February 2010

28 February

Turbo Takedown: Super1337 gets super charged car in Turbo Takedown win

It's not often (or ever) that the $1 Million Turbo Takedown's field fails to eclipse that of the previous Sunday Million field. One part is the Turbo Takedown low cost of admission being just 3,000 Frequent Players Points to grab a seat with 3,000 chips in front of your name...more

Sunday Warm-up: atcasanova lets cards do the talking in $146K win

With the successful opening of the North American Poker Tour last weekend at The Venetian players are back behind their computers for today's $750,000 guarantee Sunday Warm-up. 4,809 players remembered their logon IDs and ponyed up the $215 buy-in for a shot at the $961,800.00 prize pool. Nearly broaching a...more

Battle of the Planets: jeanette_33 knocks down final table in $12K win

Three SnG victories mean $12,000 for one lucky player this afternoon as the Battle of the Planets $50,000 Triple Shootout continues today with this long running daily promotion for Sit and Go players (read how to get your ticket into today's event here). If you're from the United State or...more

PokerStars releases revised SCOOP schedule

There is something out there called "constructive criticism." Most people have a hard time taking it. They like constructive, but they have a hard time with the critical part. PokerStars isn't like that. After releasing the 2010 Spring Championship of Online Poker schedule last week, PokerStars got a lot of...more

27 February

LAPT Punta del Este: Team Pro Jose "Nacho" Barbero Wins First LAPT Title

Irony. That's what you could call the fact that only one player hailing from Latin America has won an event (out of the first seven) on the Latin American Poker Tour. The previous events at Punta del Este were dominated by Europeans. In Season 1, a Spaniard named Jose...more

LAPT Punta del Este: Day 4, Levels 28 and 29 (40,000-80,000, 10,000 ante)

9:39pm: Nicolas Cardyn eliminated in 2nd place ($161,550); Jose "Nacho" Barbero wins the 2010 LAPT Punte del Este In a hand for the ages... Nicolas Cardyn shoved all in for his last 990,000. Nacho Barbero snap-called with A♠[10s]. Cardyn tabled A♦K♠. Both players stood up to sweat the action....more

LAPT Punta del Este: Day 4, Levels 26 and 27 (25,000-50,000, 5,000 ante)

6:28pm... Break time The last five players are heading out on a scheduled 15-minute break. See you in twenty-three minutes. 6:16pm... Nicolas Cardyn likes Nacho's chips Nacho Barbero opened for 200,000. Nicolas Cardyn shoved all in for 550,000. Nacho called. Cardyn was ahead with 9♦9♣. Barbero tabled Q♠[10c]. The...more

LAPT Punta del Este: Day 4, Levels 24 and 25 (15,000-30,000, 3,000 ante)

3:44pm: Another tight laydown On the last hand of the level, Nacho Barbero opened for 100,000. Andres Korn came in with a three-bet to 250,000, sending Barbero into the tank for several minutes. Most of the table had already left for the break by the time Barbero folded his...more

LAPT Punta del Este: Final table player profiles

The Elite 8. That's what we're calling the final table of the LAPT Punta del Este. One of the Elite 8 is going to be crowned the next LAPT champion. There's a seven to one chance that we'll have only the second Latin champion ever since the inception of the...more

26 February

LAPT Punta del Este: Ludger leads the final eight

A little over one year ago, we were in Vina del Mar, Chile, sitting in a ballroom not unlike this one, as Fabian Ortiz became the first-ever Latin American champion on the LAPT. We had seen a Spaniard, a Hungarian, a Dutchman and two Americans claim victory, but until Ortiz...more

LAPT Punta del Este: Day 3, Levels 23 and 24 (12,000-24,000, 3,000 ante)

10:30p: Day 3 complete; Final table set That's it for Day 3 of the LAPT Punta del Este. Norbert Ludger, a local player from Uruguay, ended today as the chip leader with 1,596,000. We're finally down to 8 players. One of them will win $279,330 for first place. Which...more

LAPT Punta del Este: Day 3, Levels 21 and 22 (8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante)

7:35pm: Nacho speaks Earlier today, our video blog crew caught up with Jose "Nacho" Barbero, now the last Team Pro standing in the LAPT Punta del Este. See what he thinks of his opponents and how he'll spend the money if he wins. Watch LAPT Punta del Este 2010:...more

LAPT Punta del Este: Day 3, Levels 19 and 20 (5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante)

5:20pm: Humberto Brenes eliminated in 16th place ($8,350)In the closing moments of Level 20, Humberto Brenes pushed his last 42,000 chips into the middle before the flop and got three callers. Everyone checked down the 6♣5♣4♦5♥2♦ board. Humberto turned up K♦8♦ but Ernesto Panno rivered bottom pair with J♥2♥,...more

LAPT Punta del Este: Day 3, Levels 17 and 18 (3,000-6,000, 500 ante)

2:20pm: Break Time & Color Up The remaining 21 players are currently on a 15-minute break. The staff is currently removing the pink 500 denomination chips from play. FYI... Cesar Mostafa is still the chip leader, but he's increased his stack to 692,000. 1:55pm: Nicolas Cardyn avoids shark attack...more

LAPT Punta del Este: Day 3 Preview

Welcome back to Day 3 of the LAPT Punta del Este. 24 players remain and we'll be playing down to a final table of 8 players. Cesar Mostafa, the pride and joy of Paraguay, ended Day 2 as the chip leader. Day 1 chipleader, Martin Fuentes, is among the...more

NAPT Venetian: Ashton Griffin Defeats Hoyt Corkins to Claim $25K Bounty Shootout Victory

Some invitations are simply meant to be accepted. When the parents invite you for holiday dinner, you should probably accept. If your significant other invites you on a trip to a luxurious vacation destination, thinking twice might cause you some trouble. And when PokerStars.net invites you to play in the...more

25 February

NAPT Venetian: Levels 7-9 (4,000-8,000-1,000) $25,000 Bounty Shootout final table

1:30am: Ashton Griffin wins NAPT Venetian $25,000 Bounty Shootout It took just two hands of heads-up play to find our champion. Hoyt Corkins made it 18,000 to go and Griffin called. The flop came 4♠5♦9♠. Griffin led at it for 32,000. Corkins didn't hurry his decision and eventually raised...more

NAPT Venetian: Levels 4-6 (2,00-4,000-400) $25,000 Bounty Shootout final table

10:31pm: Color up As we move up a level, it's time to color off the black chips. We'll also be moving to a new post on the homepage. 10:13pm: Cassidy forces big laydown from Corkins On a flop of 9♠T♣T♥, Hoyt Corkins bets 4,500 and received a call from...more

LAPT Punta del Este: All Hail Cesar Mostafa

Two miniature versions of the Uruguayan flag are printed on the felt of every poker table at the Mantra Casino. If you don't know, the Uruguayan flag is one of the oldest flags in the world consisting of nine stripes alternating between light blue and white. The top corner...more

LAPT Punta del Este: Day 2, Level 17 (3,000-6,000, 500 ante)

10:03 pm: Day 2 complete, play to resume at 12:00 pm Friday With the elimination of Paul Howard in 25th place, we've arrived at our final three tables and play has concluded for the night. Surviving to play Day 3 are Humberto Brenes, Nacho Barbero, Stephen "stevie444" Chidwick, Oliver...more

NAPT Venetian: Levels 1-3 (1,000-2,000-300) $25,000 Bounty Shootout final table

5:46pm: Level 3 ends, new blog post begins The third level of the final table has come to an end, and as we move into Level 4, we also move to a new blog post. Please join us there for the latest final table updates. 5:37pm: Peter Eastgate eliminated...more

NAPT Venetian: Prepared for Excitement at $25,000 Bounty Shootout Final Table

The final table area is set. Cameras are in place. Players are starting to stroll down the hallways. Fans are here early to get seats to see some of their favorite poker players battle it out in a unique tournament that offers bounties, an award for the most overall bounties,...more

LAPT Punta del Este: Day 2, Levels 15 and 16 (2,000-4,000, 400 ante)

8:48pm: Funked Out The action is going faster than we can keep up. Lee Marvin Funk (yes, it's his real name) just busted out in 35th place. His 8-8 lost to pocket Jacks. Also, Cesar Mostafa, the pride and joy of Paraguay, is closing in on 420K. He just...more

LAPT Punta del Este: Day 2, Levels 13 and 14 (1,200-2,400, 300 ante)

6:33pm: Break Time The 52 remaining players are heading out on a 15-minute break. 6:15pm: Bad Beat of the Level It wasn't pretty. Player in early position opened. Jose Capdevila raised. Mariano Rocca four-bet shoved. Original raiser folded. Capdevila snap called with K♥K♣. Rocca showed J♥J♣. The river was......more

My first outing as a Team PokerStars Pro, by Julian Thew

The second leg of the UKIPT took place at the G Casino in Manchester a few weeks ago. The event had sold out at 360 a fortnight earlier and luckily for another 160 players or so, the cap was increased. The most apparent difference between the PokerStars UKIPT tour and...more

A great PCA and improved online play, by Victor Ramdin

They say we can tell how many weeks of winter we have left by whether or not a groundhog sees his shadow. Well, I can always tell how well my poker year is going to go based on how well I do at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. Things went pretty...more

NAPT Venetian winner Tom Marchese


LAPT Punta del Este: Day 2, Levels 11 and 12 (800-1,600, 200 ante)

4:20pm: Players take a 15-minute break Smoke 'em if you've got 'em. 4:14pm: Sweet flop for Salas We caught up with this hand on the turn, just as Damian Salas moved all in on a J♥9♠6♣A♣ board and his opponent called, turning up pocket kings. Salas, however, had flopped...more

LAPT Punta del Este: Day 2, Levels 9 and 10 (500-1000, ante 100)

2:00pm: Break Time Action will resume in 15 minutes. 1:45pm: Stevie 444's Demolition Derby Stephen "Stevie444" Chidwick is up to 119K after running over his table. Here's the common scene... Chidwick raises and everyone folds. If someone is brave enough to call, Chidwick bangs away at the pot post-flop...more

LAPT Punta del Este: Day 2 Preview

Day 2 of the LAPT Punta del Este will begin shortly. The event started yesterday with 307 runners. More than half of the field busted out on the first day. A total of 145 players advanced to Day 2 with local player, Martin Alberto Fuentes, leading the field with...more

