January 2016

31 January

Sunday Million: Damianos "damourinio" Aslanidis outlasts Vladimir "vovtroy" Troyanovskiy heads-up for win

After 12 hours of poker in this week's Sunday Million, two tough competitors remained -- Damianos "damourinio" Aslanidis and Vladimir "vovtroy" Troyanovskiy. Playing from the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Aslanidis already had over $1 million in tournament winnings on PokerStars. Meanwhile the Russian Troyanovskiy has many years' worth of...more

Sunday Warm-Up: LameR25 comes up strong in $84K victory

This Sunday marked the end of the TCOOP 2016 tournament series with NastyMinder taking away $396K after winning the Main Event. An hour later the weekly $425K guarantee Sunday Warm-Up would end despite starting four and a half hours earlier. LameR25 was in no rush to win after starting at...more

TCOOP 2016: Team Pro Aditya Agarwal wins Event #50, Martin Jacobson 7th ($215 NLHE Wrap-Up [Hyper-Turbo, Deep, 1R1A])

After eleven days of intense, turbo-charged competition, the 2016 TCOOP came to a close with a $1 million guaranteed hyper-turbo wrap party. And really, what's a wrap party without a few celebrity appearances? This final table housed a SCOOP champion, a Sunday Warm-Up champion, last week's runner-up in the Super...more

Aussie Millions 2016: LK Boutique $250,000 Challenge Live Updates

Click to refresh for latest updates 1:10am: We have a winner! O'Dwyer conquers Peters with a cooler to end it Level 14: Blinds 15,000/30,000 It's all over now after Steve O'Dwyer ends on the right side of a cooler against David Peters to win our LK Boutique $250,000 Challenge. The...more

TCOOP 2016: Dinesh "NastyMinder" Alt wins Main Event, $396K (Event #49, $700 NLHE)

It's quite something to watch the final table of a turbo-fueled tournament with five-minute levels at which more than $1.4 million of prize money is still up for grabs and no final deal is being made. Such was the case for most of the 2016 Turbo Championship of Online Poker...more

Elliott Panyi powers to UKIPT Series win and £16,590

Elliott Panyi - UKIPT5 Series Champion There's a quote that's displayed prominently on Elliott Panyi's twitter page from UFC champion Conor McGregor. It says: "Doubt is removed by action. If you're not working then that's where doubt comes in." The 24-year-old professional poker player wasn't a UFC guy until he...more

TCOOP 2016: Another six-figure title for Grayson "gray31" Ramage in Event #47 ($2,100 NLHE Turbo, High-Roller)

You've had a successful career when a six-figure score is just another bullet point on your multimillion-dollar resume. Grayson "gray31" Ramage has more than $1 million in live tournament earnings and more than $5.5 million online. Now he can add $213k to that number along with a TCOOP title. While...more

TCOOP 2016: Switzerland's bambelbi3510 with precision victory in 8-Game; Team Online Naoya "nkeyno" Kihara 4th (Event #48 $530 8-Game)

Going into the final day of the 2016 TCOOP, Team Online Naoya "nkeyno" Kihara from Japan cashed in seven other TCOOP events this year, with one final table appearance. Kihara had began the final day 24th overall on the leader board, but a TCOOP title had eluded him. Alas, he'd...more

TCOOP 2016: Sick Pastorr cures all ills after $105K Event #46 win

The starting 50,000 chip stacks of TCOOP 2016 Event #46's Hold'em Ultra-Deep may imply a tournament capable of lasting a winter night in Reykjavik. But, instead it would barely outlast the sunshine there as the 3,364 player field ponied up $215 a piece for shot at winning a major tournament...more

TCOOP 2016: Large Coffee stays hot to win Event 45 ($109 NLH, 8-Max, 1R1A)

Today is the last chance for players to earn a title in the 2016 Turbo Championship of Online Poker and the first event was a fun $109 buy-in No Limit Hold'em game. A nice little tournament to kick of a bigger than normal Sunday schedule. There were several successful players...more

Ari Engel wins 2016 Aussie Millions Main Event

"An amazing feeling!" They were the words of our new Aussie Millions champion Ari Engel. "I'm kind of speechless." His supporters on the rail cheered and applauded as Engel was awarded his Aussie Millions gold bracelet and $1,600,000! Engel overcame Tony Dunst in an epic heads up clash that saw...more

UKIPT5 Series 3 Day 2: Level 13-31 updates (80,000 - 160,000, 20,000 ante)

It's all over Elliot Panyi has won the UKIPT5 Series 3 and £16,590. Check out who finished where here 11:18pm: Elliot Panyi wins the UKIPT Series (£16,590); Azarya Levy second (£10,540) Level 31, Blinds 80,000 - 160,000 (20,000 ante) It's all over and there was no miracle comeback for...more

30 January

TCOOP 2016: mrswoodwork crawls to victory in Event #44 ($82 NLHE [Turbo, Saturday Speedway SE])

This weekend, everyone's favorite Saturday night turbo, the Saturday Speedway, came with a $250,000 guarantee as the 2016 TCOOP sped into its final 24 hours. Following a flurry of early eliminations, the final five were clustered rather closely together in terms of stack size and sensibly made a five-way ICM...more

Aussie Millions 2016: Final Table Live Updates

Click to refresh for latest updates | Prize pool & Payouts 10:30pm: Tony Dunst eliminated in 2nd place; Ari Engel wins! It's all over! Ari Engel is our 2016 Aussie Millions champion! In the final hand Tony Dunst raised the button to 325,000 with A♣4♣. Ari Engel looked down at...more

TCOOP 2016: No deal is the best deal for Sr.Rouquinho, Event #42 champion ($82 NLHE [Turbo, Zoom])

Once this tournament was down to its final four players, Sr.Rouquinho was determined to finish it with at least $30,000 to show for his efforts. Second in chips as deal negotiations began, Sr.Rouquinho could have walked with a bit over $28k, his three opponents having agreed to an ICM chop,...more

TCOOP 2016: Second COOP win for Zackattak13 in Event #41 ($215 PLO, Heads-Up)

Zackattak13 has been a COOP winner since the spring of 2012, when the Canadian player outlasted the field in Event #14-M, a grueling affair where the final table alone lasted five hours. Now Zackattak13 has a TCOOP title to go along with it after winning Event #41, a heads-up pot-limit...more

TCOOP 2016: 94-Minute Victory for AntonKrasch in Hyper-Turbo Event #43 ($215 NL Omaha 8, 6-Max)

Switzerland's AntonKrasch won a TCOOP event in only 94 minutes in a hyper-turbo event. Where else can you turn $215 into $25K in 94 minutes or, less time it takes to watch Rounders? 6-Max Hyper-Turbos are efficiently thrilling. The money bubble in TCOOP Event #43 burst in an under an...more

TCOOP 2016: maggess88 notches second -COOP title with Event #40 win

There's a debate over which is tougher: defeating a large field tournament or the smaller fields in tournaments like the Super High Rollers that have become so popular among the elite players. While mixed games do not bring the masses (337 players signed up), they definitely bring the talent. Several...more

UKIPT5 Series 3 Day 1B: Level 1-12 updates (1,000-2,000, 300 ante)

47 players will get paid, with the winner taking home £16,590. You can see the entire payout structure here Overnight chip counts of the 106 survivors can be seen here. 9:15pm: King of the hill Just like on Day 1A of this event the chip leader didn't emerge to very...more

29 January

Aussie Millions 2016: Fabian Quoss wins the $100k Challenge!

