September 2008

30 September

EPT London: Fitting welcome as tour rolls into town

By Howard Swains It could be Barcelona, it could be Monte Carlo. It could be Las Vegas, Copenhagen, Warsaw or Dortmund. It could be any country, any culture, any time zone in the world. But some things are constant, and we're grateful for them to keep our feet firmly...more

Million Dollar Men face off against Champions

There is a pretty good chance that one of the PokerStars Million Dollar Men will be a World Series Champion in just a few weeks. Only problem is, right now, we have no idea which one it will be. But, here's an interesting question (somewhere along the lines of whether...more

EPT London: The home leg

Of all the regular stopping points through five seasons of the European Poker Tour, only four have been visited during every renewal. There's the sun-kissed Costa Brava coast of Barcelona, where season five got underway earlier this month, and early next year, we'll be braving the Scandinavian madness and winter...more

29 September

EPT London: Want to help celebrate the EPT London?

Are you doing anything Tuesday night? Parties are becoming a pretty big thing with PokerStars. Whether it's Monte Carlo or Las Vegas, monsters on stilts or world famous Burlesque dancers, PokerStars know what it takes to put on a show, and that's exactly what we're doing on the eve of...more

APPT Auckland satellites heating up

The new Asia Pacific Poker Tour event in Auckland, New Zealand is just two weeks away and the satellites for the event are running hot. If you've been looking for a way to get to that part of the world, PokerStars has just announced another way certain players can win...more

One-on-one with Boris Becker with PCA seat on the line

Imagine how many people who have trembled as they looked across the net and saw Boris Becker staring back at them. Looking into the champion's eyes on the competitive field is something few people can do. Now, you have your chance and a seat to the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure is...more

PokerStars Sunday Tournament Results (9/28/08)

With WCOOP and it's nearly $40 million in prizes behind us, there stood a good chance of this weekend having all the symptoms of a WCOOP hangover. Instead, we were treated to a great Sunday of poker. From the Battle of the Planets Triple Shootout to September's Turbo Takedown, there...more

Tuffy Cat scratches and claws way to Sunday Million victory

Following the conclusion of the World Championship of Online Poker last week, Sunday saw the return of PokerStars’ $215 Sunday Million tourney. A total of 7,133 runners came out this week to try their luck, meaning they enjoyed a bit of an overlay in order for Stars to honor the...more

28 September

mirror99 wins $1 Million Turbo Takedown, goes out on top

Sunday’s $1 Million Turbo Takedown provided all of rollercoaster-like thrills one would expect from a tourney with such a unique structure. The 5,000-FPP buy-in attracted 10,742 players to come out and take their shot at that $100,000 first prize. Indeed, just making the top 4,000 guaranteed everyone at least a...more

Battle of the Planets Results for September 2008

This month’s Battle of the Planets triple shootout concluded a little over four hours after it began. This is the freeroll tourney in which every player who finishes in the top 10 of any weekly Sit & Go Leader Board receives an entry and a shot at some of the...more

APPT Seoul: Final table updates

12am: Yoshihiro Tasaka wins the PokerStars.net APPT Seoul main event (KRW 148,896,000; USD 128,248.89). Hidenari Shiono eliminated in 2nd place (KRW 93,060,000; USD 80,155.56) Yoshihiro Tasaka, the 2008 PokerStars.net APPT Seoul main event champion. Why would things be any different in the final hand of the tournament! With Yoshihiro Tasaka...more

APPT Seoul: Final table profiles

A lightning session has resulted in the final table being decided just over two hours from the time play commenced on day 3 of the PokerStars.net APPT Seoul main event at the Paradise Walker-hill Casino. Wooka Kim's smile before the flop evaporated after Sam Faqiryar made a pair. Short-stacked Japanese...more

APPT Seoul: Short stacks waste no time

Having been assured a finish in the money, the short stacks didn’t waste much time early on day 3 of the PokerStars.net APPT Seoul main event at the Paradise Walker-hill Casino. Two players were eliminated on the opening hand – the first being US PokerStars Qualifier Robert Campitiello, who started...more

27 September

APPT Seoul: Schreiber out to surpass last year's effort

The Sheraton Grande Walker-hill, home of the Paradise Walker-hill Casino and the APPT Seoul main event. The 16 players still in contention for the PokerStars.net APPT Seoul main event title have started arriving for the final day’s play. Everyone’s still talking about the dramatic end to day 2 in...more

APPT Seoul: Saab extinct as King Kang rules the jungle on day 2

A dramatic end to day 2 of the PokerStars.net APPT Seoul main event saw David Saab crash out of the event on the bubble after leading for much of the afternoon and Canada's Brian Kang take the chip lead into day three. Even David Saab need to take a breath...more

APPT Seoul: Saab silences Suen's Singapore sling

With 24 players remaining after five levels on day two of the PokerStars.net APPT Seoul main event at the Walker-hill Casino, four big stacks have emerged. Sam Faqiryar has slipped under the radar today but made his move when it mattered. Japan’s Yoshihiro Tasaka is the clear leader with 230,000,...more

APPT Seoul: Yoshihiro an unlikely hero

A single blog entry is a long time in poker, as we just discovered when PokerStars.net APPT Seoul main event chip leader Tim Davis busted out barely seconds after the last report was uploaded. Replacing Davis at the top of the chip count is Yoshihiro Tasaka, and it’s thanks to...more

APPT Seoul: Players go 'nanas as the bubble approaches

“Players the banana bucket is coming around.” Now that’s a line you’re unlikely to here in a poker room, but APPT Tournament Director Danny McDonagh has just alerted players that they won’t need to hang on to those peels for too much longer. Yes, the PokerStars girls have once again...more

APPT Seoul: JPL experience proving valuable

Fresh from his success in the APPT Macau main event, Eddie Sabat has found a new adversary waiting to test his mettle as the young Californian chases an unprecedented double of APPT titles. Japan’s Yu Kurita has less experience than most of her opponents but has spent the past 18...more

26 September

APPT Seoul: Big names trip up early on day 2

The final Team PokerStars Pro Bertrand ElkY Grospellier has been eliminated from the PokerStars.net APPT Seoul main event. ElkY shrugged his shoulders as Osawa Masahiro scooped up his chips, but could have been forgiven for turning on a more demonstrative display of his feelings. ElkY heads home early on day...more

APPT Seoul: Van Dyk does a Van Winkle

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APPT Seoul: ElkY survives, Van Dyk leads after day 1

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APPT Seoul: Khan's Korean quest over

APPT Tournament Director Danny McDonagh has just announced that the opening day of the PokerStars.net APPT Seoul main event has been reduced to six levels, meaning there’s less than one hour of play remaining. name="flashvars" value="VIDEOCONSTRUCTID=4680&SMILURI=//www.pokerstars.tv/pokerstars/channels/34181/movies/export_smil/4680.smil?from=embed&APIHOST=//www.pokerstars.tv&ENABLEMENU=YES&APICONTEXT=pokerstars">Watch //www.pokerstars.tv/pokerstars/channels/34181/movies/4680.html">APPT Seoul 08: James Honeybone on PokerStars.tv That’s small comfort for New Zealander James...more

APPT Seoul: Korea is no banana republic

At last year’s APPT Seoul main event, Team PokerStars Pro Joe Hachem scoffed down enough bananas to send a troop of monkeys into frenzy (keeping a certain PR manager on her toes over the course of the event). It seems the staff at the Paradise Walker-hill Casino have picked up...more

APPT Seoul: Macau table-mates reunited

The opening day of the PokerStars.net APPT Seoul main event is starting to take shape, with 25 of the 165 players already free to sample to sights and sounds (and smells) of Korea’s capital city. name="flashvars" value="VIDEOCONSTRUCTID=4673&SMILURI=//www.pokerstars.tv/pokerstars/channels/34181/playlists/38148/movies/export_smil/4673.smil?from=embed&APIHOST=//www.pokerstars.tv&ENABLEMENU=YES&APICONTEXT=pokerstars">Watch //www.pokerstars.tv/pokerstars/channels/34181/playlists/38148/movies/4673.html">APPT Seoul 08: Khan and Raymer on PokerStars.tv The three Team PokerStars Pros...more

APPT Seoul: Walker-hill is turning Japanese

The field for the PokerStars.net APPT Seoul main event has been confirmed at 165 – slightly down on last year’s figure but still an impressive figure given that many of the world’s best players are firmly entrenched in London for the WSOP Europe and PokerStars EPT London events. However, APPT...more

APPT Seoul: Song soothes the savage beasts

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APPT Seoul: Woo! It's party time in Korea

name="wmode" value="window">Watch //www.pokerstars.tv/pokerstars/channels/34181/playlists/38148/movies/4668.html">APPT Seoul 08: Welcome Party (English) on PokerStars.tv Even for hardened, cynical poker professionals who are accustomed to five-star luxury whenever they travel, the W Hotel in Seoul draws a low whistle of amazement when they enter the stunning property. Located adjacent to the Paradise Walker-hill Casino,...more

25 September

VIP Club: A truck for knifefish8's truckload of points

If PokerStars Frequent Player Points ever started weighing anything, carting around a few million of them would be a pretty hard task. PokerStars VIP Club member knifefish8 may have just come up with a solution. He used them to buy a truck. This truck. We asked PokerStars newest man behind...more

Stud: Bankroll reader mail

by Adam "STUDstood" Roberts I had been hoping to move forward this week to discuss “per game” money management, but, due to your many responses to last week’s blog, which covered bankroll needs, I felt compelled to address your questions on this important issue. It seems like your two...more

WCOOP: ElkY reflects on banner performance

Team PokerStars Pro Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier had a fantastic WCOOP, cashing seven times and nearly winning a bracelet. He agreed to give us a few of this thoughts now that WCOOP is behind him. by ElkY Since I began playing poker online, WCOOP has become the most awaited series of...more

WCOOP Main Event highlights show

So you want to win a million bucks, huh? Well, here's how you do it. First, you manage to make it to the final table of the World Championship of Online Poker. Then you do exactly what you see below. To cap off our WCOOP coverage, PokerStars.tv has put together...more

APPT Seoul: Ancient land welcomes poker's finest

Tournament poker is played in all sorts of locations – from cavernous function rooms in Las Vegas to the historic casinos of Monte Carlo and exclusive clubs in London and Paris. However, it’s safe to say that the Paradise Walker-Hill Casino, located in the Sheraton Grande Walker-Hill Hotel, in Seoul,...more

24 September

Zachary 'ckingusc' King claims Main Event gold

Zachary "ckingusc" King outlasted a massive field of 2,185 players including some of the world's biggest stars to take down the Main Event of the 2008 World Championship of Online Poker. The 2-day event had a record $10,925,000 prize pool, with $1,260,000 heading to the young pro from Columbia, SC....more

Get a piece of PokerStars' Million Dollar Men

In just about six weeks, we're going to see six PokerStars players sit down at one of poker's most historic final tables. PokerStars' Million Dollar Men Dennis Phillips, Ivan Demidov, Peter Eastgate, Ylon Schwartz, Darus Suharto and David ‘Chino’ Rheem will be vying for the World Series Main Event championship...more

23 September

Andrew 'TheActionKid' Glogowski captures gold in Triple Shootout

23-year-old Andrew "TheActionKid" Glogowski is an online poker old-timer, despite his youth. Glogowski got his start in online poker almost five years ago, making six figures the first year and never looking back. Despite tournament scores in the $20-30K range, his victory in Event #27 of the World Championship of...more

PokerStars announces 2009 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure

Don't put away your sunglasses and beach blankets just yet. You might just be needing them again in a few of months. PokerStars has just announced the 2009 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. The excursion will once again take you to Paradise Island in the Bahamas. January 5-10 of 2009, the PCA...more

2008 WCOOP in the books--the record books

The dust never settled because there was no dust. The clouds never lifted because there were no clouds. If it had happened in a live casino, those things might have happened. But this monstrosity of a poker festival all happened online at PokerStars. It was nearly beyond description. No trite...more

22 September

WCOOP Event #33 $5,200 NLHE Main Event: ckingusc wins the championship bracelet and $1.26 million

ckingusc takes down the WCOOP Main Event Day 2 of the World Championship of Online Poker Main Event began with 60 players vying for the $1.775 million first prize. Those were the survivors of 2,185 runners who started the event on Sunday. The number of entrants created an online poker...more

WCOOP Main Event Day 2 live blog

Day 2 live blog coverage of the WCOOP Main Event, $5,200 No-Limit Hold'em is brought to you by Johnny Kampis and Martin Harris. Have a story? E-mail to blog@pokerstars.com. Click refresh to see the latest information. For a look at previous coverage, see the Main Event Day 1 live blog...more

