January 2015

31 January

APPT9 Aussie Millions Day 5: Slow start before first fallen

Sure, $160,000 is a lot of money but when you've had more than 36 hours to let it sink in and all you can think about is $1.6 million, the amount perhaps starts to shrink in your mind. This is maybe one of the reasons the Aussie Millions Main Event...more

TCOOP 2015: Barakuda229 feasts on the competition in Event #44 ($33 Saturday Speedway Special Edition)

The 2015 TCOOP's penultimate day came to a close with an event that drew one of its largest fields. 6,218 players flocked to this special edition of the Satuday Speedway and created a $186,540.00 prize pool. 810 places were paid with first place set to earn a $29,178.60 return off...more

APPT9 Aussie Millions Day 5: Final fight for glory

Seven players had 1.6 million reasons to sleep like babies last night. Those same reasons may have also kept them up in a nervous sweat. Regardless, today is the day they fight it out for the 2015 Aussie Millions Main Event title. Feigned faces of confidence or legitimate calm composure?...more

TCOOP 2015: Purple Tello wins $17K, Duhamel 5th in Event #43, $109 NLO/8 (6-max, Hyper-Turbo)

One hour and 47 minutes isn't a lot of time. Only about half of tomorrow's Super Bowl between Seattle and New England will be finished in that amount of time, and on the Eurostar train, you would only get about three-quarters of the way from Paris to London in that...more

TCOOP 2015: Brazil's preTu.ras survives bad beat-heavy final table to win Event #42 $82 NL

On the eve of the final day of 2015 TCOOP, Event #42 came down to a Brazilian and Argentinian at a final table that was infested with and haunted by bad beats. preTu.ras seized the lead after cracking Kings with Big Slick to knock out fellow Brazilian O_Rappa_BR in third...more

TCOOP 2015: DeFrag3 cleans up Event #41 ($215 PLO, Heads-Up, Super KO)

Nothing subtle about the fast completion of TCOOP 2015's Event #41 Pot-Limit Omaha, Heads-up, Super Knockout tournament. Getting through eleven matches of a game which requires players to channel their inner gambler at a speed seen at a Formula One race takes equal parts patience and degeneracy. Jorge "twin-caracas" Arias...more

FPS Deauville: PokerStars player Ivan Luca leads into the final day

With 152 players left on the second to last day of FPS Deauville, the chances of reaching the final table within eight levels always looked to be very slim. By the end of level 26 (20,000/40,000/5,000), there were still 22 players left, all vying for the €197,000 prize that awaits...more

TCOOP 2015: chilenocl rides to victory in Event #40 ($215 HORSE)

chilenocl started the final table near the middle of the pack and laid low for a bit. Then, when play got four-handed, the short-stacked chilenocl won hand after hand and eliminated every other player at the table. This is chilenocl's first COOP title and the Chilean player won $13,975.50 for...more

FPS Deauville: Level 23-26 updates (20,000/40,000/5,000)

For level 19-22 updates, click here 9.20pm: Play has now For a full recap on the day, please check back here shortly. 9.16pm: Huge double for Figueiras A huge double up at the end for PokerStars qualifier Yohan Figueiras. He was all in for just shy of 1.3 million in...more

APPT9 Aussie Millions: Richard Yong, king of the high rollers

One of the premier poker events in the world, the Aussie Millions $100,000 Challenge, has come to an end with Malaysian businessman Richard Yong claiming his first major championship victory and top prize of $1.87 million. A staggering 70 entries started out for this event to create a prize pool...more

FPS Deauville: Level 19-22 updates (8,000/16,000/2,000)

For level 23 updates please click here. 4.20pm: Break time Players are now on a 15-minute break. 4.09pm: Ribeiro takes the lead PokerStars qualifier Joao Ribeiro looks to be the first player over 2 million. The Portuguese player has built a veritable yellow and grey castle from all his chips....more

APPT9 Aussie Millions: Final Table Player Profiles

After four gruelling days of play inside the Crown Poker Room, the 2015 Aussie Millions Main Event has reached the final table. One of these seven players will be the toast of Melbourne on Sunday night with 1.6 million reasons to celebrate. Let's get to know our Aussie Millions Main...more

30 January

APPT9 Aussie Millions: Now you see me, now you don't

The $100,000 Challenge has just kicked off in the custom-built TV studio in the new Exhibition Hall of Crown Melbourne. After a few days break, the final eight players have returned to play it out for the top prize of $1.87 million and of course the Aussie Millions gold ring....more

APPT9 Aussie Millions: Australian Summer brings a Deep Freeze

It may be a rest day in the Aussie Millions Main Event but that doesn't mean the action stops in the Crown Poker Room. Quite the opposite in fact, as a very busy day greets us this fine Saturday in Melbourne. There are two Aussie Millions gold championship rings set...more

TCOOP 2015: Maden2k fixes them up in Event #39 ($82 FL Holdem 6-Max Turbo)

A few years ago, Fixed Limit Holdem was the game of choice. Nowadays, people tend to prefer the No Limit variety, but when you combine a turbo-charged structure and the lure of a big prize pool, then Limit Holdem suddenly becomes more exciting. Event #39 of the Turbo Championship of...more

TCOOP 2015: Freibeat unleashes beatdowns en route to victory in Super-KO Event #38 ($215 NL Ante Up, Progressive KO)

Ante Up Progressive Super-KO sounds like a really pretentious hipster band from Brooklyn, but for poker enthusiasts this was one of the more festive events on the TCOOP slate. Blinds were set in stone at 5/5 but the rapidly escalating antes and the progressive super-KO feature that made this a...more

FPS Deauville: Hattab leads into the penultimate day

A day full of action here in Deauville has finally come to a close a little later than scheduled due to a prolonged bubble period. At the start of the day there were 658 players, but over the course of eight one-hour levels approximately 500 of those have fallen by...more

TCOOP 2015: The sun rises on MSC1121 in Event #37 ($82 NLHE 6-Max)

The final three in this short, sweet 6-max event know a little about close calls. 1jos2 once took third in the Sunday Million. Zidix finished third in a Mini FTOPS two years ago. And MSC1121 ended up one spot short of a WCOOP title in 2012's Event #20 ($215 FL...more

TCOOP 2015: Main Event coming this weekend

Of all the events PokerStars hosts throughout the year, this weekend's has to be one of the best. This Sunday, the Turbo Championship of Online Poker will hit warp speed with the $2 million guaranteed Main Event. The $700 buy-in event may seem a little steep, but how often do...more

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FPS Deauville: Level 17-18 updates (3,000/6,000/1,000)

8.30pm Level 18 - 3,000/6,000 (1,000) The level is officially going up now but there's only around twenty minutes orso left before play ends. A full recap of the day is here. 8.20pm: Three exits in one hand, bubble prize split Four all ins, three exits, two cash prizes, one...more

TCOOP 2015: swissoz sweeps to almost-$5K score in Event #36 ($27 NL 5-Card Draw, Re-Entry)

What makes poker poker? Is it the cards and hand rankings? The bets and bluffs? The money or something else meaningful to be risked and won? Poker is an incredibly flexible game, admitting all sorts of different variations and rules, yet no matter how wild the cards get, all versions...more

FPS Deauville: ElkY eliminated with the bubble in sight

Team PokerStars Pro Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier had developed quite a rail in the far corner, but anyone hoping that he would be having a deep run in the French Poker Series will now be sorely disappointed. ElkY had pushed all in preflop from the button with both blinds calling and...more

FPS Deauville: Brecard healthy; side event round-up

Team PokerStars Pro Julian Brecard just came by the media room and everyone (given that it's mostly French journalists at this point) were assuming the worst. But Brecard had instead come to steal a cigarette for a celebratory smoke. "I've just doubled," he said, "aces against queens, I have 160,000...more

APPT9 Aussie Millions Day 4: Levy bubbles as Final Table set

Day 4 of the 2015 Aussie Millions Main Event is over and we have ourselves a final table of seven. Lennart Uphoff. Anthony Legg. Joel Douaglin. Brian Rast. James Rann. Richard Lyndaker. Manny Stavropoulos. One of those players will be crowned the 2015 Aussie Millions Champion. It was a wild...more

FPS Deauville: Differing fortunes for Team PokerStars Pro

As expected, the first level of Day 2 has been packed full of eliminations. The sound of players riffling with chips is only matched by dealer cries of "Player down!" which echo across the room with incredible frequency. Team PokerStars Pro Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier The tournament is already over for...more

APPT9 Aussie Millions Day 4: Ebbs and flows

Day 4 of the Aussie Millions Main Event has been a dramatic ride so far. The first three hours of play saw us lose 18 players. The next three hours saw us lose just one. Some people may look at that and struggle to comprehend how on Earth that can...more

FPS Deauville: Huge field returns for Day 2

The second day of this record-breaking event is about to get underway here at Casino Deauville. There are 658 players remaining from the 1,355 in the tournament - to put that into context, there were only 542 players from a field of 1,738 who returned for Day 2 of Eureka4...more

Migration of Remaining EU countries to PokerStars.EU and FullTilt.EU

In December 2011, PokerStars obtained a license from the Maltese Lotteries and Gaming Authority. In December 2012, Full Tilt also obtained a license from Malta. Since each of these dates, we have increasingly provided gaming services to players in more European countries from our base in Malta, with a view...more

29 January

APPT9 Aussie Millions Day 4: Raiden, Finish Him!

Most people reading our Aussie Millions coverage may not have heard of the name Yew Fatt Kan, but as the man with the biggest stack in the Crown Poker Room, he's a man worth getting to know. Former Malaysian resident, now playing under the flag of Hong Kong, "Raiden" Kan...more

APPT9 Aussie Millions Day 4: The rarity of the back-to-back

It's bloody tough to win a poker tournament. So imagine how hard it is to win two of them. Or the statistical improbably of somehow winning two in a row? We've crunched the numbers and discovered that the odds of going back-to-back are so small that it's officially defined by...more

TCOOP 2015: nicebetman with even nicer win in Event #35 PLO 4-Max

Pot-limit Omaha is a true test of faith; your ultimate future comes down to hitting your big draws, or fading your opponent's monster draws. During TCOOP Event #34 4-max PLO, Russia's nicebetman took a pair of Aces into battle for the final decisive hand against Austria's ILLE_RABAT. By the time...more

TCOOP 2015: TONY MONT211 blows away cocoojones in Event #34 ($215 NLHE Re-Entry)

TONY MONT211 may have walked away with his first TCOOP title this evening, but Younas "cocoojones" Roenhoff is laughing all the way to the bank. With five players remaining, cocoojones controlled 30 of the 48 big blinds still in play while his opponents' stacks ranged from three to nine big...more

APPT9 Aussie Millions Day 4: The final table awaits

For some of the 30 players returning for Day 4 of the Aussie Millions Main Event, this may very well be the most important day in their lives. Not just their poker careers - their entire life. Sure, there's your wedding day. Or the birth of your child. But today...more

TCOOP 2015: gettingpwned tops three-way chop for $10K in Event #33, $82 Razz (Turbo)

Most of the TCOOP schedule is filled with the kind of games like shorthanded no-limit hold'em, pot-limit Omaha, and others that we already tend to think of as action-oriented. But a turbo structure can give even more traditionally staid varieties of poker a jolt, including seven-card stud. All three varieties...more

TCOOP 2015: Phemo flies through Event #32 ($7.50+R NLHE 3x-Turbo)

Sometimes, things just go your way. Today, things went well for Phemo. Phemo started the final table with the chip lead, lost it momentarily but then came back with a vengeance and eliminated more than half of the players at the final table. It was a relatively quick victory for...more

FPS Deauville: Mann in charge

Like yesterday, Day 1B saw another huge field to create a record-breaking prize pool for the France Poker Series. Over 880 players put up €1,000 to make a field that breached the 1,300 mark. With numbers still to be confirmed as well as the prize pool, there's no doubt that...more

FPS Deauville: Operation Haystack

As Day 1B heads towards its conclusion, there's a top-secret classified mission that myself and the rest of the poker media are getting ready to engage in. It's finding the chip leader with around 520 players still remaining, also know as Operation Haystack. There are multiple targets of opportunity at...more

FPS Deauville: Big names sans big stacks

Like bees to nectar, the seven-figure prize pool has drawn in many of Europe's big names into the France Poker Series in Deauville. Among those who made it into the tournament before registration closed were Team PokerStars Pros Eugene Katchalov (29,000) and Bertrand Grospellier (32,000), joining the likes of Marcin...more

Gryp5i on his TCOOP win and how to make a bad day great

Talking to some of the TCOOP winners from the class of 2015 you pick up on a familiar theme. They play TCOOP because they love poker, but also because it's quick. Not everyone has the time to invest in a 12 hour (often longer) tournament, what with jobs and families...more

FPS Deauville: Julian Brecard on baths and fatherhood

Scouring the record field today, there's few who'll know how to play against a big French field than Team PokerStars Pro Julian Brecard. During the last break, he briefly took time to chat. Hey Julian, how are things going today? Pretty good, I arrived about two hours late because I...more

