May 2016

31 May

Omaha Week: The aftermath

What a week this has been! I didn't know what to expect going in. I'd never played a PLO tournament and certainly never been coached on live stream before. It started off with some lessons from Lex and Roy. It was a fun experience to learn something new in front...more

Stoked for the summer 

Sitting on my flight to Vegas, I started to think about the fact that this will be my ninth year in a row attending the World Series of Poker and going to Vegas for the summer. It feels like just yesterday I was a 21-year-old kid coming off my first...more

30 May

Weekend Review: Viking8844 pillages Sunday Million while APPT ends in Macau

A brief look at all the major stories from this past weekend on PokerStars. The weekend highlight -- Viking8844 wins the Sunday Million earning $178,000 -- Jian Guo Sun wins the APPT Main Event in Macau Big results from the weekend A pretty big weekend for PokerStars as the Sunday...more

Sunday Million: Viking8844 sails through sea of foes to victory, earns $178K

After taking a break of sorts during the recently completed Spring Championship of Online Poker, the Sunday Million was back again this week, online poker's most popular weekly tournament. The final table featured a number of tough challengers, including the Brazilian Gustavo "PIUlimeira" Ferreira and Uruguay's Alex "komarolo22" Komaromi. But...more

29 May

APPT10 Macau: Sun shines on final day to take title back to Beijing

Jian Guo Sun: Champion! Poker, by its very nature, throws up surprises at every turn. And we've just seen a pretty huge one here at the PokerStars LIVE card-room at the City of Dreams Casino, where the latest champion on the Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) is a 52-year-old coffee...more

28 May

APPT10 Macau: Final table live updates

8:15pm: Congratulations to APPT Macau champion Jian Guo Sun! It's all over here as Jian Guo Sun emerges victorious in another edition of the prestigious APPT Macau Main Event. He overcame Bernard Vu heads up and a field of 533 to claim HK$2,149,660, an ACOP Main Event seat valued at...more

APPT10 Macau: Ward leads magnificent seven after dream day

Alex Ward: Dominant chip leader in Macau APPT Macau has reached it magnificent final seven, the result of a swashbuckling day in the PokerStars LIVE card-room at the City of Dreams--and one that came straight from the dreams of the young British player Alex Ward. Really, this could not have...more

APPT10 Macau: Day 3 coverage archive

This is an archive of previous coverage. APPT10 Macau: Day 3 archive 12:20pm: He eliminated; Final table set The official final table of seven is ready to return tomorrow after Kan He was eliminated in eight place. He moved his last 590,000 in preflop and after it folded to chip...more

27 May

The Ultimate Race: Conor Cummins talks TT 2016

On the eve of the 2016 TT, Conor Cummins talks about the win that would define his career and why he's willing to lay it all on the line. Don't call Conor Cummins a madman. You'd be hard pressed to find a more laidback, likeable character, but as one of...more

Increase Your Chip Stack by Decreasing Your.... Pant Size?

Have you looked around a poker room lately? Like, really looked? You might be surprised by what you see. Players who have fallen victim to sedentarily splashing chips for hours on end are now becoming the minority. Nowadays, the world's top pros are fit and active, and they're adamant that...more

What's not to miss on PokerStars this weekend?

As we head into the weekend we take a look forward to, and back on, the top stories from the PokerStars world. 1. Talal Shakerchi headslines a record breaking SCOOP 2016 The highlight of the three Main Events was most certainly the "High" rendition, what with its all-star line-up. It...more

Streamer for the people joins Team Online

I'm on Team Online? Somebody please wake me up. In all seriousness I've been looking forward to this for such a long time and it's an absolute dream come true! When I first got into poker I knew that I was going to shuffle between player/broadcaster/ambassador, and it's really flattering...more

Spin & Go your way into the Sunday Million

There's a new Spin & Go season upon us, this won giving you the chance to win your way directly into the Sunday Million, starting today. For a buy in of just $2.50 you could find yourself rubbing virtual shoulders with the best in the online game, competing for online...more

APPT10 Macau: Day 2 coverage archive

This is an archive of previous coverage. Click through for the latest from the tournament floor. APPT10 Macau: Day 2 ends suspended on bubble but Hanyang Peng leads Day 2 of APPT10 Macau began amid warnings of a typhoon hitting this part of town, but ended with conditions so clement...more

26 May

Low-rolling High Roller: Punk girl in Monaco

Nothing shouts "high roller" as much as Monte Carlo, and nothing shouts "low roller" as much as punk. So, imagine me, a former punk girl having my £49.99 handbag placed on its own little chair by one of four waiters looking after me in a Monaco restaurant. How did I...more

Taking your PLO game to the next level

Hey folks. I've been playing PLO for close to ten years and have been coaching students in the game for about half that time. As complex and nuanced as the game of Pot Limit Omaha is, I have noticed that there are some leaks and pitfalls that are common amongst...more

SCOOP 2016: Text book finish for Joshua "slayervfan" Hoesel

SCOOP 2016 ended this week, and if you've been hiding in a cave since that bad beat you received in SCOOP 1-L you can catch up on our results page which links to all the final table reports, including that of SCOOP 38-H, won by Joshua "slayerv1fan" Hoesel. We spoke...more

APPT10 Macau: Day 1B coverage archive

This is an archive of a previous day's coverage. Click through for the latest action from the tournament floor. Juicy Li squeezes competition to lead Day 1B The main event at APPT10 Macau has now played 16 levels, but in poker terms it's still only a day old. Following yesterday's...more

25 May

SCOOP 2016: Doug "WCG|Rider" Polk Talks About His Win in SCOOP-43-H: $2,100 NL Hold'em [1R1A], $250K Guaranteed

Doug "WCG|Rider" Polk is one of the most renowned online poker players in the game. For years he's battled at the high-stakes cash games, while also finding time to win a World Series of Poker gold bracelet and win the PokerStars Mountain Series $700 Kilimanjaro for $162,952. However, the one...more

SCOOP 2016: Talal Shakerchi brings record breaking Championship to a close

With news that SCOOP 2016 had set a new record for the combined prize pool, up to $90,984,283.44 (across 56 events and 168 tournaments) from $81,222,158.66 in 2014, it was appropriate that the Main Event provided the finale the Championship so richly deserved. Numbers say a lot, but it's the...more

Trying out Pot Limit Omaha

One of the common and biggest mistakes Hold'em players make is the way they perceive PLO. They think it's a gambling game without structure--just pot-sized bets and people jamming flush draws all the time. This is a huge mistake. It's a very technical and complex game with more possibilities than...more

APP10 Macau: Day 1A coverage archive

This is an archive of previous coverage. Follow live updates from the tournament floor. Day 1A of APPT Macau has drawn to a close after eight levels that suggest we will likely have a total field of more than 500 for this event. By the time registration slammed shut for...more

24 May

Cesar "Ce$ar$pa" Garcia tops stacked final table, wins 5/24/16 Super Tuesday

With the final events of this year's Spring Championship of Online Poker still playing out, it was back to business for the Super Tuesday, PokerStars' weekly $1,050 no-limit hold'em event that routinely draws poker's best and brightest. As often happens in the event, the final table was full of familiar...more

SCOOP 2016: Andres 'Educa-p0ker' Artinano wins Medium Main Event (Event #54-M $1,000 NL)

Andres 'Educa-p0ker' Artinano has been on his own, as a Spaniard living in the U.K with no direction home, but he's no longer a complete unknown after winning the Medium version of the 2016 SCOOP Main Event. The day of reckoning. The SCOOP Main Event. All you had to do...more

SCOOP 2016: Talal "raidalot" Shakerchi triumphs over tough field in $10K Main Event for $1.468M

As always, the $10,000 buy-in Spring Championship of Online Poker Main Event (the "High") at PokerStars attracted a host of top tournament talent, with the leaderboard constantly displaying names of some of poker's elite players throughout the three days the tournament played out. By the end, however, the name of...more

SCOOP 2016: mmleandro wins Main event title in #54-L; Brazil's 21st SCOOP of the series ($100 NLH Main Event)

The final SCOOP Sunday rolled around with big tournaments and massive prize pools. The spotlight tournaments were the three SCOOP Main Events pulling in huge crowds of players, including nearly 25,000 entrants in the low buy-in version. After three long days of grinding, it came down to a pair of...more

Matt "plattsburgh" Vengrin's Magical Summer Movie

Try to get Matt Vengrin's attention right now. It's not an easy thing. More than two weeks of the Spring Championship of Online Poker have been on, and that doesn't even begin to consider the NBA playoffs, an important Vengrin distraction. How important? Well, the kid's first word was "ball."...more

SCOOP 2016: Marko "BriDg2PaiN" Neumann on the secret behind his win

SCOOP might be coming to an end for another year, but the success stories are still worth telling. Like that of Marko "BriDg2PaiN" Neumann, who won SCOOP 32-H earlier in the Championship? "PLO is my favourite game to play, and I missed two bracelets in the last two years," he...more

APPT10 Macau: One hundred up, guaranteed

Devan Tang: One in 100 With about 15 minutes left on the clock in Level 9, Lori Lagrosas, Operations Manager of PokerStars LIVE Macau, came over to her colleagues in the tournament area and offered them a high five. The number of entries into the HKD$50,000 freezeout at this APPT...more

APPT10 Macau: Heading for a century?

Thomas Ward: Among early big stacks There's still just over 90 minutes left to register for the HKD$50,000 freezeout event at APPT Macau, and tournament officials are sweating the prospect of a three-figure field. At present--just entering Level 8--there are 97 players on the list, of whom 82 are...more

SCOOP 2016: Third title for Buck21 while Deeb set to be PoS on penultimate day

The day started with a new record, the biggest field ever in a SCOOP event. That came in SCOOP-51-L which had 99,114 entrants, creating a prize pool of $991,140. 1TheSpiteful of Slovenia would prevail, winning a first prize of $105,470, the second biggest of any Low event of the Championship...more

APPT10 Macau: Stars arrive for $50K freezeout

Bryan Huang: New responsibilities (pictured during Macau Millions) The HKD$50,000 event here at PokerStars LIVE Macau has kicked off in predictably energetic fashion. When the first cards were dealt, there were 39 players in their seats. By the time the first 40-minute level had been played, the number had swelled...more

APPT10 Macau: Christmas Eve

The PokerStars LIVE Macau card-room Now that the European Poker Tour season is over, and SCOOP is entering its death throes, there has never been a better reason to head over to Asia--specifically Macau and the PokerStars LIVE card-room at the City of Dreams. The Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT)...more

SCOOP 2016: Crizh earns the 20th title for Brazil in Event #56-L ($11 NL Hold'em [Progressive Super-Knockout])

Felixchamp was such a dominant force to start this final table, it looked to us like he might just gobble up the smaller stacks one by one and walk off with a new SCOOP watch in record time. But if we've learned anything from this year's SCOOP it's not to...more

23 May

SCOOP 2016: Switzerland's Ambri 81 conquers added Event #56-M ($109 NL PSKO)

No rest for the weary in Event #56! They were going to kick it old school and play from start to finish in a single session during a rare single-day event on the 2016 SCOOP docket. The actual official designation for this event is Progressive Super-Knockout, Bounty Builder Special Edition,...more

SCOOP 2016: Romania's profit76 Wins $437,420.71 in SCOOP-51-H: $1,050 NL

SCOOP-51-H: $1,050 NL Hold'em [Day 2], $1.5M Guaranteed was a tournament broken down into two parts with the first calling for players to enter one of numerous Day 1 flights and survive 18 levels of play. Those who made it to Day 2 were not only in the money, but...more

SCOOP 2016: clan1 Defeats Giorgos "gkap13" Kapalas to Win SCOOP-51-M: $109 NL Hold'em for $193,767.77

One of the more interesting events on the 2016 SCOOP schedule -- SCOOP-51-M: $109 NL Hold'em [Day 2], $1M Guaranteed - concluded Monday night. The tournament was broken down into two parts with the first calling for players to enter one of numerous Day 1 flights and survive 22 levels...more

SCOOP 2016: 6-Pack for buck21! Shawn 'buck21' Buchanan wins 6th SCOOP bracelet in Event #52-H ($2,100 NL 8-Max)

Phenomenal. Extraordinary. Sensational. Shreddin' the gnar! What other adjectives or ski-bum terms could I come up with to describe Shawn 'buck21' Buchanan's long, strange trip through SCOOP? Buchanan won his third event at the 2016 SCOOP for his sixth career SCOOP title. Lock up the hat trick for buck21 with...more

SCOOP 2016: 1TheSpiteful one outlasts massive field to win #51-L ($11 NLH Phase)

