December 2013

31 December

PokerStars saddened by 'avoidable' NJ casino closure

As an eventful year draws to an end, we are saddened by the news that the Atlantic Club Casino Hotel in Atlantic City will be closed in the coming weeks after being sold through a bankruptcy court auction. It's always sad when hard-working people lose their jobs, especially during the...more

Watch the Sunday Million final table (29 December 2013)

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2013 PokerStars Year in Review

When 2013 began, it started with the same promise as any other PokerStars year: anything can happen. Now, as we close out this year, we look back to discover we had no idea what that "anything" could be. In just 12 months, PokerStars dealt its 100 billionth hand; Daniel Negreanu...more

"It's been a privilege": Shane "shaniac" Schleger bows out

In December of 2010, I learned PokerStars was considering adding me to its Team Online roster. The opportunity to promote a corporate entity is not something I consider frivolously, but I immediately seized the chance to represent the first online poker site I ever played on, a company whose product...more

Team Pro road trip

I never realized how much went into making a television commercial until I stepped on the set of my first PokerStars brand shoot. I couldn't believe the amount of people working on it. It was a huge project, on a much larger scale than I'd envisioned. A big group of...more

PokerStars announces LAPT Season 7 schedule

PokerStars has announced the schedule for the new Latin American Poker Tour (LAPT) season to run throughout 2014. The LAPT's seventh season will see stops in Chile, Brazil, Peru, Panama and Uruguay, with one more destination to be confirmed at a later date. Season 7 aims to consolidate and build...more

Lucky 7s coming up in 2014

Let me start off with a disclaimer so as not to offend anyone who might take what I say here with anything resembling a serious analysis. What I know about numerology is limited to what I read in the newspapers and magazines for the most part. If it's good news,...more

30 December

Good riddance to a bad end of the year

At the beginning of autumn, I had big plans. I was not only going to play a full load of WCOOP events, but I had a lot of European live tournaments on my schedule. I hoped to get a good start in the WCOOP, but I had an awful run,...more

PokerStars weekend review (30 December 2013)

Players around the world are furiously chasing down end-of-year Supernova and Supernova Elite VIP Club levels, but some of last night's big winners got to start popping champagne corks well before the New Year countdown. T.J. "WhatArunAA" Slifka picked up a second Sunday Million win to bank more than $208k...more

WhatArunAA picks up second career Sunday Million title, $208K

The last Sunday of the NFL season was filled with heart-stopping finishes with games all day and night to entertain football fans. As it happened, the day coincided with the last Sunday Million of 2013 which also featured lots of action throughout the day and night with a huge field...more

29 December

Sunday Warm-Up: vrangen denies tnapoleao of second title winning $113K

Winning a Sunday Major is anything but easy. Winning two of them will get people's attention as tonight's $500,000 guarantee Sunday Warm-Up final table featured two players that already had a Sunday Warm-Up in their pockets and looking to chalk up a second title. Denmark's vrangen would get heads-up against...more

Year-ending win for MirKriSAN in Women's Sunday

It's almost the end of 2013, and women lined up at the virtual tables to play in the Women's Sunday. It is one thing to put "win a Women's Sunday" on your 2014 resolution list, but it's another to win the final one of 2013! Before the New Year's parties...more

Battle of the Planets: second chance nets Mudrik the win and $12K

Getting so close to a major tournament final table and falling on the bubble can make it seem like another shot will happen soon. But, sometimes that second shot can take months, or even years before the avatar is shown under the spotlights with the final table description inscribed on...more

Holiday wishes granted, Team Pro identities revealed

Many of us at PokerStars Women have been enjoying a little time off for the holidays, but the elves are still hard at work in the Isle of Man. (Even the elves need time away from the North Pole. It's freezing up there!) They have gathered the #PSWishes from the...more

28 December

Get the flush out: Straight up Pineapple

If I bust early from my first PCA Main, I already have plans to console myself with a sugary pineapple cocktail. Pineapple is the high variance cousin of Open Face Chinese poker, where meekness is harshly punished and heuristics of regular OFC go out the window. It's just like regular...more

27 December

The Shark was a fish once too

These days I am known as The Shark in the poker world but it wasn't always that way. 27 years ago I may have thought I was The Shark, but a trip to Las Vegas taught me I was just a big fish! It was the first trip to Vegas...more

Poker marathon challenge: Recap

[All words in italics are quotes from Tzen1's 13 December post 'Poker Marathon Challenge: 100 Hours in 7 Days', which you can read here.] As most of you already know, I made it! After all it really felt like a marathon. I've played huge sessions before so I knew I...more

26 December

My life-changing PCA

I can't believe it's already time to start thinking about the 2014 PCA. This will be my sixth trip to Atlantis, and it's going to be a special one. It will mark one year since I met with ElkY, Eugene Katchalov and their trainer Lincoln and started to change my...more

25 December

My favorite time of year

I always look forward to the end of the year. It's a time of year when I dial back my traveling and spend most of my time in the New York City area. It's easy to take a nice little drive up to New England to see the leaves as...more

24 December

A holiday cheer for Marty "TheLipoFund" Mathis, 12/24/13 Super Tuesday champ

A smaller field than usual of 356 came out for this Christmas Eve edition of the Super Tuesday, still building a $356,000 prize pool that was plenty clear of the tourney's $300K buy-in. The top 45 finishers split those riches, and after a little over nine-and-a-half hours of play it...more

What happens in Barcelona...

Every year I take a trip to Portugal to visit my family. We moved there when I was four, and my parents still own a little house outside Lisbon. The house has a vineyard and this time, we made some wine. We used to have maybe 10,000 liters of wine,...more

23 December

WCOOP Challenge Series: DEHELLHOUND burns through Main Event field, wins $516K

The two-day World Championship of Online Poker Challenge Series Main Event (Event #8), a $2,100 buy-in no-limit hold'em tournament, played to a conclusion on Monday with the 81 survivors from a starting field of 1,541 returning all with hopes of landing the eye-popping $516,235 first prize. That group would play...more

WCOOP Challenge Series: roscootje459 reaps $302k in Sunday Million Special Edition (Event #7, $215 NLHE)

It was a merry weekend indeed on the PokerStars felt. When all was said and done, the WCOOP Challenge Series awarded over $11.6 million in prize money, each of its ten champions coming away with a $5,200 WCOOP Main Event ticket and a customized commemorative money clip in addition to...more

May the force be with you, #StarsWishList winner

Did you feel a disturbance in the force this morning? We did, too, but don't worry. It was just the fine folks at PokerStars selecting their lucky winner of the #StarsWishList contest. It was a random draw, but methinks there was a Jedi mind trick involved or something. In all,...more

UKIPT announces 2014 stops

UK & Ireland's biggest and best live poker tour confirmed the final stops of the season 4 tour in six major cities today. Each event aims to be a spectacular can't-miss festival of poker with a huge selection of poker action. The New Year will kick off with the UKIPT...more

Six ways poker is like Christmas

The festive period runs the risk of turning into a wasteland of excess. However, I believe us poker players are better equipped to deal with the dizzying indulgence than most. "How," you may ask, "can poker be related to the wholesome family fun of the holidays?" But hear me out....more

November Nine stress

It was a different experience for me to be the guy on the rail at the November Nine cheering for my friend Marc-Etienne McLaughlin, instead of the guy playing whose friends were cheering for him. It was a lot of fun to be the spectator but I have to say...more

PokerStars weekend review (23 December 2013): Andre Coimbra

The festive holidays are finally upon us. For most people any sense of competition around this time of year is board game-based, or over who can shovel the most mince pies down their neck. Not so for those of you getting involved in the first ever PokerStars WCOOP Challenge Series...more

