January 2011

31 January

Lucien Cohen wins EPT Deauville and €880,000

When it comes to big buy-in poker sometimes the script is torn up and simply thrown out of the window. Other times the script is just too weird to take seriously. Today we got both, one that involved an underdog winner, a giant plastic rat and a new French...more

EPT Deauville: The final table


WBCOOP 2011 crowns its champions

The PokerStars Blog would like to congratulate dexali for winning the 2011 World Blogger Championship of Online Poker and nearly $5,000 worth of tournament tickets to SCOOP and the Sunday Million. The win came at the end of a big week for the world's poker bloggers. 2011 WBCOOP consisted of...more

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

6.50pm: Glorious summary on its way Stephen Bartley is literally covered in blood, sweat and tears* due to his frantic finishing off of the Season 7 EPT Deauville wrap. That will be with you shortly. In the meantime you can check out the payout and prizes page to see...more

PokerStars Sunday tournament results (1-30-11)

Let me be clear: I will not, under any circumstances, for any amount of money, nor any promise of fortune sit down at a poker table with Vanessa Selbst. She is a fine woman and as nice as you could ever want. However, the prospect of playing against her is...more

EPT Deauville: Final table, level 26 cont., 27 & 28 (blinds 40,000-80,000, ante 5,000)

3.40pm: Continued action For continued action from the EPT Deauville final table, go to the level 29 updates. 3.36pm: Break That's the end of the level. We're on a 15-minute break. Here are the chips right now... Lucien Cohen, France, 7,105,000 Alex Wice, Canada, PokerStars qualifier, 6,997,000 Martin Jacobson,...more

EPT Deauville: Final table player profiles

A field of 891 players arrived in Deauville last Monday and now, six days later, just eight of them remain. At stake today is a first prize of €880,000 and an EPT title that comes with a seat to the season 7 Grand Final. So who are the last eight?...more

There was wwwBTHEREcom to win $195K and Sunday Million title

At the end of each month, PokerStars waves goodbye to that page on the calendar with special tournaments for its players. But to kick this January out the door, there were numerous bits of excitement to keep poker players and fans entertained on a Sunday that was anything but ordinary....more

30 January

Turbo Takedown: BLOODP finds the right band-aid wins $60K plus Audi TT

It is a heady task to follow 17,743 players that signed up for tonight's $1,000,000.00 Turbo Takedown. If you would like a visual of such a crowd, imagine being the cameraperson at an NBA game trying to find Brad Pitt and Mr. Pitt could not find one of those $2,000...more

Sunday Warm-up: dr.greenish surgically removes field in $152K win

Viktor "Isildur1" Blom did not play in tonight's $750,000.00 guarantee Sunday Warm-up. Instead he was tangled with Daniel "w00ki3z." Cates for his third SuperStar Showdown. Unfortunately, your humble blogger did not have the minimum buy-in to chat at the table with Daniel "KidPoker" Negreanu but I am sure several of...more

SuperStar Showdown: Isildur1 scores a $51,196 win over Dan "w00ki3z" Cates

So often in the poker world, players are judged by their overall tournament winnings, the number of WSOP bracelets they've won, or how many times they've appeared on television. Even the late great Chip Reese, perhaps the great cash game titan of all time, decided in the last few years...more

Battle of the Planets: paulifax dials up a $10K victory

While the bloggers battled it out to prove the pen is mightier than the check-raise at the WBCOOP Main Event with thousands of SCOOP dollars in the mix, our SnG kings and queens settled in for this month's Battle of the Planets $50,000 triple shootout freeroll. A sizable 624...more

Classy Jacobson seizes lead ahead of EPT Deauville final

At the end of one of the European Poker Tour's quickest days, just eight finalists remain in the EPT Deauville Main event, held in the regal Salles des Ambassadeurs at Casino Barriere. It took a little less than four levels to turn three tables into one today, and as...more

EPT Deauville: Day 5, level 26 (blinds 25,000-50,000, 5,000 ante)

6.10pm: Jacobson scoops huge pot, Polito busts in 9th Martin Jacobson will be the chip leader heading into tomorrow as he busted Laurent Polito in a pot worth around six million. He raised to 110,000 from the button and called when Polito three-bet to 310,000 from the big blind. The...more

EPT Deauville: It's Day 5


EPT Deauville: Day 5, level 23 cont, 24 & 25 (blinds 20,000-40,000, 4,000 ante)

4.36pm: Break That's the end of the level. We're on a 15-minute break and will then be back with a new post. -- SY 4.31pm: Pepe finds aces, misses out Poor old Franck Pepe. He was down to around 400,000 and in need of some action. Finding A♦A♠ certainly made...more

29 January

UKIPT to shine on mainstream TV

Season 1 of the PokerStars UKIPT was such a success that Channel 4 will be filming key tournaments throughout Season 2. The season opener in Galway was filmed and the next event to feature under the glare of the TV lights will be UKIPT Nottingham which runs from February 11...more

Alex Wice opens big lead at EPT Deauville

How about this? After Day 4 of the EPT Deauville Main Event PokerStars qualifier Alex Wice leads going into the final three tables, bagging up 3,410,000 chips for a huge chip lead, after an eventful day at the Deauville International Centre. That just about sums up a day in...more

EPT Deauville: Day 4, level 22 & 23 updates (blinds 12,000-24,000, 2,000 ante)

7.55pm: Wice the leader The remaining 24 players are bagging and tagging, but we are not allowed in to get the chip counts. Local casino staff have banned all genuine media from doing their job. Instead, we will wait for the official counts to turn up. What we do know...more

EPT Deauville: Day 4, levels 20 & 21 (blinds 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante)

5.57pm: Break Level 21 is over and now everyone has cleared off for a 15-minute break -- SY 5.56pm: Helloooo Burundi I dream of the moment each day when I can salute someone who is the only PokerStars Blog reader in their remote country. Today, our analytics tell we have...more

EPT Deauville: Day 4, levels 18 & 19 (blinds 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante)

2.45pm: Break Level 19 is over. We're now on a 15-minute break. -- SY 2.44pm: Stop trying to justify your spew It's my pet hate, it really is. Sometime you make the wrong move in a key pot but get lucky. You should just feel embarrassed, apologise, stack up your...more

28 January

Cinderella (Wo)man

Since Chris Moneymaker turned $39 into $2.5 million in the 2003 WSOP Main Event, PokerStars has been the catalyst for hundreds of Cinderella stories. I should know, I've witnessed more than a few of them first-hand. For the last few years I've been traveling the LAPT and NAPT as a...more

Kroll leads as bubble bursts at EPT Deauville

There was no doubting the defining moment of Day 3 at the European Poker Tour in Deauville today. It came after 90 minutes of bubble play when it finally fell to Bernard Guigon to accept the grim truth and take the hint that his last chip, worth a mere...more

ANZPT finalizes changes to Player of the Year system

The poker landscape in Australia has been re-fashioned in the last two years with the appearance of the PokerStars.net Australia New Zealand Poker Tour (ANZPT). The tour now has eight events crossing the world's largest island and its nearest neighbour. All the best and brightest players in Australasia have taken...more

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

7.45pm: Play concludes The clock was stopped and the last four hands were played out on each table. Raphael Kroll ended the day as chip leader on 829,000 chips. Play will resume at 12pm tomorrow where we will play until 24 players remain. A full wrap of today's play will...more

