It would have been impossible to come up with a more tense scenario! After the three sets were drawn, the Battle of the Minds was decided in a nerve-breaking hyper-turbo SNG, which Sasha Grischuk and Ike Haxton won after having been at risk of losing for a long time!
Before the Battle, each team streamed a training session with each player teaching his speciality to his partner.
Both Peter Svidler and Patrick Leonard displayed great pedagogical skills, as you can see in the following video, where Patrick explains to chess players how poker pros train.
Sasha also made clear why he is considered one of the best poker players among the grandmasters, by asking deep questions that led to a fascinating talk.
You can review the training sessions:
Just stating the results is enough to show how tense the battle was:
Sasha and Ike managed to overcome a 1 to 4 deficit in chips to win this first Battle of the Minds!
The following video summarizes the entire battle in ten minutes:
You can also review the whole battle:
As exciting as watching the world's best players can be, nothing compares with playing yourself!
That is why we are launching the Battle of the Minds Freeroll Series that started on Sunday, March 7.
The whole competition is entirely free and while there are no cash prizes, you can still win some nice prizes.
One freeroll each Sunday of March and April at 8 pm CET/CEST.
All the freerolls are 6-max No-Limit Holdem Tournaments - only the speed changes, alternating between Turbo and Hyper.
In each Freeroll you can win:
At the end of April, after 8 tournaments, the top 4 on the leaderboard will play a knockout Heads-Up tournament and compete for these prizes:
Let's answer a few questions you might have:
Is it really free?
There are no fees at all. However, you need a valid account with a deposit.
Where does the competition take place?
Who can participate?
All adults over 18 years old, who are living in a country where partypoker.com operates. That includes: Russia, UK, Ireland, Austria, Hungary, Canada, Holland, LATAM
How to participate?
Go to partypoker.com and register if you don't already have an account.
In the lobby, find the tournament named Battle of the Minds Freeroll Series #2. A password is needed: Chessparty
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