February 2013

28 February

Watch February 24 Sunday Million

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Sunday Million memories: Heads up for...the PokerStars job?

It was Easter, and Steve Day was alone. His family was halfway across the United States. His wife had gone to visit her family. Although he didn't usually play the PokerStars Sunday majors, he literally had nothing better to do. Even his adult rec hockey league was off for the...more

Kitchen range merge

People are always surprised to hear that one of my passions is cooking. I don't know why that is. I'm not sure if it's because cooking is seen as a traditionally feminine thing, but for some reason, people (especially poker players) are always surprised when I wake up early to...more

MicroMillions 4 schedule announced, Zoom tournaments to debut

The big series with small buy-ins and a whole lot of heart is back. The fourth instalment of the hugely popular MicroMillions series is coming back 14-24 March with 100 scheduled events testing all disciplines and varieties. Buy-ins start from as little as $0.11 meaning this is a poker festival...more

'Pokerstars Live At The City Of Dreams' to host biggest ever Macau Poker Cup

'PokerStars LIVE at the City of Dreams' today announced that the next Macau Poker Cup (MPC) will take place from April 19-28, 2013. The 18th installment of the MPC is expected to be the biggest ever, as the HKD $11,000 Red Dragon Main Event will boast a massive guarantee of...more

27 February

7th Anniversary $7,000,000 Sunday Million: Jesper 'KipsterDK' Hougaard on doing the double

In case you've somehow missed it, let us tell you that there's a big tournament this Sunday. Yes, it's the Sunday Million but it's not just any Sunday Million. It's the 7th Anniversary $7,000,000 guaranteed edition so we thought it was high time that we caught up with some of...more

A Belgian TV Tale: Café Corsari

A few days after EPT Deauville, my sister and I were in the newspaper for sitting next to each other at the poker table. That's why my sister, the brothers De Meulder, and I were invited to a TV show called Café Corsari. Matthias would explain poker to the audience...more

Self-taught and winning

I started playing at poker at the age of 19. I was already a professional backgammon player at the club where I used to play. There were people at the club who played poker, so I decided to participate and learn on my own. I consider myself self-taught at the...more

Bloggers of the world unite! WBCOOP starts this Friday

Do you want free tournament buy-ins? Yes! Do you want to share in more than $55,000 of giveaways? Yes! Do you want to bust some Team Pros for bounties? Yes! Do you write a poker blog? Yes! In that case you are in for a treat because the World Blogger...more

Road to 100 Billion: The first milestone winners collect

The Road to 100 Billion kicked in once again yesterday as those hand history numbers started clocking up towards our next mega milestone of 95,000,000,000. We explained the what's and how's yesterday here. Today we'll just remind you that the promotion is live and, after hand 94,700,000,000 hit late in...more

Pokerfred99 prevails, earns record $116K in 2/26/13 Super Tuesday

We're getting used to it. Records being broken at the Super Tuesday, that is. For the second week in a row a new all-time largest field came out to play in PokerStars' weekly $1,050 no-limit hold'em tournament -- 614 entrants -- with Pokerfred99 of Germany outlasting everyone this week to...more

26 February

Road to 100 Billion: Heads up! Milestones dropping today!

There's been a lot in the news recently about things falling from the sky. The astronomers, atmospheric scientists, and my too-smart kid say we don't have anything to worry about. A guy I met in the grocery store check-out has a different point of view, so I'm being careful. Better...more

Liv Boeree to lead Team Pro to the clouds in Vertical Rush

How much would you enjoy watching some people run up 920 steps to the top of one of London's tallest buildings? How much would you enjoy it if 1,500 people were doing it? Alright, then how much would you like it if Liv Boeree were there huffing and puffing with...more

Already missing the Bahamas

For the fourth time in the last five years, January gave me the chance to live ten dream days in Paradise Island, Bahamas. That's because PokerStars keeps picking this dream location to start the calendar year of poker in a place where, besides the vacation environment, players can find 40...more

EPT Deauville: Listen to Stapes and Hartigan (and Boeree) all over again

This year PokerStars broke new ground (yes, we know, again) at EPT Deauville by providing EPTLive coverage from Day 1A of the tournament. James Hartigan (tall, British, occasionally funny, often cranky) and Joe Stapleton (beardy, American, often funny, occasionally cranky) hosted a week of feature table streaming direct from the...more

Predict Sunday Million Entries; Win Stuff

The Sunday Million - it's a weekly tradition as reliable as the National Football League (only our referees don't go on strike). Every Sunday, a few thousand of PokerStars' finest players get together, pony up $215 each, and play a whole lot of poker to see who's going to take...more

25 February

PokerSchoolOnline can be your place to blog

We all know that what makes any poker community great are the people that share their stories with one another and encourage each other along the way. At PokerSchoolOnline there is a vibrant community of regular forum posters and bloggers who regularly share their experiences with one another and each...more

7th Anniversary $7,000,000 Sunday Million: Joining the roll of honour

If you know anything about online poker - and we assume you do because you're discerning enough to be reading the PokerStars Blog - then you know that the Sunday Million is the one to win. Of course there are there huge WCOOPs, SCOOPs, EPTs and WSOPs, but if you're...more

The Office

My story is not unlike what every professional poker player has gone through if he's been in the game for a long enough time. When I started playing over seven years ago, poker was only a hobby. I liked beating people at such a challenging game and it also had...more

Table talk and guilty pleasures with Vanessa Rousso

Vanessa Rousso is one of the most recognizable and formidable players in the game today. Her blonde good looks and friendly smile make her a favorite both at the table and with fans. But that friendly persona disguises a steely intellect and a competitive spirit that can destroy you in...more

PokerStars weekend review (2-25-13)

Another weekend has come to a close and that means this morning (more likely this afternoon) a swathe of big winners will wake up and remember that their bankrolls have rocketed with five- and six-digit scores. For some it will be their first big pay day, for others it's just...more

24 February

Tonaldinho11 takes Sunday Million title, $234K; Team Pros Akkari 6th, Cada 13th

It was yet another huge Sunday Million this week, with 7,805 entrants and a guarantee-smashing $1,561,000 prize pool. Deep runs by a couple of Team PokerStars Pros added some extra drama, but in the end it was Tonaldinho11 of the Netherlands coming out on top to claim the victory and...more

Sunday Warm-Up: Call it heavy metal, MetalHelmet rocks final table for $99K

100 billion hands coming soon at PokerStars as the 95 billion hand celebration is here with at least $20,000 going out to a lucky player winning that 95 billionth hand. During tonight's $500,000 guarantee Sunday Warm-Up hand #94,601,569,666 was worth $10,000.00 to MetalHelmet who held the chip lead during a...more

vegasdream29 wakes up with a Women's Sunday win

As the stars walked the Oscar red carpet under a sunny Hollywood sky, 217 of PokerStars finest femmes lined up for the Women's Sunday. 36 of them earned a share of the $10,850.00 prize pool with first place set to bank $2,218.93. Team Pro Liv Boeree, Team Online's Adrienne "talonchick"...more

Battle of the Planets: ssv1978 locks up a $12K win in February

This month's edition of the $50,000 Battle of the Planets triple shootout freeroll was about perseverance. TRICKI1 would be knocked down to a chip count early on that most poker players would toss in thinking their tournament time was over and move on to the next one. Instead, TRICKI1 went...more

Rafa Storms PokerStars' Sunday

If you follow Rafael Nadal on Twitter, you might have seen a bit of back and forth between the tennis legend and his buddy Joan Suasi. It seems both decided to compete in this weekend's PokerStars Sunday Storm, a tournament with more than 43,000 entries. Nadal and Suasi were less...more

Victory for Bosnia! Dejan Divkovic wins ANZPT Perth title

We were anticipating a lengthy battle between two deep-stacked, highly-skilled players, but Iori Yogo and Dejan Divkovic possibly had a plane to catch back home as our two international players stepped up the aggression to new heights for their heads-up contest. Yogo gained the early advantage and had a shot...more

ANZPT Perth: And then there were two...

