June 2012

29 June

WSOP 2012: Team Pros climb earnings list as One Drop approaches

For the past several weeks, I've been posting the updated 2012 World Series of Poker earnings list for Team PokerStars Pro. It's been interesting and enlightening to see how each Team Pro is faring during the now-50-event grind in Las Vegas. Of course, in a matter of days, all of...more

Celina Lin on how she made history and much more

After her recent return win at the Macau Poker Cup, PokerStars Women asked Celina Lin to give us an update on how she did it. And of course we also managed to ask for some pointers for our players on keeping focused during long tournaments, tips for short-handed play, and...more

Help Rafa campaign selects first finalists

Well, Rafa asked for help, and you stepped up to baseline. PokerStars' newest sports ambassador, Rafa Nadal, announced last week that he has become a part of the PokerStars family. The only problem? He doesn't know a lot about poker. So, he asked you for help, and hundeds of you...more

27 June

WSOP 2012: Rousso roached

with additional reporting by Andres Martinez If you're a constant Twitter refresher you may have caught wind of a shooting bet between the Fab Four -- Vanessa Rousso, Maria Ho, Liv Boeree, and Vanessa Selbst -- all whom are living together in Rousso's new home. Apparently, Wednesday, June 20, the...more

WSOP 2012: Blom, Selbst in for a big night

What is slated to happen at the World Series of Poker tonight is the poker equivalent of the Ghostbusters crossing their proton streams. Team PokerStars Pros Viktor Blom and Vanessa Selbst will both be headed back to the Rio tonight and are in positions to light up the poker world....more

MicroMillions II: Player of Series trophy sends you to PCA

There are a lot of cheap ways to make it to the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, but this may be the cheapest way that could also win you a lot of money in the process. This week, PokerStars released the MicroMillions II schedule and satellites. Now we have details on the...more

Satellites running now for PokerStars Women Barcelona packages

The sights and sounds of Barcelona are like no other in the world. It's a cosmopolitan city that also proudly boasts links to antiquities from the Middle Ages. It's a city where visitors are enthralled by renowned architect Antonio Gaudi's iconic Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, famous for its ornate...more

Golden day for Sweden as claffit01 takes down Super Tuesday

We're passionate about our sport in Australia and it's a wonderful time to be a sports fan. It doesn't matter if it's the Euro 2012 soccer (or football for those pesky Brits), some grass court tennis at Wimbledon, a little one-day cricket or the awe-inspiring Olympic Games. If there's a...more

26 June

WSOP 2012: Ignore this post

Once or twice a year, I get really paranoid. I'm afraid to look Team PokerStars Pros in the face. I get a sense they don't want to shake hands with me (these people are in addition to germaphobes like Daniel Negreanu who avoid me at most times for health and...more

As the Stars Tweet: Searching for Gold in the Desert Part II

The Team PokerStars Pros are all still in Las Vegas searching for that coveted piece of gold for their wrist. After reaching the mid-point of the World Series of Poker, players are getting restless and when players get restless, prop bets ensue. Team PokerStars Pros Vanessa Selbst, Liv Boeree, and...more

"How much do I have to put in?"

True story: I recently taught a poker lesson for which the student paid an hourly rate that would make Phil Galfond jealous. And I'm pretty sure Phil Galfond's students never serve him champagne and canapés. The rest of the story: as many of you know, PokerStars' pan-galactic headquarters is here...more

Help Rafa Nadal on his PokerStars journey

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25 June

Can you help Rafa Nadal?

It's perhaps a little presumptuous to suggest we mere mortals could help Rafa Nadal with anything. The eleven-time Grand Slam winner is a superhero. He's been a superhero for as long as anyone can remember. How could we simple citizens of Earth possibly offer aid and comfort to a man...more

6-24-12 PokerStars weekend review

June, we hardly knew thee. While you were winding your way through a northern hemisphere summer and southern hemisphere winter, we buried our heads in the felt. We when looked up, you were gone. Fortunately we (and by that I mean lots of PokerStars players) have a lot more money...more

WSOP 2012: Danzer wins $140k, just misses bracelet

There were about half a dozen Team PokerStars Pro headlines to comes out of Las Vegas this weekend, but the biggest of them all was George Danzer's near-win at the World Series of Poker. The man with the scarf finished runner-up to Oleksii Kovalchuk in the $2,500 O8/Stud8 event for...more

MicroMillions II: Satellites are here!

