November 2010

29 November

Twitter Poker League: Thomasjanine scores win, coucher11 tops table

There were two red spades in the lobby of the Twitter Poker League tourney on Sunday. Team Online Pro Boumaaza 'Chiren80' Bachir and Dale 'Daleroxxu' Philip might normally play higher stakes than a $1.10 tourney, but they were showing some love for the Twitter tourney. As usual at #tpoker time...more

Theo Jorgensen: The life of a Team Pro

It's not all glamour Along with the life as a professional poker player also come worries. Last week was the trip to Barcelona for the European Poker Tour tournament in Barcelona. All I had to do is show up. PokerStars had taken care of the five-star hotel and the...more

PokerStars Sunday tournament results (11-28-10)

If you haven't made your monthly nut by now, time may be running out. That's why yesterday was such a huge day on PokerStars. People came out of the woodwork to play the Sunday majors, and we saw some performances that people will be talking about for a while. Team...more

Wasaberga wins 11/28 Sunday Million for a $211,180.98 score

The last weekend in November meant several things. First and foremost, huge monthly tournament opportunities were taking place on PokerStars, namely the Battle of the Planets and the Turbo Takedown. Second, a number of Regional Championships of Online Poker events were taking place in locales like the United States, Canada,...more

28 November

Turbo Takedown: coasting to the win, shiptosails takes down $60K plus the Audi TT

Raise your hand if some of your hard earned poker bankroll found its way into local retailers over the past weekend. Black Friday and soon-to-hit Cyber Monday has holiday shoppers across the globe looking for bargains, and if you are one of the 18,394 who signed up for the tonight's...more

Sunday Warm-Up 11/28: INormaJean, you Warm-Up winner

The final Sunday Warm-Up of November drew a field of 4,651 players, with the final 675 earning a piece of the $930,200 prize pool that was created over the next several hours. Over 30 members of Team Pokerstars would participate in today's Sunday Warm-Up, but only two made the...more

Battle of the Planets: making it personal, personal takes entire $12K prize in freeroll win

Leftover turkey sandwiches and mashed potatoes with gravy sounds like a decent lunch for those playing in today's Thanksgiving edition of the $50,000 Battle of the Planets triple shootout freeroll. While the US ends their holiday weekend of tryptophan induced shopping and football viewing, 548 players geared up for a...more

27 November

Lundmark's landmark win at EPT Barcelona

A great first act, a slow, more reflective act two, followed by a dynamite finale. The main character to this televised drama? A quiet, unassuming Swede named Kent Lundmark, with a knack of picking his moments and who can now call himself a European Poker Tour champion. Lundmark, 22,...more

EPT Barcelona: The final table

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EPT Barcelona: Final table, level 29, 30 & 31 updates (80,000-160,000)

7.50pm: Kent Lundmark is the EPT Barcelona champion Kent Lundmark opened the button for 325,000 and was three-bet to 880,000 by Jesus Cortes Lizano. Lundmark instantly looked interested and opted to move all-in. Lizano made the call. The house erupted. Lundmark: A♥Q♥ Cortes Lizano: K♦J♠ Lundmark was ahead but...more

EPT Barcelona: Final table, level 27 & 28 (40,000-80,000, 5,000 ante)

3.05pm: End of the level That's the end of the level. Players are now on a 15 minute break. -- SB 3pm: Stang shrinking It's a big hit for Thor Stang. The Norweigian had raised to 165,000 and flat called Kent Lundmark's button 335,000 three-bet. The board was checked...more

How a blind date led to a life as an international poker pro

by Mad Harper Seven years ago, Cathy Hong, a language student living in Seoul, went on a blind date that was to change her life forever. She was just 21 and the date was with Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier, a friend of a friend and one of the world's top-ranked players...more

Ten players lock up PCA ladies weekend seat early

by Jennifer Shahade Last month, I wrote some introductory strategy tips for satelliting into the Ladies Weekend at the PCA. So far, four $215 final satellites are completed and ten women, including Women in Poker Hall of Famer Kathy Liebert, have won their way into a spectacular weekend of poker,...more

26 November

Van Nguyen: Making the NAPT LA final table

The NAPT LA has just concluded and I must say that it was the best result I've had for Season 1 even though its the only event I've cashed. I love all of the NAPT stops, its such a great tournament. I mean, where else are you gonna get at...more

Giuseppe Pantaleo leads into Barcelona final table

If today were a golf shot it would be straight down the middle. In cricket it would be a nicely balanced strike, a boundary through the covers. While in baseball it would be akin to a straightforward single to left field. The process of going from 24 players to...more

Twitter Poker League: BigToe1979 nailed the win

There were the usual added value extras this week over at #tpoker HQ (otherwise known as @tpokerstars Twitter). These included. • A completion to predict guess how many players there would be (it was always going to be 1,269 - this contest is a skill game). • Bounties if you...more

EPT Barcelona: The business end

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EPT Barcelona: Day 4, level 25, 26 & 27 updates (blinds 30,000-60,000, ante 5,000)

8pm: Heard the one about Jesus and the three kings? Jesus Lizano has just busted Candido Gonçalves in ninth place with pocket kings, rivering a set for good measure. Gonçalves opened for 125,000 from the cut-off and Lizano raised to 275,000 from the button. It was then shipped in by...more

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

3.07pm: Early break With 12 minutes left of the level the players are on an earlier than scheduled 15-minute break. This will enable the tournament directors to take out one table and balance the remaining 16 players over the two remaining tables. When they come back we'll play the...more

25 November

EPT Barcelona: Day 4 seat draw

Here is the seat draw for Day 4 of EPT Barcelona: 1 1 Konstantin Puchkov Russia 820,000 1 2 Alessandro Longobardi Italy 1,863,000 1 3 Jorge Lores Spain 1,131,000 1 4 Marco Bognanni Italy 1,131,000 1 5 Zachary Korik USA PokerStars player 888,000 1 6 Jesus Cortes Lizano Spain 915,000...more

Pantaleo powers to EPT Barcelona lead

The Day 3 field became 24 today. That's how many players remain from the 112 who arrived this morning wide-eyed, fresh-faced and, some at least, hopelessly optimistic. They had reason to skip gaily to Casino Barcelona; the fresh air, the bright sunshine, a song in their heads and a...more

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

9.35pm: Finneran brings play to a finish Thomas Finneran is our 25th place finisher and fills his pockets with €17,000. Chip leader Giuseppe Pantaleo opened the action from the button and Finneran moved all-in for around 400,000. Pantaleo did some maths/prayers in his head and called. Finneran: A♣7♥ Pantaleo: A♦8♠...more

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

6.20pm: End of level That's the fourth level of the day complete and we have 39 players left. Full chip counts are being collected and they will be able to be found here or you can click on 'Latest chip count' on the widget to the right. A one-hour...more

EPT Barcelona: In the money and rolling on

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EPT Barcelona: Day 3, levels 17 & 18 updates (blinds 4,000-8,000, 500 ante)

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24 November

EPT Barcelona: Day 3 seat draw

Here is the seat draw for Day 3 of EPT Barcelona. Play is scheduled to begin at noon. 15 1 Julio Gaston Belluscio Argentina 350,000 15 2 Jani Kristian Rasinen Finland 80,000 15 3 Zsolt Soros Hungary PokerStars qualifier 151,000 15 4 Isaac Schachtel Israel 195,000 15 5 Roberto Romanello...more

Bryn Kenney leads EPT Barcelona after wild race to the money

A race to the finish, a huge field, not all of whom making it to the end. The same regular characters, dressed in bright colours, with some oddballs and a load of eccentrics thrown in for a race to the money. Yes, today the EPT went Wacky Races, and...more

EPT Barcelona: Day 2, level 14, 15 & 16 updates (2,500-5,000, 500 ante)

11.20pm: The bubble bursts just on time We were scheduled to play seven levels today as that is how long TD Thomas Kremser thought it would take to get into the money. It's uncanny how many times Kremser and his team get this area spot on as the bubble burst...more

PCA unveils Fish & Chips Showdown

When I first heard about the idea, I thought about my wife. Though radiant and beautiful, though painted with the Bahamian sunshine, though a reflection of a day on the bluest of blue water, Mrs. Willis' face was positively green. For once, she had been working for me (a role...more