Philip Gidley-King had been battling hard with his short stack for most of this final table. He had been very tight, but in his defence, it's been extremely tough for him to get a word in with Iori Yogo, Dale Marsland and Dejan Divkovic so incredibly active in this four-handed...more

ANZPT Perth: Wilford and Evans grounded

The chips have been moving around on this ANZPT Perth final table as we inch closer to crowning a champion. Dale Marsland is the man in the box seat at the moment after a rather incredible hand against Iori Yogo. Marsland three-bet preflop, then bet and three-bet on a ten-high...more

23 February

ANZPT Perth: Short stacks silenced

It's been a tale of two contrasting styles with our short stacks here at the ANZPT Perth final table. But ultimately the end result has been the same with Luke Brabin and James Broom both recently hitting the rail. After landing a much-needed double up, James Broom was "jabbing" away...more

ANZPT Perth: Fragomeni fizzles

In the early stages of this ANZPT Perth final table, all eyes were on James Broom and his short stack. Knowing his aggressive nature, we expected him to play fast early on to try and double up to get back into contention. Broom was able to steal a couple of...more

ANZPT Perth: Poker knows no boundaries

The final nine have taken their seats in the Crown Perth Poker Room as the ANZPT Perth final table is just moments away from starting. It's going to be an interesting final table, with a great mix of locals, interstaters and internationals, as well as professional and recreational players. One...more

ANZPT Perth: Final table player profiles

After three days of toil on the felt of the Crown Perth Poker Room, our ANZPT Perth Main Event field of 219 players has been reduced to the final table of nine. Let's find out a little more about our final table participants: Seat 1: Dale Marsland (Melbourne, Victoria) -...more

ANZPT Perth: Yogo survives carnage to lead final table

A whirlwind day has seen our surviving 33 players reduced to the final nine in just four levels and 37 minutes. Pay the unders! There's no way we thought we'd get to the final table that quickly, but a series of huge preflop clashes and a few suckouts ensured that...more

22 February

ANZPT Perth: Mind games

They say that a sign of a champion is their ability to thrive under pressure. However I'll always remember a speech delivered to my cricket team some years ago by Dr Phil Jauncey. He was a leading sports psychologist who had worked with some of the country's most successful sporting...more

ANZPT Perth: A double dozen

The bubble is always a fun time during a poker tournament. At least, it's fun for those who don't suffer the pain of being the bubble boy. We currently have 24 happy players and one unhappy John Dichiera as the bubble has burst and we're into the money. The man...more

ANZPT Perth: Poolside pondering

Another glorious day greets us in Perth as Day 3 of the ANZPT Perth Main Event kicks off. 33 players have returned but for nine of them, their journey will end without any profit to show for their two days of hard work. So how does one prepare for a...more

APPT looks to Cebu

It's almost island time! Today, the Asia Pacific Poker Tour announced it's heading back to the luxurious island of Cebu in the Philippines. Running May 1 to May 5, the $2,450 APPT Cebu main event will feature two day one flights to kick off the four-day tourney. PokerStars wants to...more

A roof of one's own

I'm excited to report that I finally bought an apartment! Ever since I won EPT San Remo I wanted to invest wisely, and I thought that a flat in London would not only be a solid investment, but will also put a permanent roof over my head. I've essentially been...more

Women Welcome in WBCOOP

It was announced this week that the World Blogger Championship of Online Poker is returning to PokerStars! For the eighth time, bloggers around the globe will have an opportunity to play for money and prizes in WBCOOP. It's going to be exciting, as always, with 31 tournaments over the course...more

ANZPT Perth: Broom bullies his way to Day 2 lead

Another short day has come to a close here at the Crown Perth Poker Room, but six levels was enough time to reduce our ANZPT Perth Main Event field from 108 to the final 33 players. They are currently bagging up their chips to return on Saturday for Day 3...more

ANZPT Perth: The pressures of time

There's been a lot of talk in recent times about whether tournament poker should have a shot clock. Should players have a limited amount of time to make a decision in order to speed up the game? Or should they be allowed to take their time, considering we are playing...more

21 February

ANZPT Perth: Guzzardi looking strong in ANZ POTY

As we start to get closer to the money here in the ANZPT Perth Main Event we thought we'd take a look at the current standings in the ANZ Player of the Year award. Ashley Warner and Paul Hockin were busy trash talking Michael Guzzardi from the rail yesterday after...more

ANZPT Perth: Movers and shakers

It's moving day at the Crown Perth as we sort out who is the real deal here in the ANZPT Perth Main Event. We have 108 players remaining with another six levels of play expected today. We'll still be left a little shy of the money for the top 24,...more

PokerStars Strategy: Turning top pair into a bluff and why sets suck

When you've got top pair and you decide to raise you should always be doing it for value, right? No. Then to get 'information'? Most definitely not. Wash your mouth out immediately. Okay, to explain why you might sometimes want to turn your top pair into a bluff on the...more


2012 was a tremendous year for me. I hit a high point in poker when I finished 2nd in the SCOOP Main Event on PokerStars.fr and won over €110,000. It was a three-day tournament and I made the final table as the chip leader. Although it wasn't too difficult getting...more

ANZPT Perth: On The Mac on top of Day 1b

The temperature was sweltering outside and the heat was just as hot on the felt of the Crown Perth Poker Room this afternoon as Day 1b of the ANZPT Perth Main Event got under way. Today we saw an impressive field of 152 players in action which puts the total...more

PokerStars launches new Macau live poker room

PokerStars will launch a branded live poker room at City of Dreams*, one of Asia's leading integrated entertainment resorts offering the foremost in premium world-class leisure, gaming and entertainment, establishing Macau's largest dedicated poker room to meet the growing interest and demand in poker in Asia. Located on the main...more

ANZPT Perth: Roses among the thorns

Registration has closed and the official numbers are in for the ANZPT Perth Main Event. A total of 151 players for Day 1b today puts our total number at 218 entrants. That's a very healthy number when you consider the buy-in was doubled to $2,200 from last year's event. The...more

20 February

ANZPT Perth: It's all merry at Crown Perth

A short day today for Day 1b of the ANZPT Perth Main Event should see play wrap up sometime around 7pm this evening, which is good timing, as tonight is the night for the much-anticipated "Player's Party". The festivities will be held at The Merrywell which is a new venue...more

ANZPT Perth: Locked and loaded on Day 1b

Technology is a wonderful thing, but something as simple as a printer malfunction created a lengthy delay to start proceedings here on Day 1b of the ANZPT Perth Main Event. Luckily poker players are a tardy lot, so the delay didn't seem to bother too many. After ANZPT Melbourne champ...more

ANZPT Perth: A worthy chip leader as Woodworth tops Day 1a

The ANZPT wound its way to the wild, wild West today as Day 1a of the ANZPT Perth Main Event kicked off inside the air-conditioned comfort of the Crown Perth Casino. It was a 7pm start time for the opening flight which suited players, tournament staff and media alike, as...more

Challenge accepted

Open-Face Chinese Poker has been dominating my life the last few months. I saw on Twitter that everyone went crazy about the game so I just started playing it with my friends. We tried to figure out a scoring system and a strategy together. In my Hungarian poker circle, with...more

PokerStars shuffling up 95 billionth hand

I'm reminded of a father, tired after more than a decade of driving, stopping, stopping, and stopping again on a road trip. "This is the last time we're stopping!" he screams. "The next time this car stops, we'll be at grandma's!" This, my friends, is the last stop on the...more

Attention bloggers: WBCOOP is back!

Twitter may have taken over the world. Facebook may be sweeping the planet. Instagram may be filtering out everything. But blogs, my friends, are not dead. The World Blogger Championship of Online Poker lives on! Today, PokerStars announced the return of WBCOOP, the eighth running of the event that gives...more

Win a Eureka Side Pass

Looking for a little something on the side? Well, the Eureka Poker Tour has something for you. We're now less than one month out from the kickoff of Season 3 in Rozvadov, Czech Republic. In the run-up to the big event, Eureka has introduced the Side Pass, a chance for...more

PokerStars Women: An Online Poker Birthday Gift

Turning 21 last December was not only fun for the lovely cake and presents I received, but also because my sister gave me $100 on my PokerStars account to play some online poker. I would first watch some of my sister's games, and she explained every hand she played and...more

ANZPT Perth: Shipper of Justice

"Ship the justice!!!" - Andrew Jeffreys, circa 2009. "Adgee is back! Ship the justice!!!" - Andrew Jeffreys, 20th February 2013. Andrew Jeffreys is one of the most likeable poker players you'll ever meet. As friendly and genuine as they come. Always chatty, ever the entertainer, sharing some laughs and generally...more

ANZPT Perth: Sharks lurking in warm waters

Registration has now closed for Day 1a of the ANZPT Perth Main Event with a total of 67 players taking part. We've received word that there are nearly 100 confirmed entrants for tomorrow already which sets us up to break last year's prize pool. Looking around the room this evening...more

ANZPT Perth: The battle of East versus West

While the ANZPT Perth Main Event is the focus of everyone's attention this week, the players are certainly taking advantage of the great weather here in Perth to get out and about in the glorious sunshine. The 7pm start time for Day 1a here this evening also helps, giving everyone...more

pAtcAsh83 tops field of 601 in 2/19/13 Super Tuesday for $106K

The Super Tuesday keeps on super-sizing. Last week saw the biggest ever payout when bagoch of Lithuania took away more than $111K for topping a field of 589. And this week saw yet another record-setting field with 601 participating, with Germany's pAtcAsh83 ending the night on top to earn a...more

19 February

ANZPT heats up out West

Leaving the heat wave in Melbourne we joked about how we were heading to Perth this week for some cooler weather. Arriving in Perth in the middle of a 30-something degree February afternoon, our cabbie kindly reminded us of our Southern roots, preferring the natural warmth of a wound-down window...more

PokerStars Women: Life Lessons from the PCA

Let Happy Times Ride "Let's just say we're going to go to Bahamas next year now", Jamie Kerstetter told me as we ate mushy curry and awaited our plane back from Paradise to Philadelphia. Indeed, a trip to the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure can be well planned by those who qualify...more

