June 2008

30 June

2008 World Series: The boy from Brazil

Beneath the stage of the $50K HORSE final yesterday was the $2K no limit hold’em event, smaller in stature perhaps but no less significant in terms of there being a bracelet at stake. It featured among others PokerStars sponsored player Kirill Gerasimov but also Alexandre Gomes, the first ever...more

2008 World Series: The pony club

When the poker explosion occurred some time earlier this decade, long-time players of the game could be heard sneering that it wasn't poker that was taking over the world, it was no limit Texas hold 'em. "There's more to poker than just two-card chicken," they'd sometimes add, before hastening...more

2008 World Series: Here yesterday, gone today

The pot limit Omaha started and the pot limit Omaha ended as far as Team PokerStars Pro were concerned. It was a lesson in short-and-sweet for our three returnees, each of whom busted in a slippery 15 minute period, one after the other like ducks in a shooting gallery,...more

2008 World Series: Coren making up for lost time

As we mentioned earlier in the week, Victoria Coren has finally made it Vegas and is itching to play as much as she can. Today, she very well may be playing a move out of Barry Greenstein's book. Today, she returns for Day 2 of the $1,500 HORSE event, and,...more

PokerStars Sunday Tournament Results 6-29-08

I'll admit it. Once your here in Vegas with thousands of poker players, it's easy to forget there is another world out there. The reminder comes when we take a look at the folks who cashed huge in this week's PokerStars Sunday tournaments. GoMukYaSelf took down the Sunday Million for...more

2008 World Series: LOL Walkaments

Not that it matters, but I'm staying at the Palms. Every day, I walk over here to the Rio. It's rare that anything changes along the way. The poker room in the main casino is generally half-full with low-limit players. the area in front of Buzios seafood restaurant is usually...more

2008 World Series: The end of a spectacular day

At the start of today, we already knew what the headline story would be in the day-end wrap. All that was open to conjecture was the size of the font we would use to proclaim Barry Greenstein's spectacular success in the $50,000 HORSE championship event. In case anyone missed it,...more

2008 World Series: Catching our breath

Back in the early days of the PokerStars blog, we used to cover the qualifiers into the $10,000 main event at the World Series, and it didn't always go according to plan. Such is the scale of the event, and such was the number of qualifiers, that it was all...more

Sunday Million 6/29/08 - GoMukYaSelf Takes it down

6,521 players made their way into the Sunday Million via direct buy-in or satellite, making another huge field for the biggest weekly guarantee tournament in online poker. After nearly ten hours of play, GoMukYaSelf stood alone atop the leader board, with a first-place finish in the PokerStars Sunday Million to...more

2008 World Series: Dropping down with Barry Greenstein

Just a few hours ago, Barry Greenstein was sitting at one of the most elite poker tables in the world, and certainly the most important of the day. Piles of money sat just feet away. As the tournament director read Greenstein's resume over the PA system, the crowd erupted in...more

2008 World Series: Thorson in search of first Team cash

It's a marriage a lot of people have seen coming for quite a long time. William Thorson became a Team PokerStars Pro earlier this week, putting the icing on a long-lived relationship with his favorite online poker site. Thorson has been a part of the PokerStars community nearly as long...more

2008 World Series: Planet poker

Everything about the World Series has grown bigger and more slick year-on-year since its inception. The most obvious representation is in the number of players and prize pool in the main event, and the advent of the HORSE championship three years ago also reflected the boom. A couple of hours...more

29 June

2008 World Series: In the shadow of the HORSE men

It takes place in the shadows of the $50K HORSE final in the corner of the Amazon Room, but the $10K pot limit Omaha event rages on. It’s a mixture - part frenetic action, part tranquil deals. For instance the energy that surged through the veins of PokerStars sponsored...more

2008 World Series: Players everywhere

Today is the day when our reporting team faces its sternest test to date. We may have previously grown eyes in the back of our heads, learned how to be in two places at once, and taken on the physique of Stretch Armstrong to allow us to type updates onto...more

dickson007 wins June Turbo Takedown

Upon reaching the final table of a tournament with over 10,000 runners a player is usually looking at a decent payday. But, how often are you staring at a possible $100,000 win from a freeroll? The Turbo Takedown lets anyone with Frequent Players Points (FPPs) to turn their points into...more

