September 2015

30 September

World's largest poker business to enter regulated online gaming market in the United States

MONTREAL, Sept. 30, 2015 /CNW/ - Amaya Inc. (TSX: AYA; NASDAQ: AYA) ("Amaya" or the "Corporation") today announced that the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (the "DGE") has authorized it to operate the PokerStars and Full Tilt brands in New Jersey. The approval follows an unprecedented review by the...more

Meet Coenaldinho7, online poker's new World Champion

On Tuesday night, a Belgian who goes by the PokerStars name Coenaldinho7 won the World Championship of Online Poker Main Event, banking $1.3 million and online poker's most coveted bracelet. It was clear from the outset that this would be no ordinary final table, and by the time Coenaldinho7 won,...more

Common Cents: Pocket change buy-ins, $250,000 in guarantees

Inspired by the latest WCOOP $1.3 million champion? Missing the good old days of the MicroMillions? Have a penny? Then you're in luck, because PokerStars is ready to kick off its newest low-roller festival, Common Cents. If you have a PokerStars account and just few cents, you can still compete...more

29 September

Rebel FishAK hooks 9/29/15 Super Tuesday, reels in $68K after 3-way deal

With the 2015 World Championship of Poker having finally concluded with today's final table of the Main Event won by Coenaldinho7, the Super Tuesday was back in action once again and saw a healthy-sized field of 432 take part. Almost 11 hours after the tourney began, a three-handed deal punctuated...more

WCOOP 2015: Coenaldinho7 carries the day, wins Main Event, $1.3 million ($5,200 NLHE)

What a wild three weeks it has been! Seventy tournaments, with more than $66 million won between them, making it the richest-ever World Championship of Online Poker in its 14-year history on PokerStars. As is customary, the festival culminated with the Main Event, the $5,200 buy-in no-limit hold'em tournament that...more

WCOOP 2015: William Arruda on one "hellzito" of a win

The before and after reactions of WCOOP winners is typically quite stark. Take William "hellzito" Arruda for example. How about the before? "I live with my wife and she barely knows the rules, so she tries to avoid staying close when I'm playing. I'm also not always in the best...more

UKIPT in 3D as festival celebrates annual home game on Isle of Man

If you happen to be walking around Douglas, Isle of Man this week, be ready to see the town in a whole new way. This week, the UK & Ireland Poker Tour is back on the Isle of Man for the third consecutive year, and the celebration will be bigger...more

Distilling disappointment: How 12-FPPs turned into $25,000

The alchemy of disappointment is a curious thing. It's nothing you can divine from fertile ground. It's not some noble gas you can suck from the earth. Disappointment is something you can only distill. Like a bad moonshine, you must take all your hope, run it through a series of...more

Run It Up features WCOOP main event

I probably don't have to tell you about PokerStars Team Pro Jason Somerville's "Run It Up" stream on the Twitch platform. If you're not aware of it, please go to this link and then, when you can tear yourself away, come back here: This is what we're talking about Good...more

WCOOP 2015: All done bar the Main Event shouting

We're into Day 25 of WCOOP 2015, the last day of play in WCOOP 2015. Today's highlights: --The Main Event reaches its final table with Alexander "joiso" Kostritsyn the current chip leader. --The 8-Game Championship was won by krakukra, with Shaun Deeb's sixth place putting him top of the leader...more

WCOOP 2015: A little late perhaps, but Thayer Rasmussen gets there in the end

Thayer "THAY3R" Rasmussen is hardly a slouch. Since entering the game back in 2006 he's traveled, worked, and won. His resume is testimony to that fact. He's reached WPT final tables, scored 26 WSOP cashes, as well as countless others across the United States. For him it's about being professional,...more

28 September

Alexander "joiso" Kostritsyn leads as WCOOP Main Event final table set

After more than $66 million in payouts over more than 70 events, it's time to crown the champion of champions. Just moments ago, the World Championship of Online Poker Main Event reached the final table of nine. Leading the pack with one table left to go is none other than...more

WCOOP 2015: All hail! Caesar325 wins Event #67, $215 NLHE (Sunday Warm-Up SE)

After nearly a month of guarantee-busting prize pools, strong performances from accomplished poker players from around the world, and dramatic battles over bracelets, WCOOP 2015 is finally coming to an end. That means the Special Editions of the Sunday majors are saying goodbye, too. This weekend was the last chance...more

WCOOP 2015: krakukra cracks tough $10K 8-Game field, collects Event #68 win

The 2015 World Championship of Poker Main Event -- due to complete tomorrow -- is getting a lot of the focus at the moment over at PokerStars. But another marquee event also took place over the last couple of days, the star-studded $10,300 buy-in 8-Game Championship (Event #68) that predictably...more

2015 ACOP: The Race to Two - Part 2

Last year, I wrote a piece about the race to two Spadies and wasn't planning on a Part 2. In fact, I fully expected to be amongst heated arguments about how to compare ACOP title counts - such as open tournaments vs. restricted tournaments (e.g. Ladies Events) or whether two...more

WCOOP 2015: After a big weekend attention now turns to the Main Event

We're into Day 23 of WCOOP 2015. Here's the penultimate update with only three events still to finish. Today's highlights: --The WCOOP Main Event began yesterday with 246 of the 1,995 starting field remaining. Day 2 begins at 14.30 ET. --EspenasApart from Norway leads. Team Online's Naoya "nkeyno" Kihara and...more

27 September

WCOOP 2015: calvin7v wins his first WCOOP bracelet, third COOP title in Event #70 ($1,050 NLHE [Turbo, Optional Re-Entry])

It's only fitting that the 2015 WCOOP, after awarding some $66,245,305 in prize money over the last 22 days, would celebrate its conclusion with a raucous, yet lucrative wrap party. For one $1,050 bullet (or two, or three), you could join some of the biggest names in online poker in...more

WCOOP 2015: Maicoshaa redeemed, Danzer 3rd in Event #66, $2,100 HORSE Championship

Even for the best of players, being heads-up for a WCOOP bracelet isn't the kind of situation that comes around too often. Miss out once and you never know if you'll find yourself with the chance to win one again, much less make it back in the same year. Russia's...more

WCOOP 2015: Joel "jbrown8777" Brown takes down Event #65, $700 NL 6-Max PKO

The three-week, 70-event long World Championship of Online Poker is coming to an end on PokerStars, but there are still more bracelets left to be claimed. Joel "jbrown8777" Brown has been consistently picking up cashes for the last three weeks, and today he picked up a WCOOP bracelet as well...more

WCOOP 2015: uremyatm withdraws $51k from Event #64 ($700 PLO Heads-Up)

There's nowhere to hide heads-up. There's no checking out. There's no folding your way to a pay jump. In the final eight of this event, no one exemplified that spirit better than uremyatm. Twice before, uremyatm came close to a COOP title. He finished fourth in Event #20-H ($2,100 PLO...more

Manila Megastack 3: Rivera reigns victorious at the Main Event

The Manila Megastack 3 Main Event concluded at the PokerStars Live Manila poker room just after sundown at City of Dreams Manila with local player Euryd Rivera besting the 362 field to claim the championship trophy. Rivera was also awarded PHP529,000 in cold hard cash, and the Asia Championship of...more

All in for $1 million, solik1968 wins Dream Team Collection

PokerStars set out to make one player a millionaire this weekend. They did, and it would take only a matter of minutes to decide who would be the lucky winner. It was the conclusion of the PokerStars Dream Team Collection, a simple game whereby players collected the pieces of three...more

26 September

Manila Megastack 3: Final Day updates

The Manila Megastack 3 Main Event took off at 12:15pm, and after two levels, the bubble burst. Five hours later, it was all over! Read up on some of the action at the felt, the bust outs, the final table, the heads up action, and see how your poker mates...more

Manila Megastack 3: Here we go! Final day is underway!

