August 2011

31 August

EPT Barcelona: Final table player profiles

Eight players return on Thursday to compete for a first prize of €850,000 in the PokerStars European Poker Tour main event in Barcelona. A total of 811 players entered the main event, making this the biggest tournament ever staged in Spain. Here's how they'll line up... Seat 1. Saar...more

EPT Barcelona: Gomila leads as Katchalov eyes Triple Crown

The slow motion departure of 117 players yesterday read like some 19th century epic novel with dozens of minor characters filling up the pages until the denouement, and the point where you ask yourself if you really followed it all clearly from the start. The departure of 16 players...more

WCOOP 2011: Are you missing out on value?

I know you're busy people. I know there are dogs to walk, coffee to drink, and leftovers to clear out of the fridge. But, listen, I think you might be missing out on some WCOOP value. I'll trust you have a really good excuse. But now, if you are reading...more

Making my WCOOP events list

WOW, time goes by so fast when I play online poker! Just got my Supernova Elite status renewed and it's almost WCOOP time again! Why am I so excited about the WCOOP??? The WCOOP is a series of online tournaments hosted by PokerStars, which means that they have the best...more

EPT Barcelona: Day 3, level 26 & 27 updates (25,000-50,000, ante 5,000)

6.25pm: Jose Esteban out in 9th for €50,000, final table set We are down to the final eight at EPT Barcelona, all of whom will now head off into the warm Barcelona evening before returning tomorrow for their shot at the title and €850,000 first prize. The man to...more

Twitter Poker League starts new season

A fresh start was had this week with a brand new season of the Twitter Poker League. With a blank leaderboard and another $2,100+ to be given away in prizes after these 8 weeks. An exciting time for Twitter Poker players, and the first week of the season kicked off...more

EPT Barcelona: Day 4, level 23-25 updates (15,000-30,000, 4,000)

3.55pm: Break Level 25 was nice, and all that, but we have to let it go. We've got a 15-minute break, and then we welcome level 26. -- SY 3.50pm: Perez makes a huge laydown We didn't get to see what Juan Manuel Perez passed but it must have...more

30 August

MILF ISLAND sails away with 8/30/11 Super Tuesday

Another huge turnout this week for the final Super Tuesday of August. A total of 333 put up the $1,050 to enter the weekly no-limit hold'em tournament. That made for a handsome $333,000 prize pool, once more crushing the event's $150K guarantee. The top 45 finishers would divide that cabbage,...more

EPT Barcelona: Day 4 seat draw

Here's the seat draw for Day 4 at EPT Barcelona. 24 players remain, and our coverage will begin at noon. Chip counts are here, and the Day 3 wrap is here. 2 1 Andras Kovacs Hungary PokerStars qualifier 251,000 2 2 Marcos Fernandez Spain PokerStars qualifier 1,699,000 2 3 Raul...more

EPT Barcelona: Tomeu Gomila leads race for final table

Day 3 of the European Poker Tour main event has come to a close with the clock having just ticked past 1am; a long day at the tables that worked through 117 eliminations, 117 personal disappointments, leaving just 24 players to return tomorrow. A day like today can bring...more

EPT Barcelona: Level 22 & 23 updates (10,000-20,000, 3,000)

1.05am: Play done for the night We're down to the final 24, meaning play is over for the night and everyone can get some sleep. The player to bust in 25th was Miguel Magan Tier, from Holland, who pushed with 8♣8♦ but was up against the 9♠9♥ of Massimilano...more

EPT Barcelona: Day 3, level 19-21 updates (6,000-12,000, ante 1,000)

10.26pm: Break Players have gone on a much needed break after six levels of play. Join us in a new post here. -- RD 10.25pm: There were warning signs Sigurd Eskeland is looking elimination in the face after he took on Raul Mestre, with predictable results. Eskelund opened from...more

WCOOP drops in five days

I like using the word "drop." It sounds very hip, very Hollywood, very much like something that would happen at a release party for the hottest new hip-hop artist. Drop. Cool, no? Well, even if you don't think so, it's important that you know that the PokerStars World Championship of...more

Online Poker Show (8-28-11)


World Cup of Poker final teams headed to Bahamas

Tajikistan is a former Soviet Republic, home to eight million people, and less than two decades removed from a devastating civil war. It is a country that has struggled to and succeeded in becoming a vital nation. It is also a country that most of the world barely knows. Moreover,...more

Who needs WSOP when I have WCOOP

Hi everyone! After a quiet summer without a lot of card games, I am again getting ready to battle for the titles. I was considering going to WSOP, but chose again to stay home. I have found I really enjoy the nice Norwegian summer, and there are enough opportunities to...more

Europe bound!

As I'm writing this blog, it's Friday August 26th and I'm preparing to leave for Europe. Finally, here we are. My three weeks of "vacation" has just ended. In a few hours, I'm flying to Barcelona, thus starting a tro-month trip across Europe! Two very, very busy months! PokerStars European...more

EPT Barcelona: Day 3 seat draw

22 1 Alan McIntyre Ireland PokerStars qualifier 36,100 22 2 Javier Etayo Spain PokerStars player 60,800 22 3 Ali Amelipour Germany PokerStars qualifier 128,400 22 4 Balhar Singh UK PokerStars qualifier 51,600 22 5 Maurizio Sepede Italy 96,400 22 6 Eugene Katchalov United States Team PokerStars Pro 154,000 22 7...more

EPT Barcelona: Level 16-18 updates (3,000-6,000, 500)

Break time Players are currently on a 20 minute break. Click through to the new blog post for updates of level 19. -- SB 4.54pm: Jacobson denied Two-time EPT runner-up Martin Jacobson has crashed out of the Main Event, running into one of the days in-form players Raul Mestre....more

29 August

EPT Barcelona: Late surge gives Xavier Carruggi chip lead

The EPT Barcelona main event sits on the brink tonight. With the bulk of the 811-strong field now gone everything is poised nicely to reach the money bubble which, judging by the elimination of around 270 players today, should appear in quick time on Day 3. As with previous...more

Grinding it out to a big win--26,000 and counting

Teija Halkosaari has played poker for just over two years, but in that time, she has logged an incredible 26,000 tournaments. . . Long pause. . . That's right, it's not a typo; I said 26 thousand tourneys. Go ahead, grab your calculator. Like you, I had to figure that...more

EPT Barcelona: Day 2, level 13-15 (1,500-3,000, 300)

9.30pm: All over Play is over and players are bagging and tagging. We'll have a full wrap with you just as soon as Stephen Bartley can finish typing it. Full, official chip counts will be with you as soon as possible. -- SY 9.10pm: Four more hands Four more...more

PokerStars Sunday majors results (8-27-11)

Let's all speak honestly, shall we? This was a big weekend on PokerStars, and we'll get to all the news that's fit to send out through the inter-tubes. But, let's cut to the chase. This was the last big Sunday of the year before the 2011 PokerStars World Championship of...more

WCOOP 2011 less than one week away

I haven't spoken to Bunker Bob in days. He'll occasionally send a trained meerkat out of a small hole in his WCOOP bunker's roof with a note, but Bob's last words to me were, "One week out. No more talking." If you dont know, Bunker Bob is out man on...more

EPT Barcelona: Day 2, level 10-12 updates (800-1,600, ante 200)

4.41pm: Break it up That's the end of level 12. Players are on a 15-minute break, and we'll be heading over to a new post. Join us there. -- SY 4.40pm: Vanders-missing Benny Spindler started a big hand but went on to play no further part in. Bear with me....more

EPT Barcelona: Day 2 seat draw

Here is the seat draw for Day 2 of EPT Barcelona. Play begins at noon. 5 1 Daniel Cates USA 140500 5 2 Juan Manuel Pastor Spain Team PokerStars Pro 54600 5 3 Alfio Battisti Italy 79000 5 4 Kirill Zapletin Russia 62400 5 5 Ivan Demidov Russia Team PokerStars...more

28 August

Nice hands for NhPokah, winner of the August 28 Sunday Million

Sure, it's the last weekend in August. And there are only four months remaining in 2011. One could look at the glass half empty, or one could look at the fact that only one week remains until WCOOP! That's right; next Sunday will be filled with WCOOP goodness, starting with...more

Sunday Warm-up: WATnlos whacks table after five-way deal

What if your favorite championship team got to hold on to their title just a little longer without having to defend their win? Man U could hold to their Premier League trophy, La Liga would still be ruled by Barça (although they may be holding on to that title...more

Dutchess06 takes the crown and nearly $2300 in Women's Sunday

August has been an exciting month for women in poker, as the Women's Sunday has seen some record fields and prize pools, and the Women's WCOOP promotion has awarded nearly 1,000 Steps tickets for WCOOP satellites. September looks to be a whirlwind month of WCOOP tournaments, but August isn't quite...more

Battle of the Planets: chris777444 spins a jackpot winning $12K in August freeroll

While most of the recent tournament talk for the next month at PokerStars is going to contain the letters W.C.O.O.P. for the next month, today's $50,000 Battle of the Planets Triple Shootout freeroll is a reminder that SnG players need some love as well. No bracelets would be awarded to...more

Guillaume Darcourt takes lead into Day 2 of EPT Barcelona

It was business as usual as noon rose over the European Poker Tour today. Familiar scenes of packed tournament halls, the early sign of a big event, stirred the imaginations, and bank accounts, of some of the world's best players descending on the Gran Casino Barcelona. They were here...more

EPT Barcelona: Day 1B level 7-9 updates (blinds 400-800, 100)

11.30pm: Your likely overnight chip leader is... Frenchman Guillaume Darcourt, with 195,300. A full wrap, and full official chip counts will be with you just as soon as we get them. -- SY 11.05pm: Seven more hands The tournament clock has been stopped and all dealers have been told to...more

APPT Queenstown: Schreiner Ships the Snowfest!