You might not know it yet. It may not have appeared on your screen when you logged in to PokerStars this morning. You wouldn't know it unless you clicked into the the tournament lobby and saw the MicroMillions tab. If you clicked that tab and looked in the satellites section,...more

Sunday Million: foldbudiao fights to the finish for $144k score

They didn't exactly have a chip and a chair, but with the field down to six players, foldbudiao and robinsex were left with seven and three big blinds respectively. Sitting in the shadow of a dominating chip leader that held twice as much as second place, the task in front...more

24 June

Sunday Warm-Up: U.K. leads the way as SAUS wins $88K

While fans of England's soccer team may have been disappointed after today's loss to Italy in the Euro 2012 tournament after taking The Azures to a scoreless tie but losing in penalties, fans of United Kingdom poker players had something to cheer about during tonight's $500,000 guaranteed Sunday Warm-Up. It...more

Asteisa claims Women's Sunday title for Lithuania

What's exciting about June 24? There was a pretty big soccer game on television, for those inclined to cheer for England or Italy. It was the last Sunday in June. It brought another edition of the Women's Sunday, of course. Oh, and it was the kickoff of satellites to win...more

Battle of the Planets: It's summertime, everyone in the pool! Nine-way chops ends the June freeroll

One hand early on in a tournament can mean the difference between wearing a WCOOP bracelet or a SCOOP watch, and finishing after a hour, left wondering could I have played it better? In today's $50,000 Battle of the Planets triple shootout freeroll, two of the final table members would...more

Two Days, Two Women Create Poker History

Women in poker have always been a distinct minority. As the smallest percentage in any tournament poker room - live or online - women have marked their victories in ways that signify the odds that they beat. As most of the records and historic moments in the game of poker...more

22 June

WSOP 2012: Cada tops money list as main event looms

Joe Cada, the 2009 World Series of Poker champion and Team PokerStars Pro, has taken the top spot among his fellow team members on the 2012 WSOP earnings list. It's not going to be easy to knock him off. As we've been doing for the past several weeks, we tabulated...more

21 June

Boris Becker's advice to Rafa

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Rafa Nadal joins PokerStars

He's 26 years old. He's one of the best tennis players in the world. He's been called everything from El Nino, to the King of Clay, to Spain's Raging Bull. As of today, Rafa Nadal has a new title. He is the newest member of Team PokerStars SportStars. It's only...more

Women in Gaming Awards to host seven PokerStars finalists

On June 27 The Women in Gaming Awards will be presented in London to women in the gaming industry who have made major contributions in their field. PokerStars is proud to have seven finalists nominated for their passion, hard work, and commitment to making PokerStars the industry leader in online...more

20 June

WSOP 2012: Randy Lew's luggage

Randy Lew can almost fit in the average-size airplane carry-on luggage. Almost. This is a fact. I know it, because I've seen it. You can, too. In a second. What you should first know is that Lew likes making silly videos. You should also know that he took a brief...more

Lex Veldhuis: Staying active during the grind

Team PokerStars Pro Lex Veldhuis is known for his prowess at the poker tables but did you know he's also become quite the tennis player? We chatted with Veldhuis about his passion for tennis, including a potential prop bet with poker pro Brandon Adams. How has your tennis fit in...more

Adam "Roothlus" Levy bags Super Tuesday win

With the World Series of Poker in full swing, most of the world's professionals have descended upon Las Vegas for their chance at fame and fortune. That has provided some relief for those who have opted to stay at home and grind online, with the usual shark-infested waters of the...more

