May 2012

31 May

WSOP 2012: Selbst breaks the $5 million mark

Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Selbst came within just a few hours last night from being the first woman to win an open event World Series of Poker bracelet since 2008. She had sat down in the first open tournament of the 2012 WSOP with 2,100 other people. She beat all...more

30 May

WSOP 2012: Selbst comes out firing

When I flicked the switch in my brain from SCOOP to WSOP, I knew it would be jarring. It's like that moment you step from indoor lighting to the summer sunlight. It's probably no brighter. It's simply different. In this case, I walked out of a room that I had...more

As the Stars Tweet: The final days of SCOOP tweets

The Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) proved to be a historic affair; in fact, it proved to have more players and award more money than any other PokerStars' series. All told, 134,183 unique players from 156 countries put up 526,154 buy-ins and were awarded $65,332,179 in prize money, more...more

5/29 Super Tuesday: Pokerger1337 outlasts the field, wins $76,000

The 43rd edition of the World Series of Poker started with events not drawing the numbers some expected, but the PokerStars Super Tuesday closed out the month of May strong. Tonight's $1,050 event drew a field of 414 entries, meaning 54 players pick up a little something from the $414,000...more

29 May

Tips and tricks for Zoom poker

It's been just a couple of weeks since PokerStars removed the beta tag from Zoom - the fast-paced ring game where your opponents change every hand - and Zoom's popularity continues to grow. We asked Team PokerStars Pro Martin Staszko for a few of his Zoom tips. Here is what...more

On being a Team Online wife

We here at the PokerStars Blog enjoy having a big stable of Team Pros and members of Team Online to keep us abreast of what it's really like to be a pro, think like a pro, and live like a pro. Thing is, part of being a pro is apparently...more

What happens in Vegas...

It's that time of year again. You know, the time where poker players from all over the world converge on the gambling capital of the world - Las Vegas. They're all coming over for one thing - to get a shiny piece of hardware to add to their wrists. Wish...more

Sunday Million - May 27th 2012

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Venneri keeps IPT trophy at home

An Italian player kept the italian Poker Tour inside Italy's borders last night when he won €130,000 at IPT Campione. Antonino Venneri beat a field of 224 players at the Casino Municipale, where the Italian Poker Tour boasted a prize pool of CHF 517,127. Venneri's heads up opponent was Ivan...more

28 May

PokerStars weekend review (5-27-12)

SCOOP is gone. The LAPT main event is Punta del Este is over. The World Series has yet to get underway. This should be a time we can all take a breath and collect our thoughts. Instead, we decided to dive right back in to the PokerStars weekend majors. And...more

Final eight set at IPT Campione

Only eight players are left on the shores of Lake Lugano, as the Italian Poker Tour's Campione main event prepares to crown a champion. The showdown is expected to run all night tonight before first place walks away with a hefty CHF 140,000. Chip leader Antonino Venneri, a 58-year old...more

27 May

Sunday Million: diegokeep drums up a $196k win

It was deja vu all over again tonight for diegokeep. Only eight weeks ago, the Brazilian was living the dream, playing heads-up for a Sunday Million title while his poker idol Andre Akkari cheered him on from the rail. Although he fought his way back from a 3 to 1...more

LAPT Punta del Este 2012: Champion Marcelo Fonseca

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Tournament decisions: not black and white

The poker corner of the Twitterverse is currently abuzz after a ruling at the Latin American Poker Tour (LAPT), which is sponsored by PokerStars. I'll get to the specific ruling in a minute, but I'd first like to discuss tournament rules and rulings in general. Poker tournaments, like virtually every...more

Sunday Warm-up: orange6 pounces on the final table for victory

120 tournaments in two weeks and you might be worn out too. Unless you are Shaun Deeb of course. The 2012 SCOOP player of the series was collecting watches like he was trying to outfit a pet octopus with PokerStars jewelry. But, not all players have the stamina to play...more

LAPT5 Punta del Este: Title in hand for Marcelo Fonseca

When first bidding you buenos dias this morning, I suggested the many head-spinning swings and jaw-dropping hands from Day 3 might give even those returning to short stacks today some extra hope. And after yet another wild day of poker in this coastal city -- warmly inviting all week even...more

LAPT5 Punta del Este: Guillen's luck doesn't hold

This morning I talked about how winning a poker tournament takes a mix of skill, timing and luck. Team PokerStars Pro displayed all three during his run through the LAPT Season 5 Punta del Este at Mantra Main Event. But when it came down to heads-up play, Guillen's...more

LAPT5 Punta del Este: Baruffi bounced; Fonseca and Guillen heads-up

Heads-up! We're down to two. Not long after the deal-making among the final three, a hand arose in which the Brazilian Francisco Baruffi opened with a raise to 175,000 from the button, to which his countryman Marcelo Fonseca folded from the small blind. Angel Guillen of Mexico had other ideas...more

Cosita Rica captures May 27 Women's Sunday title

The end of May is upon us, which means there was only this one chance remaining to win a Women's Sunday title this month. And only days remain in the Women's Poker League to cash in on the monthly prizes set aside for leaderboard winners. Congratulations to those who won...more

Battle of the Planets: danhp134 chops up the win, Team Online's Dominguez 4th place

For the past few years the Battle of the Planets $50,000 triple shootout places on the last Sunday of each month. A culmination of battles in the SnG arena where the point system set up according to the buy-in level at which the players choose to built their bankrolls. Some...more

LAPT5 Punta del Este: Let's make a deal

Our last three players have been doubling each other up at regular intervals. Marcelo Fonseca was first when presto (pocket 5s) held against Francisco Baruffi's ace-king. Baruffi got in on the act later on, making jack-ten work against Angel Guillen's pocket tens by runnering a straight. That double up...more

LAPT5 Punta del Este: Melogno meets end, three remain

Whereas earlier it was Joaquin Melogno raising and taking pots uncontested again and again, over the last hour Melogno was having to bet a bit more to achieve a similar response. That's because after losing a big hand to Angel Guillen earlier in which the latter doubled up with A♦J♥...more

LAPT5 Punta del Este: Luca clocks out

Yesterday we described Argentinian Ivan Luca as "Doc Sands"-like in his deliberateness. That deliberate style of play started to grind on the nerves of some of the other players at the final table. Several times, people requested clocks against Luca - most recently when action folded to Luca in...more

LAPT5 Punta del Este: Resquin runs out, Melogno moves up

Over the course of the two orbits following Vladimir Dobrovolskiy's elimination in seventh place, we've mostly been watching the Raise-and-Take Show starring Uruguay's own Joaquin Melogno. During those dozen hands, Melogno secured the blinds and antes with opening raises on a full two-thirds of them after the table conceded to...more

LAPT5 Punta del Este: Queen of hearts lops off Dobrovolskiy's head of steam

Vladimir Dobrovolskiy has been something of a feel-good underdog story since that wild, three-way all in hand that my colleague Martin Harris wrote about yesterday. He was down to less than five big blinds after that hand, but rallied all the way back to make the final table as...more

LAPT5 Punta del Este: Time runs out for Ruffini

The clock ticks on here at LAPT Punta del Este, with nearly every hand being contested and elongated by long, contemplative pauses. And the last orbit of Level 23 saw several also punctuated by dramatic, sudden clashes, too. First it was the Uruguayan, Joaquin Melagno, scoring a big double-up through...more

LAPT5 Punta del Este: Hugs not enough to save Mironiuk

There were many administrative tasks to take care of this morning. Play started a little late while the players filled out bios, took instructions from Tournament Director Mike Ward on what was, and was not, allowed at the final table, posed for a group photo, and did all the...more

LAPT5 Punta del Este: Good day from Uruguay, final table awaits

Last year in Punta del Este when we'd arrived for the final day of play, we were greeted by the ever courteous Mantra Casino and LAPT staff members. We were also greeted with a table of Brazilians (four), and a player each from Argentina, Peru, Venezuela, and host country Uruguay....more

LAPT Punta del Este 2012: Day 3 Nightly Notables with Dave Behr

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IPT Campione headed to Day 3

After 9 hours of play Saturday the field of 125 who started Day 2 is now down to 32 players who move forward to Sunday's Day 3 and have a shot at cashing here at IPT Campione. Ivan Losi, from Italy, is the chip leader with 550,000 chips, followed by...more

26 May

LAPT5 Punta del Este: A measure of skill and a pinch of luck for Baruffi on Day 3

Ask a professional poker player what it takes to win a major poker tournament. If he answers honestly, he'll tell you it's a mix of skill, timing and luck. Any of the nine players who will return on Sunday for the final table of the Season 5 LAPT Punta...more

LAPT5 Punta del Este: Penultimate poker

We're nearing the end of the penultimate day here at the Punta del Este Main Event. And according to the announced plan, we're also nearing the end of the penultimate level -- Level 21 (blinds 8,000/16,000, ante 2,000). Just two tables remain, and with a few more eliminations we'll be...more

LAPT5 Punta del Este: Rushes and Russians

The off-season in Punta del Este feels a little bit lazy. The streets are empty of cars, there are no crowds on the beach, half of the shops are closed and the vibe is very mellow. There's no need to rush anywhere at this time of year. Unless you're one...more

LAPT5 Punta del Este: A lot to digest

We're back! Unlike Days 1 and 2, when we stopped for the night after six levels, this time we're coming back for more, the plan being to play through Level 22 or stop at nine players, whichever comes first. Our hour away from the poker room was spent mostly enjoying...more

LAPT5 Punta del Este: Nacho vs Brazil

You've seen the ad, I'm sure. I wrote about it during the Season 4 Grand Final at Carnaval in Sao Paulo. It begins with a voiceover that declares, "We are 10,000 people in Brazil, holding our breath" as Team PokerStars Pro Jose "Nacho" Barbero faces off against a Brazilian player...more

LAPT5 Punta del Este: Keeping Cool

It's getting a little drafty in here. We're starting to see more jackets and pullovers, with fewer content to remain in short sleeves. Unlike the last two days when there were nearly 20 tables full of poker players here in the main poker room, plus dozens more milling in between...more

LAPT5 Punta del Este: City of Angel

A quiet nod. That's the only acknowledgment that Team PokerStars Pro Angel Guillen gave his special lady, PokerStars host Lynn Gilmartin, when she passed behind him a few minutes before the last break and rubbed his back. Gilmartin is a "head-turner", but in the cityscape of tournament poker players populating...more

LAPT5 Punta del Este: Tension at Table 5

A little over a half-hour remained in Level 12 when the field shrunk down to 57 and we'd arrived at the cash bubble. As hand-for-hand play commenced, the procedure was explained to all. "Players leaving their seats will receive a penalty," said Melina Villegas over the public address. "I'm not...more

LAPT5 Punta del Este: "Rybka" out of water

Peruse the Day 3 starter list and you'll notice that, although this was an international field that included 12 non-LATAM players, the non-LATAM players under-performed in the tournament. There was only one left in the field to start Day 3. His name is Vladimir Dobrovolskiy, and when I tapped him...more

LAPT5 Punta del Este: The big board gets bigger

We sometimes like to refer to the television screens displaying the tournament clock, current blinds/antes, payouts, and players remaining as the "big board." When play began today on Day 3 at LAPT Punta del Este, the number on the lower right showed just 76 of the 375 who began our...more

LAPT5 Punta del Este: Coastal fog

When I looked out the windows of my beachfront hotel room this morning in Punta del Este, Uruguay, I couldn't see the ocean, despite the fact that it was a few hundred feet away. A heavy fog had rolled in off the water, shrouding the waves, the grizzled old men...more

25 May

LAPT5 Punta del Este: Argentina ascends, Luca leads end of Day 2

We've arrived at the end of another quick day here at LAPT Punta del Este, with roughly 75 players still with chips and thus an invite to return for tomorrow's Day 3. At day's end a trio of Argentinians had built the biggest stacks around: Ivan Luca (329,900), Cristian Lopez...more

LAPT5 Punta del Este: Double, double toil and trouble

Doubling. In some respects, that's what it comes down to in no-limit hold'em. Double your count, then double it again. Keep doubling it until you have all the chips. It's better for your sanity and your tournament survival if you don't do it all in one hand, but one way...more

LAPT5 Punta del Este: The world comes to Uruguay

As is usually the case on the LAPT, the tournament here at the Mantra Resort Spa & Casino has brought players from all over the world, becoming yet another example of a poker-inspired international summit. This year's LAPT Punta del Este event attracted players from 20 different countries, with Argentina...more

LAPT5 Punta del Este: Forward, the Red Spade Brigade!