Three months ago, tens of thousands of people from all corners of the globe swarmed through the gargantuan halls of the Rio Hotel & Casino for their shot at fortune and fame at the 42nd Annual World Series of Poker. It's the one opportunity for every poker player each year...more

EPT Barcelona: Day 1B, Level 4-6 updates (200-400, 50)

Level ends. Find us on a new post here. 6.50pm: Sent to the rail Team PokerStars Pro Nuno Coelho, Jeff Sarwer, Frank Blumlein and Ashley Mason have all busted. Not all at the same time, that would involve a freakish set of circumstances. -- RD 6.45pm: The man with...more

APPT Queenstown Day 4: Level 26 (blinds 25,000-50,000, ante 5,000)

Congratulations to Marcel Schreiner, 2011 APPT Queenstown Snowfest Main Event champion! It couldn't have been a more epic finish to an amazing week here in Queenstown, with Germany's Marcel Schreiner defeating New Zealand's Matty Yates in one of the most intense heads-up battles in APPT history to win his...more

EPT Barcelona: Day 1B, level 1-3 updates (100-200)

3.28pm: Level up That's the end of the level. We're now on level four, with blinds at 100-200 and a 25 ante. What's more, it means we have to set up a new post for the next three levels. -- SY 3.20pm: Isildur None Railers, prepare to weep. Viktor...more

APPT Queenstown Day 4: Levels 22-25 (blinds 20,000-40,000, ante 5,000)

11:40pm: Ten-minute break 11:38pm: Yates on the ropes Marcel Schreiner now has a big lead as the final hand before the break has left Matty Yates on the ropes. Schreiner raised from the button to 80,000 and Yates made the call. Yates decided to lead out and he fired three...more

27 August

APPT Queenstown Day 4: Levels 20-21 (blinds 8,000-16,000, ante 2,000)

7:00pm: Dinner break The players are now taking a thirty-minute dinner break with play set to recommence at 7:30pm local time. Here are the approximate chip counts at the break: Marcel Schreiner: 840,000 Matty Yates: 703,000 John Waterman: 698,000 Carl Knox: 126,000 6:50pm: Yates thinks twice Matty Yates raised to...more

APPT Queenstown Day 4: Levels 18-19 (blinds 5,000-10,000, ante 1,000)

4:50pm: Ten-minute break 4:35pm: Daniel Laidlaw eliminated in 5th place Matty Yates opened to 23,500 from the cutoff before Marcel Schreiner three-bet to 59,500 in the small blind. PokerStars qualifier Daniel Laidlaw moved all in for 98,500 from the big blind, forcing Yates out of the way, but Schreiner matched...more

APPT Queenstown Day 4: Levels 16-17 (blinds 3,000-6,000, ante 500)

2:35pm: Ten-minute break 2:20pm: The million dollar man, Matty Yates We've just seen the biggest pot of the tournament so far as New Zealand's Matty Yates has decimated the lead of Marcel Schreiner in a massive million-plus pot. It started with Schreiner opening to 12,500 from middle position before Yates...more

A fitting finale looms in Queenstown

As the saying goes, all good things must come to an end. So it's with a touch of sadness that our time here in beautiful Queenstown is up and we must head home from this winter wonderland back to our normal, boring, everyday lives. The good news is that every...more

Martin Schleich takes early lead as EPT returns to Spain

If EPT Tallinn was the start of the season three weeks ago it served only as a warm-up to the good stuff taking place in Barcelona this week. Tallinn was a great event, a premier tournament not only for the location but for the talent of its champion. But...more

Hungary for success, Bodis wins Eureka Croatia

A 34-year-old entrepreneur from Hungary has beaten 254 other hopefuls to win Eureka Croatia and the €47,298 first prize. After a quick fire final table that lasted exactly four levels Richard Bodis was the last man standing and his feet are still firmly attached to the ground: "The trophy...more

Eureka Croatia: Day 3, levels 24 updates (blinds 12,000-24,000)

9.25pm: Richard Bodis wins Eureka Croatia (€47,298) From the small blind Richard Bodis made it 50,000 to go, Carsten Luxig made it 110,000 total from the big blind and Bodis called. The flop of [10s]K♣2♦ was checked by both players before Luxig fired out a bet of 130,000 on...more

EPT Barcelona: Day 1A, level 7-9 updates (blinds 400-800-100)

11.20pm: Play ends That's it. Players are bagging and tagging once the chip race for the green 25 chips is done. Top of the tree looks certain to be the German player Martin Schleich, who has around 180,000. -- SY 11.03pm: Six more hands It has just been announced that...more

Welcome to EPT Barcelona


EPT Barcelona: Day 1A, level 4-6 updates (blinds 150-300-25)

6.45pm: Break Level six is done. Half are now on a 15-minute break, the rest are on dinner break. -- SY 6.41pm: Preparing for dinner In five ten minutes, half the field will disappear for their 75-minute dinner break. The remainder will take a 15-minute break before returning to...more

APPT Queenstown Final Table Player Profiles

The 2011 APPT Queenstown Snowfest produced a field of 127 entrants for the Main Event. After three days of play in the felt of the SKYCITY Queenstown Casino, we have reached our official final table of nine players. Here's a little more about the background of our final table...more

Eureka Croatia: Day 3, levels 20, 21, 22 & 23 updates (blinds 10,000-20,000 ante 2,000)

7.10pm: End of the level You'll find level 24 updates in a new post shortly. 7pm: Richard Bodis doubles up I don't know exactly how the action went but with the board reading 7♣5♠A♥4♣2♣ and with around 300,000 in the middle Richard Bodis moved all-in for about 350,000 with 8♠6♣...more

Trans-Tasman rivalry reaches fever-pitch in Queenstown

The APPT is all about providing world-class poker tournaments in exciting travel destinations. It's the best of both worlds. A win-win for players who can potentially share in hundreds of thousands of dollars, or, if the cards don't fall their way then they can experience the local sights. We've already...more

EPT Barcelona: Day 1A, level 1-3 updates (blinds 100-200)

3.25pm: End of level That's the end of the third level of the day. Three down, six to go. -- RD 3.20pm: Spindler unhappy Whether Spindler was unhappy with his play or was just displaying disapproval of his opponent's call I could not say. Well, I could say but...more

26 August

APPT Queenstown Day 3: Levels 15-16 (blinds 2,500-5,000, ante 500)

Day 3 in the books; Final Table is set! A short, but action-filled day has come to an end with Marcel Schreiner holding onto the chip lead. Here's how they will line up tomorrow: Seat 1: Hugh Cohen (Australia) 146,500 PokerStars Qualifier Seat 2: Marcel Schreiner (Germany) 591,500 Seat 3:...more

APPT Queenstown Day 3: Levels 13-14 (blinds 1,500-3,000, ante 300)

6:05pm: Ten-minute break 5:55pm: Schreiner clips Swannack Marcel Schreiner opened with an raise under the gun and Cole Swannack made the call to see a flop of 4♣J♦A♥. Schreiner check-called the flop and again check-called for 28,600 on the 4♥ turn before both players checked down the 8♠ river. Swannack...more

Eureka Croatia: PokerStars qualifier leads final table charge

Of the 85 players who started Day 2 of Eureka Croatia just eleven are still in with a shot of winning the €47,298 first prize. And whilst all 11 will no doubt have their eyes firmly set on the prize, only one can win and the man looking most...more

A Gastronomical Guide to Queenstown

Each and every day that we spend in Queenstown is another day that we wish we didn't have to leave. And though the penultimate day of the APPT Queenstown Snowfest Main Event may be fast approaching, we've been fortunate enough to enjoy the afternoon off in order to further...more

Eureka Croatia: Day 2, levels 18 & 19 updates (blinds 4,000-8,000 ante 1,000)

2.30am: Play is done for the day So after ten levels 85 players have been skittled down to 11. A full wrap of the day's play and overnight chip counts will be available in a new post shortly. 2.20am: Tomas Muraska eliminated in 12th place (€2,950) On the last hand...more

McDonagh the Master

He goes by many names. President of the APPT. ANZPT Commissioner. His official title is Director of Live Operations (Asia Pacific) and as of next year, he'll be also known as an Australian Poker Hall of Famer, but to those who know him best, he's just Danny. Back in 2004...more

Eureka Croatia: Day 1B, levels 14, 15, 16 & 17 updates (blinds 2,500-5,000 ante 500)

11.40pm: Two more exits, one double up and a break Matija Pavlovic and Tiberiu Zanfirache have been eliminated in 22nd and 21st place respectively. Meanwhile Roman Kadziela got somewhat fortunate to double up in the last hand before the break. He re-raised all-in for 38,300 with K♥[10s] after Marko...more

WCOOP 2011: Single-digit wait, seven-digit guarantee

Nine days. Nine days left until the world's biggest online poker tournament series. One simple little digit of wait time before three weeks of fun, 62 events, and $30 million in guaranteed prize money. Now, you have a chance to play one of the tournaments for pennies on the dollar....more

Eureka Croatia: Day 2, levels 10, 11, 12 & 13 updates (blinds 1,000-2,000 ante 200)

6.15pm: Break time That's the end of level 13, you'll find level 14 updates in a new post. 6.10pm: The 100 club Three players who all have above one hundred thousand and are doing rather nicely are: Marko Milkovic (114,000), Pontos Paniteleimon (120,000) and Boris Savija (110,000). 6pm: Dream on...more

APPT Queenstown: Marcel Marvellous as Koray Capitulates

Since having first arrived in Queenstown, we knew that we were going to be in for one helluva tournament, and considering the new trend of hyper-aggression to have come out of this year's World Series of Poker Main Event, we were expecting some of the craziest action ever seen in...more

