July 2013

31 July

APPT7 Queenstown: Huang soars on Day 1c

Today was the third and final opportunity for players to remove their skis and venture inside the warmth of the SKYCITY Queenstown Casino for the APPT Queenstown Main Event. The third flight also produced the largest field as a total of 47 entrants took part, but with several overseas no...more

APPT7 Queenstown: Money money money

The official prize pool and payouts have been announced for the 2013 APPT Queenstown Main Event. We saw 40 runners on Day 1a, another 39 on Day 1b and then a healthy 47 today on Day 1c to combine for a total number of 126 entrants for the NZ$3,000 Main...more

LAPT6 Peru: Day 1a belongs to Diaz

The first of two Day 1 flights for the Season 6 LAPT Peru Main Event is done and dusted here at the Atlantic City Casino in Lima, and after 10 one-hour levels Peru's own Gabriel Diaz emerged near the end of play as the leader among those bagging up chips....more

APPT7 Queenstown: An orbit with Bryan

As we enter the fourth level of the day we thought it would be a good time to check in on the progress of our two Team PokerStars Pros. We took a walk around the room and couldn't spot Team Online member Roy Bhasin. It appears his day has come...more

LAPT6 Peru: The hand concludes, the counting begins

Two players, just a few feet apart, separately counting out their stacks. Upon completing the task, one exhales wearily, softly dropping a fist to the felt as if to punctuate an expression of dismay. The other moves more quickly, collecting his chips into columns with a near glee, then stands...more

LAPT6 Peru: Feast and famine

We're all back from dinner, some of us moving perhaps a beat slower than before thanks to a filling meal downstairs at the Eliazar Restaurante. Lima has been referred to by some as the "Gastronomical Capital of the Americas" and from previous visits to the coastal capital we can attest...more

APPT7 Queenstown: Off the ledge

The Bungy Jump is a devilish creation born right here in Queenstown, the adrenalin capital of the world. AJ Hackett is the man to blame, and now his company is positioned as #1 for adventure sports in the region. According to their website they have been "throwing people off things...more

APPT7 Queenstown: On track for Day 1c

We're back inside the SKYCITY Queenstown Casino for Day 1c of the APPT Queenstown Main Event. A near-capacity field today should see our total number of entries push towards 130 which would be a solid result -- but will we get that close? Again it's a stunning day in this...more

LAPT6 Peru: Team Pro talk and... Sharknado!

It's a little past the halfway point of Day 1a of LAPT6 Peru in Lima. Five one-hour levels are in the books and the sixth is well underway. As good a time as any to look in on our red-spade wearing friends. Actually when it comes to Team PokerStars Pros,...more

LAPT6 Peru: From Las Vegas to Lima come Kawauti and Ortiz

Players from 107 different countries participated in events at this year's World Series of Poker, carrying with them stories about their summer vacations all over the globe. The stories of a couple of those players -- both here today -- have been passed around the room frequently during this first...more

LAPT6 Peru: A roar amid the quiet; Leo felts Robertito

Early levels. Blinds small. Stacks deep. Lots of quiet, small pots coming one after another, with chips passing back and forth a few at a time and stacks slowly growing or becoming depleted by small increments. Such was the scene midway through Level 2 when suddenly action arose at one...more

LAPT6 Peru: Taking a seat

"How are you doing? I'm in 16." So said a grinning Christian De León just a minute or two after noon as he greeted LAPT tournament staff on his way to taking his seat at the start of Level 1. That's "16" as in Table 16, roughly the number of...more

Women of the World: Honesty and resilience key to Hillary Clinton's success

Editor's Note: PokerStars Women provides an arena that allows women to comfortably enter the world of poker, a game traditionally dominated and influenced by men. Through the last few decades, women have become a force in the game, but it hasn't always been easy. This series - "Women of the...more

LAPT6 Peru: Looking back and looking ahead in Lima

We're back! Greetings from Lima, Peru, where Season 6 of the Latin American Poker Tour has wound its way once again, bringing players from all over South America and beyond to the Atlantic City Casino in Miraflores for another chance at a coveted LAPT trophy. I say "we're back" because...more

For those who really want to be a pro: limits and behaviors

Folks ask me the right way to start a career in online poker. Looking back in hindsight at my over seven years of grinding experience, I believe that the success of a poker player can come in many forms and that there is no magic recipe for becoming a winner....more

A six-figure score for Craig 'mcc3991' McCorkell in the 7/30/13 Super Tuesday

Tuesdays. They don't have the glamour of Fridays or gloom of an impending Monday, but they do have tacos. And the Super Tuesday. The weekly $1,050 buy-in event drew 551 players to create a $551,000 prize pool. The player who took the largest chunk out of that prize pool was...more

30 July

APPT7 Queenstown: Laidlaw lands on top of Day 1b

Day 1b of the APPT Queenstown saw a field of 39 entrants come together in the SKYCITY Queenstown Casino and once again players and tournament staff alike enjoyed another short day at the office with just five levels played. That was enough time for the field to reduce to just...more

APPT7 Queenstown: A tale of two Daniels

Our two chip leaders on Day 1b of the APPT Queenstown Main Event at the moment are both named Daniel. But that is perhaps the only similarity between these two interesting players. We don't want to make any rash assumptions, but our observations of Daniel Laidlaw and Daniel Levy have...more

APPT7 Queenstown: Bursting at the seams

We've been talking about how there is so much to keep you entertained here in Queenstown, but we've yet to really describe what some of those activities actually are. We decided to head to the official Tourism Queenstown website to get the full rundown and here's just some of what...more

APPT7 Queenstown: The rise of Deanuzz

Dean Schneider might just be the real deal. Over the last twelve months, since winning the Shane Warne Super Stack event in November, Schneider has simply gone from strength to strength. Schneider picked up $21,355 for that win and seems to have used that as a bankroll to now position...more

APPT7 Queenstown: Good vibes for Day 1b

It's another glorious day here in Queenstown. The sun is beaming down which was fantastic for those who got out and about this morning to enjoy a walk through the park, stroll around the lake or a spot of frisbee golf. It's not so great for those looking for snow,...more

Smell the roses

The beginning of the summer was incredibly busy. I went to Vegas at the start of the World Series of Poker to drop off my luggage, my golf clubs, and my other stuff. I played four events, and I cashed one just before leaving for the GuangDong Ltd. Asia Millions...more

Fabrizio Piva wins IPT Sanremo and €121,000

Fabrizio Piva yesterday won IPT Sanremo for €121,000 after beating a field of 245 players. Piva beat Frenchman Ryad Belabdelouahab heads-up but not before the pair had struck a deal which saw Belabdelouahab win €89,600. Belabdelouahab had moved all-in with A♣4♣ on a Q♣J♦9♣K♥9♦ board but was called down by...more

Watch the MicroMillions 5 Main Event final table (28 July 2013)

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29 July

APPT7 Queenstown: Chon chomps field on Day 1a

An abbreviated Day 1a of the APPT Queenstown Main Event saw a field of 40 players come together in the warmth of the SKYCITY Queenstown Casino. The field was full of PokerStars online qualifiers who won their way from not only Australia and New Zealand, but Thailand and New Caledonia...more

APPT7 Queenstown: Short day becomes shorter for Rawkz

It's a tough gig being a sponsored pro when the media harass you for details of your early bust out from the Main Event. At least, that's what Liam O'Rourke might be thinking right now as he contemplates how to spend his next hour on the rail while waiting for...more

APPT7 Queenstown: Full Tilt Poker ANZPT Tour Ambassadors Revealed

A trio of Tour Ambassadors are making their debut this week as Full Tilt Poker representatives on the Australia New Zealand Poker Tour (ANZPT). The final stop of Season 5, in Queenstown, sees Jono Karamalikis, Liam O'Rourke and Tom Grigg take to the felt for the first time in their...more

APPT7 Queenstown: ANZPT Season 6 announced

Some exciting news from the Australia New Zealand Poker Tour today with confirmed dates announced for several stops on Season 6 of the ANZPT. The new season will kick off at the SKYCITY Auckland Casino with the NZ$2,200 ANZPT Auckland Main Event running from 20-24 November 2013. From there, the...more

APPT7 Queenstown: Poker peaks

It is with great pleasure that we welcome you back to Queenstown in New Zealand for the APPT Queenstown Main Event -- the fourth stop of Season 7 of the tour. This boutique event has found its niche in the poker calendar with players coming far and wide to enjoy...more

The secret of my success

When I wrote my previous blog, I was enjoying my last day off before an intense three-month grind. It started off with two EPT events- Berlin and Monte Carlo- where I did really bad and didn't cash any events. SCOOP, however, was still on the horizon and as you know...more

Mobile Mystery competition: Nothing scary, just fun and free!

Many poker players are familiar with the members of Team PokerStars Pro. They see their photos on blog posts, social media mentions, and live at various tournaments. So we have a true test for Team Pro fans. The only hint we'll give is that this is probably a female Team...more

Put your feet down, someone's won an iPad

We asked you to put your feet up, play some poker, take a photo and take a chance at winning an iPad. A lot of you did. Most of you even remembered to use the #PSFeetUp hashtag. One of you won a shiny new iPad4 (upon which you can play...more

PokerStars weekend review (29 July 2013)

The MicroMillions 5 series came to an end yesterday after 11 days and 100 events with that huge $1,000,000 guaranteed tournament playing the festival out. That Main Event (Event #98) was won by Lithuanian stygher for $160,726.14, who beat a field of 59,213 players to score that incredible uptick on...more

Macau Poker Cup returns in August!

In just two weeks, the 19th edition of the Macau Poker Cup (MPC) returns to the 'PokerStars LIVE at the City of Dreams' poker room from August 9-18. Players throughout Asia are excited and they have good reason to be. When the hugely popular regional series launched Macau's newest poker...more

MicroMillions 5: stygher strikes it rich, wins Main Event #98, $160K ($22 NLHE)

What a wild week-and-a-half! The fifth installment of PokerStars' popular MicroMillions series has come to a conclusion, once again offering players 100 different opportunities to make a lot out of a little via small buy-in tourneys promising big rewards for the winners. The $22 buy-in Main Event (Event #98) provided...more

28 July

Sunday Million: tatue takes it down, earns $181K after chop with g0epr0

This week's Sunday Million saw another big turnout as 6,755 joined the fray to create another guarantee-exceeding prize pool of $1,351,000. It would take almost 11-and-a-half hours for a winner to emerge from that big group, with tatue of Denmark ultimately taking the honor after making a two-way deal with...more

MicroMillions 5: vander9279 vanquishes the storm in Event #97 ($11 NLHE Sunday Storm Special Edition)

The weekly storm drew in a big haul today. vander9279 bested a field of 44,465 players in under seven hours and took $35,600.66 for the achievement. While vander9279 took a large chunk out of the $444,650.00 prize pool, there was still plenty to go around. Making the final table guaranteed...more

MicroMillions 5: Canard12 beats final table in 11 minutes in Event #100 ($1+R NLHE Hyper-Turbo)

Lightning, Bugattis, poker agents, all are incredibly quick and potentially dangerous, but none compare to the speed in Event #100. Blinds last only three-minutes and a field of 10,453 players played down to a champion in just 156 minutes. That included a 30-minute re-buy period where players re-bought 38,722 times...more

MicroMillions 5: 96teruyaloco runs hot to win Event #99 ($3.30 NLH Turbo)

MicroMillions Event #99 was the penultimate tournament on a day which provided over $1,000,000 in guarantees for very small buy-ins. There were two events left to run after the Main Event was underway and #99 was quick $3.30 No Limit Hold'em Turbo which doubled its $30,000 guarantee. The tournament attracted...more

Sunday Warm-Up: goolirpoker takes down EDWARDHOPPER after even split for the title

A familiar name at the Sunday Majors, WCOOP, and SCOOP final tables, EDWARDHOPPER was once again looking for that elusive major online win. As reported by Kristin Bihr during Dane's run in the Sunday Million last month, EDWARDHOPPER's list of runner-up finishes is long and would be knocking on the...more

MicroMillions 5: joeisi wins Event 96, $3.30+R NL Courchevel Hi/Lo (6-max, 3x-Turbo)

If you're the type of person who likes both to save the best for last and to play poker variants that give you lots of options on every hand, today was the perfect day for you. Event 96 fit the bill in both cases, as it was the only Courchevel...more

Peponaki81 of Greece wins last Women's Sunday in July

What an exciting weekend! The MicroMillions 5 Main Event was on tap today. For only $22 players could get in on the $1 million guarantee, and there were a total of 59,213 players who actually registered! That created a $1,184,260 prize pool. Simply incredible. Meanwhile, the PokerStars Mobile competitions are...more

MicroMillions 5: wawryn1410 big winner in Event #94 ($5.50 NLHE, 1R1A)