22 December

WCOOP Challenge Series: TsubasaOO leads final 81 after Main Event Day 1

The three-day, eight-event World Championship of Online Poker Challenge saw huge fields and big prize pools over the last three days, with all eyes directed toward the culminating two-day Main Event that kicked off on Sunday afternoon. A $2,100 buy-in no-limit hold'em affair, the tourney sported a big $3 million...more

WCOOP Challenge Series: buckguy2200 takes down Sunday Warm-Up Special Edition after five-way chop

Itching for WCOOP-style action in December? Apparently, 6,332 players felt the same way as Event #5 of the WCOOP Challenge Series gave the Sunday Warm-Up a nice, wintery boost. If the doubling of the guarantee to $1,000,000 did not do it, maybe the extra personalize money clip and 2014 WCOOP...more

Women's Sunday: k chilo meh makes merry with $2,229 score

As if we needed one more reason to avoid shopping mall parking lots and shop queues this Sunday before Christmas, PokerStars made staying home and firing up the laptop even more enticing with the $10 Million guaranteed WCOOP Challenge Series. In addition to handsomely inflated prize pools in special editions...more

21 December

Katie's Anatomy of a Sunday Grind: December 15

Saturday's weather reminded me a lot of my college Spanish textbook--"Sol y Viento"--where the beautiful Mexican sun was interrupted by loud gusts of wind. I even resorted to playing with headphones, because a super windy day on the top level of a high-rise up made me feel like Dorothy before...more

20 December

Why you should join me at the 2014 PCA

Next month, I'll be making my fifth trip to the Bahamas for the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. At this point, it's hard to imagine January without it. While most of the world is covered with snow, it's a perfect 25 degrees Celsius on Paradise Island. The Atlantis Resort is fantastic and...more

19 December

Ski bum

The Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP) has come and gone. I won my first Spadie and it was great to become the first female player to win an open ACOP Title Event. But that wasn't enough to boost me to the top of the Asia Player of the Year leaderboard....more

WCOOP Challenge Series starts Friday with $10m guaranteed

What are your weekend plan? Perhaps some egg nog slurping, chestnut roasting, over-and-hills-and-through-the-woods sleigh riding? None of that? Well, perhaps we can be of assistance. How does $10 million in guaranteed prize money sound? After three weeks of celebrating the PokerStars December Festival, we have come to the centerpiece of...more

PokerStars Women wants to grant holiday wishes

None of us at PokerStars Women pretends to be Santa... or even Mrs. Claus or Mrs. Kringle for that matter. However, we have some holiday spirit bottled up at the office (no, it's not liquor!), and we'd like to share what we can. Is there a tournament that you've been...more

Rafa Nadal wins €100,000 charity poker match

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18 December

EPT10 Prague: "Sick" Julian Track wins Main Event in 14-hour thriller

There was a moment today, actual several moments spanning about nine hours, in which most here at EPT Prague believed that the final table would be a two-day affair, squeezed into the hours of one. Players wondered if they would be denied playing time, media nervously glanced at flight times...more

EPT10 Prague: Ivan Soshnikov on the ultimate spin-up, parlaying side event min-cashes into High Roller title

The European Poker Tour has a new €10,000 High Roller champion, and in keeping with all the tournaments this week in Prague, he had to outlast a mighty field to wrap it up. Ivan Soshnikov is a new name to us on the EPT with only a smattering a small...more

EPT10 Prague: Surviving an epic final table

They say that poker is a marathon, not a sprint. Well, that is the case unless you're playing heads-up hyper turbo sit-and-go's. Today's EPT Prague Main Event final table looked like it could be a long one, and it's still playing like it could go on until the wee hours....more

EPT10 Prague: Spaniards laughing about something. It's better than crying.

As mentioned on the EPT Live coverage, it's true--the rail is made up predominantly of Spaniards cheering on their man Ke Kwan Lau. But watching from the rail, I couldn't spot a single one of them actually watching the action. Instead, they engaged in the second most popular activity in...more

EPT10 Prague: The festival in pictures

There's been a whole lot of action here at the PokerStars Prague Festival. We take a look at it all through the lens of Neil Stoddart's camera and the number-crunching of EPT Media coordinator Mad Harper. PokerStars Live cards created: 1,327 Total entries: 8,553 Unique players: 2,630 Total festival prize...more

EPT10 Prague: What's the secret?

EPT10 Prague has been a monster, and its success raises a very important question: why? Although the EPT remains exceptionally healthy across the continent, it is rare to see such sustained growth. The stop in Barcelona continues to break records, but player numbers at other key destinations such as London,...more

Christmas jumpers and PokerStars holiday fun

PokerStars has an eye for tradition, for noting and repeating activities people enjoy. There's the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure every January, hand milestones whenever a significant number shows up, and you could even say there's the weekly tradition of the Sunday Million. There are traditions for the festive season, too, like...more

EPT10 Prague: Fading into memory as the fat lady sings

In the world of Opera, Puccini's Madame Butterfly must count as having one of the more memorable "departures" from the stage. At the denouement "Butterfly" commits suicide as her lover Pinkerton departs with his new wife, and Butterfly's child. Butterfly manages a cracking rendition of Con onor muore before departing,...more

My crazy image

I've been grinding a lot lately, pretty much staying in what I call "full on vampire mode" while working towards SuperNova Elite. I'm ahead of schedule for that now. I did get out of the house for a while not long ago, though, to play in the Master Classics of...more

Win a seat in the $5,000 PCA Last Longer freeroll

Would you like a seat in a $5,000 freeroll? Of course you do. All you need to do is to back one of the ten Team PokerStars Pros on Twitter and watch as your horse gallops ahead in the PCA 2014 Main Event. If your chosen player outlasts the other...more

PokerStars LIVE Macau announces 2014 special events

Today, PokerStars LIVE Macau announced the special event dates for 2014 which qualify for next season's Asia Player of the Year (APOY) race. As previously announced, the new year will kick off with MPC20 -- the 20th running of the Macau Poker Cup -- from January 10-21. In celebration of...more

EPT10 Prague: Caffeine and breakfast breaks with a long day ahead

There's an enormous feeling of anticipation today, reluctant perhaps, in anticipation of the marathon session expected and what could be the longest day in EPT history, following what was probably its shortest. Yesterday those who work the tour talked long into the night about previous short days. Thoughts turned to...more

EPT10 Prague: Eight to a winner

Eight players come back to the EPT Prague final table and one player will win €889,000. Not bad for a week's work. You can check out the full profiles for each player by clicking here. PokerStars.tv and PokerStars Blog team up to give you a quick intro to the day,...more

EPT10 Prague: Back to the Future again as final table commences...soon

Screwing with the space-time continuum is always much more fun in films. Here in Prague, owing to the regular security delay on the cards-up broadcast of the final table, a quick trip down the stairs from the press room and into the main tournament area takes you into the future....more

Big payday for Chris "Big Huni" Hunichen, 12/17/13 Super Tuesday winner

This week's Super Tuesday, PokerStars' weekly $1,050 no-limit hold'em tournament that routinely brings out online poker's best and brightest, saw another big field of 546 participate, thereby creating a prize pool of $546,000 that well exceeded the event's $300K guarantee. It would ultimately take 10 hours and 45 minutes for...more

17 December

EPT10 Prague High Roller: The hunt for a second final table of the day

It would be extraordinarily difficult for any tournament to have matched the Main Event today, at least in terms of all-out high-octane action. But the High Rollers are perfectly happy going about things in a more leisurely fashion, and their bid to reach a final table tonight has also been...more

EPT10 Prague: Ole Schemion pips Daniel Negreanu to GPI Player of the Year title

Ole "wizowizo" Schemion has snatched the Global Poker Index Player of the Year title away from Daniel Negreanu with a heroic last-gasp performance in the EPT Prague Main Event. The German wunderkind has had an incredible year, despite not yet being old enough to play in Las Vegas and therefore...more

EPT10 Prague: A blank look or a McDonald stare?

