December 2015

31 December

With hours left to play does Ismo<3seppo have the TLB sewn up?

There are just hours left of 2015, plenty of time to make resolutions or plans to see in the New Year as it creeps towards the horizon. But alas not when it comes to changing the standings at the top of the PokerStars Tournament Leader Board. In answer to the...more

ElkY, hero of the Caribbean

Team PokerStars Pro Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier is a PCA legend, winning the Main Event in 2008 and returning one year later to win the High Roller title. In this exclusive interview, the French superstar reveals just what it is about Atlantis that is so special... When you think of the...more

30 December

2015 PokerStars Year in Review

By any standard, by any metric, in any way of looking at it, 2015 was a PokerStars year no one will ever forget. It was a year that saw living legends like Neymar Jr and Cristiano Ronaldo join the PokerStars fold. It was the year Jason Somerville and Jaime Staples...more

29 December

Jonathan "OMGjonyctt" Concepcion grabs another Super Tuesday win (12/29/15)

buckguy2200: how much do you like this tourney jony OMGjonyctt: :P OMGjonyctt: i like it buckguy2200: haha y play anything else buckguy2200: :D Such was the chatbox exchange between Sam "buckguy2200" Phillips and Jonathan "OMGjonyctt" Concepcion on the bubble of this week's Super Tuesday final table, the last installment of...more

Asia Pacific Poker Tour schedule released for 2016 Macau Millions and MPC24

The Asia Pacific Poker Tour released the schedules for the 2016 Macau Millions and Macau Poker Cup (MPC) 24 today, both of which take place at the 'PokerStars LIVE Macau' poker room. Macau has long been a destination for action filled high stakes poker and the APPT announcement ensures that...more

Running it up in the Bahamas

You may be familiar with the commercials for Reese's Peanut Butter Cups - basically somebody happily eating chocolate bumps into somebody happily eating peanut butter, accidentally combining the two foods. At first, they're upset, but then both try the chocolate-peanut butter combo and think, "Wow, this is better than either...more

28 December

Weekend review: Only one story as Internett93o wins Sunday Million

A brief look at all the major stories from this past Christmas weekend on PokerStars. The weekend highlight -- Internett93o from Brazil wins the $5 million guaranteed Sunday Million for a first prize of 354,187. Round up of latest results It was a season to be jolly for this weekend's...more

Sunday Million: Internett93o invicible, tops 31,335 to win $354K

For the holidays and to celebrate the last Sunday Million of 2015, PokerStars once again gave the weekly $215 buy-in no-limit hold'em tournament a $5 million guarantee, which in turn guaranteed a huge turnout of tens of thousands took part in the event. At the end of it all --...more

27 December

Sunday Warm-Up: planty07/08 wins plenty after three-way chop

Having to pull out cash from the ATM at a casino is a walk of shame for many players (I will admit to doing this to everyone except my wife). Losing a buy-in happens but that little brown box offers a chance to reload and win back those lost coins....more

23 December

Merry Christmas! Here's a $5 million Sunday Million

It doesn't matter what you've put on your list to Santa. It doesn't matter if you've been naughty or nice. It doesn't even matter whether you celebrate Christmas. PokerStars' bag of goodies is going to be bulging this weekend. To cap off an insane Christmas Festival, PokerStars is throwing a...more

The 10 best hands in PCA history

The 2016 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure is just around the corner and, with a record-breaking 104 events on the schedule, this is set to be the biggest and best festival yet. The PokerStars Blog will be out in force on Paradise Island in The Bahamas to bring you all the action,...more

22 December

Leqenden goes for legend status, wins 2nd Super Tuesday of year (12/22/15)

The holidays are upon us, and a big field of 513 players -- up from the last few weeks -- came out for this week's Super Tuesday looking to earn a year-end bonus. From that group Leqenden of tiny Belarus would emerge as this week's champion, winning PokerStars' weekly $1,050...more

Eureka Poker Tour to return for Season 6

Fresh off a blockbuster event to close Season 5 in Prague, the Eureka Poker Tour has announced it is coming back for another year. Running March 2-8, the Season 6 kickoff festival in Rozvadov will feature a €1,100 Main Event running from March 4-8. That flagship tourney will again include...more

21 December

Germany wins 2015 World Cup of Poker

After 32 games and four weeks, the World Cup of Poker 2015 is complete. Sixty-three US players and seven players from France turned out for the third-place playoff on Sunday, so it was going to be an uphill struggle for France from the beginning. By the time the event was...more

Weekend review: Jaka wins holiday cash, Sunday Million deals five ways

The last time we saw Faraz Jaka, he was chilling at the PokerStars party at EPT Prague, all smiles, and not looking like he had a care in the world. The next time we saw him? Just winning the $215 Sunday Second Chance for $35,676. All in a day's work...more

Sunday Million: Brazil's PLF111 scores $114k after a five-way deal

In the raging battle between the Davids and Goliaths of the poker world... David scored another point this week. Brazil's PLF111 doesn't have a long list of final tables or major tournament victories. His screen name has never been mentioned in one of these recaps. But with patience, solid play,...more

20 December

Sunday Warm-Up: School is in session as hauptschule wins after four-way chop

As the PokerStars Christmas Festival rolls on, players are trying to get that one last big score before year end. Ten tables worth of players in the Sunday Warm-Up "mini" tournament got an extra present under their trees in the form of Sunday Warm-Up tickets worth a potential $79K (much...more

17 December

Book your seat to the Aussie Millions the easy way

The PokerStars Caribbean Adventure will soon be upon us. It's a great way to start the year, but like all things it comes to an end. Suddenly you're left feeling empty, alone, and facing the inevitable return to winter. That's where the Aussie Millions comes in, starting on January...more

Calling all sports bettors. PokerStars announces launch BetStars brand

There's something we'd like to introduce you to. It's called BetStars, and it's the next stage in the evolution of online sports betting from PokerStars. We constantly seek to be the best at everything we do, and we think our new sports betting service is unlike any you might have...more

16 December

EPT12 Prague: Third time's a charm for champion Hossein Ensan

At 51 years old, Hossein Ensan is not the poster boy for modern poker championships. Nearly no one on the poker circuit had heard of him until 2014 when he won the EPT Seniors Event in Barcelona. He parlayed those winnings into a live satellite that eventually put him in...more

EPT12 Prague: Kenneth Smaron wins High Roller and €595,500

Kenneth Smaron: High Roller champion! At a final table containing one of the best live tournament players in the world, one of the best online cash game players ever and a player going for his second EPT High Roller title, it was a high stakes hyper-turbo sit and go specialist...more

EPT12 Prague: €5K Turbo bonanza to round things out

Last two tables in €5,000 event The prizes on offer to the last six of the Main Event total more than €2.5 million and for obvious reasons, the focus of the tournament room remains on Ilkin Amirvo and Co as they go looking for the top money. However, with the...more

