November 2007

30 November

Travel the world with the PokerStars Passport

There is a special feeling when you first hold a passport in your hand. The pages are blank and begging to be stamped. There is a sense of some official place in the world when you travel overseas and display your passport proudly. There is a feeling of pride when...more

PokerStars First-Deposit Bonus and Freerolls

As the holidays approach, you're probably be thinking about what to get all your friends and family. Giving, after all, is better than receiving. Still, that doesn't mean you can't give yourself a gift, too. How about this? A first-time deposit bonus at PokerStars and a chance at $30,000 worth...more

29 November

APPT Sydney promises A$1 million to winner

The Asia Pacific Poker Tour may be the youngest of the major poker tours in the world, but it is certainly proving that it is no baby. In just a few short months, the APPT has gone from an infant beginning in Manila to its Grand Final in Sydney. What's...more

28 November

DDBeast trades up

Today is a day in which we recognize DDBeast. Why? Well, he's a man who is not only a big time player at PokerStars, but also has a life for which a lot of people would trade. You don't think so? Well, let's start of by giving you a look...more

27 November

APPT Macau 2007 High Roller Event: Hand 137: It’s on to Sydney for the inaugural APPT Grand Final

By Sean CallanderSydney is the talk of the TV final table here at the Grand Waldo Hotel and Casino in Macau. “Here comes Sydney, baby,” Scotty Nguyen just declared to the packed audience, referring to the Asia Pacific Poker Tour Grand Final which kicks-off on December 12 at Star...more

APPT Macau 2007 High Roller Event: Hand 137: Eric Assadourian eliminates Bo Sehlstedt in 2nd place

Hand 137: Eric Assadourian eliminates Bo Sehlstedt in 2nd placeAPPT Macau 2007 High Roller Event: Bo Sehlstedt, 2nd placeButton: Sehlstedt (seat 4) – Sehlstedt pushes all-in for 101,000 with Ac 6d, and Eric again says “let’s gamble” with 9h 8d. The flop is 5h Qc 9c, turn 10s and the...more

APPT Macau 2007 High Roller Event: Hands 103 - 115

Hand 115:Button: Sehlstedt (seat 4) – 32,000 is the raise by Sehlstedt, Assadourian reraises 100,000, Sehlstedt is again all-in and Assadourian covers the extra. Sehlstedt shows Ad Kh, while Assadourian is dominated Kd 10d. The board shows 6h Qh 3s Qs 4d, and Sehlstedt is right back in the game.Hand...more

APPT Macau 2007 High Roller Event: It’s down to Assadourian v Sehlstedt

By Sean CallanderThe heads-up battle for the title of $15,000 APPT Macau High Roller champion will be played between Australia’s Eric Assadourian and Bo Sehlstedt of Sweden.APPT Macau 2007 High Roller Event: Eric AssadouriaAssadourian, who’ll be playing on home turf when the APPT Grand Final kicks-off in Sydney on...more

APPT Macau 2007 High Roller Event: Hands 79 - 92

Hand 92: Eric AssadourianButton: Steicke (seat 8) – Ng’s raise is to 22,000 under the gun, Assadourian announces all-in and Ng, the entertainment package at this final table, says “c’mon Eric”, and folds.Hand 91: Split – Sehlstedt/NgButton: Ng (seat 7) – Ng makes it 19,000 to go and Sehlstedt calls...more

APPT Macau 2007 High Roller Event: Assadourian can sniff dinner and victory in Macau

Australian Eric Assadourian is in the box seat to claim the $US368,640 first prize as the $15,000 APPT Macau High Roller champion. Just four players remain at the final table, which started with a field of eight.Assadourian leads the chip count from Sweden’s Bo Sehlstedt, locally based player Tony Ng...more

APPT Macau 2007 High Roller Event: Hands 61 - 70

Hand 70: Eric AssadourianButton: Assadourian (seat 6) – Assadourian raises 22,000 on the button and there are no callers.Hand 69: Eric AssadourianButton: Sehlstedt (seat 4) – There are three player in for the minimum, the flop comes 2s 8d 9c. Sehlstedt bets 17,000, Assadourian makes it 40,000 and Ng folds...more

