July 2012

31 July

PokerStars settles with United States DoJ

Today's announcement of our settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) closes one chapter in our corporate history and opens another. We have admitted to no wrong-doing with regard to our past U.S. operations and can now focus all of our energy and resources on advancing our global business,...more

Women finish in top ten overall in MicroMillions

It has been a very good year for women in poker and last week's MicroMillions tournament series hosted by PokerStars is another testament to what a winning year it has been. The buy-ins that women put up in the series may have been on the micro side, but the winning...more

Travel Guide: LAPT Colombia

From August 7-12, 2012, the PokerStars.net Latin American Poker Tour will return to Medellin, Colombia, for the Second Annual LAPT Colombia National Poker Championship. The stop marks the fourth event on the LAPT Season V schedule and looks to build on last year's record field of 681 players, which was...more

The $1m Red Spade Open returns on 12 August

Do you have $55? Would you like to turn that into $200,000 while scalping some $100 Blom-Mercier-Selbst-ElkY bounties along way? Yes, yes and oh-yes? Well, it seems that the stars have aligned for you because the Red Spade Open is returning on 12 August - one of the most eagerly...more

30 July

Join Liv Boeree in our 'Help Rafa' campaign to win a €5,300 EPT seat

This is it. This is your last chance to help out a genuine global superstar and win yourself a €5,300 seat at the EPT Barcelona main event, not to mention flights, accommodation, special edition chip set and the thanks of Senor Nadal himself. Not long after signing up Rafa Nadal...more

IPT San Remo: Supernovas clash at the final table, €180,000 for first

Six players remain at the Italian Poker Tour San Remo main event final table with €180,000 up for grabs for the winner. The action started today eight-handed but quick eliminations for Giuseppe Zarbo (8th, €14,000) and Johnatan Maisonneuve (7th, €21,000) have guaranteed the remaining players a minimum €29,000 pay out;...more

Borja Gonzalez Urteaga wins Estrellas Poker Tour San Sebastian and €65,000

Spaniard Borja Gonzalez Urteaga last night won ESPT San Sebastian to claim €65,000 and in doing so closed out Alejandro Piñeiro Barcelo's attempt to claim a second ESPT title heads up. Gonzalez Urteaga beat a 269-strong field in the €1,100 buy-in tournament at the penultimate stop of Season 3...more

29 July

Welshwizard9 wins, Toth takes fifth in exciting Sunday Million action

Home, sweet home. It's what a lot of poker players are thinking after being in Las Vegas for a summer of poker. Since then, though, most have departed the desert, some have taken vacations and holidays, and home is the final destination. And home for many means that the Sunday...more

Genys13 rides rush, cruises to 7/29/12 Sunday Warm-Up win and $92K

With the 2012 Summer Olympics well underway, the weekly international poker competitions that happen every Sunday on PokerStars played out as usual, among them this week's $215 buy-in, $500,000 guaranteed Sunday Warm-Up. This week's Warm-Up saw 2,943 players from all around the world take part, together creating a total prize...more

T0beR1cH and lady_IG chop July 29 Women's Sunday

This week is going to be interesting. Keep your eyes on this blog space for an announcement regarding a PS Women competition. It involves Pinterest and the PokerStars Mobile app, and it's going to be a fun one! Prizes, freerolls ... you know how we do it. We'll announce the...more

Battle of the Planets: High stakes player Bryn Kenney runs away with $12K freeroll title

Go look up "BrynKenney" in the search box shown to the right of every page here at the PokerStarsBlog. You will find the high stakes pro's name mentioned over and over with the results page and high stakes SCOOP and WCOOP tournaments. During today's $50,000 Battle of the Planets triple...more

Queenstown Snowfest: Dave Allan claims victory!

It took a long heads-up battle but we've finally crowned a Queenstown Snowfest champion with Dave Allan overcoming illness and a tough heads-up opponent in Ken Demlakian to claim the title. Close to two hours ago, Demlakian looked across the table at Allan and chirped, "You're not enjoying this are...more

Queenstown Snowfest: Westmorland walks

Jordan Westmorland has been a dominant force on this final table, responsible for the elimination of several opponents along the way, but it's come unstuck in 3rd place after a big clash with Ken Demlakian. It always proved tricky for Westmorland to have the unpredictable Demlakian sitting to his left....more

28 July

Queenstown Snowfest: And then there were three

It was over two and a half hours from the time we saw the bust out of Matthew Wakeman in 6th place, before the next player was eliminated, with the last five players entering into an epic battle of attrition. No one was prepared to give an inch. Ken Demlakian...more

Queenstown Snowfest: Wake up man!

Our favourite Queenstown dealer, and cult hero in the poker room, Spencer, was given the honour of introducing our players this morning. Danny McDonagh claimed that it was just to prevent him from cutting the cards incorrectly. But rather than use our player profiles or the player's online nicknames for...more

Queenstown Snowfest: Huang dethroned

It's been a great tournament for Team PokerStars Pro Bryan Huang. It's a tremendous sign when a player can navigate their way quietly through the field to the final table without really being noticed. It means that rather than relying on having to win an enormous coinflip or spiking a...more

Queenstown Snowfest: Two down

It didn't take long for us to lose our first player from the Queenstown Snowfest final table as the short-stacked David Evans has been dispatched in 9th place. He was a little unlucky to go after three-betting the open raise from Matthew Wakeman. Chip leader Ken Demlakian cold-called the raise...more

Queenstown Snowfest: The stage is set

The stage is set for thrilling finale here in Queenstown as the final nine take their seats for the final day of play at the Queenstown Snowfest Main Event. Last year we had the final table setup on the main gaming floor, but this time around we're in the Summit...more

Queenstown Snowfest: Final table player profiles

Three days of poker are in the books as the Queenstown Snowfest Main Event field has been reduced from a field of 149 players to our final table of nine. It's a super line-up with some ANZ regulars, some fresh-faced amateurs and a few highly talented online players looking to...more

27 July

Queenstown Snowfest: Final table locked and loaded

On a day where the world's biggest sporting event kicked off, Billy "The Croc" Argyros dropped by our blogging desk before play to talk about his favourite subject - tournament structures. "Less than six levels, guaranteed!" exclaimed the Australian Poker Hall of Famer in reference to how long he thought...more

Queenstown Snowfest: Bubble pain for Kanaan

The money bubble is one of the cruellest moments of a poker tournament. However it's one of the most fascinating times as a poker observer as there are many plots and sub-plots to the whole situation. Short stacks are hanging on for dear life, medium stacks are staying out of...more

Queenstown Snowfest: Peaks and troughs

Our field of 31 has been reduced in the early stages of Day 3 of the Queenstown Snowfest, with 20 players remaining in contention as we approach the end of Level 14. Joel Feldman, Ben McLean, Richard Lancaster, our pair of Griffiths in Kristina and Mark, and the last hope...more

Queenstown Snowfest: The poker Olympics

An Olympic-sized welcome to everyone at home following our live coverage of the Queenstown Snowfest Main Event. So perhaps we're not the biggest sporting event in the world at the moment, but hey, we're happy to take silver this time. With the London Olympics kicking off today, it got us...more

PS Women: Barcelona Satellite Winners Tell All

Written by Rebekah Mercer The PokerStars EPT Barcelona festival is one of the most anticipated stops on the EPT docket and the numbers this year are expected to be even bigger than usual. Three players who have already sewn up their seats will be enjoying the anticipation of planning a...more

Queenstown Snowfest: Davids dominate Day 2

A unique split format greeted players today at the Queenstown Snowfest Main Event. By all accounts, the players enjoyed the format where Day 2 was split into two halves due to the restrictions in size of the poker room. 87 players were split into Day 2a, which started at 12:30pm,...more

Vicky Coren interviews Rafa Nadal

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Vicky Coren gets exclusive interview with PokerStars' Rada Nadal

When you consider the time he spends competing, the time he spends training to compete, and the time he must need to rest from all the training and competing, it's no real surprise that living tennis legend Rafa Nadal is hard to nail down for a long interview. That's why...more

EPT: Slyde by HD3 becomes watch sponsor of main events

Luxury Swiss watch brand Slyde by HD3 will be the official watch sponsor for the European Poker Tour Season 9 Main Events and will supply specially-designed watches to EPT Main Event winners, EPT President Edgar Stuchly announced today. The six EPT Main Event winners will receive a "Black and Steel"...more

Queenstown Snowfest: Kanaan in control

The remaining players have merged into one group inside the SKYCITY Queenstown Casino, as the survivors sit together for the first time. We had 23 players make it through Day 2a earlier today, while this afternoon another 24 players navigated their way through Day 2b. That left 47 players in...more

26 July

Queenstown Snowfest: Toblerones all round!

We've spent some time letting you know more about some of the great sights of Queenstown, but we would be remiss not to mention a little about our wonderful hosts for the week - the SKYCITY Queenstown Casino. After all, it's likely to be the place where our players will...more

Queenstown Snowfest: Aston looks to extend the advantage

The Day 2a flight is out of the way and the second group of 44 players have now found their seats in the SKYCITY Queenstown Casino to play the three levels of Day 2b. A total of 23 players survived the Day 2a period, with 2009 ANZPT Sydney champion Michael...more

Queenstown Snowfest: Lickity Split

As the players settle into the groove here on Day 2 of the Queenstown Snowfest, we should point out the unique format for play today. 43 players have started out today at 12:30pm for Day 2a. Those players comprise of our Day 1a survivors and a random allocation of the...more

Queenstown Snowfest: Botswana Butchery - the best in town

Visitors to Queenstown rave about the culinary delights on offer, and after spending some time here, we can see why. Quite simply, we've yet to have a bad meal in Queenstown. Poker players are known for enjoying lavish meals and some are quite the food critic, but all reports so...more

Estrellas hits San Sebastian

The Estrellas Poker Tour opened its doors today on the fourth stop of Season 3. The ESPT is back in Basque country with a €1,100 main event at Casino Kursaal. Estrellas organizers are expecting a big field today including some of the following notables: David López Llàcer, finalist of the...more

EPT Barcelona: Qualifying numbers skyrocketing

The European Poker Tour stop in Barcelona is always a monster. Why wouldn't it be? The beaches are grand. The food is amazing. The nightlife is worth a lifetime of stories. When qualifying opens on PokerStars, the satellites are always exceptionally popular. But this year, things are getting sort of...more

APPT Queenstown Day 1C

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Queenstown Snowfest: Boobekov best on Day 1c

Another beautiful day greeted us in Queenstown today for the third and final flight of the Queenstown Snowfest Main Event. After enjoying the sunshine this morning with a round of Frisbee Golf, another 49 players entered the SKYCITY Queenstown Casino for their last chance at Snowfest glory. It brought our...more

25 July

Queenstown Snowfest: Poker and wine

We've talked about some of the fun physical activities that one can partake in here Queenstown, but this city also offers much more than purely adrenalin-fuelled fun. For those looking for a change of pace, then why not relax at the appropriately named Wine Tastes? Described as the "New Zealand...more

Queenstown Snowfest: GodlikeRoy ready to make an impact

It's been a while since we've had the opportunity to write about a Team PokerStars player representing the Australia and New Zealand regions. We've seen plenty of Bryan Huang, Raymond Wu, Vivian Im and Celina Lin on the APPT in recent times, and as much as we like writing about...more

Queenstown Snowfest: Teeing off on Day 1c

Queenstown is truly blessed. Here we are, surrounded by snow-capped mountains, in the middle of winter, yet we seem to get the most stunning sunshine every single day. In fact, in my two trips here, I've only seen it rain once. Melbourne would be very jealous. Today is another gorgeous...more

LAPT sets brand new stop: Panama!

