May 2011

31 May

tytkto triumphs in 5/31/11 Super Tuesday

On this first day of the 2011 World Series of Poker, the last Super Tuesday of May drew a larger-than-average field, with a total of 257 buying into the weekly $1,050 no-limit hold'em tournament. That created a total prize pool of $257,000, well above the tourney's $150K guarantee. The top...more

APPT announces Season 5 schedule

After a wait that lasted half a year, it's time to start planning for the next season of the Asia Pacific Poker Tour. Last December, the APPT put its fourth season to bed in Sydney. This afternoon, tour organizers announced a brand new schedule that begins in just two months....more

Variance may be king, but I wear the crown

The EPT Grand Final is always one of the most prestigious event of the year. I came fully prepared and very excited about the change of host city to Madrid. Even though I'm not superstitious at all, it's a bit frustrating when there is a place where you don't have...more

Getting ready to defend my title

Hi again, poker fans! I've been very busy lately, and this explains why I could not write any new blog entry in the last two months. In my last column, I spoke about the long journey I spent in the United States west coast. I then participated in various charitable...more

Online Poker Show (5-30-11)


Churros and chips in Madrid

Seat draws are the curse or blessing of a traveler. My trip to Madrid began on an ominous note. On my flight from Philadelphia, I was seated next to a toucher. This man had a habit of telling me a bad joke and then accidentally brushing my leg or arm...more

Marco Figuccia first to win two IPT titles

The PokerStars Italian Poker Tour continues to grow in popularity, attracting players from all over the world. Yet despite the cosmopolitan nature of the field, and as you've probably gathered from his name, a local has bagged the latest leg of the tour Marco Figuccia picked up €82,000 for topping...more

30 May

PokerStars Macau announces dates for APPT Macau

PokerStars Macau at Casino Grand Lisboa has released the dates for the Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) Macau. The 11-day festival of poker is set to take place from November 17-27, 2011. The HKD $30,000 (USD $3,870) Main Event has been scheduled for November 23-27 and is once again...more

Etemadsaeid and Seletzky win Opening Events at Macau Poker Cup

PokerStars Macau at Casino Grand Lisboa completed it's opening weekend of the May/June Macau Poker Cup (MPC) which runs from May 28 to June 5. Amirali Etemadsaeid from Iran won Event 1: $3,000 NLH, besting a field of 189 players to take home the HKD $123,797 purse. The total prize...more

IPT Malta ready for final table

After eight hours of play today the field of 103 who started Day 2 made it down to 24 players who moved forward to Day 3 and a had their shot at cashing here at IPT Malta. The Italian player Marco Bognanni began the day the chip leader 546,200 chips,...more

PokerStars Sunday majors results (5-29-11)

If the radio commercials I hear all the time are any indication, the best way to get someone to listen to you on an important subject is to simply say it over and over again. So, before we get to the Sunday majors results from this past week, let's get...more

PokerStars qualifier Alejandro Piñeiro wins ESPT Alicante

The action at Estrellas Poker Tour Alicante was intense, and it was PokerStars online qualifier Alejandro Piñeiro who emerged as the winner, picking up €75,800 and a ticket to next season's EPT Barcelona. British player Iqbal Ahmed, also a PokerStars qualifier, was runner-up for €48,200, with PokerStars Spanish player Alvaro...more

PokerNoob999 wins May 29 Sunday Million after nine-way chop

We're back! After a few weeks of a break for the Sunday Million to make way for the ever-popular SCOOP series, the biggest tournament of the Sunday majors returns with its $1 million guarantee. And we return with news! Beginning next week, the Sunday Million will have a new starting...more

29 May

Stofzuiger73 claims second Sunday Warm-Up title in 2011

The end of May comes amidst a season of change. Not only are the actual seasons changing, but many people are gearing up for holidays and vacations, and poker players are trying to make their way to the Nevada desert for the 2011 World Series of Poker. But change is...more

Garotta grabs $12K for May Battle of the Planets Victory

Players on PokerStars who perform consistently receive regular awards in the way of points, status, and opportunities. One such award is the chance to participate in the monthly $50,000 Battle of the Planets, a freeroll that seats the top ten players from each weekly Sit & Go leaderboard. The fight...more

Sisa4ok is okay with May 29 Women's Sunday Victory

Every week, players find their way into the $55 Women's Sunday tournament by way of the numerous satellites running throughout the week, which allows them a seat in the big weekly event for a fraction of the registration cost. Some weeks, there are more opportunities than others. This was one...more

Eduardo de las Rivas leads Estrellas Poker Tour Alicante

Day 2 of the Estrellas Poker Tour Alicante, a €1,000 buy-in event supported by PokerStars, finished after 10 levels of play. Some 105 players started Day 1B, 53 of whom had qualified online on PokerStars - but only 12 will come back today to the tables. In this Estrellas Alicante,...more

Pignataro spends day on top in Malta

IPT Malta welcomed another 83 runners to the felt on Friday, making the combined field for this event to 131 players. The total prize pool up for grabs stands at €254,140, with €82,000 on offer for first place. 103 players have made it through another arduous day's play, with Italian...more

PokerStars Sunday majors are moving

Okay. Everybody who would like to get a little more sleep, raise your hand. Everybody? Alright then. Here's some good news. PokerStars announced today that it will be starting its Sunday majors two hours earlier. Starting next weekend, the Sunday Million, Sunday Warm-Up, Sunday Storm and more will all start...more

27 May

Amendola atop IPT field

PokerStars.IT IPT Malta started today in the beautiful Portomaso Casino. It's the first stop in the third season of the Italian Poker Tour. One player who is taking a serious bite of out of other people's chips is the Day 1a chip leader here at IPT Malta, Alfonso Amendola, who...more

Wetzel leads ESPT

PokerStars qualifier, Marcus Wetzel leads the field at end of Day 1a of Estrellas Alicante - posted 26-05-11 Estrellas Alicante started today with 154 players, and 72 of them qualified online on PokerStars. After 10 levels we are down to 48 players. This event will held at the Mediterraneo Casino,...more

PokerStars: Big money and opportunity don't take a weekend

Here in a few hours, most of the world will be hopping on the train and headed back to the house for the weekend. They'll fire up the propane grill, throw some brats over the fire, and crack a nice light beer. They'll look out across the suburban landscape and...more

25 May

Game of Your Life: brave-83 looking at NBA finals

Somehow the final table wasn't the hard part as far as the man from Greece was concerned. With more than 20,000 players in the field, the hard part was making it to the final table. After that, it was only a matter of winning the single biggest prize of his...more

Inside SCOOP final show


Supernovas' Night Out: London

You know what's good about being a PokerStars VIP Club Supernova? Everything. That's what. But, if we're going to be specific, how about this? Imagine yourself a poker player who is just sitting there one night doing the whole Supernova thing when your cell phone rings. It's someone from PokerStars...more

ogiss67 wins TPL

Another solid field of 606 players took part in the Twitter Poker League this week, and "ogiss67" came out on top. He was awarded $114.06 for the victory, and 20 points on the leaderboard. Meaning he is now tied for second place with Week 1 winner "werdan". Picking up...more

Caloggero23 collects chips, captures 5/24/11 Super Tuesday title

While the Sunday tourneys went on hiatus over the last two weeks during the Spring Championship of Online Poker, the Super Tuesday charged right through, comfortably beating its $150K guarantee each of the last two Tuesdays. And now that SCOOP is done, expect the fields to grow once more as...more

24 May

The Daily SCOOP (5-24-11): Kelopuro wins big, Berg nabs Player of the Series

Three years ago, the people at PokerStars devised a little experiment. With the already successful World Championship of Online Poker a firm fixture in the early autumn, PokerStars wanted to try something different in the spring. The idea went like this: create a tournament series like WCOOP, but give everybody...more

23 May

SCOOP: Sami "Lrslzk" Kelopuro seizes SCOOP Main Event title in Event #38-H ($10,300 NLHE)

From the moment the 2011 SCOOP schedule was released, the fact that the Main Event would crown its champions on May 23 did not go unnoticed. Eight years ago tonight, a 28 year-old accountant defeated a slick Vegas veteran in the 2003 World Series of Poker Main Event, turning a...more

SCOOP: filthyfish swims away with Event #37-M ($215 NLHE 6-max)

Event #37 was the 2011 SCOOP's last-chance saloon. It was the last chance to rack up TLB points, make a big score, or even get unstuck before the Main Event. The lure of six-max action and a $500,000 prize pool drew 3,775 players into the fray, topping that guarantee by...more

SCOOP: Goldenboys shines, wins Event #38-Medium ($1,050 NLHE)

Looking over the numbers for the 2011 SCOOP Main Event tourneys, the "low," "medium," and "high" versions together attracted nearly 20,000 entrants, all fighting for a cool $7,983,200. Those tourneys culminated today, the eighth anniversary of Chris Moneymaker's historic win in the 2003 World Series of Poker Main Event, for...more

SCOOP: Hahila claims tough victory in Event #37-High ($2,100 NLHE 6-max)

The old saying goes that the best are saved for last. That certainly seemed to be the case with the 2011 SCOOP tournaments. While the entire series boasted of amazing guarantees and very solid fields of players from around the globe, it was the last of the events that drew...more

SCOOP: Fittungen of Sweden fittingly wins Event #38-Low ($109 NLHE Main Event)

Most series have a finale. Television shows typically have a finale at the end of each season, books have a final chapter that pulls everything together, and sports have a season-ending championship to determine the ultimate winning team. And poker tournaments have their main events, the finale of each series...more

Game of Your Life goes to brave-83

A piece of advice: if you happen to be friends with a man from Greece who answers to the name "brave-83," today might be a good day to ask him out to lunch. Better yet, bring him dinner and a bottle of ouzo. Better yet, make him lunch, help him...more

PokerStars unveils Main Event Passport

There is a simple sort of liberty in being forced into a decision. With no choice comes a freedom from having to choose. There are some people for whom this kind of freedom can be very relaxing. Poker players aren't those people. Poker players like choice. They like a big...more

The Daily SCOOP (5-23-11): ElkY wins $25k, Hachem still fighting in main event

Who needs Big Ben, Old Faithful, or Donald Trump's self-promotion when you have ElkY? If you need something by which you can set your watch, it's a Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier poker victory. You just had to know one was coming in this year's Spring Championship of Online Poker. Why wouldn't...more

Fourth stop of LAPT Season 4 moves to Punta del Este

Season 4 of the Latin America Poker Tour (LAPT) is already in full swing, with spectacular events this year already completed in Brazil, Chile and Peru. Players should take note that the fourth stop of the year has been shifted to Punta del Este in Uruguay from the previously...more

SCOOP: lehout victorious in Event 37: $22 buy in 6-max NLHE

The penultimate event of the 2011 Spring Championship of Online Poker attracted a mass field as 17,876 players bought into the Low version of Event 37: No-Limit Hold'em 6-max, more than played in the first 35 years of the World Series of Poker main event--combined. The resulting prize pool...more

Sergey Ilyin wins RPS Riga and €65,000

If ever there was someone destined to win a poker tournament, it was Sergey Ilyin. So dominant was he of this final table that some wag in the audience shouted to the other players: "It is better to give up!" Of course they didn't, but the result was same. Ilyin...more

22 May

SCOOP: Big_nat123's big raises too much for Event #35-L field (NLHE Heads-up)

The preamble before the big finish, the first set of roman candles before the grand finale of fireworks light up the evening sky. Event #25-L NLHE Heads-up matches carried the largest buy-ins across the board during the SCOOP 2011 series. Even the low buy-in was set at $270 carrying a...more

Mikalya88 makes victory happen in May 22 Women's Sunday

Some things get better with time. Wine and scotch are perfect examples, and others might even put women in that category. (Okay, I'm quite possibly speaking for myself. Let's not dwell on that.) In any case, we can put the Women's Sunday tournament in the mix as well, as it...more

SCOOP: ElkY reigns supreme in Event #35-H ($25,500 heads-up NLHE)

For six years now, we've been watching ElkY win things. It's a recurring phenomena that rears up every few months and tends to come in streaks. Was it really nineteen months ago that he won two WCOOP bracelets inside of a few days? Was it really two weeks ago that...more

SCOOP: Treezer topped all to win Event #35-Medium ($2,600 NLHE HU)

Heads-up poker is the epitome of the game. The essentials are all rolled into one match that results in only one victor. Some say it is the purest form of poker, as every hand matters, every bet is important, and every fold is costly. Players have little time to analyze...more

UKIPT Cork: Sam Razavi wins UKIPT Cork and €71,000

Sam Ravazi has won UKIPT Cork and €71,000 defeating David O'Connor heads up in a tough two-hour bout. Ravazi fought back from a two-to-one deficit to beat O'Connor, who was playing his first major live tournament. While both players deserved to be in the final two, UKIPT Cork will...more

UKIPT Cork: Day 3, level 26, 27 & 28 updates, blinds (30,000-60,000)