EPT Deauville: Back for Day 3


EPT Deauville: Day 3, levels 14 & 15 updates (blinds 2,000-4,000, 400 ante)

2.50pm: Break it up That's the end of the level. Players are now on a 15-minute break. That gives Dacey, Bartley and Convey the chance the finally put to good use the French phrase every schoolboy learns: "Ou est la patisserie, monsieur?" We'll be back with some pastry goodness and...more

27 January

The beauty of Cap games

Today, PokerStars unveils its newest offering: 20 BB Cap tables for no-limit hold 'em (NLHE) ring games. Even if ring games aren't usually your thing, you should check them out, because Cap games offer a little something for everyone. In a 20 BB Cap game, players are restricted to wagering...more

Sonelin shines brightest to lead EPT Deauville

At the end of Day 2 of the European Poker Tour Main Event in Deauville, we're starting to spot dabs of colour on the picture outlined over the last two days of play. It was back to business as usual on the EPT today on the one hand, with...more

Team Pros invade PokerStars Home Games

Play With the Pros! Oh, it sounds good, doesn't it? It's something quite special to tell your home game buddies, "We're going to fill that empty seat tonight. Some guy named Danny Negreanu is coming over." After all, who wouldn't want a chance to take on one of the best?...more

Zhukvlad takes down Twitter Poker League main event final

The Main Event Final was a freeroll with over $10,000 worth of prizes, for anyone who had cashed in the Twitter Poker League in 2010. 1,486 players turned out for the event 200 of whom would receive WBCOOP Main Event Tickets and 100 of whom would receive at least...more

EPT Deauville: Day 2, level 11, 12 & 13 updates (blinds 1,200-2,400, 200 ante)

7.40pm: That's a wrap Well it's not, we'll have a full wrap of today with you just as soon as Sergeant Major Bartley has finished writing it. Play has finished, however, and it seems certain that Swedish PokerStars qualifier David Sonelin will be our overnight chip leader with 438,900. Full...more

EPT Deauville: Back for Day 2


PokerStars unveils ring game changes, CAP tables

Some significant changes are coming to PokerStars' ring game tables. After a lot of feedback from players and a lot of internal discussion, PokerStars has decided to make some changes to its ring game buy-ins. It will now also offer CAP tables. See below for the latest information on the...more

EPT Deauville: Day 2, level 9 & 10 updates (blinds 600-1,200, 100 ante)

3pm: End of level It's a 15-minute break for the surviving players. Join us in a new post shortly. -- RD 2.57pm: Olivier Busquet Olivier Busquet doesn't mess around. He opened to 2,600 from the hijack and was three-bet by Carl Hirschmann to 7,600. Busquet started the hand with around...more

26 January

EPT Deauville: Viktor 'Isildur1' Blom among leaders at Day 1 close

Yesterday was a magnolia-painted waiting room full of chairs and people with not much to say for their selves. Today that room was painted a vast array of colours and the tournament began to come to life. Well, within reason. After all this is only Day 1, and little...more

NAPT sets sights on The Bike, Mohegan Sun

It's not been three months since we left Joe Tehan smiling and cuddling with his giant check in Los Angeles. It's just been a matter of weeks since we left the the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, the first official stop of the North American Poker Tour's second season. Now, it's time...more

Inside Vanessa Rousso's Boot Camp

PokerStars Women's Caribbean Adventure January 14, 2011, 9 a.m. Its four short hours before the 2011 PCA Women's Caribbean Adventure 1K Main Event and the women who are scheduled to play today are soaking up some last minute advice from someone who knows a thing or two about winning...more

EPT Deauville: Day 1B, level 7 & 8 updates (blinds 400-800, ante 75)

9.05pm: Play concludes The last four hands came and went before play concluded. Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Rousso failed to make it through those hands. She got her short stack in with pocket eights but failed to hold versus an opponent's ace-queen that made two pair. We think the end...more

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

6.50pm: Grafton finishes level on a high Sam Grafton is up to 59,000 after three-betting all-in on a 8♦5♣6♣ flop versus Morozovs Mihails. Mihails raised to 1,200 and called when Grafton three-bet to 2,600 from mid position. Grafton c-bet for 3,800 on the flop and shoved for another 37,100 when...more

Isildur1 and Daniel Cates have a date

If you didn't see this coming, you probably care more about "Dancing with the Stars" than you do online poker. PokerStars has just announced Viktor "Isildur1" Blom's next SuperStar Showdown opponent, none other than Daniel Cates. Whether you know Cates by his PokerStars screen name "'w00ki3z" or another name that...more

EPT Deauville Day 1B with Daniel Negreanu


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

4.35pm: End of level That's the end of the level and it's a 15-minute break for the players. Join us in a new post shortly (just click the 'Next' button above). -- RD 4.34pm: Pagano power Luca Pagano opened for 750 from under the gun which was called by...more

ThEcLaiMEer, flexaccou survive marathon final table to chop 1/25/11 Super Tuesday

There were 466 runners for this week's $1,000+$50 Super Tuesday event. That added up to a $466,000 prize pool, once again well above the $300K guarantee. The top 54 finishers got paid in this one, with $89,425.40 due the winner barring any final table deals. After three hours of play...more

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

2.15pm: End of level That's the end of the first two levels and we'll be back after a short break. -- RD 2.14pm: How not to get value You really don't hit that many good hands in poker, unless you've been blessed with a run-good day, so you really have...more

25 January

Guillaume de la Gorce leads on home soil at EPT Deauville

Observers to Day 1A of the European Poker Tour in Deauville might well have asked themselves just what the devil was going on. Entry into EPT Main Events is exclusive enough to start with, but today players arriving at the Deauville International Centre had another obstacle in their way...more

Beat the rush and qualify now for UKIPT Manchester

Being a star player for Manchester United Football Club normally gets you access to all areas. But even members of Sir Alex Ferguson's squad were turned away from UKIPT Manchester last year because the event was a sell-out. Apart from Darren Fletcher, that is, who played in PokerStars colors for...more

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

9.25pm: End of play All the tables are in the dying throes of tagging and bagging but it looks likely that Guillaume de la Gorce is our overnight chip leader with 196,800. Full wrap and (fingers crossed) chip counts to come shortly. -- RD 9.05pm: Four more hands The...more

MoneyShuffle tops WBCOOP Event #1

Play instead of write? It's not an easy task for the poker bloggers of the world. They spend as much time ruminating in print about poker as they do playing it. But as the World Blogger Championship of Online Poker kicked off las night, it was at long last time...more

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

7.05pm: End of level It's a twenty-minute break as we approach the final two levels of the day. -- RD 6.57pm: Leroy out on his Ahras An opening raise to 1,325 was called in three spots before Karim Ahras raised it up to 5,400 from the big blind. Only...more

Macau Poker Cup returns in February

PokerStars Macau at Casino Grand Lisboa is now preparing for the biggest Macau Poker Cup (MPC) ever which will run from February 21-27. The buzz in Macau is attracting players globally as poker enthusiasts ranging from nearby regions such as Hong Kong, China and Taipei to distant countries including Australia,...more

Keontjen82 on top of TPL

Keontjen82 tops the 1,163 player strong field to win $198.51 and the Twitter Poker League, for this week. As usual we had four bounty players again, "dlallstar80" @danlawson1980, "wilsonII85" @mistergwilson, "Swanny" @swanny88 and "mooninjune" @hardboiledpoker. They each had a 300FPP bounty placed upon their heads. The bounty on "wilsonII85" was...more

