Breaking Down the Action:
  • World Series Heads to CBS from ESPN after 34 Years
  • World Champion Salas Bags a SCOOP Win
  • Joakim Andersson Wins Massive Super MILLION$ Title for $1.5m
  • Online Players Missing the Live Game

It’s been a huge week in poker, with the biggest tournament festival in the game moving after 34 years with the same television channel, several more SCOOP and GG Spring Festival winners taking home big bucks and much, much more.

Let’s begin our round-up with the big news of the week, that the World Series we know and love is getting a makeover from an old friend.

World Series Returns to CBS from ESPN after 34 Years

It’s been one of the longest partnerships in poker. As iconic as Stu Ungar and the Al Fresco WSOP, Doyle Brunson and his stetson or… Phil Hellmuth and his bottle of Breinfuel. Yes, the World Series of Poker is on the move.

Having been part of ESPN’s poker output for 19 consecutive years and 34 years in total, the WSOP this week announced that it was changing homes to join the CBS Sports family.

As well as returning to the place where it all started for them, the World Series are bound to use this opportunity to utilise some new features. We’re hoping for hovering avatars over the players’ heads announcing how stuck they are by the time the Main Event reaches the final table.

World Champion Salas Bags a SCOOP Win

It’s a major life skill to be good at both live and online poker and one such master of this high-wire balancing act is Argentinian player Damian Salas.

Coming into the latest SCOOP event as WSOP Main Event champion, Salas swept aside the considerable opposition in the $10,300-entry no limit hold’em event, with his top prize of $263,023 thoroughly deserved.

If players such as Linus Loeliger, Wiktor Malinowski and Jon van Fleet couldn’t get close to him, then it’s a hard-earned win. Whether it’s clicking buttons or staring into the whites of his opponents’ eyes, Salas (pictured above) is the king of poker right now.

Joakim Andersson Wins Massive Super MILLION$ Title for $1.5m

Salas wasn’t the only big winner this week. One of the biggest victories came in this week’s GGPoker Super MILLION$, which saw Swedish superstar Joakim Andersson take home $1.5 million for a truly outstanding win.

You can read all about Andersson’s incredible achievement right here, where we break down all the action at a dramatic final table. If having Niklas Astedt dominating the online games wasn’t tough enough for opponents, Andersson’s purple patch means more ‘Watch Out for the Scandinavians’ are incoming. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

Online Players are Missing the Live Game

It would certainly appear that while COVID-19 has driven more players to the online poker sites than ever before during lockdown, players of all levels are missing the feel of real cards swooshing against the poker felt.

Despite there being plenty of versions of poker yet to be discovered by many players, fan favourite and Twitter legend Sam Greenwood just misses a little extra restroom time that a live tournament affords.

Greenwood is, of course, an elite player, as we revealed to you this week in our look at the seven types of poker player you might aspire to be. Does he really need 20 minutes, though? Hey, maybe that’s optimal for the very best in the business.

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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