2008 World Series: Greenstein looking for traction

Barry Greenstein isn’t one of those players who carries a rabbit’s foot or wears some talisman at the tables. Apart from decades of poker experience, the only thing he brings to the felt is a copy of his book “Ace on the River,” and he only carries that to give...more

2008 World Series: The 55 Steps

The final table of the $2,000 no limit hold’em - a World Series bracelet at stake with the additional reward of $770,540 in prize money to the winner. It’s a chance to strap to your wrist something all poker players dream of winning, the jangly gold mark of a...more

2008 World Series: Ready to rumble

If you had ambled into the Amazon Ballroom at around 3.30pm today, you could have been forgiven for thinking you'd taken a wrong turn and wound up in the MGM Grand during a world title fight. Tournament director Jack Effel has clearly been practising his Michael Buffer impersonations in recent...more

Battle of the Planets Results 06-29-2008

454 Sit and Go champs lined up a few hours ago to break off the biggest piece of the Battle of the Planets promotion pie. A $50,000 Triple Shootout freeroll for those who qualified through their respective celestial body division for an additional payday on top of the weekly prizes...more

2008 World Series: The fast and the familiar

As expected the PLO is awash with familiar faces including two of which you could swear you saw playing into the early hours of this morning. That would be Team PokerStars Pro Barry Greenstein and PokerStars sponsored player Kirill Gerasimov. Team PokerStars Pros are out in force for the...more

2008 World Series: PLO running and HORSE about to bolt

It may be Sunday morning, but for a good number of people I’m not sure their Saturday night is over. It’s early in the Amazon Room but it’s a hive of activity, with cash games and satellites in full flow. The main features of the day haven’t even started...more

2008 World Series: Greenstein to HORSE final table. Again.

Team PokerStars Pro Barry Greenstein's career poker record doesn't need too much repeating. He's won WSOP bracelets. He's won WPT events. He's won just about everything. There is barely a poker statistic of any importance that doesn't have Greenstein's name on it. Well, here's a new one. In the three-year...more

2008 World Series: From short stack to contender

During an intense chat a few days ago about certain memorable poker performances, as PokerStars sponsored player Kirill Gerasimov was working his way through another field of players, I mentioned the need for a “new Kirill Gerasimov story." The old story was of course the EPT Deauville story (mentioned...more

2008 World Series: Negreanu misses final table

After four days of paced, measured play in the $50,000 HORSE event, it's a bit unsettling to watch the fortunes change so drastically. The blinds and limits are such that one or two close hands can take a player from the top to the bottom in no time at all....more

2008 World Series: The Kirill System

Right, let’s get the confession out of the way first. I was sweating PokerStars sponsored player Kirill Gerasimov from the rail because I thought he was about to be eliminated. It’s best to start from a position of honesty. I’m not even sure why I was convinced he was...more

2008 World Series: RaiNKhaN doing what he does best

It's a fair assumption that the life of anyone reading this blog has been changed in one way or another by online poker. Not necessarily dramatically, not even especially perceptibly; maybe your style in your regular home game has become slightly more aggressive, or you have a new baseball cap,...more

28 June

2008 World Series: From FPPs to $142K

Joseph "bigjoe2003" Michael is not a grizzled veteran of old Las Vegas, but as he sat in the three seat, he was firmly and deservedly in the big leagues. With Huck Seed on his right and Scotty Nguyen on his left, Michael looked as comfortable with the game as any...more

2008 World Series: Greenstein, Negreanu control HORSE

In most poker tournaments, the bubble's pop is cause for much revelry and no small amount of yelling. In the HORSE event, the only noise that we heard when Mike Wattell went out in 17th place was the door closing behind him. These seasoned professionals act like they've been here...more

2008 World Series: The outer fringe of the Amazon

Wearing a tracksuit of yellow top and purple trousers that literally only an Italian of distinctive panache could take out of the wardrobe in the morning, Team PokerStars Pro Luca Pagano is still in the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em despite initial fears of his demise. Comfortable clothes and a...more

2008 World Series: The entertainment budget

There are a number of folks out there who see poker as entertainment. They put in their $200 buy-in and write off any losses as the cost of having fun. How many times have you heard such players say, "I would've spent more money at the bar than I lost...more

2008 World Series: Gerasimov again among the leaders

Despite the blistering heat outside and the arctic chill within, there's still something of a juicy air of anticipation at the World Series today. It's primarily to do with the delayed arrival of the HORSE competitors, of course, the $50,000 thoroughbreds who spent the morning trotting around their private paddocks...more

