July 2011

31 July

Smart moves put jclever16 in the Sunday Million winner's circle with $207,195.03

The last Sunday of July was also its last day, and there was no better way to celebrate than with some online poker. Most players who had been in Las Vegas for the WSOP were back home and able to get comfortable for a day of the Sunday majors. This...more

APPT Melbourne Day 4: Levels 21 & 22 (blinds 12,000-24,000, ante 3,000)

7:25pm: Play resumes, blinds 15,000-30,000 (ante 3,000) 6:25pm: One-hour dinner break With the players now off to get themselves fed and watered, it's given us the perfect opportunity to get you official chip counts. Will Jones (Australia) 2,053,000 Leo Boxell (Australia) 1,942,000 Phil Willcocks (New Zealand) 1,705,000 Steve Bouya (Australia)...more

APPT Melbourne Day 4: Levels 19 & 20 (blinds 8,000-16,000, ante 2,000)

3:45pm: Play resumes, blinds 10,000-20,000 (ante 2,000) Our coverage will continue on a new page. 3:35pm: 10-minute break Here are the updated chip counts at the break: Steve Bouya (Australia) 1,900,000 Phil Willcocks (New Zealand) 1,500,000 Leo Boxell (Australia) 1,200,000 Will Jones (Australia) 1,150,000 Van Marcus (Australia) 883,000 Michael Frydman...more

omalos owns 7/31/11 Sunday Warm-Up title

The last Sunday Warm-Up of July saw a total of 3,274 players join the fun, together building a handsome prize pool of $654,800 (well above the tourney's $500K guarantee). The top 495 finishers divided the loot, with $102,804.86 potentially due the winner barring any final table deals. It took about...more

Battle of the Planets: Spackn covers the table, taking down $12K

The monthly Battle of the Planets $50,000 triple shootout freeroll attracted 498 sit and go enthusiasts who qualified during weekly competitions spread out along the eight planets which represent different buy-in amounts from the $1-$2.99 Mercury division to the $300+ Jupiter. Each week the top ten in all eight division...more

Australia's Shameful Slowroll

When it comes to international sporting rivalries, there are few that compare to the one between Australia and New Zealand. Even if you're not from either country, it's not hard to get caught up in the cross-fire between the two nations. No matter what the game - be it...more

Lizetta outlasts the field at last, winning nearly $2,500 and Women's Sunday title

PokerStars Women always has promotions running for female poker players. There is the Women's Poker League that awards monthly and yearly prizes, and there are tournaments like this - the Women's Sunday. Several times each year, there are also special events like PokerStars Women Live, a live poker tournament that...more

APPT Melbourne Day 3: Willcocks Conquers the Carnage

The 42nd Annual World Series of Poker $10,000 No Limit Hold'em Main Event may have been run and (almost) won a couple of weeks ago in Las Vegas, but if there was one major talking point to have come out of it, it was the burgeoning trend of hyper-aggressive...more

APPT Melbourne Final Table Player Profiles

The PokerStars.net APPT Melbourne produced a field of 260 players for the AU$5,000 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 a fantastic line up, with a few rookies, a little experience and several talented...more

APPT Melbourne Day 3: Levels 18-19 (blinds 6,000-12,000, ante 1,000)

9:00pm: Final table is set Our APPT Melbourne final table line up is now set! Here's how they will line up: Seat 1: Eddie Mascardi - 335,000 Seat 2: Van Marcus - 346,000 Seat 3: Will Jones - 730,000 Seat 4: Phil Willcocks - 2,317,000 Seat 5: Michael Frydman -...more

30 July

APPT Melbourne Day 3: Levels 16-17 (blinds 4,000-8,000, ante 500)

5:45pm: Level up, blinds 5,000-10,000, ante 1,000 Live updates for the new level can be found on a new page. 5:40pm: Parshenkov perishes After being dented in the previous hand, Anatoly Parshenkov moved all in for his last 132,500 following an opening raise to 17,000 by Phil Willcocks. "Sold!" said...more

APPT Melbourne Day 3: Levels 14-15 (blinds 2,500-5,000, ante 500)

2:50pm: Level up, blinds 3,000-6,000 ante 500 Coverage of the new level will commence on a new page. 2:50pm: Double for Russia Anatoly Parshenkov may be the lone Russian remaining in our field but he's flying the flag very high right now after a big double up that has left...more

The morning after the night before in Melbourne

The sun is shining brightly over the wonderful city of Melbourne as another beautiful Winter's day is upon us. It's Sunday morning. For many, that spells a sore head and an empty wallet after a serious night on party town (Chaise Lounge anyone?). However regardless of the damage done the...more

Kiwis shed the underdog tag at APPT Melbourne

Australians love an underdog. It doesn't matter who or where, but we love punching above our weight, especially on the world stage. There's one other neighbouring country that loves nothing more than doing the same thing. Aussies always look upon New Zealand as our little brother. We punch them in...more

APPT Melbourne Day 3 Seating Draw

Table 28 Seat 1: Mitchell Carle (Australia) 172300 Seat 2: Julius Colman (Australia) 315400 Seat 3: Luke Edwards (Australia) PokerStars Qualifier 356100 Seat 4: Amir Minagar (Australia) 56100 Seat 5: Antonis Kambouroglou (Australia) 272200 Seat 6: Steven Calder (Australia) PokerStars Qualifier 182900 Seat 7: Van Marcus (Australia) 123900 Seat...more

APPT Melbourne Day 2: Levels 12 & 13 (blinds 1500-3000, ante 300)

8:30pm: Time to wrap it up! With the clock paused with just over six minutes remaining, the tournament director instructed the dealers to deal three more hands before calling it a night. All the tables played their hands out with no incident, and just like that, we are now bagging...more

29 July

APPT Melbourne Day 2: Levels 10 & 11 (Blinds 1000-2000, ante 300)

5:55pm: Level up, blinds 1,200-2,400 (ante 300) 5:40pm: Moneymaker broke We've lost Team PokerStars Pro Chris Moneymaker from the APPT Melbourne Main Event. And once again the man responsible for the demise of Team PokerStars was New Zealand's Phil Willcocks. Chris Moneymaker - eliminated Earlier in the day Willcocks eliminated...more

APPT Melbourne Day 2: Levels 8 & 9 (Blinds 600-1200, ante 200)

Level up, blinds 800-1,600 (ante 200) 2:55pm: Gorr no more As APPT President Danny McDonagh made the rounds, announcing the feature players and current chip counts on the mike, he came across David Gorr on table 32. "Our current Aussie Millions champion, he's on ... oh wait, it looks like...more

A Local's Guide to the World's Most Liveable City

As a Melbourne boy born and bred, it fills me with great pride when a major poker event like the Asia Pacific Poker Tour rolls into town. It's a great opportunity to show our visitors from all across the world a city that is full of life, colour and culture,...more

PokerStars launches new sunday major: Sunday Cubed

I know. It's Friday. There's still some 36 hours between now and the time you should be thinking about the PokerStars Sunday majors. In this case, however, you might want to start thinking a little sooner. Starting this Sunday, PokerStars is launching the Sunday Cubed, a $55 buy-in no-limit hold'em...more

IPT San Remo begins under the summer sun

PokerStars.IT IPT San Remo started today in the beautiful San Remo Casino. The weather is great here, the city is beautiful and the show must go on! It's the third stop in the third season of the Italian Poker Tour here in the city of flowers. One player who is...more

APPT Melbourne Day 2 Seating Draw

Table 17 Seat 1: Steve Hunter (Australia) (PokerStars Qualifier) - 36925 Seat 2: Stewart Scott (Australia) - 32100 Seat 3: Leo Boxell (Australia) - 23800 Seat 4: Tam Truong (Australia) - 32700 Seat 5: George Moussa (Australia) - 38750 Seat 6: Reza Vakili (Australia) - 53400 Seat 7: Con Kamaras...more