The Red Spade Brigade. That's my tongue-in-cheek name for the players that proudly wear the PokerStars red spade as part of Team PokerStars Pro and PokerStars Team Online. None of the Team Online players made the journey to Punta del Este this year but there were six Team PokerStars Pros...more

LAPT5 Punta del Este: Padre e hijo (Father and Son)

We were scanning the start-of-day chip counts for familiar names when play began. One jumped out immediately -- Alex Komaromi of Uruguay who topped a field of 422 here last year to win Season 4 LAPT Punta del Este. Komaromi returned today to an above-average stack of 37,075, and during...more

LAPT5 Punta del Este: Solving for x

At a certain level, poker is about math. What's the minimum allowable raise? How many big blinds are left in your stack? What is the average stack? How much of my stack will I have left if I call this river bet and don't win the pot? These are all...more

LAPT5 Punta del Este: Storms on the horizon for Day 2

We've been noting in the blog and videos how the LAPT has descended upon Punta del Este during a period of relatively calm. As Lynn Gilmartin pointed out in yesterday's welcome video, we've made our way to a popular beach resort destination during the early winter -- in other words,...more

LAPT Punta del Este Nightly Notables

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What makes a great company?

They say that one measure of a person is the company they keep. A corporate version of this could be that one measure of a company is the people they keep. Here at PokerStars people have a passion for their work and an ethos that celebrates success and - equally...more

Love fades but poker sparkles with Zoom poker

Putting on make-up, touching up our manicure, long phone conversations--they're all characteristic of one of two things--a new romance or an uneventful online poker game. When we're primping for a night out and talking to that special someone on the phone the flush of romance wraps us in a warm...more

IPT Campione begins on Lake Lugano

PokerStars.IT IPT Campione 1 Season 4 started Thursday in the beautiful surroundings of Lake Lugano. The Day 1a chip leader here at IPT Campione, Italian player Francesco Delfoco leads the pack with with 177,000 chips, followed by Romano Pizzo with 162,275 chips. A field of 68 players made their way...more

24 May

LAPT5 Punta del Este: Uruguay's 1-2 combination ends Day 1

It was a short Day 1 at LAPT5 Punta del Este at Mantra. Union regulations on the length of dealer workdays, combined with a shortage of dealers, meant that only six levels were completed before play came to an end. By that point, Juan Garcia of Uruguay had a commanding...more

LAPT5 Punta del Este: From sunrise to sunset

Uruguay is located along the southeastern coast of South America. To the north is Brazil. Water surrounds most of the rest of the small country, with the Uruguay River and Rio de la Plata estuary to the west and south separating Uruguay and Argentina, and the Atlantic Ocean lapping up...more

LAPT5 Punta del Este: Border war

Argentina and Brazil are natural rivals. They're the two largest countries in South America. They share a border. They field two of the strongest football sides in the world that regularly vie with each other for regional and global supremacy. When it comes to LAPT championships, however, there's no rivalry...more

LAPT5 Punta del Este: Have I got a hand for you

Every poker tournament is marked by a number of big hands that ultimately go a long way toward determining the winner. Indeed, for just about every player in a given event, there is often a single, pivotal hand that more than any other determines his or her ultimate fortune. And...more

LAPT5 Punta del Este: Mapping out the point

In the introductory post to LAPT5 Punta del Este at Mantra a few hours ago, I mentioned that the tournament is spread out across multiple areas of the Mantra Resort, Casino and Spa. It's an imperfect solution to a tournament director's favorite problem: an over-abundance of players. As Tournament Director...more

LAPT5 Punta del Este: Looking back before moving forward

As players begin what will ultimately be a four-day journey to the first-place trophy here at the Mantra Resort Hotel and Casino, we can report that trophies have already been won in Punta del Este. It was during last night's welcome party just a short ways up the coastal highway...more

LAPT5 Punta del Este: Winter at the beach

Growing up on the Atlantic coast of the U.S., I've always found the ocean in winter to be relaxing. There's a grayness, an emptiness and a peacefulness to it that, as something of a misanthrope, I enjoy. There are no people to despoil the sand, the water, or the sky....more

SCOOP 2012: The epilogue

There's a glow that hangs around after something like the Spring Championship of Online Poker, a sort of spent, endorphin-charged euphoria that has many of us stumbling around with silly smiles on our faces. I submit that it's the natural biological reaction to a festival that became the biggest of...more

23 May

Travel Guide: Las Vegas

What happens in Vegas, stays in... well, why don't you find out yourself? You have until June 1 to compete in the PokerStars Main Event Passport promo and choose the World Series of Poker Main Event as your destination. There are a variety of ways you can get your hands...more

Monaco was all that I had imagined

Upon arriving in Monaco for the Monte Carlo® Casino EPT Grand Final, I ate a salmon crepe, then jumped in a €300 Turbo, which I final tabled after some turns of fortune. I ended in fifth place and stumbled back to my hotel room in a thrilled stupor. But the...more

SCOOP 2012 Main Event video

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Super Tuesday 5/22: Apestyles dealt a victory after 3-way deal

After a two week hiatus for the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker to shatter records, the Super Tuesday made a triumphant return to the Pokerstars calendar. A field of 397 entries means the final 45 players will share in the $397,000 prize pool. When three players remained, they decided...more

22 May

SCOOP 2012: Record-breakers, leaderboard winners, and champions

There is no overstating it. The 2012 Spring Championship of Online Poker was simply amazing. It was history's biggest online poker festival. It hosted more players than any PokerStars festival ever. It awarded more money than PokerStars has ever given out in a poker tournament series. Meanwhile, one player stood...more

Zoom poker strategy and tips

With the rising popularity of the fun, fast-paced Zoom poker on PokerStars, players are now getting a handle on the ring format game where their opponents change every hand and it is time not just to adapt, but thrive. To help other players come out ahead, we approached Team PokerStars...more

21 May

SCOOP 2012: GripDsNutz grabs the watch, wins #40-H ME, $798K after three-way chop ($10,300 NLHE)

The "high" version of SCOOP Event #40, the $10,300 buy-in Main Event, saw a field of 517 build an eye-popping prize pool of $5.17 million. And after one long day of play, no one had claimed even the tiniest slice of any of it. Not yet. All 63 of those...more

SCOOP 2012: 7tHEcROw7 scares up a win in Event 39-H ($2,100 NLHE 6-max)

Second chances can be rare in this life, but in SCOOP they seem to come about a little more often than normal. The two players who ended up taking each other on in the heads-up finale of this event were both looking to improve on their performances at past SCOOP...more

SCOOP 2012: suarez_BG makes stunning come-from-behind win in Event #40-M ($1,050 NL)

Denmark's ministerborg smelled blood in the water. He began Day 2 in the Top 10 in chips and sought his second SCOOP crown this month after winning Event #21-H. He survived the initial onslaught on Day 2 and advanced to the final table. When heads-up play began against suarez_BG, ministerborg...more

SCOOP 2012: Jubilation for john_tri80, Main Event #40-L champion ($109 NLHE Main Event)

As one of the final table's initial chip leaders, john_tri80 experienced a fair amount of chip stack challenges. Several hours of hard work went into outlasting opponents, but the elimination of Fiskin1 in third place was key in getting to heads-up with the chip lead over FrandsenDK. John_tri80 then stayed...more

SCOOP 2012: skillzdatklls massacres the field in Event #39-M ($215 NLHE 6-Max)

It's almost over. The 40 event spring madness known as the Spring Championship of Online Poker is nearing its end. We've seen some crazy things happen. Shaun Deeb dominated the series and, despite all the legal setbacks in the online poker world, the 2012 SCOOP turned out to be...more

Proud Welshman Richard Evans wins UKIPT Dublin and €75,500

When Richard Evans was down to 1.2 big blinds yesterday nobody, least of all himself, would have thought that he would be lifting the trophy. A miraculous Mickey Petersen-esque comeback ensued resulting in a berth at the final table for the Welshman, fourth in chips, no less. Today Evans, wearing...more

SCOOP 2012: lucas drolet lives on the 1st floor in Event 39-Low ($27 NLHE 6-max)

Another successful SCOOP has come to a close on PokerStars, but not before a few more champions were made. Today, the Day 2 completion of 2012 SCOOP Event 39-Low, $27 NLHE 6-max, saw lucas drolet claim a SCOOP Movado watch. 20,838 found $27 in their PokerStars accounts to put towards...more

UKIPT3 Dublin: Day 4, level 27 - 30 updates (blinds 50,000-100,000, ante 5,000)

7.50pm: Richard Evans wins UKIPT Dublin (€75,500); Stephen McGrath second (€60,000) It's all over here in Dublin, Richard Evans has won UKIPT3 Dublin, pocketing €75,500. Here's how the final hand went down... Stephen McGrath limped from the small blind and Evans checked his option. On the flop of 5♠6♣4♥ Evans...more

As the Stars Tweet: 2012 SCOOP Part 2

The excitement of the 2012 PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) carried into Week 2 as more than $15 million in guarantees were still up for grabs. Members of Team PokerStars Pro were hitting the table in full force and, to our delight, several team members were updating their...more

SCOOP 2012: Waiting for champions with champions

And then we came to the end. There are no more Spring Championship of Online Poker events to enter. Only a fraction of the people who entered the main events on Sunday remain for Day 2. SCOOP has become the biggest online poker tournament series in history. Now we sit...more

Pablo Rojas takes down Estrellas Poker Tour Ibiza

After five intense days of poker action, Estrellas Ibiza has finished with Spanish player Pablo Rojas as the winner of the event. Rojas won the ESPT Ibiza Main Event cashing for €40,800 after making a three-way deal with runner-up Amaury Legait (France) with €50,000 and third-placed Daniel Ericson (Sweden) with...more

UKIPT3 Dublin: Day 4, level 23-26 updates (blinds 20,000-40,000, ante 4,000)

4pm: Break time The five remaining players are now on a 20 minute break. You can find the level 27 updates by clicking through this link. -- NW 3.55pm: Graeme Crozier eliminated in sixth place (€16,400) It's likely Graeme Crozier will be cursing both Stephen McGrath and ace-king tonight as...more

SCOOP 2012: Hey Jude! Team PokerStars Pro Jude 'j.thaddeus' Ainsworth still alive in Event #40-M ($1,050 NL)

Imagine tying a brick of cash worth $560,000 on the end of a stick and then dangling it out the window. How long would it take before someone snatched it all up? PokerStars set the bait and 3,567 blood-thirsty online poker players flocked to Event #40-M NL.They each paid the...more

20 May

SCOOP 2012: Chojjasd in charge after Event #40-L Day 1 ($109 NLHE Main Event)

The numbers below say it all. This low buy-in version of the Main Event was a success, and it hasn't even played out yet. The final results will be in after Day 2 on May 21, but leading for the first day is Chojjasd. The player from Malta is no...more

SCOOP 2012: ImashokU, NeverScaredB lead #40-H w/63 left; Akkari 7th ($10,300 NLH Main Event)

It's been a remarkable couple of a weeks here at PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker. Blom's back-to-back to kick things off. More multiple bracelet winners in joacowalter, bleu320, and Drew M Scott. Players cashing in SCOOP events from more than 130 different countries. Guarantee-smashing prize pools everywhere you look......more

SCOOP 2012: sonik4 is super, booms way through #37-L for win ($215 NLHE HU)

Might sound paradoxical... a "low" "high roller" tournament. But really, every event in this year's Spring Championship of Online Poker, no matter the buy-in, has produced large enough prize pools to make even the least inexpensive events seem big, relatively speaking. Event #37-L sported a $215 buy-in -- the biggest...more

SCOOP 2012: Biggest online series in history

The 2012 PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker has just become the largest online series in history. Chew on that for a second. It's May 2012. I just looked at a calendar to be sure. It's May of the year 2012. The year after 2011, the PokerStars Spring Championship of...more

Second Women's Sunday Title for Ukraine's Sisa4ok

It was a busy day on PokerStars as the 2012 Spring Championship of Online Poker began the last of its events. Players of all bankrolls and skill levels took to the tables to try to win a portion of the massive guarantees set aside for the three Main Events alone....more

SCOOP 2012: Victory no laughing matter for w00tLOL in Event 37-Medium ($2100 NLHE Heads Up)

We're getting to the end of the 2012 SCOOP now, and with the end come the priciest and most prestigious events. Day 15 of SCOOP saw the conclusion of 2012 SCOOP Event 37-Medium, $2,100 No-Limit Hold'em (Heads-Up). w00tLOL, a previous 2012 SCOOP final tablist, won four heads-up matches to claim...more

Crozier leads heading into UKIPT Dublin final table

Holding aces when someone five-bet jams into you for 50 big blinds is always welcome. When it happens with 13 players remaining and €100,000 up for grabs, well, you'd not only usher that situation into your front room but roll out the red carpet and cue a 21 gun salute....more

SCOOP 2012: Sauce123 sauces the heads of his opponents in Event #37-H ($21,000 NLHE Heads-Up)

Just you and your opponent, no concern about a third or fourth player sneaking into the hand to cause you distress. No other players to worry about, you are able to study your opponent more, get a read on their tendencies, and play tricks on their head while trying to...more

SCOOP 2012: Event 27 - $1,050 NLHE

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UKIPT3 Dublin: Day 3, level 20-23 updates (blinds 10,000-20,000, ante 2,000)

9pm: Final table chip counts and seat draw Below are the chip counts and seat draw for the final eight, it's Graeme Crozier from the United Kingdom who leads the way with 1,949,000, he's closely followed by Seamus Birt. It's almost an all UK and Ireland final table with only...more

Estrellas Poker Tour: Rojas takes final table lead in Ibiza

A total of 32 players returned for Day 3 of Estrellas Poker Tour Ibiza Saturday and just eight remain for today's final. The €1,100 main event at Casino Ibiza hosted a total of 269 players from 29 countries, creating a €258,240 prize pool. Thirty-two of those players made the money....more

SCOOP 2012: Shaun Deeb stuns, wins fifth SCOOP title in Event #38-H ($2,100 H.O.R.S.E.)