In the city center, the sky looks down over modern high rises. On the city's borders, lush rain forests hold the secrets of the jungle. And at the Veneto Hotel and Casino September 26-30, the Latin American Poker Tour will make Panama the center of the Latin American poker world....more

Support your country with custom avatars

The time has come. Every four years at this time, we raise our nations' flags high over our heads and root for gold. Now, you can show your patriotic spirit at the PokerStars tables with custom avatars of your country's flag. You also have a chance at $50,000 in prize...more

From 3 BBs to 7/24/12 Super Tuesday champ: NhFY wins after 3-way chop

With MicroMillions II in the rearview and the 2012 WCOOP starting to appear on the horizon, 421 runners gathered for this week's Super Tuesday at PokerStars, the weekly $1,050 buy-in no-limit hold'em tournament that routinely brings out online poker's best. That group built a prize pool of $421,000. The final...more

24 July

Queenstown Snowfest: Demlakian does best on Day 1b

The Queenstown Snowfest Main Event continued today in the SKYCITY Queenstown Casino with another stacked field putting the skis in the rack for one day to enjoy a friendly game of cards. Day 1b of the Queenstown Snowfest Main Event attracted a field of 49 runners to bring our total...more

Queenstown Snowfest: The luck of the draw

The old saying to have "the luck of the draw" applies to the game of poker in its most literal sense. Some days you can make good reads and play to your absolute best, but ultimately you can only do so much with the cards you are dealt by the...more

Queenstown Snowfest: Taking poker to the slopes

While the Queenstown Snowfest Main Event is undoubtedly the focus of attention for poker in New Zealand at the moment, there was actually another poker game in town this afternoon. Located some 1,600 metres above Queenstown, the mountain ranges of Coronet Peak are usually a skier's delight, but today the...more

Queenstown Snowfest: An orbit with Tollgate

One of the most memorable moments at last year's APPT Queenstown event, and in fact one of the most memorable moments for me personally in the last five years of covering poker tournaments, was Tom "tollgate" Grigg's epic battles with New Zealand's Koray Turker. I don't know a more aggressive...more

Queenstown Snowfest: The leap of faith

One of the things that lures over two million tourists to Queenstown every year is the variety of adventure-packed activities that one can partake in. It is called the adrenalin capital of the world for a reason. If you love nothing the thrill of the rush then Queenstown is the...more

Show me the money: Women proving they've got game

With women's stellar performance at this year's World Series of Poker, people around the world are finally starting to see what we've been saying at PokerStars Women for two years now. Not to be pedantic, but let me go on record as saying it this way: Although women are hugely...more

PokerStars launches Ring Game Happy Hour

Grab your favorite barstool, secure a bowl of pretzels, and order up your favorite draft, because it's happy hour at PokerStars. Today, PokerStars announced that it will host a RIng Game Happy Hour three times a day until August 2. To get happy, all you have to do is play...more

Help Rafa finalist

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23 July

Queenstown Snowfest: Allan has the right read on Day 1a

With the madness of the World Series of Poker out of the way, attention has turned back to poker in Australasia as Season 6 of the APPT was launched today with Day 1 of the Queenstown Snowfest Main Event. Queenstown is quickly gathering a reputation as one of the most...more

Queenstown Snowfest: Kiwi redemption

We've already talked about the history of this event and, as an Aussie, it would be a shame for me to neglect to point out that the Kiwis are yet to actually win this tournament on their home turf. Ahhh, the Trans-Tasman rivalry is alive and well. But it's a...more

Queenstown Snowfest: The snowball effect

Over the past three years, the Queenstown Snowfest event has snowballed from humble beginnings into one of the premier events on the Australasian poker calendar. The inaugural Queenstown event was part of the Australia New Zealand Poker Tour (ANZPT) in 2009. A field of 134 players descended upon the snow-capped...more

Queenstown Snowfest: The morning after the night before

As is tradition at all PokerStars events around the world, the players last night were welcomed to Queenstown with a party at the Wild Thyme Bar at the SKYCITY Queenstown Casino. Highlights included an open bar, a lavish spread of delightful snacks, a three-piece band and Robin Lim doing his...more

Queenstown: The hidden gem of the APPT

Today marks an historic day for poker in Asia. It is the first day of Season 6 of the Asia Pacific Poker Tour. The tour which has broken new ground for the development of the game, exposing poker to a new breed of players and visiting exciting destinations throughout Australia,...more

PokerStars weekend review (7-22-12)

For a random weekend in the middle of the July doldrums, the PokerStars Blog was afire for the better part of the weekend. There was almost more news than our fingers had time to type. The second generation of the PokerStars MicroMillions festival came to an end with Argentina's SoydelGlobo...more

Travel Guide: Queenstown

On July 24, Queenstown, New Zealand, becomes the home of the PokerStars.net Asia Pacific Poker Tour. The APPT's stop in Queenstown runs from July 23 though 29 at the SkyCity Queenstown Casino. Queenstown is the "Adventure Capital of the World," so while you're there for some action on the felt,...more

MicroMillions II: Putting Andre Coimbra to bed

Warm up the milk. Grab the teddy bear. Find a nice Paddington book. It's time to put Team PokerStars Online's Andre Coimbra to bed. He's earned a nice rest. After playing 100 straight tournaments in the PokerStars MicroMillions II festival, Coimbra is putting down his mouse and backing slowly away...more

Bound for Medellin and LAPT

I'm going to Colombia! Medellin to be exact. One of the cool things about being a Team Pokerstars Pro is the ability to travel the world and see places most people don't get to see. Therefore, when I choose to go to a tournament, location is a deciding factor. I...more

MicroMillions II: SoyDelGlobo wins Main Event!

This was it. The culmination of ten days of micro-limit madness on the PokerStars tables. We'd already seen 99 players turn pocket change into significant chunks of money. Four and five-figure stacks of cash had been given away to players every day. They were great prizes but we couldn't exactly...more

22 July

Sunday Million: FONBET_RULIT rolls over Leqenden, wins $168k

FONBET_RULIT never held the chip lead until it really mattered. Starting off in the middle of the pack, he could have easily finished ninth or fifth tonight, but wiggled out of two tough spots to survive. Despite a significant chip disadvantage heads-up, FONBET_RULIT knocked off former chip leader Lequenden and...more

MicroMillions II: djeepy speeds to victory in Event #100 ($1+R NLHE Hyper-Turbo)

PokerStars knows how to throw one helluva party. If you've played in a live event on one of Stars' global poker tours, you know what I'm talking about. While the wrap party for the MicroMillions II didn't exactly come with an open bar and all-you-can eat empanadas, there were plenty...more

MicroMillions II: javy28 extinguishes field in Event #99 $3.30 NL Turbo

The word "turbo" has its origins in Latin that roughly means "whirlwind." I couldn't think of a better word to explain the rapid-fire pace of Event #99 $3.30 NL Turbo. The eliminations happened so fast that it was hard to keep track. The money bubble broke in two hours, which...more

MicroMillions II: Jumbo win for jeffezaa in Event #97 ($11 NLHE Sunday Storm Special)

From the start of the final table, players like Umek3000 and jeffezaa took control and pushed toward the chip lead. Umek3000 got there first, but jeffezaa never took eyes off the prize. By the time the two were heads-up, jeffezaa had a solid lead and finished the job only a...more

Sunday Warm-Up: rmpvieira's late rush earns $88K and win

Right about the time the $500,000 guaranteed Sunday Warm-Up hit three tables left from a starting cast of 2,815 players all pitching in a $215 buy-in the second edition of the MicroMillions was nearing the end of another successful series. While Event #99 had 17,815 players and five minute blinds...more

Congrats to kassike for July 22 Women's Sunday victory

Who wants to spend a few days in beautiful Barcelona in August? You do? Okay, I see you there. But have I seen you in the PS Women Live satellites? Action runs all week to award seats into the Sunday €215 satellite, where at least one €2K prize package has...more

MicroMillions II: Zharas deals a win in Event #96 ($3.30+R NLO H/L, 3x-Turbo)

If at first you don't succeed then try, try, try, try again. That is just what the players of Event #96 did as they tried to make a deal four times before finally being able to strike gold after getting down to only two players. With a deal struck it...more

MicroMillions II: phara12 is absolutely fabulous in fantastic Event #94 victory

Poker is a game that offers you up a unique philosophy on life... you never know fate until you see the final card dealt. In MicroMillions Event #94 $5.50 NL 1R1A, Russia's instigator85 appeared to be sailing on a clear path toward winning the tournament. Everything was falling into place,...more

MicroMillions II: Coimbra cooks

This is the final day of MicroMillions II series, and there is probably isn't a soul on earth who is happier about that than Team PokerStars Online's Ande Coimbra. He's literally played every single one of the tournaments so far. That's ninety of them over the past eleven days. And...more

MicroMillions II: Gold medal for Olympia25 in Event #95 ($2.22 NL Hold'em, Heads-Up, Hyper-Turbo)

MicroMillions II was 95% complete before the lone heads-up event finally came up on the calendar. Event #95 was spread as a $2.22 HU Hyper-Turbo, and it attracted a whopping 16,384 players. The prize pool swelled past $35,000, and a player needed to win their first three matches to squeak...more

MicroMillions II: lapochka136 earns quick victory in Event #93 ($2.20 NLHE)

At almost one-tenth of the cost, over sixty thousand players are currently lined up at the $1,000,000 guaranteed MicroMillions II Main Event as of press time the $1.2 million prize pool will award two lucky players with over $100K! Looking at the two big Sunday Majors, the $215 buy-in Sunday...more

MicroMillions II: cuore2010 cuts them down wins event #92 ($1+R NL Hold'em [3x-Turbo, Sunday Spark Special Edition])

With four players left cuore2010 was down to just 8.75 big blinds, despite being dwarfed by the other three players the Romanian staged a remarkable rags to riches victory to take down event #92 for $8,708.44. A mammoth 15,245 players entered this event, 61,304 re-buys and 6,479 add-ons swelled the...more

Micro Millions II: quarltje gets the broker's commission in Event 91

Nobody can argue that there aren't a lot of NLHE events on the MicroMillions II schedule. Yet every day, there are one or two events that players can enter for less than $5 that aren't NLHE. It's a way to get a taste for some of the other variants of...more

MicroMillions II: yoyo149906 races to victory in marathon-like Event #88

Every once in a while, an online poker tournament mirrors a marathon because you never know when it's going to end. In this instance, Event #88 was a 16-hour slugout. The final table lasted so long that when the tournament reached its fifteenth hour, the final four players instantly agreed...more

MicroMillions II: carlinhos61 goes all the way in Event #90 ($1+R NLHE 3xTurbo)

