May 2015

31 May

Sunday Warm-Up: Drey Day, Dr_Drey15 wins $79K

Due to a (not-so) little poker tournament series happening for over the next month, the field for the $500,000 guarantee Sunday Warm-Up was a tad short. PokerStars would pony up a few dollars to meet the guarantee as the 2,432 players managed to get to the final table in just...more

Giovanni Canali shows Italian flair to win UKIPT5 Series 2 London for £12,820

Giovanni Canali is the UKIPT5 Series 2 London champion, having defeated Otto Castle here at The Hippodrome Casino for £12,820. It was an emotional ride for Canali, who began the day with a shortstack. "I came in as a shortsack, but I always felt something better was round the corner,...more

Tom Holke beats all-comers to win inaugural Eureka Hamburg Main Event

Sometimes it's just written in the stars. Despite everyone trying to take your destiny down another route, you stay on path until you reach your goal. Tom Holke came in today dressed in all the accessories he could find that matched the colours of the German flag- hats, scarfs, you...more

UKIPT5 Series 2 London: Day 2 Level 23-30(Blinds 50000/100000/1000000)

10:15pm: Giovanni Canali wins UKIPT5 series 2 London!(£12,820) - Otto Castle 2nd (£8,630) The heads-up was an interesting affair - Canali perhaps getting the better of the cards, putting in a few big three-bets to Castle's button raises. Castle called several times looking for a benevolent flop but it never...more

UKIPT5 Series 2 London: Day 2 Level 21-22(10000/20000/2000)

6:25pm: Final Table Chip Counts Here's how they will line up on the final table - Dahe Liu leading the way. Dahe Liu 1014000 Otto Castle 759000 Alexis Savvides 748000 Giovanni Canali 659000 Jerome O'Shea 572000 Carmine Kevin Belvedere 534000 Lee Hanlon 481000 Ryan Reece 241000 6:05pm:Sandra Reid out 9th...more

UKIPT5 Series 2 London: Day 2 Level 17-20(6000/12000/2000)

4:40pm: Shabtay picks wrong moment to go for broke(16th) Lior Shabtay is the latest man to fall foul of the variance beast - his shove with pocket threes running into jacks. The K♠T♠5♣Q♠4♦ gave him a shot of survival as he held the only spade but his time finally ran...more

APPT9 Macau Day 4: Champion Cheng chews up competition

"It was a lucky day" came the words of a champion. A humble statement from someone who just overcame a field of 493 runners. Tony Yat Wai Cheng started the final table as chip leader and was relentless as he navigated his way to victory in this APPT9 Macau Main...more

Eureka5 Hamburg Main Event Final Day: Level 25-30, Blinds (60,000-120,000, 20,000 ante)

7:45pm: Tom Holke wins Eureka5 Hamburg (€107,920); Alexander Lemme eliminated in 2nd place (€67,100) It took all of 12 hands for the heads up battle to play out; twelve hands where Tom Holke spent most of the time moving all in and showing a big hand. Alexander Lemme was down...more

UKIPT5 Series 2 London: Day 2 Level 13-16(2500/5000/500)

14:12pm: Break Time Well, that breathless period of poker has ended with the end of level 16. The players are now going on a break to get some brief respite before they return to determine who will be the bubble boy. We'll be back in twenty minutes for the resumption....more

APPT9 Macau Day 4: Double down, heads up set

Heads up is set! The crowd here is really livening up as the bar overlooking the final table is filling with observers all cheering on the final table players. They only have two to sweat now though with the other two who were in contention finding the rail here. Weijie...more

APPT9 Macau Day 4: Bang, bang, bang

Only an hour into today's proceedings and already three have fallen by the wayside. In an unexpected turn of events, despite the prevalence of shortstacks, the first casualty among our final seven was second in chips to start the day - China's Weiyi Zhang. Weiyi Zhang accepts his fate It...more

30 May

APPT9 Macau Day 4: Hunt for a champion

The end is near. This week we've seen chip molehills turn to mountains for the final seven. They're making their way into PokerStars LIVE Macau momentarily for the conclusion of what has been an exhilarating four days of tournament poker. The final seven players take their seats They'll all be...more

Eureka5 Hamburg: Lemme leads final six

Well that was a quick day! After four one-hour levels and five minutes of a fifth, 22 players were made to look like the final six. The action never slowed from the off and rarely did an all in player survive. Days like this rarely happen but they're fun to...more

UKIPT5 Series 2 London: Day 1B Level 9-12(Blinds 1000/2000/300)

8:55pm: End of Day 1B - Jonathan Bridges Snatches Chip Lead! The last three hands played out with the same levels of aggression we saw all day. There was time for Ryan Reece to make a late three-bet shove with J♥Q♦, only to get a call from a dubious-looking Cristian...more

APPT9 Macau: Final table player profiles

Seat 1: Chun Liang Kuo (China) - 467,000 The 39 year-old Taiwanese Chung-Liang Kuo says that he's been playing poker for 5 years. He tells us that he learned poker playing cash games but has proven he is no slouch at tournament poker. When he's not busy making deep runs...more

APPT9 Macau Day 3: The magnificent seven

Chants and applause. That was the scene here not long ago at PokerStars LIVE Macau. Both the rail and the final nine celebrated as the Main Event final table was set. It wasn't over then, however, as play was set to continue until only seven remained. One of the few...more

UKIPT5 Series 2 London: Day 1B Levels 5-8(Blinds 400/800/100)

6:30pm: Break it up folks Another four levels, another all too brief respite from the action for our players. Twenty minutes are theirs to spend as they will on this balmy Saturday evening before donning arms and joining the fray once more. While they recuperate from what has been an...more

APPT9 Macau Day 3: Footage from the felt

Feature articles and live reporting not satisfying your need for poker content? has you covered. This week Frank Op de Woerd has been in Macau bringing you all the best videos from this APPT. Frank Op de Woerd interviews Team PokerStars Pro Aditya Agarwal We've collected some of the...more

UKIPT5 Series 2 London: Day 1B Levels 1-4(Blinds 150/300/25)

4:05pm: Break Time Well that's four closely-contested levels played through and we've seen 10-12 players lose their entire 20k starting stacks already. At the moment we have 127 official entrants, though there is room yet for that number to rise. You've got twenty minutes of late reg to sign up...more

Eureka5 Hamburg Main Event Day 3: Levels 21 -25. Blinds (20,000-40,000, 5,000 ante)

7:25pm: Jan Bloch eliminated in 7th place (€16,960) It took exactly one hand of level 25 for the day to end with the elimination of Jan Bloch. Of course it had to be a three-way all in to finish off the day! Jan Bloch Jan Bloch was the short stack...more

APPT9 Macau Day 3: High rolling

More risk, more reward. Only three tables remain here in the Main Event as we play down to 7 handed today, but the other side of the room is swarming with players as the HK$100k High Roller kicked off at 5pm. Not only that, but a satellite into the High...more

APPT9 Macau Day 3: Rise and fall

Empires rise and fall. Poker can be a cruel mistress at the best of times. Those who get their hopes up sitting behind a mountain of chips often get their heart broken. As is the way of tournament poker. We in the media can be guilty of putting too much...more

29 May

APPT9 Macau Day 3: The penultimate push

Tables are set. The penultimate day of this APPT9 Macau Main Event is upon us. Of the 493 initial entrants only 41 will return today. They've already guaranteed themselves a HK$54,500 (US$7,029) payday and will be chasing the first place prize of HK$2,525,000 (US$325,667) and the APPT Main Event title...more

Eureka5 Hamburg: Holke leads final 28 as Heitmann bubbles

What a busy, fast-paced, action-filled Day 2 that was on the Eureka Poker Tour! The remaining 173 players returned to the Spielbank Schenefeld Casino with two main aims: to make the money first of all and to make Day 3 after the first aim was achieved. A total of 28...more

UKIPT5 Series 2 London: Day 1A Levels 9-12(Blinds 1000/2000/300)

8:40pm: Day 1A is a wrap - Jerome O'Shea is day 1A chip leader Just like that we have finished level 12 and Day 1A is in the bag! Chips are just being tallied, and it's been confirmed that Jerome O'Shea's 181,700 stack is heading the 30-strong pack of enthusiastic...more

Eureka5 Hamburg: Level 16 - 20 (6,000/12,000, 2,000)

10:45pm: Play ends for the night That's all for Day 2. The colourful Tom Holke leads the way. Play will resume at 2pm CET tomorrow. 10:25pm: Last 6 hands Each of the four remaining tables will play six more hans before bagging up for the night. 10:05pm: Leopizzi goes in...more

UKIPT5 Series 2 London: Day 1A Level 5-8(Blinds 400/800/100)

6:22pm: Break Time Wow, those four levels just flew by. With another set of four in the can, once more the players have been liberated to go walkabout the beautiful interior of the PokerStars Hippodrome Casino for a relaxing coffee, a mollifying cigarette or they could even pop out for...more

APPT9 Macau Day 2: Fu firing on all cylinders

The room was abuzz not long ago as railbirds cheered on friends and family in the final level of Day 2. They've since dispersed after players bagged up their chips and thanked Lady Luck for her charity before they return tomorrow. The field was whittled down again today as 188...more

Eureka5 Hamburg Day 2 : An orbit with big stacks

It's not often that a start of Day 2 table has three of the top four stacks at it, so it's a table worth keeping an eye on. It was time to do, "An orbit with..." at table number six. Naser Nawrozi, Jennifer Sabuel and Denys Drobyna had already busted...more

APPT9 Macau Day 2: Swimming with sharks

Macau is notorious for drawing some tournament bosses and this week has been no exception. Deep into Day 2 here for the APPT Main Event, a crowd is gathered around the rail to watch the players in this tough field attempt to make a deep run. Two of those still...more

UKIPT5 Series 2 London: Day 1A Level 1-4(Blinds 150/300/25)

4:00pm: Break it up! Four breathless levels of poker are in the bag and the players can now escape from the cardroom and take a short sabbatical to let their pulses return to resting rates once more. We'll be back in twenty minutes to play through another four machine gun...more

A weekend for the PokerStars purist

A degree of calm returns to the online corridors of PokerStars this weekend. After almost two weeks of SCOOP, with up to 12 high stakes tournaments finishing each day, we return our gaze to Sunday, poker's holy day, and the accompanying supporting acts. You might say a weekend for...more

Eureka5 Hamburg: Welcome to Day 2

Welcome one and all to Day 2 of the Eureka5 Hamburg Main Event. It's a big coming together day as all the survivors from the four starting flights join up for the first time, all 173 of them. It's also a big day today, as the players will reach the...more

Tune in as ElkY turns Twitch talk show host

Got a question for this man? There's a good chance that if you're active in the poker community you won't be reading this because you're already on Twitch. But for those still making those first tentative steps in the direction of live streaming, we might have something this weekend...more

APPT9 Macau Day 2: Bubble build up

The bubble approaches. The tension builds. We're about half way through Day 2 here for the APPT9 Macau Main Event and the bubble looms as we close in on the 59 paid places. Energy is high here with a rail developing at PokerStars LIVE Macau as players battle it out...more

APPT9 Macau Day 2: Charity starts at the tables

Barking dogs were the welcoming party as we hopped out of the taxi at Anima - a charitable organisation that houses stray and abandoned dogs and cats as well as fighting for a change in the culture of animal welfare in Macau. Joined by APPT President Danny McDonagh and Team...more

28 May

APPT9 Macau Day 2: Ready for action

Day 2. Money. On top of the APPT9 Macau Main Event title it's what everyone is here for. Today we should well and truly make it down to the money with only 188 players remaining and 59 guaranteed a payday. It's Day 2 here and the action recommences at 2pm...more

Eureka5 Hamburg Day 1D: Alon Lang tops final flight

Day 1D of the Eureka5 Hamburg Main Event was a sell out (as expected), today meaning the total number of players for this event came to 581. This is the first time Eureka has visited Germany and it has proved very popular with the host country, as 76.2% of the...more

Eureka5 Hamburg: Short stacks, no stacks and a pie chart

No more players can enter the Eureka Main Event! The organisers counted up all the players from each starting flight, figured in all the people who won seats but didn't show up and are currently working out all the prize pool information. That will be announced later on but we...more

Watch cards-up coverage of the SCOOP Main Event

If you watched any of the big Spring Championship of Online Poker final tables, you more than likely found yourself thinking, "Man, I wonder what those cards were." Over the past few weeks, we've seen several good broadcasts from, but now we have the big one. David Tuchman and...more

APPT9 Macau Day 1b: Leader Liang

Blaring Coldplay covers from the nearby Hard Rock Café have replaced the sound of chips shuffling here as play has come to a halt for the end of APPT9 Macau Main Event's Day 1b. After a solid flight yesterday drew 207 players, we saw that number outdone today as 286...more

Eureka5 Hamburg: A Magic Circle of hands with Jan Heitmann

While his teammate George Danzer is out in Las Vegas trying to defend his WSOP Player of the Year title, Team PokerStars Pro Jan Heitmann is here in Hamburg representing his employers. The multi-talented (magician and piano player) father of three has been a fixture on the poker circuit for...more

Three reasons why you should be watching poker on Twitch

Everyone in the online poker community has been talking about Twitch lately, mainly because it is the perfect platform to bring new players closer to this world. It is fun, entertaining and it allows a degree of interaction that is not possible anywhere else. Many well known poker professionals have...more

APPT9 Macau Day 1b: Cards down, drinks up

It's all business today but last night was a different story. When the chips were bagged up on Day 1a, the bottles were brought out as the poker players got a chance to unwind from the grind at the APPT Macau Player's Party. Day 1a wrapped up around 10:30pm before...more

Eureka5 Hamburg Day 1D: Will the real Ole Schemion please stand up

Ole Schemion, the EPT 10 Player of the Season and two-time GPI Player of the Year, has held the unofficial title as the hottest young player on the planet for a good while now. Here's the thing though: his reign may be over. There's a new kid on the block....more

SCOOP 2015: Mike "SirWatts" Watson on one, make that two SCOOP wins

He's a maddog... SCOOP may have come to an end but there are still some stories to tell, like that of Mike "SirWatts" Watson. Actually our original interview with Mike Watson was ruined by, well, Mike Watson. We'd first talked to him after his win in Event 29-M, which...more

APPT9 Macau: 2015 ACOP and MPC23 schedules announced

While we edge deeper into Day 1b of the APPT9 Macau Main Event here, the Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) has just unveiled the two remaining stops in Macau for Season 9. The first of which is the 23rd edition of the Macau Poker Cup (MPC23) running from August 28...more

Eureka Hamburg Main Event: Welcome to Day 1D

The final starting flight of the Eureka5 Hamburg Main Event is finally here. It feels like the tournament has been treading water, waiting for this moment where progress can now be made. The final numbers for the €1,100 buy in event will be in and the number of players left...more

Head to the Hippodrome for the UKIPT Series

Sir... your blinds please Sir... Sir I've said it before, but I tend to believe that the most important poker tournament in the world is not necessarily the one with the enormous buy-in at some luxury resort around the world, it's the event you're about to play in yourself....more

APPT9 Macau Day 1b: High stakes tequila streams

"High stakes drinking", online poker and livestreaming. Turns out they make for a surprisingly good combination as Team PokerStars Pro Celina Lin and PokerStars Team Online Randy nanonoko Lew discovered last night. They rolled up here today for Day 1b of the APPT9 Macau Main Event likely nursing hangovers after...more

27 May

APPT9 Macau Day 1b: We're back again

One flight down and we're back again for Day 1b of the APPT9 Macau Main Event. The poker room is already alive here with a Main Event turbo satellite running and today's new group of players wandering in to take their seats. The room here at PokerStars LIVE Macau There...more

Eureka Hamburg Main Event Day 1C: Noll tops penultimate flight

Day 1C of the Eureka Main Event played out today over another 12 40-minute levels. After some no-shows from players the final number for today rested at 163. A total of 42 remain with Marco Noll leading the way on 305,200. After three starting days of play, Noll is the...more

Eureka5 Hamburg High Roller: Peters shows class to win title & €37,548

The €2,200 High Roller two-day event was halted at 3:30am CET yesterday with five players remaining and all were asked to return today to continue it from 4pm. It was hoped that it would be wrapped up in a couple of hours but it ended up taking another 5.5 hours...more

Team PokerStars Pro starring in WSOP 25K Fantasy contest

It's never enough, is it? It would seem that the brass ring--or in this case, a few dozen gold bracelets--just can't satiate the ravenous need for action among poker's summertime grinders. Today marks the beginning of the 2015 World Series of Poker, a festival that will take us to mid-July...more

APPT9 Macau Day 1a: Yao leads the pack

Eight levels and 131 players down. Main Event Day 1a is done and dusted. It's been a big week here at PokerStars LIVE Macau and today was no exception. At the close of late registration it was 207 who tried their luck, and after the last hand was dealt only...more

Eureka5 Hamburg Main Event: Second Royal Flush of the week

The tournament has rolled into the fourth level of the day and the clock says that 151 players have registered so far. Denys Drobyna has sat down next to Zoltan Gal and former EPT Deauville champ Mortiz Kranich is back to try his luck again after busting on Day 1...more

Getting Married 101

I have recently developed a secret admiration for married people. Seriously, when I hear that someone is married I feel some sort of respect for the person. And then I want to ask them about a million questions on how they pulled through it all. You see, last summer I...more

APPT9 Macau Day 1a: Music to your ears

"Music can change the world because it can change people." The quote from Bono is a powerful one but for poker players perhaps they're hoping it can change the cards instead. And maybe some have that belief considering a common sight in any poker room these days is players sporting...more

