Friday, 17 November 2017

Nightly Sundowner Tournaments Guarantee up to $2500


The convenient time of day for Juicy Stakes' nightly Sundowner tournaments has a lot to do with their popularity -- but we're thinking the guaranteed prize pools are also a big draw!

On Thursdays and Fridays the prize pool is at least $1200. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday there’s guaranteed to be at least $1500 to be won.  Now there's a new Sunday Sundowner that guarantees at least $2500 in prize money.

Sundowner tournaments are held at 8:01 pm EST every Monday through Saturday.  The Sunday Sundowner is a little bit earlier, at 4:30 pm EST.  You'll have a starting stack of 3K. Re-entry available during the late registration period (2.5 hours). Blinds are 10 minutes.  The game is always no limit Hold’em and the registration fee is $50 + $5 for all tournaments.

You can buy in directly to the new Sunday tournament but you can also win your way to that table in satellites held the night before.

For further info:
Sundowner Poker Tournaments
New $2500 GTD Sunday Sundowner


Tuesday, 14 November 2017

$1000 GTD Thanksgiving Day Tournament

Our friends at Intertops Poker and Juicy Stakes are giving us something extra to be thankful for this Thanksgiving!  They're hosting a $1000 GTD Thanksgiving Day poker tournament on November 23rd.  Qualifiers, with buy ins as low as a dollar, begin Friday, November 17th.

Choose the type of game you're best at. There will be 8 fast-paced Hyper Turbo qualifiers and, for those that prefer more starting chips and longer blinds, there are also 7 R&A games.

“We’ve all got a lot to be grateful for,” reminds Intertops’ poker manager.  “But one of our players is going to have a thousand more reasons to be thankful this weekend!”



SCHEDULE: $1000 GTD THANKSGIVING DAY TOURNAMENT

Qualifiers
Start times given for American and Australian time zones.

Hyper Turbo (Buy-in: $2+$0.20)
1 ticket to Final to be awarded
600 starting chips, 3min blinds, late reg. 30min
Nov 17th at 6pm EST (Nov 18th, 10am AET / 00:00am CET)
Nov 18th at 2pm EST (Nov 19th, 6am AET / Nov 18th at 8pm CET)
Nov 19th at 10am EST (Nov 20th, 2am AET / Nov 19th at 4pm CET)
Nov 20th at 10am EST (Nov 21st, 2am AET / Nov 20th at 4pm CET)
Nov 20th at 10pm EST (Nov 21st, 2pm AET / 4am CET)
Nov 21st at 6pm EST (Nov 22nd, 10am AET / 00:00am CET)
Nov 22nd at 2pm EST (Nov 23rd, 6am AET / Nov 22nd at 8pm CET)
Nov 23rd at 10am EST (Nov 24th, 2am AET / Nov 23rd at 4pm CET)

R&A (Buy-in: $3+$0.30)
1 ticket to Final to be awarded
2500 starting chips, 10min blinds, late reg. 90min
Nov 18th at 10am EST  (Nov 19th,  2am AET / Nov 18th,  4pm CET)
Nov 18th at 10pm EST  (Nov 19th,  2pm AET / 4am CET)
Nov 19th at 10pm EST  (Nov 20th,  2pm AET / 4am CET)
Nov 20th at 6pm EST  (Nov 21st,  10am AET / Nov 21st,  00:00am CET)
Nov 21st at 2pm EST  (Nov 22nd,  6am AET / Nov 21st,  8pm CET)
Nov 22nd at 10am EST  (Nov 23rd,  2am AET / Nov 22nd,  4pm CET)
Nov 22nd at 10pm EST  (Nov 23rd,  2pm AET / 4am CET)

Last Chance Wild West (Buy-in: $1+$0.10)
1 ticket to final to be awarded
500 starting chips, 5min blinds, late reg. 45min
Nov 23rd, 2pm EST  (Nov 24th,  6am AET / Nov 23rd,  8pm CET)

FINAL (Buy-in: $10+$1)
$1000 GTD
10K starting chips, 15min blinds, late reg. 120min
Nov 23rd, 5:30pm EST  (Nov 24th, 9:30am AET / Nov 23rd, 11:30pm CET)

Register under the Tournaments tab in the poker software.

Friday, 15 September 2017

Sonesta Maho is Helping Resort Employees Following Hurrican Irma



The Sonesta Maho Resort, which normally hosts the TK Poker Tour events in St Maarten, is doing its best to help its employees in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.  We received this message from them today, letting us know what we can do to help:

"Our beloved island has been devastated and, although we will rebuild in the future, our primary focus now is on relief efforts providing the basic living essentials like clean drinking water, food, clothes and cleaning supplies. There is much to do and compassion must be paramount.

As you know, our Sonesta St. Maarten team and staff and the people of Sint Maarten are the soul of our hotels and our destination. It is the people that make the experience exceptional – they are the ones that make St. Maarten “The Friendly Island" and they cannot be forgotten in their time of need. So now, please help us help them.

We are working directly with the relief organization Samaritan’s Purse that has been instrumental as the first responders to the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, and they are currently stationed at Sonesta Maho Beach Resort supplying humanitarian relief efforts to the island.