Most tournaments on the 2016 SCOOP schedule were two-day events with the occasional quick, one-day tournament plus the Main Events finished up in three. But then we have Event #51, the first time we have a "Phased" SCOOP tournament to run up massive numbers for reasonable buy-in amounts. Phase tournaments...more

SCOOP 2016: Wheeee! Henwii22 wins Event #56-H ($1,050 NLHE Prog. Super-KO)

The late add-on of Event #56 gave SCOOP players one extra chance to gather a last big score in the series, and there were many who played the $1,050 buy-in "H" version of this no-limit hold'em progressive super-knockout event who did just that. A total of 980 played Event #56-H,...more

SCOOP 2016: Nick "GripDsNutz" Grippo grabs second SCOOP title in Event #52-M ($215 NLHE, 8-Max, Sunday Warm-Up SE)

Back in 2012, Nick "GripDsNutz" Grippo closed SCOOP out with an excellent day at the tables, taking down the $10,300 SCOOP-High Main Event for $798K after a three-way deal. The next three years passed without another champion's watch, and after 11 previous cashes without a final table, it looked like...more

SCOOP 2016: So sick! Daniel 'w00ki3z' Cates defeats George Danzer to win Event #53-H ($2,100 NL Single Draw 2-7)

It's now two SCOOP titles for Cates The following exchange took place during heads-up play: Daniel 'w00ki3z' Cates: "Gonna vomit in a sec btw, food poisoning." George Danzer: "Take your time." Cates times out... Danzer: "How long for throwing up? Back?" Cates: "Just did, hopefully it will be a while...more

SCOOP 2016: rulez84 draws to a winner in Event #53-M ($215 NL Single Draw 2-7)

Rulez84 was up against it from the start. The German re-entered this event four times, meaning he had to finish 14th or better to even turn a profit. Maybe he gave himself so many chances because he'd been down this road before, having finished third in the 2015 TCOOP $27...more

SCOOP 2016: SergeySil83 steamrolls Event #52-L final table, earns $39K ($27 NLHE 8-Max)

Sometimes things just break your way at a final table. Such was absolutely the case for SergeySil83 of Belarus today in SCOOP Event #52-L, a $27 buy-in, two-day, eight-handed no-limit hold'em event that drew a whopping 12,926 players. SergeySil83 and seven others had outlasted that huge field, and SergeySil83 had...more

SCOOP 2016: vixen1968 denies Naoya 'nkeyno' Kihara Single Draw title in Event #53-L ($27 Single Draw 2-7)

Another day, another final table for Team Online Naoya 'nkeyno' Kihara. Persistence pays off, but would he finally break through to the other side?? Naoya 'nkeyno' Kihara went on a Badugi heater two weekends ago when he final tabled two different buy-in Badugi events in the same day. He finished...more

APPT10 Macau: Dan Liu wins record Warm-up event

APPT Macau kicked off last Wednesday and is now in full swing at the PokerStars LIVE Macau poker room. The opening five events of the 12-day poker festival drew totals of 1,122 players and HK$4,534,944 in prize money. "We're ahead of last season's totals with this solid start and it's...more

SCOOP 2016: Big weekend takes Championship down to the wire

Arguably the only question unanswered about Jason Mercier's SCOOP win over the weekend was why it didn't send him straight to the top of the Player of the year leader board? Well, in any other competition maybe it would. But SCOOP is any competition, and the players ahead of him...more

A preview of EPT season 13


22 May

SCOOP 2016: tinchoarce rolls over final table in Event #55-M ($109 NLHE, Turbo, Ultra-Deep, Progressive Super-KO)

People are hard-wired to look for patterns. Sometimes, though, there really isn't one when it looks like there is. Just ask Argentina's tinchoarce, who made a SCOOP final table 2014 and again 2015 without winning a title. After becoming one of the first finalists of SCOOP 2016 in Event #02-M...more

SCOOP 2016: dntfrgtame plugs the hole and defeats Tom 'hitthehole' Middleton to win Turbo Super-KO Event #55-H ($1,050 NL Ultra-Deep PSKO)

Pretty much everyone is surprised that Tom 'hitthehole' Middleton didn't win this SCOOP tournament, even dntfrgtame, who won actually won it. From the start of the final two tables in Event #55-H Turbo PSKO, hitthehole was in peak form. He was a cross somewhere between the Terminator and Predator wiping...more

SCOOP 2016: OtB_RedBaron claims a second Heads-up High Roller COOP title in Event #49-H ($21,000 NL Hold'em [Heads-Up, High-Roller])

Deja vu was in the air during today's $21,000 Heads-Up High Roller event. Twenty months ago, OtB_RedBaron and Ben "Ben86" Tollerene were in the final eight of this event at the 2014 WCOOP, and Tollerene won this very tournament at the 2013 SCOOP. OtB_RedBaron came away with the W that...more

SCOOP 2016: gingerjake91 blazes through the field in Event #55-L ($11 NLHE

Event #55-L was a slaughter. A total of 16,362 players signed up for the tournament and just six hours later, only gingerjake91 was left standing. That's an average of 45.5 FEPM (Frantic Eliminations Per Minute). Action slowed down a bit at the final table, but it still went from nine...more

SCOOP 2016: jamjam818 wins UK battle for Event #49-M title ($2,100 NLH Heads-Up, High-Roller)

The final weekend of the 2016 Spring Championship of Online Poker presented players with one of the most popular games on the schedule. High-rolling heads-up tournaments with three juiced up buy-in amounts, the medium version running with a $2,100 price tag and $200,000 guaranteed prize pool. After eight rounds of...more

SCOOP 2016: Rapid-fire win for serhiy1989 in Event #49-L ($215 No Limit Holdem Heads-Up High-Roller)

Heads-up matches are always exciting to watch, knowing the contest could finish at any moment. Some duels may last for hours, but other battles can potentially be over in just one hand. Players are often at the mercy of the fall of the cards and if a cooler strikes, there's...more

SCOOP 2016: Antanas "Nr1InEurope" Bakaitis pairs TCOOP win with SCOOP title in the same game (Event #48-L, $27 Stud)

Earlier this year, Antanas "Nr1InEurope" Bakaitis had a decision to make. Walk his Siberian husky, or use his FPPs to enter Event #26 of the TCOOP, a $27 buy-in event in his favorite game, seven-card stud. To the pup's dismay, Bakaitis chose to buy in, and as Stephen Bartley reported,...more

SCOOP 2016: Give it up for prsalute, Event #47-M champion ($215 NLHE Mix-Max)

The 2016 Spring Championship of Online Poker is coming to a close, but there's still a lot of excitement happening over these last few days. Event #47-M -- a two-day "mix-max" no-limit hold'em event with a $215 buy-in -- provided plenty of it this weekend. The final table featured both...more

SCOOP 2016: Niall "firaldo87" Farrell earns victory in Event #47-H ($2,100 NLHE, Mix-Max, Two-Day)

Often players will hone their skills online make a big splash at a live tour event like the European Poker Tour or Latin America Poker Tour. The Spring Championship of Online Poker Event #47-H $2,100 NLHE Min-Max, Two-Day tournament had a little twist to that as the winner has already...more

SCOOP 2016: Mike 'goleafsgoeh' Leah wins second SCOOP of the year in Event #48-H ($2,100 Stud)

Despite cashing for millions of dollars and winning numerous live and online tournaments, seven years of SCOOPs went by without Mike Leah winning a title. Now he has two. The SCOOP watches will match nicely with Leah's pair of WCOOP bracelets. It's tempting to say that players didn't stand a...more

SCOOP 2016: Triple COOP for Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez, who wins first SCOOP with victory in Event #48-M ($215 Stud)

Triple COOP. It's a rare occurrence. Coming into this year's SCOOP, only three players accomplished the stupendous feat -- buck21, Andy McLEOD, and RuiNF. You can now add Fabrizio 'SixthSenSe19' Gonzalez to that exclusive club after former Uruguayan football player won his first-ever SCOOP bracelet. SixthSenSe19 had already locked up...more

SCOOP 2016: Ukraine's eugenevv Wins SCOOP-47-L: $27 NL Hold'em [Mix-Max], $100K Guaranteed

The first, and likely only, overlay of the 2016 SCOOP series took place on Saturday as 3,932 entrants hopped into action in the SCOOP-47-L: $27 NL Hold'em [Mix-Max]. That created a $96,530.60 prize pool, but of course that was bumped up to the $100K guarantee. The tournament was broken down...more

Eureka6 Bucharest: Israel's Avishai Shitrit takes down inaugural Romanian event for €107,350

This final table of six started with three Romanians, two Israelis, and one Bulgarian. A local winner getting victory on their home soil seemed likely right from the start of the tournament, as Romanians truly love their poker and came out in force for this festival. But it wasn't...more

SCOOP 2016: Adam "Adamyid" Owen earns first COOP title in Event #46-M ($82+R PL 5-Card Omaha Hi/Lo, 6-Max)

Sometimes a tournament is just too volatile to predict, like the huge 5-card PLO 6-max tournament on the final weekend of the 2016 SCOOP schedule. The tournament structure had the them playing down to the end of Level 29 before pausing for a Day 2 return with the remaining players....more

SCOOP 2016: MuKoJla outlast Rabscuttle for Event #46-L ($7.50+R, PL Omaha Hi-Lo, 6-max) title

Over the past few years it seems like PokerStars comes out with new, exciting ways for players to get their gamble on at the tables. Being a mixed-game junkie myself, it is always fun to see newer version of games that push the exhilaration factor higher. Take the Spring Championship...more

Eureka6 Bucharest: Final table live updates

CLICK HERE FOR A FULL FINAL TABLE RECAP 6:05pm: It's all over! A sick final hand sees Avishai Shitrit win Eureka6 Bucharest for €107,350 Level 29 - Blinds 50,000/100,000 (10,000 ante) What a way to end. Even though Moshe Eliyahu was short, it still took a sick hand to finish...more

SCOOP 2016: Brazil binks another bracelet; preTu.ras earns 2nd COOP in Super-KO Event #50-L ($27 NL Super-Knockout)

This is getting redonkulous. Another bracelet for Brazil? Did they really just ship their 19th bracelet? Dezenove! And there's still couple of more days of SCOOP left. Our colleague Stephen Bartley dubbed it "The Brazilian Storm," which tore through the opening day of SCOOP and has not relented since. Ricardo...more

21 May

SCOOP 2016: ex6tenceLV earns his second SCOOP title in Event #50-M ($215 NL Hold'em [6-Max, Progressive Super-Knockout])

This could have been a long one, folks, The stacks were deep, the bounties were hefty, and our final six players had at least eight major final table appearances among them. ForTheSwaRMm alone had two six-figure COOP scores, a runner-up finish in the 2014 WCOOP $10,300 High Roller event for...more

SCOOP 2016: SuchADegen scores first COOP win in Event #50-H ($2,100 NLHE, 6-Max, Progressive Super-KO)

Most of the tournaments on the SCOOP schedule in 2016 are two-day events that pause to give everyone time to rest before coming back for another poker marathon. At just six hours and 45 minutes, Event #50-H was a deviation from the norm, one that led to a very quick...more

SCOOP 2016: Matthew 'MUSTAFABET' Ashton defeats Naoya 'nkeyno' Kihara heads-up to win HORSE Event #44-H ($1,050 HORSE)

Last weekend, Team Online Naoya 'nkeyno' Kihara advanced to two SCOOP final tables in Badugi events. He finished in third place in both and narrowly missed his first SCOOP win. Naoya 'nkeyno' Kihara made poker history in 2012 by becoming the first-ever Japanese player to win a WSOP bracelet, but...more

SCOOP 2016: Four-way deal ends with GrimIsCool on top in Event #44-M ($109 HORSE)

Mixed games are more popular today than ever before, especially when they involve some of the more obscure poker variants available here at PokerStars. But there's a lot to be said for kicking it old school when you're mixing your poker games and playing some good old-fashioned HORSE. GrimIsCool kicked...more

SCOOP 2016: Bowsercastle shows 'em who's boss in Event #44-L ($11 H.O.R.S.E.)