My history with Tallinn

Back in 2000 and 2001, when I was still at my previous job as a corporate finance advisor (actually, I was just starting after graduation), I had a chance to make a valuation and privatization project of one of the biggest Estonian companies. I travelled there and back a few...more

Carle is King of the Castle in Melbourne

The chips have been bagged and tagged, the players have signed off for the night and with the clock having just ticked over 8pm local time, the PokerStars Blog team are already wrapping things up here in the Crown Casino Poker Room! Only eight hours ago, 2003 WSOP Main Event...more

APPT Melbourne Day 1: Level 7 (blinds 400-800, ante 75)

7:45pm: That's a wrap The final few hands have come and gone without further incident as approximately 155 players survived the carnage to return tomorrow for Day 2. Leading the way will be Mitch Carle who started a little sleepy but surged late to amass 187,900 for the end-of-day chip...more

28 July

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

6:35pm: Ten-minute break 6:30pm: Huge laydowns leave Anunu in shock We usually get a little worried when players rush to our reporting desk and tell us, "You have to blog this hand!" It's often not as exciting as they might think, but in this particular case, we have to admit...more

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

4:25pm: Ten-minute break 4:20pm: Greer gobbles up Chua's chips Australian PokerStars Qualifier Charles Chua has hit the rail with minutes to go until the break, taken out at the hands of fellow Aussie Norah Greer. Four players, including Chua and Greer, limped in to see a flop of Q-7-4 before...more

APPT Melbourne Day 1: Levels 1-2 (blinds 100-200)

2:15pm: Ten-minute break 2:10pm: Hachem happy to be home Tony Hachem has already been able to bring up some of his run-good from the 2011 WSOP Main Event to increase his stack to more than 55,000 in chips. As Hachem recalled to us, an opponent limped in from early position...more

New season, new stop as APPT rolls into Melbourne

The city of Melbourne is no stranger to hosting big sporting events. The Melbourne Cup, the AFL Grand Final, the Australia Open tennis and the Formula One Grand Prix, just to name a few. And now for the very first time, it also lays claim to hosting the largest and...more

Red Spade Open promises $200k first prize for $55

Of all the things you say about PokerStars today, make sure you say this: it's a place to find some great value. If questioned, you need only point to this weekend's special event, the Red Spade Open. On Sunday July 31, PokerStars is hosting its first-ever Red Spade Open, a...more

2011 WCOOP: Another run for the bracelets

It is WCOOP time soon. Or the way I schedule things: WCOOP is only two EPTs away. First EPT Tallinn, then EPT Barcelona, then WCOOP. That's pretty much how my calendar looks every year. Instead of months I have EPTs, WSOPs, SCOOPs and WCOOPs. What I like about the PokerStars...more

27 July

2011 WCOOP Mega Satellites on the way

As you might have noticed yesterday, PokerStars has released the finalized schedule for the 2011 World Championship of Online Poker. With that fun set in stone, it's now time to start working on getting into the events on the cheap. In the past 24 hours, PokerStars has deployed a list...more

The Global Poker Index

"Who are the best live tournament poker players in the world today?" That's the question the recently launched Global Poker Index (GPI) will answer on a weekly basis. A product of Federated Sports + Gaming (FS+G), the GPI is a ranking system that will determine the top 300 live tournament...more

Playing the WSOP Main Event

Barely able to eat the day before the Main Event of the World Series of Poker, I arrived at the table buzzed. Along with other players who only play a single 10K a year, I'd been waiting for this morning for a long time and the chance to play super-deep...more

26 July

EYEHAWK007 soars to 7/26/11 Super Tuesday win

With the 2011 World Series of Poker done for the summer, a larger-than-average group came out for this week's Super Tuesday, the weekly $1,050 no-limit hold'em tournament that routinely attracts many of online poker's elite tourney players. A total of 292 entrants came out, the largest Super Tuesday field since...more

More than 700 turn out for Twitter Poker League

Another good turnout in this week's Twitter Poker League, with 730 players taking to the virtual felt. The prize-pool this week would be split between 108 players, and 1st place would pick up $132.58. Team online member and legendary poker blogger Dale "Daleroxxu" Philip (@Daleroxxu) joined us this week, as...more

BREAKING: 2011 WCOOP final schedule released

Forty days. That's all you'll have to to wait for this year's PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker. Moments ago, PokerStars released the final schedule for this year's WCOOP, and it is a doozy. Beginning September 4, PokerStars will host 62 events over 22 days with $30 million in guarantees....more

Online Poker Show: Sunday Million, July 24


25 July

Road to 100 billion: 24 tables, one hand, $68,000

Christopher Small was probably in the middle of one of those kinds of dreams. You know the kind--they might as well be nightmares. The kind in which you have the hand of a woman so beautiful and exotic that she must be made of synapses and subconscious intoxication. The kind...more

PokerStars Sunday majors results (7-24-11)

In New Zealand it was snowing. North of the equator, summer burned on with a ferocity usually reserved for damnation or smelting. On PokerStars, the temperature remained a constant, perfect degree, a place where Fahrenheit and Celsius don't matter. The only metrics anyone cares to see are the size of...more

Playing the APPT? Here's your guide to Melbourne

The PokerStars.net Asia Pacific Poker Tour is moving even further Down Under for Season Five, gracing the felt of Australia's biggest and most luxurious casino. Crown Melbourne is the gold-class venue for poker in Australia, with more than 70 tables filling out an exclusive poker room, surrounded by some of...more

Pointful92 Scores for Canada in July 24 Women's Sunday

207 players entered the July 24 Women's Sunday, building a prize pool of over $10,000. It was a particularly exciting Sunday for PokerStars Women. In addition to the five figure Women's Sunday Prize pool, the first €1,500 package was awarded for the EPT London Ladies Event, to be held at...more

24 July

Sunday Million: all in 2526 finds a diamond to win after three-way chop

Coming from a colder climate, it does not take much to make an excuse to go outside during the summer months when the air isn't so frigid that your nose hairs transform into icicles after the first step outside the home. As always PokerStars gives all poker players a reason...more

Sunday Warm-Up: specht1988 steamrolls the final table en route to $103k win

As the poker world collectively shook off its WSOP hangover, the Sunday grind roared back into high gear, with 3,295 players coming out for this week's edition of the Sunday Warm-Up. The prize pool obliterated the $500k guarantee, topping out at $659,000 after three hours (!) of late registration. 495...more

Snowy day nets yllams PokerStars' 65 billionth hand, $68,420

Two thousand years. That's how long it would take to deal 65 billion hands of poker, even if you could deal one hand per second. It's taken PokerStars nearly ten years to deal out that many hands. Today, all it took was a snowy night and a little game of...more

22 July

PokerStars 65 billionth hand to hit this weekend

It's Friday. At least that's what the calendar says. While trusting inanimate documents to run your life is a sign you may need to rethink your priorities, let's just go with it for now. It's Friday, and sometime before Monday, PokerStars will deal its 65 billionth hand. As you should...more

21 July

Big week for TPL

A solid turnout was had this week for the Twitter Poker League, with 722 players taking to the tables. 108 of them would make the money, claim at least 5 leaderboard points and the eventual winner would receive $131.17. As usual last week's top four finishers had a 300FPP bounty...more

20 July

The WSOP 2011 November Nine


WSOP 2011: November Nine set

Way back in 1991, popular Irishman Donnacha O'Dea finished ninth in the WSOP Main Event. This year, his son will hope to go even better after sealing his place at the final table when the November Nine was set early this morning. The O'Deas are the first father-and-son combo to...more

19 July

Super Tuesday: ros1987 goes from outhouse to penthouse

While the 22 remaining players in the WSOP Main Event played their way down to the November Nine inside the Rio's Amazon Room, 281 players gathered around computer screens across the globe for their own shot at poker fortune. The highest buy-in weekly tournament on PokerStars, this week's Super Tuesday...more

