February 2015

28 February

Why PokerStars moved the Sunday Million anniversary tournament

You might have seen the news in recent weeks. The $9 million Sunday Million 9th anniversary celebration was initially scheduled for March 8th before moving to March 15th. More than a few of you asked a very good question: Why? After the event came out on the schedule, the players...more

Eureka5 Rozvadov Day 3: Pleijster heads into final day in charge

The penultimate day of the Eureka5 Rozvadov Main Event played out today over the course of eight one-hour levels, and by the close, just seven players remained from the 28 that started the day. Ruben Pleijster rose to the top of the pile and heads into the final day with...more

PokerStars players and staff honored at the American Poker Awards

Only a few days ago PokerStars players and staff were collecting trophies at the British Poker Awards in London. It served as well earned recognition for their work and the role they play in the poker industry and was celebrated by all of us at PokerStars. Today we woke up...more

Eureka5 Rozvadov Day 3: Level 25 - 28 (40,000/80,000, 10,000)

12:45pm: Day 3 comes to a close That's all for Day 3. Ruben Pleijster finished the day as chip leader on 3,430,000. Coverage of the final day will begin from 3pm CET and a wrap of the day's main talking points will be up on the blog shortly. 12:30am: Last...more

Eureka5 Rozvadov Day 3: Level 21 -24 (15,000/30,000, 4,000)

6:40pm: Dinner break The remaining 14 players are on a one-hour dinner break. Full counts and updates for the rest of the day can be found by clicking here. 6:30pm: Ercan Atmaca eliminated in 15th Place (€6,180) Ercan Atmaca had departed in 15th place after he lost a classic race...more

27 February

Eureka5 Rozvadov Day 2: Paleta leads final 28

Day 2 was certainly moving day today on the Eureka Poker Tour. The King's Casino welcomed back 255 players and by the end of nine levels of play, just 28 remained. Lots of big names, Team Pros and a bubble boy made way throughout the day. Some of them made...more

Eureka5 Rozvadov Day 2: Level 17 - 20 (6,000/12,000, 2,000)

1:25am: 29 make Day 3; Paleta leads the way Play has concluded here in Rozvadov. Rastislav Paleta ended the day as chip leader with 1,194,000. A full wrap, chips counts and Day 3 seat draw will be up on the blog in due time. Play resumes at 2pm CET. 1:05am:...more

Eureka5 Rozvadov: Mumma Miah, Atik bubbles Main Event

Once the tournament got down to 100 players remaining (five off the money), Tournament Director Thomas Lamatsch made an announcement to the dealers to call out every all in and call. The purpose of this was to ensure that they could keep track of every exit so they knew when...more

Eureka5 Rozvadov: Some time with Grafton before his demise

Defending champion Martin Meciar busted Day 1B but managed to make it through via Day 1C, to keep his hope of a defence alive. His table broke and his new one had a certain Sam Grafton sat to his left, so it was decided an orbit with the Brit was...more

Sunday Billion: The Year of the Bear

This week saw the Sunday Billion reach its first birthday, and to mark the occasion we've compiled some stats for the last year of tournaments. In total there have been 53 Sunday Billions, but surprisingly for a tournament that averages over 800 runners, only 51 winners. Two players have won...more

Eureka5 Rozvadov: Quintas not able to GoToCa$hier

Jose Quintas from Portugal was one of the returning players today, and with 53,500, would've had high hopes of a deep run. Having fewer than 30 big blinds is certainly not a safe position but, being an online star, it's Quintas' comfort zone and where he performs best. Quintas has...more

Eureka5 Rozvadov: A numbers game

Tournament Director Thomas Lamatsch and his team counted up all the entries this morning and once they had the total prize pool, worked out the payouts. The total of 664 entries created a prize pool of €664,000. A total of 95 players will finish in the money with a min...more

Why Twitch, and Jason Somerville, might just revolutionize poker

The signing of Jason Somerville to Team PokerStars is significant in much the same Daniel Negreanu's was when he joined the team back in 2007. Both have been innovative in their approach to the game, providing unique, game changing perspectives. Negreanu remains the same icon he was when he first...more

Eureka5 Rozvadov: Welcome to Day 2

Welcome back to the King's Casino for continued coverage of Eureka Rozvadov, the first stop on the fifth season of a tour growing in popularity and size. The tour made history yesterday by being the first to introduce a Day 1C Turbo re-entry flight. Those who busted Day 1A last...more

Jason Somerville signs with Team PokerStars Pro

If you were forced to slap a label on Jason Somerville, it would be easy simply to call him a poker player. After all, he's won millions of dollars playing cards. You and most other regular folks could be forgiven if that's all you know about the man online poker...more

26 February

Eureka5 Rozvadov: Mrakes turbos his way to lead Day 1C

The clock struck 10pm here in the King's Casino and that signalled the opening of the second chance saloon for all those players who'd busted a bullet on either Day 1A or 1B. The general consensus amongst players who decided to enter the turbo Day 1C was that it was...more

Eureka5 Rozvadov: Blaha blasts his way to Day 1B chip lead

The Eureka5 Rozvadov Main Event may have had three starting flights but was dominated by Day 1B, by far the biggest of the three with 427 players. It actually set a single day record of for a Eureka event held here at the King's Casino. Roman Bláha was the man...more

Eureka5 Rozvadov: The 100k club

As the stakes go up, the casualties are high, but the rewards are great for those who can survive. Some even thrive in such savage circumstances, like those who become a member of an exclusive Day 1 club - the 100k club. As play enters the last level for the...more

Eureka5 Rozvadov: Cards in the air for Day 1C

Cards are in the air for the first ever Day 1C on the Eureka Poker Tour. This is no normal starting flight though; it's a turbo, re-entry only event. A second chance if you will for the poor souls who failed to make it through Day 1A/B. No one is...more

Eureka5 Rozvadov: German domination over. Maybe

The Germans are a pesky lot. Don't get me wrong, they're a truly lovely nation of people, it's just that some of the time it'd be nice it they let someone else win. Football, poker, you name it they're always there near the end. Most things run in cycles though,...more

Eureka5 Rozvadov: A round with Hof, dominated by Blaha

When one decides to a round with a particular player, one hopes it's a pivotal round in their day's exploits at the baize. Poker doesn't work like that though. Friend of PokerStars Natalie Hof was the subject of this particular post and the round end up being dominated by Roman...more

Episode 4 of the EPT Monaco Main Event


Eureka5 Rozvadov: Czerwinski likes a Challenge

Eureka Rozvadov is about more than just the Main Event with a lot of side events on offer to suit lots of budgets. On of the most popular so far this week proved to be the €200 buy-in Eureka 100 Grand Challenge event. It attracted 494 entries and came to...more

Eureka5 Rozvadov: Time to Innovate

Jonathan Raab, PokerStars Business Development Manager for Europe, and has always been known as an innovator within the industry. In fact, he won the Poker Staff Person of the Year at the 2008 European Poker awards due to his innovative ideas. Poker bloggers around the world can be thankful for...more

Super Tuesday winner Jason Koon on taking the long view

You might have read something we wrote yesterday about certain moments in poker that leave you almost dumbfounded. They're like flashes of brilliance that might have been dreamed up by some scriptwriter in Hollywood, but which provide the proof, if any were needed, that good players are good, and great...more

Eureka5 Rozvadov: A bumper field expected for Day 1B

A new year and a new season of the Eureka Poker Tour has come around very quickly. The first stop of season 5 returns to the King's Casino, Rozvadov, for the third time and the festival is already in full swing. PokerStars is always looking for ways to innovate and...more

EPT Malta festival set to break records

We're all out of superlatives (this may show from time to time). So can we just say that EPT Malta is going to be, well, big? Although thinking about it that doesn't really sum up what's going to take place on the next leg of the European Poker Tour, which...more

25 February

Monster Pot Report: Racing to the week's biggest pot

This week all the notable action took place at the 2.5M/5M table, as the top two stakes laid largely untouched from Feb 9-15. The top hand went to Italy's high stakes maestro 'viziato1991' in a heads-up pot against 'LucKeeBalls'. The Italian opened the action with a raise to 15M, his...more

