June 2015

30 June

Aussie Michael "Stella948" Kanaan captures Super Tuesday title (6/30/15)

This year's World Series of Poker is already over a month old, and with the Main Event starting this weekend the end is near for players in Las Vegas. Meanwhile the Super Tuesday, PokerStars' weekly $1,050 no-limit hold'em tournament that typically attracts many of poker's best, has continued apace this...more

MicroMillions to make big return in July

It's tiny! It's huge! It's both! Friends and neighbors, it's time once again to cobble together a bankroll for MicroMillions, the biggest little tournament series on the planet. Beginning July 16 and running through July 26, MicroMillions will once again host 100 events with buy-ins that start at just pennies...more

Fixed. MissBroke on that Sunday Million win

One minute you're sitting with ten big blinds wondering how you're going to reach the money, the next you're winning the Sunday Million. That would be the short version of MissBroke's journey from short stack to biggest last Sunday, a trip worth $160,314 to the Israeli. The long version...more

29 June

Mercier misses out (again) while Danzer digs in

There's a common theme among performers, whether in sports, the arts, or any pursuit measured by achievement. It's this. Talent is one thing, but without hard work and dedication that talent usually comes to nothing. Actually, it's such a common sentiment it's almost a cliché. I googled a long...more

Weekend Review: Big wins for MissBroke and Elio Fox

Given that we were thinking that all the regular headline grabbers were off limits over in Las Vegas right now, the weekend's Major events involved names we knew and faces we recognised. The Sunday Million got its fair share. Out in ninth was the story laden name of Dario...more

Qualify for this week's big online events

PokerStars hosts the biggest and best poker tournaments in the world every week. Check out five of the best right here. Clicking the links will take you straight to the tournament lobby so that you can register right away. • UKIPT Bristol direct satellite, £11+R [3x-Turbo], 1 UKIPT Bristol main...more

The Bonus Cut: Bryn Kenney's $10,000 Prop Bet


28 June

Sunday Million: MissBroke $160K richer after win; Berende 2nd; Minieri 9th

The last Sunday Million of June saw a few familiar usernames at the final table, including Dario "DarioMinieri" Minieri who led with two tables to go before finishing ninth, and Paul "padjes" Berende who also enjoyed the chip lead late before finishing runner-up. In the end, though, it would be...more

Sunday Warm-Up: Smokin' hot smokrokflock wins $68K after two-way deal

"Hanging around, hanging around". Words perhaps uttered by one of the two final players. Except the venue of the extended heads-up play between the final two players of this week's $400,000 guarantee Sunday Warm-Up was not some dusty, off-the-books New York poker room with oreos flying across the room after...more

26 June

WSOP 2015: What we're watching

The World Series of Poker is just a little more than a week away from its Main Event, and with one weekend to go before we have all our boots on the ground, we're chomping at the bit. We have a few people to blame for that. Heading into this...more

Another Akkari moment

I'm not sure there's anyone who works in at poker tournaments who has not had an "Akkari moment". It typically follows the same process. In a crowded tournament room a man with a beaming grin picks you out to shake your hand and say hi, or do one of...more

Masters of the play and real money universe

There was a moment this week when it looked like Daniel Negreanu might do it again. That moment was quickly followed by another moment, when it looked like Jason Mercier might do it again as well. Neither did, but it was fun to watch. Reading the blog earlier this...more

25 June

Zoom Accumulator: One more week to cash in

Hey, you're a busy person. I get it. You've had laundry to do, Netflix to binge on, and a lot of staring off into the distance without thinking about anything. The day can get away from you pretty quickly. Even in your fugue state, you might have heard about people...more

Mercier seventh and O'Kearney poised for feel-good win of the summer

Much like the Super High Rollers on the European Poker Tour, the Players Championship at the World Series of Poker is one of those awe inspiring tournaments. These are the tournaments that you mention when you're trying to stagger someone. You know, the person who asks a rudimentary question...more

24 June

Sharing the happiness

When you share a piece of cake with someone, each of you gets half the enjoyment. But when you share happiness, it's not half. It's double. The same thing goes for big dreams. The WSOP Main Event is coming closer - only about a week to go until I'm taking...more

Head west and "Get Action"

It's about now that many players will be thinking of their trip to the World Series Main Event. Thinking the same, I got to reading about a similar journey "west" made by an old ex-President. It was in a different time and with a different purpose, but it was...more

