February 2016

29 February

MPC24: Ukraine's Kamel Mokhammad crushes Day 1b

The Red Dragon spread its wings again today and now Day 1b is in the books. Dwarfing the opening flight yesterday, today's proceedings had the room here at PokerStars LIVE Macau packed out. While Day 1a attracted a field of 205, we saw that smashed by the end of late...more

How to make Team PokerStars Pro Online

Social media, and especially Twitch lately, is the best way to get in touch with Team Pro Online members. There is no better way for asking someone a question as you get your answer right away. And it's not in some sort of a text form. You can actually see...more

Jaime Staples EPT Dublin Video Blog


Weekend Review: Hicks proves staying power with Sunday Million win

A look at all the major stories from this past weekend on PokerStars. Weekend highlights * Kenny "LoneHixx" Hicks wins the Sunday Million * XingsMaster of Germany wins the Sunday Warm-Up * Team Pro Online week starts today Round up of latest results I remember a few years ago at...more

Sunday Million: Kenny "LoneHixx" Hicks gets win, $133K after four-way deal

We've seen Kenny "LoneHixx" Hicks of Canada deep in big events on PokerStars before, including winning a Super Tuesday once back in 2010. We've also seen him at various live events sponsored by PokerStars where among his cashes he made the final table of the EPT10 Grand Final in Monte...more

28 February

MPC24: Day 1b live updates

10:30pm: Day 1b concludes with Kamel Mokhammad likely chip leader We're waiting on confirmation but it looks like our chip leader from earlier Kamel Mokhammad has maintained his lead right through to the conclusion of play. The exact counts of both chip stacks and players remaining are just being calculated...more

Sunday Warm-Up: X marks the spot as XingsMaster earns $74K

Lots of fun news flying around this week with the start of Team Pro Online week returns with EPT Grand Final packages ready for the lucky fans. To prepare for the upcoming Team Pro Online invasion, 2,368 players tried to acquire funds through the $425K guarantee Sunday Warm-Up. After about...more

MPC24: China's Chao Yang charges ahead on Day 1a

The Red Dragon took flight again today. The feature tournament of this Macau Poker Cup 24 generated an electric atmosphere across the room here at PokerStars LIVE. When late registration was locked out it was a total of 205 who had posted up the HK$12,000 buy-in but when all was...more

The poker tournament bigger than a small country

On October 5 2015 PokerStars blazed a trail into the Guinness World Records once again when an incredible 253,692 players took part in the largest online poker tournament in history. To put that number into context there were more players in the Common Cents kick-off event than there are human...more

27 February

MPC24: Day 1a live updates

10:30pm: Day 1a in the books with Chao Yang as chip leader Day 1a of the MPC24 Red Dragon is a wrap! Of the starting field of 205 only 49 still remain in the hunt. China's Chao Yang leads the way with 168,700 in chips. We're just running the numbers...more

MPC24: The Red Dragon fires up

Lower the drawbridge. It's time again for players to hunt for the illustrious Red Dragon. Macau Poker Cup 24 is in full swing and now the festival's crown jewel is upon us. It's already been an exciting nine days here at PokerStars LIVE in the City of Dreams and as...more

26 February

Your guide to everything Twitch during Team Pro Online week

Throughout this Team Pro Online week you'll be able to watch the action on various Twitch channels as the Pros themselves provide a player's eye view of the action. At least 12 Team Pro Online members will be twitching throughout the week. Ensure you don't miss anything by checking the...more

Big Saturday ahead, and a big Sunday too. Then there's next week...

After a busy week wrapping up EPT Dublin, and then today's news that PokerStars will be back in New Jersey within a month, it's a relief to look ahead to what will be a relatively leisurely weekend. I'm kidding of course. The weekend is as busy as ever. Let me...more

Beat them or back them: it's Team Pro Online week

There's a big week coming up on PokerStars, with cash prizes and EPT packages up for grabs starting on Monday. The reason: it's Team Pro Online week, a time when you the PokerStars player reap the rewards while they slug it out for nothing more than bragging rights. Allow us...more

PokerStars Blog photographer Joe Giron wins American Poker Award

The PokerStars Blog team woke up to some great good news this morning. It wasn't just that PokerStars was heading back to New Jersey, but that the American Poker Awards once again recognised the contribution members of our team have made to the game. Last year Brad Willis won the...more

Ever wondered what winning a million is like? This man knows...

Come on, admit it - you've often found yourself daydreaming about winning a million. How would you react? What would you do with it? Would you ever bother working again? Electrician Pete Dolloway had certainly wondered these things, especially on those days when he had to get up at 4.30am...more

25 February

Mark your calendars, New Jersey -- PokerStars is coming

Mark your calendars, New Jersey -- PokerStars is coming It's been nearly five years. Five years of hoping. Five years of waiting. Five years of anticipating the time I could write these words again: PokerStars is back. Just moments ago, PokerStars announced that it plans to launch in New Jersey...more

Win your share of $250,000 this coming "VIP Super Saturday"

What are you doing this Saturday? You have plans? Well, cancel them. Because this Saturday isn't just any Saturday on PokerStars, it's VIP Super Saturday, with a combined prize pool of some $250,000 and a selection of VIP tournaments good enough to cancel all but your grandmother's birthday party*. All...more

24 February

Mustapha Kanit's Spectacular Bluff in EPT Dublin High Roller


Would you like to be tagged in this PCA photo?

