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Locations Announced for New PokerStars Championships

On December 19, the European Poker Tour will close the doors on their stop in Prague, the Czech Republic, and with the end of the event will come the end of an era. Amaya Gaming, the owners of the EPT, have decided to end one of the most successful tournament tours in the existence of poker to “start fresh” with something new. Beginning in 2017 the “PokerStars Championships” will take place, with Amaya recently announcing the inaugural stops on that schedule. The new PokerStars Championships will begin with the most likely candidate to roll over from the EPT, the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. Now called the PokerStars Championship Bahamas, the tournament schedule will be played from January 6-14 at the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas and feature 92 tournaments crammed into the proceedings. The Main Event (January 8-14, $ 5000 buy in), and the High Roller (January 12-14, $ 25,000) and

Editorial: Are Online Poker Sites Looking To “Kill” The Regulars?

The online poker industry has reached a point, a crossroads if you will, and there is a decision to be made. Should the online poker rooms continue to cater to those who occupy many of their tables, grinding out a nominal win rate and build enough specialty points to earn treats from those said rooms? Or should the online poker rooms look to advance into the fast-paced 21st century, where people are looking for their quick fix in between classes or meetings and don’t have time to sit back and wait for the freebies? Of late, the opinion is that the online poker sites are looking to “kill” the regulars in favor of the casual players. Way back in the Mesozoic Era of online poker – you know, about 12-15 years ago – the world was a much different place. Prior to 2003, online poker rooms were looking to get

Niall Farrell Emerges as Champion of 2016 partypoker WPT Caribbean

In what was a relatively quick final table, Scotland’s Niall Farrell emerged as the champion of the 2016 partypoker World Poker Tour Caribbean stop in Punta Cana on Wednesday night, defeating Troy Quenneville in heads up play. It wasn’t your typical “final day” of action on the WPT as 11 players remained at the start of action on Wednesday. Looking to earn his second WPT title, Keven Stammen was in the lead at the crack of the gun, his 1.764 million chips lording impressively over Quenneville (1.36 million) and Anthony Augustino. Farrell (1.3 million) was in control of the second table, but just barely over Colin Moffatt (1.249 million). The first task at hand was getting to the official WPT six-handed final table, which the combatants attacked with glee. Farrell was lucky from the start of the day, getting away with only losing a couple hundred thousand chips when Moffatt’s

2016 WPT Caribbean Down to Ten Players

The field of the 2016 World Poker Tour (WPT) Caribbean Main Event was pared from 75 to just 10 on Tuesday as the remaining players are on the brink of the televised final table heading into Day 4. Keven Stammen is the chip leader with 1.764 million chips. From the looks of the chip counts, it should be a very competitive final day. Behind Stammen is Day 2 chip leader Troy Quenneville with 1.360 million chips, Niall Farrell with 1.300 million, Colin Moffatt with 1.249 million, and Anthony Augustino with 1.033 million. Duff Carette has 822,000 and the rest of the field has in the 500,000 chip range or fewer. Kevin Stammen is an extremely accomplished live poker tournament player, currently ranked 68th on the Global Poker Index. He has one WPT title to his name and it was a biggie: the 2014 WPT World Championship. This was also the

PokerStars Launches Christmas Festival Promotion

PokerStars launched its annual Christmas Festival on Monday, running a series of promotions and giveaways that promise to award players more than $ 5 million over the course of six weeks. $ 1 Million Freeroll The first phase of the Christmas Festival is the qualification period for the final $ 1 Million Poker Freeroll of the year. From November 21st through November 29th, players are given a “simple” challenge. Complete challenge, qualify for a daily All-In Shootout Qualifier. Players can complete one challenge per day to be granted entry into the next day’s All-In Shootout Qualifier. Now, don’t get TOO excited about these All-In Shootout Qualifiers, as they are all luck. In an all-in shootout, the poker software automatically puts every player all-in pre-flop each hand until just one player remains at each table (one might assume that this will take only one hand to accomplish, but of course there