NAPT Venetian: Tom Marchese captures first title on American soil

The arc of a poker tournament is usually hard to define. Chips move, leaders come, and leaders go. It is rare to see a story define itself as well as it did at the NAPT Venetian event. By the penultimate day, a leader had established himself, and the story became...more

24 February

NAPT Venetian: Day 5, Levels 30-32 (100,000-200,000-20,000)

11:57pm: Marchese wins NAPT Venetian ($827,648), Stein in second ($522,306) The last hand of the night started with a 4♣5♥9♦ flop, and the two put a few chips into the pot to see the 3♣ on the turn. Stein bet 1,825,000 chips, and Marchese calmly called. The T♠ dropped...more

LAPT Punta del Este: Fuentes leads the Day 1 pack

It took two rooms to fit the field for this year's LAPT Punta del Este. Both the downstairs ballroom and the upstairs poker room at the Mantra Hotel & Casino were packed to the gills this afternoon, 307 players putting up $3,700 apiece for a chance at an LAPT title....more

NAPT Venetian: Final table player profiles

Eight hundred seventy-two players started the tournament at NAPT Venetian. Eight have made the final table. We have players from all over America ready to sit down and play for the NAPT title. Sam Stein begins the final table with the chip lead. NAPT Venetian final table player profiles Seat...more

NAPT Venetian: Final Table Set for $25,000 Bounty Shootout

"I'm not number one in this field, no way." So said Scott Seiver early on as the NAPT Venetian $25,000 Bounty Shootout got underway. He and his tablemates spent some time trying to handicap the field, which included many of the most highly regarded players in the game today. The...more

NAPT Venetian: Day 5, Levels 27-29 (50,000-100,000-10,000)

6:08pm: Break! Players are on a 15-minute break to celebrate the conclusion of Level 29. When we return, we'll be in a new post reflecting the level change. Find the new level right HERE. 6:03pm: Well, he's gotta lose this one! Sam Stein just managed to get it all-in...more

LAPT Punta del Este: Day 1, Levels 7 and 8 (300-600, 75 ante)

9:37pm: Day 1 done, Fuentes leads the pack Day 1 of the LAPT Punta del Este has come to an end, with 145 of the 307 starters returning tomorrow to play on. Uruguay's own Martin Fuentes made a late-evening surge, rising to the top of the leaderboard with 118,000...more

LAPT Punta del Este: Day 1, Levels 5 and 6 (150-300, 25 ante)

6:50pm: Break Time Approximately 207 players are heading out to the final break of Day 1. 6:40pm: "I pity the fool!" Stephen "Stevie444" Chidwick is not an urban legend. The young gun from Great Britain is for real. He once won 100 seats to the WSOP Main Event on...more

LAPT Punta del Este: Day 1, Levels 3 and 4 (100-200)

4:20pm: Break time Our 257 remaining players are on a fifteen-minute break. 4:10pm: Feed the shark Humberto Brenes had been relatively quiet during the opening three levels as his stack slipped to under 15,000. However, Brenes decided that it was time to feed his shark. One player opened up...more

LAPT Punta del Este: Day 1, Levels 1 and 2 (50-100)

2:10pm: Players are currently on a ten-minute break 2:00pm: Kiss the ace Neil Channing is visiting South America for the first time with a couple of his mates. The British pro got off to a slow start but finally picked up a small pot shortly before the first break....more

LAPT Punta del Este: The Dawn of a New Day

Greetings from the Mantra Casino in the tony La Barra section of Punta del Este. The start time for the LAPT Punta del Este Main Event has been delayed for a few minutes while the staff completes finishing touches on the Main Event. This event is so large that two...more

DonkeyWrenn's Tuesday gets $65,789 more Super

After the utter madness of the recent record-breaking Sunday Million, you might have expected PokerStars players to take some time away from the tables to catch their breath. But if you thought that, you don't know PokerStars players very well. About 38 hours since all the weekend's chaos abated, Super...more

NAPT Venetian: $25,000 Bounty Shootout, Flight 2, Levels 7-8

1:37am: End of Flight 2 We have our seven winners -- Cassidy, Eastgate, Griffin, Cassidy, Jaka, Seiver, and Corkins -- all of whom take home $75,000 for taking their tables, plus whatever bounties they claimed as well. There will be more bounties on the table Thursday and the rest...more

23 February

NAPT Venetian: $25,000 Bounty Shootout, Flight 2, Levels 4-6

11:58pm: Break time We aren't quite at the end of Level 6, but a break is in order so the television crew can do a little extra work before we push forward. 11:51pm: Cassidy prevails Justin Bonomo fought hard with the short stack, but at last has succumbed to...more

LAPT Punta del Este: Party Professionals

Let me tell you a little something about Uruguay -- the locals know how to throw a party. I have attended enough PokerStars-sponsored "welcome parties" to notice the similarities; delicious local cuisine, the constant flow of liquor, and a dozen models in sleek black dresses greeting guests with double kisses....more

NAPT Venetian: Stein takes chip lead to final table

Sam Stein is a wrecking ball. Broad-shouldered and burly, Stein has approached the last two days of this tournament with a grim-faced determination that makes it look like he's been told he has to mow the lawn or clean out the garage. No matter whether he's flopping sets against overpairs...more

NAPT Venetian: $25,000 Bounty Shootout, Flight 2, Levels 1-3

9:35pm: Break time The remaining players are taking the first break of the night. We'll be back at the start of the next level with current chip counts at all four tables. 9:31pm: Gibson gone A short-stacked Keith Gibson was all in over at Table 3 with K♦J♠ against...more

NAPT Venetian: Day 4, Levels 25-27 (30,000-60,000-5,000)

8:15pm: And that's a wrap for Day 4 With eight players, we have our NAPT Venetian final table with Sam Stein as its chip leader. A full wrap of today's events will be posted in short order. Join us tomorrow at 2pm for live coverage of all the action...more

NAPT Venetian: Day 4, Levels 22-24 (15,000-30,000-3,000)

4:10pm: Break! New level and post coming... As players take a few minutes away from the tables to relax, the tournament staff is preparing to begin Level 25. And we'll be starting a new post for Levels 25 and 26, which you can find on the homepage. Chip counts...more

NAPT Venetian: $25,000 Bounty Shootout, Flight 1, Levels 4-9

6:06pm: End of Flight 1 With that we run for a quick dinner break before returning for tonight's Flight 2. See you in a little under an hour. 6:02pm: Corkins wins On the very next hand, Hoyt Corkins open-raised all in and John Duthie called. Corkins showed the A♦9♥...more

NAPT Venetian: $25,000 Bounty Shootout, Flight 1, Levels 1-3

1:32pm: Dang out, ElkY in Di Dang has been eliminated by Jennifer Tilly over on Table 5. Meanwhile, Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier just survived an all in against Chau Giang thanks to a well-timed heart flush. We're on our first break of the day now. We'll get you updated chip...more

LAPT Punta del Este: Where South America feels like St. Tropez

Telling someone you're heading to Uruguay for a poker tournament is bound to draw a few puzzled looks. It certainly did for us. "They have casinos in Uruguay? Casinos with poker?" our friend incredulously inquired. Oh, how they do. And for those of us who travel the Latin American Poker...more

NAPT Venetian: Here Come the High Rollers, $25,000 Bounty Shootout Begins Today

Ready for some high stakes fun? For games within games? For something special to mark this first ever North American Poker Tour stop at the Venetian in Las Vegas? Today's first round of the NAPT Venetian $25,000 High Roller Bounty Shootout event brings together a collection of the poker world's...more

NAPT Venetian: Finding the Best of the Best on Day 4

Welcome back to beautiful Las Vegas and the luxurious Venetian. Inside, the poker room is buzzing with excitement already. Players will trickle in shortly. Fans will gather outside the ropes. We have some important poker to play today. The 24 players that start Day 4 have proven themselves to be...more

NAPT Venetian: 24 Sail Through to Day 4

When we started at noon on Saturday, there were nearly 90 tables filled with 872 players, filling the entire poker room and curling all around the immediate environs, zig-zagging every which way. Sort of like those famous canals of the Italian city from which the Venetian gets its name....more

NAPT Venetian: Day 3, levels 21 and 22 (8,000-16,000-2,000)

1:12am: Day 3 concludes With that last flurry of eliminations, Day 3 swiftly comes to a close. The remaining 24 players are starting to bag up their earnings thus far, but all well know there's still a long way to go to that $827,648 first prize. 1:06am: Rousso hits...more

22 February

NAPT Venetian Day 2 recap


NAPT Venetian: $25,000 Bounty Shootout draws monsters

What we have just witnessed is no short of history in the making. Sure, we know we tend to get hyperbolic around these parts, but we feel comfortable in suggesting that what we'll witness this week will be the stuff poker people will talk about for ages. When the NAPT...more

NAPT Venetian: Day 3, levels 19 and 20 (6,000-12,000-1,000)

10:35pm: End of level That's 20 levels in the books. Of the 872 who began on Saturday, just 36 remain. 10:17pm: Cernuto survives "Miami" John Cernuto left for the dinner break after a very tough laydown to an all-in from his opponent, and he was left with less chips...more

NAPT Venetian: Day 3, levels 17 and 18 (4,000-8,000-1,000)

6:38pm: Gimme a break! Ok, settle down. Players are on a break. They are taking 15 minutes and will return to start Level 19. (Hint: There will be another blog for Level 19. Go there after this.) 6:29pm: Oh, aces, how they can hurt sometimes Martin Medina played aces...more

PokerStars announces 2010 SCOOP schedule

In 2009, it was one of the greatest new things in online poker. In 2010, it's been the most anticipated online announcement of the year. Now, we can happily present to you the 2010 Spring Championship of Online Poker schedule. Just moments ago we were given our first look, at...more

NAPT Venetian: Day 3, levels 15 and 16 (2,500-5,000-500)

3:22pm: Break time The 91 remaining players are taking a 15-minute break. 3:15pm: Double-ups keep hope alive Despite being in the money, most poker players do not want to leave the tournament. The final table is two days away, and a few key double-ups could put them in contention...more

NAPT Venetian: Dollar Signs on Day 3

The day in Las Vegas will start with some unknowns. Outside the Venetian Hotel & Casino, the day began with rain and cloudy skies. But as the hours passed, the sun emerged and blue skies now reign, despite some rather brisk desert winds. All in all, a beautiful day is...more

Sunday Million: The Rich get Richer, RichieRichZH wins largest Sunday Million

Just a few weeks ago we were lauding the largest Sunday Million field here at the PokerStarsBlog. There were good reasons for the hype as the bump from the usual $1.5 million guarantee to $2 million guarantee attracted the largest field (19,377 players) and biggest prize pool ($3,875,400) this special...more

Homanga comes from behind for win in gigantic Sunday Warm-Up field!

