PokerStars to Host Largest Online High Roller Ever
More big news over the weekend included online poker giant 888 Holdings purchasing bwin.party for $1.4 million and NBC SN will begin airing the Super High Roller Bowl Celebrity Shootout on August 29.
PokerStars to Host Largest Online High Roller in History at WCOOP
This past week PokerStars announced it will host the largest Super High Roller event in online poker history during the next World Championship of Online Poker.
The $51,000 Super High Roller Event will kick off on September 20 and will feature a $1 million guarantee. PokerStars expects around 40 players to enter the event and a couple of big names have already confirmed their seats.
PokerStars Team Pros Jason Mercier and Daniel Negreanu have both locked up their seats and are eager to take a shot at this historic event.
The 2015 WCOOP will kick off on September 6 and will feature bracelet events in most variants of poker spread on the site. The $5,200 NL Main Event will feature a $10 million guarantee for first place.
Last year's WCOOP Main Event winner, Fedor "CrownUpGuy" Holz, took $1.3 million. Satellites are currently running on PokerStars and start at just $1.
888 Holdings Buys bwin.party for $1.4 Billion
After weeks of speculation, bwin.party finally has a new owner. Over the weekend, sources confirmed that 888 Holdings has purchased the popular online gaming company for $1.4 Billion.
PokerStars owner Amaya had been heavily involved in negotiations for the company, but 888 Holdings were able to successfully complete the takeover.
This purchase will allow 888poker to become a solid competitor for PokerStars on a global scale and allow them to expand their offerings with the popular bwin.com and partypoker platforms.
In the United States, partypoker operates in New Jersey and 888 Holdings has operations in New Jersey, Nevada and Delaware.
It is unknown at this time whether they will continue to operate three separate entities as online poker expands in the United States or if they all future expansion will be done under the 888 Poker umbrella.
NBC SN to Air Super High Roller Bowl Celebrity Shootout Starting July 29
The Super High Roller Celebrity Shootout will begin to air the first of six episodes on Wednesday July 29 on NBC SN. The first three episodes will run from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. EDT with a repeat following afterwards.
On August 5 the remaining three episodes will air during the same hours with a repeat of the first three episodes to run from 12 a.m. to 3 a.m. On August 12 all six episodes will be replayed.
The Super High Roller Celebrity Shootout will start as two sit and go's with the winner from each facing off in a heads-up showdown for $1 million.
The first table will feature several Hollywood stars. They are:
• Brad Garrett • Don Cheadle • Hank Azaria • Norm McDonald • Kevin Pollack
The pro table will feature the biggest names in poker. They are:
• Doyle Brunson • Daniel Negreanu • Phil Hellmuth • Antonio Esfandiari • Vanessa Selbst
The outcome for this event has been kept a secret, so for once the poker community will have to tune in to see just what happens.