October 2011

31 October

PokerStars milestone hand winners $200k richer

Here's something to consider. Over the weekend, PokerStars gave away $208,164. Just gave it away. There was no betting, check-raising, back raising, or triple range merging going on. PokerStars just gave away more than two hundred grand. These people won it for just being involved in one of the first...more

Sitting Down with Team Online's Kevin "WizardOfAhhs" Thurman

If there's one thing you need to know about Kevin Thurman, it's that he slaps adversity in the face. Thurman, 31, has suffered from potentially deadly illness called Lyme disease since he was in college. He's been forced to take on excruciating chemotherapy treatments for several years, stripping away the...more

PokerStars Sunday majors results (10-30-11)

It's the end of the month at PokerStars and the end of humanity as we know it, which means a lot of people played a lot of big tournaments and won a lot of money, and that the zombies are finally running roughshod all over the planet (or, it's Halloween....I...more

Pre-Halloween Women's Sunday doles out lots of treats

The Women's Sunday tournament with its new $10K guarantee got underway on the day before Halloween with another strong showing and several pros from the PokerStars lineup on board. Team PokerStars Pro players Ana Marquez and Liv Boeree were in, along with Team PokerStars Online's Adrienne "talonchick" Rowsome and Friend...more

30 October

Kipu claims Sunday Million crown, $190k after four-way deal

Who among us wouldn't want to wind the clock back on a tournament once in a while? Maybe you'd make that hero call, pick off that bluff, or just fold those pocket jacks when the king flopped. Although the PokerStars menu offers rebuys, second-chance events and even time tournaments nowadays,...more

Sunday Warm-Up: Pokerfred99 says no to chops, but yes to a six-figure win

"But, daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad why can't we go to one more row of houses?" Ah, the plea for more candy from the young ones. Taking two hours of primping to make sure the Power Rangers outfit is just like the TV show or the Cinderella costume is complete with faux glass slippers,...more

Battle of the Planets: Sea_Eagle83 wins pushfest after nine-way split

Pumpkin carving, mounds of candy, and of course the guy from accounting dressed as Elvis. No, it's not another night in Las Vegas but Halloween sitting right around the corner and 527 players tonight were looking to pad their recent SnG dominance with the PokerStars Battle of the Planets $50,000.00...more

28 October

January at the PCA with PokerStars Women Live

Summer has its pleasures as we all know, and spring and fall both delight in their own way. But winter can be a different story. For most of us, the thought of January brings images of bundling up in heavy jackets and boots and trudging through ice and snow--chilling enough...more

Double guarantees, milestone hands this Halloween weekend

I hope you have scheduled your time well. I hope with all of my heart you have picked out your Halloween costume. We're just a few days away from trick-or-treating, and if you haven't started getting your stuff together, you may be in for a long weekend. Within the next...more

27 October

Andrey Pateychuk powers to EPT San Remo crown

Dimitar Danchev could easily have been crowed EPT San Remo champion tonight. He came within a river card of claiming it, with a 95 per cent advantage before an unlikely board snatched it away again. With Danchev's T♠9♣ looking locked in on a flop of 2♥4♠9♠ against Pateychuk 7♣6♠...more

EPT8 San Remo: Final table, level 32 updates (80,000-160,000, 20,000)

10.40pm: Pateychuk wins EPT San Remo and €680,000 Andrey Pateychuk has won EPT San Remo after knocking out Dimitar Danchev with 7♦7♠ holding against K♠Q♠. The board ran out 4♥J♣J♠A♣3♠ for Pateychuk to take the title. Full tournament wrap is on its way. Danchev, a valiant heads up opponent,...more

Barry Greenstein, Linda Johnson to be inducted into Poker Hall of Fame

Each of us look in the mirror every day and hope we like the person staring back at us. We look for something good, something right, something that can get us through the day in a world that isn't always so nice. We don't always like what we see, but...more

EPT8 San Remo: Final table, level 30 & 31 updates (60,000-120,000, 15,000)

9.15pm: Short break Players are taking a short break before the level increases. 9.10pm: Three in a row? While Team PokerStars Pro Jude Ainsowrth has won a €1,000 side event worth €33,000, Philipp Gruissem is on course to win a third EPT High Roller event in a row. He...more

EPT8 San Remo: Final table, level 27-29 updates (40,000-80,000, 5,000)

5.30pm: Break time Join us in a new post in 15 minutes. 5.20pm: Pateychuk bursts into the lead Andrey Pateychuk has taken the lead here at San Remo after crushing Daniel Neilson with ace-king for the second time. Pateychuk opened for 160,000 from the hijack and Neilson three-bet to...more

26 October

EPT8 San Remo: Nielson leads while MacPhee eyes second title

The European Poker Tour main event in San Remo reaches its final day with just eight players from a field of 837 remaining, returning to the theatre of Casino San Remo tomorrow to play to a winner, who will walk away with a first prize worth €800,000. After an...more

EPT8 San Remo: Day 5, level 26 & 27 updates (25,000-50,000, 5,000)

9.05pm: Lodden falls in 9th (€45,000) Johnny Lodden has just bust out in a monster flip to Daniel Neilson. The Australian opened for 105,000 and was three-bet by Lodden for 275,000. Neilson looked like he was going nowhere. He plucked out a large stack of orange chips and moved...more

Canada Cup, Januar-eh Nine, and Bonus Brags

Woke up early (10am) yesterday morning and got to a yoga class as quickly as I could. I had been during the week but other than that, very neglectful. Class ended at 1140, giving me just enough time to get home, showered and ready to start my tournaments. I...more

PokerStars set to deal 70 billionth hand

If you have been on a roller coaster, you know the sound of the ascent. It's a anxious, plodding click, click, click-click-click that portends the moments just before a gut-shaking drop from the top of the ride. That sound you hear in the back of your head right now is...more

EPT8 San Remo: Day 5, level 23 - 25 updates (15,000-30,000, 3,000)

5.42pm: Level ends with Veldhuis on the brink Lex Veldhuis's tournament life hangs in the balance as we head into the second break of the day. He opened for 60,000 in early position which Johnny Lodden raised to 135,000 from the big blind. Veldhuis announced all-in and Lodden called,...more

Playing the EPT London PokerStars Women Live tournament

The Victoria Casino in London, site of the latest European Poker Tour PokerStars Women Live Event, served up piping hot curry as well as a wide array of cash games to console the eliminated. Entrants to the £550 women's event ranged from Team PokerStars Pros who had recently busted from...more

25 October

APD0290 rides rush to Super Tuesday win (10/25/11)

A total of 346 came out for this week's Super Tuesday, the $1,050 weekly buy-in no-limit hold'em tourney that routinely attracts many of online poker's top players. That made for a prize pool of $346,000, with the top 45 finishers dividing up that loot. And whoever ended the night with...more

EPT8 San Remo: McClung keeps lead into last 24

San Remo had an unfamiliar look to it this morning, the skies opening for a 12 hour downpour that started before dawn and soaked the streets of this little town; its skies grey, not blue, it's palm trees battered by the wind rather than idly swaying in the sunshine....more

EPT8 San Remo: Day 4, level 22 & 23 updates (10,000-20,000, 2,000)

9.12pm: Chips! The final chip counts are in for the day - they can be found by clicking here. 8.56pm: Play ends for the day The final 24 players are bagging up for the day, all of whom are now guaranteed at least €19,000. A full wrap of the...more

LAPT Player of the Year award race getting tight

In just a few short weeks, the country of Colombia has taken over the Latin American Poker Tour. For three seasons, the country of Colombia barely registered on the LAPT radar. As of last week, it now holds the record for biggest LAPT tournament in history. Now, with one event...more

Experimentation and the art of Time Tourneys

Every so often, PokerStars will run a tournament on a trial basis and a few weeks ago I found myself playing one of them to give it a try as the concept really appealed to me. It was a $2 turbo that lasted only 30 minutes. I have fun in...more

EPT8 San Remo: Day 4, level 19, 20 & 21 (6,000-12,000, 1,000)

