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The poker world is certainly abuzz with action as the much-anticipated PokerStars Players Championship kicked off in the Bahamas yesterday. Even with it`s record-breaking numbers, the majority of the poker community were left out from the extravaganza and to correct that, PokerStars has come out with an online version of the PSPC called the mini-PSPC. The online avatar of the PSPC follows the exact same style and structure as the PSPC but at 1/1000th the cost i.e. $25. PokerStars has also added $9K to the prize pool with an additional $1K going to the eventual winner. Unfortunately, the offer is not open to Indians on the PokerStars India client.
Moving over to the other stories we have reports that truly show the rising popularity of poker as a spectator sport. In the first, late poker legend Dave Ulliott’s poker journey will soon be airing on partypoker’s TV channel, while the second report is about a new mixed-game show called Dolly’s Game featuring poker legend Doyle Brunson that will start streaming today on PokerGO.
The most-awaited and hyped tournament ever from the PokerStars stable i.e. the PokerStars Players NLHE Championship (PSPC) is up and running having officially stamped the record books as the largest-ever $25K poker tournament in history! With poker celebs, 320 Platinum Pass winners and other participants all part of the 1000+ runners at the event, there were millions left wanting. To make up for this, PokerStars has announced an online and more inclusive version of the PSPC, called the mini-PSPC.
Boasting of the same format and structure as the PSPC, the mini PSPC features a buy-in that is 1/1000th the live version at an affordable $25. Like the PSPC, it will run through five days and kicked off on January 6. There is no rake being charged in the tournament and like the live version, the tournament will be played eight-handed (given the record-breaking numbers the event played out nine-handed on Day 1) with each player starting off with a starting stack of 60,000. However, the blind levels are a reduced 20-minutes long, instead of the 60-minutes levels at the PSPC.
PokerStars announced the mini-PSPC on Twitter.
Can’t make the #PSPC? Then play along online with the #MiniPSPC.
♠️ $25 buy-in
♠️ $9,000 added
♠️ Five-day event, starting at 21.05 CET on January 6th (24hr late-reg)
♠️ To register, search in the lobby for ‘Mini PSPC’ or Tournament #2498943835 pic.twitter.com/N0AIJxU99Z
— PokerStars LIVE (@PokerStarsLIVE) January 3, 2019
Though the online version does not carry a prize pool guarantee, PokerStars has added $9,000 to the prize pool. About 15% of the field is expected to book a profit in the event.
Late registration to the mini-PSPC is open for 24 hours. This is the longest-ever, late registration allowed in online poker. The final table of the event will kick off on January 11 with the six-handed final table.
The event is prohibited for players from Russia and the Czech Republic, owing to local regulations. PokerStars clarified this on Twitter in response to a query from a Russian player. Unfortunately, the list of exclusions also includes India.
Hi Ilya, unfortunately players from Russia are unable to participate in this tournament. Apologies for the inconvenience.
— PokerStars LIVE (@PokerStarsLIVE) January 3, 2019
Notably, this is the second online tournament ever to be hosted on PokerStars to last more than four days. In 2016, the World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) saw a four-day ‘Marathon’ event that attracted some of the world’s best online players. However, due to technical glitches, the event played out over an additional day. The tournament since then was not repeated in the subsequent runs of the WCOOP.
The late Dave Ulliott left behind a poker legacy that will far outlive him. The Englishman who passed away in 2015 due to Colon Cancer launched a number of poker careers and is a legend in his own right. Aka Devilfish, Ulliott’s poker journey has now been documented and will soon be airing on partypoker’s TV channel.
In his heydays, the Poker Hall of Famer was infamous for his no-holds barred and at times, incorrigible attitude. He was charming at the same time.
Towards 2018-end, partypoker announced that it was promoting the new documentary on Ulliott and put out a teaser that featured a number of poker players talking about Ulliott. Former Hendon Mobster Barny Boatman, Simon Trumper, and Marcel Luske remembered their experiences with Ulliott as an opponent.
The documentary essentially touches upon highlights of Ulliott’s life like how he was a thief and a safecracker in his youth and even served time in prison. The documentary will also talk about Ulliott’s attacking style of play and his charming ability to smooth talk at the tables that often put his opponents on the backfoot. Ulliott’s skills saw him being shut out from cash games around Hull and Men ‘The Master’ Nguyen famously comment that Ulliott had the “tenacity of a devilfish.” Ulliott also appeared on the British TV show, ‘Late Night Poker’ where he shows up in all the five series. More than 1.5 Million people watched him win the first-ever season of Late Night Poker.
The teaser offers a quick but juicy insight into what the documentary is all about. Watch the trailer here:
10-time WSOP bracelet winner Doyle Brunson will be all over PokerGO starting today participating in a brand new mixed-game show, “Dolly’s Game”. The show will feature mixed games like 2-7 triple draw, stud, badugi, etc where the 85-year-old Brunson will be seen introducing mixed games to a “wider audience.”
— PokerGO (@PokerGO) January 3, 2019
The cash game series will be shot at the PokerGO Studio outside the Aria in Las Vegas. Brunson is expected to be joined by Brian Rast and Gus Hansen on the show.