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

4.46pm: Level ends That's the end of level four. Players are now on a 15-minute break of the day. -- SY 4.45pm: Quads? That'll do nicely Mesut Akbas flopped a full house and managed to get Dimitrar Danchev to call all-in with a flopped flush draw. Poor Danchev was drawing...more

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

2.25pm: End of level 2.22pm: Brammer lays down to a Russian pop star Now I could be wrong here but I think we might have a Russian pop star playing in this field. It's not his looks or dress sense that give it away but that he goes by...more

24 January

LAPT prepares to make Sao Paulo even bigger

Sao Paulo is a city of people--a lot of people. There is no more populated place in the Earth's southern hemisphere. There are more than eleven million people inside the city's border, not to mention the millions more in the greater metropolitan area. With nearly 19 million faces in and...more

PokerStars Sunday tournament results (1-23-11)

How about that Johnny Lodden, eh? You never know what that guy is going to raise up his head and do something impressive. It could happen at a live event, in a bar, or in the Sunday Warm-Up. This week, it was the latter of the three, as Lodden worked...more

PokerStars launches Fifty50 SNGs

Anyone who has been around poker in the past ten years has come to terms with the coin-flippy nature of the game. You either win your flips or you don't. It's the nature of the beast. Damon Runyon once wrote, "Life is 6 to 5 against." In poker, many times...more

Geez, paulgees81 wins $253,894.60 for Sunday Million victory

As many live tournament fans were making their way to Deauville, France, for the next stop on the European Poker Tour, others were resting comfortably in front of their computer screens. The chance to become the next online poker star with a Sunday Million title beckoned, and thousands of poker...more

23 January

1/23/11 Sunday Warm-Up: J4d3dr4g0n slays field, Lodden lands in third

It was another big Sunday at PokerStars, with the Sunday Warm-Up, a weekly $215 buy-in no-limit hold'em tourney, once again drawing a large field. By the time registration closed, 4,807 had taken seats, making for a $961,400 total prize pool, more than enough to meet the tourney's $750K guarantee. The...more

20 January

LAPT adopts Player of the Year system

There are a lot of ways to compare yourself to other poker players on the Latin American Poker Tour: championships, money, height, or whatever you choose. But now, you'll have an official way to rank yourself on the LAPT. As Season 4 begins in Sao Paulo next month, the LAPT...more

A new year, new resolutions

Man, time has really flown by since my last blog. I guess that makes sense. The holidays tend to fly by every year, and especially for me, as I had to do a whole bunch of Christmasses this year! But, I guess let's take it back to early to December....more

Macau Poker Cup January special this weekend

The buzz in Asia is already growing for the Macau Poker Cup in February, but the race for 2011 Asia Player of the Year (APOY) begins this weekend at PokerStars Macau where the MPC January Special runs from January 21-23. There will be three official Asia Player of the Year...more

19 January

KozhevnikovR takes down latest Twitter Poker League match

KozhevnikovR bested 1,148 players in order to claim his victory this week, along with $195.90. The second week of this season of the Twitter Poker League was just as action-packed as usual. We had four bounty players this week; "martonio" (@martinkendell), "Naijapokerer" (@apokerlypse), "ravensfutbal" (@ravensfutbal) and twoplustwo regular and Bluff...more

Latest improvements to your PokerStars software

PokerStars does not stand still, which is why you sometimes have to download updates to the software. Each time you do that it means there's added goodness to your favorite poker HQ. In recent days another release has seen the following: Home Games Home Games is a brand new product,...more

Huge field no problem for WithEez1, winner of 1/18/11 Super Tuesday

This week's Super Tuesday drew a whopping 484 entrants, the most for the $1,000+$50 event since February 17, 2010 when 487 played. That added up to a gaudy $484,000 prize pool, well exceeding the tourney's $300K guarantee. The top 54 finishers would be dividing up that booty, with $92,879.60 due...more

17 January

Benji79 bests 1/16 Sunday Million field for title and $255,281.66 prize

After a poker-filled week of live events at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, many players were ready to settle down in the comfort of their homes, comforted by the warmth of the computer, for a friendly online competition. What better way to do that than to pony up the $200 +...more

16 January

2011 PCA $5,000 Bounty Shootout: Chen double knockout scores $213,000 and PCA title

Andrew Chen has won the $5,000 Bounty Shootout for a total of $269,000 after landing an incredible double knockout of Shaun Deeb and Michael Binger. It took more than eight hours of play in a gruelling session, but Chen's determination, fortitude and the ability to make the occasional monster bluff...more

PCA 2011 $5,000 Bounty Shootout: Final table, level 9 updates (blinds 2,500-5,000, ante 500)

1.20am: Chen double knock out wins the Bounty Shootout and $213k Andrew Chen has just won $213,000 and the Bounty Shootout. Michael Binger opened the button for 10,000, Andrew Chen three-bet to 25,000 and Shaun Deeb threw in his remaining chips, just covering the raise. Binger made the call....more

Will Molson breaks curse to win PCA $25k High Roller

If at first you don't succeed try, try again. That might be the family motto for the Molsons of Canada, after their boy Will Molson, watched by his father on the rail, took down the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $25,000 High Roller event tonight at the third time of asking....more

Sunday Warm-up: marlin17 is no fish, earning $127K in victory

Hope you have been watching some poker this weekend. As the 2011 NAPT PokerStars Caribbean Adventure winds down there was some great action shown not only at PokerStars.TV but through traditional TV as well! First, a co-worker and a dear friend here at the PokerStarsBlog shipped the $1,000 Luxury Ladies...more

PCA 2011 $5,000 Bounty Shootout: Final table, level 7 & 8 updates (blinds 2,000-4,000, ante 400)

12.25pm: Deeb aggression pays Shaun Deeb is back up to 140,000 after four-betting all-in. He min raised to 8,000 from the cut-off to face a 21,000 Michael Binger three-bet from the button. His answer was to shove for 117,300 to take the pot down as Binger folded. The very next...more

PCA 2011 $5,000 Bounty Shootout: Final table, level 5 & 6 updates (blinds 1,200-2,400, ante 300)

10.05pm: End of level 10.02pm: Neumann's backdoor double Marko Neumann has doubled back to 40,000 after shoving from the small blind for 20,000 with 9♠T♦. Scott Baumstein called in the big blind with A♠6♥. Neumann hit a great turn on the 5♦4♦K♠3♦ board and caught the 7♦ on the...more

2011 PCA $25K High Roller: Day 3, level 26 - 29 updates (60,000-120,000, 10,000 ante)

10:49pm: Will Molson breaks his curse, wins PCA $25K High Roller Will Molson has finally broken his runner-up curse. After two straight years of taking second in this very event, he's won it all. The final hand came moments ago when Leo Fernandez shoved all-in with J♦2♥. Molson called with...more

Galen Hall wins the 2011 PCA Main Event


PCA 2011 $5,000 Bounty Shootout: Final table, level 3 & 4 updates (blinds 800-1,600, ante 200)

6.50pm: Dinner break The players are now in dinner break. Play will resume at 8pm. 6.45pm: Chen chips up off Binger Andrew Chen is up to 130,000 chips after taking a pot off Michael Binger. The Canadian raised from the button and Binger defended from the big blind to go...more

