Tons of Tournament Action Still to Come this Summer10 months ago
The tournament poker on offer this summer is unprecedented. With the COVID-19 pandemic killing the live poker industry we didn’t know what would happen to the online game.
Luckily, with most of the world locked up in their homes many decided to switch to online poker instead of taking a break.
The stats are clear that since the March lockdown online poker has seen traffic hit a five-year high. Many players either switched from playing live or were simply returning to online poker after a break. There were probably plenty of new players checking out the scene too.
The timing of the lockdown was quite helpful in a way because with many live festivals getting shelved indefinitely organisers were left with a choice to move everything online or just do without.
Now the World Series of Poker is in full flow on WSOP.com and about to kick off for non-US residents on GGPoker.
Since the WSOP began on July 1st the turnout has been amazing. We’ve had the usual amateurs coming out of nowhere to win a gold bracelet and some great runs by many old-school pros we know from Tv poker during the boom years.
Phil Hellmuth is still chasing a record 16th bracelet and has been busy as usual playing as much as he can handle.
He came agonisingly close in a $400 No-Limit Hold’em event when holding the chip lead with only 13 runners left. Lady luck wasn’t smiling and he busted out in 11th, not even making another final table.
Sadly for him, the new record remains elusive, but he has cashed in three of the seven tournaments he entered.
Daniel Negreanu has a lot riding on his series. He is thought to have taken more than $1 million in side bets that he can nail his seventh WSOP win after seven years without one.
Judging by his public meltdown over the WSOP.com software last week he isn’t in the best mental shape possible. An expletive-filled rant showed DNegs far from usual calm demeanor. Many will be thinking if he can pull off a much longed for victory or will be dumping a cool million to those who bet against him.
Mike 'The Mouth' Matusow is another familiar face from the old days who has been showing signs of his old touch. Unfortunately for him that is both with his play and mental state.
Matusow was streaming his exploits on YouTube and threatened Megan Milburn for what he said was a slow roll against him to knock him out of the event.
With the internet being what it is there is no surprise that chat is banned for the series.
“With the large volume of recs participating in this online series i now understand why wsop elected to deactivated the chat box.”
WPT World Online Championship About to Kick Off
The WPT World Online Championship is about to start on partypoker leaving tournament players spoiled for choice.
Not only will this be another series that showcases the best players in the world but there will also be something for those with more modest bankrolls.
The usual 5-6 figure buy-ins will all be there as usual, but there are also plenty of options for those who can afford between $33 and $320.
When the action begins this Saturday players will be playing under their real names instead of a virtual handle. With an incredible $100 million up for grabs the organisers decided to make the players visible as they are in the live arena.
There will be more on offer over the next two months than we have ever seen in online poker in the past.
As if this wasn’t all enough for those who can’t get enough of tournament poker, the World Championship of Online Poker - WCOOP - is expected to be running on PokerStars around September.
Fingers crossed that the organisers try and do this every year from now on.
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