Just as has been the case for the last week-and-a-half, Event #94 of MicroMillions 5 -- a $5.50 no-limit hold'em affair with options for one re-buy and one add-on -- attracted a huge field, this one 14,424 players strong. In the end it would take just over 10 hours for...more

Battle of the Planets: Profitable return trip for andyafc#1 winning $12K in July's freeroll

Showing last month's victory was not a fluke, defending champion bigbluffzinc was back at the final table again. After taking home $12K from winning the June triple shootout bigbluffzinc would be attempting to become the first back-to-back champ of this event. andyafc#1 also made a return trip to the final...more

MicroMillions 5: masi1951 comes back big to win Event #93 ($2.20 NLH)

After all the unique and interesting twists added to the MicroMillions schedule sheet, it was nice to see a standard No Limit Hold'em event show it's head on a busy Sunday. A nice crowd of 14,714 players entered the third tournament on the final day of MicroMillions. They created a...more

Eureka3 Bulgaria: Liran Machluf wins Eureka3 Bulgaria and €93,000

The Eureka3 Bulgaria final table was a final table of two halves. From eight to two in no time and then a protracted heads-up contest between Liran Machluf and Alexander Moiseev. During the three hour contest between the two PokerStars qualifiers it was Machluf who won most of the battles...more

MicroMillions 5: Good timing helps kersepit win Event 92, $1+R NLHE (3x-Turbo, Sunday Spark Special Edition)

The final day of MicroMillions 5 is finally upon us, which means there's a whole lot of money on the line for micro-stakes players today. Most of that will come from the Main Event and a special edition of the Sunday Storm later in the day, but the day got...more

MicroMillions 5: All business for arcmonkey in Event 91 ($5.50 Limit Razz)

PokerStars Head of Blogging Brad Willis and I have known each other for close to 10 years. We share some interests, we've shared some poker, and we share some poker interests. We both have an unhealthy fixation with limit razz, the result of which means that Brad often asks me...more

MicroMillions 5: Bokito23 last standing in Event #95, ($2.22 NL Hold'em, Hyper-Turbo, HU)

Just don't look at the lobby -- that's the best advice one could give any of the 16,384 runners who were vying for top prize in the $20,000 guaranteed for Event #95, a HU Hyper-Turbo shootout. A massive 2,048 players got paid, which is to say players who made the...more

MicroMillions 5: Nothing random about ROMDOM82, winner of Event #90 ($1 + R NLHE 3x Turbo)

Sometimes players simply stand out. Something about their game flags up a bag full of talent. They win chips with ease and play as if it means nothing. It's no surprise when they politely turn down a deal and even less of a surprise when they go on to win....more

Eureka3 Bulgaria, Day4: Level 24-30 updates (blinds 50,000 - 100,000 ante 10,000)

7.05pm: Liran Machluf wins Eureka Bulgaria (€93,000) And it's all over here in Bulgaria and Liran Machluf is the champion. The final hand started with Liran Machluf limping on the button, Alexander Moiseev raised to 275,000, Machluf made it 600,000 and Moiseev made the call. On the 2♣A♣5♦ flop it...more

MicroMillions: chrisifer62 comes back to win Event #88 ($4.40 NLH 6-Max, Action Hour)

MicroMillions 5 Event #88 was another twist to the game brought to by the brilliant behind the scenes. 6-Max Action Hour is a rebuy tournament designed to provide exactly what the name suggests, action. The tournament begins with elevated blind levels during the 60 minute rebuy period to induce players...more

MicroMillions 5: BastiKiefer bests the field in Event #89 ($5.50 NL 5-Card Omaha Hi/Lo)

Event #89 brought some spice to the MicroMillions. For $5.50 a piece, 2,664 players got a shot at a tournament unlike any other in the MicroMillions. It was standard Omaha Hi/Lo rules except that players got five hole cards instead of four. This new variant increases the number of hands...more

27 July

MicroMillions 5: kokkie1975 can't lose in Event #86 ($1 NLHE)

The fifth installment of the MicroMillions is in its final stretch. Things are about to peak with the $22 buy-in, $1 million guarantee main event tomorrow, but today was a bit more simple. One dollar, one shot, no-limit hold'em, Event #86. The $1 buy-in event drew 24,239 players, creating a...more

MicroMillions 5: p_soosmar pulls through for the win in Event 84, $8.80 NL Hold'em

The end of MicroMillions 5 is looming. Tomorrow's $22 MicroMillions Main Event and $11 Sunday Storm Special Edition will have $1.3 million in guaranteed prize money between them, wrapping this series up on a high note. Both are hold'em tournaments, which made today a good day to practice since the...more

MicroMillions 5: Woe to those who crossed paths with blackcat6688 in Event 85 ($2.22+R NLHE 3x-Turbo)

Turbo tournaments - wildly popular but damn hard to win. They require a unique strategy, flawless poker, and a healthy dose of that special sauce known as "run-good". It's a mystical combination that blackcat6688 put together today in 2013 MicroMillions 5 Event 85. Go figure, that was unlucky for every...more

MicroMillions: Agent Bear limits damage in Event #87 ($3.30 Limit Hold'em 6-Max Turbo)

It takes a special breed of poker player to enjoy Limit Hold'em and more than 5,000 of them signed up for MicroMillions Event #87 Limit Hold'em 6-Max turbo. While the no limit version is the darling of most players, there are still some out there who possess the skills to...more

MicroMillions 5: Strong finish brings braindeador Event #83 title ($4.40 NLHE, 1R1A)

It's always nice to run hot at a final table, regardless of the tournament. Just ask braindeador who made it all of the way to the end of MicroMillions 5 Event #83 having built a chip lead with nine remaining, then managed to eliminate seven of the last eight opponents...more

MicroMillions 5: It's all EvaggelosB, all the time in Event 82 ($2.20 NLHE)

I've been in the poker business for more than five years now. In that time I've seen my small share of dominating final-table performances. It's rare enough to see one player systematically control the other eight and gather all the chips without ever being threatened that when it happens, the...more

Eureka3 Bulgaria: Tane Tanevski leads the elite eight in Bulgaria

In a quick fire day the last 35 players in the Eureka3 Bulgaria Main Event were reduced to the final table of eight in a little over five levels. If Day 3 was a dance it would've been the foxtrot for it was a quick, slow, quick kind of day...more

MicroMillions 5: YourPrinses takes the crown in Event 81, $5.50 PL Omaha

The next-to-last day of MicroMillions 5 kicked off this morning at 2:00 a.m. ET with Event 81, a $5.50 pot-limit Omaha 6-max tournament. This was the last chance for MicroMillions players to play PLO, as the only other Omaha tournament left on the schedule is Event 89, a no-limit five-card...more

Eureka3 Bulgaria: Day 3, level 23-24 (blinds 12,000 - 24,000 ante 3,000

6.35pm: Richard Pfeffer eliminated in 9th place (€6,600) It didn't take long for the official final table to be set, about six minutes in fact. It folded to a short stacked Richard Pfeffer in the small blind and he moved all-in with A♦4♠, Alexander Moiseev looked down at A♣Q♥ and...more

MicroMillions 5: Lhamarion unmoved on way to Event #80 title ($5.50 NLHE)

If there was a blueprint for how a standard MicroMillions event should play out it might look a lot like the final table of Event #80, a $5.50 no-limit hold'em contest. In this blueprint would be an obvious chip leader, short stacks fighting among themselves, a couple of massive swings,...more

Eureka3 Bulgaria: Day 3, level 19-22 updates (8,000 - 16,000 ante 2,000)

4.41pm: Break time Just six players down in the past two hours, time then for the 13 remaining players to take a 15 minute break. The last hand before the break Piotr Sowinski was eliminated. You'll find level 23 updates in a new post. 4.40pm: Another double for Richard Larsen...more

MicroMillions 5: meKILLstacks conquers Courchevel in Event #79 ($3.30 PL Courchevel)

Browsing the blogging schedule for this year's MicroMillions, I couldn't help but noticed I'd been slotted in for Event #79 of the schedule - the $3.30 Pot Limit Courchevel. Courchevel...Courchevel...what on Earth is Courchevel? A quick Google search on "Courchevel" revealed that it was a ski resort in France. Hmmm...more

26 July

MicroMillions 5: Fab finish for Fab-Dach, wins Event #76 after chop with JUST-P-77 ($2.20 NLHE)

Two bucks and two dimes. And by "dimes" we aren't employing any sort of pokerspeak to refer to tens of thousands (or anything else) -- no... just the regular ol' dimes. We're talking $2.20 total here, the buy-in for the no-limit hold'em Event #76 of MicroMillions 5, which is what...more

MicroMillions 5: One Poor Bum gets rich in Event 77, $2.20 NL Omaha (6-max, 3x-Turbo)

Traditionally Omaha has been played as a pot-limit game. But online poker's flexibility brought around the advent of no-limit Omaha, which has become a favorite among those who just can't get enough action. It's not the most common game for tournaments, but there's guaranteed to be plenty of chip-flinging going...more

MicroMillions 5: davrow takes Event #75 down, earns nearly $6.5K ($5.50 NLHE 6-Max, Big Antes)

Event #75 of MicroMillions 5 brought players yet another fun no-limit hold'em tourney variation with a 6-max., "big antes" format that encouraged action in a couple of ways with the short-handed tables and the extra preflop contributions required of players. A total of 8,651 joined this $5.50 buy-in event, creating...more

MicroMillions 5: CrazyAjee collects bounties to win Event #74 ($8.80 NLH 4-Max, SuperKnockout)

With just a few events remaining in the MicroMillions 5 schedule and a big weekend coming up, more than 8,000 players registered from one of the bigger tournaments of the series. Event #74 was a 4-Max Super-Knockout tournament with a $8.80 buy-in where half went to the prizepool and half...more

Eureka3 Bulgaria: Richard Pfeffer leads final 35

In four day tournaments Day 2 is always moving day, 147 of the 182 players who began today have been unceremoniously removed from this tournament and only 13 of those have anything to show for their efforts. They were unlucky and lucky at the same time. Over nine action packed...more

MicroMillions 5: Final table comeback leads drewster33 to victory in Event 73, $3.30 NLHE

Like all PokerStars tournament series, MicroMillions 5 is packed full of variety. It's like an ice cream lover walking into Baskin Robbins and being confronted with an array of flavors. Shootout tournaments, shorthanded tournaments, tournaments played in every game from Badugi to Courchevel to Omaha to Stud, all packed into...more

MicroMillions 5: Main event guarantees $1 million this weekend

We like to think of MicroMillions as the biggest little tournament in the world: low buy-ins, big fields, big payoffs. It delivers on every count. When it comes time for the main event, however, it's hard to believe that the buy-in is still so small. This Sunday at 14:30 ET,...more

Get your own Guinness World Record certificate

Were you one of the 225,000 players who played the $1 tournament which made the Guinness World Record as the largest tournament ever? If you were then you might want to pick up your own official personalised certificate to show that you are a record breaker, a Guinness World Record...more

Hard work and good luck a winning hand for Linda Johnson

Linda Johnson leads the kind of life that many of us involved in the poker world can only dream of. Not only is she the proud owner of a World Series of Poker bracelet ($1,500 Seven-Card Razz in 1997), she is also a member of both the Poker Hall of...more

Loving the grind

Looking back at the final table of this year's EPT Grand Final, I'm firmly in the camp declaring it the strongest EPT final ever. I was surrounded by incredible players: Johnny Lodden, Noah Schwartz, Daniel Negreanu, Jason Mercier, Grant Levy, Andrew Pantling, and Steve O'Dwyer, who ended up winning the...more

PokerStars strategy: You know what? Sometimes they have it

It's so easy to believe you're being bluffed and pay people off. There was a flush draw and they could have been betting it right? Well, yes, they could. They could also have been betting sets, two pairs, straights and made flushes. Maybe, just maybe, your hand isn't good. But...more

MicroMillions 5: Hey AVE JC won't you win Event #72 for me ($1+R NLH 3xTurbo)

For the type of tournament it was this was a long final table. Anyone watching would have been led to believe that a "turbo" would pass by quickly, a barnstorming procession of all-ins and eliminations. In part they were right, at least on the first bit. But sometimes the capricious...more

Eureka3 Bulgaria: Day 2, level 13-18 updates (3,000 - 6,000 ante 500)

11.15pm: Day 2 is over Day 2 has come to an end and just 35 players remain. It's very close at the top and an exciting Day 3 lies ahead as we play down to the final table. Stay right here for a wrap of the day's play, the overnight...more

UKIPT Galway starts tomorrow, Saturday 27 July

The largest ever festival to touch down on Irish soil begins tomorrow. Get there. Be there. It's going to be a massive 17 days of poker with the €1,000,000 guaranteed UKIPT Galway Main Event topping a 60 event schedule. There's going to be cash games, a UK vs Ireland Heads-Up...more

Eureka3 Bulgaria, Day 2: Chip leaders and bust outs

The players are now into the third level of the day and blinds are up to 800-1,600 ante 200. During the first break of the day the tournament staff did a full chip count, so let's take a closer look at the top five stacks as the number of players...more

