October 2010

31 October

Zareta scares up a Sunday Million victory on Halloween

Boo! Now that everyone is sufficiently scared on this Halloween night, it's time to take a look at the way thousands of poker players spent their evening. Treats were abundant as the last Sunday of the month brought bonus tournaments like the Battle of the Planets and the Turbo Takedown,...more

Turbo Takedown: bostanu24 drives away with Audi TT after four-way chop

It's Halloween and you are walking down the block with a jack o'lantern stuffed to the brim full of candy and there's one more house to show off your Flo from Progressive Insurance costume. But there's a line at the door seems never-ending as you stare down half-lit street. You...more

Sunday Warm-up: Levan1971 turns back time and wins $118K after three-way chop

Usually when we speak of horror stories here at the PokerStarsBlog, it ends something like this "... and the two-outer hits on the river to send Team PokerStars pro Greg Raymer home in third place". Ah, but this is Halloween when tales of Freddy, Jason, and Michael Myers keep us...more

Battle of the Planets: MrWeesy whips through final table taking down $12K win

A slightly larger crowd of 556 SnG Kings and Queens (as compared to 516 from last month) cashed in their tickets for the Halloween edition of the $50,000 Battle of Planets Triple Shootout freeroll. No tricks (except for the occasional check-raise) and all treats from PokerStars as the $50,000 is...more

Michael Eiler waltzes to EPT Vienna title

We came to the final day of EPT Vienna for a coronation. We very nearly got a velvet revolution. But instead we had the first German EPT champion since season five; 20-year-old Michael Eiler transferring Sunday Million success into the live world, a transition worth €700,000 and some EPT silverware....more

EPT Vienna: Final table, level 30, 31 & 32 updates (150,000-300,000)

10.30pm: Off to the ball That's the end of EPT Vienna. We've had 587 players contest the title here and details of all the juicy, important stuff will be available shortly in the end of day wrap -- RD 10.23pm: Michael Eiler wins EPT Vienna (€700,000) Yet again Michael...more

EPT Vienna: Final table level 28 & 29 updates (50,000-100,000, 10,000 ante)

5.29pm: Break time Another period of inactivity brings the level to an end. Players are now taking a 15 minute break. When they return, for what will be the last level before the dinner break, blinds will be 60,000-120,000 with a 15,000 ante. -- SB 5.18pm: "This is quite...more

EPT Vienna: Final table, level 26 & 27 updates (30,000-60,000, 50,000 ante)

2.19pm: End of the level That's the end of the level. Players are now on a 15 minute break. 2.18pm: Nanos takes another one Lotze opened to 140,000 and was called by Nanos in the small blind who checked the 9♥4♦6♦ flop. The young German bet 160,000 and Nanos...more

30 October

EPT Vienna: Final table profiles

The finalists of EPT Vienna are now known. The last eight players will return on Sunday at noon to play down to a winner, a prize worth €700,000. Seat 1: Luca Cainelli, 37, Trento near Verona, Italy - 1,935,000 chips Cainelli has been playing traditional five-card poker since he...more

Negreanu poised for memorable EPT final in Vienna

After a long day at the baize in Vienna the European Poker Tour is poised to host one of its most dramatic final tables. Never before has a Team PokerStars Pro won an EPT on European soil, and never before has the name Daniel Negreanu been so close to...more

EPT Vienna: Day 4, level 25 & 26 updates (25,000-50,000, 5,000 ante)

10.55pm: Final table chips and seat draw Here's how the final eight players stack up for the final table which starts at 12pm tomorrow. Do remember to take into account daylight saving, the clock's going back an hour. Don't get your noons and one o'clocks mixed up... The final table...more

ANZPT "raps" up in Darwin with Brotha D taking the title

It was September 19th when we were in Auckland and writing in awe about the achievements of a New Zealand celebrity fondly referred to simply as "Brotha D". He'd won a celebrity poker event to qualify into the PokerStars.net Asia Pacific Poker Tour Main Event and had gone on to...more

EPT Vienna: Day 4, level 23 & 24 updates (15,000-30,000, 3,000)

6.51pm: Break time Players are now on a 75 minute dinner break at the end of level 24. For the latest chip counts go to the chip count page. 6.50pm: Botond bombs out Balazs Botond just made a great call for his tournament life but got unlucky to be...more

ANZPT Darwin Day 4: Level 23 (blinds 12000-24000, ante 3000)

10:28pm: Luke Edwards eliminated in 2nd place; Brotha D Wins ANZPT Darwin! After Brotha D had three-bet preflop a few hands earlier, Luke Edwards decided this time to make a stand. Edwards opened to 60,000 on the button and Brotha D again popped it to 160,000. Rather than folding this...more

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

3.30pm: Level ends It's break time again. Play resumes in 15 minutes. -- SB 3.32pm: A stab would have done Tonio Röder opened for 45,000 and was called by Matthias Lotze. That, however, was all the betting that took place on the 2♥K♦K♣Q♥Q♦ board. Röder must have felt a...more

ANZPT Darwin Day 4: Levels 20, 21 & 22 (blinds 10000-20000, ante 2000)

9:35pm: Fifteen-minute break 9:30pm: Good time for a break for Edwards In a hand that stretched into the scheduled break, Brotha D has taken another nice pot from Luke Edwards to leave the young gun in trouble when he returns from the break. Brotha D limped from the button before...more

29 October

ANZPT Darwin Day 4: Levels 18 & 19 (blinds 5000-10000, ante 1000)

6:10pm: Ten-minute break 6:02pm: Levick avoids the croc bite Chris Levick opened to 30,000 before Billy "The Croc" Argyros popped it to 95,000 next to speak. Action folded around to Levick who thought for a minute or two before folding pocket tens face up. Argyros wasn't impress as he flashed...more

ANZPT Darwin Day 4: Levels 16 & 17 (blinds 3000-6000, ante 500)

4:00pm: Ten-minute break 3:59pm: Edwards doubles through English On the final hand before the break the action folded around to Luke Edwards in the small blind and he moved all in for his last 89,500. Tim English squeezed his cards in the big blind, liked what he saw, and made...more

ANZPT Darwin Day 4: Levels 17 & 18 (blinds 4000-8000, ante 500)

1:32pm: Tony Hachem eliminated in 10th place After finding one double up, Tony Hachem was unable to make it two in a row as he pushed stack of 55,000 from the cutoff and Trevor Potts made the call in the big blind. Hachem: Q♣J♠ Potts: A♦7♦ There was no chanting...more

Bubble IPT Malta, get a free vacation

by IPT staff PokerStars.it will give away a luxury holiday package to the 'bubble boy' at its Main Event in Malta this November - the perfect way to beat those near-cash blues. The PokerStars.it Italian Poker Tour (IPT) takes place in Malta for the first time (November 11-15) and to...more

Nichoel Peppe on being part of Team PokerStars Online

By Rebekah Mercer Before she became a successful poker player Nichoel Peppe was studying acting and hosting televised poker tournaments from the Bicycle Casino in Los Angeles. Not a bad gig at all, but apparently being a Team Online member has its perks, and one of them is not having...more