Ruben "rubenrtv" Visser takes down Event #26

About a year and a half ago, Ruben "rubenrtv" Visser made his first deposit on PokerStars. Since then, the 19-year-old Dutch Business Administration student has been on quite a tear, with final tables in the Sunday Million, Sunday Warm-Up and other tournaments to his credit, but nothing to date can...more

WCOOP Event #31 highlights show

After more than two solid weeks of poker, we are just about to bid goodbye to the 2008 PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker. Before we get Day 2 of the Main Event underway, we have another great highlight show. PokerStars.tv has all the action from the $1,050 Limit Hold'em...more

WCOOP: Khan looks back on tournament series

by Hevad Khan I have positive thoughts on the 2008 WCOOP. I was never much of a mixed game player, but at the end of this entire series I have gone from a complete newbie to a knowledgable player in all mixed games to the point of being able...more

WCOOP Event #33: $5,200 NLHE Main Event Day 1 down with august35 up, WCOOP title and $1.7 million still up for grabs

The big one. The 2008 World Championship of Online Poker main event. Thirty-two events of all shapes, sizes, and buy-ins led to this - the main event extravaganza. Players logged in from around the world so as not to miss the online championship that started it all and continues to...more

21 September

WCOOP Main Event live blog

Live blog coverage of the WCOOP Main Event, $5,200 No-Limit Hold'em is brought to you by David Aydt, Stephen Bartley, Martin Harris, Jennifer Newell, and Dave Behr. Have a story? E-mail to blog@pokerstars.com. Click refresh to see the latest information. 5:08am--Day 1 of the Main Event is a wrap! Upon...more

Shaun Deeb notches another big win in Event #25

Some professional internet players have become famous enough that their screen names are widely known without introduction, like ElkY. If you sit down across the table from ElkY, you know you're facing Team PokerStars Pro Bertran Grospellier. Some players have achieved such heights of live success that their online...more

WCOOP Event #31: aasezz rises from the ashes to claim limit hold'em title

In WCOOP Event #31, the shove-and-pray strategy was unavailable. It was time for limit hold'em, giving the entrants an opportunity to bunker down and play a lot more hands at the six-handed tables. With a plethora of chips spread all over, players' hopes of grabbing the $107,300.00 first-place prize...more

WCOOP Event #32: DocHolatchya captures $10,300 HORSE bracelet

The last mixed game event of the 2008 World Championship of Online Poker sported an eye-popping $10,300 price tag for entering. And as we see during the $50K H.O.R.S.E. event at the World Series of Poker every summer, the combination of the challenging mixed game format and high entry fee...more

20 September

Oops! I won another bracelet! Tom "luvgamble" Schneider takes down Event #24.

Event #24, No-limit 2-7 Single Draw (or Kansas City Lowball) is one of those games that not a lot of people play, and not a lot is written about. That's a bonus to this year's No Limit 2-7 Single Draw champion, Tom "luvgamble" Schneider. Schneider, who has had tremendous...more

WCOOP Event #32 $10,300 HORSE live blog

Live blog coverage of WCOOP Event #32 $10,300 HORSE brought to you by Jason Kirk, David Aydt, Dave Behr, and Martin Harris. Have a story? E-mail to blog@pokerstars.com. Click refresh to see the latest information. 4:42am--Team PokerStars doesn't quite get there; DocHolatchya wins Event No. 32 Team PokerStars Pro Andre...more

WCOOP Event #31 $1,050 Limit Hold'em live blog

Live blog coverage of WCOOP Event #31 $1,050 Limit Hold'em is brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Johnny Kampis, Jordan Raanan, and April Kyle. Have a story? E-mail to blog@pokerstars.com. Click refresh to see the latest information. 7:04am - drood out in 2nd, aasezz takes it down To win a...more

WCOOP: Mark 'weaktight' Gregorich brings home the bracelet in Event #21

With a successful poker career that spans more than a decade of live play and includes multiple WSOP final tables, it's no surprise that Mark "weaktight" Gregorich mirrors his live success on the virtual felt. Our World Championship of Online Poker Event #21 champion spared some time to chat with...more

WCOOP: Raymer reflects on successful tourney series

by Greg Raymer So far the 2008 WCOOP has been a huge success, and I'm sure that won't change now that we're in the home stretch with only a few days to go. I can't wait for the 10K HORSE event Saturday, nor the $10M guaranteed Main Event on Sunday...more

WCOOP Event #30: salamandra24 changes all the right colors, earns some green

Call it four card bingo, call it poker's answer to a slot machine if you will, but the players who play Pot Limit Omaha regularly know their math and exactly what they're gambling on when the flop comes out with two to a straight and a flush holding one...more

WCOOP Event #29: PiKappRaider dominates final table action and wins $530 NLHE Rebuy tournament

As the 2008 World Championship of Online Poker began to wind down, the series offered the last of the rebuy tournaments for those who simply aren't satisfied with buying into a tournament once. While there are those who enter the tournament with the intention of refraining from the rebuy options,...more

19 September

WCOOP Event #30 $1,050 PLO live blog

Live blog coverage of WCOOP Event #30 $1,050 Pot-Limit Omaha is brought to you by Martin Harris, Jason Kirk, David Aydt, and Dave Behr. Have a story? E-mail to blog@pokerstars.com. Click refresh to see the latest information. 7:03am--u_dirty_dog eliminated in 2nd place; salamandra24 is the champion! After being crippled to...more

WCOOP Event 29 NLHE w/ Rebuys Live Blog

Live blog coverage of WCOOP Event #29 $530 NLHE with rebuys is brought to you by Johnny Kampis, April Kyle, Jennifer Newell, and Jordan Raanan. Have a story? E-mail to blog@pokerstars.com. Click refresh to see the latest information. 6:43am--PiKappRaider wins Event #29, AceOfSpade11 finishes second PiKappRaider never let up on...more

Randy "Randers" Haddox vanquishes tough field in Event #12

Event #12 came down to a clash of the titans, as Randy "Randers" Haddox squared off heads-up against Aaron "011180" Kanter for the bracelet and the top cash prize of $66,000 in the Mixed Hold'em Event. It took well past sunrise ET for the final table to finish, but finally...more

WCOOP Event #26 highlight show

You might have watched it the first time and saw rubenrtv beat an exceptionally talented field of poker players. You probably think you know exactly how he did, the plays he made, where he was fortunate, and when he made the best play at the table. Well, you might know...more

WCOOP Event #28: Marathon tournament ends with Big10 on top

There are times when poker is a test of cunning, times when it's a test of aggression or a test of patience. And then there are times when poker is a battle of attrition, a real slog through knee-deep mud where only the players with the most stamina (and a...more

WCOOP Newbie Mary 717 makes a grand debut

Just a few days after Mary 717's boyfriend staked her $1,000 on PokerStars to take a shot at some bigger buy-in tournaments, she's logged three WCOOP cashes, two final tables and a World Championship of Online Poker Bracelet for Event #7. Not a bad couple of weeks' work! The relative...more

WCOOP Event #27: TheActionKid experiences perfect ending in triple shootout

The WCOOP has a little something for everybody. There is Hold'em, Omaha, Razz, Stud, Triple Draw and HORSE. Plus, different variations of each. It's a smorgasbord of poker designed by PokerStars to accommodate just about everyone and anyone. With Hold'em there has been six-max, four-max, heads-up, pot-limit, re-buy and...more

18 September

WCOOP Event #28 Limit Omaha High-Low live blog

Live blog coverage of WCOOP Event #28 $530 WCOOP Event 28 Limit Omaha High-Low is brought to you by David Aydt, Jason Kirk, Dave Behr, and Carol Kline. Have a story? E-mail to blog@pokerstars.com. Click refresh to see the latest information. 9:41am--And we have a winner! After a marathon heads-up...more

Latin America Poker Tour announces Season 2

We've barely cooled off from the first season of the PokerStars Latin America Tour. Now, it's already time to start planning for Season 2. The Latin America Poker Tour has already announced the dates for the first LAPT stop of the second season. This year, the LAPT will kick off...more

WCOOP Event #27 NLHE Triple Shootout live blog

Live blog coverage of WCOOP Event #27 $530 No-Limit Hold'em Triple Shootout is brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Johnny Kampis, Jennifer Newell, and Jordan Raanan. Have a story? E-mail to blog@pokerstars.com. Click refresh to see the latest information. 6:22am--TheActionKid wins, SgtKyle finished in second place Once TheActionKid took over...more

WCOOP Event #26: rubenrtv runs over final table and wins $320 NLHE 6-Max title

According to popular demand, there can never be too many no-limit hold'em tournaments. Not only does PokerStars recognize this and cater to the wants of its players with daily NLHE offerings, but when it came to planning the 2008 WCOOP, there had to be enough NLHE events for everyone. Thus,...more

Brent "92848" Carter picks up a WCOOP bracelet for his birthday in Event #11

Brent "92848" Carter is no stranger to tournament poker success. While his victory in Event #11 of the 2008 World Championship of Online Poker is his first WCOOP bracelet, he's got two WSOP bracelets to go with it, along with an eye-popping 48 career cashes at the World Series of...more

WCOOP Event #25: shaundeeb mops up final table, claims PLO bracelet

Pot limit Omaha is a gambling game to its core, so it lends itself well to rebuy tournaments. That was obvious when 748 players showed up to take a shot at Event 25, the $320 plus rebuys PLO. Along with the initial buy-ins, a total of 1,254 rebuys and 560...more

Mike "NYC P.I.M.P" Shklover vanquishes huge field in Event #20

It took two days for Mike "NYC P.I.M.P" Shklover to navigate the massive 3,467-player field in Event #20 of the 2008 World Championship of Online Poker, but when the dust settled, the 28-year-old New Yorker took down the bracelet and $257,953 for first place. We caught up with the young...more

WCOOP Event 24: stevejpa has found a new game

by Steve Paul-Ambrose The No Limit 2-7 drew one of the smallest field of WCOOP so far (as well as the first overlay) and not surprisingly one of the toughest. The field was full of recognizable names, some with 2-7 experience, some without. I recognized nearly everyone at my starting...more

WCOOP Event #23: McEvoy loves the rebuy

by Tom McEvoy In the $530 buy-in No Limit Hold'em Tournament, PokerStars once again really outdid itself. This event allowed one re-buy and one add-on, so if you got broke, re-bought and got broke a 2nd time you could not re-buy anymore and were out of the event. If you...more

17 September

WCOOP Event #26 NLHE Six-Max live blog

Live blog coverage of WCOOP Event #26 $320 No-Limit Hold'em Six Max is brought to you by Martin Harris, David Aydt, Jennifer Newell, and Jordan Raanan. Have a story? E-mail to blog@pokerstars.com. Click refresh to see the latest information. 8:37am--rubenrtv wins Event #26, MCLegend finishes second rubenrtv beat MCLegend in...more

WCOOP Event #25 PLO Rebuy live blog

Live blog coverage of WCOOP Event #25 $320 Pot-Limit Omaha with rebuys is brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Johnny Kampis, Jason Kirk, and Dave Behr. Have a story? E-mail to blog@pokerstars.com. Click refresh to see the latest information. 7:00am--TheNew eliminated in 2nd place; shaundeeb is the champion of Event...more

WCOOP Event #20 highlights show

The penultimate Sunday of the 2008 PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker saw one of the biggest events of the tournament series. The two-day $1,050 No-Limit Hold'em contest brought out more than 3,400 players. The $3.4 million prize pool was an tantalizing as anything anybody could imagine on any given...more

WCOOP: Katja Thater, HORSE whisperer

by Katja Thater Horses are not a new love to me. I spend my entire life in wellington boots on a ranch. No wonder that I prefer H.O.R.S.E games at the poker table. You think that doesn't add up? If you want to train a horse. it´s all about knowing...more

WCOOP: Akkari enjoys Barcelona air

Team PokerStars Pro Andre Akkari has been hanging out in Barcelona for the European Poker Tour and playing WCOOP at the same time. This is a road dispatch from the Brazilian bomber himself. By Andre Akkari EPT started in the best way possible to me, and in the city I...more

WCOOP Event #23: ddrufnek bullies his way to NLHE re-buy victory

They all came out for this one. With a structure (no-limit hold'em with a $530 entry fee, one re-buy, one add-on) that received high praise and a prize pool that stretched to $1.46 million, WCOOP Event #23 was an attractive option for players. That was evident by the 1,159...more

WCOOP Event #24: luvgamble loves the action in no-limit 2-7 single draw

No-limit 2-7 single draw, otherwise referred to as Kansas City lowball, is arguably the poker game that requires the most player intuition and therefore the highest degree of skill. Why is that? You have less information to work with than you do in other games. In flop games and stud...more

16 September

WCOOP Event #24 2-7 Single Draw live blog

Live blog coverage of WCOOP Event #24 $530 NL 2-7 Single Draw brought to you by bloggers David Aydt, April Kyle, David Behr, and Carol Kline. Have a story? E-mail to blog@pokerstars.com. Click refresh to see the latest information. 5:27am--SirWatts eliminated in second place; luvgamble is the champion of Event...more