Eureka5 Hamburg Main Event: Welcome to Day 1C

Once more, welcome back to the Spielbank Schenefeld Casino where the Eureka5 Hamburg Main Event resumes with the third of four starting flights after a two-day hiatus. The cap for today's field is a hard 200 and the day is close to being a sell out and most probably will...more

Cristiano Ronaldo joins PokerStars

He's one of the biggest names in sport, and he commands the largest social media following of any athlete on the planet. Now football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has joined PokerStars, the most popular poker company in the world. He has become a member of Team PokerStars and will act as...more

APPT9 Macau Day 1a: Riding the wave

Sometimes luck comes in waves. Pros often talk about having to ride out the variance during downswings, but for Team PokerStars Pros Aditya Agarwal and Kosei Ichinose it's already been a great year. Signing with the world's biggest online poker site in January this year they started off 2015 the...more

APPT9 Macau Day 1a: Following trends

Twitter has revolutionized the way we communicate on a day-to-day basis. Where there used to be a huge divide between celebrities and fans, now it's easy as ever to get in touch with or follow the actions of someone you're interested in. The social media platform seems almost a perfect...more

26 May

APPT9 Macau Day 1a: The stage is set

It's been an epic lead up this past week here at PokerStars LIVE Macau, and now the stage is set. A rare sight after a hectic few days sees the poker room somewhat empty at the moment, but before long it'll be buzzing as poker hopefuls take their seats for...more

jenbizzle sizzles, wins 5/26/15 Super Tuesday to collect $76K

What a wild two weeks-plus it has been here at PokerStars, culminating with yesterday's finale of the 2015 Spring Championship of Online Poker. More than $76.5 million was won in the 138 tournaments of this year's SCOOP, while the Super Tuesday -- the $1,050 no-limit hold'em tournament that is itself...more

Eureka5 Hamburg High Roller Day 2: Peters leads final 5 into Day 3

One-hour levels and (tried) playing to a winner today Players: 5 of 81 remain 11 places paid with €43,210 up top Payouts so far: 6 Rudolf Köster (Germany) - €9,590 7 Milan Rabsz (Poland) - €7,540 8 Sven Reichart (Germany) - €5,890 9 Rudolf Faininger (Germany) - €4,448 10th Max...more

Eureka5 Hamburg High Roller Day 2: Keresbom busts after marathon bubble

Level 14: 1,500-3,000/400 Level 15: 2,000-4,000/500 Level 16: 2,500-5,000/500 Level 17: 3,000/6,000/1,000 One-hour levels and playing to a winner today Players: 11 of 81 remain 11 places paid with €43,210 up top To nip any potential tanking in the bag, Tournament Director Thomas Lamatch decided to implement hand for hand...more

Eureka5 Hamburg High Roller Day 2: Peters in the action as the bubble looms

Level 12: 1,000-2,000/200 Level 13: 1,200-2,400/300 One-hour levels and playing to a winner today Players: 13 of 81 remain 11 places paid with €43,210 up top Some players get a rush of cards so will naturally have high VPIP statistics. Others will be high because they love to be in...more

Join us for Stud & Draw week on PokerStars

Different game, same chips Sure, you like hold'em, but how about trying the games that gave birth to it, stepping back into a golden age of poker where Stud and Draw were the games of choice? Well this week is the perfect time to try, as PokerStars hosts Stud...more

APPT9 Macau: Chasing dreams

You hear a lot of rumours about Macau. Most of which I've been warned I can't repeat, but one that didn't trip the censors is that the gambling powerhouse dwarves that of even Las Vegas. After a host of delays on the way from Australia to Hong Kong, and a...more

Eureka5 Hamburg High Roller Day 2: Schneider leads as EPT champs fall

Level 10: 600-1,200/200 Level 11: 800-1,600/200 One-hour levels and playing to a winner today Players: 21 of 81 remain 11 places paid with €43,210 up top The first two levels of the day were played at a frantic pace with more than half the field (22 from 43 starters) falling...more

SCOOP 2015: Mustapha "lasagnaaammm" Kanit brings vintage series to a close

Your new SCOOP Main Event-H winner Mustapha "lasagnaaammm" Kanit And suddenly it's all over. After 15 days, 46 events, 138 tournaments, and $76,530,051.72 in prize money, the 2015 edition of the Spring Championship of Online Poker is finally at an end. But looking back one suspects it will enter...more

Eureka5 Hamburg High Roller Day 2: €43,210 up top with 43 still in hunt

Welcome back to the Spielbank Schenefeld Casino for Day 2 of the Eureka5 Hamburg High Roller Event. The €2,200 buy in tournament attracted an impressive 81 players yesterday to set the record this tournament at a standalone event (not attached to an EPT festival). The remaining 43 players will take...more

25 May

SCOOP 2015: Tom "tollgate" Grigg wins Event #45-M, takes home $609k ($1,050 NLHE Main Event)

Ten years ago this summer, the rest of the world learned a catchphrase from our friends down under that would be oft-repeated in poker rooms across the globe in the ensuing decade. Indulge us if you would, because there's a young man in Melbourne celebrating right now who deserves to...more

SCOOP 2015: Mustapha "lasagnaaammm" Kanit captures #45-H, carries off $1.3M ($10,300 NLHE Main Event)

We've known about Mustapha Kanit -- the Italian poker pro who goes by the mmmemorable mmmoniker "lasagnaaammm" -- for a while now. Several years back he began collecting cashes on the Italian Poker Tour. Then we saw him on the European Poker Tour where he gradually started showing up at...more

SCOOP 2015: apostolis20 wins second COOP, $203K in heads-up deal in Event #45-L, $109 NLHE Main Event

With more than $76.5 million in prizes awarded and a slew of top flight-performances by players from aorund the world, SCOOP 2015 has been an incredible series all the way around. The only way to close out such a series properly is to have a blowout Main Event - or...more

SCOOP 2015: Hiren "hustla16" Patel powers over #44-H, takes $280K post-deal ($2,100 NLHE 8-Max)

It was one of the events on tonight's undercard -- what with the three 2015 SCOOP Main Events playing out -- but Event #44-H, a two-day, $2,100 buy-in, eight-handed no-limit hold'em contest, was a heavyweight battle throughout. With tons of big names participating and going deep, it was Hiren "hustla16"...more

SCOOP 2015: jAkDAriPAA runs down Adamyid to win 44-M ($215 NLH 8-Max, Sunday Warm-Up SE)

The final day of the 2015 Spring Championship of Online Poker featured a series of big field, big prize pool events. Six tournaments were large enough to warrant a bonus Day 2 to get through their entire field without sleep deprivation coming into play. The medium $215 buy-in version of...more

Eureka5 Hamburg High Roller: Pahlewani leads final 43

By the end of level six (when registration closed), the Eureka High Roller event attracted a very impressive 81 players. After nine 40-minute levels, 43 remained with Abbas Pahlewani topping the field heading in to Day 2. He amassed 122,000 by the end with many of those chips coming after...more

Eureka5 Hamburg High Roller Day 1: 77 in, Baekke amongst leaders

The €2,200 High Roller has made it to halfway through level 6 with 80 players registered, meaning it has already smashed the standalone Eureka High Roller record, set at 51 in Season 4's Rozvadov leg. It's good to be in Germany! Three players (Johann Roesnick, Vincent Wagner and Claudio Celenza)...more

SCOOP 2015: Vakio¤Ässä vaults to victory in Event #44-L ($27 NLHE 8-Max)

Vakio¤Ässä never lost the lead at the final table. Our champion laid low for the first elimination, but then Vakio¤Ässä went on to eliminate everyone else. In a testament to the Finnish player's dominance, Vakio¤Ässä had 75 percent of the chips in play with five players left. Vakio¤Ässä comfortably doubled...more

Eureka5 Hamburg High Roller Day 1: High quality field in attendance

It's High Roller day on the Eureka Poker Tour with the start of €2,200 buy-in two-day event. The Main Event is on a break and will be back on Wednesday for Day 1C. SCOOP has finished for most players so this high buy in event offers the chance for players...more

24 May

SCOOP 2015: Robert "Little Kraut" Deppe dominates to win Event 46-M ($109 NL Holdem Turbo Wrap-Up)

What an incredible 2015 SCOOP series it has been, and what better way to close it out than with some turbo-charged fun! A huge field, a massive prize pool and all over within five hours of total play! With such a fast-paced structure you have to run good, and especially...more

SCOOP 2015: Estonia's SwiFter90 swiftly ships turbo-charged Wrap-Up Event #46-L ($11 NL Wrap-Up, Turbo, Optional Re-Entry)

SwiFter90 was on a mission in SCOOP Event #36-L. SwiFter90 simultaneously busted two players on the final table bubble and did not waste any time at the final table. SwiFter90 knocked out six out of seven players en route to a quick-fire victory in the turbo-charged Event #36-L. The 2015...more

SCOOP 2015: Second SCOOP for Alexander "Sussie Smith" Roumeliotis in Event #46-H, $1,050 NLHE Wrap-Up (Turbo, Optional Re-Entry)

SCOOP 2015 has been quite the series, seeing enough world-class performances from enough players to make the Player Of The Series race a legitimate battle from start to finish. What better way to wrap up the series than a $1,050 turbo re-entry tournament with three-quarters of a million dollars guaranteed?...more

SCOOP 2015: Hamashmid all aces with win in Heads-Up High-Roller Event #42-Low ($215 NL)

Live by pocket Aces, die by pocket Aces. Only one player stood in Hamashmid's way from a Heads-Up High-Roller title in SCOOP Event #42-L. HoldemKy5 jumped out to an early lead and had an opportunity to knock out a short-stacked Hamashmid. The future looked grim for a reeling Hamashmid who...more

SCOOP 2015: Baby Federer comes up aces in Event #42-M, $2,100 NLHE (Heads-Up, High Roller)

If the buy-in for Event #42-M seems a bit on the high side, you're right. Where most of the SCOOP Medium-tier tournaments have buy-ins in the $200 range, the cost of admission for this High Roller, heads-up no-limit hold'em tourney was $2,100. That kept the field a bit more exclusive...more

SCOOP 2015: alien slayer conquers ludovi333 to win Event 41-H ($5,200 PLO 6-Max, 3-Stack)

This was no turbo, this Event 41-H which gave Pot Limit Omaha players three 5,000 chip stacks to use as they saw fit. Triple sized stacks with half hour levels, short-handed tables, and top flight players made this one of the deepest of the deep stack tournaments. The high version...more

Eureka5 Hamburg Day 1B: Fakhro tops 200k to lead Day 1B survivors

The Eureka5 Hamburg Main Event is halfway through Day 1, or halfway through its Day 1s would be more accurate. Two of the four starting flights are in the bag and the Main Event will now be on a two-day break - to allow the €2,200 two-day High Roller play...more

SCOOP 2015: "Donger Kim" defeats Lichtenberger to win Heads-Up title ($21,000 NL H Heads-Up, High-Roller)

The High-Roller Heads-Up tournament is one of the most anticipated events on any series schedule and this one brought out some of the top heads-up players around. There were bracelet winners and COOP champions and heads-up cash wizards mixing it up in a tournament they could get behind. The tournament...more

SCOOP 2015: Switzerland's 1-ronnyr3 tops Event #41-M ($530 PLO, 6-Max, 3-Stack)

The hour-long methodical and plodding heads-up battle in SCOOP Event #41-M PLO Triple-Stack resembled a chess match. gavz101 and 1-ronnyr3 did not rush through hands despite the PLO format. Rather, they made calculated, precision-like moves. 1-ronnyr3 entered the final confrontation with a sincere deficit. When gavz101 failed to put 1-ronnyr3...more

Eureka5 Hamburg Day 1B: An orbit with Peters & Mattes

Tobias Peters, from Holland, has had a very busy year so far - accruing many air miles - on a globetrotting poker trip around the world and back again. The popular player has cashed in France, Macau, Malta and Belgium but has also played in the Bahamas, Australia and his...more

SCOOP 2015: aaa1 is a-number-one in #41-L ($55 PLO 6-Max, 3-Stack)

The two-day $55 PLO "3-Stack" #41-L event drew a huge field of 2,855, thereby building a $142,750 prize pool that nearly tripled the event's $50K guarantee. The top 360 finishers divided those riches, with the U.K.'s aaa1 ending up taking away the largest share after winning the watch and a...more

Eureka5 Hamburg Day 1B: Nine-year homecoming wait for Nguyen

It's a big deal to win a European Poker Tour Main Event, a very big deal. It's the richest and toughest tour on the planet. The thing is these days, is that there are over 100 champions so the achievement is somewhat (naturally) diluted. Take your mind back nine years...more

Eureka5 Hamburg Day 1B: A new day and a new approach

If you play a Eureka Tour Main Event, you get your value for money in terms of structure. A starting stack of 25,000 gets you a massive 500-big blind starting stack. That may have been the reason it took until the third level of the day yesterday before a player...more

Eureka5 Hamburg Day 1B: The second (of four) flights about to begin

Welcome back to Hamburg, Germany for Day 1B of the Eureka Poker Tour Main Event. The Spielbank Schenefeld Casino is once again full of light; background music and the clocks have been reset ready for another flight of players. Yesterday attracted 103 players - whittled down to 32 by the...more

23 May

SCOOP 2015: Fartojop333 rips through Event #43-M final table ($215 NLHE 6-Max, Variable Level Times, Progressive Super-Knockout)

When it comes to format, PokerStars threw everything but the kitchen sink at this one. Your garden variety 6-Max NLHE tourney was not only dressed up with a progressive bounty that grew with every knockout, but accessorized with variable level times-- starting at four minutes and growing to 15 minutes...more

SCOOP 2015: Double Dutch; lehout wins second SCOOP title with victory in Event #43-L ($27 NL 6-Max, Variable Level Times, Progressive KO)

With three left in the hunt in SCOOP Event #43-L, Godzilla-stacked ZFSB held almost 75% of all the chips in play and had run roughshod over the final table. That daunting lead did not deter former SCOOP champion lehout. During an inevitable heads-up showdown, lehout trailed 37.5M to 15.4M. Despite...more

SCOOP 2015: ale6kabinks #43-H, banks $151K incl. bounties ($2,100 NLHE 6-Max, Variable Levels, Prog Super KO)

Event #43-H gave SCOOPers a tourney twist with "variable levels," with 614 coming out to take part in the $2,100 buy-in event. And after just over six hours it was ale6ka of Belarus best handling all of the variables -- and the variance -- to win the title and a...more

SCOOP 2015: doofus86 does it, wins #38-M, $92K ($215 NLHE, 1R1A)

Hailing from tiny Malta, doofus86 became the latest 2015 SCOOP champion this afternoon after beating out a big field of 1,170 in Event #38-M, a two-day $215 no-limit hold'em event (with rebuy/add-on options). doofus86 took away a nice first prize of $92,44.56 for this one, and here's the story of...more

SCOOP 2015: Ankush "pistons87" Mandavia scores his second SCOOP title in Event #38-H ($2,100 NLHE 1R1A)

To the naked eye, it might seem absurd to hold a 1.5 to 1 chip lead and take an even chop heads-up. But if the guy across from you is Ankush "pistons87" Mandavia, you might want to give it some thought. Mandavia got his start as a heads-up NLHE specialist...more

Eureka5 Hamburg Day1B: Uzunoglu leads after last level monster pot

Central Europe's biggest poker tour has finally had the opportunity to be hosted by the region's biggest country. Hamburg - Germany's second city -, and more specifically the Spielbank Schenefeld Casino, is welcoming a very different type cliental over the next nine days as the Eureka Poker Tour is in...more

SCOOP 2015: No panic in PANIC.PLAYER, takes Event 38-L title ($27 NL Hold'em 1R1A)

Time is running out for players to earn, or add, a SCOOP title to their list of poker accomplishments. Because the end is nigh, the final weekend of the Spring Championship of Online Poker is sure to pack the players into the games and Event 38-L was a good start....more

Eureka5 Hamburg Day 1A: 103 in for today as Frost & von Halle bust

Registration closed after six levels of play and the final number of players for Eureka Hamburg Day 1A was confirmed at 103. That may seem low with the daily cap being at 200 but it's almost exactly on target for the organisers. A total of 600 players across the four...more

Eureka5 Hamburg Day 1A: Keeping it in the family

Lots of family connections have popped up over the years within the poker scene. Fathers and sons; siblings; cousins and married couples - you name the connection; it's been noted and reported at one time or another. It's easy to see how this could happen so often, seeing as poker...more

Eureka5 Hamburg Day 1A: Iermolcheva fighting to continue good form

Four levels of play have passed here on Day 1B and the number of entrants has grown to 101.There is a lot of focus on cards but just as much on the TV screens hung around the casino floor as Hamburg SV - amongst other football teams - are battling...more

Eureka5 Hamburg Day 1A: Survival is the name of the game

It's become a bit of a cliché to say that day ones of poker tournaments are all about survival but there's a lot of truth within those words. Actually, survival is the name of the game, in more ways than one, in Hamburg today. The Spielbank Schenefeld is loaded with...more

SCOOP 2015: Victory smells sweet for lissi stinkt in #36-H, wins $158K-plus ($1,050 NLHE Prog Super KO)

For some the phrase "Progressive Super Knockout" might conjure thoughts of lengthy, intricately-structured jams marked by complex time signatures, unorthodox segues, and lyrical indulgences climaxing with mind-melting solos. Meanwhile for those playing Event #36-H of the 2015 Spring Championship of Online Poker, a $1,050 buy-in "Progressive Super Knockout" no-limit hold'em...more

SCOOP 2015: Woody "plplaya" Deck wins second SCOOP of '15, third overall in Event #39-H ($700 H.O.R.S.E.)