5.30pm: Duthie busts... and break Team PokerStars Pro John Duthie has just been knocked out after jamming A♠6♠ under-the-gun for 174,000. Christopher Williamsson woke up with A♥K♠ and moved in over the top for 250,000. The board ran out 8♣4♣2♦J♥J♦ to send the EPT founder to the rail. In...more

24 October

EPT8 San Remo: McClung clear ahead going into Day 4

After the long war of attrition yesterday, Day 3 of the European Poker tour main event in San Remo was more a short skirmish this afternoon, as the field of 144 broke through the bubble at 128 and played on until 64 remained. Not today a schedule based on...more

EPT8 San Remo: Day 3, level 18 & 19 updates (4,000-8,000, 1,000)

7.30pm: We have 64, 64. Ooooo 64 That's right, we have 64 player left and that means play ends for the day with all remaining players now guaranteed a minimum of €12,000. Bagging and tagging is now taking place and I can tentatively say that Chris McClung is the...more

PokerStars Sunday majors results (10-23-11)

Right now, all eyes are on San Remo, Italy where the European Poker Tour is hosting another gigantic event. And well they should be. Even in a depressed economy in which everything seems upside down, EPT San Remo managed to pull in more than 800 players. That's quite a feat...more

Travel Diary: LAPT Colombia

On Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011, the Latin American Poker Tour paid its first visit to the country of Colombia; coincidentally, this was my first trip to the South American country as well. The event took place at the Allegre Casino in Medellin, the second largest city in the country. While...more

EPT8 San Remo: Day 3, level 16 & 17 updates (2,500-5,000, 500)

4.53pm: Break That's it for the second level of the day. Small break and we'll resume the action in a new post - join us there. -- RD 4.52pm: Ayow unhappy with the celebrations Just before the end of the break Kevin Ayow lost a chunky pot to Giampiero...more

Spyver snares Sunday Million title, $190k

The Sunday Million was back to it's regularly scheduled, singular self this weekend following last week's "Double Vision" edition. 6,585 players put up $215 apiece for their shot at life-changing cash, creating a $1,317,000 prize pool. 990 players came away with a slice of the pie, the largest piece weighing...more

23 October

Sunday Warm-Up: bigdogpckt5s bite bigger than bark, wins after three-way chop

High blinds, long hours, but those bricks of cash sitting on the final table is every poker player's dream. To finally make a Sunday Major final table is a huge accomplishment. Just ask tonight's winner bigdogpckt5s who's appears often under the Sunday tournament results recaps, but tonight that would be...more

EPT8 San Remo: Late charge puts Cheong in front

There was something "old school" about Day 2 on the European Poker Tour main event in San Remo, a hark back to years gone and something that put everyone to the test. Years ago, when the EPT was a burgeoning fixture on the world poker calendar it wasn't unusual to...more

Yurchenkova takes over and wins the October 23 Women's Sunday

A new chapter in the Women's Sunday tournaments is upon us. It shows what happens when women come to the tables in force, and growth becomes inevitable. Last week, we held a special edition of the Women's Sunday with a $15K guarantee. So many women turned out for the tournament...more

EPT8 San Remo: Day 2, level 13, 14 & 15 updates (1,500-3,000, 400)

2.05am: Play ends Chip counts are still taking place but we can confirm that Joseph Cheong is the Day 2 chip leader with 632,000. Full counts and wrap to come. -- RD 1.51am: Radio silence interrupted for breaking news Reigning champion Rupert Elder was eliminated by Stefan Ianuszewicz after...more

EPT8 San Remo: Day 2, level 11 & 12 (blinds 800-1,600, 200 ante)

7.57pm: Break time The players are taking a break with half the field now going to dinner. Join us in a new post shortly. 7.55pm: Katchalov catching up Eugene Katchalov was down to less than 20,000 earlier today but now he sits with more than 135,000, having just taken...more

EPT8 San Remo: Day 2, level 9 & 10 updates (500-1,000, ante 100)

4.58pm: Break! Join us in a new two-level post in about 15 minutes. Vanessa Rousso will not be joining us then, she's just been knocked out running pocket nines into jacks. 4.56pm: The Hof Meister Another double up for Natalie Hof, and another that leaves her only slightly less...more

22 October

EPT8 San Remo: Taylor Paur strikes to take lead into Day 2

The lid goes on another day on the European Poker Tour, a full day with the typically weightier Day 1B field packing the tournament room of Casino San Remo. The faces appearing the crowds made it clear just how popular an event like this really is. In addition to...more

EPT8 San Remo: Day 1B, level 7 & 8 updates (blinds 300-600, ante 75)

12.10am: Play concludes All the tables have played out their remaining hands and play had ended until tomorrow. Through the crowds of players we believe that Taylor Paur is the overnight chip leader on 188,200 chips. The wrap of today's play will be up shortly and the overall chip...more

EPT8 San Remo: Day 1B, level 5 & 6 updates (blinds 200-400, 50)

9.44pm: Last break of the day Tables 1-22 are going on a 15-minute break before they will join up with the remaining players to play out the last two levels of the day. -- MC 9.40pm: Before the break As players were leaving for a 15 minute break Melanie...more

EPT8 San Remo: Day 1B, level 3 & 4 updates (blinds 100-200, 25)

6.26pm: Level up, break, join us in a new post There will be a short break before play resumes for level five. Join us in a new post by clicking the next button just above. 6.25pm: Houghton takes a strong line, it fails Laurence Houghton has just bust out...more

EPT8 San Remo: Day 1B, level 1 & 2 updates (blinds 75-150)

4.10pm: Break time That's the end of level two. Players are taking a 15 minute break. 4.08pm: Spinks slowroll rescinded I reported yesterday that Jon Spinks had slowrolled Craig McCorkell but after later consultation with Mr Spinks it turns out he didn't commit that sin but had quietly announced...more

21 October

EPT8 San Remo: Gianluca Trebbi leads on home soil

It felt a bit déjà-vu-all-over-again in San Remo today as the European Poker Tour made its second appearance on the Italian Rivieria in just six months. Last time around it was Royal Wedding week, with celebrations back in Blighty mirrored here by the travelling British contingent who cheered Rupert...more

EPT8 San Remo: Day 1A, level 7 & 8 updates (blinds 300-600, 75 ante)

12.30am: Chip counts coming through It's looking like it's tight at the top. Chip lead being analysed now. Just a few in it. It's like Florida all over again. 12.15am: Bagging and tagging Bagging has begun. Hold tight. 12.10am: Williams falls just short David Williams didn't quite make it...more

EPT8 San Remo: Day 1A, level 5 & 6 updates (blinds 200-400, 50 ante)

9.50pm: Break time come back in 15 minutes when all the players will reconvene for the last two levels of the day. 9.40pm: Broadway for Coimbra When we walked up to the table, Team PokerStars Online's Andre Coimbra had 2,500 chips out in front of him, so we must...more

Welcome to sunny EPT San Remo

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Time Tourneys: No more lying to girlfriend

Tired of bubbling the final table an hour before you alarm goes off? On the 19th of October PokerStars added a new type of tournament to the already wide variety available called Time Tourneys. The huge advantage of Time Tourneys are pretty straight forward: you know when they end! I...more

EPT8 San Remo: Day 1A, level 3 & 4 updates (blinds 100-200, 25 ante)

6.35pm: Break time That's it for 15 minutes. The next post is up and running here. -- RD 6.34pm: Newport gets value Nicholas Newport turned a disguised gutshot straight with 5♥2♥ on a 3♦A♠J♠4♦J♥ board to win a 24,000 pot from fellow Irishman Mark Walsh. Walsh had led 3,300...more

EPT8 San Remo: Day 1A, level 1 & 2 updates (blinds 75-150)

4.18pm: First break That's the end of the first passage of play and the players have 15 minutes in which to soak up some autumnal sun here in Italy. Find the next post by clicking here. -- RD 4.15pm: Vamplew vanished David Vamplew is out, sent to the rail...more

20 October

PCA seats for free? This is as close as it gets

Just a couple of days ago, I was marveling at how the qualifiers for the 2012 PCA were piling up. Now, this coming Sunday at 19:00 ET, that number is going to rise again as the PCA Mega Path satellites host another monthly final. It's looking like we'll see at...more

