October 2013

31 October

Dara O'Kearney's late surge claims UKIPT Isle of Man Day 1A chip lead

Dara O'Kearney this evening bagged up a 112,100 stack to claim the Day 1A UKIPT Isle of Man chip lead after trailblazers Niall Farrell and Caleb Sheridan were pegged back late in the day. O'Kearney, last season's Online Qualifier of the Year, played the patient game and picked off Farrell...more

ACOP Main Event: Depa leads them to the money on Day 3

Day 3 of the Asia Championships of Poker (ACOP) Main Event was a day split in two. The first part teased us with the excitement and thrills of tournament poker in Macau, while the second part brought us a touch back to reality. We started out the day with a...more

UKIPT4 Isle of Man: Level 5-8 updates (400/800, ante 100)

8.55pm: Done for the day Play is done for the day, it appears Dara O'Kearney is the overnight chip leader with 112,100. A full wrap of the day's play is on the way. -- NW 8.40pm: Final five The clock has been paused and players will be dealt five more...more

Learning from the Best: Fatima Moreira de Melo

On my ever-evolving poker journey, I have always striven to improve my game and play to the best of my ability. I have even been harbouring the ambition of entering the 2014 Barcelona EPT Main Event. To make any kind of success even a remote possibility, I have been looking...more

ACOP Main Event Day 3: The chaos theory

There's no arguing that tournament poker has evolved over the years. The game is far more aggressive than we've ever seen before with players prepared to three, four, five and even six-bet light. They know that you need to be willing to risk it all in order to maximize your...more

ACOP Main Event Day 3: Girl power

When we look around the poker room at potential champions for the Asia Championship of Poker Main Event, we should mention that it would be tremendous to see a female player make a deep run. No female player has one an open ACOP event as yet, so what better way...more

The best bad beat I've ever had

I'm writing from the road again. Over recent weeks I've been all over. One of my favorite trips lately was to go to Milan with my girlfriend, Jenny. We went there to celebrate our first anniversary of being together. Actually the story of my meeting Jenny is kind of funny....more

UKIPT4 Isle of Man: Level 1-4 updates (blinds 100/200 ante 25)

4.25pm: Break approaching We'll be taking another break shortly so just us in a new post at around 4.40pm. Join us there. 4.05pm: Rosario runs out of chips Poker author/player Shirley Rosario is another to have been eliminated in level four, according to David Docherty she lost the majority of...more

ACOP Main Event Day 3: Lim eyes more gold

As we approach the money here on Day 3, there are numerous players still in contention for the Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP) Main Event title who would make interesting champions of this event. Perhaps WSOP bracelet winner, and Team PokerStars Pro, Naoya Kihara can do it for Japan. He's...more

ACOP Main Event Day 3: Halloween hauntings

We predicted that we'd see some scary bad beats today, and that's exactly what has unfolded in the early levels of play here on Day 3 of the ACOP Main Event. One player to feel the hauntings of Halloween was former EPT Copenhagen champion Michael Tureniec. On a flop of...more

ACOP Main Event Day 3: Things are getting spooky

Welcome back to the PokerStars LIVE at the City of Dreams poker room here in Macau for our continued coverage of the Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP). The room is a little chilly today, and we're not just talking about the air conditioning. It's Day 3 of the Main Event,...more

30 October

ACOP Main Event: Schulz and his lucky ducks dominate Day 2

The Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP) Main Event would today see the surviving 169 players come together for the first time inside the PokerStars LIVE at the City of Dreams poker room. Some were nursing sore heads after a memorable pool party the night before, but the poker Gods wait...more

ACOP Main Event Day 2: With a point to prove

No doubt the poker fields in Macau bring out some of the most diverse ranges of players you'll ever see in a poker tournament anywhere in the world. We have 33 different countries represented here at the Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP) Main Event with the strongest representations from China,...more

ACOP Main Event Day 2: Watching the stars

As Day 2 of the Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP) Main Event purrs along nicely at about the half-way point of the day, we thought we would check in to see how our Team PokerStars Pros are travelling. We only lost Raymond Wu on the first day of play so...more

Stepping onstage

After a long stretch of procrastination, I'm pleased to report that I finally took my first acting class. For the last few years it's been something I really wanted to try, but I kept putting it off. It's almost like I was strangely embarrassed to admit acting was something I...more

ACOP Main Event Day 2: Party at the Hard Rock

Last night the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino here in Macau hosted the Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP) Player's Welcome Party. With play in the Main Event wrapping up before 10pm last night, players and staff scurried off to their rooms to change into their party boots before heading poolside...more

Isle of Man: Three feet to stand on

I'm at Gatwick airport outside London, and my feet hurt. It's a long layover, one endured after a transcontinental flight in coach where the food was as you'd expect and the movie was worse. I've chosen a particular ray of sunshine in which to wait out the hours before my...more

ACOP Main Event Day 2: The morning after

It's 4:59pm. Most office workers are packing up their stuff and rushing out the door, hoping to beat the rush hour traffic on their way home. A virtual world away, the poker community are dusting themselves off and stumbling into the PokerStars LIVE at the City of Dream poker room...more

A nifty $120K for nipe1955, 10/29/13 Super Tuesday champ

Perhaps it's the weather turning cooler that's keeping more indoors to play online at PokerStars -- an idea posed by Team PokerStars Pro Christophe de Meulder in a recent blog post. Or maybe it's the growing anticipation surrounding the 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event finally playing to its...more

29 October

Jorge "Baalim" Limon: Control

Editor's note: Just a few minutes ago, PokerStars' Team Online released its newest short film. This one, about Mexico Jorge "Baalim" Limon is the best yet. If you don't know this race car driver and online poker pro, you need to take ten minutes to watch. There are more life...more

MicroMillions 6: $5 million in guarantees for tiny buy-ins

The world's biggest little tournament series is back, and if you've got a couple of bucks, you're ready to take your shot at $5 million in guaranteed prize money. Today, PokerStars announced it is bringing back its wildly popular MicroMillions tournament series. MicroMillions 6 kicks off November 14 and runs...more

ACOP Main Event: Teja tops Day 1b

It was the second and final opportunity for players to hit the poker felt of the PokerStars LIVE at the City of Dreams poker room in Macau as Day 1b of the Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP) HK$100,000 Main Event took centre stage. There was much debate over how many...more

Women of the World: The world's most powerful woman

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

Am I bored with hold'em?

I've been thinking lately about how when I first got interested in poker, one of the things that attracted me most to the game was how new and different it was. After all, when you do anything for the first time, it's always going to be interesting just because of...more

ACOP Main Event Day 1b: Chasing Spadies

The team at PokerStars Macau are not afraid of innovation. They're happy to push the boundaries to see what is possible to attract new players into the PokerStars LIVE at the City of Dreams Poker Room. One innovation this year at the Asia Championship of Poker was a competition to...more

ACOP Main Event Day 1b: Setting the line

One of the ways in which the poker media likes to amuse themselves during a poker tournament is to have a few friendly side bets with each other. Usually the stakes are small, or involve some sort of dare or challenge, with the bets usually made in relation to something...more

ACOP Main Event Day 1b: More than a gamble

Macau is not your typical tourist destination. Most people who visit Macau are attracted to the lure of the gamble in the Las Vegas of the East, with gambling revenue comprising around 50% of the country's economy. There are over 30 casinos spread across Macau and Taipa Island including the...more

28 October

The Bonus Cut: EPT Titles, The Remix

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Estrellas Poker Tour announces Season 5

The Estrellas Poker Tour Season 5 (ESPT) Madrid satellites start next Monday 3rd November on PokerStars.es. Players will have the opportunity to win their way into the first of Season 5 €1,100 Main Event, which takes place in Madrid at the Casino Gran Madrid from February 3rd to 9th, 2014....more

Weekend review: ACOP, UKIPT, and Team Online Week!

Stop. Before you do anything else, before you look back at what you might have missed this weekend, know this: it's PokerStars Team Online Week. There are loads of free offers, a $15,000 PCA package, and free coaching available. If you're sitting at your computer this week, there's no reason...more

ACOP Main Event: Ferrera in front on Day 1a

The side events were out of the way and the stage was set for the big one. The Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP) HK$100,000 Main Event had arrived as a field of 93 players came together for Day 1a to set things well on track to eclipse the advertised prize...more

Running well

With the November Nine getting close and this year's WSOP Main Event finally coming to an end, I am reminded of a few years ago when I had a deep run in the Main Event, finishing 27th back in 2009. It's such a long, challenging tournament to play, and in...more

ACOP Main Event Day 1a: PokerPro helping to build a sustainable poker economy in Macau

For those who have been to Macau previously and are returning to the PokerStars LIVE at the City of Dreams, you'll notice a new addition to the poker room. Six of them in fact. There are six shiny new PokerPro cash game tables around the poker room spreading cash games...more

ACOP Main Event Day 1a: The cards fall against Yosuke Sekiya

To the casual observer, tournament poker looks like a glamorous life. You get to travel to exotic locations like Macau and win a bazillion dollars in the process. Oh, if only it were that easy. Poker is all about variance. Swings and roundabouts. Peaks and troughs. Some days you'll think...more

ACOP Main Event Day 1a: The stars come out to play

The players have been welcomed to the PokerStars LIVE at the City of Dreams poker room as Day 1a of the ACOP Main Event is now under way. It looks like we'll have around 80 players in action this afternoon. That number may not sound huge, but there aren't too...more

27 October

Sunday Million: kongolainen banks $171k after a four-way chop

Kongolainen and Epakfailer were one-two to start, and one-two to finish. Both were sitting pretty as the final table commenced and they traded the lead back and forth, their opponents falling one by one until akport eliminated reikr in fifth place and caught up to them. Eager to lock up...more