Approaching poker like a runner approaches a marathon

I just got home after a three-week trip to the PCA and traveling a bit around the US. While the whole trip was fantastic (and a proper trip report is in order), I'd like to hone in on one particular part. Every year at the PCA we have our Team...more

APPT9 Aussie Millions Day 3: Kan controls star-studded final 30

Bubbles were burst, money was made, and a tear was even shed. Day 3 of the 2015 Aussie Millions was a perfect example of the roller coaster ride that is a big buy-in poker tournament. No one rode that roller coaster to higher peaks than Hong Kong's Raiden Kan as...more

TCOOP 2015: Antanas "Nr1InEurope" Bakaitis on his win, as four new champions are crowned

We mentioned yesterday how there had been no repeat winners in TCOOP 2015, not even double 'COOP winners, with 27 first time champions. But, it was not for lack of trying. For Antanas "Nr1InEurope" Bakaitis, Event #26 of TCOOP 2015 was the first one he played. Because when you have...more

APPT9 Aussie Millions: Moving pictures from Melbourne

There's only so much the written word can convey about any given situation. And maybe some people just couldn't be bothered reading. Luckily, PokerStars.tv hostess Sarah Herring is in Melbourne to bring us plenty of video interviews and features straight from the 2015 Aussie Millions. Sarah Grant interviews Van Marcus...more

FPS Deauville: An international flavour

The numbers continue to climb here in Deauville with over 850 players now registered today. The tournament room is a considerable space but already almost every table is now in use. "Dealers, you may deal to stack number two," came an announcement over the loudspeaker as a steady stream of...more

APPT9 Aussie Millions Day 3: Raw emotions of bubble excitement

The bubble is perhaps the tensest time in any poker tournament, with players scrambling to lock up a payday for their hours of effort at the felt. With the bubble bursting today here at the Aussie Millions Main Event, we thought we'd first take a look at some of the...more

FPS Deauville: Breaking records once more

I was heading downstairs to check the tournament area and the number of runners who had already bought in for Day 1B of the France Poker Series only to have my journey curtailed by a literal battalion of dealers, all resplendent in their black shirts and waistcoats, who were filtering...more

City of Dreams Manila grand opening this Monday

Do you not know?! Have you not heard? The Grand Opening for the entire City of Dreams Manila complex is this Monday, February 2. The venue, along with the 'PokerStars LIVE Manila' poker room, will make their official launch in style with what is being dubbing the 'Concert of Dreams'....more

28 January

APPT9 Aussie Millions Day 3: Levy hoping third time's a charm

Tell someone you finished 13th of 681 entrants in a world-class $10,000 buy-in poker tournament and they might say "congratulations!" Say that just a couple of years later you finished 15th of 659 in the same event and they might exclaim that it was excellent effort to make it so...more

APPT9 Aussie Millions Day 3: Riding in taxis with Bryan

It's funny how the small things in life can have such a big effect on someone. For Huang it was a simple ride in a taxi and a single conversation with the inspiring 55-year old driver who had taught himself English while supporting a family so he could achieve his...more

APPT9 Aussie Millions Day 3: Bursting for money

Day 3 of the Aussie Millions Main event - the dreaded bubble day. Well, dreaded for some. For others, today is about securing cash and putting themselves in the best position to make a run at the title. And the $1.6 million that the eventual champion will take home. Money,...more

TCOOP 2015: umaebitz recovers to blitz Event #31 ($82 Stud H/L Turbo)

How do you make Stud Hi-Lo exciting? Some might say deal a flop, but how about adding a turbo-charged twist to the action? Suddenly chips are all in on third street and it's actually pretty exciting when you have two full boards to sweat on an all-in! Today's TCOOP Stud...more

TCOOP 2015: super80 1-Ups HeadShotFyoV in Event #30 ($11+R PLO 6-Max, 3x-Turbo)

Australia's HeadShotFyoV currently uses a photo of rookie NFL quarterback Johnny Manziel as his avatar. The Cleveland Browns #2 QB wears the #2 jersey and rode the bench for most of this season; media darling "Johnny Football" relegated to the role of Johnny Bridesmaid. Is he just a really big...more

TCOOP 2015: jstclkdabtn clicks, repeats, wins $24K in Event #29, $215 NLHE (6-max, Shootout, Progressive Super-KO, Turbo)

Of all the various tournament payout structures in play during the Turbo Championship of Online Poker, there are probably none more exciting than the Progressive Super-Knockout. Every knockout throughout the tournament is worth more money than the last, leading to bounty totals that often loom over most of the traditional...more

FPS Deauville: Koskas crushes the competition

When you're just a single person swimming in a great sea of (mostly) French poker players, discovering a chip leader is going to be incredibly difficult, especially when the field had increased by more than 40% on last year's Day 1A and there are still more than 200 players at...more

FPS Deauville: Three big stacks in a row...I mean two big stacks

Usually at this point of the evening, the search for a chip leader is on and a great rule of thumb for a blogger is to look for stacks of 100,000 or more, so imagine my surprise when I went over to check out table 25 and saw three players...more

TCOOP 2015: OMGRubCasco claims Event #28 title; Jacobson, Fierro go deep ($82 NLHE Re-Entry)

Tournaments with thousands of entries finishing in under five hours. Final tables lasting not even 30 minutes. And players making deep runs earning huge scores for relatively small buy-ins. That's TCOOP, and Event #28 -- an $82 no-limit hold'em tournament with five-minute levels and the ability to re-enter up to...more

TCOOP 2015: Billy Chattaway's secret history

We know Billy Chattaway doesn't deal. He will not compromise. He wants to be the champion. He wants to end up on top. I mean, really, he'll just lay it out there: he is No Deal Bill. Got it? No deals! Won the PLO Tcoop #5 , had to let...more

PokerStars' Brad Willis nominated for American Poker Award

It gives everyone at PokerStars great pleasure to announce that our Head of Blogging, Brad Willis, has been nominated in the inaugural GPI American Poker Awards, details of which were released today. Willis is one of four writers nominated for the award in the category of "Poker Media Content of...more

FPS Deauville: Ronan Monfort on tournaments and living in Malta

Two years ago, Team PokerStars Pro Online Ronan Monfort had his biggest ever live result when he finished 3rd at the FPS event in Deauville for €60,000. During the break, I had a short chat with him about playing in the French Poker Series and living in Malta. So a...more

So you want to be a cash game player?

One of the questions I get asked the most is: how should I study poker? What books should I read? How can I improve my game? A few months ago my fellow Team Pro Online member André Coimbra wrote an excellent series on how to study poker, both for low...more

TCOOP 2015: Four more first time winners

Not that we want to make a habit of mentioning such things, goodness knows how long we harped on about double winners on the European Poker Tour, but we're still waiting for a double winner in this year's Turbo Championship of Online Poker. Actually not just a double TCOOP winner...more

FPS Deauville: Arrive late, chip up quickly

As level four draws to a close, the board now reads a total of 467 players, an increase of 40 per cent on last year and registration is still open for another half hour. These days it's very popular for many players to join at this point, just when the...more

Monster Pot Report: Four of the biggest hands of all time

It was all guns blazing at the Play Money nosebleed stakes this week with no fewer than four hands entering the all-time top 10 biggest pots (with one subsequently being pushed down to 11th). The biggest action was a result of several clashes between Italy's 'viziato1991', America's 'GQ Jay29' and...more

ACOP Platinum Series returns!

The ACOP Platinum Series returns to the 'PokerStars LIVE at the City of Dreams Macau' poker room this February 3-8, and once again features the HK$5,500 Main Event which comes with a HK$500,000 guarantee. Last year, the Main Event averaged 265 players and the four Platinum Series had over 2,700...more

FPS Deauville: Breaking the record

Players are currently enjoying level 3 of the day. There are 440 players at this point which is already nearly 100 more than Day 1A last year. Back then 328 players stump up €1,000 to take a shot on Day 1A, and with registration open until the end of the...more

FPS Deauville: Let's get this party started

With 2015 still in its infancy, all eyes have turned to Deauville and the Gallic shores of Normandy for the first major poker event of the year on European soil. The Deauville festival runs from the 28th of January until the 7th of February when the latest European Poker tour...more

APPT9 Aussie Millions Day 2: Suchanek at it again

Lots of things happened on Day 2 of the 2015 Aussie Millions. Firstly, registration closed and the event was locked out at 648 entrants. That also meant the cash was tallied up and the prize pool information was released with the top 72 players set to make the money and...more

APPT9 Aussie Millions Day 2: Best hands off the felt

As Day 2 of the Aussie Millions Main Event has the Crown Poker Room full with budding hopefuls, the long hours and pressure may be getting to some players. The team from Best Hands Shiatsu Massage are doing their best to relieve the stress, however, offering onsite in-chair massages all...more

APPT9 Aussie Millions Day 2: International cash growth

You know the team at the Asia Pacific Poker Tour and Crown Poker must have high standards if they feel any sort of disappointment at hosting a world-class $10,600 buy-in tournament with 648 total entrants. But it's that sort of attitude that has ensured the Aussie Millions has stayed the...more

27 January

Nik "Reraiseallin" Persaud perseveres, tops tough 1/27/15 Super Tuesday field for $108K

Every week the Super Tuesday -- the weekly $1,050 no-limit hold'em tournament at PokerStars -- attracts super-sized fields full of super tough players, including some of the best tourney players online today. This week was no exception, with another final table full of familiar usernames from which Nik "Reraiseallin" Persaud...more

TCOOP 2015: shalomrum sizzles in Event #27 ($27+R NLHE 2xTurbo)

It seems like the PokerStars Turbo Championship of Online Poker only just started, but already we are 27 events into the 2015 TCOOP schedule. But I guess that's the nature of the Turbo. Blink and you'll miss it! Today's offering was an event that took a whole five hours to...more

APPT9 Aussie Millions Day 2: Van Marcus inducted in Australian Poker Hall of Fame

"We would like to congratulate Van Marcus on being inducted into the Australian Poker Hall of Fame," Joe Hachem exclaimed up on the podium before play on Day 2 of the Aussie Millions Main Event. "C'mon up Van!" At this point the story would usually go that Van strolled up...more

TCOOP 2015: Nr1InEurope is the funk master in Event #26 ($27 Stud)

James Brown is regarded as the Godfather of Soul. Seven-card Stud mirrors James Brown because when you get down to it, Stud is really the soul of poker. When you think about it, the "Poker Godfather of Soul" has a nice ring to it. Tonight, the hardest-working poker player in...more

APPT9 Aussie Millions Day 2: The true grind begins

Today is when the true grind begins. All the nerves and anticipation of playing Day 1 of the Aussie Millions Main event has dissipated. Now it's down to business. This Day 2 is kind of like Wednesday in a long working week - 'hump day' if you will. Lots of...more

TCOOP 2015: gryp5i comes through in the clutch to win Event #25 ($215 NLHE 8-Max)

Sometimes folding in a spot where most would shove makes you an extra twelve grand. Sometimes turning down a deal when your 6BB stack begs to take it can yield an additional $47,000. And nearly all the time, especially in high-stakes turbo MTTs, running hot at the perfect moment can...more

TCOOP 2015: jungledancer keeps beat, bests field in Event #24 ($109 PLO H/L 6-Max)

Short-handed pot-limit Omaha Hi/Lo was the game for Event #24 of this year's Turbo Championship of Online Poker, with the tourney's $109 price tag proving attractive enough for a big field of 1,201 to take part. That group built a prize pool of $120,100 between them -- better than the...more

APPT9 Aussie Millions Day 1c: AJ leads largest and final flight

The biggest stars, the largest field, the most chips. The third and final Day 1 flight of the 2015 Aussie Millions Main Event had it all. In the end there were 286 entrants for the day, which eclipsed the 183 and 173 of the first two Day 1 Flights. That...more

Train your brain

Maybe you're one of those people who plays by feel and instinct alone. If so, more power to you. Good luck with that. However, if you're a person who counts on the big noodle in your head to make sense of why that guy just check-raised you on a dry...more

TCOOP 2015: Four more titles as Series reaches halfway stage

Another day in TCOOP 2015 and four more champions, each winning five-figure pay outs in the space of a couple of hours. It means we're almost at the half way stage of this year's Series. But while there have already been 24 new champions (no repeat winners as yet), there...more

APPT9 Aussie Millions Day 1c: Where it was, how far it's come & what it means

"I'm all about the enormity and history of the Aussie Millions," Crown Poker Tournament Director Joel Williams tells us with a glint in his eye. Williams has been in the role as head honcho of the room for just under 18 months. This is only his second Aussie Millions. But...more

APPT9 Aussie Millions Day 1c: Fear the Player of the Year

As Flight 3 of the Aussie Millions Main Event had the Crown Poker Room bustling, the second break of the day saw 2014 ANZ Player of the Year David Lim officially awarded his trophy. "It felt really great receiving the actual award here at the Aussie Millions, it was an...more

