Feb 8 2012

2012 WSOP schedule features 61 bracelet events

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Last week we told you about some changes that would be taking place at the 2012 World Series of Poker, but it appears the good people running the WSOP Twitter feed may have been having some fun with poker players and the poker media when they announced there would be no November Nine at the 2012 WSOP.

Now that the full schedule has been released we know that there will in fact no longer be a November Nine, but the WSOP is not doing away with the long hiatus between the final table and the crowning of a champion, instead they are moving the date up to late October, so as not to interfere with the 2012 elections.

The WSOP did offer up a number of other changes, and some new tournaments, but unfortunately there is nothing earth-shattering like the doing away with the November Nine would have been. Here is a look at the major additions and changes to the WSOP schedule for 2012 from the official WSOP E-Mail sent to media members:

  • 61 gold bracelet events over 50 days.
  • Superb Structures & Starting Chips – All gold bracelet events in 2012 will feature triple the buy-in in starting chips and deep structures, providing plenty of room for play.
  • New Event — $560 Bracelet Bounty No-Limit Hold’em – To reward the fraternity of players with a WSOP gold bracelet, all are welcome to enter this one-day non-bracelet event which will feature bounties placed on any WSOP bracelet winners in the field. It will occur on Tuesday, May 29 at noon.
  • New Event — $3,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold’em/Pot-Limit Omaha – To inject this year’s WSOP with some early excitement, this event (Event #3) combines the two most popular games played today in a Heads Up format (512 player cap) and should be a thrilling rollercoaster ride for the game’s young guns. Players will alternate between games each 20-minute level. The new event debuts Tuesday, May 29 at noon.
  • New Event — $5,000 Mix-Max No-Limit Hold’em – Playing in this event will require players to have the skills to play 9-handed (on Day 1), 6-handed (on Day 2) and in a heads-up format if they can make it to the final 16 players in the event. Players will carry over their chips throughout play and be re-seeded when 16 players remain, with the highest chip total facing the lowest and so on. The event (Event #6) is structured as a four-day event and begins on Thursday, May 31 at noon. Michael “The Grinder”Mizrachi won an event at WSOP Europe with a similar structure.
  • New Event — $2,500 Four-Handed No-Limit Hold’em – It’s not heads-up poker, nor is it a six-max; this new variation of four-handed No-Limit Hold’em will feature a maximum of four players. For action junkies who excel at No-Limit Hold’em, this is a game where aggression over patience is definitely required. This is Event #28 on the schedule and will debut Thursday, June 14 at noon.
  • New Event — $1,500 Ante Only No-Limit Hold’em – In a twist on traditional No-Limit Hold’em poker, this event will be played without the small and big blind bets. All players at the table will ante to begin every hand, with the person to the left of the button starting the action from there with a choice of either folding or bringing in the minimum chip amount in play. The event will create a lot of action and multiple-player pots. This is Event #49 and will start on Wednesday, June 27 at noon.
  • New Event — $1,000,000 buy-in, Big One for ONE DROP – Never before has a player had to pony up $1,000,000 just to enter a poker tournament. This is what players are accustomed to winning, but for the first time, the WSOP will put on a $1,000,000 buy-in bracelet event. The event (Event #55) will begin at 1:11 p.m. on Sunday, July 1 and play out as a three-day event, most likely leading to the largest first place prize in poker history. The event will be televised by ESPN and provide a donation of 11.1% from each player’s buy-in to support www.onedrop.org.
  • New Event — $560 Doubles No-Limit Hold’em – Find a partner and Dosey Doe. In this special one-day, non-bracelet event, players pair up and work together to win. Players will alternate playing each level, using one stack to guide their team to victory. The tournament is scheduled on Saturday, June 30 at 10 a.m.
  • $50K Poker Players Championship The Chip Reese Memorial Trophy is up for grabs at the $50,000 buy-in eight-game mixed event, also dubbed the “Poker Players Championship.” This eight-game format will serve as the true test of the game’s greatest all-around player. Event #45 starts on Sunday, June 24 at 5 p.m.
  • The Seniors-Only No-Limit Hold’em Championship – Event #29 featuring a $1,000 buy-in for all poker enthusiasts 50 years of age or older will begin on Friday, June 15 at 10 a.m. In 2011, this event set a record when 3,752 players entered – the most ever on one day– and the winner walked away with $557,435 for his $1,000 investment. In addition, a Seniors Second Chance $560 non-bracelet event will be offered at 7 p.m. for those looking for redemption.
  • The Ladies Only No-Limit Hold’em Championship –The $1,000 buy-in Ladies World Championship (Event #51) will start on Friday, June 29 at noon.
  • Daily Deepstack No-Limit Hold’em Tournaments – Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino will host three different daily No-Limit Hold’em tournaments from May 27-July 16. Daily $235 buy-in events begin at 2 p.m., $185 buy-in tournaments at 6 p.m. and $135 tournament at 10 p.m. All daily one-day tournaments and non-bracelet events and will take place in the Pavilion Ballroom.
  • Satellites Every Day! A complete array of satellites, from single-table to mega, will be offered from May 27-July 9. Mega satellites require buy-ins of $330 for the daily 4 p.m. and $550 for the daily 8 p.m.