12.05am: Wrap of the days play to come Whilst the TV crew are already dismantling the TV set we're not quite done yet here on the PokerStars blog, we're feverishly working on a wrap of the day's play which will be winging it's way to you shortly. -- NW 11.50pm:...more

UKIPT Cork: Day 3, level 24 & 25 updates, blinds (15,000-30,000, ante 3,000)

7.35pm: Dinner break The players have gone off to carb-load have a light bite. Join us in one hour as we play down from four players to one hero. -- RD 7.25pm: Flynn doubles through Razavi Jamie Flynn has just doubled through Sam Razavi to 2,250,000 with pocket aces...more

UKIPT Cork: Final table profiles

A total of 602 players entered UKIPT Cork, here are the profiles of the final eight, the chip count is the amount they started the final table with. Seat 1: Allen McCauley, Ireland, 1,522,000 Allen McCauley, from Belfast, has been playing regularly for four years. He cashed last year...more

The Daily SCOOP (5-22-11): Berg bags watch, main event begins today

I've written it so many times over the past several years, I honestly have run out of any new way to put it: Anders "Donald" Berg doesn't understand what it's like to miss a final table. Put him in a mixed game, draw game, game that involves four cards, or...more

Gold Coast shines on Peter Matusik

The chips are packed up, the advertising banners have been pulled down and the dealers are off to the bar to kick up their heels as the 2011 ANZPT Gold Coast Main Event has officially wrapped up for another year. And what a great event it was! A thrilling...more

UKIPT Cork: Day 3, level 22 & 23 updates, blinds (10,000-20,000, ante 2,000)

5.15pm: End of level Fifteen minute break with Sam Razavi winning the final hand to maintain his chip lead with seven to go. -- RD 5.05pm: Burnett out in 8th (€6,900) And here's that drama I just called in... Peter Burnett jammed from under-the-gun for 287,000 with A♠5♦ and...more

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

Peter Matusik wins ANZPT Gold Coast! A big congratulations to Peter Matusik, winner of the ANZPT Gold Coast Main Event. Matusik entered this final table as the chip leader, but struggled with a bad run of cards for lengthy periods. He was frustrated, but maintained his composure to find...more

SCOOP: Anders "Donald" Berg Reigns Supreme at High H.O.R.S.E.

Eleven hours into the H.O.R.S.E. tournament, two men were still standing -- George Danzer vs. Anders "Donald" Berg. It was a battle of Germany vs. Norway, scarves vs. no-scarves, and an ultimate match-up between a PokerStars Team Pro and PokerStars Team Online, where bragging rights were on the line to...more

21 May

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

6:35pm: Ten-minute break 6:30pm: Grange finds heart The short-stacked Anthony Grange has found a double up with a perfect river to the roars of delight from the locals on the rail. Grange was all in preflop with A♥T♥ against the Q♦Q♠ of Kamel Bekhaled, but the 5♥7♥8♣ gave him hope...more

SCOOP: BuklaH beats Dennis_TO to win Event #36-Medium ($215 HORSE)

Many of today's top players have moved so far into the mixed game realm that they often seek out 8-game or 10-game tournaments. Some in the cash game arena look for games like Badugi and then venture into numerous variations of that particular game. It keeps the game exciting for...more

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

4:20pm: Ten-minute break 4:10pm: Small one for Grange After some recent eliminations, the players have settled back into their groove with quite a bit of limping and a lot of passive play. We did see one recent all in when Peter Matusik opened to 75,000 and then called the three-bet...more

SCOOP: Eleint eviscerates the field, scores second watch in Event #34-M ($530 PLO 6-max)

Short-handed pot-limit Omaha. Running through rush hour traffic in Saigon might be safer. That, or cliff diving. In this high-wire act marked by the slimmest of edges, any hand really could be your last and the faint of heart need not apply. Fearlessness was a common theme at tonight's final...more

SCOOP: Action! npomocc wins Event #34-Low ($55 PLO 6-Max)

With four cards in each player's hand and seemingly limitless possibilities on almost every flop, action is the catchword in every game of Pot Limit Omaha. For certain people, though - probably, though not necessarily, the same kind of people who jump off bridges with bungees tied to their feet...more

SCOOP: krendipont takes down Event 36: HORSE $22 buy in

PokerStars players were not horsing around on Saturday as they shattered the $25,000 guarantee for the Low version of Event 36: HORSE. The tournament drew 2,835 players, which created a prize pool of $56,700. Of this field, 440 players made the money, including Team PokerStars pros Nuno Coelho in...more

SCOOP: Domce dominates Event #34-H Pot Limit Omaha, mement_mori 4th

Call it "high rollers day" here at the SCOOP 2011 tournament series. Today those with the bankrolls or those who were lucky enough to weave through the satellite fields to earn their pricy tickets got an audience with the best of the best and some of the largest prize pools...more

UKIPT Cork: Rampant Razavi leads Day 2 final table charge

In a day that was better suited to gritty endurance poker it was the all-singing, all-dancing Michael Jackson impresario Sam Razavi who moonwalked his way through the 151-strong to end up chip leader going into the last pre-final table dance. Razavi bagged up 1,904,000 with the entertaining Martin Mulsow...more

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

2:10pm: Ten-minute break 2:00pm: Norah Greer eliminated in 9th place It took almost two hours but we finally have our first elimination of the day, and unfortunately for the Gold Coast locals, it's their favourite lady Norah Greer. After getting herself back above water, Greer moved her last 159,000 into...more

UKIPT Cork: Day 2, level 20 & 21 updates (blinds 6,000-12,000, ante 1,000)

2.55am: Play done for the day: End of day chip counts Players have bagged and tagged their chips here's how the remaining 11 stack up, first in seat order and then by table, the number in brackets in the number of big blinds they'll have when level 22 (8,000 -...more

UKIPT Cork: Day 2, level 18 & 19 updates (blinds 4,000-8,000, ante 500)

12.15am: End of the level Players are now on a 15 minute break. -- NW 12.12am: McGleenon out in 23rd (€1,400) Overnight chip leader Barry McGleenon is out in 23rd after getting it all-in with A♥Q♥ to Alan Brereton' black jacks. No paint on the board and McGleenon is out...more

UKIPT Cork: Day 2, level 16 & 17 updates (blinds 2,500-5,000, ante 500)

9.55pm: End of level Full chip counts to come after the break. Join us in the next post in 15 minutes. 9.50pm: Gritans takes a walk Artis Gritans had shoved into Ali Duncan and when called had assumed that he was behind with A♠T♠ on a 6♦3♥A♥J♥ board. He...more

Inside SCOOP 5-20-11


ANZPT Gold Coast Final Table Player Profiles

The ANZPT Gold Coast produced a field of 245 players for the $2,500 Main Event. After three days of flops, check-raises and bad beats, our field has been reduced to a final table of nine. It's an interesting mix with five locals, a couple of Internationals, a previous ANZPT...more

UKIPT Cork: Day 2, level 14 & 15 updates (blinds 1,500-3,000, ante 300)

6.45pm: Weiss doubles up Just before the dinner break Mathias Weiss has doubled through Conor Mcelhinney with pocket queens against pocket nines in a pot worth 210,000, the latter is down to 30,000. -- NW 6.40pm: Dinner break That's a one-hour dinner break, folks. Join us back here in...more

Chewing Gum Pete chews 'em up on the Gold Coast

After getting spoilt yesterday with a rather short day, we always knew we were going to have to buckle in for the long road ahead in the Jupiters Poker Room today. It was Day 3 of the ANZPT Gold Coast Main event and the objective was simple. Much like a...more

UKIPT Cork: Day 2, level 12 & 13 updates (blinds 1,000-2,000, ante 200)

4.09pm: Some chip counts Here are the chipcounts of a few of the bigger stacks from the start of play: Daniel Wilson (170,000), Andrew Burgoyne (110,000), Chris Dowling (90,000), Andrew Sweeney (97,000), Jason Tompkins (120,000), Marc Gaudlitz (160,000), Martin Mulsow (98,000), Neil Rawnsley (47,000) and Paul Nash (125,000). With 99...more

The Daily SCOOP (5-21-11): $25K heads-up event, big prizes on Inside SCOOP

If you're going to play the big ones in the Spring Championship of Online Poker today, pack your checkbook. This is where it starts getting big. In just a couple of hours, the $25,000 NLHE Heads-Up event takes off. ElkY and Isildur1 are already signed up, so it's going to...more

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

Final Table Lineup Seat 1: Kamel Bekhaled - 850,000 Seat 2: Norah Greer - 84,000 Seat 3: Paul Hockin - 674,000 Seat 4: Blain Robertson - 267,000 Seat 5: Julian Cohen - 460,000 Seat 6: Savvas Zenonos - 384,000 Seat 7: Leo Boxell - 923,000 Seat 8: Peter Matusik -...more

ANZPT Gold Coast Day 3: Levels 19 & 20 (blinds 6,000-12,000, ante 1,000)

8:45pm: Twenty-minute break Some growling stomachs have demanded an extended break, so they've been given a twenty-minute one to grab a quick bite. 8:40pm: Matusik chews up Gorr Speaking of nicknames, we've just been told that Peter Matusik likes to be known as "Chewing Gum Pete". He'll be chewing pretty...more

SCOOP: Reflexbakker goes wire-to-wire in Event #31-Low ($22 NLHE, 1R+1A)

There once was a time - a time not too long ago in the big scheme of poker history - when truly massive tournaments with substantial prizes could only be played by those able to pay a buy-in commensurate with the size of the field. Outside of winning the WSOP...more

20 May

ANZPT Gold Coast Day 3: Levels 17 & 18 (blinds 4,000-8,000, ante 500)

6:30pm: Ten-minute break With the stalemate between the final 18 players still yet to be broken, it must be time for a break. 6:25pm: Kings collide Leo Boxell and Peter Matusik just went to war preflop but it ended rather anti-climactically as Boxell opened K♥K♠ and Matusik showed the same...more

SCOOP: Pacolos prevails in Event #33-L ($22 NL Omaha Hi/Lo, 10 minute levels)

Chances are, you'll never find a no-limit Omaha hi/lo game in your local casino. It's fixed-limit and pot-limit siblings are far more likely to be spread. No-limit O8 doesn't have a World Series of Poker event, rarely appears on live tournament schedules, and very few players have anything beyond a...more

SCOOP: patinho77 wins one for John Wayne; Victorious in Event 31-M $215 NL 1R1A

"It's lonely out in space, on such a timeless flight," explained Sir Elton John in his rock anthem Rocket Man. If you've played enough tournament poker, you can envy the dangerous, yet bold adventures of astronauts because they perform under those most intense situations in which one misstep would be...more

SCOOP: Gambit360 runs the gamut to win Event #31-High ($2,100 NLHE w/Rebuy)

The rebuy tournament has been debated and discussed over the past few years as its popularity has grown. Some say that those with the financial ability to rebuy multiple times in a tournament have an advantage, and they can essentially "buy" a win. Others contend that it's simply a part...more

SCOOP: Tremendous win for tremendez in Event #32-Low ($55 FLHE 6-max)

Limits are tough for some people. They don't like being told that there are limits to what they can do, how much they can bet in a poker game. But it's a different story when everyone has the same limits. Fixed limit hold'em offers players that poker with limited bets....more

ANZPT Gold Coast Day 3: Levels 15 & 16 (blinds 2,500-5,000, ante 500)

4:10pm: Ten-minute break 4:00pm: The bubble bursts on Andrews The bubble has burst! The unfortunate bubble boy of the ANZPT Gold Coast is Danny Andrews. He was down to his last 20,000 which he moved in preflop with Q♦J♥ with Kamel Bekhaled making the call with 3♥3♦. The board bricked...more

SCOOP: kizoku2008 crushes the competition in Event #32-M ($530 6-max limit hold'em)

This event belonged to Mother Russia. Just look at the results-- five of the top eight finishers hailed from the land that brought us poker champions Alex Kravchenko, Ivan Demidov, and SCOOP leaderboard fixture Alexander "joiso" Kostritsyn. Although the latter played this event and did not cash, it was three...more

SCOOP: Black88 beats tough field to win Event #32-High ($5,200 FLHE 6-max)

Fixed limit hold'em is popular with many hold'em fans, though it doesn't boast of the popularity it once did. It requires a bit of a different strategy than NLHE and offers a little more play without the ease of the automatic all-in move at one's fingertips. Players who enjoy hold'em...more

UKIPT Cork: McGleenon shines among a bright Day 1B field

The United Kingdom and Ireland Poker Tour is all about providing quality deep-stacked tournament poker at an affordable rate for recreational players, but with an attractive prize pool for even the most steely of UK professionals. That ethos has been borne out here perhaps more than anywhere else. While...more

SCOOP: lukro8 scoops JP Kelly for Event #33-H NLO8 title

Event #14-H Limit Omaha Hi/Lo took eight hours for just 28 players. Event #17-H Pot Limit Omaha 6-max, 98 runners and 13 and a half hours to crown adiprene1 the champ. The recently finished Event #30-H Pot Limit Omaha Hi/Lo with 180 players? Nearly 16 hours over two days for...more