PokerStars is celebrating 100 million players this month. Today, we take a deep and sometimes unflattering dive into the PCA photo archives As you might have seen over the past couple of weeks, the PokerStars Blog has been taking look back at the past 15 years of PokerStars, celebrating the...more

23 February

pucho2100 punches way to top of 2/23/16 Super Tuesday, wins $100K

As usual, this week's Super Tuesday featured a number of poker's top performing tournament players going deep, with a final nine including Ivan "Negriin" Luca, Sam "aaajack" Chartier, Nick "FU_15" Maimone, Juan "Malaka$tyle" Pardo, and Lander "tua133" Lijo. In the end, though, it was Argentina's pucho2100 who outlasted everyone, topping...more

'How I took my chance in 100 billion'

PokerStars is celebrating 100 million players this month. Today, we hear from one who took part in our 100 billionth hand. The odds were huge. As PokerStars geared up to deal its historic 100 billionth hand, nearly 390,000 players were online trying to hit it. Many of those were multi-tabling,...more

22 February

PokerStars has the need for speed

PokerStars is celebrating 100 million players this month. Today, we celebrate those players who like to go fast. What's the most boring part of playing poker? Folding. Nobody sits down in a casino or poker room eagerly awaiting the opportunity to pass their hand and wait a couple of minutes...more

Weekend Review: Big winners online while events in Dublin turn heads

A look at all the major stories from this past weekend on PokerStars. Weekend highlights * Stardust167 wins the Sunday Million * Vlad "dariepoker" Darie wins the Warm-Up and... *Dzmitry Urbanovich wins the EPT Dublin Main Event Round up of latest results There's no doubting that the main news this...more

21 February

Sunday Million: stardust167 has the luck of the Irish, defeats Nicolau "nicofellow" Villa-Lobos for $179k score

This week, the Sunday Million produced yet another final table that was a virtual murderer's row of online poker success stories. Among them was 2014 ANZPT Perth champion Patrick "pmahoney22" Mahoney, who only last month captured a TCOOP title and over $144k. Russia's KumariOy is a 2013 SCOOP champion and...more

Sunday Warm-Up: Vlad "dariepoker" Darie notches $71K victory

While attending the recently concluded PCA is on my bucket list, this added perk to the PokerStars VIP Store tops it all. As Brad Willis mentioned a few days ago tickets to the Grand Slam tennis tournament are now available with StarsCoin. A ways off Wimbledon's Centre Court, the ending...more

So who was that first winner on PokerStars mobile?

So you're at home, playing a tournament on PokerStars and the internet goes down. Who knows what caused it, apart from one of those illogical and irrational assumptions anyone would make in a time of such crisis - bad weather, a piece of furniture blocking the signal, or an IP...more

20 February

EPT12 Dublin: Dzmitry Urbanovich caps annus mirabilis with crushing victory in Ireland

The most predictable winner's photo of all time: Dzmitry Urbanovich Poker has a habit of uncovering new sensations at intervals of about 12 months. We've had Mike McDonald, Jason Mercier, Ole Schemion, Dan Colman and the like, while others like Steve O'Dwyer continue hot streaks year after year. But for...more

EPT12 Dublin: Samuel Panzica flops quads to win High Roller and €375,770

The RDS is a huge venue. So big in fact that even while hosting one of the biggest poker festivals in the country, it can also host an even bigger convention in the hall next door called Divine Mercy** which, shall we say, has a different agenda to, say, a...more

Biggest poker tournament ever? Check!

PokerStars is celebrating 100 million players this month. Today, we celebrate those who were part of one of the biggestpoker tournaments in history. Every year throughout the world millions of school children, adventurous teens and adults with an appreciation of the incredible all open up the world-famous Guinness World Records...more

EPT12 Dublin: Main Event final day live updates

* CLICK TO REFRESH FOR LATEST UPDATES * CLICK FOR LATEST CHIP COUNTS * CLICK FOR PAYOUTS TO DATE * Watch the action on EPT Live * 2 of 605 players remaining 12:00am: It's over! Click here for a full report of the day. --JS 11.56pm: Urbanovich wins Main Event...more

EPT12 Dublin: Pick the Main Event winner on BetStars

We're still half an hour away from the restart in the €10K High Roller in Dublin, and the Main Event does the same at little while later at 1pm (with EPT Live beginning the cards up broadcast at 2pm). That gives you plenty of time to consider a wager on...more

EPT12 Dublin: €10K High Roller final day updates

* CLICK FOR RECAP OF THE FINAL DAY * CLICK FOR COMPLETE €10K HIGH ROLLER PAYOUTS 8:01pm: Samuel Panzica wins EPT12 High Roller and €375,770! Level 27 - Blinds 40,000/80,000 (10,000 ante) Samuel Panzica turned the screw on his opponent for a couple of hands, and then the last hand...more