Panning for the stuff that makes poker shine

I'll admit it. I really like those stories that remind you of why you were captivated by poker in the first place. They focus on various aspects of the game, but they all have one thing in common. They demonstrate what it means to be a great player, often infuriatingly...more

Asia Pacific Poker Tour announces schedule for Macau

The Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) today unveiled the Season 9 schedule for APPT Macau which takes place at the 'PokerStars LIVE Macau' poker room. The poker festival will now be held from May 20-31, 2015 moving the dates one week back from the dates announced earlier in the year....more

24 February

Jason "jakoon1985" Koon collects 2/24/15 Super Tuesday title, $111K

We're used to seeing big fields and tough final tables full of familiar usernames and well-regarded pros in the Super Tuesday this week, and tonight fulfilled such expectations once again. From a field of 591 the final nine featured several we'd recognized from Super Tuesdays and Sunday tourneys past, among...more

British Poker Awards honors Negreanu, Cody, Stone

It is awards season all over the world. From Hollywood to the UK, presenters are grabbing their envelopes. Just last night in London, the British Poker Awards chose three big names from PokerStars and the EPT to honor this year. When it came time to pick the Best International Player,...more

"I love Sundays!" Georgios "GeoManousos" Sotiropoulos on his Sunday Million win

About four months ago I sent some questions off to a Super Tuesday winner who was having something of a breakthrough year. Georgios "GeoManousos" Sotiropoulos had finished second in the EPT Main Event in Prague a few months earlier and since then had moved to Vienna, turned pro, and begun...more

Eureka Poker Tour returns to Rozvadov to kick-off fifth season

For a third time the Eureka Poker Tour stopped in the King's Casino, Rozvadov. This time it was to kick-off the tour's fifth season, with a nine day festival containing 22 tournaments. It all started with the €1,100 Main Event, which once again has a €500,000 guaranteed prize pool. Eureka...more

23 February

Insight and action from Episode 3 of EPT10 Monaco

The best ways to learn is to watch, and that's where Episode 3 of coverage of EPT10 Monaco Grand Final comes in. In this latest episode, which you can watch below or on PokerStars.tv, the bubble has burst and players are in the money. Talal Shakerchi is throwing his chips...more

Episode 3 of the EPT10 Monaco Main Event


Weekend Review: GeoManousos headlines a weekend of big winners

There might not be anything to get you over the disappointment of coming second in an EPT Main Event, except perhaps winning the next one. But success online certainly helps, particularly when only a few short months before you'd made the momentous decision to move town and turn pro, giving...more

Sunday Million: Georgios "GeoManousos" Sotiropoulos streaks to a $211k score

Whether they're born of pure confidence, sensational reading ability, or the alignment of the stars themselves, there's no denying streaks exist in tournament poker. Witness George Danzer's three 2014 WSOP bracelets, Rob Tinnion's twin Sunday Million wins, and tonight's final table to name just a few examples. We could hardly...more

22 February

Sunday Warm-Up: chris288 fights for the win and $70K after three-way deal

The winner of the $500,000 guarantee Sunday Warm-Up made the best of a second shot at a major win. Through over 11 hours of play and a three-way deal, chris288 would walk away with $70,566.48 and the win. Read below how chris288 came from behind to claim this week's title....more

19 February

Hey, aren't you that guy from that thing on TV?

In another lifetime, at an age before time took my brown hair and turned it gray, in a world where telling the truth had more value than a good bluff, in grocery stores in the tri-state area, I was a minor celebrity. Like, really minor. But minor or not, there...more

18 February

With phone call home McHugh proves no two deals are ever alike

You might not have spotted it, a throwaway observation made by our reporting team at the ANZPT Perth Main Event, but there was a moment just before heads up play began that caught my attention. Michael Doyle had just been eliminated in third place, leaving local man Stephen McHugh and...more

17 February

norfair18 denies José "GoToCa$hier" Quintas second Super Tuesday win, takes 2/17/15 title

It was just a month-and-a-half ago that José "GoToCa$hier" Quintas was wrapping up a remarkable 2014 with a victory in the Super Tuesday, worth just over $100K. As this week's installment of the weekly $1,050 no-limit hold'em tournament showed, Quintas has kicked off 2015 in similarly successful fashion with yet...more

Monster Pot Report: Don't dump your chips!

It was a quiet week at the top stakes with just a handful of hands exceeding the 2B chip mark. Of those, two were found to be cases of chip dumping and the chips were subsequently confiscated. Let that be a lesson to others - keep your play clean or...more

Sunday Million highlights February 15, 2015


Big leads and impossible short stacks, all in the Sunday Million highlights

You may already know who won, particularly if you read the match report earlier this week, but if you want to enjoy a pretty good demonstration of poker's various nuances you should start with the Sunday Million highlights from this past weekend. Whether it's how to play a lengthy (and...more

16 February

Ready to win your seat to the Shark Cage Season 2?

In poker terms it's the home of excitement, drama, and, let's face it, humiliation. Now you can win your chance to feature in all three. Today we start the search for the last three online qualifiers for 'Shark Cage' Season 2. Three players to come to Monaco and compete against...more

Mission Weeks to deliver $400,000 in prizes

Wait. Didn't PokerStars just do Mission Weeks? Yes. Yes, it did. But just like the film Mission Impossible, this promotion has a sequel, and it has a $400,000 budget! From now until until March 1, you have the opportunity to win free tickets for a series of $50,000 All-In Shootouts....more

Celebrate the Sunday Million's ninth anniversary with $9 million guaranteed

It's one of those weekly events that remind you that all is well in the world. As long as the Sunday Million takes place (or a special edition of some sort), you can rest assured that the poker world is ticking along as it should be. In fact when it...more

MPC22: The Preview

Happy Chinese New Year! Kung Hei Fat Choy! The Year of the Goat is upon us and while you're probably busy with red envelopes, turnip cakes, and fireworks the good people at 'PokerStars LIVE Macau' are putting the finishing touches for the 22nd edition of the Macau Poker Cup (MPC22)...more

Weekend Review: Kane wins in Perth, rportaleoni wins Million while Ravishka wins headline

One of the things I like to do first thing on a Monday morning is look through the results from the Major events of the weekend. It's like you would with the morning after box scores for baseball or soccer. From a few lines of information an entire tournament can...more

15 February

Sunday Million: Rodrigo "rportaleoni" Garrido rolls to win, $166K

It was another exciting Sunday Million this week with a big field (6,658), a guarantee-exceeding prize pool ($1,331,600), and a hard-fought final table from which rportaleoni of Brazil emerged as the winner, claiming a cool $166,746.41 following a four-way final table deal. Rodrigo "rportaleoni" Garrido carried a huge chip lead...more

Sunday Warm-Up: Ravishing Ravishka notches win and $85K after two-way deal

Now that the roses are safely in a vase and yesterday's Valentine's Day dinner leftovers are sitting in the fridge it's was time to earn back those funds. The $500,000 Sunday Warm-Up was the choice for 2,929 players to shore up their bankrolls. Two players would go away happier than...more

ANZPT7 Perth Day 4: Kane crowned

The clock just ticked past midnight here in Perth. Only moments ago the poker room was full of cheers and sighs from the animated railbirds, as we just crowned a champion in the ANZPT Perth Main Event. Four days of play culminated in 192 entrants playing down to one tonight...more

ANZPT7 Perth Day 4: Four more fall flat

It started as a relatively slow final table, but after our sixth place bust out, three more players hit the rail in rapid succession. After around six hours of play, Raiden Kan was the next to go. When Michael Kane opened under the gun for 50,000, Kan moved his last...more

ANZPT7 Perth Day 4: Elimination nation

For over three hours chips went back and forth at this ANZPT final table. We were starting to think no one would ever bust. It was a surprise turn of events, however, that saw starting day chip leader and Team PokerStars pro Bryan Huang make an early exit. Bryan Huang...more