The first seven figure pay day of the 2016 Aussie Millions has been won on Saturday with Fabian Quoss defeating a star-studded field to win Aussie Millions $100,000 Challenge and top prize of AU$1,446,480. With the Aussie Millions Main Event enjoying a rest day before the final table on Sunday,...more

Aussie Millions 2016: Final Table Player Profiles

The 2016 Aussie Millions Main Event has been reduced from a field of 732 entrants to a final table of seven. It's a fantastic mix of international and local, live and online as well as male and female players! Let's take a closer look at the seven remaining players in...more

Aussie Millions 2016: $100,000 Challenge live updates

Click to refresh for latest updates 7:15pm: Ben Tollerene eliminated in 2nd place; Fabian Quoss wins! Level 19: 20,000/40,000 (5,000) It took under seven hours and now we've crowned Fabian Quoss as the Aussie Millions $100,000 Challenge champion. Ben Tollerene started heads up as a 5:1 chip underdog and couldn't...more

TCOOP 2016: Ichinose 5th, duffm0n the champion in Event #39 ($82 FLHE, 6-max)

There was a time when limit hold'em was "the only game in town" in just about any town where people were playing poker. It's been a long time since those days, and a lot of people will tell you that game is out of style and never coming back. The...more

TCOOP 2016: Two COOPs for one chickensssss ($215 NLHE Turbo, Ante Up, Progressive Super-Knockout)

chickensssss is quickly accumulating COOPs. Just last September, chickensssss took down a $1,050 Omaha Hi/Lo 6-max event in the 2015 WCOOP and now chickensssss can add a TCOOP title to that. Event #38 has one of the longest names of the series, $215 NL Hold'em Turbo, Ante Up, Progressive Super-Knockout....more

TCOOP 2016: Rui "RuiNF" Ferreira in the Triple COOP clubhouse ($215+R NLH, 6-Max)

For nearly two years, there have been only two people in all of poker who have won a WCOOP, SCOOP, and Triple COOP title. Now there are three. Today, Rui "RuiNF" Ferreira became only the third person in history to enter the exclusive Triple COOP club. Here's how he did...more

Championship weekend awaits for TCOOP, Aussie Millions, UKIPT

Hold onto your hats, ladies and gentlemen, because this is a weekend for champions. Between now and the next working week (for, you know, those of you who do the whole Monday-Friday thing), we're going to see a lot of brand new champions around us. Over the next couple of...more

TCOOP 2016: Oscar "MendaLerenda" Serradell quick draws way to Event #36 title ($82 NL Draw, Optional Re-Entry)

Oscar "MendaLerenda" Serradell had already come close to earning a TCOOP title and special card capper this series, coming in second out of 2,505 in Event #19, a $215 NLHE Hyper-Turbo affair. Today the U.K. player did one better, taking down Event #36, an $82 no-limit five-card draw event with...more

Aussie Millions 2016: The Final Table is set!

After four days of blood, sweat and tears inside the Crown Poker Room, the Aussie Millions Main Event field has been reduced from 732 to just seven. Tony Dunst. Ari Engel. Samantha Abernathy. Kitty Kuo. Alex Lynskey. Dylan Honeyman. John Apostolidis. One of those players will be crowned the 2016...more

UKIPT5 Series 3 Day 1A: Level 1-12 updates (1,000-2,000, 300 ante)

9:15pm: Sam's late surge pips Chris Gordon to the chip lead Going into the last level of play Sam Orledge had fewer than 15 big blinds. Thirty minutes later he had over 85 and the chip lead. Poker, it's a funny old game. To be honest it was really the...more

Go Live with PokerSchoolOnline

For every problem there's a solution, or so they say, and at PokerSchoolOnline we love to solve problems. Sometimes it's a trivial thing like helping a new player to learn the basic rules of the game. Sometimes it's a little more complex, like discussing in our poker forum if that...more

28 January

TCOOP 2016: FrederickH. tops deal for title in Event #35 ($27+R PL Omaha, 6-max)

The turbo structures of TCOOP have a way of altering most poker games in a pretty fundamental way, especially fixed-limit varieties, but 6-max PLO feels almost like its rules were made with an accelerated pace in mind. "Throw in a few re-buys and an add-on," you might think, "and you'd...more

TCOOP 2016: Robin "robinho" Ylitalo wins Event #34, $85K ($700 NLHE 8-Max, Prog Ultra-KO)

Robin "robinho" Ylitalo came into today's Event #34 of the Turbo Championship of Online Poker with one TCOOP title already, having won a $27 PLO event back in 2013 for nearly $28K. Ylitalo managed to match that feat and then some, outlasting another huge field to win a second career...more

Aussie Millions 2016: Day 4 Live Updates

Click to refresh for latest updates Day 4 Seating Draw | Prize pool & Payouts 2016 Aussie Millions Final Table Seat 1: Dylan Honeyman (Australia) - 885,000 Seat 2: Alex Lynskey (Australia) - 2,390,000 Seat 3: Tony Dunst (United States) - 5,990,000 Seat 4: Samantha Abernathy (United States) - 2,485,000...more

TCOOP 2016: SKD20™ dodges the bad beats and trademarks Event #32 with a win

You know a final table is going to be entertaining when you see aces get cracked twice and two players eliminated in the first few hands. Bad beats were something of a trademark at the final table of Event 32, a $7.50 NL Hold'em Turbo rebuy tournament with a $200,000...more

TCOOP 2016: aramesko goes low to win Razz title ($82 Razz Turbo)

While most players seem to enjoy their poker games with a No Limit Hold'em format, PokerStars still finds room for those who like to sling chips in the non-Hold'em games. Event 33 presented them with the only Razz game on the schedule and they came out in force. The $82...more

Aussie Millions 2016: Tony Dunst dominates Day 3

How would you feel if 39 people stood between you and $1,600,000? That's the situation our remaining players find themselves in after an exciting week of poker at this Aussie Millions Main Event. Today was full of ebbs and flows. Things slowed down dramatically as players approached the money bubble...more

Celebrate 100 million players and win a share of millions this February

PokerStars celebrates another milestone this month, one that we think more important than any of the others we've reached in the near 15 years since we opened our virtual doors. It's not about the number of hands we deal, not the number of tournaments we run or how many cash...more

Mike "MikeyGG3" Gentili on his wire-to-wire TCOOP win

Weirdly, Mike "MikeyGG3" Gentili had a hunch he would win a TCOOP event this year. So much so that he'd told a friend a few days prior to the start. Somehow he just knew it. We don't know how his friend reacted, but one thing was certain. Gentili wasn't kidding,...more

TCOOP 2016: Doubles all round courtesy of ugritaly and buzzard1881

It happens in every COOP series. You get into the habit of checking the names of winners each morning, ticking off event numbers as you go and subconsciously acknowledging each player in the win column. Days later you see a name that rings some distant bell. It's one you've seen...more

Stephen Woodhead on his TCOOP success down under

For some players a series like TCOOP homepage means time spent planning ahead. It requires attention as you block off the schedule and settle down to grind away at ten days' worth of high stakes poker. By the end of it you hope to have a few results and finish...more

27 January

Aussie Millions 2016: Day 3 Live Updates

Click to refresh for latest updates | Day 3 Seating Draw | Day 3 Chip Counts 1:40am: That's a wrap! Day 3 is in the books. It looks like Tony Dunst has shot to the lead. We'll have all the chip counts and a full recap of the day soon!...more

TCOOP 2016: Second win of the series for buzzard1881 in Event #31 ($82 FL Stud Hi-Lo, Turbo)

Between the relatively small number of events on the schedule compared to WCOOP and SCOOP and the turbo structures at play in all of its events, TCOOP might be the toughest PokerStars tournament series for players to earn repeat victories in. Tough, but not impossible. Just ask buzzard1881, who followed...more

TCOOP 2016: Ukraine's Shtopol' crushes 6-Max PLO Event #30 ($7.50 PLO 3x-Turbo)

On the opening day of the 2016 TCOOP, Ukraine's Shtopol' was the runner-up in Event #2. Less than one week later, Shtopol' had a second shot at a TCOOP title. And this time, Shtopol' did not squander the opportunity. Two Ukrainians battled each other for the 6-Max PLO TCOOP title:...more

TCOOP 2016: Tim "1BigAceHole" Ulmer earns second COOP title in Event 29 ($215 NLH 6-Max, Shootout, Progressive Super-Knockout)