19 February

EPT12 Dublin: High Roller final 13 led by Sergey Lebedev

The penultimate day of the PokerStars Dublin Poker Festival also happens to coincide with the penultimate day of one of the most coveted tournaments on the EPT - the €10k High Roller Event. Winning this one really gives you street cred amongst the best high stakes tournament grinders around. Ten...more

EPT12 Dublin: €10K High Roller Day 2 live updates

* CLICK TO REFRESH FOR LATEST UPDATES * CLICK FOR LATEST DAY 2 CHIP COUNTS * 13 of 185 entries remain (140 uniques, 45 re-entries) 1:10am: Play ends, Lebedev leads Level 20 - Blinds 8,000-16,000 (2,000 ante) Play has ended for the day with 13 players remaining. Sergey Lebedev leads...more

EPT12 Dublin: High Roller Day 2 live updates archive

This is an archive of previous coverage. Please follow the live action on the live updates page . 9:45pm: Vieira tanks, can't find a fold Level 17 - Blinds 4,000/8,000 (1,000 ante) Joao Vieira and Sylvain Loosli had been sat side by side with four tables left, with the Portuguese...more

Get Wimbledon tickets in VIP Store today!

So you want to see Wimbledon but don't fancy shelling out big bucks for tickets. That's fine. How about you just pick up some in the PokerStars VIP Club Store? Today, the PokerStars VIP Club store put up some sweet seats that you can get exclusively with StarsCoin. For the...more

EPT12 Dublin: Dzmitry Urbanovich leads final six of Main Event. Surprised?

There was arguably a theme to this fifth day of the EPT Dublin Main Event. It was simple. The short stacks came and went, leaving the big stacks to lay claim to a final table spot. There was just one exception to this rule, and a familiar one too. It...more

Smile! You're on Kid Poker Camera!

PokerStars is celebrating 100 million players this month. Today, we celebrate its best-known. Say what you will about Daniel Negreanu. Go ahead. There's nothing that hasn't been said before. Talk about his eating habits. Talk about his ego. Talk about his intentions. You're not going to say anything new. Kid...more

EPT12 Dublin: Main Event Day 5 live updates

* CLICK TO REFRESH FOR LATEST UPDATES * CLICK FOR LATEST CHIP COUNTS * CLICK FOR UPDATED PAYOUTS * Watch the action on EPT Live * 6 of 605 players remaining 7pm: End of day confirmed counts Here's how the final six line up: Dzmitry Urbanovich - 5,125,000 Patrick Clarke...more

18 February

EPT12 Dublin: Dominik Nitsche leads final high roller of the festival

As I'm sure you know by now the EPT Dublin Poker Festival is the biggest of its kind to be held on the Emerald Isle. As is the custom at PokerStars' EPT festivals the third and final high roller kicks off three days from the end of proceedings. Already this...more

EPT12 Dublin: Patrick Clarke, final home hope, bags most of last 16

Patrick Clarke: Leading on home soil The European Poker Tour has a habit of setting records then breaking records, setting and breaking, setting and breaking, rinse and repeat. But through all of its 12 seasons, there has never been a level of deep-stack play like the one that kicked off...more

The PokerStars Sunday Million Two-Timer Club

PokerStars is celebrating 100 million players this month. Today, we celebrate nine of those players who are members of an exclusive club. At 55 years old, Dr. Diego Aizenberg isn't a man who spends every Sunday grinding away at the Sunday majors. Born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Aizenberg...more

EPT12 Dublin: Main Event Day 4 live updates archive

This is an archive of previous coverage. Please follow the live action on the live updates page. 5:25pm: Full chip counts Level 22 - Blinds 8,000-16,000 (ante 2,000) NameCountryChips Gilles BerniesGermany2,200,000 Christopher KrukCanada1,900,000 Ivan BanicCroatia1,800,000 Patrick ClarkeIreland1,700,000 Mikhail PetrovRussia1,320,000 Alex GoulderUK1,305,000 Rhys JonesUK1,122,000 Matias RuzziArgentina1,0170,00 Kuljinder SidhuUK963,000 Iliodoros KamatakisGreece835,000 Frank...more

EPT12 Dublin: Main Event Day 4 live updates

* CLICK TO REFRESH FOR LATEST UPDATES * CLICK FOR LATEST CHIP COUNTS * CLICK FOR UPDATED PAYOUTS * Watch the action on EPT Live * 16 of 605 players remaining Day-end wrap Here's a report on what happened at EPT Dublin on Day 4. 7:40pm: Clarke's huge overbet gets...more

EPT12 Dublin: €10K High Roller Day 1 live updates

* CLICK TO REFRESH FOR LATEST UPDATES * Late registration (and single re-entry option) through start of Day 2 * 80 of 181 entries remain (so far) * 42 re-entries 1:10am: Play ends for Day 1 Level 10 - Blinds: 800-1,600 (200 ante) Play has ended for Day 1. Dominik...more

17 February

EPT12 Dublin: Alex Goulder looking golden, ends Main Event Day 3 on top

It was another cool, crisp day in Dublin, though inside the Royal Dublin Society the EPT12 Dublin Main Event is just starting to heat up. Day 3 of the tournament saw the money bubble burst, the field narrow down to just 45 hopefuls, and the UK's Alex Goulder emerge from...more