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Feb 7 2012

Bodog Poker Takes US Players at Bovada.lv

written by: John under News Comments: 5

Though it is one of the bigger online poker sites, Bodog Poker did not get seized by the FBI on Black Friday when the feds took down the four biggest online poker sites, Full Tilt Poker, PokerStars, Absolute Poker, and UB.com. The .com domains for all of these websites were seized for a period of time, and have now been returned with the exception that they do not accept US players.

PokerStars redirected their traffic to PokerStars.eu, and Full Tilt Poker has redirected their online poker traffic to FullTiltPoker.co.uk. However, Bodog.com is still Bodog.com.

UPDATE: Bodog has launched Bovada.lv for poker players in the US. Bodog.com is not longer accepting US players.

Bodog Poker US Players

If you are interested in becoming a new player at Bodog, they have an excellent sign up bonus, as well as an extensive VIP program, and other great promotions.

New depositors will receive a bonus offer worth 110% up to $1,100, and that extra 10%—you get right away. Then earn Bodog Points to advance in the VIP Program and clear your Bodog Poker bonus. And this is all available for US players on the new Bovada site.

If you are a former PokerStars, Absolute Poker, or Full Tilt Poker player and are looking to sign up at Bodog Poker, Bodog still accepts US players (Only at Bovada.lv) and has a great software to offer players, as well as a responsive and well-managed customer service department, complete with telephone number and live person customer service rep—that’s something you never got at PokerStars or Full Tilt.

Bodog prides itself in being a player-oriented poker site with all the bells and whistles of the bigger online poker sites, as well as that something extra.

Another great reason to join Bodog Poker is that there are tons of fish who have found themselves without an online poker room as well, and are joining Bodog right now. You could already be playing with them. Move on from the past, as PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker, UB.com, and Absolute Poker are US poker sites no more. Bodog, however, is happily accepting US players as you read this.

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Feb 7 2012

Merge Poker Network to launch new tournament series in March

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We are all familiar with the numerous tournament series that take place on PokerStars –where players can participate in the World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP), the Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP), and the newly minted Turbo Championship of Online Poker (TCOOP)—and now the online poker world has the chance to gear-up for a new tournament series, this time on the Merge Gaming Network, called The Poker Maximus.

The Merge Gaming Network is one of the few remaining US-friendly poker networks on the market, which should help attendance in their Poker Maximus tournaments. The Network is made up of dozens of online poker rooms including the very popular Lock Poker and Carbon Poker.