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

6.21pm: Not break time That's the end of the level. Players are NOT taking a fifteen minute break and will play through until 7pm. At which point they will take a one hour dinner break. -- SB 6.20pm: Chip carnage for Rufas Luis Rufas has just had his chip...more

Super Tuesday 11/23/10: Keven "Stammdogg" Stammen top dog at final table

This week's edition of the Super Tuesday had some competition, as the USA COOP Event #4, a $320 NL Hold'em event with a $750,000 guaranteed prize pool, may have led some American players to take advantage of the overlay. For those looking to take their shot at a smaller...more

Liv Boeree introduces EPT Barcelona Day 2

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

3.05pm: End of level heralded by broken internet The Spaniards seems to be great at many things. They are European and World football champions and have some wonderful food. Unfortunately all of this appears to be at the expense of any ITskills. For the fourth time in three days...more

23 November

Luis Rufas raises roof at raucous EPT Barcelona Day 1B

You've thrown a party, and although it seemed to go reasonably well you were a little miffed to see it eclipsed by your neighbor's bash the very next night. While you cobbled together a few friends to enjoy a couple of polite drinks and some light snacks, the bloke next...more

EPT Barcelona: Numbers up for Day 1B

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

11.20pm: Play concludes Day 1b has come to an end. We believe Spain's Luis Rufas is the chip leader from today's players with 232,100. A wrap of the day's play will be up shortly and all official chip counts will appear here during the night. 11.03pm: Last four hands The...more

EPT Barcelona: Day 1B ready for the off

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EPT Barcelona: Day 1B, level 5 & 6 updates (blinds 150-300, ante 25)

7pm: Dinner (for some) That's the end of level 6. Half the field is now clearing off for a 75-minute break, while the other half gets a 15-minute breather before returning to play level 8. -- SY 6.48pm: This story has ended for Sebastian Team PokerStars Pro Sebastian Ruthenberg has...more

PokerStars World Cup of Poker VII on the way

In the middle of 2010's summer, the world clicked on its television sets and rose up in a fever of national pride like none other in the sports world. The World Cup divided the globe and brought countries together in a way that seemed impossible just weeks earlier. Whether it...more

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

4.35pm: Break time Players are heading for their second break of the day. 4.30pm: Studying Nitsche On a flop of 7♣6♦J♦ Dominic Nitsche, who I once used as a point man to get through Sao Paolo airport security, was betting 1,500 from the small blind. He got only one...more

EPT Barcelona: Day 1B, Level 1 & 2 updates (Blinds 75-150)

2.20pm: Break time Two levels down means it's the first 15 minute break of the day. -- MC 2.18pm:The Godfather Thor Hansen, who has won two World Series bracelets and holds the record for most all-time WCOOP cashes, has put his explosive life story down in print in a new...more

22 November

Here's new Team PokerStars Pro Theo Jorgensen (Part I)

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So-so for Loic Sa who leads EPT Barcelona

Well what can you say about Day 1A? Neither incredibly dreary or up there with days never forgotten. It was a kind of concept album, released without fanfare and generally agreed to be not some of the band's best work. So if this is the sleeve note to that EPT...more

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

11.20pm: End of play That's the end of play here in Barcelona. Check back for a full end of day wrap and chip counts. Loic Sa is the chip leader with 217,000. 11.10pm: Three-way shove fest In the penultimate hand of the day Team PokerStars Pros Matthias de Meulder, Arnaud...more

EPT Barcelona: Day 1A, level 5 & 6 updates (blinds 200-400, 25 ante)

End of level 6 A 15 minute break for some and a 75 minute break for others. See post at 6.15 for full details. -- MC 6.40pm: Better the devil you know? Antony Lellouche was eliminated a while ago when he ran ace-queen into pocket fours on a queen-four-rag board....more

PokerStars Sunday tournament results (11-21-10)

Funny thing about November. Years ago, it sure seemed like November was longest month around. It was that dead month beween Halloween and the holidays that offered to real reason to get up in the morning. Now, with all the live poker action going on, we just looked up and...more

EPT Barcelona Day 1A introduction

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

4.40pm: Break time The end of level 4 brings with it a 15 minute break. 4.40pm: Never afraid Team PokerStars Pro Matthias de Meulder has had a great level and ended it on 41,000 chips. Just before the end of the level he called an early position raise fro the...more

The real reason why Stephen Bartley looks so odd

Anyone here in Barcelona this week can't help to have noticed the rather unpleasant hairy item on PokerStars blogger Stephen Bartley's top lip. While some may call it a moustache, we prefer to call it a rodent. And a ginger one at that. But before we go too far down...more

EPT Barcelona: Day 1A, levels 1 & 2 updates (blinds 75-150)

2.05pm: Wendt picks off Pinho A quick European geography lesson for any of our American readers; Spain and Portugal are right next to each other, with the latter part being the thinner part on the West. While this isn't a home game for Portugese Team PokerStars Pro Henrique Pinho...more

RICOFELIZ happy with $252K for Sunday Million victory

It was a full moon. Scientifically, it happens every 29 to 30 days and simply means that the moon is on the exact opposite side of the Earth from the sun. Mythically, it is a night associated with strange phenomena...and perhaps insanity. And somehow, that brought us to the Sunday...more

21 November

Pinowww powers through fast final table, takes 11/21/10 Sunday Warm-Up

This week's Sunday Warm-Up nearly became a Sunday Million in its own right, with the $215 buy-in tourney attracting a whopping 4,748 players, thereby creating a total prize pool of $949,000 (well above the $750K guarantee). The top 675 spots paid in this one, with the player finishing first scheduled...more

19 November

NAPT Los Angeles Bounty Shootout: Baldwin beats best friend to win in marathon

What we commonly know as shootouts--in the Wild West or even in the 'Hood--are invariably speedy affairs. The quickest on the draw is usually the winner; he who hesitates is lost. But although poker has provided and borrowed many idioms from common parlance, a shootout in the card-playing sense is...more

18 November

NAPT Los Angeles main event champion Joe Tehan

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NAPT Los Angeles Bounty Shootout: Levels 5-12 updates (5,000-10,000-1,000)

3:50am: Eric Baldwin wins the NAPT Los Angeles Bounty Shootout ($134,280), Justin Young eliminated in second place Justin Young opened for 24,000 on the button, and following a three-bet to 60,000 from Eric Baldwin, he tossed his own bounty chip into the pot, declaring himself all-in. Baldwin quickly called, having...more

NAPT Los Angeles Bounty Shootout: Levels 3&4 updates (600-1,200-200)

6:46pm: Break time The players are now on an hour-long dinner break. 6:43pm: Jaka-Jaka on the button The players have now chosen to put the Faraz Jaka bounty button in play. 6.30pm: Pat Pezzin out in seventh; Mohsin Charania claims bounty And just like that, another one is down. Mohsin...more

NAPT Los Angeles Bounty Shootout: Levels 1&2 updates (500-1,000-100)

4.25pm: Break time That's the end of the level and we'll now take a 15-minute break. Back with full counts soon. 4.20pm: Young bluffs through three Mohsin Charania got things started, raising to 2,300 from under-the-gun. Kevin MacPhee called from the hijack and Justin Young called on the button. Michael...more

NAPT Los Angeles Bounty Shootout: The final final

Good afternoon all, and for the last time this year, welcome back to Los Angeles. It's been a remarkable week here in the City of Angels, with a spectacular finale to the Main Event yesterday - congratulations to Joe Tehan - and now the final of the Bounty Shootout event...more

PokerStars books Thor Hansen for EPT Barcelona

Thor Hansen is undoubtedly one of the best-known and most colorful characters in poker. Called the 'Godfather of Norwegian Poker', he has been living off poker and gambling for over 40 years. Hansen has made and lost millions, and has led an extraordinary life among the rich and famous all...more

17 November

NAPT Los Angeles: Tehan runs the table for championship win

Some days a player just can't help but win. This was that day for Joe Tehan. If he took a coinflip, he won. If he got in behind against two players, he found the winning combination of cards. There was simply no stopping the man, and that's why he is...more

NAPT Los Angeles: Day 5 levels 28-30 live updates (60k-120k-15k)

