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The Weekly Turbo: New Year, More Poker

The Weekly Turbo
  • New Year's Resolution #1: Stay up to date on all poker news with the #weeklyturbo

Now that you’ve got your New Year’s resolutions locked in, it’s time to really kick it into high gear. Whether you’re on your way to the felt to play or just walking out the door to run or race off to the gym to shed some serious lbs., take PokerNews with you and scan through the latest news of the week.

The Winner’s Circle

Jason Koon

Jason Koon won the $100K Super High Roller at PokerStars Championship Bahamas, his largest cash yet, against Charlie Carrel.

Balazs Botond was the biggest winner last weekend, taking the Sunday Million for $158,981.69.

Bryn Kenney won the PokerStars Championship Bahamas $50,000 Single-Day High Roller for $969,075.

Craig Rubinstein, Daniel Buzgon, Brian Wood and Daniel Lupo dominated tournaments on Sunday. Here’s others who did well in New Jersey this past week.

James Chen won the $2,500 H.O.R.S.E. event at Aussie Millions inside the Crown Poker Room on Friday to collect the top prize of A$39,700 ($29,322).

The Game Changers


GPI rankings will now match what was used in the 2016 GPI and WSOP POY leaderboards. The GPI also announced the American Poker Awards date.

The World Series of Poker has solidified their list of events for the 2017 flagship weekend as part of the 48th WSOP. All WSOP signature events are now scheduled for the weekend to maximize poker player engagement.

888poker players in Australia were recently informed that they'll no longer be permitted on the site. The company will also stop operating in Slovenia.

New Jersey State Senator and gubernatorial candidate Raymond Lesniak said that online gaming is critical to the state of New Jersey and that he and the state would have a swift reaction if Attorney General nominee Jeff Sessions followed through on his hints at overturning the 2011 Department of Justice memorandum that interpreted the scope of the 1961 Wire Act as limited to sports betting.

Mike McDonald hopes to correct the poker market and cater to fans with his new business venture, PokerShares.

Two years from now, there could be a shot clock embedded at every tournament poker table. PokerStars implemented an action timer, often colloquially referred to as a "shot clock," for the first time in an impromptu one-day $25K High Roller at PokerStars Championship Bahamas.

The WPT acquired WPTDeepStacks.

partypoker launches a new live poker tour called partypoker LIVE.

TwoPlusTwo’s user database at was recently compromised, according to an email from TwoPlusTwo management sent to users Jan. 9. The hack was discovered Jan. 8.

Kevin Hart played the wild card in the PokerStars Championship Bahamas $100,000 Super High Roller.

Kevin Hart and Aaron Paul answer a round of rapid fire questions.

Padraig Parkinson becomes the face of partypoker in Ireland.

SuperSport launches the first regulated online poker network in Croatia.

The 100K event is back on the schedule at the PokerStars Championship Bahamas; here are the other players who have cashed for the most money in the EPT’s and PCA’s history.

David Peters overtook Fedor Holz to win the GPI’s Player of the Year honor and says it’s the prestige and honor of the award that’s important, but he may take on a lighter schedule this year. Check out this interview from the PokerStars Championship Bahamas. He’s still the frontrunner in the rankings.

Lee Jones, a member of PokerStars' commuication team, has been to all but two PCAs. Now at the PokerStars Championship Bahamas, he discusses the rebranding.

Sergio Garcia uses the PokerStars Championship Bahamas to unwind and have fun before the golf season, but he’d love to win one of those spade trophies. More here.

The Aussie Millions has started! Here’s all the key info you need to know, including a historical table of the event and a list of the tournaments that PokerNews will cover.

Heading to Marrakech Jan. 14? Take these helpful tips with you so that you can call taxis, find places to eat close to the casino or just beyond (that require a cab) and locate the schedule of events with ease.

Poker Players International and Tain partner to launch non-U.S. real money poker site.

Poker & Pop Culture: The "Dead End Kids” show early film audiences the right way to play draw poker.

At least $15 million will be won during the 2017 Turbo Championship of Online Poker at PokerStars, which starts Jan. 18.

The long-awaited rematch of man vs. artificial intelligence has made its way to the poker felt. Here’s where you can watch it.

888poker is set to run a $500,000 guaranteed edition of the $320 Baby Whale today.

Tommy Angelo shares precautions and courtesies for players and dealers for a smooth running game.

888poker's interactive program, "The Game," provides new players a fast way to learn multiple variants.

The Los Angeles Poker Classic begins Jan. 13 with new structures and more guarantees than ever before at Commerce Hotel & Casino.