23 June

Robert "Little Kraut" Deppe steps up, wins 6/23/15 Super Tuesday, $82K

This week's Super Tuesday saw another guarantee-busting field come out as 430 took part in the $1,050 buy-in no-limit hold'em event, meaning the $430,000 prize pool bested the $400K guarantee. They were a few minutes shy of the six-hour mark when the money bubble burst, and with 54 players left...more

Coming soon: Daniel Negreanu's Summer Party

You know that terrible feeling you get when you wake up on a Sunday morning and all your friends are talking about that amazing party they went to the night before? The one you didn't know about, so instead you sat home and organized your underwear drawer by color and...more

Into the Poker Glacier

Iceland a place many people know but never really expect to go to in their lifetime. Yes, that includes me, too, and I'm happy I got that chance to go. Here's why. It all started off when I was invited to come out to Iceland for a little vacation and...more

Highlights of the Sunday Million, June 21, 2015


APPT9: The Second Half of Season 9

The Asia Pacific Poker Tour may be on summer hiatus but the APPT team is hard at work getting things ready for the exciting second half of Season 9 which begins in a month's time. Here's a look at the remaining poker festivals this season: July 30-Aug 9: APPT Manila...more

22 June

A quick word on Negreanu's near miss

There was Team PokerStars action Stateside this weekend, where Daniel Negreanu was contesting the final table of the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo Eight-or-Better Championship at the World Series of Poker. It goes without saying that Negreanu has been there before, but I'll say it anyway. Negreanu already has...more

Weekend Review: Guly_star7 and Ruper Elder win online, Isodoro Barreña wins off it

If a change is as good as a rest Guly_Star7 will be feeling pretty relaxed right now. In the early hours of this morning he won the Sunday Million rather than playing his usual games in the 6-max hyper turbo sit and go's. The switch proved a wise one,...more

21 June

Sunday Million: Guly_Star7 shines with $129k score

These days, you're more likely to find Guly_Star7 in a 6-max Hyper-Turbo SNG than grinding through an MTT with a twelve-hour running time. However, eschewing his regular game tonight for a shot at the Sunday Million paid off in a life-changing manner. Surrounded by WCOOP champions (vovanmillion) and players who...more

Sunday Warm-Up: Grand win for ElRupert, earning $65K after two-way deal

A breakfast quiche made by mom, an easy two mile scroll through perfect weather, and finishing with a vast assortment of grilled meats while surrounded by family. The perfect Father's Day for this writer. But, players in the Sunday Warm-Up likely hoped for some dollar signs to be added to...more

Isidoro Barreña battles to UKIPT5 Marbella crown

The final eight What a week it's been! The PokerStars Marbella festival - a joint collaboration between the ESPT and UKIPT - was back for its third edition this past week and proved more popular than ever with most tournaments beating previous attendance records. The Main Event attracted a...more

UKIPT5 Marbella Final Table: Level 26 -33 updates (120,000/240,000 ante 30,000)

7:55pm: From sunny Spain to South West England That's almost it from Marbella, a full wrap of the day's play will be uploaded shortly though. After that our attention turns to the next UKIPT stop, which takes place in Bristol, August 6th-9th. Satellites are running now on PokerStars and you...more

20 June

Supernova Elite Jose Angel Latorre leads UKIPT Marbella final table

Latorre leads by a long way We have reached the final eight in the UKIPT5 Marbella Main Event and as always with these events we've a varied line-up which should make for a great final table. Perhaps the 833 players who have already fallen might not feel that way but...more

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

9:15pm: Aleksandar Abutovic eliminated in 9th place (€11,200) Play had ended for the day and the official final table has been reached after the elimination of Aleksandar Abutovic in eighth place. David Vedral opened to 100,000 and then shrug-called after Abutovic three-bet all in for 430,000. Abutovic: K♣Q♣ Vedral: A♠4♠...more

UKIPT5 Marbella Day 3: Level 19-22 updates (10,000/20,000 ante 3,000)

4:32pm: Break time The remaining players are now on a 15-minute break. You'll find updates from level 23 and beyond in a new post here. --NW 4:31pm: Angel Latorre eliminates Martinez Alejandro Martínez is the latest casualty in this tournament as his K♥Q♠ failed to outdraw Jose Angel Latorre's pocket...more

19 June

UKIPT5 Marbella Day 2: Carrion holds lead heading into Day 3

Day 2 on the UKIPT is always a frantic one and today proved no different. The 351 survivors from Days 1A and B combined for the first time and were spread high and wide due to play starting nine-handed. A large number of bust outs happened early on in proceedings...more