Eureka3 Bulgaria, Day 2: Over before it's even begun

As alluded to in today's introductory post the start of Day 2 often sees a rash of exits as players who have tightened up to make Day 2 are left short on chips and need to get their hands on some. Often it goes wrong and they find themselves with...more

MicroMillions 5: Nothing but pure domination from alisaurio in Event #70 ($5.50 NLHE)

Poker players often talk about running "well" or "pure" or "like God", but what exactly does that mean? It's hard to measure what God runs like -- he's not on any tracking database that we know of -- but we think God would be pretty envious of the run of...more

Eureka3 Bulgaria, Day 2: Cue the carnage

Day 2 is about to get underway here in Varna which means only one thing - a rush to the exits. Boffins at Cambridge and Oxford have yet to figure out just why so many players hit the rail in the opening couple of levels of Day 2 of a...more

MicroMillions 5: musashi_sens steamrolls to victory in Event #71 ($11 NLHE Turbo Super KO)

What's better than turning a micro investment into thousands of dollars? How about doing it all in under five hours so you still have time to make your dinner reservation? It will be champagne and lobster tonight for musashi_sens from Portugal who survived the turbo-charged, bounty-popping madness of today's MicroMillions...more

25 July

MicroMillions 5: Kivisaba wins big by drawing low in Event #69 ($3.30 2-7 Single Draw)

Players were getting low in Event #69. For $3.30 a piece, 3,560 players signed up for the No Limit 2-7 Single Draw event that was Event #69. Together, they created a $10,680.00 prize pool. Singlehandedly, Kivisaba took the largest portion of that pool after winning the event and earning $1,657.08....more

MicroMillions 5: There's vhell to pay in Event #68 ($3.30 PL 5-Card Omaha 6-Max)

They call it the "Big O" -- traditional Omaha made bigger with a fifth hole card to add extra possibilities and complexities. Its a recent addition at PokerStars, and thus no surprise to see the newly popular game included on the MicroMillions 5 schedule with a $3.30 buy-in 5-card PLO...more

MicroMillions 5: Milchev94 outlasts late rally to conquer Event 66, $2.20 NLHE

It's not at all unusual to see a player who enters a final table with a big chip lead end up winning the tournament. As the blinds and antes go up and the shorter stacks become more desperate, having the big stack can allow a player to play weaker cards...more

MicroMillions 5: fishy_do finishes strong to win Event #67 ($1+R NLH 3x-Turbo)

Players are moving into the final weekend of MicroMillions 5 and time is running out for the big score for a small buy-in. Event #67 fit that bill with just a $1 to get in and unlimited rebuys for 90 minutes. 19,822 players put up their $1 then another 93,961...more

Eureka3 Bulgaria, Day 1B: Denys Chufarin leads record breaking main event

Anything over 306 runners would've set a new record for a Eureka Bulgaria Main Event and with 185 runners in Day 1A it was really a case of by how much that number would be eclipsed as Day 1B usually attracts the bigger field. Could they really break the 400...more

MicroMillions 5: rush.pp rules Event #65 after chop with rerobi1 ($4.40 NLHE 6-Max)

Short-handed with a small buy-in. That's what Event #65 offered MicroMillions 5 players, a $4.40 6-max. no-limit hold'em affair that saw another huge turnout. It would take more than nine-and-a-half hours, but in the end rush.pp of Germany and rerobi1 of Hungary made it to heads-up where they negotiated an...more

Eureka3 Bulgaria, Day 1B: Team PokerStars Pro Marcin 'The Collector' Horecki

"I like to collect things," says softly spoken Team PokerStars Pro Marcin Horecki to me on the final break in play on Day 1B of the Eureka3 Bulgaria Main Event. His urge to collect things in part explains the why the Pole, who has made two EPT final tables, finds...more

Eureka3 Bulgaria, Day 1B: Poker, truly a global game

There's no doubt about it, poker truly is a global game. A universal language in which bet, raise, fold and flops come as easily as yes, da, oui and ja. Check out this funky heat map of the growth of poker that PokerStars produced earlier this month if you don't...more

Eureka3 Bulgaria, Day 1B: Prize pool and chip leaders

During the dinner break word - well a piece of paper actually - reached media row and on that particular piece of pulp was the prize pool for this poker tournament. So drumroll please...I can tell you that the winner of Eureka3 Bulgaria will, barring any deals, take home €93,000...more

MicroMillions 5: Well-timed run helps RRFries cook up a win in Event 63, $5.50 NLHE

MicroMillions 5 has been underway for a full week now. It's been a great ride so far, awarding millions of dollars to tens of thousands of players across the first 62 events. And while it isn't over yet, the end is beginning to come into sight. By Sunday evening we'll...more

MicroMillions 5: Eristo88 the hero of Event #64 ($3.30 NLHE)

With four days in MicroMillions 5 remaining, 9313 players sat down to battle for a $15,000 guaranteed prize, but as has been the case throughout the tournament series, the final prizepool was nearly doubled to $27,939 by the time registration ended. After eight hours of play the final table was...more

Eureka3 Bulgaria, Day 1B: Varna through a lens part two

Today the Eureka Poker Tour went Parasailing. To be more precise the photographer and tournament director went Parasailing and some of the shots that our snapper Tomas Stacha managed to get are simply fantastic. Not only that there were many brilliant photos from yesterday and the early stages of the...more

Tatiana 'Mysters_Y' Barausova: No bracelet, but at least I got a dress

When I returned home from Las Vegas and the World Series of Poker I felt very ill. It was a hard flight after a long summer. I got up early the next day, but still didn't feel very well and could not sleep. So, of course, I got up to...more

Six-max flashback

When I planned my World Series of Poker this year, I knew I wanted to play a lot more than I had in the past. I booked a suite at the Rio, which is extremely convenient when you're spending some late nights in the cash games. Before I won the...more

Eureka3 Bulgaria, Day 1B: An orbit with Simeon Naydenov

It's likely that Bulgarian poker player Simeon Naydenov ticked one off the bucket list this summer as he won a WSOP bracelet. He triumphed in the $1,500 no-limit Hold'em shootout and in the process became Bulgaria's first ever WSOP bracelet winner. I gave him a bit of coverage in this...more

MicroMillions 5: IIIothup wins incendiary heads-up battle in Event #62 ($4.40 PLO+R 6-Max)

Let's be clear. There wasn't much to say about Event 62 during most of the final table. The first four eliminations passed by with minimal drama. It was only when this pot-limit Omaha 6-max reached the heads-up stage that it came to life. But when it did - zapped into...more

Eureka3 Bulgaria, Day 1B: Making it Raine

"In one month I final tabled three live events and won two of them," Neil Raine tells me as we perch on a bench outside in the scorching sunshine during the first break of play. But his live heater of late is no mere fluke, no variance induced uptick but...more

Chips (and tales) from around the world: Part 2

As I said in my blog post yesterday, collecting things from different parts of the world is fun. They act like markers in your memory and I've found that a lot of events and emotions come back to you when you just take a single poker chip from your collection...more

Eureka3 Bulgaria, Day 1B: 400 and counting!

I happened to be on the same flight to Varna from the UK as Jonathan Raab, who is the PokerStars Business Development Manager for National Tours in Europe. In short he's a man who knows the numbers, he knew they'd been 21 qualifiers to Day 1A of the main event...more

Eureka Bulgaria, Day 1B: Bigger in Bulgaria

Hello and welcome to the second starting flight of the Eureka3 Bulgaria Main Event at the International Casino and Hotel Suites here at Golden Sands, Varna. Yesterday 185 players entered this €1,100 event and we really stuck our necks out by saying that Day 1B would have a bigger field!...more

MicroMillions 5: Five figures of fun for wellingtonwf in Event #61 ($8.80 NLHE)

It was a huge tournament no matter how you looked at it. Five-figure entrants and five-figure payouts. Where in the world can you buy-in to an event for the price of a sandwich and win amounts worth the price of a small car? Only in the PokerStars MicroMillions of course!...more

24 July

MicroMillions 5: Event #59 as easy as abcdcba12321 ($3.30 FL Omaha Hi/Lo)

The small buy-in, big pay-off tourneys keep coming in MicroMillions 5, with Event #59 presenting Omaha Hi/Lo fans a chance to try to scoop their way to riches on a tiny investment. A total of 5,261 players chose to part with the $3.30 required to play this one, and after...more

MicroMillions 5: W1LD D1X runs wild in Event #60 ($1+R NLHE 3X-Turbo)

It was single-dollar madness. For $1, players got 3,000 chips and an hour to re-buy as many times as they wanted. Combined, 24,230 players bought in and then re-bought 114,441 times while adding-on 13,772. This demolished the $75K guarantee and created a prize pool of $138,723.13. The player to take...more

MicroMillions 5: khaled2787 hangs on to win Event #58 ($2.20+R NLH Big Antes Turbo)

Turbo tournaments are fun, no one can deny that fact. Throw in small rebuys and the early levels are about the craziest in any poker tournament. MicroMillions 5 Event #58 was no different. The $2.20 No Limit Hold'em tournament featured unlimited rebuys for the first hour with five minutes levels...more

MicroMillions 5: scuel1975 outlasts lengthy final table in Event 56, $5.50 NL Draw

From being the most popular game around, to being the only legal game in California for several decades, to almost fading out of style completely, Draw has had its up and downs throughout poker history. Online poker has been responsible for reviving it, especially tournament series like the MicroMillions where...more

Eureka3 Bulgaria, Day 1A: Greek PokerStars qualifier leads the field

In the UK poker tournament attendances usually suffer when the sun is out, but here in Golden Sands the sun shines all the time. So, as the sun will come out tomorrow you can play poker inside today and 185 players did just that, putting up €1,100 to enter the...more

MicroMillions 5: KidPokerSLO collects last bounties, Event #57 title ($8.80 NLHE 8-Max, Turbo, Shootout, Super-KO)

A wild finish punctuated Event #57 of MicroMillions 5, an $8.80 buy-in no-limit hold'em turbo, shootout, super-knockout tournament. One player -- Bergylicious of Canada -- eliminated the first six players at the eight-handed final table, then another -- KidPokerSLO of Slovenia -- scored the last and most meaningful knockout to...more

Eureka3 Bulgaria, Day 1A: The many ways to exit a poker tournament

Much like the poker player who's played millions of hands and claims to have seen it all, we tournament reporters who've watched thousands, if not millions, of hands tend to think we've seen every which way there is to bust a poker tournament. There's the aces into kings pre-flop cooler...more

Eureka3 Bulgaria, Day 1A: The fight for chips on and off the table

The players have just returned from a one hour dinner break and level seven is underway. The mass exodus at the end of level six, which signalled the start of the dinner break was something to behold. It's a bad beat of a different kind to get stuck at the...more

MicroMillions 5: tez10 topples the field in Event 54, $5.50 NLHE

A poker tournament is a lot like a baseball game: you know when each one begins and the structure it will follow as it's being played out, but there's no way to know when any given one will come to an end. Both are capable of moving along at a...more

MicroMillions 5: Slippery1989 slides into top spot, Event #55 ($2.20 NLHE)

This is what MicroMillions 5 is all about, giving anyone with two bucks lying around a chance to play a deep structure (5,000 starting stack, 10 minute blinds) tournament and the chance for a big payday. Event 55 had a guaranteed prizepool of $10,000 but this was doubled by the...more

Chips (and tales) from around the world

When I started playing live poker (at the first ever poker club in Yekaterinburg), I decided to also start collecting chips from different clubs. I wanted to raid a lot of casinos during my planned Vegas trip and to have at least one chip from each one. Recently, when I...more

Win a Women's Event prize package, choose your city!

