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Just as the Asia Poker Tour (APT) Philippines Championships, Poker King Cup Macau and World Poker Tour (WPT) Maryland came to end, the World Series of Poker (WSOP) International Circuit kicked off at the King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic.
The opening event, aptly named the €299 Opener, was won by Czech champion Martin Kabrhel for €53,938 ($62,993) and the WSOPC gold ring.`
The Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) is also rearing to go and will be hosting the $1,100 MSPT Main Event at the FireKeepers Casino Hotel in Battle Creek, Michigan from October 11 to 14.
Meanwhile, the Chinese government continues to constrict the domestic virtual space. While global social media brands like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are already banned in China, Twitch is the latest to be added to the country’s blacklist, and Chinese internet users can no longer access the video streaming service.
The World Series of Poker (WSOP) International Circuit returned to King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic with a schedule that began on September 20 and will run till October 8. The very first event of the series, Event #1: €299 Opener, is now in the books and was championed by local pro Martin Kabrhel, who pocketed €53,938 ($62,993) and a WSOPC gold ring for his win.
The Opening Event attracted 846 entries, which included 270 re-entries, creating a €286,254 prize pool and was held from September 20 to 24.
According to a tweet posted by King’s Casino, “245 entries at Day 1b in the €300k gtd #WSOPC Opening Event, 47 qualifier for the final. total entries so far 346, total left 64. David Taborsky is the new overall chipleader with 698.500 (174,5 big blinds).”
119 places were assured payouts and the runner who finished in the money included Andrej Desset (10th for €3,306), Tasho Sehitaj (12th for €2,957), Giorgi Mevlupishvili (16th for €2,384), Daniel Kraus (23rd for €1,812), Dominik Desset (37th for €1,151), David Taborsky (53rd for €1,002), Adrian Nukic (68th for €873) and Thomas Wolf (84th for €744).
The event ultimately crowned a winner in Kabrhel who bested fellow countryman Josef Guláš in the heads-up play with the latter taking home $38,312 for his runner-up finish.
When the WSOP Circuit wraps up, players will immediately be getting ready for the WSOPE festival, offering a continuation of the same poker excitement at the venue.
Final Table Results (EURO)
1. Martin Kabrhel – €53,938
2. Josef Guláš – €32,805
3. Andreas Loesche – €23,187
4. Sergey Savchuk – €17,461
5. Eusebiu Jalba – €13,769
6. Anatoliy Zyrin – €10,334
7. Serhii Ustymenko – €7,357
8. Viktor Gann – €5,095
9. Petr Liesner – €4,030
The $1,100 buy-in Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) Main Event is making a comeback at the FireKeepers Casino Hotel in Battle Creek, Michigan.
With a prize pool guarantee of $300,000, the event will kick off on October 11 and the will comprise of three starting flights to be held till October 13. The final day of the Main Event is scheduled to play out on October 14. Players will be staring this marquee event with 15,000 in tournament chips. The levels will be 40 minutes long and the first blind level will start at 50-100. There’s an optional $10 add-on for an additional 5,000 in chips, giving poker players even more room to manoeuvre. The casino will allow a single re-entry for each starting flight up until the 12th level of play.
The $1,100 MSPT Main Event that was held in May, this year, drew in 1,287 players which created a prize pool of more than $1 million and was taken down by Mark Brazis for a whopping $221,000.
The FireKeepers Casino Hotel features an 111,700-square foot gaming floor with 2,900 slot machines, 70 table games, multiple restaurants and lounges, a live poker room and bingo room.
Vice President of Table Games at FireKeepers Casino Hotel, Lance Allen said, “Poker is a priority at FireKeepers Casino. Every day, our spacious 22-table, non-smoking poker room offers a great array of tournaments and an outstanding spread of games and limits.”
Amazon’s live video streaming service, Twitch has been banned by the Chinese government. The move comes in wake of the recent rise in the popularity graph of Twitch among smartphone and PC users in the country.
The Chinese live streaming space is currently dominated by Douyu and Huya, each of which has millions of monthly active users. While video streaming and social media platforms, YouTube, Twitter and Facebook are already prohibited in China, Twitch has been operational in China since several years.
Lately there has been a rise in the number of Chinese internet users accessing Twitch and the app moved up to the third spot on popularity charts at the Chinese App Store. Earlier this week, the Chinese authorities added Twitch to their blacklist.
“Twitch recently saw a boost in popularity within China as it was the only broadcaster of certain matches that took place at the Asian Games in Jakarta last month,” analyst firm Niko Partners’ analyst Daniel Ahmad said.
“This temporary boost has put the platform on the radar of authorities who have blocked it, due to the same reasons many other Western sites/platforms are blocked in China,” he added.
Industry experts speculate that the chat functionality on Twitch was also a sore thumb for the Chinese authorities.
Internet users in China can still access Twitch via virtual private network (VPN). However, according to Niko Partners, Twitch did not hold a prominent spot in China and so its disappearance is unlikely to affect many users.
“In China, there are multiple domestic game livestreaming platforms that have achieved popularity such as Huya, YY, and Douyu. These platforms are extremely successful and significantly more popular in China than Twitch due to content and localization,” Ahmed added.
With China banning online poker and tightening its reins on all social media platforms, the exit of Twitch from the Chinese virtual space is a disappointment for the country’s internet using population.