Players hit the midweek portion of the 2016 TCOOP schedule with four new events on the agenda. Event 29 brought one of the favorite structures with a $215 buy-in, short-handed shootout, progressive bounty tournament. Players didn't need to crush their way through the entire field to win the title. "All"...more

TCOOP 2016: Sal "ugritaly" Fazzino wins second title of series in Event #28 ($82 NLHE, Optional Re-Entry)

Sal "ugritaly" Fazzino has had a nice week at the TCOOP tables. Just look at his hourly rate in a couple of the events in which the player from Australia has taken part. Last Thursday Fazzino played Event #3, a $215 no-limit hold'em progressive "ultra-knockout" event, and in just over...more

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George Lind on his TCOOP win (and running hotter than the sun)

George Lind has an explanation for his triumph in TCOOP event 15 this week. It's nothing he ever learned, and yet it's probably something any pro would opt for in his place as evidence of life lived right. It was nothing technical, in fact it was simple. "I was running...more

Final part of our setting goals series with Team Online

In the last of our three part series on setting yourself poker goals for 2016, members of PokerStars Team Online talk about their own goals, and offer some practical help in what you should be doing to improve your game over the next 12 months. Whether you're a veteran or...more

TCOOP 2016: A win for Nanos while Lewis and Margereson go close

There were plenty of names that sounded familiar in the latest round of TCOOP results. Events 24 to 27 played out on Tuesday with final tables featuring players we've seen at this stage of big events before. Some won, some lost, while others faded into the background. Still, there was...more

Balazs Somodi wins IPT Grand Final crown

The Italian Poker Tour Grand wrapped up its seventh season in Saint Vincent this week, with a Grand Final event won by Hungarian Balazs Somodi. Somodi topped a field of 308 players to earn a first prize of €70,000 from a combined prize pool of €298,760. Balazs Somodi Somodi, who...more

Aussie Millions 2016: Honeyman is the money man on Day 2

With three opening day flights in the books, the surviving players came together in the Crown Poker Room for the first time on Wednesday for Day 2 of the 2016 Aussie Millions Main Event. A shorter day was enjoyed with just five levels of play but that was enough to...more

26 January

marado86 takes prize, tops massive 1/26/16 Super Tuesday field for $122K

They were deep into the 12th hour of this week's Super Tuesday when just two players remained -- Sweden's C. Darwin2 and marado86 of Switzerland. C. Darwin2 had begun the heads-up duel with a big advantage, but marado86 fought back to grab the edge and finally claim the title, earning...more

TCOOP 2016: wemax maxes out Event #27 ($27+R NL Hold'em, 2x-Turbo)

wemax averaged about $8,444 per hour this event. In just four-and-a-half hours, a field of 3,086 entries and 7,345 rebuys went down to just one, wemax It wasn't as much as the advertised $48k for first, but the final three players struck a deal. 810ofclubs had a massive lead when...more

TCOOP 2016: Konstantinos "arxigos" Nanos notches second TCOOP title with win in Ultra-Deep Turbo Event #26 ($700 NL 8-Max)

Konstantinos "arxigos" Nanos is no stranger to the winner's circle. The former eye doctor turned pro shipped the Sunday Warm Up in 2014 and won a TCOOP back in 2012. He's even a savvy live player with one final table appearance at the 2010 EPT Vienna. Konstantinos "arxigos" Nanos added...more

Aussie Millions 2016: Day 2 Live Updates

Click to refresh for latest updates | Day 2 Seating Draw | Day 2 Chip Counts 9:00pm: That's a wrap! That's officially the end of Day 2. Players are currently bagging up their chips. We'll have a full wrap of the day's proceedings coming soon! 8:50pm: Three more hands Level...more

TCOOP 2016: André "Sira Al Aziz" Santos wins Event #25 with ease; Danzer goes deep ($82 Stud)

There was just a single straightforward stud event on this year's Turbo Championship of Online Poker schedule, although if you blinked you might have missed it. That's because it took less than three-and-a-half hours for the $82 buy-in Event #25 to play out this afternoon, at the end of which...more

TCOOP 2016: Aggro Santos nears TCOOP title but it's victory for Raabinator93

Poker can be a game of amazing highs and crushing lows. But also amazing lows. And highs that are only half-good. Well, that's true in this game at least. A total of 1,206 players hit the register button for this TCOOP $82 PL Omaha Hi/Lo 6-max event, resulting in a...more

Aussie Millions 2016: Lakemeier leaps ahead on Day 1c

While most people in Melbourne were enjoying a drink and a barbecue for Australia Day, players in the Crown Poker Room were partaking in festivities of their own as they chased poker glory in this year's Aussie Millions. All in all 335 players took their seats on Day 1c in...more

VIP Freerolls: Your chance to play the TCOOP Main Event

It's time to start looking behind the cushions of the couch for any loose StarsCoin you might laying around, because this weekend they might just win you a seat into the TCOOP Main Event. This Saturday the VIP Bash and VIP Freerolls take place on PokerStars, with a seat in...more

Do you have what it takes to join the best live poker team?

There's a type of person to whom winning at poker isn't everything (can you believe that?) but to whom spotting the winner is. The same type of person cannot help but watch hands in great detail, but is ambivalent as to who wins or loses. What's more that same person...more

TCOOP 2016: Four winners yesterday, four more today

One of the great things about a 'COOP series is the sheer volume of events. No need to wait for the weekend for something big to happen, because in TCOOP there are at least four events to look out for on any given day, such as yesterday... and today for...more

25 January

Aussie Millions 2016: Day 1c Live Updates

Click to refresh for latest updates | Day 1c Chip Counts 1:40am: That's a wrap! Day 1c of the Main Event has come to an end as the players bag up their chips and head off to enjoy some much-needed rest. We'll have confirmation of chip counts and a wrap...more

TCOOP-22: Ulett_23 denied a Triple COOP, 7HE__D__ASH scoops Event #22 title ($82 FL Omaha Hi-Lo, 8-Max, Turbo)

It hasn't been uncommon the last few years to see a player come seemingly out of nowhere to earn multiple COOP titles within a short period of time, making every new series a reason to keep an eye on their performance. But for some players, multiple COOP titles only come...more

TCOOP 2016: Brazil Wins Another; Thi_cortes binks Hyper-Turbo 10-Stack Event #23 ($215 NL 6-Max)

Hyper-Turbos. It's an instant adrenaline boost, like drinking a double shot of espresso... immediately after you downed a double shot of espresso. Two-thirds of the field for Event #23 was liquidated in under an hour in this Hyper-Turbo format which included 3-minute levels. It this expedited environment, it took approximately...more

TCOOP 2016: TeaDrinker77 bags TCOOP win in Event 21 ($27 NLH 4-Max, Zoom, Progressive Super-Knockout)

The weekend wrapped up yesterday with some big TCOOP tournaments and Monday rolled around with a tournament sporting a big name and surprisingly deep stacks for a turbo structure. Event 21 was a $27 buy-in tournament with progressive super-knockout bounties in super-short-handed format. Every table (besides the final table) was...more

Statement on Montreal player meeting

We've received many questions regarding the recent meeting between Amaya/PokerStars executives and three prominent, high-volume online poker players. Although many details of the meeting must remain confidential because we shared proprietary and non-public information and we signed a non-disclosure agreement with the players, I want to provide our perspective of...more

TCOOP 2016: flexmasterNL masters Event #20, Team Online's Kihara 4th ($82+R 5-Card PLO, 6-Max)

Five cards in each player's hand plus five cards on the board added up to another action-filled, fast-paced TCOOP event this Monday morning as Event #20 played out. The game was 5-card pot-limit Omaha, played six-handed, with an $82 buy-in plus rebuys and an add-on available to fuel things further....more