WCOOP Event #23 NLHE Rebuy live blog

Live blog coverage of WCOOP Event #23 $530 NLHE (1 rebuy, 1 add-on) brought to you by bloggers Johnny Kampis, Jason Kirk, Jen Newell, and Jordan Raanan. Have a story? E-mail to blog@pokerstars.com. Click refresh to see the latest information. 8:24am--The final hand This is how ddrufnek finished off luckyuli...more

WCOOP Event #22: Kravchenko likes this structure

Omaha hi-lo split is a kind of poker game where you can see more action than in any other kind of poker and this final table was a good example of this statement - chips were changing hands fast, players stacks were going up and down. For example "PieOhMy" started...more

WCOOP Event #19 highlight show

It was the highlight of this year's World Championship of Online poker so far. Sixty-four people put up $25,000 apiece to play for the half million dollar first prize and the prestige of being the WCOOP Heads-Up champion. PokerStars.tv put together a sweet highlight reel for everyone to see. Check...more

WCOOP Event #22: BUCKIZ6 mixed it up and scooped the Mixed Omaha Hi/Lo title

The mere mention of Omaha catches many poker players' attention. While hold'em still remains the game of choice for many players, it is Omaha that seems to provide a new and exciting challenge for those who wanted to mix up their game repertoire. Popular demand for pot-limit Omaha cash games...more

WCOOP Event #21: weaktight stops The Little Engine That Could

If you're standing on the tracks and a train is barreling towards you, horn blaring and with the conductor leaning out a window of the engine, telling you there's not a chance he's going to hit the brakes, what would you do? Unless you're the Man of Steel (Superman, that...more

15 September

WCOOP Event #20: NYC P.I.M.P claims the bracelet

The 20th event of the 2008 WCOOP, a $1,000 No Limit Hold'em tournament, kicked off on Sunday with a truly impressive field of 3,467 players putting up a grand apiece for their shot at big money and online poker glory. As has been the pattern so far this September, the...more

WCOOP Event #20 NLHE Day 2 live blog

Live blog coverage of WCOOP Event #20 $1,050 NLHE Day 2 is brought to you by bloggers Jason Kirk and Martin Harris. Have a story for us? E-mail to blog@pokerstars.com. Click refresh to see the latest information. 11:21pm--QuasiFiction eliminated in 2nd place; NYC P.I.M.P. wins WCOOP Event No. 20! With...more

WCOOP Event #22 Omaha-8 Mixed live blog

Live blog coverage of WCOOP Event #22 $530 O8 Mixed is brought to you by bloggers David Aydt, Haley Hintze, Jennifer Newell, and Jordan Raanan. Have a story for us? E-mail to blog@pokerstars.com. Click refresh to see the latest information. 7:36am--BUCKIZ6 dominant in victory; jamie2000 finishes second BUCKIZ6 never trailed...more

WCOOP Event 21 Stud Hi-Lo live blog

Live blog coverage of WCOOP Event #21 $530 Stud Hi-Lo is brought to you by bloggers Johnny Kampis, April Kyle, Dave Behr, and Carol Kline. Have a story? E-mail to blog@pokerstars.com. Click refresh to see the latest information. 6:08am--weaktight eliminates aldenpogi in second place and wins WCOOP Event #21! It's...more

WCOOP Event #17 highlight show

It's only been a couple of days since poker1O1 took the rest of Event #17 to school. The Six-Max Pot-Limit Omaha event drew more than 900 players who put up $530 apiece for a shot at the WCOOP bracelet. The rock'em-sock'em event looked more like an abattoir than a poker...more

Matthew "cwp394" Ross grinds out a win in Event #3

Matthew "cwp394" Ross, like many young poker pros, discovered the online game when he went to college. Unlike many of his age-mates, Ross, winner of Event #3 in the 2008 World Championship of Online Poker, prefers Limit Hold'em to No Limit. Ross is a Limit Hold'em specialist, playing tons of...more

2008 WCOOP: Coren settles nerves after Event #19

by Victoria Coren The WCOOP $25,000 Heads-Up Championship turned out to be the most nerve-wracking tournament I've ever played. It wasn't the size of the buy-in (I've played for this crazy price twice before, once making a profit of $17,000 and once for nada) but the structure. There was something...more

WCOOP Event #19: Lee Nelson can't keep up

by Lee Nelson The final table of the $25,500 buy-in heads-up tournament was like none I've ever observed. Bertrand "Elky" Grospellier, a Team PokerStars pro, battled it out with Steven "stevesbets" Jacobs at such a furious rate that at times I thought I was watching a ping pong championship instead...more

WCOOP Event #20: With Day 1 in the books, the Shark is in the hunt

No-limit hold'em is like the first girl you ever loved, the one you still think fondly of several years after you broke up with her. Poker players may drift from no-limit hold'em to pot-limit omaha or to badugi or to mixed games -- the other women that follow the original...more

WCOOP Event #19: stevesbets defeats ElkY for bracelet

by Carol Kline and Brad Willis Look around and the world and count the $25,000 or bigger buy-in poker tournaments. There aren't very many. The World Series has the $50,000 HORSE event. That tournament takes a week to play. The World Poker Tour Championship is $25,000 and it takes several...more

14 September

EPT Barcelona: Ship it to the shooting star Ruthenberg

Sebastian Ruthenberg is the newest champion on the European Poker Tour after a thrilling finale to the season opener in the Gran Casino, Barcelona. The self-styled "luck box" proved to be anything but, starting second in chips this afternoon and navigating a steady and skilful course through a day where...more

EPT Barcelona: Level 30 updates

We're playing blinds of 50,000-100,000 with an ante of 10,000. Three players remained at the start of the level. Watch all the action at EPT Live.com, and find the prizewinners to date HERE. Sebastian Ruthenberg, PokerStars player, Germany, wins EPT Barcelona, earning €1,361,000 Fintan Gavin, PokerStars qualifier, Ireland, eliminated...more

EPT Barcelona: Level 29 updates

There's some confusion as to what precise level we're playing, since the tournament director Thomas Kremser has tinkered with the blind structure to allow more play. The key fact, though, is that we're playing blinds of 40,000-80,000 with an 8,000 ante. Click here for the latest prize winners, and for...more

WCOOP Event #20 $1,050 NLHE live blog

Live blog coverage of WCOOP Event #20 $1,050 NLHE brought to you by bloggers David Aydt, Martin Harris, Jennifer Newell, and Dave Behr. Have a story for us? E-mail to blog@pokerstars.com. Click refresh to see the latest information. Want to see the live blog for the $25,000 heads up event?...more

WCOOP Event #19 $25,000 Heads-Up live blog

Live blog coverage of WCOOP Event #19 $25,000 Heads-Up NLHE is brought to you by bloggers April Kyle, C.J Hoyt, Brad Willis, and Carol Kline. The event began with 64 players and will play down to the $560,000 first prize winner. Have a story for us? E-mail to blog@pokerstars.com. Click...more

EPT Barcelona: Level 28 updates

We're now into level 28, with new blinds set at 30,000-60,000 with a running ante of 5,000. Click here for the latest prize winners, and for non-stop coverage of the final table don't forget you can see it all on PokerStars.tv. 10.50pm -- Players have returned and play resumes. 10.35pm...more

WCOOP Event #15 highlight show

We are getting ready to kick off the biggest WCOOP buy-in event in history (not to mention one of the biggest poker buy-ins anywhere). The $25,000 Head-Up No-Limit Hold'em event is going to be, as the kids are saying these days, sick. With that in mind, this is not the...more

EPT Barcelona: Level 27

We're now in to level 27, with new blinds set at 25,000/50,000 with a running ante of 5,000. Click here for the latest prize winners, and for non-stop coverage of the final table don't forget you can see it all on PokerStars.tv. 8pm: After Mazzai's double up, he's still...more

EPT Barcelona: Level 26

We're now in to level 26, with new blinds set at 20,000/40,000 with a running ante of 4,000. Click here for the latest prize winners, and for non-stop coverage of the final table don't forget you can see it all on PokerStars.tv. 6.15pm - Samuel Chartier, PokerStars qualifier from...more

EPT Barcelona : Level 25 continued

Play started today in level 25 after the tournament director Thomas Kremser altered the structure to give more play today. The blinds were pegged back slightly to 15,000-30,000 with a 3,000 running ante. We play today until we have a new EPT Barcelona champion. Updates will be posted here...more

WCOOP Event #13: lrdvoldemort invests his talent in a win

Event #13, the $215 No Limit Hold'em with Rebuys in the 2008 World Championship of Online Poker drew a stacked field, with a monstrous final table including 2007 WCOOP Main Event final tablist nitbuster and online superstar Kevin "BeLOWaBOVe" Saul. When the dust settled, the last man standing was lrdvoldemort,...more

WCOOP Event #18: Sensor outwits, outlasts, outplays field to claim victory

A horse is a horse, of course of course. That is, of course, unless that horse is a $215 poker tournament in which five separate variants of poker are rotated every twelve minutes. Mixed games have become extremely popular over the course of the last year as interest in no-limit...more

EPT Barcelona: Record breakers?

Alexander Stevic, Jan Boubli, Bjorn Erik Glenne, Sander Lylloff. No prizes for recognising the names of the first four champions at EPT Barcelona, the now-traditional venue for the opening event on each season of the EPT. But how about this similar list: Luca Pagano, Christer Johansson, Patrik Antonius, Gus Hansen,...more

EPT Barcelona: The line up for todays final

The final table of the EPT Barcelona, the first event of fifth season of the tour, is just a few hours away, starting at 4pm local time. Among the last eight are familiar and not so familiar names. Full details of each of them is below. Seat 1: Martin...more

WCOOP Event #17: poker1O1 schools the field for pot-limit victory

It's happened so many times before. It will happen so many times in the future. The rapid fall from grace is the poker player's tragic occupational hazard. So many talented individuals have experienced the rapid crash and burn. It's painful. It's disappointing. It happens at the blink of an...more

13 September

EPT Barcelona: Final table in place

We have our final. After four days of play, 619 competitors and 56 of 64 places paid so far, just eight players remain. It was a day of heroic effort and tragic defeat, and at the end of play there exists the possibility of a remarkable record being broken,...more

EPT Barcelona: Level 26 updates

Play has now extended into level 26 on day three, where the blinds are 20,000-40,000 with a 4,000 running ante. They are playing down to a final eight tonight, come what may, and we will be here until the end too. 3.35pm: Mikael Lundell, Sweden, eliminated in 9th place, earning...more

EPT Barcelona: Level 25 updates

The players have moved into level 25, with the blinds at 15,000-30,000, with a 3,000 ante. 3.10am: Findan Gavin wields his short stack and forces a fold from Daniele Mazzia on an innocuous jack-high flop. He then moves all in from the button on the final hand before the level...more

EPT Barcelona: Level 24 updates

We are playing level 24 at EPT Barcelona, although the tournament director Thomas Kremser has announced a slight change to the blind structure and we'll stay with blinds of 12,000-24,000 with a 3,000 ante. We play until eight players remain this evening. 1.40am: Double up for Davidi Kitai, which gets...more

EPT Barcelona: Level 23 updates

They're into level 23 at EPT Barcelona, where the blinds are 10,000 and 20,000, with an ante of 2,000. We'll go blow-by-blow until the final table of eight. 12.30am: Full chip counts with nine players remaining: Seat 1 - Martin Nielsen, Denmark, 398,000 Seat 2 - Davidi Kitai, Belgium, 365,000...more

EPT Barcelona: Randall Flowers eliminated

Randall Flowers's reputation in EPT events took another step forward today but has ended in a 13th place finish. Flowers, who has been fitting in with the locals today by wearing a Barcelona football shirt (pretty famous in these parts), narrowly feel short of his 10th place finish in...more

EPT Barcelona: Shooting Star shoots another down

Sebastian Ruthenberg's lucky stars have heard a lot of thanking today, and they were just the recipient again of a heartfelt danke schoen from the German PokerStars player when he eliminated the serial EPT casher Jonas Molander. Jonas Molander, out Sebastian Ruthenberg The money was all in pre-flop and Ruthenberg...more

EPT Barcelona: Man of Kent, spent

Supernova Elite Stephen Chidwick, one of the most feared players coming into today, is out. He pushed in with Kc-Td in late position but was called by Samuel Chartier who held an enviable pair of black aces. The flop brought him some hope in the form of a ten...more

EPT Barcelona: An Italian down

As previously mentioned, we're down to just two tables in Barcelona, and while one is under studio lights, the other is the prime focus of a scrum of press representatives unable to rely on a live televised feed. Italy has been spectacularly well represented here, both in terms of players...more