This weekend was a huge one for PokerStars, with the NAPT Venetian going on, the EPT Copenhagen wrapping up, and more exploded guarantees in the Sunday major tourneys. But it was the phenomenal 40 Billionth Hand promotion that drove the action online this week. This week's Sunday Warm-Up drew a...more

21 February

NAPT Venetian: Dreams of Poker Stardom

Stardom may be too strong a word. This is only the first American stop of the inaugural season of the North American Poker Tour, a series of live poker tournaments that has already proven itself a serious contender in the poker world. And there were 872 players in the $5,000...more

NAPT Venetian: Day 2, levels 13 and 14 (1,500-3,000-300)

9:21pm: Day 2 concludes The last hands of Day 2 have been dealt, and Andrew Lichtenberger is the one bagging the most chips with 618,000, followed by Day 1 chip leader Andy Seth with 602,600, and Steve Billirakis with 591,200. It appears we're still about 20 eliminations away from...more

NAPT Venetian: Day 2, levels 11 and 12 (1000-2000-200)

6:13pm: Break time Players are now on break. Further reports on the next levels can be found HERE. 6:02pm: Negreanu doubles When Daniel Negreanu alerted the media via Twitter that he was down to 15K chips, we planted ourselves in the area to see the forthcoming action. It didn't...more

EPT Copenhagen: Anton Wigg wins marathon final in Copenhagen

Copenhagen has never really conformed to the eight-handed, eight-hour thank-you-very-much final. An early hours finish in season two, the flip-flop heads-up of Grospellier-Petersson in season three, and the five-hour marathon in season four. Casino Copenhagen seemed to have shed its malingering reputation when Jens Kyllonen made easy work of...more

NAPT Venetian: Day 2, levels 9 and 10 (600-1,200-100)

3:03pm: Break it up The second break of the day is upon us, and players are stretching their legs and recounting hands to anyone who will listen. When their 15 minutes are over, they will enter the third level of the day. 2:58pm: Moving on As the field thins,...more

EPT Copenhagen: Final table, levels 28, 29 & 30 (60,000-120,000)

1.20am: Anton Wigg wins EPT Copenhagen, earning 3,675,000 DKK Francesco De Vivo runner up, earning 2,275,000 DKK After a titanic heads-up battle, Anton Wigg wins the EPT Copenhagen title and a monster pile of cash amounting to nearly half a million euros. Wigg, from Sweden, opened the pot with a...more

NAPT Venetian: Readying for Day 2

It's a quiet Sunday morning here at the Venetian. Well, relatively speaking. "Quiet" has a slightly different significance inside a Vegas casino than it might there on your front porch perusing the latest news on your laptop. But let's appreciate together the contrast of the present calm with the high,...more

EPT Copenhagen: Final Table, Level 26 and 27 (30,000-60,000 5,000 ante)

8pm: Dinner That's it, we're on a dinner break. Just the 45 minutes, so don't go far. 7.55pm: New chipleader! Monster hand alert.... Francesco De Vivo has doubled up through Anton Wigg to take the chip lead. De Vivo had opened with a raise to 160,000, Wigg re-raised to 425,000,...more

NAPT Venetian: Day 1 recap


EPT Copenhagen: Final Table, Level 25 (20,000-40,000 4,000 ante)

4.50pm: Break time And that's the end of the level. Blinds up and a 15 minute break. 4.45pm: Jesper Ptersen eliminated in 8th place (282,800 DKK) Jesper Petersen managed to get his chips in first this time and with the best hand but it hasn't stopped him being eliminated. Chip...more

EPT Copenhagen: Final table live action

It's final table day at EPT Copenhagen - and here's a little experiment in our coverage. As usual, you can watch the action live at EPTLive or follow all our superlative coverage at PokerStars Blog, where you'll find all the level-by-level action, with the best writing and photography. Below you'll...more

EPT Copenhagen: Final table player profiles

We'd reached the end of level 24 last night and, with nine players left, a break was called for. Ten minutes rest as the clock struck 10.15pm. Weary heads dragged the bodies they were attached to for a short run-around, re-invigorating the blood in their shoulders, legs and feet...more

NAPT Venetian: The perfect party

Anyone who has ever thrown a party has shared the same anxiety. What if no one comes? What if too many people come? What if I didn't buy enough bean dip? It's a nerve-rattling time, and one that can only be soothed when everything turns out to perfection. The North...more

20 February

NAPT Venetian: Day 1, levels 7 and 8 (400-800-100)

9:19pm: Day 1 concludes The last hands of Level 8 have been dealt, and the bagging has begun. Looks like approximately 510 players remain from our starting field of 872. In the late breaking news department, Erica Schoenberg and Eric Baldwin both busted right near the end of the evening....more

NAPT Venetian: Day 1, levels 5 and 6 (200-400-50)

6:49pm: Last break With six levels complete, we have reached our last break of the day. 6:40pm: You want numbers? We got your numbers right here... The first North American Poker Tour stop at the Venetian in Las Vegas had its challenges. Not only was it the inaugural NAPT...more

EPT Copenhagen: De Vivo snatches lead at end of Guldhammer's day in the sun

Poker strategies change like the wind, from the "fold everything but aces" of the old school to the "five bet with air" of the new guard. But whatever the fashion, one truism will endure: if you're on a heater, you should ride it. Morten Guldhammer has been on the mother...more

NAPT Venetian: Day 1, levels 3 and 4 (150-300)

4:29pm: Break time This is the midway point for day 1. Players are now on a 15 minute break 4:23: It's not a chicken Caesar salad If only Bill Chen and Jason Mercier had waited for the salad announcement. They've already had their lunch. Mercier seems to have devoured...more

EPT Copenhagen: Day 4, Level 24 (15,000-30,000 3,000 ante)

10.15pm: You know what, why not stop now? All the players and staff have agreed that the end of this level offered a convenient opportunity to end this one for the night. That's it - we'll play a nine-handed final table tomorrow. A full wrap of today's events, when we...more

NAPT Venetian: Day 1, levels 1 and 2 (75-150)

2:10pm: Break time After two levels of play, the massive field is taking its first break of the day. 2:02pm: Casual Cada He looks quite intense during a hand, mouth slighly open and eyes focused on the board cards as if they could change at any moment. But there...more

NAPT Venetian: First flop to fall in Las Vegas

We have been all over the world to cover poker tournaments. From Perth to Kyiv, to Monte Carlo to Uruguay, we've seen poker played in lands we never thought we'd visit. We've even covered more than our fair share of tournaments in Las Vegas. But never did we think that...more

EPT Copenhagen: Day 4, levels 22 and 23 (10,000-20,000 2,000 ante)

8.37pm: That's the break Up a level, right after a ten minute break. 8.35pm: Loving the flop Morten Guldhammer was on the rail shrugging off the hand, but the only concern for Yorane Kerignard is that he just used up all of his good fortune in one go. Kerignard...more

EPT Copenhagen: Day 4


EPT Copenhagen: Day 4, Levels 20 and 21 (6,000-12,000 1,000 ante)

5.28pm: Break time That's the end of the level. All done for 15 minutes. 5.25pm: Wigg wham Anton Wigg continues to take pots. On this one Mads Wissing raised to 38,000. It was folded around to Wigg on the big blind, who called. They both checked the 7♣A♠6♥ flop, but...more

EPT Copenhagen: Making 24 look like eight

And so we enter the closing straight. Four days ago, 423 players arrived to Casino Copenhagen to comprise what is commonly regarded to be the toughest EPT field of the season. There were major established champions mingling with internet sensations mixed in with the best "local" players on the whole...more

EPT Copenhagen: Day 4 seat draw

With just 24 players left, we're down to three tables of eight. That makes finding your favorite player in the list below just a little bit easier. While the purists will look at table one with interest, seeing as it has chipped-up Brit Andrew Teng and some other tasty stacks,...more

NAPT Venetian: Welcome to Las Vegas!


19 February

NAPT Venetian: Helping hunger, bringing the T-Pain

It must be a fever dream. It has to be, because there is no scenario in the world that would paint such a picture. Camera flashes are everywhere and in between each strobe it looks like actor Christian Slater is sitting next to guitarist Slash. And Slash is sitting next...more

EPT Copenhagen: Romanello finds right potion to take lead

It takes all sorts of personal attributes to lead an EPT at the day three stage. Talent of course, some luck, courage, patience and a spot of good timing. For one player today though, the day would need just a little more. Roberto Romanello has the chip lead tonight...more

NAPT Venetian: Celebs lining up to give back

I have seen The Venetian Poker room more times than I can count. I've played tons of sessions, several tournaments, and one fairly exciting final table. Still, I've never seen the room as it is right now. What was already a giant poker room has spilled out onto the casino...more

EPT Copenhagen: Day 3, levels 19 and 20 (5,000-10,000 1,000 ante)

10.05pm: Top chips As advertised, full chip counts are on their way. But here's a sneak preview of the top three: Roberto Romanello: 1,400,000 Andrew Teng: 1,005,000 Anton Wigg: 949,000 (Let's not forget Peter Eastgate, with 726,000.) 10pm: Junker kicked in the proverbials; day is done Jens Sundeberg is our...more

EPT Copenhagen: The run for the money


Breaking: PokerStars deals its 40 billionth hand

If like us you're still trying to get your head around the enormity of 40,000,000,000, then perhaps this number will be digested more easily: player Senecady just won $24,000 for scooping this Mega Milestone hand. You probably heard that PokerStars has been running a special promotion to celebrate the arrival...more

EPT Copenhagen: Day 3, levels 17 & 18 (3,000-6,000 500 ante)

8.20pm: Chips updated With all those poker players out of the way it was easy to do an up-to-date chip count. You'll find them here. 8.05pm: Level done; dinner time It's the end of the level and the 38 remaining players will now leave the tournament area for a nourishing...more

EPT Copenhagen: Day 3, levels 15 & 16 (2,500-5,000 500 ante)

4.55pm: Level over The level ended before the bubble did. How d'ya like that? Level 17 begins after a 15 minute break, during which all the counts are being made. -- HS. 4.50pm: Rom-com continues Roberto Romanello and Csaba Toth are continuing their love in during this bubble period. They're...more

EPT Copenhagen: Who you calling fish?