Grinch no more

After busting not one, but two entries in the WPT Doyle Brunson Classic at Bellagio, poker was pretty much done for me in 2012. The next weekend, I was supposed to fly to Toronto for a Magic tournament and part of the reason I was excited to go was because...more

Watch the February 17 Sunday Million

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18 February

UKIPT3 Cork: Fantastic Finneran defeats all-comers to claim title

A clinical final table performance by Thomas Finneran means the UKIPT Cork title will return to Emerald Isle. A fun-filled week of poker climaxed when he defeated nearly man Stephen McGrath in a very short heads up battle at the end of a final day that took a little less...more

And NOW he's back: Rafa earns first title since return

It's been seven months in the shadows. Seven months of waiting. Seven months of "will Rafa ever return?" Finally, the tennis world has its answer to the question "Can Rafa still win?" The answer is finally...yes. This weekend at the Brazil Open in Sao Paulo, Rafael Nadal won more than...more

Estrellas Valencia making way for big crowds

Make way, Valencia, because the crowds are coming. Season of 4 of the Estrellas Poker Tour got underway in Madrid just a few weeks ago, but now the tour has eyes eyes on Valencia. Running April 1-7, the festival will feature a €1,100 main event with a €350,000 guarantee. Tournament...more

UKIPT Cork: Day 4, level 26 & 27 updates (Blinds 25,000-50,000 ante 5,000)

7.15pm: Adios Cork, hola London Stay tuned for the wrap of today's final table, which will be on it's way shortly. There's not long to wait for the next stop of the UKIPT, which takes place in London March 5th-10th. Until then that's all folks. -- NW 6.51pm: Thomas Finneran...more

What does it take to become a poker pro? More than you think.

Probably the most common question I get asked -- other than "Is Moneymaker your real name?" -- is "What does it take to become a poker pro?" In some ways it's an easy question to answer. What does it take to be classified as a poker pro? Quit your job....more

PokerStars weekend review (2-18-13)

There are many things you need to know about what happened in this weekend's PokerStars action, but before you sink your head into any of those, you need to remember this: PokerStars is about to celebrate a big Sunday Million milestone. The seventh anniversary promotion is guaranteeing a $7 million...more

UKIPT Cork: Day 4. Meet the finalists

Seat 1: Fridjon Thordarson, Iceland (PokerStars Qualifier) - 336,000 Fridjon Thordarson was meant to be "partying in London" this weekend but reckons his friends might have extended this period to allow for his making the UKIPT Cork Main Event final table. This is, amazingly, only the 35 year old's second...more

UKIPT Cork: Day 4, level 22 - 25 updates (Blinds 15,000-30,000 ante 3,000)

4.23pm: Break time The players are on their second 15-minute break of the day. Updates from here on in will be in a new post. -- MC 4.20pm: McGrath moves up in chips A series of small pot wins have seen Stephen McGrath move closer to second place in the...more

17 February

Zábry zeroes in on Sunday Million win; Carsandi claims $195K after six-way deal

This week's Sunday Million saw another huge turnout with the first 8,000-plus player field of 2013 creating a huge prize pool of more than $1.6 million -- as usual crushing the tourney's $1 million guarantee. The top 1,170 finishers divided up those riches, and after almost 12-and-a-half hours it was...more

Sunday Warm-Up: Moves like Jordan, PlayaPlz wins $98K

Six-time NBA champion and known as the greatest basketball player who has ever lived, Michael Jordan celebrated his 50th birthday tonight. PlayaPlz happened to have an avatar of the Chicago Bulls star and managed to win tonight $500,000 guarantee Sunday Warm-Up. Whether or not PlayaPlz has the same crossover or...more

Kg7xKg8 denies kry19kry a second Women's Sunday title

As we approach the second half of February, some of the action from the live tournaments has calmed a bit with the end of EPT Deauville and the wind-down of UKIPT Cork. Players can focus more on their online poker tournaments, like our exciting weekly Women's Sunday. Lately, our writers...more

UKIPT3 Cork: Keller in Pole position going to the final table

Much like the Foxtrot today was a day that went slowly, then quickly, then slowly again before a turbo burst at the end meant that in a little over five levels the field was reduced from 33 players to the final eight. Despite all the big pots, suckouts and chip...more

UKIPT Cork: Day 3, level 21-22 updates (Blinds 8,000-16,000 ante 2,000)

6.10pm: Dylan Roberts eliminated in ninth place (€4,270) The final table of eight has now been set as a short stacked Dylan Roberts couldn't recover from his earlier set back. From under-the-gun he moved all-in for 130,000 with pocket sevens only for Pawel Keller to wake up with pocket kings...more

UKIPT Cork: Day 3, level 17-20 updates (Blinds 5,000-10,000 ante 1,000)

4.26pm: Break time How time flies. Two more frantic levels have passed and a 15-minute break is needed to catch breath. You'll find level 21 updates in a new post here. -- MC 4.25pm: Kevin Callebaut eliminated in 14th place (€2,960) Deborah Worley-Roberts really packed her magazine full of bullets...more

16 February

UKIPT Cork: Finneran leads field heading into penultimate day

You don't get many more action-packed days on the UKIPT than a Day 2. Cork had it all: a glut of eliminations, swingy stacks, huge suck outs and a famous bubble boy. We returned today with 158 players and after an action-fuelled eight levels of poker that number was whittled...more

UKIPT Cork: Day 2, level 13-16 updates (Blinds 2,000-4,000 ante 400)

8.50pm: Nealon down to dust It's been an up and down day for Fergal Nealon, he's secured his first UKIPT main event cash but it looks like ultimately ending on a downer as he's got just seven big blinds left. He told me: "I raised ace-jack in the cut-off and...more

UKIPT Cork: Day 2, level 9-12 updates (Blinds 800-1,600 ante 200)

4.20pm: Break time The remaining 73 players are off on a 15-minute break. Updates of level 13 and beyond can be found here. -- MC 4.15pm: O'Kearney the pre flop master Dara O'Kearney is having a great day after a couple of pre flop showdowns have helped him up to...more

15 February

UKIPT Cork: Fintan Gavin tops Day 1B field

We were expecting a bigger field today and we got what we wished for as 244 players - 101 more than Day 1A - paid their money and took their shot at the €770 main event here in Cork. This meant when all was said and done the 387 runners...more

$7,000,000 seventh anniversary for the Sunday Million

$7,000,000 guaranteed Sunday Million to celebrate seven years of the biggest and best tournament around on 3 March. Take your shot at the $1,000,000 held up top for the winner. Can you believe that the Sunday Million has been running for seven years? Neither can we. That's a whole year...more

UKIPT Cork: Day 1B, level 5 - 8 updates (Blinds 300-600, ante 75)

8.55pm: Day 1B is done At that's a wrap for Day 1B of UKIPT Cork, roughly 101 of the 244 players have made it through. We think Fintan Gavin may well be the chip leader, confirmation of that and the rest of today's action coming up in the end of...more

Women's daily tournaments spell success for Zinzi de Silva

Zinzi de Silva was introduced to poker on a trip to Las Vegas about 18 months ago and has been taking it seriously ever since. Since that fateful trip, she has won a package to the 2012 PokerStars Women Live event in the Bahamas and a similar package to the...more

The real Victor Ramdin

I'm not a poker player 365 days a year. I also own a chain of retail stores in the Bronx and I tend to them when I'm home in New York City. This year they did extremely well and I'm very happy. Sometimes, to acquire inventory for my stores, I...more

Don't get cheated on the Open-Face Chinese app

Open-Face Chinese Poker has really taken off. For example, during previous years at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure we always had a $200/$400 or $400/$800 mixed game. But this year rather than a big mixed game, there were four tables of Open-Face Chinese Poker going. I've just started to play the...more

UKIPT Cork: Day 1B, level 1 - 4 updates (Blinds 100-200)

4.22pm: Half time break The players are on a 20-minute break. Come back and join us for the second half of the day in a brand new post. 4.20pm: Theirs is a Guinness There's a no drinking policy in the tournament room this week but the below may well search...more

14 February

Pascal Töngi tops the lot on Day 1A of UKIPT Cork

Small but perfectly formed was how someone described Day 1A of UKIPT Cork earlier and we have to agree. The 143 entrants may have been lower than expected but the day offered a lot and was played in a relaxed jovial mood synonymous with the people who inhabit these shores....more

UKIPT Cork: Day 1A, level 5 - 8 updates (Blinds 300-600, ante 75)

8.55pm: Day 1A is done Play has just ended here in Cork, roughly 58 players made it through from the 143 who started. A full wrap of the day's play will be on its way shortly. Whilst full chip counts of those who remain will be posted within the next...more

Celina Lin: Ambassador, Wife, Always-Focused Poker Player

There was something a little different about Celina Lin as she took her seat at this year's Aussie Millions. Returning to the Crown Casino felt that kick-started her original passion for the game, Lin looked more focused than ever. Perhaps it was her newly-wed glow. Maybe it was being back...more

LOL, NH, WP, GB, TYM8, GG: What are these guys saying?

