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Three diverse reports are part of this edition of PokerGuru 3-Bet. The first is a launch of the popular lottery ‘Sit & Gos’ at partypoker, with an interesting twist. The second is about PokerStars sponsoring an organization in New Jersey, to support the disorder of Autism. The third story is a tournament report from the WPTDeepstack at Reno, where Sean Drake won the top honors and $56,581 in prize money.
The lottery-styled Sit & Gos are a hit and here to stay. The latest to join the bandwagon is partypoker, which has introduced its own format of the game called “Sit & Go Hero”.
First launched by Winamax in 2013, Sit & Gos became extremely popular after PokerStars made them a staple at their site.
Now available at partypoker, Tom Waters, Group Head explained at the launch, “We wanted to put a new twist on the traditional sit-and-go jackpot format and give our players something unique in the marketplace. With Sit & Go Hero, we believe we have done just that.”
The new games will be four-handed, with five different buy-in levels of $1, $3, $5, $10, and $20. The ‘Sit & Go Hero’ will award prizes that will be up to 10,000 times the size of the entrée fees.
Waters stated, “Our existing bounty MTTs are very popular with our players and the added bonus of a bounty in every game of Sit & Go Hero, combined with huge jackpots of up to 10,000 times the player’s stake, is set to shake things up for players of all bankrolls.”
The traditional Sit & Gos randomly select a prize pool, once four players are seated. However, partypoker has upped the thrill and added a Bounty to the make things hotter. This bounty could go as high as $50,000.
partypoker explained that in other games, the winner took 75% of the earnings, with just 25% going to the others.
But now, when the he multiplier hits any number between 50 and 1,000 times the buy-in, the second and third player take the share of the prize pool. And when the multiplier hits the whopping 10,000 times of the jackpot, the third and fourth place finishers get 15% of the prize pool.
After doing its bit for art in Montreal, with the Brain Project, Amaya is now sponsoring a leading organization in New Jersey, which is dedicated to creating awareness on Autism through research and educational events.
Eric Hollreiser, Vice President of Corporate Communications for Amaya spoke about the initiative, “Today, autism is a complex and often misunderstood disorder that affects 1 out of 68 children and millions of families, including many of those within the PokerStars family”.
“We are eager to partner with Autism Speaks New Jersey to help raise funds and awareness for this important work,” he added.
PokerStars was launched in New Jersey on March 21 and through its Corporate Giving Programme, it will support the city chapter of Autism Speaks as its premier sponsor all through April, which is the month of Autism Awareness and throughout.
The cause is specifically significant, as Team PokerStars Pro Chris Moneymaker, whose life has been touched by Autism. Moneymaker reported his delight at the initiative, which would raise funds for scientific research and said, “Our family has been and is currently affected by this disorder, and as a dedicated member of the PokerStars family, I am personally touched by the brand’s decision to support a cause near to my heart.”
Boys are more affected by Autism than girls, with 1 in 29 afflicted by the disorder and therefore, the Autism Speaks logo sports a blue colour. PokerStars began its sponsorship by participating in Light It Up Blue, by exchanging its striking red spade logo for blue to raise awareness for the disorder.
The Light It Up Blue annual campaign is pioneered by Autism Speaks, where thousands of iconic landmarks, towers, schools, businesses and residences across the world show solidarity for Autism-afflicted individuals and families by shining bright blue lights.
PokerStars will further support fundraising for the organization through planned events and campaigns.
Heather Hays, Executive Director, Autism Speaks New Jersey thanked PokerStars for their commitment and stated, “During the month of April and over the next few months, we will be announcing exciting fundraising initiatives and events with PokerStars NJ and Helping Hands to further engage with local communities and encourage friends, neighbors and families to support autism awareness.”
Sean Drake Wins WPTDeepstacks Reno For $56,581
The WPTDeepStacks Reno Main Event unfolded at the fabulous Atlantis Casino and Resort Spa with 251 players signing up. Sean Drake was the last man standing, collecting not only the top prize of $56,581, but also the trophy and a $3,000 Championship package.
The final table was a quick affair lasting barely five hours. Staring out Hank Czarnecki had the lead and he further consolidated it by eliminating Billy Wilson, Bill Watchman and Babe Prescott at ninth, eighth and seventh places respectively.
After this Drake got going and was soon skimming pots off Czarnecki. Then Jose Rodriguez was ousted at sixth and Cazarnecki was himself railed at fifth.
Kenny Mills was busted at fourth place, leaving three to battle for the title. Three-handed play was a short affair and soon Mike Harvey eliminated Wesley Hickey at third place and it was heads up time, with Drake at a disadvantage.
That didn’t last too long as Drake doubled up twice and took a huge lead, refusing to relinquish it till the very end, where his queens finished of Harvey at second place and took the title. Harvey made second place for $39,702.
Final Table Results
1. Sean Drake – $56,581 + $3,000 Championship Package
2. Mike Harvey – $39,702
3. Wesley Hickey – $25,538
4. Ken Mills – $18,901
5. Hank Czarnecki – $14,188
6. Jose Rodriguez – $11,350
7. Babe Prescott – $9,426
8. Bill Watchman – $7,551
9. Billy Wilson – $5,651