PokerStars WCOOP, 2 Confirmed for Party Poker Premier League, and More

Posted: September 29th, 2013

Antonio EsfandiariThis week’s online poker headlines had a little bit of everything, starting with a pair of confirmations for the Party Poker Premier League.

Also making news was PokerStars' innovative solution to the heads-up “sitting out” problem that has been plaguing online poker for some time now.

In our weekly look at the world of online poker we will examine both of these stories as well as enlightening you on Sky Poker’s Julian Thew’s blog, and we’ll wrap it up by bringing you the latest from Bet365 Poker and Switch Poker.

Esfandiari and Tony G confirmed for Premier League

The Party Poker Premier League VII will take place at the Playground Poker Club from November 20th through the 26th and according to the Party Poker blog only two players have officially thrown their hat in the ring so far, Antanas “Tony G” Gouga and Antonio Esfandiari.  

The Party Poker Premier League will once again be hosted by Party Poker (I know, who would have guessed based on the name?) and is one of the higher-priced tournaments in poker with a $125,000 buy-in, and it’s also one of the most unique, using a round-robin format to determine which players reach the final table.

For more details on the Party Poker Premier League VII, and to learn how to qualify for the tournament through bWin you can visit

Not a player at bWin? Bwin is currently offering a $50 no deposit bankroll offer for all new players.

PokerStars ponders solution to heads-up dilemma

This weekend the 2013 PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) comes to a close with the highly anticipated Main Event, and if the preliminary events are any indication it could be one for the ages.

So far the 2013 WCOOP has shattered its guarantees and is on pace to be the biggest tournament series in the history of the site –a pretty impressive achievement when you consider the site no longer accepts US players!

Originally the 66 event series was scheduled to award at least $40 million in guaranteed prize-money, but heading into the final weekend that number is now at least $57 million, and likely to be closer to $60 million when all is said and done.

The Main Event is scheduled for this Sunday, a $5,200 buy-in No limit Holdem tournament with a guaranteed prize-pool of $8 million, but the real question is; just how high can that prize-pool number go?

For more information on the PokerStars WCOOP you can head over to the PokerStars website, and to get in on the action you can sign up for PokerStars $20 free bankroll offer.

My Name is Julian Thew

Far from the usual sponsored poker pro who simply slaps on a patch for the highest bidder and just goes and plays a few tournaments, Julian Thew is not only the face of Sky Poker, but the longtime poker pro is also an active player on the site and pens a blog for the site that he is constantly updating.

You can read Julian’s musings on poker and life on Sky Poker’s blog section: My Name is Julian Thew

And if you think you might have what it takes to play against Julian Thew you can get started on Sky Poker by taking advantage of Sky Poker’s £10 instant bankroll .

What’s Happening at Bet365 Poker

Did you know that the new iPoker update allows Bet365 poker players to “bank” time in cash games?

Time banks have long been a tournament mainstay, but mass multi-tablers have been calling on poker rooms to add the same option for their cash-game tables for years now, and iPoker has recently listened to their suggestion.

With a cash-game time bank Bet365 Poker just got a little more grinder-friendly after their latest software update. The new features lets players use a time bank when they are faced with a difficult decision, or when they are having technical issues and made need some extra time to reconnect.

The Bet365 cash-game time bank is customizable, with multiple settings available, including an option to only use the time bank if a player is already invested in the pot. For more information on the latest software update you can check out this article from

Have you taken advantage of Bet365’s free $5 bankroll offer yet?

What’s Happening at Switch Poker

Did you know you can play at Switch Poker without downloading any software?

Few people realize that Switch Poker is available as both a downloadable poker client and without a download, where players can participate in online poker games at Switch Poker by opening a browser-based version of the poker client.

There are pros and cons to using a browser-based poker client, so having both options can be extremely important, especially to players who may share a computer or players who are overly cautious and leery about downloading any type of products on their computers.

Switch Poker’s free €10 bankroll offer is available to players who download the poker client as well as to players who use the browser-based version of the site.


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