We are now at the final day of the Manila Megastack 3 at PokerStars Live Manila! The surviving 58 players are ready to battle it out, each one with the same mission, to bag all the chips and be proclaimed the champion. With only 36 seeing a profit, we will...more

WCOOP 2015: Kyle "KJulius10" Julius wins first WCOOP bracelet, Dancer King second again (Event #63, $1,050 FL Hold'em [6-Max])

Although Kyle Julius won the Sunday Million, nearly won it again a year later, and scored $1.5 million as the runner-up in the 2012 PCA Main Event, until tonight, he was a man without a COOP title. He earned it in a game he readily admitted on Twitter was not...more

WCOOP 2015: Jeppsson owns final table wins Event #61 title, McDonald seventh

There is no denying that Mike "Timex" McDonald has been on a hot streak. Live or online here at PokerStars does not seem to matter. While McDonald would headline the WCOOP Event #61 final table it would be Christian "eisenhower1" Jeppsson owning the storyline and the day as he dominated...more

Manila Megastack 3: A big day 1b sees Su taking the lead

It was another rocking day at the PokerStars Live Manila poker room at City of Dreams Manila with the Manila Megastack 3 recording 194 entries for the final flight of the Main Event 2M guarantee. When day 1b started, it was already presumed that the numbers would be high, and...more

25 September

WCOOP 2015: Calvin "cal42688" Anderson wins 2nd WCOOP bracelet with win in Event #62 ($320 PLO Hi/Lo); ties Shaun Deeb with 8th career COOP title

Shaun Deeb did not hold the record for most career COOPs for very long before Calvin "cal42688" Anderson tied Deeb with eight. Anderson took down Event #62 to win his second WCOOP bracelet and 8th overall COOP. He had previously been tied with Deeb at seven until Deeb pulled ahead...more

Manila Megastack 3: Day 1b Updates

The Manila Megastack 3 is heating up the PokerStars Live poker room here at City of Dreams Manila. Today is the final day one flight, late registration and re-entry has closed. We are now at the freeze out stage of the Main Event. Posted here are some random hand histories...more

Manila Megastack 3: Cards are flying for day 1b

The final day one flight of the Manila Megastack 3 has just gotten underway here at the PokerStars Live Manila poker room at City of Dreams Manila. This event has a P10,000 buyin with late registration and re-entries available until the end of level 8. Starting stack is very deep,...more

WCOOP 2015: omaha4rollz blitzes to the win in Event #60, $2,100 NLHE (Thursday Thrill SE)

What's a chip lead? It's a snapshot of a moment in time, a promise of bounties to come, and in some cases a lot of pressure, depending on who's holding it. At a deep-stacked final table, it means having the ability to attack as you see fit without worrying about...more

Manila Megastack 3: South Korea's Jeon dominates Day 1a

Seung Soo Jeon from South Korea was clearly the man of the hour. We don't even know how many players he railed but with a massive stack of 605,000 at the end of day 1a of the Manila Megastack 3 at the PokerStars Live Manila poker room in City of...more

WCOOP bracelets get a new home

Well, how about this? For years, WCOOP winners have been excited to get their bracelets after a big World Championship of Online Poker win. It's one of those things that sets the greats apart from the rest. It's a big deal in the world of online poker. But what do...more

WCOOP 2015: easylimp adds second COOP in Event 58 win ($530 NLH Ultra-Deep)

The final weekend is upon us for the 2015 World Championship of Online Poker. Tons of huge games of all varieties available for anyone looking for big action. Event 58 provided players with plenty of room to maneuver with another run of the Ultra-Deep format. The blinds would rarely play...more

This is how you turn your hand into a bluff

You might have heard someone say, "So, I turned my hand into a bluff." Maybe you haven't been around the block as many times as other folks, and maybe that's a phrase that doesn't necessarily show up in your how-to-poker books. Well, we thought you could maybe use a video...more

WCOOP 2015: How things look going into the final weekend

We're into Day 20 of WCOOP 2015. Here's the latest update with 12 of 70 events now left to finish. Today's highlights: --A win for maggess88 in Event #56 denies Peter "Belabacsi" Traply a Triple Coop. --aDrENalin710 wins a fourth COOP title (his second WCOOP) in Event #59. --Fresh_oO_D leads...more

"Gieras" and "hangoverdose" on recent WCOOP success

When all is done with WCOOP 2015 there will be 70 new bracelet winners. Some have been there and done that before, but for others, the experience of winning a major title is a new one, as two players explained after their recent success. "Such deep run feels awesome," said...more

Manila Megastack 3: Day 1a Updates

10:30pm Day 1a ends with Jeon way way ahead Seung Soo Jeon closed day 1a of the Manila Megastack with a monster stack of 605K chips. Before the final hand of the night, Jeon was already high above the rest and continued to dominate the table by railing another...more

Manila Megastack 3 Begins

The Manila Megastack 3 kicked off a few minutes ago here at the PokerStars Live Manila poker room at City of Dreams Manila. This event features a PHP2M guarantee with the eventual winner receiving not just the top cash prize but also an event package to one of the most...more

24 September

WCOOP 2015: aDrENalin710 wins fourth COOP title in Event #59 ($215 NL Omaha Hi/Lo 6-Max)

The 2015 World Championship of Online Poker has seen some big names make some deep runs and claim some big victories during this series. But sometimes, it's the unheralded grinders of online poker that are making the biggest impact. Today we saw just that as a player known as aDrENalin710...more

WCOOP 2015: IAmSoSo marvels with win in PLO Championship Event #57 ($2,100 6-Max PLO); 6th place for 3-time WCOOP champ mikal12345

If you host it, they will come in droves. Like ravenous moths flocking en masse to flame, PokerStars ignited another raging inferno with its WCOOP PLO Championship. The final table in event #57 featured three-time WCOOP bracelet winner Norway's Mikal "mikal12345" Blomlie and Russia's Vladimir "vovtroy" Troyanovskiy, who advanced to...more

WCOOP 2015: maggess88 denies Traply Triple COOP in Event 56 win ($530+R NLH)

The final weekend is almost here for 2015 World Championship of Online Poker players and they were given a small tournament, big prize pool gift before the really big games take off. Event 56 was a $530 No Limit Hold'em tournament with unlimited rebuys during the late registration period plus...more

PokerStars Dream Team Collection final to award $1 million first prize

More than 277,000 people tried for the chance, now 47 of them have an opportunity to win $1 million this weekend. About a month ago, we told you about the PokerStars Dream Team Collection. It was a fun little game with a potentially big payoff. Players collected pieces from three...more

WCOOP 2015: Sonnelin the big winner as Obst and Chattaway go close (again)

We're into Day 19 of WCOOP 2015. Here's the latest update with 55 of 70 events now completed. Today's highlights: --David "Mrdawwe" Sonelin is the big winner of the day, earning $348,000 in the Super Tuesday Special Edition. --There are wins for I_Mr_U_Bean, villpn and Skint Paddy. --James "Andy McLEOD"...more

Mission accomplished: A new PokerStars player's success story

It's only been a few short weeks since the PokerStars poker school introduced a new series of challenges that help a completely new player to the game learn how to play and improve their poker skills and reward them as put the effort in. You can read more about the...more

Live Poker Training - MicroMillions Final Table, Part 1


23 September

WCOOP 2015: David "Mrdawwe" Sonelin seizes the day in Event #53, $2,100 NLHE (Super Tuesday SE)

This week's WCOOP Super Tuesday Special Edition had a huge prize pool, a final table lineup full of regulars with past success battling for hours, savvy dealmaking, and a 139-hand heads-up duel between two past WCOOP finalists. You probably couldn't do much better than WCOOP 2015's Event #53 if you...more

WCOOP 2015: villepn wins second COOP and beats Andy McLEOD heads-up to win Razz Championship (Event #54 $1,050 Razz)

The final table featured a true legend in Triple COOP winner James "Andy MCLEOD" Obst, a pair of cagey SCOOP champs from Finland (villepn and calvin7v), Mike "goleafsgoeh" Leah (who shipped a WCOOP last week), and Adam "Adamyid" Owen (10th on the Leader Board after bagging three final tables at...more

WCOOP 2015: Skint Paddy denies b8chatz a Triple COOP in Event #55, $320 5-Card Omaha (6-max, 1R1A)

Winning a Triple COOP is no easy feat. Billy "b8chatz" Chattaway was two-thirds of the way there when WCOOP 2015 began and had a chance to pull it off in Event #25, only to finish fourth. A strong showing in today's Event #55 meant a second chance to join the...more

WCOOP 2015: Henri " I_Mr_U_Bean" Koivisto collects Event #52 bracelet, $70K ($530 PLO, 3-Stack)

A pot-limit Omaha tournament with a $530 buy-in, Event #52 of this year's World Championship of Online Poker on PokerStars attracted many accomplished PLO players, and in the end a couple of them -- terror777727 of Bulgaria and Henri "I_Mr_U_Bean" Koivisto of Finland -- were left to battle for the...more

WCOOP 2015: theNERDguy is finally cool (and other stories)

We're into Day 18 of WCOOP 2015. Here's the latest update with 44 of 70 events now completed. Today's highlights: --Yuri "theNERDguy" Martins finally won his first WCOOP bracelet after several near misses in Event #51, picking up a first prize of $58,000 along the way. --There were also wins...more