ACOP Main Event: Chasing the gold

The preliminaries are out of the way and now it's time for the big one. The Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP) Main Event has arrived and when the doors open at 3pm today, the City of Dreams in Macau will fill with players from all around the globe taking their...more

Sunday Warm-Up: H.Oussalé out hustles Ravnbaek for the win

Today on the 300th day of 2013 someone was going home with a sack full of candy without having to dress up at an extra to Ylvis' "What Does The Fox Say?" and go trick or treating all night. While knocking on doors for over 11 hours may be a...more

Szumieniak of Poland sizzles, wins last Women's Sunday of October

The Women's Sunday continues to be a staple on the online poker tournament calendar. Every woman has her own motivation for playing the $55 weekend tournament, and Team SportStar Fatima Moreira de Melo is no different. Hear what she had to say about the Women's Sunday: If you'd like to...more

Battle of the Planets: pushed and lived, push0rdie claims title after three-way chop

Free money was a raining down on our SnG players once again tonight as the $50,000 Battle of the Planets triple shootout freeroll would spread that cash among 81 of the 553 players who cashed their monthly tickets in tonight. After nearly five hours of play push0rdie, dfunks, and Paulharvey3...more

Fatima Moreira de Melo: "The girls are here" for Women's Sunday

On any given Sunday, the Women's Sunday attracts several hundred women who play the unique tournament for a variety of reasons. It's the highest buy-in women-only tournament available in the online poker world, and it offers a competitive yet fun playing environment. Team PokerStars players like SportStar Fatima Moreira de...more

ACOP Warm-Up: Jian Yang Cruises to Victory

The Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP) HK$25,000 Warm-Up has concluded with Jian Yang carrying the chip lead from start to finish on this final day to be crowned the newest champion here at PokerStars Live at the City of Dreams. Nine players returned on this final day of play with...more

ACOP Warm-Up: Day 4, Level 26-27 Updates (25,000/50,000/5,000a blinds)

8:10pm: Wei Hsiang Yeu eliminated in 2nd place (HK$1,170,000); Jian Yang wins! After Fred Leung introduced the players and photos were taken, the dealer dealt out the first hand of play that saw Jian Yang with the button. Yang opened to 150,000 only to have Wei Hsiang Yeu three-bet to...more

ACOP Warm-Up: Day 4, Level 24-25 Updates (20,000/40,000/5,000a blinds)

6:45pm: Break time The remaining four players are heading on a 10-minute break. Make sure to join us in a new blog post once play resumes. 6:40pm: Fours for Jian Wei Hsiang Yeu entered the pot with a raise to 100,000 only to have Jian Yang three-bet to 240,000 next...more

26 October

ACOP Warm-Up: Day 4, Level 22-23 Updates (12,000/24,000/4,000a blinds)

4:35pm: Break time The remaining seven players are heading on a 10-minute break. Make sure to join us in a new blog post once play resumes. 4:25pm: Croc shoves Tom Alner opened to 48,000 from early position and Billy Argyros made the call from the big blind to see a...more

ACOP Warm-Up: Final Table Set with Jian Yang Dominating

The penultimate day of any tournament is normally a fun one full of big hands, life-changing decisions and interesting play as the tournament heats up towards as it approaches the business end of proceedings. On Day 3 of the Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP) HK$25,000 Warm-Up it was no exception...more

ACOP Warm-Up: Day 3, Level 21-22 Updates (10000/20000/3000a blinds)

The final nine players are currently bagging and tagging. A full recap along with the official chip counts and seating draw will be posted shortly. 12:00am: Khorramshahi cut down by Yeu Just as players were about to head to break, Mansour Khorramshahi moved all in and was called by Wei...more

ACOP Warm-Up: Day 3, Level 19-20 Updates (6000/12000/2000a blinds)

9:20pm: Dinner break The remaining 16 players are heading on a 40-minute dinner break. Here are the dinner break chip counts. Table 2 Seat 1: Paul Cheng - 135,000 Seat 2: Michael Guzzardi - 235,000 Seat 3: David Foran - 495,000 Seat 4: Mansour Khorramshahi - 130,000 Seat 5: empty...more

ACOP Warm-Up: Day 3, Level 17-18 Updates (4000/8000/1000a blinds)

7:10pm: Break time The remaining players are heading on a 10-minute break. Make sure to join us in a new blog once play resumes. 7:00pm: Packed house Today is a busy day here in the poker room four events running simultaneously. Not only is the ACOP Warm-Up in full swing...more

25 October

ACOP Warm-Up: Day 3, Level 15-16 Updates (2500/5000/500a blinds)

5:00pm: Break time The remaining 30 players are heading on a 10-minute break. Make sure to join us in a new blog post once play resumes. 4:50pm: Win for Wong Ken Wong opened to 10,500 and was called by Saehoon Lee, Zhen Wu and Alexander Trevallion. The flop fell 7♠K♠5♥...more

ACOP Warm-Up: Tom Alner Crushes Day 2; Money Bubble Looming

Day 2 of the Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP) Warm-Up has now concluded with the United Kingdom's Tom Alner the chip leader over the remaining 40 players. Alner began the day log-jammed in the middle of 145-player returning field but soon saw his chip stack grow upwards. However his rocket...more

Selbst talks Wall Street and women in poker on American TV

It's not hard to see why there is a close relationship between poker and the stock market. Many of today's best poker players come from the world of finance. While that is not the case with Vanessa Selbst, she is undoubtedly an expert on poker, as well as managing her...more

Team Online week: Win a $15,000 PCA package, play a $25,000 freeroll, and more!

OMG, Team Online starts next week. Do you know what that means? It means lots of free stuff and possibly a chance to join Team PokerStars Online as a fully sponsored player! Sure, you have to be a Supernova or Supernova Elite to be eligible to join Team Online, but...more

Once more for Montreal at the November Nine?

I spent a lot of time in Montreal before heading back over to Europe for the recent EPT and WSOP-E tourneys. In Montreal, it seems like poker is getting bigger and bigger. There was the big Full Tilt Poker Montreal event that played out here earlier this month that turned...more

ACOP Warm-Up: Day 2, Level 12-14 Updates (1500/3000/500a blinds)

10:35pm: Play concludes Play has now ended for the night with 41 players remaining - just three spots from the money. Tom Alner is the current chip leader and a full recap of the day's play, along with updated chip counts and a full seating draw will be coming shortly....more

PokerStars Strategy: Sweatin' at the PCA

The PokerStars Caribbean Adventure is little more than two months away (January 5-13). That still means that you've got plenty of time to qualify. Here's a top five video that should be inspirational as well as educational, not to mention pretty funny in a couple of spots too. By use...more

ACOP Warm-Up: Day 2, Level 10-11 Updates (900/1800/200a blinds)

7:10pm: Break time The remaining players are heading on a 10-minute break. Make sure to join us in a new blog once play resumes. 7:00pm: PLO Championship underway The third event of the day has just kicked off with the HK$15,000 PLO Championship now underway. Currently there are eight tables...more

24 October

ACOP Warm-Up: Day 2, Level 8-9 Updates (600/1200/100a blinds)

5:00pm: Break time The remaining players are heading on a 10-minute break. Make sure to join us in a new blog once play resumes. 4:50pm: Minh doubles with top set Minh Nguyen opened to 2,500 from the hi-jack and the big blind came along to see a J♦9♥2♣ flop. Nguyen...more

Daniel Negreanu wins 6th bracelet, WSOP Player of the Year

Hear ye, hear ye, near and far. Let it be declared that it is now official. October 24th is hereby Daniel Negreanu Day across the world. Around eight hours ago, he clinched the WSOP Player of the Year award for the second time. And now? The man known as Kid...more

ACOP Warm-Up: Tom Chio Smashes Day 1B; 145 Remain for Day 2

Day 1B of the 2013 Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP) Warm-Up is now in the bag and it is Singapore's Tom Chio who steam-rolled the field to end the day as the overall chip leader. From a hand perspective, Chio would have a fairly quiet day as anytime the PokerStars...more

Daniel Negreanu wins the WSOP Player of the Year race!

Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu today won the World Series of Poker Player of the Year title becoming the first person to win the accolade twice. Negreanu started the day behind Matt Ashton on the POY leader board but had calculated that a top eight finish would see him clear...more

UKIPT Isle of Man satellites to add seats in advance of historic week

Next week at this time, the UKIPT will host the £500,000 guaranteed Isle of Man Main Event, and--I say this without a hint of hyperbole--it's going to be unlike any PokerStars event you have ever seen. Not only will this be the first-ever major PokerStars event in the city of...more

ACOP Warm-Up: Day 1B, Level 5-7 Updates (400/800/100a blinds)

1:35am: Play concludes Day 1B has now concluded as players are currently bagging up after a tough day on the felt. Unless something crazy happened on the final hand, it appears as though Tom Choi will be the chip leader. Stay tuned for a full recap of all the Day...more

ACOP Warm-Up: Day 1B, Level 3-4 Updates (150/300/25a blinds)

10:10pm: Break time The remaining players are heading on a 10-minute break. Make sure to join us in a new blog post once play resumes. 10:05pm: Same-same for Lim Aaron Lim opened the hi-jack with a raise to 700 which was met with a three-bet next to act to 2,200....more

The American poker player's trade-off

I'm writing from the road this time, in the middle of a long stretch of traveling that started in Panama (for the LAPT), then headed to Montreal, and then eventually on over to Europe for the EPT and WSOPE. I'm also playing on PokerStars a lot while I'm out of...more

Will Daniel Negreanu become the WSOP Player of the Year today?

