Posts Tagged ‘Supernova Elite’

Alex Dreyfus talks VIP Changes at PokerStars

Monday, December 21st, 2015

alex-dreyfus-global-poker-leagueThe biggest topic in the online poker world remains the changes that PokerStars made to their VIP program. Many high-volume grinders are angry because the Supernova Elite level will be gone next year, and mid/high-stakes rewards won’t be given out either. Since the changes, many people surrounding the poker community have been asked to give their take on the matter. And Global Poker Index founder Alex Dreyfus is the latest interesting poker figure to join the discussion.

Appearing on ChicagoJoey’s podcast, Dreyfus said that this is a very broad topic – ranging from the actual changes to the communication between PokerStars and their players. But he did give some definite opinions on the subject.

“I do believe that it’s their right to change everything that they’ve done,” said Dreyfus. “But these rights come with a duty to be a bit more transparent than the communication that they’ve done. The price changing, the rake changing, it’s really their business if they want.”

The Frenchman continued to say that he doesn’t blame PokerStars, but rather the nature of the industry for the changes they had to make. However, he does believe that everything could have been communicated much better.

“The only thing I’m disappointed about is the way the Supernova Elite was handled because I don’t think it was fair – and it was a mistake. And they apologized, it’s not very often that you have a multi-billion dollar company apologize, so I think that has to be noticed.”

Being a poker entrepreneur rather than a player, it’s interesting to hear Dreyfus’ views on the big PokerStars VIP changes. And you can see more on what he has to say about the subject below, which begins around the 41:00 mark.

Liliya “Liay5” Novikova signs with PokerStars

Monday, March 16th, 2015

liliya-novikova-pokerstarsPokerStars just got a lot prettier after signing Liliya Novikova to Team PokerStars Online! Novikova, a 22-year-old Russian, specializes in 6-Max hyper-turbo SNGs and plays a very high volume, having achieved Supernova status.

Interestingly enough, Novikova was also a professional video gamer who focused on Defense of the Ancients. And while the Moscow native has moved on to greener and richer pastures, she still enjoys playing video games on occasion.

But it looks like Novikova, who plays under the screen name “Liay5,” will mostly be focusing on her true passion of online poker over the coming months. “I would’ve played poker anonymously for the rest of my life, and I could’ve been happy doing it,” she wrote on her blog. “That didn’t stop me from dreaming, however. I dreamt of what it would be like to get the call that I was going to become a member of Team Online.”

Novikova adds that she got her poker start playing heads-up games and turbo SNGs. However, she found that the speed and post-flop play of hyper turbos is what really excites her. And now, the Russian beauty wants to use her talents to move up to Super Nova Elite status. “I have already achieved Supernova status, but I want more. I’m trying to make Supernova Elite,” she said. “It takes a lot of time and a lot of concentration on my game, so I have worked out a schedule and do my best to follow it.”

Aside from putting in a high volume in online poker, Novikova also plans to play some live tournaments as well in the near future. That said, she seems quite similar to Sofia Lövgren, also another online player who’s transitioned into more live events. That said, the poker world should get an opportunity to see more and more from Novikova in the future.