EPT Not Live: Adventures in James and Joe

In case you hadn't looked outside for a while, summer is here, which brings with it a natural pause as things wind down before restarting again. That includes the #EPTNotLive podcast, which is about to enter a five week summer break -- but not before their latest edition. You can...more

UKIPT5 Marbella Day 2: Level 15-18 updates (4,000/8,000 ante 1,000)

9:05pm: Day 2 is done Day 2 of the UKIPT Marbella Main Event is in the books. A total of 61 players have advanced to Day 3 with Dario Carrion leading the way. A full wrap of the day's play is on the way and overnight chip counts and the...more

Bracelets, bashes and buffering ahead of the weekend

It turned out to be quite a week. For proof just ask Jason Mercier. It's often when we least expect it that incredible things happen. Mercier was writing off his summer, having bricked every World Series event he'd played. Then he entered Event 32, a 5K six-max, and all...more

UKIPT5 Marbella Day 2: Level 11-14 updates (1,500/3,000 ante 400)

4:22pm: Break time We're inching ever closer to the money here in Marbella as just 162 players remain, 127 of whom get paid. Those who remain are now on a 15 minute break. You'll find updates in a new post shortly. -- NW 4:20pm: Crying call works out for Miranda...more

Watch EPT11 London Episode 7


18 June

Daniel Sochanek leads after Day 1B of biggest ever UKIPT Marbella

With 349 players having entered the opening flight of the UKIPT Marbella Main Event on Wednesday the gut instinct of those involved behind the scenes was that this could and should be the biggest ever UKIPT Marbella Main Event. When late registration slammed shut halfway through Day 1B they'd been...more

Team Pro Jason Mercier wins third bracelet at WSOP

We like great stories on the blog. So we're glad to report that today started well. We first encountered Jason Mercier on 30 March 2008. He was a soft spoken, humble young man in a sports jersey who was enjoying the hell out of his first live tournament. That...more

UKIPT5 Marbella Day 1B: Level 1-10 updates (blinds 600/1,200, ante 200)

8:40pm: Play is over The final whistle on Day 1B has been blown and players are bagging and tagging their chips. Daniel Sochanek ended the day as chip leader with 167,200. A wrap of the day's events will be up on the blog shortly and Day starts at Midday CET...more

Join Leo Margets and Fatima Moreira de Melo for a Girls Night In

If you're following our coverage of the UKIPT Marbella event then you might have noticed the fortunes of Leo Margets and Fatima Moreira de Melo and yesterday. For Margets it was a difficult start, concluding with a bust out late in the day. Meanwhile Moreira de Melo avoided the...more

Highlights of Sunday Million, June 14, 2015


17 June

UKIPT5 Marbella: Cabello shines brightest on Day 1A

The British and Irish have had a love affair with Spain since the 1950s when the very first package holidays starting appearing on the market. More than half a century later and that bond remains strong with the counties more connected than ever. The last decade has seen a poker...more

VIP Store: Wimbledon, U2, and some sweet gear

For those of us who live above the equator, it's summertime. The sky is blue, the sun is hot, and our fancies have turned to thoughts of leisure. If you're feeling like getting out and have some Frequent Player Points to burn, the VIP Store has some exclusive items that...more

Notable exceptions

This period between seasons on the European Poker Tour allows a time for respite, for rest, and reflection. It's a chance to look back on what has been done, and look forward to how we might improve on that in the future. With this in mind I've set myself...more

UKIPT5 Marbella Day 1A: Level 1-10 updates (blinds 600/1,200, 200 ante)

8:30pm: End of the day Play is done for the day, it looks as if Julian Cabello is the overnight chip leader as he bagged up a very impressive 201,600. A full wrap of the day's play is on the way and overnight chip counts will be uploaded to the...more

16 June

Keep2p34Ch" captures 6/16/15 Super Tuesday, $81K; Steve "Mr. Tim Caum" O'Dwyer third

There were quite a few notables at this week's Super Tuesday final table, including Ben "NeverScaredB" Wilinofsky, Luuk "pokerkluka" Gieles, and Paul "Paul12907" Allen. Then with three players left Steve "Mr. Tim Caum" O'Dwyer was the most familiar name among those remaining. With more than $10 million in tournament winnings...more

Second annual Chad Brown Memorial tournament coming July 2

This time last year, most of Chad Brown's friends knew he wasn't going to be playing in the World Series of Poker. In fact, most people knew he would probably never play poker again. Afflicted with a rare stomach cancer, Brown was in his final days at home, and many...more