2008 World Series: Team out in force for $1,500

For your average poker player, be they seasoned pro or fresh-faced amateur, Saturday at noon can seem like the middle of the night. Poker is a game seemingly conceived to be played during hours of darkness. We'll play through to tomorrow, sure, but midday is the time to think about...more

2008 World Series: Another wave floods into the Rio

As I exited the Rio late last night, leaving the blog in the capable hands of my colleague Stephen Bartley, I wondered whether I'd return this morning and find him still here. At the time, Team PokerStars Pros Barry Greenstein and Daniel Negreanu were chipped up in the $50,000...more

2008 World Series: Gate closes on the HORSE on day 3

The HORSE may be the biggest event of the week by far but the show was almost stolen today by a Frenchman in the short-handed hold’em - a Team PokerStars Frenchman that is, a certain ‘ElkY’ Grospellier. The PCA winner, who was all-in more than once on day one...more

2008 World Series: Catching up in the $2,000 Hold'em

As the HORSE event gets ever closer to the nail biter stage across the rail is the other tournament of the day – the $2,000 No Limit Hold’em event. Some bemoan the numerous Hold’em events each year, attracting thousands of players from around the world for a relatively modest...more

2008 World Series: Team huddle

With 34 players remaining at the end of level 15, a remarkable five of them were wearing the livery of Team PokerStars Pro while a sixth, Joe Michael, is a Supernova Elite who paid the steepest buy-in in live poker using PokerStars frequent player points. You can read all...more

2008 World Series: Books, bracelets, Barry and Bill

The $50,000 HORSE event was petitioned for by poker purists, designed by poker purists, played by poker purists, for the poker purist. And haven't those purists found reason to purr this evening. Just take a look at this photograph: For about three hours this evening on table six, these...more

2008 World Series: Last weekend to qualify!

After several months and with nearly 2,000 people qualified for the World Series, the PokerStars satellites for the main event are about to come to a close. As of this writing, main event qualifiers are schedued to end June 30. That means you have just a few more days to...more

27 June

2008 World Series: Being Katja Thater

Normally, during a break between levels, I'll catch up players for updates from a primary source. With Team PokerStars Pro Katja Thater I take a different approach. Few players are as focused as Katja during a tournament and prefer not to be disturbed. Just ask her husband Jan von...more

2008 World Series: Big Joe going big

There are a lot of people here who would recognize the screen name "bigjoe2003" long before they recognize the guy in the fedora playing the $50,000 HORSE event. By the beginning of Day 3, however, the name Joseph Michael was well-known around the room. Michael doesn't hide his identity. In...more

2008 World Series: Mixed fortunes

Here are the hard numbers from Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier's table in the short-handed no limit hold 'em event in the Brasilia room this afternoon: Table no: 11 Players: 6 Hoodies: 3 (With garish patterning: 2) Sunglasses (pairs): 3 Baseball caps: 4 Chips: many With the exception of the tallies...more

2008 World Series: Leave the HORSE puns by the door

This is the HORSE event, so amidst the rush of an Amazon Room shoehorned full to the doors with poker tables, a few equine puns and references might inadvertently slip in. Bear with me. Here’s the first. In the racing world the term “mudder” is a one of endearment...more

2008 World Series: Sweating vultures

The first couple of days of the $50,000 HORSE event were played out in some of the most spacious conditions ever seen at the World Series. Recognising the fact that players coughing up $50,000 for a single tournament deserve, and have paid for, their space, the 148 connoisseurs who anted...more

2008 World Series: Bubble abuse

Short-handed no-limit hold'em is defined, in part, on the high level of aggression required to play. Team PokerStars Pro Betrand "ElkY" is defined in much the same way. As the bubble of the $5,000 NLHE six-handed event approached, ElkY looked like he was just waking up from a nap. He...more

2008 World Series: Break!

Yesterday, a tournament director jokingly requested players here in the Amazon room donk off their stacks as quickly as possible. It wasn't for a desire to get home and watch Quincy re-runs. Despite the Rio finding a lot more space for the World Series this year, there is still a...more

2008 World Series: Day two is in the stables

There are numerous ways by which to measure the extent of poker's popularity: the number of players in the Sunday Million; the first prize at the EPT Grand Final; the amount of times per day you hear a story starting "So I had ace-king under-the-gun" to name but three....more