EPT12 Dublin: Big names pick up big cashes in EPT side events

As you have likely seen if you're keeping up with EPT Dublin action via social media, there have been some pretty high-profile side-event winners already so far this week. In addition to Mustapha Kanit and Charlie Carrel triumphing in the €25,000 and €10,000 High Roller events, players including Dominik Nitsche,...more

Alexander Stevic and the start of a new era in poker

PokerStars is celebrating 100 million players this month, so we looked back on the first ever EPT winner Alexander Stevic, and his part in changing the game. Looking back, there was no way to predict the magnitude of what happened in Barcelona in 2004. The event was called the European...more

EPT12 Dublin: Main Event Day 3 live updates

* CLICK TO REFRESH FOR LATEST UPDATES * CLICK FOR LATEST CHIP COUNTS * CLICK FOR UPDATED PAYOUTS * Watch the action on EPT Live * 45 of 605 players remaining 9.10pm: That's it! Level 19 - Blinds 4,000-8,000 (1,000 ante) Alex Goulder's stack of 1,020,000 is the biggest in...more

16 February

Awesome win for "Dhr. Awesome" in 2/16/16 Super Tuesday

When you're thinking about choosing a PokerStars screen name, and you decide that it's a good idea to include the word "awesome" in your name, then are setting yourself some pretty big expectations to live up to. Awesome is not just good. It's not just great. It's just AWESOME! It...more

EPT12 Dublin: Ivan Banic takes online form to live arena, leads star-studded field

Ivan "Banicivan" Banic: Dominant performance on Day 2 in Dublin EPT12 Dublin is shaping up to be a cracker, both a throwback to the old days when the European Poker Tour last visited these shores, and a celebration of all that is brilliant about the contemporary game. As we head...more

The Moneymaker Boom that almost wasn't

As PokerStars celebrates 100M players, we look back at one of the players who helped make it all happen. Even after the springtime sun had gone down that night, it was still warm in Tennessee. It was just before 10pm, and the thermometer was hanging around 65° F. It was...more

EPT12 Dublin: Main Event Day 2 live updates

* CLICK TO REFRESH FOR LATEST UPDATES * CLICK FOR LATEST CHIP COUNTS * Watch the action on EPT Live 8:25pm: Banic takes Day 2? There's some last minute confusion after Ivan Banic tangled in a pot right at the bell, but we're calling it for Banic tonight with 381,200...more

EPT12 Dublin: Day 2 Levels 9-10 live updates

This is an archive of previous coverage. Please click through for latest updates. 2:39pm: Ace for Ventura Blinds - 500-1,000 (100 ante) Diego Ventura perhaps thought he wouldn't be around to see Level 11, which starts after the break. But he just managed to double up in the "fun way,"...more

EPT Grand Final schedule guarantees thrilling end to the season

While the EPT Dublin is now in full swing, with live updates continuing from the Main Event on the PokerStars Blog, it's natural to look ahead to what will be the finale of the season, and the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino EPT Grand Final. Today we can provide all the details...more

15 February

EPT12 Dublin: Charlie Carrel defeats Dominik Nitsche to win €10,300 High Roller

There's no stopping Charlie Carrel Whoever plans these big poker festivals is one clever cookie. You see, with Day 1A of the Main Event taking place yesterday, that meant that anyone who had played and survived now wasn't due back until Tuesday for Day 2. Add to the mix the...more

EPT12 Dublin: Francisco Correia de Oliviera Main Event Day 1B leader

Should we really be surprised how things went today? Probably not. For this was Day 1B, a day that could easily be summed up using the official EPT textbook*, with a well-worn blueprint that goes something like this. * Seats are filled * More seats are filled * People start...more

Vladas Tamasauskas wins UKIPT5 Dublin and €176,900

Vladas Tamasauskas - champion After a one-day hiatus the final UKIPT Main Event of Season 5 came to a conclusion today. After nearly seven levels of exciting play, Vladas Tamasauskas from Lithuania became the latest champion on the tour. He had a tricky period and had to win a race...more

The ghosts of WCOOP

Don't miss your chance to win up to $100,000 in cash daily in the PokerStars 100M player celebration Remind Ed Hill about his old PokerStars player icon. Remind him that it was a cartoon cat looking back at a wary dog just on the edge of the frame. No matter...more

Meet PokerStars' longest-serving player of all time

Don't miss your chance to win up to $100,000 in cash daily in the PokerStars 100M player celebration Choosing a suitable screen name for your poker account can be challenging, because all the best or most appropriate ones are taken. With PokerStars now celebrating 100 million customers, getting something close...more

EPT12 Dublin: Main Event Day 1B live updates

* CLICK TO REFRESH FOR LATEST UPDATES * Follow the UKIPT final table * Follow the single-day high roller * 276 of 440 (so far) players remaining 12:08am: Day 1B concludes The bags are out and chips are being counted, and it does look as though Francisco Correia De Oliveira...more

EPT12 Dublin: €10K Single-Day High Roller live updates

4:00am: That's a wrap! Check out a full rundown of today's action here. --JS 3:56am: It's all over! Carrel is the winner! Level 24 - Blinds 80,000/160,000 (10,000 ante) Both Carrel and Nitsche had been going back and forth with the all-ins, the raise and take-its, and the limp-raise-folds....more