Atlantic City casinos enjoy year-over-year revenue increase for the first time since 2006. KISS and the Kaw Nation plan to open a casino in tiny Braman, Oklahoma. This and more in Inside Gaming.

Take Matters Into Your Own Hands

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Learn how "regression to the mean" informs an understanding of poker and your own expectations.

Who’s got the nuts in these poker hands? This week’s PokerNews Quiz, identify the nuts, or the best possible hand, in each of eight poker hands.

Crush it in 2017 by taking a look at Nick Wealthall’s video on how to create a plan that works for poker.

Jonathan Little breaks down a tournament hand in which his top pair, top kicker might not be best.

Head to Sky Poker in January and try your luck in Nightly Bounty Champion Tournaments.

Use the 888poker qualifiers to get your slot into the $5M Super XL Series action for free. And get your hands on a free $20 to play poker.

Brush up on your poker tournament strategy and preparation before you start play. Follow these five steps.

Ashley Adams reviews three hold'em moves that can work in low-stakes home games or in the casino: the goad, the isolate over-shove and the probe trap.

Mohsin Charania breaks down a hand and shares thoughts about getting value with your monsters.

Win bonus points and tournament tickets in the Unibet Poker January Challenge promotion.

Take advantage of Wonclub's Lost Sports Bonus and win back what you lost betting on sports!

Learning how to employ the check-raise successfully is a crucial skill in no-limit hold'em.

Collect great EnergyCasino's bonuses with Wazdan's Western-themed video slot, Mystery Jack.

Check Tape

Stacy Matuson vs. William Kassouf

Stacy Matuson challenges William Kassouf to a redemption heads-up match at 888Live Poker Festival at King’s Casino Rozvadov and he accepts.

The PokerNews Podcast gets you caught up on all the happenings from the PokerStars Championship Bahamas!

PokerNews’ Sarah Herring asks Kevin Hart, actor and stand-up comedian, two minutes of rapid fire questions.

Check out Cristiano Ronaldo and Dwyane Wade in the latest #raiseit challenge, this time coming from the kitchen.

This week’s Calling the Clock features Matt Broughton, the EPT commentator, with questions from Herring, like “Worst thing about being a commentator?”

Herring talks to Lee Jones about the unique experiences being offered at the PokerStars Championship Bahamas.

Swimming with the pigs in Exuma, Bahamas, is one of the most sought after trips in the world! Herring checks an item off her bucket list.

Herring talks to Jason Koon about his worst Uber experience and his poker-focused biohacking seminar this April.

Here is a look at all the best tweets from the first day of the PokerStars Championship Bahamas, collected by Herring.

Herring talks to poker players to find out what their personal and professional goals are for 2017.

Herring talks to last year's Super High Roller Champion Bryn Kenney about his current ranking among the high rollers.

How did Bill Perkins begin his meteoric rise? What inspired him to give away 23 packages to the PokerStars Championship Bahamas? What is the Thirst Lounge? Herring gets the scoop walking and talking with Perkins through the Atlantis.

Herring talks to Liv Boeree and Igor Kurganov about their experience with space camels and Hide & Go Seek.

Fatima de Melo impersonates famous poker players to try to inspire Herring to guess who she is.

Herring talks to Global Poker Index Player of the Year 2016 David Peters.

During a tailgate party, Herring discovers who players root for in the NFL and what they do during the Super Bowl.

Herring talks to 84-year-old Morris Dadoun, a qualifier, about how he ended up here and how he is crushing even at the most the most star-studded table in the room.

Jason Koon won the $100K Super High Roller. He’s one of the hardest working players in poker and he remains humble while he adds trophies to his collection.

Herring gets all the dirty details from the dirty basement kid, Jason Somerville.

Felipe Ramos breaks down a hand deep in the EPT Prague Main Event where he opted to check-raise.

After shipping a big pot with quads, Mohsin Charania explains the best way to extract value in a spot where you know you have the best hand.

Herring talks to Will 'the Thrill' Failla about a charity poker tournament for the Ronald McDonald House on Jan. 25.

There are rumors circulating about a possible Lodden Thinks Tournament. Herring hits the ground running to find out more.

After taking some tough hits at higher stakes, Jaime Staples is ready to get back to what he knows best.

Herring talks to Spin & Go qualifier Hrair Janian of Toronto about losing 80 lbs., talking trash to Mike McDonald and having the time of his life.

Players expressed their desire for a shot clock in the added high rollers and PokerStars listened.

Herring catches Aaron Paul first thing in the morning and barrages him with two minutes of random questions.

Remember that one time Antonio Esfandiari got banned from the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure because of a prop bet? So do we. #throwback

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