You've heard of the name Daniel Negreanu, right? Of course you have. In fact, you can probably hear him from wherever you are in the world right now. He's that outspoken! The Team PokerStars Pro is recognised as being of the best players in the world, you need only look...more

23 October

ACOP Warm-Up: Day 1B, Level 1-2 Updates (100/200 blinds)

8:00pm: Break time The remaining players are heading on a 10-minute break. Make sure to join us in the next blog post once play recommences. 7:50pm: Nelson clipped Facing a raise to 425, Lee Nelson defended the small blind to see a J♦3♥8♦ flop. Nelson then check-called a bet of...more

ACOP Warm-Up: Kai Sheng Yang tops Day 1a as PotY race heats up

Day 1a of the 2013 Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP) Warm-Up event has come to and end following a short but action-filled day of poker on the felt of the PokerStars Live at the City of Dreams. The final tournament series of the season in Macau was not only the...more

How can we change the overall poker picture?

Home poker games have been a staple in Hollywood for many years. Recently, actor Owen Wilson appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live on American television and talked about his own home game in Maui, Hawaii. Sometimes, the game is held at musician Willy Nelson's house, others at basketball coach Don Nelson's...more

Win 10% of Andre "acoimbra" Coimbra's UKIPT Main Event winnings

We've said it before and we'll probably say it again: Andre "acoimbra" Coimbra is one crazy kid. He's done prop bets, sleep deprivation and ridiculous spin-ups*, so what now? He's giving away 10% of his UKIPT Isle of Man Main Event winnings and all you need to do is guess...more

ACOP Warm-Up: Day 1a, Level 5-7 Updates (400/800/100a blinds)

1:35am: Play concludes The remaining players are now bagging up after a tough day battling it out on the felt and it seems as though the chip leader will be either Kai Sheng Yang or Michael Sun. Stay tuned for a full recap of all the Day 1a action as...more

ACOP Warm-Up: Day 1a, Level 3-4 Updates (150/300/25a blinds)

10:10pm: Break time The remaining players are heading on a 10-minute break and registration will close during this break. Join us after the break in a new post. 10:00pm: Vamplew six-bet shoves and wins Following an under-the-gun raise to 750, Carlos Chang three-bet next to act to 2,075. With the...more

Bad traveler

As far as poker is concerned, you might say I haven't traveled well. I have played at least two European Poker Tour Main Events each of the last seven years, and I have never cashed a single time. Not once! This last EPT in London, I could have folded to...more

Litvinov blows up at Vamplew (with outburst translated!)

A fantastic bit of poker entertainment was dropped into PokerStars Blog's lap yesterday. Our colleagues at PokerStars.tv had picked out a clash between Russian live wire Artem Litvinov and EPT7 London champ David Vamplew at last season's Grand Final. Vamplew is a player known to calmly take his time over...more

ACOP Warm-Up: Day 1a, Level 1-2 Updates (100/200 blinds)

8:00pm: Break time The remaining players are heading on a 10-minute break. Join us after the break in a new post. 10:10pm: Break time The remaining players are heading on a 10-minute break and registration will close during this break. Join us after the break in a new post. 7:50pm:...more

NhFy flies through 10/22/13 Super Tuesday, earns $102,980

Every week the Super Tuesday -- the weekly $1,050 no-limit hold'em tournament on PokerStars -- brings out a tough field of top online talent. The field is also usually quite large, too, and this week saw another big, talented group of players come out. The tournament usually takes a long...more

22 October

Sunday Million - October 20th 2013

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Apoorva Goel wins ACOP - Event 3: 6-Max Championship

On Tuesday night, PokerStars LIVE Macau awarded another 'Spadie' as the Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP) Event 3: 6-Max Championship came to a close. Apoorva Goel became the first player from India to win an 'ACOP Title Event' after beating 137 players in the 2-day event. In total, 16 players...more

Improve your poker game today!

Let's face it, we've all been there; the bad beats, the misreads and the times where we got our chips in good when we thought we were ahead only to find our opponent turns over a 'ludicrous' starting hand for the bankroll-denting nuts. But were they all bad beats? Was...more

Managing the space on the screen... and between my ears

The WCOOP ended not too long ago, which was quite a grind as I played a lot. But it was also a perfect excuse for me to log more hours and collect more VPPs as I continue with my attempt to make Supernova Elite this year, because while playing events...more

Thinking of a Caribbean Adventure, Ladies?

It's about that time. The weather where you live begins to turn ugly, and dreams of sunshine and beaches begin to flood your thoughts. It happens to the best of us. For the women of PokerStars, there is one thing that you can do to make those dreams a reality....more

Ike Haxton and Doug "WCGRider" Polk go at it

Just last week Team PokerStars Pro Ike Haxton was telling the world what an inspiration Doug "WCGRider" Polk has been. The guy turned $30 into one of the toughest performing bankrolls around. If you want to see the two duking it out on the tables then go to table Ninina...more

21 October

Poker's winter hours

Most professional poker players play both live and online, and so going back and forth between the live and virtual felt has challenges but also presents a lot of benefits. One thing I'm realizing as summer ends and we start to move into the cooler months is how when winter...more

Tommy Zhang wins the ACOP Deepstack Championship for HK $420,000

British player Tommy Zhang is one of the early winners at the second annual Asia Championship of Poker having won Event 2: HK $11,000 Deepstack Championship for HK $420,000. The 23-year-old poker pro beat 177-players on Day 4 of the 17-day ACOP schedule saw the completion of one 'ACOP Title...more

PCA 2014: Invite your friend, get $1,000 in cash

Are you going to the 2014 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure? Are you planning to bring a friend? Yes? Wait! PokerStars wants to give you $1,000 in cash for it. This is a true story. Starting today and running through December 15, PokerStars will give you $1,000 in cash if you get...more

Ioan Taiz wins Event 1 at ACOP for HK $189,300

On Saturday 32-year-old Romanian Ioan Taizs won the opening tournament of the 2013 Asia Championship of Poker for HK $189,300 after beating a field of 139 in the $2,500 Rebuy Championship. The Rebuy Championship, which started on Friday night, PokerStars LIVE Macau launched the second annual Asia Championship of Poker...more

PokerStars weekend review: tupac_srj wins $216,359 in landmark 800 millionth tournament

PokerStars has just dealt it's 800,000,000th tournament and, there'll be little surprise here, it happened on a Sunday. The Carnival - 800 Million Celebration, $1m Gtd tournament understandably garnered a lot of interest and picked up a massive 21,635 field to create a $2,163,500 prize pool. Somewhat incredibly, there was...more

semaj2 secures Sunday Million win after four-way chop, earns $168k

It's Sunday again, which means poker, poker, and more poker for tournament players, with the Sunday Million, the $215 no-limit hold'em tournament that highlights everyone's Sunday grind, once again proving a most popular destination. There were 7,464 signed on for the Milly this week, and after more than 12-and-a-half hours...more

20 October

Sunday Warm-Up: likely to win, likely2cash collects $89K and title after three-way chop

Compromise is not something usually associated with poker. Perhaps better used when a spouse is upset by agreeing to handle some fun chores like vacuuming the house for the sake of marital bliss, working out differences on the felt can have monetary consequences. For example, tonight's $500,000 guaranteed Sunday Warm-Up...more

Big win for nik_hatzi in October 20 Women's Sunday

Sundays are big on PokerStars, especially with special events running like the Carnival of Tournaments this weekend. That brought about the Tourney Number 800 Million, which ran today for $109 and offered a $1 million guarantee. But with more than 21K players in action, the actual prize pool was over...more

19 October

Celina Lin on marriage and Macau

Team PokerStars Pro Celina Lin has been making a name for herself on the Asian poker scene since 2004, after being introduced to the game for the first time at a local casino. Exuberant after her good showing there, Celina went on to online play where she built a bankroll...more

18 October

What we think about when we close our eyes

I was having dinner with some friends of mine in Las Vegas not too long ago and remembered a funny story from a previous visit to Las Vegas a few summers before. This was during the World Series of Poker. Some friends and I were trying to think of something...more

Learning from the best: Liv Boeree

To win a million Euros in an EPT Main Event is the stuff that dreams are made of. Most of us poker players can only fantasize about this kind of payoff. But for the Million Dollar Girl, Liv Boeree, this is all in a day's work. Boeree masks years of...more

PokerStars Strategy: John Juanda gets owned by Bruno 'Kool Shen' Lopes

The EPT TV shows have to squeeze in a lot of poker action, condensing hours of play into just 48 minutes. But that does mean that you get the pick of the bunch when it comes to big names and crazy hands. This one is particularly good because, well, how...more

Must play Carnival $1,000,000 guaranteed tournament this Sunday

There's a tournament this Sunday that you really should play. It's a $1,000,000 guaranteed tournament celebrating the fact that an incredible 800 million tournaments having played out on PokerStars. Not only is there a $100,000 guaranteed for first place but there's $100,000 added in giveaways that will parachute in to...more

17 October

Sunday Million - October 13th 2013

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Never give up

I recently read something remarkable on the twoplustwo.com forums (thanks Petey5thStreet - what a great find!). It was a post made by Doug "WCGRider" Polk on May 5th, 2007 and the title of the thread is 'Reaching the end of my rope.' He was down to his last $30, again,...more

A $333,000 kick in the teeth

The 2006 World Series of Poker is the tournament series that finally convinced me to become a poker pro. It also is one of the most frustrating moments of my entire career. Back then I was working for a Hungarian IT company, doing the 9-to-5 thing while I played poker...more

The wobbly foundations of the short stack strategy

One thing that makes poker such a fascinating sport is that it evolves every single day. I am not talking about its growth outside the tables, which is big here in Brazil. I'm talking about the adaptation capacity needed because of the game's dynamic. It is important to be aware...more

16 October

Katie's Anatomy of a Sunday Grind: October 13

After watching "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" on Saturday night, I was more excited about the prospect of a golden SNG during the Carnival of Tournaments than Charlie Bucket when he found a golden ticket! With my goal of playing about 225 MTT SNGs this Sunday, I figured my...more

Ask nanonoko anything!