SCOOP: maxcon007 leaves foes shaken and stirred in Event 33: $215 buy in NL Omaha Hi-Lo

Getting quartered takes Omaha Hi-Lo to an entirely different level when the format changes from Pot Limit to No Limit. Suddenly, that nut low-shaky high gets a whole lot shakier. Second best hands in both directions put you at risk in getting scooped for all of your chips. Players...more

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

2:00pm: Ten-minute break 1:55pm: Ivin out as Hockin extends lead Mike Ivin has been eliminated as Paul Hockin's giant-killing run continues. Ivin held pocket fours against the king-queen of Hockin as the board ran out [j][3][9][2][k]. As the players head for the first break of the day, Hockin is now...more

UKIPT Cork: Day 1B, level 9, 10 & 11 updates (blinds 600-1,200, ante 100)

3.25am: Play done for the day That's all she wrote for Day 1B, around 70 players from the 280 who started today have advanced with Barry Mcgleen holding the overnight chip lead with 209,000. Full wrap of the days play to come. -- NW 3.10am: Three more hands Tournament staff...more

SCOOP: ozenc follows the yellow brick road to Event #30-H PLO8 win

Four poker playing brothers recently took a trip to Vegas with very different styles of getting their degeneracy on. Milford carefully saved up his cash over the course of a year and had plans to sit down at a Limit Omaha Hi/Lo table while sipping on the occasional light beer...more

UKIPT Cork: Day 1B, level 7 & 8 updates (blinds 300-600, ante 50)

12am: End of the level Players are now on a break, you'll find the updates of the last three levels of the night in a new post. -- NW 11.50pm: Stations gonna station* "Thing is you know I'm a calling station, so sick" said Jamie Burland. He was deciding whether...more

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

8.50pm: Split dinner The first half of the field is going on dinner break now. New level 7 & 8 post being set up now. -- RD 8.38pm: Burland up and down Burland is up to 43,000 but feeling a little down about not having more. The UKIPT Brighton...more

Inside SCOOP (5-19-11)


UKIPT Cork: Day 1B, level 3 & 4 updates (blinds 100-200)

6.25pm: End of level That's the end of the the fourth level of the day. Twenty minute break. -- RD 6.24pm: Gavin gone Fintin Gavin is out. He pushed all-in for 7,375 into a pot of around 8,250 on a flop of Q♠6♦7♥ and was called by Barry Donovan....more

The Daily SCOOP (5-20-11): Tight fight for top leaderboard spot

Now that we've wiped the sleep from our eyes and greeted Friday with the appropriate amount of vim, we've noticed something fairly shocking: there are only three more starting days for the 2011 Spring Championship of Online Poker. We have but a weekend of events left. There is still a...more

UKIPT Cork: Day 1B, level 1 & 2 updates (blinds 50-100)

4.05pm: Eight tables left downstairs We have eight tables remaining in the secondary tournament area with the tables quickly collapsing. The Liv Boeree-Kevin MacPhee table is one that has been broken and they've been redrawn... next to each other. The main tournament room is heaving and within a couple...more

ANZPT Gold Coast Day 3 Seating Draw

Table 5 Seat 2: Jesse McKenzie - 85600 Seat 3: Harris Pavlou - 43600 Seat 4: Sam Adams - 66900 Seat 5: Ricky Kroesen (PokerStars Qualifier) - 112300 Seat 6: Tim O'Shea - 286400 Seat 7: Zoe Chakley - 46500 Seat 8: Paul Gibson - 44900 Seat 9: Savvas Zenonos...more

O'Shea claims big stack on short day at ANZPT Gold Coast

It was an abbreviated day of poker, but some big stacks have emerged as Day 2 of the ANZPT Gold Coast Main Event has seen 117 players reduced to the final 52. Among them are ANZPT champions, POY leaders, Aussie Millions gold ring winners and some of the finest young...more

SCOOP: galia32 gobbles up victory in four-way chop of Event #30-L

Some call Pot Limit Omaha Hi/Lo, PLO with a safety net. It is true that despite your chips going forward and not having the best hand high hand at the end, half that pot can come your way from having the low hand (if three non-pairing cards below an eight...more

19 May

SCOOP: Phatlat finishes first in Event #30-Medium ($109 PLO H/L)

Many say that Omaha is the new Texas hold'em. As the fields grow for PLO tournaments and cash games everywhere, it seems they might be correct. However, the hi/lo format to PLO doesn't seem to attract as many players. Nevertheless, it is growing in popularity as more poker fans become...more

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

5:20pm: That's it! We're done! As we ticked down to our final 54 players, the call was made to play four more hands on every table and that would be enough for today. It appears that the impressive stack of Tim O'Shea is going to be good for our chip...more

ANZPT Gold Coast Day 2: Levels 10 & 11 (blinds 800-1,600, ante 200)

4:10pm: Ten-minute break 4:05pm: Woodbine stays alive Graham Woodbine continues to fight hard with his short stack as he's landed yet another double up. He was all in with A♠Q♠ against K♦J♦ and held the advantage through the board of Q♦J♣5♣3♣T♠. Woodbine doubles to 20,000. 3:55pm: Natural nines for Tartaglia...more

SCOOP: Stavros staves off opposition to win 8-Game title

An octopus navigates the sea in a fluid motion seeking out prey while avoiding mortal enemies. When caught in a life or death situation, an octopus dispatches a few bluffing techniques to throw off their opponent. Depending on the species, an octopus can camouflage their skin to blend into the...more

ANZPT Gold Coast Day 2: Levels 8 & 9 (blinds 500-1,000, ante 100)

2:00pm: Ten-minute break 1:55pm: Down and out Irish PokerStars qualifier Brian Downey came into day two with just 10,675 in chips so it was always going to be a tough road ahead. However he was unfortunate to be eliminated after a cruel river went against him. Downey was racing with...more

UKIPT Cork: PokerStars qualifier Sam MacDonald leads Day 1A field

Eleven levels, eleven hours of play; it's a solid test of any poker player's mettle but it was Sam MacDonald, not for the first time this season, that stood above all come the end of play. Some 320 players had bowled up to enter the €500 main event here...more

SCOOP: Eleint elevates, great at eight to win #29-M ($320 8-game)

Event #29 presented adventurous types an opportunity to try their hand at PokerStars' popular "8-game mix," a tourney rotating between the five fixed-limit H.O.R.S.E. games (hold'em, Omaha hi/lo, razz, stud, and stud hi/lo), a couple of "big-bet" games (no-limit hold'em, pot-limit Omaha), and 2-7 triple draw. And there were...more

SCOOP: raddis89 flexes poker muscle, takes down 8-Game Event 29 $33 buy in

It takes a skillful player to master a few poker disciplines, much less eight. It's these kinds of players who sneer at the Hold'em specialists. A round number of 2,100 players bought into the Low version $33 buy-in Event 29: 8-Game of SCOOP. The field built a prize pool...more

UKIPT Cork: Day 1A, level 9, 10 & 11 updates (blinds 600-1,200, ante 100)

3.25am: Play is done for the day Play has ended for the day and the players are bagging their chips, Sam Macdonald is the overnight chip leader with 209,200 with a host of players hovering behind him, one of whom is Chris Dowling who bagged up 114,600. A full wrap...more

SCOOP: Master hunter OMGitshunt wins Event #28-M ($109+R NLHE, Big Antes)

Everyone who plays hold'em knows that the forced bets in the small blind and big blind are there to generate action. Having the blinds alone is perfectly suitable for keeping things going in most cash games, and they serve their purpose well in the early portions of tournaments, too. Once...more

SCOOP: H.FresnO brings the heat while taking down Event #28-L NLHE Big Antes tourney

A few days ago we watched RusAttack666 take down a sizable 7,907 player field in Event #13-L NLHE Ante Up tournament. That was also a two-day event, similar to today's Event #28-L NLHE w/rebuys big antes tournament. While the blind structure is the normal one allowing for plenty of play...more

SCOOP: Banderivets bags Big Antes Event #28-H ($1,050+R NLHE)

Event #28 added a couple of fun twists to the usual NLHE-MTT equation. Bigger-than-normal antes ensured increased action throughout. And an hour-long rebuy period at the start further upped the likelihood of creating deeper stacks and more creative play later on. Day 1 The rebuy period saw 229 rebuys ($1,000...more

UKIPT Cork: Day 1A, level 7 & 8 updates (blinds 300-600, ante 50)

11.50pm: Breaktime That's eight levels in the books, three more to go. Sam Macdonald, a PokerStars qualifier, appears to have seized the chip lead as he has a stack of 140,000. A lot of his chips appear to have come from former chipleader Sergi Monferrer Trevejo who is to his...more

UKIPT Cork: Day 1A, level 5 & 6 updates (blinds 150-300, ante 25)

8.45pm: End of level, dinner break split begins That's the end of the level of the first half of the field departs for the buffet, the second half continues to play. -- RD 8.40pm: Bluff picked off Sergi Monferrer Trevejo - yes, he that just despatched JP Kelly -...more

(Lindow)Sweet win in TPL

"Lindowsweet1" came out on top this week in the Twitter Poker League tournament, besting 591 players. He took $111.29 for the win, and 20 points on the Season 7 leaderboard - meaning he's tied in 1st place with last week's winner "werdan". As the top four finishers last week "effieeve"...more

UKIPT Cork: Day 1A, level 3 & 4 updates (blinds 100-200)

6.25pm: End of level It's another break and the players are shuffling out of the tournament room. -- RD 6.20pm: Stacking up There's a couple of larger stacks already emerging, two of which are at the same table, the one vacated by Chris Brammer. Jamie Flynn is up to...more

The Daily SCOOP (5-19-11): Two watches, one bracelet for cal42688

This time yesterday I spent few words waxing on the talent it takes to win a Spring Championship of Online Poker watch after winning a WCOOP bracelet. With just a few days left to go in this year's SCOOP, the work of cal42688 seemed like it would be the story...more

UKIPT Cork: Day 1A, level 1 & 2 updates (blinds 50-100)

4.15pm: Vamplew rivered EPT London champion David Vamplew is down to 2,600 after getting it in with 3♥3♠ on a 5♣A♦9♣3♦ board to 6♦7♦. The board spiked the 4♣ and Vamplew was left to puff out his cheeks, raise an eyebrow and pass over most of his stack. Break...more

ANZPT Gold Coast Day 2 Seating Draw

Table 4 Seat 1: Peter Matusik - 44150 Seat 2: Harris Pavlou - 26975 Seat 3: Danny Chevalier - 10425 Seat 4: David Armstrong - 31550 Seat 5: Ashton Cartwright (PokerStars Player) - 17500 Seat 6: Peter Sun - 20525 Seat 7: Luke Gladman (PokerStars Qualifier) - 25675 Seat 8:...more

Boxell blasts his way to Day 1c lead on the Gold Coast

There's a popular debate in modern day poker circles, and it's not about polarizing hand ranges or four-betting light. The question hot topic you go hard the night before a big day of poker? Some subscribe to the theory that there is only one way to approach any evening...more

ANZPT Gold Coast Day 1c: Level 7 (blinds 300-600, ante 50)

7:30pm: Day 1c is in the bag The final three hands have been dealt and the player have bagged, tagged and called it a night. It was a day for the old guard with several veterans prominent throughout the day, but in the end it was none other than Leo...more

18 May

ANZPT Gold Coast Day 1c: Levels 5 & 6 (blinds 200-400, ante 50)

6:20pm: Ten-minute break 6:15pm: Scarf eliminates another Andrew Scarf opened with a raise to 1,325 before Tommy Yi moved all in for a total of 5,800. Scarf made the call with A♠9♥ as Yi tabled K♥7♦ for live cards. However Scarf connected on the board of 5♦A♣J♥4♠8♦ to eliminate Yi...more

ANZPT Gold Coast Day 1c: Levels 3 & 4 (blinds 100-200, ante 25)

4:10pm: Ten-minute break 4:05pm: Croc devours Kemp's aces Billy "The Croc" Argyros has jumped to the top of the chip count leaderboard with the dramatic elimination of Jai Kemp. Argyros started things off with a limp from under the gun. Two limpers followed before Jai Kemp raised it up to...more

SCOOP: cal42688 wins second SCOOP event in 24 hours; ships Event 27-H $2,100 Razz

"What mighty contests rise from trivial things!" penned Alexander Pope in 1712. Surely the poet was talking about Razz tournaments. Let's face it, Razz tournaments are the black sheep of the poker family, like your crazy Uncle Kurtz who lives in an Armageddon cabin in the middle of nowhere. Razz...more

SCOOP: diehardmick douses slammedfire in Event #27-M ($215 Razz)

Razz. It's a funny game that sometimes makes people do funny things. We've all heard the jokes, the cracks, the digs, and chances are that you've called one of your Razz-loving friends a masochist at one point or another. But tonight, as the SCOOP crowned three new Razz champions, the...more

