Following is a timeline of the poker news stories covered during the week of November 13-19, 2017 here at PartTimePoker.
Monday, November 13th
– The world’s largest poker site — PokerStars — announced an all-new High Roller Series that will begin November 26th and run through December 4th. Online tournament buy-ins will range from $1,500 to $10,000 USD with many of today’s top for-profit players expected to compete. There will be a $2 million guaranteed Main Event that starts on Sunday, November 3rd.
– The use of Protection Poker‘s Action Clock at major WPT live events has received mostly positive feedback, which means players could see a further proliferation of time banks in live poker tournaments in 2018.
– Poker media continues to speculate as to when real money online poker will go live in Pennsylvania.
– Episode 7 of GrinderSchool’s instruction video series is released. Our readers can check out how to incorporate HUD overlays while playing Sit & Go poker tournaments competitively here.
Tuesday, November 14th
– The WPT Montreal Main Event played down to 16 players as longtime poker player Tony Dunst is named the new WPT televised poker anchor for 2018, replacing all-star announcer Mike Sexton.
– Chris Ferguson becomes the 2017 WSOP “Player of The Year” as poker players, media and fans opine on whether the former Full Tilt Poker co-owner is good or bad for the modern-day poker business.
– ETA for regulated online poker games in the state of Pennsylvania is mid-2018, according to some industry analysts.
– Move over Phil Hellmuth… 2006 WSOP Main Event champion Jamie Gold claims to be “halfway” to his career goal of raising $1 billion USD for charitable causes.
– Episode 8 of the GrinderSchool’s video series takes an in-depth look at a Sit & Go live session.
Wednesday, November 15th
– The Stars Group announced its 3Q-2017 earnings recently, which showed growth for its online poker, casino and sports wagering services. Poker still accounts for roughly two-thirds of the company’s revenue stream, but its other verticals are growing at a much faster rate.
– New Jersey has broken its own record for yearly online gambling revenue in 2017, with two months remaining on the calendar. The Garden State’s regulated online casino business is booming, but poker revenues are down nearly 20 percent.
– King’s Casino owner Leon Tsoukernik filed a counter suit for $10 million USD, claiming that he was taken advantage of by Matt Kirk and Aria Las Vegas staff after losing millions in loaned money in a poker game then refusing to pay it back.
– The United Kingdom Gambling Commission (UKGC) announced it will focus on raising standards for regulated online operators in upcoming months.
– CoinPoker, a cryptocurrency-based poker room, is backed by former PokerNews owner Tony G. The pre-ICO has launched and is scheduled to end December 1st.
– Episode 9 of our free video series from GrinderSchool delves more into Sit & Go play with another live session clip which you can access here.
Thursday, November 16th
– The world’s biggest real money online poker winner Phil Ivey throws his hat into the cryptocurrency ring by becoming an advisor for Virtue Poker.
— Phil Ivey (@philivey) November 16, 2017
– Partypoker officially axes “inactivity fees” for its online customers who do not participate in real money play for a certain period of time. The decision marks a shift from a policy that was in place for ten years.
– Maxime Heroux wins the 2017 WPT Montreal Main Event for over $300,000 USD.
– A Twitter dispute between poker pro Daniel Negreanu and Hollywood actor James Woods goes viral. Woods, an avid poker player himself — throws veteran player Evelyn Ng into the virtual firestorm.
– Episode 10 of PartTimePoker’s free video series concludes its discussion on professional Sit & Go tournament strategy.
Friday, November 17th
– If you ask PokerSesh creator Abe Limon, the high profile court battle involving Matt Kirk and Leon Tsoukernik is a classic case of When Greed and Stupidity Collide. Limon joins PartTimePoker Podcast hosts Alex Weldon and Andrew Barber for an insightful episode that includes both poker-related and off topic discussion.
– The most popular Twitch Poker streamer on the planet Jason Somerville headlines a poker event that raises $100,000 USD for charitable causes.
– Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) behemoth DraftKings has announced it will sponsor the upcoming WPT European Championship in January.
– Strategy and training site Upswing Poker releases its “Top 5 Predictions” for the poker world in 2018.
– Season 2 of PartTimePoker’s video series from GrinderSchool shows players how to build a bankroll playing micro-stakes online poker.
Saturday & Sunday, November 18th-19th
– The CoinPoker pre-ICO has already reached 85 percent of its fundraising goal with nearly two weeks to go before the offer ends on December 1st.
– Poker pro Justin Schwartz, who is generally well-liked by members of the poker community, unwittingly got mixed up in “racism rhetoric” with big name rapper Talib Kweli Greene.
– The gambling world will have its attention fixated on the United States Supreme Court next month. There are far-reaching ramifications in play as SCOTUS considers whether to lift a federal ban on real money sports betting outside of Nevada.