December 2012

31 December

For the love of Prague

When I wrote this, I was sitting in Prague where the latest European Poker Tour stop is winding down. I had just busted the Main Event and had been playing cash games and having fun with my friends as I prepared to return home to Hungary where I have been...more

PokerStars weekend review (12-31-12)

There's usually something of a lull between the Christmas and New Year celebrations. You've eaten too much, drunk too much (coffee, obviously), and generally done no exercise of note. In other words, you are bloated and lethargic. And please don't suggest I am like that all of the time. You...more

2012 PokerStars Year in Review

What happened in 2012? What didn't happen? PokerStars players won millions upon millions of dollars in online poker's biggest tournament series. A Team PokerStars Pro won a WSOP bracelet. Another Team Pro won a WCOOP bracelet. Tennis legend Rafa Nadal joined PokerStars. Online poker legend Isaac Haxton joined Team Online....more

30 December

A-plus performance from ante_geia_AA for Sunday Million win

The last Sunday Million of 2012 brought quite a few players to the virtual tables. The final chance to score the most coveted weekly tournament title in poker attracted the masses for a larger-than-usual number in the $1 million guaranteed event. Satellites were full of players trying to win their...more

Sunday Warm-Up: Final Warm-Up of 2012 goes to inwooke winning $108K

The $500,000 guarantee Sunday Warm-Up poker year started exactly on New Year's with jenbizzle claiming the top prize of $97K likely with many people nursing hangovers and questionable decisions. Tonight's Sunday Warm-Up to close the year of crushing that guarantee constantly week after week would end with inwooke earning $108,205.21...more

Nice win for Nasty555130 in last Women's Sunday of 2012

The last Sunday of the month presented a unique opportunity, as it was also the last Sunday of 2012. A Women's Sunday title was up for grabs, not to mention more than $2K that would look nice in anyone's bankroll as the new year approached. It was an exciting way...more

Battle of the Planets: Philych_085 defeats tough final table for $12K win

Today's champ Philych_085 got to join the list below as the 2012 Battle of the Planets triple shootout champions. This end of the month freeroll paid out $600,000.00 in cash this year not including the weekly cash prizes awarded to those who qualified for this tournament. January: beyessa $12,000.00 February:...more

PCA 2013: The storm before the storm

In about a week, the tenth annual PokerStars Caribbean Adventure ("PCA10") will arrive at the Atlantis resort on Paradise Island in the Bahamas. Some of the earliest people to arrive will also be some of the heaviest hitters in the bunch since the event kicks off with the $100,000 buy-in...more

28 December

PCA Last Longer PokerStars bonus

I'm a Vanessa Selbst man. I need you to know that right now. It's a full disclosure of bias in advance of this important news: you can win $100 bucks by picking which Team PokerStars Pro will go the deepest in the 2013 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure main event. That's right....more

PokerStars Macau: Top eight moments of 2012

2012 was another big year for PokerStars Macau with plenty of great moments for the Far East's home to the biggest and richest poker tournaments. As we say goodbye to 2012 and look forward to another exciting year of poker in Macau, our panel has compiled the Top 8 moments...more

A postcard from Playa

Hello from New York City! I just left Playa del Carmen, Mexico with my girlfriend, Lynn. Both of us needed to relax and chill for a bit since we spent so much time traveling over the last year. I decided to skip EPT Prague and stay here for a few...more

'Take this ace-king and shove it up his Jaka'

When you study how some tournament players manage to build stacks on their way to multiple big cashes, you understand they are using aggression more than just good cards. It's easy to come to that conclusion when you're reading up at home, but when you're confronted by it in a...more

27 December

TCOOP advice from the Pros

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Relaxing in Toronto with no NHL

Greetings from Toronto, where I'm spending the holidays this year. Toronto is kind of like the Bermuda Triangle for me. That is to say, it's a place where I can go and feel like I'm unplugged from responsible life -- like a vacation, but with all the luxuries you have...more

Borderline Gambling: Bogota, Colombia

I stepped out of the cab and thoughts of finding a game dissolved in sensory overload. The vines of commerce had invaded every nook of the old city's cobble. Small rugs lined the streets, covered in candies, toques, dolls, paintings, records, books, electronics, toys, and power tools. Carts with every...more

PCA 10 Photo Pimp Off

In just about a week, there will be hundreds of us converging on Paradise Island for the tenth annual PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. There will be somewhere in the neighborhood of 10,000 amateur photos taken by PCA attendees alone. Most of them...well, let's be honest. Most of them will be blurry,...more

25 December

Christmas cheer for olimasi77, wins Super Tuesday (12/25/12) and $54,601

While many were enjoying the spoils of Christmas, others saw the "Silly Season" as the perfect time to jump onto PokerStars and get among the festivities online. And who could blame them? Sure, it may have been Christmas Day in some parts of the world, but what would you prefer...more

24 December

In the money

When it comes to poker, it's been another quiet month. School is still in session and I've had to spend a lot of time studying and working on a few group projects for class. I did manage to get away and play one live event, though: the PokerStars Hold'em Challenge...more

Liv Boeree final tables Women's Sunday as CzaRnaPL takes the crown

Last minute holiday shopping paused for two major PokerStars Women events; the weekly Women's Sunday $10,000 guaranteed & the penultimate PokerStars Women Caribbean Adventure satellite. Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree and friend of PokerStars Charlotte "SjLot" van Brabander sweetened the prize pool with $50 bounties on each. Kami "DrKamikaze1" Chisholm...more

PokerStars weekend review (12-24-12)

Christmas is upon us. For some that means more chances to indulge in a little poker, for others it means taking one of just a few annual breaks. Whichever school of Xmas thought you fall into be rest assured that the poker world continues to rumble on. Let us fill...more

PokerStars Mobile qualifier Alexander Zaja turns cinema ticket into €31,500

Alexander Zaja turned an outing to watch new James Bond movie Skyfall into a €31,500 win thanks to PokerStars Mobile The name's Zaja, Alexander Zaja. Okay, it doesn't quite have the same ring about it but even James Bond would surely be chuffed to be able to turn a cinema...more

23 December

Sunday Million: arnon shraga ships $216k

Thanks to the holiday weekend, this week's Sunday Million prize pool vaulted past the $1.5 million mark-- because really, who doesn't want a six-figure score for Christmas? 7,718 players bought in and 1,170 of them earned a share of the massive prize pool with first place set to earn a...more

Sunday Warm-Up: Waldur1983 walks over the competition claiming $106K

Marcel perhaps had too many holiday engagements this evening to attempt defending his title in tonight's $500,000 guarantee Sunday Warm-Up after taking home the big prize last week. The 3,381 entries tonight likely were happier not seeing his smiling face among those shooting for the $106,164.21 first place prize as...more

21 December

Are you ready for TCOOP 2013?

The Turbo Championship of Online Poker (TCOOP) starts in just a few weeks. That first event is a $27 six-max with a $750,000 guarantee. Do you want to play it? Of course. But are you ready to play it? Well, that is another question. Have you done your homework? We...more

Santa has a fistful of dollars for YOU!

Jolly old Santa. Good ol' Father Christmas. Top lad Saint Nick. Papa Noel isn't just good to little boys and girls he's also a fan of the PokerStars cash game tables (he's got to do something between eating mince pies, right?). During 24-26 December Santa 'SantaClaus' Claus is going to...more

I'm a good poker player. Can I become a pro?

This blog post is for you: good players with good results on the Internet and occasional live tournaments or online tournaments where you have performed well. You have good results and you play better than the others. Is that enough to try to go further? Can you become a professional?...more

Race to Supernova... and beyond!