EPT12 High Roller: Final table set, Kamatakis leads elite eight

Iliodoros Kamatakis Day three of the €10,000 High Roller has so far been all about one player. That player is Iliodoros Kamatakis. The Greek entered the day with 1,230,000 and by the time the start of day field of 18 had been whittled down to 11 he'd more than trebled...more

EPT12 Prague: Route to the final

It's the final day of EPT Prague and six men are still in contention for that near €1 million first prize. As ever, they have taken long and wending routes to the final table, some flying high throughout (looking at you Gleb Tremzin) and some scuttling along near the bottom,...more

Breaking: First look at the EPT Dublin schedule

We're not even finished with EPT Prague, but if you're ready to start planning for next year, we now have the first look at the EPT Dublin schedule. It's been eight years since the EPT has been to Dublin. Now, the tour is headed back to the Royal Dublin Society...more

EPT12 Prague: Kevin MacPhee leads final 18 in High Roller

Yesterday we wrote that that whilst High Roller tournaments are supposedly the preserve of the elite, "known" pro that really didn't seem to be the case in the EPT12 Prague €10,000 High Roller. A cursory glance at the final 18 players, who've just returned to play the third and final...more

15 December

Cristian "progre69" Sampaoli champ of 12/15/15 Super Tuesday, wins $91K

There were plenty of familiar names going deep in this week's Super Tuesday, among them Stefan "mindgamer" Jedlicka, Raphael "tiarc" Wimmer, Shashank "felter1989″ Jain, and Faraz "The-Toilet 0" Jaka who was making yet another deep run in the weekly event. There was even one of the $1 million Spin &...more

EPT12 Prague: Ilkin Amirov rides insane wave to final table lead

At 43 years old, Ilkin Amirov has already made history on the European Poker Tour. He's the first person from the former Soviet Republic of Azerbaijan to make an EPT final table. Wednesday, he could be his nation's first winner. Ilkin Amirov After slowly working his way to the chip...more

EPT12 Prague: Three time!

Wei Zhao: Three time champion at EPT Prague There have been some miraculous performances in the past couple of seasons on the EPT, including, of course, that tremendous breakout display by Dzmitry Urbanovich in Malta at the end of last season. Urbanovich, in case you need reminding, won four events...more

EPT12 Prague: Not since the days of Thew and Vaswani...

The Barcelona finalists. Ensan is second left; Popov far right They are getting pretty close to a final table in Prague, with nine left and one to bust until it is set. Obviously nobody is 100 percent safe--there's no such thing as a certain lock on a final table appearance--but...more

EPT12 Prague: That hand (as seen from the outer table)

What exactly do you do when there's a four way all in on the other table? Onur Unsal spotted it first, telling the others that four players were all in on the feature table. "Four!" he said again, to make sure there was no confusion. He stood up and whistled....more

EPT12 Prague: A game where the decisions are very easy indeed

Right about the time that hand was happening on the EPT Main Event feature table, there was a tournament going on in the lobby area from which that hand might have been borrowed. The "all in or fold" tournament had its debut here in Prague today and it's another...more

EPT12 Prague: €595,400 to High Roller winner; on the bubble as they head to dinner

Day 2 of the €10,000 High Roller is much the same as the first, in that the players will play 10 levels, each of which lasts 60 minutes. Where it differs though is that today the players will reach the money, possibly the final table even and there are no...more

EPT12 Prague: City gets chilly; Amirov livin' the dream

If you weren't watching EPT Live when it happened, you might want to make sure you're sitting down, because we've just see a five-minute period that turned this tournament on its head. In fact, we're still unsure whether it was all real. It happened over the course of two hands,...more

EPT12 Prague: What to write about when nothing is happening

Apparently one player arrived at his table this morning and rushed immediately to the tournament staff to ask for a waitress to be sent over at once. It was absolutely imperative he said, that someone bring him sausage and cabbage as soon as possible. This is the sort of thing...more

EPT12 Prague: An orbit with four EPT champions

Unlike the Main Event, in which there's a designated feature table, there's no such thing in the €10,000 High Roller that's currently taking place on the opposite side of the tournament arena. But there are certainly a number of contenders for 'table of death' though. Like the one with John...more

EPT12 Prague: Why the lack of superstars is good for the game

€10,000 High Roller field: Not all superstars What do Ihar Soika, Iklin Garibli and Josip Simunic have in common? If you follow the European Poker Tour closely, this should be a no brainer. But if you're only a casual poker fan--or if you've taken your eye off the ball once...more

EPT12 Prague: If I show you mine...

It's not something adults ask each other in polite conversation. Sure, it may happen on a school playground and end two kids in the headmasters' office, but unless you're one of these people who terribly misuses online dating apps on a regular basis, the concept of trading peeks at each...more

EPT12 Prague: How I found a value in EPT Prague, or where dreams come true

I think these days a lot of players come to EPT festivals not for more than the Main Event. There are dozens of side events and cash-games to take part in, and if you are one such player this post is for you. I've never been to Prague, so the...more

EPT12 Prague: A starting round on the outer table

There are many more players left at the start of Day 5 than many of us were expecting. It's not uncommon during EPT Main Events for there to be 16 or fewer in the field at this point, yet today there are 23 remaining. The spectre of a long, long...more

EPT12 Prague: Who is chip leader Marc Macdonnell?

As EPT Prague begins its penultimate day, Ireland's Marc Macdonnell begins with the chip lead. If you're not familiar with the man in control, here's the quick lowdown on him. Macdonnell is a fulltime poker pro who hails from the south side of Dublin, Ireland. He begins Day 5 of...more

EPT12 Prague: Kenneth Smaron leads record-breaking High Roller in Prague

Kenneth Smaron - Day 1 chip leader Will it or won't it break last year's record total? That was the question that we were waiting to answer today in Prague. Yesterday 247 players entered the €10,000 High Roller and 56 of them busted and then re-entered. Doing the math, that...more

Tournament Poker Coaching with Randy 'Nanonoko' Lew


14 December

EPT12 Prague: Marc Macdonnell takes narrow lead into Day 5. Tremzin close behind

There were more hangers on doors this morning. Walking to the press room "Do not disturb" signs seemed everywhere, protecting the occupants from a harsh and unnecessary wake up call, albeit at 11.30am. The fact was that these rooms belonged to those with no place urgently to go, and no...more

EPT12 Prague: Rocco Palumbo leads as High Roller field nears 250

Rocco Palumbo has climbed highest so far The €10,000 High Roller got going today with ten levels, each lasting 60 minutes, to be played on Day 1. With six of them in the books the High Rollers have taken a 75 minute dinner break. Here's a look at who's had...more

EPT12 Prague: Ori Miller staring elimination in the face

Ori Miller's normal face Ori Miller has one of those faces. It's his normal face, let's be clear on that, but it's one that crops up more and more around the EPT, cashing in side events (eight so far, with two wins) while yet to break through in the...more

EPT12 Prague: Kool Shen not yet ready to drop the mic

I'm not a star, not a pimp, not a player I have nothing to sell, nothing to do with bad payers I am in the biz, man, micro test, give me a check-up Send the beat, yeah I'm there, man, yeah I'm the boss It's a very loose translation from...more