WSOP 2011: Table for 12

If any of the 12 remaining WSOP players are able to eat dinner right now, they're better men than I. On this last dinner break of the 2011 summer session, there will be 12 seats at the supper table. When the players come back, someone is going to pull three...more

Brighton rocked, Brad Pitt didn't

Luckily there's more poker than you can shake a stick (of rock) at. Again the numbers for the main event on the PokerStars UKIPT tour were great with Brighton getting over 600 runners. One of them was me, but this time I didn't survive day 1. The first few levels...more

Milestone Hand winners in the money

Just a few days ago, we announced the return of the Road to 100 Billion promotion, the cash giveaway where our players win free money just for being dealt into milestone hands. With the 65th billionth hand ever dealt on PokerStars fast approaching, there are 300 qualifying hands, one when...more

Join us in The Bahamas - qualify now for the PCA

On a warm, cloudless night in The Bahamas last January, Galen Hall's life changed in such a way that he was not able to sleep until long after the sun rose over the crystal-clear sea the next morning. Some $2.3 million better off, he had bested a field of 1,560...more

Last day at the WSOP


WSOP 2011: Final 22 step into poker's history books

And so it comes to this. We started 12 days ago with 6,585 players and now just 22 remain. It's an oft-quoted way to describe a day like today, but the achievement of this half a per cent cannot ever be understated - these last handful of players, nervous...more

WSOP 2011: Desert wind disappears under PokerStars flag

Ten thousand dollars buys you three guarantees in the World Series of Poker. You'll get a starting stack of chips, a chair, and at least one hand of poker. Beyond that, what happens goes far beyond the borders of a guarantee and into the hinterlands of hope and fate. There...more

18 July

WSOP 2011: An hour in the Amazon Room

The tournament clock has been stuck on 30 players for a long time. JP Kelly takes a sip of hotel water, then holds the bottle against his face. It's hot under the lights of the secondary feature table, and his forehead shines a little. He looks around at the...more

I'll have 15,783 red curries, please

Chicken satay, deep fried shrimp and a spicy red curry, served quickly and with a smile. This was a Thai restaurant in Las Vegas' Chinatown, a part of this city I never even knew existed. While it was a tasty meal in good company, there were 32 people enjoying their...more

WSOP 2011: The ballad of the black hoodie

Phillip Gruissem's hair is closely cropped and fades into a tight peak at the top of his head. His black Espirit fleece jacket hugs his neck underneath a clenched jaw. He's grinding his molars back and forth, but it's doing no good. He can't hold his tongue. "You're wasting our...more

WSOP 2011: Come in London, this is Las Vegas, are you reading?

To those lucky enough to be in Las Vegas, being able to watch live poker on the ESPN feature table is something of a treat. If you can get to the Rio you have free access to the Amazon Room, a chair and a spot overlooking the table which...more

WSOP 2011: Silvestri is gruesome for Gruissem

Philipp Gruissem looks a friendly enough sort of chap; dressed smartly, clean cut and not one who looks like he would hold a grudge. But he must be sick of the sight of Mario Silvestri, a player with whom he has played bashed heads in two sizable pots and doubled...more

WSOP 2011: All that jazz

The New York Times once described the Clifford Brown and Max Roach Quintet as "the definitive bop group." In 1954, joined by some of the best jazz musicians of their time, Brown and Roach sat down in Hollywood's Capitol Studios and recorded an eponymous album featuring the Duke Jordan tune...more

WSOP 2011: Glory awaits one of 57

It's getting gradually harder to ramp up the excitement when it comes to the start of each day's play in the World Series of Poker main event. When you start with nearly 7,000 players the day you break a thousand it pretty tense, not to mention when you come...more

17 July

Kevsteele stays strong to secure July 17 Sunday Million win

It was a day of nail-biting action. The Women's World Cup captured the attention of many soccer fans around the world, as Japan penalty kicked their way to victory over the United States. As that took place in Frankfurt, Germany, competition of a different kind took place in Las Vegas...more

WSOP 2011: Linde punching Passport in lawless back country

It was a lawless day in the Amazon. For every person who lived, another's throat spilled on the carpet. Fate culled the field and culled it again for good measure. On the sidelines hung cackling, drunk loons who cheered the blood and kicked the dead. In the Thunderdome, amphetamine-crazed shamans...more

WSOP 2011: Final table stalwart brings action to the fans

Spectators may find Erick Lindgren to be the biggest draw at the Main Event feature table, but for those of us who've been here before, and are done with Lindgren, the real draw is hand caller Robbie Thompson. I have no way to judge, no way to mark him...more

WSOP 2011: Post-dinner rail getting rowdy

The main playing area is now a square, sectioned off by a perimeter rail broken only by a small gap for tournament staff and media access. With every table that breaks, the furniture is removed in a flash and the square reduces in size. As it does so, basic math...more

Sunday Warm-up: jc_bluej flies away with $99K in victory, Heitmann fourth place

Each week here at PokerStars the day of rest becomes the day that can change someone's entire year. The Sunday Majors and their huge prizepools allow players a shot at near six-figures for just a $215 buy-in. Tonight's $500,000 Sunday Warm-up is no exception. 3,175 players found enough loose change...more

WSOP 2011: One percenters apply within

When the World Series of Poker isn't going on, there just isn't a lot to do in Las Vegas. At least not that I've found. If there was a poker room, a Pai Gow table, or a noodle bar within a hundred miles of here, there might be some way...more

JP Kelly on Day 6 of the WSOP


WSOP 2011: Brokos earning respect going into top 100

"How old are you?" This was veteran pro John Esposito talking to Stefan Huber who replied that he was 25. Esposito, who has been playing poker since the year before Huber was born, looked around at the table, pointing as he counted out aloud. "23, 23, 25." This was...more

Chris O'Donnell wins UKIPT Brighton and a Big £71,100

Chris O'Donnell tonight became UKIPT Brighton champion after beating Richard Hasancebi in a gruelling heads up to win £71,100. The online cash game player, dubbed 'Bobby Big Head' by his friends, picked up the chip lead halfway through Day 1 and always looked like a lock to make the...more

WSOP 2011: Phil Collins and the genesis of a title dream

"About to start Day 1C of the Main Event. Let's goooo!" This was Phil Collins tweeting about the beginning of his assault on the WSOP back on July 9. Eight days later, he has just become the first player to extend a significant chip lead in the tournament. For all...more

Spain reigns again as lulilla picks up Women's Sunday win

When a team welcomes a new member, it signifies that person's achievement of goals and success, as well as the growth and overall improvement of the group. And the PokerStars family did just that recently with the addition of Adrienne "talonchick" Rowsome. Many players recognize talonchick from the tables, as...more

UKIPT Brighton: Day 3 level 29 & 30 updates (blinds 50,000-100,000)

12.55am: See you from the seaside A full wrap of today's play is on the way shortly, but from your PokerStars blog team it's goodbye from Brighton and we'll hopefully see you in Edinburgh. -- NW 12.50am: Chris O'Donnell wins UKIPT Brighton (£71,100) From the button Richard Hasancebi raised to...more

WSOP 2011: Almost famous

"You're famous," the dealer said on Day 4 when a blogger stood behind Julian Stuer to record his chip count. Stuer looked embarrassed and buried his head in his iPad. At the time, he was no more famous than most of the nearly 900 people who had come back...more

WSOP 2011: Start as you mean to go on

The walk through the Rio to the Amazon Room is by now familiar. The banners, shops, and food stalls may be gone but in their place, grouped every twenty paces or so, are the ESPN crews waiting for the remaining 142 players who started today to turn up for...more

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

11.25pm: End of the level That's the end of level 28 join us in a new post shortly. -- NW 11.15pm: O'Donnell wins another showdown There aren't that many big pots floating about at the minute but those that do occur are going the way of Chris O'Donnell. He opened...more

WSOP2011: Who will hit the wall as marathon continues?