If you grew up in the Nintendo generation, you probably battled Bowser at one time or another. The primary antagonist in the Super Mario universe, Bowser conquered the Mushroom Kingdom and much to Mario and Luigi's ire, had somewhat of a kidnapping fetish when it came to Princess Peach. The...more

SCOOP 2016: EzPaTuLa wins first SCOOP title in Event #43-M ($215 NLHE 1R1A)

It was a rollercoaster ride through a minefield for EzPaTuLa. Aside from navigating through a final table with former TCOOP, WCOOP and SCOOP champions, EzPaTuLa dealt with an unstable stack that rose and dipped throughout the tournament. EzPaTuLa got to the heads-up match with a strong lead but lost two...more

SCOOP 2016: dirty.brasil mops up second COOP title in Event #43-L ($27 NLHE, 1R1A)

With so many skilled poker players around these days and chip stacks so deep, it's not at all uncommon to see a SCOOP final table stretch on for three, four, or sometimes even upward of five hours. Sometimes, though, a player comes in with a big stack, picks up a...more

Eureka6 Bucharest: Final table player profiles

Meet your final eight in the Eureka6 Bucharest main event: Seat 1: Moshe Eliyahu, 27, Nahariya, Israel Moshe Eliyahu had only $13k in reported live cashes prior to entering Eureka6 Bucharest. He's now guaranteed to double that; making the final table here already secures him a €11,630 payday. This...more

SCOOP 2016: SP3WMONKEY tops six-hour final in Event #41-H ($1,050 NLHE, Progressive Super KO, Thursday Thrill SE)

Some players seem to do better in certain kinds of tournament structures than others, but if SCOOP final table appearances are anything to go by, SP3WMONKEY isn't one of them. The player from the Netherlands last appeared at a SCOOP final table playing Zoom Poker back in 2013. Returning today...more

Eureka6 Bucharest: Yasen Dichev carries Day 3 chip lead straight to final table

It took just five hours of play for us to take our 28 Day 3 players and turn them into a final table of eight. It's almost as if those players who busted wanted to go outside and enjoy the beautiful city of Bucharest or something weird like that. This...more

20 May

SCOOP 2016: Diego 'Die Ventura' Ventura, 2015 PCA Main Event Runner-Up, wins Super-Knockout Event #41-M ($109 NL Prog Super-KO)

It looked like a Brazilian was going to win the PSKO. xXOLIVATOXx was on pace to go wire-to-wire in Event #41-M, but ran out of gas three-handed. It came down to Canada's cmu92 vs. Peru's Diego 'Die Ventura' Ventura, otherwise known as the guy who is #1 all-time on Peru's...more

SCOOP 2016: bernard-bb splits and scoops title in Event #42-H ($2,100 PLO Hi/Lo 6-Max)

Pot Limit Omaha Hi/Lo is not exactly a spectator sport. A game where chopped pots are the norm makes it difficult viewing and when a heads-up battle lasts over two-and-a-half hours, it's not the sort of thing that will be bringing droves of new fans to the sport. But that...more

SCOOP 2016: Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier Wins SCOOP-42-M: $215 PL Omaha Hi/Lo [6-Max] for 5th SCOOP Title

In 2015, Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier shipped three SCOOP titles. On Friday night, he had something to celebrate as he went from the final table's short stack to win SCOOP-42-M: $215 PL Omaha Hi/Lo [6-Max], $50K GTD for $22,572. It also marked Mercier's fifth SCOOP title and seventh overall...more

SCOOP 2016: SCOOP-45-L: PlatoonXe Wins $27 NL Hold'em [3-Max, Turbo, Progressive Knockout, Zoom] in Just 5 Hours, 29 Minutes

On Monday, May 20 at 16:00 ET SCOOP-45-L: $27 NL Hold'em [3-Max, Turbo, Progressive Knockout, Zoom], $100K Guaranteed ($19.64 + $4.91 + $2.45) kicked off, and players immediately flocked to the tables. In fact, 8,577 entrants joined the fray to more than double the $100k guarantee by creating a prize...more

SCOOP 2016: HU4FU ends the final table in 18 hands, wins Event 45-M ($215 NLHE 3-Max, Turbo, Progressive Knockout, Zoom)

If a drowning anthill was having a rave, it would probably look like Event #45-M. The tournament featured enough modifiers to form a complicated sentence and each one made the tournament go by faster. The 3-Max, Turbo, Progressive Knockoout, Zoom event played down from 2,032 players to a winner in...more

SCOOP 2016: d5t6y7 gets it done, wins Event #42-L, $5K after four-way deal ($27 PLO Hi/Lo)

The two-day $27 buy-in "L" version of Event #42 -- pot-limit Omaha hi/lo, six-handed -- proved another popular choice for SCOOP players, attracting yet another huge field of 2,081 players. That meant a $51,088.55 prize pool, more than doubling the event's $25K guarantee, with the top 264 finishers getting a...more

SCOOP 2016: gortsos mounts comeback to win Event #45-H ($2,100 NLHE 3-Max, Turbo, Zoom, Progressive KO)

Earlier on this SCOOP series I covered an event that was a No Limit Holdem, Turbo, Progressive Knockout, Zoom tournament. I didn't think there was anything else that PokerStars could add to a tournament to make it more exciting. I was wrong. Today's offering was Event #45-H on the 2016...more

SCOOP 2016: chris13pao KOs the competition in Event #41-L ($11 NLHE Progressive Super-Knockout)

It's always satisfying to bust a player from a tournament. It's even sweeter when you get cold hard cash for each one. Event #41-L featured a progressive super-knockout format where bounties accumulated. Taking down players with big bounties was a profitable endeavor but it also painted a bigger target on...more

Eureka6 Bucharest: "Oh yes!" says Yasen Dichev! He dominates chip counts at Day 2 close

There are only 14.31 million chips in play in this tournament. At the end of Day 2, Bulgarian Yasen Dichev had 2.047 million, good for 14% of them. Dichev crushed Day 2 Dichev surged from just before the dinner break right until the end, and his juggernaut rise through the...more

SCOOP 2016: kuhns89 Does the Improbable and Defends His Title; Wins SCOOP-40-H: $2,100 8-Game for His 4th SCOOP Title

On Thursday, SCOOP-40-H: $2,100 8-Game, a tournament that boasted a $100,000 guarantee, attracted 125 players to the virtual felt, which crushed that GTD by creating an even $250,000 prize pool. In the end, "kuhns89" won the title, just as he did the year before. That's right, in the 2015 SCOOP,...more

SCOOP 2016: calvin7v earns third SCOOP, fourth COOP title in #40-M ($215 8-Game)

SCOOP time is running out for those players who prefer their games all mixed up. Only two more mix-game events remain on the schedule, three tournaments each, with 8-Game Event #40 setting the table for the big H.O.R.S.E. race this weekend. The medium buy-in run drew a talented group of...more

Jason Somerville: The on-time kind of guy

Jason Somerville has kicked off his shoes and let them rest under a chair toward the back of the room. He shuffling around, reserving--maybe restraining--his energy. In front of him sit dozens of people, all waiting for only one thing: what Somerville will say next. From a few feet away,...more

SCOOP 2016: Calvin "cal42688" Anderson does it again, wins 7th career SCOOP in Event #40-L ($27 8-Game)

How many SCOOP titles is enough? We're still looking for the answer to that one, as Calvin "cal42688" Anderson has done it again, winning a seventh SCOOP today in Event #40-L, a $27 buy-in 8-game tournament. That extends Anderson's all-time lead in SCOOP wins and also makes him the first...more

SCOOP 2016: Good day for Volpe while Mercier edges up the leader board

We're fast approaching the final weekend of SCOOP 2016 when a splurge of events will crown dozens of winners; even into Monday given we've added extra events to the schedule, which you can read about here. In the meantime we have another day of results, which you can read in...more

19 May

SCOOP 2016: Paul "paulgees81" Volpe tops epic final in Event #39-H ($2,100 NLO/8, 6-Max)

SCOOP-High tournaments are without a doubt some of the most entertaining poker in the world to watch these days. With deep stacks, slow structures, and small fields full of the world's best poker players, they produce the kind of epic battles that used to come around every few years on...more

SCOOP 2016: luk45zp with alligator blooded-victory in Event #39-M ($215 NL Omaha Hi/Lo)

"Let's gamble." Poland's luk45zp uttered those words heads-up when Belarus' Oledjan offered to chop the money in Event #39-M $215 NL Omaha 8. Oledjan was running out of gas after a remarkable comeback three-handed in which Oledjan was super-short and on life support. Somehow, the Belarusian orchestrated a counter-revolution and...more

SCOOP 2016: Adrovan "AadrovanRj21" Rodrigues brings Brazil another title in #38-M ($215 NLHE)

Brace yourself -- a player from Brazil has won another SCOOP title. The South American country extended its lead in the SCOOP title race by one more tonight in Event #38-M, a two-day, $215 buy-in no-limit hold'em event after Adrovan "AadrovanRj21" Rodrigues topped a big 3,985-entry field to grab the...more

SCOOP 2016: slayerv1fan slays them in Event #38-H ($2,100 No Limit Holdem)

The 2016 Spring Championship of Online Poker is all about mixing it up with the best players in the world and competing for enormous prize pools. Mexico's Joshua "slayerv1fan" Hoesel did exactly that today and walked away with a SCOOP title and almost $250,000 in prize money following a heads-up...more

SCOOP 2016: kwerqeradaus blazes quick final table in Event #39-L ($27 NLO8, 6-Max)

Players are running out of chances to earn an Omaha event this series, only a few more remain on the 2016 SCOOP schedule as the series winds down towards completion. Event #39 combined some split pot, four-card poker with the excitement of no limit betting. Players came out in big...more

SCOOP 2016: alejorojas57 keeps Keep3r away from second SCOOP in #38-L ($27 NLH)

The 2016 Spring Championship of Online Poker was winding down and players hit the middle portion of the final week with a simple No Limit Hold'em tournament for Event #38. Nine-handed tables, standard structure, no frills but big fields. alejorojas57 was the last player standing, after stopping a huge comeback...more

Eureka6 Bucharest: Vlad Lazariciu leads the pack at end of turbo Day 1C

For anyone who busted on Day 1A or Day 1B of Eureka6 Bucharest, there was one last shot at redemption. One more chance for glory. A last chance saloon, if you will, that could see you play less than half the time of the other Day 2 qualifiers but still...more

SCOOP 2016: otitov wins second SCOOP at tough #37-H final table ($2,100 Razz)

It takes a special kind of person to like playing Razz, a game where the goal is to make the worst hand to win the pot. Unofficial research shows more chairs have been kicked over thanks to Razz hands than any other game. But a lot of players love it...more

SCOOP 2016: Jens "Fresh_oO_D" Lakemeier shows class to take down Event #37-M ($215 Razz)

Mixed Omaha, Pot-Limit Omaha, Limit Stud H/L and now Razz - what a lovely few days of tournaments for fans of mixed games, and an ideal way to prepare for the 8-game events starting today. Razz is essentially Stud except it's a low game where you're trying to make the...more

SCOOP 2016: Vovan7778 victorious in Event #37-L ($27 Razz)

Russians and razz. As the 'COOP series frequently demonstrate, there are a lot of razz masters playing from the Federation on PokerStars, and this week's SCOOP Event #37-L (a $27 buy-in razz tournament) confirmed the point once again. Three of the final four players in this one came from Russia,...more

SCOOP 2016: Spin & Go SCOOP winning tickets in figures

Throughout SCOOP 2016 there has been a unique way to win your way into a SCOOP Main Event. Spin & Go's not only award bumped up cash prizes but award SCOOP tickets as well, as several thousand PokerStars players have discovered in the past few weeks. For those interested in...more

SCOOP 2016: Extra event added to SCOOP schedule

All good things must come to an end - but not if we can help it. This weekend will mark the end of SCOOP 2016, with the last batch of events starting this Sunday 22 May, 2016. But when you think of it SCOOP doesn't really end until those 12...more

Looking ahead to EPT13 Barcelona as festival dates released

Three weeks ago we were finishing the 12th season of the European Poker Tour in Monaco. Three months from now we'll be starting the 13th in Barcelona. With the end of one season the new one is never far away, and the new season, which starts in the traditional setting...more

SCOOP 2016: A win for Mike Leah while Deeb and Mercier race for PoY

Another day of SCOOP 2016 and seven new results (and champions) to read back on. As has become the pattern, one or two results stood out from the day's box scores (all of which are on our SCOOP 2016 results page), which you can read about below. Starting with Tom...more

SCOOP 2016: felipe52 defeats Olivier Busquet to win Event #35-H ($1,050 NL Holdem Super Tuesday SE)

The Super Tuesday is already the richest weekly online poker tournament in the world, so it's certainly something special when it's combined with the biggest online poker festival in the world -- the Spring Championship of Online Poker. With a two-day structure and a $1,000,000 prize pool guarantee, this tournament...more

Eureka6 Bucharest: Grzegorz Taranko comes out top on Day 1B, while Negreanu's day was cut short

It was another busy day here at the InterContinental Hotel on Day 1B of Eureka6 Bucharest; and yet, it was actually not as busy. You see, normally Day 1B is the day that everyone turns out to play, figuring that they don't need to have a day in between playing...more

18 May

SCOOP 2016: Third time's the charm for Clarkson7 in Event #35-M ($109 NLHE)