APPT Macau 2007 High Roller Event: Hands 51 - 60

Hand 60: David SteickeButton: Assadourian (seat 6) – Tahtouh, reeling from that brutal beat, calls. Ng calls and Steicke checks in the big blind and we see the flop. It comes 5d 3h 6s; Ng bets 12,000, Steicke reraises the minimum, Tahtouh and Ng fold and it’s Steicke’s pot.Hand 59:...more

APPT Macau 2007 High Roller Event: Hands 41 - 50

Hand 50: Eric AssadourianButton: Ng (seat 7) – Assadourian takes it up to 16,000 pre-flop and hauls in the blinds and antes.Hand 49: Bo SehlstedtButton: Sehlstedt (seat 4) – Sehlstedt raises to 18,000 and takes the pot. After losing three players in the first 30 hands, play has settled down...more

APPT Macau 2007 High Roller Event: Hands 31 - 40

Hand 40: Eric AssadourianButton: Ng (seat 7) – There’s a short break while the tournament staff, who’ve done a fantastic job throughout the APPT Macau: Asian Poker Open, conduct a colour-up. When we return to action, the blinds will be at level 17 (300/6000 with a 1000 ante). Assadourian...more

APPT Macau 2007 High Roller Event: Ace of spades is the devil’s card for Juanda

By Sean CallanderThe pattern is continuing with an elimination every 10 hands after Eric Assadourian sent decorated US pro John Juanda packing. The young Australian spiked one of the two aces remaining in the deck to send the short stack to the rail. We’re down to five players, with the...more

APPT Macau 2007 High Roller Event: Numoto out in seventh as Tahtouh increases lead

Chip leader Emad Tahtouh has taken another scalp with the elimination of Californian Scott Numoto at the $15,000 APPT Macau High Roller event final table. Just six players remain in the hunt for the first prize of $US368,640, and the honour of being crowned just the second poker champion on...more

APPT Macau 2007 High Roller Event: Lieu first out in APPT Macau High Roller event

By Sean CallanderLiz Lieu has completed a remarkable run at the APPT Macau: Asian Poker Open to reach the final table of both events. But the Vietnamese-born US player has been the first player eliminated from the final table of the $15,000 APPT Macau High Roller event. Liz Lieu...more

APPT Macau 2007 High Roller Event: Destiny awaits Tahtouh as he aims for debut win

By Sean CallanderAction is just about to kick-off in today’s final table of the $15,000 APPT Macau High Roller event. Just 11 hours have elapsed since we wrapped up play at the Grand Waldo Hotel and Casino on day one, when 65 players paid the $15k entry fee.Final Table 15k...more

26 November

PokerStars Sunday Tournament Results (11-25-07)

Who needs to worry about tilt when you win the Sunday Million? It's a question for this week's winner, G0T T!LT? who won nearly a quarter million dollars in this week's Sunday Million. Here's a run-down of all of this week's big Sunday winners.PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up Final Table ResultsBased on...more

APPT Macau 2007 High Roller Event: Russian bubbles as final eight are locked in for $15k event

By Sean CallanderThe line-up has been decided for tomorrow’s $15,000 APPT Macau High Roller final table after almost 16 hours of play here at the Grand Waldo Hotel and Casino.A world class field of 65 players assembled just after midday, including many of the stars who played the $2500 buy-in...more

APPT Macau 2007 High Roller Event: Schreiber bows out three short of money

By Sean CallanderWe’ve just ticked over the 12-hour mark in the $15,000 APPT Macau High Roller final table at the Grand Waldo Hotel and Casino, with players taking a break as tournament staff color up.In the past two hours, just two players have been eliminated: the popular Alan Sass in...more

APPT Macau 2007 High Roller Event: Play slows to a crawl as the bubble looms

By Sean CallanderThe ebb and flow of this $15,000 APPT Macau High Roller Event is certainly in ebb mode as play has slowed to a crawl since the last break.The 14 players that started level 10 will almost certainly survive the hour as the blinds climb to 800/1600 with a...more

Advantage poker: Boris Becker joins PokerStars team

After all his time on the court, you might think Boris Becker would have had enough aces to satisfy him for life. It appears that is not the case. PokerStars announced today that the winner of six grand slam tennis events has joined its stable of players. Becker is known...more

APPT Macau 2007 High Roller Event: Six to go in race for spots at High Roller final table