Players talk, and PokerStars Women Live listens. The women of PokerStars wanted more options when it came to playing women's events around the world. With so many exciting stops on the European Poker Tour each year, women wanted the opportunity to play the live tournaments in the city of their...more

Eureka3 Bulgaria, Day 1A: Bulgaria - An emerging poker nation

Thirteen months ago I interviewed Petar Zografov in the aftermath of his victory in the main event of Eureka2 Bulgaria. 'To win the trophy in my home country is the perfect situation, I feel great,' said a clearly delighted Zografov. That victory in his home country was not only the...more

MicroMillions5: No sleep, Elk burgers, and that hat - SScopeSHARK turns Event #53 into spectator sport ($3.30 NLH Ante Up)

There are several things the rail bird should know about ante up tournaments. First the blinds do not increase. They remain at $5/ $5 for the duration. Second, it is instead the ante that increases, changing the tactical dynamic somewhat. The last thing to remember is that historically ante-up events...more

Eureka3 Bulgaria, Day 1A: Varna through a lens

One of the cruel realities of a live poker update is that the photographer will always take more high quality photos than can ever be used in one update. So occasionally we like to showcase a number of those in the same post. That truncated seque is the long winded...more

Eureka3 Bulgaria, Day 1A: An orbit with Petar Zografov

I decided to check in with defending champion Petar Zografov and spent an orbit at his table to see how he was getting on. This was the make up of his table for the orbit in question with approximate chip counts. Seat One: TSANKO ARABADZHIEV - 13,000 Seat Two: VICTOR...more

Running and red carpets

What a summer this has been. It started whilst most of my friends were already in Vegas for the start of the WSOP. I was busy attempting to train for the 10km charity run "Race for Life" in aid for Cancer Research UK. The race rolled around quickly - I...more

Eureka3 Bulgaria, Day 1A: Slow going in the opening levels

Ok so with 20,000 chips and blinds of 25-50 for the first hour and then 50-100 for the second level you don't expect the same level of action as you get in a hyper-turbo. That being said you wonder if the players have been tricked into a collective slumber by...more

MicroMillion 5: holtender1 the Super Slugger in #46 ($11 NLHE, 6-max, SuperKnockout)

The midpoint of MicroMillions 5 featured some fun formats for action junkies, including the well-patronized 'superknockout' event. Half of every player's entry money would go into the prizepool as it would for any other tournament, while the other half would loom over them as a bounty. As if that didn't...more

Eureka3 Bulgaria, Day 1A: Same venue, new card room

Hello and welcome to Eureka3 Bulgaria here at the wonderful International Hotel Casino and Tower Suites located in the tourist hotspot of Golden Sands in Varna. This is the third year in a row the tour has been to this venue, but even if you've been the previous two years...more

MicroMillions 5: bananero17 bludgeons them all in Event #52 ($5.50 NLHE)

Poker is such a high variance game, that we're always impressed when a player can dominate a tournament. At times, it might look easy, but it's incredibly hard to do. bananero17 from Uruguay came into today's MicroMillions final table with a commanding chip lead - more than double the next...more

g.karolis corrals 7/23/13 Super Tuesday title, $95K-plus

This week's Super Tuesday, the weekly $1,050 no-limit hold'em tournament at PokerStars that routinely draws many of the toughest players in online poker, saw another big field of 504 participate. That group created a total prize pool of $504,000 (well over the $300K guarantee), and after almost 10-and-a-half-hours it was...more

23 July

MicroMillions 5: RealSurvivor really survives to win Event #50 ($4.40 NLH 4-Max, 4x Chance)

Short-handed poker games can be a lot of fun, huge variance, and plenty of gambling. Full ring games evolved to six-handed, heads-up, and the recently introduced 4-max variety. Hand ranges loosen up and players make strong plays with weaker holdings. MicroMillions 5 Event #50 was the second 4-Max tournament of...more

MicroMillions 5: Imbastrol strolls through the field in Event #51 ($2.20+R NLHE Ante Up 2X-Turbo)

Tiny buy-ins, tiny blinds, unlimited re-buys and lighting-quick antes. That's what the 13,094 players who bought into Event #51 were faced with. Together, those players re-bought for 30,006 times and -- after the 60-minute re-buy period -- purchased 7,247 add-ons. Despite all the re-buys, add-ons and royal baby madness, 13,093...more

MicroMillions 5: bobson85 bobs, weaves to victory in Event 49, $8.80 HORSE

There was a time when nearly every poker tournament played both online and off was contested in a single game: no-limit hold'em, usually, but also in plenty of other varieties. After a while players and organizers both decided that mixed-game tournaments would offer a challenging test of skill that would...more

MicroMillions 5: chuvak25 is champ of Event #48 ($3.30 PLO Hi/Lo)

A total of 5,094 lovers of the action game of pot-limit Omaha hi/low gathered for MicroMillions 5 Event #48, a $3.30 buy-in tourney that thanks to that big turnout offered a $15,282 prize pool. That prize pool bested the tournament's $10K guarantee, with the top 675 finishers splitting the bounty....more

How Dana Castaneda and Loni Harwood made poker history in Las Vegas

In most live poker tournaments with open registration, women tend to make up between three to five percent of the fields on average. Math is hard, but the odds on one of them winning those events are slim. So when a woman plows through a tough tournament field and ends...more

MicroMillions 5: N_W_Child survives wild final table to win Event 45, $3.30 PNL Hold'em (The Big Game Format)

One of the great things about a big tournament series like the MicroMillions is that it allows plenty of room not just for tournaments in different poker disciplines, but also for more familiar disciplines with unique formats. Such was the case in today's Event 45, a $3.30 Hold'em tournament played...more

MicroMillions 5: crazyrrednek survives the madness, wins Event #47 ($1+R NLHE 3x-Turbo)

Event #47 of MicroMillions 5 provided players with another fast-paced "turbo" no-limit hold'em tourney with re-buys, with the $1 initial buy-in proving attractive enough to entice 12,593 runners altogether. After a wild journey of nearly six-and-a-half hours it was crazyrrednek of Poland left as the sole survivor among that big...more

MicroMillions 5: PokerStars Mobile leads to championship run

Sometimes a man has to go all the way to Vegas to make a run for a championship. Sometimes a man just has to get in the car with his new bride. Just ask the Netherlands' DaFresh. Until last week, a Dutchman had never made the final table of the...more

Kristen Bicknell: From Supernova Elite to WSOP Ladies Event champion

Most online poker players know her as krissyb24 on PokerStars. She is no stranger to the tables there, as she has more than a few years of experience and several years in a row of achieving Supernova Elite status. Kristen Bicknell is a professional poker player. Some call her a...more

Cabo San Lucas, SCOOP, and Phil Ivey's Chef

After a pretty uneventful run at the EPT Monte Carlo I made a last-minute decision to go to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico to play the final week of SCOOP tournaments. My fiancé Yvette and I love Cabo and travel there at least once a year, but we hadn't taken our...more

WSOP 2013: Recapping Team Pro's efforts

The 2013 World Series of Poker is in the books, at least until the November Nine return in four months to determine a winner in the Main Event. That tournament attracted 6,352 players, including well over a dozen Team PokerStars Pros. Of those, just six made the money. They included...more

MicroMillions5: 700bucks wins 4,560 bucks in good-natured final of Event #44 ($11 NLHE)

When you've been playing for more than eight hours a good natured finale must come as a relief. That was the overriding feeling at the conclusion of Event #44, an $11 no-limit hold'em contest, the bread and butter of a series like MicroMillions 5. Chief propagator of these good spirits...more

Watch the Sunday Million final table (21 July 2013)

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MicroMillions 5: Just like that, Venoxero wins Event #43 ($3.30 NLHE Six-Max)

You gotta love six-handed poker. No sitting back and folding your way into the money. Oh no, you gotta give action to get action, and that's exactly what we saw in today's MicroMillions event. In just 36 minutes of madness, include one impressive double elimination, our final table crowned itself...more

22 July

MicroMillions 5: Vlacerda vanquishes the field in Event #42 ($5.50 NLHE)

Thousands of players signed up for Event #42 and after nine-and-a-half hours, only one remained. Vlacerda overcame a field of 19,541 players and became our most recent MicroMillions champion, earning $9,998.34 in the process. It was a solid return on a $5.50 investment, the biggest one of the tournament. But...more

MicroMillions 5: Mh.Thioska blitzes through Event #41 field to first ($1+R NLHE 3x-Turbo)

All MicroMillions 5 events offer opportunities to win a lot for a little. And in some cases -- such as Event #41, a $1 no-limit hold'em tournament with re-buys and a "turbo" structure -- there's the added incentive of winning those riches rapidly, making for a small expenditure of both...more

MicroMillions 5: ihho ekes out a win in Event 40, $5.50 NLHE (6-max, Turbo, Knockout)

Sometimes a tournament poker player wants to get a lot of chips and lot of time to build a stack. Event 40 of MicroMillions 5 - $5.50 NLHE event with a 6-max format, turbo structure with five-minute levels, and knockout bounties - was custom-made for the other times. The only...more

MicroMillions 5: TistaG takes down Event #39 after chop with Pycckui AA ($3.30 8-Game)

Event #39 of MicroMillions 5 provided mixed-game fanatics the only example of an 8-game event out of the 100 tournaments on the schedule, and judging by the turnout for the $3.30 buy-in event many marked their calendars accordingly. In the end it would take TistaG of the Netherlands almost seven-and-a-half-hours...more

MicroMillions 5: BlackOps02 goes worst-to-first in Event 37, $3.30 PLO (6-max, 2R1A)

Having the chip lead heading into the final table of a tournament is the ideal situation for any poker player. The freedom to seize opportunities as you see fit rather than having to worry first about whether your cards are strong enough to win at showdown is a huge advantage...more

MicroMillions 5: AfricSpb ends speculation to take Event #36 crown ($11 NLHE)

As the world awaited the arrival of the third in line to the British throne, a slightly smaller crowd was on tenterhooks for the final table of Event #36 of the Micro Millions 5. Granted, there was not as much at stake, and eventual winner AfricSpb was spared the speculation...more

Home (happily) for the summer

Years ago, when I was chasing the first Hungarian bracelet, the World Series of Poker was very exciting for me. I couldn't imagine not to play all the World Series events I could. For 40 days I'd wake up every day, maybe have a training run, and then start to...more

VIP Club: Party in Vantown

"Five-foot two, eyes of blue, has anybody seen my gal?" (If you want to cue it up so you can get more into the mood, just fire up this link.) The 40's dance band was (literally) in full swing. The lights at the Imperial Theater in Vancouver conveyed a dance...more

Grinding it UP! (with xflixx)

Every year when summer comes around I start to feel this grinding-it-up itch. It reminds me of how I managed to build up my first serious poker bankroll in the summer of 2006 and it makes me want to start all over again. It was such a great time when...more

MicroMillions 5: cinnamon_g proves savoury in Event #38 ($5.50 NLHE)

No frills, just poker. Event #38 of MicroMillions 5 was a simple five dollar buy-in freezeout with ten minute levels and 25,000 dollars guaranteed. There was no coming back from the dead here but 9,105 players were brave enough to sit down nevertheless. Ultimately cinnamon_g emerged from this well structured...more

MicroMillions 5: Running Goot runs best in Event #35 ($5.50 NLHE 1R1A)

There's no doubt that to win a MicroMillions title against a field of thousands, you have to dodge minefields, survive coin flips, and run exceptionally good. It also helps when your online handle is "Running Goot". Okay, so it's not quite "good" but it was more than enough today as...more

PokerStars weekend review (22nd July 2013)

More big wins and enormous fields this weekend with the usual behemoths being joined by the MicroMillions hordes. There was a $204,243.66 win for SoP8800 in the Sunday Million, which you can read about here. Magorefet claimed the Sunday Warm-Up title and $74,653.20 (following a three-way chop). There were lots...more

21 July

Sunday Million: SoP8800 tops big field, collects $204K

The first post-WSOP Sunday Million of 2013 saw another big turnout for online poker's most popular weekly tournament. A total of 6,714 played the $215 no-limit hold'em tourney, creating a total prize pool of $1,342,800 and thus besting (again) the $1 million guarantee. And after nearly 12 hours it was...more

MicroMillions 5: Quick as a flash, flaashy wins Event #34 ($5.50 NLHE 6-Max Turbo Shootout)

If you're looking for a fun way to spend a few hours then a turbo-charged six-handed shootout might be the thing for you. Win five sit & go's in a row is all that it would take to turn a fiver into over five grand in the MicroMillions. There was...more

MicroMillions 5: MankeyAnkles wins Event #32 ($11 Sunday Storm Special Edition)

We had an online storm this Sunday. From all across the world, 39,509 players paid $11 to take part in the MicoMillions NLHE Sunday Storm Special Edition. MankeyAnkles took the largest part of it after becoming the MicroMillions #32 Champion and earning $33,554.82. But while MankeyAnkles took the biggest piece...more

MicroMillions 5: fffothup defeats brashnarova in Event #30 finale ($3.30 NLHE Turbo, Heads-Up)

Three wins would get you to the money. But it would require another eleven vanquished opponents to find the winner's circle. The first heads-up event of the MicroMillions 5 may have been a turbo, but it still took nearly half a day to get from 16,373 players to a champion....more

MicroMillions 5: ze_pilas wins ze Event #33 ($2.20 NLHE 2x-Turbo) title after six-way chop

Not many poker tournament or tournament series would have four players walking away from a $2.20 buy-in with a five-figure score. But, it happened in tonight's MicroMillions 5 Event #33 NLHE 2x-Turbo tournament thanks to the abundance of the 19,234 players in a gambling mood. With 52,260 rebuys and 12,242...more

Sunday Warm-Up: Bagging the title, Magorefet wins title and $74K after three-way chop

The attendance of the $500,000 guarantee has slowly increased since the summer poker camp known as the World Series of Poker broke away until November. 2,751 players piled in last week and 2,915 created a $583,000.00 prize pool this week as $91,822.50 was slated for the champion tonight but our...more

