SCOOP Bounties Prove Profitable for One Online Player

pokerstarsThe Spring Championship of Online Poker is a top online poker series offered by PokerStars that allows players to enjoy online poker gaming with many tournament selections to choose from. Players can log online and easily take part in moderate tournaments or even high stakes to try and take down a massive title win. During the final weekend of the series, one player was able to earn a nice payday thanks to a heads up deal as well as tournament bounties.

In the $2,100 No Limit Hold’em Six-Max Variable Level Progressive Super Knockout event, online player ale6ka also known as Aliaksei Boika, was able to earn a payday of $150,000 after meeting a deal in heads up play as well as earning $40,000 in bounties.

This tournament’s structure is quite unique in the fact that the variable levels set an initial level of short time frames that will increase as the tournament progresses. The event maxed out at 20 minute levels. Boika was the leader up until the heads up play round began and had an almost 2 to 1 chip deficit. After an hour of game play, the two decided to cut a deal which would leave $15,000 in cash remaining on the table.

By the end of the tournament, the opponent, hhecklen, was all-in with J-2 and was met with Boika’s K-3 with a call. A three on the river gave Boika the win and the extra cash plus the title of the SCOOP event. Each player who made the final table were able to earn a cash prize as well as a pretty penny with bounties by taking out other players.

Final Results:

Aliaksei “ale6ka” Boika (Belarus): $111,061 + Bounty of $40,213

hhecklen (Denmark): $91,558 + Bounty of $32,400

Katz0r (United Kingdom): $62,935 + Bounty of $11,750

Kamchatka 1 (Switzerland): $42,980 + Bounty of $15,191

psyhoagromor (Ukraine): $30,700 + Bounty of $17,632

1nvoker (Ukraine): $19,648 + Bounty of $9,250



SCOOP Begins at PokerStars

pokerstarsBeginning this past Sunday, the Spring Championship of Online Poker is in full swing at PokerStars, allowing players to compete in massive online poker tournaments featuring high quality gaming formats and prizes. The series will host a total of 46 events with 138 tournaments in the mix. This series is unique as players have the opportunity to take part in a tournament event with three levels of buy-ins. This makes the series affordable to every player.

The series began on May 10th and will continue until the 24th.  Players will be able to choose from a low, medium and high buy-in level with every event. This means players can choose their buy-in and pay more or less for a given event.

The highlight of the series will of course be the main event which will have a low buy-in of $109, a mid buy-in of $1,050 and a high buy-in of $10,300. The tournament will have a guaranteed prize pool worth $4 million with the winner earning a $1 million prize!

Along with the regular events, players will able be able to take part in additional gaming options. On the 22nd of May, the series will host an All-in Shootout Deposit Raffle. Players will need to deposit from now until the 21st to take part. Any player who makes a deposit within this time frame will be in the running for a seat to the Main Event. Each seat is worth $10,300, a mighty fine prize just for competing after making a deposit! Also up for grabs is free entries to the medium and low Main Events, with 2,000 seats being given away.

The series will also feature a leaderboard competition with tickets to the World Championship of Online Poker as well as cash up for grabs. The winner of the leaderboard will be heading to the Caribbean as a seat to the 2016 PCA will be given away.

New Jersey Senator Gives PokerStars March Deadline for Launch

pokerstarsPokerStars is a top provider of online poker gaming and continues to be a favorite among players from around the world. The brand provides online poker cash gaming and tournament action to players based in many areas except the US. PokerStars has been trying to get back into the US online poker market and has been looking at the state of New Jersey to get back in action.

According to Senator Ray Lesniak, New Jersey should expect PokerStars to be offering gaming by the month of March. For some time, PokerStars was trying to be approved for an online gaming license in the state but has been unable to do so with roadblock after roadblock. Once the brand was acquired by Amaya Gaming, the company had a better chance.

