September 2010

30 September

Claudio Cecchi in charge at EPT London

Stereotypes are both offensive and annoying. They are offensive because they categorise huge swathes of people as acting and thinking the same way, casting the same aspersions on hundreds of thousands of people that happen to share the same birthplace, heritage or set of beliefs. They're annoying because they tend...more

EPT London: Day 1B, level 7, 8 & 9 updates (blinds 500-1,000, ante 100)

11.50pm: End of Day 1B That's play done with for today. At the close it's Claudio Cecchi, from Italy, with the chip lead with 237,500. That tops Soheb Pobandarwala, the Day 1A leader, who bagged up 218,600 this time yesterday. A full wrap of the days events will be...more

WCOOP bracelet winners still reveling in victory

The 2010 World Championship of Online Poker is starting that slow fade into history and sweet, sweet memory. As it slips down over the horizon line, the people who won bracelets are still getting used to the idea that they are world champions, including Tyson Marks, the WCOOP Main Event...more

EPT London: Day 1B, level 5 & 6 updates (blinds 200-400, ante 50)

7.02pm: Ding, ding, ding That's a 90-minute break for all concerned. Except for the poor dealers, of course, who have to sit and guard the chips. See you back here in an hour and a half. -- RD 6.58pm: Strassmann makes an early dash for dinner Johannes Strassmann should get...more

My journey from Counterstrike to poker

by Charlotte van Brabander Hi ladies! I'm Charlotte 'Sjlot' van Brabander and I'm a female gamer. To be more exact, I play Counterstrike. One year ago I was a member of a female gaming team and we went to the World Championship of Gaming. At this time, I don't have...more

EPT London: Day 1B, level 3 and 4 updates (blinds 150-300)

4.40pm: Break time Players are taking another break. Play resumes in 15 minutes. 4.35pm: Distractions The closer you look the bigger the impression that about half the field aren't exactly following the diktat that even when you're not in the hand you should be paying attention. IPads, iPods, books,...more

PokerStars unveils Macau Poker Cup Championship

by Fred Leung PokerStars Macau at Casino Grand Lisboa is proud to host the Macau Poker Cup Championship (MPCC) from November 2-7, 2010. The MPCC is the grand finale for Asia's premiere poker series and features the HKD $20,000 buy-in Main Event with a HKD $3,500,000 guarantee. Last year, PokerStars...more

EPT London: Day 1B, level 1 & 2 updates (75-150)

2.15pm: Break time That's the end of the level. Players are taking a 15 minute break. 2.10pm: Miami John and Florida Jason Jason Mercier bounces in his chair, listening to music. It's the cocky bounce of a contented man; a newly minted WCOOP bracelet winner with a third place...more

Liv Boeree joins Team PokerStars Pro


29 September

EPT London: Porbandarwala best on opening day

London has for years been a hub for world travellers. No trip to Europe is complete without a walk along Piccadilly, a photograph outside Buckingham Palace, or coming to realise that one end of Oxford Street is much better than the other. They're the kind of memories you keep...more

EPT London, Day 1A: Level 7, 8 & 9 (blinds 500-1,000, 100 ante)

12.05am: Play concludes Play for Day 1a has come to an end. A full wrap of the day's play will be up for you shortly and full official chips counts will follow soon after that. -- MC 11.55pm: Last four hands Tournament director Thomas Kremser has paused the clock and...more

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

7.19pm: Grub's up! That's a 90-minute break for the players and three more levels when they come back. Then there's Day 1B which should be, by all accounts, a monster. -- RD 7.17pm: Wigg gets his revenge Anton Wigg has just doubled through Celina Lin with pocket tens against A♦Q♣....more

EPT London, Day 1A: Levels 3 & 4 (blinds 150-300)

4.45pm: Break time It's the second break of the day. We're going to grind through nine levels today so we've still got plenty of play left. New post will be in around 5pm. -- RD 4.35pm: Pims o'clock Joep van den Bijgaart should be enjoying his position two to the...more

My poker journey and how I bagged the WCOOP $2.2million, by Tyson Marks

by Tyson 'POTTERPOKER' Marks Winning the PokerStars WCOOP Main Event is something that I don't think you can really prepare yourself for... at least for me it was an experience that I will never ever forget. To be honest I hadn't really thought of exactly how big of a deal...more

EPT London: Would you Adam an' Eve it

Hail taxi using tightly rolled umbrella. Doff cap to elderly lady you've just pushed aside* to reach said taxi. Hop in. Give driver instructions to drive like hell. Run lights, scream at bus drivers/ cyclists/ pedestrians, hop out at the London Hilton Metropole and tip well, for you're here...more

EPT London, Day 1A: Level 1 & 2 (blinds 75-150)

2.30pm: End of level That's the first of many, many, many breaks. Fifteen minutes R&R for the players. -- RD 2.27pm: Hit for Heitmann On a flop of 8♠7♣J♣ Jan Heitmann was leaning forward, head table high looking over at the chips Arjanit Kondaj had just pushed forward and had...more

28 September

BREAKING: Liv Boeree joins Team PokerStars Pro

She's one of the hottest properties on the world poker circuit, and now she's signed up to the world's biggest and best poker site... we're delighted to announce that Liv Boeree has joined the elite Team PokerStars Pro. Want to join Liv at PokerStars? Get an account here. Boeree won...more

Twitter Poker League: A win for wimHC

by Joanne Haslam Week 1 of the Twitter Poker League means a fresh start but some work ahead. League prizes are worth earning, but it will be a while before we get to the business end of awards and naming proud winners. No point writing your thank you speeches just...more

Luca Topazio wins €190,000 at IPT Nova Gorica

by IPT Staff Congratulations to Luca Topazio, the 23 year-old Italian player who won €190,000 by taking down the PokerStars IPT Nova Gorica event. He beat a field of 384 players who together generated a massive €744,960 prize pool. Topazio beat Luciano Prevedello Dellisanti from Italy heads-up, and he took...more

WCOOP 2010: POTTERPOKER dominates, captures Main Event title and $2,278,097.50

$2,278,097.50. The biggest prize in online poker history. Starting to edge toward the $2.5 million a certain player named Moneymaker claimed for winning the WSOP Main Event not so long ago. That's what awaited the winner of the 2010 World Championship of Online Poker Main Event, the $5,200 buy-in no-limit...more

27 September

WCOOP 2010: Main Event Day 2 live blog

The PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) live blog coverage is brought to you by F-Train and Martin Harris. Follow us on Twitter at @PokerStarsBlog, e-mail us at, and be sure to check out the WCOOP site for results and more from all 62 events. 4:45am--joeysweetp eliminated in...more

WCOOP 2010: Team Pro Alex Kravchenko conquers Event 61 for 8-game title

On the last day of the 2010 World Championship of Online Poker, Event 61 was prepared to play its second and final day. The High Roller $10,000 buy-in 8-Game tournament was everything that online poker players and fans could have wanted in a WCOOP event - big money, well-known players,...more

LAPT Rosario: Grand Final wrap up


LAPT Team Pro Challenge cash game live blog

by Brad Willis and Change100 The final accounting It was a grand experiment today. We live-blogged a $25/$50/$5 cash game as it played out in front of the television cameras. The minimum buy-in? $10,000. The players? High-rollers from all over the place. When it was all said and done...more

WCOOP 2010: Blue Knight1 becomes a king, wins Event #60 NLHE and $299K

There would be no Sunday Million champion for the month of September 2010 since PokerStars was offering some slightly larger tournaments for the general public with wrist jewelry and prestige to go with being a WCOOP champion. For those wanting to be a Sunday Million champion think of tonight's WCOOP...more

WCOOP 2010: Bedoyiya leads Day 1 of $5K NLHE Main Event

The Main Event had arrived. After three solid weeks of non-stop action in the 2010 World Championship of Online Poker, the 62nd event of the series brought the entire online poker world to PokerStars, some to play and others to watch, as the most exciting poker tournament of the year...more

Salvatore Bonavena second as IPT Nova Gorica final table set

While Team PokerStars Blog was a little sad that Team Pro Luca Pagano busted in 12th for €8,200, we're very happy to see that fellow Team Pro Salvatore Bonavena has made the final table of IPT Nova Gorica. Not only that, but he's second in chips! The final eight players,...more

Serge Didisheim wins €108,894 at FPS Divonne-les-Bains

Just under 400 players and only two days to get to a winner. But that's the beauty of the PokerStars France Poker Series; it doesn't hang about. It meant one player, Serge Didisheim, turned up for Day 1 on Saturday and by late last night (well, 5.30am to be precise)...more

26 September

WCOOP 2010: Alex Kravchenko leads final table of 8-Game High Roller Event 61

Of the 62 events that comprised the 2010 World Championship of Online Poker, only three claimed to be "High Roller" status, and Event 61 was one of them. Few players have $10K to risk on an online poker tournament, especially one that involved eight different games, which meant the field...more

WCOOP 2010: TALLWASP stings H.O.R.S.E. field, takes Event #59

Yesterday a stacked field came out for Event #59, the $2,100 H.O.R.S.E. event. As chronicled in the Day 1 recap, 26 of the 239 entrants came into this one already having won WCOOP bracelets in the past, never mind the many other big winners -- both on PokerStars and in...more

