8 mins Read
In this edition of our PokerGuru 3-Bet, we start with highlighting two new features of the soon-to-launch poker site ‘Run It Once’, introduced by founder Phil Galfond in his latest blog. We then move on to unique tournaments created by PokerStars’ pros to give away platinum passes for the much anticipated PokerStars Players Championship (PSPC). In the final story, we report about the launch of Season 6 of the popular poker podcast, The Chip Race, of which two episodes have already been released and two more are coming up soon.
Auto seating and fixed buy-ins are going to feature in online poker site ‘Run It Once’. Poker pro and founder of the site that will launch this summer – Phil Galfond has, in his latest blog revealed the two prime features.
Earlier this month Galfond had announced that ‘Run It Once’ games will not allow Heads-up displays (HUD).Now he posted that the site will allow players to choose the stakes they want to play, but after that, the seating will be automatic.
The fixed buy-in system will, according to Galfond, force players to practice bankroll management, consider the stakes carefully and play poker for the beauty of it rather than trying to exploit technicalities to maximize their edge.
“Many of us refer to €0.25/€0.50 as ‘€50NL’ and €5/€10 as ‘€1k NL,’ but on most sites that’s not actually what they mean; the buy-in is variable. On Run It Once, the buy-in will actually correspond with what’s listed. So, in the former game players will be required to buy in for €50 and €50 only.” wrote Galfond.
“This quick, clear buy-in process aligns with the experience we are trying to achieve at Run It Once Poker,” he added. “I’ve tested it, and it feels good.”
Galfond underlined that the site will focus on giving recreational players the attention and fair-game opportunity they deserve. It’s important, he said, to stop painting all recreational players with the same brush and treating them different than professionals. But that doesn’t mean, ‘Run it Once’ will bring a poor gaming experience for pros.
“We not only want to level the playing field and make the games more fun for recreational players; we want to improve the experience for pros, too”, he added.
The Platinum Pass for the inaugural PokerStars Players Championship (PSPC) valued at $30,000 is surely one of the most coveted packages any poker player can get their hands on. Each of these passes secures a trip to the Bahamas and now, the platinum passes will be given away by PokerStars pros through unique, qualifying tournaments.
The first of these tournaments is the ‘BroBattle’, created by Felix Schneiders. Schneiders with two other PokerStars pros- Murat Tulek and Niklas Ehrenholz will handpick entrants to represent their teams. These teams will battle through monthly live Sit & Go tournaments at Schneider’s streaming studios located in Germany. The grand finale of these tournaments will be organized on September 2 with the Platinum Pass going to the overall winner.
‘As Random As It Gets’ has been created by Ben Spragg and Fintan Hand and will have poker players selected through the Twitch channel facing random challenges that could range from photoshop contest to fitness challenges. The entrants will engage in a final battle for a Platinum Pass on July 29.
Yet another interesting contest is going to be the ‘From BSOP to PSPC’ formulated by Brazilian PokerStars Pro Andre Akkari. Akkari will hold qualifying Sit & Go tournaments through three Brazil Series of Poker (BSOP) events, the first of which is going to take place in Sao Paulo in July. A draw will be held to randomly choose six players out of contestants who reach the money places in the opening tournaments of each BSOP stop, and these will play an exclusive Sit & Go. Akkari will also pick two wild-card players to join the game and three winners, one from each will pay in the final a BSOP Millions on December 6 and the champion will pocket the Platinum Pass.
Poker fans will see poker biggies Dara O’ Kearney and David Lappin hosting The Chip Race Season 6. The popular poker podcast has now launched its sixth edition that features seven episodes and is available on iTunes and SoundCloud for free. Following the launch of the first episode, the second episode was made available on May 22 and features guests Maria Ho and Adam Owen. Episode 3 will release on May 29.
The Chip Race official tweet on episode 2 elaborated all the highlights –
♠ï¸♥ï¸♣ï¸♦ï¸ S6 ~ E2 ♦ï¸♣ï¸♥ï¸♠ï¸
ðŸ”RT to be in draw for €100 pic.twitter.com/IOvuEKYIUX
— ðŸŽ™THE CHIP RACE ðŸŽ™(@thechiprace) May 22, 2018
While the second episode highlighted routines in run-up to a big online series, the strategy portion brought out a mixed game tip from Owen.
Talking about Season 6, Lappin said, “In seasons past, we’ve had to work hard to secure A-list guests. But this season so far, everyone has been quick to respond and excited about coming on. I think it’s a sign of how the show has grown in popularity.”
When The Chip Race first launched, it targeted the Irish audience and later, Unibet took on as a sponsor and the show was hosted for a larger, international audience. Season 6 will touch upon some fun and some hard topics on poker also highlighting poker strategy.
The opening episode featured celebrity guests like reporter Laura Cornelius, creator of Deepstack Open, Alex Henry, high roller player Sam Greenwood, and a strategy segment where O’ Kearney talked about set-mining.
In episode 3, poker fans will see Unibet poker ambassador Daiva Byrne aka ‘Baltic Blonde’, Kevin Mathers, poker streamer Ben Spraggs and Allen Kessler. This will be followed by Chad Holloway and Benny Glaser in episode 4 that is releasing on June 5.