Ivey Loses, Nevada + Delaware Join Players
bbvisbadforme has been lapping the high stakes world in March while Phil Galfond and Phil Ivey continue to struggle.
Meanwhile the first regulated online poker network is online and Planet Hollywood hopes to capitalize on the success of the World Series of Poker.
Bbvisbadforme Crushes in March - Galfond, Ivey Among Big Losers
One player in March has completely dominated high-stakes online poker. Bbvisbadforme has amassed an impressive $795,958 through March 24, almost five times that of the next closest competitor.
This impressive run has come exclusively in 2-7 Triple Draw. His biggest win during the month came on March 10 when he won $268,700 in a single day. He would have to hit a major cooler in the last few days of the month to avoid finishing in the top spot.
In the loser's bracket Phil "OMGClayAiken" Galfond and Phil "Polarizing" Ivey lead all players. Galfond dropped $564,120 this month with Ivey dropping $225,766.
March hasn't been kind to most of poker's high stakes elite. Isildur1 is currently down $129,866 on the month and Dan "jungleman12" Cates is down over $91,000.
Nevada and Delaware Begin Sharing Player Pools
For the first time since before the passage of the UIGEA, there is a legal interstate online poker network running in the United States.
Earlier in the week, a joint network shared by WSOP.com in Nevada and 888 Poker in Delaware started their soft launch. This network combines player pools from both states to form the first regulated interstate iPoker network.
Nearly all games will be shared between players in both states. The only exceptions are fixed limit poker games and any promotions directly tied to the World Series of Poker.
Both states hope to increase liquidity with this move but the initial impact may be minimal as Delaware barely averages enough traffic to launch a Sit and Go.
The real value is in the future when other states join the network. Talks are ongoing with New Jersey to join in an interstate compact and join the network.
States such as California and Pennsylvania are also expected to join once they regulate online poker.
Planet Hollywood to Mirror WSOP Schedule in their PHamous Summer Poker Series
While the World Series of Poker will dominate the summer tournament series in Las Vegas, it is not the only game in town.
Hoping to capitalize on players in town for the Series, Planet Hollywood has chosen to mirror the 2015 WSOP in their PHamous Poker Series running this summer.
The difference between PHamous events and WSOP events is that most are run at a fraction of the cost of WSOP events. Think mini-FTOPS versus FTOPS for a comparable online poker series.
The series kicks off on May 31 with the Colossus Jr. Event. The $565 tournament features a $500,000 guarantee and looks to bring in players that busted out of the Colossus at the Rio the day before.
The series features a wide variety of poker variants heavy on NL Hold'em. Other events include Triple Stud, Dealers Choice, PLO and Omaha Hi-Lo.
The $1,150 Main Event kicks off on June 28 and features a $1 million guarantee. A full schedule of events can be found on Hollywood Poker's website.