WCOOP 2010: Ifeedurfam feasts on opponents, wins Event 58, $530 PLO HU

After a break of 15 hours, 32 players returned at 13:00 today for Day 2 of WCOOP 2010 Event 58, $530 Pot-Limit Omaha (Heads-Up). They were already guaranteed $1,972 in prize money after winning their first four heads-up matches yesterday. It would take another five wins to snare a WCOOP...more

Battle of the Planets: JJAACKK jumps final nine for freeroll title and $12,000

Our September edition of the $50,000 Battle of the Planets triple shootout freeroll would come on the heels of another successful WCOOP coming to a close. 516 players would take their heads from WCOOP bracelet dreams to join us tonight. Four Team Pokerstars Pro and Online players earned their tickets...more

LAPT Rosario: PokerStars qualifier Martin Sansour wins Grand Final

by Brad Willis and Change100 The road to Argentina is the road to the end of the world. Drive far enough down its coasts and through its mountains, and you might just fall off the planet. Oh, sure, there is a greater chance you'll just get frostbite on the...more

LAPT Grand Final Day 3 wrap-up


LAPT Rosario: Levels 22-27 updates (25,000-50,000-5,000)

6:50pm: Martin Sansour wins the LAPT Rosario, Bolivar Palacios eliminated in second place On the second hand of heads-up play, Bolivar Palacios open-raised, Martin Sansour moved all-in and Palacios made the call. Palacios: A♦Q♣ Sansour: A♣K♣ Dominated and the LAPT title at risk, Palacios needed some serious help on...more

LAPT Rosario: Final table player profiles

Out of the 254 players who started the LAPT Grand Final in Rosario, Argentina, only eight remain. The final table players come from around South America, the USA, and Sweden. They have many final tables among them, but only one, Matthias Habernig, has an LAPT championship. For a better look...more

LAPT Rosario: La Mesa Final

If any of our final table players ever dreamt of seeing their name in lights over twenty feet high, well, today they'll get their wish. As the TV crew scrambles to prepare the stage and set up the audience viewing area, another slickly edited video package introducing our eight finalists...more

Team PokerStars Pro Luca Pagano leads IPT Nova Gorica

He's such a force on the European Poker Tour that it's been a surprise that Luca Pagano, the Team PokerStars Pro, has not done so well on the Italian Poker Tour. That may be about to change. Pagano is chip leader with 36 left at PokerStars IPT Nova Gorica, and...more

Aldo Lisi leads chase for €108,000 title at France Poker Series Divonne

by Henri Frey How much live poker can you handle? The LAPT Grand Final started in Argentina on Thursday, as did the Nova Gorica stop of the Italian Poker Tour. Completing the hat-trick run yesterday was the second leg of the PokerStars France Poker Series in Divonne-les-Bains. A bumper field...more

WCOOP 2010: paulgees81, Andy McLEOD in front for FT of Event #59 ($2,100 H.O.R.S.E.)

With a $2,100 buy-in, Event #59, the two-day H.O.R.S.E. event, sported one of the heftier price tags for this year's WCOOP. Not surprising, then, to see a somewhat limited field of top players, with the list of entrants full of familiar names from top to bottom. A total of 239...more

25 September

WCOOP 2010: Raymer, Noh, Makarov advance to Day 2 in Event 58, $530 PLO HU

The most highly skilled poker players in the world love to play heads-up poker. Playing heads-up requires each player to play more hands and to make more decisions about each hand he or she plays. Because of all of the decisions required, a player's skill takes on much more prominence...more

LAPT Rosario: Bianchi leads final table, Habernig goes for back-to-back titles

It's hard to find a Red Bull in South America. I'm sure it's available somewhere, but south of the equator their preferred variety of energy drink comes in a black can emblazoned with a red lightning bolt and the word "SPEED." That's right, folks. Speed in a can. Not everyone...more

LAPT Rosario: Levels 17-22 updates (10,000-20,000-2,000)

5:48pm: Final table set With the final table set, the remaining players are taking a break for the night and will return tomorrow to determine the champion. A full wrap of the day is on the way. 5:23pm: Gustavo Flessak eliminated in 9th place, final table set Gustavo Flessak...more

LAPT Rosario: In search of the final table

The lights. The bright, shining, make-you-squint lights. Those are usually the first indication that the stakes have changed. When TV cameras and big boom microphones appear in your face, the chip bags are stuffed with big denomination fichas, and every bustout gets you so much closer to fame, the lights...more

How DDBeast turned $100 into a Porsche and WCOOP 2010 bracelet

You may not be entirely familiar with the name Dustin Dorrance-Bowman, but if you follow the fortunes of high-volume online poker players then DDBeast will ring a bell. Once you've realised how Dorrance-Bowman came up with that screen name, a look at his stats reveals consistent cashes online at PokerStars...more

WCOOP 2010: G0lfa grabs third WCOOP bracelet in two years for winning Event 55

The home stretch. The final weekend. Last chances. All apt notes about the 2010 World Championship of Online Poker on Friday, September 24, as the wind-down to the series began. But it seemed to be just the start of the most exciting part of the WCOOP, as the weekend plans...more

IPT Nova Gorica generates another bumper prize pool

The PokerStars Italian Poker Tour continues to generate big prize pools, with the winner in Nova Gorica taking home €190,000. 222 players signed up for yesterday's Day 1B, and together with the Day 1A field that made a total of 384 players and a prize pool of €744,960. Impressive stuff....more

WCOOP 2010: All up in here, aces_up4108 scoops Event #57 NLO8 turbo tourney

A regular poker tournament with gently rising blinds as a comparison to a horse race would be the standard Thoroughbred one mile or eight furlong race. Watching the lead horse shoot out of the gates as the late trailer would have time to nip him at the wire. Tonight's WCOOP...more

WCOOP 2010: croll103 master of his domain with victory in Event #56 $1,050 Limit Hold'em

Limit hold'em is just like comedian Rodney Dangerfield said with his famous tagline, "I can't get no respect." Limit hold'em is a redheaded stepchild at a family picnic. Limit hold'em is sort of like being the awkward nonathletic kid who is always being picked last for football on the playground....more

24 September

LAPT Rosario: Tight chip lead going into Day 3

This looked, by all accounts, to be Nico Fierro's. He could've almost folded to the chip lead from the middle of the day, Could he do it? Could Chile's Nico Fierro go wire-to-wire as the chip leader to the final table? He looked good for it. It seemed there was...more

WCOOP 2010: Richard "CHUFTY" Ashby takes Event #54 PLO bracelet

A well rested six-pack of players are ready to do battle for today's Event #54 PLO 6-max $2,100 buy-in WCOOP bracelet. Well maybe a couple of well rested players after seeing some of them were logged on for most of the night and hopefully have timed their energy drink/coffee consumption...more

LAPT Rosario: Levels 13-17 updates (3,000-6,000-500)

10:05pm: Robby Westrom eliminated, 24 remain Robby Westrom got his chips in with the best of it, taking his A♣K♠ up against A♦Q♥. A queen on the flop and another on the turn dashed his hopes of advancing to Day 3 and he hit the rail in 25th place....more

WCOOP 2010: Event #48, $1,050 NL Hold'em


PokerStars France Poker Series heads for Divonne

If you like things to go quick, then you'll love the PokerStars France Poker Series. The second leg of the tour's debut season begins in the eastern town of Divonne tomorrow (Saturday) - and will be done and dusted by Sunday night! The €1,200 buy-in, two-day event at the Casino...more

Nine do battle for UKIPT Champion of Champions title

by Mad Harper PokerStars.euis pleased to announce that a unique UK & Ireland Poker Tour 'Champion of Champions' event is taking place at the end of the EPT London Poker Festival. The televised tournament kicks off at noon on Tuesday, October 5, and involves all eight winners of the UKIPT's...more

LAPT Rosario: Levels 9-12 updates (1,000-2,000-200)

4:28pm: Players take a 15-minute break While our players enjoy a stretch and a little fresh air, we're going to close out this post. We'll be back in a few with the blinds up to 1,200/2,400 with a 200 ante. 4:26pm: Barbero, Phillips ousted We are down to two...more

LAPT Rosario: Day 2 Preview

Buenos dias, Rosario. We've rubbed the sleep out of our eyes thanks to some of South America's finest java and in about thirty minutes' time, the 126 players who survived Day 1 of the LAPT Grand Final will return to the tables, unbag their chips, and pick up where they...more

WCOOP 2010: Event #53 - $530 NL Hold'em w/ Rebuys - DDBeast bests field

Event #53 of the 2010 World Championship of Online Poker, $530 NL Holdem w/ Rebuys, drew a field of 837 entries, and combined with 1,041 rebuys and 637 addons, created a total prize pool of $1,267,500 with 108 players paid. The lure of a WCOOP bracelet along with a prize...more

IPT Nova Gorica: Anything going on? You bet

If something is good, you may as well repeat it. Scrub that; let's do it four times... Good thing No. 1: This week sees the conclusion of the record-breaking PokerStars WCOOP series Good thing No. 2: The PokerStars Latin American Poker Tour Grand Final is now under way in Rosario,...more

WCOOP 2010: Shatkhi leads day one of event #54 PLO $2,100 two-day tourney

"You were actually behind sir". As the many poker books on etiquette at the tables many have different opinions, one universal rule is to not teach while trying to take everyone's money. The quote above is one you hear often by those table coaches that like to explain their draw...more