19 June

Celina Lin: The woman behind the titles

Celina Lin headlined the Macau Poker Cup final table and took her opportunity all the way to the Red Dragon trophy for an historic second time. After sharing with us recently that she was going to skip the WSOP this year to concentrate on tournaments in Asia instead, Lin has...more

June 17 Sunday Million

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PokerStars guaranteeing 10 Main Event Passports this weekend

If you're ready to play the main event of one of the biggest tours or festivals in the world, this weekend is one of your best chances. Which main event? Well, that's up to you. This Sunday, June 24, at 14:30 ET, PokerStars will host a massive mega satellite that...more

As the Stars Tweet: Searching for gold in the desert

There are a number of Team PokerStars Pros hunting for gold in the desert this summer. Some are going to any lengths possible -- even if they aren't totally up to speed on the game they're playing. Liv Boeree was one of them, recently tweeting, "Debating whether to play the...more

WSOP 2012: Cada banks biggest cash since 2009

Joe Cada was so close, he could smell the gold. He was close enough that the reflection from the bracelet could've blinded him. He was one player away from having a World Series of Poker gold bracelet for each wrist. In the end, he beat out more than 2,800 other...more

18 June

PokerStars weekend review (6-17-12)

For a weekend dubbed "half price" the last few days have been anything but short on big wins and big news. As you might have heard, PokerStars cut the buy-ins on many of its big Sunday majors over the weekend. That brought out the crowds and ensured the prize pools...more

Team Pro's Celina Lin wins unprecedented second Red Dragon in Macau

Last night, while relaxing over a piña colada at the end of a dramatic day of poker, Celina Lin was talking about sports betting. "I can't lose," she said incredulously, describing how she had turned almost nothing into more than US $800 by betting on her friend's tips in the...more

WSOP 2012: Cada leads in hunt for Team Pro's first bracelet

Eighteen people stand between one-time WSOP Main Event champion Joe Cada and his second gold bracelet. Today, Cada will return to the Rio as the chip leader in a $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em event. He has nearly three times the average chip stack and a bit of experience in using that...more

Success for Sykoen in Half Price Sunday Million

Something about the Sunday Million was off. It wasn't the $1 million guarantee; that remained the same as usual. It wasn't the thousands of players signing up to participate, as crowds always gather around the largest weekly tournament in online poker. The starting time hadn't changed, and some of the...more

17 June

MPC Red Dragon Final Table live updates

10.45pm: Celina Lin wins MPC Red Dragon Main Event! Ming Fan out in second, winning HK $589,100 After a titanic heads up phase of play, this tournament is now over. And Team PokerStars Pro's Celina Lin has become the first ever two-time Red Dragon champion, winning HK $854,000. She...more

Sunday Warm-Up: Half-price for big win by Germany's jkfrankfurt

We were warned it was coming. But the monster field that showed up likely was not on the minds of the creators of tonight's Half-Priced Sunday Major's promotion. Five tournaments were included in the deal, the Sunday Storm, Women's Sunday, Sunday Kickoff, Sunday Million, and tonight's Sunday Warm-Up. All retained...more

Half Price blast for ttoblass winning Women's Sunday for $2,733.13

The Women's Sunday is usually priced at a $55 buy-in, but we recognize that a limited number of players can afford that on a weekly basis. It's the reason we have such low buy-in satellites all week and offer the occasional freerolls; most players want to compete in the big...more

MPC Red Dragon: Final table player profiles

Please find below player profiles for the nine finalists at the Macau Poker Cup Red Dragon Series, June 2012 renewal. A full list of players making the money so far is available on the payouts page. The final table begins at 2pm Monday at the Grand Waldo Entertainment Complex, Macau....more

MPC Red Dragon: Fan survives the flames, leads charge to final table

The official name for this tournament is the Macau Poker Cup, but its "Red Dragon" nickname is so well established that even a replica red beast sits atop the winner's trophy. And when you go searching for a dragon, you've got to expect to get burned every now and then,...more

16 June

MPC Red Dragon Day 2 live updates

12.30am: Chips Here are the chips they will be taking to the final table tomorrow. A wrap of a turbulent day is on its way. Seat 1 - Celina Lin - 477,000 Seat 2 - Zhengwei Ni - 304,000 Seat 3 - Jordan Westmorland - 256,000 Seat 4 -...more

MPC Red Dragon: Hu leads day 1C. Who? Hu!

