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Sam Greenwood Enjoys Trip to the Caribbean, Wins partypoker MILLIONS Caribbean Poker Party Main Event

 Sam Greenwood Enjoys Trip to the Caribbean, Wins partypoker MILLIONS Caribbean Poker Party Main Event

Normally when people take a trip to the Caribbean, they are going for the change in weather. Canadian poker pro and World Series of Poker bracelet winner Sam Greenwood’s trip to the 2017 Caribbean Poker Party presented by partypoker might have started out as a pleasure trip, but Greenwood quickly made it a profitable business trip in cashing in two big tournaments and winning a third, the $ 5000 MILLIONS Main Event.

Last week, Greenwood was taking part in the first event of the tournament, the $ 10,000 High Rollers event with a $ 1 million guaranteed prize pool. Out of the 103-player field, Greenwood would make the final table with Jonathan Little, Kenny Hallaert, Pascal LeFrancois and Steffen Sontheimer, just to name a few of the competitors. Greenwood worked his way to the final three before departing in third place for a payday of $ 124,100.

That wasn’t enough for Greenwood. A couple of days later, Greenwood was back in the saddle for the $ 25,000 Super High Roller event on the MILLIONS schedule. The 43-entry field was perhaps a bit deficient in numbers, but it wasn’t deficient in the quality of players. This time around, Greenwood would outlast fellow final table finishers Sam Trickett, Adrian Mateos, Rafael Moraes and Sontheimer to reach heads up against Christopher ‘Big Huni’ Hunichen. After an extensive heads up battle, Greenwood would succumb to Hunichen’s aggression and finish in second for a $ 242,750 payday.

Greenwood must have figured that the “third time was the charm” because he dived into the $ 5000 MILLIONS Main Event and its $ 5 million guaranteed prize pool. 12 players came back on Saturday looking to take the $ 1 million prize for winning the tournament. Differing from his previous forays into the High Roller tournaments, Greenwood (193.9 million) was the massive chip leader as the penultimate day of the tournament began. Way back in the rearview mirror were such players as Jonas Gjelstad (117.7 million), Jason Koon (93.8 million), Felipe Ramos (77.8 million) and Preben Stokkan (99 million), who won the $ 10K High Roller that Greenwood was a part of.

Gjelstad rocketed out of the gate, knocking off two players to crack the 200 million mark (249.5 million, to be exact) as the remaining nine men came together for the final table. Gjelstad would prove to be as adept at giving up the chips as taking them as Stokkan took two pots from his fellow countryman to take over the lead himself. By the time the first break of the day came, there were still nine players left but they were getting ready to mix it up.

That ability to “mix it up” almost cost Greenwood the tournament. Although he would get back into the mix by flopping a straight against Damian Lomza, he would double up the dangerous Andrey Shatilov into the lead and drop to only 28 million chips. Playing a K-9 off suit off the button and seeing Shatilov defend his big blind with a Q-J, Greenwood fired on every street of a Q-5-2-8-7 board, with Shatilov calling every street to take the humongous pot.

That was the last misstep that Greenwood would make. He doubled through Jiri Horak and Stokkan to get back to 143 million chips, then cracked the 200 million mark again against Shatilov. Shatilov, however, was giving everyone action as he eliminated Udo Erlei in seventh and busted Horak in fourth to maintain his stack.

Greenwood would continue to chase Shatilov, bringing the action to two players after knocking off Gjelstad in third. After coming back from a dinner break, Shatilov’s 598 million stack dwarfed that of Greenwood (449 million), but the Canadian went right to work. On the first hand of heads up, Greenwood sniffed out a Shatilov bluff to take the hand and the lead from the Russian and he wouldn’t look back. Although it would take slightly more than an hour, Greenwood would eventually emerge as the champion when his pocket Kings held up over Shatilov’s 9♣ 8♣ after the flop came 8-6-4-3-5.

1. Sam Greenwood, $ 1,000,000
2. Andrey Shatilov, $ 650,000
3. Jonas Gjelstad, $ 450,000
4. Jiri Horak, $ 315,850
5. Felipe Ramos, $ 220,000
6. Preben Stokkan, $ 150,000
7. Udo Erlei, $ 100,000
8. Dan Dizenzo, $ 70,000

Just for the record, Greenwood in one week finished third, second and first in three consecutive tournaments, bringing in a neat $ 1,366,850 for his efforts. It would push the annals of poker history to find someone who had a similar run of tournaments during the same festival, let alone the same week.

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partypoker Eliminates Inactivity Fees

 partypoker Eliminates Inactivity Fees

After Black Friday, like a lot of poker players living in the United States, I stopped playing online poker. I had money on one or two sites and dabbled here and there, but for the most part, I quit because a) there was little traffic where I had money and b) I decided it wasn’t worth the risk to goof with the sites that did still accept U.S. customers. I only played low stakes poker for fun (and sometimes for “research”), anyway, so I learned to not miss it fairly quickly. A couple years later (or whenever), I had the itch to play again, so I logged in to the account where I knew I had money and…it was gone. Had I been hacked? Nope. Because my account was dormant for so long, the online poker room took my money. I couldn’t believe it, but the warning was in the terms and conditions. Many poker rooms have had inactivity fees of one kind or another and though its fees were not nearly as bad as some, partypoker was one of the most criticized, probably because it was also one of the most popular poker rooms. Fortunately, partypoker announced last week that it has put an end to these punitive inactivity fees.