Halfway through the 2015 SCOOP any one of us would have christened it the year of Jason Mercier, as the Team Pro captured three bracelets in the first eight days of events. Now, as the final weekend kicks off, the year of the repeat is perhaps a more fitting label....more

Eureka5 Hamburg: The tour debuts in Germany

Welcome to Hamburg for the second stop of Season 5 on the Eureka Poker Tour. In its four and a bit seasons this tour of Central Europe has visited the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Latvia and Austria but never Germany. That wait is over as the newly refurbished Spielbank...more

22 May

SCOOP 2015: Second COOP title for jungledancer in Event #39-L, $7.50 HORSE

It's been a pretty good year at the PokerStars tables for jungledancer. After starting 2015 off with no COOP titles at all, January produced a pot-limit Omaha victory during TCOOP. Now the Ukrainian player is two-thirds of the way to a Triple COOP after winning a SCOOP title in Event...more

SCOOP 2015: Persistence pays off for Zelja22 in Event #36-M ($109 NLHE Progressive Super-Knockout)

For a while there, it looked like mahmuttt88 would run away with this one. With eight players remaining, the Fin was up to 17 million in chips while his opponents all sported stacks below 4.5 million. A better run of cards might have allowed mahmuttt88 to pick them all off...more

SCOOP 2015: Bluf_To_Much slaughters HORSE field to win Event #39-M ($215 HORSE)

Moldova's Bluf_To_Much sat atop such a monstrous big-stack that the mere sight of it made opponents tremble in fear. Once the final table began, it was essentially a race for second place in SCOOP Event #39-M. Bluf_To_Much did not squander the colossal lead and went wire-to-wire. Bluf_To_Much annihilated the final...more

SCOOP 2015: hendu99 cruises to the title in Event 36-L ($11 NL Hold'em Progressive Super-Knockout)

The final weekend of the 2015 Spring Championship of Online Poker is upon us with a bucket load of big tournaments on the schedule. Thursday brought up a big series of events which drew huge crowds to the virtual felt. Event 36-L was the low buy-in version of a No...more

SCOOP 2015: 140314 zooooms to victory in Event 40-L ($27 NL Hold'em Turbo, Zoom)

The last tournament of the day offered players a quick way to make a buck. They could fire off Event 40-L late in the day and know they wouldn't have to invest hours upon hours of play. The tournament combined the fast pace of Zoom poker with a quick turbo...more

SCOOP 2015: kenny05 claims victory in Event #40-H ($2,100 NLHE Turbo, Zoom)

Two nosebleed-stakes cash gamers, a WSOP bracelet winner, three players with more than $6 million in online MTT earnings between them, and one of the top high-stakes SNG players ever were among the final nine in this supercharged SCOOP event. Among this decorated group, only one had previously captured a...more

SCOOP 2015: Luke "lb6121" Schwartz grabs 2nd of series, 4th overall in #40-M ($215 NLHE Turbo Zoom)

It was definitely fast, though not necessarily furious. In truth, it happened so fast it was hard to register the emotions of those involved. We speak of Event #40-M, the $215 buy-in version of the no-limit hold'em "turbo" Zoom tournament that saw a huge field of 2,324 take mere hours...more

SCOOP 2015: Myrmo "locomi" Espen on the powers of National Day Run Good

Among the SCOOP Class of 2015: Myrmo Espen By the time the Spring Championship of Online Poker comes to an end this weekend they'll have been 138 winners. Easy to think that they all blend into one, but we like to think that SCOOP remains the place where players...more

SCOOP 2015: Home is where the championship watch is

Describe a modern poker player to a friend. What do you say? Young guy in a hoodie with sunglasses and earbuds who makes every move robotic? You could be forgiven for that description if you made it. Those are often--if not usually--the players we see in photos and on TV....more

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SCOOP 2015: Make that two titles for Mike "SirWatts" Watson

Two titles in a week: Mike "SirWatts" Watson Today's round up of the "overnight" SCOOP results centres largely on the last event to finish, in this case Event 37-H. It was a similar story yesterday. With four players left the line-up offered a variety of options for anyone looking...more

SCOOP 2015: Mike "SirWatts" Watson defeats Naoya "nkeyno" Kihara to win second SCOOP in Event #37-H ($2,100 PLO Hi-Lo)

Another day of the 2015 Spring Championship of Online Poker and we have the familiar story of yet another multiple-time SCOOP champion. With over $8 million in live earnings in his career, Mike "SirWatts" Watson is one of the elite players in the game. Watson has achieved many great accomplishments...more

SCOOP 2015: fartovick25 clears out final table to win Event #37-L $27 PLO Hi/Lo

Victor "Puropoker123" Lemos was a silent, but deadly assassin this week. The Panamanian quietly won two SCOOP events -- Event #31-H $2,100 FL Holdem 6-Max and Event #28-H $2,100 Stud Hi/Lo. Plus, he narrowly missed another win with a runner-up performance in Event #22-H ($700 NL 6-Max). Victor "Puropoker123" Lemos...more

SCOOP 2015: MarkBang goes bang in Event #37-M ($215 PL Omaha Hi/Lo)

MarkBang and UziStuNNa have quite a bit in common. They both hail from Hungary, and they both final tabled SCOOP events earlier this series. However now only one of them has a SCOOP watch wrapped around their wrist after MarkBang got the better of his countryman heads-up to claim victory...more

21 May

SCOOP 2015: kuhns89 notches 3rd SCOOP title with 8-Game win in Event #35-H; Calvin "cal42688" Anderson takes 4th place

Another day, another final table for Calvin "cal42688" Anderson. The run good continued cal42688, who rode his recent rush all the way to a fifth final table at the 2015 SCOOP. An appearance at the final table for Event #35-H $2,100 8-Game marked consecutive days with a final table for...more

SCOOP 2015: Toby Work closes up shop, Mercier 3rd in Event #35-M, $215 8-Game

To say that Jason Mercier has been on a heater lately is a modest understatement. The Team PokerStars pro has already earned three titles in 10 days and sits atop the Player of the Series leaderboard with four days left to go. But while a burgeoning collection of champion's watches...more

SCOOP 2015: snirk has the last laugh winning Event #35-L ($27 8-Game)

Usually online reporters will take a peek at a tournament in the early goings to approximate when the final table will start up. It was nearly five hours into this SCOOP 2015 Event #35-L 8-game carnival and a Red Spade showed up top ten in chips. But, that Red Spade...more

Hard Currency: Everything you wanted to know about the casino chip

There are thousands of chips at the bottom of Nevada's Lake Mead. At 500 feet deep, it's a good place to put something you don't want to see anymore, whether it's a poker chip or, you know, a body. How they ended up there is part of the story...more

SCOOP 2015: Move over, dragonwarior coming through with two titles in a day

It was looking like a quiet day on the SCOOP front, relatively speaking of course. Among the winners were none of the "oh my" names that usually stop the presses on the PokerStars Blog. Instead there was a run of great performances by players we had yet to grow...more

SCOOP 2015: dragonwarior claims second SCOOP in two days in Event #33-H ($2,100 NLHE w/ Re-entry)

What an incredible SCOOP series this is turning out to be! First there was the amazing feat of Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier to win three SCOOP titles. Then there was the Czech Republic's marek_heinz who won two SCOOPs in two days. Nicolas "niccc" Chouity also won two SCOOP titles...more

Nepal Earthquake Appeal - Update

Help by donating through PokerStars On the 25th April 2015, an earthquake of 7.8 magnitude struck Nepal. Two days later we launched our appeal to players. The response was, as ever, both generous and fast and I'm proud to report that so far our players and our staff have...more

SCOOP 2015: frost3ggg coming through loud and clear

Sometimes, even when you admit to only speaking a little English, the sheer joy of winning an event like a SCOOP event means the message gets across loud and clear regardless. Take frost3ggg for example, winner of Event 24-L and a first prize of $50,981. "I will not hide,...more

SCOOP 2015: Endurance earns Gambler4444 a win in Event #34-M, $215 NLO/8

It's not uncommon for SCOOP final tables to breeze by. Whether because of a turbo structure, or a series of coolers at the final table, plenty of SCOOP finals play out in less time than it takes to tell you about what happened. Others prove to be as much of...more

SCOOP 2015: jwvdcw binks Event #34-H $2,100 NL Omaha Hi/Lo

No-limit Omaha is like driving without a speed limit. SCOOP Event #34-H featured the best speed demons in the virtual world. I know, it sounds a little weird to include speed and Omaha Hi/Lo in the same sentence, but you'd be surprised how a simple little twist like swapping the...more

SCOOP 2015: Nomarbles1 mows down field to win Event #33-M $215 NL (Optional Re-Entry)

Wire to wire. Nomarbles1 began the final table in SCOOP Event #33-M with a daunting chip lead and it was really a contest for second place. Nomarbles1 navigated the final table virtually unfettered as the Canadian cruised to the winner's circle to become the newest SCOOP champion. 2015 SCOOP Event...more

SCOOP 2015: dragonwarior battles for the Event 30-H title ($1,050 NL Hold'em Super Tuesday SE)

The final Tuesday of the 2015 Spring Championship of Online Poker also meant the last Special Edition of the regular Super Tuesday event. Nothing major, just a $1,000,000 guaranteed tournament to get the blood pumping. An impressive field pulled together in the middle of the week for some crazy prize...more

SCOOP 2015: stan_09319 defies the odds to win Event #33-L ($27 No Limit Holdem w/ Re-entry)

How do you defeat a field of over 15,000 entrants through 16 hours of play to turn a $27 investment into over $40,000 in prize money? I have no idea. The thought of even tackling a field so large or enduring a poker grind of two-thirds of my day is...more

SCOOP 2015: Nicolas "niccc" Chouity claims third SCOOP title in Event #34-L ($27 NL Omaha Hi/Lo)

2015 has been a banner year for repeat SCOOP champions and tonight was no different. Less than a week ago, 2010 EPT Grand Final champion Nicolas "niccc" Chouity picked up his second career SCOOP title in Event #22-H. That night he braved the shark-infested waters of a high-stakes NLHE field,...more

20 May

SCOOP 2015: to0dey takes #32-H; Shawn "buck21" Buchanan 3rd ($2,100 Razz)

As expected, the $2,100 version of razz -- Event #32-H on the 2015 Spring Championship of Online Poker schedule -- drew a stacked field of top pros peppered with COOP titles. In the end Russia's to0dey outlasted them all to claim the title and a $52,920.73 prize for doing so,...more

SCOOP 2015: Re8uZ earns win in Event #30-M, Mikielewicz fourth ($109 NLHE)

A Team PokerStars Pro Online player and a SCOOP champ, just a couple of the hurdles the winner of Event #30-M had to clear. Grzegorz 'DaWarsaw' Mikielewicz was looking to claim his first watch as bencb789 was hoping for a second one. But, after two days of play, including eight...more

SCOOP 2015: anila18 annihilates Event #32-L final table ($27 Razz)

Another SCOOP event, another decorated final table. Despite the low buy-in, this $27 Razz tournament reached a final table littered with a WCOOP champion and SCOOP runner-up in janik446 as well as an appearance from Kyle "km_freestyle" Menne, who only five days ago, defeated Shaun Deeb heads-up to win Event...more

SCOOP 2015: Russia's dumBBass86 denies cal42688 a 7th SCOOP title with win in Event #32-M Razz

No other single game mercilessly throws a player off kilter more than Razz, where the mere presence of a single card could generate internal cataclysmic upheaval. Even the calmest and coolest tilt-proof pros lose their minds during the darkest self-destructive moments of a Razz tournament. Devastating Razz beats carve out...more

SCOOP 2015: SKobold floats a boat to win Event 30-L ($11 NL Hold'em)

Tuesday saw a full schedule of massive tournaments including Event 30-H with an $11 buy-in and $100,000 guaranteed prize pool. The tournament needed five-digits worth of entrants and they came out in force just like every event across the board. By the time registration was closed, the entire field knew...more

Deuces wild & degenerate nerd heaven

"I love your Open Face videos," said seat 2, as I ordered a glass of Chardonnay and folded ace-king in middle position, "But I like your brother's chess videos even more." We were playing the 120 + 50 rebuy deuces wild tournament at the EPT Grand Final, and despite the...more

ElkY breaks Twitch record with SCOOP stream

Before there was ElkY the rockstar poker player, before he found a way to dismay and dismantle poker convention, before poker players became better known by their screen names as their given name (and, who is this Bertrand Grospellier guy I've been hearing about?), ElkY was a rockstar in another...more

SCOOP 2015: Reality bites for Alex "Bigfox86" Foxen (in a good way)

Reality bites. In a nice way Sometimes SCOOP success will come when you least expect it. Just ask Alex Foxen. "It's funny, Wednesday was definitely a down day in the schedule, and I almost took the day off. As I was registering I said to one of my friends...more

Watch Jason Mercier win his third SCOOP bracelet


SCOOP 2015: Victor "Puropoker123" Lemos powers his way to yet another SCOOP title in Event #31-H ($2,100 FL Holdem 6-Max)

Panama may not exactly be known as a powerhouse in the poker industry, but there's one player emerging as a genuine superstar of the online felt and his name is Victor "Puropoker123" Lemos. Lemos is a former WCOOP and SCOOP champion, and just one day ago he secured his second...more

SCOOP 2015: It's about more than just winners

Keeping track of the "stand out" winners from SCOOP 2015 is proving a difficult task. Just as you think you have a moment to look back on some pretty remarkable results, 12 new ones appear from out of the night, names such as b8chatz, Fabahaba, Ib6121, Sir Watts, Maroonline...more

SCOOP 2015: Zagazaur stomps out the competition in Event #31-M ($215 FL Hold'em, 6-Max)

In his years of online play Gonzaga "Zagazaur" Briga has seen his fair share of small MTT wins, but until tonight, he had never broken through to five-figure territory. Facing a table of veterans including Phill "Grindation" McAllister (5th in last year's SCOOP Main Event for $351k) German sensation Fresh_oO_D...more

19 May

SCOOP 2015: Emil "Maroonlime" Patel squeezes out a win in Event #29-H ($2,100 PLO 6-Max)

A long time ago, in a very different poker landscape on an American broadcast network that no longer exists, Emil "Maroonlime" Patel starred on a reality TV show called "2 Months 2 Million." For ten episodes, it followed Patel and three friends who shared a house during the WSOP as...more

SCOOP 2015: Norway's erikhangaard ends the winter of discontent with win in Event #31-L ($27 FL Hold'em 6-Max)

Going into the 6-Max limit hold'em final table, Norway's erikhangaard seemed destined to win SCOOP Event #31-L. Big-stacked erikhangaard held a commanding lead with six to go. Once it got heads-up, Rickiyo trimmed the margin. The two swapped the lead too many times to count during a whirlwind, frenetic heads-up...more

SCOOP 2015: Mike "SirWatts" Watson breaks through with victory in 6-Max PLO Event #29-M ($215 PLO Re-Entry)

Cracking Aces is not as brutal in the PLO universe as it is in the NL hold'em realm, yet it still stings though. With three to go in Event #29-M, SirWatts won a decisive pot that propelled him on a path toward the winner's circle. SirWatts snapped off FatmanScoop's set...more

SCOOP 2015: SpeedUp2 runs through final table, wins #29-L ($27-R 6-Max PLO)

The winner of Event #29-L -- a $27 buy-in, six-handed pot-limit Omaha event with optional re-entries -- was SpeedUp2 of Bulgaria, a wholly appropriate username given how this one ended. Entering the final table with a significant chip lead, SpeedUp2 made rapid work of things thereafter by knocking out all...more

SCOOP 2015: b8chatz cools down red-hot Jason Mercier to win 3-Stack Event #26-H ($1,050 NL)

Sportscaster Dan Patrick once said, "You can't stop Michael Jordan, you can only hope to contain him." That's how fellow NBA players felt about Jordan's nonpareil basketball prowess at the apex of his career. Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier, ensconced in the middle of a sizzling streak, final tabled SCOOP...more

SCOOP 2015: shapkin7777 times it right for $55K in Event #26-M, $109 NLHE (3-Stack)

There's no doubt that having the chip lead is a decided advantage. Ask anyone where they'd like to be to start a final table and they'll say "in the lead." It's never a guarantee, though, because timing is far more important than how many chips you have to start. Event...more

SCOOP 2015: Spektre1346 claims #26-L; five-way deal earns ¿¿toneecho?? $15K ($11 NLHE, 3-Stack)

The player ¿¿toneecho?? led to start the final table of the two-day Event #26-L, and had such an overwhelming chip lead it seemed like the only questions remaining were the marks in the U.K. player's username. A five-way deal ensured ¿¿toneecho?? a big $15K payday -- not bad for an...more

SCOOP 2015: dr davy11 draws big in Event #27-L ($11+R PL 5-Card Omaha Hi/Lo)

There were tons of modifiers on Event #27-L. This $11 tournament was a rebuy frenzy that featured 5-card PLO in a six-max format. The tournament drew a total of 2,349 players who rebought 3,451 times and purchased 1,508 to create a $73,080 prize pool. The player who got the largest...more

SCOOP 2015: Schwartz earns third SCOOP in Event 27-H ($1,050 PL 5-Card Omaha Hi/Lo 6-Max)

The high buy-in version of SCOOP events are smaller affairs but their fields are the toughest you'll find. It takes a special kind of player to enjoy playing split pot poker so the Pot Limit Omaha/8 event was only 125 players deep but packed with talent. Event 27-H had a...more

