In this column we deliver you the latest and most interesting online poker industry news from across the world and all platforms.
6-max Spin & Gold on Natural8
3-handed Jackpot Sit & Gos have been around for quite a long time now on most poker sites. The GG Network has now taken a step to 6-handed Spin & Gold tournaments, a new and interesting spin on the spins.
While other poker sites often worry about the cannibalization of their games by offering too many sub-versions, the GG Network seems to be willing to try it out first and see if there is any interest to start with. This is how innovation should work.
The novel 6-max Spin & Gold tournaments exist as $1, $10 and $100. The minimum multiplier is 4x and a minimum of two players are paid out. In case of the really big prices, everybody at the table receives a share of the money.
WPN Bankroll Beneficiaries
The Winning Poker Network’s flagship site Americas Card Room has announced a Bankroll Beneficiaries program. In the case of death, any remaining poker funds of a player usually go to the poker site. Now, ACR’s CEO Phil Nagy announced this program with a lot of prie, saying it’s “best feature I’ve ever planned.”
Bankroll Beneficiaries will launch on 30th June and players will be able to assign a loved one’s crypto account to be funded with the money, should things go bad.
It’s a topic that’s rarely spoken about, but apparently important and frequent enough that the poker site is putting in the work to solve this issue. Granted, every poker site should do this and offer a scheme to save players’ funds in case of death. This announcement came as part of a bigger statement about the WPN Manifesto in which the network reflects their goals, values, and principles of interaction with players.
iPoker Network introduces Player HUD
After the GG Network and Run It Once Poker, iPoker is now the third poker site/network to introduce their own built-in HUD. The HUD is still in test mode for cash games only, but so far available on BestPoker and Betfair Poker. In the future it will be available for tournaments as well.
Players can see three stats of their opponents: Flop Seen (VPIP), Run (basically a streak), Aggression Frequency (for postflop). These stats are only valid during a single session and will reset once the player leaves the table.
More and more sites start blocking tracking tools like Hold’em Manager and Pokertracker and start offering internal trackers for a more fair game for everyone. When PokerStars, as the biggest poker operator in the world, will take this step, remains to be seen. The deck will then definitely be shuffled for all poker players, leveling the playing field some more.
More Online Series
And just when we thought it might get quiet at the online poker tables, many sites announced further series for May. We have summarized the main once for you here.
PokerStars; SCOOP Afterparty
PokerStars is extending the SCOOP action for just a few days longer. From 4th to 9th May there are a few more events available in the client.
partypoker: WPT Online Series
This event has been announced for a long time already, but now the details were published. The World Poker Tour (WPT) Online Series will take place from 14th May to 2nd June. The $3.200 Main Event will have a $3 million guarantee. The schedule offers some more events and satellites are already running.
WPN: PKO Online Super Series
The Winning Poker Network (WPN) PKO Online Super Series will take place from 9th to 24th May and have $25 million guaranteed.
iPoker: May Poker Series (MPS)
iPoker is hosting their May Poker Series (MPS) with €1.5 million guaranteed across 67 events from 7th to 16th May,
Unibet: Online Series XII
Unibet will hold their 12th edition of the Online Series from 16th to 30th May. There will be 102 events with a total of €650k in guarantees.