Playing to win - Lilly Becker heads-up against Boris, and other scenarios

by Mad Harper I'm not quite sure what I was expecting when I met up with Lilly Becker, wife of tennis legend and Team PokerStars Sport Star Boris Becker. I knew she played poker - that's why I was planning to interview her. But as Boris is one of the...more

Nanos, not Negreanu, takes lead at EPT Vienna

Up until the last minutes today the news from EPT Vienna was straightforward. Daniel Negreanu had arrived with the chip lead and would leave tonight with the chip lead. The only question left to be answered was: for how long the Team PokerStars Pro would keep it? As it...more

ANZPT Darwin Final Day Player Profiles

At the start of the week 100 players from all around the world came to the SKYCITY Casino in Darwin for the conclusion of Season 2 of the PokerStars.net Australia New Zealand Poker Tour (ANZPT). As we reach the final frontier just twelve players remain. They are all in the...more

EPT Vienna: Day 3, level 20 updates (6,000-12,000, 1,000 ante)

7.30pm: Hats off to Victorino Torres Our 25th place finisher, Victorino Torres, was a plucky PokerStars qualifier from the Northern Mariana Islands. The what islands? The Northern Mariana's - a tiny group of islands located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Torres has the honour of being the...more

Hachem creates history in Darwin as Gao leads the final 12

It was a day that ebbed and flowed but one that Team PokerStars Pro Tony Hachem will be more than satisfied with as he sits down this evening to enjoy the lemon chicken and a refreshing ale at the Dragon Court Chinese restaurant at SKYCITY Darwin Casino. While Hachem will...more

EPT Vienna: Day 3, level 18 & 19 updates (5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante)

6pm: Zapletin laps it up as we hit the break If there was a long flight of stone steps nearby Kirill Zapletin would have been running up them and jumping up and down just like that scene in Rocky, you know the one. Tomer Berda had opened for 20,000...more

ANZPT Darwin Day 3: Level 17 (blinds 3000-6000, ante 500)

8:08pm: Daniel Laidlaw is the bubble boy as Tony Hachem wins ANZPT Player of the Year! It's all over here for Day 3 action from the PokerStars.net ANZPT Darwin Main Event. While twelve players are celebrating making the money, it's Daniel Laidlaw who becomes the unfortunate bubble boy. Laidlaw moved...more

EPT Vienna: Day 3, level 16 & 17 updates (3,000-6,000, 500 ante)

2.55pm: Break time folks With the end of the second level of the day comes the beginning of the second 15 minute break of the day. 2.55pm: Wheeler hits the skids Balazs Botond stack has rocketed over the 500,000 mark after he eliminated Jason Wheeler. First into the pot was...more

ANZPT Darwin Day 3: Levels 15 & 16 (blinds 2500-5000, ante 500)

7:20pm: Fifteen-minute break The end of that level didn't produce any major clashes as all fourteen players have survived to the next break. Tim English and Bruno Portaro are splashing around, Trevor Potts has raised with kings and queens but got no action, while Tony Hachem is continuing to lay...more

28 October

ANZPT Darwin Day 3: Levels 13 & 14 (blinds 1500-3000, ante 300)

5:00pm: Ten-minute break 4:55pm: The unstoppable Brotha D Our chip leader is now none other than Brotha D after a big clash with fellow big stack Mark Chin. Brotha D raised to 8,500 from early position and Chin called to see a flop of 9♣8♣4♣. Brotha D check-called for 15,000...more

ANZPT Darwin Day 3: Levels 11 & 12 (blinds 1000-2000, ante 200)

2:43pm: Fifteen-minute break 2:40pm: Tony K hits the highway Tony Kanochkin was our 100th and final registration into this tournament, but we hope he enjoyed the two free night's accommodation at the SKYCITY Darwin Casino, as his tournament has ended just short of the money. Kanochkin was all in for...more

EPT first as Negreanu leads in Vienna

When the figures were counted he could hardly believe it himself. Daniel Negreanu, who until three weeks ago had yet to cash in an EPT Main Event, is chip leader tonight, at the end of a fraught, bubble bursting second day at EPT Vienna. After six levels the Team...more

EPT Vienna: Day 2, level 14 &15 updates (2,000-4,000, 400 ante)

9.25pm: Play is done for the day With the elimination of Gianni Giaroni play has ended for the day. Clear chip leader amongst the 80 money makers is Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu who has a stack of 893,000. Full chip counts and an end of day wrap is incoming,...more

EPT Vienna: Day 2, level 12 & 13 updates (blinds 1,200-2,400, ante 200)

6pm: Break time One more fifteen minute break for one and all. 6pm: Tommie Reicht in the thick of it Tommie Janssen, who PokerStars Dutch blogger tells us is a good friend of Noah Boeken, took down a nice pot that extended a couple of minutes into the break. His...more

Henderson speeds ahead at ANZPT Darwin

For many years, the Northern Territory was well known as one of the only locations in the world where there were no speed restrictions on its roads. That's right, with hundreds of kilometres between outback towns, it was perfectly legal to speed along as fast as you wanted to. Of...more

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

3.01pm: Break time Another level another break. Play restarts in 15 minutes. 3pm: Peteri peters out It's curtains for Gabor Peteri. He raised to 20,600 after an initial bet of 7,000 from Andrew McCrite. When he then moved all-in Peteri called, showing Q♣Q♠. He was the shorter of the...more

ANZPT Darwin Day 3 Table Draw

Table 1 Seat 1: Jie Gao (Australia) (PokerStars Qualifier) - 101,300 Seat 2: Ben Savage (Australia) (PokerStars Qualifier) - 82,400 Seat 3: Tony Kanochkin (Australia)- 46,700 Seat 4: Trevor Potts (Australia) - 44,800 Seat 5: Nicholas Ergos (Australia) - 87,900 Seat 6: Joel Feldman (Australia) - 77,100 Seat 7: Christian...more

ANZPT Darwin Day 2: Level 10 (blinds 600-1200, ante 100)

5:50pm: That's a wrap It was a crazy end to the day but we've reached the end to Day 2 of play here at the ANZPT Darwin Main Event. 32 players will return tomorrow to battle it down to the final table. Our chip leader is Byron Henderson who ended...more

27 October

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

4:50pm: Fifteen-minute break 4:35pm: Edelstein doubles through English Morry Edelstein has found a double through our chip leader Tim English. Edelstein moved his last 16,200 in preflop with A♥T♦ as English made the call holding J♣J♦. The board landed 4♦4♠3♣A♦Q♦ to pair up Edelstein's ace for a double up to...more

ANZPT Darwin Day 2: Levels 6 & 7 (blinds 300-600, ante 50)

2:35pm: Fifteen-minute break 2:30pm: Kroesen crashes Ricky Kroesen is another young gun to crash and burn this afternoon as things start to heat up in Darwin. Earlier in the day Kroesen mention to us that he'd accidentally folded the winning hand at showdown, and from that point a rattled Kroesen...more

Houghton ahead at EPT Vienna

For some Vienna is about music, it's about history and the grandeur of places like the Hofburg and the Schönbrunn palace. But for others, the ones who keep us in happy employment, it means something else. For the young guys with Vegas in their eyes, the old-timers looking for...more