MicroMillions II Event #90 was the $1 No Limit Holdem Rebuy 3xTurbo Event which attracted a massive 9,326 entries. Throw in an incredible 49,582 rebuys and 4,779 add-ons and we had ourselves a staggering prize pool of $57,855.17 to exceed the guarantee. For a $1 entry fee, players had the...more

21 July

MicroMillions II: Bigmath14 wins big in Event #89 ($5.50 FL Omaha H/L)

Sometimes, the underdog waits for his moment and grabs glory at the last minute. Bigmath14 was that player, competing on a fairly low stack during much of the final table action and saving momentum for the final levels of the night. Climbing during three-handed play, bigmath14 then did the same...more

MicroMillions II: 2aces55 diffuses Bombjacker, wins Event #86 ($1 NLHE)

Buy the ticket, take the ride. Turn $1 into $2,200. The MicroMillions II is in its home stretch and 25,016 players flocked to the virtual felt this afternoon hoping to do just that. Together, they created a $22,764.56 prize pool and 3,150 players earned a share of it, with first...more

MicroMillions II: Germany goes one-two; egoner1 claims Event #85 ($2.22+R, 3x-Turbo)

Germany has been doing some good work in the last 10 days. The MicroMillions II has had its fair share of winners from the land of Albert Einsten and knackwurst -- among other things, of course. We're too pressed for time to click back through 85 event lobbies right now,...more

MicroMillions II: valirar888 roars to victory in Event #84 ($8.80 NLHE)

Under one hour someone tonight went from being assured $616.59 to $8,612.40 after tonight's MicroMillions II Event #84 $8.80 buy-in NLHE tournament got through the final nine before most cubical workers start glancing at the clock for quitting time. An eight thousand dollar differences between ninth place and the chopped...more

MicroMillions II: Lights out for Nighty180 in Event #87 ($3.30 FL Hold'em 6-Max, Turbo)

This could have been a very different headline. Rather than a story about an average stack working his way up to the chip lead and closing out a victory, it could have been one about how the winner ended up taking home less than third-place money. When it comes to...more

MicroMillions II: satrailes3 wins one for the UK in Event #83 ($4.40 1R1A NLHE)

Two bullets, that is what you have. Do you take both shots at once, or do you hold on to one just in case you need it? That is what the players had to decide when registering for Event No. 83. Wether satriales3 fired both shots to start the tourney...more

MicroMillions II: Coimbra's girlfriend gets to vent

Oh, boy. It had to happen eventually didn't it? Andre Coimbra's girlfriend is just about to snap. And, heck, why wouldn't she? You try living with a guy who is barely sleeping, playing poker all day and night, and making huge messes at 5am. Seriously, try it, and see if...more

Micro Millions II: Quads propel skom221 in Event 82

Everyone knows there's luck in poker. Getting quads at the final table of a MicroMillions event is incredibly lucky. But it often takes skill to get a hand like that paid off. skom221 demonstrated that skill in 2012 MicroMillions II Event 82, $2.20 NLHE, and that's largely why skom221...more

MicroMillions II: Pextis takes the pot in event #81 ($5.50 PL Omaha 6-max)

There was no Greek tragedy in event #81 as Pextis took down this $5.50 PL Omaha 6-max tournament. The Greek took the lead with four players left and never relinquished it, holding on for victory and a $2,178.34 payday. Double trouble: Double the cards and double final table bubble as...more

MicroMillions II: Hilda_Hilst hoists Brazil to victory in Event #80 ($5.50 NLHE)

80 down, 20 to go. The MicroMillions II is sadly coming to an end. It's been a fun ride, but there's only a couple more days left to get your scoop of the delicious goodness that is the MMII. One player who did just that was Hilda_Hilst, who put in...more

MicroMillions II: Zlodeq1981 wins Event #79 ($3.30 FL Triple Draw 2-7)

The final table players clearly had a solid grasp on 2-7, and Ninnu seemed to have the most swings of any player at the table. That benefited zlodeq1981, who did enable Ninnu to double up a few times but mostly stayed out of the way, quietly chipping up to take...more

20 July

MicroMillions II: OmG_WoW_LoL liquidates field in Event #78 ($5.50 NL 6-Max) victory

MicroMillions II is so insanely popular that many of the events attract five-figure sized fields. Winning a MicroMillions II tournament is an impressive feat considering how many other combatants you have to beat out. Imagine Blackpool football stadium filled to capacity and that's how many people you have to outlast...more

MicroMillions II: Mathegott gets victory in Event #77 ($3.30 NLHE Shootout)

Mathegott was the last player to win a seat to the final table, but the drawn-out Round 3 match was worth the wait. That seat led to a solid final table performance, with one elimination after another attributed to the aggression of Mathegott. And in the end, the significant chip...more

MicroMillions II: odaibajin ballin' after beating massive field in Event #76 ($2.20 NLHE)

This tournament marked the beginning of the final quarter for another successful MicroMillions tournament series. Having already awarded $4.9 million in prizes before tonight's $20,000 guarantee Event #76 NLHE, the micro players have been cashing in a big way as first prize has been an average of $7,339.41 with all...more

MicroMillions II: maks198004 the knife in Event #75 ($5.50 NL Hold'em, 6-Max, Big Antes)

Every now and then, the shortest of stacks finds a way to turn the tides at the final table and rush his or her way to victory. More often than not, however, the players with the biggest stacks at the final table find themselves fighting for the biggest prizes in...more

MicroMillions II: ploven13 wins Event #74 ($8.80 NLHE, 4-Max, SuperKnockout)

Even though the name may make you think that the winner of Event #74 is a fan of pot limit omaha todays results may just change that feeling. ploven13 held the lead for most of the final table, only losing it for a few hands during heads-up play after suffering...more

Micro Millions II: TuKaLuGa, from way behind, demolishes Event 73

Starting a final table with almost half the chips in play is a huge leg-up for any poker player - but it's not the end of the proposition. Eight eliminations still stand between that player and 1st place, and those eliminations usually become more difficult to attain as the players...more

Help Rafa finalists getting musical, dangerous, odd

So, Rafa isn't playing in the Olympics. This is news we had hoped not to report, but it's happened, and there is nothing we can do about it now. The MRI says it's chronic tendinitis, which even in our lay opinion doesn't sound good. While we wait to figure out...more

MicroMillions II: fabio_bruxo leading Player of Series race

With just a few days left in the PokerStars MicroMillions, Brazilian Fabio "fabio_bruxo" Bandiera sits atop the Player of the Series leaderboard. If he manages to hold on until the end he will be headed to the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in January. Here's how Bandiera stacks up against the rest...more

MicroMillions II: acoimbra hitting the wall, main event draws near

It's been a tough time for Andre 'acoimbra' Coimbra who has realised that the body does in fact need more than a couple of hours rest here and there. The Portuguese PokerStars Team Online player has now played 73 of the 100 MicroMillions tournaments that he challenged himself to complete....more

Play small to win big with MicroMillions

Can a magazine and a soft drink contribute in any way to improving my financial status? How about a latte and a cinnamon roll? These were a few of my impulse purchases in the last week and I have to say that each of them provided a temporary buzz of...more

PokerStars Strategy: Watch video, win, repeat

The PokerStars Blog has always been about informing and entertaining but, unlike a public service broadcaster, we've always steered clear of the educational side of things. No longer. From now on if you look skyward you'll see a new section at the top of the blog titled 'Strategy.' Click on...more

Fun, games, and oh yes . . . a bracelet for Selbst

On May 30, Vanessa Selbst finished fourth in the first massive NLHE event of the 2012 World Series of Poker, foreshadowing a successful series for the Team Poker Stars Pro. A month later, she snagged her second bracelet (the first was for PLO in 2008) in the $2500 Six-Handed Ten-Game...more

As the Stars Tweet: Summer Ending

The World Series of Poker has played down to the final nine and there were a few Team PokerStars Pros that made a deep run in the Main Event. Jan Heitmann was the last Team PokerStars Pro standing in the Main Event. Heitmann finished in 26th cashing out for $294,601....more

PokerStars Macau announces two 2012 events

PokerStars Macau today announced that it has added two more special events to the 2012 Asia Player of the Year season. The Macau Poker Cup Championship (MPCC) will take place from September 7-16, while the inaugural APPT: Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP) is scheduled for October 26 to November 11....more

MicroMillions II: Klyukvenniy claims victory; wins event #72 ($1+R NL Hold'em 3x-Turbo)

Turbo by name, but not turbo by nature. Eventual champion Klyukvenniy had to survive an elongated passage of three-handed play, which lasted some 95 hands, during which the Uzbek was variously short stack, middle stack and briefly chip leader. A huge suck out during heads-up play was the slice of...more

Mercier, Elky and Selbst complete a Global Poker Index hattrick

Team PokerStars Pro have completed an epic one, two, three at the top of the Global Poker Index (GPI) with tournament titans Jason Mercier (1st), Betrand 'ElkY' Grospellier (2nd) and Vanessa Selbst (3rd) this week claiming podium positions. Mercier cashed six times at this year's WSOP making one final table...more

MicroMillions II: Mpak.Vagelis climbs Everest to win Event #70 ($5.50 NLHE)

I always wonder what it must feel like to conquer a 10,000-player field in a poker tournament. When you decide to sit down, fire up PokerStars, browse the lobby and jump into a sea of virtual humanity, you know that you must survive a minefield of bad beats, bad players...more

MicroMillions II: Day 8 round-up, close to $5m won so far

Close to five million dollars has so far been won in this MicroMillions II series. It's a phenomenal amount given there's only been a handful of tournaments which have had a buy-in larger than $5! Coming into the final third of the 11-day schedule we're approaching the jewel in the...more

19 July

MicroMillions II: Seanallin99 steamrolls the final table in Event #71 ($11 NLHE Turbo, SuperKnockout)

Knock out a player, get half your buy-in back. Knock out two and you're freerolling. Knock out more than that, and you're in the black before the tournament has even made the money. Welcome to the third SuperKnockout event of the MicroMillions II, where the action moved blindingly fast, the...more

MicroMillions II: Next stop Bobby's Room for Event #69 Triple Stud champ xVegasDreamx

Everyone starts somewhere. Some players grind freerolls and microstakes before hitting that one relatively big night at the cash tables or a tournament win and riding that fortune into something bigger. While no one was going to reach the level frequently played by Team PokerStars pros like Viktor Blom and...more

MicroMillionsII: PanchoZelada gets the girls; suclaw gets the win in Event #67 ($1+R, 3x-Turbo)

These $1+R events have been some of the juiciest so far in MicroMillions II, and Event #67 (3x-Turbo) was no exception. It guaranteed $75,000 in the prize pool, but that number was easily surpassed. The 19,321 players purchased 101,757 rebuys and more than 10,000 add-ons to swell the pool to...more

MicroMillions II: ActionJunk smokes the field in Event #68 ($2.20+R NL Omaha 6-max)

With a screen name like ActionJunk you're bound to get noticed at the tables. Call it fate or sheer luck... but ActionJunk was destined to win an Omaha event in MicroMillions II. I don't know who gets credit for popularizing the term "action junkie," but it's a fitting description of...more

MicroMillions II: peterpan351 comes from the clouds to win Event #66 ($2.20 NLHE)

As the saying goes, it's not over until the fat lady sings. And if there was a "Fat Lady Sings" button in the PokerStars tournament lobby, we're pretty sure it would've been clicked well before the final cards were dealt on this final table. We'd already pencilled in badaboemba's...more