By Sean CallanderBoy, did we pick the wrong time to talk about lucky charms! In the last hour, Graeme Putt (the man with the kiwi) and Kirk Morrison (the man with the beer) have both been eliminated from the $15,000 APPT Macau High Roller Event.Kiwi G was a mile...more

APPT Macau 2007 High Roller Event: World champs bow out as No Mercy makes her move

By Sean CallanderHalf the field of 65 has been eliminated in the $15,000 APPT Macau High Roller Event at the Grand Waldo Hotel and Casino.We just lost Scotty Nguyen in 33rd position when his A K ran into Bo Sehlstedt’s pocket aces, ending the 1998 WSOP champion’s involvement in...more

APPT Macau 2007 15k: Juanda’s stocks rising but Greenstein is bust

By Sean CallanderA storm has just swept up the Pearl River Delta into the Grand Waldo Hotel and Casino, and its name is John Juanda.The 36-year-old, who’s won almost $7 million in tournament poker, is well placed to add more than $US380,000 to his bank balance after dominating levels five...more

APPT Macau 2007: Poker making its mark on both sides of the table in Macau

By Sean CallanderThe impact of Asia Pacific Poker Tour Macau: Asian Poker Open is being felt around the world, but it’s easy to forget that the arrival of poker to the world’s biggest gaming market has made a significant impact locally.News of the tournament winner was splashed across the...more

APPT Macau 2007 15k: Tahtouh takes flight as ElkY is grounded

By Sean CallanderThe last time we saw Emad Tahtouh in action, it was taking the 233-metre plunge off the Macau Tower. One of his Team PokerStars colleagues said his swan dive resembled “a giant seagull trying to fly backwards while screaming its lungs out”. (if you haven't seen it yet,...more

APPT Macau 2007: High rollers take centre stage in Macau

By Sean CallanderNormally at this time of a Asia Pacific Poker Tour event, players and staff are packing their bags and saying their goodbyes after the main event has been wrapped up. But not in Macau, today is day one of the 15k High Roller Event starting back to...more

25 November

APPT Macau 2007: ‘All-in’ Dinh is the master of Macau

Less than two months ago, the concept of a No Limit Texas Hold’em poker tournament in the People’s Republic of China was more hope than reality.But having already achieved milestone after milestone in 2007 with the biggest poker tournament ever held in the Philippines and the first international event scheduled...more

APPT Seoul: Final Table (Hands 97-105)

Hand 105: Dinh Le eliminates Ivan Tan in 2nd place ($129,536)Button: Le (seat 6) – Dinh Le raises to 240,000 total, and Tan reraises 720,000, Le declares all-in and Tan calls. Le shows 8d 8s, and Tan has As 10c. The flop comes 6s 5s Qd, leaving the eights ahead....more

APPT Macau 2007: Tan and Le to go heads-up for Asian Poker Open trophy

We’re heads-up between Ivan Tan (1.825 million) and Dinh Le (1.7 million) for the APPT Macau: Asian Poker Open title. After starting with 352 players, just two remain and with stacks almost level, it’s shaping as a tight and tense heads-up battle. The blinds will be at 20,000/40,000 with...more

APPT Macau 2007: Asian champion assured in APPT Macau main event (Hands 78- 90)

We’re 90 hands into the APPT Macau: Asian Poker Open and the battle for this historic title has come down to three players – PokerStars’ online qualifier Sangkyoun Kim from South Korea; Dinh Le from England and Ivan Tan of Singapore.It will be interesting to see how the event...more

APPT Macau 2007: Hands 62 - 77

Hand 77: Ivan TanButton: Patry (seat 7) – Kim raises to 90,000, Tan reraises a further 250,000, and there’s no call from the Korean player.Hand 76: Ivan TanButton: Le (seat 6) – A pre-flop raise ensures Ivan Tan another pot.Hand 75: ElkY GrospellierButton: ElkY (seat 4) – ElkY is all-in...more

APPT Macau 2007: Dinh-er break as Le leads again (Hands 46 -61)

It’s break time at the Grand Waldo Hotel and Casino in the first APPT Macau: Asian Poker Open. Our chip leader is again Dinh Le from England with 1,145,000.APPT Macau 2007: Dinh LeHe leads from Ivan Tam of Singapore (945,000), followed by Korean online qualifier Sangkyoun Kim (734,000) Team...more

