Negreanu Felted, Jones Returns
The world's biggest poker site is making headlines as usual this week as an old face returns to the fold, a flagship pro seeks redemption and a massive milestone is just around the corner.
Negreanu - Isildur1 Part II is a Go
This past Sunday, Viktor "Isildur1" Blom felted Daniel Negreanu in just 1,439 hands during the Superstar Showdown Challenge.
The challenge between the two is supposed to go a total of 2,500 hands over the course of two days, but after losing so quickly, many thought the challenge might be over.
On Monday, however, Pokerstars announced that Daniel will return on Sunday with a fresh $150,000 to take another crack at Isildur1.
Of the upcoming "rematch," Negreanu stated:
"I elected not to play the Wynn Classic and instead will devote my time to playing heads up on PokerStars all week in preparation for my rematch next Sunday.
"I haven't decided how I will approach the next match, a lot of that will depend how this week goes. I'll be doing some experimenting, as I mentioned, and I won't know exactly how I'm going to play him until the match starts."
Things couldn't go much worse for Negreanu than they did last weekend. In pots of $20,000 or more, he won only two out of 14.
Isildur1 couldn't possibly run that hot again, could he? You can find out Sunday at Pokerstars.
Lee Jones Returns to Head Home Games
Lee Jones has officially returned to Pokerstars to head its Home Games division.
Jones left the site in 2007 after serving nearly five years as its Poker Room Manager. Since leaving Pokerstars, Jones worked briefly for the European Poker Tour and then took over as Card Room Manager at Cake Poker.
He left the position in December 2010 citing differences in opinion on the direction of the site.
Pokerstars Ready to Deal 60 Billionth Hand
Over the next few days, Pokerstars will award players in 300 regular milestone hands.
The milestone hands will begin at hand number 59.7 billion and will occur at each 1 million hands thereafter.
Players that participate in the hands will receive $50 plus $50 for every VPP earned at that table prior to the hand. The winner of the hand will also have his or her prize doubled.
The players in the 60 billionth hand will receive a special prize. They will receive $500 for each VPP earn at the table prior to the hand and a prize of $500.
The winner will not only get those prizes doubled, but he or she will also receive an extra $60,000. Pokerstars is expected to give away $1 million during the promotion.
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