Blog Posts By Seth Shafer

Push Your Poker to the Limit at bwin

October 31st, 2012 by Seth Shafer
bwin Real MadridThe new Push'em Poker promotion at bwin isn't for the faint of heart or those that would rather wait and wait and fold until they pick up pocket aces.

Push'em Poker is just what it sounds like: all players sit down and buy in for just five big blinds. That means the action will be fast and furious from the moment you take your seat, so be prepared!

From 01.11. to 15.11.2012, there will also be a leaderboard race for the best short stackers out there, with cash prizes on the line as well as an entry to an exclusive $3,000 freeroll for the top 20 leaderboard finishers.

Everyone who plays a single hand of Push'em Poker also gets an entry to a $2,000 freeroll on 18.11.2012 at 20:00 (GMT +1), so it could pay off big for just giving this new game a shot at bwin.

al2295 is the Cream of the High Roller Crop

October 31st, 2012 by Seth Shafer
High RollerIt doesn't get any bigger than the High Roller each week at bwin, with the $525 buy-in attracting some of the top online players as well as some gamblers taking a shot looking to take on the best of the best at the highest of stakes.

Tuesday night would see a very big turnout in the weekly High Roller, with perhaps some of the excitement spilling over from GSOP 9 and cooler weather chasing more poker fans indoors.

al2295 would be happy to see the big field of 167 runners after he sliced and diced his way through them, defeating Sizzlinbett in heads-up play to take down the top prize of $13,097.

Below are the top ten finishers along with their winnings in the last edition of the High Roller:

1. al2295 - $18,990
2. Sizzlinbett - $13,097
3. lillsvensken - $9,355
4. Bumi3 - $6,929
5. stanleycrew - $5,330
6. junkyardnu - $4,100
7. LordOfSwings - $3,280
8. bossamtable - $2,624
9. fistpump123 - $2,099
10. mamamamama70 - $1,679

The First Five for Prague

October 29th, 2012 by Seth Shafer
wptOnline qualifying at bwin is now underway for WPT Prague, which promises to be another amazing stop for the bwin in one of Europe's premier poker destinations.

The $320 online finals at bwin Poker will run every Sunday from October 28 to November 18, with guaranteed $6,000 WPT Prague trips going to top finishers each and every week.

Plenty of other poker action will be going on in Prague, giving players the chance to take their crack at the World Poker Tour as well as other big events.

Sunday's online finals would draw a big field with a final tally of five $6,000 trip packages up for grabs.

Congratulations to the players below that booked their spots with the bwin Team for WPT Prague:


Dirk1806 Sticks a Dagger in the ChampionChip Field

October 27th, 2012 by Seth Shafer
championchipThe ChampionChip is one of the biggest weekly events on the bwin Poker calendar and offers the lure of a huge payday for the winner, with the chance to turn $200 into well over $30,000 in cold, hard cash.

Many players also play their way into the ChampionChip for a fraction of the normal cost, with numerous satellites running daily that see some turn a few dollars into a $200 ticket and the shot at a big score.

Sunday's ChampionChip would draw a very big field of 1,240 runners, with Dirk1806 fighting his way through every single one of them to be the last man standing and $36,955 richer when his long night of poker finally came to a close.

Below are the top ten finishers in the last running of the ChampionChip:

1. Dirk1806 - $36,955
2. Kuibyshev - $25,214
3. Dojistar2010 - $18,285
4. GmmyBear - $13,473
5. SuicideN0te - $9,961
6. Kamasutra2 - $7,391
7. SpaceyFCB - $5,967
8. Paperclick - $4,658
9. karasss1313 - $3,628
10. NoPlanB1 - $2,849

See Prague with the bwin Team!

October 25th, 2012 by Seth Shafer
wptQualifying for WPT Copenhagen is done but that just means it's time to turn the page and look to the next event, which will be online qualifying for WPT Prague!

Last year's WPT Prague event was huge and the 2012 edition should be just as big -- or bigger. The poker world will converge on Prague once again and the bwin Team will be right there with them.

Online finals at bwin Poker will run from October 28 to November 18, with guaranteed $6,000 WPT Prague trips going to top finishers each and every week.

Satellites are already running so pick up your $320 ticket to the online final and take your shot at joining the bwin Team at a major live event.

badbex and lefteris888 Make Last Minute Copenhagen Reservations

October 25th, 2012 by Seth Shafer
wptPlayers would have one final chance to book a date with the bwin Team in Copenhagen on Sunday, with the last online finals getting underway.

The $7,000 WPT Copenhagen packages include buy-in, travel expenses, and hotel accommodations for players and a guest, giving them a chance to not just enjoy an amazing trip but also get a taste of life on the World Poker Tour.

A field of 50 players would mean that the top two finishers would collect trip packages for what should be another great stop as the WPT returns to Copenhagen for a second year.