14 February

ANZPT7 Perth Day 4: Final table fever

Poker glory. Today someone will claim the Perth poker crown. The final table is set and 2:10pm local time will see the remaining nine players battle it out for the first ANZPT title of 2015, and a top prize of $105,000. It's been a tumultuous ride this week, but after...more

ANZPT7 Perth: Final table player profiles

Seat 1: Steve McHugh (Australia) - 304,000 Hailing from Perth, local Steve McHugh is a self-employed 39 year-old who's been playing poker for 10 years. He got into the game after watching it on TV and despite not cashing, the highlight of his poker career so far was playing the...more

ANZPT7 Perth Day 3: Team PokerStars pro Bryan Huang leads final table

It's Valentine's Day, and for the nine players who made the ANZPT Perth Main Event final table tonight, they'd certainly be in love with how they ran this week. There were 36 people at the start of Day 3 this afternoon, but now only nine remain and the final table...more

ANZPT7 Perth Day 3: Bubble blues

The bubble. The one spot that separates the winners from the losers. Here at the ANZPT Perth, the atmosphere in the room suddenly seems a lot more relaxed as our bubble boy just hit the rail. Andrew Molodstov was the unfortunate fellow, just missing out on a $3,900 payout and...more

13 February

ANZPT7 Perth Day 3: Femme Fatales on the felt

Valentine's Day. Usually a time for romantic gestures and spending time with a special someone. Today on Day 3 of the ANZPT Main Event, however, it's all about accumulating chips as we approach the money. For the players here, surviving to the final table would be the perfect Valentine's gift...more

ANZPT7 Perth Day 3: Commander Kane

The bubble approaches. Of the 192 entrants into ANZPT Perth's Main Event, only 36 return today for Day 3, and only 21 will see a return on their investment. From 12:30pm local time here at Crown Perth we'll be playing down to a final table, before a winner will be...more

Roses are red, violets are blue... hey look, poker!

We're only into February but already we've lived through the PCA, TCOOP and last week EPT Deauville. All combined to dominate most of the weekends so far in 2015. So for those who yearn for life to get back to normal, those who reject change and prefer the familiar instead,...more

ANZPT7 Perth Day 2: Kane climbs to the top

The atmosphere in the poker room was electric today as ANZPT Main Event Day 2 qualifiers piled into Crown Perth. The superstitious were perhaps extra cautious on this Friday the 13th at the felt, with players looking to survive to Day 3 tomorrow. Many fell by the wayside. The day...more

ANZPT Perth Day 2: Very superstitious

Friday the 13th. Supposedly the most unlucky day of the calendar year. Perhaps it isn't an ideal date for the superstitious to pull up a chair at the poker table for Day 2 of the ANZPT Main Event. Gambling and superstition have always been inextricably linked. From mundane stories such...more

EPT10 Monaco Main Event, Episode 2


ANZPT7 Perth Day 2: Unwind from the grind

After reporting on the players this week at ANZPT Perth, it was good to have the chance to share a beer and a laugh with some of them at The Merrywell Restaurant and Bar last night. The ANZPT Perth Player's Party played host to a lot of notable names all...more

12 February

ANZPT7 Perth Day 2: Kan kicks it off

Day 2. Where the 105 remaining players in the ANZPT Main Event will be whittled down again. After a night out at The Merrywell Restaurant and Bar for the Player's Party, today's Day 2 qualifiers will need to switch their game faces on come 12:30pm. With two Day 1 flights...more

ANZPT7 Perth Day 1b: Chidwick chasing glory

The poker action is winding down now at Crown Perth as the second flight of the ANZPT Main Event Day 1 has just drawn to a close. Players will also have a chance to wind down tonight, with many sure to attend the Player's Party at the Merrywell Restaurant and...more

Dong "Donger Kim" Kyu and Nick "TCfromUB" Frame on their unique Heads-Up Challenge

For all that's said about poker not really being a sport, it has a habit of producing some pretty remarkable spectacles. With build up to match a prize fight, a surge of interest online can suddenly provide all the momentum that's needed to put together the stuff of legend, like...more

Rob Tinnion on deals and doubles after winning second Sunday Million

Nothing wakes you up on Monday morning quite like a lot of noise coming from somewhere in the house. It'll rattle you out of deep sleep in no time at all. But Rob Tinnion's parents knew not to reach for the cricket bat ready to chase out an intruder. For...more

ANZPT7 Perth Day 1b: Running hot

Summer Down Under. Intense and unforgiving. The poker room here at Crown Perth this week is full of players adorning hats and sunglasses. While they might be using them in an attempt to hide tells and find an extra edge on the felt, they also offer a great reminder to...more

11 February

ANZPT7 Perth Day 1b: International interest

The sounds of shuffling chips and poker banter fill the room here at Crown Perth as the second Day 1 flight of the ANZPT Main Event is now underway. A field of around 80 are already battling it out on the felt, with more expected to join the action over...more

ANZPT7 Perth Day 1b: Fresh faces take their seats

After a big night here in the poker room at Crown Perth, a new batch of players are wandering in to try their luck in the second flight of the ANZPT Main Event Day 1. Just like last night, today's poker action will be spread across six levels of an...more

ANZPT7 Perth: Kan crushes Day 1a

The poker action and the weather have finally cooled down here at Crown Perth, at least for the night, as Day 1a of the ANZPT Main Event has drawn to a close. The atmosphere was buzzing this evening as 99 players packed the poker room, all in contention for a...more

Monster Pot Report: Moneymaker crushing the big games

It was a week of Monster Pots for one of poker's monster names this week, with 2003 WSOP Champion Chris Moneymaker leading the way with six pots of a billion or more. Among them was a 2.42B beast that weighed in as the largest of the week. It took place...more

ANZPT7 Perth Day 1a: Huang hunts in the west

The first stop on the ANZPT is heating up in Perth, with players doing their best to accumulate chips deep into Day 1a of the Main Event. One of those players is Team Pokerstars Pro and 1st on Singapore's all-time money list, Bryan Huang. All smiles at the ANZPT Perth...more

ANZPT7 Perth Day 1a: Cross-country grinding

With the first flight of the ANZPT7 Main Event Day 1 underway here at Crown Perth, we've already spotted some tough competitors at the felt. It seems with the Aussie Millions just wrapping up last month, a lot of players have made the cross-country trip to try their luck in...more

ANZPT7 Perth Day 1a: New poker room, new season

A mix of fresh and familiar faces have filled the revamped poker room here at Crown Perth as the first Day 1 flight of the ANZPT7 Main Event is currently kicking off. The poker room which was once separated into two parts now sits solely on the gaming floor, in...more

Highlights of Sunday Million, February 8, 2015


10 February

Alex "MrKloutt" Casals captures 2/10/15 Super Tuesday after four-way chop

The Spaniard Alex "MrKloutt" Casals is no stranger to success at PokerStars, having won a SCOOP event before while collecting many other wins and deep runs. This week while playing from tiny Andorra -- situated in between Spain and France -- Casals added another significant score by topping a big...more

ANZPT7 Perth Day 1a: New season heats up in the west

It's been a scorching summer in Australia and this week the city of Perth is no exception. The latest ANZPT Main Event kicks off in the poker room at Crown on Wednesday and players will be looking to not only beat the heat, but their rivals on the felt. After...more

9 February

Unboxed memories

I am not the kind of person who loves traveling. Even though I like visiting new places and meeting new people, after a few days I already want to be back home. It doesn't matter how expensive or luxurious the destination might be. After a while I miss my modest...more

Rules keep the game fun

In the past month, I've found myself in the middle of a couple of Twitter discussions during EPT Live broadcasts. They were both about poker rules and their application. Before I continue, I want to make a meta-point: I mostly hate discussions on Twitter (and my Twitter followers know this)....more

Weekend Review: Rob "robtinnion" Tinnion headlines a weekend of big online wins

The European Poker Tour packed up and rolled out of Deauville in Normandy yesterday and life returned to normal in the Sunday Majors. It was a busy weekend, with some familiar names among the winners and the not-so-winners, including by some of those who had been at the coal face...more

