November 2012

30 November

PCA 2013: Set your hand for the first Open-Face Chinese poker tournament

The PokerStars Caribbean Adventure is going to host the first ever Open-Face Chinese poker tournament this January. If you've been following the Twitter accounts of the likes of Team PokerStars Pros Jason Mercier and Daniel Negreanu or high stakes players Shaun Deeb and Scott Seiver you'll have heard about the...more

Borderline Gambling: Cartagena, Colombia

I admit it was my fault. Once you have travelled enough, things take on a certain lack of urgency. It is your experience that everything will turn out fine. I was "late" to Toronto's Pearson Airport. I rolled up to the check-in desks at 7:10am to catch my 8:05 flight....more

PokerStars Strategy: PLO with Dale 'Daleroxxu' Phillip (and more Phil Hellmuth explosions)

We like to cover our bases on the PokerStars Blog. You want hard facts and poker tuition? You got it. You want glib remarks and behind-the-scenes clips of Phil Hellmuth losing the plot? We're happy to deliver. Find below two sterling examples. First, the warm-up: Hellmuth and co with some...more

My private Baden

In late October I traveled to Baden, Austria for the 2012 Poker EM series. This year marked my 9th year in a row traveling to this fantastic spa town near Vienna. To be honest, I've never understood why this event isn't more popular. Baden is located about 25km south of...more

EPT Prague starts next week, satellites still running

The EPT Prague poker festival kicks off next week and its bigger than ever. In all there are 38 different tournaments scheduled across 11 days (5-15 December) in the Czech capital. While the €5,300 EPT Main Event is, well, the main event, there are tournaments of all shapes and sizes...more

The PCA by numbers

The top of the Royal Towers are just about coming into view on the horizon as we draw closer to the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. It's ten days of top poker action, huge prize pools, sun, sea, Bahama Mama cocktails and daring each other to go on 'that' slide. Here's a...more

29 November

Hog heaven: m1sspiggy wins $66k in PokerStars' 90 billionth hand

You've probably seen some big $1/2 no-limit hold'em games, but chances are you've never seen one as big as the one that marked PokerStars' 90 billionth hand. When the big PokerStars cashier machine stopped spinning, that one hand of six-max NLHE paid out $229,630. Leave it to PokerStars player "m1sspiggy"...more

Tales of a go-kart champion

In my opinion, one of the greatest innovations on the EPT in recent seasons has been the EPT Concierge. It's a service that helps players set up non-poker activities and excursion while they're at EPT events - things like restaurants, golfing, and other fun, local activities - often for discounted...more

MicroMillions Main Event winner Aleksandr 'axel397' Malgin on turning arguments into $140,062

On Sunday night 61,072 players entered the MicroMillions Main Event with hopes of turning a modest $22 buy-in into a six-figure score. Some had bought in direct, others had satellited in. In the North-West of Russia, nestled next to where the mouth of Northern Dvina River spills into the White...more

28 November

Traveling for the best games

One of the things that I haven't done recently as much as I should have is travel to play in good games. When I was younger and single, if there was a good poker situation I found out where it was and went there, because I was free to travel....more

$763,478.60 won in Road to 100 Billion bonuses so far

We hope you're aware of all the free money that PokerStars has been giving away in this most recent run on the Road to 100 Billion. More than three-quarters of a million, $763,478.60 to be precise, has been parachuted into players' accounts simply for playing. Every millionth hand dealt between...more

Win a $16,000 PCA package in our quiz now

Hello, quiz fans. Do you want to test your knowledge and... Ahhh, who are we trying to kid? DO YOU WANT TO WIN A $16,000 PCA PACKAGE? YES! DO YOU WANT TO WIN ONE FOR FREE? YES! WHEN DO YOU WANT TO WIN IT? NOW! Glad to hear it. The...more

treezer tops 11/27/12 Super Tuesday, takes $99,940

It was yet another super-duper Super Tuesday this week with a field of 526 coming out for the weekly $1,050 no-limit hold'em tournament. That marked the fifth Super Tuesday this year for which more than 500 played, and the fourth time it has happened in the last six weeks. That...more

27 November

Win big on the Road to 100 Billion now!

The Road to 100 Billion is paved with good intentions. Actually, it's not. It's paved with loads and loads of free money: $351,930 up to and including Milestone hand #89,889,000,000. PokerStars is paying out big bonuses to everyone dealt into each millionth hand from the 89,700,000,000 all the way through...more

Liv Boeree PCA memories

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Eureka Prague kicks off 11 days of action next week

The winter poker season is almost upon us with just one week to go until the first cards are dealt for the Eureka Prague €1,100 Main Event (5 December). That begins 11 days of poker action action in the Czech capital that will see the biggest and best names of...more

SexyLady409 finds success on Sunday Million stage

What's in a screen name? Some players pick a screen name for fun, and others do it to throw opponents off their game. Men can choose a moniker that indicates a female player is at the table, and women can do the same by choosing a screen name indicative of...more

Custom built

I haven't been traveling much the last few months. Normally I play every EPT and every Russian Poker Series event, in addition to the WSOP and the PCA. I play a lot of tournaments. But the Russian Poker Series went on hiatus recently for various reasons, and there are fewer...more

Kristin Bihr looks back on winning PCA 2011 women's event

By the time Kristin Bihr was heads-up at the final table of the PCA PokerStars Women Live event, she knew she was in for a big payday. "I knew right then that whatever happened heads-up, I would be happy with the result," Kristin remarked. Maybe that had something to do...more

Joshua Jacobs wins the Rafa Nadal Dream Day poker face competition

Rafa Nadal is known around the world as the King of Clay, a tennis beast that simply can't be beaten on the dusty red surface. Joshua Jacobs isn't internationally known as anything, although from this day forth he could be known as 'that kid who pulled a confused simper in...more

Travel Diary: Auckland

I've just arrived home after a week in Auckland, New Zealand for the ANZPT Main Event. I often have to remind myself I'm in a different country when I'm in Auckland, as it's so similar to Sydney - albeit on a much smaller scale. It's the streets, the vibe, the...more

26 November

Travel Guide: Prague, Czech Republic

Two stops are in the books for the European Poker Tour Season 9 - Barcelona and Sanremo - and now the European Poker Tour is travelling to its third destination: Prague. The city, which is the capital of the Czech Republic, has graced the EPT schedule for the past six...more

MicroMillions III smashes records in a double frenzy

The MicroMillions III series has come to an end after 11 days of guarantee-busting and ROI-exploding action. An incredible 100 low buy-in events with $5,000,000 in guaranteed action always looked likely to pull in big fields but you really came in your droves. A record-breaking 1,308,994 entries - making it...more

Five cards good, two cards bad

by Johnny Lodden I've spent the ten last days abroad playing PLO. It went pretty bad - I lost almost every day and didn't feel that I played that well in the end. Additionally, you can safely say the poker gods were not on my side. I think the main...more

PokerStars weekend review (11-26-12)

It's been another busy weekend at PokerStars; the MicroMillions III wrapping up with a guarantee-busting $1,221,440 main event, Team PokerStars Pro Marcin Horecki swiping a second MicroMillions leader board title*, Road to 100 Billion Milestones popping to pay players all over the place, and all the usual Sunday majors, of...more

MicroMillions III: axel397 wins the MicroMillions III Main Event

This was it! The big one! After 99 incredible events, the MicroMillions III series today culminated with the $1 million guaranteed Main Event. The chance to win life-changing money. All you needed was $22 and a dream. That dream was realised today by axel397. Hailing from Russia, axel397 started the...more

25 November

BrusYvo battles back for strong Sunday Million win

On the last day of MicroMillions III, much focus was on that Main Event and the other tournaments scheduled for the last day of the 100-event series. The excitement surrounding the series increased numbers overall from the second running of MicroMillions, and the final numbers were being tabulated and winners...more

MicroMillions III: xenayaro77 ships Event #97 ($11 NLHE, Sunday Storm Special Edition)

With the MicroMillions III running Event #97 became a special edition of the Sunday Storm. With 45,928 players shelling out $11 to enter this event it had the third largest field of the series, behind only Event #1 and the Main Event. After taking on the initial chip leader and...more

MicroMillions III: It's flashdisastr in a flash, Event #100 champ ($1+R NLHE hyper-turbo)

While Event #98 -- the $22 buy-in Main Event -- was grabbing headlines on this final day of MicroMillions III, many players were especially looking forward to the real finale, Event #100, the $1 buy-in no-limit hold'em tourney with re-buys played in a "hyper-turbo" format (i.e. 3-minute levels). Among that...more

MicroMillions III: A win for finnster123 in Event #99 ($3.30 NLHE Turbo)

Ninenty-nine tournaments of poker are done, ninety-nine tournaments are done. Event #99 has just ended and the third MicroMillions is soon to be concluded. While the Main Event was going on, 21,151 players were playing in a $3.30 NLHE turbo with a $63,453 prize pool. While 2,700 players would get...more

MicroMillions III: Second time's the charm for lo-fi dream in Event 94 ($5.50 NLHE, 1R1A)

Nobody has won two events yet during MicroMillions III, but there are a handful who have had two chances to do so. Membership in that club grew by one today when lo-fi dream, who made the final table of Event 37, advanced to the last nine today in Event 94....more

Sunday Warm-Up: yard_warrior slays the table in $93K triumph

Tonight's $500,000 guaranteed Sunday Warm-Up had a feel of a turbo tournament for the first two levels. In one stretch we would see four players getting knocked out in rapid succession. Then, nearly an hour would pass until CasChr claimed fifth place giving the Sunday Major a feel of deep...more

RuPrettyGirl wins, Ana Marquez takes third in Women's Sunday

The last weekend in November brought the last of the MicroMillions III tournaments. It was an exciting series that is still wrapping up its final events. Congratulations to all of the players who won bankroll-changing money and to the women who beat the odds to make final tables! Speaking of...more

Battle of the Planets: Four-way deal gives marky_crash the November title

Sometimes our final nine come from very meager bankrolls that could only dream of four-digits next to their name in the cashier's window. At those times, the players are quick to make a deal after reaching the final table of the monthly Battle of the Planets $50,000 triple shootout freeroll....more

MicroMillions III: Big fun, $14K for woltomierz, Event #96 champ ($3.30+R NLO 6-max. 3x-turbo)

Omaha. Haha. All who've tried the no-limit variety of Omaha know how wacky the game can be. The myriad of possibilities afforded by four hole cards can lead to all sorts of crazy consequences, especially when the chips all go in before the flop. Make the game Hi/Lo, short-handed (6-max.),...more

MicroMillions III: Denman98 dominates Event 95 ($2.22 NLHE HU Hyper-Turbo)

For a hyper-turbo tournament, aggression is key. Denman98 knew how to use that aggression and dominated the last few matches. The final heads-up battle against Jaxx_is_back was cut short because Denman98 dominated and continued to put Jaxx_is_back to the test. And Denman98 had the cards and the timing to grab...more

MicroMillions III: hairywally1 has won Event #93 ($2.20 NLHE)

We're here, the final day of the madness known as the MicroMillions. One of the events on the final Sunday of the series was Event #93, the $2.20 NLHE. There was a guaranteed prize pool of $15,000 but it -- of course -- was crushed by players. A total of...more

Shifting priorities

Before I got married, I had been living in Macau for about three and a half years. Since then, I am close to buying an apartment in Singapore & Hong Kong for my family. My days shuttling between Macau and the rest of the world are in the past. You...more

MicroMillions III: Blind&Crazy proves to be neither in Event 92 ($1+R Sunday Spark Special Edition)

Just like the MicroMillions has proven to be a huge hit among PokerStars players since its inception, the Sunday Spark has proven to be a popular tournament since it was added to the weekly schedule this summer. With a $1 entry and 90 minutes of unlimited rebuys for another dollar...more

MicroMillions III: PowerfulNutz the Razz master in Event #91 ($4.40 Razz)

Razz is a game that tests everyone's patience. High cards are bad and pairs, well they just suck. There's no all-in button. There's no escape. It's a game that can send you crazy. But sometimes that patience is rewarded, and the cards start to fall your way to make it...more

MicroMillions III: eatyourstac devours Event #90 field ($1+R NLHE 3x-Turbo)

Today's $1 turbo rebuy event ended with a first. Until tonight, the MicroMillions was devoid of Icelandic winners, but eatyourstac changed that, plowing through this final table like a Vegas buffet to top an 8,204-strong field in Event #90. The aforementioned 8,204 players made 39,486 rebuys and 4,009 add-ons to...more

24 November

MicroMillions III: brink88 scoops Event #89 ($5.50 FL Omaha Hi/Lo)

The best hand doesn't always win, in some games it scoops. Event #89 deviated from the hold-em madness and gave players a dose of FL Omaha Hi/Lo. With a $5.50 buy-in, PokerStars guaranteed a $10,000 prize pool. The guarantee was beat when 2,626 players signed up to create a pool...more

MicroMillions III: baterflay flays them in Event #88 ($4.40+R NLHE 6-Max)

The MicroMillions III has given away millions of dollars in cash prizes over the last ten days, but only a few events have seen players turn their tiny entry fee into five-figure returns. Sure, four figures is nice, but five figures is starting to get into some serious money that...more

ANZPT Auckland: Geoff Smith Wins Shortest Final Table Ever

Tonight, history has been made as a record has been broken. It's one of those records that that the media teams love to talk about. It's the record that affects us the most. What's that record? Tonight, the shortest final table in ANZPT history played out. It was less than...more

ANZPT Auckland: Deal Done and Down to Four

And just like that three more players have been sent to the rail. There is just no way the final table can keep up the pace that was set during the first couple of levels of play. If it does, then we are going to have an ANZPT record on...more

MicroMillions III: dooooooonk is the one dollar dazzler in Event #86 ($1 NLHE)

A dollar doesn't buy you a lot these days. An ice cream? Nope. The newspaper? Nup. How about a bottle of water? Haha no. What it does buy you though, is entry into MicroMillions III Event #86. Unfortunately if you're reading this with your last shiny dollar coin in hand,...more

ANZPT Auckland: Early Final Table Shenanigans

Two players down! The early stage of the final table here at ANZPT Auckland has been moving at a rapid pace, with two players already finding the rail. Not much of note had happened before the first elimination of the day. The button had travelled less than once around the...more

MicroMillions III: Foxy_Donkey outfoxes herd and wins Event #84 $8.80 NL

The chip lead at the final table was a cursed hot potato; tragedy struck whomever held it. Foxy_Donkey avoided the dreaded curse until it got heads-up against nonii17. At that point someone head to break the haunting vex. Foxy_Donkey picked the perfect time to embark on a heater and won...more

ANZPT Auckland: Nine Begin Journey to One

Nine players are currently making their way into the seats of the final table here at the ANZPT Auckland Main Event. It took four days to get here, but this is it. Today a victor will be crowned and they will become the last ANZPT champion of 2012. The players...more

