cast)
  8. Win a hand with a flush using both hole cards on a cash games table AND a fastforward table (Best Costume – you’ll definitely need your best suit)

You’ve only got until 23:59 ET on 9th March to finish this Mission. Get started by going to your ‘Missions’ section, finding ‘The Movies’ and clicking ‘Start Mission’.

Remember, if you have an active Mission you’ll need to pause it before you can start The Movies Mission.

2014 Fallsview Poker Classic WPT Roars to Record Numbers In Niagara Falls

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Fallsview Casino Resort in beautiful Niagara Falls Ontario joined forces once again with the World Poker Tour to host the 2014 Fallsview Poker  Classic WPT and the results were almost as spectacular as the scenery outside the casino. And inside the casino, there were Royal Flush girls, Vince Van Patten, Tony Dunst (who recently won the World Poker Tour Caribbean Main Event For $145,000), and some killer poker.

Main Event Numbers Smashed!

As the main event got underway on Saturday, the final numbers for the total players for the three events was cause for some celebration in the ballroom of the casino. 1610 players made their way into the three events, smashing the previous record of just over 1200 .

Sold Out!

The first event, an $1100 buy-in, was not unlike a Bruce Springsteen concert in New Jersey: SOLD RIGHT OUT.  That created a great payday for the eventual winner, the red hot Mike ‘GoLeafsGo’ Leah, who took first for $118,982, a home turf win for the Canadian pro.

Smells Like Syrup

Event #2, the $2500 buy-in was also a big field, with 578 players battling for the win. Another pro, Pratyush Buddiga, came out on top, and he received a healthy $243,714 in Canadian dollars. And yes, if you scratch Canadian money it DOES smell like maple syrup. And for Prat, it also smells like victory.

First Prize Looking Pretty Sweet…

The Main Event was the big ticket, though, and 383 players coughed up the $5K buy-in to take a shot at the $363,197 first prize. The field is littered with big names like Mike ‘Timex’ McDonald, Shannon Shorr, Vanessa Selbst, and the already richer Mike Leah. And, as always, a great group of players who qualified on partypoker are in the mix, including players who made their way from poker’s newest hotbed, New Jersey. It certainly was a triumphant return to Niagara for the World Poker Tour, and it looks like it’s going to continue. There were many rumours floating of even bigger things for next year, and talk of even further improvements to an already successful event.

In the vernacular of the famous comedy sketch: “Niagara Falls: Slowly, I turn: Step by step”. Or in the case of the WPT, RE-turn…

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100,000 Reasons Why The partypoker WPT National London Is Going To Be The Best Stop Yet!

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There’s just over a week until the next partypoker WPT National London event kicks off and of course we’re super excited. Running from February 27 through to the final table on March 2 we’re back at the fantastic Aspers Casino Westfield in Stratford City. The best part could be the £100k guarantee making it the largest ever guaranteed poker prizepool at an Aspers Casino. 100 seems to be a popular number around these parts as already 100 unique online partypoker qualifiers have won seats to the event, but don’t worry you still have some time to grab your seat as online qualifiers on partypoker run until Sunday February 23.

A Real Star-Studded Cast

Roll out the red carpet Stratford the A-List of Poker celebs is coming including UK poker superstar Sam Trickett, actor and poker pro Michael Greco and Hendon Mobsters Barny Boatman, Ross Boatman and Joe Beevers. And of course Team partypoker’s Kara Scott will be there too! We caught up with a few of these legends on the felt to get their thoughts:

Barny Boatman: “I think the game will be more open in the earlier flights. It may be harder to get people of draws and mid strength hands. My plan is be solid and selective!”

Joe Beevers: “Having never played an accumulator format before this is a learning curve for me in how to approach the WPTNUK at Aspers next week. I think I’ll just start out trying to play well making good decisions and see how it goes.”

Michael Greco: “I’m not too familiar with the accumulator strategy but I LIKE the idea of an it. It gives you the option to play different flights all with different strategies!”

Accumulator

If you’ve never heard of the Accumulator then you’re in for a real treat. The event is split into three £200 flights giving players the option to buy-in to one, two or all three of the Day 1 flights. And here’s the best part at the end of each flight chips will be bagged and moved forward to Day 2. All chips from each flight are accumulated to give players their total starting stack for Day 2!

The Man With The Plan

Aspers Casino Westfield Stratford City Poker Manager John Scanlon said: “The response from players to the new WPT National Aspers Accumulator events has been great – players have the opportunity to become a WPT National Champion for £200 and take home not only the prestigious WPTN title but over £20,000 in cash. The live satellites step up this weekend with two seats guaranteed every day until Thursday. It is clear to us there will be over 300 players in the field who have qualified for a fraction of the buy-in.”

Hurry Hurry….

As we mentioned you’ve only got until Sunday to secure your seat on partypoker. Short on bucks but big on talent then freeroll into the tournament! Check all the options here: https://www.partypoker.com/whats-going-on/tournaments/wpt-national-uk.html.

3 Very Special Promotions:

But wait there’s more! partypoker players will also have three chances to win $1,000 WPT National packages via:

Second Chance Freeroll

All partypoker players who play WPT National London are invited to a second chance freeroll on partypoker.. The winner takes home a $1,000 package to partypoker WPT National Newcastle (1st May – 4th May), 2nd- 4th a $310 buy-in into a flight at partypoker WPT National Newcastle and 5th-7th a $33 buy-in into the partypoker WPT National Newcastle online satellite.

Last Man Standing

The last partypoker qualifier to be knocked out of the WPT National London will win a $1,000 package to WPT National Newcastle.

Daily Chip Leader

Each daily chip leader of Flight 1A, Flight 1B, Flight 1C, Day 2 and Day 3 of WPT National London will be invited to beat a partypoker pro in an online 6 person Sit & Go.

You might remember that last time around at the WPT National Milton Keynes winner and partypoker qualifier John Gudger took home first prize in the WPT Aspers and won the Last Man Standing Competition, meaning we’ll be seeing him again in London real soon! For John’s story see: http://www.partypoker.com/blog/general/just-facts-catching-catching-cards-john-gudger-winner.html

Coming Up Next…

The three remaining partypoker WPT National UK Tour stops taking place at Aspers Casinos are as follows:

  • Aspers Westfield Stratford City London: February 27- March 2, 2014
  • Aspers Newcastle: May 1 – 4, 2014
  • Aspers Westfield Stratford City London: July 3 – 6, 2014.

