March 2013

31 March

Sunday Warm-Up: VL-Hannibal takes $104K bones after picking apart final table

Four minutes. It's a double minor penalty in hockey or a stern time-out given to a child who refused to eat his or her brussel sprouts. In tonight's $500,000 Sunday Warm-Up our champion VL-Hannibal would go from a mid-stack, to taking the chip lead, and eliminating three players in just...more

Lovely win for lovely denny in March 31 Women's Sunday

The Women's Sunday is so strict about keeping the tournament for women only that the Easter Bunny wasn't even allowed to play. It was a tough call for PokerStars, but rules are rules. Sorry, Mr. Bunny. This week, we were back to our regular $10K guarantee in the $55 Women's...more

Battle of the Planets: dthorne04 mows down March field for $12K

Spring time has broken out for most of our players. Unless you live in Canada like four players who made today's $50,000 Battle of Planets monthly triple shootout freeroll final table. Despite a few days of "Spring" weather, ice is still showing on some lakes with snowbanks prevalent while driving...more

29 March

Thinking back to my deep WSOP run

I haven't been playing too much to start the year, other than at the PCA where I enjoyed serving as the captain of the German team for the World Cup of Poker. That's always a cool event with a fun atmosphere. Now I'm playing in some events in Germany and...more

Octo-Niner Russell Thomas talks about his Sunday Million win

On Sunday, 2012 World Series of Poker Octo-Niner Russell Thomas achieved a dream of his - he won the PokerStars Sunday Million, earning $219,184. Thomas joined us to talk about his victory, life after the Main Event final table, and traveling the poker circuit. Here's a snippet from the interview:...more

28 March

Digging deep

There are many reasons I'm proud to call the people of PokerStars my friends. This is one of them. A window popped up on my computer screen Wednesday. It was Lee Jones. "Are you aware?" he began, and what he said next warmed my heart. As you might know, PokerStars'...more

Talonchick offers Omaha advice, courtesy of PSO

Since this is Omaha Week at PokerStars, we thought it would be a good idea to track down some advice on the game from an expert. And since Adrienne Rowsome (talonchick) is our resident expert on the subject and is also a member of PokerStars Team Online, we turned to...more


I'm back on the road as usual, traveling all over for poker. Among the places I have visited already this year was Deauville, France where the EPT stopped in February. I always like playing in France both because of the people and because I'm Francophone, too. My accent is different,...more

Do you have the Sickest Setup?

In my day we played poker one table at a time on a single screen! Like men! Like...old men. Oh, let's just face it. The times have changed. Even the slowest of grinders is working on a few tables at once. People like Team Online's Randy Lew need at least...more

The John Eames Invitational

Do you know John Eames? If you're part of the British poker community then you almost certainly will. If you're an EPT regular then you really should, and you might have even played in his tournament: The John Eames Invitational. Eames has taken one tournament and made it his own...more

27 March

Women's Sunday Birthday party a rousing success

It's official. The celebration for the Women's Sunday Second Birthday was a success! Players from around the world participated in PokerStars Women activities throughout the week leading up to the Women's Sunday Birthday Special, and it was exciting to see all of the spirit from our fans. We want to...more

The world watches as Rafa takes a bath

There are not many people whose bath time can cause ripples around the world. Sure, there was Archimedes and his 'Eureka!'* moment, when the Greek scholar's plunge into water brought a revelation about volume displacement, but beyond that earthshaking tub events are slim on the ground. Tennis legend and Team...more

Starting them young

Hello from the Czech Republic! It's a cold winter here, which began back in December when I celebrated Christmas six times! I got together with my family, my wife's family, my ex-wife's family, and some friends, too, so we were ringing in the holidays over and over again. I have...more

mrAndreeew and 42ayay chop, $100K-plus for each in another huge Super Tuesday (3/26/13)

Well it wasn't quite another record field, but it was yet another huge turnout for this week's Super Tuesday. Following last week's all-time high of 663 entrants, tonight's edition of PokerStars's weekly $1,050 buy-in no-limit hold'em tournament drew a second-best ever 637, and after 11-and-a-half hours it was two Swedes...more

26 March

Happy second anniversary, Sunday Storm!

Has it really been two years? I guess it has. It's the world's most popular weekly tournament, and now the PokerStars Sunday Storm is about to celebrate its second anniversary with million-dollar event. I'm not going to lie. When I first saw this news, I was ready to accuse someone...more

PokerStars Women celebrates Women's History Month

"At my age I suppose I should be knitting. But I would rather play poker with five or six 'experts' than eat." -- Alice Ivers Tubbs; aka: Poker Alice The month of March is designated as Women's History Month, and in honor of the observance, it's a great time to...more

Frozen to my mouse

I'm writing from freezing Norway, where the winter is super cold as usual. Not a lot to do, really, except stay indoors. For me that is working out okay, because I'm playing a lot of online poker this winter, and I'm enjoying it, too. I often prefer live poker to...more

Watch the MicroMillions Main Event final table

The MicroMillions Main Event played out on Sunday capping off the largest ever online poker series with a gargantuan 1,572,760 entries playing. As you can find out here the amount paid out throughout the festival was close to double that guaranteed with $9,588,892.60 paid out across 100 low buy-in tournaments....more

Hanging with the hockey legends

Canadians are mad for their hockey. On the final night of EPT Deauville when everyone was out partying there was a dedicated crew* of Canucks crowded round a solitary laptop streaming the Montreal-Toronto game. Even when their team went down 2-0 then 3-0 they kept cheering, vocally led by Team...more

Watch the Sunday Million final table (24 March 2013)

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25 March

SCOOP 2013: PokerStars floats first draft of schedule

Don't look now, but spring has sprung in the northern hemisphere, and PokerStars is making it official with the first draft of its Spring Championship of Online Poker schedule. Just in to the PokerStars Blog is news that this year's SCOOP will have 42 events (two more than last year)...more

The MicroMillions breaks records (again)

The MicroMillions online series keeps getting bigger and better. This fourth incarnation of the 100-event festival close to doubled its overall guarantee by paying out $9,588,892.60. A total - and astonishing - number of tournament entries clocked in at 1,572,760 making the MicroMillions 4 the most played tournament series ever....more

Last chance to qualify for Estrellas Poker Tour Valencia

There's just one week left until the action heats up in Valencia. Don't worry, you still have time to qualify. If you've been caught in the cold-snap of weather that's battering the Northern half of Europe then you may be doubly interested to know that you can still get to...more

Omaha Week starts today

This week is dedicated to Omaha. Consider it a sponsorship of sorts: that the next seven days are set aside for four-card carnage, multi-street potting and re-potting with enormous draws versus made hands. We've introduced it: click here for that. We've given you the tutorials, FPP Happy Hours and a...more

PokerStars weekend review (3-25-13)

Another weekend comes to a close capping off not just the usual (and enormous) slate of Sunday majors and live tournaments but also the MicroMillions 4 series. The micro-stakes, big-prize festival once again proved to be a huge success as it ran over its $5,000,000 festival guarantee by paying out...more

At home in London

Going to London is always exciting for me. It feels like a home away from home. I've probably been there a total of ten times, and I lived in London briefly last spring. It feels similar to New York City, which is where I grew up, and I realized that...more

Confidence Man

I set two goals for myself in poker this year. The first one is to play more EPTs. If you can believe it, I've only been to two! At the end of 2012, I traveled to Prague for my second one ever, and had such a wonderful experience I vowed...more

MicroMillions 4: Ges26 crowned MicroMillions 4 Main Event champion!

This was it. The big one! After 99 incredible events where we've seen countless stories of players turning their tiny investments into four and five figure returns, this was the ultimate rags-to-riches opportunity. This was truly life-changing. This was the MicroMillions 4 Main Event. Tens upon tens of thousands would...more

24 March

October Niner Russell "into2ndWind" Thomas wins the Sunday Million for $219k

It's hard to believe now, but six months ago, Russell Thomas didn't consider himself a tournament player. After making the 2012 "October Nine," Thomas sought out an entire team of coaches to get him into the best shape possible for the final table of the WSOP Main Event. Following three...more

MicroMillions 4: wallysnooper super duper, wins Event #96, $36K ($11 NLHE Sunday Storm Special Edition)

50,506 players! That's how many played Event #96 of MicroMillions 4 -- a Special Edition of the "Sunday Storm" -- which developed into a veritable monsoon thanks in part to a $300K guarantee having been included the tourney's forecast. That huge field meant the money was raining down on those...more

MicroMillions 4: bond0075 spies a win in Event #100 ($1+R NLHE Hyper-Turbo)

After 100 events and total prize pool of over $9.2 million, the MicroMillions 4 came to a close tonight. No one throws a wrap party quite like PokerStars, and for this occasion a freewheeling, frenetic $1+R NLHE Hyper-Turbo fit the bill. 12,378 players joined in and made 45,398 rebuys and...more

Micromillions 4: b$sl$ck2001 strikes big in Event #99 ($3.30 NLHE Turbo)

Ace on the river. It's not just a metaphor or tale of poker and intrigue by Team PokerStars Pro Barry Greenstein, it's an actual occurrence on the felt -- or internet. When all seems lost that final, beautiful ace to match the one in your hand makes everything right in...more

COBYHbR crushes the final table in the Women's Sunday 2nd Birthday Special

Spending a Sunday afternoon at a two-year old's birthday party might be your version of personal hell. But this was no ordinary party, and no ordinary two-year old. The Women's Sunday celebrated its second birthday today, and PokerStars marked the occasion by adding a super-sized $20k guarantee and $100 bounties...more

MicroMillions 4: Colossal come-from-behind win for noeschi; binks Event #94 ($5 Rebuy)

Victory seemed improbable for noeschi. When it got heads-up, noeschi trailed MakeItReign by over 100 million in chips. The massive deficit did not deter noeschi who quickly doubled up to avoid an elimination, then immediately seized the lead, and eventually delivered a stunning knock-out blow to win Event #94. After...more

Sunday Warm-Up: Team PokerStars Pro Maxim Lykov claims title and $110K

On the final night of the MicroMillions 4 tournament series so not-so-micro action took place involving some not-so-micro stakes players. The $1 million guarantee Main Event gathered 68,081 players paying $22 a pop to take a shot at a top prize of $167,541.13. In tonight's $500,000 guarantee Sunday Warm-Up Team...more

2013 MicroMillions 4: amecor last out the door in Event 97 ($3.30+R NL Omaha Hi/Lo, 6-max, 3x-Turbo)

Dealmaking is a skill like any other in poker. In 2013 MicroMillions 4 Event 97, $3.30+R No Limit Omaha Hi/Lo (6-max, 3x-Turbo), the final table chip leader made a deal at the exact moment the cards started to turn. That opening allowed amecor, a player who patiently waited for good...more

MicroMillions 4: cebuc79 survives a wild ride in Event 93, $2.20 NLHE

After 11 days the fourth installment of the MicroMillions series is finally drawing to a close. More than 90 events have resulted in millions of dollars of prize money being awarded to players from 50 countries around the world, all on buy-ins a fraction of the size of those found...more

MicroMillions 4: dunko44 slams through Event #95 ($2.22 NLHE Heads-Up Hyper-Turbo)

The last week-and-a-half has flown by lightning-quick with most of the 100 events on the MicroMillions 4 schedule having already played out. A few remain, however, and it seemed fitting somehow that the last day would feature a couple of "hyper-turbo"-styled events, including Event #95, a $2.22 heads-up tourney that...more

Eureka3 Czech Republic: Bart Lybaert lays all-comers to waste and picks up €115,000

Last month in London, a 21-year-old Belgian poker player named Bart Lybaert recorded the first cash of his young career. Suffice to say, 139th place for £1,200 at the UKIPT main event did not set the media wires buzzing. However Bart Lybaert has now recorded the second cash of his...more

Eureka3 Czech Republic: Latest side event results

Bart Lybaert took first place at the Eureka Czech Republic Main Event, but the festival featured significantly more action than just that. Here are the results from the rest of the side events, including the €2,000 High Roller (at the bottom of the page): Event #3 - €200+€20 NLHE Turbo...more

ANZPT Sydney: Give the Trophy to Dinesh

The last four days of poker have quite simply been riveting and true to form that was also the case during the heads-up battle. When the final two players started to fight it out for the title, Dinesh Alt had a huge chip lead with 7.2 million in chips going...more

MicroMillions 4: Nothing certain but death and IRS.rus, winner of Event #91 ($5.50 Razz)

If there are only a handful of certainties in life, tax is one of them. Or, if you were playing Razz in Event #91 of MicroMillions 4, that would be IRS.rus. The Russian was unstoppable on his way to a first prize of $1,645.25 (tax free) today, topping a field...more

ANZPT Sydney: Only Two Remain

Time has ticked well past 1.00 a.m. and we are finally down to heads-up! That's right, just two players remain in contention for the ANZPT Sydney title. Yawns can be seen by those on the rail, us in the media are still sipping coffees as the final two players have...more

MicroMillions 4: Russian domination as u123 claims Event #92 Sunday Spark Special Edition for $10K ($1-R 3x-Turbo NLHE)

It's no question the Russian players have come out in force here at PokerStars. Case in point, four Russians would reach the MicroMillions 4 Event #92 Sunday Spark Special Edition final table. dmXwaar took away eighth place but the other three, u123, ~VAS DENIS~, and Mb2901 would battle it out...more

ANZPT Sydney: Grinding to Five

It's been a grind, but with a few eliminations, the ANZPT Sydney Main Event is down to just five players. It's not that there hasn't been a huge amount of action at the final table, it's just that every time there is an all-in, the at-risk player seems to double....more

MicroMillions 4: vhaselein survives rebuy madness in Event #90 ($1+R NLHE 3xTurbo)

While the MicroMillions series is full of great tournaments, my personal favourite is the micro-limit, super-turbo-charged, rebuy madness that offers something for everyone. Big fields, big prize pools and an entry fee that costs less than a cup of coffee. You can buy-in for just a solitary buck if you...more

Eureka3 Czech Republic: Final table level 27 updates (30,000-60,000 10,000 ante)

6.40pm: Bart Lybaert is Eureka3 champion, winning €115,000 Fabian Leib out in second, winning €77,250 There we are. The day is done. "Finally, it's over," said Fabian Leib, exhausted. He got pretty unlucky on the final hand, but actually seemed kind of happy that this was finished. The hand played...more

Eureka3 Czech Republic: Final table player profiles

Here's how the final eight line up for Eureka3 Czech Republic at King's Casino, Rozvadov. Seat 1: Thomas Erler, Germany, 1,642,000 Thomas Erler is the 38-year-old chip leader, who has often enjoyed his trips to Rozvadov, cashing multiple times in tournaments here since 2010. Seat 2: Ronald Szczerba, Germany, 409,000...more

ANZPT Sydney: How the Tables Have Turned

When the final table began, Dejan Divkovic had a huge chip lead. That's not exaggerating. He literally had almost three times his nearest opponent and a third of the chips in play. Oh, how the tables have turned. The chip counts at the final table have now evened out and...more

MicroMillions 4: Pextis scoops title in Event #89 ($5.50 Limit Omaha H/L)

Fixed limit Omaha Hi/Lo might not be everyone's cup of tea, but it provided plenty of action on the final table of the MicroMillions today, with Pextis from Greece delivering an impressive victory. It was Event #89 of the MicroMillions 4 series which brought 2,940 players together for some four-card,...more

ANZPT Sydney: Final Table Set, History to Be Made?

