August 2010

31 August

EPT Vilamoura: Seat draw with 3 tables remaining

With 24 players left in the EPT Vilamoura main event this is how the last three tables will reconvene: Table 1 1 - Tom Johansen, Norway, PokerStars qualifier , 521,000 2 - Eliran Argelazi, Israel, 202,000 3 - Konsta Vesterinen, Finland, 284,000 4 - Kevin O'Donnell, USA, 196,000 5 -...more

EPT Vilamoura: Jacobson swings into the lead with 24 left

One of the reasons the European Poker Tour has become so successful is that the destinations aren't just great places to play, they are also great places to visit. No player likes to bust from a tournament but the blow is softened, and the mind happily distracted, when there's...more

Twitter Poker League: Madest_82's crazy win

by Jo Haslam I had it in my head that this was going to be a slow and steady final table. I was watching the players with most chips closely, who seemed to be a cautious bunch, so as those same players made their way to the final table I poured...more

EPT Vilamoura Day 3: Level 17 & 18 updates (4,000-8,000, 500 ante)

5.56pm: Break time Just 32 players are left here from a starting field of 384 and the big money is getting within tasting distance. Fabrizio Ascari seems particularly excited and is dancing around on the veranda outside the tournament room while shouting "All-in" and "I'm going to win the tournament."...more

WCOOP 2010: Planning is everything

by Marcello Del Grosso After a long, hot summer at the WSOP, it is nice to come home and take it easy with my wife in the City of Angels. With the WCOOP around the corner, preparations are under way, and I am looking forward to a great tournament series....more

EPT Vilamoura Day 3: Levels 15 & 16 updates (2,500-5,000, 500 ante)

2.55pm: END OF LEVEL 16 The players are on a 15 minute break before level 17 begins. 2.53pm: Sheringham scores big double-up Friends of PokerStars Teddy Sheringham is up to nearly half-a-million chips after doubling-up through and crippling William Thorson. The river was out leaving a J♥9♣6♥9♠2♣ board and Sheringham...more

30 August

Brandon Cantu leads charge at EPT Vilamoura to make fortune like bloggers

Today started like any other: members of Team PokerStars Blog woke up a little bleary-eyed after a tasty late-night curry and a few light refreshments. Little did we know that as the day wore on we would become millionaires many times over. By incredible good fortune not one but two...more

PokerStars Sunday tournament results (8-29-10)

Sometimes you just don't know what to say first. On days when news breaks like crazy, it's always a big fight to decide what the lead story is. Instead of having an internal battle, here's there weekend results lead: "With WCOOP just a few days away, PokerStars players hit the...more

EPT Vilamoura Day 2: Level 13 & 14 updates (1,500-3,000, ante 300)

9.20pm: Cantu overnight chip leader Brandon Cantu is the big daddy going into Day 3 with 557,4000. There are plenty of players following behind (a total of 70 left in fact) so keep your eyes peeled for the end of day wrap and chip counts. -- RD 8.56pm: Stop...more

Macau Poker Cup Red Dragon event on the way

PokerStars Macau at Casino Grand Lisboa is fresh off the success of the record smashing Macau Millions and now prepares for the final Red Dragon event of 2010 at the Macau Poker Cup (MPC) from September 1-5. Asia's premiere poker series will boast a HKD $2,000,000 Guarantee for the featured...more

EPT Vilamoura Day 2: Level 11 & 12 updates (1,000-2,000, 200 ante)

6.01pm: Break time The head-long rush to the exits can only mean one thing - that's the end of level 12 and players are off on a 15-minute break. -- SY 6pm: Cantu Can-do again Brandon Cantu up to more than 400,000 after he eliminated PokerStars qualifier Julian Stuer. Stuer...more

EPT Vilamoura: Welcome to Day 2


WCOOP 2010: I'm pumped for WCOOP

by Jason Mercier I just recently glanced over the PokerStars WCOOP schedule and it got me pretty excited. With just a few weeks before WCOOP starts, I will need to figure out which events I will be playing. I will be trying to balance playing WCOOPs along with playing live,...more

EPT Vilamoura Day 2: Levels 9 & 10 updates (600-1,200, 100 ante)

3pm: End of the level That's the end of level 10, the second of the day. We're on a 15-minute break, folks. -- SY 2.59pm: Kings into kings Both Andreas Van De Venne and Pierre Mothes were starting to get short with less than 30,000 and so were equally happy...more

29 August

Peetoon Picks Spots and Prevails to Capture 8/29 Sunday Million Title

Every Sunday, players can find their trusty Sunday Million tournament, as well as numerous other PokerStars options. But on the last Sunday of each month, players also have events like the Battle of the Planets and the $1,000,000 Turbo Takedown. As the month of August drew to a close, the...more

Turbo Takedown: BigFlopper01 hits flops and pulls off big win

Want to roll like a ballah but have a bankroll that more fitting for a used tricycle? PokerStars is here to help in two different ways. One, for the past month we have been running qualifiers (freerolls, $1.10, and $11 buy-ins) for the chance to win a Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4....more

Sunday Warm-up: ShiFtYFiNGeR points straight to six figure win

Tonight's champion will get the hold the title of $750,000 guaranteed Sunday Warm-up champion for nearly the entire month of September. If you read here regularly and play at PokerStars there may have been a few hints left about the upcoming celebration of online poker known as the $50,000,000 guaranteed...more

Battle of the Planets: vltara takes it all home, Van Fleet finishes fourth

The monthly Battle of the Planets $50,000 Triple Shootout freeroll always brings out the best SnG players here at PokerStars to compete for the $12,000.00 first prize by playing the style of poker they profit the most from. Skill not bankroll dominates our field, as players from the micro-stakes all...more

EPT Vilamoura: Bilokur done bullying the Day 1B field

If you've been following the blog and consider yourself an observant sort then you may have realised that there have been no in situ images of players at the felt, or of Carlos Mortensen's chip stack. The reason that all of our photos here have been taken outside is not...more

EPT Vilamoura Day 1B: Levels 7 & 8 updates (400-800, 75 ante)

9.10pm: Play over That's your lot, folks. Remaining players have bagged up their loot and headed off into the clear Algarve night. By our reckoning, Russian PokerStars qualifier Leonid Bilokur is overnight chip leader with 161,200. We'll have a full wrap with you shortly, and all counts will be up...more

EPT Vilamoura: Day 1B intro with Daniel Negreanu


EPT Vilamoura Day 1B: Levels 5 & 6 updates (200-400, 50 ante)

6.48pm: Break time That's the end of the level and the last 15 minute break of the day. Stand by for level seven. 6.45pm: Five-way action A short stacked (12k) Jeff Sarwer raised to 800 from under-the-gun and was called in four spots before the flop came Q♠8♥9♦. William...more

EPT Vilamoura Day 1B: Levels 3 & 4 updates (blinds 150-300)

4.29pm: Break That's the end of level four, and we're now half way through the day. Players are now on a 15-minute break. -- SY 4.28pm: Back on the up Team PokerStars Pro Luca Pagano is back up to 27,000 after getting paid off by David Frieling in a pot....more

EPT Vilamoura Day 1B: Levels 1 & 2 updates (blinds 50-100)

2.16pm: Break time It's a 15-minute rest for the players. Only another six levels left to play. -- RD 2.15pm: Into the Black "Do you know how many months you live on average? 960 months... Something like that." This is Andy Black. Irishman, raconteur, jester. Black travels the world playing...more

WCOOP 2010: All the fun without hotels and flights

by Jude Ainsworth With Vegas fading to a distant memory, it's nice to look forward to one of the world's biggest poker festivals without having to worry about hotels or flights. Last year's PokerStars WCOOP consisted of 45 tournaments which ran over 18 days and paid out over $51 million....more

28 August

EPT Vilamoura: Minieri masterful but Coimbra leads

Players from around Europe were treated to 30 degree temperatures today, bright sunshine and a cooling breeze coming off the Atlantic - perfect conditions then to head indoors to Casino Vilamoura and play eight hours of poker. You get so used to the European Poker Tour taking place predominantly...more

EPT Vilamoura Day 1A: Levels 7 & 8 updates (blinds 400-800, ante 75)

9pm: Wrap shortly A full wrap of today's play and full chip counts will be with you shortly. -- SY 8.55pm: Few more hands We're on the last four hands of the night. Players will then bag and tag their chips before heading off into the Algarve night. Before they...more

EPT Vilamoura Day 1A: Level 5 & 6 updates (200-400, 50 ante)

6.50pm: Back from Baekke Allan Baekke opened from the cut-off to 1,000 and Otto Neugebauer made a large three-bet to 6,800 from the small blind. Baekke said: "You want some back?" and must have been referring to a previous pot where he took the German's chips. Baekke is cruising along...more

Welcome to EPT Vilamoura


EPT Vilamoura Day 1A: Levels 3 & 4 updates (150-300)

BREAK TIME 15 minute break for one and all. 4.40pm: A break from What Lodden thinks Antonio Esfandiari took a break from playing What Lodden thinks to snatch two pots off his neigbour Maikel van Leeuwen to put him up to 60,000. The first hand saw Esfandiari call a flop...more

EPT Vilamoura Day 1A: Levels 1 and 2 updates (75-150)

2.18pm: Break That's the first 15-minute break of the tournament. Quick burst of sunburning for everyone. -- RD 2.16pm: Dempsey and Makepeace Obrestad I don't know if Israeli qualifier Alexander Isaev knew what he had got himself mixed up in when he found himself in a three-way dance with WSOPE...more

27 August

Until the river do us part...