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

11.45pm: Play has ended Play has now ended for the day. With just a couple of hands remaining Boris Becker managed to double up to finish the day on 30,400. Full chip counts will be up on the chip counts page soon, chip leader appears to be Laurence Houghton who...more

The Online Poker Show: Sunday Million, October 24


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

6.54pm: Dinner break That's the end of level six, players are now on a 90 minute dinner break. -- NW 6.50pm: Falaschi finds bullets I wandered over to Pascal Perrault's table to see how the defending champion and Team PokerStars Pro Salvatore Bonavena was doing (Perrault has 27,200, Bonavena, 20,000)...more

Elizabeth Bennett-Martin Going 3-for-3 to the PCA

By Rebekah Mercer Elizabeth Bennett-Martin, or EB to her poker buddies, has made the magic happen for two years straight. She has qualified for the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) Main Event in the Bahamas through satellites on PokerStars. That is a huge accomplishment and more than most of us dream...more

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

4.42pm: "I thought he may do something crazy" That's the reason Andy Teng just gave me for why he didn't really consider four-betting Diogo Xavier Veiga pre-flop. Teng had raised an early 300 limp to 1,200 and had been raised in turn by Veiga to 3,200. Teng made the...more

Maklouf charges towards ANZPT POTY in Darwin

Another day one flight of the PokerStars.net ANZPT Darwin Main Event is in the books. It was the third and final opportunity for players to take a shot at ANZPT glory, and with the rains lurking above Darwin today it was the perfect day for some poker. With 32 players...more

10/26/10 Super Tuesday: AGabor23 victorius after four-handed deal

The final Super Tuesday of October drew a field of 386 players, creating a prize pool of $386,000 to be divided amongst the top 45 players. Unfortunately for the Team PokerStars players who took part in the tournament, none made the money. After a lengthy final table, play eventually...more

ANZPT Darwin Day 2 Table Draw

Day 2 Table Draw Table 1 Seat 1: Clint Dixon (Australia) - 65,600 Seat 2: Aaron Benton (Australia) (PokerStars Sponsored Player) - 29,825 Seat 3: Josh Barrett (Australia) (PokerStars Qualifier) - 15,475 Seat 4: Doug Stanes (Australia) - 20,525 Seat 5: Serge Mazza (Switzerland) - 46,750 Seat 6: Stephen Holloway...more

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

2.22pm: Break time That's the end of level two. Players are now taking a 15 minute break. 2.20pm: Please hold the line Most players have a phone or iPod with them, David Benyamine is the same. But while most players jab at them occasionally, flipping a Tina Turner track...more

ANZPT Darwin Day 1C: Level 5 (blinds 100-200, ante 25)

6:05pm: Play concludes That's a wrap from Day 1C of the PokerStars.net ANZPT Darwin Main Event. 24 of our original 33 entrants have survived the day and will return tomorrow as all players will be together in the SKYCITY Casino for the first time. The story of the day is...more

26 October

ANZPT Darwin Day 1C: Levels 3 & 4 (blinds 100-200, ante 25)

4:55pm: Ten-minute break 4:50pm: Big slick for Maklouf With the flop reading 7♣K♣8♦ Matthew Spratt checked to John Maklouf who fired a bet of 1,300. Spratt called and the 5♦ hit the turn. Again Spratt quickly checked to Maklouf who tossed out another 3,000. Spratt again made the call and...more

ANZPT Darwin Day 1C: Levels 1 & 2 (blinds 75-150)

2:40pm: Fifteen-minute break 2:35pm: Rotar recovers Catching the action on a flop of 3♥4♠A♠, PokerStars qualifier Morry Edelstein checked it over to Sam Rotar on the button who bet out 525. Edelstein made the call and the 4♥ hit the turn. Again Edelstein checked it over to Rotar who released...more

Baranov waltzes to lead in EPT Vienna

Day 1A has come to an end at EPT Vienna, the first day of what is something of a renaissance for poker in Vienna - the tour making its first return to the Austrian capital since way back in 2005. The Kursalon has proven to be a fitting venue...more

EPT Vienna: Day 1A, level 7, 8 & 9 updates (500-1,000, 100 ante)

11.50pm: Day 1A concludes The last five hands passed without any major incidents worth noting. Ukrainian Sergii Baranov is the overnight chip leader on 183,200. An official count of all remaining players will appear here shortly and a wrap of the day's play will be up soon courtesy of Stephen...more

Jennifer Shahade on satellite strategy for the PCA Ladies Event

by Jennifer Shahade As the first winds of winter begin to chill much of US and Europe, PokerStars heats up the season with satellites into the Ladies Weekend at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA), set for January 13-16, 2011. The $215 finals will take place on Sundays at 17:30 ET...more

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

7pm: Dinner break The end of level six heralds the most looked-forward-to moment: the 90-minute dinner break. Join us circa 8.30pm as we play down through the final three levels of the day. 6.56pm: Table break for Hruby Martin Hruby has just had his table broken and he may...more

Team PokerStars Pro snags Theo Jorgensen

Three men--or reasonable facsimiles of men--stood with their bloggers' notebooks in their hands and their pens at the ready. They jockeyed among the undulating mass of players at the 2010 World Series of Poker and looked at Theo Jorgensen. "Why isn't he a member of Team PokerStars Pro?" asked one....more

EPT Vienna: Day 1A, level 3 & 4 updates (150-300 blinds)

4.40pm: Break time Another two levels down, another 15 minutes break. 4.35pm: Neuville takes a knock Friend of PokerStars Pierre Neuville is a serial qualifier to EPT events; he's already cashed in EPT7 Tallinn and made the final table of the £20,000 High Roller event at EPT London at...more

SKYCITY Darwin Qualifiers Lead The Way on Day 1B

Another five levels have been played out on the felt of the SKYCITY Darwin Casino with 22 of the original 31 Day 1b entrants surviving to see another day. We only saw nine casualties with Nick Putt the first to hit the rail, with other notables Rennie Carnevale and Michael...more

EPT Vienna: Day 1A, level 1 & 2 updates (75-150 blinds)

2.25pm: End of level 2 Players are now taking a 15 minute break. 2.20pm: Scripcenco makes Fabion Quoss Almira Scripcenco just won a few thousand from the big blind. After Michael Degilio opened for 350, Jakob Karlsson flat called and Fabian Quoss in the small blind, bet 1,375. Here's...more

ANZPT Darwin Day 1B: Level 5 (blinds 150-300, ante 25)

6:05pm: Day 1b is in the books That's a wrap from Day 1b of the PokerStars.net ANZPT Darwin Main Event. It looks like the UK's Anthony Flanagan will bag up the largest stack of the day with around 74,000, ahead of Clint Dixon (66,000) and Daniel Laidlaw (52,000) as 22...more

25 October

ANZPT Darwin Day 1B: Levels 3 & 4 (blinds 100-200, ante 25)

4:50pm: Fifteen-minute break 4:40pm: Two more bite the dust We've just lost another two players as the speed of eliminations seems to be a little quicker than what we saw yesterday. First to go was Daniel Heidekorn who lost a race with his A♣K♠ against the T♣T♦ of Jason Lambert....more

ANZPT Darwin Day 1B: Levels 1 & 2 (blinds 75-150)