MicroMillions III: X marks the win for xXkRossXx in Event #87 ($3.30 Limit Hold Em' 6-max)

Speed is not usually the first thing that pops into the minds of poker players when the discussion of Limit Hold Em' comes up. Fixed betting and long stacks growing or dying just one bet at a time does not have the same skill set or instant excitement appeal as...more

MicroMillions III: Souler777 crushes Event 85 ($2.22+R NLHE Turbo Saturday Splash)

Souler777 came to the final table of Event 85 with a medium stack. After taking a hit from Romanov59, Souler777 doubled back to stay in action, and eliminating sergei167 helped increase that stack. Pure aggression after a three-way deal put Souler777 face-to-face with Romanov59 in heads-up play, and the double-up...more

MicroMillions III: Five-figure first prize for Kuzma258 in Event #83 ($4.40+R NLHE 1R1A)

While our not-so-little MicroMillions world looks ahead to tomorrow's big MM III Main Event -- the $22 buy-in, $1 million guaranteed Event #98 for which more than 6,000 players have registered a full 24 hours before it begins -- there's plenty more MicroMillions mania happening between now and then, including...more

MicroMillions III: Kovtun 778 wins Event #82 ($2.20 NLHE)

As the MicroMillions III enters its final weekend, Russia continues to dominate the series in every statistical category, including entrants, money won, and cashes. 117 Russians have made final tables, more than twice that of second-place Germany, and that count was boosted by two tonight. Russians went one-two in Event...more

Hiking down the poker road

When you're a poker pro, you wind up spending lots of time on the road. It's almost unavoidable, especially if you're constantly seeking out the best games and the best tournaments. Three or four years ago I was playing poker, but not the way I am now. Back then New...more

ANZPT Auckland: Final Table Player Profiles

There were 207 players hoping to make it the final table of the ANZPT Auckland Main Event, but now only nine remain. The players will be fighting it out for a big piece of the $414,000 prize pool, while NZ$107,640 is reserved for the eventual champion. Lets take a look...more

MicroMillions III: goodbyerebuy, hello victory in Event #81 ($5.50 PLO 6-Max)

If regular Pot Limit Omaha is not gamble enough for you then you should have checked out today's MicroMillions. Take the action of Pot Limit Omaha, spin it into six-handed and put a $5.50 entry on it and you have yourself one helluva fun tournament. One player who certainly thought...more

ANZPT Auckland: No Mulligans for Jamie as he Leads Final Nine

From 18 players to 15 was very slow. From 15 to 9, was very quick. It's just how these things work sometimes. Now, the final table of the ANZPT Auckland has been set and it is Jamie Mulligan who leads the way and is in the best shape to make...more

MicroMillions III: perm1000 runs them down in Event #80 ($5.50 NLHE)

We're rounding the bend and into the home straight in the MicroMillions III series. There's just a few days left to turn budget buy-ins into thousands of dollars in cold-hard cash. And that's exactly what perm1000 from Canada achieved today as a measly $5.50 investment was turned into $4,658.59 in...more

ANZPT Auckland: Those Little Quirks

Standing around two poker tables, watching and waiting for a big hand to happen. Orbit after orbit, not much happens. You can't help but notice some little character quirks. Not "tells" as such, as we are only humble bloggers, so we will leave the poker to the players. No, what...more

MicroMillions III: 28overAA overwhelms final table and wins Event #79 Triple Draw

The slimmest of margins separated the final two players -- 28overAA and shizo_1291. Almost even in chips, the two squared off in a pugilistic battle that would make the biggest boxing fan in the world salivate. The final two did not waste any time dancing around and went right after...more

ANZPT Auckland: Two Table Tales

It feels like just moments ago that the bubble was bursting and the 24 remaining players were celebrating their accomplishment of making it into the money. It really feels like that because of how quick the action has been playing out as we have just lost 5 players and are...more

23 November

MicroMillions III: Aurusnake strikes big in Event #78 ($5.50 6-Max 2x-Chance)

We all wish we had a second chance at certain things. Burnt dinners, 2nd grade spelling bees and the latest Superman movie are all things we wish we could redo. But alas, time is linear and our mistakes follow us for the rest of our lives. Poker tournaments are a...more

ANZPT Auckland: There Goes the Bubble

There was ten minutes to go before the dinner break and there were 26 players remaining in the ANZPT Auckland Main Event. Then ANZPT Melbourne champ Paul "KingPaulie" Hockin was sent to rail and play went hand-for-hand. Some players looked eager to get on the break and re compose, others...more

ANZPT Auckland: Dinner and Bubble Both Lurking

The dinner break is just around the corner and just as we expected, the money bubble hasn't quite been reached yet, but it is certainly getting very close. At the moment there are three tables of nine remaining, so we are likely to be just a couple of places off...more

MicroMillions III: Ulybashka bashes through for win in Event #76 ($2.20 NLHE)

Money isn't everything. Well, it does make for the ultimate scoreboard in poker as the person with the most money at the end of the night is usually declared the winner. However, tonight's MicroMillion III Event #76 $2.20 NLHE tournament would have a four-way split of the big cash at...more

ANZPT Auckland: Half of Day 2 Down

Just around four levels into the day and we have already lost more than half of the players. What started as 76 is now 37. Halve that again and we are well into the money. The second day of the ANZPT Auckland Main Event has certainly been travelling at a...more

ANZPT Auckland: The Land of Ladies

The 2012 ANZPT Auckland Main Event could end up being remembered as the event where the ladies dominated. That will certainly be the case if Angie Fizgerald and Monica Eastick keep up the momentum that has seen them be the first couple of players to move their stacks above 200,000...more

ANZPT Auckland: The Final Event of 2012

It won't be too long before the money bubble is upon us and so the poker action will heat up and will steal our full attention. So, while we have a chance, I thought we should take a look at the year 2012 on the Australia New Zealand Poker Tour....more

MicroMillions III: DallasCorben scores one in Event #77 ($2.20+R NL Omaha, 3x-Turbo)

DallasCorben is no stranger to finishing deep in tournaments having fallen just short of winning WCOOP Event #32 earlier this year but today marked the first win in one of PokerStars series. Using that experience that was gained in a second place effort earlier this year along with the winning...more

ANZPT Auckland: It's Business Time

Poker can be fun sometimes. It's arguable that Day 1 of a poker tournament can be the most enjoyable of days. There's lots of chips, the blinds are small, the bad players are gifting chips and the money is too far away to truly worry about. Well, that's simply not...more

MicroMillions III: Snooze85 wakes up with a win in Event #75 ($5.50 NLHE 6-Max, Big Antes)

The MicroMillions III moved into its final 25 tournaments today, Event #75's 6-Max, Big Antes format drawing 8,774 players to the virtual felt. 1,140 players earned a share of the $43,870 prize pool with first place set to earn $6,585.72. MicroMillions megastar Marcin Horecki was in the field, but missed...more

MicroMillions III: Turkey's koraykor88 takes the crown in Event 73 ($3.30 NLHE)

Though it's hasn't cracked the world top 10 in population, Turkey isn't a particularly small country. More than 74 million people, or one out of roughly every 95 people on Earth, lives there, and in one form or another it's been a regional (and sometimes worldwide) political force for many...more

MicroMillions III: JACKPOT786's the winner in Event #74 ($8.80 NLHE 4-max. Super KO)

Knocking out anyone in a multi-table tournament is generally super. But when the tourney is a "bounty" event such as Event #74 of the MicroMillions -- an $8.80 buy-in, 4-max. "Super Knockout" tourney -- there's more than just good feelings and chips as a reward for eliminating an opponent. There's...more

PokerStars Strategy: Jason Mercier and Galen Hall go at it

The first EPT Champion of Champions event took place just after the EPT7 Grand Final in Madrid. It was a poker star-studded affair which heaved together EPT winners from across all seven seasons into one room to battle it out in a €100,000 freeroll. Not bad for a one-day turbo....more

Road to 100 Billion Milestones due to hit today

PokerStars has this neat promotion going on. Every time the PokerStars virtual dealers starting getting near a certain number of hands dealt... hmmm, let's say in this case.. 90 BILLION... then spot prizes are given out at the ring game tables. All you need to do to get hold of...more

Get a free ticket into the $160,000 guaranteed PCA qualifier!

PokerStars has relaunched a fantastic reload bonus that gives you a free shot at a weekly tournament that guarantees 10 PCA packages, which are worth $16,000 each. That's a free ticket into a $160,000 guaranteed event. Simply reload using the 'PCA10' deposit code (minimum deposit of $50 required) to get...more

MicroMillions III: Dynamic win for antidinamic in Event #72 ($1+R NLHE 3xTurbo)

There was nothing anti-climactic about the MicroMillions this evening as antidinamic is the toast of Mexico as the newest MicroMillions III champion after a dynamic victory pocketed antidinamic $6,963.44 in prize money...all for just a $1 buy-in! Event #72 of the MicroMillions III series brought 7,835 entries for the exciting...more

Backgammon with dad

I grew up in New York, so when I have some downtime I travel there to visit my friends and family. My dad lives in Yonkers now but when I was a kid he lived in the Bronx. I lived with him for my high school years because the high...more

MicroMillions III Day 8 review: Getting ready for the big push

Are you ready for the final weekend of the MicroMillions III? You should be. If you haven't got at least $22 in your account then you might want to revisit the cashier because the amazing, awe-inspiring $1,000,000 guaranteed tournament is coming this Sunday. The winner will turn $22 - even...more

22 November

MicroMillions III: From Russia with lovilave in Event #70 ($5.50 NLHE)

We've seen some wild and wicked final tables during the MicroMillions III series, but Event #70 was right up there for bad beats, crazy aggression and dubious plays. It would take a lot of skill, patience and a few good cards to claim victory and Russia's lovilave did exactly that...more

ANZPT Auckland: Late Surge Sees Xia Lead into Day 2

Ladies and Gentlemen, all the Day 1 bags are locked away safe and sound and are ready to reawaken tomorrow for Day 2 action. When Day 1c began, it was the last chance for players to start marking their way towards an ANZPT Auckland title. As such, a total of...more

MicroMillions III: Arty911 draws a win in Event #71 ($11 NLHE Turbo, SuperKnockout)

What makes a SuperKnockout different from all the other knockouts? Why, it's the size of the bounty, of course. Out of each $11 buy-in, $5.25 went to the prizepool and another $5.25 went to the bounty pool. Two KOs and you were basically freerolling, even without making the money. This...more

ANZPT Auckland: Scots and Yanks Lead the Way

Yet again we are at the pointy end of a Day 1 flight here at the ANZPT Auckland Main Event. This time is a little different though. There is no other Day 1 flight scheduled and so, in just over an hour's time, we will know how many people will...more

ANZPT Auckland: New King of Auckland to be Crowned

There will be a new champion of Auckland poker! Two Auckland champs started the day, that is Danny "Brotha D" Leaoasavaii and Simon Watt, but neither of them are still at the tables. We thought we would take a walk down memory lane as we bid them farewell from ANZPT...more

MicroMillions III: benzi1986 takes Event #69 ($3.30 Triple Stud)

So you like stud games do you? You want to play Razz, Stud, and Stud H/L in the same tourney? Well Event #69 was just for you. With the game changing every ten minutes whenever a new level came 3,799 players sat down to try to become the king of...more

ANZPT Auckland: Kiwi Cash

We have just passed the halfway mark of the ANZPT Auckland Main Event and as such, registration has been long closed and the official numbers are in. The room is packed today with 85 official entrants and we have recently received word that yesterday was in fact a 55-player field...more

MicroMillions III: Jacpot555 hits the jackpot in Event #68 ($3.30 NLHE 10-Max Shootout)

Win four shootout tables in a row and you win a MicroMillions title. Sounds easy enough. Certainly much easier than defeating a tournament containing 10,000 players right? Well Jacpot555 did both today after becoming our newest MicroMillions champion. It was Event #68 of the MicroMillions III schedule which brought a...more

ANZPT Auckland: Plus EV Steak Adventures

How much would you say the average glass of wine costs at a pub? I would say maybe $5 or $6 at a pub in the country side (or a decade ago) and closer to $8 or $9 at a Casino. How about a nice cut of steak? Let's say...more

ANZPT Auckland: Field of Stars on Largest Day 1

The cards are in the air and dust is starting to settle here on Day 1c of the ANZPT Auckland Main Event. At last count, there were 86 entrants, but only eight tables full of players. That is fairly typical of an ANZPT, with some players qualifying online and then...more

MicroMillions III: dropedit tops Event #66, earns $3.6K ($2.20 NLHE)

The MicroMillions marched on Thursday with Event #66, another $2.20 buy-in no-limit hold'em tournament. This one sported a $10K guarantee, easily shattered when 14,504 entrants built an eye-popping prize pool of $29,008, to be divided among the top 2,025 finishers. In the end it would take just over 10 hours...more

ANZPT Auckland: The Last Chance

Today will see a batch of fresh players enter the SKYCITY Auckland Casino poker room for Day 1c of the ANZPT Auckland Main Event. We predict there will be around 80 fresh-faced hopefuls to add to the 122 entrants from the last two Day 1 flights. All 80 of them...more

MicroMillions III: bblacklegend beats re-buy madness in Event #67 ($1+R 3X-Turbo NLHE)

You can't get much for $1 nowadays. Even dollar menu items end up needing a few cents on top of the single dollar bill. And that's for almost-food. Anything else sets you back several of full dollars, it's hard to see a return on a single dollar. But today, players...more

MicroMillions III: #1.RogerF serves up win in Event #65 $4.40 NL (6-max)

Roger Federer is a champion. The tennis pro's exploits on the court is the stuff legends are made of. Roger happens to be inspiration behind the screen name for a Dutch player named #1.RogerF. If you had to guess what #1.RogerF's avatar looked like, what would you say? If you...more

MicroMillions III: jimmyrestant wins for Romania in Event 64 ($3.30 NLHE)

It's been quite a week of poker here in the PokerStars MicroMillions III. We've seen 63 players from 27 countries add their names to the champion's roll, and their resumes have truly run the gamut. Even those champions who had been mostly anonymous before their wins can now fairly say...more

MicroMillionsIII: ThVioli.7 outlasts the lot to win Event #63 ($5.50 NL Hold'em)

When ThVioli.7looks back on his win in Event #63 of MicroMillionsIII, a feat worth $4,001.52 to the Czech, he'll look back on having won an event that at times seemed more about patience than poker. The field of 5,100 players, which created a prize pool of $25,500 - far beyond...more

As the Stars Tweet: The LAPT Grand Final & Negreanu's laidback week

The Grand Final of the Latin American Poker Tour (LAPT) Season 5 kicked off on November 14 in Lima, Peru, and featured a slew of side events to compliment the $2,500 Main Event. Needless to say, a number of Team PokerStars Pros travelled to the Atlantic City Casino to take...more