Be the first to reach Supernova or Supernova Elite and we'll festoon you with glory and gifts. Sign up to the leader board today! In 2011 Andrew 'azntracker' managed to make Supernova Elite in a record two months, busting PokerStars Team Online's George 'Jorg95' Lind previous record by some three...more

20 December

The late-night grind

The biggest change in my life this year is unquestionably the birth of my daughter. She is eight months old now and after traveling to so many tournaments this fall, I'm happy to settle down and spend some time at home with her and my wife. I've been playing online...more

PokerStars and Casino Gran Madrid to open new poker room

PokerStars, the world's largest online poker site, has reached an agreement with Casino Gran Madrid, the biggest casino in Spain, for a new state-of-the-art PokerStars-branded poker room at Casino Gran Madrid, which will deliver the highest-quality live poker experience. The new poker room will accommodate more than 200 poker players...more

19 December

EPT9 Prague in review: No deal! Jelassi's persistence pays off to the tune of €835,000

Ramzi Jelassi was very matter-of-fact when telling his final two opponents, David Boyaciyan and Sotirios Koutoupas, that he felt he was the best player and most likely to win. There was no arrogance, just a clarity that he had twice the stack of Boyaciyan and the advantage of years of...more

License to Drive

I'm 24 years old, but until very recently, I hadn't learned how to drive. Over the last few years, I've stopped and started studying for the written test that would allow me to start actually practicing behind the wheel. But I finally got it done. My first few driving lessons...more

All I want for Christmas is a trip to paradise

Now that the Christmas presents are selected and under the tree isn't it time to think about something fun for after the holidays? If you're a poker player, then you may be pining for some time to play your favorite game and unwind from the hustle and bustle of the...more

EPT9 Prague: Pim de Goede beats the champs to the trophy in the €2k turbo

Dutchman Pim de Goede beats the EPT champs to the cheese in the €2k turbo The final tournaments of any EPT stop are always well favoured; they're fast, juicy and a great way to get out of it at the end of a week of the pokers. This is not...more

EPT9 Prague: Garcia wins a second last day trophy

For the second EPT festival on the bounce Jose Carlos Garcia has finished strong. Although he may not have enjoyed the €58,900 spoils of his EPT Sanremo side event win a second is always welcome. Event #29, 15 December Buy-in: €120 Game: NLHE hyper turbo Players: 55 Prize pool: €5,335...more

caipsa captures 12/18/12 Super Tuesday, $97K first prize

The holiday season is upon us, but for the Super Tuesday -- PokerStars' weekly $1,050 no-limit hold'em tournament -- there's no holiday respite. Another big field of 514 came out again this week, creating a $514,000 prize pool and thus again smashing the $300K guarantee. The top 63 finishers made...more

18 December

Thirty already confirmed for $100,000 PCA Super High Roller

It looks like it's going to be a big one, folks. With more than two weeks until the kickoff of the third annual PCA $100,000 Super High Roller event, organizers say they already have 30 people signed up to play the tournament. Among them are a former Super High Roller...more

12/16/12 Sunday Million

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Turbo Championship of Online Poker ready for launch in 2013

Put on your seatbelt. Adjust your mirrors. If you have easy access to a crash helmet, strap it on. The Turbo Championship of Online Poker is on the way. Today, PokerStars announced the official schedule for the first online poker series of 2013. TCOOP runs January 17 through 27 and...more

Mystery no longer: Team Online reveals Tatiana 'Mysters_Y' Barausova

She'll strap herself to a snowboard. She'll travel the world. She'll pump iron in the gym. She'll hit the road and drive for hours. She'll do all of that just as soon as she finishes up grinding through enough hands to make Supernova Elite. This, friends, is Tatiana 'Mysters_Y' Barausova....more

Poker profits going beyond money

As a Team PokerStars Pro based in Germany, I do what I can to help poker achieve some mainstream exposure here. I try to find ways to introduce the game to people who aren't necessarily familiar with poker otherwise, as well as help shape public opinion regarding the game. For...more

17 December

The best of PokerStars traditions

The holiday season is nearly upon us, so it's time to think nostalgically about Christmases past and celebrate the special family things we repeat every year. This might mean helping the children find a carrot for Rudolph, or watching Grandad drink sherry until he slurs. We all know those special...more

Best birthday hands down

My birthday is October 30th, and in fact this year I spent the day in kind of an unusual way. I went to Paris with my friend and fellow Team PokerStars Pro João Nunes to shoot a new poker show for Portuguese television! Poker shows are pretty popular in most...more

Estrellas Poker Tour Season 4 starts with €400,000 guarantee in Madrid

The Estrellas Poker Tour (ESPT) kicks off this coming January for its fourth season with a huge €400,000 guaranteed Main Event in Madrid. The tour will make a debut stop in the glamorous coastal town of Marbella and will also return to both Valencia and Barcelona, to make four confirmed...more

Ramzi Jelassi wins EPT Prague

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PokerStars weekend review (12-17-12)

New school or old skool, it really doesn't matter: class will always shine through. On the one hand you have Ramzi Jelassi, one of the leading proponents of aggressive Scandi poker, take down EPT Prague for €835,000. On the other you have Marcel Luske, the old Dutch master, come out...more

16 December

Sunday Warm-Up: Team PokerStars Pro Marcel Luske victorious after four-way chop

Team PokerStars pro Marcel Luske is known for the charisma and the smiles he brings to the table. And perhaps during his run to the $500,000 guarantee Sunday Warm-Up victory, some of those good feelings he gives others came back in the form of karma. While his winner's check of...more

KOLOKOS outswims fish2013 for Sunday Million win

As the second half of December takes over the calendar, the end of 2012 is in sight. For poker players, it means there are only a few weeks remaining to capture a major Sunday online poker title. And there is no tournament more major than the Sunday Million. A sizeable...more

Thailand's lisaluce tops Women's Sunday field

The month of December is moving us quickly toward holiday celebrations and the start of 2013. While many people are shopping or planning dinners and get-togethers, others are playing on PokerStars. There are only a few more chances left to win a Women's Sunday in 2012, so our female players...more

15 December

EPT9 Prague: "Finally" - after 11 cashes Ramzi Jelassi wins maiden EPT title

The story of the EPT Prague main event final was almost reserved for one player. Then it became the story of a prickly debate over the numbers of a deal that ultimately turned to vitriol. But then it reverted to the first story, that of Ramzi Jelassi's triumph - a...more

EPT9 Prague: Alexander Babich takes biggest chop in Event #23

The majority of the side events have been chopped heads-up here in Prague, but this one went three-way with Russian Alexander Babich taking the the largest slice for €28,250. The two-day tournament paid out 10 places with EPT Barcelona third-place finisher Konstantin Puchkov scoring a min-cash. Event #23, 14-15 December...more

EPT9 Prague: David Kolmberger wins the €330 turbo

David Kolmberger wins the €330 turbo. Well done, Dave! It's not his first live PokerStars event where he's booked a win. You can look to a £18,700 heads-up win at EPT London and a third place in the Estrellas Madrid Main Event for €65,469. Event #27, 15 December Buy-in: €330...more

EPT9 Prague: Side event menace Dan Smith tops off an incredible year beating $21m final table

Really? Again? Dan Smith has won another side event on the European Poker Tour taking down the €5,200 turbo on the last day of EPT Prague. Add that to the $3,650,758 he's already won in live tournaments and you could say it's fair to say it has been an impressive...more

EPT9 Prague: A night on the ales ends in the ring for Ainsworth and O'Shea

If anyone without an Irish lilt to their voice had said the following, they would be justly condemned for some terrible regional stereotyping. But the words actually came from the mouth of John O'Shea yesterday, who is as proudly Irish as proudly Irish gets. "If you put five Irish guys...more

EPT9 Prague: Ankush 'pistons87' Mandavia wins the heads-up

You may recognise the name Ankush Mandavia from the Season 7 EPT Grand Final. He finished 13th there for €60,000, his single largest live result. If you follow online poker results closely you'll more likely know him by his User ID 'pistons87', under which he's won SCOOP and WCOOP titles....more

EPT9 Prague: Deal collapses as Sotirios gets serious

Even a deal worth more than 1.6 million is written on a scrap of paper torn on one side. The numbers are scribbed down using a hotel biro and after it's passed around between the three players it gets a little tattered. You might have noticed, through EPT Live, and...more

EPT9 Prague: Fun in Prague

While you're waiting to see whether Ramzi Jelassi can convert his three-handed chip lead into an EPT why not watch some stuff and nonsense from over the last week. Marvel at Jason Mercier stretching! Gasp at Liv Boeree, well, gasping! Amaze at poker reporters looking like reptilian stalkers! By use...more

EPT9 Prague: Jelassi survives volatile level to take control

We may just have seen the level that secures Ramzi Jelassi is on course to win a first EPT title, if pure grit is anything to go by. Jelassi just endured a rollercoaster 90 minutes that slashed his stack from 11 million to around six, before he rallied back to...more

EPT9 Prague High Roller: The cherry on the cake for Marvellous Marvin Rettenmaier

The €10,000 High Roller at EPT9 Prague today crowned one of the most appropriate winners of any event in the history of the modern game. After a sensational 2012, during which he won two WPT titles, had two other six-figure cashes among a string of results as long as your...more

EPT9 Prague: EPT champ Martin Finger back to winning ways, rakes in €33,600 and bounties

Last year's Main Event winner banks €33,600, another PokerStars trophy and a chunk of bounties. Two EPT champions made the money in the €2,100 turbo bounty; EPT Copenhagen winner Michael Tureniec and fellow champ Martin Finger, who holds the EPT Prague title (for at least a couple hours more yet*)....more

EPT Prague: You call that a *side* event?