26 January

APPT9 Aussie Millions Day 1c: Aditya driving Indian poker to new heights

"Adi is almost a god to the indian poker community," APPT President Danny McDonagh told us during the early stages of Flight 3 of the 2015 Aussie Millions Main Event. Is there any description more flattering than being referred to as a 'god'? That's a big weight to bare for...more

APPT9 Aussie Millions Day 1c: Moment of truth

Today is the third and final Day 1 flight of the 2015 Aussie Millions Poker Championship. It's the moment of truth. You see, the first two Day 1 flights have already surpassed last year's equivalent days by a combined 27 entrants. That means Flight 3 only needs 312 players to...more

TCOOP 2015: Sherfy sprints to Hyper-Turbo victory in Event #23 ($215 NL 6-Max)

The great 20th Century philosopher Ferris Bueller once said, "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around for a while, you could miss it." Ferris Bueller would have loved Hyper-Turbo tournaments with three-minute blinds because you can experience a lifetime of drama in under two hours. 1...more

TCOOP 2015: QOTSAfan ain't worth a dollar, feels like a millionaire after Event #22 win ($82 FL Omaha Hi/Lo)

For a brief time two years ago, Allan "Yaba" Drake was a breath away from topping the TCOOP leaderboard. He won 2013's second TCOOP event, a $55 NL Omaha Hi/Lo contest for $22k and granted an interview to our own Brad Willis, in which he claimed to have played $1/2...more

TCOOP 2015: conte13suker tops four-way deal for $14K in Event #21, $27 NLHE (4-max, Turbo)

TCOOP is an action series through and through, but some tournaments on the schedule are merely jam-packed with action. Others are chock-full of action. And then there's the rare category of events positively bursting with action, which today's tournament fit into. A $27 4-max turbo no-limit hold'em affair, the only...more

TCOOP 2015: Nlzkm9 nabs Event #20 title, Artem Litvinov 3rd ($82 5-Card PLO, 6-Max, 2R1A)

Among the 50 events on this year's Turbo Championship of Online Poker was just one offering the popular 5-card variant of pot-limit Omaha, Event #20, featuring an $82 buy-in, six-handed tables, and options to rebuy twice and add-on once to add a little more action. With five-minute levels play proceeded...more

Rozvadov welcomes Season 5 of the Eureka Poker Tour

Season 5 of the Eureka Poker Tour kicks-off in Rozvadov on February 21, and with new satellites and qualifiers now up and running you could win a Main Event seat worth €1,100 for as little as €1.10. What's more you'll also receive a trip to a venue that grows in...more

Always learning

Since I started playing professionally, I've been playing mostly sit-n-gos, making Supernova Elite five times, and playing tournaments during my $100k charity challenge for a year. Tournaments are very exciting but require huge sessions that can be very tiring. Sit-n-gos on the other hand are great to grind a steady...more

APPT9 Aussie Millions Day 1b: Wassell on top, Cates and Huang lurking

Another long day at the 2015 Aussie Millions Poker Championship has come to a close. Unlike the twelve days before it, today had a different feel to it. It was Australia Day after all (did I mention that already?) so that meant the Aussies were in full voice as they...more

APPT9 Aussie Millions Day 1b: The stars come out to play

The Aussie Millions Poker Championship attracts stars from all around the world, but the biggest stars of them all are of course our Team PokerStars Pros! Liv Boeree was a Day 1a casualty, but we had two more red spades in the Main Event field for Day 1b. Celina Lin...more

Weekend Review: TCOOP headlines busy weekend on PokerStars

It's difficult to know where to start after the weekend we've just had on PokerStars. Few have been as busy. It might actually be easier to list the names of players not involved in any of the action, rather than those that were - whether it was TCOOP, the Sunday...more

Sunday Million: mastervp888 comes out on top after a five-way deal

In this week's Sunday Million, first place won third-place cash, second took home $1,700 more than first, third place got a fourth-place share, and fourth place bagged the biggest prize of them all. Got that? Dealmaking took center stage as the field reached its final five players, and after thirty...more

25 January

APPT9 Aussie Millions Day 1b: Casey's corks and Preston's pants

Day 1b of the Aussie Millions Main Event has just ticked into the fourth level of the day with a field of around 170 entrants mixing it up on the felt of the Crown Poker Room. It's another strong number as the 2015 Main Event is well on track to...more

APPT9 Aussie Millions Day 1b: Straya

Having worked a number of long World Series of Poker campaigns, I've been fortunate enough to be in Las Vegas on several different occasions for Independence Day on the 4th of July. As an Australian, it's interesting to compare how America celebrates Independence Day against how we Aussies celebrate Australia...more

TCOOP 2015: Nice hourly for shibonimo in Event #19 ($215 Sunday Supersonic)

You are standing around a bar chatting with mates about your jobs. One chap whines about his minimum hourly wage. Another just got a pay rise and is quite happy with making $30 an hour. Then you turn to your friend, known as shibonimo, and ask him what the pay...more

Sunday Warm-Up: Firka fires up a victory, winning $64K after four-way deal

Unlike the current Turbo Championship of Online Poker (TCOOP) series, the $500,000 guarantee Sunday Warm-Up would be played with normal blind structures lasting over 11 hours long. Like the TCOOP events however, big money awaited the players who reach the final table after overcoming large fields. Skiny4me almost captured a...more

APPT9 Aussie Millions Day 1b: Australia Day honours for poker philanthropist

January 26. Day 13 of the 2015 Aussie Millions Poker Championship. Day 1b of the $10,600 Main Event. Australia Day. It's a day that Australians get to celebrate this wonderful sunburnt country. Beer and BBQs are normally the agenda of the day, but for around 150 poker players inside the...more

TCOOP 2015: SonnyRamone rock rock rocks all the way to Super-Knockout victory in Event #18 ($82 PLO 6-max)

Two Germans -- SonnyRamone and herosnappinG -- were pitted against each other to determine the winner in TCOOP Event #18. Both were seeking their first COOP championship, but neither were a stranger to a COOP final table. herosnappinG came close twice with second-place finishes in the 2014 TCOOP and 2013...more

TCOOP 2015 Robeebee buzzes field, denies Nicolas "niccc" Chouity a Triple COOP

Amidst this tournament's second round of deal negotiations, Robeebee claimed that the day before, he visited a psychic who predicted he'd win $120,000. His opponent Maison Close played Scully to his Mulder, offering a dose of healthy skepticism. Robeebee: i got fortune teller tell me i would win 120k yest...more

Rapinder Cheema wins UKIPT5 London Main Event and £78,825

Season 5's London UKIPT has just been played to a winner and Rapinder Cheema is the man who felled all rival contenders to claim the title here at The Hippodrome Casino London. After defeating Fernando Marin heads-up and collecting the £78,825 first place prize money(after a deal was struck heads-up),...more

TCOOP 2015: shipitpapa ships the knockout title in Event #16 ($320 NLHE Turbo Progressive Super-Knockout)

While the top prize in Event #16 was a five-figure number, shipitpapa managed to ship a six-figure payday from the tournament. In addition to winning $76,972.82 for besting a field of 4,193 players, shipitpapa collected $25,099.59 in bounties throughout the five-hour tournament. This brought our Belgian champion's total winnings up...more

TCOOP 2015: Two hours' work nets Tiago_Dias19 $84K in Event #15, $215 NLHE (6-max, Hyper-turbo)

TCOOP is the series for lovers of fast-paced poker tournaments, no doubt, but even among them there's a subset of players who want even faster action when there are tens of thousands of dollars on the line. The kind of jet-setters who don't have six hours to spend every time...more

TCOOP 2015: Michael "SilentPurple" MacHugh tops Yuri "theNERDguy" Martins to win Event #14 ($82+R NLO H/L, 6-Max)

The final tables of these TCOOP events fly by so quickly -- thanks to the "turbo" format and its rapidly increasing levels -- there often isn't a lot of time for players to discuss deals as are otherwise common at the conclusions of many 'COOP events. Sometimes they do manage...more

UKIPT5 London Final table: Level 26-31 updates (100,000/200,000 ante 30,000)

10.15pm: Rapinder Cheema wins UKIPT5 London and £78,825 It's all over here in London and Rapinder Cheema is the newest UKIPT champion. But spare a thought for Fernando Marin who will be wondering how in the world he lost this heads-up battle. The biggest pot was actually not the final...more

UKIPT5 London: Final table player profiles

Seat 1: Paul Simmons, United Kingdom, PokerStars Qualifier, 1,840,000 Paul Simmons has been playing poker for over 10 years after discovering the live game as a student. The 30-year-old taxi driver still enjoys the game and plays "quite a lot," including a turn online as proven by his qualification into...more

APPT9 Aussie Millions Day 1a: Reigning champ at it again

The Aussie Millions is the holy grail of this part of the poker world. It's the biggest event in the southern hemisphere and one of the most prestigious tournaments in the entire world. And today was the day that the $10,600 Main Event kicked off. It began just after noon...more

APPT9 Aussie Millions Day 1a: Not a bad place to bust a tournament

Ask anyone why they love coming to the Aussie Millions and quite often the answer will simply be one word: Melbourne. Sure, some make the trek to play in the biggest poker events in the world, but for others the Aussie Millions is a great holiday and a good chance...more

UKIPT5 London Day 3: Level 23-26 updates (25,000/50,000 ante 5,000)

What are you doing here? All the cool kids are following final table updates in this post. 3:10pm: Final table chip counts and seat draw It's 29-year-old professional poker player Fernando Marin who takes the chip lead into the final table. Brett Angell's title defence continues, although he finds himself...more

APPT9 Aussie Millions Day 1a: It's a party for (almost) everyone

The Crown Poker Room feels different than it did yesterday. Sure, there was plenty of excitement last night as the massive $25,000 Challenge took place. But tonight is a different story all together. There's that 'buzz' in the room that we like to talk about. It's pretty easy to put...more

24 January

APPT9 Aussie Millions Day 1a: Mainstream love

It's not too often that poker attracts mainstream attention and especially not in Australia. There was definitely a spotlight on Joe Hachem when he won the WSOP Main Event in 2005 and the champion of the Aussie Millions is usually mentioned in the major papers and nightly news programs. But...more

TCOOP 2015: Skiny4me fattens up bankroll with victory in Event #13 Saturday Speedway Special Edition

Declining a chance to chop at a turbo final table might be seen as a dubious decision, however, in this instance shooting down a money deal was the wise choice for Skiny4me. In two separate instances, Skiny4me refused to budge during negotiations (at five-handed and again at four-handed). That hardline...more

APPT9 Aussie Millions Day 1a: Let the show begin

"We've come a long way," Crown Melbourne's Director of Poker Jim Preston said with a hint of nostalgia as he stepped up to the podium to help kick off the first day of the 2015 Aussie Millions Main Event. "It started back in 2003 and we've come a long way....more

TCOOP 2015: Distaples dismantles field winning $42K ($215 NLHE [Heads-Up])

Call it high-speed roshambo (or rock-paper-scissors) as adding the turbo aspect to a heads-up tournament made it more about guessing your opponents next move versus catching or waiting for the right cards. The 2015 TCOOP Event #11 $215 buy-in NLHE Heads-up tournament was longer affair than most in this series,...more

TCOOP 2015: CandyJohnson makes it a 2-7 Double COOP in Event #12 ($27 NL Single Draw 2-7 [Turbo, Re-Entry])

Déjà vu struck as this event played down to a winner, and a quick consultation with the Book of Knowledge clarified that feeling of odd familiarity. Eight months ago, CandyJohnson won a SCOOP title and $10,657 in Event #13-M, $215 No-Limit 2-7 Single Draw. Tonight, after a final table that...more

TCOOP 2015: irishkajungl preys on final table for $53K win in Event #10, $11+R NLHE (3x-Turbo)

Some players love being in the chip lead because of the freedom it gives them to determine their own fate in any given poker tournament. Others who know their own profligate tendencies prefer not to have it too early, often for the same reason. Even at a final table, and...more

UKIPT 5 London: Mytton leads final 26; Angell still on for back to back wins

Day two on the UKIPT is, quite simply, moving day. Whilst roughly 30% of the field advance from Day 1 to Day 2 only 12% of the players who came back for Day 2 still have an interest in this tournament tomorrow. They've all locked up £2,730 for their efforts...more

TCOOP 2015: QaizAfghan quells field in Event #9 ($215 NLH Turbo, Zoom, Re-Entry)

Get it in good and hope for the best. It's the mantra of many poker players, at least those who recognize their control only pertains to their own actions, and can't cover how the cards fall. The idea was hard to ignore at the conclusion of Event #9 when DeanoSupremo...more

APPT9 Aussie Millions: Taking it to the next level

If last year was about new beginnings, this year is about greater heights. After all, the marriage between two of the region's biggest brands - the Asia Pacific Poker Tour and the Aussie Millions - is no longer in the 'honeymoon' stage of its relationship. This is year two and...more