ANZPT Auckland: Caris Creeps to the Day 1c Chip Lead

The sun went down hours ago and it's probably on its way back up as Day 1b of the ANZPT Auckland Main Event has come to a close in the early hours of Friday morning. It all started at 6.30 pm and for a while there, only 40 players were...more

ANZPT Auckland: Only One Can Lead

It was inevitable that we get to the late stages of the tournament eventually and here we are. There is just over an hour to go before Day 1b of the ANZPT Auckland Main Event enters the record books. As is usually the case, one player has managed to become...more

The importance of keeping fighting fit

Someone was asking me the other day if I'd been doing much kickboxing since the big match with ElkY. It's hard to believe that was almost a year ago. That fight was a pretty intense experience, really. For the couple of months leading up to it my profession essentially changed...more

MicroMillions III: Team PokerStars Pro Marcin "Goral" Horecki wins Event #62 ($4.40+R PLO 6-Max)

It was the ultimate battle of David versus Goliath. After a sea of humanity had fallen by the wayside, all that stood at the end was a Team PokerStars Pro with a decorated poker resume and extensive experience, both live and online, and a guy playing just his sixth Pot...more

MicroMillions III Day 7 review: Marcin Horecki wins, tops leader board (again)

Team PokerStars Pro Marcin Horecki is fast becoming the face of the MicroMillions. The Polish grinder - and former national skier, no less - has just won Event #62: $4.40 rebuy PL Omaha (six-max) for $3,652 rocketing him into first place on the MicroMillions leader board. This isn't the first...more

ANZPT Auckland: One Among the Locals

I was having a scan through the posts I have written over the last two days of poker action and realised there was a terrible bias on the PokerStars Blog. Sure, I have written plenty about what New Zealand has to offer and what Auckland has to offer, but what...more

ANZPT Auckland: Those That Do and Those That Don't

A gold bracelet for winning a poker tournament. It's not exactly synonymous with New Zealand poker, but that could very well change this week. Apart from a six-figure score, the eventual winner of the ANZPT Auckland Main Event will go home with two trophies. One beautifully carved glass trophy and...more

ANZPT Auckland: The Honorary Kiwi

New Zealand is simply a friendly place. The location is beautiful and relaxing. The people seem to be some of the nicest in the world. They welcome people from all around the world with open arms. Doesn't matter if you're from Europe, Asia or the Americas, you will always have...more

21 November

MicroMillions III: fabcunha takes down Event #59 for Brazil ($3.30 NL Omaha Hi/Lo)

For most MicroMillions champions winning one of the events means a career-high cash. That just about applied to fabcunha who edged out his previous PokerStars best of $2,318 by beating a field of 7,606 players to win Event #59: $3.30 NL Omaha Hi/Lo. Notch up a $2,623.53 win for Team...more

MicroMillions III: dev209 develops a win in Event #60 ($8.80 NLHE)

The lead. It's a fickle status in a poker tournament. One hand you're at the top of the world, the next, you're back with the rest of the pack. Starting the final table with the lead doesn't mean you'll win it, but it doesn't hurt -- most times. Today's champion,...more

ANZPT Auckland: Is The Champion Here on Day 1b?

The early stages of a poker tournament are no doubt important, but it's so far away from the final table, that it is hard to predict who will be among the final nine. Walking around today's Day 1b field at ANZPT Auckland and we have recognised plenty of players. One...more

MicroMillions III: §haq_88 in full attack mode and wins Event #61 $1R (3x-Turbo)

Some days you wake up on the right side of the bed and everything goes right for you. Today seemed like one of those magical days for PokerStars Team Online Grzegorz "DaWarsaw" Mikielewicz, who posted a deep run in Event #61. The pro from Poland advanced to the final table...more

ANZPT Auckland: The Day of Online Players Begins

When the PokerStars media teams finished up at around 4.30 am last night, you wouldn't have blamed us bloggers for being a little on the weary side. While Day 1a only featured eight levels, a late 6.30 pm start would see us having to adjust our sleeping patterns a little....more

MicroMillions III: Ned_bg bags Event #57 ($8.80 NLHE 8-max Shootout)

One hallmark of MicroMillions III events has been mega-sized fields. Having just crossed the halfway mark in the 100-event series, the smallest field so far has been 2,296 (Event #56, $5.50 NL Draw), with more than 30 tourneys having drawn fields of 10,000 or more. In other words, while the...more

MicroMillions III: gejus glimmers in Event #58 ($2.20+R NLHE Big Antes, 2x-Turbo)

Think yesterday's Ante Up tournaments were pretty nuts? Big Antes were on today's slate of events. While Ante Up creates huge preflop pots via static blinds and giant antes for every player, in Big Antes the blinds go up as they usually do, but there's the added element of a...more

MicroMillions III: dark sta sees the light in Event 55 ($2.20 NLHE)

We're officially more than halfway through with MicroMillions III now, and it's fair to say that Russia has been the dominant country over the course of the first 54 events. With more than 17,000 cashes, 83 final tables, and 11 bracelets so far, Russian players are far and away the...more

MicroMillions III: Wednesday win for friday_of_$$ in Event 56 ($5.50 NL Draw)

Friday_of_$$ took to the final table with ease and accepted the beats when they happened. But it was tenacity that took friday_of_$$ through to heads-up play, and it was a series of relatively small but strong pots that evened the stacks with pokerzseni77. The right hands at the right time,...more


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Travel Diary: Macau

Last week was the inaugural Asia Championship of Poker in the casino-haven of Macau. The event was a great success, with many well-known pros flying in to play in the HKD$100,000 Main Event -- the largest buy-in Main Event that Asia has ever seen. I've been to Macau every year...more

MicroMillions III: It's Russia again as Eugene031RUS dominates Event 54 ($5.50 NLHE)

Can anyone stop the Russians' romp through the 2012 MicroMillions III? Through the first six days of events, Russians have amassed two as many cashes and almost twice as much prize money as 2nd-place Germany. That trend continued in 2012 MicroMillions III Event 54, $5.50 NLHE. Four Russian made the...more

The Penguin Prop Bet

Last week, I told you about my fight with Gus Hansen, a bet I could've escaped if I'd really wanted to. As I told you then, I'm always getting myself into prop bets, and some are impossible to out run. This is one of those. We were invited to a...more

F-bomb blow up from Phil Hellmuth on the Big Game

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MicroMillions III: kpoker27 antes up the title in Event #53 ($3.30 NLHE 6-Max Ante Up)

We're already over halfway through the MicroMillions III schedule and that means time is running out for your chance to turn pocket change into four- and five-figure cash payouts. One person who did exactly that today was kpoker27 who invested a meagre $3.30 and took home a very handy $2,365.75...more

ANZPT Auckland: Angie Leads; Guzzardi Close Behind

The second stop on Season Five of the Australia New Zealand Poker Tour began today, with PokerStars returning to the beautiful city of Auckland. The 66 players who began the day were eager to get in their seats and start making their way to becoming the first champion of Auckland...more

ANZPT Auckland: Up Go The Big Stacks

It's getting to that stage of the night. The stage when players starting the rail at every moment and the big stacks start to surface. Sometimes there will be one player who went on a heater and other times the top of the chip leader board will feature multiple players,...more

ANZPT Auckland: The Tower in the Sky

A quick Google search tells me that Auckland was voted as the third most livable city in 2011. That wouldn't surprise anyone who has visited this beautiful city. The poker players come here to of course play poker, but for a lot of people, it's more than just a poker...more

MicroMillions III Day 6 review: Halfway through, $4m won already

Can you feel it? Can you feel the weight moving from one end of the MicroMillions scales to the other? This third instalment of the MicroMillions has just shifted past the halfway point with 52 of 100 events now played out, but the big one is yet to come. That's...more

Nice catch for SFisch4, 11/20/12 Super Tuesday title and $83K

The Super Tuesday this week attracted another huge field, with 489 entering the $1,050 no-limit hold'em tournament. That meant a $489,000 prize pool -- beating the $300K guarantee -- with the top 63 spots paying. And after nearly 11-and-half-hours it was SFisch4 of Canada prevailing to claim a first-prize share...more

ANZPT Auckland: Battling in the Rival Ring

Australia versus New Zealand. It's a rivalry that exists and won't be going anywhere anytime soon. In many ways, that's what this poker tour is all about. Who can win a tournament on home soil? Who can claim a victory on the felt of their cross-Tasman rivals? Professional boxer Shane...more

MicroMillions III: Exemplary "xxolavurxx" wins Event #52 $5.50 NL

Ace-Queen. It's one of the most problematic hands in Hold 'em because it's deceptively good enough to take it into battle, but more often then not it gets beat out by the more powerful Ace-King, or fails to hold up on its end of a race or coin flip. However,...more

MicroMillions III: gjPokerBE does a good job in Event #50 ($4.40, 4-max, 4x Chance)

Surviving a field of 17,000 entrants is not an easy task, but that is just what gjPokerBE had to do in Event #50, a $4.40 buy-in that was played as a 4-max table with each player being able to re-buy up to four times. In the end gjPokerBE took down...more

20 November

ANZPT Auckland: Old School Tasman Travels

One is a member of the Australian Poker Hall of Fame. The other is such a stalwart of poker in New Zealand that his nickname features the name of New Zealand's national bird. The Aussie goes by the nick name "The Mechanic" and the New Zealander by "KiwiG". Needing no...more

ANZPT Auckland: Poker's New Clubroom

Looking around the SKYCITY Auckland poker room during these early stages of the ANZPT Auckland Main Event gives us a slight sense of déjà vu. The players are much the same, the chips and cards remain unchanged and the tournament staff are familiar faces. However, there is one major difference...more

ANZPT Auckland: It's Good to be Back

Auckland is the largest city in New Zealand, is home to the Warriors Rugby team, the New Zealand Breakers NBL team and is no stranger to hosting some of the biggest sporting, arts and cultural events in the world. Wellington may be the capital city of New Zealand, but Auckland...more

MicroMillions III: Kareke151 crushes Event #51 ($2.20+R NLHE Ante Up, 2x-Turbo)

When it comes to no-limit hold'em, Ante Up is a whole different animal. While the blinds hold steady at 5/5, every player pays a sizable ante on each hand. Pre-flop play turns rather creative with so many chips already out there. People play more hands and almost everyone limps in...more

MicroMillions III: YordanPetrov Binks Event 49 for Bulgaria ($8.80 HORSE)

YordanPetrov was strong from the start of the final table and all the way through. Going into heads-up with a chip deficit only meant waiting for a few key hands with which to chip up, and that's just what the champion did. Patience was the key, and through all of...more

MicroMillions III: Phillipito scoops Event #48 title ($3.30 PL Omaha Hi/Lo)

Of all 100 events in MicroMillions III, there was just one Pot Limit Omaha Hi/Lo tournament on the schedule -- Event #48, a $3.30 buy-in affair. Thus were 5,291 PLO8 fanatics glad to jump in for this one, and after a little over eight hours it was Phillipito of Portugal...more

MicroMillions III: mattwut1 makes some magic in Event 46 ($11 NLHE, 6-Max, SuperKnockout)

Shorthanded poker, at its core, is a game of aggression. Sitting back and waiting simply isn't an option when you're dealt nearly half as many hands per orbit. Most of the time nobody has a very strong hand, so the player who applies aggression the most effectively is usually going...more

MicroMillions III: xxJamcoxx be jammin' in Event 47 ($1+R NLHE 3x-Turbo)

On your marks, get set, turbo! The sprint was on in full force in 2012 MicroMillions III Event 47, $1+R NLHE 3x-Turbo. xxJamcoxx proved the most resilient sprinter, bringing a chip lead to the final table and then closing things out for a five-figure victory. Players love to gamble during...more

MicroMillionsIII: Powertom_65 wins whirlwind Event #45 Big Game final ($3.30 PNL Hold'em)

The last two players had survived the carnage of what was a 24 minute final table, not including the seven minute deal break. Each finalist had hurled chips at each other until they had either succumbed in the bun fight or wound up in the last two. With a deal...more

PokerStars ready to deal 90 billionth hand

Let's just put this on the table: 90 billion is a ridiculous number. It's far beyond our ability to comprehend. You might even be a smart person and be able to grok the idea of a light year, but if you try to wrap your noggin around the idea of...more

Mateusz Rypulak wins FPS Paris and €150,000

PokerStars qualifier Mateusz Rypulak last night won France Poker Series Paris to claim €150,000 beating Frenchman Sofiane Tigrine heads-up to the trophy. The €1,100 Main Event took place 12-19 November with 715 players fighting it out through the 81 paid places through to the big money final table. Mateusz Rypulak,...more

Folding the winner

There's an old poker proverb saying you can't be a player unless you occasionally fold the winning hand. What it means is that only donks keep calling everyone down. Donks never fold the winning hand simply because donks never fold. Another poker proverb says that you can't make money by...more

Watch the November 18 Sunday Million final, cards up

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MicroMillions III: ESTRATEGA 18 swaggers to Event #44 $11 NL Hold'em title

Uruguay scored their first win in the MicroMillions III today, and only their second ever, when ESTRATEGA 18 won Event #44, an $11 no-limit hold'em event and a first prize of $6.092.68. ESTRATEGA 18 displayed great flair as well as a ruthless streak as he picked him moment at the...more

IPT Nova Gorica: Salvatore Bonavena beaten heads-up by Riccardo D'Antoni

Team PokerStars Pro Salvatore Bonavena almost won his second PokerStars Italian Poker Tour title last night. Bonavena was all-in heads-up for the chip lead with a dominating ace but was outdrawn on the turn by Riccardo D'Antoni who took the title and €155,000. D'Antoni beat a field of 298 players...more

MicroMillions III Day 5 review: Seven-way chops as we approach $3.5m paid out

The MicroMillions provides something that other poker series simply don't. Top quality tournaments where you can spin a small buy-in into thousands of dollars? Well, yes, but that's not the point in this case. A seven-way chop, that's what. Not only that, but a seven-way chop that pays the seventh-place...more

MicroMillions III: D PitcherAK strikes victory in Event #43 ($3.30 NLHE 6-Max)

Six-handed poker remains one of the most popular and entertaining forms of poker, with plenty of action and excitement for players and fans alike. And we saw that today as Event #43 of the MicroMillions III series saw 13,682 players hit the virtual tables of PokerStars for the $3.30 No...more

19 November

MicroMillions III: dr.g.lecktor silences Event #42 field ($5.50 NLHE)

After starting off innocuously enough, Event #42's final table saw two dominant chip leaders fall, big pairs snapped off left and right, and a colorful seven-way deal negotiation where tempers flared and words flew. It was a wild night in the MicroMillions and emerging from the fray with a first-place...more

MicroMillions III: Raistj tenaciously triumphs in triple turbo Event #41

With four tables remaining, Raistj rocketed to the top of the leader board and became the first player to pass the 100 million mark. After securing the chip lead, Raistj never looked back and smoked the rest of the field, culminating with a stunning heads-up battle in which Raistj knocked...more