10.05pm: Joe Tehan is NAPT Los Angeles champion, winning $725,000 Chris DeMaci out in second, winning $440,000 Just like that, it's all over. Joe Tehan, who has eliminated every single player on the final table, completes the job and sends Chris DeMaci to the rail. The final hand started innocuously...more

USA vs Canada in Connect 4

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NAPT Los Angeles: Day 5 levels 25-27 live updates (30k-60k-5k)

5.35pm: Level over That's the end of level 27, and here are the latest counts: Joe Tehan - 11,105,000 Van Nguyen - 955,000 Al Grimes - 1,270,000 Ray Henson - 1,565,000 Chris DeMaci - 6,600,000 As you can see, Joe Tehan is the big boss. 5.30pm: Grimes grinding it out...more

NAPT Los Angeles: Final table player profiles

The final table of NAPT Los Angeles will begin at 2pm at the Crystal Casino, Compton. The full line up is as follows, and you can follow the blow-by-blow updates on PokerStars Blog. Chip-counts are available on the chip count page. A list of prizewinners so far is on the...more

NAPT Los Angeles Bounty Shootout: Nine survive shootout in Compton

The jokes had been floating around the NAPT Los Angeles Main Event for days. Added to the schedule at the eleventh hour, the Bounty Shootout would be held at the Crystal Casino, a Los Angeles-area gaming establishment located 15 miles south of downtown in the city of Compton. Some folks...more

The Year of the PokerStars Woman

by Rebekah Mercer It was supposed to be The Year of the Woman at the World Series of Poker. 2010 was touted as the year that women would finally make a big splash at the WSOP. Mike Matusow, seemingly the skeptic, even got into the act, by making his famous...more

Polchpolek pockets €190,000 at IPT Malta

by IPT Staff After a record 15 hours of play at the final table, Polish player Michal Polchpolek won €190,000 by lifting the title at PokerStars IPT Malta. He beat a field of 384 players before defeating Oleksandar Sharov in a marathon five-hour heads-up battle. The man from the Ukraine...more

11/16/10 Super Tuesday: Coilmaster85 stretches out to win

A field of 432 players found $1,050 in their accounts to play in this week's edition of the Super Tuesday on Pokerstars, creating a prize pool of $432,000 as the final 54 players get back at least double what they paid to enter. The bubble was burst when herdgolf's86's...more

16 November

NAPT Los Angeles Bounty Shootout: Round 1B, levels 5-10 updates (1,500-3,000-500)

2:44am: Bounty Shootout final table set Aside from those of us still pecking away at our laptops, Moshin Charania was the last man to exit the room, his ticket stamped to the final table. He will join Michael Mizrachi, Justin Young, Tom Marchese, Clint Coffee, Eric Baldwin, Kevin MacPhee, along...more

NAPT Los Angeles Bounty Shootout: Round 1B, levels 1-4 updates (200-400-50)

10:15pm: Movin' on up With the players moving into Level 5 with blinds of 500-1,000-100, we'll bring this post to a close and open up a fresh one. Please do follow us over to the Level 5-10 updates. 10:10pm: Alex Keating doubles through Brett Richey Alex Keating opened for 1,700,...more

NAPT Los Angeles: DeMaci leads Mercier after day of madness at the Bike

If ever a single hand can set a tone for an entire day of poker, we saw it here on day four of NAPT Los Angeles - and then watched in disbelief as the startling early promise was realized. The hand in question came within the first orbit of the...more

NAPT Los Angeles Bounty Shootout: Round 1A, levels 5-8 updates (1,000-2,000-200)

5:15pm: Flight A complete, Flight B to commence at 7 p.m. With the completion of Flight A, five of the nine final table spots have been filled. Michael Mizrachi, Justin Young, Tom Marchese, Eric Baldwin and Clint Coffee have all secured seats and earned $20,000 for winning their first-round tables....more

NAPT Los Angeles: Day 4 levels 23-25 live updates (20,000-40,000-4,000)

5:13pm: Myerson eliminated, final table set Alan Myerson was the shortest stack when they combined to one table for nine-handed play. He shoved on the very first hand, but didn't get called. Finally, after about one orbit, Myerson shoved again. Play folded to Ray Henson in the big blind. He...more

Pierre Neuville claims a Poker Grand Slam

by Friend of PokerStars Pierre Neuville It is with great pleasure that I can announce my qualification for EPT Barcelona on PokerStars. It's my 15th qualification in a row without missing a single one! There are 13 EPT events in a year... so I would like to think I have...more

NAPT Los Angeles Bounty Shootout: Round 1A, levels 1-4 updates (400-800-100)

2:30pm: To be continued With four levels in the books, we're going to close out this post and start a fresh one for the next four. 2:13pm: Grinder gets Aguiar Jon Aguiar, he of the curly coif and witty quips, has played his last hand in the bounty shootout. He...more

NAPT Los Angeles Bounty Shootout: Packin' Heat

After spending the last four days in Bell Gardens at the Bicycle Casino, we're a few exits south off the 710 freeway at the Crystal Casino where a very different tournament will play out today in front of ESPN's cameras. We are packed into a tiny space ringed with black...more

Now you can leave your comments

We know you enjoy reading our wide selection of poker news, live event coverage and blogs as much as we take pleasure in putting it all together. Up until now, however, it's been a bit of a one-way process: we write it, you read it. That's a little frustrating because,...more

APPT Cebu: Young-shin Im writes her page of history

A lot of attention gets paid in journalistic circles, in forum posts, at major live-poker festivals and in online-poker front offices about the participation of females in the game of poker. There's never been any doubt that females can become as equally phenomenal poker players as males can. For a...more

Twitter Poker League: Credit to Creo_william

by Joanne Haslam The Twitter tourneys may only have a $1.10 buy-in but you can't put a price on the bragging rights value of a win tweeted to the PokerStars world. #Tpoker followers know a Twitter win deserves special credit and @sibrov suggested a #tpoker winner should get a #tbracelet,...more

The Online Poker Show: Sunday Million, November 14

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APPT Cebu: Day 4, levels 26&27, blinds 25000-50000

7:58pm: Fabiano Michael eliminated in 2nd place; Young-shin Im is the first female champion in APPT history! After an extensive heads-up battle, Fabiano Michael and Young-shin Im somehow got 4 million chips in the pot pre-flop. Michael started by opening the button to 150,000, a raise of 100,000. Im went...more

Michael Polchlopek leads into IPT Malta final table

by IPT Staff The final table of PokerStars IPT Malta will be played today, with the title and €190,000 first prize up for grabs. Chip leader is Michael Polchlopek from Poland with 1,393,000 chips, followed by Johan Philip Sirback with 1,248,000 and Lars Jesper Persson with 1,082,000 chips. All finalists...more

APPT Cebu: Day 4, levels 24&25, blinds 15000-30000, ante 3000

7:14pm: Break Level 25 has ended. Young-shin Im and Fabiano Michael have been sent on a ten-minute break. 7:05pm: A rare showdown It really is slow going here in this heads-up battle. Young-shin Im seems to have gone into her shell after being quite aggressive once this table got short-handed,...more

15 November

APPT Cebu: Day 4, levels 22&23, blinds 10000-20000, ante 2000

4:49pm: Break time again The last three players have reached the next scheduled break. When they come back we'll be posting updates in a new post. 4:35pm: Family feud While we don't expect to see anything that will challenge the integrity of the game with our couple Young-shin Im and...more

NAPT Los Angeles: Day 4 seat draw

Here's the seat draw for day four of NAPT Los Angeles. Play begins at 1pm PST and the 19 remaining players will play down to a final table of eight, to be held on Wednesday. Seat draw for day four of NAPT Los Angeles Table one Seat 1 - Al...more

NAPT Los Angeles: DeMaci survives rough day for chip leaders

Day 3 of NAPT Los Angeles was not a great day to have "chip leader" attached to your name. If at any point a scribbling blogger counted down your stack and decided you now had more chips than anybody else, it seemed certain you would lose half if not all...more

NAPT Los Angeles: Day 3 wrap up

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APPT Cebu: Day 4, Levels 20&21, blinds 6000-12000, ante 1000