Here's where we're at: 142 players remain in the WSOP Main Event from the 6,865 who started way back on July 7. If, like me, you sometimes have difficulty remembering what you did last night, then you can look back again on all our WSOP coverage so far here. You...more

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

7pm: Dinner break We're still beset my internet difficulties, and connection is patchy at best. Please bear with is. Players are now on a one hour dinner break the chip counts as they tuck into food are: Chris O'Donnell - 2,403,000 Rudi Johnsen - 2,089,000 Richard Hasancebi - 2,488,000 Jeff...more

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

4.40pm: O'Donnell takes another before the break Chris O'Donnell has left Richard Hasancebi with just 1,200,000 after barrelling a A♣5♦T♠T♦ board. Hasancebi had called the 65,000 c-bet but had passed on the turn. It's a 15 minute break with four players remaining. That's seven player gone in two levels....more

16 July

WSOP 2011: PokerStars players go deep with big money in sight

If you came to see the World Series of Poker today you'd be forgiven for thinking you'd just missed it. The Rio began the process of shedding the WSOP today, taking down banners and advertisements, even closing the Poker Kitchen, in readiness for the next massive exhibition to fill...more

A chat with ElkY at the WSOP


WSOP 2011: Positively 4th Street

A little way up the Flamingo road tonight, the legendary Bob Dylan is live on stage at The Palms. Several poker players of note are known to have grabbed the chance to see the great man select a song list from a rich back catalog that includes Knockin' On Heaven's...more

UKIPT Brighton: Jaroslav Horak carries chip lead into Day 3

A chip lead tends to be handed around between players like a hot potato. It can only be held for so long before macho posturing gives in to the heat and a player is forced to toss it on, quickly blowing on their fingers in an attempt to ease...more

WSOP 2011: Negreanu's exit and PokerStars' magnificent seven

It looked like it could happen at any point during the last three days. Each time, the kid found a way to avoid it. Now, the WSOP has lost one of its biggest stars. The elimination of Daniel "Kid Poker" Negreanu was a blow to the 2011 WSOP. Love him...more

WSOP 2011: Ruthenberg's table needing help from above

It was a curious sight. Either the massage therapist was looking for some divine approval to do a good job, or she was was seeking assistance from above for the players who have the misfortune to be at Sebastian Ruthenberg's table. Whatever the reason, as she prepared to set to...more

WSOP 2011: Inside the mother ship with Daniel Negreanu

I can now predict, with almost crystal certainty, what is going to take place on the screen in front of me, showing the ESPN coverage of the World Series Main Event. "Daniel Negreanu will now get up, walk to the side of the stage and use his phone. Then,...more

UKIPT Brighton: Day 2, level 19, 20 & 21 updates (blinds 6,000-12,000, ante 1,000)

3.30am: Play is done for the day That's the end of level 21 and the end of play for the night. A full wrap of the day's play and chip counts are on the way. -- NW 3.20am: Cooler on the last hand of the night Players sometimes get it...more

WSOP 2011: Closing the kitchen

Less than 24 hours ago, a hungry World Series of Poker player could casually stroll from the Pavilion Room of the Rio Hotel and into the WSOP Poker kitchen. There they could buy from any of more than half a dozen food stations a taco, Vietnamese pho, lo mein noodles,...more

WSOP spotlight on Eugene Katchalov


WSOP 2011: Getting it quietly with Per Linde

Per Linde has many towers of chips in front of him and is busy counting, his spindly forefinger pointing at each stack of 20 while he whispers the mounting total to himself. It's a big figure, good for nearly 1.1 million. This was during a short break in play while...more

UKIPT Brighton: Day 2, level 17 & 18 updates (blinds 3,000-6,000, ante 500)

11.55pm: Break It''s a 15-minute break for the final 30 players. -- RD 11.50pm: Kyhl Casper Yet another tournament life has been extinguished in a coin flip. The protagonists in the latest case were Casper Kyhl (pocket nines) and Mohammed Ibrahim who held K♦T♦ the board of 3♣[10s][10h]7♦5♦ decided...more

WSOP 2011: Champions chasing dream of world title

While the likes of Phil Hellmuth, Joe Cada, Johnny Chan and Doyle Brunson might already have departed, taking with them a big chunk of the player recognition factor for a lot of American railbirds, as well as those watching on ESPN. Within the field of 350 players that remain...more

WSOP 2011: Just some poker tournament

On any given day here at the World Series of Poker, the 2pm deep-stack events that cost just a couple hundred dollars to play draw hundreds of people to the field. There is no bracelet awarded at the end. The few final tables players routinely chop up the cash. It's...more

Qualify for the EPT London ladies event

The London Vic, or the Grosvenor Victoria Casino, north of Hyde Park in London is a worldwide landmark for poker players. To players in the UK, it's the place to make your mark in poker history. On October 2, women from all over Europe and around the world will gather...more

UKIPT Brighton: Day 2, level 15 & 16 updates (blinds 2,000-4,000, ante 400)

8.50pm: Melin folds queens on cusp of break When I arrived at the table Sinem Melin had 51,000 of her 190,000 stack across the line and her chin resting on the padded rail of the table. Andrew Miles had all of his chips across the line putting Melin to...more

UKIPT Brighton: Day 2 level 13 & 14 updates (blinds 1,200 - 2,400, ante 300)

6.28pm: Gowland out in 80th Dimps Maker is up over 120,000 after busting Andy Gowland in the last hand before the break in a standard A♣T♣ to A♥Q♦ spot. Short stack Gowland got it in first. Twenty minute break, join us in a new post shortly. -- RD 6.22pm:...more

UKIPT Brighton: Day 2, level 11 & 12 updates (blinds 800-1,600, ante 200)

4.02pm: End of level It's a 20 minute break. Meet us back in a new post shortly. -- RD 3.58pm: Duvall 'owning' Jeff Duvall is owning the table, claims Jen Mason. Tucked quietly to the right of the dealer Duvall has chipped up from 45,900 to 120,000. Things are...more

15 July

WSOP 2011: JP Kelly leads Team PokerStars Pro charge to Day 5

You rarely get to this stage of the World Series Main Event and expect things to go according to plan. With so much variance at work, things can go significantly better, or sadly a lot worse than expected. Just ask Vanessa Rousso (though you may care to leave it for...more

WSOP 2011: Free beer! still works as an attention-getter

"You're welcome to come over to the Thunder Dome!" Those are the kinds of messages you hear over the World Series of Poker public address system. The Thunder Dome, better known to the media as the Mother Ship, better known to the general public as the WSOP main stage, was...more

WSOP 2011: Czech raising all the way for newlywed Hruby

For most a trip to Las Vegas is judged on a handful of parameters. The obvious one is the "money lost" category. Then there are things like the number of shows seen or days spent by the pool. For Team PokerStars Pro Martin Hruby it's been a bit of...more

UKIPT Brighton: Albright shines through to take Day 1B chip lead

Rod Albright made a late surge to claim the UKIPT Brighton Day 1B chip lead with a hefty 166,100 stack. The 36-year old financial advisor was one of several player jockeying to claim tonight's chip lead and thanks to an aces versus ace-king hand late on it was Albright who...more

WSOP 2011: 'I'm not here to min cash'

Daniel Negreanu's day had not gone well. Down to 64,000 from his 207,500 starting stack, he was dangerously short with the bubble looming large over the tournament floor. We were two spots off the money and playing hand-for-hand. While most players sat in their seats, silently praying they would not...more

WSOP 2011: Eyes on the bubble

The World Series of Poker bubble looks different through every set of eyes. Between the media , the dealers, the players, and the TV crews, more than a thousands pairs of peepers looked out across the Amazon Room cavern and watched and hour and fifteen minutes of bottled tension that...more