Twitter Poker League rolls on

Another Sunday and with it another round of the Twitter Poker League took place this Sunday. 732 players generated a $732 prize-pool with over $130 of it going to first place. 108 place were paid this week, and each of them received at least 5 leaderboard points for doing so....more

Big news and big scores in October for PokerStars Women

October has been a very busy month for PokerStars Women and a month that saw some big wins for women in the game. The month started off with the PokerStars Women Live event in London where we saw 52 women compete for a prize pool of £25,220. The event was...more

19 October

Time Tourneys and Tournament Strategy 101

When migrating from cash games, I really like to play the Sunday tournaments or the big daily guarantees. They have good structure and big player pools. These fields also tend to be soft. Apart from the fact you always have to adjust to the table, generally I played a lot...more

PokerStars launches Time Tourneys

Make no mistake about it. Time is a commodity. If you put it on a stock exchange, its share price would rise higher than Apple, Google, or pork bellies in a matter of minutes. Be honest with yourself. How many times have you chosen to not enter a tournament because...more

Vanessa Selbst on how to improve your game

Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Selbst is one of the most successful and respected tournament players in the world, with over four million dollars in tournament winnings and a World Series of Poker bracelet in Pot Limit Omaha (2008). Vanessa's victories include the 2010 Partouche Poker Tour and back-to-back North American...more

EPT San Remo: Travel guide

Poker has been running wild through Europe in October. After the European Poker Tour's successful stop in London, the circus moves on to Italy, where the EPT San Remo series kicks off with the €4,900 Main Event on Friday. Last season at San Remo, Rupert Elder bested a field of...more

18 October

NigDawG collars $64K-plus score in Super Tuesday (10/18/11)

While much of the poker world's attention has been directed toward the south of France where the 2011 World Series of Poker Europe Main Event is playing out, a significant segment spent their Tuesday evening focused on another tournament -- this week's Super Tuesday, the $1,050 buy-in no-limit hold'em event...more

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PokerStars Canada Cup readying for finals

In the world of no-brainer decisions, this one has to rank somewhere near the top. If you're a Canadian poker player, you're going to want to reserve this Sunday for the PokerStars Canada Cup final. Not only will you be competing for $250,000 in prize money, but you'll have a...more

2012 PCA qualifiers piling up

With 79 days until the kickoff of the 2012 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, more than 130 people have already qualified to play in the PCA main event. Chew on that for a second. The PCA is still nearly three months away, and the size of the field is already more than...more

Travel Diary: London

The third stop of the eighth season of PokerStars' European Poker Tour was my home town of London. I wasn't sure whether I was supposed to be more excited by this, or less so, because it meant I didn't get to travel anywhere. I realized in due course, it...more

17 October

PokerStars Sunday majors results (10-16-11)

It was a normal day by most accounts. The sun rose. The sun set. People logged on to PokerStars. Poker was played. A bunch of people won a lot of money. Oh...and there were two Sunday Millions and Sunday Warm-Ups. So, not normal at all is what I'm saying. Let's...more

LAPT Colombia Day 3: Menendez victorious in the land of coffee and poker

A few years from now, when South Americans look back on what they consider the watershed moments for the rise of poker on this Southern Hemisphere continent, someone will invariably point to the 2011 PokerStars.net Latin American Poker Tour's Colombian National Poker Championship. It was a smaller buy-in event --...more

16 October

Acozubi aces the Sunday Million and wins $145K

If you were shaking your head at the list of tournaments tonight, it wasn't your eyes playing tricks on you. There were two Sunday Warm-Ups and two Sunday Million tournaments as a part of the PokerStars Double Vision Sunday. Double the fun awaited fans of both tournaments. The regular Sunday...more

LAPT Colombia Day 3: Levels 29-32 (blinds 50000-100000, ante 10000)

Jonathan Monsalves eliminated in 2nd place; Julian Menendez wins 2011 Colombian National Poker Championship! At long last, it came down to another flip for Julian Menendez and Jonathan Monsalves. Menendez limped the button for 150,000; Monsalves shoved all in with A♠5♦ and Menendez called with 4♠4♥. This time around Monsalves...more

Sunday Warm-Up: WCOOP victory not enough, knecht_poker takes down $115K in win

"Why, it's the drunken piano player. You're so drunk, you can't hit nothin'. In fact you're probably seeing double" quotes Billy Clanton as he draws his knife against the famous (or infamous) Doc Holliday. Doc having no problem with his blood alcohol content calmly retorts as a second gun is...more

Luzzzy defeats Weisner, locks up second title & Women's Sunday Special for $4,375.51

For several months, the guarantee for the weekly Women's Sunday tournament was set at $7K, yet oftentimes the prize pool eclipsed $10K. So what better way to thank the players and celebrate the female players on PokerStars than to offer a Special Edition of the Women's Sunday? The October 16...more

LAPT Colombia Day 3: Levels 25-28 (blinds 20000-40000, ante 5000)

10:58pm: Break time The remaining six players are on a fifteen-minute break. When they return, updates will be in a new post. 10:49pm: Rafael Pardo eliminated in 7th place It was inevitable that some of these flips were going to start going the bigger stack's way. Alexis Gomez (pictured below)...more

LAPT Colombia Day 3: Levels 21-24 (blinds 8000-16000, ante 2000)

4:38pm: David Garcia eliminated in 12th place A rare three-way pot developed on Table 1. Victor Forero started things with a raise to 60,000 under the gun. Jonathan Markovitz (cutoff) and David Garcia (big blind) both called. Garcia checked a flop of J♦J♣6♦ and Forero made his continuation bet of...more

LAPT Colombia Day 3: Until the bitter end

We made it. At one point last night, late on Day 2 of the 2011 PokerStars.net Latin American Poker Tour's Colombian National Poker Championship, it seemed like we might never make it to Day 3. A generous structure, combined with a surprising lack of big stacks to drive the action,...more

Malaysian domination as Raiden Kan secures MPCC title

It was one of the most dominant performances we've seen in a tournament in quite some time as Raiden Kan has carried his hot form and big stack all the way to a memorable victory in the Macau Poker Cup Championship Main Event. Yesterday, Kan entered day three of play...more

MPCC Final Table: Levels 24-25 (blinds 20,000-40,000, ante 4,000)

Raiden Kan wins Macau Poker Cup Championship! In an utterly dominant performance, Raiden Kan has carried his overnight chip lead all the way to victory in the Macau Poker Cup Championship Main Event. It was a superb performance by Kan who steamrolled his way through his opposition, and despite some...more

MPCC Final Table: Levels 22-23 (blinds 12,000-24,000, ante 3,000)

5:55pm: Ten-minute break 5:45pm: Charles Lam eliminated in 5th place Charles Lam was down to his last 400,000 chips which he moved all in preflop with Q♠J♦ following an open from Victor Chong. Only problem for Lam was that Chong made the call with a dominant K♦Q♥. The Lam picked...more

LAPT Colombia Day 2: McDonald by a nose on a long track

When I got out of bed this morning, I knew that Day 2 of the 2011 LAPT Colombian National Poker Championship promised to be a very, very long day. It comes with the territory sometimes, and there's not much you can do about it. The long day speaks volumes about...more

15 October

MPCC Final Table: Levels 20-21 (blinds 8,000-16,000, ante 2,000)

3:40pm: Ten-minute break 3:35pm: Seijiro Machi eliminated in 9th place After going for almost two hours, with very few big hands to report, we've just witnessed an absolute corker as Seijiro Machi's aggression has come back to bite him. The hand started with Raiden Kan opening to 35,000 from early...more

LAPT Colombia Day 2: Levels 19-22 (blinds 5000-10000, ante 1000)

1:31am: Two eliminations to end Day 2 Martin Romero put in a strong showing on Day 2, but as the stacks became shallower and shallower he lost most of his leverage. He eventually moved all in with pocket kings but was outdrawn by ace-queen. And on the very last hand...more

LAPT Colombia Day 2: Levels 15-18 (blinds 2000-4000, ante 500)