EPT12 Prague: The eyes of the EPT that you never get to see

To those of you watching the action on #EPTLive it probably appears that everything is running like clockwork and that this live broadcasting game is pretty easy. That's only because the team make it appear that way. There are many cogs within the system that all have to work together...more

EPT12 Prague: The nuts and the super nuts, learning double-flop hold'em

Double flop hold'em making its debut in Prague There's a new language being spoken in the Chez Louis tournament room today, the result of a whole new game being played. "That's the 'super nuts', Sam Kabelitz said, discussing early strategy in Event #85, in which the twist is that there...more

LAPT announces new format for Season 9

Everyone knows, when the seasons change, so does the world around us. So it goes with the Latin American Poker Tour. Today, the LAPT announced it making some big changes for its upcoming ninth season. The most noticeable change will be the size of the buy-in. Except for the upcoming...more

Weekend Review: Wins for yipyiphupbup and Tbn220, with all eyes on Prague

A look at all the major stories from this past weekend on PokerStars. Weekend highlights -- Max "yipyiphupbup" Rotko wins the Sunday Million, worth $149,000. -- Tbn220 takes down the Warm-Up for $76,000. -- At EPT Prague there are High Roller wins for Steve O'Dwyer and Rainer Kempe -- GrindHeaps...more

EPT12 Prague: Gavin O'Rourke wins $100,000 in Spin and Go; plays on for a million in Prague

The luck of the Irish smiled on O'Rourke this morning How would you react if your Spin and Go table turned red and you found yourself playing for a million dollars? For most players who've played one it's something they've undoubtedly thought about. For Gavin O'Rourke that became a reality...more

EPT12 Prague: Horecki multi-tables and Zisimopoulos takes down €5K hyper

Marcin Horecki: Multi-tabling final tables Marcin Horecki loves a side event, and he particularly loves any in which he gets more than two cards or needs to learn a new quirk before play gets under way. It's why yesterday he signed up for the €500 Deuce to Seven Single Draw...more

2015 World Cup of Poker ready for the finals

It would have been easy to assume that the first semi-final between USA and Kazakhstan would be one-sided affair; however the Kazakhstan players turned out in force, and began making short work on the US players. By the time the dust had settled on the first hour of play forty-nine...more

That's a lot of cabbage: GrindHeaps becomes 13th Spin & Go millionaire

Did you think PokerStars was finished awarding $1 million Spin & Go jackpots this year? (To be fair, we actually thought it was...) Well, it wasn't. This morning, a $100 Spin & Go wound itself all the way to a $1.2 million prize pool and made Australia's GrindHeaps the 13th...more

EPT12 Prague: Step this way high rollers for your €10,000 event

Whilst Day 4 of the Main Event sees the prizes go up and the numbers go down, in the €10,000 High Roller the only number that will go up (apart from the blinds) is that of the entries. And we expect this event to be huge. Last year Andrey "Kroko-dill"...more

EPT12 Prague: Stephen Chidwick champion, turns €2K into €120K

Stephen Chidwick: €2K winner The concept of the "trip saver" is well known among all traveling professionals. It roughly translates from poker speak to mean a big win in a side event that just about covers lost buy-ins and expenses accrued in less successful visits to the field of conflict....more

13 December

Sunday Million: Yippee for this week's winner, Max "yipyiphupbup" Rotko

It was yet another big turnout for this week's Sunday Million, with 5,766 players from all over the world taking part in the $215 buy-in tournament on PokerStars, online poker's most popular weekly event. It would take a little more than 12 hours for all of those players to work...more

Sunday Warm-Up: Tbn220 leaves no doubts winning $76K

The type of player who likes to join into the Sunday Majors for the first hand of the tournament may have received a bonus for their punctuality (or at least strengthen their chances). As part of the December-long Christmas Calendar promotion, the $425,000 guarantee Sunday Warm-Up gave away eleven full...more

EPT12 Prague: Abbas Moradi leads Main Event at end of Day 3

Abbas Moradi - chip leader Today was the day where things really started to roll in the Main Event. The day things moved up a notch. The day the bubble burst and significant stacks began to emerge. The player who built the highest today was Abbas Moradi, from Canada, who...more

EPT12 Prague: Double win for Zhao; €2K still full of stars

Deddi Or-Paz Thirteen players are returning from the dinner break in Event 63, the huge €2,000 no limit hold em event. The chip leader at this stage is Or-Paz Deddi from Israel, who is going to obliterate his current total lifetime earnings regardless of what happens here. Deddi has previously...more

EPT12 Prague: Sam Greenwood wraps up a great year

Sam Greenwood We wrote earlier that EPT Malta winner Niall Farrell was still going strong in this event. The same applies to Sam Greenwood, one of the players Farrell defeated at the Malta final table, who is still going strong in Prague. That was until a few minutes ago,...more

EPT12 Prague: 100-proof ladies still alive in Main Event

Here at the PokerStars Blog (ahem, @PokerStarsBlog) we spend a fair bit of time keeping track of poker events on Twitter. Often, it's easier to check in on players via Twitter than it is to track them down in a tournament. Such is the case with the last two ladies...more

EPT12 Prague: The Spanish on a roll in the Czech Republic

Javier Rojas: Eureka winner deep in the main There was a time, not so long ago, where Spanish players couldn't win a thing. They famously had never picked up an EPT Main Event title, and they weren't all that much more successful elsewhere despite the huge popularity of poker in...more

EPT12 Prague: Niall Farrell unbeaten in a Main Event since August

Niall Farrell There are two ways to live through the bubble: comfortably or on the edge of your seat. This has a lot to do with chips, but also the type of player you are. Either you don't really care or you panic. Niall Farrell is among the former....more

EPT12 Prague: Mid-day update: Farrell's back to back bid continues

The plan today in the Main Event is to play five levels. Each level lasts 90 minutes now and we're currently in the third of the day. The blinds are 2,500/5,000 ante 500. Let's take a look at the key action so far. Mid-day update The most momentous moment on...more

EPT12 Prague: Stacked field in chase for €120K in side event

Fedor Holz: Among stars in Event 63 Another day on the European Poker Tour and another bursting schedule of side events. The pick of them is the restart of the €2,000 no limit hold'em tournament, in which we find some of the game's leading lights. With 35 left, the field...more

EPT Prague12: No choice on how to fall; Gracia pops on bubble

If a man must fall, if he must take leave of the world he's adopted, if he must look down on the sword and collapse on its deathly phallus, at the very least fate could do him a solid and let him choose how it happens. She could grant one...more

EPT12 Prague: Ghassan triumphs in delayed Eureka High Roller

Ibrahim Ghassan: High Roller winner The end of Day 2 in an EPT Main Event usually offers players the first chance of the week to get some decent sleep. Play ends at around 8.30pm, so it's dinner then bed to dream about bursting the bubble the next day. However there...more

EPT12 Prague: How to play the man who isn't always there

You can keep your LAGs and your TAGs. The hardest player to play against is the one who shows no indication that they know what's going on. Poster boy for this breed is Abdelkader Benhalima. Benhalima doesn't care about protocol. He speaks French until told it's English only. He lets...more