There's a lot of staring going on in the High Roller event right now. In fact, looking at it from the rail, that's about all there is taking place. You cannot help but notice how time is simply ticking by, albeit very slowly. It could be because it's sister event,...more

EPT10 Prague: Final table player profiles

Here's how they will line up for the final table of EPT10 Prague. The winner will take €889,000. Seat 1: Jorma Nuutinen, 29, Tampere, Finland - 975,000 Jorma Nuutinen, who is from Tampere, the second biggest city in Finland, considers himself "almost" a professional poker player. He has a job...more

Great holiday gifts for your favorite poker player

Holiday festivals at this time of year are as varied as the countries and cultures that celebrate them. In some cultures, it's all about traditional foods and rituals; in others, the focus of the celebration is totally on the sacraments of religion. In the United States, celebrations often resemble one...more

EPT10 Prague: Is a bad year looming for Chidwick after dazzling Prague?

It's fair to say that Stephen Chidwick has had a successful time in Prague. He came third in the Eureka Poker Tour and has now made the final table in the Main Event. Laura Cornelius, of PokerStars.tv caught up with him as he predicts potential run bad for the next...more

Push the second nuts, check stone nuts?

This blog post is going to be a little different from the normal. In this one, you are going to be tested! Are you ready for it? Do you like quizzes? I love them! You can try me, but I'm very good in riddles, quizzes, and trivia. I always loved...more

EPT10 Prague: Right on, Track. Final table set in record time

Twenty-two players had to be reduced to eight here in Prague today and as the authoritative tones of James Hartigan informed EPT Live viewers at noon, "Potentially, it's a long day of poker." But anyone who banked on Hartigan and stocked up on energy drinks and jugs of coffee are...more

APPT announces Season 8 schedule

PokerStars today announced the schedule for Season 8 of the Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT). The 2014 season will begin at PokerStars LIVE Macau with the 20th celebration of the Macau Poker Cup (MPC20) on January 10 and conclude in New Zealand with APPT Auckland on November 19. For Season...more

EPT10 Prague: Fast Track to an uncomfortable chip lead

Julian Track arrived slightly late this morning and without knowing where he was supposed to sit. He walked up to table one, one of the outer tables, and began checking chip bags for his name, but he couldn't find it. Then someone asked if he was Julian. He said yes...more

EPT10 Prague: How to accidentally qualify for a €10,000 High Roller

The average age of fields in High Roller tournaments tends to be a little higher than in the Main Event. With the obvious exceptions of the fresh-faced phenoms, who will play anything, it tends to take slightly longer to amass sufficient bankroll to enter the €10,000 events as a recreational...more

EPT10 Prague: Following poker's unwritten codes

It's not written anywhere, it's not universally known, and nobody knows the source of this wisdom, but it's generally thought that arriving first at your table is a bad idea. There's another thing we see at such an important stage as this, the phenomena of someone's clothing suddenly smartening up,...more

EPT10 Prague: 22 players battling for one EPT title

Twenty-two players started the day and after just one hour of play we are down to 16 players. So far we haven't lost any of the players that are mentioned in the video intro to the day and it looks like Ole Schemion may well have locked up the GPI...more

16 December

EPT10 Prague: Max Silver shines to lead last 22 in Main Event

Contrary to its billing as the highlight of this EPT Prague festival, the Main Event played on today in crowded obscurity, three tables penned in against a wall on one side, and the high rollers on the other. The feature table meanwhile was a commune of sorts, stranded on the...more

Feeling the Christmas spirit

Can you smell mince pies? Are you excited by the thought of wrapped boxes? Are you getting all jolly and full of festive cheer? Of course you are! PokerStars.tv's Laura Cornelius tapped up some of the tour regulars to find out what film got them into the Christmas mood. Want...more

EPT10 Prague: Monster field? High Rollers can do that too

As you might expect for an EPT festival of this enormous size, the €10,300 High Roller event is pretty massive too. When they went on a 75-minute dinner break, after six of the ten levels scheduled for the day, the tournament clock already showed that 129 players had entered, 27...more

EPT10 Prague: Stephen Chidwick's marathon enters the finishing straight

"I've been watching those two play for the best part of ten days and I've only seen one of them bust once." These were the words of Nick Wright, delivered with mock-truculence, referring to Dimitri Holdeew and Stephen Chidwick. Wright has been in Prague for a couple of weeks and...more

The amenable Mr Chen

Speak to Andrew Chen some time and you'll quickly see why he and Mickey Petersen are such good buddies on the poker tour. They are - and I mean this quite sincerely - the most amenable poker players you could possibly find. This does not mean they are pushovers at...more

EPT10 Prague: PokerStars.tv hits the ice

There's pretty much a fetish for everything, and if your thing is poker presenters on an ice rink, this video is for you! As a way of celebrating ten years of the European Poker Tour, PokerStars stumped up for an ice rink in the car park outside of the Hilton...more

PokerStars to start high-stakes Zoom-only trial

PokerStars today announced that on January 1st, 2014, all $50/$100 NLHE & PLO Ring Game tables and Table Starters will be removed and replaced with Zoom Pools. This change will occur during off-peak hours, and will strictly be a trial to evaluate player reception. No decision has yet been made...more

EPT10 Prague: From London to Prague, Tamer Kamel with something to prove

Tamer Kamal was looking bothered. The cause was Ana Marquez and a hand he'd played against her shortly before the break which was still on his mind. Actually, Marquez was also bothered, admitting as the level ended that she was titled by the last 90 minutes of play, one which...more

One trip, three taxis

Look, Natalie Hof and Neil Stoddart were there and can confirm it. It all started out perfectly normally, or what passes for "normally" in our world. We're at the Prague Hilton for the EPT event and we had to get to the "Hany Bany" club for two things: we were...more

EPT10 Prague: Some real high rollers in the High Roller

The €10,000 High Roller tournament has started here in Prague, with a fanfare precisely inversely proportional to its buy-in. It really is one of the quirks of these EPT festivals that the High Roller plays almost all the way to its champion with a fraction of the attention of the...more

Weekend Review: Milestone hands, PCA news, and Prague

What a weekend. Rafa Nadal won a poker tournament, EPT Prague is packed to the gills, and the Sunday majors were ridiculous. We'll get you on to all those important links in just a minute, but first a couple of things you need to know to get the week started....more

My friend, Vinnie the Drug Dealer

I was having dinner the other night with some friends and we were talking about a mutual friend of ours who we are worried might have a drug problem. We talked about how we didn't want to be enablers to our friend, and also how sitting on the sidelines and...more

Ari Engel, the happiest man in the tournament?