When I started playing online poker I was perplexed with all the acronyms that I encountered. People were writing these weird letter combinations in the chat box, and I had no idea what they meant. I didn't have much experience with online gaming, so most of the expressions were completely...more

UKIPT Cork: Day 1A, level 1 - 4 updates (Blinds 100-200)

4.15pm: Take a break, people As the half-time whistle blows the players leave the field for a 15-minute break. Updates from here on in will be in a new post. -- MC 4.05pm: Three way all in! Table two was the place to be just now as that's where all...more

13 February

Checking in with the Crazies

I've met a lot of crazy poker people in my day. There was the guy who got in a fight over a poker room's jackpot, left, and returned with a guitar. He sat in the middle of the room and sang "Amazing Grace." There was the guy who got a...more

Just bad luck

If you look at my Hendon Mob entry for last year, you probably think I had a good year. It shows that I had $523,587 in tournament cashes for the year and three WSOP final tables. But I can honestly say that 2012 was pretty brutal for me. It was...more

EPT9 Deauville in review: Remi Castaignon wins €770,000, keeps the trophy in France

Frenchman Remi Castaignon snatched back the EPT Deauville title from foreign hands when he beat Lebanese tour regular Walid Bou Habib heads-up to win €770,000, becoming the eighth Frenchman to win an EPT Main Event. Castaignon and Bou Habib had come into the final first and second in chips and,...more

bagoch bags $111,321, largest ever Super Tuesday first prize (2/12/13)

It was yet another massive Super Tuesday field this week, with 589 playing the $1,050 no-limit hold'em tourney. That's just eight players shy of the all-time biggest Super Tuesday turnout of 597 three weeks ago. The $589,000 prize pool nearly doubled the $300K guarantee, and after more than 11 hours...more

12 February

Finding the On/Off switch

I don't really believe in new year's resolutions. For me if you want to quit smoking or lose weight, you should just do it and not necessarily look to the calendar to prompt you to make a change. That said, now that we're already more than a month into the...more

EPT Deauville: High roller Vladimir Troyanovsky tops the €5k turbo, Wigg and Ladouceur settle for final table cashes

Vladimir Troyanovsky is a name that the EPT presenters are going to have to get used to saying. The Russian made a big splash at this year's PCA when he finished second to Vanessa Selbst in the $25,000 High Roller for $792,180 and seventh in the $100,000 Super High Roller...more

Sunday Million: 10 February 2013

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11 February

Why am I smiling? One word: hockey.

Hockey is back! Hockey is back! Can you tell I'm excited about hockey coming back? A lot of people know I'm a huge Montreal Canadiens fan, and thus like a lot of other NHL fans I'm thrilled that the lockout has been resolved and the season is finally underway. It's...more

PokerStars weekend review (2-11-13)

If there was been a more action-packed weekend in recent PokerStars memory, I don't remember it. This weekend, we saw big fields in the Sunday Million and Warm-Up. EPT Deauville wrapped up on France's north coast. Oh, and some tennis player named Rafa Nadal showed up at a tournament for...more

The Anatomy of a Sunday Grind

Sunday Grind: February 3, 2012 My Sundays remind me of the oft-quoted opening to Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities. A 12-hour session of over 150 PokerStars tournaments is often the best of times, but with higher buy-ins than the rest of the week, they occasionally feel like the worst...more

Parmupill halts KJulius10's run at a second Sunday Million title

One year ago, nearly to the day, Kyle "KJulius10" Julius won the Sunday Million and over $177,000. Back then, he was only about a month removed from the life-changing score he made at the 2012 PCA, taking second place in the Main Event for $1.5 million. Today, Julius was poised...more

10 February

Sunday Warm-Up: Icy road to victory and $108K for SLips713

While snow and sleet cover the terrain outside, like most of the 3,693 players in tonight's $500,000 guarantee Sunday Warm-Up, this scribe decided to remain indoors during the duration of the tournament. In the early goings of the final table it appears jnel9 would take home first place after taking...more

Women's Sunday: Second time's the charm for tenteli19

Only yesterday, we turned the spotlight on a few of our final table regulars in Jen Newell's piece, Women of the Women's Sunday, so it's only fitting that a few familiar screen names turned up in this week's final nine. Kami "drkamikaze1" Chisholm has made multiple trips to this final...more

Rafa Nadal back on the clay, takes second at VTR Open in Chile

"I'm preparing to play God," Argentine tennis pro Horacio Zeballos was heard to say this morning. No one argued with him, because Zeballos' task on Sunday was to play a man named Rafa at the VTR Open finals in Vina del Mar, Chile. Zeballos broke down in tears and collapsed...more

EPT Deauville: Matthias Gloppe takes the final turbo, pockets €3,524

Hyper turbos are fun, especially when you win. Matthias Gloppe must have been laughing all the way to the payout desk. Not only did he beat a field of 114 to €3,524 from a €120 outlay but he would have only taken a handful of hours to do so. EPT9...more

EPT Deauville: A quick €52,400 for Jose Quintas as he takes down €2k turbo

Do you recognise Jose Quintas' name? Does it ring any bells? Maybe it strangely reminds you of the smell of suntan and the taste of conch (or more likely beer and rum). They'd be a reason for that: Quintas finished 25th in this year's PCA Main Event for $47,000. This...more

EPT Deauville: Shahin Baharan wins the Winter Deepstack Turbo

Frenchamn Shahin Baharan topped off a quartet of festival cashes with a €12,250 win in the Winter Deepstack Turbo. Baharan made two other final tables as well as €7,000 19th place finish in the France Poker Series High Roller. One to watch? EPT9 Deauville, event #37 Date: 9 February 2013...more

EPT Deauville: Zimnan Ziyard turns Main Event woes into a €33,000 win

Former EPT champ Zimnan Ziyard bust out of the Main Event in 69th place for €11,500. It was ultimately a disappointing finish for the Loutraki winner who had been chip leader for a time and best placed to achieve that elusive first double (well into the ninth season of the...more

9 February

EPT9 Deauville Day 6: A tale of two pocket pairs as Remi Castaignon enjoys the best of times

An enormous chip lead coming into an EPT final table can be both a blessing and a burden. It brings with it great responsibility. Of course it is expected that you will mop up the short stacks to ensure a brief day for players and spectators alike, but it is...more

EPT9 Deauville: Alexander Dovzhenko gets the trophy and €5,600 in the €330 turbo

lexander Dovzhenko turbo'd his way through the €330 to win €5,600, a lovely return on investment for a very quick event and a nice top up to the €19,000 he won for his 26th place finish in the Main Event. Well done, Dovzhenko. EPT9 Deauville, event #34 Date: 8 February...more

EPT9 Deauville: Benjamin Juhasz takes down the €2k to book a €57,800 win

Every stop on the EPT is jam-packed full of events and sometimes chunky scores can sail by almost without notice. Just take a look at Benjamin Juhasz who notched up the first win of his live poker career - and his biggest score to date - with a €57,800 first...more

EPT9 Deauville: Tobias Peters beats Casey Kastle and Marvin Rettenmaier to the trophy

It takes some talent to beat a combination of reigning player of the year Marvin Rettenmaier and travelling poker pro Casey Kastle. Tobias Peters has added €6,700 to his $397,067 career winnings by doing just that. Retternamier, who has $3,877,900 in live cashes, slid in at third while Kastle, who...more

EPT9 Deauville High Roller: Vojtech Ruzicka makes good on potential, bests Reilly for title

When six players returned to play down to a winner of the €10,300 High Roller event today, the two biggest stacks were known predominantly for their great aptitude at finishing second. Martin Jacobson had two EPT Main Event runner-up places on his resume (yet no title) while Vojtech Ruzicka's most...more

EPT9 Deauville Day 6: Long may this place stay the same

In a few hours all this will be over. The poker tables will be packed up, the players will make their way to the station to catch trains or to Paris to connect with flights home, and the European Poker Tour itself will pack into boxes, be loaded onto a...more

EPT9 Deauville: Tim Reilly heads-up for the High Roller and gaining respect

Tim Reilly wasn't a known face on the European Poker Tour before the start of EPT Deauville but, after some fine performances on the EPTLive webcast and the small matter of being heads-up in the €10,300 High Roller, we expect to see a lot more of the 30-year-old. Hailing from...more

Women of the Women's Sunday: Final Table Regulars

Each week, more than 200 players come together for the $55 Women's Sunday tournament on PokerStars. Its $10K guarantee is certainly a draw, as is the $50 bounty on any member of Team PokerStars Pro. But there is more to it, as the event is a weekly staple in many...more

EPT9 Deauville Day 6: Country-by-country, day-by-day

Whoever from our final four wins EPT9 Deauville this week, there can be little doubt which two countries can rejoice their nation's performances most jubilantly. Our hosts France demonstrated the extremely healthy state of Gallic poker by putting forward almost half our field--and translating quantity into the high quality of...more

EPT9 Deauville: Introducing The EPT Quote Board

Over breakfast this morning (two boiled eggs, large coffee, several French pastries) the PokerStars Blog team discussed how much flavour of an event is lost due to great quotes having no home in an immediate post. We are not shy of shoehorning facts, figures and oblique references into the blog...more

EPT9 Deauville Day 6: Jeffrey Hakim's run ends in eighth place

A lot of people watching will consider the departure of Jeffrey Hakim from the final table a big loss to the quality of the field. Hakim was out of the main event within the first few minutes of play today, shoving when he looked down at ace-king, but running into...more

EPT9 Deauville Day 6: Where have these jokers come from?