He'll have another, if you don't mind. The three-year old colt that made a late surge to win this afternoon's running of the Preakness has nothing on Shaun Deeb. Sure, I'll Have Another can run 45 mph and has a shot at becoming the first Triple Crown winner in 34...more

UKIPT3 Dublin: Day 3, level 16-19 updates (blinds 4,000-8,000, ante 500)

4.35pm: New level Join us in the new post starting from level 20 by clicking through this link. There's news of a 1,200,000 chip leader. -- RD 4.30pm: James Callaghan doubles through Andrew Miles James Callaghan is up to 200,000 after binking a three-outer against Andrew Miles. He was...more

19 May

SCOOP 2012: Luke "lb6121" Schwartz ships Event #36-H ($5,200 PLO 6-max)

Luke "lb6121" Schwartz likes to speak his mind. He's confident and brash, able to hang with the world's best cash game players and was once banned from Grosvenor Casinos for refusing to pay for a cheese and cucumber sandwich. Only last night, he landed at his third career SCOOP final...more

SCOOP 2012: DaniRiquelme does damage with Event #38-L win ($27 HORSE)

Destiny? DaniRiquelme did enter the final table with the chip lead. DaniRiquelme was the chip leader at the time of the four-way chop, too, only losing that lead to muktuk2 toward the end of the tournament. But a series of hurried moves only led to double-ups and chip-ups, which led...more

SCOOP 2012: Drew M Scott eats Nacho's stack and wins second title in Event #38-M $215 H.O.R.S.E.

Once the final table was set, chip leader Team PokerStars Pro Nacho Barbero looked poised to go wire-to-wire in Event #38-M $215 H.O.R.S.E. Enter Drew M Scott. Drew M Scott was seeking a second SCOOP title (he won Event #19-L six days earlier) and was going to do everything in...more

SCOOP 2012: Mike "Sowerss" Sowers soars to Event #36-M title ($530 PLO 6-max.)

It's been a wild and woolly couple of weeks at PokerStars, with more than 100 tournaments already come and gone in this year's Spring Championship of Online Poker. We're building toward a kind of climax here, with several big events still to go, culminating, of course, with the two-day Main...more

SCOOP 2012: One SCOOP watch postmarked for Germany, LuckyBoxxi win Event #36-L ($55 PLO 6-max)

The second leg of horse racing's Triple Crown went off this evening as the Kentucky Derby winner "I'll Have Another" managed to nip the favorite Bodemeister at the finish to complete the second leg of the elusive Triple Crown that has not been captured since 1978 when "Affirmed" took down...more

UKIPT3 Dublin: Robert Healey surges to the top late in Day 2, 58 players remain

Robert Healey, a 58-year-old managing director from Howth, Dublin, swept away with the lead of the UKIPT Dublin main event after a barrage of big hands late in the day boosted him up to 454,800. Healey goes into Day 3 at the head of the final 58 players, leading...more

Bubble bursts at Estrellas Poker Tour Ibiza Day 2

The Estrellas Poker Tour continued Friday as the 121 survivors of days 1A and 1B returned for Day 2 of the €1,000+€100 Estrellas Poker Tour Ibiza main event, of whom 37 qualified online with PokerStars. When play concluded for the day, there were 32 players remaining who will return today...more

UKIPT Dublin, S3: Day 2, level 13-15 updates (blinds 1,500-3,000, ante 300)

8.40pm: That's all folks So that's a wrap on Day 2 of UKIPT Dublin, well almost. A re-cap of the day's play will be with you shortly as will overnight chip counts. You can find the overnight seat draw here, play starts again at noon and tomorrow we'll play down...more

SCOOP 2012: kev19 comes from behind to win SCOOP Event #35-M $215 NL Omaha H/L

For an event that sounds exciting, it turns out that No Limit Omaha Hi-Lo can be a real grind. Sure, you can stick in all your chips preflop if you want, which may attract a few Hold'em players, but in Omaha you're rarely a big favourite, and with so many...more

UKIPT Dublin, S3: Day 2, level 9-12 updates (blinds 800-1,600, ante 200)

4.24pm: Break That's the end of the fourth level of the day and players are now on a 15 minute break. You can jump through to the new post by clicking on this UKIPT Dublin updates link. --NW 4.20pm: It's all White for Atherton Lee Atherton made the final two...more

SCOOP 2012: plplaya prevails in Event #35-H ($2,100 NL Omaha Hi/Lo)

No-limit Omaha Hi/Lo is an odd bird. Rarely is it spotted in the wilds of the casino, only appearing occasionally in mid or high-limit mixed games. NLO8 prefers a life of captivity online, cards flying across the screen, its pots split and quartered with swift precision. At 93 players, the...more

SCOOP 2012: UhhMee delivers delicious win in Event #33-Low ($27 NL Omaha Hi/Lo)

"If you build it, they will come." SCOOP is always evolving and bucking convention. Limit Omaha Hi/Lo is a game that is usually played in brick and mortar rooms by cantankerous pensioners. PLO Hi/Lo (or PLO8) is a game specifically catered to Omaholics due to the pot-limit format. But NL...more

SCOOP 2012: im2tight squeaks out a win in Event #33-M ($215 NLHE 1R1A)

The cool kids call it "cubed." One rebuy. One add-on. It's enough to give a tournament the flavor of a rebuy without the push-monkey madness of the first hour. The deep stacks made it a 15+ hour day for our final tablists and in the end, it was an ironically...more

18 May

SCOOP 2012: Faraz "The-Toilet 0" Jaka flushes field and wins Event #33-High ($2,100 NL 1R1A)

Faraz "The-Toilet 0" Jaka made a deep run a couple of days earlier in SCOOP Event #29-High, but he could only muster up a ninth-place finish. Jaka took another shot at a SCOOP title this evening and advanced to his second final table, which also included Team PokerStars Pro Max...more

SCOOP 2012: PaDiLhA SP prevails in SCOOP Event #33-L $27 NLHE 1R1A

There are pros and cons to playing a rebuy event. The cons are that it can get pretty expensive if you have to constantly reach back into your account to throw more money on the table. The pros are that these events tend to produce juicy prize pools with deep...more

SCOOP 2012: C.Darwin2 wins Event #34-M, Akkari final tables ($530 LHE 6-Max)

Some of the best poker stories are those that include a fair amount of struggle. C.Darwin2 had more than a player's fair share, as short-stacked play required comeback after comeback. But C.Darwin2 did it, fighting back against players like William Reynolds and Vincent van der Fluit to score a coveted...more

SCOOP 2012: BreezyWest flattens the field in Event #34-Low ($55 FL Hold'em, 6-max)

Some nights it all comes together. The perfect flop at the perfect time. Aces in the hole when they're needed the most. A gutshot straight coming in to save your tournament life. BreezyWest had one of those nights tonight. As he navigated his first SCOOP final table, BreezyWest made it...more

SCOOP 2012: Good beat for ibadbeatyou, Event #34-H winner ($5,200 LHE 6-Max)

It doesn't often happen that a final table chip leader goes on to win the tournament. It's a tough feat, especially when there are players like Bryn Kenney and Dan Kelly as two of the five competitors, and others have SCOOP titles already in their list of accomplishments. But ibadbeatyou...more

SCOOP 2012: bleu329 wins Event 32-H ($2,100 PLO/8), 2nd title this week

It's not often that a two-day SCOOP tournament reaches the final table before the end of the first day of play, but that's exactly what happened on Day 1 in Event 32-H. The players who made that final table were all inclined to play through and finish the tournament overnight,...more

UKIPT Dublin, S3: Kollander rinses the Day 1 field, leads with 151,900

Online grinder Gabriel Kollander took the UKIPT Dublin chip lead at the bell with a stack of 151,900, swiping the overall chip lead away from Day 1A's William Champion. The 23-year-old American, who plays under the name $indabank111 on PokerStars, is playing his first live tournament and, so far, things...more

SCOOP 2012: sitation handles the situation, winning Event #32-M ($215 PLO8)

Gamble or be gone. Cashcid Linc would come to the final table with the right gambling mindset that got the German heads-up for the title but sitation remained calm enough to take down the SCOOP 2012 Event #32-M title. In what was a two-day affair looked like a massive rush...more

SCOOP 2012: No challenge too tall for DamienRise in Event 32-Low, $27 PLO8

SCOOP is all about great structures at buy-ins for all bankrolls, low, medium and high. The structures are so great, in fact, that PokerStars has migrated many of the events to two-day events so that the players can be rested and refreshed when making the late-tournament decisions that matter the...more

SCOOP 2012: By George! Lind is hyper

I am not a psychiatrist. I am not a psychologist. I have no medical training whatsoever outside of a class in infant CPR which scared me away from children for several months. That is a long way of saying, I cannot, with any degree of medical certainty, diagnose PokerStars Team...more

EPT Season 8: Memorable Moments

Season 8 on the European Poker Tour was one for the ages. Not only were 13 champions crowned and millions of dollars won, but also, numerous memories were made. We're here to talk about some of those memories, specifically the most memorable ones as we see them. It's important to...more

UKIPT Dublin, S3: Day 1B, level 5-8 updates (blinds 300-600, ante 75)

9.10pm: Play has finished The players have bagged, tagged and dispersed into the Dublin night. Happiest of all will be Gabriel Kollander who is the overnight and overall chip leader with 151,900. A full wrap of the day's play and chip counts of the survivors will be coming shortly. The...more

SCOOP 2012: Event 27 - $1,050 NLHE

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Estrellas Ibiza winner to pocket €65,800

The Estrellas Poker Tour continued Thursday with 154 more players. On those Day 1B players, 37 qualified on PokerStars. When play concluded for the day, there were 72 players remaining. A total of 121 players will return Friday for Day 2 of the €1,000+€100 Estrellas Poker Tour Ibiza Main Event....more

UKIPT Dublin, S3: Day 1B, level 1-4 updates (100-200)

4.15pm: Break That's the end of level 4 and the halfway point of the day. We're waiting on final confirmation of numbers. Join us in a new post in 20 minutes. -- RD 4.15pm: Table captain We're regularly updating the chip counts page players are busting out pretty quickly today...more

17 May

SCOOP 2012: gmcrafter leads, bleu329 chasing after Day 1 in Event 32-H ($2,100 PLO/8)

There is probably no more fitting game for the Spring Championship of Online Poker than pot-limit Omaha hi/lo, where scooping pots instead of splitting them is the path to success. You can scoop while you SCOOP, and if you SCOOP really well you can scoop up some serious cash. A...more

SCOOP 2012: Genius28 wins Event #31-H, joiso second, ElkY third ($2,100 8-Game)

Watching the final table of the 8-Game tournament was a lesson in poker. Seeing the hole cards would be something any poker player could use to learn to be a better player. Six fine players fought so hard that was almost sweat beading up on my laptop screen. (That...more