UKIPT Brighton: Day 1B, level 9 & 10 updates (blinds 500-1,000, ante 100)

2.10am: Play ends for the day Bagging and tagging has taken place and it looks like Rod Albright is our chip leader with 166,100. The board says 110 players left for the day, we'll get numbers confirmed when we can. Full wrap of the day's play is on its...more

Talonchick's first video

Yikes....posted a video blog last night, first one ever. A bit strange but hopefully will get better as time goes by!...more

WSOP 2011: A great deal for some but bubble pressure starting to show

Here's the deal. Turn up today at around noon, sit down, play a while, get knocked out of the tournament, walk over to a room across the hallway from the Amazon and pick up $19,000. Then go home to your family. That sounds like a pretty good deal, and...more

Daniel Negreanu at the WSOP Main Event


UKIPT Brighton: Day 1B, level 7 & 8 updates (blinds 300-600, ante 75)

11.50pm: End of level It's the final 20 minute break of the day. Join us in a new post shortly. -- RD 11.40pm: Building stacks A number of players are all bunched around the 60k-80k mark at the moment. They include: Scott Elsden (60,000), Nathan Gallichan (62,000), Martin Blake...more

WSOP 2011: Shark thrashes around for his life, ends badly

Humberto Brenes is out of his seat, unraveling headphones from around his iPod when a player from the next table walks over. "You got a spare piece of chewing gum?" This was a no brainer: Brenes is a man who has a personal gum mountain whenever he's playing. "Yes, I...more

WSOP 2011: Ruthenberg leads Team Pros in dash for cash

This is it. This is the day scientists, anthropologists, and behaviorists should visit every year. Today marks the 2011 World Series of Poker Main Event money bubble. At some point about two hours from now, the WSOP will experience the greatest potential happy energy of the entire tournament. From that...more

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

8.40pm: Dinner time That's the end of the level and the beginning of a one hour dinner break. Join us in 60 minutes. -- RD 8.38pm: Jacks hooked Tim Wong is a pre-dinner casualty he got his last few thousand in with pocket jacks against Joe Carr-Hill's pocket nines,...more

PokerStars' Road to 100 Billion is back

When it comes to the Department of Big Numbers, PokerStars has it covered. Every five billion hands we deal, we celebrate by giving away piles of cash to our players. It's another way for us to say thanks for your loyalty. Only a few months ago, we were celebrating 60...more

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

6.20pm: End of the level That's the end of the fourth level and players are on a 20 minute break. You'll find level five updates in a new post shortly. -- NW 6.15pm: Exits Recent exits include Adam Palethorpe, Tom Noon and Francois Duburguet, approximately 60 players have exited in...more

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

4pm: Break time Players are now on their first 20 minute break of the day. Join us in a new post shortly. -- NW 3.50pm: Final table re-dux? There are a few players in the field who know what it's like to make a UKIPT final table here's how they've...more

14 July

WSOP 2011: Close to the money as tension rises in Las Vegas

The money is now so close that the survivors can smell it. After three long days at the tables, they've now got just a few more hours to tip-toe to the bubble, the excruciating yet exhilarating period that only ends when one person leaves with nothing and 693 others will...more

WSOP 2011: Up and at'em, down and out with Team PokerStars

By the time you see these words, there will be only 80 minutes left in Day 3 of the 2011 WSOP. It is the first day all of the Main Event players have all sat down under the same roof. As of a few minutes ago, everyone had moved inside...more

Andre Akkari reflects on his successful summer


WSOP 2011: Kelly sticks to plan in quest for poker success

If there's a show that conjures up the image of the old fashioned romantic poker player, it's Late Night Poker. Broadcast back in the late nineties and early naughties, the show turned a new generation onto poker, played in what seemed the back room of an unspecified destination, with...more

UKIPT Brighton: O'Donnell dominance holds to the close of Day 1A

Chris O'Donnell holds the UKIPT Brighton Day 1A chip lead after winning a monster pot when there were still two full levels left to play. Despite the best efforts of the chasing pack O'Donnell closed the day with 180,500 and the chip lead. The Englishman has scored a few minor...more

WSOP 2011: There's a lot of money at this table

The players sitting next to each other on a table in the Pavilion have won a combined $8,150,000. If you added in my winnings it would send that figure soaring to $8,150,005. One of them is turned out immaculately, with perfectly manicured hands; red nail varnish glinting under the table...more

WSOP 2011: Not just the "other" Hachem anymore

"I was going to call you!" The voice is distinctly Australian. Even the Americans who routinely confuse the Brits with the Aussies would have not trouble determining where Tony Hachem comes from. He's holding up an eight of clubs, one of two of his cards in the big blind. An...more

UKIPT Brighton: Day 1A, level 9 & 10 updates (blinds 500-1,000, ante 100)

2.10am: Play is done for the day Players have bagged and tagged their chips and will return on Saturday at 2pm to combine with those who make it through Day 1B. Approximately 65 players have advanced with Christopher O'Donnell leading the way with 180,500. A full wrap of the day's...more

WSOP 2011: Not pleasant to watch but someone's got to go

Robert Varkonyi was out of his chair, watching the dealer prepare for what could have been the former World Champion's last hand of the Series. His wife was next to him as the TV cameras homed in, hoping to catch it all on tape. Varkonyi was behind, flipping up...more

WSOP 2011: Online stars shining bright in Las Vegas

Back at the end of 2009, the folks at PokerStars had a good idea. Granted, there's a constant stream of great innovation coming out of the Good Ideas department back at base camp. It's a little like Q and his boffins in the James Bond movies, where they come up...more

UKIPT Brighton: Day 1A, level 7 & 8 updates (blinds 300-600, ante 75)

11.55pm: Masonic handshake Jen Mason has welcomed herself to the table by raking in a 15,000 pot from Paul Stevens. Stevens had opened to 1,625 and Mason had called in the big blind. Stevens fired two barrels; 1,575 on the 3♥J♠Q♠ flop and 4,500 on the 7♦ turn before...more

WSOP 2011: Live from Las Vegas

World Series of Poker Tournament Director Jack Effel stood as high as the Amazon Room bleachers would take him. With lights in his face and microphone gripped tightly in his hand, Effel surveyed the Day 3 field. Below him, players scurried from table to table, studied the seating cards...more

WSOP 2011: Field unites as the run for the money begins

So you think players use a rest day to rest? While the universal day off came after six full days of play at the Rio, in Las Vegas, that constituted only two days at the tables for the remaining 1,865 players. How much rest could you possibly need? Ask...more

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

8.40pm: Dinner break It's time for a one-hour dinner break. Go, go, go. 8.35pm: Chip counts A smattering of chip counts from my last lap of the room: Jen Mason (54,000), Jeff Duvall (52,000), Thomas Dunwoodie (14,600), Paul Bracken (3,900) and James Tomlin (26,300). -- NW 8.25pm: Dinh you...more

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

6.20pm: End of the level That's the end of the level, players are now on a 20 minute break. Although Paul Lucey, Deborah Worley-Roberts and Ian Frazer will not be returning as they are now out. -- NW 6.15pm: Schaffmann bounces back Ollie Schaffmann was down to 7,000 after missing...more

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

4pm: End of level That's the first break of UKIPT Brighton. Join us in 20 minutes. -- RD 3.50pm: Martin missing chips, Worley-Roberts raking them in Alex Martin is down to just under 10,000 he told me: "She (Deborah Worley-Roberts) has been crushing me. " As he was regaling...more

13 July

Super Tuesday: lermonad quenches thirst for victory

Although all eyes in the poker world are currently transfixed on the WSOP Main Event (where more than a dozen members of Team PokerStars Pro are headed into Day 3), 226 players with a thousand bucks to spare were able to look away for a few hours and embark on...more