On final table day of any EPT tournament, we are often asked: "Who the hell are these jokers?" I tend to reply, "Stephen Bartley and Rick Dacey," until the inquisitor clarifies their question and points me towards the final table. "No, the players. Who are they? I've never seen them...more

EPT9 Deauville: Michel Leibgorin wins the €1k PLO for €20,815

Michel Leibgorin has been grinding longer than some of you have been alive: the Frenchman's maiden recorded cash was back in 1995. Leibgorin's 18-year poker career (it's quite possibly longer) peaked in 2011 with a $225,434 haul and yesterday's €20,815 win kicks off his 2013 campaign. EPT9 Deauville, event #26...more

EPT9 Deauville Day 6: The main event finalists

The field of 782 is now down to a final eight, competing for a first prize of €770,000 today. It will bring to an end a week-long main event that started last Sunday at Casino Deauville and which will soon crown a new champion. The home crowds will be looking...more

8 February

EPT9 Deauville Day 5: Unstoppable Remi Castaignon takes massive lead into final

If it's ever appropriate to say that this might not have been the final table line up we were expecting, now might be the time to say it. Of the 23 players who returned to the Casino Deauville this afternoon, six specifically had less than $10,000 in career earnings, and...more

EPT9 Deauville High Roller: Life on the other side of the tracks

The EPT tournament room in Deauville today was split down the middle with almost perfect symmetry. On the one side were the excitable, unreliable pretenders of the €5,000 Main Event, attempting gradually to fill their final table of eight. But on the other side of the tracks were the privileged...more

EPT9 Deauville Day 5: Where have all the big stacks gone?

It's silly season at EPT Deauville, where the main event has entered level 28 and still 11 players remain. We have been playing for more than ten hours and the EPT Live commentators are now singing songs to one another and lapsing into delirious gibberish. Sorry, what? They've been doing...more

EPT9 Deauville: High Roller catches main event in race for the bags

The slow down in the main event is significant enough that the High Roller has now caught it up. Almost precisely at the time that they final 16 main event players redrew for the last two tables, they did exactly the same in the High Roller event. Of course, all...more

EPT Deauville Day 5: Gulyy's keeping it in the family

One of the more conspicuous sights on the rail right now is that of Andrey Gulyy, a tall Russian player in an orange baseball cap railing one of the players. He stands, mostly, but sometimes he sits. But when he does his leg bounces a little and he's soon back...more

EPT9 Deauville High Roller: Vojtech Ruzicka and Adrian Mateos, for the future

The rule of thumb for High Roller events is that half the field we see all the time and the other half we'll never see again. The former group are the regular faces at the biggest games both online and off while the second lot are the rich local businessmen...more

EPT9 Deauville Day 5: The man with the hat, Glen Cymbaluk

Glen Cymbaluk has played each day this week in a black cowboy hat. That's not always a good sign, but the Canadian has been unstoppable this week, notably eliminating Sam Grafton at the close last night while featuring on the television table today on EPT Live. Glen Cymbaluk Cymbaluk talked...more

EPT Deauville: Bernard Guigon beats Matthias De Meulder to the trophy, collects €40,500 for his troubles

Bernard Guigon would have last popped up on your poker radar at the EPT Grand Final last year. The Frenchman not only made it to the final table but laddered his way up to a third-place €545,000 finish, just behind Lucille Cailly and Mohsin Charania. The pharmacist from Senegal -...more

EPT Deauville: Isabel Baltazar blasts through the €440 for a €9,670 payday

Isabel Baltazar last night picked up a trophy and €9,670 cash adding to her $250,000 live winning total. Baltazar last made a splash on the European Poker Tour with an eighth-place finish at EPT Barcelona in Season 8 (which was won by Martin Schleich for €850,000). EPT9 Deauville, event #27...more

EPT9 Deauville Day 5: Jeffrey Hakim steps into the limelight

Jeffrey Hakim's name has been in my notebook for two days now, reminding me that it was about time the Lebanese got some attention. The first reminder came when Hakim cleared the bubble. Bubbles always bring back memories of Hakim's departure in EPT Barcelona a year ago. Back then he'd...more

Asia, Australia, and New Zealand get their own online poker series

So, imagine you live in Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. Imagine you're a poker player. You live in an amazing place. You're surrounded by wonderful cultures. There are people who live halfway around the world who would give up almost anything just to visit the place you call home. But...let's...more

EPT Deauville: Slovakia's number one Jan Bendik wins another, pockets €61,560

Do you know Jan Bendik? If you've regularly played on the EPT then you probably will. Bendik has been a regular feature on the tour for the last few seasons and has steadily driven himself to the top of the all-time Slovakian money list: 54 cashes building a $1,226,987 haul...more

Chase me out the door

When's the last time you closed a bank account? Unless you've made a major move in the last few years, I'll bet it's been a while. I was forced to close one a few months ago - and it had nothing to do with my recent move from New York...more

EPT Deauville: Pieter Aerts is the heads-up champion, wins €13,820

Pieter Aerts has followed up a deep run in the France Poker Series Main Event with a win in the €1,000 heads-up side event at EPT Deauville. Score another win for Team Belgium. Well done, Pieter! EPT9 Deauville, event #18 Date: 7 February 2013 Buy-in: €300 Game: NLHE Heads-Up Players:...more

EPT Deauville: Cesar Enrique Aponte Rivas takes a €330 turbo

Notch up a win for Cesar Enrique Aponte Rivas from Venezuela. EPT9 Deauville, event #21 Date: 7 February 2013 Buy-in: €330 Game: NLH Turbo Bounty Players: 91 Prize pool: €26,208 Cesar Enrique Aponte Rivas 1. Cesar Enrique Aponte Rivas, Venezuela, €9,170 2. Tony Viklund, Sweden, €5,240 3. Feargal Nealon, Ireland,...more

EPT9 Deauville Day 5: James Mitchell, TV star

James Mitchell hasn't been able to avoid the attentions of EPT Live in Deauville this week. He has spent more time in front of the television cameras than anyone else. In order to find out how he feels about that, Sarah Grant of PokerStars.tv put him in front of yet...more

EPT Deauville: Ismael Bojang wins the €10,300 PLO Championship

Ismael Bojang has won the €10,300 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship of EPT Season 9 pocketing €83,000 in a tightly contested finale which, somewhat unsurprisingly, featured two Finns in the final three players. EPT Barcelona third-place finisher Joni Jouhkimainen scored another impressive result finishing runner-up to Bojang. Both players have made EPT...more

EPT9 Deauville Day 5: #whenwillitend A question of mathematics

It's been a few years now since the likes of Jason Mercier and ElkY stuck their tongues in their cheeks and began using the exasperated hash-tag #whenwillitend. They were referring to their perceived spells of bad luck which, for those two, means nothing more than about two months without a...more

EPT9 Deauville Day 5: The good, the bad, and the somewhere in between

With the departure of Eric Sfez and Freerk Post the field is reduced to 21 players spread out over three tables. Looking at the player list there is a mixture of youth and experience, with a variety of ages as well as success rates between them. As far as prize...more

EPT Deauville High Roller: Day 2 under way, Kevin Vandersmissen leads

The €10,000 High Roller has resumed and with all entries and rebuys measured close to one million Euros has been collected (a prize pool will be put online when it gets released). EPT Snowfest runner-up Kevin Vandersmissen is currently top of the chip charts leading a big tough High Roller...more

EPT9 Deauville Day 5: We need eight for the final table, candidates apply here

Hello everybody and welcome to Day 5 of the European Poker Tour season nine main event from Deauville. We finished yesterday's double-quick day with only 23 players, and the target now is to lose another 15 to leave us with our final table of eight. There is €770,000 on the...more

7 February

Ben "NeverScaredB" Wilinofsky proves his courage

Ben Wilinofsky is 24 years old. He's Canadian, a hockey lover, and the kind of guy who likes to roll around with his dog. He's won $3 million in online poker tournaments. He has $1.25 million in live tournament earnings, a big chunk of which came when he won EPT...more

EPT9 Deauville Day 4: Cyril Andre leads final 23 as big names fall

Sometimes in the run up to a main event final table you count on several players reaching the latter stages, guaranteeing an entertaining conclusion. Usually they're big names, with proven track records and a knack for flair and conspicuous skill. Other times they're simply the players who have impressed most...more

EPT9 Deauville High Roller: Familiar faces, bigger field

When players and staff on the European Poker Tour need a reference point for comedy tournaments, they turn to the so-called High Roller event at EPT Kyiv in season six. It was certainly expensive enough to qualify as a High Roller--it cost €20,000 to play--but the field wasn't exactly the...more

EPT9 Deauville Day 4: Gordon Huntly talks to PokerStars.tv

There was a very healthy smattering of young British pros in the EPT Deauville Day 4 field, including James Mitchell, Sam Grafton, Mat Frankland and Luke Reeves. As they either continue to ride the roller-coaster of a high-risk variance-fuelled strategy, their slightly older countryman Gordon Huntly is happy to take...more

EPT London confirms schedule, familiar venues

Who says you can't go home again? Today the European Poker Tour announced its Season 9 stop in London will return the tournament to the Grosvenor Victoria Casino. EPT London began at the Vic in Season 1 and remained there for many years before moving down the road to a...more

EPT9 Deauville: Sam 'samsquid' Grafton bossing it his own way

It doesn't take much more than a glance to mark Sam Grafton out as a player that likes to tread his own path, most obviously in what he puts on in the morning. Yes, there is a certain similarity to the standard online grinder uniform; baseball cap, occasional hoody and...more

From leisure player to "serious stuff" with cardkahleesi

When Agnes Archibong-Omon picked up a magazine that day a year and a half ago and turned to an article about online poker, she didn't realize that it would change her life, but it did. Agnes is a Nigerian citizen living in Istanbul and, at that time, had never played...more

EPT9 Deaville Day 4: The Mitchell Plan - Just start winning pots

The best player at the outer tables right now is undoubtedly James Mitchell, who towers the others as one of the chip leaders. He's one of a strong British contingent in Deauville who have begun to dominate these later stages, with Sam Grafton on the TV table on course for...more

You can't live off dessert...