Norberto Korn wins ACOP Platinum Series VII

Last week, the 'PokerStars LIVE at the City of Dreams' poker room completed ACOP Platinum Series VII with series-record totals of 855 players and HK$2,940,525 in prize money. Norberto Korn won the HK$5,500 Main Event after beating the 277-player field. The Top 32 players cashed for a share of the...more

8 February

Sunday Million: Rob "robtinnion" Tinnion defeats Simon "ministerborg" Ravnsbaek, wins his second Sunday Million title

One hundred sixty-one days after he won the Sunday Million for $214k, the U.K.'s Rob "robtinnion" Tinnion accomplished a most extraordinary feat in the PokerStars galaxy-- he won it again, this time for just over $200,000. Tinnion joins an elite club of two-time winners, among them Jesper "KipsterDK" Hougaard, Peter...more

Sunday Warm-Up: How sweet it is, candy1984 wins $84K after two-way split

Your sweetness is my weakness. Barry White was smooth with a microphone in his hand but the winner of the $500,000 guarantee Sunday Warm-Up was holding something sweeter to the tune of $84,255.40 after taking down a field of 2,882. candy1984 would chop the final two spots with dávid68 but...more

7 February

EPT Deauville: Mateos wins two tournaments in a day

Adrian Mateos should avoid playing anything that has more than 15-minute levels because he is the Turbo king. The Spaniard has just won his second tournament of the day, the €2k Turbo 6-Max, mere hours after winning the €5k Turbo 6-Max. Adrian Mateos. Winning. Again Mateos picked up €31,450 defeating...more

EPT11 Deauville: Josip Simunic survives slug fest to win High Roller

If you walked through the tournament room tonight you might have missed the High Roller event. As sometimes happens it's the Main event, complete with feature table and more cameras than players, which is the first to get people's attention, and that's how it should be. Next along you would...more

EPT11 Deauville: Impossible is nothing for Ognyan Dimov, hauls in Parlafes to win in France

The history of mankind has been defined by triumph over adversity. Nobody ever thought you could reach the South Pole, scale Everest or put a man on the moon. All of those "impossible" feats were relatively easy, however, compared with the task facing five poker players in Normandy, France, this...more

EPT Deauville: Life is sweet for Abderrahim Ait Abbou

The Grasel Sweet EPT Superstack is over! Abderrahim Ait Abbou has defeated Jerone Cailleteau heads-up for the most sugary of titles here in Deauville. Cailleteau moved all in preflop with K♠3♣ for his last four big blinds and Abbou called with 3♠3♦. The board bricked out coming 6♠A♦2♥8♣J♦ and Abbou...more

EPT Deauville: Adrian Mateos crushes the €5k 6-Max Turbo

Adrian Mateos has absolutely blitzed the €5k Turbo 6-Max, the Spanish player of the year held the chip lead from a long way out and crushed the final table completely. Team PokerStars Pro Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier and FPS €2k High Roller winner Vladimir Troyanovskiy went out on the bubble finishing...more

EPT11 Deauville: Battle of the ages in the High Roller

If you discount the PCA you have to go all the way back to EPT10 London to find the last time there wasn't a Russian or a German in the final five of an EPT High Roller. Here in Deauville the final five are comprised of one player each from:...more

EPT11 Deauville: Butzhammer and Thorel. Compare and contrast.

If you were to stand them next to each other there's not much Jean-Noel Thorel and Thomas Butzhammer really have in common. Butzhammer is of that young breed of high roller. He wears track pants, trainers, a t-shirt and a hoodie. As far as uniforms go this is standard issue,...more

EPT11 Deauville: High Roller final table set, Ylitalo leads

With four of the 12 returning players in the High Roller having fewer than four big blinds at the start of play we figured that it wouldn't take too long for the official final table of eight to be set. That it took almost two hours to go from 12...more

EPT11 Deauville: Dashing but defeated. Joseph Carlino out in sixth

If you like your finalists affable, eccentric and to be decent good natured people, you might want to look away now, for your patron saint has just been eliminated. Joseph Carlino promised so much this week, and frankly he delivered. From the moment he started singing to camera a few...more

EPT Deauville: Busy last day of side events

It's a hectic final day here in Deauville. Not only will the final tables of the EPT Main Event and the High Roller be completed but there are a total of seven(!) other events being played today. Four events have begun at 12pm, three of them the restarts from last...more

EPT11 Deauville: The swingers and the smoothies: the varied routes to a final table

The final table of EPT Deauville has the kind of complexion we have seen once before this season. Dany Parlafes's enormous chip lead recalls Stephen Graner's dominance coming into the final day in Prague, a tournament that the American would go on to wrap up with a minimum of fuss....more

EPT11 Deauville: Nikolay Komcharokov the unlikely leader as High Rollers return

If you'd never heard of Nikolay Komcharokov until he bagged up the chip lead in the high roller last night, try to go easy on yourself. As outsiders go, Komcharokov is well as truly out in the cold, or at least he was until play ended last night, at which...more

6 February

EPT Deauville: Side events round-up; Goumont wins the Turbo

The €500 Turbo has finished tonight with Frederic Goumont defeating Kent Roed for both the €11,350 first prize and the gorgeous trophy. In the last hand of the night, Goumont's K♣Q♥ triumphed over Roed's A♠8♥ by flopping a full house on the Q♦Q♠K♦6♥8♦ board. As a consolation, Roed picked up...more

EPT Deauville: Grasel Sweets Superstack begins; Jelinek in €500 Turbo final

The €200 Grasel Sweets SuperStack, sponsored by Official EPT Chocolate Partner Suesswaren Grasel, has just kicked off at Casino Barriere Deauville. Suesswaren Grasel is an Austrian family owned company, specializing in the distribution of chocolate brands such as Milka and Toblerone. The Grasel team bringing gifts for those playing poker...more

EPT11 Deauville: Dany Parlafes plays the hot(dog) streak to lead final six in France

Some people have golden amulets, others sever the feet off rabbits. But Dany Parlafes has a charm that is not only tastier, but that works even better than those. "It's my lucky hot-dog," he said, stuffing six inches of pale sausage into his mouth shortly before taking his seat among...more

EPT11 Deauville: Into the money in the High Roller

A common language is no guarantee of cordiality, at least not in a High Roller event. When Jesper Feddersen of Germany called the clock on Josip Simunic of Austria, it sparked off a kind of cold war that fizzled on as play approached the bubble, the two players insisting that...more

EPT Deauville: Side event round-up; €1,500 begins; Panka busts Turbo

The two-day €1,500 event has gotten underway with 42 players having entered so far. The tournament will be playing nine 40-minute levels today finishing around 1am. The tournament will then restart at midday tomorrow with levels being increased to 60-minutes. So far those involved included two Swedish former EPT champions...more

EPT11 Deauville: Tobias Peters in no rush to give up the day job

We were speculating earlier this week that it was highly unlikely that anyone who'd headed down under to play the Aussie Millions would also have made the trip to Northern France for EPT Deauville. It was logistical more than anything else. The Aussie Millions Main Event wrapped up on the...more

EPT11 Deauville: Not even sleep can stop Vladimir Troyanovskiy

If you ask me, the star of this week in Deauville has been Vladimir Troyanovskiy -- and that goes whatever happens between now and the end of tomorrow. The Russian high roller, a regular at the biggest games hosted on the European Poker Tour, was long ago eliminated from the...more

EPT11 Deauville: The final eight

The final eight of EPT Deauville convened around the same table for the first time this afternoon. The last day of the tournament will only feature six players, but "official" final tables are eight-handed on the EPT, and here's what we know about our finalists. First up, here's how they...more

EPT11 Deauville: Carlo Savinelli's shirt of defiance

The most striking figure at the feature table right now is Italian pro Carlo Savinelli. If you don't believe me switch on the EPT Live coverage. Scan the table. You'll see him. The Italian's beard, sunglasses and Superman cap make quite the impression, but there's also the matter of the...more

EPT Deauville: Penultimate day of side events; Dahmani wins the 6-Max

It's a slightly quieter day for side events here on the penultimate day of the EPT Deauville Poker Festival. There are four events today but only one will be completed, the other three will finish as part of seven events that will be running (other than the Main Event and...more