EPT Barcelona: Klausen and Ukella battle for lead

A few minutes back from the break and it's Jonas Klausen raising. It's folded to German player Dren Ukella sitting with a big stack of red chips. He signals his intention to move all-in, the stack is bigger than it looks making this a raise of 445,000, making for...more

WCOOP Event #18 HORSE live blog

Live blog coverage of WCOOP Event #18 $215 HORSE is brought to you by bloggers Jason Kirk, C.J Hoyt, Dave Behr, and David Aydt. Have a story for us? E-mail to blog@pokerstars.com. Click refresh to see the latest information. 9:25am-- Split Aces doesn't mean split pot, Sensor wins Event #18...more

EPT Barcelona: The state of play at the dinner break

Players are now on a dinner break after four levels of play. We started today with 37, we're now down to just 16 players, each with an eye on the final table and that first prize of €1,361,000. At the front of the pack is Dren Ukella on 741,000,...more

WCOOP Event #17 Pot-Limit Hold'em live blog

Live blog coverage of WCOOP Event #17 $530 Pot-Limit Hold'em Six-Max is brought to you by bloggers Martin Harris, April Kyle, Jennifer Newell, and Jordan Raanan. Have a story for us? E-mail to blog@pokerstars.com. Click refresh to see the latest information. 5:15am--poker1O1 schools YanniYankiev, wins WCOOP Event #17! The heads-up...more

EPT Barcelona: Pause in the action

There's been a pause in play as the redraw kicks in and players are guided to new seats, those switching to the feature table being fused with microphones, those come off it being de-wired at the same time. This follows the recent eliminations that took us down to just...more

WCOOP Event #13 highlights show

WCOOP event #13 was a star-studded event and had a final table to match. With names like BeL0WaB0Ve, nitbuster, and ACESEDAI, it was sure to be a great final. PokerStars.tv has once again put together a bang-up highlight show with expert analysis, exposed hole cards, and insightful commentary. Check it...more

EPT Barcelona: Out, out, out, out and out

Another 10 minutes pass, another five players depart. The departed four are Jose Vazquez Ortega, Allesandro Longbordi, Cornelius Alblas, Malte Strothmann and Ramzi Jelassi, representing, in order, Spain, Italy, Holland, Germany and Sweden, the diversity of the EPT shown right there. Ramzi Jelassi - 20th place finisher Strothmann was a...more

EPT Barcelona: Down to 23

Mikael Lundell had been an early chip leader this week and despite a downturn in his fortunes yesterday, he's now headed back in the right direction, eliminating another player. With blinds at 5,000/10,000 with a 1,000 ante, Cornelis Alblas had raised to 32,000 pre-flop and Lundell re-raised, the second...more

EPT Barcelona: Slimming the field again

They're now down to three tables for the final 24 players. The final person out was the German Michael Keiner, who had been up to the chip lead on day one, dropped back early on day two, bounced back later that same day, and is now out. He was the...more

EPT Barcelona: A face in the crowd

Being so close to the action and spending large parts of your day in the tournament surrounded by poker players, you tend speak to the same players, particularly those who seem to be back every day - a sure fire sign that their week is going well. One of...more

EPT Barcelona: More bust outs

They're approaching the end of level 19, at which point there will be a 15-minute break and a full chip count, which will appear on our chip count page. It makes sense. In level 20, the blinds are 5,000-10,000 (1,000 ante), and there will probably be 27 players. They're playing...more

EPT Barcelona: Exclamations of joy

"Yes! Yes!" You may remember yesterday how we mentioned that the English exclamation is the version chosen by most, regardless of nationality, in those seconds after finding a miracle cure for short stack-itis, usually on the turn or river. Well, it's no different today. One play stood, arms raised...more

EPT Barcelona: Tightening the restrictions

If you're watching the action over at EPT Live (and if you're not, then you should be), you're probably seeing more of the tournament than we are. The EPT has become something of a victim of its own success, at least from a reporter's point of view, as hundreds more...more

EPT Barcelona: Chad Brown eliminated

Team PokerStars Pro Chad Brown has stared misfortunate in the face today, and it was pocket jacks looking back at him, a hand he's had twice today and lost with both times. Brown moved in with the hooks, with Daniele Mazzia calling with K-Q for a pre-flop 400K battle...more

WCOOP Event #15: Noah Boeken still looking for heads-up win

by Noah Boeken Winning WCOOP Heads-up tournaments has always been a huge goal of mine. Having watched fellow Dutchman Rob Hollink win the Heads-up in the first WCOOP ever, I was eager to follow in his footsteps and take this tournament down. Unluckily for me I was met with my...more

jonasof87 claims top prize in Norway-dominated final table of Event #9

Online pro jonasof87 was one of two Norwegians to make the final table of WCOOP Event #9, sharing that distinction with EirikS, who he said was the "only guy I did have trouble with." When he crippled EirikS after nearly two hours at the final table, the floodgates opened for...more

EPT Barcelona: Players return for day three

There's always something exciting about any EPT day. And as we get closer to the final, it can only increase. And so, welcome to day three where we're approaching the very serious end of this tournament: just 37 of the original 619 players return today, some riding a tidal wave...more

WCOOP Event #16: Andy McLEOD blows away the field

No-limit hold'em is the first type of poker that many of today's younger players ever played. They saw Team PokerStars Pro Chris Moneymaker parlay $39 into $2,500,000 by winning first place in the 2003 World Series of Poker Main Event after winning his entry via a PokerStars satellite tournament. That...more

WCOOP Event #15: Huxfluxen comes out ahead and wins the $320 NLHE Heads-Up title!

Just the two of us... No, that old R&B song has no relevance here with the exception of the words alone, as there is no love between heads-up opponents. Two players, face-to-face (or avatar to avatar), competing for top honors is what the game of poker is all about. Every...more

12 September

EPT Barcelona: The strongest have survived

By the end of day two in any major tournament, we have usually separated the men from the boys. We have watched the cream rise to the top, others depart into the sunset; survivors battle back from just a chip and a chair, other self implode under the strain. Yes,...more

EPT Barcelona: Building towers

The bubble bursting has precipitated some dramatic chip swings, with, finally, some dominant chip leaders beginning to show their might. Our German bloggers are getting very excited about who they consider to be the new chip leader, Michael Keiner, who doubled up with aces and then ace-king to take him...more

EPT Barcelona: Down to the bubble

When you double up, saving your skin and your tournament chances for a few more hands, it's incredible how quickly you resort to the English even if it's not your native tongue. "Yes!" is as common an exclamation in the poker room as the call of "floor!" might be,...more

EPT Barcelona: Video dump

They're on the bubble out on the tournament floor, and while we wait through the hand-to-hand torture, here are some videos for your delectation. First up, EPT San Remo champion Jason Mercier, who is still in the mix, talked about his strategy for the day: Watch EPT Barcelona 2008 Day...more

EPT Barcelona: Slow down

It's slow going at the moment here in Barcelona, where the short stacks are becoming progressively more scarce, but monstrous chip leaders are not necessarily emerging. There are plenty of players nursing comfortable towers amounting to something between 100,000 and 200,000, yet no one has yet managed to push on...more

WCOOP #16 Pot-Limit Omaha Rebuy live blog

Live blog coverage of WCOOP Event #16 $215 pot-limit Omaha (one rebuy/one add-on) is brought to you by bloggers Jason Kirk, Martin Harris, Dave Behr, and Carol Kline. Have a story for us? E-mail to blog@pokerstars.com. Click refresh to see the latest information. 7:39am--Isaac "westmenloAA" Baron eliminated in 2nd place;...more

EPT Barcelona: Brown flying solo

The final Team PokerStars Pro in the field in Barcelona, Chad Brown, is amid what seems to be a long-running battle with the German player Benjamin Mirsaidi. Passing his table moments ago, the two players were involved in a battle of the blinds, with Brown raising Mirsaidi's small bet on...more

EPT Barcelona: Money on the horizon

The players have returned from the dinner break and with 80 players remaining the ordeal of securing a cash finish has, for some, well and truly started. Of those left 64 will be paid for their efforts whilst the other 18 will have nothing but painful memories to accompany...more

EPT Barcelona: To the point

It's getting deep into the night on day two of EPT Barcelona. The players have had their dinner and are now back to play down to the final 32 - or the more snappy "September (four multiplied by) Eight". Here's a run down of the tournament right now in bullet...more

WCOOP #15 Heads-Up NLHE live blog

Live blog coverage of WCOOP Event #15 $320 NLHE Heads-Up is brought to you by bloggers David Aydt, Johnny Kampis, Jennifer Newell, and Jordan Raanan. Have a story for us? E-mail to blog@pokerstars.com. Click refresh to see the latest information. Also, check out the Event #16 Pot Limit Omaha live...more

Tim "Calvin32" Sullivan - family guy and WCOOP champ

A late-afternoon decision to play in Event #6 of the World Championship of Online Poker because "the Vikings were not going to be playing on TV until Monday night" worked out $452,086.50 to the good for 46-year-old Tim "Calvin32" Sullivan. The Sioux Falls construction company CFO bought into the WCOOP...more

EPT Barcelona: End of the road for Akkari

What was all that about the possibility of going from a massive amount of chips down to nothing? That's exactly what happened to former chip leader Brice Cournut from France, who started with 130,000 but was on the rail within an hour after a series of drastic hands that...more

EPT Barcelona: Talking Italian with Luca Pagano

The EPT Barcelona has been made up of 28 different nationalities and Italy had the most, a total of 71. Two of them were Team PokerStars Pro Luca Pagano and EPT Prague runner-up Gino Alacqua. Both spoke with the video blog team earlier this week... Watch EPT Barcelona 2008...more

WCOOP Event #12 Mixed hold'em highlight show

You missed the end of WCOOP Event #12? How could you? Oh, sure, you were sleeping. We're not sure that's a great excuse to miss yet another great final table in the World Championship of Online Poker. That said, we don't hold grudges and we're here to serve. PokerStars.tv has...more

EPT Barcelona: You win some, you win some more

Poker's reputation as a volatile game is a given. Chip leaders can become the latest name on the list of bust outs in a flash, just as the tail end Charlie of the day can vault dozens to take an unexpected lead. Step forward Team PokerStars Pro Andre Akkari....more

EPT Barcelona: Busy, busy, busy

There's a familiar surge in activity here in the Gran Casino. As the number of main tournament tables is reduced, the cash game area becomes ever more populated, and seemingly hundreds of players are currently in a throng around the sign-up board, as though traders on the stock market floor...more

EPT Barcelona: Poker Camp calm before the storm

Before most players touched down in Barcelona this week a select bunch were already in position for some intense and hopefully profitable poker training courtesy of the PokerStars Poker Camp. These exclusive poker lessons, headed by Team PokerStars Pros William Thorson, Greg Raymer and EPT Player of the Year...more

EPT Barcelona: Dispatches from the tournament floor

Jason Mercier just had some renovation work done to his three-tiered stack. On a flop of Ad-7h-Ac Jason led out from the small blind making it 1,700 to Axel Marten Albertsson of Sweden in the big blind. He called to see the turn card 5c. This time Mercier checked...more

EPT Barcelona: One-man wrecking machine

You don't win 102 seats to the World Series main event without knowing a little bit about poker. And you also don't do it without indulging in the odd spell of multi-tabling. The problem for some of the very best online professionals when they enter the live environment, however, is...more

EPT Barcelona: Up to the level nines

Julian Thew played his part in a ferocious first half hour, busting out when he ran headlong into aces. With the small blind player Frank Stumpf making a minimum raise Julian, in the big blind, looked down to find A-K and pushed all-in. Frank called immediately turning over a...more

EPT Barcelona: The deluge begins

The tournament director Thomas Kremser just got day two under way by running through the stats of the tournament so far, and telling us what we can expect from the coming few days. Firstly, in his characteristically understated Austrian lilt, Kremser told us of a prize pool of €4,952,000, of...more

WCOOP Event #13: lrdvoldemort crowned champion of $215 NLHE re-buy

WCOOP Event #13 went just like most expected. There was a big field (2,234 players), tons of re-buys (2,635) and almost as many add-ons (1,524). This is the kind of action that builds quite a prize pool. In this case, the total was $1.278 million, eclipsing the $1 million guarantee....more

EPT Barcelona: Things about to heat up on day 2

It would be easy to make a tenuous link between the rising temperatures outside here in sunny Barcelona this afternoon, and the rising temperature inside the casino as day two prepares to start. I won't make that reference, but it's all true. The 102 survivors from day 1a now...more

WCOOP Event #14: Mildred53 wins with patience, aggression and some timely draws

Many players would say that no-limit hold'em is a game of patience and cunning. Of those that have also played seven-card stud for any appreciable amount of time (and given the relative disdain that most players have for stud, you might have difficulty finding players who admit to playing both),...more