We have also set up an official fundraising page for the employees and staff of Sonesta Resorts Sint Maarten and The Maho Group. This fund will collect money to provide new clothing, supplies and household items; it will also help support aid to the employees and staff and offset medical and travel expenses.

We kindly ask for your support and donations today as timing is critical. We assure you that your donation is legitimate and legal, and that it will be closely monitored.

Donate through our dedicated Sonesta St. Maarten GoFundMe page providing direct relief to our cherished resort staff at: www.gofundme.com/sonestasxmstaff.

Or visit the Samaritan’s Purse website to donate to general St. Maarten island relief efforts at: www.samaritanspurse.org.

We cannot let Irma’s victims in the Caribbean be forgotten. The real work is just beginning."


Tuesday, 12 September 2017

The People of St Maarten Need Our Help

The St Maarten resorts we know and love are in shambles following Hurricane Irma.

Last week one of our favorite poker destinations was flattened by Hurricane Irma. The category 5+ storm tore into several islands in the Caribbean with 185 mile per hour winds, ripping roofs off buildings, flattening homes and filling streets with trees and debris. The Sonesta Maho Resort which was to host the WSOPC St Maarten in November has had to close.  The badly damaged hotel has had to cancel all reservations.  The casino across the street was also badly damaged and is closed.  So the WSOPC has been officially cancelled.

Sad news for us -- but even sadder for the locals.  Not only is their island and home destroyed but now the resort they worked in is closed.  Tough times  :(

The island has started the long process of re-building after the storm, but they need help. Water, food and medicine and rebuilding infrastructure all cost money. We're told that the best thing we can do to help St Maarten is to send financial aid.

The Netherlands has been offering a lot of aid on the island and the Dutch Red Cross has opened a special account to raise funds for further aid.  If you can handle the Dutch website you can donate here.

Globalgiving.org’s Hurricane Irma Relief Fund accepts online donations and their website is in English.

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Severe Hurricane Irma Damage in St Maarten Forces Cancellation of WSOPC


Wow. It's worse than we thought -- and we knew it was going to be pretty bad. Hurricane Irma hit the West Indies this week and there has been catastrophic damage to some of our favourite Caribbean islands.  All of the resorts in Punta Cana, and St Maarten that we've been to for poker tournaments have sustained heavy damage.

St Maarten was hit so hard that the organizers of the WSOPC tournament that we planned to attend in November have no choice but to cancel the event.  No one knows when the airport will re-open and the host hotel is cancelling all reservations for the remainder of 2017.
"Because of the circumstances the WSOPC Caribbean Poker Festival, November 1-15, 2017, is officially cancelled. All prepaid reservations will be refunded," read a statement from the organizers, TK Poker.

Official Statement of Sonesta Maho Resort & Casino where the WSOPC was to have taken place:

"All guests and staff of Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Royal Casino are safe and unharmed.

The damages to Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Royal Casino are severe, as is widespread damage and destruction on our beloved island of Sint Maarten. Severe damage has also occurred at Princess Juliana International Airport, and we do not have news as to when the airport will resume operations.

The Sonesta St. Maarten executive team and management are doing their best to assist guests who are at the resorts to remain safe, secure, and as comfortable as possible until they are able to depart Sint Maarten—this is our primary concern. Guests are currently in on-property safe areas at the resorts.

Due to the damages the resorts suffered, all further reservations from now through the end of 2017 will be cancelled."

Our thoughts are with the wonderful people of St Maarten and the Dominican Republic. We'll let you know when we hear of ways we can help them through this.

We'll also be thinking about our friends in Florida where Irma is headed this weekend.

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Intertops Players Reflect on Poker EM 2017



Derek Nakafuji from Los Angeles managed to take down one of the Poker EM Velden packages online at Intertops. He could bring a friend, which was included in the package on Intertops. When two friends, Gary and Paul, said they wanted to make it an extended European vacation -- including Velden, Munich, Paris, Lille and Vienna -- Derek brought both of them along. Derek played the Poker EM Main Event and unfortunately was knocked out late on day 2, but it seems the three friends made the most of their Velden visit!



Hjalmar Lethin talks about the satisfaction of yet another sucessful live event with online qualifiers from Intertops. Hjalmar talks about what the players were up to outside the poker room, the greatness of Velden and of course Casino Velden with their great staff lead by poker managers Gerald Golker, Dieter Printschler and Niklas Sattler. He also talks about the things to come for online qualifiers in the future including available packages for St Maarten with sub satellites starting already on August 2.

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Simon Boss Wins Poker EM European Poker Championship

Simon Boss from Switzerland really loves the Poker EM in Velden. Two years ago he managed to win the main event and this year he became the first player to ever win this event for the second time. Simon is a successful entrepreneur in his home country with a company with 120 employees and he has poker as his favourite hobby. The win, which was made possible thanks to Simon’s ‘Velden Final Table Shirt’, was worth €142,000. Simon talks some about the decisive hands of the tournament, the online poker ban in Switzerland, his plans in poker for the coming months and that he will for sure come back next year to Velden to defend his title.