In a blog post, partypoker said that it is “removing the fee altogether as part of its pledge to listen carefully to player feedback and respond positively to suggestions for improvements.”

The site’s poker ambassador Patrick Leonard expanded on that:

It can be very frustrating for players who have taken a break from the game to find that the inactivity fee has been charged. It has always been super easy to reactivate accounts and get the fee refunded but often people are just getting on with their lives and totally forget about it. I think removing this fee altogether will be widely welcomed in the poker community and it also shows that partypoker really is making good on its promise to take players’ opinions into account. There are some big changes happening in the near future including further improvements to our new lobby and table design. Online poker is starting to become the cool thing to do after work and at weekends again and right now there’s no better place than partypoker.

Players at partypoker were deemed “inactive” if they didn’t play for 180 days. On the 181st day, partypoker deducted a €5 inactivity fee from the account, provided there was at least €5 available. If there was less than €5, the account balance was just zeroed out. Accounts were considered re-activated if someone played a raked cash game hand, a real-money tournament, or made a deposit.

“Listening to players is central to everything we do at partypoker,” said partypoker Chairman Mike Sexton. “That means absorbing all comments and complaints, whether in forums, chat rooms or on social media platforms, in conversations with our customer service team or face-to-face at live events. Sometimes players wish to take a break from the game, for whatever reason, without having to worry about their account balances. Players should not be charged an inactivity fee and we are pleased to be removing this historical charge with immediate effect. We also want to reassure players that, of course, they will be welcomed back at any time.”

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Poker Player Suspicious of Possible Collusion Ring on partypoker

 Poker Player Suspicious of Possible Collusion Ring on partypoker

Online poker rooms are constantly on the lookout for cheaters (or so they claim), but historically, the best sleuths come from the poker community at large. The gigantic “super user” scandals that rocked the online poker world a number of years ago, for example, were discovered by suspicious players (with a little help from a complete hand history that was accidentally e-mail by a poker room’s customer support). While nothing has been proven yet, another poker player believes he has found evidence of a collusion ring on partypoker.

A poster going by the screen name “FarseerFinland” on Two Plus Two and “DukeofSuffolk” on partypoker, provided the poker community his story over the weekend, explaining what he saw in some multi-table tournaments.

On October 18th, he made the final table of the Wednesday Turbo High Roller tournament and finished in the top four (he doesn’t say specifically where he placed, but he said he busted three of the final six and was eventually knocked out himself, so he was at least fourth). It was that final table that aroused his suspicion.

According to Farseer, in the 48 hands he played in which he infers there were a lot of all-ins, none of his six opponents ever called any all-in by one of the others. Then, we he busted out, he noticed that the tournament only took three more minutes to complete. The assumption here is that since he believes the players were colluding, they just quickly finished it up and split their winnings.

He investigated the players further using third-party sites that track tournaments and saw that six of the top seven players in the tournament all launched their accounts this year and generally play the same types of tournaments. In August, they all played solely the “Clubber II” tournaments, though they didn’t all play the same number of them.

A couple days later, Farseer saw that all six of the alleged colluders joined the same high roller tournament; four of them hadn’t even played any tournaments since the last one he observed. Farseer did not play and was unable to determine if there was any collusion by observing. He also watched a couple other high roller tournaments and found eight more players with a “similar tournament” history to the first six alleged colluders.

Between the two days during which he observed what he believes was fishy play, Farseer contacted partypoker support to report his findings. To their credit, partypoker did say they were opening an investigation.

Now, I would not normally report on a bunch of collusion speculation, especially because poker players always think someone is cheating them. This case seems to have legs, though, as on October 22nd, Farseer said that partypoker told him that the accounts in question had been suspended pending an investigation (though at least one still appeared active). That partypoker would even take it that far may indicate they are seeing something, as well.

On Tuesday, October 24th, a partypoker representative posted in the thread on Two Plus Two to mention that she has spoken with Farseer and that “all details have been shared with the Risk team management for review.”


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Partypoker Withdraws from Australia

 Partypoker Withdraws from Australia

The fallout from the recent online gaming regulatory changes in Australia continues, as partypoker has announced that it will be withdrawing from the country’s internet poker market, effective August 31st.

In a brief statement, which can be found on the website of party’s parent company, GVC Holdings, partypoker said:

It has been announced that Australian gambling law is due to change imminently with the introduction of the Interactive Gambling Amendment Act. Sadly, because of this change, gambling firms licenced and operating outside of Australia will be forced to prevent customers resident in Australia from playing on their gambling websites. Therefore, from 31st August 2017 partypoker players will no longer be able to play from Australia. Players’ deposited funds are safe and available for withdrawal.

partypoker Managing Director Tom Waters said, “We regret that this day has come as Australia is a strong poker market. We will continue to work with the Australian player alliance to lobby the government to provide a safe regulated environment for residents to play online poker in the future.”

