November 2013

30 November

UKIPT4 Nottingham 6-max: Chris Brammer bursts into the lead with 31 remaining

We expected Day 2 to sort things out. It didn't fail. After the end of eight levels, we slashed the field by 164, burst the bubble, and found ourselves a well known chip leader, setting us up nicely for a day of play tomorrow that will reduce the field to...more

UKIPT4 Nottingham 6-max: Day 2 level 13-16 updates (2,500/5,000, 500 ante)

9.20pm: Done for the day Play has ended for the day and 31 players remain. The last exit of the night was crucial in determining the chip leader. Chris Brammer eliminated Sin Melin with [A][J] against [A][6] in a pot worth 180,000. At the same time on another table Tim...more

UKIPT4 Nottingham 6-max: Day 2, level 9-12 updates (1,000/2,000, 300 ante)

4.25pm: Break time The fourth level of the day is now complete and players are on a 15 minutes break. When they return they will be on the bubble. Follow live coverage of level 13 here. 4.20pm: All-in to nothing Ganesh Jayaraman just moved all-in from the small blind for...more

29 November

UKIPT4 Nottingham 6-max: Benjamin Rivera tops Day 1C, but Mitch Johnson leads overall as field unites

So that's that. The opening day of the UKIPT Nottingham 6-max Main Event is finally at an end. It took three days, 24 levels, and processed 458 players. Now the surviving 191 players will unite as one tomorrow, and play on towards a first prize of £100,000. This third of...more

Win 2% of Jake Cody at EPT Prague!

If you were to be given a free percentage of any tournament player in the world then Jake Cody would be pretty high up on the want list. The Team PokerStars Pro became the youngest ever Triple Crown winner (EPT, WSOP and WPT titles) and has amassed more than $3.6m...more

Get twice the action with Double Vision Sunday!

The PokerStars December Festival starts this weekend with the Double Vision Sunday. All the biggest weekly guarantees run twice; The Sunday Million, Sunday Warm-Up, Sunday Kickoff and Sunday Storm will give you twice as many chances to run deep. Expect a lot of big sweats this Sunday! Double the fun...more

Getting the royal flush at the PCA

Since my first visit to the PCA as a player in the Main Event, I've been lucky enough to attend three more times--once more as a player in the Ladies Event and twice as a blogger. Even though all four trips have been exciting, I have to say that being...more

UKIPT4 Nottingham 6-max: Day 1C level 5-8 updates (400/800, 100 ante)

9.01pm: Done for the day Players have bagged and tagged their chips, a full wrap is on the way and we'll also upload chip counts to the blog in the next hour or so. Day 2 starts at noon and we'll be playing eight levels. -- NW 9pm: Petersen doubles...more

Caring and sharing at home and abroad

We are pleased to announce that PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker staff and players have donated a grand total of $US280,039.13 to the Typhoon Haiyan appeal fund. The Rational Group will be matching these funds, bringing the total amount raised to $US560,078.26. Houses, farms and businesses have been destroyed, with...more

New EPT Sanremo dates promise amazing three weeks of poker!

Dates for the EPT10 Sanremo event have been rejigged to ensure players get a continuous three-week poker extravaganza on the Italian and French Riviera next spring. EPT Sanremo will now take place 10-20 April and, for the first time ever, the European Poker Tour is joining forces with the Italian...more

UKIPT4 Nottingham 6-max: Day 1C level 1-4 updates (100/200, 25 ante)

4.15pm: Exits and the end of level four Just 220 of the 255 players who entered Day 1C remain. There's no easy way to say this but: Chung Hoang, Keith Hawkins, Alan Stearn, Scott Margereson, Thomas Somerville, Lee Taylor, Stuart Kinghorn and Ben Spragg are amongst those who've been eliminated....more

The Bonus Cut: Jokers in the deck

Alexander Stevic was the first ever European Poker Tour champion way back in Spetember 2004. Just like cat and dog years, poker years seem to operate on a different plane. Nine years have passed since Stevic won the €80,000 first-place prize, which seems relatively modest given the six- and seven-figure...more

Watch the Bonus Cut: Jokers in the deck

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The long and winding road

I'm writing this just after returning from LAPT Panama. In fact, I've been traveling a lot lately, including a trip to EPT Barcelona as well as another to a PokerStars gathering in Costa Rica where there was a staff tournament, a freeroll for all of the employees. I actually ended...more

28 November

UKIPT4 Nottingham 6-max: David Price leads at the end of Day 1B

Opening days have a habit of looking the same. Just like yesterday, Day 1B started this afternoon with a generic crowd of poker players, converging on a familiar poker room, to slog it out for eight levels; the reward for surviving them being another day of the same on Saturday....more

Watch TheManM win $126,000 as Brazil stakes its claim to the MicroMillions

This month's MicroMillions festival was another huge success with 1,420,306 entrants getting a shot at $8,823,501 in prizes. That's no surprise, but something that did raise an eyebrow at PokerStars Blog HQ was quite how well the Brazilians performed. The FIFA World Cup is coming up next summer and perhaps...more

UKIPT4 Nottingham 6-Max: Day 1B level 5-8 updates (400/800 ante 100)

9.10pm: Jon Spinks wins UKIPT4 Nottingham High Roller The High Roller finished slightly before the Main Event wrapped up for the day and Jon Spinks defeated Chris Brammer heads-up to win his second UKIPT High Roller title. The full payouts were, after a three-hand deal, as follows: 1st. Jonathan Spinks...more

UKIPT4 Nottingham 6-Max: Day 1B level 1-4 updates (100/200 ante 25)

4.15pm: Break time That's the end of level four, you'll find level five updates in a new post. -- NW 4pm: Chip counts A scooch round the room reveals the following stacks are in front of the names and notables that we're tracking on the chip count page: Robbie Bull...more

What happens in Macau... goes on the Blog!

The Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP) 2013 happened at the end of October and everyone I knew left the PokerStars Live Macau poker room at the City of Dreams Macau full of praise for the schedule, structure and the way the events were ran. The ACOP provided a full schedule...more

27 November

UKIPT4 Nottingham 6-max: Mitch Johnson snatches lead at the bell after Day 1A of 6-max Main Event

Dusk Till Dawn was designed and built specifically for poker players, and events like the 6-max UKIPT Main Event today made it clear why. It may not have been rammed, with just nine tables in action on what is the first of three opening flights, but the atmosphere was one...more

UKIPT4 Nottingham six-max: Level 5-8 updates (400/800 ante 100)

9pm: Done for the day It looks as if 24 players have made it through to Day 2 from the 61 who started today. That means the average stack is 50,900, a man with way more than that is local cash game player Mitch Johnson. He's bagged up 171,500, the...more

Fatima de Melo: Second place at UKIPT was a winner

"In poker, you can still win while losing," Fatima told us after her second place finish at the UKIPT Isle of Man Main Event. "All in all, I felt like a winner, just not THE winner." That, ladies and gentlemen, is the sentiment of a person who is a winning...more

Mission Accomplished!

We asked you to tweet us (@PokerStars) the message "Mission Accomplished! #NovemberMission" when you completed one of the November Mission Weeks challenges. Every day we randomly chose 10 tweeters who'd done just that and credited them with a ticket to The Big $22, which regularly pays out five figure scores...more

Targetting the Belgian Poker Challenge

I've been playing a lot online lately, but my attention is turning back toward the live game because the Belgian Poker Challenge is here and I'm excited! I'm attending the entire festival which is taking place 24 November - 1 December here in Namur, Belgium. It's an annual event and...more

BPC now, London next year

The Belgian Poker Challenge (BPC) at Namur has arrived, which is the big finale of the poker calendar here in Belgium. I'm doing pretty well on the leader board for the Belgian poker rankings thanks to winning the BPC Middlekerke Main Event earlier this year, so I'm definitely looking forward...more

Onwards and upwards

The end of 2013 is approaching and it is this time of the year when you start looking backwards to analyze the last few months. I'm the kind of person that prefers to look forward all the time, but I do acknowledge the importance of reflecting on the past -...more

Watch the Sunday Million (24 November 2013)

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UKIPT4 Nottingham six-max: Level 1-4 updates (100/200 ante 25)

4.17pm: Break time We've reached the halfway point of today's play and the participants are now on a 15 minute break. It's time to give this blog page a well earned rest too, you'll find level five updates in a new post. -- NW 4.15pm: Don't hit the road Jack...more

paulwiter prevails in 11/26/13 Super Tuesday, earns $115,668

There were 612 runners for this week's Super Tuesday, the weekly $1,050 no-limit hold'em that consistently draws huge fields. That marked the 10th time in 2013 the Super Tuesday has exceeded 600 players, with this week's tourney ranking as the 7th largest of the year (and in the Super Tuesday's...more

26 November

Burning down the house

[A party needs a soundtrack. This will do.] "You do realise that's still lit, right?" I turned to PokerStars broadcasting legend James Hartigan and said, "If your party doesn't need a fire extinguisher, it's not really a party, is it?" But there she was: tall, shaved head, covered in tattoos,...more

ANIMA Charity Tournament on December 7

Animals play extremely important roles in our lives; friend, companion, protector, and more. Unfortunately many would-be pets go through needless suffering and we've got a way that you can help them this December. PokerStars LIVE at the City of Dreams will be hosting the ANIMA Charity Tournament on Saturday, 7...more

Play the huge £500,000 UKIPT Nottingham six-max, starts tomorrow!

I can tell you that a lot of people are very excited about this (inside and outside of the company). The much anticipated UKIPT Nottingham six-max Main Event starts tomorrow with the first of three days 1's. If you want to play - and who wouldn't want to play a...more

The Heads-up Masters, FPS Cannes, and Ronan's bad beat

Recently, I was one of 64 players invited to take part in a special tournament on PokerStars.Fr called "Heads-up Masters." It was a €1,000, rake-free, bracket tournament and the field included SCOOP and FCOOP champions, top cash game players, Team Pros like ElkY, Gabriel Nassif and myself, as well as...more

Get ready for the $27m December Festival

Are you ready for the PokerStars December Festival? You better be, it's going to be incredible and action-packed. There's $27,000,000 to be won during the PokerStars December Festival and it kicks off this Sunday (1 December). There's the return of the old favourites - Golden Sit & Go's and Milestone...more

25 November

I'm a TV star... again!

I have just started a new project. I'm a TV star... again! Let me explain. Up until the end of last year, I used to host a web-based poker talk show called "Mich interessiert Poker" (which basically means "I'm interested in poker"), but the company who produced it ended up...more

Win $1,000,000 in The Shark Cage!

Do you want to win $1,000,000 on TV? Well, you can. You really, really can. The Shark Cage is a brand new TV show which pits online qualifiers against big name pros for a winner-take-all first prize of one million dollars. One. Million. Dollars. And the freeroll online qualifiers start...more

Huge weekend of action capped off with TheManM's $126k MicroMillions win

The weekend has been a busy one for poker players around the world. The MicroMillions 6 completed its 11-day online festival while both LAPT Uruguay and ANZPT Auckland were crowning new champs, including bad boy Carter Gill who won LAPT Uruguay for $218,692. Carter Gill, LAPT champ The MicroMillions 6...more

MicroMillions 6: TheManM is the comeback kid, scoring $126K in MM6 Main (Event #98: $22 NLHE Main Event)

After 11 days, 100 events, and more than $8 million in prize money awarded, the MicroMillions 6's grand finale took center stage today with the promise of a $1 million guaranteed prize pool and a $150,000 first-place prize. It's remarkable enough that such riches are contested every weekend in the...more

vizquel17 victorious, earns over $213K in 11/24/13 Sunday Million

It was another big Sunday Million this week with 7,107 entrants into the weekly $215 buy-in tournament, the most popular in online poker. That meant a big prize pool of $1,421,400 -- well over the $1 million guarantee -- to be split by the top 1,080 finishers. It would take...more

24 November

MicroMillions 6: mark_999 rallies to win Sunday Storm Special Edition and Event #97 $11 NL

It was a revolutionary type of day for mark_999. The Canadian advanced to the final table of MicroMillions 6 Event #97, yet he found himself near the back of the pack. mark_999 waited for the perfect moment to peak at the right time. Along the way, he snapped off pocket...more

MicroMillions 6: Sympatiq4e closes out with Event #100 win ($1+R NL Hold'em Hyper-Turbo)

Event #100 was a fitting tournament to end the small buy-in, big prizepool MicroMillions series. It was a $1 No Limit Hold'em Hyper-Turbo with Rebuys which had players moving as fast as they could to keep up with the structure. Players were given 30 minutes to mash the rebuy button...more

MicroMillions 6: CloverZone tears through Event #99 ($3.30 NL Hold'em Turbo)

Things went fast in Event #99. The $3.30 Turbo got 21,114 entrants and it took them only five hours to get down to the final nine players. From there, it only took CloverZone 23 minutes to take the title of MicroMillions champion and $6,347.49. While CloverZone took the biggest share...more