2:37pm: Break time The remaining five players are on a break. 2:34pm: Basilios Diakokomninos eliminated in 6th place American player and PokerStars Qualifier Basilios Diakokomninos open-shoved his last 113,000 into the middle preflop. Kim Gap Young was quick to call as the remaining players stepped aside. "I only saw one,"...more

NAPT Los Angeles: Day 3, levels 21-22 updates (10,000-20,000-2,000)

9:46pm: Demaci: "I run decent" There might have been someone across the street at Jamba Juice who didn't know, but everybody in this room knew Christopher Demaci and Mike Leah were about to get it all-in pre-flop for a big one. Only question was what they had. That was revealed...more

NAPT Los Angeles: Day 3 introduction

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NAPT Los Angeles: Day 3, levels 19-20 updates (6,000-12,000-1,000)

6.45pm: Level over That's the end of level 20. Join us in a sparkling new post for levels 21&22. 6:40pm: Reiman run down Tyler Reiman opened for 26,000, Jimmie Guinther three-bet to 66,000, Reiman shoved and Guinther called, turning over A♦Q♠ to Reiman's pocket tens. Reiman led on the K♥8♦5♦...more

NAPT Los Angeles: Day 3 levels 17-18 live updates (3,000-6,000-500)

3:58: Level 18 done With 48 players remaining, the tournament is on break. We'll be moving to a new live updates post which you can find on the homepage. 3.45pm: Porter done Rep Porter is out. He had a short stack and got it all in with small connectors, 6♠7♥,...more

APPT Cebu: Final Table Player Profiles

After three days of intense action on the poker felt of the Shangri La Mactan Resort and Spa in Cebu in the Philippines, our field of 236 have been reduced to the final nine in the PokerStars.net APPT Cebu Main Event. It's a diverse mix of players with seven different...more

NAPT Los Angeles: Day three seat draw

Here's the seat draw for day three at the NAPT Los Angeles event at the Bicycle Casino, Los Angeles. The plan on day three is to play seven 75-minute levels - the same as day two. The plan on day four is to reduce the field to a final table...more

It is not always important to gamble on Day 1

by Chad Brown I often get asked a lot of questions from people keen to improve their game. This is one that came in to my Facebook page this week after I made it through Day 1 of the PokerStars NAPT event in Los Angeles... Hi Chad, Big fan of...more

Why you should join me in the Bahamas for the PCA

by ElkY January 2008 was the turning point of my poker career. My victory then at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure will always be my best memory of a poker tournament. All my friends were there to root for me, and the thrill and excitement of winning is why we all...more

APPT Cebu: Kim Gap Young survives the storms

As the clouds rolled in and the thunderstorms arrived in Cebu, we thought all was safe inside the comforts of our humble poker tent at the Shangri-La Mactan Resort and Spa. The tournament floor today provided us with a few lulls in action but a couple enormous storms swept...more

PokerStars Women's Poker League heats up

by Amy Zupko The competition is beginning to heat up in the PokerStars Women's Leagues with a total of 1,329 women across the globe competing for that top spot and the grand prize of a Ladies Luxury Event Package. The women of PokerStars are more than ready for the challenge....more

APPT Cebu: Day 3, Level 20 (blinds 6000-12000, ante 1000)

7:05pm: Our final table is set! That's it from the Shangri-La Mactan Resort for today as we've reached the final table of nine in the PokerStars.net APPT Cebu Main Event. Here's how they will line up for the final table tomorrow: Seat 1: Richard En - 198,000 Seat 2: Jukka...more

Team PokerStars Online's Martha Herrera's talks poker

by Rebekah Mercer Martha Herrera found that playing online poker suited her busy lifestyle perfectly after being introduced to it at her husband's home game. Since then she has found great success playing online Sit & Gos and tournaments on PokerStars. In addition, Martha represented her home country of Mexico...more

Monnin in the money at FPS Lyon

by Henri Frey Christophe Monnin bagged an €88,444 payday yesterday by winning FPS Lyon. He topped a field of 324 players that generated a healthy €342,144 prize pool. Monnin's heads-up opponent was Jérémie Sarda from France who took second place for €56,450. The final action saw Sarda shove all-in with...more

APPT Cebu: Day 3, Levels 18 & 19 (blinds 5000-10000, ante 1000)

6:45pm: Ten-minute break 6:44pm: Rosen picks off another bluff A memo to all remaining players in the tournament: Mikael Rosen will own your soul. Rosen's been the player most capable of snapping off a bluff today and he's caught another bluffer. Rosen check-called a bet of 50,000 from Raymond Lapitan...more

DeadMoney843 needs new name after winning $227,364.20 in Sunday Million

For those looking for a little mid-November warmth, Los Angeles was the place to be for the North American Poker Tour stop at the Bicycle Casino. Hundreds of players gathered in sunny southern California for the live poker action this week, but thousands sought warmth elsewhere in the world in...more

14 November

NAPT Los Angeles: Heeere's Jimmie: Guinther gathers the most on day two

Talk to an Angeleno for more than about five minutes and the chances are you'll be discussing traffic. Much like the weather to Brits or iPhones to anyone who owns an iPhone, traffic is a tedious consuming obsession to the denizens of Southern California. "The freeway was pretty clear this...more

APPT Cebu: Day 3, Levels 16 & 17 (blinds 3000-6000, ante 500)

4:30pm: Ten-minute break 4:29pm: Valero doesn't make the break On the final hand before the players took their break, Roberto Vincent Valero was all in once again, this time with A♥K♦ up against the J♥9♣ of Kim Gab Yong. The board ran out 9♠2♦Q♦T♥8♥ to give Yong a straight and...more

jusepe236 outlasts pesky bugstud to capture 11/14/10 Sunday Warm-Up

Days are getting shorter. Nights longer. And like the leaves from the trees, temperatures are starting to drop. Sneaks up fast, doesn't it? You're walking around in short sleeves one day, then suddenly you're looking for a jacket or something with which to keep warm. Meanwhile, the tourney action remained...more

APPT Cebu: Day 3, Levels 14 & 15 (blinds 2000-4000, ante 400)

2:15pm: Ten-minute break 2:10pm: En pays back Hinrichsen "Now I feel like I don't owe you anymore," Richard En told Andy Hinrichsen after their last battle. "We're even." Hinrichsen had moved all in pre-flop for 52,700 with A♠Q♥ and was called by En's 8♠8♥. It was an ace in the...more

APPT Cebu: The fight becomes a war

Tournament poker can be a long and arduous adventure, with many tiring days spent slugging it out on the green felt in the hope of heading home with a profit. For some, the riches make it all very rewarding, but for others it's a ruthlessly painful battle that may be...more

NAPT Los Angeles: Day 2, levels 14-16 updates (2,500-5,000-500)

11:16pm: Night night The clock has ticked down to zero and the chip are falling in the bags. We'll have a wrap up and chip counts in a bit. 10:53: Say hello to your new chip leader Amidst the carnage that followed the bubble, Jimmie Guinther has emerged as the...more

NAPT Los Angeles: Day 2, levels 12-13 updates (1,000-2,000-200)

6:42pm: Players take a ten-minute break And with that, this post will come to a close and a new one will be opened for Levels 14 and 15. 6:40pm: Aguiar ousted Jon Aguiar got the rest of his chips in the middle before the flop with K♣Q♠ and Nicholas Verkaik...more

NAPT Los Angeles: Day 2 Levels 10-11 live updates (800-1,600-200)

3:45pm: Players on break Level 11 has come to a close. Players are off to break. We'll be closing out this update post and starting a new one on the homepage in a matter of minutes. 3.30pm: Middleton back at the top Tom Middleton is back in charge of this...more

NAPT Los Angeles: Day two introduction and seat draw

This morning, the breakfast buffet at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles, served cantaloupe and pineapple in chunks, rather than the slices it had offered on the previous two days. It's a largely irrelevant observation, banal even, but it allows us to say that today's poker (much like that cantaloupe...more

APPT Cebu: Day 3 Table Draw

Our field of 236 entrants has been reduced to just 35 players who will return on Day 3 of the PokerStars.net APPT Cebu Main Event. Only 28 will reach the money as they then strive to reach a final table berth by the day's end. Here's how they will lineup...more