SCOOP 2012: The Cooker is 8-Game top chef in Event #31-Low

Eight. Ocho. Huit. Acht. Otto. Oito. Osm. Otte. Opt. Kahdeksan. Åtta. Åtte. Ósemka. Восемь. Doesn't matter what language you speak, 8-Game is a universal format to determine the best all-around poker players. In case you just woke up from a coma and never heard of 8-Game mixed games, then let...more

SCOOP 2012: jay3400 joins list of winners, takes down #31-M ($215 8-game)

The 8-game format clearly tests poker players' skills in a variety of ways. And in a multi-table tourney setting we might well add a ninth "game" to the mix, too -- that of managing the increasing blinds/stakes and negotiating a path through a large field of opponents to the final...more

SCOOP 2012: Gribnogrib grabs Event #29-H win ($1,050+R NLHE, Big Antes)

Gribnogrib was no stranger to high stakes poker or stacked tables. A 2011 Sunday Warm-Up victory proved that the Russian had what it took to compete in prestigious online poker tournaments and win. Event 31 was another challenge, and stayed aggressive throughout Day 2, fighting for the chip lead and...more

SCOOP 2012: Dan "djk123" Kelly adds SCOOP title to WCOOP wins in Event #29-M ($109+R NLHE Big Antes)

Perhaps someone should stop Dan "djk123" Kelly before his collection of PokerStars bling has him impersonating Mr. T. The young pro would claim another piece of PokerStars jewelry today after taking down SCOOP 2012 Event #29-M ($109+Rebuys NLHE Big Antes) tournament. 1,659 players tried to stand in his way, pleading...more

SCOOP 2012: tua133 comes up big in Event 29-Low, $11+R NLHE (Big Antes)

By now, if you read the PokerStarsBlog at all, you've probably read about how Shaun Deeb is absolutely dominating the Player of the Series race. He's made a joke out of it, really, by crushing souls in the stud events. There are still 10 low, medium and high events to...more

UKIPT Dublin, S3: Champion performance tops Day 1A of UKIPT Dublin

It's not quite an aptronym, where your name suits your job*, but it's not far off. William Champion leads the Day 1A field with 129,700. The fast talking 46-year-old father of four got chipped up in a big pot where he turned top set against Barny Boatman and got...more

SCOOP 2012: Being Shaun Deeb

It's no secret that I've become a little obsessed with Shaun Deeb over the past week or two. It's nothing scandalous, I assure you. I liken it more to a nightwatchman who sees the same person pass by his station every night at the same time. Eventually, he begins to...more

SCOOP 2012: More wins for the women

The recent win by Kami Chisholm (drkamikaze1) in the SCOOP Event 4-L Badugi tournament was a first for women in the event and Chisholm's first SCOOP win. But Chisholm is no newcomer to poker as her second place finish in the 2009 WCOOP PLO8 event for $47,000 and her live...more

UKIPT Dublin, S3: Day 1A, level 5-8 updates (blinds 300-600, ante 75)

9pm: Play has ended There's now as big a queue at the bar tonight as there was at the registrations desk this morning as the 91 remaining players go in search of a congratulatory pint of something cold and wet. Only three players (by our reckoning) breached the 100,000 barrier...more

SCOOP 2012: Lind, Jorgensen in hunt for titles as festival nears end

In the fog of poker war, hours evaporate. At the beginning of a session, the first fifteen minutes can take two hours. The rest of the 13-hour session is over in the blink of an eye. A big poker festival is no different. When the Spring Championship of Online Poker...more

Estrellas Poker Tour Ibiza: Let's get started!

The Estrellas Poker Tour is once again underway, this time on the party island, where Casino Ibiza plays host to the third event of the season. The €1,000 + €100 main event takes place from now until May 20th. On Wednesday's day 1a, 115 players began their tournament, including 27...more

SCOOP 2012: Hans-jörg029 pumped up for victory in marathon-like Event #27-High

"Patience is a Virtue." "Slow and steady wins the race." "Rome wasn't built in a day." "A watched pot never boils." I listed four common proverbs about patience because I felt it was the proper thing to do after SCOOP Event #27-High NL lasted 37 hours and 28 minutes. Yes,...more

UKIPT Dublin, S3: Day 1A, level 1-4 updates (blinds 100-200)

4.25pm: He can't be serious, surely? We just heard Sam Razavi enquiring as to whether he could play the €50 win the button turbo while playing the €770 main event. The answer seemed to be yes but the real question perhaps should have been, "Why do you want to?"...more

SCOOP: dean23price wins 2nd title in Event 27-M ($109 NLHE)

Doing great things is never easy, so it follows that doing great things more than once is even more difficult. Even with the recent run of players taking down multiple events, the history of the Spring Championship of Online Poker holds this up as truth; since SCOOP began in 2009,...more

16 May

SCOOP 2012: padjes packs a punch in Event #27-L ($11 NLHE)

We had a large field today. Event #27-L drew 19,289 entrants. That's more than three times as many players as last year's WSOP Main Event, and almost as many leagues as Captain Nemo traversed along the seas in the Nautilus. But unlike the Main Event, players didn't have to...more

SCOOP 2012: Shawn "buck21" Buchanan wins Event #28-H ($2,100 Razz)

Any tournament that requires a $2,100 buy-in is going to be highlighted by some well-known poker players. This Razz event had an elite field, and the final table reflected that. And throughout the action, Shawn "buck21" Buchanan fought like he is known to do at the live tables, overcoming short...more

SCOOP 2012: triantafill triumphs in Event #30-L ($27 NLHE SuperKnockout 6-max Turbo)

It wasn't Zoom Poker, but at times, it sure felt like it. In just over five hours, more than 15,000 players were whittled away, leaving a single champion. Perhaps one day we'll see a Zoom tournament or even a Zoom SCOOP event, but in the meantime, we have the 6-Max...more

SCOOP 2012: Jamie_KK collects chips, title in Event #28-M ($215 razz)

I have never been a big fan of leading off articles or speeches or other forms of public address with a dictionary definition. After all, what better way to put an audience to sleep than to read the dictionary to them, right? Yet for tonight's recap of the "medium" $215...more

SCOOP 2012: neto gol nets the field in Event #30-M ($215 NLHE 6-Max, SuperKO, Turbo)

The chip lead is where every player strives to be during the tournament. That lead gives you some extra power, along with some added confidence to help you get to the end goal, a win. Although neto gol did not start the final table with the chip lead it only...more

SCOOP 2012: Mr-G450 is A-Number-1 in Event 28-Low, $27 Razz

Down to one big bet on sixth street of the final table bubble in a limit poker tournament and facing a bet, what would you do if things seemed hopeless? Would you toss that bet into the pot and pray? Or would you fold your chance at a stack-redeeming pot...more

SCOOP: bleu329 knocks out Event 30-H ($2,100 NLHE 6-max SuperKO)

There aren't many complex tasks in this world that you can accomplish in less than four hours. Thankfully for busy PokerStars players, winning a turbo SCOOP tournament is perfectly achievable in that timeframe. All you need is some serious poker skills and a little more card luck than all of...more

SCOOP 2012: Isildur1's "Eureka!" moment

Viktor Blom is not an easy man to track down. I've known this for a long time. The media stalked him as Isildur1 for months. When it came time to cop to his identity, I still had to walk halfway across an island and find him in the back of...more

PokerStars Mobile: Where have you done it?

Where have you done it? On a boat? In a moat? On a Carnival float? You can do it anywhere you like these days, and now PokerStars is set to give you a free iPad just for a picture of you doing it. PokerStars Mobile gives you the ability to...more

PokerStars Zoom Poker out of beta, available on Android Mobile

After three hundred million hands, PokerStars has stripped the beta label off Zoom Poker and made it official. The newest poker innovation from PokerStars HQ is now officially ready for primetime. A couple of months ago, PokerStars put out a beta release of Zoom Poker. The first two microstakes games...more

SCOOP 2012: Event 21 - $2,100 NLHE

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SCOOP 2012: Deeb does it again in Event #26-H $2,100 Stud Hi-Lo

It was déjà vu all over again. Here we were at a SCOOP final table. It was a $2,100 event. They were playing Stud Hi-Lo, and Shaun Deeb was dominating. Was I in some sort of time warp or didn't I already write this article two days ago? If Deeb...more

15 May

SCOOP 2012: texaspl takes down Event #26-M ($215 Stud Hi/Lo)

Players managed to get a few SCOOPs of Stud today. While today's seven-card tournament was Hi/Lo, the stakes were high. 452 players put up $215 a piece to create a $90,400 prize pool. By using fancy PokerStars mathematical magic, it was decided that 64 players would cash and the...more

SCOOP 2012: Shine a light on George "Jorj95" Lind, Winner in Event $26-Low

Shaun Deeb woke up this morning with a near lock on Player of the Series. He could have taken the day off and went surfing or hang gliding. But instead of those high-end adventure sports, he fired up his computer, logged onto PokerStars and bought into another SCOOP tournament --...more

SCOOP 2012: Second SCOOP title for joacowalter with Event #25-H win ($1,050 Triple Draw 2-7)

There are a handful of players in the 2012 SCOOP series who are dominating the headlines. Viktor Blom is a Team PokerStars Pro and online poker legend, in some respects. Shaun Deeb is a skilled online player with many titles, including a previous SCOOP win, to go with the two...more

SCOOP 2012: Hefty.TILT muscles way to #25-M title ($109 FL 2-7 Triple Draw)

No straights. No flushes. No trips or pairs or aces (always high). No, it's broken hands, uncoordinated cards, and lowly deuces players desire when it comes to fixed-limit, deuce-to-seven triple draw. And if at first they don't succeed in obtaining such, they draw and draw and draw again. A total...more

SCOOP 2012: Sumerki-2012 sits out, Flakon2010 wins Event #25-L ($11 Triple Draw 2-7)

Sumerki-2012 looked strong throughout the final table. From the time the final five paused to discuss a deal, sumerki-2012 was either the chip leader or the strongest fighter to regain that lead. Flakon2010 was the biggest obstacle, but when sumerki-2012 took a huge chip lead in the heads-up match, it...more

SCOOP 2012: Doing the math

At the end of any sporting event season, or at some points during the odd game, people start doing the math. What's the magic number? What do the Frankfurt Chihuahuas have to do to beat the Paris Wallabys? How can we make the math work so that this turns out...more

SCOOP 2012: Champ Andrew Badecker lovelorn but not lonely

Andrew Badecker loves bacon. It says so right on his shirt. If we're to believe the message, the 24-year-old man's heart stirs at the mention of cured meat. There may be no greater kind of love. But Badecker is still a little worried. When the nights get chilly and it's...more

SCOOP 2012: As the Stars tweet

On Sunday, May 6, PokerStars kicked off the 2012 Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP), a series of 40 events, which offers three buy-in levels, for a total of 120 tournaments. With $30,000,000 guaranteed the year prior, anticipation was high for this year's series, especially among members of Team PokerStars...more

SCOOP 2012: Two wins, one watch

Multiple wins seem to be the story in this year's Spring Championship of Online Poker. It's happened a few times already that a SCOOP superstar has picked up two watches in one festival. Saša "Krumpir" Zorc is not one of those people, but that doesn't mean he isn't a two-time...more

SCOOP 2012: High roller champ pistons87 fist pumps, wins #23-H ($2,100 NLHE 4-max)

Almost exactly eight months ago pistons87 was beating the best in the $10,300 WCOOP Heads-Up Championship. It was far from a soft field but Pistons87 nevertheless came out on top of the 32-player capped field to win $119,000, despite having to face Team PokerStars Pros Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier, Max Lykov...more

SCOOP 2012: It's a SCOOP forhayley, Russian wins 4-max title (SCOOP-23-M $215 4-max)

In an epic heads-up battle that lasted 154 hands Russian forhayley overcame a ten to one deficit to defeat Luke 'LFmagic' Fields, who once again had to settle for second place in a SCOOP event. Four-max might be a relatively new poker format but the players, 2205 of them,...more

SCOOP 2012: Faaalk dismantles field in 4-max and wins Event #23-L

Four. It's a number that conjures up many random images, like four wheels on a car or the infamous Fab Four, those mop-topped lads from Liverpool otherwise known as The Beatles. Sometimes it seems like four is everywhere. The Four Noble Truths. The Fantastic Four. The Four Tops. Four Seasons....more

14 May

SCOOP 2012: marroca5 takes out ZeeJustin to win Event #22-H ($1,050 NLHE/PLO)