The €5,000 turbo six max attracted one of the toughest fields of the week. And now they are down to a pseudo final table of seven to play through the bubble, which will burst when the next player goes out. We want to know whether this represents the toughest seven-handed...more

EPT9 Prague: Nikonov nips Alioto and Boujenah to the trophy

Andrei Nikonov beat the mercurial Ilan Boujenah and Omaha specialist Dario Alioto to the trophy and a solid €9,800 in the mixed NLH/PLO/PLO8 Event #24. Nikonov has enjoyed a lot of success domestically having won the Russian Poker Tour Grand Final for €140,000 and run deep in six other RPS...more

EPT9 Prague: Jelassi looking unstoppable, and with good reason

It's never certain that the chip leader will remain so at a final table. The capricious nature of the game can turn an advantage into a shortage in no time, turning final on its head. But not today. So far one player has shown absolute control. Ramzi Jelassi is the...more

EPT9 Prague: Glen Cymbaluk crashes the €330 party, wins €7,200

Glen Cymbaluk yesterday bought into the €330 turbo along with 79 other players. A few turbo-charged hours later and the Canadian was pocketing €7,200 for the win. Easy game. Every EPT festival now has a large spread of tournaments catering for all bankrolls and poker preferences. Event #26, 14 December...more

EPT9 Prague: The last leg of the ElkY v Hairabedian €100K grudge match

If ever there was a reason to stay until the end of an EPT9 festival, it comes in the form of the €5,000 six-handed turbo tournament that usually rounds off the final day. It is not a tournament to go looking for much value, however, as it is almost as...more

EPT9 Prague: Szymon Pieszczoch pips Ismael Bojang to Event #25

Szymon Pieszczoch last night chopped the €1,100 turbo for €34,700 sharing the spoils with Ismael Bojang, who made the final table of EPT Sanremo. We took a deeper look at Mr Bojang in Italy. Event #25, 14 December Buy-in: €1,100 Game: NLHE turbo Players: 136 Prize pool: €131,920 Szymon Pieszczoch...more

EPT Prague: Mikko Turtiainen chops it up with Noshrevan Gadelia, big money in Event #19

Well, fancy that, a Finnish player won a PLO tournament. Who would have thunk it? That Finn was Mikko Turtiainen who collected €45,900 who edged ahead of Noshrevan Gadelia, with whom he chopped most of the money. They are now best friends.* *This fact is based upon nothing but the...more

EPT9 Prague: He's just an excitable boy

If you're reading this and watching the coverage on EPT Live, you might have noticed that Diego Gomez tends to stand out a bit. Not for him the refined elegance of shirt sleeves, at least not today. Instead he swaps the bow tie of Day 5 for a lion outfit,...more

EPT Prague: The over- and under-achievers

There are eight players at the EPT9 Prague final table, from eight countries. These fully multi-national finals ("fully-multis"?) are not especially common on the European Poker Tour, but this is far from the first we have seen. The diversity of the EPT is second to none and there have been...more

EPT9 Prague: TCOOP ticket competition

Did you enter the TCOOP competition? Don't worry if not, read on for next time. We decided to run a new competition giving you free TCOOP tickets. Yes, we're great guys. We gave you two days to guess who you thought would win the EPT Main Event and to tweet...more

EPT9 Prague: Lights, camera, final table

The latest - and, sniff, last - installment from the sizzling Arnacey (ie, Kristy Arnett and Rick Dacey) is below. They set up the final table for the main event here in Prague, where we have eight contenders eying the €8.35m first prize. Don't forget, you can read all about...more

EPT9 Prague High Roller: Jason Mercier centre stage

Even if things aren't going so well, Jason Mercier is the kind of player who hogs the limelight in any tournament he plays. His will-he, won't-he (play or fly home) approach to the €10,000 High Roller was the dominant story of the opening couple of days, particularly when he took...more

EPT9 Prague: The final table fashion update

As we said earlier this week, players have a tendency to smarten up as they go deep in an event, particularly when there are television cameras on hand to record their every move. Today is no different and presumably the switchboard at the Prague Hilton came alive this morning with...more

14 December

EPT9 Prague: Final table player profiles

The final table of EPT9 Prague begins at noon in the Hilton Hotel, Prague, on Saturday 15 December, 2012. The following players are all seeking the €8.3m first prize. You can follow the action via the panel at the top of the main EPT9 Prague or read our feature coverage...more

EPT9 Prague: Ramzi Jelassi plus pocket kings equals final table chip lead

When the field assembled at EPT Prague today to play down from 21 to a final table of eight, predicting the day-end chip-leader could be no more scientific a process than sticking a pin in a list of names. No one had a dominating lead, no one had been playing...more

EPT9 Prague: High rollers down to 16 at the dinner break

Far away, in the corner of a distant poker room, the EPT Prague High Roller plays on in the shadows of another event. That shadow is cast by the large barrier surrounding the main event TV stage, where the final nine played on, becoming eight a short while ago. While...more

EPT9 Prague: Spanish hopes rest on spirited Gomez

Earlier we introduced Diego Gomez, the jumpy Spaniard who in a break from poker tradition, turned up to play wearing a spotted bow tie. It's since emerged that his socks match the tie, but his shirt is now un-tucked and his hair, a scrawl of curls and cowlicks at the...more

EPT9 Prague: Brahim Oubella is king of the antes

Frenchman Brahim Oubella last night stole more antes than anyone else in the 'Antes only' tournament to swipe a chunky €13,100. The EPT isn't just about the Main Event and the High Roller, there are tournaments available for all to play. Kenny 'SpaceyFCB' Hallaert snuck into the money for €680...more

EPT9 Prague: Pawel Zawadowicz wins button for career best €33,100

Pawel Zawadowicz last night recorded a career-best win to take down the six-handed 'Win the button' tournament for €33,100. It was also a second impressive top three finish for Ari Engel who has been tearing into the side events here in Prague. Event #17, 13 December Buy-in: €1,100 Game: NLHE...more

EPT9 Prague: Exeunt Gruissem, pursued by whiff of sausage

"Who is that sitting in the nine seat with all the chips," said PokerStars Blog to a media colleague, stalking through the High Roller tournament area. "What, Marvin Rettenmaier?" said the incredulous reporter. "The two-time WPT champion?" "So it is," replied a chastened PokerStars Blog, before making excuses based on...more

EPT9 Prague: The first battle of Prague

The main event started with 21 players today and now just 12 remain. Four more will join the recently departed before play ends leaving a final eight to battle over the first prize tomorrow. That first prize will be €835,000, a sizeable increase on last year when a field of...more

EPT9 Prague: Irishman Dermot Blain is the dealer's choice, wins €17,100

Dermot Blain is one of the players that you often see in the top half of the chip counts of EPT Main Events but he's yet to crack a final table with 15th at EPT Sanremo his deepest run. Blain did, however, win an APPT event for $541,000 so it...more

EPT9 Prague: Day 5 mid-day update

The Day 5 starting field of 21 players was particularly open this morning, with only a couple of definite short stacks and even fewer players comfortable at the top. The vast majority started with between one and two million in chips, meaning that any major skirmishes could vault the victor...more

EPT9 Prague: Ride the roller-coaster with Johnny Lodden

It is to our great delight that Johnny Lodden himself has embraced the idea of the Loddon-O-Meter, the device designed by PokerStars Blog to record the fluctuations in his chip stack. Here he talks to Kristy Arnett about the latest fluctuations. Up or down? Or both? By use of this...more

Holiday hibernation

Happy holidays, everyone. It's kind of a quiet period for me poker-wise -- I'm "hibernating," you might say. I'm playing online some and am really looking forward to the PCA in January, but right now I have a few other things on my plate. People know I work a lot...more