When Nick and Emily met, they found they had a lot in common. They loved dogs, they could meditate together, and traveling was something they both enjoyed a great deal. A month later, Nick picked up and moved to Emily's college town. It was, indeed, true love. It wouldn't be...more

WCOOP 2010: Time to grind out some entry fees

by Julian Thew It doesn't seem that long ago that the SCOOP festival finally wrapped up and now, out there on the horizon, the PokerStars WCOOP is looming large. I think I played about fifteen SCOOP events and whilst all I had to show for it was a scattering of...more

26 August

PCA set to award lots of seats for no money

If you don't know the phrase Mega Path, it's one you should probably commit to memory right now. Go on. Do it. We'll wait. Done? Good. Now, here's why: we're about to tell you how to get to the PCA for a lot less than the cost of a stuffed...more

WCOOP 2010: I'm coming back strong after bricking the WSOP

by Joe Cada You know that old phrase about how you can look at the glass like it's half empty, or you can look at it like it's half full? Let's just say that 'my glass is half full' way of looking at the 2010 World Series of Poker is:...more

25 August

Twitter Poker League: SilAnt Victory

by Jo Haslam This was a final table of big hands and back-from-the-dead comebacks.  SilAnt was the eventual victor, in the poker tournament equivalent of Hollywood gladiatorial combat. You think the lion's pinned our hero down and going for the kill? Not likely. With an acrobatic leap the tables are...more

BREAKING: Hanamichi23 nails WCOOP Poker Quiz

Hanamichi23 is perfect. Or, better put, he is as perfect as he needs to be to win a $5,200 seat to the WCOOP Main Event. Hanamichi23 was the first person to correctly answer all 101 exceedingly hard questions in the WCOOP Poker Quiz we told you about last week. That...more

Super Tuesday 8/24/10 - Roberts34 wins after 3-way deal

This week's $1,050 Super Tuesday tournament attracted 430 players, creating a prize pool of $430,000, with 54 players finishing in the money. Unfortunately for followers of Team PokerStars PRO, only one member made the money, as Chad Brown finished in 41st place, earning $2.365.00. JBlaze20 extinguishes LFMagic on bubble...more

WCOOP 2010: Looking forward to going back to my roots

by ElkY WCOOP. Those five letters means so much to me that I can't even fathom to tell you all about it. WCOOP is an awesome tournament series for so many reasons, and I'm always looking for that special time of the year when I can finally go back to...more

24 August

Sergio Castelluccio, an Italian, wins IPT San Remo

While you might expect PokerStars Italian Poker Tour events to be packed full of locals, recent tournaments have been happy hunting grounds for players from elsewhere in Europe. But IPT San Remo was a little different - all eight finalists were from the home country. No surprise, then, that an...more

The Online Poker Show: Sunday Million, August 22, 2010


WCOOP 2010: Giving the fish (in Finland) a miss

by Marcin Horecki The PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) is THE event for all online poker players. You will not find any bigger, better and more exciting tournament poker series anywhere else! Starting on September 5th on PokerStars and lasting for three weeks there will be 62 tournaments...more

WCOOP 2010: MUSTAFABET still freerolling

Hey, listen, it's hard to impress a guy who never deposited a penny in an online poker account and managed to build a freeroll-to-riches bankroll. That took some work, so don't think you can just wave a gold bracelet in front of his eyes and think he's going to do...more

23 August

Negreanu leads star pack to EPT Vilamoura

by Mad Harper Some of the best poker players in the world are heading for Portugal's stunning Algarve coast this week to compete in EPT Vilamoura, the second stop of EPT Season 7. Among the players is poker legend and Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu, a super-keen golfer who has...more

PokerStars Sunday tournament results (8-22-10)

This weekend was, as it is known in certain circles, the Sunday before the Sunday before. In less than two weeks, the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker will begin, rendering this weekly report of the big weekend activity moot. Why, ye ask? Because for a solid twenty-something days, WCOOP...more

WCOOP 2010: Prepare well and don't overstretch

by Bryan Huang The worlds most prestigious online poker championship (the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker) is drawing close and I've learnt several lessons from the Spring Championship Of Online Poker that I wish to share with fellow poker players, especially those based in the Asia-Pacific region. For those...more

IPT San Remo: The final eight

As you probably know we like to follow Salvatore Bonavena here on the PokerStars Blog. The Italian Team PokerStars Pro became a firm favorite after taking down EPT Prague two years ago, and we've loved his pink jumpers ever since. We're therefore a little sad that he did not make...more

Pvas2 was number 1 with $233,943.87 in the 8/22 Sunday Million

The name is somewhat deceiving. The Sunday Million is actually the one tournament in the world of online poker that offers a whopping $1.5 million guarantee each week. But it's still called the Million, harkening back to the days when the guarantee was two-thirds of its current offering. Why not...more

A "Pro" soars to a Sunday Warm-Up victory

The summer may be cooling down, but the Sunday Warm-up is still running very hot, $46,800 above the tourney's $750K guarantee to be more exact. 3,984 runners ponied up the $215 entry fee to play in the Warm-up, among them more than a dozen PokerStars Team Pros. Five team pros...more

22 August

Risk management: Nick Abou Risk wins UKIPT Edinburgh and £50,000

Nick Abou Risk has won the UKIPT Edinburgh beating a field of 401 players for £50,000 and a £5,000 seat into the UKIPT Grand Final, aka EPT London. And didn't he play well. Having seized the chip lead at the end of Day 1B, albeit with Owen Robinson still ahead...more

UKIPT Edinburgh Day 3: Levels 25 & 26, blinds 30,000-60,000, ante 5,000

12.33am: Nick Abou Risk wins UKIPT Edinburgh Here's how the final hand of the inaugural UKIPT Edinburgh went down. Nick Abou Risk made his standard open to 135,000 on the button and Mantas Puidokas re-raised to 410,000. Abou Risk moved all-in and Puidokas called all-in for just over 2,000,000. Abou...more

UKIPT Edinburgh Day 3: Levels 22, 23 & 24, blinds 15,000-30,000, ante 3,000

9.55pm:Marsh pads his stack Just before the break Luke Marsh won two sizable pots. Hand One: Mantas Puidokas completed from the small blind and Luke Marsh raised to 85,000 total from the big blind, call from Puidokas. The flop fell [10c]8♠K♦, which checked through. The turn was the A♦ and...more

UKIPT Edinburgh Day 3: Levels 20 & 21, blinds 8,000-16,000, ante 2,000

6.25pm: Silver takes one from Abou Risk In the hand after he doubled up Mantas Puidokas, Max Silver got some of them back. Nick Abou Risk made it 33,000 to go from the hi-jack and Silver three-bet to 88,000. Mantas Puidokas then began to tank and considered what to do...more

Alberto Di Vilio leads pack at IPT San Remo

While the remaining 31 players at IPT San Remo are already guaranteed €3,100, it's the €200,000 for the winner that they're all after.. As they prepare for today's Day 3, the man leading the chase for first is Alberto Di Vilio on 721,500. Not far behind is Sergio Castelluccio with...more