Only nine players remain in the ANZPT Sydney Main Event! Just a short while ago 11 players were still alive, but with one quick elimination, and a fairly short final table bubble, we have now arrived at the moment we have all been waiting for. The biggest talking point of...more

MicroMillions 4: Grindalf casts a spell over Event #88 ($4.40 NLHE 6-Max, Action Hour)

Earlier today, MyScarHand became the fifth player to make two final tables in the MicroMillions 4 and tonight, mikal12345 became the sixth. Ten days ago, mikal12345 finished third in Event #4, and lest we forget, back in September the Norwegian also won a little something called the WCOOP Player of...more

23 March

ANZPT Sydney: Quickly Down to Eleven

Just when you think the action is going to slow down, it goes faster than ever. Following our breaking to two tables, the ANZPT Sydney Main Event has lost another five players in under an hour. That means there are only eleven remaining and we are two eliminations from setting...more

ANZPT Sydney: Then There Were Two Tables

There were some murmurs around The Star this morning that our 22 players would be down to the final two tables within half an hour. That didn't end up being the case, but we did manage to get to the final 18 players in just over an hour of play....more

MicroMillions 4: Roro.zlo roars to Event #86 win after three-way chop ($1 NLHE)

Here on the next-to-last day of the 100-event-long MicroMillions 4 came Event #86, unique on the schedule as the only plain old vanilla one-dollar no-limit hold'em freezeout tournament (i.e., not a re-buy). There were 34,049 players willing to kick a buck and take their chances, and in the end three...more

MicroMillions 4: DJekaMD puts Moldova on the map in Event #82 ($2.20 NLHE)

Ok, I admit it. I'd never heard of Moldova. But a quick Google search told me it's a small European country sitting in between Romania and Ukraine. It has a population of about 3.5 million and its capital is Chișinău. There ya go. It's also now the home of the...more

ANZPT Sydney: Final Day Fun Arrives

The first day of a poker tournament is all fun and games. The second day slowly becomes a more serious venture. The final day is a different story all together. On Thursday night, the first batch of players made their way into The Star for Day 1a of the ANZPT...more

2013 MicroMillions 4: Ramesh2409 preserves victory in Event 84 ($8.80 NLHE)

Being in the right place at the right time is a great skill - especially in poker. In 2013 MicroMillions 4 Event 84, $8.80 NLHE, Ramesh2409 allowed another player at the final table to do most of the heavy lifting. Then, when the payout mattered most, when it came time...more

MicroMillions 4: KortKongen survives action-packed table in Event 85, $2.22+R NLHE (3x-Turbo, Saturday Splash)

Last spring Denmark's KortKongen was within sight of a SCOOP title. Holding the chip lead heads-up against ArielBahia in Event 20-L, the Dane ran into two coolers: first holding pocket nines against ArielBahia's pocket queens, and last flopping a set but running into a flopped straight. Second place was good...more

MicroMillions 4: Second time's the charm for MyScarHand in Event #87 ($3.30 FL Hold'em 6-Max Turbo)

MyScarHand's avatar isn't easy to forget, a gray, dismembered right hand of a mannequin lying on a patch of grass. A quick bit of research confirmed our deja vu. MyScarHand is one of only five players to make two final tables in the MicroMillions 4. Five days ago he finished...more

MicroMillions 4: Kudos to el kudos, Event #83 champion (NLHE $4.40 1R1A)

The chances to turn a little into a lot in MicroMillions 4 are starting to dwindle, with this weekend's final days of tournaments providing a few more opportunities for players to enjoy huge bankroll boosts -- and, of course, the well deserved congratulations that come with winning a MicroMillions title....more

Eureka3 Czech Republic: Swift and bruising day at King's as Thomas Erler leads final eight

The bare data of a final table scarcely tells the story of how those players got there. But let's lead with the facts and get to the nitty gritty later. Today at the King's Casino in Rozvadov, we successfully trimmed the returning field of 30 down to the final table...more

MicroMillions 4: Golden Oldie 88 wins Event #81 ($5.50 PL Omaha 6-Max)

It wasn't always pretty watching Event #81. At times it looked more like chess to poker, with a complicated battle of attrition taking place on the table that seemed never ending. But one player had them all beat by a generation. For today Oldie 88 did everything the holy game...more

With love for poker, from Jerusalem

I only came to Israel for long enough eat hummus in the Arab market six times, play three Sunday Millions and visit the Dead Sea once. Upon landing, I took a quick stroll around Jerusalem, where I had a falafel and plenty of espresso. ("I would move to America," one...more

Eureka3 Czech Republic: Day 3 full updates

6.50pm: Fechner loses race, busts in ninth Well that didn't last long. A matter of six or so hands into the nine-handed play, we have lost Frank Fechner in ninth and have our final table line up confirmed. Kasparas Klezys opened to 45,000 and Fechner, one seat to his left,...more

ANZPT Sydney: Dejan Dominates, Causes Deja Vu

It was a day of ups and downs, highs and lows, exciting incidents and more, but finally the penultimate day of the ANZPT Main Event has come to a close. In the end the clock was stopped with 22 players remaining and boy is that going to make for long...more

ANZPT Sydney: Hello Perth, Welcome to Sydney

With the recent incident behind us, the bubble long burst and only a around one level of poker remaining in the penultimate day of action, we thought it would be a good time to take a look at some of the players who are still alive in the tournament and...more

ANZPT Sydney: Bubble Bursts, Huge Incident, Play Temporarily Halted

The last hour of the ANZPT Sydney Main Event has been some of the most exciting and interesting poker we have witnessed in recent memory. Not only did the bubble burst far sooner than expected, but play of the entire tournament was halted for almost 30 minutes while a dispute...more

MicroMillions 4: Crw Pedra rides the wave in Event #80 ($5.50 NLHE)

We hate to say that a play got lucky to win a poker tournament. After all, it takes a great deal of skill to navigate through a field of thousands to even have a shot at the top prize. But we can't help but say that Crw Pedra had a...more

MicroMillions 4: MarcPok draws a win in Event #79 ($3.30 NL 2-7 Single Draw)

There are probably not too many micro-limit players who would be proficient in No Limit 2-7 Single Draw, but that didn't stop a healthy 2,863 players turning out for Event #79 of the MicroMillions 4 series. The buy-in was $3.30 to create a prize pool of $8,589 with Germany's MarcPok...more

ANZPT Sydney: Some Dinner Break Tips with Lynn Gilmartin

Sitting here sipping on my third coffee and having an ill-advised afternoon snack I realised I was starting to feel a bit sluggish. Being in a poker room for what feels like 24 hours a day over the last few days hasn't been exactly great for the health and it's...more

22 March

Micromillions 4: SprutasHart rockets to victory in Event #78 ($5.50 NLHE 6-Max 2x-Chance)

It was a tense final hand. Despite making a deal shortly after getting heads-up, the match had been long. Both players had a massive lead at one point and now one player was all-in, again. A call could end it or keep things going. SprutasHart's extra time had gone from...more

ANZPT Sydney: Poker Players Safe From Ellen Fever

While around 100 players continue to ruffle chips, fold hands and hope to make it through the night, something very different to poker is currently happening outside of the walls of The Star. People all over Sydney have caught a fever. It's an epidemic of apocalyptic proportions and inside the...more

ANZPT Sydney: Been Here Before

Over the years the Australia New Zealand Poker Tour has crowned many champions. A large portion of those champions are regulars on the tour and as such it was not surprising to see them partake in the Season 5 ANZPT Sydney Main Event. While not all of those victors are...more

MicroMillions 4: Sharzdt stars in dominating Event #76 showing ($2.20 NLHE)

Event #76 might just seem like one more of several low buy-in, large field events in MicroMillions 4 -- a $2.20 no-limit hold'em affair that ultimately drew 24,497 entrants. But for Sharzdt it would turn out to be something special, namely the tournament in which the player from Moldova would...more

ANZPT Sydney: The Long Grind Begins

Some players would have slept like babies last night. We are talking about guys like Ashley Mason, Gary Benson and Dale Marsland. After all, they do have huge chip stacks and are sitting pretty to make a deep run here on Day 2 of the ANZPT Sydney Main Event. Other...more

MicroMillions 4: MISSBARMY can't miss, wins Event #75 ($5.50 NLHE 6-Max. Big Antes)

Event #75 presented MicroMillions 4 players with a "big antes," short-handed no-limit hold'em tournament, thus introducting an extra, strategy-influencing twist to consider. A huge field of 10,627 were enticed by the $5.50 buy-in, thus making for a prize pool of $53,135 (over twice the $25K guarantee). And after a little...more

MicroMillions 4: leandroM13 leaps over RabbitNrAS to win Event #77 ($2.20 NL Omaha 6-Max, 3x-Turbo)

PLO too tame for your tastes? Or just looking to blow off a little steam? No-limit Omaha may be the medicine your inner degenerate needs. Forget about all that pot-repot stuff. Here you can shove that stack in whenever you'd like. Factor in the 6-Max, 3x-Turbo format and it's really...more

Eureka3 Czech Republic: Bart Lybaert puts a Belgian on top of the Rozvadov pack

There weren't many Belgians here in Rozvadov this week, but two of them attracted a lot of the attention this afternoon. One of them, the Team PokerStars Pro Christophe De Meulder, came into the day with nearly 100,000 chips, a spring in his step and high hopes of a deep...more

MicroMillions 4: hyperjoa KOs the competition in Event 74, $8.80 NLHE (4-max, SuperKnockout)

The fewer the number of players at a poker table, the more the game rewards aggression. At the same time one has to be careful not to become too aggressive without paying attention to one's opponents, who can begin laying traps that can end a tournament run in the wrong...more

MicroMillions 4: instinct2win proves deadly in Event 73, $3.30 NLHE

If MicroMillions 4 were a horse race, we'd be turning the final corner and heading into the home stretch right now. It's been a wild ride, too: in just over eight days of poker the series has seen 72 events played out, with buy-ins ranging from 11 cents to 11...more

Learn Five-Card Omaha & Courchevel

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Eureka3 Czech Republic: Pre- and post-bubble skirmishes

9.45pm: Day ends on huge bluff gone awry We have finished for the night here in Rozvadov, and Bart Lybaert will be the overnight leader, with 607,000. He might not have been. Kasparas Klezys had many more than him coming into the final hand, but the Latvian tried to push...more

MicroMillions 4: Crazy week for CraekZe

It was an odd week for 29-year-old economist Christian "CraekZe" Bergmann. He finished his classes to be a cook's assistant on March 15. He lost his job on March 18. He won $8,290 in MicroMillions 4 Event 47 on March 19. In short, it's not really clear whether he should...more

Eureka3 Czech Republic: A Belgian named Bart

For a player with the best part of 200,000 in chips, and into the last 60 here in Rozvadov, Bülent Demirtas looks a lot less happy that you would expect. It is largely to do with the player to his right, Bart Lybaert, who is our tournament chip leader at...more

Eureka3 Croatia: Get qualifying for Dubrovnik

If you're sitting at home reading this thinking, "I wish that could be me" you need to buck your ideas up and change your attitude. You should be sitting a home reading this and saying, "I know that will be me." Playing on the Eureka Poker Tour is easy, and...more

Showdown vs Gus Hansen and Co.

So as most of you know, recently at EPT London three members of Team PokerStars Pro took on "The Professionals" from FTP in a heads-up battleship style duel. It all started via Twitter with some friendly needling between Gus Hansen and me. We discussed it, and I went to the...more

MicroMillons 4: Two titles in two days headed to main event weekend

There is running hot, and then there is running crimson-bubbling-don't-touch-this-hot. Moldova's "ruslanmd" is running in the latter fashion and doing so at the perfect time. If you didn't hear, as we head into MicroMillons 4's final weekend and toward the main event, ruslanmd won two events in two days. He...more

Eureka3 Czech Republic: Vladimir Geshkenbein begins to run over Rozvadov

Vladimir Geshkenbein is one of the most affable players in the game. He is endlessly charming in at least three languages--Russian, German and English (and perhaps more)--and impeccable in his etiquette at the tables. But he is also an absolute nightmare to play against, as the residents of table eight...more

MicroMillions 4: Enough chat, 111_win_111 wins Event #72 ($1 + R NL Hold'em)

It's not always hard to tell what's going on during a final table. It's not just the speed of hands played - and being a Turbo Event #72 flew by fast enough -- but when the chat box fills with a lot of words, none of which make any sense,...more

Hang out with Team Pros for Women's Sunday's Birthday Hangout!

It's almost here! The Women's Sunday Birthday Special is on Sunday, but we want to celebrate with all of you on Saturday. Just beware of the champagne; it sneaks up on you, and you don't want to play on Sunday with a hangover. (A friendly warning from someone who may...more

Eureka3 Czech Republic: Stack attack

As promised, the tournament staff did a pretty comprehensive job of counting all the chips in the room during the last break, and we have done a pretty comprehensive job of filtering all their information to find a list of the big stacks and the big names. We've also transferred...more

One Trip, Play Two: Macau and Cebu!

As a poker player on the Asian tournament circuit, it can sometimes be a headache trying to organize a trip that gives you poker action, fun, a comfortable hotel, and relaxation. Well, your super trip advisor is here! Run--don't walk--to your calendar and mark off April 19 to May 5...more

Not that kind of bet

Last fall, I watched my friends Eugene Katchalov and ElkY roll into the EPT San Remo on bicycles. Drenched in sweat, they popped champagne and smiled for the cameras, having cycled almost 100 km from Cannes, France. It was the result of a prop bet they came up with during...more

Eureka3 Czech Republic: A bad day to be a Red Spade

Remember yesterday when we insisted you could speak German if you really tried, well you can have another go today, courtesy of this tweet by Jan Heitmann. Und KK<AQ, wo er cold4betpushed. Danach hatte ich noch 1300 Chips. Jetzt wieder 0. Wie am Anfang. Cash Game next, morgen vielleicht HR.—...more

PokerStars Strategy: Astounding! Want to know how Phil 'philbort' Gruissem smashes High Rollers?

Phil 'philbort' Gruissem has an astonishing record of results in High Roller tournaments (as do many of the German elite players). Really, you should check it out. Gruissem has clocked up $3,985,562 in live tournament wins and most of that has come from these big buy-in tournaments. Phil Gruissem: 'I...more

Eureka3 Czech Republic: DaWarsaw's DaDay DaDone

Grzegorz "DaWarsaw" Mikielewicz hasn't got nearly enough love this week on PokerStars Blog, despite him flying the Red Spade with characteristic enthusiasm and élan. DaWarsaw is always keen to be involved at all levels of PokerStars enterprises, equally likely to pop up in the big tournaments online and off as...more

Micromillions 4: A show of force by gobalmighty in Event #70 ($5.50 NLHE)

It was a highly-contested final table and the chip lead switched hands several times. More than once, a player got the lead after an elimination and was the next one on the chopping block. The blinds were huge and the swings swung far, but eventually, gobalmighty overcame all to win...more

ANZPT Sydney: Mason Mauls All to Lead Day 1b

The dealers have packed up shop, the floor staff have collected all the chip bags from the tables and the players are starting to make their way out of The Star as the second and final day 1 flight of ANZPT Sydney has come to a close. At the beginning...more

Eureka3 Czech Republic: Re-adjustments for Day 2

Day 2 of Eureka3 Czech Republic is now under way, with players posting blinds of 500-1,000 (100 ante) in level nine. It's already been a pretty good day for Enrico Rudelitz. His stack was listed overnight at 32,000 but has been confirmed at 92,000. So in a way he's tripled...more

Eureka3 Czech Republic: Day 2 seat draw

Hello all and welcome back to the Czech Republic, the King's Casino in Rozvadov to be precise. There were 163 players who made it through the two opening flights, and the next formal target will be the money bubble, which will kick in when 48 players remain. (Click through for...more

ANZPT Sydney: Poker Coming to an End, Kick Off Almost Here

It was clear this morning that today was going to be a little different than yesterday. Not only were quite a few more tables decked out with ANZPT caps and chip stacks of 20,000, but our media desk had been moved to the opposite side of the room. We weren't...more

MicroMillions 4: Crown52 claims bounties and title in Event #71 ($11 NLHE Turbo SuperKnockout)

When half the tournament prize pool is placed on the heads of your opponents, it presents some interesting decisions along the way. Do I fold and play to win the tournament or do I gamble to claim the bounty? Well Russian Crown52 not only collected more knockout bounties than any...more

ANZPT Sydney: So Close to Field Size Glory

It's that time of the day that we tell you all about the prize pool. That's right, all the numbers are in, the paper work has been done and the prizes have been locked in place. In the end it was 254 players who partook in the action on Day...more

21 March

ANZPT Sydney: The International Invasion

One of the recurring jokes from the PokerStars team on the ANZPT is to say, "Lots of Russians playing this event." Of course, it's only ANZPT head honcho Danny McDonagh being sarcastic as there always seems to be several Russians on the online qualifier list, and then unsurprisingly, the same...more

MicroMillions 4: svetlyiy1980 scores in Event #69 ($3.30 Triple Stud)

The MicroMillions has something for everyone and today, stud enthusiasts had their chance to shine. 4,164 of them came out for Event #69, a $3.30 buy-in Triple Stud tournament featuring a three-game rotation of limit Razz, Stud, and Stud Hi/Lo. The prize pool topped out at $12,492 and 560 players...more

ANZPT Perth: Three Red Spades

Boy was ANZPT head honcho Danny McDonagh way off with that 222-player line he set for today's Day 1b flight. We are sure he isn't too upset though as the more than 256 players who have already sat down today mean that this year's ANZPT Sydney Main Event is set...more

MicroMillions 4: BomberPaul gets top dollar but Fangwui has the title in Event #68 ($2.20 NLHE)

Event #68 of the MicroMillions was a great representation of what this series is all about. A tiny buy-in, a massive field and the chance to turn a few bucks into big cash. While the top price of over five grand was enticing, our final six players agreed to divide...more

ANZPT Sydney: Setting Lines on Day 1b

One of the usual talking points before the start of the final Day 1 flight is how many players us here in the media think will take to the felt. Last night (Read: only a few hours ago) 209 players partook in Day 1a of the ANZPT Sydney Main Event....more

MicroMillions 4: labros80 leaves a winner in Event 67, $1+R NLHE (3X-Turbo)

There's nothing like an inexpensive rebuy tournament for drawing a crowd. Add a turbo structure with five-minute levels to 90 minutes of rebuys at 91 cents apiece and you have the recipe for this MicroMillions 4 tournament. Event 67, the fifth tournament of the day, had a $75,000 guaranteed prize...more

MicroMillions 4: sofos549 stands alone in Event #66 ($3.30 NLHE 10-Max Shootout)

Event #66 had something extremely rare for a MicroMillions event-- an overlay. The 7,985-strong field was 349 players short of surpassing the $25,000 guarantee, meaning a free $1k and change up for grabs. The 1,000 players who won their first-round tables in this 10-Max Shootout guaranteed themselves a cash finish,...more

Eureka3 Czech Republic: Fabian Leib takes the lead after Day 1B field swells capacity

A €500,000 guaranteed prize pool for a €1,000 buy in poker tournament is never anything to be sniffed at. And when only 123 players show up on Day 1A, you can be absolutely certain that the value hunters will descend en masse when they get a second chance 24 hours...more

MicroMillions 4: acrobat37 soars to Event #65 win ($4.40 NLHE 6-max.)

Event #65 of the MicroMillions 4 series saw another huge 10,000-plus player field turn out for a $4.40 buy-in no-limit hold'em tournament with a $20K guarantee. And after nine hours and 44 minutes, just one player -- acrobat37 -- was left standing, the day's work having been worth a nifty...more

MicroMillions 4: ruslanmd wins second MM4 title in two days in Event 64, $3.30 NLHE

Moldovan online poker player ruslanmd had a pretty good day at the tables yesterday, winning Event 55 of MicroMillions 4 and taking home $3,378.77 on a $2.20 investment. As it turns out, ruslanmd wasn't ready to stop there. A little bit of luck and a lot of solid poker helped...more

Eureka3 Czech Republic: A good day to be a Team Pro

You might think you don't speak German but you do. Take a look at this tweet sent out by Jan Heitmann just before heading to dinner. Then if it doesn't make immediate sense, read it out loud. Doppelt Average zum Dinner schmeckt. @pokerstars Eureka Main Event läuft.— Jan Heitmann (@JanHeitmann)...more

Eureka3 Czech Republic: On the other side of the camera

There's no two ways about it, poker photographers tend to gravitate to a certain type of player, a player that can be described in a single word: female. Poker is something of a male-dominated pastime and so they can't necessarily be blamed. The problem for us reporters is that we...more

MicroMillions 4: Matter of fact victory for shattocks in Event #63 ($5.50 NL Hold'em)

Sometimes a final table just naturally gets down to business. Players could talk, but they don't talk. Play could contain massive swings, but there are no massive swings. There could have been a tense, drawn out heads-up conclusion, but there was no tense, drawn out conclusion. Event #63 of Micro...more

Want to know what quarter-of-a-million in buy-ins looks like?

