November 2011

30 November

WSOP runner-up Martin Staszko joins Team PokerStars Pro

Nearly two years ago I was blogging live from EPT Deauville, reporting yet another bust-out of a player who I had never heard of. To be fair, this particular player had performed well that week, falling in 11th place, just shy of the final table, for $49,547. This was Martin...more

PokerStars 10th Anniversary: Starting small

I smile when remembering how I started my career on PokerStars in 2005... with a bankroll of $50. The lowest SnG's at the time were $5, so I started from there. After big win days I went on to play a 'lottery', i.e. some tournament to play through the night....more

yadio the big Daddy-O in 11/29/11 Super Tuesday, wins $76K

Hello, again, followers of top-level, big buy-in, no-limit hold'em tournament online action. The $1,050 weekly event known as the Super Tuesday reconvened this evening at PokerStars with a healthy-sized group of 379 players vying for this week's title. That group created a $379,000 prize pool -- well over twice the...more

29 November

PokerStars 10th Anniversary review: Story of PokerStars Macau

Early in my formative years as a PokerStars blogger, I pondered often over two questions: why did PokerStars not have its own live poker room somewhere? And surely there was more it could do to embrace poker interest that was growing fast in the Far East? Turns out that the...more

TalonChick readies for PCA with slapstick training video

A recent online documentary of Team PokerStars Online's Adrienne 'TalonChick' Rowsome showed see had a fun attitude to life. Well, in case you needed any more persuading, she has made a great video as she looks ahead to the PCA. Turns out our Adrienne final tabled the Canada Cup promotional...more

Danilo Donnini wins PokerStars IPT Campione

Italian player Danilo Donnini has won PokerStars IPT Campione for CHF 272,000. He beat a field of 482 players after finally seeing off his heads-up opponent Mikica Mitrovic, from Serbia, who picked up CHF 181,000 for his second-place finish. The final action saw a flop of 7♣6♦3♣ and Donnini move...more

PokerStars Estrellas Poker Tour unveils Season 3

PokerStars has today announced the return of the Estrellas Poker Tour for Season 3, with events running from January to August. Stops include Madrid in January, Ibiza and San Sebastian, with the Grand Final being held in Barcelona. Each venue will host a fiesta of poker with schedules packed full...more

Shamballa winner bracelets for PCA high rollers

As you can imagine, winning a high roller event at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure is lucrative. In January's $100,000 Super High Roller, Team PokerStars Pro Eugene Katchalov won $1.5 million, while Will Molson bagged nearly $1.1 million in the $25,000 High Roller. Now, for the 2012 PCA high rollers, winning...more

Travel Guide: Prague

Christmas is near, and that means it's time for the European Poker Tour to head back to Prague once again. The season 8 visit to Prague begins on Monday, hosting 21 events at the Hilton Prague. The Main Event runs from December 5 through 10. A direct buy-in will dent...more

28 November

PokerStars 10th Anniversary Review: Isildur1, out of the shadows

He had lit up the online poker world by seemingly coming from nowhere to play the nosebleed stakes cash games, enduring wild swings along the way by winning or losing in the biggest pots poker had seen. But what was also remarkable was that Isildur1 was an enigma. Quite simply,...more

PokerStars 10th Anniversary: $10K High Roller announced

The PokerStars 10th Anniversary is providing us with so much breaking news that we're beginning to feel like a 24-hour television news channel with those 'breaking news' graphics that scroll across the screen whenever anything significant happens in the world. Today is no different, and we bring you another major...more

PokerStars IPT Campione final table set

Today sees the final table of PokerStars IPT Campione, with eight players fighting it out to be crowned champion and handed the CHF 272,000 first prize. One woman has made it through the final, PokerStars qualifier Tania Scremin, who has featured strongly on each day of the tournament so far....more

Play nice and win big

There's a fine line between being rude or oblivious and actually breaking the rules in poker. On the other hand, some players may get so concerned with being polite that they refrain from maximizing their edge. In this post, I'll go over a number of things that may confuse you--from...more

Sunday Million: Robert Chiro clinches victory for Brazil, wins over $200k

They hailed from Vancouver to Venezuela, the U.K. to Uzbekistan. 6,609 strong, each with $215 and the same long-odds dream-- spinning those bills into an avalanche of cash. Over $10,000 for making the final table. More than $200,000 for first. Every week someone wins this thing. Why can't it be...more

27 November

Sunday Warm-Up: Adrian900123 takes down WCOOP champ heads-up for title

Time and time again while watching the final few tables of the Sunday Majors you will see familiar names pop up. Tonight's $500,000 Sunday Warm-Up was no exception as the $215 buy-in tournament started with 3,535 runners but two of them reaching the final table already tasted the big prizes...more

Ellinoiss wins, Ana Marquez final tables Women's Sunday

The last Sunday in November was on tap, and people around the world were beginning to wind down their year, getting together for holidays with family and looking back on the last 11 months that comprised the majority of 2011. For women in poker, it was a big year, but...more

Battle of the Planets: daymom spanks the competition, claiming $12K first prize

While it used to mean long, hard fought hours on the real felt at a local casino or the basement home games using a table that needed exactly two chips under one leg so it would not wobble, the online games at PokerStars give players an express poker education by...more

Randy 'Nanonoko' Lew wins APPT Macau

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PokerStars 10th Anniversary Review: It's not all about me, me, me

To the wider world, poker is selfish game. It's just about beating the next man or woman and taking their money, right? Well, yes, but because of that many would like to believe poker players are money-grabbers without a care for others. Rubbish. Anyone who has played on PokerStars for...more

Breakthrough win for Randy "nanonoko" Lew at APPT Macau

The Asia Pacific Poker Tour Macau Main Event has come to a close and we've crowned a new champion with PokerStars Team Online member Randy "nanonoko" Lew proving that he can adapt his game from the virtual world onto the live felt with a stunning breakthough victory this evening. Wind...more