APPT Queenstown Day 3 Seating Draw

Table 2 Seat 1: Cole Swannack (New Zealand) - 120,100 Seat 3: Matty Yates (New Zealand) - 100,200 Seat 4: Rewi Emerson (New Zealand) - 37,400 Seat 5: Marcel Schreiner (Germany) - 453,800 Seat 6: Jackson Zheng (New Zealand) (PokerStars Qualifier) - 121,200 Seat 7: Wayne Bell (New Zealand) (PokerStars...more

25 August

APPT Queenstown Day 2: Levels 11 & 12 (blinds 1000-2000, ante 200)

7:15pm: That's a wrap! As the rain descends upon Queenstown, the PokerStars Blog team are wrapping things up here in the Summit room, and it's Germany's Marcel Schrenier on top of the chip counts with 453,800 in chips! Despite losing the big hand to Schreiner, Tom Grigg is still second...more

APPT Queenstown Day 2: Levels 9 & 10 (blinds 600-1200, ante 100)

4:50pm: 10-minute break 4:45pm: Schreiner and Grigg have at it A huge crowd built around table two as the players began to make their way out of the room for the final break of the day, with Australia's Tom Grigg and Germany's Marcel Schreiner providing some late fireworks. From under...more

APPT Queenstown Day 2: Levels 7 & 8 (blinds 400-800, ante 75)

2:35pm: 10-minute break 2:25pm: Hinrichsen hits one-outer to bust Haas David Haas has now joined his wife Leanne on the rail as 50 players remain in contention for the APPT Queenstown Snowfest title. David Haas has just hit the rail Haas was pretty unlucky after he committed his chips preflop...more

Time to tee off at APPT Queenstown

This quaint little place called Queenstown is full of surprises. We've already learnt about many of their famous adrenalin-pumping adventures such as jet-boat riding, para-sailing and bungy jumping, but as we spend more time here we're discovering more and more fun things to do. How about white-water rafting? An ice-skating...more

Eureka Croatia: Day 1B, level 9 updates (blinds 400-800 ante 100)

2.15am: Mokni leads Day 1B field A total of 139 players took to the felt on Day 1B and combined with the Day 1A field that made a total of 255 entrants meaning Eureka Croatia is the largest ever live poker tournament in Croatia. Together they created a prize pool...more

Eureka Croatia: Day 1B, levels 5, 6, 7 & 8 updates (blinds 300-600 ante 50)

11.55pm: Break time Players are now on a 15 minute break whilst tournament staff colour up the 25 denomination chips. They'll return for one more level of play which you'll find in a new post. 11.50pm: Chip leaders Dominik Mokni still holds the chip lead, he has a stack of...more

EPT Barcelona: A history lesson

EPT Barcelona is a few short days away, and now seems like a fitting time for a little history lesson. Join us as we take a look back at some quick highlights from the first seven EPT Barcelona events. You EPT buffs out there will remember that the Spanish port...more

WCOOP 2011: Ten days to go

If you log on to the WCOOP website, you will see a little countdown box that--in my rarely humble opinion--can be a bit deceiving. For instance, if you were to look at it right now, you'd see that the first part of clock reads, "9 days." It's only when you...more

APPT Queenstown Day 2 Seating Draw

Table 1 Seat 1: Matty Yates (New Zealand) - 62100 Seat 2: Jacky Wang (Australia) (PokerStars Qualifier) - 29000 Seat 3: Kyle James (New Zealand) (PokerStars Qualifier) - 14675 Seat 4: Peter Field (New Zealand) - 13675 Seat 5: Marcel Schreiner (Germany) - 72600 Seat 6: Edmund Chan (New Zealand)...more

Eureka Croatia: Day 1B, levels 1, 2, 3 & 4 updates (blinds 100-200)

6.40pm: Break time That's four levels done and dusted and players are on a 15 minute break. You'll find level five updates in a new post. 6.30pm: Chip counts You might remember Milan Rakic from his second place finish at Eureka Bulgaria. The entrepreneur still has his trademark sunglasses in...more

Chips fly in huge Queenstown Sale

When we started Day 1c of the APPT Queenstown Snowfest Main Event today we thought it was going to be very tough to top the action of the previous two days. We'd seen the Kiwi domination on Day 1a and the Aussie invasion on Day 1b - what could...more

24 August

APPT Queenstown Day 1c: Levels 5-6 (blinds 200-400, ante 50)

7:05pm: Third time's a charm; Day 1c is complete After the clock was paused with five minutes left on the clock, the dealers were instructed to deal five more hands each before play wrapped up for the day, which sent us into a little overtime. Tournament organizers were hoping to...more

APPT Queenstown Day 1c: Levels 3-4 (blinds 100-200, ante 25)

4:45pm: Ten-minute break 4:40pm: No ace for Austin Manu Austin's tournament is over when the Kiwi pushed his short stack in preflop with A♠Q♣ but Jeremy McDonald made the call with Q♠Q♥. The flop of 8♥7♠2♥ was ace-less, and the T♥ turn trimmed Austin's outs by one. Needing a non-heart...more

APPT Queenstown Day 1c: Levels 1-2 (blinds 75-150)

2:30pm: Fifteen-minute break 2:28pm: Karib runs into aces Joshua Jurcic's hot run continues while the pain for Karib Karib has come to an end with his elimination from the tournament. Jurcic opened with a raise to 500 from the hijack position before Karib Karib three-bet to 2,000 in the big...more

Matau's Beating Heart

Ko te aroha ano he wai E pupu ake ana He awa e mapuna mai ana I roto i te whatu-manawa Ko tona matapuna he hononu A ina ia ka re re ano He tai timu He tai pari He tai ope He tai ora He tai nui Love is...more

Eureka Croatia: Day 1A, level 9 updates (blinds 400-800 ante 100)

3am: Bravo for Pavao, Croatian leads Day 1A field A total of 116 players including Chris Moneymaker took to the felt for Day 1A of Eureka Croatia at the Golden Sun casino in Zagreb. After nine levels of play that saw the 116 starters reduced to 40 it was Croatian...more

Eureka Croatia: Day 1A, levels 5, 6, 7 & 8 updates (blinds 300-600 ante 50)

12am: Break time The remaining players are now on their last 15 minute break of the evening. You'll find level nine updates in a new post. One player to have busted shortly before the break was Irishman Owen Shiels. 11.50pm: Moneymaker on a heater Team PokerStars Pro Chris Moneymaker...more

PCA Mega Path finals this weekend

If you don't know what the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Mega Path satellites are by now, I'd suggest you aren't trying hard enough to get to the Bahamas for free this winter. Getting something for nothing is hard work these days, and you'd do well to put some effort into it....more

WCOOP memories

My memory of September 2010 is dominated by the transition I was going through: A long relationship was coming to an end, and I was moving into a new apartment that was still only half-furnished. More relevant, I was having a total poker-identity crisis, questioning whether or not I even...more

Of pubs, PokerStars promotions, and English eccentrics

On a recent holiday to cloudy Devon I visited a rather eccentric pub. It was originally the home of a seventeenth century card-playing gentleman, Squire Ley. George Ley had a sizeable gambling win in 1690 and decided to spend the cash building a house--we must assume that he had mastered...more

Eureka Croatia: Day 1A, levels 1, 2, 3 & 4 updates (blinds 100-200)

6.35pm: Break Time That's four levels down and players are now a 15 minute break. 6.30pm: Exits Amongst the latest exits is Senadin Cosic who finished eighth in the main event at Eureka Slovenia. 6.20pm: Chip counts A few chip counts: Michael Leedham (25,000 - up and down he says),...more

Welcome to APPT Queenstown Snowfest


APPT Queenstown: Schreiner shines on Day 1B

It's been another exciting day here in the Summit Room, with Day 1b of the APPT Queenstown Snowfest Main Event having come to an end. But before we let our hair down tonight at the Welcome Party, it's that time of the night where we wrap up all the...more

23 August

Super Tuesday: jonwayne69 flops 'em dead, rakes in $71k

Forming the largest Super Tuesday field since mid-April, 368 players found the cojones to pull $1,000 out of their bankrolls in the hopes of turning that one dime into over seventy more. The only obstacle in the way of that dream? One of the toughest collections of tournament poker minds...more

APPT Queenstown Day 1b: Levels 5 & 6 (blinds 200-400, ante 50)

7:05pm: Day two is in the books With that, we are officially done for the day! The remaining 28 players have all bagged and tagged their chips, with Germany's Marcel Schreiner having been confirmed as our Day 1b chip leader with 72,600, followed by Matty Yates (62,100) and Andrew Hinrichsen...more

APPT Queenstown Day 1b: Levels 3 & 4 (blinds 100-200, ante 25)

4:50pm: 10-minute break Our coverage will continue on another page. 4:40pm: Slow start for Hachem Joe Hachem hasn't been able to get much going since he recently sat down on Table 4. In a blind-on-blind battle with Stephen Quon, the flop read a scary 9♠7♠6♠ when Quon put out a...more

APPT Queenstown Day 1b: Levels 1 & 2 (blinds 75-150)

2:30pm: 15-minute break Our coverage will continue on another page. 2:25pm: Andy is still King Daniel Laidlaw and Andy Hinrichsen have tangled recently with the honours pretty much even. On a hand that ran into the break, Laidlaw opened to 400 from middle position and Hinrichsen flat called in...more

The ride has only just begun...

