Weekend Warm-Up: Festivals, High Rollers, and streaming for charity. #GameOn
A look at some of the stories from the week on PokerStars.
• Kevin Hart and Usain Bolt practice "Keeping your cool"
• Twitch hosts $100K charity event tonight
• Listen to the latest episode of Poker In The Ears
• News of the first PokerStars Festival of the New Year
• Introducing the High Roller Series
Kevin Hart and Usain Bolt #GameOn
Kevin Hart and Usain Bolt are at it again, in a series of challenges against each other in the lead up to the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. This week the pair took on a first challenges called Keeping your cool. The rules of the contest were simple: Who could stay submerged in an ice bath the longest?
You can find out what happened for yourself here. Keep an eye out for more challenges to come.
Streaming for charity
In a change to your usual Friday night viewing you might want to tune into a special event tonight.
Twitch have put together a $100k charity poker invitational, inviting ten of the most popular streamers to participate, with the winner earning $100k for the charity of their choice. It's being produced by PokerGo, and streamed from the Aria Casino, Las Vegas.
You can watch for yourself on http://www.runitup.tv on November 17 and 18, starting at 1.30pm PT (4.30pm ET/ 9.30pm GMT/ 10.30pm CET).
Among those lining up with be familiar faces from Team PokerStars Jason "jcarver" Somerville, Lex Veldhuis, and Jeff Gross.
Here's the full line up:
Jason "jcarver" Somerville: Followers: 208,521 | Views: 18,358,249
Lex Veldhuis: Followers: 69,207 | Views: 4,918,421
Jeff Gross: Followers: 35,349 | Views: 2,001,794
Craig "Onscreen" Shannon: Followers: 241,852 | Views: 6,932,596
Rumy "Hafu" Wang: Followers: 535,239 | Views: 56,461,947
Mitch Jones: Followers: 293,180 | Views: 20,779,106
Tim "Timmac" MacRae: Followers: 252,996 | Views: 7,879,998
Andy Milonakis: Followers: 253,108 | Views: 6,933,266
Katie "Proxy" - Followers: 106,111 | Views: 4,058,799
Byron "Reckful" Bernstein: Followers: 688,043 | Views: 93,328,691
Poker in The Ears
"In the last seven days, James survived surgery and Joe coped with cupping, so the boys are on hand to break down hands from the latest episode of #PSCMonteCarlo (now available to watch at channel4.com/poker in the UK & Ireland, and on PokerStars.tv in the rest of the world). They also discuss the book 'He Played For His Wife And Other Stories', a collection of poker-themed tales from writers such as Jennifer Tilly, James McManus and Patrick Marber. Barny Boatman also contributed a story, and is this week's guest. He talks about writing 'Drawing Dead', and his long, distinguished career as a poker player and ambassador.
"Finally, regular #PokerStarsTV viewer James Martin (aka: Undersea Monkey) competes for prizes by answering questions about 'The West Wing' in 'Superfan vs Stapes'. Please don't forget to rate, review and subscribe to #PokerInTheEars."
PokerStars Festival Hamburg begins
The last PokerStars Festival of the year is about to get under way in Hamburg, Germany. The Festival starts today with the €330 Hamburg Cup, before the Main Event kicks off next week. We'll have coverage from Hamburg when that begins. For now you can get more details on the PokerStars Festival Hamburg homepage.
London to host first PokerStars Festival of the New Year
Speaking of PokerStars Festivals, today we announced details of the first to take place in 2018.
The Hippodrome in London's West End will once again play host, the place where last year 944 players set a record, and a prize pool of more than £824,000.
This year we plan on more of the same, details of which you can find here.
High Roller Series
There's a new tournament promotion coming up on PokerStars. Who is it aimed at? Well the name might be a bit of a giveaway there.
"High Rollers", runs from November 26 to December 4, with buy-ins ranging from $1,050 to $10,300 and more than $10 million guaranteed. A mixture of hold'em and Omaha events are planned, although the lab guys in the basement somewhere around here might yet add others, so stay tuned.
It culminates on December 3 with a $2,100 Main Event, with $2 million guaranteed. You can find this event in the PokerStars Tournament lobby.
Stephen Bartley is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog. Follow him on Twitter: @StephenBartley. What did you think about this post? Let us know on Twitter: @PokerStarsBlog.