SCOOP 2015: Ilari "Fabahaba" Tahkokallio stages mighty final table comeback

Having to fend off a two-time SCOOP champ, a Team PokerStars Online Pro, a TCOOP title holder, AND come back from being the short stack entering the final table is by no means an easy feat. But in #E27-M, that was exactly what the winner of this tournament would have...more

EPT Season 11: The year of Dzmitry Urbanovich

The Year of Urbanovich Amid the bustle of activity around SCOOP it's worth remembering the winner of another contest this week, the European Poker Tour Player of the Year. While the award itself won't be presented until Barcelona, there was still some doubt as to who would be collecting...more

Watch the EPT Malta final table highlight show

It was a first for the European Poker Tour and a tournament festival unlike any it had thrown to date. The inaugural trip was such a success that the EPT immediately added Malta to its Season 12 schedule. In less than a year, we'll be looking at a tournament room...more

SCOOP 2015: Another day and another familiar face

A late, or was it an early finish for the latest tournaments played in this year's Spring Championship of Online Poker. After a slight change to the schedule, which turned event 26 into a two day contest, events 23, 24 and 28 brought the night's action to a close,...more

SCOOP 2015: Victor "Puropoker123" Lemos win second SCOOP and 3rd COOP title with win in Event #28-H ($2,100 Stud Hi/Lo)

With four to go in Event #28-H Stud Hi/Lo, Dan "djk123" Kelly appeared to be on a collision course with big-stacked Victor "Puropoker123" Lemos. djk123 was the most successful player in all of WCOOP history with 4 titles, not to mention a pair of SCOOP wins for 6 overall COOP...more

SCOOP 2015: calvin7v scores his second SCOOP title in Event #28-M ($215 Stud Hi/Lo)

As this final table kicked off, there was a good chance someone would come away from it with a second COOP title. Less than a week ago, Kashmir_uzi won his first SCOOP watch in Event #14-H ($2,100 NL Single Draw 2-7). Calvin7v won his first SCOOP in 2014 in Event...more

SCOOP 2015: Bobrovaflya brings it home in Event #28-L ($27 Stud Hi/Lo)

Bobrovaflya had a few lows in event #28-L but ended up higher than anyone after taking the title and $5,194.08. This is Bobrovaflya's second SCOOP title since the Russian player took down Event #02-L last SCOOP. That event was in NLHE but now Bobrovaflya's been branching out. Today's event drew...more

18 May

SCOOP 2015: a.S.e High hones in on victory in Event #24 ($2,100 NLHE)

The final four players were discussing a deal that guaranteed them each nearly a quarter of a million dollars. a.S.e High wanted a bit more though and claimed to have an advantage over the rest of the field. Two players relented, but the chip leader, Sheeeeep, refused. The deal was...more

SCOOP 2015: Norway's locomi with second final table in 24 hours; locomi wins Sunday Million Special Edition (Event #24-M $215 NL)

When you're hot, you're en fuego. Last night, Norway's locomi advanced to the final table at SCOOP Event #25-H. Although locomi only finished in third place, locomi woke up today with another shot at a SCOOP title. This time, locomi didn't miss out. Two hands and little bit of magic....more

SCOOP 2015: frost3ggg freezes the competition in Event #24-L, $27 NLHE

No-limit hold'em freezeouts have been taking poker players' bankrolls to new heights for going on 50 years now. It used to be that it took $10K to even get in the door. These days, tournaments like the low-tier SCOOP events can get you in for the price of a movie...more

SCOOP 2015: zÿax goes wire-to-wire, wins Event #23-M ($215 NLHE Sunday Warm-Up SE)

When Event #23-M was down to its final three, one player believed he had an edge over the other two. Graftekkel wasn't just blowing smoke-- he's had more success than most in the Sunday Majors, with a second a third, and a fifth-place finish in the Million on his C.V....more

SCOOP 2015: tobi123456 takes down Event #23-H ($2,100 NLHE)

Four players had eight COOP titles at the final table, but there would be no repeat victor. tobi123456 came to the final table short-stacked and overcame the likes of David "WhooooKidd" Baker and Team PokerStars Pro Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier in order to take down his first SCOOP title. For the...more

SCOOP 2015: Lithuania's Kicionas conquers the lot in #E23-L ($27 NLHE, $250K Gtd)

In the low buy-in events, some might say that anyone can run good and make a big final table, regardless of poker talent. Seriously? These players had to navigate their way through a field of 16,914 players to make the final nine over two days and 17 hours of play...more

SCOOP 2015: Obst still learning, and still winning

Back again to claim another title As a live player James Obst rarely makes trips beyond his native Australia, except for the annual trip to Las Vegas and the World Series of Poker. But online he seems to be everywhere, and as far as SCOOP goes it's pretty much...more

Weekend Review: Mercier. Seriously, again. Plus even more

There seemed to be chips for everyone this weekend In hindsight we really shouldn't be that surprised. But in reality, it was ridiculous. As anyone in poker will tell you, when encountering the uninitiated you can often spend much of your time explaining that poker is not about luck....more

APPT9 MANILA: Schedule released for Season 9

The Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) today announced the Manila, Philippines leg of Season 9 which will take place at 'PokerStars LIVE at City of Dreams Manila' from July 30 to August 9. APPT Manila will feature the PHP 50,000 (USD $1,130) Main Event where each of the two Day...more

17 May

SCOOP 2015: Second title in two days for marek_heinz in Event #25-M, $215 PLO (6-max, Turbo, Zoom)

It's been a very good SCOOP series for repeat champions so far. In the early going it was just players who already had SCOOP titles from the past winning new ones. Then Jason Mercier started piling up 2015 champion's watches, simultaneously an impressive feat and an undeclared challenge to the...more

SCOOP 2015: tnapoleao zips through Zoom field in Event #25-L ($27 Pot-Limit Omaha [6-Max, Turbo, Zoom])

Brazil has always been one of the great football nations and is quickly evolving into one of the great poker nations as well. Brazilians have won 23 SCOOP watches, six of them in the last eight days. Two of the country's marquee footballers, Ronaldo and Neymar Jr., have even crossed...more

SCOOP 2015: Sam "Str8$$$Homey" Greenwood wins third COOP in Event 25-H ($2,100 PL Omaha 6-Max, Turbo, Zoom)

Need a fast tournament to finish off your weekend? SCOOP Event 25 was just what the doctor ordered as it combined the gamble of Pot Limit Omaha, short-handed tables, turbo structure, and the fast-fold action of Zoom poker. Rocket-propelled fun for the unwinding player. The high buy-in version cost $2,100...more

SCOOP 2015: Cobus83 outduels YaAaRnY for title in Event #21-H, $700 PL 5-Card Omaha (6-max, 1R1A)

It takes a certain kind of soul to play five-card Omaha. The game is something like poker's version of BASE jumping or test piloting: those who know the game from the inside will swear to you that there's a line between genius and recklessness, and that seeing it trod is...more

SCOOP 2015: luckyme1414 thwarts ApKTuK's run at a third SCOOP title in Event #21-M ($82 PL 5-Card Omaha, 1R1A)

Only nine players in SCOOP history have won three or more titles. Today, ApKTuK was poised to become the tenth. Less than 48 hours ago, the Estonian won his second SCOOP title in Event #19-L. Today, he turned from Omaha 8 to the wild west of 5-Card Omaha, where he...more

SCOOP 2015: KidPokerSLO (no, the other one) wins Event #21-L PL 5-Card Omaha

The Jackson Six, Five Horseman of the Apocalypse, seven players a side for a hockey game. Sometimes adding one more to the mix is a little too much. To be honest adding the extra card to Omaha is like spiking Red Bull with a cup of sugar. Which means more...more

SCOOP 2015: Mercier defeats cal42688 & HITTHEPANDA for another SCOOP ($2,100 NL Hold'em 4-Max)

Sometimes you see players going on a nice run, or they catch a heater during a tournament. Team PokerStar's Jason Mercier has been extending his hot streak over the first half of the Spring Championship of Online Poker and was looking for more gold. He began this event with two...more

SCOOP 2015: 10111420 denies korjae a second title in Event #20-M (NLHE 4-Max)

Many players do not get even one attempt at heads-up play for a Major tournament victory. The SCOOP 2015 Event #20-M NLHE 4-max (2-day tournament) would feature one player going for the Triple COOP and another trying for a second SCOOP watch. But neither of them would claim the title...more

SCOOP 2015: LeslieGroves soars to bombastic 4-Max victory in Event #20-L ($27 NL)

You can run, but you can't hide. That's the beauty and simplicity of 4-max tournaments. You can't sit back and cruise to the final table while everyone else cannibalizes themselves. In a 4-max setting, you're constantly in the thick of the action. Early on Day 2 in Event #20-L, Hungary's...more

P1M Guarantee: Rey Concepcion Goes the Distance and Wins!

After a long and grueling final table, the PokerStars Live Manila P1M Guarantee held at City of Dreams Manila, Philippines, ended with poker veteran Rey Concepcion outlasting the overwhelming youth at the table to claim the first place cash prize of PHP200,000 plus a seat to the APPT 9 Manila...more

SCOOP 2015: Dribbelkip flushes them in Event #22-L ($7.50 NLHE 6-Max Ultra-Deep)

Another SCOOP event is in the record books and this time the title is heading to the Netherlands. A proud poker nation, they will be toasting Dribbelkip this evening in Amsterdam as he overcame a massive field, and a large chip deficit three-handed, to turn $7.50 into five figures of...more

P1M Guarantee: Final Table

Gerald Casey - United States - 613,000 Jutae Kim - Korea - 575,000 Rey Concepcion - Philippines - 570,000 Raphael Berroya Bulaong - Philippines - 520,000 Cary Allen Ison - Philippines - 394,000 Bernardo Angeles - Philippines - 327,000 Nicolas Arceo - Philippines - 269,000 Nickolai Aexandrov - United States...more

SCOOP 2015: THEMOS17 steamrolls Event #22-M ($82 NLHE 6-Max Ultra-Deep)

The PokerStars team are always looking to come up with new and exciting innovations for poker tournaments. Over this two-week period, the 2015 SCOOP will feature offerings such as progressive knockouts, n-stack, big antes and of course the revolutionary Zoom tournaments. Today's SCOOP event was also something rather unique. It...more

16 May

SCOOP 2015: EPT Champ Nicolas "niccc" Chouity wins second SCOOP and third COOP with win in Event #22-H

Alligator blood. Nicolas "niccc" Chouity must have it pulsating through his veins. The 2010 EPT Grand Finale champ went into Event #22-H seeking his second career SCOOP title and his third overall COOP (he won a WCOOP in 2011 and an event at 2012 SCOOP). Only Victor "Puropoker123" Lemos stood...more

P1M Guarantee: Final Day Begins / Updates

We are back at City of Dreams Manila, Philippines with the start of the final day of the PokerStars Live Manila P1M Guarantee where 28 hopefuls return with one mission, to capture the top prize of PHP250,000 which is inclusive of a coveted APPT 9 Manila Main Event seat. Entering...more

SCOOP 2015: Stefan "mindgamer" Jedlicka books $147K win in Event #17-H, $1,050+R NLHE (Big Antes)

Two-day tournaments, re-buys, tough competition, and long walks on the beach. You might not get the last of those, depending on your own personal location, but all the rest were on offer in Event #17-H of SCOOP 2015. Things got started right on time at 11 a.m. ET on Friday,...more

SCOOP 2015: Artem "veeea" Vezhenkov closes strong, grabs the title in #17-M ($109+R NLH, Big Antes)

It looked for a while as though Artem "veeea" Vezhenkov of Russia was going to finish off Event #17-M, a $109 no-limit hold'em event featuring big antes and rebuy opportunities, with little difficulty after building a big lead and mowing down all but one of his last few opponents. Fellow...more

SCOOP 2015: Hugo Neves loves pocket Aces and binks Event #17-L [$11+R Big Antes]

Live by Aces, die by Aces. Portugal's Hugo Neves entered the final table second in chips for SCOOP Event #17-L Big Antes. With eight to go, Hugo Neves seized the lead with pocket Aces and never looked back. With three players remaining, Hugo Neves only needed two hands to liquidate...more

P1 Million Guarantee: Anthony Gabitan is Day 1C Chip Leader; Chip Counts

Day 1C of the PokerStars Live Manila PHP1 Million Guarantee held at City of Dreams Manila, Philippines ended with lots of chips swinging in many wild directions that sent some booming way up and some way down and out. The beneficiary of good fortune went to Anthony Gabitan of the...more

Cary Ison Leads at the Dinner Break

We are at a dinner break. There are currently 21 players remaining with Cary Ison leading with around 225,000 chips. We will be playing down to 10 players. Mike Takayma is also in the field. He sits with just under 100,000 chips....more

SCOOP 2015: Paulman 87 wins nearly $200K in Event #15-H, $1,050 NLHE (Progressive Super-Knockout, Thursday Thrill SE)

Some SCOOP tournaments are not just tests of poker skill, but tests of endurance much like the original freezeouts were for live tournaments in their early eras. Even among these events there are a select few that take the endurance theme and really run away with it. The high buy-in...more

P1 Million Guarantee: Update

Registration has closed for the PokerStars Live Manila PHP1 Million Guarantee with a total of 129 entries. We will be playing down to 10 players (7 percent of the field). There are two players vying for their second seat....more

SCOOP 2015: ApKTuK earns second career SCOOP O/8 title in Event #19-L, $27 FL Omaha Hi/Lo (8-max)

There has been a rash of repeat winners this first week of SCOOP 2015. There's Jason Mercier, of course, who grabbed two titles in back-to-back nights, and Calvin Anderson, who topped Shaun Deeb's previous record total by taking his sixth title. It's been a fun time for covering these tournaments...more

SCOOP 2015: Dzmitry "Colisea" Urbanovich wins third COOP title in #E19-H ($2,100 FL Omaha Hi/Lo)

What do you get when you add a two-time SCOOP champion, a two-time COOP champion, and a former SCOOP Leaderboard champion? The answer is the final table of Event 19-H. It was a fixed-limit Omaha Hi/Lo event - a game in which players can chop pots by winning either the...more

SCOOP 2015: marek_heinz takes down Event #19-M ($215 Limit Omaha Hi/Lo, 8-Max)

One year ago, marek_heinz was in a three-handed battle for the medium buy-in SCOOP Main Event title. Although he didn't come away with the victory that night, the $333k payday went a long way to soften the blow. Tonight, marek_heinz was back at a SCOOP final table, but had some...more

SCOOP 2015: sukin12 adds SCOOP to Super Tuesday title in Event #18-L ($27 NL Hold'em 6-Max, Shootout)

Shootouts are a unique format in poker tournaments and rarely seen live these days outside major series like the WSOP. Their logistical issues are easily overcome in the online world and shootouts continue to be popular in this medium. The lastest shootout on the 2015 SCOOP schedule was a 6-Max...more

SCOOP 2015: Impressive comeback from duubadaaba secures win in Event #18-M ($215 NLHE 6-Max Shootout)

It's never over until it's over in poker and duubadaaba proved that today in Event #18-M of the 2015 Spring Championship of Online Poker. duubadaaba was facing an eight-to-one chip deficit against a tough opponent when heads-up play started but everything went right for the player from Finland to claim...more

Heat is on at the PokerStars Live Manila P1M Guarantee

While the summer sun is beating hard outside, the heat is definitely on inside City of Dreams Manila, Philippines with players burning up the tables for the last Day 1 flight of the PokerStars Live Manila P1 Million Guarantee. With cards flying, there are a good number of notables already...more

SCOOP 2015: Robert "pokerguru740" Kuhn victorious in Event #18-H ($2,100 NLHE 6-Max Shootout)

Robert "pokerguru740" Kuhn is the latest SCOOP champion after an impressive win in Event #18-H of the 2015 Spring Championship of Online Poker. pokerguru740 was the short stack three-handed and ambitiously posed an even chop of the prize money to his two opponents. His barbs may have been a little...more

15 May

SCOOP 2015: Tiu Patinh@s battles hard for SCOOP title in Event #15-M ($109 NL Hold'em Progressive Super-Knockout)

Bounty tournaments reward players for shrinking the field and progressive super-knockouts really juice the action. Players don't just pick up money for taking out a player, they also raise the price on their head to make themselves a bigger target. Event #15-M had a $109 price tag to play with...more

SCOOP 2015: More money for m0rbeo claiming Event #15-L title

We get estimates on when a final table should start. It's likely a complex algorithm which is usually spot-on. However, the final table for the second day of Event #15-L NLHE Progressive Super-Knockout ran a little longer than expected. This is mostly due to players piling into this tournament series...more

SCOOP 2015: km_freestyle thwarts Shaun Deeb's attempt at a 6th SCOOP title; km_freestyle wins Event #16-M [$215 PLO Heads-Up]

At the onset of the 2015 SCOOP, Shaun Deeb shared the record for most SCOOP titles with five victories, until Calvin 'cal42688' Anderson passed him the other night. Deeb did not waste going after win #6 when he embarked on a momentous run in SCOOP Event #16-M $215 PLO Heads-Up....more

SCOOP 2015: Florian "happyfister" Bußman earns a second SCOOP title in Event #16-H ($2,100 Pot-Limit Omaha, Heads-Up)

The cream certainly rose to the top in the 2015 SCOOP's high buy-in heads-up PLO bout, as three of our final four players were already SCOOP champions. Finnish superstar Sami "Lrslzk" Kelopuro won the SCOOP Main Event in 2011, added a second SCOOP title in 2013, and picked up a...more

SCOOP 2015: ViziruA quickly claims win in Event #16-L ( $27 PLO HU)

If this was a popularity contest between lovable kids characters who would prevail? Cookie Monster or Tow Mater? Fortunately for the 12th and final heads-up match of the SCOOP 2015 Event #16-L Pot Limit Omaha tournament it would come down to playing poker instead of a chocolate chip cookie eating...more

SCOOP 2015: The man behind the mirrors

Here is your rare permission, a ridiculous opportunity, an okay to commit an ignorance that will only be afforded to you this one time. We don't cotton to people who judge books by their cover, but, hey, this is poker, and you need to make a read. So get a...more

EPT Season 11: It's a wrap!