MicroMillions II: Chalk up a victory for Chalkyman in event #65 ($4.40 NL Hold'em 6-Max)

The writing was on the wall from the very start of the final table as United Kingdom's Chalkyman started with the chip lead and took just 27 minutes to become the latest player to be able to say: 'I am a Micro Millions II champion.' It was a supreme performance...more

MicroMillions II: ber1212 breaks down Event #64 ($3.30 NLHE)

When heads-up play began the two players that did all the damage on the final table stood toe to toe. Essentially even in stacks and ready to determine who would stand on the top. These two players eliminated the other seven players on the way to their heads-up battle and...more

MicroMillions II: acoimbra breaks lamp, mind not far behind

Oh dear, as metaphors go it's quite a clear one. The lamp that shone upon Andre 'acoimbra' Coimbra's challenge has broken. That illuminating bulb above his head has shattered leaving Coimbra in the dark. Or, in actual fact, in his kitchen which is, quite frankly, a lot better for us...more

Micro Millions II: Alvagaard is strongest at the finish of Event 63

They say that poker isn't necessarily about how many pots you win. It's about how many chips you win. The idea of the game, of course, is to win all the chips. Winning lots of pots can help in that endeavor, but there are no bonus points for the player...more

MicroMillions II: akaTomash chops the loot but scoops the title in Event #62 ($4.40+R PL Omaha 6-Max)

What's more fun than Pot Limit Omaha? How about short-handed Pot Limit Omaha? How about short-handed Pot Limit Omaha with rebuys? Now you're talking! The ultimate gambling game with the safety net of being able to rebuy over and over and over again. Set a price tag of just $4.40...more

MicroMillions II: Day 7 round-up, fabio_bruxo defending the yellow jersey

The Tour de France is entering its final stretch having already completed 17 gut-wrenching, muscle-burning stages. Just four days remain for Bradley Wiggins to maintain a two-minute and five-seconds lead over fellow Brit and team mate Chris Froome. That great bicycle race isn't the only gruelling marathon to finish this...more

18 July

MicroMillions II: nafnaf_funny the merry prankster in Event #60 victory

Waves and waves of players swarmed to MicroMillions II Event #60 $8.80 NL. After eight and a half hours of grueling poker, nafnaf_funny from Russia emerged unscathed from the battlefield as the sole victor. Event #60 attracted 14,710 runners and the prize pool ballooned to $117,680. The top 2,025 places...more

MicroMillions II: HansGusen112 hammers out a win in Event #61 ($1+R NLHE 3x-Turbo)

There was a time when we'd marvel at a $1 rebuy tournament racking up close to a six-figure prize pool. A time when we'd nearly faint at the thought of a half a billion chips in play. A time when we'd wonder what it would feel like to turn six...more

MicroMillions II: GG to GGFML, winner of Event #59 ($3.30 NL Omaha H/L)

When the final table of Event 59 began, GGFML had such a commanding chip lead that a comeback from another player seemed unlikely. But with the ups and downs of Omaha H/L, anything was possible, and bordinho93 took advantage of that. With a few double-ups, bordinho93 became the one to...more

MicroMillions II: No doubt for Noogaii in Event #58 ($2.20+R NL Hold'em, Big Antes, 2x-Turbo)

A total of 10,899 players bought into Event #58 today, the $2.20+R NL Hold'em (Big Antes, 2x-Turbo). With 30,366 rebuys and 6,250 add-ons, the prize pool was juiced to more than $95,000 with a five-figure payout up to. That's quite a parlay from a couple bucks. Team PokerStars Pro Henrique...more

MicroMillions II: bgigra4 survives the shootout in Event #57 ($8.80 NLHE Shootout)

Shootout. There were 4008 players that took a seat at 8:30am ET today -- no late registration for this one -- and, nine hours later, only one player was left standing. bgigra4 sat down at four different tables today and was the last player standing at every one. Each...more

MicroMillions II: pahancik prevails; bags Badugi title in event #56 ($3.30 FL Badugi)

The Badugi title belongs to Russia as pahancik defeated a field of 2,233 to claim the first prize of $923.27. By virtue of scoring the knock out that reduced the field from nine to eight to start the final table the Russian took the chip lead to the final table....more

MicroMillions II: fecooo wins Event #55 ($2.20 NLHE)

Thirteen dollars and seventy-one cents, that's it just under fourteen dollars. Not even ten times the buy-in for this event. That is all that fecooo had as winnings before entering Event #55. That will not even buy you a decent meal at an Outback, maybe a Blooming Onion and a...more

Micro Millions II: zandermak the mack daddy of Event 54

Day 7 of the 2012 MicroMillions II kicked off bright and early, at 2am PokerStars time, with Event 54, $5.50 NLHE. A little more than nine hours later zandermak dispatched the last of the final table players to claim a MicroMillions victory. Event 54 sported a $20,000 guarantee. The guarantee...more

MicroMillions II: acoimbra reloads his sleep bankroll

Andre 'acoimbra' Coimbra has broken through the halfway point of his 100 event MicroMillions challenge and is looking refreshed having picked up the best part of eight hours sleep over the last 24, a far cry from the one hour he got a couple of days ago. The downside of...more

MicroMillions II: ASPIDOV ALEK antes up to win Event #53 ($3.30 NLHE Six-Handed Ante Up)

We've ticked past the half way mark of the MicroMillions II series but the action is only just warming up as massive fields and even bigger prize pools continue to give low-limit players the chance to experience championship online poker for the price of a cup of coffee. Event #53...more

Breaking news: Pokerstars 2012 WCOOP schedule released

Hold the presses and don't you dare hit that refresh button: the 2012 WCOOP schedule is here. The largest, richest and most eagerly anticipated online poker series in the world is on our doorsteps with the highs and lows of the World Series but a fading memory (and green or...more

Pauli elTopo tops super field in Super Tuesday

With the World Series of Poker now firmly out of the way, expect to see the online MTT scene to return to business as usual with many of the world's best pros returning to the online poker felt. Today's $1,050 Super Tuesday was a good example of that with the...more

MicroMillions II: Day 6 round-up, halfway through

The MicroMillions series has just crossed the halfway point with 52 of the 100 events played out and $3,863,411.63 in prize pools already won, an incredible amount given that the average buy-in is less than $5! It's still tight at the top of the MicroMillions Leader Board with fabio_bruxo of...more

MicroMillions II: staanemer snags win in Event #52 ($5.50 NL Hold'em)

A topsy turvy heads-up battle was a fitting finale to this tournament as German player staanemer overcame a chip deficit heads-up to stand strong and defeat Canadian jjctripsy. Almost ten hours earlier this $30,000 guaranteed tournament had kicked off and by the end of late registration 10,893 players had paid...more

17 July

MicroMillions II: Fantastic finish for kawachi1984 in Event #50 ($4.40-Max 4x-Chance)

Four. It's a magical number for players with adrenaline addictions. At a four-handed table, you cannot hide and nit it up. You're forced to play hands and widen your calling range. You can run, but you can't hide. If you employ a passive game plan, you'll get eaten up by...more

MicroMillions II: Llandie lands a win in Event #51 ($2.20+R Ante Up 2x-Turbo)

Llandie was quiet going into the final table, watching as the big stacks eliminated the small ones. But when it came time, Llandie scored an important double-up and moved up on the leaderboard. Though the smallest of the final four in the deal agreement, Llandie continued to use well-timed aggression...more

MicroMillionsII: vanov04 scoops a victory in Event #48 (PL Omaha Hi/Lo)

Event #48 of the MicroMillions II was the $3.30 PL Omaha Hi/Lo event, and it kicked off in the early afternoon in Europe. By the time registration closed, 5,891 players were sitting at the tables and playing for a piece of more than $17,500 in the prize pool. Henrique "Henrique.P"...more

MicroMillions II: SebbyGI, top stud in Event #49 ($3.30 Limit Stud)

We're halfway there. Well, almost. There are 100 events this MicroMillions and Event #49 has just come to a close. The $3.30 Limit Stud tournament drew 4,289 players for a first-place prize of $2,086. Today, that prize went to SebbyGI after eight hours of Stud action. SebbyGI, a PokerStars...more

MicroMillions II: froab takes one down for the Netherlands in Event #46 ($11 NLHE, 6-Max SuperKnockout)

When I heave the words Super Knockout I immediately think about the the early 90s Nintendo game Super Punch-Out. Yes the names are different but the idea behind that game and this tournament are both the same, knockout or eliminate your opponent(s) in any way until you are the lone...more

MicroMillions II: China's champion keqiwong wins Event #47 ($1+R 3x-Turbo)

Two players dominated the final table of Event 47 - keqiwong and gladdrkim. Both made well-timed moves, eliminated competitors, and worked hard to survive the rapidly climbing blinds. In the end, those two players met in the heads-up ring, but it was keqiwong who had the advantage for the majority...more

Micro Millions II: 41g3r goes out like a lion in Event 45

A poker-playing woman that I dated a few years back once told me she'd prefer to get pocket aces late in the tournament instead of early in the tournament, in order to maximize their value. She felt that while getting off to a good start in a tournament was...more

MicroMillions II: Coimbra climbing but tiredness chasing

"Even in my wildest dreams, never thought that I would actually take a quick shower during the 5 minute tournament break! It just happened :(" tweeted Andre 'acoimbra' Coimbra. When you're trying to play 100 consecutive events across 11 days it's not just bad beats, ICM and sleep deprivation that...more

MicroMillions II: Luck of the Irish sees KidSylar win Event #44 ($11 NLHE)

A Canadian, a Latvian and an Irishman walk into a bar... It could be the start of a classic gag, but it was no joke today as we enjoyed a truly International final table line up in Event #44 of the MicroMillions II series. One of the great things about...more

WSOP 2012: PokerStars wrap-up

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WSOP 2012: Final nine headed to October

After nearly two weeks of marathon play, the 2012 World Series of Poker has come down to the final nine. A little after midnight in Las Vegas, the nine top players bagged up their chips and said goodbye to them until late October. After a few months to rest up...more

MicroMillions II: Day 5 round-up, another $588,864 won

It's still a tough one to get our heads round. Someone, in this case Wieger1980, buys into a $1 rebuy turbo tournament and six-and-a-half hours later they've got an additional $13,569.70 in their account. That victory was the Dutchman's only score in this MicroMillions II series and while it might...more

MicroMillions II: KnuggleKing reigns supreme in Event #43 ($3.30 NL 6-max)

These days, $3.30 barely buys you a cup of gourmet coffee. But that's the beauty of MicroMillions II because it gives players with limited bankrolls an opportunity for a quick score. For a simple $3.30 investment, players in the MicroMillions had a shot at padding their bankrolls with a $6,000...more

16 July

MicroMillions II: spielverderb dominates to win Event #42 ($5.50 NLHE)

Already over forty events into the MicroMillions II schedule and the action just isn't slowing as massive fields continue to join in the low-limit action and guarantees are being smashed left, right and centre! Event #42 of the schedule was no exception as 18,295 players turned up for the $5.50...more

MicroMillions II: Julian013 is the one who knocks in Event #40 ($5.50 NL Hold'em 6-Max Turbo Knockout)