MicroMillions III: Gargamelish grabs gold in Event 40 ($5.50 NLHE 6-Max Turbo KO)

Anything can happen in a turbo tournament, and gargamelish seemed quite aware of that. By standing back at the final table and watching other competitors battle for tens of millions of chips, gargamelish was rather quiet. A big double through Boa555 provided some breathing room early, but it was a...more

MicroMillions III: Wantux wants it most in Event 39 ($3.30 Eight-Game)

Everybody wants "it", right? Whether "it" is the latest gadget, a sexy partner, or a MicroMillions III title, everybody wants it. Success, then, is often defined by who wants it most. In 2012 MicroMillions III Event 39, $3.30 Eight-Game, Wantux wanted it most - and got it all. Eight-Game being...more

MicroMillions III: Malta's MarsaskalAS wins Event #38 ($5.50 NLHE)

This tournament was AAcayipsinNN's to lose. The German took a massive chip lead into the final table and utterly destroyed it, eliminating six of his eight opponents. With four players remaining, AAcayipsinNN held 70% of the chips in play, but MarsaskalAS refused to go quietly. Hitting his rush at the...more

MicroMillions III: IwentworthI is worth a win in Event 37 ($3.30 PLO, 6-Max, 2R1A)

What's that you say? You love action? Well, have we got a game for you! It's called Omaha. It's like playing hold'em, but you get four cards instead of two. And today we're playing it shorthanded - just six players to a table. If you sign up to play we'll...more

MicroMillionIII: xkarlovicx wins Event #36, $11 NL Hold'em, the hard way

In the world of MicroMillions111 an $11 buy-in is a considerable sum. Looking through the schedule there are enough $3 and $5 buy-in events to fill anyone's boots. But $11? It's enough to make the micro stakes player think twice. And yet ahead of Event #36, the $11 no-limit hold'em...more

PCA 2013: Veteran secrets

As you're probably aware by this point, PokerStars is about to host its tenth PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. This one and the eight that came before it happened in the vast and luxurious confines of Atlantis, the sprawling and nearly all-encompassing resort on Paradise Island. I've been there for every one....more

ElkY's 2009 PCA memories

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Salvatore Bonavena on course for second IPT title

Team PokerStars Pro Salvatore Bonavena this afternoon starts the final table of IPT Nova Gorica with a very real chance of winning his second Italian Poker Tour (IPT) title. It's Bonaven'a fourth Main Event final table in four seasonon his domestic tour in which he has won one and finished...more

PokerStars weekend review (11-19-12)

It was a busy weekend in the poker world, particularly if your name began with the letter J. Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier whipped up a Twitter storm with an article he wrote for us about open-face Chinese poker, American grinder Jason Koon took down the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up, and...more

Focused on graduation (after the PCA, of course)

Hello from Belgium! It's kind of a quiet time for me these days poker-wise. And so right now I'm mostly focusing on my schoolwork. I'm currently pursuing a Master degree in Public Management. I already have a Master in Criminology, and actually my current studies are a bit different. Before...more

MicroMillions III Day 4 review: Making massive bankrolls the micro way

If you're yet to fully digest the fact that the MicroMillions allows you to parlay a small buy-in up to an annual salary then look no further than Event #34. Brazilian MicroMillions player pabritz turned an $11 buy-in into $32,807.05, which is exactly $145.05 more than the average Canadian has...more

MicroMillionsIII: He is I AM PPFANA and winner of Event #34 6-Max Turbo Shootout

There was a sense that I AM PPFANA knew he was going to win Event #34 even before he had the title in his grasp, despite some stern opposition and the hopes held by one player of a famous MicoMillions double. When play went four-handed the numbers of a deal...more

MicroMillions III: JokerTilt has the last laugh in Event #35 ($5.50 NLHE 1R1A)

Event #35 of the MicroMillions III series has come to an end with JokerTilt dominating proceedings, surviving three failed deal negotiations and a hair-raising heads-up battle, to take the MicroMillions title for Bulgaria, along with $6,298.19. It's a very nice return for a tiny investment in the $5.50 1R1A No...more

18 November

Strong comeback by sexylady409 to win November 18 Sunday Million

Much of the focus on this particular weekend was on the micro stakes tournaments, specifically those affiliated with the MicroMillions III. The series was in its fourth day and drawing huge numbers for the low buy-in tournaments. But on Sunday, there is still one tournament to win, and that is...more

MicroMillions III: pabritz powers to Event #32 win, $32K-plus ($11 NLHE)

The big fields, big prize pools, and big fun continued Sunday night with MicroMillions III Event #32. Not much "micro" about these tourneys at all, except for the buy-ins. Event #32 took the place of the weekly Sunday Storm tournament, offering players an $11 no-limit Hold 'em tourney with a...more

MicroMillions III: AzartOleg aces Event 30 ($3.30 NLHE HU Turbo)

The semifinal round was a tough one for AzartOleg, as fighting Phoenix1307 took many levels and continued aggression without letting up. AzartOleg did stay strong, though, and took that tenacity into the final round against EzioLavezzi. The latter did not want any part of the even-money deal that AzartOleg proposed,...more

MicroMillions III: nico11111111 nabs top honors in Event 31 ($3.30 Stud H/L)

One of the greatest things about the MicroMillions series is that it lets all kinds of poker players get involved in major tournament action for a fraction of the normal cost. Great on its own, this fact is made even better when you realize that it allows players to try...more

Sunday Warm-Up: Jason "jakoon1985" Koon crushes, banks $110k

Jason "jakoon1985" Koon is a man in the midst of a career year. In 2012 he's earned more than half a million dollars in live tournaments alone, including fourth place in the PCA High Roller event for $272,000 and a runner-up finish in the $3,000 heads-up NLHE/PLO event at the...more

MicroMillions III: boone79s wins Event #33 ($2.20+R NLHE 2x-Turbo)

Another MicroMillions event, another guarantee smashed to bits. I'm sure even the PokerStars bean counters' eyes were raised when Event #33 more than doubled its $75K guaranteed prize pool. In all, 17,188 players made 48,707 rebuys and 10,769 add-ons to leave $153,328 up for grabs. 2,250 players earned a piece...more

LAPT Peru: Jordan Scott wins LAPT Grand Final

Jordan Scott has won the LAPT Grand Final. He started the day as the short stack, but emerged as the champion. Scott laid low at the beginning of the day, getting an early double up while Maxence Debar and Oscar Barriga eliminated everyone else. While Barriga and Debar were knocking...more

Chill Women's Sunday win for icebeerkim

The month of November was in full swing on the 18th, and there was much ado about everything on PokerStars. The biggest news of the day was that the MicroMillions III series was in its fourth day and awarding hundreds of thousands of dollars to micro buy-in players. Winning five-figures...more

LAPT Peru: The final showdown

Things were slow, then really fast. Then things were just regular, Latin America fast. We entered Level 26 with four players and left it with half. Play then went heads-up and -- after a series of double ups -- we got our champion. Shortly after the Level 26 started, we...more

MicroMillions III: BarCode54 scans a win in Event 28 ($5.50 NLHE, 6-max)

Not all final tables are created equally. Some of them see a player come in with the chip lead and pick off her opponents one by one. Others are full of swings and lead changes, with variance ruling the day. At the end of the day, those possibilities are what...more

LAPT Peru: Barbero out, four remain

Seven players started level 25, only 4 survived. When players came back from their 15-minute break, the short stacks got frisky. Sheirbon moved all-in first, with 325,000. Jorgela Pirela called with A♦J♦ while Brent showed K♥J♠. The flop paired both players' jacks, but then Brent hit a king on the...more

LAPT Peru: Pole position

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MicroMillions III: Chipgrabber0 grabs 767m chips, wins Event #29 ($1+R NLHE 3x-turbo)

Just three days in and already nearly $2 million has been won in MicroMillions III. Guarantees for all events are being easily met, and the trend continued with Event #29, another $1 buy-in no-limit hold'em tournament with re-buys. This "3x" tourney (featuring an extended late registration/re-buy period of 90 minutes)...more

LAPT Peru: Sunday driving

The breakneck speed that dominated the first three days of the tournament has slowed down a bit. We're not sure if everything slows down on Sundays in Peru, but we do know the tournament slowdown is partly due to the low speed limits. We got to the final eight so...more

MicroMillions III: yayo8422 closes out the Russians in Event 26

The Russians have been clobbering the heck out of the 2012 MicroMillions III, so nobody was surprised when three of them made the final table of 2012 MicroMillions III Event 26, $2.20 NLHE (6-max, 2R1A). Yet after a four-handed deal took most of the suspense out of the final table,...more

LAPT Peru: Season 5 ends today

Here we are. After three days of poker, we have our final eight players. We've reached more than that though. After eight months and four other events throughout Latin America, we've reached the final table of the LAPT Grand Final. Season 5 ends here, today. Not only is there $187,300...more

MicroMillions III: lammas111 survives rebuy turbo madness in Event #27 ($1+R NLHE 3xTurbo)

If there's one event on the MicroMillions III schedule that you should've played, it was Event #27. How much fun is a $1 No Limit Holdem Rebuy 3xTurbo event? It's the best! It was the Sunday Spark Special Edition and a gift from the heavens for poker degenerates, gamblers and...more

MicroMillions III Day 3 review: Beating the $5,000,000 guarantee

There is a $5,000,000 guarantee on the MicroMillion series. Five million bucks for small buy-in events. That should be a pretty hard nut to crack, right? Apparently not. We're just a quarter of the way through the 100 events (that's 25, okay) and we're almost at the $2,000,000 mark... and...more

Why I love Open-Face Chinese Poker

If you follow my Twitter feed or even if you just read the PokerStarsBlog regularly, you know I've become obsessed with Open-Face Chinese Poker. At EPT Sanremo I played for 34 hours straight, then slept for 9 hours, then played for another 20 hours. I'm not sure there's anyone in...more

MicroMillions III: Sweet win for sweetlips6 in Event #25 ($3.30 NLHE Ante Up)

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MicroMillions III: suren180376 surefire victory in Event #24 $2.20 NL

Wire-to-wire. It's a term that originated in horse racing, but seems applicable to explain suren180376's impressive thoroughbred-like performance at the final table in Event #24. When it began, suren180376 was way out in front with the lead and never relinquished it despite eight hard-nosed challengers desperately trying to trip up...more

17 November

MicroMillions III: DA! DAS8686 takes down Event #22 ($11 NLHE SuperKnockout)

Super Punch Out was the lesser known sequel to the ever popular Nintendo arcade game Mike Tyson's Punch Out with Glass Joe, King Hippo, and Soda Popinski standing in your way to the title fight against Iron Mike himself. Tonight's opponents for our hard working champion went by the names...more

MicroMillions III: Polenda vaults to victory in Event #23 $1R Turbo

What would you do if you were trailing by 554 million chips? Would you freak out? Or have a panic attack? In Polenda's case, the Brazilian calmly settled into a heads-up battle against Russia's Daniel Karo. Although Polenda trailed 773.6 million to 219.8 million, it would only take Polenda twelve...more

LAPT Peru: Debar dominates, Barbero seeks third title

Well, that went by quickly. The tournament flow has resembled the traffic here in Lima. Fast and dangerous with lots of gas. We got down to our final table in just about four full levels of play today. There were 24 players that took a seat in the tournament area...more

MicroMillions III: 2g00t4ubarn burns through Event #19 ($4.40 NLHE 4-max.)

Small blind. Big blind. Cutoff. Button. The action seats, from which you're playing most of your hands. And from which those ups and downs are frequently most up and most down. Late position? Lucrative. The blinds? You bleed. These are the seats from which the winning and losing most often...more

MicroMillions III: R.I.PERRA celebrates win in Event 20 ($2.22+R NLHE Turbo Saturday Splash)

R.I.PERRA came on strong from the start of the final table. Though not the initial chip leader, R.I.PERRA flirted with that top spot and continued to pressure the rest of the table. It took some well-timed moves, good reads, and even a few lucky hands, but R.I.PERRA persevered and emerged...more

LAPT Peru: Never surrender

"That was the craziest hand of any LAPT ever," said our Brazilian blogger, Sergio Prado. There was a big crowd by the non-feature table and a seemingly larger pile of chips on the table. Action was on the wild Frenchman, Maxence Debar. Debar was deep in thought and the board...more

LAPT Peru: A slice of history

"One out of every 16 times I make history," said Team PokerStars Pro, Jose "Nacho" Barbero. We've gotten down to 16 players and our final two tables are set. One of those 16 is Nacho Barbero. With only two tables, chances are pretty good that Barbero gets a tough draw....more

MicroMillions III: js'barsq brings home a win in Event #21 ($3.30 PLO 6-Max, Turbo)

Thus far, Russians are destroying the MicroMillions III. A quick trip over to the MicroMillions stats page reveals their lead in nearly all categories ranked by country. Most money won? Russia, with nearly $200,000. Most cashes? Most final tables? Most entrants? Russia, Russia and... Russia. The only area where Russia...more

LAPT Peru: The 8 percent

Players at the LAPT might start protesting soon. During the first level of play, a disproportionate amount of stack growth went to the top 8 percent of players. These players also happen to be two of the youngest players in the tournament. Coincidence? Conspiracy? We may never know. What we...more

MicroMillions III: The kost65 of victory in Event 17 ($3.30 Badugi)

Kost65 was in it to win it. A lead at the start of the final table is not a guarantee, and more often than not, the initial chip leader does not win the tournament. But kost65 meant to prove that theory wrong. The lead belonged to kost65 throughout most of...more

LAPT Peru: Peru leads, Barbero looks for number three

It's another warm day in Lima. The streets are bustling and construction is going on, business as usual. But in the Atlantic City Casino, there's a tiny roped off section in the poker room that's blasting U2. The area is roped off because it's holding spectators away from the final...more

MicroMillions III: Event #16 is all righty for alwidy ($2.20 NLHE)

A lot for a little. That's the motto for the MicroMillions series, a unique chance for low-limit players to realize eye-popping returns on tiny investments. Event #16, a $2.20 buy-in no-limit hold'em tourney, provided another such opportunity, an invitation 10,807 PokerStars players from all over the world chose to accept....more

MicroMillions III: We see what Cdeeznut$ did there in Event 18 ($3.30 NLHE Turbo)

Everyone knows that turbo poker tournaments require more luck than the average poker tournament. In 2012 MicroMillions III Event 18, $3.30 NLHE (Turbo), most of the luck ran to Cdeeznut$. Cdeeznut$ hung around long enough to catch a great run of card and notch the last four eliminations of the...more

MicroMillions III Day 2 review: Total prizes cross $1.25 million mark

If popular psychology held any weight whatsoever, you might think PokerStars' low-limit festival would get a complex. All we do all day long as talk about how small its buy-ins are or how "micro" it is. Some people might have even called it "cute." It's the type of thing that...more