Women's Sunday: Fourth time's the charm for 7mango, Fatima finishes fifth

This week's Women's Sunday final table was littered with familiar faces, none more recognizable than Olympic gold medalist and recent UKIPT Isle of Man runner-up Fatima Moreira de Melo, who offered a special $700 PCA Mega Qualifier ticket as her bounty. The Team PokerStars Sports Star arrived there third in...more

Sunday Warm-Up: Lucky Number SlevinRO claims $105K in victory

The Sunday Majors were taking a back seat to the little guys as the MicroMillions 6 series wrapped up tonight with its $22 Main Event that squished 65,397 treasure seekers into the tournament. But, tonight's $500,000 guarantee Sunday Warm-up managed to find enough high rollers and satellite winners around to...more

MicroMillions 6: gongass fills tank with $21K after Event #94 win ($5.50 NLHE, 1R1A)

It's been a great week-and-a-half of low buy-in, big cash-reward fun in the MicroMillions 6, with Event #94 one of 10 last events scheduled on this final day of play. A $5.50 no-limit hold'em affair with "1R1A" (one re-buy and one add-on), the tournament drew 17,399 entrants, and after almost...more

MicroMillions 6: JTDStreet pairs SCOOP title with MicroMillions win in Event #96 ($3.30+R NL Courchevel Hi/Lo [6-Max, 3x-Chance])

JTDStreet first caught our eye last spring, when he won twelve straight heads-up PLO matches in SCOOP Event #13-L, defeating Team Pro Marcin Horecki in the final round to win the title. Tonight, he plowed through an even larger field in the MicroMillions 6, arriving at the final table with...more

Battle of the Planets: Shhmenaru' claims November title after three-way deal

Ask the many players whose poker fun is within the play chip games what exactly are they playing for. They enjoy the game, despite some nasty turn cards crushing aces or in the case of a certain railbird tonight, losing with big slick against ten-nine preflop. Tonight's monthly Battle of...more

MicroMillions 6: Carelo tops gigantic field in Event #95, $2.22 NLHE (Hyper-Turbo, Heads-Up)

There was a time when the only way to play heads-up in a poker tournament was to make it through an entire field to play for the championship. Online poker changed that, and heads-up tournaments have been a staple of series like the MicroMillions for some time now. But no...more

LAPT Uruguay: Carter Gill wins first major title and $218,692

The day began with eight runners hoping to first unseat Carter Gill from his commanding chip lead and then go onto LAPT glory at the Season 6 Grand Final. From 508 entrants, Day 4 began with just 8 Walid Mubarak was first out in eighth, the gregarious Peruvian lightened the...more

MicroMillions 6: zlajin survives quick final table to win Event #93 ($2.20 NLHE)

Nine hours and thirty minutes to eliminate 16,313 players from MicroMillions 6 Event #93 $2.20 NLHE tournament. With a 30BB average going into the final nine it appeared a drawn out battle was about to commence for the next few hours. Instead the chip leaders preyed upon the less fortunate...more

LAPT Uruguay Grand Final Day 4: Complete 180

If you can believe it, Mr. Carter Gill is down to his last 2,300,000. It has been an amazing, steady turnaround for Ivan Raich, double-up after double-up. Gill had his chance to end things (again). The two saw an A♥ K♥ 4♥ flop with Raich's three-bet inflating the pot before...more

LAPT Uruguay Grand Final Day 4: Deal with it

Recently during heads-up play Ivan Raich gave Carter Gill a walk and Gill, who exposes his cards frequently, turned over the two aces. Every player's dream scenario: get heads-up for a championship and see pocket rockets. Not Gill's though. "I didn't want to win the tournament with aces," was his...more

LAPT Uruguay Grand Final Day 4: End of the Line for Mantel

The hand prior Ariel Mantel asked Carter Gill for a chip count. The answer, with a mutual smirk, was in the neighbourhood of 7,300,000. Then Mantel moved all-in from the small blind, for ten big blinds, with Gill snap calling in the big. Ariel Mantel, playing for the win Gill...more

LAPT Uruguay Grand Final Day 4: Gill climbing the summit

"And then there were three." The constant stream of narration from Carter Gill keeps everyone abreast of where, exactly, we stand at this final table. As if the bloggers, photographers, tournament staff, and giant-screen television were not enough. The spectators' angle Three-handed play has relaxed the breakneck pace, but how...more

LAPT Uruguay Grand Final Day 4: Ivan Raich KOs Andre Korn

It looked like we might see our first family pot, but Andre Korn had other ideas. Ariel Mantel opened the pot to 120,000 under the gun and was quickly flat called by Carter Gill. In the small blind Ivan Raich called after a little stack counting. Then Korn moved all-in...more

LAPT Uruguay Grand Final Day 4: Goodbye Juan Perez Solari

The next elimination from the LAPT Grand Final was a straightforward cooler. Under the gun the short stacked Juan Perez Solari moved all-in for around half a million chips, good for ten big blinds. Andre Korn could not fold in the big blind with T♦ T♣. It looked like a...more

MicroMillions 6: Russian SergeyErmolo goes wire-to-wire to win Event #91 ($5.50 Razz)

There's something almost nihilistic about Razz. Rather than it being a triumph of the best, it is instead triumph for the worst - the worst hand anyway--in a bid to be left with nothing but small numbered cards that don't run in sequence. Of course there's a bit more to...more

LAPT Uruguay Grand Final Day 4: Gill KOs Bauer, Sanguinetti

Juan Perez Solari has doubled. The short-stack went through he blinds, whittling down to a mere 140,000, before shoving over an Andres Korn raise with T♦ 9♦. Korn had A♣ 7♣ and called for a fraction more. The flop was T♥ 6♥ 8♠, problematic for Korn, but not without re-suck...more

MicroMillions 6: xxxniroxxx survives the slaughter in Event #92 ($1+R 3x-Turbo, Sunday Spark Special Edition)

Sparks and dollars were flying all over the place. For just $1, players got a shot at winning $9,205.72. Players flocked to the tournament and a tsunami of one-dollar bills of unprecedented force and size ensued. 12,246 players entered and then re-bought 54,706. They couldn't buy-in faster if they were...more

LAPT Uruguay Grand Final Day 4: Mubarak First Out

After a devastating tour through the blinds, including giving Carter Gill a walk in blind versus blind (when he held deuce-three offsuit to Gill's ten-nine), Walid Mubarak moved all-in from the button for his last 235,000. Carter Gill folded the small blind but Ivan Raich woke up with 9♦ 9♥...more

LAPT Uruguay Grand Final: Day 4 Preview

If today was the last day on earth, everyone would be out enjoying this amazing weather. But the sun will come up tomorrow (hopefully), and eight lucky final tablists should have plenty of time to spend their winnings as they see fit. But before that can happen the matter of...more

MicroMillions 6: firemandave9 displays heroic victory in Event #90 $1+R NL Hold'em [3x-Turbo]

Sometimes you wake up on the right side of the bed and you have a flawless day in which everything goes your way. Zero red lights, no queues, sensational weather and achieving blissful harmony with the universe that new age hippies have been chasing since the 1960s. Those ethereal days,...more

MicroMillions 6: I travel OZ takes Event #89 title down under ($5.50 NL 5-Card Omaha Hi/Lo)

At its start, this final table was anybody's game. Stacks were shallow, blinds were high, and, well, it's 5-Card Omaha. Fortunes can change in a flash, and they did just that for I travel OZ when he hit running cards to make a wheel and win one of the largest...more

23 November

MicroMillions 6: Loyalray13 tops the action in Event #88 ($4.40+R 6-Max, Action Hour)

Action hour. It was a wild 60-minute period that saw massive amounts of re-buys and culminated in massive stacks. These large stacks transitioned over to the final table where Loyalray13 fought his way to victory from the bottom. But back before the final table, when things were just getting underway,...more

ANZPT Auckland: David Lim reigns supreme

There were a few non-believers in the 'This Is It' theory, but they have been proven very, very wrong here on another whirlwind ANZPT Auckland final table. And Danny McDonagh is demanding an apology. In under six hours of play, the twelve players that started the day have been reduced...more

ANZPT Auckland Day 3: The rise and fall

Two players have fallen in two consecutive hands to now leave an all-Australian battle with Nathan Gubieski to take on David Lim for the ANZPT Auckland Main Event title. Kiwi Paul Gahan was the first of the quartet to depart in a coinflip with David Lim. Gahan had managed to...more

ANZPT Auckland Day 3: The King of spades

There's nothing more exciting in poker than the one-outer. All the chips are in the middle, and one player is left with nothing but one single card in the deck to win the pot. One faint hope. One last breath. To put it in numbers, they are around a 2%...more

MicroMillions 6: Feli4ita goes wire to wire in Event #86 win ($1 NLHE)

Only eight months removed from a near-win in the MicroMillions 4, 4h1story had a second shot at the top spot. Although his third-place finish back in March ended up yielding the tournament's largest payday thanks to a deal, 4h1story was still looking for his first title. However, to get there,...more

ANZPT Auckland Day 3: Two more on the rail

The ANZPT Auckland final table continues to push onwards and upwards with two more players heading to the rail recently to leave us with our final five. First it was our Cook Islands representative, Greg Stafford. With a raise from big stack David Lim in front of him, Stafford looked...more

ANZPT Auckland Day 3: This is it?

An hour and a half into the day and we've already lost five players. We were all starting to think we were well on track for a quick finish today, but then this happened... "This is IT!" exclaimed ANZPT head honcho Danny McDonagh. Oh no. It's those famous last words....more

ANZPT Auckland Day 3: Reaching new heights

In doing a little research about our final twelve players in the ANZPT Auckland Main Event, we couldn't help but be surprised by their lack of previous experience on the poker table. It's rare to see nowadays on a major tour. Perhaps in the early days, you might find a...more

MicroMillions 6: expect_more wins the most in Event #85, $2.22+R NLHE (3x-Turbo, Saturday Splash Special Edition)

With MicroMillions 6 winding to a close this weekend, one of the last things on the schedule was a special edition of the Saturday Splash. Fans of this tournament know it well - a $2.22 no-limit hold'em event with a turbo structure and unlimited re-buys for the first 90 minutes...more

MicroMillions 6: Valya98 limits damage to win Event #87 ($3.30 FL Hold'em 6-Max, Turbo)

MicroMillions Event #87 was a specialty for the series as only the second Fixed Limit Hold'em tournament on the schedule. It takes a certain breed of poker player to enjoy playing Fixed Limit Hold'em. A lot of older players grew up with the game but it's becoming popular with more...more

MicroMillions 6: TOFF7 tops the field in Event #84 ($8.80 NL Hold'em)

It was a sneaky victory. TOFF7 started the final nine as the short stack and would reprise that role several times throughout the final table. Our eventual champion started six, four and three-handed play as the shortstack and went into the heads-up match with a 2-to-1 chip defecit. But TOFF7...more

ANZPT Auckland Day 3: A dynamic duodecad

Twelve. It's a symbolic number with many things coming in groups of 12. 12 months in the year. 12 signs of the zodiac. The 12 days of Christmas. The 12 apostles. 12 inches in a foot. A dozen red roses. Now after two full days of poker in the SKYCITY...more

LAPT Uruguay Grand Final Day 3: Ocho!

It took three tries but a final table of eight players is now set. It first looked as if Carter Gill might take out second in chips Ariel Mantel when he three-bet to 200,000 after a Mantel open to 85,000. When Mantel four-bet to 475,000 Gill didn't hesitate too much...more

LAPT Uruguay Grand Final Day 3: Hold on Tight

The frenetic pace of eliminations has come to a complete and total halt. All of a sudden, with an official final table birth on the line, players have begun to value their tournament mortality. That is not to say in the last hour there weren't some chances. The best came...more

MicroMillions 6: slmaan slams door on Event #83, wins $11K ($4.40 NLHE, 1R1A)

Hailing from the Palestinian Territories, slmaan overcome a big field of 10,684 in Event #83 of MicroMillions 6 to earn an even $11,000 following a six-way final table deal. slmaan had the chip edge when the deal was made, successfully negotiated for more from the five others during the deal-making,...more

LAPT Uruguay Grand Final Day 3: Gill Gets There

Ladies and gentleman, Mr Carter Gill. Things were getting a tad bit stale as players began to smell the final table. Uruguayan young gun Juan Martin Abal had slowly, steadily been ground down under the constant pressure applied by chip-leading Carter Gill, who came back from break with one quarter...more

LAPT Uruguay Grand Final Day 3: Uruguay's Eleven

As you may have guessed, the field has dipped below a dozen. Erika Santana moved in with K♦ Q♥, ran into A♦ K♣ and couldn't improve to even a sweat on T♥ 4♥ 6♣ 2♣ 3♥. She left smiling in 13th for the first five-figure tier, $10,720. You would smile...more

MicroMillions 6: ahtzii runs over the final table in Event #82 ($2.20 NLHE) triumph

The rise, the climax, the denouement of this story today involved its winner, Estonia's ahtzii. Aggressive throughout after starting off as one of the smaller stacked ahtzii took down the MicroMillions 6 Event #82 $2.20 NLHE tournament with brute force. While the runner-up, SARMAT26, gave the champ a run during...more

LAPT Uruguay Grand Final Day 3: Heads Rolling

Some people must have flights to catch, because the Day 3 field of 31 is already down to 15. The latest to bust include Matheus Mendes (21st -- $6,200), Adalberto Carvalho (19th -- $6,700), Fernando Brunca (17th --$7,260), and Flavio Silva (16th --$7,840). Erika Santana has been playing quite snug,...more

LAPT Uruguay Grand Final Day 3: Musical Chairs

Matheus Mender has arrived and remains alive in the tournament. He and Thiago Camilo have sparred early with the latter getting the better of those skirmishes. Upon a redraw to three tables though they have switched positions, Camilo now to Mender's right, not left. We have yet to spot Camilo...more

Giving thanks for poker, wine, and you

Since Thanksgiving will be celebrated next Thursday here in the United States, I've been considering some of the many things I'm thankful for. It's a rather good idea I think to stop and count our blessings near the end of every year, and Thanksgiving is an official holiday designed to...more

MicroMillions 6: sudzmafia cleans up, captures Event #81 ($5.50 PLO, 6-Max.)