Go all out for Lads Night In

Free Bahamas trip for five on offer below...but read this first. Chances are, you're not sitting there thinking about your prostate. And why would you? There's a decent chance you haven't thought about your prostate in...well, forever. That could be a mistake. Just ask David. He's a PR manager from...more

Matthew "mjw006" Wakeman on home, happiness, and a first WCOOP

You get a different story each time you speak to a WCOOP winner. For some it's all about the poker, and the fascinating intricacies that they understood helped them win. For others, it's less structured, and you sense they're still coming to terms with their own remarkable story. With others...more

2015 ACOP: High Stakes, High Rewards for the Early Bird

There are plenty of exciting tournaments each year at the Asia Championship of Poker but few, if any, gain the poker world's attention like the high stakes events. The ACOP has held the HK$250,000 (USD $32k) High Roller each year since its inaugural poker festival in 2012. Last season, the...more

The new Shaun Deeb, but the same shaundeeb, on life and WCOOP

I remember sitting down in a hotel lobby many years back after another long day of reporting. It was Warsaw, one of those early outposts on the European Poker Tour, where the lure of a cultural and historic centre a short walk away was never really enough to counter the...more

22 September

WCOOP 2015: theNERDguy geeks out with win in PLO Hi/Lo Championship (Event #51 $1,050 PLO8 6-Max)

Yuri "theNERDguy" Martins has gone deep in several COOP events, including a second-place finish in last year's WCOOP Main Event, a runner-up in a TCOOP, and a third-place in a SCOOP. Despite the deep runs, theNERDguy had yet to break through and actually win a COOP. All of that finally...more

WCOOP 2015: vick23789 bests two bracelet winners in Event #50, $215 NLHE (Knockout)

WCOOP is a time of year when the poker's best players rise to the occasion so frequently that repeat winners almost feel like a natural side-effect of even holding the series. Of course, every repeat winner was a first-timer at some point. And while some are fortunate enough to repeat...more

LAPT8 Uruguay: Mario Lopez wins second LAPT Main Event title

Our final two players technically made it to the dinner break. With about a minute left in the level, Hilario Quijada raised to 300,000 and Mario Lopez three-bet to 600,000. The tournament clock ticked into the dinner break and Quijada moved all-in. Lopez quickly called and showed J♣J♠ to Quijada's...more

WCOOP 2015: 3P3NIPA banks $503K win in Event #48, $2,100 NLHE (Sunday Million SE)

Sundays are already the best day of the week at PokerStars even before the three annual COOP series roll around. That's when the regular Sunday majors become Special Editions, with all the attendant boosted prize pools and paydays. If making it to the final in one of these events is...more

LAPT8 Uruguay: Christiansen out in 3rd, Lopez and Quijada heads-up

While Mario Lopez still had the chip lead went play went heads-up, Hilario Quijada had been doing most of the eliminating. German Christiansen raised to 130,000 from the small blind and Quijada tanked. Quijada grabbed a pile of white, T25,000 chips and counted out 350,000. Then he grabbed his cards...more

LAPT8 Uruguay: Lopez extends lead, Moustapha out in 4th

The tournament had been stuck in a limbo of no eliminations and seldom-called all-ins for a while. But while three players were struggling to stay afloat in that poker purgatory, Mario Lopez thrived. Even though he doubled up German Christiansen --the only double up of the level-- Lopez still has...more

WCOOP 2015: Popiedejopie ships second COOP; overcomes tough final table to win Event #49 ($530 NL Optional Re-Entry)

Talk about a difficult final table. WCOOP Event #49 featured a couple of high-stakes grinders including Grayson "gray31" Ramage, a pair of Sunday Million winners, and a handful of players who narrowly missed a previous COOP title. It got down to heads-up between Clarkson7 and Erik "Popiedejopie" van den Berg,...more

LAPT8 Uruguay: Rojas and Eghi fall, four remain

Right before players went on break, we lost another player. After Ariel Eghi raised to 42,000 from the cutoff, Patricio Rojas moved all-in for about 230,000 from the big blind. Eghi, who only had about 140,000 behind, called all-in. Rojas tabled A♦K♠ but Eghi had him beat with A♠A♣. The...more

LAPT8 Uruguay: Two down, Lopez retakes lead

Our first elimination came fairly quickly, but neither of our short stacks was the first to go. It was a clash of two medium stacks that started the day nearly even in chips. In our first elimination of the day, German Christiansen raised to 35,000 from middle position and Hilario...more

LAPT8 Uruguay: The final eight

Welcome to the final day of LAPT8 Uruguay. After three days of play, our initial field of 267 entrants has been hacked, sliced and shaved down to just eight players. Our chip leader going back into play is Chadi Moustapha, who took large pots off of Mario Lopez and Ariel...more

We don't know if Shaun Deeb was high when he won a WCOOP bracelet

Yes, let's forget the big smile he always wears. Let's just ignore the fact that when he gets deep into a game of OFC with the likes of Jason Mercier, the giggles and laughs can be heard across a crowded convention center ballroom. Let us pay no attention to the...more

WCOOP 2015: Rounding up another six figure day

We're into Day 17 of WCOOP 2015. Here's the latest update with 44 of 70 events now completed. Today's highlights: --Ben "Ben86" Tollerene wins the biggest buy-in online event ever staged, earning $616k in the $51K Ultra High Roller event. --WhoAreYoux1 from Belgium wins $129k in the 6-max ultra-deep event....more

21 September

WCOOP 2015: TheBeeftank stampedes to victory in Event #46 ($215 NL Sunday Warm-Up SE)

With 12 players remaining in WCOOP Event #46, TheBeeftank (Netherlands) seized the lead and never looked back. No one could stop TheBeeftank, who nearly went wire-to-wire at the final table to win a WCOOP bracelet. Online poker nomad Daniel "deoxyribo" Strelitz put up the biggest fight. When heads-up commenced, TheBeeftank...more

WCOOP 2015: Ben "Ben86" Tollerene rules $51K Super High Roller, earns $616K after three-way deal (Event #47)

There's been nothing like it before -- not on PokerStars, not anywhere. A $51,000 buy-in no-limit hold'em tournament, conspicuously standing out on the 70-event 2015 World Championship of Online Poker schedule from the day it was released. As might be expected, the big, big buy-in attracted big, big names --...more

LAPT8 Uruguay: Teixeira bubbles, Moustapha leads final table

Our final table is set. Brazil's Renata Teixeira --who finished 2nd in LAPT8 Chile earlier this year-- won't be making another final table here in Uruguay. In the final hand of the day, a short-stacked Teixeira moved all-in for 102,000 from middle position and German Christiansen called from the big...more

LAPT8 Uruguay: Unofficial final table at first break

Even when it's on the river, folding pocket aces face up will cause some discussion at the table. "No way he had the straight there," Hilario Quijada told Daniel Ades. "I would've bet the flop there," Mario Lopez added. Ades just shook his head and counted his chips, he had...more

Play the $1 million guaranteed Red Spade Open

You log on to PokerStars, and you think..."Those people with the red spades. They're so lucky! They're so smug! Just once I'd like to show them a thing or two." Well, even if we believe our Red Spades are good people, PokerStars is going to give you a shot at...more

WCOOP 2015: WhoAreYoux1 defeats Linde to win Event 45 ($1,050 NLH 6-Max, Ultra-Deep)

WCOOP tournaments are generally stacked deeper than your standard tournaments, giving players plenty of bang for their buck. Unless you're playing a turbo or Zoom, chances are you'll find yourself with a healthy stack to wield against opponents. Throw "Ultra-Deep" in the tournament name and you know there are going...more

LAPT8 Uruguay: Down to 16, Lopez still leads

It's not uncommon for players to try and hold on to their stacks while they try to make a payjump, but our chip leader was still in the process of stacking his chips when we lost our first player and made a payjump. While everyone else in the tournament already...more

LAPT8 Uruguay: Day 3 begins; final 24 play to a final table

After two days and 18 levels of play, a field of 267 players has been whittled down to just 24. The clock stopped with 16 minutes and 31 seconds left last night and it will soon start ticking again as we start Day 3 of LAPT8 Uruguay. While most players...more

Black Friday devastation turns to retirement and riches

Darren Maroni had just made the leap. He was going to be a professional poker player, and he was going to do it online. The dream--at least that part of it--lasted barely more than a year before poker's Black Friday. April 15, 2011, turned Maroni from an online poker player...more

