August 2005

31 August

PokerStars to host Hurricane Katrina relief tournaments

From the comfort of my dry home, I sat and watched the storm of the century roll through the Gulf of Mexico. I hoped, like everyone else, the hell storm would fall apart or drift back into the ocean. I thought of my friends on the coast, the good times...more

30 August

EPT final table finisher qualifies again

It's been about six months since I met Abdulaziz Abdulaziz. He'd qualified online for the EPT Grand Final in Monte Carlo. I watched him throughout the week and couldn't have been happier when the smiling, hard working young man made the final table.After the tournament was over, I went out...more

29 August

PokerStars $500,000 Guaranteed Report 8/28/05

For the tournament-minded, Sunday marked the one week-point until the biggest online poker event in the world begins. With the World Championship of Online Poker seven days away, more than 3000 people showed up for the warm up, PokerStars Sunday $500,000 Guaranteed.When the tournament reached the final nine players, this...more

26 August

EPT: This just in...

If you've already started trying to qualify for the European Poker Tour, you'll be interested to know that PokerStars.com will be rolling out satellites for two more EPT events this weekend.Satellites for the EPT event in Baden, Austria will start Saturday August 27 and satellites for the EPT event in...more

24 August

Last season on the EPT

It's not going to be too many weeks until we'll pull up stakes and move this blog back on the road for the European Poker Tour. I noticed last night that there are already hundreds of people trying to qualify for the first event of Season 2 in Barcelona. Last...more

22 August

PokerStars $500,000 Guaranteed Final Table Report (8/21/05)

Every tournament has its own texture, its own climate that only the players can understand. Some final tables are complete in minutes. Some take hours. This week, we watched a final table that took longer than any I'd seen online in months.This week, the final table also featured a couple...more

18 August

European Poker Tour Satellites Begin

If you've noticed it's been a little quiet around here for the past few days, you should know that there's a good reason for it. We've been working hard behind the scenes to launch the second season of the most exciting and fun poker event in Europe.Today begins the second...more

15 August

PokerStars $500,000 Guaranteed Final Table Report (8/14/05)

Surely, I thought, my eyes must be deceiving me. Perhaps, the screen name brainwash had been burned into my corneas and I was simply having flashbacks to the three other times in the past three four months that the same man had made the final table in the big Sunday...more

PokerStars $500,000 Guaranteed Results 8/14/05

The final table of this week's $500,000 Guaranteed tournament was one that you didn't want to miss. With more than $637,000 in the prize pool, the players refused to give up any ground. When a four-way deal was offered, one player turned it down, despite the fact he was last...more

11 August

From Isabelle to Jennicide--Stars on the web

While I hope you check in here regularly for news from the world of PokerStars, I would be remiss if I didn't point out a few things I've noticed recently on the web. Here's a quick overview.Isabelle Mercier of Team PokerStars has been doing some good work on her own...more

9 August

WCOOP schedule and notes

With less than a month until PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker begins, I decided to take a little look at how signups were going. It only takes a quick glance at the sign-up list to determine a few things. First, the 15 days of WCOOP are going to be...more

8 August

PokerStars $500,000 Guaranteed Results 8/07/05

The action at the $500,000 Guaranteed final table was fast, furious and sometimes moved so quickly that it was hard to follow. More than 3400 people signed up for the event and built a prize pool of more than $680,000. When the smoke cleared, this is how it looked:PokerStars Sunday...more

4 August

The Dogger9 Archive

I suppose it's now time to put the World Series of Poker to bed. Although it was quite a ride and a fantastic time, there are several things on the horizon that will be filling this space. Keep your eyes here for breaking news on the World Championship of Online...more

2 August

The Big Dance with Dogger9 (Part 9)

Note: One of the greatest PokerStars stories to come from the World Series of Poker was that of Bernard "Dogger9" Lee, a Frequent Player Point qualifier who caught everybody's eye as the real deal. Lee has agreed to chronicle his journey for the Official PokerStars Blog. His trip report will...more

1 August

The Big Dance with Dogger9 (continuing Part 8 )

Note: One of the greatest PokerStars stories to come from the World Series of Poker was that of Bernard "Dogger9" Lee, a Frequent Player Point qualifier who caught everybody's eye as the real deal. Lee has agreed to chronicle his journey for the Official PokerStars Blog. His trip report will...more

PokerStars $700,000 Guaranteed Final Table Report 7/31/05

As a frequent reader of Cardplayer, I came across an article recently in which two longtime tournament reporters were debating the merits of building tension in a tournament report and not revealing the winner until the end versus stating outright at the beginning who won the contest. My opinion changes...more

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