Aussie Millions 2016: Rocha rocks the big stack on Day 1b

The second of three opening day flights of the 2016 Aussie Millions Main Event would see a field of 207 players come together in the Crown Poker Room all with dreams of Aussie Millions glory. After seven levels of play, those dreams would remain alive for just 106. The candle...more

Weekend Review: TCOOP and titles all round

A look at all the major stories from this past weekend on PokerStars. Weekend highlights * A big weekend for TCOOP, with Team Online's George Jorj95 Lind III among the weekend's 15 winners * metis669 came out best in the Sunday Million, winning $112,764 as part of a four-way deal...more

Sunday Million: For metis669, the final table's lovelier the second time around

Sunday Million final tables can be even sweeter the second time around. Just ask metis669. In August 2014, he finished sixth in the Million, taking home $42k. Tonight, 17 months later, metis669 had a chance at redemption. When the field was down to four players and a deal was struck,...more

24 January

TCOOP 2016: NiCe1MF scores $21k in Event #18 win ($82 PL Omaha [6-Max, Progressive Super-Knockout])

As the first weekend of the 2016 TCOOP wound down 2,776 players turned out to play some six-handed, turbo-charged PLO, pushing Event #16's prize pool up to $208,200.00. Half of it ($104,100.00) went into the regular prize pool and the other half comprised the bounty pool. 360 places were paid,...more

TCOOP 2016: Ben "Fabaz" Farrell with expeditious win in Hyper-Turbo Event #19 ($215 NL Sunday Supersonic SE)

When the normal turbo format isn't strong enough, the jacked-up version... Hyper-Turbo... boasts 3-minute levels. The accelerated action is perfect for virtual thrill seekers, which is essentially the online poker equivalent of extreme sports. Hyper-turbos are not for the faint of heart and best suited for adrenaline junkies... the types...more

Sunday Warm-Up: ValterBr@nco rides off with $82K victory

Covering a weekly Sunday Major such as the $425,000 guarantee Sunday Warm-Up has a usual flow to it. The tables will break down to two tables within 15 minutes of a certain time each week and final table will crown a new champ after ten hours. With covering the TCOOP...more

TCOOP 2016: pmahoney22 smokes Canibus555 heads-up to win Event #16 ($700 NLHE [Turbo, Progressive Super-Knockout])

The nine players at this final table had one thing in common-- none of them had ever won a 'COOP title. Two had come tantalizingly close. Pmahoney22 took second in Event #30-H ($2,100 NLHE) in the 2012 SCOOP and came away with an $86k consolation prize. Rounder3989 had a great...more

Aussie Millions 2016: Day 1b Live Updates

Click to refresh for latest updates | Day 1b Chip Counts 1:40am: End of Day 1b That's it! 7 levels in the books and Day 1b is officially done. It looks like we'll have 106 survivors from today's flight with Alex Rocha and KC Wong our chip leaders. Click here...more

TCOOP 2016: Counting victory #2 for woody1234321 after $118K Event #17 win

Two final tables during the 2015 SCOOP series was not enough for woody1234321. After the opening weekend of the TCOOP 2016 series, woody1234321 now owns two titles defeating a field of 2,987 (and 797 re-entries) in the Event #17 $600,000 guarantee NL Hold'em Turbo Optional Re-Entry tournament. Last yearwoody1234321 earned...more

TCOOP 2016: George "Jorj95" Linds adds 2nd COOP win in Event 15 ($215 NLH, 6-Max, Hyper-Turbo)

Players know to anticipate quick structures when they enter a TCOOP tournament, it is right in the title of the series. The opening Sunday of the series took a standard turbo structure and turned it up to 11, blinds climbing faster and bigger antes. Event 15 was a $215 No...more

TCOOP 2016: KornmeisterX masters Event #14, wins $22K ($215 NL Omaha H/L, 6-Max, Prog Super-KO)

These bounty events in the Turbo Championship of Online Poker can prove especially lucrative to some. Just ask KornmeisterX of Germany who this morning won Event #14, a $215 buy-in no-limit Omaha high/low event played six-handed and following the progressive super-knockout format. KornmeisterX topped a field of 722 for the...more

Aussie Millions 2016: James Obst jumps in front on Day 1a

The poker room at Crown Melbourne was absolutely bustling today. Four Aussie Millions events and a flurry of cash games were all running simultaneously here. The Accumulator event was winding down with its final table, the Terminator and the $100,000 Challenge were just kicking off, and of course it was...more

23 January

TCOOP 2016: MikeyGG3 Coasts to Victory in Turbo-Charged Saturday Speedway SE (Event #13 $33 NL)

The beauty of a simple TCOOP tournament? For a 5,000+ person event, the money bubble burst in under 100 minutes and the entire tournament was wrapped up in a little more than four hours. In that short time frame, MikeyGG3 faded a field of 5,162 players to win TCOOP Event...more

TCOOP 2016: PULGUTIO splits the cash but takes the $32K win in Event #11

No long waits between rounds at the TCOOP 2016 Event #11 $215 buy-in NL Hold'em Heads-Up tournament. It is not uncommon for these tournaments to last more than half a day under normal circumstances (or a whole day during the WCOOP). But, thanks to the turbo blinds the starting population...more

TCOOP 2016: All Hail GeraldoCesar, Event #12 champion ($82 NL Single Draw 2-7 [Turbo, Optional Re-Entry])

Four hours start to finish. Fifteen minutes from final seven to heads-up. And another fifteen to find a winner. Is that fast enough for you? For Brazil's GeraldoCesar, one short afternoon on the virtual felt not only boosted his bankroll by over $8k but earned him his first 'COOP title....more

Aussie Millions 2016: Day 1a Live Updates

Click to refresh for latest updates | Day 1a Chip Counts 1:40pm: That's all, folks Day 1a is officially a wrap. The tournament staff are just running the numbers as the survivors bag up their chips. Click here for a full recap of the day's action. 1:20am: Go slow Level...more

TCOOP 2016: Sh4rK309 tears through the field in Event #10 ($7.50+R NL Hold'em, 4x-Turbo)

It was a rampage. At 12:00 ET, 8,766 players started jumping into Event #10. They were allowed to jump straight back in if they were eliminated for the first 120 minutes. In that time, players rebought a total of 43,967 times, an average of about five times per player. The...more

TCOOP 2016: Mantas "bagoch" Bagočius zooms to Event 9 Win ($215 NLH, Zoom, Re-Entry)

Because a turbo structure doesn't generate enough action, why not throw in some Zoom poker to juice it up a little further. There are three Zoom events on the TCOOP schedule and Event 9 was the first, a $215 buy-in tournament with a $250,000 guaranteed prize pool. The fast-fold format...more

It's time for the 2016 Aussie Millions!

January is a magnificent time to be in Melbourne. Sure, I'm a little biased in my home town, but just ask any of the visitors around the floors of the Crown Casino this week and I'm confident they'll agree. They might be here for a holiday to enjoy the heat...more

22 January

TCOOP 2016: LuckboxStami with Big Comeback Win in Big Antes Event #8 ($82 NL)

With three tables remaining in TCOOP Event #8 Big Antes, Russia's IvanHaldi seized the lead and appeared to be the one player that everyone else was chasing. When the final table was seated, IvanHaldi held a formidable lead and LuckboxStami was treading water with 6th in chips, or near the...more

TCOOP 2016: Bruno Chato banks second TCOOP for Brazil in Event #07 ($27+R NL Hold'em, Turbo)

Brazil now has double the amount of 2016 TCOOP titles as any other country. Bruno Chato's victory made Brazil the first country to have two champions, but they'll soon have company. Bruno "bruno chato" Nunes Events go by quickly and TCOOP-07 was no exception. It took just about five hours...more

TCOOP 2016: buzzard1881 wins second career COOP title in Event #6 ($82 NLHE 6-max, Turbo, Shootout)

For players pursuing the elusive Triple COOP, the TCOOP title can sometimes be the toughest of the three to chase down. TCOOP's turbo structures tend to make things a little more chaotic than during, say, a SCOOP or WCOOP tournament. But for buzzard1881, who took down a second COOP title...more