12 December

EPT12 Prague: Chess, seniors' and women's events all get cracking

Chess and poker in Prague Side events continue to start at the EPT Prague festival, and they continue to fill all corners of all the many tournament rooms. Another massive €2,000 event has now got under way, with at least 215 players taking their seats. They include Vanessa Selbst and...more

EPT12 Prague: Gleb Tremzin ready to open door #3 of Main Event

Here's the thing about a poker tournament. Each day begins with a chance of something amazing. You show up, you're rewarded with opportunity, and with each new day, you're one step closer to the ultimate prize. It's like advent calendar with less chocolate and more money. As we end Day...more

EPT12 Prague: Exit stage left

Nobody likes getting knocked out of a poker tournament, of that I think we can all agree. But there are many different ways to handle this fact of life. Not all of them are dignified. Of that I think we can all agree. There's the 'fist bang' of frustration, typically...more

EPT12 Prague: The naked truth about poker

She's pulled up his shirt to reveal his bare back. He leans over the table as she pushes two strong hands into the muscles up and down his spine. He tries not to move, letting her do the work, waiting for the time to come when she pulls the lotion...more

EPT12 Prague: Mid-day update: €921,540 to the winner; Chartier still leads

The plan today in the Main Event is to play six levels. The first three of those have just come to an end, so whilst the players enjoy some half-time oranges we take a look at what's happened during the first half of the day. Mid-day update The biggest news...more

EPT12 Prague: War, religion and politics. Your typical Day 2 conversation

If there are topics to avoid at the poker table, war, religion and politics must be up there. Coincidentally they also happen to be Fuad Serhan's favourite subjects. Serhan played only one level today, but no one could say he didn't leave an impression on the young crowd he...more

EPT12 Prague: Delfoco double as Nanev back to his PLO best

Late last night, as the Single Day €25,000 High Roller event went through its death throes, there came a yelp from the other side of the tournament stage. I must say, it sounded like someone else's death throes, such was its timbre. On further investigation, however, no one had died....more

EPT12 Prague: Being Sam Chartier (or, Bring Out your Dead)

In older times, before lorries and 18-wheeled behemoths carried our goods and wares from town to town, people looked to carters, those muscled and hardy men who could lift the handles of a two-wheeled wagon and push or drag it from one place to another. Think "Bring out your dead!"...more

EPT12 Prague: Fashionably late, nine more join the party

A feature of EPT Main Events in recent times has been the ability for players to buy-in up until the start of Day 2. It's an option that's always been taken by at least one person and it seems like it's here to stay. You might think it mad for...more

11 December

EPT12 Prague: Rainer Kempe closes out single-day €25K high roller

Rainer Kempe: Champion! The main stage in the tournament room at EPT Prague has already hosted some pretty remarkable final tables this week. There was Javier Rojas's double-quick destruction of the Eureka Poker Tour, followed swiftly by Steve O'Dwyer's triumph in the Super High Roller. And that's just counting the...more

EPT12 Prague: The longest day...

Final table players: Back row (l-r): Tobias Reinkemeier, Kitson Kho, Rainer Kempe, Ramin Hajiyev. Front row: David Yan, Jean-Noel Thorel, Luuk Gieles, Adrian Mateos. These single-day high roller events tell a fundamental untruth. At best, they will last one day and one night, and very probably a lot of tomorrow...more

EPT12 Prague: Sam Chartier leads into Day 2

As level eight began it already felt like a long day. One player, standing by his table, demonstrated this. He looked like he was ready to relax a little, to slowly start to unwind, and quite rightly too. For he was on course for a minor poker achievement that everyone...more

EPT12 Prague: Lodden's record safe as Pagano perishes

It's often hard to find the stories that matter on Day 1 of a poker tournament. Even more so on Day 1B of a huge behemoth like this EPT Main Event. Imagine, if you will, opening up 60 tables on PokerStars and trying to follow the action, that's what it's...more

EPT Prague: 'Tis the season and all that

This year's PokerStars EPT Prague Christmas party was a...spirited affair. We old guys on the blog tried to hang with the kids. We came away with only this. 'Twas...we dunno...several nights before Christmas, and all through the tourney Everybody was stirring after a long winter's journey. When what to their...more

EPT12 Prague: Nothing to report on table nine, or at least to be reported

I tried to write something about table nine. I really did. But in the end it proved impossible. It wasn't anything the players did - or didn't do. It's more that table nine is not a place that invites action. Normally you go into the tournament room looking for something...more

EPT12 Prague: Three in one hand? No problem for Steve O'Dwyer

Four-way all in: Proof it happened Everybody remembers one lesson from the playground: don't let the bully push you around. Stand up to him, throw some punches back. And if that doesn't work, gang up. Get your mates involved too. That's the theory. But it doesn't always work. Not long...more

EPT12 Prague: Single-day High Roller prize pool

Another day, another spectacular prize pool on offer in a PokerStars live event. The EPT Prague tournament staff have recently handed us the spreadsheet on which is detailed the full prize pool for the €25,000 Single-Day High Roller event. According to the sheet, there were 64 players and 16 re-entries...more

EPT12 Prague: Velikov leads delayed Eureka High Roller; Benakis wins Poker Cup

Pavlos Benakis: Prague Cup winner The €2,000 Eureka High Roller event was enormous this week: 747 people showed up, which is more than enough to fill a jumbo jet. It was too many actually to fit into a two-day tournament, which is what had been scheduled, so the remaining eight...more

EPT12 Prague: The Twitcher and the Talker

Some quiet soul in a knit sweater is about to be moved to another table, and you can see in his eyes that he's happy to go quietly, to slink away, to ghost from the table without saying goodbye. Sam Grafton is having none of that. "Good game! Nice jumper!"...more

EPT12 Prague: Nagygyorgy the star attraction at table of champions

So, what first attracted you to a table featuring three EPT Main Event champions? Was it Tibor Nagygyorgy? It wasn't, but the Hungarian outshone Michael Tureniec, Jake Cody and Dimitar Danchev during the action we saw, if not in pots won, then definitely in pots played. He was the one...more

EPT12 Prague: A great night for Elena Stover and Right To Play

Well it looked like a poker tournament, what with the likes of Jake Cody, Niall Farrell and Chris Moneymaker at the tables. And it sounded like a poker tournament too, with chips and all the banter you might expect. But there was something different about one event that took place...more

EPT12 Prague: How to fill a high roller table

Seating at the €25,000 High Roller Live tournament poker presents conundrums at all times and for everybody involved, from the player facing a three-bet out of position with king-queen suited, to the massage therapist trying to shimmy across the room dodging waiters, chair-backs and former clients who quibbled over the...more

EPT12 Prague: Lilia Novikova picks up maiden live victory

Lilia Novikova: Winner on the EPT The only downside of a poker festival that boasts a record-breaking Eureka main event, a ridiculous Eureka High Roller, a massive Super High Roller and a typically (huge) sized EPT main event is that the other side events gets forgotten somewhat. Yeah, there are...more