You've got to love Randy "nanonoko" Lew. Not only is he a successful online grinder (and by that we mean world record-breaking) but he's also a super nice guy. Then again, we'd never met "macronoko" before. He's the glitzy flipside of nanonoko, the chalk to Lew's cheese, the Oliver Hardy...more

Author! Author!

In my last blog post I mentioned my new novel and how it was beginning to occupy a lot of my time and energy lately. I did take a break to play EPT Barcelona, and while there gave an update on how things were proceeding. Now I'm writing this post...more

On Insanity's Rail

The day was done at EPT London. I'd had dinner with some colleagues at a steak house and then they headed toward the Tube or cabs for home and hotels. I wasn't yet ready for bed, so like a moth pulled to a flame, I headed over to the Hippodrome...more

2013 ACOP to kickoff on Friday

PokerStars LIVE Macau kicks off the 2nd annual Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP) this Friday which begins a 17-day schedule that stretches from October 18 to November 3. The opening weekend will feature the first two 'ACOP Title Events' which includes the HK $2,500 Rebuy Championship and HK $11,000 Deepstack...more

Bryn Kenney collects 10/15/13 Super Tuesday win after three-way chop with ambi and Jonathan "Iftarii" Jaffe

It was yet another massive field for this week's Super Tuesday, the popular $1,050 no-limit hold'em tournament on PokerStars, with 579 players turning out. From that big field emerged a formidable final table, with three players -- Bryn "BrynKenney" Kenney and Jonathan "Iftarii" Jaffe (both playing from Canada) and ambi...more

15 October

Knowing how to close

I'm a longtime baseball fan -- particularly a New York Yankees fan -- and as the regular season has come to a close and the playoffs have begun, I find myself thinking back with a little bit of sadness that I'll no longer be able to see the best relief...more

Team Online's Oyster King slips up, but not too badly

The month has come to an end and brings with it an end to my self-imposed ban on sugar. I cannot call the month a success but I am not ready to call it a failure either. I had one early slip up, one conscious decision to overrule my ban...more

14 October

Vegas to Rosarito: Goodbye Kitty

She pointed to a giant stuffed piñata of Mickey Mouse when I asked her for a discount. In broken Spanish, I explained that I didn't want Mickey, I wanted the pink Japanese pop icon. She waved her hand to show us a zebra, a giraffe and dozens of multi-colored, balloon-shaped...more

Pros line up for UKIPT Isle of Man

The first ever visit of the UKIPT to the home of PokerStars on the Isle of Man is proving to be popular and attracting some high-profile players, PokerStars announced today. Many of PokerStars' most high profile representatives will be attending, including Daniel Negreanu, Barry Greenstein, Vanessa Rousso, Jason Mercier and...more

Weekend Review: Bach wins twice, Sjlot final tables, EPT crowns champs

David "Gunslinger3" Bach is on his game right now. It's not only that he recently won a WCOOP bracelet. It's that he just keeps winning. This weekend, Bach made three final tables in PokerStars weekend majors. He won two of them, including the $215 Weekly HORSE and the $215 Weekly...more

Returning to Turning Stone

I had an interesting trip recently -- kind of a trip back in time, in some ways. It started with a call from the guys at Poker Royalty asking me if I wanted to be included in this new project, a poker show called "Poker Night in America" that was...more

EPT10 London: Champion Robin Ylitalo


Sunday Millon: danycou topples claffit01 in epic heads-up match, banks $217k

For most of this final table, it was claffit01's to lose. Coupling relentless aggression with a hot run of big pairs, claffit01 eliminated five players at the final table and got heads-up with danycou with a 3.7 to 1 chip advantage. No stranger to big money jumps, claffit01 was already...more

13 October

Sunday Warm-Up: A smurfalicious $92K win for smurfen22

After reading the title, please do not blame the author if the Smurfs theme song starts dancing through your head. Tonight's $500,000 guaranteed Sunday Warm-Up saw Norway's smurfen22 take a smurftacular $92,821.80 away after chopping up the funds three-way with SCOOP champ OverTheTop43 and BitterAce12. Read on and hopefully the...more

Women's Sunday: R-Clan62 denies alfaromea a second title, talonchick sixth

Once again, we had a chance at a repeat champion in the Women's Sunday. Only a few weeks ago, Team Online's Adrienne "talonchick" Rowsome won her first title from the deck of a sailboat while the Ukraine's alfaromea found the winner's circle back in January. Additionally, Portugal's DaliaAllin made the...more

Frequent EPT qualifier Jan Combes makes friends around the world

I met Jan Combes, or "jamjars69" as she's known online, for the first time in 2010 at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) in the Bahamas, where she was friendly and outgoing but a dangerous force at the table. That dangerous side showed itself again the next year when she won...more

12 October

EPT10 London: Robin Ylitalo triumphs in London as Sweden returns to the winner's table

The days are short in Sweden at this time of the year and the winter is closing in. In Swedish poker terms, it must therefore seem like decades since Ramzi Jelassi was clutching the EPT Prague title (actually December last year) and an aeon since the likes of Kent Lundmark,...more

EPT10 London: What you may have missed in London

There's been loads of action on and off the felt here in London, much of which has been caught and covered by the PokerStars Blog cameras. Catch up with what you may have missed in the video below. Click here to follow the EPT Main Event action as it happens....more

EPT10 London: Jason Lavallee dodges curse to win EPT London High Roller and £357,700

Jason Lavallee has finally put his curse to bed, winning the £10,300 EPT London High Roller event today. Lavallee, who had an overwhelming chip lead heads-up, overcame eventual runner up Simon Higgins to take what amounts to his first major title. Lavallee was relieved, and delighted, saying to friends as...more

EPT10 London: Packed on the terraces at EPT Stadium

The official capacity of the EPT television set isn't known. It has never come up before. But while the rail around final tables typically features a handful of stragglers and some parents (who have a tendency to arrive just as their son or daughter gets knocked out), today it is...more

EPT London £10k High Roller: Ulliott's sticky sleeve just one obstacle at final table

The EPT London £10,300 High Roller is playing a real-time final table. There's no one-hour delay, but no EPTLive webcast either. So let us fill you in on some of the flavour around the action. There are currently five players remaining in the High Roller, but when I joined the...more

EPT10 London: The second life of Dave "Devilfish" Ulliot

When (if?) Dave "Devilfish" Ulliott dies, they will surely put his brain in a jar and analyse its contents in medical school. There's something going on in there that doesn't occur anywhere else. Many years ago, Ulliott was the breakout star of British poker, the man whose appearances on Late...more

EPT10 London: Geilich bounces back as Sidhu heads for the rail

If you were in central London in this past hour you may have felt the doors and windows rattle. This was nothing to be worried about, and for once wasn't the subterranean rumbling you often feel of the Tube trains meters beneath your feet. It was instead the welcome for...more

EPT10 London: Teeing up the final tables

The EPT London Main Event final table is here and one player will win £560,980 (assuming no chops, of course). All eight players are now guaranteed £60,640. Who are these eight title-hungry players? You can find out here. Also, the £10k High Roller is playing down to a winner with...more

EPT10 London: Non-stop High Rollers reach final, overtake Main Event

If you had gone home when the Main Event made its final table last night, and returned to work this afternoon in preparation for its run to the champion, you could be forgiven for thinking the High Roller tournament, going on upstairs in the Grand Connaught Rooms, never stopped at...more

EPT10 London: Final table player profiles

The final is set at EPT10 London. Here are the players searching for the title and the £560,980 first prize. Seat 1: Georgios Karakousis, 63, Livadia, Greece PokerStars qualifier - 4,390,000 chips Georgios Karakousis has been playing poker for around 30 years but started with the Greek version of the...more

11 October

EPT10 London: The trip was worth it - Aussie Jeff Rossiter leads Main Event ahead of final table

Sometimes it's not easy to pick out what happened in a day to leave it in the state it is in at the close of play. Today there is no such difficulty. Day 5 boiled down to just a few hands. Most of them involved Georgious Karakousis. But while he...more

EPT10 London: High Rollers keep truckin even as Main Event wraps up

The EPT London Main Event is down to its final table, but the High Rollers roll on. Despite the higher buy-in, it is more relaxed in High Roller world where they decide their tournament format on the fly. They are into the money, but there's almost no way they'll make...more

EPT10: Hey, Jake Cody! Carla Sabini air-balled you

Jake, Jake, Jake. We might have to strip you of your Team PokerStars Pro sponsorship. You allowed an amateur to three-barrel school you with complete air. She didn't even know her hand, Jake. Sure, Carla Sabini has been on tear, cashing in the EPT London £5,250 Main Event and taking...more

EPT10 London: Talking the local lingo

Everyone loves a bit of slang. Those informal little terms can make perfect sense if you're part of the community, but even if you're not it doesn't take too much to make sense of things. That is, of course, if you're not listening to Cockney rhyming slang. Jason Mercier on...more

EPT10 London: Barny Boatman on bracelets and drinking until dawn

If Julian Thew is oft-quoted as the nicest man in UK poker, then Barny Boatman is arguably the nicest 'bloke'. He's well-liked and respected like Thew, but he's, you know, just a little more rough round the edges. At the time you'd expect Thew to be tucking his kids into...more