APPT Cebu: Kim lands the biggest punches to take Day 2 lead

Pound for pound, Manny Pacquiao may be the greatest boxer of this generation. He is the pride of the Philippines, a boxer who began his career as a light flyweight and has captured world championships in eight different weight classes. Where some boxers try to slug it out, Pacquiao is...more

FPS Lyon makes quartet of live events

by Henri Frey APPT Cebu and NAPT Los Angeles were already under way, then IPT Malta started - and now FPS Lyon has begun as well. It's a quartet of live PokerStars events (we're not just about online poker, you know). Lyon saw a field of 324 gather for Day...more

Castelluccio maintains IPT Malta momentum

by IPT Staff Sergio Castelluccio, who has already won IPT San Remo this year, is leader at the end of Day 2 of IPT Malta with 801,500 chips. When you're guaranteed a minimum payout of at least €3,100 for finishing in the money, life can seem pretty sweet. But for...more

APPT Cebu: Day 2, Level 13, blinds 1500-3000, ante 300

8:22pm: Play concludes Day 2 is done. Korean Kim Gab Yong is the far-and-away chip leader with a count of 393,600. No other player has more than 250,000. Look for a complete recap of the Day 2 events -- and chip counts of all the survivors -- later tonight. 8:17pm:...more

APPT Cebu: Day 2, Levels 11&12, blinds 800-1600, ante 200

7:07pm: Last break of the day The players are once again on a break. They'll play one more level tonight. 7:04pm: King Yoon Daren Yoon entered today with just 8,050 chips for one of the shortest stacks in the room. But he turned it around in remarkable style, riding a...more

13 November

APPT Cebu: Day 2, Level 9&10, blinds 600-1200, ante 100

4:57pm: Break time Players are on their second break of the day. 4:43pm: Battle of the Ashes brewing We wandered over to check on the progress of our last remaining Team PokerStars Pro, Australian Tony Hachem, and caught him in the middle of a three-way hand. Hachem fired 2,600...more

NAPT Los Angeles: Frederiksen floats to the top of Day 1B pack

There's a reason people live here. A reason that nearly ten million souls crowd the freeways, boulevards, and hillsides of Los Angeles County. Some come seeking stardom, others chasing a different sort of California dream. They breathe in the smog, fight the traffic, pay $7 for valet parking, brace themselves...more

APPT Cebu: A tale of two main events

Day 2 of the 2010 PokerStars.net APPT Cebu Main Event starts with a PokerStars qualifier in the chip lead, several Team Pros circling the top of the counts, and the focus of the entire Filipino nation on a 24-foot-by-24-foot patch of Dallas, Texas. Improbably, for the second year in a...more

APPT Cebu: Day 2, Levels 7&8, blinds 400-800, ante 75

2:44pm: Break time Players are on a ten-minute break. Enjoy the rain, guys and gals! 2:39pm: And now, a thunderstorm As we've mentioned a few times, the tournament is being held in a tent in a back corner of the Shangri-La Mactan property. We're also in what is essentially a...more

NAPT Los Angeles: Day 1b Levels 5-9 live updates (500-1,000-100)

11:12pm: Day 1B complete Day 1B is now over. We're nailing down the chip leaders right now and will have a full wrap-up in just a bit. 10:39pm: Negreanu has heart With a limp in front of him, Daniel Negreanu made it 3,700 to play. He got calls in both...more

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NAPT Los Angeles: Day 1B, Levels 1-4 (150-300)

5:27: Break time Players are on a 15-minute break. We'll be closing out this post and moving on to a fresh one to start Level 5. You'll find that on the top of the home page in just a few minutes. 5:20pm: Too Little too late Markus Gonsalves opened for...more

NAPT Los Angeles: Day 1B (the B stands for "bigger)

The people who have done this kind of tournament directing before have a mental barometer for how these tournaments work. Said barometers are now pointing toward "bigger," as in, bigger than yesterday, bigger than the last tournament, bigger than expected. Oh, there are good reasons for it. Today is Saturday,...more

APPT Cebu: Day 2 Table Draw

The 2010 PokerStars.net APPT Cebu Main Event attracted a total number of 236 entrants. 37 players survived Day 1a while 90 made it safely through Day 1b, as the remaining 127 players will return tomorrow for Day 2 action. Here's how they will line up: Table 1 Seat: 1: Joe...more

APPT Cebu: Puno is numero uno on day 1b

For many of the 236 players who ventured to Cebu this week, their time here was about more than just a poker tournament. With the Shangri-La Mactan Resort and Spa offering so much off-the-felt action, the APPT Cebu is a truly the ultimate in poker-travel destinations. Win some flips and...more

Michal Polchlopek takes IPT Malta Day 1B lead

by IPT Staff Day 1B of IPT Malta saw a further 246 players clock in. Added to day 1A's field, that makes a total entry of 385 players. The bumper field at the Hilton Casino means the event is looking at a tidy €746,900 prize pool, of which €190,000 will...more

APPT Cebu: Day 1B, Levels 5 & 6 (blinds 300-600, ante 50)

7:20pm: Day 1b is in the books That brings an end to our day here at the PokerStars.net APPT Cebu Main Event. It looked like the chip lead was going to be with Richard En but it was the late surge of local Filipino Ronaldo "Mike" Puno that took the...more

12 November

NAPT Los Angeles: Grippo squeezing chip lead on Day 1a

It's a well-worn story that has the starry-eyed optimist make his or her way across the western United States to a city that can turn simple copywriters into the world's biggest stars. It is, too, a long-told tale that has those hopefuls doing little more than turning into the city's...more

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

5:10pm: Ten-minute break 5:08pm: Celina bids farewell On the final hand before the break, we lost one of our PokerStars Team Asia Pros in Celina Lin. Lin was battling with a short stack for most of the last level, but finally succumbed when her last chips went in on a...more

APPT Cebu: Day 1B, Levels 1 & 2 (blinds 100-200)

3:00pm: Ten-minute break 2:58pm: Van mucks perfect-perfect Joe Cabret has been eliminated when his last chips were in preflop with Q♦Q♠ against an opponent's K♣K♥, as Van Marcus claimed to have folded two black tens. The flop was a rather dramatic 5♣Q♥K♦ to give both players a set, but the...more

APPT Cebu: The morning after the night before

The morning after the night before. The feeling around the breakfast buffet this morning was definitely one of lethargy following an amazing beach party last night here at the Shangri-La Mactan Resort in Cebu. Hundreds of people filled the beach and enjoyed some of the best food around, free drinks...more

NAPT Los Angeles: Levels 5-9 live updates (400-800-100)

11.20pm: Done Day 1A of NAPT Los Angeles is over. Nicholas Gripo is the chip leader with 235,100, marginally ahead of Thomas Middleton, whose quads in the last few hands took a huge chunk out of Matt Woodward. 11:10pm: Middleton's quads decimate Woodward We only saw this one on the...more

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NAPT Los Angeles: Day 1A levels 1-4 live updates (150-300)

5.30pm: Level done That's the end of level four, and players are heading away for a 15 minute break. 5.15pm: Annette tackles the big stack It'll take more than a 140,000 chip stack to frighten Annette Obrestad, and she just demonstrated her willingness to tangle with the tournament chip leader,...more

NAPT Los Angeles: Welcome to the City of Angels

If ever there was a city designed to host a poker tournament, it is Los Angeles, California. Ever since movie moguls descended on this particular wandering sprawl sometime in the 1920s, more wannabes have landed here with a dream than perhaps any other city in the world. For a lucky...more

APPT Cebu: Hinrichsen dreaming in paradise

Andrew Hinrichsen has been around the poker tour for the last two years. In that time he's acquired a few 1st-place finishes, a few 2nd-place finishes, and a handful of other cashes. One thing that has eluded him, however, is that holy grail to professional poker players - the six-figure...more

NAPT LA: Watch out, the Canadians are coming!

by Pat Pezzin I just landed in Los Angeles and I am really looking forward to be playing the NAPT LA Main Event at the Bike. It will be my first live event since busting the WSOP Main Event on Day 3 back in July. Despite the dry spell of...more

Just a few days left to qualify for EPT Barcelona

A host of top pros have won seats to PokerStars EPT Barcelona in the last week including Team PokerStars Pro Toni Judet, EPT Snowfest runner-up Russell Carson, EPT6 Vilamoura winner Antonio Matias, Canadian chess whizz Jeff Sarwer, EPT London High Roller finalist Fabian Quoss and EPT4 Dortmund finalist Diego Perez...more