11:22pm: Extra! Hand extended into break creates new chip leader There was one hand that played deep into the break. Gilberto Castillo of Colombia opened pre-flop for 22,000. The player two to Castillo's left three-bet to 70,000 before Nicolas Cottin moved all in on the button for more than 300,000....more

MPCC Main Event Final Table Player Profiles

The record-setting Macau Poker Cup Championship produced a field of 308 entrants to create a massive HK$5,553,856 prize pool. After three days of blood, sweat and a few tears on the felt of the PokerStars Macau Poker Room, our field has been whittled down to a final table of nine....more

LAPT Colombia Day 2: Levels 11-14 (blinds 800-1600, ante 200)

4:25pm: Break Players are on their second break of the day. 4:17pm: Sudol knocks out a shorty There is one lone American remaining in the field -- Jason Sudol, an American currently living in Colombia. He's up to 150,000 after racing a short stack pre-flop with his pocket 7s against...more

LAPT Colombia Day 2: The sun will come out tomorrow

It rains a lot in Medellin, Colombia. I'm told that the "rainy season" isn't so much a season as it is 10 months of the year. I guess you could say there's a "dry season", and October isn't it. But the sun broke through the clouds this morning as we...more

Raiden leads, Shaq lurking as MPCC reaches final table

We often talk about how poker players in Macau like to push their chips around. Folding is no fun right? Sure, the modern poker game has evolved into an aggressive one, but in Macau there's an undeniable urge to gamble. However when we started the day just five eliminations away...more

MPCC Day 3: Levels 19-20 (blinds 6,000-12,000, ante 1,000)

Final Table Lineup Seat 1: Seijiro Machi (Japan) - 616,000 Seat 2: "Chester" Seng Yong Lee (Malaysia) (PokerStars Player) - 598,000 Seat 3: Hau Huang Chang (United States) - 466,000 Seat 4: Richard Renyong Hu (China) - 566,000 Seat 5: Hung-sheng "Shaq" Lin (Chinese Taipei) (PokerStars Player) - 614,000 Seat...more

14 October

MPCC Day 3: Levels 17-18 (blinds 4,000-8,000, ante 500)

4:20pm: Ten-minute break 4:00pm: Wang washed Victor Chong opened with a raise to 16,000 before Zuo Wang moved all in for a little over 100,000. The table folded back to Chong who quickly called with 9♣9♠ for the best hand against Wang's A♠9♥. With Chong calling out for his hand...more

LAPT Colombia Day 1b: Come and get Csome

You see a lot of things on the tournament circuit. Poker, after all, is a game filled with improbability. But there were three improbabilities on Day 1b of the 2011 PokerStars.net Latin American Poker Tour's Colombian National Poker Championship that made even a veteran tournament reporter like me take pause....more

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

2:10pm: Ten-minute break 2:05pm: Gabyong gutted Gabyong Kim has been sent to the rail with a devastating river blow against Charles Lam. We're not sure of the action, but it was a battle of the blinds where we assume the chips went into the middle on the flop of T♥9♠3♦....more

LAPT Colombia Day 1b: Levels 9-10 (blinds 500-1000, ante 100)

12:05am: Day 1b ends; Csome leads What a comeback for Leandro Csome! Down to just 10,000 chips at one point, he came roaring back to claim the overnight chip lead with 149,000. We'll have a full recap of the day's events up on the blog soon. 11:44pm: The field sits...more

LAPT Colombia Day 1b: Levels 5-8 (blinds 150-300, ante 50)

9:50pm: Last break Players are on their last 15-minute break of the day. 9:21pm: Table change! The players at Table 12 have all requested a table change -- as in, they want a brand new table to play on. Their current table has developed a case of the wobbles. It...more

LAPT Colombia Day 1b: Levels 1-4 (blinds 50-100)

4:20pm Second break Smoke if you got 'em. When the players return, the updates for levels 5-8 will begin in a new post. 4:15pm: Mystery stack owner reveals himself We staked out Table 25 for the last 20 minutes, wondering who owned the 60,000-chip stack in the 3-seat. The owner...more

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LAPT Colombia Day 1b: The two armies of Colombia

One of the things that I neglected to mention yesterday, during Day 1a of the 2011 PokerStars.net Latin American Poker Tour Colombian National Poker Championship, is the Colombian army that's camped just outside the venue. Casino Allegre, gracious host to the LAPT for this fortnight of poker, is located on...more

On the Road with Angel Guillen

In the past two weeks, Team PokerStars Pro Angel Guillen has continued to bounce all over the globe thanks to his life as a professional poker player. After having more than a month at home in Mexico City, spent mostly grinding on PokerStars, he was ready to pack his bags...more

From the clouds, Jones flops big and bags up chip lead in Macau

We started out today with 150 players and a long way from the money, but within seven levels of play we find ourselves perched precariously on the edge of the cash as 43 players survived to reach day three of the Macau Poker Cup Championship. Only 38 of those will...more

Another final table finish for Celina Lin at Macau Poker Cup Event #1

PokerStars Team Pro Celina Lin's third place finish this week at the Macau Poker Cup Championship Event #1 is just the latest in an impressive career. That cash for $145,800 HKD is the most recent in a string of final table wins dating back to 2004. That was the year...more

MPCC Day 3 Seating Draw

Table 1 Seat 1: Seijiro Machi (Japan) - 288900 Seat 3: Tam Truong (Australia) - 182800 Seat 4: Ping San Chan (Hong Kong) - 142000 Seat 5: Haifeng Xue (China) - 75800 Seat 6: Hung-cheng Hung (Chinese Taipei) - 153100 Seat 7: Jung Chou Lee (Chinese Taipei) - 58800 Seat...more

MPCC Day 2: Level 14 (blinds 1,500-3,000, ante 300)

7:45pm: Day two is done; Jones comes from the clouds to top Sunny for chip lead A dramatic end to the day as 43 players have made it through to day three action and we're just five places away from the money. Sunny Jung looked our chip leader all day,...more

MPCC Day 2: Levels 12-13 (blinds 1,200-2,400, ante 300)

6:30pm: Ten-minute break 6:15pm: Steicke sticks around Australasian poker cult hero David Steicke has just landed a timely double up. With a raise to 6,000 from Marcus Lau and a call from chip leader Sunny Jung in front of him, Steicke squeezed all in from the small blind for an...more

13 October

MPCC Day 2: Levels 10-11 (blinds 800-1,600, ante 200)

4:20pm: Ten-minute break 4:05pm: Raiden straightens them out After being down to just 30,000 in chips a short time ago, Raiden Kan is now one of the tournament chip leaders after a massive three-way all in pot. Kan had the worst of it with pocket tens up against the pocket...more

LAPT Colombia Day 1a: Torres leads a field filled with Colombians

We asked LAPT Tournament Director Mike Ward earlier today on Day 1a of the PokerStars.net Latin American Poker Tour Season 4 Colombia National Poker Championship to name the one thing without which he couldn't do his job. He didn't miss a beat with his response. "Players." Any time an operator...more

MPCC Day 2: Levels 8-9 (blinds 500-1,000, ante 100)

2:10pm: Ten-minute break 2:00pm: More for Huntly Gordon Huntly is now motoring along with a stack of 110,000 after a levelling war with Finnish player Johan Hirvonen saw Huntly collect a massive pot. Huntly opened with a raise to 2,500 on the button before Hirvonen popped it to 6,000 from...more

LAPT Colombia Day 1a: Level 9-10 (blinds 500-1000, ante 100)

12:10am: Torres is the overnight leader The bags are out on all of our remaining 12 tables here on Day 1a of the 2011 LAPT Colombian National Poker Championship. The overnight chip leader will be Team Online player Fredy Torres, who rode a late surge to a stack of 207,000....more

LAPT Colombia Day 1a: Levels 5-8 (blinds 150-300, ante 50)

9:55pm: Last fifteen-minute break of the night 9:43pm: Luis Perez crippled by a nasty, nasty beat Sometimes all you can do in poker is get your chip sin with the best of it and hope the cards break your way. Luis Perez must have been thinking about nothing but value...more

LAPT Colombia Day 1a: Levels 1-4 (blinds 50-100)