The 40th event on the MicroMillions II docket was the $5.50 NL Hold'em 6-Max Turbo Knockout. The "Knockout" portion of the title meant that $1 from each entry served as a bounty on that player's tournament life. The rest of the moniker -- "6-Max Turbo" -- ensured a rapid pace...more

MicroMillions II: Wieger1980 scorches field en route to victory in Event #41 ($1+R Turbo_

Think about your local football stadium. Some of them can easily hold in excess of 27,000 rabid fans. Picture your stadium filled with online poker enthusiasts. Then you can get a better grasp on the sea of humanity that you have to fight through in order to win MicroMillions Event...more

WSOP 2012: Heitmann's exit marks end of banner Team Pro performance

It was back to work for Jan Heitmann today, to a job he'd made look so easy up to now. Each morning Heitmann has taken his seat and unbagged his chips looking like a player having the time of his life, enjoying the experience, getting increasingly excited as each day...more

Jan Heitmann WSOP Day 7

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Micro Millions II: dewast_out goes low in Event 39, $4.40 Razz

Say what you want about razz. You're probably right, so go ahead and say it. I'll wait. Did you say that people hate razz, as a rule? You're not wrong. But somehow razz perseveres as a masochisitic form of stud poker. It was on the schedule once again as 2012...more

MicroMillions II: oskaart wins Event #38 ($5.50 NLHE)

Turning $5 into a big payday can make anyones day. Turning it into over $6,000 in less than 10 hours will definitely make your day better. For 8,985 players that is just what they were trying to do in Event no. 38 of the MicroMillions II. For 8,984 players they...more

WSOP 2012: Team PokerStars Pro Jan Heitmann ready for long night

The final 27 players of the World Series of Poker have just sat down in the Rio's Amazon Room. When the doors on the room close tonight, only nine survivors will remain. Team PokerStars Pro Jan Heitmann hopes to be one of them. As play begins today, Heitmann is in...more

MicroMillions II: KOTLYAREVSKA crushes competition; wins event #37 ($3.30 PL Omaha, 6-max 2R1A)

Four cards equaled a double quick final table as KOTLYAREVSKA crushed the competition to win event #37. The Russian had a big chip lead at the start of the final table, never lost it and eliminated every other player in under an hour to take the top prize of $4,853.98....more

MicroMillions II: Coimbra getting close, sleep needed

It all seems so easy when you say it, 'I'll play 100 tournaments round-the-clock over the next 11 days.' But Andre 'acoimbra' Coimbra is beginning to realise exactly what his challenge involves with two-thirds of the MicroMillions II series left to play. Team PokerStars Online's Coimbra has had little more...more

Micro Millions II: mikland13 gets the best deal in Event 36

As much as poker players like to believe in poker justice, they also like to believe in poker karma. One of the biggest sins to many players, then, is to be a "chop-blocker" - the lone player who prevents a deal from taking place, a player-facilitated deal that smooths...more

MicroMillions II: yolove7 survives six-way deal to win Event #35 ($5.50 NLHE 1R1A)

It's rare to see a tournament where the fifth-place finisher collects the most money, but that's exactly what happened today as a six-way deal delivered nenebr the lion's share of the loot as the title ended with yolove7 on another entertaining MicroMillions II final table. A total of 4,962 players...more

MicroMillions II: afroditaluna guns down competition in Event #34 Shootout (6-max) victory

What is more exciting than a short-handed shootout? Mention the term "shootout" and it conjures up raw images of the American Wild West and a dilapidated saloon filled with unsavory characters like rough and tumble cowboys fending off slithery card sharks and other miscreants on the outskirts of an unsavory...more

Rafa's first hand

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Rafa Nadal served up his first hand

Tennis superstar Rafa Nadal has had his first poker lesson and, well, it didn't exactly work out as well for him as it does on the court. He may be a beast with a racket in his hand but the newest addition to Team PokerStars SportStar might need some help...more

WSOP 2012: Team PokerStars Pro Jan Heitmann advances to Day 7

Twenty-seven players remain in the 2012 World Series of Poker. That's 27 people who this morning can still go to sleep with dreams of winning this year's Main Event bracelet and the $8.2 million that goes along with it. One of those people is Team PokerStars Pro Jan Heitmann. The...more

MicroMillions II: Day 4 round up, $2,763,378 prizes won

The MicroMillions festival is now a third of its way through its low buy-in, big prize run and has so far given out an incredible $2,763,378 (and 12 cents) in prizes. For the low stakes grinder there really is nowhere else on Earth, or the internet, where you can find...more

15 July

Sunday Million: ShipTheFliip shakes the monkey off his back, scores $182k

ShipTheFliip no doubt felt a sense of deja vu as he hit the final table of this week's Sunday Million. He'd been here before and not too long ago, finishing third for over $111,000 back in November. ShipTheFlipp didn't close it out that night and was looking to change that...more

WSOP 2012: Judging books by their covers

In Nassim Nicholas Taleb's book Fooled by Randomness, the author explores the notion that human beings often discount randomness, looking instead for causality in things in order to explain the unexplainable. It manifests itself in various aspects of modern life such as in business, where, to quote form the...more

MicroMillions II: @rtemur surges to victory in Event #32 Sunday Storm Special Edition

The "perfect storm" is an expression that explains a series of impossible and improbable events that must occur in order to facilitate a rare happening. It goes without saying that almost every tournament victory comes about due to a series of "perfect storm" events that ushered along a fortuitous outcome....more

WSOP 2012: The Team Pro Paradox

Jan Heitmann is poised to do what only one other Team PokerStars Pro has done before. At this hour, Heitmann is sixth in chips in the WSOP Main Event. He looks like a lock to make it to Day 7 and the final three tables of the 2012 World Series...more

Jan Heitmman Day 6 WOSP

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MicroMillions II: MilkTheRuler does indeed rule Event #30 ($3.30 NLHE HU Turbo)

For a series of heads-up matches, it requires more than a little luck in one or two rounds. To win the tournament, a player had to win a total of 14 heads-up matches against all types of players and playing styles. MilkTheRuler was able to do just that. The final...more

MicroMillions II: ADP1985 books a win for the UK in Event #31 ($3.30 Stud Hi/Lo)

Event #31 is the lone Stud Hi/Lo event on the MicroMillions II schedule, and 6,887 players ponied up the requisite $3.30 buy-in. That put more than $20,000 in the prize pool with just over $3,000 up top. Adrienne "talonchick" Rowsome was the strongest performer from the Team PokerStars family. She...more

Sunday Warm-Up: Ladies champ ProXimaVez, adds Sunday Warm-Up to resume

Quads are usually a rarity in Texas Hold Em'. With three players remaining tonight the rarity would show up in back-to-back hands that perhaps someone with a mind for probabilities could figure out the odds of this happening. The draw possibility for completing quads with paired cards by the turn...more

MicroMillions II: JyMaster1 slays giants, wins Event #33 ($2.20+R NLHE 2x-Turbo)

$17,000 and change? That's more akin to a Sunday Million final table payout than the top prize in a $2 rebuy tournament. But this is the MicroMillions, folks, where a single $2 bullet can be parlayed into a 892,500% ROI. All it takes it beating out a field that could...more

WSOP 2012: Jan Heitmann last Team Pro standing

Poker players usually travel in packs. It usually cuts costs, adds a dash of camaraderie and keeps things interesting during long trips on the road. The World Series of Poker is done in the same way, but the system breaks down for example when you're the last Team Pro...more

More than luck gives damnluckyy the July 15 Women's Sunday win

There is a lot happening for women on PokerStars these days. In addition to tournaments like this, the big promotion is for PS Women Live in Barcelona. Players have the chance to win a €2,000 prize package to EPT Barcelona for the live ladies-only tournament in August. Satellites run all...more

WSOP 2012: Vanessa Selbst finishes 73rd for $88,070

It's a sentence that just doesn't look right on the page. After Vanessa Selbst barnstormed the 2012 World Series of Poker and outperformed every member of Team PokerStars Pro, it just felt natural to continue writing stories about her winning, surviving, and soldiering on. Even an hour ago when she...more

WSOP 2012: Rehabbing Selbst

There is no waiting. Patience is for people with no game or no chips. If Vanessa Selbst is the least bit healthy, she doesn't need patience. She only needs her vast and deadly arsenal of intelligence, experience, and courage. This is the Vanessa Selbst we have watched for the past...more

MicroMillions II: From Russia with shove; yuuruma wins event #28 ($5.50 NL Hold'em, 6-max)

Relentless aggression from Russian player yuuruma saw him steamroll the final table to win MicroMillions Event #28 for a $7,844.20 payday. The Russian topped a field of 12,531 and took the lions share of a huge $62,655 prize pool as once again we saw just how popular six-max tournaments are....more

MicroMillions II: tron1ft8 wins Event #29 ($1+R NLHE, 3x-Turbo)

Re-buy on table 12.........Re-buy on table 284.........Re-buy on table.......... If this were a live tournament it would be hard to focus with the amount of re-buys that occurred during the first 90 minutes of play. Needing only $0.91 to get 3,000 more chips if you just lost all of yours...more

WSOP 2012: 97 into Day 6 equals 27

There's a camera team out in the hallway of the Rio convention centre. They need B-roll of players walking towards the Amazon Room to take their seat. The camera team has been there all week, first filming crowds of people all looking the same. If they were lucky they'd...more

Micro Millions II: stepikbakins rides the big stack to victory in Event 26

Starting a final table with a big chip stack is a huge advantage for players hoping to win the tournament. 2012 MicroMillions II Event 26, $2.20 NLHE (2R, 1A), came down to the two players who started the final table in just such a position - as the biggest stacks....more

MicroMillions II: Coimbra quarter of the way through his challenge

Andre 'aocimbra' has just tip-toed through the quarter way point of his 100 event challenge and he's still going strong, but with a week and 75 round-the-clock tournaments left he's going to need all the strength he can muster. He's managed four cashes so far putting himself in a solid...more

MicroMillions II: No kidding around as CBabycee levels Event #27 field (Sunday Spark Special)

While this scribe was waking up a little earlier than usual and securing a quick Red Bull to make ensure my ability to discern up from down and a spade from a diamond, most players in the second edition of the MicroMillions here at PokerStars have already accustomed themselves...more

MicroMillions II: Rhyno2008 antes up and wins Event #25 ($3.30 NLHE Ante Up)

With many players around the world now very competent at No Limit Holdem, it's always refreshing to see a different variation of the game to throw a little spanner in the works. We all get almost robotic when we think about raising it up to steal the blinds, so when...more

MicroMillions II: Stefanoy stomps final table to win Event #24 ($2.20 NLHE)

There was no question about stefanoy's plan. Entering the final table with the chip lead was one thing, but the sheer aggression used to chip up even further was impressive. The cards were there for stefanoy, and everything seemed to fall into place. And the four simple words at the...more

WSOP 2012: Team Pros among final 100 heading to Day 6

It's one of the paradoxes of the World Series of Poker Main Event: as things get more serious and exciting, there are fewer people involved. To walk down the hallways of the Rio today, on the way to the Amazon Room, it's clear there are already signs that all this...more