APPT Macau Day 4: Levels 31-33 (blinds 100,000-200,000, ante 20,000)

Randy "nanonoko" Lew Wins APPT Macau Main Event! Congratulations to Randy "nanonoko" Lew who displayed the maturity and composure of a veteran to navigate his way through a record APPT field and a super-stacked final table to capture the APPT Macau Main Event crown. Despite having an online record that...more

Mikica Mitrovic leads charge to IPT Campione final table

It took just eight hours on Day 2 of PokerStars Italian Poker Tour Campione for the 177 survivors to fall to the 37 players who now move forward to today's Day 3. Mikica Mitrovic , from Italy, is the runaway chip leader with 1,340,000 chips, followed by Alessandro Fasolis with...more

APPT Macau Day 4: Levels 28-30 (blinds 50,000-100,000, ante 10,000)

10:10pm: Level up That's the end of that level, and we'll be starting the new level on a new page. 9:50pm: Rossiter recovers Jimmy Pan and Jeff Rossiter have tangled with the Aussie gaining the ascendency and regaining some lost momentum. Pan raised the button to 200,000 before Rossiter three-bet...more

26 November

APPT Macau Day 4: Levels 25-27 (blinds 25,000-50,000, ante 5,000)

5:25pm: Ten-minute break The level has come to an end and the players are taking a break. We'll be back in ten minutes with coverage to continue on a new page. 5:20pm: Nordstrom finds a lucky lady Daniel Nordstrom has doubled up through Fabian Spielmann after spiking a set on...more

Nanonoko in contention as Mohan leads final fifteen in Macau

When we started out this afternoon we knew we were in for a long day. The equation was always a difficult one to compute. Take 96 hopefuls, squeeze them into 70 cash winners then divide them into a final table of nine by the end of the day. Unfortunately algebra...more

APPT Macau Day 3 Nightly Notables

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APPT Macau: Day 3 live updates (Blinds 15,000-30,000-3,000)

1:10am: Bang, bang! Our day is done! Simultaneous eliminations on two tables has seen both Shane Dye and Victor Wei eliminated as it has been announced that our extended day has now been brought to a close with 15 players remaining. First it was Dye who fell when he...more

Davide Scafati leads into Day 2 of IPT Campione

It was another great day of poker here in Campione d'Italia, back to the action of Day 1B and a further 315 players clocked in. Added to day 1A's field, that makes a total entry of 482 players. The bumper field at the Casino Campione means the event is looking...more

25 November

APPT Macau Day 3 introduction

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APPT Macau: Day 3 live updates, levels 16-19 (Blinds 2,500-5,000-500)

4:33pm: Break time Everybody is on break. They'll be back in about ten minutes to continue the fight for the final table. We're going to start a fresh post, which you'll be able to find on our APPT Macau coverage page. --BW 4:15pm: Unlucky treys for Tomita "Unlucky hand,"...more

APPT Macau Day 3 table draw

Ninety-six players remain in the APPT Macau Season 5 main event. Play resumes at 12:10pm local time in what is expected to be a long day of play. The table and seat draw for Day 3 is listed below. Table Seat Player Chips 1 1 Michael Finstein 151300 1 2...more

APPT Macau Nightly Notables

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PokerStars 10th Anniversary review: Home games

Innovation is a word you will have seen a lot during our PokerStars 10th Anniversary review articles. Innovating and then perfecting have been two of PokerStars' mantras as it seeks constantly to improve its offering to players worldwide. Even we on the PokerStars Blog were a little surprised when this...more

APPT Macau: Seet sits with chip lead headed to Day 3

Those who saw it stood with mouths agape. Those who heard about it said, "What?" It seemed more than simply unlikely. It seemed downright silly. Nonetheless, it's true. As the remaining APPT Macau main event players go to bed tonight in advance of tomorrow's Day 3, they're all behind a...more

Travel Diary: EPT Loutraki

I had never been to Greece before this European Poker Tour event in Loutraki, but obviously I had certain expectations of ancient, colossal monuments and amphitheaters all around the place. Sadly, when I arrived at Athens airport it was pitch black and I was unable to see much, but at...more

Sergio Castelluccio leads PokerStars IPT Campione

The latest leg of the successful PokerStars Italian Poker Tour got under way yesterday in the beautiful Campione d'Italia, surrounded by Lake Lugano. Sergio Castelluccio, with 217,500 chips, holds the Day 1A lead followed by Michele Caroli on 198,800. It was the fourth time that Castelluccio has ended the first...more

APPT Macau: Day 2 live updates, levels 13-14 (Blinds 2,000-4,000-400)

8:00pm: Seet leads headed to Day 3 As players finish bagging and tagging, it looks pretty clear Nathaniel Seet holds the chip lead with 774,500. Also included among the finishers are Team PokerStars Pro Jose "Nacho" Barbero (257,400) and Team Online's Randy Lew (145,000). Approximately 100 players remain in...more

Celina's City: Macau

Shanghai born, Melbourne raised, and currently living in Macau, it's no wonder that Celina Lin has a love affair with travel, cultural fusion, and food. It's also fortunate that her role as Team PokerStars Pro allows the opportunity to combine these passions into a way of life. We chatted with...more

24 November

APPT Macau Day 2 intro

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APPT Macau: Day 2 live updates, levels 9-12 (1,200-2,400-200)

5:37pm: Break time Players are now on break. We'll be moving on to a new post on our APPT Macau coverage page. 5:10pm: The big stacks start to emerge With Nathaniel Seet and David Steicke currently running away with the tournament chip lead, a couple of other big stacks are...more

Johnny Chan headlines record-setting APPT field in Macau

It's safe to say that Macau can lay claim to be the hottest poker destination in the world right now. It's a big call, but the numbers don't lie as once again PokerStars Macau have defied the worldwide poker trends to post another record-setting field. The cash games have always...more