It's been a wild week-and-a-half around here with the 100 tourney-long MicroMillions 6 running around the clock. Today the next-to-last day of the series was kicked off at 2 a.m. Eastern time with Event #81, a $5.50 buy-in six-handed pot-limit Omaha affair that saw a big field of 2,096 take...more

LAPT Uruguay Grand Final Day 3: The Heat is On

Find below a potpourri of updates from the first hour of Day 3 play. Carter Gill is off to a good start. He recently was coloured up to eight new white 25,000 chips. He began by flat calling an under the gun open from Cesar Guichon which lead the two...more

LAPT Uruguay Grand Final Day 3 Preview: Poker in Paradise

Let's make something perfectly clear. In Punta del Este this morning, it is spectacular. The sky is crisp and clear. The sun beats down across deserted beaches which, circumscribing grassy knolls, line the coast uninterrupted. Less than two hours north are Cabo Polonio and Punta del Diablo, highlights of South...more

MicroMillions 6: Onami-sunami! onami33 captures Event #80 ($5.50 NLHE)

After a four-way deal closed out the ninth hour of play in today's MicroMillion 6 Event #80 $5.50 NLHE tournament one player decided to show the rest of the table who was boss. Akinet, kadabrakid, and Takacu all managed to shave off a good portion of the $29,585.00 prize pool...more

ANZPT Auckland Day 2: Amant holds all the aces

The sun was shining and the birds were singing. It was a beautiful day in Auckland and perfect for the surviving 105 players to head into the climate-controlled comfort of the SKYCITY Auckland Casino to battle it out on Day 2 of the ANZPT Auckland Main Event. After a delayed...more

ANZPT Auckland Day 2: Blatt goes splatt

The bubble has burst here in the ANZPT Auckland Main Event and it was appropriately brutal. It's already devastating enough for whoever feels the pain of the bubble but that is only compounded when a bad beat is inflicted by a river card from hell. Dean Blatt was the man...more

MicroMillions 6: fzmas annihilates Courchevel final table to win Event #79 [$3.30 PL Courchevel]

I don't speak Swedish, but I think "fzmas" is loosely translated as "terminator." With seven players remaining in MicroMillions Event #79 Pot-limit Courchevel, fzmas took out all six opponents including the final three players in only four hands. That's right, three players liquidated in only four hands. Courchevel must come...more

22 November

ANZPT Auckland Day 2: Tales from the bubble

The bubble is always a fun time of any poker tournament. Well, it's fun to watch, perhaps not so much fun to play. We're now into Level 14 of play, and the seventh of the day, in the ANZPT Auckland Main Event and our remaining 31 players are starting to...more

MicroMillions 6: serg1nho44 sails to victory in Event #78 ($5.50 NLHE [6-Max, 2x-Chance])

Serg1nho44 and Naja08 were ready to make a deal the moment the cards went in the air at the final table. At the time, Naja08 was a pretty substantial chip leader, while serg1nho44 was the second-shortest stack. Although serg1nho44 caught a few lucky breaks at this final table, none were...more

ANZPT Auckland Day 2: Dinner in a hurry

Dinner breaks. Players love them. Reporters loathe them. But they are a necessity on a long day, and we'll be having one today on Day 2 of the ANZPT Auckland Main Event. The questions are, when and for how long? Some tournaments give a big ninety-minute dinner break which is...more

MicroMillions 6: Nels316 stays hot to win Event #77 ($2.20+R NL Omaha 6-Max, 3x- Turbo)

No Limit Omaha, some have called it four card bingo but that doesn't stop players from turning up for the game. It may encourage some of them. MicroMillions 6 Event #77 is the only No Limit Omaha Hi game on the schedule and 6,252 players showed for the tournament. The...more

ANZPT Auckland Day 2: Bryan barrels off

Bryan Huang has a liking for New Zealand. He cashed in the inaugural APPT Auckland Main Event back in 2008, before finishing on the final table of the APPT Queenstown event twice - 9th in 2010 and 7th in 2012. Huang even won the Teams event title when he partnered...more

MicroMillions 6: mr.thome adds another big title with Event #76 ($2.20 NLHE) victory

It is not always the size of the win that matters. Well, no one would push away collecting tens of or hundreds of thousands of dollars for winning a Sunday Major. But, the MicroMillions series is not about life-changing prizepools (except perhaps the Main Event coming on Sunday with its...more

ANZPT Auckland Day 2: Getting to know you

Starting Day 2 of a three-day tournament in a small poker room with over a hundred players is not as simple as it sounds. 105 players is an awkward number for a variety of reasons. It was a busy start to the day for tournament organizers as all eleven poker...more

MicroMillions 6: zen_mec knows the art of winning Event #75, $5.50 NLHE (6-Max, Big Antes)

When you're talking about tournament stack sizes, the big blind is normally the prime unit of measure. If someone's holding a dozen or so big blinds, he's short-stacked. If her stack is worth 100 big blinds, she's deep-stacked. It's a convenient way to keep track of the constant stream of...more

LAPT Uruguay Grand Final Day 2: Gill Leads Final 32

Day 2 of the LAPT Uruguay Grand Final is in the books. Players only needed 75 minutes after dinner break to get down to 32, no food comas in sight. Emerging from the fray was American Carter Gill, who final tabled the last LAPT stop in Panama, and has been...more

ANZPT Auckland Day 2: Fun in the sun

We're back in the SKYCITY Auckland poker room for our continued coverage of the ANZPT Auckland Main Event. While there's no other place we'd rather be that watching the action on the poker felt today, we do have to make note that it is a stunning day outside. The sky...more

LAPT Uruguay Grand Final Day 2: The Lighter Side

The LAPT is keeping the mood fluffy. A clown strutting in stilts, jesters juggling, free hotdogs, popcorn, and cotton candy: this was not your typical championship poker tournament dinner break. In the parking lot in front of the Mantra Resort Casino and Spa are tents with free food and fair...more

MicroMillions 6: Joao Valli tastes victory in Event #73, $3.30 NL Hold'em

We're three-quarters of the way done with MicroMillions 6 today. The big storyline throughout the series has been the hundreds of career-best cashes by not just the winners but players who make the final tables. The huge fields in the MicroMillions have created some pretty significant prize pools, giving low-stakes...more

LAPT Uruguay Grand Final Day 2: The Thick of It

The rail is three-deep as spectators keep their distance from the shrinking tournament area as players will soon head to dinner. The big screen, high-definition feed of the feature table now stars the most interesting man in the world, Thiago Camilo, who is knocking on the chip lead with over...more

MicroMillions 6: St Tomm tops Event #74 field ($8.80 NLHE, 4-Max., Super-KO)

With an $8.80 price tag, Event #74 of MicroMillions 6 had one of the higher buy-ins of all 100 tourneys in the series. But extra incentive was provided by the "super-knockout" format, and for some the four-handed tables made it an attractive, action-encouraging tourney in which to take part. Ultimately...more

LAPT Uruguay Grand Final Day 2: The Nacho Slam

Team PokerStars Pro Jose Ignacio "Nacho" Barbero has accomplished something truly remarkable, that, in your awestruck correspondent's opinion, merits him the LAPT Player of the Year award this very moment. Six for six in Season Six There have been six stops on the LAPT -- Chile, Colombia, Panama, Brazil, Peru,...more

LAPT Uruguay Grand Final Day 2: Money Pop

The bubble has burst. After three excruciating shuffles of hand for hand torture it folded around to Juan Gonzalez Venzano of Argentina in the small blind on table 7. He had less than ten big blinds, about 28,000 (blinds were 1,500-3,000). He moved all-in. In the big blind Gabriel Otranto...more

MicroMillions 6 heads toward $1 million Main Event

I don't ask this very often, so bear with me: I need you to stop everything you're doing and check and see if you are registered for this weekend's MicroMillions 6 Main Event. Wait! Before you check, you must know it has a $1 million guaranteed prize pool and a...more

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LAPT Uruguay Grand Final Day 2: Divine Action

We regret to inform you that the Canadian contingent here at the LATP Grand Final no longer has representation in the field. Previously profiled Mike Johnson open shoved his last chips across the line with ace-queen, only to encounter pocket kings in the blinds. Tables dwindling 110 players made it...more

In search of balance

I need more balance in my life. I'm home in Florida now after an intense, month-long poker trip in Europe. The trip itself was great, but sometimes these long stints on the road can be physically, mentally and spiritually draining. "Guy gets to spend a month in Europe playing poker...more

UKIPT report: When good hands go bad

Being a local girl living a stone's throw from the venue hosting the first ever PokerStars Isle of Man UKIPT and harbouring a newly discovered passion for Texas Hold'em, I was, to say the least, excited! As I also have aspirations of entering the 2014 Barcelona EPT Main Event, deciding...more

LAPT Uruguay Grand Final Day 2: All Together Now

Things are getting serious on Day 2 as the remaining ten dozen players now inhabit one intimate, promotionally-decorated space. Fortunes are changing. For American Carter Gill and Canadian Mike Johnson the blinds could not orbit them slowly enough. "It seems like everyone is against you when you're the short stack,"...more

LAPT Uruguay Grand Final Day 2: Brazilian Invasion

It is a beautiful day to be in Uruguay. The sun is out, the clouds are sparse, and the breeze is light. This is the placid home of just a few million European South Americans. Here chicken is po-sho, not po-yo, and mate is requisite for rising before noon. There...more

MicroMillions 6: Aquablast22 the master in Event #72 ($1+R NL Hold'em 3x-Turbo)

Speed is of the essence in these 3x Turbos as thousands come and thousands go in just a blink of an eye. It took just five hours and seven minutes for the 8,003 entries, who made 37,788 re-buys and 4,454 add-ons to be reduced to the final nine. As the...more

MicroMillions 6: Severisimo serves up win in Event #70 $5.50 NL

Sometimes a final table seems like it is going to go on forever. Even with redonkulously high and escalating blinds, there's still no end in sight and it seems that no one wants to bust because whenever a short-stack moves all-in, they magically double up. The final table for MicroMillions...more

21 November

MicroMillions 6: jacksonroble reaps riches in Event #71 ($11 NLHE [Turbo, Super-Knockout])

So how, exactly does a Super-Knockout tournament transcend traditional format? Each player's buy-in is divided straight down the middle, half going to the main prize pool and the other half to the bounty pool. Knock out an opponent, win half your buy-in back. Knock out two and you're freerolling. Add...more

ANZPT Auckland Day 1c: Amant is the man to catch

There were high expectations for the third and final flight of the ANZPT Auckland Main Event and we were not disappointed as a huge field of 103 players took to the felt this afternoon. The SKYCITY Auckland poker room was virtually at capacity with the two overflow tables out on...more

ANZPT Auckland Day 1c: Huang runs the perfect bluff

Poker players are a superstitious lot, and when you think about it, you can understand why. At the table, a poker player can only do so much. They can use their skill, knowledge and experience to get all their chips in the middle and be a huge favourite to win...more

MicroMillions 6: Pelckito stands pat to win Event #69 ($3.30 NL 2-7 Single Draw)

MicroMillions Event #69 was of the non-NLH variety and drew a different subset of poker players. No Limit 2-7 Single Draw is a 5-card draw game that takes a different set of skills and strategy than flop games. Combining the draw aspects of the game with No Limit betting to...more

ANZPT Auckland Day 1c: Money talks

Registration has closed here on Day 1c and the bean counters have been hard at work in the dimly-lit back offices of the SKYCITY Auckland Casino to come up with the official numbers for the Season 6 ANZPT Auckland Main Event. 44 entrants on Day 1a and 66 on Day...more

MicroMillions: No lie - TrueVorlon wins Event #68, $3.30 PL 5-Card Omaha (6-Max)

