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PartyPoker Gives Grinders Something to Do, Launches Newest Gladiator Promo

 PartyPoker Gives Grinders Something to Do, Launches Newest Gladiator Promo

As we have discussed numerous times on this site, online poker rooms and networks have been moving to recreational player-friendly models for a few years now. Poker pros and serious amateurs are finding their opportunities to grind for rewards more limited now than in the past, while casual players are being protected and seeing more chances to earn a little something for their play. Partypoker was one of the first to start leaning towards the “rec” players, but it has not gone away from the pros completely. Case in point: the latest Gladiator promo, which rewards players for playing as much as possible.

Gladiator – which has been recurring promo since 2010 – began April 17th and will run through May 6th. Unlike a lot of online poker promotions, this one is pretty straightforward. The more people play, the greater rewards they can earn.

It comes down to VIP points and for how many days certain points thresholds are attained. At the very lowest end of the spectrum, anyone who earns one VIP point on five separate days during the Gladiator promotion will win a ticket into a $ 250 freeroll. Bump that up to ten days and it is a $ 500 freeroll. The first three points levels – one, five, and ten points – all award freeroll tickets for the different day milestones (five, ten, fifteen, and twenty days). The lone exception there is ten points on each of twenty days. In that case, the reward is $ 8 cash.

Starting at the 20 points mark, all prizes are cash. The top prize is $ 2,500 for those who are able to earn 1,200 VIP points on each of twenty days (in other words, the entire Gladiator promo).

But who on Earth can generate that many points for three straight weeks? Professional grinders, that’s who. There is certainly something for casual players here (not much, though), but who this will really help are the players who put in the time and play for more than just micro stakes.

At PartyPoker, players earn two VIP points for every $ 1 in tournament fees and/or cash game rake. So, if we do the math, 1,200 points – the highest target number – would require $ 600 in rake. Across 20 days, that is $ 12,000 in total rake. Someone who does that will receive $ 2,500, approximately 21 percent rakeback for the promo period. That’s quite good, especially when added to the rewards that player would normally get.

Most people who earn cash rewards will still receive the equivalent of double-digit rakeback, so that’s not bad! For example, if someone pulls in 20 VIP points for just five days, that’s 10 percent rakeback. The dollar amount ($ 5) isn’t worth celebrating, but when you think about how relatively easy that goal is, it’s 10 percent effective rakeback is a nice little bonus. And it’s not like most people will have to alter their play style to get at least a little something, since all real-money games count.

As with most promos at PartyPoker, players must “opt-in” via the promotions area of the software.

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PartyPoker Gives Grinders Something to Do, Launches Newest Gladiator Promo

 PartyPoker Gives Grinders Something to Do, Launches Newest Gladiator Promo

As we have discussed numerous times on this site, online poker rooms and networks have been moving to recreational player-friendly models for a few years now. Poker pros and serious amateurs are finding their opportunities to grind for rewards more limited now than in the past, while casual players are being protected and seeing more chances to earn a little something for their play. Partypoker was one of the first to start leaning towards the “rec” players, but it has not gone away from the pros completely. Case in point: the latest Gladiator promo, which rewards players for playing as much as possible.

Gladiator – which has been recurring promo since 2010 – began April 17th and will run through May 6th. Unlike a lot of online poker promotions, this one is pretty straightforward. The more people play, the greater rewards they can earn.

It comes down to VIP points and for how many days certain points thresholds are attained. At the very lowest end of the spectrum, anyone who earns one VIP point on five separate days during the Gladiator promotion will win a ticket into a $ 250 freeroll. Bump that up to ten days and it is a $ 500 freeroll. The first three points levels – one, five, and ten points – all award freeroll tickets for the different day milestones (five, ten, fifteen, and twenty days). The lone exception there is ten points on each of twenty days. In that case, the reward is $ 8 cash.

Starting at the 20 points mark, all prizes are cash. The top prize is $ 2,500 for those who are able to earn 1,200 VIP points on each of twenty days (in other words, the entire Gladiator promo).

But who on Earth can generate that many points for three straight weeks? Professional grinders, that’s who. There is certainly something for casual players here (not much, though), but who this will really help are the players who put in the time and play for more than just micro stakes.

At PartyPoker, players earn two VIP points for every $ 1 in tournament fees and/or cash game rake. So, if we do the math, 1,200 points – the highest target number – would require $ 600 in rake. Across 20 days, that is $ 12,000 in total rake. Someone who does that will receive $ 2,500, approximately 21 percent rakeback for the promo period. That’s quite good, especially when added to the rewards that player would normally get.