I'd rather be lucky AND good, by Vanessa Selbst

by Vanessa Selbst As poker players, we know theoretically that there are many factors beyond our control that are subject to luck, but we never really dissect just how they come into play. We lament the two-outers we suffer and celebrate the flushes that come in on the river. But...more

Sergio Castelluccio surges to IPT Malta chip lead

We're used to seeing the PokerStars Italian Poker Tour stopping off at various destinations around the country, but now it has set sail and moored at the beautiful island of Malta. One man who is enjoying the sea breeze is Day 1A chip leader Sergio Castelluccio, from Italy, with 159,100....more

APPT Cebu: Day 1A, Levels 5&6, blinds 200-400 ante 50

6:41pm: The chip bags are out Day 1A of the 2010 PokerStars.net APPT Cebu Main Event is complete. Of the 75 players that started the day, it looks like 42 have made it through to Day 2. They're headed by Andrew Hinrichsen, who bagged up 124,900 in chips. He seems...more

11 November

APPT Cebu: Day 1A, Level 3&4, blinds 100-200 ante 25

4:31pm: Break time again We've reached the second break. Players will return in 10 minutes to play the last two levels of the day. 4:21pm: Grigg tames the wolf With a raise from Tom Grigg before him, Michael Wolf moved all in for his last 6,200 with A♣K♥. Grigg made...more

APPT Cebu: Day 1A, Levels 1&2, blinds 50-100

2:20pm: Break time! Two levels are in the books. Players are on their first ten-minute break of the day. 2:05pm: Le Jossec flushes two Our early chip leader is Canadian Gabriel Le Jossec after a brutal and rather bizarre hand saw a double knockout to leave Le Jossec behind a...more

APPT Cebu: From mango daiquiris to high-stakes poker

It's a beautiful morning here in Cebu at the Shangri-La Mactan Resort and Spa, with brilliant blue skies, balmy 90F (32C) sunshine and lush green tropical surroundings everywhere the eye can see. The staff are hard at work preparing for Day 1A of the 2010 PokerStars.net Asia Pacific Poker Tour...more

Liv Boeree - how the brainiac took the catwalk to PokerStars

by Sue Carswell It defies stereotypes that a fashion model amassed €1,250,000 in this past April's PokerStars EPT San Remo. On the other hand, you probably would think an astrophysics major (who graduated from the University of Manchester) might well indeed score this major victory. With Olivia "Liv" Boeree, you...more

Baby needs new shoes, by Julian Thew

by Julian Thew Poker is a pretty unique career path to take. I remember when I took the plunge and went pro nearly six years back. Earnings were the primary reason for the decision but I recognised that the flexible working hours would really enhance our lifestyle. And that's pretty...more

Nick Wealthall: Getting a handle on my blog

by Nick Wealthall So my blog has become a bit like the door handle that goes into my living room and barely works - it comes out of its socket in your hand 20% of the times you use it. It has needed writing for ages like my handle needs...more

The Online Poker Show: Sunday Million, November 7

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10 November

Poker in paradise at APPT Cebu

Poker in paradise. It's a simple statement but one which offers so much to the hundreds of poker players, staff, media and the odd WAG (wives and girlfriends), who have found their way to Cebu in the Philippines for the fourth stop on Season Four of the PokerStars.net Asia Pacific...more

Dan "Lenny" Heimiller denies DuckU back-to-back, wins 11/9/10 Super Tuesday

This week's $1,050 buy-in Super Tuesday tourney attracted a field of 349, making for a total prize pool of $349,000, which meant the event's $300K guarantee had been met once again. The top 45 finishers would get a share of that prize pool, with the first-place finisher set to receive...more

8 November

WSOP November Nine: Jonathan Duhamel captures Canada's first championship bracelet

Jonathan Duhamel had faced countless opponents in his long march to the World Series of Poker Final table and the heads-up battle that would decide the 2010 world champion, but none so insistent and unforgiving as the expectation he foisted upon himself. He said at every turn that he would...more

WSOP November Nine: Duhamel earns back big lead after Racener doubles

Analyzing heads up poker without access to hole cards is even more pointless than analyzing full ring poker without access to any poker knowledge whatsoever. But as we have done that for getting on six years now, we'll give this other game a stab. It was plain in the pre-match...more

WSOP November Nine: The first moments of heads-up play

And so we've reached the moment at which Jonathan Duhamel and John Racener sit down eye to eye. In the moments leading up to the match, Duhamel came off the Rio's Ipanema Tower elevator flanked by an entourage of two burly fans. Duhamel's ears were stuffed with white buds. He...more

WSOP November Nine: Duhamel leads from the front in quest for $9 million

It's not easy being a chip leader. Ever since the World Series Main Event revised its format to give us the November Nine, the chip leader at the end of the summer section has never won the bracelet. Even before that it was far from a foregone conclusion that pre-final...more

PokerStars improves software again

Yet again the boffins in white coats in the PokerStars Science Lab* have come up with a new batch of improvements to your software. The changes will go live in the next few days, once you've downloaded the update. Here's what is coming your way. Deep breathe - there's loads.....more

Team PokerStars Pro out in force in Barcelona

More than 30 members of Team PokerStars Pro are heading for Barcelona this month to compete in the fifth event of EPT Season 7, writes Mad Harper. Among the stars taking part will be Daniel "KidPoker" Negreanu who has now put himself firmly on the EPT map after a great...more

Twitter Poker League: A win in the new season for coucher11

A new season of the Twitter Poker League began on Sunday. The decision has been made to restructure the Twitter Poker League to make it easier for players to follow; no more mid-monthly week ones or confusing season endings at the beginning of a month. Now each league season...more

Huge win for Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Selbst

When PokerStars welcomed Vanessa Selbst to its Pro stable earlier this year, it knew she was a winner. High profile victories, most recently in the NAPT Mohegan Sun main event in April, would confirm that, and it would not be long before she added to her impressive tournament record. Sure...more

NickDandolos walks away a winner from 11/7/10 Sunday Million

On a day when much of the poker world's attention remains fixed on Las Vegas -- site of the still-concluding final table of the 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event (details here) -- a larger-than-average field of 8,260 players took to the mouse and keyboard for the first Sunday...more

7 November

Sunday Warm-up: LeComptedeMC spins a victory after three-way chop

Jonathan Duhamel will be flying the PokerStars flag tomorrow as the World Series of Poker's Main Event will come to an end with 8.9 million dollars on the line at the Rio. Duhamel has a six to one chip lead and only John Racener standing in his way from becoming...more

MPCC TOC: Levels 13 - 17 (blinds 8000-16000, ante 2000)

Congratulations Naoki Takiguchi - winner of the MPCC TOC (HK$57,050) A huge congratulations go out to Japan's Naoki Takiguchi - our champion of champions! The day start out with 26 of Asia's finest players - all champions in their own right - with qualification for this event open only to...more

MPCC TOC: Levels 9 - 12 (blinds 1500-3000, ante 400)

12:00am: Ten-minute break 11:55pm: Masayoshi Oshiyama eliminated in 5th place (HK$11,414) Once the bubble burst, Masayoshi Oshiyama didn't waste any time in getting his gamble on as he committed his 40,000-chip stack in a battle of the blinds with Julian Hasse. Oshiyama raised the small blind, Hasse moved all in...more

MPCC TOC: Levels 5 - 8 (blinds 500-1000, ante 100)

9:30pm: 30-minute dinner break The ten remaining players are off to grab a quick bite before returning at 10:00pm local time (GMT+8). 9:25pm: Final table lineup In the final minutes of the level we lost Sungling Li at the hands of the giant-killing Naoki Takiguchi to leave us at our...more

WSOP November Nine: Duhamel the Destroyer books date with destiny

On Friday afternoon in Las Vegas, the day before the final table of the World Series of Poker began, Jonathan Duhamel, chip leader, told reporters of his ambition for the coming weekend. "I am playing to win," he said. "I'm not going to be happy if I come second." After...more