This decision stems from the approval of changes to the Interactive Gambling Amendment Bill 2016 a couple weeks ago by the Australian Senate. The bill states that all online gambling operators must apply for and be granted a license to offer their services to people in the country. This is certainly not unreasonable – we poker fans here in the United States want government licensure and regulation – and normally partypoker would look to apply for such a license. The problem in this case is that the only form of online gambling for which licenses are available is sports betting.

Thus, in order to operate in Australia, partypoker would have to work in violation of the country’s gambling laws, as it will literally be impossible for the company to receive an online poker license. None will exist. So, rather than be a rogue operator – and there will be rogue operators – partypoker has decided to withdraw from the market completely.

The new gambling law has not taken effect just yet; they will start up 28 days after the bill is signed by Sir Peter Cosgrove, Australia’s Governor-General. This act, called “Royal Assent,” took place on August 16th, so it looks like September 13th is the day of reckoning for online poker in Australia.

Partypoker is not the first online gambling site to pull out of Australia. Bingo site Vera&John led the way in December. 888poker became the first online poker site to do so, withdrawing in January. PokerStars announced that it would likely do so a while back, finally confirming as such approximately a week ago. We would expect most other online poker rooms to follow suit, provided they do not want to be on the wrong side of the law.

As partypoker mentioned, player funds are safe – they just won’t be useable as of August 31st. We would suggest players cash out their poker funds as soon as possible, not because they won’t be there come September, but just in case the process gets more complicated once partypoker shuts down in Australia.

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Partypoker Offers Initial Details for September Powerfest

 Partypoker Offers Initial Details for September Powerfest

Partypoker has unveiled the first details of the fall 2017 Powerfest online poker tournaments series, a series which will feature an insane 330 events (more than that, actually), a dozen Championship events, and $ 35 million in guaranteed prize pools. Powerfest will run September 3rd through September 24th.

“Powerfest just keeps getting bigger and better so this time it was only right to increase the guaranteed prizepool again to $ 35,000,000,” said partypoker Managing Direct Tom Waters on the partypoker blog. “I hope that the players like the changes that we have made and continue to support us. The new championship events were added to give a little prestige to the headline tournaments and each of the winner will receive a trophy. Starting with a buy-in of $ 11, everyone has the opportunity to be crowned a Powerfest champion.”

Though the lowest priced championship event is $ 11, buy-ins for Powerfest on the whole get as low as $ 5.50. They also get as high as $ 25,500 for the $ 3 million guaranteed Super High Roller championship event, which is schedule to last two days.

Patrick Leonard, partypoker ambassador, seems excited for Powerfest, as one would expect him to be, as he is, after all, the site’s ambassador:

I remember playing Powerfest at the start of the year and it was great to play some ‘pure’ poker. No gimmicks, just good structured tournaments. In May everything exploded, it was pure poker again but super-sized with insane guarantees and bigger buy-ins than ever before. I got an email this week and saw the schedule for this series in September, I helped make a couple of tweaks and I think it’s without doubt the best schedule partypoker has ever had. Bigger buy-ins, bigger guarantees, 2 day tournaments and the software will be improved making it easier for players to find the right tournaments and their experience will be better than ever before on the tables. I’ll be playing every day and cannot wait.

Partypoker says that “phased” events were so popular last year, that the poker room has made twelve tournaments phased events for Powerfest. These tourneys are essentially like regular events, but with an optional satellite. Players can play in Phase 1 of a phased event and try to survive to the final phase, which takes place on a later date, or buy-in to the final phase directly for about ten times the Phase 1 buy-in. If there are multiple Phase 1 tournaments – and there usually are – players can enter as many as they would like and take their largest ending stack with them to the final phase.

The schedule for the championship events has been published by partypoker, though the entire 300+ event schedule has yet to be released. I must say, though, that the championship schedule is a bit confusing. It shows the first two championship events to be Powerfest 111 and Powerfest 112, both on September 10th. These are listed as Phased Events, with Phase 1 buy-ins of $ 109 and $ 530, respectively, and direct final phase buy-ins of $ 1,050 and $ 5,200.

The next two Sundays are Powerfest 218 and 219 on September 17th and Powerfest 323 and 324 on September 24th, with the same phased buy-in structure as the first two phased championship events. The odd thing is that they are listed as “Final Phase” as opposed to 111 and 112, which are just “Phased.”

My initial thought was that something was missing, as the way it was worded made 111 and 112 seem like the Phase 1 events. As I think about it though, I think it is just inconsistent wording. Each of those six championship events are the final phases and the Phase 1 tourneys play throughout the week leading up to Sunday. Hopefully that will be made clearer in the final draft of the schedule.

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