Spin & Go Max: new format at PokerStars with rake of 9%!
Spin & Go Max: new format at PokerStars with rake of 9%!

We’ve recently told you about the new loyalty program Chests from the most famous poker room in the world. It has been clear back then that the trend we could follow tracing the activity of the company didn’t promise any good news for the true poker fans. The worst predictions have come to life as Spin & Go Max turned out to be an analogue of BLAST at 888Poker – spin-n-go tournaments with the function of forced all-in.

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Jennifer Harman: “Negreanu is like a brother to me”.
Jennifer Harman: “Negreanu is like a brother to me”.

Jennifer Harman is over 50 now. You certainly remember her. She was an often guest in the company of regulars for the first four seasons of High Stakes Poker. She still play at the very high level at Bobby’s Room. She has WSOP bracelets and WPT final tables. She is one of the most famous cash players in the world. So what has changed in her world and what she has been up to lately? The information is below.

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Poker After Dark comes back in August! New series for super high rollers
Poker After Dark comes back in August! New series for super high rollers

In the middle of August 2017 starts broadcasting of the new episodes of one of the most famous poker shows of past years - Poker After Dark. This was an initiative of the company, poker channel and website of the same name - Poker Central, to be more precise, its subsidiary structure PokerGO. More to that, in the middle of September, a new series starts being run by from the same guys – Poker Masters. The series is aimed for high rollers – the vents are with buy-ins of $50,000 to $100,000.

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WSOP 2017 champion will pay $4,000,000 in taxes
WSOP 2017 champion will pay $4,000,000 in taxes

We already know that young American Scott Blumstein became the winner of World Series of Poker 2017 Main Event. His official prize money is officially $8,150,000, but after paying taxes he will be left with… a little over half of that. This year WSOP Main Event 2017 gathered 7,221 people. That’s a lot. There were more registrations only back in 2010 (7,319 buy-ins) and 2006 (8.773). In addition to that, for the first time in six years the number of players was more than 7,000. This was the line they were trying but couldn’t reach.

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Chris Ferguson may become the best player at WSOP 2017! Really?
Chris Ferguson may become the best player at WSOP 2017! Really?

Long dark hair, well-groomed beard, cowboy hat, slim body structure – those are the features that allowed a poker player to receive nickname “Jesus”. Chris Ferguson is one of the key figure of Full Tilt Poker scandal – he returned to poker a year ago and made a fuss on WSOP 2017 making ITM for 16 (!) times!

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WSOP goes to China in December 2017!
WSOP goes to China in December 2017!

World Series of poker spreads its authority for one of the most impactful countries in the world – China. The series management made a 10-year agreement with Chinese holding company Tencent, the owner of an incredible number of popular services, web sites, applications and games. WSOP is going to have all sorts of stages in China in the nearest future and become the part of the platform Tencent Poker with millions online users.

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Tom Dwan hides from US authorities?
Tom Dwan hides from US authorities?

As WSOP in Las Vegas gets closer to the 50th day and Main Event is about to get to the final table, the other place on the planet host high caliber high rollers. They gathered there for a reason. There was official opening of Maestral Resort & Casino in Montenegro recently and now Triton Super High Roller 2017 has started there… with Tom Dwan appearing there for a short term!

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Chests from PokerStars: new bonus program starts on July, 7th
Chests from PokerStars: new bonus program starts on July, 7th

Starting from July, 7th all the countries implement new loyalty program: Stars Rewards. No more VPP and VIP Steps. From now on, there are only chests… CHESTS! This is another step towards turning online poker to some sort of slot or social network games variation. All the details are below.

The biggest poker room announced this way of rewarding its regular users in April this year, but the details were unclear back then. In May, official blog has a post about what is Stars Rewards.

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Poker Clubs in Slovakia, part 3: Small towns
Poker Clubs in Slovakia, part 3: Small towns

In this part of the review we take a turn to the West from Kosice towards Prague and Bratislava, along picturesque highway among Tatry, where many little towns of Slovakia are situated. 30,000 – 50,000 of population is a rather big town on local measures, and it absolutely must have a poker club or two. Let’s have a look what poker life is like in this part of the country.