EPT9 Prague High Roller: Intrigue throughout the field

The original plan for the €10,000 High Roller tournament was very different to how it has actually turned out. The idea was for this to be a friendly, intimate affair lasting two days only, maybe 30 or 40 players getting done through two 11 or 12-hour days. But during the...more

EPT9 Prague: Michel Abecassis wins again, collects €38,300

Former editor of French Elle magazine wins €38,000 as he closes on a million lifetime winnings Michel Abecassis is enjoying a very successful second career at the tables following a life in journalism (he was Chief Editor of French women's magazine Elle, no less). The former Bridge champion picked up...more

EPT9 Prague: Eliminated players don't wear plaid

There are a handful of early birds at the Prague Hilton, four or five dedicated spectators soaking up the early action of the day. The arrival of another onlooker took that tally to six. He's conspicuous in a baggy black tracksuit, belly and pumps. From this outfit the shoes look...more

EPT9 Prague: Welcome to the penultimate day

Exciting times at EPT Prague as we get ready to play down to a final table. PokerStars Blog's Rick Dacey gets all close and Christmassy with's Kristy Arnett as they prepare for the dramatic day ahead. By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T...more

EPT9 Prague: The cast list for the final 21

After a breakneck couple of days in Prague, where eliminations were occurring at what seemed to be about ten a minute, tournament officials decided to play on until there were 21 players remaining for the penultimate day, instead of the usual 24. That means that today's race to the final...more

EPT9 Prague: €10k High Roller Day 2 seat draw

After all was weighed with reloads - five of them - the €10,300 High Roller picked up a record 113 entries to create a €1,107,400 prize pool. Around a third of the starting field managed to make it through the first day's play, 41 to be precise, but just 12...more

EPT9 Prague: The view from the last 21

The prospect of making it to the last 21, from a field of 864, always sounds pretty good on day one. But four days later, with a final table just a day away, elimination makes any sense of achievement feel a little flat. It may be true that nobody remembers...more

13 December

EPT Prague: Day 5 seat draw

Firstly, if you haven't read the wrap of today's action then you should. Read about how Ben Warrington powered through into the chip lead here. We haven't had the final seats confirmed but this is as they were starting from 24 so they'll be a couple of moves but the...more

EPT9 Prague: Ben Warrington leads Jelassi, Lodden and Romanello in last 21

Day four started with three players with more than a million chips. It would end with one of them out and two different players on more than twice that, with 21 remaining in the main event. Chris Brammer, Ramzi Jelassi and Sotorious Koutoupas led at the start and we had...more

EPT9 Prague High Roller: Prepare for monster field

The main event is done for the day but the €10,000 High Roller event will now play on into the night. Eleven levels are scheduled which should trim the starting 113 players considerably. Regardless of today's carnage it's a far larger field than was first anticipated. With so much poker...more

EPT9 Prague: New Year Resolutions (doomed to fail)

It's that time of the year where Christmas gluttony is about to overwhelm you. Pudding and turkey, winter ale and sherry, cheap chocolate coins and candy canes: it builds into a frenzy of calories and sugar-induced blindness. But, boy, is it good. Then comes the shame, the regret, the groaning...more

EPT9 Prague: Mark Herm making moves over the Atlantic

You might expect, with a matter of €830,000 on the line, that players would be a little cautious with their chips. But that's really not how high stakes tournament poker is played. And you should know better than that. Even so, Mark Herm has found it to be particularly wild...more

EPT9 Prague: Simon 'ministerborg' Ravnsbaek swoops down to claim €128,700 in Event #11

Online terror Simon Ravnsbaek proves that he can perform live as he tears up the tough €2k field to take top honours and €128,700 Danish pro Simon Ravnsbaek has had a good year. Not only has he scored back-to-back years of cashing more than $350,000 in live tournaments, but he's...more

Supernova Elite at the end of the world

I don't know how you think the world is going to end in eight days. Previously unseen asteroid? Random out-of-control planet spinning through the universe against all laws of physics and slamming into Earth? Dario Minieri waving his magic wand in the wrong direction? Really, it could be anything. For...more

Ten years of the Moneymaker Boom

I expect 2013 to be a busy year for me in a lot of ways, and I'm really looking forward to it. Of course, when I look forward to the new year one thought immediately springs to mind. Has it really been ten years? It's kind of crazy to think...more

EPT Prague: Juha Helppi racks up another win, bursts through $4.5m lifetime cashes

Nordic powerhouse Juha Helppi wins yet again, taking career winnings past $4.5m. You have to go all the way back to 2002 to find a year when Juha Helppi didn't record a six-figure year in live cashes. The guy is a grinding machine, pure and simple. He's the kind of...more

EPT9 Prague: Amendment to the Lodden Graph

In case you thought we were exaggerating when we explained Johnny Lodden's "rollercoaster" approach to tournament poker, the latest news should serve as further proof. Amid entirely predictable scenes Lodden, having reached 2.5 million a short while ago, immediately lost a 400,000 pot, and a just now came out badly...more

EPT9 Prague: Shepherding the High Rollers into position

One of the implications of the new "mega-festival" format to EPT events is that sometimes there are just so many tournaments going on simultaneously that players can get lost. Frequently we watch the poor lambs wander into the tournament room clutching a cashier's receipt for a seat in the game...more

EPT9 Prague: Slow grind, free fall and back again - the Lodden story so far

Earlier this week Team PokerStars Pro and former World Series main event winner Jonathan Duhamel talked about how, on the first day at least, it's important not to roller-coaster your way along, soaring high on the chip count page one minute before plummeting at high speed into a dip the...more

EPT9 Prague: Ramzi Jelassi on the telly

Humility doesn't come easily to many poker players, but when Kristy Arnett of, asked Ramzi Jelassi this afternoon how he had managed to accumulate so many chips, he wasn't afraid of admitting that he got a mite fortunate. He has also, of course, played some terrific poker to take...more

EPT9 Prague: Best of frenemies with 40 to go

One assumes poker to be a cut throat pursuit, perfect for the individual with an isolationist approach to near neighbours. It's certainly easy to believe this as you watch each player eliminated. The departed will stand up from their seat, watch their last hand play out and then pause for...more

EPT9 Prague: Mykola Chornyi takes the €330 turbo

Mykola Chornyi is from Ukraine. There's a few ways to tell this. One: he has the bone structure of a descendant of the Varangians, the 9th Century vikings who settled the area around modern day Ukraine. Two: he wears Ukrainian colours in his winner's photo. Three: this one may be...more

EPT9 Prague: The million dollar marker

At bagging up time last night, there was a measure of genuine intrigue among players and reporters alike as to the identity of EPT Prague's first million dollar men. Breaking into seven figures is, of course, nothing but an arbitrary marker in any tournament -- you need 25 million to...more

EPT9 Prague: Arnett and Dacey set up day four

Kristy Arnett, of, and Rick Dacey, of PokerStars Blog, are forming quite the sizzling on-screen romance here at EPT Prague. The latest edition of their will-they, won't-they* flirtation can be seen below, as they set up the action for day four. The day started with 55 players and there...more

EPT9 Prague: Unlucky 31

Day four of EPT Prague is now under way, beneath the icy skies of winter and nestled among the glorious architecture of the wonderful capital of the Czech Republic. The architecture inside the Prague Hilton is functional rather than ornate, and the temperature is warm rather than frosty. Hostilities, however,...more

12 December

EPT9 Prague: Ramzi Jelassi smashes through a million to lead last 55

Three days of EPT Prague are over but three must still be played until we name a champion. Picking a winner at this stage would be a fool's errand (or yours, via our terrific new competition) but after 20 levels of fierce hand-to-hand combat, there are now only 55 contenders...more

EPT9 Prague: Uncommon behaviour you can get away with

The world of poker tends to take place inside a bubble, insulated from the outside world where people pay bills, clean up after themselves, cook dinner and tell their kids not to shout. Consequently the poker world is a difficult place to explain to those outside it, and vice-versa. There...more

EPT9 Prague: Meeting Michael Müller, the brains behind paysafecard

Michael Müller orders an espresso. It's a quick no-nonsense kind of coffee. There's no need to mess around with milk or cream, no time wasting as you search for a spoon or lid for your cup, and you're never going to spill it down your shirt. Put simply, it gets...more