21 August

Kings and monkeys: Joeri Zandvliet leads UKIPT Edinburgh

There is an evil monkey that is alive and well on the European Poker Tour and it's been sitting on the back of all 58 EPT winners. Not one single EPT winner has managed to claim a second title in just over six seasons of the premier poker tour. The...more

UKIPT Edinburgh Day 2: Levels 18 & 19, blinds 5,000-10,000, ante 1,000

12.15pm: End of day chip counts Here's the chip counts from end of day, Joeri Zandvliet leads the way with Luke Marsh and Nicholas Abou Risk hot on his heels. Then comes Steve Lovett, who's someway behind and is actually under the chip average. In chip order: Joeri Zandvliet: 1,204,000...more

UKIPT Edinburgh Day 2: Levels 16 & 17, blinds 3,000-6,000, ante 500

9.40pm: Break We've got a 15-minute break as we go into the final stage of the day. There's 18 players left spread across three six-handed tables. -- RD 9.39pm: Zandvliet bursts into chip lead Here's the hand that saw Joeri Zandvliet win a huge 660,000 pot and take the chip...more

UKIPT Edinburgh Day 2: Levels 14 & 15, blinds 2,000-4,000, ante 400

6.40pm: Dinner break That's it for one hour as the players depart to the bar/outside world to fill their stomachs (or not as the case may be). -- RD 6.30pm: Small takes big scalp Keith 'The Camel' Hawkins has just been eliminated, Adam Small the man who took him out....more

UKIPT Edinburgh: Levels 12 & 13, blinds 1,200-2,400, ante 200

4.30pm: Summary of the last two levels that can fit on twitter Bubble burst by Hawkins, Nicholai Henschel the unlucky bubbler. Michael Mulsow and Owen Robinson chipped up. 4.20pm: Break time One 15-minute break has just begun. Tournament staff are doing full chip counts of the 53 remaining players and...more

UKIPT Edinburgh Day 2: Levels 10 & 11, blinds 800-1,600, ante 100

2.10pm: Summary of the last two levels that can fit on twitter Team PokerStars Pros Ainsworth and Kelly eliminated, Thew in, at same table as co-chip leaders Robinson and Mulsow. 2pm: End of level That's a 15-minute break for the players and we have what looks like 84 players left...more

Davide Pennelli tops IPT San Remo Day 1B field

They say a week is a long time in politics - just ask the Australians who are going to the polls today for one of the tightest elections in years. But the poker world packs a lot into seven days, too: PokerStars has crowned the first champion of EPT Season...more

20 August

From fringe to the big show: Nicholas Abou Risk leads Day 1B of UKIPT Edinburgh

Unlike the more conventional Edinburgh International Festival the Edinburgh Fringe Festival is a huge open-to-all party that welcomes any and all performers to its many stages. Comedy, theatre, dance or song? Whatever your fancy, it is here. From big names trying out new material to bizarre sideline performances from the...more

UKIPT Edinburgh Day 1B: Levels 7, 8 & 9 blinds 400-800, ante 100

11.15pm: Late night news Here's what happened in the last few hands: Hand One: Jesse May doubled up through Dave Maudlin, May shoved for 15,100 from under the gun with A♦K♦ and was looked up Dave Maudlin from the small blind who held A♣Q♣. The board ran out J♠5♦9♦Q♦8♠. Hand...more

UKIPT Edinburgh Day 1B: Levels 5 & 6, blinds 150-300, ante 25

6.40pm: Summary of the last two levels that can fit on twitter £50,000 to the winner, 56 players guaranteed at least £800. Jake Cody, Jamie Gray and Deva Crouch are chip leaders. -- NW 6.35pm: Half the field on dinner break That's the end of level six and half the...more

UKIPT Edinburgh Day 1B: Levels 3 & 4, blinds 100-200

4.25pm: Two level summary that can fit on twitter Vicky Coren, Michelle Orpe, Fintin Gavin, Rory Mathews and Jon Spinks all out. 401 runners in total, Boeree going well. 4.20pm: End of level four Players are now on a 15 minute break. -- NW 4.15pm: Vicky Coren's exit From her...more

WCOOP Poker Quiz offers $5,200 Main Event seat

Now, you can play the World Championship of Online Poker $5,200 buy-in Main Event for nothing. You don't even have to play poker to get your seat. All you have to do is take the PokerStars WCOOP Poker Quiz and be the first person to score 100%. Ready? Set? Wait!...more

UKIPT Edinburgh Day 1B: Levels 1 & 2, blinds 50-100

2.15pm: Summary of the last two levels that could fit on twitter Solid starts for all four Team PokerStars Pros in the field, eight players eliminated including Oliver Schaffmann. -- NW 2.05pm: Steady start for Ainsworth Team PokerStars Pro Jude Ainsworth has had a steady start and has increased his...more

Nicola D'Alessio leads IPT San Remo

First San Marino, then Venice and now San Remo - idyllic locations, great venues and fine food. No wonder the PokerStars Italian Poker Tour is so popular. San Remo is like a second home for the IPT, and the latest stop this week for IPT Season 2 saw Nicola D'Alessio...more

WCOOP 2010: The creme de la creme, by Anh Van Nguyen

by Anh Van Nguyen The eighth annual WCOOP is finally here. I've been waiting impatiently for this event as every year the prize pools and number of entries continues to grow. The PokerStars WCOOP has to be the creme de la creme of all online poker tournaments. It is an...more

19 August

Results day: Owen Robinson is UKIPT Day 1A star student

A-level results came out today and thousands of students across the UK were given news both good, great and dire. Some will have scored enough to get into prestigious universities, while others will merely have a metaphorical ruler cracked across their knuckles as they scurry towards any open university place...more

UKIPT Edinburgh Day 1A: Levels 7, 8 & 9, blinds 400-800, ante 100

11.25pm: Summary of the last three levels that could fit on twitter Robinson finishes as chip leader. Bedi and Brammer out late on, Burland busted by best mate. Channing still alive. 11pm: Play has ended for the day: Owen Robinson chip leader If there was any doubt he was...more

UKIPT Edinburgh Day 1A: Levels 5 & 6, blinds 150-300, ante 25

6.42pm: Summary of the last two levels that could fit on twitter Greco and CIbek out along with a quarter of the field, David McCallum, Joe Whittaker and Owen Robinson chip leaders. -- NW 6.40pm: End of the level Dinner breaks begin. -- RD 6.35pm: Grafton gets one back Sam...more

UKIPT Edinburgh Day 1A: Levels 3 & 4, blinds 100-200

4.40pm: Summary of the last two levels that could fit on twitter Robinson chip leader, Brammer not far behind. Burland doubles up with A-Q against A-K, Grafton wants to bust Brammer. --NW 4.35pm: End of level four Players are on a 15 minute break. --NW 4.35pm: Grafton wants to bust...more

PokerStars introduces Triple Stud

A few things you might not know about the phrase "Triple Stud:" First, it's syllabic structure allows for it to be sung to the tune of "Summer Breeze" by Seals and Crofts. Second, it has never been the title of a movie, adult or otherwise. Third, and perhaps most importantly...more

PokerStars receives gaming license in Estonia

The Estonian Tax and Customs Board has issued PokerStars an activity license in Estonia, making the world's largest online poker site among the first license-holders in the country. The company will now turn its focus to obtaining its operational license in Estonia. PokerStars has 36 million players worldwide and has...more

UKIPT Edinburgh Day 1A: Levels 1 & 2, blinds 50-100

2.20pm: Summary of the last two levels that could fit on twitter Greco doubles, Channing, Bedi and Brammer off to good starts. Bad two levels for Goodwin, Malcolm Smith first out. --NW 2.15pm: Break time That's the end of the first two levels, players are on a 15 minute break....more

"All the world's a stage"

While the Edinburgh festival and its more slightly more anarchic little brother, the Edinburgh fringe festival, dance, sing, jump and shout across the fair city of Edinburgh another stage is being set here at the Edinburgh Corn Exchange, and it's looking like it's going to be a big one....more

18 August

"Bax" and Wigg Final, but Fischer80 Takes Home the Aug. 18 Super Tuesday Title

Sometimes victory is just out of reach. Well, this Tuesday, in the prestigious $1,000+50 buy-in Super Tuesday, Team PokerStars as a whole came agonizingly close to the payoff Promiseland, only to go home empty handed. Team Canada pro Pat Pezzin came the closest to grabbing a share of the...more