Congratulations to the following players who each won a $7,000 WPT Copenhagen trip in the latest online finals:


schildy23 takes the High Roller Title

October 25th, 2012 by Seth Shafer
High RollerWith GSOP 9 done it was time for the High Roller to once again assume the title of bwin's biggest weekly tournament as far as buy-in.

The $525 tourney offers players a rare chance for a big Tuesday night payday, with the winner usually collecting $15,000-$20,000 for their win depending on the turnout.

Tuesday's night edition would draw 164 runners, with a who's who of online poker turning out. In the end it'd be schildy23 who'd get the nod, padding his bankroll by $18,649 when he defeated NoPlanB1 in heads-up play.

Below are the top ten finishers along with their winnings in the last edition of the High Roller:

1. schildy23 - $18,649
2. NoPlanB1 - $12,861
3. grifsdik - $9,187
4. fl0ppy09 - $6,805
5. irishpesh - $5,234
6. -Rex Cramer- - $4,026
7. HeSoJaded - $3,221
8. tony310179 - $2,577
9. master toke - $2,062
10. bossamtable - $1,649

A Grand Slam Sunday

October 23rd, 2012 by Seth Shafer
GSOP 9Sunday would be a very big day at bwin Poker, with the Grand Slam Final of GSOP 9 slated to wrap up the series and award some monster paydays to top finishers.

The $5,000 Grand Slam Final would be the headliner but the $525 Grand Slam Final wasn't too shabby either, with plenty of players battling it out in both trying to nail down a huge Sunday score.

The $525 Grand Slam Final Mini sported a $200K guarantee but that was smashed with a big field of 681 players taking a seat for a prizepool of $340,500.

JohnDriscoll would take top honors there ($63,479), with pokerdings in second ($44,101), and _ICYUNVME_ in third ($31,53).

Below are the top ten finishers in the GSOP Grand Slam Mini:

1. JohnDriscoll - $63,479
2. pokerdings - $44,101
3. _ICYUNVME_ - $31,573
4. fettissick - $23,387
5. raidalot2 - $17,290
6. icenigel - $12,830
7. Claxton123 - $10,357
8. Mr.Money xxx - $8,085
9. OGbeatnick - $6,298
10. InitechWins - $4,945

That'd leave just the $5,000 Grand Slam Final to decide, which drew a whopping 183 entries for a prizepool of nearly $900,000!

Players slugged it out for a top prize of just over $200,000, with the pressure mounting as they got closer and closer to the final table.

23905806 would emerge the big winner of the day, pocketing $203,920 when he defeated 123jalla in heads-up play (who collected a tidy $140,643 for second). All three top finishers ended up at least $100K richer, as Dsavo in third cashed for $100,460 himself!

1. 23905806 - $203,929
2. 123jalla - $140,643
3. Dsavo - $100,460
4. ediguadro16 - $74,410
5. Romeopro - $57,240
6. MONSTERxDONG - $44,028
7. Im-John-Galt - $35,226
8. IsSittingOut - $28,181
9. chazmanchaz - $22,545
10. Bailey3671 - $18,031

Play Real Money Poker on Your iPad

October 22nd, 2012 by Seth Shafer
2011 wsopbwin is one of the few online poker sites to cover all the betting bases when it comes to mobile devices, enabling customers to play real money poker on their phones and tablets whether they're powered by Android or iOS.

The Android app is available for download free at this link and lets players play a single cash game table at a time, with maximum stakes of $3/$6 for NLHE and $5/$10 for LHE.

The app uses the same basic interface as the iPhone and iPad apps but is open to far more players; while the iPhone and iPad apps are only available to players in the UK, Austria, and France.

bwin players can also enjoy sportsbetting and casino games from their mobile devices, with the following options all available for mobile devices:

Mobile Sports
Mobile Portal
Sports apps
SMS Bet Notification

Mobile Poker
Poker Apps
Poker Clock

Mobile Casino
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Calling All Rookies

October 22nd, 2012 by Seth Shafer
Being a rookie online player at bwin might be a bit scary but you can also cash in on all sorts of bonuses and special promotions just for new players.

Every new player that signs up at bwin (or play money players who haven't yet made their first real money deposit) gets free tournament tickets for the Rookie Challenge, which is a series of Sit n' Go tournaments that pit you against other poker rookies.

Play your way through the various stages until you're heads-up against a single opponent, with 3 tickets to real money tournaments and 3 entries to the $300 Rookie Challenge Freeroll going to the winner.

You can also qualify for the $300 Rookie Challenge Freeroll by making a real money deposit and earning 1 poker point. That gets you 14 tickets to the Rookie Challenge Freerolls, which dole out $300 in real money tournament tickets each time they run daily.

If you already have a play money account, simply use the bonus code ROOKIE to take your crack at the Rookie Challenge and start building your poker bankroll!

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