Is Ari Engel the happiest man alive? Probably not. Is he the happiest man left in the tournament? Almost certainly. Look at him! He's beaming from ear to ear in the video below. Engel has had a great 2013 racking up $414,121 in live cashes. This deep run could yet...more

EPT10 Prague: Vit Blachut and the Stack of Disorder

As things stand about 10 per cent of poker players are women. One in ten of those avatars you see when you log into PokerStars are women. One person in ten at an event like the EPT is a woman. One in ten winners is a woman. Only, they're not...more

EPT10 Prague: The plan for Day 4: Imagine

Day 4 of EPT10 Prague is under way and the plan is to play 16 levels or down to five players, whichever come first. No it isn't. Of course it isn't. We'll play five levels or down to 16 players, whichever comes first. (Although perhaps it's time to think of...more

Sunday Million: twirlpro takes second Sunday Million title, $213K

Amid PokerStars' "December Festival" full of promotions and boosted guarantees, a "regular" Sunday Million played out this weekend with the usual $1 million guarantee for a $215 buy-in. The field was big nonetheless, with 8,316 coming out to create a huge $1,663,200 prize pool. It would take nearly 13 hours...more

15 December

Sunday Warm-Up: Legen... dary, I AmLegend11 claims title after four-way chop

Will Smith looked to cure the zombie apocalypse in "I Am Legend". Tonight's Sunday Warm-Up featured I AmLegend11 successfully reliving all 3,480 other players of their tournament chips. Taking home $87,845.15 after a four-way deal with mayer1648, graebsch, and -AAAABJAAAA-, I AmLegend11 would go on to claim victory without having...more

Spice chili scores delicious win in December 15 Women's Sunday

With the holidays in full swing, there's no better time than to log on to PokerStars and take part in the amazing December in effect. The December Festival has so much to offer players, many of whom took part in the special Sunday Storm today that offered a $1 million...more

EPT10 Prague: Ludovic Lacay knocks on the door of the double champions club

When Ludovic Lacay won EPT Sanremo last season, Kevin MacPhee, himself a former champion, tweeted the following: "The first year I played on the EPT circuit I thought Ludovic Lacay was the best player I played against. Very happy to see him join the club." Since then, much like during...more

EPT10 Prague: WCOOP winners get an early Christmas present

The World Championship of Online Poker is an enormous festival that brings together the biggest and best to battle across every facet of the game. An incredible $62,362,757 was paid out in prize pools across 66 tournaments and many of those winners were able to collect their WCOOP bracelets, including...more

EPT10 Prague: Meet Moshe Elazar, emerging from big brother Eli's shadow

About ten minutes before the last break of the day at EPT Prague, a text message began its flight from the Czech Republic to Las Vegas that will end with a spectacular role reversal. Moshe Elazar, who is into the last 72 players of this tournament, had just learned that...more

EPT10 Prague: Taking note of Jonathan Little

He's a two time World Poker Tour winner, has come close in World Series events and can claim more than $5.4 million in live tournament winnings. To what would he credit all this? Well, in part, it might be down to the relentless notes he takes on every hand he...more

EPT10 Prague: Wanna swap some action with Max Silver?

Max Silver fans -- of which there are plenty -- can currently watch their hero on EPT Live. He's having a bit of a rough time of it of late, but is still in as the field slims to about 80. Before he headed up on to the stage, Silver...more

EPT10 Prague: A round with Duhamel, Katchalov and Ladouceur

Table 12 is not long for this world. It is the next to break and players continue to depart at a rate of knots, meaning it will endure for about another 30 minutes at best. None will be more relived than Jonathan Duhamel, the Team PokerStars Pro, who has found...more

Jonathan Duhamel on Marc-Andre Ladouceur and credit card roulette

Jonathan Duhamel comes across as the de facto French Canadian team captain on the EPT circuit, which put him squarely at the centre of much of the mischief that takes place on tour. They're a lively bunch, these French Canadians. Duhamel is, of course, known to most. He's a Team...more

EPT10 Prague: Bubble deflates rather than pops

As poker tournament bubbles go, the one at EPT Prague Season 10 will not go down as a classic. Or, in actual fact, it may be the best ever seen. There's not much to report from it, I'm afraid, and there's no picture of devastated bubble boy, his face contorted...more

Sebastian "bassysaffari" Saffari chipping up and aiming for second, at least

Sebastian "bassysaffari" Saffari started Day 3 of the EPT Prague Main Event in rude health. His chunky 428,000 stack, close to three times the average, was good for a spot in the top ten chip counts. This should not come as a surprise. Saffari has clocked up more than $3m...more

EPT10 Prague: Ke Kwan Lau in need of a different "-inator"

There's an episode of Phineas & Ferb called "Blackout" in which Dr Heinz Doofenshmirtz of Doofenshmirtz Evil Inc., unveils his latest "-inator", another of his plans to to take over the Tri-State Area. As he explains to his nemesis, Perry the Platypus (a secret agent platypus in a trilby), it's...more

EPT10 Prague: Marc-Andre Ladouceur on bubble ranges

We have just burst the bubble here at EPT Prague and a full report on that will be with you imminently. But shortly before that passage of play, Laura Cornelius, of PokerStars.tv, caught up with Team Online's Marc-Andre Ladouceur to talk through the strategies and ranges during the most anxious...more

EPT10 Prague: David Williams out early as cost of living goes up

Thomas Pedersen and Sigurd Eskeland were in deep conversation, discussing the price of coffee. Eskeland wasn't sure they'd been charged right for espresso, and told Pedersen what he would have expected to pay. But they had paid more. One of them then said that this might be the most expensive...more

EPT10 Prague: Peter Barrable putting perspective back into poker

When Peter Barrable hit the rail in the later stages of Day 2 at EPT Prague, he will not have been immune to the usual disappointment that preys on the poker player falling short of the money. But the chances are, Barrable, with a keen sense of perspective, will have...more

EPT10 Prague: Day 3 under way

Get up to speed with what's happening at EPT Prague, then start following the action at EPT Live. Keep in touch with everything else going on away from the feature table in our live reports here. Click through to live coverage of the EPT Prague Main Event. Follow the @PokerStarsBlog...more

14 December

EPT10 Prague: Walid Bou Habib leads record field in Main Event

Two days down, but nothing to show for it. That's the story for those still in the Main Event and making their way back to hotel rooms tonight. Reward for two full days of effort is on the way, but not quite in their hands. There will be no money...more

ElkY finding it tough

Mr ElkY, that's Bertrand Grospellier to the 'man', has been slowly chipping up at a tough table which has included Paul Volpe, Tom Alner, Gaelle Baumann, and Anaras Alekberovas. Still, he's been raking in chips and - good news for ElkY - his table has just broke. And now it's...more

EPT10 Prague: David Boyaciyan on three finals in a row and last year's infamous deal

The defending champion Ramzi Jelassi may be out, but last year's third place finisher, and runner-up from the year before that, is still in contention. David Boyaciyan has had two close calls at EPT Prague, an event that somehow has proven to be his most successful. He's still in the...more

UKIPT graduate Max Silver getting good EPT grades

Max Silver is a likeable chap. He's quick to smile, won't bemoan his bad beats (well, not too loudly), and isn't liable to Hollywooding. If he's thinking it's because he's got a genuine decision like whether to call off his tournament life in a four-bet complicated pot with third pair....more

EPT10 Prague: There's no place called home - Ari Engel making hay from life on the road

In the past seasons few players have proved exemplars of poker's work ethic than Ari Engel. It was something that became clear two years ago when Engel, in what was then a rare appearance on the EPT, cashed in sixth place. In the usual course of looking up the background...more

Another day, another $100k for Vanessa Selbst

It's been quite a year for Vanessa Selbst. Not only did she get married but she's also been busy recording one of the strongest years of her poker career. 2013 started off auspiciously with that incredible $1,424,420 win in the PCA High Roller. If you were to include her win...more

EPT10 Prague: A trickle and a torrent in either direction as day two fireworks begin