MicroMillions 5: neostil leads Russian sweep in Event #31 ($3.30 Limit Stud H/L)

Like all tournaments at PokerStars, these MicroMillions 5 events are truly international affairs with players from around the globe competing in each one. If there were medal ceremonies for these tournaments, Event #31 -- a $3.30 buy-in Stud Hi/Lo tourney -- would have seen players from Russia filling the entire...more

Second Women's Sunday title for Cosita Rica, fifth place for talonchick

The tables at PokerStars were very busy this weekend, especially with MicroMillions 5 in full swing. Action started on July 18 and continues through July 28 with a total of 100 tournaments, all with micro buy-ins. If you're playing, let us know how you're doing on Twitter and Facebook! Even...more

MicroMillions 5: berge9 bulldozes the final table in Event #28 ($5.50 NLHE 6-Max)

Berge9 was the second-shortest stack going in to this final table, but ended up hitting a rush at the perfect time. Berge9 picked up pocket queens and strengthened his stack early, then crippled chip leader Sapsan_2011 with boat over boat to take a commanding lead. Berge9 rode that wave all...more

MicroMillions 5: Shout-out to mom helps Persian7boy nab Event 29 title ($3.30 NLHE, Turbo, ZOOM)

The reason that many final-table tournament players choose to deal rather than play out the tournament is because they perceive that their skill edge has diminished in relation to the luck edge that the late-stage structure of the tournament present. That's especially true in turbo tournaments, where rapidly escalating blinds...more

MicroMillions 5: marioko1 wins Event 27, $1+R NLHE (Sunday Spark Special Edition)

Sundays have always been a big day for tournaments at PokerStars. Traditionally that's meant marquee events like the Sunday Warm-Up and the Sunday Million. But last year's introduction of the Sunday Spark brought the joy of Sunday tournaments to players with more limited bankrolls. Offering a $25,000 guaranteed prize pool...more

MicroMillions 5: Firmly in the black, blackdozen90 wins Event #26 ($2.20 NLHE 6-max 2R1A)

As a quarter of the MicroMillions 5 series passes once again it shows that it is not the buy-in that matters nor the huge prize pools but rather the ROI and shots for those players who grind it out on the $2 MTTs or $.10/$.25 cash games to gain a...more

MicroMillions 5: treyptmenace antes up victory in Event #25 ($3.30 NLHE Ante Up)

One of the more unique tournament disciplines during the PokerStars MicroMillions 5 series is the Ante Up format. It's not one that most people would play regularly, and offers a different dynamic at the tables. The blinds are always fixed but the antes increase dramatically and those who adjust best...more

Confessions of an Open Face nit : OFCP at the WSOP

A beautiful Russian, all blonde curls and icy stare, is going to fantasy land for the third time in an hour. The other Russian at the table, normally cheery, is despondent, while the young tournament grinder is hysterical. He was playing well earlier, but now he's shouting nonsense as he...more

MicroMillions 5: From two bucks to three large, Joshawha wins Event #24 ($2.20 NLHE)

Turning tiny investments into huge sums of money is exactly what the MicroMillions is all about. Navigating your way through tens of thousands of players and enjoying a championship structure for the price of a cup of coffee. That's precisely what we saw today with Canada carrying their WSOP form...more

MicroMillions 5: UpToInfinite is ascendant in Event #20 ($2.22+R NLHE 3x Turbo)

Any old Saturday on PokerStars includes the Saturday Splash, a six-figure guaranteed tournament with a two dollar buy-in and unlimited rebuys. Tis the season of MicroMillions and that meant an extra fifty-thousand dollars in the prizepool this weekend's event #20 incarnation. But so many players said yes to "rebuy?" that...more

20 July

MicroMillions 5: DaFresh is the Prince of Event #22 ($11 NLHE Super-Knockout)

With nine KOs, DaFresh, from the Netherlands took down Event #22, the $11 Super-Knockout event for $7,487.54. There were 24,627 players in this event and they all added to the prizepool while putting a bounty on their own heads. While only 3,150 players cashed, several more made money. Out of...more

MicroMillions 5: gosukrul goes all the way in Event #23 ($1+R NLHE 3x-Turbo)

The mission was simple. Take a 5,000 starting stack and grow it to ONE BILLION in chips. Actually, 1,003,740,000 if you want to be precise. The MicroMillions rolled out a Saturday night $1+R turbo for all the action junkies out there, with triple the rebuy period to make it extra-juicy....more

MicroMllions 5: miami1984 mows 'em down in Event #19 ($4.40 NLHE 4-Max)

Wild action! Deep stacks! Constant level wars! Welcome to the world of 4-Max at the MicroMillions, where a pre flop five-bet is only the beginning. At this frenetic final table, miami1984 reigned supreme, eliminating four of the final six players-- three of them with pocket aces. We'd seen miami1984 in...more

MicroMillions 5: Slicknick264 stages comeback to win Event #12 ($3.30 NLHE w/Big Antes)

Players have become accustomed to getting their action in more tournaments where the antes show up earlier (if not right off the bat) and now they are getting bigger. MicroMillions 5 Event #12 featured antes double the size of standard tournaments building bigger pots and making pre-flop strategy that much...more

MicroMillions 5: TWolf55 devours field, wins Event #21 ($3.30 PLO 6-Max, Turbo)

It's not a bad way to spend a few hours on a Saturday... parting with a mere $3.30 to play a little poker, then a few hours later walking away more than two grand richer. Such was the experience of TWolf55 of Russia, one of 6,737 who played MicroMillions 5...more

MicroMillions 5: Raymen82 goes wire-to-wire in Event 16, $2.20 NLHE

One of the beauties of the MicroMillions is that even small buy-ins can build up some pretty substantial prize pools. That was the case today in Event 16, a $2.20 NL Hold'em freezeout. Even meeting the guarantee of $10,000 would have made for a nice payday to the winner, but...more

MicroMillions 5: Flying with the cash, Bobrovaflya claims Event #17 (Badugi $3.30) title

Touranments like this morning's MicroMillions 5 Event #17 $3.30 Badugi with a $5K guarantee is the reason why this tournament series continues to exceed its promised prize pools. The smaller stakes players do not get the recognition or ink that someone playing the Sunday Majors, SCOOP, or WCOOP do simply...more

MicroMillions 5: Luv2HoldNuts holds court in Event 18 ($3.30 NLHE Turbo)

Making the final table of a MicroMillions event is no small feat. Players have to fight their way through fields bigger than the World Series of Poker Main Event and a structure that is significantly shallower. But for any player that can accomplish the feat, the reward is a guaranteed...more

MicroMillions 5: hvto survives six-way deal to win Event #14 ($3.30+R NLHE)

Rebuy tournaments are not everyone's cup of tea, but who doesn't love the idea of a $3.30 buy-in tournament creating a monstrous prize pool where the winner can potentially lock up a five-figure score? hvto certainly enjoyed it in today's MicroMillions event and although a six-way deal prevented a five-figure...more

19 July

MicroMillons5: hockeyaces ices the field in Event #15 ($5.50 FL Hold'em Turbo)

Arriving at the final table with only four big bets, hockeyaces' prospects of a win looked grim. Polijavi1 had twice the stack of his closest competitor, AA ABSOLUT, and the two of them controlled 57% of the chips in play between them. However, as the short stacks fought for survival...more

MicroMillions 5: From short stack to top stud, KImaska wins Event #13 ($3.30 Stud)

If you think that low limit Seven-Card Stud doesn't interest too many people, then how wrong you are. Perhaps there are plenty of old school players grinding online nowadays. Or perhaps what was once old, is now new again. With No Limit Holdem saturating the poker industry it's refreshing to...more

MicroMillions 5: flocilatava flies to first in Event #11 ($11 NLHE 6-max.)

The second day of MicroMillions 5 marched on with Event #11, another no-limit hold'em event this time six-handed and with a buy-in of $11. The tourney sported a $75K guarantee, but with 14,614 entrants the prize pool nearly doubled that amount, totaling $146,140. Ultimately it took flocilatava of Romania a...more

MicroMillions 5: pikgor prevails in Event #9 ($8.80 PLO)

The ninth event of MicroMillions 5 offered players the first of many non-NLHE variants on the series schedule with an $8.80 buy-in pot-limit Omaha event with a $20K guarantee. In all 3,558 players signed up to build a guarantee-busting prize pool of $28,464. In the end the top 450 finishers...more

MicroMillions 5: Nothing skinny about marko_lank's Event #10 (NLHE $1+R 3x-Turbo) victory

Let's face it a dollar does not buy much in today's economy. There is the value menu at your local McDonald's or maybe an item from the Dollar Store but nowhere near the value the 18,716 players in today's MicroMillion 5 Event #10 tournament received. Yes, there were an abundance...more

MicroMillions 5: S0CR4M25 surges at final table, wins Event #7, $5.50 NLHE

Day 2 of MicroMillions 5 officially got underway at 2 a.m. ET this morning as the first cards were dealt in Event #7, a $5.50 NL Hold'em freezeout. Registration closed at 4 a.m. with 7,129 players having paid to enter the tournament. That built a $35,645 prize pool and setting...more

MicroMillions 5: Par3010 aces Event #8 ($4.40 NLHE 2x Chance)

The second tournament on the second day of Pokerstars' ever-popular MicroMillions series gave every player a second life in their pursuit of a big pay day. Event #8 was a $4.40 second chance format, which meant players whose stacks were reduced to nothing in the first 120 minutes of play...more

MicroMillions 5: o furias on the money in Event #5 ($3.30 NLHE)

The extremely popular MicroMillions series returned to PokerStars today for its fifth instalment as the low-limit MTT grinders out there took their shot at a major online championship title. Event 5 of MicroMillions 5 was the $3.30 No Limit Holdem event. Perhaps still nursing a post-WSOP hangover, we couldn't spot...more

Opinion: The case for and against the 'First Card' rule

Have you ever argued baseball stats or football stats with your friends for hours? How about back and forth on politics or religion? Well every other year, the TDA (Tournament Director's Association) gets together for a summit in Las Vegas to dissect, discuss, argue, pontificate and generally nitpick over all...more

WCOOP 2013: PokerStars releases revised schedule

After a week of intense review of your comments, PokerStars has released a new 2013 WCOOP schedule. You spoke. PokerStars listened. The biggest changes you'll find in this new schedule: The main event returning to a $5,200 buy-in The addition of a WCOOP kick-off tournament The change of the 10-Max...more

The future of High Roller events

I was in Macau in early June for the GuangDong Ltd Asia Millions. I think it was my fifth time there. I was debating between going to Macau or skipping the event and staying in Vegas for all of the World Series of Poker. Then I won my GDAM seat...more

PokerTracker 4 becomes EPT sponsor

The European Poker Tour today announced that PokerTracker 4 will be the Official Poker Tracking Software of EPT Season 10. The announcement is the fourth sponsorship confirmed for the upcoming season after luxury watch brand Slyde, online payment solution Skrill and Shamballa Jewels were confirmed as Season 10 sponsors in...more

PokerStars Strategy: Lessons in cold four-betting with Faraz-eezing Jaka

Great tournaments call for great plays, and the EPT 8 Grand Final in Monte Carlo was no exception. With €1,350,000 for the win and 665 talent-laden runners battling, you didn't have to wait too long for some memorable plays to be made. This featured cold four-bet by Faraz Jaka on...more

MicroMillions 5: supergurkan flies high in Event #6 ($2.20+R NLHE [2x-Turbo])

When this final table began, it seemed like Juampa24 had it in the bag. Holding 23% of the chips in play with nine left, he had nearly double the stack of his closest competitors. However, as play progressed, supergurkan quietly emerged as this event's hero. Thanks to some well-timed aggression...more

18 July

MicroMillions 5: Gizmey.777 gets top spot in Event #3 ($3.30 NLHE 6-Max)

It was an odd final table for a six-max tournament since only five players made it. It's not uncommon to see two players bust on the money bubble of a large tournament, but it's not every day that you see two players bust on the final table bubble. But that's...more

MicroMillions 5: No time for sharing, Tii-eex wins Event #4 ($5.50 Turbo Zoom)

The unused lottery ticket. To a gambler underneath that thin film of latex can lie "UP TO $100,000" as the top of the card may proclaim, is a chance that just maybe today is the day you pay off that student loan, car, or online shopping binge that ended with...more

MicroMillions 5: P0KERDUUDE rules Event #2, man ($1+R NLHE 3x-Turbo)

A brand new MicroMillions is underway, the popular tournament series at PokerStars that gives players numerous chances to make a lot out of a little. Event #2 presented just such an opportunity, a $1 turbo-styled no-limit hold'em tourney (with re-buys) with an enormous turnout resulting in Canada's P0KERDUUDE managing to...more

MicroMillions 5: aelole1010 emerges victorious in Event #1, $0.11+R NLHE (Hyper-Active)

MicroMillions is back! The tournament series with small buy-ins and big prizes kicked off for the fifth time today with a tournament that every poker player could love. With an 11-cent buy-in and unlimited re-buys through the first hour of play, Event #1 had plenty of chips in play. And...more

A Tale of Two Sunday Grinds

The night before the WSOP Main Event, the wildfire west of Vegas set an ominously fantastical image before me. From my balcony in Las Vegas, I pictured myself marching into the Rio as a much better player than last year -- armed with my sword of knowledge from the thousands...more

MicroMillions 5 is go!

