June 2016

30 June

PokerStars, proud sponsors of the TT and Conor Cummins

PokerStars has been a long time sponsor of the Isle of Man TT Senior Race and local TT rider Conor Cummins. Although we're a global brand that sponsors the likes of Neymar Jr. and Cristiano Ronaldo, not to mention the biggest names in poker, the TT is something that we've...more

WSOP 2016: Feet up, clicking refresh, longing for Las Vegas

The World Series Main Event is now a week away. Ordinarily that would make about now the time when I get office based work wrapped up and a bag packed in preparation for a two week trip to report on the closing stages of the WSOP. But this summer, for...more

29 June

Powergolf aces 6/28/16 Super Tuesday, carts away $64K

Another Super Tuesday is in the books, the weekly $1,050 no-limit hold'em tournament on PokerStars that always draws a tough field of top poker talent. This week's event took more than 12 hours to complete, with Denmark's Powergolf ultimately prevailing to take away a $64,670.30 first prize. There were 337...more

28 June

Play the PokerStarsNJ $50K Summer Daily Challenge

The solstice has passed. The mosquitoes are buzzing. The shore is packed. It's summertime in New Jersey. If you're looking for a good reason to stay inside and cool off, how does a chance at cold hard cash sound? This week PokerStarsNJ.com kicked off its $50,000 Summer Daily Challenge. From...more

WSOP 2016: George Danzer wins a fourth career bracelet

The best wins come against the best opposition, which is why it's unlikely George Danzer will be going to sleep any time soon. A short while ago the German Team Pro won his fourth career WSOP bracelet at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas in the $10,000 7 Card Stud...more

27 June

Neymar Jr & Ronaldo getting trickier in #RaiseIt battle

Those crazy Brazilians are at it again, and this time, there is a racket involved. As you might have seen, Neymar Jr and Ronaldo have been having a little fun in their down time by challenging each other to some trick shots. They're calling their battle #RaiseIt, and at first...more

Team Argentina win second ACP title in New Jersey

In one of the most eagerly awaited competitions in the United States Argentina stormed to victory last night in magnificent fashion. Meanwhile their soccer team were beaten by Chile in the Copa America final, 4-2 on penalties. The former though was the Americas Cup of Poker, now in its eight...more

Weekend Review: Danzer deep at World Series

Weekend highlights on PokerStars * APPT Seoul is won by Albert Paik * needdollarz wins the Sunday Million * Team Pros continue to go deep at World Series of Poker Seoul searching for a winner After nearly a week of play the APPT Seoul Main Event was won a...more

APPT10 Seoul: Pass the trophy to Albert Paik

Congratulations to Albert Paik! Champion of the APPT10 Seoul Main Event. For his impressive victory this week Paik collects ₩119,097,600 (~$101,000) (including a HK$100,000 ACOP Main Event seat), the coveted APPT trophy and he etches his name in Asia poker history. Paik overcame a tough field of 157 here in...more

Sunday Million: needdollarz satisfies need, collects $159K with win

It was another big group playing this week's $215 buy-in Sunday Million on PokerStars, and after playing all day and night the final table was represented by players from Canada, the Netherlands, Romania, Brazil, Japan, and Russia. From that group it was the Russian, needdollarz, who emerged as the victor,...more

26 June

APPT10 Seoul: Final table coverage archive

* The main event is over * Albert Paik is the winner for ₩119,097,600 6:20pm: It's over! Albert Paik wins APPT10 Seoul for ₩119,097,600 Level 24 - Blinds 15,000/30,000 (5,000 ante) Meet your winner - Albert Paik My colleague Brad Kain predicted that this heads-up battle would end at 7pm,...more

APPT10 Seoul: Final table player profiles

Seat 1: Ken Hirosawa, 30 (Japan) - 185,000 in chips You won't normally find Japan's Ken Hirosawa in tournaments; he works as a restaurant director who primarily plays $2/$5 cash games. However, the 30-year-old told us that he enjoys the challenge of the APPT because "play is more serious than...more

25 June

APPT10 Seoul: Day 3 coverage archive

Talk about fast and furious! Today's Day 3 took less than five hours to whittle the starting field of 22 remaining players down to an official final table of seven. In that time we saw the bubble burst (with only 18 players getting paid); we saw some sick beats (a...more

24 June

APPT10 Seoul: Day 2 coverage archive

Day 2 is done and dusted. The lucky few who bagged up chips at the conclusion of play will have the night off from the tables before returning at midday tomorrow to battle it out on the penultimate day. That bunch consists of the 22 players who survived through six...more

The weekend ahead on PokerStars

Five things from the world of PokerStars heading into the weekend. 1. Sunday Million We start with the Sunday Million which last week was won by "Koby295" of Germany. His first prize was $188,928.82, thanks to a field of 6,269, which if you were to average out pay-outs would be...more

