April fools the poker community

As serious as poker can be, when April 1st comes around we often get surprised by the creativity of the April Fools jokes in the poker community. 2019 was no different. Here are some highlights of this year’s April 1st.

Blom’s Bankroll Management course on Upswing Poker

Poker’s biggest troll Doug Polk had a field day. He tweeted about a series of new courses that will be offered on his poker coaching site Upswing Poker and started with a Bankroll Management course by the notorious splasher Viktor Blom:

But that was not all. Polk had a go at Allen Kessler (“Big Stack Poker”), Doc Sands (“Acting Quickly”), Phil Hellmuth (“Tilt Control”), Daniel Negreanu (“Conveying Information”), PokerStars, Will Kassouf and many more including Doug Polk himself (“How to dress for success”).

The poker Twitter community gobbled up this trolling festival with hundreds of “Likes” for each post.

Jason Somerville and Team “Carve It Up”

Run It Up entered the social media sphere on April 1st with a post about hand-crafted wooden J’s that could be ordered from the store as personalised editions.

“Buy your personalized J and join Team Carve It Up!”

PokerStrategy report on a PokerStars’ new variant Fusion Split Showtime Spin & Gos


And PokerStars got in on the joke.

PokerStrategy published an article announcing a new PokerStars variant and as it turned out, PokerStars liked the idea and actually added a freeroll including $5,500 in prizes (Mainly Sunday Million buy-ins) to “celebrate the launch” – it was standard Hold’em however.

£1 million Super Short Deck Triton event

Probably the most believable April Fools joke came from Triton Poker. They announced to be “pushing the boundaries of innovation” by offering a Super Short Deck event at the upcoming Triton Series Montenegro that would only include 20 cards per deck, tens through to aces.


In addition to that the buy-in of £1 million would become the biggest buy-in tournament in televised poker history, beating the €1 million buy-in at the “Big One for One Drop” event in Monte Carlo 2016.

Triton had announced in the past that they would beat this record soon and the poker community had waited for the news to come. This made this April Fools joke so elaborate, and don’t we all actually wish it was true anyway?

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Louis Hartwell

Graduated in Media Communication at the University of Lausanne, Louis Hartman is a co-founder of He began his career in Cambodia as freelance journalist. In same time he was making his living by playing poker every night at that time. Intense learner, he read dozens of poker strategy books to improve his skills during many years. With a strong interest about poker "behind the scene" in Asia and his communication skills, Louis launched Somuchpoker in 2014.

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