SCOOP: polarop ices competition for Event #27-L Razz win

Razz by definition means to deride, heckle, or tease. After picking up four cards to a wheel and seeing the next three come out with pictures on them fits the definition perfectly. Not too many people like to be teased, and its most likely the reason why when poker players...more

ANZPT Gold Coast Day 1c: Levels 1 & 2 (blinds 75-150)

2:00pm: Ten-minute break 1:55pm: Crocky chomps some chips Billy "The Croc" Argyros has chipped up with a nice run of cards so far today, but he hasn't got a whole lot of action. Argyros got a walk with pocket aces, before raising with ace-king to take the blinds and antes....more

Inside SCOOP (5-17-11)


The Daily SCOOP (5-18-11): cal42688, double-COOP winner

There is no debate about how to pronounce the acronym Spring Championship of Online Poker. It's SCOOP, like a big orb of ice cream or the first to a breaking news story. What you might not know, however, is that for many year there was significant debate internally at PokerStars...more

Barbaro rocks out the chip lead at ANZPT Gold Coast

If you've travelled to any PokerStars event, anywhere in the world, you'll know that they know how to throw a party! It's always one of the highlights of the week. At the World Series of Poker we've seen stars such as rap artist Snoop Dogg and burlesque sensation Dita Von...more

ANZPT Gold Coast Day 1b: Level 7 (blinds 300-600, ante 50)

7:30pm: That's a wrap! The final five hands have come and gone as approximately 36 players have survived to see day two action. Simon Barbaro is going to be our chip leader with an impressive stack of 153,400. Jame Burgoine (119,050) and Greg Shillig (117,725) are also above the 100k...more

Success for sukin12 in 5/17/11 Super Tuesday

This week's Super Tuesday, PokerStars' weekly $1,050 buy-in no-limit hold'em tournament, drew a sizable field of 166 despite the still-going Spring Championship of Online Poker competing for players' attentions and/or bankrolls. That made for a $166,000 prize pool, exceeding the tourney's $150K guarantee. The top 27 finishers would get paid,...more

17 May

ANZPT Gold Coast Day 1b: Levels 5 & 6 (blinds 200-400, ante 50)

6:20pm: Ten-minute break 6:15pm: Vos out While Simon Barbaro has continued the momentum on his new table to extend his stack to around 140,000, the same can't be said for tablemate Mark Vos who was unable to find another double up. It wasn't for the lack of cards as Vos...more

SCOOP Event #24-L: Third Deal the Charm for Moondog711

Day 9 of the PokerStars SCOOP series started with a game full of capped betting, snowing, drawing slim and other agonizing moments -- triple-draw lowball. The attractive $11 buy-in drew a field of 2,440 entries, creating a prize pool of $24,400 divided among the final 360 players. A pair...more

SCOOP: cal42688 completes SCOOP/WCOOP double with Event #25-M win

As we head into the home stretch for the 2011 SCOOP Player of the Series Award and in honor of tonight's tournament here is how the current "Stud 8" of the leaderboard faired tonight (in order of current relation on the leaderboard): Alexander "joiso" Kostritsyn - 55th place -DrawingDad- Did...more

SCOOP: skalexjung scoops all the chips in Event 25-High, $2,100 Stud Hi/Lo

There were lots of story lines in play at the final table of 2011 SCOOP Event 25-High, $2,100 Stud Hi/Lo. Which two people would walk away empty-handed? Would Daniel "DazzleO" Ospina claim his second title of the series? Or maybe Amke would take that honor? Would I get the Katy...more

SCOOP: RectalRash irritates field en route to Triple Draw victory

Draw poker determines how you view the world, specifically, what goes through your mind the moment before you're dealt that last card which will determine your fate. For the calculating mathematics types, the turn of the card is nothing more than a validation of probability. Meanwhile, for the run-and-gun gamblers...more

SCOOP: Lance84 likes lowball, grabs #24-High title ($1,050 TD 2-7)

Could this be the biggest day of the year for online limit triple draw deuce-to-seven players? Three tournaments, with more than $145,000 up for grabs between them, and nearly 3,000 entrants spread out on each! Didn't seem like it would be such a big day early on over at the...more

ANZPT Gold Coast Day 1b: Levels 3 & 4 (blinds 100-200, ante 25)

4:10pm: Ten-minute break 4:00pm: Barbaro straight to the top! We have a new chip leader in the house! Simon Barbaro has jumped ahead courtesy of a very favourable flop. We don't have a lot of details of the action but we believe it was a multi-way pot with Barbaro flopping...more

SCOOP: Irony strikes as ironyorick wins Event 26-L ($11 NLHE Turbo)

Turbos require a player to either get involved or get out of the way, if you choose the latter then you probably do not have what it takes to play in this fast tempo tournament. With a $20,538.91first place prize the 20,522 entrants looked to steam full speed ahead in...more

SCOOP: dean23price banks a win in Event #26-Medium ($109 NLHE turbo)

If you have a short commute, it might take 16 minutes for you to drive to work in the morning. You might wait 16 minutes for the bus or a burger and fries at the diner. In a live tournament, it can take 16 minutes to play a single hand...more

ANZPT Gold Coast Day 1b: Levels 1 & 2 (blinds 75-150)

2:00pm: Ten-minute break 1:50pm: Benton blues Aaron Benton has just taken a big hit after Jesse McKenzie caught a perfect river to double through. It all started with McKenzie raising from under the gun and Benton defending his big blind to see a flop of 3♦4♥4♣. McKenzie's continuation bet was...more

SCOOP: Le victory for le kork in Event #26-High ($1,050 NLHE Turbo)

Risk is part of poker. It is what thrills many players and keeps them returning to the tables. But alongside that risk has to be confidence, as they have to believe they can benefit from taking those risks more often than not. While every poker tournament is a risk, the...more

SCOOP: magic_maniac scoops Event 25 Stud Hi-Lo $22 buy in

More than 2,000 players turned out on PokerStars Tuesday to see who would be the biggest stud at that seven-card game. Event 25 of SCOOP (2011 edition) Stud Hi-Lo $22 buy in drew 2,012 players, which built a prize pool of a cool $40,240--just more than double the $20,000...more

Supernovas' Night Out: Thailand

Supernova VIP players at PokerStars have such a tough life. For example they must worry about what they should spend the enormous number of frequent player points that they accumulate on. Should they regularly buy $4000 cash credits, or save up a little while to buy entry into an EPT...more

Song Sets Stage for Macau Poker Cup

PokerStars Macau at Casino Grand Lisboa has just completed the MPC May Special from May 13-15. The weekend featured 3 Official Asia Player of the Year events where 242 players competed for HKD $670,064 in total prize money. Macau's Ion Sang Song won the Main Event taking home HKD $115,800...more

Inside SCOOP snags Berg, Luske

If you have yet to check in on Inside SCOOP, you're missing out on your best opportunity to catch up with all things related to the Spring Championship of Online Poker. The nightly 30-minute show replays the big hands from the day, interviews winners and Team PokerStars Pros, and offers...more

Pilat takes control of Gold Coast Day 1a flight

Arriving on the Gold Coast brings back many fond memories of years gone by. Growing up as a young Taswegian, the Gold Coast was the ultimate family holiday destination to escape the winter blues of the south. The Gold Coast was exciting. Great weather, theme parks, incredible beaches, bright lights...more

The Daily SCOOP (5-17-11): -DrawingDad- does it again

Win one SCOOP tournament. I dare you. Go do it today, and then we'll talk. Of course, when you come back, I'm going to go tell you to do it again before the 2011 Spring Championship of Online Poker ends. Impossible? Maybe if you're me. But if you're the guy...more

ANZPT Gold Coast Day 1a: Level 7 (blinds 300-600, ante 50)

7:35pm: Play concludes The final few hands came and went without further incident as approximately 30 players have survived the Day 1a carnage here on the Gold Coast. It was a day for the locals with Matthew Pilat dominating from the get-go to amass a stack of 112,550 by the...more

SCOOP: doncarignano grabs ultimate salvation in Event 22-High morality play

It's not often that a poker tournament serves as an object lesson in excellent ethics. Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I present to you 2011 SCOOP Event 22-High, $3,150 No-Limit Hold'em (4-max). Five-handed, two tables of players agreed to simultaneously sit out until a question of structure could be...more

SCOOP: danskemann denies DazzleO double, wins Event #22-M ($320 NLHE, 4-max.)

Small blind. Big blind. Cutoff/Under the Gun. Button. Four-handed poker. No waiting. And nowhere to hide. It's a relatively rare game, found mostly only online. Or, of course, during the final stages of a tournament. Those seeking it out are generally more experienced short-handed players, possessed with plenty of postflop...more

SCOOP: Dippidude defeats elhasi to win Event #22-Low ($33 NLHE 4-max)

It's not a new discovery that short-handed poker games require an altered and updated set of skills versus a full-handed table. But through the years, tournaments have grown to offer players more options in poker tournaments that offer short-handed tournaments right from the start. Most of them are six-handed tables,...more

SCOOP: xXprivXx prevails in Event #21-High ($1,575 NLHE/PLO)

With the way this year's SCOOP is going for some players' we're giving a bit more credence to that old adage "luck comes in streaks." Once again in the 2011 SCOOP, two chip-slinging geniuses found themselves playing two simultaneous final tables. In the final nine of Event #21-High ($1,575 PLO)...more

16 May

ANZPT Gold Coast Day 1a: Levels 5 & 6 (blinds 200-400, ante 50)

6:25pm: Ten-minute break 6:15pm: Big draw delivers for Hodgson Chris Hodgson is now up to 40,000 after his big combo-draw delivered to crack his opponent's pocket kings. All the action went down on a flop of 8♠6♣T♠ with Hodgson showing J♠9♠ for an open-ended straight-flush draw. The turn brought the...more

ANZPT Gold Coast Day 1a: Levels 3 & 4 (blinds 100-200, ante 25)

4:15pm: Ten-minute break 4:05pm: Quads on board Vuong Van Le has just taken out a short-stacked opponent in rather interesting circumstances. His opponent opened to 1,200 before Le moved raised enough to force his opponent to call off his last 4,000 chips. It was Q♠T♠ up against Le's A♦K♣ and...more

SCOOP: NhFy nails a win in Event #21-Medium ($162 NLHE/PLO)

It would be safe to say that every online poker player knows how to play no-limit hold'em. But players looking for new challenges and more action have taken to pot-limit Omaha over the past few years. PLO has accumulated a tremendous fan club, and many players clamor to get in...more

SCOOP: -DrawingDad- draws the win in Event 21-Low ($16.50 NLHE/PLO)

Poker has advanced in the past decade to the point that some of the more experienced players view straight no-limit hold'em tournaments as boring or simple. While most don't agree, those who do have sought out the mixed game format that often includes numerous games. What would they say about...more

ANZPT Gold Coast Day 1a: Levels 1 & 2 (blinds 75-150)

2:05pm: Ten-minute break 1:45pm: Old school move snags new school victim The old limp-re-raise. It's a classic move. It looks like aces, but then again, how can it be aces? That was going through the head of Jack Drake as he was faced with a big raise from Ivan Pesut....more

SCOOP: Jonathan "Iftarii" Jaffe pairs WCOOP bracelet with SCOOP watch in Event #23-Medium ($109 PLO Turbo 1R1A)

Four hours and two minutes. That's how long it took to get from a 955-strong field to a SCOOP champion. Seeing as today's entree of choice, turbo PLO, is more or less an invitation to nausea, tilt, and relentless button-mashing, I suppose it's at least somewhat merciful that the bankroll...more

SCOOP: $253K score for Event #20-H champion CuCbKu (NLHE $2,100)

SCOOP time means a break for the Sunday Million, a.k.a. the biggest weekly online no-limit hold'em tournament in the world. In its place, PokerStars presented players a variety of options on Sunday, including a couple of two-day-long, "High" buy-in versions of NLHE fun guaranteeing big money and tough fields. The...more

SCOOP: alexandrapau speeds away with event 23-H for Canada ($1,050 PL Omaha 1r+1a Turbo)

Fast and furious are the best words to describe Event #23-H, a Pot Limit Omaha 1r+1a turbo event that drew 183 players adding 125 re-buys and 83 add-ons generating a $391,000 prize pool. All it took was three hours for the tournament to come to and end, with the final...more

SCOOP 20-L ($22 NL): Dejwiz Casts Spell Over Final Table

The second week of PokerStars' SCOOP tournament series kicked off Sunday with more no-limit hold'em tournament action. Event 20-L drew a field of 22,065 entries generating a prize pool of $441,300 paid out to 3,150 positions. The one lucky and skilled enough to go though that field is expected...more

SCOOP: "I has it" runs over the field in Event 23: PLO Turbo $11 buy in

PokerStars may be the only place you can buy into a tournament for $11 and play for a $100,000 prize pool. The $50,000 guarantee for the Low version of Pot-Limit Omaha Turbo, SCOOP Event 23, was shattered as 4,719 players created a $101,060 prize pool with 3,419 rebuys and...more

