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Even though the year is nearing its end, the poker action is far from over. Poker and golf fans will be delighted to know that online poker brand partypoker will sponsor the PGA EuroPro Tour in 2019.
Meanwhile, the fifth edition of the $300,000 buy-in Super High Roller Bowl (SHRB) which was supposed to be held in May has now be moved to December by Poker Central and will run from December 17 to 19.
The ongoing 2018 World Series of Poker Circuit (WSOPC) Harveys Lake Tahoe recently crowned another winner in Pittsburg native Lian Liu who shipped Event #7: $400 No-Limit Hold’em (1-Day) and claimed his career-first WSOPC gold ring and a winner’s payday of $18,733.
On November 1, a press release was issued by the online poker giant partypoker announcing that they will be the “official partner of PGA EuroPro Tour Ltd. next year”. As per the terms of the deal, partypoker will have branding rights at EuroPro Tour events and be the beneficiary of “targeted social media campaigns” by the tour and its parent company, Matchroom Sport.
This news has come as a pleasant surprise to golf and poker fans alike. The EuroPro Tour is like a vetting ground for up-and-coming golfers in Europe. It’s billed as Europe’s “leading development tour” and its most successful players move onto play in the Challenge Tour, which is only one level below Europe’s biggest and most lucrative tour, the European Tour.
partypoker managing director Tom Waters commented on the freshly inked sponsorship deal stating, “We are excited to come on board with the Euro ProTour for the forthcoming season and further strengthen our relationship with Matchroom Sport. The tour hosts some of the most exciting events across Europe, and we look forward to supporting Matchroom in their quest to unearth the next generation of golfing stars.”
Along with the branding rights, partypoker will get promotional opportunities by sponsoring select golfers on the tour. The company also receives three “hospitality packages” to the Rose & Thistle Trophy Golf event, scheduled for late May.
Tour Chairman Barry Hearn expressed his delight over the arrangement. “Our developmental golf tour has become one of the leading circuits for young professionals looking to become tomorrow’s superstars of the sport,” he said. “I am really looking forward to building on an already strong relationship with partypoker and can’t wait to see the benefits it will bring to all involved in the PGA EuroPro Tour.”
What previously used to be a May affair has now been moved to December as a winter festival. The fifth edition of the $300,000 buy-in Super High Roller Bowl (SHRB) was announced by Poker Central and will be held from December 17 to 19 and will consist of a 48-player cap.
The rake-free tournament will offer an overall prize pool of $14.4 Million with $5 Million of that going to the eventual winner, along with an SHRB championship ring.
Due to the change of date, the SHRB will count towards the point race for the High Roller of the Year title, which concludes at the end of the calendar year.
Players interested to participate will have to make a deposit of $30,000 by November 26. 25 spots will be awarded by lottery – to be live streamed on PokerGO on November 27, while the remaining 18 seats will be reserved for ARIA VIP guests and the remaining five places will be awarded to the top five players on the aforementioned High Roller of the Year leaderboard.
Vice president of content for Poker Central Sam Simmons said, “In its first five years of existence, Super High Roller Bowl has grown into one of the most exclusive and highly coveted poker championships in the world as the pinnacle of the High Roller Triple Crown. We’re proud to celebrate that milestone in December, as we implement changes that will continue the success of the event for many years to come.”
The 2018 SHRB will be streamed on PokerGO, meanwhile NBC Sports Network will feature Super High Roller Bowl episodes on both NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app.
The $400 No-Limit Hold’em (1-Day) at the 2018 World Series of Poker Circuit (WSOPC) Harveys Lake Tahoe began on October 30. 227 entries were registered at the event, forming a prize pool of $74,910. Pittsburg native Lian Liu took down the event and won his maiden WSOPC ring, along with a career-best live cash of $18,733.
Lui has till date posted seven cashes at the WSOPC for a total $29,256 in winnings. Lui faced tough competition at the final table which consisted of the likes of Sergio Vargas (3rd for $8,424), Hank Sitton (5th for $4,680) and winner of Event #3: $400 No-Limit Hold’em (1-Day) Bernard Lee (7th for $2,764).
Lui battled Andrew Jenkins in the heads-up play and eventually emerged victorious, while Jenkins was relegated to the runner-up spot for $11,575.
The top 24 places were assured payouts and the list featured names like David Avina (11th for $1,402), Raymond Wang (15th for $1,151), Vincent Fucillo (17th for $958), Steven Saklad (20th for $808) and Layne Thompson (24th for $691).
Final Table Results (USD)
1. Lian Liu – $18,733
2. Andrew Jenkins – $11,575
3. Sergio Vargas – $8,424
4. Takuo Serita – $6,230
5. Hank Sitton – $4,680
6. James Duke – $3,569
7. Bernard Lee – $2,764
8. Stephen Bierman – $2,172
9. Jim Gooch – $1,733
10. Mark Jeans – $1,402