It's another picture postcard day here in Queenstown, New Zealand and although the good weather means the snow is starting to defrost, the action is certainly not slowing down. One of the first activities we tried our hand at in Queenstown was the world-famous Skyline gondola ride. A short five-minute...more

WCOOP 2011: A matter of flags

About this time every year since 2002, the world's online poker community (and, let's face it, the live community, too) has turned its attention to the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker. In the past nine years, WCOOP has established itself as the undisputed king of online tournament series. There...more

Running deep in the WSOP Main Event - Account and strategy of a poker pro (Part 2)

So, I left part one midway through day 6 where I was about to move to the feature table. I went there with about 4.3m chips and I cruised to about 5m chips just winning small pots and not doing anything crazy. I then had a mad couple of levels...more

Online Poker Show: Sunday Million, August 21


Kiwis apply the heat in Queenstown

Queenstown is a truly amazing place. It's one of the most remote towns in the world, but before the plane had even kissed the tarmac, we had already grown very attached. On the left there were snow-capped mountains as far as the eye could see. On the right was the...more

22 August

APPT Queenstown Day 1a: Levels 5-6 (blinds 200-400, ante 50)

6:50pm: That's a wrap! Sweet as! Day 1a of the APPT Queenstown Snowfest Main Event has come and gone with half of the starting field of 40 players surviving the avalanche of elimination to reach day two action on Friday. The Kiwis were relentless this afternoon and thoroughly deserved to...more

APPT Queenstown Day 1a: Levels 3-4 (blinds 100-200, ante 25)

4:40pm: Ten-minute break 4:35pm: Top pair good for Tran to double PokerStars qualifier Trung Tran has just landed a very handy double up at the expense of Joel Feldman. Feldman opened with a preflop raise to 450 and picked up a pair of callers to see a flop of 6♦J♠9♣....more

APPT Queenstown Day 1a: Levels 1-2 (blinds 75-150)

2:30pm: Ten-minute break 2:20pm: Chalhoub chopped down by Koray's gamble Ace-king must look like the nuts when you're playing against Koray Turker, so it was no surprised to see Brett Chalhoub snap-call all-in when Turker five-bet jammed from the big blind. Chalhoub had opened to 300, Turker raised to 1,100,...more

LAPT unveils Colombia National Poker Championship

After months of anticipation, the Latin American Poker Tour has just announced its next event. For the first time in its four-season history, the LAPT is headed to Medellin, Colombia to host the Colombia National Poker Championship. Though it was long assumed the LAPT would find its way to Colombia,...more

VIP Mega Month doubles prize pools for FPP freerolls

Honestly, I've been writing about Frequent Player Points for nearly seven years, and I still have a hard time calculating how small an amount 10 FPPs really is. It's ridiculously, if it were converted to loose change, you might not bother digging it out of your sofa cushions. If...more

PokerStars Sunday majors results (8-21-11)

Enjoyed your little break? Took in a relaxing weekend of bob-bon eating and walking the dog on moonlit beaches? That's what you do on weekend, right? No? Oh, indeed. You were probably with the rest of the online poker world ramming and jamming on PokerStars and trying to hit on...more

Queenstown: Planet Earth's Best Kept Secret

If you were to ask anyone in the poker industry about why they love the game so much, they could rattle off a list of reasons a mile long. The Micros, however, summed it up perfectly in their pilot episode: for the big pots. For the life-changing money. For travelling...more

Your travel guide to APPT Queenstown Snowfest

It's time for Snowfest once again, only not quite like you remember it. In its fifth season, the Asia Pacific Poker Tour has now added a Snowfest of its own, heading to Queenstown, New Zealand, for the second leg of its tour. It's a new stop this year, the second...more

21 August

DaGoddfather was not refused the Sunday Million victory and $163,877.79

Two weeks from tonight, the wait will be over. Poker players from around the world will be playing or watching (or working on their satellites for other tournaments) the World Championship of Online Poker. WCOOP is scheduled to begin on September 4, and the first day alone will provide three...more

Sunday Warm-Up: marcotorino tears up final table, banks $105k

I don't know about you, but when I think "Warm-Up" I think of something gentle. An easy walk. Light stretching. A bit more hot liquid in that cooling cup of coffee. Just a little something to get the blood flowing in the early hours. Although this particular Warm-Up no doubt...more

Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree Wins Women's Sunday

Online poker is the vehicle most often used for women to get into poker. It offers anonymity but camaraderie if desired, and lower stakes than are offered in many live venues but higher ones when players are ready. The reasons for online poker's popularity are many. But often, players get...more

19 August

Five hundred WCOOP seats up for grabs this weekend

Getting a WCOOP seat for $22 isn't difficult these days. It's really not that hard. Trust me on this one. This is the type of thing I can do, and if I could do it, it's not going to take a great deal of effort on your part to make...more

Barcelona, the most entertaining city in the world

When I was 14 years old, I came to Barcelona with my school for our end-of-year trip. I was completely in love with a sweet girl, and spent the whole week before the trip wondering how to get her to fall for me. After lots of missed opportunities, we went...more

18 August

EPT appoints Stuchly as new president

The European Poker Tour has already set sail on its eighth season, and now it has announced there is a new captain at the helm. This afternoon, Edgar Stuchly took over as the new EPT president. Stuchly will be a familiar face for many people on the EPT. He brings...more

Sentimental Septembers and the WCOOP

September always brings back memories of new beginnings and old friends. As I hoist up the boxes from under the bed to unpack last year's sweaters and boots, I think back to high school. Back to when life held all the promises of a Christmas gift under the tree waiting...more

17 August

TPL sees biggest field of season

We had the biggest field of the Season, this week with a solid 779 players taking their virtual seats. From the $779 prizepool that they generated, $140.78 was awarded to the eventual winner and for the first time this Season 2nd place also received over $100. Every week the Twitter...more

Big side action at EPT Barcelona

Just ten days from now, the European Poker Tour main event in Barcelona will kick off with every bit of the pomp and circumstance you've come to expect on the EPT. Surrounding that big event is a week-long series of side events for every bankroll. Among those side events players...more

From gold bracelet to GoldStar during VIP Club Mega Month

There will be a new World Champion this year at the WSOP Main Event! Unfortunately I was not able to successfully defend my title this summer. If you think this will affect my confidence or my will to win, you are absolutely wrong! Late May, departure for Vegas. I only...more

16 August

Super Tuesday: ros1987 makes it two wins in five weeks

On July 19, Ireland's ros1987 had a night he'll never forget on the virtual felt, making a phenomenal comeback that took him from final table short stack to the winner's circle in the Super Tuesday, a feat that earned him more than $57,000. Tonight, only five weeks after that massive...more

Xuan Liu on winning your way to London

Professional player Xuan Liu is based in Toronto, Canada but spends much of the year traveling internationally for poker tournaments. In the fall, she heads to London for Season Eight of the European Poker Tour. Xuan qualified for the PokerStars Women Live Event, set for Sunday, October 2, on...more

World Cup of Poker VIII to send seven countries to Bahamas

Pull out your flag, iron the creases from its cloth, and raise it high above your home, for the PokerStars World Cup of Poker VIII is on. After seven successful years of crowning the world's poker superpower, the World Cup is poised to take seven nations to the Caribbean to...more

VIP Club Mega Month keeps me in my seat during August

I think some people scale down their poker playing in August. The big tournament circuit goes quiet: it's the gap between the end of the World Series and the start of the EPT. The card room at the casino is quieter, which makes me wonder whether the regulars are off...more

Online Poker Show: Sunday Million, August 14


15 August

Halfway through VIP Club Mega Month

As of this very moment, riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight....NOW...we are halfway through the PokerStars VIP Club Mega Month, the opportunity for any PokerStars player to earn SilverStar, GoldStar, or PlatinumStar VIP Club status for just ten percent of the VIP Player Points normally required. "But, wait!" you cry. "If the month is already...more

PokerStars Sunday majors results (8-14-11)

You can have your sitting on a plane for hours at a time. You can have your re-heated airline food and room service club sandwiches that go along with life on the live circuit. Or, you can wake up in your own home once a week and play for millions...more

Supernova Night Out: Montreal

Summertime in Montreal. It's hard to explain to my warmer climate friends why this is something to celebrate. Like a Grizzly Bear coming out of hibernation, a similar phenomenon occurs once a year in the frigid wastelands of Quebec. Our awakening happens on the first day you need to turn...more

Spending August with unicycles and bagpipes

I've spent the last week in Edinburgh, one of my favourite places. The last couple of days I've been working on the UKIPT up here. Before that I was working on a new project, a live online chat show from the festival with comics as guests called Festival Frank. It's...more

14 August

Ponga80 procures a Sunday Million win and nearly $200K

With online players preparing for the annual World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP), they find themselves looking to improve their skills and build a bankroll to play more events. It certainly doesn't hurt to play some Sunday majors to get ready for the big fields and high stakes action. This...more

Sunday Warm-up: Owen "ocrowe" Crowe claims the six-figure win

It is crunch time for the rounders at PokerStars. The World Championship of Online Poker is starting up in a scant three week and players are scrambling to grab as many satellite wins for a shot at that $30,000,000 in guarantees over three weeks of non-stop high rolling action. The...more

Onkelchen23 catches victory and $2,310.85 in Women's Sunday

There are many reasons for female poker players to compete in the weekly Women's Sunday tournament. The $7,000 guaranteed prize pool is a big draw, as well as the fact that it has been regularly eclipsing $10,000 and $11,000 with larger weekly fields. There are $50 bounties on all members...more

Gift of the Gav: Fintan Gavin wins UKIPT Edinburgh and £61,500

In poker there are players that are well liked and there are those that can talk the hind leg off a donkey. Not many can bring those two qualties together and still play winning poker, Fintan Gavin is one of the few. Now, finally, the Irishman has that major title...more

UKIPT Edinburgh: Day 3, level 28 & 29 updates (blinds 40,000-80,000, ante 5,000)

10.17pm: Fintan Gavin wins UKIPT Edinburgh and £61,500 Fintan Gavin has completed a great comeback to win the UKIPT Edinburgh title and £61,500. Gavin had called a 160,000 raise from Andrew Hawksby in the big blind to see a 7♣9♥4♣ flop, which Gavin check-raised all-in on. Hawksby made the...more

Patrick Kar Keng Lee crowned Macau Poker Cup Red Dragon Main Event Champion!