EPT Season 11 came to an end last weekend with the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino EPT Grand Final in Monaco. The 12-day festival broke numerous records and proved a fitting end to the biggest, richest EPT Season ever held. The season's six European festivals featured a record 339 separate tournaments and...more

SCOOP 2015: Brammer bags a first title to headline another big day

Chris "NigDawG" Brammer won a first SCOOP title yesterday The only real surprise about Chris Brammer's SCOOP win last night was that he hadn't already won one before. I checked, and then checked again, expecting to see his name pop up on the results charts we keep as one...more

14 May

SCOOP 2015: Chris "NigDawG" Brammer wins first SCOOP title in Event #14-M, $215 NL 2-7 Single Draw

Second chances aren't particularly rare in SCOOP. With more than a hundred events each year, any player good enough to make it to the final table of one tournament has a good chance to repeat given enough attempts. Getting back to heads-up play a second time is a significantly rarer...more

SCOOP 2015: Kashmir_uzi guns down field in Event #14-H ($2,100 NL 2-7 Single Draw)

Loaded down with six 'COOP titles and millions in 'COOP earnings, Event #14-H's final table was a minefield. In one corner, three-time SCOOP champion Shawn "buck21" Buchanan. In another, Darren "darrenelias" Elias, with two WCOOP bracelets to his name. Across the way, SCOOP champ Stephen "stevie444" Chidwick, playing his third...more

SCOOP 2015: bigfox86 victorious in marathon final table for Event #12-H [$700 NL Ante Up]

Patience and discipline are valuable virtues in the quick-paced, frenetic, attention-deficit disorder realm of online poker. Ante Up tournaments put those virtues to the test. Ante Up features ubiquitous 5/5 blind, but with escalating antes. The "high" version of this SCOOP Event #12-H included 30-minute levels, which created more of...more

SCOOP 2015: Not kidding around, teckidtq wins Event #14-L ($27 NL Draw 2-7)

The title was wrapped up in a little chip shaped bow. Until it wasn't. The winner of the SCOOP 2015 Event #14-L NL Single Draw 2-7 tournament did not concede the title when it seemed like kosmaras94 would dance to the victory. Instead teckidtq would pass up a WCOOP champ...more

SCOOP 2015: paromology powers through Event #12-L ($7.50 NLHE Ante Up)

There's no waiting around with rising antes. For two days, paromology fought off rising tides to become the ante up champion. In that time, a field of 11,779 players was reduced to just one. After being one of the 35 players to survive day 1, paromology fought through ups and...more

SCOOP 2015: A sick run for SsicK_OnE nets just under $23K in #E12-M ($82 NLHE Ante Up)

Lots of limping. Plenty of aggressive stealing. Fields full of players who have limited experience. Hold on, have we travelled back in a poker time machine? Nope - if anything, we're looking at the future. You see, Event 12-M of the Spring Championship of Online Poker was a No Limit...more

UKIPT heading to Marbella (just off the southern coast of England)

The beautiful Marbella beach Well, there's no other way to say it, because it's a lie. But as far as lies go, it has to be the one that most poker people are prepared to overlook. It is this. Marbella is in the United Kingdom. It's true. I know,...more

SCOOP 2015: A day that got better and better

Six SCOOP wins for Calvin Anderson, which should give the opposition something to chew on Barely had we marveled at the latest results from the Spring Championship of Online Poker this morning, thinking how astonishing it was that players like James Obst and Woody Deck had added more titles...more

Different approach: shorter sessions

Last time I wrote to you guys about problems when you start playing again after a long break. I can (modestly so) tell you setting low goals to get started helped me a lot. I've actually never had a healthier grinding pattern than I do now. I used to always...more

SCOOP 2015: Thomas "WushuTM" Muhlocker dominates Event #9-H ($1,050 NLHE Super Tuesday SE)

The Super Tuesday is the largest buy-in event of the PokerStars weekly schedule, so when it's combined with the SCOOP series as a Special Edition event, you know it's going to be big. A huge prize pool and a field of the highest quality produced an exciting finale with Austrian...more

SCOOP 2015: Calvin "cal42688" Anderson tops Shaun Deeb with 6th career SCOOP title; binks Event #13-H [$2,100 Stud]

SCOOP Event #13-High Stud featured a stacked final table. Six out of the eight final table combatants had previously won SCOOP events, four players were WCOOP champions, and two players had shipped a Sunday Million. The notables included: shaundeeb (5 SCOOP titles and 2 WCOOP titles), cal42688 (5 SCOOP titles...more

SCOOP 2015: Woody "plplaya" Deck scores second SCOOP title in Event #13-M ($215 Stud)

Three years ago, American poker exile Woody Deck was still feeling the effects of Black Friday and splitting his time between the U.S. and Tijuana, Mexico so he could continue to earn a living playing online. Deck earned a SCOOP title that spring in Event #35-H, a $2,100 buy-in NL...more

SCOOP 2015: moncton27 fights back to win Event #13-L ($27 Seven-Card Stud)

A game for the old, and the new, Seven-Card Stud is a classic poker variant of skill and psychology. It's a tournament format that many players rarely get the chance to play, especially in fields of the size of the Spring Championship of Poker. So it was no surprise to...more

13 May

SCOOP 2015: Hungary goes one-two as probirs wins Event #9-M ($109 NLHE)

In this event's finale, two Hungarians went head-to-head, each gunning for their first SCOOP watch. One was a seasoned veteran of the PokerStars high buy-in MTT scene-- probirs had thrice final tabled the prestigious Super Tuesday and had a Sunday 500 title under his belt. The other, rapi_x1, had arrived...more

SCOOP 2015: capoch captures #11-H & $46K; Turner 2nd, Martins 3rd, Deeb 5th ($2,100 2-7 Triple Draw)

Event #11-H, the $2,100 buy-in deuce-to-seven triple draw event, featured yet another stacked field in a "High" event for the 2015 Spring Championship of Online Poker. Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier played in an effort to extend his two night streak of winning SCOOP titles, as did the likes of...more

SCOOP 2015: mafien87 on fleek with win in Event #9-L $11 NL

Five Canadians advanced to the final table in SCOOP Event #9-L. Only one was left standing when it got to heads-up. Unfortunately for Team Canada, mafien87was knocked out by Czech Republic's silent assassin mafien87, who stepped out from the shadows late in the final table to pull off a remarkable...more

SCOOP 2015: The story of Stroynowski in Event #11-L ($27 FL Triple Draw 2-7)

Winning a SCOOP title is an amazing accomplishment in itself, so winning two is an exclusive club indeed. Stroynowski may claim to be a cash game player and not know where the deal button is on PokerStars, but the player from Poland now has claims as a tournament pro after...more

SCOOP 2015: James Obst obliterates #10-H field, collects another 'COOP title ($1,050 PLO 6-Max)

We're used to seeing poker's top players -- live and/or online -- showing up repeatedly at the ends of SCOOP events, particularly the "High" buy-in ones. So to report that James "Andy McLEOD" Obst has won himself yet another 'COOP title tonight isn't necessarily the most alarming news to share....more

SCOOP 2015: droseff knocks off Chidwick to win Event 11-M ($215 FL Triple Draw 2-7)

There's only one day on the 2015 SCOOP schedule where players can get their Triple Draw 2-7 fix and this was that day. Three different buy-in levels were available for those who like to play a little limit 5-card draw lowball and it was a nice group. The medium buy-in...more

SCOOP 2015: Canada's ringosnuff wins second SCOOP title and $59,596 in #10-M: $109+R PLO [6-Max]

If you asked a group of big-name poker pros a few years ago where they saw the future of the game going, chances are that a lot of them would have said 'PLO'. But while Pot Limit Omaha hasn't quite overtaken NLHE as the world's most popular variant, it's certainly...more

SCOOP 2015: dimaria533 earns first COOP title in Event #10-L ($11+R PL Omaha 6-Max)

Only one thing was missing to boost the juice in SCOOP Event #10 even further, a turbo format. That doesn't mean the Pot Limit Omaha tournament with a 6-Max structure and unlimited rebuys wasn't enough to force the action to a frenetic pace. PLO tournaments always move along quite nicely...more

Liv Boeree with highlights of SCOOP Event 3-H


SCOOP 2015: Brazil's secret training facility puts out SCOOP champ

Hugo Marcelo sat in front of his computer doing what he'd do on any other day. He pressed the buttons, watched the chips fly, and hoped the pot would come his way. To anyone looking in from outside, it wouldn't have looked like anything more than a young Brazilian man...more

SCOOP 2015: Do not adjust your screens, Mercier wins again

Two wins for Mercier There used to be one thing that SCOOP guaranteed, and that was plenty of winners. It was also usualy to see familiar big fields and prize pools. This year though the roll call of winners has also been so familiar and yesterday appeared to be no...more

12 May

SCOOP 2015: Matheus "pimenta7" Pimenta draws a win in Event #8-M ($215 NL Draw), mement_mori takes third

When it comes to the SCOOP, no form of poker is left behind, be it the most cutting-edge innovation or Wild Bill Hickok's game of choice. No-limit five card draw is often referenced as one of the purest forms of poker, since it's not just a game of partial information......more

SCOOP 2015: CrownUpGuy wins second COOP title in Event #8-L, $27 NL Draw

The lower tier of SCOOP events draws a varied crowd that you don't necessarily get at the higher buy-ins. Plenty of those same players are in the mix, but they're joined by others whose entire bankrolls couldn't get them into one of the high-roller tourneys. The result is interesting final...more

LAPT8 Panama: Shakeeb Kazemipur wins LAPT8 Panama

If at first you don't succeed, try and try and try again. "Never surrender," Kazemipur told his rail of rowdy Canadians as he hoisted the trophy. LAPT Panama winner Shakeeb Kazemipur Kazemipur failed to make it through day 1a multiple times but gave it one more shot on day 1b....more

SCOOP 2015: Kelvin_FP:AR thwarts win to eat's double 'COOP in Event #7-L ($7.50+R NLHE)

Hang around the poker world long enough and you'll hear about the curse of the Day 1 chip leader. The theory lies somewhere on the spectrum between moderate paranoia and old wives' tale, but goes a little something like this-- finish Day 1 with the chip lead and your chance...more

SCOOP 2015: WRUUUUM denies cal42688 a 5th SCOOP title with a wicked win in Event #7-H [$700+R NL Hold'em]

Going into the 2015 SCOOP, Calvin "cal42688" Anderson was considered one of the most successful players in the history of SCOOP. With 4 career wins, cal42688 was good enough to top the all-time list of SCOOP victories tied at 5 with Shaun Deeb. Alas, Finland's WRUUUUM spoiled a potential history-setting...more

SCOOP 2015: Two wins, two nights for Jason Mercier, wins #8-H ($2K NL Draw)

One draw. No limit. Best five-card hand wins. Event #8 of the Spring Championship of Online Poker offered players a chance to battle on the 21st-century virtual felt in a 19th-century game, no-limit five-card draw. The "High" version sported a $2,100 price tag, and just as happened in the $2,100...more

LAPT8 Panama: Kazemipur comes back

Shakeeb Kazemipur dipped a bit forther before he came back to win LAPT8 Panama. After Olga Iermolcheva took back the lead, she continued to hack away at Kazemipur. With just a few million left, Kazemipur raised to 160,000 and Iermolcheva called. The flop came A♠Q♦T♠ and Kazemipur bet 125,000. Iermolcheva...more

LAPT8 Panama: Iermolcheva dips, retakes the lead

When the season started, no woman had ever made it heads-up in an LAPT. Now two have. Two months ago in Viña del Mar, Renata Teixeira made the LAPT8 Chile final table as the short stack. Teixeira battled and doubled her way through the competition and made it heads-up with...more

SCOOP 2015: allecorrea conquers tough table to win Event #7-M ($82+R NL Hold'em)

Action was the name of the game for the next round of tournaments on the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker series. The seventh event featured three variants of a No Limit Hold'em tournament with rebuys, add-ons, and a fast pace. The medium buy-in version had an $82 buy-in and...more

LAPT8 Panama: Kazemipur vs Iermolcheva

It's the matchup everyone expected, Shakeeb Kazemipur vs Olga Iermolcheva. Since the beginning of the tournament, there was rarely a moment where one of these two players didn't have the lead. Both players dealt elimination after elimination on the way to the final table and the only players who seemed...more

LAPT8 Panama: Four left, Kazemipur and Iermolcheva dominate

Shakeeb Kazemipur had a monopoly on final table eliminations and dealt one more before Olga Iermolcheva joined him. Deadly Iermolchehva With A♣7♦, Kazemipur raised to 85,000 from the cutoff and Iermolcheva called from the button with 8♣8♥. Salas moved all-in for 500,000 with 5♦5♥ from the small blind and Kazemipur...more

LAPT8 Panama: Kazemipur knocks out Mckellar, takes lead

On day 1a, Shakeeb Kazemipur couldn't catch a break. After getting eliminated from the tournament, he was eliminated again, and again. Kazemipur bought into day 1a four times but failed to make it through each one. Then he became an unstoppable force. Kazemipur bought in a fifth time on day...more

SCOOP 2015: Mohsin Charania undoing the Monte Carlo mess

The running joke, if you haven't already heard a couple hundred times from EPT Live broadcaster Joe Stapleton, begins like this..."I don't want to say Monaco is expensive but..." For poker superstar Mohsin Charania, that joke is no joke. "I just got back from Monte Carlo where I played the...more

LAPT8 Panama: One down, Kazemipur closes in

Olga Iermolcheva started the final table by taking one off of Shakeeb Kazemipur. Iermolcheva raised to 55,000 from early position and Kazemipur called from the big blind. The flop came 2♠T♥2♥ and Iermolcheva bet 65,000. Kazemipur called and the J♥ came on the turn. Iermolcheva upped the bet to 85,000...more

LAPT8 Panama: Iermolcheva leads the final eight

After three days of play, a field of 422 entrants was reduced to just eight. The final table Leading the final eight is Olga Iermolcheva, with 2.71 million. Iermolcheva, a former PokerStars Protégé, barely made it to the tournament. After playing in the EPT11 Grand Final, Iermolcheva flew straight to...more

APPT9 Macau: The Mid-Season Finale

It's been a busy period for the Asia Pacific Poker Tour - with five poker festivals over the past four months - but the mid-season finale is upon us in the form of APPT Macau from May 20-31. The tour is going to take a 2-month hiatus afterwards so the...more

SCOOP 2015: Mercier, Mizzi, Moneymaker, and more

Any good showman--the kind who looks good in a top hat and is comfortable around large animals--knows it's good to start off any public spectacle with a bang, a crash, or some otherwise hair-parting explosion. Apparently the people behind the Spring Championship of Online Poker got the memo. With only...more

Vanessa Pacella: Fighter to the end

Vanessa wasn't afraid to walk into a room full of strangers and let her shining bald head reflect the inset lights above. In a room full of dull bulbs and tired faces, Vanessa's eyes alone turned heads. She was the first bright thing the poker writers at the World Series...more

SCOOP 2015: Second time's the charm for €urop€an in Event #6-H, $700 NLHE (Heads-Up)

It's not uncommon for player to make multiple SCOOP final tables over the years. Making it to heads-up play in a SCOOP event more than once is a bit tougher, in most cases. Unless, of course, your final table repeat comes in a heads-up tourney. €urop€an pulled that feat off...more

SCOOP 2015: Vagos89 wins, Kihara takes fourth in Event #6-M ($82 Heads-Up NLHE)

Playing for over 15 hours to win a SCOOP title sounds like almighty tough task. Defeating a field of 2,567 players is equally daunting. What about winning twelve heads-up matches in a row? When you put it like that, and you only have to beat a dozen opponents, it doesn't...more

11 May

SCOOP 2015: DarkAngel989 with heavenly Heads-Up triumph in Event #6-L $7.50 NL [Heads-Up]

10,960 players entered the Octagon. Only one player was left standing: DarkAngel989. It took 14 arduous rounds of fierce heads-up battles to determine a winner in SCOOP Event #6-L. It got down to the final two hardened veterans: bistra (Romania) and DarkAngel989 (Russia). When the dust settled, a weary DarkAngel989...more

SCOOP 2015: Sorel "zangbezan24" Mizzi wins his second SCOOP title in Event #3-H ($2,100 NLHE)

Neo: Whoa, déjà vu. Trinity: What did you just say? Neo: Nothing, I just had a little déjà vu. Trinity: What did you see? Neo: A black cat went past us, and then another that looked just like it. Trinity: How much like it? Was it the same cat? Neo:...more

SCOOP 2015: caIcuIer_ figures up a $178K win in Event 3-M, $215 NLHE (Sunday Million SE)

As the backbone of the PokerStars Sunday major tournaments, the Sunday Million always draws a sizable crowd. But when SCOOP rolls around and the guaranteed prize pool jumps to one million dollars, calling the tournament popular would be an understatement along the lines of "American Idol was on the air...more

SCOOP 2015: Mercier captures second SCOOP title in Event #5-H ($2,100 FL Badugi)