23 September

LAPT Rosario: Fierro en Fuego

I have yet to figure out the city of Rosario. The acres of impossibly green farmland on its outskirts recalls the American midwest. The packed-together high-rise apartments that line Boulevard Orono bring to mind some of the South American seaside enclaves we've visited elsewhere on the LAPT, like Vina del...more

LAPT Rosario Day 1 wrap-up


WCOOP 2010: bbbbb33 blazes to victory in Event #52 $320 NL Turbo

Turbolicious. A good friend of mine once remarked, "Turbo tournaments are perfect for speed freaks and people diagnosed with attention deficit disorder (ADD)." That quote seemed appropriate. Turbos are also ideal for players who don't have the necessary time to grind it out for a dozen hours only to find...more

LAPT Rosario: Day 1, levels 5-8 updates (300-600-75)

9:20pm: Wait. The world just blew up With just a couple hands left in the night, Nico Fierro nearly doubled his stack, again at the expense of Hugo Franca. It was A♣A♥ versus A♦K♦. The 6♣[2♥K♣[2♦2♣ board was an ugly one. Franca, who had 215,000 an hour ago, now...more

LAPT Rosario welcome video


LAPT Rosario: Levels 1-4 updates (150-300 blinds)

4:25pm: Level ends, players break With the end of level 4, players are headed out for a 15 minute break. We'll be closing out this post of updates and starting one anew in the meantime. 4:15pm: Dominik down Last year's Grand Final champion Dominik Nitsche's seat is now filled...more

LAPT Rosario: Close encounters of the Grand Final kind

We sit inside a giant, dark room inside the biggest and most luxurious gaming spot on the continent of South America. This alone should be reason enough to impress us. This, however, is not all that's knocking us back like the iconic Maxell "Blown Away" ad campaign (that most poker...more

WCOOP 2010: mustbetilt stays calm, wins Event 51 PLO8 bracelet

Walk around a Vegas casino's card pit, past the blackjack tables and find a game called Pai Gow Poker. Seven cards are dealt and it is up to you to sort them into a high and low hand going up against the dealer. To win a hand, a player must...more

WCOOP 2010: Feltin'donks decimates field for supremacy in Event #50 Big Antes

Big Antes. Whenever I say those two words aloud, I expect to hear Richard Strauss's Also Sprach Zarathustra (otherwise known as the theme song from Stanley Kubrick's film 2001: A Space Odyssey) playing ominously in the background. The 50th event out of 62 WCOOP tournaments included a twist to the...more

WCOOP 2010: APowers1968 muscles through to win Event 48

When players tuned in to see the action of Day 2 of Event 48, the tournament clock said that Event 48 had been running for 24 hours. Technically, that was correct, but there was a solid 14.5-hour break in there after Day 1 ended. A little misleading, but it was...more

WCOOP 2010: dcg30 annihilates final table to capture WCOOP Event 49 victory

"Never fold on the first leg of a two-legged game," was a popular refrain at a screw-around home game I played in more than a decade ago when I was a university student. The specifics of why we held to that maxim aren't important. The idea was that, in some...more

22 September

tbvle wins $56,140 with PokerStars' 50 billionth hand

Oh my. We knew it would be big, but even we were surprised at the intensity of the 50 Billion Hand climax. As the moment drew near, there were 220,000 people on PokerStars playing on 33,000 tables, all hoping to win the milestone hand. Of that lot, it was player...more

WCOOP 2010: Mrvogt leads Day 1 of Event 48, Dennis Phillips in top ten

The two-day events that appeared at various points throughout the 2010 World Championship of Online Poker were welcomed by many players. Those who were willing to put up the $1,000 + $50 buy-in to play in a no-limit hold'em WCOOP event wanted the chance, should they run well in the...more

WCOOP 2010: Event #46 - FlyingSumo rises to challenge, wins $320 Mixed PLH/PLO

Event 46 of the World Championship of Online Poker, $320 Mixed Pot-Limit Holdem/Pot-Limit Omaha featured alternating rounds of each game after each. A field of 1,123 players meant the prize pool would remain at the guaranteed amount of $400,000 with the final 144 players making the money. While several...more

WCOOP 2010: Xaston snares second bracelet in Event #47 ($530 Stud H/L)

The $530 buy-in Stud Hi/Low event attracted a number of familiar names, particularly when it comes to WCOOPs and SCOOPs. Just about every starting table seemed to feature at least one player who'd had some success either in the 2010 WCOOP or in previous series at PokerStars. And as the...more

Feeling lucky? Fortune awaits 50 billionth hand winner TODAY

How do you fancy winning $50,000 just for playing a hand on PokerStars? Sounds pretty neat, eh? Well, that's the good fortune awaiting one player later today when PokerStars is expected to deal its 50 billionth hand. Don't bother trying to work that one out; just trust me when I...more

Twitter Poker League: Taketime takes down the league, p1ke spikes a win

by Joanne Haslam PokerStars has dealt nearly 50,000,000,000 hands and that's a number so huge I lose count typing the zeroes. While big hand milestones are impressive, a smaller number has significance to a bunch of PokerStars players; the number 8. There are 8 weekly tournaments in the Twitter Poker...more

21 September

WCOOP 2010: Mviper256 strikes and succeeds in capturing Event 44 victory

Everyone deserves a second chance, or so they say. And Event 44 of the 2010 World Championship of Poker gave players just that via the $300 + $20 NLHE 2X Chance tournament. It wasn't exactly a typical rebuy tournament, as there were no add-ons allowed, but one rebuy was allowed...more

PokerStars 50 Billionth hand winners

We told you it was coming and now it's here! PokerStars is getting ready to deal it's 50 billionth hand, and along the way, a whole bunch of people are going to get their share of a million bucks in prize money. Lest you need a handy reminder, players dealt...more

WCOOP 2010: $320 PLO w/ rebuys - Dapalma150 lays the smackdown to win Event 43 bracelet

The final week of the World Championship of Online Poker kicked off Monday afternoon with event #43 - $320 Pot-Limit Omaha 6-max with rebuys. The tournament drew a field of 759 players, with 771 rebuys and 529 add-ons creating a prize pool of $617,700, with 96 players making the...more

WCOOP 2010: Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier wins Event #42 and $435K

And... we are back in action after that 12 hour nap after knocking our field of 3122 to just 176. To catch up on how this massive $1,050 buy-in tournament got to this point check out day one's write up. We would welcome back several Team PokerStars Pros and Team...more

20 September

WCOOP 2010: JuneauJyack takes turbo NLHE title for Event 45

You say you want action? We've got that action right here, with a knockout no-limit hold'em tournament played at turbo speed. From the moment the first hands were dealt, it was wild ride! Event 45 required several things, first being the $200 + $50 (bounty) + $15 buy-in. That guaranteed...more

WCOOP 2010: Money_1985 collects more money for winning Event 41

Many Sunday night WCOOP players are happy with the selection of tournaments offered, but it was Event 41 that made them a little nostalgic. The $200 + $15 buy-in no-limit hold'em tournament with a $1.5 million guarantee reminded them of the weekly Sunday Million that normally holds this spot. The...more

WCOOP 2010: Mercier and Paul among leaders for Event #42 two-day tourney

The WCOOP 2010 series is now over half way completed as this weekend's events bring that massive $10,000,000.00 guaranteed Main Event with the promise of the winner walking away with over $2,000,000.00 for the victory even closer. Tonight's Event #42 $1,050 buy-in NLHE tournament was the final event of the...more

19 September

WCOOP 2010: RaiseOnce raises championship banner in Event 39 ($25,500 NLHE HU)

There's a lot you can do with $25,000. Buy a car. Make a down payment on a house. Download 25,252 MP3s. Fill a kiddie pool with 100,000 quarters and swim through them Scrooge McDuck-style. Today, if you were feeling especially "balla", $25,000 and a $500 administrative fee got you a...more

WCOOP 2010: Instincts serve SixthSenSe19, Event #38 champ ($530 NLHE HU)

Event #38, a $530 buy-in, no-limit hold'em heads-up tourney, began on Saturday with 943 entrants playing down to just 64. (Click here for a recap of Day 1.) All who made it through to today's matches had guaranteed themselves $2,400, but the big prizes awaited those who could make...more

WCOOP profile: Jason Potter no longer on Tulsa time

My baby said I was crazy, my momma called me lazy I was goin' to show 'em all this time 'Cause you know I ain't no fool an' I don't need no more schoolin' I was born to just walk the line It's a long way from Tulsa to...more

WCOOP profile: Three winners, three stories

The 2010 World Championship of Online Poker is more than halfway complete and we have 40 winners' stories floating around in the ether. We've done our best to catch up with as many of them as possible and are posting them to our 2010 WCOOP winners profiles page. Some of...more

APPT Auckland: Brotha D Claims Memorable Victory

The final table of a major poker event is an exciting place to be. It's where dreams are made, and then shattered, all with the fall of a single card. We started out today with nine talented players who had safely navigated their way through a field of 218...more

APPT Auckland Final Table: Level 28 (blinds 40000-80000)

Congratulations Danny "Brotha D" Leaoasavaii - Winner of the the 2010 APPT Auckland Main Event That concludes our live coverage of the 2010 APPT Auckland Main Event. It was an exciting day of poker and enthralling heads-up battle that ended in a popular victory in Kiwi-legend Brotha D....more

WCOOP 2010: Trickey7 outsmarts the competition in Event #40, $320 H.O.R.S.E.