A welcome Americas Cup of Poker return for Team USA

While the Copa America occupies the sporting screens of the Americas this month, nations of the poker world will come together in New Jersey for the Americas Cup of Poker. This year the competition has a different look, celebrating the doors opening to online poker in the Garden State. While...more

23 June

APPT10 Seoul: Day 1B coverage archive

While thousands of miles away my home country of Britain made its surprising exit from the EU, this day also saw 96 poker hopefuls make their entrance into the APPT10 Seoul main event. Plenty of those would make a brexit of their own by the end of the day (a...more

WSOP 2016: Kid Poker shaves the Face of Poker

By any human standard, Daniel Negreanu's 2016 World Series doesn't look incredibly bad on paper. He has four cashes, three of which are top 20 finishes. One of those was fourth place in the $1,500 Razz. He's grossed $81,570 in winnings since the 2016 WSOP began three and half weeks...more

22 June

APPT10 Seoul: Day 1A coverage archive

The chips were flying thick and fast over eight levels of play today but for now Day 1a is in the books. When registration locked out at the end of Level 4 it was 61 poker hopefuls who had pulled up seats but when all was said and done only...more

Marcelo "CHELitw" Garcia Gonzalez collects all the chips, wins Super Tuesday (6/21/16)

This week's Super Tuesday, the weekly $1,050 buy-in no-limit hold'em tournament on PokerStars, saw another big turnout of 361 players create a $361,000 prize pool well exceeding the $300K guarantee. That group would need almost 12-and-a-half hours to find a winner, with Argentina's Marcelo "CHELitw" Garcia Gonzalez eventually being the...more

21 June

APPT10 Seoul: It's showtime

Welcome to Seoul! One of the Asia Pacific Poker Tour's most breathtaking stops. Not only is there another exciting week of poker in store here but players get the chance to enjoy the rich cultural experience that the city has to offer when they're away from the tables. Those tables...more

Fathers' Day tribute from Team PokerStars Pros

Fathers around the world woke last weekend, possibly nudged slightly earlier than hoped by small eager hands, to be presented with various homemade cards and gifts made at school to celebrate Father's Day. The debate about whose Dad is the best in the world is moot, despite what it says...more

WSOP 2016: Mercier poised to end three day slump?*

After a bitter and seemingly endless three day slump, Team Pro Jason Mercier looks poised to reverse his winless drought, reaching the last 16 of the World Series of Poker $10,000 Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better event in the early hours of this morning. The bad patch, which has left...more

Aussie Millions 2016: $100k Challenge, Ep 4


20 June

Aussie Millions 2016: $100k Challenge, Ep 1


Weekend Review: Marbella plus Mercier the magnificent

A look at all the highlights from the PokerStars world this weekend. Weekend highlights on PokerStars * Mercier wins a fifth WSOP bracelet, his second in a week * Jonathan Schuman wins UKIPT/Estrellas Marbella Main Event * Koby295 wins the Sunday Million for a payday of $188,000 Mercier the magnificent...more

Sunday Million: Koby295 takes a shot, banks $188k

Koby295 isn't a player who fires the Sunday Million with any sort of regularity. Low-stakes MTTs are usually the game for this weekend grinder. Today alone, he played more than two dozen satellites and MTTs with buy-ins ranging from $0.40 to $22. One was a $4.40+R turbo satty to the...more

19 June

Jonathan Schuman claims UKIPT6 Marbella title and €96,159

Jonathan Schuman - the latest UKIPT champion At the start of the festival we wondered if the UK and Ireland could find an equaliser. This is the fourth collaboration of the UKIPT and Estrellas poker tours in Marbella and coming into this event Spain were leading 2-1. Well now we...more

UKIPT6 Marbella: Final table updates

* Largest UKIPT Marbella main event in history with 844 runners * CLICK FOR PRIZE POOL INFORMATION 6pm: Jonathan Schuman wins Marbella Festival for €96,159; Bob Janssens wins €101,238 for second place Level 31 - Blinds 100,000/200,000 (30,000 ante) Schuman celebrates with his friends The closing stages of the...more

18 June

Rodrigo Strong hangs tough, leads UKIPT Marbella final table

A strong performance from Rodrigo today Fifty-five players returned today and while we could only guess at which eight would make the final table, from a long way out it seemed a near certainty that Rodrigo Strong would be amongst them. The overnight chip leader went from strength to strength...more

WSOP 2016: Correction, make that five bracelets for Mercier

Yesterday Brad Willis reflected that Jason Mercier was in the middle of a dream summer. In the early hours of this morning Mercier proved he's in no mood to wake, winning not only his fifth career WSOP bracelet, but his second inside a week. Jason Mercier wins his fifth WSOP...more