3 Reasons Why Kara Scott Thinks This Man Utd Trip Will Be The Best One Yet!

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After a blissful 2 months of working from home and taking care of the million and one things that needed to be done here (hello completed Italian residency paperwork!), I am about to hit the road once again. I can’t lie, it’s been fantastic to get the time to properly settle into my new home in Italy but before cabin fever sets in for good, I’m ready for another challenge! 

#1 I’m Taking on the football’s elite!

Luckily for me, partypoker set me a mission and I chose to accept it. Now, I’m on my way to Manchester to play poker with some of football’s elite!

I’m going to be joining the fortunate players who managed to complete the Manchester United Mission online at partypoker.  They won a weekend of football and poker at Manchester United’s training grounds, where they’ll be able to meet some of football’s big stars, past and present. It won’t be your typical poker day out and it’s definitely not the kind of experience that you can just buy. This particular Mission had some TOUGH objectives, so my hat is off to the people who managed to take it down.

#2 Their drive to win…

The partnership between professional sports and poker has a long-standing and illustrious history. I’ve been lucky enough to interview or interact with quite a few professional athletes from a variety of different arenas and their drive to win, critical thinking and ability to strategise and their desire to be the best all lend themselves perfectly to being great at the game of poker. That’s probably why we see so many athletes playing (and winning!) in their down time.

#3 Familiar faces!

As for me, I can’t wait to get back to Manchester to see some familiar faces, say hello to my old mate Norman Whiteside and welcome some of the players who are taking advantage of the partypoker Missions to get some pretty damn cool life experiences. - Kara Scott

Get Playing Online Poker! 9 Tips From The Pros That Really Work

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“What do I want to do with my life?” I bet you have had that question rattling around in the dusty recesses of your mind for quite sometime right?

Let me guess.

You don’t want a boss because you hate authority, you don’t want to work very hard…because…who does right?

Getting dressed and leaving the home is not so much as a drag, but a complete write off in terms of costs, the thought of attending an interview scares you to death, and you don’t really know too much about anything, and everyone new in the world of business always starts out on the lowest rung on the ladder meaning lots of work for minimal pay.

Does that sound about right?

Well have you ever heard of online poker? Just in time for the return of the legendary Pokerfest, a 15-day series of online poker packed with 67 eventswe present you with 9 tips from 9 different people who had the same question swimming around in their head and found the solution to their troubles on their computer, tablet and mobile phone.

1# Volume

If you want to become great at anything then there needs to be the right blend of dedication, motivation, skill, willingness to learn from your mistakes and sheer volume.

Sam Grafton believes volume is one of the most important concepts any new online poker player should grasp if they want to earn a decent wedge at the table.

“Volume is the key. If you look at all the best players: Phil Galfond, Chris Moorman, Chris Brammer – there was at least one point in their careers where they put in huge volume. Sadly there’s no substitute for hard work.” – Sam Grafton

2# Time Management

If you have ever played Football Manager, Tomb Raider or Resident Evil you will understand the power the video game has over your senses. Normal sensible people are dissolved into agoraphobic crazies as the game consumes their lives for months on end.

Surprisingly, this type of behaviour doesn’t necessarily bode well with those ‘other people’ who are crucial to your life – a point that Paul Zimbler believes is important to note if you want to make online poker an important part of your life.

“You need to play within your means and manage the time you spend playing wisely. It’s all about finding that right blend of work, rest and play.” – Paul Zimbler.

3# Routine

Have you ever heard of the phrase ‘familiarity breeds contempt?’

Well in online poker that phrase has been changed to ‘familiarity breeds cracking online poker players.’

I’m not talking about learning the game in a generic kind of way. Instead, I am talking about moving online poker into your life in a routine sort of way. Turn everyday into a ritual. Tell your brain to expect the expected and slowly but surely you will get into that pokercadian rhythm.

Super High Roller star Philipp Gruissem concurs.

“You need to prepare properly and get into a routine. It doesn’t matter if that routine means eating, sleeping, getting errands done, showering, turning your technological distractions off…whatever you need to get into gear and focus. I always make a bulletproof coffee mix for example.” – Philipp Gruissem.

4# Start Small

Always remember that the giant Oak that pulled the kids out of the window and ate them in Poltergeist started life as a tiny, innocent looking acorn.

Great achievements take time, something that John Eames knows only too well.

“If you are just starting out in the online poker world then play for tinier amounts than you might want to. The little monster in your head will be telling you to play higher, but if you do you will probably lose too much too quickly and give up. So if you deposit $20, don’t immediately play for $20, play for $2 or something similar, and give yourself a chance to gain experience,” – John Eames.

5# The Right Equipment

Everyone knows the importance of making sure your equipment is in good working order, but do you have the right equipment to start out with?

When you start out in the online poker world you probably have no idea that there are technological ways to improve your game. Something that Bodo Sbrzesny thinks is an important point to understand.

“Make sure that you experiment with your equipment until you find something you are comfortable with. Take your screen view for example. I play with a black table background layout and coloured cards for maximum overview. The card backside is bright and this helps me understand how many players are in the hand. I hide all other unimportant stuff like avatars which takes my focus away from the hand.” – Bodo Sbrzesny.

6# Never Play Tired

You will know within yourself that the best levels of performance you have delivered in any area of your life have come when you have been full of energy. It’s admirable to stay awake for 48-hrs at a stretch but not very advisable as Richard Trigg explains.

“You should never play when you are tired and I have learned this the hard way. I find when I am tired I start telling myself off and going on tilt. I also find that at the extreme I start to not care if I win or lose just because I want to go to bed. So stay sharp, prepare and make sure you are full of energy and focused when you play. “ – Richard Trigg.

7# The Right Mindset

The greatest thing about online poker is you can play it whenever you want, but this doesn’t mean that it’s a good idea to use it as a vehicle to blow off some steam after arguing with the dragon.