Breckenridge, Colorado. A tiny ski town about 100 miles west of Denver, it's a picturesque place to spend a summer afternoon on a mountain hike or a winter morning on the slopes. Like the prospectors who settled there a century and a half ago, Breckenridge's Trickey7 did his own share...more

APPT Auckland Final Table: Levels 26 & 27 (blinds 30000-60000, ante 5000)

10:50pm: Ten-minute break 10:43pm: Grigg falls further In a limped pot, action checked to the turn on a board of A♦6♣K♣J♥ where Tom Grigg took a stab with a bet of 100,000. Brotha D called and both players checked the Q♣ river. Brotha D opened Q♠6♥ for two pair which...more

18 September

APPT Auckland Final Table: Levels 23, 24 & 25 (blinds 20000-40000, ante 4000)

8:40pm: Ten-minute break 8:38pm: Million-chip pot for Brotha D The biggest heads-up pot of the tournament and first all-in move has seen Brotha D once again break out to a big lead. Brotha D raised to 100,000 on the button with Tom Grigg making the call to take a flop...more

APPT Auckland Final Table: Levels 21 & 22 (blinds 10000-20000, ante 2000)

5:20pm: Ten-minute break 5:15pm: Brotha D Storming Ahead Tom Grigg raised to 45,000 before Danny Silk put in the three-bet to 130,000 from the button. Action was then with Brotha D who put in a four-bet to 370,000. Grigg and Silk quickly folded as Brotha D raked in the pot....more

WCOOP 2010: J.P. Kelly, 63 others through to Day 2 of Event #38 ($530 NLH Heads-Up)

Event #38, a $530 buy-in, no-limit hold'em, single elimination heads-up tourney, came with a $600,000 guarantee. Ultimately 943 would enter, which translated into a bit of an overlay for this one. Earning the bracelet would require winning 10 matches -- nine for those with a first-round bye -- with the...more

APPT Auckland Final Table: Levels 19 & 20 (blinds 6000-12000, ante 1000)

3:10pm: Ten-minute break 3:02pm: Toleafoa doubles through Grigg In a battle of the blinds, Tom Grigg opened to 30,000 from the small blind and Ropati Toleafoa made the call in the big blind. They took a flop of 7♠3♥T♥ and Grigg fired 50,000. Toleafoa responded by moving all in for...more

APPT Auckland: Final Table Profiles

After six hours of play on Day 3, the final table of the 2010 APPT Auckland has been set. It brings with it an international flavour with five different countries represented and six PokerStars qualifiers making it through for the chance at the title and NZ$170,000 first place prize....more

WCOOP Event 30 highlights


WCOOP profile: Anders "Donald" Berg redefines success

Anders Berg has a different idea of success than most people. I know this because it's my job to check in with the big Sunday majors on PokerStars each week and see how everybody is doing. It's rare I don't see Berg's screen name, Donald, in there somewhere. It's never...more

WCOOP profile: Getting even--and then some--with Antoshka

We all have a number in our head. Maybe it's the age by which we want to make a million bucks. Maybe it's the time we need to wake up. Maybe it's the number of beers we can drink Anton "Antoshka" Smolyanskiy is a numbers guy. The above numbers probably...more

WCOOP profile: kevinnok in his own words

Every once in a while you run across a WCOOP winner who has a lot to say, has a great story, and is willing to tell it. Evan "kevinnok" Psarras, 25, is one of those people. An Australian living in Sydney and born to Greek parents, Psarras won the two-day...more

WCOOP 2010: ChipUniter charges ahead in Event #37, $320 NLHE (10-minute levels)

The 2,343 players that spent their Friday night on the virtual felt in WCOOP Event #37 got just a little more than they paid for. There was a slight overlay on the $750,000 guarantee, 306 players going home with a share of the prize pool and first place set to...more

WCOOP 2010: Wretchy fetches Event #35 bracelet ($215+R NLHE)

The re-buy event. In which "bullets" don't simply refer to aces, but also to the number of times you are willing and able to buy back in. Online poker has often been compared to video games, with some having suggested that the play is often looser than in live poker...more

WCOOP 2010: Jason "JP OSU" Potter takes down Event #36 $530 LO8

A line from the basketball movie "White Men Can't Jump" best describes players go thru while playing tonight's WCOOP Event #36 Limit Omaha Hi/Lo. "Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, sometimes you tie, and sometimes when you win you really lose". Indeed our players could see their royal flush splitting...more

APPT Auckland: Brotha D Rocks Da House

Day 3 of the APPT Auckland Main Event is in the books, and it was a wild ride to reduce our field from 28 to our final nine. The day ebbed and flowed with a couple of quick early eliminations as Sam Courtenay, AJ Bertenshaw and Akshay Nauhria all...more

17 September

APPT Auckland Day 3: Level 19 & 20 (blinds 6000-12000, ante 1000)

6:40pm: That's a wrap! That concludes our coverage from Day 3 of the APPT Auckland Main Event, with the "Godfather of New Zealand Hip Hop" Brotha D hanging onto a very narrow chip advantage at the end of the day. We'll have a complete wrap of the day's action and...more

APPT Auckland Day 3: Levels 17 & 18 (blinds 4000-8000, ante 500)

4:25pm: Ten-minute break 4:22pm: Mitrovic moving ahead Lance Climo limped in from under the gun before Noah Vogelman bumped it to 25,500 in middle position. Srdjan Mitrovic called in late position and Climo came along to see a flop of 3♥7♥7♦. Climo checked and Vogelman fired 45,000. Mitrovic put in...more

APPT Auckland Day 3: Level 15 & 16 (blinds 2500-5000, ante 500)

2:15pm: Ten-minute break 2:12pm: Two shorties lose the battle Aaron Sue moved all in for his last 21,000 with 6♦6♥ and Leo Boxell made the call with A♥J♥ in the big blind. The board ran out 7♦A♦5♠K♠2♣ to end Sue's run in 19th place. Shaun Gray was soon to follow...more

APPT Auckland: Buckle up for the bubble burst!

Every year thousands of tourists venture to New Zealand for a thrill-seeking adventure of a lifetime. It is after all, the adventure-sports capital of the world. From hitting the magical ski slopes, to a wild jet boat ride, to a bungy jump of a variety of structures and stunning locations,...more

WCOOP profile: Shaun Deeb, his "retirement", and victory beers

As a child, Shaun Deeb's family looked at him and knew he was going to be a handful. The kid liked to argue--or, to use Deeb's word, "debate"--and it didn't really matter what the topic was or what side he was on. He simply liked the process of confrontation on...more

WCOOP profile: IneedMassari's life changing moment

Not to stereotype, but Brazilians are generally happy, friendly people. I'm sure that's not fair to some ugly-faced guy in Sao Paulo who woke up in a bad mood, but I'm prepared to say that nearly--if not all--of the Brazilians I've met have been smiling, enjoyable folk. João Paulo Simão,...more

APPT Auckland: Grigg's dominant day

We set sail today with 96 wide-eyed voyagers on a journey to ride the seas and arrive safely to our destination - a berth on day three of the APPT Auckland Main Event. Along the way there were casualties; some were a tad reckless while a few others were...more

WCOOP 2010: No ducking around; Anders "Donald" Berg wins Triple Draw 2-7 Lowball crown

When you see someone with a simple screen name like "Donald", you have to assume that player was one of the earliest members to join PokerStars when the site went live in the autumn of 2001. That's the case with Anders "Donald" Berg from Norway. He's a true renaissance man...more

WCOOP 2010: 26071985 is the winning number in Event #32 $320 NLHE 6-Max

When this event began, the west coast was fighting morning rush hour, the east coast was heading out to lunch, central Europe was thinking about dinner and a few lunatic Australians were up playing online poker in the middle of the night. It ended long after a misty marine layer...more

WCOOP 2010: None better than Darreta in Event #33 ($320 PLO 6-max. 1R1A)

It's already the "action game." Pot-limit Omaha, that is. Make it six-handed and allow for some rebuys and add-ons, and the adrenaline flows even more freely. WCOOP Event #33 combined all of those elements, a 6-max., $320 buy-in PLO event with one re-buy available ($300 for 5,000 chips) and one...more

APPT Auckland Day 2: Level 14 (blinds 1500-3000, ante 400)

7:55pm: Play concludes With little action to report in the final three hands, day two of the APPT Auckland Main Event has drawn to a close with approximately 28 players remaining. There's no doubting our chip leader, as PokerStars qualifier Tom Grigg bagged up a massive 546,300 chips. We'll have...more

16 September

APPT Auckland Day 2: Levels 12 & 13 (blinds 1200-2400, ante 300)

6:45pm: Ten-minute break 6:40pm: Grigg and Colman chop it up Tim Grigg was one river card away from eliminating Julius Colman and padding his monstrous stack even further. But just to prove that the Poker Gods in fact do not play favourites, the luck went against Grigg to ensure Colman...more

APPT Auckland Day 2: Levels 10 & 11 (blinds 800-1600, ante 200)

4:35pm: Ten-break minute 4:22pm: No notes on Schaffman Oliver Schaffman opened to 4,100 from middle position with Akshay Nauhria put his glasses on to make the call and see a flop of 6♥A♠4♣. Schaffman fired 5,200 but Nauhria responded with a raise to 16,200. Schaffman made the call and the...more