The regulators in New Jersey has since been reviewing the application of PokerStars once again, yet this has taken several months. Every time players felt that PokerStars was about to be launched, they wouldn’t.  Online Poker Report’s Chris Grove took to Twitter just two days ago and asked the Senator for any news on PokerStars and the Senator’s replay was March 2015.

Back in September of 2014 the Senator stated that PokerStars’ launch in the state would spark a revival in Atlantic City. The Senator stated that everyone should stay tuned for a ‘major announcement’. However, it was just after this announcement that PokerStars launch was delayed and a license was not approved.

For now, players in the state will have to wait and see if and win the top online poker brand will be available in the state of New Jersey. It seems that 2015 will be the year that PokerStars will reenter the United States online gaming market but only time will tell if this will be a realty or just an online poker players dream.







PokerStars Turbo Championship of Online Poker Just Days Away

pokerstarsPokerStars is known for providing quality online poker gaming including regular online tournaments. Players who enjoy SNGs and MTTs are known to frequent the popular tournament options to get in on the action. At PokerStars, players will be able to take part in a major series in just a few days. By the 22nd, the online poker site will be kicking off the PokerStars Turbo Championship of Online Poker, which will be the 4th edition of the event.

The upcoming series will offer 50 events spread out from the 22nd of January to the 1st of February. Players will be competing for $15 million guaranteed prize money and will see a variety of events with varying formats and buy-ins. The series will begin with a $27 Six-Max No Limit Hold’em tournament with a prize pool of $500,000. The tournament will have a re-entry option and will be fast paced with plenty of action for those participating.

The series will continue, offering several events each day including the $700 No Limit Hold’em Main Event. This tournament will feature a prize pool of $2 million and will see the first place finisher earning no less than $300,000. With so many gaming options to choose from, there is no doubt that players will be logging online in record numbers to take part, especially considering the large amount of cash up for grabs.

Including in the number of participants will be the members of Team PokerStars Pros. Jake Cody will be competing in the series as well as Mickey Petersen, both stating how much they enjoy the events and look forward to taking part in the coming days.

Players can already take part in satellites that will help to enter into the many events by earning a seat for far less than the initial buy-in. With buy-in’s as low as $0.11, players can easily pay to compete in satellites to hopefully earn a seat in the many TCOOP events.



Casino Gaming and Sports Betting on PokerStars Agenda

pokerstarsPokerStars is known for offering the best online poker gaming in the business from poker tournaments to cash gaming. However, since the Amaya acquisition, the site has begun to consider even more gaming options. According to recent reports by the company, PokerStars will soon offer blackjack and roulette by the end of the year and then move in to sports betting by 2015.

Blackjack and roulette will be available on PokerStars gaming sites by the end of the year and will mark the first games offered other than poker variants. Almost half of the current player base at PokerStars will have access to these games. This will not include players in the US as PokerStars is not available in the market as of yet.

PokerStars announced via press release that the company has thoroughly researched the gaming opportunity and spends a great deal of time talking to players and customers of the site at both PokerStars and Full Tilt. The research concluded that casino gaming is an option players want and Amaya started with Full Tilt offering casino games just a few months ago.

Amaya is confident that adding casino games to PokerStars will add more value to the site as well as help to bolster the core poker offering. The site also plans on adding sports betting gaming by 2015 as well which will be yet another variation from the original offering of PokerStars but one that is expected to do well.

Amidst all the research and changes, PokerStars has also been trying to get in to the United States online gaming market starting with New Jersey or possibly California in the near future. Currently, the New Jersey Department of Gaming are reviewing the Amaya Gaming application but a decision is not expected to be made on the application until next year.



PokerStars adds Ebola Charitable Option at Online Poker Site

pokerstarsPokerStars is one of the best online poker rooms available online today and continues to offer the best gaming options for players to take advantage of. The site remains a top contributor of charitable organizations and will host tournaments, events and even offer players the opportunity to use their online poker accounts to make charitable donations. PokerStars recently announced that they are now offering special options for Ebola, a virus that continues to spread at a rapid rate.