EPT9 Prague: Multi-tabling for €100,000 with Roger Hairabedian

Roger Hairabedian is not the kind of man to run around a tournament room without good reason. He favours finding his seat and staying there as long as possible, frequently deep into the money. You won't find him in the corner doing press-ups, or jogging around the car-park during breaks....more

Win a TCOOP ticket with @PokerStarsBlog

You're great. Yes, you. You're so brilliant that we think that you should get a free $27 ticket into the upcoming Turbo Championship of Online Poker. All you need to do is decide who you think will win the EPT Prague Main Event and tweet us your answer to the...more

Rafa learns the meaning of "cooler"

When tennis legend Rafa Nadal decided to take up poker, he likely knew there would be a learning curve. He'd have to learn the odds, appropriate bet-sizing, and the nuances of the game before he had a chance to compete at a professional level. This weekend, the poker fates took...more

EPT9 Prague: Tariel Robanishvili wins the button

Tariel Robanishvili won Event #12 'Win the button' in the early hours of this morning beating Anne-Julie Leplay heads-up for €14,000. Leplay would have been the first female side event champ of the season outside of women-only events. Close but no cigar. 'Win the button' tournaments operate using one a...more

EPT9 Prague: Day 3 mid-day update

The big news so far today has been the bursting of the bubble, which took place in the second level of the day. Rasmus Agerskov was the unfortunate one to take the fall, departing with nothing and leaving the 128 players still in the field a guaranteed €8,000. Agerskov got...more

In the clouds, back in time

When I was in law school, I went on an exchange program in Argentina. We stayed for one month in Buenos Aires, where we studied at the University of Palermo. We went to classes, met professors and judges, hung out with students, and practiced our Spanish. When I left Argentina,...more

EPT9 Prague: Juan Manuel Pastor makes it twelve

Spanish Team PokerStars Pro Juan Manuel Pastor has just picked up his 12th EPT Main Event cash and is trying to spin up a short stack into a second final table following EPT London last season.'s Kristy Arnett caught up with Pastor during the last break. Check our live...more

EPT9 Prague: In another world, Liv Boeree: physicist

Liv Boeree's story has been told a million times. She is the former physics student turned reality show contestant, turned EPT champion, turned one of the best known and most loved personalities in poker. It doesn't get any less compelling through its frequent repetition, but it does skim over some...more

EPT9 Prague: Expressions tell the story as Rasmus Agerskov bubbles

It's said that Annette Obrestad once won a tournament online without actually looking at her cards. The point being that there was a lot of information to be had from betting patterns and the behaviour of your opponents. Bringing that theory here it's interesting to watch bubble play without seeing...more

Liv Boeree video

For some reason, one that I cannot quite put my finger on, a great many people find their way to PokerStars Blog after typing in the words Liv Boeree into their favorite search engine. As a result, any post we put up with Liv Boeree in the title, and with...more

EPT9 Prague: Day 2 seat draw for the big €2k

There are loads of side events here in Prague. Everywhere you look there's a table with a Kevin-this or a Dan-that grinding some tournament. And if you don't believe me you can check the festival schedule here. The €2,100 side event that starts on Day 2 of the Main Event...more

EPT9 Prague: ElkY and others on the bubble

With the bubble approaching in Prague, all eyes will be on any player prepared to risk their tournament life and flirt with the prospect of going home with nothing. In these situations, conventional wisdom is that the bigger stacks, or the players with bigger bankrolls, will ramp up the aggression....more

EPT9 Prague: Lundmark and Romanello, the mute and the muted

When predictions start pouring in for the first two-time EPT champion, very few people mention the name Kent Lundmark. "If a 'landmark' is something you easily notice or remember, then a 'lundmark' is something you easily forget," said my colleague Stephen Bartley, as we were discussing the merits of the...more

EPT9 Prague: Day 3 seat draw

Day 3 is alive and well with 162 players having returned (and have already lost around 15 players in the first 20 minutes of play). It's going to be a lively road to Day 4. And here's's Christie Arnett talking to Rick Dacey (me) butchering players' names (again). And,...more

EPT9 Prague: Beskrovnyy leads field towards the bubble

How long is an EPT day 3? How long is a piece of string? The plan is for five levels today, each lasting 90 minutes. But whether we get that far remains to be seen. From the starting field of 864, a record for EPT Prague, just 161 now remain....more

Six-figure score for Jon "apestyles" Van Fleet, 12/11/12 Super Tuesday champion

How big can it get? That's the question many are presently wondering as the Super Tuesday, PokerStars' weekly $1,050 buy-in no-limit hold'em tournament, continues to draw 500-plus player fields and build bigger than half-million dollar prize pools. This week was no exception, with 542 players participating, and a relatively big...more

11 December

EPT9 Prague: Iosef Beskrovnyy keeps lead into Day 3

As we suggested yesterday, being the day one chip leader is not usually a guarantee of greater success. It's a ceremonial role, like that of a Lord Mayor in an English provincial city. Nothing more than a temporary position to be enjoyed for all its trappings. Then the keys to...more

EPT9 Prague: Bad day for Ireland but future still looks bright for Emerald Isle

Few countries follow their poker players with as much relish as the Irish, whose discussion boards are usually alight whenever a major tournament is in progress. That goes double, of course, whenever an Irish player goes deep and reaches fever pitch if a countryman looks like heading to the final...more

EPT9 Prague: Follow these simple instructions

The clock stops, the tournament director announces there will be four more hands to play and things gradually come to a close. But just as you think your day of hard graft has come to an end you still have one thing left to do, and while the instructions were...more

EPT9 Prague: Matt Waxman takes the beer challenge

Matt Waxman was hoping for some EPT run good but sadly (for him, not the rest of the field) he was knocked out earlier today. Did he meet as much success when the PokerStars Blog's video crew press-ganged him into taking the beer challenge at the EPT party? Watch the...more

EPT9 Prague: Lights, camera, action on Fabretti

Few things suggest you're a player comfortable with your game than a film crew following you around. Pier Paolo Fabretti is among the leaders on Day 2 and at each break finds himself the centre of attention of a camera crew from MTV Italy, here to make a pilot for...more

EPT9 Prague: Midday update

It becomes increasingly evident the more tournaments you visit that the opening exchanges are not especially relevant in the wider scheme of things. Even the big pots from the opening days rarely represent much more than an ante by the time we reach a final table, and it is difficult...more

Game change

For three years in a row, the producers of the Benelux version of Survivor approached me about being a contestant on the show. I turned them down the first two times because I had just started playing poker and really wanted to go to the World Series, but when they...more

EPT9 Prague: High Roller Alex Bilokur wins another, takes a quick €72,000

Reigning PCA High Roller champ Alex Bilokur takes down the €2,100 turbo for €72,000 with a 5am heads-up final flourish. Alex Bilokur can often be found in a tournament with an iPad on his lap watching some kind of film with swords and wenches. Or he was at the PCA...more

EPT9 Prague: Johnny Lodden's one time?

There aren't many players more feared on the European Poker Tour than the Team PokerStars Pro Johnny Lodden. And yet looking at Lodden's results through the past few seasons, it is notable that it's been a while since he had a massive score on European soil - certainly one that...more

EPT9 Prague: The lifetime achievement of Rodrigo Caprioli

"I'm probably not one of the best players in the world," said Rodrigo 'caprioli' Caprioli. "But I'm one of the ones that plays the most. I play a lot." From some player's mouths, that kind of comment may seem like an idle boast. But "a lot" may even be understating...more

EPT9 Prague: Jason Mercier chasing fifth $1m year

Jason Mercier is on the verge of completing his fifth million-plus year in live tournaments. All he needs to do is make it to the heads-up part of this tournament. Only 340 players are left so Mercier must be a, hmmmm, errr, three-to-one dog to make it heads-up? Maybe four-to-one...more

EPT9 Prague: The pleasure of watching a great player annihilate someone

It's sometimes hard to say that poker is much of a spectator sport. For a start spectators are not usually allowed. Until the final table, where there is space to watch, there is rarely enough room to accommodate anyone who hasn't either paid €5,000 to play. Or, is paid to...more

EPT9 Prague: Keven Stammen starts long climb back into contention

Day two of EPT9 Prague is under way - and Keven Stammen has already been all in and doubled up. It happened on the very first hand, although it was hardly a surprise that the chips went in. Returning with 4,400 overnight (about five big blinds), Stammen chucked them in...more