After three calendar days and 31 (and a half) levels of play, "day one" of the Macau Poker Cup: Red Dragon Main Event is now finished. The third and final flight has just concluded in the Grand Waldo Entertainment Complex in Macau, and we can all now look forward to...more

15 June

MPC Red Dragon Day 1C live updates

9.40pm: Clock paused The clock is paused for the end of the day. We'll play a couple more hands then bagging will commence. It's a close one tonight, with no clear leader. You'll need to wait for the wrap, which will follow shortly, to know who is ahead. 9.25pm: Benton...more

MPC Red Dragon Day 1B: Yip cracks whip to bag most chips

We're done for day 1B at the Macau Poker Cup, and the pattern set yesterday was followed almost exactly again today. That means a healthy starting field (today's 148 following yesterday's 110), an almighty culling through ten-and-a-half levels of play (we ended with 41 today and 28 yesterday) and a...more

WSOP 2012: Team PokerStars Pro money list

For the past two weeks, I've spent a portion of every day with a calculator, an abacus, and a keen focus on how Team PokerStars Pro is doing at the 2012 World Series of Poker. I feel pretty confident every one of the Team members is solely concerned with how...more

Breaking it down with Ana Marquez

Spanish Team PokerStars Pro Ana Marquez combines a crowded schedule of EPTs and live tour stops with commitment to her online game. Recent successes include a deep run in the Estrellas Poker Tour Main Event in Madrid, a cash in EPT Berlin and a second place finish in April in...more

MPC Red Dragon Day 1B live updates

3.40pm: Two more hands Danny McDonagh has declared that we'll play two more hands until the end of the night. There's no way in the world anyone is catching Tomaz Yip in that time, which means he'll be your overnight leader. A full wrap is on its way. 3.30pm: No...more

14 June

MPC Red Dragon: Jordan Westmorland runs over day 1A

Staff at the PokerStars Macau poker room nickname Day 1A of any major tournament the "Day of Slay". They admit that there's no real reason for the nickname, beyond the fact that it kind of fits. And I'm here to assure them that they've got the right title: when you...more

WSOP 2012: What Victor wants

Victor Ramdin wants a World Series of Poker bracelet. I don't have to ask him this morning if he wants one, because it's a simple, ongoing, indisputable fact. He's been trying to win one for a decade. In that time, he has cashed at the World Series of Poker more...more

MPC Red Dragon Day 1A updates

3.50am: Over. Day of Westmorland We are done for the day and Jordan Westmorland is a massive chip leader here. He finished with 269,000, which is more than twice his closest challenger. A full wrap is imminent. 3.30am: Last level Righto, we're now into level 11, of which we will...more

13 June

China's Nicky Jin wins Event 4 on the eve of his Red Dragon

Nicky Jin's background as a professional online poker player has clearly made the successful jump to the live poker arena. After winning the Red Dragon main event earlier this year in February he won the first Macau Poker Cup event he entered and looks good heading into Thursday's "Slay Day"Day...more

WSOP 2012: Will it end?

