PokerStars weekend review (06-10-2013)
You know that the 100 Billion Hand Celebration milestones are paying out at PokerStars right now? You do know that, right? Every million hands that pass by, all the way up to the colossal 100,000,000,000th hand, PokerStars are giving away a load of free money at the cash game tables. It's one of the (many) times that we at the Blog get particularly frustrated that we're not allowed to play. Another of those times will definitely be when that massive hand drops, or basically every Sunday because we don't get to play any of these fantastic tournaments. You can check out who has been winning the milestone hands, such as Chip-phage who was awarded a bonus $10,071. More than half-a-million dollars has been given out so far.
We don't get to play the Sunday Million tournament, such as the won by ~The$amurai~ for $186,906.21 after a heads-up chop, which you can read about here.
Nor are we allowed to play the Sunday Warm-Up, which was topped sms2306 for $93,415. You can read about that here, but you won't see any of our names in the payouts.
In theory, there's nothing stopping us from becoming pro tennis players and entering the French Open so we've got not excuses on that front. Yesterday, Team PokerStars SportStar Rafa Nadal beat David Ferrer in straight sets to become the first male tennis player to win eight Grand Slams at the same tournament stop. It really is one of the greatest ever sporting achievements, especially when you consider that he may have a few more finals at Roland Garros in him. Roger Federer and Pete Sampras had both notched up seven each at Wimbledon, but when it comes to clay courts Nadal is pretty much unbeatable. Find out more about his historic win here.
Elsewhere in the world, Colombian Weider Gutierrez was busy winning LAPT Colombia for COP165,244,000 ($86,765), which you can read about here, while earlier in the week Niklas Heinecker became the latest in a growing group of German High Roller wizards to win big when he beat Jeff Rossiter heads up for $4.5 million winning the first ever GDAM Main Event in Macau.
A big congratulations to Team PokerStars Online's Randy 'nanonoko' Lew who finished 6th in the $10,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold'em event at the WSOP for $54,024. And a good luck to Team PokerStars Pros Joe Cada and Barry Greenstein who are 9th and 12th of the remaining 15 players in Event #17: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em. It's $518,755 for the win.
Rick Dacey is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.