Winamax in 2021: The Year the French Operator Soared to New Heights in the Tournament Segment Winamax in 2021: The Year the French Operator Soared to New Heights in the Tournament Segment

Winamax Series Sets New Highs with €20 Million Festival (January 2021)

Top line: “French online poker leader Winamax has kicked off the new year with the largest edition of its flagship tournament festival, Winamax Series.”

Key takeaways:

  • Its 29th installment shares the record in the European market with PokerStars, which hosted its €20 million Winter Series in 2018-19.
  • The buy-in range is wider than in the past, starting at €2 and, for the first time, going up to €2000.
  • With just under 200 tournaments on the slate, the average guarantee per tournament exceeds €100,000 for the first time.

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Winamax’s King 5 WSOP Las Vegas Promotion Attracts Record Turnout (February 2021)

Top line: “France’s leading regulated online poker room Winamax is currently running its long-established and ultra-popular King 5 promotion.”

Key takeaways:

  • French leading regulated online poker room Winamax is currently running its long-established and ultra-popular King 5 promotion.
  • King 5 is a team-based competition format where 300 teams share guaranteed prize money of €200,000.
  • Winamax has been successfully running this competition since 2008.
  • This year, despite the uncertainties around the WSOP taking place this Summer, thousands of players have flocked to qualify.

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Winamax Celebrates 300 Million Expresso Tournaments (March 2021)

Top line: “French global operator Winamax is celebrating its 300 millionth Expresso tournament this month with a special promotion.”

Key takeaways:

  • On average, three Expressos have been dealt every second, every day over the last year.
  • Gold bars are being dropped every 10,000 tables, multiplying players’ prize pools in the run-up to the big milestone.
  • The more players play on Expresso tables between Gold bar drops, the higher their multiplier will be.

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Winamax’s 30th Series Was By Far the Largest in its History (April 2021)

Top line: “The 30th installment of the French operator’s flagship Winamax Series is in the books. By all accounts, it was a great success.”

Key takeaways:

  • With 12 days of play and €21 million guaranteed over 199 tournaments, the series finishes with €28,640,448 in prize money.
  • It makes it the operator’s most successful tournament series in its history as never before this prize money has been paid in a single festival.
  • It even outdid the Winamax Series that ran at the heights of the COVID lockdown last year.

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Hold-Up: Winamax Launches New Cash Drop Promotion at Fast-Fold Tables (April 2021)

Top line: “French and Spanish online poker market leader Winamax has become the latest operator to introduce a “cash drop” feature, distributing random prizes into pots at the cash game tables.”

Key takeaways:

  • French online poker market leader Winamax has become the latest operator to introduce the 'cash drop’ feature.
  • The new Go Fast Hold-Up went live on Monday, April 26, and is available on selected stakes of the fast-fold variant.
  • The new feature has only been enabled for the operator’s fast-fold variant “Go Fast”.
  • Winamax is the second major operator in 2021 to launch the feature.

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Winamax Revives Expresso x UNO for Second Outing of Popular Mini-Game (August 2021)

Top line: “French online poker giant Winamax has revived its successful Expresso x UNO mini-game at the lottery sit and go tables.”

Key takeaways:

  • The second running of the promotion — an official collaboration with Mattel and its family-favorite card-shedding game — got underway on August 2.
  • There are a few tweaks to the prize payouts, but the rules remain much the same as in the past.
  • It is the fourth branded collab between a global board game company and Winamax for a special LSNG promotion.

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Winamax’s Flagship Series Grows Again, Guarantees Now Set at €23 Million (August 2021)

Top line: “Winamax has announced details surrounding the 31st outing of its flagship tournament festival, Winamax Series, which will kick off in early September with a record-breaking €23 million series guarantee.”

Key takeaways:

  • The series will kick off in early September, with a record-breaking €23 million in guarantees.
  • This will be the third time the series has run in 2021 and the fourth consecutive time that the guarantee has steadily increased.
  • “The Winamax September Series will simply be the biggest series in the history of Winamax, with €23 million in guarantee,” Aurélien Guiglini, Winamax Head of Poker, told PRO.

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Winamax Approaches Three Billionth Cash Game Hand Milestone, Deals Fastest Billion Hands Since Inception (August 2021)

Top line: “Winamax is about to reach another milestone: it will soon deal its three billionth real money cash game hand.”