There's a lake opposite the SAS Radisson hotel, visible from any eastward window above the third floor. The lake is frozen of course; it's been freezing cold and snowing here since about 1930, and the ice is covered by an inch or so of snow. It's on this that...more

EPT Copenhagen: Day 3 seat draw

This post does exactly what is says on the tin... it contains the day three seat draw. We've got ten tables still in play. Scroll down or use 'control f' to go straight to your player of choice. If you want to catch up on events so far, then you...more

18 February

EPT Copenhagen: Csaba Toth bares his teeth to lead day two

To win a poker tournament, you have to end up with all of everyone else's chips. But you've also got to get your timing right: there's no point grabbing mountains in the early stages only to lose them all a day later. This is a marathon not a sprint. Day...more

NAPT releases full Mohegan Sun schedule

We are convinced that by the time we get finished reporting on the North American Poker Tour event at The Venetian this weekend, we will be as impressed as we expect with the new poker circuit. We predict we will be foaming at the mouth and ready to get on...more

EPT Copenhagen: Day 2, levels 13 and 14 (1,500-3,000 300 ante)

10.31pm: Last four hands The clock has stopped and the last four hands will be played on each table before chips are bagged up for the night. 10.30pm: Wissing in the wind The board was already showing 2♥A♦J♠5♣5♠ when the action started in a hand between Mads Wissing and Fabian...more

IFRC thanks PokerStars, players for Haiti donations

When you donated to the PokerStars Haiti earthquake appeal, you no doubt did it for the right reasons. You did it because you cared and you wanted to give something back. Today, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies sent a letter of thanks to PokerStars and...more

PokerStars F40: The 40 billionth approacheth

Tick. Tock. Tick. Tock. We're not saying you should just start playing on PokerStars right now and not stop until the 40 billionth hand hits. We're not, because you probably have a lot of important things to do. You probably need to get a haircut or meet with the landscapers...more

EPT Copenhagen: Eastgate's tips... on beating Scandies


EPT Copenhagen: Day 2, levels 11 and 12 (1,000-2,000 200 ante)

7.25pm: Bluff ElkY at your peril ElkY has some of the best player reading skills in the business - just as Bjorn Verbakel. On a board of 3♥5♠8♥Q♦4♣ and about 20,000 in the pot, ElkY checked to Verbakel, who bet 16,200. ElkY thought about it for a while, but on...more

EPT Copenhagen: Day 2, level 9 and 10 (600-1,200 100 ante)

4.44pm: Lodden bluffed? In the very last hand of the level Johnny Lodden raised from early position to 2,800 and then called Danny Neess' three-bet to 7,700 from the small blind. The flop came down 2♦3♠T♣ and Lodden called a Neess c-bet of 6,500. Nees led again on the 7♦...more

EPT Copenhagen: Day 2 seat draw

EPT Copenhagen, day 2 seat draw Oddly, the table numbers here in Copenhagen begin at 17. What happened to tables 1-16 is anyone's guess. Below you'll find the full list of runners and their seat draws for day 2. It's a long list - so hit 'control f' to find...more

EPT Copenhagen: Day two dawns

It's day two in Copenhagen, Thursday in layman's terms, and time for a customary weather report: it's cold and snowy. Now that's out the way, what else is new? Well, not much, folks, not much. But this is the kind of familiarity that breeds respect rather than contempt. Today, the...more

17 February

EPT Copenhagen: Koskinen and Ruthenberg lead the way

The two flights of day one are usually different beasts, even beyond the now predictable and clichéd numbers that show up on day B. Today that difference was best judged by the fate of the Team PokerStars Pros but also in the photo finish for the lead. Just 100...more

EPT Copenhagen: Day 1B, levels 7 and 8 (400-800, 75 ante)

11.45pm: Play finished A full wrap of the day's action is on its way, but here's what you're likely to find out. The Finnish player Ilkka Koskinen is today's leader, with 140,900, the smallest possible margin ahead of Sebastian Ruthenberg, who has 140,800. That's the difference between a win in...more

North American Poker Tour on screen

Clear your schedules and set your DVRs, because there is about to be a whole lot more poker to watch on TV. We've been hinting at it for some time, and now it's official. The North American Poker Tour is headed to the ESPN broadcast schedule. The NAPT announced this...more

EPT Copenhagen: Day 1B, levels 5 and 6 (200-400, 50 ante)

9.37pm: Level done That's the end of level six. Players are now taking a 15 minute break. 9.35pm: Thorson finished William Thorson is out. "Many pots," is the simple answer to how he went from about 50,000 to the rail, but the final hand involved king-ten on a Q-J-6 board...more

EPT Copenhagen: It's day 1B


EPT Copenhagen: Day 1B, levels 3 and 4 (150-300)

6.30pm: Dinner time That's the end of the level. We're now taking a 60-minute dinner break. Join us again at around 7.30pm. 6.25pm: Romanello takes some of Langset's run-good Anders Langset had a spectacular tournament here last year, hardly putting a foot wrong en route to the final table and...more

EPT Copenhagen: No better place to be

First the scene outside. Despite zero degree temperatures and unforgiving winds Copenhageners venture outdoors. Scarves up to the teeth perhaps, woolly hats down to the eyes for sure, and their noses in the middle red to the wind. But they ride their bicycles with determination, no doubt off to...more

EPT Copenhagen: Day 1B, levels 1 and 2 (75-150)

4.20pm: Break time As the tournament clock wound down, Jussi Nevanlinna, who made the final table here last year, and Victor Lemos were still in a hand. The board read Q♥[10c]7♦ and Lemos check-called Nevanlinna's 550 bet. The turn was 2♠ and the process repeated, this time for 1,550. The...more

Jemmert1983 jams the win and $92,530 in the 2/16 Super Tuesday event

Well, hello there. We usually only see each other on Sundays and during special events like WCOOP and SCOOP, but it's nice to be here on a Tuesday night. Errr, actually, it's Wednesday morning, but Super Tuesday does run well into the night/morning hours. It is exciting to begin to...more

16 February

EPT Copenhagen: Andrew Pantling seizes early initiative

It was day 1A in Denmark, the opening stages of the European Poker Tour's sixth visit to Copenhagen. Time was when this first day was all about spotting the stars in the packed ranks, but today we spent a good couple of hours putting together a list of who wasn't...more

EPT Copenhagen: Day 1A, levels 7 and 8 (400-800, 75 ante)

10.55pm: End of play That's it. Players are bagging and tagging. It looks like Andrew Pantling from Canada will be our overnight chip leader with 155,800. However, we're counting up as many of the leaders as we can right now. The chip count page as soon as possible - and...more

EPT Copenhagen: ElkY speaks!


EPT Copenhagen: Day 1A, levels 5 and 6 (200-400, 50 ante)

9.45pm: Break That's the end of the level. There's a 15-minute break and we'll be back for the final two levels. 9.40pm: Five minutes in the life of Dario Minieri Well, to be honest, this five minutes is like every other five minutes in the Italian's poker life. Four hands...more

EPT Copenhagen: Day 1A


NAPT to host big party, big names, big charity event

In just a few days, we'll all be walking into The Venetian for a history-making event: the first PokerStars-sponsored tour stop in Las Vegas history. Hundreds of people have qualified for the North American Poker Tour tournament, and hundreds more will buy in to the $5,000 Main Event. It's looking...more

PokerStars F40: The faces of the winners

If you're like me, you look at those sweepstakes announcements on the back of your morning cereal box and think, "Nobody ever wins those things! It's all fake! If only they would publish the photos of the winners!" Well, if you're like that, you might also wonder the same thing...more

EPT Copenhagen: Day 1A, levels 3 and 4 (150-300)

6.35pm: Dinner break That's the end of level four leaving players free to enjoy a one hour dinner break. 6.30pm: Who's he? "See that guy there. He's really famous." With that nudge from a Swedish colleague came my first glimpse of Swedish actor Anders Beckman, famous for theatrical plays, TV...more

EPT Copenhagen: Day 1A, levels 1 and 2 (75-150)

4.20pm: Break time That's the end of the first two levels of the day and that means a break for 15 minutes. 4.15pm: Reality sets in That's 400 all round for the small blind Philip Kalin, the big blind Cornel Cimpan and Janne Nevalainen. Cimpan, wearing a woolly hat with...more

EPT Copenhagen: The new, old frontier

Where better to spend freezing February than the fringes of the Arctic Circle? Such has been the discussions at EPT HQ over the past six years, and no one yet has found reason to go anywhere other than Copenhagen, Denmark, one of only four destinations to feature on every single...more

EPT Copenhagen: Welcome to Denmark!


A great start to the year, by Randy 'nanonoko' Lew

by Randy 'nanonoko' Lew First off, I'd like to say that being a part of Team Pokerstars Online is such a great honor of which I'm very proud of. I've always aspired to be a part of Team PokerStars and I believe my hard work ethic and dedication has paid...more

15 February

My life since the WSOP, by Joe Cada

So much has happened since the WSOP Main Event, it's a little hard to remember it all. There hasn't been as much poker as I would like. But how can I complain? Immediately after the main event, I went with my agent, Dan, to spend a few days in New...more

PokerStars Sunday tournament results (2-14-10)

Valentines Day...Hallmark holiday or occasion to celebrate your love for the significant man, woman, or household appliance in your life? That was the big question for legions of people who settled into their chairs yesterday and ignored it all in an attempt to win some big money on a Valentines...more

UKIPT Manchester: We have a winner!