4:20pm: Level 4 ends; 15-minute break After dealing with some technical doo-dads that would flummox even the sharpest of 21st century minds, we'll be back strong in 15 minutes. For now, players are on their second break of the day (Dr. Pauly's favorite). 3:49pm: The charge of the Colombians; Guillen...more

Another record for poker in Macau

What goes up, must come down. It's the gospel according to Blood, Sweat and Tears. Before that, a man called Newton wrote about it in a little something called the Theory of Gravity. It's pure logic. A proven fact. A law of Physics. However poker in Macau is currently defying...more

MPCC Day 2 Seating Draw

Table 1 Seat 1: Jonathan Curtis (Australia) - 22100 Seat 2: Shinichiro Kano (Japan) - 57700 Seat 3: Gabyong Kim (Korea) - 99975 Seat 4: Tetsuya Tsuchikawa (Japan) - 45550 Seat 5: Raymond Wu (Chinese Taipei) - 46975 Seat 6: Justin Chan (Hong Kong) - 36000 Seat 7: Michael Kure...more

UKIPT is science fiction, but the real kind

A couple of years ago some thrusting young executives came to me and said, 'Nick we're starting a new UK and Ireland poker tour and we want you on board as the host.' I said, 'congratulations you've made an excellent choice - a no-brainer - but a new tour is...more

LAPT Colombia: Poker has a new home

Over the last week or two, most of my U.S. friends said the same thing when they found out I was headed to Medellin, Colombia, the latest city to be added as a Latin American Poker Tour stop. "Have you become a drug mule?" It's an unfair question for 2011...more

MPCC Day 1b: Level 7 (blinds 300-600, ante 50)

9:40pm: We're done! The final hands have been dealt and the players are currently happily bagging up their day's efforts with around 90 players surviving. It appears that Yue Qing Zhou will indeed be our chip leader, with Marcus Lau and a fast finishing Kim Gabyong not too far behind....more

MPCC Day 1b: Levels 5-6 (blinds 250-500, ante 50)

8:30pm: Ten-minute break 8:25pm: One-outer river for Te Just prior to the break William Te Jr has landed a huge pot but not before sweating a dramatic river card. With the chips in preflop Te held the best hand with his [k][k] up against a short stack's [j][j] and Yongseok...more

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

6:20pm: Ten-minute break 6:00pm: Set shrivels up for Im Team PokerStars Pro Vivian Im has just taken a nasty hit to her stack in an interesting hand on table nine. Im opened with a raise to 800, before met with a three-bet to 2,300 from late position. Play was then...more

12 October

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

4:10pm: Ten-minute break 4:00pm: Lin bluffs pocket aces It's pretty hard to fold pocket aces at the best of times but when the board reads 9♦5♥8♠7♣T♦, with multiple straight and two-pair combinations, and you're faced with a 2,000-chip bet from the queen of Asian poker Celina Lin, then it's probably...more

Women's Sunday increases guarantee--then bumps it again for Special Edition!

You knew it was coming. PokerStars has a history of listening and responding to what women want and you wanted more cash in your weekly Sunday tournament. So here it is! The Women's Sunday is getting bigger and better and starting on October 23 the guarantee will be $10,000 every...more

Sunny shines at Macau Poker Cup Championship

Every time we walk into the PokerStars Macau Poker Room there's something special in the air. Maybe it's the luxurious surrounds of the Grand Lisboa Casino which set the scene, full of thousands of wealthy locals who love nothing more than to splash some cash and get their gamble on....more

Online Poker Show 10-9-11

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Nanonoko's new digs

Randy Lew did not dig his original digs. Among a ever-expanding list of people who picked up stakes and headed for the border in recent months, Team PokerStars Online's Randy "nanonoko" Lew had found his way north to Canada. He settled in Vancouver and grabbed the first apartment he cold...more

Interview with Team PokerStars Pro Ana Marquez

The first time I met the newest member of Team PokerStars Pro, Ana Marquez, was at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. The charming Spaniard was coming off the best performance of her career, 10th place at the Main Event, good for over $150,000. That was also a turning point for Ana....more

MPCC Day 1a: Level 7 (blinds 300-600, ante 50)

9:40pm: Let's bag and tag It was neck and neck between Richard Hu and Sunny Jung for the end of day chip lead, but with that last big pot its Jung who is the clear chip leader as approximately 60 players have survived the day. Team PokerStars Pro Raymond Wu,...more

MPCC Day 1a: Levels 5-6 (blinds 250-500, ante 50)

8:30pm: Ten-minute break 8:25pm: Getting sticky with Steicke On a hand that ran into the break, David Steicke has moved his chips into the middle, and thought he was happy to force a fold until his opponent showed his cards. It started with a late position raise to 1,200 with...more

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

6:20pm: Ten-minute break 6:15: Double up for David The enigmatic David Steicke has just found a double up as we approach the second break of the day. It was on a multi-way flop of 7♦2♥K♣ where Nigel Jones bet 1,525 to force one fold before Steicke made the call to...more

Super Tuesday 10/11/11: NICOAA1000 $50,000 richer in three-way deal

The latest edition of PokerStars' mid-major, the Super Tuesday, drew a field of 325 entries, creating a $325,000 prize pool, more than doubling the $150,000 guarantee. The 325th person to enter meant that 45 instead of 36 players would make the money, surely a nice bonus to the first to...more

11 October

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

4:10pm: Ten-minute break 3:40pm: Spets slips As we wandered past table four to discover Aussie Will Jones had found an early double up, we caught a hand that saw Sweden's Roger Spets lose half his stack. It started with Romania's Lica Sever opening to 525 in middle position. Spets flat-called...more

Macau comes alive for season-ending championship

Welcome to the Grand Lisboa Hotel and Casino in Macau, the gaming capital of Asia, as we bring to you the 2011 Macau Poker Cup Championship. It's exciting to be back in Macau as we get our gamble on for the HK$20,000 MPCC Main Event. Macau has a long and...more

Ioan Lazar wins Event 2: $5,000 KO Bounty

PokerStars Macau at Casino Grand Lisboa is hosting the Macau Poker Cup Championship 2011 and after a three prelimenary tournaments all eyes are now on the Main Event which takes place from October 12-16 and comes with an impressive HKD $4,500,000 guarantee. Last year's Main Event was won by Germany's...more

As the Stars Tweet: EPT London

There's something fantastic and familiar about the annual EPT stop in London, and the curtain has just come down on another fantastic week of poker in the United Kingdom's World Capital. Amidst an unprecedented heat wave, this year's Main Event drew 691 players with a first prize of £750,000 on...more

MPCC Event 2 draws 124 players

124 runners made their way to PokerStars Macau at Casino Grand Lisboa on Monday for Event 2: $5,000 KO Bounty of the Macau Poker Cup Championship 2011. Day 1 will have the field play down to the 13 players who will be in the money for a piece of the...more

10 October

EPT London hosts guest blogger

Jason Mercier is the Wayne Rooney of poker. The French-Canadian accent may well be an unintended disguise for an Englishman. Gigantic flips can make or break a poker tournament. These are things you can learn when heading out to cover your first major poker event as a blogger. Joe Tonkin,...more

Double Vision: Two Sunday Warm-Ups, two Sunday Millions

Do not adjust your TV sets. Do not consult an optometrist. Do not stop drinking (well, actually, do...it's Monday and you should be responsible for a few days). Your vision is not as impaired as you think. It's just the PokerStars promotions team getting jiggy with it again. Coming up...more

Correia wins Portugal Poker Series final

Joao Correia won the third and last stage of the first season of PokerStars Portugal Poker Series, held in Espinho. He sailed through a field of 143 players to grab, after three days of play, the title and the trophy. Correia never seemed a favourite through the three days of...more

PokerStars Sunday majors results (10-9-11)

Things are about to get silly at PokerStars. While we know there is always something going on in the promotions department, it rarely affects these Sunday majors reports. That will change next week when then PokerStars Double Vision promotion runs not one, but two Sunday Warm-Ups and Sunday Millions. So,...more

Playing the ladies!