Most people who earn cash rewards will still receive the equivalent of double-digit rakeback, so that’s not bad! For example, if someone pulls in 20 VIP points for just five days, that’s 10 percent rakeback. The dollar amount ($ 5) isn’t worth celebrating, but when you think about how relatively easy that goal is, it’s 10 percent effective rakeback is a nice little bonus. And it’s not like most people will have to alter their play style to get at least a little something, since all real-money games count.

As with most promos at PartyPoker, players must “opt-in” via the promotions area of the software.

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Partypoker Releases Preliminary Details for May Pokerfest

 Partypoker Releases Preliminary Details for May Pokerfest

So PokerStars has announced its 2017 Spring Championship of Online Poker schedule, but not to be outdone (well, it will be at least a little outdone), partypoker has also released some preliminary details for its big online poker tournament series this spring, Powerfest. Powerfest will run May 7th through May 21st and will feature more than 300 events (yes, more than THREE-HUNDRED) and more than $ 20 million prize pools.

As one might expect, with literally hundreds of events, everyone will be able to find something for them. Buy-ins range from $ 5.50 up to $ 25,500. One cool thing about that $ 25,500 Super High Roller event, scheduled for May 17th, is that partypoker will take no fees from it. Instead, the $ 500 fee from each entry will be donated to a charity chosen by the tournament’s winner.

Pokerfest has some parallels to PokerStars’ SCOOP. The events have different buy-in options; last Pokerfest, held earlier this year, each event had four tournaments with buy-in levels called Featherweight, Middleweight, Heavyweight, and High Rollers. Additionally, Pokerfest will have eight multi-phased tournaments. These tourneys have multiple starting flights, spaced out across more than one day. Everybody each day will play the same amount of time and later on in Powerfest, those who make it through will join together in a united field to play out the rest of the tournament.

The four PokerFest Main Events will be held on Sunday, May 21st. Here is the breakdown:

Powerfest #291 Main Event $ 50,000 Guaranteed – $ 11 buy-in
Powerfest #292 Main Event $ 100,000 Guaranteed – $ 55 buy-in
Powerfest #293 Main Event $ 1 million Guaranteed – $ 215 buy-in
Powerfest #295 Main Event $ 1 million Guaranteed High Roller – $ 1,050 buy-in

On the partypoker blog, the site’s Managing Director Tom Waters said of this spring’s Pokerfest:

We decided to go for it this time and increase the total guaranteed prizepool for the upcoming Powerfest to over $ 20 million. There are some fantastic new headline events in the series, including three $ 1m guaranteed editions of the Title Fight, a $ 2m charity event and eight phased tournaments covering a range of buy-ins. I’m confident that the players will love the variety of events on offer and will relish the opportunity to become a Powerfest champion.

”I will be playing more online events than ever in this new edition of Powerfest on partypoker,” added partypoker ambassador Sam Trickett. “The addition of the $ 25K Super High Roller is great and it’s a really nice touch from partypoker to donate all fees to charity.”

In addition to two of the Main Events listed above, there are six other tournaments with guaranteed prize pools of at least $ 1 million. The largest guarantee is $ 2 million, in the previously mentioned $ 25,500 Super High Roller.

The entire Powerfest schedule has yet to be posted on partypoker’s website, but with it a little over a month away, we would expect it to be up soon so players can start planning.

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John Duthie Takes Helm of partypoker LIVE

 John Duthie Takes Helm of partypoker LIVE

John Duthie, former PokerStars executive and founder of the European Poker Tour, has made the move over to one of his ex-company’s rivals and has been named President of partypoker LIVE on a five-year deal. Announced in January, partypoker LIVE, as the name implies, is partypoker’s new live poker tournament tour, slated to begin in late March.

The hire is a bit of a coup for partypoker, as Duthie is a legend in the industry, one of the founding fathers of live (and successful) international poker tours. He is also an accomplished poker player in his own right, with more than $ 3 million live tournament winnings.

In an announcement on the partypoker blog, Duthie expressed his excitement for his new role:

I have been impressed with the progress of partypoker and in particular the number of trusted, experienced and well-respected individuals and organisations that have chosen to put their support behind the partypoker brand. I believe there is a gap in the market for an operator whose primary focus is poker and who will listen to, and work with, the poker community as this was something that was absolutely key to the growth and success of the EPT. I still love the game just as much as the first time I saw my first flop and I believe this passion will help partypoker LIVE become the largest and most fun poker tour in the world. I plan to enjoy myself immensely working with and meeting old friends.

