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WPN Million Dollar Sunday Guaranteed Covered for First Time

The Winning Poker Network (WPN) finally won. On Sunday, August 24th, the network hosted its eighth Million Dollar Sunday tournament and for the first time, the guaranteed prize pool was covered. The U.S.-facing network, which includes sites such as America’s Cardroom, Poker Host, and True Poker, launched its ambitious million-dollar guaranteed tournament back in December 2014. It was a bold move, as the network did not seem nearly big enough to guarantee that kind of money, but as one of the few networks that is not licensed in the United States but still accepts American customers, it wanted to make a splash. WPN ran into serious problems just as the first Million Dollar Sunday began, though, as the network was hit by a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack which caused disconnections, table freezes, and registration problems. The network’s IT staff scrambled to try to stop the attack, but they

2016 WPT L. A. Poker Classic Main Event Day 5: Anthony Spinella Leads Final Six for Million Dollar Payday

The final table is set for the World Poker Tour’s latest stop in southern California at the L. A. Poker Classic. Heading up the six-man final table will be 2015 World Series of Poker “hybrid” (online/live tournament) bracelet winner Anthony Spinella, who will come to the final table with a nice chip stack of 3.705 million. It looked as if it would be a quick day for the 14 men who returned to action on Wednesday to work their way down to the final six. Chip leader Mike Shariati, looking for his second WPT championship of Season XIV, was in the lead with a massive stack of 2.45 million chips, while such players as three-time WSOP and former WPT champion John Hennigan, Jesse Yaginuma, Ty Reiman, David ‘Doc’ Sands and Seth Davies lurked behind looking to take him down. From the moment the call of “shuffle up and deal” was

Million Dollar PokerStars Spin & Go Winners Now Total a Dozen

In October, I said about PokerStars’ Anniversary Spin & Go promotion, “So yeah, you’re not going to win the million dollars, or anything in the upper prize tiers, for that matter, but it’s there and you will likely get annoyed when somebody else wins it.” Are you annoyed yet? In the span of about a month, seven players have won a million dollars in PokerStars Spin & Go’s. One winner surprised me, but a half dozen more is just gross. October marked the one-year anniversary of PokerStars’ launch of the Spin & Go, its version of the lottery Sit-and-Go. To celebrate, the world’s largest online poker site added two affordable buy-in levels, each with a jackpot of $ 1 million. Here’s a review of the two new options, along with the associated probabilities of hitting the different buy-in multipliers: Bronze – $ 0.50 Buy-in 2,400,000x buy-in multiplier ($ 1,000,000 first

WPN Forced to Slash Million Dollar Sunday Guarantee in Half

The Million Dollar Sunday tournaments on the Winning Poker Network (WPN) have never managed to reach that million dollar guarantee, which why they will no longer be Million Dollar Sundays. While there has been no official announcement on its website, WPN has decided to chop the million dollar guarantee in half to $ 500,000. At the same time, though, the promotion will be extended an extra two weeks, doubling the number of “Million Dollar” Sundays remaining so that the total guaranteed prize money will stay at $ 2 million. It has been a struggle for the network, which includes such poker rooms as True Poker, Poker Host, and America’s Cardroom, ever since it made the bold move to become the first U.S.-facing poker network since Black Friday to offer a million dollar guaranteed tournament. Its first attempt was back in December, but the network was hit with a Distributed Denial

WPN Million Dollar Sunday Hit by DDoS Attack Again

Another million dollar guaranteed tournament, another Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack on the Winning Poker Network (WPN). On Sunday, September 13th, the network held the first of five fall Million Dollar Sunday tournaments, which guaranteed a million dollar prize pool and at least $ 200,000 to the winner. But, as has happened when WPN has attempted this in the past, unscrupulous cyber bullies tried to ruin the proceedings. In a DDoS attack, the culprits flood the target’s machines with communications requests, overwhelming it and preventing it from handling legitimate requests. In the case of the Winning Poker Network, it causes tables to freeze and players to timeout. WPN had to cancel a million dollar tournament in December because of DDoS attacks, though another one earlier this year was able to run despite yet more attacks. During this weekend’s tournament, WPN CEO Phil Nagy went on Twitch to explain what