There is a airport-style security check outside the tournament room here in Prague which has a predictable effect on the speed with which players can enter the room. It's unavoidable, but there's a bit of a queue as more than 550 players arrive together and then gradually trickle through the...more

EPT10 Prague: Day 2 introduction

It's Day 2 of EPT Prague and here's your daily fix of Laura Cornelius and Rick Dacey nattering away about what we can expect. Without further ado, here's Mel and Sue: It's all right. You can look again now. They're gone. For coverage of Day 2 of the EPT10 Prague...more

EPT10 Prague: Karahasan, Haavisto and Spindler make it 1,002

The lady on the registration desk didn't seem as excited as I was at the news that two players had registered for the Main Event overnight. My cheer stemmed from this taking the number of players past the 1,000 mark. To her perhaps it meant more players to process. It...more

EPT10 Prague: Day 2 seat draw

When you have two enormous Day 1s, it follows that Day 2 is going to be pretty sizeable as well. We have 548 players heading into Day 2 here at EPT Prague, plus anyone who wants to join in at start of play today. They'll get a 30,000 stack for...more

13 December

EPT10 Prague: Amir Lehavot continues hot streak of Vegas in chilly Prague

There was a moment during level seven of Day 1B at EPT Prague where the producers of the EPT Live webcast asked the roving camera to pick out Amir Lehavot at the table. The man from Florida, who vaulted into the public's consciousness when he took third at the World...more

EPT10 Prague: Seven seasons and seven very different winners

Seven years of EPT Prague has conjured up some memorable finalists. Also some key moments in tour history. Back in Season 4 Prague hosted its first main event. Back then things looked a little different. While it was staged right here at the Hilton, some of the rules were different,...more

Dealers unite!

Something was going on. You could sense it. People were lingering near the stage in the tournament room of the EPT Prague Main Event. A couple held video cameras and were dressed a little scruffy in combat trousers and t-shirts. Most, however, were dressed smart; skirts, dress pants, and pressed...more

EPT10 Prague: What does a Team Online Pro do for Christmas?

What do poker players do for Christmas? When you're Mickey Petersen you drop everything and take a few days off to spend with family. Petersen, who lives in London, will be heading back to his native Denmark for the festive season, to enjoy the traditional family get-together common at this...more

EPT10 Prague: Eugene Katchalov chats about Shevchenko, charity and his Day 1B

One of the best things about having Eugene Katchalov as a friend would be his willingness to dispense poker tips. Perhaps the second best thing would be his willingness to tell bad beat stories on your behalf, so you can avoid the humiliation and the rolling eyes. Andriy Shevchenko, the...more

EPT10 Prague: Some look different, others look the same

Thomas Mercier was reading a novel about a man's journey into politics as he sat down to play this afternoon. "I just started it," he said. I suggested it was a long way from this world but then couldn't decide if I'd meant the subject of politics or the actual...more

EPT10 Prague: Mid-day update

According to Marcin Horecki, his second table of Day 1B at EPT Prague has been "polarising". There are, in his words, "six regs" and "four soft spots" -- and Mickey Petersen is there too. Taking a stroll through the tournament room as level four came to a close, it seemed...more

Poker Marathon Challenge: 100 Hours in 7 Days

I'm stealing the blog post of fellow Team Online member Roy 'GodlikeRoy' Bhasin who tried this early November this year. Read all about his challenge at //www.godlikeroy.com. I've decided to have myself a little poker marathon next week. The details are simple: 100 hours of poker in 7 days. It's...more

EPT10 Prague: Glen Cymbaluk, the Canadian cowboy

If it was up to Glen Cymbaluk, no one would be writing this article and no one would be reading it. "I don't need the glory, the pictures, the trophies, anything," Cymbaluk said, when PokerStars Blog cornered the man from Edmonton, Canada, during the first break of play in Prague....more

Marcin Horecki on final tables and wizards

Marcin Horecki yesterday final tabled the record-breaking Eureka Main Event where he finished 8th for €30,500. As Horecki says below, you'd take it at the beginning of the event but being that close and missing out is always a little tough. Still, it does mean that he's freerolling a whole...more

How to fry a fish (and how to butter one up)

I have a story to share from the European Poker Championship which is played in Baden, not too far from Vienna. I tried my luck in a couple of events this year but unfortunately came up short in both cases -- 11th in the seven-card stud event and 18th in...more

EPT10 Prague: Familiar faces, old and new

The moments ahead of the start is a time for catching up briefly with friends and acquaintances, reminiscing of events past that have taken place in the weeks since the last EPT in London. It even includes the dealers. If they ever dealt a good hand to a player, they...more

EPT10 Prague: Rafa, Rafa, Rafa

It really did happen: Rafael Nadal, Ronaldo, Andriy Shevchenko and Alberto Tomba yesterday played a poker tournament in Prague alongside the established PokerStars red spades Daniel Negreanu and Fatima Moreira de Melo. As you can read elsewhere, Nadal made his training pay by taking down the title, his first victory...more

EPT10 Prague: The second flight is airborne

"Yes, yes, I am playing now," said Martin Kabrhel to whoever had dared to phone the Czech tyro at five-past-twelve on Friday, otherwise known as Day 1B of EPT Prague. Kabrhel was in seat eight, the button started the day in seat six, and that meant he was in the...more

EPT10 Prague: James and Joe are here (and acting like fools)

If you made the mistake of signing up to to EPTLive commentator James Hartigan's Twitter feed you'll be well aware that he and co-host Joe Stapleton were delayed at London Heathrow these last couple of days. Fog - a real pea-souper, as they used to call it - descended on...more

EPT10 Prague Day 1b: Welcome to the second flight

You can always tell how much Rick Dacey means something by how much he accompanies his words with hand gestures. And in this video, in which he stands alongside Laura Cornelius of PokerStars.tv and introduces Day 1b of EPT10 Prague, those brass bands are playing a full oom-pah. With good...more

12 December

EPT10 Prague Day 1A: Tiberu-Florian Georgescu leads all star and bumper field

There has been something in the air in Prague this week -- and I don't mean the EPT Live commentators, who were grounded in London by fog. No, it was an atmosphere of something grand approaching: the Eureka Poker Tour hit record levels, Rafa Nadal was coming to town and...more

Eureka3 Prague: Dimitri Holdeew wins Eureka Prague Main Event and €226,400

If anyone ever tries to tell you that having a big stack going to the final table can be a curse as much as a blessing then refer them to this final table. The top three stacks entering the final table were the only players to ever have the chip...more

Game, set, and match! Rafa Nadal wins €100,000 EPT Charity Challenge

Rafa Nadal isn't a stranger to winning trophies, but today he scored a first when he beat a line-up of sports stars, including the world number one poker player, to claim the EPT Charity Challenge title. It was Nadal's first ever competitive live game of poker and the tennis ace's...more

EPT10 Prague: The double life of Rafael Nadal

Unexpected things happen at poker tournaments, but the professionals tend to blank them all out. Aces lose to unsuited rags, players come to the table dressed in tiger costumes, and today there's even an ice rink in the car park. Meh. However this week in Prague, something started happening on...more

EPT10 Prague: When Deal means Deal, not deal

As play in the Eureka Main Event drew to a close on the penultimate day last night, English pro Stephen Chidwick was among the final eight who returned today to play for a first prize of €226,400. Chidwick is an established figure in the world game, a winner of countless...more

EPT10 Prague: A little light relief both on and off the tables

Tournament officials have looked at the existing numbers and the likely numbers, and called for eight levels of play today, complete with a 90 minute dinner break after level six. It'll mean an end to play just after midnight. Even for a poker player, used to sitting up all night...more

