Weekly Poker Roundup: May 7, 2017
Choose the PokerStars SCOOP Players’ Choice Event
PokerStars players (or any interested person, really) can vote on what game will be played in the final event of the 2017 Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP), which is currently in full swing. Voting is on PokerStars’ Facebook page, with the voting for each of four events tallied via reaction buttons. The event options for the Players’ Choice event are as follows:
- No-Limit Hold’em Progressive Knockout, suggested by Jamie Staples
- No-Limit Hold’em Six-Max Win the Button Turbo, suggested by Mikhail Shalamov
- No-Limit Hold’em Six-Max Deep Stacks Turbo, suggested by Randy Lew
- Six-Max Pot-Limit Omaha, suggested by Lex Veldhuis
Voting ends at noon ET on May 8th. The eventual Players Choice event will have three buy-in levels: $11, $109, and $1,050.
MGM to Launch New Jersey Online Gaming Site
MGM Resorts International and GVC Holdings announced that they are teaming up to launch an online gambling site in New Jersey later this year. The site, called playMGM, will host online poker and casino games.
GVC, which owns partypoker, has been providing the online poker platform for the Borgata since internet gambling was legalized in New Jersey in 2013. MGM owned half of the Borgata until last year, at which point it bought Boyd Gaming’s share to end up owning the entire property. Thus, MGM and GVC are familiar partners.
“This is a historic moment for MGM Resorts to be launching real money online casino and poker under the MGM brand for the first time,” said MGM Resorts COO Corey Sanders in a press release. “GVC has been a first-rate partner for us, and we are excited about the possibilities of extending that partnership as regulated markets open up in the U.S.”
It is unknown if playMGM will be part of the Party Borgata network, but it probably isn’t a stretch to think it will.
Good Night, Cardrunners
Cardrunners, one of the oldest and most popular poker training sites, announced that it will end its service at the end of the month. Members whose subscriptions run past that time will receive refunds and some videos will be posted on YouTube.
“Within the next few weeks, we will also begin releasing free coaching videos on HoldemManager.com,” said site co-owners Taylor Caby, Andrew Wiggins, Alex Huang in a post last week. “We will release several of these videos each week and they will be focused on helping Hold’em Manager users better use statistics and our software to improve their results.”
Founded in 2005, Cardrunners may have just been a victim of inevitability. During the poker boom and maybe a bit after the initial surge, the demand for poker training videos skyrocketed. But over time, that demand has died down significantly while supply has increased with other training sites; there likely just isn’t enough business to be had. Those who wanted the training got it and had their fill.
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