EPT11 Deauville: Winner of High Roller to receive €309,170

As we reported earlier the High Roller got off to a frenetic start at it's really been more of the same ever since then. Sixty players survived Day 1 and before play started on Day 2 Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, Anton Astapau, Dmitry Yurasov and Ognjen Sekularac fired their second bullet...more

The personality of a successful poker player

What does it take to be a winning poker player? Well, your personality may have something to do with it. Back during the PCA, some of the PokerStars folks got together and talked with some of the top pros about personality as it pertains to their poker game. The people...more

Details released for the PokerStars and MONTE-CARLO®CASINO EPT Grand Final

We realise that EPT Deauville hasn't even finished yet, but figured that while they reached the final stages in Normandy it was as good a time as any to look ahead to what else is in store for the rest of the season. For while it might only be February,...more

EPT11 Deauville: High Rollers do it more quickly

I don't know how these high rollers usually do it, but the start of play today, on Day 2 of the €10,000 event at EPT Deauville, has been hectic to say the least. Alex Goulder got his short stack in on the first hand, and he was knocked out. And...more

EPT11 Deauville: Ivan Luca's European adventure

Until December of 2014 Ivan Luca had never cashed in an event outside of South America. Then between December 8th and today - so less than two months - he's racked up seven cashes in the Caribbean and Europe for a combined $206,789. It's a stat that sounds impressive, but...more

EPT11 Deauville: Introducing the "other guys"

We know what you might be thinking. Who are those guys? And maybe you have a point. There are a few players in the line-up today who could hardly be described as household names. There's at least one name listed as being here today that I've never seen before in...more

5 February

EPT Deauville: Mirval wins the Pot-Limit, Sebbagh the PLO; €1k unfinished

It took until the early hours of the morning for two of the three final tables. The Pot-Limit Hold'em Championships €1k event saw several hours of both three-handed and heads-up play before eventually Claude Mirval, who has already cashed in the FPS Deauville Main Event and placed third in a...more

EPT Deauville: Sfez in charge of High Roller after Day 1

Eric Sfez won the EPT8 High Roller event in 2012 for €242,000. Three years later he's finished Day 1 of this three-day tournament as the chip leader. The Frenchman has won more than $900,000 in live events including making the final table of the EPT9 London High Roller where he...more

EPT Deauville: Side event round-up; Appleby wins the €500

The two-day €500 event has just finished with Simon Appleby clinching the title after he beat Tonny van Eck heads-up. Appleby, from Newcastle-upon-Tyne in the United Kingdom, was supported by his son as he won the first prize of €28,680. In the final hand, Appleby's A♣9♥ beat van Eck's J♣9♣...more

EPT11 Deauville: Singing baker Joseph Carlino trills his way to the top of the charts

There are numerous reasons people come to Deauville, including horse-racing, a film festival and the chance to be stared straight through by waiters who deem you unworthy to dine in their restaurants. Yet for the poker players who flock here year after year, the attraction is clear: this is the...more

EPT11 Deauville: Five down, five to go in the High Roller

With deep stacks of 250 big blinds at the start of the High Roller tournament and late registration open until the start of Day 2 it's no surprise that the tournament got off to a slow start. Many players opted to arrive fashionably late, defending champion Dominik Panka showed up...more

EPT11 Deauville: In, out and in again

Sergio Aido is out. And now he's in again. On the European Poker Tour you're never really out for long. A short while ago Aido was one of the last 21 in the Main Event. That didn't really work out, so now he's turning €19,320's worth of disappointment into ten...more

EPT Deauville: "Survivor" wraps up; 6-Max underway

The Rocky-themed "Survivor" €500 event is over with seven players getting paid €3,291 but unfortunately for Joep van den Bijgaart, he was not among those remaining. Van den Bijgaart had been railed by former EPT winner Ruben Visser, the latter having busted the EPT Main Event a couple of hours...more

Get romantic at Hippodrome's Winter Classic

So, you saw the dates for the PokerStars Live at the Hippodrome Winter Classic and thought, "Damn, I'd love to play a £25,000 guaranteed tournament for only £250, but that's Valentine's Day weekend. I can't leave Jimmy/Helen/Lazarus at home alone that night!" I hear you. I once bought roses off...more

EPT11 Deauville: Matas Cimbolas, the newest oldest story in poker

We're not going to try and dress this up as something it isn't. Matas Cimbolas' poker story is probably one you've heard before. But it's still compelling. - gets start in poker by playing in small stakes home game with friends - check - finds he has an aptitude for...more

Quest for PLO Glory: January Review

In my previous post for PokerStarsBlog I mentioned that my plan for 2015 was to start learning Pot-Limit Omaha at the PokerStars tables and that I would write a monthly blog post to keep you guys up to date. January is over and it's time to share the first part...more

Highlights of the Sunday Million, February 1, 2015


EPT11 Deauville: The thrill of the game with David van den Berg, 'trembling like a maniac'

When you're playing your first ever event on the European Poker Tour, you set yourself a few goals. You want to have fun, you want not to disgrace yourself and, if things go well, you might fancy your chances of sneaking into the money. David van den Berg, who won...more

EPT Deauville: Side event round-up; Saber wins the Deepstack Turbo

In the two-day €500 event, the players are into the money with 39 players left out of the initial 298 entries from yesterday. There's €28,680 for the winner of this event with €990 for all remaining players. Among those still playing are former Eureka4 Vienna finalist Bryan Paris and the...more

EPT11 Deauville: Dany Parlafes - the best at running good

The first level of the day had spoilt us, of that there is no doubt. Ten players were eliminated in the opening 90 minutes, which is unheard of for a Day 4 on an EPT and had reduced the field from 36 to 26. The powers that be had decreed...more

EPT11 Deauville: Life at both ends of the karmic stick

When you see a player having the time of his life in a poker tournament, it tends to mean there's some other guy somewhere living a nightmare. When Kevin MacPhee bagged up the chip lead last night it didn't take much looking to see who had been burdened with the...more

EPT Deauville: Wanna play the whole EPT? It's a 20,000 mile round trip!

The bubble period is never easy, regardless of where you're from, but it was particularly harsh in Deauville yesterday for the two remaining players in the field from Brazil. Luciano Santos De Hollanda and Nicolau Villa-Lobos both had short stacks when it came close to crunch time, and the former...more

EPT11 Deauville: The big cheeses come to town

Double the price tag and halve the time it takes to win the tournament is a succinct way to describe the differences between the €5,000 EPT11 Deauville Main Event which is now playing Day 4 and the €10,000 High Roller which begins today at 13.00 CET and will wrap up...more

4 February

EPT Deauville: Jelinek claims victory in the €2k; van den Bijgaart tops the Limit

Petr Jelinek, who finished 30th at EPT11 Prague, scored his biggest ever victory when he managed to defeat former EPT finalist Ludovic Geilich to claim the €82,050 first prize. Jelinek began the heads-up battle with the chip lead after knocking out Jesper Feddersen with A♣6♣ against 9♦8♠ with all the...more

EPT Deauville: Jouve wins the PLO; Geilich leads €2k final table

Overnight chip leader Franck Jouve has won the €1k PLO event after beating Eddy Maksoud heads-up. Maksoud led for much of the heads-up after the elimination of Olof Haglund in third place. Jouve managed a comeback after first he doubled with A♦7♠5♦3♠ against Maksoud's A♠A♥8♥2♥ on a K♦Q♦2♠ board. The...more

EPT11 Deauville: Georgios Kapalas confirms Greeks' love for Deauville, but no shifting MacPhee

During the first break in play on Day 3 of EPT Deauville, PokerStars Blog had a brief chat with Georgios Kapalas, among a strong Greek contingent on the Normandy coast this week. At the time, Kapalas had a decent enough stack -- sufficient to play with, but nothing too special....more

EPT11 Deauville: Player to be named later on course for Day 4

You might remember yesterday we caught up with "Bert", the player we refuse to officially name until later, for reasons of irrational superstition and a very real fear of people being mean to us on Social Media. Well, we're happy to announce that Bert is still in, although today has...more