Among all its other distinctions, Omaha might just be the most flexible game in all of poker. Itself a derivative of hold'em, Omaha can be played as a fixed-limit, pot-limit, or no-limit game, and it has long since moved on past being played full-ring and high-only with just four cards...more

ANZPT Auckland Day 1c: The adventures of Tollgate

Tom Grigg's poker game is much like life itself. It's all just one big adventure. The man known as "Tollgate" wasn't sure if he was going to even make it here for the ANZPT Auckland Main Event. As a Full Tilt Poker ambassador for the ANZPT, he was keen to...more

LAPT Uruguay Grand Final Day 1: Done and dusted

Hand for hand play drew a deuce and the final two were firework-free, a result perhaps of the fatigue spread throughout the tournament floor. It has been a long Day 1 of poker at PokerStars' LAPT Uruguay Grand Final. Brazilian Joe Bauer, with 150,000 chips, is either nearing, or holding...more

MicroMillions 6: englishtown spins up a win in Event #66, $2.20 NL Hold'em

All the variety in poker these days is a great thing. With dozens of games and even more tournament formats available, there's never any lack of choice when it comes to how you get your action. Sometimes, though, you just want to play an old favorite - and that's where...more

LAPT Uruguay Grand Final Day 1: I don't always play poker

The sun has set over Punta del Este. Under half the field remains as players return from break for the final two levels of the day. This next hour, Level 9 (500-1,000-100), has the smallest ante ratio of the bunch, but something tells us that will not dissuade these action...more

MicroMillions 6: deluxe finds Event #67 delightful after win, $11K score ($1+R NLHE, 3x-Turbo)

It was fast and full of action, Event #67, a $1 no-limit hold'em "turbo" event with an extended late registration and re-buy period ("3x" or 90 minutes). All told 22,788 players entered, but it only took winner deluxe of Sweden a little over seven hours to gather all of the...more

ANZPT Auckland Day 1c: The stars come out to play

The SKYCITY Auckland poker room is a hub of activity this afternoon as the players flow in for Day 1c of the ANZPT Auckland Main Event. Today's field is as diverse as it is large and Danny McDonagh has already had to contend with a myriad of issues before play...more

LAPT Uruguay Grand Final Day 1: Enter the Grind

The numbers are in - a total of 508 entries in this tournament has created a seven-figure prize pool of $1,133,340. Of the 268 players remaining, 80 will be paid, at least $3,540, with the victor taking home a sumptuous $238,260. In Level 7, the hour following dinner break, another...more

LAPT Uruguay Grand Final Day 1: Stop! Cena Time

Players have cleared the tournament area for a 90 minute dinner break; the unusually long period is designed to accommodate the hordes overwhelming the nearby establishments. It is unconscionably bright outside to be grinding a poker tournament, but something tells us everyone will be back to fight for their piece...more

MicroMillions 6: felipesku1 spins short stack into Event #65 win ($4.40 NLHE 6-max.)

These MicroMillions 6 events routinely produce what might be called "improbable" stories insofar as any tournament with thousands of entrants makes the tale of any particular player emerging as the winner the realization of a longshot. For felipesku1 of Poland, winner of Event #65, a $4.40 six-handed no-limit hold'em tournament,...more

MicroMillions 6: Winning hand for FastHand89 in Event #64 ($3.30 NLHE)

The MicroMillions win can change a micro-limit poker player's bankroll. Anything can happen when someone invests $3.30 (or less via satellites) into a tournament and wins more than $3.3K. FastHand89 knows how that feels now, after having overcome great odds and tough players at the Event 64 final table. And...more

LAPT Uruguay Grand Final Day 1: Try, Try Again

Antes are in play, commence button-clicking! No such announcement was made by tournament staff over the microphone, but you wouldn't know it by watching the play at the tables. Three-bets, four-bets, five, the meagre velocity of eliminations is accelerating in level four with blinds moving to 100-200-25. Not ready to...more

Prague set for record numbers

A record 171 tournament staff will be working at the forthcoming EPT & Eureka Prague Poker Festival - the biggest ever team at a PokerStars live event, and that includes the PCA! The record number will guarantee that all players - both tournament and cash games - enjoy an unparalleled...more

LAPT Uruguay Grand Final Day 1: Go Big or Go Home

Nacho Barbero has a reputation for playing a lot of pots in the early levels, which often leads to busting early or accumulating a huge stack. On cue, the LAPT champion has re-entered. His new table draw is so agreeable one wonders if it would be worth a $5,000 expected...more

MicroMillions 6: Ole! Ole! oleg_dagi wins Event #63 ($5.50 NL Hold'em)

Like a seasoned prizefighter oleg_dagi used all his experience to bounce back from being knocked to the canvas on more than one occasion to triumph in event #63 and collect $4,578.41. A total of 5,849 players entered the event creating a prize pool of $29,245 which would be shared between...more

LAPT Uruguay Grand Final Day 1: Settling Down

A noon start was easy to manage for the energetic LAPT staff, but the same could not be said for all players. As play began at Day 1 of the LAPT Grand Final, there were scores of players lining up to register. By the time 20 minutes of play had...more

Schooling myself

I went to high school in the United States and was a pretty good student through the end of ninth grade. However, once I discovered partying and girls during sophomore year, my grades plummeted significantly. I was so bored I basically slept through my classes and barely passed at the...more

LAPT Uruguay Grand Final Day 1: Mate Required

Buenos dias from Day 1 of the LAPT Uruguay Grand Final. Today the Mantra Resort in Punta del Este will be host to Latin America's premier poker tournament. After four days a champion will be crowned, along with the LAPT player of the year. Leading that race is Leo Fernandez,...more

MicroMillions 6: bettybends4u binks Event #62 ($4.40+R PLO 6-Max)

It was a battle of Bs and Cs. bettybends4u and berg5528, our heads-up participants of Event #62, both hailed from Canada and both had names that started with the letter B. But only one 'B' from 'C' could succeed and after a lengthy final table, bettybends4u emerged victorious. In addition...more

Eric "AceQuad" Brix climbs leader board with MicroMillions win

Eric "AceQuad" Brix this morning won MicroMillions-059 for $2,450 taking him into the top ten of the MicroMillions 6 Leader Board. Brix isn't new to Player of the Series races, he won the overall Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) title to collect a EPT Grand Final package worth more...more

MicroMillions 6: Naruto676 dominates the final table in Event #61 ($8.80 NL Hold'em)

Naruto676 didn't start the final table with the chip lead, but that quickly changed as the Serbian player dealt the first four eliminations and accumulated more than half the chips in play. Things continued to fall in Naruto676's favor and our eventual champion cut a three-handed deal that eventually led...more

20 November

ANZPT Auckland Day 1b: Anesone is number one

A lovely day in Auckland greeted a total of 66 players who jumped into the depths of the SKYCITY Auckland Casino for their shot at the ANZPT Auckland Main Event crown. It was an improvement on yesterday's number, bringing our total to 110 players over the two opening flights. A...more

MicroMillions 6: Eric "AceQuad" Brix wins Event #59, $3.30 Limit Omaha Hi/Lo

When it comes to performing well in PokerStars tournament series, Eric "Ace Quad" Brix knows a thing or two. Playing from Mexico, the 28-year-old from Minnesota became the SCOOP Leaderboard champion earlier this year thanks to a stunning seven final table appearances. Significantly, at least for our purposes in this...more

ANZPT Auckland Day 1b: Koray crushing

We're now getting deep into play here on Day 1b of the ANZPT Auckland Main Event with around 45 players remaining in contention from today's starting field of 66 entrants. Looking at the chip count leader board and there's another familiar face at the top of the counts. Koray Turker,...more

MicroMillions 6: Eekmann eeks out the win in Event #60 ($1+R NL Hold'em 3x-Turbo)

Most poker players like their games with a little gamble in the them, which helps explain the popularity of Turbo games. MicroMillions Event #60 combined a Turbo format with unlimited $1 rebuys for three times longer than normal. It's a great structure for those looking to push buttons and take...more

ANZPT Auckland Day 1b: The road to fame

One of the questions that we get asked as tournament reporters, is how do we decide who are the "notable" players in the field? The truth is that the pathways for poker players to emerge from relative obscurity to fame can be quite varied. The most obvious way is to...more

ANZPT Auckland Day 1b: Making the jump

New Zealand is well known for being a bit of a hot spot for extreme sports, but when you think of Auckland, it doesn't immediately pop as being a hub for adrenaline-fuelled excitement. Yet those players who have flown out here for the ANZPT Auckland will soon discover this week,...more

ANZPT Auckland Day 1b: Trans-Tasman Rivalries

Australia and New Zealand have engaged in some great sporting rivalries over the years. The Kiwis excel in the sport of rugby and the Bledisloe Cup is one of the fiercest contests you'll ever see when the All Blacks and the Wallabies go at it. However in all honesty, the...more

MicroMillions 6: lashboy19 whips field to win Big Antes Event #58 [$2.20+R NL 2x-Turbo, Big Antes]

Big Antes. This powerful twist emboldens your run-of-the-mill NL re-buy tournament by adding significantly more money to each pot before cards are even dealt. Escalating antes, coupled with a turbo format, fostered a frantic environment that placed a major emphasis on pre-flop aggression. The deeper the tournament went, the crazed...more

MicroMillions 6: v-gangsta7 finds paradise in Event #57, $8.80 NLHE (8-max, Turbo, Shootout, SuperKnockout)

MicroMillions 6 has featured the full variety of tournament structures available here at PokerStars. Turbo tourneys, shootout, SuperKnockouts, and 8-max tourneys have all run already. But nobody ever dared to combine them all into one format - until today. Event #57 might as well have been called the "All The...more

MicroMillions 6: RERERAISERRR romps to draw title in Event #56 ($5.50 NL Draw)

Draw poker is one of the more esoteric variants in the game. It's not quite like triple draw, where you find yourself with three chances to find the cards you need. But the option to discard does appeal, not only in a Maverick James Garner kind of way, but also...more

MicroMillions drawing adrenaline junkies, champions

When I asked Mark Scott, winner of MicroMillions 6 Event #4 about the most interesting thing that's happened to him in the past year, he took his answer to a greater height then I might have imagined. Then he jumped off. "It would have to be going bungee jumping in...more

MicroMillions 6: Hustled by J hustled and won Event #55 ($2.20 NLHE)

Things can change quickly in No Limit Hold'em, but it takes a lot of patience and selective aggression to take down a massive chip leader. Parmenid89 looked like the runaway champion with stacks that were overwhelming at times, but hustled by J was never far behind. And during three-handed play,...more

LAPT Uruguay Grand Final: Main Event Preview

While a light fog rolled over the flat expanses of the south-west tip of Uruguay this morning, planes crowded with poker players descended into Montevideo's Carrasco airport, befuddling customs officers with their quantity and their purpose. That purpose is singular; every player vying for the same crown, to win the...more

MicroMillions 6: Mak3don1ja leads from wire to wire to win Event #54 ($5.50 NL Hold'em)

In as masterful a performance as I've seen in MicroMillions 6 Mak3don1ja led from wire to wire to wrap up the final table of event #54 in under an hour to claim the first prize of $4,834.38 By the end of late registration 6,177 players had taken their seats to...more

Mountain Man

My nickname, "Goral" means, "person living in the mountains" in Polish. And although this story isn't related to my nickname, it happened on a mountain. When I was in secondary school, I was on the national alpine skiing team. We used to practice during the summer and autumn and because...more

World tennis number one Rafa Nadal sets sights on Prague poker tournament

ATP world number one tennis player and PokerStars ambassador Rafael Nadal will head to Prague in the Czech Republic on December 12 for one of his final challenges of 2013 - a live charity poker tournament. Rafa will play against some of the biggest names on the international professional poker...more

MicroMillions 6: Xcf19850307 bags first title for Philippines in Event #53 ($3.30 NL Hold'em 6-Max Ante-Up)

I take it all back. Ante-Up tournaments, a format thought the be created by lunatics, is in fact a structure fully supportive of action, drama, excitement and all the other good things in life. At least Event #53 demonstrated that today. Don't get me wrong, it was a fairly straightforward...more

MicroMillions 6 halfway through, $4.4m paid out so far

Hello there, small stakes player. The MicroMillions 6 festival is now a little more than halfway through its 100 events and has paid out more than $4.4m in prizes so far. That's a lot of dollars considering no buy-in has been more than $11 - most have been significantly less....more

hielkuh lucky and good, denies AceSpades11 second Super Tuesday title and wins $78,846.17

Another Super Tuesday and another super turnout as 579 players took a shot at PokerStars weekly $1,050 tournament. This meant that the $300,000 guarantee was almost doubled as there was $579,000 up for grabs, which would be shared between the top 72 players with $109,431 reserved for the winner. And...more

MicroMillions 6: Robben crack euphoric after victory in Event #52 [$5.50 NL]

China's Robben crack started the final table as one of the big stacks and second overall in chips. Robben crack hung back at the start of the final table and waited until it got five-handed before he pounced and went on a rush by knocking out all four of the...more