Staying fresh after Black Friday

Before Black Friday, I used to play online poker all the time. Some weeks I'd play for 80 hours. I'd just wake up and play poker and that's really all I did. Then once Black Friday happened, I haven't played online since. It's a whole different life I've been living...more

Micro Millions III: Diogo37 goes all the way in Event #14 ($3.30+R NLHE)

Coolers on a final table can make or break a poker tournament. It's all about running good at the right times and when things don't go your way it can be easy to blame old "Lady Luck". But luck runs both ways as Diogo37 found out today at the MicroMillions....more

16 November

MicroMillions III: Artur Lesley wins Event #15 ($5.50 FLHE Turbo)

A turbo format will ignite the action in any poker discipline, but perhaps none more than limit hold'em. High blinds and shallow stacks turn what was once a game of bets saved and earned into a multi-way firefight where the entire landscape can change with a single hand. Aggression, fearlessness,...more

MicroMillions III: sevewolf mauls field in Event #12 Big Antes

Sometimes you find yourself a such a huge disadvantage that you really have nothing to lose. When it got down to heads-up, the Netherlands' sevewolf was outchipped 7 to 1 against big-stacked MrCojoness. The tremendous division in wealth did not faze sevewolf. Nothing to lose, right? Well, after winning a...more

MicroMillions III: Gorda877 grabs Event 13 title ($3.30 Stud)

Dennder looked strong going into the final table with the lead. After losing it, dennder regained it rather quickly and stayed at or near the top of the leaderboard for much of the final table. Meanwhile, gorda877 was in trouble when the final table began but doubled through dennder to...more

LAPT Peru: Another day, another Peruvian

No jinx. Players came back from dinner break well-fed and ready for poker. Thirty-four players returned, and after only 58 minutes of play, we were down to our final 24 players. Also, for the second day in a row, a Peruvian is leading the pack. Yesterday, Marcelo Marchan finished the...more

MicroMillions III: Not sad at all, Sladjan 68 wins Event #11 ($11 6-Max NLHE)

Heads-up play in a poker tournament can last one hand and suddenly the first 10 hours of struggle seemed like ordering a Captain Morgan Rum and Coke, and getting just the Coke. There is no epic battle for the top two prizes and a sense of emptiness. Closure, but no...more

LAPT Peru: Red, white and food

Players are just returning from dinner break, and as we've mentioned before, the food in Peru is fantastic. Peru is known as the gastronomic capital of Latin America and no other country objects. The country's cuisine has Japanese, Spanish, Italian and Chinese roots blended with a bit of local spice....more

LAPT Peru: Rapid burster

In life, there are several things you don't want bursting early. A childhood sense of wonder, water balloons and appendixes all fit this category. Tournament bubbles do not. We've seen bubbles go on for hours and others burst in a single hand. But this tournament didn't even get down to...more

PCA 2013: Liv Boeree rumors and why you may not be very smart

There are rumors, and I'm not going to be the one to confirm, deny, or spread them. But there are rumors. Indeed, I have actual video evidence of the lovely Liv Boeree speaking about her hijinks at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. In said video, she admits...well, I just can't say....more

MicroMillions III: Barthold09 bowls over Event 8 ($4.40 NLHE, 2X Chance)

Anyone who's played tournament poker for a while has had occasion to take advantage of a second chance. Maybe you ran into a cooler with queens against kings but caught a lady on the river; maybe you were involved in one of those suck-resuck situations where your pair was cracked...more

MicroMillions III: akarrin carries the day in Event #10 ($1+R NLHE 3x-turbo)

"Kick a buck." Such is the line delivered -- repeatedly -- by Paul Newman as the title character in 1967's Cool Hand Luke during a prison stud game. It's one of the all-time best poker scenes, with Luke bluffing street after street, nonchalantly tossing out another dollar each time. On...more

LAPT Peru: Out of the woodworks

Yesterday we posted about a few expats in the field. Since then, more have started to reveal themselves. Out of the woodworks, they raise their hands and proudly state, "I too call Latin America home." The traumatizing events of Black Friday are just a memory and things are looking up...more

Micro Millions III: All's well that ends well for fgromwell in Event 9 ($8.80 PLO)

fgromwell eliminated exactly two players from the 2012 MicroMillions III Event 9 $8.80 PLO final table. Two. They were an important two. fgromwell eliminated the 3rd-place finisher and the 2nd-place finisher to emerge as the last player seated at a wild, crazy and swing-y final table. For that, fgromwell is...more

LAPT Peru: Complaints

There are lots of things to complain about in this world. The air conditioner is too cold, the hot tub is too hot or the bartender took too long to get my drink. These all seem like legitimate complaints until someone comes along and gives us a double-shot of reality,...more

As the Stars Tweet: Bungee jumping, landing gear, and more

Over the past few weeks, "As The Stars Tweet" has featured many tweets and statuses from Team PokerStars Pros Eugene Katchalov and Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, and their travels around Europe and Asia. This past week, they were in Macau for the PokerStars Asia Championship of Poker, and, unsurprisingly, Grospellier did...more

MicroMillions III: magpie1985 flies away with victory in Event 7 ($5.50 NLHE)

Starting the final table of a tournament as the chip leader. Other than the winner's circle, it's a position that most poker players strive towards. In MicroMillions III Event 7, $5.50 NLHE, magpie1985 used the advantage of final table chip leader to bring home the victory. The seventh event of...more

LAPT Peru: Wake up call

Yesterday players might've been rattled awake at 10:00am. There were sirens and people on the street. Some had backpacks with supplies and everyone was staying away from tall buildings. Everything pointed towards "earthquake," except for the fact that the ground didn't shake. It is possible that the entirety of the...more

IPT Nova Gorica underway IPT Nova Gorica started yesterday in the beautiful Perla Casino in Nova Gorica, Slovenia. At the end of Day 1A one player who was taking a serious bite out of other people's chips was chip leader Filippo Candio, a well known Italian player who had stacked up to 93,700....more

How I won LAPT Panama

I arrived in Panama with a lot of expectations. Every time I'm about to play a tournament on the Latin American Poker Tour, I have faith. Don't ask me why, but this time I felt something special. Something big was about to happen. The first day found me sharing a...more

PokerStars Strategy: How to crush Zoom (micro and up)

Zoom poker is fast. The name's a bit of a give away. You can auto-fold before the action is on you and you'll instantly be transported to a new seat at a new table with a new hand against a new bunch of opponents. It's all new, including the edges...more

MicroMillions III: MUFC9999 wins Event #5 $3.30 NL Hold'em

The effort required to succeed in the world of MicroMillions should never be underestimated. While players of the "OOP" events will try low rolling it without too much at stake, the greatness of micro events comes from the success of the low stakes player, prodding themselves awake all night, putting...more

MicroMillions III Day 1 review: Horecki's 46 buy-ins

Team PokerStars Pro Marcin 'Goral' Horecki isn't usually known as a reckless or cavalier player. There's usually balance, a calm and methodical approach to the game, an understanding of position and what he may be up against both pre- and post-flop. That Horecki was nowhere to be seen in the...more

MicroMillions III: Alfons777999 presses to victory in Event #6 ($2.20 2X-Turbo Rebuy)

The nuts again??? Sigh. Grumble. If a person plays poker long enough they will see patterns of what seems like a player's luck will never right out. In MicroMillions Event #6: NLHE 2X-Turbo Rebuy ($20,000 guaranteed) it seemed like all the cards were stacked in Alfons777999's favor. Two big hands...more

MicroMillions III: Easy as ABC for ADP1985 in Event #4 ($3.30+R NLHE)

The MicroMillions is back for its third instalment with one hundred incredible-value, low-risk, big-reward tournaments to thrill low-limit players around the world. And what better way to kick off the schedule with everyone's favourite low-limit tournament - the "Action Hour" rebuy! The United Kingdom's ADP1985 certainly thought so, surviving a...more

15 November

LAPT Peru: Home-field advantage

It's the end of the beginning...of the end of LAPT Season 5. Day 1 is over and only 122 players remain. A total of 376 players signed up for the grand final, but less than one-third remain. There were lots of casualties. Team PokerStars Pro suffered a few losses today....more

MicroMillions III: Devil_DuckDK scorches field and wins Event #3 $3.30 NL 6-Max

Sometimes when a tournament reaches heads-up, the final two players opt for a patient approach and slowly feel each other out while they size-up their opponent. But this was not one of those instances. The final table in MicroMillions Event #3 $3.30 NL 6-Max was an exhilarating slug-out from start...more

LAPT Peru: The expats

English only at the table doesn't really go over well at the LAPT. Being based in Latin America, the majority of the players here speak Spanish. Portuguese is also peppered around the tournament area and is the dominant language in Brazilian tournaments. This leaves English as the minority. A foreign...more

LAPT Peru: Money and storylines

The numbers are in. Now that the dinner break is over, players don't only have a full belly, they have a full list of payouts. We saw more than three hundred players take a seat at the start of the day and they continued to trickle in. We now have...more

LAPT Peru: Need for speed

After Level six, players took their ceremonial dinner break. In a country like Peru, dinner isn't just a break, it's an experience. But despite all the delectable edibles, a few Team PokerStars Pros decided to spend their dinner break indulging their need for speed. Team PokerStars Pros Christian de Leon...more

MicroMillions III: AAligator33 feasts on Event #2 field ($1+R NLHE, 3x-Turbo)

"There are times when u cannot cash in a 180 and now u send 45,000 players to the rail." AAligator33 summed up the life of a low-stakes grinder pretty well with that statement. To be exact, 42,940 players were on the rail and AAligator33 had nearly a billion of the...more


Free things, education and fame. Last LAPT stop gave players a chance at momentary stardom on the Twitter Wall. This LAPT is focusing more on the free things and education side of the trio. First, free things. PokerStars has set up a futuristic-looking mobile lounge, complete with white sitting cubes....more

LAPT Peru: Hometown hero

"The 'Chark,' not the "Shark," has made a special request," said LAPT President, David Carrion, at the welcome party last night. "He wants me to congratulate a recent Sunday Million winner, Gerardo Rodriguez." The crowd erupted into applause for Rodriguez, especially the Peruvians. Aside from getting a six-figure cash on...more

MicroMillions III: poker izrod8 plows through Event #1 ($0.11+R NLHE)

So far as playing poker tournaments goes, you can't have a lot more fun than entering a rebuy event. If you take a bad beat, another chance is just a click away; if you don't, you're in great position to pile up huge amounts of chips as players who are...more

LAPT Peru: Travelling along

Busses and taxis operate a bit differently here in Lima. Aside from piloting tons of steel at breakneck speeds while avoiding other tons of steel by inches, these paid drivers are all proficient in advertising. When the busses -- which come in an assortment of shapes and sizes -- stop,...more

LAPT Peru: The Grand Illusion

The LAPT is back in Peru. I suspect this for a few reasons. First, Google Maps says we're in Peru -- Apple Maps says I'm in the ocean, but there are too many chairs here for it be an ocean. Second, the traffic coming out of the airport was distinctly...more

DaWarsaw vs Tzen1 in MicroMillions challenge

Team PokerStars Online members Grzegorz 'DaWarsaw' Mikielewicz and Richard 'Tzen1' Veenman have picked this Sunday's MicroMillions as a battleground. To the winner the spoils, which are in this case a day's of valeting at the PCA this January. "Get me a Jamba Juice!" "Hold my place in the water slide...more

Sharks are always hungry

Even after the World Series of Poker, I'm hungry for more poker. After the WSOP, I used to stay in the United States for WPTs, but now I have a more familiar feeding ground: Latin America. Only ten years ago, it was almost impossible to find a game of No-Limit...more

MicroMillions starts today!

Christmas really has come early.* The MicroMillions III begins today making a 2012 trilogy of low stakes, big field festivals that sport some enormous prizes up top. The first event, a rip-roaring get-it-in-and-build-a-stack re-buy has the heady buy-in price of $0.11 attached to it. That's right, just 11c a bullet....more

14 November

Playing as a bounty in the Women's Poker League

I hope all of you ladies have the opportunity to play in the Women's Poker League this November. It's a great series of little buy-in tournaments starting from $0.10 up to $5.50. It is a fun opportunity to take a shot at great prizes, and meanwhile also meet poker players...more

All speckled with stars

After WSOPE and San Remo I returned home to my parents' farm and have been spending time with them and the animals. It's so wonderful to be back in nature, away from the grind and free to be muddy! There's very little light pollution in the countryside, so the number...more

MicroMillions III madness starts tomorrow, $5m guaranteed

The MicroMillions III series begins tomorrow with $5,000,000 in guaranteed prize pools (which will no doubt be a lot, lot more when all's said and done). This is the must play series for any low-stakes grinder, have-a-go hero or big field crusher. PokerStars has always prided itself on being the...more

Run dat Game pairs Warm-Up win with Super Tuesday title

It's good to be Chris Lovett right now. Really, outstandingly, ridiculously good. On October 28, the man best known as 'Run dat Game' got the monkey off his back and nabbed a major online title, winning the Sunday Warm-Up for over $95,000. Seventeen days later, he has another one and...more

13 November

PokerStars mobile: Your new weapon to survive shopping

Team PokerStars Online's Andre 'acoimbra' Coimbra may well have just saved his relationship - and might be able to save yours while he's at it. The Portugese player, who got a lot of attention during his sleep-deprived MicroMillions II campaign, has struck upon the idea of playing on PokerStars Mobile...more

Poker travel is no kiddie game

Well, it's been an interesting year, to say the least. Poker has provided me a lot of great opportunities, including the ability to travel and see the world. I have been on the road fairly consistently ever since I had my first big win at EPT Kyiv back in 2009....more

Top Three with Celina Lin

Team PokerStars Pro Celina Lin is such a regular in Macau that she now considers it her home. She started frequenting PokerStars Macau events in 2007 and has enjoyed a string of impressive results ever since. "I've been doing well there particularly in the Macau Poker Cup series which runs...more

Watch November 11 Sunday Million final, cards up

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12 November

UKIPT Bristol: Wojtek wins second UKIPT title in a week and £90,400

The final table of UKIPT Bristol will live long in the memory of anyone who witnessed it as Wojtek Barzantny won his second UKIPT title within a week, adding the UKIPT Bristol title and £90,400 to the UKIPT Online title he won on Wednesday. "I don't know many superlatives like...more

UKIPT Bristol: Final table, level 29-30 updates (50,000-100,000, ante 10,000)

10pm: Wojtek Barzantny wins UKIPT Bristol (£90,400); James Greenwood eliminated in second place (£54,500) It's all over here in Bristol and Wotjek Barzantny has done the unthinkable and pulled off an amazing UKIPT double, winning UKIPT Bristol to add to the UKIPT Online title he won on Wednesday. In the...more

Do you like free money? Join the PCA birthday party

Do you know what overlay is? Is it the amount of extra money being put into the pot when a tournament falls short of its guarantee? Yes, it is but it's so much more. It's peaches and cream, it's a cool breeze on a hot summer's day, it's top set,...more