Fire! Reload. Fire! Reload. Laugh manically. Fire! Quadruple. Fire! Double through and add-on. Oh my, this is fun. Who would have thought firing 11c poker bullets could be so entertaining and potentially fruitful? The fantastic Event #1: $0.11+R Hyper-Active starts 11 days of the MicroMillions 5 festival with a guffawing...more

A good husband makes a good wife

I made it to the World Series of Poker this year. The US embassy gave me a visa. I was very glad to go because it was terrible to skip these tournaments last year. This year my wife and I rented an apartment in Palms Place, very close to the...more

17 July

Win cash and prizes with Poker Anywhere! Seriously.

PokerStars Mobile is serious business. People around the world are downloading the mobile app and playing poker on their handy portable devices. You might see them doing it in line at the grocery store or in a waiting room. They're probably busy learning the game on the bus or train,...more

Stuck between a rock and a hard place

Sometimes poker players are criticized for playing a style that appears too tight or "nitty," especially when it comes to big televised games. I thought I'd write a few words in defense of playing what can seem to be a tight or passive style, because in fact there are situations...more

It's Ladies' Night!

At the end of my last blog post, I confided that my poker obsession compelled me to indoctrinate more women by starting a Ladies' Poker League. After some thought on the subject, it occurred to me that an eventual end goal for the League should be to train and enter...more

The MicroMillions 5 starts tomorrow!

The PokerStars series which creates big prizes for micro buy-ins is back. That's right, the MicroMillions starts tomorrow. Expect lots of tournaments with great structures, a couple with crazy ones, and a huge mix of games that give you the chance to win some serious dollar for a tiny outlay....more

Put your #PSFeetUp, win an iPad4

Put your feet up. Do it. Do it now. Doesn't it feel great, like you're king of the world (albeit a really laidback and lazy one)? Putting your feet up is always good but, for the next week or two, you can win an iPad 4 by doing so. ElkY...more

punisher03 prevails after epic HU battle in 7/16/13 Super Tuesday

It was a battle for the ages. A war of attrition. Two opponents who had dominated the rest and were now standing before each other just one blow away from victory. It was a story of vengeance after a near certain elimination was foiled by the drop of a river...more

16 July

How great players handle the highest pressure

In early June I made my first foray into the poker broadcast booth by providing Mandarin-language commentary of the GuangDong Ltd Asia Millions for PokerStars TV. I was partnered with Andrew Mao, another guy from China, and Team PokerStars Pro Celina Lin. I had done some commentary in Taiwan previously...more

Hot or not? Take this quiz to find out!

So you think you're pretty good at poker and you're not afraid to say it. You regularly win your weekly poker game with friends and have racked up a few wins online. Time to ante up and see if your assessment of your skills is spot on or if maybe...more

WSOP 2013: November Nine set for autumn finale

A week and a half ago, the World Series of Poker built a place in the middle of the desert where the world's best and the world's most hopeful could compete for poker's most coveted prize. When registration closed, 6,352 players had put down $10,000 for a chance at a...more

Watch the Sunday Million final table (14 July 2013)

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15 July

WSOP 2013: Final 27 seek place in November Nine

As the clock approached 11pm last night play in the main event came to an abrupt halt. Set to play five full levels, the countdown paused when just 27 players remained - three tables of what was once a tournament of three full rooms and three starting days. It leaves...more

Send us your EPT Barcelona memories

Season 10 of the European Poker Tour starts in August. Whether you've been with us since the early days or not, it's pretty incredible to believe how much has happened, so much so it's kind of tough to remember it all. Sure, all the last nights and parties probably don't...more

Making the last eight of THAT EPT Grand Final

This blog was written before Johnny Lodden left to play the WSOP Main Event. The WSOP is front and center for most poker players at the moment, and I'm looking forward to getting to Las Vegas to play as well. But I'm also still thinking a lot about the European...more

PokerStars weekend review (15 July 2013)

The World Series may well be close to its zenith but poker waits for no man (nor tournament for that matter). Twenty-seven players remain in the big one with Main Event Passport winner Anton Morgenstern leading the charge to its $8,359,531 first-place payout. We'd all like to be it that...more

World Championship of Online Poker 2013 schedule: Have your say

The provisional schedule for this year's World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) has been released. It features 65 events, a huge range of formats, many two-day tournaments, and buy-ins ranging from $215 up to $10,000 for the $1.5m guaranteed-for-first Main Event and $25,500 High Roller. Now, this schedule is not...more

14 July

Sunday Million: Faranius goes from worst to first, banks $150k

When this final table began, Faranius was one of five short stacks just hoping to move a few rungs up the money ladder. Less than two hours later, he was a Sunday Million champion. However, thanks to a three-way deal, it was actually third-place finisher luznypapa who claimed the lion's...more

WSOP 2013: We TOLD you to remember the name -- Morgenstern

We're not the kind to tell you we told you so...but, yeah...we told you so. You need to remember the name Morgenstern. This time last night, we suggested you note the young Anton Morgenstern. After starting Day 5 with 400,000 in chips, he finished the night with 3.8 million. And...more

WSOP 2013: Victor Ramdin, Jose Barbero rule $5,000 OFC event

We take a break from our regularly scheduled World Series of Poker coverage to take you about 50 yards down the hall to the Carnivale of Poker, where two Team PokerStars Pros just took the top two spots in the the $5,000 Open Face Chinese Poker Tournament. The Carnivale of...more

WSOP 2013: Why Anton Morgenstern will (probably) win the main event

Anton Morgenstern is going to win the World Series of Poker. The only thing that will stop Morgenstern is an astonishing piece of bad luck. But Morgenstern doesn't seem the type to suffer from that kind of thing, at least not this week. Morgenstern has shown no sign of letting...more

Sunday Warm-Up: Back-to-back final tables profitable for ResumeIgnore winning $86K

Two players in tonight's $500,000 guarantee Sunday Warm-Up were back from recent trips to this final table. ResumeIgnore dropped by last week and camikater made the final table just a few weeks ago once again showing the best players find a way to knockdown large fields on a regular basis....more

WSOP 2013: Dressing for the occasion

There's a lady from Jacksonville, Florida, in the Amazon Room today. Of pensionable age, she is easily the best dressed person in the room, wearing a white silk shawl, white bonnet hat with extended loops, with a string of pearls around her neck and pearl earrings. In her hand is...more

Women's Sunday: luzzzy gets her hat trick as five attempt a repeat

For the second consecutive week, PokerStars crowned a three-time Women's Sunday champion. Germany's luzzzy won her first Women's Sunday on March 27, 2011 and claimed her second crown less than seven months later, defeating Melanie "Callisto 5" Weisner heads-up in a special edition that carried a $15k guarantee and awarded...more

WSOP 2013: The slow goodbye

Man's history is building cities. We land on Plymouth Rock. We create new places from dirt. We make society where there was none before. In a normal world, we protect the cities we build. We care for them, expand on them, and re-create them in new generations' visions. In Las...more

WSOP 2013: Amid emptying halls, the tension increases

Another day begins and another step for players towards a date here in November for the final table of the WSOP main event. The effect of each passing day is dramatic. The halls of the Rio Convention Centre are no longer buzzing with the hopes and aspirations of mass crowds,...more

The long-awaited Women's Sunday win for luckyno75

The $55 Women's Sunday has been a fan favorite of female players on PokerStars since its inception. Not only is it an opportunity to gather with like-minded women for poker on a Sunday, but it is a prestigious tournament title that is unlike anything else offered in the online poker...more

WSOP 2013: Remember the name -- Morgenstern

Amid the bustle of a World Series of Poker Main Event moving into its crucial stage, the poker world turned the other way today as a PokerStars Passport winner by the name of Anton Morgenstern turned 400,000 into 3 million chips today, seemingly without anyone noticing. The 22-year-old from Berlin,...more

13 July

WSOP 2103: Spider catches a few million flies

Anton Morgenstern arrived today with what amounted to no chips. And a spider shirt. More on that in a second, but first, about the chips. Sure, he had 25 big blinds at the beginning of Day 5, and that's not even a danger zone, but it had to feel like...more

WSOP 2013: Morgenstern turns time away into time well spent

It's often said that doing one things over and over again can't be good for you. In poker terms that means locking yourself away in a room playing multiple tables for hours on end can dampen the spirit, making you less of a player and more of a robot. Does...more

WSOP 2013: Passport winner Morgenstern back in the game

Foreign players who bust out of the WSOP need their passport when they go to the cage. Anton Morgenstern has his at the ready today. He began with only 400,000 in chips. What some people here may not know is that Morgenstern has two passports with him. The German government...more

WSOP 2013: Sorry, people of Nauru

The island of Nauru is 8 square miles. It is the world's smallest republic and doesn't have a neighbor within 150 miles. And for a period of a few minutes today, the people of that Micronesian island had reason to celebrate, for they had not one, not two, but three...more

WSOP 2013: Smile for the camera as players return for Day 5

The hardest job today on Day 5 of the World Series main event does not belong to any of the 239 main event players, who have five levels ahead of them today, but the television camera teams tasked with getting some action out of them before they take their seats....more

Women of the World: Davis versus Goliath

Editor's Note: PokerStars Women provides an arena that allows women to comfortably enter the world of poker, a game traditionally dominated and influenced by men. Through the last few decades, women have become a force in the game, but it hasn't always been easy. This series - "Women of the...more

WSOP 2013: Lane leads, PokerStars Passport winner still alive

Fire burned from the ground, rain gully-washed from the sky, and 666 players started Day 4. It was a culling day of biblical proportions. At its end, a scant 239 players remained in the 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event field led by Jon Lane and including PokerStars Main...more

12 July

WSOP 2013: ElkY makes his public departure

I reported on Bertrand Grospellier's exit from the World Series main event in 2006 when, as a recent convert to poker from professional video gaming, the Frenchman, fighting out of South Korea, was playing one of his first major live tournaments. While he was becoming legendary as "ElkY" online, the...more

WSOP 2013: As Luske plays on, the room rises according to Doyle

Vladimir Geshkenbein was out of his seat. He was trying to get a drink of some sort, asking the man with a tray or waters and Red Bull for something else. If history is anything to go by the Snowfest champion wanted something stronger. Dom Perignon perhaps. Whatever it is...more

WSOP 2013: Post-bubble cull claims Haxton, Cody

If you have never seen the few hours that follow the bubble bursting at the World Series of Poker, it's a sight to behold. It's as if P.T. Barnum put up his "This way to the egress" sign and everyone decided to satisfy their curiosity. After starting the day with...more

WSOP 2013: Is it wrong to start making friends?