2011 PCA $25K High Roller: Day 3, level 23-25 updates (25,000-50,000, 5,000 ante)

5:37pm: Playing higher The players have now moved on to 30,000-60,000-5,000 blinds. Will Molson remains the chip leader. We've begun a new post, which you can find here. 5:32pm: Approximate chip counts With three players remaining, here are some rough counts on the stacks: Will Molson: 3.9 million Max Lykov:...more

PCA 2011 $5,000 Bounty Shootout: Final table, level 1 & 2 updates (blinds 500-1,000, ante 100)

4.25pm: Baumstein shove closes off the level Pilossoph has just three-bet Scott Baumstein from the button, raising the young American's 2,500 open up to 7,800. Baumstein made the call and checked the 6♠3♠2♣ flop. Pilossoph c-bet 10,200 and Baumstein shoved. Pilossoph passed and we're now into a 20-minute break....more

2011 PCA $25K High Roller: Day 3, level 21 & 22 updates (blinds 12,000-24,000, 3,000 ante)

2:03pm: Break time Players are now on a 15-minute break. 1.59pm: Brandon Steven eliminated in tenth place Brandon Steven is out after a huge all-in from Team PokerStars Pro Leo Fernandez. Fernandez opened for 65,000 from under-the-gun which was called by Eric Seidel a seat along and Brandon Steven in...more

Galen Hall makes historic comeback to win 2011 PCA main event & $2.3 million

No one told Galen Hall that Chris Oliver was supposed to win the 2011 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. No one told Galen Hall that coming back from a huge chip deficit heads-up was going to be impossible. Nobody told Galen Hall that the fates had already determined that he would finish...more

15 January

2011 PCA $25k High Roller: Jason Mercier leads the High Rollers into Day 3

Day 2 of the 2011 PCA $25k High Roller began with 90 players and there were few within that field that you'd be surprised to see leading the charge come the end of play. It could have been any number of names but the one that you just always...more

2011 PCA: Kristin Bihr wins Luxury Ladies Event

Poker writers are usually not the subject of articles written about poker tournament wins. They are usually found scribbling away in yellowed legal pads when tournament time comes, not sitting at a final table. With today's victory by Kristin Bihr in the PCA Luxury Ladies Poker Event, it was a...more

2011 PCA $25K High Roller: Day 2, level 19 & 20 updates (8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante)

2.30am: Play concludes The last six hands have been played out and the remaining 12 players have bagged their their chips and headed off for some much needed rest. Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier is the overnight chip leader and only player over a million on 1.023 million. He's looking...more

2011 PCA $25K High Roller: Day 2, level 17 & 18 updates (5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante)

12.10am: Break time Chip counts will be updates during the 15-minute break. -- RD 11.59pm: Affleck stands up to Lykov Matt Affleck opened to 24,000 from middle position and was three-bet to 56,000 by Max Lykov from the hijack. Affleck made the call and the led 65,000 into the...more

2011 PCA Main Event: Day 6, level 32 & 33 updates (blinds 150,000-300,000)

3:05am: Galen Hall wins 2011 PCA main event After looking like a sure runner-up finisher, Galen Hall has managed to come back and defeat Chris OIiver for the PCA main event championship. On the final hand, Hall raised to 600,000, Chris Oliver re-raised, Hall moved in, and Oliver called. The...more

World Cup of Poker VII: The final table

The PokerStars World Cup of Poker is over for another year. Amid jubilant scenes of celebration in the tournament room here at Atlantis the Italian team of Davide Scafati, Litterio Pirrotta, Marco Mancini and Ravel Furfaro, led by Team PokerStars Pro Luca Pagano, prevailed against overwhelming odds in what...more

2011 PCA Main Event: Final table preview


2011 PCA $25K High Roller: Day 2, level 15 & 16 updates (3,000-6,000, 500 ante)

9.48pm: Arieh and Armstrong out, down to 21 Josh Arieh and Jamie Armstrong have fallen and Matt Marafioti has been shifted over to table two to balance the tables. Break time. Join us in a new two level post in 15 minutes. -- RD 9.40pm: Could've gone broke Brandon...more

2011 PCA $25K High Roller: Day 2, level 13 & 14 updates (2,000-4,000, 400 ante)

6.35pm: Dinner break The remaining 29 players are now all on a 75 minute dinner break. 6.34pm: Seidel moving up the gears Erik Seidel is touching the 300,000 mark after moving his aggression up a notch or two. Firstly, he was sat in the big blind and facing an early...more

2011 PCA Main Event: Final table player profiles

Although the Main Event final table has already started, we won't be seeing it until 5pm. In case you still did not know, this event is being televised by ESPN with cards UP, with an hour delay. It will be on ESPN3 at 5, then later this evening on ESPN2....more

2011 PCA Main Event: Day 6, level 29, 30 & 31 updates (blinds 80,000-160,000, 20,000 ante)

10.52pm: Level ends That's the end of the level, blinds are moving up to 100,000-200,000 with a 20,000 ante - and we're setting up a brand new post. Head on over to it now. -- SY 10.50pm: Stein picks on Hall Sam Stein raised it up with K♦[10h] and Galen...more

2011 PCA $25K High Roller: Day 2, level 11 & 12 updates (1,200-2,400, 300 ante)

4.20pm: End of level That's the second break of the day. Our remaing 45 players have 15 minutes in which to do some stretches, type some tweets and slug some coffee. -- RD 4.19pm: John Racener to a double-up WSOP main event runner-up John Racener has just doubled up...more

2011 PCA $25K High Roller: Day 2, level 9 & 10 updates (800-1,600, 200 ante)

2.03pm: End of the level The players are on a 15 minute break. 2pm: Jaka kills Kenney, almost Bryn Kenney is down to just 18,300 chips after paying off Faraz Jaka on the river. Jaka raised pre-flop from the cut-off and Kenney called from the button. Both checked the 2♦7♣5♣...more

14 January

PCA 2011 $5,000 Bounty Shootout: Deeb leads the bounty charge into the final table

After a long, long day split into two flights our six final table players are set for Sunday. Shaun Deeb, Andrew Chen and Mike Binger qualified through flight one, which started at 12 noon, and Scott Baumstein, Marko Neumann and William Pilossoph made it through flight two, which had...more

PCA 2011 $5,000 Bounty Shootout: Day 2, flight 2, level 7 & 8 updates (blinds 800-1,600, ante 200)

12.55am: Pilossoph the last through William Pilossoph is the final player through to Sunday's final after defeating Team PokerStars Pro Ville Wahlbeck heads-up. Wahlbeck started as the short-stack but doubled-up with 4♦3♦ versus Pilossoph's A♦Q♦. Ace-queen worked for Pilossoph moments later though when he doubled-up up through the Finn, holding...more

PCA 2011 $5,000 Bounty Shootout: Day 2, flight 2, level 4, 5 & 6 updates (blinds 500-1,000, ante 100)

11.30pm: Huge hand for Baumstein at the break Scott Baumstein is up to 89,000 after doubling through Ami Barrer. Baumstein had flopped two pair with A♠9♥ on a K♠9♦A♣ flop and had bet 2,000. Barrer called and caught a terrible card, the 7♣ that gave him two pair with...more