Estrellas Poker Tour sets GPS for Madrid

Like nearly everyone of a traveling mind in the poker world, you're probably sitting there thinking, "Well, what am I going to do after the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure this year?" Today, we offer you one fun option. Just a little while ago, the Estrellas Poker Tour announced the first event...more

Best of the Big Game, Season 2

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UKIPT Bristol: Final table, level 25-28 updates (30,000-60,000, ante 10,000)

7.45pm: End of the level That's the end of level 28, you'll find level 29 updates in a new post shortly. -- NW 7.35pm: Greenwood makes good call down James Greenwood just made a great call on the river to once more close the gap on Wojtek Barzantny. From the...more

How I ended up fighting Gus Hansen

Somehow I seem to be sucked in to different kinds of--more or less--insane bets. Okay, at times everything--or most of it--is well thought through. Other times I get sucked in. And then there's the times where it's just plain stupidity taking charge. The boxing bet with Gus Hansen back in...more

UKIPT Bristol: Final table, level 22-24 updates (12,000-24,000, ante 3,000)

2.50pm: Break! That's the end of the level. The players will be taking a 20 minute break to freshen up then war will begin again as they continue six-handed. See you in a moment. Updates from level 25 onwards will be shown in a new post. 2.37pm: Sidark and Barzantny...more

PokerStars weekend review (11-12-12)

Now that the US presidential election is over what do we have to look forward to in the news? There are no crazed pundits frothing over tax cuts, public spending or folders which may or may not be full of women. We have another three-and-a-half years before Ohio makes its...more

11 November

Sunday Million: Royal Jiks takes the crown, scores $180k

Royal Jiks looked like he had it made. When the final table kicked off, he had two and a half times the stack of his closest competitor. And while everyone else was sweating money jumps and increasing blinds, he was able to hang back and rake in pots with the...more

Sunday Warm-Up: Luck of the Irish is with allintrev23

The PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up today attracted another strong field with 3,512 players handing over the $215 buy-in to form a prize pool of $702,400. The top 540 players would finish in the money with a min-cash worth $295. Unfortunately for recently-crowned ANZPT Melbourne champion Paul "KingPaulie" Hockin, he would experience...more

t0beR1cH flush with cash after Nov. 11 Women's Sunday win

It's never been a better time to be a PokerStars Woman. Team Pro bounties in the Women's Poker League throughout November? Check. Satellites to the PCA Ladies Event? Running. Amazing spin-up potential in the MicroMillions III? Only a few days away. Right in the middle of all the action was...more

APPT Macau: Cards fall Xing Zhou's way for ACOP Main Event title

It's been an incredible two weeks of poker here in Macau, the final days of which have been highlighted by the $100,000 (HKD) buy-in Asia Championship of Poker Main Event. And the ending -- with Xing Zhou of China defeating Hong Kong's Ying Kit Chan heads-up in final hand in...more

UKIPT3 Bristol: Wojtek Barzantny goes for second UKIPT title; leads final table

I don't think even in Wojtek Barzantny's wildest dreams he could've imagined how his week would've turned out when he set out from Kaiserslautern to play UKIPT Online and UKIPT Bristol. Not content with beating UK poker legend Chris Moorman heads-up to win UKIPT Online here in Bristol on Wednesday,...more

APPT Macau: Zhou defeats Chan in (literal) blind-vs.-blind hand!

It was past 2:30 a.m. here in Macau, about 12-and-a-half hours after the final table had begun, and more than six hours since Xing Zhou and Ying Kit Chan had started their heads-up battle. Here's what they looked like way back when the duel had started. Bright-eyed, determined, ready... It...more

Daddy plays poker

I have two kids, a 3-year old girl and a 1-year old boy. No matter what I write later I love them enormously and I think having kids is the best thing that has happened in my life. That said I will freely confess that those little creatures can be...more

APPT Macau: Advantage Ying Kit Chan

A half-hour into Level 26 (15,000/30,000/4,000), China's Xing Zhou continued to enjoy the chip lead he'd had over Hong Kong's Ying Kit Chan since the start of heads-up play way back in Level 24. Minus the dinner break, that was three hours' worth of poker. Chan had closed the gap....more

UKIPT3 Bristol: Day 3 level 21-22 updates (blinds 8,000-16,000 ante 2,000)

7.02pm: End of day 3 That was a breathtakingly swift day. 45 players took to the felt but within 6 levels there were just 8 remaining still vying for the title. Possibilities abound for potentially historic stories tomorrow. Could Swede Amanda Sidark become the first female UKIPT winner? Will Wojtek...more

APPT Macau: Zhou-Chan heads-up battle continues

Most of Level 25 (12,000/24,000/3,000) was taken up with leader Xing Zhou and Ying Kit Chan battling back-and-forth over small pots, with Zhou whittling his opponent down under 900,000 as the level neared its end. That's when a reraise-and-call swiftly erupted at the Asia Championship of Poker Main Event final...more

APPT Macau: Zhou still leads heads-up in ME; Sekiya clinches Asia POY

Heads-up play continues at the ACOP Main Event between Xing Zhou of China and Ying Kit Chan of Hong Kong, with Zhou continuing to maintain a healthy lead over his opponent. Zhou chipped away at Chan during the first half-hour of Level 25 (12,000/24,000/3,000), moving his stack back up over...more

APPT Macau: Ying Kit Chan closes gap with leader Zhou in ACOP Main Event heads-up

The drama having died down a touch following the sequence of eliminations that brought us to heads-up play, Xing Zhou (China) and Ying Kit Chan (Hong Kong) settled in for a period of relative calm, trading small pots and avoiding any major skirmishes for the first several minutes of their...more

APPT Macau: Zhou claims two more, Zaicik (4th) and Kanaan (3rd)

Xing Zhou keeps getting hands. And they keep holding up. And his opponents keep falling. And his chip stack keeps growing. Two more eliminations have swiftly come here in Level 24, and both again featured Zhou picking up hands at opportune moments, and winning. Jacques stacked in fourth Jacques Zaicik...more

UKIPT3 Bristol: Day 3 level 17-20 updates (blinds 5,000-10,000 ante 1,000)

4.43pm:Break Time! A dramatic moment caps the first four levels of the day and with that we take a short recess. Back in 15 minutes for the playdown to the final! The updates from level 21 onwards will continue in a new post. 4.40pm:Tournament enters no Joe area Wojtek Barzantny...more

APPT Macau: Queens fail Sass, four remain

Even though Alan Sass had but a fourth of the number of chips the leader Xing Zhou had to begin Level 24 (10,000/20,000/3,000), the American was nonetheless Zhou's nearest competitor. And he still had more than 35 big blinds and a lot of savvy, which made it appear he might...more

APPT Macau: Toma tumbles in sixth

A couple of big hands over the last half-hour completed the swift fall of Tsugunari Toma from a second-place stack to elimination in sixth place. The 30-year-old from Osaka, Japan had earlier been up around 1.4 million chips, then good for second place and within shouting distance of leader Xing...more

APPT Macau: Zhou mows down Alner, Hinrichsen; 6 remain

Level 23 (9,000/18,000/2,000) is underway, and Xing Zhou continues to roll at today's final table. He's scored two knockouts during the first half-hour of the level, and with six players left has more than 60% of the chips in play. Zhou picked up another big hand -- A♠K♠ -- to...more

APPT Macau: Eight remain in ACOP Main Event, Zhou in command

Xing Zhou of Heilongjiang, China entered the $100,000 (HKD) ACOP Main Event without a ton of tournament experience, having only previously played in a couple of events before, including finishing 10th in the Macau Poker Cup Championship back in September. But his ACOP Main Event has gone well nonetheless, starting...more

APPT Macau: Wang first to fall at ACOP Main Event final table

"Double me up!" So said Henry Wang of Chinese Taipei just now after announcing his all-in opening raise. Level 22 had just begun (7,000/14,000/2,000), and Wang had pushed his last 130,500 forward from the cutoff seat. He'd begun the day in the middle of the pack, but after suffering through...more

10 November

APPT Macau: Zhou zooms up, comebacks for short stacks

They've played a little over an hour here at the Asia Championship of Poker Main Event final table, during which stretch we've seen start-of-final-table leader Michael Kanaan's stack fall under 1 million, with Xing Zhou making a move upwards and into first position. Zhou now sits with about 1.1 million...more

APPT Macau: ACOP Main Event final table player profiles

After four long days of play that saw the starting field of field of 184 players whittled down to just nine, the players have arrived and found their seats for today's final table of the Asia Championship of Poker Main Event. As we await the start of play, here's a...more

APPT Macau: 2012 ACOP stories end today; Kanaan leads Main Event final table

With 22 left to start play yesterday at the Asia Championship of Poker Main Event, the day began with a virtual tie for the chip lead between the Aussie Michael Kanaan and Andrew Gaw of the Philippines, with the tough Canadian Mike Watson not too far off the pace in...more

UKIPT3 Bristol: Bull takes tournament by horns to lead final 45

As is always the case on Day 2 of the UKIPT, it was moving day as over eight levels of play a field of 239 was reduced to just 45, that's one elimination every two and a half minutes! The player who moved most serenely of all and sits atop...more

Sharing an Argentine Experience with Nacho Barbero

By Nacho Barbero It has been an interesting last couple of months. Probably the most interesting -- and fun -- moment came when my friend and fellow Argentine Leo Fernandez won the LAPT Panama event back at the end of September. When the LAPT announced it was going to Panama...more

UKIPT3 Bristol: Day 2 level 13-16 updates (2,000-4,000 ante 400)

9.07pm: End of day two That dramatic confrontation was one of the last acts of note on day 2 here at UKIPT Bristol. Come the close of play, 45 players had negotiated their way through the day with Robert Bull heading the field courtesy of that monstrous last pot. He...more

APPT Macau: Kanaan leads final nine at ACOP Main Event

It took about seven hours to play down from 22 to nine here on Day 4 of the Asia Championship of Poker Main Event, and when the bagging took place Australia's Michael Kanaan had the most chips to count and collect with 1,393,000. Michael Kanaan Here are links to all...more

APPT Macau: Huynh, Gaw out; final table reached at ACOP Main Event

It took a while, but the final two eliminations of Day 4 have happened and the nine-handed final table of the 2012 Asia Championship of Poker has been determined. Tri Ba Huynh (Canada) fell in 11th right at the end of Level 19, while Andrew Gaw (Philippines) was knocked out...more

UKIPT3 Bristol: Day 2 level 9-12 updates (blinds 800-1,600 ante 200)

4.29pm: Break Time! Level 12 is in the bag. It's time for a short pause while everyone takes stock of how they have performed today - and bores their friends with the usual brag posts and bad beat stories. Back in twenty! The updates from level 13 onward will continue...more

APPT Macau: Wu (13th), Watson (12th) out; Kanaan up

"Call," said Mike "SirWatts" Watson, tossing his cards face up and letting them land on the felt before him. There was a note of resignation in his voice, as though he knew he'd run into an unfortunate situation, made even more so coming so late in an event. Ying Kit...more

APPT Macau: Compagno, Lam, Lin out; Alner vaults to top

The field decreased by three more just before the end of Level 18, while Tom Alner of the UK had an especially successful level to move up over 800,000 and into first position. Just 13 remain to start Level 19 (4,000/8,000/1,000). Three more down Paolo Compagno of Switzerland was undone...more

APPT Macau: Ying Kit Chan nudges into lead; 16 left ACOP Main Event

Two more have fallen during the first half of Level 18 in the Asia Championship of Poker Main Event -- Zhongwei Wang of China (18th) and Aaron Lim of Australia (17th), both of whom earned $216,000 (HKD) for their finishes. Meanwhile, Hong Kong's Ying Kit Chan has snuck past everyone...more

APPT Macau: 18 remain in Main Event; "High Rollers" underway

The all-ins all survived during the early going here on Day 4 of the Asia Championship of Poker Main Event -- apart from James McCarty, that is, the first player to cash when he went out in 22nd place. The rest of Level 17 saw still more pushes happening, with...more

APPT Macau: A spot of bother

"It appears James is in a spot of bother." Such was the choice of words applied by APPT President Danny McDonagh, here calling the action at the final three tables of the Asia Championship of Poker Main Event. The first half-hour of play have seen multiple all-ins, including Henry Wang...more

9 November

APPT Macau: Finding a final table; Day 4 of ACOP Main Event awaits

17,305,200 Hong Kong dollars. That's worth about $2,218,615 USD. And that's what the remaining 22 players still with chips in the 2012 Asia Championship of Poker Main Event are going to be vying for when Day 4 of the five-day event begins later this afternoon. Last night the tension built...more

UKIPT3 Bristol: Mina bulldozes Day 1B field

UKIPT Bristol moved serenely into the second of its two opening days today. Following Day 1A, The Gala Harbourside Casino opened its doors once more today, welcoming 315 new participants to the felt to test their luck and skills as Day 1B kicked into effect and it was the unheralded...more

APPT Macau: Bubble bursts; Kanaan, Gaw lead with 22 left at ACOP Main Event

We started Day 3 talking about tension increasing, about the game necessarily becoming more serious today now that the 2012 Asia Championship of Poker Main Event had reached a stage where the bursting of the money bubble was imminent. The day turned out to be a long one, lasting all...more

Win $6,000 PCA flashback package for free!

Share a memory, win $6,000. Tell an anecdote, bink a PokerStars Caribbean Adventure package. Sounds like a good deal to us. Normally when you try to share a story you're greeted with rolling eyes but instead we're not only begging you to tell us but also giving you a freeroll...more

APPT Macau: Torres, Lin fall; 27 remain in ACOP Main Event

The tension is ramping up as the bubble looms nearer. We've seen several all-ins and players at risk during the first part of Level 15. Some survived their moments of worry, while others did not. Torres tumbles 2010 APPT Macau champion Victorino Torres (Northern Mariana Islands) was one of the...more

UKIPT3 Bristol: Day 1B level 5-8 updates (blinds 300-600 ante 75)

9.20pm: Play is over for the day Play is done for the day and Marinos Mina is the overnight chip leader with 138,300. Whilst one player lucky to still be in is Chris Dowling, on the very last hand he check-shoved a ten high flop with pocket sevens and got...more

APPT Macau: Hinrichsen hangs on, Kanaan captures lead

It's a deep structure here in the Asia Championship of Poker Main Event. With 33 players left to begin Level 14 (1,200/2,400/300), the average stack was almost 70 big blinds deep. Understandable, then, the action would slow and rate of bustouts lessen -- especially with the money bubble (to burst...more

Talk about magic...