Over the course of the 22-days the tournament series will run, the network will host 70 separate tournaments, ranging in buy-ins from a mere $1 up to over $200 for some of the “High-Roller” tournaments. Over the course of the 70 events the Merge Gaming Network has guaranteed $1.5 million in prize-money.

The Poker Maximus tournament series will begin on March 4th and run through the 25th of the month, when the Main Event will take a place:

Event #67 — Sunday March 25th 15:00: Main Event – $109 Poker Maximus **Main Event** $200,000 Guaranteed and $50,000 Minimum to first place! 7500 Chip Starting Stack and 15 Minute Levels.

On the same day the network will host a second tournament with a $200k guarantee, a $530 buy-in Super-Stack No Limit Holdem tournament. For a look at the complete schedule or for more information on the Merge Gaming Network you can visit the website: www.thePokerMaximus.com

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Feb 6 2012

Daniel Negreanu’s PokerStars and E-Mail accounts hacked

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After a very poorly played and disappointing session at the high-stakes cash-games tables at PokerStars, Daniel Negreanu found himself down close to $100,000, before mounting a comeback that saw him reclaim about $50,000 of his losses this past Monday. However, it wasn’t Daniel Negreanu playing at all, as the Team PokerStars Pro later reported that both his E-Mail and his PokerStars account had been hacked while he was away in Australia!

Negreanu first learned that his E-Mail had been hacked upon returning to the US, and later learned of the nefarious individual’s exploits on PokerStars using Negreanu’s account. According to the reports, PokerStars has repaid Negreanu for the losses, and while the idea of anyone being hacked should send shivers up their spine, Negreanu was in relatively good spirits when he posted the following on 2+2:

I was on an airplane home while this guy was joyriding my Stars account. He hacked my email and I got that back, still figuring out what happened. When I have all the details I’ll share when it makes sense to. Some of you NVGtards really thought that was me??? Man HSP has really done wonders for my image :-)

Negreanu has been all over the news recently for his candid interview in pokerplayer.co.uk where he criticized the younger players in the game for their lack of personality –Negreanu claims he was misquoted several times in the article, and had an little bit of a back and forth with the author on 2+2… An odd assertion since his comments weren’t overly inflammatory, and many in the poker world agreed with his statements wholeheartedly. We’ll have to wait and see how that one pans out.

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Feb 5 2012

PokerStars gears up for 75 Billionth hand celebration

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PokerStars is still slogging along on their road to 100 Billion hands, and very soon the company will reach a very important milestone, as the next bellwether for the site is the 75 Billionth Hand Celebration, presumed to be occurring sometime in the next week.

To mark the historic milestone PokerStars will be giving away up to $1 million over the coming days, with the bulk of the prize-money set aside for the lucky players who participate in the site’s 75 Billionth hand. But, PokerStars will also be awarding prizes to any player who participates in any millionth hand from now until the 75 Billionth hand is dealt on PokerStars.

Any player fortunate enough to be a participant in one of the millionth hands dealt during the promotion will receive $60 for every VPP they have earned at that particular table over the past 50 hands PLUS $20. For example, a player who has collected 10 VPP’s over the past 50 hands will receive $620 [$60 x 10 VPP’s + $20 = $620]. The winner of the hand will have their total prize doubled.

For the lucky table that has the honor of being part of the 75 Billionth hand the prizes increase exponentially –as they say on the WPT, the price of poker has just gone up! All players dealt into the hand will receive $1,000 for every VPP earned at that table over the previous 50 hands PLUS an additional $10,000! For example, the same player who $620 during one of the millionth milestone hands for collecting 10 VPP’s would receive $20,000 [$1,000 x 10 VPP’s + $10,000 = $20,000]. The winner of the hand will once again see their prize doubled.

Any player is eligible to take part in the promotion, and stakes do not matter (although the higher the stakes you play the more VPP’s you will have earned over the previous 50 hands) with even the penny-limit players able to get in on the action.

For more information on the 75 Billionth hand celebration you can visit the PokerStars Blog at www.pokerstarsblog.com

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