19 November

ANZPT Auckland: Chang chomps on Day 1a field

Season 6 of the Australia New Zealand Poker Tour kicked off today as we were welcomed to Auckland in New Zealand for the $2,200 ANZPT Auckland Main Event. With three opening flights available for the Main Event, we were expecting a modest field for the opening day of play, with...more

MicroMillions6: Hero239 levels up in Event #51, $2.20+R NLHE (Ante Up, 2x-Turbo)

If you're a fan of action, Event #51 of this MicroMillions series was custom-made for you. Sporting an Ante Up, 2x-Turbo structure, it featured five-minute levels, unlimited rebuys for the first 12 levels of play, and escalating antes with blinds that stayed 5 chips apiece for the entire tournament. Although...more

MicroMillions 6: YakuzaCZ comes back to win Event #50 ($4.40 NLH 4-Max, 4x Chance)

Some players like their poker games full ring, some like them heads up, and some like it somewhere in between like the 4-Max MicroMillions Event #50. Short-handed poker is a never ending game of action and a wide range of hands. That can explain why the tournament drew more than...more

ANZPT Auckland Day 1a: Easy come, easy go

The Australia New Zealand Poker Tour provides some of the best structures you'll ever find for a $2,200 buy-in event. One hour levels and 20,000-chip start banks should provide plenty of game time for our players. With a field of just 44 players here on Day 1a, you'd expect action...more

ANZPT Auckland Day 1a: Welcome to Sammy's Place

The SKYCITY Auckland Poker Room has had a few different homes inside the casino over the years. The poker room was originally upstairs for the early seasons of the APPT, in an area that had glass windows running the length of the room to provide some rare natural light. That...more

MicroMillions 6: bluecrog wins festive HORSE final table in Event #49 [$8.80 HORSE]

It was a convivial evening for bluecrog. The British player had admitted to imbibing in a few frosty beverages and couldn't believe his good fortune by advancing to the final table in Event #49 $8.80 HORSE. At the final table, a highly entertaining bluecrog thwarted a magnificent comeback from tony313...more

ANZPT Auckland Day 1a: APPT to partner with Aussie Millions

We love starting a new tournament with a bang and that's exactly what has happened here in Auckland with some very exciting news coming out of PokerStars HQ this afternoon. As our 50-odd entrants sit down to get amongst it in the ANZPT Auckland Main Event, they're oblivious to the...more

MicroMillions 6: Divx77 dominates and delivers win in Event #48 ($3.30 PLO H/L)

Omaha is all the rage these days, so it was no surprise that this tournament in the MicroMillions 6 lineup received so much attention. And one of those fans of the game was Divx77. Entering the table with the chip lead, Divx77 faced some initial challenges but regained the lead...more

ANZPT Auckland: Kia Ora!

Kia Ora! Welcome to Auckland! We're here this week for the first stop on Season 6 of the Australia New Zealand Poker Tour (ANZPT) and what a great pleasure it is to start off a new season here in Auckland. We always land in New Zealand in great spirits. I'm...more

MicroMillions 6: alfredoz86 outlasts comeptitive final table in Event #46, $11 NLHE (6-max, SuperKnockout)

In most poker tournaments, knocking another player out is good for your chip stack but not much else. With no kind of premium for busting your opponents, simply surviving can net you a pretty nice payday in such events. In a knockout tournament, however, it pays to be more aggressive...more

MicroMillions 6: Schelb turns on samba style to earn victory in Event #47 ($1+R NL Hold'em 3x-Turbo)

If there's any event that sums up what the MicroMillions is all about it's the $1 3x-turbo re-buys. For really not a lot you can win really quite a lot. Sure you're going to need some luck along the way and have to work your way through a big field,...more

MicroMillions 6: D PitcherAK earns well-earned second MM title in Event #45 ($3.30 PNL Hold'em Big Game Format)

Experience counts for a lot in many things, including poker. For example, once you've won one MicroMillions event, surely it's easier to win a second? That might be a theory lacking any credible science, but it's certainly worked for D PitcherAK today, who ran out an impressive winner of Event...more

Old friends

"Do you want a call?" I almost chuckled because it's one of Strag's standard lines. He likes talking to his opponents during a hand, partially because it helps him get inside their heads, partially because it tends to play head games with them, and partially just because it's more fun...more

This is how Rafa makes a hand

If there is one thing I know, it's that I'm glad I wasn't present for the shooting of this video that's making the rounds today. It stars PokerStars' ambassador Rafa Nadal. During a photo shoot, he gets to messing around with cards, light stands, and a tennis racket. The results...more

PS Women offers Sunday satellite surprises for PCA

November 24 is the date. Set your calendars on your computers and mobile devices, or write it on a paper calendar if you have one of those. There are multiple chances to win free PCA satellite tickets, and that's not something you'll want to miss! We've mentioned the PCA a...more

UKIPT Isle of Man trip report

Day 1 - Arrival On Wednesday morning I started my rather long journey from Düsseldorf to the Isle of Man, land of the PokerStars HQ. The actual flight time was no more than 2 hours on board of two small propeller-driven planes, but there was a lot of wait at...more

Win tickets and VIP experiences with PokerStars Backstage

Do you like music? Do you like free stuff? Are you based in the UK? If the answer is 'yes' to all of those then you are in luck because PokerStars has launched PokerStars Backstage. We're giving away a whole lot of gig tickets and VIP experiences to O2 Academy...more

MicroMillions 6: Nodroz overcomes pedigree opposition to win Event #44 ($11 NL Hold'em)

MicroMillions is usually about the underdog. In any of the major 'OOP' events, most MM players would be considered underdogs perhaps, more used to the equally volatile world of lower limits. And that's how it was intended to be. But poker being as it is, it's often the game that...more

MicroMillions 6: Take part, win big (like Eric "AceQuad" Brix)

The MicroMillions 6 festival continues to thunder along picking up thousands, if not tens of thousands, of players for each and every event. Forty-four events have played out so far with almost $4m in prizes already paid out. Actually, the 44th event is - at the time of writing -...more

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MicroMillions 6: ElliottMitch fills up and takes down Event #43 ($3.30 6-Max)

In most tournaments, you have to wait until the river to know if you've won. ElliottMitch didn't have to wait that long this time. In the final hand of heads-up, ElliottMitch and negodri got it all-in on the flop. Our eventual champion showed two-pair while the runner-up tabled a flush...more

18 November

MicroMillions 6: AlexRAVXXX ravishes final table to win Event #42 [$5.50 NL Hold'em]

Heads-up lasted a single hand. If you blinked, you might have missed the battle between Russia's AlexRAVXXX and Canada's GaMeBrEaK119. Even though AlexRAVXXX held the lead with two to go, the Russian kindly offered GaMeBrEaK119 the opportunity to discuss a money deal. GaMeBrEaK119 instantly shot down any deal talk. And...more

MicroMillions 6: fafej finishes strong to win Event #41 ($1+R NL Hold'em 3x-Turbo)

MicroMillions Event #41 was a big one on the schedule with a small $1 buy-in, huge guarantee, and extended time to register and rebuy. The levels were shorter but the 3x-Turbo structure gave players three times more levels to rebuy. Players had 90 minutes to hit the rebuy button and...more

MicroMillions 6: AshModai90 roasts the competition in Event #38, $5.50 NLHE

Often a poker player's result at the final table of a tournament has less to do with how many chips they have when they get there than what they do with those chips once play resumes. Sometimes a chip leader can dust off a big portion of his stack in...more

MicroMillions 6: doinndo dominates field in Event #40 $5.50 NL [6-Max, Turbo, Knockout]

Before UFC and MMA became insanely popular, regional promoters hosted Tough Man contests in which both amateurs and pros could take a shot at becoming a fighting champion. The contest was simple and the goal was to be the last man standing. Knock out your opponent and advance, but if...more

MicroMillions 6: Victory is the cure for Dr.Niebaum in Event #39 ($3.30 8-Game)

The mixed games are all the rage these days. And nothing proves a player's dominance of a range of those games like winning a title in an 8-Game tournament, like this one in the MicroMillions lineup. And not only did Dr.Niebaum have a solid grasp of all of the games,...more

MicroMillions 6: dydutz00 reigns for Romania in Event #37 ($3.30 PL Omaha 6-max 2R1A)

We're almost 40% of the way through this sixth running of the MicroMillion, over $3M has already been paid out and event #37 was the third pot-limit Omaha event on the schedule. It was a 6-max $3.30 two re-buy one add-on affair and thanks to an initial 3,469 entries, 4,306...more

MicroMillions 6: kungfukarlos knocks out the competition in Event #36 ($11 NLHE)

No-Limit Texas Hold'em is the Cadillac of poker and until the Main Event comes along, the $11 buy-in events are the Cadillacs of the MicroMillions. They cost more to get into, the fields are tougher but the rewards are far more enticing. Event #36 was a straight, $11 No-Limit Hold'em...more

Estrellas Poker Tour announces Season 5 schedule

The Estrellas Poker Tour (ESPT) will return for its fifth season next year, starting in the Spanish capital and returning to Casino Gran Madrid from February 3 - 9, 2014. After the season kicks off in Madrid, this exciting tour will visit Valencia, Marbella and Barcelona. The ESPT is Spain's...more

Fitting poker around my life... not my life around poker

Having worked a regular nine-to-five job, I feel very privileged to have a level of freedom now that I previously could not have imagined. As a professional online poker player, I have the ability to work wherever, whenever and for as little or as often as I want. All I...more

The slings and arrows of poker life

September was the coldest and rainiest September in Moscow for the last 100 years. It kept me inside more than I prefer, but it gave me a chance to recover from a knee injury I suffered earlier this year. Part of what I love about the poker life so much...more

MicroMillions 6: baduy_vzla beats the odds in Event #35 ($5.50 NL Hold'em 1R 1A)

A second chance and a boost. That's what players were offered in Event #35 with one re-buy and one add-on and that's what our champion, baduy_vzla got at the final table. When play got four-handed and players struck a deal, baduy_vzla was the shortest stack with nearly a 9-1 chip...more

PokerStars weekend review (18 November 2013): MicroMillions pays out millions, many more to win

Big buy-ins, small buy-ins, they've all been paying out huge this weekend with the MicroMillions 6 running alongside all the weekly regulars and Sunday majors. You can check out all those key results here, including liv_hbk's $164,994.92 Sunday Million win and tnapoleao's $109,963.97 victory in the Sunday Warm-Up. If you're...more

17 November

Sunday Million:liv_hbk denies blumenkind53 a second title

Tim "blumenkind53" Ulrich knows a little something about the Sunday Million final table. Back in August 2010 he won it, but due to a four-way deal, the $160,781 he took home that night wasn't the largest share of the prize pool. Since then, Ulrich has won two Super Tuesday titles...more

MicroMillions 6: maggiebrasil mows 'em down in Event #34 ($5.50 NLHE [6-Max, Turbo, Shootout])

From the moment the final table began, maggiebrasil wanted to make a deal. Off a $5.50 investment, the final six players were already guaranteed close to 1,000x their buy-in, but maggiebrasil was keen on locking up at least four figures. Freshs Crew wouldn't even discuss a six-handed deal and when...more

MicroMillions 6: ramastar88 masters the field in Event #32 ($11 NLH Sunday Storm Special Edition)

PokerStars Sunday Storm is one of most popular weekly tournaments with a small buy-in and $300,000 guarantee every Sunday. It draws the some of the biggest fields and the MicroMillions special edition brought out nearly 50,000 grinders. The final tally for Event #32 was 48,694 entrants creating an incredible $486,940...more

MicroMillions 6: NAIRDA11 blazes through final table of Event #33, $2.20+R NLHE (2x-Turbo)

A big part of the fun of the tournament series here at PokerStars is the variety. If you can think up a format worth playing, we've probably already scheduled a tournament featuring it. The 2x-Turbo, which featured in Event #33, is just one of the many innovative structures in play...more

MicroMillions 6: RAOOAR has the eye of the tiger in Event #30 ($3.30 NLHE [Turbo, Heads-Up])

Despite the turbo format, today's $3.30 Heads-Up NLHE event was one of the longer grinds thus far in the MicroMillions 6, taking over twelve hours from start to finish. But when you think about it, that's really no time at all when you're talking about turning $3.30 into almost 1,100...more

MicroMillions 6: pix n mix whips up sensational come-from-behind victory in Event #31 [$3.30 Stud Hi/Lo]

At one point deep into the final table, no one could stop a ferocious and domineering soad12ny, who had amassed a Godzilla-sized monstrous stack. Anyone who attempted to get in soad12ny's way became instant road kill. Fried and stomped. When action reached the final two players, you almost expected the...more

Sunday Warm-Up: tnapoleao lands six-figure score defeating Ysjah heads-up

Finishing a Sunday Major, WCOOP, SCOOP, or TCOOP tournament can be bittersweet. No walking away with the bracelet, watch, or accolades that can go with such a win after defeating sizable and talented fields. Tonight's $500,000 guarantee Sunday Warm-Up would come down to two players after ten and a half...more