EPT Deauville: Koren wins the Deepstack Turbo; Yurasov leads €2k

EPT11 London finalist Artur Koren has won the €300 Deepstack Turbo. Koren was among five players who came back for a second day at 4pm this afternoon after the tournament ran until 5am this morning. Koren beat a field of 201 players to win €12,240 with Artur Rudziankov finishing second...more

EPT11 Deauville: Your bust out will be televised...eventually

When you wear the Red Spade, getting a lot of attention when you go deep in an EPT event comes with the territory. So when we spotted a cluster of cameras, camera operators and assorted media crowding round Marcin Horecki's table it was an odds on bet that the Polish...more

EPT11 Deauville: Vultures follow the scent of blood, but better off staying at home

Whenever the EPT charabanc rolls into town, the various spokes in the wheel start assessing the factors that will affect their particular lives the most. Daniel Negreanu, for instance, eyes up vegan eating options, James Hartigan (of admittedly weak bladder fame) looks for egress from commentary booth to bathroom facilities...more

EPT11 Deauville: Here's to you Mr Poker Player Man

Sometimes your job is simply to report, other times you play the role of psychiatrist. Then there are those other times, when you have to do both. I'd never met Boutros Naim before. We'd never spoken, I'm fairly certain I'd never written about him, and he would certainly have no...more

EPT11 Deauville: Owain Carey, the Welsh wonderkid

We're not sure if there's an internationally approved age at which you stop being a wonderkid and became a wonder, erm, adult, but at 28-years-old Owain 'sngwonder' Carey has probably passed the cut off point. But the Welshman, who lives in Haverfordwest, is reasonably new to poker having only really...more

EPT Deauville: Side event round-up; another stacked €2k event

After a incredibly late finish last night/this morning which saw VVladimir Troyanovskiy win the FPS €2k High Roller for €141,000 and Samy Salah take down the €400 Turbo Knockout for €10,250, the side event schedule is packed today. There are three tournaments restarting today, including the €300 Turbo Deepstack which...more

Monster Pot Report: USA binks week's biggest play money pot

After several weeks of monstrous action at the high stakes Play Money tables, things cooled off a little to end the month of January. There were only two pots in excess of 2B chips and no action at all at the 5M/10M tables. This week's top spot went to America,...more

EPT11 Deauville: Georgios Kapalas, continuing the Greek tradition in Deauville

We reported yesterday about the mini poker booms occurring in various European nations, focusing particularly on Poland. Eight Polish players returned for Day 3 today, and even though Dominik Panka was an early casualty, the red and white flag should still appear at least a few times on the payouts...more

EPT11 Deauville: Crazy day spent chipping up for Alex Tikhoniouk

Sometimes when you talk to a poker player you just have to put a voice recorder in front of them and let them speak. Then write it all down word for word. This was the approach to overnight chip leader Alex Tikhoniouk last night, who as well as turning 26...more

EPT11 Deauville: Daniel Carlsson - the next Swedish superstar?

Something happened to Daniel Carlsson in June 2012 that you simply couldn't make up, and if you did then no one would believe you. As well as being a talented poker player, he was also a renowned poker coach. One of the players he coached was Bulgarian pro Slaven Popov....more

3 February

Leqenden quells competition to carry 2/3/15 Super Tuesday, wins $102K

It was another talented field and challenging final table for this week's $1,050 buy-in Super Tuesday, with the tough competitor Leqenden ultimately emerging as champion after nearly 12 hours of play. The player from Belarus -- a previous winner of a $1,050 rebuy event in the 2013 SCOOP -- took...more

EPT Deauville: Troyanovskiy wins €2k High Roller at the death

After nearly eight hours on the third day of the FPS €2k High Roller, the tournament had looked as though it was going on hiatus for a second time due to the tournament room having to close at 5am. However Vladimir Troyanovskiy managed to take the title after being locked...more

EPT Deauville: Six remain in the FPS €2k HR

The delayed final table of the FPS €2k HR is picking up a decent crowd despite this late hour. They're separated into sections, so there's the Portuguese section for Rui Ferreira, the Polish section featuring Team PokerStars Pro Marcin Horecki and PokerStars sponsored-player Dominik Panka, the French section which is...more

EPT Deauville: Greek victory in the Turbo; Troyanovskiy leads FPS €2k

EPT10 Prague runner-up George "GeoManousos" Sotiropoulos has won today's €1k NL Turbo for €23,960. Sotiropoulos, currently ranked 2nd on the Greek all-time money list, beat Russia's Artem Litvinov heads-up to take down the event. The last hand of the tournament saw the Greek player spike with K♠9♦ against Litvinov's A♥J♥...more

EPT11 Deauville: Alex Tikhoniouk leads, but ElkY and MacPhee lurk with menace

Q: What's small and pale and roundly despised, yet desired by everyone nonetheless? A: Chips at EPT Deauville. It's one of the quirks of this particular tournament, hosted annually in Casino Barriere on the north coast of France, that the priceless tokens with which to demonstrate ones wealth are strange...more

EPT11 Deauville: Player to be named later doing very well

Let's be clear. When we write about a player there is never any intention to bock him, jinxing his performance so as to render him busted within minutes of publications. Well that's not true. There was that guy at the World Series once, but let's not go there for now....more

EPT11 Deauville: The show must go on

This time last year a table containing Ludovic Geilich spent the entirety of a day's play under the bright lights of #EPTLive. Only Ludo cancels the Ludo show it seems. That though is far from the norm and usually a two-level stint is all you get unless a table is...more

EPT Deauville: Stacked in the €2k

Event #24, a €2k No-Limit Hold'em tournament is just going on its first break of the day across in the far corner of the tournament room, but it's very quiet and very serious - in a literal sense, not a metaphorical one. With over 150 players already registered, the atmosphere...more

EPT11 Deauville: Darcourt still leading the chase for half a millball

We are past the half way point of Day 2 at EPT Deauville, and some very important information has been announced. This is even more significant than news that hot-dogs are available for €4 or that most of the snow has now melted. It is that the winner of this...more

PokerStars named best Online Poker Operator for third straight year

PokerStars and Rational Group were both recipients of International Gaming Awards at the annual ceremony held last night in London. For the third year running, PokerStars won the award for 'Online Poker Operator of the Year', and Rational Group was recognised for its stringent and ethical responsible gaming policies by...more

EPT11 Deauville: A hand history with Eugene Katchalov

Last year here in Deauville, Team PokerStars Pro Eugene Katchalov came agonisingly close to completing the Triple Crown as he finished runner-up to Sotirios Koutoupas in the Main Event, earning €379,500. Katchalov - can he go one better? For much of yesterday it looked like his Main Event this year...more

EPT11 Deauville: The hectic life of Julien Brecard

The last section of Julien Brecard's commute this morning, at the start of Day 2 at EPT Deauville, was all of 20 metres. Yet it wasn't certain he would complete it on time. Brecard had to navigate his way from the lobby outside the tournament room to his seat at...more

PokerStars TLB off to familiar start

We're only a month into PokerStars 2015 tournaments, but the battle is already raging on the Tournament Leader Board. Two of last year's top ten players have managed to work their way into the top ten for this year. Last year's winner, ismo While last year's best may be cruising,...more

Spin & Go Challenge offers free $10,000 every day

It's a new dawn, it's a new day, it's a new Spin & Go Promotion. PokerStars announced today that the new month will bring your chance to win a share of $10,000 in free money every day through February 15th. If you open up the Challenges window in the PokerStars...more

EPT Deauville: Fast food service

While the EPT Main Event rages on, there's currently just one other event underway - the €1k Turbo. So far 93 players have entered the tournament and it's taken only two and a half hours for the field to be reduce to less than 50%. Whereas the structure for the...more

EPT11 Deauville: Watch all the action on EPT Live

In case you hadn't already noticed, you can now follow everything from the EPT Main Event on EPT Live, where you'll find live coverage from the feature table, as well as updates on progress from the rest of the tournament floor. Over the course of the next five days you...more