EPT10 London: A round on the "other" table

Some people are never happy. You'll but them a bar of Dairy Milk and they'll say they like dark chocolate. You'll shout them a pint and they'll spill it in their laps. These are the people who sit in front of their computer and watch EPT Live on Day 5...more

EPT10 London: Kully Sidhu on four-flushing aces

Laura Cornelius caught up with Kully Sidhu at EPT London shortly after he got coolered with kings into aces only to four-flush Kent Roed out of the Main Event. Nice time to suck out with just two tables left and £560,980 for the win. Who is Kully Sidhu? Sidhu is...more

EPT10 London: Spinning it up, Carla Sabini style

You're playing at your first EPT, you've just cashed in the Main Event and out the corner of your eye you notice the best players in the world sitting down to play the High Roller. You're an amateur, you only took up poker two years ago and, what with work...more

$57,000 and counting: Coimbra Twitcam this weekend

My last update was at the end of June when I had $18K, so you are probably wondering about what happened to me during the June. As planned, I started by playing really early, and while it took me some days to get used to this new schedule, I started...more

EPTLive Behind the Scenes with Lex and Fatima

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Chasing the Asia Player of the Year title

It's that time of year where the PokerStars LIVE Macau prepares for its biggest annual tournament series - the 2013 Asia Championship of Poker (Oct. 18-Nov. 3). It's become a really important time for both financial and personal goals. Last year I just missed the money in the HK $100k...more

PokerStars LIVE Macau announces MPC 20

PokerStars LIVE Macau today has announced its plans for the 20th installment of the Macau Poker Cup (MPC) which takes place from January 10-21, 2014. In celebration of 'MPC20' the legendary Red Dragon main event has been given a massive HK $8 million (US $1 million) guarantee. "After six years...more

EPT10 London: Leo McClean comes out from behind the hoodie

Play resumed on Day 5 of EPT London with 16 players still involved. The next player out would earn £25,780, which is an annual salary for many recreational poker players. For Leo McClean, a 24-year-old year old PokerStars qualifier to this tournament, it could also be used to take his...more

EPT10 London: The Brat makes his entrance as the High Rollers return

Clark Kent always looked ordinary when out in public. There was no hint of any powers, no sign of his athletic build, no suspicion that if anything the glasses he wore only magnified the destructive force of that eye-beam thing he had going on. But after a short stop in...more

EPT10 London: Day 5 introduction

You can't keep PokerStars Blog's Rick Dacey off the small screen these days. He was just on EPT Live, and here he is stating the obvious -- "Obviously it would be quite annoying to go out now" -- with Laura Cornelius for PokerStars.tv. But the two of them serve the...more

10 October

EPT10 London: Yan and Yliato lead as big money approaches in London

EPT London is down to its final 16 players; two tables and two days away from finding the champion. At the rate these days have been going, that could actually mean only about ten hours at the tables: we played four levels today and four yesterday, during which time we've...more

EPT10 London: High Rollers reach the dinner break with Behbehani out to a contentious lead

As play approaches the dinner break in the High Roller event it's Salman Behbehani who leads, in somewhat acrimonious circumstances. Behbehani, who began the day in the main event before he was eliminated in 27th position (£17,285), quickly hopped the rail and bought into the High Roller, where he took...more

EPT10 London: Some very sketchy bankroll management...

There are all kinds of rules out there about bankroll management, the art of balancing your poker funds to beat variance and keep yourself in the game. If you listen to some players they'll say that you should always have 50 buy-ins, others claim even more than that. Then there's...more

Ready for the ACOP

I have long wished for a tournament series like the Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP) ever since I first came to Macau in 2007. It's the kind of big buy-in event that truly makes Macau the center of poker in Asia. Years of waiting finally ended after the first ACOP...more

EPT10 London: Jason Mercier talks about a hand with Finger

Jason Mercier, of Team PokerStars Pro, has found a seat at the £10,000 High Roller event next to Martin Finger, who won the Super High Roller event at the weekend. Laura Cornelius grabbed Mercier at the end of level four and listened as he dissected a hand played between the...more

What the Poker Hall of Fame means to me

You may not have heard, but recently I was nominated for the Poker Hall of Fame. I'm one of ten finalists and the first to ever come from Latin America! I can't begin to describe what a huge validation this is for my poker career. The nomination means that I've...more

EPT10 London: Luca Pagano, High Roller

At about 11.45am today, players were fidgeting awkwardly in the lobby to the Grand Connaught Rooms. The security staff hadn't yet received the all clear to allow them into the tournament area, which meant the likes of Nicky Katz, Kitty Luo and Devilfish were loitering the "wrong" side of the...more

EPT10 London: No Shorr, no Sjavik, no copy

I had been standing around doing nothing and it had started to look conspicuous. I was waiting for the break to talk to Shannon Shorr, one of the more highly decorated players still in the Main Event. But there was a catch. I needed him to avoid being eliminated for...more

EPT10 London: Jacobson and Dobson among the winners

If we've said it once, we've said it a million times several times: the European Poker Tour isn't just about the Main Event, High Roller and Super High Roller, it's a big ol' rollicking festival of poker. Given the full name 'EPT10 London Poker Festival' you should probably be aware...more

EPT10 London: Don't call the Devilfish old, not even "old-school"

Laura Cornelius of PokerStars.tv collared Dave "Devilfish" Ulliot during the first break in play today, ostensibly to ask him for his opinions on the style of the so-called "old school" player versus that of the new. It's not immediately clear where Devilfish stands on this vexing issue, but he does...more

EPT10 London: They think it's all over... it isn't yet for Steve Watts

Footballers playing poker is not exactly a new concept, and this season John Carew has recently become the latest former Premier League and international star to chance his arm on the European Poker Tour. But just as not all poker players have either the inclination or bankroll to play on...more

EPT London £10k High Roller: Starting seat draw

The action is underway in the £10,300 EPT10 London High Roller. Find below the starting seat draw, but remember that registration is open all the way through to the start of Day 2 (well, 15 minutes before Day 2 begins). There's already a lot more bums on seats with players...more

EPT10 London: An abrupt start but players ready for action

For some players the day did not start in the nicest possible way. There was a fire alarm at the neighboring Kingsway Hall Hotel this morning, and most, with the exception of perhaps one Swedish journalist, followed supposed rules and made their way out onto the street, avoiding the elevators,...more

EPT London: Introducing the Day 4 action

Today the Main Event is playing down to 16 players OR playing four levels, whichever comes first. Catch up with yesterday's action by clicking here. The High Roller also starts today. Live coverage of that will be available shortly. The London Eye Click here to follow the EPT Main Event...more

9 October

EPT10 London: Chip leader Martin Kozlov enjoying European hospitality

We started the day expecting to play five levels. We got four. Such has been the pace of this Main Event that tournament staff feared having time on their hands. We reduced the field from 106 to 45 today. Tomorrow that number will be trimmed even further as we play...more

EPT10 London: Mark Newhouse's busman's holiday

Ever since the World Series introduced its November Nine concept, the players still involved in that event have tended to use the hiatus to travel around the world playing poker knowing that no matter what happens anywhere else, they are due a six or seven figure payday very soon. The...more

EPT10 London: Side events keep action running into the night

The final 60 players in the main event occupy only eight tables in Tournament Room A, the biggest in the sprawling Grand Connaught Rooms complex. Admittedly one of those tables is at the centre of the television set, so takes up the space of about 12 others. But the point...more

EPT10 London: A welcome double for Tamer Kamel

The bursting of the bubble guaranteed consecutive cashes for Tamer Kamel at EPT London. Last year Kamel had something of a breakthrough in his home town event, his seventh place marking a career best, worth nearly £80,000. That propelled him to further cashes, both on the EPT and in Las...more

EPT London: Who's your poker idol?

The PokerStars Blog video team took to the floor of the EPT10 London Poker Festival to find out which players inspired the stars of today's game. Click on the video below. Who's YOUR poker idol? Click here to follow the EPT Main Event action as it happens. Click through to...more

EPT10 London: Nicolau Villa-Lobos: the kid is alright

Before play started on day three of EPT London, the tournament staff prepared the room to the sound of The Who. As the carpets were vacuumed and chip bags dumped on tables, we heard Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey over the loudspeakers talking about their generation and insisting that The...more

EPT10 London: The Quote Board

The EPT Quote Board is back! It's likely you never knew it was away, but nevertheless it's here again. We pick some choice quotes and some lovely little links for you to peruse. "Curse lifted, yes!" - Jason Lavallee on getting past that last hurdle to win the Super High...more

It's STILL good to be innerpsy

I have a wonderful life. I really do. I'd change some things if I could, but I'm a happy guy. But Team Online's Mikhail "innerpsy" Shalamov? That guy...I mean...well just LOOK at him. That's the Team Onliner just lazing around at EPT Barcelona, kicking back the way you do if...more

EPT10 London: A very British bubble

There was something very ordinary about the bubble today, something very British. No need for anything dramatic, nothing to cause too much of a fuss, or trouble anyone. Instead, Steven Lewzey moved in with ace-ten - certainly respectable enough - and then gave two other players every opportunity to knock...more

Bye WCOOP, hello ACOP

All tournaments, live and online, get me excited. WCOOP is one of the tournament series that I look forward to the most. Sadly, the Korean national holiday Choosuk was right in the middle of WCOOP this year and I missed a lot of events because of it. Choosuk is one...more

EPT London: Steve O'Dwyer and Walid Bou Habib win EPT awards

Two special European Poker Tour awards have been handed out here in London. They weren't based on points or money won, but votes alone. They were, unashamedly, popularity contests. One with the poker media that attend and cover EPT events, the other with the players that bought and satellited into...more