APPT Macau 2007: Keeping up with the PokerStars Video blog team

The Poker Stars video blog team have been working their socks off capturing the Macau Asian Poker Open for the people at home . Follow along on PokerStars blog or see all the posts in order at: APPTLiveIvan Tan makes it to the Final TableAPPT - Liz Lieu talks about...more

APPT Macau 2007: Hachem KOed by Korean qualifier (Hands 34 -45)

The 2005 World Series of Poker champion Joe Hachem has had his hopes of winning the first APPT Macau: Asian Poker Open title extinguished by Korean online qualifier Sangkyoun Kim.APPT Macau 2007: Joe Hachem 8th placeHand 45: Sangkyoun Kim eliminates Joe Hachem in 8th place ($24,288)Button: ElkY (seat 4)...more

APPT Macau 2007: Dinh dominating early in the final table battle (hands

Dinh Le’s play has been the highlight of the APPT Macau: Asian Poker Open final table. The English-based Vietnamese-born player has been the enigma of this $2500 buy-in main event.He carefully considers every act but when he makes his move, it’s done with real authority: like a Big Cat...more

APPT Macau 2007: Hands 26 - 19

Hand 26: Sangkyoun Kim eliminates Simon Randall in 9th place ($ 16,192)Button: Randall (seat 1) – Sangkyoun Kim raises to 40,000, Randall goes all-in for a total of 144,000 and Kim calls. Randall has As Qd and Kim Kc 10h. The flop (7s Kh 8h) hits Kim, as does the...more

APPT Macau 2007: Hands 11 - 18

Hand 11: Sangkyoun Kim; hand 12: ElkY; hand 13: Ivan TanJust caught a very quick word from Team PokerStars Pro Barry Greenstein, who’s just flown in from the US after spending Thanksgiving with his family. Barry will join the world-class field for the $15,000 buy-in event, which starts tomorrow. We’ll...more

APPT Macau 2007: Shuffle up and deal’ at the APPT Macau final table

By Sean CallanderWe’re underway here at the Grand Waldo Hotel and Casino in the first APPT Macau: Asian Poker Open $2500 buy-in main event. We started with 352 players, and just nine remain in the chase for this historic title.APPT Macau 2007: Final TablePlay starts at level 20 with blinds...more

APPT Macau 2007: Lights, cameras and action (almost) for the historic APPT Macau final table

By Sean Callander You’d think Joe Hachem would be use to TV tables and big-time final tables, but the 2005 WSOP champion still had some jitters before taking his seat for today’s APPT Macau: Asian Poker Open final table.The Aussie favourite paced the hall in deep thought just outside...more

Final table decided in chase for APPT Macau: Asian Poker Open title

By Sean CallanderA whirlwind last hour has finished with the final nine players decided to contest the final table at the Asia Pacific Poker Tour: Asian Poker Open. With 15 players remaining, the short stacks came under attack – first that of veteran Kiwi Graeme Putt (15th), followed by...more

24 November

PokerStars Makes Headlines at the 2007 Grey Cup

PokerStars kicked off the 2007 Grey Cup Festival in style this week in Toronto, Canada as two teams, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers prepared to square off against the Saskatchewan Rough Riders. The First Annual PokerStars Pigskin Classic, a game of touch football that included 8 Canadian Football League (CFL) players...more

APPT Macau 2007: Construction abounds as poker makes it mark in Macau

By Sean CallanderJust 15 players remain in contention for the APPT Macau: Asian Poker Open title as the hours after the dinner break on day two ticks past.We’re at level 18 (4000/8000 with a 1000 ante), but it’s been slow going in the past two hours minutes with only...more

APPT Macau 2007: Patry powers to lead, but ElkY and Joe still in the hunt

By Sean CallanderThe frenetic pace has finally slowed as the field has been reduced to 22 in the Asia Pacific Poker Tour: Asian Poker Open.The tournament has been condensed into four tables to one side of the Grand Waldo casino floor, with railbirds packed around trying to get a...more

APPT Macau 2007: Race to final table heats up as bubble bursts

By Sean CallanderThe bubble has burst here at the Grand Waldo Hotel and Casino with Canada’s Winfred Yu confirmed as the 41st-place finisher in the APPT Macau: Asian Poker Open main event.A cheer erupted in the room when Denmark’s Sean Jensen sent Yu to the rail, thus ensuring the...more