Glorious Win for glorydiamond in November 17 Women's Sunday

It was certainly a busy Sunday on PokerStars. In addition to the massive numbers of tournaments running as usual, the MicroMillions 6 series was underway with various micro-limit buy-in options for players. The PS Women Live satellites for the Women's Event at the upcoming 2014 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure were also...more

MicroMillions 6: Chip lead does ded moroz952 good in Event #28, $5.50 NLHE (6-max)

Coming to the final table of a poker tournament with the chip lead isn't always everything it's cracked up to be. Having the luxury of playing a lot of hands can sometimes get you in trouble, and just one gone wrong can leave you wondering what happened to that glorious...more

MicroMillions 6: MarcoB2929 beats the blinds and the field in Event #29 victory ($3.30 NLHE Turbo, Zoom)

At the four hour mark of the tournament our 21,857 player Zoom festival became a three table sit and go for today's MicroMillions 6 Event #29 $3.30 NLHE Turbo, Zoom style title. Up to this point none the action was visible to the rail as participants got thrown around to...more

MicroMillions 6: Big win for 24TT of Belarus in Event #26 ($2.20 NLHE 6-Max, 2R 1A)

Late-night MicroMillions rebuy action - or early-morning rebuy action, depending upon your location around the world - was on tap for the middle of the first weekend of the series. MicroMillions 6 was in full swing with its micro stakes tournaments, and rebuys are even more fun when they're relatively...more

MicroMillions 6: vessarn takes victory in event #27 ($1+R NL Hold'em 3x-Turbo Sunday Spark Special Edition)

If you wanted proof that the MicroMillions is in fact big then look no further than event #27. The Sunday Spark is part of the regular rotation of Sunday Specials on PokerStars and last week's edition attracted a creditable 10,469 entrants. Not bad, not bad at all. However this week's...more

MicroMillion 6: STOPLOSSE6 starts winning, taking the Event #25 title ($3.30 NL Hold'em Ante Up)

Do you ever find yourself, either at home or at work, asking yourself "where did all the time go?" Well, I think I have the answer. It goes into Ante-up tournaments. Next time you sense the time flying by understand that it's being sucked away by an ante-up variation of...more

MicroMillions 6: zepokerplay zaps them in Event #24 ($2.20 NLHE)

The MicroMillions is in full swing with millions of dollars being given away to PokerStars low-limit grinders, and there's no greater feeling that turning pocket change into significant chunks of money. Just ask Brazilian zepokerplay, who took a couple of gold coins and turned them into over three thousand dollars...more

16 November

MicroMillions 6: langace66 holds out for a better deal, wins Event #23 ($1+R NLHE [3x-Turbo])

There's a reason so many turbos end with a deal. As stacks grow shallower, luck plays an ever-increasing role. Any edge a player might have had over an opponent gradually disappears. With so few chips in play relative to the blinds, everyone is at the mercy of the deck and...more

MicroMillions 6: Reindl18 reigns in title for Event #22 ($8.80 NLH Progressive Super-Knockout)

MicroMillions Event #22 wasn't your standard knockout tournament, rather it was a Progressive Super-Knockout where eliminating an opponent not only put extra cash in your pocket but would also increase the price on your own head. So while picking up a bankroll boosting bounty, it also made it worth more...more

MicroMillions 6: kersyitalian scores $25k in Event #20 ($2.22+R NLHE [3x-Turbo, Saturday Splash Special Edition])

In what universe can a $2 rebuy event draw a quarter-million dollar prize pool and pay out over $25k to first? Welcome to the MicroMillions, where guarantees are smashed, ROIs border on the absurd, and low-stakes MTTers turn loose change into serious coin in every single event. Today's Saturday Splash...more

MicroMillions 6: More pro, less donk, prodonk1986 wins Event #19 ($4.40 NLHE 4-Max)

Value is found heading to the grocery store and finding a deal on a Porterhouse steak which allows the shopper to grab the fixings at a fraction of the cost. Or value at a car dealership, found through upgrading to a luxury model while paying the base price. Tonight's MicroMillions...more

MicroMillions 6: csutikati snatches exhilarating victory in Event #21 $3.30 PLO [6-MaxTurbo]

Hungary's csutikati watched as Portugal's Narceja amassed a monstrous stack. With 200 players to go, Narceja seized the lead with intentions of never looking back. When the final table started, Narceja held almost half of the remaining chips in play. Narceja attempted to go wire-to-wire, but csutikati had other plans...more

MicroMillions 6: JXSPoker the newest Badugi Master with win in Event #17 ($3.30 PL Badugi)

Sweden's JXSPoker came from behind to win the first Badugi event in MicroMillions 6. JXSPoker overcame an overwhelming disadvantage when action was three-handed and made up significant ground during heads-up to reign supreme in Event #17 $3.30 PL Badugi. Badugi seems like a simple Lowball game, yet it's far more...more

MicroMillions 6: der brachse rides a rush to victory in Event #18, $3.30 NLHE (Turbo)

Have you ever been in the right place at the right time? If you've ever won a poker tournament, chances are you were in the right place at several right times. Maybe they were even at the final table, and very possibly they all came clustered right together to give...more

MicroMillions 6: Nothing random about rAndom0mG's win in Event #16 ($2.20 NL Hold'em)

Do spectators, such as in the case of the 219 who watched the conclusion of Event 16 of MicroMillions 6, take sides in a heads-up duel when one player resolutely refuses to deal? There is something quite chilling about such an occasion, which happened four-handed, three-handed and two-handed, and which...more

MicroMillions 6: thasian7 gets the money, ellinara1994 has the last laugh in Event #14 ($3.30+R NLHE)

Rebuy events at the micro limits are great fun. Splash around for a small investment, and run good for about eleven hours and you'll turn a few bucks into a potential five-figure score. However the only one to do that today was actually not our winner. thasian7 secured the biggest...more

MicroMillions 6: only1westie comes back to win Event #15 ($5.50 FL Holdem Turbo)

Limit Holdem has been slowly going out of favour over the last decade, but why is that the case? It's the game that many of us grew up on and built the foundations of our game. Is the game too slow? Well, perhaps if every Limit Holdem event was turbo...more

15 November

MicroMillions 6: VeTaXa1988 leads the way to win Event #11 ($11 NLH 6-Max)

The MicroMillions series always draws massive fields to the tables and Event #11 was no different. PokerStars set up the No Limit Hold'em 6-Max tournament with a $75,000 guaranteed prizepool and players more than doubled that number for a $170,940 prizepool and $22,022 to the winner for just the $11...more

MicroMillions 6: Bravodk earns top billing after six-way deal in Event #13 ($3.30 Stud)

Seven-card stud is alive and well and living on PokerStars. Sure, it cost less than a vanilla latte to enter, but the promise of a five-figure prize pool was enough to draw 5,650 souls into the fray. 720 players earned a share of the $16,950.00 pie with $2,623.92 going to...more

MicroMillions 6: Over and out, 10 4 fisch leaves everyone behind claiming Event #12 victory ($3.30 NLHE Big Antes)

When playing for 11 cents a pop it seems like the play chip table this author just exited. But, when those chips turn into $2,530 in real cash like it did for LordAgrael last night, one should take notice. Another excellent beginning to the MicroMillions series as it continues today...more

MicroMillions 6: dotschulz perseveres, wins Event #10, $1+R NLHE (3x-Turbo)

Winning a poker tournament always means being the last one standing - and the beauty of every tournament is that, until the last hand, it really doesn't matter how you get there. Sometimes success at a final table is determined by coming in with the most chips, and it's easy...more

MicroMillion 6: Parisg7 sizzles to win Event #9 title ($8.80 PL Omaha)

It's often what happens before a final table that determines what happens during it. So it went in Event #9 of MicroMillions 6, won today by parisg7 in convincing style. With two tables remaining play seemed to linger on 16 players left. For half an hour they slugged it out...more

MicroMillions 6: FLO NF mounts come-from-behind victory in Event #8 [$4.40 NL, 2x Chance]

With four players remaining, FLO NF (Romania) clung onto the smallest stack. After agreeing to a deal to chop up the remaining prize money, the tides instantly turned for FLO NF, who methodically and surgically picked off all three remaining player to become the newest MicroMillions 6 champion. MicroMillions 6...more

MicroMillions 6 starts with a bang, get involved

The MicroMillions series returned yesterday for its sixth run and was as warmly received as ever. More than 66,000 players entered the first tournament, a hugely fun and manic $0.11 re-buy that took four hours to play out. LordAgrael became the first MicroMillions 6 champion and pocketed $2,530 in short...more

MicroMillions 6: Wire-to-wire win for VC2612 in Event #7 ($5.50 NL Hold'em)

Not all final tables can be extravagant displays of pomp and aggression. When it came to Event 7 of MicroMillions 6, it was more a vanilla finale, with perhaps one or two moments to add a few sprinkles on top. Notably these came from eventual winner VC2612, who recorded a...more

MicroMillions 6: KK24KK is OK with win in Event #4 ($5.50 NLHE Turbo Zoom)

Zoom tournaments are a special kind of fast-fold poker, and the action becomes faster and more furious with a turbo structure. Five-minute levels didn't afford any of the players much time to strategize, but the best players make the split-second decisions that are crucial in such a tournament. KK24KK did...more

MicroMillions 6: Germany's heifra 41 binks Event #2 ($1 NL Re-buy, 3x Turbo)

Sometimes you don't have to have the biggest stack at the start of the final table to win a tournament. With nine players to go, Germany's heifra 41 held onto the third-best stack when the final table commenced. Trailing the leader by almost 300 million? No problem. The daunting task...more

Tropico: Festival en la Costa (aka 'it's Mexican party time')

If you're reading this blog, you know me as a professional poker player. But what you probably don't know is about my other life as a partner in restaurants and nightclubs. For the last six years, I've been collaborating on projects with some friends I've known since my school days...more

The Bonus Cut: Introducing the 'the greatest final table ever'

Back in May, eight players lined up to play it out for the EPT Grand Final trophy and €1.2m. It was a fearsome line-up and one hailed by some as 'the greatest final table ever'. As well as a fantastical amount of cash, there were all kinds of accolades to...more

MicroMillions 6: Coast-to-coast for flavioabbud in Event #6 ($2.20 NLHE+R 2xTurbo)

When a player enters a final table with a massive chip lead, there's almost an unfair expectation that they will run away with the victory. Poker is just not that simple, so it's refreshing when we do actually see a chip leader carry their advantage all the way to the...more

MicroMillions 6: Is nice for GQ*OpsS as the Kazakh wins Event #5 ($3.30 NLHE) and $5,855.08

Would you like to earn your next eight months wages in a little under ten hours? I assume the answer to that question, in poker lingo, would be 'snap call.' That's what GQ*OpsS, who hails from Kazakhstan, managed when he took down event #5 of the MicroMillions 6 for $5,855.08....more

14 November

MicroMillions 6: MichiPP gets richy in Event #3 ($3.30 NLHE 6-Max)

Everyone's favourite online poker series has arrived with the sixth instalment of the MicroMillions launching with a bang today on PokerStars. This series is truly one for the people. It's micro limits, but the prizes are huge and the prestige are significant. With buy-ins starting from as low as $0.11,...more

MicroMillions 6: LordAgrael rules over Event #1, $0.11+R NLHE (Hyper-Active)

MicroMillions is all about winning big money on small buy-ins, so what better event to kick off with than an 11-cent re-buy? The sixth installment of the popular low-stakes series got off to a cracking start with Event #1, which featured exactly that buy-in and a Hyper-Active tournament structure that...more

#PetsPlayingPoker winner albert_2010 goes to the dogs

I've never staked a dog in a poker game, so this is all new to me. "Steak?" said my dog."I like steak." She wasn't really talking. I think. It had been a long day. Nonetheless, a couple of weeks back, PokerStars announced it was hosting an Instagram competition in which...more

Anatomy of a Hot Win

As I scrolled through the PokerStars lobby last Saturday, I picked out all the MTTs I would play in addition to my couple hundred MTT SNGs. A sexy red tournament I don't normally play caught my attention: The Hot $55. As I hovered over the registration button, I remembered the...more

Better living through juice

In between grinding online in Canada, juggling twelve NFL fantasy teams and spending time with my family in Michigan, I've been working hard to get into really good shape. Growing up, I played soccer and was always competitive, but when I started player poker full-time, I got lazy and became...more

An hour of free tuition from Ike Haxton

Do you remember teaching friends or family, maybe around a jammed kitchen table, how to play poker? Things that were simple to you, like three-of-a-kind beating two-pair, were new and wondrous to your students. It was exciting for them. Now then, you have a chance to be on that enamoured...more

13 November

VIP Club Live hits Sao Paulo, London next up (23 November)

Brazilians are well known to be among the happiest and hardest party animals out there. Leave a bunch of Europeans in a bar by themselves and they'll likely drink the place dry, but do the same with Brazilians and they'll deck the place out in green and gold, and spend...more

Stress relief from within

One of the keys to success as a poker player is keeping your emotions under control. Going off the rails is always a danger and it can be very expensive. That's why I want to learn more about meditation. Lots of people have preconceived ideas about what meditation is or...more

MicroMillions 6 starts tomorrow!