WCOOP 2015: Third bracelet for Deeb while Ultra High Rollers reach final

We're into Day 16 of WCOOP 2015. Here's the latest update with 44 of 70 events now completed. Today's highlights: --Shaun Deeb wins a third WCOOP title in Event #44, his eighth COOP title in all. --There were eight bracelets won over the weekend, including wins for Matthew "mjw006" Wakeman...more

20 September

WCOOP 2015: Shaun Deeb captures his third WCOOP bracelet in Event #44 ($215 NLHE 4-Max)

The last time we wrote about a Shaun Deeb WCOOP win, he was coming out of what proved to be a very temporary "retirement" from online poker. In the five years since, Deeb's life has changed in almost every way possible. He left the United States and relocated to Mexico...more

LAPT8 Uruguay: Dr. Lopez leads final 24, Mojave advances

Ninety-five players --including one Scooby-Doo-- showed up for Day 2 and less than eight levels later, only 24 were left. Leading the double dozen is Mario Lopez, who finished the day with 706,000. Lopez, who has more than $1.4 million in live-tournament earnings, is a medical doctor when he's not...more

LAPT8 Uruguay: A change of pace

Things moved pretty quickly after the bubble burst. The tournament lost eight more players by the time the level ended, leaving only 30 players for the dinner break. They all went to feast knowing that they were guaranteed at least $6,060. They came back ready to play and it looked...more

Mike "Timex" McDonald leads final 8 in WCOOP $51K

The buy-in was bigger than any tournament in online poker history. It cost players $51,000 apiece to get into the World Championship of Online of Poker Super High Roller, and when registration closed, 46 people from around the world had signed up. Tonight, eight of those players remain. When they...more

LAPT8 Uruguay: Dr. Doom and the speedy bubble

Mario Lopez skyrocketed to the top of the counts during bubble stage of the tournament. After eliminating a few players, the medical doctor is now up to about 500,000, which is nearly the amount of chips the rest of his table has combined. In one elimination, there was about 20,000...more

LAPT8 Uruguay: Different kinds of leaders

A chip lead at any point in a poker tournament guarantees nothing. While having the lead is a desirable position, players are constantly just a handful of cards away from being knocked to the bottom of the counts. Some Day 1 leaders are able to ride their lead to victory...more

WCOOP 2015: bolivianSWAG takes away Event #42 NLHE ($215, Rebuys)

SCOOP champs looked towards getting that second part of the Triple COOP in the WCOOP 2015 Event #42 $215 with rebuys. Two of them, PaDiLhA SP (Brazil) and villepn (Finland), still held chips on day two with just five players remaining. But, the tournament belonged to bolivianSWAG (Malta) who claims...more

LAPT8 Uruguay: The imitation game

The day started with a lot more barking than we're used to. As players were getting settled into their seats, a Great Dane bolted into the tournament area. The large creature rocketed towards the snack bar area, barked and ran a few circles around a table. Then the Great Dane...more

LAPT8 Uruguay: Sun, fun and money; Day 2 begins

The sun is shining on this tiny eastern point in Uruguay again and that means we're about to play some poker. The final 95 players are streaming back into the room and they won't stop playing until there's only 32 left. Maybe. Chances are play will stop at 24, tournament...more

19 September

WCOOP 2015: hangoverdose wins, Somerville seventh in Event #43 ($320 HORSE)

Team PokerStars Pro Jason Somerville has made yet another deep run at the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker, but unfortunately the gold has eluded him once more. Somerville would reach the final table of Event #43 but progressed no further than seventh place as it was hangoverdose from Greece...more

LAPT8 Uruguay: Day 1b ends, LAPT8 Peru runner-up Moustapha leads

That's it for all Day 1s here in Uruguay. After 10 levels of play, Day 1b has come to a close and Chadi Moustapha is leading the field with 197,300. There were 176 entrants today but after a full day of play, only 66 remain. These players will join the...more

WCOOP 2015: 89rhino89 assaults Ante Up field in Event #41 ($320 NLHE Ante Up)

RocknRollax had the world on a string. He carried his overnight chip lead onto the final table, then took out perhaps the tournament's biggest remaining threat, three-time WCOOP champ Mikal "mikal12345" Blomlie in sixth place. Still holding a significant chip lead, he made a five-handed deal, ensuring he would leave...more

LAPT8 Uruguay: Maps and Treasure

The numbers are in. The 2015 LAPT8 Uruguay Main Event drew a total of 267 entries. This brings the official prize pool up to $776,970. Aside from the trophy, this year's LAPT Uruguay champion will also win $155,730. Our champion won't be the only person to receive a large payout...more

LAPT8 Uruguay: Uruguayan Unity

While Argentinians and Brazilians are a large portion of the field, the Uruguayan home team is making a strong showing. It's not the Uruguayans' fault they're outnumbered. With just 3.4 million inhabitants, Uruguay's population is one of the smallest of the non-island nations in the Americas. By contrast, Brazil has...more

WCOOP 2015: gieras finds victorious redemption with win in Triple Draw Championship (Event #39 $700 2-7)

The final table at the WCOOP Triple Draw Championship included a trio of voracious bridesmaids looking to get hitched. Fresh_oO_D and Adamyid both finished in second place in different WCOOP events in the last few days, while Poland's gieras was a runner-up in a 2014 WCOOP. You really can't make...more

LAPT8 Uruguay: Mobile distractions

There's a lot of commotion in the tournament area. Every now and then, players rush over to one table and there's audible jumble of cheers, groans and sighs. It's similar to the tournament frenzy during the money bubble but we're still on Day 1a and late registration hasn't even closed....more

WCOOP 2015: Thayer "THAY3R" Rasmussen claims Event #40 (6-max, Shootout)

"King of the Olds". Hard to believe this tournament series started in 2002 with a total of nine events and $730K in combined prizes. Now, the World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) boasts $45 million in guarantees (which are usually crushed as Event #40's NLHE 6-Max Shootout was by $110K)...more

LAPT8 Uruguay: Castles and jet lag

Team PokerStars Pro Andre Akkari and Friend of PokerStars Felipe Ramos have both taken a seat here in Uruguay. Both players are also far cheerier and fresh-faced than anyone should be after being in transit for the past 30 hours. Not many people would make a 30-hour journey to attend...more

LAPT8 Uruguay: The LAPT hat trick

In the early days of the Latin American Poker Tour, Europeans dominated. The entire first season saw only European champions and the second season started out the same way. An unknown 18-year-old German player we now know as Dominik Nitsche won the season opener in Argentina and then Norway's Karl...more

LAPT8 Uruguay: Day 1b springs to action

It's another beautiful spring day in Punta del Este, but a couple hundred people will try to spend all of it inside the Conrad Hotel's convention center. It's a goal that they're all forking over at least $3,300 to try and achieve. Day 1b of LAPT8 Uruguay is about to...more

18 September

WCOOP 2015: antispeed methodically binks Prog-KO Event #38 ($1,050 NL, Thursday Thrill SE)

Lebanon's antispeed experienced an unusual tournament in WCOOP Event #38. Considering this was a Progressive Knockout event, antispeed made it all the way to the final table without knocking out a single opponent. Now, that feat is not exactly impossible, but it's certainly rare. That KO-drought would finally end with...more

LAPT8 Uruguay: Patricio Rojas leads day 1a, hunts 2nd LAPT title

Day 1a of LAPT8 Uruguay is in the books and Patricio Rojas is leading the final 29 players with 133,100. This isn't the first time Rojas has had the lead in an LAPT. Patricio Rojas A few years ago, Rojas started the final table of LAPT6 Peru with the chip...more

LAPT8 Uruguay: The growing percentage

The percentage of women in the field has been slowly increasing as the day's progressed. At the start of the day, women were just 2.2 percent of the field. Now the field is 5.7 percent female. There were no additional female entries throughout the day though, there's just been a...more

LAPT8 Uruguay: The small, the fierce, the day 1a field

After players came back from their 75-minute dinner break, they were greeted with 300/600 blinds and a closed registration desk. The total number of entrants for LAPT8 Uruguay Day 1a is now officially 91. While it's not the largest field to grace the LAPT, it's one of the fiercest. This...more

LAPT8 Uruguay: Springtime in the fall

While Punta del Este proudly states its east-ness in its name, the city is pretty far south. Not many people know what it's like to live this far south since about 88 percent of the world's population lives in the Northern Hemisphere and the only two major cities more south...more

LAPT8 Uruguay: Country captains

Oscar Alache scored his first tournament cash just two years ago but quickly rose to become Chile's fourth highest-earning player. Alache is just a few thousand dollars shy of breaking the $500,000 mark and is currently leading the LAPT8 Player of the Year race. "It's a hard race," Alache said....more