Clarkson7 had been close to COOP success a few times in recent memory. Excruciatingly close, really, with runner-up finishes in both WCOOP and TCOOP events during 2015. It looked for a time tonight like a final table appearance in Event #35-M would end without a chance to go that far,...more

SCOOP 2016: bartek901 comes back to win #36-H; Mercier finishes 5th ($2,100 FL Hold'em, 6-Max)

Limit Hold'em tournaments are a special breed of poker these days. They were the norm back in the olden golden days but were quickly overshadowed by its No Limit brother. Event #36 on the 2016 SCOOP schedule was a "min-betting championship" with a 6-max format and the $2,000 buy-in version...more

SCOOP 2016: LetsJustRun gallops to victory, Deeb 5th in Event #36-M ($215 FLHE, 6-Max)

Taking the chip lead into the final table and winning the tournament from there sounds like an easy thing to do. Now try taking the chip lead to a SCOOP limit hold'em table as an unsung player against Shaun Deeb and four other players used to playing major PokerStars finals....more

SCOOP 2016: Mike 'goleafsgoeh' Leah defeats Ari 'BodogAri' Engel heads-up to win Event #36-L ($27 FL Hold'em, 6-Max)

The majority of events on this year's SCOOP docket are two-day tournaments. Mike 'goleafsgoeh' Leah ended Day 1 of Event #36-L Limit Hold'em as the chip leader with 30 remaining. On Day 2, he didn't quite pull off an unstoppable wire-to-wire victory because one of those pesky Brazilians threw a...more

2016 SCOOP: 'n1ssssr' goes wire to wire to win Event #35-L: $11 NL Hold'em, $100K

Day 2 sessions are rare online but they're commonplace during COOP series. They need to be there when there are thousands and thousands of players competing for massive prize pools and that's exactly what came together over the last 48 hours. In total, 13,526 players took their virtual seats to...more

SCOOP 2016: Tom "tjbentham" Bentham tops Track, Manzano, Nitsche to win #34-H ($2,100 PLO)

Though an Englishman, Tom "tjbentham" Bentham currently flies the Brazilian flag when playing on PokerStars where he's been a longtime winner, including in pot-limit Omaha games. In other words, there were two reasons why it wasn't unforeseen to find Bentham leading at the end of Event #34-H's first day, a...more

SCOOP 2016: talonaquiles conquers Event #34-M; maggess88 misses Triple COOP ($215 PLO 6-Max)

Pot Limit Omaha is so popular that it shows up several times on the 2016 SCOOP schedule in various formats. Event #34 put the PLO grinders on short-handed tables and gave them three re-entry options if their stack managed to hit the virtual felt. It drew a fine group of...more

PokerStars and Team Liquid to take on the world

Today, the worlds of poker and eSports just got more intertwined, and the family affair is about to get wild. It's not been too long ago that Team PokerStars Pro, ElkY, joined up on one of the world's most famous gaming teams. Now, that extended family is getting even bigger....more

Making poker fun again

Do you remember when you first tried poker? I don't, because I was five (maybe) and my dad and I were sitting on the living room floor. He was dealing five-card draw to me and explaining the ranking of the hands. These are the actual chips we used; I saved...more

SCOOP 2016: Zach Schneider on the SCOOP title he was born to win

Zachery "Aaralynn" Schneider is a 31 year old poker player from Ottawa, and one of the new Class of SCOOP winners from 2016. To some players SCOOP is a chance to celebrate, to scream from the rooftops (or at least from the end of the local bar) that they have...more

SCOOP 2016: Looking over the (obvious) highlights

Nine more SCOOP winners since yesterday, which compared to recent day is almost a pedestrian number of new champions. Those looking for a highlight of the day didn't need to look far. Three events stood out for the quality of their cast: SCOOP 32-H, 33-M and 33-H. Looking a bit...more

Eureka6 Bucharest: Beteringhe bests them all to top huge Day 1A field

Kid Poker. Hall of Famers. Movie premiers. This day had it all. Day 1A of Eureka6 Bucharest is now in the books, and it was a busy day indeed. A total of 253 players sat down to play today, which smashes the 219-strong field who played on Day 1A of...more

17 May

SCOOP 2016: Catorze! Brazil wins again; neto gol nets second SCOOP title in Event #33-L ($27 Stud Hi/Lo)

Another day, another Brazilian won a SCOOP bracelet. Just when you thought they grew tired of winning events, they peeled off another win. This Stud Hi/Lo bracelet in Event #33-L, came down to a heads-up match between Brazil vs. Russia. Brazil's neto gol was no stranger to the winner's circle...more

SCOOP 2016: BriDge2PaiN dominates late to win #32-H; Mercier, Danzer make final table ($5,200 PL Omaha 6-Max, 5-Stack)

You know you've got a good thing on your hands when a big buy-in tournament triples up an already huge guaranteed prize pool. The high version of Event #32 had a $5,200 buy-in and 180 players piled into the event to push the $300,000 Guarantee up to a nice, even...more

SCOOP 2016: __akun333___ overcomes all in Event #33-M ($215, Stud Hi-Lo)

One peak at the Day One screenshot should tell you just how heavy the final table lineup for Event #33-M is going to be. The top two -COOP champs of all-time. Multiple World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) bracelet winners. And when it was all over __akun333___ marched through this...more

SCOOP 2016: RunGodlike stops NoraFlum to win Event #33-H title ($2,100 Stud Hi/Lo)

Monday evening gave 2016 SCOOP players a chance to scoop pots against some of the best players in the world. Event #33-H was a $2,100 Stud Hi/Lo tournament and attracted a small but talented field of pros rock grinding their way to a SCOOP title. The big buy-in tournament drew...more

SCOOP 2016: prapavedi busts every player at the final table to win Event#-32-M ($530 PL Omaha 6-Max, 5-Stack)

Pot-Limit Omaha can be a swingy game, especially if played 6-Max. It'd be a nice idea to have a freeze out tournament where you can have a go, and if you fail, have another go, or four. Welcome to SCOOP-32-M, the PL Omaha (6-Max, 5-stack) tournament. Players have five stacks...more

SCOOP 2016: Uruk17 conquers Event #32-L ($55, PL Omaha, 6-Max, 5-stack)

They would start the day second and ninth in chips but end first and second. Uruk17 and special 09 would survive Day One of the Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) Event #32-L $55 PL Omaha 6-max, 5-stack tournament then after knocking down Jon "PearlJammer" Turner in fourth place, and...more

SCOOP 2016: Conor "1_conor_b_1" Beresford crushes regs to take down Event#-31-H ($2,100 NL 4-Max)

The 2016 SCOOP series has whizzed by so far and we're starting to see who may be in with a chance of winning the leaderboards. Others are looking at tournaments that might get them out of the hole. Either way, a 4-Max No-Limit Hold'em tournament offers something a little different....more

SCOOP 2016: ZéDoBlefe11 earns another for Brazil in Event #31-M ($215 NLH 4-Max)

The second Monday of the 2016 Spring Championship of Online Poker rolled around and the schedule gave players some super-short-handed fun. Event #31 was a 4-Max No Limit Hold'em tournament with plenty action and big money up top for the winner. The tournament played fast throughout and it ended with...more

SCOOP 2016: camikater denies another Brazilian title, takes #31-L crown ($27 NLH 4-Max)

The weekend was behind most players and the 2016 SCOOP weekday schedule was underway which included a shorter short-handed set of tournaments. For some players, even six-handed tables are a little too claustrophobic so something was created between that and heads-up matches. Event #31 was a No Limit Tournament with...more

A chip and a chair - When underdogs become heroes

Everyone loves an underdog. We love to root for them, and we love the thrill of watching them prevail in the face of adversity. Anyone who plays poker has the odds stacked against them every once in a while. Maybe you just got all-in with a small pair vs pocket...more

The remarkable success of SCOOP

The 2016 Spring Championship of Online Poker is now well underway, and it's safe to say that the online poker community officially has SCOOP fever. And who can blame them? Due to the series' accessibility to players with every sized bankroll, it's no surprise that SCOOP is an annual highlight...more

There's something big brewing in New Jersey

After waiting nearly five years to rejoin the PokerStars action, players in the Garden State are being rewarded for their patience as the biggest and richest tournament series in the region's history heads their way. The PokerStars New Jersey Spring Championship of Online Poker (NJSCOOP) is set to make history...more

SCOOP 2016: A winning perspective inside and outside poker

Its 6am, you've been playing online through the night. You're exhausted, but happy, because you just won a SCOOP title and $21,578. So you log off feeling pretty good about things, and watch the sun come up with your wife from your balcony. If you're thinking that sounds like a...more

SCOOP 2016: The overnight winners (and more winners)

If there's a problem with SCOOP, aside from we've yet to win one, it's the tendency we railbirds have of missing out on some of the results, given that there are so many of them. With 55 events, and three tiers for each, the overnights results come through in not...more

SCOOP 2016: elmelogno4 survives shark-infested waters to win Event #29-H ($2,100 NL)

If there's a SCOOP event, rest assured that Shawn 'buck21' Buchanan will be circling the waters like a famished shark jonesing to feast on the first thing that falls into the water. It seems like buck21 makes a final table in every other SCOOP event. When you're a legend like...more

16 May

LAPT9 Panama: Andres Carrillo carries the day, wins Main Event, $138,225

Andres Carrillo had been one cool customer the entire week. A chip leader early and always among the big stacks as the Latin American Poker Tour Panama Main Event moved towards its final stages, he always seemed in control of himself and often the table as well. That sense of...more

SCOOP 2016: Y2K2000 takes the cake in Event #29-M ($215 NLHE Sunday Million SE)

Another Monday, another Sunday Million Special Edition final table. The second Sunday Million of this year's SCOOP drew a smooth 7,200 players. These players battled for two days to get a slice of the $1,440,000 prize pool. Y2K2000 got the biggest chunk of it after infecting and consuming every tournament...more

SCOOP 2016: Henkjinho91 hangs on, beats fuddebuf after heads-up deal in Event #29-L ($27 NLHE)

Sometimes making a deal at the end of a tournament can make the game move faster - the stakes are exactly the same for everyone in on the deal, and at the end of a long event players can often ready to make a play or hit the hay. Then...more

SCOOP 2016: Holland's Supa4real wins second SCOOP by winning Sunday Warm-Up SE (Event #27-M $215 NL 6-Max)

It was close, but a Brazilian did not win this tournament. Brazil's TabarinLucas finished in third place but a former SCOOP champ, Holland's Supa4real,  thwarted another Brazilian triumph and managed to ship the Sunday Warm-Up that doubled as a SCOOP event #27-M. Sure, the Brazilians have been smoking almost every...more

SCOOP 2016: Swart nails $280K victory in Event #27-H ($2,100 NLHE, 6-Max)

Brian "tsarrast" Rast has certainly started the 2016 Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) with a flair. The high stakes player with over $16 million in live earnings made his virtual presence felt the last few days during the high stakes events. The $2,100 Event #27-H 6-max tournament was no...more

SCOOP 2016: zZero92 is the hero in Event #27-L ($27 NLHE, 6-Max)

Volumes have been written about the virtues of taking the initiative at the poker table, but sometimes the best situations arise when the game comes to you. Lithuania's zZero92 can attest to that after watching three players exit the final table in quick succession, making a deal, and then playing...more

SCOOP 2016: Nick 'TheTakeover' Schulman wins Triple Draw bracelet in Event #28-H ($2,100 Triple Draw 2-7)

The Triple Draw bracelet came down to a high noon shootout between a pair of American exiles: Nick 'TheTakeover' Schulman and Marco 'NoraFlum' Johnson. NoraFlum already won a SCOOP over the weekend and sought a second bracelet, but one of the toughest lowball players in the galaxy stood in his...more

SCOOP 2016: ekziter adds SCOOP to WCOOP with Event #26-H win ($1,050 NLH 8-Max, Deep Payouts)

The second weekend of the 2016 Spring Championship of Online Poker saw another big Sunday on the schedule. All the Sunday majors were boosted up along with a handful of special events including the 8-Max, Deep Payouts Event #26. The $1,050 buy-in version drew some of the best players in...more

SCOOP 2016: Matt 'plattsburgh' Vengrin adds SCOOP title to his two WCOOP titles in Event #28-M ($215 FL Triple Draw 2-7)

Matt Vengrin - SCOOP champion A favourite of high stakes cash game players there were 439 players who fancied a crack at a 2-7 Triple Draw tournament and what a field it was. Sixty players would see some return on their investment and Dzmitry 'Colisea' Urbanovich (65th) and Fabrice 'fabsoul'...more

SCOOP 2016: Sun shines brightest for AintNoSun in Event #28-L ($27 FL Triple Draw 2-7)

Many players who enter the world of poker through No-Limit Hold'em stick with that variant, and maybe some Pot-Limit Omaha, but never move of and try mixed games. If only they would, then they'd find a rich tapestry of games await them. One of the easiest to pick up, and...more