2:35pm: Fifteen-minute break 2:30pm: Rennie misses Rennie Carnevale is one of the contenders in the ANZPT Player of the Year race, but he's chances of securing one of the top three prizes have just taken a huge blow after doubling up the short stack of Philippe Bitar. The chips went...more

Vanessa Selbst: The Cut-Up Artist

by Sue Carswell Sizzzzzling. It seems you can't get more on fire at the tables these days than Vanessa Selbst, one of the newest members of PokerStars Team Pro. At the tender age of twenty six, Selbst has won close to two million dollars in poker bounty. I caught up...more

PokerStars Sunday tournament results 10-24-10

So, let's just get this out of the way. Anders "Donald" Berg, the king titan of online poker, the brightest face on all of Team PokerStars Online, the very definition of grinder, the man who should only work on Sunday...yes THAT Anders Berg...made three final tables in the PokerStars Sunday...more

PCA Fantasy giving away 12 Caribbean packages for free

There is no bouncer at the door of a major poker tournament. There is no supercilious L.A. meatball with a photocopied guest list that you aren't on. There's no security clearance. You don't have to go to school, pass a test, or rise up through the minor leagues. All you...more

Hinrichsen Heats Up In Darwin

After a fast and furious five levels of play, Day 1A of the PokerStars.net ANZPT Darwin Main Event has come to a close. We only saw ten eliminations in that five hours of play as our field of 36 players was reduced to just 26 who will return on Thursday...more

Sunday Warm-Up 10/24: Mizzi doesn't miss, wins Warm-Up

This week's edition of the Sunday Warm-Up drew a field of 4,786 entrants, creating a guarantee-busting prize pool of $957,200, with 720 players making the money after Kameleont busted out on the bubble. When the tournament was over, it'd be a well-known name in online and live play taking...more

ANZPT Darwin Day 1A: Level 5 (blinds 150-300, ante 25)

6:10pm: That's a wrap! After a whirlwind five levels of play, we're done on Day 1A of the PokerStars.net ANZPT Darwin Main Event. 26 players have survived the day with young gun Andrew Hinrichsen steamrolling his way to 73,026 in chips and our Day 1A chip lead. His nearest rivals...more

ramondemon77 rolls to victory in 10/24/10 Sunday Million

PokerStars' Sunday Million, online poker's biggest weekly tournament, continues to attract big names and big fields. A total of 8,214 entered this week's event, the highest turnout since 8,294 played the event on August 15th. That turnout meant the $1.5 million guarantee was once again met, with the total prize...more

24 October

ANZPT Darwin Day 1A: Levels 3 & 4 (blinds 100-200, ante 25)

4:55pm: Ten-minute break 4:50pm: Flatting and chopping the nuts Another bizarre hand has seen Michael O'Grady and Peter Talias chopping with the nuts as Agi Agapitos was the player stuck in the middle. We caught the action on the turn with Agapitos firing a bet of 1,000 from the big...more

ANZPT Darwin Day 1A: Levels 1 & 2 (blinds 75-150)

2:40pm: Ten-minute break 2:38pm: Done-woodie Sean Dunwoodie is the first notable casualty of the day after his flush draw was picked off by Byron Henderson. The chips went in on a flop of 9♣A♦2♣ with Dunwoodie pushing with 8♣6♣ but Henderson made the tough call with 9♥6♠ for middle pair....more

ANZPT Darwin: Top End To ANZPT Season

You'll never, never know, if you never, never go! For years, the motto of the Northern Territory teased tourists with a holiday destination that is like no other. Iconic landscapes, rugged outback ranges, spectacular national parks, a rich indigenous culture and abundant wildlife - this is Australia's true outback. We...more

23 October

Know the November Nine, win a PCA seat!

If you read to the bottom of this post, you'll find out how you can win a PokerStars Caribbean Adventure seat simply by making the right predictions about the WSOP November Nine. But, first a quick story. In 2008, the PokerStars Blog team joined the other poker media to cover...more

22 October

November Nine fever sated by PokerStars.tv

By the standard of modern poker media, we are the jaded vets, so we shouldn't be the least bit excited about the upcoming November Nine showdown in Las Vegas. This will be the third time Howard Swains and I have covered the November Nine and the sixth time we've covered...more

21 October

Jonathan Duhamel packing chip lead for WSOP November Nine final

Ten-handed play offered scant promise that it would ever end, and Jonathan Duhamel was just fine with that. He would play all the way through November if he had to. As the night turned to morning, as the audience ordered pizzas, as chips went back and forth across the felt,...more

20 October

Super Tuesday 10/19/10 - Shhh00kem silences final table

The $300,000 Guaranteed Super Tuesday commenced with 375 players, with the last 45 players standing taking down a portion of the $375,000 prize pool. An extended period of hand-for-hand play left asz23 in the position as the 46th place finisher. The lone member of Team PokerStars Pro to make...more

Alessandro Minasi wins €172,000 at IPT San Remo

Italian player Alessandro Minasi has won €172,000 by lifting the trophy at PokerStars IPT San Remo. He beat a field of 354 players who generated a €667,360 prize pool. Minasi's heads-up opponent was Aneris Adomkevicius from Lithuania who took second place for €110,000. The final action saw Adomkevicius shove all-in...more

19 October

Twitter Poker League: A win for Eleazar_9, a shout out for TRex160466

by Jo Haslam There are all kinds of bells and whistles that make the Twitter Poker League tourney stand out from the crowd.  It's much more than your average $1.10 tourney. Those extras include 100 Step Ticket prizes bi-monthly, live Twitter updates, bounty awards, best tweeter prizes, plus this week...more

Vanessa Rousso, just an Ordinary Girl

by Rebekah Mercer She wiggles her ears, chews gum, and claims that her crew is "a bunch of super-smart geeky guys," but from what we see of Vanessa Rousso, it's a bit of a stretch to say that the Team PokerStars Pro is ordinary in any way. Sure, she oversleeps...more

The Online Poker Show: Sunday Million, October 17


18 October

PokerStars launches UKIPT Season 2 satellites

Season 1 of the UK & Ireland Poker Tour is barely even a memory. It's like that thing that just happened yesterday. And yet, Season 2 is here. Sometime within the past 24 hours, the people with the magic buttons over at PokerStars pressed the series of keys that allowed...more

PokerStars Sunday tournament results (10-17-10)

Two hundred thousand bucks will buy you a bunch of stuff. In many parts of America, that amount of money can buy you a pretty decent home. It can pay for college, any number cars, luxury watches, or vacations to the Virgin Islands. Most people don't make that amount of...more

What's it like to make a PokerStars Luxury Ladies Event final?

by Rebekah Mercer As you may have gathered by seeing her name on the PokerStars Women news site, Beth Gains is a writer and creator of the Eat, Play, Love seminars.* But she's also a very serious poker player. She has been playing professionally for several years and is on...more

David Jaoui scoops €63,000 at FPS Saint Amand

It wasn't just online where PokerStars players were making a mint over the weekend. The Italian Poker Tour in San Remo was also in full swing, and the two-day France Poker Series event in Saint Amand ended late last night/early this morning with David Jaoui grabbing the title and €63,000....more