UKIPT5 London Day 2: Level 17-22 updates (10,000/20,000 ante 3,000)

9pm: Two down, one to go That's all for Day 2, it looks like 26 players will be coming back for the third and final day of this UKIPT5 London Main Event at The Hippodrome Casino. Stay tuned for a wrap of the day's play, overnight chip counts and the...more

UKIPT5 London Day 2: Level 13-16 updates (2,500/5,000 ante 500)

2:57pm: Break time The bubble burst during the last hand of level 16 and the players can celebrate making the money during a 25 minute break. You'll find level 17 updates here. -- NW 2:55pm: Charlie Combes bubbles UKIPT5 London On the second hand of hand for hand play the...more

23 January

TCOOP 2015: Moldova's HunTyMD hits big time with big win in Big Antes Event #8 [$82 NL Re-Entry]

Uruguay's OMGRubCasco appeared destined to win TCOOP Event #8 Big Antes. For the second half of the 4-hour and 39-minute turbolicious fracas, OMGRubCasco sat comfortably in front with the lead. OMGRubCasco cruised to the final table and amassed an impressive lead, but with four left in the hunt, HunTyMD went...more

TCOOP 2015: Late rush pushes apalma2156 to win Event #7, $27+R NLHE (Turbo)

The first unlimited-rebuy event of the 2015 PokerStars Turbo Championship of Online Poker kicked off today at 12:00 p.m. ET. With an initial buy-in of $27, one could theoretically make a run at the $60,435.93 first prize, but far more likely was that one would end up making at least...more

TCOOP 2015: sk2flash snipes the shootout in Event #6 ($55 NLHE Turbo 6-Max Shootout

sk2flash had to be the last player standing multiple times to take down event #6 and win $20,800.00. The shootout drew 2,600 players and sprawled them across hundreds of 6-max tables. Only one player from each table would advance though and just six would survive tables enough make it to...more

UKIPT5 London: Ross Boatman seizes Day 1C chiplead

The third slice of UKIPT5 London first day fun was played out today at The Hippodrome Casino and it was London poker stalwart Ross Boatman who carved a skilful path through the gargantuan field, snatching the chip lead with the final hand of the day to reach 190,100. Hot on...more

TCOOP 2015: Billy "b8chatz" Chattaway captures Event #5, $20K ($27 PLO 6-Max)

Pot-limit Omaha is already an action game. Make it short-handed, speed up the levels in a tournament to just five minutes, and toss in the ability to rebuy twice and add-on once, and it becomes a whirling blur. Such was the story for the $27 buy-in Event #5 of this...more

Ending a tournament with a decision

After you've in a business long enough, and hung out with the same people, they tend to know what you're going to say - sometimes even before you know what you're going to say. So every time I'm in the webcast booth with James Hartigan and Joe Stapleton, they have...more

Topless Team Online

Do you have a couple pieces of favorite fancy clothing you like to wear for special occasions, meetings or more specifically poker events? I do! Sometimes I even activate the laundromat for a single run just to wash and be able to bring along my beloved shirts or hoodies. Whether...more

UKIPT5 London Day 1C: Level 7-12 updates (1,000/2,000 ante 300)

8.30pm: Day one is done The third and final starting flight is in the books and from now on the number of entrants can only go down! It looks like roughly 123 players made it through today meaning the Day 2 field is going to be around 125 players strong....more

Joon-han Lee wins inaugural Manila Megastack

The 'PokerStars LIVE Manila' poker room completed its first special event with the inaugural Manila Megastack which took place from January 14-18. Over the five-day schedule, the six tournaments drew totals of 235 players and nearly PHP 3 million in prize money. "It's great to see some of our Macau...more

Asia Pacific Poker Tour announces schedule for Seoul

The Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) today unveiled the Season 9 schedule for APPT Seoul which takes place at the Paradise Walkerhill Casino from April 6-12, 2015. The seven-day schedule includes six Official Asia Player of the Year events and features the ₩3,000,000 (USD $2,800) buy-in Main Event. "Our team...more

TCOOP 2015: Frauwutz gets Series off to a start with big weekend ahead

TCOOP hardly needs to be sold. The action and the prize pools take care of that. So when we tweeted that "Frauwutz was ahead" last night (with an exclamation mark), as if he'd seized pole position in an unlikely and decisive coup - albeit 20 minutes after play started --...more

UKIPT5 London Day 1C: Level 1-6 updates (200/400 ante 50)

3:30pm: Level 6 terminated; break begins Another three in the bag, it's that smoke em if you got 'em time again for the players. Well the smokers at least. The more healthy sorts will be off for fresh air, tofu and clean living. See you in 15 minutes. You can...more

22 January

TCOOP 2015: Criptoon pulls off heroic come-from-behind win in Event #4 $55 NL

In a little more than four hours and for the price of a round of drinks for your friends at the pub, you could walk away with almost a year's worth of wages. That's the beauty of TCOOP, where the final table lasts shorter than an episode of The Simpsons....more

TCOOP 2015: woody1234321 gets the win in Event #3 ($215 NLHE Turbo Progressive Super KO)

Life is busy. Who really has time to sit there for 14+ hours grinding a poker tournament? That's why the PokerStars Turbo Championships of Online Poker (TCOOP) is one of the most popular series of the year. Big fields, huge prize pools and it's all over in a matter of...more

TCOOP 2015: cladarth collects Event #2 title, Grafton 21st ($55 NL Omaha Hi/Lo, 6-Max)

This year's Turbo Championship of Online Poker is off to a fast start. It will be a fast middle and fast finish, too, because, well, that's what the TCOOP is all about, satisfying tournament players' need for speed with rapid structures featuring a variety of stakes and games. Event #2,...more

TCOOP 2015: A fast first victory for frauwutz in Event #1 ($27 NLHE 6-Max, Turbo, Re-entry)

The first event of this year's Turbo Championship of Online Poker brought quick, shorthanded action. It only took five-and-a-half hours for frauwutz to blitzkrieg through a field of 13,776 entrants --in addition 6,556 re-entries-- to win the opening event along with $46,252.50. frauwutz also managed to reach victory with no...more

UKIPT5 London: Piotr Tuczynski tops Day 1B field

When a tournament has two starting days, in the absence of some natural disaster you can basically bet your house on the second starting day attracting a larger field than the opening flight. But what about when there are three start days as there are here at UKIPT5 London, is...more

Shuffle up for the UKIPT All-In Kitchen

Food, or poker? Depending on what time of day it is, and maybe the size of your stack, it's sometimes hard to work out which is the more pleasurable. So we're happy to announce we've discovered a way to bypass this universal quandary, with an innovative pop-up restaurant. This week...more

UKIPT5 London Day 1B: Level 7-12 updates (1,000/2,000 ante 300)

7:55pm: End of Day 1B A fascinating day of poker has crashed to a standstill and the final freeze frame sees Warsaw-based Pole Piotr Tuczynski cutting the pose of a champion - his gargantuan 332,100 chips good for the chip lead. Some other notable stacks at the close of play...more

Making a splash: jricardosc celebrates his first Super Tuesday win

You get the impression when you talk to Joao "jricardosc" Fernandes that he's a sensible type, grounded by a job, ambitions, his Fiancée, a close family and great friends, who are there for him when he needs them; for the downtimes, but also the good times. Like when you win...more

UKIPT5 London Day 1B: Level 1-6 updates (200/400 ante 25)

3:22pm: End of level 6 We have played through level 6 meaning we are half way through today's play. We estimate around 215 out of the initial 244 players who entered remain.in contention. Anyway, another three levels mean it's time for the players to take a breather. They'll be back...more

21 January

UKIPT5 London: Bayley leads counts at end of Day 1A

Season 5 of the UKIPT opened today at The Hippodrome Casino, London with a brutal first day where reputations were shredded and previous poker acumen counted for little. Combat proved fierce and fast-paced and come the close of play it was Lawrence Bayley who had slewn sufficient competitors to find...more

Action stations. TCOOP starts tomorrow

TCOOP is here. It's almost as if a siren should go off or something. There's no great cause for alarm, but TCOOP brings with it an unavoidable sense of urgency. For this is a turbo series, no hanging about, no second days, no long first days, just a few hours...more

Chipleader of Day 1a to busting before the money

It's always so tempting to create a narrative to explain a tournament performance, especially a live tournament. You are so immersed in this one tournament, and it takes so long to play a relatively small number of hands that it's easy to forget that you've barely played any poker and...more

UKIPT5 London: Day 1A Level 7-12 Updates (1,000/2,000 ante 300)

8:10pm: Done for the day Day 1A has come to an end and it's Lawrence Bayley who leads the way with a stack of 265,000. A full wrap of the day's play is on the way. -- NW 7:50pm: The final furlong It's been a busy day replete with incident...more

VIP Club Live: Where to party in 2015

A week or so back, the folks listening to the live PCA webcast started begging for a piece of information that had nothing to do with the PCA. They wanted to know where PokerStars VIP Club Live was going to host its next parties. Lee Jones, ever the diplomat, promised...more

Monster Pot Report: GQJay29 and his 4 billion pot

With a couple of notable exceptions it was a relatively quiet week at the Play Money nosebleed stakes. Leading the charge and claiming a space in the all-time top 3 was 'GQ Jay29' who scooped a pot of 4.07B chips. It took place at the 2.5M/5M tables in a heads-up...more

UKIPT5 London: Day 1A Level 1-6 Updates (200/400 ante 50)

3:15pm: End of Level 6 The end of level 6 also means we are now having our second 15 minute break of the day. To bring you up to speed, the latest eliminations from proceedings include Luca Falaschi, multiple UKIPT champ Duncan McLellan, David Clifton-Burraway, Robert Beckett and Daniel Gaina...more

20 January

jricardosc collects 1/20/15 Super Tuesday win, $112K

There's been a boom of late in Brazil for poker, indeed across all of South America. The recently concluded LAPT Bahamas event came close to breaking records for the Latin American Poker Tour, with only last season's Brazil stop exceeding it in terms of prize pool and first prize awarded....more

UKIPT5 London: High Roller champion to win £44,900

Most over/under lines on the £3,000 High Roller were south of 30 but the players have turned out in their droves and completely obliterated those who claim to be able to predict these things. Late registration is now closed and the total number of entries in the £3,000 + £250...more

UKIPT5 London: Mickey Petersen, homeless but at home back in London

A funny thing happened on the way to Edinburgh... When the PokerStars Blog last caught up with Mickey Petersen in London, he'd hit a lucky break. In the process of packing up his belongings for an impending relocation from London to Edinburgh he found a $5,000 chip from The Rio...more

UKIPT5 London: Best of British (and beyond) congregate for High Roller

Break time in a poker tournament can look very much like break time at a secondary school does. Cliques form and stories are exchanged as players get to drink in a mental break to give them a rest before battle - of the mental kind - commences again. But at...more

UKIPT5 London: Season five is go as the High Rollers roll in

They say Thursday is the new Friday but can Tuesday be the new Saturday? The High Roller event at most UKIPT stops is a two day event starting on Day 2 of the Main Event - usually a Saturday. It's been that way for most stops over the first four...more

Book your place on the Estrellas Poker Tour

The sixth season of the Estrellas Poker Tour is nearly upon us, with March 9 set as the date when the Casino Gran Madrid will open its doors on another year of the Tour, one that simply won't accept that it's a regional one. If last season was anything to...more

Every FrenchDawg has its day

There was something enjoyable about Team Online Pro Marc-Andre Ladouceur tweet in the early hours of Monday morning. It was pleasantly matter-of-fact. Not a brag as such, more a statement of fact. Words that were instinctive rather than rehearsed; honest, without being boastful. Won the Gold #Sunday500— Marc-Andre Ladouceur (@MarcAndre_FDawg)...more

Sunday Million highlights from January 18, 2015


19 January

Watch Rafa Nadal in "Game of Champions"

By this point, we all know Rafa Nadal is the kind of guy who likes to win, no matter what game he decides to play. If you're a frequent reader of this blog, you know that Nadal once went to Prague to play poker with the pros and ended up...more

LAPT announces full Season 8 schedule

It's been just a few days since the Latin American Poker Tour crowned its first-ever Bahamas champion and first champion of Season 8. Now the LAPT is ready to talk about what's next. Today, the LAPT announced its remaining stops for the year, including a brand new venue and a...more

Weekend brings two new Spin & Go millionaires

There is a scene in the movie Casino in which Sam Rothstein corners his slots manager at The Tangiers casino. Rothstein demands to know why the slots manager didn't call him when three people hit jackpots in twenty minutes. "It happened so quick!" the slots manager protested."Three guys won! I...more

Weekend Review: Windyk@tor tops post PCA performances

Does jet lag work in your favour when it comes to the Sunday Majors, or against? Does it favour those on the west coast of the Atlantic or the East? Maybe it's one of those things that should be looked into one day, perhaps by those people who would otherwise...more

18 January

Sunday Million: Windyk@tor blows through field to win; Team PokerStars Pro Ichinose 24th

The Sunday Million -- poker's most popular weekly online tournament -- features a $215 buy-in, although many players manage to find seats for much less via the round-the-clock satellites on PokerStars, some priced very inexpensively. Such was the path taken by this week's winner, Windyk@tor of Poland, who after starting...more

Sunday Warm-Up: no cheap tricks here, Elmagico19A1 claims $90K after chop

Several players at the $500,000 guarantee Sunday Warm-Up final table will be looking towards the tournament series starting up Thursday to collect another leg of the Triple -COOP and PokerStars Grand Slam. The 2015 Turbo Championship of Online Poker (TCOOP) is loaded with $15 million in guaranteed prize pools yet...more

16 January

Monster Pot Report: Signs of lift in 5M/10M game

It was another week dominated by action in the 2.5M/5M games, although the top level 5M/10M game was starting to show stirrings of life after a brief holiday hibernation period. The top pot for the week was a multi-way monster that got split two ways. The biggest chunk of the...more

15 January

PokerStars Spin & Go millionaire is handyman, 33

The screams were so loud that his family woke up in a panic. From the living room, the man we know as sss66666 was going crazy, the sort of crazy that befits someone who had become a millionaire in 13 minutes. That was all it took to turn $5 into...more

14 January

PCA 2015: Ilkin Garibli wins High Roller, earning 1.1 million and first title

While the Main Event gets the attention for most of the final day, the High Roller event plays on in a quiet corner of the tournament room. Sometimes it stays this way through to the end, a sub-plot in a day dominated by events on the TV stage. But on...more

PCA 2015: Kevin Schulz steamrolls final six to pick up PCA title and $1.5 million

Over the past few years, Latin America has become a hotbed of poker talent -- some of it grown there, some of it transported owing to a mass migration of American pros. The emergence of the region as a dominant force has never been more apparent than this afternoon at...more

Party time at the PCA!