SCOOP: Vonbaranow blazes Event 20-M final table ($215 NLHE)

Battling through just under 6,500 players and two days was just what all the entrants had to look forward to when they entered Event #20-Medium on Sunday. Generating a $1,289,800 prize pool those players were battling for the $201,727.15 first place money to make their two days of play worth...more

SCOOP: Good day for the UK - Paolo69 wins Event #19-High ($2,100 NLHE)

Today marked the conclusion of another high-profile SCOOP event, this one the $2,100 two-day no-limit hold'em tournament. By the time late registration closed on Day 1 the field had reached a total of 495 players, building a prize pool of $990,000. The payout schedule called for 63 players to cash,...more

SCOOP: Pash123 prevails in Event #19-Low ($22 NLHE)

The midpoint of any event can be slow, possibly lacking the excitement of the beginning or the finale. But with something like SCOOP, the tournaments are different every day and provide new action with each event. So, with Event 19 being the midpoint of the two-week SCOOP series, there was...more

Supernova's Night Out: Germany

The Supernova Night Out started with a simple idea: get a group of Supernovas together and treat them like the VIPs they are. I was going to be the host of this event, and I felt right away that this was a great idea to get to know fellow players...more

SCOOP: Simaska victorious in Event 19 NLHE $215 buy-in

If you're the kind of player who likes the opportunity to win a 600x return on your buy-in, then Event 19 of SCOOP was your kind of tournament. The medium $215 buy-in edition of this NLHE tournament drew 4,395 players, creating a whopping prize pool of $879,000, of which...more

The Daily SCOOP (5-15-11): Halfway-mark sadness

As a child, I'd start crying before a Peanuts cartoon even ended. Why? Because I knew when the show was over, months would pass before another one would be on the air. I hated for things I loved to end. As I've matured (and the peanut gallery can keep its...more

A warm welcome as ANZPT hits the Gold Coast

In its quest to give poker players from Southern states an opportunity to escape the chill and see a little sunshine, the ANZPT has moved to the warmth of Queensland as the fourth stop of Season 3 brings us to the popular Gold Coast! It hasn't been an easy...more

15 May

TaKjANeWiM takes the May 15 Women's Sunday victory

'Tis the season ... for online poker tournaments! Sure, PokerStars offers tournaments all day, every day of the year, but it is during the month of May that poker players can revel in the amazement of some of the biggest online tournaments of the year. The Spring Championship of Online...more

Vamos! Rodriguez wins in Nova Gorica

What a difference two months make. Back in March, Antonio Dieguez Rodriguez looked crestfallen having finished second in the inaugural Eureka Poker Tour event in Prague. At the end of this tournament he fell too, but to his knees, only moving it to wipe away tears and let the...more

Eureka Poker Tour Nova Gorica: Day 3, levels 23-27 updates (blinds 25,000-50,000)

1.25am: Antonio Dieguez Rodriguez wins Eureka Poker Tour, Nova Gorica (€40,010) On the button Antonio Dieguez Rodriguez made it 125,000 to play and Plamen Todorov called from the big blind. On the flop of J♦5♦7♥ Todorov led for 160,000, Rodriguez moved all-in and Todorov called. On their backs: Todorov:...more

The Daily SCOOP (5-15-11): Ruthenberg rules...quickly

The people behind the Spring Championship of Online Poker had a pretty good idea when they came up with giving out a watch to all the series champions. In terms of function and form, a watch holds up a lot better than a bracelet or a ring. If I may...more

Eureka Poker Tour Nova Gorica: Day 3, level 19, 20, 21 & 22 updates (blinds 8,000-16,000, ante 2,000)

7.15pm: End of the level You'll find the next level's updates in a new post here. 7.05pm: Viliyan Petleshkov doubles through Dorde Jovanovic Down to just 80,000 he moved all-in with pocket kings from the small blind after Dorde Jovanovic had opened from under-the-gun+1, the latter calling the extra with...more

SCOOP Event #17-L: Pole Position for Radoom, wins $22,649

Week one of the PokerStars SCOOP closing out the first week of the series is Event #17-L $15 +$1.50 Pot-Limit Omaha 6-max with rebuys. The event drew a field of 3,528 players with 4,540 rebuys and 2,380 addons to create a prize pool of $156,720, more than double the...more

14 May

SCOOP: adiprene1 grasps the luck of the Irish during Event #17-H victory

Comparing the waltz to breakdancing, a walk across a nature park to base jumping from Eifel Tower, or perhaps playing chess to lining up behind the center in an American football game. Call it a drastic change in pace from the Event #14 Limit Omaha Hi/Lo tourney that finished this...more

SCOOP: Chilax Chuck chomps all the chips in Event 17-Medium, $162 PLO

It's a dream scenario for any poker player. Come into the final table of a major tournament with more than half the chips in play. That's the situation Chilax Chuck faced at the final table of 2011 SCOOP Event 17-Medium, $162 Pot-Limit Omaha with rebuys. By firing, and firing, and...more

SCOOP: Pikul1980 picks up win in Event #16-Low ($22 NLHE 4x Shootout)

Win four tables, win the tournament. How difficult can that be? Just kidding, folks! It is extremely difficult. In a sit-n-go format, a quadruple shootout tournament allows only the winner of each table to move on to the next round. So, the one player who wins four tables will be...more

SCOOP: kay3000 dodges maelstrom of bullets to win Triple Shootout Event 16-M

Triple shootout. The concept sounds easy. Win three sit-n-gos in a row. One. Two. Three. Or if Dr. Seuss might poetically wax... One fish. Two fish. Three fish. Cool watch. Winning the first table of a shootout is simple. Two shootout tables? That takes talent with a pinch of luck....more

SCOOP: Javahound flops 'em dead in Event #16-High ($2,100 NLHE double shootout)

Win two sit & goes in a row. Even the biggest donkeys among us have done it once or twice, and technically, that's all you had to do to take down today's high buy-in SCOOP no-limit event. Only... the structure was slower. A lot slower. And the stacks were deeper....more

Bulgarian PokerStars qualifier leads sweet sixteen into final day

A total of 92 players sat down at the start of Day 2 of the Eureka Poker Tour, Nova Gorica main event. All with the hope of reaching the money (top 24) and then the final table (top eight). As it was play would end bang in the middle...more

SCOOP: Team Pro Ruthenberg races to title in Triple Stud Turbo (18-H, $2,100)

Sticking only with the last three H.O.R.S.E. games -- razz (R), seven-card stud (S), and seven-card stud eight-or-better (E) -- and spending just five minutes on each game with the stakes rapidly increasing, turbo-style, meant the three versions of Event #18 were all destined to conclude in a flash. And...more

SCOOP: mojocha runs over final table in Event 18-Medium, $215 Triple Stud Turbo

Triple Stud is a mixed-game variant that's become more popular since the 2009 World Series of Poker, when Jeff Lisandro won a gold bracelet in each of Stud, Razz and Stud Hi/Lo. Those events were played with a deep structure. The 2011 SCOOP Event 18-Medium Triple Stud tournament was played...more

SCOOP: lili275 needs less than four hours to win Event 18: Triple Stud $22 buy-in

Triple your stud. Triple your fun. For those who enjoy a game in which 43 percent of the hand is revealed face up, Event 18 of SCOOP, a $22 buy-in Triple Stud tournament, had much to offer. This event included a rotation of Stud Hi, Stud Hi-Lo and everyone's...more

Eureka Poker Tour Nova Gorica: Day 2, level 17 & 18 updates (blinds 3,000-6,000, ante 500)

2.50am: Chip counts Here's the chipcounts of the remaining players: Visraeliyan Petleshkov, Bulgaria, PokerStars qualifier, 495,000 Tadeas Kozdon, Czech Republic, PokerStars qualifier, 355,000 Alain Medesan , Romania, 303,000 Senadin Cosic Bosnia Herzegovina, 270,000 Antonio Dieguez Rodriguez, Spain, 258,000 Miha Staric, Slovenia, PokerStars qualifier, 237,000 Plamen Todorov, Bulgaria, 208,000 Libor Behro,...more

SCOOP - 13-M $162 NL Ante Up: JustSaba's just desserts earns over $31k

Event 13 of the PokerStars SCOOP tournament series is an "Ante Up" event. Put simply, the blinds remain at 5/5 throughout the tournament, but the antes go up each level. This event was at the medium $162 buy-in as a field of 1,243 entries created a $186,450 prize pool...more

Eureka Poker Tour Nova Gorica: Day 2, level 13, 14, 15 & 16 updates (blinds 2,000-4,000, ante 400)

11.35pm: Break Time For the next 15 minutes players are on a break. You'll find the next levels updates in a new post here. 11.30pm: Berka out in 21st Pavel Berka, who finished 20th in Prague is the 21st place finisher here in Nova Gorica. Down to under 40,000 he...more

SCOOP: RusAttack666 attacks Event 13-L field ($16.50 NLHE Ante Up)

No blind increases for the duration of a tournament would be like playing a cash game for many hours hoping to bust your opponents, so increasing antes while the blinds stay the same is how you make things interesting. That is just what it was, interesting, at least until play...more

SCOOP: JIZOINT turns the joint winning $55K in Event #13-H

5,000 chips and blinds that stay at 5/5?!?! A thousand big blinds for pros of this caliber may cause the tournament to last until a Holiday Inn is built on Mars or my beloved Minnesota Vikings to finally win a Super Bowl (actually that will probably never happen). While the...more

The Daily SCOOP (5-14-11): Kostritsyn continues to (almost) amaze

Alexander "joiso" Kostritsyn is having one of the best Spring Championship of Online Pokers in history. He's also probably never been more frustrated. In the past three days, Kostritsyn has gotten heads-up for SCOOP watches three times. Each time, he's finished second. As if second place was starting to make...more

Eureka Poker Tour Nova Gorica: Day 2, level 9, 10, 11 & 12 updates (blinds 800-1,600, ante 200)

6.25pm: Break time Players are now on a 10 minute break. You'll find level 13 updates in a new post here. 6.15pm: More chip counts There are currently 43 players left in, here are a few more chip counts. Sasa Stancic - 79,000 Michal Kadziela - 54,000 Mitch Johnson -...more

13 May

SCOOP: Kecinpulach chops one for the Czech Republic in Event 14-L ($55 Limit Omaha H/L)

While some choose to watch a horror flick on Friday the 13th some poker players opted for another type of nightmare, the $55 Limit Omaha H/L SCOOP Event. This tournament turned A Nightmare on Elm Street into A Nightmare on Fifth Street for many as bad beats that involved nasty...more

SCOOP: crazy169 holds off blitzkrieg to win Event 14-M $530 Omaha Hi/Lo

Vivacious. Thrilling. Tantalizing. Scintillating. Enthralling. Adventurous. Titillating. Provocative. Exhilarating. None of those adjectives will be seen in the rest of this recap because I'd be bending reality if I used any of them to describe the tedium of fixed limit Omaha hi/lo. Instead, I'll resort to cliches like... "watching paint...more

SCOOP: No deal! Raziel2689 wins Event #15-Low ($16.50 2x Chance Turbo NLHE)

If you've been around tournament poker for a while you're probably familiar with the concept of the M-ratio. First quantified by Paul Magriel, the M-ratio tells a poker player just how healthy his stack is compared to the current cost of being at the table. In order to calculate your...more

SCOOP: Pokerwille wills a win in Event #15-Medium ($162 NLHE Turbo 2x Chance)

Poker players are often publicized for their superstitions, though few actually alter their lives or poker habits because of them. But one day that often puts people in a state of unease simply out of tradition is Friday the 13th. People around the world reported problems with various internet program...more

Jason Mercier crowned first Champion of Champions, ending EPT season 7

Last night the European Poker Tour made history with a continent-wide broadcast of Europe's richest poker tournament. Tonight, it did something similar with Europe's best tournament, the Champion of Champions contest uniting seven seasons worth of the tour's best players. A short while ago Jason Mercier became this event's...more

SCOOP: Eifffel climbs to the top of Event 15-High

Technically, turbo tournaments are not "flippaments", as such term is generally understood. However, they are definitely "rungoodaments". Nobody who plays much poker at all has any illusion about the luck needed to run through a 307-player turbo MTT field. That was the challenge that players faced in 2011 SCOOP Event...more

SCOOP: Kroko-dill collects SCOOP watch to go with WCOOP bracelet in $63K win

"Hey anyone want to play a three table $5,200 SnG, we will even throw in a championship watch to the winner!" Team Online was doing some recruiting as well: Donald: "Can someone join me at this table?" In the early going just nine players signed up for this monster buy-in...more

SCOOP-12-M $265 NL Knockout: Tupacmn Denies Deal, Wins $81,356

Event #12 of the PokerStars SCOOP, Event #12-M - $265 No-Limit Knockout, drew a field of 2,548 entries for the 2-day event. Each player had a $50 bounty on their head to create a bounty pool of $127,400 but the players were more interested in the $509,600 prize pool...more