2011 PCA $25K High Roller: Fair start for Fair in eye-popping field

Let's just start by being brutally honest: nobody expected the $25,000 High Roller tournament at the PCA to be as big as it is. PokerStars, the PCA staff, the tournament directors, and we lowly writers all had the under on 100 players. The line shifted a lot in the last...more

2011 PCA Main Event: Watch the final live on ESPN!


PCA 2011 $5,000 Bounty Shootout: Day 2, flight 2, level 1, 2 & 3 updates (blinds 200-400, ante 50)

9.10pm: End of level One more bust out to come. Details are en route. -- RD 9.09pm: Another player wakes up with aces behind Jesse Martin fell just as level three came to an end. Ville Wahlbeck raised to 1,000 from the cut-off before Martin moved all-in for 8,900...more

2011 PCA Ladies Event pits satellite winners against pros and celebrities

Ninety-six women started today in the $1K PokerStars Ladies Event, and the 28 satellite players who qualified have some tough competition. There are three Team PokerStars Pros in the field including Vicky Coren and Maridu Mayrinck plus Team PokerStars SportStar Fatima Moreira de Melo. Other pros include Kathy Liebert, top...more

2011 PCA $25K High Roller: Day 1, level 7 & 8 updates (500-1,000, 100 ante)

8.50pm: Day is done That's it. It looks like Ryan Fair is our chip leader with 217,200, chased by Tyler Reiman with 205,400. There will be a selection of top chips on the chip count page now, followed by the full official count when we get it. We'll have a...more

World Cup of Poker VII: The heads-up round

9.20pm: That was Day 1 of the World Cup of Poker The World Cup of Poker burst onto the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure today, a two day jamboree of poker combining a festive spirit, appropriate levels of national pride and utter confusion. It ended nine hours later after three rounds...more

PCA 2011 $5,000 Bounty Shootout: Day 2, level 7 & 8 updates (blinds 800-1,600, ante 200)

6.16pm: Flight one done as Binger raids the Til Mike Binger limped the small blind and Johan van Til raised to 6,100 from the big blind. Binger shipped it in to put Van Til's 48,000 stack at risk. The Dutchman went long into the tank before making the call,...more

2011 PCA: Side Event results/news

With a total of 48 events at this year's PokerStars Caribbean Adventure it's fair to say there is something for everyone. From the $100,000 Super High Roller to night-time turbos for only a few hundred dollars. Results for all these events will be posted here as and when they become...more

2011 PCA $25K High Roller: Day 1, levels 5 & 6 updates (300-600, 75 ante)

6.35pm: Moritz Kranich takes chip lead into the break That's the end of level six. There will now be a 15-minute break. One man who will enjoy it most is Moritz Kranich, a former EPT Deauville and WPT Bellagio Cup winner. He's the first man to top 200,000 today. --...more

World Cup of Poker VII: The five-handed round

4.35pm: It's the French! It's the French! Team France lead after two rounds of sit and gos in the World Cup of Poker. They top the table with 74 points after victories by Lucien Schemann and Alexandra Petitjean at the bell kept them on top, scoring 37 points, the...more

PCA 2011 $5,000 Bounty Shootout: Day 2, level 4, 5 & 6 updates (blinds 500-1,000, ante 100)

4.42pm: Binger doubles Van Til Michael Binger and Johan van Til has played out the first big pot of their heads-up match. Van Til raised to 2,900 before Binger three-bet to 6,000 and Van Til four-bet to 14,200. Binger shoved all-in and Van Til called all-in. Binger: 9♠6♦ Van Til:...more

2011 PCA $25K High Roller: Day 1, level 3 & 4 updates (150-300, 25 ante))

4:18pm: Level ends We have reached the halfway point of the day. The players are out for a 15-minute break. We'll be starting a new post on the front page of the blog. 4.10pm: Are you a champion? The board was 6♦9♠A♦5♣ and Joe Hachem was all-in for around 20,000...more

World Cup of Poker VII: The nine-handed round

2.35pm: France in the lead after the nine-handed round It's official, the French have the lead at the end of the first round of matches, amassing a total of 37 points having scored a win (Arnaud Mattern), two second places (Lucien Schemann and Laurent Francois) and a third (Alexandre...more

PCA 2011 $5,000 Bounty Shootout: Day 2, level 1, 2 & 3 updates (200-400, ante 50)

2.25pm: Break time The first three levels have come to an and and all the players are off on a 15 minute break. 2.22pm: Big Binger bullies little Binger Michael Binger has eliminated his short-stacked little brother Nick in a pre-flop all-in showdown. Michael raised to 1,000 and called when...more

2011 PCA $25K High Roller: Level 1 & 2 updates (100-200)

2:02pm: Players on break After playing two levels at 100-200, the $25K High Roller players are now headed off on their break. They'll be back in 15 minutes, as will we in a new post on the home page. --BW 1:57pm: Seats still filling in Being an untelevised $25K that...more

UKIPT Nottingham schedule released

A packed schedule for UKIPT Nottingham, the second stop of Season 2, has been released. The event, won last year by Andrew Coulridge for £80,000, will be at Dusk Till Dawn. You can see full details of the schedule on the UKIPT website, including a £1,500 High Roller. Meanwhile, see...more

13 January

PCA 2011 Bounty Shootout: Dario Minieri dazzles among a star studded final 36

The bounty shootout has become a hugely popular fixture at PokerStars festivals and today's was no exception. The 216-capacity was easily filled by players taking a shot at the $5,000 six-max event. It's an understandable attraction, you only need to win three tables to win a lovely amount of...more

2011 PCA main event: Oliver takes 42% of chips to final table

Eight people are set to make PCA history in the fight for the $2.3 million first prize and television stardom. Led by chip leader Chris Oliver, the final table will be like none in the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure's eight-year history. After reaching the final eight of the 2011 PCA main...more

2011 PCA: Welcome back for Day 5


PCA 2011 $5,000 Bounty Shootout: Day 1, levels 7 to 12 (blinds 2,000-4,000, ante 400)

8.48pm: Epic heads-up match concludes After around four hours of heads-up play the match has finally come to an end. It was lucky number seven for Michael Binger as he had his opponent in six times before and lost them all. This time Binger had 9♣9♠ to his opponent's 6♦6♥...more

2011 PCA Main Event: Day 5, level 28 & 29 updates (blinds 50,000-100,000, 10,000 ante)

5.40pm: Dmitriy Stelmak busts in ninth, final table set Dmitriy Stelmak is our ninth-place finisher, busted like so many others by Chris Oliver. Stelmak had raised to 225,000 before Oliver called in the big blind to see a 6♣6♥A♣ flop. Then it all kicked off. Oliver checked, Stelmak bet 230,000,...more

2011 PCA $5,000 Bounty Shootout: Day 1, level 4, 5 & 6 updates (blinds 500-1,000, ante 100)

4.22pm: Break time That's a fifteen-minute break for the players left in. It seems like hours ago that Minieri bust his table apart - it was 82 minutes ago. -- RD 4.20pm: That'll be table 20 finished David Baker is through to the final 36 after dispatching of Patrick...more

2011 PCA Main Event: Introducing chip leader Ana Marquez

Who is Ana Marquez and how did she get to be chip leader at the PCA? That is the question we are all asking ourselves today as the fifth day of PokerStars Caribbean Adventure gets into swing here at the Atlantis Resort in the sunny Bahamas. In the last few...more