UKIPT5 Dublin Final Table: Level 27 -33 updates (125,000 - 250,000, ante 25,000)

9:45pm: So long Season 5, hello Season 6 Level 33 - Blinds 125,000/250,000 (25,000 ante) I hope you've enjoyed our coverage of Season 5 of the UKIPT, which started all the way back in January 2015. There's not long to wait for Season 6 as it kicks of in...more

Weekend Review: A look back on (and ahead to) the week's winners

A look at all the major stories from this past weekend on PokerStars. Weekend highlights * Sr.Rouquinho wins the Sunday Million for $171,000 * shtruddle does the same in the Sunday Warm-Up * EPT Dublin Main Event gets started Round up of latest results A short and sweet round up...more

UKIPT5 Dublin: Final table player profiles

Seat 1: Mark Reilly, Ireland - 845,000 Mark Reilly, 36, has been a poker pro for the last 11 years, mainly playing medium stakes PLO, both cash games and tournaments. The €16,840 he's now guaranteed for making the UKIPT Dublin final table will be the third biggest cash of his...more

Sunday Million: Resilient Sr.Rouquinho rides out storm to $171K victory

Of all the qualities a poker player can have, none is more important than resilience. It lets you play the same quality game whether you're working with a big stack or a short one, whether you're playing a turbo structure or a deep one, and when you opt to hold...more

14 February

Sunday Warm-Up: shtruddle savors sweet $64K victory

More often than not, coming to the final table with the short stack is a ticket for a quick exit. Even catching a break or two early on can will usually still leave you vulnerable enough that surviving long enough to move up a pay spot or two can be...more

EPT12 Dublin: Gilles Bernies leads to end Main Event Day 1A

Love is in the air. There are flowers everywhere. It can only be Valentine's Day, so what did 147 romantics decide to do? Come and play Day 1A of the EPT Dublin Main Event of course! It's the first EPT stop in Dublin for 10 years, and plenty of big...more

EPT12 Dublin: Mmmmmustapha Kanit chammmmmpion of €25,000 High Roller in Dublimmmm

Mustapha Kanit: Champion! Close to the dinner break during yesterday's action in the €25,000 High Roller event at EPT Dublin, Mustapha Kanit seemed tired, frustrated and was nursing a short stack. It didn't suit him. Kanit is the most gregarious of players: he is a shaman around whom all others...more

EPT12 Dublin: €25K High Roller final table live updates

8pm: Champion Mustapha And so Mustapha Kanit is the champion. Read all about it. 7:55pm: Kanit wins huge one, finishes the job! Level 23 - Blinds 100,000-200,000 (30,000 ante) The final hand of the tournament saw Chance Kornuth raise from the button before Mustapha Kanit three-bet all in. Kornuth indicated...more

EPT12 Dublin: Main Event Day 1A live updates

* CLICK TO REFRESH FOR LATEST UPDATES * Click for selected chip counts * The first EPT Dublin Main Event for eight years * 82 players remain from field of 147 so far on Day 1A * Click here for full final table report from the €25K High Roller...more

13 February

EPT12 Dublin: The one and only Mustapha Kanit takes €25K High Roller lead to final day

As players bagged up to conclude Day 2 of the €25K High Roller at the EPT Dublin festival tonight, we recalled the scene about 24 hours before at the end of Day 1. Mustapha "lasagnaaammm" Kanit was in a bit of a hurry, and once the bags were produced he...more

Adalsteinn Karlsson leads UKIPT5 Dublin final table

Adalsteinn Karlsson, final table chip leader When play began today Adalsteinn Karlsson was right in the middle of the pack, in twelfth spot of the 24 remaining players. After a quick fire Day 3 in the UKIPT Main Event he tops the lot. In no small part that's thanks to...more

"Everyone should play live poker"

"Everyone should play in a live PokerStars tournament!" exclaimed Donatas Vlasovas after his experience of playing in the PokerStars Cup in Dublin over the weekend. "It was an amazing experience and I would highly recommend it to everyone." Don won his entry to the event via a promotion at PokerSchoolOnline,...more

EPT12 Dublin: €25K High Roller Day 2 live updates

* CLICK TO REFRESH FOR LATEST UPDATES * LATEST CHIP COUNTS * 8 of 70 entries remaining * Follow the action from the UKIPT! 1:50am: We're officially done for the day Level 18 - Blinds 25,000-50,000 (5,000 ante) Chips are bagged and counted and the players are heading out to...more

UKIPT5 Dublin Day 3: Level 23-27 updates (30,000 - 60,000, ante 10,000)

* CLICK TO REFRESH FOR LATEST UPDATES * CHIP COUNTS * Players remaining: 8 of 1,002 (average stack is 3,130,000) * Final table of eight set (recap here); final table to resume Monday at 12:30 * Hole cards up coverage of the final to streamed on EPTLive.com from 1:30pm...more

12 February

UKIPT5 Dublin Day 2: Adam Owen leads final 24 heading into Day 3

Owen leads the final three tables Day 2 of the UKIPT certainly lived up to the "moving day" tagline today after the 273 returning players were whittled down to just 24 over the course of ten one-hour levels. As the dust settled on a long day, one man stood...more

EPT12 Dublin: Dream start for Anton Bertilsson in 25K High Roller

It's not uncommon for a player to come out of nowhere, take the lead and stay there for a while, but at some point you expect the run to falter. Not so with Anton Bertilsson today in the €25K High Roller event in Dublin. It's not that Bertilsson is unknown...more

"Enjoy the moment!"