EPT10 London: Full throttle for Tudor Purice, kick-started on to television stage

Being a chip leader takes it out of you -- if only in keeping supporters updated via Twitter. Tudor Purice assumed the chip lead towards the end of day two and ever since revealing the details of a huge flip he won -- "300k pot my AK > QQ in...more

Successful raid for Viking8844 in 10/8/13 Super Tuesday earns $111K haul

The WCOOP hangover -- not that there was that much of one -- has most definitely subsided as far as the Super Tuesday is concerned. After taking nearly a month off for online poker's most prestigious tournament series, the World Championship of Online Poker, the Super Tuesday returned last week...more

8 October

EPT10 London: Tudor Purice takes over at the top as money approaches

People who think that poker has nothing to do with the money will have no interest at all to know that the winner of EPT London this week will take home £560,980. They won't care that the top 87 players of a field of 604 will earn a return on...more

EPT10 London: The sparkly superstar Kitty Kuo

Every now and then a player comes along who shows some balls. One of those players is Kitty Kuo. Kuo almost has it all. She is supremely confident in herself, while being completely dismissive of anyone else. It all happens in a largely endearing way, as a look at her...more

EPT10 London: Catching up with the big guns

We'll give the blurb short so this can get to you as soon as possible.... A quick update from the EPT London Main Event floor. Trafalgar Square, London Click through to read the £50,000 Super High Roller report or the UKIPT Main Event wrap. Follow the @PokerStarsBlog Twitter account to...more

EPT10 London: The "stay loose" Trickett system

You can never be too loose. That seems to be the career motto of Sam Trickett: "Nusquam tibi nimium laxa." At the tables he has used this approach to cultivate a style that has earned him somewhere in the region of $20 million. By loose, of course, we mean well...more

EPT10 London: Rising star David 'MissOracle' Yan on EPTLive and unknown models

If you've been listening to EPTLive over the last season or so you'll likely recognise David Yan's voice. It's a calm and rolling Kiwi accent which has, if you can imagine an 1990's stereo, the bass setting of the graphic equaliser slid to around 6.5. Or thereabouts. The 20-year-old from...more

EPT10 London: Unmasking Yngve 'Sykoen' Steen, poster boy of Norwegian poker

There are numerous reasons why an online poker player might want to keep live and online identities separate, and it is every player's right to discard their screen-name when they sit down on the European Poker Tour. But after a PokerStars player from Norway named "Sykoen" won the WCOOP Leader...more

Celebrate the Carnival of Tournaments 800 million bash

Ready for a carnival? We don't have a ferris wheel or cotton candy, but we have $2 million if that suits you. Why? Well, it's another PokerStars bash, of course. How's this for a statistic? Sometime this month, PokerStars will kick off tourney number 800 million. That's right. In the...more

EPT10 London: Meet Leon "Flippetyflop" Louis, WCOOP Main Event final tablist

Leon "Flippetyflop" Louis has had a good run of form. Not only did he cash in the UKIPT a few days ago (40th, £2,610) which is nice in of itself, but he came in off the back of an 8th place finish in the WCOOP Main Event for $159,975. Louis...more

EPT10 London: Hellmuth eliminated but the egos remain

Phil Hellmuth's arrivals are usually lengthy affairs. But his departures are not exactly brief. The big man started the day on the feature table in only his second ever European based EPT Main Event. But a short while ago he busted, walking slowly off the stage to talk to Jeff...more

Poker and mental training: the synergy to succeed

Success in poker comes through various factors. One of these--the most substantial in my opinion--concerns the psychological aspects: ability to read the opponents, presence at the table, and mindset. They are all just as important to have as they are difficult to implement when the action at the table becomes...more

Nicholas Kay wins ACOP Twitter Contest with 'Spadies'

After more than 800 submissions in the ACOP Twitter Contest, our judges have come to a decision on a winner. Nickolas Kay (Twitter ID: @nickakay) from Manchester, UK was selected as having the best nickname with 'Spadies' which describes the playing card symbol that is prominent on the 'ACOP Title...more

EPT10 London: The gentle introduction of mystery man Dhru Patel

Dhru Patel is already causing quite a stir at EPT London. According to people in the know (and these are real people in the know, not the other kind of people in the know, who know nothing), Patel has been a regular in recent months at the high stakes cash...more

EPT10 London: A guarantee to reach Day 2, or your money back

Using its genius for innovation, the European Poker Tour has devised the perfect strategy for even the most apprehensive player to survive Day 1 -- guaranteed. It's called "registration is open until Day 2". For just £5,000, this pioneering new system permits players to by-pass the awkwardness of an early...more

EPT10 London: Day 2 intro

In short: we're playing six levels of 75 minutes as the two Day 1 fields come together. Dhru Patel is still the chip leader but in the surviving 335 field there's a huge number of big name players. Check them out here for running chip counts or here for the...more

WCOOP Woman of the Series keeps us guessing

Some poker players avoid the glare of publicity because they feel that the less other players know about them, the better. Keeping people guessing is part of the allure of the game, after all. But for others, keeping their identity under wraps is a necessity for other reasons. For the...more

7 October

EPT10 London: Maximilian Senft takes sizable lead into Day 2 of Main Event

Days like this end in a tired blur. It's brought on by the combined heat that 500 poker players and a TV set will produce in a centuries-old hall like this. That, and the inevitable fatigue brought on my eight levels of play, will wear most out, making them grateful...more

EPT10 London: The Curious Incident of Vanessa Selbst in the UKIPT High Roller

Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Selbst is among those leading the EPT London side event jamboree with a £67,499 win in the UKIPT £2,100 High Roller. The EPT10 London Poker Festival is a huge beast of an event with 36 events ranging from £110 buy-ins all the way up to the...more

EPT10 London: No cymbals nor smoke, but white magic spirits Phil Hellmuth to EPT London

Given our location in the heart of London's centre of freemasonry, the rumoured entry to the tournament today of Phil Hellmuth could have taken just about any form. This is the man who has shown up to the World Series dressed as a Roman senator and a military general, and...more

EPT10 London: Madcon vs Jellied Eels

It might sound like a musical collaboration but "Madcon vs Jellied Eels" is actually an event that Yosef Wolde-Mariam and Tshawe Baqwa will be trying to forget for some time. The Norwegian hip-hop duo Madcon swapped sound systems for chip stacks yesterday when they took on PokerStars sponsored poker players...more

EPT10 London: Tiki-taka with Juan Manuel Pastor and Andre Akkari

Three Team PokerStars Pros were seated around the main feature table today. Liv Boeree was joined by Andre Akkari and Juan Manuel Pastor, meaning representatives of two of the world's finest footballing nations went head to head. And England were there too. Akkari and Boeree were more lively than Pastor...more

EPT10 London: What do people do at the break, and what happens when they come back?

There are certain rituals that are familiar to anyone who has played an event like the EPT, a natural process undergone by players. To begin with five per cent of the players were eliminated since the last break, reducing the field. A further five per cent leave the room early...more

EPT10 London: Jeff Rossiter, the secret millionaire

The EPT London Day 1B field is full to bursting with superstars. There are former champions at every table, World Series bracelets covering entire forearms and wallets that require wheelbarrows to carry around the room. Yet if you asked almost anyone -- be it players, commentators or spectators -- to...more

EPT10 London: Poker's cult of youth and why it never rains in the poker world

The years catch up with us all eventually. Even Dave Ulliot. But until that time we strive to avoid the inevitable aging process, both in appearance and in mind set. Both of which are often on view on the world poker circuit. If the cult of youth has a spiritual...more

UKIPT London winner Robbie Bull on dreams coming true and £100k scores

Yesterday was a big day for Robbie Bull who won his first major title and a huge £113,405 first-place prize beating talented Irishman Ian Simpson heads-up. Bull would be the first to admit (and did in the interview below) that he had to run good to take Simpson down, but...more

EPT10 London: John Carew on the transition from soccer to poker star

Laura Cornelius of PokerStars.tv has never looked shorter than she does in this latest video. It's chat with John Carew, the Norwegian footballer, who is playing his second EPT main event, a few years after terrorising Premier League defences for Aston Villa and West Ham. Carew is only one of...more

EPT Prague qualifiers underway

The European Poker Tour has released the schedule for the forthcoming EPT10 Prague Poker Festival in December and announced that Main Event qualifiers are now underway. Last year, almost 400 players won their seats to the Eureka and EPT Main Events online with PokerStars. Satellites for Eureka Prague have already...more

EPT10 London: Madcon head the cast of characters as Day 1B begins

The television set in the middle of the EPT London tournament room is, it's fair to say, difficult to miss. If it descended into a field on the outskirts of Vernal, Utah, we'd have ourselves the beginning of a Steven Spielberg film. And in an odd way it may seem...more

Weekend review: Majors return as EPT rages on

We love WCOOP. We really do. It's the best time of year on PokerStars. But you know what? Going a few weeks without a traditional Sunday Million just feels weird. I wake up every morning with an itch where the Sunday Million winner should be. Or something like that. The...more

PokerStars to welcome poker players to Isle of man for first UKIPT poker festival in corporate hometown

PokerStars today announced an exciting series of events beginning October 30 as part of the UK & Ireland Poker Tour (UKIPT) visiting the Isle of Man, bringing hundreds of poker players to the home of its corporate headquarters. The Main Event of the Isle of Man poker festival will be...more

EPT10 London: Lights, camera, camera, camera, camera, camera, action!