2011 PCA Main Event: Day 5, level 26 updates (cont.) & 27 updates (blinds 30,000-60,000, 5,000 ante)

2.55pm: End of the level 15-minute break, folks. 2.52pm: Palacios sees off Anderson As Rafael Golka was being eliminated on the feature table an identical fate was being dealt to Calvin Anderson on the outer table. His chips were in the middle, 875,000 in total and his T♦T♣ was turned...more

2011 PCA $5,000 Bounty Shootout: Day 1, level 1, 2 & 3 updates (blinds 2000-400, ante 50)

2.05pm: Break time It's a fifteen-minute break and we only have one player through to the next round and it's Dario Minieri.* Hardly the biggest surprise now. -- RD * I've just realised he's heads up and not through yet, but come on, why delay the inevitable? 2.04pm: Better...more

12 January

2011 PCA Main Event: Ana Marquez leads, Moneymaker close second

If you've been following the live coverage of the PCA Main Event for the past few days you might have been able to take a reasonable guess at how long it would take to lose 24 players from the remaining cast of 48 today. Rather than injecting caution into...more

PokerStars' newest innovation: Home Games

It's always something. Isn't it? John has the best chips and the sweetest table, but his wife is having a candle party Monday night, so he can't host. Frank's kid has the sniffles, Rick moved to Cleveland, and Gordon hasn't hosted since that time Kevin literally cried after getting beat...more

2011 PCA main event: Day 4, level 25 & 26 updates (25,000-50,000-5,000)

5:40pm: Now down to 22 at day's end Of the four tables in play, three lost a player at the very same time. As we mentioned below, Timothy Finne busted on the featured table. At the very same time, short-stacked Nicholas Kamen was getting all-in with A♦2♥ against Galen Hall's...more

PCA Main Event: Back for Day 4


New year for Twitter Poker League

A new year, and with it a new season of the Twitter Poker League with 1,119 players turning out for the first event of the fifth season. "Widush" was the winner this week, and walked away with $191.12 for first place as well as 20 points on a brand new...more

2011 PCA Main Event: Day 4 Level 22 (cont.), 23 & 24 updates (15,000-30,000, 3,000 ante)

3.20pm: End of level That's the end of level 24. Th eplayers are off for a well earned 15 minute break. Get your caffeine in. -- RD 3.20pm: Wiemes wiped out Wesley Wiemes is out in 31st place. Having got some good fortune in his last all-in it went...more

End of Day 3 with Chris Moneymaker


2011 PCA: Day 4 seat draw

Here is the seat draw for Day 4 of the PCA Main Event. There are 48 players left, and the plan is to play down to 24 today. Action is due to begin at noon. 1 1 Matt Lichtie USA PokerStars qualifier 1,463,000 1 2 John Andress USA PokerStars qualifier...more

J_HasTheNuts has the Super Tuesday win and $67K

With so many of the world's best poker players in the Bahamas this week for the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, one may have assumed the field for this week's Super Tuesday would be slimmer than usual. That would have been wrong, as a solid crowd of 379 players turned out for...more

11 January

2011 PCA Main Event: Oliver leads, Moneymaker in top five

It was another hurried day in the 2011 PCA Main Event. After yesterday's speedy rendering of the field, some 400 players departing in the space of five hours, today was not much different. We started with 173 and had six levels planned. We ended 19 minutes short of that...more

2011 PCA Main Event: Day 3 level 21 & 22 updates (10,000-20,000, 2,000 ante)

Play ends with Oliver in big lead Play has finished for the day. Chris Oliver is our chip leader with a big lead on the field. We'll have full chip counts for the remaining 48 players as soon as we can count them, and a full wrap of today's action...more

2011 PCA main event: Day 3 Level 19 & 20 updates (Blinds 6,000-12,000, ante 1,000)

6.18pm: End of the level That's the end of level 20. Level 21 will begin shortly. 6.17pm: Kish gifts Oliver more chips Acsinia Kish just bluffed off nearly half his 600,000 stack into Chris Oliver on a 2♣7♣5♣T♥9♦ board with Q♥9♥. Kish had bet 90,000 on the turn and...more

Jonathan Duhamel joins Team PokerStars Pro

Team PokerStars Pro is nearly synonymous with world champions. From the very beginning, Team Pro has been home to the WSOP main event winners. So, when Jonathan Duhamel stood from his seat at the Penn and Teller theater as the world champion, there wasn't much doubt what was going to...more

2011 PCA: Still time to join us in Paradise

If you've been following our coverage from The Bahamas and wished you were here, fear not. Despite our Main Event packages being dished out long ago, PokerStars has come up with a brilliant idea to get you here for the weekend. You can qualify on PokerStars NOW for this weekend's...more

2011 PCA main event: Day 3, level 17 & 18 updates (blinds 4,000-8000, 1,000 ante)

3:09pm: Break time Players are now on a 15-minute break. 3:03pm: That's how you play poker...or something Chris Oliver came in for a raise to 18,000 and faced a quick re-raise to 46,000 from Rudi Johnsen. Oliver immediately put Johnsen all-in for around 300,000. Johnsen called and was in great...more

10 January

2011 PCA Main Event: Day 3 seat draw

Here is the Day 3 seat draw. Play is due to start at noon ET. 1 1 Nathan Schoo Canada 568,500 1 2 Grayson Ramage USA 331,000 1 3 Peter Valente Canada 154,000 1 4 Bruno De Oliveira Severino Brazil 158,000 1 5 Brian Zimcosky USA 285,500 1 6 Ilan...more

2011 PCA main event: Geyer rides bullet train to money, chip lead

Now would be the time for a good analogy, maybe a good metaphor, or at the very least a quirky simile that would explain how fast things have gone here today. But, no, no. No time for that. Someone has laced the water cooler here with something, and we haven't...more

2011 PCA main event: Day 2, level 15 & 16 updates (blinds 2,500-5,000, 600 ante)

9.10pm: Play ends Today's play has come to an end. We believe the overnight chip leader to be Adam Geyer on 909,000 chips. The official overnight counts will appear here later and a full wrap courtesy of Brad Willis be be up very soon for your reading pleasure. -- MC...more

2011 PCA main event: Day 2, level 13 & 14 updates (blinds 1,500-3,000, 300 ante)

5.54pm: Break It's a 15-minute break as we complete our fourth level of the day, leaving us with two more. With around 280 players left in the field and 232 places paying we'll be making the money today for sure. Average stack is 167,000. -- RD 5.53pm: Buchman challenging...more

2011 PCA main event: Day 2, level 11 & 12 updates (blinds 1,000-2,000, 200 ante)

2.50pm: Break time That's the end of the level. Players are on a 15 minute break. -- SB 2.49pm: Mega Path winner keeps on rolling Evgeniy Zaytsev opened for 4,400 and was called by Sami Aro in cut-off and the David Bokor in the big blind. Zaytsev c-bet 6,800...more

Roydon Rock rolled into winner's circle with 1/9/11 Sunday Million victory

A solid portion of the poker contingent is now in the Bahamas, at a little record-setting and news-captivating poker tournament series called the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. Many of them are playing tournaments for millions of dollars, while others are enjoying the tropical paradise. Those of us who weren't able to...more