"Enjoy the moment!" That was the number one piece of advice that Felipe Mojave bestowed upon Donatas Vlasovas before the start of Flight 1C of the PokerStars Cup event tonight, and solid advice it is. To the casual passer-by Don (as we now call him) may look like just another...more

UKIPT5 Dublin Day 2: Level 19 -22 updates (10,000 - 20,000, ante 3,000)

* CLICK TO REFRESH FOR LATEST UPDATES * Day 2 is over, Day 3 starts at noon: RECAP OF DAY 2 HERE * OVERNIGHT CHIP COUNTS * DAY 3 SEAT DRAW * Players remaining: 24 of 1,002 (average stack is 1,044,000) * Top 151 players get paid, payouts can...more

Premier League additions to the VIP Club Store

Browsing the PokerStars VIP Club Store just got very interesting for sports fans. Starting today we've added a range of packages to major Premier League football matches in the coming weeks, offering great value, with more sports packages lined up for later this year. Right now though we're focusing on...more

Welcome to the Big Leagues - Where the Poker is Real

Play Money Poker has changed. For the first ten years of PokerStars it provided new and inexperienced players with training wheels to get used to the look and feel of online poker before committing themselves to real money. However, in the last few years things have dramatically changed. The standard...more

EPT12 Dublin: €25,000 High Roller Day 1 updates

* CLICK TO REFRESH FOR LATEST UPDATES * LATEST CHIP COUNTS * Day 1 runs for eight one-hour levels * Registration open until start of Day 2 9:45pm: Bertilsson leads at the end of Day 1 Anton Bertilsson is the chip leader after the opening day, with 42 players remaining...more

UKIPT5 Dublin Day 2: Level 13-18 updates (4,000 - 8,000, ante 1,000)

* This in an archive on level 13-18 updates of the UKIPT Main Event, live updates are here. * CLICK HERE FOR LATEST CHIP COUNTS * LIVE UPDATES of the €25,000 High Roller can be found here. * Day 2 of the UKIPT Main Event - we're in the...more

11 February

UKIPT5 Dublin: Stefan Schillhabel tops Day 1B field on record breaking day

Schillabel showed his skill to lead the way We love breaking records on the UKIPT and we smashed two of them out of the park today. A massive 788 players turned up to play Day 1B of this event, eclipsing the previous single day attendance record for a UKIPT Main...more

UKIPT5 Dublin Day 1B: Level 8-12 updates (1,000-2,000, 300 ante)

* CLICK TO REFRESH FOR LATEST UPDATES * Largest ever UKIPT event in Ireland, 1,002 runners in total * Day 1B consists of twelve 45-minute levels * Day 1B players: 222 of 788 remaining * Late registration has closed 9:20pm: It's all over Level 12: Blinds 1,000-2,000, 300 ante...more

Last chance! Earn millions of Stars Coin in VIP Steps Challenge

You can't say you weren't warned. We told you about this a couple of weeks ago. Now, it's almost too late to get in on millions in StarsCoin giveaways. As you might have heard (ahem), PokerStars is celebrating 100 million players by throwing a month-long party with lots of giveaways....more

UKIPT5 Dublin Day 1B: Level 1-7 updates (300-600, 75 ante)

* CLICK HERE FOR CURRENT UPDATES * Day 1B consists of twelve 45-minute levels, this is an archive of levels 1-7. * Day 1B players (779 so far - a record for single day attendance in a UKIPT Main Event) * Late registration has closed 4pm: All about the...more

10 February

Vladimir Velikov streaks clear of UKIPT5 Dublin Day 1A field

That's what a 300k smile looks like The second day of the EPT Dublin festival took place today and central to the day's festivities was Day 1A of the UKIPT Main Event. The tour is in its fifth season and Dublin has been an ever-present stop, producing four champions...more

UKIPT5 Dublin Day 1A: Level 9-12 updates (1,000-2,000, 300 ante)

* CLICK TO REFRESH FOR LATEST UPDATES * Day 1A is over. Day 1B starts at 10am Thursday. You can read all about Day 1A here. * 52 of 214 players made it through * You can catch up with Level 1-8 coverage here 9:20pm: Done for the day...more

UKIPT5 Dublin Day 1A: Level 1-8 updates (400-800, 100 ante)

* CLICK TO REFRESH FOR LATEST UPDATES * Day 1A consists of twelve 45 minute levels - currently playing level 8 * 144 of 214 players remain * Late registration is closed * This is an archive of earlier updates, current Day 1A updates can be found here 4:55pm:...more

9 February

mahmuttt88 goes all the way in 2/9/16 Super Tuesday

The largest weekly buy-in online poker tournament in the world continues to attract the world's best players and showcase some tremendous poker, and today's Super Tuesday was no exception. When it came down to the final two players we saw two Scandinavian warriors going at it in for almost an...more