The MicroMillions is back! If you're new to it then let us explain. It is the festival for low stakes players with big dreams and it starts tomorrow. Expect small entry fees, 'micro' you could say, but some enormous prize pools. You really can turn a few dollars into thousands...more

Support Typhoon Haiyan relief in the Philippines

We have all been moved by the distressing images coming out of the Philippines in recent days. Millions of people have been affected and thousands of people (perhaps 10,000) are feared lost. As we have done at other times of global disaster, we are mobilising the poker community by launching...more

Palau777 prevails over 600-plus player field, wins 11/12/13 Super Tuesday

It was yet another big one this week at the Super Tuesday, PokerStars' weekly $1,050 buy-in no-limit hold'em tournament with the $300K guarantee. A field of 602 meant a big $602,000 prize pool -- yet another instance of the tourney's guarantee being more than doubled -- with Palau777 of Germany...more

12 November

Why it pays to learn all the poker games

For along time the the only poker I played was Texas Hold'em cash games. It was pretty much 99% of what I played, then, from somewhere, I developed the urge to see something other than two hole cards on my computer screen. Strategies may vary in Hold'em according to my...more

Dianasvensk: Fashion designer to poker pro

The Swedish fashion designer Diana "dianasvensk" Svensk, 25, is one of the regulars in the Women's Sunday tournaments. Even though she's only been playing poker for a little bit over a year, she's already managed to qualify for Ladies Events live, among them EPT Barcelona. She finished 65th in the...more

Mental balance in poker

With this post I'd like to talk about the topic of mental balance, something more and more top players are starting to think more specifically about these days -- and to take more seriously, too, as important to their games. Recently we had the new run of "German High Roller"...more

Watch the Sunday Million, 10 November 2013

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Watch Agrobot_338Z win the Sunday Million for $224,550

We told you yesterday that Agrobot_338Z had performed an incredible double by winning $225,000 scores in back-to-back weekends. The low stakes player started by coming second in the Red Spade Open for $225,689, after taking the largest chunk of a five-way deal. This weekend Agrobot_338Z followed it up by winning...more

11 November

No joke: Djokovic downs Rafa in Barclays final

The rivalry between No. 1 Rafa Nadal and No. 2 Novak Djokovic just got a little hotter. Tonight in London, Nadal and Djokovic faced off for the sixth time this season. Nadal had the edge, having won three of those previous meetings and taken over the No. 1 ranking from...more

Ricky "TonnaMunz" Glaser wins Team Online Film Festival, PCA package

Ricky Glaser just won a package to the 2014 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure and it might not have happened if not for one moment not long ago when things went terribly wrong for him. See, Glaser (who you might know as TonnaMunz) is a Guinness record holding skateboarder from Melbourne, Australia....more

George "jorj95" Lind: Family man by day, poker hero by night

George "jorj95" Lind is an absolute poker beast, not that you'd know it to meet him. He's a nice as pie family man by day but you put him behind a monitor and a mouse and he'll rack up PokerStars VPP points faster than, well, anyone else literally ever. Lind...more

Keep it on the up and up

We all play poker because we want to win - pros, beginners, and casual poker players somewhere in between. But if you're at my table, don't even think about trying to shoot an angle. If you want to win a pot at my table, you better win it fair and...more

PokerStars weekend review: Agrobot_388Z does the double, Neuville, Bach, Finger and Vamplew all bink

Did you follow the Red Spade open last weekend? More than 32,000 people entered the $55 tournament and with just four players remaining a Kazakhstani player called Agrobot_388Z took the largest slice of a five-way pie. They collected $225,689 and eventually finished second. That was last week. Agrobot_388Z followed that...more

10 November

Agrobot_388Z wins the Sunday Million one week after $225k Red Spade Open score

Any number of great mathematical minds could explain why luck doesn't really come in streaks, but it's tough to argue against momentum. Confidence breeds confidence at the poker table and two of tonight's final nine were bursting with it thanks to recent scores. Two weeks ago, Slovakia's Epakfailer made the...more

Sunday Warm-Up: Jackpot for bar-bar9999, claiming $106K after two-way split

When the blinds are rising and chip stacks stay the same, the slot machine feel of late tournament play sometimes has players placing the heavy end of the prizepool on the pull of any two cards coming before them. Of course slot machine player will try to claim there's a...more

Women's Sunday: VARD125025 victorious over durrr085

On her seventh trip to a Women's Sunday final table, Russia's durrr085 hoped to finally close out a win. In the last year she's made two third-place finishes and one runner-up, and arrived at today's final table second in chips. Durrr085 eliminated four opponents at the final table and had...more

Better Body for Better Poker: Set SMART goals!

It's often been said that poker players should set goals in order to better their play, reach milestones, and climb to the next level. The same goes for fitness. And the two are inextricably intertwined. In order to play your best poker game and achieve maximum focus, endurance, and motivation,...more

9 November

MicroMillions 6 offers mega poker opportunities

It can be easy to believe that a small bankroll means fewer opportunities for a poker player. PokerStars does its best to disprove that notion with satellites and qualifiers, and nothing has done more for micro-stakes players than the MicroMillions online poker tournament series. When it began in early 2012,...more

8 November

Ryan Riess: Best player in the world or just the most confident?

Earlier this week, a previously little known 23-year-old poker player called Ryan Riess won the World Series of Poker Main Event and $8,361,570. Riess won not only a phenomenal amount of money and the opportunity to have his photo in papers the world over - I saw him staring at...more

Crash and burn...calories

There's been a lot of poker players trying to get in better shape this year. You can count me among them. First step: Diet. I noticed the problems that led to my diet while playing football. I'm no Cristiano Ronaldo, but I have a big heart so I run a...more

The Bonus Cut: Daniel Negreanu explains...

Daniel Negreanu recently won the WSOP Player of the Year title in style after winning the WSOPE Main Event for €725,000. That win brought his live poker tournament winnings to an incredible $19,549,210. The guy knows how to play poker and if you want to understand how to think about...more

7 November

Ike Haxton: From Go Fish to million euro pots

When I joined Team Online, around this time last year, one of my very first responsibilities was to participate in the filming of a short documentary about my life and poker career. As I sit down to write this blog, having just watched a near-final edit of the film, I...more

All hyped up

Creating music has become a passion of mine over the last few years, something that like poker I've found myself putting a lot of study and energy into as I try to improve. Additionally -- again much like has happened with poker -- music has enabled me to meet some...more

10 reasons why PCA is the best

I was lucky enough to visit the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure last year, and I realised why so many people see this as their poker paradise. I was working there for four days, which meant no poker and not much time for tourist things, but even on a short busy visit,...more

Homecoming on the Isle of Man

When I qualified for UKIPT IOM, I looked forward to the idea of my first UKIPT. I knew it would be another good tournament and an great opportunity to visit PokerStars headquarters. I did not imagine it would be the most surprising and enjoyable tournament of the year. I expected...more

6 November

Man's best friend

It's not that I never liked dogs, it's that I never had one. When I was 13 years old, my friend had a really angry dog that was always locked up in his back yard. One day I was at his house playing a game with a group of kids...more

A Day In the (Non-Poker) Life

As a live tourney pro, my poker life and my non-poker life are pretty distinct from one another. Either I'm on the road at a tournament series or I'm at home in my other life. If the whole thing were a venn diagram, there would only be the tiniest little...more

The real runner-runner

Poker has changed in a lot of ways since I first got seriously involved with the game back in the late 1980's. I mean, there used to be a saying, "The third raise is always aces." And if it wasn't true, it was damn near true. Now the third raise...more

European Poker Tour Season 10 moves to Vienna for sixth stop

The European Poker Tour announced today that the Austrian capital of Vienna will take the place of Berlin as the sixth stop of EPT Season 10, with the festival taking place March 19-29, 2014. EPT Vienna will be located in the stunning former imperial residence, the Hofburg Palace, which is...more

IceStream picks up a cool $120K for 11/5/13 Super Tuesday win

It was yet another big Super Tuesday this week at PokerStars. A large field of 636 came out for the tourney, one more than last week and again one of the biggest fields ever in the history of the weekly $1,050 no-limit hold'em event. It would take nearly 12 hours...more

5 November

Staying healthy on the poker road

Always end up eating crap on the plane, crap in the mini bar and crap at the tournament? Late nights, junk food, boozing and screen time leaving you feeling run down, lethargic, hungover and susceptible to coughs and colds? Let´s face it, ladies, being on the road can often suck...more

Watch the November 3 Sunday Million, cards up

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4 November

Duncan McLellan wins UKIPT Isle of Man and £94,090

Duncan McLellan today won the UKIPT Isle of Man Main Event beating international hockey legend and PokerStars SportStar Fatima Moreira de Melo to claim the title and £94,090. It took four days for the PokerStars online qualifier McLellan, a 49-year old builder from Corby Northampton, to win the fourth leg...more

Isle of Man: Old friends teach me a lesson

I have an admission I must make: I was wrong about the Isle of Man. I've had a long association with PokerStars, and when people have asked me what's on the island, my response has always been the same. "The Isle of Man has three things: sheep, the TT motorcycle...more

Collecting trophies, streaming live

I had a wonderful experience at the EPT Barcelona and was honored to win Mixed Games Player of the Year for EPT Season 9. PokerStars always throws great parties and the EPT Awards were no different. I had a great time and at one point, I gave my trophy to...more

Your Mission? Win cash with PokerStars Mission Weeks

(Note: This is going to work better for all of us if you read this with the Mission Impossible theme song playing in your head. So, think of it now. Dum-Dum-dumdum-dumdum... Got it? Good. Then read on.) PokerStars players, this is your mission if you choose to accept it. You...more

UKIPT 4 Isle of Man: Level 23-26 updates (25,000/50,000, ante 5,000)

4.25pm: Fatima Moreira eliminated in second place (£59,660) Fatima Moreira de Melo waved her hand to indicate she was all-in, her shove was for 905,000 and Duncan McLellan didn't take too long to call. Moreira de Melo: 5♦5♣ McLellan: A♥[10d] "It's a classic race," said James Hartigan. "It's a big...more

Matthew Robins, PokerStars' watchdog

In the farthest corner of the PokerStars office building on the Isle of Man sits a nondescript room with a heavily-marked whiteboard on the wall. In the farthest corner of that room, sitting under the whiteboard is a man named Matthew Robins. He's officially known as Head of Compliance at...more

Weekend review: ACOP, Isle of Man, and Red Spade Open shine bright

I'm a bit biased, and maybe still a bit in the glow of a very fun week in the Isle of Man at PokerStars headquarters, but this has simply been a great weekend. While our colleague Heath Chick has been off in Macau covering the Asia Championship of Poker, we're...more

3 November

Time for martyyy to partyyy after Sunday Million win, $239K score

Another Sunday means another big round of tourneys on PokerStars, highlighted as always by the Sunday Million, online poker's most popular weekly tournament. There were 7,972 hopefuls gathered for today's Sunday Million, all putting up $215 with ideas of multiplying that investment by 1,000 or more. And after 11 hours...more

Sunday Warm-Up: Jon "LUFCBas" Spinks clears final table quickly earning $115K

SCOOP champ, Sunday Million champ, MicroMillions champ, and veterans of WCOOP final tables all graced the Sunday Warm-Up final table this evening. A Red Spade nearly joined the party as well as Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Rousso was a river card away from staying in contention but was politely asked...more

Trymean77 tried and won November 3 Women's Sunday

Today was a big one for the Women's Sunday, as the prize pool jumped well over $13K with a larger field than usual. It was a nice way to welcome in the month of November! Don't forget that there are many ways to win your seat to the Women's Sunday...more

Jamie O'Connor leads UKIPT Isle of Man, Moreira de Melo final tables

Tomorrow is going to be a great day of poker. Not only have we got a fantastic mix of players fighting it out for the £94,090 first place prize and the first ever UKIPT Isle of Man title, but there's some incredibly playable stacks. Jamie O'Connor may carry through the...more

How (not) to play a UKIPT poker tournament

For the first time in their history, PokerStars and the Rational Group allowed its people to play in one of their Main Events. So, this UKIPT stop in the Isle of Man was a monumental moment and homecoming. It worked out well for many a staffer. Two employees won side...more

UKIPT4 Isle of Man: Level 21-23 updates (12,000/24,000, ante 3,000)

7.25pm: Overnight chip counts Here are the chip counts of the eight remaining players. 1. Adam Topping, United Kingdom PokerStars Qualifier, 676,000 2. Chris Jonat, United Kingdom Rational Group Staff, 952,000 3. Duncan McLellan, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier,1,161,000 4. Harry Lodge, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 569,000 5. Daniel Stacey, United...more