Something didn't sit well with me as I passed the lobster pool outside Buzio's restaurant on the Rio Casino floor. I was on my way back from the sports book where my $2 favourite had just cantered in last, so I was sensitive to such scenes, including this one: two...more

WSOP 2013: Red angels

We debate what happens to the human spirit when the lightning storm in our brains goes black, whether lily-white angels carry our souls to heaven on pillows stuffed with down, whether we just blink out, whether it's something in between. I do not know. But I know this: the angels...more

WSOP 2013: Happiness returns to main event as the bubble bursts

The last thing you want when facing a bubble scrimmage is for your little toy shark to be looking the wrong way. Humberto Brenes knew this. "This is black?" he said, pointing at my blue pen. I shook my head. He asked a TV person if they had a black...more

WSOP 2013: Make it 72 for The Shark

This morning, Humberto Benes borrowed my ink pen to color the eyes of his toy shark black. He should've kept the pen to draw Xs over the eyes. The Shark has sunk. I caught up with him as he walked to the payout cage moments ago. "Did you see the...more

WSOP 2013: Number of the beast remains as storm clouds rise

The emergency alert system activated all over the Las Vegas area this morning as dark storm clouds rose above Mt. Charleston. A weeks-old wildfire was still burning and had stripped the land of its already limited vegetation. Now, storms were coming. The water would crash down from the sky, and...more

My six-week family

Last time I wrote a blog post, I was preparing for the third season of Le Maison du Bluff, a reality poker show for French TV. It completely filled all of my time for six weeks, but it was a big success once again this year. We got really good...more

WSOP 2013: Main Event close to the bubble as Team Pros survive Day 3

We knew we'd lose a lot of players today, just not quite this many. When the doors opened on the Amazon Room this afternoon those returning knew that the number on the tournament clock would finally start to go down after several days of split flights and a seemingly endless...more

11 July

WSOP 2013: Rupert Elder on passports, tactics and seeing off the Brat

It's one of the significant moments of any main event - the departure of Phil Hellmuth. There was a time when it was his arrival that made headlines, the Poker Brat either carried across the threshold like a Roman Emperor, dressed in racing overalls escorted by a scantily clad pit...more

WSOP 2013: Emergency brakes engaged as bubble looms

We've been saying it for days. Unless the players of the 2013 World Series of Poker make it to Friday, they will walk away with nothing. We are not backing off that assertion. It's exactly true. That said, there were a lot of damned people in a hurry out the...more

WSOP 2013: Dear Liv, you're dead. Love, Matt

Imagine movie scene in which the villain--let's just call him Stout--stands above the heroine--let's just call her Olivia--and says nothing. She closes her eyes and thinks of a king. Or more precisely, kings. In Hollywood, these kings wait until the drama is at its peak, sweat is pouring down the...more

WSOP 2013: Contravening the laws of averages, the jungle, and Las Vegas

Rules are there to be enforced. That's my view, and when the breaks in play come every two hours it's also the view of the security guards whose job it is to clear the tournament rooms of spectators. This allows players space to vacate their tables and make their way...more

WSOP 2013: Chasing Red Bull Robbie

Speed kills, or so goes the saying. Robbie Thompson defies this axiom with such ruthless efficiency that it makes one think, "Maybe I do want to try amphetamines!" Under a strawberry blonde faux-hawk, Thompson (better known as Red Bull Robbie) is a WSOP fixture, a floor man and stage announcer...more

WSOP 2013: Bringing EPT success to the World Series

It seems European Poker Tour players export well into World Series events, which is hardly surprising when many are, if not already American, then the type to win tournaments and get their picture taken. A walk around the now two tournament rooms (the Pavilion has since been emptied), reveals there...more

WSOP 2013: Passport, please

Times change. I know that, and I'm willing to accept that fact. There was a time when PokerStars was sending more than 1,000 qualifiers here to the WSOP Main Event, and I won't lie and say I don't miss those days. I do, because it gave me a chance to...more

WSOP 2013: Together at last on Day 3

You're tired, grumpy, you're not sleeping well, the jetlag still hasn't completely worn off and you're hungry at odd times of the day. But, you're still in the World Series main event, and happy about that. But you turn up for work at the Rio and find that 2,000 others...more

Double Sunday qualifiers for Eureka Bulgaria

This Sunday is your best chance for a late run into the Eureka Bulgaria €1,100 Main Event. All guarantees are doubled this Sunday 14 July with eight full €2,000 packages up for grabs, all of which include expenses, accommodation and buy-in. You can win your way for as little as...more

My British poker trip: UKIPT, shopping, and Stapes

Besides playing a lot online lately (I love playing the Women's Tuesday and Sunday), I still enjoy feeling real poker chips and cards in my hands. It was time for some live poker again. Luckily, a few weeks ago, I got my live program from PokerStars. One of the stops...more

Celina Lin's perfect home

About a year ago I started looking for an apartment to buy. I looked at three possible markets: Melbourne, Macau and Hong Kong. Since I spend most of my time in Macau, that was the natural choice. It also helped that the mortgage rates are super low in Asia right...more

Mud wrestling with Liv Boeree: Heads Up with Stapes, part one

Okay, admit it, the headline grabbed you and if you're still reading this rather than scrolling down to click through to the video then you should give youself a pat on the back. You're obviously the kind of player who has the discipline to fold ace-king pre-flop. So, you must...more

WSOP 2013: Team Pros, Team Online, hundreds more head to Day 3

For the past five days, the WSOP house has been one that's divided. With Day 1A, 1B, 1C, 2A/B, and 2C, it's often felt like a bad game of Wheel of Fortune. At no point have all the 2013 World Series of Poker players been in the same building at...more

10 July

WSOP 2013: Back to reality after the caddy swim

There is a red carpet that leads up the steps to the Rio. It's shaded by a white tent affixed with water-misters for hot days. The red path leads all the way up the steps to the Rio, riches, and gold bracelets. It's how we get into this palace of...more

WSOP 2013: Spending the dinner break the old fashioned way

Players are back from their dinner break after 90 minutes spent running to somewhere that has a free table, eating fast food as quickly as possible, and then running, via the Pepto-Bismol store, back to their seat in time. With such bustle going on around you it's nice to be...more

WSOP 2013: This or That with Ville Wahlbeck

This was not Team PokerStars Pro Ville Wahlbeck's best WSOP. As play continues on Day 2C, Wahlbeck is already out. Nevertheless, he has a long history in this city. For the better part of a decade, the man from Finland has flown across the world to test his mettle against...more

WSOP 2013: Lost: Dog. Answers to the name "Ruffles"

They've been hard to miss this week, girls dressed in vests, shorts and knee length socks handing out bags of Ruffles Crispy Fries to anyone who'll stomach them; their corporate right as one of the sponsors of the World Series main event. The girls work the corridors again today, although...more

WSOP 2013: Team Pro Blink-analysis

Some years back, pop-science guy Malcolm Gladwell wrote the book "Blink," the premise of which is that, say, somebody like me could process a lot of input really quickly and probably come to the right conclusion. I read the first chapter and the book jacket. I figured that was enough....more

WSOP 2013: Puchkov best prepared for a main event fight

It became known as the Battle of Fairmont Hill. On the last day of EPT Monaco the PokerStars Blog team waited outside their hotel for a taxi that would take them to the Monte Carlo Bay Hotel where the final last day of play was about to commence. The taxi...more

WSOP 2103: Innerpsy will not be ignored

Today, I imagine Mikhail "innerpsy" Shalamov as a child. He's calling for his mother, but she's not listening. So, he makes a little more noise. Still, she doesn't listen. So, he starts banging some pots and pans together. Nothing. So, he lights the house on fire. That will make her...more

WSOP 2013: Last of the letter days

You can almost tell by the number of people in the hallway this morning what type of day this is, the type where any journey along the hallway is going to take twice as long, and the short cut you know through the service corridor becomes valuable information. More than...more

There's an app for everything - and that means PokerStars!

I remember my excitement when I got my first iPhone. I called him Ian the Phone. I downloaded game apps, organisation apps, cookery apps, music apps, travel apps, and even an app that simulated a fish pond. That's for when you need to watch fish swim around on your phone....more

Warning: Umbrellas can cause gambling

I am in Bratislava right now, having just got back not too long ago from playing in the Main Event at Eureka Croatia. I hadn't played a lot of Eureka events before, but I've started to like them a lot. The fields are nice and the destinations are good, too....more

Shamballa Jewels is Official Bracelet Sponsor of EPT Season 10

Shamballa Jewels will be the Official Bracelet Sponsor of the European Poker Tour Season 10 Super High Roller events, EPT President Edgar Stuchly announced today. This announcement marks the fourth consecutive year that the luxury jewellery brand has partnered with the European Poker Tour (EPT), and is the third major...more

veeea goes coast-to-coast on 7/9/13 Super Tuesday

veeea and AtlasC came into the Super Tuesday final table sitting one and two, and it quickly became apparent why that was the case. We love nothing more than to see big stacks pushing the action, and their aggression being rewarded, and that's exactly what unfolded today. After the dust...more

WSOP 2013: Team Pros among those heading for Day 3

The combined field of days 1A and1B united today, spread out across three rooms, playing for a place in day three. Having been granted at least one day off since then they were probably eager to return to action. But just as the enjoyment of that day was determined by...more

9 July

WSOP 2013: Rawsome Rowsome's due for some presents

Those people who have known Adrienne Rowsome for a while were surprised to learn a few months back that she had secretly married her longtime boyfriend Ryan Carter. On a boat (and then off the boat, as you will see below). Because no one initially knew when they got married,...more

WSOP 2013: Handling the inevitable departure

Elimination will visit all but nine players in this next week and, for the player taking part in the biggest event of their lives, it's a gruelling process of grief. The player stands, looking decidedly gloomy as the cards deliver their fate. Picking up their bag they accept the condolences...more

WSOP 2013: The Happiness epidemic

Team Online's Shane Schleger did not last long in the 2013 World Series of Poker. That's all we have to say about that. We're going to assume he's not happy. In any case, since he had some free time, he's...well, he's become slightly obsessed with a phenomenon of people being...more

WSOP 2013: Three dimensions to the main event

There are different experiences for each main event players. And that's not about whether you make it to November or not. As regular visitors to these pages will know, there are three rooms in which the main event takes place - the Amazon, Brasilia and Pavilion. Each has its own...more

WSOP 2013: Rise of the machines

There is a definite if unspoken line in the PokerStars stable. On one side of the barn sit the Team PokerStars Pros, live rounders, many of whom were poker celebrities long before they hoisted the flag of the big red spade. On the other side of the stable (near the...more

WSOP 2013: The long walk, and that call home...

As quickly as it starts, everything comes to its ends. A walk along the hallways of the Rio Hotel serves as a stark reminder as to what this week is all about, and how the success of some people depends on the failure of others. To anyone who has not...more

WSOP 2013: You put the Day 1A lime in the Day 1B coconut

Like two primordial culture separated by a vast prehistoric ocean brought together by a Earth-changing drought, today we watch two societies meet for the first time. Or something like that. Today the first two flights of the 2013 WSOP Main Event will come together in the Rio. On their own,...more

Watch the Sunday Million final table (7 July 2013)

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Vanessa Rousso gets match fit

I think of poker as a mental sport. However, as tournaments take place over the course of a period of days, I've found that there is actually a strong correlation between physical well-being and my performance. In 2009, I posed for Sports Illustrated--training for several months leading up to the...more

WSOP 2013: Record Day 1C flight, but smaller field heads to Day 2

In the end, the World Series of Poker had to close registration on the Main Event at some time. That time was today, a manic Monday that saw a gigantic field of 3,467 Day 1C players (the biggest single Main Event single-day flight in history). While it was a very...more

8 July

WSOP 2013: Despite nothing to see Negreanu is still the main attraction

There are currently 22 people watching Daniel Negreanu. He's not playing many hands, and even if he was you couldn't see them from anywhere on the rail. But he is getting a massage. So essentially these 22 people are watching Negreanu get a massage. But given that you can't really...more

WSOP 2013: Entries down, but monster first prize remains

As registration closed today at the WSOP, the writing was pretty much on the wall. The Day 1C field was big as expected, but not big enough to push the final entry numbers anywhere close to what some folks had hoped. When the auditors issued their final count, the total...more

WSOP 2013: "The Mirage One" freed to (belatedly) collect a hard-earned second bracelet

The great English philosopher Roger Scruton writes extensively about what it means to be English. In his book England, an elegy, Scruton detailed the characteristics that are synonymous with the quintessential Englishman. So too the impression it stirs in the minds of non-English observers, which, as some have found this...more

WSOP 2013: The Eleventh Hour

"The six seat just threatened to punch the seven seat!" It's 4pm, and nowhere is there is more drama, more tension, or more threats of violence than in the back corner of the WSOP Pavilion. Within a 300-yard radius, there are thousands of people who have spent collective millions to...more

WSOP 2013: How to get coverage: a twenty, or a dealer trying to hide under a table

During a pause in play Ken Shelton explained his sure fire way of getting his results reported by the poker media. Two years ago the Texan scored nine mega-satellite wins ahead of the main event for which he was rightly proud. But, being non-bracelet events, they garnered scant attention, going...more

WSOP 2013: In legal limbo, Lawrence DiCristina goes for gold

It's the first break of the World Series of Poker's Day 1C, and Lawrence DiCristina is grateful for a few extra minutes to get away from the table. His family is waiting in a pool cabana, eager to see him for a few minutes and share some lunch. He's beaming....more

WSOP 2013: Moneymaker goes bust to introduce Day 1C

Outside a noticeably busy Amazon Room today were a variety of scenes. One involved a man of about 30, here with his wife and young daughter. He was about to cross the threshold into the Amazon Room but seemed too excited, so he hugged his wife and high fived his...more

WSOP 2103: If you're coming, come now

That sound you hear in the distance is the dinner bell clanging, and if you sense an urgency in the ringer's arm, you're right. Today is the final day to get into the 2013 WSOP Main Event. If that last-minute chaotic rush isn't enough, this also happens to be the...more

Fixed Limit Hold'em Week starts today

In case you missed the news last Friday let us fill you in: Fixed Limit Hold'em Week begins today. That's right, there are free tickets, happy hours, bonuses and a quadrupled weekly prize pool. If you haven't played fixed limit before then you should give the classic a spin. And...more

PokerStars weekend review (8th July 2013)

It is, as they say, all going off. The World Series Main Event is due to start its third and final starting day in a few hours, adding to the 2,885 players (or so) that have already given the $10,000 Big One a spin. We're covering the WSOP stateside on...more