APPT Auckland Day 2: Levels 8 & 9 (blinds 500-1000, ante 100)

2:15pm: Ten-minute break 1:59pm: Hinrichsen rockets past Turker Well, Koray Turker's stay at his new table didn't last long as he was just eliminated by Andrew Hinrichsen. In a battle of the blinds, Turker raised to 2,700 from the small blind with Hinrichsen flat-calling in the big blind to see...more

APPT Auckland: Players set sail for the cash

Auckland is popularly known as the "City of Sails" with its beautiful harbour often filled with hundreds of yachts and luxurious boats. With a population of 1.4 million people, Auckland actually has more yachts per capita than any other city in the world. The City of Sails - Auckland and...more

WCOOP 2010: kardioloq locks up Event #30 title ($530 NLHE Triple Shootout)

Terrence Chan -- a.k.a. "Unassigned," who won a WCOOP bracelet last year and also has a couple of SCOOP bracelets to his credit -- recently offered an interesting commentary regarding these "shootout" events such as WCOOP Event #30, the $530 buy-in Triple Shootout (no-limit hold'em). Besides being a fan of...more

WCOOP profile: Kroko-dill wins one for his daughter

Kroko-dill is a mean-sounding name, and it's designed that way. It's Russian for crocodile. Even the thought of a Russian crocodile is scary. But, here's the thing, Kroko-dill (aka Andrey Zaichenko) only picked the name because his nickname "Zaya" wasn't available. And what does "zaya" mean? Well, he tells us...more

WCOOP profile: DSchec's secret hobby

David Schechter is a litigator. That's his job. He works for a big law firm in New York City. If he is Batman, his Monday-Friday life at the law office is his time to be Bruce Wayne. His co-workers don't know much about his secret life. His family doesn't either....more

WCOOP 2010 Event #22 highlights


WCOOP 2010: ROMES_HOME Takes It Home In Event 29

Sure, Pot Limit Five Card Draw is a real blast from the past and Badugi sounds like something you might cough up, but the real exotic game on this year's WCOOP schedule has to be event 29, No Limit Omaha Hi/Lo (Knockout).Seriously, it's tournaments like this that make you wonder...more

WCOOP 2010: Brryann buries field en route to victory in Event #31 $320 8-Game

Mixed games test your poker acumen in different variations of poker. You don't have to be the best in every game, but you can't have too many weak spots because those will be exploited by the vultures pecking away at your liabilities. The 8-Game format has become more popular than...more

WCOOP 2010: What retirement? Shaun Deeb wins second career WCOOP title in Event #28, $1,050 NLHE

A little over ten months ago, Shaun "shaundeeb" Deeb announced his retirement from tournament poker at the ripe old age of 24. One of the most high-volume tournament grinders online, Deeb was understandably burned out from staring at a blinking screen for most of his waking hours and aside from...more

APPT Auckland Day 1b: Kashyap Cashes In

At the start of the day we awoke to dark clouds and threatening skies hovering above the city of Auckland, and although the rain held off outside we didn't have to wait long for it to start pouring in the SKYCITY poker room. Within the first few minutes of play...more

APPT Auckland Day 1b: Level 7 (blinds 300-600, ante 75)

8:00pm: Play concludes The last four hands didn't produce any noteworthy action to bring our day to a close. Approximately 58 players have survived to make it safely through to day two with Nauv Kashyap, Michael Kroger and Koray Turker our likely chip leaders. Team PokerStars Pro Lee "Final Table"...more

15 September

APPT Auckland Day 1b: Levels 5 & 6 (blinds 250-500, ante 50)

6:50pm: Ten-minute break 6:44pm: Mads eliminated For the second time today, Mads Smith-Hansen has felt the pain of elimination from a poker tournament. After crushing the PokerStars WCOOP event earlier in the day, Smith-Hansen couldn't match that run on the live felt as he was recently eliminated from the tournament....more

WCOOP 2010: Ten blast their way to final table in Event #30 ($530 Triple Shootout)

For some tourney players, the shootout format is especially attractive, especially those whose specialty is the single-table sit-n-go. Here in Event #30, a $530 buy-in Triple Shootout, entrants only have to defeat three tables to claim first-place prize money. Easier said than done, of course. While a player only technically...more

APPT Auckland Day 1b: Levels 3 & 4 (blinds 150-300, ante 25)

4:40pm: Ten-minute break 4:34pm: Tony Hachem eliminated Tony Hachem has lost the battle with his short stack to be eliminated from the tournament at the hands of Leo Boxell. Boxell raised from early position to 800 before Hachem moved all in from the small blind for his last 3,700. Boxell...more

APPT Auckland Day 1b: Levels 1 & 2 (Blinds 100-200)

2:30pm: Ten-minute break 2:20pm: Nelson struggling PokerStars sponsored player Lee Nelson is struggling to get going so far this afternoon as we just caught him losing a small pot and looking a little frustrated. Catching the action on the turn on a board of K♠J♣8♦5♦, Nelson raised his opponent's 650-chip...more

APPT Auckland: Big names set to shine through grey skies

They call New Zealand the "Land of the long white cloud". Well, today the city of Auckland is more representative of a long, rather threatening, grey cloud, as overcast conditions greet a new batch of arrivals for day 1b of the APPT Auckland Main Event today. The threat of...more

A Dublin adventure, by JP Kelly

by JP Kelly If I was to list my attributes, planning and time keeping would definitely not make my list. So I thought it would be great idea to turn up for the UKIPT Dublin the morning beforehand. I played the WCOOP events the night before with no success and...more

WCOOP profile: Little country, big win for flashdisastr

Luxembourg is not a big place. Dividing the cultural boundary between the romantic south and Germanic north, the country is less than 1,000 square miles in size. That's smaller than America's smallest state, Rhode Island, which measures mote than 1,500 square miles. There aren't a great many people in Luxembourg...more

Back to school, by Julian Thew

by Julian Thew The summer holidays are over, EPT Season 7 is well underway & we are just two weeks away from the UKIPT Grand Final, aka EPT London. I skipped EPT Tallin & EPT Villamoura as we were either holidaying or had had family over to visit but I'm...more

APPT Auckland Day 1a: Noah Knows Best

New Zealand and the city of Auckland provides a serene landscape of stunning hillsides and picturesque harbours, yet it remains one of the more geologically volatile lands you'll find. Auckland is dotted with dozens of dormant volcanoes, while its location close to the boundary of the Earth's tectonic plates has...more

WCOOP 2010: Shawn "buck21" Buchanan leads the Day 1 pack in Event #28 ($1,050 NLHE)

No-limit hold'em tournaments have come a long way since the dawn of the poker boom. Strategies and styles are constantly changing; the best players adapt and learn new ways to exploit their opponents' tendencies, while those slower or unwilling to learn or change are quickly left in the dust. When...more

WCOOP 2010: jmonnett holds off FossilMan to win Event #27 $320 Badugi

Badugi. The word sounds like the name of an obscure indie band from Norway that your hipster friends in Willamsburg, Brooklyn listen to and hype up as the next White Stripes. Badugi is not a band, but rather it's a derivative of lowball and the exact origins are unknown, although...more

APPT Auckland Day 1a: Level 7 (blinds 300-600, ante 75)

8:10pm: Play wraps up with Vogelman out in front The last five hands were a little uneventful as Noah Vogelman cemented his place at the top of the chip count leaderboard following the elimination of Lucas Anderson. With all the chips in preflop Anderson was going to need help with...more

WCOOP 2010: johnsonck69 captures flag in Event #26 ($320 Mixed HE, 6-max)

Switching gears. One of the more commonly evoked metaphors in discussions of tournament poker strategy. Tourneys (so they say) are lengthy, marathon-like races in which one generally cannot successfully sprint headlong from start to finish. There are times to speed up and times to slow down, and those who handle...more

14 September

APPT Auckland Day 1a: Levels 5 & 6 (blinds 250-500, ante 50)

7:00pm: Ten-minute break 6:50pm: Neilson scratched by the ladies It's certainly been a dramatic hour of poker, and the drama has continued with the recent elimination of PokerStars qualifier Daniel Neilson. Neilson opened under the gun to 1,200 before Noah Vogelman made it 5,300 in late position. The blinds folded...more

APPT Auckland Day 1a: Levels 3 & 4 (Blinds 150-300, Ante 25)

4:50pm: Ten-minute break 4:45pm: Big flop, little action Tao Luo, Ricky Kroesen and Bernhard Perner just took a three-way flop that each of them hit really hard. After seeing their holdings we might've expected them to get their money in, but only 2,200 went in on the 7♣J♣Q♣ flop, another...more

APPT Auckland Day 1a: Levels 1 & 2 (Blinds 100-200)

2:40pm: Ten-minute break 2:32pm: Benton back in business Aaron Benton was struggling in the early stages of today's play, but a much-needed double up has seen his stack return above his starting stack for the first time today. With a limp and a raise to 800 in front of him,...more

Victoria Coren wins Best Contribution to Poker

Victoria Coren is a lot of things to a lot of people. She's a Team PokerStars Pro, a presenter, an author, and an all-around nice woman. She's given a lot of herself to the the game we all love, and now she's being given some credit for it. Last night...more

Twitter Poker League: ricky1973821 is number 1

by Jo Haslam This felt like a surprising win by ricky1973821, then I thought about it some more and I realised it wasn't surprising at all. He'd come to the final table with medium chips, he made no fancy moves, played no showy big hands, I saw no suck...more

PokerStars Million Dollar Challenge returns

The PokerStars Million Dollar Challenge is back and ready to give contestants their shot at a million dollar win. The first season of Million Dollar Challenge was the highest-rated poker show in U.S. history and averaged nearly four million viewers per episode. The first season closed out with retired NYPD...more

APPT Auckland: The Sky Is The Limit!