WCOOP: Everything still Peachy

Maria "Peachy" Nava wanted a house and she was going to have one no matter what. This time last year, she was in the middle of purchasing a new home with her siblings. She was going to be able to afford it, but a little extra money would not have...more

17 August

WCOOP 2010: Try mixing it up, by Greg DeBora

by Greg DeBora The 2010 World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) is just around the corner and I can't wait until it gets underway. As one of the most prestigious online tournament series and with a large range of buy-ins and game formats, there really is something for everyone. Coming...more

Kevin Stani wins EPT Tallinn


16 August

Mattern misses record as Kevin Stani wins EPT Tallinn

This week was always going to be one of firsts: it was the opening event of the PokerStars European Poker Tour Season 7, and the first time the whole jamboree had stepped foot in Tallinn, Estonia (not that a jamboree can step anywhere, but you know what I mean). What...more

EPT Tallinn Final Table: Level 27, 28 & 29 updates (50,000-100,000)

7.35pm: Congratulations to Kevin Stani, EPT Tallinn champion (€400,000) Kevin Stani has defeated Konstantin Bilyauer to become the inaugural winner of EPT Tallinn. He opened the pot with a raise to 250,000 and was called to go to a 3♣9♥2♠ flop where both players checked. The turn came 4♥ and...more

PokerStars Sunday tournament results (8-15-10)

As the world turns, Arnaud Mattern is trying to become the first person to win two European Poker Tour events, Nauv Kashyap is celebrating an ANZPT win, and WCOOP is still a few weeks away. Still, we have some of the biggest online action in the world to report. Once...more

EPT Tallinn Final Table: Level 25 & 26 updates (25,000-50,000, ante 5,000)

3.24pm: Konstant pressure Konstantin Bilyauer continues to grow his stack skywards. In the last hand before the break he raised to 125,000 on the button and was called by Dimitry Vitkind in the big blind. Both players checked the [10s][10h]A♣ flop, before Vitkind bet 125,000 on the 4♦ turn, a...more

EPT Tallinn final table player profiles

The final table of EPT Tallinn begins at noon today (edit: things are running a little behind schedule). While it would be easy to talk only about Team PokerStars Pro Arnaud Mattern and his chance of being the first double EPT winner, there are eight players still in this. So,...more

Blumenkind53 Bests Tough Table to Grab Sunday Million Victory

Most people spend their Sunday nights winding down from busy weekend activities and preparing for the week ahead. Though if you're one of eight skilled players in Tallinn, Estonia, you might be picking out some clothes for the final table of the first stop on Season 7 of the European...more

15 August

Sunday Warm-up: Ansgar2000 finishes the job this time, wins $136K

State Fairs are around the corner, Target is announcing Back-To-School specials in the Sunday newspaper ads, and the Premiership and NFL return to our television sets. But, something else comes with the fall colors and does not require a rake and 30 gallon garbage bags. The World Championship of Online...more

The battle for Tallinn: Team PokerStars Pro Arnaud Mattern fronts final table charge

Estonia has a history of foreign powers taking a fierce interest in its country. Over the years it has been subjected to rule from the Danes, Russians, Germans and Swedes but since it regained its independence in 1991 it has enjoyed its spot as one of the fastest growing economies...more

ANZPT Gold Coast: Nauv Kashyap victorious!

We were expecting big things from this final table, and from the moment that the first hand was dealt, right through to the intense heads-up battle, it was pure entertainment for the crowd here on the rail of the Jupiters Poker Room that watched it all unfold. We rocketed out...more

EPT Tallinn Day 4: Level 23, 24 & 25 updates (20,000-40,000, ante 4,000)

7.35pm: Done for the day With the elimination of Jonathan Weekes play is done for the day. The final eight will return at 12pm tomorrow to battle for the first prize of €400,000. Leading the way is Team PokerStars Pro Arnaud Mattern who is still in with a shout of...more

EPT Tallinn Day 4: Level 21 & 22 updates (10,000-20,000, 2,000 ante)

3pm: Break That's another 15-minute break. We'll get some fresh chip counts over to you shortly. -- RD 2.58pm: Big hand for Bilyauer Arnaud Mattern opened the pot for 45,000 and Konstantin Bilyauer made a small three-bet to 70,000. Mattern called. Both players checked the 6♠A♦8♠ flop but when the...more

ANZPT Gold Coast Final Table: Level 26 (blinds 25,000-50,000, ante 5,000)

6:15pm: Ricky Kroesen eliminated in 2nd place; Nauv Kashyap wins the ANZPT Gold Coast! Ricky Kroesen was down to around 600,000 when he moved all in from the button. Nauv Kashyap snap-called in the big blind and the cards were on their backs. Kroesen: K♦2♦ Kashyap: T♣T♠ The board was...more

14 August

ANZPT Gold Coast Final Table: Levels 24 & 25 (blinds 20,000-40,000, ante 4,000)

6:00: Ten-minute break 5:50pm: Nothing like flopping the nuts Nauv Kashyap raised to 110,000 from the button and Ricky Kroesen made the call in the big blind. They saw a flop of 9♦A♦5♦ and Kroesen checked to Kashyap who fired 130,000. Kroesen made the call. The turn was the 3♠...more

ANZPT Gold Coast Final Table: Levels 21, 22 & 23 (blinds 12,000-24,000, ante 3,000)

3:40pm: O'Rourke bluffs his way to the break Liam O'Rourke has been caught bluffing on a couple of occasions, and Nauv Kashyap has already shown a tendency to call down pretty light. So it was a no surprise to see O'Rourke muck his cards when Kashyap made a call for...more

ANZPT Gold Coast: Final Table Set To Thrill

The final table is meant to be the showcase day for any poker tournament. It's the best of the best; the cream of the crop; the most talented players rising to the top to battle it out for the title, the trophy and all the cash. However in tournament poker,...more

A bad day for monkeys as Arnaud Mattern shines at EPT Tallinn

It's traditional to tell a performer to 'break a leg' before he takes to the stage, but it's something we can't say to Arnaud Mattern because he already has broken his leg in an ill-advised tennis match in Las Vegas during the recent WSOP. Instead, I suppose a more conservative...more

EPT Tallinn Day 3: Level 19 & 20 updates (6,000-12,000, 1,000 ante)

9.10pm: That's it, folks All four tables have now played out their final six hands but it wasn't an entirely uneventful process. Perica Bukara managed to pick up an additional 300,000 chips to take back the chip lead. Full report of the day's action coming up. Play will begin again...more

EPT Tallinn Day 3: Level 17 & 18 updates (4,000-8,000, 500 ante)

6.02pm: Break! That's level 18 out of the way. Players are now on a 15-minute break. 39 remain, and we'll be playing down to 24 tonight. -- SY 6pm: Storakers rakes it in Michal Polchlopek raised from the cut-off to 19,000 and was three-bet to 54,000 by Johan Storakers. Polchlopek...more

ANZPT Gold Coast: Final Table Profiles

Seat 1 - Aaron Benton, Woolongong, NSW, PokerStars Sponsored Player (751,000 chips) This 32-year old recruitment consultant known online as azzabentonaces was working in Singapore when he finished runner-up in a major online tournament worth US$262,500. He went on to win the 2009 APPT Grand Final in Sydney, stamping his...more

ANZPT Gold Coast: Kashyap Looking To Cash Up

Day 3 of the 2010 Gold Coast Main Event was a day that saw our field of 42 reduced to the final nine players within seven levels of play. There was plenty of action early as the short stacks struggled to survive, but as the day went on and the...more

EPT Tallinn Day 3: Level 15 & 16 updates (2,500-5,000, 500 ante)

3pm: Huge comeback for Elnajjar It's been some level for Bassam Elnajjar. First he got it all-in with J♦J♠ against Arnaud Mattern's T♥J♥ and held after flopping a set and then he won another chunky pot post flop to put him up to near 176,000. He must have thought that...more

EPT Tallinn: Day 3 seat draw

There are 84 players left here in Tallinn. They return at noon today to play down to the final 24. In the middle of all that they will hit the money (at 56 players). It should be fun. Here is the seat draw for the start of play: 20 1...more

ANZPT Gold Coast Day 3: Level 22 (blinds 10,000-20,000, ante 2,000)

6:30pm: Balaban eliminated in 10th place; Final table is set! It didn't take long for our final table bubble to burst after the short-stacked Darko Balaban pushed his last chips in preflop against Aaron Benton. Balaban had a monster with his K♦K♥ as Benton would need help with his A♦J♦....more