EPT11 Deauville: Jake Cody, five years on

It's now five years since Jake Cody won EPT Deauville but what's not widely known is that had he not had that result it might well have been the last time we'd have seen him on the live circuit. "When I arrived in Deauville to play in 2010 I 100%...more

EPT11 Deauville: Darcourt holds court as he returns with lead

The EPT Deauville festival is now up to full speed. If a player is in town they're playing something rather than waiting. The town bulges with the onset of poker, leaving those here for other reasons to look around and wonder what sort of world they've woken up in. The...more

EPT11 Deauville: Snow falls in France as former skier Marcin Horecki leads Polish charge

Marcin Horecki has been a member of Team PokerStars Pro for more than six years, during which he has become very much part of the European Poker Tour family. Horecki was already one of the top money earners on the Poland money list when he signed in June 2008 and...more

EPT11 Deauville: Clash of champions

With 39 tables in use at the start of Day 2 and so many big names remaining - including 17 EPT champions - it was always likely that the random seat draw was going to work its magic and provide us with more than one 'feature' table. So whilst those...more

EPT Deauville: Ten out of ten for Kitai

There are not many players in the world better than Davidi Kitai. Last night the Belgian beat Emil Ekvardt to win his tenth major tournament, winning the €2k NL Turbo Event for €45,930 and beating a field of 87 in the process. Kitai is currently 4th in the GPI rankings...more

2 February

EPT Deauville: Swings and roundabouts in the Turbo Bounty

"Gentlemen, there is a microphone at the table, everything is being recorded. You cannot speak about a deal, I'm sorry guys." Timothee Colcher, one of the four remaining players, did not understand too much English and the tournament director repeated his warning to him and fellow Frenchman Saber Harrazi, Along...more

EPT11 Deauville: Guillaume Darcourt leads ElkY and Heitmann as stars come out, and shine

We are through both opening flights of EPT Deauville and the cream on this second day has risen to the top. There may not be many players here in Normandy this week -- relatively speaking, of course -- but any event that features Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier and Jan Heitmann in...more

EPT11 Deauville: Sitting, smoking, waiting...

Here's in here somewhere, tucked away in a corner. Out of sight, and out of mind, for now at least. But he's ready, ready for that moment when inspiration strikes, when a hand or the turn of a card flips the world upside down, when order becomes chaos, when civility...more

EPT11 Deauville: Christmas comes but once a tournament

Belgian PokerStars Qualifier Fabrice Somers was one of the early pacesetters on Day 1B. He got his stack of 30,000 up to 70,000 before the halfway point of the day by virtue of a real big blind special. In a three-way dance he defended his big blind with 5♠2♠ and...more

EPT11 Deauville: Beers, Berende and Gr4vyBo4t

There's some intriguing stuff going on on Table 19, where Paul Berende sits with Ludovic Geilich and yet there's only one beer in play between them. "If we're still here together in the last level, I'm going to drink a last beer with you," Berende, drinkless, said to Geilich. "It's...more

EPT Deauville: Side event round-up

While most eyes will undoubtedly be on Day 1B of the EPT Main Event, there are several other events also going on today as part of the EPT Deauville Poker Festival. The €500 + €500 Turbo Bounty started today at 2pm with a total of 182 runners including Ondrej Vinklarek,...more

EPT11 Deauville: Jan Heitmann leads the way at the mid-point of Day 1B

Here's the least surprising news from any poker tournament ever: Day 1B of EPT11 Deauville is bigger than Day 1A. As players prepare for the final level before the dinner break, the tournament information board shows 380 players registered for the day. With 199 having anted up yesterday, the total...more

EPT Deauville: €2,000 FPS High Roller final table on hiatus

With a total of 415 players having entered the €2,000 FPS High Roller, it was always going to be a tough ask to finish the tournament within two days. At 5am this morning and with eight players remaining, the tournament was put on hold until 9.30pm on Tuesday night allowing...more

EPT11 Deauville: From ponies to poker, David Gutfreund working on an EPT pedigree

Deauville right now seems like a strange place for an American. For one thing its miles from anywhere, and what's more it's the morning after the Super Bowl. Shouldn't all American men be sleeping off a day spent drinking beer and eating meat in front of the TV? And yet...more

EPT11 Deauville: The man behind Nosebleed

For a game that has captivated so many people and for such a long time, poker has been strangely under-represented by decent documentary film-making. There are certainly a handful of films that have gone someway to exploring this peculiar world -- Bet Raise Fold and That's Poker spring to mind...more

EPT11 Deauville: Doctor Dan the space ace

It's oft said that if you're clever enough to make a lot of money at poker then you could probably use your smarts to make a more comfortable living outside of poker. In the last few years a number of high profile poker players have either quit the game entirely...more

Weekend review: Ivey, Jorgensen, & other champs abound

If poker is dead, its zombie is really, really busy. This weekend made it clear that no matter whether the buy-ins are small or otherworldly, no matter whether the events are live or online, no matter whether the players are faceless avatars or the most famous people in the game,...more

EPT11 Deauville: Every player's new best friend

You play a full day and you're buzzing from how well you played. What's more you're still pumped and excited to be coming back with chips. Now is not the time to relax or sleep, even if it were possible. Your mind is still at work and you're already looking...more

EPT11 Deauville: Slow playing in the opening moments of Day 1

The atmosphere on Day 1 of an EPT before the cards get in the air is very different to what happens after the words shuffle up and deal are announced. It's a bit like the start of a football season where every fan of every team, no matter how bad,...more

APPT9 Aussie Millions: Phil Ivey wins his third LK Boutique $250K Challenge

"Congratulations to Phil Ivey for winning the LK Boutique $250,000 Challenge!" Crown Poker TD Joel Williams announced over the speakers of the feature table here at Crown in Melbourne, Australia. The declaration was followed by feelings of déjà vu. Had daydreaming sent our minds back to 2014, or had Phil...more

1 February

APPT9 Aussie Millions: Jason Giuliano dominates the Deep Freeze

There has been nothing but positive feedback for the brand new $1,500 Deep Freeze at the 2015 Aussie Millions Poker Championship. Players have enjoyed the championship structure of the great value event and by all accounts, everyone is hoping it becomes a permanent fixture on the schedule. The thought process...more

Sunday Million: holy h3ll burns through final table to earn win, $170K

The winner of this week's Sunday Million -- holy h3ll of Israel -- raised a lot of hands on the final table, and raised a lot of h3ll, too, by being responsible for all but one of the final table knockouts on the way to the win to earn a...more

APPT9 Aussie Millions: Final eight set in the LK Boutique $250,000 Challenge

You can buy a lot with $250,000. On Day 2 of the LK Boutique $250,000 Challenge, however, all it will get you is 12.5 big blinds. And a shot at more than $2 million. There were 23 total entrants on Day 1 of this massive event including two from Doug...more

TCOOP 2015: Second time's the charm for 'Chas3r.007 in Event #50, $215 Sunday Supersonic TCOOP Wrap-Up

A nice little chunk of the world had its eyes on Arizona tonight, watching as a couple of sports teams playing something called "American football" played out the very last game of their long season. Here at PokerStars another ending was being played out, though of a much shorter season,...more

Sunday Warm-Up: Alberto.m7 nabs victory and $74K after five-way chop

The ending of the $500,000 guarantee Sunday Warm-Up was no less exciting then the ending of the Super Bowl (but may have been watched a few less people). The excitement came from an excellent heads-up battle between alberto.m7 and Hoelle1. After a five-way chop the pair would play for over...more

FPS Deauville: Main Event payouts

Below are the payouts for the FPS Deauville Main Event. Event #1, €1K FPS Deauville Main Event Players: 1,355 Prizepool: €1,300,800 Places paid: 200 1. Anthony Apicella (France) € 197,000 2. Felix Lambertz (Germany) PokerStars qualifier € 125,500 3. Nicolas Hamouni (France) PokerStars qualifier € 88,500 4. Ivan Luca (Argentina)...more

TCOOP 2015: Nikki_Hefner nabs Main Event title, nearly $400K (Event #49, $700 NLHE)

As the Super Bowl played out in Arizona, the Super Bowl of the 2015 Turbo Championship of Online Poker took place on PokerStars -- a similarly fast-paced, action-filled event for which the rewards were also high. It would take about five hours and 10 minutes for the $700 buy-in no-limit...more

FPS Deauville: Anthony Apicella wins FPS Deauville and €197,000!