PCA 2015: The previously unknown high roller chip leader Ilkin Garibli

Ilkin Garibli is confident, poised, and in control. He has plenty of chips, and has demonstrated a knowing appreciation of what it takes to succeed in a High Roller event. Which makes it even more remarkable that this is Garibli's first live tournament. Garibli, from Azerbaijan, nearly didn't play this...more

PCA 2015: Women's Event champion Kristina Lehtimäki is 1-for-1

"This is my first event at the PCA this year," smiles Kristina Lehtimäki, clutching the trophy for which she's been playing for two days, "and unfortunately, my last!" She looks around the Tournament Room, which is looking a lot emptier now than it was when the Women's Event began over...more

PCA 2015: Roomies Schulz and Jaka still pursuing PCA prizes

The afternoon is edging away here at the Atlantis. The once-packed Imperial Ballroom is still active with remaining side events and our two marquee final tables. But time is running out in Paradise. Unfortunately for two of the final five in the PCA Main Event, their days have concluded, leaving...more

PCA 2015: Surprise, Chance Kornuth! This is your (future) wife!

Chance Kornuth was playing the last hand before a break on the penultimate day of the 2015 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event when a pretty woman sneaked up on the rail. "Surprise!" she said. Kornuth, momentarily baffled, looked behind him to see a woman. In a heartbeat, he knew he...more

PCA 2015: Three tools of tourneys

Chips. Position. Cards. All matter in no-limit hold'em tourneys -- three tools of the trade, so to speak -- though none to the exclusion of the other two. Chips The big stacks were in bullying mode to start the PCA Main Event's final day, using leverage provided by the ability...more

PCA 2015: Party time!

After spending 10 days within the bubble of the PCA, away from the humdrum distraction that I once thought of as 'real life', it really feels like poker's in your veins. Take this dream I had last night, for example: Chris Moneymaker in a cowboy hat, waving glowsticks; Ole Schemion...more

PCA 2015: A stroll around the high roller event, pivot, turn.

There is a large space between the High Roller feature table and the outer table. It must be 60 feet between them, nothing but carpet, and right now it's owned by Scott Seiver. Seiver finds it hard to sit still when he plays poker. He demonstrated this well enough last...more

PCA 2015: But where will we buy our X-ray glasses and sea monkeys?

Dan Heimiller returned to a third-place stack among the final 11 in today's PCA High Roller, and after early action he's moved into the chip lead. Since the 1990s Heimiller has been collecting cashes regularly on all of the major tours, picking up nearly $5 million in winnings along the...more

PCA 2015: The marathons continue in two time zones

We have talked many times before about how things get a little weird on final table day. Martin Harris addressed the peculiar phenomenon of the time delay in poker in his post entitled Is This The Real Life? and we're in for some more warping of time this afternoon when...more

PCA 2015: Six players with a Chance; the Main Event concludes today

From 816 players just six still have a chance at realizing one of poker's most coveted achievements by winning the Main Event at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure here in the Bahamas. Like the field as a whole, the final half-dozen are well represented by accomplished players with tournament résumés filled...more

13 January

Hot streak continues for XingsMaster with $77K Super Tuesday win

Tournament poker can be a tough ride sometimes. After all, the nature of the game means you can, and often will, play your A-game and still finish outside the big money. But other times everything seems to go right, and right, and right again - and then right one more...more

PCA 2015: Jean-Pascal Savard leads High Rollers with 11 remaining

The remaining 11 High Rollers bag up on the penultimate day of the PCA festival tonight, set to return tomorrow to race the Main Event to the finish line. Today though, it was a race to the money. But would prove something of an anti-climax. After several hours of play,...more

PCA 2015: Chance is a fine thing as Kornuth leads Schulz into final six

At a little after 9 p.m. tonight, in the Imperial Ballroom of the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island in the Bahamas, a gentle ripple of applause emanated from a makeshift television studio. For anyone accustomed to life on the international poker circuit, with ears attuned to the slight changes in...more

PCA 2015: Spell c.h.a.m.p.i.o.n. with Pratyush Buddiga

Back in a former life, Pratyush Buddiga was mild-mannered young scholar, spending every available moment swatting up for the Scripps Spelling Bee. It worked. In 2002, with the sponsorship of the Rocky Mountain News of Denver behind him, Buddiga swooped to take the crown sought by the parents of every...more

PCA 2015: Chance Kornuth on trying to be a grown up

He's got mirrored shades, a lady-killer smile, and the chip lead in the 2015 PCA Main Event. Chance Kornuth could be the boy next door, a 21st century Dennis the Menace, a kid who leaves a charming wake of destruction among his grumpy neighbors on the felt. But Kornuth, now...more

PCA 2015: Want to improve? Here's a great Little piece of advice

It's often one of those things you know you're supposed to do, but you never really start. Note taking is a task that for some players just seems to get in the way. Either you're too busy playing the next hand or you figure your memory is good enough. You...more

PCA 2015: Fun and money at the Women's Event

When I tell people I work for PokerStars, they always ask how much of my wages I lose playing online (thanks for the confidence boost, by the way). The answer is none - not because I'm a good player, but because PokerStars staff are strictly forbidden from playing any real...more

PCA 2015: Chasing chopportunities

Chopportunity (n.) -- a set of circumstances making it possible for a hand to end in a tie between two or more players, thereby resulting in a split pot. Following the action over the last couple of levels in the PCA Main Event, there have been a couple of dramatic...more

PCA 2015: A Round with a table of death in the High Roller

Vicente Delgado is seizing control of this $25,000 High Roller event, which is no mean feat when you look at the table he's at. He has Shaun Deeb, Scott Seiver and Jonathan Karamalikis for company, and not long ago Jason Mercier was also there. But as PokerStars Blog swooped on...more

PCA 2015: 15 things I never expected to see at the PCA

As previously reported, this is my first trip to the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. I'm no stranger to tournament poker though, having watched it on TV for years and played it for even longer. But no matter how well I tried to prepare myself, there's plenty going on here that has...more

PCA 2015: Finding little edges

Walking through the Atlantis earlier today my progress was impeded momentarily by a child awkwardly ambling in front of me. Outside of the casino and tourney area one encounters a decent number of children here at the Atlantis. While from the perspective of an adult their behaviors might always seem...more

PCA 2015: Rolling high and fast

For the most part over the past couple of seasons on the European Poker Tour, the High Roller events have been the best to report on. Not only are you guaranteed a constellation of superstars, but the tournaments get done much quicker than the Main Events. Not so long ago,...more

PCA 2015: What's in Brazil's water?

Someone needs to launch an investigation into what Brazilians are putting in their water, because something is amiss. Consider what's happened here at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. "We are having a great PCA for Brazil," said Team PokerStars Pro Andre Akkari. "We won the Americas Cup. I got in the...more

PCA 2015: Introducing Eugenio Mattar (who should need no introduction)

We're not supposed to see the amateur players last through four days of PCA Main Event poker, let alone have the chip lead going into Day 5. But that's exactly what happened in the case of Eugenio Mattar last night, and he can't really believe it either. We didn't really...more

PCA 2015: Die Ventura, chip detective

Noting that among the final 24 in action to start today's Day 5 was the Peruvian Diego Ventura, it seemed prudent perhaps to get a glimpse of him in action. In the flesh, as it were. He's a player we've sorta-kinda known about for a while, albeit virtually (so to...more

Getting ready for the Women's Event

I'm writing this from my hotel this morning looking forward to playing today's Women's Event here at the PCA. I look forward to playing women's events, and the one here in the Bahamas has been wonderfully social and a great way to end a vacation in paradise. This year PokerStars...more

12 January

PCA 2015: Main Event Day 5 seat draw

Twenty-four players remain in the 2015 PCA Main Event. Brazilian rental car magnate Eugenio Mattar leads the pack. Below we have posted the chip counts and seat assignments for the three remaining tables. Play resumes at noon ET. Dylan Linde 709,000 1 1 Ratharam Sivagnanam 1,341,000 1 2 Maurice Hawkins...more

PCA 2015: Seiver sails to Day 1 lead as High Rollers break record

This is one of those nights we'll just let a player write the lede for our story. If you say poker is dead, come have a look at this PCA 25k.— Jason Koon (@JasonKoon) January 13, 2015 Yes. What Jason Koon said. The $25,000 PCA High Roller event kicked off...more

PCA 2015: Vamooo! Victory for Brazil in 2015 Americas Cup of Poker

The much-used phrase "it's all over but the shouting" has never been more apt. From two days of intense team poker, Brazil has emerged from a group of six qualifiying countries as this year's Americas Cup of Poker champions. The poker is over, but the shouts of celebration are only...more

PCA 2015: Eugenio Mattar leads with 24 remaining in Main Event

And so the PCA Main Event rolled on today. It may occupy less space in the Imperial Ballroom, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in prestige, for the final table line up is now just a little more than 24 hours away. Favourite for one of...more

PCA 2015: Up and down with Maurice Hawkins

Honestly, our plan was to write only once about Maurice Hawkins today. There are still 27 people left in this event, and we make an effort to get up in all of their business. But, when it comes to getting up, Hawkins is the king. And when it comes to...more

PCA 2015: Andrew Wayman out, turning $11 into $36,560

As we reported at the time, when he sat down to play Day 2 of the Main Event, he reflected on what we don't tell you when we qualify for an event such as this - if you do well, you might never see it. Well now, after a remarkable...more

PCA 2015: One deep run deserves another

Twenty-nine players returned from the most recent break of the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event, all who remain from the 816 players who entered. Emrah Cakmak, Pratyush Buddiga, Chance Kornuth, and Juan Martin Pastor (whom we met earlier today) all returned to big, comparable stacks hovering around 1.7-1.8 million, thus...more

Lee Jones on PS7


PCA 2015: Mizzi v Kurganov -- the thought processes of two Super High Roller wizards

If you ever want to know the thought processes of a Super High Roller poker player, during a real-life hand when the stakes are high, then the six minutes in this video below are absolutely priceless. Igor Kurganov and Sorel Mizzi played a fascinating hand in the $100,000 Super High...more

PCA 2015: Everything you always wanted to know about tournament poker but were afraid to ask

If you're thinking of playing the 2015 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure main event, you're too late. It's already into its fourth day. But don't worry: there will another one of these next year and online qualifiers will open very soon, allowing anyone to get in on the cheap. You also shouldn't...more

PCA 2015: High Rollers rolling in on Day 1

A mid-afternoon look-in on the $25,000 High Roller for you, where there have been 184 entries already. Helping build that total, 10 players have busted and entered again so far, each having made sure to secure the cabbage first in order to do so. Ready to (high) roll It has...more

PCA 2015: The mental game, with Daniel Negreanu

"When you sit down at a poker tournament, what's your intention?" It's Q&A time once again in the Player's Lounge here at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, and Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu has taken the stage. But in this particular instance, he's asking the question of the audience. The responses...more

PCA 2015: Pastor keeping up the pace

Argentinian Juan Martin Pastor -- chip leader for a while yesterday during Day 3 -- continues to maintain above-average chips during the early action here on Day 4, having chipped up to 1.24 million and into the top five in the counts with just 40 players remaining. Juan Martin Pastor...more

Season 5 of the UKIPT to kick off in London this month

The PCA may be the main attraction for poker players this month. And then once things wrap up in the Bahamas there is only a two week gap before the European Poker Tour continues, this time in France, where Deauville hosts the next leg of the 11th season. But two...more

PCA 2015: Can Ronaldo really make it to another final? Maybe, just maybe...