WCOOP 2015: Matthew "mjw006" Wakeman wins first COOP in Event 36 ($215 NLH 1R1A)

Thursday was a fine day for some good ol' No Limit Hold'em and WCOOP Event 36 gave players plenty of room to move. It was a $215 buy-in No Limit Hold'em tournament which gave players the chance to rebuy should they find themselves without chips plus a bonus add-on if...more

LAPT8 Uruguay: Alache vs. Teixeira, Round 3

While the Conrad hotel is hosting it's first LAPT, several of the seats are filled with familiar players. One specific pair of players looks like they can't get enough of each other. For the second consecutive LAPT, Brazil's Renata Teixeira and Chile's Oscar Alache are seated right next to each...more

UKIPT set to host annual home game on Isle of Man

It's no secret that PokerStars calls the Isle of Man its home, and now it's time to play PokerStars' grandest home game of the year. The people of PokerStars are welcoming all comers to the Isle of Man October 1-4 for the UK & Ireland Poker Tour's stop. Situated along...more

WCOOP 2015: Close calls for Team Pros as we head into the weekend

We're into Day 13 of WCOOP 2015. Here's the latest update with 36 of 70 events now completed. Today's highlights: --ekziter wins Event #33 (FL Badugi Championship) collecting $18,000. Jason Mercier finishes fifth. --French pro Yorane "viirusss" Kerignard win Event #34 to deny Mike "Goleafsgoeh" Leah a second WCOOP bracelet....more

2015 ACOP: The Preview

We are just six short weeks away from the 2015 Asia Championship of Poker (#2015ACOP) - meaning the countdown is officially on for the richest poker festival in the Far East! Hosted by PokerStars LIVE Macau, the 17-day poker festival will take place from October 30 to November 15. The...more

LAPT8 Uruguay: A new home on the eastern front

The Latin American Poker Tour is back for its penultimate event of the season and we're as east as American time zones get. After a one-season hiatus, the LAPT is back in the UTC-3:00 country of Uruguay. Once again, the tournament is being held in the beautiful tourist haven of...more

Family, faith, and a third glass of wine: Trymean77's keys to WCOOP success

Calmness in a clutch moments in poker is a trait to which not all of us can lay claim. While some, steadfast and almost without emotion, operate at optimal efficiency regardless of circumstance, others must rely on more traditional coping mechanisms, tested over centuries, and proven by the Dutch to...more

PCA 2015, Main Event Episode 3


17 September

WCOOP 2015: TheFish77 denies Katchalov in Event #37 ($320 8-Game)

It's rather exciting when a Team PokerStars Pro makes a deep run at a major title such as those on offer at the World Championship of Online Poker. There are many reasons why a player is chosen to adorn the red spade of PokerStars, but above all, it's about a...more

WCOOP 2015: Veni, vidi, viebu! Vladimir 'vovtroy' Troyanovskiy vanquished, viebu victorious

There were four differents attempts at making a deal in this event. Four. I'll tell ya, they're a stubborn bunch, these PLO geniuses. But we'll get into the deal-making squabbles a bit later. Tonight was the second and final day of event 35 of the 2015 WCOOP, a $320+R PL...more

WCOOP 2015: Victory for Yorane "viirusss" Kerignard, stops Mike Leah short of 2nd win in wk.; Lodden 5th (Event #34, $320 NLHE 6-Max, Opt. Re-Entry)

It looked for a while like a WCOOP bracelet would be going to a red-spade sporter this afternoon, as Team PokerStars Pro Johnny Lodden had the chip lead late in Event #34, a $320 buy-in no-limit hold'em affair with optional re-entry. Then it appeared Mike "goleafsgoeh" Leah might be earning...more

Matt "plattsburgh" Vengrin finds the source, more WCOOP gold

Imagine waking up every day worried about something. Anything. Nothing. The worries roll in and over like waves, crashing white-capped stressors that beat you into the coral until you're a bloody psychic mess. It can be as exhausting as it is tedious and terrible. "You can't stop the waves," John...more

WCOOP 2015: ekziter denies Adamyid to win Event 33 ($700 FL Badugi Championship)

It was a small tournament but a talented tournament and an often-viewed tournament as it got deeper. Badugi tournaments don't generally draw the same crowd you might see in your standard, No Limit Hold'em, bet it and forget affair. You have to intentionally register, knowing full well what you are...more

WCOOP 2015: RuiNF tops leader board (again) at halfway stage

We're into Day 12 of WCOOP 2015. Here's the latest update with 32 of 70 events now completed. Today's highlights: --nafnaf_funny wins Event 30, leaving Conor "blanconegro" Drinan in second. --RuiNF is denied a second bracelet in Event #31, by eventual winner aricontre. --gettingpwned wins Event #32 ahead of Track,...more

Somerville + Twitch + New Record = Infographic

You might have heard that Team Pro Jason Somerville set some records last week. Actually, the chances are you watched it too. It happened in Event #7 of WCOOP. Somerville, who plays as "jcarverpoker" on PokerStars, was broadcasting on Twitch in the usual way. His Run it UP show was...more

16 September

WCOOP 2015: aricontre denies RuiNF second bracelet and wins Super Tuesday SE Event #31 ($1,050 NL)

It's been a good week for Rui "RuiNF" Ferreira who won Event #14 and notched his first WCOOP victory (but second overall COOP title). Five days later in WCOOP Event #31, Rui "RuiNF" Ferreira's good fortune continued as he advanced to the final table in a marathon-like Battle Royale that...more

WCOOP 2015: gettingpwned wins second COOP title in Event #32, $1,040 FL Omaha Hi/Lo Championship

Conquering any of the tournaments necessary to become a PokerStars Triple COOP winner is a tough job, but titles in the annual Turbo Championship are particularly tough to come buy since the fields are generally enormous and the turbo structures make the outcomes more unpredictable. When gettingpwned managed to win...more

WCOOP 2015: Last laugh for nafnaf_funny, Event #30 champ; Connor Drinan 2nd ($215 PLO H/L 5-Card, 6-Max, 2R1A)

All right, folks... we're up to Event #30 of this year's World Championship of Online Poker on PokerStars. Spread across the 70 events of the series are a mind-boggling number of variations on our favorite card game, and with Event #30 there were a number of wrinkles adding to the...more

Negreanu, Mercier, Moorman favorites to win $51,000 WCOOP Super High Roller

We've been writing about WCOOP for a long time. We've written just about every story possible. But this...well this is a new one. Today, PokerStars announced it is opening a betting market on the $51,000 WCOOP Super High Roller on September 20. That's right. You can now bet on the...more

WCOOP 2015: Bracelets, bad beats, and Badugi

We're into Day 11 of WCOOP 2015. Here's the latest update with 29 of 70 events now completed. Today's highlights: --Wiisssppppaa can out shouting to win Event #26 and a first prize of $275,000. --There was a second WCOOP bracelet for bajskorven8 in Event #28. --TIETYMM earned a first bracelet...more

15 September

WCOOP 2015: TIETYMM puts a bow on Event #29, $700 Stud Championship

Every poker variant is a skill game. But seven-card Stud, with dead cards to keep track of and more betting streets than other games, has long been considered one of the most demanding of its players. That often means smaller crowds playing Stud than other, faster-paced games like hold'em, but...more

WCOOP 2015: Sweden's bajskorven8 notches second WCOOP bracelet with 6-Max win in Event #28

Four years ago at the 2011 WCOOP, bajskorven8 went on a rush to win a Heads-Up event to secure a first WCOOP bracelet. With nine players remaining in this year's Event #28, bajskorven8 seized the lead. At that point, only eight other players stood in the way of bajskorven8 becoming...more

WCOOP 2015: wiisssppppaa quietly wins the "small matter" of $275,850 in E#26

It started with a tweet... It seems like it was a good Sunday for Andy 'wiisssppppaa' Taylor - a British online pro with more than $1M in online tournament earnings. On Monday he celebrated a successful day by returning to play in Event#26 of the WCOOP 2015 - a $700...more

Watch Jason Somerville crush Twitch record

So, it was a weekend night when you might expect a lot of people to be face-down in a pillow or face-up to the sky, howling at the Saturday night moon. It was on a night just like that on which we found 27,000 people watching Twitch hero Jason Somerville...more

The cheapest & easiest way to get into the WCOP Main Event

All credit to Bryan Slick and the other creative minds in the PokerStars tournaments bunker, there are a lot of darned ways to get a World Championship of Online Poker Main Event. You have a lot of choices. But maybe you don't have a lot of time. Maybe you don't...more

WCOOP 2015: Big win for tobi123456 while Mike "goleafsgoeh" Leah wins second bracelet