9 January

2011 PCA Main Event: Day 2 seat draw

Here is the seat draw for Day 2 of the PCA Main Event: 1 1 Aaron Schaff USA PokerStars player 104,100 1 2 Kyriacos Dionysiou UK 48,400 1 3 Adam Wilks USA PokerStars qualifier 13,700 1 4 Bernard Lee USA 163,200 1 5 Kenneth Terrell USA PokerStars qualifier 28,800 1...more

2011 PCA Main Event: Habib takes Day 1B lead at the wire

During the closing stages of the last level an unofficial truce is not unusual. Drinks are ordered (and often paid for) by complete strangers who earlier in the day were trying their best to ruin yours. Now you're laughing with them, slapping their backs and asking them how many...more

Sunday Warm-up: Twice as nice, Dsavo takes down 2nd Sunday Warm-up title in three weeks

Tonight's Sunday Warm-up starts off the Sunday Majors as most of PokerStars' fans are looking towards Nassau and PokerStars Caribbean Adventure kicking off Day 1B of the Main Event. Already in the books was the PCA Super High Roller $100,000 buy-in tourney won by Eugene Katchalov who banked $1.5 million...more

2011 PCA main event: Day 1B, level 9 & 10 updates (blinds 600-1,200, 100 ante)

12.05pm: Play ends That's the end of play, and players are bagging a tagging. Full chip counts will be with you as soon as they are made available, and a full wrap will be with you shortly. -- SY 11:58pm: Champion bluffs champion? On a flop of 2♣4♥3♦ 2009 WCOOP...more

2011 PCA main event: Day 1B, levels 7 & 8 updates (blinds 400-800, 75 ante

9.50pm: Break time That's the end of level 8. Two more levels to come after a 15 minute break. 9.49pm: Bags of Sands David Sands is up to 160,000 following a hand against Team PokerStars Pro Joe Hachem. On a board of K♣3♥6♠ and 6,000 invested already in the...more

2011 PCA Main Event: Day 1B, level 5 & 6 updates (blinds 200-400, 50 ante)

6.34: Dinner! That's the end of the level - now for dinner. Players have been given a 75-minute break to run and try and grab a seat in the nearest restaurants. We wish them luck. -- SY 6.33pm: Prising another one open Priyan de Mel is sat in seat five...more

PCA Main Event: It's Day 1B


2011 PCA main event: Day 1B, level 3 & 4 updates (blinds 150-300)

4.16pm: End of level 4 And that's the end of the level. Players are taking a 15 minute break. -- SB 4.15pm: Meyrinck sunk Team PokerStars Pro Maria Meyrinck is out. "Set over set," she said, which sounded harsh. Then she said it again to someone in Portuguese, and...more

2011 PCA main event: Day 1B, level 1 & 2 updates (blinds 75-150)

2.05pm: That's the break Players are taking the first break of the day. -- SB 2.04pm: Hatless Hruby left exposed "I don't think you know how many hands we've played together," Team PokerStars Pro Martin Hruby was told by JC Alvarado. Hruby, who normally tucks himself beneath a square...more

8 January

2011 PCA main event: De Korver tops field in a day for the record books

At the far end of the 2011 main event's giant ballroom hangs a two-story high red PokerStars spade. In its center is a giant white star that if cut out could be sewn into a muumuu for a very large man. The banner serves a dual purpose: it hides the...more

Eugene Katchalov defeats Daniel Negreanu in Super High Roller finale

After more than six hours under the hot lights of the feature table in the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure tournament room, Eugene Katchalov has won the $100,000 buy-in Super High Roller event, earning $1,500,000. After three tortuous days of play, against 37 of the toughest opponents in the business, Katchalov...more

2011 PCA Main Event: Day 1A Levels 9 & 10 (Blinds 600-1,200, 100 ante)

12.10am: Play over That's it for the night. It looks like Team PokerStars Pro Pieter de Korver will be our overnight chip leader with 245,300. A full list of counts will be made available on the chip count page as soon as we get it, while a full wrap of...more

2011 PCA Super High Roller: Level 20 updates (blinds 40,000-80,000, 10,000 ante)

8.40pm: Eugene Katchalov wins the $100,000 Super High Roller event Daniel Negreanu opened for 160,000. Eugene Katchalov looked down the table; "I'll put you all in, Daniel." Negreanu tanked for a while, making a series of elaborate gestures as if about to call but suddenly changing his mind. Eventually...more

2011 PCA main event: Day 1A, levels 7 & 8 updates (blinds 400-800, 100 ante)

9.50pm: BREAK TIME The last 15 minute break on the day is upon us. Join us back here for the final stretch. 9:50pm: Seiver still alive "It's been two hours. I've finally found a hand," said Scott Seiver as he moved all-in for his remaining 8,175. The table seemed to...more

2011 PCA: Bounty Shootout news

The PokerStars Bounty Shootout has proved a popular format at NAPT events, and it will return right here at the PCA. The $5,250 buy-in, three-day event (event number 28 in this packed schedule) is now closed for online registration, but players can still register on-site from 11am tomorrow (Sunday, January...more

Finding Isildur1: Viktor Blom cops to his secret identity

It's a 20-minute walk to the farthest reaches of the Atlantis resort known as The Cove. It's literally the most distant point from the PCA tournament room. No place on Atlantis is as posh as this hideaway at the end of the island. One has to pass no fewer than...more

2011 PCA main event: Day 1A, level 5 & 6 updates (blinds 200-400, 50 ante)

6:37pm: Dinner break The players are now on a 75-minute dinner break. Play will resume around 8pm. --BW 6:36pm: Showing the young gun Phil Ivey has shown young gun Jake Cody a thing or two by doubling-up through him. The two were heads-up to a 3♦4♠2♠ flop where Ivey...more

PCA Main Event begins


2011 PCA Super High Roller: Level 17, 18 & 19 updates (blinds 30,000-60,000, ante 5,000)

7.05pm: Dinner time Even super high rollers need to eat so we're taking a 40 minute break. Return for the final at 7.40 pm local time. Negreanu is still in with a fighting chance with 1.9 million and is chasing Eugene Katchalov who is way ahead with 7.6 million....more

2011 PCA main event: Day 1A, level 3 & 4 updates (blinds 150-300)

4.20pm: Level ends That's it for level four. There will now be a 15-minute break before they return to level five. We'll have a shiny new post for that. -- SY 4:18pm: This is a really big name Soheb Porbandarwala. If this surprisingly long name sounds surprisingly familiar to you,...more

2011 PCA main event: Day 1A, levels 1 & 2 updates (blinds 75-150)

1pm: Break That's the end of level 2 and we're on our first 15-minute break of the day. -- SY 12.57pm: Haxton takes hit On the final hand of the first level, action was folded around to Isaac Haxton in the small blind. He made it 400 to go, Carlos...more

2011 PCA Super High Roller: Level 15 & 16 updates (blinds 15,000-30,000, 4,000 ante)

3.20pm: End of the level Players are taking a 15 minute break. 3.18pm: Before the break The level ends with a pot won for Nick Schulman. He completed in the small blind and Bryn Kenney checked in the big blind. The flop came 5♠6♦9♣ which Schulman checked, then called...more

2011 WBCOOP: Bloggers' bragging rights up for grabs

They talk a good game and more often than not they write a good game. Now poker bloggers worldwide have the chance to prove they can actually play the game. The PokerStars World Blogger Championship of Online Poker returns on January 24 with six days of qualifying tournaments followed by...more