We’ve told you before about poker clubs of Bratislava and other major cities.

The author of the text is a professional player Slonovyev. He has personally visited all the described places and travelled around many countries looking for poker adventures.

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Poker Clubs in Slovakia, part 2: Kosice, Presov, Trebisov, Poprad
Poker Clubs in Slovakia, part 2: Kosice, Presov, Trebisov, Poprad

In the second part of our review we will try to describe the state of live play in different cities of Slovakia. As we’ve mentioned in the latest review about the capital - Bratislava, poker is immensely popular in this country and its liberal laws and tax policy allow the owners of gambling facilities to organize poker halls almost everywhere.

Almost every little town has its own poker club. We will tell you about the most famous of them.

Poker Clubs in Slovakia, Part 1

Poker Clubs in Slovakia, Part 3

The second biggest town after the capital – old town of Kosice lost among the mounts of Carpaty has twice-smaller population in comparison with Bratislava – 225 people, who play in several poker clubs.

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WSOP 2017: Negreanu’s fail and WCGRider’s win
WSOP 2017: Negreanu’s fail and WCGRider’s win

The main poker event of the year – World Series of Poker 2017 – runs for over a week now. This time it has one significant change – no more November Nine! Poker gods have finally heard our players! This year Main Event is going to end like any big tournament there is. The level of interest towards it won’t decrease due to a gigantic break between the main part of event and final table. Amen.

We won’t be telling you much about the winners of various events below. This is too boring. Let us just highlight the most notable moments of the series. In particular: Daniel Negreanu’s try to win 7th bracelet (he almost did it!), Douglas Polk’s win in $111,111 High Roller for One Drop, Colossus III.

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Hosting The Perfect Poker Home Game
Hosting The Perfect Poker Home Game

There are a number of casinos in the Santa Fe, New Mexico area where you can play cards for cash, but hosting a poker game in the privacy of your own home can be a fun way to entertain and challenge your friends at one of America's greatest pastimes and games of skill.

Strictly speaking, New Mexico Criminal Law states that even behind closed doors social gambling is illegal, and anyone who does so can be charged with a petty misdemeanor. That said, as long as you don't charge a fee to get in the door, or rake money from the pots to make a profit or cover expenses, nobody is going to get arrested for playing for fun with friends.

However, if you're going to host a home game, there is a right way and a wrong way to do it.

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Super High Roller Bowl 2017: Vogelsang won $6,000,000!
Super High Roller Bowl 2017: Vogelsang won $6,000,000!

There is only one tournament that tops everything, including start of World Series of Poker. It is ARIA Super High Roller Bowl with buy-in of $300,000! It is one of the most expensive, spectacular and famous tournaments in the world. Only poker elite plays here, players who are the best of the best. There are no fishes, almost all the players are semi-gods. There are exceptions though.

The things are Germany is the country, where strongest super high rollers live in. For the second time in a row, champions belt of ARIA Bowl goes to the resident of this country. In 2016,  Rainer Kempe triumphed here, and Russian online high roller Timofey “Trueteller” Kuznetsov even used to be a chip leader after one of the playing days.

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Poker Clubs in Slovakia, Part 1: Bratislava
Poker Clubs in Slovakia, Part 1: Bratislava

Slovakia is in the great shadow of bigger neighbor countries – the Ukraine, Romania, Poland, Czech Republic. The size doesn’t matter here though as this country is ahead of the biggest poker countries in the world in some way. And there are reasons for that.

We’ve previously described the state of poker in Romania (part 1, part 2).

Poker Clubs in Slovakia, Part 2

Poker Clubs in Slovakia, Part 3

The author of this text is professional poker player Slonovyev (GipsyTeam forums nickname), he has personally been in the described places and travelled around many countries looking for poker adventures.

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