Blompf Loved the $227K Win in the Valentine's Day Sunday Million

Ahhh, Valentine's Day. For many people in relationships, it is a day of love (or gifts or extravagant meals). For single people, it's a day to stay away from restaurants, malls, and flower shops. In the online poker world, Valentine's Day meant that many players dedicated themselves to their significant...more

14 February

Sunday Warm-up: smacl02 lays the smackdown in Sunday Warm-up win

Love is in the air for all here at PokerStars where we're celebrating our 40 Billionth hand promotion with free money at the cash game tables every millionth hand and an assortment of giveaways to help curb the cost of that dinner at P.F. Changs with a dozen red roses...more

UKIPT Manchester: Joeri Zandvliet wins the UKIPT Manchester

What a day. In just the second leg of the inaugural United Kingdom and Ireland Poker Tour we've had a final table that had it all. Penalties and blow-ups, suck outs and hero calls have flashed out throughout the day like forked lightning during a storm. And after the clouds...more

UKIPT Manchester: Day 3 level 28 (blinds 40000-80000, ante 5000)

12.52am: Joeri Zandvliet is the UKIPT Champion (£63,200) It only took one hand of level twenty to find our champion and that man is Dutchman Joeri Zandvliet. All the chips went in pre-flop with Ellwood holding A♦Q♠ to Zandvliet's 9♥9♣. The flop saw the Brit take the lead when it...more

UKIPT Manchester: Day 3 level 27 (blinds 30000-60000, ante 6000)

12.30am: BREAK TIME The two final protagonists have gone to break. 12.28am: Heads up for rolls Zandvliet goes into the heads up with a 5.6m lead over Ellwood's 2.3m stack. It's quite a comeback from the Dutchman and he's showing no sign of slowing down now. After a couple of...more

UKIPT Manchester: Day 3 level 26 (blinds 20000-40000, ante 4000)

11.25pm: Hill dominating at the end of the level Mike Hill is using his big stack to terrible effect and has battered the table on the last four hands: 1) Lyall (on his first hand back) raises to 100,000 and passes to Hill's all-in. 2) Mike shoves all-in from the...more

UKIPT Manchester: Day 3 level 25 (blinds 15000-30000, ante 3000)

10.13pm: OMFG On the last hand before the break all hell broke loose. Lyall raises 62,000 under the gun and Ellwood raises to 165,000 from the small blind. Ellwood bets 178,000 and is flat called by Lyall. A big pot is brewing. As Ellwood looked like he was gearing up...more

UKIPT Manchester: Day 3 level 24 (blinds 12000-24000, ante 3000)

9.06pm: End of level That's it for this level. Another 60 minutes and they'll be a 15-minute break. Lyall appears to be getting restless and is likely to scoop all the chips in the next couple of hours or dump them all off. Time, as they say, will tell. 9.05pm:...more

UKIPT Manchester: Day 3 level 23 (blinds 10,000-20,000, ante 2000)

6.34pm: Owston feeling the pressure Lyall, a high stakes cash game player, is ramping up the pressure on Dan Owston who has been saved from rampant tiltage by the dinner break. Owston 'playfully' swings a PokerStars t-shirt at Lyall's head after he's forced to toss his cards away after his...more

UKIPT Manchester: Final day


UKIPT Manchester: Day 3 level 22 (blinds 8000-16,000, ante 2000)

5.12pm: Doubling Dan Dan Owston has just doubled up to around 300,000 after raising all-in over Chris Brammer's open with K♦Q♥. Brammer made the call with 6♠7♠ but Owston made trips on a A♠Q♣4♠J♥Q♦ board. Annnnnddddd, it's BREAK! 5.12pm: Jack the lad In only the second hand he's played so...more

PokerStars F40: Tips on hitting the milestone hands

It's fairly amazing how quickly PokerStars can deal a million hands. In fact, it sometimes happens so quickly, you miss it entirely. Alan Lui had no idea he was in a milestone hand during the F40 celebration. In fact, the Supernova Elite had to be told by a buddy who...more

UKIPT Manchester: Day 3 level 21 (blinds 6000-12000, ante 2000)

4.20pm: Brammer time He lost one he won one. The first hand saw him see a J♥3♦8♣ flop with Michael Hill. Brammer led for 45,000 only to be raised up to 110,000. Hill called to see a 9♠ flop where he led out for 140,000 but folded to a Hill...more

UKIPT Manchester: Final Day Intro

It's Final Table day here in Manchester. We're not quite at that stage though. The nine levels of play yesterday got us down to our final 13 players. After a late surge our clear chip leader coming into today's play is Jack Ellwood. He ran aces into kings and then...more

ANZPT Adelaide: Rennie muscles his way to deserved win

Rennie Carnevale hadn't planned to play the PokerStars.net ANZPT Adelaide Main Event. After winning one of the preliminary events, he'd decided to take the cash and preserve his bankroll. His flight back to Sydney, near his Wollongong home, was booked and his bags were packed when an email arrived...more

ANZPT Adelaide: Final table, level 24 (blinds 15,000-30,000, ante 3000)

7.15pm: Andrew Scarf eliminated in 2nd place, Rennie Carnevale wins the ANZPT Adelaide Main Event title The bulldozer ride of Rennie Carnevale continued in the heads-up duel as he crushed Andrew Scarf into submission to capture the 2010 PokerStars.net ANZPT Adelaide Main Event title and the first prize of...more

ANZPT Adelaide: Final table, level 23 (blinds 12,000-24,000, ante 3000)

5.30pm: Scarf scarring the opposition After those two quick eliminations, Andrew Scarf remains at the head of the chip count on 1.7 million but Octavian Voegele's KO of Billy "The Croc" Argyros has elevated him to second chip position on 900,000. Dan Neilson is next on 790,000 million, with...more

ANZPT Adelaide: Final table, level 22 (blinds 10,000-20,000, ante 2000)

4.30pm: Benton leads the cheers Rennie Carnevale was in the audience at Star Casino in Sydney when Aaron Benton won the 2009 PokerStars.net APPT Grand Final. A well-refreshed Benton is returning the favour here today, leading the support crew for fellow Wollongong resident Carnevale as he continues his steady...more

13 February

ANZPT Adelaide: Final table, level 21 (blinds 8000-16,000, ante 2000)

3.30pm: Next stop - Perth With the ANZPT Adelaide Main Event almost consigned to history, players are starting to make their plans to trek across the Nullarbor Plain to the Burswood Entertainment Complex for the first PokerStars.net ANZPT Perth. Home to many of the nation's best players (2009 WSOP...more

ANZPT Adelaide: Final table, level 20 (blinds 6000-12,000, ante 1000)

2.20pm: Terrific turn for Tony Tony Hachem has quickly climbed back up the chip count after taking down a nice pot against Michael Sellars. Hachem raised to 31,000, Sellars called and they saw a flop of 8♥ [10c] 7♦. Hachem bet 47,000, Sellars called and the turn fell K♠....more

UKIPT Manchester: Day 2 end of play wrap

There were 122 players that came back today at 2pm, removed their chips and stacked them nicely in front of them. All through this process a two-stage plan will have been on a lot of the player's minds. The first stage was all about number 72. Why? That's the magic...more

ANZPT Adelaide: Who needs roses and chocolates?

So what to do for Valentine's Day and Chinese New Year? Treat the wife/girlfriend to a quick feed in Gouger St AKA Adelaide's Chinatown and hot-foot it to Adelaide Casino for the final table of the PokerStars.net ANZPT Adelaide Main Event. Welcome to the finale of the first ANZPT...more

UKIPT Manchester: Day 2 level 20 (blinds 6000-12000, ante 1000)

1:20am: Day 2 is Ooooover From the depths appeared a man (who wasn't American despite a colleague's erstwhile protests) who took his stack from a middling 300,000 to well over a million in the last couple of levels... but more about him in the wrap. Chip counts to come shortly......more

UKIPT Manchester: Day 2 level 19 (blinds 5000-10000, ante 1000)

12.10am: Two table time At the very end of the level we lost Aaron Barry to take us to 18 players and two tables. He was eliminated in unfortunate circumstances to Jack Ellwood who now tips the chip scale at just over a million chips. Barry opened with a raise...more

UKIPT Manchester: Day 2 level 18 (blinds 4000-8000, ante 500)

10.45pm: Colour-up The players are on a break while the 500 denomination chips are coloured up and taken out of play. 10.40pm: Brammer's back It didn't take long for Brammer to get those chips back. He raised from the button and was called by Mark Warnock in the big blind....more

UKIPT Manchester: Day 2 level 17 (blinds 3000-6000, ante 500)

9.42pm: OWSTEN SHOUT OUT! Us bloggers are trying to cover as much action as possible and are trying to follow player requests where possible so... Dan Owston is on 165,000 and wants to send his thanks to all his supporters in Wales. He's just swiped 10 minutes of juice from...more

UKIPT Manchester: Day 2 level 16 (blinds 2500-5000, ante 500)

8.05pm: Pesonen the hatchet man It turns out that Lauri Pesonen has been taking out some of the smaller stacks of table 4 and is up to 260,000. Both Tony Martin and Darren Naylor fell to him - in consecutive hands! It's the end of level 16. Watch UKIPT...more

UKIPT Manchester: Day 2 level 15 (blinds 2000-4000, ante 400)

6.40pm: Steak dinner? 55 players remain and they are all off on a one hour dinner break. There is a free buffet on offer for them but now they're all in the money they may prefer a steak dinner. 6.35pm: Dominated Davidson Action folded around to Robert Davidson on the...more

UKIPT Manchester: It's Day 2


UKIPT Manchester: Day 2 level 14 (blinds 1500/3000, ante 300)

5.05pm: 'YES' No mate, you're out Roy Backhouse only had 16,600 chips and couldn't wait for the bubble to burst to make his move. They all went in from mid-position when folded around to him. Richard Lis then flat called from the button before Rupinder Bedi moved his big stack...more

UKIPT Manchester: Day 2 level 13 (blinds 1200/1400, ante 300)

4pm: BREAK TIME! BREAK TIME! The players are on a 15-minute break giving players time for a moment repose before the bubble dynamics truly kick in. Shorter stacks are in that horrible dilemma of wanting to double up, but not wanting to risk elimination. 3.53pm: Coren caught at it Vicky...more

PokerStars F40 already giving away thousands

If you have spent any time on PokerStars over the last couple of days, you might have noticed people winning money even if they folded pre-flop. In fact, there are people winning scads of money even after they lost a hand. How? Well, the F40 promotion going on right now,...more

UKIPT Manchester: Day 2 level 12 (blinds 1000/2000, ante 200)

First level of the day is done 3pm: Kellet right back in contention Richard Kellett had to really grind throughout the last few levels of yesterday after getting his aces cracked. Near the end he managed to double up twice with the pocket rockets to safely book his passage through...more

UKIPT Manchester: Day 2 intro

In an age of young aggressive, yet ultimately mute, online players breaking through into the live arena Mark Warnock comes as a refreshing change. To say the Liverpudlian is lively is an understatement. Seated with PokerStars Team Pro and fellow big stack Vicky Coren on his left Warnock was more...more