We're into Day 10 of WCOOP 2015. Here's the latest update with 26 of 70 events now completed. Today's highlights: --MaPuHo4Ka09 wins Event #24, the Sunday Warm-Up special edition, for a first prize of more than $150,000. --tobi123456 win the 8-max High Roller worth more than $650,000, plus a WCOOP...more

Matteo Mutti bests IPT crowd in Nova Gorica

Two hundred sixty-five players crowded into Casino Perla this week for the Italian Poker Tour's first Season 7 stop in Nova Gorica. One of them, Matteo Mutti, walked away with the title and lion's share of the €257,050 prize pool. Mutti's win earned him €60,000 and Nova Gorica crown. Heads-up...more

One winner (and friends) set for a memorable Lads Night In

A few weeks ago we launched a charity contest that offered one winner the chance to play a private Lads Night In home game with Team Pro Jake Cody, in London, with all the trimmings and accommodation taken care of for the winner and his friends. At the same time...more

14 September

WCOOP 2015: Mike "goleafsgoeh" Leah grabs Event #27, 2nd bracelet ($215 PLO 6-Max Prog Super-KO)

With more than $4.7 million in live tournament earnings -- including more than a dozen titles, a WSOP bracelet, and a $5K NL Turbo win at the 2014 PCA -- Canada's Mike Leah is no stranger to collecting trophies, bracelets, or whatever other hardware comes with winning poker tournaments. He'd...more

WCOOP 2015: Germany's tobi123456 beats Andrew "RunThisTable" Lichtenberger heads-up to win High-Roller Event #24 ($10,300 NL 8-Max, Optional Re-Entry)

Germany's tobi123456 thwarted Billy "b8chatz" Chattaway's attempt at winning an elusive Triple COOP. Earlier this year, 8chatz won a TCOOP and SCOOP, but needed a WCOOP win to secure a Triple COOP. With four remaining, tobi123456 picked off b8chatz in fourth place. When it got to heads-up, tobi123456 found out...more

WCOOP 2015: MaPuHo4Ka09 walks the line for $150K in Event #24, $215 NLHE (Sunday Warm-Up SE)

Gamble. Too much of it leaves a poker player's fate to the whims of the deck. Too little, though it can result in an opportunity to climb the pay ladder, does the same. Finding the sweet spot is all about shifting gears as necessary, and while doing so can't guarantee...more

Shark Cage returns for Season 2

It's the poker series like no other. It puts players under a spotlight, others in a large purpose built cage, and pretty much everyone into positions of either glory or very public humiliation - all for our enjoyment. So with that in mind we're delighted to announce that the PokerStars...more

WCOOP 2015: RuiNF among the big winners over busy weekend

We're into Day 9 of WCOOP 2015. Here's the latest update with 23 of 70 events now completed. Today's highlights: There were ten WCOOP results over the weekend, but highlights included: --Rui "RuiNF" Ferreira adds a WCOOP title to the SCOOP title won earlier this year in Event #14. --Nlzkm9...more

13 September

WCOOP 2015: chickensssss hunts and pecks his way to a win in Event #22 ($1,050 NL Omaha Hi/Lo, 6-Max)

Some folks wait their entire lives to avenge a final table loss. In this case, chickenssssss only took four months. Our fine, feathered friend final tabled the $215 NL Omaha Hi/Lo in this year's SCOOP, but ultimately finished fourth while Gambler4444 went on to claim the title. Now, he had...more

WCOOP 2015: Arctic-cool Trymean77 ices victory Event #23 ($215 PLO KO)

PLO is treacherous enough, but the Knockout element added a succulent financial incentive to bust as many opponents as possible. Sweden's Trymean77 survived a difficult final table in Event #23 that included kuhns89 (three-time SCOOP champion) and theNERDguy, otherwise known as last year's runner-up in the 2014 WCOOP Main Event....more

WCOOP 2015: fixfixfix denies Nomarbles1 a double 'COOP, banks $121k in Event #21 ($530 NLHE Progressive Super-Knockout)

They weren't the biggest stacks to start this final table, but from the jump, this was a battle between Nomarbles1 and fixfixfix. The former captured his first SCOOP title and over $100k this past spring and was looking to make it a double 'COOP today, while fixfixfix hoped to take...more

WCOOP 2015: SQUA99 squirms way into Event #20 title ($109, Re-Entry)

Pac-Man, Frogger, and Q-Bert all used to cost a player quarter to challenge wandering ghosts, snapping alligators, and coiled purple snakes all for the glory of posting high score initials for everyone to see. Video games have come a long way since the dusty arcades with multi-million dollar League of...more

12 September

WCOOP 2015: Norway's Chillolini freezes out Somerville in Event #18 ($1,050 Seven-Card Stud Hi/Lo Championship)

This afternoon, in dirty basements* from Vancouver to Croatia, over 27,000 poker fans watched live as Jason Somerville played the final table of a Stud Hi/Lo tournament. For the moment, let's set aside the fact that it was, by Somerville's own admission, the third stud tournament he had ever played....more

WCOOP 2015: pads1161 lands a six-figure score winning Event #17 ($700, 6-Max, 3-Stack)

Watching and reading the PokerStars coverage here over the week, a pattern seems to emerge. Names of past champions and final table players have already made their marks on the WCOOP 2015 campaign. Like Matt "Plattsburgh" Vengrin who won Event #6 after earning a WCOOP title last year. The two-day...more

MPC23 High Roller: All glory to James Chen

Today saw once again what the Macau Poker Cup has become renowned for - records broken! The record 75-player MPC23 High Roller field just worked its way down to a champion after one of the fastest final tables in MPC history. And that champion was Taiwan's James Chen, who took...more

11 September

MPC23: High Roller live updates

11:05pm: Makoto Yoshimichi eliminated in 2nd place (HK$1,117,000) It's all over here! In what was one of the fastest final tables ever James Chen has emerged victorious after defeating Makoto Yoshimichi. The final hand saw Yoshimichi open preflop to 160,000 from the button and Chen three-bet to 420,000. Yoshimichi made...more

WCOOP 2015: Bulgaria's Liskacha survives final table quagmire to win Super-KO Event #16 ($1,050 NL Thursday Thrill SE)

Marathon final tables test your patience and discipline. You can have all the skill and ability in the world, but if you cannot maintain focus for an extended period of time, then you're doomed to fail when it counts the most. The final table in WCOOP Event #16 hit a...more

WCOOP 2015: Russia's moshmachine quickly liquidates Zoom Turbo field to win Event #19 ($320 NL)

Quads. Every poker player dreams about flopping quads and having your opponent shove into your monster hand. In the turbo-charged Event #19, Russia's moshmachine was heads-up and on the brink of elimination when moshmachine got it all in with pocket fours and flopped quads. That auspicious hand - quad fours...more

WCOOP 2015: Nlzkm9 plows through PLO field, wins Event #15 ($215 PLO, 1R1A)

In pot-limit Omaha, four hole cards instead of two mean generally speaking you have to do better than be dealt a big pair to win what's in the middle. But sometimes that's enough, as happend for Nlzkm9 on the final hand of the 2015 WCOOP Event #15, a $215 PLO...more

WCOOP2015: Rui "RuiNF" Ferreira adds second COOP with Event 14 win ($215 NLH Big Antes, Re-Entry)

Tournament poker has recently begun moving towards bigger antes and running them out earlier. WCOOP Event 14 took both of those concepts and created a big tournament for the late week players. The Event 14 antes kicked in on the very first level and were at least 20% of the...more

Common Cents series to kick off with $100K guarantee, penny buy-in

Listen: no one has actually brought this up yet, so I thought I would. Just a few minutes ago, something popped up in the PokerStars tournament lobby. Within just a few minutes, the tournament had more than 5,000 entries. Why? Well, the buy-in is one penny, and the guarantee is...more

BREAKING: Second seat added to $51K WCOOP FPP satellite

Stop press. Hold your horses. Damn the torpedoes. Loud noises! You might have read earlier this week that you could win a seat to the WCOOP $51,000 event with your FPPs. Well, just minutes ago we learned that isn't true. You can now win one of TWO seats, and you...more

WCOOP 2015: Looking ahead to a packed weekend

We're into Day 6 of WCOOP 2015. Here's the latest update with 16 events now started. Today's highlights: --Ojski1988 from Poland wins Event #11 and a first prize of more than $56,000 (not to mention bounties) in the Progressive Super KO. --Ti0373 won his third WCOOP bracelet by winning Event...more

MPC23: Pan's push to victory!