If timed rightly, even the most average poker player can appear on camera six times on their way to their seat. Your first encounter with television comes as you arrive at the Grand Connaught Rooms. This is the advance camera team looking for that first smile, that first thumbs up...more

EPT10 London: Day 1B of the Main Event kicks off

It's going to be a big day today as the Day 1B of the Main Event pulls in hundreds of hopefuls looking to follow in Ruben Visser's footsteps to claim the EPT London Main Event title. Martin Finger last night won the Super High Roller for £821,000 (find out how...more

EPT10 London: Neil Stoddart's photo gallery

PokerStars Blog is fortunate to have one of the best photographers in the business taking pictures across all of the European Poker Tour events. Yet we often don't get to showcase all of his work. But here is Neil Stoddart's EPT London gallery, which we'll update throughout the week to...more

6 October

Runninggreat lives up to name, comes back to win Sunday Million after five-way chop

When the final table of this week's Sunday Million began some 10-and-a-half hours after the tourney's first hands were dealt, Canada's Runninggreat was well back with less than a quarter of the leader's stack. But Runninggreat ran great, perservering as others fell then earning a big knockout at four-handed to...more

Sunday Warm-Up: MORTIIIIIIII dots the all the "I"s in victory

Stats don't lie, unless they do. Sure there are unnamed programs and databases out there for people to take a peek at another player's stats and previous finishes (access to this information can be blocked as well simply by opting out). And those stats may paint a picture of an...more

Women's Sunday: Bambika33 goes from short stack to champion

It's one thing to take a comfortable chip lead and ride it to the winner's circle, but it's quite a high-wire act to go from six big blinds to first place. Bambika33 had ten big blinds left on the final table bubble and could have easily seen her run end...more

EPT10 London: Dhru Patel emerges from nowhere, heads stack London field

The prosperity of the European Poker Tour depends on the success of two type of players. We need our big names to keep winning and keep smiling and keep featuring on the front of magazines, but still there's nothing like a victory for someone we've never heard of before. It...more

Rafa takes over No.1 ranking

In many minds, it was a foregone conclusion. In many minds, it was just a matter of formality. But now, it's official. Rafa Nadal has taken over the No. 1 world tennis ranking. Heading into this weekend's ATP China Open, Rafa only needed to make it to the final match...more

EPT10 London: So long conversation, this is the age of gadget poker

A recent column in the Times of London examined how hard it would be to give up modern technology for a week. Columnist Robert Crampton, along with his wife and two children, attempted to go without mobile phones, tablets, computers, iPods, satellite television, Netflix, games consoles, and every other modern...more

EPT10 London: Postprandial survey of the remaining field

Day 1A players have now returned from their dinner break and will play two more levels until they are done. The tournament board shows that 208 players joined the party, but registration is still officially open. If anyone has found £5,000 stuck down the back of the sofa tonight, come...more

Martin Finger wins the EPT London £50k Super High Roller and £821,000

EPT Prague Main Event winner Martin Finger tonight won the EPT London Super High Roller to pocket £821,000 and a second Shamballa Jewels bracelet. The German joins two elite clubs; the Super High Roller club and an even more niche group of players that have won two PokerStars flagship EPT...more

EPT10 London: Party on

It was the EPT players party last night in District nightclub in the heart of Soho. PokerStars.tv's Laura Cornelius is never exactly shy of getting herself to a party, but for some reason she had to be manhandled across the road by Deborah Worley-Roberts and Sin Melin, until Jake Cody...more

EPT10 London: Time to start winning -- Jake Cody on pending fatherhood

There's a new single-mindedness to Jake Cody's play. It's not brought about by the lessons of others, or the professional progress made as a more mature poker player. No, it's the basic gut instinct of any prospective father to make as much money as humanly possible before a new little...more

UKIPT4 London: Proud Scotsman Robbie Bull wins UKIPT4 London and £113,405

Robbie Bull made it a Scottish hat-trick today when he became the third Scotsman in a row to win a UKIPT Main Event title. The 21-year-old followed in the footsteps of Ludovic Geilich and Alan Gold and is £113,405 better off tonight. You sense this Scottish victory won't be followed...more

EPT10 London: Talking focus, fast cars and £300,000 with Team Pro's Marcin Horecki

Marcin Horecki was early to rise this morning and seated from the start of Day 1A. The Polish player recorded the best result of his live poker career in this city, third place in the EPT London main event in season four, and it has been a must-play on his...more

EPT10 London Main Event: Jonathan Duhamel on smashing your starting table

Do you dream of making it through to Day 2 of an event? No! Day 2 means nothing (unless it's a two-day event, of course). Team PokerStars Pro Jonathan Duhamel fixes Laura Cornelius on that point pretty quickly, then goes on to tell you how to make the most of...more

EPT London: Different kind of High Roller

The EPT10 London Poker Festival is a huge sprawling schedule of events which tosses up £100 'Win the button' tournaments as well as £50,000 Super High Rollers. Situated somewhere on that range is the £2,100 UKIPT High Roller (an EPT Low Roller?) which has picked up a final table line-up...more

EPT10 London £50k SHR: The final table by numbers

It's quite easy to find yourself running dry on superlatives when talking about Super High Roller tournaments. It's got the biggest names, the best players, the largest payouts, the sickest suck outs. Sometimes it's just easier - certainly for us - to let the numbers do the talking so take...more

EPT London: The morning routine

If you work in an office or restaurant or a shop or a warehouse or NASA or something like that, the chances are you arrive to work in the mornings and follow the same routine. Perhaps you swipe in through the barriers, dump your bag at your desk then go...more

EPT10 London: Welcome to the incredible, inconceivable and inflammable Grand Connaught Rooms

Years ago a member of the fire brigade, addressing an office meeting about the dangers of buildings burning down, suggested that the role of fire marshal be disbanded, given the tendency of these volunteers to burn in much the same way as everybody else. That message is no in operation...more

UKIPT4 London Day 4: Level 26-31 updates (80,000/160,000, ante 10,000)

6.45pm: Robbie Bull wins UKIPT4 London (£113,405); Ian Simpson second (£106,869) We have a champion and it's Robbie Bull who has got over the line, but he'll be the first to admit he got a little lucky... Ian Simpson opened to 375,000 on the button with A♠8♣, Bull set him...more

UKIPT4 London: Final table player profiles

Seat 1: Lasse Frost, Denmark - 1,700,000 Arhus-based Lasse Frost has been playing poker for around eight years - mainly just for fun. However, in August 2012, he decided to take a year off from his job in economics to play poker full time. The decision paid off as in...more

EPT10 London Day 1A: A packed schedule in the capital

Ever had a dinner where the starter was so good, you're now worried that the main course couldn't possibly match it? Ever tucked in to a sumptuous lobster claw and had fears about the fillet steak to come? Well you're a fool, and so am I. Because it's fillet steak...more

5 October

EPT10 London £50k SHR: Martin Finger pushes the button, eight remain

The EPT Super High Roller is a thing of wonder, like a Victorian world fair or menagerie of outlandish creatures. These guys really are a breed apart. They're fantastical beings of amazing poker prowess playing for the kinds of money that would make a strong man wince, and anyone else...more

UKIPT4 London: Jack Salter takes lead into Main Event final

It was business as usual on Day 3 of the UKIPT4 London Main Event today, and that meant no let-up on the pace that had stunned everyone yesterday. Some 24 hours ago a field of more than 200 was reduced to 35 inside of eight levels. Today, we slashed that...more

EPT10 London £50k SHR: Jason Mercier is good at pot control, not mike control

Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier seems to be good at competitive things. We all know he's good at poker. He's also told us before that he was on varsity teams but it seems the talent may end when it comes to a microphone. There's no control whatsoever. Click through to...more

EPT10 London £50k: Who is Bill Perkins, Super High Roller?

Bill Perkins is an interesting character and it's certainly tough to label him. Venture capitalist, clean energy enthusiast, commodities trader, poker player, raconteur, political agitator? Perkins has worn all those hats and more, but perhaps the title of the tournament he's been playing in the last couple of days would...more

UKIPT4 London Day 3: Level 23-26 updates (25,000/50,000, ante 5,000)

9.30pm: Final table chip counts So that's all the action from Day 3 of the UKIPT, just eight players remain and the final table gets underway at 12.30pm tomorrow. Leading the way will be Jack Salter, but his lead is slender as Ian Simpson is just a couple of big...more

EPT10 £50k SHR: Mike "Timex" McDonald on the rise of the Super High Rollers

The EPT Super High Roller fields just keep on getting bigger. We thought the 51 entries (40 players, 11 re-entries) at EPT Barcelona was big but we've hit 57 entries here (41 players, 16 re-entries). And it's a bigger buy-in here in real money terms with the pounds punching power...more

EPT10 London £50k SHR: Day 2 seat draw and recap

Day 2 of the £50,000 Super High Roller is underway with Viktor Blom and Patrik Antonius joining the fray (first bullets) and Erik Seidel (second bullet) and Phillipp Gruissem (fourth bullet!) re-entering. A full confirmation of entries and re-entries will be in our live updates as soon as we have...more

UKIPT4 London Day 3: Level 19-22 updates (10,000/20,000, ante 3,000)

5.05pm: Take a break The players are now on a 20 minute break, you'll find level 23 updates in a new post. -- NW 4.55pm: Yap back Wayne Yap is the new contender for 13th place. He came out worse in an all-in hand against Patryk Slusarek, who was all-in...more

4 October

UKIPT4 London: Day 3 seat draw

Day three of UKIPT London will be played on Saturday, October 5, starting at noon. All tables are in Tournament Room D of the Grand Connaught Rooms. Here is the table and seat draw: (Table, seat, name, chips) 1 1 Piers Whyman United Kingdom 288000 1 2 Mark Spelman Ireland...more

UKIPT4 London Day 2: Life's a breeze for Daniel 'Malibu' Stacey, leader of final 35

