6/17/10 – Bwin’s major online poker subsidiary Ongame Network has unveiled GSOP Live, a new live poker tour created in collaboration with network partners Betsafe, Betsson and RedKings.
GSOP Live 2010/2011 has been designed as a premium, four-stop tour across Europe, boasting accessible buy-ins, side events, first-class casino venues and a Grand Final seat via a live event leaderboard.
August 2010 sees the start of online finals across the Ongame Network, guaranteeing 50 prize packages to each event, and giving players the opportunity to win seats at the live tables.
The GSOP Live season 1 schedule is as follows:
• GSOP Live Riga, hosted by Betsafe, 5-9 October 2010 in Riga, Latvia
• GSOP Live Malta, hosted by Betsson, 24-28 November 2010 in St. Julian’s, Malta
• GSOP Live Budapest, hosted by RedKings, 3-6 February 2011 in Budapest, Hungary
• GSOP Live Grand Final, 13-16 April 2011 in Seville, Spain
The GSOP Live tour leverages Ongame Network’s most successful online tournament – the Grand Series of Poker – and the player recognition that Betsafe, Betsson and RedKings bring.
Each partner is an equal participant in the tour organisation, adding the player perspective combined with live event know-how to Ongame Network’s online tournament expertise.
“GSOP Live is different. It is a live tour open to everyone who loves the serious fun of competitive poker. It also showcases Ongame Network’s inclusive approach, as three partners have joined forces with us to launch this exciting network-wide product,” said Martin Lerby, Head of Ongame Network.
“Betsafe strives to give players a great playing experience and being part of a live poker tour that is so easily accessible to so many players is perfect for us,“ said Henrik Persson, CEO of Betsafe.
“Offering high-quality products is very important to Betsson and we are delighted to be one of the organising partners of the GSOP Live poker tour in co-operation with Ongame Network. Extending our poker to further offline events is ensuring we meet our players demand and keep our poker room competitive,” said Magnus Grinneback, Business Area Director of Betsson.
“GSOP Live gives RedKings significant exposure in an attractive mix of established and up-and-coming geographical markets, both at the online and live poker tables,” said Michael Golembo, CEO of RedKings.