The final day of the Macau Poker Cup Red Dragon Main Event saw twenty-six players return to the PokerStars Macau Room inside the Grand Lisboa to battle it out until one just remained. Not only would this player be Asia's newest poker champion, but a deserving one after navigating their...more

UKIPT Edinburgh: Day 3, level 26 & 27 updates (blinds 25,000-50,000, ante 5,000)

8.24pm: End of level Join us in a new post for the level 28 updates. -- RD 8.22pm: Gavin doubles through Dale Big moment for Fintan Gavin. He opened the button for 105,000 and Jamie Dale shoved all-in from the button to set Gavin in, who slowly made the...more

MPC Red Dragon Main Event Day 3: Level 27 (blinds 50,000-100,000, ante 5,000)

Congratulations to Patrick Kar Keng Lee; winner of the Macau Poker Cup Red Dragon Main Event (HK$1,039,700)! The PokerStars Blog would like to congratulate Patrick Kar Keng Lee on defeating the 478-player field to be crowned the Macau Poker Cup Red Dragon Main Event Champion, recipient of the stunning Red...more

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

5.20pm: End of the level You'll find level 26 updates in a new post. -- NW 5.15pm:Thomas Ward doubles through Antonis Poulengeris who bust in 7th (£8,050) "What a bad move that was," said Antonis Poulengeris as he looked down at the 69,000 he was left with. Jamie Dale had...more

MPC Red Dragon Main Event Day 3: Levels 25-26 (blinds 40,000-80,000, ante 5,000)

11:30 p.m: Ten-minute break 11:20 p.m: Top two for Tsuchikawa Patrick Kar Keng Lee opened to 200,000 from the button and Tetsuya Tsuchikawa defended his big blind before the 3♠4♦J♥ flop was checked through. When the turn landed the Q♥, Tsuchikawa checked and Lee fired a delayed continuation-bet of 250,000...more

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

2.42pm: Clyde-Smith hammered by Gavin Fintan Gavin is back in the driving seat with 2,075,000 as we go into the break. George Clyde-Smith opened for 45,000 in early position and was called by Gavin in the next seat along. Clyde-Smith c-bet 57,000 into the 9♠7♣6♥ flop and Gavin moved...more

MPC Red Dragon Main Event Day 3: Levels 23-24 (blinds 20,000-40,000, ante 4,000)

8:20 p.m: Dinner break The remaining four players are heading on a 45-minute dinner break. See you back here at 9:05 p.m. (GMT+8) for the recommencement of play with the following approximate chip counts. Xiaobo Zhou (China) (PokerStars Macau Qualifier) -- 4,040,000 in chips Tetsuya Tsuchikawa (Japan) -- 1,325,000 Jun...more

MPC Red Dragon Main Event Day 3: Levels 21-22 (blinds 12,000-24,000, ante 3,000)

6:10 p.m: Ten-minute break 6:00 p.m: Chen doubles From the cutoff, Jun Chen pushed all in for 196,000 and Xiaobo Zhou made the call from the small blind. Chen: A♠J♣ Zhou: K♥8♦ The board ran out A♣5♦Q♣2♣9♣ to ensure Chen the double to 435,000 as Zhou slipped to 1,240,000 in...more

13 August

MPC Red Dragon Main Event Day 3: Levels 18-20 (blinds 8,000-16,000, ante 2,000)

Ten-minute break 3:15 p.m: Quads for Tarnopol Xiaobo Zhou opened to 44,000 only to have Daniel Tarnopol move all in for 259,000. Tetsuya Tsuchikawa made the call from the big blind before Zhou open-mucked his A♥J♣. Tarnopol: 9♣9♥ Tsuchikawa: A♦J♦ The 9♦[10d]8♥ flop gave Tarnopol a set, but left Tsuchikawa...more

Fintan Gavin leads charge to UKIPT Edinburgh final table

Irish pro Fintan Gavin holds the chip lead of UKIPT Edinburgh at the end of Day 2 with just 11 players between him and his first major title. Gavin finished second to German powerhouse and Team PokerStars Pro Sebastian Ruthenberg at EPT Barcelona in 2008 and will be loathe...more

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

1.42am: Play is done for the day Just a dozen players are still in contention of winning UKIPT Edinburgh and they are currently bagging and tagging. Chip counts and wrap of the day's play to follow. Play will recommence at 12pm. -- NW 1.40am: Ovidijus Slimas eliminated in 13th place...more

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

9.54pm: Break time That's eight levels in the book so far today. Players are now on a 15 minute break. -- NW 9.51pm: (One more) Time for a new Darius in town? Perhaps Darius Venckus may become the most famous Darius in Scotland if he takes down this event. He's...more

Xiaobo Zhou headlines China domination of Red Dragon Day 2

The penultimate day of the Macau Poker Cup Red Dragon Main Event was a day where players would either go home crying or rest easy that they had a chance to capture a whopping HK$1,039,700 first prize. Day 2 of any poker tournament is normally the money day, and today...more

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

6.50pm: Dinner break Full chip counts to be collected over the dinner break and we'll catch up with all the confirmed bust outs and cashes too. 43rd: Anthony Hamilton, United Kingsom, PokerStars player, £1,000 44th: John Wallace, United Kingdom, £1,000 45th: Stuart Hilton, United Kingdom, PokerStars player, £1,000 46th:...more

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

4.30pm: Dunnett busts at break to set bubble Stephen Dunnett, yes he that bust Chris Moneymaker, has just gone after a three-bet squeeze turned bad. Dunnett was in the small blind with around 35,000 and facing a bet (Alan Kirk) and a call (Alan Barnes) of 6,200. He moved...more

MPC Red Dragon Main Event Day 2: Level 17 (blinds 4,000-8,000, ante 1,000)

Day 2 done and dusted After another long day on the felt, Day 2 of the Macau Poker Cup Red Dragon Main Event has come to a close with twenty-six players remaining. Currently it seems as though Xiaobo Zhou is the chip leader, but several notable players still remain with...more

MPC Red Dragon Main Event Day 2: Levels 15-16 (blinds 3,000-6,000, ante 500)

8:40 p.m: Ten-minute break 8:30 p.m: Lu folds, keeps chip lead Chen Lu opened the hi-jack with a raise to 15,000 only to have the player on the button move all in for 98,500. Lu went deep into the tank for nearly three minutes before eventually laying his hand down....more

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

2.05pm: Even more bust outs and the break Anthony Galloway, Ivan Stokes, Jake Cody, John Kay, Max Silver and Mike Hill have all busted. It's the break, back in 15 minutes in a new post. -- RD 2pm: Chip counts and exits Still alive and kicking are: Fintan Gavin...more

MPC Red Dragon Main Event Day 2: Levels 13-14 (blinds 1,500-3,000, ante 400)

6:20 p.m: Ten-minute break 6:18 p.m: Big stack table no more Unfortunately for the action junkie following along that wanted to see a 600,000-chip pot develop on table seven, they will have to wait a little longer. Table seven has just been broken prior to the remaining players heading on...more

12 August

MPC Red Dragon Main Event Day 2: Levels 11-12 (blinds 1,000-2,000, ante 200)

4:10 p.m: Ten-minute break 4:00 p.m: Chang continues to climb Carlos Chang opened under the gun to 5,100 and found a caller from the cutoff before the player on the button moved all in for 18,800. Chang iso-shoved to force the cutoff out of the way. Chang: A♣J♠ Opponent: A♥4♠...more

Sam Macdonald the Big Mac at UKIPT Edinburgh, leads Day 1 field

Sam Macdonald tonight bagged up 225,000, the biggest takeaway of any UKIPT customer here in Edinburgh. Excuse the pun, please. It's been a long day and we've been dreaming of comfort food. This is not the first time the prolific young Brit has held a UKIPT Day 1 chip lead,...more

Lawrence Peng pips Japanese to lead Red Dragon Day 1b

Today, well actually yesterday, saw Day 1b of the Macau Poker Cup Red Dragon Main Event commence at the worker-friendly time of a little after 8:00 p.m. Not only did this allow for players to jet in from nearby countries following work, but also allowed some last minute entrants courtesy...more

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

12.10am: Bagging and tagging Play has finished at all tables and chips are getting bagged. Full wrap of the day's action to come alongside comprehensive chip counts. -- RD 12am: Last four hands The clock has been stopped and it has been announced that four more hands will be...more

MPC Red Dragon Main Event Day 1b: Level 10 (blinds 600-1,200, ante 100)

3:20 a.m: Day 1b in the bag The final hands are now all complete as the remaining players are currently bagging their chips and scribbling their details down on their bags. Roughly 100 players have survived from today's flight, and they will join the sixty-two players from yesterday that earned...more

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

9.50pm: Break time Players are now on a 20 minute break. You'll find level nine updates in a new post. -- NW 9.45pm: Exits Slipping out the door marked exit are: Martin Blom, Stefano Vessella, Guy Steel, amongst others.-- NW 9.44pm: Blogging at a distance A blogging revolution sparked yesterday...more

MPC Red Dragon Main Event Day 1b: Levels 7-9 (blinds 500-1,000, ante 100)

2:30 a.m: Ten-minute break 2:20 a.m: Celina ko'd Seijiro Machi opened to 3,600 only to have the last remaining Team PokerStars Pro in Celina Lin move all in for roughly 13,500 from the small blind. Machi instantly made the call to put Lin at risk. Lin: 7♠7♦ Machi: K♣K♥ The...more

Huge WCOOP satellite this weekend

PokerStars is simply giving it away this month. There's just no other way to put it. After years of making everyone work their tails off to achieve big-time status in the VIP Club, the month of August is like some wild bachanal where everybody ends up skinny-dipping and drinking Moscow...more

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

6.41pm: End of the level Players are now on a 65 minute dinner break. 6.39pm: May the lucky mascot Jesse May was sat next to Nick Abou Risk last year, who went on to win. This year he's next to Bernardo Da Silveira Dias who is now up to 58,000....more