2008 World Series: Quick death in the short-handed

Whilst ‘death’ in the HORSE event can be a slow one, taking a day and a half, the short-handed hold’em taking place on the other side of the rail can reduce grown men and women into dazed delinquents once the chips to which they’d developed such an attachment are...more

2008 World Series: Odds and ends

I can't deny it, I'm no mathematician. I might spend most of the day looking at piles of discs embossed with numbers, and sometimes add them up, but there's always a margin of error included in these calculations that is hopefully forgiveable, even if it can sometimes be as...more

2008 World Series: 2/3 HORSE

With the HORSE feed bag put behind us, we now find ourselves staring at a different breed. The $50,000 event that started with 148 players has now fallen below the 100 mark. Though we're not yet at the point at which the stress causes heart palpatations, things are starting to...more

26 June

2008 World Series: Running good, running bad. Time for some luck.

The French press say that ElkY has been “running well”. That’s true in general, only not so at the World Series this year. Since the Series in 2007, in which ElkY cashed three times and made a final table in the $2,500 No Limit Hold’em, the Team PokerStars Pro...more

2008 World Series: Made for TV

People who wandered wide-eyed into the poker revival tent a few years ago cannot be faulted for believing Hevad Khan is a barbarian, that Isabelle "No Mercy" Mercier is a cold-hearted witch, and that Joe Hachem begins every sentence with "Pass the sugar." When one's perspective is built on what...more

2008 World Series: A familiar face at the cashiers' cage

Twenty-one years, one month and 15 days ago, a 37-year-old poker player from Costa Rica visited the cashout cage of Binions Horseshoe Casino, Las Vegas, to collect his first winner's cheque from the World Series of Poker. It was worth $12,500 and represented 14th place in the main event of...more

2008 World Series: Mercier playing for mom

It's rare to see Isabelle Mercier disappear from the World Series. If it happens, it's generally her time to catch some R&R at the Bellagio. She generally reappears within a couple of days, tanned and clutching a cup of coffee. When she vanished a couple of weeks ago, though, she...more

2008 World Series: In the pink, kind of...

If you want to be spotted in a crowd you can’t go far wrong starting on the basis that bright colours will work - like yellows and oranges that assist the rescue teams if you're lost on a mountain, or out at sea. Bright pink works too. In this...more

2008 World Series: Crawling forward in the $50,000 HORSE

The name of this tournament -- $50,000 HORSE -- is something like a reporter's dream. Equine puns abound on media row: saddle up, giddy up, go. But if we think about it for a moment, the horse-race analogy is not especially appropriate. Far from being a grunting, thunderous sprint to...more

2008 World Series: Victoria Coren does Vegas

It's been just a week since we heard a long lament from Team PokerStars Pro Victoria Coren. Circumstances kept her in London until today. Now, she is three hours into her first WSOP event of 2008. She's fired up and ready to go. How so? Well, it's sort of hard...more

2008 World Series: Moneymaker relishes his lack of cashes

Team PokerStars Pro Chris Moneymaker has made exactly zero dollars this World Series, and he is pretty happy about it. Why? Well, just ask him. by Chris Moneymaker I have been playing a lot of poker the past to weeks on PokerStars.com gearing up for the WSOP. As I played,...more

2008 World Series: Feel free to play poorly

"Players, we're a little bit short on tables today, so if you'll help me out and play a little bit bad, that would be great," Tournament Director Jimmy Sommerfield said. The people who have $50,000 to throw into one tournament have already made their decision. At this hour, those who...more

Sunday Million Winner profile – tEh_R3aLde4l is the real deal

For some players, a win in the PokerStars Sunday Million is the latest in a string of live and online tournament successes. For some players, it is a lightning bolt out of the blue that catapults a lucky satellite winner into a whole new stratosphere of play. And for some...more

2008 World Series: HORSE finishes first lap

With only one notable exception, today was not one in which we expected any major celebrations or bracelet anticipation. Today was a day of beginnings. For the first day of the $50,000 HORSE event, we convened for the first time this year in the Amazon room's press box and settled...more

2008 World Series: Bracelets to the left and to the right

Just under the surface of the HORSE event lays the fact that a few players are beginning to feel the heat of the blinds. One of whom is Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu. Daniel started the day in typical high spirits and nearly eight hours later remains in the same...more