Kia ora! Welcome to the third event of Season Four of the Asia Pacific Poker Tour coming to you live from SKYCITY Casino in Auckland, New Zealand! One of the youngest and most remote cities in the world, Auckland provides a unique backdrop for a major poker event, bringing...more

WCOOP 2010 Event 23: bcgt178 takes down $215 NLHE 4-max bracelet

Day 9 of the World Championship of Online Poker kicked off with event #23 - $215 NL Holdem, 4-max with a $700,000 guaranteed prize pool. A field of 2,915 players meant an overlay of $117,000 greeted the 380 players making the money, with danylaroo2 the unfortunate player to finish...more

WCOOP 2010: Kevinnok nabs NLHE win in second day of Event 22

One could call it a marathon tournament. The Thesaurus also uses the words epic, lengthy, and long-winded, all of which apply to a two-day online poker tournament. But the sizable fields that many of these World Championship of Online Poker events attract require that kind of time to play out....more

WCOOP 2010: MOJOEX1 rises to the top of Event 24, $320 Stud

Stud is often thought of as "an old person's game". There's some truth to that - the average live-action stud player is probably 45-50 years old. But on the Internet, poker is a young person's game. The vast majority of the brightest and sharpest new minds in poker are players...more

13 September

WCOOP 2010: Enoezah earns victory, Raymer runs deep in Event #25, $215 Turbo PLO, 1R1A

Sometimes, you just have to shove and pray. And sometimes in poker, that's all you want to do. Gambool. Take the coinflip. Use your one time chip, then use it again. As WCOOP nears its halfway point, it's about time we had a change of pace, and for a lot...more

WCOOP 2010: Antoshka soars to a WCOOP victory in Event 21

A $200 no limit hold'em event, on Sunday, with a $1.5 million guaranteed prize pool...sounds kind of familiar. Yes, event 21 of the WCOOP strongly resembled the weekly Sunday Million tournament online poker pros have grown to depend on. However, there's nothing quite like putting a WCOOP bracelet up...more

WCOOP profile: Kostritsyn brings Russia a bracelet

In its many years as online poker's premier online poker series, the World Championship of Online Poker had lacked one surprising thing: a Russian bracelet winner. Indeed, despite the Russians' obvious grasp of the game and oft-displayed talent for winning, none of them had won a WCOOP bracelet until this...more

WCOOP 2010: Skylarsash leads 209 survivors of Day 1 of Event 22

It was a Sunday, the day of the week normally reserved for tournaments like the Sunday Million. But with that tournament and several others on a hiatus - quite possibly on a well-deserved vacation in the South of France - for the 2010 World Championship of Online Poker, all eyes...more

12 September

Silver turns to gold to win UKIPT Dublin title and €72,000

Max Silver has become the inaugural UKIPT Dublin champion beating a field of 590 players to win €72,000 and a £5,000 EPT seat. In a quicksilver* final table that lasted just four hours (breaks included) it was Silver, who was scoring back-to-back UKIPT final tables, that was involved in the...more

WCOOP profile: nilsef remains a mystery

We are a society that wants to know everything. We want to know it all and want to know it right now. From Facebook to Twitter to breathless 24-hour news networks to blog pundits the world over, the information never stops. Even on this very poker news site, we offer...more

WCOOP 2010 Event 16 recap


UKIPT Dublin final table: Level 23, 24, 25 & 26 updates (30,000-60,000, 5,000 ante)

5.10pm: Ronan Gilligan finishes runner-up for €43,400 Max Silver takes the title and €72,000 With the chip stacks so skewed at the start of heads-up play it was never really going to be a long affair. So it was when Ronan Gilligan made it 120,000 and Max Silver calmly re-raised...more

UKIPT Dublin: Final table player profiles

It's final table day here at PokerStars UKIPT Dublin, where eight players have their beady eyes on the €72,000 first prize. They're already guaranteed €6,900, a not-too-shabby return on the €500 entry fee. Play begins, or at least it's supposed to, at 1pm. You can learn about the final table...more

WCOOP 2010: $215 Limit Holdem - Spencerman3 wins 2nd WCOOP title

The World Championship of Online Poker moves past the one-third mark with Event #20, $215 Limit Holdem, drew a field of 1,238 players, meaning the prize pool would not go no over the $250,000 that was guaranteed. The last 162 players would make the money, and when Tigerspot finished on...more

11 September

WCOOP 2010: DSchec dodges bullets en route to Event #19 victory ($109 NLHE, 10-minute levels)

How were 11,085 players reduced to a nine-handed final table in only seven and a half hours? As Scotty Nguyen might say, ten-minute levels, baby. Far from the more measured pace of a typical WCOOP event but not quite the "shove and pray" atmosphere of a turbo, the structure in...more

Storm clouds with a silver lining: Tom Kitt leads UKIPT Dublin into final table

At 11.30pm on this Saturday night a clap of thunder pealed across Dublin city. It was the first sound of a coming storm, that of the inaugural UKIPT Dublin final table, which rang out as Tom Kitt eliminated Phil Costello in 9th for €4,800. That knockout has left us with...more

UKIPT Dublin Day 3: Level 21, 22 & 23 updates (blinds 12,000-24,000, ante 2,000)

11.40pm: Phil Costello out in 9th (€4,800) Phil Costello has just had his queens cracked to go bring play to an end for the day. Costello set 175,000 of his 225,000 into the middle and Tom Kitt isolated the action with a raise up to 300,000. Costello: Q♦Q♥ Kitt: T♣T♦...more

UKIPT Dublin Day 3: Level 18, 19 & 20 updates (6,000-12,000, 1,000 ante)

8.45pm: End of the level 8.38pm: Brammer out Chris Brammer's run at another UKIPT final table has come to an end. Kevin Allen opened the action for 26,000 and Brammer called. Brammer led 45,000 into the Q♥3♠4♥ flop and Allen raised to 110,000 forcing Brammer's hand - and he decided...more

UKIPT Dublin Day 3: Level 15, 16 & 17 updates (blinds 3,000-6,000, 500 ante)

4.23pm: Break That's it for level 17. We're on a 15-minute break. When the remaining 30 players return they will face blinds of 4,000-8,000 with a 500 ante. -- SY 4.20pm: Double Dutch Arnoud Van Der Werf from Holland has doubled up with Q-Q against Daniel Smyth's K-Q suited. Van...more

WCOOP 2010: cal42688 draws up a WCOOP bracelet win

Event #17 of the 2010 World Championship of Online Poker - $215 No-Limit Single Draw 2-7 - has the smallest guaranteed prize pool at $50,000. Although 2-7 NL Lowball is a game usually played as in live high-stakes cash games and a couple of WSOP tournaments, that fact didn't stop...more

WCOOP 2010: no bluff needed, de bluffer wins Event #16 PLO bracelet

The announcement came out today for PokerStars' 50th Billionth hand promotion starting up this week. Free cash just for playing? How about $1,500 just for sitting down at your favorite tables and being in the hand (based upon VPPs earned see the promotion page for details), win the hand and...more

10 September

WCOOP 2010: icatchyou catches WCOOP 8-Game gold

One of the things for which the World Championship of Online Poker is renowned is incredibly deep structures. But not everyone enjoys sitting at their computers for 14 hours playing poker. Some players don't mind giving up a little of the skill edge that can come from a deeper structure...more

Chopping the pot of gold at UKIPT Dublin

If you were following yesterday's blog you may have seen a lively little fella that's been bugging us all day. He had orange hair, a green jacket, white shirt and a hugely oversized head. I believe the locals would refer to the blighter as a leprechaun. Irish folklore dictates that...more

UKIPT Dublin Day 2: Level 13, 14 & 15 updates (2,000-4,000, 400 ante)

9.35pm: Daniel Stohler bubbles, play ends Daniel Stohler is our unlucky bubble boy - unlucky for bubbling, and unlucky for the the manner in which it happened. Gavin Joyce caused the damage, shoving in the small blind with A♣3♣ with only Stohler to go. Stohler had just 25,000 behind and...more

PokerStars set to hit 50 billionth hand

I don't even know what 50 billion is. I'm sure it's a number, and I'm certain it's huge, but I can't imagine 50 billion of anything. Fifty billion single dollar bills? Unpicturable. Fifty billion toothpicks? Still can't do it. Well, what about 50 billion hands of poker? That's what PokerStars...more

UKIPT Dublin Day 2: Level 10, 11 & 12 updates (blinds 1,000-2,000, 200 ante)

6.50pm: Mini dinner break The players are taking a half-hour break so expect elbows to fly in the buffet rush. The field is down to 113 now with 72 places paying and €72,000 up for grabs for the winner. -- RD 6.45pm: Convey loses a big flip... and then busts...more