PokerStars 10th Anniversary review: Negreanu, poker star

So there I was back in 2009, standing quietly by a table in the cavernous Amazon Room in the Rio. This was, if I recall correctly, the $10,000 7-card Stud event at the World Series of Poker. Likely I'd just been outside for a cigarette in the scorching Las Vegas...more

APPT Macau Day 2 table draw

The APPT staff has asked us to inform Day 2 players of the APPT Macau main event that there will be a staggered start at the beginning of Day 2. APPT President Danny McDonagh requests that all players seated at tables 1-25 arrive for a 12:10pm start. All players tables...more

PokerStars 10th Anniversary: Share and win

The special $10 million guaranteed edition of the Sunday Million on December 18 is a key element of our 10th Anniversary celebrations. There are a myriad of ways to enter this huge event, which comes with a guaranteed first prize of $2 million (see the PokerStars Lobby for satellites etc),...more

Team PokerStars Online's Adrienne Rowsome keeps it real

For Adrienne 'talonchick' Rowsome life is about more than making money and grinding it out at the poker tables. The PokerStars Team Online player makes some serious cash playing poker but you won't find her in front of a dozen computer monitors every day clicking away for hours on end....more

Big fight report: ElkY vs. Lex Veldhuis

On Tuesday, the long-awaited kickboxing match between Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier and Lex 'RaSZi' Veldhuis took place. After two years of planning, the two Team PokerStars Pros met in Marbella, Spain for their match, which lasted just four minutes. In the second round of the bruising five-round contest, Veldhuis delivered a...more

APPT Macau: Day 1b live updates, levels 5-8 (Blinds 500-1,000-100)

9:00pm: Play ends Day 1b has just finished up. Sha Jun of China finished the day with 169,400, good for the Day 1b chip lead and second place overall headed into Day 2. Team PokerStars Pro Bryan Huang is not far behind with 154,100. We'll be back with a full...more

23 November

APPT Macau: Day 1b live updates, levels 1-4 (Blinds 150-300-25)

4:24pm: Break time Players are on a ten-minute break. We'll be closing out this post and moving on to a new one right here. 4:15pm: Solid start for Lykov Russian Team PokerStars Pro Max Lykov has made a solid start in his first APPT appearance, although we did just see...more

PokerStars 10th Anniversary Review: Old-timers at the EPT

When you cover a tournament circuit like the EPT for season after season, you get used to seeing familiar faces at the tables. There are many players making trips time and again alongside folk you've never seen before; some are PokerStars qualifiers enjoying their first taste of live action, others...more

PokerStars 10th Anniversary: Win PCA package through $0.10 Rebuy Rampage

Here's a novelty that could bag you a package for this January's PokerStars Caribbean Adventure for very little indeed. How little? Well, how about via a $0.10 rebuy? This tournament will run this Sunday at 2pm (ET) and guarantees one PCA package worth $15,780. With any number of rebuys allowed...more

APPT Macau Day 1a Nightly Notables

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APPT Macau: Ivey's the news, but the lead is Su's

Outside the Grand Lisboa casino, the roads merge and verge like scribbles on a page of black paper. It's a fantastic feat of traffic engineering the that ant-streams of cars, trucks, and buses manage to move at all, let alone so quickly that one wonders if it's not all some...more

Bjorn 'Bjoerni89' Schneider joins Team PokerStars Online

If you were a small stakes sit & go player grinding the nine-man, $5 buy-ins, and I said in a couple of years you would be playing $5,000 heads-up matches, you'd think I'd been drinking, right? After all, that would mean either a heroic success rate or a long-lost relative...more

11/22 Super Tuesday: Danny98765 Counts Down to Win $62,294

This week's Super Tuesday featured 375 players competing for a $375,000 prize pool, once again obliterating the $150,000 guarantee. The 45 players sharing in that prize pool were each looking to end up with all 1,875,000 chips to earn the expected $72,562.50 first place prize. In the end, it...more

APPT Macau welcome video

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APPT Macau: Day 1a live updates, levels 5-8 (Blinds 500-1,000-100)

8:45pm: Day ends, Su leads As we noted just a few minutes ago, Shih Chieh Su looks to have finished the day with the lead We have him on 171,800 as the chips go the in the bags. Somewhere in the neighborhood of 160 players are finishing up the night....more

22 November

APPT Macau: Day 1a live updates, levels 1-4 (Blinds 150-300-25)

4:25pm: Halfway through With four levels of play now behind us, players are now headed out on a ten-minute break before coming back to play the second half of their day. Click on over to the APPT Macau coverage page for further updates. 4:15pm: Steicke chips up David Steicke doesn't...more

PokerStars 10th Anniversary Review: Tournament variety

For most of us, our first taste of online tournament action on PokerStars has been the traditional No Limit Hold'em freezeout. That's certainly how I first came to play via the first-ever World Blogger Championship of Poker (WBCOOP) back in 2005, and I bet most of you reading this came...more

The big boys in town for Asia's showcase event

Stepping off the plane this afternoon, I wasn't sure if jetlag had kicked in or I'd just set my watch in the wrong direction as a dark and sleepy haze set across the skies as I arrived into Macau. Sure this place is sometimes a victim of classic big-city smog,...more

So much has happened in 10 years

I remember that six years ago when I started my relationship with PokerStars I traveled to different places in Latin America and, when going to play poker, there were different games and rules depending the place and country where I was. Also poker was so much less popular. Since the...more

Vicky Coren places second in IFP World Championship

In four days of exciting poker that showcased the depth of talent around the world, pros converged atop the London Eye for the International Federation of Poker Nation's Cup. Germany's victory was followed by the $500,000 Invitational World Championship where the ladies held court at "The Table." 135 of the...more

21 November

PokerStars 10th Anniversary Review: Liv Boeree, winner

Liv Boeree and I have a little bit in common. Both of us are English, have worked in the poker media and have played in live events for PokerStars. I would not claim to be any more professional at the journalism side of things, but I don't think there is...more

PokerStars 10th Anniversary: Extra! Extra! And Extra!