EPT12 Prague: Go big for Day 1B

The opening moments of Day 1B The start of a poker tournament is, we think, a lot like that start of any sports season. Until a ball is kicked/thrown/pitched every fan of their team is usually full of beans, hopeful that this coming season is their season. That optimism often...more

EPT12 Prague: Single-day high roller to kick off

Yesterday evening, Steve O'Dwyer completed one of the most predictable storylines of the EPT Prague festival when he won the €50,000 Super High Roller title after cutting a heads-up deal with Sam Greenwood. We're not sure how O'Dwyer continues to do it, but he is an all-time superstar at the...more

PokerStars Shark Cage, Season 2 - Episode 9


10 December

EPT12 Prague: Anton Astapau finishes with Main Event Day 1A lead

It's heater time for Belarus' Anton Astapau. Just a few weeks removed from two final table finishes as the Asia Championship of Poker, Astapau is tearing up the EPT Prague Main Event field. By the end of Day 1A registration, 254 people had signed up for the €5,300 event. By...more

EPT12 Prague: Rust Cohle looks at Day 1A

If poker is, indeed, a young man's game, the first day of a major poker tournament may be to blame. With every tick of chip against chip and every tock of the deck's stub on the felt, an existential crisis draws one second closer to realizing itself in the soul...more

EPT12 Prague: Steve O'Dwyer creates history, wins second EPT Super High Roller title

The history maker This was the fifteenth time the EPT had held an event with the Super High Roller moniker attached. Up until now they'd all attracted the world's best players, but they'd all ended with different champions. But tonight in Prague Steve O'Dwyer defeated Sam Greenwood heads-up to make...more

EPT12: Kurganov crushing, leads final three in Super High Roller

The Super High Rollers are an intelligent bunch and you sensed that with five players left they all knew their respective roles in proceedings. The final table had turned into a giant game of he knows, that I know, that he knows etc. These guys don't guess, they know. They...more

EPT12 Prague: The first rule of a misdeal is don't look at your cards

Jeff Rossiter Technically it's not wise to look at your cards before it's your turn to act. The textbooks make this clear. Doing so can tip off your opponents as to the strength of your hand, or whether you intend to play the hand in the first place. So...more

Eureka5 Prague: Javier Rojas smashes Eureka final, takes €311,000 in four hours

Javier Rojas: Winner Followers of the Eureka Poker Tour have known for quite a while just how much fun this tour can be. And when 1,893 players showed up for the €1,000 tournament in Prague this week, it seemed clear that word had spread far and wide. But if a...more

EPT12 Prague: Gieles and Dvoress depart as familiar foes rise to the top in Super High Roller

Who'd be a chip leader? We often talk of a 'curse of the chip leader' although there's no such thing of course. A more apt word would, perhaps, be expectation. The 2015 poker world knows enough about variance and ICM to understand that the chip leader at the start of...more

EPT12 Prague: How long does it take to grow a lucky moustache?

What would drive a man so crazy, pushing him so close to the edge that he would choose to shave off his moustache? Hard to believe isn't it? Only Mike Watson knows the answer, appearing in the Main Event today clean shaven, having played the Super High Roller moustachioed. We...more

EPT Prague: Luck of the draw reunites November 9 old-timers

Some people were just meant to be together. Bogart and Bacall. Bonnie and Clyde. Fred and Wilma. No matter their struggles, no matter how the bullets flew, no matter what stone age problems came, fate tied those folks together like two shoes hanging from a telephone wire. Today, as EPT...more

EPT12 Prague: A Super High Roller's shopping list

Hey you, yes you! Wondering what sets these super high roller's apart from mere high rollers and winning players? You know, apart from outstanding poker ability, dedication, devotion to poker above all else, brilliant analytical minds and 'poker sense'. Well they say you are what you eat and a cursory...more

EPT12 Prague: Deck the halls, the Main Event gets underway

Prague in the sunshine We're standing at the foot of it, looking up. Our necks hurt. It's the EPT Prague Main Event of course, a goliath of a thing that between now and around this time tomorrow will only get bigger and bigger. Today it gets started, the main...more

EPT12 Prague: Stacked Super High Roller final table set to begin

When a tournament begins with 40 or so of the best players in the world it shouldn't be too much of a surprise that when they get whittled down to the final eight you're going to be looking at a final table containing some of the finest poker players. If...more

Eureka5 Prague: Final table updates

Eureka final table players: Left to right: Mihaita Croitoru, Gianluca Speranza, Martin Staszko, Meir Ben Shimon, Javier Rojas Mederos, Simon Persson, Vladas Burneikis, Cosimo Sabatini * Refresh the page for latest updates from Day 4 of Eureka Prague * Prize-winners so far are on the prize-winners page 5pm: Javier Rojas...more

Eureka5 Prague: Final table player profiles

The eight players looking for the €311,000 first prize in Prague are as follows. (See who has already cashed on the prize-winners page.) Seat 1: Gianluca Speranza, 28, Italy, PokerStars qualifier - 4,750,000 Speranza comes from a family of poker players--his brother Alessandro and father Giampiero also play and Gianluca...more

9 December

Four $1 Million Freerolls Planned for 2016

We are happy to announce plans to hold four $1 million freeroll tournaments in 2016 on PokerStars. These tournaments will surely create buzz and generate excitement among players at all skill and experience levels and the injection of $4 million into the economy will help many players' bankrolls. These tournaments...more

EPT12 Prague: Luuk Gieles leads Super High Roller final table as Anthony Zinno bubbles

Luuk Gieles - on top once more For the second time in as many Super High Roller events a relatively unknown player leads the way going into the final day. For Michael Egan in Barcelona, read Luuk Gieles in Prague. We say relative unknown because if you'd been following our...more

Eureka5 Prague: Simon Persson leads final; home favourite Staszko third

Simon Persson: Chip-leader at Eureka final Goodness knows how many hands were dealt on the penultimate day of Eureka Prague Season 5, but it's easily into the thousands. However there were none more spectacular that the very final one, where Simon Persson had pocket queens and Igor Untilov had kings...more

EPT12 Prague: Don't put your Super High Roller on the stage Mrs Worthington

The stage, where the Super High Rollers have been playing today In the local church hall where I live there's a sign taped on the wall next to the stage. It reads: "Please keep your children off the stage". The person who created the sign no doubt did so...more

EPT12 Prague: The alien life on Planet Super High Roller

If you have any chance of objectively watching what's happening on the stage under three unfiltered spotlights, you have to accept an uncomfortable reality: This is not real life. In front of you sit a few dozen men. A few look like big children. A couple could be your grandpa....more

Eureka5 Prague: Day 3 updates

* Refresh the page for latest updates from Day 3 of Eureka Prague * Prize-winners so far are on the prize-winners page 10pm: Final table line-up After that extraordinary end to proceedings, the dust has just about settled and they have redrawn for the final. Here is how they will...more

