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A new year begins with aspirations and fresh plans for many and likewise, the top poker brands of the world have been rather busy mapping out high-value live tournament series.
After the thundering response to Season 2 of partypoker LIVE MILLIONS, the brand has announced its third season, with an all-new format and several new features like a single Day 1 freezeout structure with a $10,300 price point for all their main events. Season 3 will have five stops and culminate with the MILLIONS Online event.
Another prime online poker brand, 888poker has come out with dates for its five key events to be hosted in London, Barcelona, Malta and Vienna, while also reiterating its continued partnership with World Series of Poker (WSOP).
Leading sportsbook operator DraftKings has roped in poker star Phil Hellmuth to give away a free ticket to the DraftKings Sports Betting National Championships (SBNC). Hellmuth announced the qualifier on his Twitter handle receiving an overwhelming response!
Season 2 of partypoker LIVE MILLIONS was an astounding success, prompting the announcement for a third season. The recently revamped online poker brand is once again revolutionising its format and introducing a single Day 1 freezeout structure with a $10,300 price point across all Main Events in the upcoming season.
Season 3 is slated to have five stops which will end with the MILLIONS Online event to end the year after several global stop-overs including Rio de Janeiro, Montreal, Rozvadov and Baha Mar.
partypoker President John Duthie stated, “Our MILLIONS Season 2 tour has been very successful, however we pride ourselves on listening to player feedback and continually improving our offering to ensure we provide the best live tour in the world. As part of this we are going to change the format of our MILLIONS tournaments to a 10,000 (local currency) freezeout, with reduced late registration and no multiple Day 1s. The schedules will be reduced to a maximum of seven days, giving the host venues the option to add their own events around the tournament to build the festival.”
While MILLIONS South America, MILLIONS North America and MILLIONS Europe all feature a $5 million Main Event guarantee, the MILLIONS World in the Bahamas will boast of double the amount in guarantee. However, the dates and guarantee for the 2019 MILLIONS Online event is yet to be announced.
In an attempt to add even more to the prestige of becoming a partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Main Event winner, partypoker is introducing a traveling trophy that will be etched with champions’ names at each stop.
“We want the MILLIONS brand to be synonymous with being one of the most prestigious live competitions in the world,” Duthie said. “We hope these changes will allow us to improve and build our MILLIONS tour to make it the best LIVE experience for our players.”
2019 is going to bring an equally intense round of live poker tournaments like the previous year. With most international brands busy charting out their planned schedule of events, 888poker LIVE has recently announced dates for five key live tournament series coming up this year. The company has also announced a World Series of Poker (WSOP) sponsorship.
The 888poker LIVE stops will canvass London, Barcelona, Malta and Vienna. The company will kick off its 2019 roster of events with the 888poker LIVE London at Aspers Casino Westfield Stratford (February 7-10) where the £440 Main Event carrying a £120,000 prize pool guarantee will start over three opening flights. Last year, the event had attracted a field of 547 runners generating a prize pool of £216,000.
The tour’s next stop will be in Barcelona (May 22-June 3) and in October, another 888poker LIVE stop (October 3-7)will be on tap slated at the Montesino Casino in Vienna. This is the first time that the stop returns to Austria since 2017. The star attraction here will be the €888 buy-in Main Event that carries a guaranteed prize pool tag of €300,000.
The tour will then head over to the Battle of Malta towards October-end, only to return to London for a second halt in November.
The big blind ante format and play clock will be standard features at every 888poker LIVE tournament. Main Event champions of these stops will win a package to the WSOP Main Event. Like every year, this time around as well 888poker will be the official sponsor of the WSOP.
*TBD – To be decided & announced later
Poker brat Phil Hellmuth is no stranger to sports betting and he seems to have started 2019 with a benevolent spin. Hellmuth is offering his Twitter followers the chance to win a seat in the DraftKings Sports Betting National Championships (SBNC).
Hellmuth announced the giveaway on Twitter, while discussing the results of his past wagers on football, basketball and other sports.
I’m giving away a $10,000 entry to the “Sports Betting National Championship” in New Jersey, Jan 11-13: $1 Million to first!
The winner of my FREE Phil Hellmuth “Sports Betting National Championship Qualifier” on Sunday gets the entry. Sign up here: https://t.co/UL4haMnWNr
— phil_hellmuth (@phil_hellmuth) January 1, 2019
DraftKings is the leading sportsbook brands in New Jersey and has been successful in the mobile betting segment. SBNC is the first-of-its-kind event that will take place from January 11-13 in New Jersey.
DraftsKings has announced a prize pool guarantee of $2.5 Million for the event, while the winner is guaranteed $1 Million. The top 25 largest bankrolls will end up in the money.
Players can satellite into the $10,000 buy-in event for less via DraftKings. For doing so, they have to use their $5,000 roll to bet on NFL games over the scheduled weekend, with $1,000 in bets spent on Friday and Saturday and $2,000 reserved for the final Sunday, when the two games i.e. the early matchup between the Los Angeles Chargers and the Baltimore Ravens as well as the afternoon clash between Philadelphia Eagles and the Chicago Bears will take place.
Hellmuth’s qualifier is a standard, daily fantasy sports contest wherein participants pick players from the two NFL playoff games being hosted on Sunday. The winner takes it all, a $10,000 entry to the SBNC.
Hellmuth’s also invited the poker community to participate in larger betting pools with him. Looking at the enormous response to his qualifier (more than 400 people have already entered) and many more expected to join, it is going to be tough competition for the hopefuls looking to win a ticket to the SBNC.