Think of a tournament, any tournament. Can you remember the winner? Yes, most likely. Can you remember some of the players at the final table? Probably. What about the player that came fifth? Unlikely - they have a tendency to the forgettable. Now then, can you remember those players which...more

Eureka3 Czech Republic: Short trip for Ognjen Sekularac, as final numbers confirmed

Registration has now officially closed here in Rozvadov and it appears that 298 players coughed up €1,000 (or its satellite path equivalent) to join the fray today. The number is always slightly confused by the inevitable handful of no-shows, ie, players who register in advance and then cannot actually take...more

MicroMillions 4: Steady paycheck? Not for mironalexxys

Miron Alexandru is an electrical engineer, which is the shortest way of saying he worked pretty hard to get where he is. Good grades, college, a degree in an advanced field. It's not like he didn't put in the effort. But it was all part of a larger plan. "I...more

ANZPT Sydney: Benson Booms into Boss Mode on Day 1a

Right at this very moment, at least a couple of hundred poker players are getting some much-needed sleep before they head into The Star for the second and final Day 1 flight of the ANZPT Sydney Main Event. It's a different story for the approximately 100 players who have just...more

PokerStars introduces Omaha Week

Make room for two more cards, PokerStars players, because PokerStars is about to turn you into a four-card poker player. March 25-31 is Omaha Week at PokerStars, and if you've ever wanted to try your hand at the wild and crazy game, now's the time. When Omaha Week gets rolling,...more

Eureka3 Czech Republic: Czech stars on the world stage come home to play

Tables of death in poker tournaments are not always immediately obvious. For instance, table eight here in the King's Casino Rozvadov is hardly likely to strike fear into most poker players: it looks no more threatening than the average back-room in a North London mini-cab office, where a handful of...more

ANZPT Sydney: Friendly Rivalries

Melbourne and Sydney has a unique rivalry. It's that kind of rivalry that can only be compared to how brothers and sisters fight and bicker, but at the end of the day, they are friends. From arguments as to which is the best city, to whether or not NRL (Rugby)...more

The name? Brown. Chad Brown.

Ever hear about the time James Bond came looking for me at a hotel in Switzerland? No? Let me explain. During the time I was active in modeling and just starting out as an actor, I found myself in Paris for a couple of weeks. I'd made some friends over...more

Eureka3 Czech Republic: Eiler, Brinkmann et al lurk in ever-growing field

Sometimes it takes a seasoned poker observer to notice the sharks in the pool, but if Michael Eiler wants to go through this event incognito, then he is going to need to lose the baseball cap. Eiler wore his distinctive brown cap, with gold crest on the front, to victory...more

Eureka3 Czech Republic: Welcome to Rozvadov, via Las Vegas and Prague

I don't think anyone would be offended if I said that Rozvadov is not exactly Las Vegas. This is an unassuming small town, apparently little more than a turn-off from the main motorway that links the Czech Republic and Germany. But for poker players of central Europe, it has a...more

ANZPT Sydney: WSOP Champs Everywhere

There have been twelve WSOP gold bracelets awarded to Australians over the last three decades. Eight of those twelve belong to poker players currently at the tables of ANZPT Sydney here at The Star. That's a whole lot of gold, a whole lot of cash and a whole lot of...more

Micromillions 4: Drew M Scott climbs to victory in Event #62 ($4.40+R 6-Max PLO)

Drew M Scott overcame a massive chip leader, constant table bickering and non-stop 6-max PLO madness to become the champion of Event #62. There was a $15,000 guarantee that players quickly surpassed. The tournament saw 1,778 entries, 2,524 re-buys and 1,125 add-ons. At $4.40 a piece, all this entering, re-buying...more

MicroMillions 4: bestM4N shows who's best in Event #61 ($8.80 NLHE)

It was a dominant display by bestM4N. The Russian started the final table as our short stack, but doubled up a couple of times to grab the lead, before flexing the muscle of the big stack with ruthless efficiency. It was final table aggression at its finest as bestM4N thoroughly...more

MicroMillions 4: Don't miss out on the MicoMillions million guaranteed this Sunday ($22 NLHE)

The MicroMillions Main Event is coming up this Sunday. It's a $22 buy-in with an enormous $1,000,000 guaranteed prize pool. If any of the other MicroMillions are anything to go by then you can expect the turnout to be huge - it was 61,072 during November's edition. Aleksandr 'axel397' Malgin...more

Eureka3 Czech Republic: The same as yesterday, only bigger

Hello once again and welcome back to Rozvadov for Eureka Czech Republic at the King's Casino. At time of writing we are in the calm before the storm. Day 1B of this €1,000 main event will begin at noon and it is likely to be a barnstormer, with players from...more

ANZPT Sydney: Two cards or four, it doesn't matter

With the tournament clock telling us there is more than 200 players registered on Day 1a of ANZPT Sydney, it's somewhat easy for all the players to start looking the same. Hoodies, hats and headphones at every table... Rinse, repeat. One player who stands out like a sore thumb, and...more

ANZPT Sydney: Bright Eyed and Hopeful

The most interesting aspect of the early stages of any Day 1 is who is at the tables. Having a walk around the poker room here at The Star, which is split up into two areas separated by at least 50 metres of casino floor, and it is clear that...more

20 March

ANZPT Sydney: In the Beginning...

From the Harbour Bridge to the Opera House, no one can deny that Sydney is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It's always a pleasure to make the trek to Sydney for the Australia New Zealand Poker Tour and that's no different this week as the beginning...more

MicroMillions 4: zemachess checkmates competition in Event #59 ($3.30 NL Omaha Hi/Lo) victory

Wire-to-wire. That's what happened to Russia's zemachess who started the final table with the chip lead and ran the table to win MicroMillions 4 Event #59. This Omaha Hi/Lo was not your grand daddy's Omaha tournamen and had a slight twist. A no-limit twist. Instead of super-nitty limit Omaha or...more

MicroMillions4: jagtwins wins Event #60 ($1+R NLHE, 3x-Turbo)

With five players remaining, this tournament was julia753's to lose. Holding 68% of the chips in play, julia753 was the only player who had the luxury to wait for good spots in the face of the stratospheric blinds. Instead, julia753 continued with the same strategy that got him to the...more

2013 MicroMillions 4: None strong as Oxsalis75 in Event 58 ($2.20+R NLHE, Big Antes, 2x-Turbo)

The beauty of the MicroMillions is that it levels the field for everybody by making the buy-ins the very definition of affordable. Yesterday, in Event 49, the final table included a few players who've seen some love on the PokerStars Blog in the past. Today, the final table for 2013...more

Eureka3 Czech Republic: Devilish Dane Mark Bech bags up most on Day 1A

It's easier than you think to get to King's Casino, Rozvodov, even though it's more than 150 kilometres from most airports. There's a shuttle that will bring you here from either Prague or Munich and the simplest way to describe the style of driving is to say that it feels...more

Eureka3 Czech Republic: Big stacks lose late chunks to put overnight lead in doubt

With the end of the day drawing close it was time to check in on the biggest stack and the biggest reputation, Marius Pospiech and Vladimir Geshkenbein, respectively. As it turned out, William H Macy took the part of the PokerStars Blog reporter on this particular visit, coollering both of...more

MicroMillions 4: ruslanmd comes from behind to win Event 55, $2.20 NLHE

Two dollars can't buy very much these days. Not a movie ticket, a gallon of gas, or even a beer at your local bar. But what it can buy you is something potentially lot more valuable than any of those things: a shot at a huge return on your investment...more

MicroMillions 4: No bluff, imdabluff83 wins Event #57 ($8.80 NLHE Turbo Shootout KO)

Imdabluff83 was a player that stayed under the radar through the first hour of the final table. While other players were mixing it up, imdabluff83 was quietly accumulating through a series of pots. Even during three-handed play, imdabluff83 stayed out of the way until heads-up with vinnix6316, and a key...more

MicroMillions 4: The mother lode for ImYaMama, Event #56 champ ($5.50 5-Card NL Draw)

Of all 100 events on the MicroMillions 4 schedule, just one offered players a chance to play plain old, no-limit 5-card draw, the classic variant that dates back to the game's origins over two centuries ago. I suppose one might say including 5-card draw on the schedule is PokerStars's way...more

Eureka3 Czech Republic: Table of champions

There is quite the table developing tonight in the corner of the tournament room nearest where us reporters sit. Eddy Scharf has been there throughout, Vladimir Geshkenbein has been there a little longer, one seat to Scharf's left, and now Erich Kollmann has appeared one seat further round the table....more

Eureka3 Czech Republic: It's all Greek to me

From the very earliest stages today, the name Vasileios Kontogiannis has been testing the copy-paste skills of the bloggers here in Rozvadov, appearing on various websites among the chip leaders. Although not quite a household name -- try spelling that out in fridge magnets -- Kontogiannis is certainly a familiar...more

MicroMillions 4: Up and over for JKMatthews down under in Event #54 ($5.50 NL Hold'em)

If you've never seen a final table that's dragged you can count yourself lucky. Stories are legendary of live events cursed by inactivity. Not just a cold deck, but cold players, content to fold their way into the early morning. The same sometimes applies to the online game, although the...more

Eureka3 Czech Republic: The rush to the door (via the buffet)

Players have headed off towards the buffet for their dinner break, where they will find a fully stocked salad cart, soup, at least three choices of hot main courses then fruit and stodgy stuff for dessert. No one should go hungry here. Registration closed an hour ago, and we have...more

Crazed Andre Coimbra's $100,000 challenge gets moving

Andre 'acoimbra' Coimbra is a lunatic. He's a nut bar, a fruitcake, loopy and bonkers. He's mad, barmy and round the bend. He's an unhinged, unbalanced, rabid crackpot. But, and it must be stressed that it's a big but, he's got a good heart. The PokerStars Team Online grinder has...more

Two good, four great, five amazing

It would be interesting to know if anybody reading the PokerStars Blog doesn't know the basic rules to Texas Hold'em. I'm inclined to think not, with the rare exception (Hi Mom!), so I won't bore you with those. And most of you have probably heard of, if not played, Omaha....more

Eureka3 Czech Republic: Bracelet winners and Snowfest champs

As we mentioned earlier, the chip-count page from Rozvodov is likely to be populated on the first couple of days only with the names of people we know (ie, the "name" players) or those with a big stack. It is largely impossible to keep track of everyone at this stage,...more

Eureka3 Czech Republic: The longest list in the room: the bustouts

It is difficult to estimate how many poker tournaments have been attended by reporters of PokerStars Blog. We've been doing this since about 2006 and have been all over the world several times. But if we did sit down to count them all up, we would end up with a...more

Eureka3 Czech Republic: The longest list in the room: the bustouts

It is difficult to estimate how many poker tournaments have been attended by reporters of PokerStars Blog. We've been doing this since about 2006 and have been all over the world several times. But if we did sit down to count them all up, we would end up with a...more

Jeanne David: Being responsible for responsible gaming

Gamble responsibly. The phrase flies around the poker world without most players giving it much thought. That is not the case for Jeanne David, though. It is her job to not only think about those two words, but to explain them and create a responsible gaming program that is accessible...more

Avoiding pit stops: Plugging the sports betting leak

If you happened to see All In: The Poker Movie, you know that I'm in there telling my story, especially everything leading up to the 2003 World Series of Poker Main Event. One of the things I talk about was how I used to bet on sports, which as we...more

Eureka3 Czech Republic: Enter the big guns, Keiner and Geshkenbein

Players continue to arrive to Rozvadov, taking our tally for the day so far up to 118. The fashion in poker - in case you didn't know - is to arrive about as late as possible and keep your hourly rate high. It means that we won't know the identities...more

Micromillions 4: A happy victory for hahahasucker in Event #53 ($3.30 NLHE Ante Up 6-Max)

Ante up and listen up ladies and gentlemen. hahahasucker has become our most recent Micromillions champion, winning $1,400 in the process. Event #53 had a few traits that piqued the interest of thousands of players. The buy-in was a very affordable $3.30 and tables had a maximum of six players,...more

MicroMillions 4: Race to $5,200 SCOOP ticket under way

We have just crossed the halfway point of the MicroMillions 4 online festival and the action is really starting to heat up (no little thanks to the $5,200 SCOOP Main Event ticket that goes to teh leader board champ). Every event is busting its guarantee and paying out thousands to...more

Eureka3 Czech Republic: No need to hang around

Poker tournaments vary in size and duration, in buy in, prize pool and variation. Tournaments take place in hundreds of countries around the globe and are played by people of all ages, genders and ability. But if there's one thing that unites them all - every single one* - it...more

MicroMillions 4: Brad 'Brad52286' Panton rejects deal, wins big

Turning $3.30 into $8,198.25 is the kind of spin up that Warren Buffet would be proud of, a tidy 248,300% return on investment netted in nine hours. Any aggressive gains on the stock market come thanks to a certain level of risk acceptance and Brad 'Brad52286' Panton's win in MicroMillions...more

MicroMillions 4: tania iara crowned champ in Event #52 ($5.50 NLHE)

We're over half way through the series, but the big fields continue to roll out for the MicroMillions 4, as players take advantage of the chance to turn pocket change into thousands of dollars in cold, hard cash. Today's event was no exception with Portugal's tania iara taking a fiver...more

Eureka Czech Republic: A new season curtain raiser

Morning all and welcome to the sunny but snowy Czech Republic for the start of the third season of the Eureka Poker Tour. After two highly successful seasons snaking through Central and Southern Europe, plus the Balkan and Baltic regions (during which time this tour coined its own geographical nomenclature:...more

Pollopopeye flexes muscles, wins largest ever Super Tuesday, $124K (3/19/13)

It's been happening for the last few months now. The Super Tuesday is, shall we say, blowing up. Yet another record-sized field came out this week for PokerStars' weekly $1,050 buy-in no-limit hold'em tournament, and after a little over 11 hours of play it was Pollopopeye of the U.K. triumphing...more

19 March

MicroMillions 4: mironalexxys stands up to DidiTerrivel, wins Event #50 ($4.40 NLHE 4-Max, 4x Chance)

This was a wild one, folks and it wasn't just the four-handed action that kept everyone on their toes. At this final table, the poker almost took a back seat to the colorful deal negotiations and the psychological warfare they inspired. $34,763.12 was up for grabs among the final four,...more

MicroMillions 4: Ifkata binks Ante-Up (Event #51 $2.20+R NL)

MicroMillions 4 is always expanding and innovating. The beauty of a 100-event series is that you have the opportunity to play a variety of games that you normally wouldn't play on a daily basis. One of those innovative tournaments included Event #51 $2.20+R NL Ante-Up, which wasn't just your ordinary...more

MicroMillions 4: malefactor9 can do no wrong in Event 49 ($8.80 HORSE)

There's an old saying that it's better to be lucky than good. I've never thought much of that saying. The obvious-to-me response to it has always been, "Why not be both?" The champion of 2013 MicroMillions 4 Event 49, $8.80 HORSE, malefactor9, proved to be a lucky player on the...more

MicroMillions 4: Alfons777999 wins third MM title in Event #48 ($3.30 PLO Hi/Lo)

One of the Russians at the final table of Event 48 had the chip lead and the chance to win a third tournament. Many would crumble under that pressure, but not Alfons777999. Never losing the chip lead, Alfons777999 stayed aggressive and chipped up when possible. At certain points, that chip...more

MicroMillions 4: bg.TheProfie cruises to title in Event 46, $11 NLHE (6-max, SuperKnockout)

The SuperKnockout format in play for Event 46 of MicroMillions 4 provided a bounty on each player's head equal to his initial buy-in. Not only is it great value compared to your everyday freezeout for anyone who can manage to score a few knockouts, but its extra layer of incentive...more

2013 WBCOOP names its winners

They worked, they toiled, they blogged, and they played. Now we know WBCOOP's big winners. The 2013 World Blogger Championship of Online Poker is in the books, and there are a bunch of people who have some bigger bankrolls as a result. TigerCente, a blogger from India, took down the...more

MicroMillions 4: CraekZe crushes Event #47, claims $8,290.33 after four-way chop ($1+R NLHE, 3x-Turbo)

We're nearing the midway point of the 100-event-long MicroMillions 4 series which offers players plenty of opportunities to turn just a few bucks into four- and five-figure cashes. Event #47 presented a no-limit hold'em tournament with just a $1 buy-in (with re-buys optional), and after six-and-a-half fast-paced hours of turbo-fueled...more

Team Online's Caio Pessagno makes history on TLB

When dawn broke on Monday, the people who manage the PokerStars Tournament Leader Board saw something interesting next to the weekly winner's name: a red spade. PokerStars' Mike J. has been running the TLB seven years. When he saw Team Online's Caio Pessagno's name at the top, Mike thought, "Well,...more

MicroMillions 4: mikejaen holds on to win Event #45 ($3.30 NL Hold'em Big Game format)

There were a few surprises, big bust outs, big swings, big hands and big expletives. Surely that's all you could wish for in event #45 of MicroMillions 4, played by 5,046 and won by a single Mexican player, mikejaen, in nine hours and a minute - a feat worth $2,378.44....more

EPT9 London in review: Visser beats all-star cast to take title

EPT regular Ruben Visser won the Season 9 EPT London title topping arguably one of the toughest final tables to have ever graced the tour. The Dutch master had to get past, among others, Team PokerStars Pro Theo Jorgensen, previous runner-up Steve O'Dwyer, and undisputed tournament legend Chris 'Moorman1' Moorman....more