He expanded on his comments about “listening” in an interview with the partypoker blog, saying, “Anything that any player has to say, I’ll happily listen to. To be honest, I’ve always listened to players. You can mould an event into something very successful with just good feedback. Listening, making changes and combining them with our own ideas can only be for the good.”

There are currently seven confirmed partypoker LIVE tour stops, as follows (list courtesy of the partypoker blog):

March 23-27 – partypoker Million Sochi [Sochi Casino & Resort] – $ 1 million guaranteed, $ 1,100 buy-in
April 6-10 – partypoker Grand Prix Austria [CCC Montesino] €500,000 – guaranteed, €225 buy-in
April 18-23 – partypoker MILLIONS [Dusk Till Dawn] – £6 million guaranteed, £5,300 buy-in
April 25-May 1 – partypoker Grand Prix Canada [Playground Poker Club] – CA$ 500,000 guaranteed, CA$ 220 buy-in
April 27-May 1 – partypoker Grand Prix Germany [King’s Casino] – €500,000 guaranteed, €225 buy-in
May 5-10 – partypoker Million North America [Playground Poker Club] – CA$ 5 million guaranteed, CA$ 5,300 buy-in
June 1-5 – partypoker Million Germany [King’s Casino] – €1m guaranteed, €1,100 buy-in

Tom Waters, Managing Director of partypoker, weighed in on Duthie’s hire:

We are thrilled that John has joined us at the beginning of this journey. Very few people in the world have made such a significant contribution to poker and his experience, relationships and understanding of players will be a huge asset to us. Our guarantees are ambitious but our marketing strategy is to provide value to players instead of investing money outside of the poker community and we are confident that with John’s guidance we can optimise this strategy for the benefit of the live poker market. partypoker LIVE will offer a minimum of 5M GTD for 5K buy-in, 1M GTD for 1K buy-in and 500K GTD for 200 buy-in and we plan to visit as many continents and countries as possible. All events will feature at least one Online Day 1 for players who have limited time to spend away from home or simply wish to reduce their expenses. We love our holiday themed events such as the Caribbean Poker Party and are planning more of these.

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partypoker Adds New Tournament, Cash Game Variation

 partypoker Adds New Tournament, Cash Game Variation

It is always fun getting something new, which is one reason why the current holiday season is fun. Who doesn’t like presents? Yesterday, partypoker gave its players a treat (well, we should probably see if everyone likes it before calling it a ‘treat’), as it launched two new games in the poker client: Progressive Knockout tournaments and Fast Five cash games.

Progressive Knockout tournaments are something that should be a big hit with action-lovers. The concept of a knockout tourney is nothing new; part of every buy-in is used as a bounty on each player’s head. When someone is eliminated from the tournament, the person who won the hand receives that player’s bounty as a cash reward. Thus, it is entirely possible to profit in a tournament in which a player doesn’t actually “make the money.”

A Progressive Knockout tournament works largely the same way – and is also probably familiar to most players, even though it is new to partypoker – but with one main difference. Instead of receiving their victim’s entire bounty, the hand’s winner receives half of it, while the other half is added to their own bounty. A player who has a hot run and knocks out several players will their bounty grow quickly – especially if they eliminate players who have accumulated bounties themselves – and will become quite an attractive target to their opponents.

There are three Progressive Knockout tournaments on the schedule per day. The $ 5.50 buy-in event puts  a $ 2.50 starting bounty on each player’s head, the $ 22 buy-in comes with a $ 10 bounty, and the $ 109 buy-in comes with a $ 50 starting bounty.

The remainder of the buy-in goes to the prize pool and the top finishers are paid like in any other tournament, just with a smaller total prize pool than normal. The tournament winner also receives their own bounty.

Fast Five cash games are basically dumb exercises in luckboxing. They are six-handed cash games in which each player begins with just five big blinds. Seriously. It’s an all-in or fold situation from the start. And even then, the “fold” option is dubious. Might as well play casino war or flip coins. But hey, “The fixed buy-in keeps the game fast and fair.”

I suppose. I mean, I guess a little skill is involved in deciding what hand to shove with when not in a blind, but that’s an admitted stretch.

On the partypoker blog, Group Head of partypoker Tom Waters said of the new additions:

Today we launch two new products on partypoker that will suit both tournament and cash game players. Progressive Knockout tournaments are a popular format in the poker community so it was important to respond to feedback and offer these on partypoker. Fast Five is a fun, fast-paced cash game, suitable for players with only a short amount of time but wanting action quickly.

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