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Newsletter: Volume 3 - Issue 13 News


Hand for Hand Extended

Hand for Hand play was first introduced to SunPoker in September 2010 where multi-table tournaments with an entry of $10 or less enjoyed the benefits of the new security feature.

Starting April 5th 2011 we are pleased to activate the Hand for Hand feature on all of SunPoker’s tournaments, including satellite and private tournaments!


The Hand for Hand feature will be implemented as follows:

Main Tournaments (MTT)

  • 1 player before the final table.
  • 1 player before a prize increase of 50%.

Satellite Tournaments (MTTs and SNGs)

  • 1 player before the main prize. (seat).

SNG’s (None Satellites)

  • 1 player before the final table.

What exactly is Hand for Hand?

Hand for hand play in tournaments is used when large changes in prize money are imminent, such as on the bubble.  What happens is each hand at each table is dealt at the same time.  When a table finishes the hand, it may not start a new hand until all of the other tables have finished their hands.

Hand for hand play is used to prevent stalling.  If hand for hand play didn’t start right before the bubble, the tournament could become a stall-fest for all the short stacks who are just trying to squeeze in to the money.  Hand for hand play eliminates any advantages gained by stalling.

SunPoker Hand for Hand (H4H) play in regular MTTs will activate firstly when the prize money stage is "On the bubble" Normal play will resume once players are "in the money" with H4H play occurring again just before the Final Table is reached.

For Satellites H4H play will activate when the tournament reaches a stage where there are 2 players still to be eliminated before the seats to the next round are won.

On all occasions when H4H is activated you will notice that your chat will be disabled for this period only. Normal player chat will resume as soon as the H4H period is finished.

This is just another one of the many improvements SunPoker brings to you.

Tournament News


SunPoker brings to you a new and unique way to the 2011 World Series Of Poker, through the WSOP Warrior Challenge!

The Warrior Challenge is an 8 event MTT Master league that starts off with a one time entry of $200 + $15 that will gain you access to all eight events. Once entered all you have to do is play the best you can, finish as high as you can, gain points for every tournament played, and you’ll win prizes based on your final position in the league.

You will be earning points for every league tournament played, and will be ranked based on the amount of accumulated points gained from each of the tournaments. The best 6 out of 8 tournaments will count towards the leader board points.

The tournaments will run twice a week during May 2011 - Tuesday and Friday at 20:00.

You will be able to enter the league either by directly registering to the finals or by qualifying through the satellites that start on April 1st, 2011

At the end of it all the top 10 Leaderboard winners, or should we say the top 10 grand final Warriors, will win a VIP exclusive WSOP package each! Where as The first place Ultimate Warrior will win an Executive WSOP Package, valued at an amazing $20,000!!!

For full details on the Warrior challenge visit

The WSOP is what every player dreams of and we are giving you a chance to live the dream and battle your way to the top!

Final Irish Open 2011 Package

This Sunday, April 3rd at 19:00 server time SunPoker will be awarding a final VIP package to the 2011 Irish Open in Dublin!

Entry to this promotions last Mega Satellite has already started, the winner of the €300 + €30 buy in tournament can look forward to receiving the final €4,600 VIP Package to the 2011 Irish Open that includes;

  • €3,200 + €300 Buy In to the Main Event.
  • €395 for 5 nights’ accommodation and breakfast at the Burlington Hotel in Dublin, April 21st – April 26th, 2011.
  • €50 for handling fees.
  • €655 for flights and spending.

By far the Irish Open has been the most sought after VIP package for the first quarter and as we award our last package for this years open, we look forward to seeing our winners in Dublin, and starting a new chapter in awarding many more VIP packages to land based tournaments in 2011!

Poker Around the World

Ali Eslami wins WSOP Circuit Western Regional Championship

The final table of the $10,000 World Series of Poker Circuit Western Regional Championship took place on March 30th 2011 at the Harrah’s Rincon near San Diego, California. The final nine had emerged from a field of 98 players and there were many big names who were still in the hunt. In the end though, only one big-name player would stand at the top of the field with the gold ring and $282,242 top prize.

That professional was Ali Eslami, who before this year concentrated primarily on cash games. In 2011 he switched his attention to tournaments, partially at the suggestion of Los Angeles Lakers’ owner Jerry Buss, and the decision has been paying dividends. Earlier this month Eslami took second place in the The Big Event bounty shootout tournament at the Bicycle Casino, which was good for $56,000.

That was the largest tournament cash of his career until tonight. Eslami claimed the first major title of his career when he beat Tim West in a lengthy heads-up final and his career tournament earnings now stand at $648,789. Eslami also cashed in the main event at The Big Event earlier this month and for his three cashes he earned $347,242.

West was awarded $174,443 as the runner-up in the tournament and he also recorded a very strong month of March at the felt. West won the Wynn Poker Classic main event to earn $318,738 earlier this week, and at the start of the month he cashed in the World Poker Tour L.A. Poker Classic main event. West took home $536,981 in March.

The other big names at the final table did not fare as well. Steve Brecher cashed in fourth place, which was good for $90,223, and he took his career earning to more than $2.1 million. Dwyte Pilgrim missed out on winning his third gold ring when he exited the field in seventh place. Pilgrim was awarded $38,808 and he also grabbed a seat in the WSOP Circuit National Championship, which will take place at the Caesars Palace in Las Vegas May 27-29.

Source - Ryan Lucchesi of


Message from the CEO

Irish Open is right around the corner, followed by Austria DeepStack and Cannes DeepStack, when all is said and done, we know what follows…The 2011 WSOP!

We are getting ready for the biggest summer poker tournament and hope you are also!

Message from the CEO

New Added Tournament Levels

After receiving numerous feedbacks from you, our players, we have decided to add intermediate blind levels to all our tournaments during the later stages of a tournament.

The added levels will increase the average chip stacks in relation to the blinds and has proven to improve game play during the end stages of tournaments. Collectively 5 new levels have been added in increment increases of $100 - $250 per level.

The new structure will be rolled out to all scheduled network cash prize, super satellite tournaments and SNG tournaments and will take into effect on April 1st 2011

We hope you enjoy the new added levels to your tournament play and always appreciate your feedback; after all it is your suggestion that made this new update possible at SunPoker.




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