Sibling Revelry

Remember when I told you how nervous I was about studying for my exams during the PCA? Well, I'm happy to report that I made it through and passed every one! It's really important for me to be able to successfully balance poker and school and I'm glad I'm able...more

MicroMillions 4: Millions won, many more to be had

You must have heard that MicroMillions has started. You just must have. More so, you really must give it a go. But why? We'll tell you Are you a micro-stakes hero? These huge guaranteed prize pools are simply not to be missed. You can turn a few bucks into thousands...more

MicroMillions 4: css_owns1337 owns eight-way deal in Event #44 ($11 NLHE)

The MicroMillions can throw up all sorts of great surprises. We see coast-to-coast domination, rise-from-the-dead recoveries and everything in between. Today's eyebrow-raiser wasn't on the virtual felt, but off it, as an ambitious eight-way deal was agreed to in one of the friendliest final tables we've ever witnessed. While the...more

MicroMillions 4: Luck of the Irish with oscorhiggins in Event #43 ($3.30 NLHE 6-Max)

Short-handed poker never disappoints. There's nowhere to run. Nowhere to hide. Players are forced to get busy and provide action, which is great when your job is to write final table recap articles! So our thanks goes out to oscorhiggins from Ireland. It was a day or two late for...more

Watch the Sunday Million final table (17 March 2013)

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MicroMillions 4: playyer85 powers through Event #42 field ($5.50 NLHE)

He who gets luckiest last wins? She who flips well survives? Tournament grinders know it's so much more than that, but it's also exactly that. It's arduous enough to plow through a field the size of a small town to get to the final table, but one lost coinflip, one...more

18 March

MicroMillions 4: gamblerkk hits jackpot with victory in Event #41 $1+R (3x-Turbo)

Although gamblerkk from Austria began the final table in the middle of the pack, a patient strategy paid off early on. When the opportunity finally presented itself, gamblerkk ambushed the chip leader and knocked out four (out of the last seven) players en route to a triumphant win in Event...more

MicroMillions 4: bezerdicova1 brings home the title in Event 38, $5.50 NLHE

Freezeouts are older than any other form of tournament poker. Yet in their fifth decade they remain remarkably similar to their roots. In the earliest days of the World Series of Poker the fields were small enough that the winner was the only player walking away with any cash. Later,...more

MicroMillions 4: Korol Archi controls and wins Event #39 ($3.30 8-Game)

Korol Archi went into the final table with a chip lead, but several players were within striking distance. At one point, Korol Archi fell to third place in the chip counts, but the momentum soon came back to the Russian player. As the one who eliminated every opponent from the...more

MicroMillions 4: zsolt230 turns $5.50 into more than $10K, wins Event #40 ($5.50 NLHE 6-max. Turbo KO)

MicroMillions events offer players the possibility of achieving all sorts of mind-boggling returns on their tiny investments. And the turbo-styled events can make a winner's hourly rate similarly stunning. Such was the case for Event #40 in which winner zsolt230 of Hungary managed to turn $5.50 into $10,228.42 in just...more

MicroMillions 4: FreHe86 survives grueling heads-up to win Event #36 ($11 NL Hold'em)

There was a little discussion, a couple of jokes - in German so only Google Translate found them funny - and then a settlement. "We chose to play," said FreHe86 after both he and Damri failed to reach an agreement on numbers. And play they did, in good spirits, until...more

MicroMillions 4: haspel has way, wins Event #37 ($3.30+R PLO, 6-max. 2R1A)

March Madness has arrived, with the NCAA college basketball tournament bracket having been set yesterday. All of the selected teams are now envisioning making a run through a sequence of opponents to take the title. Speaking of making a run, it was haspel of Germany doing just that in Event...more

MicroMillions 4: Una para Botaro!

Imagine Ivan Rivas sitting in front of his computer in Mendoza, Argentina. He's 29 years old and has his head tilted back. He screams, "Una para Botaro!" Rivas (known on PokerStars as botaro666) wasn't supposed to be playing MicroMillions fifth event. He doesn't even really like big tournaments, and there...more

EPT9 London: Young guns impress as Joao Vieira binks £2k turbo for £42,100

Griffin 'Flush_Entity' Benger may have finally got round to winning a live poker tournament but he couldn't quite make it a quick double in the last event of EPT London. While Benger and Byron Kaverman (2nd in the UKIPT High Roller for £67,890) may be relative old hands on the...more

EPT9 London: Gioi Tran wins the EPT London Spring Fling Turbo (event #20)

Getting your first recorded live win is always nice but for most it's a 16th place min-cash in a random Wednesday night £40 buy-in. Not so for Gioi Tran who collected £6,700 after a three-handed deal. A £100 saver had also been made at the beginning of the final table...more

Back in action at NBC

I was really excited that the NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship returned this year as it has always been one of my favorite events! There are always some interesting backstories happening, it's on an international stage, and in the past it's been one of the most highly rated poker television...more

EPT9 London: Dariusz Paszkiewicz wins £13,149 in EPT London £550 Deepstack (event #N)

Dariusz Paszkiewicz has come close to winning a PokerStars trophy before. In the Eureka Latvia Main Event he entered the final table with the chip lead but couldn't convert it to the win. The Pole finished 3rd for €24,300 there but this time round the trophy did not elude him....more

MicroMillions 4: Prize pools soaring after first weekend

As MicroMillions 4 tore into the St. Patrick's Day weekend, we started taking a look at the prize pools and comparing them to MicroMillions 3. The difference was, in a word, stark. The number crunchers at the PokerStars home office report we've seen 694,565 entries so far this series compared...more

MicroMillions 4: nobre13 rewrites the sequel in Event #35 ($5.50+R NLHE 1R1A)

It was a script that seemed familiar. A story we'd written before. A tale of good versus evil. One of overcoming the odds. Looser Vogel was cast in the role of the villain. He's probably a lovely guy, but as you'll read a little later, it was a role he'd...more

PokerStars weekend review (18 March 2013)

This weekend was one of the busiest in PokerStars history with major live tournaments popping across three continents and the enormous MicroMillions 4 starting. You need have only glanced at the 'widgets' down the right-hand side of the PokerStars Blog to have seen that. The EPT London Main, EPT London...more

17 March

Some run for rumrun1 who won the Sunday Million, $246K

What a week of poker! Tournaments have been playing out all over the world -- in London, Seoul, Viña del Mar, and online on PokerStars, too, with the MicroMillions 4 series currently in full swing. Yet amid all of that action, the Sunday Million rolls on, with another huge field...more

MicroMillions 4: Vitana vaults past Xa-Xa_team to win Event #34 ($5.50 NLHE 6-Max Turbo Shootout)

Shootouts are a simple enough prospect, even this one. Win your first table, make the money. Win the second table, make some more. Win the third table? Now it's getting real, and winning the fourth table means a trip to the final table. That's where things get a little more...more

MicroMillions 4: BelaLany banks $37k in Event #31 ($11 NLHE Sunday Storm Special)

What's a better feeling than winning a tournament? How about winning a tournament AND taking home more than first-place money? It's a rare feat, but BelaLany did just that, after beating out a stadium-sized field in Event #31 of the MicroMillions 4. This is the German's second tournament series title...more

MicroMillions 4: jamni slam dunks championship in Event #30 ($3.30 NL Heads-Up Turbo)

14 heads-up matches. That's how many opponents Slovenia's jamni valiantly faced, then conquered in order to win MicroMillions 4 Event #30 $3.30 NL Heads-Up. It took almost 12 hours, but jamni patiently dispatched opponent after opponent. As each hour passed, jamni kept surviving and advancing to the next round eventually...more

MicroMillions 4: DaWal numbs field and wins Event #32 $3.30 Stud Hi/Lo

Austria's DaWal held a sizable lead down the stretch and even began the final table as the chipleader. Not even a minor setback midway through the final table could stop DaWal from decimating the remaining field en route to a victory in Event #32 Stud Hi/Lo. MicroMillions 4 Event #32...more

MicroMillions 4: Rotbert83 runs riot in Event #33 ($2.20+R NLHE 2xTurbo)

It must be a great feeling to run like God in a poker tournament. You feel invincible as whatever you touch turns to gold. We're not saying that Rotbert83 didn't also use plenty of skill to reach a MicroMillions final table, but when your opponents almost agree to a deal...more

Rafa Nadal wins the hard way at Indian Wells

Rafa Nadal is the King of Clay, so when he won two clay court titles this year, no one raised more than one eyebrow. He may have been coming off a major injury, but he is still Rafa, after all. "Wait until he hits a hard court," many people said....more

Sunday Warm-Up: matt86ck closes the deal this time earning $100K with win

With St. Patrick's Day landing on a Sunday this year many people celebrated the Irish holiday last night creating some hangovers for serious players looking to go deep in tonight's Sunday Majors. The $500,000 guaranteed Sunday Warm-Up does not finish in two hours as our final two players found out...more

Slimlady23 wins Women's Sunday after three-way chop

It's tough to keep our cool this weekend. Not because the weather is warming up, but we are simply so excited about the second birthday of our Women's Sunday! Next weekend, the Women's Sunday Birthday Special will take the place of our usual fare. It will be the same tournament...more

LAPT6 Chile: Tavitian triumphs and averts the alarms

I was ready to sound the alarm. I hadn't started writing the recap, but I'd already alerted The Powers That Be to what was transpiring in Viña del Mar, Chile. Team PokerStars Pro Jose "Nacho" Barbero had the chip lead three-handed as he tried to secure his third LAPT title....more

LAPT6 Chile: Tavitian shows Martins to the rail

At APPT7 Seoul last night, heads-up went for more than three hours before Aaron Lim accumulated all of the chips. It was a momentous struggle back and forth between Lim and Chane Kampanatsanyakorn. We thought we might be headed for a similarly long heads-up battle between Leonardo Martins and Pablo...more

LAPT6 Chile: Barbero bounced in 3rd

Since the elimination of Jaime Zamanillo Mayol in 4th place, the final table has taken some twists and turns. Team PokerStars Pro Jose "Nacho" Barbero was cruising at that time, but things started going south quickly. He found himself playing many pots out of position against the reigning Brazilian Series...more

MicroMillions 4: Success for SVmen7 in Event #28 ($5.50 NLHE 6-Max)

When the final table began, SVmen7 was the second shortest stack at the table. But a rather quick double-up and aggression surge soon changed the makeup of the table. While AlonWinner12 had the lead for much of the action, SVmen7 had the momentum and eventually took the lead, too. And...more

MicroMillions 4: LifeTS is good, Event #29 champion ($3.30 NLHE Zoom, Turbo)

Event #29 of MicroMillions 4 gave players a second chance to play a Zoom tourney, and with a $3.30 buy-in there were plenty who came out for the turbo-styled no-limit hold'em event -- 27,752 to be exact, thus creating a prize pool of $83,256 (well above the $50K guarantee). The...more

LAPT6 Chile: Barbero passes Gordo's test

After all the early action, it seemed like today was going to be a short day for seven of the eight final table players. The eliminations of Sebastian Miranda, Alejandro Chokakis and Sergio Braga injected lots of life into the early stages of play. Then came the next two hours,...more

MicroMillions 4: firemandave9 puts out the competition in Event 26, $2.20 NLHE (6-max, 2R1A)

There have been already been three different 6-max tournaments in MicroMillions 4, but today's was the first to feature rebuys. They weren't unlimited - just two were available to each player, plus an add-on at the end of the rebuy period. But they did add an extra layer of strategy,...more

LAPT6 Chile: Welcome to Cooler City

In an ideal world, poker final tables would be won by the most skillful player at the table. The game would be cat and mouse, a small pot here, a big bluff there, until one person had all the chips. We do not live in an ideal world, as Sergio...more

APPT7 Seoul: Aaron Lim wins APPT Seoul

And it's over. After three hours of heads-up, the first stop of APPT Season 7 has a champion. Aaron Lim has won APPT Seoul, ₩121,700,000 and a seat to the ACOP Main Event. Players had been about even for a few hours until Lim finally did some damage to Kampanatsanyakorn's...more

LAPT6 Chile: Miranda first to fall

Sebastian Miranda started the day with 1.5 million in chips, a bit less than the final table average of 1.96 million. That stack put him in 5th place out of the 8 remaining players and comfortably ahead of the 8th-place player, Leonardo Martins (440,000). That wasn't enough to save Miranda...more

MicroMillions 4: GRIGYAN grabs Event #27 title, $11K ($1+R NLHE 3x-Turbo)

MicroMillions 4 keeps rolling, and what better way to help ignite a Sunday full of low buy-in, big payout tourneys than with a special edition of PokerStars' "Sunday Spark," the popular weekly $1 re-buy event. Sporting twice the usual guarantee ($50K), this Event #27 attracted enough entries, re-buys, and add-ons...more

LAPT6 Chile: The luck of the Irish

There I was this morning at my hotel breakfast buffet, minding my own business, eating pineapple and melon and drinking tea (as previously advertised). Through a window and out of the corner of my eye I saw a woman run down the street. I didn't think much about it until...more

APPT7 Seoul: Doft's Inferno

"This should have been over on the first hand," said grizzled tournament reporter Mickey Doft. His voice was raspy from cigarette smoke and his face littered with weeks of facial hair. "It's been long," Doft added. There was no joy in his voice and his eyes had the vacant stare...more

MicroMillions 4: priner11 antes up victory in Event #25 ($3.30 NLHE Ante Up)

One of the more unique beasts in tournament poker is the "Ante Up" tournament. It's the one where the blinds stay the same while the antes go up, and up, and up. "What do you mean the blinds stay the same? That sounds great!" I hear you cry. Well yes,...more

APPT7 Seoul: Three-way deal

APPT President Danny McDonagh was in the ancient halls of the Paradise Casino frantically scribbling on a scroll with the three remaining players. Then, several eons and scrolls later, McDonagh stood up and cleared his throat. "We have a deal!" McDonagh shouted triumphantly. He slammed the official APPT sceptre against...more

APPT7 Seoul: Final five

We're down to five players and the female clout continues to rise. Sixiao "Juicy" Li and Xuan Liu are still alive in the tournament and are guaranteed KRW 37,100,000. This will be Li's largest cash and both players' first cash in an APPT. While women now represent 2/5ths of the...more

MicroMillions 4: Dominant win for CEPO}|{A in Event #24 ($2.20 NLHE)

Getting through thousands upon thousands of players to reach the final table of a poker tournament is only half the battle. Once you get there, you need to make it count. CEPO}|{A did exactly that today with a dominant final table performance to win the MicroMillions title and over four...more

APPT7 Seoul: Seeing Seoul

Poker players, for the most part, are indoor creatures. Most of their time is spent playing poker and most poker is played in front of a computer screen or a dealer. Both these instances have players surrounded by at least four walls where natural light is usually a nuisance. While...more

APPT7 Seoul: The final table

The final table for APPT Seoul Season 7 is set. Aaron Lim is still in the lead, but now it's enormous. When we got down to 11 players, Lim got into a massive hand with Team PokerStars Online Naoya Kihara. Together, both players had more than a third of the...more

16 March

MicroMillions 4: Triball22 chief of Event #22 ($11 NLHE Super Knockout)

Event #22 on the MicroMillions 4 schedule was another no-limit hold'em event, this time featuring a "Super Knockout" format that rewarded players for every opponent they could felt. It would take more than 11 hours for all of the bounties to be claimed, and in the end it was Triball22...more

APPT7 Seoul: The road to victory

The subway system in Seoul makes New York City's seem outdated and filthy. Actually, vision makes NYC's subway system look filthy and outdated, Seoul's just drives the fact home. It's clean, modern, informative and significantly safer. There's no danger of falling onto the tracks as there are floor-to-ceiling glass doors...more

MicroMillions 4: A-OK for Marin-oki in Event #23 ($1+R NLHE 3xTurbo)

Turning pocket change into life-helping amounts of money is what the MicroMillions is all about, and there's no greater example of that than the popular dollar rebuy super-turbo tournaments. It's minefield upon minefield, but what a fun ride it must be to survive all the bad beats and suckouts to...more

APPT7 Seoul: Day 3 is underway

Eighty-five player came back yesterday and only 21 survived. We had another eight levels of play yesterday and during that time we hit the money. There was an excessively long bubble where we saw eight consecutive double-ups, but Aaron Lim eventually burst it by eliminating Ryan Kim. The remaining 24...more

MicroMillions 4: WavePervik surfs to success in Event #19 ($4.40 NLHE 4-Max)

It's not often that the starting chip leader at the final table carries that advantage through to the end. WavePervik was exception, however, and starting the table of five with a substantial lead over the other four players helped. WavePervik did eliminate the first player from the table, and later,...more

LAPT6 Chile: Mayol leads; Barbero looks for Number Three

With all due respect to Jaime Zamanillo Mayol, the chip leader of final table of the 2013 Latin American Poker Tour Chile National Poker Championship, this post is not going to be about him. I'm sure Sr. Mayol will understand. He was at the last two tables. He saw...more

EPT9 London Day 6: Ruben Visser wins race to London title and £595,000

It was rightly billed as one of the most talent-filled main event final tables in the EPT's history. Four of the eight finalists were well known for their superlative talents both live and online, while the other four had demonstrated their capacity to impress at the poker table. But only...more

MicroMillions 4: douglinhas72 is the comeback kid in Event #21 ($3.30 PLO 6-Max Turbo)

When this final table kicked off, all signs pointed West. Arriving there with a comfortable chip lead, West-Poker-1 emerged as a one-man wrecking ball, knocking out four of his five remaining opponents in rapid succession. However, once he was heads-up with douglinhas72 (and with a 6.5 to 1 chip lead...more

LAPT6 Chile: Man on fire

There is no smoke coming from the TV table, which is a damn curious thing. I would think that Team PokerStars Pro Jose "Nacho" Barbero would overheat from how quickly he's gobbling up chips and putting a stranglehold on the late stages of this LAPT Main Event. Let's start with...more

MicroMillions 4: ari0nn is awesome after victory in Event #20 (Saturday Splash Special $2.22R 3X-Turbo NLHE)