11 September

EPT Barcelona: Survival of the fittest

Day 1B has now wrapped in Barcelona. What can we tell you about it? Well, we'll start at the top, where there's a familiar face riding very high indeed. As long as you're a fan of Swedish reality TV, that is. Mikael Lundell became a household name in the living...more

EPT Barcelona: Minieri busts in level 8

The last flag bearer for Team PokerStars has fallen. Dario Minieri, who flashed his aggression around today as easily as he did his World Series bracelet, finally succumbed to a lack of chips, finding himself short stacked on a table that featured the two chip leaders, Sebastian Ruthenberg and...more

EPT Barcelona: The rail gets smaller and smaller

With a level and a half to go the tournament area has shrunk considerably, the rail edging its way towards the far end of the room. All but one of the Team PokerStars Pros has been eliminated today, the exception being Dario Minieri, who still shares his table with...more

EPT Barcelona: The last break of the day

The tournament is currently in a 15 minute break before level seven begins. As yesterday, we're playing eight levels which means two more hours of play, taking us to about 1.15am. As the alarm sounded to signal the end of the level, there were 174 players remaining. The chip leader,...more

EPT Barcelona: Old rivalry but Dario still on top

The last time Team PokerStars Pro Dario Minieri and Slovakian Dag Palovic met it was on the final table of the EPT San Remo in the spring of season four. It was perhaps the quickest final table in EPT, lasting less than three hours despite being a finale laden...more

WCOOP Event #14 Stud live blog

Live blog coverage of WCOOP Event #14 $320 Stud is brought to you by bloggers Jason Kirk, Martin Harris, Kaelaine Minton, and Dave Behr. Have a story for us? E-mail to blog@pokerstars.com. Click refresh to see the latest information. Want to see Event #13 action? See the WCOOP Event #13...more

EPT Barcelona: King of qualifiers

If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Right? If you've found your niche, exploit it. Why not? Stevie Chidwick, from Kent, England, is pretty good at PokerStars satellites. How good? Well, while most people would probably be happy with winning one seat for the World Series main event, Chidwick saw...more

EPT Barcelona: Ashby on the rise

If there's a table today to counter the feature table-elect of yesterday (EPT winners Mike McDonald and Jason Mercier) it would be along the far wall and features two WSOP bracelet winners in PokerStars Sponsored player Sebastian Ruthenberg and Irish pro Alan Smurfit. Also here is pot-limit Omaha specialist...more

EPT Barcelona: Pagano pounces, not out yet

With his half of the playing field returned from the dinner break Luca Pagano was no doubt aware that time was running out for a climb out of the cellar and back into fighting shape. Equipped with a little more than 3,000 it was only a matter of time....more

WCOOP Event #13 NLHE Rebuy Live Blog

Live blog coverage of WCOOP Event #13 $215 NLHE Rebuy is brought to you by bloggers April Kyle, Johnny Kampis, Jennifer Newell, and Jordan Raanan. Have a story for us? E-mail to blog@pokerstars.com. Click refresh to see the latest information. 8:15am--lrdvoldemort's winning hand Here is what the lrdvoldemort's winning hand...more

WCOOP Event 12: Steve Paul Ambrose applauds structure

by Steve Paul-Ambrose Mixed holdem has quickly gone from an experiment at the 2007 WSOP, to a very popular format for tournament poker. In Event 12, nearly 1,500 players put up the $320 buyin to compete for a first prize of more than $73,000. My tournament came to an...more

EPT Barcelona: Rahme and Griffin sent to the rail

Amidst the blur of tournament action it's not always possible to keep track of everyone. A combination of players moved, sudden changes in circumstances or just a bad hand can send a player out regardless of any high flying earlier. Unfortunately Raymond Rahme is the next to be banished...more

EPT Barcelona: What they're playing for

The numbers are in, the abacuses have been out, and here are the prizes for EPT Barcelona, season five: Total runners: 619 Buy-in: €8,000 Prizes 1 - €1,361,000 2 - €792,000 3 - €455,000 4 - €351,000 5 - €292,000 6 - €227,000 7 - €178,000 8 - €119,000 9-10...more

EPT Barcelona: Champions

We write it every time and surely one day it will no longer be true. But for the time being at least, no one has ever won two EPT events. The players who have come closer than all others are Brandon Schaefer and Mark Teltscher, both of whom have won...more

EPT Barcelona: Scratch one Negreanu

Daniel Negreanu's hopes for a first EPT win (and a Triple Crown) have ended. The first indication of something amiss was the loud thumping noise as a player began hitting the table with his hand in an audible victory ceremony. Daniel had min-raised from under-the-gun plus one to 300...more

EPT Barcelona: Rogue hand for Rahme

Raymond Rahme saw off the end of season four with two cashes in succession in San Remo and Monte Carlo making his trip from South Africa a profitable one. He just made an early first step toward making the start of season five as equally profitable. It didn't take...more

WCOOP Event #11: 92848 outlasts field of 1,733 to claim title

Six ways to win, a thousand ways to lose. That is probably the most succint way to describe omaha. At its core, omaha is a game of the nuts, a game of draws and a game of small advantages. What distinguishes the top omaha players from the recreational players...more

WCOOP Event #12: The Pros Have It! Randers Switches it Up to Collect the Mixed Hold'Em Title

No-Limit Hold'Em is the game that inspired and carried the poker boom throughout the past decade, but it has been the poker variations, even within the game of hold'em, that have kept players intrigued. Most poker players thrive on the challenge of the game, and sometimes that includes learning new...more

EPT Barcelona: The fallen

There's been a typically frenetic start to proceedings today, with players busting at a chaotic rate. Passing by Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier's table about 40 minutes into level one, I noticed that he was already tapping the table in the manner of the defeated, nodding his head and drifting away. He...more

EPT Barcelona: ElkY ditches joker to shine in Spain

Team PokerStars Pro Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier has ditched the joker regalia he fashioned in Macau but still has a metallic veneer, his silver blond hair making him look like he was designed and built in a virtual reality machine. It's a level of flash that suits his effective style...more

EPT Barcelona: Another fine bunch

We won't know the full number of runners until we're well into level two, but if it's any indication, the tournament director Thomas Kremser just made an announcement that went something like this: "Anyone on the list of alternates with a number up to 30, please come to the cash...more

EPT Barcelona: Doors open for day 1b

Yesterday 292 players cut the ribbon on the fifth season of the European Poker Tour. Familiar faces previous years were in abundance and by the end of the day featured at each end of the official chip count list, from a season four winner Jason Mercier, second in chips...more

EPT Barcelona: Looking forward, and looking back

Day 1b of the Barcelona EPT will get under way at 3pm central European time. In the meantime, the full chip count from day 1a has now been made available to us, and you can see it HERE. Yesterday was a typically action-packed day, not only the beginning of another...more

10 September

EPT Barcelona: Sun sets on day 1a

It was a fitting mark of respect that on the day the European Poker Tour celebrated its fourth birthday and the start of its fifth season, the Casino Barcelona would be wall-to-wall with expectant poker players and the scene didn't change even after eight levels of play. Testament to...more

EPT Barcelona: Approaching the end

As the day draws to its close, there has been a rash of bustouts. Players are ambling to the rail seemingly every moment, with fewer than 120 left as I write, and probably about 110 when day is done. Among them are the World Series heroes David "Chino" Rheem and...more

EPT Barcelona: Akkari on the attack

In the shadow of its more eagerly watched feature table there forms another potential graveyard featuring Team PokerStars Pro Andre Akkari, sponsored player George Danzer, Steve Jelinek and Andreas Krause. It was a case of the two PokerStars players locking horns a short while ago, both players checking a...more

EPT Barcelona: Mutiny over bounties

There are approximately 90 minutes of play left in this day, and at a conservative estimate, there will probably be about 120 players bagging up chips at the end. Unless something disastrous happens, Michael Keiner will be among them: the German player has recently rocketed into the chip lead with...more

EPT Barcelona: Different faces but the same effect

What once was is now different. Gone from the table collider are Illari Sahamies to a different table and Mike McDonald to the rail, and in their place have arrived former WPT winner Christian Grundtvig and a final tablist from Barcelona twelve months ago Mika Paasonen. Paasonen has played...more

EPT Barcelona: The EPT player collider

Deep in the heart of the tournament area crowds have gathered, craning their necks for a glimpse at something incredible. Two players, two poker forces, are being flung together and are about to collide in spectacular fashion, just to see what might happen, on a table that would be...more

EPT Barcelona: Doom, climber, and more doom

Of the 292 players who started today, 180 remain as we enter level seven. The idea is to play eight levels today, eight levels tomorrow, and then see where we are for the remaining days once the field is all in one place at the same time. As I write,...more

WCOOP Event #12 Mixed Hold'em Live Blog

Live blog coverage of WCOOP Event #11 Mixed Hold'em is brought to you by bloggers April Kyle, Jason Kirk, Jennifer Newell, and Jordan Raanan. Have a story for us? E-mail to blog@pokerstars.com. Click refresh to see the latest information. 9:41am--Randers wins, Aaron "011180" Kanter finishes in 2nd place And we...more

EPT Barcelona: Post dinner action

The field is united after the buffet. It's now a three and a half hour scrap towards the end of play and already the signs of struggle are beginning to show. Two particular hands cost Greg Raymer his gallant start, sent to the rail by virtue of the wrong...more

EPT Barcelona: The fightback begins here

Johannes Strassmann has put earlier set-backs aside and is now carving a path with his hands back to a stack around the 12K average mark. The solution it seems was to bet all the way. Johannes played a series of hands whereby any opponent would have to be content...more

EPT Barcelona: Dinner tastes better for some

The players took a staggered dinner break during today's action, with half the field wolfing down a sumptuous buffet while the others played level five, before the roles were reversed. Few kitchens can cope with a full EPT field descending on it in one go, and this is a sensible...more

WCOOP Event #11 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Live Blog

Live blog coverage of WCOOP Event #11 $320 PLO8 is brought to you by bloggers Johnny Kampis, Martin Harris, Kaelaine Minton, and Carol Kline. Have a story for us? E-mail to blog@pokerstars.com. Click refresh to see the latest information. 8:07am--Pot, re-pot, all-in, call . . . and we have a...more

EPT Barcelona: All eyes on Obrestad

There were many players who impressed on their first full year on the European Poker Tour last year, players like EPT Best Newcomer award winner Trond Eidsvig who featured on three final tables. But one player who blazed a particularly unique trail through season four was Annette Obrestad, the...more

EPT Barcelona: Chip leaders and dangermen

The inaugural EPT San Remo champion Jason Mercier -- who is neither Canadian nor a maths teacher as someone may have once written on this very blog, I can't think who -- had built up a mighty stack during the first couple of levels here today. And now he's just...more

EPT Barcelona: The adventures of Team PokerStars

It's been a good start for Team PokerStars Pros in the mix today. Andre Akkari, Alex Gomes and Greg Raymer are tearing along nicely, so too Vanessa Rousso. And the other half of poker's first couple, Chad Brown, is gaining some momentum also. Brown limped into an un-raised pot...more

WCOOP: Horecki enjoying first Team Pro WCOOP

by Marcin Horecki Event #9 of PokerStars' 2008 WCOOP No-Limit 4-Max promised to be a fast and fierce tournament. With 1,100 players out of nearly 3300 participants departing in the first hour, those predictions came true. Actually, this proved that PokerStars players present high skill level and are not only...more

EPT Barcelona: Bracelet winners and online sensations

Moments ago, it was time to check in on Alexandre Gomes, one of the newest members of Team PokerStars Pro and hot from his bracelet-winning excursion to Las Vegas, followed neatly by a final table appearance on the Latin America Poker Tour. He's making his EPT debut here, and will...more

WCOOP Event #10: Razzing it up dinho_style

What is it about the game of razz that often frustrates those who play it? First, in order to have a hand with showdown value, you have to make a hand with five unique cards. Compare that to games such as hold'em or stud, where one pair is often...more

EPT Barcelona: Tables of discomfort

In the early stages of a tournament, there's always a quest to determine the so-called Table of Death, stacked with a disproportionate number of stars. Problem is, there are so many supremely talented players on the EPT these days that it's often more difficult these days to find a Table...more

WCOOP Event #6 highlight show

You know, it's pretty fun to watch the final tables of the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker as they happen. But you know what else is fun? Watching them happen with the hole cards exposed. PokerStars.tv is spending a lot of time putting together full highlight reels from the...more

EPT Barcelona: The view from the rail

There's a swarm of people gathering in the corner of the Casino Barcelona waiting to play right now. Not tournament players, just those waiting to play cash, struck by that sometimes tortuous affliction of having to wait to play on day 1b. But whilst they jostle for position in...more

EPT Barcelona: In the crowd

There's a familiar melee in the lobby of the Gran Casino Barcelona, as the square pegs of 300-odd poker players attempt to funnel into the round hole that is the downtairs poker room. They first have to register as a member of the casino, then have their barcodes checked at...more