Romanian rises above the rest on Day 1B

When late registration slammed shut on the Eureka Poker Tour, Nova Gorica main event at approximately 4.30pm local time it was confirmed that 211 players had all put up €800 for a shot at winning the second ever Eureka Poker Tour main event. They created a prize pool of...more

SCOOP: flashdisastr scores final knockout in Event #12-H ($2,600 NLHE KO)

"Those $500 for the KO make me go crazy sometimes." So said Alexander "joiso" Kostritsyn at the start of the final table of Event #12-High, the $2,600 no-limit hold'em knockout event for which players receive a $500 bounty for each opponent they eliminate. Speaking of crazy, Kostritsyn is having...more

EPT Champion of Champions, level 16 to finish (40,000-80,000)

2.52am: Jason Mercier is the EPT Champion of Champions Jason Mercier is the inaugural EPT Champion of Champions! Mercier had moved in with A♥2♦ and Galen Hall had made the call with K♠3♦ for his last 500,000. Mercier smashed the board with A♠Q♥7♠A♣7♦ to send Hall to the rail...more

SCOOP: woooooza wiiiiins it--German takes down Event #12: NLHE Knockout $27 buy-in

Wannabe poker pugilists took the term "knockout" to heart. The entrants in the $27 buy-in Low edition of Event #12: No-Limit Hold'em Knockout barely needed the second day, as 16,279 players were whittled down to 11 in only 44 levels of play on Thursday. That's a heck of a...more

EPT Champion of Champions, level 11-15 updates (blinds 2,000-4,000, ante 400)

8pm: Dinner break After 14 levels players are now on dinner break. Play resumes at 9pm local time. -- SB 7.50pm: De Korver on the rail Pieter de Korver is out, moving in with Q♠T♥ against Michael Martin's A♣J♠. The board ran 5♦A♠5♠T♣6♠ to send the former Grand Final...more

Eureka Poker Tour Nova Gorica: Day 1B, level 5, 6, 7 & 8 updates (blinds 300-600, ante 75)

11.45pm: Aces ensure double for Bevac On one of the last four hands of the day Daniel Bavec doubled up getting his last 20,000 in with pocket aces against pocket kings. Aces...upped Bevac's chip stack at the death 11.45pm: Done for the day Play is done for the day, a...more

The Daily SCOOP (5-13-11): Prepare to be quartered

Don't be ashamed. We all have something with which we struggle. Some people eat too much. Some people are oblivious to risk. Some people misunderstand the term "semi-bluff." Some people suffer from paraskevidekatriaphobia. If you're among the latter, we humbly suggest you take the day off from the Spring Championship...more

Eureka Poker Tour Nova Gorica: Day 1B, level 1, 2, 3 & 4 updates (blinds 100-200)

6.30pm: End of the level That's the end of level four, players are now on a 10 minute break. You'll find level five updates in a new post here. 6.15pm: Exposed card changes course of the hand Pre-flop a five was exposed but that didn't stop three players including Zsolt...more

EPT Champion of Champions, level 1-10 updates (blinds 800-1,600, ante 200)

6.25pm: One in, one out While David Vamplew doubles up on the feature table, Mike McDonald just busted from one of the outer tables. Vamplew moved in on a flop of 2♠K♣4♣, holding K♠J♣. Rueben Peters called with A♣6♣. The turn 2♥ and river 2♣ kept Vamplew in his...more

Fernando Brito wins EPT Player of the Year award

Portuguese businessman Fernando Brito is the new EPT Player of the Year after putting in a consistent performance throughout Season 7. Brito, 52, worked hard to snag the title, winning or cashing in event after event and dominating the season's POY race. As well as a sixth place finish in...more

12 May

SCOOP: uri1013 liquidates field in Event #11-Medium $215 PLO Heads-Up

The infamous heads-up match between Johnny Moss and Nick the Greek, supposedly hosted near the entrance to Benny Binion's Horseshoe Casino in downtown Las Vegas in the early 1950s, pitted the two adversaries in a game of Five-card draw. Flash forward fifty years later to Binion's in 2003. Chris Moneymaker...more

SCOOP: Called shot! YouPayMyF458 promises and delivers in Event 11-Low

You don't often see someone predict victory and then deliver. Babe Ruth comes to mind. Joe Namath. YouPayMyF458? You bet. After failing to interest his final table opponent, gasi555 in a deal, YouPayMyF458 promised a win -- and delivered. Reaching the final table of 2011 Scoop Event 11-Low required winning...more

SCOOP: Winning indeed Sir_winalot9 denies Kostritsyn SCOOP title and banks $76K

Just one person standing between you and the win, heads-up play worrying about what the button is doing every other orbit or if the player on table 25 is running over his table. Just one person between you and that SCOOP champions watch. Alexander "joiso" Kostritsyn had that chance last...more

Ivan Freitez triumphant to become EPT Grand Final champion

Amid jubilant scenes in the Casino Gran Madrid, Ivan Freitez was crowned EPT Grand Final Champion tonight, an unstoppable force at a unique EPT final table. Broadcast on live television across Europe (albeit with a two-hour delay) and across the world, and to those watching on EPT Live; Freitez...more

Slovenian PokerStars qualifier leads after Day 1A

The Eureka Poker Tour rolled into Nova Gorica, Slovenia and 96 players in total took to the felt on Day 1A. Slovenia is the smallest country, in terms of population, to ever qualify for the Football World Cup and it looked as if they would be outnumbered here too. There...more

EPT Madrid: Final table, level 30 (cont.) & 31 updates (blinds 80,000-160,000, 20,000 ante)

12.52am: Ivan Freitez wins EPT Madrid and €1,500,00 Ivan Freitez has won the EPT Madrid Grand Final beating German Torsten Brinkmann heads up to claim €1,500,000, as well as a place in the Champion of Champions tournament tomorrow. Freitez opened his button with T♦9♦ and Brinkmann shoved A♦K♣. Freitez...more

Eureka Poker Tour Nova Gorica: Day 1A, level 5 & 6 & 7 & 8 updates (blinds 300-600, ante 75)

12.10am: Miha Staric leads the way The overnight chip leader is Miha Staric. The Slovenian PokerStars qualifier takes 97,500 through to day two. A full wrap of the day's play to come and I've been promised full chip counts will be with me within an hour. 11.55pm: Play is...more

Twitter Poker League begins seventh season

This week saw the start of the seventh season of the Twitter Poker League, a fresh leaderboard and another $2,100 in bi-monthly prizes up for grabs. 549 players took to the tables this week, 81 of whom would be paid and over $100 would go to 1st place. Over half...more

The Daily SCOOP (5-12-11): Showoffs and showdowns

You gotta hand it to our writer Kristin Bihr. She was on the schedule last night to write one wrap-up. She ended up watching three final tables. Why? Well, she found a couple of SCOOP showoffs. As she reported last night in "Two final tables, one victory as Hood_Ace takes...more

Sara Mariani reigns in Spain, winning PokerStars EPT Women Live

The PokerStars Women Live EPT Grand Final, in Madrid on Wednesday, was an international affair with countries from across Europe represented, as well as the United States. But when it was all over, it was a local, from Madrid, who won it, doing so with the support of lots...more

Eureka Poker Tour Nova Gorica: Day 1A, level 1, 2 & 3 & 4 updates (blinds 100-200)

6.35pm: Break time That's the end of level four and players are on a 15 minute break. You'll find level five updates and beyond in a new post. 6.30pm: Snowmen don't melt for Maryska I joined the action to see a flop of 3♠3♥7♥ and three active players, first to...more

Watch EPT Grand Final live on TV... with hole cards

Today's EPT Grand Final in Madrid will be the most watched live poker show ever, with numerous countries airing the coverage to an estimated 500,000 people across Europe, Russia and Canada. Spectators from around the world will be able to see all the action of the most crucial stages of...more

Now I really am a Twit

I like to be ahead of the curve where technology and trends are concerned, and as such I've signed up for Twitter. It's an interesting social media application that may or may not catch on, but I like to be on the cutting edge of things so I'm giving it...more

EPT Madrid: Final table, level 28 (cont.), 29 & 30 updates (blinds 60,000-120,000, 15,000 ante)

6.15pm: End of Part I Well that's the afternoon session complete. The remaining four players now depart for what is being described as an "extended dinner break," until they return to the TV table to play down to a champion at 9pm tonight. As you'll now be aware, that...more

11 May

SCOOP: Two final tables, one victory as Hood_Ace takes down Event #10-M ($320 Stud)

Most of us mere mortals would be satisfied with one SCOOP final table. When it comes to online poker, it's a helluva feat. Two would be incredible, but plenty of folks make two throughout the course of the SCOOP. Then, there is the rare bird who makes two final tables...more

SCOOP: Rey_Pajote cheats death in Event #10-L ($33 Stud)

A stud tournament may not draw out the huge fields that a hold'em tournament does but in the end the winner still gets the watch and will forever be known as a SCOOP champion. In the first stud style tournament of the series a total of 1,520 players came together...more

SCOOP Event 9-L ($22 6-Max Mixed Holdem): Christian129 Cruises in Victory

Day 4 of the PokerStars SCOOP featured Event #9-L - $22 6-Max Mixed Holdem, consisting of alternative 8-minute levels of limit and no-limit hold'em. A field of 4,392 players created a prize pool of $87,840 distributed to the final 660 players, with the winner earning a five-figure score worth...more

SCOOP: O Canada! StatusUp holds off Russian charge in Event 9-High

There's something in the water in Canada. How else to explain the Canadians' early dominance in 2011 SCOOP six-handed hold'em events? After placing three players at the six-handed final table in Event 3-Medium, Canada put four at the final table of Event 9-High, $2,100 Mixed Hold'em [6-max]. And this time...more

SCOOP: One for Uruguay as HN Kakaroto captures Event #10-H ($3,150 Stud)

Much like the World Series, the Spring Championship of Online Poker offers not just a variety of games and buy-ins, but the chance for players to pick and choose events according to field size. While some like the challenge of trying to negotiate their way through thousands of opponents to...more

EPT Madrid: Final table player profiles

A field of 686 arrived in Madrid to contest the European Poker Tour Grand Final in Madrid. Now just eight remain. We've watched them since Day 1, and now one of them will win a first prize of €1,500,000, having paid €10,000 to enter. So who are these last...more

-DrawingDad- not drawing dead--German wins Event #9: Mixed Hold'em $215 buy-in

Whether you prefer Limit Hold'em or No Limit Hold'em, Event #9 of the 2011 edition of SCOOP had a little something for everyone with its Mixed Hold'em format. This $215 buy-in tournament that rotated the two most popular forms of Hold'em attracted 679 runners, with 90 of them getting...more

Ivan Freitez takes Grand Final lead as Gomes seeks historic triple

It was down to business at the European Poker Tour Grand Final today, the simple matter of reducing three tables to just one. Simple? Yes, by definition, but the journey there was anything but, complete with fluke, twists and a chip leader curse that at times seemed to turn...more

PokerStars Women Live Madrid hosts 60 runners from 14 countries

Sixty women registered today for the €550 Ladies tournament at the EPT Grand Final in Madrid, creating a prize pool of €30,000. Fourteen countries are represented, including Cyprus, Sweden, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, the Netherlands, Germany, Canada, Belgium, France, Greece, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Spain....more

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

12.12pm: Maceiras busts Pettersson in 9th (€95,000) to end play Thomas Pettersson was all smiles despite the fact he had just been eliminated from the main event on the 'true' final table bubble. The pot opened with a raise from Juan Maceiras before the Swede moved all-in. Alex Gomes...more

SCOOP Event #1 recap video


EPT Madrid: Day 4, level 24 & 25 updates (blinds 20,000-40,000, 4,000 ante)

6.45pm: Brinkmann takes on Yanayt Torsten Brinkmann has just won an 830,000 pot against Eugene Yanayt. The American had opened fom under-the-gun and had been called by Brinkmann in the smallblind.. The German the check-called 90,000 on the 2♣7♣3♣ flop and 225,000 on the J♠ turn before leading 350,000...more

The Daily SCOOP (5-11-11): ElkY, De Meulder get close, but no watch

Well, we're in it now, aren't we? After a couple of days of dipping our little toes in the late spring waters, it seems somebody has come from behind and given us the ol' bully's push into the deep end. All we can do now is stay afloat. The PokerStars...more

EPT Madrid: Picture gallery

Throughout the course of any European Poker Tour event, official photographer Neil Stoddart works alongside bloggers to capture what it's like to play and watch an EPT event from close up. While much of his work goes up on the blog there isn't room for everything, so below you'll...more

Super Tuesday 5/10/11: Kovalski1 Banks $35,475 in Late Night Performance

The PokerStars Super Tuesday was part of a crowded major tournament calendar Tuesday as a field of 165 players created a prize pool of $165,000, distributed to the final 27 players. Tournament action at the EPT Grand Final in Madrid and several SCOOP tournaments left a single member of...more