12 July

WSOP 2011: Headed to Day 3 with money in sight

In almost any other poker tournament, if you haven't won some money by three days after you started playing, you've either busted out or doing it completely wrong. At the World Series of Poker, surviving for a week only means you have more work to do. After four Day 1...more

WSOP 2011: Faces in the crowds

After more than half a day's play the field still looks a lot like it did five days ago. While we've been losing players since then - any walk around the tournament room will be to the soundtrack of "all-in-and-call" - there is still a mass of humanity in...more

WSOP 2011: A day with Jack Effel

Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes at the World Series of Poker? We decided to be Jack Effel's shadow shortly before the Main Event kicked off. Effel is the vice president of international poker operations and director of the World Series of Poker. He has executed some of...more

WSOP 2011: Stalking Joe Hachem in the break

Being a famous poker player has its advantages. There's the money, of course, and the perks that go with it are not to be sneezed at. Then there's the attention. You are no longer your own man; you're public property. Joe Hachem is one such man. Winner of the WSOP...more

WSOP 2011: The Devil and Mr. Greenstein

Barry Greenstein was dead to me, at least as far as the 2011 WSOP was concerned. Among my favorite players to cover in the world started the day with barely a stack to call his own. I sat hospice during the first level, a not-grim-but-sorta-dark reaper to the Robin Hood...more

WSOP 2011: Around the world with Victor Ramdin

I first met Victor Ramdin at Foxwoods, in 2006. Ramdin was a rare recognisable face in a sea of locals playing the World Poker Tour event. I remember the cigarette smell in the hallways and the motel which reminded me of places I'd seen in movies. What I remember...more

WSOP 2011: The John Duthie run (very) good

Back at the end of Day 1B, John Duthie, normally an upbeat sort of chap, was disheartened. As others at his table stuffed piles of chips into their bags, the fruits of a successful day, Duthie had just five yellow 1,000 chips sitting in front of him. It didn't take...more

WSOP 2011: A half hour in hell

Las Vegas is a different place this year. For days on end, dark clouds formed on the mountain tops at the valley's edge. Humidity almost never felt in this city dripped from the walls and foretold afternoon thunderstorms that sent torrents of rain across rock-hard desert floors. At night and...more

WSOP 2011: Once more with feeling as main event reaches turning point

While for some Day 2B feels a little like Christmas Eve, or at least the Friday before the weekend, to others it presents another chance to shine in the Amazon Room at the World Series of Poker. This marks the sixth consecutive day of play at the Rio for...more

Chris and Matti do the WSOP (Part III)

Months become days, days become hours and hours become minutes. Time flies by when you are having a good time. And good times are all around in the city of Las Vegas. This week our girlfriends are flying in from Europe. They both arrive at the same day. Matt's girlfriend...more

WSOP 2011: Red-eyed and painless, half of day 3 set

It seems a crying shame (no pun intended) that Visine isn't an official sponsor of the World Series of Poker. The only place you'll find more bloodshot eyes in one place is...well, I can't think of one that doesn't make some reference to illegal drugs. Just suffice it to say,...more

11 July

WSOP 2011: Players bid farewell as others hang on for Day 3

And so players continue to fall. It's an inevitable consequence of buying into a poker tournament; all but one player will depart earlier than they'd originally envisaged. But while it's expected it's never accepted. Departure from the World Series, particularly the main event, means more than any other tournament....more

WSOP 2011: Humberto Brenes schools the kids

So, what makes a successful tournament poker player? I'm glad you asked. In my mind there are two groups: there's the myriad of those who learned their fast and loose skills on the internet and transferred them to live play, then there's the old-timers who have made a good living...more

WSOP 2011: Dinner with Team PokerStars Pro's bracelet winners

The two men sit with a corner of the table between them. They're speaking in Russian. One of them has a pretty blonde named Jamie at his elbow. Glasses of expensive water sit untouched in front of them all. The Russian whispers go back and forth across the table and...more

WSOP 2011: With dinner done time for more action

We're beyond the halfway stage of Day 2 of the World Series of Poker, with the dinner break now complete. For some dinner was a trip to Buzios, where they have linen table clothes and mineral water (a trip you'll read about a little later). While for others dinner...more

WSOP 2011: Jonathan Duhamel flattened

The poker wrecking ball cares not for reputation. Rookie WSOP player? Mind your head. Online pro with a tendency to crush tournaments? Watch your back. Defending world champion? No chance. Not since Johnny Chan won back-to-back titles in 1988 has anyone come back and defended the crown successfully. Jonathan Duhamel,...more

WSOP 2011: Victoria Coren gone, remembered, unwrinkled

The end is never a surprise. From the time we develop any sort of self-awareness, there is that innate understanding that it will all be over someday. Many turn to faith to help them through the years that pass between alpha and omega. Others simply embrace the inevitability and live...more

WSOP 2011: Bagging the great white (hatted) chip leader

After four days and four nights of having no real clue as to who was leading the World Series of Poker main event, I thought it was high time we found out. And so, throwing caution to the wind, I mapped out a Chip Leader Safari, a true Big...more

WSOP 2011: Back for Day 2A


Slippers, peanuts, sex and poker - the title we never thought we'd write

The slipper stall is doing a roaring trade today. In case you had not heard, one of the sponsors of this year's WSOP is a slipper manufacturer. Like you must be, I was a little baffled at what link there can be between the biggest poker tournament in the world...more

WSOP 2011: Two marathons in the desert

There are people who have said the World Series of Poker is a marathon. This morning, somewhere out in the middle of Death Valley, 94 people started running. With nothing to power them but their feet and a will 99.9% of the population doesn't understand, most of those competitors will...more

WSOP 2011: The two Canadians that dominate the poker world

To those of us who became struck by the game of poker at around the time that the internet decided to be struck by poker too, the name Negreanu is one of the cornerstones on which everything else is built. For me, reading books and internet sites about poker...more

WSOP 2011: Same faces, new start

Each of the 2,031 players taking their seats today had to navigate one day's play for the right to do so. We, however, have worked through four Day 1s, so the prospect of moving up to the Day 2 stage brings some relief to these tired eyes and legs. That's...more

WSOP 2011: Day one ends on a high as play enters next phase

We may not know the detail about how this year's Main Event is likely to evolve, but we do know this: a grand total of 6,865 players have now played their opening day. All now have their first day story and some may even be home already. All of...more

10 July

WSOP 2011: The PokerStars million dollar man

PokerStars is highly regarded for putting together the coolest promotions around. One player here in Las Vegas knows about that better than most: our Million Dollar man, Mike Kosowski. It was nearly two years ago that the PokerStars Million Dollar Challenge was conceived. Players got to play in a series...more

On The Mac on the money with $179,678.88 victory in July 10 Sunday Million

Much of the poker world is focused on Las Vegas, Nevada. There happens to be a little tournament going on there called the World Series of Poker Main Event. It's kinda a big deal. That's why the best in the business were tasked with traveling to Sin City to cover...more

WSOP 2011: Back on Exclusive form

Noah Boeken was a virtual nobody in the live poker world. He was young, Dutch, and best known to all the old tournament rounders as the protégé of Marcel Luske. The audacity of making the final table of a Season 1 European Poker Tour main event was hard to conceive....more

WSOP 2011: Jorgensen's year to remember

Lots of people want to turn poker pro; some even give it a bash. The history of poker is littered with those that try; inspired by books or movies that make this most competitive of games seem the natural expression of capitalist self-sufficiency. It also seems a good way...more

WSOP 2011: So, who fancies $8.7 million?

