If you are an England fan, you’ll no doubt be aware that the World Cup is continuing in our absence after two miserable defeats, however for one PokerStars sponsored professional, Holland’s emphatic destruction of Spain saw him take his celebrations a little too far and we’ll explain why below.
But first we’ll take a look at how Sky Poker have given their big weekly Sunday Roller a bit of a makeover for the summer.
One of the biggest attractions on Sky Poker each week in terms of multi-table tournament action is their Sunday Roller.
These events often have the biggest guaranteed prize pool on Sky Poker each week and they attract the crème-de-la-creme fro the Sky Poker site to try their luck at winning a big money prize. However, with the summer now finally here, Sky Poker have decided to give their flagship competition a little revamp.
Sunday’s big event will now be called the Summer Roller and for the next few weeks, players will be able to buy in direct to the big event held every Sunday evening for a fee of £110. In an attempt to give more players a chance at earning a spot in this prestigious weekly event, which every week has a guaranteed prize fund of at least £20,000, there will also be a large number of satellite tournaments being run on the Sky Poker site.
These events will allow players with smaller bankrolls the chance to satellite into the event for as little as £3. In addition, for the duration of the summer, Sky Poker TV’s team of experts will be running the rule over the big hands at the table when Sky Poker’s top players collide.
They will bring players extensive highlights of the tournament live every Sunday night from 7pm UK time. There’s no official end date for the Summer Roller promotion stated, though it is natural to expect that it will likely only last until the end of August and the start of September.
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In their first game of the World Cup, Holland came from a goal down to defeat current World Champions Spain 5-1. It was a shocking result which made the headlines around the globe and certainly did not go down particularly well.
However, Dale Philip, one of the world’s most respected poker bloggers and a sponsored player of PokerStars, didn’t seem to care a great deal about the feelings of his fellow players as he wildly celebrated Holland’s thumping victory while taking part in the PokerStars UKIPT held in Marbella, Spain.
The fact that the Scot wildly celebrated the Dutch victory while playing against Spanish players in a Spanish resort, was not lost on some of his competitors and a Twitter war of words broke out between Philip and fellow player Alex Hernando, who was competing in the same tournament as Philip and who witnessed the Scots over-zealous celebrations.
Hernando criticised Philip who reacted by stating that “Insulting me and threatening me on Twitter when you are 10 meters away from me is ridonkulous” adding “Just a game, cheer up and let’s be friends.”
Hernando however was unwilling to bury the hatchet, showing unusual foresight when stating in response, “Maybe you should think about the patch u were wearing. I’m 200% sure that PS (PokerStars) would not stand your ‘celebration moves’."
After being eliminated from the tournament, Philip was waiting for his 11-hour flight back to his adopted home of Thailand when he heard from PokerStars that due to his antics during the football game, they had cancelled their sponsorship of him.
“Just been dropped from PokerStars for the goal celebration against Spain,” Philip tweeted. “Not the best news before an 11 hour flight.”
In the UK, reaction to Philip’s penalty was somewhat critical, accusing PokerStars of an over-the-top reaction.
One poker ace commented, “Unless you did a Nazi salute or genuinely tried to start a fight, I think you got shafted there man.”
Philip had been a PokerStars player for several years after coming to prominence as one of the best poker bloggers and is a former PokerStars World Blogger Championship Champion, defeating a field of 2247 other bloggers for the title.
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