I will let Mathew Frankland explain…

“You should only play when you’re in a good frame of mind. You should never force yourself to play, and if you get this feeling then switch off and do something else. It’s so difficult to make decent folds when you are slouched down in your chair wishing you were on a desert island somewhere.” – Mathew Frankland.

8# Relax

The online poker-sphere can be an intimidating place for someone who is new to the game. There are so many bells, whistles, lights and colours that you could be forgiven you are at a fairground.

Take a deep breath and relax…

“The first time you play poker online can be intimidating. There are so many buttons to press and more exciting noises than a Vegas Casino! Just relax. Don’t try to play every pot, or bluff every hand. Patience is a virtue, the longer you’re initial deposit lasts you; the more experience you will get. The more experience you get; the higher your win rate. This comes ‘full circle’ enabling you to play more with your money, and hopefully win a bunch of Wonga!” – James Sudworth.

9# Pay Attention

Technology has become such an ingrained part of our life that your good lady can be forgiven for tweeting whilst you are on the nest.

It’s become a part of life to wake up and check your e-mail before kissing those that matter to you.

This can be a disaster for an online poker player as Matt Ashton explains.

“Pay attention. Every bit of information you can take in is very valuable for the learning process. Watching every bet and thinking why each person is doing what they’re doing is great for considering how to play your own hands in future and for getting reads for the present. I think too many players fail to use their downtime between hands to continue learning from others.” – Matt Ashton.

Pokerfest – A Massive Amount Of Tournaments.

So there we have it 9 tips from the pros to help you on your quest to crush our next installment of Pokerfest! And we just know you’re going to love this Pokerfest more than ever, packed with Hold’em, Omaha, bounty tournaments, rebuys, turbos and much, much more plus low low buy-ins all ranging from $5 – or qualifiers from just $1 seriously what’s not to be excited about? Our prize pools are set to go as high as the $300,000 guaranteed Main Event on 16th March so really you won’t want to miss a second of the action. Check the full schedule here.

Alexandre Dreyfus (Director of Global Poker Index & The Hendon Mob ) Talks About Mike Sexton’s Recent Comments

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Yesterday you may recall Mike Sexton clearly let us know his thoughts On Super High Roller Events, Re-buys, & All-time Money Winners in which he mentioned that:

“here’s a news flash – the all-time money winner list has always been bogus.  That’s because they don’t deduct entry fees, re-buys, or acknowledge what percentage a player has of themselves (which there is no way to track).” 

Bogus is a strong word of course and so we thought it only fair to reach out to Alexandre Dreyfus Director of Global Poker Index and The Hendon Mob to hear his thoughts on the whole debate.

My take on the matter by Alexandre Dreyfus

“I really enjoyed reading Mike Sexton’s recent blog post Super High Roller events and how they affect the All-Time Money list. The Hendon Mob (that I own) does keep track of All-Time player earnings, it’s meant to be more for statistical and entertainment purposes. As Mike indicated, those earnings do not include buy-ins, re-buys or how much a player has sold of him/herself in order to enter the event.

That is the reason that I believe that All-Time money lists cannot determine but that I do see ranking systems that are performance-based, like the Global Poker Index as the future in poker in order to determine just who is the world’s best on the live tournament circuit.

The GPI doesn’t take into account the amount of money a player earns in any event, instead focusing on buy-in amounts, total entries and where a player finishes in an event in order to determine just who the best players in the world are. We also have set guidelines to prevent those select few who can afford to play the most expensive tournaments in the world from earning an unfair advantage on the competition … there must be a minimum of 21 participants in order for an event to be eligible for points plus our buy-in factor is capped at $20,000, meaning that players who cash in events with a 50K, 100K or 250K buy-in will only get credit for having collected points in a 20K buy-in event.

I see tournament poker as more of a sport, or at least a skill game/competition, and believe that the Global Poker Index and its scoring system places poker closer to the sports/competition world than looking at All-Time leader boards ever will.”

Now It’s Your Turn

So it the all-time money winner list “bogus”? or should it really only be viewed ”more for statistical and entertainment purposes”? You decide and let us know below.

My Take On Super High Roller Events, Re-buys, & All-time Money Winners by Mike Sexton

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Last I around I was asked for my thoughts on the newer champions of poker. Well now theres been a fair amount of recent discussion on Twitter concerning Super High Roller (SHR) events, re-buys in them, and how the all-time money winner lists are tainted because of them.  (The Twitter talk was about recent $100k buy-in events.)  Here is my take on all that:

It’s Just Simple Economics

First, as long as there is supply and demand, SHR’s will continue.  Second, some players and casino’s love re-buy tourney’s and others don’t.  Re-buy events give certain players (those where money is no object) an edge, makes it more of a reason for big-name players to travel to events (which promoters want), creates larger prize pools, and allows casino’s to ‘guarantee’ prize pools with much more confidence.  But, any time there is a re-buy tournament, the opportunity to win is not equal.  It’s your choice to play or not.  Third, some feel the “all-time money winner” list is tainted because of these SHR’s & re-buys.  They are.  Get over it.  Here’s a news flash – the all-time money winner list has always been bogus.  That’s because they don’t deduct entry fees, re-buys, or acknowledge what percentage a player has of themselves (which there is no way to track).

These ‘career earnings’ of players are bogus

The poker industry (i.e., the WSOP, WPT, EPT, etc.), has always used whatever the player cashes out for as the number that goes on their career earning list.  And TheHendonMob.com (poker’s largest database which I think is a great site) compiles every tournament result for every player using that ‘cash out’ number.  Yes, these ‘career earnings’ of players are bogus, but I love that we have these stat’s on players (number of cashes, final tables made, career earnings, etc) and I’m guessing nearly everyone else does too.

 Simply put they aren’t close to reality

Let’s talk about the bogus part.  Does anyone think the tax returns of the top poker players over the last ten years resembles anything like what their “all-time career earnings” looks like over that time span?  Well, they don’t – nor should they.  They aren’t trying to get one over on Uncle Sam, but their listed career earnings simply aren’t close to reality.  For example, let’s say a player cashes for $400k in tournaments over the course of a year. He might have $200k in entry fees and probably has $50k in travel, hotel, and food expenses.  And he could also have a backer who staked him, meaning he only got 50% of the winnings.  Thus, his real earnings for the year would be $75k.  As you can see, that’s far less than his listed earnings of $400k.

