Compared to the last month or so, this week online has been a little slow. We have seen Ziigmund put in some lengthy sessions though. He has been winning nearly every session lately, but yesterday gave a lot of it back in a -200k+ session. Our boy Isildur1 has put in a few short sessions at the plo tables, but hasn’t had much luck.. He has managed to give back the majority of his Superstar Showdown earnings without even the courtesy of a marathon session to rail.
However, what the online world is lacking in this week, the live world is making up for. Today, April 5, marks the opening of 2 different major live poker events.
Firstly, the iseries live event #1 is kicking off and it should be a fun one to rail. They are streaming the event live and have managed to attract some favorite poker TV personalities including Phil Hellmuth, Daniel Negreanu, Devilfish and Carlos Mortenson. If this doesn’t make the event interactive enough for you, iseries is adding an interesting twist to the tournament. If you visit the iseries live website you can watch the tourney and actually bet yourself on different aspects of the tourney. For example, you can actually place a wager against the house on who will win the 5th hand of the tourney, similar to horse racing. I, personally see this as the first step to making the players more like entertainers, similiar to professional athletes. It kinda sucks that players may eventually be judged as much for their ability to entertain at the tables as for their playing ability, but this may be the only way to grow the sport and if it leads to another poker boom, then I’m all for it. If you want to take place in the festivities, however, you had better hurry as they are already underway!
The other tourney taking place today is a fun one also. It’s the Party Poker Premier League and while you can’t bet on it yourself or rail a live stream, it does have a live update blog and an extremely high caliber player list including Tom Dwan, who made the trip from Macau to be there. He joins other big name players like Dan Cates, Patrik Antonius, and ELKY. You can link to their twitter pages by clicking on their names and all of them do a good job of posting with the exception of Patrik. Beyond the nice player pool, this tourney offers a fresh format. The two groups play 4 separate heats, earning points for their finishing place in each heat. The players with the most points then advance to play a final table. Party Poker is hosting the event and added 200k to the prize pool to attract such high caliber players in. The fist heat is over with Phil Laak and Patrik winning their respective heats. Durrrr busted out 4th in his after getting the money in pre and losing with JJ<88 in a hand that would have vaulted him into the lead.. Luckily for him there is plenty more action to come and luckily for you there is plenty more action to rail