I'm Charlotte van Brabander and I'm a Belgian friend of Pokerstars since February. Since then I've been playing online 3 days a week. My favorite pokerday is like the most of us on Sunday. I'm not playing the Sunday Millions because it's a little too expensive for me but I...more

9 October

StuU_0905 schools the table and wins the October 9 Sunday Million

Last week, some of the regular Sunday Million players were winding down from the exciting WCOOP events or checking out the live action at the EPT London Poker Festival. This week, some of those players are still on the live circuit in Cannes, France. But if there was an online...more

Sunday Warm-Up: LevotonKala's comeback yields $110k

Today's Sunday Warm-Up saw 3,519 players buy in to create a $703,800 prize pool-- a healthy 8% uptick over last week. 540 players earned a slice of the pie with first place set to earn a potentially life-changing $110,497.77. When the final river was dealt, that money was headed to...more

Brazilian lookingfor29 seeks and finds Women's Sunday victory

There is some exciting news from PokerStars Women regarding the ever-popular Women's Sunday tournament! First, it was announced this week that next Sunday's tournament - same time, same place - will be a part of the Double Vision Sunday, which means the guarantee is doubled. Moreover, the Women's Sunday guarantee...more

Jian Yang takes down opening MPC event

The opening event of the Macau Poker Cup Championship was won by China's Jian Yang who received HKD $357,240 for his efforts. The tournament easily surpassed its guarantee with a total prize pool of HKD $1,458,240. Singapore's Calvin Tan entered the Day 2 final as the chip leader amongst the...more

Tiago Figueiredo leads at PPS Espinho

Tiago Figueiredo was the chip leader of PokerStars Portugal Poker Series Espinho event at the end of Day 2. Play resumed yesterday with 62 players with the intention of reaching the final table. But after eight 60-minute levels, 14 players remained and the final table bubble was postponed until today...more

8 October

Calvin Tan leads MPCC Event 1, Day 1

PokerStars Macau at Casino Grand Lisboa got a solid start to the Macau Poker Cup Championship 2011 as 186 players came out for the weekend launch of Event 1: $8,800 NLH. The opening event will see 22 players make the money with the eventual winner taking home HKD $357,240...more

Jacks are better for Drake in Darwin

Adelaide... Perth... Sydney... Gold Coast... Canberra... Queenstown... Melbourne... Darwin... The 2011 Australia New Zealand Poker Tour has been an incredible ride as we've ventured to new locations, seen some amazing highlights and unearthed some of the brightest poker talent in the region. From Octavian Voegele's dominant win in Adelaide to...more

Victor Moreira takes early lead at PPS Espinho

Local man Victor Moreira leads the PokerStars Portugal Poker Series event in Espinho after Day 1. Known in the local live tourneys scene as much for his skills at the tables as for his great sense of humour, he had everyone enjoying his company even if he was collecting loads...more

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

Jack Drake wins ANZPT Darwin Main Event After four days of intense poker action in the "Top End" it was Queenslander Jack Drake who handled the heat the best in the PokerStars.net ANZPT Darwin Main Event. Drake led the field for the past two days and carried that advantage all...more

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

7:00pm: 45-minute dinner break The players are now taking a 45-minute dinner break. Play will recommence at around 7:45pm local time. Here are the approximate chip counts at the break: Brett Dannevig - 380,000 Mark Taylor - 350,000 Jack Drake - 260,000 Fotios Manolakos - 180,000 6:55pm: Dannevig takes momentum...more

7 October

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

4:50pm: Ten-minute break 4:35pm: Jamie Hill eliminated in 6th place Jack Drake opened to 14,000 from late position before Jamie Hill moved all in for another 30,000 from the blinds. Drake threw his arms in the air and made a gambling call. Hill: A♦4♥ Drake: J♦5♥ With Octavian Voegele and...more

ANZPT Darwin Day 4: Levels 14-15 (blinds 2,000-4,000, ante 400)

2:40pm: Ten-minute break 2:30pm: Climbing the Hill It's Jamie Hill's turn to double up after he moved all in for 65,400 from early position with K♠K♣. Action folded around to Mark Taylor who made the call with A♦J♠. Hill would need to fade an ace and he did so on...more

ANZPT Darwin Final Table Player Profiles

After three fast and furious days of action on the felt of the SKYCITY Darwin Casino, the field of 64 players has been reduced to the final nine. One of these players will take home $36,480 in prize money and a shiny new trophy. Let's take a closer look at...more

Double the money and double the fun

The guarantee is big. The bounties are big. And a free ticket for a PCA satellite is big. It's the biggest Women's Sunday tournament so far as PokerStars hosts a special tournament offering twice as much of everything. And you can even qualify for free in satellites running every day...more

Portugal Poker Series event begins today

From today until Sunday, the Casino de Espinho hosts the third and last event of the first season of the PokerStars Portugal Poker Series. The tournament follows the first successful stages in Vilamoura last April, and Figueira da Foz in June. Today's €770 event starts at 2pm local time, and...more

Drake leads Darwin final table; Chevalier wins POTY!

We thought it was going to be smooth sailing today. The equation was simple enough. Start with eighteen and reduce to nine. Unfortunately poker tournaments are rarely simple, and math is supposedly idiotic. However within four levels, the damage was done and when the smoke cleared our final nine were...more

6 October

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

ANZPT Darwin Final Table is set! That brings an end to today's play with Jack Drake ending with a bang to maintain his overnight chip lead. Players will return at 12:30pm (GMT+9:30) tomorrow to play it out until a champion is crowned! Seat 1: Jonathan Dangio (PokerStars Qualifier) - 232,300...more

ANZPT Darwin Day 3: Levels 10-12 (blinds 1,000-2,000, ante 200)

2:45pm: Ten-minute break 2:40pm: McKay derailed "And that's not how you play a tournament," sighed Ryan McKay as he wandered from the International Room following his elimination from the ANZPT Darwin Main Event. McKay moved his last 40,000-or-so chips in preflop with K♠Q♣ but found himself dominated as Jack Drake...more

EPT London: Splendid Spindler wins EPT London and £750,000

Benny Spindler tonight won EPT London and £750,000, finally fulfilling the expectations of the poker paparazzi by winning a major title. It was a virtuoso performance from the German, one which matched bare aggression with stunning reads that blasted his opposition off the final table. Spindler, hair in face, could...more

Philipp Gruissem dealt second EPT High Roller title

There were moments when it seemed like there was more talk than play in the high roller event. With four left, Igor Kurganov, Rob Akery, Philipp Gruissem and Olivier Busquet went into a drawn out discussion, using pens and paper, iPads and a laptop computer, which finally hammered out...more

EPT London High Roller: Level 18-21 (12,000-24,000)

7.15pm: Philipp Gruissem is the EPT London High Roller Champion (£450,200) Gruissem continued to crush Kurganov and had him down to less than 200,000 by the time the final hand played out. Kurganov open shoved from the button and Gruissem made an instant call from the big blind to...more

Jumpin' Jack leads the final 18 in Darwin

With the sun beaming down on another beautiful Darwin day, it was a perfect afternoon for a spot of fishing, lazing by the pool or adventuring into the Australian outback. Or how about a little poker? The SKYCITY Darwin Casino once again opened its door as 47 players returned to...more

EPT London: Final table, level 27-30 updates (50,000-100,000)

7.08pm: Spindler's big slick for the win The heads-up match was brief with neither player making huge inroads. But you felt an almightly clash was just around the corner, and that's exactly what happened. Benny Spindler raised to 225,000 and Steve O'Dwyer three-bet to 725,000. But Spindler was going nowhere,...more

EPT London: Meet our main event final table players

Here are the full profiles for each of our EPT London Main Event final tables players. One of these eight players will be leaving London with £750,000 and a highly coveted EPT title, but that's not say that the other seven will leave empty handed. Check out the payouts by...more

ANZPT Darwin Day 2: Level 10 (blinds 600-1200, ante 100)

5:40pm: An early minute With ten minutes remaining on the clock, tournament staff have wisely called a halt to proceedings rather than worry about redrawing for the final two tables. So that's it, we're done for today! It appears that Jack Drake will be our chip leader with around 120,000...more