14 July

MicroMillions II: One billion chips and the title for rereissumies in Event #23 ($1+R NLHE 3xTurbo)

Is there a better creation on Earth that the $1 Rebuy 3x-Turbo event? I don't think so. It's PokerStars gift to the poker community. Here you go, you poor tortured MTT'ers. Take your dollar, run it up, survive coinflip after coinflip after coinflip, outlast five-figure fields with six-figure rebuys, with...more

WSOP 2012: And then there were three under the red spade flag

Lightning is putting on a show in the skies over northwest Las Vegas. A storm is moving down highway 95 from Indian Springs, and the black-purple clouds are shot through with blue streaks. It's better than any laser show in Sin City, and those with the time to watch are...more

MicroMillions II: fab1070 pummels field in Event #22 SuperKnockout victory

Sometimes all the stars in the universe align perfectly for you. As a tournament player, you can't ask for anything more from the universe aside for a little good fortune and being the one whom issues the bad beats instead of the one absorbing them. Anyone who ever wins a...more

Vanessa Selbst WSOP Day 5

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WSOP 2012: Daniel Negreanu busts in 160th place

Daniel Negreanu was having loads of fun at the feature table of the 2012 World Series of Poker. He joked with the audience. He did some light stretching and put his butt in the air to the delight of the women in the crowd. Between hands, he took time to...more

WSOP 2012: Heitmann on high

It's difficult to spot any failings among the four remaining Team Pros right now. All of them are playing some of the best poker of their careers, including Jan Heitmann, who is up to more than 1.4 million at the break. "Today has been actually hard," said Heitmann. "I...more

MicroMillions II: Coimbra barely sleeping, but eating well

Oh. You think you're tired? You think you had a long week at work? Try being Team Online's Andre Coimbra. As you might have heard, he's planning to play every one of the MicroMillions events. It would be one thing if it were one tournament per day for a hundred...more

WSOP 2012: Brokedown palace

Walk with me friends through the palace that was the World Series of Poker. For seven weeks, it was more than a tournament. It was a temple. It teemed with a temporary civilization. Now, we watch as that temple crumbles and its foundation of monied-players is reduced to fewer than...more

MicroMillions II: A83Z vaults past Theaetetus to win Event #20 ($2.22+R NLHE 3x-Turbo)

The Saturday Splash? How about a freaking tidal wave? Because that's how it would feel if half a billion chips landed on your head. The MicroMillions special edition of this regularly scheduled Saturday smackdown may have carried the buy-in of a kiddie game, but navigating through the tsunami of players...more

MicroMillions II: DonkDeezNutz destroys final table in Event #19 ($4.40 NLHE 4-max)

It was one of those final tables that could have easily gone on for hours. Stacks were deep, blinds were low, and the stage was set for a hard-fought slog to the finish. Today, however, DonkDeezNutz woke up ready for battle and steamrolled his opponents at the final table, eliminating...more

WSOP 2012: All quiet on the outer tables

I suppose we could call this a quiet period. There are all-in and calls going on everywhere, but as far as Team PokerStars Pros are concerned, none concern them. They play on while peacefully while the tournament life of others disintegrates around them. That goes for three Team Pros...more

MicroMillions II: Liska01 plays "Deal or No Deal" to dominate Event #21 ($3.30 Pot Limit Omaha 6-Max Turbo)

Event #21 of this MicroMillions II was the $3.30 Pot Limit Omaha 6-Max Turbo. The 8,103 entrants who bought in created just a bit of overlay on the $25,000 guaranteed prize pool. With about 1,000 places paying out, $3,750.00 was reserved for the eventual champion. PokerStars Team Online Andre "acoimbra"...more

WSOP 2012: What the math says for Team Pro on Day 5

The math is undeniable. I wish we could change it, but we can't. In poker--in the World Series of Poker--math is religion. The math says two Team PokerStars Pros are going to make it to Day 6 .That's just how it works. The rate of attrition has almost always been...more

MicroMillions II: mantecacacao mans up in Event #18 ($3.30 NLHE, Turbo)

In a tournament the only elimination that matters is the last one. For most that last elimination means their shot at winning is done but for one that elimination means they just won. On the final table of the MicroMillions II Event No. 18 mantecacacao only had one elimination while...more

MicroMillions II: Bulgarian the biggest draw as vas_panev74 wins event #17 ($5.50 NL Draw)

Thirty-three minutes was all it took for six to become one as Bulgarian vas_panev74 won event #17 $5.50 NL Draw and pocketed $1089.27. Although the final table lasted for 52 minutes, this included a scheduled five minute break and a much longer one during which the final six negotiated a...more

Micro Millions II: Event 16 victory is sweet as sugar for smak9

If you made it to the end of a major, high-stakes MTT, chances are you'd be willing to make a deal to smooth out the payouts a little. Not everyone would be so willing, to be sure, but if experience is a guide more players would do a deal than...more

MicroMillions II: 2stonedbirds brings title down under in Event #14 ($3.30+R NLHE)

Forgive me if I get a little patriotic tonight as I give a little cry of "Aussie! Aussie! Aussie!". The MicroMillions loot is heading down under today as Australia's 2stonedbirds grabbed an emphatic victory on a whirlwind final table. It was Event #14 of the MicroMillions II schedule and was...more

WSOP 2012: Four Team Pros carry PokerStars flag into Day 5

If fate has designs on stopping Vanessa Selbst's run for a WSOP championship bracelet, it's not yet figured out a plan that works. After four days of play, Selbst is one of the top chip stacks as the remaining 5% of the field fights for the final table. She, Jan...more

13 July

MicroMillions II: Jump for joy for jephoy77, winner of Event #15 ($5.50 FLHE Turbo)

Jephoy77 was never far behind in the chip counts at the final table, but a key double-up through the chip leader was the way to go. That double gave jephoy77 new life and put a dent in the stack of judas68. The latter then exited in fourth place, and jephoy77...more

MicroMillions II: egonsonnn goes big to win Event #12 ($3.30 NL Hold'em Big Antes)

Twelve events into the MicroMillions II schedule, we've arrived at the first of three big-ante events. The $3.30 NL Hold'em Big Antes guaranteed $25,000 for some Friday fun, but the prize pool swelled to more than three times that amount. A healthy 25,466 players paid their entries to put $76,398...more

WSOP 2012: Heitmann holds on in tough spot

Jan Heitmann is a man who likes to stay positive. Almost everything in his life is positive, from his family life back home; to the fact he can entertain both on the piano and with sleight of hand, being an accomplished pianist and magician (I once accused him of...more

WSOP 2012: First WSOP cash for Main Event Passport-holder

You know how life goes. You're young. You make plans. You establish traditions. You go to the beach with your friends every summer. You go camping in the fall. You expect it to go on forever. And then you grow up, or at least pretend like it. Mark Demirjian's...more

MicroMillions II: gosh22 gallops away with a win in Event #13 ($8.80 H.O.R.S.E.)

Eight bucks can't even buy you a decent sandwich in San Francisco. It won't buy you a day's worth of rides on the London Underground and it would be a serious sweat to see if it covered the cost of a single cocktail at my local watering hole. Eight bucks,...more

MicroMillions II: pyablondu plows through field in Event #11 ($11 6-Max NLHE)

Players got another chance at some 6-max NLHE action today. Yesterday, MicroMillions players had a shot at a $3.30 6-max tournament. Today, the stakes were a bit higher; Event #11 featured the biggest buy-in of the MicroMillions yet, $11. There were 13,512 players that put up the double-digit buy-in...more

WSOP 2012: Keeping it under one roof

As reported earlier this summer on the PokerStars Blog, Team Pro Vanessa Rousso recently bought her dream home in Las Vegas, a vast sprawling pad complete with courts for volleyball, basketball and tennis, as well as a pool to dip your feet in, all of which are set in...more

Vanessa Selbst Day 4 WSOP

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WSOP 2012: Ruthless efficiency as exit door gets a workout

It almost never fails. When the bubble bursts at the World Series of Poker, the exodus looks like a frat party that ran out of free beer. It's as if everyone didn't care so much about winning the World Series of Poker as min-cashing and rushing as quickly as they...more

WSOP 2012: Bubble bursts for hostages to a fortune

Two policeman stand at the door of the Amazon Room as more and more people arrive to witness the most exciting part of an event like this. For strangers in town it's easy to sot the difference between the strong arm of the law and the strong arm of...more

WSOP 2012: Zen & the art of being Marcel Luske

At 11:58am, Marcel Luske's WSOP ammunition sits in a bag of orange and yellow chips. He should be in the nine-seat of Table 416, but he's absent. The dealer dumps out the chips and leaves the mess on the felt. The WSOP Main Event is just 54 players away from...more

MicroMillions II: jayme1987 steamrolls final table in Event #10 ($1+R NL 3x-Turbo)

Some days you just run good. Final table chip leaders do not always win their prospective tournament, but in this instance, the U.K.'s jayme1987 went wire-to-wire at a final table that barely lasted twenty minutes. MicroMillions Event #10 ($1+R NL 3x-Turbo) attracted 18,102 runners. The triple re-buy period boosted the...more

MicroMillions II: ViTaMin_F22 wins Event #9 ($8.80 PL Omaha)

The stress of a final table could definitely get the best of some players, having experience at a major event definitely helps. The last time that ViTaMin_F22 was sitting at a final table of one of PokerStars major events it was Event 39 of the 2011 WCOOP. Falling short of...more

WSOP 2012: It's all about the money

After three days, 15 levels and 30 hours of play, the remaining players in the 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event are tantalizingly close to reaching the money today. At the close of play late last night, 720 players were bagging up chips, all set for another day's...more

Micro Millions II: It's Vegan19 wire to wire in Event 8

Yesterday, to kick off the second installment of the PokerStars MicroMillions, I wrote a bit about justice in poker - or rather, what poker players perceive as justice. Today justice returned in 2012 MicroMillions II Event 8, $4.40 NLHE (2X-Chance) as the chip leader entering the final table, Vegan19, went...more

MicroMillions II: three hours of sleep wake acoimbra to the challenge

Three hours of sleep. It's not a lot and I imagine that if you got that little snooze time in a day you'd know about it. Three hours is all that Andre 'acoimbra' Coimbra has had and it's possibly enough to wake him up to the size of the challenge...more

MicroMillions II: Bung Eyed Ho stages comeback to win event #7 ($5.50 NLHE)

Down to just three big blinds with 12 players remaining, Bung Eyed Ho, a drummer from New Zealand, staged a remarkable comeback to win Event #7. At his low point he typed: 'this is where dreams shatter and hearts break,' into the chat box. But it would be the other...more

MicroMillions II: Riches for Russia as Iwantbearich bags win in Event #4 ($3.30+R NLHE)

I'll let you in on a little blogger's secret. When we're asked to report on an online poker tournament that takes about ten hours to complete, we're not actually sitting there watching the tables for ten straight hours. Sorry, but I'm afraid it's true. We usually try to keep one...more

MicroMillions II: Day 1 round up

The MicroMillions machine is up and running with five events settled and three more under way, one of which (Event #4) is quickly approaching a final table leaving a staggering 93 events that you can still play.* If you missed our prelude to the return of the MicroMillions then we...more

MicroMillions II: Toria06 takes Event #5 title ($3.30 NLHE)