The second day of the 2015 PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker presented players with the first non-Hold'em event on the schedule. There were three different buy-in versions of the Badugi tournament and the high version attracted a small, yet talented field. Event #5-H was a $2,100 buy-in tournament with...more

SCOOP 2015: Forever a SCOOP champ, JagaForever wins Event #5-L ($27 FL Badugi)

The second day of the Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) would bring one of the more unique and fun events of the schedule. Those looking for a break from the usual Holdem grind could jump into Event #5 of the series, Fixed Limit Badugi, with the "low" version of...more

SCOOP 2015: DrUPSWING finishes up #5-M on top; Moneymaker 4th ($215 Badugi)

While Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier was battling at the final table of SCOOP #5-H, another Team PokerStars Pro made the final table of the "M" version of the same Badugi tournament -- Chris "Money800" Moneymaker. Moneymaker battled gamely for a fourth-place finish, while DrUPSWING -- winner of the 8th...more

LAPT8 Panama: Final table set, Iermolcheva dethrones Kazemipur

For most of the tournament, Shakeeb Kazemipur seemed to be unstoppable. Kazemipur ended both day 1 and day 2 with the chip lead. His dominance was unchallenged until Olga Iermolcheva moved to his table and took over the lead. Ermolcheva kept rising from there and will start the final table...more

LAPT8 Panama: Gone in 120 seconds

After we got down to 12 players, there was a series of double ups, several of them came from the very short Isnardo Gomez. In one, he doubled up with 9♥9♣ against Rodirgo Maclean's A♠Q♦. The board ran 4♦5♥6♠9♦5♣ and Gomez hit a set. "He's doubled up like eight times,"...more

SCOOP 2015: Sweden's murvl notches second COOP title with marvelous victory in Event #3-L [$27 NL]

When the final five players agreed on a money chop in SCOOP Event #3-L, Sweden's murvl was last place in chips. murvl's fortunes quickly changed when the Swede embarked on an old-fashioned heater. murvl jumped from the proverbial outhouse to the posh penthouse by knocking out three of four last-standing...more

SCOOP 2015: myzikant scores huge with $237K win in Event #2-H, $2,100 [6-Max, Progressive Super-Knockout], $1M Gtd

Online tournament poker is rarely personal. Sure, the high-stakes regulars get to know each other's playing styles, take notes on one another, and often become friends off the virtual felt. But the table draws are random, and most of the screen names you play against will be unfamiliar, so it's...more

LAPT8 Panama: Two stacks collide

The big stacks clashed, and much sooner than anyone expected. Just ten minutes after break, Olga Iermolcheva raised to 36,000 from the cutoff and Shakeeb Kazemipur re-raised to 85,000. The big blind folded and Iermolcheva four-bet to 156,000. Kazemiupur made it 330,000 and Iermolcheva six-bet to 510,000. The crowd, the...more

LAPT8 Panama: Two-table tango

A short-stacked Rodrigo Maclean moved all-in from the small blind and even shorter-stacked Alexandre Sako called from the big blind. Sako showed 2♦2♠ and was flipping against Maclean's A♥T♣. The board ran T♠3♦5♣K♥7♦ and the tournament dropped to just 16 players. Sako won $9,580 for the finish and players split...more

SCOOP 2015: JeffBaas hooks a monster in Event #2-M ($215 NLHE 6-Max Progressive Super KO, Sunday Warm-Up SE)

When it comes to tournament formats, PokerStars never stops innovating. Static blinds and giant antes? Check. Variable level times? Been there. An entire tournament where the second-best hand wins? Did that in a side event at the EPT Grand Final, no less. One of the more popular and enduring tournament...more

The millionaires' secrets

He is an assistant professor at a university in Bulgaria. She works in a Taiwanese factory that makes TFT and LCD televisions. They are surrounded on any given day by people who are happy to have a job, make their paychecks, and pay for their home loans. This morning, he...more

LAPT8 Panama: The rail ratio

Rule 2a of sub-section III on rails reads: The size of a rail is inversely proportional to the amount of tables left. Play has gotten down to the final three tables and tournament staff has had to whip out the ropes to keep spectators at bay. A large group of...more

SCOOP 2015: LOLyouPlay laughs last, wins #2-L ($27 NLH 6-Max Prog-Super KO)

Another of the two-day events kicking off the 2015 Spring Championship of Online Poker has come to a completion, the $27 buy-in six-handed no-limit hold'em "Progressive Super Knockout" Event #2-L in which players earn progressively bigger bounties for eliminating opponents as they go. Like the other early SCOOP events, this...more

SCOOP 2015: TheDegenFund makes a $207K deposit in Event 1-H, $1,050 NLHE

The high-stakes events in SCOOP are always worth keeping an eye on. They regularly offer the same type of huge prizes usually reserved for the biggest Sunday Majors, and of course their fields are stacked with the best online poker players in the world. They're also often the site of...more

LAPT8 Panama: Cultural differences

"Why aren't we the feature table," said Shakeeb Kazemipur, peering over his stack to look up at the stage. "We got Francois, we got this guy, we got that guy." Kazemipur pointed at other members of his table. While Kazemipur's table might not have the most Latin appeal, it's easily...more

LAPT8 Panama: Four to one

Only four tables remain at LAPT8 Panama and play won't stop until there's only one. Shakeeb Kazemipur, the 20-year-old student from the University of Calgary, has been leading since day 1b and plans to keep it that way. Kazemipur's starting the day with 855,500. Shakeeb Kazemipur Kazemipur is one of...more

SCOOP 2015: EverFla calls, collects nearly $20K for #1-L win ($11 NLHE)

Making big hands is always nice. Making them and then having others willing to play against you with less -- even much less -- is nicer still. Such was the story of the very end of SCOOP #1-L, an $11 buy-in, two-day no-limit hold'em event that drew nearly 20,000 runners....more

SCOOP 2015: SV(nmgn)EN survives to win Event #1-M ($109 NLH Sunday Kickoff SE)

The latest incarnation of the Spring Championship of Online Poker kicked off on May 10 with four events at three different buy-ins each. Sundays are already a busy time around here and fields explode during the big series, Sunday was no different. The mid-sized Event #1 was a Sunday Kickoff...more

Weekend Review: Millionaires and more

We're not all that big on dust-settling at PokerStars. As soon as one event or festival finishes, something else comes along to keep things busy. But that's how we like it. This weekend was a perfect example of that. No sooner had the EPT Grand Final finished that the...more

10 May

SCOOP 2015: 77X8 goes all the way in Event #4-L ($11 NLHE Turbo)

After the last few days it was hard not to notice my Twitter feed becoming filled with poker players letting the world know of their travel plans. They were like birds flying through the skies looking for a nest to settle for a few weeks. Their tweets were usually accompanied...more

LAPT8 Panama: Final 32 set, Kazemipur leads again

A swift day 2 is now in the books. We didn't even make it through the first level after dinner break. The final 32 players started bagging up their chips with the clock frozen at 8:21 on level 17. In a testament to today's speed, even the bubble burst without...more

SCOOP 2015: Late rally propels tchonchiti to Turbo title in Event #4-M [$109 NL Turbo]

Nothing is sweeter than a turbo-charged Sunday sprint to kick off the 2015 Spring Championship of Online Poker. Portugal's tchonchiti joined the elite club of COOP champions with a piquant victory on the opening day of 2015 SCOOP. With three sharks leftover circling in the waters in Event #4-M $109...more

SCOOP 2015: Mohsin "sms9231" Charania wins $198K, second SCOOP title in Event #4-H, $1,050 NLHE (Turbo)

Part of the fun of the Spring Championship of Online Poker is the sheer complexity of the schedule. With 44 events, each featuring three separate tournaments with varying buy-in levels, there's a veritable buffet of poker open to anyone who wants a plate. On top of that, the mix of...more

LAPT8 Panama: Team Bros

Poker is about more than just money and glory, it's about camaraderie. Almost everyone has fond memories of their first poker game. It's usually a memory with family or friends. Chip stacks are just piles of pennies or regionally-equivalent coins on a poorly-felted table not designed for such shenanigans. You're...more

LAPT8 Panama: The Protégé

It's not often you see a Ukranian model cashing in an LAPT. A quick survey among LAPT staff suggests Olga Ermolcheva is probably the first. Chances are good that they'd remember. But Ermolcheva is a poker player first, a student of Russian literature second and a model third. Olga Ermolcheva...more

LAPT8 Panama: Silent bubble

Sometimes, tournament bubbles are long, excruciating affairs that feel more like a double up purgatory than a poker tournament. Other times, they're swift and satisfying. Then, once in a blue moon, hand-for-hand play never even gets underway. That was this case today. When the floor told dealers to hold up...more

LAPT8 Panama: No-limit technology

Space travel, sliced bread, self-driving cars and online poker are all astonishing feats of technology once thought to be impossible. Before, multi-tabling was the rudimentary practice of running from one tournament table to the next before your hand was automatically folded. It's an inefficient way to play live poker and...more

PokerStars Makes Millionaires out of JUANYI828, citoject

The PokerStars Makes Millionaires promotion is so crazy that it's almost hard to believe it exists. Twelve lucky players given the chance to play for $1,000,000 with no risk whatsoever - there really isn't anything else like it in the world. As the rest of the PokerStars community focused on...more

LAPT8 Panama: Repeat offenders

There are a few usual suspects in the LAPT. Familiar faces and names keep popping up in payout sheets, time after time. They always sit in their seats, smiling and playing poker like we don't know about them. But we do. These people know how to play poker and the...more

LAPT8 Panama: Day 2 sparks more poker in Panama

Panama's a good place for poker. Online and offline, cash or tournament, players in a 60-foot radius are indulging in all forms of poker. Those riffling chips with one hand are playing SCOOPs with the other. This includes our day 1 chip leader, Shakeeb Kazemipur, who's SCOOPing it up while...more

9 May

LAPT8 Panama: Kazemiupur leads overall

Yesterday, Shakeeb Kazemipur fired a few bullets but failed to make it through the day. He wasn't done though. Kazemipur came back today and the 20-year-old university student from Calgary ended up bagging 294,800. That's 85,800 more than Andres Herrera --the day 1a chip leader-- finished with yesterday. This puts...more

LAPT8 Panama: Prize pool and side prizes

The numbers are in. Day 1b saw a total of 260 entrants, which brings the total number of entries up to 415. This is five entries more than LAPT8 Chile and brings the prize pool up to $930,932. Only 63 players will get a slice of the prize pool. For...more

LAPT8 Panama: Uncovering Urbanovich

At first glance, everything about Dzimtry Urbanovich appears to be a typo. A second look just reaffirms the almost unbelievable facts. Yes, that's a "D" followed by a "z." That's how Polish works. Yes, he made 12 final tables this last EPT season, and yes, he won five of those...more

LAPT8 Panama: Sorting out the Sortis

Everything in Panama is growing. The population, the economy, the skyline, even the canal is expanding. Poker isn't exempt from Panamanian growth either. Like gambling hermit crabs, poker tours and tournaments oftentimes outgrow their original venue and most move on to newer, more spacious ballrooms. Just a mere kilometer away...more

LAPT8 Panama: Calm and quiet, just as planned

A seemingly quiet tournament is like a sleeping body. On the surface, it looks like not much is happening; but underneath, there are countless organisms working around the clock to make sure everything runs smoothly. The floor has rarely been called, players aren't berating the dealers and a steady stream...more

LAPT8 Panama: Changing gears in fashion

Poker players come from all walks of life. There's always been a steady stream of engineering, math and finance majors into the game; but, sometimes, we get players from areas poker scarce areas like fashion design. Angelina Rich is one such player. Rich got a degree in fashion design from...more

LAPT8 Panama: Double barrel and single fire

If at first you don't succeed, rebuy until you win the tournament. Theoretically, this technique can only work for one person. Pragmatically, it would result in a lot of depleted bankrolls. A few players are going for at least their second shot today in day 1b. Team PokerStars Pro Andre...more

LAPT8 Panama: Rise and rain

The sun is up but hidden somewhere behind the clouds covering Panama City. According to the forecast, those clouds will pump out water and lightning for the next few hours and finally reveal our starry space neighbor. Players are here are hoping they won't get to see it though. They're...more

8 May

LAPT8 Panama: Leading through doubles

After 10 levels of play, a field of 155 players was whittled down to just 40. Leading the select few is Andres Herrera, who finished the day with 209,000. Andres Herrera Herrera attributes most of his stack to two key hands. The first came when he had about 35,000. Herrera...more

LAPT8 Panama: Zito's search for Sit & Gos

Earlier today we talked about the Hotel California effect of the LAPT. Some attractive features of Latin America include: warm weather, lower cost of living, beaches and --for Americans-- a vast supply of online poker. This last part became increasingly important after the events of April 11th, 2011, commonly known...more

LAPT8 Panama: At the center of it all

Panama is the closest thing our planet has to a bellybutton. It's hot, humid, has an impassable mass of dense foliage to the south and it's smack-dab in the middle of North and South America. This convenient belly button-like geographical location makes Panama a worldwide transit hub. The airport has...more

LAPT8 Panama: Teixeira takes on the world

Renata Teixeira is currently the only woman in the field, but it's a position she's comfortable with. Just a few months ago, in LAPT8 Chile, Teixeira was almost the last man or woman left standing. Teixeira became the 6th woman to reach an LAPT final table but made it further...more

EPT11 Grand Final: Charlie Carrel wins €25,000 High Roller and €1,114,000

Charlie Carrel - poker's newest millionaire It seems like only six weeks ago that we first met Charlie Carrel and that's because it was. We labelled the 21 year old the 'best British player you'd never heard of' back then, and he went on to finish fifth in the €10,000...more

LAPT8 Panama: Welcome to the Hotel Latin America

The Latin American Poker Tour has been known to change lives. Aside from the often life-changing six-figure payouts to its champions, the LAPT introduces several players to Latin America. Many online players plan on coming down to play an event they qualified for but end up starting a whole new...more

EPT11 Grand Final: Adrian 'The Closer' Mateos ends 11-year Spanish hoodoo

Victory at last for Spain as Adrian Mateos triumphs in Monaco It has been an awful long time coming -- 11 years in real terms, but "forever" to vocal supporters at the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino EPT Grand Final tonight -- but Spain finally has its first champion on the European...more

EPT11 Grand Final: Yaroshevskyy tops star-filled €10K Turbo, Urbanovich 3rd

Just three final events to tell you about as the side action has at last wound down at the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino EPT Grand Final festival and the last few of these were claimed: When we last left Event #76, the €10,000 Turbo, just 16 were left from the 81...more

EPT11 Grand Final: Hello again Mr Poker Player Man

The view across Monaco I couldn't end the EPT season without looking back on a moment that happened in EPT Deauville. We wrote about it on the Blog, and it turned out to be about more than a poker player having a bad day. I first met Boutros Naim...more

LAPT8 Panama: Gone but not forgotten

LAPT8 Panama kicked off on a somber note. On May 4th, Gerardo "Chiclick" Godinez died in a car accident in Guadalajara, Mexico. Gerardo "Chiclick" Godinez Godinez, a 34-year-old father of two, was an LAPT regular since 2010. Godinez was a household name in Mexican poker and touched the lives of...more

EPT11 Grand Final: The grizzled veteran, the young pretender and another Senegalese player

In all the high rollers at all the EPTs we're all but certain there's never been a Senegalese player reach the final table and if you've been following the Main Event coverage you'll know a similar phenomenon is happening there. What shouldn't come as a surprise is that the two...more

LAPT8 Panama: Panamanian Expansion

Even if you were at LAPT Panama last year, the event might be hard to recognize. Aside from having one of the fastest-growing economies in the Americas, Panama has one of the fastest-growing skylines in the world. Since the LAPT made its debut in Panama back in 2012, players have...more

Put some Spring into your Step

Sunshine, flowers, butterflies, birds, bees, love and... SCOOP. All sure signs of a blossoming and welcome Spring! But what's SCOOP you may say? No we're not talking ice cream scoop, journalistic scoop or even a doggie pooper scoop, this is the poker players' SCOOP - and that stands for the...more

EPT11 Grand Final: Home sweet home for Sammartino and Altergott

Sammartino (left) and Altergott (right) are both at another high roller final table In many interviews in the past Phil Hellmuth has talked about peaks and troughs of his 'poker powers'. Now before you dismiss that as pure hot air from the Poker Brat, imagine if he'd' simply said 'poker...more

EPT11 Grand Final: Seiver, Urbanovich seek EPT glory on festival's last day

As we noted at the start of the day, there are just a few more silver spade trophies yet to be claimed in side action at the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino EPT Grand Final. Three new turbo events are on the schedule -- the last three of the 78-tournament festival --...more

"Unimaginable" opportunity to make two millionaires this weekend

Juanyi Lin works in a Taiwanese factory. At 37 years old, she knows it's honest work, and she's happy to do it. She has a mortgage to pay. Still, she wouldn't mind having a bigger bankroll. She loves playing on PokerStars when she has the time. But like every other...more

All about the money, but not how you think

I can now cross out one more thing from my bucket list: star in a movie. Okay, it was not a big screen movie. It's a 3-minute short film made by PokerStars for PokerStars Team Pro Online, but that is still quite an experience. We shot in London while I...more

EPT11 Grand Final: Andrey Andreev leads as €25,000 High Roller final table begins

Twelve players returned for the final day of the €25,000 High Roller and it didn't take long for the final table of eight to be set and it's been a case of the rich getting richer. The chip leader coming into today, with a massive 2,270,000 (94.5 big blinds), was...more

EPT11 Grand Final: The long and short of it: Give me my 13 hours back!