Time to mix things up. No-Limit Hold'em is still the most popular form of poker in the world. The game's balance of revealed information and mystery make mastering it a lifetime goal. The "No-Limit" limit to betting attracts all the gambling fanatics and thrill seekers. But another game has...more

SCOOP 2012: GermanBraine solves #22-M ($109 NLHE/PLO); hazelasty 2nd after chop

Event #22 on the SCOOP schedule offered a chance for players with skills in both of the "big-bet" flop games -- no-limit hold'em and pot-limit Omaha -- to test their mettle. The "medium" version featured a $109 buy-in, and by the time late registration ended 1,903 players had joined the...more

SCOOP 2012: See CMoosepower win Event #22-L ($11 NLHE/PLO)

CMoosepower had the stars around the avatar to illustrate Supernova status. Denff did not. But despite the differences in experience and status, the two made for worthy foes in a challenging heads-up battle. Both players earned their spots at that table, and Denff stayed strong until a crippling hand that...more

SCOOP 2012: Resistance is futile as ministerborg assimilates Event 21-High, $2100 NLHE

I'm always impressed when I see players playing for hundreds of thousands of dollars and not even considering some sort of a chop to smooth out the drastic differences in payouts. I know for some, it's the mark of a true gambler. Maybe that's what it takes to succeed at...more

SCOOP: AJacejackAJ runs roughshod over Event 21-M ($215 NLHE)

Chip leads are funny, fickle things. Everybody wants the chip lead and the power to boss the table that comes with it. But once you get a lead it can sometimes prove difficult to hold on to, especially if you're unwilling to back off your aggression in certain key spots....more

SCOOP 2012: Darreta darts through massive field to take #24-L ($11 PLO, 1R1A, Turbo)

Fans of hyped-up, screaming fast, gambooooool-style poker, Event #24 of the Spring Championship of Online Poker was for you. A Turbo-styled pot-limit Omaha event, sandwiched in between all of the marathon, slow-structured tourneys that have taken over poker players' lives over the past week. While some of those events have...more

SCOOP 2012: EPT champ Nicolas "niccc" Chouity matches WCOOP win with SCOOP title in Event #24-M ($109 PLO 1R1A Turbo)

EPT, WCOOP and SCOOP champion. Nicolas "niccc" Chouity came within inches of completing that triumvirate last week when he made the final table of Event #5-H ($1,050+R NLHE Turbo). Chouity fell short that night, although the $54,000 consolation prize was certainly nothing to sneeze at. Although the payouts were a...more

SCOOP 2012: MaiseE makes PLO look easy; Wins Event #24-H PLO

It's been a while since an unknown Scandi crashed the party on the nosebleed cash game scene. A couple of years ago, before he became a Team PokerStars Pro, Isildur1's true identity kept the poker community buzzing for months. These days, an unknown player from Sweden using the screen name...more

SCOOP: SUNDAYKING claims the throne in Event # 20-H ($2,100 NLHE)

After a combination of draw games, Pot-Limit Omaha, and NLHE variants; Event #20 brought the SCOOP back to good old, nine-handed, No-Limit Texas Hold'em. The High-level $2,100 buy-in event drew 782 players for a total prize pool of $1,564,000 -- more than double the $750,000 guarantee. Having a $1.5...more

SCOOP: raidalot wins a lot in Event 20-M ($215 NLHE)

Making the final table of a SCOOP tournament is quite an accomplishment. Regardless of how you fare once you're there, some time reflecting will probably lead you to the conclusion that you've performed well enough to be proud. But to repeat as a final tablist, that's another matter altogether -...more

SCOOP 2012: No crime for feloone, just Event #21-L victory ($27 NLHE)

One of the players who flew under the radar for the majority of this tournament was feloone. There was no Day 1 finish in the top 10 or big final table chip lead for feloone, just a collected and cool approach to the action. Even during the chop discussion, feloone...more

SCOOP 2012: ArielBahia zips to the watch in Event 20-Low, $27 NLHE

Another Sunday, another SCOOP tournament with a guarantee more than doubled by the players on PokerStars. This particular Sunday, it was time for Event 20-Low, $27 No-Limit Hold'em, and by Monday afternoon a new SCOOP winner, ArielBahia, had been made. 22,013 players signed up for Event 20-Low. That's about three...more

Our new home on the Cotai Strip: Pokerstars Macau

Pokerstars Macau recently announced its move to the newly renovated and revamped Grand Waldo Entertainment Complex. This place has its sweet memories for me, as I had finished third in the APPT Macau in 2008 which was my biggest live tournament success at the time. Returning there now provides a...more

SCOOP 2012: Event 17 - $2,100 NLHE 10-max shootout

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SCOOP 2012: Deeb, Blom, and the state of play

I'm not going to lie. This is the weirdest Spring Championship of Online Poker I've ever witnessed. When it started, PokerStars guaranteed $30 million in prize money. That guarantee is now just a happy little memory. The first week of events crushed the promised prize minimum. Through 21 events, the...more

Eureka set for next event in Bulgaria

Eureka! It's the second event of Season 2, and Eureka wants to give you a seat for free. Well, some of you anyway. The Eureka tour announced this morning that it will kick off Eureka Bulgaria in less than a month at the sunny Golden Sands Resort, near the town...more

13 May

SCOOP 2012: Dear Shaun Deeb

Dear Shaun Deeb, Today was Mother's Day where I live. I called my mother and told her I loved her. I made breakfast--eggs florentine--for my wife. I took my entire family 90 miles south to a zoo. I fed a giraffe. A giraffe, Shaun. It ate greens from my trembling...more

Gustawa grabs gold for Mother's Day Women's Sunday win

In some respects, this couldn't be a more perfect day to host a Women's Sunday tournament. Sure, it happens every Sunday, but its presence on a day that some countries in the world celebrate Mother's Day is better than a coincidence. For those mothers who love poker, it's an ideal...more

SCOOP 2012: Gardner beats Mercier and Galfond in a three-way flip, wins #18-H ($1,050+R PL Omaha 6-max)

What happens when you get three high rollers playing for $4,000 when they already have $114,606.66 locked up? One word: fliappaments! Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier, Phil Galfond and Julian Gardner found themselves three-ways for the SCOOP-18-H title relatively even stacked. They quickly settled on a straight chop and agreed...more

SCOOP 2012: Shaun Deeb creates history as triple SCOOP champion in Event #19-H $2,100 Triple Stud

Just yesterday, PokerStars Blog head honcho Brad Willis wrote an interesting piece on the race for the SCOOP Player of the Series. It talked about the feats of Viktor Blom and Shaun Deeb as they sat at the top of the leaderboard. Half way down the page, there was a...more

SCOOP 2012: PerpCzech claims SCOOP-19-M: $215 Triple Stud

Most players dream of making one SCOOP final table in their lifetime, making two would seem like a pipe dream. New Zealender PerpCzech not only did just that, he did it in the same day and they were being played simultaneously. At the same time as this final table was...more

SCOOP 2012: Drew M Scott draws Event #19-L win ($27 Triple Stud)

In a game like stud, the chip lead at the beginning of a final table is not always indicative of a sure thing. In fact, that's rarely the case. Drew M Scott was an average stack at the beginning but waited for the right times to move and continuously climbed...more

SCOOP 2012: Fiskin1 binks Event #18-M PLO 6-max

Over one thousand thirsty PLO fanatics flocked to Event #18. Despite the blood-curdling suckouts associated with short-handed Omaha, strangers from all over the world embraced the high-risk, high-reward element of nonstop combat with their only weapon -- four cards. In the amusement park of poker games, PLO is the ultimate...more

SCOOP 2012: Anywhat goes wire-to-wire in Event #18-L ($11+R PLO 6-max)

With 23 players remaining in Event #18-L, Austria's Anywhat had already amassed 10.6 million in chips. It was already an above-average final table stack, and there were still four tables to go. In a brilliant display of big-stack poker, Anywhat maintained the chip lead all the way until four-handed play,...more

12 May

SCOOP 2012: nebo_blizko blitzes way to Event 17-low ($27 quad shootout) win

Winning one shootout table is hard enough that, if you're able to do so in a shootout tournament, you make the money. Winning two in a row is impressive. Winning four in a row? The stuff SCOOP champions are made of. Just ask nebo_blizko, the champion of 2012 SCOOP Event...more

SCOOP 2012: FlyingSumo flies his way to the top of Event #17-M ($215 NLHE 10-Max Shootout)

Getting to a SCOOP final table is not an easy task. Just ask FlyingSumo who just missed out on getting to his first one in Event 9. He managed to get to the final table in Event 17 though, from there he battled his way to add SCOOP champion to...more

SCOOP 2012: Andrew "southrnctowl" Badecker dominates Event #17-H ($2,100 NLHE 10-Max Shootout)

Andrew Badecker knows a little something about shootouts. Not only did he survive one last summer, it ended up saving his career. After making a living as an online pro for four years, Badecker was left with an uncertain future when Black Friday struck. With only a few thousand dollars...more

Barry Greenstein: PokerStars' Renaissance Man

There's a famous New Yorker cartoon, featuring two men, clearly residents of Manhattan's Greenwich Village, which has its de facto northern boundary at 14th Street. One says, "I haven't been north of 14th Street in 20 years." The other thinks for a moment, then replies, "I've never been north of...more

SCOOP 2012: kleath ousts theczar19, wins Event #14-H ($700 NLHE Ante Up)

Watch the final table of a typical NLHE event and you'll see players working average stacks anywhere between 25 and 45 big blinds. Watch a turbo final table and that number will drop to 10 or 15. Say what you want about sky-high blinds, "shove-monkey" poker and "standard" spots, but...more

SCOOP 2012: Zackattak13 buries opponents to claim Event 14-Medium

How much time would you invest to win a SCOOP watch? A few hours? 2012 SCOOP Event 14-Medium winner Zackattak13 invested five hours into the final table along in order to win a marathon affair, the $82 NLHE Ante Up tournament. Ante Up tournaments are not everyone's cup of tea,...more

SCOOP 2012: J_Marcos knows the way to victory in Event #14-L ($7.50 Ante-Up)

After that 20 year old car finally broke down once last time after being pieced together by duct tape and twine it was time to take a brave trip down to the car dealership for a new set of wheels. "Have I got a deal for YOU!" exclaimed the man...more

SCOOP 2012: Deeb catches Blom in Player of Series race

If Viktor "Isildur1" Blom thought he was going to run away with the overall SCOOP 2012 Player of the Series title, he probably should've consulted Shaun Deeb first. As of the most recent update, Deeb had jumped up to tie Blom for the overall lead. (Update: Deeb has now taken...more

11 May

SCOOP 2012: Borys313 wins Event #15-H ($2,100 FL Omaha Hi/Lo)

While most cash game players tend to stick to the cash games and leave the tournaments for those chasing the dream they will periodically venture over and take a shot. Bory313 ventured over to the tournament felt in the 2012 Spring Championship of Online Poker Event 15-H where he joined...more

SCOOP 2012: naurits notches a win in Event $15-L ($27 FL Omaha Hi/Lo)

"This is takes forever," said naurits, typing into the chat box in broken English. Truer words were never spoken in a split-pot tournament. Omaha hi/lo isn't a game of body blows and knockout punches, it's all little kicks and jabs that build on each other and leave you stumbling around...more

SCOOP 2012: Tim "TurnRiva" Marsters wins Event #15-M ($215 Omaha H/L)

Who is the 25-year old poker player with live and online experience who prefers mixed games? It could be any number of poker players, but Tim Marsters now stands out with a Movado watch and a SCOOP title to his name. He's had numerous successes before, including an ANZPT live...more

SCOOP 2012: PetjeXL topples Team Pro Nacho Barbero in Event #16-L ($27 NLHE 2x-Chance Turbo)

Four months ago, PetjeXL missed out on a TCOOP title by one spot, his runner-up finish in Event #17 ($109 NLHE 1R1A) earning him nearly $75,000. It was his largest-ever tournament score on PokerStars, outdoing the $70k he won for third place in the Sunday Warm-Up, but was still a...more

SCOOP 2012: gast117 bullies way to title in Event #16-M 2x Chance Turbo

Double chance. Two shots at a SCOOP title. What more could you ask for? How about kicking it up a notch and making it a Turbo event? Players were only eligible for a single re-buy in the first 90 minutes if they lost their entire stack. The turbo format featured...more

SCOOP 2012: ROSTBURK pummels field in Event #13-H Knockout

The Knockout format is a cool concept that rewards players for ruthless aggression and their assassin-like ability to bust opponents. But at the heart of it all, a Knockout event is still a MTT tournament, so the deeper players advance, the more bounties they accumulate. Only the strongest shall survive...more