It was clear by looking at the starting chip stacks of the final table that Toria06 had a solid lead, but it soon became apparent that no one else had a chance of catching up. Toria06 moved steadily far in front of other opponents, climbing to 70 million chips when...more

WSOP 2012: Selbst leads Magnificent Seven as main event bubble looms

For the first time in the Main Event, the field was united today, and it was good to have the field all under one roof. It was just a shame the time they had together didn't last very long. The rate of attrition today surprised most, not least those whose...more

MicroMillions II: Beckersen81 brings it home in Event #6 ($2.20+R NLHE, 2x-turbo)

Germany's Beckersen81 knows what it takes to cut through a massive low-limit field. During the 2010 SCOOP, Beckersen81 plowed through a crowd of more than 3,100 and took down Event #29-L, a $33 8-Game tournament, earning $11,500 and a SCOOP watch. Tonight, he paired that title with a victory in...more

12 July

MicroMillions II: Icegg 15rus takes down Event #03 ($3.30 6-Max NLHE)

Event #03 of Micromillions II is done, only 97 more to go. The third event of the day featured 6-max NLHE action. While this format tends to entice lots of fast-paced action, it was a bit of a slowdown from the previous two events. Event #01 and Event #02...more

WSOP 2012: The price they pay

It's after 10pm in Las Vegas. Around two hours of play remain in the day, and we are looking at the people who paid the most to play in the world's biggest poker event. When they bust out tonight or first thing tomorrow, they are the ones to pity the...more

WSOP 2012: Boeree buzzing as stack goes ballistic

Anyone taking a closer look at the action today may have notice the rocket ship rise of Liv Boeree. The Team PokerStars Pro returned to play Day 3 with 104,300 chips, and slumped early in the week, treading water with 9,000 on Day 2. Then something happened that even...more

WSOP 2012: Dead or Alive, an educational, interactive blog post

In the anthropological study of the World Series of Poker, it takes a keen eye to tell the living from the dead. Like the beginning days of the future inevitable apocalypse, the walking dead's rot doesn't really get stinking for a few days. Given just the cursory glance, you could...more

WSOP 2012: From the rail at the feature table

The best seat in the house, if you're not playing that is, is at the feature table. You can't see anything, let's be clear about that, but it's comfortable and a row of leather recliners arranged on the front row feels great for those looking to rest their legs....more

Vanessa Selbst WSOP Day 3

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MicroMillions II: geydrikh quickly handles Event #2 ($1+R NLHE, 3x-Turbo)

Before today geydrikh had played in 417 tourneys on PokerStars and had only won $2,112. That was all before today, today things have changed for geydrikh. From this day forward geydrikh will be known as a MicroMillions champion having taken down Event #2, a NLHE 3x Turbo re-buy event. Having...more

WSOP 2012: Passports, please

It's a long way from Beirut to Las Vegas. It's a trip that can seem to take even longer when you're waiting to play in the WSOP Main Event. Imagine how long it might take if you were returning for your fourth WSOP having never cashed before. This is the...more

WSOP 2012: Coren and Greenstein are going to be just fine

Vicky Coren and Barry Greenstein are going to be just fine. I realised this after half an hour spent watching them both. They're on adjacent tables, making the gap between them a perfect vantage point to watch their demise, or, if questioned, to see them double up (three times)....more

Micro Millions II: cittadipace sets the pace for Event 1

Poker players love to moan about the bad beats they take, even though nobody wants to hear about them. Bad-beat stories are as much a part of the game as posting the big blind. It's like poker isn't "just" enough for the player telling the tale. How much justice is...more

WSOP 2012: Come together...over Day 3

You should know this: there are two chimpanzees loose in Las Vegas. Running rampant. Police officers have already fired their weapons once. A school is on lockdown. The people of Las Vegas are being asked to stay in their homes. On almost any other day, this would be the biggest...more

MicroMillions II: Andre 'acoimbra' Coimbra's Ironman mission

He's a man on a mission and he's not shy about talking about it. Team PokerStars Online's Andre 'acoimbra' Coimbra is going to play every MicroMillions II event over the next 11 days. It may be a micro stakes series but it's going to take the heart of a high...more

MicroMillions II: MicroMillions mania starts today

Set your phasers to fun, the MicroMillions has returned. Following up the roaring success of the inaugural MicroMillions series back in March, PokerStars is putting on another 100 event series bringing a fantastic festival of online poker to the micro stakes player with big prizes up for grabs. There are...more

WSOP 2012: De Meulder bringing big stack to Day 3 reunion

There are those who have said the World Series of Poker community is like one big dysfunctional family. If that's true, tomorrow marks the day where that big dysfunctional family has a big dysfunctional reunion. After three Day 1 flights and two Day 2s, Thursday will mark the official Day...more

11 July

WSOP 2012: Ten minutes in the main event

A seat opens in the Amazon Room as a huge cheer goes up. The crowd on the main stage, hyped up on heroics and some television cameras, cheer their man who is moments away from winning the National Championship. Some of them start a song but quickly think twice....more

WSOP 2012: Viktor Blom versus the world

It's 3pm in Las Vegas, and all is well. Viktor Blom, the mad Swede, the King of Swing, the Isildur1, the man who has won and lost millions before most people can afford car insurance, looks happy. And by happy, I mean completely sullen and detached from everything around him....more

WSOP 2012: A long hard summer for Mattern

Arnaud Mattern did not look happy. After returning for Day 2 with more than 27,000, the Frenchman had hoped for better things. His whole summer had been dogged by misfortune and a run of cards that made him feel like he hadn't won a pot all summer. He had...more

WSOP 2012: Randy $%^&*'n Lew

Walk as far as you can to the back of the Amazon Room and you'll find two champions sitting beside each other. Last November, they entered the same APPT tournament in Macau. One of them won it. The other one placed 60th. One of them was in Rounders. The other...more

WSOP 2012: A new reality for Cada

Along the hallways of the Rio, Soul II Soul were singing their late eighties anthem "Back to life, back to reality..." It was fitting as players after player left their seat, busted, and began the long walk back to life, back to reality; the day job, the mortgage, the...more

WSOP 2012: Shane Schleger's last words

Editor's note: This is...bad timing. Just as we were preparing to publish this interview with Shane "Shaniac" Schleger, he busted out of the WSOP Main Event. His queens got cracked by ace-three and he never recovered. Nevertheless, this interview is pretty enlightening. So, as Shane tries to figure out where...more

WSOP 2012: The last of the repetition

If you bear with us for one more day, this is the last of the repetition you'll notice in this year's World Series of Poker Main Event. Today is Day 2C, actually the second of the day two flights, bringing back the mass of survivors from what was a...more

WSOP 2012: Negreanu, Katchalov and Selbst lead Team Pro survivors

World Series of Poker play moved into the second day today, or the first of the second days, which was in fact the fourth day of play in the WSOP Main Event. It's complicated. This was the combination of Days 1A and 1B, some 2,044 strong, and as the field...more

10 July

2_7FTWdonk gets it done in Super Tuesday

An international final table has seen representatives from nine different countries, an amicable three-way chop and a win for Norway as 2_7FTWdonk claimed today's Super Tuesday crown. The Super Tuesday saw a field of 338 players hit the tables of PokerStars to surpass the $300,000 prize pool guarantee. The top...more

Vanessa Selbst on Day 2B at the WSOP

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WSOP 2012: The smile graveyard

Pius Heinz is a poker world champion. No...he's the reigning poker world champion. He's a multi-millionaire. He's young. He doesn't have gray hair. He's thin and can probably eat as many carbohydrates as he wants without putting on a pound. And he looks miserable. He opens the betting in early...more

WSOP 2012: Bosses watching Heitmann from home

For most professional players the World Series of Poker makes up their entire work schedule. They arrive in late May, stay till July and the world turns around them. But while that works when you're 21 years old and looking to spin up some initial success into a bracelet...more

WSOP 2012: XX marks the spot

When registration for the 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event closed, the field was awash with Y chromosomes. They were everywhere. While poker has made big efforts over the years to attract more women to the game, the XX chromosome pair still doesn't show up in huge numbers at...more

WSOP 2012: I can confirm that Salvatore Bonavena doesn't speak English

I can confirm that Salvatore Bonavena does not speak English. The Italian, wearing his familiar leather jacket and with his hair slicked back, saw me coming and smiled, shaking my hand. Bonavena is a regular on the European Poker Tour and that's my patch. I figured it was about...more

Team PokerStars Pros React to BSOP

Last week, PokerStars announced that it had officially become the sponsor for the Brazilian Series of Poker. The BSOP currently has stops in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Curitiba, Belo Horizonte, Fortaleza, and Balneario Camboriu. The firs stop takes place from July 26 through 31 at the Holiday Inn, Parque...more

WSOP 2012: Kid Poker looks better in person

"You look better in person than you do on TV," she said. She was buried under a hat, hidden behind sunglasses, and at first it was impossible to tell if the backhanded compliment was a needle or genuine expression of affection for Daniel Negreanu's boyish charm. Most people in the...more

George Danzer on Day 2 of WSOP

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WSOP 2012: Heinz in spotlight as title defence continues

They may be entirely different days but they all had one shuffle up and deal this morning. As is now the custom a dignitary of sorts is presented with the microphone each morning to make the ceremonial first pitch, and today that task fell to the reigning main event...more

WSOP 2012: A house divided

They will be in the same building...playing in the same tournament...on the same day...at the same time. But they won't ever see each other. For the first time (that we know of) in WSOP history, the Day 1A and Day 1B flights will play on the same day butin completely...more

WSOP 2012: Fifth largest WSOP Main Event heads to Day 2

It took three days, three flights, and about 39 hours at the Rio, but Day 1 of the 2012 World Series of Poker has finally come to a close. As we mentioned a bit earlier tonight, entry numbers were a bit lower this year than last (267 players lower, in...more

9 July

WSOP 2012: Champions in a corner

There's a special treatment area in the Amazon Room, three tables set up to be watched by a bank of spectators, with flop cameras and plenty of space to see everything. For their viewing pleasure, each of these tables features a former World Champion, three of several among the...more

WSOP 2012: All the numbers fit to print (and one that's not)

At the dinner break tonight, the number crunchers from the World Series of Poker released the figures everyone had been waiting to see: the total number of entrants, the prize pool, and the first place prize. Over the past seven weeks, the WSOP broke some big records, but when it...more

WSOP 2012: Players salute a champion once more

I arrived in the Brasilia Room to find several hundred Americans standing up for the Russian national anthem. Was this 30 years of jetlag kicking in? Or was that Viacheslav Zhukov on stage, wrapped in a Russian tricolour, collecting the bracelet he won for Event #58? Standing next to...more

WSOP 2012: Chasing Dolly

A Chicago Cubs game without Haray Caray. New Year's Eve without Dick Clark. The World Series of Poker without Doyle Brunson. Unthinkable, but inevitable. Institutions, even the most stalwart, won't defeat time. Brunson made the decision to not fight the fight this year. Poker's godfather said he wasn't playing the...more

WSOP 2012: Doing things differently

With thousands of players around you it's hard to make a case for your individuality. The main event doesn't lend itself to the spotlight, at least not yet. It's the office job equivalent of row after row of neat cubicles, only the hours are longer, there is no retirement...more

WSOP 2012: Heart

Josie Franco put her hands over her open mouth as the skin around her eyes tightened. It's the universal gesture of a woman nearly overcome. Her hips pressed against the nylon rail as she looked at a table in the middle of the room. "He almost died," she said, her...more

WSOP 2012: Exactly the same just bigger

The walk from the front door of the Rio to the tournament floor is famously long. First there's the casino to traverse and the late night/early morning revellers just getting into/out of their stride. Then you enter the convention centre, or the corridor leading to it, which takes ten...more

WSOP 2012: Selbst soars as Main Event comes to life

Three different rooms came to life today, hosting Day 1B of the World Series of Poker Main Event, and it didn't take a magnifying glass to notice that it was a lot bigger than yesterday. After the 1,066 of Day 1A came the 2,114 of Day 1B, swelling the...more

8 July

Sunday Million: franc1978685 finishes first, scores $124k in six-way chop

While thousands of players spent their Sunday chasing down a dream in the WSOP Main Event, thousands more set their sights on spinning a $215 buy-in into a six-figure score from the comfort of their own homes. Although the Red Spade contingent in this week's Sunday Million was noticeably light,...more

WSOP 2012: Color by numbers

There used to be a day when the floor man only needed to point. "Grab the four-seat at the table by the radiator, and mind the steam, because it can get hot." When the World Series of Poker got bigger, they numbered the tables. "Table 4, seat 4, and, yeah,...more

WSOP 2012: What becomes of the broken hearted?