EPT9 Prague: Day 2 seat draw

Day 2 seat draw 1 - 1. Boghean Andrei Lucian, Romania, PokerStars qualifier, 23,400, 1 - 2. Matthew Heap, UK, PokerStars qualifier, 90,900, 1 - 3. Ahmad Shams, UK, 62,600, 1 - 4. Manuel Bevand, France, 103,300, 1 - 5. Joseph Mouawad, Lebanon , PokerStars qualifier, 38,600, 1 - 6....more

Watch Sunday Million December 9, cards up

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10 December

EPT9 Prague: Thomas Duevel wins the inaugural NL08

Semi-pro O8 specialist Thomas Duevel wins the first ever No-Limit Omaha Eight or better tournament on the European Poker Tour. When you suggest running a €1,100 No-Limit Omaha-Eight tournament for the first time on a tour you don't necessarily think that you're going to get a lot of runners, but...more

EPT9 Prague: Va-Va-Vadim Belov, Day 1B chip-leader

You can usually sense a Day 1B field about 12 hours before you can see it. As the first flight plays out in relative calm, you can spot crowds of players clutching buy-in receipts or greeting friends, preparing for their day at the felt. Here in Prague, the sensation of...more

EPT9 Prague: The kaleidoscope wheel of nationalities

Once registration is closed and the beans have been counted properly, the analysis begins on the make-up of the field. It's often a fascinating business to see where all the players come from, especially in a tournament as big as this. Our total field featured 864 players, each parting with...more

EPT9 Prague: The Daily Strategy with Jonathan Duhamel

Jonathan Duhamel is perhaps best known for his victory in the 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event, when he outlasted a field of 7,319 players to claim a first prize of $8,944,310. Since then the Team PokerStars Pro has rubber stamped that achievement with a win in the EPT...more

EPT9 Prague: Life through a lens

No matter how many posts we manage to farm out carefully compose over the course of an EPT day, we will never get to use all of the photographs that our snapper Neil Stoddart farms out carefully composes. That's a shame, because Stoddart manages to get more value out of...more

EPT9 Prague: Keep fit with Kristy Arnett

Kristy Arnett dropped in on the free cardio kickboxing session this morning (10am in the Hilton Gym, and it's on again tomorrow morning) and found a few tips and tricks that can be used at the table. EPT Concierge has put on the free sessions so drop in if you...more

Expedition: Robinson

Recently, I had the exciting opportunity to participate in a TV show called Expedition: Robinson. It's essentially a Belgian/Dutch version of the American program Survivor, and I was selected as a contestant along with my brother Christophe and our fellow PokerStars Team Pro Fatima De Melo. We filmed the show...more

PokerStars weekend review 12-9-12

What you need to know is this: you simply don't have time to read this post. EPT Prague is underway in a winter wonderland. The Eureka Poker Tour just broke a ton of its own records in its main event final. The Sunday majors were rocking and rolling this weekend....more

EPT9 Prague: Qualifier of the Day: Paul Porter

It's the oft told story but it explains the easiest, or let's say most cost effective way of playing a European Poker Tour event - qualify online on PokerStars. One man who did just that is Englishman Paul Porter, who starts his first ever EPT event today, joining the largest...more

EPT9 Prague: Legendary Luca Pagano will win one (sooner or later)

"Otherwise there is Deauville. Otherwise there is PCA. Otherwise there is... wherever. Sooner or later I'll take it down, at least one." So says Team PokerStars Pro Luca Pagano about finally winning an EPT title. Pagano is top of the all-time EPT leader board having made more final tables than...more

EPT9 Prague: Record breakers and champions

Registration has now officially closed on EPT9 Prague, but it will still be an hour or so before we know the official number of players. Every now and again we get an email or a Skype message with a number incrementally larger than before, and it now seems to be...more

EPT9 Prague: Kayvan Payman wins Event #5 (€2k PLO) for €36,475

Kayvan Payman isn't the kind of name you forget. You might not be able to place it too easily; American football player? Actor? Founder of new-wave yoga practice? No, he's the poker player that final tabled EPT7 London, the year David Vamplew beat John Juanda heads-up for the title. Payman...more

Women's Poker League: End of an era, new promotion for 2013

PokerStars Women has created many opportunities to bring women together in the poker community and encourage more women to play the game. The Women's Poker League was an exciting part of the evolution that has given women a friendly but competitive environment in which to challenge themselves and win significant...more

EPT9 Prague: Kirill Telezhkin returns to winning ways in Event #1

It's been a good two years since Kirill Telezhkin won the PokerStars Russian Poker Series Main Event in Kiev for $171,350. He's scored several deep runs since; 65th here at Prague in Season 7 and a final table in a €2,000 side event at EPT Sanremo last year, but no...more

EPT9 Prague: Soccer hot-shot Sergej Barbarez takes his chances at the tables

There is a well-trodden path from sports stadium to poker table, with the likes of Rafa Nadal, Fatima Moreira de Melo, Boris Becker and Shane Warne only four of the stars to trade early mornings and liniment for late nights and Red Bull. Today in Prague, we are also joined...more

EPT9 Prague: Table for three for late arrivals

The number for today is already at 440 players, which combined with the 336 of yesterday, makes this one the biggest EPT Prague fields ever. The playing area is visibly larger than yesterday with some players still arriving as we move into the second level of the day. Martin Jacobson...more

EPT9 Prague: Guillaume Rivet wins the Eureka High Roller for €89,200

Guillaume Rivet continues in the rich vein of EPT form being produced by French Canadians on the EPT by winning the Eureka High Roller. It must be have been an intimidating sight for Robert Haigh last night. Across the table from him sat not only Guillaume Rivet and a large...more

EPT9 Prague: Records to break as Day 1B gets under way

Given that poker players prefer to stay indoors at all hours of the day, it's surprising poker is not exclusively a winter pursuit. The snow in Prague of yesterday has turned to the drizzle of today, no longer cold enough to freeze the smile on your face, but wet enough...more

Watch highlights of Jonathan Ross' PokerStars Charity Special

Many of you followed our live coverage of Jonathan Ross' PokerStars Charity Special on Saturday, featuring the television star with John Bishop, Jason Manford, Boris Becker, Vicky Coren and our online qualifier Adam Mohamed. We raised a spectacular £105,000 for charity and the live audience packed into our swish central...more

9 December

Sunday Million: caecilius the champ, Canucks take top three spots

Going into the Sunday Million final table as a short stack is a stomach-churning proposition. Nearly $200,000 separated the bottom rung from the top this week. Ninth place might pay off a credit card. First could pay off a house. So, how would you feel with 18 big blinds? That's...more

Sunday Warm-Up: Chaz D 87 up top for the weekly title, Koon near miss in fourth

As Kristin Bihr reported a few weeks ago, Jason Koon crushed 2012 for over a half million dollars on the live poker circuit along with several online victories here at PokerStars. One of those victory happen in this very tournament just three weeks ago as Koon claimed $109,869.77 after winning...more

Lady Luck gave lucky lukyyy December 9 Women's Sunday win

Only a few more weeks left in 2012 meant that not much time remained to shop for gifts and send holiday cards. But almost as important, time was running out to win a seat to the PS Women Live event at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in January 2013! The weekly...more

EPT9 Prague: Iosif Beskrovnyy takes early Day 1A lead

In the first level of play today the unstoppable Dan Smith, winner of six major titles this year, turned to the player next to him and offered him €100 if he could guess the number he'd written down between one and 30. The player picked 23, which happened to be...more

EPT9 Prague: Evgenia Lozovaya takes the women's crown

The women's events at EPTs may not gather the brightest spotlight but that's not to say they're not hotly contested. This time round it was Russian Evgenia Lozovaya who claimed the title beating Anna Yamshchikova heads-up to claim the €4,410 first place prize. Special mentions should go to Wai Kwan...more

EPT9 Prague: A part of Prague that will always be Lebanese

In recent years, the European Poker Tour has grown to be so much more than a handful of isolated events spread out through a nine-month season. These days, there's a certain continuity of buy-in and festival shape, with a lot of the familiar faces travelling the circuit in one big...more

EPT9 Prague: Where are they now?