PokerStars Macau brings back Macau Poker Cup

For the third straight year, the Macau Poker Cup is coming back to PokerStars Macau. March 3-7, PokerStars Macau at Casino Grand Lisboa will host the quarterly event. The March Macau Poker Cup will feature six events and live satellites to the $1 million Red Dragon tournament. Players will also...more

ANZPT Adelaide: Final table profiles

It took exactly seven hours of play to decide the first final table for season two of the PokerStars.net ANZPT after the ANZPT Adelaide Main Event field was slashed from 37 to nine. PokerStars.net Team Australia Pro Eric Assadourian was the unfortunate final table bubble player collecting $10,310 for...more

ANZPT Adelaide: Day 3, level 20 (blinds 6000-12,000, ante 1000)

8.40pm: Assadourian out in 10th, final table decided Just a tick into level 21, the final table for the PokerStars.net ANZPT Adelaide Main Event was decided with the elimination of PokerStars.net Team Australia Pro Eric Assadourian. He was all-in for 101,000 with K♥ J♠, but needed help against the...more

ANZPT Adelaide: Day 3, level 19 (blinds 5000-10,000, ante 1000)

6.30pm: Scarf sets the pace Eliminations have come in fits and spurts all day, and we're back in the doldrums as players carefully pick their way up the pay scale. The remaining 15 players are guaranteed $9020, but all eyes are focussed on the first prize of $165,900 and...more

ANZPT Adelaide: Day 3, level 19 (blinds 5000-10,000, ante 1000)

6.30pm: Scarf sets the pace Eliminations have come in fits and spurts all day, and we're back in the doldrums as players carefully pick their way up the pay scale. The remaining 15 players are guaranteed $9020, but all eyes are focussed on the first prize of $165,900 and...more

ANZPT Adelaide: Day 3, level 19 (blinds 5000-10,000, ante 1000)

7pm: A winning pair Poker tourism is a big element of the ANZPT, and there's no better example of the concept than PokerStars Qualifier Victoria Martinez. After bowing out of the ANZPT Adelaide Main Event on day two, Victoria's partner Alistair arrived so the pair could spend the weekend...more

ANZPT Adelaide: Day 3, level 18 (blinds 4000-8000, ante 500)

6.15pm: Bruno bows out We're down to one twin - Todd Butcher - after the elimination of Bruno Da Silva in 16th. After losing a big pot to Butcher when his A-K didn't hit against jacks, Da Silva doubled through Tony Hachem when his J-8 made a flush against...more

ANZPT Adelaide: Day 3, level 17 (blinds 3000-6000, ante 500)

5pm: The Moose is back Raemin Alexander has collected his first scalp of the day when his J♠ J♣ played against the J♦ [10s] of Fabio Cappai on a board that ran out A♣ Q♥ 3♦ A♦ [10c]. Cappai collects $6440 for 21st. Players are just about to take...more

12 February

ANZPT Adelaide: Day 3, level 16 (blinds 2500-5000, ante 500)

3.45pm: Do is done Thanh Do wasted little time once the bubble burst and shoved in the last of his chips with A♠ [10h]. His timing wasn't great as Andrew Hinrichsen flipped over A♦ A♣, which improved to a set on the flop of K♥ A♥ 2♥. Do picked...more

ANZPT Adelaide: Day 3, level 15 (blinds 2000-4000, ante 400)

2.30pm: Down, but not out Peter Aristidou's topsy-turvy start to day three has taken another twist after PokerStars Qualifier Joey Masangcay doubled through the prolific Melbourne pro. It was the black kings of Masangcay against Aristidou's A♦ kd] but the board brought no joy for the man who placed...more

UKIPT Manchester: Day 1b end of day wrap

The total field for the inaugural UKIPT Manchester reached a massive 518 players surpassing everyone's expectations. The £100k guaranteed prizepool advertised to entice players came and went and the total prize pool now stands at a staggering ₤259,000 (full breakdown on this will be available tomorrow). 289 players took their...more

ANZPT Adelaide: Day 3, level 14 (blinds 1500-3000, ante 300)

1.45pm: Sandy's sayonara One of only three internationals who started the day, Mike sirwatts Watson, has left the tournament area after Bryan Seiler's 9♦ 9♣ found a friend on the river - Q♣ 8♦ A♠ A♥ 9♠ against the K♦ Q♠ of the Canadian. We've also farewelled the last...more

ANZPT Adelaide: ... and we're racing

"When routine bites hard and ambitions are low," Joy Division's Ian Curtis has just cautioned the punters who've made an early start to the day in the Grandstand Bar at Adelaide Casino. But in the adjacent Poker Zone, ambitions couldn't be higher for the 37 players who've returned for...more

UKIPT Manchester: Day 1b level 11 (blinds 800-1600, ante 200)

3am: And the day is done Day 1b has been another long hard session for players and spectators alike with 62 players making it through to join the 60 from Day 1a. We'll be back with the cash chase from 2pm tomorrow. A full wrap of today's play will be...more

ANZPT Adelaide: Moose on the loose

A short but wonderfully entertaining day two has concluded at Adelaide Casino with 37 players through to "moving day" in the PokerStars.net ANZPT Adelaide Main Event. After starting with 122 players, action started slowly but by mid-afternoon, the rate of eliminations skyrocketed. By day's end, Raemin "Jake the Moose"...more

UKIPT Manchester: Day 1b level 10 (blinds 600-1200, ante 100)

1.50pm: Final approach into Day 2 The penultimate level of the day has just been brought to an end as the last 82 players go on one last 15 minute break. Sadan Turker hasn't been afraid to get his chips in but picked the wrong player to mess with when...more

UKIPT Manchester: Day 1b level 9 (blinds 400-800, ante 100)

1.01am: Accidently maintaining stack Mark Warnock's stack is around the 135,000 mark right now. It dropped a bit below this but he managed to get it back up after he got involved in a pot where he didn't really mean to. He meant to raise alright but to 1,600 and...more

UKIPT Manchester: Day 1b level 8 (blinds 300-600, ante 75)

12.45pm: Break-time Let's all have a breather shall we. See you in fifteen. 12.40pm:Lucky escape for Coren Team PokerStars Pro Vicki Coren has just run rather good to stay alive in this tournament. Monster stacked Mark Warnock opened to 1,800 from first position before Coren three-bet to 4,500 and David...more

UKIPT Manchester: Day 1b level 7 (blinds 200-400, ante 50)

10.30pm: Round-up Two players missing in action and presumed out are James Browning and Surinder Sunar. One player doing a lot better is TeaamPokerStars Pro Vicky Coren who is up to 60,000. She hit a set of 2s apparently and got paid. 10.24pm: Misguided Robin Hood Robin Hood is renowned...more

UKIPT Manchester: Day 1b level 6 (blinds 150-300, ante 25)

9.22pm:He's got to hate tens Not long after doubling Dean Person up whilst holding pocket tens Robert Davidson has now doubled-up Jokas Ekrem while holding the same hand. He raised from under-the-gun and was called by the Norwegian PokerStars Qualifier from mid-position. Davidson then led out for 1,800 on the...more

UKIPT Manchester: Day 1b level 5 (blinds 150-300)

Jeff Kimber is in the company of today's current chip leaders and he's showing no signs of slowing down. A table mate informed us he's bluffing in a lot of pots and showing. In one hand witnessed he and another player called Stephen Parkinson's early position raise to 800. All...more

UKIPT Manchester: Back for day 1B


UKIPT Manchester: Day 1b level 4 (blinds 100-200)

6.16pm: Din dins Four levels down and time for dinner break. This announcement confused a lot of the local players who said they'd all had their dinner before play started. The announcement was reworded to "tea break" and the players understood and headed off for the buffet. 5.56pm: Kimber keeps...more

My Year in Tournaments (January) by Barry Greenstein

I have a really nice job. It's part of my job to wear a PokerStars patch whenever I play in a live tournament. To give you an idea of how many events PokerStars is sponsoring, I heard that they are planning to introduce their tenth poker tour, the JPT, on...more

UKIPT Manchester: Day 1b level 3 (blinds 75-150)

5.20pm: Moving on up The level that it and this one is well and truly in the past. 5.18pm: Coren doubles After losing a bunch of chips to Ben Stern, Team PokerStars Pro Vicky Coren has just doubled-up through him. Both checked a 4♠6♣4♦ flop before Coren bet 700 when...more

UKIPT Manchester: Day 1b level 2 (Blinds 50-100)

Break time Two levels down. Oranges all round in the 15 minute break. 4pm: Steady Teddy There was an early position raise to 275 from Joeri Zandvliet that was only called by Teddy Sheringham in the hijack. Zandvliet led for 275 on the 4♠2♥7♠ flop but quickly folded to Sheringham's...more

UKIPT Manchester: Day 1b level 1 (blinds 25-50)

3pm: Jaffa losing a small slice of his cake Four players saw a 2♦6♠Q♣ flop after an early position raise. It was checked to David Pringle in third position who led for 500 and only Jeff Kimber called from the small blind. Both players were happy to check through the...more

UKIPT Manchester Day 1b: Intro

Manchester is a city divided into two halves; that is if you're talking about which football team to support. If yesterday was the "Theatre of dreams" today is the "City of Manchester poker stadium, arena or casino." The history books suggest that the second of two starting days at a...more

Loving the PokerStars ANZPT, by Joe Hachem

by Joe Hachem Summer truly is the sporting tournament season for Aussies and poker is no exception. Just days after a hugely successful Aussie Millions, we looked forward to the very first tournament in the PokerStars.net Australia New Zealand Poker Tournament (ANZPT). This is the second year of the tour...more

ANZPT Adelaide: Day 2, level 13 (blinds 1200-2400, ante 300)

7pm: Moussa flushed late in the day George Moussa scored an amazing double-up in the last few hands of the day through fellow Aussie Andy Kemmler. Moussa had his money in the middle pre-flop with A♦ Q♠, and found himself against Kemmler's A♥ Q♣. It looked to be a...more

ANZPT Adelaide: Day 2, level 12 (blinds 1000-2000, ante 200)

5.45pm: First shout for railbirds It's beer o'clock here at Adelaide Casino, with the 9-5ers out in force for a night on the tables after a long week in the office. But the remaining 53 players in the PokerStars.net ANZPT Adelaide Main Event still have 90 minutes until they...more