ElkY just doesn't look right in fifth place. In fact, if he doesn't have all the chips and a trophy sitting in front of him, ElkY looks sort of weird, like a guy who came here from the future to tell us that we shouldn't bother. When will it end?...more

WSOP 2012: The Poker Princess Palace

We always hear about fellow poker players renting houses in Vegas for the WSOP. What could be better than a "full house" of friends partying in Sin City? Well, how about "four queens," staying in Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Rousso's mansion? The Team PokerStars Pro recently purchased her dream home...more

Havana85 snares 6/12/12 Super Tuesday after three-way chop with lirarerik, probirs

The World Series of Poker marches on at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, where among the events playing out today was the final table of Event No. 21, a $1,000 no-limit hold'em tournament. Meanwhile on PokerStars the weekly $1K event known as the Super Tuesday was...more

12 June

Tetsuya Tsuchikawa wins Event 3 at Macau Poker Cup

The action is heating up at PokerStars Macau as 202 players came for Event 3: Deepstack of the Macau Poker Cup: Red Dragon which nearly matched the 208 players from the first 2 events combined. "It's really great to see the players support our events no matter where we are."...more

The anatomy of a software feature

I get a lot of questions in the forums about software features on PokerStars; nowhere was this more evident than in the run-up to, and initial beta testing phase of Zoom Poker. Because I spent about 25 years in the computer software business before joining PokerSars, I thought I would...more

Back to school with Talonchick

Poker School Online offers schooling that's a long way from the world of textbooks, strict teachers and homework deadlines. PokerStars very own online school provides all the materials you need to improve your game, and education is fun when the lessons include training videos, quizzes, strategy articles and interactive tools....more

Sunday Million - June 10th 2012

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Tony Chang wins record Event 1 at Macau Poker Cup

PokerStars Macau had a great start to the 16th edition of the Macau Poker Cup: Red Dragon as Event 1's $5,500 buy-in tournament awarded HKD $710,000 in prize money -- making it the largest prize pool for a launch event at Asia's premiere poker series. In total, 208 players participated...more

11 June

Half-Price sale on Women's Sunday!

A good sale always catches my eye, and this is one that stopped me in my tracks. As part of the upcoming Half-Price Sunday tournament sale on June 17, the Women's Sunday will be a huge bargain at only $27.50. The 10K guarantee still stands, along with the $50 Team...more

WSOP 2012: Year of the Nice Guy?

It was almost official. This was almost Year of the Nice Guy at the World Series of Poker. Last night in the $2,500 Razz event, Team PokerStars Pro Barry Greenstein was just a few places away from winning his fourth gold bracelet. It would've been his second Razz title. Moreover,...more

WSOP 2012: Liv Boeree broken, but not busto

We caught up with Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree earlier this week to have a little chat with her about her broken ankle. On Saturday, June 2, Boeree posted multiple tweets explaining that she had really hurt her ankle at her house warming party on Friday. She then posted that...more

PokerStars weekend review (6-10-12)

Did you feel it this weekend? That extra little spark in the air? That little bit of electricity pulsing through the PokerStars ether? That was the new PokerStars Sunday Spark that debuted yesterday morning--a fast-moving $1 rebuy event to kick off the big day of Sunday tournaments. History will take...more

10 June

Sunday Million: angrymoron cheers up with $166k score

"Angrymoron" could describe any of us from time to time as we play this game. Missing a value bet, making a bad call, believing the guy across the table when he goads you into calling against the nuts. We're all angry morons when we're at our worst at the tables....more

Sunday Warm-Up: hvarga sprints to the $87K win

Usually the words used in a describing a Sunday Major victory are marathon, grueling, grind. In tonight's $500,000 guarantee Sunday Warm-Up the words to use while watching hvarga's victory were sprint, turbo, lightning, fast. 2,767 players would sit down for a tournament usually reserved for a 12 or 13 hour...more

DonotXme splits winnings with stefy811 but takes Women's Sunday title

Today, the Women's Sunday cost $55 to buy in directly. Last week, the price was the same. In fact, the only thing that changed about the Women's Sunday since its inception was the guarantee, which increased to its current number of $10K. Satellites offer discounted seats each week, but the...more

King Zog: Petar Zografov wins Eureka Bulgaria and €48,745

Bulgarian Petar Zografov overcame a six to one heads-up deficit to claim the Eureka Bulgaria title, trophy and €48,745. Going into heads-up play against Algirdas Saveikis he had just 500,000 to the Lithuanian's 3,100,000. But, after nearly three hours of mano-a-mano combat, during which the chiplead changed hands multiple times...more