WCOOP Event #9: European domination as Norwegian jonasof87 wins

The numbers get more staggering every day. It doesn't matter if it's midweek or midnight, the players are entering WCOOP events at a staggering rate. For the $215 4-max No-Limit Hold 'Em Event #9 there were an impressive 3,290 entries. Only three events in last year's WCOOP had more players....more

EPT Barcelona: Surf, sand and awards for EPT birthday

This week, the European Poker Tour celebrates its fourth birthday. It came blinking and stumbling into the world in Barcelona in 2004, began with baby-steps that soon became a cocksure swagger, and yesterday there was a party in recognition of the start of its fifth year. People stood around the...more

9 September

WCOOP Event #10 Razz Live Blog

Live blog coverage of WCOOP Event #10 $215 Razz is brought to you by bloggers Brad Willis, April Kyle, Kaelaine Minton, and Carol Kline. Have a story for us? E-mail to blog@pokerstars.com. Click refresh to see the latest information. Want to see action from Event #9? Visit the WCOOP Event...more

Scott "DorinVandy" Dorin - High Roller Champion of WCOOP Event #5

Scott "DorinVandy" Dorin was a 22-year-old recent college grad seated at a final table with an EPT Champion, a World Series MVP and a WSOP World Champion. To say the table was stacked might be considered an understatement. But when the dust settled and the last card was dealt, is...more

WCOOP: Duthie looks back on high-roller event

by John Duthie Having busted on level 4 of this tourney making a move with 4,6 suited it was great to watch the players whose patience, timing and skill managed to get them to the final 10. This looked like a very interesting line-up with our old friend 'Money800' (Chris...more

WCOOP: McEvoy applauds record, Mary717

by Tom McEvoy A new world record was established the other day in PokerStars Pot Limit Omaha Tournament. It was the largest number of players to ever participate in an Omaha tournament in history. This is not a surprise. Every guarantee in the first 8 events of the WCOOP has...more

WCOOP Event #5 highlight show

It was one of the best final tables in WCOOP history, featuring Team PokerStars Pro Chris Moneymaker and baseball great Orel Hershiser. Now PokerStars.tv has put together a fantastic highlight reel for you to watch with all the hole cards exposed. Take a look! Watch WCOOP Highlights: Event 5 -...more

APPT Macau: High Roller paving path to poker excellence

It takes time to build tradition in any sporting event. Imagine if The Masters suddenly appeared on the PGA circuit a few years ago and the organisers started handing out green jackets to the winners. It would hardly be a big hit. But having established more than 80 years of...more

WCOOP Event #9 NLHE 4-Max live blog

Live blog coverage of WCOOP Event #9 No-Limit Hold'em 4-Max is brought to you by bloggers Johnny Kampis, Jason Kirk, Jordan Raanan and Jen Newell. Have a story for us? E-mail to blog@pokerstars.com. Click refresh to see the latest information. 6:17am--jonasof87 wins Event #9 ($95,410), emiwarg finishes in 2nd place...more

ImBillMcNeal draws a big win in WCOOP Event #2

Full-time student ImBillMcNeal (yes, he's a big NewsRadio fan, that's where the name came from)went into the final table of WCOOP Event #2 second in chips, but after a tough final table and staying awake for almost 24 straight hours found himself $34,210.60 richer and the second winner in the...more

WCOOP Event #8: Ulett_23 mixes it up to win bracelet

If you think Dorothy had it bad with lions and tigers and bears, try playing flop games and stud games and draw games sprinkled with a mix of limit, pot-limit and no-limit and then tossed with a little bit of high-hand, low-hand and hi/low split. If that combination doesn't...more

WCOOP Event #7: Mary 717 outlasts difficult Pot-Limit Omaha field

Omaha's increased popularity has become evident the past couple years. As one player explained during the action, "Omaha is a sick game." The increased popularity correlates directly to higher quality competition on the PokerStars tables. That was evident in WCOOP Event #7, a $200+$15 Pot-Limit Omaha tournament with a...more

APPT Macau: High Roller final table live updates

2.05am: Andrew Scott eliminated in second position (HKD $2.1 million) Andrew Scott's great run in the PokerStars.net APPT Macau high-roller tournament has come to an end at the hands of Nam Le. Scott began the heads-up battle with a 2-to-1 chip disadvantage, and saw that ratio only increase in his...more

APPT Macau: Countdown to High Roller final table

Erin McNaught tunes-up for the APPT Macau High Roller final table. 2pm: Players are completing their TV interviews, and there's a real buzz around the TV final table studio ahead of the final day in the PokerStars.net APPT High Roller event. Watch APPT Macau 008: Final Table Intro on...more

WCOOP Event #6: Calvin32 claims $530 NLHE title

Last year this event, the $530 no-limit hold'em event, ran for more than 20 hours, longer than any other tourney had ever run to that point in the history of the World Championship of Online Poker. Anticipating an even larger field this year, it was decided to divide the event...more

8 September

WCOOP Event #6 $530 NLHE Day 2 live blog

Live blog coverage of WCOOP Event #6 Day 2, $530 No-Limit Hold'em, is brought to you by bloggers Martin Harris and Brad Willis. Have a story for us? E-mail to blog@pokerstars.com. Click refresh to see the latest information. Looking for other events, check out the Event #7 Live Blog and...more

WCOOP Event #8 $320 8-Game Mixed live blog

Live blog coverage of WCOOP Event #8 $320 8-Game Mixed is brought to you by bloggers Brad Willis, Jason Kirk, Jennifer Newell, and Carol Kline. Have a story for us? E-mail to blog@pokerstars.com. Click refresh to see the latest information. Want to see other events in action? Check out the...more

WCOOP Event #7 $215 PLO live blog

Live blog coverage of WCOOP Event #7, $215 PLO, is brought to you by bloggers Johnny Kampis, April Kyle, Jennifer Newell, and Jordan Raanan. Have a story for us? E-mail to blog@pokerstars.com. Click refresh to see the latest information. 6:37am--Mary 717 wins Event #7 Pot-Limit Omaha Heads-up with a 5-to-1...more

A day of firsts - Shane147 takes down WCOOP Event #1 and becomes first British WCOOP Champion

Shane "shane147" Hellyer started off the month of September right. In addition to claiming the first WCOOP title of 2008 with his victory in Event #1, he became the first British player to claim WCOOP gold when he took out Austria's pffwhatever heads-up in Event #1 - NLHE Six-Max....more

APPT Macau: High Roller final table set ... at last

Watch APPT Macau 08: High Roller Day 2 on PokerStars.tv The final 10 finally became nine after a dramatic day two in the APPT High Roller. It's a day that will go down in the annals of PokerStars.net APPT history. A day that the APPT came of age, and...more

APPT Macau: Chinese poker torture

We have now ticked past three-and-a-half hours of this 10 seated "imitation" final table. The larger stacks are no doubt regretting their decision to agree to redraw to a 10-handed game, when if the five-handed structure had been maintained, "on the balance of probabilities," everyone would be tucked-up in bed...more

APPT Macau: Slow boat to the final table

There is one heck of a lot at stake at this "unofficial" final table of the PokerStars.net APPT Macau High Roller tournament. The remaining 10 players have been foxing with each other for close to two hours; unwilling to put everything on the line, when the potential for much greater...more

APPT Macau: Every rail has a Silverman lining

Steven Silverman has joined the railbirds on the other side of the ropes here at the Grand Waldo Casino. The American held the shortest stack for the majority of the time since Mike McDonald's departure, and only had one move; all-in. However, he had recently felt a bit more comfortable...more

APPT Macau: Stop the clock ... on Timex

The well-oiled machine that is David Steicke continues to hum, having just eliminated another player in Mike timex McDonald. Steicke, who continues to build a very long line of chips, that PokerStars Sponsored player Eric Assadourian calls the Great Wall of China, looked up timex's all-in on a turned board...more

APPT Macau: Hachem clocks-off, thanks to Timex

The last Team PokerStars Pro in the APPT Macau High Roller event field, Joe Hachem, has been eliminated in 13th place. Short stacked after losing a big pot to Andrew Scott, Hachem successfully committed his chips twice to scoop up the blinds and antes and was trying to make it...more

APPT Macau: Big stacks, good players, no hurry

In last year's APPT High Roller event in Macau, it took five hours to eliminate the last six players before the final table line-up was decided. The writing is also on the wall that the remaining 14 players are in no hurry to commit their chips as we tick into...more

APPT Macau: Anyone for fishing?

After an early flurry of all-ins at the beginning of the day, the average stack size has increased to the point where most players are comfortable playing small-ball poker. Only a couple of players are occasionally being forced to put everything on the line with an all-in. Andrew Scott, prefers...more

WCOOP Event #6 $530 No-Limit Hold'em Day 1 in the books

Fifteen years ago, if you asked people to talk about their first experiences with poker, you would likely hear tales of stud or draw games of the limit variety. These days, an increasing number of people will describe a no-limit hold'em game. No-limit hold'em is often dubbed the "Cadillac...more

WCOOP Event #5: dorinvandy beats star-studded field for $617,000

Chris Moneymaker, Orel Hershiser make final table by Brad Willis and Change100 If three-bets were fleas, WCOOP Event #5's players would never stop itching. The PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker has always been the richest event in online poker and one of the biggest tournament series live or online....more

APPT Macau: My name is Do, Quinn Do

Team PokerStars Pro Joe Hachem was weeks away from becoming 2005 WSOP main event champion when Quinn Do saluted the judge in the $2500 Limit Hold'em event. Quinn Do, a silent assassin at the poker table. Like many of his contemporaries, Do was born in Vietnam and arrived in the...more

APPT Macau: I check ... mate

There is definitely an Australian flavour at the PokerStars.net APPT Macau High Roller event. Of the remaining 19 players left in the tournament, six of them hail from the land 'Down Under': Team PokerStars Pro and 2005 WSOP main event world champion, Joe Hachem; PokerStars sponsored players Eric Assadourian and...more

APPT Macau: Andrew, don't split those 10s!

There are 21 players still in the APPT High Roller field at the Grand Waldo Casino in Macau: an appropriate figure given that former professional black jack player Andrew Scott has just taken out Roger Spets. "Go you good thing!" Andrew Scott rides quads to a nice pot. After Team...more

APPT Macau: From one master to another

If you work regular hours, then 9.30am might be time for a coffee break; but the life of a Team PokerStars Pro player is a little different. This morning for example, at 9.30am Barry Greenstein was in the lobby of the Grand Waldo Hotel waiting for a van to take...more

APPT Macau: Everything's zen for Greenstein

It's a quiet Monday afternoon in the Grand Waldo Casino, with the spotlight firmly on the four tables in the heart of the tournament floor for the opening level of the PokerStars.net APPT High Roller. It's been a frenetic opening with the short stacks quickly getting their chips in looking...more

APPT Macau: High Rollers eye final table seat

David Steicke and Eric Assadourian prepare for battle. The race for the HKD $3.7 million first prize in the PokerStars.net Asia Pacific Poker Tour Macau High Roller event steps up a notch with the remaining 28 players eyeing a spot at tomorrow’s final table. David Steicke, the Australian now...more

7 September

WCOOP Event #6 $530 No-Limit Hold'em live blog

Live blog coverage of WCOOP Event #6, the $3 million guaranteed no-limit hold'em event, is brought to you by bloggers Stephen Bartley, David Aydt, Jennifer Newell, and Carol Kline. Have a story for us? E-mail to blog@pokerstars.com. Want to see the Event #5 action? Check out the WCOOP Event #5...more

WCOOP Event #5 $10,000 High-Roller live blog

Live blog coverage of WCOOP Event #5, the historic $10,000 High-Roller No-Limit Hold'em Event, is brought to you by bloggers Martin Harris, Johnny Kampis, Change100, and Brad Willis. Have a story for us? E-mail to blog@pokerstars.com. Click refresh to see the latest information. Want to see Event #6 action? See...more

WCOOP Event #1 highlight show

There are several ways to watch the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker. You can watch the events play out on the PokerStars software. You can follow the action live here on the PokerStars Blog. Or, if you just want the highlights, you now have a whole new option. PokerStars.tv...more

APPT Macau: David then daylight; Steicke leads into day two

"If I'm lucky that angel will fall on him": Barry Greenstein experienced the joy of David Saab's incessant chatter. There may not have been an abundance of big-name pros at the final table of the APPT Macau main event but that shouldn't be a problem when the final nine...more

WCOOP Event #3 - Limit Hold'em limited to cwp394's long-fought victory

Limit hold'em is one of the more popular games in land-based casinos as well as online poker rooms, but the limit variation in tournaments is another story. Of course, it is still popular, but the length of time it takes to play out due to (obvious) betting limitations tests even...more