WCOOP 2010: knecht_poker is the knockout wunderkind in Event #14 $320 NL 6-Max Knockout

The German word "knecht" means laborer in English. That translation is fitting for Kyle "knecht_poker" Knecht, a 20-something pro from Ohio, who won his first WCOOP title in Event $14 $320 NL 6-Max Knockout. Knecht paid in his dues at the tables the last few years and honed his MTT...more

UKIPT Dublin Day 2: Level 8 & 9 updates (blinds 400-800, 100 ante)

3.30pm: Level up That's the end of the level - we're into level 10 with blinds of 600-1,200 with a 100 ante. -- SY 3.25pm: Diskin downed Rory Diskin is out as well. Colm Hanlon had opened for 1,900 and Diskin moved all-in for 15,800. Hanlon, having established the amount,...more

WCOOP 2010: TDT07 bricks the nuts in Event 15, $215 Razz

Ignore the domestic violence component (which, admittedly, is almost impossible) and Eminem's hit single Love the Way You Lie becomes about two people who thrive off of being in a horrible relationship with each other. "I can't breathe but I still fight while I can fight," Eminem raps. "As long...more

Welcome to PokerStars Women

by Rebekah Mercer Door's open. Come on in and get comfortable. Kick off your shoes, and grab something cold to drink as you pass the fridge. We'll wait while you put on your comfortable jeans and that favorite old shirt--no one here is going to notice that little coffee stain...more

9 September

WCOOP 2010: Vamo! Brazil's IneedMassari takes down Event #12, $215 Heads-Up NLHE

Fourteen hours after Day 1 play wrapped, the surviving 64 players in Event #12, $215 Heads-Up NLHE, hopped back online to play down to a new WCOOP champion. Having already won their first six heads-up matches, each player who made it this far would pocket at least $1,384.20, but to...more

WCOOP 2010: Kroko-dill chomps down on Event #13 PLO8 bracelet

Ah, opening night for the National Football League as the Americans welcome their favorite gladiators back to the gridiron. The defending champions New Orleans Saints rising from the crushing Hurricane Katrina five years ago to become national champions. In a poker sense we would see a similar whirlwind of...more

Shane Crosby leads Day 1 of UKIPT Dublin

The Irish don't do things in small measures. Large, loud and enthusiastic is the general way of carrying on their business - so it was no real surprise to see such a huge turnout here in Dublin for the latest stop of the PokerStars UKIPT. Nearly 600 packed into the...more

WCOOP profile: Inside the matrix with Xaston

Poker champions play the numbers. There is only so much feel or instinct that goes into it. The good players know the math is eventually going to win. Among those people is Jaime "Xaston" Kaplan, the winner of WCOOP Event #6, a $215 no-limit hold'em turbo freakshow of a tournament....more

UKIPT Dublin Day 1: Levels 5, 6 & 7 updates (200-400, 50 ante)

12.45am: End of play That's it for the day. We've been trying to chase down the chip leader and will bring you confirmation and a summary of the day's action oh-so-soon. -- RD 12.40am: JP Kelly fighting back Kelly has had a terrific level and has taken a mediocre stack...more

UKIPT Dublin Day 1: Level 3 & 4 updates (100-200)

8.35pm: Semi-dinner That's the end of level four, meaning half the field has gone off for dinner, while the other half moves on to level 5. -- SY 8.30pm: Grinding back Vanessa Rousso is setting about rebuilding her stack after being down to 6,000. She's now up to 11,500, picking...more

BREAKING: WCOOP main event winner to get at least $2 million

This just in from PokerStars HQ: The winner of this year's World Championship of Online Poker main event is guaranteed to win at least $2 million. News of the record-breaking guarantee came just moments ago and will make this year's first prize the the largest for any online poker tournament...more

UKIPT Dublin Day 1: Level 1 & 2 updates (50-100)

6.27pm: Break time Players have gone on a 15-minute break. 6.24pm: LITTLEMICKG We caught up with Mick Graydon, aka BIGMICKG, as he was walking to the break. Things aren't going well for the Irishman at the moment as he's down to 7,500 but with plenty of time on the clock...more

UKIPT Dublin: Looking for a profitable RoI in the RoI

There's always something special about an event in Ireland. The hospitality, fueled by the local brew, Guinness, and the enthusiasm of the locals makes for several days of hangovers intense fun. But while the camaraderie is high and the jokes are flying, no-one actually forgets the real reason they are...more

LAPT Grand Final set for Argentina

The Latin American Poker Tour is ready close out its biggest and best season yet with a final stop in the exotic city of Rosario, Argentina. The Grand Final main event runs September 23-36 and is expecting hundreds of players from around the world to one of South America's most...more

WCOOP 2010: Just two days and joiso wins the Event #9 NLHE marathon

It seems like we were just here together, discussing WCOOP Event 9, talking about the massive prize pool and players by the names of Cada and Akkari... Technically, we were doing just that yesterday. And now we've gathered for the conclusion of the story. Two-day events are fun. They garner...more

WCOOP 2010: flashdisastr avoids cataclysm with victory in Event #11 $320 NL (Ante Up)

Even if you never learned Latin, you could probably guess that the word "Ante" means "before." Event #11 $320 NL (Ante Up) featured frozen 5/5 blinds for the entire tournament, while the antes escalated after every 20-minute level. The key to this tournament was what happened before the flop, because...more

WCOOP 2010: David Williams, ElkY among final 64 in Event #12, $215 Heads-up NLHE

Almost exactly one year ago, it took Eugene "MyRabbiFoo" Katchalov nearly 24 straight hours of poker to capture the WCOOP heads-up title. Katchalov won 11 consecutive matches during this feat of endurance and should probably have received a medal, a stiff drink, and a new puppy along with his his...more

8 September

WCOOP 2010: nilsef delivers final knockout blow of Event 10

Many years ago, I walked into one of the L.A. card barns and picked up a pamphlet for a tournament series. The series included an event called "Headhunter Hold'em". I corralled a staff member who explained that each player in that event had a bounty on their head. Anyone could...more

WCOOP profile: CrabMaki and the unsolved game

One could expect a guy to get cocky after winning more than half a million dollars in one of the most important online poker tournaments around. It's not uncommon for people like that to find themselves floating around on a cloud of delusion that has a special seat for their...more

Twitter Poker League: Zarte Elfe takes the tourney, Taketime takes the league

by Jo Haslam While 21,380 players whooped up the big money WCOOP action on Sunday night, 1,622 Twitter players paid the more modest $1.10 Twitter Poker League buy-in and got ready to play for cash prizes, league points, and all-important Twitter bragging rights.   The top league players have every...more

NAPT releases Los Angeles schedule

Grab your shades, call your agent, and alert the clubs. The North American Poker Tour event in Los Angeles, CA is just a couple of months away. Better yet, the NAPT has just released the full schedule, and it's a doozy.November 8-21, the Bicycle Casino in L.A. will host a...more

WCOOP 2010: Bonkman05 bounds into lead to end Day 1 of Event #9

Tuesday was a day of firsts, as a pot-limit five-card draw tournament started the day, a new triple stud event followed, and the first two-day event of the series got underway. With this kind of variety and originality highlighting the 2010 World Championship of Online Poker, it was bound to...more

WCOOP 2010: First-ever Triple Stud bracelet goes to Glücksi203 in Event #8

Introduced by PokerStars less than a month ago, Triple Stud has already proven a popular choice on the site. Players of stud games -- in which the order of things often changes with every street -- are used to making constant adjustments. Add to that the necessity to shift through...more

WCOOP 2010: WSOP was good - now for WCOOP

by Victor Ramdin I predicted I was going to have a big World Series this year, and I came through for myself. I had the best World Series of my life. I had six cashes in only 16 events, and one final table. I cashed for over $75,000 total which,...more

7 September

WCOOP 2010: Ig123456789 triumphs in Event #7 $215 PL Five-card Draw

Five-card Draw. Although the rules are similar, this is not quite the same as the "Jacks or better to open" variation that your grandparents taught you at the kitchen table. This six-handed incarnation featured pot-limit betting, which guaranteed a rapid pace and appealed to fearless players with a proclivity...more

WCOOP profile: AlexKP, bad at backgammon, good at poker

A quarter of a million dollars will buy a lot of tuna salad at your local deli and a lot more if you make it yourself. Just considering the sheer volume of tuna salad that could be purchased for such a sum is the stuff of world records, dedicated gluttony,...more

PokerStars set to release new software features

Nobody's perfect, but PokerStars is working to get there. Once again, PokerStars has been listening to what its players want, and is now set to release a long list of features on its software.We've had a sneak peek at what's coming and can offer this preview. Please note, the features will...more

Having fun at UKIPT Edinburgh

by JP Kelly I arrived in Edinburgh on the Thursday night having postponed my start day to 1B. I felt really bad with what must have been something like flu so I stopped multiple times on the way to the George hotel and picked up some medicine - and jelly...more

James McCarty wins PokerStars Macau Cup

by Fred Leung There was a record prize pool of HKD $4,512,353 for this PokerStars Macau Cup with more than 1,000 players registering across seven tournaments. The main Red Dragon event saw 314 entries making it the second largest ever and awarded HKD $2,859,912 in total prize money, with HKD...more