Run It Up Resorts Rumble: A destination and a journey

You've heard it time and again: life is about the journey, not the destination. This weekend's Run It Up Resorts Rumble turned out to be about both. To understand why, you need to ask yourself a question: how far would you journey for a $30 poker tournament? To your bedroom?...more

SCOOP 2016: Dejan 'dejanaceking' Divkovic crowned champion in Event #26-M ($109 NLHE 8-Max Deep Payouts, Sunday Kickoff SE)

At PokerStars' flagship live events, such as the European Poker Tour, play is often nine handed on the opening day before switching to eight handed from Day 2 onwards. In event 26 of SCOOP, action would be eight handed from the start and what's more roughly 23% of the field...more

SCOOP 2016: SONGJOY to the world as the South Africa player wins first COOP title for almost $12K

Winning a tournament in any of the PokerStars Championships of Online Poker - or the COOPs for short - is a highly-respected accomplishment, often regarded as the pinnacle of a player's poker career. So imagine coming close several times but never quite being able to clinch a title. The good...more

LAPT9 Panama: Main Event final table coverage archive

FINAL TABLE LIVE UPDATES (CLICK HERE FOR FINAL DAY RECAP): 11:08pm: It's over! Andres Carrillo is LAPT9 Panama champion ($138,225); Ruben Suarez runner-up ($86,880)! Level 34 - Blinds 120,000/240,000 (ante 30,000) Whoa... what a finish! The stacks had gotten shallower and shallower, and after several more hands were ended preflop,...more

LAPT9 Panama: Meet the final eight

It's another eclectic bunch for today's Latin American Poker Tour Main Event final table, with three Americans, two Colombians, and players from Venezuela, Costa Rica, and Spain. The group brings a variety of experience and past results to today's final table. The LAPT9 Panama Main Event final table As we...more

Naoya 'nkeyno' Kihara and Jason Mercier in close race for top spot

With the first week of the 2016 Spring Championship of Online Poker done and dusted, and 26 of 55 events already complete, it's time to take a look at which Team PokerStars Pros are in the running to win the first Team PokerStars SCOOP Leaderboard. Unsurprisingly, last year's SCOOP Player...more

Wins for Chidwick, Smith, Brandner, plus second SCOOP for Buchanan

A look at all the major stories from this past weekend on PokerStars. Weekend highlights * Secret_M0d3 wins the SCOOP High Roller and a first prize of more than $700K * Raul Paez leads going into the final of the LAPT in Panama * Some 27 SCOOP titles won over...more

SCOOP 2016: Three-way chop ends with babbelz atop Event #25-L ($7.50 NLHE, 6-Max, Ultra-Deep)

Over the last several years, babbelz has enjoyed a unique form of success in PokerStars COOP events: the player from the Netherlands has chopped at the final table of tournaments in two different COOP series. Neither of those ended with the Dutch player taking down the title, though, leaving it...more

15 May

SCOOP 2016: Franco "rojorulez" Spitale scores first SCOOP in Event #25-M ($82 NLHE 6-Max, Ultra-Deep)

It's a been a good year for Franco "rojorulez" Spitale so far. He started it off with a cash in the PCA Main Event and then got 2nd place in the Argentinian Poker Circuit Main Event last month. Now Spitale has his first major online title after taking down Event...more

SCOOP 2016: 3P3NIPA earns second six-figure COOP win in Event #22-H ($1,050 NLHE, 5-Stack)

Not all COOP wins are created equal. They all count as victories, of course, but they come in a wide variety. There are some players out there with multiple wins in smaller tournaments whose total prize money is relatively small. And then there are players like 3P3NIPA, whose one previous...more

SCOOP 2016: alex_13_12_9 has the winning combination in Event #22-L ($11 NL Hold'em [5-Stack]) 

With 18 players to go, this was PanamaRespec's tournament to lose. Holding 81 million in chips, he had more than triple the stack of his closest competitor, and was gobbling up chips left and right. However, PanamaRespec's hyper-aggressive ways got the best of him this time and he ended up...more

SCOOP 2016: Felipe 'mojave' Ramos third place; Dan 'Danny98765' Smith wins Zoom Mixed PLO Event #30-H

What has Dan 'Danny98765' Smith not won? Danny98765 now only needs a WCOOP to win the Grand Slam and take down an elusive Stars Slam. Danny98765 won the Sunday Million in 2012, binked a TCOOP in 2014, and just shipped a SCOOP. So a WCOOP bracelet is the only major...more

SCOOP 2016: Malaka$tyle outlasts them in Event #25-H ($700 NL Holdem 6-Max Ultra-Deep)

Earlier today I covered the final table of Event #30-M of the 2016 Spring Championship of Onine Poker. It was a Turbo, Zoom tournament that took a total of four-and-a-half hours to complete the entire tournament from start to stop. While that was going on, the final table of Event...more

SCOOP 2016: miomiomy79 is the mixed champion in Event #30-L ($27 PL Mixed Omaha, 6-Max, Turbo, Zoom)

Event #30-L was a lightning-quick event that went from 2,622 players to a champion in just about five hours. The 6-Max, Turbo, Zoom format helped miomiomy79 put the tournament away quickly, but our champion was also partly responsible for the tournament's expediency. miomiomy79 eliminated two players on the final table...more

SCOOP 2016: goleafsgo41 goes all the way in Event #30-M ($215 PL Mixed Omaha 6-Max Turbo Zoom)

Pot Limit Omaha has always been a game that requires a bit of gamble. So when you make the format six-handed, the structure turbo, run it through PokerStars' incredible Zoom software, and throw some Five-Card Omaha into the mix, then you've got a concoction that is the stuff that dreams...more

SCOOP 2016: Secret_M0d3 victorious in High Roller Event #24-H ($21,000 NL 8-Max)

Secret_M0d3 won the richest prize thus far in the 2016 SCOOP. A small mountain of cash worth $718,217 was the winner's share in the SCOOP $21,000 High Roller. Secret_M0d3 heroically held off a ravenous field of 143 high-rolling sharks and also thwarted another SCOOP win by Rafael 'GM_VALTER' Moraes, thereby...more

SCOOP 2016: Fortune shines on IvanaHarman, Event #24-L champion ($215 NL Hold'em [8-Max, High Roller])

Say the words "high roller" and names like Mustapha Kanit, Steve O'Dwyer, and Igor Kurganov no doubt come to mind. But in our game, everything is relative, so why not have a high roller for everyone? For the SCOOP's low buy-in players, their high roller was priced at $215, and...more

SCOOP 2016: Jan "hownorez" Nakladal wins second SCOOP in #22-M ($109 NLH 5-Stack)

The second weekend of the 2016 Spring Championship of Online Poker presented players with plenty of opportunities to hit it big. Saturday afternoon's schedule included Event #22, a pretty standard No Limit Hold'em format except players were given access to huge stacks. The medium buy-in version had a $109 ticket...more

SCOOP 2016: Buchanan strikes fifth win in Event #24-M ($2,100 NLHE, 8-Max)

When is enough, enough? People who love games and sports for its competitive nature and record books do not stop at winning one championship. Take Shaun Deeb (five) and Calvin Anderson (six) sporting multiple Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) titles and still here this week for more. Shawn "buck21"...more

SCOOP 2016: Naoya 'nkeyno' Kihara makes 2 Badugi final tables, but Bulgaria's silna_rakia wins Badugi bracelet in Event #23-H

Bulgaria's silna_rakia survived a tenacious Badugi final table in SCOOP Event #23-H that also included Team Online Naoya 'nkeyno' Kihara, Alex 'BiatchPeople' Luneau, Mike 'goleafsgoeh' Leah, and Adam 'adamyid' Owen. silna_rakia prevented nkeyno from winning his first SCOOP title, and thwarted Alex Luneau from winning a second overall COOP crown....more

SCOOP 2016: Naoya "nkenyo" Kihara 3rd as Matthias "mati312" Brandner wins Event #23-M ($215 FL Badugi)

Badugi is a game that has steadily grown in popularity in recent years, as a game in its own right, along with featuring in the mix when 10-Game and Dealer's Choice is played. It's a triple draw lowball variant meaning the lowest hand wins, with pairs and suited cards bad...more

SCOOP 2016: Kamchatka 1 denies Anderson a 7th SCOOP in #21-H ($700 PL 5-Card Omaha, 6-Max, 1R1A)

Event #21 took the standard Pot Limit Omaha tournament and tweaked it for a little more action. The tournament added a hole card, tossed in a single rebuy option, and put them at short-handed tables for fun and big money. The high version brought out a lot of talented players...more

SCOOP 2016: BOLTAnticvet tops Sotiropoulos, Danzer en route to win in Event #23-L ($27 FL Badugi)

Low-tier SCOOP events are great because they give players with more limited bankrolls a chance to compete for big tournament prizes. But an overlooked side-effect is that is also gives them the chance, on occasion, to play at final tables against some of the players they're used to watching themselves,...more

SCOOP 2016: WhattUBluff not bluffing in Event #21-M win ($82 PL 5-Card Omaha, 6-Max, 1R1A)

Pot Limit Omaha has always been an action game, big bets and tons of options. Event #21 threw in an extra hole card, rebuys, and short-handed tables to really ramp things up. It was a Pot Limit Omaha 6-Max tournament with five hole cards and big guarantee. The field was...more

LAPT9 Panama: Main Event Day 3 coverage archive

They say the creme rises to the top and after coming into this Day 3 restart with an average stack, rise is exactly what Raul "El Toro" Paez did over the last few levels. It was a fast paced penultimate LAPT9 Panama Main Event session and the only thing quicker...more

SCOOP 2016: big_pockett leads all the way to win Event #21-L ($7.50 PL 5-Card Omaha)

Pot-Limit Omaha is like No-Limit Hold'em is a lot of ways but many choose the former poker variant as it's generally offers a lot more action. Makes sense, right? With four cards in your hand rather than two, there's a lot more reason to see a flop, and with more...more

14 May

SCOOP 2016: Ssick_OnE bags third SCOOP title in Event #18-H ($700 NLHE), Mercier sixth

Brazil might be stealing all the headlines in this year's SCOOP, but guess who's right behind them? The Germans. In one of the most stacked finales thus far, Germany's SsicK_OnE won his third career SCOOP title (and the seventh for Germany this year) after topping a final table that included...more

SCOOP 2016: Stephen "stevie444" Chidwick grabs third COOP win in Event #20-M ($215 FL Omaha Hi/Lo, 8-Max)

Stephen "stevie444" Chidwick has enjoyed plenty of success in PokerStars-sponsored events in the past, with wins at the PCA and all around the EPT. He has also enjoyed success in both SCOOP and WCOOP in the past, making him a player to watch any time he makes a deep run....more

SCOOP 2016: NoraFlum beats Billy the Croc heads-up for third COOP win in Event #20-H ($2,100 FL Omaha8)

NoraFlum is no stranger to the bright lights of a final table. Otherwise known in the real world as Marco Johnson, the American living in Mexico won a WSOP bracelet and proved his online worth with not one, but two WCOOP bracelets. He never won a SCOOP...until today. NoraFlum now...more

SCOOP 2016: theispoker makes it 12 for Brazil with Event #20-L victory ($27 FL Omaha Hi/Lo [8-Max]) 

Brazil's stranglehold on the 2016 SCOOP continued today when Omaha Hi/Lo specialist theispoker took down Event #20-L. Out of the 57 events that have played to a winner as of press time, Brazilians have won twelve of them. Our colleague Stephen Bartley dubbed it "The Brazilian Storm" and the three...more

SCOOP 2016: Anton2434 conquers all to win Event #19-M ($109+R NLH Big Antes)

Big money and big antes, that's what was on the schedule to kick off the second weekend on the 2016 SCOOP schedule. Event #19 was a rebuy tournament which blasted past its big guaranteed prize pool when a huge virtual crowd joined the fun. After two days of online action,...more

SCOOP 2016: Big catch, big win for FshnIsMyPrfn in Big Antes Event #19-L ($11+R NL)

Breaking news... a Brazilian did not win this tournament. It's been a Brazil-centric SCOOP during the first week of action, which is why it seemed odd not to have a Brazilian at the final table of Event #19-L. Instead, it was Belarusian heavy final table with two players from Belarus...more

SCOOP 2016: bustoville busts'em all to win Event #19-H ($1,050+R NLH Big Antes)

Another round of Friday SCOOP tournaments brought out players from all bankroll levels. The high buy-in version of Event #19 had players hitting rebuy and spending $1,050 a pop. The No Limit Hold'em Rebuy tournament drew a strong crowd of pros but it was bustoville standing alone at the end...more

