GGPoker has grown by leaps and bounds since its humble start in 2014. When it launched, its focus was mainly on the Asian markets but things have changed drastically over the last couple of years as the brand has continued to expand and grow, especially in the North American online poker market.
GGPoker is affiliated with the bigger GGNetwork, which has helped fuel the relatively young poker brand’s impressive rise over the last couple of years. GGPoker’s growth exploded in 2020 when it teamed up with WSOP. When the pandemic was ravaging the world, the brand stepped up and supplied WSOP with a new platform to allow its online poker tournaments.
Since this partnership was forged, GGPoker’s growth has been nothing short of amazing. That year in 2020, GGPoker and the World Series of Poker set a new record for the biggest prize pool ever amassed in a single tournament. In 2020, the total prize pool reached $27,559,500, which was much higher than the previous record set by PartyPoker in 2018 during its Millions Online Tournament.
This tournament also awarded a first-place prize worth $3,904,686, the largest awarded in an online poker tournament. Since then, the brand has been organizing epic tournaments that have attracted some of the biggest and most respected names in professional online poker. Among the players that have endorsed GGPoker include brand ambassadors the likes of Daniel Negreanu, Jason Koon, Fedor Holz, and Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier.
As the leading skin on GGNetwork, GGPoker’s player pool in the world has been growing making GGPoker one of the best organizers of online poker tournaments. As the operator continues to expand into a top-tier poker brand, GGPoker still leads the pack in cash game traffic and will likely keep introducing new competitions and tournaments to keep old and new customers engaged.
Case in point, GGPoker recently announced the release of its brand-new online poker tournament series dubbed MicroMillion$. This tournament kicked off on the 19th of June and ran through July 3rd awarding more than $5,000,000 in prize money. This series was headlined by 3 feature events, namely a MicroMillion$ Main Event with a buy-in of $25, a Mini Global Million$ with a buy-in of $5, and a Mystery Bounty Million$ worth $10.50.
The 3 MicroMillion$ events offered guarantees of $1,000,000, $250,000, as well as $1,000,000 individually. With such low buy-ins, this tournament encouraged the participation of micro-stakes players, which put the excitement back into the tournament scene.
The first series of events during the MicroMillion$ tournament kicked off on June 10th and ran through to June 26th. The Main Event took place on July 3rd. Despite the low buy-in, the 3 events set the cash prize soaring to $1 million.
In the end, it was “Johaenski” from Germany that would walk away with the top prize. The German poker player bought into the $5 Mini Global Millions event and competed against a massive strong field of 88,700. At the end of the tournament, the German would turn a mere $5 into $30,000 by the end of the online poker tournaments.
The Mini Global Million$ with a buy-in of $5 initially featured a guaranteed prize pool worth $350,000. However, because the event attracted 88,7000 participants, the final prize pool consequently created a pot of $408,020. This final prize pool was split among the first 4,600 finishers, with the first top 9 players walking away with at least $3,543.
Another MicroMillions event that made a splash was the Sunday Super Storm event which had a buy-in of $11. This event attracted a pool of 15,695 poker players to amass a prize pool of $158,883. This was $57,000 higher than the previously advertised guarantee of $101,000.
Like the $5 Mini Global Million$ event, the Sunday Super Storm saw the final table of 9 members pad their bankrolls with even higher scores. At the end of the tournament, no participant took home less than $1,341. The top 2 finishers, “Yosemite Sam” walked away with $10,058 while the first-place prize of $13,421 was awarded to player “padgeorgios”.
As mentioned earlier, even though the micro MILLION$ events ended on June 26th, the series lasted through July 4th owing to the Main Events and the Mystery Bounty tournaments that were organized during the weekend. The $10.50 buy-in Mystery Bounty paid out $1 million through a standard prize pool.
GGPoker announces brand new ambassadors in the same week
In June, GGPoker also announced the appointment of 2 brand new ambassadors to its already extensive list of brand ambassadors. GGPoker recently appointed Jeff Gross and Ali Nejad as its newest brand ambassadors. Under the terms of this partnership, Nejad will act as GGPoker’s brand ambassador while Gross will act as the voice of the brand.
The newly appointed duo will also represent the online poker brand online, as well as during in-person poker tours and tournaments. The new ambassadors will work hand in hand with other already established brand ambassadors including Daniel Negreanu, who is at present, GGPoker’s international brand ambassador.
Other brand ambassadors that will work closely with the duo include Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, Fedor Holz, as well as Jason Koon. The main purpose of forging partnerships with these ambassadors has always been to create new experiences for the GGPoker customers as the online poker brand continues to expand its reach internationally.
Both Ali Nejad and Jeff Gross boast considerable experience in the poker industry. Gross has been in the industry for more than 10 years and has amassed total earnings that have exceeded $3.5 million. On the other hand, Nejad is a well-known poker broadcaster that lends his voice to several poker podcasts including Poker After Dark by NBC and more.
In a relatively short time, GGPoker has grown into one of the largest and most recognizable online poker rooms in the North American region. GGPoker is constantly planning for further growth, which helps to explain why the brand has skyrocketed in popularity over the last couple of years.
By constantly providing its customers with new online poker experiences and joining forces with established professional poker players the likes of Daniel Negreanu and Jason Koon, GGPoker will keep attracting new customers.