My summer secret weapon

Another summer for me meant another summer in Vegas at the WSOP. I hate trading the nice summertime in Europe for the desert heat. I would far prefer that the WSOP would be in some other time of year. Even in May (like it was originally) would be better than...more

WSOP 2013: Two down one more day one to go

There was a subtle change to the atmosphere at the Rio today. After yesterday's opener, with its cast of nearly a thousand, Day 1B ramped that up to the power of two, with 1,942 players taking seats on a day busy enough to look and feel like a proper day...more

7 July

Sunday Million: dreammancy weaves a $181k win

From the moment it began, this final table had seven Davids chasing two towering Goliaths. With nine to go, akport and dreammancy controlled 58.3% of the chips in play while everyone else had less than twenty big blinds. Although madd2cz made a good run for the top spot, he fell...more

WSOP 2013: Ten years, two faces, one Moneymaker

There are two Chris Moneymakers, and these days, it's rare they meet. They're two men operating in different worlds. They're of the same matter and soul, but they live in different realms. You know this one. That's Chris Moneymaker today as he plays the 2013 WSOP Main Event, a muted...more

WSOP 2013: A double at home, now for a double at work for Jan Heitmann

It seems only last week that we got into a routine of checking in with Jan Heitmann each morning, on his way to a 26th place spot in the main event in 2012. Back then Heitmann became part of the daily routine - how much did he have at the...more

WSOP 2013: Math time as 1,942 entries pack Day 1B

It's dinner time at the WSOP, and--stand back--we're doing math. Just a bit ago, the WSOP brass announced 1,942 people had signed up for today's flight, just short of the 2,000 predicted to register. Add that to the 943 who showed up yesterday, and that gives us 2,885 players who...more

Sunday Warm-Up: gppsromon bullies table for the $80K victory

While the World Series of Poker's Main Event action heats up, the PokerStars Sunday Majors still cranked out big winners this weekend. Tonight's $500,000 Sunday Warm-Up final table featured a bullying tag team of Romania's oblionita and Russia's gppsromon knocking out every single player from the tournament. After taking care...more

WSOP 2013: The nature of The Beast

The world of sports is no stranger to nicknames, based on the prowess of an athletic individual. But is it wrong to give yourself a nickname, rather than wait for someone to bestow one upon you? It usually is. Former England soccer player Paul Ince did this, asking team mates...more

Women's Sunday: t0beR1cH gets richer, wins her third Women's Sunday title

When it comes to Women's Sunday success, this week's heads-up match was a clash of the titans. Britain's pkrbadgirl has six previous final table appearances and won her first title on April 28 of this year. Meanwhile, Russia's t0beR1cH has two Women's Sunday wins on her C.V., taking first place...more

WSOP 2013: Gut-check for Duhamel and Kravchenko

"Eat your food. Finish!" Jonathan Duhamel could just as easily have been sitting across from his mother. Instead it was a woman named Courtney. It's among her jobs to make sure the 2010 World Series of Poker champion has everything in order here at the Rio. It's also, apparently, her...more

WSOP 2013: Just like last year, and the year before that

After several trips to the World Series of Poker I'll admit the sights are becoming familiar. You get on a plane and recognise everything that passes for scenery at 38,000 feet. The ice bergs off the coast of Greenland and North Eastern Canada, a country made up more of isolated...more

WSOP 2013: A legend looks at 80

"The trouble with this stuff is they do it right before you die." That was Doyle Brunson. He stood at a lectern looking down at a field of WSOP Day 1B players. Nearly all of them were younger than him. He was, in a way, looking down at hundreds of...more

WSOP 2013: Add a thousand more players and repeat

Time flies at the World Series of Poker. Can you believe it's already Day 1B? That means we have in store the same as we had yesterday, only slightly bigger this time as organisers await the arrival of more than 2,000 players who, putting the Sabbath on a back-burner, choose...more

WSOP 2013: Where there's smoke, there's Day 1A

Sometimes the only thing that needs said is this: It was a Day 1A. The first flight of the 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event was by all accounts the cautious, quiet toe in the water that precedes the devil-may-care plunge WSOP organizers expect before registration closes. A modest...more

6 July

WSOP 2013: Wanted - Table weirdoes

With the numbers in for Day 1a (943 players in all) there seems to be less of one of this contest's natural phenomena, usually found in great number on the opening day of the World Series of Poker main event. Those guys, who, seeking attention denied to them by society...more

WSOP 2013: Asking (again) whether size matters

Let us not wring our hands. Let us not lead ourselves into the temptation to read from the tea leaves. Let us not engage in numerological witchcraft. Let us not ask, "Does size matter?" Indeed, verily verily, my humble readers, it is on this day history teaches us we must...more

WSOP 2013: The main event rest stop

To look at the main event from a neutral perspective there's not exactly a lot going on. Nothing reflects this more than the feature table. Far from being the pinnacle of WSOP drama that it will become, the main stage is currently a rest stop for those who want to...more

WSOP 2013: Frequently Asked Questions

Forty-eight hours ago, I was sitting on a new friend's porch celebrating Independence Day. I mentioned that I was flying out to Vegas the next morning for work and that I'd be gone for a couple of weeks. Now, if you're anything like me, you've found that people who don't...more

WSOP 2013: Twenty minutes of break to kill

What do several hundred people do for twenty minutes when they are forced to leave their poker table, because it's not always obvious? There are a few options. You can catch up with a friend; that is if you can find them. But then they might want to talk about...more

WSOP 2013: The close-but-no-cigar club

He almost had number six. As most of the Vegas poker world was getting a good night's rest Friday evening in advance of the Main Event's Day 1A, Daniel "Kid Poker" Negreanu was on the cusp of another gold bracelet. Heads-up against Eli Elezra in the $2,500 2-7 event last...more

WSOP 2013: Zooming in on the opening day

Like any moment of great significance these days, the crowds watching the start of the WSOP main event viewed it all through a two-inch telephone screen held high above their heads. While a few feet away Jack Effel formally addressed the Amazon Room, those watching him looked up rather than...more

WSOP 2013: Fire on the mountain as Main Event gets underway

There's a fire burning outside Las Vegas. Dry lightning spit down on Mt. Charleston and sent fire skittering across the mountain. A smoke plume as high as the heavens stretches out across the northern Vegas sky. When the sun sets, it makes it look as if the atmosphere is on...more

5 July

Why Vegas matters to me

Last year I ran so bad at the World Series of Poker. One of the very first events I played was the $5,000 Seven Card Stud. There were 145 entries and 16 set to make the money. I finished 19th, right near the bubble. That was the story of my...more

Fixed Limit Hold'em Week starts on Monday

Next week we're going old school and, if you join us, you can get involved in all kinds of juicy spots. During Fixed Limit Hold'em Week, which runs 8-14 July, you can play Taster Tourneys, pick up loads of extra FPPs during four daily Happy Hours, and pick up three...more

DaWarsaw's Thai surprise

It's been almost 24 hours since I have arrived in Thailand, where I will be for the next nine months. Together with two of my poker friends, also from Poland, we will be renting a house in Phuket and, at least I, will be grinding hard. We are currently staying...more

Danzer and Duhamel come close as Matthew 'MUSTAFABET' Ashton wins WSOP Players' Championship

PokerStars player Matthew 'MUSTAFABET' Ashton last night won $1.7m becoming the first European player to lift the one of the most desired trophies in world poker. Ashton came out on top of the $50,000 WSOP Players' Championship beating a tough final table which included Team PokerStars Pros George Danzer and...more

4 July

Micro-heroes: Meet Adam 'adski1982' Marsden

Adam 'adski1982' Marsden is not a name that you're likely to have heard of. He's not a sponsored pro or a tour regular. He's not a nosebleed cash game player or a multi-table wizard. The 31-year-old is a cinema manager from Nottingham in the United Kingdom who this weekend achieved...more

Vegas is getting closer

The way I know that Las Vegas is getting closer is that one of my more insane friends stars a text countdown describing in minutes, hours and days how much time we have left before we're over there. When that bores him, he writes long, detailed emails telling us all...more

Play Poker Anywhere? PokerStars Mobile says yes!

Your desktop computer is tough to move around, with cords and heavy equipment. It's tough to take it to the couch with you to relax. Your laptop is more convenient, but it takes up a lot of space on the kitchen table, and it's not easy to put in your...more

Like a (rack of) lamb to the slaughter

It's been a while since I've written any sort of blog post so before I properly re-start the ol' blogging machine I want to recap the year so far for me. Succinctly put: it started off with a bang then fizzled out real quick. Upon returning from PCA, I hit...more

3 July

PokerStars thanks you for supporting Cancer Research UK!

Throughout much of May and June, we asked you - our players, readers, and fans - to join us in a fundraising effort for Cancer Research UK. And in no uncertain terms, we announced it: Cancer, we're coming to get you! The response was truly phenomenal. And we thank you....more

The growth of poker globally

The growth of poker has been astonishing. A game that used to be the sole property of smoky casinos and Las Vegas is now regularly played by millions of people around the world. Thanks to the explosion of online poker there are countless players riffling virtual chips right now who...more

PokerStars announces 2013 Seoul Poker Cup

PokerStars today announced that it will be supporting the 2nd annual Seoul Poker Cup which will be hosted by the Paradise Casino Walkerhill from August 23-25. The Seoul Poker Cup features two Official Asia Player of the Year events including the KRW 1.1m (US $970) buy-in Main Event. "We're excited...more

My mom, my girlfriend, and Mexico

Not too long ago, my girlfriend Lynn and I spent a couple of weeks visiting my home country, Mexico. The original idea was for us to go to Playa del Carmen, where we were going to say with some friends. I was going to play some SCOOP events while Lynn...more

Skrill returns as Official Payment Provider Sponsor of European Poker Tour for Season 10

Skrill, a leading online payment provider, will be the official payment provider sponsor of the European Poker Tour Season 10, EPT President Edgar Stuchly announced today. Skrill (formerly Moneybookers) is one of Europe's largest online payments systems and among the world's largest independent digital wallet providers. With secure, instant and...more

2 July

Halfrek claims the whole lot on 7/2/13 Super Tuesday

It's pretty hard to win a poker tournament without winning a few coinflips. Pair against overcards, or vice versa. But it's when you win those coinflips that truly matter. Early in the tournament is great, but late is where it really counts. Today Halfrek was able to avoid any major...more

Texas Hold'em: It's a Man's Game! Or is it?

For a variety of different reasons, Texas Hold'em poker has been in my peripheral lately. I have, on many occasions, found myself glued to the TV during the World Series of Poker, watching great poker players such as Daniel Negreanu and Chris Moneymaker locked in a battle of wills. Over...more

Macau events lined up for rest of 2013

PokerStars LIVE at the City of Dreams today announced the dates for the remaining special events in 2013, which will be among the largest in Asia and guarantee bigger prize pools than ever before. The Macau Poker Cup (MPC) launched Macau's newest poker room last April with a record-setting 891...more

June 30, 2103 Sunday Million

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WSOP: Eighth time's a charm

I am writing from Las Vegas. Like the much of the rest of the poker world, I'm here for the WSOP. I'm pretty happy how things have been going so far. In the second event I played, the $3,000 no-limit hold'em shootout, I won my first table which got me...more

Play the MicroMillions 5, a $5,000,000 guaranteed festival (18-28 July)

The MicroMillions is back! The best and by far the biggest low buy-in festival is rolling into town later this month. Not only does it provide some top quality structures for buy-ins of just a few bucks, but there are some enormous prizes that can be won across the 100...more

This or That with Jonathan Duhamel

The 2013 World Series of Poker is rapidly winding down, but there are still a few events remaining for Team PokerStars Pros to make their mark. Chad Brown and Nacho Barbero are two players who've talked about their Vegas experiences with the PokerStars Blog, and now Jonathan Duhamel, the 2010...more

1 July

Control what you can

If you follow my Twitter feed, then you know that near the start of the World Series of Poker, I tweeted, "Didn't think it was possible to run this bad for over a year, but apparently it is. Still feeling good and ready to turn it all around!" That tweet...more

PokerStars weekend review (1 July 2013)

These weekend reviews can be sometimes feel like they're jam-packed with hyperbole, but they're not. The fact is there is always loads going on at PokerStars, both online and live all over the world. PokerStars just held a $1,000,000 Ultimate Freeroll which paid out... 39,499 places! Despite the shallow pay...more

EPT10 Barcelona schedule released

Here are the important facts: EPT Barcelona is kicking off Season 10 of the European Poker Tour with a 39-event festival from 28 August to 7 September with buy-ins that range from €110 all the way up to €50,000. The Estrellas Poker Tour will once again roll into the EPT...more

Poker Anywhere: Play on your tablet or phone to win wherever you are

You don't know how lucky you are. No, we're not talking about that back door flush you caught, we're talking about PokerStars Mobile. It's brilliant. Not only can you play on PokerStars with it anywhere you want, but in whatever way you want. Beachside bar? Tick. Hanging upside in an...more

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