Weekly Poker Roundup: July 16, 2018
Phil Hellmuth Wins 15th WSOP Bracelet
While the attention of the poker world was on the final table of the 2018 World Series of Poker Main Event this past week, Phil Hellmuth stole a portion of the spotlight Thursday as he won his record-extending 15thWSOP gold bracelet. He took the title in Event #71: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em (30 minute levels), winning nearly half a million dollars.
Hellmuth now five bracelets ahead of the legendary triumvirate of Johnny Chan, Doyle Brunson, and Phil Ivey. Ivey is the only one of them that has any sort of chance to catch Hellmuth, considering he is just 41 years old. Hellmuth, though, made up his mind 25 years ago that he was going to win 24 bracelets over the course of his career. Since he doesn’t show any signs of slowing down (he turns 54-years old Monday), I wouldn’t put it past him.
Stopping by the broadcast booth during the Main Event final table, he said,
“It’s been three years since I won a bracelet, so I’m just right now, I’m in an amazing moment. It’s unbelievable…[I’m on] cloud nine…because you just can’t win these every year, I don’t think. Or at least I’d like to think I can. I had to wait three years and now I’m just…it’s awesome.”
PokerStars MicroMillions 14 Begins
Sunday will mark the start of the 14th edition of PokerStars’ MicroMillions online tournament series. It will run for two weeks and consist of 121 events with buy-ins ranging from $0.11 to $22. PokerStars will also host a parallel MicroMillions for the liquidity sharing sites for its Spanish, French, and Portuguese players. For that one, buy-ins will be €0.50 to €50 and there will be 87 total events.
During the MicroMillions, PokerStars will be randomly dropping $50,000 worth of tickets for the series, so anyone who is playing might get lucky and get a free buy-in somewhere.
Speaking of lucky, two players will win Platinum Passes during the MicroMillions. Everyone who enters five events will be automatically entered into an All-In Shootout which will take place on July 31st. The top two finishers in that freeroll will receive the $30,000 Platinum passes, which include a $25,000 seat in the PokerStars Players No Limit Hold’em Championship, lodging in the Bahamas, and travel money.
Winamax to Welcome Spanish Players
Winamax has long been the premiere French-only online poker room, but no more. The site announced that it will be adding players from Spain to its tables this month. Winamax is the third site to merge the former ring-fenced countries, joining PokerStars and partypoker.
Naturally, Winamax is hyping this as benefitting tournaments, as more players on the site will mean more players in tournaments, which will in turn mean larger prize pools. Of course, the cash game tables will also see a boost and all of this could help Winamax keep growing as the higher traffic makes it more attractive to potential players. PokerScout has Winamax.fr tied for the seventh largest poker room or network on the internet with a seven-day average of 1,000 cash game players.
Winamax will also lower the rake in cash games from 6.75 percent to 5.75 percent. It will also reduce the number of “miles,” or VIP loyalty points, that players earn from raked hands from four per euro to three per euro.
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