Eureka2 Bulgaria: Day 3, Level 24 - 27 updates (blinds 25,000- 50,000 ante 5,000)

11.45pm: Petar Zografov wins Eureka Bulgaria; Algirdas Saveikis eliminated in second Something finally had to give in this marathon heads-up battle and just like in Zagreb where there was a Croatian winner, there's a Bulgarian winner here in Varna. Petar Zografov raised to 100,000 pre-flop and Saveikis made the call....more

Eureka2 Bulgaria: Day 3, Level 20 - 23 updates (blinds 10,000- 20,000 ante 3,000)

6.55pm: Break time The six remaining players are now on a 15 minute break, you'll find level 24 updates in a new post. 6.40pm: Two in a row for the chipleader Saveikis Algirdas, who it has just come to my attention is actually called Algirdas Saveikis (it was the wrong...more

9 June

Eureka2 Bulgaria: Swede leads final 13; Karlson hoping to scoop title

His blonde hair and Scandinavian 'look' means that Daniel Karlson is easy to spot at the tables of the Grand International Casino here in Bulgaria. But today there was more than one reason to keep an eye on him as the Swede played a relentless game to bag up 521,500...more

Eureka2 Bulgaria: Day 2, Level 18 - 19 updates (blinds 4,000-8,000 ante 500)

2.20am: End of day chip counts and seat draw After the 10 allotted levels of play were completed 13 players remain, here's their overnight chipcounts by table draw, a wrap of the day's play will follow. It's Sweden's Daniel Karlson who leads the way with 521,500. Play resumes at 2pm...more

Eureka2 Bulgaria: Day 2, Level 14 - 17 updates (blinds 2,500-5,000 ante 500)

11.45pm: Break time Players are now on a 15 minute break, you'll find level 18's updates in a new post here. 11.35pm: One exit, one double up Action has, as you would expect, picked up since the bubble has burst. The latest man to bust is Dimitar Yosifov who shoved...more

Eureka2 Bulgaria: Day 2, Level 10 - 13 updates (blinds 1,000-2,000 ante 200)

6.21pm: Recess Players are now on a 15 minute break, you'll find level 15 updates in a new post here. 6.20pm: Chip counts Here's a few chip counts: Petar Zografov (315,000), Ted Stolzenbach (220,000), Michal Misterek (170,000), Dennis Schaefer (180,000), Desislav Velikov (80,000), Tobias Schwecht (145,000) and Nagy Barnabas (170,000)....more

8 June

Eureka2 Bulgaria: Day 1B, Level 5 - 9 updates (blinds 400-800 ante 100)

1.50am: Valentino in pole position, leads Day 1B field After nine levels of action Bulgarian Valentino Konakchiev made a late surge to emerge as the Day 1B chipleader. He bagged 107,600 just edging out Desislav Velikov (106,400) and Roman Kagan (104,200) although all three trail Day 1A chipleader Ted Stolzenbach...more

LAPT looking for Player of the Year

If you know your hemispherical science, you know that it's just about wintertime south of the equator. It's time for a break on the Latin American Poker Tour--a two-month slumber by a crackling fire to cuddle up in the winter months or to escape to the summer climes in the...more

Eureka2 Bulgaria: Day 1B, Level 1 - 4 updates (blinds 100-200)

6.30pm: Break time Four levels are over, players are on a 15 minute break. You'll find level five updates in a new post. 6.30pm: Group Table of death Every major football championship seems to throw up a group of death and every poker tournament has a table of death. Currently...more

7 June

EPT9 Barcelona satellites hitting PokerStars

Don't look now, but the ninth season of the European Poker Tour is about to begin, and you don't even have to leave your house to play. Today, PokerStars is releasing the very first satellites to the very first event of EPT Season 9. The EPT Barcelona festival will kick...more

Eureka2 Bulgaria: Day 1A, Level 5 - 9 updates (blinds 400-800 ante 100)