Just moments ago, I revealed PokerStars is about to give away $1 million in the Ring Game Leaderboard promotion, part of its 10th Anniversary celebrations. Now, more news has just landed on the PokerStars Blog newsdesk. Actually, it's not one but three pieces of news goodness. Here goes: 1. $0.10...more

PokerStars 10th Anniversary: $1M to be won with Ring Game Leaderboards

So, we've already announced a special $10 million guaranteed Sunday Million and a $1 million guaranteed Sunday Storm, something that pleased our legions of tournament players a great deal. But what about our cash game players? Why had PokerStars not revealed something juicy for them as part of its 10th...more

PokerStars Macau unveils 2012 schedule

PokerStars Macau, the largest poker room in continental Asia, is pleased to announce its full special events calendar for 2012. The Asia poker season launches with the Macau Poker Cup: Red Dragon from February 18-26 and features the HKD $11,000 Red Dragon main event which comes with a HKD...more

PokerStars 10th Anniversary: Play World Record Tourney live in Prague

By now you've likely heard that PokerStars is aiming to beat its own Guinness World Record for staging the largest online poker tournament in history. The $1 event, with a guaranteed $50,000 first prize, kicks off on Sunday, December 4 and we hope to smash the current record of 149,196...more

Tale of the tape: ElkY vs. Lex Veldhuis

In 2009, two Team PokerStars Pros, Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier and Lex "RasZi" Veldhuis got into a friendly confrontation that led to the two making a prop bet where they would square off against each other in the ring -- mixed-martial-arts style. The two agreed to fight it out, seriously, but...more

20 November

Muha84 makes money - nearly $200K - in Nov. 20 Sunday Million

In case you've been busy, PokerStars is in the midst of a massive anniversary bash. Celebrating 10 years of online poker is something that PokerStars embraced, and the online poker parties go on and on. This page details the biggest of the promotions. One of the celebratory tournaments was today's...more

Sunday Warm-Up: Pendos90 writes a perfect ending in $91K victory

Britain's Zimnan Ziyard and Germany's Hauke Heseding. If you are following the European Poker Tour Louttraki live blog more those two names are very familiar to you by now as they were the last two players remaining for the Greek EPT stop. Perhaps not household names on the tour, one...more

Hot dog! LuckyWeeneer wins Women's Sunday and $2684.39

As PokerStars begins to wrap another stellar year of online poker, the largest site of its kind in the world is also amidst a grand celebration of its 10th anniversary. While that virtual party includes things like the December 4 World Record tournament and other fun events, PokerStars also offered...more

EPT Loutraki: ZZ top as Zimnan Ziyard claims EPT Loutraki title

The European Poker Tour finally made its way to Greece this week -- and didn't the locals seize their opportunity to leave their mark on final table day. Greeks were outnumbered by six-to-two among the final eight players and neither of them won the title. But most of the action...more

PokerStars 10th Anniversary review: Sunday best

As I sit down to write, around 7,000 poker players are preparing for their shot at the biggest weekly online tournament in the world: The PokerStars Sunday Million. Since online poker took off, Sundays have grown to be the battle ground for the largest tournaments with the most significant prize...more

EPT Loutraki: Day 5, level 26 - 34 updates (80,000-160,000)

1.25am: Zimnan Ziyard wins EPT Loutraki and €347,000 Zimnan Ziyard is the EPT Loutraki champion having defeated the never-say-die tactics of Hauke Heseding heads up to claim the €347,000 winner's purse. Heseding had opened to 325,000 from the button and was called by Ziyard in the big blind. Ziyard...more

EPT Loutraki: Day 5, level 24-25 updates (15,000-30,000, 4,000 ante)

2.05pm: Break time All eight players are still at the break, Ziyard still leading. Join us in a new post shortly. 2pm: Mothes coolers Ziyard It really didn't matter how the action played out for this 1,250,000 pot between Zimnan Ziyard and Pierre Mothes, it was always going in. As...more

EPT Loutraki: Final table player profiles

Here are the runners and riders for the final table of EPT Loutraki. A starting field of 336 generated a prize pool of €1,344,000, of which the winner will take €347,000. Details of prizewinners to date, as well as the breakdown of payments for the final table, can be found...more

19 November

PokerStars 10th Anniversary review: Rocking all over the world

OK, this analogy is going to be a little tenuous, but bear with me; it allows me to make a shocking admission while explaining another momentous PokerStars achievement. First, let's get my shocking news out of the way: the first-ever single I bought (well, I got my brother to buy...more

EPT Loutraki: Zimnan Ziyard zooms to final table lead

If day four at EPT Loutraki has taught us one thing, it is that there is still a lot of variance left in tournament poker. But the ability to manage it deftly is arguably the most important talent a player can possess--and keeping focused to make the right decisions can...more

EPT Loutraki: Day 4, level 23 and 24 updates (12,000-24,000, 3,000)

8.48pm: David Elyashar, out in 9th (€20,100) Hauke Heseding opened the pot to 50,000 and David Elyashar shoved his last 454,000 from the hijack. Zimnan Ziyard made the call from the small blind. Ziyard: 9♦9♣ Elyashar: A♠J♣ The board ran out 6♥7♥8♥4♦2♣ to send Elyashar to the rail. The...more

EPT Loutraki: Day 4, level 21 & 22 updates (8,000-16,000, 2,000)

5.50pm: End of level Fourteen players remain here in Loutraki and the final table just a few bust-outs away. Chip counts to come. Join us in a new post shortly. 5.35pm: Another lover's tiff David Elyashar and Florian Schleps probably need to get a room. Their personal battle on...more

EPT Loutraki: Day 4, level 19 & 20 updates (5,000-10,000, 1,000)

3.01pm: Break We're going on break. Join us in a new post in around 20 minutes. 3pm: Torrid time for Tamaras Ioannis Tamaras loves a small pair, but they don't seem to love him. Twice in just a few hands he doubled up opponents with little pockets to big...more