I wanted to give an update -- about me, but also about my daughter, Liliana, who is now about 20 months old. It's kind of challenging to write about, actually, because to be honest it is hard to put into words just how amazing it is to have Lili. Ever...more

APPT Macau: 33 remain at Day 3 dinner break in ACOP Main Event

They have reached the end of Level 13 (1,000/2,000/300) and the dinner break. The field has now shrunk to 33 players, meaning that once they return from dinner the money bubble will be looming as only the top 22 finishers in the Asia Championship of Poker will be making the...more

UKIPT3 Bristol: Day 1B level 1-4 updates (blinds 100-200)

4.35pm: Break it up Every so often the world needs to pause for breath and so does this tournament. The end of level 4 signals one such juncture, so the players now have 20 minutes to rest their weary limbs before returning to the felt renewed and refreshed. The level...more

PokerStars strategy: Raymond Wu on a roll

At the time of writing (9 November, 2012) Team PokerStars Pro Raymond Wu was going deep in the ACOP Main Event. Wu is top ten in chips with 38 players remaining and 22 spots paying. The winner will receive HKD $4,240,000 (approx $547,000) as well as a big shiny trophy....more

APPT Macau: The winning women in Macau

Just last week Team PokerStars Pro Celina Lin of China discussed in a blog post the remarkable growth of poker in Macau. There she spoke not just of the popularity of poker here in Macau and in Asia, but how increasing numbers of women are playing in this part of...more

APPT Macau: Sass amasses, passes field with 45 left

The last part of Level 10 and Level 11 today have belonged to Alan Sass, the lone American player left in the field through the first two days of play. Sass himself almost saw his Asia Championship of Poker Main Event run end late last night, but he survived. And...more

APPT Macau: Countries collide in Million Dollar Challenge

As if there isn't enough to play for in the Asia Championship of Poker Main Event -- remember, a cool $4,240,000 (HKD) sits up top for the winner -- two groups of players from Hong Kong and Australia have found a way to create extra incentive for both the Main...more

8 November

APPT Macau: PokerStars Macau gives back

Just prior to the start of play on Day 3 of the Asia Championship of Poker Main Event, a brief presentation ceremony occurred at the Grand Waldo Conference and Exhibition Centre in which PokerStars Macau -- as it has done every year since its launch in 2008 -- made a...more

APPT Macau: ACOP Main Event gets serious, Day 3 awaits

It has been an awesome week so far in Macau. The ACOP Warm-Up event featured some high-profile players and high-quality play, culminating in an exciting win for Jeff Rossiter of Australia. Thus far we've enjoyed a warm welcome and meeting others from across Asia and the world, learning a little...more

UKIPT3 Bristol: Prested tops Day 1A field

The fifth leg of Season 3 and the last leg of 2012 saw the UKIPT touch down in a city it hadn't visited before. And 235 players clearly liked the fact that the Gala Harbourside in Bristol was hosting a leg of the UKIPT as they turned out in their...more

APPT Macau: Gaw grabs lead to end Day 2 in ACOP Main Event

Sixty minutes into the 90-minute Level 10, play has been stopped for the night. Just 56 players remain from the starting field of 184, with Andrew Gaw of the Philippines ending the day atop the counts followed by end-of-Day-1 leader Yue Hin Lam (Macau) and Xing Zhou (China). Team Pros...more

APPT Macau: Following the leaders

They've crossed the midway point of Level 9 (500/1,000/100). Team PokerStars Pro Bryan Huang was just eliminated after getting his stack in on the flop with a double-gutshot versus top pair and failing to get there, following fellow Team Pro Eugene Katchalov to the rail. With Huang's elimination, they are...more

Join the heroes, win a $16,000 PCA package for $10

Do you want to win the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure? Yes? Good, then let us continue. Last year an amateur player called John Dibella won the PCA main event giving him $1,775,000, a lovely shiny trophy, a beautiful Neil Stoddart winner's photo (he doesn't just do them for anyone) and one...more

UKIPT3 Bristol: Day 1A level 5-8 updates (blinds 300-600 ante 75)

8.51pm: The day is done! Eight levels of fast, frantic and serious poker played out here in Bristol and we saw some dramatic pots, moments, risers and fallers as a big group took to the felt bidding to be crowned the UKIPT Bristol champion. The final analysis showed Jonathon Prested...more

Digging deep

Editor's note: In the run-up to the WSOP Main Event final table, Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Selbst coached final table player Jesse Sylvia who eventually finished runner-up for $5,292,889. Here she explains how it's helped her think about her own game. Since returning home from WSOP Europe, I've been thinking...more

APPT Macau: Asia Team Pros battling for ACOP title

Eight Team PokerStars Pros and two members of Team PokerStars Online entered the Asia Championship of Poker Main Event, and all 10 players survived the first day of play to return today. Thus far on Day 2 six of those 10 are still with chips, including all four Asia-based Team...more

Castles of skill: PokerStars, the US Chess League & women

From checkraising to checkmate, chessplayers who love poker have been honored by seven years of PokerStars sponsorship of the US Chess League. The USCL, an internet based league of the top 16 chess cities in America, was founded by my brother Greg Shahade, a poker player and International chess Master....more

Xuan Liu on making history for women at the PCA

Xuan Liu is not the kind of poker player who immediately strikes fear in opponents at the poker table due to her demeanor or appearance. I'm guessing that the 27-year-old slightly built Canadian with the beautiful smile is a welcome addition when she sits down at most of the heavily...more

APPT Macau: Players dealt a welcome club

We were mentioning earlier today the ACOP Welcome Party that happened last night. In other words, the reason why play began a couple of hours later than usual today, so as to give players, staff, and perhaps even a reporter or three a little extra time to rest and recover....more

UKIPT3 Bristol: Day 1A level 1-4 updates (blinds 100-200)

4.28pm: End of the level That brings us to the end of the first four levels of the day. Once again it's time for the players to take a short breather but we'll be back in 2 shakes of a lamb's tail (assuming the temporaral exchange rate to be around...more

Vanessa Selbst and Kevin MacPhee's levelling war

Poker's a friendly game, you know. You sit down, you play some cards, you win those monies and then you all high-five over multi-coloured drinks in the bar. That's how it usually works on the European Poker Tour anyway. Not so this April gone by. There were around 60 players...more

APPT Macau: Nakabo looks to fashion a comeback

Out of 140 players returning for today's second day of play in the $100,000 (HKD) Asia Championship of Poker Main Event, Japan's Hirotoshi Nakabo came back to the fewest chips of everyone, his stack of 2,600 placing him dead last in 140th to start today. They've played through the remaining...more

APPT Macau: Poker Gangnam style

This marks our sixth straight day here at the Grand Waldo Entertainment Complex, the first four spent with the Asia Championship of Poker Warm-Up event won by Jeff Rossiter of Australia, and yesterday and today with the start of the ACOP Main Event. To get an idea of the layout...more

7 November

APPT Macau: ACOP Main Event party continues into Day 2

"It's a 'party start.'" So explained APPT President Danny McDonagh when asked about the later-than-usual 5 p.m. starting time for today's second day of play in the $100,000 (HKD) buy-in Asia Championship of Poker Main Event. The ACOP welcome party at the D2 nightclub in downtown Macau happened late last...more

UKIPT Season 3 Online: Barzantny topples Moorman to win UKIPT Online title and £77,126

It took four hours, multiple chip-lead changes and plenty of skill, but in a heads-up battle, in which the only all-in and call was the final hand, Wojtek Barzantny defeated Chris Moorman to win the inaugural UKIPT Online title and £77,126. "It's very special to win UKIPT Online and beat...more

UKIPT Season 3 Online: Final table, level 5-8 updates (blinds 40,000 - 80,000 ante 10,000)

9.55pm: Wojtek Barzantny wins UKIPT Online (£77,126.03); Chris Moorman eliminated in second place (£55,471.50) It's all over and as seemed increasingly likely it came down to a a flip, between two players who couldn't be separated. From the button Chris Moorman made it 160,000, Wojtek Barzantny then moved all-in and...more

The beginning of a beautiful friendship

I recently returned to Las Vegas after six weeks of traveling for poker. I went from Vancouver to Germany, then made my way south through Switzerland to France, Italy, and eventually Morocco. With the constant need to adjust sleeping patterns and the stresses of living out of a suitcase (or...more

APPT Macau: Main Event Day 1 concludes, Yue Hin Lam leads

A relatively short Day 1 has come to a close at the Asia Championship of Poker Main Event, with play halting a half-hour into Level 5 so as to allow players and staff to attend the ACOP Welcome Party starting a little later tonight. And a later-than-normal start for Day...more

APPT Macau: The ACOP, a new tradition for poker in Asia

This inaugural Asia Championship of Poker series features a full schedule of events, 18 of which count toward the 2012 Asia Player of the Year race currently led by Japan's Yosuke Sekiya. Sekiya is here today playing in the Main Event, and currently sits with about 20,000 chips. Yosuke Sekiya...more

UKIPT Season 3 Online: Final table, level 1-4 updates (blinds 15,000 - 30,000 ante 3,000)

5.30pm: First blood to Barzantny Wojtek Barzantny has won the first significant pot of the heads-up battle, he bet all three streets of a [8♠8♦5♦6♦A♥ board, I missed the flop sizing but it was 250,000 on the turn and 420,000 on the river. At showdown he revealed 9♣7♦ and Moorman...more

APPT Macau: Team PokerStars came to play

Registration has now closed as we move through Level 3 of the $100,000 (HKD) Asia Championship of Poker Main Event. All told 184 players entered the tournament, creating a huge prize pool of $17,305,200 (HKD) and thereby well exceeding the $10 million (HKD) guarantee. About 20 have fallen in the...more

APPT Macau: Going mobile

"Would you like to play?" So comes the invitation, offered repeatedly through the days and nights here in the Grand Waldo Conference and Exhibition Centre, site of the 2012 Asia Championship of Poker. Kris Galloway is the questioner, sending out his invite from behind a desk situated next to a...more

APPT Macau: Commerce and cards in Macau

They're edging toward the end of the first 90-minute level of the $100,000 (HKD) Asia Championship of Poker Main Event. More than 160 players have already taken their seats, and with four hours of late registration the total number of entrants will continue to climb. A glance at the initial...more

Super Tuesday: Chilax Chuck freezes foes, claims $85K

Chilax Chuck's avatar makes a bold proclamation-- "I don't even fold laundry." And while we can't speak directly to the way he treats his clothing, he made enough aggressive moves and gutsy bluffs to convince us he was telling the truth, at least about his style of play. After...more

6 November

APPT Macau: The celebration continues -- ACOP Main Event begins today!

Excitement surrounding the inaugural Asia Championship of Poker -- a.k.a. APPT Macau, an official event of the Asia Pacific Poker Tour -- has been building for nearly two weeks. Several preliminary events have already been decided, including the $25,000 (HKD) ACOP Warm-Up tournament won late last night by the Australian...more

APPT Macau: Rossiter rules a most worthy Warm-Up at the Asia Championship of Poker

As noted at the start of the day, this so-called "Warm-Up" event in the Asia Championship of Poker didn't necessarily fit the mold as far as typical preliminary tournaments usually went. With a not-insignificant buy-in of $25,000 (HKD) nonetheless attracting a large field of 358 runners from more than 30...more

APPT Macau: Jeff Rossiter wins ACOP Warm-Up, David Martirosyan runner-up

It was a lengthy Day 3, with the final table taking much of the day. But the end came swiftly. Jeff Rossiter and David Martiryosan began heads-up play with severely uneven stacks, with the Aussie Rossiter starting with 6.125 million chips to the 910,000 of the Russian Martiryosan. And the...more

APPT Macau: Fan finishes fourth, Cheong cut down in third

For the hour or so since the last update, the play had followed a similar pattern, with Jeff Rossiter steadily chipping up and his three opponents watching their stacks steadily decline. By the start of Level 27 (30,000/60,000/10,000), Rossiter had built his stack up over 3.3 million, while David Martirosyan...more

Five years at the felt with Boris Becker

This November marks the fifth Anniversary of Boris Becker joining Team PokerStars SportStar. The tennis legend has brought the same intensity and will to win to the table that he had on the court, if not the same level of results (yet). Becker's live tournament winnings currently stand at an...more

APPT Macau: Bobo bounced in fifth; Rossiter still leads

Five players lasted through the end of Level 25, with the Australian Jeff Rossiter continuing lead. Here's what the chip stacks looked like when they took their 10-minute break at level's end: Jeff Rossiter -- 2,435,000 Rong Fan -- 1,485,000 Joseph Cheong -- 1,475,000 Bobo Chen -- 1,230,000 David Martirosyan...more

Watch November 4 Sunday Million final, cards up

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APPT Macau: Chan stalls in 7th; Shatilov shot down in 6th

After going nearly two hours with no eliminations at the final table, there have been four within an hour here in Level 24. Johnny Chan's ACOP Warm-Up run has come to an end in seventh place, while Andrey Shatilov has been eliminated in sixth. Chan had been holding steady with...more

APPT Macau: "Now we're getting somewhere"; 7 left in ACOP Warm-Up

Within the first half-hour of play after the dinner break we've seen two rapid eliminations at the final table of the ACOP Warm-Up. Not long after players returned, the short stack Jan Zeuschner began Level 24 (15,000/30,000/5,000) open-raising all in on multiple occasions for about 350,000 in each instance. Finally...more

UKIPT Online: Main event final table plays out tomorrow

Tomorrow afternoon eight players sit down to play out a £254,840 final table. One player will win £77,126 and the first ever UKIPT Online main event title and trophy. The others will fight it out for the rest; £55,471 for second, £41,090 for third and so on down until someone...more

APPT Macau: Some all-ins, and all still in

The dinner break has arrived on Day 3 of the Asia Championship of Poker Warm-Up event, and after nearly two hours of final table action there have been no eliminations as yet. The first hour-plus was marked by small- to medium-pots and mostly cautious play as the final nine enjoyed...more

APPT Macau: ACOP Warm-Up final table, a picture of patience

With the average stack at about 40 big blinds and no player dangerously short, it wasn't too surprising to see the pace proceed somewhat slowly to start the final table. The table chat picked up as well, with all nine clearly enjoying having made it this far and appearing in...more

ACOP Main Event begins tomorrow

The HKD $100,000 Main Event of the 2012 Asia Championship of Poker starts tomorrow afternoon (7 November). After 12 days of preliminary events at the 2012 Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP), PokerStars Macau is set to launch the tournament everybody's been waiting for as the main event is set to...more

APPT Macau: Huntly, Ng eliminated; final table underway at ACOP Warm-Up

We've had two more eliminations and have thus reached the final table for the $25,000 (HKD) ACOP Warm-Up. Jeff Rossiter currently still enjoys a big chip advantage, sitting with more than 1.5 million when his nearest foe has less than 900,000. Here's how the last two eliminations played out: Huntly's...more

The growth of poker in Macau

Hi everyone! It's an exciting time in my part of the world, as I'm all geared up for the big Asia Championship of Poker in Macau! I love playing in Macau and I now consider it my home. I've been playing the PokerStars Macau events ever since I qualified on...more

APPT Macau: Wengelin out in 12th; Cheong up and down

20 levels are done in the ACOP Warm-Up, with just 11 players remaining out of the 358 who started. Jeff Rossiter remains the chip leader by a wide margin, having accumulated more than 1.6 million now, thus appearing poised to reach the nine-handed final table with a handsome chip lead....more