Not even close

Antonio Esfandiari is the “all-time money winner” (tournament results only) in poker history with over $26M.  Does anyone really believe he’s made that much or is the all-time money winner?  Well, he didn’t – and he isn’t.  But, because of the way the industry keeps track of those stats, he is – and he should be!  Daniel Negreanu recently cashed for $550k in a $100k SHR event – but he re-bought four times and was in for $500k.  (You gotta love his persistence.)  I cashed in both ONE DROP tourney’s in 2012 & 2013 (only Antonio and I did that) for over $1.3M but my entry fees were $1.1M.  I had 50% of myself so my ‘earn’ was just over $100k for those two events but my “all-time career earnings” went up $1.3M.  The point is, no one’s actual “career earnings” is what is listed.  And when you factor in cash games, who knows who are the biggest winners in poker history?

Are you kidding me?

I was always amused/confused when I heard people belittling Antonio a little after he won the ONE DROP.  They said, “He didn’t win $18M. He was only playing for 15-20%.”  Are you kidding me?  ’Only’ 15-20%?  That’s $2.7M - $3.6M – which is a HUGE score for any poker player – probably the biggest in their life.  And how about the perks and endorsements Antonio will receive in his lifetime as a result of that ONE DROP win?  They’ll be BIG and well deserved.

I don’t care what percent their playing for

A wise man once said to me, “It’s much more impressive to be able to borrow $1M than it is to have $1M.”  I’ve always loved that statement.  I’m more impressed to see players who can get themselves pieced out and/or staked in SHR’s or the ONE DROP than those who can easily buy-in or even those who finish in the money in them!  Do you know how good you have to be (or for people to believe you’re that good) to get staked in those tourney’s?  I admire players who get staked in any tournament and recommend players to piece themselves out if that’s the only way they can play.  Rather than belittle them for only playing for “x” percent, I admire them for getting in.  I salute anyone who plays in SHR’s or the ONE DROP – and I don’t care what percent their playing for.

Give it 5 to 10 years from now

And FYI, five/ten years from now, there won’t be one player in the top twenty on the ”all-time money list” who doesn’t finish high in at least one WSOP main event, do well in the ONE DROP, or play a lot of SHR events.  Not one.  Deal with it.

What are your thoughts? Let me know below.

partypoker player Weichhart Wins the $200K Guaranteed Sunday, Taking Home $28,362.45

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Weichhart of Waldkraiburg, Germany has warmed up perfectly for the upcoming Pokerfest by taking down the partypoker $200K Guaranteed Sunday tournament for a bankroll-boosting $28,362.45.

1,113 players exchanged $200 for the chance to become a Sunday Majors champion, creating a guarantee-busting $207,018 prize pool, of which $28,362.45 was kept to one side for the eventual champion. We already know weichhart was that champion so let’s discover how he turned his $200 investment into over $28,300.

Partypoker $200K Guaranteed Sunday Final Table Seat Draw (February 16, 2014) Seat Player Chips 1 Criiistiano.R7 1,543,607 2 stee1989 341,248 3 No1Juicyplayer 124,126 4 grigorq77 351,197 5 mubarakhalal 486,570 6 cocicoli 57,812 7 DR.WALTZ 795,163 8 Play2Party 389,586 9 weichhart 1,464,891

cocicoli went into the final table armed with less than four big blinds and looked odds on to be the first player to bust out. That was the case, despite him doubling on Hand #5 of the final table, when No1Juicyplayer min-raised to 30,000 from early position and then called when the short-stacked cocicoli three-bet all-in for 85,536 in total. No1Juicyplayer showed and had cocicoli’s crushed. The boad kept the pocket nines of No1Juicyplayer in front and the final table lost its first player.

A couple of orbits of the table later and Play2Party joined the list of bust outs when stee1989 opened the preflop betting with a raise to 30,000 from early position with and the action folded around to Play2Party in the big blind. He looked down at and his 232,174 stack and decided it was a good spot to three-bet jam all-in, which is what he did. Stee1989 didn’t believe Play2Party’s story and he looked him up. By the river the board read and stee1989’s ace-high was enough to win the pot and bust Play2Party.

While no eliminations happened during the next 30 hands, it was not for a lack of trying! There were all-ins everywhere but the somehow nobody lost their stacks and play remained seven handed. That was until grigorq77 raised twice the big blind to 40,000 from his seat in the cutoff. The button folded, but DR.WALTZ — the Netherlands’ Joris Ruys – moved all-in from the small blind for 497,832. Grigorq77 was covered by 25,000 chips and would be eliminated if he lost the hand. Usually this would be a difficult decision to make, but not when you have staring back at you. A quick click of the call button allowed grigorq77 to see he was facing and was an 80% favourite to double up to almost 1 million chips. The flop was harmless enough, although the turn was as deadly as a King Cobra, well to grigorq77 at least. The on the river was one pip away from saving grigorz77’s bacon and he busted in seventh place for $3,001.76. Hopefully grigorq77 will have better luck in the Pokerfest series that kicks off March 2.

Next to go was stee1989 who was in the big blind with and saw weichhart open to 40,000 from the button and Lukas “Criiistiano.R7” Berglund call from the small blind. Getting almost 6-to-1 on his money, stee1989 called. The trio watched on as the flop came into view. Criiistiano.R7 checked, stee1989 shoved all-in for 188,309 into the 132,000 pot and only weichhart called. Stee1989 had caught a small piece of the flop, but weichhart’s had caught an even larger piece. The turn and river were of no help to stee1989 and he became the sixth place finisher.

In bingo circles the caller often says: “unlucky for some, 13” and that was definitely the case for No1Juicyplayer who crashed out of the $200K guaranteed event 13 hands after stee1989 had lost his stack. Weichhart min-raised under-the-gun to 40,000 with and then called when No1Juicyplayer pushed his entire 196,438 chips across the virtual betting line. He had made this all-in bet with a dominated saw was in a lot worse shape than he would have hoped for. He did pick up a straight draw on the turn of the board, but as you can see the king-queen of weichhart remained the best hand and the tournament found itself down to for players. “Seat Open!”