EPT Madrid: Day 4, level 21 (cont.), 22 & 23 updates (blinds 12,000-24,000, 2,000 ante)

4.22pm: Palovic doubles through Gomes Dag Palovic has just doubled through fellow Team PokerStars Pro Alex Gomes with A♦K♠ over A♣Q♥. The board blanked and the short stacked Palovic doubles up, but will have to keep getting it. -- RD 4.15pm: Mandavia in shove mode Ankush Mandavia was down...more

SCOOP Event #7-L ($16.50 NL HU) - 1Cyka Last Player Standing

Day three of SCOOP tournament action features some mano y mano confrontations with Event #7 - $16.50 No-Limit Hold'em Heads-Up. A field of 10,695 players created a prize pool of $160,425 as the final 1,024 players make the money. Today's winner will have defeated either 13 or 14 rivals...more

SCOOP: Nzame defeats human to win Event #7-Medium ($162 NLHE HU)

Heads-up tournaments take on a different tone from the moment of registration. Players look through the list to see if they have notes on particular players, as it's going to be a one-on-one battle from the start. There are also no late entries allowed in the event, and anyone has...more

10 May

SCOOP: Big_Nemo spears white whale to capture Heads-Up Championship in Event #7-High $1,575 NL Hold'em

Heads-up poker often reminds me of Moby Dick. I'm not referencing the rock anthem off of "Led Zeppelin II" with an incendiary drum solo from the legendary John Bonham. Rather, I'm talking about the 19th century novel by American writer Herman Melville. Critics called Moby Dick a masterpiece and the...more

SCOOP: Boom! devsdynamite wins Event #6-M ($109 PL 5-Card Draw)

Five-card draw is a game with serious old-school credentials. The first chapter of Herbert O. Yardley's classic 1957 instructional text The Education of a Poker Player is devoted to the game, and it was the main game in the cardrooms of Southern California back in the 1970s. While it no...more

SCOOP: Supa4real is really super in Event-6 High

You might have played it as a child, sitting around someone's kitchen table. It was the game of choice in the Old West - or at least the Old West that's depicted by Hollywood on our television and movie screens. You remember it: 5-Card Draw. 5-Card Draw isn't nearly as...more

SCOOP: Power_up45 surges to victory in Event #8-Medium ($109 NLHE turbo)

Blink and you'll miss it. That's one way to describe this final table. Maybe that's not quite fair, but the 20 minutes it took this bunch to go from eight players to a winner is less time that it takes to watch an episode of The Office, get your car...more

SCOOP: JeankeNissan binks Event #8-H ($1,050 NLHE Turbo); Matthias de Meulder 5th

The "High" version of Event #8 -- a $1,050 buy-in, full ring, no-limit hold'em event -- was another "turbo"-style affair with blisteringly-fast five-minute levels. Such a structure assured everyone, including those making the final table, of a rapid conclusion, and indeed it would take a little under four hours to...more

SCOOP: reddblack takes down Event #6: Pot-Limit 5-Card Draw $11 buy-in

Only a few years ago when you thought of Five-Card Draw perhaps you pictured poker at kitchen tables from decades past or the games that helped draw patrons to saloons more than a century ago. While Five-Card Draw was quickly replaced by Texas Hold'em in popularity in modern times,...more

Eugene Yanayt leads last 24, while Gomes stalks Triple Crown

Poker will always be about attrition. You might need all the chips to win but to survive you just need to last longer than the others, stay in while they bust out. It's the plain speaking truth of the game, and with that in mind we arrived today ready...more

SCOOP: Zefir_max wins marathon match in Event #3-High ($530 NLHE 6-Max w/Rebuys)

Some tournaments are simply destined to have an elite field. Combine the high buy-in with the opportunity for unlimited rebuys, and the number of players prepared to play comfortably - and do so on six-handed tables - becomes an interesting crowd. Many of the players in the field are well-known...more

SCOOP: German pride for xandyLx in Event 3-Medium victory

It's said that poker players share playing styles by nationality or geographic region. Scandinavians are aggressive. Asians are more prone to gamble. Americans tend to be nittier than most. What to make, then, of Germany and Canada's performances in 2011 SCOOP Event 3-Medium, $55 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold'em with Rebuys? Those...more

PokerStars Women Live EPT Final starts tomorrow

Wednesday is Day 1 of the PokerStars Women Live EPT Grand Final tournament here in Madrid, and the noon launch tomorrow means the low key buzz of excitement and nerves is starting to percolate through to the players. Like so many players before them, they mentally plan for what...more

SCOOP: MusonToch shorts the field in Event #3-Low ($5.50+R NLHE 6-Max)

Playing short handed brings out the aggressive style in players as they see more hands and have less opponents to have to worry about in every hand. In this tournament the aggression turned into bad bluffs and bad beats A $265,935 prize pool was generated when 17,240 players entered the...more

Coming soon: Macau Poker Cup

The Macau Poker Cup (MPC) series returns to PokerStars Macau at Casino Grand Lisboa as players get ready for the MPC May Special from May 13-15. The HKD $5,000 Main Event on Saturday carries a HKD $250,000 guarantee and is book ended by the $2,000 KO Bounty and $1,500 Deepstack...more

EPT Madrid: Day 3, level 20 & 21 updates (blinds 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante)

10.38pm: Fursov falls as Day 3 ends Vasily Fursov has just been knocked out by Alessandro Limblici with a one-two punch; doubling Limblici up with A♦J♠ to A♣K♦ one hand then shoving T♣8♣ into the same player's pocket rockets the next. Nice run good for Limblici who finishes the...more

The Daily SCOOP (5-10-11): Cody putting it in our face, Amke nabs second watch

It's a lot easier to give one's self a nickname like "donkey-fish-guts" or "dainty&fainty." There's not a lot to live up to. Jake Cody went the other direction and he's had to live up to it. Cody seems bent on putting it all right in our face. First there's that...more

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

6.35pm: End of the level That's the end of the level. Players are now on a 75 minute dinner break. -- SB 6.34pm: Klimciauskas, past and present dangers Domantas Klimciauskas just lost a chunk to Simon Higgins after three-betting the Brit from 44,000 to 100,000. Yes, that does look...more

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

3.15pm: Break time The players are on a 15 minute break. -- MC 3.10pm: Van Den Berg! Dead ahead! Erik van den Berg open shoved for his last 80,000 which was folded to Tim Finne in the small blind. He announced that he was all-in, keeping in Fernando Brito,...more

SCOOP Event #4-M ($162 Badugi) - DazzleO Dazzling in Badugi Breakthrough

Monday afternoon brings the first non-holdem event of this year's SCOOP: Event #4-M $162 Fixed limit Badugi. For those unfamiliar, players are dealt four cards, and have up to three draws to make a Badugi, consisting of four unsuited and unpaired cards. The best hand possible to make in...more

SCOOP: Amke earns second SCOOP title in Event #4-High ($1,575 Badugi)

Badugi. It's a funny little game with a funny little name that hardly anyone knows how to play. It has, however, gained a rabid, even cultish following on PokerStars. Each of the three SCOOP "badugiments" that went off today more than doubled their guarantees, despite the fact that a decent...more

9 May

SCOOP: Event 5-Low, $11 NLHE turbo sprint is no problem for vlimpers

Everything's compressed in a turbo tournament. The stacks, the blinds, the level lengths, the whole tournament. Play it out, start to finish, in just a few hours. That's the turbo appeal. Even the recap's compressed. Take 2011 SCOOP Event 5-Low, $11 No-Limit Hold'em Turbo with Rebuys. Play started at 17:00....more

SCOOP: Filfedra finds victory in Event #5-Medium ($109 NLHE Turbo w/Rebuys)

Turbo tournaments mean different things to players. Some like the quick action, the forced moves due to time constraints with five-minute levels, and the aggressive nature of play. While some believe the fast pace doesn't allow for enough skill-based action, others are drawn to it precisely for that fast pace....more

SCOOP: Super rush gives xSuPrA Event #5-High ($1,050+R NLHE Turbo)

A blinding fast structure -- just five-minute levels -- plus an hour-long rebuy period suggested Event #5-High, the $1,050+R buy-in NLHE turbo event would likely be a wild ride. And wild it was. When the first hands were dealt, exactly 100 players were seated. Forty minutes later, 200 had registered,...more

SCOOP: Aggression serves zethos1 well in Event #2-Medium ($215 NLHE)

If there's one thing the world has learned about proper no-limit hold'em play over the last decade, it's that aggression is the key to the game. Of course, there's a real balancing act at play in even the most skilled aggressive player's game. Let off the pedal too long and...more

SCOOP: in Y0UR F4CE walks the walk, takes down Event 2-High

Yesterday the 2011 installment of the Spring Championship of Online Poker kicked off on PokerStars with six two-day tournaments, two each at the low, medium and high buy-in levels that have made SCOOP a perennial tournament series favorite among all online poker players. Today those six tournaments played to their...more

SCOOP: B4d3m3!st3r brings home the watch in Event #1-High, ($2,100 NLHE 6-max)

Short-handed no-limit hold'em is an action game, there's no question about that. The pace is faster, the hand ranges wider, and the aggression ramped up several notches. However, with a structure as long and stacks as deep as the players enojyed in SCOOP Event #1-High, 6-max NLHE becomes less of...more

Ole-Kristian Nergard leads for second day as Grand Final bubble bursts

At this stage of the day we're normally touting the rise of one or two players, chipped to the nipples with a seven figure total, clear leaders and setting a pace into the money of the most prestigious event in European poker. In fact, we also thought that by...more

EPT Madrid Day 3 seat draw

1 1 Jan Bendik 155,000 1 2 Andrew Michael Boccia 71,500 PokerStars player 1 3 Garbar Geir Hauksson 105,000 1 4 Andre Alcaria 110,500 1 5 Kjartan Berger Jonsson 87,000 1 6 Xuan Liu 168,500 1 7 McLean Karr 422,000 1 8 Pedro Javier Piazuelo Ferrero 69,500 2 1 Mayu...more

SCOOP: Humlae79 overcomes eeriness to win Event #2-Low ($22 NLHE)

Poker players around the world had been talking about it for months, arranging their schedules for weeks, and playing satellites for days. Twitter and Facebook were abuzz, and laptops were fully charged. It was spring in the world of online poker, and it all meant only one thing: SCOOP! The...more

SCOOP: Joemac17 breezes to victory in Event #1-Medium ($215 NLHE, 6-max)

Shorthanded no-limit hold'em is a walk on the razor's edge. It's a game that's not suited for weak-tight players or for the faint of heart. 6-max tournaments test your bravado, range-reading ability, and willingness to jump into the darkness of the abyss without even thinking twice. Shorthanded NLHE is tons...more

SCOOP: DAMIROK bedazzles at Badugi with victory in Event #4 $16.50 buy-in

When you think of a game in which you get four cards in your hand, the first poker discipline that comes to mind is probably not Badugi. But fans of the game came out in droves at PokerStars on Monday as 2,128 players entered SCOOP Event #4 $16.50 buy-in...more

Vote now for the EPT Awards

Vote now for your EPT Player of the Year Voting is now open for the two EPT Awards that are decided by you, the players. Who do you think deserves to win the EPT Season 7 Achievement of the Year and the EPT Season 7 Players' Choice Award? If...more

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

12am: Damien Rony bubbles the main event After all the "nearly" hands on the bubble, play for the night finally came to an end with the elimination of PokerStars qualifier Damien Rony. The hand involved Ivan Freitez again, who raised to 10,500 from mid position and called when Rony...more

SCOOP: First watch to willrobrobu, winner of Event #1-Low ($22 NLHE, 6-max)

The third installment of PokerStars' Spring Championship of Online Poker promises lots of action, with a total of 114 events taking place over the next two-plus weeks. And to start things off, PokerStars chose an action game -- six-handed no-limit hold'em -- for Event No. 1. The buy-in for this...more

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

6.35pm: That's dinner That's the end of the level. Players are now taking a 75 minute break with play due to restart at around 8pm. -- SB 6.30pm: Running like Godinez Gerardo Godinez has built up a hefty 430,000 stack to take into the dinner break. He sits opposite...more

The Daily SCOOP (5-9-11): It's begun

Sometime in the deep of night, when witches dance, babies sleep, and bloggers drink hot tea with valium to forget the pain of the day, Day 1 of the 2011 PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker began and ended. On the line on Day 1 was merely a chance at...more

EPT Madrid Day 2 seat draw

Table Seat Name Chips Status 1 1 Andrew Chen 22,800 PokerStars player 1 2 Aliaksei Vesialou 26,100 1 3 Stephane Albertini 120,500 1 4 Jani Sointula 31,200 PokerStars player 1 5 Craig Bergeron 10,900 1 6 Juan Manuel Pastor 25,000 Team PokerStars Pro 1 7 Ana Marquez 31,400 1 8...more