15 June

Watch the EPT Grand Final Super High Roller final table

The buy-in was a ridiculous €100,000. Two of the players had a chance at becoming two-time Super High Roller champions. All of the eight remaining players were in one of the world's most opulent cities. That's the kind of thing that makes for good TV. It's a good thing we...more

Weekend Review: Johan finally gets hands in Sunday Million Van Til

Somewhere there's a neat quote about perseverance that suits this week's Sunday Million winner. It might be something like Vince Lombardi's insistence on "self-denial, hard work, sacrifice and dedication". Or maybe it's closer to Julie Andrew's point. Fail 19 times and get it right on number 20. To use...more

ACOP Platinum Series IX: Celina Lin and KC Wong set records, Alex Kim wins

This past week saw the 'PokerStars LIVE Macau' poker room complete ACOP Platinum Series IX from June 9-14. The six-day series had six Official Asia Player of the Year (APOY) events which, in total, drew 557 players and awarded nearly HK$2 million in prize money. While the standard narrative in...more

Sunday Million: Johan "busto_soon" Van Til flush again with $170k score

For almost a decade now, busto_soon, the online moniker of Dutch pro Johan Van Til, has been a steady presence in PokerStars MTTs. With over $4.2 million in online earnings, Van Til has final tabled the Super Tuesday, chopped the Sunday 500, scored $75k for fourth place in a $1k...more

14 June

Sunday Warm-Up: Saintreine denies Berende for weekly title

The Sunday Warm-Up final table shaped to be a member-only party where the price of admission was $215 (cash or ticket) and winning a Major tournament at PokerStars. TCOOP, SCOOP, Sunday Million, and past Sunday Warm-Up champs lined up at the final table looking to add yet another Major title...more

12 June

Looking ahead to news, numbers and Neymar Jr

Well, we made it. It's Friday, and that brings with it the delicious promise of the weekend, and all that might involve poker wise. But before we set our eyes on those prizes, let's look at those that emerged this week. It's only when we stop for a second...more

EPT11 London, Main Event, Episode 6


11 June

PokerStars releases first draft of WCOOP schedule

How much do you know about the upcoming World Championship of Online Poker? For instance, you've heard this year's WCOOP Main Event will have a $10 million guarantee, right? If not, please make sure to add @PokerStarsBlog to your Twitter feed. We told you weeks ago. Listen up! Now, if...more

Poker's sleeping giants

Get comfy. After you win, not before Are poker players the most sensible high stakes competitors in the world? I ask this because I've been struck by something I see often in the replies I get from players interviewed about their latest triumph on PokerStars. It's a strange phenomenon,...more

The countdown begins: Details released for EPT12 Barcelona

The EPT returns to Barcelona... all is well We'll be honest. We've been hanging around the office this past week or so with our hands in our pockets. Since the EPT Grand Final ended last month we've let the blog rest a little, but it has not rested happily....more

10 June

Meet your hero Neymar Jr in Barcelona

How does this sound? Two tickets to an FC Barcelona game? Seven nights in a four star hotel for you and a guest, travel expenses, and free entry into a €2,150 EPT Barcelona festival side event of your choice? Oh, and how about meeting Neymar Jr while you're there? Well...more

Sticking to the Plan

So even though the World Series of Poker is going on right now, I'm sure that many of you remember the incredible hand from the European Poker Tour grand final in Monaco this year. It was at the final table, Johnny Lodden raises preflop with a pair of 5's... (All...more

Highlights of the Sunday Million, June 7, 2015


9 June

Alisson "heyalisson" Piekazewicz pulls away, wins 6/9/15 Super Tuesday, $97K

Another rock'em, sock'em Super Tuesday has come and gone, this lasting about 10 hours and 40 minutes -- a bit shorter than some, though no less competitive than most as the $1,050 no-limit hold'em tournament again drew many of the biggest names in online poker. At the conclusion of the...more

WSOP 2015: Why we should thank Phil Hellmuth and John Gale

The first person I ever saw win a big money live poker tournament? John Gale. In was January 2005 at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. Gale took unscheduled solo breaks in the middle of play--on the final table bubble no less--to go out and calm his nerves. He alternated between Marlboro...more

8 June

A sense of place for Super Tuesday winner Gambler4444

To Gambler4444 poker is an obsession. He discovered the game nine years ago and that was that, from then it was a case of total dedication. But then it had to be. That's just the sort of person he is. "When I find something interesting I sometimes really get...more

EPT London Main Event, Episode 5


Weekend Review: Winning big (despite the odd distraction)

Apparently there was something called the NBA finals on this weekend. For those who view such things favourably I suspect it was one of those highlights that bring a Christmassy feeling, albeit without the eggnog (there's no eggnog in basketball, right?) For others, it could easily have been one...more

