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Best poker news of the week: Maurice Hawkins wins WSOP and Gus Hansen’s huge win
Hi there! Last week was very interesting and exciting! Scandals, big wins and updates!
- PartyPoker launches a website and a unified network in the United States
- Maurice Hawkins Wins WSOP Circuit Record 14th Ring
- Gus Hansen wins $ 427,000 in chips at Bellagio Casino
- Phil Galfond makes an offer to PokerStars players
- Poker player Michael Postle is accused of evading justice
- Jo Snell Wins 2020 Aussie Millions Opening Event
- Kahle Burns Wins partypoker MILLIONS UK Super High Roller for $350,000
PartyPoker launches a website and a unified network in the United States
In 2019, PartyPoker intended to launch their own gaming client in Nevada, but the work has stopped. In its turn, GVC Holdings wants to run a website in Pennsylvania. However, even if they launch a game client, they will not be able to merge pools with New Jersey due to the legislation.
Moreover, Borgata Poker and BetMGM have recently started mailing invitations to their players from New Jersey, motivating to take part in the partypoker US Network freeroll. The prize pool is $ 250,000.
According to the name of the freeroll, one can predict the possible merging of Nevada and New Jersey pools.
In my opinion, this is a positive move. This is great news for the players and it can increase the competition among different poker rooms, since more states start legalization of online poker.
Maurice Hawkins Wins WSOP Circuit Record 14th Ring
This year, the WSOP Circuit made its first stop at Choctaw Durant, USA. Maurice Hawkins has won the tournament with a buy-in of $ 400. Thus, he became a holder of 14 rings – the max possible. To win the title, he had to beat 218 players. Maurice took the first place in the event, received $ 17,000 in prize money and the 14th gold ring.
Hawkins had over 1,000,000 chips at the final table, while other opponents had about 300,000. As a chip leader, Hawkins put some strong pressure on opponents and added more chips to his hand.
The highlight of the event was his final fight against Andrew Robinson. The final hand of the tournament brought Hawkins the victory and the 14th gold ring.
Despite of the backers’ scandal I wish him good luck in getting the 15th gold ring! Awesome job there, Hawk.
Gus Hansen wins $ 427,000 in chips at Bellagio Casino
— Ninja Casino & Poker (@monsterdownline) January 8, 2020
This year started off well for the popular Danish highroller Gustav Hansen. He posted a video on his Instagram account, demonstrating his stack (approximately $ 427,000). He won the money, while playing at the Bobby’s Room cash table at the Bellagio casino in Las Vegas. Hansen commented on his video-message with the phrase: “It’s gonna be a great year.”
Gus Hansen is known for losing over $ 20,000,000 on Full Tilt and $ 1,500,000 on PokerStars. His biggest prize in live tournaments still remains $ 1,714,800 for the 2nd place in the $ 25,000 tournament, WPT World Championship 2008 in Las Vegas.
Phil Galfond makes an offer to PokerStars players
At the beginning of 2019, Phil Galfond launched the Run It Once Poker. In 2020, Galfond is going to increase the number of players of the poker room. Therefore, from the very first days of the year, he offers additional bonuses for all new Run It Once Poker players. First of all, it refers to the cash players of PokerStars.
According to the Galfond offer, new players, who sign in at Run It Once Poker till the end of January 2020, will get double cash bonuses as part of the Legends Rewards program. Also, the rakeback for such players will be 1.5 times higher during these five weeks.
In addition, new Run It Once Poker players will receive a free copy of the From the Ground Up training course as a present, and free main package of services for three months.
Would be interesting to oversee the competition between these websites! It will be really exciting! Anyway, Phil has made a big progress during a year! The result is great!
Poker player Michael Postle is accused of evading justice
In 2019, poker community discussed the scandal related to a poker player, Michael Postle, who was accused of “playing too well” at the Stones Gambling casino.
The claims were true, because playing at the Stones Live broadcasts Michael didn’t make a single wrong decision. Regular players of Stones Gambling and former Stones Live commentator Veronica Brill, as well as 24 poker players who “suffered” from Mike’s fraud, filed a lawsuit for $ 30,000,000. Justin Kuraitis, Stones Live director has also been accused of helping Mike in his fraudulent scheme.
In December 2019, the bailiff tried to hand the summons to Postle, but it was unsuccessful.
Hey, guys! How are you going to prove it? Getting into his head? Luck is the essential part of poker. You have to be very lucky getting good cards so often and having the skill to take advantage. I’m not on his side, but this situation looks very awkward.
Jo Snell Wins 2020 Aussie Millions Opening Event
From an enormous field of 1665 entries over 5 Flights, just one man remains standing!
Congratulations to Queensland's Jo Snell who just took out the #AussieMillions ANTON Opening Event Championship ring for a whopping $341,325 after defeating Perth's Samuel Jefferies ($210,775) pic.twitter.com/aTcZKbRpnD
— Crown Poker (@CrownPoker) January 9, 2020
In Australia, Aussie Millions series have finished. The organizers have already donated $ 5 million to fight with terrible fire on the continent and they are continuing to raise funds during the competition.
As for the series, the Australian Jo Snell became the winner of the officially first Aussie Millions 2020 tournament. The tournament lasted long 6 days and the future winner had to beat a serious field of 1,665 players. This triumph brought Snell 235.514 dollars, which is twice as much as he has earned in all previous tournaments.
WOW! This guy has to be very lucky. Just to come and win the tournament out of about 1,600 people is really great! That’s a huge amount of money and he completely deserves this. He is a strong gambler and played very well! Congratulations!
Kahle Burns Wins PartyPoker MILLIONS UK Super High Roller for $350,000
One more win from the Australians! In the most expensive tournament in the UK Millions series, the winners were determined. The event took place in Nottingham.
The $25.000 buy-in super-high roller tournament gathered 37 entries and a prize pool of almost $900.000. This tournament was full of famous players – Steve O’Dwyer, Preben Stokkan, Leon Tsoukernik and others.
Australian Kahle Burns and Russian-German specialist Igor Kurganov reached the final heads-up. This game was held in a friendly atmosphere and poker players drank beer, competing for the first prize of $350.000. In the final hand, pocket fours was beaten by Burns’ Ace-Ten Burns. Russian received $222.000 for second place and the winner got $350,000.
This is a very good start of the year! Congrats!
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