What a week it's been here at PokerStars LIVE Macau! A new record for the summer edition of the MPC Red Dragon saw a field of 945 where a champion has now been crowned. After three days of play it took less than six hours for that champion to emerge...more

WCOOP 2015: "Lawn chair and a laptop". Peter "RcknTheSbrbs" Nigh on win

We're coming up to the one week mark in the World Championship of Online Poker 2015, with a busy weekend for those in pursuit of WCOOP gold. There are still plenty of events to win, but as each one passes comes the sense that time is running out. The longer...more

10 September

MPC23: Final table live updates

8:50 pm: Congratulations to Yue Feng Pan, winner of the MPC23 Red Dragon (HK$2,108,000)! China's Yue Fang Pan has overcome a field of 945 players to close out the MPC23 Red Dragon. Pan started the final table third in chips and picked his spots wisely to navigate the victory. Not...more

WCOOP 2015: Hookah17 smokes heads-up field to wins Event #13 ($320 NL HU)

When you have a user name like Hookah17, the title writes itself. Poland's Hookah17 had two perfect days of heads-up matches and faded a field of 1,021 headhunters en route to a victory in Event #13. Sometimes you have to come from behind and overpower your opponents with inferior hands....more

WCOOP 2015: Dzmitry 'Colisea' Urbanovich denied fourth COOP title by Ti0373 - who wins his third

2012 feels like a long time ago. The Olympics took place in London; Barack Obama was re-elected for his second term as US President; and The Dark Knight Rises took more than a billion dollars in cinemas around the world. It was also - going by his online tournament results...more

WCOOP 2015: Ojski1988 rejects deal, wins Event 11 ($215 NLH Progressive Super KO)

The 2015 World Championship of Online Poker is well underway and one of the midweek games rewarded players for a little added aggression. Event 11 was a $215 buy-in No Limit Hold'em tournament with $100 going into the normal prize pool and another $100 going into a special bounty prize...more

Watch highlights of WCOOP Event #4

Okay, so you've spent the last few days doing something...I dunno...unrelated to WCOOP. I understand. Some people have jobs. Some people have to, you know, shop for food and sustain themselves with calories instead of coffee. You can be forgiven. But listen...WCOOP is simply hopping this year. Event #3 pulled...more

MPC23: Final table player profiles

Seat 1: Tse Jui Tsai, 34 (Kao Hsiong, Taiwan) - 2,495,000 in chips 34 year-old Tse Jui Tsai is businessman from Taiwan. He learnt the game of poker from friends and his usual game is HK$100/200 cash. Tsai says the most important part of his success at the table this...more

Need some inspiration? Watch Ronaldo and Negreanu on the PCA bubble

The end of summer is always consoled by the arrival of WCOOP. It's an antidote to the cooler evenings and the prospect of a long dark winter. But then funnily enough PokerStars has a cure for winter too. It's called the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. So far it has worked every...more

MPC23: Tsai leads final table charge

The MPC23 Red Dragon final table is set! It's been an exciting day here at PokerStars LIVE Macau and after six-and-a-half levels of action only nine players remain. Those lucky few will return tomorrow where one will be crowned the MPC23 Red Dragon champion! Leading the way for our final...more

WCOOP 2015: Kashmir_uzi quick on the draw while all hellzito breaks loose

We're into Day 5 of WCOOP 2015. Here's the latest update with 16 events now started. Today's highlights: --Kashmir_uzi wins Event #08, collecting $20,178 for first place as well as a WCOOP bracelet to go with a SCOOP title. --In Event #09 William "hellzito" Arruda triumphs after a marathon heads-up...more

PCA 2015 Main Event, episode 2


9 September

MPC23: Day 3 live updates

10:10pm: Qi Luo eliminated in 10th place ($HK137,000) The final table is set! Qi Luo just got the last of his chips in preflop against opponent Yuefeng Pan. Luo: A♣8♠ Pan: J♥J♠ Luo desperately needed an ace to avoid being the final table bubble boy. The 8♥Q♣K♣ paired his eight...more

WCOOP 2015: Brazil's hellzito wins stunning 2.5 hour heads-up battle in Event #9 Super Tuesday SE [$1,050 NL]

The final two seemed so evenly matched that it came down to a battle of contrasting styles: small ball versus big ball. Brazil's hellzito unleashed an offense that relied on blitzing tactics and winning small pots, whereas Ireland's bullyboy1978 won fewer hands but focused more on quality and not quantity...more

WCOOP 2015: Ain't no denyin' Kashmir_uzi, Event #8 champ ($700 NL Draw 2-7)

There's a lot that's hidden in draw poker. Unlike flop games (with community cards) or stud games (with up cards), in draw games -- such as Event #8 of this year's WCOOP, the $700 No-Limit Single Draw 2-7 Championship -- everyone's entire hand is kept private. Only choices made regarding...more

VIP Club Live: On the edge of the Aegean Sea

Even the alphabet is exotic; the sign at the airport says "Αθήνα". I'd never been to Greece, but obviously I'd been reading and hearing about it since, well, Robert McEwan read the entire Odyssey ("Ὀδύσσεια") to my fourth-grade class over the course of the school year. And now I was...more

How to play the WCOOP $51K

This is sort of silly, isn't it? A $51,000 online poker tournament? That's just crazy talk. Who would do that? Who could possibly afford to play it? Well, that remains to be seen, but in any case, that tournament is happening. On September 20th, WCOOP will host its first ever...more

MPC23: Mu making waves on Day 2

Day 2 is a wrap! The room here at PokerStars LIVE Macau is now dying down for the night after the conclusion of the MPC23 Red Dragon Day 2. Today promised to be shorter than the Day 1 flights with only six one-hour levels to play through. There were 213...more

WCOOP 2015: Klingons, miracles and statistics

We're into Day 4 of WCOOP 2015. Here's the latest update with ten events played. Today's highlights: --MiracleQ wins Event #5, collecting $101,575.49 for first place as well as a first WCOOP bracelet. --Plattsburg wins Event #6, picking up his second WCOOP bracelet, and a winner's cheque of $90,157.72. --Reidir...more

WCOOP 2015: reidir exceeds the limit in Event #10 ($215 FL Holdem 6-Max)

Limit Holdem isn't everyone's cup of tea, but the World Championship of Online Poker continue to prove there is a demand for one of the most traditional forms of poker. Event #10 of the 2015 WCOOP schedule would see a strong field of 549 players pony up $215 for the...more

8 September

MPC23: Day 2 live updates

9:20pm: Mighty Mu And that's the end of day 2. A shorter day today, Day 2 consisted of six one-hour levels of play. To start the day it was the 213 survivors from Day 1 flights, now it looks like approximately 49 still remain. Leading the way appears to be...more

WCOOP 2015: We have a two-time champ in Event #6...but it's not a human.

"After this is over, we should have some Klingon blood wine... that is what honourable warriors do." When was the last time you heard that at a poker table? Then again, when was the last time you played poker with an extraterrestrial? Let me explain. In Event #6 of the...more

MPC23: Shashank shoots ahead on Day 1d

Poker in Macau continues to boom as the summer edition of the Macau Poker Cup Red Dragon was blown out of the water tonight. After four flights Day 1 is officially in the books. An impressive 427 entrants ponied up the HK$12,000 buy in today, and combined with the other...more

WCOOP 2015: It happens for MiracleQ, Event #5 champ ($215+R NLHE, 6-Max)

Out of 1,256 entrants, the six making the final table of WCOOP Event #5, a $215 buy-in 6-max. no-limit hold'em event with rebuys, represented a talented group including David "EzPaTuLa" Cabrera, David "davidv1213" Vamplew, Nick "FU_15" Maimone, and Christopher "lissi stinkt" Frank -- all accomplished players with an impressive collection...more

How many FPPs does it take to get into WCOOP Main Event?