SCOOP 2016: Festivuss is festive after Event #18-M win ($82 NLH)

The second weekend of the 2016 Spring Championship of Online Poker rolled around and the 18th event on the schedule was one of your standard No Limit Hold'em tournaments. No fancy frills or tweaked up structures or more than two hole cards. It was a big field, big payout tournament...more

SCOOP 2016: Onze! Brazil binks another and ericluccas88 wins Event #18-L ($7.50 NL)

When I think about Brazil, four things come to mind: soccer, beaches, Carnival, and SCOOP bracelets. This is getting a little silly. Brazil won another bracelet. This is not a rerun or a replay. It's real life. That makes it eleven. Onze. With a victory in Event #18-L by ericluccas88,...more

LAPT9 Panama: Main Event Day 2 coverage archive

It was a wild one here in the tournament room at the Sortis Hotel, Spa & Casino in Panama City, where Day 2 of the LAPT9 Panama Main Event played out today. A handful of players took turns fighting for the chip lead as they played down to the money...more

SCOOP 2016: FLBonatto's second chance good for $46K in Event #16-M ($109 NLHE, Progressive Super-KO)

As anyone who's been paying even the slightest attention knows, Brazilians got off to a great start during SCOOP 2016, winning four early titles and several more since. Past Sunday Warm-Up finalist FLBonatto was in position to become one of them. Then came a nightmare scenario at the final table...more

13 May

SCOOP 2016: Gonzalez Antes Up to win Event #15-H ($700 NLH Ante Up)

It's about time to start the second big weekend of the 2016 Spring Championship of Online Poker and Event 15 threw a little twist at the standard No Limit Hold'em tournament structure. The Ante Up events left the blinds alone, instead ramping up the antes with each level change. A...more

SCOOP 2016: Zagazaur wins marathon heads-up to win Event #15-M ($82 NLH Ante Up)

The 2016 Spring Championship of Online Poker is nearing the midpoint of the series and Event 15 switched things up. A little No Limit Hold'em tournament but instead of the blinds increasing each level, it was the antes. The medium buy-in version of the event drew a couple thousand entries...more

SCOOP 2016: pellompogos progesses to the title in Event #16-H ($1,050 NLHE Progressive KO)

Poker fads come and go but there is definite trend upwards in the popularity of Progressive Knockout tournaments. Everyone loves an opportunity to get some cash along the way by knocking out a few players and winning a few bounties, and there's no doubt it makes the end stages of...more

SCOOP 2016: Magnificent MrMishkaHU wins Super-KO Event #16-L ($11 NL)

Another day, another big advance for the Brazilians. Although Brazil did not win a bracelet, they sure as heck came close in Super-KO Event #16-L. Three Russians and two Brazilians were among the final nine in Event #16-L. Brazilians have been absolutely obliterating the 2016 SCOOP this spring, so it's...more

SCOOP 2016: begood9999 is good in #17-L for Brazil's 9th title ($27 PLO Heads-Up)

Event 17 on the 2016 Spring Championship of Online Poker was one of the most anticipated tournaments on the schedule. A lot of players love heads-up action and Pot Limit Omaha brings out the action junkies. Combine them together with a small buy-in and you get a huge field. The...more

SCOOP 2016: All okay for OKVirusKO in Event #17-M ($215 PLO Heads-Up)

There's no form of poker more pure than heads-up. It's a one-on-one battle to the death where only one can survive. A heads-up tournament is a ruthless journey to navigate a windy path through ten heads-up matches in succession, and only one player managed to achieve that feat today in...more

SCOOP 2016: RaúlGonzalez wins, Galfond 4th in Event #17-H ($2,100 PLO Heads-Up)

Germany have a knack of producing a champions of high roller poker events. We've seen it in live events all over the world and now we're also seeing it online as German RaúlGonzalez added his name to the SCOOP honour roll with a comprehensive victory in today's SCOOP "High" Event....more

SCOOP 2016: pAtcAsh83 puts away Event #15-L ($7.50 NLHE Ante Up)

Shaun Deeb made his 19th SCOOP final table appearance in Event #15-L, but pAtcAsh83 denied Deeb his sixth SCOOP title and then took the tournament down. It was a lengthy tournament and final table since blinds stayed flat throughout the entire thing. The antes were always rising though. A total...more

LAPT9 Panama: Main Event Day 1B coverage archive

Final starting flights of multi-day events are usually for second chances and shots at redemption, as players come back for one last chance to punch their tickets to Day 2. While the early headlines of today's Day 1B flight were centered around those revenants but as we moved forward, new,...more

Three new SCOOP winners, proof of poker's "Brazilian Storm"

There's talk these days in the surfing world of a "Brazil Storm". Don't take my word for it, you can look it up. Everywhere, from the New York Times to surfing blogs, is looking in the direction of Brazil and asking why their surfers are suddenly beating the sports best...more

Nick Yunis headlines the day on SCOOP ahead of big weekend

We're the sixth of 15 days of SCOOP 2016. Here's the latest update with 42 of 165 tournaments (from 55 three-tiered events) now completed. Today's highlights: * Nick "chilenocl" Yunis wins his second COOP * 33 tournaments to be played out over the weekend Round up of latest results Nick...more

12 May

SCOOP 2016: Mark it 8, Dude! Brazil's Thiago 'tgrigoletti' Grigoletti wins Player's Choice Super-KO (Event #13-H $700 NL); Jason Somerville takes ninth

The citizens of PokerStarslandia hath spoken. They picked the format for Event #13 and the high version for this year's Player's Choice Event would be $700 NL Progressive Super-Knockout. That should be the primary story, but I completely buried the lede here and waited until now to reveal that another...more

SCOOP 2016: pintoelbajon outlasts all in Event #13-M (8-Max, Progressive KO)

Goalie versus striker trying to convert on a penalty kick. Pitcher versus slugger with two outs in the ninth inning with the tying run on third base. The ending of the 2016 Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) Event #13-M's $82 8-Max, Progressive Knockout was much like these athletic stare-downs....more

SCOOP 2016: Lucky #7 for Brazil as GhRibeiro wins Event #12-L ($27 NL Hold'em 6-Max, Shootout)

PokerStars has a lot of low-to-mid stakes sit & go grinders on the site, and the SCOOP-12-L event was their chance to shine and show off the skills that make them a living day in and day out. So many recreational players favour this format as well, due to the...more

SCOOP 2016: Nick "chilenocl" Yunis adds second COOP in Event #12-H ($2,100 NLH 6-Max Shootout)

Event 12 was a big one on the 2016 Spring Champion of Online Poker schedule with the popular 6-Max Shootout titles set to run. The $2,100 buy-in high version of the tournament maxed out at 216 players on 36 tables with some of the top names in poker. When the...more

SCOOP 2016: The sickest run from Ssick_OnE shoots him to second SCOOP title in #E12-M

"Take it one hand at a time." That's the advice most tournament professionals bestow upon those lesser experienced. Every player in a multi-table tournament (MTT) is playing at the same time, against the same sized field, trying to outlast each other and put themselves in a position to go deep....more

LAPT9 Panama: Main Event Day 1A coverage archive

It's hot in Panama City, even at the stroke of midnight. And just as the clock turned over from Wednesday to Thursday, the Frenchman Maxence Debar was about as hot as a poker player can get, having catapulted far into the chip lead to end Day 1A of the LAPT9...more

SCOOP 2016: Andy McLEOD on being James Obst

It was entirely expected. On Tuesday morning I arrived at work and saw the same picture, the same headline, and the same result. I knew to expect it because it happened every year, whether it's SCOOP or any other Championship. And my reaction is always the same: dig out the...more

Crusher, Destroyer, Ice Cream Man: An introduction to Brazil's new SCOOP champion

I want you to imagine your friendly neighborhood ice cream man, the guy who will give you a scoop of your favorite flavor, and then--if he's feeling friendly--another scoop on top. Imagine yourself beachside as the man digs his scooper into the freezer, his eyes dreamily considering something far away,...more

Fourth SCOOP title for Buchanan while Päffchen heads leader board

We're the fifth of 12 days of SCOOP 2016. Here's the latest update with 37 of 165 tournaments (from 55 three-tiered events) now completed. Today's highlights: * Shawn "buck21" Buchanan claims a fourth SCOOP title * Otitov of Russia wins big in the Super Tuesday * Beeethoven87's SCOOP masterpiece Round...more

SCOOP 2016: Russia's otitov survives marathon final table in the Super Tuesday Special Edition (Event #10-H $1,050 NL)

The bottom line is simple: quarter of a million dollars on the line for first place. The second-richest prize in the first four days of SCOOP was up for grabs. Not too shabby of an ROI on a mere $1,050 investment. Russia's otitov outlasted a field of 1,525 runners as...more

11 May

SCOOP 2016: Keep3r holds off Päffchen with late run in Event #10-M ($109 NLHE)

We're living in a brave new world in 2016. With the wide variety of poker variants, tournament structures, and speeds on offer during SCOOP, a straight-up no-limit hold'em tournament feels a little bit different. Like when your favorite basketball team wears throwback jerseys - hopefully without the short shorts -...more

SCOOP 2016: Beeethoven87 busts every player at the final table of Event #14-M ($215 Omaha Hi/Lo, 6-Max, Turbo, Zoom)

If you blinked, you might've missed Event #14-M's final table. Beeethoven87 eliminated half of the final table in two hands and then picked off the rest of the players in a matter of minutes. Players in Event #14-M weren't used to spending too much time at one table anyways. Aside...more

2016 SCOOP: Shawn 'buck21' Buchanan claims sixth title in Event #14-H: $2,100 NL Omaha H/L [6-Max, Turbo, Zoom] $300K

Omaha Hi/Lo is an action game but it's usually played with a Fixed Limit betting structure, meaning that there are very few all-in pre flop confrontations. Even when the game is upped to Pot Limit, the same strategies seem to play out. Today though, was Omaha Hi/Lo like you've never...more

SCOOP 2016: TheInnuendo zooms to title in Event #14-L ($27 NL Omaha 6-Max Turbo Zoom)

Many moons ago when the poker pioneers were playing in the back rooms of pubs and underground clubs, I doubt they thought they would ever see or hear anything of a No Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Six-Max Turbo Zoom tournament. They wouldn't have even known what on Earth it was! It's...more

SCOOP 2016: Aaralynn runs through the field in Event #10-L ($11 NLHE)

You're not supposed to celebrate until the river, but sometimes you're unbeatable after the flop. Aaralynn started the final table with the chip lead, dealt the first eliminaiton and never looked back. Then, in the last hand of the tournament, the Mexican player hit a full house on the flop...more

SCOOP 2016: Alexandros 'mexican222' Kolonias goes from 2nd in $25K high roller to 1st in #E9-H ($700 NLHE/PLO mix, 6-Max)

A runner-up finish in a big event can wreak havoc on your mind. Did you get unlucky? Or did you get outplayed? One thing's for sure, you really really want to make sure you get the win next time you're in a similar position. Alexandros Kolonias knows this all too...more

SCOOP 2016: roma-dk romps through Event #13-L ($7.50 NLHE, Hyper-Turbo, Progressive Super KO, Ultra-Deep)

Three hours and 22 minutes: that's how long it took to turn more a tournament field of more than 16,000 poker players into one brand new owner of a SCOOP 2016 champion's watch. The final table here in Event #13-L took up just 39 of those minutes, including a five-minute...more

SCOOP 2016: Awesome day for Dhr. Awesome in Event #9-M ($82 NLH/PLO 6-Max)

Through the first few days of this 2016 SCOOP schedule, two themes have seemed to play out daily. First, guaranteed prize pools haven't lasted long and secondly, Brazilians staking claim to final tables and winner's circles at a nearly alarming rate. Those trends continued into Event #9-M when the prize...more

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SCOOP 2016: Another Brazilian champ, renatomaiag captures Event #9-L ($7.50 NLH/PLO 6-Max)

Event 9 brought a lot of action to the 2016 Spring Championship of Online Poker schedule, short-handed tables with a mix of No Limit Hold'em and Pot Limit Omaha. Things moved along at a nice, brisk pace despite the deep stacks and slow structure. Players switched up between the two...more

SCOOP 2016: "To hell with modesty!" Aethyr13 on his SCOOP win

In poker, as in life, you sometimes just have to have a little faith in yourself. "When I got to the second day of the event, I told myself: 'To hell with modesty! I'm winning this SCOOP!'" So said SCOOP 8-L winner Aethyr13 from Romania, aka Floki The Carpenter (taken...more

SCOOP champion Alm Wilson on effective altruism

Alm Wilson is a 27-year-old student, both of Applied Physics and Mathematics...and of life. Known as Chillolini on PokerStars, he already knows what it means to be a winner. This week's SCOOP title was his second COOP win. His first came last year during WCOOP when he bested Jason Somerville...more

