WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST – JUNE 23
Top prize that can be won in special $5 Spin & Go tournaments, which are running on PokerStars until the end of July. It’s the fourth time a $1 million Spin & Go promotion has taken place, with nine players to date having won a seven-figure score in $5 Spin & Go’s. Who will be the tenth? More info: http://psta.rs/22UmnWI
First prize won by latest PokerStars Sunday Million champion, ‘Koby295’, from Germany. The player topped a field of 6,269 entries to claim the title and lion’s share of the $1,253,800 prize pool.
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First prize won by Jonathan Schuman (see attached image) in the PokerStars UK & Ireland Poker Tour (UKIPT) Main Event in Marbella last weekend. Schuman finished first from a field of 844 to take home €96,159 from the €810,240 prize pool. However, Brazilian player Rodrigo Strong, who won the Latin American Poker Tour (LAPT) Chile Main Event in March 2016, pocketed the largest amount (€110,653) after a three-way deal was done.
Pic credit: Rene Velli.
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Top prize won by the latest PokerStarsNJ Sunday Special champion ‘BADBEATSBYME’. The player claimed victory after finishing first out of a field of 145. More info: http://psta.rs/1Vocq3v
Episode number of the EPT Not Live podcast, which is now available to listen to online or download. This is the last podcast before James Hartigan and Joe Stapleton take their six-week summer break. This week James and Joe celebrate Jason Mercier’s success so far at WSOP and the pair are joined by Lex Veldhuis. #EPTNOTLIVE will return on August 11. Listen: http://soundcloud.com/pokerintheears/episode-52-23062016-lex-veldhuis
The amount that all major daily and Sunday tournaments on PokerStars NJ are having their buy-ins cut by from June 20-26. There are four days left for players to get involved in the Half Price Week promotion, with guarantees kept the same. More info: http://psta.rs/28NsR3Z
Number of regions taking part in the eighth edition of the PokerStars Americas Cup of Poker (ACP). The live final takes place this weekend at Resorts Casino Hotel in New Jersey. The top five players from each qualified country will represent their nation in the Grand Final and play for a share of $105,000 in prizes. More info: http://psta.rs/1WptHtD
PICTURE OF THE WEEK
Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier has already won two World Series of Poker bracelets so far this summer, taking his career total to five. Mercier is cementing himself as one of the finest poker players across all variants, winning H.O.R.S.E. and 2-7 Draw Lowball events last week, after winning a No-Limit Hold’em bracelet in 2015 and Pot-Limit Omaha bracelets in 2009 and 2011. He has won more than $900,000 to date in the 2016 WSOP. Photo available here: http://www.wsop.com/tournaments/updates.asp?grid=1232&tid=14924