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Need to Play Poker Towards Chess GOAT Magnus Carlsen?

Magnus Carlsen playing chess

In case you fancy the possibility to play chess champion Magnus Carlsen (pictured proper), you may check out the brand new Unibet Spring Poker Championship. [Image: Shutterstock.com]


Spring passes and one remembers one’s innocence. Summer time passes and one remembers one’s exuberance. Autumn passes and one remembers one’s reverence. Winter passes and one remembers to remain indoors for only a few extra weeks as a result of poker websites prefer to placed on their numerous Spring Sequence.

Unibet Poker is launching its personal Spring Poker Championship 

Pokerstars’ SCOOP, GGPoker’s Spring Competition, and 888’s Thriller Bounty Competition are all on the horizon as poker gamers hit the gymnasium, lab, and UberEats app in preparation for a grindilicious few weeks in entrance of their screens. Not eager to miss out on the seasonal enjoyable, Unibet Poker is launching its personal Spring Poker Championship (SPR) with an thrilling 92-event schedule spanning February 26 to March 13. 

The SPR will assure over €500,000 in prize cash, characteristic three tiers of money-added leaderboards however most excitingly of all, it’s going to provide gamers the chance to battle it out with GPI World Poker Award profitable Unibet ambassadors Dara O’Kearney, David Lappin, and (checks notes) some Scandi bloke known as Magnus Carlsen. 


In case you’ve been dwelling beneath a rock, Carlsen is a Norwegian chess grandmaster, the primary ranked participant since 2011 and the reigning five-time world champion who additionally excels within the chess ‘turbo’ codecs. He’s the 4 time World Speedy Chess Champion and the six-time World Blitz Chess Champion. He has the longest unbeaten document on the elite stage in classical chess and his peak ranking of two,882 is the very best in historical past. He’s additionally a world class fantasy sports activities participant and an honest poker participant. 

introduced that he wouldn’t be defending his world title

In July of this yr, Carlsen launched his to date awardless Unibet-sponsored podcast ‘The Magnus Impact’ with Magnus Barstad, dropping a bombshell on his first episode. He introduced that he wouldn’t be defending his world title towards Russia’s Ian Nepomniachtchi in 2023: 

“I used to be in Madrid and met with the FIDE administration in reference to the top of the Candidates Match. I had no calls for, nor did I’ve any options. I used to be there to inform them that I might not be defending the title within the subsequent World Championship.”

This announcement despatched shockwaves by the world of chess. He continued:

“I’m not motivated to play one other match. I merely really feel that I don’t have quite a bit to realize, I don’t significantly prefer it, and though I’m certain a match can be attention-grabbing for historic causes and all of that, I don’t have any inclination to play and I’ll merely not play the match”.

Magnus Bounty

One factor that was actually clear from listening to that episode was that Carlsen loves poker and one couldn’t assist however speculate if that is likely to be a part of the reasoning behind his determination to not compete for the World Chess Championship. Carlsen performed the final World Sequence of Poker Fundamental Occasion and whereas he was In Las Vegas he participated in a livestream money recreation with Phil Ivey.

Carlson signed as a model ambassador with Unibet in January 2020 and shortly after that he participated in some Magnus-branded on-line poker tournaments. He has additionally performed in Unibet Poker’s flagship Unibet On-line Sequence throughout his tenure. It unsurprising then that he needs to get into the combination for the primary ever Unibet SPR.

a various vary of video games and event codecs

The SPR schedule encompasses a various vary of video games and event codecs with Fundamental Occasions in each Pot Restrict Omaha and No Restrict Maintain’em. There are additionally loads of Progressive Knockouts, commonplace knockouts, turbos, ‘Banzai’ hypers, and slow-paced tournaments. Some tournaments are freeze outs, some are re-entries and the newly launched phased tournaments (a number of beginning days) may even be included within the collection. 

The buy-ins vary from €5 ($5.32) to €250 ($266) and Carlsen can be taking part in the three Kick-Off occasions on Sunday twenty sixth February. These tournaments have a price ticket of €100 ($106), €25 ($27), and €5, giving everybody the chance to play towards the chess legend and take his particular €100 bounty.