In this column, we deliver you the latest and most interesting online poker industry news from across the world and all platforms.
Natural8 – GGNetwork’s $7M GTD Good Game Series of Poker (GGSOP)
Another fun-filled festival is coming to Asia’s leading network Natural8 – GGNetwork this Autumn season. Having kicked off just yesterday, the Good Game Series of Poker is designed to cater to low stakes tournament players with buy-ins ranging from a modest $2.50 to $50 while also giving those who recently missed the World Series of Poker Online experience, a chance to test their skills on the virtual felt. Its 54-event lineup features an increased prize pool totalling to $7,000,000, $500,000 bigger than its combined guarantee last year.
The two-week schedule covers several key events running through November 7, 2021 with the $1M GTD GGSOP MILLION$ tournament being the biggest event of the festival. Aside from the exciting seven-figure guaranteed tournament, a Main Event that won’t break your bankroll is also set to wrap up the series with a $200,000 prize pool shared amongst its winners. Below are the highlighting events everyone is looking forward to in the next fifteen days of poker action.
|October 23, 2021 [Final Day]||$5 The Return NLH||$5||$100,000|
|October 24, 2021||$25 FLIP Ladies Championship||$25||$100,000|
|October 24, 2021 [Final Day]||$50 GGSOP MILLION$||$50||$1,000,000|
|October 30, 2021 [Final Day]||$15 MILLIONAIRE MAKER Jr||$15||$250,000|
|November 6, 2021||$50 GGSOP MAIN EVENT||$50||$200,000|
Additionally, top runners throughout the series will be glad to know that a GGSOP Leaderboard will be up for contention with 100 players claiming a share of the $100,000 to be awarded.
PokerStars celebrates 20 Years with ‘Big 20’ special promotions
Two decades of online poker success, #1 ranked site PokerStars is welcoming this November 2021 with multiple major promotions in celebration of its 20th anniversary. Starting off with a tournament series “dedicated to the best PokerStars moments over the last 20 years”, The Big 20 Rewind will begin its festivities on November 14th with more details yet to follow in the coming weeks.
“We can’t announce all the details yet, you’ll have to wait until next month for that. But what we can tell you is the series runs until Saturday 4 December and culminates with The Big 20 Finale.”, posted on the PokerStars Blog site.
What we know for now however, is that the concluding event will carry a price tag of $55 with $5,000,000 guarantee and $500,000 in added prizes. In addition to the anticipated tournament lineup, PokerStars is giving its players more value from their favorite games with The Big 20 Boost, bringing super-charged prizes across the site’s regular Daily Cash Game and Spin & Go Leaderboards.
Save the date, The Big 20 starts Nov 1st.
— PokerStars (@PokerStars) October 18, 2021
888poker returns to the European live poker scene
Live poker is alive and well across the globe with major brand 888poker taking advantage of the recovering scene as it makes an awaited return to the European market. In partnership with Grosvenor Casinos, 888poker is set to host a four-day live event from October 28th through the 31st at ‘The Vic’ – home to London’s longest-running poker room.
The 888pokerLIVE Weekend is headlined by a £50,000 Main Event featuring an entry fee of £444 across four starting flights on schedule. Players looking to potentially turn a huge profit can qualify online via the platform’s feeder satellites for essentially, a fraction of the price.
Staking feature now available on Winning Poker Network
The swings of tournament poker may be brutal on grinders, most especially when one’s on a downswing over an extended period of time. While staking has been a great alternative for those eager to minimize cost and variance, the feature remains to be fairly new in the online poker scene. Presently, the built-in staking function is only available on leading GGNetwork and has been popular amongst users for its easy-to-use buying and selling of tournament shares.
Earlier this October, the Winning Poker Network appears to be quickly keeping up with player demands and has since launched its beta staking lobby for a number of tournament offerings. The platform noted that the complex feature had undergone a series of testing over the past months and will continue to expand its tournament coverage in the coming weeks.
Aside from the new feature, the latest software update included more tournament lobby customization options and added bet-sizing settings: minimum, 3 BB, 4 BB, 5 BB, and all-in. The network’s once in-demand $215 Million Dollar Sunday has also been announced to make a return after a three-year hiatus following the introduction of its Venom series. The tournament however, has been restructured to target casual players not looking to play lengthy grinds overall. A total of 27 flights will be available throughout the week, each estimated to run for roughly four hours. The final day will see remaining players again battle through 15-minute blind levels starting from level 23 for the lion’s share of the $1,000,000 prize pool every Sunday.