Bryan Huang in running for Asia Player of the Year

PokerStars Macau at Casino Grand Lisboa held the MPC October Special over the weekend and welcomed 78 players to the featured $5,000 KO Bounty event. Amongst the field, only Team PokerStars Pro Bryan Huang was in a position to overtake fellow Team Pro Raymond Wu for the top spot on...more

Sherkadil rakes it in, bags 10/17/10 Sunday Million

Fall is here. Leaves are turning, signaling the start of shorter days and cooler temperatures. And while some spent their Sunday afternoons raking leaves, others spent the day -- and night and early morning -- raking pots at the PokerStars Sunday Million, online poker's biggest weekly tournament. By the time...more

17 October

Sunday Warm-up: Doeks eeks out $143K victory

The days are getting shorter, the air a little more coolly crisp to grab the morning paper as the year is coming closer to a close. Poker players are looking to make that one big score for a profitable 2010 and PokerStars is here to offer you more chances of...more

Meoni continues surge to takes lead into IPT San Remo Day 3

He started off Day 2 of IPT San Remo as chip leader with 190,000, and PokerStars qualifier Alessandro Meoni built on that throughout the day to remain in front at the close with 460,000. It took ten hours to get there, during which the 125-strong field was cut to 33...more

Vanessa Hellebuyck leads PokerStars FPS Amand

The PokerStars France Poker Series continues to generate heat as it makes its mark on the French poker scene. The first event in Beaulieu-sur-Mer saw 149 runners chasing a €40,123 first prize. Then last month the tournament in Divonne saw 399 runners battle it out for a first prize of...more

16 October

An Italian called Luigi joins IPT San Remo chip leaders

PokerStars IPT San Remo welcomed another 190 runners to the felt yesterday, making the combined field for this event a huge 344 players. That turn out has exceeded expectations, meaning Day 1B provided another benchmark for live poker in Italy. The total prize pool up for grabs stands at a...more

Meet Teddy Sheringham, PokerStars' soccer legend

by Rick Dacey There are two types of people that you could be. You're either a poker player who may have heard that a guy called Teddy Sheringham final tabled EPT Vilamoura, or you might be someone who heard that England football legend and treble winner Teddy 'Ooooh, TEDDY, TEDDY'...more

15 October

Meoni leads first day of IPT San Remo

The PokerStars Italian Poker Tour may have stopped off in San Remo more times than the local bus service, but it remains a firm favorite with players from Italy and beyond. Yesterday saw day 1A of the latest Season 2 stop in the pretty seaside town, and another bumper field...more

14 October

What you're missing on PokerStars.tv

Here at the PokerStars Blog, we pride ourselves on accurate, comprehensive, entertaining reports. We travel the globe in search of the greatest poker stories and record them in overzealous, blathering (but heartfelt!) prose the likes of which you won't find many other places. But, hey, we can only be so...more

13 October

PokerStars introduces Regional Championships of Online Poker

When the seasons change, the top half of the world falls toward autumn, and the bottom half of the world jumps toward spring, it seems as if there is simply something missing from the poker planet. There is that niggling sense that something else should be going on...something with COOP...more

Super Tuesday 10/12/10: Jakoon1985 comes from behind to triumph

Tonight's edition of the Super Tuesday topped it's $300,000 guarantee when a field of 410 players created a prize pool of $410,000, with the final 54 players reaching the money. Unfortunately for Team PokerStars players, none finished within a sniff of the money, as Team Asia Pro Tae Joon...more

12 October

Highlights from 10-10-10 Sunday Million


Team PokerStars Pro signs Toni Judet

There is very little in the actual mechanics of shooting pool and playing poker that can be considered even remotely similar. In fact, with the exception of a table covered in felt, it's hard to find anything in function or form that links the two together at all. Well, there...more

Twitter Poker League: JaJanka says 'thank'ya' for the win.

by Jo HaslamIt was a double dose of Twitter tourney fun this Sunday night. @PokerStars threw a freeroll party for all their followers with a $6,500 prize pool to ensure the tweeter's high spirits. Pkorn123 won the event, pocketing $977.42; which is not bad if you consider his only...more

PokerStars Women's Leagues shaping up

by Amy Zupko The ladies showed up en masse through the months of August and September to battle their way to top monthly cash awards in the PokerStars Women Leagues. With their eyes on the final prize of additional cash and a Ladies Luxury Poker Club trip at the end...more

11 October

PokerStars introduces satellites to USPC

Looking for a little something to do after the NAPT LA event in November? How about heading across the country to Atlantic City for the United States Poker Championship? Not sure of your bankroll? Then just head over to PokerStars and win your seat online. That's right. Today, PokerStars is...more

PokerStars Sunday tournament results (10-10-10)

It's more than a little disappointing. I mean, I'm no numerologist, but I sort of felt like that at some point yesterday--10/10/10, in case you didn't check your calendar--I would enjoy an enlightenment like none before. It seemed almost certain that the meaning of life would be revealed in a...more

ANZPT Melbourne: Mighty Marty Turns Short Stack Into Big Win

What an amazing three days of poker we've witnessed here in the Crown Poker Room. Tournament poker is alive and well in this country when we can produce quality fields and exciting final tables like the one that we've enjoyed this evening. In the end it became a battle of...more

Fatima Moreira de Melo: Young lioness stalking a very different prey

by Sue Carswell Relatively new to the poker world, Fatima Moreira de Melo, 32, is the young-looking Bridget Bardot of Team PokerStars Pro. Born in Rotterdam, Holland, Fatima was a Dutch Olympic field hockey star whose team won gold at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. She is one of...more

ANZPT Melbourne: Levels 26 & 27 (blinds 30000-60000, ante 5000)

9:25pm: James Obst eliminated in 2nd place; Martin Kozlov wins! It's all over and our new ANZPT Champion is Martin Kozlov! The final hand came when Kozlov opened the button to 125,000. James Obst responded with a three-bet to 350,000 to send Kozlov into the tank. He came out with...more

At 10/10/10 Sunday Million, a set of tens helps SHIPP ITT ship it

There's something about the number 10. Such a nice, round number. Suitable for all sorts of things. Bowling pins. Lists of popular songs. Canadian provinces. Commandments. One could go on and on counting many more examples. On one's ten fingers. And ten toes. It's a number sometimes regarded as a...more

10 October

ANZPT Melbourne: Levels 24 & 25 (blinds 20000-40000, ante 4000)

6:50pm: Dinner break The players will now be taking a 40-minute dinner break. See you back at 7:30pm local time! 6:42pm: Min-raising shenanigans James Obst min-raised to 80,000 from under the gun and David Chilcott called in the big blind. They saw a flop of Q♠6♣J♦ and both players checked....more

Sunday Warm-Up 10/10: El_rage runs riot over final table

10/10/10: A date people will see only once in their lives. Winning the Sunday Warm-Up on today's date is a moment only one person will ever experience. Today's Sunday Warm-Up drew a field of 4,358 hopefuls, creating a prize pool of $871,600. When wpfish was eliminated in 631st place,...more

ANZPT Melbourne: Levels 22 & 23 (blinds 12000-24000, ante 3000)

