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2018 has already witnessed an immense amount of poker action with the conclusion of the 49th World Series of Poker (WSOP), Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) Manila and European Poker Tour (EPT) Barcelona. With almost four months left in the year, there is still a lot of poker left to unfold.
While the ongoing World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) is keeping the virtual felts ablaze with action, the New Jersey Championship of Online Poker (NJCOOP) is gearing up to take the online poker pros by storm.
The second edition of partypoker Live Millions UK tour is kicking off at Casino Dusk Till Dawn in Nottingham, UK on September 29. Meanwhile, the first-ever World Crypto Con is coming to the Aria in Las Vegas on October 31. The three-day conference will also include a blockchain poker tournament with many poker celebrities expected to be in attendance.
The New Jersey Championship of Online Poker (NJCOOP) is coming back at PokerStarsNJ in the Garden State and will be held from September 29 to October 15.
Featuring 47 events, the series will be hosted over a period of 18 days with a total guaranteed prize pool of $1.5 Million. A variety of tournaments will be on offer, ranging from buy-ins of $25 up to the $1,000 No Limit Hold’em High Roller.
But that isn’t all. Three Platinum Passes, worth $30,000 each for the upcoming PokerStars Poker Players Championship to be held in January 2019 in the Bahamas, will also be up for grabs.
There are three ways for players to get their hands on the pass. The first Platinum Pass will be awarded to the winner of the $86 Moneymaker Tour event which takes place on Sunday, September 30 online at PokerStarsNJ.
Two more passes will be handed out towards the end of the NJCOOP. One pass will be awarded to the winner of the ‘NJCOOP Main Event Entrants All-in Shootout’ which will take place on October 16. The other will the given to the winner of the ‘NJCOOP Entrants All-In Shootout’ which will start an hour after the Main Event, on the same day.
“I’m looking forward to playing and streaming another great online tournament series in New Jersey with over $1 million in guaranteed prize pools, hoping the recent success from NJSCOOP continues into this tournament series,” said Chris Moneymaker. “The Main Event, as well as the $86 Moneymaker PSPC Tournament, is a great opportunity for New Jersey players to win big and get their hands on a $30,000 PokerStars Platinum Pass.”
While satellites will begin from September 18, with buy-ins starting as low as $1, Second Chance Freerolls will also be running every day from September 30 to October 15.
The partypoker Live is making a return to Casino Dusk Till Dawn in Nottingham, UK for its Millions UK tour. The tour will kick off on September 29 and continue till October 7, featuring five events.
Following the £1,100 Opening Event is the £5,300 Millions UK Main Event and close to the heels will be the £25,500 Super High Roller, £550 Finale and the £10,300 High Roller. Except for the £550 Finale, all tournaments guarantee at least £1,000,000 in prize money.
partypoker has started daily satellites for these events at various buy-ins and tossed in a promotion worth $53,000 for the Millions UK Main Event. Each of the top 10 finishers in the tournament will win a $5,300 seat to the Millions Online event. Promising to be the richest online poker tournament ever held, the Millions Online features a massive $20 Million guaranteed prize pool and is scheduled from November 25 to December 5.
— partypokerLIVE (@partypokerlive) September 6, 2018
Adding value for players is the $100,000 Last Longer promo where the first 100 players who buy into the Millions UK Main Event using partypoker’s own currency, PP Live Dollars can enter.
— Simon Aces Trumper (@Dusk_Till_Dawn_) August 3, 2018
Sweetening the deal, partypoker is offering many more exciting bonuses for players. Anyone who correct guesses how many entrants will join the Main Event field will receive bonus of 1,000 PP Live Dollars and those who join My partypoker Live and link it to their account at partypoker.com will win a free $22 PP Live Satellite ticket.
Blockchain poker is set to gain a bigger foreground in international poker. The first-ever World Crypto Con is being hosted at the Aria in Las Vegas from October 31 to November 2 and may feature a big line-up of celebrity guests. Alongside the conference, a poker tournament will be held, bringing live action and blockchain technology together.
While the exact roster of celebrity poker players who will attend hasn’t been revealed yet, some of the stars expected to participate include Phil Hellmuth, a regular at Aria as well as Vegas residents Daniel Negreanu and Antonio Esfandiari.
Blockchain technology has been making inroads into online poker lately. Firms like Virtue Poker have been using decentralized smart contracts to change the way sites handle their data. Currently poker sites use random number generators to ensure their games are fair. However, the software has also evoked criticism for the fact that it’s not open to the public and susceptible to corruption.
To combat this limitation, Blockchain technology supporters advocate decentralization for processing data. A Crypto Poker Club summary explains the mechanics of its system. “We utilize quantum natural phenomena (via Photons) to generate completely random strings of numbers. On the other, we use Bitcoin Network’s Hashes as an unknown, unpredictable entropy source to initiate a PRNG sequence. Together, we reshuffle the deck multiple times to provide the ultimate way of truly randomly generating numbers.”
Blockchain-based poker sites claim to be more secure and offer faster payouts, in addition to improving the randomness of games. The technology is still new, however, and yet to break into the mainstream, which is why the World Crypto Con is a serious effort in the direction of popularizing this new technology.