Regular readers of our live coverage will be familiar with our fascination of the EPT5 Prague final table. It's was a ground breaking event for various reasons, not least the emergence of a new champion, the blossoming of a new poker nation and a cast of characters the tour soon...more

EPT9 Prague: Poker's Eureka moment

If you had been sitting in Prague's Jama Bar and Grill last night, just off Petrska on the edge of the Old Town, you would have seen six poker reporters fresh off the plane. They were quaffing ale and preparing plans of attack for the coming week - hale and...more

Eureka2 Prague: Panagiotou wins Eureka Prague and €137,100

The champion of Eureka Prague, the biggest ever Eureka poker tour event, is Menikos Panagiotou. The 29-year-old Cypriot had already outlasted 644 players to reach the final eight and he absolutely ran over the final table today, eliminating six of his seven opponents to claim the first prize of €137,100....more

EPT9 Prague: Rumen Nanev wins the Eureka PLO Championship

PLO specialist Rumen Nanev has won the €600 Eureka PLO Championship beating Ben Martin heads-up for the title and €15,000. This isn't the first PokerStars trophy that Nanev has picked up and you only have to go back to EPT Sanremo to see his last win: €7,600 in a €330...more

EPT9 Prague: Perfect conditions for a week indoors

It's now snowing in Prague, which is hardly surprising given that it's minus two degrees outside. It's enough to make your face go numb, which is tricky when it comes to things like shaving after a morning constitutional. It's also hard to speak when your face feels like it's been...more

EPT9 Prague: Get yourself fighting fit!

Get up, soldier! Pull that duvet down and get your sports socks on, there's a cardio kickboxing session to go to tomorrow morning. EPT Concierge is laying on a free hour-long training session at 10am in the Hilton Gym. You just need to turn up and take part. A little...more

EPT9 Prague: William Davis, loose cannon blasts into Prague

As a poker fan, you have probably seen at least a couple of episodes The Big Game, arguably the best televised poker show of recent years. And if you've seen The Big Game, there's a good chance you'll know William Davis. He was one of the Loose Cannons on the...more

EPT9 Prague: Micro-Millionaire Marcin Horecki checks in

Team PokerStars Pro Marcin Horecki knows how to grind. He can grind big tournaments, as shown by 3rd-place finishes at EPTs London and Prague, and he can grind small. Horecki has twice won the MicroMillions Player of the Year title... in just three editions of the small buy-in, huge field...more

Eureka Prague: Day 4, Level 27-28 updates (blinds 30,000-60,000 ante 5,000)

6.50pm: Menikos Panagiotou wins Eureka Prague (€137,100); Robert Vukovic second (€75,000) Robert Vukovic was always going to have to take a bit of a flyer to get back into this heads-up battle and unfortunately it didn't work out for him. He raised on the button to 125,000 on the button,...more

Lights, camera, poker

Between live tournaments, doing commentary for German TV, and coaching players, it's been a crazy year. But the highlight for me was becoming a father for the second time. My older daughter is 22 months old and my little one is six months old now. It's been a really beautiful...more

EPT9 Prague: Out among the crowd

When play starts it's time to concentrate, to buckle down and minimize distractions. But who's the tall, dark haired young woman talking to the guy at your table, ruining your composure? "In the first minute I was already all in!" said Carman Zainescu, who didn't say that it was also...more

EPT9 Prague: Wish you were here?

Prague is a wonderful city, you'll no doubt have heard, so why not take a virtual stroll around it with Kristy Arnett. Wander over the Charles Bridge, have a poke around the winter market, check out some graffiti and then stop in a bar for a great Czech lager. Kudos...more

EPT9 Prague: The EPT's winter retreat

The European Poker Tour tends to follow the sun, which at the start of the season means the beautiful beaches of Barcelona or the Italian Riviera, where summer bleeds warmly into autumn. But as we move into winter for the third stop of the season, we head north to Prague,...more

Eureka Prague: Day 4, Level 23-26 updates (blinds 20,000-40,000 ante 4,000)

4.05pm: On a break The six remaining players are now on a 15 minute break, you'll find level 27 updates in a new post. 3.55pm: Vukovic takes one from Klosinski After a period where nothing happened (just pre-flop raise and takes) a big pot just played out between Robert Vukovic...more

EPT9 Prague: Grinders left in Eureka High Roller

Day 2 of the Eureka High Roller starts today with 25 players remaining and just 24 getting paid. Among those trying to dodge the bubble - and spin up to the €89,200 first place prize - are EPT Vilamoura winner Toby Lewis, his heads-up combatant Martin Jacobson, EPT final tablists...more

8 December

Eureka2 Prague: Vogelhuber leads final table of Eureka Prague

The final table of the record breaking Eureka Prague main event is set. In what was a lightning quick day the field of 36 was reduced to the final eight in fewer than five levels. That's not to say the players were fast and loose, it was more a case...more

Eureka Prague: Day 3, Level 23 updates (blinds 10,000-20,000 ante 2,000)

6pm: Greg Livshits eliminated in ninth place (€9,500) On just the second hand of nine handed play Greg Livshits was eliminated and the final table is now set. He moved all-in from the cut-off for 267,000, next to act Mattias Knaapinen re-raised to isolate and everyone else folded. Knaapinen: A♠K♦...more

Jonathan Ross' PokerStars Charity Special - live blog

EDIT: See a highlight video of this event here 6pm: Thanks all round from Jonathan Ross Jonathan Ross wrapped things up by presenting Team PokerStars Pro Vicky Coren with her trophy, a nice silver PokerStars spade (as in spade the card suit, not a spade for her shed). Ross said:...more

Homebrew heaven

Over the last month I've been playing the high-stakes mixed games on PokerStars. After many months of not finding anyone playing above $50/$100 in the 2-7 section, the action came back all of a sudden. Games at the $500/$1,000 and $1,000/$2,000 level are coming together regularly and I'm happy I...more

Eureka Prague: Day 2, Level 19-22 updates (blinds 8,000-16,000 ante 2,000)

4.30pm:Robert Vukovic doubles through Petr Targa On the last hand before the break a big hand played out between Robert Vukovic and Petr Targa. There was a raise under-the-gun, Targa three-bet to 58,000 from the small blind, Vukovic four-bet from the big blind to 112,000 and Targa was the only...more

7 December

Eureka2 Prague: Havlik has slender lead with 36 left in main event

If the first two days of play at Eureka Prague was about watching the number of entrants rise (to a record breaking 652 no less) then today was about seeing how far that number would fall. We knew it would drop lower than 72 (the number of players who'd get...more

PCA 2013: Liv Boeree's lies

My boss just went to the PokerStars staff Christmas party. This would be a very good time for me to sneak out for an early pint. I could always tell him my internet went down or that a marmot committed an unnatural act on my mouse. It would be a...more

Eureka Prague: Day 2, Level 15-18 updates (blinds 3,000-6,000 ante 500)

9.10pm: Day two is done A frantic Day 2 has seen the field reduced to just 36 over eight levels of play. It really is too close to call right now with chip leader Daniel Havlik ahead by less than one big blind. In fact the top four are separated...more

PokerStars hosts Jonathan Ross charity tournament

Bed-ridden and feeling pretty sorry for himself, Jonathan Ross needed cheering up. The chat show host, one of the biggest names on British television, turned to his millions of Twitter follows and asked for their help. "Good evening. I have been in bed most of the day, sick. If you...more

PokerStars Macau announces Macau Poker Cup: Red Dragon for 2013

PokerStars Macau today announced that the 17th installment of the popular Macau Poker Cup (MPC) -- Red Dragon series will take place at the Grand Waldo Entertainment Complex January 11 to 20. The MPC features the legendary HKD $11,000 Red Dragon main event which comes with a HKD $3,000,000 guarantee....more

PokerStars Strategy: Negreanu, Nanonoko, Veldhuis, Hellmuth and Laak open up

Have you ever watched one of those big televised hands and wondered what was going through the player's head? We had, so on The Big Game we made sure to ask. It's all well and good watching Phil Laak pull some crazy move or seeing Daniel Negreanu try to chirrup...more

Cannes, San Remo, Madrid, and Malaga

My last few months have been so busy I've hardly had time to stop and take a breath. After playing WCOOPs every day for a month straight, I packed up and went straight to Cannes for the World Series of Poker-Europe with my boyfriend, Bryn Kenney. I ended up doing...more

