Breaking Down the Action:
  • Pads Takes a Stand... Against Himself!
  • WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Breaks Attendance Records
  • GPI Announce Global Poker awards to Return in 2022
  • WSOP Online Schedule Reveals Super Summer
  • Chip Race 100th Episode Game Draws Huge Turnout on Unibet Poker

It’s been a very busy week in the world of poker, and if you’ve been at the tables or away from the felt, you could easily have missed a trick.

From online drama to a live tournament that broke records, through the release of this year’s WSOP Online Series schedule, there’s a lot to catch up on.

Let’s take a walk around the tables and pick out the best deals.

Pads Takes a Stand… Against Himself!

It’s often the case that a poker player pickets the community to take notice of one of their achievements, or even barks up a number of trees to make sure that their victories are noticed if a mistake is made. So it was something of a breath of fresh air when partypoker’s Patrick ‘pads1161’ Leonard reached out to PokerStars to suggest that he had been awarded points that his finishes hadn’t merited and that the true Leaderboard winner should have been Russian player ‘Zapahzamazki’.

Not only was he right, but Leonard forfeited the $25,000 top prize

WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Breaks Attendance Records  

It would be an understatement to tell you that the World Poker Tour have had some very big events in their great and glorious past. In fact, they’ve been flopping monsters since the first time Mike Sexton introduced the game on a cruise ship 20 years ago.

These days, of course, poker isn’t just played on a floating party, but in people’s homes and by more and more people around the world. So we should hardly be surprised that the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown broke all previous WPT attendance records when the doors opened and the table dividers and face masks were divvied out last week. In the end, it was Sonny Franco who bagged biggest ahead of the final in Las Vegas on May 18th.

GPI Announce Global Poker awards to Return in 2022

There was huge excitement around the poker world when the GPI’s Eric Danis announced this week that the Global Poker awards will be making a spectacular return in March 2022. The big news didn’t stop there, however, as Jeff Platt also coaxed from his co-host in the announcement that the GPAs would be broadcast across the next three years (2022,2023 and 2024) to PokerGO fans worldwide via their streaming service.

Now we just need to pen that searing look at how Teddy KGB’s enjoyment of Oreo’s in Rounders was symptomatic of his need to lose to Mike McDermott and chase that nomination!

WSOP Online Schedule Reveals Super Summer

The fact that the world Series of Poker will be putting on a live festival between September and November 23rd this year hasn’t stopped the biggest brand in poker adding in an Online WSOP too.

The news broke that the WSOP Online Series will be taking place throughout the summer in the past few days, sending ripples of excitement through the poker industry and beyond. Will you be playing? We can’t wait to hear the best stories from what is sure to be a dramatic summer full of poker dreams coming true.

Chip Race 100th Episode Game Draws Huge Turnout on Unibet Poker

Finally, this week saw the 100t episode of the world’s best poker podcast, The Chip Race, celebrated in the finest style – by having a poker tournament. The event, which cost €100 to play, had a guarantee of €30,000, but smashed through that to eventually have over €40,000 up for grabs in prizes, as well as some extra bounties on the heads of Unibet pros Dara O’Kearney, David Lappin and Ian Simpson.

We couldn’t resist taking part of course, but if you haven’t read how our own Paul Seaton got on, you might want to do so without spoilers. Just don’t reach out to him on Twitter and tell him that aces never lose.

Paul Seaton

Paul Seaton has written about poker for many years, travelling the world to report live from such poker events as the World Series of Poker, European Poker Tour and World Poker Tour. As well as reporting live from the felt, Paul was Editor of BLUFF Europe magazine and has written for major poker brands including PokerStars, 888poker and partypoker where he was Head of Media. Paul has interviewed many of the world’s greatest poker players, such as Sam Trickett, Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth and Bryn Kenney, the current all-time money list leader.

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