10 May

2016 SCOOP: 'me so fish' swims to victory in Event #11-L: $11+R PL Omaha [6-Max], $25K

It's no secret that Pot Limit Omaha is an action game and when you combine that action with $11 rebuys, you're definitely going to see a massive field come together and the chips fly. Virtually of course, as 2,442 entrants came out for Event #11-L: $11+R PL Omaha [6-Max], $25K,...more

SCOOP 2016: Greece's 5dioresta heads-up maestro with win in Event #8-M ($109 NL HU)

Heads-up poker is a nuance of its own. Some players do their best damage in a multi-opponent combative situation, whereas others seem to truly thrive when it's just one-on-one. In a heads-up tournament you never know what type of player you'll be up against from round to round. Some players...more

SCOOP 2016: Ireland's reilly11014 Wins SCOOP-11-M: $109+R PL Omaha [6-Max] in Just Over Six Hours

Pot-limit Omaha is an action game, and that was evidenced on Tuesday night when SCOOP-11-M: $109+R PL Omaha [6-Max] took just six hours and 12 minutes to see Ireland's "reilly11014" finish as the last player standing, good for $39,147.29 after a three-way deal. That tournament that attracted 866 entries that...more

SCOOP 2016: James "Andy McLEOD" Obst wins 4th SCOOP title in Event #11-H ($1,050+R PL Omaha)

This time last year, the Australian poker community were celebrating the success of one of their finest, James "Andy McLEOD" Obst, who had won a third SCOOP title in the $1,050 Pot Limit Omaha 6-Max Event and over $166,000. Fast forward 12 months and Obst has done it all over...more

SCOOP 2016: Aethyr13 last player standing in Event #8, $11.00+R NL Hold'em [Heads-Up]

SCOOP 8-L: $11.00+R NL Hold'em [Heads-Up], $50k guaranteed was a two-day event and needed to be that way after 6,521 players tuned up for, what some say, is the purest form of poker. It's certainly intense and requires a huge amount of one's attention. A guarantee-breaking $65,210 was gathered into...more

SCOOP 2016: Tommy 'tcblade' Chen wins second SCOOP title in rebuys Event #7-H ($700+R NL)

Six years. That's how long Tommy 'tcblade' Chen waited to win his second SCOOP bracelet. Once you reach the promised land, it's nearly impossible to get that taste of victory out of your mouth. It's a nonpareil feeling of adulation you crave immensely that borderlines on an obsession. Five other...more

SCOOP 2016: "nimuuuh" Wins SCOOP-07-M: $82+R NL Hold'em for $59,829.89; Calvin "cal42688" Anderson Denied 7th Title

It was an exciting sweat Tuesday evening as Calvin "cal42688" Anderson was at the final table of SCOOP-07-M: $82+R NL Hold'em seeking to extend his SCOOP record by winning his seventh title. Unfortunately for him, that didn't happen as Germany's "nimuuuh" emerged victorious to capture his first SCOOP title and...more

SCOOP 2016: FL0R1DA defeats Apotheosis92 to win Event #8-H ($1,050 NLHE Heads-Up)

In poker, knowing your opponent will only get you so far. You may have done your research. You may have watched your opponent's play. You may have seen them reach for an Oreo in the middle of a hand. But despite what you may know, in the end, if the...more

SCOOP 2016: Five titles for Brazil as facunha wins Event #7-L: $7.50+R NL Hold'em, $50k

Three days into the SCOOP festival and it feels like the players haven gotten comfortable in their routine. The seventh set of tournaments sees the first rebuy events. The low version was $7.50+R NL Hold'em and saw the $50k prize pool well and truly smashed. After 8,419 entries (with 10,401...more

SCOOP 2016: Luke Schwartz defeats Vladimir Troyanovskiy to win 5th SCOOP title

Last year, Luke "lb6121" Schwartz won two SCOOP titles to go with two others he'd won in years past. Schwartz picked up right where he left off on Tuesday and won his fifth SCOOP title, which ties him with Shaun Deeb and puts him just one behind Calvin Anderson's record...more

SCOOP 2016: RedPh0enix rises to Event #6M title ($215 NLO8, 6-Max, Progressive Super KO)

The first weekend has come and gone in the 2016 Spring Championship of Online Poker while players are settling in to grind the series. Monday brought around a new variation on the SCOOP schedule with a little short-handed No Limit Omaha Hi/Lo. Split pot poker with none of those pesky...more

SCOOP 2016: Madkriss maintains sanity to win E#6-L ($27 NL Omaha HI/LO 6-Max Super-Knockout)

This wasn't your average tournament. For starters, it was Omaha Hi/Lo; one of the mixed game variants you'll rarely see on television or played at a home game around a friend's kitchen table. Then you have to take into consideration that this was No Limit, rather than the more traditional...more

Americas Cup of Poker headed to New Jersey

The live final of The Americas Cup of Poker (ACP) will be held at Resorts Casino Hotel, Atlantic City from June 23-27, 2016, PokerStars revealed today. This year, the Grand Final will coincide with the big soccer event taking place in New Jersey. Teams representing countries from North and South...more

SCOOP 2016: Rafael "GM_VALTER" Moraes wins another for Brazil in Event #4-H ($2,100 NLHE)

The first two days of SCOOP 2016 have been very good for Brazilian poker players. With three titles through the first 11 events, the Southern Hemisphere powerhouse nation was already doing well. A fourth title in the 12th event became a certainty once play became heads-up in Event #4-H, as...more

9 May

SCOOP 2016: Nelepo10 makes it three for Brazil in Event #04-M ($215 NLHE)

We're two days into the 2016 Spring Championship of Online Poker and Brazil already has three titles. Nelepo10 became the third Brazilian SCOOP champion this year after taking down the Sunday Million Special Edition and $209,095.00. It was a two-day event that drew 6,745 players and seven-figure prize pool of...more

SCOOP 2016: A near-perfect wire-to-wire win for glissario in Event #4-L ($27 NL)

The 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby occurred this past Saturday, which is a friendly reminder how easy it is to compare equines and poker players. Poker reporters love a good cliche, which is why it's not uncommon to throw out the horse-racing cliche -- wire-to-wire -- when describing a...more

SCOOP 2016: bustitoyoni "treetops" $83k win in Event #02-M ($215 NLHE, Progressive Super KO, Sunday Warm-Up SE)

Jack "Treetop" Straus probably wasn't the first player to win a tournament after finding himself the shortest stack, but after becoming poker's world champion via just that route in 1982, his name became forever intertwined with the ultimate poker tournament comeback. PokerStars players and watchers had the opportunity to see...more

SCOOP 2016: "etxnl01" Solidifies Reputation as a Progressive Super Knockout King By Winning SCOOP-02-H for $208,192.25

When it comes to Progressive Super Knockout Events, few players have done quite as well as "etxnl01." For instance, on March 31 he took down the $1,050 Thursday Thrill Progressive Super-Knockout for $61,100, and prior to that, on February 13, he won the $27 Saturday Eliminator Progressive Super-Knockout for $8,130.86....more

SCOOP 2016: Vamos! Another win for Brazil as WellBr20 scoops Event #01-L

We're just two days into the 2016 Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP), and it's already been an excellent Primavera for Brazil. Early this morning Bean1992 took down Event #5-L, and now the country has its second SCOOP champion of the series after WellBr20 claimed victory in Event #1-L. Now,...more

SCOOP 2016: Francis "NoHayMiedo*" Cruz wins maiden title in Event #2-L ($27 NL Hold'em Progressive Super-Knockout)

The first day of SCOOP 16 tournaments started with a bang, with huge numbers turning for one of the biggest Sundays of the year. One could smell the virtual anticipation in the air; some looking to extend or break records in this monster series of poker tournaments, others playing for...more

SCOOP 2016: Second COOP win for omaha4rollz, Deeb 5th in Event #3-H ($2,100 NL Draw)

If you want to be the best, the saying goes, you have to beat the best. Shaun Deeb has been so successful during past SCOOP series - he has five wins and countless final tables to date - that defeating him at a final table has almost become a rite...more

SCOOP 2016: Two SCOOPs for C. Darwin2 in Event #1-H ($1,050 NL Hold'em)

The opening weekend of the 2016 Spring Championship of Online Poker kicked off with three big opening Event 1 fields. The $1,050 buy-in high version drew more than 1,000 players to easily surpass the $750,000 guaranteed prize pool. A total of 1,025 players put up their money, plus another 285...more

SCOOP 2016: Another final table for Shaun Deeb, but Romania's bloodlust07 wins Event #3-L ($27 NL Draw)

When you mention SCOOP, you have to whisper Shaun Deeb's name in the same breath. The legendary Deeb is one of the premier American online poker players and it's no surprise that he's one of the most successful players in the history of SCOOP. The last couple of years, Deeb...more

SCOOP 2016: Chillolini Adds 2nd COOP in Event #3-M ($215 NL Draw)

The opening day of the 2016 Spring Championship of Online Poker wasn't a strictly No Limit Hold'em affair. The third tournament on the schedule featured a little No Limit Five-Card Draw event, not unlike the game played at kitchen tables around the world. The medium buy-in version of the tournament...more

Bottle of Whiskey Almost Ruins Four-Way Chop in SCOOP-01-M: $109 NL Hold'em [Sunday Kickoff SE]; Belarus' Hitvil Victor w/ $81,928.45 Win

"I want some more money for a bottle of whiskey." That was the request that nearly prevented a four-way deal being struck in SCOOP-01-M: $109 NL Hold'em [Sunday Kickoff SE], a tournament that more than doubled its $300K advertised guarantee by creating a $607,100 prize pool. You'll read about the...more

Weekend Review: All the results pre-SCOOP

A short review of all the major results from the weekend on PokerStars. Weekend highlights * SCOOP 2016 is under way! Round up of latest results Well, it has finally begun. SCOOP 2016 is upon us and rushing into the weekend report to the tune of, well, one result. Yeah...more

SCOOP 2016: Brazil's Bean1992 with bedazzling win in Event #5-L ($7.50 NL 6-Max)

Two Brazilians advanced to the final table of SCOOP Event #5-Low. SaLum18 and Bean1992 commanded the big stack and the short stack respectively. With two out of six of the final table players hailing from Brazil, the host country of the 2016 Summer Olympics seemed the logical choice to secure...more

8 May

SCOOP 2016: HhCMotU flushes out the competition in Event #05-M ($82 NLHE 6-Max)

Flowers are blossoming all over the Northern Hemisphere to announce the start of the 2016 Spring Championship of Online Poker. While some scientists say spring predates the SCOOP, poker players agree that the season doesn't start until the series does. For the next few weeks, players will have the chance...more

SCOOP 2016: Australia's "Imluckbox" wins SCOOP-05-H: $700 NL Hold'em [6-Max] for $142,465.22

In the nearly three years since he started playing poker seriously, Imluckbox has developed a reputation as one of Australia's best up-and-coming players. The man from Melbourne is a familiar face as the annual Aussie Millions, and he's managed to amass $173,282 in live tournament earnings. However, where Imluckbox truly...more

Manila Megastack 5: Chinese Taipei's Tzu Chieh Lo wins the Main Event

The Manila Megastack 5 Main Event hosted by PokerStars Live Manila and Asia Pacific Poker Tour, came to a close at the Grand Ballroom of City of Dreams Manila with Chinese Taipei's Tzu Chieh Lo reigning victorious to capture the massive first place cash prize of P2,392,350 and the championship...more

7 May

Manila Megastack 5: Final Day Updates

10:05PM: Chinese Taipei's Tzu Chieh Lo wins the Main Event! Tzu Chieh Lo eliminated fellow countryman Shih Chieh Su to capture the first place cash prize of P2,393,350 and the championship trophy of the biggest Manila Megastack Main Event. Congratulations to Lo for his victory! 10:05PM: Shih Chieh Su ends...more

Manila Megastack 5: Main Event Final Day resumes with 108 gunners

After the completion of two day one flights at the Manila Megastack 5 Main Event hosted by PokerStars Live Manila, only 108 players out of the combined 478 entries will be returning today to the Grand Ballroom of City of Dreams Manila for the final battle to the finish. All...more

Manila Megastack 5: Another massive turnout with Day 1b drawing 258 entries

It was another bustling day at PokerStars Live Manila with the Manila Megastack 5 Main Event Day 1b drawing in 258 entries to the Grand Ballroom of City of Dreams Manila. With a deep starting stack of 30,000 chips, players flocked the registration booth, and by the time cards were...more

6 May

Manila Megastack: Day 1b Updates

10:45PM: Day 1b ends! Day 1b ended moments ago with Chinese Taipei's Shih Chieh Su bagging the largest stack of 367,000 chips. 10:30PM: Tran railed by Kim Minkyun Kim raised to 8k preflop and Julien Tran shoved his 88k chips. Kim called and it was a showdown. Kim had pocket...more

