Online poker juggernaut PartyPoker appears in the news again as the site reduces their rake in some formats. The brick-and-mortar arm of the company had another big week with several popular names making the final table of the PartyPokerLive event. Scott Blumstein shared something rather cool on Twitter and a new documentary is making the rounds. That and more in the weekend edition of the Hit and Run.
PartyPoker Axes the Rake
If you’ve had your finger on the pulse of the poker world, you’ll note that the general opinion of PokerStars has been sliding, while PatyPoker has recently had nothing but praise. And Party appears to have generated more good will as they have just confirmed that they will “remove rake on the bounty element” from all Knockout events starting Sunday, May 6th.
According to partypoker Managing Director Tom Waters, the decision to significantly lower rake in select Multi-Table Tournaments (MTTs) was made as a result of player feedback and lobbying efforts from site-sponsored player liaison Patrick Leonard.
“We will hold this policy for six months with the intention to make this a permanent reduction to our pricing structure,” said Waters in an April 14th blog communication. “We have over 350 PKO MTTs per week with guarantees of over $4 million, so clearly, we will need players continued support to remain competitive revenue wise with other online poker sites.”
Our own David Huber has written extensively on the story here.
The Year of Chidwick Continues
After a career of close-calls, variance seems to finally be catching up with Stephen Chidwick in a good way. After several near misses Chidwick has put up big results in 2018 by winning the first ever U.S. Poker Open and then also final tabling the Super High Roller Bowl China for well over a million dollars. Every year some player seems to run incredibly hot, and although it’s only April, this may be Chidwick’s year.
Chidwick recently finished second to Jake Schindler in the 100K Super High Roller PartyPoker Live Event. Schindler took home €1,750,000 and the trophy while Chidwick only managed €1,100,000. Poor guy.
Chidwick then immediately turned around and final tabled the PartyPoker Millions Grand Final Main Event along with several other big names including Adam Owen, Dominik Nitsche, and Pascal Lefrancois.
Chidwick took a rather unfortunate beat 5-handed and would eventually finish in 3rd for another €1,000,000. Lefrancois ended up taking home the most cash after beating Adam Owen heads-up. Pascal walked away with €1,700,000, the largest score of his already impressive career. But hats off to Owen for coming in 2nd for €1,300,000 after starting the final table as the short stack.
– After long-time World Poker Tour host Mike Sexton took over as CEO of PartyPoker, Tony Dunst was promoted to co-host of the WPT alongside Vince Van Patten. The reviews for Dunst have been mostly positive, and he reflected on his first season as the tour’s commentator.
– BonusCodePoker decided to have a little fun at the expense of so-called table comedians. This post pokes fun at some of the same jokes you here over and over again at the poker table.
-Reigning WSOP Main Event champ Scott Blumstein has had a pretty good year we’d say. And in this post on Twitter he looks at how absurd his life is now that he has his own trading card.
-Finally, a new poker documentary is out. This one focuses on women in poker and several prominent female players are featured. Check it out over on Vimeo.
Keith Woernle is a writer, comedian, and semi-pro poker player based out of New Jersey. He was a producer for season 10 of the World Poker Tour. Keith won a WSOP circuit ring in 2011. He likes poker a lot. Follow or contact him on twitter @WoernlePoker.