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

3.25pm: That's the break The level ends. Players are on a 15 minute break. -- SB 3.20pm: Wow. Seriously, wow For only the second time in EPT history, a player has made a decision to call based on a coin-flip, not a percentage calculation of the likelihood of their...more

8 May

Chip and a Chair took chewonchewy to Victory in May 8 Women's Sunday

Online poker has become a staple in many women's lives, an activity that not only brings enjoyment but the thrill of competition and the hope of financial success. But despite their love for the game, other events can preclude their desire to play poker. May 8 was celebrated by many...more

Ole-Kristian Nergard leads ahead of Ivan Demidov ahead of Day 2 in Madrid

Two days have been played at the EPT Grand Final in Madrid; one full day ticked off the tournament schedule. The armed security guards of the Casino Gran Madrid watched 384 players march past their posts outside the gold-coloured doors to register, bringing the total number of entrants to...more

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

11.25pm: Play ends for the day Day 1B has come to an end and it's looking like Russian powerhouse Ivan Demidov has taken the lead for Day 1B (not overall though) with 197,800 - but the count is yet to finish. Full wrap and chip count to come. --...more

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

6.40pm: Important announcement An announcement has just been made that there are not one, nor two but three great options for dinner. You can order food from the bar, go to the quality buffet or hit the barbeque that has been set up outside. Fantastic news. After the passing...more

The Daily SCOOP: Day 1 sets stage for $25m in guarantees, new web show

The pizza delivery service is on speed dial. The fridge is full of Red Bull. There is a mouse-finger-massage therapist waiting in the next room. It begins in less than one hour. The PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker is here. At 10am ET, Day 1 will kick off two...more

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

4.32pm: End of the level That's the end of level 4. Players are now on a 15 minute break. 4.30pm: Hall out, eventually Galen Hall is out. He was standing up with a board reading Q♣J♣7♦4♦J♠ and his own hand of A♦T♣ face up on the table. He had...more

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

2.10pm: End of level That's the first small break of the day. Two levels down, seven more to go. -- RD 2.09pm: Blom in bloom Viktor Blom is talkative this afternoon. He was midway through recounting a story but it was difficult to gauge who was keeping up. Former...more

7 May

EPT Madrid: David Sonelin opens up early lead in race for Grand Final title

This may have been the Grand Final, but it felt like a very standard day at the office today. Well, almost. Typically, this is the quiet day, the most notable players, (or the ones we recognise) opting instead to play the second flight. But the Grand Final is something...more

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

11.20pm: Greenstein falls in last five hands The tournament director stopped the clock and last five hands were played out. Team PokerStars Pro Barry Greenstein failed to make it and busted before play finished. David Sonelin didn't have that sort of worry and seemed to finish as chip leader...more

Team Pro ElkY wins EPT Madrid High Roller for €525,000

Definition of man envy: when one man sees another constructing something impressive and wishes he could do the same. I have man envy right now, and the subject of my man envy-ness is Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier. I'd like to build enough chips to bag just one five-figure score, but instead...more

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

6.46pm: It's dinner time As the level comes to an end Joe Cada is making his way to the door. The eliminator was EPT Deauville champion Lucien Cohen who caught a flush on the river to beat Cada's aces when the money went in on the turn. Elsewhere Arnaud...more

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

4.33pm: End of level That's the end of the fourth level of the day and we go to a 15-minute break. -- RD 4.30pm: The Cada-Dwan rail You don't often get a rail so early on in a tournament but, perhaps a little unsurprisingly, there is a small one...more

EPT Madrid High Roller: Final table, Level 19-23 updates (15,000-30,000)

5.45pm: ElkY wins the EPT Madrid High Roller and €525,000 The two players had been battling back and forth with chips passing from one player to the other and it eventually took a bit of a cooler of a hand to place the trophy in the Team PokerStars Pro's...more

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

2.13pm: End of the level Two levels down already and the first 15 minute break of the day is upon us. 2,12pm: Durrr, of course he was bluffing Tom Dwan was the latest player to attempt a river bluff and yet again today, the move failed. He raised to...more

6 May

PCA champ Galen Hall leads EPT Madrid high roller final

Remarkably, there are still those who believe poker is a game of luck. Sure, there is an element of good fortune required, but the skills necessary to win big tournaments can not be in doubt. Just look at the names who are winning big, time and again. Luck? I don't...more

EPT Madrid High Roller: Day 2, level 17 - 19 updates (6,000-12,000, 1,000)

12.55am: Luber loses out, final table set It was so nearly a dream comeback for Alexander Luber. Down to his last 3,000 just a couple of levels ago he made it up to 160,000 at one point before crashing as the bubble boy to Benny Spindler. Luber shoved with pocket...more

EPT Madrid High Roller: Day 2, levels 13 - 16 updates (3,000-6,000, 500 ante)

10.05pm: Level and color up That's the end of level 16. The purple 500 chips are being raced off and we'll be back shortly for level 17 where blinds will be 4,000-8,000 with a 1,000 ante. 10pm: Unexpected lifeline Alexander Luber thought he was out until he stared at the...more

EPT Madrid High Roller: Day 2, level 9, 10, 11 and 12 updates (1,200-2,400, 300 ante)

4.25pm: Quick break That's the end of the level. Players are now on a 15-minute break. 4.25pm: Dwan bluff goes badly wrong Tobias Reinkemeier fans, sit up and enjoy this. Tom 'Durrr' Dwan opened the betting with a raise to 5,800. It was folded around to the young German--winner of...more

EPT Madrid High Roller: Day 2 seat draw

Here is the seat draw for Day 2 of the €25,000 High Roller at EPT Madrid... 1 1 Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier France Team PokerStars Pro 47,300 1 2 Bryn Kenney USA 117,800 1 3 Johnny Lodden Norway Team PokerStars Pro 114,000 1 4 Fernando Brito Portugal 40,100 1 5 Andrew...more

5 May

Viktor Blom leads after day of firsts in Madrid

This was always going to be a day of firsts: the first EPT event ever held in Madrid, the first time an EPT high roller was held before the main event and, as it turned out, the first time Viktor 'Isildur1' Blom led a live field at the end of...more

2011 PokerStars SCOOP countdown begins

Seventy-two hours before the launch of a space shuttle, engineers are called to their stations. Seventy-two hours before the beginning of the Spring Championship of Online Poker? Well, feel free to grab a snack or walk the dog. You still have some time. However, now would be a good time...more

EPT Madrid High Roller: Day 1, level 5, 6, 7 & 8 updates (500-1,000, 100 ante)

9pm: Selbst busts at the death Just as the last hands were being dealt, Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Selbst bust. Andrew Lichtenberger had ben 2,500 and she moved in for 13,100 total. Call. Selbst was nicely ahead with A♣K♦ against J♠Q♣ but the board ran Q♥7♦5♠[10c][10d] to send the NAPT...more

EPT Madrid High Roller: Day 1, levels 1, 2, 3 & 4 updates (150-300, 25 ante)

3.30pm: Break That's the end of the level, and players are now on their second 15-minute break of the day. I won't take a break; I shall be setting up a new post for the second half of today's fun. It'll be up shortly. 3.25pm: Warring neighbours (or neighbors for...more

4 May

PokerStars Women's Poker League: April Points Bring May Bonuses

April was an interesting month for the PokerStars Women's Poker League. As the league grew steadily since February 2011, more women took to the virtual tables dedicated to women-only tournaments and saw the benefits of league points, all while having fun playing in some of the most entertaining tournaments offered...more

Digging in for the SCOOP

The PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker begins in just a few days and I couldn't be more excited about it. SCOOP gives me a chance to break away from the daily cash game grind for a bit and focus on fun. Last year I played two of the biggest...more

Super Tuesday 5/3/11: Capoch captures the chips, cashing for $49,235

The first Super Tuesday of May featured a field of 229 players creating a prize pool of $229,000 distributed among the final 27 players. The winner is expected to take down an impressive $49,235. Three members of Team PokerStars participated in today's Super Tuesday, with Team Canada Pro Pat...more

3 May

Elder flowers to win EPT San Remo and €930,000

The European Poker Tour main event in San Remo came to a close in typically glittering style this afternoon, when Englishman Rupert Elder defeated Max Heinzelmann to the title, a first prize of €930,000, a place in the Champion of Champions event, and a gold bracelet worth €16,200, from...more

EPT San Remo: Final table, level 30 & 31 updates (blinds 80,000-160,000)

6.25pm: Elder wins EPT San Remo for €930,000 Rupert Elder has just won EPT San Remo defeating Max Heinzelmann heads up. Elder opened the button and was shoved on by Heinzelmann for 3,200,000. Elder made the call. Elder: A♦5♣ Heinzelmann: Q♦5♠ Horrible dominated situation for Heinzelmann who failed to...more

What's great about Madrid? Well basically, everything . . . .

Hong Kong, Japan, Mexico, the Bahamas--all wonderful places to visit and as a former travel agent, I've been lucky enough to see them. They all came highly recommended of course, and I know from experience that recommendations from people who have been there are much more reliable than those doctored...more

EPT San Remo: Final table player profiles

A field of 987 players from 57 countries competed at EPT7 San Remo, creating a prize pool of €4,786,950. The winner will take home €930,000 plus a stunning bracelet worth more than €16,000 from the EPT's Official Bracelet Sponsor, Shamballa Jewels. The winner will also get a seat in...more

EPT San Remo: Final table, level 27 (cont.), 28 & 29 updates (blinds 50,000-100,000, 10,000 ante)

3.40pm: Heinzelman back in Max Heinzelmann has dragged himself back into this three-handed fight. After defending his big blind from a 200,000 Xuan Liu button raise Heinzelmann led 180,000 into the 4♠5♣8♠ flop. Liu made the call. Heinzelmann led a smallish 330,000 into the 2♥ turn and was raised...more

2 May

EPT San Remo: Elder leads, Heinzelmann back-to-back, Lykov targets double

Four weeks ago Ben Wilinofsky swaggered his way to a first European Poker Tour title in Berlin, his prize earned after what was a mesmerising performance, pivoting on his early accumulation of more than half the chips in play. It was an advantage the Canadian never wavered from pressing home....more

PokerStars Sunday tournament results (5-1-11)

You can feel it, can't you? There is that electricity in the air that precedes any big storm. It's quiet now, but within a few days, these pages and PokerStars table will explode with action. The Spring Championship of Online Poker (yes, we call it SCOOP) is just a few...more

EPT San Remo: Day 5, level 26 & 27 updates (blinds 30,000-60,000, 5,000 ante)

6.25pm: Pignataro busts in ninth to end play The first hand hand back after the redraw and Luigi Pignataro shoved 8♥8♦ into the aces of Costantino Russo. It's a tough bust out for Pignataro who has played some great, solid poker here over the last few days. He takes...more

EPT San Remo: Day 5, level 24 (cont.) & 25 updates (blinds 20,000-40,000, 4,000 ante)

2.57pm: Break it up Another level down and another 15 minute break. When we come back you'll find us in a new post. -- MC 2.48pm: So Longhitano, out in 19th place Massimiliano Manigrasso just sent his countryman Luciano Longhitano to the rail; Longhitano becoming our 18th place finisher....more

Victory for Vsegris in 5/1/11 Sunday Million

May is here, which means we've arrived at a particularly big month on the poker calendar. The Spring Championship of Online Poker gets going in just over a week. And oh yeah, there's that other big tournament series that will be kicking off later this month in Las Vegas. Meanwhile,...more

1 May

Sunday Warm-up: PizzicatoXev's ace on the river worth $106K

May Day May Day! While your humble author woke up to snow this morning, May Day traditionally is the celebration of the coming of spring with things like warm sun and flowers blooming, not snow. At PokerStars the coming of spring means the start of the two week long Spring...more

A Royal Win for StirlngPrinc Awards $2,034.88 in the May 1 Women's Sunday

There's not much of a better way to ring in the new month of May than with an online poker tournament. Of course, some people prefer to spend the Sunday outdoors, enjoying spring weather and cooking up a nice family meal, but there's a downside to that choice. No PokerStars,...more

EPT San Remo: Nicolas Yunis leads, Lykov and Cada in pursuit

In the end it took a little longer than the four levels predicted by tournament director Thomas Kremser, but the 21 minutes and 50 seconds of the fifth that was required to see off the last of the 36 players that were in line for elimination, left what will...more

EPT San Remo: Day 4, level 22, 23 & 24 updates (blinds 15,000-30,000, 3,000 ante)

6.40pm: Play concludes The elimination of Antonio Russo in 25th place brings an end to this day of poker. Overnight chip leader seems to be Nicolas Yunis on 2,281,000. We'll verify that and all the other counts as soon as we can and a wrap of the day's play...more

EPT San Remo: Day 4, level 20 & 21 updates (blinds 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante)

2.52pm: At the bell An elimination as the bell goes for the end of the level. Gerardo Godinez Estrada got his chips in with A♠Q♦ against the T♣T♠ of Rocco Palumbo. The two players stood, surrounded by onlookers who really do come out of the woodwork. The board ran...more