Short Stacks: PokerStars Adds Streamer to Roster, Long Lines at WSOPC in Chicago

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PokerStars adding a Michigan player to its Twitch roster, the Mid-Atlantic Poker Open schedule is released, and long registration lines for the World Series of Poker Circuit in Chicago are some of the short stacks CardsChat picked up in the latest orbit of poker news.

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Long lines greeted players there to play the first World Series of Poker Circuit event held at Grand Victoria Casino near Chicago. (Image: MondoKing/Reddit)

Long lines in Chicago

The opening tournament of the Word Series of Poker Circuit in Chicago left poker players standing around and frustrated as they waited up to two hours to register yesterday.

It’s the first time the WSOPC was held at the Grand Victoria Casino, which is a riverboat floating in the Fox River in Elgin, Ill., 40  miles west of Chicago. Users on reddit wrote that the registration line for the first tourney, an 11 a.m. event ($400 no-limit hold’em) was a mess, but that the casino got a hold of the problem for the $600 NLH event at 4 p.m.

Jason Mangold was the winner of the first event for $43K, which eventually saw 725 entries. It’s his first WSOP ring.

January tourney filled with options

Live! Casino in Maryland released the schedule for its Mid-Atlantic Poker Open, which takes place Jan. 4-16. 

The 13-event schedule is loaded with an incredible amount of variety of formats, including seven-card stud, tag-team, PLO five-card high only, a ladies event, and a multi-day mystery bounty event.

The main event is a $2,200 two-flight event with a $500K guarantee that starts on Jan. 13. The casino sits about a half-hour outside of Baltimore, and about an hour from Washington, D.C.

Check it out!

PokerStars helps empower women through poker

PokerStars has partnered with Power Poker, the organization that works to empower women using the game of poker.

A group off women poker players were picked to go through a four-week poker “boot camp” that includes access to lessons with some of PokerStars’ professionals, including Jennifer Shahade, GJ Reggie and Lali Tournier.

The women will then play for a PokerStars Platinum Pass at EPT Prague, which gets them a buy-in to the $25,000 PSPC in the Bahamas in January 2023, a six-night stay for two, airfare, and in $1,900 cash.

“Our four-week course will not just teach women about poker but equip them with important life skills that can be applied to business, parenthood and general life,” said Erin Lydon, Managing Director, and General Manager of Poker Power in a press release. “I hope through this partnership, we can create more opportunities for women, and that perceptions of poker will begin to shift and more women will feel empowered and safe to step up to the gaming table.”

The participants were selected after they filled out of survey for Power Poker.

Online poker giant adds streamer to Twitch team….

PokerStars added David “DavidKayePoker” Kaye to its team of Twitch streamer. Kaye, based in Michigan, is a poker streamer who says is up more than $130K since 2021. He plays both tourneys and cash games on his stream.

…… and cut ties with another

PokerStars ended a business relationship with UK YouTube star True Geordie after he made a racist joke during one of his broadcasts.

The comment about his nemesis, Andrew Tate, an Islamic convert and leader of a misogynic movement he curates through TikTok and elsewhere, has cost True Georgie not only the sponsor dollars from PokerStars, but also Gymshark, a British fitness apparel company.

Twitch also banned him for the saying Tate should “blow himself up.” A co-host also walked away, as well as more than 10K subscribers.

True Geordie, whose real name is Brain Davis, has tried to stem the bleeding with a 20-minute apology posted on YouTube.

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