GGPoker Goes from Strength to Strength to Conclude 2023

2023 was a great year for GGPoker with almost 4 billion hands dealt on the site and over $3 billion awarded in prizes.

The recent Twitter post from GGPoker revealed that the operator had another stellar year in 2023, breaking its own records and further establishing its position as the market leader.

GGPoker demonstrated growth in almost every important category, the most impressive ones being the total number of hands dealt on the site (3.8 billion) and the total amount of prize money awarded (just over $3 billion).

2023 was also a record-breaking year in terms of WSOP accolades awarded. Players playing the global platform and GGPoker Ontario took home 41 WSOP bracelets and 72 rings. The number of WSOP trophies awarded on the site has been constantly growing since 2021, and we expect this trend to continue in 2024.

If we add other big projects from 2023 to the mix, not the least of which was the inaugural season of Game of Gold, it seems like the operator is in for yet another exciting year, which also means players can look forward to some fun surprises and big giveaways.

With all this in mind, you don’t want to be missing out on all the good stuff happening on the site, so head on over to GGPoker, register for an account, and pick your welcome bonus to get started on the right foot in the New Year!

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PokerStars Introduces Mystery Bounty Tournaments in Style

Two inaugural Mystery Bounty tournaments at PokerStars were a complete success, blowing their respective guarantees out of the water.

The first-ever Mystery Bounty tournaments at PokerStars kicked the ball out of the park, attracting thousands of players and smashing guarantees.

On January 7, PokerStars finally introduced long-awaited Mystery Bounty tournaments, adding yet another game format to the platform. Two inaugural MB events were played as a part of the New Year Series and were a great success, attracting thousands of players.

PokerStars picked its marquee Sunday Million tournament to introduce Mystery Bounties on January 7, and the event ended up attracting over 16,000 entries, creating a prize pool in excess of $1.6 million.

One lucky player picked up the main $50k bounty, while five more banked over $15k in MB prizes alone. In total, 2,656 Mystery Bounties were claimed.

Looking to cater to the wider player base, the operator also offered a cheaper $11 Mystery Bounty event with a big $250,000 guarantee. The biggest MB picked up in this one was $10,000.

For all fans of the format, this is just the beginning. We expect to see many more MB events sprinkled across the PokerStars MTT schedule in the future.

The first such opportunities will be up for grabs already on Sunday, January 14, when the site will be hosting two Mystery Bounty tournaments with buy-ins of $215 and $22. So, head on over to PokerStars right now, claim your welcome bonus, and get ready for some exciting mystery action come Sunday

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Matt Savage Introduces ‘Savage Average,’ New Tournament Blind Structure

The novel concept will keep the average stack at 50 big blinds at all times and will do away with timed blind levels.

The world of poker is constantly evolving, and it is people like the WPT Executive Tournament Director Matt Savage who often spearhead these changes. Savage has once again caught the interest of the poker public after introducing ‘Savage Average,’ a fresh and innovative blind structure for poker tournaments.

In a current setup, tournament blind levels are usually timed, increasing after a certain time interval. The new system proposes that, instead, blinds increase as players get eliminated, where the average stack constantly remains at 50 big blinds.

According to pokerfuse, the new concept will have its test run in March at Thunder Valley Casino in Lincoln. The $570 buy-in event will take place during the WPT Rolling Thunder festival, and it will feature a fairly generous guarantee of $50,000.

The ‘Savage Average’ has created some discussion in the poker community, with some praising the idea but some also approaching it with caution, expressing concerns that this approach could lead to overly cautious play and prolong the duration of events.

Like with any other new idea, we will have a much better understanding once we see how it performs in a real-life setting. Depending on what happens in March, we might see this concept adopted by more venues and eventually become a new standard for tournament poker or at least find its place on the schedules of major poker festivals in the future.

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