4:35pm: Ten-minute break 4:34pm: Daniel Laidlaw eliminated in 9th place On the stroke of the next break of the day we've lost Daniel Laidlaw in 9th place. He battled valiantly with a short stack all day but he couldn't find the same fortune as his fellow short stacks. Laidlaw made...more

ANZPT Melbourne: Level 21 (blinds 8000-16000, ante 2000)

2:25pm: Ten-minute break It's been slow going for our final table, with Ted Nguyen remaining pretty active and the short stacks playing a little cat and mouse to try and jump up the pay brackets. Hopefully a break will wake everyone up a bit! 2:02pm: Obst flushed with chips Ted...more

Let PokerSchoolOnline improve your game

by Rebekah Mercer Mary Whitcomb is new to PokerStars, but in just a couple of months, PokerStars PokerSchoolOnline has made her feel very much at home. Mary says that she moved to PokerStars on the recommendation of a friend, and that the PSO has played a large part in making...more

ANZPT Melbourne: Final Day Player Profiles

Even though we are still two eliminations away from the final table, we present to you the player profiles of the eleven remaining players who return on the final day of play as we look to crown the 2010 PokerStars.net ANZPT Melbourne champion! Kristina Jeney, Sydney, New South Wales, (960,000...more

Girl Power at ANZPT Melbourne

Day 2 of the PokerStars.net ANZPT Melbourne Main Event started out with 105 hopefuls returning to the Crown Poker Room with the objective of reaching the final table. It was always going to be a long road, and for many, the minefields were too much to overcome. PokerStars WCOOP bracelet...more

ANZPT Melbourne: Levels 19 & 20 (blinds 6000-12000, ante 1000)

11:45pm: Silk succumbs on final hand of the day The action didn't stop until the final hand was dealt with Danny Silk and Raj Ramakrishnan getting busy on the last hand of the evening. The chips were in preflop with Silk's J♦J♠ up against the A♥K♣ of Ramakrishnan. With Silk's...more

ANZPT Melbourne: Levels 17 & 18 (blinds 4000-8000, ante 500)

9:30pm: Ten-minute break 9:15pm: Fava races out the door Lose too many races and tournament poker becomes very tough. Just ask Andrew "Dash" Fava who just lost consecutive races to be bundled out of the tournament. He tried both sides of the coin too. First he went with the pair...more

9 October

ANZPT Melbourne: Levels 15 & 16 (blinds 2500-5000, ante 500)

6:30pm: Dinner break The 34 remaining players are now taking a one-hour dinner break. See you back here at 7:30pm local time. 6:25pm: And the bustouts begin... We lost Adam Monaghan in 36th place when he moved his short stack in preflop with A♠J♠ against the J♦J♥ of Andrew Scarf....more

ANZPT Melbourne: Levels 13 & 14 (blinds 1500-3000, ante 300)

4:20pm: Ten-minute break 4:18pm: Neilson busts Caridad in monsterpotten! Moments before the break, a massive pot unfolded on table 32 and once again it was Dan Neilson who was in the thick of things with the biggest pot of the tournament to date. In a re-raised pot it was Neilson...more

ANZPT Melbourne: Levels 11 & 12 (blinds 1000-2000, ante 200)

2:10pm: Ten-minute break 1:50pm Hachem and the Hippo We've just lost a couple of big names from today's event. Ali Khalil was eliminated from the feature table after losing his battle with his short stack. He moved all in preflop with Q♥T♥ but ran into an opponent's A♦A♣. The flop...more

ANZPT Melbourne: The Life of Andy_McLEOD

Australia is a country with a proud sporting tradition, and this is no more evident than the utter dominance of our team over at the Commonwealth Games which is currently in full swing in Delhi. Despite the limited opposition we love nothing more than winning every medal on offer in...more

ANZPT Melbourne: Unstoppable Obst Leads Day 1

Sometimes a sporting event brings a real air of anticipation. It's a rare feeling of nervous excitement at the prospect of the best coming together to produce a battle for the ages. Melbourne is no stranger to great sporting moments and today's play at the PokerStars.net Australia New Zealand Poker...more

Women thrive at London, eye up the Caribbean

by Mad Harper Women positively blossomed at the PokerStars European Poker Tour London Poker Festival last week and showed they are more than a force to be reckoned with on the international poker circuit. Only a few days after her official launch as the newest member of PokerStars' elite team...more

ANZPT Melbourne: Levels 9 & 10 (blinds 600-1200, ante 100)

11:40pm: That's a wrap; Obst out in front! With the last three hands proving rather uneventful that wraps up our day here in the Crown Poker Room on Day 1 of the PokerStars.net ANZPT Melbourne Main Event. Ryan McKay teased us with the chip lead, but in the end it...more

ANZPT Melbourne: Levels 7 & 8 (blinds 400-800, ante 75)

9:30pm: Ten-minute break 9:25pm: Lunardi flushed PokerStars qualifier and Dutchman Roel Pijpers has just sent local young gun Kristian Lunardi to the rail. The action went down on a flop of K♣J♦4♦ when Lunardi fired a bet and then called the all-in shove of his opponent. Lunardi table J♣K♠ for...more

8 October

ANZPT Melbourne: Levels 5 & 6 (blinds 200-400, ante 50)

6:30pm: Dinner break The players are now going to stretch their legs and satisfy their stomachs as the dinner bell has rung. We've lost approximately one-third of the field so far today, with around 200 players set to return in sixty minutes at 7:30pm local time. See you then! 6:28pm:...more

ANZPT Melbourne: Levels 3 & 4 (blinds 100-200, ante 25)

4:20pm: Ten-minute break 4:00pm: Bower busts Marsland Western Australia's Dale Marsland has been sent to the rail after his aggressive style got the better of him in a clash with Brad Bower. Bower opened to 500 from under the gun before Marsland made it 1,700. Bower called and they saw...more

ANZPT Melbourne: Levels 1 & 2 (blinds 75-150)

2:10pm: Ten-minute break 1:45pm: Croc out We've lost our first big name pro from this event as Billy "The Croc" Argyros has been eliminated at the hands of Chris Bonato. Argyros raised it to 600 with one caller before Bonato raised to 2,100. Argyros re-raised all in for his last...more

Maxim Lykov joins Team PokerStars Pro

It was $40 here and then $40 there. That's all it took to become a Team PokerStars Pro. Well, no. That's not all it takes for most people, but for Russian pro Maxim Lykov, it only took two small online poker deposits before he started on the road to today's...more

More updates to PokerStars software

It's a new month, so it must mean there are more PokerStars software updates on the way. As always, the smart guys with the computers have figured out more ways to make PokerStars better. We've learned this morning that PokerStars will be releasing a new client update over the next...more

ANZPT Melbourne: Hungry Hungry Hachems

The PokerStars.net Australia New Zealand Poker Tour (ANZPT) has ventured south to the city of Melbourne for the penultimate event of Season Two. We're in the beautiful confines of the Crown Casino for the next three days as the $2,700 PokerStars.net ANZPT Melbourne Main Event is set to fill the...more

Seasons change and so do I, by Victor Ramdin

by Victor Ramdin I was really looking forward to the month of September. You've got the WCOOP on PokerStars, and things usually tend to finally cool off just a bit here in New York City. I was all set to take all the things I had learned about online poker...more