Usually the dreams of turning two bucks into something meaningful like a car, paying for a year of college, or a trip across the pond are found within a slot machine or lottery ticket. In today's MicroMillions 4 Event #20 Saturday Splash Special with $150,000 guaranteed four players walked away...more

EPT9 London: Ognjen Sekularac beats Mike Watson and Paul Berende to £5k turbo trophy, wins £68,780

Ognjen Sekularac tonight won the £5,200 six-max turbo for £68,780 beating Mike 'SirWatts' Watson and Paul 'padjes' Berende in a dramatic turbo finale. The six-handed turbos are often seen as a great way to make it a winning trip on the last day of the festival (Don't believe us? Take...more

EPT9 London High Roller: Talal Shakerchi trades high finance for high rolling, wins

Talal Shakerchi is very accustomed to moving money around. A lot of money. By day, Shakerchi is a high rolling hedge fund manager, a superstar in the world of high finance. But by night, and in particular over the past couple of years, Shakerchi has been doubling as a high...more

MicroMillions 4: fragunit112 flies through final table in Event 16, $2.20 NLHE

The modern world is full of choice and the MicroMillions series is no exception. The variety of poker on the schedule is enough to satisfy even the most demanding player, no matter the betting structure or game. But not the entire schedule is Badugi or pot-limit Omaha hi-lo or 4-max...more

LAPT6 Chile: A tale of two tables

It was the best of tables, it was the worst of tables, it was the age of run-good, it was the age of bad beats, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Champions, it was the season of Eliminations, it...more

EPT9 London Day 6: The giant leap - crossing the Vic threshold

There may be only three players left in the main event, and three in the high roller for that matter, but The Vic is packed with poker players as the day-to-day business of the Vic card room on a Saturday continues. For generations the Vic has been the headquarters of...more

EPT9 London: Shoe on the other foot as Talal Shakerchi powers ahead

We're three-handed in the £10,300 High Roller here at EPT London and with no deal on the table there are two players under pressure who you wouldn't usually expect. Faraz Jaka and Fabian Quoss are fighting from behind facing two large pay jumps Quoss has clocked up $2,846,256 in live...more

MicroMillions 4: Moonchik85 blasts off with Badugi win in Event #17

Moonchik85 began the final table of MicroMillions 4 Event #17 as the chip leader and never looked back. Once the Badugi action got four-handed, it only took nine hands before Moonchik85 knocked out everyone in a quick swoop and emerged victorious. The Badugi gods blessed Moonchik85 with their good graces....more

EPT9 London: Ruben Visser meets Laura Cornelius

Not all of the EPT London final table players want to break their concentration and talk to Laura Cornelius in a tournament break. But Ruben Visser isn't one of them. He's fine to have a chat - and has been rewarded with the chip lead and the largest part of...more

EPT9 London: Regis Burlot wins the £1,100 heads-up (event #18)

Brighton-based Frenchman Regis Burlot has claimed heads-up victory here at EPT London taking down Diogo Veiga in the final. Veiga has plenty of previous in terms of EPT heads-ups tournaments having one a £1,000 side event here in London in Season 7 and finished runner-up in the €3,000 heads-up later...more

LAPT6 Chile: Fantasy Land

For the last three days, Jose "Nacho" Barbero's eyes have been glued to either his poker table or his smartphone. Yesterday he said that playing five simultaneous games of Open-Face Chinese Poker on his phone helped him pass the time and not do anything crazy. Chinese therapy Today Barbero's stopped...more

EPT9 London High Roller: How the Million Pound Showdown started the High Roller craze

When James Hartigan and Rick Dacey went down to the tournament floor about an hour ago, to film a segment for EPT Live, they ran into a bit of resistance from some railbirds. "This isn't Hollywood," grumbled a particularly narked Vic regular, peeved that he had been asked to move...more

EPT9 London: Jan Bendik takes the trophy in event #M to strengthen his grip on EPT leader board

Jan Bendik has become a regular feature on the European Poker Tour over the last few couple of seasons and all the hard graft seems to be paying off, he's made the money in nine side events this season (totalling more than €160,000 and strictly speaking one of them was...more

MicroMillions 4: luzern88 wins Event #18 after chop with polybox, whopper payouts for both ($3.30 NLHE Turbo)

With an entry fee resembling the cost of a burger, fries, and a drink, Event #18 of MicroMillions 4 presented players with a rapidly-delivered, reasonably-priced option to satisfy their poker-playing appetites. There were 15,981 players served by this $3.30 no-limit hold'em turbo-styled event, with luzern88 of Switzerland and polybox of...more

LAPT6 Chile: Easy game

When Leonardo Olivaros Ponce woke up this morning, he was in 21st chip position out of 31 players. His stack of 386,000 was about 7 big blinds short of the 31 big-blind average that would begin Level 21. It's a tricky stack size - too tall to open-shove, too short...more

EPT9 London Day 6: Time's up for Steve O'Dwyer

If there was a script for this main event final table, it wouldn't have starred Steve O'Dwyer as our fifth place finisher. O'Dwyer was supposed to go on to avenge his defeat here last season, when Benny Spindler, hair flopped forward, defeated O'Dwyer, hair flopped back, heads-up. Alas, that script...more

LAPT6 Chile: The sun'll come out tomorrow

The last three days have been beautiful days in Viña del Mar. Every day, as the bloggers chowed down on lunch at La Barquera, a casino restaurant with a huge bank of curving windows looking directly out onto the Pacific Ocean, we lamented having to spend such nice days inside....more

EPT9 London Day 6: Olof Haglund's handy hotel hop

Run good is essential in poker, but it comes in many different forms. Olof Haglund saw it in the traditional sense when he won a huge flip against Steve O'Dwyer - his queens holding against O'Dwyer's ace-king, for the chip lead - but he has also enjoyed some accommodation run...more

Women's Sunday Second Birthday: not your typical two-year-old bash

A typical two-year-old's birthday celebration is full of cake, presents, and admiring friends and relatives. Unfortunately, the celebrations are often cut short when the ear-splitting screams, chaos, and early nap times ensue. Sometimes, there's a creepy clown around to add to the overall agitated ambiance. PokerStars Women's Birthday Special on...more

EPT9 London Day 6: Captain Moorman out in eighth

And so "The Captain" is out. Friends of Chris Moorman, the internet virtuoso, had been shouting this from the rail, eager that their man secure a vital double-up. Moorman moved in three times, coming away with what was in the pot in the first two. But on the third Theo...more

EPT9 London: Mickey Petersen and Ole Schemion cash as Steven Lewsey wins event #19

Steven Lewzey came out on top of one of the turbo side events here at EPT London to pocket £3,116 following a deal with Julius Adeyemi. While it's unlikely that you'll recognise either of those names the 5th and 6th berths should be better known; Ole Schemion, one of the...more

EPT9 London Day 6: Video intro to the day

If you're late to catch up to how the day started then see how the day started out. Steve O'Dwyer kicked off with the chip lead, Chris Moorman and Theo Jorgensen started as the short stacks. By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and...more

APPT7 Seoul: Aaron Lim leads the final 21

We did it. We hit the money. With 10 minutes left on the tournament clock we had our 25th place finisher. We had eight other doubles before someone finally popped. Today, that person was Ryan Kim. Soon after our eighth consecutive double-up Aaron Lim raised to 10,000. Lim was already...more

EPT9 London Day 6: Final table player profiles

Seat 1 - Mantas "KRAFTY_LT" Visockis, 23 Kaunas, Lithuania - PokerStars player Mantas Visockis has been playing poker for five years, almost exclusively in online MTTs. Although he was the chip leader at the end of day three, he had a rocky day four and was very short-stacked until he...more

EPT9 London Day 6: That day has come

There comes a time during each EPT main event where this customary opening post is rendered somewhat obsolete. That time is now. All that has changed since we were last with you -- ie, last night's wrap -- is that the sense of anticipation has ratcheted up a notch and...more

APPT7 Seoul: Bubble trouble

Poker tournaments are a weird beast. They're usually hairy and fairly smelly. They're irrational and unpredictable. Tournament staff try to tame them with penalty and tournament structures, but the beasts do what they want. Play went to a screeching halt when we got down to 32 players. It took 59...more

APPT7 Seoul: Four tables, three women

The tournament has gotten down to its final four tables. There are women at three of them. Representing nearly 10 percent of the field, the current female clout is larger than at the start of the tournament. The remaining women in this tournament (in order of whomever's picture got uploaded...more

MicroMillions 4: Knockout187 lives up to his name in Event #15 ($5.50 FLHE Turbo)

Watching Event #15 play down to the final table, there was already a certain inevitability to Knockout187's win. Sure, anything can and does happen in poker, but like a shark circling its prey, Knockout187 sat back and waited for exactly the right moments to pounce on his short-stacked opponents. After...more

15 March

APPT7 Seoul: A round with Naoya Kihara

The PokerStars Blog has a long and elaborate history. It started as a wee website written by one man and evolved into a massive online poker publication that covers the largest tournaments in the world. During that period of growth, the blog has gone through numerous upgrades, changes and fads....more

MicroMillions 4: German quinella as OxECara wins Event #14 ($3.30+R NLHE)

One of the great things about the MicroMillions is that we see players from all backgrounds come together to play. From World Champions and professional poker players, to recreational and micro-limit players - it's a level playing ground for all. We also see many weird and wonderful countries represented. Usually...more

MicroMillions 4: Brad52286 deals up an Aussie victory in Event #12 ($3.30 NLHE Big Antes)

Surviving a field of over 30,000 players in a poker tournament is a mighty achievement, but turning down a five-handed deal as the short stack before going on to win the title is nearly as impressive. Well, Australia's Brad52286 did both of those things today, showing plenty of spirit to...more

MicroMillions 4: 2602199015 is number one in Event #13 ($3.30 Stud)

Stud aficionados had their day in the sun with Event #13 in the MicroMillions 4. The lone stud high tournament on the schedule drew 6,922 players and more than doubled its $10K guarantee, the prize pool topping out at $20,766. 880 players earned a piece of it with first place...more

APPT7 Seoul: Asian sensation

Danny McDonagh is a hands-on president. If you're on the tournament floor McDonagh is always in your line of sight. If you're not hearing his voice off in the distance, then you're probably hearing it on speakers. If McDonagh isn't solving disputes, talking with players or helping the staff, then...more

LAPT6 Chile: The Shuchleib surge

Anonymous poker hasn't become much of a "thing" yet in the world of online poker, but it's at least a gimmick that's currently out there. That gimmick was all I could think about as Victor Shuchleib moved almost a million and a half chips off the feature table to one...more

APPT7 Seoul: A money day

Day 2 of APPT Seoul is now underway. For the first time since the dawn of the tournament, two days ago, we know for a fact that the next APPT champion is somewhere in this room. While every player has a shot of hoarding all the chips and taking the...more

LAPT6 Chile: Square the final table then square it again?

The most recent poker festival to take place in this part of the world was the Brazilian Series of Poker event at Iguaçu that finished on Tuesday. Two players from that final table winged their way southwest to Viña del Mar almost as soon as they received their payouts. Ariel...more

MicroMillions 4: poligraf86 passes the test after three-chop in Event #11 ($11 6-max NLHE)

Usually the player taking the least amount from the chop is also the first person out after the cards are thrown back into the air. In the tonight's $75,000 guaranteed MicroMillions 4 $11 buy-in Event #11 poligraf86 showed a little bit of luck and a lot of determination would net...more

LAPT6 Chile: Deuces cracked, aces cracked, everyone's cracked

Payouts have reached $2,740 now, enough for those people who are in for more than one bullet to recoup their investment (perhaps) and purchase a smartphone. It's not life-changing money yet - that part doesn't come until Sunday night. Still, with eight tables remaining, players are starting to get the...more

MicroMillions 4: MILANARAS84 grabs one for Greece in Event 8, $4.40 NLHE (2x Chance)

Life is a tricky thing. It comes with no instruction manual and you have to figure it all out as you go. If you're lucky you'll have some people in your corner helping you along, but at the end of the day you're basically still muddling through it on your...more

EPT9 London Day 4: Day of destiny for Steve O'Dwyer, day of delights for all

The penultimate day at EPT London had to end with eight players. That much had been decreed from on high from the earliest seasons and chiseled into stone. But even though we started today with only 15 players, and needed to shed only seven, numerous variables remained that could influence...more

MicroMillions 4: Victory for voenniy3 in Event #10 ($1+R NLHE 3x-Turbo)

The start of the final table had voenniy3 on one of the shorter stacks but doubled up to gain some ground. From there, a slow and steady plan worked to chip up, and eliminating former chip leader Evi1979 in fourth place took voenniy3 to a new level. From that point,...more

LAPT6 Chile: Halfway home

At the top of the day I noted that I'd never lightly bet against Tournament Director Mike Ward when it comes to matters of scheduling and pacing of multi-day poker tournaments. Mike's an old hand at this sort of thing. If he thought we'd get to 24 by the end...more

EPT9 London High Roller Day 2: Alekberovas leads as they approach the money

The High Roller will play on to a final table, at which point they'll be asked whether they want to play on. High Rollers do like to play, and endurance is an important part of their game. As they push on after the dinner break, Anaras Alekberovas, an EPT Barcelona...more

EPT9 London: Another trophy for Rumen Nanev, wins third side event of Season 9

Bulgarian Rumen Nanev is having a great EPT season so far. Not content with a 30th place finish in the Main Event for £15,000, Nanev jumped into event #L, a PLO/NLHE tournament just after busting. While he couldn't win a big flip in the main he certainly could in the...more

MicroMillions 4: virgo_49 rising for Event #9 win; 4h1story top cash after five-way deal ($8.80 PLO)

Event #9 sported one of the bigger buy-ins in the MicroMillions 4 series, with players needing $8.80 to play the pot-limit Omaha tournament with a $20,000 guarantee. Ultimately 4,663 would do so, together creating another guarantee-busting prize pool, this time totaling $37,304. In the end it was Denmark's virgo_49 earning...more

LAPT6 Chile: Something old, something new

If you're a regular follower of the PokerStars Blog, you may remember a post I wrote at LAPT5 Colombia about Luis Jaikel. Jaikel finished 11th in the tournament, just missing the final table and a chance to show the younger generation how the game has been played for ages. At...more

EPT9 London Day 5: All change for Steve O'Dwyer

Those who follow the tour know Steve O'Dwyer to be a jovial, carefree, fun-loving man, a popular member of the poker fraternity. This is all true. But at the last break we saw O'Dwyer in a different frame of mind, suggesting that as play approaches a final table, the enormity...more

LAPT6 Chile: Bubble who?

I've seen some wild things on the Latin American Poker Tour, but I've never seen a bubble as wild and confusing as the one that just went down here in Chile. At the last break 166 players remained in the field. 160 were guaranteed money. Normal poker tournament rhythms dictate...more

EPT9 London: Barry Greenstein beaten heads-up by Miltiadis Kyriakides in event #J

Barry Greenstein is one of the best known and most respected faces on the global poker circuit. He's played in the biggest live games, has clocked up $7,835,781 in live tournament wins, which is good for 34th on the all-time money list, not to mention the fact that he holds...more

EPT9 London High Roller: A round with Luke Schwartz, Kevin MacPhee et al

The £10,000 High Roller event is taking up the largest section of the tournament room today, but it is garnering approximately five per cent of the attention. The Main Event remains such a humdinger that almost all eyes are fixed squarely there: at time of writing, the O'Dwyer, Jorgensen, Chouity,...more

MicroMillions 4: tseries91 starts series with Event #7 win ($5.50 NLHE)

MicroMillions 4 is a round-the-clock affair, with nine more events coming on Day 2 after a half-dozen played out on Thursday. The first Friday event was Event #7, a $5.50 buy-in no-limit hold'em tournament with a $20K guarantee, and after nearly 10 hours it was tseries91 of Portugal taking first...more

EPT9 London: Matthias De Meulder takes a trophy in event #15, beats Tasbas to the punch

Belgian Team PokerStars Pro Matthias De Meulder (one half of the De Meulder twins) yesterday won event #15 at EPT London. De Meulder has scored a few results of late and came close to a trophy last month at EPT Deauville. He finished third in that event for a decent...more

EPT9 London Day 5: For the EPT, England and St George

The EPT London title was once an English thing. In the first three seasons of the tour there came John Shipley, the experienced pro, back in Season 1. Then there followed Mark Teltscher who swaggered his way, arms aloft, to become the new London champion. Then in Season 3, Vic...more

LAPT6 Chile: Outliers

Over the last two days the bloggers have gotten to know Zackary Koerper a little bit. We've chatted with him in bits here and there, we met his girlfriend and we helped him clear up a registration snafu. Koerper has struck as a chill, friendly guy, just the sort we...more

From Part Time to Full Time: My Mexican Adventure

Anyone that claims that moving out of the US in order to continue to pursue online poker was a snap-call must be even braver than the little toaster from that 1987 Disney flick! Obscure movie references aside, I own a Lab that's about one hamburger away from being considered a...more

I'm going for MicroMillions Player of the Series

The Micro Millions 4 tournament series kicked off on March 14th and is now underway! After giving it a decent amount of thought, I've decided that I'm going to put in a lot of effort to try and win/finish high up on the overall leader board. After being a bit...more

LAPT6 Chile: The best things in life

There's a woman who serves me tea every morning at my hotel's breakfast buffet. She's a little short, a little stout, and perfectly friendly. I've also learned that after she brings me my initial cup of tea I'm not likely to ever see her smiling face again (I've since started...more

EPT9 London Day 4: Theo Jorgensen's brilliant return

No poker player in his right mind wants to see Theo Jorgensen coming to sit at his table. The Team PokerStars Pro from Denmark is one of the original aggro Scandis, who has been tormenting the European Poker Tour since its earliest seasons. However, only someone entirely devoid of emotion...more

MicroMillions kicks off with first Zoom tournament

As one player said on Twitter yesterday..."Well, that escalated quickly." No kidding. MicroMillions 4--the fourth running of the big-money small-buy-in festival--kicked off yesterday with more than 75,000 entries and more than 330,000 rebuys in the first event. Yes, the first event. Before the end of the day, the series had...more