Four became three with the exit of DR.WALTZ who had lost all but five big blinds when he six-bet shoved with and ran into the of mubarakhalal. DR.WALTZ caught two kings on the flop and looked set to bust mubarakhalal in the most unfortunate of circumstances. That was until the turn card came into view, the to leave Dr.WALTZ drawing to the case king! It failed to arrive and DR.WALTZ was left nursing a decimated stack.

The rest of DR.WALTZ’s stack went into the middle with and weichhart took a gamble with the . It was a gamble that paid off because he flopped two pair and improved to a full house on the river. DR.WALTZ danced out of the tournament area wondering what could have been.

Almost 100 hands were required to see the tournament progress to the heads-up stage, Criiistiano.R7 being thr man who finally busted in third place. His 14 big blind shove from the button with was called by mubarakhalal in the small blind who held the . The five community cards fell to improve mubarakhalal to a flush and leave Criiistiano.R7 with no chips in front of him. Good game, sir.

Mubarakhalal had an extra 1.1 million chips then weichhart in his stack going into the final stages of the tournament, yet weichhart kept his cool and over the next hour of intense one-on-one action, weichhart clawed himself back level and then the following hand occurred.

With the blinds at 40,000/80,000/8,000a, weichhart open-jammed with from the button. By this stage he held almost 4.3m chips to his opponent’s 1.272 million so the effective bet sizes was around 16 big blinds. Mubarakhalal opted to call with his and the community cards started to come into view, first the then the , which was followed onto the table by the . weichhart was only two cards away from victory. The left mubarakhalal needing one of the three remaining aces in the deck…… . Boom! Weichhart’s victory was confirmed as the river completed the board, bringing the tournament to a thrilling end.

Partypoker $200K Guaranteed Sunday Final Table Results (February 16, 2014) Place Player Prize 1 weichhart $28,362.45 2 mubarakhalal $17,078.98 3 Criiistiano.R7 $10,143.88 4 DR.WALTZ $7,659.66 5 No1Juicyplayer $5,485.97 6 stee1989 $4,036.85 7 grigorq77 $3,001.76 8 Play2Party $2,484.21 9 cocicoli $1,987.37

A superb victory for weichhart, one worth over $28,300 and one that gives him plenty of buy-ins for the latest installment of Pokerfest that guarantees over $1 million in prizes across 67 events.

If We Say…You Say…To Win A $200 ticket to an Upcoming $200K Gtd Sunday!

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Every week we’re kind and generous enough to give away a $200 ticket to an upcoming $200K Gtd Sunday! All you need to do is check out the image below, and then head on over to our Facebook page, leave us your best comment on the corresponding post and you could be our next winner! You can find our Facebook page here.

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10 Shortcuts to Turning Pro in Record Time

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We live in an era of instantaneous. On the outside we all look vastly different, but our innards are all screaming “I want it now!” like a purple overblown Veruca Salt. Patience as a virtue is so yesterday. Today we want the whole world in our hands from the moment we take that magical parturition roller coaster ride. This is why people choose to be a professional poker player. 

From the inside out it’s a tough nut to crack, but from the outside in it looks like a veritable paradise. Vast periods of time sitting in your underwear, clicking buttons all day, only permeated by occasional trips to Monte Carlo, Las Vegas and Walsall.

A million here, a million there, Christ there are millions everywhere.

So how is it done? Not be telling lies that’s for sure.

How can you become a professional poker player in the shortest possible time?

1# Win a Big Tournament Early in Your Career

This is the most popular stream of advice that trickled out through the tributaries of the professional poker players Canteen during lunchtime. It’s all about the money honey and what better way to get your bankroll started that to luck box your way to a major title in the first few weeks of play.

“Win a big tournament early in your career,” says Rupert Elder.

“The easiest way to become a pro is to make a big result in a big event,” says Jean Marie Vandeborne.

“Bink a tourney and turn pro like everyone else,” says Morten Mortensen.

“Win a big event. No win a huge event. Then retire.” Says Nicolas Levi – who is making a very bad job of retiring right at this precise time.

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2# Taking Shots Early On

Another solid piece of advice that must be exercised with a tinge of caution involved taking shots early on. This is often the tale told by the grinders who started out in life at the 25nl levels only to find themselves moving all-in for $250,000 just a few short years later.

“Take some shots early on.” Says Elder.

“Don’t be afraid to take a shot at a bigger stake, have a hard set stop loss and be careful with your game selection.” Says Max Silver.

3# Stay Away From Those Table Games

Money is the fuel that will allow your poker machine to keep on trundling along, and so it’s important that you nurture it like you would a newborn baby.

The excitement of earning money through a gambling game often leads to the participation of more gambling games. Suddenly, you think you are invincible at anything from Three-Card Brag, Credit Card Roulette and Craps.

How many players started out in life being eliminated on Day 1A of a £1k event and then put £1k on red in a bid to win back the buy-in?

“Keep away from those damn table games any time you get a result. No one is ever satisfied unless they take 1st place so they chase the balance in prize money on the roulette and baccarat!” Says Sam Razavi.

4# Choose Your Profile Carefully

We live in the age of Social Media. Not bad if you want to spend a few voyeuristic hours trawling through the photographs of a beautiful friend you hardly know, but not so great if you want to keep your private life a secret.

If you want to make it as a pro player you are going to have to get used to finding people willing to stake you. This means your name, image and profile needs to be absolute mustard as Richard Trigg understands all too well.

“Cut off your tracking site information and tell everyone you crush the game so you can get staked.” Says Richard Trigg

Advise that Gus Hansen would do well to heed.

When you are playing live poker it’s also important that you look the part, as demonstrated by Leon Louis when he says, “Purchase an expensive pair of Bose or Beats by Dre headphones, cultured Parisian looking scarf accompanied with 2 weeks of beard growth.”

5# Stop Dreaming and Start Living

We are all flesh and bone.