5 October

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

4:40pm: Ten-minute break 4:30pm: They're dropping like flies as Rubie, Pampliega and McKenzie join the rail Online star Brendon Rubie has hit the rail after he pushed his last chips in preflop with pocket sixes, but Aaron Benton made the call with pocket jacks. Rubie couldn't find a lucky six...more

ANZPT Darwin Day 2: Levels 6-7 (blinds 300-600, ante 50)

2:30pm: Ten-minute break 2:20pm: Hills continues to slide The slide of overnight chip leader Roy Hills continues after he made a gambling call that ultimately resulted in a double up for Scott van Loon. Hills opened to 1,500 before van Loom moved all in for 11,300 in total. After a...more

EPT London High Roller: Kurganov takes lead into final day

There were times today when we wondered whether the EPT London High Roller would ever come to life. For long periods the tempo was slow and repetitive, with players seeming to be keener on chatting than getting down to business, like some out of control classroom needing iron discipline...more

Macau Poker Cup Championship ready to kick off

Anyone looking for a poker tournament near you will have little trouble finding a live PokerStars event in the month of October as the Macau Poker Cup: Championship (Oct 7-16) hosted by PokerStars Macau at Casino Grand Lisboa is set to begin with EPT London (Sep 30-Oct 6) and ANZPT...more

EPT London: Martins Adeniya the big stack, final table tomorrow

Martins Adeniya heads to the EPT London party at the exclusive Kensington Roof Gardens looking to start his celebrations a day early. The 26-year-old Brit is well stacked with 4,736,000, some way ahead of his chief rivals Mattias Bergstrom (3,620,000) and Benny Spindler (3,435,000). One player will tomorrow win...more

EPT London High Roller: Level 14 - 17 updates (4,000-8,000, 1,000)

9.50pm: The final table is set After an extended period of cagey play, as eyes turned to James Bord, the short stack, to make an all-or-nothing move, the Englishman finally found a hand he was prepared to stake his tournament life on, moving in for just short of 60,000....more

EPT London: Day 5, level 25-27 updates (25,000-50,000, ante 5,000)

8.10pm: Adria Balaguer out in 9th (£45,000), final table set It's all over for the day, with Adria Balaguer losing out on a final table place. Juan Manuel Pastor, who has been quiet on this last table, put in a raise to 105,000 and got no less than five...more

Benton turns up the heat in Darwin

Today saw 30 players enter the SKYCITY Darwin Casino for Day 1b of the ANZPT Darwin Main Event, and despite the modest numbers, the field was loaded with well-known pros. Liam O'Rourke, John Apostolidis, Mario Ljubicic, Ryan McKay and Tim English were among the starters as well as ANZ Player...more

Travel Guide: LAPT Colombia

In just a few short weeks, the PokerStars.net Latin American Poker Tour will make its first visit to Colombia. Held at the Casino Allegre in the city of Medellín, the event is the fifth of the LAPT's Season IV and rightly deemed the Colombia National Poker Championship. Considering the two...more

ANZPT Darwin Day 2 Seating Draw

Table 1 Seat 1: Harry Manning - 19250 Seat 2: Jeremy Calder - 17950 Seat 3: Luis Pampliega - 24300 Seat 5: John Apostolidis - 9850 Seat 6: Leo Boxell - 29525 Seat 7: Omiros Mairou - 21275 Seat 8: Michele Guzzardi - 20875 Table 2 Seat 1: Peter Zaroufis...more

EPT London High Roller: Day 2, level 10 - 13 updates (1,500-3,000, 400)

4.25pm: End of the level Players are now on a 15 minute break. 4.20pm: Scratch Katchalov Out in 22nd place goes Eugene Katchalov. He opened on the button for 6,500 which was called by Andrey Bondar in the big blind for a flop of 3♠7♠8♠. Bondar checked to Katchalov...more

EPT London: Day 5, level 22-24 updates (12,000-24,000, ante 3,000)

3.36pm: Level up The level is over and we're moving on to a brand new post. Join us there. -- SY 3.35pm: Hartmann doubles, Beris crippled Next hand, Martins Adeniya made it 52,000 and Pascal Hartmann moved all-in for 216,000. Ioannis Beris moved all-in from the next seat and...more

ANZPT Darwin Day 1b: Level 5 (blinds 150-300, ante 25)

6:00pm: That's a wrap from Darwin We've ended today's five levels of play with 21 players remaining and they'll be back to join the 26 survivors from yesterday for Day 2 of play tomorrow. Leading the way today is Aaron Benton who bagged up 58,075 chips while Liam O'Rourke (45,825),...more

4 October

jdtjpoker follows WCOOP win with Super Tuesday title (10/4/11)

There were 352 entrants for this week's $1,050 buy-in no-limit hold'em event, which meant a jump of two dozen players over last week's Super Tuesday total. That made for a total prize pool of $352,000, again more than twice the event's $150K guarantee. The top 45 finishers made the cash,...more

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

4:45pm: Ten-minute break 4:25pm: Benton blasts past the rockets Another on the move is 2009 APPT Sydney champ Aaron Benton as we've had another casualty from the ANZPT Darwin Main Event. We didn't catch the action but the cards were on their backs on the turn with Benton flopping a...more

ANZPT Darwin Day 1b: Levels 1-2 (blinds 75-150)

2:35pm: Ten-minute break 2:30pm: Furniture John lands the limp-raise John Apostolidis limped in from under the gun before PokerStars qualifier Ryan McKay announced a raise to 500. Play folded back around to Apostolidis who announced a re-raise to 2,150. After a quick look at his opponent's stack, McKay popped it...more

EPT London High Roller: Sam Stein leads all-star field

As the EPT London main event creaked towards a final 24, a new event turned the clock back to level one; the £20,000 buy-in High Roller. It's sometimes difficult to work out which event casts a shadow over the other. The main event is, of course, the flagship event...more

EPT London: Day 5 seat draw

Here is the seat draw for Day 5 of EPT London. There are 24 players left, and we'll play down to a final table of eight. 1 1 Sebastian Blom Sweden 59,000 1 2 Jeremy Kottler USA 1,693,000 1 3 Anatoly Gurtovoy Russia PokerStars qualifier 873,000 1 4 Hugo Loureiro...more

EPT London: Mattias Bergstrom tops Day 4 field, 24 players remain

Today was never going to be a long gruelling slog. Tough? Yes. Stressful? Certainly. But just not that long. Only 38 players had to be squeezed out as the field slimmed from 62 players down to 24, all of whom will now be setting their sights on making that final...more

EPT London High Roller: Level 5-9 updates (600-1,200, 200)

11.25pm: Play finishes Players are bagging and tagging. We'll have a full wrap with you shortly, and we await the official chip counts. But it looks like Sam Stein has nipped taken the chip lead from Michael Watson at the death. Stein looks to have around 240,000 while Watson...more

The Daily Bigs are getting bigger...again!

I recall the last we spoke of the Daily Bigs. It was a foggy summer night, just after a thunderstorm. You looked windswept and spent. I leaned in across a pile of cheese fries and said, "The Daily Bigs are getting bigger." And you said, "I know. I wrote that...more

EPT London: Day 4, level 20-22 updates (blinds 8,000-16,000, ante 2,000)

7.40pm: Pearce busts to end play for the day Neil Pearce has been eliminated from the feature table and that takes us down to 24 players remaining. He moved the last of his chips in with 7♠7♦ and was called by Jeremy Kottler with a dominating Q♠Q♣. The board...more

Travel Guide: Florianopolis, Brazil

In just a few days, the Brasil Poker Tour is invading the beach town of Florianópolis. The popular vacation destination attracts tourists from around the world with its pristine beaches contrasted by its busy nightlife. Of course, if it's poker you're looking for, BPT Florianópolis is taking place Oct. 6...more

10-2-11 Online Poker Show

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EPT London High Roller: Level 1-4 updates (150-300, 25)

4.35pm: End of the level That's the break. Play will resume in 15 minutes. 4.30pm: Lodden unloaded Johnny Lodden is the next faller, six-bet shoving with A♠K♣ against a pair of aces. The board ran T♥7♥2♠3♦4♣ to send Lodden to the rail. -- SB 4.20pm: One out, Macieras flying...more