Eureka3 Prague: Final table, level 32-34 updates (150,000/300,000, ante 40,000)

9pm: Dmitri Holdeew wins Eureka3 Prague (€226,400); Ami Barer second (€131,400) It's all over here in Prague and wouldn't you know it another German poker player has won a massive poker tournament as Dmitri Holdeew is the Eureka3 Prague winner, whilst Ami Barer finishes as runner-up. In the final hand...more

Think back 10 years with Vanessa Selbst

The tenth season of the European Poker Tour is underway as the EPT Prague begins in the Czech Republic. Poker players from around the world gather for the festival of tournaments, and we couldn't help but think of the EPT 10 celebration. This video helped: Ten years ago, PokerStars Women...more

Micro-stakes players: Believe in yourself

I wanted to share a story about when I first started to play poker. I had been playing online for a short while. I had deposited a couple of times and gone broke, then I found myself down again to just a few bucks in my PokerStars account. I was...more

EPT10 Prague Day 1A: Laura Cornelius tours the surrounding city

During the long months of the European Poker Tour season, the quest is usually for sun. But when the bitterest weeks of the year roll around, we tend to surrender to the elements and head to the coldest place of all: Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, which just...more

EPT10 Prague: Jake Cody brings some Christmas spirit to the Main Event

The internet is full of recommendations of where to play poker, whether it's a local small buy-in tournament to one of the world's major events. Victory in these places is dreamt of and daydreamed about endlessly. But let's face facts. Only one player will ever truly be happy in a...more

What's your holiday wish? Win it with the #StarsWishList

It's time for the holidays, and if you still have a little child in your heart, you might be pining for some sort of fancy gift. Here's your chance to get it. Take a nice little picture or video of what you want and post it on Twitter or Instagram....more

EPT10 Prague: Laura Cornelius introduces the week's festivities

It's day 1A at EPT10 Prague so what better time to introduce the week's festivities at EPT Prague than now. That's what PokerStars.tv presenter Laura Cornelius figured. And if that wasn't enough, here is a picture of how Prague looks at night. Prague by night...more

EPT10 Prague: Big game hunting in the Main Event

There are three events taking place in the main tournament room this afternoon. The main event takes up the most space, this year forcing the cash game players to make do with tables in the outer lobby. But while the main event gathers pace the room is not exclusive lent...more

The EPT Charity Challenge

Read below for live coverage of the EPT Charity Challenge, a €100,000 charity poker tournament, featuring Rafa Nadal, Ronaldo, Daniel Negreanu, Andriy Shevchenko, Alberto Tomba, and Fatima Moreira de Melo. The most recent updates are at the top. Scroll to the bottom if you'd like to start from the beginning....more

Eureka3 Prague: Final table, level 27-31 updates (80,000/160,000, ante 20,000)

6pm: New post Please head to a new post for continued coverage of three-handed play - and the race to a winner. 5.10pm: Break time The players are now on a 20 minute break. 5.05pm: Jaroslav Peter eliminated in fourth place (€68,800) The wait for a Czech winner of a...more

EPT10 Prague Day 1A: Eureka! Send Rafa to Prague

Even by the established standards of the European Poker Tour, we are in for a busy day here in Prague. It is Day 1A of the EPT10 Main Event, a €5,300 buy-in tournament that has every chance of being one of the biggest ever played on the EPT. But, as...more

11 December

Eureka3 Prague: PokerStars qualifier Ami Barer leads Main Event final table

When the penultimate day of the Eureka3 Prague Main Event got underway at noon local time there were 43 bums on seats. Amongst those posteriors were EPT Main Event champions, Team PokerStars Pros, high stakes sharks and PokerStars qualifiers. It's one of the latter who leads the final eight as...more

Eureka3 Prague: Day 3, level 25-27 updates (30,000/60,000 ante 10,000)

9.30pm: Sergey Baranov eliminated in ninth place (€16,800) Day 3 has come to an end and it's Sergey Baranov who's bubbled the official final table. There was a raise to 150,000 from Jaroslav Peter, then from the big blind Baranov moved all-in for around 450,000 with [10h]9♦, back on Peter...more

Translation time

Exciting times around here! My first novel, Karmínový Dvojdolár, was released in mid-October in Slovakia, and now I'm busy being involved with the book's translation into other languages, including English! As I've mentioned before, the book is a crime thriller, but I tried to write it for a wide audience...more

Eureka3 Prague: Day 3, level 21-24 updates (15,000/30,000 ante 4,000)

4.30pm: 19 players left at the end of level 24 That's the end of level 24, you'll find level 25 updates in a new post shortly. Just 19 players remain as Billy Demirtas is out in 22nd, Georgii Bandura is out in 21st and Thomas Layher is out in 20th....more

karakrud's wild ride ends with 12/10/13 Super Tuesday title

We all know that No Limit Holdem is a game of aggression, but sometimes the path to victory for the most aggressive player one of many peaks and troughs. It's the stuff of heart attacks. And we saw that today in the weekly Super Tuesday as Chilean karakrud mixed up...more

10 December

Eureka3 Prague: Stephen 'Stevie444' Chidwick leads final 43 in the Main Event

When the 396 players who had made it to Day 2 reconvened at noon local time we were told that 191 of them would make the money. We fully expected to burst the bubble but I don't think anyone would've expected just 43 players to have survived after 10 levels...more

Eureka3 Prague: Day 2 level 19-20 updates (6,000/12,000 ante 2,000)

12.30am: Done for the day That's it, Day 2 is in the books and 396 players have been reduced to just 43. A wrap of the days play is on the way. Day 3 starts at noon local time. 12.10am: Last five hands The tournament clock has been paused and...more

Puzzling with Heads-Up Zoom

When I came back home from Vegas last week, I opened the PokerStars lobby and couldn't help but notice the increased number of available Zoom poker tables. Heads-up Zoom was now available, so I just had to give this a try and jump right into the cold water head-first! The...more

December 8, 2013 Sunday Million

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Before they wore the PokerStars Red Spade...

Long, long ago, there was a time when members of Team PokerStars were not even aware of poker. They didn't know how to hold their cards or rank hands, much less play a high/low split game. It's hard to believe but true. However, this was a time before PokerStars existed....more

Heavy going

Last time I told you guys about my trip to New Zealand. We had an amazing time down there and I think I learned some things that can help me not to tilt as much in the future. One thing I didn't tell you about was how I was almost...more

Eureka3 Prague: Day 2 level 14-18 updates (4,000/8,000 ante 1,000)

10.01pm: Break That's the end of level 18, you'll find level 18 updates in a new post. 10pm: How MacPhee grabbed the lead Getting a big hand is hard, getting it to hold even harder. But that's how Kevin MacPhee got a boost to 550,000 and since then he's built...more

Eureka3 Prague, Day 2: An orbit with Marcin Horecki and Christophe De Meulder

Two PokerStars Pros at the same table you say? More than enough of an excuse to spend an entire orbit at Table 2 watching proceedings then. The blinds during this orbit were 1,200/2,400 ante 300 and the chip counts are approximate eyes on counts. The button starts in seat three...more

Eureka3 Prague, Day 2: Seat open

Tournament rule no 673: No matter how many levels you play on Day 1a there will always be a mass of exits during the first level of Day 2. Anyone who's ever played a multi-day live tournament will know the above rule to be true, be there eight, nine, ten...more

Eureka3 Prague, Day 2: All under one roof

With 949 players showing up yesterday to add to the 366 from Day 1a, I didn't expect the combined field for Day 2 to weigh in at less than the 366 runners from Day 1a. But it was close and I imagine with the usual start of Day 2 carnage...more

9 December

Eureka3 Prague: Erik Soderholm leads biggest ever Eureka Poker Tour Main Event

Huge! Massive! Gargantuan! Out of this world! Whatever you want to call it Day 1b was by far the single biggest day ever on the Eureka Poker Tour. A humongous 949 players entered Day 1b, to put that in perspective the previous record attendance for an entire main event was...more

Eureka3 Prague, Day 1B: How go Team Pro?