MPC Red Dragon Main Event Day 1b: Levels 4-6 (blinds 200-400, ante 50)

12:20 a.m: Ten-minute break 12:15 a.m: Nobbi bundled out Nobbi Tanaka just approached the PokerStars blogging desk to detail his elimination. After running up his chip stack back to over average, Tanaka opened a pot from early position to 825 with pocket fives. Two players called and Tanaka continued for...more

A visitor's guide to EPT Barcelona

At the tail end of the month, the European Poker Tour is headed to Barcelona for the second leg of Season 8. The pre-Roman city is one of only three EPT stops to have ridden the tour's calendar through all eight seasons, and it's been bumped back up to its...more

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

4.20pm: End of level Team PokerStars Pro JP Kelly, Chris Dowling, Neil Mackay, Ryan Straub, Matthew Milne, Edward Lundon, Robert Tait, David Rowley and Lars Torngren are among the players that have been despatched this last level. Join us in a new post in 15 minutes. -- RD 4.17pm:...more

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

2pm: Break time Two levels down, eight to go, players now have 15 minutes to exchange bad beat stories. -- NW 1.57pm: Ainsworth takes a hit It had almost been a perfect two levels for Team PokerStars Pro Jude Ainswoth until the inevitable cooler. He tweeted: "Was up to 38k...more

MPC Red Dragon Main Event Day 1b: Levels 1-3 (blinds 100-200)

10:10 p.m: Ten-minute break 10:00 p.m: Tanaka takes one PokerStars Qualifier and Australian tournament regular Nobbi Tanaka has been having a tough time of it today. And of life in general. Currently residing in Japan, Tanaka was on his way her to Macau before he lost his passport. After pulling...more

11 August

UKIPT Edinburgh: Wu's the Day 1A chip leader, not Vamplew

Colin Wu leads Day 1A of UKIPT Edinburgh standing aloft a field packed with talent. Wu's climb for the chip lead was a late one, pushing through a host of big names to claim the top spot from a 246 player field. Wu flopped a set for a 90,000...more

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

12.20am: Play is done Play is over for the day and players have bagged and tagged their chips. We lost Brett Angell on one of the last hands of the night. Overnight chip leader appears to be Colin Wu who has 138,500. A full wrap of the day's action to...more

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

9.45pm: End of level That's the end of the level. Just two more to go and you can join us in 20 minutes after the green 25 chips have been raced off. Join us in a new post then. -- RD 9.38pm: Vamplew chop We've heard through the grapevine...more

Chao Li and China dominate leaderboard of Red Dragon Day 1a

Poker in Macau has been consistently on the rise ever since those stray few Baccarat lovers decided to see what this poker thing was all about several years ago. Today - and tomorrow - will prove that this region has no boundaries when it comes to the game that involves...more

Weekly Poker Rundown 8/1 - 8/7

Back For More British Poker Awards The British Poker Awards is gearing up for its second annual ceremony this September, and the ballots are out. Categories for this year's awards include the obvious Player of the Year, as well as awards for Best Cash Player, Best Social Media User, and...more

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

6.41pm: Dinner break Players are now on a one hour dinner break. See you in 60. -- NW 6.38pm: Chip leaders The chip leaders as we head into the dinner break are: Craig Brown (77,000), Ian Kibble (64,000), Rhys Jones (60,000), Andrew Hawksby (58,000) and Christian Palm (52,500). Other players...more

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

4.25pm: End of the level That's the end of level four, you'll find updates for level five in a new post. -- NW 4.15pm: Devon knows Jon Spinks, who hails from Exeter, is part of a group of young British pros who are taking the game by storm at the...more

MPC Red Dragon Main Event Day 1a: Level 10 (Blinds 600-1,200, ante 100)

9:30 p.m: Bag 'em and tag 'em! With the final hand being completed for the day, Day 1a of the Macau Poker Cup Red Dragon Main Event has come to an end with roughly 64 players remaining from the 188 starters. It appears that China's Chao Li is the chip...more

MPC Red Dragon Main Event Day 1a: Levels 7-9 (Blinds 500-1,000, ante 100)

8:30 p.m: Ten-minute break 8:25 p.m: Two pair no good for Mariakis Both Michael Mariakis and Chao Li committed 3,500 preflop to see a 4♣6♦5♥ flop fall with the action checking round. When the 8♣ was delivered on the turn, Mariakis checked and Li pushed out 4,300 only to have...more

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

2.30pm: End of the level The players have started and ended their first break of the day. Updates for level three can be found in a new post. -- NW 2.30pm: Internet problems Apologies for the lack of updates I promise we didn't just mooch off to McDonalds for an...more

MPC Red Dragon Main Event Day 1a: Levels 4-6 (Blinds 200-400, ante 50)

6:20 p.m: Ten-minute break 6:18 p.m: Vivian vanquished The newest Team PokerStars PRO: Asia member in Vivian Im has just been sent to the rail. Nursing the short-stack for the past few levels, Im finally committed her final 2,350 from the small blind following a raise to 1,400 and a...more

10 August

MPC Red Dragon Main Event Day 1a: Levels 1-3 (Blinds 100-200)

4:10 p.m: Ten-minute break 3:55 p.m: Lowe flushed with chips With over 8,000 in the pot and the board reading 4♦7♦9♦Q♣6♦, we found Victor Chen firing out a bet of 4,000 after also betting the turn. His lone opponent in the hand -- South African Justin Lowe -- deliberated for...more

Macau set for final Red Dragon Main Event of 2011

On the eve of the final 2011 edition of the Macau Poker Cup Red Dragon Main Event, it is interesting how a day spent outside on the streets of Macau and away from the poker tables and gambling masses eerily compares to what 500-odd players will be put through over...more

EPT releases London Festival of Poker schedule

The European Poker Tour's eighth season got underway last week with the kickoff event in Tallinn, Estonia. It continues in just a few weeks in beautiful Barcelona, Spain. While both events are must-stops at some point in your poker career, all eyes are beginning to focus on the first giant...more

Canada wins Americas Cup of Poker...again!

One week ago today, I stumbled off an American Airlines plane in Montevideo, Uruguay. I wandered blind through the Duty Free shop and into the throng of people in the clamshell airport terminal. My driver held up a sign with my name and a few others on it. One was...more

Portugal Poker Series satellites on offer

The PokerStars Portugal Poker Series heads now to Espinho for the last tournament of the year of this brand new live circuit. After the two first stages held in Vilamoura and Figueira da Foz, the circuit visits the north of Portugal . You can qualify now to this €700 +...more

Danny McDonagh inducted unto Australian Poker Hall of Fame

PokerStars Macau at Casino Grand Lisboa is hosting the Macau Poker Cup: Red Dragon from August 6-14 and Asia's biggest room is absolutely buzzing with anticipation of the Red Dragon main event which begins Day 1A on Thursday. The Red Dragon runs from August 11-14 and boasts a HKD $3,000,000...more

Henry Wang Wins Event 3 at Macau Poker Cup

The action is heating up for PokerStars Macau at Casino Grand Lisboa who are hosting the Macau Poker Cup: Red Dragon from August 6-14. Leading the headlines on the fourth day of the 9-day schedule is Taiwanese poker pro Henry Wang who beat the 195-player field to capture the Event...more

9 August

Nearly $70K score for lermonad in huge Super Tuesday (8/9/11)

It's called the Super Tuesday, but somehow this week that adjective seems inadequate. After all, tonight's installment of the $1,050 no-limit hold'em tourney that routinely attracts many of the best online poker players saw no less than 360 players join the fray. That makes four straight weeks the field size...more

Event 3 draws 195 at Macau Poker Cup

The Macau Poker Cup: Red Dragon attracted 195 runners to PokerStars Macau at Casino Grand Lisboa for Event 3: Deepstack The Monday night tournament was the biggest field so far in the 9-day poker celebration where the field sizes and prize pools are only expected to grow as the...more

PokerStars qualifier Fabian Deimann takes down the Estrellas Poker Tour San Sebastian

After four intense poker action days, the Estrellas San Sebastian finished with PokerStars qualifier Fabian Deimann as the winner of the event. Fabian takes home the trophy, a first prize of €64,600 and a ticket to the EPT Barcelona. Jorge Ufano, who also qualified at PokerStars finishes in 2nd position...more

Jason Wu wins Event 1 at Macau Poker Cup

PokerStars Macau at Casino Grand Lisboa completed 2 events over the opening weekend of the Macau Poker Cup: Red Dragon which runs from August 6-14. Event 1: $3,000 NLH was won by Hong Kong's Jason Wu who bested a field of 166 players in the 2-day tournament. Wu collected...more

7 August

Sunday Million: TY4Stacks2 politely lays claim to $185,384

Nothing helps beat the summer heat like a long day of online poker, especially when the PokerStars Sunday Million is in the mix. Your proof for this weekend: just over 3,400 players were in their seats, fingers at the ready over mouse buttons, as this week's installment of the world's...more

Sunday Warm-up: mr.salgado30 dominates heads-up, wins extra $10K from two-way chop

It was expected to see some VIP action here tonight at the $500,000 guarantee Sunday Warm-up. Especially with the current 90% reduction in requirements to reach that next level of VIP action, PokerStars is expected to see an increase in precious metal (specifically Silver, Gold, and Platinum) around the...more

Boom! Doomi4ka dominates for Women's Sunday victory

The growth of female poker players on PokerStars is evidenced by the new opportunities arising for them via PokerStars Women promotions. The Women's Sunday tournament is merely one example. Women are scattered throughout the tables on PokerStars, some undercover and undetectable by their screen names. They are in the cash...more

LAPT Punta del Este: Komaromi captures Uruguay's first LAPT title

Of all the poker tours in the world, there may be no circuit fueled more by national pride than the Latin American Poker Tour. Where else will you find players and fans packing bags with their country's flag on the off-chance they can drape it over their shoulders during a...more