ANZPT Adelaide: Day 2, level 11 (blinds 800-1600, ante 200)

4.40pm: An Austrian among the Aussies Australia's Michael Sellars has eliminated 2009 APPT Grand Final champion Aaron Benton as the field shrinks to 58 players in the lead-up to the second break of the day. Benton moved his last 23,500 into the middle with A♣ [10c], but was called...more

11 February

ANZPT Adelaide: Day 2, level 10 (blinds 600-1200, ante 100)

3.45pm: Da Silva turns to da gold When the cards are running your way, it's best to just go with the flow as Bruno Da Silva just discovered when he dispatched fellow PokerStars Qualifier John Chalhoub to the rail. Chalhoub, the all-in player, was happy to see the flop...more

UKIPT Manchester: Day 1a end of day wrap

The UKIPT is a tour that has aimed to hit that middle ground so often missed; players that want more than a £50 freezeout but don't necessarily want to stump up the €5,000 buy-in for an EPT event, and by the looks of today it's hit the target slap bang...more

ANZPT Adelaide: Day 2, level 9 (blinds 500-1000, ante 100)

2.45pm: Vanderhorst edges ahead Roy Hills has some company at the top of the chip count with several players breaking through the 100,000-chip barrier early on day two of the PokerStars.net ANZPT Adelaide Main Event. PokerStars Qualifier Bruno Da Silva (107,000), PokerStars Player Rennie Carnivale (101,000) and Pankaj Gogia...more

UKIPT Manchester: Day 1a level 11 (blinds 800/1600, ante 200)

3.45am: Play concludes The last five hands were played out and then all the players bagged up their chips and left for a good sleep I presume. Full chip counts will appear here overnight and a full wrap will be with you shortly. 3.40am: Bedi boom The biggest pot at...more

ANZPT Adelaide: Day 2, level 8 (blinds 400-800, ante 75)

2pm: Curtain falls on "The Big Show" There's been a steady stream of KOs in the opening hour of play, with departures including Julian Cohen (his fours were no match for the pocket aces of George Boulos) while the pocket sixes of Andrew Jeffreys were outflopped by the K-Q...more

UKIPT Manchester: Day 1a level 10 (blinds 600/1200, ante 100)

2.15am: End of level In the dying minutes of level 10 Reyaaz Mulla hit a dream J♠9♠6♦ flop with pocket jacks and decided to fast play it by smashing his 19,300 stack into pre-flop aggressor James Creighton who tank called with pocket Queens. Mulla's monster hand held up and he...more

ANZPT Adelaide: Save a few chips for a rainy day

The gardens and parkland that surround the Adelaide CBD belie the fact that South Australia's largest city sits on the fringe of the great Australian outback. You don't have to travel too far north of Adelaide before farmland starts to give way to scrubby pasture and desert that stretches...more

UKIPT Manchester: Day 1a level 9 (blinds 400/800, ante 100)

1.25am: That's the end of level 9 folks No break at this juncture, straight in to level 10. 1.20am: No more pieces for Jerome We've filled in most of blanks of Jerome Bradpiece's exit. He got the last of his chips in on an all spade ace high flop holding...more

UKIPT Manchester: Day 1a level 8 (blinds 300-600, ante 75)

Skull fracture As the level came to an end and Gerald David left his seat it was clear he had lost a lot of his stack. "I lost a load" he said seeing the confused look upon my face. "I had queens and bet it all the way but when...more

UKIPT Manchester: Day 1a level 7 (blinds 200-400, ante 50)

11.05pm: Level over Level seven was lucky for some and unlucky for others. Let's see what level eight has install. 11.00pm: Fletcher given the boot An empty seat is in the place where star footballer Darren Fletcher once sat. The player who eliminated him was Audun Otterhals. All the chips...more

UKIPT Manchester: Day 1a level 6 (blinds 150-300, ante 25)

9.51pm: Another level comes to an end Six levels have come and gone. Tournament director Toby has decided we need to play 11 levels today and tomorrow to ensure we get through this extra large field. This means we're in for a late one as there's five more to go...more

Welcome to UKIPT Manchester


UKIPT Manchester: Day 1a level 5 (blinds 150-300)

9.08pm: Thew, finally a Julian hand Card dead, playing tight or bad timing on our part? Whatever the reason we have reported no Team Pokerstars Pro Julian Thew hands at all today. That is about to change and even though it's not a classic it's at least a hand...more

UKIPT Manchester: Day 1a level 4 (blinds 100-200)

7pm: The dinner gong rings out It's time for the buffet charge as the players enjoy an hour long break and some mushroom stroganov - in that order of enjoyment from the looks of it. It's down to 200 players from the initial 258 players and although some dreams have...more

UKIPT Manchester: Day 1a level 3 (blinds 75-150)

5.46pm: Toby Lewis and the news Toby Lewis had over $100,000 in live tournament winnings last year but is yet to make a big score in 2010 and, at the moment, things aren't looking like changing. Lewis wins one pot by three-betting Clemence Veenhof's 425 hi-jack open to 1100 but...more

UKIPT Manchester: Day 1a level 2 (blinds 50-100)

4.35pm: Two levels down and it's breaktime The first two hours of play has come to an end and all the players are off on a well-earned break. It's only fifteen minutes so they didn't have to work too hard for it, right? Spotting online player Richard Hawes with a...more

UKIPT Manchester: Day 1a, level 1 (blinds 25-50)

3.35pm: Man down and first out It is possible for two players to get 15,000 chips (starting stack) into the middle in the first level but it takes two pretty big hands to match-up for it to happen. So who holds the title of the first player to be ko'd...more

UKIPT Manchester: Theatre of Dreams

Manchester has become well known around the world for the exploits of its football team, Manchester United FC*, who have won 11 Premier League titles, just as many FA Cups, a healthy side smattering of European trophies as well as being the footballing home of one Mr David Beckham. We...more

Team PokerStars Pro signs Thew, Keiner

They say you can tell a lot about a man by the way he treats dogs and bloggers. While I'm not entirely sure about how English poker pro Julian Thew would feel about my little blind mutt, I am happy to report Team PokerStars Pro is signing a pretty good...more

ANZPT Adelaide: Day 2 seat draw

Table 1 Seat 1: Andrew Scarf (Australia) 54,600 Seat 2: Peter Chapman (Australia) 19,975 Seat 3: Billy Argryos (Australia) 60,525 Seat 4: George Boulos (Australia) 58,200 Seat 5: Rennie Carnivale (Australia) PokerStars Player 55,550 Seat 6: Adam Lux (Australia) 21,425 Seat 7: Adalberto Orrigo (Australia) 17,775 Seat 9: Julian...more

ANZPT Adelaide: Hills reaches day one summit

The line-up for day two of the PokerStars.net ANZPT Adelaide Main Event has been finalised after a torrid seven hours of play in Adelaide Casino's Poker Zone. While the city experienced a reprieve from the heat that had propelled the mercury over 40°C, the action was plenty fierce as...more

ANZPT Adelaide: Day 1C, level 7 (blinds 300-600, ante 50)

8pm: Tran's catching a tram Melbourne's Trung Tran had enjoyed an uneventful day on a table that included Australian Poker Hall of Famer Billy "The Croc" Argyros and PokerStars Team Australia Pro Tony Hachem but finally succumbed to Naz Sibahi in the last few hands of the day. In...more

ANZPT Adelaide: Day 1C, level 6 (blinds 200-400, ante 50)

7pm: The mark of a champion The stack of 2009 Aussie Millions Main Event Champion and former South Australian Stewart Scott had been as low as 3000 in chips in the first three levels of the day, but has managed to work his way back to around 55,000 in...more

ANZPT Adelaide: Day 1C, level 5 (blinds 150-300, ante 50)

5.45pm: Big names hit the rail Brendon Rubie, Raj Ramakrishnan and PokerStars Sponsored Player Clonie Gowen have been among a recent spate of eliminations in today's day one flight. Rubie was sent to the Poker Zone rail at the hands of Kristian Lunardi after running his pocket 10s into...more

ANZPT Adelaide: Day 1C, level 4 (blinds 100-200, ante 25)

5pm: The Hills are alive! Players are placing their coffee orders in preparation for the second break on day 1C of the PokerStars.net ANZPT Adelaide Main Event. Lorenzo Carbone's chip lead has been whittled away in the past hour, with the local player down to less than 44,000. He's...more

10 February

ANZPT Adelaide: Day 1C, level 3 (blinds 100-200)

3.45pm: Points race off and running It's never easy to live in the shadow of a more famous sibling, and no-one knows that better than PokerStars.net Team Australia Pro Tony Hachem. The younger brother of PokerStars.net Team PRO Joe Hachem was already a regular player before the 2005 WSOP...more

ANZPT Adelaide: Day 1C, level 2 (blinds 75-150)

2.45pm: Bruno bows out Bruno Portaro has also just wandered through the exit, having been eliminated at the hands of Australia's Naz Sababi. As Sababi recalled, a player in early position had raised to 550 pre-flop before he re-raised to 1500. Portaro four-bet it to 6000, the initial raiser...more

ANZPT Adelaide: Day 1C, level 1 (blinds 50-100)

1.30pm: How to bowl a maiden over There was some commotion from table 11 with plenty of colour and movement between Australian players Adam Cusenza and Ali Khalil and America's Mike Spinasanta, which gave the impression that a big hand had just played out. However upon closer inspection, the...more

ANZPT Adelaide: A top drop to toast day 1C

Of the many contributions that South Australia has made to the world, few are as famed as Penfolds Grange. Without doubt Australia's most famous wine, the annual Grange release is highly anticipated by collectors and consumers alike, and continues to pick up awards across the globe. Penfolds, which comprises...more

PokerStars to celebrate 40 billionth hand

Ah, it seems like just yesterday we were celebrating PokerStars 20 billionth hand. Those were heady times, weren't they? And, my, how time flies when you're winning your monthly nut. After several failed attempts with an abacus, we hired a math major from the local university to do some counting...more

Early stage tournament strategy, by Vicky Coren

The forthcoming Manchester UKIPT event will be the first tournament I play on this exciting new British and Irish tour, and I'll be very interested to look at the style of play. The buy-in (£500) is sized to make it possible for recreational players to try a significant tournament -...more

ANZPT Adelaide: Rotar spins to day 1B chip lead

The Grandstand Bar adjacent to the Poker Zone at Adelaide Casino is doing brisk business as players dissect the finer points of the day after the second flight of day one in the PokerStars.net ANZPT Adelaide Main Event. The 66 players who took their seat at the start of...more