EPT9 London: Georges Yazbeck back to winning ways, tops event #16

To find Georges Yazbeck's last win you have to scroll back to 2009 when he took down a €2,000 side event at the EPT Grand Final. Yazbeck's win will do Lebanon no harm in retaining their EPT Country of the Year status, which has been helped by two of his...more

Silver Linings

I look forward to the PCA every year, not only for the awesome tournaments, but also for a chance to continue a long-running tradition. Noah Boeken is one of my best friends from the Magic community and for years now we've shared a room at PCA. This year, Nacho Barbero...more

EPT9 London: EPT champ Kent Lundmark wins event #14, claims £48,050

Kent Lundmark has been enjoying a good run in EPT side events of late. A small first place in a €440 bounty in Deauville and a FPS High Roller final table have been backed up by a chunky win here in London. Lundmark beat Chris Day heads-up to take the...more

EPT9 London Day 5: To be frank, Christopher Frank

The man in the green hoodie on the feature table right now is Christopher Frank. Not much was known of Frank prior to this week, but his gaunt teenage look was accurate - he's 18. Chouity has his double winner story, Jorgensen his triple crown. Should Frank triumph he'll become...more

EPT9 London Day5: Video intro to the day

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APPT7 Seoul: Mike Kim leads final 85 into Day 2

With the end of Day 1B, all Day 1s at APPT Seoul have come to a close. One hundred players showed up for Day 1B, bringing the total number of players up to 222. Out of those 222, only 85 remain. Fifty survived Day 1A and today only produced 35...more

EPT9 London Day 5: Scream if you want to go faster

It is Day 4 at EPT9 London, and none of us could have predicted how far we would come so quickly. In a break with the usual formula -- the result of the haste with which we have progressed -- we return today with only 15 players, needing only to...more

APPT7 Seoul: Advice from the pros

The Seoul Capital Area is the second largest metropolitan area in the world. With more than 25 million inhabitants, the area is home to more than half the population of South Korea. That's a lot of stomachs to feed. It's also a lot of mouths to fill with beer and...more

APPT7 Seoul: Celebrity revenge

I'm huge in Japan. The saying is plastered on millions of shirts across the world and it's often uttered after fairly neat party tricks. But most people aren't huge in Japan. Alex Niu is one of them. He's enormous in Taiwan though. Niu has hosted numerous shows, acted in others...more

14 March

APPT7 Seoul: The Japanese contingent

While most of the world is west of Korea, a lot of the players flew in from the east. Out of the 100 players registered for Day 1B, 34 are from Japan. The Japanese contingent has been steadily growing throughout the years despite the fact that gambling is illegal in...more

MicroMillions 4: TODDY1947 on top in Event #6 ($2.20+R NLHE 2xTurbo)

There aren't many things more fun in poker than a low-limit, rebuy multi-table tournament with a turbo-charged structure. That's exactly what was dished up in the final event of the opening day of the MicroMillions 4 series. It took just over five hours of mayhem for our enormous field to...more

MicroMillions 4: Patience rewarded for botaro666 in Event #5 ($3.30 NLHE)

The fourth edition of the popular MicroMillions series got off to a cracking start today with six different events kicking off and hundreds of thousands of players getting among the low-limit action. It's the chance to turn pocket change into significant sums of money, as Argentina's botaro666 discovered, with an...more

APPT7 Seoul: Korean flavor

Every tour has its own feel. Every stop has its own flavor. APPT Seoul tastes a lot like soju. While the stop has a few similarities to poker tournaments across the world, it's distinctly Korean. There isn't a boisterous rail that has to be kept at bay like the LAPT....more

MicroMillions 4: Leadankoning leads all, king of Event #3 ($3.30 NLHE 6-max.)

The first day of MicroMillions 4 kicked off with the first six of the scheduled 100 events, with more than 220,000 entrants participating! From that total 41,496 played Event #3, a $3.30 six-handed no-limit hold'em event, and after almost 10-and-a-half hours it was Leadankoning of South Africa prevailing to earn...more

LAPT6 Chile: Saho leads record-setting Day 1b

Today was a record-setting day for the Latin American Poker Tour. Although we have yet to get final confirmation from the registration desk, the Big Board claims that there were 629 entries into the tournament today. That number shatters the LAPT's previous one-day record of 536, set back at...more

APPT7 Seoul: Matching Days

"All the dealers," said Kim Song, the Paradise Casino poker manager. "Shuffle up and deal." It was noon, just like yesterday; and just like yesterday, the dealers won't stop shuffling until about 9pm tonight. They match, Day 1A and Day 1B, and to Koreans, this might make the APPT look...more

MicroMillions 4: yana-11K has 10,000 reasons to celebrate after Event #4 ($5.50 NLHE Zoom, Turbo)

At last, tournament players are able to discover what their cash game brethren have long known-- the speedy little miracle that is Zoom Poker. Following a successful test run last night, Zoom MTTs had their official premiere today in the MicroMillions 4's fourth event, a $5.50 NLHE tourney that nearly...more

LAPT6 Chile: The price of parenthood

On the LAPT spectating is a way of life. The staff do the best they can to enforce the rail but as tournaments rooms are often large and players look exactly like spectators, the policy of "spectators on the rail" is a loose one. Several times today the staff have...more

LAPT6 Chile: Here comes the Red Spade Brigade

Late registration has been closed for three full levels now. There are no more chances to re-enter. It's do or die. More than half of the field has already taken the "die" route, but almost all of the Latin American Team PokerStars Pros are going strong. The shortest of the...more

MicroMillions 4: Swarm255 stings all, wins Event #2 ($1+R NLHE 3x-Turbo)

The lead at the start of the final table belonged solely to * WRL *, as several hundred million chips separated the chip leader from the pack. But Swarm255 took it in stride, doubling up early to jump into second place, albeit a distance one. The momentum stayed with Swarm255,...more

LAPT6 Chile: Five stars on Brazil's kit

No picture of Latin American poker, in general, or the LAPT in particular would ever be complete without several Brazilian figures sprinkled liberally across it. It's hard to understate Brazil's impact on the development of the game in this part of the world. In many ways, Brazilians are Latin American...more

MicroMillions 4: Zoultanberg zips through Event 1, $0.11+R NL Hold'em (Hyper-Active)

The fourth edition of MicroMillions began today, celebrating the peculiar joy that only comes with winning large sums of money on very small investments. And what better way to kick it all off than with an 11-cent rebuy tournament, complete with a Hyper-Active structure? Event 1 did just that. The...more

EPT9 London High Roller: In for a long (ish) night

How long will the high rollers be playing tonight? Well, Isaac Haxton's request for a double espresso might be some indicator. The high rollers have before them eight hours of play scheduled tonight, which should take up them up to around 12.45am. In the general scheme of poker that's not...more

EPT9 London: Ville Wahlbeck is the EPT £10,300 8-Game Champion

Ville Wahlbeck consolidated his place as one of the best mixed game players in the world today by winning the EPT £10,300 8-Game Championship for £76,720. The Team PokerStars Pro beat a stacked field that included some of the biggest names in the game to to claim the largest chunk...more

EPT9 London High Roller: A fresh start

At the kind of festivals we have grown accustomed to attending, held in small towns like Deauville, Sanremo, or the Atlantis, Paradise Island, it is difficult to go more than a few steps without seeing a familiar poker player. The tournaments manage to take over the place and relegate everyday...more

LAPT6 Chile: Ronin by the sea

It's probably time to talk about the dogs. The dogs of which I speak are sizable dogs, huskies and shepherds and all sorts of scary, Frankendog big-dog mixes. They lay low during Viña del Mar's daytime and then come into their own when night cloaks the town, rising from shady...more

EPT9 London Day 4: Steve O'Dwyer leads all-star cast into penultimate day

Few end of day reports come tinged with as much anticipation as perhaps today's does. It was never going to be a long day. The starting field of 32 needed only to be cut in half to 16. But it was the line-up of those cuts that intrigued most, as...more

EPT9 London: Theo Jorgensen on making the final 16

Team PokerStars Pro Theo Jorgensen will be among the final 15 players taking a shot at the final table. The PokerStars Blog video team caught up with him at the end of play to find out how the Dane had made it through from Day 1A. By use of this...more

EPT9 London Day 4: Read any good books lately?

You might think that poker education starts and finishes with the various online training sites, including, of course, PokerSchool Online. But before there was the internet, there was this thing called a "library", which was full of these things called "books". And some of them were even about poker. Books,...more

EPT9 London: John Eames wins the John Eames invitational (again) to collect £98,430

John Eames has really made these 2,000 NLHE side events his own on the European Poker Tour, so much so that for the last couple of seasons the 2k side events have been coined as the 'John Eames Invitational'. If you take a quick look at his roll of honour...more

EPT9 London Day 4: The internet's Kitty Kuo

Kitty Kuo has since departed in 23rd place. It was fun to watch Kuo play on the feature table on EPT Live. You could watch her play for only a few minutes and count how long it takes her to reach for her phone after folding her hand. If you...more

LAPT6 Chile: The small world of Leonardo Martins

As long as I'm prattling on about the table draw... Last night after Day 1a play concluded, I went to the center bar in the Casino Municipal with a few co-workers to grab an adult beverage. We ran into some poker players, as you might expect. My colleague Sergio introduced...more

MicroMillions 4: Zoom tourneys debut today

Well, you've never seen anything like this. Today, for the first time in PokerStars' online tournament series' history, players will get a chance to play Zoom Poker in a tournament format. Officially, PokerStars ran a cheap 11-cent beta tournament yesterday that drew more than 24,000 people. The turbo event took...more

LAPT6 Chile: Drawing out

As a tournament reporter, one of the first things I do at the start of a day is walk the floor. Sure, I make note of where established pros are seated, but I'm also trying to get a sense of the room. Here at the Casino Municipal we actually have...more

EPT9 London: £10,300 High Roller begins

The EPT High Roller is under way. Stay with us at the PokerStars Blog for live updates. The buy-in is £10,300 with one reload, which can be taken any time up until play begins tomorrow morning. Expect all the usual big names and grinders to get involved. Click here to...more

Women's Sunday's Birthday Freerolls and Photo Competition

This is a great excuse to remind you all that the Women's Sunday is celebrating its second birthday soon! What do we have in store? • A week of twice-daily freerolls • Live YouTube 'Hangout' with Team Pros on March 23 at 14:00 ET • Women's Sunday Birthday Special on...more

EPT9 London Day 4: Ruben Visser rides out the waves

Just before the end of the first level, reporters came bounding back into the media room with the news that Ruben Visser had just called someone down with jack high. And been right. Laura Cornelius, of, quizzed Visser about the hand. Hear his explanation below. In short: he went...more

LAPT6 Chile: Wake-up call

I'm a fruit guy. Some might even call me "fruity". A spread of fruit and two cups of hot tea are all I need to get my motor going at the start of the day. Chop up a mango, slice some pineapple, maybe even chunk a melon. Berries will do...more

EPT9 London Day 4: With the law on his side - Niall Farrell

Niall Farrell (pronounced Neil) is among those in the field perhaps not as well-known as some. Ironically it could be that the opposite is true, only they don't realise it yet. "I play a lot of hands with these guys online," said Farrell, 25, an online pro since leaving university....more

EPT9 London: Griffin 'Flush_Entity' Benger records his first big win (live)

Griffin Benger is not your garden variety of online grinder. He's right at the top of the tree: a premium, blue ribbon, online purebred. Benger, who's perhaps better known by his online name 'Flush_Entity', held the number one spot in online rankings in the latter half of last year, which...more

Vanessa Selbst: Tournament poker's top female earner

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Nutritional therapy

I was a heavy junk food eater in high school and college. It was pretty much all I wanted to eat, so it's no surprise that I started to have digestive problems. Doctors kept telling me, "You need to have a balanced diet. You need to have more vegetables and...more

EPT9 London Day 4: Running the rule over the field

There were 32 players coming back today, a great many of whom we knew from their previous exceptional exploits on this tour and further afield. It was ambitious to expect to provide pen-pics of all of them before the first tournament break, and I have failed. But here's Part One...more

APPT7 Seoul: Benjamin Richardson leads Day 1A

The first day of APPT Season 7 is in the history books*. *Wikipedia While it was a short poker day -- eight one-hour levels with no dinner break -- the field was more than halved. One hundred and twenty-two players signed up today, but only 50 survived. Leading the final...more

EPT9 London Day 4: The Case of the Final 32

Regular readers this week will have noticed our half-hearted attempts to sell our great capital London. If anyone was in any doubt that our guides to London were made up we can assure you that everything has been checked out personally. We have been to Regents and Hyde Park and...more

APPT7 Seoul: Book it to Phuket

Black Friday had lots of unintended consequences.One of them was unleashing Patrick Crivell and Jordan Westmorland on the people of Phuket, Thailand. Like many professional online players, the Seattle duo was faced with a tough decision after Black Friday: Find another source of income or find another home. They chose...more

EPT9 London Day 4: Seat draw

The closing stages of EPT London have come to resemble the end of a leg of darts. There are 32 players now (double 16), there will be 16 at the end of day three (double eight) and then we'll get a final table of eight (double four) before finding our...more

APPT7 Seoul: Afternoon joy with Choi

Dom Choi is a man of many talents and responsibilities. Aside from managing Team Pro Asia, Choi helps organize APPT Seoul and is a master of some secret ability he refuses to disclose. One of his public qualities -- and one that makes him well-suited to organize APPT Seoul --...more

13 March

APPT7 Seoul: A numbers game

The Day 1A numbers are in. One hundred and twenty-two players put up KRW 3,000,000 to come play in APPT Seoul today. They came from all across the world, freeing up their usual poker rooms in order to clog this one. Unlike most poker tournaments, the most represented team isn't...more

APPT7 Seoul: Meet your Team Pros

Every tour has its stars. Phil Ivey, Phil Hellmuth and Daniel Negreanu dominate the North American poker scene and the WSOP. Andre Akkari, Christian DeLeon and Humberto Brenes create crowds in Latin America and ElkY -- a former StarCraft player -- causes riots in South Korea. While the eccentric Frenchman...more

LAPT6 Chile: Quezada "enjoys" Day 1a

Poker tournaments have rhythms to them. At the start of the day, a bubble of energy fills the room as players file in, all hopeful of being the next champion. Little by little, the bubble deflates over the course of ten levels, emptying the room from right to left. There's...more

APPT7 Seoul: Shuffle up and deal

The Walkerhill casino has been overcome by a wave of red and black. Dealers in black polos with red trimmings and small red spades are rushing around the tournament floor, dropping off books, card protectors and complimentary t-shirts at every table. The tables themselves are black, the chairs, red. The...more

LAPT6 Chile: Numbers don't favor the Team Pros

In many ways, poker is a game of numbers. Chips, big blinds, bets, players, levels, average stack, players remaining - they're all about numbers. As the field slims down towards about a quarter of the number who started at noon, it is left with exactly one quarter of the Team...more

LAPT6 Chile: The smile

Humor me with a thought exercise, if you would. I'd like you to imagine a table of nine poker players who are playing in an $1,100 no-limit hold'em tournament. Got your image? It probably involves exclusively men, many wearing sunglasses and baseball caps, almost all stony-faced and with little to...more

EPT9 London Day 3: A day of champions in London, but a Finn named Sormunen leading them

Nothing surprises seasoned EPT watchers. We've seen massive chip leaders knocked out within an orbit and short stacks cling on and take the whole thing down. We've seen peanut stands and heard rubber bands and we've seen an elephant fly. But something we've never seen is a two-time EPT champion....more

EPT9 London: Daniel Negreanu first out of £10k 8-Game Championship

This is one that Daniel Negreanu would have really fancied. It was a big buy-in deep-stacked tournament taking in loads of those classic mixed games. He should have been thriving, but as we know best laid plans (and traps) don't always work out at the poker table. Kid Poker was...more

LAPT6 Chile: No record... yet

377 entries is not a single-day record for the Latin American Poker Tour. That high-water mark is still held by the initial event of Season 4, a whopper held in São Paulo, Brazil that attracted 536 entries in a single day. Today's field doesn't even top the 2nd-place event, LAPT4...more

EPT9 London Day 3: Ode to Salvatore Bonavena

As the clock ticks down on another day of the EPT London main event, it struck me that it must be good to be Salvatore Bonavena. The Italian pro dresses well, is never far from his trademark hat, and is sensible enough to have worn a sweater today to face...more

LAPT6 Chile: A window on Chile

I've spent a substantial portion of my life looking out of windows. Family road trips as a child turned into commuter train trips as a university student. For each my focus was always on points of interest that whizzed by outside. When I took my first international trip as an...more

EPT9 London Day 3: Looking at the contenders

Yesterday the first murmurs of the same old story began. Then today EPT Live presenters James Hartigan and Joe Stapleton talked about it a little more. The subject was the number of notable players, among them former EPT winners, still in the running at EPT London, and what that could...more

EPT9 London: Spotlight on Jake Cody

Jake Cody was revealed as the newest member of Team PokerStars Pro at this year's PCA (which you can read about here). Learn more about the British Triple Crown winner by watching this video below. You don't even need to do anything beyond hitting the play button and staring at...more

EPT9 London: Nick Abou Risk leading the UKIPT-EPT transition

Nick Abou Risk was quickly spotted on the UKIPT by well known poker pundit Jesse May who described the eventual winner of UKIPT Edinburgh as a 'terror and destroyer'. Abou Risk had been ripping three-bets into May all day leaving his presenter opponent looking entirely bewildered. In hindsight, May should...more

EPT9 London Day 3: Mid-day update, tweet-dump and Jason Mercier speaks

Day three of EPT London has just passed its mid-point, even if much of the time today was spent playing through that tortuous bubble. But if it was excruciating for spectators and reporters, just imagine what it must have been like for someone like Jeff Sarwer. He's one of the...more