1.50am: Flying Dutchman leads Day 1A field As the dust settled on Day 1A action it was Dutchman Ted Stolzenbach who won a closely fought contest with Petar Zografov to end Day 1A as chip leader. The 57-year-old from Amsterdam ended the day on 136,300 as a field of 123...more

WSOP 2012: Brenes continues cashing streak

Team PokerStars Pro Humberto Brenes is on a roll. Some people would call it a streak. He calls it a career. Last night Brenes put up his first cash of the 2012 World Series of Poker with a 35th place cash in the $1,500 Limit Hold'em event. Though it was...more

Six ways to Zoom

When I saw first time Zoom poker for the first time on the PokerStars client, I clicked the Zoom button immediately - and from the first moment I liked "Zoom". Finally I found a way to play the game when I don't have anything to do for a while. So...more

Travel Diary: Punta del Este

Last week I paid my third visit to Uruguay's pride and joy -- Punta del Este -- the loyal host of the Latin American Poker Tour. The four-day event drew a poker-playing crowd of 375 players to the plush Mantra Resort Hotel and Spa. With Punta del Este being known...more

Eureka2 Bulgaria: Day 1A, Level 1 - 4 updates (blinds 100-200)

6.26pm: Break Four of the nine allotted levels have now been completed and players are on a 15 minute break. You'll find level five updates in a new post shortly. 6.25pm: Two times a lady At the end of Day 1A in last season's event here it was a woman,...more

6 June

Sunday Million - June 3rd 2012

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PokerStars unveils Sunday Spark

It's cheap! It's fast! It's a PokerStars Sunday tournament! Break out your dollar bills and get ready for a rollicking good time. Today, PokerStars introduced its newest Sunday guaranteed tournament, the Sunday Spark. Starting at 04:00 ET every Sunday, the event is a $1 rebuy tournament with five-minute levels. For...more

WSOP 2012: Keeping score with Team Pro

In the realm of Team PokerStars Pro, we could spend all day flirting with superlatives. We could look at the person who has won the most money (Daniel Negreanu), the one with the most bracelets (er, Daniel Negreanu), the tallest (it's gotta be Lex Veldhuis, right?). But for right now,...more

PokerStars Macau announces cancellation of August event

PokerStars Macau at the Grand Waldo Entertainment Complex is hosting the highly anticipated Macau Poker Cup: Red Dragon from June 9-18 featuring the HKD $3,000,000 Guaranteed Red Dragon main event. Today, Danny McDonagh, PokerStars' Director of Live Poker Operations for the Asia-Pacific, stated that the proposed special events following the...more

sarnabul secures 6/5/12 Super Tuesday, $55K; crazybambos $60K after chop

As the World Series of Poker moved into its second week in Las Vegas, the Super Tuesday on PokerStars attracted a large field as usual, with 365 runners entering PokerStars' weekly $1,050 no-limit hold'em tourney. That group created a prize pool of $365,000, besting the $300K guarantee. The top 45...more

5 June

Women's Poker League: Three players score in multiple divisions in May

The PokerStars Women's Poker League continues to grow in popularity, as players strive for tournament wins and WPL monthly prizes, not to mention some prestige by being one of the top-ranked female players on PokerStars. More women join the action every month in 2012. Players always stand out when they...more

WSOP 2012: The Watch List

Maybe it's that Venus is crossing in front of the sun today. Maybe it's that I've been starting my days with a three-glass cocktail of coffee, energy drinks, and Diet Coke. Maybe it's that I've finally started to slip off the edge a little (again). Whatever it is, I get...more

PokerStars offers Half Price Sunday

Pay attention, Sunday tournament players. You're not going to find a much better deal than this. This morning, PokerStars announced that it will offer half-price buy-ins to some of its biggest weekly tournaments on June 17. For one day only, you can get into your favorite Sunday majors for 50%...more

