Hit and Run: PokerStars Eliminating Heads Up Tables; Wynn Getting a New Poker Room; New Spin & Go Millionaire


PokerStars will be eliminating all non-Zoom heads-up tables on February 12.  New poker room coming to Wynn. Pennsylvania urges Congress to repeal PASPA. And more.

PokerStars eliminating regular heads-up tables

PokerStars can expect a bit more mud flung their way from a new group of disgruntled players following their latest announcement. Effective February 12, PokerStars will no longer offer traditional heads-up poker tables. All heads-up games will be played in the Zoom format, where players join a pool of players, with the opponent changing every hand, instead of choosing a specific opponent at a specific table.

This will likely rankle head-up players, but in the long run this is a move PokerStars, and online poker had to make, the reason for which I explain in this column.

PokerStars turns another Spin & Go player into a millionaire

On February 7th, PokerStars crowned its first million-dollar Spin & Go winner of 2016, and its ninth overall, when a Russian online player using the screen-name Rainman751 defeated his two opponents in just four hands.

Here is a list of the Spin & Go million dollar winners from the PokerStars blog:

  • October 21: Samara Lúcio from Brazil won $1 million from a $5 tournament.
  • October 22: wrawras from Brazil won $1 million from a $100 tournament.
  • October 25: prophethicks from England won $1 million from a $5 tournament.
  • October 26: barrakuuda4 from Estonia won $1 million from a $100 tournament.
  • October 26: handbt1 from Germany won $1 million from a $5 tournament.
  • October 28: ifipushud325 from Australia won $1 million from a $5 tournament.
  • November 21: Koovoon from Canada won $1 million from a $100 tournament.
  • December 14: GrindHeaps from Australia won $1 million from a $100 tournament.
  • February 7: Rainman751 from Russia won $1 million from a $100 tournament in 4 hands and 104 seconds.

Quick Hitters

– On May 26, The Wynn will debut its new poker room. Director of Poker Ryan Beauregard spoke with PokerNews to discuss the new room and what players can expect.

– More details of the potential Amaya Gaming takeover bid being led by current CEO David Baazov are coming to light, as iGaming Business is reporting several other key employees will be part of the takeover effort.

CNBC decided to go there, and discuss the 800 pound gorilla in the room. How can DraftKings continue to adamantly declare their contests aren’t gambling in the united States while simultaneously holding a gambling license in the UK in order to operate in that market?

– The Pennsylvania Gaming Oversight Committee passed a resolution on Tuesday urging Congress to repeal the federal ban on sports betting known as PASPA.

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