2008 World Series: To Rio, via Rio and San Jose

For some of us, the road to the Rio this year has taken some unlikely turns. Thanks to the advent and success of the PokerStars Latin America Poker Tour (LAPT), we've had the chance to visit the Rio of "de Janeiro" fame, that small place on the south coast of...more

2008 World Series: Filling in time

Have we mentioned the pace of this event yet? It bears repeating – this is poker distilled into its purest form and each player has 50,000 reasons not to bust out. Team PokerStars Pro Barry Greenstein sits at a poker table like you or I might sit if we...more

2008 World Series: Sport of kings

There's likely a very good reason they call horse racing the sport of kings. Something about King Charles II, his mistress, and the king on the back of a horse. It's a sordid tale probably best left off the pages of a family poker blog. You don't see many kings...more

2008 World Series: Muscle from Moscow

For the coming few weeks, just as for the past several years, the PokerStars blog will do its collective darndest to bring you details of all the commitment, colour and creativity on display on this grandest of poker stages. And when every last drop of that stuff has been...more

25 June

2008 World Series: Don't make Raymer angry

I've never seen Greg Raymer turn green and start turning over cars. That said, I'd be careful to not make him angry. The guy rarely, if ever, tilts. In fact, the only time I've seen him really, really mad was when a heckler started making inappropriate comments about his family...more

2008 World Series: Humberto answers the 'what ifs'

It wasn’t easy at the time to judge whether reading a magazine article entitled “Five biggest ‘what if’s’ in poker” was good timing or bad timing for the player about to lose most of his stack to Team PokerStars Pro Humberto Brenes. He was swinging back in his chair,...more

2008 World Series: Snap! Hachem takes his leave

Take a deep breath and stick with this next sentence; it makes sense, I promise. If events like the $1,500 pot-limit Omaha hi-low split eight or better put the "series" into "World Series", then players like Team PokerStars Pro Joe Hachem are responsible for representing the "world" part. As pretty...more

2008 World Series: $50,000 HORSE begins

From the moment the Amazon room opened this morning, it was clear today was not going to be a normal day. The tables in the orange section of the Amazon Room had been spaced out such that you could lay two NBA players end to end on the floor and...more

2008 World Series: Tales from the tape

In addition to the stories we'll be telling here, we also have a crack crew of video bloggers in town to bring you the best tales from the tape. They've spent the last several days interviewing the top pros and searching the city for the kinds of tales you want...more

2008 World Series: Seoul-Searching with Hevad Khan

At the World Series, there isn't such a thing as merely getting one's feet wet. If you dip in a toe, there's a good chance you're going knee deep without much more effort. Now donning our hip-waders, we're navigating the Rio and finding a number of people who have been...more

2008 World Series: Hachem going deep, HORSE saddling up

And so now we look at the World Series from a different perspective. Unlike past years that saw the PokerStars Blog watch every single event, this year we rested up a bit before jumping into the middle of the madness. Today, we have climbed the stairs to the top level...more

William Thorson, Marcin Horecki join Team PokerStars Pro

Team PokerStars Pro is welcoming two new members into the fold. Both William Thorson and Marcin Horecki are joining the Team this week. Thorson has cashed four times at the World Series, with his most notable success in the 2006 WSOP, coming in 13th place in the Main Event. He...more

23 June

2008 World Series: Negreanu takes a little break

Daniel Negreanu is taking a breather from the World Series. No worries, as it's not very long. Here's a quick note from Negreanu on his day off. by Daniel Negreanu So I think I might have made a strategy error for player of the year. I hope it doesn't cost...more

2008 World Series: Save the date

In terms of the World Series, this is still a ways off. That said, I just recevied word of what is sure to be one of the hottest parties in Las Vegas. July 7 at 9pm, PokerStars is hosting a burlesque party at Rain in the Palms Hotel and Casino....more

2008 World Series: Raymer, Chen, Lind drawing for final table

Of all the names we have mentioned here over the past several weeks, one name has been unfortunately absent. 2004 World Series Champion Greg Raymer has not seen variance swing in his favor so far. That could change today. With 30 players remaining in the $2,500 2-7 Triple Draw event,...more

PokerStars Sunday Tournament Results (6-22-08)