EPT Loutraki: Day 4 seat draw

Please find below the seat and table draw for day four at EPT Loutraki. There are 38 players still in the hunt and we will play down to a final table of eight. The payout structure, and prizewinners to date, can be found on the prizewinners page. Seat and table...more

18 November

Katchalov eyeing 2012 PCA Super High Roller

Eugene Katchalov holds a unique place in poker history. He is the only one in the world right now who can claim to be the a champion of the PCA $100,000 Super High Roller tournament. Now, only 47 days remain until the first event of the 2012 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure...more

PokerStars 10th Anniversary review: The Selbst Factor

Something happens when Vanessa Selbst sits down at a poker table. Players find themselves immediately on the defensive but also immediately disarmed. Players find themselves simultaneously thinking, "She has air" and "She has the nuts." Players find themselves, more often than they would like, broke. This is not because she's...more

Red Spade Open returns this weekend

There are not many places you can spend $55 for a chance at a $1 million prize pool. There aren't many places where you can spend $55 for a chance at a guaranteed $200,000 first prize. There aren't many places you can spend $55 to play against some of the...more

EPT Loutraki: Big name leader as Charalampos Kapernopoylos heads the field

It's taken four days for us to be able to lead a day-end wrap with the following phrase, but after another six levels of EPT action in the Club Hotel Loutraki today: Greece is the word. With 38 players remaining, from a starting field of 336, the home favourite Charalampos...more

PokerStars Macau announces ACOP

PokerStars Macau is proud to announce the ACOP (Asia Championship of Poker) which will launch in November 2012. The inaugural event features the HKD $100,000 (US $13,000) buy-in Main Event which comes with a HKD $10,000,000 (US $1,300,000) guarantee. Team PokerStars Pro Raymond Wu said, "I'm always looking for the...more

UKIPT announces Season 3's first stops

So, it appears the UK & Ireland Poker Tour has a hit on its hand. What might have just been another regional tour has turned into a verifiable phenomenon. Season 2 of the tour broke records at every turn. So now, as we prepare to close 2011, the UKIPT is...more

Spotlight: Vanessa Rousso

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EPT Loutraki: Day 3, level 17 & 18 (3,000-6,000, 500 ante)

9.10pm: Play ends We have 38 players bagging up. Full wrap and chip counts to come. 9pm: Last three hands Last three hands. So important we mentioned it twice. 8.50pm: Kapernopoylos back in the right direction After the small dent in Charalampos Kapernopoylos's stack described below, he has just...more

PokerStars 10th Anniversary: Ten of the biggest cash game hands ever played on PokerStars

In December of 2010, PokerStars announced the singing of one of poker's most notorious names -- "Isildur1," the online legend who had won and lost millions on the virtual felt. Many in the poker community were shocked to see Isildur1, a high-stakes cash game player, sign with a site known...more

EPT Loutraki: Day 3, level 15 & 16 (2,000-4,000, 500 ante)

6pm: Vamplew survives bubble drama David Vamplew was staring at elimination on the bubble. He was the man under threat from the first called all in of hand-for-hand play. Jason Wheeler had opened to 8,500, Vamplew made it 19,500 and Wheeler shoved, covering Vamplew's 150,000-odd. Vamplew called. At that point...more

EPT Loutraki: Day 3, level 13 & 14 (1,200-2,400, 300 ante)

2.50pm: Level over That's the end of the second level of the day and a 15-minute break. Join us in a new post in 20 minutes. 2.44pm: Berende busts Paul Berende can go and take care of his hangover now after he busted his 75,000-chip stack. He raise-called off after...more

17 November

EPT Loutraki: Day 3 seat draw

Please find below the table and seat draw for day three of EPT Loutraki. One hundred players made it through day two and will return to Club Hotel Loutraki on Friday to play into the money. The bubble bursts when our 49th placed finisher departs. The full schedule of payouts...more

PokerStars 10th Anniversary review: WCOOP

In the early months of the year 2002, PokerStars was excited to see its 100th player sign up. It was the kind of excitement that gave birth to an idea: what if PokerStars could host an online version of the World Series of Poker? What if PokerStars could be the...more

EPT Loutraki: Toni Judet sticks to his task and hits the top of the Blog

For long stages towards the end of yesterday's play, the Team PokerStars Pro Toni Judet was sitting with close to 150,000 chips and at the very summit of the early leader board. As we prepared to celebrate his exceptional performance with a photo at the top of our day-end wrap,...more

Team Online's Talonchick: Leading lady

You'll find about a thousand Hollywood directors and producers who will say, "Oh, yes. When I met (big Hollywood star), she was just getting her start, but I knew she was going to be big. Big!" Most of them are liars. But I, my friends, yes, I, a lowly poker...more

EPT Loutraki: Day 2, level 10-12 updates (800-1,600, 100 ante)

7.45pm: Play ends Team PokerStars Pro Toni Judet bagged up 288,200 to lead at play's conclusion. A wrap of the day's play is on the way. 7.30pm: Last four hands We'll be down in the tournament room checking on all those big stacks. 7.25pm: Citrone tanks,calls,busts There was a...more

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

3.05pm: Ainsworth's wristband conspires against him There are all kinds of hazards around a poker table, particularly one stacked with as much talent as there is on table 19 at the moment. Johnny Lodden? McLean Karr? Rupert Elder? All tough cookies. But Jude Ainsworth just lost a big pot after...more

16 November

EPT Loutraki: Day 2 seat draw

Please find below the seat draw for day two of EPT Loutraki. The survivors from the two flights of day one will combine -- 102 from day 1A and 130 from day 1B -- bringing our total to 232. The prize pool and payout structure has yet to be confirmed,...more

EPT Loutraki: Mario Puccini plays the sweetest symphony on day 1B

After a relatively gentle introduction to European Poker Tour life yesterday, Greece really got the hang of the EPT today. There were more than 190 starters, some blistering table line-ups, some huge pots and massive meltdowns--and we haven't even made it to day two yet. For all that, the star...more