There were an impressive number of Team PokerStars Pros and Team PokerStars Online players in the field today. Some, like Martin Hruby and Richard Toth took early baths but most made the dinner break. However, since then Mickey Petersen, Dale Philip and Juan Manuel Pastor have all busted. But as...more

Eureka3 Prague, Day 1B: Looking ahead to Season 4

Today has been the biggest ever day in Eureka Poker Tour history but no sooner had the team behind the tour celebrated that success then they were already looking forward to 2014. During the last break PokerStars Business Development Manager Jonathan Raab announced to the players here in Prague details...more

Eureka3 Prague, Day 1B: Half an orbit with Martin Hruby

Sometimes even the best laid plans go to ruin. Yesterday I attempted to do an orbit with Eugene Katchalov and then three hands in his table broke, no problem I just started again at his new table. Today I thought I'd spend an orbit with Czech Team PokerStars Pro Martin...more

Eureka3 Prague, Day 1B: Eight-pack

Everywhere you look today there are big name players, with big reputations, some with big results to back that up and others with major titles on their resume. There's of course some crossover. There are WSOP bracelet winners such as Tomas Junek and Alex Kravchenko. There are UKIPT champions such...more

One Tough Mudder

"I've tried to put a bit more emphasis on getting in better shape this year and have been stricter with my diet and exercise. One physical challenge that I really enjoyed doing was 'Tough Mudder', a military-style obstacle course that was set up in Whistler, BC. The challenge tested my...more

Eureka3 Prague, Day 1B: Getting in quielty

With respect to Australian sportsmen and Australian poker players they're not known for getting it quietly, see Mitchell Johnson or Tony G for exhibits A and B. However, there's one Australian poker player who's done a very good job at doing just that this year. The Aussie Wunderkid The player...more

Start the Rocky montage

I wrote this post on my way down to Tunica, a trip I've been taking more frequently of late. There's a reason for that... let me explain. When I'm at home in between events, I typically used to do what any stay-at-home Dad would do. I'd take the kids to...more

PokerStars weekend review (9 December 2013): sincinaty118 wins $421,972 in Sunday Million

Irish player sincinaty118 won $421,972 in the Sunday Million $5m guaranteed special this weekend. That's quite a bankroll spike heading into the festive season. Don't expect a lump of coal in their stocking this Christmas morning. That massive Sunday Million was part of the PokerStars December Festival, a huge jamboree...more

Eureka3 Prague, Day 1B: Keep them coming

We're now into level three here in Prague and they are rolling out poker tables as fast as possible at the Hilton Prague to cope with the massive turnout for Day 1b of Eureka Prague Main Event. Even EPT President Edgar Stuchly and Tournament Director Thomas Lamatsch have been lending...more

Eureka3 Prague, Day 1B: Initials not the only thing this tour has in common with the EPT

When you think of the EPT, now in it's tenth season, you think of big names, big fields and big prize pools. Well you can put a tick in all three boxes for the Eureka Poker Tour Main Event here in Prague. A mammoth 792 players are already in their...more

Sunday Million: Late run boosts Ireland's sincinaty118 to victory on Million Dollar Sunday

The Sunday Million is the crown jewel of the PokerStars Sunday majors, a tournament that every online grinder aspires to conquer someday. It's not rare to see familiar faces among the final table lineup, chasing some of the biggest prize money offered all week. But in this week's Million Dollar...more

Eureka3 Prague, Day 1B: Big but will it be the biggest?

Before a card is pitched in anger today we know that this will be the biggest ever Eureka Poker Tour Main Event. The total of 644, set here 12 months ago, is already eclipsed and with late registration open to the end of level four it may well end up...more

8 December

Sunday Warm-Up: No joke! nowayyaright goes worst-to-first for the win

The PokerStars Sunday Majors are already the best value in online poker, but today's promotion gave them a serious boost. Million Dollar Sunday kicked off here at PokerStars with a special $1,000,000 guarantee in the Sunday Warm-Up. The promise of twice the already formidable guarantee brought out the crowds. There...more

Gracastle garners Women's Sunday win

It's the second Sunday in December, and there are only a few more chances to win your way to the 2014 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure! There are multiple chances to get in every week through satellites, and the $215 Weekly Final still has a few more $3,300 PS Women Live prize...more

Eureka 3 Prague: Jean-Yves Mallat hammers the field to lead after Day 1A

If the opening event of the EPT & Eureka Prague Poker Festival is anything to go by then this festival is going to be massive. A total of 366 players played Day 1A of the Eureka Poker Tour Main Event and with over 400 already registered for Day 1B last...more

Eureka3 Prague, Day 1A: The anatomy of an all-in

Poker pundits and purists will argue forever more over whether poker is a spectator sport, whether live televised poker is better with cards up or cards down and how best to play ace-king. What's undeniable though, is that poker is often at its most exciting when there's an all-in, spectators...more

Eureka3 Prague, Day 1A: An orbit with Eugene Katchalov

The only Team Pro in the field today is Eugene Katchalov and the Ukrainian is flying the red spade high as he's got an above average stack of 50,000. With that in mind I decided to stop by his table and take in an orbit with him. The blinds during...more

Eureka3 Prague, Day 1A: Stacks of chips as players return from dinner

They say that you can't win a poker tournament on Day 1 you can only lose it. And whilst it's true that it's very rare for a player to go wire to wire, it should be. Only one person can win after all and the chip leader at the end...more

Eureka3 Prague, Day 1A: Money for nothing

It's not often you can finish outside the money in a poker tournament but still win nearly five times the buy-in. That's a scenario that may come to fruition this week for Alberto Fiorilla. The young Italian currently sits fifth in the Eureka3 Leader Board on 100.7 points. His lofty...more

Eureka3 Prague, Day 1A: Salter and Salter

The name Salter and Salter might sound like an accountancy firm and in a way it is, although you won't find it on yell.com. No Salter and Salter is a poker business headed up by brothers Jack and Louis Salter who are both playing here in Prague today. The brothers...more

Eureka3 Prague, Day 1A: Home run?