Jason's Journey

Greek mythology tells of a famous adventurer called Jason, who sailed the ship Argo, searching for the "golden fleece." Here in the poker world, we have a Jason who has experienced many adventures of his own - I thought this would be a good time to stop and recount a...more

Live coverage from the EPT Dublin festival begins tomorrow

The European Poker Tour returns to Dublin tomorrow after an eight year break. It should only take a hand or two to feel back at home. Dublin is a poker town, and while the EPT has been away the UKIPT has made it home, so in many ways the UKIPT...more

8 February

PokerStars guarantees $10 million in 10th Anniversary Sunday Million

So where were you on Sunday March 5, 2006? I know, it's not easy to remember that far back. But one thing's for sure, you'll want to remember where to be ten years later. That date was the day of the first ever Sunday Million, won by "aaaaaaaa" from Canada...more

Top of the Tables for 'Tsitsomitsos'

PokerStars player 'Tsitsomitsos' from Greece is not a newcomer to the game. In fact he's been a PokerStars player since 2008 and joined our official poker school, PokerSchoolOnline, in 2011. It took those three tentative years playing recreationally for him to realise that he wanted to take the game more...more

Spin & Go delivers first 2016 millionaire

Four hands. Just four hands. That's all one PokerStars player from Russia needed to win $1 million on Sunday. The 25-year-old was at home alone. He didn't think he was dreaming. He simply thought, "Wow. Just WOW." He's a pro player who spends his free time playing chess and football....more

Weekend review: Comeback win for LilFishAtL headlines PokerStars weekend

A look at all the major stories from this past weekend on PokerStars. Weekend highlights * LilFishAtL pulls off a remarkable heads-up come back to win the Sunday Million * Bica999 takes down the Sunday Warm-Up worth $75,000 * Jean Issa wins the Anniversary Special in Manila Round up of...more

Sunday Million: LilFishAtL thrives in big pond, banks $141k

When this final table was down to its last three players, all signs pointed to a win for Grayson "gray31" Ramage. Only last week, Ramage took down a TCOOP title and over $213k for his victory in the $2,100 NLHE High Roller event and was riding a wave of momentum...more

7 February

Sunday Warm-Up: bica999 dominates final table for $75K win

This was both the fastest and slowest Sunday Warm-Up final table I have covered in the past seven years. First the slow, as bica999 came into the final nine holding a sizable lead but no one busted in the first hour despite many attempts to do so. The second "hour"...more

Anniversary Special: A glorious win for Jean Issa at the Main Event

"I finally did it!" Those were UK Jean Issa's words after he defeated Norwegian poker pro Henrik Tollefsen to claim his first-ever trophy at PokerStars Live Manila. Issa overcame a field of 534 entries at the Anniversary Special Main Event to capture the P461,600 cash prize and a seat worth...more

6 February

Anniversary Special: Final Day Updates

We will be posting random updates right here on some of the action at the final day of the PokerStars Live Manila Anniversary Special Main Event. We kick off with 76 players returning to the felt, each one vying for that top cash prize of P461,600. The overall chip leader...more

Anniversary Special: PS Live Manila Final Day

From 534 entries down to the 76 players, the PokerStars Live Manila Anniversary Special resumes today in search of its first main event champion. What's up for grabs? A big piece of the P2,279,112 prize pool, a total of P461,600 in cold hard cash to the winner plus a seat...more

Anniversary Special: Guiterrez leads day 1d, Dizon ships it big at day 1e

We have completed the last two flights of the PokerStars Live Manila Anniversary Special Main Event and what a big turnout it was with 99 entries for day 1d and 171 entries for day 1e. This easily surpassed the guarantee, bringing the prize pool to a healthy P2,279,828. Day 1d...more

Anniversary Special: PS Live Manila Day 1e Updates

We are down to the last day one flight of the PokerStars Live Manila Anniversary Special Main Event P2M Guarantee. Alike the previous flights, late registration is open until the end of level 12 and regulation play will conclude five minutes into level 20. Random updates for this flight will...more

5 February

Anniversary Special: PS Live Manila Day 1d Updates

Here we go! Day 1d of the Anniversary Special Main Event is underway at the PokerStars Live Manila poker room. This event has a P2M Guarantee with buy-in fee of P5,000. Unlimited re-entries are available until the end of level 12. Action will conclude five minutes into level 20. We...more

Anniversary Special: PS Live Manila Day 1d and Day 1e

With rain coming down outside, that only means lots of poker action to be expected this Saturday at the PokerStars Live Manila poker room with the Anniversary Special Main Event P2M Guarantee already underway. Today will see day 1d and day 1e heat up the felt. Day 1d got started...more

Anniversary Special: Tollefsen skyrockets in Day 1b; Lo on top at Day 1c

It was a big day at the felt with PokerStars Live Manila Anniversary Special Main Event running two day one flights, day 1b early in the afternoon and day 1c early evening. Day 1b was a big hit with many players in attendance for a total of 129 entries in...more

Listen to the latest #EPTNotLive podcast

The latest edition of the #EPTNotLive podcast is now available. We'll let the good folks behind it all provide the detail... "James and Joe haven't been anywhere, and their TV shows aren't currently on the air, but they still have plenty to talk about. There was a great response to...more