SCOOP 2012: B00mslang blows up Event #16-H ($2,100 2x NLHE Turbo)

Momentum can go a long way. Sure, B00mslang was one of the chip leaders going into the final table, but it wasn't until the big elimination of Dajvey that B00mslang took a lead and became relatively unstoppable. The confidence was evident, especially in the failed deal talks, and B00mslang turned...more

SCOOP: trujustrus wins, chrisdm 5th in Event 13-M ($265 NLHE Knockout)

Manny Pacquiao has done it 38 times during his boxing career. LL Cool J's mama apparently told him to do it often enough that he wrote and recorded a song about it. And anesthesiologists get paid to do it every day. I'm talking, of course, about knockouts, which were the...more

SCOOP 2012: agahlol out races the pack winning Event #13-L ($27 NLHE Knockout Two-Day)

Watching the Discovery Channel's Planet Earth or Frozen Planet there are scenes that 99% of humans would never get to experience firsthand. A threesome of wolves pacing along with a pack of musk oxen looking for a first-class meal for the evening, finally settle on the main course of a...more

SCOOP 2012: Canadian kmoh20 cruises to victory in SCOOP-12-L ($27 PL Omaha Heads-Up)

Sixteen players returned to each level of SCOOP-12 today, a bulging ROI already locked up but with the chance of a whole lot more cash just a couple of heads-up victories away. For some the $831.56 would be the largest tournament score they'd had online, for others it was business...more

SCOOP 2012: Shizzleness wins this, Event #12-H $2,100 PLO HU

Two things happened in today's $2,100 PLO Heads-Up tournament. The first thing involved Shizzleness, he won. It was a two-day process where he managed to survive eight heads-up matches, become the SCOOP Event #12-H champion and win $103,840. The second thing involved Isildur1. Again. Viktor "Isildur1" Blom, winning makes...more

SCOOP 2012: Alex Gomes and the elephant in the room

Alex Gomes, the Brazilian poker rock star, is now a Spring Championship of Online Poker champion. He won $282,240 in Event 1-High a $2,100 NLHE 6-max contest that pitted him against some of the best players in the world. It was his first SCOOP title and another important box ticked...more

SCOOP 2012: Krumpir is best of the best in Event 12-Medium, $215 PLO HU

When Day 2 of 2012 SCOOP Event 12-Medium, $215 Pot-Limit Omaha (Heads-Up) began, I knew it promised to be an entertaining series of matches. Day 1 had ended after 7 rounds of heads-up PLO action with just eight players remaining, four of them very well-known quantities, and one of them...more

SCOOP 2012: The real Shaun Deeb, SCOOP champion

If you don't know Shaun Deeb, you don't know online poker. For nearly as long as I've known the online game, I've known Deeb's name. Long before I ever met him, I knew who he was. He had a reputation as a sometimes brash, always confident marksman at the table....more

Travel Diary: Cebu

Having never been to an APPT, I embarked on my journey with both excitement and a bit of fear. Having been referred to by many as the PCA of the APPT, I figured there was a good chance I would have a blast. And boy was I right. The Shangri-La...more

Celebrating moms with poker and a few life lessons

Mother's Day will be celebrated this weekend (Sunday, May 13) in 78 countries around the world. Other countries observe the day at various times, but regardless of when it's celebrated, it's a special day for moms and those who love them. We know from interviews and comments we get that...more

Watch Isildur1 claim his second SCOOP victory

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10 May

SCOOP 2012: Comeback kings never giving up

Never give up. Parents say it. Coaches scream it. Teachers beg of it. You...probably don't listen. Why would you? It's a worn out old phrase that is hard to believe if you don't see it in action. Never give up. That's what they say. Keep trying. Don't quit. Believe. It's...more

SCOOP 2012: drkamikaze1, general surgeon

Kami "drkamikaze1" Chisholm is no doctor, but she can operate on just about any kind of battlefield. While all the ear-nose-throat folks are cutting up the nosebleed no-limit hold'em games, Chisholm is chiseling away at whatever game she can find. Need proof? Hereya go: Chisholm's top three online cashes are...more

Travel Diary: EPT Grand Final Monaco

Monaco: The second smallest country in the world (behind Vatican City) and a hub for the rich and famous. It is glitzy, full of glamour and very apt for the 2012 PokerStars and Monte Carlo® Casino EPT Grand Final. Season 8 was about to come to an end and we...more

PokerStars Macau returns to Grand Waldo for Macau Poker Cup

The PokerStars Macau live poker room will make a return to the spectacular Grand Waldo Entertainment Complex on June 9, 2012. It was previously housed there in 2008, before moving to the Casino Grand Lisboa venue in 2009, where it was located until the contract came to an end in...more

Isildur's first SCOOP victory

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SCOOP 2012: lukro8 wins event #11-H & second SCOOP title, shaniac finishes fifth ($700 PL Omaha Hi/Lo 6-max)

Polish SuperNova lurko8 today claimed his second SCOOP title, adding Event 11-H $700 PL Omaha 6-max to the Event #33-H No Limit Omaha Hi/Lo title he won in 2011. Clearly he likes four card games. With 321 players taking to the virtual felt, this event didn't just smash the guarantee...more

SCOOP 2012: Epic tourplaya comeback to win SCOOP-11-L ($7.50 PL Omaha Hi/Lo 6-Max)

As comebacks go, tourplaya's final table short stack to SCOOP winner would have had to been rated as unlikely. At one point the Canadian was down to less than ten big blinds which accounted for less than half of the next shortest player. Then he found himself in the big...more

SCOOP 2012: eityby55 scoops victory in Event #11-M $82 PLO H/L 6-Max

It feels quite appropriate that today's SCOOP offerings should include a variety of the game where the objective literally is to "scoop". The thought of hi-lo games makes some players run for the hills, so PokerStars added a little spice to the split variant. Let's play Pot Limit Omaha. And...more

SCOOP 2012: spirox21 super, seizes #9-H title ($2,100 NLHE Super KO)

Every poker tournament features your plain old, generic "knockouts," from which all who survive -- not just the one doing the knocking -- benefit in some fashion. Then you have your "bounty" KO events where a little gets saved out of the prize pool as to be awarded as bounties,...more

SCOOP 2012: Pollopopeye pulls off Event #8-H win, Staszko takes third ($1,050 NLHE)

When a player enters the final table with a dominating chip lead, others can be intimidated. When that player holds the lead throughout most of the action, the feeling is that he or she cannot lose. But Pollopopeye paid no mind to caecilius' chip counts, only to the intention of...more

SCOOP 2012: sandman201 puts field to bed in Event 8-Medium, $109 NLHE

Come close once, and you'll likely think about "what could have been" for a long time. What happens when you come close a second time? Former WCOOP final tablist tRaMp$d0PrAy may be contemplating that today after coming runner up to sandman201 in 2012 SCOOP Event 8-Medium, $109 No-Limit Hold'em. It...more

SCOOP 2012: Super score for blujays888 in Event 9-Medium, $215 NLHE Super Knockout

Put "super" in front of just about anything, and it is instantly awesome. Superman. Super Bowl. Super Mario. Super pancho. So forgive us a little giddy excitement for 2012 SCOOP Event 9-Medium, $215 NLHE (Super Knockout). The premise was simple: $103 to the prize pool; $103 to the bounty pool;...more

SCOOP 2012: shaundeeb fries the field in Stud Event #10-High; Wins second SCOOP title

Over the last few years, Shaun "shaundeeb" Deeb has been a dominant force in PokerStars tournaments including a pair of WCOOP titles and a SCOOP PLO crown. The online phenom, who once retired at 24-years-old (only to un-retire a few months later), can now add another SCOOP title to his...more

9 May

SCOOP: HelKingPin rolls a strike in Event 10-L ($27 Stud)

In limit tournaments, the shortest stacks have a much rougher road to get back in the game than they would in big-bet games. There they can protect their hands and get their entire stacks in the middle whenever they pick up a hand worth making move over. But in the...more

SCOOP 2012: SilverSurfR1 rides to the top in Event #9-L ($27 NLHE Super Knockout)

Bounty time. There are lots of incentives to knock out players during a tournament, but in knockout events, there's one more. Every time a player was knocked out of today's event, another player got paid $13. A total of 18,757 players registered for Event #9-L, that means a total...more

SCOOP 2012: MaTpacuk deals his way to a win in Event #8-L ($11 NLHE)

When at first you don't succeed try, try again. That is just what happened in the low version of the Spring Championship of Online Poker Event #8 as it took three attempts to secure a deal and 94 hands of heads-up play to get a winner. These players were determined...more

SCOOP 2012: Sitting on top of the virtual mountain, cyberkanguru wins Event #10-M (Stud)

Multiple poker titles. Doyle Brunson has a few. So does Johnny Chan and our own Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu and tonight more than one player was looking for multiple SCOOP titles as if they grew an extra limbs with a lack of timepieces on them. Tonight's 2012 SCOOP Event...more

SCOOP 2012: The Viktor "Isildur1" Blom chronicles

If Viktor "Isildur1" Blom were literally on fire, it wouldn't be as surprising as his 2012 Spring Championship of Online Poker performance. If he were running around with smoke pouring from his wonderfully messy Swedish hair, it wouldn't shock us as much as what's happened over the last couple of...more

SCOOP 2012: Make it six final tables, two titles for caprioli

When Rodrigo Caprioi graduated from university, he had degrees in statistics and history, which even he admits is sort of weird. "That´s very unusual as those are two completely different areas," he said. But that's what Caprioli is like. He likes it unusual. "I don´t like normality and routine, I...more

Estrellas Poker Tour set for Ibiza

Stop everything you're doing. Seriously. You're going to need sunblock, and if you don't have any within reaching distance, you need to get yourself to the store. Right now. Okay. If you're still reading, I'll assume your sunblock supply is in good shape. With that in mind, know this: the...more

SCOOP 2012: $2K NL 6-Max, event # 1-H

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SCOOP 2012: jotothejo goes toe-to-toe heads-up, wins #7-M ($82 Heads-Up)

Do you remember the Australian kid Corey Worthington Delaney who became a YouTube sensation overnight after throwing a wild party that got out of hand? Despite being interviewed on national TV, Corey was unashamed, unabashed and bare-chested, a large pair of plastic sunglasses on throughout. He didn't care. Rules, regulations...more

SCOOP 2012: shurgar stays connected to win SCOOP Event #7-H $700 NL Heads-Up title

Some would say that heads-up is the purest form of poker. Mano-a-mano in a true test of poker skill, aggression and the ultimate in psychology. There's nowhere to run and nowhere to hide. Heads-up poker is also fascinating as anything can, and probably will, happen. Anyone can beat anyone on...more

SCOOP 2012: HustlaStylez hustles way to Heads-Up victory in Event #7-Low

Triskaidekaphobia is the fear of the number 13. In many circles, 13 is a superstitious digit synonymous with bad luck. Apprehensive architects are beholden to the hysteria associated with 13, which is why you may come across older buildings that lack a 13th floor. The elevator rises from 12 to...more

8 May

SCOOP 2012: Maestro Shao masters the field in Event #6-H ($1,050 NL 5-Card Draw)

Most people regret making a $1,170 mistake, but then again, most people aren't Daniel Negreanu. At around 11:00am ET Daniel "KidPoker" Negreanu Tweeted: "Playing my first #SCOOP2012 2-7 Single Draw NL playing all three, the $11 $109 and $1050" If that seemed a bit odd to you, it's because...more

SCOOP 2012: Trinec takes title in Event #6-M ($109 NL Draw)

Determination in poker is often referred to as the "chip and chair" mentality, but it boils down to playing your best game no matter the size of your stack. Trinec did just that after a frustrating deal conversation and a chip deficit heading into heads-up play. But trinec stayed lighthearted...more

SCOOP 2012: Born2Ca$h realizes destiny, wins #6-L ($11 NL 5-Card Draw)

It's the game that was played by Civil War soldiers, Wild Bill Hickok, and painted dogs on a 1903 calendar. The original poker game -- five-card draw -- here finding a place in the 21st-century virtual card rooms at PokerStars as part of the wildly popular SCOOP series. And despite...more

SCOOP 2012: Viktor "Isildur1" Blom does it again in Event #3-H ($530R NLHE 6-Max)

How does one follow up winning a SCOOP title? Some would just be happy to not crash and burn in the next one, others would just like a cash or better yet a final table. But to follow it up with a second win a day after, no one could...more