LAPT Punta del Este: Day 4, level 24-27 live updates (30,000-60,000-10,000)

4:47pm: Alex Komaromi wins Uruguay's first LAPT title Alex Komaromi came in for a raise to 150,000 and Claudio Piedrabuena made the call. Both players checked the flop of 4♠7♣K♦. On the J♣ turn, Piedrabuena checked, Komaromi bet 225,000, and Piedrabuena announced he was all-in for around 1.3 million. Komaromi...more

EPT Tallinn: Laura Cornelius talks to EPT Tallinn winner Ronny Kaiser


Anthony Wong leads opening event at Macau Poker Cup

PokerStars Macau at Casino Grand Lisboa launched 2011's final edition of the Macau Poker Cup: Red Dragon on Saturday with 166 players in Event 1: $3,000 NLH. Asia's premiere poker series runs from August 6-14 and features the legendary Red Dragon main event which boasts a HKD $3,000,000 Guarantee....more

Thirteen survive to ESPT Day 3

Day 2 of the Estrellas Poker Tour San Sebastian, a €1,000 buy-in event supported by PokerStars, finishes after 10 levels of play. Today started 111 players, 43 of whom had qualified online on PokerStars. Only 13 will come back tomorrow to the tables. In this Estrellas San Sebastian, which takes...more

LAPT Punta del Este final table player profiles

Seat 1: Rafael Lopes Monteiro, Brazil (PokerStars Player) - 810,000 Rafael Lopes Monteiro from Florianopolis, Brazil splits his time between poker and his studies. The 22-year-old student has been playing poker (mostly online) for the better part of three years. Monteiro's career live tournament earnings total just under USD...more

EPT Tallinn: Imperious Ronny Kaiser crowned emperor of Estonia and EPT

Ronny Kaiser arrived in Tallinn this week as the Prince ready to claim his inheritance. After a mouth-watering display at the final table today, he claimed just that; Kaiser, the King of EPT Tallinn, the first champion of the EPT's eighth season. The 21-year-old's coronation was witnessed by a...more

EPT Tallinn final table: Level 25 updates (15,000-30,000 4,000 ante)

5pm: Full wrap imminent Stick around for all the details of Ronny Kaiser's remarkable triumph. The full wrap is imminent. 4.35pm: It's all over: Grzegorz Cichocki out in second, earning €180,000 Ronny Kaiser champion of EPT Tallinn, winning €275,000 The one way traffic has eventually reached its destination. After two...more

EPT Tallinn final table: Level 23 & 24 updates (12,000-24,000 3,000 ante)

3.07pm: Break time That's the end of the level. Players are on a 15 minute break. 3.05pm: Dire straight for Sointula We're now witnessing more and more hands that are a pleasure to watch, like the latest, a massive hand that could result in Jani Sointula's demise. Sointula opened...more

6 August

LAPT Punta del Este: Komaromi of Uruguay leads final eight

Seems like ages ago that 422 players were seated all over the Mantra Resort and Casino, each with hopes of claiming an LAPT title and the cool $244,720 that went along with it. But it has only been three days, during which time all but eight from that starting field...more

EPT Tallinn: Final table player profiles

The final eight of EPT Tallinn are as follows. They will play down to a winner on Sunday in the Swissotel, Estonia. First prize is €275,000. A list of player who have already cashed can be found on the prizewinners' page. Keep track of the progress of the final table...more

LAPT Punta del Este: Day 3, level 23-24 live updates (15,000-30,000-5,000)

6:17pm: Oded dead in ninth as final table gets set Alex Komaromi opened to 65,000, a luxury afforded the chip leader at this stage. Oded Oscar Minond had been relatively quiet for the past hour or so, but finally woke up with an all-in for 445,000. Komaromi considered his options...more

€64,600 for the ESPT San Sebastian winner

Estrellas San Sebastian kicked off today with 149 players, and 54 of them qualified online with PokerStars. After nine levels we are down to 58 players. This event is being held at the Kursaal Casino, and runs from August 4-7. A total of 290 players from 23 different countries have...more

Eshkar leads Day 1a on ESPT

Or Eshkar massive chip leader at end of ESPT San Sebastian Day 1A. Estrellas San Sebastian kicked off today with 141 players, and 73 of them qualified online with PokerStars. After nine levels we are down to 53 players. This event is being held at the Kursaal Casino, and runs...more

EPT Tallinn: Ronny Kaiser heads All Star field as final table is set

Ronny Kaiser leads eight players into the final of EPT Tallinn, all in search of their first EPT title, but with ample pedigree between them. Kaiser is the Swiss enfant terrible of the live poker scene, but if he is to claim a title at the age of 21,...more

EPT Tallinn Day 4: Level 22 updates (8,000-16,000, ante 2,000)

7.48pm: busto_now, play ends Johan van Til has bubbled the eight-handed final table bringing play to an end for the day. Sami Kelopuro opened the cut-off for 45,000 and a short stacked Van Til called in the big blind before moving all-in for 85,000 on the K♥T♣T♠ flop, another...more

Macau Poker Cup on Launch Pad

Asia's premiere poker series is back for 2011's final edition of the Macau Poker Cup (MPC): Red Dragon which takes place at PokerStars Macau at Casino Grand Lisboa from August 6-14 and features the legendary Red Dragon main event which boasts a HKD $3,000,000 Guarantee. The February and June Red...more

LAPT Punta del Este: Day 3, levels 19-22 live updates (10,000-20,000-3,000)

4:13pm: Break time; a dozen remain The final 12 players have reached the second 15-minute break of the day. We're taking this one to start a new post, so click over on the Punta del Este update page to keep up with where this one is going. --MH 4:04pm: Double...more

EPT Tallinn Day 4: Level 20 & 21 updates (6,000-12,000 1,000 ante)

5.33pm: Break time Players are now taking a 15 minute break. 5.30pm: Down to 11 In what was a rapid fire hand PokerStars player Konstantinov Valerevish is out of the main event in 12th place. Sami Kelopuro opened for 25,000 in the small blind which Valerevish raised to 82,000...more

EPT Tallinn Day 4: Level 18 & 19 updates (4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante)

2.31pm: That's the break Players are taking a 15 minute break. 2.30pm: Three way all in Vicenzo Apicella first doubled, then tripled up. He open shoved for about 25,000 with 6♥8♥ which was called by Ruzicka with Q♥Q♦. The queens looked good until the river card on a board...more

5 August

LAPT Punta del Este: Kiles killing it after crazy day on the bubble

There is no accounting for a bubble day. Put the world's credit rating specialists, a couple of nuclear physicists, and the world's best poker tournament directors in a locked room, and they still couldn't predict how an LAPT bubble would turn out. Witness the wild and wooly world that was...more

LAPT Punta del Este: Day 2, levels 17-18 live updates (4,000-8,000-1,000)

12:43am: Liberal out; 27 bagging One last elimination -- Leo Liberal of Brazil in 28th -- before play concluded for the evening. Be back in a few with a final wrap of Day 2. 12:30am: Two more hands The tourney clock has been stopped, a card was drawn, and it...more

LAPT Punta del Este: Day 2, levels 13-16 live updates (2,500-5,000-500)

10:24pm: Break time Players have reached the last break of the night, and we're going to break off and start up a new post to cover the last portion of Day 2 play. Click the Punta del Este link for the whole story thus far -- and to come --...more

EPT Tallinn: Day four table and seat draw

The day four seat draw is below, and for the second day in succession the players on the two biggest stacks will be sitting next to one another. Ronny Kaiser, who has more than a million in chips, has the Polish player Grzegorz Cichocki one spot to his left. The...more

EPT Tallinn: Ronny Kaiser on course for EPT crown

"Where's my second bag?" This was Ronny Kaiser, chip leader of the EPT Tallinn main event when time was called tonight. The aptly named king was the first player to top the seven figure mark, using two bags to pack up 1,100,000 chips after a day spent at the...more

LAPT Punta del Este: Day 2, levels 9-12 live updates (1,000-2,000-300)

4:18pm: Break time The 85 remaining players are now on a 15-minute break. We'll be moving to a new post. You can find it all right here: LAPT Punta del Este coverage. 4:07pm: Eric von Buxhoeveden -- new chip leader We have a new chip leader in Erik von Buxhoeveden....more

EPT Tallinn Day 3: Level 16, 17 & 18 updates (2,500-5,000, 500 ante)

6.40pm: Diamond on the river brings Day 3 to an end The departure of Irene Baroni brings Day 3 to an end. The crowd favourite got her chips in behind a raise by 808 to 13,500 who then called Bironi's 102,000. 808 turned over 3♦3♠ to Baroni's K♣8♣ which...more

EPT Tallinn Day 3: Level 14 & 15 updates (1,500-3,000, ante 400)

2.50pm: Break Join us in a new post in 15 minutes. -- RD 2.47pm: Kelopuro pwning Sami Kelopuro is up to 470,000 after picking off a two-street bluff by Albert Mykhaylyuta. Kelopuro opened the button for 7,000 and was called by Mykhaylyuta in the small blind. The T♥5♣4♣ flop...more

4 August

LAPT Punta del Este: Record field trimmed in half, Perez ends Day 1 with lead

After a cold, wet night, the sun came out to shine on the east coast city of Punta del Este this morning. And a whopping field of 422 came out as well to join the fun at this year's main event, a new record for the LAPT stop. That field...more

EPT Tallinn: Day three table draw

The table and seat draw for day three of EPT Tallinn is below. The eagle-eyed will notice that the two tournament chip leaders, Nikolas Liakos and Lari Sihvo, who are also the only two players with more than 400,000 in chips, have been drawn to play alongside one another on...more

LAPT Punta del Este: Day 1, levels 5-8 live updates (400-800-100)