LAPT6 Chile: Chip off the old stack

You have to get up early to get anything past the LAPT tournament staff. A sharp-eyed dealer thought something was odd about one of the yellow (1,000) chips put into a pot by a player at his table after the first break. He plucked the offending chip out of the...more

EPT9 London: Robert Harkins stakes a win in event #G for £17,625

Robert Harkins came out on top of a juicy little PLO rebuy field to collect £17,625, by far and away his largest live score. Harkins beat a final table that contained the excitable Ari Engel and the evergreen Chris Bjorin ($5,482,760 in live tournament winnings). EPT9 London, event #G Date:...more

LAPT6 Chile: Sheirbon sets up shop

The first LAPT event I ever covered was the kick-off event for Season 2 in San Jose, Costa Rica. That was a time when Americans dominated LAPT events. Indeed, at the final table in Costa Rica that year only Maria Stern and Venezuela's Jesus Bertoli could claim any affiliation with...more

EPT9 London Day 3: Ashton the fall guy as hour long bubble finally bursts

We've been spoiled by bubbles this season. We didn't realise it until today, but we have. In Deauville the bubble was brief, as it was in Prague. In fact no bubble has really stretched to inconvenient lengths this season. That is until today. The bubble at EPT London has burst,...more

APPT Seoul: Lights on for Season 7

Seoul is pretty. Damn pretty. With more than 10 million people crammed into 605 km2, there are a few bright lights around the city. From above, it gives the illusion of staring down at a moving night sky. Office buildings become flickering clusters of stars, giant illuminated sculpture things resemble...more

EPT9 London: Team PokerStars plays the Vertical Rush

When Joao Nunes stepped off a plane in London last week, he knew he had greater challenges ahead than only the UKIPT and EPT festival. Indeed, few people would have blamed the Team PokerStars Pro had he turned right around and flown back to Portugal. In a matter of hours...more

LAPT6 Chile: Shaking, rumbling and trembling into Season 6

Six seasons. It was hard to imagine, when the Latin American Poker Tour launched its first event in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in May 2008, that five years later we'd be sitting in Viña del Mar, Chile, ready to kick off the LAPT's sixth season. Especially in Viña del...more

EPT9 London: Marcin Horecki on bubbles big and small

Team PokerStars Pro Marcin Horecki talks to the PokerStars Blog video team about playing on the bubble. The Polish pro knows how to grind big and small and has twice won Player of the Series in the MicroMillions series, which is just about to start (14-24 March). You can check...more

Rock me, Amadeus

In recent years, I've become a little tired of city life. I used to live in Berlin, but when you're traveling around all the time to major metropolitan cities, it gets to be a bit much. I wanted to live in a completely different way than I do when I...more

Vivian Im: Writing her own Hold'em story

As the APPT spotlight shines on Seoul, Vivian Im is doing everything within her power to nurture the game in her own backyard. In the past four years that poker has become a livelihood for Vivian, she has enjoyed consistently good online results, gained Supernova Elite status, and used that...more

EPT9 London Day 3: Video introduction, with Sarah Grant and Rick Dacey

It's going to be a truly exceptional day at EPT London with all kinds of amazing stories possible. Sarah Grant puts on her best, "No, I'm interested, I really am" face as Rick Dacey meanders through this introduction and saps all the life out of it. Check it out below:...more

EPT9 London: Day 2 seat draw of event #12 (NLHE £2,150)

Day 2 of event #12 has kicked off at the Hippodrome today with 27 players remaining and just 20 places paying. The £2,150 buy-in event picked up 172 entries to create a £333,680 prize pool putting £98,430 up for the winner. There are plenty of well known grinders left in...more

EPT9 London Day 3: Amazing tables, bubble imminent, thrilling day afoot

This morning, the PokerStars Blog team went their separate ways. One of us took a wander around the Wallace Collection, a few blocks from the Edgware Road. Another headed to a supermarket, which was even closer. As we exchanged stories on the walk to the casino, we talked about the...more

Allinpri KOs KrazyKiddo after two-way Super Tuesday deal (3/12/13)

Another Super Tuesday, another super-sized field. A total of 585 entrants came out this time, again creating a prize pool ($585,000) that was close to twice the $300K guarantee. In the end two players -- Allinpri of Brazil and the U.K.'s KrazyKiddo -- would agree to an even chop, with...more

12 March

EPT9 London Day 2: No white smoke over The Vic, but Visockis leads title race

If poker's esteemed players were asked to vote, by conclave, for a chip leader tonight, they might well have missed the name Mantas Visockis. While cardinals from around the world did their voting today, Visockis found himself at the front of our equivalent queue tonight, closely followed by Matthias Tikerpe,...more

EPT9 London: The EPT Quote Board

Last month in Deauville we introduced the EPT Quote Board as a place where snippets of table talk and chunks of interview could frolic together. It would be a safe haven for little conversations, a tableau of poker chitter-chatter. You can check out that intro here. This week, it resurfaces....more

EPT9 London Day 2: Oh dear, what can the matter be? Leo Margets locked in the lavatory

I don't know about you, but I simply can't get enough of Leo Margets. And we're all in luck because the newest recruit to Team PokerStars Pro has been whipped up in a whirlwind of media interviews this week. Her face has been appearing on the front of pretty much...more

EPT9 London: Tim Davie taking great leaps up the poker ladder

The Twitter biography of Tim Davie (@Tim_Davie) reads: "Work hard, play hard". But while common applications of the phrase suggest that these two things should be done separately, the professional contemporary poker player knows they are not mutually exclusive notions. If you don't work hard at your poker game these...more

EPT9 London Day 2: The Midday Update at 5.30pm

Chris Moorman leads. The Englishman was thrust out front following a hand against David Williams and George Clyde-Smith. Moorman held pocket eights on a jack-high flop which outlasted Clyde-Smith's straight draw and Williams' ace-jack (which he folded earlier in the hand). The result was a stack of 312,000 for Moorman....more

Watch Team Pro vs The Professionals Q&A

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EPT9 London: Lauri Pesonen beats Barbosa and Seiver to event #11 and £40,060

Lauri Pesonen has continued a fine tradition of Finnish poker supremacy with a heads-up victory over EPT champ Joao Barbosa in the £2,100 8-handed turbo. The Finns have a disproportional amount of poker talent given the size of their population (just 5.4m at last official count). It must be something...more

EPT9 London: Gulyy beats Rettenmaier and Visser to event #10 for £22,070

Yury Gulyy finished at EPT Deauville last month for €27,000. It was a solid cash but one that just missed out on the big money, despite the fact that he was being railed by his son. Gulyy went all the way here in EPT London to beat a tough bounty...more

EPT9 London: Lex Veldhuis on day two? Surely some mistake

Lex Veldhuis has a reputation as one of the fiercest online cash game players in the world, who nevertheless dabbles every now and then in the live tournament environment. Veldhuis would probably be the first to admit,his tournament scores are not quite as impressive as many people would expect, and...more

EPT9 London Day 2: Exploring London with the PokerStars Blog

As you may have seen this week, we on the PokerStars Blog are attempting to broaden the horizons of poker players who may be visiting London for the first time. We also hope to appeal to those who, having been here several times before, are considering the world outside the...more

MicroMillions 4 begins Thursday

Mark your calendar. Set an alarm. Call your neighbor and have him knock on your door. MicroMillions 4 begins Thursday, and if you miss it...well, let's just say it: you're not very smart. Here's the thing, people: this is a tournament series for everybody. I understand how there might be...more

EPT9 London: Negreanu and co (trying to) shake their stuff

If there was a court case ruling on whether poker players could dance then I think think this bit of evidence could swing it in the case of the prosecution. Laura Cornelius cornered, among others, Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu to find out who could tear up the dance floor....more

Playing for myself

Earlier this year I spent 45 days away from Argentina. Back in 2010 or 2011, that would have been one of my shorter trips. These days, 45 days seems like a long time to be on the road. It got me thinking about selling action and taking backing. During my...more

EPT9 London Day 2: Tom Dwan ponders the first big question of the day

At some point you have to put embarrassment aside and ask for help. So thought Tom Dwan. "Do you have any idea where my stack is?" Dwan was pacing the tournament room, weaving between tables looking for his stack. He asked anyone who was stationary, and who would listen, but...more

EPT9 London Day 2: From Finland to the Falkland Islands, the EPT nationality pie-chart

The arrival to reporters' inboxes of the full and final list of players at an EPT Main Event is exciting for more than just the obvious reasons. We are delighted, of course, to know exactly who we will be watching over the coming week, but it also means that sooner...more

EPT9 London Day 2: Aido, the colour purple, and contenders to the throne

An American member of the media just asked about purple patches and from where specifically they originated. I suggested it could be a regal term, connected with royalty, given that purple was often a colour connected to the regent. I explained this to our American cousins and also that more...more

11 March

UKIPT3: Good Evans! Richard Evans wins UKIPT3 Champion of Champions

Gareth Bale is not the only Welsh wizard with a grin permanently etched on his face, for tonight Richard Evans won the UKIPT Champion of Champions. And as we saw when he took down UKIPT Dublin in May it was immediately obvious how much it meant to him. "I'm made...more

EPT9 London Day 1B: Flaming Sergio Aido continues roll into third tournament

Let's be clear: no one ever said Day 1A of EPT9 London was boring. But when you looked around the field on Day 1B, which has just wrapped at the Grosvenor Victoria Casino, it didn't take long to realise that not all days are created equal. The 411 players who...more

EPT9 London: Markus Ristola tops the PLO turbo, wins £16,300

Markus Ristola won £200,367 back in the 2009 WSOPE Main Event when he finished 5th behind Barry Shulman, Daniel Negreanu, Praz Bansi and Jason Mercier. As a quartet to finish runner-up to it's an impressive bunch. Ristola started this year off to a flier, too. He won a €5,000 event...more

EPT9 London Day 1B: Margets's moment in the sun. Make that snow.

Leo Margets played her first tournament in her new colours yesterday in what you could call her home EPT. Margets spends half her time in London and the other half in Spain. It suits her perfectly. For the most part, although when we spoke to her today he felt she...more

EPT9 London Day 1B: Isaac Haxton talks Dwan with Laura Cornelius

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EPT9 London Day 1B: Laura Cornelius talks to Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Selbst

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EPT London Day 1B: Take a walk in the park

Yesterday afternoon, Stephen Bartley dared to dream of a world outside the Grosvenor Victoria casino. He claimed there was somewhere called the Edgware Road in the vicinity, with shops and restaurants and things like that. It even has its own Twitter account, which tutted its disapproval at Bartley's suggestion that...more

EPT9 London: Nicolas 'NICCC' Chouity tops the turbo, chops with UKIPT champ Sergio Aido

EPT Grand Final winner Nicolas Chouity has pinned another EPT first place rosette to his poker portfolio after chopping a £1k turbo. He shared the largest share of spoils with Spaniard Sergio Aido who had just finished the penultimate day of play in the UKIPT Main Event. Aido had obviously...more

EPT9 London: Tina Abery takes away the Women's event

Tina Abery reigns supreme in the EPT London Women's £550 event pocketing £4,550 after beating Ana-Maria Cosma heads-up. Twenty-five players sat down for one of the earliest events of EPT London. EPT9 London, event #C Date: 9 March 2013 Buy-in: £550 Game: NLHE Women's event Players: 25 Prize pool: £12,125...more

EPT9 London: Rossiter wins the button to beat Romanello to £19,545

Jeffrey Rossiter is probably a name that you haven't heard before, unless you're from Australia or New Zealand perhaps. The Aussie has clocked up $1,572,557 in live tournament winnings which is pretty impressive, but still some way behind Roberto Romanello. The Welshman is close to bagging a triple crown -...more

EPT9 London Day 1B: A corner of some significance

Upstairs in a faraway corner of the tournament room at the Vic three tables play on. Tables seven, eight and nine are cut off slightly from the rest of the room. They're up three steps where the restaurant used to be, behind a glass partition. The tables that play on,...more

EPT9 London Day 1B: Mid-day update, plus interview with Teddy Sheringham

We are four levels in to our eight-level day. And that means it is time for a mid-day update. The first thing everyone wants to know about EPT London, of course, is the field size and this year it seems we're looking at 647 players. The tournament co-ordinators reckon they've...more

UKIPT3 Champion of Champions: Level 1-18 updates (blinds 3,000-6,000 ante 500)

1.05am: Richard Evans wins UKIPT Champion of Champions Congratulations to Richard Evans who has just won the UKIPT Champion of Champions. In the final hand he raised to 12,000 on the button and Robert Baguley called from the big blind. On the 7♠6♦2♦ flop Baguley open-shoved for roughly 40,000 and...more

EPT9 London Day 1B: The place to play for 50 years

The Vic is one of the longest established casinos in the country, celebrating its 50th anniversary next year. Word has it that in the 1960s The Vic was one of the places to be seen with visitors from as far away as the United States flying to London specifically to...more

EPT London Day 1B: How sick is this? Grading the tables on Day 1B

If you've been reading any of the live coverage from this festival or, indeed, if you follow any of the players on Twitter, you have probably heard mention of the somewhat intimate playing conditions here at the Vic. Tables are crammed in to pretty much every corner on every floor,...more

PokerStars weekend review (3-10-13)

There were two places to be this weekend: London or in front of your computer. While the UK & Ireland Poker Tour finished up its huge main event in London, it also completed the UKIPT High Roller, and got ready for tonight's Champion of Champions event. Meanwhile, the European Poker...more

EPT9 London: Marc Daubach wins UKIPT High Roller for £101,950

Marc Dubach last night topped the UKIPT High Roller beating out a tough final table to secure his first six-figure score. The likes of Byron Kaverman ($1,296,799 career live winnings), Martin Hanowski ($407,289), and EPT winner Zimnan Ziyard ($962,578) were close on Dubach's heels. Tom Hall's 6th place finish did...more

Reddit AMA gets real with Vanessa Selbst

Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Selbst did a recent online Q & A via reddit that delivered some fascinating comments and details about her life as a pro player. Some questions asked by people she knew in high school even gave us a glimpse of what she was like during those...more

Speed, paella, and poker at Estrellas Valencia

When you go to an Estrellas Poker Tout event on Spain's premier poker series you need to expect a lot more than poker. The next stop in Valencia will be no exception. This week Estrellas announced its players can go racing before hitting the table on April 4. If you're...more

PLO all the way

Over the last few months, about 80% of my time has been dedicated to poker. Sometimes it almost feels like too much, like all I do is play and sleep, play and sleep. I've been thinking about cutting back, but the games are so good I don't want to miss...more

EPT London Day 1B: Merging the tours to create a mega-festival

Before seeing the schedule for the ninth season of the European Poker Tour, I would have expected to have gone to my grave without ever having uttered the phrase "mega-festival". But not only have I now written it several times, I have also been to at least three of them,...more

EPT9 London Day 1B: Back from the cold for The Vic

It's snowing in London today. Going outside is unpleasant and while it looks like "good" snow, it doesn't appear to be settling on anything other than people's skin. Londoners could hardly be any paler, particularly in these winter months. But who needs vitamin D when the Grosvenor Casino, with all...more

Sunday Million: AexcaliburA draws the win after a five-way chop

After last week's anniversary madness, the Sunday Million returned to its regularly scheduled guarantee, but still drew a robust crowd. 8,755 players descended on the virtual felt, resulting in a $1,751,000 prize pool. 1,260 places were paid, with first place set to earn $257,572.10. Given that many of them were...more

10 March

Sunday Warm-Up: Craig "mcc3991" McCorkell claims title and $80K after five-way chop

There are barometers for a poker player's abilities. Most of these benchmarks are left for tournament play since the tournament rankings tend to be much easier to measure than asking a player to post their spreadsheets from every cash game they have played live and online. Tonight's $500,000 guaranteed Sunday...more

Women's Sunday: mtt_baller makes it rain

Three of today's final nine had been here before. Kristiine'88 celebrated her third Women's Sunday final table in ten weeks. Roxieforu05 finished ninth two weeks ago and mtt_baller was back for the first time since her third-place finish last April. Separating them all from the elusive title was a fearless...more

EPT9 London: Ronnie Gustafsson takes down event #5 for £8,038

Ronnie Gustafsson notched up his first live tournament win with a first place finish in a UKIPT side event. Well done, Ronnie. EPT9 London, event #5 Date: 9 March 2013 Buy-in: £220 Game: NLHE Players: 189 Prize pool: £37,054 Ronnie Gustafsson 1. Ronnie Gustafsson, Sweden, £8,038 2. Stepas Tindžiulis, Lithuania,...more

EPT9 London Day 1A: Marc-Andre Ladouceur takes lead and keeps it on opening day

It was time today to do things the English way on the European Poker Tour, which was in London again. London is one of only two destinations on the EPT to have staged an event in each of the nine seasons (Barcelona being the other), so it was with some...more

EPT9 London: Paul Delaney wins UKIPT event #3, bags £14,083

It was a one-two knockout in the £330 as Paul Delaney and Brendan Ruane took down event #3. Delaney has made a couple of UKIPT side event final tables in the past - and a couple of Main Event cashes - but this is his first live win. Delaney and...more

EPT London Day 1A: A chitter chat with Luca Pagano

Laura Cornelius of collared Luca Pagano of Team PokerStars Pro at the start of the dinner break. What occurred was a meeting of minds akin to Frost/Nixon, Fischer/Karpov, Dastardly/Pitstop. It also included Pagano tilting his head towards Cornelius's in a very peculiar fashion towards the end of the video....more

EPT9 London: Ian Simpson wins the kickoff turbo

Ian Simpson won the first tournament of the London poker festival for £4,400 in the £110 turbo deepstack. It's not going to be the biggest first prize of the festival (in all livelihood it might be the smallest). A win is a win though, so let us say, 'Well done,...more

EPT9 London Day 1A: Laura Cornelius talks to Theo Jorgensen

There are a few players making a return to the European Poker Tour after a period away. All are welcome back but none more so that Team PokerStars Pro Theo Jorgensen who, after a recent well publicized incident, is back doing what he does best, as he explained to Laura...more

EPT London Day 1A: Red Spades rout the Professionals in heads up challenge

When you set foot into a place like the Vic, you are essentially going back to the start of poker in the UK. The players who appeared on the pioneering Late Night Poker were almost all drawn from the Vic's cash-game pool and strolling around the tournament floor this week...more

EPT9 London Day 1A: The midday update at 9pm

It's about this time of day that we like to look back on a midday update written several hours ago. Instead, this late edition will have to do and hopefully provides all the relevant scores on the opening day, however relevant they actually can be at such an early stage....more

UKIPT3 London: Sergio Aido wins UKIPT London and £144,555

Today saw us bid adios to Season 3 of the UKIPT, the first stop of Season 4 sees the UKIPT pack it's suitcase and head off on holiday to Marbella, Spain. Fitting then that a Spaniard should win the last event of the season. That man is Sergio Aido, he...more

EPT9 London Day 1A: Obrestad from out of the blue. And green.