If there's any guarantee in tournament poker, it's that you're going to bust out. There's an even bigger chance, unless you've walked past the promotional t-shirt booth, that you'll go home empty handed, and on day one, and possibly just after dinner. That brings indigestion into the equation and...more

TheMatadorCC fights to the finish for Sunday Warm-Up victory

Sundays are big days, full of a wide range of buy-ins and guarantees in the largest online poker tournaments in the world. For example, this Sunday Warm-Up offers a massive $500K weekly guarantee for a $215 buy-in, though satellites offer players chances to qualify for much cheaper seats. With that...more

WSOP 2012: Five endangered WSOP species

Look out across the landscape of the Amazon Room and ask yourself: what's missing? Put on your birdwatching glasses and stare intently at the crowd. It's different, isn't it? Our environment is changing. Species of WSOP birds are disappearing at an alarming rate. We at the PokerStars Blog believe in...more

Victory for _valitsaki_ in July 8 Women's Sunday

PokerStars likes to try new things. Earlier this year, they offered up the first MicroMillions series of online poker tournaments. There were 100 events with very low buy-ins, making the action accessible to all players of all bankrolls. It was such a hit that PokerStars is preparing to do it...more

WSOP 2012: George knows deuce...

Last night Team PokerStars Pro George Danzer came close to winning his first WSOP bracelet for a second time this year. A little more than two weeks ago it was in the Omaha/Stud Hi/Lo event, where he fell at the last hurdle, finishing runner-up to earn $140,825. This time...more

WSOP 2012: Team PokerStars Pro preliminary event results

It happened quietly last night. When George Danzer and Eugene Katchalov finished in their last World Series of Poker preliminary events of 2012, Team PokerStars Pro and Team Online were officially done with all but the WSOP Main Event. Over the next nine days, Team Pro will turn its full...more

WSOP 2012: If poker was a contact sport...

Not one to go through the motions, Jack Effel has welcomed players to their first day of the World Series of Poker Main Event, ratcheting up the excitement like only he can. "The place is here and the time is now," he announced as players continued to file into...more

WSOP 2012: Starting over

For a period of time in America, there was a terrible reality show called Starting Over. It was the kind that couldn't even make primetime. In my town, it aired just before the midday news. It ran for a full hour and featured the lives of women who needed a...more

WSOP 2012: Main Event party starts, crowds on the way

In the social study of poker players, there exists a hypothesis that one should not be first to the party. Perhaps it's that forced, awkward small talk that happens between a host and his first guest. Maybe it's a fear of appearing too eager. Maybe, just maybe it's a case...more

7 July

WSOP 2012: The short cut to moderate success

If you're a budding screenwriter taking your script to some festival in Cannes for example, here is some genuine advice. Don't refer to yourself as a "writer". This is frowned upon within industry circles and you won't be taken seriously. Instead, refer to yourself as a "producer". This makes...more

WSOP 2012: Reigning champ returns

There is one man at the feature table of the 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event who isn't bothered by the lights, cameras, or action. He's seen it all before. He's lived it. The biggest moment of his life, the thing that will likely be the pinacle of his...more

WSOP 2012: Still crazy after all this year...

Faced with a crowd of several hundred poker players, the view in the Amazon Room can begin to look samey. But in the field, between the magazine cover pros and the guy playing his first live event, are two players you may not have heard of before but who...more

WSOP 2012: Colors

Looking at the 2012 World Series of Poker is something akin to having napalm squirted in your eyes...if the Crayola corporation manufactured the napalm. It's M.C Escher meets Close Encounters of the Third Kind meets something my eight-year-old would imagine after too much Sunkist and too many gummi bears. The...more

WSOP 2012: When nature calls

The World Series of Poker main event is a marathon, not a sprint. That is until the first break, when it becomes a sprint, not a marathon. As the clock struck at the end of level two, players had 20 minutes to cram in all their bodily requirements (this...more

WSOP 2012: Everyman, thin man, and Gram

There is a man by the door. He's mature, middle aged, balding. He looks every bit the salesman from the Omaha or account executive from Lexington. That is to say, he looks perfectly normal, an everyman you'd trust to sell you a washing machine. The man's smile is wide and...more

WSOP 2012: Boldest and best back for the big one

If you wouldn't mind checking in clichés and hyperbole at the door, we can get the main event of the World Series of Poker underway. Today the most beautiful, poetic and talked about event on the poker calendar begins. It's the tournament every player wants to win, for the...more

6 July

WSOP 2102: Team Pro eying Main Event, counting cash

It's here. In just a little more than 24 hours, the World Series of Poker Main Event will begin. It's Team PokerStars Pro's last chance for gold in 2012. For the past five weeks, Team Pro has been grinding it out in Las Vegas. Only a couple of preliminary events...more

Help Rafa campaign picks up speed with new finalists

For the next two weeks, the poker world will have its eyes on the World Series of Poker Main Event. Among those people looking to Las Vegas for guidance and inspiration will be eleven-time Grand Slam champion Rafa Nadal. Before he looks west, however, he can simply look to all...more

Women's Poker League: REBEKC retakes Division 1 title, annamfa gives WPL insight

Another exciting month is in the history books of the PokerStars Women's Poker League. June was a particularly eventful month as we REBEKC retake her Division 1 title after finishing second in another division in May. And she finished in eighth place in the $5.50 division this month, too. She...more

4 July

PS Women in June: Ladies lead in Las Vegas, Macau, and online

If you followed PokerStars Women in June, you know that there was a lot of news. Big news. Celina Lin made history in Macau, and more women made huge strides in Las Vegas. We're going to try to summarize it here for those who missed some of it, as well...more

PokerStars puts Brazilian Series of Poker on its calendar

Vamoooooooooo! The Brazilian Series of Poker is now flying the flag of the big red spade. After spending the last several years expanding its calendar around the world, PokerStars announced this morning that it is now sponsoring the Brazilian tour. The first sponsored event kicks off in just a few...more

Watch the 2012 PCA on PokerStars.tv

You may not remember it, but there was a day when the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure made its broadcast debut on something called a television. If those devices are before your time, here's a quick history lesson. Back then, homes had boxes in their house that were connected to wires. Those...more

As the Stars Tweet: They found the gold

For the past few weeks, the members of Team PokerStars Pro have been in Las Vegas searching for gold. With all the sparkling lights, buffets, and neon, Las Vegas can be a distraction, but one Pro was able to step away from that for three days and emerge victorious. On...more

3 July

O Canada! Canuck trifecta as T_Dot_D dominates Super Tuesday

On Sunday afternoon I was taking a casual stroll past my local restaurant strip and I noticed several Canadian flags adorned across the window of the aptly titled "The World" restaurant. "Happy Canada Day!" the chalkboard read. Oh, sorry Canada, I didn't realise. And I didn't realise we celebrated it...more

Jackie Glazier: All in or nothing

Back in April we took a closer look at the women to watch for on the ANZPT. Since then Team PokerStars Pro Celina Lin went on to win the Macau Poker Cup: Red Dragon title, and more recently, another female player has created waves for the Australian women with an...more

MicroMillions II: Free ticket with PokerStars deposit

Want to play for a $150,000 first prize without spending a cent? There's now a way to do it on PokerStars, and we're here to tell you how. We are now less than two weeks away from the kickoff of MicroMillions II, and PokerStars is giving you a chance to...more

WSOP 2012: Team Pro report card

We're nearly finished with the 2012 World Series of Poker and several Team PokerStars Pros have made huge scores. Kicking off the series strong was Vanessa Selbst, who was able to pull off a 4th place finish in Event #2: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em for $161,345. Selbst looked like she would...more

2 July

WSOP 2102: Five Team Pros walk into a bar

It's a swimmy-headed kind of Monday, one that speaks to an unexpected Sunday night celebration. One that feels a bit like looking at the sun through a swath of cheesecloth. Somewhere through the haze is something big, bright, and important. It's just impossible to tell exactly what that thing is...more

PokerStars weekend review (7-1-12)

Let's just call this what it is: this was a weekend where the live poker world overshadowed the online affairs. It's a fact of poker life. Sometimes the news crawls out from the online ether and animates itself in real people. This weekend, the news was almost all Vanessa Selbst....more

1 July

WSOP 2012: Vanessa Selbst wins second career WSOP bracelet

Tonight, Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Selbst has done what no other woman has achieved since 2008. She won a World Series of Poker gold bracelet. Not since the summer of 2008 has a woman claimed a bracelet in an open-field WSOP event. In fact, the last female player to do...more

Sunday Million: Gambler4444 rolls the right combination in $158K victory

"Know when to hold em, know when to fold em" part of the famous Kenny Rogers song "The Gambler". Tonight's journey for Gambler4444 to the $1,000,000 guarantee Sunday Million title was less about "reading people's faces" and more about knowing "they were out of aces". Nearing the late registration closure...more

Sunday Warm-Up: X marks the win by Sweden's carolusXX

Around the time the players in tonight's $500,000 guaranteed Sunday Warm-Up were moving into the 360 player money position, five Team PokerStars Pros were about to begin their very expensive journey into the most expensive poker tournament at the World Series of Poker. The One Drop boasts a buy-in of...more

ShowMustG00n wins Women's Sunday after second place last week

This is the time of year that many people plan their vacations. They spend holiday in countries like Greece and Italy, they enjoy the beaches of Cannes or Barcelona. So, for poker fans, why not try to win that trip to Barcelona and play poker at a beach resort in...more

WSOP 2012: Five Team Pros putting up historic $1 million buy-in

In just a few hours, five members of Team PokerStars Pro will join 43 other poker players for the biggest buy-in tournament in poker history. At 1:11 PT time today, Jonathan Duhamel, Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, Eugene Katchalov, Jason Mercier, and Daniel Negreanu will sit down for the $1 million Big...more