Poker News — Weekly Round-up for August 18, 2017

By Brian Cullingworth, Last updated Aug 18, 2017

First Teaser Out On Poker Movie

Molly’s Game is based on the true story of a New York poker gambling ring busted by the authorities

The first teaser vid on the movie Molly’s Game has been released in advance of a reported November 22 premier for the poker film, directed by Aaron Sorkin and based on the true events in New York three years ago, when the authorities busted a massive celebrity poker network that generated millions of dollars (see previous InfoPowa reports).

The principal character in the film, poker game organiser and Olympic athlete Molly Bloom, is played by Jessica Chastain, supported by actors Idris Elba, Kevin Costner and Michael Cera, and the plot is based on a book by Sorkin.

View the teaser here:

Molly’s Game Full Trailer (Update)

Yesterday we highlighted the trailer teaser on “Molly’s Game” – the movie based on the story of poker princess Molly Bloom.

Here’s the full trailer:


Pokerstars To Return To Sochi With New Poker Festival

Russia’s luxury holiday resort to host PokerStars sponsored live event

PokerStars will return to Russia’s premier holiday resort in Sochi for a week-long live poker festival between October 16-22, the online poker operator announced Friday.

The PokerStars Festival Sochi will take place at the Sochi Casino & Resort, which played host to PokerStars Championship Sochi earlier this year (see previous InfoPowa reports).

The added PokerStars Festival stop features a variety of must-play events including the RUB 66,000 buy-in (approx. $1,100) PokerStars Festival Main Event, with RUB 30,000,000 (approx. $500,000) guaranteed, the RUB 22,000 (approx. $370) Sochi Poker Cup and the RUB 132,000 (approx. $2,200) PokerStars Festival High Roller.

“I was in awe of the venue at PokerStars first Sochi event and I am very happy to see PokerStars add a festival to their calendar in the same spot,” said Team PokerStars Pro Igor Kurganov. “Sochi is absolutely stunning and surrounded by mountains – a great location in both summer and winter. The local enthusiasm for poker there is off the charts too!”

The operator has started running satellite qualifiers, full details of which can be found on the PokerStarsLive website.

Pokerstars Releases Latest W.C.O.O.P. Schedule

81 tournaments set to run between September 3 to September 26

Online poker operator PokerStars has released the schedule for this year’s World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) promising plenty of action in 81 tournaments, running from September 3 until September 26, and including a $5,200 buy-in Main Event with a $10 million guarantee.

As in previous years, WCOOP offers a variety of tournaments catering for players of all levels and abilities.

New schedule highlights include the addition of a low stakes level to the series and a unique phased HORSE tournament along with more than $700,000 in added value via WCOOP tickets awarded to players in Stars Rewards Chests.

To view the full schedule visit:



Brian Cullingworth

Infopowa news was a staple of Casinomeister’s news from 2000 until 2019. Brian Cullingworth was the main writer, contributor, and was one of the most knowledgeable persons I have ever known involved in the online casino industry.

We first met in January 2001 at the ICE in London where I observed him going booth to booth interviewing online casino, software, and licensing jurisdiction representatives. Brian was also heavily involved with our forum as “Jetset“, he was involved as an informal consultant to eCOGRA, the OPA, and was a player advocate who assisted countless aggrieved players with his connections to industry folks. He also published “Casino Cautions” via Infopowa news for quite a number of years. These can be found in our news archives.

His passing in February 2019 was a dark day for us. He will be forever missed.

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