1,000,000,000 (1 billion)
Play money chips that will be ADDED to the prize pool of the PlayWCOOP NL Championship Main Event on August 30. The 50,000,000 play money chip buy-in tournament is the highlight of the 70-event schedule, which takes place from August 9-30, and replicates the thrill of the real money World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) for players who want to play poker for free.
More details: http://psta.rs/1ODxOuh

Total guarantee for the 2015 World Championship of Online Poker. The series runs from September 6-27 and features 70 events. Highlights include the headline $5,200 Main Event and the $51,000 Super High Roller – the biggest online tournament buy-in ever.
Full schedule: http://psta.rs/1JK20DG

R$330,000 (approx. USD$100,000)
Amount of money raised at the Neymar Jr Charity Home Game last Sunday, which was held at the Brazilian Series of Poker in São Paulo. The Brazilian footballer was joined by celebrities and poker players, including fellow footballers Júlio Baptista and Nenê, and members of Team PokerStars including Fatima Moreira de Melo and Felipe ‘mojave’ Ramos, in an 82-strong tournament that featured 46 re-entries. The money raised went to the Neymar Jr Institute.
Blog post: http://psta.rs/1gpmLKt

Maximum Mega Bonus Reward that can be won by any player that simply deposits $25 (€22/£15/CAD$30) or more using code ‘MEGABONUS’ from now until August 23. The reward, which can range from a minimum of a $100,000 All-in Shootout Ticket to $100,000 cash and lots more in between, is awarded to the player within minutes of making the promotional deposit.
More info: http://psta.rs/1OOF9rr

First prize won by MicroMillions Main Event champion ‘Nolet20’ from Canada last Sunday night. The player topped a field of 8,154 to take the title following a five-way deal at the final table. The $22 buy-in tournament awarded a total of $1,110,480 in prize money.
Blog report: http://psta.rs/1JverE8

Number of scheduled tournaments at the EPT Barcelona Poker Festival, which kicks off Season 12 of the European Poker Tour from August 18-30. The stop, which also combines the Estrellas Poker Tour, features some headline events including a €5,300 Main Event (Aug 24-30), €1,100 Estrellas Main Event (Aug 19-24), €50,000 Super High Roller (Aug 22-24), €25,500 Single Day High Roller (Aug 25), and €10,300 High Roller.
More info: http://psta.rs/1IvnGnt

The date in September that PokerStars and Prostate Cancer UK are teaming up to host a nationwide night of fundraising dubbed ‘Lads Night In’. Men from all over the UK are encouraged to sign up, host a Friday night home game, and then donate the winnings from their game to the charity. There’s even a competition to win a seat in Team PokerStars Pro Jake Cody’s home game…
More details: http://psta.rs/1Db54Zc
Sign up: http://prostatecanceruk.org/ladsnightin  

Episode number of the latest ‘EPT Not Live’ podcast, now available for download. This week’s episode features an interview with Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu, who talks about the forthcoming documentary ‘KidPoker’ and his summer party in Toronto, as well as a review of the 2015 PCA Super High Roller final table TV show.
Download at: http://psta.rs/1IspmJC

Number of upcoming stops on the PokerStars Pro Tour between August 1-9, where Team PokerStars Pros are visiting cardrooms and casinos in California to raise awareness and support for legislation to authorise and regulate online poker in the State. Members of Team PokerStars Pro, including Daniel Negreanu, Chris Moneymaker, Vanessa Selbst, Liv Boeree and Jason Somerville will be playing in poker tournaments, speaking at the events and helping raise money for charity.
More info: https://californians4ipoker.com/pro-tour


Neymar Jr is all smiles at the BSOP Neymar Jr Charity Home Game in São Paulo as he plays poker, poses for photos, and even shows off the famous PokerStars spade that he had shaved into his hair. Picture credits: Carlos Monti. 

This week Full Tilt unveiled some big changes to its ring games, including the removal of all heads-up games, nosebleed stakes, and Stud, Draw and Mixed Game tables. Check out this short video that explains the reasons for the changes.

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