By all appearances, Hevad “RaiNKhAN” Khan is making a push to get the Sunday Warmed up re-named in his honor. Earlier this year, Khan won the event. This weekend, he nearly did it again. His second place finish in the Warm-Up earned him more than $58,000. He was not the...more

Sunday Million Results 6/22/2008

6,382 runners started the day at 4:30pm Eastern Time to seek a six-figure payday in the Sunday Million. Two players tonight will be adding those six figures to their respective bankrolls with a top prize of $158,656.52 and $107,855.80 for second to ease the pain for this grueling eleven to...more

22 June

PokerStars sends man to top of the world

As you're likely aware, PokerStars' office sits on the Isle of Man in the UK. Recently, a police officer from the Isle found himself at the highest point in the world--with a little help from PokerStars. This is his story, in his own words. by Phil Drowley Having attempted to...more

World Series Weekend at PokerStars Macau

by David Jung When PokerStars Macau was in the concept phase, it was decided that it was going to be a poker room that was going to be a place where people from Asia were going feel the real poker experience. Our first major satellite promotion at PokerStars Macau was...more

20 June

2008 World Series: Ruthenberg takes bracelet for Germans

As we head into the weekend at the World Series, the PokerStars family has another bracelet to celebrate. PokerStars.de Shooting Star Sebastian Ruthenberg won the $5,000 Seven Card Hi-Lo World Championship. Ruthenberg battled with Chris "Jesus" Ferguson for three hours before claiming the bracelet and $328,756. Congratulations, Sebastian. Team PokerStars...more

2008 World Series: McEvoy celebrates anniversary

This is the 25th anniversary of Tom McEvoy's World Series Main Event win. A quarter-century later, he's still plugging away and looking for his fifth bracelet. Here's a McEvoy dispatch from Las Vegas. by Tom McEvoy I thought with the economy in recession that the attendance at the 2008 WSOP...more

19 June

2008 World Series: Inside Daniel Negreanu's head

As good as he is, it's easy to imagine Daniel Negreanu never thinks about anything but poker. That would be wrong. Here's a quick dispatch from Kid Poker's World Series. Read to the end to figure out why Negreanu won't be shaking your hand. by Daniel Negreanu First of all,...more

2008 World Series: Dario Minieri snags first bracelet

ESPN 360 commentator Nick Geber called him the "baby-faced assassin." PokerStars blogger Howard Swains dubbed him "Super Dario." Noted poker writer Paul McGuire called him "Scarf Boy." Now, Dario Minieri has a new title: World Series bracelet winner. Tonight, Team PokerStars Pro Dario Minieri won the $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em Six-Handed...more

18 June

2008 World Series: Chad Brown rates his 2008 World Series

Chad Brown’s words belie the tone in his voice. "I'm underperforming," he said of his 2008 World Series performance so far. Still, there is a hint of optimism in Brown’s voice. And there should be. He’s already made the money in three big events in this year’s World Series....more

2008 World Series: Super Dario leads final table

At the 2006 World Series, fellow blogger Howard Swains dubbed Dario Minieri "Super Dario." Since then, Swains' description has proven true more than a few times. Dario Minieri, king of the "go big or go home" poker game, has made his way deep in a lot of big events and...more

17 June

2008 World Series: John Duthie planning Vegas return

Most every poker player has had those months. Fewer people are willing to talk about it, and even fewer will take any blame for it. John Duthie is a different breed, though. The first half of his World Series was not one he necessarily cared to remember. The second half...well,...more

2008 World Series: Minieri, Chen gun for final table

Dario Minieri was already a star before the 2007 World Series, but last year's festival was a bit of a coming out party for the young Italian. His trademark scarf and hyper-aggressive play set him apart from the crowd. This year, he's making another run for big money. Minieri is...more

Tell us what you think of the PokerStars Blog

As part of our efforts to continually improve the PokerStars Blog, we would like to request your feedback by participating in a brief survey regarding this site. The survey can be found HERE. [Please note that we are using a third party tool called Zoomerang to facilitate this survey] All...more

16 June

2008 World Series: A chat with Barry Greenstein

When most people win a World Series bracelet, the post-game schedule is pretty clear. It starts with photos and interviews, continues to a bar, and then ends with a great night's sleep. Team PokerStars Pro Barry Greenstein is not most people. It's not been twelve hours since Greenstein won his...more