When you're a three-time Fifa World Footballer of the Year award winner -- the only person in the world who can make that claim, by the way -- there are a few demands on your time. For instance, Ronaldo was due today to be in Zurich, Switzerland, for the annual...more

PCA 2015: Tito Ortiz and Sarah Herring in a rear naked choke hold

If you are a frequent PokerStars Blog reader or, frankly, have watched any poker videos at all over the past several years, you know Sarah Grant. She's the presenter who will go anywhere and take on any task for the sake of a good video. Last year she got looped...more

PCA 2015: Re-steal time for Naoya Kihara

Naoya "nkyeno" Kihara is one of those names you might notice on the weekend tournament results we post every Monday. He's a regular grinder, scoring results week on week, and writes eloquently as a member of Team Online. He's also a bracelet winner, and one of the rising stars of...more

PCA 2015: As Ronaldo advances, another Baggio appears

Many of us remain starry-eyed over the continued survival of Brazilian football legend Ronaldo Nazário in the Main Event. Over on the televised feature table to start the day, Ronaldo has mostly been parking the bus in front of his below average stack today, content to bide his time while...more

PCA 2015: Maurice Hawkins, then and now

If you know poker, you probably know Maurice Hawkins. You know his face. You know his smile. You know his banter. He's fun. He's hyper-confident. He is what my Grandma would've called "a character." But how well do you know Maurice Hawkins? How long have you known him? Do you...more

Weekend Review: The PCA plays on but there's no rest for the Majors

As the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure plays on, with the Main Event moving into Day 4 and the High Roller about to start today, the business of Sunday Majors remained unchanged yesterday. Regardless of major events, ice storms, electrical events, there were tournaments to play and tournaments to be won, even...more

PCA 2015: $25K High Roller slides into action today

Wandering about the Atlantis, there always seems to be something else to do. The choices of water slides alone seem to go on and on and on. Once you've taken the Leap of Faith, competed on the Challenger, plunged into the Abyss, rode the Surge, and slithered through the Serpent,...more

Russia's sss66666 hits $1 million Spin & Go

It's the middle of the night in southern Russia, but there is one house where you can be sure all the lights are on. If you can't find it by the light, just listen for the screaming. Just minutes ago, a Russian PokerStars player with the screen name sss66666 entered...more

11 January

Sunday Million: NNNXX marks the spot with a $180k score

Once again, the Sunday Million had the potential for a repeat champion. Among the final nine were two players who had grabbed the brass ring once before. Russia's uyra99 won the Million almost exactly five years ago, cashing out $254k on January 4, 2010, while Bernardo "bedias" Dias, had a...more

PCA 2015: Day 4 seat draw

Below is the seat draw for Day 4 of the 2015 PCA Main Event SLYDE watch for the eventual champ Naoya Kihara 509,000 1 1 Ronaldo 512,000 1 3 Niklas Hambitzer 367,000 1 4 Tim Reilly 540,000 1 5 Boutin Louis 73,000 1 6 Mario Puccini 83,000 1 7 Chance...more

Sunday Warm-Up: A laid back mistakooll wins $89K after two-way chop

Whether you spent the day tailgating, cracking aces, or dealing with the swings all players can appreciate the Sunday Majors even if you are not soaking up the sun at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure right now. The $500,000 guarantee Sunday Warm-Up started with 3,135 runners creating a $627,000 prize pool...more

PCA 2015: Juan Etcheverry leads final 59 as Ronaldo confounds critics to stay alive

The PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) is down to its final 59 players after a day on Paradise Island that was far from heavenly for most. A returning field of 175 suffered an enormous cull through the eight hours of play, with the great, the good and the chancers-on-a-beano hitting the...more

PCA 2015: Ronaldo... fenomeno

He's won two World Cups. He's held a variety of records for goals scored. Versus international competition he's collected trophies made of gold, silver, and bronze. He's represented the absolute pinnacle of individual and team achievement in his sport. Referred to colloquially as fenomeno -- "the phenomenon" -- he remains...more

PCA 2015: Broke and want to go home?

There is a ring tone that, when it sounds, immediately sets off the opening bars of the Serge Gainsbourg song Douze belles dans la peau in my head. It's the pavlovian effect and I cannot help it, two "dings" that sounds like the opening notes. I hum the first line...more

PCA 2015: Ole Schemion's Balloon

I'm not happy with Ole Schemion, and I don't care who knows it. The Season 10 European Poker Tour Player of the Year needs a course in...in...I don't know what. But he needs one. And he needs it right now. Let's just get into it, okay? For the past several...more

PCA 2015: Heroes and villains on the bubble

With the departure of Roger Teska earlier this week there was a vacancy for a tournament villain. Luckily Dmitry Ivanov was prepared to step in. The story of Ivanov was quite prominent in the run up to the bubble, and even for a short while after it burst. For Ivanov...more

PCA 2015: Tailgating at the Atlantis

Poker is the focus today, no doubt. But football -- the American variety -- has wrestled the attention away somewhat, too, for both players and others. As often happens on Sunday afternoons, especially come playoff time. Game on! Following Baltimore and Seattle's wins yesterday, for today's games the PokerStars staff...more

PCA 2015: The secrets of his success: Daniel Negreanu reveals all

Daniel Negreanu is the leading money earner in tournament poker and stands a pretty good chance in the Bahamas this week of becoming the first player to break through the $30 million mark. If he finishes eighth or better in the Main Event, he will take his career earnings past...more

PCA 2015: Live it like you love it

It's a cliché to say a picture tells a thousand words, but like many clichés there's more than a grain of truth to it. I could easily clock up 1,000 words waxing lyrical about the fantastic quality of the photography we're offering from the PCA, but what would be the...more

PCA 2015: Mexico begins defense of Americas Cup of Poker title

As the PCA Main Event sorts out its bubble and starts getting to work on how to divide the prize pool among the top 119 finishers, another international event is playing out in the corner of the Imperial Ballroom -- the first day of the two-day Americas Cup of Poker....more

PCA 2015: Dealing with the swings

Don't ask how much Team PokerStars Pros make. For some, you need to ask them how much it cost them to sign. For Theo Jorgensen, the price was $160,000. No, he didn't pay, nor does anybody else. It just cost him a lot at first. Jorgensen had been playing $200/$400...more

PCA 2015: Could the PCA be poker's most important series? It just may, says Jesse May

It started on a luxury cruise ship way back in early 2004 amid the first months of the soon-to-ignite poker boom. Over the next decade it flourished here on Paradise Island, finding a home at the Atlantis while growing ever larger and more significant year by year. By now the...more

PCA 2015: Cracking aces, a great way to start the day

"If I get pocket aces on the first hand of a major tournament, I'm not gonna go crazy and build a big stack off that, or go broke with that, unless I flop a complete monster". Wise words indeed, from Team PokerStars Pro Chris Moneymaker, speaking at this morning's 'Breakfast...more

PCA 2015: All in. All in? All in. All in. All in!

How many times can the words "all in" be spoken in a conversation before they stop making sense? Elizabeth Bennett-Martin set about demonstrating. "All in," said Bennett-Martin, moving her chips forward. "All in," echoed the dealer. "All in," said Bennett-Martin, this time to her friends on the rail. "All in"...more

PCA 2015: Searchlight switched on in hunt for PCA champion

Turn the corner and enter the Imperial Ballroom on any given day at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) and you'll immediately be struck by the scale of this event. The room is enormous, the staff is as populous as an average Roman legion, and the haste with which the complimentary...more

10 January

PCA 2015: Lox and bagel propel Walter Fisher to Day 3 lead

There is a school of thought that teaches you to begin your day as you want to end it. Want to feel strong when you go to bed? Wake up with a good work out. That's what Tito Ortiz, Liv Boeree and a few others did this morning here at...more

PCA 2015: Pay attention for some advice from ElkY and Cody

Okay, let's run through the check list from this morning. 1. Headphones off? Check. 2. Paying full attention to what's going on at the table? Check. 3. Not looking at your phone all the time? Check. Well that's everything. I'll be honest. I had hoped to catch Jake Cody and...more

PCA 2015: From pub league to the big leagues, the TPL returns to the Bahamas

Every year at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, certain rituals are upheld. We look at Starbucks and mourn the passing of Jamba Juice, we eye the dolphin statues in the fountain and remember when someone tried to ride them, and we try to describe the Imperial Ballroom carpet without using the...more

PCA 2015: Sir, it's about the chips I just gave you...

Poker can be a cruel game, as any bad beat story teller will claim. Sometimes though the game's gods choose someone in particularly to be humiliated in a way that is perhaps more cruel and unusual that is perhaps necessary. Eyal Aleksnis probably didn't think the hand would be his...more

Shark Cage winner Griffin Benger


PCA 2015: Fun and games

Some tables here on Day 2 of the Main Event are quiet, as players strap on their headphones, send texts or fiddle with their tablets. (I even saw one player with his phone out, watching the action from the TV table which was taking place some 25 feet from where...more

PCA 2015: The hero call

Ronaldo -- the football hero -- is here. You knew that. The Brazilian has acquitted himself well thus far today, weaving his way to a stack of about 150,000, comfortably above the average as the field shrinks below 300 players. Ronaldo plays lots of hands, often calling others' raises to...more

PCA 2015: Don't go to the beach with Tito Ortiz

Listen, maybe you're a masochist. Maybe you're one of those people who likes waking up sore, going to bed sore, and living all the time in between wishing for a quick death with every breath. If you are, by all means, accept UFC legend Tito Ortiz's offer to go to...more

EPT announces two stops for Season 12

Ready for the European Poker Tour's 12th Season? Do not panic. You have some time. We're still in the middle of Season 11. Nevertheless, just a few minutes ago, the EPT announced two of its stops for Season 12. By this point, everyone has become accustomed to the EPT kicking...more

PCA 2015: Winner to bank nearly $1.5 million

The registration cage is closed. If you're not already in, you're watching it like the rest of us. In fact, more than 400 of you who registered are also out of luck (sorry about that). But(!), for the 372 folks who still have chips, there is $7,915,200 in prize money...more

PCA 2015: Roger Teska keeps it short - and this time we don't mean the drinks

Everybody loves a bad guy and so when news reached PokerStars Blog this morning that a man named Roger Teska had registered at the start of Day 2 at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, there was a crackle of anticipation for the fireworks display that might follow. One imagines the excitement...more

PCA 2015: So goes the journey from tourney to tourney

Day 2 presented one last opportunity for those who hadn't yet decided to join the 2015 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event to join the fun, although the decision had to be made prior to the start of today's first level as the registration door shut once and for all thereafter....more

PCA 2015: Andrew Wayman on what we didn't tell you about the PCA

The players on table 12 were delighted to be back for Day 2, but seemed to know instinctively that there was a cost to their personal success so far. "I guess we're not going to get to the water park any time soon," said English player Andrew Wayman, who knows...more

PCA 2015: The Main Event's Medic

The Atlantis resort has an on-call doctor for any emergencies that may arise, and that's a great comfort, as some of us fall down sometimes. But just in case, the PCA has had a Medic in the field every year it's been on Paradise Island. We call him Nenad. This...more

PCA 2015: Where everybody knows your name

Back in the olden days of hustlers and card sharps, there was a lot to be said for anonymity. Folks who made their living at the card tables, or pool tables, were generally to be found out on the road, traveling from saloons to speakeasies, private clubs to smoky back...more

PCA 2015: The second life of Ronaldo: "I am completely in love with poker"

For the first 35 years in the life of Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima, Saturday or Sunday morning will have been greeted with the kind of spine-tingling expectation shared by sports fans the world over at the start of what is known as "game day". The man now better known...more

PCA 2015: Is this the real life? A Bahamian rhapsody

"Do you know what's going on in real life?" The question was asked of me repeatedly yesterday. In each instance I answered similarly. "I have no idea." The first ever LAPT Bahamas Main Event concluded last night. Drawing an unreal 736 entries ("I personally would be happy with 250 players,"...more

PCA 2015 Main Event Day 2 seat draw

Below is the seat draw for Day 2 of of the 2015 PCA Main Event Patrick Weifels Germany PokerStars qualifier 106,600 1 1 Tom Hall UK 57,800 1 2 Diogo Cardoso Portugal PokerStars player 23,900 1 3 Lothar Meier Germany PokerStars player 87,300 1 4 Daniel Stern USA PokerStars player...more