"It's a marathon, not a sprint." The old adage proved true enough at the France Poker Series in Deauville as 1,355 players came to create the biggest ever event in the history of the FPS. A total of 260 more than were here in 2014. There were 199 places paid...more

EPT11 Deauville: Nathan Gozlan hero-calls his way to Day 1A chip lead

As surely as night follows day follows night follows day, the European Poker Tour departs The Bahamas in January and wends it way back to a more conventional definition of the continent. Furthermore, and as if to make sure nobody is so casual about what constitutes winter temperature too, the...more

TCOOP 2015: Anders "Donald" Berg denied Triple COOP, ThAmazingYen takes down Event #48 ($320 8-Game)

ThAmazingYen was one of just two players at the final table without a TCOOP, WCOOP or SCOOP title. But ThAmazingYen's COOP-less resume wouldn't last long as the UK player managed to outlast the likes of three-time WCOOP and two-time SCOOP champion, Anders "Donald" Berg, and WCOOP and TCOOP winner, Assad91....more

FPS Deauville: Level 35-36 updates (200,000/400,000/50,000)

1.26am: Anthony Apicella wins FPS Deauville for €197,000! Felix Lambertz eliminated in 2nd place (€125,500); The heads-up battle did not take long. Felix Lambertz limped in the small blind for 400,000 before Anthony Apicella made it 1,500,000 in the big blind. Lambertz, with around 12 million in chips thought for...more

TCOOP 2015: Team PokerStars Pro Theo Jorgensen takes down TCOOP High Roller (Event #47, $2,100 NLHE)

Theo Jorgensen is a man you want to have a beer with. He tells a fantastic story, whether he's recounting an ill-advised bet or spinning a simple hand history into a brilliant cautionary tale. He took three bullets to the leg in a robbery only to make an EPT final...more

TCOOP 2015: ZLastEmperor divides and conquers Event #46 ($215, Ultra-Deep)

Last year's TCOOP Event #46 featured a turbo-version of the Sunday Warm-Up won by ninototoroko. This year ultra-deep stacks of 50,000 chips (instead of the usual 5,000) were placed in front of 4,088 players. Much like making a tall castle from racks of dollar chips, those deep-stacks looked pretty but...more

EPT11 Deauville: Katchalov's stack gets a workout

Eugene Katchalov is a man who knows what the inside of gym looks like. He and ElkY have taken part in many a fitness related prop bet and the Ukrainian once successfully won one that required him to do 1,000 push ups in 12 hours. Well, here in Deauville the...more

FPS Deauville: Final table profiles

Seat 1 - Abdelkader Medjahed, 36, Val de Marne, near Paris, France - 3,800,000 Abdelkader Medjahed - who prefers to shorten his name to Kader, is a French pro from Thiais, in Val de Marne near Paris. After earning his baccalaureate and working in customer service for France Telecom and...more

EPT11 Deauville: Hands up who's a killjoy!

The European Poker Tour doesn't really do scandals, but it absolutely loves a storm in a teacup. And the good news for fans of infamy is that there's a typhoon blowin' through Deauville's finest china this afternoon. As we reported earlier, there is a packed schedule of side events today...more

EPT11 Deauville: Pinot, plonk and poker. Welcome party tonight!

It's blowing gales outside. It's dark and the temperature has dropped to near freezing. As those in the tournament room wear extra layers, in the Normandie hotel the wind shrieks through the corridors. In fact, the whole of Deauville howls with winter. Perfect conditions then for an EPT welcome party....more

EPT11 Deauville: Mid-day update - former champions dominate Main Event

The opening day of the EPT Main Event is usually the calm before the storm, Day 1A always, well almost always, has the smaller field and with the blinds being low, in comparison to the stacks, it can be hard to find compelling action. We're almost six levels through the...more

FPS Deauville: Level 31-34 update (120,000/240,000/30,000)

For level 35 updates, please click here 11.30pm: Break time Players are now on 20-minute break. 11.23pm: Chip counts Felix Lambertz - 11,470,000 Anthony Apicella - 9,815,000 Nicolas Hamouni - 6,330,000 Ivan Luca - 5,145,000 11.15pm: Lambertz wins with a four-bet Anthony Apicella opened to 550,000, Nicolas Hamouni three-bet to...more

EPT11 Deauville: Welcome to the House of Bluff, welcome to the lion's den

If you've ever flicked idly through the television channels when you know you really should be doing something better, the chances are you've muttered to yourself something like: "Is there really nothing they can't make a reality TV show about?" In addition to asking people to bake, sew, eat caterpillars,...more

EPT11 Deauville: Dan Charlton, hoping for a super Sunday after a Super Tuesday

"It depends how I've done online. If I've had a good couple of months then I'll take a shot," Dan '"judgedredd13" Charlton tells the PokerStars Blog on the first break in play on Day 1A of the EPT11 Deauville Main Event. Doing well is a little bit of modesty on...more

TCOOP 2015: One for Bosnia & Herzegovina as lilachaa wins Event #45 ($109 NLHE)

It's the final day of the 2015 Turbo Championship of Online Poker, with the day's first scheduled event, Event #45 ($109 NLHE), having just completed. Heading into today Germany and Russia were tied for the most TCOOP titles this year with five apiece, and while Germany would send two players...more

EPT11 Deauville: Getting on Walid Bou Habib's goat(s)

Barely two levels into the day and the Main Event has already lost one player who, in the past at least, has enjoyed his time in Deauville. Today though, Walid Bou Habib couldn't wait to leave Deauville. It was only two seasons ago that Bou Habib, from Beirut, narrowly missed...more

Melbourne's Manny Stavropoulos wins 2015 Aussie Millions Main Event

"Olé, Olé, Olé, Olé! Mannnny... Mannnny!" The cries could be heard across the Exhibition Hall as Melbourne local Manny Stavropoulos overcame Germany's Lennart Uphoff to win the 2015 Aussie Millions Main Event And it wouldn't be a local victory without a little bit of... "Aussie, Aussie, Aussie... Oi! Oi! Oi!"...more

EPT11 Deauville: Aces against...what? Guess the first hand of the day

Back in the days when three bets were called re-raises and the term "online player" was a slur, early discussions on primitive poker forums used to obsess over one subject in particular. "It's the first hand of the World Series," the OP would begin, "and you look down and see...more

EPT11 Deauville: From one to eleven

It's a sight we've become accustomed to Day 1 of the EPT Main Event. The lights dim, the video footage starts - this time it depicted the first four winners of EPT Season 11 before asking who's next? - and then the spotlight focuses on EPT President Edgar Stuchly. A...more

APPT9 Aussie Millions Day 5: Up Against the crowd

Bang! Bang! Two quick eliminations following the dinner break and it's down to heads-up play between Manny Stavropoulos and Lennart Uphoff. And boy is Uphoff up against it. Not in terms of chip stacks. Actually, that's where Uphoff has the avantage. What we are referring to is the rail. To...more

EPT11 Deauville: Back to the world of chandeliers and creme brulee

If it's the end of January and -5° Celcius, players on the European poker circuit know the drill: pack the thermals, put the snow-chains on the car and head to Normandy for EPT Deauville. The charms of this luxurious outpost on the north coast of France are not always immediately...more

FPS Deauville: Level 27-30 updates (50,000/100,000/10,000)

For the rest of the live updates click here 5.10pm: Break time Players are on a 20-minute break. 4.52pm: Medjahed doubles through Luca It's not been a good ten minutes for Ivan Luca, Abdelkader Medjahed just shoved for his last 665,000 and Luca made the call with A♣3♦. Medjahed showed...more

APPT9 Aussie Millions Day 5: Double date dinner break

All went dark in the media room. Monitors turned off, computers powered down, sound was lost. It was an exciting moment during an agonizingly slow period at the Aussie Millions Main Event final table. That's not to say the final table hasn't been exciting. It has. It's just that the...more