Imagine for a moment what $8.7 million looks like. Pretty difficult, isn't it? And what would you spend it on? I mean, the interest alone would keep most free-spenders happy. What's more, where would you put it? In a bank? Property investment? Under a very big bed? Question, questions, but...more

Sunday Warm-up: Jackpot for Pkr_b777 taking title after four-way chop

Today marked the final day in which a poker player could snag a bracelet for 2011. The PokerStarsBlog team is hard at work out at the Rio welcoming in the massive crowd of players for the final flight of the 2011 World Series of Poker Main Event. Yep, the last...more

WSOP 2011: Mr. Nice Guy, Spencer Cossette, and his free ride(s)

If anyone has ever written a nice word about envy, their work never made it in front of my eyes. From Billy Shakespeare to the Gin Blossoms (and how many time have those artists been used in the same sentence), jealousy has gotten a pretty bad reputation. So what then...more

WSOP 2011: Eight guys and ElkY

I have a plan to revolutionise poker broadcasting. It requires no further expansion of television coverage, no additional equipment, just a few extra microphones perhaps, some airwaves and reporters prepared to wear headphones and talk quietly all day. Let's make poker a radio game. Now hear me out. While...more

WSOP 2011: Is Lady Luck on your shoulder?

It's now certain I have been in the presence of this year's WSOP Main Event champion. Every seat at every table on every starting day has been observed, and of the 6,800 or so souls who occupied them, one will be rich beyond their wildest dreams by November's end. A...more

Spain's e.v.a.81975 makes history as first repeat champion in Women's Sunday

There are many aspects to poker, one being making the most one's bankroll. It's important to pay attention to it and work within its limits while growing it and moving up in stakes. The vast majority of players start with a small bankroll and grind it up through cash games...more

WSOP 2011: No tournament for old men

I am 37 years old. The hair in my beard started going gray five years ago. I shaved it. My hair started losing its color a few years back, too. I cut it shorter, but couldn't give it up entirely. When you have so little of something, you cling to...more

WSOP 2011: ElkY arrives bringing fear and flair to feature table

The things that scare us are not always the most obvious thing. It's often something we can't put our finger on, something unpredictable and volatile. The only thing scarier than a man walking naked along the street towards you, carrying a smashed bottle, is the same naked man with...more

WSOP 2011: Now that's what I call a poker face

I hope Mrs Young is not reading this, but I have found the beautiful face of poker. As the masses gathered for what could be the biggest Day 1 flight in WSOP history, fate decreed it was my turn to cover the Shuffle Up and Deal. I'm not one to...more

WSOP 2011: Biggest Main Event start in history?

Believe. Don't be a cynic. Don't be a doubter. Don't be a hater. Believe in the power of poker. Believe just how big it can be. Frankly, one could take that speech and give it to a group of social misfits who need some life coaching. Because we don't have...more

WSOP 2011: Getting it quietly as poker grows up

If there's been one thing missing from the Main Event this year, it's the whooping, hollering and altogether unpleasant over-celebration and self-promotion from a type of player that can generally be packaged up and labeled: "Annoying". Even Phil Hellmuth turned up to play today with the minimum of fuss; there...more

9 July

WSOP 2011: De Meulder double vision

Focus has no emergency alarm when it's about to expire. There are no sirens or power meters that signal the end. One minute the hole cards match the board for the perfect nuts. The next minute they can't beat third pair. What was once a yellow 1,000-chip call becomes a...more

WSOP 2011: Old and new return to claim bracelet for Blighty

The main event is perhaps the perfect example of the evolution in poker. Not only has the size of the event changed but also the make-up of the players, particularly form the United Kingdom which has a long tradition of sending its best poker players to contest the big...more

Jonathan Duhamel back to defend his WSOP title


WSOP 2011: Tom McEvoy takes it steady

Tom McEvoy finishes reading his newspaper, folds it up and puts it neatly to one side. From his pocket, he takes out a wide, reflective eye shade, a barrier to his inner soul, and puts it on just as the dealer distributes the first hand after the dinner break. It's...more

WSOP 2011: Not dead yet

There haven't been many great journalists who have made their names writing obituaries, which makes it all the more curious how quick some of us are to start carving tombstones and digging graves. It's been less than two days since the poker community issued a collective gasp at the sub-par...more

WSOP 2011: Nothing compares to game open to all (technically)

For anyone new to the World Series it doesn't take long to realise that this is a contest like no other. Even to those not up to speed on the intricacies of the game can see for themselves the thousands of players, the hundreds of tables, and the sheer...more

WSOP 2011: Dream catching with Daniel Negreanu

Maybe it was some bad tofu that made Daniel Negreanu toss and turn in the night. Certainly something had sparked off a weird dream that saw him in a bit of a WSOP pickle. Having negotiated Day 1 of the Main Event, he found out that Day 2 was not...more

WSOP 2011: Duhamel's champagne showers put on hold during title defense

Inside the Palazzo Suite at the Rio Hotel and Casino, it looked like the Montreal Canadiens had just won the Stanley Cup. Fire engine-red sweaters were mandatory for the true believers. The people in the suite believed in two things: their hockey team and the 23-year-old man smiling in the...more

Greek Poker Cup II generates €68,850 prize for the title

Today's Day 2 of the PokerStars.net Greek Poker Cup II in the Hotel Casino Loutraki is the event all players expected it to be. The field for the event closed at 270 players who built a €270,000 prize pool and a €68,850 first prize. By the close of play on...more

WSOP 2011: A new take on a familiar story

What can you write about the poker player who has already had everything written about him again and again? Finding new angles for the Jason Mercier story is fast becoming a blogger's biggest challenge -- "Mercier wins again" looks like old news. So, in search of a new perspective,...more

WSOP 2011: A score to settle before getting down to business

Kevin Bryniczka slowly turned up the corners of the first two cards he was dealt today. Pocket kings. Beautiful. He won a small pot, but there's no need to get fancy this early in the main event. It was, after all, just the first step on a long road that...more

WSOP 2011: Cupcakes and strippers as Day 1C begins

As we walked into the Rio this morning, we walked against a veritable cattle parade of loaded-down tourists. It seemed every second person we passed was juggling more cupcakes than the one before. Yes, cupcakes. One learns to not be surprised by anything he sees in Las Vegas. If a...more

WSOP 2011: Lamb leads the slaughter while a new flight takes a seat

For officials at the Rio today is here we go again, while for the 1,000-plus players making the long walk down the corridors of the Rio to the Amazon Room it's the start of what could be their last day of the 2011 World Series of Poker. Like yesterday,...more

WSOP 2011: Forecast calls for clear skies, player downpours

If Carol was a meteorologist, it was in a past life she didn't bother to mention during her smoke break on the back steps of the Rio Convention Center. Her outfit gave her away as a dealer. Her cigarette gave her away as one that's been working long hours. The...more

8 July

WSOP 2011: The class of EPT Season 7

The World Series of Poker main event represents the pinnacle of world poker, the place all players aspire to. Coming from countries across the globe many first find success in regional tours and a prelude to taking on the world stage. The PokerStars European Poker Tour is the most...more

WSOP 2011: Spaced out in the Mothership

The old man had a long, white bushy beard that covered his chest. As he nodded off, head bowed, the facial hair seemed to rest as low as his navel, rising slowly up and down as he breathed deeply in a world far, far away. Further along, a middle-aged man...more

WSOP 2011: Take one before folding

Leo Fernandez looks like something a cartoon artist would doodle on the back of a napkin while waiting for his check at a Thai restaurant, like the artistic product of a spicy curry mixed with too much caffeine. The Argentinean Team PokerStars Pro has no eyes. He's a green hat...more

WSOP 2011: Something for everyone

I ran into a young player about to make his first trip to Las Vegas at Gatwick airport on the way to the World Series. A successful player for a few years now, having played EPTs and big events across the UK, he was flying in two days before...more

Vanessa Rousso, the WSOP DJ


WSOP 2011: Katchalov hides in the long grass

Eugene Katchalov watches impassively as the action kicks off on his table. A raise to 800 is three-bet to 2,200, there are two callers before the original raiser bumps it up once more to 7,200. Now his opponent raises again, a five-bet to 17,000. The two callers scarper but the...more

WSOP 2011: Team Online signs Adrienne "talonchick" Rowsome

"I always said if I final tabled the PCA, I'd play it in my bikini." That is Adrienne Rowsome standing in the middle of the Rio's Pavilion Room. She has a wide smile and a look of girlish wonder on her face that's been there for as long as most...more

WSOP 2011: Has Minieri lost his magic?