Manila Megastack 5: Last day one flight of the Main Event kicks off today

We are back at PokerStars Live Manila today for Day 1b! This is the final flight to get into the Manila Megastack 5 Main Event which starts promptly at 2pm. Buyin to the Main Event is P25,000 with unlimited re-entries. Players begin with a very deep starting stack of 30,000,...more

Manila Megastack 5: Chip Counts

Su Shih Chieh Chinese Taipei 367,000 Luo Hao Che Chinese Taipei 345,500 Hong Soojing 29 Korea 327,000 Lo Tzu Chieh Chinese Taipei 309,500 Lee Alex Xiang Wei 31 Singapore 272,500 Thorson Karl Canada 258,000 Lau Alan 'Kinglune' Hong Kong 249,500 Wu Chuang Yi Chinese Taipei 245,500 Bolung Sammy Indonesia 241,500...more

Manila Megastack 5: Record turnout of 220 entries for Main Event Day 1a

It was a big day at the Manila Megastack 5 Main Event with a record turnout of 220 entries for Day 1a. This is the largest ever recorded field for a Manila Megastack Day 1a flight. This also brought the prize pool to a massive P4.8M. By the end of...more

EPT12 Grand Final: Jan Bendik finds winning strategy to seal ultimate triumph for Slovakia

Jan Bendik: EPT Grand Final champion In an interview given by Jan Bendik this morning, before he sat down among the last six of the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino EPT Grand Final main event, the veteran rounder from Slovakia described himself as "a gambler". About eight hours later, that much...more

EPT12 Grand Final: Watch the action on EPT Live

LIVE COVERAGE | CHIP COUNTS | PAYOUTS It's the final table of the EPT Grand Final main event. Follow cards up coverage with the EPT Live crew....more

EPT12 Grand Final: Year of Romania! Alexandru Papazian wins €25K HR for €1.19million

The alpha papa - Alexandru Papazian What is it Joe Stapleton says every season on EPT Live? "The year of Romania", right? Well, could 2016 actually be it? I mean, first there was the announcement of the Eureka Poker Tour in Bucharest kicking off on May 18th, at which Team...more

EPT12 Grand Final: Main Event final table live updates

10pm: Jan Bendik defeats Adrien Allain to win the EPT Grand Final Level 33 - Blinds 125,000/250,000 (50,000 ante) JanBendik: the 12th EPT Grand Final champion Jan Bendik has become the first ever EPT champion from Slovakia after he coolered Adrien Allain in the last pot of Season 12. Holding...more

EPT12 Grand Final: €25K high roller Day 3 live updates

* CLICK TO REFRESH FOR LATEST UPDATES * CHIP COUNTS | PAYOUTS | EPT LIVE | MAIN EVENT 12:35am: Alexandru Papazian wins EPT Grand Final high roller (€ 1,197,000), Alexandros Kolonias (€ 805,900) Level 32 - Blinds 125,000/250,000 (ante 25,000) Oh the irony. Alexandros Kolonias had got it in bad...more

Keeping our intellects sharp

How is your poker game going? Wait, before you answer that, ask yourself this: what are you doing to keep your brain working? If ever a game required a sharp mind, poker is it. Long hours at the table, thousands of hands, and years of bad beats can cross the...more

Inside the new MTT schedule with Jaime Staples


EPT12 Grand Final: €25K High Roller final table profiles

With the elimination of Saar Wilf in ninth, the final table is set for the €25K High Roller at the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino European Poker Tour Grand Final. Here's a look at the final eight players who made it this far from the 231-entry field. Seat 1: Imad Derwiche,...more

2016 SCOOP starts Sunday!

The air is crisp, the sky is blue, and the birds are chirping. It's springtime in the northern hemisphere, and there is no better time to be outside. Now, forget all of that stuff about being outside, because there is something more important: the Spring Championship of Online Poker begins...more

Manila Megastack 5: Main Event Day 1a updates

2:40AM: Day 1a ends Day 1a has just concluded with 49 players remaining. Chinese Taipei player Hao-Che Luo bagged the largest stack of 345,500 chips, Singapore's Alex Lee second-in-chips with 272,500 chips, and rounding out the top three is Hong Kong's Alan "Kinglune" Lau with 249,500 chips. 2:30AM: Chua...more

Manila Megastack 5: Main Event heats up the felt at PokerStars Live Manila

Welcome to Day 1a of the Manila Megastack 5 Main Event at PokerStars Live Manila held at the Grand Ballroom of City of Dreams Manila, Philippines. The Manila Megastack has seen four victors since its introduction last year, namely Korea's Joo-Han Lee, Korea's Mike Kim, Filipino Euryd Rivera, and Japan's...more

EPT12 Grand Final: €25K high roller Day 2 live updates archive

Last night we told you all about how this €25K High Roller at the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino EPT12 Grand Final broke records for its amount of players. Well, all those buy-ins were finally added up and here on Day 2 we had our prize pool confirmed. A massive €1,197,000 will...more

5 May

VIP It Up!

If you don't already know about the upcoming PokerStars Run It Up Resorts Rumble and are anywhere near New Jersey, you owe it to yourself to click that link above and learn all about it. And if you're already planning on going, you owe it to yourself to pay attention...more

Liar, Liar: The Psychology of Bluffing

At the poker table, being a skilled liar is accepted, encouraged and rewarded. Knowing how to construct a masterful bluff can be extremely valuable and advantageous in this game, and while it may not come naturally to some, it is an essential poker strategy tool to have in your poker...more

Team Pros battle for bragging rights in SCOOP 2016 leaderboard challenge

Spring has finally sprung and there's a huge sense of excitement this week as poker players all over the world prepare for the biggest ever PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker, which begins in just three days. With a total of 55 events at Low, Medium and High buy-in levels,...more

EPT12 Grand Final: Main event Day 5 coverage archive

This is an archive of a previous day's coverage. Click for live updates from the tournament floor. Can Spin & Go become Spin & Win for Asan Umarov? We are down to six players in the €5,300 main event of the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino EPT12 Grand Final, and tradition demands...more

4 May

EPT12 Grand Final: Main event Day 4 coverage archive

This is an archive of a previous day's coverage. Follow live updates from the tournament floor. Adrien Allain: First in the counts, and not only by alphabetical order It's all getting pretty serious in the €5,300 main event of the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino EPT12 Grand Final. After five gruelling levels...more

EPT12 Grand Final: €25K High roller Day 1 coverage archive

We all knew this tournament was going to be huge - it always is. So it wasn't a huge surprise to see a new Grand Final record set for the biggest ever €25K. That was certainly true today as 173 players ponied up the €25,000 buy-in for this three-day high...more

Manila Megastack 5: Japan's Daiki Iijima wins the Kickoff event

The first event of the Manila Megastack 5, the P2M Guaranteed Kickoff event, concluded this evening at the Grand Ballroom of City of Dreams Manila with Japan's Daiki Iijima defeating Filipino player Christopher Mateo at the heads up round to claim the first side event trophy of the festival. The...more

Manila Megastack 5: Kickoff Final Day Updates

Out of 333 entries, we are down to 35 players, each of them vying to get that first place cash prize of P640,000, bragging rights as the first winner of the bigger and better Manila Megastack 5 series, and a seat to the APPT 10 Manila. The P2M Kickoff event...more

3 May

Super Tuesday: Late push by aalloonn leads to $85K victory (5/3/16)

There's a lot to be said for arriving at a final table with a big stack. And coming in with a short stack, while not particularly desirable, at least has the whole "no question what I have to here" factor going for it. But what about getting to a final...more

Manila Megastack 5: Kickoff Final Day and Side Events

Lots of chips will be shuffling around the room early this afternoon at the Grand Ballroom of City of Dreams Manila with the 35 survivors of the Manila Megastack 5 P2M Guaranteed Kickoff event getting underway at PokerStars Live Manila. Players will be looking at a P2,842,488 prize pool, well...more

EPT12 Grand Final: Main event Day 3 live coverage archive

This is an archive of a previous day's coverage. Please click through for live updates from the tournament floor. Marcin Chmielewski: Describes poker as a "serious hobby" It tends to go without saying that Day 3 of a main event on the European Poker Tour is full of excitement. This...more

Manila Megastack 5: Kickoff sees 333 entries with 35 players surviving

With four qualifying heats to the P2M Guaranteed Kickoff opening event of the Manila Megastack 5, the Grand Ballroom of City of Dreams Manila was full of poker action all throughout the day. This is the first time that PokerStars Live Manila has offered this type of format and it...more

2 May

Manila Megastack 5: Live updates of P2M Gtd Kickoff Flights

Action is underway for the first event of the Manila Megastack 5, the P2M Guaranteed Kickoff event. We will post random updates right here throughout the day. There will be a total of four qualifying heats today. Each level increases every 30 minutes for Flight 1 and Flight 2, and...more

Manila Megastack 5 begins today at PokerStars Live Manila

The time has finally arrived! The doors have been opened for the fifth installment of the Manila Megastack at PokerStars Live Manila. This six-day poker festival will be held at the Grand Ballroom of City of Dreams Manila, and as advertised, this event promises to be bigger and better with...more

EPT12 Grand Final: Main event Day 2 coverage archive

This is an archive of a previous day's coverage. Please read our live updates for the latest from the tournament floor. The biggest ever EPT Grand Final main event field was whittled down significantly over Day 1A and Day 1B, but that still didn't mean we could fit them all...more

EPT12 Grand Final: Fabian Quoss wins €50k SHR after defeating Ole Schemion

Quoss winning another high roller They'll be no second super high roller title of the festival for Ole Schemion after Fabian Quoss made quick work of turning around his younger opponent. Schemion still managed a victory of kind by securing a deal that means he takes home the larger...more

Weekend Review: A short look at the weekend's winner on PokerStars

A brief look at the weekend's results on PokerStars as we report from EPT Monaco. * DaGoddfather wins the Sunday Million for $168,945 * dlanger610 wins the Sunday Warm-up collecting $58,370 PokerStars Sunday Million results (May 2, 2016) Entrants: 5,401 Prize pool: $1,080,200.00 Places paid: 810 1. DaGoddfather (Canada) $168,945.98...more

Barcelona, Malta and Prague back as EPT announces Season 13

As EPT President Edgar Stuchly put it, it has been a record breaking 12th Season on the European Poker Tour, with the biggest schedule ever and a record breaking number of players. Now, as the last festival of the season approaches its conclusion, it's time to look ahead to what...more

1 May

Sunday Million: DaGoddfather, Part II! DaGoddfather wins second Sunday Milly title

DaGoddfather won the Sunday Million for a second time since August 2011. Canada's DaGoddfather now joins the elite group of multiple Sunday Million champs in the exclusive Two-Timer Club. Sequels often fail to live up to their original film manifestation, however, there's one sequel that many critics and fans alike...more

EPT12 Grand Final: Day 1B live coverage archive

This is an archive of a previous day's coverage. Click for live updates from the tournament floor. Day 1B? Daher 1B more like Albert Daher: Crushed Day 1B In a room containing more than 500 people, plus an overspill of nearly 300 next door, you'll do well to attract all...more

Sunday Warm-Up: dlanger610 turns the tables after two-way chop earning $58K

With all eyes on collecting Euros in Monaco and Monte Carlo the online presence for the Sunday Majors was lighter than usual. Or perhaps the players are saving their energy and sanity for the start of the 55 event (times three buy-in levels) 2016 Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP)...more

FPS Monaco: Stephane Dossetto does it! Tops 1,261 to win FPS Monaco Main Event

Yesterday Stephane Dossetto was explaining to us how his name meant "two-seven," which typically makes poker players think of the worst hand in hold'em. Today we watched him begin the final day of the France Poker Series Monaco Main Event with the chip lead, and tonight finish by winning the...more

FPS Monaco: Main Event final table coverage archive

* CLICK FOR PRIZE POOL AND PAYOUTS 7:50pm: Stephane Dossetto wins FPS Monaco (€218,000), Niall Farrell second (€127,900) Level 35 - Blinds 200,000/400,000 (ante 50,000) It's all over and Stephane Dossetto is the winner of this massive 1,261 runner FPS Monaco Main Event! In the final hand Dossetto opened to...more

FPS Monaco: Final table player profiles

Seat 1: Stefano Terziani, 32, Italy, PokerStars qualifier, 7,565,000 Stefano Terziani hails from Florence's suburb Scandicci and has experienced the live event final table atmosphere several times before. The 32-year-old's best result dates back to August 2012 when Terziani finished second in the IPT4 Campione Main Event, banking $131,646. He...more