UKIPT6 Marbella: Day 3 Live Updates

* CLICK TO REFRESH FOR LATEST UPDATES * Largest UKIPT Marbella main event in history with 844 runners * Day 3 has ended, the final table will start at Midday CET on Sunday * CLICK FOR CHIP COUNTS * CLICK FOR PRIZE POOL INFORMATION 9:30pm: Day 3 has ended...more

17 June

WSOP 2016: Being there, a father and son story

Rick Mercier will see one of America's greatest majesties today. It will fill his heart with such awe, he will barely be able to hold back the tears. His heart will catch in his throat, and he will wonder just how his God could create something so breathtakingly unique. But...more

UKIPT6 Marbella Day 2: Rodrigo Strong powers to end of day chip lead

After the 12-level Day 1s, Day 2 was a very different affair with just seven levels put onto the schedule. They were all an hour long to be fair (rather than 45 minutes), but it still meant for shorter day. It made those interested in tonight's player party, where the...more

Neymar Jr and Ronaldo in #RaiseIt battle

Boys will be boys, won't they? As Euro 2016 starts to heat up, the boys from Brazil are still mourning Brazil's early exit from the 2016 Copa. Neymar Jr seems to be sating his sadness with a little trickery, and he's decided to challenge his countryman to a little trick...more

WSOP 2016: Can't Stop, Won't Stop

I almost wrote a blog post several days ago. The title? "Still early." I was heading into Day 2 of the $1,500 8-game event at the WSOP with 100 or so runners still in the event. I was happy just to be still in the event as the WSOP summer...more

Five things for the weekend on PokerStars

Five things 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. Following the Team Pro Show The World Series is getting its fair share of Team Pro this summer,...more

UKIPT6 Marbella Day 2: Live updates

* CLICK TO REFRESH FOR LATEST UPDATES * Largest UKIPT Marbella main event in history with 844 runners * Day 2 is over, Day 3 starts Saturday at noon CET * We're in the money! 55 of 844 players remain * CLICK FOR START OF DAY 3 CHIP COUNTS...more

16 June

UKIPT6 Marbella: Kevin Monroe climbs highest on Day 1B

Monroe hit all the right notes today Who needs sand, sunshine and sangria when you've got cards, chips and a chair? Not 409 poker players from around the world who all took part in the second of three starting flights of UKIPT Marbella. A total of 39 countries were represented...more

WSOP 2016: Negreanu 5th out of 26 left in $3,000 six-handed event

There's just no quit in Kid Poker. Last week, Daniel Negreanu finished fourth out of 461 in the 2016 WSOP $1,500 Razz event for $42,030. Just a few day later he cashed in the $10,000 2-7 event placing 14th out of 100. Now, he's deep in his first no-limit hold'em...more

WSOP 2016: No fifth bracelet (yet) but Mercier making it look easy

The latest chapter of Jason Mercier's World Series summer closed last night, not with a fifth bracelet win as he might have hoped, but the closest thing to it. Mercier finished second in the $10,000 Razz Championship last night, narrowly beaten to a second bracelet in three days by Ray...more

UKIPT6 Marbella Day 1B: Live updates

10:12pm: Play ends for Day 1B That's all she wrote for Day 1B. Kevin Monroe (321,000) just pipped Albert Sapiano (319,400) for the end of day chip lead. A full wrap of the day's play will be up on the blog shortly. Day 1C is about to get underway...more

15 June

UKIPT6 Marbella Day 1A: Tsontu tops the first of three flights

Everyone likes a good old-fashioned summer holiday, right? Spain has long been a place where the British and Irish descend for their annual time in the sun. Marbella had always been a popular spot and had evolved over the years. Bars showing Only Fools and Horses repeats while serving up...more

Raise Your Voice; Join #Fight4Poker

There's never been a more important time for American online poker players to make their voices heard than right now. Today, lawmakers are considering online poker legislation in the statehouses of California, Michigan, New York and Pennsylvania. The New York Senate passed an online poker bill yesterday and another online...more

The Poker-Capoeira Connection

Check. Bet. Raise. All-in. Sound familiar? It's this sort of back and forth that you'll hear constantly in a poker tournament room. Players toss chips into pots in an attempt to increase their stacks by outsmarting their opponents, while the dealers announce the action in phrases that echo through the...more

WSOP 2016: Can Mercier make it five?