Rafa Nadal's Dream Day a big hit with PokerStars

Tennis star (and now Team PokerStars SportStar) Rafa Nadal is one of the world's most famous sportsmen. He's a colossus on the tennis court and famously smiley off it. He's the guy that your mother would want your sister to date and that you would be happy for her to...more

Eureka Prague: Day 2, Level 11-14 updates (blinds 1,200-2,400 ante 300)

4.25pm: Half the day is done And that's four of today's eight scheduled levels in the books. You'll find level 15 updates and beyond in a new post shortly. 4.20pm: Overkill The ace on the river was a bit of overkill as Damien Lhommeau's pocket aces improved to a set,...more

6 December

Eureka Prague: Day 1B, Level 9-10 updates (blinds 500-1,000 ante 100)

1.15am: Daubach tops massive 652 player field in Prague "If we're really lucky we might get 400 today," said one member of PokerStars staff before Day 1B started. That looked quite optimistic given that just 225 players were registered when shuffle up and deal was announced. But over six levels...more

Melissa Burr on getting to Fantasy Land

Melissa Burr is a high stakes mixed games cash pro based in Atlantic City. Burr has several nicknames including "Mellicious", for her approach to other people's stacks and her twitter handle, "burrrrrberry", alluding to her appetite for fashion. Burr, who regularly plays the biggest Mixed game in AC, 400/800 is...more

Eureka Prague: Day 1B, Level 5-8 updates (blinds 300-600 ante 75)

9.40pm: Break That's the end of level eight, you'll find level nine updates in a new post shortly. 9.30pm: More bust outs The last few players to exit Eureka Prague are: Simeon Naydenov, Jonatan Hellman, Daniel Rozich, Georgios Kapalas, Heppu Simola, Tadas Rimdzius, Viktor Kovachev, George-Cristian Malancu, Jonas Gutteck and...more

Legal in Mexico

I got pretty sick and missed a lot of this year's World Series of Poker. Normally, this would upset a lot of player, but it really didn't bother me that much. I've been part of the most important poker scene in Latin America. Just recently, Mexico City legalized live poker....more

Prague poker festival under way

The Eureka Poker Tour started yesterday kicking off 11 days of poker in the Czech capital, Prague. The EPT Main Event begins on Sunday. Poker has fallen across Prague like a blanket of beautiful snow. The first footsteps in the pristine snow appeared yesterday as the €1,100 Eureka Main Event...more

Eureka Prague: Day 1B, Level 1-4 updates (blinds 100-200)

4.25pm: End of level four Four levels down and 40% of the day is done, the number of entrants now stands at 391, although both Jude Ainsworth and Michael Tureniec are no longer in their seats, so are likely out. You'll find level five updates in a new post shortly....more

5 December

Eureka Prague: Day 1A, Level 9-10 updates (blinds 500-1,000 ante 100)

12.45am: Ibanez leaves it late to lead Day 1A of Eureka Prague We knew Eureka Prague was going to be the biggest Eureka event of the season and whilst the 222 players who entered Day 1A of the €1,000 + €100 main event didn't quite make it the biggest Eureka...more

Live on the air

The last couple of months looked like they were going to be completely normal, but they have turned out to be anything but. I've been presented with a number of challenges. First off, I'm now writing for the PokerStars Blog and hope to be doing so on a monthly basis....more

Making the top ten with Ana Marquez

The air in the Amazon ballroom became noticeably thinner in January of 2011 as Ana Marquez continued her march toward the final table of the PCA Main Event. Onlookers at the Atlantis were holding their breath to see if she would be the first woman to make the final table....more

Eureka Prague: Day 1A, Level 5-8 updates (blinds 300-600 ante 75)

9.40pm: End of level eight The 98 remaining players are now on a 15 minute break, you'll find level nine updates in a new post shortly. 9.30pm: Greater Szabo One of the chip leaders - Zoltan Szabo - just created a big pot, despite being a small contributor to it....more

Eureka Prague: Day 1A, Level 1-4 updates (blinds 100-200)

4.15pm: Break time That's the end of level four, meaning the players are on a 15 minute break. You'll find level five updates in a new post shortly. 4.05pm: Stam the man It's no wonder that Robin Stam was smiling at the denouement of the following hand as he now...more

Damián "pampa27" Salas tops 12/4/12 Super Tuesday, earns $93,860

It was yet another huge week for the Super Tuesday, with the total field coming just shy of cracking 500 players once again. A total of 494 came out this time, making for a $494,000 prize pool, once again smashing the $300K guarantee. The top 63 finishers divided that money,...more

4 December

Don't miss your LAST chance to go to PCA for $10!

This Sunday is your last chance to win a $16,000 PCA Main Event package for just $10. Whatever your plans are, cancel them. Have you agreed to go Christmas shopping? Ditch it. Did you say that you'd go round to Barry and Sandra's for a late Sunday roast? Don't go....more

Women's Poker League: Lucky Sevens Dominated November

The Women's Poker League heated up in November as the end of the year approached, with PokerStars players anxious to get in on the cash prizes and freeroll seats. The number of women who participated was outstanding, and the results piqued our interest as new names appeared in the top...more

Why the PCA will be won by a woman

Poker players love a statistic or two, and we at PokerStars Women HQ love any stat that shows a women's success story. The PCA is 10 years old next January, which gives good reason to consider its history. So I looked at results from PCAs past and discovered women were...more

Sunday Million: 2 December 2012

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Calm before the storm

I spent so much of the fall traveling through Europe for tournaments, that I guess you could say I'm on a semi-vacation right now. I thought about flying over to Macau for the APPT event, but decided to stay in Montreal instead and spend a few weeks at home before...more

3 December

VIP Club changes good for all in 2013

The PokerStars VIP team have been working hard* on some exciting new changes to next year's VIP Club, including the introduction of a new VIP level, quicker steps up those early levels and an ongoing PokerStars Hall of Fame. Take a look at some of the big changes and go...more

Poker in Pravets, Fifty Shades, and grinding the micros

I just returned home from Bulgaria where I won the Main Event at the Pravets Poker Masters. The tournament drew mostly French, Swiss, and Bulgarian players and was held at a beautiful spa and golf resort. I loved the property and enjoyed the spa nearly every day. The Main Event...more

PS Women in November: Pros Discuss Experiences Around the World

The month of November was filled with travel for Team PokerStars Pros, with new adventures for some and familiar territory for others. And there was no getting around the excitement building for the 2013 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in January, so memories were shared as players prepare for their travel to...more

PokerStars weekend review (12-3-2012)

December is here and while Jack Frost might not yet be nipping at your nose he certainly can't be far away (unless you live in the Southern Hemisphere, of course). In most industries things start to slow down in this December run-in; Christmas parties, Xmas shopping and the looming threat...more

Slyde announced as official watch sponsor of PCA 2013

Winners of the Main Event, High Roller and Super High Roller to receive luxury Swiss watches as part of their prize. Luxury Swiss watch brand Slyde will be the official watch sponsor for the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure 10th Anniversary event in January 2013, the Director of Live Operations for the...more

2 December

Sunday Million: The second time's the charm for Kevin "iacog4" Iacofano

"Left the belt there last time. Went back and got it. Won the Sunday Million!!!!!" So tweeted @icekevin, better known around these parts as Kevin "iacog4" Iacofano, a formerly Las Vegas-based pro who now calls London home. The "last time" he alluded to was back on April 29, when he...more

Sunday Warm-Up: salfshb secures victory, $111K-plus payday

It's December, meaning for much of the world temperatures are getting colder. Meanwhile at PokerStars the Sunday Warm-Up continues to sizzle, providing huge fields and big prize pools to greet players like a nice, inviting fire on a cold winter's day. There were 3,553 players all gathered around together to...more

Success for sistar8 in December 2 Women's Sunday

The first Sunday of December brought women to the tables for a number of reasons, one of them being the chance to win a PS Women Live prize package to the 2013 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. The $215 Weekly Final tournament took place again this week, but this time with a...more

Shoring up the foundation

A few weeks ago I went for the first time to a small poker club near where my family lives to see how live-action, low stakes games are coming along in Holland. Inside the club, 90 people were playing a €60 tournament to win a ticket for the Master Classics...more

1 December

Mission improbable

Poker is a strange game. When you think about all the possible cards that can come over the course of a hand, and all of the decisions that can be made, you realize the whole game is based on improbabilities. And in poker, some outcomes are more improbable than others....more