The only thing that separates the men from the boys – and girls from the women – is our belief system and the choices that we make thereafter.

Take some advice from Walter Mitty and stop dreaming and start living. If you are going to be a professional poker player then you are going to have to learn to take some risks.

So what are you waiting for?

“Just quit your job and declare yourself a pro,” Says Elder.

“Quitting your job and playing poker does the job…not that I would recommend it though.” Says Morten Mortensen.

Whoops…too late Morten.

“You just have to start doing something and make things happen,” says Andrew Seidman, “As a poker coach I can only show my students the door…they have to walk through it. If you want to be a professional poker player you have to walk through that door.”

6# Work Harder Than Everyone Else

Poker is no different to anything else that you want to excel at in life. If you want to be the best at anything you either have to get very lucky, or work harder than your competition.

Given that poker rewards luck in the short term, and skill over the long term, it’s always advisable to work hard on those levels of skill and not rely on the bouts of luck that inevitably pass your doorway.

“My advice would be to play until your mouse bleeds. The more hours you play the better you get, and more likely you are to make it as a pro.” Says Rhys Jones.

7# Coaching

If we want to get anywhere quicker than the next person, then the best approach is to seek out someone who has a map and borrow it.

Watching the very best players in the game talk you through their decision making process is golden, and this is why you should invest heavily in online coaching when you first get into the game.

“Watch videos, tutorials and even get private lessons. Then spend more time analyzing your game than playing. Until you get into the swing of things I would suggest splitting your time 75% analytically and 25% playing.” Says Mathew Frankland.

“Watching tutorial videos are a great way to progress,” says Louis.

8# Befriend the Very Best

Staying with the mentor/training theme, one of the quickest ways to get to the top is to become personal friends with the people currently wearing the crowns, garlands and bathing in milk.

If you are fortunate enough to get into the inner sanctum then your route to the top will come quicker than poppadoms and a chutney tray at an Indian restaurant.

“Befriend some successful pros; they’ve been there before you and have all the best stories,” Says Kara Scott.

But how exactly do you befriend them? Leon Louis believes he has it licked.

“During random poker conversations with them just insert terms such as EV/Fold equity/ICM and the Nash Equilibrium. You won’t have to know what you’re talking about but to them you’ll look like a genius.”

9# Slow Down You Move to Fast

Simon & Garfunkel could have been referring to professional poker players when they sang “Slow down you move too fast, you gotta make the morning last. Just kicking down the cobble stones…looking for fun and feeling groovy.”

Sometimes the best approach to getting anywhere quick is to take your time. A principle that Paul Jackson concurs with.

“If you are playing cash games then don’t try to too much too fast, and if you are playing MTT’s don’t use the phrase “i was playing to win” to justify a bad action.”

10# Make Every Decision One Based on EV

Gut feeling gets you into trouble. Instead, you need to learn to base your decisions on the theory of Expected Value (EV). I would love to explain what that means, but this is why I write and don’t play, but Leon Louis once again hits the nail on the head.

“Look at every decision in your life from an ”EV perspective”, anything ranging from optimal tinder strategy to which brand of butter you purchase.”

What’s your best advice? Let us know in the comments below.

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partypoker Big Game Season 7 – North Cyprus Episode 4 of 4

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With a juicy line up including Sam Trickett, Roger Hairabedian and Jungleman the second stop of the Big Game Season 7 concludes at the Merit Crystal Cove Hotel and Casino in North Cyprus in the world’s most famous cash game. Watch as literally world’s largest high rollers battle it out on the poker felt for over 12 hours of non-stop play. Here in its entirety is part 4 of 4 to enjoy:

Missed Part 3? It’s right here: PartyPoker Big Game Season 7 – North Cyprus Episode 3 of 4

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P0L4R1C3 Caps Off A Memorable Sunday By Winning the partypoker $200K Guaranteed

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Sweden’s P0L4R1C3 may have a freezing cold screen name but his play was red hot at the partypoker felt on Sunday as he navigated his way to a memorable victory in the $200K Guaranteed tournament, netting himself a cool $26,830.89 in the process.

1,159 players bought into this week’s tournament, creating a guarantee-busting prize pool of $215,574. Due to the superb structure and massive crowd of players competing in the Sunday Major, the final table was not reached until 04:20am GMT, but with so much prize money on offer it is unlikely that any of the nine finalists were feeling sleepy.

partypoker $200K Guaranteed Sunday Final Table Seat Draw (09/02/2014) Seat Player Chips 1 CHIPMONSTR94 370,143 2 P0L4R1C3 813,507 3 OMGWillYoung 432,871 4 jekpro 976,433 5 LARRY33BIRD 722,777 6 DALEX54 238,884 7 Jokerstarsdegen 622,230 8 pizzaluigi 942,855 9 bassysaffari 664,500

The first elimination of the final table was CHIPMONSTR94 who lost two big hands in quick success to bust out. First, his pocket aces fell victim to the turned set of sevens of Jokerstarsdegen to leave him with slightly more than four big blinds, and then he pushed his now-micro stack into the middle with from under the gun and pizzaluigi called from the small blind with the superior . The five community cards ran out void of any sixes and CHIPMONSTR94 crashed out in ninth place.

Some 40 hands played out without an elimination; something had to give eventually. And it did when jekpro min-raised to 40,000 from middle position and saw Jokerstarsdegen three-bet to 84,975 from the button. Both blinds folded, leaving jekpro to consider all of his options. He decided that the best way to play his was to four-bet all-in for 390,658 in total and getting around 1.7:1 on his money, Jokerstarsdegen had a relatively easy call to make with his . Once again, a poker player’s tournament life hung in the balance, a flip of a coin deciding whether he would bust or progress. Sadly for jekpro, it was the former because Jokerstarsdegen paired his ace on the flop and then avoided a nine on the turn and river to climb past the 1 million chip mark and send jekpro to bed earlier than he would have liked.

Ace-queen would be the winning hand in another key pot shortly after jekrpo’s demise when British pro Sebastian “bassysaffari” Saffari min-raised to 50,000 from under the gun and P0L4R1C3 – who now had 1.5 million chips at his disposal – three-bet to 106,985 with his . Bassysaffari jammed in the rest of his 586,236 stack with and P0L4R1C3 put in the calling chips. Unlike in the previous hand, there was no queen on the flop, instead the on the turn was the undoing of bassysaffari. The six remaining players no doubt breathed a sigh of relief when they saw the talented Brit busting out.