13 August

EPT Tallinn Day 3 intro


ANZPT Gold Coast Day 3: Levels 20 & 21 (blinds 8,000-16,000, ante 2,000)

5:55pm: Break 5:53pm: Dodds is back Joel Dodds was having a pretty good day, after getting himself into the chip lead, but things went awry and he slowly slid into the pack. Well, Dodds is now back on track after grabbing a double up to get himself back into contention....more

ANZPT Gold Coast Day 3: Levels 18 & 19 (blinds 5,000-10,000, ante 1,000)

3:45pm: Break time Once again the Jupiters Hotel and Casino have spoilt us with a wonderful buffet of sandwiches. Back in ten! 3:40pm: Maurie Pears eliminated After a brief lull in play, we've just had another elimination. The gallant run of Maurie Pears has come to an end. Pears opened...more

ANZPT Gold Coast Day 3: Levels 16 & 17 (blinds 3,000-6,000, ante 500)

1:30pm: Break time Just before the break we lost Ian Parnell in 29th place. He moved all in with A♦J♣ against the Q♥K♦ of Liam O'Rourke. Parnell flopped a jack on the flop of J♦3♣8♣, but the T♥ turn and 9♥ river gave O'Rourke a running straight to take it...more

ANZPT Gold Coast: Benton Eyes Another Final Table

It was a nervous night for 42 people on the Gold Coast last evening. Some would've slept better than others. But some would've had a restless night as they think of a strategy to avoid being one of the ten casualties on day three of play that will go home...more

EPT Tallinn Day 2 intro


Jonathan Weekes proves Day 2 is EPT moving day

Day 2 here at EPT Tallinn was the definition of aggressive poker. The word call was way outnumbered by the word raise throughout our coverage. To look around the room though you wouldn't think the players were enjoying this brand of poker as emotions were kept in check and it...more

WCOOP: Extreme satellites on the way

The World Championship of Online Poker is just a few weeks away and PokerStars has just announced a way you can get into the multi-million dollar events for the price of a Happy Meal. WCOOP Extreme Satellites are offering up hundreds of WCOOP seats for just pennies on the...more

EPT Awards back up for grabs

Life was pretty good for Max Lykov last year. He played nearly all off the EPT main events, and more than a few side events, too. He actually won the tournament in Kyiv which set him off on a year that ended with him earning one of the tour's biggest...more

EPT Tallin Day 2: Levels 12, 13 & 14 (1,500-3,000, ante 300)

7.25pm: Bagging and tagging Play has finished and players are counting then bagging their chips. It looks certain that Jonathan Weekes is our overnight chip leader with 751,900. We'll have a full wrap with you shortly, and the full official chip counts will also be with you in a few...more

ANZPT Gold Coast: It's All Wong On Friday The 13th

Poker players can be a strangely superstitious lot. Many own a lucky card protector, some wear their lucky cap at every event, while some players have been known to re-wear the same clothes over and over for the duration of the tournament to avoid the wrath of lady luck....more

EPT Tallinn Day 2: Level 10 & 11 updates (800-1,600, 200 ante)

2.52pm: BREAK TIME Two out the five levels for today are completed. The players are on a short break.--MC 2.50pm: Really bad timing Fabian Quoss should have worn a watch today because his timing was completely off. He raised to 3,300 from the button and was raised by Andrea Benelli...more

ANZPT Gold Coast Day 2: Level 15 (blinds 2,000-4,000, ante 400)

7:00pm Saving the best until last On the second last hand of the day, we witnessed the biggest pot of the tournament as Hong Kong's Nick Wong landed a river of dreams to end the day as our chip leader. The action went down on a flop of T♠J♦Q♣. Wong...more

12 August

ANZPT Gold Coast Day 2: Levels 13 & 14 (blinds 1,500-3,000, ante 300)

5:50pm: Break The players are now taking their last ten-minute break of the day. When they return, we'll play just one more level before we call it a night. 5:38pm: Steicke takes out Watson Andrew Watson won't be able to replicate his runner-up finish in Queenstown as he's just been...more

ANZPT Gold Coast Day 2: Levels 11 & 12 (blinds 1,000-2,000, ante 200)

3:40pm: Ten-minute break 3:35pm: Kittos doubles Chris Kittos was all in for his tournament life with 7♣7♥ against the A♠Q♥ of Wayne Hockey. The race was short-lived as Kittos spiked a set on the board of 7♦8♣9♥8♥5♠ to double up to 45,000. 3:25pm: Moussa crashes and burns It wasn't long...more

ANZPT Gold Coast Day 2: Levels 9 & 10 (blinds 600-1,200, ante 100)

1:30pm: Break 1:22pm: Gray climbing ANZPT Canberra champion Jason Gray is on the move after coming into the day with a below average stack. He got his day going when his J♦J♠ held up against Koudai Suzuki's T♣T♥ when the board was spread 6♠K♥9♠4♠5♥. Arguably Australia's most consistent player of...more

ANZPT Gold Coast: Time To Ride Again

The Gold Coast is renowned for being a fun, family holiday destination with its expansive beaches, sports activities and of course, the theme parks. There's six of them sprinkled only a short drive from Surfers Paradise and many poker players were heard to be enjoying themselves yesterday on the thrills...more

House! Who is leading the field at EPT Tallinn?

You'll often see ABC grinders on PokerStars decrying shove-happy players. While busily accusing them of playing 'bingo' they're unfortunately failing to understand why you'd want to three-bet shove pre-flop for 20 big blinds. Players freshly blooded to the game fully embrace the skill element and don't realise how the very...more

EPT Tallinn: Day 1B intro


EPT Tallinn Day 1B: Level 7, 8 & 9 updates (500-1000, 100 ante)

11.30pm: Play concludes for the day Day 1b is done and dusted. Our overnight and overall chip leader is Perica Bukara with a mighty 210,600. Full chips counts and a wrap of the day's play will be up shortly. Play starts again tomorrow at 12pm. Goodnight from Tallinn. --MC 11.15pm:...more

WCOOP 2010: The biggest and the best, by Tom McEvoy

by Tom McEvoy Hello everybody, the time is almost here. Yup, the biggest and best online tournament series of the year, PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker. There is no online tournament series that comes close in both prize money and prestige. The winner of every event gets their own...more

EPT Tallinn Day 1B: Level 5 & 6 (200-400, ante 50)

6.40pm: Dinner time Six levels down and time for a dinner break. We shall all be back in around 90 minutes or 8.15pm local time for the resumption. 6.37pm: Michael Piper is out I saw him walking away from the table and he filled me in on the details. "Andrew...more

ANZPT Gold Coast: A Darko Day

It was a day that brought with it a lot of expectations. And after eight levels of frantic action, you would have to say that those expectations were met. Last night we knew we were in for a big day as the whispers surfaced of a likely capacity field. The...more

EPT Tallinn Day 1B: Level 3 & 4 updates (150-300)

4.30pm: De Melo is no more Fatima Moreira De Melo is out, the hand she went out on extended well into the break. I only caught the river action but the board read [10d]3♣6♥5♠5♣. There was around 14,500 in the pot and the small blind, Antoine Amourette, had set De...more

EPT Tallinn Day 1B: Level 1 & 2 live updates (75-150)

2.07pm: Break With two levels in the books already, players are now on a 15-minute break. We'll be back shortly. 2.05pm: Aggressive table Any table with Rasmus Neilsen and John Eames on is going to be aggressive. Percia Bukara is sat with them and seems to be just as aggressive....more

ANZPT Gold Coast: Levels 7 & 8 (Blinds 400-800, Ante 75)

8:15pm: A few late stumbles The final five hands provided a couple of rough moments for Karl Krautschneider and David Steicke to finish the day. Krautschneider got himself into trouble in a button versus big blind battle against Dominic Coombe. With all the chips in preflop, Krautschneider held king-queen but...more

11 August

ANZPT Gold Coast: Levels 5 & 6 (Blinds 200-400, Ante 50)

5:55pm:Ten-minute break 5:44pm: Vo sets it up Is there anything better than flopping a set against an overpair? It's one of the most deceptive, and profitable, situations in the game and Tommy Vo has just taken full advantage of it to eliminate Swiss player Serge Mazza from the tournament. The...more