9 January

LAPT8 Bahamas: Josh Kay carries the day, wins Main Event, $367K

"I just pretty much let everybody else battle," said Josh Kay, winner of the first ever LAPT Bahamas Main Event, explaining his plan to "hang out until the end." Kay was referring to the situation of coming to the final table with the chip lead versus a formidable group of...more

PCA 2015: Dietrich Fast from the blocks to head field at end of Day 1B

For the first five days of the 2015 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, the action inside the cavernous Imperial Ballroom at the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas has been focused in small, intense pockets. The Super High Roller is, by necessity, an exclusive field and took up no more than an eighth...more

LAPT8 Bahamas: Kay breaks Finger's momentum, wins heads-up

With a better than 2-to-1 chip lead to start heads-up play, Martin Finger appeared primed to add a Latin American Poker Tour title -- in one of the biggest LAPT Main Events ever -- to his EPT Main Event and Super High Roller wins and WSOP bracelet. And after chipping...more

PCA 2015: The amazing, shrinking George Lind III

If there is a doctor in the house, please send him to the back of the Imperial Ballroom, because Team PokerStars Pro Online's George Lind seems to have lost at least a third of himself. We're not sure if it's with the luggage everyone is waiting on in Miami or...more

PCA 2015: On the up-and-up

PokerStars players, whether playing live at the PCA or online in one of many countries around the world, know that the integrity of the game at PokerStars is absolutely paramount. That's why the dealers and floor staff here at Atlantis have to be the very best in the business, just...more

PCA 2015: Putting usernames to faces and then back again

In the nine years I've been reporting on the European Poker Tour there have inevitably been a great many winners. Names to be remembered, and faces that go with them. Then there are all those others who provided a few highlights along the way. All this has an inevitable effect...more

LAPT8 Bahamas: Jedlicka thwarted in third; Finger, Kay heads-up

The Austrian Stefan Jedlicka qualified for this LAPT Bahamas Main Event via a $22 rebuy on PokerStars. That small investment carried him all of the way here to the Atlantis, and after three long days of poker to a third-place finish worth a nifty $158,740. Jedlicka's tournament run came to...more

PCA 2015: Chad Brown's seat at the PCA

It happened to more than a couple of us. We walked the Atlantis hallways this week, looked up, and saw a healthy Chad Brown walking toward us. "Oh, there's Chad," we thought. It was natural, like seeing a palm on the beach. Chad Brown belongs here. It wasn't Chad we...more

PCA 2015: Play with Jake and Jim - or train with Tito

The compact field of Day 1A at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure this year required only about one quarter of the 50,000 square feet available in the Imperial Ballroom. It was just as well. The cash games are booming and the LAPT Bahamas main event filled almost all of another side...more

LAPT8 Bahamas: Paur, Garcia out in back-to-back hands; Finger leads final 3

The final five continued on toward the end of Level 27 with Martin Finger continuing to enjoy a chip lead by a wide margin. Then in a flash came two eliminations within two hands to conclude the level. Both hands involved hands pitting players holding a single ace, although in...more

LAPT8 Bahamas: Finger targets another; Danchev down in sixth

Pocket aces worked well for chip leader Martin Finger earlier this afternoon -- enabling him to knock out both Mustapha Kanit in eighth and then Jonathan Borenstein in seventh. Then came a hand in which Stefan Jedlicka picked up the rockets, although after an intriguing hand with Taylor Paur things...more

PCA 2015: Improve your game, with Jason and Vanessa

Part of what makes the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure so much more than just the biggest tournament series outside Vegas is the spread of additional activities and opportunities on offer. Poker lovers can watch episodes of Shark Cage being filmed, win free money from the pros heads up in the HU4ROLLZ...more

LAPT8 Bahamas: Aces again for Finger bounces Borenstein in seventh

Martin Finger comes to this LAPT Bahamas final table with a WSOP bracelet and an EPT Main Event win (and an EPT Super High Roller title, too), giving him a shot at a kinda-sorta-Triple Crown should he come away with the win. If things continue for the rest of the...more

Sarah Herring tasting Bahamian rum


Inside PokerStars: "When I'm playing online at PokerStars where do the games take place?"

Like other leading technology companies, PokerStars invests heavily in the technical infrastructure of our platforms. Like others, we need to continually develop cutting edge software to deliver a compelling consumer experience. And that software must sit on a dependable network infrastructure to handle the extraordinary needs of a global poker...more

LAPT8 Bahamas: Kanit KO'd in eighth; Finger now in front

The final table's first half-hour was highlighted by a three-way hand involving heavy preflop action and a couple of big folds. Martin Finger had been active in several hands, then opened again from early position for 50,000 holding A♠K♦. Jonathan Borenstein then three-bet to 130,000 from the button where he'd...more

LAPT8 Bahamas: Meet the final eight

The first final table of Season 8 of the Latin American Poker Tour is here. From 736 entries just eight players remain, bringing to the table a variety of backgrounds and poker experience, including a lot of considerable results. It's an eclectic group, but they all have one item in...more

PCA 2015: Truckin' to the Bahamas for $11

Consider Ludwig Fernstrom. He works his mobile phone up against his long beard and speaks to the woman on the other end of the line. They talk like this too much. It would be better if they were lying in bed together. But the call has to be made. He's...more

LAPT8 Bahamas: Hall hits rail in ninth, final table set

Two PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event champions made it to the final nine of this inaugural LAPT Bahamas Main Event -- Galen Hall (2011) and Dimitar Danchev (2013) -- but only one made it the official final table of eight. Hall was ninth of nine in chips to start play...more

PCA 2015: The perils of the random seat draw

You might think you wouldn't have to persuade someone that you hadn't won two WPT Player of the Year titles, but it turns out that on occasion you do. This happened to Jonathan Little as play began today. "What were you, WPT champion twice?" "No just one time... that was...more

PCA 2015: The biggest spin up of them all

When John Dibella won the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in 2011, he had qualified for his seat at the Main Event in a live satellite at Atlantis that cost $1,000 to enter. He thereby recorded one of the great R.O.I. success stories of the modern era, the kind popularised by Chris...more

LAPT8 Bahamas: Frey falls, Massey moves on; 9 remain

In less than an hour they've gone from 11 down to an unofficial final table of nine here at the LAPT Bahamas Main Event where start-of-day chip leader Josh Kay has maintained his advantage thus far. Shortly after play began, a hand arose on the outer table that saw Taylor...more

PCA 2015: Cat and mouse

"The door got busted, I grabbed the cash and went out the window onto the fire escape. I bailed off the second storey into a dumpster with $300 stuffed in my pockets. I was the only guy who got away". Talking to Jeff Michels, that's not hard to believe. Some...more

LAPT8 Bahamas: Eleven players, one trophy

A field of 736 entries for the first ever LAPT Bahamas Main Event played down to 183 players on Wednesday, and after a long Day 2 yesterday only 11 remain with hopes of capturing the first Main Event trophy of Season 8 of the Latin American Poker Tour along with...more

8 January

LAPT8 Bahamas: Josh Kay leads final 11; Danchev, Hall, Finger in hunt

Near the end of Day 2 of the LAPT Bahamas Main Event, Mustapha Kanit was engaged in a discussion with a fellow player about a hand the pair had just played when he quickly stopped and with a wry grin held up his hand. "I don't believe you," he said...more

LAPT8 Bahamas: Strelitz, Hutter fall; 14 left

A couple of Americans fell during Level 22. Daniel Strelitz was felted shortly after the start of the level in 16th ($16,340), then followed to the rail near level's end by Barry Hutter in 15th ($18,280). Hutter's elimination hand began with an opening raise to 32,000 (a little over 2x)...more

LAPT8 Bahamas: Danchev still leads final 16, Karamalikis on the move

Level 21 has concluded and just 16 remain here in what has become a quiet corner of the Imperial Ballroom. Dimitar Danchev remains out in front with more than 2 million as the final players have recollected themselves around the last two tables. Gathering around the last two tables After...more

LAPT8 Bahamas: The champs have chips; Danchev, Hall strong with 24 left

Yesterday it was Dominik Panka catching our eye, the returning PCA Main Event champion an obvious attention-getter thanks to his major triumph in this same location just a year ago. We noted how other former PCA Main Event champs were in the field as well, and how a couple of...more

PCA 2015: Team Pro Online Alex Millar travelling well at end of Day 1A

It always feels like a long wait from the start of the PCA festival to the first day of the Main Event. But today the waiting finally came to an end. In reality the Super High Rollers are a pretty good warm-up act, as winner Steve O'Dwyer demonstrated a short...more

LAPT8 Bahamas: Frey in front of final 35

Seven more have fallen during the first part of post-dinner play here at the LAPT Bahamas Main Event. Mustapha Kanit continues to maintain his big stack of 700,000-plus, but there's a new leader for now -- Kyle Frey. Kyle Frey As Carlos Monti our photographer explained, that pose represents Frey's...more

PCA 2015: Tammy's scarf

Tammy Ward pushes a color brochure across the table. "That's our new place," she says. There's hard-earned pride in her smile. She presses a finger on each square: the master bedroom overlooking the lake, her husband's new office, bedrooms for each of the boys. Every little thumbnail photo shows a...more

LAPT8 Bahamas: Kanit carries chip lead to dinner break; 42 remain

It's dinner time, which somehow makes it fitting to say our current chip leader is the player nicknamed "lasagnaaammm." With 42 players left in the LAPT Bahamas Main Event, Mustapha Kanit enjoys the chip lead over the 75-minute break. Mustapha "lasagnaaammm" Kanit In addition to a long list of live...more

PCA 2015: Steve O'Dwyer adds Super High Roller title to Main Event glory

What have Martin Finger and Steve O'Dwyer got in common? Before this week at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, you could have listed a few things: top poker talent, EPT champion, propensity to wear shorts when you least expect it. But as of this evening, O'Dwyer shares with Finger the distinction...more

PCA 2015: Dream lived for George Danzer. What will it mean in 2015?

Did George Danzer remember what his surfing coach had told him almost exactly a year ago. I asked him. "Yeah, I remember! He said 'follow your dream in 2014'!" I couldn't help but ask how that turned out. "It actually worked out pretty good." Of course it had worked out,...more

LAPT8 Bahamas: An LAPT reunion for Katchalov and Ramdin

The second break of Day 2 as arrived. Just 74 remain, representing a tenth of the massive 736-entry field. We had mentioned how Galen Hall had appeared to seize the chip lead a while ago, but a recent pass of the tables suggested Mustapha Kanit to be currently sitting behind...more

PCA 2015: Money for nothing as Team Online are taken to the cleaners

The world of poker often sets two conflicting ideologies against one another: the claim that there's no such thing as a free lunch with the belief that there's boundless riches on offer for the minimum of effort. The truth is probably somewhere in between -- hence the other maxim that...more

PCA 2015: From 'Hold Me Darling' to Twitch

"I feel like we're right at the cusp of something tremendous happening". WSOP bracelet winner and internet sensation Jason Somerville is speaking with the passion which has made him so successful, both as a player and as a broadcaster. "We know how hard it is to keep an audience's attention...more

PCA 2015: Alex Millar, lion, homebody on the road

It's weird to see a lion in South Carolina, mane hanging around its neck, ready to eat any gazelle that may make the mistake of poking its nose in the wrong place. It's weird, indeed, but I have seen just that thing. The zoo in my town has a lion...more

PCA 2015: From Hollywood Bowl to Holiday Inn?