Another 30 hands played out and P0L4R1C3 continued to chip up and he found himself with 2.6 million chips in front of him, twice that of his nearest rival. He then put even more distance between himself and the chasing pack when he opened to 60,000 from middle position and then called when OMGWillYoung moved all-in for 182,959 in total from the next seat along. P0L4R1C3 was in good shape, his dominating the of his at-risk opponent and his situation improved further as the board improved P0L4R1C3 to an unnecessary straight and OMGWillYoung was OMGBusted.

A battle of the blinds 11 hands later claimed the tournament life of pizzaluigi. Jokerstarsdegen opened to 60,000 from the small blind with and pizzaluigi responded with an all-in bet of 675,474 with . There was no way that Jokerstarsdegen was ever folding a hand as strong as ace-king and he indeed called. Neither player paired either of their holecards, but Jokerstarsdegen did improve to a king-high flush when the board ran out with four diamonds on display; the tournament was down to four players.

Four became three some 45 hands later, 45 action packed hands may I add. 45 action packed hands that saw numerous hands go to showdown and P0L4R1C3 continue to climb. A raise to 80,000 from LARRY33BIRD on the button was greeted with a call from Jokerstarsdegen in the big blind. Jokerstarsdgen checked the flop, LARRY33BIRD tested the waters with a 58,050 bet only to see Jokerstarsdegen check-raise to 145,975. LARRY33BIRD called. The turn brough the into play and now Jokerstarsdegen led with an all-in bet of 529,537. LARRY33BIRD did not believe his opponent’s story and he made the call. Jokerstarsdegen had a piece of the board having paired one half of his but it was no match for the in the hand of LARRY33BIRD. Game over for Jokerstarsdegen.

Three handed play was shortlived due to DALEX54 nursing a short stack. He did manage to double once but when LARRY33BIRD slam dunked his stack from the small blind with , DALEX54 called off his 11.5 big blind stack with . Ace-high remained the best hand on the flop, then fell behind on the turn. The river completed the hand and sent the tournament into the heads-up stages, LARRY33BIRD trailing P0L4R1C3 by 3,998,582 chips to 1,796,418.

Heads-up only last three-hands because on the final hand P0L4R1C3 asked his sole opponent if he wanted to look at a potential deal, just as you might have done if you were still grinding at 06:18am GMT! The pair agreed to a deal that saw P0L4R1C3 walk away with $26,830.89 in prize money and LARRY33BIRD secure a $20,488.67 payday.

partypoker $200K Guaranteed Sunday Final Table Results (09/02/2014) Place Player Prize 1 P0L41C3 $26,830.89* 2 LARRY33BIRD $20,488.67* 3 DALEX54 $10,563.12 4 Jokerstarsdegen $7,976.23 5 pizzaluigi $5,712.71 6 OMGWillYoung $4,203.69 7 bassysaffari $3,125.82 8 jekpro $2,586.88 9 CHIPMONSTR94 $2,069.51

*reflects a heads-up deal

Congratulations to the nine finalists and to everyone who made it into the money places this week. Don’t forget, there are plenty of satellite tournaments to the $200K Guaranteed Sunday running throughout the week so why not try and win your way to our flagship online event and you never know, it could be you who we are writing about next week!

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Love A $5 fastforward bonus? It’s Easy With Our New Valentine’s’ Mission!

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Love huh? Yeah for sure we could quote some sappy stuff from a greeting card but the truth is we’re all looking for it. And with our new Valentine’s Mission you go hunt it down and claim your stake and the extra good news is there’s a $5 fastforward  bonus waiting for you, not that you can put a price on happiness we know.

The important stuff

When? 10th – 16th February

How do I take part? Go to your ‘Missions’ section, select ‘Valentine’s’ Mission, then click ‘Start Mission’.

If you already have an active Mission, you will have to pause that one first

What can I win? A $5 fastforward bonus

So go on and complete our brand new Valentine’s Mission and we’ll pony up $5 bonus that you can play on fastforward poker. If you’ve never played it we know you’re going love it.

The Mission has 4 objectives:
  1. Win a hand with the queen of hearts. You see that’s the  most romantic card in the deck
  2. Win a hand with 6-9. Favorite number anyone?
  3. Win a hand with A-5 of hearts.
  4. Play 99 fastforward hands. Like speed dating for poker players

Ohh but you’d better hurry you see as all bets are off come the 16th February (23:59 ET). To get started all you need to do is head on over to youryour ‘Missions’ section and selecting the Valentine’s Mission. Don’t forget if you have an active Mission you’ll need to pause it before you can start this one.

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What’s Got 15 Days, 67 Events And More Than $1 Million In Guarantee? The partypoker PokerFest!

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It’s back, bigger and better than ever before! Yes that’s right Pokerfest is back once again and this time around we’re giving you the chance to turn $1 into your share of more than $1 million!

Running from the 2nd-16th March, 2014 Pokerfest is a 15-day online poker series packed with 67 events!  And with more than $1 million in guaranteed prize pools this could be your chance to shine. Ohh did we mention 67 chances to win big you’ve really got plenty of chances so make them count!

The important stuff

When? 2nd-16th March, 2014

How do I get in? Buy-in direct or qualify from as little as $1

What can I win? A cut of more than $1 million guaranteed across 67 tournaments

A Massive Amount Of Tournaments.

You’re going to love this Pokerfest more than ever, packed with Hold’em, Omaha, bounty tournaments, rebuys, turbos and much, much more plus low low buy-ins all ranging from $5 – or qualifiers from just $1 seriously what’s not to be excited about? Our prize pools are set to go as high as the $300,000 guaranteed Main Event on 16th March so really you won’t want to miss a second of the action. Check the schedule here.

Mega Satellite for the Main Event

Qualify for the $300,000 Main Event for just $5! This Mega Satellite takes place on 16th March awarding 200 seats to Pokerfest’s grand finale. Check the schedule here.