The UKIPT tournament staff were all a-fluster this morning as they tried to decide how many levels to play. Players originally learnt that they'd be looking at ten levels, but it was later reduced to eight. For a moment the administrators had even forgotten how many days the tournament was...more

EPT10 London £50k SHR: Johannes Strassmann "ready for work" and leads on first day

Super High Roller opening days tend to be defined by a few choice things. The number of entries -- in this case 52, the number of players who remain, in this case 33, and the number of players who are not only prepared to pay £50,000 once to play, but...more

UKIPT4 London Day 2: Video interlude

Nick Wealthall made the money here in London, grabbing a min-cash to his evident delight. But he's even more at home in front of the camera, and in a selection of videos from the week, he talks to Victoria Coren, Liv Boeree, Dermot Blain and Fergal Nealon about all and...more

EPT10 London £50k SHR: Bill Perkins, Mr Super High Roller

Bill Perkins is a regular face on the Super High Roller circuit and, what can you say, the guy loves to play for the big bucks. Perkins is a loose and fast kind of player. Poker isn't where he makes his money or rather he wasn't until he finished 3rd...more

EPT10 London £50k SHR: Daniel Negreanu on 'ze Germans'

There's been a lot of talk over the last couple of seasons of the European Poker Tour about the German dominance of High Roller events. The story, as they say, checks out. The likes of Tobias Reinkemeier, Philipp Gruissem and Max Altergott have an incredible record. They don't always win...more

EPT10 London £50k SHR: Watching the Super High Roller watchers

A middle-aged man in a baseball cap, and in turquoise trainers to match his track suit top, walked in and positioned himself at the far end of the tournament room to watch the table featuring Sorel Mizzi and Talal Shakerchi. After a few minutes he tried a different table. Then...more

EPT10 London £50k SHR: Daniel's first time

It's a long, long way from grinding $20 tournaments to not blinking an eye about buying in for a £50,000 Super High Roller. Just look at Daniel Negreanu. It's almost impossible to imagine him ever playing $20 re-buys or, in fact, for anything less than something that involves any kind...more

UKIPT4 London Day 2: Level 15-18 updates (4,000/8,000, ante 1,000)

9.10m: Done for the day Just 35 players have survived 'moving day' of the UKIPT. They'll be back at noon tomorrow and leading the way will be Daniel Stacey. The 23-year-old from Stoke-on-Trent has a bag busting 1,400,000. Stay tuned for a full wrap of the Day 2 action. --...more

EPT10 London £50k SHR: Live, from a sound stage in the desert...

There's one thing you can count on in a Super High Roller event, and that's that the line-up will look pretty much the same wherever you are. The logic is simple. Even in a new town, the pool of players with the inclination to cough up fifty-grand (sterling) is remarkably...more

2013 Asia Championship of Poker update

The 'PokerStars LIVE Macau' poker room is hosting the 2nd annual Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP) in Macau from October 18 to November 3, 2013. As the Asia Pacific Poker Tour's (APPT) flagship event, the 17-day series has attracted some of poker 's biggest names from the east and west....more

EPT10 London £50k SHR: Teeing up the Super High Roller

Laura Corenlius returns to the PokerStars.tv mike here at EPT London to tee up the Super High Roller. It's going to be a hectic nine days of poker here in the English capital. Check out the full EPT10 London Poker Festival schedule here. Check out the Super High Roller coverage...more

10 ways that Yoga is like poker

This morning, I spent a sweaty 60 minutes with my head mostly down by my knees in downward dog, standing head to knee and mastering bow pose. I splashed my neighbour on the mat next to me (hot yoga), dripped hair dye onto my white towel (see hot yoga), cursed...more

WCOOP 2013: Who is PlayinWasted?

Since he won nearly $1.5 million in the 2013 PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker Main Event, everyone in the poker community has been asking, "Who is PlayinWasted?" Several college students raised their hands and said, "Wasted? Yeah, I'm playing wasted." But none of them were online poker's newest world...more

EPT10 London £50k SHR: Poker's glitterati arrive in London's home for the glitterati

London is one of a few destinations on the European Poker Tour to have featured in each year of the EPT. This year it will look a little different. We should admit to a tinge of bias during the London series. It is, after all, where a good part of...more

UKIPT4 London Day 2: Level 11-14 updates (1,500/3,000 ante 400)

Don't know what you're still doing in here. All the cool kids are following updates from level 15 and onwards in this hip, trendy, cutting edge new post. 4.30pm: Four down, four to go That's the end of the fourth level of Day 2, which means the players are on...more

UKIPT4 London: Day 2 seat draw

Day two of UKIPT London will be played on Friday, October 4, starting at noon. All tables are in Tournament Room C of the Grand Connaught Rooms. Here is the table and seat draw: (Table, seat, name, chips) 28 1 Karol Rostkowski 61400 28 2 Antonio Lafosse 41300 28 3...more

3 October

UKIPT4 London Day 1B: Dario Sammartino leads star-studded field

Any lingering doubts as to whether UKIPT4 London was going to attract an appropriately star-studded field were dispelled at around 11.45am today when Barry Greenstein wandered into the Royal Connaught Rooms. Mr Greenstein doesn't tend to play events with £1,000 buy-ins, but he was here for this one. It was...more

UKIPT4 London Day 1B: Level 5-10 updates (600/1,200 ante 100)

11.55pm: Done for the day That's it for Day 1B, roughly 153 of the 501 runners have progressed, joining the 70 who made it through from Day 1A. They'll all be back at noon tomorrow, as will we. But before then a full wrap of the day's play is on...more

A social butterfly around the poker tables? Why not?

Recently there seem to be a lot of debate over the first card off the deck rule and how it affects the social aspect of the game off the table. Thankfully I won't be joining in that debate but rather share the outcomes & benefits my friends and I have...more

London beacon: Nick Wealthall

You can breath a sigh of relief; the summer is finally over. All that sunshine, hot weather is gone and at last all that pressure to be outside and 'enjoy the weather' is over. At last the nights are drawing in, it's getting colder and more miserable and we can...more

UKIPT4 London Day 1B: Level 1-4 updates (100/200 ante 25)

4.15pm: End of the level That's the end of level four, you'll find level five updates and beyond in a new post. -- NW 4.10pm: Kimber raced out Jeff Kimber is out in a hand that played itself. After Ori Hasson opened to 500 under the gun, four others called...more

2 October

UKIPT4 London Day 1A: Richard Trigg, claimeer of the chip lead

There's a consistency about PokerStars events that continues to attract players in their droves. Even when something seemingly major changes, such as a tournament venue, even more stays exactly the same. Today we visited the Grand Connaught Rooms in Covent Garden for this year's UKIPT London stop, the first time...more

UKIPT4 London: Day 1A, level 5-10 updates (600/1,200, ante 200)

12.05am: Day 1A is done After 10 levels of play Day 1A has come to an end. Roughly 72 of the 246 runners made it through with Rich Trigg the overnight chip leader. You can read all about today's action in our end of day wrap which will be up...more

WCOOP 2013: The parade of heroes

The World Championship of Online Poker is over for another year having paid out a guarantee-busting $62,362,757. It's been a hell of a series lasting 66 tournaments and three weeks of play. Some players have confirmed their class while others have emerged from the masses as possible stars of the...more

Hacking Fatima

Editor's note: I'm not saying we hacked Fatima Moreira de Melo's phone (we didn't...really), but if we had, this is what we would have found in the days she was at EPT Barcelona. She provided us with a little bit of explanation. Off to Barcelona with travelmate Sexy Lexy..looking...more

Announcing Special PCA Women's Satellites

Our PokerStars Women community is special. We listen to your comments on Facebook and Twitter, and you aren't afraid to tell us how you feel. One of the things that many of you requested was a bigger prize package from PS Women Live for the upcoming 2014 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure....more

UKIPT4 London: Day 1A, level 1-4 updates (100/200, ante 25)

Follow updates from level five onwards in this shiny new post. 4.25pm: Exits There's no easy way to say this, but whilst the majority of players are playing level five, the following players tournament hope are not alive: Kenneth Broad, Chris Ralston, Bret Seldon, Daniel Merrilees, Tobias Garp, James McLean,...more

Matt "mjw006" Wakeman takes down 10/1/13 Super Tuesday

Following a hiautus during the just-completed World Championship of Poker, tonight's Super Tuesday, PokerStars' weekly $1,050 no-limit hold'em event picked right back up where it left off in September, drawing 514 entrants to build a $514,000 prize pool, better than the event's $300K guarantee. It would ultimately take little over...more

Watch the 2013 WCOOP $5,200 Main Event final table

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1 October

PokerStars gets a new friend: Natalie Hof

You probably know this already, but the PokerStars folks are pretty friendly, and they are always looking for new friends. Now they have another! Today, PokerStars announced that Natalie Hof is the newest Friend of PokerStars. If you're not familiar with her, Hof has been the German presenter for the...more

My chance at the Million Second Quiz

I grew up in family games. My parents, both gifted Bridge players, taught my brother and me about strategy and deductive reasoning using board games. My mother would look at me across a colorful Mastermind board, surveying my latest attempt to crack her code, and ask "Now what do you...more

Watch the 2013 WCOOP-63 final table ($2,100 HORSE)


WCOOP 2013: PlayinWasted prevails in marathon Main Event (Event #66, $5,200 NLHE)

What a night! What a WCOOP! And what a Main Event, a two-day marathon that ultimately saw three Germans -- Daniel "Allanon85" Drescher, PlayinWasted, and SwissCantMis -- emerge at the end to strike a three-way deal, then PlayinWasted prevailing to claim this year's Main Event title and a first prize...more