We are a little more than a month into the new year, and with the new year comes thoughts of how I'll be spending it in terms of my poker-playing. When I plan out my year in poker, there are certain things that are already marked off on the schedule....more

EPT9 Deauville Day 4: Lappin licked, but prospects good for the Irish

In the kind of anodyne world in which the best pre-flop poker hand always wins, the following would be a photograph of David Lappin. But it's not. Instead this is Aurelien Guiglini, who eliminated Lappin just before the first break of the day, rivering a two-outer to send the last...more

EPT9 Deauville Day 4: From late night poker to the sharp end of the main event

Among the contingent of French players still in the main event, none have such a prolific career at the tables as Michel Abecassis. A veteran of the tour, Abecassis has seen the evolution of poker first hand over the past ten to 15 years, and has nearly $1 million in...more

EPT Deauville: Robert Haigh takes the bounty turbo, freerolls into the €10k High Roller

Online grinder Robert Haigh is currently playing the €10,300 High Roller, an effective freeroll for the German thanks to a €19,410 win in the Turbo Bounty last night (and that's not including all those €500 bounties that Haigh would have picked up along the way). The win is Haigh's second...more

EPT9 Deauville Day 4: A chat with the chip-leader Shahad Hadaya

Shahaf Hadaya came into Day 4 as a monstrous chip leader, but lost more than half of his stack within the first level after a couple of unavoidable encounters went against him. But, as he tells Sarah Grant below, even a downswing is an opportunity to start rebuilding. Hadaya, a...more

EPT Deauville: Jon Spinks dodges fourth place (and Jonathan Duhamel) to win €141,200

UK player Jon Spinks last night won €141,200, a career-largest score, and his first EPT trophy. The result was only the third live win of his career, his first being at the UKIPT Edinburgh High Roller for £10,910, but Spinks had to get over his fourth-place hoodoo first. Two years...more

EPT Deauville Day 4: Who *are* these people?

With 51 players remaining at the start of Day 4, there will always be a good number who have never before come to our attention. By and large, we know players who have made deep runs on the European Poker Tour, but often we are blinkered to this tour alone....more

EPT Deauville High Roller: The players are gathering...

Dominik Nitsche, Marvin Rettenmaier and Thomas Butzhammer (who recently busted the Main Event after losing a big pot with ace-king to Gordon Huntly's ace-queen) are stood talking to one side of the High Roller. EPT runner-up Kevin Vandermissen and EPT winners Michael Tureniec, Anton Wigg and Dimitar Danchev are all...more

EPT9 Deauville Day 4: Hadaya leads as field to go from 51 to 24

We return at yet another critical stage of the EPT Deauville main event, following on from the critical stages of yesterday, and the preceding those critical stages that will inevitably strike tomorrow. The field of 782 has been slashed now to just 51, a number considerably lower than expected after...more

6 February

EPT9 Deauville Day 3: Salad days for Shahaf Hadaya, but Grafton and Mitchell lurk

The tournament room at EPT Deauville was today filled to capacity almost from start to finish. Every seat in the house seemed to be occupied for all of the eight hours we played. Was this a never-ending tournament from which no one ever bust? The short answer to that is:...more

EPT9 Deauville Day 3: Wanted: villain to play main event

What do you do with a problem like Lucien Cohen? The fanatical Frenchman, adored by his railbird friends standing inches away behind him, delights in every misfortune, either his own or that of others. One player made clear his opinion: "I hate this guy," said Hugo Pingray, shortly after Cohen...more

EPT9 Deauville Day 3: A round with the table of rejects

The viewers of EPT Live appear to have got used to watching table Mitchell, Koon and Bonavena and continue to elect it for live-streaming coverage in their viewers' vote. That's democracy. But Table 7, which has now twice lost that crucial poll, really is a belter, so much so that...more

ElkY jealous of MouldyOnions and AWice's Supernova Elite race

We've got a bunch of players trying to win EPT Deauville and its €770,000 first prize, but out there, in online poker world, another battle rages on: The Race to Supernova Elite. And it's one that our very own ElkY - the first ever Supernova Elite - seems to be...more

EPT9 Deauville Day 3: Passing the time as the bubble bursts (slowly)

With an hour on the clock and the player total down to 121, play went hand-for-hand in the main event. This had several knock-on effects. The French TV cameras scattered around the room moved with more urgency, and players, many smiling now, showed an unusually small degree of self-interest as...more

For the love of Deauville

The EPT is visiting Deauville, France and I wanted to tell you all why it's my favorite stop on the tour. I love Deauville because it's a very peaceful town, especially in winter. In summer, it's a busy sea resort in the north of France, but in winter it's actually...more

EPT Deauville: Kent Lundmark back into winning ways, scores €12,280

Kent Lundmark is back to tournament winning ways on the European Poker Tour. The Swede won EPT Barcelona back in Season 7 more than two years ago. A series of nine final table finishes have been clocked up since then, three of which have been heads-up losses (or wins if...more

EPT9 Deauville Day 3: Anatomy of the pre-bubble period

Our regular stints this week on EPT Live are intended to widen the focus of the web-stream coverage beyond the closeted confines of the feature table. There are many, many other tables almost always in play and yet the cameras can only be fixed on one. Our role is to...more

EPT Deauville: Jonas Lauck wins the FPS High Roller

Jonas Lauck won the FPS High Roller here in Deauville to score a €163,700 pay day coming close to his career largest cash ($260,765). EPT champions Davidi Kitai and Kent Lundmark both made the final table, finishing sixth and seventh for €26,500 and €20,100 respectively. Reigning EPT Player of the...more

All downhill

Last year was a great year for me poker-wise -- the best of my career, in fact -- highlighted of course by a deep run in the WSOP Main Event where I finished 26th. The year then concluded with a very enjoyable trip just before Christmas to Saalbach Hinterglemm, Austria...more

Van Brabander sisterhood in play in Deauville

The splendid town of Deauville might not have been quite warm and sunny during the EPT event, but that didn't take away the excitement of the players in the casino. This was my second EPT to which I accompanied my sister, Charlotte Van Brabander, and I must say that, once...more

EPT Deauville Day 3: Jason Koon driving hard into the money

High stakes poker player Jason Koon is spinning up a top five stack here in Deauville after a terrific last level. PokerStars.tv's Sarah Grant caught up with him earlier today. By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --> This...more

EPT Deauville Day 3: The rat gnaws on as Lucien Cohen rivers the nut straight

Lucien Cohen is our last surviving former EPT Deauville champ left in this field, but only just. Moments after having a small verbal spat with Anton Ionel, Cohen three-bet shoved all-in for about 38,000 (a little less than 10 big blinds) with K♠Q♦ over the top of Noel Gaens' early...more

EPT9 Deauville Day 3: The all-in triangle, a warning sign for everyone

It's a small piece of plastic, but today the all-in triangle will take greater significance that at any other time this week. The all-in triangle is a relatively new innovation, introduced at EPT Barcelona in Season 8, which is placed, nay tossed towards an all-in player, the moment they announce...more

EPT9 Deauville Day 3: All a bit2easy for Luke Reeves

Everyone has heard about beginner's luck, the first-time player who shows up to a major live tournament and then destroys it, cruising through to the final table an a massive debut payday. But that story tends to begin and end with chapter one; we never see them again. For Luke...more

Win $22 tournament tickets with @PokerStarsBlog

Free tournament tickets! Free tournament tickets! Free tournament tickets! Yes, we're giving away free tournament tickets! Five tickets to The Big $22 are up for grabs and all you need to do is guess who's going to win EPT Deauville (and follow the simple instructions below). Is Freddy Deeb your...more

EPT Deauville Day 3: Seat draw

It's Day 3 in Deauville, and no time to mess around. EPT Live coverage starts right on the stroke of noon and the remaining 154 players will begin playing right about then too. Here is how they all line up for the day. Day 3 seat draw Table, seat, name,...more

