Grizzly Games Generates $2 Million In Tournament Action For Global Poker

Written By Jessica Welman on February 17, 2018 - Last Updated on February 6, 2023
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Global Poker certainly wasn’t hibernating this past winter month. With the online poker site’s month-long Grizzly Games series, it generated a ton of action.

More specifically, the Grizzly Games awarded what amounts to $2 million in poker payouts. Though that money paid out in Sweeps Coins, not American Dollars. The unique Sweeps Coins and Bonus Coin currencies are what makes Global Poker available for players in New York.

Grizzly Games featured over 200 events

A month of poker means there were plenty of events to go around. All told, the 200 events on the schedule nearly doubled the guarantees for the series. In addition to tournament payouts, there were other prizes up for grabs as well.

For example, each event winner received a commemorative Grizzly Games trophy and a Champion’s Pack stuffed with swag like hats and t-shirts. Players also had added incentive to grind the whole month. There was a tournament leaderboard for the series. The top point earner received a $5,000 package to go play in a live poker tournament representing Global Poker.

Last year’s Eagle Cup tournament leaderboard winner parlayed his tournament seat into a cash in a World Series of Poker Circuit event worth almost $6,000. This time around, the user who goes by ‘MommyGingery‘ won the leaderboard contest. only time will tell if another Global Poker-produced live cash is on the horizon.

Main Event numbers

The high buy-in Main Event of the Grizzly Games was one of the tournaments that blew away the guaranteed prize pool. It cost SC$215 to take part in the tournament, which promised a prize pool of at least SC$50,000. With 415 total entries, the final tally was way about that figure, coming in at SC$82,800.

The finale came down to ‘smacchamp2015’ and ‘Oghab’ playing heads-up for the trophy. On the final hand, Oghab got the last of his chips in holding J-8 only to be up against smacchamp2015’s K-10. The better hand prevailed, so smacchamp2015 of Maryland took the final title as well as the SC$15,690 first-place payday.

Global Poker gearing up for third series

The fledgling online poker site only hosted its first tournament series, the Eagle Cup, back in November of last year. The Main Event boasted a more modest guarantee of SC$25,000 but surpassed it by over SC$5,000.

The Grizzly Games seriously upped the ante in terms of events and guarantees. With Global Poker easily surpassing the goals for its most-recent series, it is no surprise the site is already planning a third run of tournaments.

No details on the yet-unnamed series, but given the way things are going, perhaps the first-ever six-figure Global Poker prize pool will be part of the fanfare.

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Jessica Welman is a longtime member of the poker media. She has worked as a tournament reporter for the World Poker Tour, co-hosted a podcast for Poker Road, and served as the Managing Editor for A graduate of the University of Southern California and Indiana University, Welman is not only a writer but also a producer. She has been involved for livestreams for the WSOP and WPT and worked as a consultant on many other poker productions. She can be found on Twitter @jesswelman.

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