2008 World Series: Negreanu, Gerasimov make PLO final table

With barely time to grab a meal since Team PokerStars Pro Barry Greenstein won a bracelet in the $1,500 Razz event, we're now looking at two more PokerStars players at a big final table. Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu, fresh off his $2,000 Limit Hold'em Bracelet, is sitting at another...more

From the WSOP to the U.S. Open

A few years ago, I sat in the Amazon Room at the World Series. I was pulled away from the tables for a second and put in front of somebody I didn't expect to see in Vegas. "Brad, I'd like you to meet Rocco Mediate." I knew Mediate was a...more

2008 World Series: Victoria Coren aching for Vegas

From time to time during the World Series, we're giving members of Team PokerStars Pro a chance to have their say here on the PokerStars Blog. We caught up with Victoria Coren, who is getting ready to make the trek to the World Series...and it can't come soon enough by...more

PokerStars Sunday Tournament Results (6-15-08)

It's very rare to see PokerStars without a Sunday Million. This weekend, PokerStars took a week off from running the Sunday Million and instead awarded 226 seats to the World Series. There was still a lot of tournament action going Sunday and PokerStars hosted the best of it. Final table...more

2008 World Series: Barry Greenstein wins Razz bracelet

Team PokerStars Pro Barry Greenstein has once again proven he can make the worst hand with the best of them. It's only been a few days since Greenstein took third place in the 2008 No-Limit 2-7 Draw event. Tonight, he didn't settle for third or even second. He proved he...more

PokerStars awards 226 World Series seats in one tournament

If you've ever played in a satellite for a seat to the World Series main event, you know about the pressure. You know what it takes to make it to those final few places that get you a ticket to the world's biggest poker show. Since the early 80s, players...more

15 June

2008 World Series: Another final table for Greenstein

Fresh off his third place finish in the big No-Limit 2-7 Drww event, Team PokerStars Pro Barry Greenstein has made another final table. With eight players remaining, Greenstein sits in second chip position in the $1,500 Razz event. Joining Greenstein at the final table is the second person to ever...more

stevie444 hits Supernova Elite

PokerStars has another Supernova Elite in its ranks. We asked stevie444 to introduce himself to the PokerStars communtiy at large. Here's what he had to say, in his own words. Oh, and take special note here: He has won more than 60 World Series seats so far this yar and...more

$100,000, 95 countries, one great ROI story

The PokerStars Sunday Hundred Grand tournament has quickly become one of the most popular tournaments in all of online poker. With an affordable $10 buy-in and seats for more than 22,000 players, the $20,000 draws a crowd every Sunday. On a recent weekend, 22,508 from 95 different counties (nearly half...more

14 June

Sunday Million Winner Profile - Kongsgaard a threat live and online

For some online poker players, winning the Sunday Million on PokerStars is the culmination of years of effort. For others, it’s a springboard from which a career is begun. For Soren Kongsgaard, it’s an addition to an impressive poker resume both live and online. Kongsgaard, who plays on PokerStars under...more

13 June

2008 World Series: Back to the bracelets

Team PokerStars Pro has had its eyes set firmly on World Series bracelets for the past two weeks. Now, they have a better example of where to aim. Last night, Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu won his fourth World Series bracelet in the $2,000 Limit Hold'em event. With the bar...more

12 June

2008 World Series: Daniel Negreanu wins fourth bracelet

At some point, people may stop calling Daniel Negreanu "kid." Ten years ago, that may have been true. Back then, he was a young, brash upstart. Since then, the nickname "Kid Poker" has stuck tight. Kid or not, tonight Negreanu sits among the greats of poker with four World Series...more

2008 World Series: Final tables galore

"You knew it was going to be stacked," a friend said to me as I went on and on about how good the No-Limit 2-7 Draw final table was. And he was right. I did know it was going to be stacked, and I knew there was a good chance...more

European Poker Tour announces Season 5 dates

Find your date book and a thick marker. It's time to start crossing some big dates off your calendar. The PokerStars European Poker Tour announced its Season 5 dates this morning and the schedule looks as good as you would expect. Season 5 of the EPT will, as it has...more

June 12 Battle of the Planets update

After a one week break from Battle of the Planets updates, we have plenty to tell you about this week. Starting from the smallest buy-in division and working our way up, this is how the last two weeks have played out: Mercury: If we were to save the best to...more

11 June

Raymond Rahme wins All Africa event

After Raymond Rahme became the first person ever from the continent of Africa to make the final table of the World Series Main Event, there was no doubt he would be a star at home. That, indeed, happened. Now, his star has risen even higher. Rahme is the newest champion...more