Hills climbs to the top in Darwin

This is poker territory. That's the marketing slogan of the Poker Zone here at the SKYCITY Darwin, and it couldn't have been more true today as the PokerStars.net ANZPT made its way to the Northern Territory for just the second time. It was a short and breezy day here in...more

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

3.01pm: Break time That's it for the second level of the day. We've lost 22 players so far today and have 40 players remaining. We play down to the final 24 so we'll be waving goodbye to another 16 before the day is done. -- RD 3pm: The Millionaires...more

EPT London: Day 4 seat draw

Here is the seat draw for Day 4 of EPT London. 62 players remain. 1 1 Marvin Rettenmaier Germany 365,500 1 2 Laurence Houghton UK PokerStars player 292,000 1 3 Anatoly Gurtovoy Russia PokerStars qualifier 103,500 1 4 Ioannis Beris Greece PokerStars qualifier 183,500 1 5 Ramon Demon Cserei Romania...more

ANZPT Darwin Day 1a: Level 5 (blinds 150-300, ante 25)

6:00pm: That's all she wrote A short day has come to an end here in Darwin with 26 players surviving to reach day two on Thursday. It looks like Roy Hills will bag up the chip lead with 61,850 with Tony Kanochkin (56,650) and Brendon Rubie (51,575) likely to be...more

3 October

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

4:40pm: Ten-minute break 4:35pm: Finally some good news for Occy Licking his wounds after the recent hits to his stack, Voegele threw his final 1,350 into the middle the next hand from under the gun. Action folded around to Brendon Rubie who made the call with K♦5♠ to find himself...more

ANZPT Darwin Day 1a: Levels 1-2 (blinds 75-150)

2:30pm: Ten-minute break 2:25pm: Jackie jacked On the final hand of the level we've lost popular Melbourne pro Jackie Glazier. Glazier had taken a hit in the early goings, so when she saw a flop of 6♠2♥6♣ holding J♦J♥ she was happy to get her last chips into the middle....more

EPT London: Mitchell takes million into Day 4

The past two days of the European Poker Tour main event in London have finished in a straightforward manner, with one player holding a clear lead. So much so that we'd grown accustomed to typing the name 'Benny Spindler' at the top of that list. We were all set...more

Top End set to host ANZPT finale

It's the land of scorching red earth, rich indigenous culture and abundant wildlife. Rugged mountain ranges, iconic landscapes and stunning national parks. It's Australia's true outback. Welcome to the "Top End". The SKYCITY Casino has opened its arms once again as the regions finest players make their way to the...more

PokerStars Sunday majors results (10-2-11)

Ahhhh, this feels right. After a month of Monday mornings that beat us all over the head and shoulders with WCOOP results, we're back to the normal world where people compete for $1 million-plus prize pools every week. Our normal is a fine place. Indeed, with WCOOP now a happy...more

EPT London: Day 3, level 16 & 17 updates (blinds 2,500-5,000, ante 500)

6.18pm: Wrap to come A full wrap of the day's play and full chip counts are set to hit the internet shortly. James Mitchell looks to be the chip leader with around 1,070,000. There are, if the screen is to be believed, 62 players left. -- RD 6.18pm: Play...more

Jan Combes wins EPT London Ladies Event

After 14 hours of play and a five hour final table it was online qualifier Jan Combes who emerged the victor of the £500 no-limit hold'em EPT London Ladies event. Coombes, from Winchester, England, claimed the £8,700 first prize after a long final at the Grosvenor Victoria casino in London....more

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

2.52pm: Chouity out Nicolas Chouity is out, running his A♦Q♦ into Sebastian Blom's A♣K♣. The former EPT Grand Final winner failed to get lucky on the 2♠4♠8♦5♣J♠ board, and Isildur1's little brother took the loot and shot up to 300,000. -- SY 2.50pm: Woolly bully The big stacks are happy...more

2 October

Perseverance pays for p3rc4, wins $200K and Sunday Million title

Remember the Sunday Million? It is the largest weekly online poker tournament in the world, bringing its $1 million guarantee to the masses each and every Sunday. Errr, except it was conspicuously missing from the lineup in September. The excuse was a good one, though, as our annual WCOOP series...more

Sunday Warm-Up: schweinix steamrolls final table, ships $102k

With the dust settled from the 2011 WCOOP and all 62 bracelets handed out, PokerStars returned to its regularly scheduled Sunday Majors lineup after a four-week hiatus. Fall's first Sunday Warm-Up smashed through its half-million dollar guarantee, 3,249 players entering the fray to create a $649,800 prize pool. 495 of...more

Dreeniee82 takes title, splits final payouts with spoonface in Women's Sunday

The first weekend of October brings many things, like the autumn season and changing temperatures. It also brings a new month for the PokerStars Women's League and the player-favorite EPT stop in London. Speaking of London, the PokerStars Women Live event was in full swing on October 2. Many of...more

EPT London: 21 remain in Ladies Event

The £500 no-limit hold'em EPT Ladies event is now past the halfway mark with 21 players still in the race for the title and a £9,100 first prize. Despite the unseasonably amazing weather outside the players don't seem in a rush to assemble a final table quite yet. We...more

EPT London: Benny Spindler in control going into Day 3

Finish the day with the chip lead once and it can be written off as chance. Do it twice, in a row, in the same event, and you start getting people's attention. Not that Benny Spindler didn't find it easy to do that - what with a tournament record...more

EPT london: Ladies only at The Vic

While the EPT Main Event continues into Day 2 at the Hilton Metropole, down the road at the Vic the £500 NLH Ladies event is now underway. There are 52 women in the mix fighting it out for the £25,220 prize-pool. Last year's winner Anais Lerouge walked away with the...more

EPT London: Day 2, level 11-13 updates (blinds 1,000-2,000, ante 300)

7.30pm: Last five hands passed WITH incident Normally this is the post where we say nothing happened in the last few hands and the wrap and official chip counts will be up for viewing shortly. The wrap and chips bit is right but there was a massive pot we...more

EPT London: Day 2, level 9 & 10 updates (500-1,000, ante 100)

2.50pm: Break down Another level has passed. Level 11 updates will be found in a new post. 2.48pm: Snap fold from Jenkins Ben Jenkins was having a great day as his stack rocketed upwards. His progress has just been patella'd back to 141,000 by Jannick Wrang though. The young...more

1 October

EPT London: Spindler in front, Mercier chasing

Well, we got the all-star cast, a veritable Black's Who's Who of poker's mentionables, making for a swollen chip count list as the line-up of more than 30 Team PokerStars Pros was alone enough to grace any poker tournament. So it's ironic perhaps that at the end of today's...more

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

8.55pm: Play ends The last four hands passed without incident. There were many tables remaining but as far as we could see Benny Spindler ended on top with 160,800. The wrap will be up for viewing shortly and so will the chips as soon as they are collated. --...more

PokerStars Women's Poker League: September winners and featured player "melvinaa1"

Two divisions of the Women's League offer PokerStars players the chance to win monthly and yearly prizes no matter their bankrolls. And while some players consistently find themselves in the top ten each month, there are others who dedicate extra time and find some run-good to race up the leaderboard...more

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

6.40pm: Pre-break action for Coren "Nice hand," said Vicky Coren to James Orme with more than a touch of frustration. Orme had raised pre-flop and Coren had called from the button. Orme fired all three streets on the 8♥6♠5♦6♣Q♦ board, 1,600 on the flop, 3,300 on the turn and...more

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

4.26pm: Break time Players are ona 15 minute break. 4.25pm: Another brick in the wall Level four is coming to an end with half the field oblivious to it as they tap away on cell phones. So far the Twitter Wall is proving popular, albeit with scant regard paid...more

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

2.06pm: Break Join us in a new post after a short break. -- RD 2.05pm: Pained fold from Williams "My hand's changed strength every street, said Kevin Williams looking somewhat painfully at the 7♣9♦8♠9♠9♥ board. Kevin MacPhee, at the same table but not in the hand, stood up and...more

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