Hit and Run: PokerStars Unveils New Live Events; The Mysterious Mike Neely; Polk’s Bankroll Challenge

Steve Ruddock : August 24th, 2016


The mystery of Mike Neely. PokerStars shelving EPT brand in 2017 to make way for PokerStars Championship and Festival. Polk Bankroll Challenge Update. And more.

Is Mike Neely the greatest poker player of all time?

A strange glitch at The Hendon Mob rewrote poker history for Benjo DiMeo. As DiMeo wrote on Twitter, someone named Mike Neely has apparently won every major poker tournament since time immemorial.

According to @thehendonmob, someone named Mike Nelly has won every single tournament in poker history. pic.twitter.com/vCu7HDqXqP

— BenjoDiMeo (@BenjoDiMeo) August 24, 2016

PokerStars rebranding the EPT

PokerStars made a huge announcement from the tournament floor of the Barcelona EPT Main Event on Wednesday, followed by an online press release.

In a nutshell, the European Poker Tour, and PokerStars’ many other regional poker tours, will be consolidated into a singular entity, with all tournament series henceforth known as either PokerStars Championship or PokerStars Festival.

The official change will occur in 2017, with the exception of PokerStars Festival New Jersey in October.  PokerStars Championship Bahamas 2017 (formerly known as the PCA) the first Championship series.

“We are always thinking of how to bring the best experience to players, through the variety of tournaments we sponsor, the ease of finding information, how we communicate to players and media, and the overall experience on and off the felt,” said Edgar Stuchly, PokerStars’ Director of Live Events. “The PokerStars Championship and PokerStars Festival events are an enhancement of the existing PokerStars sponsored live tours, helping to take our vision for live poker to a whole new level.”

Quick Hitters

- Two PokerNews writers, Marty Derbyshire and Mo Nuwwarah, authored a debate style column on unlicensed online poker sites, and why you should, or shouldn’t, be a customer. It’s an interesting topic, and an interesting article format.

- PokerStars is also renaming another one of its tournaments, but this one is not causing the same type of reaction. As Part Time Poker’s Alex Weldon explains, the $22 daily Six-Max PLO tournament will now be called the Lex Veldhuis Open, in honor of the Team PokerStars Online player.

- partypoker has added a new ambassador to its ranks, as Roberto Romanello was introduced as the latest addition to the Team partypoker lineup, which includes Mike Sexton and Tony Dunst.

- Doug Polk is making strides in his quest to turn $100 into $10,000 over the course of 2016. Polk had a strong session last night, and his bankroll now stands at $551. Polk isn’t the first person to undertake such a challenge, but in the age of Twitch and live streams, his attempt will certainly be the most transparent and the most closely followed.

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