ANZPT Gold Coast: Levels 3&4 (Blinds 100-200, Ante 25)

3:45pm: Break time One player who won't be back after the break is Wayne Carlson. He was all in preflop with pocket eights but he found himself running smack-bang into Jimmy Ghobrial's pocket aces. The board ran out 9♥4♦5♣3♦9♣ as we lose another player. Ghobrial is up to 53,000 and...more

ANZPT Gold Coast: Levels 1 & 2 (Blinds 75-150)

1:35pm: Early break for Scarf As the players take their first ten-minute break of the day, one player who was able to beat the rush to the bathroom was Andrew Scarf. Currently in the top three in the ANZPT Player of the Year points race, Scarf was spotted dashing to...more

ANZPT Gold Coast: Happy skies, happy days

A warm good morning from the Gold Coast, where the sun is beaming down, the local cafes are bubbling with activity and for those 69 survivors from Day 1A yesterday, it's a great day to relax on the beach and soak up some rays. Of course, the perfect weather provides...more

Tallinn, a city for sporting comebacks - just ask Ville Wahlbeck

The good people of Estonia are a cheery bunch at the best of times, but tonight they had a smile wider than the Gulf of Finland, the expanse of sea that separates the capital city from their Finnish neighbors. The reason was an extraordinary international soccer match just a few...more

EPT Tallinn Day 1A: Level 7, 8 & 9 live updates (500-1,000, 100 ante)

12am: Tekintamgac seizes overnight chip lead That's it for Day 1A with around half of the 182 starting field making it through. While all will get a day's rest they'll be one you will be sleeping that little softer. Ali Tekintamgac finished the day on 203,200 winning a monster pot...more

EPT Tallin Day 1A: Levels 5 & 6 (blinds 200-400, ante 50)

6.58pm: Grub's up The dinner bell has sounded, and everyone has hot-footed it to their favorite eatery. Not your hard-working bloggers, however. We'll be doing a run around for some more chip counts. Chip counting gives us all the sustenance we need. Live reporting will be back in 90 minutes....more

ANZPT Gold Coast: Shivan Abdine Leads The Way

The day started with high expectations for 140 entrants to the 2010 ANZPT Gold Coast Main Event and by the end of eight levels of play that number had been reduced to just 69. It was a field of the highest calibre, with multiple ANZPT champions, an Aussie Millions champion,...more

The Big Game is back

You've been asking for it, we've been waiting for it, and now the PokerStars Big Game is back. After a short hiatus, the Big Game hit the small screen again this week with a brand new Loose Cannon. For the big money game, PokerStars staked qualifier Troy Howard $100,000. Now,...more

EPT Tallinn Day 1A: Levels 3 & 4 live updates (150-300)

4.45pm: Break Time That's the end of level four players are now on a 15 minute break. --NW 4.40pm: That's why I called Janne Nevalainen opened to 750 from the hi-jack, only for Bjorn Verbakel to three-bet to 2,100 from the button. It folded round to Nevalainen who swiftly called....more

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Super Tuesday August 10, Roxx Box turns short stack into over $81,000

PokerStars' Super Tuesday drew a field of 424 players paying $1,050, to easily top the $300,000 guarantee, creating a $424,000 prize pool paid out to the final 54 players. Tonight's winner would take down $81,365.60 for first place. Unfortunately for Team PokerStars PRO, their hopes of getting a piece...more

EPT Tallinn Day 1A: Levels 1 & 2 live updates (75-150)

2.26pm: End of the level That's two down already. Players are now on a 15-minute break. 2.25pm: A lot of sixes I joined the action on the river of a 8♠6♣K♠A♥6♦ board which had about 14,000 in the pot. Jorn Walthaus checked to Steven van Zadelhoff who moved all-in for...more

ANZPT Gold Coast: Levels 7&8 (Blinds 400-800, Ante 75)

8:15pm: Da Silva succumbs as Abdine heads the pack In the final stages of play we lost one of the Da Silva brothers as Bruno lost the war with Scott Kerr. Da Silva's final chips were in on the turn on a board of 7♠K♣3♥5♠ holding 6♦3♦ for a pair...more

Pay attention at the back! The EPT returns for Season 7

It seems like only last week that the PokerStars European Poker Tour wrapped up for the summer holidays with a farewell party in Monte Carlo. That was the end of April, and since then there has been the small matter of the World Series of Poker. Oh, and APPT Macau,...more

10 August

ANZPT Gold Coast: Levels 5&6 (Blinds 200-400, Ante 50)

6:00pm: Break The players are now taking their final ten-minute break of the day. 5:45pm: Mixed fortunes for two champions "COME ON!!!!!" was the cry heard around the room as Bruno Da Silva had the defending champion Scott Kerr in bad shape. Kerr committed his last chips preflop with...more

ANZPT Gold Coast: Levels 3&4 (Blinds 100-200, Ante 25)

3:45pm: Break Time The players are now taking their second ten-minute break of the day. 3:34pm: Freeman freed Paul Freeman is free to enjoy his afternoon on the Gold Coast following his recent elimination from the tournament. Freeman made his last stance with A♣J♠ but ran into the dominant A♠K♠...more

ANZPT Gold Coast: Levels 1&2 (Blinds 75-150)

1:35pm: Break The players are now off to enjoy their first ten-minute break of the day. 1:25pm: Stoltz stays strong Andrew Stoltz appears to still be the big stack of the field with his early double up seeing him sit on 43,000 chips. A couple of PokerStars qualifiers are progressing...more

ANZPT Gold Coast: Plenty of surf, but where's the sun?

Fresh off the slopes of Queenstown, the best players in Australia and New Zealand have traded skis and snow for surf boards and sand, as the ANZPT heads to the "Sunshine State" for the sixth event of the 2010 Australia and New Zealand Tour. We find ourselves at Jupiters...more

WCOOP 2010: ChopSueyyy, 2009's #1 of #1

The 2009 World Championship of Online Poker was ambitious. It awarded more than $51 million over 45 different events. It gave out bracelets to 45 champions. By the time it was finished, the 2009 series was the most successful in history. Standing out among the dozens of winners was a...more

Alexander Kuperman wins PokerStars RPS Riga

by James White We'll hear a lot more about Estonia this week when Season 7 of the European Poker Tour kicks off in Tallinn, but for now it's an Estonian player, Alexander Kuperman, making the news after winning the Russian Poker Series event in Riga, Latvia for €95,468.50. He beat...more

Twitter Poker League: Money winner Monyarrasco

by Joanne Haslam Tournament 2 of Twitter Poker League's season 2 had $222 and 20 points for top prize, which is a whole lot of 2s... Yet no one wanted to finish 2nd. Often an online tournament winner is just a user ID and we guess the rest, but thanks...more

The Online Poker Show: Sunday Million, August 8, 2010


9 August

PokerStars to guarantee 35 seats to UKIPT Edinburgh

In just nine days, the UK & Ireland Poker Tour is headed to historic Edinburgh and PokerStars is about to give you your chance to get there for mere pennies on the the dollar. The £500+50 event kicks off on August 19th at The Corn Exchange and is bound to...more

WCOOP 2010: I really want to take down a WCOOP event, by Tony Hachem

by Tony Hachem I am looking forward to playing a great deal of the upcoming PokerStars WCOOP. I really want to play as many tournaments as possible. It is my favorite online tournament series and having just come back from a long stint of travel I can't wait to get...more

PokerStars Sunday tournament results (8-8-10)

Each morning, poker players around the world wake up and ask, "Is it here yet?" Today the answer is, "No, it's not here yet. It's 27 days from now." That, of course is the World Championship of Online Poker which kicks of less than four weeks from now. Less than...more

Final table set for Russian Poker Series Riga

by James White Artur Egorov may not be a name that rolls off the tongue, but the Russian will let his stack do the talking today when he fights for the PokerStars RPS Riga title. Egorov's 1,392,000 chips will take some catching for the other eight final tablists. They're all...more

Justin Chan wins historic PokerStars Macau Millions

by Fred Leung PokerStars Macau at Casino Grand Lisboa hosted the Macau Millions from August 4-8 and smashed the Asia poker tournament record for player field size. The previous record of 679 was held by the Filipino Poker Tour at the Metro Card Club, but on August 7 the...more