APPT Macau: Steicke-ing in "The Spider's" web

David "The Spider" Steicke If the PokerStars.net APPT had a "Rookie of the Year" award, it seems it would have to go to David Steicke. After only one year of tournament poker experience, the Australian-born trader continues to dominate the tournament floor here at the Grand Waldo Casino in Macau....more

WCOOP Event #4: playitsafe claims triple draw bracelet for Norway

It's a guilty pleasure for many a poker player and a high-variance specialty for others, but deuce-to-seven triple draw never inspired lukewarm feelings in anyone. A true gambler's game where position and deception rule the day and there are no exposed cards, poker players either love or loathe triple draw......more

APPT Macau: Boyz 'n the hood

Johnny Chan, surrounded by intense hoods Over at Johnny Chan's table, there are four players sitting around him wearing hoods and sunglasses. Chan must be thinking he's in some type of fairy tale... we can just imagine him thinking: "You kids all play Red Riding Hood, and I'll be the...more

APPT Macau: Steicke in 'sevens' heaven

The pace of eliminations has increased as players take their final break on day one of the PokerStars.net APPT High Roller event. And the main recipient has been David Steicke, who now leads the tournament with a stack of almost 80,000. The short-stacked Liz Lieu made her move with A-J...more

APPT Macau: Chips are music to Ngyyen's ears

Xuan Nguyen, playing his table like a xylophone We have a new chip leader over at Andrew "I won a race!" Scott's table. Xuan Ngyuen, a highly-successful online player, has been bossing Scott, PokerStars sponsored player Emad Tahtouh, and the rest of the table relentlessly with raise after raise. Even...more

APPT Macau: No lazy Sunday for High Roller players

The day-trippers are starting to make their way home after a big day on the tables here at the Grand Waldo Hotel and Casino, leaving the clatter of poker chips and the odd scream of ecstasy or agony from the craps' pit or nearby baccarat tables as the backdrop for...more

APPT Macau: Dreams are made of this

Watch APPT Macau 08: High Roller Julien on PokerStars.tv We first met Julien Langvan on day 1C of the PokerStars.net APPT Macau main event. A Frenchman, Langvan was born with a birth defect limiting the use of his arms. However, he can still play poker without trouble, and is currently...more

APPT Macau: Team PokerStars Pros flex their muscle

The APPT Macau main event was a whitewash for the Team PokerStars Pros, but the empire has struck back in the early stages on the first day of the APPT High Roller event. The Joker outfit has been consigned to the back of ElkY's closet. Isabelle Mercier has just doubled...more

APPT Macau: Second time Chucky

Although the PokerStars.net APPT Macau high-roller's event has been underway for a couple of hours, tournament director Danny McDonagh was still taking late registrations until half-way through Level 2. The final registrant was a somewhat dusty-looking Charles "The Chuck Truck" Chua, who finished in second place in the APPT Macau...more

APPT Macau: Great Scott, Andrew's in the lead

Andrew Scott is a good friend of David Steicke. Like David, Andrew has only recently started playing tournament poker and has been a great supporter of the APPT (in fact, he's been one of a handful of players to enter every APPT event played so far). A steelier Andrew Scott...more

APPT Macau: Putting in the hard yards

The life of a tournament pro on the road isn't all wine and roses. Team PokerStars Pro Isabelle Mercier was the last player to arrive for today's APPT High Roller event, having already run deep (37th in a field of 734) in this morning's PokerStars WCOOP $215 2-7 Triple Draw...more

APPT Macau: What are the Chan-ces?

The assembled media here at the PokerStars.net APPT Macau, have made much of the presence of two particular players; Johhny “Not Terrence” Chan, and Terrence “Not Johnny” Chan, and we’re not about to stop now! In an interesting quirk of fate, or random chan-ce, both players have been drawn together...more

APPT Macau: Lin can only grin

Celina Lin bows out of the APPT High Roller event. PokerStars Sponsored Celina Lin has barely had time to catch her breath since arriving in Macau. Media calls, interviews, PR events – she’s even managed to squeeze in some time to play some poker. However, her time at the...more

APPT Macau: High Rollers walk the red carpet

We're back for the start of the APPT High Roller event. The hangovers have barely kicked in for Eddie Sabat and his friends after a few celebratory drinks to toast his victory in the PokerStars.net Asia Pacific Poker Tour Macau main event, which wrapped up in the not-so-early hours...more

6 September

WCOOP Event #4 2-7 Triple Draw Live Blog

Live blog coverage of WCOOP Event #4 $215 2-7 Triple Draw is brought to you by bloggers Martin Harris, April Kyle, Change100, and David Aydt. Have a story for us? E-mail to blog@pokerstars.com. Click refresh to see the latest information. Want to see Event #3 action? See the WCOOP Event...more

WCOOP Event #3 Limit Hold'em live blog

Live blog coverage of WCOOP Event #3 $215 Limit Hold'em is brought to you by bloggers Brad Willis, Johnny Kampis, Jordan Raanan, and Jen Newell. Have a story for us? E-mail to blog@pokerstars.com. Click refresh to see the latest information. Want to see the Event #4 action? Check out the...more

APPT Macau: Typhoon Eddie storms to victory

APPT Macau main event champion Eddie Sabat. Macau is considered the hottest gaming destination on the planet, and with good reason. Since the opening of the Sands in 2002, the big Vegas operators have been clawing over each other to grab a slice of this exclusive but lucrative pie....more

WCOOP: Rousso sees online poker history approaching

by Vanessa Rousso As the inaugural PokerStars WCOOP $10k buy-in event looms large, I feel like I did as a kid in the days leading up to Christmas. On September 7th at 2:30 p.m ET, Poker Stars will launch WCOOP Event 5, a $10,300 buy-in with a whopping $2 million...more

WCOOP Event #2: ImBillMcNeal Captures 5-Card Draw title

5-Card Draw might be a game straight out of your grandmother's era, but she never four-bet you all in the way these six players did on their way to the final table of the 2008 WCOOP's second event. Launching only two hours after Event #1's 7,000+ players took to the...more

WCOOP Event #1: Brits score first bracelet

Sure, it was a Friday afternoon. People might have taken off work. Heck, some people might have taken vacation days. After all, it was the first event of the 2008 World Championship of Online Poker. It's like baseball's opening day, the first day of summer vacation, and your first cold...more

APPT Macau: Main event final table live updates

Watch APPT Macau 08: Charles Chua Final Table on PokerStars.tv 2.40am: Charles Chua (Malaysia) - eliminated in second place The end has come quickly for Charles Chua, although not without that last piece of drama. Three hands after his trip deuces double-up, the "Chuck Truck", as his railbird friends have...more

APPT Macau: Two “Final Tables” on one day!

Watch APPT Macau 08: Lee Nelson on PokerStars.tv Team PokerStars Pro member, Lee “Final Table” Nelson, winner of the 2006 Aussie Millions, was eliminated from the PokerStars.net APPT Macau on Day 2, but that’s not to say he has nothing to do. Nelson has just released a new book, “Let’s...more

5 September

WCOOP: Event #2 Five-Card Draw live blog

Live blog coverage of WCOOP Event #2 $215 Five Card Draw is brought to you by bloggers Stephen Bartley, Jason Kirk, Change100, and Jen Newell. Have a story for us? E-mail to blog@pokerstars.com. Click refresh to see the latest information. Looking for other events? How about the WCOOP Event #1...more

WCOOP: Event #1 NLHE Six-Max Live Blog

Live blog coverage of WCOOP Event #1 $215 No-Limit Hold'em Six-Max is brought to you by bloggers Johnny Kampis, Martin Harris, John Hartness, David Aydt, and Brad Willis. Have a story for us? E-mail to blog@pokerstars.com. Click refresh to see the latest information. Looking for Event #2 coverage? Visit the...more

APPT Macau: Race for Asia's biggest poker prize down to nine

Watch APPT Macau 08: Day 3 Update on PokerStars.tv The final table for the PokerStars.net APPT Macau main event has been decided, with a Macanese local set to take on players from around Asia, Europe and the US in the final chase for the HKD $3,540,040 (USD $453,851.28) first prize....more

APPT Macau: Not Steicke-ing around for the final table

The PokerStars.net APPT Macau main event bubble has burst, with our unfortunate bubble-boy being Hong Kong trader, David Steicke. On a board of 7c-6c-Tc-As, Steicke found himself pot-committed and all-in with Jc7s; up against Tian Chen’s Ad3d. When the board blanked out with a 2h, Steicke became the 10th placed...more

APPT Macau: Consistency a strong play of Dodds

Joel Dodds nickname is “Strong Play”. However, the Sydneysider adopted a far more conservative approach than his nickname would indicate to claw his way to 14th place in the PokerStars.net APPT Macau main event. How’s this for a world-class piece of trivia – Dodds finished 14th in this very event...more

APPT Macau: Mills mucked, Gill gone, Lam lost

Media row has moved inside the ropes at the Grand Waldo for day 3 of the APPT Macau main event . After three days of seemingly non-stop eliminations, play has slowed for the first time as we reach the business end of the PokerStars.net APPT Macau main event. At...more

APPT Macau: Gill up to monkey business as MacPhee goes ape

With the TV cameras rolling, the big personalities are coming to the fore in the PokerStars.net APPT Macau main event. Friends are in short supply for Carter Gill. Carter Gill has adopted a monkey as a ventriloquist dummy, and is taking advice from the soft toy. But after showing aces...more

APPT Macau: The music's over for Wagner

The redraw for the top 23 players in the PokerStars.net APPT Macau main event after the elimination of 15 players in less than 90 minutes of play early on day 3. The short stacks were on the move early, but now some of the more fancied chances are starting to...more

APPT Macau: A new poker flower blooms

After about an hour of play on Day 3 here at the PokerStars.net APPT Macau, we have already seen “12” players eliminated from the 39 who started the day. One of those players is the highest-placed female finisher in the event, Daisy “Chain” Wain. Wain finished in 35th position, earning...more

APPT Macau: Tough start for PokerStars qualifiers

Plenty of chips, generous structure, no pressure … but players still can’t wait to get their chips into the pot as the eliminations continue early on day 3 of the PokerStars.net APPT Macau main event. PokerStars qualifier Tom Carter from the US chased an early double-up to energise his short...more

APPT Macau: Eddie, set, go on day 3

Watch APPT Macau 08: Day 3 Intro on PokerStars.tv The cards are in the air on day 3. Players have taken their seats in the tournament area at the Grand Waldo Hotel and Casino for day 3 of the PokerStars.net Asia Pacific Poker Tour main event. The 39 remaining players...more

4 September

APPT Macau: Day 3 table draw

Table 1 Seat 1: Kenneth Hicks (USA) 131,000 Seat 2: Ricky Lui (Australia) 49,000 Seat 3: Edward Sabat (USA) 379,500 Seat 4: Jeppe Drivsholm (Denmark) 115,500 Seat 5: Mikael Rosen (Sweden) 174,000 Seat 6: So Myung Sim (South Korea) 79,500 Seat 7: Joel Dodds (Australia) 58,000 Table 2 Seat 1:...more

WCOOP: Locked and loaded

Team PokerStars Pro and 2005 World Series of Poker champion Joe Hachem doesn't mince words. He tells you what he thinks, no matter whether he thinks you'll agree. On the subject of the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker, however, it seems unlikely anyone is going to disagree with the...more

APPT Macau: Final table pursuit starts in earnest

Watch APPT Macau 2008: Day 2 Update on PokerStars.tv After four days of competition, the 538 entrants in the PokerStars.net Asia Pacific Poker Tour Macau main event have been reduced to just 39. In a dramatic day on the tournament floor at the Grand Waldo Hotel and Casino, the field...more

APPT Macau: How quickly things can go wrong

Watch APPT Macau 2008: Elky Day 2 on PokerStars.tv If Asia needed to be sold on the thrills and excitement of tournament poker, then a remarkable bubble period in the PokerStars.net APPT Macau main event has delivered a script that would be laughed out of a Hollywood studio. To speed...more

APPT Macau: Bubble pressure finally kicks in

We’re just eight players short of the money midway through level 12 on day 2 of the PokerStars.net APPT Macau main event and, finally, the frenetic pace of eliminations has slowed to a crawl. There’s an intriguing blend of pros, direct buy-in players and online qualifiers remaining in the field....more

APPT Macau: Another player to table six please!

