Poker News Roundup: Jason Koon, RunGood Schedule, XL Blizzard


This week’s poker news starts off with a player’s big win in the Caribbean. Meanwhile, two poker series have announced schedules, so now players can make their plans. Here’s a look at this week’s headlines: 

Koon Wins Bahamas Single-Day High Roller Events

Jason Koon was the winner of the $25,000 Single-Day High Roller event, which was the highlight of the 2018 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in the Bahamas. A field of 41 players battled it out with 58 entries in total. Koon was the last of the pack, taking home a cool $421,080 for his efforts. Mikalai Vaskaboinikau came in second place with $304,580 while Timothy Adams was next with $196,500. Nick Petrangelo was in fourth place in this competitive event with $148,780 and Benjamin Pollak rounded out the top five with $115,100. The top five featured two Americans, a Canadian, a Frenchman and a Belarussian. 

Koon was the star of the show and he has been red-hot of late, earning three six-figure paychecks for his work since October. He’s now earned over $11.2 million in his career with much of that success coming in the Bahamas. His biggest payday came there in January 2017 when he earned $1.65 million for winning a Super High Roller event for PokerStars. 

RunGood Poker Announces Schedule

RunGood Poker Series has released its schedule. The charity-based poker series will run into the spring of 2018. Operation Gratitude is a six-stop event that will kick off on February 6 at the Hard Rock Tulsa in Oklahoma. At all of the final tables during these six stops, the players will get a special hat and they will also customize a care package for a soldier who is serving in the army as a gesture of RunGood’s appreciation for United States service members. The care packages will have a deck of cards, a RunGood bag, snacks and hygiene products. Players who don’t make the final tables can also do this for $30. 

XL Blizzard Series Begins This Week 

888Poker’s winter-themed XL Blizzard is set to get underway this week, running all the way through January 28. There will be 34 tournament events on the schedule with buy-ins and prize pools of differing amounts. A number of professional players will participate in this online event as well, including Dominik Nitsche, Natalie Hof and Chris Moorman. 

888Poker is going to set up qualifiers for the main event and a seat at that table is worth $1,050. The first day is loaded with action as there will be an $80,000 opening event that has a buy-in of $109, then the next event has a buy-in of $12 and is worth $15,000. Finally, there is a late opening tournament that has a $55 buy-in and is worth $20,000.