WSOP November Nine: Mizrachi, Candio eliminated

Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi was a lot of things to the November Nine. He was the best known of the players. He was the man with the roller-coaster backstory. He was the man who had the chance to be the first WSOP Main Event champion with the letter "z" in...more

MPCC TOC: Levels 1 - 4 (blinds 150-300, ante 25)

7:10pm: Ten-minute break 7:00pm: Huang joins the TOC It looks like Bryan Huang has been eliminated from the rebuy side event as he's now taken his place in the Tournament of Champions field. Huang is now left to anxiously sweat the progress of fellow Team PokerStars Pro Raymond Wu who...more

MPCC Tournament of Champions

While most of the poker world today is fixated on the excitement emanating from Las Vegas and the November Nine, Macau is another world away as the PokerStars Macau poker room hosts its own battle for the ages. Welcome back to the luxurious Grand Lisboa Hotel and Casino as we...more

WSOP November Nine: The 70 million chip curse

Johnathan Duhamel started today with 65,975,000 chips. He was the leader. He had more chips than any player had ever brought to a World Series final table. And he needed to win only 4,025,000 more of them to break the 70 million chip barrier, the first player to do so...more

6 November

WSOP November Nine: Beware the race

If you have come to the belief that poker is nothing but a series of won and lost races, this November Nine performance will do nothing to change your mind. When Jonathan Duhamel called John Dolan's all-in and Dolan turned over Q♦5♦, we thought, "Finally, we could see an elimination...more

WSOP November Nine: Senti sent packing in thriller

And then there was one. The news here at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas is that Jason Senti's World Series of Poker is over. He has just busted in seventh place, earning $1,356,720 for his troubles, leaving Johnathan Duhamel as the final PokerStars player remaining. But it's testament to...more

WSOP November Nine: Indigestion and the poker playing response

As the game of poker grows increasingly toward the realm of the mainstream, the study of random tournament statistics becomes more and more in depth. For instance, as we noted this summer, Team PokerStars Pro Joe Cada will survive this year as the WSOP champion with the fewest letters in...more

WSOP November Nine: Ups and downs after dinner

Tournament poker has always been such that fortunes can fluctuate in a matter of minutes. One big hand, one cooler, one suck-out or one dastardly play and a zero can become a hero--or vice versa. We've now returned from the dinner break, and the players have retaken their seats....more

WSOP November Nine: What's good for Senti is good for Duhamel

At the beginning of this summer, Jason Senti had never met a guy called Jonathan Duhamel, and Duhamel similarly had no knowledge of Senti. But as the two of them donned their PokerStars patches and sliced through the massive World Series Main Event field, they started to spend more and...more

WSOP November Nine: Duhamel loses his four-month chip lead

The ruckus rose up from the padded seats of the Penn and Teller Theater. At first it could be mistaken for a chant of "U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!", but the French-Canadian accent gave it away. "Duh-ha-mel! Du-ha-mel! Du-hamel!" It was chip-leader Jonathan Duhamel's rail singing the call of a crowd that's...more

WSOP November Nine: Duhamel takes the rough with the smooth

In some quarters, Jonathan Duhamel has been portrayed as the arch villain of the November Nine. With the black hoodie, the crooked smirk and the biggest stack of all, it's easy to cast him as the evil emperor blasting through those less powerful. There was also the now infamous hand...more

WSOP November Nine: Jason Senti's courtship of Lady Luck

Jason Senti knew a long time ago that he was going to need a little luck to crawl out of the cellar. He knew it when he finished playing last summer. He knew it last week when we interviewed him. He knew it when he walked in today. He just...more

WSOP November Nine: Senti starts the long climb

Over the past four months, Jason Senti estimates he has done at least one media interview per day. And the question he has answered more often than any other has been: "What will you do with $9m if you win it?" Senti was sensible enough not to promise anything too...more

WSOP November Nine: And so it begins

There was a 6'5" Sasquatch in the hallway. He was friendlier than we had seen in the commercials, but we hadn't tested his patience. He wandered from person to person in his Jacks Link's beef jerky t-shirt. He posed for photos and didn't kick anyone in the head. It was...more

WSOP November Nine: The final countdown

"I've thought about it every single day. It has changed my life in every way." So said Jonathan Duhamel, chip leader of the Main Event of the World Series of Poker, during his final round of media interviews yesterday afternoon in Las Vegas. Like his eight adversaries returning to the...more

Julian Hasse claims MPCC crown

The Macau Poker Cup Championship may only be in its second year, but it has now established itself as one of the premiere tournaments in Asia and cemented its place on the Australasian poker calendar. You only have to take a look at the calibre and diversity of the 254...more

MPCC Day 3: Level 22 (blinds 12000-24000, ante 3000)

8:35pm: Kelly Flynn eliminated in 2nd place; Julian Hasse wins! It's only Level 22 of the tournament and the players started heads up 100BBs deep, but as predicted, this wild ride didn't slow down as Kelly Flynn has been eliminated in second place to leave Germany's Julian Hasse as the...more

Friederich Dollenz wins €104,484 at RPS Sharm-El-Sheikh

by RPS staff Friederich Dollenz, 47, won £104,484.00 in the late hours of Saturday at the final table of RPS Sharm-El-Sheikh. Dollenz beat a field of 212 players here in Sharm-El-Sheikh, where the Russian Poker Series generated a massive €380,434.00 prize pool. His heads-up opponent was Ernst Hermans from Netherlands,...more

MPCC Day 3: Levels 20 & 21 (blinds 10000-20000, ante 2000)

6:50pm: Dinner break The dinner bell has rung and our remaining three players will be taking one hour to freshen up and grab a bite to eat. We'll be back at 7:50pm local time. Approximate chip counts at the dinner break: Kelly Flynn - 2,500,000 Julian Hasse - 1,550,000 Wee...more

5 November

MPCC Day 3: Level 19 (blinds 6000-12000, ante 1000)

4:40pm: Ten-minute break 4:38pm: The rich get richer Takashi Ogura has moved up the leaderboard while Kelly Flynn has extended his chip lead as the level has drawn to a close. Ogura collected a decent pot at showdown with A♥J♥ against Julian Hasse's dominated A♠5♥ on an ace-high board. Ogura...more

MPCC Day 3: Levels 17 & 18 (blinds 5000-10000, ante 1000)

2:10pm: Ten-minute break 2:08pm: Dodds gets involved It was a wild end to the level for Australian Joel Dodds. After sitting patiently for most of that level, Dodds decided to get involved by moving all in on a flop of 2♥3♥A♥. His opponent was Richard Hu, who had bet 100,000...more

In Like Flynn at Macau Poker Cup Championship

A long day in the PokerStars Macau poker room in the Grand Lisboa Casino has seen our field of 141 players reduced to the terrific twenty. It took ten full levels of play to reach that point, with some early carnage, some tense moments around the bubble, and a late...more

MPCC Day 2: Levels 15 & 16 (blinds 3000-6000, ante 500)

12:00pm: That's a wrap! The last three hands on each table didn't produce any casualties as our final 20 players will survive to reach the final day of play tomorrow. It looks like Kelly Flynn will bag up the overnight chip lead with 615,000, ahead of Chi Chen with 550,000....more

BREAKING: NAPT Los Angeles to host Bounty Shootout on ESPN2

This just in from the North American Poker Tour Headquarters (which this week is set up in the City of Angels): In addition to what is sure to be a packed $5,000 Main Event at NAPT Los Angeles, the NAPT will now be hosting a $5,250 Bounty Shootout. Known within...more

MPCC Day 2: Levels 13 & 14 (blinds 2000-4000, ante 400)

9:45pm: Ten-minute break The 32 remaining players will have a little longer to think about avoiding becoming the bubble boy as the players take a ten-minute break. 9:40: Bubble time It looks like we're now down to our final 32 players which means we're on the bubble! We're one elimination...more

MPCC Day 2: Levels 11 & 12 (blinds 1200-2400, ante 300)

6:30pm: Dinner break The 50 remaining players are now off to enjoy a 75-minute dinner break. We'll be back at 7:45pm local time. 6:20pm: Laidlaw jacked off Daniel Laidlaw is having a rough trot at the moment. After pure bubbling the PokerStars.net ANZPT Darwin Main Event last week, Laidlaw was...more