$100NL Zoom Poker Strategy - Randy 'Nanonoko' Lew


How to combine karma, trampolines and Steve O'Dwyer in one article

This was another of those weeks where you look back and wonder where the time went. Often in our case we spend so much energy looking forward to a festival that it's hard to envisage it ever being over with. But time passes, events finish, but then new ones appear...more

Anniversary Special: PS Live Manila Day 1c Updates

The third qualifying flight (day 1c) of the Anniversary Special Main Event has just begun. Late registration will be open until the end of level 12, that's just over 3 hours with the breaks. Players will be on the felt past the midnight hour until we reach the middle of...more

4 February

Anniversary Special: PS Live Manila Day 1b Updates

We are back at the PokerStars Live Manila poker room for the weeklong Anniversary Special. Today has Day 1b kicking off at 215PM. Updates for day 1b will be posted right here. Late registration is open until the end of level 12, or 3 hours of play. The night will...more

Anniversary Special: Day 1b and Day 1c Today

Day 1b of the PokerStars Live Manila Anniversary Special Main Event has just gotten underway here at the PokerStars Live Manila poker room in City of Dreams Manila, Philippines. This event has a P2M Guarantee for an affordable P5,000 buy-in fee. Unlimited re-entries are available until the end of level...more

Anniversary Special: Hassan Leads Day 1a with 8 Remaining

After roughly around 5 hours of regulation play, day 1a of the PokerStars Live Manila Anniversary Special Main Event ended with 8 players out of 59 surviving the night. Sitting on top with the largest stack was Carlo Aziz Hassan from the United Kingdom with 190,000 chips. Hassan climbed to...more

PokerStars cash gamers pick up $1 million

You don't have to be a high-roller to pick up some big money in PokerStars cash games. Just look at the people who collectively pocketed more than $1 million during the month of January in the PokerStars Cash Game Quests. The idea was simple. Players signed up for simple daily...more

Anniversary Special: PS Live Manila Day 1a Updates

The PokerStars Live Manila Anniversary Special Main Event has begun. We will have random live updates for you on the action at the felt. Players will begin with a 15,000 stack, 15-minute levels, and late registration will be open until the end of level 12. They will play until below...more

Anniversary Special: PokerStars Live Manila

One year ago, PokerStars opened up its newest hub in Asia, the PokerStars Live Manila poker room at the highly prestigious City Of Dreams Manila in Pasay City, Philippines. Since then, they have held several festivals such as the highly attended Manila Megastack events, the P1M Guaranteed tournaments, and the...more

Jump the queue with new online registration at EPT Dublin

Sometimes the little things can make all the difference. That's why we're always trying to make the player experience better, whether it's better chips, better tables, or even the process each player goes through before that -- like registration. At EPT12 Dublin players will notice a few improvements in this...more

Main Event champ Dinesh "NastyMinder" Alt on karma and TCOOP success

So what's the single best quality you can have to ensure success in the TCOOP Main Event? Easy according to Dinesh "NastyMinder" Alt: Karma. Well, sort of. Last Sunday Alt did what 4,076 other players tried to do. But while they fell short Alt went all the way, winning a...more

2 February

Nacho "PokerLoans1" Barbero nabs 2/2/16 Super Tuesday for $92K

This week's $1,050 buy-in Super Tuesday at PokerStars drew the typically tough field, with another big turnout of 488 adding another challenge to those hoping to win. During the tournament's final stages there were several familiar players making it close to the final table, and a few more among the...more

PokerStars named Best Online Poker Operator

For the fourth consecutive year, the International Gaming Awards has awarded the 'Poker Operator of the Year' title to PokerStars, an Amaya Inc. (Nasdaq: AYA; TSX: AYA) brand. "We are proud that the independent judging panel named PokerStars as the 'Online Poker Operator of the Year'," said Eric Hollreiser, vice...more

Looking ahead to EPT Dublin

I don't know if you can remember what you were doing on November 7, 2007, but the EPT was wrapping up its last event in Dublin. Rueben Peters and Annette Obrestad put the finishing touches to the tournament and in fine style. Most had expected the unstoppable Obrestad to sweep...more

1 February

TCOOP 2016: buzzard1881 on his TCOOP title... make that two

The following is a little late. Our interview with buzzard1881 was supposed to be published last week. He'd just won TCOOP-06, a 6-Max shootout tournament with a first prize of $17,539. He'd told us about it, and we were all set, only for the plan to run into a problem...more

Aussie Millions 2016: Steve O'Dwyer wins the LK Boutique $250k Challenge!

The final day of the 2016 Aussie Millions Poker Championship came to a close on Monday evening with Steve O'Dwyer adding yet another accolade to his blossoming poker career as he was crowned the champion of the LK Boutique $250,000 Challenge Event. A field of 16 entrants included the biggest...more

Weekend Review: Business as usual while TCOOP ends in style

A look at all the major stories from this past weekend on PokerStars. Weekend highlights * Another big weekend for TCOOP, with the Main Event won by Dinesh "NastyMinder" Alt who won a first prize of $396,691 * Damianos "damourinio" Aslanidis wins the Sunday Million, earning $155,457 * LameR25 takes...more