Twitch poker streamer, Eric Collier, got down to heads up in a $16.50 buy-in $10K guaranteed tournament on the offshore US-focused Americas Cardroom only to discover he was playing against a bot.
Collier found himself at more than a 2:1 chip disadvantage facing the chipleader FoxRox, but it didn’t take long for him and his viewers to discover that something wasn’t quite right.
His opponent was folding every hand preflop at a point in the tournament that a human player would have been using his stack to pressure his opponent. FoxRox was also always using all but about 6 seconds of his time bank before folding.
On the second to the last hand, the bot, which had obviously had a flaw in its logic or some other type of malfunction, folded its 180,00 chip big blind to a minraise leaving less than 12K in its stack. Collier took down the all in final hand to win $2387.52.
“We’re gonna take it [...] but give a [email protected] because there were a bunch of other humans in there guys,” Collier exclaimed.
Only a day after Randy “Nanonoko” Lew announced his departure from PokerStars, the red spade room announces a new Team PokerStars member.
French professional poker player, Kalidou Sow is the latest player to join the team and the second signing of this year following Ramon Colillas, PokerStars Players Championship winner.
38-year-old Kaidou achieved an impressive run including three back to back titles in three consecutive months in 2017-18, one of which ultimately led him to win a Platinum Pass.
The French player won the PokerStars Championship Prague Main Event in December 2017. A month later he won another PokerStars event in London which got him the Platinum Pass. And in January 2018, Kaidou won the Winamax Poker Tour High Roller in Paris, his third consecutive major tournament title for combined winnings of nearly $1 million.
“To become an ambassador for PokerStars, it’s a dream for me,” said the newest PokerStars Team ambassador, Kaidou Sow. “Amazing, amazing.”
“My competitiveness has always pushed me to look for opportunities. 2018 was a great year and I am looking forward to what 2019 brings wearing the PokerStars patch,” he added.
Thanks again! https://t.co/q5XfnSrgot— Randy Lew (@nanonoko) April 09, 2019
Nanonoko took the poker world by storm crushing online poker by playing millions of hands online to achieve SuperNova Elite six times between 2007-2013. He achieved this feat by 24-tabling 6-Max NLHE cash games and eventually leading him to become Team PokerStars.
In 2009, the online poker legend surpassed the $1 million mark in cash game earnings – a rare milestone.
He also holds a Guinness World Record for playing 23,493 online hands in eight hours and ending up profitable.
This year alone we have seen a flurry of Team PokerStars members leave the company. First to announce was Jeff Gross who left the company after serving the room for nearly 18 months. He has now joined the rival partypoker’s newly created “Team Online”.
Within 24 hours of Jeff’s announcement, Jaime Staples was the next to announce his departure. Staples had been with the company for 4 years. He is set to join partypoker’s Team Online beginning May 4.
A couple of weeks later, another high profile streamer, Kevin Martin parted ways with PokerStars. And last month, Jake Cody signed off PokerStars.
We have also reasons to believe that Barry Greenstein “the Robin Hood of poker” is no longer Team Pro of PokerStars. Although Barry has yet to officially make an announcement, his name can no longer be seen on PokerStars Team Pro webpage.
PokerStars gave away 320 free entries to the $25,000 buy-in PokerStars Players No Limit Hold’em Championship (PSPC) over the course of the previous year via Platinum Passes that after accomodations and spending money were valued at $30,000.
It was during day 2 of the history-in-making $25,000 buy-in PokerStars Players No Limit Hold’em Championship when a Vietnamese lady by the name of Thi Xua Nguyen stunned everybody by making this incredible laydown versus Athanasios Polychronopoulos, a Greek-American professional poker player with two WSOP bracelets.
Short Deck Hold’em, AKA 6+ Hold’em, is one of the hottest poker variants being played today, and courtesy of these highlights from the HKD 500k ($64k USD) buy-in Short Deck Event at the Triton Poker SHR Jeju 2018 series, you can learn from one of poker’s all-time masters, Phil Ivey.
OP-Poker, a team of Twitch streamers and official ambassadors of PokerStars’ Power Up, was recently invited to have a look at PokerStars’ brand new upcoming Virtual Reality Product PokerStars VR held at EGX conference at Birmingham.
Unibet has announced that the Poker Princess, Molly Bloom, who’s “Hollywood high stakes poker game was the subject of the Oscar-nominated and critically acclaimed film Molly’s Game“ will be their special guest!
This story still has the poker community talking. Real life poker couple Kristen Bicknell (who is signed by partypoker) and Alex Foxen made the final table of a tournament at The Venetian in Las Vegas last month. Their alleged soft-play and collusion has the poker community riled up with the likes of Doug Polk and Justin Bonomo still talking about it long after play finished up.
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