4 November

MPCC Day 2: Levels 9 & 10 (blinds 800-1600, ante 200)

4:20pm: Ten-minute break 4:10pm: Fifth pair river call Maxim Semisoshenko has just made a terrific river call that brought applause from his table, with the exception of Justin Chan who was caught with his hand in the cookie jar. The board read K♦7♠8♣2♦J♠ when we arrived at the table to...more

MPCC Day 2: Levels 7 & 8 (blinds 500-1000, ante 100)

2:10pm: Ten-minute break 2:00pm: A double Stecker Mike Stecker moved all in from late position for his last 11,500 chips with pocket fours with Yann Pauchon making the call on the button with A♥J♦. The board ran out 8♠K♣6♠8♣4♥ to give Stecker a full house and a double up to...more

Final table set at RPS Egypt

by RPS staff After three days of play, the Russian Poker Series event in Sharm-El-Sheikh Egypt is down to the final table. Thirty-six players started on Day 3 and played well into Friday morning before reaching the final nine players. Among the notable players finishing in the money: Alexander Nudin:...more

WSOP November Nine: (Almost) Everything you need to know

Twenty-four hours from now, we'll be in the air and traveling west at several hundred miles per hour. Upon landing, we'll leave our planes with the throngs of Las Vegas hopefuls, make our way to the taxi line, and order our drivers toward the Rio. Inside the giant purple towers,...more

Russia leading the way in Macau

It was the second and final opportunity for players to front up a lazy HK$20,000 for their shot as becoming the next champion of poker in Asia as Day 1b of the Macau Poker Cup Championship kicked off in the Grand Lisboa Casino today. A massive field of 152 players...more

EPT Barcelona to host €50k side event

Looking for some fun, cheap, and possibly lucrative side action at EPT Barcelona? PokerStars has you covered. PokerStars has just announced a guaranteed €50,000 side tourney that will run November 27 at 13:00. The €300 + €30 is open to all players and a great chance to win a little...more

MPCC Day 1b: Levels 5 & 6 (blinds 300-600, ante 50)

8:30pm: MPCC Day 1b wraps up That brings an end to the day's proceedings from the PokerStars Macau poker room in the Grand Lisboa Hotel and Casino in Macau. The second flight of the Macau Poker Cup Championship has seen approximately 85 players navigate their way through six levels of...more

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

6:20pm: Ten-minute break 6:05pm: Guarantee blown away With 152 entrants today combined with the 102 from yesterday, we have an official number of 254 entrants for the 2010 Macau Poker Cup Championship. This is an excellent result for PokerStars Macau as the prize pool will smash the HK$3.5 million guarantee....more

3 November

MPCC Day 1b: Levels 1 & 2 (blinds 100-200)

4:10pm: Ten-minute break 2010 Asia Player of the Year race is heating up! The ten MPCC championship events this week will also count as points towards the Asia Player of the Year leaderboard. It's been a tightly contested race all year, with Bryan Huang holding the lead ahead of fellow...more

Thirty-six remain at RPS Egypt

by Russian Poker Series staff After nine hours of play, the field of 124 players that started Day 2 has been reduced to 36. Those runners now move on to Day 3 where most will make the money in Sharm-El-Sheikh. Evgenij Agafonov from Russian Federation began the day with 64,725...more

Strong day for Strong Play at Macau Poker Cup Championship

Day 1a of the 2010 Macau Poker Cup Championship is in the books with 60 players surviving six levels of play to reach day two action. There were patches of the aggressive play that we have come to expect from players in this region, but the eliminations were slow early...more

Then and now at the WSOP final table

In a matter of less than 48 hours, the PokerStars Blog team will be on the ground to cover its sixth WSOP final table. Our notebooks are new, our pens full of ink, our laptops top of the line. All we lack is the patience to climb up into the...more

Super Tuesday 11/2/10: DuckU wins marathon final table

While today was Election Day in the US, a field of 403 players from around the world elected to put up $1,000 in the first Super Tuesday of November. The field created a prize pool of $403,000 with the winning candidate expected to earn over $77,000. Unfortunately for the...more

MPCC Day 1a: Levels 5 & 6 (blinds 300-600, ante 50)

8:30pm: MPCC Day 1a in the books That's a wrap from the PokerStars Macau poker room on Day 1a of the Macau Poker Cup Championship as 60 players have survived to reach day two action. In the final minutes of play, Australian Joel Dodds was able to improve his stack...more

MPCC Day 1a: Levels 3 & 4 (blinds 150-300, ante 25)

6:20pm: Ten-minute break 6:10pm: Getting aggressive Recently joining the table of Julian Powell and Dan Neilson is fellow Aussie Joel Dodds as the boys sit three in a row on table 12. It's certainly creating an interesting dynamic as the boys flex their muscle with some aggressive raises. First it...more

2 November

MPCC Day 1a: Levels 1 & 2 (blinds 100-200)

4:10pm: Ten-minute break 3:50pm: Spets strikes Our early chip leader appears to be Sweden's Roger Spets who just took another healthy pot from David Steicke. The board read A♠K♠7♦9♣J♦ when Steicke called the bet of 2,500 from Spets who showed A♦K♣. Steicke mucked and is down to just a few...more

Macau Poker Cup Championship: Season finale in Asia's gambling capital

Macau has a long and deep tradition in gaming and gambling. From 1962 the gambling industry was operated under a government-issued monopoly license, but when that monopoly ended in 2002, several overseas operators entered the market and Macau experienced its own boom. With the opening of the Sands Macau in...more

Russian Poker Series Egypt event down to 124 players

The Russian Poker Series event in Sharm-El-Sheikh Egypt kicked off today with a field of 212 runners playing for a €380,434 prize pool. Among the those sitting down today were Team PokerStars Pros Ivan Demidov, Maxim Likov, Vadim Markushevskiy, Jose Ignacio Barbero, and Angel Guillen. Each one of them began...more

10-31-10 PokerStars Sunday Million

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Jason Senti: Short-stacked star in the making

It was as if fate's spotlight operator came off his coffee break and flipped a switch. Jason Senti--once known only to some local music fans and dedicated online grinders--was about to be a star. After years of playing in a working band with modest success, Senti was set to be...more

Twitter Poker League: A win for win32shost

by Jo Haslam What do you do if you're playing a tournament and there are Trick-or-Treaters knocking at the door? Do you leave it, risking mischief, or answer the door and risk timing out when you might have a big hand? This very discussion came up at the Twitter tourney...more

Katja Thater on traveling with the pros

By Rebekah Mercer Traveling to some of the world's most exotic and luxurious destinations for PokerStars is just part of the job for Katja Thater. For about three months out of the year, she is on the road (or in the air). That's a lot of miles to rack up...more

1 November

Poker and beauty converge in Austria for EPT Ladies Event

by Mad Harper The image of Sisi, Empress of Austria, is prolific in Vienna. There are Sisi walking tours, Sisi exhibitions, Sisi gift shops. The beautiful wife of Franz Joseph I was as much an icon for 19th century Europe as Britain's Princess Diana was for the late 20th...more

The Jerney family's campaign to conquer the EPT

by Mad Harper Kati Jerney first hit the international limelight in Season 5 with a heroically deep run at the PokerStars.eu European Poker Tour tournament in San Remo, Italy. She was the last woman standing, or rather sitting, at the €5,300 event and eventually finished 15th for €30,850. Here at...more

Tony Hachem wins ANZPT Player of the Year...again!

The accomplishment of winning Player of the Year on any tour is an achievement that should be a source of pride for anyone. When you're a Team PokerStars Pro (and have a target on your chest at all times) it's even more special to do it on your home turf....more

Duhamel, Senti days away from November Nine seats

For most people, you will simply need to look north and squint very hard to see the two planes that will carry two PokerStars players toward their destiny. Quebec's Jonathan Duhamel and Minnesota's Jason Senti are headed to Las Vegas this weekend to join the 2010 World Series of Poker...more

PokerStars Sunday tournament results (10-31-10)

Halloween. It's the day you put on clothes you wouldn't normally wear, cover your true nature, and beg strangers for hand-outs. It's also, perhaps not coincidentally, the last big poker day of October and the one that sees the online tables overflowing with action. The PokerStars bloggers has a monster...more

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