5 February

Speedpokah races to six-figure win in 2/5/13 Super Tuesday

For the third week running, the PokerStars Super Tuesday cracked the 500-player mark as the equal second largest field of 547 took part to form a healthy $547,000 prize pool. It exceeded the guarantee and ensured that the winner would take home a very attractive six-figure score. In the end,...more

EPT9 Deauville Day 2: Andrei Stoenescu leads Ziyard and Mitchell at the close

To delve into the history of Deauville is to examine a glinting portrayal of society, aristocracy and money, all of which have been coming to the town in droves since the half-brother of Napoleon III, Charles the Duke of Morny, built a racecourse and called the place home in the...more

EPT9 Deauville Day 2: Late day news nuggets

Day 2 in Deauville is coming to a close, and we have raced ever onwards towards the money. With only about 177 players now left, we are almost certain to hit the cash early on Day 3. There will be 120 players paid, so only a handful to be left...more

EPT Deauville: On interviews and player participation

The PokerStars Blog team has been making regular appearances on the EPTLive lite webcast this week and, bar us making some grievous blunder*, we'll be popping up for the odd 20-30 minute stint throughout this festival. The idea is not only to make Stephen Bartley feel as uncomfortable as possible,...more

EPT9 Deauville Day 2: All the way from down under - James Bills

It's hard enough getting to Deauville from Paris, or anywhere else in Europe, but for one player in particular the journey was a long one. Australian James Bills made his way from down under, a trip of about 10,000 miles to get to Deauville, where he plays on with a...more

EPT Deauville: Lex Veldhuis, chipped up and smiling like a monkey

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EPT Deauville Day 2: Bon anniversaire á l'artiste Vanessa Rousso

Vanessa Rousso is celebrating her birthday today in Deauville and (whisper it) she has now hit the big three-o. Yesterday she went on a shopping spree around the boutiques of this wonderful little town, and today she is trying to play into the money in this poker tournament in an...more

PokerStars LIVE to open at London's Hippodrome Casino

The Hippodrome Casino and PokerStars today announced that their dedicated poker room - PokerStars LIVE - will open in London's Hippodrome Casino on March 4, offering the most authentic, high-quality poker lounge in the UK. PokerStars, the world's largest online poker site, and the historic Leicester Square casino will...more

EPT9 Deauville Day 2: A guide to using "hunch" to judge your opponent

Without the aid of an iPod and a player database, it's sometimes hard to judge the quality of your opponent as you take a seat, particularly if you're new to the Tour. What with the size of EPT fields these days it's difficult to get a profile of every player...more

EPT Deauville: Martin 'Moertelmu' Mulsow wins the Turbo Bounty for €41,050

German online grinder Martin Mulsow last night won the EPT Deauvile €1,100 Turbo Random Bounty tournament scoring his first live poker trophy. As a reporter, impartially is key but it's really hard not to find yourself liking Martin Mulsow. He's usually laughing and almost always smiling. One of the only...more

PokerStars named Online Poker Operator of the Year

PokerStars does a lot of things on a lot of different platforms, but its bread and butter, its wheelhouse, its raison d'etre...well, that's online poker. So, perhaps, then it is no great surprise that last night the International Gaming Awards honored PokerStars with the "Online Poker Operated of the Year"...more

PS Women in January: Club Launches, Selbst Tops All

January was a very exciting month for PokerStars Women, starting with the launch of the PokerStars Women's Club and including Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Selbst winning the PCA High Roller tournament to climb to the top of the all-time female poker tournament earnings list. The PokerStars Women's Club was in...more

Watch February 3 Sunday Million

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If you're looking for me, look up

I am very happy that 2013 has begun, because 2012 was pretty much a tough year for me, as far as poker is concerned. But I'm very positive going forward, and with the new year I think of myself starting to write a new story. One change that I've already...more

EPT Deauville: Samir Hadad wins turbo and €55,750 ahead of Joni Jouhkimainen

Scoring a €55,750 turbo win is quite a way to make your virgin first cash. Samir Hadad last night beat a field of 83 who had bought into the €2,150 turbo to top a final table which included the aggressive young Finn Joni Jouhkimainen, who we last saw in the...more

EPT9 Deauville Day 2: Kristian Kofoed, the only Dane in Deauville

Kristian Kofoed fits the mould of thousands of regular EPT players. He is young, he is Danish, he is a PokerStars qualifier. We see hundreds at every single event. Except, that is, in Deauville this week, where Kofoed is unique. Originally we thought it must be a typo, or an...more

EPT9 Deauville Day 2: Different types for a different day

When you're able to walk between the tables of an EPT and really get a good look at what's going on, you get a glimpse of the different types of players who play these tournaments. They come in a broad spectrum of blueprints, from the hopelessly lost to the uber-confident....more

EPT9 Deauville, Day 2: Cueing up the day's action

Sarah Grant and Rick Dacey set the scene of Day 2 of the EPT Deauville Main Event. Play began was 419 players from a starting field of 782. Follow our live coverage here. By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at...more

EPT9 Deauville Day 2: How they sit as the chase to reel in Ostrom begins

Back in the early years of EPT Deauville, the tournament's Day 2 would require a feat of engineering. We used to play the tournament in the ornate ballroom of the main casino, a sumptuous place perfectly designed to accommodate a masked ball on a balmy summer's night, but perhaps less...more

4 February

EPT9 Deauville Day 1B: David Ostrom top of the rostrum, topples Casey Kastle from the battlements

It is a truth universally acknowledged that Day 1B of an EPT main event will feature more players than Day 1A. There will be more big names among them, there will be more stories to tell from the tables and, most importantly, everyone will find out what they are actually...more

EPT9 Deauville Day 1B: The numbers show what it's all about

The dealer's shirt is white. Live Boeree's face is whiter. Boeree, playing through an acute case of food poisoning, plays on, with about as much life left in her as earlier today, when every move took extraordinary effort. Kevin MacPhee, whose idea it was to eat mussels the night before,...more

142 is the score to beat in EPT Concierge bowling contest

The top score so far in the EPT Concierge Deauville bowling contest is 142 - giving plenty of scope for challenges. The contest is running throughout this week's EPT - anyone can enter, and also take advantage of the special poker players' discount at Bowling de Deauville. Click here to...more

EPT9 Deauville Day 1B: *That* Vanessa Rousso bluff...in her own words

Yesterday's EPT Live coverage rapidly became the Vanessa Rousso show. The Team PokerStars Pro's table was moved beneath the cameras sometime during level four, with Rousso holding slightly more than her starting stack. She then proceeded to play what seemed to be every hand. Rousso built her stack up to...more

EPT Deauville Day 1B: Terror at 10,000 feet, complete calm at ground level

Not all journeys to Deauville are as straightforward as some. When the EPT returned to Deauville in Season 5 after a two-year absence, it was an opportunity for some to experience Casino Deauville for the first time. It just meant a short flight from the UK to Normandy. What could...more

EPT9 Deauville Day 1B: It's France versus the rest of the world

As mentioned earlier, the official numbers for EPT9 Deauville are in, and this is a 782-player affair. A decent handful of them--307 to be precise--played Day 1A and the remaining 475 showed up today. Player numbers are officially slightly down on last year, when Vadzim Kursevich triumphed from a field...more

EPT9 Deauville: Vadzim Kursevich, king of Deauville playing from the shadows

At this stage in last year's tournament Vadzim Kursevich wasn't a well known player. Yes, we at the PokerStars Blog were aware of him thanks to his third-place finish at EPT Berlin for €300,000, but most people wouldn't have known him, and fewer still outside of the growing Belarusian poker...more

EPT9 Deauville Day 1B: Skip the mussels - Liv Boeree returns to the tournament room

It's a subject that's been raised on Twitter, as well as getting mentions on EPT Live, but the plight of Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree right now is about more than just cards and chips. "It's the worst food poisoning I've ever had", she wrote on Twitter, presumably having suffered...more

EPT9 Deauville Day 1B: Rogues' gallery

Day 1B is really taking shape, with 475 players registered added to the 307 from yesterday. Those numbers will be confirmed in due course, but it looks like we have close to 800 players. Among the Day 1B field are this little lot pictured below (plus the EPT President) and...more

EPT9 Deauville Day 1B: Jake Cody's excellent adventure

Most players taking part in an EPT main event will arrive the day before they play, enough time to unpack, unwind and settle in before getting down to the business of poker. But sometimes the best laid plans fall to pieces, forcing players to call on their improvisational skill to...more

Patrick Braga wins FPS Deauville Main Event and €165,000

Patrick Braga is the new FPS Deauville champion having beaten a huge 828-strong field of poker players drawn from among the best of Europe, not just France. The massive numbers that the FPS Grand Final pulled in were helped by the coming together of the FPS and the European Poker...more

EPT9 Deauville Day 1B: James Hartigan and Joe Stapleton talk about EPT Live

Prior to the EPT Live Lite coverage starting (you can watch the action yourself on EPTLive.com), Sarah Grant founds commentators James Hartigan and Joe Stapleton wandering around the tournament floor. Sarah took the opportunity to talk to them both about the new format of the coverage which will involve commentary...more

PokerStars weekend review (2-4-13)

As the day breaks on this new week, most poker eyes are on Deauville, France where the European Poker Tour main event is playing Day 1B. My fellow PokerStars Blog writers are there covering all the big action and even appearing from time to time on the live streaming broadcast....more

Call the floor! Wait, call another floor! Wait...