Near-miss turns to sure thing for cmis91, the August 8 Sunday Million champion

It was a busy time of year for PokerStars. The Latin American Poker Tour just wrapped its latest stop in Brazil with a new champion, and the European Poker Tour was days away from kicking off its seventh exciting season. But no matter the pace or location of the various...more

8/8 Sunday Warm-Up: OlyDaJew wins all the chips

Players on PokerStars continue to count the days until the 9th edition of the World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) gets underway September 5th. One way to help build up their roll is to take down this week's edition of the Sunday Warm-Up. Today's edition drew a field of...more

8 August

LAPT Florianopolis: Matthias Habernig wins Brazil title and R$435,000

Amid the crowds, the noise and the television cameras packed into the auditorium at the Costa do Santinho resort, Matthias Habernig, a 19-year-old from Klagenfurt, Austria, travelling through South American on vacation, has won the newest Latin American Poker Tour title in Florianopolis and a cheque for R$435,000. The...more

LAPT Florianopolis: Final table, level 29 updates (blinds 40,000-80,000, 10,000 ante)

4.45pm: Matthias Habernig wins LAPT Florianopolis. Dayan Vardanega re-raised Matthias Habernig's preflop bet to 395,000 in what was to be the last hand of the day. Habernig called, and a A♠7♦[10h] flop hit the felt. Vardanega bet 480,000 and Habernig called, bringing the Q♦ on the turn. Action was...more

WCOOP 2010: I'm dying to win another WCOOP bracelet, by Greg Raymer

by Greg Raymer Here it is, just becoming August, and my poker thoughts turn strongly to WCOOP already! I mean, we've got over a month before this thing starts, and I've got a lot to do between now and then, but every time I use my computer for email or...more

LAPT Florianopolis: Final Table, level 26, 27 and 28 updates (blinds 30,000-60,000, 5,000 ante)

3.50pm: Break time That's the end of the level. Players are taking a five minute break. 3.45pm: the big Mo Dayan Vardanega seems to have seized the momentum Habernig opened for 130,000 which Vardanega called for a flop of Q♦7♦7♣. Vardanega checked and Habernig bet 155,000. Vardanega then raised...more

LAPT Florianopolis: Now to find a champion

Welcome back to the LAPT Florianopolis. Just eight players remain, each in pursuit of a first prize of R$435,000. There are locals and a couple of foreign raiders intent on stealing glory away from home, but there'll be obstacles in the way in the form of some hefty local...more

Macau Millions breaks record

by Fred Leung PokerStars Macau at Casino Grand Lisboa made history yesterday as the Macau Millions smashed the all-time record for player field size in an Asia poker tournament. Day 1E had 209 players and brought the total field size to 741 to eclipse the Asia record of 679 previously...more

Spanish lead the way at PokerStars RPS Riga

by James White After eight hours of play today the field of 110 players who started Day 2 was cut to just 36. They now move forward to Day 3 and a have real shot at cashing here at the Russian Poker Series in Riga. Miguel Candeias, from Spain, began...more

7 August

LAPT Florianopolis: Habernig in front for Florian final

Poker arenas can become known for the atmosphere they generate. The feature stage of the Amazon Room for example can send a double-up echo back up the corridor to drown out the Masquerade Show; places like San Remo and Prague rock the EPT with a gladiatorial spirit, usually backed...more

LAPT Florianopolis: Day 3, level 24 and 25 updates (blinds 12,000-24,000, 3,000 ante)

7.30pm: All over Pedro Velasco is eliminated by Matthias Habernig in the last hand of the day. In this last hand, Velasco responded to Habernig's 66,000 raise by moving all-in for 350,000. Matthias found a reason to call, it was probably his [10s][10d]. Velasco showed Q♦J♠ and needed some...more

LAPT Florianopolis: Day 3, level 22 and 23 updates (blinds 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante)

5.15pm: Break time That's the end of the level and another 15 minute break. 5.10pm: Rodrigo still rolling Rodrigo Scartezini just took a few steps further up the chip chart. It started with a bet of 50,000 from Pedro Velasco followed by a raise by Mario Donoso to 135,000....more

LAPT Florianopolis: Day 3, level 20 and 21 updates (blinds 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante)

2.30pm: Chips The news form the last two levels is the stack building of Matthias Habernig who ends the leavel on 810,000. Meanwhile Rudy Blondeau has slipped down the scale to 300,000 while Dayan Vardenega has had his own power surge, sitting with 660,000 at the break. 2.26pm: Break...more

LAPT Florianopolis: Final table or bust

Welcome back to Florianopolis, which these days has put behind it the rainy and bleak past it was known for two days ago and has instead embraced the optimism of bright sunshine; perfect stuff for that old cliché of things getting hot inside as well as outside. But we...more

Macau Millions closing in on record

by Fred Leung The Macau Millions hosted by PokerStars Macau at Casino Grand Lisboa continues to close in on the record for field size in an Asia-based poker tournament. Yesterday saw 132 and 169 players participate in Day 1C and 1D respectively (yes, two on the same day!). After four...more

Solyom leads bumper field in Russian Poker Series Riga

by James White There was a landmark turnout for the second Russian Poker Series event of the season yesterday with 183 runners taking to the felt in Riga, Latvia. That number, which exceeded all expectations, generated a bumper €328,393.50 prize pool. The winner will get €95,468.50. Of the 110 players...more

6 August

LAPT Florianopolis: Canadian Rudy Blondeau powers to day two lead

Day two at the LAPT Florianopolis was always about the money. The only additional detail being who would have it and who wouldn't. Of the 185 players who returned today just 48 of them would get such a payoff, a bundle of local Rials higher in value than the...more

LAPT Florianopolis: Day 2, level 19 (blinds 4,000-8,000, 500 ante)

2.35am: This is the end Level 20 has finished and so has Day 2. Full chip counts are coming, but our likely chip leader is Rudy Blondeau, with more than 500,000. 2.20am: Last one out The last elimination of the day goes to Jose Santiago in 37th place. Santiago...more

LAPT Florianopolis: Day 2, levels 17 and 18 updates (blinds 2,500-5,000, 500 ante)

1.16pm: Break time Another break at the end of level 18. When we return for level 19 blinds will be 4,000-8,000 with a 500 ante. 1.10pm: His name was Guillermo Montero His name was Guillermo Montero, he was a brave man. He got all his chips in preflop against...more

LAPT Florianopolis: Day 2, level 15 and 16 updates (blinds 2,000-4,000, 400 ante)

9.46pm: Dinner break We've had 8 levels of play today and the tournament staff has decided to give players a one hour dinner break. We'll be playing down to 24 players today, 55 remain. We'll see you in an hour. Ate mais! 9.40pm: Flying Dutchman Sander Aalders just won...more

LAPT Florianopolis: Day 2, level 13 and 14 updates (blinds 1,200-2,400, 200 ante)

7.22pm: Break time That's the end of the level. Players are on another 20 minute break. Check out the latest counts on the chip count page. 7.20pm: Fifteen minutes to change your tournament A 230,000 pot, which took about 15 minutes to play, has left Canadian Rudy Blondeau with...more

LAPT Florianopolis: Day 2, level 11 and 12 updates (blinds 800-1,600, 200 ante)

4.45pm: Break time That's the end of the level and another 15 minute break. 4.40pm: Arias still going strong "I'm still alive," said Team PokerStars Online Jorge Arias as he collected his newly earned chips. He moved all in from under the gun for 13,500 and got a call...more

LAPT Florianopolis: Day 2, Level 9 and 10 updates (Blinds 400-800, 100 ante)

2.20pm: Break and color up Players are now on a 20 minute break. Also, the green chips will be colored up and taken out of play. 2.15pm: Braga-rights Faced with a 3,000 raise from Alessandra Braga, Miguel Solano re-raised to 9,000. Braga responded by moving all-in for 49,000. Solano...more

LAPT Florianopolis: Good day (two) sunshine

Something happened over night in Florianopolis. The total cloud cover, that had this been a musical rather than a poker tournament would have had the cast of players singing They call the wind Maria shifted from these parts, and instead headed out to sea, leaving behind nothing but clear...more

More improvements to your PokerStars software

You know when you log in to PokerStars and a little box pops up saying 'PokerStars update' and installs something or other before you can get going? Well, there's a very good reason for that - it means the folk running the poker room have developed yet more goodies for...more

Welcome to Florianopolis!


