Parker "TonkaaaaP" Talbot joins Dara and David on the Lock-In
The latest edition of The Lock-In, the pandemic-inspired spin-off show from the Unibet sponsored Chip Race podcast courts some controversy, but also serves up laughs a-plenty. Canadian online beast Parker “TonkaaaaP” Talbot joins hosts David Lappin and Dara “Doke” O’Kearney for some of the fun.
Talbot was a bit late to the game, late-registering the podcast after the hosts had finished with the two most controversial topics of show. David and Dara spend the first half of the show alone, discussing two recent controversies from the poker world.
As always, the pair bring a sober, rational perspective to controversial topics. If you’re looking for a level-headed look at scamming in the poker world via the recent Dennis Blieden embezzlement conviction, or ACR head Phil Nagy's sexist and gross outburst, the boys from Unibet give it to you in the first half of the show.
TonkaaaaP shows up for the second half of the show, and comes in hot with a sponsorship joke about his recent addition to the streaming team at PokerStars. That sets up a light and jovial mood for the final topic of the show, contrasting the recent records of Phil Hellmuth and Daniel Negreanu.
Talbot moves effortlessly from insightful poker commentary to perfectly placed hilarious joke, and the final segment with the Canadian grinder is equal parts fascinating commentary and laugh-out-loud funny. Talbot’s segment begins around the 34 minute mark, but you don’t want to miss Dara and David’s lead-in either.
Joey "papigto" Ingram gets the chance to talk poker and life with Phil Ivey.
Chicago Joey’s Poker Life Podcast scored a huge win this past week when one of the most enigmatic players in the game dropped in for a chat. Phil Ivey stopped by for a wide-ranging chat with Joe Ingram about his life in poker, and what he has learned over the years.
The pair get into discussions that cover the career of a player many see as the best to ever play. From his time as “No Home Jerome“ through famous folds to his recent sobriety, Ivey drops truth-bombs like “If you enjoy winning, you have to appreciate the fact that you’re going to lose sometimes” and “Don’t miss the bus.”
It’s a remarkably open discussion from a player who, in the past, has been seen as a bit of a closed book. Ingram brings out a side of Ivey that has been rarely seen, and it is a fascinating look at a player who has preferred to let his play speak for him in the past.
The leaderboard appears to be based on volume rather than results as players earn one point for every Battle Royale game they play, but they can get extra value during happy hour with 1.5x point value.
Prize totals and number of prizes available on the leaderboard vary depending on buy-in. The table below shows how prizes break down at each level.
Battle Royale Leaderboard Prizes
Players in Battle Royale games all start with 1,000 chips, and they are pure-freezeout games with no late registration or re-entry. The 100-entry game size makes for consistent guarantees across the buy-in levels.
$.25 games guarantee $24.
$1 games guarantee $95.
$3 games guarantee $285.
$10 games guarantee $950.
Battle Royale games are running now on GGPoker, and the Leaderboard promotion runs from June 10 through June 30.
Check out this fortnight and poker mix in a new innovative poker format at GGPoker.
There is a new game in town at GGPoker with Battle Royale. The new gamified poker format combines aspects of fast-fold, shootout and knockout poker formats with the “last player standing” model of the Battle Royale format from first person shooter games.
Battle Royale Poker edition!
This format is awesome. Read more about how it works below.
The new format plays in three stages, taking elements from the larger gaming world, as well as many different poker formats. The entire tournament plays as a progressive knockout game, with players earning a bounty for every knockout, while also increasing the price on their own head.
Stage 1 of the game is a fast-fold tournament variant lasting 15 minutes, designed to whittle the starting field of 100 down to 50. If more than 50 people remain after the first 15 minutes, only the top 50 stacks will move forward, with any smaller stacks being eliminated and their bounties being redistributed to prize pool. This stage plays six-handed.
Stage 2 is another 15 minute phase, played in a five-handed shootout format. Only the last player standing at each of the final 10 tables will advance to the final stage. If there are still tables in action after 15 minutes has expired, the remaining tables move to an automatic all-in mode until a winner is decided on each.
The final stage plays like a 10-handed sit and go, with all players expecting a payout. With the action-heavy format in the first two stages, players at the final table should have very large bounties on their heads, making for some interesting decisions and confrontations at the final table.
The new game is offered at four low-stakes buy-ins ranging from $.25 to $10. Winners can expect to get more than 10x their buy-in back in prize pool prizes, plus whatever bounties they’ve collected along the way, and even 10th place earns more than a buy-in back in prizes.
More than $10,000 has been raised with Natural8 matching dollar for dollar.
Natural8 one of Asia’s largest online poker rooms and the flagship skin of GGPoker Network (GGPN) has set up a fundraising campaign to support Covid-19 relief efforts in India.
The operator has pledged to match dollar for dollar all donations with a cap of $88,000.
India which is the second most populated country in the world is going through a major Covid crisis, reporting over 250,000 cases on a daily basis. Over 4000 Covid-19 deaths were recorded in the country on May 20, with the death toll reaching nearly 300,000.
To help India fight Covid-19, Natural8 has launched the “Unite to Fight Covid-19 Fundraising” campaign.
Natural8 will match any donations made by the players until May 29 to a value of up to $88,000.
Players can make donations via the p2p transfer method to [email protected] on the Natural8 app or they can contact the live support or send an email at [email protected]
These donations will be contributed to CryptoRelief and will aid in the form of medicines, oxygen, ventilators and other essential items needed to fight against Covid-19.
To encourage players to make a donation, the site will award a ticket to a Flipout tournament to anyone who makes a donation of $1 and more.
So far, nearly $11,000 has been raised and Natural8 has matched each dollar, thus increasing the contributions to almost $22,000.