TCOOP 2016: bokinjo binks Event #5, Team Pro Vivian Im 12th ($82 PLO 6-Max Prog Super-KO)

Pot-limit Omaha is already one of the more lively variants of poker to play. Make the game short-handed, and that quickens the pace still more. Play it as turbo tournament and add bounties for knockouts, and you've got a formula guaranteed to satisfy action-seekers. Such was the invitation being offered...more

Big money weekend looms at PokerStars & Down Under

We firmly believe there is no rest for the wicked, nor rest for a wicked-good poker schedule. None of the the PokerStars Blog team from the PCA has fully recovered from the jet lag and Bahama Mamas, but there is no time to rest. No time at all. There is...more

TCOOP 2016: New titles from Down Under to Deutschland

It started in Brazil with a man who turned $27 into $110,000. Before we could blink, the phenomenon had moved to Hungary where $82 became more than $12,000. Next was Australia and $215 exploding to $58,000. Then it bounced back to Germany for an $82 into $47,000 score. This is...more

21 January

TCOOP 2016: From Germany With Love: makarios007 wins Event #4 ($82 NL Turbo)

Watching the electrifying accelerated action of TCOOP on the sidelines is akin to standing on a balcony overlooking a windy cobblestone street during the San Fermin festival's annual running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain...from your vantage point, you're destined to see a several serious wipeouts as a thunderous herd...more

TCOOP 2016: Gritty $57K win for Sal "ugritaly" Fazzino in Event #3

Finishing first may get you the prestige of winning a TCOOP event but for those with money on their minds, going for the bounties raked in the win. The $600,000.00 guarantee was demolished 11 minutes into play as a final tally of 4,250 would play for a total of $850,000.00....more

TCOOP 2016: rekri reaps the whirlwind for $12K in Event #2 ($82 NL Omaha Hi-Lo, 6-max)

One of my personal favorite things about TCOOP is how great the series is for helping me put time into perspective. For instance, on a normal day, I'd say that four hours and six minutes isn't really time enough to accomplish anything significant. But today, the first day of TCOOP,...more

TCOOP 2016: Say hello to Helio "hneves182" Neves, Event #1 champ for $110K ($27 NLH 6-Max)

The green flag fell on this year's Turbo Championship of Online Poker today, and just a few hours later the checkered flag was being waved to signal the end of the first of 50 fast-paced events on the TCOOP schedule. Event #1, a $27 buy-in, three-phase, six-handed no-limit hold'em tournament,...more

20 January

More help from Team Online on setting poker goals for 2016

We're lucky enough to be able to watch a lot of poker, and more so to see it first hand and close up while reporting from live events like the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, which finished last week. Watching from just a few feet away you see everything: the good plays,...more

19 January

Breixo "Palomobuchón" Gonzalez tops 1/19/16 Super Tuesday field, wins $90K

There was another big turnout this week for the Super Tuesday, the weekly $1,050 no-limit hold'em tournament on PokerStars that regularly draws many of poker's best tournament players. And from this week's 524-player field there were a number of recognizable names going deep. Chris "Moorman1" Moorman and David "EzPaTuLa" Cabrera...more

A third TLB title for the unstoppable ismo<3seppo

There are stories each week on PokerStars telling of grand achievements, and life changing wins. But none capture the essence of what it means to be a successful poker player more than the Yearly Tournament Leader Board. Put simply the TLB is a barometer for the talent and consistency that...more

18 January

2016 Macau Millions: Zheng crushes final table to take title

China's Alvan Zheng has emerged victorious, powering though Macau's largest-ever 2,343-strong field to take the title and lions share of the prize pool. Banking an impressive HK$911,000 (~$116,000) for his first place finish, Zheng defeated fellow countryman Quan Zhou with a controlled display of canny play and poker finesse....more

TCOOP's first event to make history

Value shoppers, listen up, because this is your chance to turn a $27 buy-in into a chance at a $1.5 million prize pool. The first event of this year's Turbo Championship of Online Poker is the first three-phase championship event in online poker history. You can start playing the first...more

The 2016 Social Power Table

Their faces may stay the same, but their social power rankings do not. Once again, PokerStars has analyzed the reach and influence of some of its most popular personalities. Last year in the 2014 Social Power Table, Daniel Negreanu and Phil Ivey sat at the top of the list....more

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Weekend Review: darluna and PIPI tapis! headline the weekend

A look at all the major stories from this past weekend on PokerStars. Weekend highlights * After the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure concludes it's back to normal online * darluna wins the Sunday Million * Meanwhile PIPI tapis! wins the Sunday Warm-Up Round up of latest results After all the build-up...more

17 January

Sunday Million: darluna defeats them all, earns title and $159K

The Sunday Million, the weekly $215 no-limit hold'em tournament that serves as the marquee event among the many Sunday tournament offerings on PokerStars, once again drew a big field of 6,051 this week, making for a $1,210,200 prize pool that easily bested the $1 million guarantee. It would take more...more

2016 Macau Millions: Final table live updates

7:55pm - A champion is crowned Level 17, Blinds 80,000/160,000/20,000 2016 Macau Millions Main Event champion Alvan Zheng Quan Zhou has been struggling to get any traction in this heads-up contest and there have been no more flops since the last hand we reported on. Things start much as they...more

Sunday Warm-Up: PIPI tapis! covers final table and wins $80K

The $425,000 guarantee Sunday Warm-Up showed an uptick in players this week. Perhaps a little warm-up to the Turbo Championship of Online Poker (TCOOP) starting up on Thursday's Event #1 Phase Three tournament (Phase One began today) holding a lofty $1.5 million guarantee and not-so-lofty $27 buy-in. As for the...more

2016 Macau Millions: Zheng leads final nine

China's Alvan Zheng leads the field The record-breaking Macau Millions Main event of 2,343 entries has now been whittled down to a final nine. Leading the charge is China's Alvan Zheng, who edged into pole position after enjoying a late game card rush to finish play with a stack of...more

2016 Macau Millions: Final table player profiles

Seat 1: Quan Zhou, 31 (Heilongjiang, Harbin, China) - 4,185,000 A 31-year-old poker professional from Harbin, China, Zhou is the most experienced player at the final table and is currently sitting second in chips behind the second biggest winner - Alvan Zheng. Zhou boasts an impressive US$460,000 in career tournament...more

16 January

2016 Macau Millions: Day 2 live updates

11:30pm - Day 2 closes with a bang Level 11, Blinds 20,000-40,000 (5,000) China's Alvan Zhang leads the final nine Usually when the final table bubble looms play tightens up. However this was not the case here and we have just lost five players in quick succession. Our first casualty...more

2016 Macau Millions Day 2: Records tumble as Main Event attracts largest-ever field

Macau Millions Day 2 Poker's popularity in Macau continues to rise as the 2016 Macau Millions smashes its own record for largest-ever field, attracting an impressive 2,343 entries over three starting flights. Expectations for breaking the previous record of 1,804 - set by PokerStars LIVE Macau in the 2014 Macau...more

14 January

PCA 2016: SirWatts slays the dragon as Mike Watson claims PCA glory

Mike Watson: PCA 2016 Main Event champion The PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) Main Event is firmly established as one of the most coveted titles in poker. It doesn't come easily; it attracts one of the toughest fields in the game. This week at the Atlantis Resort in Paradise Island in...more

PCA 2016: A big one for Nick Maimone, $25K High Roller champion

After three days of play versus one of the tougher tournament fields you'll encounter, Nick Maimone held the winner's trophy aloft after taking down the coveted 2016 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $25,000 High Roller. Following two lengthy days, the last day went quickly, and after a rapid heads-up duel Maimone was...more

From the PCA to the Aussie Millions - still time to win your seat

As the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure wraps up in the Bahamas you don't have to look far for your next adventure. Well it's far away, let's be clear on that, but you won't spend long finding it. The reason is that the Aussie Millions are right around the corner, and you...more