It's like looking at a magic eye pictures. You scan the horizon for a few seconds and suddenly it leaps out at you, like it shouldn't be there. Or even like the hidden symbols supposedly hidden in Michelango's work, brain shapes mostly, scattered around the Sistine Chapel like cherubs. You...more

LAPT8 Bahamas: Sisley misses the money; 111 remain

The burbuja has burst, as they say on the Latin American Poker Tour. Here's how it happened. Just 114 were left coming back from the first break of Day 2, with nearly 70 players hitting the rail as the LAPT Bahamas Main Event neared the cash. Among those eliminated was...more

LAPT8 Bahamas: Tough tables at every turn

The big turnout for this first LAPT Bahamas Main Event included a number of big names both from the Latin American Poker Tour and from around the globe. No surprise, then, to see many familiar faces among those coming back for today's second day of play, including several examples of...more

PCA 2015: The Magnificent Seven in Super High Roller shootout

The complexion of the Super High Roller final table this afternoon says much about the make-up of these super high buy-in tournament fields. Among the seven players still involved, there is a former EPT Grand Final winner and a former Super High Roller bronze medallist, an independently wealthy businessman known...more

PCA 2014: Pick a square, any square

The common mistake many Americans make is assuming everybody has a working knowledge of our sports institutions. Each year, however, as we come here for the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, I'm reminded just how little folks from other parts of the globe know (or, admittedly, care) about the games and contests...more

PCA 2015: The waiting is over as the Main Event begins

The tournament room in Atlantis is in a state of heightened readiness, for this is the day when the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure properly gets under way. As far as soft launches go, the Super High Roller is hard to beat, the perfect way to ease the festival doors open with...more

Q&A with UFC legend Tito Ortiz


LAPT8 Bahamas: Day 2 awaits after staggering Day 1; 183 remain

Thinking back to yesterday's Day 1 of the LAPT Bahamas Main Event, a frequently used word to describe the proceedings -- perhaps the most used -- was "staggering." As in, "the turnout is simply staggering." Or "that prize pool is staggering." Or "can you please stop saying staggering?" With 736...more

7 January

PCA 2015: Sorel Mizzi rolls to final table lead

It's barely been 24 hours since Sorel Mizzi was sitting in the players lounge waiting for somebody to transfer him enough money to enter the $100,000 Super High Roller event at the 2015 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. "A hundred thousand is a lot of money," he said. "I don't just have...more

LAPT8 Bahamas: Main Event draws 736, Pahuja gathers big stack

One of the many water slides here at the Atlantis is aptly called "The Surge," so named because of the way it suddenly carries riders upwards during its initial sequence, seemingly defying gravity as they go faster the higher they go. Today's first day of the three-day LAPT Bahamas Main...more

LAPT8 Bahamas: Some late night numbers

They're moving into the latter stages of play on what has been an amazing Day 1 of the LAPT Bahamas Main Event. Alas for some the most recent developments haven't been as amazing as they'd have liked. Team PokerStars Pro Christian de Leon was one of the many late night...more

PCA 2015: Sarah Herring sets a course for Compass Point

For some players the PCA means flying to Atlantis and staying in Atlantis. It's understandable, what with so much poker going on. It usually means there's rarely any reason to leave the hotel, let alone Paradise Island. But a short cab ride will take you over the bridge and onto...more

PCA 2015: McDonald and Mercier continue streak, but can Seiver topple Colman?

In Prague last month, as the Czech capital hosted its first ever Super High Roller tournament, we took an in depth look at previous events under the SHR umbrella to find out who has done what when the stakes are highest. The counting and calculating was done before the final...more

LAPT8 Bahamas: Games of entrees and entries

We're back to report a pleasant dinner over on the other side of the casino in the restaurant named Olives, where those of us sitting around the table played a game attempting to guess precisely -- to the second -- how long it would take for the entrees to arrive....more

PCA 2015: Bubbles? Make mine a double

Bubbles are the worst, right? To come so close to the money and fall just short is arguably even worse than going out in the first couple of orbits. At least if you bust early in a PCA event you can go soak away your troubles in a nearby hot...more

PCA 2015: The Jason Mercier bust out/comeback post

Jason Mercier looked down at his cards and figured now was as good a time as any. He set out his chips in neat piles, making them look as plentiful as he could, but it amounted to only 129,000. Christophe Vogelsang thought for a while and called. He had Mercier...more

LAPT8 Bahamas: A fantastic field

They've pushed through seven levels and a little more at the LAPT Bahamas Main Event and are eyeing a 75-minute dinner break due to start at the end of Level 8. Once players return from their evening repast late registration will end and the ability to reenter will be no...more

PCA 2015: The Jason Koon nutrition plan

Picture the iconic poker player: jowls hanging over a western shirt, chin resting upon chin resting upon heaving chest, cigar ashes casting a light snow over an old rounded mountain the player calls his stomach. Words come out in grunts. Everything comes out in grunts. His chances of a heart...more

LAPT8 Bahamas: Managing expectations with Dominik Panka

Talking with LAPT President David Carrion yesterday, he made what we are now all calling a conservative estimate of the possible turnout for today's first ever LAPT Bahamas Main Event. Actually, we were using the word "conservative" yesterday as well with reference to his statement "I personally would be very...more

PCA 2015: MMA legend Tito Ortiz is up for a new fight

I wouldn't necessarily say this to his face, but Tito Ortiz is a pussycat. In actual fact, that's not really true. In a 40-minute question and answer session, kicking off the popular Team Pro breakfast series at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure this morning, the self-styled Huntington Beach Bad Boy was...more

PCA 2015: Greenwood running good and staying smart

It will be a long day for the Super High Rollers playing down to a final table tonight. That might explain why there's still that atmosphere, described yesterday, during which very little is taken seriously, with everybody happy and optimistic. There's too much play left to think things could all...more

PCA 2015: A stranger in paradise

In the spirit of poker confessions, it's time for me to come clean: this is not only my first time at the PCA, but my first visit to any major tournament series, on the European Poker Tour or elsewhere (in fact, it was only recently that I discovered The Bahamas...more

LAPT8 Bahamas: Getting a kick out of Ronaldo

The first break of the day of the LAPT Bahamas Main Event saw the 300-plus players who've come out for the event scatter from the tournament area about the Imperial Ballroom and just outside to stretch their legs and clear their thoughts during the allotted 15 minutes. Among them was...more

Venture capitalist Bill Perkins on donating to charity


PCA 2015: What it takes is whatever it takes

The PokerStars Caribbean Adventure is not what you think it is. In fact, what you see here on the blog, on Twitter, and everywhere else is barely a fraction of what lies beneath. This is a look behind the curtain of what happens in this pink palace. Last night, David...more

PCA 2015: Super High Roller to make two sharks into millionaires

If your New Year's resolution was to become a millionaire in 2015, I very much hope you are playing the Super High Roller event at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure this week. The prize pool for the monster buy-in curtain raiser has just been announced and the headline news is as...more

LAPT8 Bahamas: Familiar, yet different

The first level of the first tournament of the eighth season of the Latin American Poker Tour has finished. First impression? Uncanny! The term "uncanny" is often used to refer to anything mysterious or unsettling, although in truth it has a more specific meaning than that, one that contains an...more

LAPT8 Bahamas: The tour comes to the Caribbean; Main Event starts today

"Season Eight? Really? Wow." So said my PokerStars blogging colleague Howard Swains to me last night as we discussed today's PCA schedule and its highlight, the inaugural LAPT Bahamas Main Event which kicks off Season 8 of the Latin American Poker Tour. Having covered the LAPT's first season back in...more

PCA 2015: Questions and answers on Day 2 of the festival

It's only the second day of the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure and already there are questions to be answered. For instance, what will be the final number of entrants to the Super High Roller event? And how many people will play the Latin American Poker Tour event today? Lastly, and perhaps...more

Monster Pot Report: New year brings new action

It was another week dominated by action in the 2.5M/5M games, although the top level 5M/10M game was starting to show stirrings of life after a brief holiday hibernation period. The top pot for the week was a multi-way monster that got split two ways. The biggest chunk of the...more

2015 PokerStars Asia-Pacific Q1 Preview

Happy New Year! Now that the winter festivities are done it's time to take a look at the first quarter of 2015 in the Asia-Pacific which promises to be the biggest poker tournaments ever in the region. JANUARY Manila Megastack (Jan 14-18) 'PokerStars LIVE at the City of Dreams Manila'...more

6 January

Dan "judgedredd13" Charlton wins second career Super Tuesday title, $92K after six-year wait

It's not rare to see short-stacked players mount big comebacks at a final table, but it's also no guarantee. At a mathematical advantage as they are, sometimes the big stacks just catch all the breaks at the right times. It was that kind of final in this week's Super Tuesday,...more

PCA 2015: Sam Greenwood disrupts the Mike McDonald fitness video to lead Super High Rollers at end of Day 1

The PokerStars Caribbean Adventure is now 11 years and one day old. The 2015 renewal of the annual jamboree in the Bahamas kicked off at noon today in the Imperial Ballroom of the Atlantis Resort -- and we started with a big one. Event #1 this year is the $100,000...more

PCA 2015: Putting the clock on Timex for 350 push-ups in an hour

Photographer Neil Stoddart roamed the tournament floor in his usual way. As he walked alongside Mike McDonald's table he inadvertently kicked what looked like a discarded sandwich box, tossed onto the floor. Conscientious, he picked it up and moved it out of the way, to the horror of everyone watching....more

PCA 2015: LAPT Bahamas Main Event debuts tomorrow

For many years the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure's position at the start of the calendar year has given it the status as an overall starting point for the tournament poker circuit. This year the PCA has even greater cachet as a kickoff event, as the Latin American Poker Tour has made...more

PCA 2015: Missing a lot is the price you pay for seeing a lot

As poker has evolved over the years, so has the way in which it is brought to the public. Major tournaments are still televised in time-honoured fashion -- a cut-down of the feature table, and then the final, squeezed into one-hour portions -- but we are now also in the...more

PCA 2015: Self-defence tips for a captive audience

Bill Perkins walked around the tournament floor as though he'd lost something, maybe a contact lens or a lucky charm. In fact he had lost something, but it wasn't his ability to see clearly or summon good fortune. He'd lost his chips, all of them, and was quite clear in...more

PCA 2015: Where to eat in the Bahamas

We hungry bloggers have just spent the past fifteen minutes with our tireless fixer Emma in an attempt to find a place to eat when we finish up play tonight. If it weren't for Emma, we would probably survive on Funyons and Kalik (and to be fair, we have some...more

PCA 2015: The confessional

I'd be willing to bet that 99% of the people who read this blog would have no idea how to stump Isaac Haxton. Go ahead and try, but at no point will you get nearly as close as Sarah Grant did when she asked him and several other Super High...more

PCA 2015: The squatter's right

By now most of us have become familiar with "What Johnny Lodden Thinks," the prop-betting game that frequently turns up as a hub around which entertaining table talk can revolve. Especially on Day 1s of Super High Rollers, when both the stacks and players' pockets are often deep. Funny thing...more

PCA 2015: Shark Cage debuts with the oddest table of all

Jennifer Shahade is bee-lining through the loud Coral Tower hallway at Atlantis. She's dressed to the nines in a black number that sets off her hair in just the right way. She is on her way to a TV set. "That's the reason for all..." She flicks her fingers at...more

PCA 2015: On air through to the finish

You probably know by now that the PCA is a little different. It gets special treatment, like a favoured child. But while we'd never say one event was better than another, this one comes with a few bonuses you might not find anywhere else, as you'll discover by watching EPTLive....more

PCA 2015: Way down below the ocean, where I wanna be

We report again from the Atlantis resort, site of the PCA for the last 11 years and so named for the fictional continent submerged somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean, the subject of stories and songs for many centuries. The Atlantis First mentioned in passing by Plato in his dialogues, an...more

PCA 2015: A slow start, but a start at least

"If there's nothing happening, you write about nothing." This forgotten* tenet of journalism has come to define much in the world of new media, where an average of 40,000 words per minute** are published on personal blogs (and the Huffington Post) despite a combined value of absolutely nothing. Joseph Pulitzer...more

PCA 2015: Ready or not, the Super High Roller splashes in

It's happening. Tables are ready. Stages have literally been set. We've dutifully tested the water slides and all is fine on that front as well. The new year is upon us, and ready or not, the 2015 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure is about to begin. The $100,000 buy-in Super High Roller...more

PokerStars signs Team Pros from India and Japan

In just a few weeks, you will see two brand new faces wearing the red spade of Team PokerStars Pro. Today, PokerStars announced it has signed its first Team Pro from India and its second from Japan. Both legends in the poker world, Aditya Agarwal and Kosei Ichinose bring big...more

2015 Rake Rollback

On November 3, PokerStars increased cash game rake and tournament fees in various games; we also planned to implement several additional increases on January 1. After additional analysis and consideration, we have now returned the rake to pre-November 3 levels in most instances and have cancelled the planned additional increases....more

5 January

PCA 2015: Checking in on Paradise Island

Sunshine? Check. Poker tables, cards, and chips? Check. Check Check. Kalik? Check (and doubled checked just to be sure). It can only mean one thing, friends. The Pokerstars Caribbean Adventure is back for 2015. This will be the 12th consecutive poker reunion in paradise, and it looks to be gigantic....more

Weekend Review: Back to normal for the Sunday Majors

There's something quite comforting about things returning to normal after the New Year celebrations. Last week there was a $5 million guarantee to mark the end of 2014. This week it was business as usual, with the Sunday Million stripped of any bells and whistles, and returning to its familiar...more

Sunday Million: doypaliza takes title, $196K in three-way deal

After last week's year-ending bash and $5 million guarantee, the Sunday Million returned for its 2015 debut this week with its normal $1 million prize pool on the line. The smaller numbers up top didn't stop a healthy field from showing up, though. After 12 hours and 14 minutes of...more

4 January

Sunday Warm-Up: very important win, vip25459 takes down $99K

Several players hunting for the Sunday Warm-Up title during the late goings have been here before. Fourth place, fifth place, sixth place, but not that coveted top spot of this $500,000 guarantee Sunday Major. vip25459 was able to put that past near-miss to rest after defeating a field of 3,181...more

2 January

Shark Cage Episode 6


Ready, set, TCOOP!

We're going to make this quick, partly because it's Friday, and party because we literally have no other choice. Why? This is a story about a tournament series that will fly by faster than any other you know. That's right, kiddos, the Turbo Championship of Online Poker is back. It's...more