Online News: PokerStars adds countries on restricted list; 888poker’s $1M Big Shot; PaiWangLuo Network hosts Monster Stack series; Natural8 – GGNetwork kicks off Super MILLION$ Week

In this column, we deliver you the latest and most interesting online poker industry news from across the world and all platforms.

PokerStars sees additional countries on restricted list

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Following last year’s merger under one of the world’s largest gambling companies, Flutter Entertainment, it appears changes on leading PokerStars have likewise affected its presence in certain locations. To date, over half of the world’s countries are listed on the client’s prohibited jurisdictions which has now extended to three-digit figures. Recent additions on the list are evidently minor markets and believed to not bring a significant effect to the overall global traffic.

We have been adding to our list of prohibited jurisdictions as part of an ongoing review into markets we would no longer operate in, started after the completion of the merger”, a PokerStars representative informed PRO.

The outcome of this work has recently been reflected in an update to our prohibited jurisdictions webpage, which details where in the world we do not offer real money, play money or freemium products”, the statement added.

888poker’s $1M Big Shot tournament

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A thrilling event awaits players loyal to online site, 888poker as it brings its first million-dollar prize pool tournament of 2021, this month of September. The ongoing $1,000,000 Big Shot sees a special edition of its regular Sunday Big Shot offering but with a much juicier prize guarantee to be awarded. The buy-in remains the same and is priced at $109 for each entry, with multiple starting flights currently running on the client. Day 2 is scheduled to play through on September 27th where a lucky champion will eventually be crowned for likely, a smashing six-figure top payout.

It has been almost a year since 888poker last launched a $1 million guaranteed tournament. The 888Millions Superstorm Main Event awarded its brand ambassador Dominik Nitsche, $121,146.01 (after deal) in prize money after outlasting the 3,196-entry field. Given the previous seven-figure tournament posted a more expensive buy-in of $320, runners of this year’s $1M Big Shot event can most definitely expect to see a larger field of players considering its modest price tag for the games.

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PaiWangLuo Network hosts $6.17M GTD Monster Stack series

Tournament action in the online poker arena remains nonstop with US-friendly PaiWangLuo Network (Bodog Poker, Ignition Casino, and Bovada) pumping up the action even more so with this month’s new edition of its Monster Stack series. Running until October 8, 2021, the four-week long schedule features 242 tournaments along with 3 Main Events to award over $6,170,000 in guaranteed prizes. Buy-in for the events cater to a wide range of players with entries set as low as $3.30 to as high as $1,055 for its Super High Roller events.

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Similar to its recently concluded Super Millions Poker Open series, regular tournament offerings on the sites will see a boost in prize pool guarantees. Its Super Duper High Roller Monster Stack on Tuesdays for instance, now boasts of a $250,000 guarantee. Sundays are also eventful as the $162 Special Sundays tournament features a $250,000 guaranteed prize pool, as much as the Main Event on October 3rd.

With three Main Events running on its last Sunday on schedule, that also means three lucky winners will carry the Main Event title, along with the lion’s share of the awaited tournaments.

Main Event Details

Early Bird Main Event
Date: October 3, 2021, Sunday
Prize pool: $10,000 GTD
Buy-in: $82

Early Mini Main Event
Date: October 3, 2021, Sunday
Prize pool: $100,000 GTD
Buy-in: $109

Main Event
Date: October 3, 2021, Sunday
Prize pool: $250,000 GTD
Buy-in: $270

Visit the lobby or Bodog’s official website for the full schedule of Monster Stack events.

Natural8 – GGNetwork kicks off $15M GTD Super MILLION$ Week

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Online poker giant, Natural8GGNetwork is quickly following its successful online World Series of Poker festival with added high roller action as its $15,000,000 guaranteed Super MILLION$ Week kicks off this September 12, 2021. The week-long lineup covers 35 premium events, five of which boast of seven-digit prize pools guaranteed. Buy-in for the games is not for the faint of heart with the minimum price tag set at $525 to its most expensive $10,300 Main Event.

The excitement doesn’t stop there as four WSOP Circuit Rings will be awarded in this mini festival with the details of the events highlighted below. Omaha enthusiasts can also grab the chance to win the coveted award with the multi-day $2,100 Super MILLION$ Omaholic Bounty, one of the four WSOP Ring events.

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Event #1: Super KICKOFF Bounty Hunters High Roller
Date: September 12, 2021, Sunday
Prize pool: $2,500,000 GTD
Buy-in: $525

Event #2: Super MILLION$ Main Event
Date/s: September 12, 2021, Sunday (Day 1A)
September 14, 2021, Tuesday (Day 1B)
September 16, 2021, Thursday (Day 1C)
September 18, 2021, Saturday (Day 1D)
September 19, 2021, Sunday (Day 1E)
September 19, 2021, Sunday (Day 2)
Prize pool: $5,000,000 GTD
Buy-in: $10,300

Event #3: Super MILLION$ Omaholic Bounty
Date/s: September 12, 2021, Sunday (Stage 1A)
September 14, 2021, Tuesday (Stage 1B)
September 16, 2021, Thursday (Stage 1C)
September 18, 2021, Saturday (Stage 1D)
September 19, 2021, Sunday (Stage 1E)
September 19, 2021, Sunday (Final Stage)
Prize pool: $1,000,000 GTD
Buy-in: $2,100

Event #32: GGMasters HR Freezeout
Date: September 19, 2021, Sunday
Prize pool: $1,500,000 GTD
Buy-in: $1,050

As seen above, the Super MILLION$ Main Event will run five starting flights across the 7-day schedule with Day 2 set on the series’ concluding Sunday. The $5,000,000 guaranteed tournament champion will surely see another jaw-dropping yet deserving first prize paycheck for the impressive run. For poker fans curious to see who it will be, don’t forget to tune in to GGPoker.TV, where the awaited final table play will be exclusively broadcasted on September 21, 2021, Tuesday, 18:00 GMT.

Additionally, the full schedule of tournaments can already be viewed in the lobby of Asia’s largest poker room, Natural8 or on the GGPoker official website.

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Janette Dee

Graduated from De La Salle University, Janette works as a full time teacher in Manila, Philippines. She has long joined the local poker community as a recreational player for the last decade. Having a natural love for the game, she decided to branch out into a different avenue of poker. Currently, Janette works for Somuchpoker as a content writer reporting local and international news for the site.

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