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In this edition of PokerGuru 3-Bet, our first story talks about partypoker’s newly launched software update and its new features with another welcome update – doubled guarantees for weekly tournaments. Our next report features Unibet’s Global Campaign that challenges gender biases in poker. Wrapping up this edition are the tournament reports from the Merit Poker Top Gun series which recently crowned its Main Event and High Roller champion.
When players opened the partypoker software on February 24, they were prompted to download the latest update which promises to significantly improve the playing experience for its players.
partypoker took on board feedback from players to make improvements to its existing tables, plus it created a new look table that players can choose to play on. Some of the key improvements include, the reintroduction of the oval-shaped table alongside the existing table design, new and improved player plates with larger fonts to improve players’ multi-tabling experience, improved display of player notes and several smaller enhancements to improve the look and feel of the tables.
But that’s not all, not by a far margin! partypoker has more than doubled their weekly tournament guarantees from the previous $4 Million to a staggering $10 Million!
Moreover, partypoker has completely changed the schedule of their popular Power Series. Old tournaments have been replaced by new ones with bigger guarantees such as the Knockout Monday, Big Tuesday, Smooth Saturday or Super Sunday. There are now four different buy-in categories to choose from Micro (Mi), Low (L), High (H) and High Roller (HR), offering something for every taste and budget.
Unibet Launches Global Campaign to Challenge Gender Bias
Unibet was working with London-based creative agency FCB Inferno to challenge gender biased stereotypes within the poker world. They launched their #QUEENRULES campaign which tweaks traditional poker rules so that the Queen outranks the King. The launch of Queen Rules coincided with International Woman’s Day (March 8) and has been designed to incite conversation about gender inequality.
The campaign launched with live events and tournaments using #queenrules – where the queen outranks the king in a deck of cards – in London, Stockholm and Malta.
At the events, limited-edition playing cards were used, that featured illustrations created by 16 female illustrators from www.womenwhodraw.com. Merchandise – such as t-shirts, artwork and playing cards containing the illustrations – are available online with all proceeds from the events and merchandise donated to HeforShe, a campaign created by UN Women to provide a platform for a global audience to engage and become change agents for the achievement of gender equality.
Commenting on the campaign, Kindred Group CEO Henrik Tjärnström said, “Kindred is a very diverse business, with more than 50 nationalities. We continue to work hard to keep focus on diversity and equality and this project is a simple but fantastic way to start conversations on unconscious gender-bias through a game.”
Head of Events at Kindred Group, Nataly Sopacuaperu was equally proud and stated, “We are proud to be involved in the #QueenRules project. It is a fantastic idea that highlights where in society we have gender bias. As a company, our ambition is to make all of our players and employees feel understood, and challenging these kinds of stereotypes is one way to do this.”
Kindred also took part at Women In Tech Stockholm as a founding partner, an industry collaboration that serves as a platform to inspire and enlighten women already working in the technology industry and women who wish to work in the sector.
The Merit Poker Top Gun series wrapped up with an exciting High Roller and Main Event which were held at the Merit Crystal Cove Hotel & Casino on the northern coast of Cyprus.
The Main Event was taken down by Georgios Kapalas for $79,365 and the $5,000 No-limit High Roller was won by Ali Reza Fatehi for $108,516.
The $2,200 buy-in Main Event attracted 228 entries and 143 re-entries, bringing the total entrants to 371. The $682,640 prize pool surpassed the advertised guarantee by nearly double and the top 44 players were paid.
The top prize was slated at $144,630 but, a four-way deal changed the pay-outs. Georgios Kapalas was the winner of the event and took home $79,365. The second, third and fourth place finishers however won more money, all thanks to the agreed deal.
Final Table Results (USD)
1. Georgios Kapalas – $79,365*
2. Georgios Manousos Sotiropoulos – $91,180*
3. Unknown – $99,020*
4. Mario Mosboeck – $90,255*
5. Kaveh Pegahi – $35,840
6. Ivan Zhechev – $28,670
7. Stavros Kalfas – $23,890
8. Mohammadmahdi Hasani – $19,115
9. Alexandras Rusinovas – $14,335
*denotes four-way deal
The event promised a $125,000 guarantee and drew 84 entries, which included 20 re-entries. The $363,216 prize pool exceeded the advertised guarantee, and Ali Reza Fatehi walked away with the first-place prize, pocketing $108,516.
Fatehi went up against Dmitry Gromov in the heads-up battle to take down the title and the first-place purse.
Final Table Results (USD)
1. Ali Reza Fatehi – $108,516
2. Dmitry Gromov – $75,775
3. Alf Martinsson – $48,500
4. Rinat Bogdanov – $35,825
5. Georgios Zisimopoulos – $26,750
6. Seref Dursun Anar – $21,300
7. Uri Reichenstein – $17,650
8. Unknown – $14,000
9. Aleksandr Chernikov – $10,400