PCA 2016: Bahama Mamas all round

Something happened last night. Something extremely fun and entertaining. And while it was in no way forgettable, I'm not sure many people will remember it with crystal clear clarity. I'm talking, of course, about last night's PokerStars players party here at the PCA. If you've never been to one, you...more

PCA 2016: Watch the action live on EPT Live

It's day four of the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) Main Event. Follow live text updates with our reporting team, or watch via EPT Live in the panel below. Latest chip counts are on the chip-count page. Take a look at the official website of the PCA, with tournament schedule, videos,...more

PCA 2016: Main Event final table live updates

Prizewinners 12:26am: Mike Watson wins 2016 PCA Main Event CLICK HERE TO READ A FULL WRAP UP We have a winner and his name is Mike Watson. Tony Gregg has been denied a PCA title despite his third final table in this event over the years. We'll have a full...more

PCA 2016: Final table player profiles

From End Bosses to brain surgeons, profiles of the six men eyeing triumph at the 2016 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event. Seat 1: Michael Watson, 31, St. John's, Canada Having crafted his game on the online tables of PokerStars, where he is known as "SirWatts", Mike Watson has been a...more

PCA 2016: Day 3 $25,000 High Roller live updates

* Click through for PAYOUTS 9:20pm: Nick Maimone becomes the new PCA High Roller champion Level 28 - Blinds 50,000 -100,000 (10,000 ante) And then it was over. After Maimone took a big pot from Winter, the short stack shoved for less than 2 million. Maimone insta-called, flipping over...more

13 January

PCA 2016: Josh Beckley bags Day 2 chip lead in $25K High Roller; 9 left

A lengthy Day 2 of the $25,000 High Roller is done, and when it came time to bring out the bags only nine were needed, with 2015 World Series of Poker Main Event runner-up Josh Beckley the one to put the most chips in his after he finished the night...more

PCA 2016: Mike "SirWatts" Watson leads final six in Main Event

If you, like many, wonder whatever happened to poker of yesteryear, the kind with trash-talking, ridiculously bloated over-bet pots, and happy-to-cash amateurs, this was a day to watch the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. Maybe it was the reduced Main Event buy-in. Maybe it was simply the fates granting us a nostalgic...more

PCA 2016: Day 5 Main Event live updates

*Chip counts | Prizewinners so far 12:00: Midnight counts On the stroke of midnight, here's your final table chip counts. And here's how all the action played out today: Mike Watson Canada 6,585,000 Tony Gregg USA 5,690,000 Vladimir Troyanovskiy Russia 5,025,000 Toby Lewis UK 4,665,000 Phillip McAllister UK 3,040,000 Randy...more

PCA 2016: Day 2 $25,000 High Roller updates (Levels 17-21)

This is an archive of Levels 17-21 of the 2016 PCA $25K High Roller. Click here for a full recap of Day 2. 2:05am: Day 2 concludes Back in a few with a recap of today's exciting Day 2 in the $25K High Roller. - MH 2:04am: Robert Gorodetsky...more

BetStars Launches Spin & Bet

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PCA 2016: Day 2 $25,000 High Roller updates (Levels 11-16)

This is an archive of Levels 11-16 of the 2016 PCA $25K High Roller. Click here to continue to updates from Day 2, Levels 17-21. 6:43pm: Dinner break Players are now on a 75-minute dinner break. Play will continue at 7.55pm with 36 players remaining. The top 31 finish...more

12 January

PCA 2016: Dustin Johns bags Day 1 chip lead in $25K High Roller

We watched Bryn Kenney take down the $100,000 Super High Roller to help kick off this PokerStars Caribbean Adventure festival. Then Steve O'Dwyer added yet another high roller trophy to his collection after winning the $50,000 Single-Day High Roller. Today the third and final high roller of this year's PokerStars...more

Germany victorious as RhoNin9 claims Super Tuesday (1/12/16)

Germany have a habit of producing great poker players and today we saw another take home a massive tournament pay day. It was RhoNin9 representing the black, red and yellow of Germany and, with an impressive performance on the final table, was able to capture the top prize of $92,530....more

PCA 2016: Pires leads Main Event for third consecutive day

With 19 players left in the 2016 PCA Main Event, finding the chip leader has been made all the easier by the fact that it's exactly the same man it has been for the past three days. Leonardo Pires has not backed off the gas once in 72 hours, and...more

PCA 2016: Jason Somerville's KappaPride and joy

There are a lot of bloggers, fans, friends and family watching the players do their thing here at the PCA, but one man has a bigger audience than all of those combined. Team PokerStars Pro Jason Somerville has 10,000 people watching him right now. No, there isn't a sea of...more

PCA 2016: Day 1 $25,000 High Roller updates

* Click to refresh for latest updates * Late registration remains open until the start of Day 2 * 120 players remaining of 212 entries so far (42 re-entries) * Click here for a full recap of Day 1 action 12:03am: Day 1 concludes Level 10 - Blinds 800-1,600...more

PCA 2016: Main Event Day 4 live updates

* CHIP COUNTS | Prizewinners so far * Enter the PokerStars Blog PCA freebuy tournament! 9:40pm: That's that Leonardo Pires is still the chip leader of the 19 players left. Click through for a full wrap of the day. 9:30pm: Lewis doubles through Waxman in the last hand of the...more

11 January

PCA 2016: Leonardo Pires leads Main Event for a second day

Day 3 is usually handed over to the bubble, that pivotal moment when the tournament changes and we begin to cast our eyes towards the main stage and the final table. And that was the case today, with a lengthy bubble that divided the field into the haves and have-nots....more

PCA 2016: Day 3 Main Event live updates

* DAY END CHIP COUNTS | Prizewinners so far * Enter the PokerStars Blog PCA freebuy tournament! * Earlier coverage from Day 3: Part 1 | Part 2 9:35pm: That's that And that, finally, is the end of that for today. Leonardo Pires is the soaraway chip leader for a...more

PCA 2016: Day 3 Main Event coverage archive - Part 2

* This is an archive of earlier coverage. Click for latest updates. * Click through for LATEST CHIP COUNTS * Archive of even earlier coverage from Day 3 Kevin MacPhee: Into the money 6:26pm: A Gross display of power Level 17 - Blinds 2,500-5,000 (500 ante) Jeff Gross and Toby...more

PCA 2016: The Atari challenge

There's a woman with blue hair giving away Ataris. She won't give them away to just anyone though, you have to prove your worthiness first. To do that, players must trek through the Hallway of Lengthy Lunges until they reach the Cavern of Chirping Chips (the tournament area). Once they've...more

PCA 2016: Day 3 Main Event coverage archive

*This is an archive of earlier coverage. Click for latest updates. * Click through for LATEST CHIP COUNTS Steve O'Dwyer: Once again the dominant force ARCHIVE BEGINS: 2:10pm: Paur gets poorer Level 15 - Blinds 1,500 - 3,000 (400 ante) Agshin Rasulov is up to 110,000 after winning a decent...more

PCA 2016: From business to poker and back again

When it comes to business and poker, you have to learn to deal with bad beats. That was the most important piece of financial advice that Team PokerStars Pros Eugene Katchalov and Liv Boeree gave players to digest along with their pastries and coffees. Eugene Katchalov and Liv Boeree talked...more

PCA 2016: The longest lunge

Editor's note: A new full statement from Antonio now appears at the end of this piece It was just after 11:15pm Sunday when Antonio Esfandiari looked at the three marble steps leading into the Coral Bar at the Bahamas' Atlantis resort. They were barely stairs at all. A few inches...more

Sunday Million: Second fiddle no more, LEXER1986 scores $185k win

Making the final table of the Sunday Million is a feat few believe they'll ever repeat. Yet, this week's edition had three players with the opportunity for a second chance at victory. Sammy "illraiseyou8" Lafleur final tabled the Million last April and left in sixth place with nearly $41k. Germany's...more