7 June

Sunday Million: Timonpoika takes top prize, earns $174K

As the NBA finals played out on Sunday night, thrilling fans with another wild overtime game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors, the Sunday Million on PokerStars was providing thrills as well, and in fact the player Nba-Slam from Lithuania made a strong push toward the goal of...more

Sunday Warm-Up: Papan9_p$'s second final table earns $66K after chop

Many players who make the final table of a Sunday Major have been here before. It was no surprise that the Sunday Warm-Up champion this week, papan9_p$, made the final table here last year finishing in sixth place after pocket kings proved to be unreliable. The weekly champ would take...more

5 June

Win your share of $1 million with Zoom Accumulator

You can play Zoom poker, right? Of course, you can. Can you win with pocket aces? I bet you can do that, too. If you answered yes to both of the above questions but haven't yet signed up for the Zoom Accumulator series, you could be missing out on a...more

EPT Not Live: Somerville and controversy

It's summertime. The EPT is on a two-month hiatus. Those little voices in your head no longer sound like James Hartigan and Joe Stapleton. They sound like something far more menacing (please don't listen when they tell you to cook your spaghetti in the oven at 500° for five hours)....more

Just another kid with a dream

I still vividly remember my very first summer with online poker in 2006. I had just got out of hospital healthy and hungry for life, got back into studies for university and reconnected with my friends in the Magic: the Gathering peer group. Their huge success in fixed limit hold'em...more

4 June

Ronaldo hits Russia

It's not every day I get to meet an international superstar. It's even more rare that I get to host one in my home country. That's just what happened the other day. PokerStars recently held a promotion that awarded eight players the opportunity to meet and hang out with Brazilian...more

Win your seat to the WCOOP Main Event

This morning, I was staring a little longingly at the PokerStars lobby. I'm not saying I was bored or in need of extra work (there is enough to go around). I'm just saying, there was a hole in my heart where SCOOP used to be, or as the old power-pop...more

Hard work pays off for Andrey Lamego

Andrey Lamego It's easy to think that winners of the Sunday Majors are poker automatons, immune to emotion, moving on from a big win to the next tournament with the prospect perhaps of some higher stakes, but nothing more. Maybe that's true in a lot of cases. But a...more

3 June

PokerStars YouTube channel hits 50 million views

On May 21, 2009, PokerStars poked its nose into the world of YouTube. The video sharing site was already the most popular in the world, but it remained to be seen if the world's biggest online poker site could find a place there. Now, some six years into the experiment,...more

How great players won't make you see red

You might think ultimate recognition in poker comes from an EPT main event win, or perhaps a WCOOP win, a SCOOP, or even a Sunday Million - something big that is universally respected by your peers. And you'd be right. Nothing speaks of talent more than succeeding in these...more

Highlights of Sunday Million, May 31, 2015


2 June

Super Tuesday: Gambler4444 gets win, chops with Jeff "stinger5158" Rossiter (6/2/15)

We're used to seeing the Australian Jeff Rossiter at final tables, having watched him win the Asia Championship of Poker Warm-Up in 2012, win a couple of other European Poker Tour side events in London and Berlin, and go deep repeatedly on the APPT and EPT over the years. As...more

May 31, 2015 Sunday Million highlights


Monster Pot Report: All the week's biggest Play Money hands

Welcome to the first monthly edition of the Monster Pot Report! Since we last scoured the high stakes Play Money tables, no fewer than ten players have passed the magical 2B mark. It will come as no surprise to regular readers that viziato1991 led the way with 19 pots beyond...more

The Hub of the Wheel - Why join a poker forum?

Think of PokerSchoolOnline as a big bicycle wheel, with each spoke leading to a distinct area such as live training, poker courses or friendly league competitions, then right in the middle of that circle, where all the spokes converge at the hub, you'll find the poker forum. It's the village...more

1 June

Weekend Review: A win for lazrom on pleasingly vanilla weekend

Relax everybody. Sunday has returned to normal. As we wrote on Friday, this weekend just gone was a return to normality, as SCOOP ended and the summer approached. Life was simple again. A big weekend on poker culminating with the Majors on Sunday. And so it went. The sun...more

Sunday Million: lazrom rises, wins $151k after three-way deal

Give a bad beat. Weather a bad beat. Both will happen en route to a tournament win, it's all a matter of how they're handled. Tonight's champion could have easily busted off the final table in ninth place-- after all, he arrived there with the shortest stack. Instead, lazrom took...more