7 October

Real life and the poker wave, by Joe Cada

by Joe Cada It seems for me that poker comes in spurts and waves. The only live poker I've played since my disappointing World Series this year (don't worry guys, I'm not complaining - but I am allowed to be disappointed) has been a trip to Brazil, which was also...more

EPT London was wonderful, but victory just wasn't in the crads (no spelling mistake)

by Maryann Morrison Ah, London and the PokerStars European Poker Tour! I was invited to attend the Luxury Ladies Poker Event October 2-3, and I could hardly wait to go. I knew it would be well worth the eighteen-hour travel time from Canada. I love the sound of the chips...more

6 October

Twitter Poker League : Renaan rules

by Jo HaslamThere were a few hands to cause frantic chat box, "Wows" in this week's Twitter tourney. You don't get many "wows" for your well played hands, or your double bluff all-in with bells on clever poker moves; oh no, those moments tend to pass in silence, or...more

PokerStars releases blockbuster PCA schedule

When it comes to the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, it seems PokerStars ends every festival by saying, "Alright. That was great. Now, how can be make it bigger and better next year?" First it was a boat. Then it was a medium-sized room at a giant resort. Then it was a...more

Super Tuesday 10/5/2010 - AK87 dominates final table, eliminates every player for victory

The first Super Tuesday of October drew 385 players willing to part with $1,000+50, creating a total prize pool of $385,000. With the elimination of JBT449 in 46th place, the remaining 45 players had made the money. A number of Team PokerStars pros participated in the tournament, including USA's...more

EPT London: Thorson wins the $2K, Karr the $10K

Jens Thorson has beaten Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree heads-up to win his first major title and a £92,650 first prize. Thorson's previous best result was 22nd for €30,000 in San Remo last year. A total of 147 players entered the three-day £2,000 No Limit Hold'em event creating a prize...more

Vamplew at the double, wins UKIPT Champion of Champions

David 'Vampy' Vamplew, the PokerStars EPT London winner, has completed a quickfire double by taking down the UKIPT Champion of Champions event. Vamplew, who won the EPT London/UKIPT Main Event on Monday for £900,000, yesterday beat the eight other PokerStars UKIPT winners from Season 1 to earn a seat at...more

4 October

Vamplew beats Juanda to win EPT London title

Three-handed, the result of the EPT London looked a hard one to predict. The remaining players were each sizably stacked, each had fire in their eyes, and with a dinner break on the horizon no one felt any need to be hasty. Then the earth suddenly moved, two hands collided,...more

EPT London £20k High Roller: Day 3, level 24 updates (20,000-40,000)

6.50pm: Team PokerStars Pro Nacho Barbero wins the High Roller and £556,000 It had been coming for some time. Jani Sointula had dropped to 600,000 when he shoved over Barbero's 80,000 button raise. The Argentine snap-called. Barbero: A♦J♣ Sointula: K♥4♣ The board gave instant service to Barbero with an...more

EPT London: Final table, levels 31 32, & 33 updates (150,000-300,000)

10.55pm: David Vamplew wins EPT London for £900,000 After a marathon three hours and 14 minutes of heads-up play, in which the lead swung repeatedly from one to the other, David Vamplew finished off John Juanda to take the EPT London title and £900,000 first prize. In the end, it...more

Arnoud Van Der Werf wins EPT London charity event

Student Arnoud van der Werf won the £120 EPT London Charity Event in aid of Cancer Research UK. The 22-year-old from Amsterdam won when his pocket queens hit made a set on the flop against Malaysian player Tim Hong Wong's pocket kings. There were a 646 entries including re-buys. Van...more

EPT London £20k High Roller: Day 3, level 21, 22 & 23 updates (15,000-30,000)

6.20pm: Three-bet Barbero Barbero has definitely had the higher three-bet rate and that's becoming very punishing for Sointula now. The blinds are going up shortly. -- RD 6.15pm: Back to small pot poker There's been a lot of walks and raise and takes in the last half an hour....more

EPT London: Final table, level 28, 29 & 30 updates (60,000-120,000, 15,000 ante)

5.04pm: Break That was the last action of the level. Players are now on a 15-minute break. -- SY 5.03pm: Back at you This was the role reversal of the hand below. This time David Vamplew made it 240,000 and John Juanda re-raised to 750,000. Now it was Vamplew's turn...more

Anais Lerouge wins EPT London ladies event

Anais Lerouge has won the EPT London £500 Ladies Event for a first prize of £11,050. Anais, who comes from Cannes, France, bested a 57-strong field that included Team PokerStars Pros Veronica Dabul, Sandra Naujoks and Celina Lin plus Team PokerStars SportStar Fatima Moreira de Melo, EPT presenter Michelle Orpe,...more

EPT London £20k High Roller: Day 3, level 18 cont, 19 & 20 updates (8,000-16,000, ante 2,000)

3.05pm: End of the level No break though, the players will play one more level before they get a 15 minute recess. -- NW 3pm: Sointula takes a slice from Barbero Team PokerStars Pro Nacho Barbero was already the shortest stack before losing the following pot to Jani Sointula. The...more

PokerStars Sunday tournament results (10-3-10)

As a child, I'd cry when the Peanuts cartoons rolled the credits. In my little half-formed soul, I knew that seeing the "by Charles Shultz" at the end mean I was going to have to wait a very long time before Charlie Brown and Snoopy were on TV again (yes,...more

EPT London: Final table profiles

The final table of the European Poker Tour London leg begins today, the record field of 848 players having been whittled away to just eight after four days of play. The action is due to start at around noon today, with live streaming of the action available on EPTLive.com....more

sola100 survives frantic final table to capture 10/3 Sunday Million

Well, hello there Sunday Million. Nice to see you again. The record-breaking 2010 World Championship of Online Poker having concluded, the first Sunday of October saw the PokerStars Sunday Million return from its month-long hiatus. Awaiting the Million were 7,638 players ready to rejoin online poker's largest weekly tournament --...more

3 October

Sunday Warm-up: ThePokerBody muscles out competition and wins $136K

Suffering from post-partum symptoms from the last month's worth of World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) tournaments? After a staggering $63 million in prize money along with 62 bracelets were given out over the past month, we could see a letdown until the next WCOOP event starts up in 336...more

EPT London £20k High Roller: Day 2, level 15, 16, 17 & 18 updates (5,000-10,000, ante 1,000)

12.45am: Vanessa Selbst takes chip lead into the final We're down to our final eight players, all of whom will take home at least £45,900. Tomorrow's High Roller champ will pocket a huge £556,000, so let's hope they all bring their big trousers tomorrow. Vanesa Selbst started as chip...more

Bowker and Juanda lead into EPT London final table

After more than eight hours of play it was neck and neck at EPT London. With eight players remaining, John Juanda and Kyle Bowker were almost level on chips - two very good players, two very big stacks, each amassed in very different ways. At the bell though, it...more

EPT London: Day 4, level 26, 27 & 28 updates (40,000-80,000, 5,000 ante)