Twelve. It takes 12 PokerStars Frequent Player Points to make it into the $5,200 World Championship of Online Poker Main Event. In theory, perhaps it's less. It practice, it could be a lot more. But for Dominik Martan (known as DomMarty on PokerStars) it took exactly twelve. It makes him...more

Chen-An Lin & Yaxi Zhu playing their first Red Dragon as Team PokerStars Pros

The first few days of any Red Dragon at PokerStars LIVE Macau is a like a giant reunion. Hundreds of poker players from around the world under one roof, catching up and getting ready to share in the experience of playing one of the region's favourite poker tournaments. China's Yaxi...more

WCOOP 2015: Duthie and Somerville among stars of opening day

I may not have hidden it very well, but waking up on Monday morning without WCOOP scores to pore over was a disappointment. It's what comes with a bad memory and failure to recognise that WCOOP events are not ordinary events. They take time to mature and blossom. You have...more

MPC23: Day 1d live updates

3:30am: Jain jumps ahead of Day 1d Day 1 is officially done and dusted. The last Day 1 flight has just concluded after 12 Levels of play. 430 players took part today for the biggest flight of the week, and approximately 109 survived until tomorrow. It appears today's chip leader...more

7 September

WCOOP 2015: V7JCV21 wins outright for $260K in Event #4, $215 NLHE (Sunday Million SE)

The Sunday Million is already one of the biggest tournaments in poker, drawing thousands of players and awarding bankroll-busting prizes every week. The only thing better is a special edition during one of the COOP series, and with the start of WCOOP 2015 that means this week's tourney was bound...more

WCOOP 2015: Twitch show time for Somerville ends with victory for Showtime43 in Event #7 ($700 NLHE Progressive Super KO)

I've been fortunate enough to watch plenty of final tables over the years, both live and online, and you get to a point where you think you've seen it all. Well, today I saw something new. Today during Event #7 of the 2015 World Championship of Online Poker I got...more

WCOOP 2015: RcknTheSbrbs rules Event #1 ($109 NLHE); John Duthie runner-up

Event #1 of this year's World Championship of Online Poker -- the first of 70 events (!) on the three week-long schedule -- was something unique. For the first time in WCOOP's 14-year history, an event would require players to play on three different days -- an initial "Phase 1,"...more

WCOOP 2015: Mikael "ChaoRen160" Thuritz takes down $10K High-Roller Heads-Up (Event #3)

Mikael "ChaoRen160" Thuritz has over $1.7 million in live tournament cashes, but it's in the high-stakes online games where the Swedish player has long held sway, his reputation as one of the most difficult competitors on the virtual felt even predating that other swingy Swede, Viktor "Isildur1" Blom. And after...more

WCOOP 2015: juswhackit's late surge wins Event #2, 215 NLHE (Sunday Warm-Up SE)

The Sunday majors have gone on a temporary break, but of the best kind: to make way for the 2015 World Championship of Online Poker. Big money on the line means big opportunities for rising to the occasion, and that's exactly what Ecuador's juswhackit did in the second event, slipping...more

MPC23: Yang the one to chase on Day 1c

272 went in, 64 came out. That was the story here today for Day 1c of the Macau Poker Cup Red Dragon feature event. It was the third of four Day 1 flights and it did anything but disappoint. 272 took a shot today - that's more than double yesterday's...more

WCOOP 2015: Hurry up and wait as Championship gets underway

And so this weekend the waiting came to an end with the start of the World Championship of Online Poker - wall-to-wall action with some enormous fields and big paydays to go with them. No seriously it did. It's just that we don't have any winners yet. Just as...more

6 September

MPC23: Day 1c live updates

10:30pm: Yang out in front Third time's a charm. Approximately 68 players made it through the 12 levels today for the third Day 1 flight. At this stage it looks like Yidong Yang may be the chip leader after bagging up 149,600. We're just running all the numbers and should...more

Jindrich Springl lifts King's Cup, wins €22,920

The King's Cup trophy will stay on the home soil as Jindrich Springl from a small town Unhost beat a 493-entry field to seize the title. Along with the silverware, the 26-year-old Czech scooped €22,920. All eight finalists agreed on a deal prior to the final table kick off...more

MPC23: Liu tops Day 1b

Bigger, busier and more exciting - Day 1b of the MPC23 Red Dragon delivered! A new batch of players headed into PokerStars LIVE Macau today for the second of four Day 1 flights in this feature event. The 135-player field eclipsed yesterday's 108 runners and numbers are expected to climb...more

5 September

MPC23: Day 1b live updates

10:30pm: Day 1b concludes with Zoe Liu suspected on top And that's another flight in the books. Approximately 28 players survived through the second of four Day 1 flights. We believe Zoe Liu the Day 1b chip leader with 131,700 in chips and final numbers are being tallied now. We'll...more

Final Table set for King's Cup Main Event

Eight players bagged their chips after Day 2 of the King's Cup Main Event to set the Final Table. Seven countries will be represented tomorrow with a Dutch flag waving on top of the chip counts as Danny van der Meer emerged as a leader with 2,770,000 chips. Belgium's...more

MPC23: Korea's Lee leads Day 1a

It was the start of something beautiful as Saturday saw another edition of the Macau Poker Cup Red Dragon in full effect. The feature tournament of the MPC's 17-day festival, the HK$12,000 Red Dragon, attracted a field of 108 for the first of four Day 1 flights. That's only two...more

MPC23: Day 1a live updates

2:30am: Day 1a done and dusted with Saehoon Lee presumed chip leader That's all folks! For today anyway... After 12 levels of play and a horde of eliminations it's the end of the beginning. Approximately 21 players made it through to Day 2 and it appears Saehoon Lee leads the...more

4 September King's Cup: Kabrhel and Karatas shine on Days 1b & 1c

Martin Kabrhel was the latest player to appear on Day 1b of the €330 King's Cup Main Event (there were 59 entries: 56 unique players plus 3 re-entries), but at the end, he bagged 206,900 chips to seize the chip lead. Kabrhel is #2 in the Czech all-time money...more

WCOOP 2015 begins this weekend

It's here, it's here, the most wonderful time of the year, the time when legends prove their name, no-names become big names, and phrases like "I wont million" become part of the poker lexicon. It's time for the World Championship of Online Poker. Over the next few weeks, you have...more

MPC23: The Red Dragon awaits

Records broken, new Team PokerStars Pros and the hunt for the best looking trophy in poker. Macau is gearing up for another legendary Red Dragon event. The 23rd edition of the Macau Poker Cup has seen the City of Dreams poker room buzzing over the last week and things are...more

3 September

Hermansen tops King's Cup Day 1a field

The King's Cup is back in the small town of Rozvadov, located near the Czech and German border. The popular King's Casino, regular Eureka Poker Tour host, is once again sharing forces with PokerStars to provide an action-packed 16-event festival running from September 3-6. This time, all tournaments are...more

EPT Not Live: The Barcelona Detox

There is a movie from the early 1990s (those of you born after that will have to trust me on this one) called Rush. In it, Jason Patric plays a hardened undercover narc who takes Jennifer Jason Leigh straight from the academy into the dark underworld of the Texas drug...more

Six ways to qualify for WCOOP

For sure you have heard the stories of Chris Moneymaker turning a $39 satellite buy-in at PokerStars into $2.5 Million, or Marat 'maratik' Sharafutdinov from Russia turning 40 FPPs into $1 Million at the PokerStars WCOOP Main Event. Satellites are what make these stories possible. If there is something even...more

Neymar's Charity Home Game

I have a great job. I have the privilege to work with charities around the world that help to make a difference where it's needed the most. PokerStars gives back to communities because it believes it's the right thing to do, not for a pat on the back: it's simply...more

2 September

How to satellite into WCOOP

It's almost that time of the year again, WCOOP is upon us and as always PokerStars is offering a little something for everyone. All the different formats are represented and the buy-ins span from $109 and all the way to a $51,000 Super High-Roller. Every time there is a big...more

PokerStars picks up two new Team Pros in Asia

It's been a long time since PokerStars added to its Team Pro roster, so today, it signed up two Asian powerhouses on one day. Chen-An Lin from Taiwan and Yaxi Zhu from China are both popular and successful poker players in Asia, and today, they put on their red spade...more

1 September

Super Tuesday: Dmaster 681 takes command, $74K in four-way chop (9/1/15)

With EPT Barcelona complete, the field for this week's Super Tuesday was back up again. The extra 115 players built a bigger prize pool and paid more places, not to mention setting up bigger prizes at the top of the payouts. A four-way chop at the end meant champion Dmaster681...more

Enter: Neymar Jr and Gerard Pique

Imagine you're a poker player, and you've gone to see one of your sports heroes at a press conference. When someone asks, "Who is your favorite poker player?" your hero says your name. That's exactly what happened to Team PokerStars Pro Andre Akkari. This past week in Barcelona Neymar Jr...more

PCA 2016: Satellites!

So, for the past few years, you've thought, "Man, I'd really like to go to the PCA, but there is no way I could afford it." Now is the time to stop thinking that way. As of this very moment, satellites are running for this year's PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. This...more

WCOOP 2015: Jaime Staples outlines best laid plans

He's set aside between $15,000 and $23,000. He's got computer and a camera. You know what comes next for Jaime Staples. It's time for the World Championship of Online Poker. If there was ever a perfect time for one of the kings of poker streaming, this is it. Want to...more