Family man JC-TheGuide snags free PokerStars Porsche

Juan Jose Chavez started playing on PokerStars in 2006. Like anybody who plays on the world's biggest online poker site, he immediately started looking for ways to use his Frequent Player Points. He started off with cash bonuses. It was an easy way to boost his bankroll when he needed...more

PokerStars 10th Anniversary review: Milestones to go before we sleep

Hand #1. Imagine that. Imagine being one of PokerStars' first employees and watching the very first hand hit computer screen. It was 2001, a full ten years ago in real time. It might as well have been another dimension. At this hour PokerStars has dealt more than 70 billion hands....more

2011 Asia Player of the Year race

The Asia Player of the Year (APOY) is the most coveted title in Asia and the ranking system is widely accepted as the measuring stick to determine the best poker players on the Asian poker circuit. The race for the overall title between No. 1 Shaq Lin and No. 2...more

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

8.10pm: Day done; Puccini leads They're bagging up, and it looks like Mario Puccini is leading overnight with 159,150. Full wrap to follow. 7.55pm: End of the day is near There is around 15 minutes left of the day. We'll be down on the tournament for for that period, tracking...more

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

4.37pm: MacPhee loses some back Kevin MacPhee is down to around 54,000 after losing a pot to the dangerous Byron Kaverman who was moved to his right about an hour ago. MacPhee raised from under-the-gun and was called in two spots, including Kaverman in the big blind. The flop...more

EPT Loutraki: Day 1B, Level 1 & 2 updates (75-150)

2.15pm: Lunch! That's the end of level two, and we are retiring for lunch. Back in a new post in 15 minutes. -- HS 2.10pm: Exploring the Hairabedian enigma Roger Hairabedian has put together some pretty serious results in recent years, reaching the final table of the EPT Grand Final...more

15 November

Finspb812 finest, earns $76K for 11/15/11 Super Tuesday win; Selbst ninth

This week's Super Tuesday -- the weekly $1,050 buy-in no-limit hold'em tourney -- saw yet another big field, with the 393 playing this week exactly matching the turnout of one week ago. That group created a prize pool of $393,000, to be divided by the top 45 finishers. And the...more

APPT Macau to determine APOY

PokerStars Macau at Casino Grand Lisboa hosts the PokerStars.net Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) from November 17-27 and the majority of the visitors to the enclave will have their hopes pinned on the HKD $30,000 Main Event which boasts a HKD $6,000,000 guarantee. However, for Taiwanese poker pro Hung Sheng...more

EPT Loutraki: Julian Herold is first leader of new promised land

Greece has waited a long time for the European Poker Tour to find its way to its shores - something like 302,011 years, give or take a week or two. But within about nine minutes of day 1A of EPT Loutraki, the Hellenics had shown us that they were more...more

PokerStars 10th Anniversary: I remember...two guys in a hotel room

Editor's note: As part of the PokerStars 10th Anniversary celebration, we and members of Team PokerStars Pro are taking a look back at how PokerStars has looked over its ten years. Chris Moneymaker, 2003 WSOP champion and no stranger to PokerStars live events over the years, shared this memory of...more

PokerStars 10th Anniversary review: World Cup of Poker

A nine or a ten. Those were the important cards. Those were the cards that would make all the difference in the world. This was the World Cup, a tournament where flags mattered as much as poker chips and the stakes involved more than money. National pride was on the...more

EPT Loutraki: Day 1A, Level 5 -7 updates (250-500, 50)

8.20pm: Play ends for the day That's all for today. PokerStars player Julian Herold seems to be on top of the pile with 138,425. Official chip counts will be up as soon as we have them, and a full wrap of today's play will be up shortly. -- MC...more

The PokerStars Boomswitch

PokerStars seems to have a remarkable talent for picking winners. On Nov. 8, Pius Heinz became the fourth straight PokerStars-sponsored player to win the World Series of Poker Main Event, following Jonathan Duhamel, Joe Cada and Peter Eastgate into the record books. Not only that, PokerStars recruited Chris Moneymaker, Greg...more

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

4.54pm: Break Join us in a new post shortly. 4.52pm: Deppe and Kapitonov play out a strange one "I can't fold," said Eduard Kapitonov. He didn't, he called and won. That's the end result but how did we get here? Kapitonov had opened under-the-gun for 600 and had been...more

EPT Loutraki: Day 1A, Level 1-2 updates (75-150)

2.25pm: Break That's it for a short break. 2.20pm: Magic situation for Vamplew That David Vamplew, he's always at it. A hijack raise of 400 from Artem Metalidi was called by Theofanis Poziopoylos who called and Vamplew, in the big blind, squeezed to 1,650. Of course, he did. Metalidi...more

14 November

Tell me when it's over

It's the time of year when thoughts turn to holiday feasts, presents, and travel plans. In our daydreams we see family gatherings around the fireplace snuggled into warm blankets with hot chocolate and photo albums. We see our extended family gathered around a dining table as a peaceful haze of...more

PokerStars 10th Anniversary review: The Bear necessities

On the Fourth of July in 2006, the PokerStars Blog published one of its biggest and most unexpected stories yet when it announced Barry Greenstein had joined the ranks of what was then known only as Team PokerStars. Greenstein was not a brand new world champion. He was not a...more

PokerStars 10th Anniversary: Easy bonus, $1 million Storm!