SCOOP 2012: A FlashYy victory in Event #3-M ($55+R NLHE 6-max Turbo)

Poker players -- like ice cream enthusiasts -- aren't satisfied with just one SCOOP. Most players seem to need at least three SCOOPs -- one low, one medium, one high -- in the same way an ice cream fanatic isn't satisfied until they get a tower of butter pecan,...more

SCOOP 2012: Respect for Respect4life, #3-L champ ($5.50+R NLHE 6-max Turbo)

With 120 tournaments in two weeks, SCOOP is already blistering along with tourneys going off at all hours and champions being crowned left and right. Event #3 gave players a chance to use the gas pedal a little more with a short-handed, turbo format with rebuys -- with the "low"...more

Biscardi wins IPT Grand Final

PokerStars Qualifier Davide Biscardi won €200,000 in the early hours of Tuesday at the final table of the IPT San Remo Grand Final. The Italian player beat a field of 418 players here at the Casino Municipale where the Italian Poker Tour generated a €810,920 prize pool. Biscardi's heads up...more

SCOOP 2012: drkamikaze1 obliterates Badugi field in #4-Low

Badugi is a fetish event for a subsection of unique card slingers with a particular taste for lowball. Badugi is a game so far off the beaten path (think of the outer moons of Jupiter), that it requires a rare breed of player to put forth the patience and discipline...more

SCOOP 2012: Foofighterer's free lesson in Event #4-M ($215 FL Badugi)

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7 May

SCOOP 2012: caprioli the champ, wins SCOOP-04-H: $2,100 FL Badugi

A small but high-class field turned out for the first high non Hold'em event of this year's SCOOP series, the $2,100 Badugi event. And it was third time lucky for Rodrigo "caprioli" Caprioli. The 31-year-old SuperNova elite from Sao Paolo who recently final tabled the EPT Grand Final had previously...more

SCOOP 2012: greezhool great in Event 2-High, $2100 NLHE

What happens when you put three wild cards into the mix at a SCOOP final table with six players who combine for multiple *OOP and Sunday Million final tables and an EPT championship? The wild cards finish 1-2-3, of course. 2012 SCOOP Event 2-High, $2,100 No-Limit Hold'em, was a two-day...more

SCOOP 2012: evanski eviscerates mega-field in Event #5-L ($11+R Turbo NLHE)

Evanski knows what it's like to come thisclose to a SCOOP title, only to fall just short. In 2010, he won two days worth of heads-up matches in the $2,600 Heads-Up NLHE event, but lost to Jord4n in the final round. Tonight, it took weaving through a 12,545-player field to...more

SCOOP 2012: joacowalter's whirlwind week wraps with Event #5-H win ($1,050+R Turbo NLHE)

Uruguay's joacowalter is on a run for the ages and if the last two days are any indication, the best move might be to stay out of his way until he cools down just a touch. Until a few days ago, joacowalter's largest score on PokerStars was just over $3,600,...more

SCOOP 2012: Sr amarillo rises to claim Event #5-M victory ($109+R NLHE Turbo)

Anything can happen in a turbo tournament. Ask mrAndreeew, who held the chip lead in this tournament for a long while leading up to the final table but lost it and fought hard to eventually finish third. Sr amarillo fought as well, staying in the middle of the pack until...more

SCOOP 2012: Viktor "Isildur1" Blom goes wire-to-wire in Event 2-M ($215 NLHE)

It has already been a very good 2012 for Viktor "Isildur1" Blom. His win in the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Super High Roller 8-max event was a landmark in his career, given that he's always been best known as a cash-game player of the highest stakes. And he proved his abilities...more

SCOOP 2012: Good Day Sunshine; Soco2l Wins Event 2-Low

You never know about tomorrow. That's why no matter what happens today -- good or bad -- we all go to bed hoping that tomorrow will be filled with hope and promise. Last night, 70 players were tantalized by dreams of winning a SCOOP title, but only one would emerge...more

SCOOP 2012: Alex Gomes gets one, grabs #1-H, $2,100 NLHE 6-max

We knew the first "High" buy-in event of this year's SCOOP series would be attracting a lot of familiar names, including many of the poker world's elite. As it happened the one emerging from the tough-as-nails field as the victor would be an especially familiar one, with Alex "Allingomes" Gomes...more

SCOOP: Heminsley hangs on, conquers Event 1-M ($215 NLHE 6-max)

There's probably no game that typifies internet poker better than shorthanded, no-limit hold'em. A game that often only happens by chance in live poker rooms when there aren't enough players to fill out a table, 6-max NLHE has nonetheless lived a fruitful life online, where table size is easily. It's...more

SCOOP 2012: Blackbeaty starts SCOOP in style in Event 1-Low, $27 NLHE 6-max

The final table of 2012 SCOOP Event 1-Low, $27 No-Limit Hold'em 6-max, had a former Sunday Million winner, a player who was down to a single ante long before the final table began and a player who played far more aggressively than anyone else at the table. And yet, poker...more

Vicky Coren on her EPT Heads-Up win and more

You could say Team Pro Victoria Coren had a good trip to Monaco. She began the Monte-Carlo®Casino EPT Grand Final with an historic win in the €5,000 Heads-Up tournament over specialist Melanie Weisner. A few days later, Coren was heads-up yet again, this time for the PokerStars Women Grand Final...more

SCOOP 2012: The nanonoko schedule

Hello everyone! SCOOP 2012 has arrived! I've compiled my list of events (mainly NL and FL holdem) for you guys to see! I'll be playing the majority of the events on this list unless I change my mind on some or depending on my mood. It might be tough playing...more

SCOOP 2012: Day 1 crushes guarantees right and left

Wow. Did you see that? It was supposed to be Day 1 of the Spring Championship of Online Poker, but it looked a lot more like a colossal, guarantee busting machine. Tens of thousands of players came out for the first six tournaments of the first two events and proved...more

6 May

StarlingC soars to victory in May 6 Women's Sunday

May is here! And the new month brings the Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) on PokerStars for players of various bankrolls. There are 40 tournaments over the next two weeks, and each one has three buy-in levels so everyone can play in their own comfort zones. With $30 million...more

ANZPT Perth: Carlsson shows the "skillz"

After almost eight hours of play on our final table, we have crowned the ANZPT Perth Main Event champion as Mat "Skillz" Carlsson joins the likes of Tony Hachem and Grant Levy, but also becomes the first local to keep the ANZPT Perth title on home soil. Carlsson brought the...more

SCOOP 2012: $30 million in guaranteed events underway

Annnnnd, they're off! The 2012 Spring Championship of Online Poker is underway. Just yesterday, the Kentucky Derby, one of the world's most prestigious horse racing events dominated the sports world. It lasted just around two minutes. Its purse was $2,180,000. By comparison, just a couple of minutes ago, the PokerStars...more

Baumstein still leads at IPT Grand Final

After nine hours of play on Saturday, the field of 212 who started Day 2 is down to 44 players who move forward to today's Day 3 and have a shot at cashing at the Italian Poker Tour's San Remo Grand Final. The United States' Scott Baumstein is the chip...more

PokerStars' 80 billionth hand makes funex700 brightest star in Spain

The Hubble Telescope, the giant marvel of space-watching technology, can see 80 billion galaxies in the observable universe. When it looks through its giant eye, it sees things we can't see and translates that ridiculously large number into something we can understand. Eighty billion. It's almost an almost impossible number...more

ANZPT Perth Final Table: Level 26 (blinds 30,000-60,000, ante 10,000)

9:50pm: Anthony Marenko eliminated in 2nd place; Mat Carlsson wins! It's all over as Mat Carlsson has been crowned the ANZPT Perth Main Event champion. It was a scramble to get to the table, but we believe that Anthony Marenko limped the button, Carlsson raised another 150,000 on top before...more

ANZPT Perth Final Table: Levels 24-25 (blinds 25,000-50,000, ante 5,000)

9:05pm: Ten-minute break 8:50pm: The choir is finding some voice In a limped pot, Anthony Marenko checked the flop of 8♠7♠3♣ over to Mat Carlsson who tossed out 80,000. Marenko responded with a check-raise to 250,000 but Carlsson came back with a re-raise of his own to 680,000. After a...more

ANZPT Perth Final Table: Levels 22-23 (blinds 15,000-30,000, ante 4,000)

6:40pm: Ten-minute break 6:30pm: Three pair no good Anthony Aston opened with a raise and Mat Carlsson defended his big blind to see a flop of Q♦Q♥7♣. Carlsson checked to Aston who continuation-bet for 100,000. Carlsson asked for a count of his opponent's stack before making the call as the...more

5 May

ANZPT Perth Final Table: Levels 20-21 (blinds 10,000-20,000, ante 2,000)

4:30pm: Ten-minute break 4:29pm: John Shin eliminated in 7th place On the second-last hand of the level, Mat Carlsson was in the tank and John Shin and Didier Guerin looked to walk away from the table to take their break a little early. Shin looked at the clock, and knowing...more

Limit Hold'em Challenge: rUaBot runs good, takes $75K in 937 hands to defeat Negreanu

Following the successful and exciting SuperStar Showdowns on PokerStars, the first ever PokerStars Limit Hold'em Challenge was contested on Saturday afternoon between one of the poker world's best-known players and a relative unknown... at least for the time being. On one side of the table was a player in little...more

Braumstein leads IPT Grand Final

Day 1B of the PokerStars.It IPT San Remo Grand Final is officially over. It's been a great show here at the Casino Municipale for the most important Italian live poker event. After eight levels and with blinds 400/800 (ante 100), the current chip leader is Scott Braumstein from USA with...more

ANZPT Perth: Curtis and the Canberrians

It took a little over six levels to reduce our final 40 players to a final table of nine, but the ANZPT Perth final table has now been formed. It's an exciting lineup with some super-talented young players and a host of locals, which should provide an entertaining finale for...more

ANZPT Perth Final Table Player Profiles

After three days of blood, sweat and a few tears, the ANZPT Perth Main Event has been reduced to the official final table of nine from our original field of 310 players. They will return on Sunday afternoon to battle it out for the ANZPT Perth title and the lion's...more

ANZPT Perth Day 3: Level 21 (blinds 10,000-20,000, ante 3,000)

The final table is set! That concludes our live coverage of Day 3 of the ANZPT Perth Main Event. We have our final table of nine decided as they currently bag their chips, fill out some bios sheets and redraw for tomorrow's final table. Jon Curtis is likely to be...more

ANZPT Perth Day 3: Levels 19-20 (blinds 8,000-16,000, ante 2,000)

6:55pm: Ten-minute break 6:45pm: Marenko finds a lady Anthony Marenko had landed a huge double up to leave Daryl Alderson a little steamed. The chips were in preflop with Marenko shoving A♣Q♥ and Alderson making the call with T♣T♠. The board ran out 8♠3♣5♣Q♦2♣ to pair the lady for Marenko...more

4 May

ANZPT Perth Day 3: Levels 17-18 (blinds 5,000-10,000, ante 1,000)

4:40pm: Ten-minute break 4:35pm: Sweet sixteen We've had three rapid eliminations to see our field reduced to the final 16 players. First it was Danny Stewart who pushed the button with ace-jack, only for Daren Frunks to wake up with pocket kings in the big blind. A jack fell on...more

ANZPT Perth Day 3: Levels 15-16 (blinds 3,000-6,000, ante 1,000)

2:30pm: Ten-minute break 2:20pm: Final three tables Two more players have departed to see us down to our final three tables. Dean Cox (not the footballer) was all in for 70,000 with pocket fives and was called by John Shin with ace-queen. When the first four cards landed [k][8][k][t], Shin...more

Pro advice on how to play and win in 2012 SCOOP series

What do the pros say about the upcoming Spring Championship of Online Poker? And by the way, can they give us some advice on how to plan and play them? That was what we asked Team PokerStars Pros Celina Lin, Ana Marquez, Fatima Moreira de Melo, and Viviam Im. Friend...more

ANZPT Perth: Didier leads as bubble looms

Tournament poker is a tough way to make a buck. It can be a brutal game with players sitting on a knife's edge, knowing that their tournament life could be over at any moment with the lethal strike of the fall of an unlucky river card. It gets even worse...more

PokerStars Women's Poker League: REBEKC and pointful92 star in multiple divisions

April was an exciting month for the Women's Poker League, especially for those players who put their time and energy into the league tournaments for months and finally saw victory. So many thousands of players compete every month in the three divisions, and making it to the top 10 spots...more

