In this column, we deliver you the latest and most interesting online poker industry news from across the world and all platforms.
$40M GTD Super MILLION$ Week at Natural8 – GGNet; $600K Bad Beat Jackpot claimed!
The start to a new year is proving to be highly eventful as online poker operators welcome 2022 with even bigger prizes waiting to be claimed. This January’s Super MILLION$ Week at Natural8 – GGNet boasts $40,000,000 in combined guarantees with its usual $5M GTD Main Event scheduled to award another seven-figured champion this coming February 1st. A total of 80 events complete this week’s lineup with 18 of those tournaments featuring over $1M in guarantees alone.
2022 Super MILLION$ Week Upcoming Key Events
Super MILLION$ Main Event
Date/s: January 25, 2022, Tuesday (Day 1B)
January 27, 2022, Thursday (Day 1C)
January 29, 2022, Saturday (Day 1D)
January 30, 2022, Sunday (Day 1E)
January 30, 2022, Sunday (Day 2)
February 1, 2022, Tuesday (Final Table)
Prize pool: $5,000,000 GTD
Super MILLION$ Omaholic Bounty
Date/s: January 25, 2022, Tuesday (Stage 1B)
January 27, 2022, Thursday (Stage 1C)
January 29, 2022, Saturday (Stage 1D)
January 30, 2022, Sunday (Stage 1E)
January 30, 2022, Sunday (Final Stage)
Prize pool: $1,000,000 GTD
Super High Roller
Date/s: January 25, 2022, Tuesday
January 27, 2022, Thursday
February 1, 2022, Tuesday
February 3, 2022, Thursday
Prize pool: $1,000,000 GTD
Super MILLION$ High Rollers [2-Day Event]
Date: February 6, 2022
Prize pool: $2,500,000 GTD
#33: Bounty Hunters HR Main Event $525, $1M GTD
#34: GGMasters High Rollers $1,050, $1M GTD
#39: Sunday Million SHR $25,500, $2M GTD
#65: Bounty Hunters HR Main Event $525, $1M GTD
#66: GGMasters High Rollers $1,050, $1M GTD
#71: Sunday Million SHR $25,500, $2M GTD
Aside from the ongoing high roller tournament action in the network, Omaha cash game players also scooped up a massive jackpot in the recent week. Lucky winner Ibai Delgado captured the biggest Omaha Bad Beat Jackpot in GGPoker history valued at a whopping $593,177. Six players on the table split the hefty sum with the Romanian taking home a chunky $366,158 payout.
The bad beat hand played out last Saturday January 15, 2022, at a $10/20 PLO table where Delgado and opponent “bilaterale1” saw all their money in by the river. (Hand shown below) While the incredible set up only brewed a $5,067 pot, all six Omaha enthusiasts struck gold with winning hand Quad Kings saw “bilaterale1” walk away with $114,916 and all the remaining players with $29,293.
Record-breaking $1.8M pot seen on CoinPoker
With cryptocurrency taking center stage across the digital map, it’s not a surprise that a revolutionary blockchain technology-based platform such as CoinPoker would be a more viable option for many players. Most recently, the budding site blew headlines as it broke online poker’s 13-year record for biggest pot in history – previously valued at $1,356,947 between Viktor Blom and Patrik Antonius.
The new title is now technically held by high stakes regular Leon Tsoukernik and Lithuanian founder Tony G after a $1,820,663 split pot recorded at the PLO $1K/$2K stakes game emerged last Sunday, January 16, 2022. (Hand shown below) High roller action began brewing after word spread on Twitter, attracting the likes of Paul Phua, Ivan Leow, Wiktor Malinowski, and Laszlo “omaha4rollz” Bujtas to test their skills on the virtual felt. While the pot was indeed chopped between the two high rollers, the thrilling hand did gain CoinPoker a ton of attention and potentially increased traffic in the coming weeks as major crypto users join in for a piece of the action.
iPoker brings €250,000 GTD Sunday Sale
Another promotion targeted for tournament poker players is making its way this week at iPoker Network’s (Titan Poker, Bet365, Guts Poker) virtual tables with its Sunday Sale series running until January 30th. The festival features a 20-tournament schedule covering a total of €250,000 in guarantees as well as reduced buy-ins by 33%-60% in comparison with the sites’ regular offerings.
2022 Sunday Sale Highlights
- Big Weekly – € 25K GTD; Buy-in: €5 (50% off)
- Big Weekly – € 30K GTD; Buy-in: €30 (40% off)
- Big Weekly – € 50K GTD; Buy-in: €100 (50% off)
- SALE Main Sunday Sweat €60K (Freezeout); Buy-in: €50 (50% off)
Unibet’s HexaPro Banzai no longer available
With the launch of its latest software last Tuesday January 18, 2022, Unibet’s loyal client base found the platform’s lobby games to be missing one of its lottery sit and go variants. The HexaPro Banzai, only released about a year and a half ago, has now been pulled out from the site with its standard version remaining available for players to enjoy.
The main difference between the two highlighted Banzai’s overall faster gameplay. The now removed version posted a starting stack of 300 chips, significantly less than the standard’s 500 stack with the blinds increasing every minute instead of the usual three.