The Ebola virus has been the focus of news programs and online activity as the virus has severely affected those in Sierra Leone and Liberia. Nearly 5,000 people have passed away due to the disease and the communities of these countries have been devastated. The spread of the disease has moved to other countries including the US and PokerStars has now decided to offer a charitable option at the online poker site.

Loyal players at PokerStars can now assist those in the affected countries by using Frequent Player Points. Working with CARE International, players at PokerStars can donate 1,200 in the VIP Store to then see the online poker room to donate $20 to the relief effort of the Ebola virus. According to the blog at PokerStars, CARE has studied and made calculations that show only $15 is needed to protect a family in West Africa from the disease for an entire month. The money donated will be used to create a hygiene kit which consists of gloves, chlorine and soap.

PokerStars has offered players opportunities in the past to make charitable donations including a year ago when the Philippines was affected by Typhoon Haiyan. Players donated over $250,000 and PokerStars matched the amount to help those affected by the natural disaster. Players can visit PokerStars today to donate player points to be used for relief efforts.

PokerStars Announces $40 Million Guaranteed for 2014 WCOOP

pokerstarsThe World Championship of Online Poker is a top choice for poker players around the world as the PokerStars series offers a plethora of events in a range of buy-ins and formats. For this year, the online poker giant has announced the schedule will include 66 events and will have as much as $40,000,000 guaranteed.

The series will begin in September and will offer events with buy-ins starting at just over $100 and going as high as $10,300. The Main Event of the series is scheduled for Sunday the 28th of September and will have a buy-in of $5,200. The event will have $10 million prize money and will see the overall winner of the event taking home a major prize.

Several events of the series will include a $1 million prize pool or more and will take place on a Tuesday or the weekends. Players will have a nice variety of formats to choose from during the competitions including Omaha, Omaha Hi/Lo, 7 Card Stud, Stud 8 or Better, Fixed Limit Texas Hold’em, No Limit Texas Hold’em, Razz, 2-7 Triple Draw, Badugi and more.

The WCOOP is a very popular online series especially with professional poker players. The pros like to compete in such events to keep their name in the press as well as their bankrolls on the up and up. Daniel Kelly is currently the record holder of the most WCOOP wins with 4 and is followed closely by online players known as Donald and g0lfa who both have 3 wins. It will be interesting to see if the players can hold on to their records or if a new leader will take their spot.

The full schedule can now be seen at PokerStars and qualifiers will be made available so players can earn their seats at a much lower buy-in than the full price amount.

Vladimir Shabalin Earns 10 Million VIP Player Points at PokerStars

pokerstarsEarning VIP points and taking part in a loyalty program at an online poker room is a top priority of many players. Loyalty programs allow players to earn rewards for simply playing their favorite online poker games. Each online poker room offers a different scheme and players have to determine which option works best for them. PokerStars is one of the top online poker rooms and offers a particularly nice VIP plan.

As players take part in the PokerStars VIP plan, they reach different VIP levels. Each level offers special features so players will continue to play at the site, earning rewards. It was recently announced that Vladimir Shabalin became only the third player ever on the site to reach 10 Million VIP Player points. An unknown player whose identity has yet to be revealed and George Lind III are the only other players to reach this milestone.

According to the PokerStars blog, Shabalin had earned 4.5 million VPPs at sit-n-gos in high stakes game play which is equal to 22.5 million Frequent Player Points. If you cashed in this amount of chips, one could have enough to get seven Porsche Cayman S sports cars. This is a crazy amount of FPPs. For this year, the player has already went through 2 million VPPs, which according to PokerStars is enough for an additional 3 luxury cars.

The poker player has a degree in psychology and after graduating from college, decided to put his efforts into high stakes poker gaming. The player determined that choosing one type of game would be the best way to create a solid career. As a result, he has earned a ton of VPPs and could easily cash out for major rewards at the site, seriously, like almost a dozen sports cars could be at his disposal right now!