Are we going long with these fellas? The biggest events on the European Poker Tour have, in recent seasons, ended in whimpers. This has not been the result of lack of quality, lack of significance nor lack of drama. It's simply that the final day has always gone on too...more

EPT11 Grand Final: Koon, Palumbo among latest round of side event winners

Thursday was the busiest day of the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino EPT Grand Final festival, with not only the Main Event and €25,000 High Roller playing out their penultimate days but 10 other events ongoing including seven more EPT Grand Final trophies won. Here's a quick recap of the voluminous side...more

7 May

EPT11 Grand Final: Andrey Andreev leads high rollers into final day

Andrey Andreev leading the high rollers The High Rollers bagged up late tonight. After ten levels yesterday they played another ten today, turning that original starting field of 215 into a last 12. There are a lot of tired faces, but here's who will be back to play to...more

EPT11 Grand Final: Side events play on as Smith does best to do the same

Back where it all started A quick word about Dan Smith right now. High Rollers are Smith's natural environment. This is his manor, the place he does business, and usually very well. But tonight this looks anything but his natural environment. Smith is currently coping with a bad case...more

EPT11 Grand Final: Franczak falls, bubbling again; Melogno with a million

High tension in the High Roller to describe for you as we update the status of the €25K, now in the money and pushing forward into the night. Setting the scene: the €25K High Roller Having reached the end of a level with 32 still left, the dinner break came...more

EPT11 Grand Final: El Asmar leads, but Lodden, Schemion, Mateos close in final six

Dry your eyes everyone, Hady El Asmar leads We have reached the final six at the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino EPT Grand Final and there can be very few observers unhappy with this line-up. Perhaps the 558 players who have already fallen can have a legitimate gripe that they are not...more

EPT11 Grand Final: Games within games as the High Roller bubble nears

Poker is a game, but then there's the game within the game. And the game within that game. And so on. You know what we mean. And we know that you know what we mean. And you know that we do. The games within games have been continuing in earnest...more

EPT11 Grand Final: Enough checking and calling, all in or fold!

The draft design of Dzmitry Urbanovich's new trophy cabinet There are 78 events at this year's PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino EPT Grand Final. So we can at least try to squeeze in a few unusual ones, two of which got started today. Actually, the €3,000 buy-in Escalator isn't really unusual....more

EPT11 Grand Final: Seiver still on for high roller hat-trick

Scott Seiver - high roller specialist Scott Seiver is ridiculous. In a good way. In a very good way. In 2014 and 2015 he's had 21 cashes for a combined $6,603,117. The average buy-in of the events he's cashed in is $91,000 now we're not saying he's a high roller...more

EPT11 Grand Final: How does it feel when a champion falls?

Conversation about last weekend's marquee Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao match has finally begun to die down, but a memory inspired by it continues to linger, thanks in part to having been watching Main Event players slugging it out under the bright lights here today at the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino EPT Grand...more

APPT9 Macau: Bryan Huang secretly taking over the Asia-Pacific

When you're a Team PokerStars Pro it's not often you get overlooked or unnoticed. But with so many incredible stories on the Asia Pacific Poker Tour this season (Phil Ivey wins his third Aussie Millions $250K Challenge, Yuguang Li wins two titles in two days), Bryan Huang has gone under...more

EPT11 Grand Final: Another millionaire! Winner of High Roller to get €1,114,000

We like breaking records on the EPT and another was sent another tumbling this afternoon as three new entries and 11 re-entries took the total number of runners in the €25,000 High Roller to 215 (162 uniques plus 53 re-entries). That means we broke the record Sergey Bubka style as...more

Neymar Jr joins PokerStars as brand ambassador

In some ways, he's like a lot of young poker players these days. He gets together with his friends, plays some cards, and posts pictures of it all over social media. He's had some success. People recognize him on the streets. You've seen it time and again from all the...more

EPT11 Grand Final: Don't hate, your final eight

Dmitry Ivanov was eliminated in ninth place from the €10,000 Main Event of the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino EPT Grand Final. That's left us with a final table of eight that looks like this: Seat 1 - Adrian Mateos, Spain, 3,517,000 Seat 2 - Jose Carlos Garcia, Poland, 2,597,000 Seat 3...more

EPT11 Grand Final: Fast start, slow finish?

Christopher Frank (red cap) and Tom Hall (center) If you're tuning into EPT Live right now, or indeed following the action from the Main Event on the Blog, you might notice that things are going a little faster than expected. We lost a table of players in about a...more

EPT11 Grand Final: The route less travelled

Hady el Asmar: Leader now, but he's seen the tough times When Romain Paon was eliminated in 13th place today, one of this year's vaguely interesting sub-plots came to an end. Until that moment, every one of the five day-end chip leaders was still involved, proving that although it can...more

EPT11 Grand Final: Roll up roll up, two for the price of one

When the €25,000 High Roller wrapped up late last night there had been 160 unique entries - pipping last year's total by one - and 42 re-entries. With late registration open until the start of play today the safest bet of the day was that they'd be plenty more re-entries...more

EPT11 Grand Final: Businessmen, holidaymakers and project managers

Markus Ross, left, shares a joke yesterday with Koichi Nozaki They're not all superstars left in the EPT Grand Final field. Here's a quick look at some of the lesser known. Markus Ross is originally from Germany but now lives in Klagenfurt, Austria. The 35 year old actually had the...more

EPT11 Grand Final: Ensan, Frost, Pak, Pritchard jump in side events and win

When it comes to these many side events at the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino EPT Grand Final festival, there's such a wide variety of games on offer with buy-ins both small and big, many are taking advantage of being always able to jump right into another tournament. Speaking of jumping in,...more

6 May

EPT11 Grand Final: No stack higher than Steve O'Dwyer's in €25K, end Day 1

The €25,000 High Roller Event #61 is shaping up to provide an exciting finish to the EPT season Friday to go alongside the end of the concurrently-running Main Event. We've seen the best players in poker in nearly every event throughout the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino EPT Grand Final festival, and...more

EPT11 Grand Final: It's early, it's late, and it's in between

With the Main Event on pause, the side action continues deep into the night at the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino EPT Grand Final, with many tournaments in action at all stages -- early, middle, and late. The darkness falling over the lapping waves outside inspire us to begin with those that...more

Monster Pot Report: High stakes regs hit the beach

NOTE: This is the last weekly Monster Pot Report. This blog article will become monthly starting the first week of June. There was just a solitary pot over 2B chips this week as the summer kicked in for the Northern Hemisphere and the high stakes regulars elected to hit the...more

SCOOP Player of the Series will head to the Bahamas

The appeals of this weekend's 2015 Spring Championship of Online Poker have a lot to offer: millions in guaranteed prize money, hundreds of tournaments to play, titles upon titles to win. It's all quite nice, and you'd gladly take any of it, I'm sure. But did anyone mention that a...more

EPT11 Grand Final: Just the way Johnny Lodden likes it, leads into penultimate day

Brilliant Johnny Lodden boomed to the lead There are two days to go until we learn who is the new champion of the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino EPT Grand Final Main Event, but the only thing we can say for certain right now is that this one is still wide open....more

EPT11 Grand Final: Don't blame it on the sunshine

The scene outside the tournament room It's a beautiful day in Monaco. The sun is shining, and there's a gentle breeze coming off the sea, which seems to sparkle like glitter. They're the perfect conditions to get outside and breath some fresh air. Romain Paon did just that. The...more

EPT11 Grand Final: Vieira leads as high rollers head to dinner

Vieira's off to a very good start The final feature event of the mammoth 78 event schedule kicked into gear today with the €25,000 High Roller getting under way a little after 12.30 pm CET. Not too long ago €25,000 would've been the biggest buy-in event at an EPT stop...more

EPT11 Grand Final: Side event updates pour le dîner

Granted, the €10,000 Main Event is the main course and the well-underway €25,000 High Roller a welcome second dish. But there's a wide selection of other side events on the menu as well today in which many players are at the tables hungrily looking to satisfy their poker appetites. Okay,...more

EPT11 Grand Final: A belter or a bust?

Johnny Lodden and Scott Clements: Are we on the list? The press room of the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino EPT Grand Final is in agreement: the remaining field in the €10,000 Main Event is tough. But when we say a field is tough, what we're usually just saying is that it...more

EPT11 Grand Final: The annual Scott Clements Triple Crown update

Clements and Lodden get the band back together Scott Clements is wearing a t-shirt emblazoned with the slogan 'one time' but in his case it'd be more accurate if it said 'two times'as Clements is going deep in this Main Event for the second year in succession. In 2014 he...more

EPT11 Grand Final: Savouring a moment the Plimpton way

Memories, bad and good, being forged on the feature table today The author, editor, and participatory journalist George Plimpton became famous for writing about the experience of the professional through the eyes of the amateur. His point -- usually shown through his own incompetence - was to demonstrate the...more

EPT11 Grand Final: Dogs, diamonds, lifts and monkeys. Another day on the EPT

Lyndon Basha and Rachel Guinan: Love blossoms, poker plays gooseberry Mad Harper does many things. She is the all-action media co-ordinator on the European Poker Tour and if there's a pie, she's got a finger in it. It's her job. One of the things she does perhaps better than anybody...more

EPT11 Grand Final: The lowest High Roller set to begin

At EPT11 Malta the High Roller carrying the price tag of €25,000 was deemed the 'Special Added' High Roller. Here at the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino EPT Grand Final the same event is merely the third High Roller of the week and the cheapest at that. It follows the €100,000 Super...more

EPT11 Grand Final: "King" Dan Smith reigns over €5K Midnight Turbo

More of those shiny, silver spade trophies were claimed late last night in side events at the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino EPT Grand Final here at the Monte Carlo Bay Resort and Hotel. We signed off last night letting you know about victories by Philipp Gruissem, Hossein Ensan, and George Rankin,...more

EPT11 Grand Final: May the good lord shine a light

Pierre Neuville gives thanks for divine intervention "There's a seagull in the poker room!" It's difficult to imagine how the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino EPT Grand Final could get any more exciting. There's some of the best players in the world contesting a prize pool running into many millions. But after...more

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No blues as harrrrmonica wins $102K at fourth Super Tuesday final table in seven months

"If at first you don't succeed, try, try again" - or so we've all heard at one point or another. Sometimes you might have to throw an extra try or twelve on top, but the idea that persistence pays off has a strong appeal for those who grind online poker...more

5 May

EPT11 Grand Final: Philipp Gruissem grabs €5K NL title amid late action

"Hey guys, I really need to go to bed. Can you play it faster?" So said Fabian Quoss who along with Anton Morgenstern was railing the finish of the €5,000 NL eight-handed Event #51 that had played down to heads-up between their fellow countryman, Philipp Gruissem of Germany, and France's...more

EPT11 Grand Final: An event for those good at making second best hands

With the midnight hour having passed here at the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino EPT Grand Final festival, there are still several trophy events in action along with a charity tournament, the media event, satellites, and cash games. In other words, it might be the dead of night, but there's plenty of...more

EPT11 Grand Final: Jose Carlos Garcia pops up again to regain Main Event lead

Jose Carlos Garcia: Back at the top People make moves on Day 3, but they go in myriad directions. Some head directly out the door, tail between legs, while some swerve via the cash desk, picking up a small wad of notes. The most enviable few go soaring up the...more

EPT11 Grand Final: A menage - oh my

Someone has some explaining to do Quan Zhou was tapping on his phone, then something weird happened. The noise, well, it was unmistakable. The expression on everyone's face was "did you hear that?" because we all did. It was a kind of noise made when two people -- who...more

EPT11 Grand Final: Figuccia earns a trophy, €2K down to two tables

As the Main Event moves through its final level of the day, let's look in once more on the many side events happening at the Monte Carlo Bay Resort and Hotel as the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino EPT Grand Final festival. A winner has emerged from Event #52, €200 NL turbo...more

EPT11 Grand Final: Keeping it in the house, Part (at least) Four

House-mates: Sergio Aido and Adrian Mateos Sergio Aido was eliminated a few minutes ago, ruining what would have been a bloody good post about the room-mates still involved in this EPT Grand Final Main Event. You see, only about five weeks ago, Aido was deep at EPT Malta, alongside Javier...more

EPT11 Grand Final: Tension, time-wasting and tantrums on the bubble

When approaching the bubble it's important to demonstrate absolute confidence. Dario Sammartino knew exactly what to do. Ten players from the money, and things getting tense, Sammartino ordered bananas. This was significant, for not only did it show how calm he was, but also his supreme confidence that he expected...more

EPT11 Grand Final: The champions graveyard

Long time readers of the blog will know that one of our favourite hobby horses when an EPT Main Event got down to its final 100 or so runners was to hark on about who could be the first to win a second EPT title. Well Mrs Coren Mitchell killed...more

EPT11 Grand Final: Postcards from the edge as side action continues

It's another beautiful, postcard-like day in Monaco. Outside the cruise ships constantly pass nearby, there is lots of activity on the beach, and pedestrians are out everywhere you look. Meanwhile inside the Monte Carlo Bay Resort and Hotel several side events in the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino EPT Grand Final festival...more

EPT11 Grand Final: Making a permanent mark

Jean Montury: EPT Malta champion bought himself a permanent reminder We talk often about a big win on the European Poker Tour being a life changing event. For anyone normal (i.e., not involved with poker) a seven-figure payday should represent a chance to make some very significant day-to-day changes like...more

EPT11 Grand Final: Forza Italia

Watch enough poker and you'll see this situation pop up. A player bets the river and his opponent can't call but really wants to see his opponent's cards. The opening gambit in the negotiation is 'will you show if I fold?' if this is declined then the ante might be...more

EPT11 Grand Final: Side action stroll shows Bryn Kenney among latest champs

Not far from the Monte Carlo Bay Resort and Hotel where the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino EPT Grand Final 78-event festival is playing out is "The Champions Promenade" celebrating the world's greatest footballers. Players represented have all figuratively left their mark on the game as winners of the prestigious Golden Foot...more

EPT11 Grand Final: A Round With...the original spin-up merchant

Johnny Lodden's place of work for the day I once heard Johnny Lodden described as "the original spin-up merchant", referencing the years when he, as "bad_ip", brought a harem scarem, high-octane game to the online tables, before anybody else in the world. To look at Lodden even then, you wouldn't...more

EPT11 Grand Final: Tough crowd

Despite what Johnny Lodden may think (see below) we've said it before and we'll say it again (many times) there are no easy tables when you go deep in an EPT and certainly not when you reach this stage of an EPT that carries a €10,000 buy-in. But, if an...more

4 May

EPT11 Grand Final: Red hot Ivan Luca leads €2K NLHE to highlight side action

We're crossing 2 a.m. here in Monaco at the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino EPT Grand Final, but the poker keeps right on going with cash games around the clock and tournaments nearly also always running. Since we last checked in, the big €2,000 no-limit hold'em event wrapped up the first of...more

EPT11 Grand Final: Scott Seiver snares €5K PLO title; third final table

Night has fallen here at the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino EPT Grand Final festival, but the slate of side action continues with several events continuing to play out. We have a couple of winners to share with you, as well as some details from the exciting finish of that packed €5,000...more

EPT11 Grand Final: Ole Schemion back, and back to the top

Ole Schemion wants YOUR chips As dawn broke on Monday at the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino EPT Grand Final (and it breaks at noon in the world of poker) about 309 players headed to the Salle des Etoiles at the Monte Carlo Bay Hotel and Resort with the plan to still...more

EPT11 Grand Final: Back from hospital in one piece, Lasse Frost plays on

Feeling better: Lasse Frost returns to the Main Event after collapsing earlier today Nicholas Chouity could only roll his eyes as Lasse Frost took another pot from him, the second of the level. In the first the Dane had bluffed him with eight-high. This time he showed pocket sevens,...more

EPT11 Grand Final: Evgeny Chulak and a two-dollar hop to Europe

Evgeny Chulak (blue hat, centre): Supernova lurking Everybody loves the story of a qualifier crushing a Main Event, and the smaller the fee it cost them to get there, the more delightful the yarn becomes. David, for instance, got into that tournament against Goliath for a mere two pebbles in...more

EPT11 Grand Final: Jose Carlos Garcia - the man in Pole position

Jose Carlos Garcia - the Main Event chip leader We've become accustomed to seeing the Polish flag at the top of the chip counts on the EPT over the last season and a half. If it's not Dominik Panka then it's been Dzmitry Urabanovich and when it's not Urbanovich it's...more

EPT11 Grand Final: €2K NLHE underway, star-studded €5K PLO final table shaping up

As has been the case every day for the last week, there's a lot happening today at PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino EPT Grand Final -- even apart from the €10,000 EPT Grand Final Main Event, that is. They raised the roof over the tournament room earlier in the afternoon to help...more

EPT11 Grand Final: Sorry to see you go

The tournament room today, now minus a few players To look at them you would have thought they had suffered some hideous bad beat, or maybe even been dispatched from the tournament themselves as a group. But the reality was very different. The reality was that someone else who had...more

Weekend report: Three weeks of poker madness

Tell me your symptoms. Constant eye strain from watching EPT Live? Repetitive motion disorder from holding the mouse too long? You've just spent €7 on a banana? I'm afraid you might have a touch of the old poker madness. It's going around right now. Beginning with the on-going EPT Grand...more

EPT11 Grand Final: Dzmitry Urbanovich's secret crush: I HEART CHIPS

Has Dzmitry Urbanovich gone soft This blog makes no apologies for its recent obsession with Dzmitry Urbanovich. It is an equal-opportunities bandwagon-jumper, and you might remember it from previous phenom obsessions such as Ole Schemion, Dominik Panka, Jason Mercier and ElkY. But as the 19-year-old Polish player starts his Main...more

