Spring is springing and this week, not unlike most, there has been a lot of poker action on the felt and a lot of letdowns.
Australia’s online poker scene is down but not out in the war to continue to play online. In that same vein, other players took advantage of that privilege.
The Winner’s Circle
Cate Hall asks, “Who’s next?” after beating Mike Dentale in a heads-up grudge match.
Tom Dwan made a rare appearance in a live poker tournament this weekend. It proved profitable when he was runner-up to Mikita Badziakouski in the 2017 Macau Billionaire Poker (MBP) Spring Challenge at the Babylon Casino. Badziakouski took home a figure near US$420,000.
Some big names scooped large cash sums in this weekend’s online Sunday majors, with five players chopping the Sunday Million, getting between $66,000 and $114,002.
High roller regs Steve O’Dwyer and Sam Greenwood made a deal in the PokerStars Championship Panama $10K, with the former wrapping things up for the trophy.
The inaugural PokerStars Championship Panama is on the books and Kenneth Smaron came out on top, banking $293,860.
Polish online qualifier, Mateusz Krzyzewski, turned €25 into a £14,090 payday at Unibet UK Poker Tour Brighton.
The Game Changers
The Game Changers
Australian federal parliament banned online poker Tuesday after the Senate passed an amendment bill to close “loopholes,” moving from tightening up laws around online gambling to outright removal.
This week in Canada, Kevin Martin got a spray tan for Big Brother Canada, Sorel Mizzi was the only Canadian to cash in the WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star Championship and more!
Even though gambling was outlawed in L.A., poker players still found a way – and continue to do so today at casinos in Los Angeles, California. Here’s a brief history of poker in Los Angeles.
The total prize pool payouts exceeded $1,950,000 at the 2017 Merit Poker Series Western 3.
Ben Tollerene is closing in on $1 million in live tournament cashes in 2017. He takes this week’s Performance of the Week.
“Sometimes nothing can be a real cool hand” isn’t the only famous poker quote linked to Paul Newman. This week in Poker & Pop Culture.
If it isn’t on social, it didn’t happen. Here’s the tracking from the Cate Hall-Mike Dentale match.
Poker might drop on the priority list for Amaya this year, evident by a rise in shares and a signaled diversification toward casino games and sports betting.
The 2017 GUKPT Edinburgh Main Event costs £550 to enter and boasts a £100,000 guaranteed prize pool.
More than $7.5 million in guaranteed prize pools at Planet Hollywood in Vegas this summer.
James Salmon discusses his big call of an Igor Yaroshevskyy bluff at PokerStars Championship Panama.
Many players moved up after PokerStars Championship Panama, but Bryn Kenney remains the 2017 GPI Player of the Year leader.
partypoker takes its Grand Prix Tour to Austria with a €500,000 guaranteed tournament.
2017 kicked off with a mid-stakes bang at PokerStars Festival London. Here’s the highlight reel of the action.
partypoker ambassadors Natalia Breviglieri and Jan-Peter Jachtmann are among those playing in Sochi for the partypoker Million Sochi.
They’re on a boat! Bill Perkins and poker streamers – Jaime Staples, Jeff Gross and Matt Staples – go to the Virgin Islands on a yacht to stream (affectionately named the #StreamBoat) with three others, Christopher George, Ryan Forbes and Lara Sebastian.
Trying to avoid the craziness of the Vegas Strip? The Grand Poker Series features 57 events this summer.
It’s too early to give up the fight for online poker in Australia, and these Australians aren’t giving up.
Another edition of WPT500 is coming up in a new venue in California with a $1 million guarantee.
The Cash Game Festival heads back to where it all began in Tallinn, Estonia.
Inside Gaming: Caesar’s said Harrah’s New Orleans lost a large amount of revenue from the smoking ban and a Trump associate wants to build a casino in Vegas.
Timofey “Trueteller” Kuznetsov has overtaken “RaúlGonzalez” as this year’s biggest winner online.Some call it the best poker room in Las Vegas. Here’s the full schedule for the ARIA Poker Classic.
Take Matters Into Your Own Hands
Jason Wheeler discusses a hand in which he admits he might have made an incorrect decision or three.
The Wild Wild West may be the only place you can collect free spins for real money bets at BGO. Try it out and get 20 no deposit free spins.
Freerolls run at least four times a day at PKR Poker. Take advantage of that with more free money opportunities.
An awareness of the importance of position includes knowing which hands to miss in a cash game.
Jonathan Little analyzes a multi-way hand that starts well for him, but the board gets messy.
888poker is basically giving you a $20 bill.
The Rio isn’t the only place to find great poker games during the summer in Las Vegas.
Don’t let the freedom online poker can afford tempt you into playing while less than prepared.
Learn how you could be playing for a share of $1,888 for free.
Until March 26, RedKings is reducing the buy-ins of dozens of popular tournaments by more than 40 percent.
$200,000 to the winner of the partypoker Million Sochi. You might as well take your shot.
Don’t approach auto-raising limpers with the same, uncritical approach many take when they limp.
These side events at the partypoker Millions Sochi leave you wanting more.
It’s important to take advantage and get value when you’re strong and know opponents aren’t folding.
Global Poker is basically gifting you these freerolls.
Dan O’Brien answers random questions with Sarah Herring and Matthew Parvis, like “Have you used Tinder?”
Throwback: Have a look at Sarah Herring’s reaction before, during and after she makes a jump from the highest bungee in the world.
These are the traits consistent with truly GREAT poker players, courtesy of Tommy Angelo on the PokerNews Podcast.
PN Blogging Excerpts
“Exactly 3,217 kilometers from Vegas, here was a guy who had shared the highlight of my summer. It had taken me over an hour to realize he was sitting next to me. I just can’t make this shit up.”