10 January

Sunday Warm-Up: Mortan23 rallies late to win $54K after four-way deal

While the PCA Main Event heats up as Steve O'Dwyer seems to zeroing in on capturing as many titles as possible with a top-three chipcount from Day 1A after Day 1B finished play. Normally an excellent feat worthy of a good night's sleep to be ready for battle when Day...more

PCA 2016: Leonardo Pires powers to chip lead; O'Dwyer is O'Dwyer

Let's begin today's tournament report with a number. It's 833,260. Add a dollar sign to the front of that number, and suddenly you'll understand its relevance to the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) Main Event. That's the number of dollars that will be signed over to the winner of this thing....more

PCA 2016: Five lads, a night in, and a cardboard Alan

You might remember earlier this year PokerStars teamed up with Prostate Cancer UK to raise money and awareness of prostate cancer. Lads Night In proved an enormously popular campaign, raising vital resources for the cause, while getting men (and women) together to play some cards and send some money the...more

PCA 2016: Day 2 $5,000 Main Event live updates

* Click to refresh for latest updates * Five 90-minute levels on Day 2 * Click through for LATEST CHIP COUNTS * For earlier coverage see our Levels 9-10 updates. 8:47pm: Day 2 over--Leonardo Pires leads Level 13 - Blinds 1,000-2,000 (300 ante) We've reached the end of the day....more

PCA 2016: Day 2 live updates archive

* This is an archive of coverage from Levels 9-10 of the PCA Main Event * Click for latest coverage from the rest of the day 3:25pm: Break time Level 11 - Blinds 600-1,200 (200 ante) That's the end of Level 10. They'll take a break and go into Level...more

PCA 2016: Opponents in the ring; opponents on the felt

Did you catch the press conference between Ronda Rousey and Holly Holm before their big UFC fight in November? Or how about Conor McGregor's press conference altercation with Jose Aldo back in September? It's safe to say that people who are preparing to fight each other have a...well, let's just...more

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PCA 2016: Steve O'Dwyer adds $50K Single-Day High Roller title to his collection

Steve O'Dwyer - who else! When it comes to high roller tournaments the message is clear, always bet on Steve O'Dwyer. Tonight at the PCA he added the $50,000 Single-Day High Roller title to his growing collection of accomplishments in big buy-in tournaments. In Prague in December he became the...more

9 January

PCA 2016: Late surge puts qualifier Alexander Komarov at Day 1B summit

He did it quietly, but Russian PokerStars qualifier Alexander Komarov did it right on Day 1B. Late on this second flight of Day 1, Komarov just outran the other chip leaders to finish on 168,200. That's good for first place on Day 1B and second over all as all the...more

PCA 2016: Single-Day $50K High Roller live updates

* CLICK TO REFRESH FOR LATEST UPDATES * $1.06 million for first. Full payouts. * 30-minute levels; play to a winner tonight * This is the post-dinner coverage, to see the pre-dinner coverage click here. 3am: Steve O'Dwyer wins the Single-Day $50K High Roller ($945,495); Connor Drinan second ($870,625) Level...more

PCA 2016: Single day high roller coverage archive

* This is an archive of pre-dinner coverage. Follow latest updates. * $1.06 million for first. Full payouts. * 30-minute levels; play to a winner tonight 7.30pm: Dinner break counts There are 19 players remaining as they go to dinner in the $50,000 High Roller event. Here's how they...more

LAPT9 Bahamas: Georgios Sotiropoulos soars over field, takes trophy, $308K

It was another stacked final table -- the second in two years -- for the Latin American Poker Tour Bahamas Main Event. The $2,200 buy-in tournament served as the launching point for Season 9 of the LAPT, and from a group of decorated pros and top tournament talent, Georgios Sotiropoulos...more

PCA 2016: Father and sons

In any major poker tournament, and especially here at the PCA, there are almost as many people milling around watching the action or talking to friends as there are people playing poker. I was marching back to my computer to write up a hand involving Jason Mercier - a hand...more

PCA 2016: The Twitch generation has arrived

Poker on Twitch is already big and, according to Twitch pioneer and superstar Jason Somerville, it's only going to get bigger and bigger. Somerville, along with fellow Twitch experts Randy Lew, Celina Lin and Jaime Staples, were the subject of this morning's Breakfast With The Pros Q&A. Hosted by PokerStars's...more

Watch the 2016 PCA Invitational

While we won't have live updates on the blog, you can watch Fatima Moreira de Melo, Joe Stapleton, Maria Ho, Chris Moneymaker, Ronaldo, and Sergio Garcia compete in the 2016 PCA Invitational below. Enjoy!...more

LAPT9 Bahamas: Main Event final table updates

* Profiles of the final 10 players * Prize pool and payouts * Recap of the final day of action 6:03pm: Sotiropoulos wins the LAPT Bahamas Main Event ($308,220)! Von Kriegenbergh runner-up ($187,220) Level 32 - Blinds 80,000-160,000 (20,000 ante) Georgios Sotiropoulos limped from the button, Taylor Von Kriegenbergh put...more

PCA 2016: Main Event Day 1B live updates

* Click to refresh for latest updates * Day 1B is now over * Click through for LATEST CHIP COUNTS 8:45pm: Play ends Play ends on Day 1B. A full recap of the events can be found here: Late surge puts qualifier Alexander Komarov at Day 1B summit 8:32pm:...more

LAPT9 Bahamas: Meet the final ten

From a huge field of 851 entries in the Latin American Poker Tour Bahamas Main Event, just 10 players will be returning for today's final day of action, each with hopes of becoming the first LAPT Main Event champion of Season 9. As was the case at last year's inaugural...more

8 January

LAPT9 Bahamas: Georgios Sotiropoulos leads final 10, Akkari reps Latin America

They thought it couldn't be done. And they were right, but we got pretty close The plan was to whittle a field of 220 players down to a final table of eight. In order to complete their mission, tournament staff armed themselves with 14 separate 50-minute levels. It almost did...more

PCA 2016: Knock, knock, knock and finally an answer: Bryn Kenney $100K champion

The new champion: Bryn Kenney There's a phrase often used by people trying to give up booze: "If you hang around the barber shop long enough, you're gonna get a haircut." It's a mantra that suggests the more one is presented with temptation, the greater the chance you'll succumb. For...more

PCA 2016: Toby Lewis bags Main Event Day 1A chip lead

He could do it anywhere in the world. Put him on the EPT, and Toby Lewis could end a day with a chip lead. Jet him off to Vegas, and he'd do it there, too. It's sort of what he does. You'd think, what with all the time he's spent...more

PCA2016: $100K Super High Roller final table updates

* Final table player profiles 11:05pm: Bryn Kenney wins the 2016 PCA High Roller ($1,687,800); Joe McKeehen second ($1,220,840) Level 25 - Blinds 120,000/240,000 (30,000 ante) It's all over and Bryn Kenney is the champion! In the final hand Joe McKeehan opened to 480,000 with 5♥5♦, Kenney shoved with K♥7♣...more

PCA 2016: Main Event Day 1A live updates

* CLICK TO REFRESH FOR LATEST UPDATES * CLICK FOR LATEST CHIP COUNTS 8:44pm: End of Day 1A That's it for Day 1A. The players are bagging up now. At this hour, we believe Toby Lewis is the chip leader. Here's the full wrap-up of the day. 8:30pm: Playing...more

LAPT9 Bahamas: Main Event Day 2 updates (Levels 21-26)

Day 2 action from the LAPT Bahamas Main Event 2:20am: Day 2 is done That's it. After 14 levels of play the list of potential LAPT9 Bahamas champions shrunk from 220 to just 10. Georgios Sotiropoulos is in the lead with 3.98 million and our final 10 players will come...more

PCA2016: $100K Super High Roller final table player profiles

Here is some more information about the six men aiming for glory at the 2016 $100K PCA Super High Roller final table. Seat 1: Bryn Kenney, 29, United States, 3,820,000 chips The chip leader of the final table is Super High Roller regular Bryn Kenney, making a third appearance at...more

