We’re here to guide you on a thrilling journey that transcends traditional gaming boundaries, merging the strategic intricacies of chess with the adrenaline-pumping excitement of poker. At GGPoker, we’ve always aimed to be at the forefront of innovation in the online gaming world, and this time, we’re setting the stage for something truly extraordinary: a $50,000 Spin & Gold ELO Challenge.

The Battle of the Mind Games

In collaboration with the incredibly talented Alex Botez, a chess phenom and influencer renowned for her strategic depth and engaging content, we’re launching a challenge that promises to captivate, thrill, and inspire. Alex, now a proud brand ambassador for GGPoker, brings her passion for chess and poker to the forefront, challenging chess content creators worldwide to dive into the world of online poker.

This May, the digital felt at GGPoker will become the battleground where these intellectual giants meet in a fusion of two timeless games. The $50,000 Spin & Gold ELO Challenge is not just a tournament; it’s a testament to the skills and strategies that chess and poker share. Participants, hailing from every corner of the globe, will swap their chessboards for poker tables, all vying for the prestigious title and the grand prize that awaits the champion – the $50,000 bonus is nice too.

chips on a table

The Spin & Gold format, a cornerstone of this challenge, is designed to push the limits of traditional poker. This fast-paced, three- or six-player tournament format introduces a random multiplier at the start of each game, ensuring that no two matches are the same. The excitement of potentially turning a small buy-in into a massive prize mirrors the unpredictable nature of chess, where a single move or mistake can turn the tide of the game.

Adopting the ELO rating system, a method long associated with chess to rank players by skill, we aim to highlight the strategic dimension of poker. This system, familiar to all competitive chess players, will be used to gauge participants’ performance throughout the challenge. As players engage in Spin & Gold games, their ELO ratings will fluctuate, reflecting their success and strategic acumen on the poker table.

Poker Challenge Accepted

Our lineup of participants reads like a who’s who of the chess content creation world. From Raffael Chess in Brazil to Dina Belenk in the USA, from Jan Gustafsson in Germany to the Chessbrahs’ Eric Hansen and Aman Hambleton in Canada, and extending to Jose Pepitoperu from Mexico and Nemo Zhou, representing the Chinese-Canadian community—each brings a unique blend of analytical prowess and competitive spirit to the challenge.

“One of the reasons I am so excited to join GGPoker is being able to share my newfound love of poker with my fellow chess players from across the globe,” said Alex Botez, expressing her enthusiasm for this crossover. “The traits and skills that make good chess players translate so well into poker that I am sure this will be an incredibly close and exciting competition. I suspect many chess names will move up the poker ranks over the next few years!”

How To Spin & Gold

Here’s a closer look for those new to the Spin & Gold format. Inspired by the fast-paced nature of ‘spin and go’ poker games, Spin & Gold combines the thrill of quick matches with the potential for huge rewards. With buy-ins starting at just $0.25, players have the opportunity to win up to 200,000 times their stake, making every game a potentially life-changing event. The prize pool is determined by a random multiplier, adding an element of surprise that keeps players on the edge of their seats.


But Spin & Gold, like all forms of poker, is more than just a game of chance. It requires quick thinking, adaptability, and strategic planning—qualities that chess players have in abundance. The challenge of adjusting strategies on the fly, reading opponents, and taking calculated risks draws a parallel with the strategic decisions made on the chessboard. This synergy between chess and poker is what we aim to explore and celebrate through the ELO Challenge.


To ensure a warm welcome for our new players, GGPoker offers a comprehensive Welcome Bonus, the Honeymoon for Newcomers promotion, and automatic entry into our Fish Buffet loyalty program. These initiatives are designed to reward players for their engagement and success, providing a supportive and exciting environment for everyone, from seasoned poker pros to newcomers eager to learn and grow.


The $50,000 Spin & Gold ELO Challenge is more than a competition; it’s a groundbreaking initiative that showcases the shared intellectual and strategic depths of chess and poker. We’re proud to host this innovative challenge, bringing together two of the strongest mind-game communities, bound by a love for strategy, competition, and the thrill of the game.


As we embark on this exciting journey, I invite you to join us, whether as a participant, a fan, or a curious observer. Witness the unfolding of a unique spectacle that promises not only to challenge but also to inspire. The convergence of chess and poker, two games that have captivated minds for centuries, is a testament to the endless possibilities that emerge when we dare to explore beyond the boundaries of conventional gaming.