Chanoh Jun takes Day 1B chip lead at PokerStars Macau Millions

by Fred Leung The second of five Day 1s of the PokerStars Macau Millions saw 119 players in the field to bring the two-day total to 231. Nine players from Day 1B made it to the Day 2 Final on Sunday. The Day 1B chip leader is Chanoh Jun, from...more

5 August

LAPT Florianopolis: Matthias Habernig leads on return to Brazil

The Latin American Poker Tour made its welcome return to Brazil today. It was in Brazil that the tour was born two years ago, and its latest incarnation didn't disappoint, with a world champ and a few local heroes here for the day one festivities. All the familiar faces...more

LAPT Florianopolis: Levels 7 and 8 (blinds 300-600, 75 ante)

8.40pm: Habernig leads at end of day one With the last hand dealt it appears Austrian player Matthias Habernig is the chip leader with 130,325. A full report on the day will be on the blog shortly. 8.25pm: Victor defeated We're in the last stages of the day. The...more

LAPT Florianopolis: Levels 5 and 6 (blinds 150-300, 25 ante)

6.35pm: Six levels done, two to go That's it for another level and players are on their last break of the day. When they return they will play two more levels and call it a night. Get the latest chip counts on the chip count page. 6.25pm: Cada update...more

LAPT Florianopolis: Levels 3 and 4 updates (100-200 blinds)

4.10pm: Break time That's the end of the level. Players are now on the second break of the day. For the latest approximate chip counts go to the chip count page. 4pm: Andre a Super Sa Max Goncalvez was raising, making it 800 pre-flop. He got callers in three...more

LAPT Florianopolis: Levels 1 and 2 updates (50-100 blinds)

2pm: Break time We're reaching the end of level two. For the latest chip counts go to the chip count page. 1.50pm: Brenes battered Roberto Brenes, son of Humberto, just took a knock, down to 11,000 after an ugly board gave him a set but gave his opponent a...more

My Year in Tournaments (Summer) by Barry Greenstiein

Barry Greenstein is giving us a monthly peek into his books and being honest about how his tournament year is going.For more check out: January, February, and March. by Barry Greenstein Events 18-41: The WSOP 2010 Buy-ins: $186,000 Airfare: 400 Room and Board: $9,000 Cashout: $51,000 2010 Cumulative Profit -$422,400...more

LAPT Florianopolis: Back to Brazil

Welcome to Florianopolis, Brazil, and the start of the next leg of the Latin American Poker Tour. This event marks a welcome return to Brazil which was the first ever LAPT event back in season one. Then it was Rio hosting the festivities, a tournament eventually won by Julien...more

Big names head to Tallinn for EPT Season 7 opener

It's fair to say we on Team PokerStars Blog get a bit excited about the start of a new European Poker Tour season. It's a little like a kid waiting for Christmas, except once here, the EPT festivities last for a full nine months rather than be over in a...more

WCOOP 2010: MyRabbiFoo lining up more gifts for Dad

Despite never having won a World Championship of Online Poker event, Eugene Katchalov's father has a WCOOP bracelet. The gold band honors the winner of the 2009 $530 No-Limit Hold'em Heads-Up event. Along with the bracelet came $140,000 in cash. Katchalov (the younger one) played the event last year, won...more

Team PokerStars Pro Bryan Huang leads Macau Millions 1A

by Fred Leung The first of five Day 1s of the PokerStars Macau Millions saw 112 players participating in what organizers expect will be a new record for player field size in an Asia-based poker tournament. The current record is 679. The Day 1A chip leader is Team PokerStars Pro...more

PokerStars Russian Poker Series heads to Latvia

While established PokerStars tours like the LAPT and EPT are about to get under way (the LAPT in Brazil today, and EPT in Estonia next week), a new kid on the block is opening its doors tomorrow. The PokerStars Russian Poker Series welcomes the second event of its first season...more

4 August

After marathon heads-up duel, GAKingChaser chases down Super Tuesday title

Another Tuesday, another high stakes online showdown that beat the guarantee, as 348 runners ponied up the hefty $1,050 entry fee to nearly add another $50,000 to the Super Tuesday prize pool. Among the players fighting it out on the virtual felt this Tuesday were some of PokerStars' most...more

PokerStars adds Vienna to EPT Season 7

You'll be accustomed by now to the fine places frequented by the European Poker Tour and its players. Monte Carlo, Deauville, San Remo and Barcelona to name just a few. Now you can add Vienna to the list of must-play venues as PokerStars today announced the EPT circus would pitch...more

WCOOP 2010: A great deal to look forward to, by Pat Pezzin

by Pat Pezzin As the dust settles on the WSOP, I always find it a little bittersweet. The grind and chase of winning a bracelet is suddenly over after seven gruelling weeks of live tournament poker, but I quickly realize that I finally get to go back home to Canada...more

3 August

Twitter Poker League: Taketime takes down Season 2 opener

by Joanne Haslam Who doesn't like a clean slate? Did you overplay a small pair? Go on tilt after a devilish beat? Maybe you threw away a mighty chip lead? Whatever your poker sins in Twitter Poker League tourneys past, they're all forgiven for a new league season. A blank...more

WCOOP 2010: Time for me to become a true rounder, by Hevad Khan

by Hevad Khan WCOOP is the time when I feel people can best prove their ability in poker. With so many events, and the ever-changing dynamics of poker, we are brought to the culmination of our poker legacy! What better place to show what you can muster out all of...more

Tamas Lendvai bags PokerStars IPT Venice title and €235,000

It had already been a successful 12 months for Hungarian player Tamas Lendvai. Healthy cashes at EPT London last October ($27,000), then at this year's PCA ($87,500) and WSOP ($21,300) had sent his career earnings up to $180,000. Now those are dwarfed by his victory in Italy yesterday where he...more

2 August

Sunday Million August 1, 2010


PokerStars launches Women's Poker League

PokerStars has announced the launch of the new Women's Poker League, the perfect way for all female players to have fun and compete against players from all over the world in an exclusive female-only poker community, and win some incredible prizes. With buy-ins as low as $5.50 the PokerStars Women's...more

All Star Week Day 7: Challengers' title with 24-11 victory over Team PokerStars Pro

by Chris Edge With the Pros etching their names into the history books following All Star Week's 2009 maiden victory, any onlookers will have salivated at the prospect of another close-fought encounter one year on, as the Challengers set out to avenge their narrow defeat. In reality what we saw...more

PokerStars Sunday tournament results 8-1-10

Unless you're a titan of industry, a Gordon Gecko-ish corporate raider, or an excessively-compensated professional athlete, chances are you're not going to find many opportunities to make a couple hundred grand in a day. Those chances are left to people who start each day by lighting their morning fire with...more

Take a swing at the EPT Vilamoura Fairways and Felts Challenge

Anyone who played last season's debut EPT Vilamoura tournament will know this area of Portugal is famous for golfing. Now PokerStars has created a unique challenge for players heading to the Algarve for the EPT later this month. The EPT Vilamoura Fairways and Felts Challenge will see players battling it...more

PokerStars IPT Venice final table set

With a record-breaking field for a PokerStars Italian Poker Tour event, IPT Venice was always going to be a success. But for the remaining eight players, 'success' will be determined by just how much they get paid when the final table plays out today. While they're already guaranteed at least...more

Aqua44 Swims to Victory in August 1 Sunday Million

It was the first Sunday in August. What better way to ring in a new month and celebrate the warm weather than by curling up with a computer for a day of online poker tournament action? That was exactly the notion of 8,197 players who chose to take part in...more

1 August

Nick Wealthall: Brighton rocks, my poker does not

by Nick Wealthall Apparently it takes a day for every time zone you travel through to recover from jet lag. Well I must have popped around the world a couple of times because this trip back from Vegas kicked my butt. I don't think it helped that I went straight...more

All Star Week Day 6: Challengers take title from Team PokerStars Pro

by Chris Edge Following a decidedly tumultuous campaign, Team PokerStars Pro headed into the penultimate day of 2010's installment of All Star Week needing to produce nothing short of a miracle if they were to restore faint hopes of securing back-to-back titles following last year's maiden triumph. In the opposite...more

Loccarini heads PokerStars IPT Venice field

They're all guaranteed a payday of at least €4,100, but the 43 remaining players in PokerStars IPT Venice have a much bigger figure in mind... ...€235,000 That's the monies on offer for the winner, thanks to a €979,700 prize pool generated by a huge field of 505 in Venice, a...more