What it takes to win the World Series of Poker main event is a subject that could be debated for hours; probably days, without a single satisfactory answer. But those with experience of this kind of thing could probably point out a few key factors, and while I'm not...more

WSOP 2011: John Duthie and the woman on his back

Most players need to win cash to pay the rent. Others have bets to settle, and a few play for the prestige of climbing leader boards. George Lind quipped yesterday that he could still top the WSOP Player of the Year Award; he just had the minor issue of winning...more

WSOP 2011: Lykov leads Team Pros latest bracelet winners into Day 1B

The 2011 World Series of Poker boasted 58 events. Team PokerStars Pro won five of them. That's nearly nine percent of the WSOP bracelets awarded this year on the wrists of PokerStars' worldwide cabal of poker talent. We here at the PokerStars Blog don't deny a little home team bias....more

WSOP 2011: Time to Grind as cards shuffled up for Day 1B

"Please, check your ticket to make sure you have the correct tournament date..." And with that tournament director Jack Effel spoke the first official words of Day 1B at the World Series of Poker main event. As players streamed in the scenes were not unlike those of yesterday. All...more

WSOP 2011: Cooking slowly as Berger tops with relish

Every event has its beginning, middle and end. But this being Las Vegas, things are a little different. The World Series of Poker Main Event has a beginning, another beginning, then another - and one more for good measure. True, there is a middle, but that is spread over more...more

Greek Poker Cup II in full swing

After having kicked off international tournament poker in Greece with the Greek Poker Cup last March, it was only a matter of time before PokerStars followed up on the massive success of the first-ever major live poker tournament on Greek soil. The PokerStars.net Greek Poker Cup II is now under...more

WSOP 2011: Stars Shine on Subdued Day 1A

No one ever won the World Series of Poker main event having led on Day 1A. That much is certain, or at least it will remain so until someone can tell me otherwise. It's not just done. Those superstitious statistically would do well to hang back a little, leave...more

7 July

WSOP 2011: A tall story with Lex Veldhuis

Lex Veldhuis stood up, then up some more. He's well over six feet and has the type of hair that puts inches more on top. Before we even speak, he extends his arm to shake hands and sports a wide grin that suggests his Day 1A has been good so...more

WSOP 2011: Remember & respect

Tom "Donkey Bomber" Schneider left 18 beers outside his hotel room for whoever wanted them. He called them his final gift to the poker community as he sped out of town toward Phoenix. He was putting as much distance as he could between his heart and the two ugly coolers...more

WSOP 2011: Moreira de Melo a natural in her new game of choice

"I can't look up pictures of Fatima Moreira de Melo at home because I'm afraid my wife will walk in." So said my colleague Brad Willis, speaking on behalf of many men who have at some point tried to look up biographical details about this new player on the...more

Fatima Moreira de Melo at the WSOP


WSOP 2011: Economic cloud over the Vegas skyline

"Vegas is not doing so good." This was my driver grumbling as he negotiated the winding road out of McCarran Airport and headed out towards the freeway. I ask the same question each time I step out of arrivals, and while grizzled locals rarely talk things up, it soon became...more

WSOP 2011: Chew on this

In the barfight scrum that is Day 1 of the WSOP, there are no winners per se. It's a bloody battle that sees people hit with broken pool cues that look like deuce-four offsuit and barstools made by the Runner-Runner Seating Corporation. Even if you win today, you have to...more

WSOP 2011: Do we already know who wins?

The news today (admittedly not mainstream news but news nonetheless) is that one Las Vegas sports book is now taking bets on several carefully selected prop categories in this year's World Series of Poker main event, the first casino ever to do so. You can't bet on field size,...more

WSOP 2011: Jason Alexander unfazed by tough table

In Seinfeld, the blockbuster US sitcom, Jason Alexander played George Costanza, a character who could be described as the quintessential loser; he could not hold down a job, and finding a girl was nigh-on impossible. In real life, Alexander oozes success and the wealth that comes with a top-notch acting...more

WSOP 2011: The baby elephant walk

Any of us who have been in this business for a while--especially those with a vested interested in seeing the game succeed--are tempted to break out the pompoms when writing about poker's big events. We want everyone to love this game, this experience, and this atmosphere as much as we...more

WSOP 2011: Breath of fresh air to Rio's long walk

For many of those sitting shoulder-to-shoulder into the Amazon Room right now this whole place is just a continuation of their experience over the past few years. Regulars are familiar with the brown carpets, the deserted entrance to the Penn & Teller theatre, the Harrah's typeface on the banners...more

WSOP 2011: Doyle Brunson gets WSOP rocking

Those of a certain age will have heard of the Electric Light Orchestra, the band that blended modern rock, or as modern as it was back in the 1970s and 80s, with classical overtones. Their live shows were a hi-tech phenomenon, featuring a spaceship seemingly hovering over the stage. That...more

WSOP 2011: Only one bracelet left

Brad Kondracki's smile seemed to stretch from the six seat to the nine seat and he didn't seem to care much about coming up just short of a WSOP Main Event bracelet. He was a new millionaire. Daniel Bergsdorf looked as though he'd come from a tribe that didn't know...more

5 July

Tunnny took down July 5 Super Tuesday

There was a storm brewing in Las Vegas, Nevada on Tuesday night. Well, not really a storm as much as a party. In truth, not really a party as much as the biggest deal in the poker world. In short, we're talking about the Main Event of the 2011 World...more

PokerStars Macau announces final Macau Poker Cup majors

PokerStars Macau at Casino Grand Lisboa, which recently announced dates for APPT Macau, has now revealed the schedule for the remaining Macau Poker Cup (MPC) events in 2011. The Macau Poker Cup: Red Dragon will take place from August 6-14, and will feature the HKD $11,000 buy-in Red Dragon main...more

3 July

Bmky88 beats besar_cz to grab $161K and Sunday Million title

It was the first Sunday in July, signaling the start of the second half of 2011 and the very essence of the summer months. It was an ideal season, in many parts of the world, for swimming, roasting some meat/vegetables on the barbecue, and getting together with family and friends....more

PokerStars Women's Poker League: June Winners and Mid-2011 Standings

Another month is in the Women's Poker League books, and another interesting one as the month came to a close! So many close races in both leagues, though one player took the lead in the $1.10 halfway through the month and roared into a massive lead. The end of June...more

Sunday Warm-Up: maicon178 cruises to $91,594 victory

Today's Sunday Warm-Up was the kind of tournament online poker players have come to expect from PokerStars each weekend. By the time late registration had closed the field totaled 2,917 players, building a $583,400 prize pool that handily topped the day's $500K guarantee. In all, 432 places paid, with a...more

Rapuncel<3, Rapuncel<3 of Russia won the July 3 Women's Sunday

It's the first Sunday in July, and ... Wait, 2011 is half over? Please give me a moment to process. Thanks. With that bit of information, it only seems fair to mention that there are still six months left in the Women's Poker League! The PokerStars leagues offer women the...more

SuperStar Showdown: Blom topples Terken89 for $150,000

With a record of eight wins and two losses, Viktor "Isildur1" Blom had certainly gotten the best of his opponents across his first 10 SuperStar Showdown matches as he took just over $500,000 from them. He came into today's match riding a three-match winning streak dating back to April against...more

1 July

One Wild Ride!

There won't be poker in this blog post, this will be about my other passion, rally. In particular about the first rally I raced this year, Rally Sierra del Tigre in Guadalajara, México. This was one of the two gravel rallies of the year, the others are on tarmac. My...more