At any poker tournament numbers play an integral part. Be it the pot odds of making a call, the number of big blinds you have or the number of players in the tournament. So try this number cruncher for size: 3rd, 12th, 36th, 15th, 11th, 20th and 4th. Those numbers...more

Eureka3 Prague: Fantastic finale to Season 3 underway

Hello and welcome to Prague for the start of an 11 day poker party. It begins, as it did last year, with Eureka Prague a €1,100 no-limit Hold'em event and the final act in Season 3 of the Eureka Poker Tour. And this is no sideshow to the EPT, for...more

6 December

December Festival: $5m Sunday Million this weekend

This weekend the Sunday Million will carry an enormous $5,000,000 guarantee as part of the December Festival. That's one huge prize pool for a $215 buy-in (which you can, of course, satellite into for significantly less). There's also a ramped-up version of the Sunday Warm-Up during the first of two...more

Final table deal? No, thanks

I play the Super Tuesday fairly regularly on PokerStars. That's the weekly $1,050 No-limit Hold'em tournament that has been getting bigger and bigger lately. It's a great tournament, and the winners are now getting more than $100,000 pretty much every week. With the prize pool so big, deals at the...more

5 December

Share the wealth

[Public service announcement: I have poker buddies on multiple continents who will have difficulty believing I wrote the following blog post. But I did. Feel free to contact me and ask obscure questions to confirm that I haven't been replaced by an alternate Lee Jones] You know, it has to...more

Domenico Drammis wins the IPT5 Grand Final and €135,000

Italian player Domenico Drammis won the title and €135,000 at the Season 5 PokerStars Italian Poker Tour Saint Vincent Grand Final. Drammis beat a field of 914 players at the Casino De La Vallee, where the IPT Main Event generated a €558,546 prize pool. Drammis's beat fellow Italian Gianpaolo Eramo...more

Love on the cards

Poker-wise I haven't been doing too much lately, but I have been keeping busy: I got married! Actually, my wife, Vanessa, and I have been legally married for about three years already, and we even have a family started with a couple of children, Emma and Madita. But a few...more

World number one tennis player Rafa Nadal to face Brazilian football legend Ronaldo in charity poker tournament

World number one tennis player Rafa Nadal revealed today that he will take on Brazilian footballing legend Ronaldo at a live charity poker tournament taking place on December 12, 2013 as part of the European Poker Tour (EPT) Prague poker festival. The tournament, which was announced in November, will be...more

4 December

Marathon man Mikhail 'innerpsy' Shalamov

I once played a marathon session of poker of 40,000 hands in 18.5 hours. It was a real test of mental endurance and power of will. I decided to put myself to another marathon test - this time of the running variety. My road to the New York Marathon started...more

The wedding dash

I decided to play the WPT event at the Seminole Hard Rock for two reasons. One was the $10 million guarantee and the other was because I promised Vanessa Selbst I would go to her wedding. The tournament was in Miami and it had three Day Ones (Thursday, Friday, and...more

CMoosepower grabs 12/3/13 Super Tuesday by antlers, wins after six-way chop

Another huge field turned out this week for the Super Tuesday, with the 635 entrants tying for the fourth-largest Super Tuesday field ever (the record being 663). That meant $635,000 was up for grabs -- more than twice the $300K guarantee -- with the top 72 finishers splitting up the...more

3 December

Jealousy in poker: An honest look at the green monster

Jealousy used to be my least favorite emotion because of its vicious circularity. I'd feel bad because I want something a friend has and then I felt extra bad that I felt that way in the first place. I've always been way more jealous about achievements than personal relationships. When...more

The Isle of Man through my eyes

Editor's note: PokerStars' Fatima Moreira de Melo was a little busy to write anything for us while she was in the Isle of Man recently (the reason will become apparent very soon), but she was nice enough to send us some photos of her time on the island. The Sefton...more

December 1, 2013 Sunday Million

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2 December

UKIPT4 Nottingham 6-max: An emotional Ben Mayhew triumphs in final table thriller

There were four reports that could have been written tonight, each detailing how a talented player took top honours in the UKIPT4 Nottingham 6-max Main Event. All the finalists coming back to Dusk Till Dawn this afternoon were entitled to have one eye on the winner's trophy, having demonstrated the...more

PokerStars LIVE Macau expands cash game operations

PokerStars LIVE Macau has expanded its cash game operations and, if you haven't already, (you should checkout this article about the new PokerPro tables). Home of Asia's biggest and richest tournaments, the poker room now offers eight cash game tables of the widest range of limits in Macau to accommodate...more

My trip to the Isle of Man

Not long ago I was able to go to the Isle of Man for the recent UKIPT event. While I was there, I had a chance to visit PokerStars' headquarters. It was a great trip, and I thought I'd share some impressions from it. Before getting to the Isle of...more

Weekend review: Seeing double, getting rich, eying gold

Before you read any more, you need to know this: Today, PokerStars' December Festival is launching its Golden Sit & Gos. Between now and December 8, you will find up to $500,000 in prize money. If you end up in one of them, you could end up winning lots more...more

UKIPT4 Nottingham 6-max: Final table level 24-29 updates (50,000/100,000, 10,000 ante)

8.30pm: Ben Mayhew wins UKIPT4 Nottingham 6-max (£72,840) It's all over and Ben Mayhew has won the UKIPT4 Nottingham 6-max Main Event. Here's what happened on the final hand... Tony Salmon raised to 200,000 from the small blind, Mayhew moved all-in from the big blind and Salmon called. Salmon: 6♣6♥...more

1 December

Sunday Million II: Van Razor swiftly slices up field, earns $177K

Sunday's "Double Vision" promotion meant a second Sunday Million was added this week, meaning players had an extra chance at PokerStars' popular $215 no-limit hold'em tournament with the $1 million guarantee. The Sunday Million II started a half-hour later than the regular Sunday Million, but actually ended a few minutes...more

Stefan "mindgamer" Jedlicka wins the Sunday Million for $223k six weeks after runner-up finish

On October 21st, Stefan "mindgamer" Jedlicka was one elimination away from winning the Sunday Million. Heads-up with semaj2 at a 3 to 1 chip disadvantage, Jedlicka was about to score the double-up he so desperately needed when semaj2 rivered a flush, ending Jedlicka's run just short of the top spot....more

Sunday Warm-Up II: D_DIGGLER99 tops Leandro "leopeluca" Csome heads-up; Ramdin 9th

It's standard for critics to pile on the jeers when it comes to sequels. It only stands to reason -- for every Terminator 2, The Empire Strikes Back, or The Godfather, Part II, there are hundreds of disappointing second parts for those hoping for something approaching whatever pleasures were afforded...more

Sunday Warm-Up: Picture perfect, newArt!st wins first Warm-Up title of Double Vision night

The first edition of the Sunday Warm-up tonight would welcome a couple of past PokerStars online and live event champions to its final table. The Double Vision promotion attracted the sharks tonight with a total of 7,207 runners between both versions of the Sunday Warm-Up both soundly going over the...more

Women's Sunday: @ANAVI@301 takes the top spot after three-way deal

To win a tournament, you will not only have to survive a few bad beats... you're bound to give a few as well. So it went at this final table. At first zzzFFFzzz was on fortune's side, cracking pocket tens with pocket nines and pocket queens with ace-nine to take...more

UKIPT4 Nottingham 6-max: David Clifton-Burraway takes narrow lead into Main Event final

It was a day full of surprises, but the final table of the UKIPT Nottingham 6-max now has a final table in place. The field was reduced from 31 to just six in a little more than eight-and-a-half hours, pushing former chip leaders and notables aside to make way for...more

UKIPT4 Nottingham 6-max: Day 3 level 21-24 updates (15,000/30,000, 4,000 ante)

8.50pm: Here's how they'll line up for the final 1. Tim Hong Wong - 447,000 2. Sergio Aido Espina - 1,342,000 3. Ben Vinson - 1,648,000 4. David Clifton-Burraway - 2,200,000 5. Tony Salmon -- 1,996,000 6. Ben Mayhew - 1,451,000 8.30pm: Richard Lawlor out in seventh place -- final...more

UKIPT4 Nottingham 6-max: Day 3 level 17-20 updates (6,000/12,000, 1,000 ante)

4.35pm: Break time The players are now on a 15 minute break. You'll find level 21 updates in a new post. -- NW 4.30pm: Sykes wins a big one from Clifton-Burraway I only caught the action from the turn, but Jamie Sykes fired out 75,000 into a pot of 130,000...more

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