3 Barrels of a PokerStars flavour including an appearance at the PokerStars Live Dealer tables from Suk Mike Hok, the chance to have your name branded on a PokerStars tournament, and Stian Knutsen wins the United Kingdom & Ireland Poker Tour Super Series 6.
When I was 21, I moved to Eastleigh, Hampshire for my first supervisory position on the railway. I was responsible for the issuance of daily orders for train drivers, and one of them was called Mike Hunt.
“It’s a funny name innit,” my colleague said when I first met him.
I eventually got it.
It was straight out of the Bart Simpson I.P.Freely playbook, and it seems the influence of mothers in Eastleigh and Simpsons creator Matt Groening has made its way to the PokerStars casino tables.
Two months after a Russian poker player called Solid Penis made the headlines winning a €250,000 Spin & Go live on Twitch, a young man by the name of Suk Mike Hok is playing havoc at the live dealer’s tables at the PokerStars casino.
According to press reports, the man with the fellatio inspired pseudonym plays poker, blackjack and roulette.
A new trend is coming, I can feel it.
“Lex Veldhuis Open” a Big Hit
I think Suk Mike Hok’s talents are wasted on Live Dealer Casino games. I want to see him playing in the Monday night $11 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em event with the $5,000 guarantee.
A few weeks ago, PokerStars Team Pro, Lex Veldhuis, had a $22 buy-in Pot-Limit Omaha (PLO) event named in his honour after making the final table three times in a week while streaming live on Twitch.
The Lex Veldhuis Open was born.
The cogs of the blue sky thinkers starting whirring and a new promotion emerged. PokerStars offered to rename the event in anyone else’s honour as long as they could make the final table three times just like Veldhuis did. It was a resounding success with a 73% increase in participation.
If it can work in PLO then why not NLHE?
The $11 buy-in $5k Guaranteed event I was talking about drags in 500+ runners a week. Taking this into consideration, PokerStars have issued a challenge to people to try and make the final table twice in a week. If they do, then the event, currently called The Open, will be named after the winner.
The Suk Mike Hok Open?
Stian Knutsen Wins the UKIPT6 Super Series
The United Kingdom Poker Tour (UKIPT) has done a Pontius Pilate with London.
The £550 buy-in UKIPT6 Series took place at the Hippodrome. The event attracted 335 entrants, and there were 118 rebuys. It will be the final time the UKIPT will feature in the capital.
The £42,500 first prize went to the Norwegian Stian Knutsen after beating Dara O’Kearney in heads-up action. You may remember it was O’Kearney who recently penned a blog post talking about how crap the European Poker Tour (EPT) was.
The tour will now head to Birmingham Oct 5-9. It’s the first and last time the event will visit the second largest city in England. The UKIPT will retire after that event as the new PokerStars Championships and Festivals roll out across the globe.
Final Table Results
1. Stian Knutsen – £42,500
2. Dara O’Kearney – £26,800
3. Chris Da-Silva – £19,250
4. Valdir Cordeiro Dos Santos – £15,300
5. Adam Maxwell – £12,000
6. Albert Sapiano – £9,400
7. Alexander Fradlin – £7,055
8. Henry Bibby – £5,000
The pros were out in force for this one. Two-time World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet winner, Matt Perrins, finished 12th, Online Wizard Billy Chattaway cashed in 41st, and Triple Crown winner Jake Cody finished 42nd.