9:04pm: Bring out the bags We've reached the end of Level 8, which means the conclusion of play for Day 1. Somewhere around 200 players -- less than half the 422 who started -- are still here to count down their stacks and seal them up at day's end. Back...more

EPT Tallinn: Ace-cracking Nikolas Liakos snatches last-gasp lead

Day two is done at EPT Tallinn and for all the chatter about the friendliness of Estonia and the small, cosy field, it was a day characterised by bullies blustering their way to big stacks, the better to make a run at the money tomorrow. The most bulging bags belong...more

Women's WCOOP August promo to award free tickets and PCA package

As poker promotions go this one is impossible to beat. It's the biggest and best online poker tournament series ever, with a guaranteed prize pool of $30,000,000. It will offer 62 events and a gold bracelet for each event's World Champion. It's the most prestigious online tournament in the world....more

EPT Tallinn Day 2: Level 12 & 13 updates (1,000-2,000, 300 ante)

9.15pm: Bagged, tagged and whistle blown The chips have been counted and it's Nikalos Liakos from Sweden who takes the chip lead at the death with 460,000. Full wrap of the day's action to come. -- RD 8.45pm: Three more hands Three last hands have been declared. Bagging and...more

LAPT Punta del Este: Day 1, Level 1-4 updates (100-200-25)

4:19pm: Your break Players are now on a 15-minute break. They'll be back to play the final four levels of the night in just a bit. With that in mind, we'll be moving on to a new post which you can always find on the Punta del Este live coverage...more

EPT Tallinn, Day 2: Level 10 & 11 updates (600-1,200, ante 100)

5.57pm: Break Join us in a new post when the break is finished in 15 minutes. -- RD 5.55pm: Jacobson not full of praise If you were just on Martin Jacobson's table I think it's safe to say that he didn't rate your play: "sigh got moved from the...more

EPT Tallinn Day 2: Starting the day's play with Fatima Moreira de Melo


EPT Tallinn Day 2: Level 8 & 9 updates (400-800, 100 ante)

2.56pm: Break time Players are on another 15 minute break. 2.56pm: Mattern up to 50k Arnaud Mattern is up to 50,000 after a hand against Martin Jacobson. The board was reading 6♣9♦6♦7♣ when Mattern bet 8,800 when Jacobson checked to him, too much for the Swede. - SB 2.55pm:...more

EPT Tallinn: Day 2 table and seat draw

Day two of EPT Tallinn gets under way at noon at the Swissotel in the Estonian capital. The 198 remaining players from the two opening flights combine under one roof for the first time. The structure also slightly changes. We will now play 75-minute levels instead of the one-hour levels...more

3 August

Charlotte Van Brabander: First Trip to Las Vegas Highlights a Blossoming Poker Career

She has been a competitive gamer for much of her life. That translated into a career as a poker player, one that garnered a contract with the largest online poker website in the world and that allows her to travel across Europe and to the United States. In preparation of...more

EPT Tallinn: Overnight leader Oscar Lima

The EPT Tallinn main event has a new leader tonight as Day 1B concludes the opening festivities of this new season. As the clock inched into the final and seventh level today, four players had breached the six-figure mark, with Sergy Pilugin (101,650), Anatolii Ozhenilok (108,125) and Jani Sointula...more

The live poker pro taking on the online poker world

I am happy that WCOOP is coming. It's going be the largest series of online tournaments worldwide and there will be 62 chances to win the title. And 30,000,000USD guaranteed - which is a great figure! For me it is my first WCOOP where I'm going to play more events...more

TPL title goes to the Netherlands

"tobias3319" of the Netherlands took down a slightly smaller Twitter Poker League this week. No doubt a result of the enormous inaugural Red Spade Open, in which over 31,000 players took part! 668 of you took part in this week's game, and generated a $668 prizepool and $122.94 for first...more

EPT Tallinn Day 1B: Level 5, 6 & 7 updates (250-500, 50 ante)

8pm: Day done A full wrap up of the action will follow, but this much is known for sure: Oscar Lima, a 23-year-old from Zaragoza, Spain, is our chip leader. He has 132,000. That puts him marginally ahead of Jani Sointula (123,950) and then Anatolii Ozhenilok (108,125). Ahead of that...more

EPT Tallinn Day 1B: Level 3 & 4 updates (100-200, ante 25)

4.25pm: Break time That's the end of the level. Players are now taking a 15 minute break. 4.20pm: Sierra Oscar to control Our almost certain chip leader at this stage is Oscar Lima, a man perhaps Christened over a police radio. He has 139,000. -- HS 4.15pm: A stack...more

EPT Tallinn Day 1B: Laura Cornelius introduces the day's action


EPT Tallinn Day 1B: Levels 1 & 2 updates (75-150)

2.15pm: O'Shea moving up John O'Shea is up to 47,000 after squeezing the turn of a 6♥5♥Q♠K♠ board. Helene Skjønhaug led 2,300 out of the small blind and was called by Runar Runarsson before O'Shea pumped it up to 10,300. Around 10,000 was already in the pot and Skjønhaug...more

2 August

Super Tuesday: utreg's uber-comeback yields $65k win

There's only one good thing about having ten big blinds left at a final table-- at least you're not out. Although it's not quite a "chip and a chair," ten big blinds is the gateway to the danger zone where the only choice to be made in a hand is...more

PokerStars Women's Poker League: July Winners and Featured Player AltisAltis

The wrap of the July Women's League brought some interesting twists and turns that resulted in two women ranking in the top ten in both leagues. It is quite a feat to put so much time and effort into the $.10 and the $1.10 leagues and achieve success in both,...more

EPT Tallinn: Maksim Kolosov wins first sprint of new season

"Winning" the first day of a poker tournament doesn't really amount to much. You're not guaranteed any money, you're not getting a trophy and poker hasn't yet decided to kit tournament leaders in yellow jerseys - although it might be something to think about going forward. For all that, there's...more

EPT Tallinn, Day 1A: Level 5, 6 & 7 updates (250-500, ante 50)

8.25pm: Play ends Bagging and tagging is in full swing. The chip leader looks to be Maksim Kolosov who has tipped through the 100,000 barrier. Full wrap and chip counts on their way. -- RD 7.59pm: Romanello, Jacobson and Kolosov lead from the front Maksim Kolosov, Martin Jacobson and...more

EPT Tallinn, Day 1A: Level 3 & 4 updates (blinds 100-200, 25 ante)

4.31pm: Break time That's the end of level 4. Players are now taking a 15 minute break. 4.30pm: Artem on his shoulder On a board of 4♦9♥9♦5♦K♠ David Vamplew checked to Alexander Klimashin on the button who bet 7,500. Behind him was Artem Litvinov, presumably loosened up after his...more

EPT Tallinn, Day 1A: Level 1 & 2 updates (blinds 75-150)

2.10pm: Level over Join us in the next level why don't you. 2pm: Heroes old and new David Vamplew barged his way into the bastion of EPT heroes last year when he won EPT London, beating John Juanda heads up to win £900,000 and top a 848-strong field.Vamplew is playing...more

1 August

Luca Pagano takes IPT San Remo

He's one of the nicest guys in poker, one of its greatest businessmen, and now the winner of the San Remo stop of his native Italian Poker Tour. Today, Team PokerStars Pro Luca Pagano took down the event in San Remo for €210,000. Though Pagano has been a professional poker...more

Boxell blasts his way to APPT Melbourne title

When the day started at the APPT Melbourne Main Event, we knew we were in for a cracking final table. In fact, we knew that three days ago when we looked around the field of 260 players and realised how stacked this field truly was. APPT champs, ANZPT winners,...more

PokerStars Sunday majors results (7-31-11)

If I could be a PokerStars weekend, I would be the one that just passed. I mean did you see that thing? It was like a space shuttle attached to a locomotive attached to an 800-pound gorilla with an amphetamine problem. In case you missed it, this weekend debuted the...more

Maven Awards recognize industry leaders in women's poker

The Maven Awards are presented each year to companies or individuals who advance the recognition and accomplishments of women in poker. Under the auspices of Woman Poker Player Magazine ( the categories are nominated and then voted on by the public. Last year's nominations included thirteen categories as diverse as...more

New Team Online's "talonchick" is no newcomer to the game

The newest member of PokerStars Team Online is Adrienne Rowsome from Canada, better known as "talonchick" online. She calls herself a grinder and has played poker since she was a young girl, having been introduced to the game by her father. Adrienne is an Omaha specialist and has had three...more

Running Deep in the WSOP ME - account & strategy of a Poker Pro (Part 1)

I started preparing for the main event about three days before day 1 and tried to eat well and not drink alcohol. I turned up and didn't recognise one player which was great. I started slowly but managed to finish the day with about 80k which was well above average...more

APPT Melbourne Day 4: Levels 25 & 26 (blinds 30,000-60,000, ante 5,000)

Leo Boxell wins APPT Melbourne (AU$330,000) A huge congratulations to Leo "The Mechanic" Boxell who has overcome a field of 260 players and a tough final table to capture a memorable victory. It's been an incredible 18 months for Boxell with several deep runs on the local tours, and now...more

PokerStars unveils VIP Club Mega Month

How many times in your life have to wanted, yearned, and lusted for something, but realized it took so much work that you'd never have the time to achieve it? "Gads!" you'd cry. "If there was only a fast track!" In my version of this scene, you're down on your...more

APPT Melbourne Day 4: Levels 23 & 24 (blinds 20,000-40,000, ante 4,000)

10:15pm: Play resumes, blinds 25,000-50,000 (ante 5,000) 10:05pm: 10-minute break Updated chip counts: Phil Willcocks (New Zealand): 3,790,000 Leo Boxell (Australia): 2,140,000 Steve Bouya (Australia): 1,710,000 10:00pm: Will Jones eliminated in 4th place (AU$88,600) Australia's hopes of keeping the 2011 APPT Melbourne title on home soil now all...more