Power-Up Takes A Step Back

After extensive testing, PokerStars released “Power-Up” for real money play yesterday, but the new product was hastily removed after several bugs were found in the software. Power-Up is a new form of poker that combines the regular game of poker with certain bonus cards. These bonuses allow the players to do a number of moves including change the hole cards, change the board cards, peek at unseen cards, and throw many other twists at the game.

PokerStars pros heavily promoted the launch on social media, but were left silent Thursday as the new game had to be removedLee Jones announced in a statement that these were only minor glitches and that Power Up is expected to return later next week.


PAD’s Return Proves Costly for Polk

Poker After Dark returned to live-streaming on PokerGo this week. This new show featured the first ever hybrid-format where the stakes would be slowly raised although the game would maintain a cash game format. This week’s lineup featured Doug Polk, Jason Koon, Brandon Steven, Dan Shak and many others.

And aces would prove costly to fan-favorite Doug Polk. First Doug came up short after getting out flopped by kings in a huge pot against Brandon Steven. Not long after Polk would lose a $371,000 pot to Jason Koon when Koon had the aces this time. Doug’s pocket queens would come up short on two separate run-outs.


Vegas Shooter May Have Lost Almost Half a Million

A report from Matt Kaufman in The Nevada Independent shows that Stephen Paddock, the shooter in the Madalay Bay Massacre, may have lost close to over $400,000 gambling in 2015.

Kaufman notes that Paddock generated $5 million worth of W-2G’s from his video poker playing at Mandalay Bay. Using standard Video Poker ROI of 99.17%, Kaufman determined that Kaufman likely lost several hundred thousand over the year. His formula and inductions are all outlined well in his story.


Quick Hitters:

– Poker Superstars Vanessa Selbst and Mike Matusow don’t exactly align idealogically to say the least. Their latest twitter exchange was a good example of that.

– Kristen Bicknell is now the top ranked female player on the GPI. This is the first time she has ever reached #1.

-Thanks to former PTP Staff Writer Steve Ruddock for pointing out this rather ridiculous article about Tribal casinos making a push for online poker.

-On the lighter side, BCPoker makes light of the fact that many parents wish their children would try professions other than poker.