Interesting Packages Available at Poker Refugees

Online poker players have many resources at their disposal, from player information sites to beginner’s guides. Players can use this information to their advantage during game play. One resource that online poker players have is Poker Refugees. This service is used for relocation and as a travel agent. The company is currently offering a unique package for the upcoming PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker.

The SCOOP is set to begin very soon and players who do not have access to PokerStars at home can purchase the prize package to be able to take part. Players will fly to Mexico and stay for two weeks, enjoying the sights as well as competing in the SCOOP.

The package ranges in cost from $800 to $1200 and an go as high as $4,000 for deluxe accommodations. The package will include airport transport, two weeks of accommodations, high speed internet, maid service and more. Poker Refugees staff will also be available to help with problems or questions during the trip.

The accommodations range from single apartments to a Grind House which will be able to house as many as six poker players. The accommodations will be available at the Playa Del Carmen, which is a resort located near the Caribbean Sea coast. The package should be quite appealing to those who cannot play in the tournament series due to location.

Poker Refugees points out that they are not affiliated with PokerStars or the SCOOP tournament series. However, the company does respect and comply with the rules and regulations of the company. Players who are from the US will need to be a fully relocated player before they try to play. Players do not have the option of temporarily activating an account and the company will not help players to do so.

Poker Refugees can help players relocate to be able to compete in this event and more. by relocating, the player will need to find property, fill out paperwork and gather the necessary documents to be able to reactivate the poker accounts online.

PokerStars Parent Company Files Lawsuit over Atlantic Club Casino

Over the past few months, PokerStars parent company, The Rational Group, has been in a purchasing agreement with the Atlantic Club Casino located in New Jersey. The group was going to purchase the struggling casino to get a leg up in the US gambling market as the state prepares for online gambling but has ran into trouble. According to numerous reports, on April 27th, Rational Group was sent a letter of termination by the casino stating the agreement was void due to the fact that the company did not purchase the property by the deadline. The Rational Group is now suing and making bad faith claims against the company.

The Resorts International Holdings as well as Michael Frawley, Eric Matejevich, Irwin Apartment Trust and RIH Propco are all named in the Rational Holdings suit. The company has filed for a restraining order, only temporary,  and are stating those named in the suit did not live up to the contract.

The group was reportedly supposed to purchase the property once they received a license to operate the casino. Both parties had agreed that a licensing decision should be completed by April 24th of this year but this did not happen as the regulatory body in the state said a decision would not be made until August. By the 23rd, the Rational Group had asked for an extension but was denied by the Atlantic Club on April 25th.

The restraining order details were listed by PokerNews as found at Diamond Flush Poker:

1. Restrict the Atlantic Club from selling, offering to sell, etc, the Atlantic Club to anyone other than Rational

2. Restrict the Atlantic Club from continuing to breach the purchase agreement between the parties until a new closing date is set based upon the buyer obtaining their Interim casino Authorization

3. Declare the termination notice issued by the Atlantic Club on April 27 to be void

4. Reinstate the Purchase Agreement according to present terms until expiration of the review period the Division of Gaming Enforcement and the Casino Control Commission in New Jersey for the ICA

5. Impose a lien on the assets of the Atlantic Club in the amount of monies already paid

6. Impose a resulting trust on all assets of the Atlantic Club in the same amount

7. Prohibit the Atlantic Club from terminating the Agreement in any manner

8. Other further relief that the court determines to be fair

to further complicate matters, PokerStars reportedly already paid over $11 million to the Atlantic Club since the agreement was first made and they contact suggests that the company will have to pay a further $4 million to the Atlantic Club if the contract is terminated, which it has been.

Eric Hollreiser, the Head of Corporate Communications for Rational Group released a statement on the issue on the blog of PokerStars which spoke of the lawsuit and can be read here.