ANZPT Adelaide: Day 1B, level 7 (blinds 300-600, ante 50)

8.15pm: Dunst drops in final stages In the last few hands before the end of the day, Tony bond18 Dunst and Andrew luckychewy Lichtenberger battled all the way on a board that fell K♣ 8♠ 6♣ 2♥ Q♣. Dunst checked to Lichtenberger on the river, who fired out a...more

ANZPT Adelaide: Day 1B, level 6 (blinds 200-400, ante 50)

7pm: Eric's back on top Heading into the final break on day 1B of the PokerStars.net ANZPT Adelaide Main Event, Eric Assadourian has regained the chip lead and takes a stack of 85,000 into the final hour. Narrowly trailling the PokerStars.net Team Australia Pro are Mike Watson (67,500), George...more

ANZPT Adelaide: Day 1B, level 5 (blinds 150-300, ante 25)

5.30pm: Four kings, just to rub it in Nick Putt, son of New Zealand poker stalwart Graeme 'Kiwi G' Putt, has eliminated Adelaide's Pana Flourentzou in emphatic fashion. Flourentzou moved the last of his short stack into the middle with Q♥ Q♣, only to be snapped off by Putt...more

ANZPT Adelaide: Day 1B, level 4 (blinds 100-200, ante 25)

5pm: Life's good No local player has enjoyed a richer vein of form over the past 12 months than Aaron Benton. In addition to his stunning victory in last year's PokerStars.net APPT Grand Final in Sydney, Benton bagged the biggest online score ever taken down by an Aussie. But...more

9 February

ANZPT Adelaide: Day 1B, level 3 (blinds 100-200)

3.45pm: Gen Y is coming through The local poker ranks are in a good state judging from the entry list for the PokerStars.net ANZPT Adelaide Main Event. It's pretty rare to have a local event without the "old guard" strongly represented but there's not an Australian Poker Hall of...more

ANZPT Adelaide: Day 1B, level 2 (blinds 75-150)

2.20pm: Poker Zone proving popular Poker players can be a cynical bunch, so we've been thrilled to hear so many glowing reports about the Adelaide Casino experience during the Poker.net ANZPT Adelaide tournament series. Friendly and professional dealers, clear and concise rulings from the floor plus quick and efficient...more

ANZPT Adelaide: Day 1B, level 1 (blinds 50-100)

1.15pm: Quad-tastic start for Assadourian PokerStars.net Team Australia Pro Eric Assadourian is off to a fantastic start and is already up to around 37,000 in chips after he claimed the first elimination of the day. We caught the action on a board that read 5♥ 8♠ 9♣ 3♦ 5♠...more

EPT Berlin makes it easier to buy in

Remember the days when, if you wanted to go see a concert, you had to go stand in line or even camp out overnight to get tickets? These days, standing in line is passé. When you want tickets, you sit at your computer and pound on the keys until you...more

ANZPT Adelaide: Da Silva is da man on day 1A

The opening day of the PokerStars.net Australia New Zealand Poker Tour (ANZPT) has concluded with 40 of the 73 starters progressing to day two in the ANZPT Adelaide Main Event. On a blisteringly hot Adelaide day, the best players from across the region chilled out in the Adelaide Casino...more

ANZPT Adelaide: Day 1A, level 7 (blinds 300-600, ante 50)

8.30pm: Da Silva da winner ... eventually Steve Topakas scored a crucial double-up to 22,000 within the last seven hands of the day after he won a flip with A♥ K♠ against an opponent's 8♦ 8♣ when the dealer spread the board of 6♣ A♣ 6♠ 7♠ J♣. On the...more

ANZPT Adelaide: Day 1A, level 6 (blinds 200-400, ante 50)

7pm: A haven from the heat After a tight start to the day, the rate of eliminations is starting to pick up as we prepare to tick into the final level of play on day 1A of the PokerStars.net ANZPT Adelaide Main Event. On a stinking hot Adelaide evening, many...more

ANZPT Adelaide: Day 1A, level 5 (blinds 150-300, ante 25)

6pm: Shop 'til you drop Accessibility to all the major tourist attractions and amenities in Adelaide is quick and easy. With Adelaide Casino located directly above the Adelaide Central Railway Station, a train, tram or bus ride will get you just about anywhere. However, walking is by far the most...more

ANZPT Adelaide: Day 1A, level 4 (blinds 100-200, ante 25)

4.45pm: And now the rematch Steve "The Big Show" Topakas has pegged one back for the Victorians, doubling up to around the starting stack of 20,000 through South Australian Mish Blanusa. Having seen fellow Victorian Tony Paino eliminated after running kings into aces, Topakas had the aces this time, tabling...more

8 February

ANZPT Adelaide: Day 1A, level 3 (blinds 100-200)

3.30pm: Size matters PokerStars.net Team Australia Pro Emad Tahtouh just announced that he is chip leader - based purely on quantity. Tahtouh has moved past the 100-chip mark, totalling 15,300. However his tablemate Andrew Hinrichsen is not far behind with 78 chips, but the value is much higher (68,300). This...more

ANZPT Adelaide: Day 1A, level 2 (blinds 75-150)

2.45pm: Boxell bows out It's unusual to see too many players so early in a tournament, and even stranger to see two depart on the same hand so it was with dismay that we watched a huge hand between Andrew Hinrichsen, Leo Boxell and another opponent with the board reading...more

ANZPT Adelaide: Day 1A, level 1 (blinds 50-100)

1.15pm: 75, and counting ANZPT head honcho Danny McDonagh has indicated that players face a maximum of seven and a half one-hour levels today, with a start bank of 20,000. The current tally of entrants for day 1A is at 75. The structure for today's play is: Level 1: 50/100...more

ANZPT Adelaide: Sun rises on season two

Welcome to season two of the PokerStars.net Australia New Zealand Poker Tour (ANZPT) from Adelaide, the most populous city of South Australia. It's another stunning summer's morning but with the mercury tipped to top 100°F (38°C), we're looking forward to taking our seats on media row in the cool...more

PokerStars Sunday tournament results 2-7-10

Who is tired this morning? Raise your hand. Very good. Thank you. Among the people with their fingers stretched toward the sky, there are a couple of distinct groups. The first is the 60 million or so people who spent their Sunday glued to the television for the NFL's Super...more

Being a Team PokerStars Online Pro, by Nichoel Peppe

by Nichoel Peppe (NicP) I have been a "live" cash game player throughout my entire five+ years of playing poker. I have dabbled in online play periodically, but never once considered it as a means to making money. It was always just for fun and love of the game. The...more

Palurdo pocketed nearly $250K for February 7 Sunday Million victory

The first Sunday Million of February was an exciting one. While it was no record-setting, history-making event like the special edition of the Million the week before, it brought in a large number of players. Despite a great number of people in the United States being preoccupied by a rather...more

7 February

Dat a SuperNova nabbing a super payout in the Sunday Warm-Up

Who Dat? Dat SuperNova philivey0997, who picked up $133,620.23for taking down the Sunday Warm-Up on the biggest sporting night of the western hemisphere. While millions of people tuned into a little football game in Miami, 4,900 players tuned into PokerStars for the Sunday Warm-Up. The prize pool of $980,000 was...more

4 February

NAPT adds $25,000 Bounty Shootout

There has been many a famous poker player who has lamented fame painting a target on his chest. At the next North American Poker Tour stop, we're going to see an event in which every player is wearing a bullseye. The NAPT has just announced a new event for the...more

When do results matter?

by Steve Paul-Ambrose One of the first things you learn playing poker is to avoid being results oriented. This is a pretty hard lesson for most; after losing a bunch of flips, shoving into aces or busting on the bubble it's hard not to second guess yourself and let the...more

3 February

NAPT Venetian field filling up fast

The Venetian Poker Room may be the biggest in Vegas, but that doesn't mean it can't be filled up. Ever since the announcement of the North American Poker Tour's stop at the Venetian February 20-24, people have been pounding on the PokerStars qualifying satellites to get in. As of this...more

2010 WBCOOP gives credit where it's due

When the World Blogger Championship started in 2005, it was designed as a way to reward the people who spend their time writing about the game we all love. A lot has changed since then. Technology has given us new blogging platforms, new blogging styles, and yea verily, Twitter. This...more

2 February

Watch out, the women are coming

by Rebekah Mercer Women had another good showing at the PCA (PokerStars Caribbean Adventure) this year and continued to demonstrate that poker is not just "a man's game" anymore. The women in this year's Main Event cashed at the same rate as men, and they demonstrated that, like men, they...more

Record-breaking Sunday Million final table


1 February

PokerStars Haiti appeal tops out near $1.5 million

On Tuesday January 12, most PokerStars staffers were sitting in the Imperial Ballroom of the Atlantis Resort and Casino. We heard about a tsunami warning and were told to stay inside and away from the water. We shrugged it off and went back to work. A few minutes later, we...more

PokerStars Sunday tournament results (1-31-10)

Listen, PokerStars, if you're just going to keep breaking records like it's your job, we're going to have to hire more writers. We'll assume everybody heard the sonic boom yesterday about 4:30pm ET when the PokerStars Sunday Million once again broke its record for biggest field and biggest prize pool....more

1-31-10 PokerStars Sunday tournament results

Place User Id Country Payout Sunday Million Special Edition [$2M guaranteed]  1 OX45AL United States  $550,011.29 2 celofyz33 Poland  $332,540.00 3 eMarkM United States  $244,616.42 4 OBVAMENTS United States  $166,270.00 5 S.Takmaziyan Russian Federation  $133,016.00 6 Kostya 77777 Russian Federation  $99,762.00 7 Gmelkonyan Russian Federation  $66,508.00 8 austinlewis United...more

OX45AL plowed through Sunday Million special edition to grab the $550,011.29 first prize

Offer the money, and they will come. It happens each week in the Sunday Million, as a $1.5 million prize pool guarantee brings a typical crowd of more than 8,000 players to the tables with their $200 + $15 buy-ins. But every once in a while, PokerStars throws a little...more

BelaLany earns tough victory in 2010 WBCOOP Main Event

It is a special treat for many in the poker community. The World Blogger Championship of Online Poker is an opportunity for those who take poker seriously enough to blog about it in some form or another, whether for work or pure enjoyment of the game, to compete in any...more