Tournament Leader Board to go down to the wire

After another week the Tournament Leader Board has inched a little closer to its year end conclusion. There are now just three weeks of play remaining, and realistically only a handful of players have any chance of clinching top spot. But, it still looks like it will go to the...more

EPT12 Prague: Kurganov leads the field in Super High Roller

The plan today in the High Roller is to play ten levels or until the final table of eight is reached, whichever comes first. With five and a half of those ten levels completed lets take a look at how things stand... Mid-day update It's been a devilishly good day...more

Exclusive Randy Lew interview: 'Connecting with my fans is more important than making money'

Since becoming a member of PokerStars Team Online, Randy 'Nanonoko' Lew has hit many milestones in the world of online poker. He passed the $1 million mark in cash game earnings, has made Supernova Elite on six separate occasions and even has a Guinness World Record to his name, when...more

Look forward to some StarsFun at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure

We might be waist deep in an EPT festival right now, but that never stopped us looking ahead to the next festival coming up, especially when it's the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. The PCA is the jewel in the PokerStars calendar, offering more than 100 tournaments in great venue, but...more

EPT12 Prague: Side event wins for Dobrovolskiy and Huovila; Eureka High Roller field up to 750

A poker festival lasting for 12 days sounds like a really long festival, and it is. I mean it's got as many days as Christmas, just with more PokerStars trophies and fewer turtle doves (who knows about calling birds though). But when there are 97 events scheduled over those dozen...more

Eureka5 Prague: Day 3 updates

* Prize-winners so far are on the prize-winners page THIS POST IS TOO BIG. I'VE STARTED ANOTHER ONE. CLICK THROUGH FOR CONTINUING UPDATES FROM EUREKA PRAGUE. 8.50pm - Gallardo makes brave, right call, is knocked out anyhow Level 29 - Blinds 50,000-100,000 (10,000 ante) Maximiliano Gallardo is our 13th placed...more

PCA 2016: Last chance to cash in on your friends!

They say you can't buy friends, but that doesn't mean you can't cash in on your friendships. If you act fast, you can make some money just by getting your friend to come play the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure with you. PokerStars has put together a cool Refer A Friend offer...more

EPT12 Prague: Half-a-dozen newbies take Super High Roller total to 56

With the standard structure of EPT high rollers - super or otherwise - allowing for entries up until the first deal of Day 2 the most interesting news at the start of Day 2 is not who's out, but who's in. At the end of Day 1 we knew that...more

EPT12 Prague: Join us for mulled wine, buns, and more at the welcome party

Studies have shown* that if you turn up to play the biggest tournament of the week, feeling the effects of the night before, it can actually do your game some good. Okay, hear me out. Well, first off you have an excuse. Turn up a little worse for wear...more

2015 World Cup of Poker sets final four

The quarter finals were off to a blistering start with the France v Russian Federation game going down to the wire. A pair of players from each team faced off in the final two tables, with "buzz37000" ultimately taking honours - and a semi-Final spot - for France. Germany were...more

Eureka5 Prague: Day 3 down to a final

It is Day 3 of Eureka Prague and the race is on to the final table. There are 53 players still involved, seated in the following positions, and there are only eight spots at the final. Blinds will be 12,000-24,000 (3,000 ante) in Level 23. Play kicks off at noon....more

8 December

Martin "martiniano07" Wagner wins 12/8/15 Super Tuesday, Faraz Jaka 2nd

It was another big Super Tuesday this week, with the weekly $1,050 no-limit hold'em tournament culminating with a final table full of familiar names including Elio "smokrokflock" Fox, Juan "Malaka$tyle" Pardo, Elior "Crazy Elior" Sion, Andy "wiisssppppaa" Taylor, and Faraz "The-Toilet 0" Jaka, with Jaka seeking another Super Tuesday title...more

Eureka5 Prague: Lithuanian duo take over at top, with Tamasauskas edging Praninskas

Vladas Tamasauskas: No 1 at end of Day 2 It was a long old day at Eureka Prague, and the hours ticked us through a number of very distinct phases. The 558 starters were slashed to about 300 with mediaeval brutality early on, before only the slightest of slowdowns ahead...more

Eureka5 Prague: A weird one going into the final level

Maximos Pertsinidis: Involved in a peculiar hand It's getting late at Eureka Prague and there are some weird hands being played. This one was fascinating, played out between Dietrich Fast, Francis-Nicolas Bouchard and Maximos Pertsinidis; a German, Canadian, Greek tussle that took some unpicking even when we had all the...more

Eureka5 Prague: Two hours left, chip stacks

Eliana Shapovalova: Sitting with about 365,000 During the dinner break, the tournament staff did me, you and everybody a big favour. They looked at all the stacks on their tables and counted the largest three. There are 81 players left and here are the biggest stacks. These are not exhaustive,...more

EPT12 Prague: Luuk Gieles leads Super High Rollers on opening day

What can you say about the day in which nothing really happened? That's not strictly true. It's just that day one of a Super High Roller is almost designed to be incident and (almost) elimination free. The reasons are straightforward. Firstly, the rewards are going to be big. Last...more

Eureka5 Prague: Big names hiding in plain sight

Kevin MacPhee: Hiding in plain sight Thomas Stacha is an observant guy. He may wear thick glasses, but he has an even thicker lens on the end of his camera(s) to compensate and has a keen eye for what's going on in a poker tournament. However, it appeared he had...more

EPT12 Prague: So you want to be a Super High Roller?

If you were reading the updates of the Super High Roller (which you can find here), thinking to yourself "what does it take to be a Super High Roller?" allow us to point you in the right direction. First the mandatory stuff. You'll need to be sublimely talented. It helps...more

EPT12 Prague: Baby it's cold inside

At this time of year you expect to need a big winter coat to help protect against the winter chill that envelops Prague. Over the years that the EPT has visited in December there's been plenty of snow and even a year where the PokerStars Blog got snowed in the...more

EPT12 Prague: Revealing Jason Mercier's magic

Spoiler alert: If you've not yet seen "The Prestige" and plan to, you might not want to read on. You've been warned. "Same thing," Jason Mercier says to the waitress behind him, "but no water this time." The woman makes a note in her book and shuffles off into an...more

Eureka5 Prague: Shh. Quick. The adults are coming...

