WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST – APRIL 14
More than $40 million in guaranteed prizes will be awarded to players during the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) 2016, which takes place from May 8-22. With 55 events (165 tournaments) it will be the largest SCOOP festival to date, and includes a three-day Main Event that starts on May 22, featuring buy-ins of $100 (Low), $1,000 (Medium) and $10,000 (High) along with guaranteed prize pools of $1 million, $2 million and $4 million respectively.
More info: http://psta.rs/1EC9ra5
Guaranteed prize pool for the Sunday Storm 5th Anniversary tournament, which takes place at 13.30 ET (18.30 BST / 19.30 CET) on April 17. The buy-in is just $11, but there are satellites starting from as little as $0.11 as well as a 100 StarsCoin VIP Bash Satellite on April 16 at 14.30 ET that has 500 Sunday Storm 5th Anniversary seats added.
More details: http://psta.rs/1RrUxNY
Amount won by Federico ‘majagua69’ Quevedo in last weekend’s $2,100 Mount Everest tournament – the final event of the inaugural PokerStars Mountain Series. Quevedo, a keen surfer from Costa Rica, played all 10 of the Mountain Series events – from the $11 Sugarloaf to the $2,100 Everest – cashing in three. Earlier in the Mountain Series, Doug ‘WCG|Rider’ smashed the record for largest amount of money won in a poker tournament while streaming on Twitch. The high-stakes pro picked up $162,000 in the $700 buy-in tournament to beat Rupert Elder’s record of $125,000 won while streaming a tournament last September.
Blog story: http://psta.rs/262I9KN
First prize won by the latest PokerStars Sunday Million champion, Luis ‘Turko_man’ Rodriguez, from Finland. The player topped a field of 5,926 players to claim $183,708.88 in prize money from the $1,185,200 prize pool.
Blog post: http://psta.rs/1oQVC6J
Top prize pocketed by Usman Siddique after winning the UK & Ireland Poker Tour Season 6 London Main Event last weekend. The UK player held off the challenge of France’s David Gassian, who finished second for £51,930.
Blog post: http://psta.rs/1S11fax
Top cash prize that players can win every day in the PokerStars CardHunt promotion, which ends tomorrow. Players just need to complete a daily poker puzzle in the Challenges window to be in with a chance of winning anywhere between $1 and $5,000.
Blog post: http://psta.rs/1XPlnQG
Number of players that have qualified for the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino European Poker Tour Grand Final via €10 EPT Spin & Go online qualifiers. For 121 players their €10 buy-in was converted into a €9,000 package in a matter of minutes, giving them entry into the €5,000 Main Event, accommodation at the Monte Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort and spending money. The EPT Grand Final features 80 events over 11 days and takes place from April 26 to May 6.
Episode number of the EPT Not Live podcast, which is now available to listen to online or download. This week James and Joe discuss the UKIPT London event, which finished last weekend, and are joined by PokerStars’ Head of Live Poker Operations, Neil Johnson, to discuss a big change to #EPTLive in Monaco.
Listen here: http://soundcloud.com/pokerintheears/episode-42-14042016-neil-johnson
Full Tilt players will be able to boost their bankrolls at Pot Limit 6-Card Omaha tables from April 29 to May 13, courtesy of a new promotion called ‘6pin It Up’. To win a free Ring Game Ticket, players simply need to leave the table with 250 big blinds or more at the following stakes: $0.01/$0.02, $0.02/$0.05, $0.05/$0.10, $0.10/$$0.25. The value of the ticket will be 100 times the big blind at the table it was earned at. Players can win one Ring Game Ticket per day and up to three in total for the duration of the promotion.
More info: http://ti.lt/om
All that is needed for players to take a shot at winning exclusive Full Tilt merchandise with Swag Tournaments. Branded hats, t-shirts and hoodies are up for grabs, with three Swag Tournaments kicking off daily from April 15 through May 15. Don’t miss out!
More info: http://ti.lt/pV
PICTURES OF THE WEEK
Usman Siddique celebrates his victory with friends at the UKIPT London event last weekend. Pic credit: Mickey May.
VIDEO OF THE WEEK
Last Sunday PokerStars hosted an online charity tournament in association with its global charity partner Right to Play. It was a $2 buy-in, with $1 plus the rake being donated to the charity and $1 going to the prize pool. In the end it attracted 2,077 players, was won by ‘Vinpeter’ from Hungary, and $2,077 was raised for charity. Team PokerStars Pro Online member Katerina ‘katerina289’ Malasidou played and streamed the tournament on Twitch.
Watch here: https://www.twitch.tv/katerina289/v/59789376