APPT Macau 2007: Taking the leap of faith on day two

By Sean CallanderSome players had a quiet night and a lazy breakfast to prepare for day two of the APPT Macau: Asian Poker Open main event.Not the fearless members of Team PokerStars – they jump off buildings! Joe Hachem, Isabelle Mercier, Emad Tahtouh and Terrance Chan skipped their Corn...more

23 November

APPT Macau 2007: German qualifier tops the chip count

By Sean CallanderThe chips are being bagged at the end of the opening day’s play at the Grand Waldo Hotel and Casino in the APPT Macau: Asian Poker Open.We’ve completed 10 levels, and just 77 players will be back tomorrow: first chasing a spot in the money (top 40)...more

APPT Macau 2007: Hachem lights up late on day one

By Sean Callander Less than one-third of the 352 players who started the battle for the Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) Macau: Asian Poker Open title remain in the hunt as we tick into level nine (500/1000 with a 100 ante).A surprising number of the big names have survived,...more

APPT Macau 2007: It’s not called Monte Carlo of the east for nothing!

By Sean Callander It’s hard to imagine two more diverse cities than Las Vegas and Macau. Located in the hot and dry Nevada desert, Vegas is isolated from every other city in the USA while Macau’s population density is among the highest of any city in the world.The make-up of...more

APPT Macau 2007: Lam still coming to terms with celebrity

By Sean Callander The hopes of winning the first Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) Macau: Asian Poker Open title have already ended for more than 100 players.We’re just back from the second break here at the Grand Waldo Hotel and Casino for level five (150/300 with 25 antes), and...more

APPT Macau 2007: 352 players chasing first APPT Macau crown

By Sean CallanderPoker players love a good prop bet, and the Hong Kong dollars were flying thick and fast as to the number of starters in the Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) Macau: Asian Poker Open main event.The line seemed to be set around 200-220, so those who took...more

APPT Macau 2007: Poker’s prince meets the king of the jungle as APPT Macau kicks-off

By Sean CallanderThe sense of occasion and history was palpable as 1998 WSOP main event champion Scotty Nguyen gave the order to “shuffle up and deal” here at the Grand Waldo Hotel and Casino in Macau for the first No-Limit Texas Hold’em poker tournament to be held in the People’s...more

22 November

APPT Macau a watershed for poker

By Sean CallanderAs little as six months ago, the thought of a poker tournament in Macau seemed as likely as hitting quads on the flop.However, the Asia Pacific Poker Tour, in conjunction with local organisers First Impression Ltd, has achieved the poker equivalent of parting the Red Sea with...more

PCA Prize packages nearly sold out

If anyone wondered about the popularity of the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, they can stop now. With less than two months of qualifying under its belt, PokerStars has announced that it has all but sold out of the $12,000 prize packages to the PCA. The introduction of the ever-popular PCA Steps...more

21 November

Barry Greenstein's Masterclass

Team PokerStars Pro Barry Greenstein is as much a teacher as he is a poker player. From his book "Ace on the River" to his much-chronicled tutelage of son Joe Sebok, Greenstein gives of himself from a spring of poker knowledge in ways that most pros deem either tiresome or...more

19 November

PokerStars Sunday Tournament Results (11-18-07)

Now, here's something you don't see everyday.Sunday in the PokerStars Sunday Hundred Grand, the final table players all convened for the first time and said, "Chop it up." While not unprecedented, a nine-way chop is...well, rare. In other news, the other two big Sunday events, the Warm-Up and Million, finished...more

14 November

Team PokerStars' Noah Boeken scores in own backyard

There is something to be said for home field advantage. Just ask Team PokerStars' Pro Noah Boeken.The Masters Classics of Poker has long been the biggest poker tournament in all of the Netherlands. Held at the Holland Casino in Amsterdam, the tournament hosts some of the best poker players from...more

12 November

APPT gearing up for Sydney Grand Final

In a good portion of the poker playing world, the leaves have fallen off the trees, the air is growing colder, and the idea of wearing short sleeves is met with raised eyebrows. However, in the land down under, summer is just getting started and if you're looking for warmer...more

PokerStars Sunday Tournament Results (11-11-07)

Team PokerStars' John Duthie has done a lot of things in his life. His has been a television director, a $1 millon poker winner, and the creator of the European Poker Tour. Sunday, he flirted with the possibility of adding Sunday Million Winner to his list of career accomplishments. Instead,...more