I've become convinced PokerStars has a team of people locked up in a room in some sort of post modern reality show scheme that only allows people with the most astounding ideas to go home to their families. Day in and day out, they toil over outrageous concepts aimed at...more

11-13-11 PokerStars Sunday majors results

By now, you should be fully entrenched in the PokerStars 10th anniversary celebrations. This weekend, as part of the big party, PokerStars gave out 20 PCA packages. Satellites are still running for the 10th Anniversary $10 million guaranteed Sunday Million on Decembr 18. Also, we hope you're making your plans...more

13 November

Sunday Million: tost89 burns through final table, bags $170k

7,030. Enrollment at a medium-sized university. Number of calories Manny Paquiao consumes each day during training. Price of a Hermes handbag. And lest you think you're reading the wrong recap, the number of runners in this week's Sunday Million. This virtual army of pros and punters created a prizepool that...more

Sunday Warm-Up: heißtercamp makes smores out of final table banking $117K

The traditional tenth year anniversary gift is tin or aluminum. While we are sure the players here at PokerStars are happy about their favorite soda or energy drink encased in aluminum, cash seems like a much better way to celebrate, after all that's why we hit the tables in the...more

Romania's pescar_hoina pulls a win, Celina Lin takes fourth in Women's Sunday

Last week, there were 240 players registered for the Women's Sunday with three Team PokerStars Pros among them, which made for a $12,000 prize pool. Solid numbers for a tournament with a $10K guarantee and one that showed nearly continuous growth in 2011. This week? The registration number jumped by...more

PokerStars 10th Anniversary review: SCOOP, hold the front page

Since launching the World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) back in 2002, PokerStars saw it's innovative festival grow quickly to become the proving ground for the world's finest online tournament players. Events across a huge range of disciplines gave them a stage on which they could strut their stuff for...more

12 November

PokerStars 10th Anniversary review: Slaying the EPT monkey

We're animal lovers here on the PokerStars Blog. Dogs and cats share our homes. We like birds, horses and, after meeting them at EPT Snowfest, mountain goats. What's more, we've tended to sick animals, and who knows what creatures enjoyed residence in blogger Stephen Bartley's moustache when he turned up...more

11 November

PokerStars 10th Anniversary review: Pole position

The noise is impossible to escape. It combines a constant drone with an occasional and unexpected high-pitched scream that could rip out your insides if you weren't careful. Before long, it all becomes part of the noise in your head, an omnipresent tinnitus that, with work, can be accepted as...more

Travel Guide: Macau

The Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) is headed back to the bustling island nation of Macau for a fifth straight year, and the Main Event runs from Nov. 23 through 27. Okay, it's an isthmus, if you want to be a stickler. In any case, the stunning Grand Lisboa will...more

PokerStars 10th Anniversary: Win free World Record seats with Picture Perfect

They say that a picture paints a thousand words. If that were always true, us writers would soon be out of business. That said, despite being fierce defenders of our craft of putting a load of words together and hoping they make sense, we will tip our hat to the...more

10 November

PokerStars 10th Anniversary review: When two cards just won't do

The sheer brilliance of Texas Hold'em is the whole "minute to learn, lifetime to master" thing. It's what brought poker from the smoky, dark parlors to big casinos to the world's living room, to our laptop computers. We play it, we write about it, we hold on to it as...more

Marcus Hellner signs on as Team PokerStars SportStar

At the 2010 World Series of Poker, the members of Team Blog were pulled aside in the corridor and told, "Something is happening and you should see it." Suffice to say, we bloggers had seen a lot in our time, but nothing like this. Marcus Hellner, the two-time Olympic gold...more

9 November

PokerStars 10th Anniversary review: ElkY, one name says it all

The advent of online poker has done a lot for the cult of personality. These days, just about any kid who makes a splash online can walk into a room and be known only by his screen name. One man, however, did not culture his image in online poker. He...more

Team PokerStars Pro Pius Heinz wins WSOP Main Event!

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11/8 Super Tuesday: A "PureProfitFo" Karr, earning $76,045

Admittedly, the focus of the poker community on Tuesday evening was at the Penn & Teller Theatre in Las Vegas. The conclusion of the WSOP Main Event featured the latest member of Team PokerStars Pro, Pius Heinz, attempting to finish off his rivals Ben Lamb and Martin Staszko. Meanwhile on...more

PokerStars' Pius Heinz wins WSOP Main Event and $8,715,638

Chris Moneymaker, Greg Raymer, Joe Hachem, Peter Eastgate, Joe Cada, Jonathan Duhamel. Now you can add Pius Heinz to the list of PokerStars players to win the World Series of Poker Main Event since 2003. This morning, the young Team PokerStars Pro lifted the WSOP crown in Las Vegas, winning...more

8 November

PokerStars 10th Anniversary review: Going live

"I can't answer this question," John Gale said. In his hand was a player bio form handed to him by a member of the television production crew. He had just made the final table of the 2005 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure as the chipleader. Now, the TV crew wanted to know...more

PokerStars 10th Anniversary: Negreanu's pizza surprise

I remember a funny story from the "old days" well before no Limit Hold'em took over as the most popular form of poker in the world. It used to be that Limit Hold'em was the most popular, both in tournaments and in cash, and that's actually the game I cut...more

Become a Guinness World Record holder through Women's Poker League

Be part of a world-record challenge as PokerStars attempts to shatter the current record for number of players in an online tournament. The number currently stands at 149,196 and we know we can do better. The tournament will be sanctioned by Guinness World Records--and you can be part of it...more

7 November

PokerStars 10th Anniversary review: It's a bling thing

There is an unmarked line between the Rio Casino and the Rio Convention Center in Las Vegas. It's the line that separates the jingle-jangle of the slot machines from the long, quiet walk to the WSOP caverns in the convention center. It's the border between the place you'll hear T.J....more

11-6-11 PokerStars Sunday majors results

It takes a great deal of pride-swallowing on my part to do this, so let's just get it over with. You need to be reading something else today. This regular Monday results post is important, concise, and everything you need to catch up from the weekend at PokerStars, but really...you...more

PokerStars 10th Anniversary: Now you can make poker history

Things have gone a little crazy at PokerStars. You know we've announced our 10th Anniversary celebrations, right? And you know we unveiled a special $10 Million guaranteed Sunday Million and that we had 100 PCA packages to give away? That's right, give away. Well, today we announce something else: with...more