Ballin' at the WSOP: Daniel Negreanu's trailer

reported with Elaine Chaivarlis The World Series of Poker can be a grind - seven weeks of poker in the desert can wear on a person's soul - but there are ways to make it a little less taxing. One of the more popular ways is renting a trailer. If...more

4 June

PokerStars weekend review (6-3-12)

I feel a little bit like a dog in the middle of a field. There's a squirrel. There's a prairie dog. There's a field mouse. There's a squirrel getting chased by a field mouse riding a prairie dog. That is to say, I don't know where to look these days....more

BREAKING: PokerStars releases new MicroMillions II schedule

Guess what, folks. It's happening again. The PokerStars MicroMillions, the low-buy-in big-payoff series, is back. It's only been a few months since Zabaleta1 won the first MicroMillions main event for $140,000.00. Now PokerStars wants to do it all over again. Just a few minutes ago, this landed in my inbox:...more

PokerStars obtains gaming license for Spain

PokerStars has been awarded a license to operate in Spain and will launch www.PokerStars.es on June 5 to serve the Spanish online poker market, the company announced today. "Spain is a very important poker market and features some of the best players in the world," said Gino Appiotti, President of...more

Nanonoko's WSOP schedule

WSOP 2012 has arrived! I just recently got back to the USA to spend a few days back at home before heading over to the WSOP in Las Vegas, NV. Now that I'm rested up, I'm ready to fly over to Vegas tomorrow and dive straight into my 1st event...more

PS Women in May: Pros to Vegas, Sisa4ok wins second Women's Sunday title

May was an exciting month for PokerStars Women. We watched some of our Team Pros head off to Las Vegas for a summer of live poker as the majority of our players put forth some great efforts online, most notably in the Women's Sunday and Women's Tuesday events. Let's take...more

Diesanser first, Pokerger1337 second in June 3 Sunday Million

The month of June ushers in another very exciting few weeks of poker. Whether players are in Las Vegas for the live tournament action or on holiday from their respective homes around the world, it is a thrilling time for poker players. There may be more action from Sin City...more

3 June

Sunday Warm-Up: UsleSvend sails to victory, Team Pro George Danzer 3rd

With the World Series of Poker in full swing, the eyes are on the Team PokerStars pros taking their skills to the live arena at the Rio for riches and bracelets. Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Selbst would increase her career tournament earnings to over $5 million after placing fourth in...more

Monkey877 swings to victory in June 3 Women's Sunday

Who doesn't like a good sale? A discount price on something we want is always a nice surprise, and it may even give incentive to new customers to go for that purchase. Well, then, we'd like to offer to all of the women of PokerStars the Half Price Women's Sunday...more

A bracelet (in my underwear) for Basebaldy?

What's up, everyone! First of all. sorry. This blog post is long overdue, and it's because I was simply too busy. What dream was I chasing? Not the one where I play the WSOP Main Event in my underwear. I'm going to live that one out in July. No, I...more

2 June

WSOP 2012: Two Team Pros eye same bracelet

So, I have a problem, and it really has as much to do with my summer dinner plans as it does the World Series of Poker. Let's go back a year, shall we? One night at the 2011 WSOP, I got a dinner invitation that found me sitting at Buzio's...more

1 June

First Main Event Passports to get stamped this weekend

If you want the best of all possible main event satellite wins, this weekend is your first chance. The first 2012 Main Event Passports will go out this weekend. After a couple of weeks of qualifying, the Main Event Passport finals run Sunday at 14:30 ET. By this point, it...more

WSOP 2012: Negreanu gets final table seat

Daniel Negreanu has four World Series of Poker bracelets. He had four bracelets last year, too. And the year before that. And before that, and so on back to 2008 when he won that fourth bracelet playing a limit hold'em event. He's since come close to the fifth. Tantalizingly close,...more

Last chance sats for Eureka Bulgaria

A ton of people have already figured out their travel arrangements, hotel rooms, and buy-ins for next week's event at Eureka Bulgaria. How? They recently won full packages for the High Roller or main event. Although the event is just about to kick off, you still have the weekend to...more