LAPT9 Bahamas: Main Event Day 2 updates (Level 13-20)

This is an archive of Levels 13-20 of the LAPT9 Bahamas Main Event. Want the latest news? RETURN TO LATEST LIVE UPDATES 7:33pm: Dinner break Level 20 has concluded and with 39 players left the dinner break has arrived. Joe Kuether is comfortably in the chip lead at the moment...more

7 January

PCA 2016: Kenney leads star-studded Super High Roller final

Get ready to be entertained, because the 2016 PCA Super High Roller final table is going to be a good one. While it just missed out on the chance of having two business tycoons on the TV stage, the remaining six players are ready to put on a show. After...more

LAPT9 Bahamas: Tyler Hurman leads Day 1 field, Akkari makes top 5

The sun came out for the start of the LAPT today. The past two days have been marked by clouds, rain and strong winds, but today's weather was considerably closer to what you'd expect to find on Paradise Island. There was also some poker going on. Hundreds of players forewent...more

PCA 2016: $100K Super High Roller Day 2 live updates

* CLICK TO REFRESH FOR LATEST UPDATES * CLICK FOR LATEST CHIP COUNTS * Day 2 is over * 6 players remaining of 58 (44 players, 14 re-entries). The winner receives $1,687,800 * Catch up with pre-dinner action in our Levels 8-14 coverage 1:24am: Bryn Kenney leads tough Super...more

PCA 2016: $100K Super High Roller Day 2 (Levels 8-14)

7:05pm: Dinner break Play stops at the end of level 14, with 11 players remaining. Play resumes at 8:15pm local time. Daniel Dvoress leads with 1.9 million. Get the full chip counts HERE. 7.04pm: Kanit pulls a fast one Level 14 - Blinds 10,000/20,000 (3000 ante) Mustapha Kanit is one...more

PCA 2106: Gleb Tremzin, Mike Gorodinsky get first trophies

We have not calculated the shipping cost for all the trophies they are going to hand out here during the 104 events that will play out before the end of the 2016, but we'd bet the price would make for a good side event prize pool. The first of those...more

LAPT9 Bahamas: Reporting on the Brazilian "boom"

"2016 is going to be the best year for poker in Brazil" So said Team PokerStars Pro Andre Akkari in response to a question at the first "Breakfast with the Pros" Q&A session of the festival prior to the start of play today at the 2016 PCA. The LAPT9 Bahamas...more

LAPT9 Bahamas: Main Event Day 1 updates (Levels 8-12)

12:15am: Day 1 is done Level 12 - Blinds 800-1,600 (ante 200) That's it, day 1 of the LAPT9 Bahamas Main Event is in the books. Tyler Hurman, from Canada, is leading the pack with 261,300. Tyler Hurman Team PokerStars Pro Andre Akkari also finished the day strong. The...more

LAPT9 Bahamas: Main Event Day 1 updates (Levels 1-7)

This is an archive of Levels 1-7 of the LAPT9 Bahamas Main Event. Want the latest news? RETURN TO LATEST LIVE UPDATES 6:33pm: Level 7 concludes Level 7 - Blinds 250-500 (ante 50) 6:19pm: Trouble tables Level 7 - Blinds 250-500 (ante 50) The LAPT Bahamas field isn't just...more

6 January

PCA 2016: $100K Super High Roller Day 1 live updates

Day 1 of the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) Super High Roller event is now over. Click through for coverage from Day 2. Look back on yesterday's action in the end-of-day wrap. Full chip counts are here. Talal Shakerchi Want to be here next year? Sign up for PokerStars and start...more

PCA 2016: $100K Super High Roller Day 1 (Levels 7-8)

* This is an archive of live coverage from Day 1 of the Super High Roller * Click through for previous action from Levels 1-2 and Levels 3-6. * Click through for latest action from the tournament 9:27pm: Talal Shakerchi holds tight lead as Day 1 ends As Day 1...more

PCA 2016: Talal Shakerchi leads Super High Rollers on opening day

If you're going to start a festival with something you may as well go with something big, and you don't get much bigger than a $100,000 Super High Roller event at Atlantis on Paradise Island. It's the now customary start to the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. Not that you would have...more

PCA 2016: $100K Super High Roller Day 1 (Levels 3-6)

This is an archive of Levels 3-6 of the 2016 PCA Super High Roller. Want the latest news? RETURN TO LATEST LIVE UPDATES 6:50pm: Chidwick loses a big one Level 6 - Blinds 1,500/3,000 (400 ante) Details are scarce on this one as I joined the action with the...more

PCA 2016: Two weeks five million, the Fedor Holz show

Fedor Holz, the form horse It's been an incredible two weeks for Fedor Holz. He got a lovely Christmas present when he won the WPT $100,000 Alpha8 in Las Vegas on December 19 and then began 2016 in style when he took down the $200,000 WPT Super High Roller event...more

PCA 2016: $100K Super High Roller Day 1 (Levels 1-2)

This is an archive of Levels 1-2 of the 2016 PCA Super High Roller. Want the latest news? RETURN TO LATEST LIVE UPDATES 2:20pm: Nothing beats a free lunch Level 2 - Blinds 600-1,200 (200 ante) As the players in the Super High Roller were getting up for the break,...more

5 January

sk2ll_m0dR dominates to win Super Tuesday (1/5/16)

2016! It's a New Year and a chance for a clean slate. Past misfortune can be put behind as we look forwards with optimism. It's time for resolutions. For goals. And in the poker world that usually takes the form of playing more volume, moving up in stakes or winning...more

Try out the new PokerStars Apple TV app!

So you've found yourself with come holiday cash. Or maybe you were just lucky enough for someone to buy you a brand new Apple TV. You're trying out all the cool things you can do with it and finding it all pretty neat. Well, it just got neater. PokerStars has...more

TCOOP 2016: For the glory and $15 million guaranteed

January is always a great time of year on PokerStars. Not only does the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure take place in the Bahamas (follow all the coverage here), but it's followed by another highlight - the Turbo Championship of Online Poker. Now a little more than two weeks away, TCOOP...more

Weekend Review: Noaceforme the big winner as PCA arrives

A brief look at all the major stories from this past New Year weekend on PokerStars. The weekend highlight --This week's Sunday Million was won by Noaceforme, who earned $169,000. --The Sunday Warm-Up was won by 69sBigLick, for $80,000. Round up of latest results The first weekend of the New...more

4 January

Sunday Million: Noaceforme tops four-way deal for $169K (1/3/16)

It's a new year, which means a lot of poker players are thinking about their new year's resolutions. And a lot of those resolutions, no doubt, got their first major test today, the first Sunday of 2016, with the PokerStars Sunday Majors. The crown jewel of this weekly poker tournament...more

3 January

Sunday Warm-Up: Lick it up! 69sBigLick's late run earns victory and $80K

Nothing is nicer than wiping away 2015's problems and red ink with a Sunday Major win. The $425,000 guarantee Sunday Warm-Up provided the platform for 69sBigLick to stay patient at a final table dominated by VGurina and claim the first Sunday Warm-up title of 2016, earning $80,422.00. Keep reading to...more

1 January

Advice from the pros on your 2016 poker goals

We'd like to take this opportunity to wish a Happy New Year to all readers of the PokerStars Blog. January is typically a time for new beginnings and resolutions, and that includes poker players. We'd like to help you start the year in the best possible way. That means improving...more

Setting your New Year goals

January is the month of resolutions. New year, new mood, new you. It feels like a chapter in your life has ended and a new one is beginning. Which means you can start anew! For some people that means quitting smoking, for others losing some weight or working harder... The...more

Starting the New Year in Paradise

January means resolutions and perhaps an end to all that seasonal excess. And with those new plans it brings with it the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, now less than a week away. It's an event that takes a year to plan, but just eight days to play. But it's a highlight...more

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