Helping Hands at PokerStars

Fatima Moreira de Melo stood up, raised her hands, and accepted the applause from the assembled crowd. "Yes, look at me," she said ruefully. "I lost." She's a woman who accepts irony well. Everyone was applauding her for busting out of a tournament. I was to blame, and so she...more

UKIPT4 Isle of Man: Level 17-20 updates (6,000/12,000, ante 2,000)

For continued coverage of the UKIPT4 Isle of Man Main Event please click here. 4.35pm: Break Join us in a new post shortly. We'll get a full chip count to you shortly. 4.30pm: Jonat on the rise Chris Jonat has been very active this level. Here's a little selection of...more

When the stars come out in Douglas

Strand Street runs north to south along a cobblestone walk just a few steps from the Irish Sea. It's where you go if you need a cup of coffee, some Chinese take-away, or a new plan for your cell phone. When the sun is out, it's a bustling and vibrant...more

ACOP High Roller: Ung tames the high rollers

The Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP) has been brought to a close with the UK's Senh Ung emerging victorious to claim the Spadie and HK$4,086,700 in prize money. Ung had a big chip lead three-handed and the short stacks were unable to survive against the unforgiving blinds and antes. Aidan...more

ACOP High Roller Event: Down to Three

The ACOP High Roller Event has indeed rolled along at a rather rapid pace today as we narrow in on the Spadie and the HK$4,086,700 first-place prize. Once the final table was reached, overnight chip leader Brandon Meyers was the first to go, before James McCarty's elimination in 7th place...more

ACOP Main Event: Sunny days for Jung

It seemed like the gruelling heads-up battle between Devan Tang and Sunny Jung in the ACOP Main Event would never come to an end. The two Macau poker heavyweights knew each other's game intimately with every chip, every flop, every decision, crucial to their chances of success. Early in the...more

ACOP Main Event: Jian Yang crowned Asia Player of the Year

We just had a little presentation here on the final day of the Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP) with China's Jian Yang officially crowned the Asia Player of the Year for 2013. There are still a few events wrapping up, so the final standings are still unofficial, but no one...more

ACOP High Roller Event: Hitting the final table

The second major title up for grabs today is in the HK$250,000 High Roller Event. Play began today with 15 players still in contention and a short time ago, they formed the official final table. Aidan Tam has been the big mover today as he now enters the final table...more

ACOP Main Event: Ending with a bang

It's a big day in the PokerStars LIVE Macau poker room with five different events, an Aussie Millions satellite, and four beautiful shiny Spadies to be won today on the final day of the Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP) series. It's been an incredible series with record numbers across the...more

2 November

ACOP Main Event Final Table: The irresistible force versus the immovable object

We knew that the Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP) Main Event had a pretty good structure. 30,000-chip start banks, 90-minute levels and five days of poker should've been enough to find a winner, but no, here we are, back for an unprecedented Day 6 with two of Macau's poker titans...more

Duncan McLellan leads final 30 at UKIPT Isle of Man

Duncan McLellan tonight bagged up an enormous 870,000 stack, close to twice as much as his closest rival, PokerStars SportStar Fatima Moreira de Melo. It's almost a final table average stack. McLellan may have the most chips but the chasing pack is brimming with talent and, in the shape of...more

Poker evangelist, Lee Jones

Even before I discovered she was one of the most beautiful people I'd seen in recent memory, it was the fiddle player who drew me to the lobby of the Villa Marina theater. Less than 50 yards away, the UKIPT Main Event players had just reached the money, and somebody...more

ACOP Main Event Final Table: Let's sleep on it!

The Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP) Main Event final table kicked off this afternoon with an average stack of 112 big blinds. That meant we all knew we had to strap ourselves in for an extremely long day ahead. Getting to a winner today was always going to be a...more

ACOP High Roller Event: Meyers straight to the top on Day 1

Day 1 of the Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP) High Roller Event has come to a close with the field of 34 runners reduced to 15 survivors at the end of seven levels of play. It was a star-studded affair with the players adding an additional nine rebuys to form...more

ACOP Main Event Final Table: Zheng caught in the middle

The experience of Devan Tang and Sunny Jung has risen to the fore here in the three-handed battle for the Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP) Main Event title. Alvan Zheng was the one caught in the middle and it took its toll. Zheng had slipped back to 580,000 when he...more

UKIPT4 Isle of Man: Level 13-16 updates (2,500/5,000, ante 500)

8.50pm: Done for the day There are 30 players left in the UKIPT4 Isle of Man Main Event and they're currently bagging and tagging their chips. We'll be bringing you a full re-cap of the days play shortly. -- NW 8.45pm: Petersen busts and more for Moreira De Melo Contrasting...more

PokerStars' real and virtual bodyguards

PokerStars' headquarters is a warm, open place. Nearly every employee from nearly every department sits out in the middle of the room. They can see each other's faces. They can talk and share what's happening with their job. There is a lot of laughter and camaraderie, as well there should...more

ACOP Main Event Final Table: Cheng chopped

The two-hour session following the dinner break didn't produce a whole lot of action in the ACOP Main Event. Sunny Jung was the big mover of the last two hours, recovering from the short stack to now have a big say in this championship. Jung had his tournament on the...more

ACOP High Roller Event: Lock it out

The players in the Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP) High Roller Event have returned from their dinner break with three more levels to play out until their day is done. With the Main Event still stuck on the four players remaining, you would suspect that the High Roller players will...more

IPT Sanremo crowns second champ of Season 5

An Italian player won €125,000 at the final table of IPT Sanremo. PokerStars qualifier Federico Piroddi beat a field of 1,010 entries at the Casino Municipale, where the Italian Poker Tour generated a €617,211 prize pool. Federico Piroddi Piroddi's heads up opponent was PokerStars Qualifier Dario Sammartino, from Italy, who...more

UKIPT4 Isle of Man: Level 9-12 updates (1,000/2,000, ante 300)

Join us in a new post for continued UKIPT Isle of Man coverage by clicking here. 4.10pm: Abou Risk at risk, doubles I don't think Tomasz Chmiel realises just how good Nick Abou Risk runs in all-ins at UKIPT events because if he did I think he might just have...more

Fanning the flames of conspiracy

I don't know what I expected, really, but I think there was a part of me that wanted to see David Williams in footie pajamas. It was 6am. The sky was still dark. The Sefton Hotel's fire alarm was blaring. It was the kind of sound only the dead or...more

ACOP Main Event Final Table: Japan's last hope falls

The ACOP Main Event was always going to hit a few lulls today. It's a case of testing who would ride it out best with the patience required to grind down their opponents. Japan's last hope was Yoshitaka Okawa but unfortunately he was unable to grind it out as he...more

ACOP High Roller Event: Healthy prize pool expected for the high rollers

With the Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP) Main Event hitting a bit of a lull with five players remaining, we thought it was a good time to head over to the other side of the PokerStars LIVE Macau poker room and check in on the HK$250,000 High Roller Event which...more

ACOP Main Event Final Table: Downswing for Depa

Jonathan Depa has been a model of consistency here in the Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP) Main Event. After the second day of play, Depa was sitting pretty with the second largest stack in the room. When Day 3 was finished, Depa was on top of the tree and even...more

ACOP Main Event Final Table: No luck for nanonoko

Just like that, we've lost another player. Sadly, this time around its one of our own with PokerStars Team Online's Randy "nanonoko" Lew losing the battle with his short stack to become the latest casualty of the Asia Championship of Poker Main Event. After Day 2, Lew was the fourth...more

ACOP Main Event Final Table: Miao straightened out

We're barely 45 minutes into play and we've already lost our second player of the day. Surely we can't continue at this break-neck speed. Can we? This time it was Chenxiang Miao who felt the brunt of elimination pain. It was a wild hand that started with Miao opening to...more

ACOP Main Event Final Table: Kampanatsanyakorn cut

It was always going to be a tough ask for Thai player Chane Kampanatsanyakorn. He came into this final table with just over six big blinds and desperate to make something happen. Quickly. On the first orbit of play, Kampanatsanyakorn moved all in from early position with A♦7♠. He got...more

ACOP Main Event Final Table: Settle in for some deep-stacked fun

The stage is set for a thrilling finale here at the Asia Championship of Poker with the final table of nine ready to do battle on what is expected to be a long day. But then again, we've said that before here in Macau, so anything is possible. The final...more

1 November

Mark Lane speeds into the lead for Day 2 of UKIPT Isle of Man

Mark Lane tonight sped away ahead of the pack and will be the leading the charge into the money tomorrow for Day 2 of the UKIPT4 Isle of Man Main Event. The Geordie barged his way through with a heaving 165,300 stack, ahead of his friend Thomas Dunwoodie (99,800), who...more

Parenthood

I'm thinking about growing a beard. It's kind of dad-like to have a beard, right? Since I have no idea what it takes to be a dad, maybe I'll start dressing the part to be a bit more convincing. Perhaps I'll find a lumberjack shirt to go with it, but...more

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

9.10pm: Done for the day That's the end of play for today, stay tuned for a wrap of the day's play and keep an eye on the chip count page as we'll upload the overnight standings there when we get them. -- NW 8.45pm: Final four hands The clock has...more

In the belly of the beast: The PokerStars Data Center

It is arguably the most important building in all of online poker. Hidden away behind walls of bleachers built to watch the TT motorcycle race, tucked on the other side of an ancient cemetery, behind a nondescript but foreboding green gate sits the PokerStars Data Center. Inside, behind the kind...more

Female intuition works in favor of Natalie Hof, newest Friend of PokerStars

It can be said that Natalie Hof followed her instincts - her female intuition, if you will - from her first experiences with poker all the way to her current and newly-appointed status as Friend of PokerStars. During her time attending university in Osnabruck, Germany, Natalie focused her studies on...more

ACOP Main Event: Final Table Player Profiles

After four days of play in the PokerStars LIVE at the City of Dreams poker room in Macau, our Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP) Main Event field has been reduced from 203 players to a final table of just nine. They're about to compete for the prestigious gold Spadie and...more

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

All the cool kids are following the updates in this new post, you should probably do likewise. 4.20pm: Break incoming We're about to hit the halfway point of the day and after the break we'll start seeing more players dropping as the blinds to stack ratio gets shallower. Players that...more

At least you're not dead

This is embarrassing, but it must be said. When I arrived on the Isle of Man Wednesday night, I was exhausted. I'd been on three planes, endured a six-hour layover, and ridden in two taxis. I'd not slept in a bed for a couple of days. But I had to...more

ACOP Main Event: ABC for Yifan Zheng on Day 4

The task was simple. Turn 25 into 9. Not a huge ask, but we've been in this place before and it's usually not as simple as it sounds. After all, this is the business end of proceedings. There's big money on the line and the Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP)...more

PokerSchoolOnline offers Poker Bites coaching snacks

Let's face it, some poker hands can leave us with a lot to chew on. Have you ever felt you misplayed Ace, King? Do you lose money playing in the blind positions or have you ever found yourself in a tricky spot playing a small pocket pair? If the answer...more

Mickey Petersen: Avid traveler, reluctant film star

When Pokerstars first told me that they wanted to shoot an online documentary about me my first reaction was "no way!". To me it is one thing to do a poker interviews about the differences between online and live poker or why Scandinavians are so aggressive, but it's a lot...more

Capture your #PetsPlayingPoker and win

I have two dogs, and they are worthless at hold'em. "Omaha!" they bark. "Four cards for four paws!" they woof. It's annoying. Reckless, even. Never trust a Labrador with a wrap, I say. You may have the same problem, and if so, it's time to take out your camera, because...more

How to get a job at PokerStars (Version: Delicate)

Imagine Kenny Diack, an Isle of Man native, fresh home from grad school where he finished among the top in the UK. He's smart. He's ambitious. He's talented. He's working at a bar. It's called the Artisan, and it's one of the Manx watering holes here in Douglas. "A bar...more

ACOP Main Event Day 4: ElkY headed for the high roller

We've just received a piece of exciting news across our desk, but it doesn't involve the 14 remaining players here in the ACOP Main Event. Tomorrow night will see the big boys come out to play in the HK$250,000 High Roller Event. Kicking off at 6:00pm, the best of the...more

ACOP Main Event Day 4: One of the biggest names in the game

He's one of the biggest names in poker and clearly the biggest name in the tournament. Literally. With a surname weighing in at a whopping seventeen letters, Chane Kampanatsanyakorn is not a blogger's favourite player. I'm sure he's a nice guy and all, but the old CTRL+C/CTRL+V is getting a...more

ACOP Main Event Day 4: Naoya no more

It was a brave run by Japanese sensation Naoya Kihara, but sadly the Team PokerStars Online player's ACOP Main Event has been brought to an end. After navigating his way through three days of poker, Kihara entered Day 4 as the fourth shortest stack with 115,500 in chips. That was...more

ACOP Main Event Day 4: Perfect preparation

There's nothing better than waking up on the fourth day of a long poker tournament and being able to spend a relaxing morning before heading into work. The Hard Rock Hotel, combined with a 3:00pm start time is the perfect location to do exactly that. Feeling a little peckish? Then...more

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