And No matter What Size Your Bankroll Is…

We kick start the fun on Sunday 2nd March with seven tournaments in various formats. Then on Monday the 3rd of March keep your eyes open for our “$10,000 Double Chance” event it should be a lot of fun. From there on in you’d better hold on to your hat as this train ain’t stopping till the 16th of March which is when we showcase our $300,000 guaranteed Main Event (event 64).

How Low Can You Go?

You’ll have plenty of opportunity to shine as we’ll be running at least three events every day all with some massive prizes for a tiny outlay. And despite the low buy-ins, you’ll be happy to know that partypoker is hosting a ton of satellites and qualifiers all around the clock which feed into the bigger buy-in events. Qualifiers have already started so check the lobby for more information.

Mad Mad Marvin…

Last time around Team partypoker pro Marvin Rettenmaier was so excited for Pokerfest we’re pretty sure he can’t wait till March: “As someone who also plays a lot of live tournaments I love the idea…as it gives me more opportunity to play. I’m looking forward to this one!”

Take On A Poker Mission Or All 3 Of Them!

Now turning into quite the tradition with our Pokerfest’s are again our three special Pokerfest-related missions to complete during the series, adding an extra level of fun to proceedings!

We simply cannot wait and March 2nd had better hurry along! Once again we hope to see you all at the final table, good luck!

It’s Time For Some Saturday Majors!

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Did we mention you no longer need to wait till Sunday to play in our Majors? No we didn’t? We’re pretty sure we mentioned that, or was it the Omaha Majors, The Bounty Majors and The Daily Majors we talked about before, seem’s like there a lot going on with the brand new partypoker right?

Anyhow Saturday. No longer a day of lazy mornings, nope now it’s time to get up and literally discover an exciting mix of tournaments every Saturday. You see we’ve got a mix of Omaha, Hyper Turbos, 6 Max and so much more. Plus with buy-ins from $1 to $200 and loads of guaranteed prize pools you’re gonna love Saturdays. We know we do. Here’s how Saturdays are shaping up to look:

The brand new partypoker Sunday tournament schedule!

The all new partypoker has introduced a new Sunday tournament schedule. The key changes are the addition of an action-packed fun $10K Super Bounty and a wide range of new low buy-in tournaments featuring the best of the old but also new speed, rebuy, add-on and PLO tournaments – a great Sunday mix if you want to win top prizes and have fun playing tournament poker.

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Poker Thoughts Of The Week….

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As we head into the promised land known as the “weekend” we thought we’d take the chance and pass on some words on poker wisdom.

They’re just a couple of words but they could save or even make you a ton of money. This week they come from none other than Canadian pro poker player Gavin Smith. Let us know if you agree or think otherwise, what’s your experience been like?

The brand new partypoker Sunday tournament schedule!

The all new partypoker has introduced a new Sunday tournament schedule. The key changes are the addition of an action-packed fun $10K Super Bounty and a wide range of new low buy-in tournaments featuring the best of the old but also new speed, rebuy, add-on and PLO tournaments – a great Sunday mix if you want to win top prizes and have fun playing tournament poker.

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Let The Games Begin! And Grab A $10 Tournament Ticket For Taking Part!

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If you like your lycra tight and bright then we could have just the mission for you. But be warned you’re going to need to pull off more tricks than Shaun White to complete this one! Yes that’s right in time for the wintersports event of the century here’s our unique take on it all with our very own Snow Games Mission!

The Important Stuff

When? Friday 7th February – 23rd February

How do I take part? Go to your ‘Missions’ section, select ‘Snow Games Mission’ then click ‘Start Mission’.

If you already have an active Mission, you will have to pause that one first

What can I win? A $10 Tournament Ticket

Just finish the 5 objectives and we’ll give you a free $10 Tournament Ticket!

The Mission has 5 objectives:
    1. Win a multi-table tournament or Sit & Go (go for gold!)
    2. Play 88 hands of fastforward (a certain British ski jumper shot to fame in 1988 for coming last)
    3. Play 6 multi-table tournaments (skate through the Bolero like the pride of Nottingham and score the perfect 6.0)
    4. Win a hand with 7-2 suited (just like in Cool Runnings, be the underdog and win respect)
    5. Knock a player out of a Sit & Go (get some inspiration from ice hockey and deliver a knockout blow)

But you better get your skates on as you’ve only got until the 23rd of February to complete this Mission. All you need to do to take part is head to your ‘Missions’ section, select the Game Day Mission and click ‘Start Mission’.

The brand new partypoker Sunday tournament schedule!

The all new partypoker has introduced a new Sunday tournament schedule. The key changes are the addition of an action-packed fun $10K Super Bounty and a wide range of new low buy-in tournaments featuring the best of the old but also new speed, rebuy, add-on and PLO tournaments – a great Sunday mix if you want to win top prizes and have fun playing tournament poker.

Keep up to date with the all new partypoker!

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Mike Sexton: My Response To Joe Hachem Is This…

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By now you’ve probably heard what the 2005 World Series of Poker main event Champion Joe Hachem has had to say about the newer champions of poker. In a recent video filmed by the Bluff team at the 2014 Aussie Millions he claims that in his opinion “Gold And Yang destroyed the world champ legacy”

Those are some strong words right? He even goes on to make a lot more points about the state of the game today, so if you’ve not had the chance to watch it then do so now:

Mike Sexton: My Take On The Matter:

“I would agree with Joe Hachem that the World Champion should (or wish they would) be an ambassador for poker, but like he says, “You can’t make them do it. They have to want to do it.”

“I said for years that poker never really grew because the vast majority of past World Champions – just never gave back or promoted the game. They took the money and preferred to stay quiet – which was their right – but it didn’t help promote the game.

Joe said the last five champions (all pretty quiet & reserved) were under 25, so time will tell. But so far, it seems like they prefer to stay out if the limelight.

What we really need is for a bright, nice-looking, young woman to win the main event at the WSOP.  When that happens, poker will explode like you won’t believe possible.” ~Mike Sexton

Now it’s your turn

So do you agree with Mike and what’s your thoughts on the whole matter? Let us know in the comments below.

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