I have a story to share, kind of what you might call a Kafkaesque poker story. It happened in Budapest, Hungary, which I guess is appropriate since Franz Kafka was from central Europe. This happened about five years ago. I was playing in a poker tournament, and while I can't...more

EPT Deauville: French rapper Abdelkrim Brahmi-Benalla wins event #7 for €13,420

French rapper Abdelkrim Brahmi-Benalla has claimed an EPT trophy and scored a solid €13,420 cash in event #7, the €330 men's event. It was an all-France final table with the exception of Team PokerStars Pro Marcin Horecki who bust out in 7th for €1,680. Horecki has come close to EPT...more

Play PokerSchoolOnline's Big Bang Tournament

Before the beginning of time there was nothing on the felt only empty space. Then an event happened that was so explosive, so consequential that the poker universe as we know it would change forever. The Big Bang Tournament was born. The Big Bang Tournament is a brand new monthly...more

EPT9 Deauville Day 1B: Shuffling up for a star-studded line up

Even though a player may not beam after winning a hand, you could tell that Stephane Benadiba had enjoyed a pot just won. He'd bet quickly and aggressively, perhaps tempting the player opposite with the notion of strong means weak. To test his theory a re-raise was proffered, only for...more

EPT9 Deauville Day 1B: An existential search for relevance

Much of the conversation at EPT Deauville yesterday centred on the decision to screen every day of the tournament on EPT Live, the first time the opening stages of a major event like this have got the live streaming treatment. While viewers at home relished the chance to see the...more

EPT Deauville: Setting the scene on Day 1B (with Sarah Grant and Rick Dacey)

PokerStars.tv's Sarah Grant tries to wring a succint summary of Day 1A out of the PokerStars Blog (good luck with that) and also takes a look at what's going on in the festival on the whole. By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and...more

EPT9 Deauville: Benjamin Nicault wins the €1k turbo for €48,070

Benjamin Nicault yesterday won the €1,100 turbo for €48,700 to score the perfect start to EPT Deauville. His €48,070 first place prize He's won enough to buy into every remaining event here, including the €5,300 Main Event, €10,300 HIgh Roller and €10,300 PLO Championship, brick every tournament and still have...more

EPT Deauville Day 1B: Expect the unexpected as new players take their seats

The EPT Live cameras positioned around the feature table have created a new perspective from which to follow the action from the early stages of EPT Deauville. The opening levels are not traditionally where the tournament is won -- although it can certainly be lost -- but they can provide...more

EPT9 Deauville: Anais Lerouge wins the ladies event and €7,500

Anais Lerouge is somewhat of an fast ladies event specialist having last night won her third title on the European Poker Tour. This time round, here in her native France, Lerouge beat a field of 79 to claim the trophy and the €7,500 first place prize. She won this same...more

Petesgotaces got a straight-up Sunday Million victory

It has been a big weekend for poker. In addition to the regular and stellar lineup of online poker tournaments offered on PokerStars, the live tournament scene is heating up as the European Poker Tour hit Deauville for its annual French stop. Moreover, the number of tournaments on that schedule...more

3 February

Sunday Warm-Up: nurabsal stays cool, and takes down $84K with the title

Super Bowl Sunday. Last year 111.3 million watched the final season game of the National Football League. But, not everyone watches for the sporting event as company's pony up big cash for funny commercials that have people taking about at work the next day. The reactions for the Bar Refaeli...more

Women's Sunday was positive EV for winner Liza_Plus_EV

As the calendar turned to February, many of us wondered how we ran through January so quickly. It was a whirlwind of sorts, with the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure offering a lot of excitement and women getting into the groove of the new PokerStars Women's Club. That month sure did fly...more

EPT9 Deauville: See for yourself: Jesper Feddersen snatches lead at the bell

There was a different perspective available to anyone following the opening day of EPT Deauville today. For the first time ever followers of the tour could watch the action for themselves on EPT Live, which broadcast coverage from a small selection of tables, bringing a unique first day look at...more

EPT9 Deauville: Got to be in it to win it, and half the field aren't

Day 1A is drawing to a close in Deauville and it seems as though about half the starting field of 307 will have departed by the time the curtain comes down. That is roughly on par for these events, even though players started with 30,000 chips -- or 300 big...more

EPT9 Deauville: Anton Wigg books another EPT side event win, pockets €39,100

You may well recognise Anton Wigg's name from his EPT Copenhagen win back in 2010, where he collected DKr 3,675,000 ($672,818) and a nice shiny trophy. The Danish leg of the EPT was often viewed as one of the toughest to win: a field packed full of aggressive Scandi's all...more

EPT9 Deauville: Looking at the numbers

With two levels to play on the first day at EPT Deauville, the starting field of 307 will begin to eye a spot on Day 2, which for them is less than two levels away, provided nothing too dramatic occurs with them involved. The size of the Day 1B field...more

EPT9 Deauville: Five players remain in ladies event (not necessarily ladies)

Oh dear, why does this happen so frequently? The title of event #4 is 'NL - Women's Event' and due to regulations here that event legally has to be open to all (with a matching 'Men's Event' also running). Etiquette and, you would have thought, common decency would preclude any...more

EPT9 Deauville: Treading the boardwalk

You will read a lot written this week about the beauty of Deauville. It is the kind of place that has almost nothing to recommend it for the cliched poker player - the one who likes bright lights, throbbing nightclubs and gutters accommodating to the vomit-dappled night-sleeper - but it...more

EPT9 Deauville: David Vamplew left spitting after clash with Sergiy Baranov

Now then, Sergiy Baranov is not everyone's favourite player to have at their table. There is none of the Daniel Negreanu bonhomie or even the Roberto Romanello style needle hidden amongst smiles and banter. Baranov is combative. Phil Hellmuth would know that, he beat Baranov heads up to take the...more

EPT9 Deauville: The EPT's petit frere

The European Poker Tour bowled into Deauville this week to find the town already teeming with poker players. They were here before the EPT even got out of bed to contest the grand final of the France Poker Series (FPS), the local tour through the Gallic region that encompasses tournaments...more

EPT9 Deauville: Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Rousso and Ilan Boujenah go degen

Vanessa Rousso is pretty good at this poker thing: $3,496,294 in live winnings and won some $700,000 finishing runner-up in the WCOOP Main Event back in 2007. She's also pretty calm at the table - it must be all that game theory stuff keeping her in check. Ilan Boujenah is...more

EPT 9 Deauville: The odds are against a new local hero

French players will always make the trip to Deauville when the European Poker Tour wings its way along the Normandy coast to Casino Barrière. It's usually freezing cold, with chilled north westerly winds sweeping along the coast with no distinguishing features to divert the gales other than the outline of...more

EPT9 Deauville: Liv Boeree on the growth of ladies events

Liv Boeree, you might know her. She's one of the key members of Team PokerStars Pro. She doubles down as a presenter on the UKIPT TV shows, is one of the most Googled poker players around and and in another world she could have been a physicist. Boeree knows her...more

EPT9 Deauville: Jonathan Duhamel, star of the show

Among the easiest decisions the PokerStars.tv honchos have ever had to make was to lavish the EPT Live attentions today on table 31. Although it is an entirely random table draw at all EPT events, such is the quality of the fields you can usually be guaranteed at least one...more

EPT9 Deauville: A televisual feast

Poker is endlessly evolving, a statement that goes for life both on and off the tables. As the players figure out new strategies almost by the day, the administrators off the felt seek innovations to make their product stronger, both to those who might be tempted to ante up and...more

EPT9 Deauville: It's not just the French who call this casino home

Deauville has a long black-and-white history as a popular tourist destination for the French, and not just to those with a penchant for race horses or the roulette wheel. For Gallic poker players Deauville is their upmarket alternative to the wood-panelled rooms of the Aviation Club in Paris, and one...more

EPT9 Deauville: Welcome to Day 1A

Let the lovely Sarah Grant ease you into EPT Deauville with the attached moving images and sounds. We'll be posting up videos and features throughout the week, leading all the way up to that winner's interview next Saturday - as well as supplying live coverage of the Main Event to...more

EPT9 Deauville: A return to gambling's past

Year zero in American tournament poker history was round about the time Benny Binion persuaded six of his regular customers to re-name their regular game the "World Series" and pose in sepia photographs alongside him in sheepskin coat. It was 1970. Year zero in European tournament poker history was round...more

1 February

Free 20: No work, all play makes you $20

You've see all those deposit bonuses that make you...you know...work for them. You know how it goes. You deposit some money. You get the promise of a bonus, but before you get it, you have to play a certain amount. How would you like it if you didn't have to...more

My body, my game, my heart, my community

It's a new year, and like always the new year inspires thoughts of doing things better, improving oneself, loving more, being friendlier and more helpful to others, and changing the world for the better. So I've been thinking a lot about what I want to do in 2013 to make...more