8.35pm: How it ended for Hull As had become customary in this rather tense nine-handed battle, Kyle Bowker came in for an opening raise. If it wasn't Bowker, it was normally John Juanda. John Hull, who like many of the shorter stacks had been folding a lot in recent levels,...more

EPT London £20k High Roller: Day 2, level 12 , 13 & 14 updates (2,000-4,000, ante 400)

6.45pm: Selbst still chip leader The dealers are currently doing chip counts of the remaining players and we'll get them up ASAP, what I do know though, is that Vanessa Selbst is currently chip leader with around 625,000. -- NW 6.42pm: Chill out session That's the end of our sixth...more

EPT London £20k High Roller: Day 2, level 9, 10 & 11 updates (1,000-2,000, ante 200)

3.15pm: End of level Join us in the next three-level post. 3.10pm: Barbero the brave Team PokerStars pro Nacho Barbero (cut-off) and Fredrik Jensen (button) both put in 5,000 each to see a flop of 2♥8♥4♠. Barbero bet 7,100 and Jensen made the call. The turn was the 7♣,...more

EPT London: Day 4, level 22, 23, 24 & 25 updates (20,000-40,000, 4,000 ante)

4.50pm: Juanda to the break A quiet spell on table three, with John Juanda initiating most of the action. Three hands pass, each raised by Juanda who showed ace-king in one, ace-queen in the next ("It's getting worse," he'd said). Then as the break approached Per Ummer opened for...more

2 October

EPT London: Day 4 seat draw

Here's the seat draw for Day 4 of EPT London: 1 1 Keven Stammen USA 363,000 1 2 Steven Levy USA 1,719,000 1 3 Matt Perrins UK 1,550,000 1 4 Robert Nulli Italy 620,000 1 5 Chad Brown USA Team PokerStars Pro 207,000 1 6 Fernando Brito Portugal 472,000 1...more

Game of skill but Chance on top at EPT London

As a city London is a signatory to that old western decree known as "Saturday night," the Springsteenian theory, imported from the United States that now spans the civilised world - that a town's worth is determined by its late night weekend hospitality. Sure, some may prefer an early night...more

EPT London: Day 3, levels 20, 21 & 22 updates (10,000-20,000, 2,000 ante)

11.50pm: Play done for the day It's been a long day but the 128 who started have been whittled down to 24. Those 24 will return and noon tomorrow and will play down to the final table of eight. A full wrap and chip counts of the days play is...more

EPT London £20k High Roller: Day 1, level 5, 6, 7 & 8 updates (500-1000, ante 100)

9.20pm: Play concludes The last three hands passed without any eliminations although we did lose Team PokerStars Pros David Williams and Chris Moneymaker in the last level. The overnight chip leader by some distance is Vanessa Selbst with 386,900 chips. Andrew Feldman finished the day in second with 200,100 and...more

EPT London: Day 3, level 18 & 19 updates (5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante)

6.14pm: Break time Another level passes us by. Players are on a 15 minute break. -- SB 6.13pm: Gift of the Gavin Irishman Fintin Gavin is usually pretty talkative at the table and when I passed by his table it was no different. He'd raised it up to 27,000 from...more

EPT London £20k High Roller: Day 1, level 1, 2, 3 & 4 updates (150-300, ante 25)

4.35pm: Break time The end of level four brings about the second break of the day. See you in 15. 4.33pm: Negreanu gets unlucky again Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu has been out-drawn again but this time it was fatal. Sam Stein raised to 800 and Negreanu defended from the...more

EPT London: Day 3, level 15 cont., 16 & 17 updates (3,000-6,000, 500 ante)

3.18pm: The bathroom shuffle As one tournament (the Ladies) is about to begin, the main event is on break for 15 minutes. -- NW 3.15pm: Pay that man his money You pay your money you take your chance. Excuse the horrible pun, but Chance Kornuth and Kayvan Payman just played...more

EPT London: Day 3 seat draw

Here is the seat draw for Day 3 of EPT London: 1 1 Allen Kessler USA 62,600 1 2 Alex Kravchenko Russia Team PokerStars Pro 527,400 1 3 Yuriten Bokkel Netherlands 116,800 1 4 Keven Stammen USA 139,300 1 5 Patrick Carron USA PokerStars qualifier 169,000 1 6 Erik Van...more

1 October

David Vamplew ploughs to EPT London Day 2 lead

It's been a typical British autumn day outside; grey and very wet. It hasn't been dry inside either, if it's poker action we're talking about. A total of 379 out of the record-starting 848 shook and packed away their umbrellas on their way into the ballroom at the Hilton Metrepole...more

EPT London: Day 2, level 14 & 15 updates (2,000-4,000, 400 ante)

9pm: Vamplew takes the lead That's day two at an end. Englishman David Vamplew looks to be tonight's chips leader, with 1,130,400 chips. Stand by for a full report on the day's action. -- SB 8.55pm: O'Dear for O'Dea, EPT London bubble boy Eughan O'Dea, son of Donnacha, is...more

From Vegas to London: Busy Autumn for PokerStars Women

by Jennifer Shahade If you've been keeping up with PokerStars Women, you may have noticed or played in satellites for the US Ladies Poker Championship, a Ladies International Poker Series (LIPS) tour event held over Labor Day weekend. More than 80 players including four PokerStars qualifiers came to the Golden...more

PokerStars reveals UKIPT Season 2 schedule

PokerStars has announced the schedule for the second season of the UKIPT, which will kick off in Galway on December 2, 2010. The tour's inaugural season, which comes to a close this week at the Grand Final/EPT London, has so far paid out more than £2million in prize money, which...more

EPT London: Day 2, level 12 & 13 updates (1,200-2,400, 200 ante)

5.58pm: Raymer on a rush Greg Raymer has sprinted up to 180,000 after a nice little run of cards which included busting short-stacked Michael Binger on his first hand at the table. That's ift for the level. Join us in 15 minutes in the new post. -- SY I...more

WCOOP 2010: G0lfa needs another wrist

Within 12 hours of laying eyes on Ryan "G0lfa" D'Angelo for the first time, we stood in a crowd and watched him rise above the fray. Literally. We watched D'Angelo climb atop a willing friend and shoulder-surf through a crowd of PokerStars partiers. This was at the January 2010 PokerStars...more

Satellite winner bests 805 players to win London package freeroll

by Rebekah Mercer It was 2am London time when Michelle Webb, a satellite player from the UK, won the final hand in the Woman Poker Player freeroll that guaranteed her a PokerStars Ladies Luxury Poker Event package to EPT London. I wasn't there, so can't tell you for sure, but...more

EPT London: Day 2 seat draw

Here is the seat draw for the start of Day 2 here at EPT London: 1 1 Jason Gray Australia 76800 1 2 Patrik Selin Sweden 57900 1 3 Theo Jorgenson Denmark 97200 1 4 Steve Jelinek UK 67600 1 5 Kimmo Kurko Finland 71100 1 6 Andrew Walker USA...more

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

2.57pm: Bichon blasted into the lead Thomas Bichon has blasted his way up to around 345,000 thanks to a donation from Soheb Porbandarwala, the chip leader from Day 1A. A bet of 3,200 was raised by Porbandarwala to 8,600 then re-raised by Bichon to 22,500. The original raiser folded and...more