2008 World Series: Greenstein makes final table

The World Series No-Limit 2-7 with rebuys event is one that brings out the big dogs in poker. It's a tough mental game full of pure poker. The final table of the $5,000 rebuy event was expected to be stacked and it lived up to expectations. Team PokerStars Pro Barry...more

9 June

2008 World Series: Weekend Update

The second weekend at the 2008 World Series has come and gone and it saw some members of Team PokerStars Pro picking up some enviable cashes. Team PokerStars Pro Victor Ramdin scored two in-the-money finishes this weekend. After picking up his first money-finish in the $1,500 no-limit hold'em six-handed event,...more

PokerStars lobbies get new look

Let's face it. We've all been looking at the PokerStars lobby for a very long time. It's consistent, clean, and sort of like an old buddy by now. We know what to expect from it, it gives us what we want, and when the world gets crazy, the PokerStars lobby...more

PokerStars Sunday Tournament Results (6/8/08)

It's a week full of congratulations. First biggest congrats go to Kongsgaard for winning this week's Sunday Million and more than $158,000 (Sunday Million final table wrap-up). We should also congratulate last year's PokerStars TLB winner, shaundeeb, for his final table finish in the $215 rebuy event, a finish that...more

Sunday Million Results 6/8/2008

The Sunday Million, a place for those on PokerStars to show their poker chops against thousands every Sunday from the comfort of their own home, basement, or latest trendy internet café in search of a six figure pay day at the end of several grueling hours of play. Even with...more

6 June

2008 World Series: Up periscope for YellowSub86

When Jeff "YellowSub86" Williams won the EPT Grand Final a few years back, he lamented it would stll be a few years before he was of age to play at the World Series. Now his time has come and he's taking advantage of it. Jeff Williams Williams, now just old...more

5 June

PokerStars May TLB Round-up

Weekly TLB May has been a quiet month for Weekly TLB scores, with only one player registering a score in the Weekly TLB all-time top 20. For the week of May 4th through 10th, ‘crunchyclam7’ posted a score of 3860.87, which was good enough for 17th spot in the Hall...more

2008 World Series: Negreanu, Brown cash in

Team PokerStars Pros Daniel Negreanu and Chad Brown have picked up their first in-the-money finishes of the 2008 World Series. Both players made it into the money of the $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em event. Negreanu placed 22nd for $16,496. Brown's run ended in 34th place for $13,602. Daniel Negreanu Chad Brown...more

4 June

2008 World Series: More money for PokerStars players

Team PokerStars Pro Tom McEvoy has recorded his first cash of the 2008 World Series. McEvoy placed 25th out of 713 runners in the $1,500 Pot-Limit Hold'em event. For his effort, the 1983 World Series main event champion picked up $5,547. In other news, Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu has...more

3 June

2008 World Series: Griffin, McEvoy pick up some seed cash

The 2008 World Series has only been underway for a few days and already some PokerStars players are picking up some cash. Gavin Griffin navigated a field of 4,000 players to finish 251st for a $3,754 cash--not life-changing money for the Team PokerStars Pro, but enough money to pay for...more

2 June

More than $2 million HKD from PokerStars and players goes to earthquake relief

When PokerStars told its players they could donate to the China earthquake relief fund, it was impossible to know how much money it would raise. Though PokerStars players have been more than generous in the past, the earthquake in China is a world away for many poker players. Distance, however,...more

2008 World Series: A family affair

The chip counters at the World Series are going to have their hands full today as they try to figure out one Hirleman from another. As Day 2 of Event #2 ($1,500 No-Limit Hold'em) gets underway, there will be three Hirlemans in the field and they are all gunning for...more

PokerStars Sunday Tournament Results (6-1-08)

The first Sunday of June saw the major tournament players turning down deals left and right. First place money was the order of the day, and in no place was it bigger than what Spain's jotaele1 picked up for winning the PokerStars Sunday Million. If you want to see how...more

Sunday Million Results 6/1/2008

Nearly 7,000 runners took to the virtual felt this week for the PokerStars Sunday Million, building a prize pool of 1,398,600. When the final table was set, jotaele1 held a commanding chip lead, with more than 21 million chips. JHBrenes was his nearest competitor, with close to 15 million. The...more