Pierre Neuville: One of the kids Any parent or schoolteacher will likely know the feeling: You're in an adjacent room and are aware that it's absolute bedlam next door. Children are bouncing each other's heads off the furniture and and are one step away from demolishing the place entirely. But...more

Eureka5 Prague: Space only for one former EPT champ

Stephen Graner: Last year's EPT champion I'm not sure if Stephen Graner knows who Salvatore Bonavena is, nor if Salvatore Bonavena knows who Stephen Graner is. But even without what just happened at Eureka Prague, those two already have a lot of shared history. Bonavena was the EPT Prague champion...more

EPT12 Prague: Ivan Luca's great European Adventure continues

Ivan Luca (centre, black jacket) has had an incredible year Who watches the most live poker asked nobody to the PokerStars Blog. If you discount those who get paid to do so - tournament staff, bloggers, dealers etc - then we reckon the answer might be Ivan Luca's girlfriend. When...more

EPT12 Prague: The mystery of Karlův most

The easy thing to do is sleep an extra few hours, let the body recover from a long plane ride, and allow the brain sharpen itself for two weeks of mental calisthenics. The poker game--today a €50,000 buy-in event--doesn't begin until after lunch, so lunch can be breakfast, and the...more

Eureka5 Prague: Bubble bursts, Wing takes flight

Daniel Orlowski, background, knocked out Wing Sang Lee, whose chair, foreground, remains empty About this time on Day 1A (yesterday in poker terms), we first noticed the rise to prominence of Wing Sang Lee. The Hong Kong-based player built one of the biggest stacks in the room and steered it...more

EPT12 Prague: The more things change, the more things, etc. etc.

Well, this is embarrassing. The Super High Roller has started. We can declare this much and tell you that the chairs, the tables, the cards, the chips, and even the players are all in place. But, how can we put this: there's nothing new to report. In fact, if we're...more

Eureka5 Prague: Bubble is imminent

Ari Engel: Still a big stack We are getting to the point in this tournament where matters are getting serious. Only about 300 players remain, which is about 20 from the money, and there's a level of anxiety about most of the players that hasn't been present in the devil-may-care...more

Eureka5 Prague: They come from far and wide

Plenty of events the world over can claim to attract a cosmopolitan field. Whether you're in the Americas, Asia or the European Union (and whether you're in NATO, Schengen, the U.N. or anywhere), the porous borders of the poker world encourage floods of migrants this way and that. However, the...more

Eureka5 Prague: One every 30 seconds out, €300K+ up top

Packing them in Day 2 of Eureka Prague is now slightly more than a level old, but already proceedings are getting out of hand. In the space of 45 minutes, no fewer than 84 players were eliminated, at a rate of one every 30 seconds (approx). From the department of...more

EPT12 Prague: Greenwood out of the traps fast as SHR off to a slow start

With about five minutes to go until the start of the €50,000 Super High Roller it became apparent it wasn't going to start on time. Granted that's not exactly shocking news, but it should be pointed out that this was nothing to do with under prepared staff but rather a...more

Eureka5 Prague: Bumper Day 2 to begin

Eureka Prague: Playing along while playing along It is Day 2 of the Eureka Prague Main Event, and today things will get interesting. That's not to say it wasn't already kind of intriguing, but there will be real money figures attached to everything very soon, and that always increases the...more

7 December

Eureka5 Prague: Ring that bell: Manuel Fernandes chimes in with chip lead

Manuel Fernandes: Leader at the end of Day 1b Day 1B of Eureka Prague main event was all about the numbers, specifically how many were pouring through the door. At one point today, I think I saw the list of alternates at 400+--and that's for a seat in one of...more

Eureka5 Prague: The 150K sweet spot

Still a packed room at Eureka Prague If you had to choose precisely where to be placed at this stage of proceedings on Day 1B of the Eureka Prague Main Event, I think you would probably ask to have about 150,000 in chips. We are just approaching the end of...more

Eureka5 Prague: The Conv is in the house

Marc "The Conv" Convey. With chips. Marc Convey has the potential this week to make our job at PokerStars Blog very difficult. As you maybe know, Convey is a mainstay of tournament coverage on the European Poker Tour and has a regular byline on these very pages. But he's actually...more

Cash games with Randy "Nanonoko" Lew on PSO Twitch this Friday

If the Rounders era was followed by the Moneymaker era, there's a good case to make that says the Twitch era that followed might be even more significant. Some of the most successful poker players in the world have transformed the game in ways previously never even considered, showing how...more

EPT12 Prague: Team Pro goes skydiving. Indoors

On Monday, December 7, 2015, Chris Moneymaker, Jake Cody and George Danzer dressed as bumble bees and entered a big wind-filled tube. This, folks, was indoor sky-diving. Photos come from Jules Pochy. The skydiving team awaits instruction Like this. Only more windy Danzer: "Mohawks are more aerodynamic" X-Wing fighter Jake...more

Eureka5 Prague: 'In my day, this was all fields'

Chris Moneymaker skydives into Prague The EPT/Eureka festival in Prague takes place every year in the same place: the Hilton Prague hotel. It's a self-contained event. Many, many players also stay in the same building, strolling from bedroom to lobby to restaurant to tournament room without ever setting foot outside....more

Eureka5 Prague: Stat attack

The European Poker Tour Prague field You may have noticed that it's a favourite habit for people covering poker tournaments to crack on pretty much non-stop about how big they are. This goes double in Prague, where both the EPT and Eureka have surged over the past few years. Jan...more

Eureka5 Prague: Three hands among thousands

Come on down to Prague: There's stunning mediaeval beauty, and Marc Convey at the tables! Day 1 coverage is often light on the one thing readers really want: details of poker hands. The reason is that there are so many of them going on that watching the ones that mean...more

Eureka5 Prague: Seven fifty and counting

Thomas Lamatsch welcomes players to the Eureka Poker Tour Today is Day 1B of Eureka Prague, otherwise known as Yikes, That's A Lot of People (YTALOP) Day. According to the Eureka media team, there are 750 players already registered for YTALOP day, while Robin Scherr, my German colleague, is already...more

Sunday Million: Langben1 leads the way, banks $164k after a seven-way deal

Any number of factors can motivate a final table deal. Most of the time, it's a way for players to mitigate risk when stacks grow short relative to the blinds. With tens of thousands on the line with every pay jump, why leave it all to one board runout? In...more

6 December

Sunday Warm-Up: AnyTw0_Card$ quickly claims win and $74K

The $425,000.00 guarantee Sunday Warm-Up final table was like watching eight runners trying to climb an icy mountain while one causally walked to place the Union Jack at the top without breaking a sweat. AnyTw0_Card$ took full advantage of a large chip lead going into the final table and turned...more

Eureka5 Prague: Samuel Sjoqvist survives slaughter, 300+ succumb

Samuel Sjoqvist: What to do with all these chips? We are two days in to a certain epic of a poker festival, and more specifically one day through the Eureka Prague main event. This €1,000 tournament, which is the final stop on Season 5 of the Eureka Poker Tour, is...more

EPT12 Prague: Jungleman swings into Czech Republic, wins

Daniel Cates, Event #7 winner This wouldn't be an EPT/Eureka festival without a whole host of side events going on, and in the true spirit of these things, we've kicked off today with a ton of them. The pick of the crop is the €5,000 8-Game event, which attracted some...more

Eureka5 Prague: Boom meet thy neighbor, Bust

The double knockout that accounted for Riccardo D'Urso's stack Even by the established standards of live poker tournaments, where a boom is always a close neighbor of a bust, the rapidity of eliminations here in Prague today has been unusual. From the 438 who started, only 180 remain, and the...more

Eureka5 Prague: The desk full of broken dreams

It is difficult enough to depict dreams--your average high school art class will stand as proof of that--but it's usually even more difficult to depict broken dreams. In this respect, the Eureka Poker Tour poker has an advantage. Whenever a player is eliminated, their tournament receipt lands on our desk...more

