Weekend Warm-Up: What was, what will be, and everything in between

After the events in Panama concluded it felt like a quieter week than usual on PokerStars, but there's still plenty to catch up on, and look forward to, as we detail below...That was Panama...There was a new champion for the record books this week in the form of Kenny Samron, who...more

by Stephen Bartley on March 24, 2017 6:22 AM

PokerStars New Jersey celebrates one year anniversary

A year ago this week PokerStars made its first tentative steps back into the United States. It was in March 2016 that, after several dark years, we opened the doors onto a bright new future, all of which started in New Jersey. It was an industry wide foothold, with a long journey...more

by Stephen Bartley on March 22, 2017 7:13 AM

PokerStars Championship Macau: Tournaments Deciphered

I've been part of the Asia Pacific Poker Tour for nine of the tour's ten seasons but even after back-to-back records for APPT Macau, the PokerStars LIVE Macau poker room has never seen a tournament schedule quite as ambitious as the rebranded PokerStars Championship Macau which b...more

by Fred Leung on March 22, 2017 4:32 AM

Super Tuesday: Ivan Banic steamrolls final table for redemption, $67K

The last time Ivan "BanicIvan" Banic found himself heads-up for a Super Tuesday title, back in October 2016, it was as the underdog. After fighting uphill for the entire final table, Banic managed to steal the lead from Andoni "Pollopopeye" Larrabe Sanchez before eventually falli...more

by Jason Kirk on March 21, 2017 10:27 PM

Andre Akkari tops Neymar Jr's celebrity poker home game, raising €52,300 for

Team PokerStars Pro Andre Akkari beats star-studded field; but the real winner is Neymar Jr Institute and Right To PlayThere were quite a few stars at the Neymar Jr Charity Home Game held in Spain last Thursday night, but one got to shine a little brighter. Andre Akkari defeated ...more

by PokerStars staff on March 21, 2017 3:12 AM

Kenny Smaron rides the storm for landmark win at PokerStars Championship Pan

Kenny Smaron: Champion in PanamaBack in 2015, in a cold December in Prague, Kenny Smaron tucked himself away in a quiet corner of a conference room at the Hilton Hotel and won a €10,000 buy-in High Roller poker tournament without all that many people noticing.Flash forward 15 mon...more

by Howard Swains on March 20, 2017 7:48 PM

PokerStars Championship Panama: O'Dwyer on fire, captures another High Rolle

The first PokerStars Championship High Roller two months ago ended with a Team PokerStars Pro finishing fifth and a heads-up deal between a man named Greenwood from Toronto and a former Global Poker Index rankings leader.This time, however, the Greenwood came up one spot shy of t...more

by Martin Harris on March 20, 2017 6:45 PM

PokerStars Championship Panama: Prosperous Panamanian Poker

Panama had never had a tournament with a prize pool that exceeded $1 million before the PokerStars Championship, now it's had three. Just a few meters away from eachother, two different sets of players are playing for six-figure prizes in tournaments that each had prize pools in ...more

by Alex Villegas on March 20, 2017 4:25 PM

PokerStars Championship Panama: Main Event Final Table live updates

10:20pm: Kenny Smaron wins PokerStars Championship Panama Main Event Level 29 - Blinds 50,000/100,000 (ante 10,000)After Smaron moved out to a commanding chip lead, he didn't look back. Smaron won the fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth hands heads up. Finally, on the ninth, Gill t...more

by Live reporting team on March 20, 2017 9:35 AM

PokerStars Championship Panama: Five players, one $10K High Roller trophy

Just five remain with a shot at the next PokerStars Championship High Roller trophy. A total field of 110 entries meant a $1 million-plus prize pool, with the majority of it -- about two-thirds -- still up for grabs.With the chip advantage to start play today is no surprise. A qu...more

by Martin Harris on March 20, 2017 9:17 AM