What's wrong with EPT Online?
In the summer of 2020, Rob Yong focused on the GGNetwork moves because both sites hosted the most prestigious poker series — WPT Online and WSOP Online.
At first, he criticized the structure of the World Series of Poker tournaments and then decided to move the WPT Main Event so as not to clash with WSOP ME. The Stadium Series (PokerStars) held at the same time did not exist for Yong.
But yesterday's announcement of the first EPT Online Series by PokerStars outraged Yong:
Moreover, the main events for Caribbean Poker Party Online and EPT Online will begin on the same day (November 15), and since PokerStars announced their festival later, this is not a coincidence. Yong complained that partypoker will most likely not be able to move its tournament.
The probability of collaboration is zero
Two weeks earlier, Rob Yong was a guest on The Orbit podcast (hosted by Robbie Strazynski, founder of Cardplayerlifestyle.com) along with Phil Galfond, Alex Scott, and Daniel Negreanu. In this program the problem of collaboration between poker sites was discussed.
"Mike Kim from GGPoker is open to any cooperation, and I have good communication with him. But PokerStars will never agree no anything like this. It's just not their style.
We even tried to convince other poker rooms to fight bots together, but PokerStars didn't even pick up the phone. So, the probability that the big four, or three, will do something together is zero."
Tweet deleted by Rob Yong
After the details of the $20M GTD EPT Online were announced, Rob initially shared a more aggressive tweet compared to the one he previously posted:
This message was quickly deleted; Yong most likely realized that it was too harsh.
We will soon find out if partypoker reacts in any way to such a challenge from PokerStars. Otherwise, starting November 15, 2020, the two will clash for the attention of the high rollers to play a $5k buy-in event with $5,000,000 guaranteed.
The competition between the leading poker rooms is good, but the lack of cooperation in the fight against fraud and clashes in major tournament series is a clear disadvantage for poker players.
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