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The 2017 WCOOP Is Here!

As of about a week ago, the poker world has been taking part in the 2017 World Championship of Online Poker. With 81 events on the tournament schedule, there’s something for players of all bankrolls and for fans of all poker variants.

Over $60 million is slated to be won, and with the online poker series running until the end of the month, it’s not too late to claim your share. More info in this post.

Only If You Bring Them (Poker Players) Will They Come

With multiple PokerStars-sponsored live events having taken place in Atlantic City New Jersey this year only managing to deliver low attendance figures, here’s an op-ed that suggests one way to ensure that more poker players come to play.

While online marketing can be successful if you get potential poker players to click a few times, the key to live event marketing is making it as easy as possible for the poker players to come to the event destination. In the case of Atlantic City, New Jersey events, that means you’ve gotta bus players in.

3 Ways for 888poker to Better Compete with PokerStars

When you think online poker, you don’t just think “PokerStars” anymore. Still the far-and-away #1 in the business, PokerStars could see some real competition from the thus-far-also-rans, like 888poker, if the latter pick up their game.

We’ve got some suggestions for just how 888poker could become a more serious competitor to the world’s largest poker site. Have a look.

Can Online Poker Pros Still Make Money on PokerStars After VIP Program Changes?

Late in 2015 PokerStars rolled out a slew of changes to their VIP program. These changes radically altered the “rakeback” that online poker pros would get for their play. With many high-stakes and high-volume professional online poker players dependent on the income they get from promotions such as these, it begs the question as to whether money could still be made once the high rakeback disappeared.

Dan Smith Tweeted out a question that sparked a heated debate over the last few days within the pro community. Read all about it, plus our analysis of the situation. Perhaps it’s no longer possible to make money as an online poker pro on PokerStars?

Interview with PokerStars’ Director of Poker Communications Lee Jones

Along with my Top Pair Home Game Poker Podcast co-host Bruce Briggs, I recently interviewed Lee Jones, the Director of Poker Communications at PokerStars. Lee is also a publisher poker book author and, of course, a home game enthusiast. He tells us some home game tales, as well as all about his role as a “Poker Evangelist” in Episode 267 of our podcast. Listen to the whole episode, which includes the interview with Lee starting at the 18-minute mark. You can also read the summarized transcript.