EPT11 Grand Final: Hat-trick for Dayan; Seniors, Win the Button Stud High/low and €2K bounty conclude

Poker, it's a funny old game. When play got three-handed in the €5,000 eight-handed turbo most independent observers money would've been on Dominik Nitsche or Dan Heimiller. Nitsche has three WSOP bracelets, knows the maths of the game and how to play a short stack, whilst Heimiller has over €5,000,000...more

Making a connection

You have logged into and watched the poker, haven't you? If you haven't, or if you don't know what Twitch is, then welcome to one of the newer trends in social media. Twitch started out as a platform where people playing video games (e.g. Hearthstone, Defense of the Ancients,...more

EPT11 Grand Final: Daniel Negreanu: eats pepper and leaves

Daniel Negreanu: A short, but happy stay Daniel Negreanu had prior commitments yesterday which precluded his usual arrival a few levels into Day 1. Instead, he accepted the option extended to players at EPT festivals to join the fun the following morning, and was in confident mood as he prepared...more

EPT President Edgar Stuchly announces Season 12 schedule

If you're reading this in the EPT Grand Final Main Event and are facing almost certain elimination; if you're reading this at home wondering what it would be like to play an EPT Main Event; or if you're just wondering when the next EPT festival begins, then we have news...more

3 May

Sunday Million: NutPopper breaks through with $188k score

Seven weeks ago, nearly to the hour, NutPopper was singing a very different tune. After spending more than half a day battling through a 50,000-strong field in the Sunday Million 9th Anniversary tournament, NutPopper saw his run come to an end in 17th place. Although the $34k score was his...more

EPT11 Grand Final: Mustapha Kanit wins €50,000 Super High Roller and €936,500

Mustapha Kanit - Super High Roller champion The second biggest tournament on the mammoth 78 event schedule was a blink-and-you'll-miss-it affair. A one day €50,000 Super High Roller which carried a first prize of €936,500. They went from two tables to one fairly quickly and the first hand of the...more

Sunday Warm-Up: The doctor is in, DrTommek wins after four-way chop

While the EPT11 Grand Final and FPS Monaco wind down this week, things online are just heating up. SCOOP 2015 is on the horizon bringing some crazy playing hours ahead for those looking for a shot at the Player of the Series title. The $500,000 Sunday Warm-Up would feature redemption...more

EPT11 Grand Final: Troyanovskiy bubbles €50,000 Super High Roller as Kanit leads final table

Another day and another Super High Roller. Today's one day special came at a 50% discount, that was the good news. The bad news, entry was still a meaty €50,000. That didn't deter 54 players from trying once and a further 12 from taken up their single re-entry option. It...more

EPT11 Grand Final: Romain Paon bags most from high-quality Day 1B field

Romain Paon: Biggest stack after Day 1B With the schedules at EPT festivals these days now filled with Super High Rollers, Special High Rollers, Regular High Rollers and Shark Cages, among much other fun, one could be forgiven for forgetting what brought us all here in the first place. But...more

EPT11 Grand Final: Kabrhel twisting his thing

Kabrhel's twisty thing Poker players have always looked for distractions while they play, usually opting for a mobile phone or tablet to flick away the idle moments between hands. Martin Kabrhel though has chosen a more analogue approach for the closing stages of Day 1B. He's playing with a kind...more

FPS Monaco: Sebastian Supper steers way to Main Event victory, wins €177,000

From the 993 who entered this year's France Poker Series Monaco Main Event PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino EPT Grand Final, just seven were left for today's final day of play. Its ups and downs seemed fitting amid all of the mountainous terrain here in Monte Carlo. So, too, did all of...more

FPS Monaco: Former Rugby pro David Susigan wins FPS High Roller and €126,155

FPS High Roller David Susigan This event was meant to finish yesterday but in the early hours of Sunday morning, when there were still 10 people left, it was clear to all that this wasn't on the cards. So the clock was paused and players were given a few options,...more

EPT11 Grand Final: €936,500 to go to winner of One-Day €50K

What's a high roller to do with him or herself on a day off in the principality? A lazy Sunday by the pool perhaps, or a few tournaments online, maybe. No play a €50,000 turbo is the answer and as we discussed earlier, lots of players were keen to do...more

EPT11 Grand Final: Wins for Bonnet, Bernovskii, Baltazar, Bahna and breast cancer

You probably know by now that this is the largest ever PokerStars Festival. With 78 events in total across 11 days events there's plenty of action outside of the Main Events and High Rollers. Three events that started on Saturday wrapped up late last night and one event that began...more

FPS Monaco: Final table; Level 33-35 updates

Watch cards-up coverage of the FPS Monaco Main Event final table on EPT Live by clicking here. Time stamps of the updates below reflect the one-hour delay. Click here for live updates from Levels 29-32, during which they played down from seven players to three. 9:58pm: Sebastian Supper wins (€177,000);...more

EPT11 Grand Final: Passing time with friends (price tag €50K)

Passing time with friends. It'll only cost you €50,000 There were options for players without a main event seat today. For anyone who played yesterday there was an entire day ahead without obligation to do anything. It didn't have to be poker. Like I said, there were options. But then,...more

EPT11 Grand Final: Tough at the top as Urbanovich shakes up PoY race

Packing them into the Salle des Etoiles on Day 1B There comes a time during a poker tournament when you have to start "looking at the numbers". For players, it's likely at the end of proceedings -- "Let's look at the numbers," is poker code for "Let's do a deal"...more

EPT11 Grand Final: Shoot for the stars. Poker joins the space race

I don't know what it is about Monaco, but everybody seems obsessed with money. I can't figure it out. On the one hand, you've got Joe Stapleton and his non-stop "I don't want to say Monaco's expensive..." jokes and then you stroll into a tournament room this afternoon and hear...more

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FPS Monaco: Final table; Level 29-32 updates

Watch cards-up coverage of the FPS Monaco Main Event final table on EPT Live by clicking here. Time stamps of the updates below reflect the one-hour delay. 6:06pm: Break time; updated chip counts The last three are taking another 20-minute break. Click here for continuing updates starting with Level 33....more

EPT11 Grand Final: Gloves come off on Day 1B of Main Event

Welcome to the EPT Grand Final Martins Adeniya ran into his countryman Toby Lewis on the stairs on the way into the Salle des Etoiles. "Did you see the fight?" Adeniya asked, referring of course to the Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao bout last night/this morning in Las Vegas. Lewis...more

FPS Monaco: Main Event final table profiles

From a whopping field of 993, they reached the final eight-handed table with about an hour left to play last night in the France Poker Series Monaco Main Event that has helped kick off the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino EPT Grand Final festival. The FPS Monaco Main Event final table Before...more

2 May

FPS Monaco: David Susigan leads €2,000 High Roller final table

Whilst a penalty shoot out is an exciting way to conclude a sporting contest it can often lead to a feeling of what if, especially if the best team on the day loses. Whilst it's not an exact analogy to what might have happened in the FPS €2,000 High Roller...more

EPT11 Grand Final: Erik Seidel proves his genius again, halts the Urbanovich juggernaut

Erik Seidel: Super High Roller champion When the €100,000 Super High Roller event at the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino EPT Grand Final was down to its final 16 players, Erik Seidel tweeted his assessment of the field. "Too many geniuses left," he said. Seidel is a wry and dry tweeter, but...more

EPT11 Grand Final: Jose Carlo Garcia leads as season finale gets underway

Jose Carlos Garcia was feeling good, and why not. The Pole was about to bag up the chip lead at the end of a busy first day in Monaco. He flashed some sort of happy sign with his fingers as a photographer took a shot. Then he played out the...more

FPS Monaco: Pablo Gordillo big leader with 7 left for final day

Another long day in the France Poker Series Monaco Main Event PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino EPT Grand Final has come to a close, and after eight full one-hour levels the 57 players who had survived from the 993-player starting field have now played all of the way down to a final...more

EPT11 Grand Final: Midnight matters aka the side event round-up

As the clock approaches midnight here in Monaco and Day 1a of the Main Event is into the last level of the night there are four side events approaching the business end of proceedings and all four are slated to finish today. Really three should have been the magic number,...more

EPT11 Grand Final: If you build (a 5K satellite) they will come

Pull up a seat: an impromptu 5k hyper turbo gets underway It's an age old question: "If a poker tournament starts in the woods, and there's nobody around to see it, does anybody play it?" All right, so it' not a question that's asked very often, but still. We...more

FPS Monaco: Gulyy top gun in €2K High Roller; Women's event and Monaco Cup hotting up

When we last checked in with the High Roller Luciana Manolea was the chip leader and with 80 players remaining another 25 needed to be eliminated before anyone was in the money. Since then they've burst through the bubble and around 25 players have been eliminated in the money. Yury...more

EPT11 Grand Final: Who's afraid of Elmar The Wolf?

None of these chips belong to Elmar Dirnberger As poker players go Elmar Dirnberger is a live one. You see, Elmar Dirberger was never really happy being just Elmar Dirnberger. He prefers his other name, the one he talks of in the third person when playing poker, and the...more

EPT11 Monaco: The road to recovery with Florent Sinama Pongolle

Florent Sinama Pongolle: Pro player on different turf Everyone is anonymous at a poker table. This game is a great leveller, where film actors can rub shoulders with politicians, for example, and still the best poker player is the star. This afternoon in Monaco, in the main event of the...more

EPT11 Grand Final: The TV table

When talking about tough tables here on Day 1a of the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino EPT Grand Final Main Event it's easier to list those that don't contain a bunch of household names rather than those that do. But whilst there's lots of tables competing for 'table of death' status, only...more

FPS Monaco: Level 25-28 updates

For Level 21-24 updates, please click here. 11:08pm: Gordillo grabs night's last pot In the last hand of the level -- and of Day 3 -- a hand arose in which it folded to the often-active Pablo Gordillo who opened with a raise to 150,000 and only Joseph Mouawad called...more

FPS Monaco: Luciana "luckyno75" Manolea leads €2K High Roller as bubble approaches

A 117 hopefuls returned to play Day 2 of the €2,000 FPS High Roller today at 12:15 CET and at the very least they were all hoping to bag a spot amongst the top 55 finishers so they'd have something to show for their efforts. With two levels of play...more

FPS Monaco: Level 21-24 updates

4:59pm: Break time Level 24 having concluded, the remaining players are now taking their second break of the day. For continuing updates from Day 3 picking up with Level 25, click here. 4:46pm: Floretin felted; Nakache knocked out Shortly after the redraw to three tables, Enrico Florentin was eliminated in...more

EPT11 Grand Final: Send the pros to the rail...for charity

There's is a packed day of poker in store at the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino EPT Grand Final, but it's not only high rollers and high stakes. Perhaps more importantly than any of that other stuff, there is also a tournament taking place at 7pm that promises to raise heaps of...more

EPT11 Grand Final: Beautiful, wonderful, glamorous, and that's just PokerStars Blog

Good morning, Richie. Good morning, everybody. It is a bright and sunny day in Monaco as things are about to get really exciting. As the €100,000 Super High Roller event plays to its winner this afternoon, the €10,000 Main Event gets going on Day 1A. Moments ago in the Salle...more

FPS Monaco: 57 return for Day 3 led by Taibi, Besalduch, Bier, Braga

We're in luxurious Monaco, a place where more than a few millionaires dwell. Speaking of, there's an exclusive group in the millionaire-club -- chip-wise, that is -- to start Day 3 of the France Poker Series Monaco Main Event here at the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino EPT Grand Final. There are...more

EPT11 Grand Final: Pratyush Buddiga, the most popular man in the room

Phil Hellmuth has a lot to answer for, you see not all poker superstars show up fashionably late for poker tournaments as Phil Ivey showed earlier this week. One of the first players to show up today for Day 1a of the Main Event was none other than Pratyush Buddiga....more

1 May

EPT11 Grand Final: Dario Sammartino poised to make good on Italian promise

Dario Sammartino: Making good A couple of years ago in Sanremo, the subject of Italian poker was under discussion. A local journalist described the fluctuations of the game in the country, which had included a massive boom and a relative slump and then an levelling out. The general gist was...more

EPT11 Grand Final: Schemion sent to rail after trial by fury

Schemion (mint green hood) waits while Sammartino agonizes He didn't need to ask, given the look on Schemion's face, but it was just too hard for Leon Tsoukernik to believe that Ole Schemion was out of the Super High Roller. There had to be another explanation. "It's a break, no?"...more

FPS Monaco: Joao Vieira leads star studded FPS High Roller as end of Day 1 beckons

Joao Vieira (pictured at EPT Malta) leads the FPS Monaco €2,000 High Roller Tomorrow night long after Day 1a of the EPT Main Event has drawn to a close and there's more cash action remaining than tournament action the final table of the FPS Monaco High Roller will be playing...more

FPS Monaco: Dean-Henri Taibi takes over, leads to end Day 2

Much like the night's penultimate level, the last hour of Day 2 of the France Poker Series Main Event at the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino EPT Grand Final festival was fast-paced. Many more cashed, others held steady, and a few built their stacks upwards and upwards like the mountains reaching up...more

FPS Monaco: Salter, MacPhee, Pfutzenreuter out; Taibi on top as field shrinks

Following the slow, lengthy -- though exciting -- period during which the France Poker Series Monaco Main Event field when from 145 to 144, it has swiftly shrunk to less than 90 players now as the march to the cashier has begun in earnest. Jack Salter was among the first...more

EPT11 Grand Final: Urbanovich and Schemion get "interesting"

With another elimination, players with gaps at their tables looked over at the table now breaking, trying to identify their new arrival. Scott Seiver was one of them, looking over at the players racking up chips and collecting their things. It was a bit like waiting for someone at a...more

EPT11 Grand Final: How I got a read off Phil Ivey

Phil Ivey: Can you read this man? It is preposterous to think that there are reads to be had from Phil Ivey, and if there are then it's going to take someone better than me to find them. But Ivey's elimination from the €100,000 Super High Roller event here in...more

FPS Monaco: On the thing that bursts after which everyone cashes

There's a word we use when reporting on poker tournaments to describe the period we've just crossed through in the France Poker Series Monaco Main Event. It's a metaphor. Think soap. Economic crises. Gum. Boiling water. Champagne and soda. You know what it is. It rhymes with trouble and double,...more

EPT11 Grand Final: Mid-day update; Kurganov leads charge for €2,015,000‏ first prize

Kurganov is still crushing At the end of Day 1 of the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino EPT Grand Final €100K Super High Roller it was Igor Kurganov who led the 44 players who remained. Half-way through the 10 scheduled levels on Day 2 that's still the case but that's pretty much...more

Surviving on a chip and a chair

In a poker tournament what we all would love to see happen is a long, steady and safe progression through the levels--smoothly gathering chips as we go and up there in the top ten of the leaderboard, always in contention, never under threat. But as we all know, life is...more

EPT11 Grand Final: Poker is fun with Daniel Negreanu

Negreanu - enjoying his poker both live and online "I like to show every hand," said Daniel Negreanu to Dario Sammartino. The Canadian had just three-bet from the big blind over the top of the Italian's early position raise. After some tanking Sammartino folded and Negreanu proffered to the Italian...more

EPT11 Grand Final: Don't weep for Isaac Haxton and Phil Ivey

Everybody knows that in order for someone to win a lot at poker, quite a number of people need to lose a smaller amount. The poker economy looks like a pyramid, with the wealth flowing upward from a well-populated wider base to the biggest winners at the top. Super High...more

The power of Twitch

When I started out in poker, I used to be active in an old mIRC chat full of Magic and poker players who mostly knew each other personally. It always felt very productive to talk (or rather chat) poker there, discuss strategies or hear about both the others' success and...more

FPS Monaco: Bubble edges closer in Main Event; FPS High Roller begins

"He found the only guy in all of Monaco he covers!" So cried Jacques Guenni with a big grin after watching a short-stacked Anthony Mathieu all in (again) and called by an even shorter Steponas Venckus. All chuckled at the observation -- as indeed each had pushed in what were...more

EPT11 Grand Final: The Super High Roller shop has a revolving door

Yesterday we opined that the number of players that make up the Super High Roller fields was fairly compact and not prone to too much change. Not for the first time we've been shown up to be completely wrong. Last year there were 50 unique players, this year 58, but...more

FPS Monaco: How can you be in two places at once...?

Of the Team PokerStars Pros making it through to today's Day 2 of the France Poker Series Monaco Main Event, Andre Akkari was returning to the biggest stack of the bunch. Except he hasn't returned. Not yet. A picture of where Akkari is not The explanation for Akkari's absence is...more

EPT11 Grand Final: Return of the amazing Dzmitry Urbanovich

The Super High Roller event is a magnet for the superstars: your Negreanus, your Iveys and your Esfanidiaris usually come out when the stakes are highest. But as the latter loitered by the seat assignment desk this morning, having only just bought in for the first time (he played a...more

FPS Monaco: Turn me on, Deadman

For a time yesterday, the France Poker Series Monaco Main Event had all but taken over the spacious main tournament room and second room (also large) dedicated primarily to cash games and smaller side events. Such was necessary with more than 700 here for Day 1B, but with just over...more

FPS Monaco: Treusch leads 314 to start Day 2

Last night as we were recapping the conclusion of Day 1B of the France Poker Series Monaco Main Event -- one of the many tournaments kicking off the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino EPT Grand Final festival -- we briefly faced a puzzle regarding our end-of-night chip leader, Frederik Treusch of Germany....more