WCOOP 2010: J0hnny_Dr@m@ earns top billing in Event #5, $320 NLHE 6-Max Shootout

Win a six-person sit-n-go. Seems a simple enough proposition, right? Now do it four times. In a row. And your opponents? Among them them will be some of the toughest MTT players in the world. Folks you've read about on these very pages. Guys you've watched on TV. You're also...more

WCOOP 2010: ProXimaVez dominates Event #4 $320 PLO final table

Day 2 of the World Championship of Online Poker commenced with Event 4 - $320 Pot-Limit Omaha with $200,000 guarantee. A field of 1,805 players registered crushing the guarantee to create a prize pool of $541,500 with 234 players making the money, starting at $541.50. The money bubble was...more

WCOOP Event #2: $10,000 high roller final table


6 September

WCOOP 2010: Xaston speeds to expedited victory in Event #6 NL Turbo Rebuys

Supersonic poker. That's the charm of turbo tournaments -- fast paced and built for adrenaline junkies who don't want to grind it out in a deep stacked tournament with structure so slow that you're folding hand after hand after hand ad nauseam for 16 hours straight. Add the rebuy element...more

WCOOP 2010: Joao bauer survives 19.5-hour marathon to win Event #3

It only happens once a year. The World Championship of Online Poker brings the biggest guarantees, most tournaments, and best variety for online poker players around the world. And it's finally here! The first night of WCOOP action brought some exciting action, with Event 1 and its short-handed no-limit hold'em...more

WCOOP 2010: AlexKP crushes final table en route to Event #1 victory

At first glance, it was a Sunday like so many other Sundays that have come before. Thousands of players launched the PokerStars client. They then registered for a $215 no-limit hold'em tournament that featured a guaranteed prize pool of seven figures. But this was no ordinary Sunday tournament on PokerStars....more

WCOOP 2010: CrabMaki King of Event #2 ($10,300 NLHE)

Two years ago PokerStars first introduced the "High Roller" $10,000+$300 buy-in no-limit hold'em event as part of the World Championship of Online Poker schedule. As was the case in 2008 -- when dorinvandy won -- and in 2009 -- when Sumpas came out on top, this year's version of the...more

5 September

Get ready for WCOOP 2010


WCOOP 2010: Exercise and sleep is the key to success

by JP Kelly The WCOOP is an exciting time in the online poker community as it is universally thought of as the most prestigious online festival. It is the most innovative, has the biggest prize pools and offers the best structures going allowing the players great value for money and...more

4 September

Red Dragon: Ginger is the spice of Day 2

by Fred Leung PokerStars Macau at Casino Grand Lisboa had 179 players entered Day 1B to bring the tournament total to 314 players making this the second largest Red Dragon event. The eventual winner will receive HKD $643,000 out of the total HKD $2,859,912 prize pool. 62 players remained from...more

Jason Coe Leads Day 1A In Red Dragon

by Fred Leung The Macau Poker Cup, hosted by PokerStars Macau at Casino Grand Lisboa, began Day 1A of the Red Dragon tournament on Friday, September 3. A healthy field of 135 players entered the first of two Day 1s for Asia's premiere poker series' main event. Jason Coe from...more

WCOOP 2010: A little bit of advice

by Celina Lin WCOOP 2010 is a date marked down in most poker players' schedule. For those of you unfamiliar with the series, it is essentially the world series of online poker! The buy-ins range from $100-$10,000, so it will suit recreational players to those with a big bankroll. In...more

3 September

Macau Poker Cup opens with success despite typhoon fears

by Fred Leung PokerStars Macau at Casino Grand Lisboa had a successful opening to the September edition of the Macau Poker Cup (MPC) which runs from September 1-5. The MPC kicked off with 167 players in the $2,000 KO Bounty event which set a record for that tournament. This was...more

Edinburgh, booze and Sooty and Sweep

by Nick Wealthall Summer is over and I ended it with a bang. Well, a binge to be more accurate. I spent 10 or so days in Edinburgh and re-discovered the student within me. Not sure how many reading this will have been to the Edinburgh Festival or to Edinburgh...more

WCOOP 2010: Looking to win another bracelet

by Ruben Visser With the WSOP behind us, all poker players look forward to the start of the biggest online tournament series of the year: the World Championship Of Online Poker (WCOOP). Since 2002, every September PokerStars is the place to be for tournament lovers. With tournaments in every variant...more

WCOOP 2010: Player of the Series up for grabs again

Daniel Kelly walked into the 2010 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure as one of the hottest kids on the circuit. The 2009 double WCOOP bracelet winner was the hottest new thing in poker. The young man once known only as djk123 was now a celebrity in his own right. "More people...more

2 September

EPT Vilamoura: Toby Lewis crowned new Prince of Portugal

Expectations were high when we touched down in Vilamoura last Friday. The weatherman forecast glorious sun, the hotel promised brand new views and freshly grouted luxury, and the European Poker Tour promised a week of poker better than any Portugal had ever witnessed before. We got all three. Tonight,...more

Team PokerStars Pros up for Poker Hall of Fame

There has never been a question that Team PokerStars Pro is made up of an elite group of poker professionals who have given their lives to the game. Now, the Poker Hall of Fame is considering three Team Pros for poker's greatest honor. Barry Greenstein, Tom McEvoy, and Daniel Negreanu...more

WCOOP reload bonus hits PokerStars

In just a matter of days, PokerStars will be kicking off the ninth annual World Championship of Online Poker. If you're bankroll needs an extra little boost going into the big month of tournaments, the world's biggest online poker site is ready to offer some help. Between now and the...more

EPT Vilamoura: Final table level 25, 26, 27 & 28 updates (40,000-80,000)

Lewis fades two outs for the title These two young aggressive players didn't want to hang around and the shortening of the levels proved that. It took around four hands of this level before we had the second all-in of this heads-up battle. Lewis raised to 160,000 from the button...more

EPT Vilamoura: Final table introduction with Toby Lewis


EPT Vilamoura: Final table level 23 & 24 updates (15,000-30,000, 3,000 ante)

3pm: Break time Players are taking a 15 minute break after level 24. Here's how things stand after the best part of two levels: Teddy Sheringham - 1,715,000 Toby Lewis - 4,150,000 Martin Jacobson - 940,000 Jason Lee - 1,890,000 Sam Trickett - 1,840,000 Fredrick Jensen - 840,000 2.57pm:...more

EPT Vilamoura: Final table profiles

The final eight players in the European Poker Tour event in Vilamoura will play down to a winner today. From a field of 384 the last eight include three Englishman, a former International soccer star, a former EPT winner, a Dane, a Swede, an American and a home town hero....more

WCOOP 2010: It's life-changing prize money

by Thierry van den Berg When I think about the PokerStars World Championships of Online Poker, I think about the biggest online tournaments of the year and life-changing prize money. Every player can, with a bit of luck, win a large amount of money and the WCOOP will change the...more

1 September

EPT Vilamoura: Lewis leads English trio into last eight

The English have long been familiar with the Algarve. Travelling here on low-cost budget flights, they ignore the rough landing for a taste of local culture, normally wrapped in a Union Jack, and made crisp by sunshine. A week later, pink on one side, they return to Blighty with...more

EPT Vilamoura: Ask Fatima


EPT Vilamoura Day 4: Level 23 updates (blinds 12,000-24,000, 2,000 ante)

4.55pm: Play concludes With that elimination play has concluded for today. Here's how they will line up tomorrow: Seat 1. Teddy Sheringham - 1,783,000 Seat 2. Toby Lewis - 3,322,000 Seat 3. Martin Jacobson - 441,000 Seat 4. Jason Lee - 1,167,000 Seat 5. Sergio Coutinho - 872,000 Seat 6....more

EPT golfers hit the fairways (well, most of the time it's the rough)

A host of stars took time away from Solverde Casino today to head for the beautiful Pinhal Golf Course - and the first stage of the PokerStars Fairways and Felts golf-and-poker contest. The €1,100 buy-in event even attracted England football legend Teddy Sheringham, although he had to cut his game...more

EPT Vilamoura: Intro to Day 4


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

4.28pm: Level over The three minutes passed without any major incidents. 4.25pm: Back from break The players are back to play the final three minutes of this level before they head straight into level 23. 4.10pm: 15 minute break The players are on a 15 minute break as all the...more

"Lil' Holdem" Makes a "Lil' Money" at the August 31 Super Tuesday Final

The $300k guaranteed, Super Tuesday may have been slightly down from last week's massive $430k prize pool, but the high stakes weekly tournament still managed to surpass the guarantee by $53k. In spite of the smaller prize pool and the heavy live action playing out at EPT Vilamoura many of...more

WCOOP 2010: Chasing the dream

by Darus Suharto It is every poker player's dream to play in the World Series of Poker event and win a WSOP bracelet. The WCOOP, while an online event, carries a number of similarities to the WSOP. PokerStars WCOOP offers a variety of mixed games with millions of dollars prizes...more

EPT Vilamoura: Day 4, level 19 & 20 updates (6,000-12,000, 1,000 ante)

1.07pm: First break of the day That's 75-minutes gone and we've lost three players; Carolyn Gray, Eliran Argelazi and Kevin O'Donnell. Ten minute break. -- RD 1.06pm: Jacobson piles on the pressure Martin Jacobson is relentless and it doesn't take a lot of analysis to see how he's growing his...more