6 November

BCM11 turns FPPs into a car

You ever wonder what a Frequent Player Point looks like?The FPP is ethereal. It's untouchable. It floats along as little pieces of data. Try to grab one and you can't. It doesn't really exist.Until it does.While you're wrapping your head around that concept, let's turn to PokerStars Supernova BCM11. For...more

5 November

PokerStars Sunday Tournament Results (11-4-07)

With Halloween behind us, we now move into the final two months of Sunday tournaments for 2007. This week, the Sunday tournament action was as hot as ever and many a five-figure payday was dealt out before Sunday was done. Here's a look at all the big tournament results from...more

3 November

EPT Dublin: From out of nowhere Peters wins in Dublin

EPT Dublin winner Reuben PetersWhen Reuben Peters sat down at the table today he was the first player to go all-in. It was the first hand and he pretty much had to. As one of the short stacks he knew he wouldn’t have long to double up and position himself...more

EPT Dublin: The action continues

Reuben Peters, PokerStars qualifier from Colorado, USA, wins EPT Dublin and €532,6208.15pm -- Annette Obrestad, Norway, eliminated in second place for €297,800On a flop of T-6-3 Annette bet 230k. Reuben moved all-in and Annette called for her tournament life. A-T for Reuben, pocket sevens for Annette who made a curse...more

EPT Dublin: All in the small print

If you're looking for a little more background information as you follow the progress of an EPT event you might like to check out the EPT database which details results of all EPTs played from all the way back to season one to the present day. Lok up how many...more

EPT Dublin: Final table action

6.30pm -- Players pause for a 15 minute break.6.20pm -- A full half an hour has passed since the last elimination. It was about time we had an all-in. Reuben Peters this time, naturally called by Annette. Q-J of diamonds for the PokerStars qualifier, A-K for Annette. The flop came...more

EPT Dublin: It's Final Day at the EPT

Guinness might be the staple of many a tourist’s itinerary on a Dublin excursion, often at the expense of everything else, but anyone stopping by the Royal Dublin Society this week will have seen another display of world class poker. While the game’s aristocracy of Andy Black, Johnny Lodden and...more

2 November

EPT Dublin: Nine left at the end of day three

It’s fair to say that at the start of day three there were a few players expected to make it to the latter stages of today. Big chip stacks can be hard to shift and without a double up or two anything less than an average stack can quickly become...more

EPT Dublin: The rise and fall

Ludovic LaceyLudovic Lacey is out in 11th place, moving in with A-T which were stopped dead in their tracks by pocket jacks. Playing down to nine rather than eight means just one further elimination is required for a final table. But the bigger story behind all this is the sudden...more

EPT Dublin: At the break

At the break Thierry van den Berg is in the mood for talking. After a rough count (read very rough) he has a stack of over 400k and got there thanks to a few good hands and a good read. “I’m doing really well so I’ll hopefully make the final.”Thierry...more

EPT Dublin: Double EPT winner? Not this time...

Team PokerStars Pros have featured largely in this event. Although Dario Minieri and Katja Thater fell on the first day Noah Boeken and Luca Pagano flew the flag for PokerStars into day three. But Luca was eliminated earlier today in 24th place and now Noah has gone, out in 14th...more

EPT Dublin: Down to two tables

Johnny Lodden exits in 17th place with fellow Norwegian Annette Obrestad seeing him home - one internet demon to another – tens versus queens. It leaves just 16 players left on two tables:Table one:Kenneth Hicks Jr. -- USADaan Ruiter -- HollandTronde Eidsvig -- NorwayCasper Hansen -- Denmark -- PokerStars qualifierLudovic...more

EPT Dublin: The pack dwindles

PokerStars players have been well represented this week but alas another has fallen to the rail in the shape of Jan Veit. Jan, of day one 'Irish hat/ginger beard' fame, was looking to improve on the 14th place he managed in Monte Carlo earlier this year. It was not to...more

EPT Dublin: First to go...

