3: Barrels of a PokerStars flavour including a new partnership with Genting Casinos UK, Daniel Negreanu sells 5% of his Super High Roller Bowl action to the luckiest person in the world, and a quick nosey of the latest action at the Spring Championship of Online Poker.
When I was a kid growing up in Manchester, England, the hardest kid in school was called The Cock. Later, when I moved to Ogmore Valley, Wales, you were called The Cock for an entirely different reason.
The Cock didn’t have many friends, usually two sidekicks – no more. And when you carry the moniker of the largest online poker room in the world I imagine the same rings true.
But to their credit, PokerStars are starting to make friends in the playground. A few weeks back they partnered with The World Poker Tour (WPT) in a bid to increase attendances at their PokerStars Championships in Europe, and today they announced a partnership with Genting Casinos UK.
The deal sees online satellites for Genting Poker Series (GPS) events allotted to the PokerStars lobby. In return, the GPS will intertwine four PokerStars MEGASTACK live events with their existing GPS Mini & Main Event festivals/
It’s good news for the travelling UK grinders who don’t have to add the costs of another tour stop into their schedule. PokerStars Team Pro, Jake Cody, has already indicated his intention to support the events.
And this cock might also pay a visit or two.
The final destinations of the £170 buy-in MEGASTACK events are still a secret, but you can perm any four from the following:
Genting Casino Luton – 13 July
Resorts World Birmingham – 20 July
Genting Casino Stoke – 17 August
Genting Casino Liverpool Queen Square – 30 August
Genting Casino Fountain Park – 28 September
Genting Casino Sheffield – 12 October
Genting Casino Torquay – 26 October
Genting Casino Westcliff – 16 November
Genting Casino Newcastle – 16 November
In April, PokerStars announced plans to take their MEGASTACK tour on a trip around Europe with appearances planned in France, Belgium, and Malta.
Daniel Negreanu Selling 5% of his Super High Roller Bowl Action to One Lucky Punter
Do you feel lucky?
Well, do you punk?
Daniel Negreanu is one of those fortunate souls to afford 100% of his own action. So it was a surprise when he went on Twitter this week to announce plans to sell 5% of his action in the $300,000 buy-in Super High Roller Bowl (SHRB) at no markup.
However, he saved the best surprise for last.
The person fortunate to purchase the punt at $15,000 has to prove to Negreanu that he or she is the luckiest person alive.
Selling 5% of my action in #SHRB to the luckiest person who reaches out to me. No markup, you just need to explain to me why you are lucky.
— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) May 15, 2017
Antonio Esfandiari wants a piece of the action:
@RealKidPoker I have been running good for 20+ years. I also have your direct cell number.Need I say more?If u find someone luckier than me I need to know
— Antonio Esfandiari (@MagicAntonio) May 15, 2017
But the winner has to be Matt Salsberg:
— SeñorFish (@msalsberg) May 15, 2017
Negreanu made his pledge a mere days after John Juanda auctioned off 1% of his SHRB action to James Vogl and raised $4,000 for Raising for Effective Giving (REG).
Mini SCOOP Round Up
The Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) is currently rampaging throughout the virtual world and here are some of the biggest winners this week.
Unibet’s Tournament Director, Kenny “SpaceFCB” Hallaert topped a field of 789 entrants in SCOOP-29-H ($1,050 NLHE 8-Max) to take home the first prize of $147,937.50. Patrick Leonard took fourth and Anton Wigg seventh.
Adrian “Amadi_017” Mateos continued his incredible year with victory in SCOOP-30-H ($2,100 NLHE 6-Max). The Spaniard won $234,030.07 after chopping with Luuk “pokerkluka” Gieles. Anthony Gregg finished fifth.
Eric “thechips55” Wasserson took down SCOOP-32-H ($1,050 PLO 6-Max Progressive KO) for $36,393.40+$14,190.41 in bounties after a three-way deal. Justin “ZeeJustin” Bonomo won SCOOP-25-H ($2,100 8-Game) for $95,680. And Ben “Sauce123” Sulsky beat out 16 entrants in SCOOP-26-H ($25,000 Heads-Up, High Roller) to take the $180,000 first prize.
And on the near miss front, James “Andy McLEOD” Obst nearly won his fifth SCOOP title when he posted a second and a fifth place finish, and Richard “CHUFTY” Ashby made three final tables finishing fifth twice, and fourth.