APPT Macau: Hu, Avanesian, Powell out; 12 remain

They are halfway through Level 20 in the Asia Championship of Poker Warm-Up event. Since our last update, the field has shrunk further down to just a dozen players. Hu hits rail in 15th China's Renyong Hu met his end in 15th place ($95,900 HKD) in a hand that began...more

APPT Macau: Day 3 underway; Rossiter on top, 15 remain

The final day of play has begun in the ACOP Warm-Up, with the 18 remaining players -- hailing from 11 different countries -- taking their seats mid-afternoon to begin the task of playing their way down to a winner. After about an hour of play, Jeff Rossiter has pushed back...more

5 November

APPT Macau: 18 left to fight for ACOP Warm-Up title

It's called a "Warm-Up." And technically speaking, the $25,000 (HKD) event is one of the many preliminary events leading up to tomorrow's big Main Event with the $100,000 (HKD) buy-in. Still, with a prize pool of 7,986,980 Hong Kong dollars -- that's a little over $1 million U.S. -- this...more

APPT Macau: Martirosyan leads with 18 left in ACOP Warm-Up

Play has concluded for the night for Day 2 of the $25,000 (HKD) Asia Championship of Poker Warm-Up event. Just 18 remain, all of whom will be returning tomorrow to play down to a champion. David Martirosyan of Russia -- chip leader to end Day 1a -- will enjoy the...more

PCA 2013: One-time champion in biggest fight of his life

John Gale ate a lot of Tic Tacs--the orange and wintergreen mix--as he sat at the 2005 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. Why that image stands out in my head, I don't know. Maybe it was something about how a grown man was pouring candy into his mouth like a happy child....more

MicroMillions III: Small deposit equals free tourney ticket

Back in the good ol' days before the ticket-in/ticket-out slot machines, there were people who attempted to game the system by using worthless metal slugs to take their shot at riches. The idea is, you risk nothing for a chance at a big win. Let's just say this: that was...more

APPT Macau: Rossiter rolling following money bubble bursting

The first hour of play following the dinner break on Day 2 of the ACOP Warm-Up saw plenty of action and frequent bustouts. The 44 players who returned had all made the money, and thus it wasn't too surprising to see the short stacks start pushing their chips once they...more

ACOP 2012: Anton Astapau wins Turbo Championship for HKD $192,500

PokerStars Macau has just completed its second weekend of the 2012 Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP) schedule which runs from 26 October to 11 November. While the highlight of the past few days has clearly been the HKD $25,000 ACOP Warm-up event -- which drew a massive 358 players and...more

Along for the ride, on a bike and in life

The WCOOP ended not too long ago. Some of you might have heard about a WCOOP prop bet I made with fellow PokerStars Team Pro Eugene Katchalov, and I thought I'd give a report on how that went. Eugene and I really wanted to come up with some sort of...more

APPT Macau: It's hard to guess Rong

"Are you from Hong Kong or China?" The table burst out in laughter. The questioner was the Australian Kristian Lunardi. His query was directed toward Rong Fan, a response to an even greater puzzle Fan had posed to the Aussie in the form of a big raise on the river....more

PokerStars weekend review (10-5-12)

This was the weekend that Dan Cates won the All-Star Showdown for $550,000. This was the weekend that we resurrected our legendary Double Vision weekends laying on twice as many of the big Sunday tournaments as normal. This was the weekend that nine different players won six figure scores in...more

APPT Macau: The hunger for chips

Big stacks are emerging, players are falling. The $25,000 (HKD) ACOP Warm-Up event field continues to winnow, with players eyeing the big board more frequently as the money bubble looms closer. Through four one-hour levels of play today just 66 players remain from the starting field of 358. Exactly two-thirds...more

APPT Macau: Let them eat cake

There were three members of Team PokerStars left to start Day 2, with Randy "nanonoko" Lew of Team Online starting the day in the best shape, chip-wise, with a top 20 stack. Meanwhile, Team PokerStars Pros Vivian Im and Celina Lin both began the day with below-average chips, and were...more

All-Star Showdown: Cates triumphs over Sulsky, wins $550k top prize

As the old saying goes, "to be the best, you have to beat the best." It was the idea behind the All-Star Showdown and PokerStars' way of welcoming high-stakes cash game titan Ike Haxton to Team Online. Take eight of the most feared heads-up NLHE players in the world, have...more

APPT Macau: The international game of poker -- it's a win-win

"Everyone at my table is from a different country!" So said one player when looking at the seating assignments for today's Day 2. Not too surprising to hear the observation, as there were still more than 30 different countries represented among the 138 players who began the day. China boasted...more

4 November

Akademnuk aces November 4 Sunday Million

When PokerStars announces something like their recurring Double Vision promotion, players know that it's going to be a big day. The double tournaments will not only give them twice the opportunities to win the most coveted titles in poker, but the field sizes will increase in the major events as...more

Sunday Million II: Joao M. wins one for Brazil, banks $147k

The long Sunday grind often leaves us seeing double, only today it was no mere mirage. Double Vision Sunday was back, each of the Sunday Majors running twice to give players double the chance at a life-changing score. Cards went in the air for the Sunday Million II 30 minutes...more

APPT Macau: ACOP Warm-Up just getting hot, Day 2 awaits

It's Monday in Macau, where today's high of 26°C (79°F) makes for warm conditions outside the Grand Waldo Hotel. Meanwhile, the Asia Championship of Poker series marches on within, highlighted at the moment by the ACOP Warm-Up where things are starting to heat up as well. On Saturday, 167 players...more

Sunday Warm-Up II: Skill overcomes Evil

It was Double Vision Sunday on PokerStars and that gave grinders a second chance at their favourite tournaments this weekend. 3,871 players took advantage of that in the Sunday Warm-Up II, which offered a $500,000 prize pool guarantee, but that number was easily surpassed as a prize pool of $774,200...more

Sunday Warm-Up I: flopped6810 goes wire-to-wire for the win

Several players late in tonight's first edition of the Sunday Warm-Up as part of the Double Vision promotion tonight were looking for a second title. A MicroMillions champ, A Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) champ, and last week's Sunday Million champ, all seeking a second title. Despite the double...more

Amazing Mayzey wins November 4 Women's Sunday

The first Sunday in November launched a big month of online poker excitement. And when women get jazzed about poker, they show up in large numbers to participate and show support. They could also participate in Double Vision, which offered two Sunday Kickoffs, Warm-Ups, Storms, and Millions. Double the fun,...more

APPT Macau: Wengelin wins last big pot, claims lead for Day 2

There were all-ins aplenty to punctuate the end of play on Day 1b of the Asia Championship of Poker Warm-Up event. Following several bustouts and large exchanges of chips, it was Johan Wengelin of Sweden who managed to win the last big pot of the night to bag the most...more

Women's Poker League: *ShanonStar* shines in October

Of all of the events geared toward the female players of PokerStars, the Women's Poker League is one of the most popular. Not only does it give women the opportunity to win extra cash every month, they get to know their fellow competitors and share their poker interest in a...more

APPT Macau: Kim eyeing Warm-Up prize pool, 2nd ACOP title

This $25,000 (HKD) Warm-Up event boasted a $5 million (HKD) guarantee, and with 358 total entrants that meant the prize pool met the guarantee and then some, totaling a whopping $7,986,980 (HKD) -- the equivalent of approximately $1,023,971 USD. The top 44 finishers will be dividing up that money. A...more

Hail Corinthians!

With all the traveling that I do for poker, I don't usually get to take non-poker trips. But I've spent lots of time recently planning for a non-poker trip. My club soccer team, Corinthians, won the 2012 Copa Libertadores for the first time ever last July. They advanced to the...more

APPT Macau: Ups and downs, ins and outs

Late registration has closed here on Day 1b of the ACOP Warm-Up, the second of two Day 1 flights. Today saw 191 players sign up for the $25,000 (HKD) event, which added to the 167 who played yesterday means a total field of 358 players. About 130 of the 191...more

APPT Macau: Randy Lew, man of action

Among the PokerStars banners situated around the tables here at the Asia Championship of Poker is one of Team Online Pro Randy "nanonoko" Lew. In the picture his arms are folded, suggesting a relaxed state. Yet the list of accomplishments underneath suggest otherwise, characterizing Lew to be a man of...more

APPT Macau: Here's Johnny

It's clichéd to say it, but he really needs no introduction. With two World Series of Poker Main Event titles, 10 WSOP bracelets altogether, and over $8.5 million in tourney winnings in a career spanning three decades, his renown in the poker world precludes the need for such. He's Johnny...more

APPT Macau: Troubling turn equals early elimination for ElkY

"ElkY!" said APPT President Danny McDonagh as he walked the floor with the microphone during the opening moments of Day 1b of the ACOP Warm-Up Event. Around him players were continuing to take their seats as the first hands of the day were being dealt, and Danny was handling the...more

3 November

APPT Macau: Day 1b hopefuls look to cross bridge to Day 2 at ACOP Warm-Up

It's a mild Sunday morning here in Macau. A mostly uninterrupted cloud cover hangs over the Macau-Taipa bridge that connects the Macau Peninsula to Taipa Island, with just a few glimpses of blue peeking through as we near the lunch hour. Such is the scene offered to one gazing out...more

All-Star Showdown: Cates storms past Galfond claiming second seat in finals

Perhaps scared after reading about the other semifinal match taking over 19 hours, Phil "MrSweets28" Galfond and Daniel "w00ki3z." Cates had plans on getting in a solid amount of hands in a much quicker time frame. While last night/this morning's tilt between Team Online's Ike Haxton and Ben "Sauce123" Sulsky...more

APPT Macau: Martirosyan moves in front as ACOP Warm-Up Day 1a concludes

Blinds go up, players go out. It's an inexorable law of poker tourneys. In the case of Day 1a at the ACOP Warm-Up, the last two levels of play were the ones where the short stacks found themselves most frequently at risk, and in many cases the players doing the...more

All-Star Showdown: Ben "Sauce123" Sulsky slays Ike Haxton in 19-hour semifinal match

It took more than 4,200 hands and nearly 19 hours, but the All-Star Showdown has its first finalist. After a grueling match that saw more than a dozen lead changes and both players climb out of six-figure holes, Ben "Sauce123" Sulsky defeated Team Online's Ike Haxton and will move on...more

APPT Macau: Fighting for chips, sharing grins

They've played nearly five one-hour levels here on Day 1a of the ACOP Warm-Up in Macau, meaning they've crossed the halfway point for play today. The mood is upbeat here in the Grand Waldo Conference and Exhibition Centre where the tourney is taking place, with lots of smiles and evidence...more

As the Stars Tweet: Costumes, safaris, and more

The 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event final table begins on Monday, and while there are no Team PokerStars Pros competing for the $8.5 million first-place prize, one member of the team trained an Octo-Niner. For the past few weeks, Team Pro and two-time WSOP bracelet winner Vanessa Selbst...more

Traveling and love

At the beginning of this year I decided I was going to travel more to play live tournaments, I´m really aiming to add some titles and big wins to my poker career. I've had some nice results along the way including a runner-up at LAPT Punta del Este back in...more

APPT Macau: The ACOP Warm-Up welcomes the world

Greetings from Macau, site of the first ever Asia Championship of Poker, an official event of the Asia Pacific Poker Tour! I'm glad you're here to check out the coverage. And I'm glad to be here, too, to help bring it to you. This marks a first visit to Macau...more

2 November

Hirotoshi Nakabo wins Six-Handed Championship at ACOP

Whether you're a poker player or member of the media that has visited the PokerStars Macau tournament room in the last several years, you're sure to recognize Hirotoshi Nakabo who's known for his regular outbursts and unmistakable screams. On Friday night, however, Nakabo became known for more than just his...more

The return of Full Tilt Poker

You may have seen the signs that Full Tilt Poker has been coming back to life this week, under new management and new ownership. On Wednesday we re-opened the site for play-money action as something of a beta-test of the software. The feedback has been very positive and we're ironing...more

Double Vision returns with a bang

This Sunday, 4 November, PokerStars is bringing back its Double Vision weekend laying on twice as many Sunday majors as usual. It's a revolutionary turn of events. Someone else with revolution on their mind was Guy Fawkes, who was arrested guarding barrels of explosives lined up beneath British Parliament (more...more

PS Women in October: Selbst Wins Another Title and Players Prep for PCA

It just seems redundant to say that Vanessa Selbst won another poker tournament. She did it, though, in Las Vegas, and we'll discuss that in a bit. A lot of other women won online poker titles in October, and we'll talk about them (and talk to two of them) in...more

The business of poker, beyond the felt

Ciao from Italy. I'm writing after another successful tournament series in San Remo. This was the sixth time the EPT has come to San Remo, and almost 800 players participated in the main event won by Ludovic Lacay. One reason why I'm always keen to see things go well in...more

1 November

We are the PCA

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PokerStars announces MicroMillions III

Rise and shine, all you low-rolling big money specialists! The PokerStars MicroMillions is back with $5 million in guarantees. Today, PokerStars announced the 100-event schedule of this month's MicroMillions III festival. It kicks off November 15 and runs for ten days. At the end is a $1 million guaranteed main...more

I bet my life

I'm very excited to announce that this Sunday 4th November I have a TV show airing on the Travel Channel across the USA at 11pm. It's called "I Bet My Life", a show about my boyfriend and fellow tournament player Kevin MacPhee and I travelling to and playing in the...more

The women have arrived

Shortly after the PCA in 2010 I wrote an article for this blog called "Watch Out, the Women Are Coming." The article generated some discussion on forums and other poker related blogs when I stated that women in the PCA Main Event that year cashed at the same rate as...more

ACOP still going strong after five events

PokerStars Macau has now completed the first five events through six days of its 17-day schedule at the 2012 Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP). The poker action really heats up beginning Thursday night when the second ACOP Title Event takes place with the HKD $8,000 Six-handed Championship. "The early results...more

PokerStars Women: Play with Team Pros in November Women's Poker League

The Women's Poker League has grown into something immensely popular among the female players of PokerStars. Whether players join in for one month or more, or no matter which of the three buy-in divisions they choose, they can compete for cash prizes and seats in the year-end championship freeroll. Women...more

What poker was like before the internet boom

Today's poker world looks much different than the one I entered in the late 90s before online poker existed. Back then I was one of a handful of young players playing the game. In fact, I remember watching an old WSOP video from the late 70s where they referred to...more

All-Star Showdown: Phil "mrsweets28" Galfond edges out Ben "Ben86" Tollerene in 14-hour quarterfinal battle

Ben "Ben86" Tollerene and Phil "mrsweets28" Galfond are hardly rivals. They live in the same apartment building in their newly adopted home base of Vancouver, have huge respect for one another's poker game, and have even been known to train in the gym together. But thanks to the quarterfinal draw,...more