Andy BlackOne of the most recognisable players on the circuit, Andy Black cuts an imposing jib at any poker table. Beard, beads and Buddhism join forces to make one of the world’s most formidable tournament players. His bag of idiosyncrasies to hand - moving purposefully and quickly at all times;...more

Team PokerStars featured on CBC in "Poker Face" documentary

During the 2006 World Series, the media room was packed with people from around the world. Writers and producers from countless countries worked side by side to cover what is still the biggest World Series main event in history. One evening, as fatigue and slap-happiness took over, the members of...more

EPT Dublin: Day 3 and that old familiar feeling

Just 24 players remain in the EPT Dublin, who staggered away from Industry Hall yesterday at close to midnight with a relieved look in their eyes. For some it was reward for an intense day at the coal face. For others it was a day of manoeuvring for the big...more

EPT Dublin: End of day two chip counts

The last 24 who return tomorrow...Andy Black – Ireland – 350,300 Annette Obrestad – Norway – 284,700 Simon Munoz – Spain – 278,100 Casper Hansen – Denmark – PokerStars qualifier – 241,800Johnny Lodden – Norway – 208,600 Ludovic Lacay – France – 200,700Thierry Van Den Berg – Holland – PokerStars...more

EPT Dublin: That’s the last of day two

Talk about third time unlucky. For the third time in his EPT days Dave Colclough was eliminated on the bubble - it’s enough to make you pack it all-in. That was how day 2 of the EPT Dublin ended, the day the big stacks began to make themselves known, and...more

EPT Dublin: The curious case of Annette Obrestad

People of a certain generation may remember the story of Sidd Finch, an undiscovered eccentric baseball player in training with the New York Mets that George Plimpton wrote about that could throw a fastball at 168mph. Unheard of. And this fastball made him a legend. It was all false of...more

1 November

EPT Dublin: From the four corners of the tournament room

Happier days - Jan Veit on day 1bJan Viet seemed happier on day one. Back then the German had a large cartoon Irish top hat on his head with a ginger beard attached by elastic beneath the chin. Most people come for the Guiness – Jan found a hat shop....more

EPT Dublin: It’s all in the name

A player's name is spelled wrong , it causes confusion, irritation and no one knows who any one is anymore.Thousands of players around the world now come to live tournaments like the EPT thanks to companies such as offering the chance for ordinary players to qualify for events they...more

EPT Dublin: It seems such an easy game

Brandon Schaeffer has moved, so has PokerStars qualifier Casper Hansen. Where? Right next to each other. Casper has 125k – Brandon, he has about 100k less.With chips comes the opportunity to enjoy yourself, but Casper looks the type to enjoy himself anyway – a subscriber to the large sunglasses look...more

EPT Dublin: Chip counts

Selected from the 84 players still in after nine levels, and including 30 PokerStars players:Casper Hansen – Denmark – PokerStars qualifier – 125,000Ian Cox – England – 115,700 Ludovic Lacay – France – 112,700 Thierry Van Den Berg – Holland – PokerStars qualifier -- 102,200Simon Christensson – Sweden – PokerStars...more

EPT Dublin: The dangers of doing well

“That’s it! I’m swimming back to Cyprus!” This is Phidias Georgiou with a head flick towards his stack and a faint glimmer of a smile on his face. It’s a self defence mechanism I think because his stack flies high at over 70k. You get the impression after watching Phidias...more

EPT Dublin: The scenery today

The luck of the re-draw has thrown together some interesting tables, such as that which thrusts Team PokerStars Pro Luca Pagano, Brandon Schaeffer, Johnny Lodden and Alan Smurfit together.Noah Boeken and Luca Pagano comparing notesAnother member of Team PokerStars Katja Thater sits alongside George McKeever and Sebastian Ruthenberg, whilst our...more

EPT Dublin: After Halloween comes day 2

A new day, a new chance to turn your tournament around. Isn’t that the spirit? Some will think that, but if your chip stack makes more of a riffling noise when it’s tipped out of the plastic bag your sights will be on greater things. Then again if you believe...more

EPT Dublin: What happened in day 1b?

It was a tough day for some, a better day for others. Halloween is supposed to bring all sorts of weird creepy things into the world for a day, so the hyper-superstitious may have been a little weary as they settled down for seven levels or elimination – whichever came...more

EPT Dublin: Back to where we started

We started today with an eye on Tom Bentham and Justin Francis, two PokerStars qualifiers drawn together on an table that featured Tony Cascarino, Liam Flood, Patrick Bruel and Roy Brindley. Now, six levels later and these two warriors are still having their say at a table that hasn’t changed...more