The British poker player is a very specific breed, and within that breed are various subdivisions, some of which are untouched by evolution while others are at the very peak of the species. Yet despite such a broad array of type, they stand out when seated alongside their peripatetic friends....more

EPT9 London, Day 1A: Meet Dave 'sexygee' Gent, one of the biggest winners you've never heard of

Last Sunday Dave 'sexygee' Gent was gearing up to play his usual Sunday slot of cash games, anything ranging from $5-$10 to $50-$100, when he decided to give the 7th Anniversary Sunday Million a shot. 'Believe or not, big fields are not my thing. They're not my style. It was...more

EPT London Day 1A: Adjusted for inflation

EPT London is nine years old and we have had eight different winners of the eight tournaments here so far. (Of course, every EPT main event has been won by someone different, so this is not exactly unique.) The amount of money they have won has also differed wildly. In...more

EPT9 London: Just off Edgware Road

The European Poker Tour has been to London nine times now, not always at the Grosvenor Vic but never veering from the W2 postcode. It may be that you've never swung by these parts, and swinging by is normally as much as anyone tries in this area. Anything other, such...more

UKIPT London final table: Level 26-31 updates (60,000-120,000 10,000 ante)

6.50pm: Sergio Aido wins UKIPT London; Thomas Ward out in second Bam, back to back all-ins and it's all over. This was another five-bet all-in pre-flop pot, again it was the all-in player who had the best hand but this time it didn't hold up. It was Aido who five...more

UKIPT London High Roller Day 2 seat draw

The UKIPT High Roller resumes today with 28 players battling it out for the £101,950 first place prize. All the remaining players are now in the money with Martin Hanowski best positioned to make the final table with a chip-leading 528,000 stack. Team PokerStars Pros George Danzer and Vicky Coren...more

UKIPT London: Final table player profiles

Here's some more information on the eight players contesting today's UKIPT final table. Seat 1: Guy Goossens, Belgium - 1,250,000 Belgian player Guy Goossens, 50, has a formidable live tournament record - of the past eight live events he's played, he's made the final table in six. He alternates live...more

EPT London Day 1A: A wonderful week in the capital

Good afternoon everyone and welcome to London, one of only two cities on the European Poker Tour that has hosted an event during each of its nine seasons. It means that as the EPT now attaches a numeral to its abbreviated name -- EPT9 -- London could do the same...more

9 March

UKIPT London Day 3: Wim Neys sweeps all before him, leads final table

When we looked at the field at the end of Day 2 last night, we realised that our final table (due to be decided at the end of Day 3) could take pretty much any complexion. There were a host of established big names still around, plus a host of...more

Anatomy of a Sunday Grind: March 3

Sunday Grind: March 3, 2013 Since I couldn't bear to confess to more scorched scrambled eggs, like in my first "Anatomy of a Sunday Grind" article, I decided it was time to rethink my schedule. Being as I wouldn't recommend a hectic start for any tournament grinder, especially on a...more

UKIPT London Day 3: Level 20-26 updates (20,000-40,000 5,000 ante)

8pm: Pastor out in ninth (£10,450). Final table set Juan Manuel Pastor is out and UKIPT London is at its final table. Pastor was all in for his last 137,000 and both Guy Goossens and Chris Dowling gave him a spin. They checked it all the way on a board...more

8 March

UKIPT London Day 2: Sergio Aido leads chase for final table

During its first four days at the Grosvenor Victoria Casino, UKIPT London has shown us what a peculiar game poker can be. Just when we were readying to proclaim that the cream of the crop always rises to the top, and tell you how Marvin Rettenmaier or Wojtek Barzantny have...more

Team Pro vs. The Professionals: Head-to-head

"Was that question designed to point out I am a scrawny little vegan? Guilty as charged." That was Team Pro Daniel Negreanu responding this week to how he thought his body would hold up in an honest-to-goodness fight against Gus Hansen. For the good of poker, it's probably best that...more

UKIPT London Day 2: Levels 16-19 updates (4,000-8,000 1,000 ante)

9.20pm: End of play Play has ended here in London, with 49 players left in the mix. They've bagged and tagged their chips and wandered off into the night/the bar/a cash game. We'll be doing the same just as soon as we've finished the sparkling end of day wrap. That...more

PokerStars Strategy: Getting value the Mercier way

An alternate title: Why checking back when you hit is a bad idea You've three-bet with K♣T♣ and get called by the original raiser, an aggro loose so-and-so who is liable to get involved with all kinds of hands. The flop is 5♠5♥7♥. You bet and get called. You're almost...more

Part-time Canadian

Now that I'm a regular commuter between Michigan and Canada, I realized that I should have made this move a long time ago. First of all, it's not even a bad drive--it only takes about 45 minutes to get from my house to the border, and once I come out...more

It's a woman's game

Today is International Women's Day, a time we recognize the contribution women make to the world in every field and the historical inequalities women have had to face. This day of recognition dates back to 1911, a time long before we thought about female's contribution to the game we all...more

UKIPT London Day 2: Level 12-15 updates (1,500-3,000 300 ante)

NEW POST! Head over to a new post for updates from level 16 onwards. 4.25pm: Break time In the 40 minutes since the bubble burst 24 players have been eliminated. The 120 remaining players are now on a 15 minute break. Tournament staff are going to do a comprehensive chip...more

7 March

UKIPT London Day 1C: Another remarkable chapter in Wojtek Barzantny's heaven-sent season

There was a lot that was familiar about Day 1C at UKIPT London, similar to the two days gone before, and similar to the entire season. There was a huge field -- 491 players to be precise -- and they tried to play 11 one-hour levels. But only about 20...more

UKIPT London Day 1C: Level 7-11 updates (600-1,200 ante 100)

1.15am: Moving on to Day 2 That ladies and gentlemen is the end of three monster Day ones here in London. Around 33 hours of play have reduced a field of 1,099 to under 250. They'll return at noon tomorrow, as will we. In the meantime a full wrap of...more

France Poker Series headed for SnowFest

Need a vacation? Need time time on the slopes? Want to win some money in the process? Grab your skis. Grab your boards. Grab your card protector. It's almost time for a ski vacation. And it's almost time for a poker tournament! The France Poker Series is headed back to...more

Bonding in Byron Bay

2013 is shaping up to be a busy year for me. By the time the WSOP ends in mid-July, I'll only have spent about a month and a half at home in Mexico. In January I split my time between the Bahamas for the PCA and Australia for the Aussie...more

Party Prep for the Women's Sunday's Second Birthday

It takes time to prepare for a big party. Details have to be confirmed. The celebration has to be organized. Invitations must be sent. We've been working behind the scenes to do just that. Someone bring us some cake, please. Last year's cake from Marjamma That's right. The second birthday...more

Sunday Million competition winners

Last week Lee Jones, PokerStars Head of Poker Communications reached out to you all with an offer. It was generous, quick and came with no strings attached. You had to guess how many players would play the 7th Anniversary Sunday Million and the 50 closest answers would be credited with...more

London poker festival in full swing, EPT Main Event starts Sunday

The £5,300 EPT London Main Event starts this Sunday, kicking off the London poker festival in earnest. While the UKIPT has pulled in some huge numbers (608 from Days 1A & B, Day C starts today) we expect even more players to jet into the UK capital for the EPT...more

UKIPT London Day 1C: Levels 1-6 updates (150-300 ante 25)

6.40pm: Dinner break The players are now on a one hour dinner break. You'll find level seven updates in a new post. -- NW 6.35pm: Lots of chips There's lots of chips on Liv Boeree's table, unfortunately not many of them belong to her. She's struggling on just 5,400 whilst...more

Watch benislovas win $848,589 in the Sunday Million

On Monday morning Andrius 'benislovas' Bielskis won one of the largest Sunday Millions to have played out. The Lithuanian amateur topped a field of 49,287 players to claim $848,589.33 after a three-way deal. He edged out British grinder David 'sexygee' Gent to take the title, which you can read about...more

6 March

UKIPT London Day 1B: Luke Bird flies highest on Day 1B

Unlike the average poker player, tournament organisers are a risk-averse bunch. Knowing that the card room of the Victoria Casino could seat only about 430 players, they scheduled three opening flights of UKIPT London and made each of them last 11 levels. That ensured we dusted off enough players to...more

UKIPT London Day 1B: Level 7-11 updates (600-1,200 100 ante)

1.20am: Day 1B is in the books So the second of the three starting flights of UKIPT London is done and dusted. A total of 414 players joined the 194 who played Day 1A and with around 450 players expected for Day 1C that should take the total number of...more

Watch the Sunday Million Anniversary final table

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From Moneymoon to honeymoon on FPPs

If you've watched my Team Online feature video, then you know that my main motivation for playing poker has always been to obtain some of life's nicer things. My conventional job pays for things like food, shelter, and investments while poker covers eating out, vacations, and sparkly new toys. That...more

Ignore the ladies at your peril

In January I went home to Melbourne for the Aussie Millions. I have a special attachment to that tournament series. Crown Poker was where I learned to play but, for whatever reason, I've never had any great results there. This time around I made a deep run and finished in...more

Eureka! It's double guarantees this Sunday

This Sunday... no scratch that... This DOUBLE SUNDAY every Eureka qualifier has had its guarantee doubled. That's right, twice as many seats are guaranteed for the main satellites giving you some great value and a last gasp shot to play the Eureka Czech Republic Main Event (20-24 March). The festival...more

UKIPT London Day 1B: Level 1-6 updates (150-300 ante 25)

*** NEW POST ALERT *** Follow the rest of Day 1B's action in this new post. 6.30pm: Dinner time Good news folks! If you have a dinner reservation with any of Andrew Seabright, Mark Stobbs, Neil Raine, David Anderson, Max Winberg, William Champion, Sam Oatley, Ghattas Kortas, Lisa Tan, Ryan...more

Jason "jdtjpoker" Wheeler outlasts LI0NB0Y, both earn $95K after chop in 3/5/13 Super Tuesday

After a couple of record-breaking weeks, the first Super Tuesday of March drew 580 entrants to play the $1,050 no-limit hold'em tournament -- less than last week's all-time high of 614 but still another huge turnout. The $580,000 prize pool nearly doubled the event's $300K guarantee, and after more than...more

5 March

UKIPT London Day 1A: Ben Jackson blasts through opening flight

It was a long and gruelling day at UKIPT London, a fact supported by the raw stats. We started with 194 players, we played 11 levels of an hour each, and we finished with a mere 43 left. That was pretty heavy going. Ben Jackson still looked fresh as a...more

UKIPT London Day 1A: Level 7-11 updates (600-1,200 ante 100)

1.05am: Day 1A is done That ladies and gentleman is the end of the first of three monster Day ones at UKIPT London. According to the tournament clock just 45 of the 194 players who began today with 15,000 chips have made it through to Day 2. A wrap of...more

UKIPT London Day 1A: Level 1-6 updates (150-300 ante 25)

6.40pm: Dinner break That's the end of level six and the players are now on a one hour dinner break. The tournament board was showing that 108 players of the 194 who started remain. When they return the blinds will be 200 - 400 ante 50 and the average stack...more

Team PokerStars vs The Professionals headed for London

I just got off a conference call that I never really expected to take. Among the people on the line were Daniel Negreanu and Gus Hansen. They were talking about an upcoming Battleship-style poker event. And they were talking trash. "We grew up as live poker players. I've never played...more

Meet Sunday Million anniversary champion Andrius "benislovas" Bielskis

He will soon turn 33 years old. He's married with a child who is about to turn two. And he was supposed to be at work Monday morning. It was an important day on the job. He heads a department at an international logistics company in Lithuania. People were expecting...more

PokerStars LIVE at The Hippodrome Casino is go!

PokerStars LIVE at The Hippodrome Casino officially launched last night with a champagne reception and twin freerolls. A media charity bounty tournament started the evening off, featuring Team PokerStars Pros Jake Cody, Victoria Coren and Liv Boeree, as well as celebrities including 'Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels' stars Dexter...more

How reality TV got me in shape

For the last 18 months or so I've been working out six or seven days per week with ElkY and our trainer, Lincoln. I first ran into them during EPT London in October 2011, when ElkY was training for his boxing fight with Lex Veldhuis. I had just spent four...more

Red Spade Luca Moschitta wins IPT Saint Vincent and €180,000

PokerStars Team Online's Luca Moschitta has today won IPT Saint Vincent beating a field of 358 players to win the and €180,000 first place prize. It's Moschitta's 7th IPT Main Event cash and the second time that he's managed to make it to the heads-up. Last time he got down...more

Leo Margets joins Team PokerStars Pro

There is a scene in Lethal Weapon 2 that played over and over in our minds at the 2009 World Series of Poker. Throughout the week of the Main Event, we watched a young Spanish woman climb through the ranks of the field. Each time she made it to another...more

4 March

PokerStars weekend review (02-04-13)

It's been some Monday, let alone weekend, on PokerStars. This morning saw three players pocket more than $800,000 in the 7th Anniversary Sunday Million which pulled together a prize pool of close to $10,000,000. On top of that we've had the not-so-small matter of the 95 billionth hand dropping $122,030...more

RichB17 super binks the 95 billionth hand for 149,500 big blinds

Monday mornings aren't often people's favourite time of the week, but I think it's safe to say that that RichB17 might now look at them that much fonder after today. Just moments ago RichB17 won the 95 billionth hand dealt on PokerStars to bank a bonus $23,920, some 149,500 big...more

Getting rich on balance

People sometimes ask me about my career playing Starcraft, something I did very seriously for quite a while before becoming a full-time poker pro. At the time I started it was only possible to be a full-time player in South Korea, and so I moved there when I was about...more

Sunday Million 7th Anniversary Special: benislovas binks the title, top trio earn over $800k apiece

To celebrate the Sunday Million's seventh birthday, PokerStars rolled out a $7 million guaranteed prize pool, and a crowd large enough to fill Yankee Stadium came running. This week, a trip to the final three tables yielded a five-figure payday, sixth place paid as much as a typical Sunday Million...more

Win BIG with the 95 billionth hand

The 95 billionth hand is due to be dealt shortly paying out a huge bonus to whoever is dealt into the Mega Milestone hand. And if you win it? Then you get even more so whatever you do, do not fold. You can find out more details here but believe...more

3 March

Sunday Warm-Up: LeBronn2333 dunks the competition winning $144K

Trickle down economics. The gist is if you give more money through tax cuts to the wealthy they will spend those saving and the money will eventually reach poorer folks. While we doubt anyone with $215 to buy-in to tonight's $500,000 guaranteed Sunday Warm-Up could be labeled as poor, the...more

Well done WakkaAce for $3,300 Women's Sunday Win

It was a big Sunday on PokerStars. Our Women's Sunday had the highest turnout in months, catapulting the prize pool over the $17K mark. Quite a lot of money! All of PokerStars was jumping this weekend. The 7th Anniversary Sunday Million had a whopping $7 million guarantee and ended up...more

Rafa wins in Mexico, puts past behind him

If you're at all a fan of tennis, you remember the past seven months. It was a time when one of the living legends of the game was conspicuously absent from the court. Rafael Nadal, the king of Clay, was injured and incapable of playing. He couldn't find a way...more

2 March

PS Women in February: Pros on the Road, Online Regulars Recognized

February may have been the shortest month of the year, but it was filled with plenty of poker fun and information to keep it quite busy. PS Women Team Pros were in action in places like Deauville and Melbourne, while some were spending time in the kitchen and even on...more

1 March

PokerStars unveils Haxton's Happy Hours

I don't know where you're sitting right now, but from my seat, it's starting to feel a little bit like half-past Cocktail O'Clock. I'm getting the sense that somewhere there is a Happy Hour with my name on a barstool. For everybody else, PokerStars and Isaac Haxton are lining up...more

Borderline Gambling: Viña del Mar, Chile

"Be careful," the man casually removed his ear buds. "I am told there are two men on that street looking to rob people." "Thanks." "Enjoy Peru." I was not, in that moment, enjoying Peru. I had crossed the highway to the neighbouring district of Barranco, where I was to stay...more

Robbers, fake soccer teams, and angry dogs

I am down in Thailand with the family reloading the batteries before EPT London in the beginning of March. It's a much needed getaway after a home robbery that included two shots in my leg. The leg is on its way to total recovery, and so are we as a...more

7th Anniversary $7,000,000 Sunday Million: Meeting the Million men

This Sunday the 7th Anniversary Sunday Million is taking place. It's going to be an epic affair with its $7,000,000 guaranteed prize pool drawing in tens of thousands of players from around the world. There's $1,000,000 guaranteed for first place but if other Sunday Million special editions are anything to...more

Sometimes you need a break

I've been traveling the tournament circuit since the late 90s and a lot has changed since then, both in terms of where I go and also what works for me in terms of a schedule. When I first started playing the circuit, I just couldn't imagine missing a tournament! The...more

EPT Grand Final set to be best yet

The EPT Grand Final is the crown of the European Poker Tour's crown; it's big, bright, glittering and has a huge price tag. Today the European Poker Tour has released the full schedule, facts and figures, and it looks incredible. This season the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino EPT Grand Final in...more