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The poker fraternity is always abuzz with activity whether it is the release schedule for upcoming events, the announcement of a new location for a series or pros joining hands with established brands.
After the success of the 2018 Wynn Summer Classic, the company is back with its fall edition, the Wynn Fall Classic (WFC) which will be held at the Encore poker room at Wynn, Las Vegas from September 26 to October 14.
The World Poker Tour DeepStacks™ (WPTDS™) has added a new stop to its 2018 schedule, the River Casino in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Headlined by a $1,100 Main Event, the WPTDS Pittsburgh series will run from October 17-29.
Arlie Shaban famous for a record 1,000 hours of live streaming over 125 consecutive days on Twitch has joined the The Run It Up (RIU) poker stream team and will be seen in the Run It Up Reno, scheduled for October.
Following the success of the Wynn Summer Classic which was held alongside the 2018 World Series of Poker (WSOP) and witnessed the prize pool double the original $1.5 Million guarantee, the franchise is back again with the Wynn Fall Classic (WFC). Scheduled to be hosted in the Encore poker room at the Wynn, Las Vegas. The series will run from September 26 to October 14 and will consist of a total of 16 events.
Offering a combined prize pool of over $1.8 Million, which may well be overshot if the participation is anything like the summer championship, the series had added a brand new $3,200 High Roller tournament to its schedule. Expected to begin on October 10, the event has a guarantee of $150,000.
However, the main attraction will be the $1,600 buy-in Championship Event, which boasts of a guaranteed prize pool of $500,000. With two starting flights that will be held on October 12 and 13 respectively, Day 1 will see 45-minute levels, Day 2, 60-minute levels and the final Day 3 will have 75-minute levels.
In 2017, the Championship Event had registered 447 entries that created a prize pool of $650,000, while the series had gathered over 3,000 entries through eight events with the cumulative prize pool touching $1.9 million.
Partnering with the River Casino in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the World Poker Tour DeepStacks™ (WPTDS™) has added the casino to its schedule of planned stops this year. The WPTDS Pittsburgh series will kick off on October 17 and will feature a $1,100 Main Event from October 25- 29.
The stop will hit the floor after WPTDS San Diego and WPTDS Thunder Valley stops.
Executive Director at WPTDeepStacks, Chris Torina, in his official statement said, “As poker’s premier mid-major tournament circuit, WPTDeepStacks strives to bring world-class poker experiences to great locations across the globe at an accessible price point,”
He added, “Through our partnership with Rivers Casino for the $1,100 buy-in, $300,000 guaranteed WPTDeepStacks Pittsburgh event, we are able to do just that. Pittsburgh is an incredible city, and we look forward to showcasing the region’s strong enthusiasm for poker in October.”
“We’re thrilled to host Pittsburgh’s first-ever WPTDeepStacks tournament in our beautiful poker room,”VP, Table Games at River Casino, Jeff Cutri said.
WPTDS is a one-of-a-kind partnership between the World Poker Tour (WPT) and DeepStacks Poker Tour (DSPT), primarily focusing on the ‘mid-major’ poker market through partnerships with prestigious casino brands in the industry.
The WPTDS Pittsburgh will open with a $100,000 guaranteed opening event with a buy-in of $360 and five starting flights and will crown a winner on October 21. A $560 PLO event with $25,000 guaranteed prize pool is also part of the schedule.
With three starting flights and a $300,000 guaranteed prize pool, the $1,100 Main Event at the stop promises to be a sparkling success and may bring out a strong contender for the WPTDS North America Player of the Year competition.
After joining the popular poker stream, Run It Up (RIU) as a streaming ambassador early this month, poker player and ardent Twitch streamer Arlie Shaban is gearing up to represent RIU at Run It Up Reno in October. While he does so, the 29-year old will also work on his live game at the stop as well subsequent stops, keeping to streaming, along the side.
Shaban, who was best known as a popular contestant in the 2014 Big Brother Canada created headlines earlier this year, after he streamed an insane 1,000 hours of poker over 125 consecutive days on Twitch.
The young live streamer who holds a degree in Business Communications from Brock University was inspired to start streaming full time by Kevin Martin, whom he met at the sets of Big Brother Canada. While he had been playing poker all his life, he decided to join the Max-Value training program to improve his game and studied Twitch as a competitive market before joining it.
Overnight, Shaban became famous and by March, Shaban had more than 7,000 followers and was signed to the GG Network as an ambassador. Soon he caught poker pro and RIU founder Jason Somerville’s attention.
Shaban joins the likes of RIU pros Lex Veldhius, Jeff Gross, Kevin Martin, and Jamie Staples for live streaming.
Announcing Shaban’s coming on-board, the RIU in its blog dated August 2nd stated, “Arlie delivers a unique passionate energy in his Twitch Poker broadcasts and Run It Up is eager to help him grow to his full potential as a livestreamer.”
Shaban, who had made his live poker debut at the sixth instalment of RIU Reno in May and scored three cashes amounting to $1,400, was equally excited about joining the RIU brand. He said, “Getting sponsored by RIU is an actual dream! They are such a fun and hardworking crew of people, led by the absolute legend Jason Somerville. The live event they put on bi-annually, RIU Reno, was the best time I’ve ever had playing poker in my life. It was the funniest environment imaginable.”