Table six, just in front of the blogging team is producing all sorts of white-knuckle poker action. PokerStars sponsored player, Terrence Chan and Team PokerStars Pro, Joe Hachem have been eliminated there, their conqueror on both occasions, the enigmatic Daisy 'Chain' Wain. Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier and Emad Tahtouh sitting at...more

APPT Macau: Hachem pushing up daisies

2005 WSOP Main Event champion and Team PokerStars Pro Joe Hachem has just been eliminated from the tournament. In the big blind, Hachem moved all-in with four other players in the hand. Daisy ‘Chain’ Wain, under-the-gun, sat back and chewed on her gum thoughtfully for a couple of minutes before...more

APPT Macau: Eights – lucky for the Chinese, lucky for Steicke

We expected fireworks between David Steicke and Kofi Farkye at table 18, and eventually the wick was ignited during level 10 on day 2 of the PokerStars.net APPT Macau main event. David Steicke seated next to ElkY earlier on day 2. The young American had already doubled up Steicke (Farkye’s...more

APPT Macau: Chuck's luck runs out

Mark "Chuck" Ioli: Dreaming of day 2. We’re sad to announce that Mark “Chuck” Ioli has been eliminated from the PokerStars.net APPT Macau main event. Yesterday, Ioli (our agreement not to use his name does not include today) ruined a perfectly good cap when the previous evening’s activities came...more

APPT Macau: Masters and apprentices

One of the more interesting tables today in the Grand Waldo is Table 8, which had Johnny Chan and Men “The Master” Nguyen, seated next to each other, albeit only briefly. Chan had been short stacked for the majority of the tournament, but became one of the 47 players of...more

APPT Macau: Joe jumps as Andre ascends

Watch APPT Macau 08: Joe Hachem Low Chips on PokerStars.tv Carnage: that’s the word that perfectly describes the opening minutes of level 8 on day 2 of the PokerStars.net APPT Macau main event. On our first lap of the 21 tables in use at the start of today’s play, the...more

APPT Macau: PokerStars VIP Program far from pointless

As we enter Day 2 of the PokerStars.net Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) Macau, stories begin to permeate of players following the Chris Moneymaker-eqsue dream, of turning a tiny satellite buy-in, into a major tournament victory, often with little-to-no tournament experience for the player. Remember Moneymaker’s 2003 WSOP Main Event...more

3 September

APPT Macau: Chase for the cash is on

Ready for action at the Grand Waldo. The chase for the cash starts in earnest today with 208 players returning to the Grand Waldo Casino and Hotel for day 2 of the PokerStars.net Asia Pacific Poker Tour Macau main event. No joke for ElkY today. The battle is on...more

APPT Macau: Day 2 seating draw

Table 1 Seat 1: Mansour Matloubi (England) 20,900 Seat 2: Michael Doodson (Australia) 25,100 Seat 3: Dmytro Usenko (Ukraine) 20,300 Seat 4: Keith Greaves (UK) 37,600 Seat 5: Stiven Strmecki (Australia) 10,500 Seat 6: Harry Demetriou (UK) 25,600 Seat 7: Charlie Gang (Australia) 7100 Seat 8: Kevin Chan (Canada) 14,400...more

APPT Macau: Irishman leads on historic day for poker in Asia

Watch APPT Macau 08: Day 1c Update on PokerStars.tv An historic day for the emergence of poker in Asia concluded at the Grand Waldo Hotel and Casino with 88 of the 229 players in day 1C of the PokerStars.net Asia Pacific Poker Tour set to return for tomorrow’s day 2...more

WCOOP: McEvoy ready to kick back and win

by Tom McEvoy We are less than a month away from the WCOOP and I for one can hardly wait! I look forward to this tournament all year long. Where else can I play one or sometimes two major online tournaments a day right in the comfort of my...more

APPT Macau: Singaporean Slung

Ivan Tan is Singapore’s poker poster boy. After finishing 2nd in the inaugural PokerStars.net APPT Macau tournament in 2007, pocketing a cool $129,000, he told the media he didn’t think he was the best player in his native country. However, after also finishing 3rd in last July’s Macau Cup, PokerStars...more

Mats Sundin hits the ice at PokerStars

Go to Sweden. Go to Toronto. Go anywhere where people know about hockey. You'll be hard-pressed to find anyone who doesn't know the name Mats Sundin. Soon, that reputation will carry over from the ice to the PokerStars tables. Hockey icon and former Toronto Maple Leaf captain Mats Sundin has...more

APPT Macau: A sick beat at table nine

“This is an official warning for a chucker on table nine. This is not cricket. On the next chuck he gets a round.” APPT tournament director Danny McDonagh runs a tight ship but loves a laugh, especially at the expense of a player who has turned up feeling a little...more

APPT Macau: Rodney's rags to riches story

The term “living the poker dream” is a bit of a cliché, but it perfectly describes the story of Australian player Rodney Davidson. Rodney Davidson brings some handy big-event experience to the APPT. The big man with the pony-tail was about to have his car repossessed and had to withdraw...more

APPT Macau: Journey to the Centre of the Earth

Poker is known as a game that anyone can play, and the PokerStars.net APPT Macau is demonstrating this in many ways. In Chinese, the name China means “Middle Kingdom” because for the ancient Chinese, their country was truly the centre of the earth. Right now, Macau is the centre of...more

APPT Macau: River drowns Khan on successive hands

Watch APPT Macau 008: Hevad Khan and Qualifier on PokerStars.tv With big names come big bust-outs, and the list of casualties is starting to mount up on day 1C of the PokerStars.net APPT Macau main event. Team PokerStars Pro Hevad Khan has just wandered by with details of his bust-out...more

APPT Macau: Team Philippines on the charge

It was appropriate that the poker wave that is now enveloping East Asia started in the Philippines. Thanks to a strong western influence, a poker culture has existed in the nation since World War II. It may have been Americans who introduced poker to the nation of more than 7000...more

APPT Macau: 500-plus field confirms poker's arrival in Asia

APPT president Jeffrey Haas congratulates the team who behind the record-breaking APPT Macau main event. The confirmed figure for today's 1C flight is 229, taking the official total of players in the PokerStars.net APPT Macau main event to a staggering 538. That's 206 more than last year, and confirms...more

APPT Macau: Big names create minefield for qualifiers on day 1C

Watch APPT Macau 2008: Day 1c Starts on PokerStars.tv We've saved the best for last with some of the world's biggest names in action on day 1C of the PokerStars.net Asia Pacific Poker Tour at the Grand Waldo Hotel and Casino in Macau. For the players - many of who...more

2 September

WCOOP: Mercier has a stable and ready for HORSE

by Isabelle Mercier I'm so excited about the upcoming WCOOP, I cannot wait for this to start! I was amazed when I saw the 2008 schedule, mostly because of the 25K heads-up event, but also for my favorite one, the HORSE that is now 10K buy-in! I did really good...more

PokerStars Sunday Tournament Results (8-31-08)

Just sit back and smell the air for a second. Catch the scent? Recognize it? Smells like money, doesn't it? The PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker begins this Friday. That means this weekend's big Sunday tournaments were the last real proving ground before the biggest online poker tournament series...more

APPT Macau: Steicke sinks Saab to top chip count

Talk about a wolf in sheep's clothing - the likeable David Steicke has again underlined his status as one of the big improvers on the world poker stage to lead the day 1B field at the PokerStars.net Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) Macau main event. Day 1B chip leader David...more

APPT Macau: Pros Still in with a Show

After Day 1A's apparent curse on the Team PokerStars Pro and sponsored players, this morning's lion dance appears to have done the trick in scaring off those nasty suckout spirits... second time lucky, you might say. While that's probably no solace to yesterday's fallen, those still standing during the last...more

APPT: Tsang on song, Van breaks down

It's been a case of mixed fortunes for PokerStars Sponsored players Elton Tsang and Van Marcus in the past hour. Elton Tsang, back in the hunt Born in Canada but now established as one of the prime movers in the local poker industry, Tsang has steadily picked his way through...more

APPT Macau: Take Me to Your Ruler

One of the hurdles a tournament poker player must contend with as they live the dream, travelling around the world to exotic locations, is the difference in local casino rules in each stop on the PokerStars.net APPT. We're not talking about the rules of No Limit Texas Hold'em, rather the...more

APPT Macau: It's all in a name

Could the days of a great poker nickname be over? Looking around the Grand Waldo Casino tournament area on day 1B of the PokerStars.net APPT Macau main event, we see "The Silver Fox" Mel Judah, "Downtown" Chad Brown and even "The Armenian Express" Chris Grigorian, one of the most enigmatic...more

APPT Macau: A battle of the ages

With every poker tournament, the generation gap seems to grow. Just across from our blogging desk, an amusing battle is ensuing between 20-year-old Russian Yevginy Timoshenko and grizzled veteran Aussie pros Martin Comer and Mel Judah. Timoshenko, who won USD $500,000 in last week's APT Macau main event, looks barely...more

APPT Macau: Nothing Suni about Harri's beat

So you’ve flown halfway around the world to Macau from Finland; settled into your hotel suite; carefully considered your day one strategy and … you’re out within 30 minutes. PokerStars qualifier Harri Suni was none too happy to have his PokerStars.net APPT experience end before the clock had ticked into...more

APPT Macau: No Pros is No Joke

After a horrendous Day 1A for pretty much any player wearing a PokerStars.net badge yesterday, another group of Team PokerStars Pros and sponsored players have donned their battle fatigues to fight for chips, position, and the PokerStars way. Today's Team PokerStars Pro "heroes" are Chad Brown, Vanessa Rousso, and Bertrand...more

APPT Macau: Will ElkY have the last laugh?

The hype surrounding the latest batman flick The Dark Knight has led to a bizarre fascination in The Joker, the character played by Australian actor Heath Ledger shortly before his untimely death. Plug the words "joker", "people" and "obsessed" into Google, and it brings up a not-insignificant 352,000 results....more

1 September

EPT eyes Hungary for new stop

The PokerStars European Poker Tour couldn't let its fifth season go by without adding a brand new stop on Europe's biggest poker series. The EPT announced today that it will host Hungary's first-ever live poker tournament October 28-November 1 in Budapest. After finding quite a bit of interest and success...more

APPT: Wagner orchestrates late charge

Watch APPT Macau 08: An overview of Day 1a on PokerStars.tv Play has wrapped on the opening day of the 2008 PokerStars.net Asia Pacific Poker Tour here at the Grand Waldo Hotel and Casino in Macau, with 46 of the 125 starters able to cool their heels until Thursday. APPT...more

WCOOP: Brown looking for another homerun

by Chad Brown WCOOP will be starting Friday, and I for one will be looking forward to it. Two years ago in the then biggest buy-in of online poker history--the first $5,000 HORSE event--I was fortunate to come in 1st place, winning about $225,000. It was very exciting moment in...more

APPT Macau: What's in a name?

With so many of the notable players who started day 1A already eliminated, some unknowns and PokerStars qualifiers have been given the chance to steal the spotlight in the PokerStars.net APPT Macau main event. Veerachai Vongxaiburana: 22 letters and 54,000 in chips The latest player to step up to the...more

APPT Macau: Big names blitzed

News that there isn't a scheduled dinner break doesn't seem to have gone down well with the players, judging from the flow of traffic exiting the tournament area midway through day 1A at the PokerStars.net APPT Macau main event. The list of eliminations includes PokerStars Sponsored duo Eric Assadourian and...more

APPT Macau: Young guns locked and loaded

Alex Fitzgerald is living and loving the rock star lifestyle. Fly around the world, play some poker, write about your travels on your own blog, hang out with your mates … we wouldn’t we all love to be 20 again! Known as assassinato, Fitzgerald is one of the rising stars...more

APPT Macau: Mixed game magician casts a spell

With the departure of Team PokerStars Pro Barry Greenstein, there’s just one WSOP bracelet winner still in today’s field. Anthony Rivera took out arguably the toughest event at the 2008 WSOP: the first $10,000 Mixed Games World Championship, which comprised eight poker games: No-Limit Hold’em; Pot-Limit Omaha; Triple-Draw Lowball; Limit...more

APPT Macau: Asia's youngest shine as Barry bows out

We've just ticked through the first level on Day 1A of the PokerStars.net APPT Macau main event, with today's field confirmed at 125. APPT tournament director Danny McDonagh has confirmed that play will proceed for seven levels today, and with no dinner break schedule, the final hand will be dealt...more

APPT Macau: Bang a gong, let's get it on

Watch APPT Macau 08: Day 1a Intro on PokerStars.tv The Grand Waldo Hotel and Casino has burst to life with a traditional Lion Dance to kick-off the 2008 PokerStars.net Asia Pacific Poker Tour, and the APPT Macau HKD $25,000 Main Event. Despite the absence of big cats in China, the...more

diegoaiz outlast them all - Sunday Million 08-31-08

7212 players tonight were not at their cabin for the Labor Day weekend and anted up the $215 for the increased guarantee on this week’s Sunday Million. The Sunday Warm-up which included a one-time rebuy this week also pumped up its guarantee to a full million dollars and saw noted...more

APPT Macau: Welcome Party

It's all quiet on the gaming floor of the Grand Waldo casino right now. The green felt of the tournament tables, so new it's almost glistening, is waiting patiently for the beginning of the PokerStars.net APPT Season 2. It's almost time for the PokerStars.net APPT Season 2 Soon the tables...more

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