PokerStars weekend primer: SCOOP, Kid Poker, 80 billionth hand

Let me offer you an inside look a how things were supposed to work this weekend. In the Grand Planning Room of the PokerStars Headquarters (it's very nicely decorated with several antique maps and a rusty compass), this weekend was set to be fully dedicated to the kickoff of the...more

As the Stars Tweet: EPT Monaco

The PokerStars European Poker Tour headed back to Monaco this year for the Season 8 Grand Final. Plenty of members of Team PokerStars Pros made their way to the principality for nine days of poker -- after all, the Super High Roller, Main Event, and High Roller had to be...more

On the SCOOP rail

Many of you know that in times gone by, I spent most of my Sunday evenings ("early Monday mornings", actually) sitting on the rail of the Sunday Million tournament final table, managing deals, chatting with the players, and making inane comments when somebody busted out. The people who run the...more

IPT Grand Final begins in San Remo

The PokerStars.IT IPT Grand Final Season 3 started Thursdayday in the beautiful San Remo, Italy. It ended its first day with an Italian in the lead. Muhamet Perati finished Day 1A with 147,600 chips, followed by Polish player Jakub Michalak's 132,500. The average stack is 51,027 chips. A field of...more

ANZPT Perth Day 2: Level 14 (blinds 2,000-4,000, ante 500)

8:00pm: That's all she wrote! Didier Guerin has held onto the chip lead with a stack of 304,000 as all of our chip leaders are nestled very close to each other. It will be it interesting to see who flexes their muscles on the short stacks with four eliminations required...more

ANZPT Perth Day 2: Levels 12-13 (blinds 1,500-3,000, ante 500)

6:50pm: Ten-minute break 6:35pm: Aldridge misses Ian Aldridge started today with just 10,900 in chips. He fought hard to get himself into the top 50 players, but ultimately, that's where his run would end. Aldridge committed himself with the adventurous 9♥6♠ on a flop of 7♥K♠8♦ for an open-ended straight...more

3 May

ANZPT Perth Day 2: Levels 10-11 (blinds 1,000-2,000, ante 300)

4:40pm: Ten-minute break 4:30pm: Mile mauled on the river Mile Krstanoski is the latest casualty with under 70 players now remaining in the ANZPT Perth Main Event. Krstanoski was all in holding two pair with five-seven on a board of 7-3-2-5. Tu Lee was his opponent with a bare A-K...more

ANZPT Perth Day 2: Levels 8-9 (blinds 600-1,200, ante 200)

2:30pm: Ten-minute break 2:25pm: Barrett dethroned Following an open raise from Jon Curtis, Josh Barrett moved his short stack all in with K♥K♠ and was pretty happy to see Curtis make the call with A♦6♦. The first four cards were a safe 7♠6♣4♥T♣ for Barrett, but the A♠ on the...more

Road to 100 Billion: Who wins these things, anway?

Come forth, all ye non believers, and gather 'round the flame of truth. Sit quietly while I speak of winners, of hundreds of thousands of dollars, and how the days of our lives can change in an instant. Or, if it's more your style, read quickly through the next few...more

SCOOP 2012: Low vs. high buy-in turbos

Turbo tournaments are very addictive. Once you start grinding them you don't want to go back to the regular ones. Be careful when you play turbo tournaments. You may never come back. The players that have a gambler's spirit inside of them tend to play these tournaments better than the...more

ANZPT Perth: Foster pips Guerin for the lead

We knew there was going to be a strong turnout when the ANZPT arrived in Perth this week. Early talks were for a total of 250 players and after Day 1a attracted 89 players, there were some concerns as we were a long way from that mark. But there were...more

Good-bye Slim; thank you for the stories

Amarillo Slim passed away this past Sunday (April 29th, 2012) at the age of 83. Those relatively new to poker might recognize his name only vaguely, which is a pity. He won the 1972 World Series of Poker, defeating seven - yes, seven opponents. Actually six because Doyle Brunson bowed...more

ANZPT Perth Day 1b: Level 7 (blinds 400-800, ante 100)

8:05pm: That's it! We're all done here in Perth on Day 1b of the ANZPT Perth Main Event. It looks like Didier Guerin will hang on to the chip lead with a stack of around 140,000, although there were a couple of players approaching 110,000 as the final hands were...more

ANZPT Perth Day 1b: Levels 5-6 (blinds 300-600, ante 75)

6:55pm: Ten-minute break 6:55pm: Hold the press! New chip leader! We were looking forward to a break, but unfortunately Didier Guerin had other ideas. In a hand that went well into the break, Guerin got himself tangled in a huge three-way preflop clash holding Q♣Q♦ against both A♥T♠ and A♦K♠....more

2 May

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

4:45pm: Ten-minute break 4:35pm: One Lackovic down It hasn't been a great day for local Stev Lackovic. The young gun from WA has been recently sent to the rail. He got his short stack in the middle with pocket sixes but ran into Mishel Anunu's pocket jacks. The board fell...more

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

2:35pm: Ten-minute break 2:30pm: How do you not go broke? Vesko Zmukic just recalled to us a hand from earlier in the level, that raised our eyebrows. He said that there was a raise to 500 and three callers, including Zmukic in the big blind holding A♦T♦. The flop came...more

Ibiza hotel rooms for Estrellas event may be in short supply

It doesn't matter what kind of event it is: poker tournament, marathon, Star Trek convention...the hotels know how to stick it to you. It's a supply and demand thing. They have the supply, you are the demand, and they can do almost anything they want with their rates. With that...more

Women bring their A-game to EPT Events

Women made a huge impact in Season 8 of the European Poker Tour with remarkable accomplishments that included a first-ever final table finish for a woman at the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino European Poker Tour Grand Final Main Event. PokerStars qualifier Lucille Cailly made history when she became the first female...more

Christophe Benzimra wins EPT Season 8 Champion of Champions

With eight seasons of the European Poker Tour now passed, the circuit has amassed more than 80 champions. They come from all places, backgrounds, and bankrolls, but only a couple are the Champion of Champions. This week, Season 6 EPT Warsaw winner Christophe Benzimra became one of them. For the...more

Watch the 2012 PCA Super High Roller

We've been waiting for it, and today it's here. At long last, the 2012 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure shows have hit Video crews were all over the Atlantis resort during the PCA in January. Now, two weeks of video recording has been cut down to some of the best poker...more

ANZPT Perth: The A to Zaknic of poker

We are pretty excited to be back in Western Australia this week as the ANZPT Perth Main Event kicked off today. Perth is such a cool city, and the people are some of the friendliest I've met in the industry. The WA players who we see on tour are a...more

ANZPT Perth Day 1a: Level 7 (blinds 400-800, ante 100)

Day 1a is bagged and tagged The 43 remaining players have bagged and tagged and are now making their way into the adjacent Eve nightclub for the official player's welcome party. Peter Zaknic has ended the day in front with a stack of 91,100. Other notable survivors include Luch Monte...more

Negreanu to face rUaBot in first PokerStars Limit Hold'em Challenge

Start stacking your bets in easy-to grab piles, because PokerStars has just announced a brand new big show for the weekend: the PokerStars Limit Hold'em Challenge. You read it right. Limit Hold'em. "People still play Limit Hold'em?" you say. Indeed they do, and for big stakes. How big? Daniel Negreanu-Big....more

EPT Season 8 Awards


ANZPT Perth Day 1a: Levels 5-6 (blinds 300-600, ante 75)

7:00pm: Ten-minute break 6:50pm: Raj on the river Raj Ramakrishnan has landed a handy double up but he had to do it the hard way, spiking a lucky river to overcome a dominated position against Errolyn Strang. Ramakrishnan held K♦J♦ and was all in against the A♣J♥ of Strang but...more

1 May

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

4:45pm: Ten-minute break 4:40pm: Strang soars Errolyn Strang won the Ladies Event earlier this week to add another trophy to a cabinet which also includes the 2011 Sydney Poker Championships Main Event title. Now she's chip leader at the second break of the ANZPT Perth Main Event, proving that she...more

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

2:35pm: Ten-minute break 2:30pm: Coolers bro As we get close to the first break of the day, we've already seen several big hands collide in huge pots with over a dozen eliminations in the first two hours of play. The most recent was the cooler to end all coolers as...more

Super Tuesday 5/1/12: I'amSound goes wire to wire, wins $87,506

Being the first Tuesday in May, this edition of the PokerStars Super Tuesday will attempt to channel the spirit of a certain horserace running on the first Saturday in May. This week's a field of 456 nominees, each putting up $1,050 dollars, create a purse of $456,000 to be...more

EPT8 Monaco: Season ends in high style

The one thing poker players like doing more than anything else is playing poker. The second thing they like doing is heading to a swanky cafe/restaurant overlooking Monte Carlo bay, drinking champagne out of delicate glass flutes and listening to the results of the EPT8 Awards, punctuated by the comedy...more

Margets tops Coren in heads-up title battle

Spaniard Leo Margets took down the title at the EPT Grand Final Ladies event here in Monte Carlo this evening after beating Team Pokerstars Pro Victoria Coren in a heads-up which saw the chips swing backwards and forwards. The top two finishers made a deal prior to heads-up play to...more

EPT Grand Final 2012: Champion Mohsin Charania


EPT8 Monaco High Roller: Kurganov overcomes Negreanu for title

High Roller tournaments at major poker festivals will always attract fewer players than the main event. It's something to do with the buy in being at least twice the size (and often significantly more). But High Rollers are also utterly compelling, a concentrated distillation of all that we love. Almost...more

PokerStars brings back Main Event Passport

It's a choice. You win, you go where you want. It's how the Main Event Passport works. For a limited time, you don't have to worry about finding the satellite for the specific event you want to play. Play for a Main Event Passport and decide later. Doesn't sound like...more

PokerStars doubles up on 100K Depositor Freerolls

You might already know about the PokerStars 100k Depositor Freerolls, the nice little gift PokerStars gives to its depositors in which they can play up to four $1,000 freerolls per day for 31 days. It's a sweet way to get your hands on extra cash just for making a small...more

Heading West for the ANZPT Perth

It is with great pleasure that we find ourselves this week in Perth, Western Australia, as the Australia New Zealand Poker Tour rolls into town for the second official event of the Season 4 calendar. Originally scheduled as a standalone series known as the Perth Poker Championships, this event was...more

Finding more value in the bargain bin

Just a few days ago, PokerStars announced the schedule for this year edition of SCOOP. It'll start on May 6 and finish on May 20. In that time, there will be 40 events split in three levels of buy-in (small, medium and high) with $30 million in guaranteed prize money....more

EPT Monaco $25,000 High Roller: A four-handed round

Dusting down the "A Round With..." concept when a tournament is four-handed represents a level of indolence even beyond me. But we still want to see how these guys are playing, right, so here are the first ten hands of the post-break period. That's A Round With... times two and...more

Travel Diary: EPT Berlin

I adore Berlin. It has such an edge of coolness about it I was so excited to return there for the penultimate EPT of the season. Having a good friend living there also helped me to enjoy the experience much more. Before the Main Event kicked off, I went out...more

EPT8 Monaco Grand Final: The space-time continuum

If you're watching EPTLive at the moment, you will no doubt be enjoying the live coverage of the Tournament of Champions going on this afternoon in the Salle des Etoiles, the poker room at the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino EPT Grand Final. But you may or may not know that...more

EPT8 Monaco $25,000 High Roller: Schwartz busts amid the banter

The kind of conversation referred to as "banter" is usually best kept within the confines of online dating profiles, along with use of the word "random" to mean "slightly out of the ordinary" and "bubbly" to mean "boring". (All that goes double for the notion of "Twitter banter" which, well,...more

EPT Monaco Ladies event: Final day

We're back for Day 2 of this €1,000 NLH Women's event and cards are now in the air. There are 12 players left, each fighting for the first prize of €16,850. The top six are paid and the blinds are at 600/1,200. Team PokerStars Pros Victoria Coren and Vanessa Selbst...more

EPT8 Monaco $25,000 High Roller: Out of the spotlight

One of the many quirks of top level poker tournaments is that often when the action nears its most meaningful end, the apparent interest among supporters is at its lowest. It's just a case of mathematics: a field of 500 bringing even two rail-birds each means 1,000 people craning their...more

EPT8 Monaco: High Rollers, ladies and champions

Morning folks and welcome again to Monaco for the final day's action on season eight of the European Poker Tour. This, remember, is not just the Grand Final. It is the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino EPT Grand Final. And it has come to this. After 13 main event champions, plus...more