Eureka5 Prague: Playing fast and slow as stacks develop

Michal Mrakes: Finding aces at the right time Based on a sample size of two hand--so we're talking pretty-much exhaustive--there's an unmistakeable pattern developing on Day 1A of Eureka5 Prague: If he's playing quickly, he's got nothing. If he's playing slowly, he's stacked to the gills. This two-hand survey took...more

Eureka5 Prague: Counting them in, counting them out

We are now into Level 5 of Day 1A of the Eureka Main Event and any moment now will have a definitive number of players for the day. It's so imminent that I expect a tap on my shoulder from the indefatigable Jan Kores, media coordinator, telling me precisely...more

Eureka5 Prague: Stars assemble as field grows beyond 400

Eugene Katchalov: Tempted to arrange a 400-way chop (probably) You're only as good as your last tournament, which means it's going to be very difficult to decide who is the form player sitting in the Eureka Main Event field in Prague this afternoon. Last time Niall Farrell showed up on...more

Manila Megastack 4: Tetsuya Tsuchikawa bags the Main Event title

After six days of non-stop poker action at PokerStars Live Manila poker room at City of Dreams Manila, Japanese poker pro Tetsuya Tsuchikawa overcame a field of 375 entries to reign victorious and claim the first place cash prize of P752,200 of the Manila Megastack 4 Main Event. This was...more

Eureka5 Prague: Twelve levels, 25,000 chips, play

I caught only one short snippet of a conversation taking place between three members of the tournament staff. "It will fit," the man in the suit said. He was standing just outside the main tournament room, in the lobby that abuts the cavernous main conference facility. There are 19...more

Eureka5 Prague: The start of another monster

The room awaits the players at Eureka Prague Good afternoon everybody and welcome to the chilly Czech Republic for the start of the EPT12 Prague Poker Festival. In truth, it's not actually all that chilly--it's crisp and sunny--and the focus isn't going to be on the EPT for at least...more

5 December

Manila Megastack 4: Final Day Updates

Shuffle up and deal! The cards are flying and the chips are shuffling for the final day of the Manila Megastack 4 Main Event. What's up for grabs? The P752,000 first place cash prize and the championship title. There are 48 players battling it out at the felt and only...more

Manila Megastack 4: Main Event Final Day Battle and Chip Counts

This is it! The final day of the Manila Megastack 4 Main Event is upon us with 48 players returning to the felt. There were a total of 375 entries, combined total of the day one flights, and only 36 will see a profit. With such a great turnout, the...more

Manila Megastack 4: Quijano skyrockets to day 1b chip lead

It was a big day at PokerStars Live Manila poker room with a record-breaking 212 entries for day 1b of the Manila Megastack 4 Main Event. This was the highest turnout for the Manila Megastack series. Due to the number of players, extra tables had to be set up outside...more

4 December

Manila Megastack 4: Day 1b Main Event Updates

Cards are in the air for the final day one flight of the Manila Megastack 4 series Main Event. We will post random updates throughout the day. Tournament play will run for eight hours, a total of 16 levels. Late registration is now closed. There was a whopping total of...more

Manila Megastack 4: Final Event of 2015 at PokerStars Live Manila Day 1b

We are back at the PokerStars Live Manila poker room at City of Dreams Manila, Philippines for the final day one flight of the Manila Megastack 4 Main Event series. This is a 2M Guaranteed Main Event with a P10k buy-in and unlimited re-entries. With a 30,000 starting stack, players...more

Manila Megastack 4: John Tech leads Day 1a of the Main Event

Day 1a of the 2M Guaranteed Main Event has been bagged and tagged with 22 players remaining out of 163 entries. With these numbers, we are looking at possibly surpassing the guarantee by another million. But that's still a wait and see. For now, the story of the day was...more

EPT Prague headlines the weekend to do list on PokerStars

A look at the PokerStars weekend ahead... To play There are the Majors, as always. Last weekend Fahredin "FeriBo" Mustafov earned himself a first prize of $165,703 in the Sunday Million, topping a field of 5,696 which you can read about here. For everything else the PokerStars tournament lobby is...more

EPT12 Prague festival starts this weekend

Alright, you know the story by now. EPT Prague will be big. EPT Prague will be brilliant. All that's left is the detail. This year the festival will feature even more events. Somehow our people behind the scenes managed to find a way to squeeze 97 of them into the...more

Shark Cage Season 2 Episode 8


3 December

Manila Megastack 4: Day 1a Main Event Updates

The Manila Megastack 4 Main Event is up and running at PokerStars Live Manila poker room at City of Dreams Manila. Random updates are posted right here as action continues throughout the day. Registration is now closed. We will be playing to the maximum of 16 levels or down to...more

Manila Megastack 4: Final Event of 2015 at PokerStars Live Manila

How time flies! At the start of the year, PokerStars opened up a hub at City of Dreams Manila, Philippines, the PokerStars Live Manila poker room, and since then, has held three Manila Megastack series, three P1M Guaranteed events, the prestigious Asian Pacific Poker Tour 9 Manila, weekly tournaments, and...more

Milestone hands among the daily Christmas Festival goodies

What are you doing for the next eight minutes? That's all the time it takes for you to hit one of our milestone hands running on particularly days throughout our Christmas Festival. We've had milestone hands before bit this time it's different. Rather than waiting for every millionth hand to...more

2 December

Aaron Gustavson on a year spent chasing Tournament Leader Board gold

There are now just four weeks left of the Yearly Tournament Leader Board competition. And while that might make you curious enough for you to lift your head from the screen for a second, and maybe say "huh", for others, and by that we mean those in the thick of...more

1 December

Elmagico19A1 conjures 12/1/15 Super Tuesday win, makes over $86K appear

It's Tuesday again which means another installment of the weekly $1,050 no-limit hold'em tournament known as the Super Tuesday. This week saw the event play out in just under 10-and-a-half hours, with the Netherlands' Elmagico19A1 ultimately triumphing to take away a handsome cash prize of $86,546.90. A total of 451...more

Daniel Negreanu documentary "Kid Poker" premiers tonight on TSN4

Last week was a "big day" for perhaps the biggest name in world poker. This time though it wasn't events at the table that caused a stir, but those off it. Daniel Negreanu is a name recognised beyond the poker room, something that may well have been behind the creators...more

Sunday Million with $5 million guarantee headlines Christmas Festival

It's December, which among other things means we can talk about the PokerStars Christmas Festival without glancing at the calendar and wondering if we're not jumping the gun. But even if we started the festival more than a week ago it's worth a reminder of what Christmas treats we're giving...more

2015 World Cup of Poker Round of 16

The opening round of 16 was over before it had started for one team. Vietnam were unable to rustle up enough players so the forty-four Russian Federation players had the pitch to themselves. They decided to put on a show anyway, and battled for over two hours until "Sano1975" took...more

Live Poker Coaching - Katerina Malasidou