Key takeaways:

  • To celebrate the occasion, the leading French online poker network is giving away thousands of euros in prize money.
  • Players will be rewarded with a jackpot cash prize every 100K and 1 million hands dealt leading up to the final milestone.
  • A total of 101 jackpot hands will trigger, with the billionth hand expected to be dealt in mid or early September.

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Winamax Makes Tentative First Steps Back Into Live Sphere (September 2021)

Top line: “France and Spain’s online poker market leader Winamax is making a return to the live poker scene, with the sponsorship of the Marca Poker Live event that will take place in Madrid, Spain in November of this year.”

Key takeaways:

  • The event is the live companion to the popular daily Marca Poker morning radio show, also sponsored by Winamax.
  • Winamax is not the only operator to make tentative first steps back into the live poker sphere in southern Europe.
  • The CNP and CEP tours in Spain have resumed.

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Winamax’s Official Miniature Online WSOP Series Returns alongside Live Festival (September 2021)

Top line: “With the in-person WSOP festival making a return after over two years, the miniature online version that runs alongside the live series is also making a comeback in partnership with Winamax.”

Key takeaways:

  • Winamax’s miniature WSOP online series returns with the arrival of the live WSOP series.
  • This will be the fourth edition of Mini WSOP with each event replicating the live schedule.
  • A total of 88 events are scheduled with total guarantees of over €2 million.

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Winamax Brings Back Monopoly Mini-Game for Third Annual Outing (October 2021)

Top line: “In what appears to be a new annual tradition, Winamax has launched Expresso x MONOPOLY — its officially branded tie-in mini-game at its Expresso lottery sit and Go tables — for the third time.”

Key takeaways:

  • The leading French and Spanish online poker operator has a long-standing partnership with Hasbro.
  • Players vie for a card representing a square on the classic Monopoly board.
  • Prizes vary from tickets to a €25,000 freeroll and VIP points up to cash prizes worth 100 times the buy-in.

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Magic-Themed Online Tournament Series Pokus Returns on Winamax With Increased Guarantees (October 2021)

Top line: “Winamax has announced it will be bringing back its other-worldly online tournament series, Pokus, for a second time this October.”

Key takeaways:

  • Pokus first made its debut last November with €7 million guaranteed across 141 events.
  • The forthcoming series will guarantee €8 million across 157 events over a two-week period, with the action kicking off on Halloween.
  • Pokus remains the largest online series run by Winamax outside of the flagship Winamax Series brand.

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Winamax Ambassadors Excel at WSOP 2021 Live Series (November 2021)

Top line: “The World Series of Poker has finally wrapped up in Las Vegas, and even operators without a presence in the United States are bathing in the live events afterglow.”

Key takeaways:

  • French online poker giant, Winamax, had three of its ambassadors win World Series of Poker gold bracelets.
  • All in all, the French operator’s ambassadors made over 350 tournament entries, reached in the money 68 times, and averaged an impressive ROI of 108%.
  • Taking home three titles was not the limit of Winamax’s success: Nine more final tables were made by players representing the French operator.

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Winamax Celebrates Uno’s 50th Birthday with Third Expresso x Uno Promotion (December 2021)

Top line: “Winamax has launched another round of Expresso x Uno, the promotional mini-game at its lottery sit and go tables that distributes extra prize money to regular Expresso players.”

Key takeaways:

  • It is the third such promotion in just four months, with Uno 2 coming last August and Expresso x Monopoly in October.
  • The opportunity to play a card only comes during 2x multiplier Expresso games.
  • The rules are exactly the same as before, but tables have been rethemed.

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Winamax Flagship Series Continues To Break All Records (December 2021)

Top line: “French online poker operator, Winamax, has announced details surrounding the 32nd edition of its flagship Winamax Series which will run in Spanish and French markets.”

Key takeaways:

  • French online poker operator Winamax has announced details surrounding the 32nd edition of its flagship Winamax Series which will run in Spanish and French markets.
  • It will be the first tournament series from the operator to run in 2022.
  • The prize money will also be spread over the biggest slate of events, 211 total are on the schedule — up from 199 events in September when the Series previously ran.

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