7 January

Nick Schulman leads in quick fire PCA Super High Roller

No one really expected Day 2 of the $100,000 Super High Roller to pass so quickly and certainly nobody expected such a spectacular ending, one that put a lid on the five-and-a-half hour day and sends seven players, not eight, into the final tomorrow for a shot at $1,500,000....more

2011 PCA Super High Roller: Day 2, level 14 & 15 updates (blinds 12,000-24,000, 3,000 ante)

5.46pm: End of play A seven-handed final table has been set for tomorrow after the simultaneous knockouts of James Obst (courtesy of Humberto Brenes) and Dan Cates (thanks to Bryn Kenney). Cates had been crippled by Negreanu a few hands earlier trying to bluff him off second pair with...more

2011 PCA Event #1: Pro baseball pitcher wins Fish & Chips event

Minor League baseball pitcher Wade Townsend won yesterday's inaugural Fish & Chips Showdown, the first event of the 2011 PCA. Townsend, 27, from Austin, Texas, picked up $6,375 for his win in the $2,300 event after scoring a total of 25 points - 20 points for winning the poker derby...more

PokerStars Women's Poker League awards $7500 yearly prize

The fact that women are competitive is not a secret in business or in social circles and it was no secret to the movers and shakers at PokerStars. In August PokerStars stepped up to be the first major online poker site to sponsor a league for women with the formation...more

2011 PCA Super High Roller: Day 2, level 12 & 13 updates (blinds 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante)

4.22pm: Colin caught short by Reinkemeier; 11 remain We're down to the final eleven and it's Bryan Colin that has fallen. He failed to flip successfully with pocket sixes against Tobias Reinkemeier's [a][t]. The German is back up to 310,000, for whom it's been an extremely swingy day. --...more

Solving the puzzle that is Vanessa Rousso

I knew it might be tough to catch Vanessa Rousso during the holiday break for an interview. Let's face it, it's hard to nail down even my closest friends for a chat during the days shortly before and after Christmas. So getting a Team PokerStars Pro player to take time...more

Welcome to the 2011 PCA


2011 PCA Super High Roller: Day 2, level 10 & 11 updates (blinds 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante)

2.05pm: End of the level Players are now on the first 15 minute break of the day. -- SB 2.03pm: Glantz-ing blow Eugene Katchalov just put an end to Matt Glantz's tournament, and the latest shift of the massage therapist working on his back. Katchalov opened for 23,000 before...more

6 January

Tobias Reinkemeier snatches Day 1 lead in PCA Super High Roller

The Super High Roller had all the trappings you'd expect from a PokerStars Caribbean Adventure opener. Like the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games, Day 1 at the PCA was a grand procession of the games' richest and finest players, each of whom, from the ranks of the wealthy...more

2011 PCA Super High Roller: Day 1, level 7, 8 and 9 updates (blinds 3,000-6,000, 500 ante)

12.05am: Done for the day That's the end of play and it's looking like Daniel Negreanu is the chip leader here in the Super High Roller. Oh no, he's not due to a dramatic badbeat during the last hand of the day. But you'll have to read the wrap...more

PCA 2011 Super High Roller: Day 1, level 5 & 6 (blinds 1,500-3,000, 400 ante)

7.15pm: That's the dinner break That's the end of the level and the start of the dinner break. Play resumes at 8.45pm local time. While we go track down some battered/breaded/frittered/microwaved conch check out the chip counts on the chip count page. 7.13pm: Super squeeze from SuperChen Dan Cates...more

2011 PCA Super High Roller: Day 1, level 3 and 4 updates (blinds 1,000-2,000, 300 ante)

5.02pm: Laliberte cartwheels out of the Super High Roller Cirque de Soleil founder Guy Laliberte has departed the tournament floor. The Canadian started back from the break with just 24,000 so his death bell had been ringing for some time. That's the end of the level. -- RD High...more

2011 PCA: Dana batters men in Fish and Chips Showdown

Back home in British Columbia, Canada, Dana Weeks helps run five remote fishing lodges so it's hardly surprising that she has just won the angling part of the inaugural PCA Fish and Chips Showdown. The Showdown, which is Event #1 of this year's PCA, is a brand-new tourney that combines...more

2011 PCA Super High Roller: Day 1, level 2 updates (blinds 600-1,200, ante 200)

2.40pm: Break time 2.30pm: Folding from the blinds Antonio Esfandiari has moved up to around 320,000 chips after a hand featuring Jason Mercier and Sandor Denjan. On a flop of A♠J♣Q♦ Denjan checked the small blind and Mercier, who when clean shaven bears a striking resemblance to Karen Carpenter,...more

5 January

Resolutions, dietary experiments, and spring optimism

Merry New Year! Okay Trading Places is about 20 years old, but me and my sisters still shout Merry New Year at each other so you're getting it, too. Hope your festive period was one full of presents, fun, and copious food and drink that out weighed the inevitable family...more

Super Tuesday 1/4/11: First winner of 2011 is P0cket00, picking up $71,163

A new year means another year of Super Tuesdays for PokerStars players looking for a nice mid-week score. Tonight's edition featured 476 players creating a prize pool of $476,000 with 54 players guaranteed at least $2,380 with the winner expecting to earn over $91,000. As usual, several members of...more

4 January

Travels and slowrolls

Hey everyone, hope you've having a festive time over the holidays. Since I was in Los Angeles, I've been to Barcelona, Ireland, UK, Prague, and then back to the UK again. It was my first time to Barcelona and wow, what a city. The hotel Arts (where the tourney is...more

Love fest, reticence as Isildur1 counts Tony G.'s cash

Tony G., for better or worse, can eviscerate an opponent with his tongue. It's a circus trick that would have him in the freak tent if he weren't so busy being the ringmaster. Win or lose, The G. has a sharper needle than almost anybody in the game. So, it...more

3 January

PokerStars Macau announces 2011 calendar

2011 marks the fifth years since No-Limit Texas Hold'Em Poker's debut in the world's live gaming capital of Macau, and PokerStars Macau at Casino Grand Lisboa has clearly emerged as the leader for live poker tournaments in Asia. PokerStars Macau, the largest poker room in continental Asia, is pleased to...more

PokerStars Sunday tournament results (1-2-10)

This is the morning everyone is waking up from 72 hours of New year celebrations and saying to themselves, "So, this is how 2011 is going to be." Here's to hoping that you're saying it in a good way. Among the people who seem to be having a good year...more

He77_Razor slices competition and takes first Sunday Million title of 2011

With the first Sunday Million event of 2011 upon us, it's only fair to say Happy New Year! Resolutions, fresh bankrolls, and the hopes and dreams of a new year brought quite the impressive crowd to the tables this week, as a massive field of 9,466 players took their chance...more

2 January

SuperStar Showdown: Isildur1 sends Tony G on his bike, banks $44,280

War and Peace. Atlas Shrugged. The director's cut of Dances with Wolves. Although it's not even debatable whether or not a human being could plow through the first two of those tomes in eight hours and fifty-six minutes, one could easily watch the latter twice, credits and all, in the...more

7de9 wins races, gets aces, takes 1/2/11 Sunday Warm-Up

The gifts have all been opened. Some probably returned already. Parties ringing in 2011 have all ended. For most of us, anyway. It's a new year. Time to get back to the Sunday grind at PokerStars! A whopping 5,046 players were ready to get back to work in this week's...more