Team PokerStars Pro Pius Heinz leads WSOP final table

We've come to expect a show at the World Series of Poker final table. Frozen in ice since July, the November Nine format is then thawed out to return months later for an explosive showdown. It's still held in Las Vegas at the Rio, but action shifts to the Penn...more

6 November

Second Sunday Million win for kevsteele in 2011

It was a perfect Sunday for online poker. Weather was getting chilly in many parts of the world, and staying in next to the warmth of a laptop was ideal. Poker was also amidst the broadcast of the World Series of Poker final table, and players gathered around to watch...more

Flexaccou bests Steve "stevejpa" Paul-Ambrose for Sunday Warm-up win

You know what goes great with live poker? A heaping side dish of online poker. While most of the poker world had their eyes glued to the live stream of the WSOP Main Event, where newly minted Team PokerStars Pro Pius Heinz was busy amassing the chip lead, thousands of...more

Germany's BJ_Berlin Bests Women's Sunday Field for $2,454 Payday

The first weekend in November ushered in the holiday season and a look toward the end of 2011. But female poker players around the world saw November 6 as another Sunday and another chance to compete in the weekly $55 Women's Sunday on PokerStars. Since the guarantee for the Women's...more

PokerStars 10th Anniversary review: Online wizards cast their spell

Recruitment specialists will tell you that any good vacancy will generate a mountain of applications. Decent jobs are hard to come by, after all. So it was no great surprise that when PokerStars invited players to apply to join the new Team PokerStars Online, the response was staggering. Get this:...more

5 November

Travel Diary: EPT San Remo

I am always excited to go to San Remo, since I can almost taste the food while I'm on the airplane, and Italian food is definitely my favorite. No tight dresses on this trip! The shoes are also to die for in all the little one-off boutique shops along the...more

PokerStars 10th Anniversary review: The traveling EPT circus

There's a pub on the main drag in Monte Carlo. It has low ceilings, tight corridors, Guinness on tap, and a matchbook-sized stage where cover bands belt out "Roadhouse Blues" in the late hours. On a weekend night, it's tight, loud, and hot. In 2005, John Duthie sat outside the...more

4 November

PokerStars 10th Anniversary review: Sporting greats

Of all the ingredients necessary to make a good poker player, a competitive spirit and desire to win are right up there with all the strategies, number-crunching and nerves of steel that you'd perhaps think of first. It's no surprise, then, that top sportsmen and women appear to take to...more

WSOP November Niner Pius Heinz joins Team PokerStars Pro

He'll be one of the youngest players at next week's World Series of Poker Main Event final table, and the first German to make it that far. Now Pius Heinz, 22, has the full support of the PokerStars family; he has joined Team PokerStars Pro. Heinz, who studied business psychology...more

PokerStars 10th Anniversary: How the PokerStars Blog got its start

As part of the PokerStars 10th Anniversary celebration, PokerStars' Head of Blogging, Simon Young, asked me to take a look back at how the PokerStars Blog came to be and how it's grown in the years since we first posted in April 2005. He probably knew I couldn't do it...more

3 November

Late-night party turns to riches in PokerStars 70 billionth hand

If you know anything about parties, you know the best ones happen late at night when the amateurs have gone home, the kids are in bed, and the dogs are sleeping on the porch. The crowds may be gone, but the real celebration is just getting started. The party can...more

PokerStars 70 billionth hand just hours away

I'm drinking Caribou Coffee. As near as I can tell, no real caribous went into the production. In any case, it's doing the trick. I'm just about as jacked up as I can be as I watch the PokerStars 70 billionth hand clock make its way to the big one....more

PokerStars 10th Anniversary review: Making world champions

Back in 2001, when PokerStars first opened its doors for business, few would have imagined this young pretender would take over the online poker world. If I could get inside the heads of those who launched the company, I bet that even they still have a sense of wonder, as...more

Chatting with Team PokerStars Pro Vivian Im

A former dancer and Starcraft gamer, Vivian Im from Korea is the latest female addition to join the ranks of Team PokerStars Pro. Vivian's first-place finish at the APPT Cebu PHP 100,000 Main Event is her biggest achievement so far, but she has been active on the Asia Pacific Poker...more

2 November

PokerStars Women's Poker League: October Winners and Bertie867 as Featured Player

Tracking the Women's League month after month, there are some recognizable names, as perseverance brings some of the same players into the top 10 on a regular basis. But it is also interesting to see other players make their way on to the leaderboard. New players get to taste the...more

Travel Guide: Loutraki, Greece

This season the PokerStars European Poker Tour has added a new and much anticipated stop in the seaside resort town of Loutraki, Greece. The town is well-known for its vast natural springs and therapeutic spas. In fact, the name Loutraki is a direct reference to the thermal spas of the...more

PokerStars 10th Anniversary

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PokerStars 10th Anniversary review: Party treats

By now you're likely aware that PokerStars is celebrating its 10th Anniversary in style. Millions of dollars are up for grabs as we push the boat out with a series of promotions that will have all our players itching to get involved. In business terms, ten years may not seem...more

Super Tuesday 11/1/11: MendaLerenda overthrows theczar19, earns $63,855

The first of November brings a new month of Super Tuesdays for players to pony up a cool grand (plus $50). It's also the start of Movember, a fundraising effort in recognition of men's health issues. Even bigger than Movember was the announcement of PokerStars 10th Anniversary promotion, featuring...more

1 November

PokerStars 10th Anniversary: Ready for a two-month celebration?

A $10 million tournament with a $2 million first prize. One hundred $15,000 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure packages. Countless other promotions and giveaways. It can only mean one thing: PokerStars is getting ready to throw a massive party to celebrate its tenth anniversary. Who would've thought it? It's a fad, they...more

As the Stars Tweet: EPT San Remo

It's been a busy month for the European Poker Tour. First, there was the European Poker Tour London that saw Benny Spindler top a field of 691 to win the first-place prize of £750,000. And then, it all moved to Italy, where things recently wrapped up at EPT San Remo....more

Online Poker Show: Sunday Million, October 30

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