It seems like only yesterday we were singing the praises of Jason Mercier at the World Series. Now he's poised for yet another triumph in Las Vegas. Actually it was yesterday. If you haven't already seen the news, Team Pro Mercier scored his fourth WSOP bracelet yesterday in the 2-7...more

UKIPT6 Marbella Day 1A: Live updates

* CLICK TO REFRESH FOR LATEST UPDATES * Day 1A is over * Click for end of day chip counts 10:20pm: Done for the day Level 12 - Blinds 1,000/2,000 (300 ante) That's your lot! A wrap of the day's play can be read here. --NW 9:55pm: Last six...more

14 June

A heavenly night for holy h3ll, 6/14/16 Super Tuesday winner for $72K 

Just a week ago we reported how holy h3ll had barely missed last week's Super Tuesday final table, not quite able to replicate the Sunday Million victory the player from Israel had earned back in 2015. Well, in tonight's installment of PokerStars' marquee $1,050 no-limit hold'em weekly tournament, holy h3ll...more

WSOP 2016: Mercier makes it four

You have to wonder if the game is up for Jason Mercier. Two weeks ago he took to Twitter to lay down the gauntlet. Looking to get 3 to 1 on winning a bracelet this Wsop (Vegas only) any takers? Lmk, will need escrow / post if I don't know...more

13 June

Omaha Week - Bluffing


Weekend Review: Negreanu and Mercier go deep at WSOP

A short review of all the major results from the weekend on PokerStars. Weekend highlights * Andras "probirs" Nemeth wins Sunday Million for $164,000 * Daniel Negreanu and Jason Mercier go deep at the WSOP Round up of latest results Andras "probirs" Nemeth took down the Sunday Million this weekend...more

Sunday Million: Andras "probirs" Nemeth nabs win, takes $164K after three-handed deal

The Hungarian Andras "probirs" Nemeth is no stranger to big final tables on PokerStars, having made plenty of them in the past including a year ago when winning a SCOOP title in a $109 no-limit hold'em event. Nemeth can now add a Sunday Million title to his collection of triumphs,...more

10 June

Neymar Jr makes a (successful) WSOP drop in

Las Vegas is familiar with special guest appearances, being a town built on the reputations of generation after generation of stars. Today the poker world got a visit from a soccer star (and PokerStar), in the form of Neymar Jr. Ramos, Neymar, Danzer, Akkari: a little poker between friends Given...more

Five things for the weekend on PokerStars

Five things 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. Spin & Go into July It's becoming a habit - extending promotions and such. Now we've done it again...more

9 June

WSOP 2016: The weight of wait and hope

I have some buddies who headed to the World Series of Poker this week, and their plans are big. There's a fancy three-bedroom suite with a spiral staircase and a pool table. There is a WSOP tourney schedule. I've even seen one of them flipping through pictures of fancy custom...more

Omaha Week - What is a good PLO starting hand?


8 June

WSOP 2016: Do not ignore Naoya Kihara, $1500 HORSE chip leader

With 201 people still alive in the World Series of Poker $1,500 HORSE event, a survivor could be forgiven for not knowing everyone at the table. There were nearly 800 people in the field, and things get blurry when one is cycling through five games. Only one day of play...more

7 June

Another Super Tuesday title for Bryan "bparis" Paris, wins after heads-up chop with Martin "moertelmu" Mulsow

This week's Super Tuesday final table was typically full of top talent, with Apostolis "apostolis20" Bechrakis, Rhys "floppinhel" Jones, Davide "GX91" Marchi, and Pascal "Pass_72" Lefrancois among the final nine. None of those players made it to the heads-up deal struck by Martin "moertelmu" Mulsow and Bryan "bparis" Paris, however,...more

WSOP 2016: Danzer scores six figures in third place Stud bid

The odds were stacked against him from the start. When George Danzer went into last night's WSOP $10,000 Stud championship, he had fewer chips than any of the remaining players. He could've just as easily been out as quickly as he started. Instead, Danzer went to work as few can,...more

Letting one off the hook

Over the course of a poker career that's lasted a bit over three decades, I don't remember all the times I've flopped the nuts. Or "been dealt the nuts" in those dusty evenings of ace-to-five lowball games at Garden City in San Jose. But I'm pretty sure I'll remember this...more

6 June

WSOP 2016: Danzer nabs Team Pro's first final table

It's not going to be easy for Team PokerStars Pro George Danzer, but later today, he will be the first member of Team PokerStars Pro within reaching distance of a 2016 World Series of Poker bracelet. Early this morning, Danzer made it to the final table of the $10,000 7-Card...more

Negreanu rivers straight flush to beat quads in #KidPoker celebration

Daniel Negreanu has played for millions plenty of times. But never for billions. Until last weekend! Before we get too carried away let's be clear that this was for play money. But, as many players have discovered in the past, the play money arena, rather than being a walk in...more

A newbie at Run It Up Reno

Less than a month after PokerStars and Jason Somerville jointly hosted the Run It Up Rumble in Atlantic City, Jason did the third installment of his Run It Up event at the Peppermill Hotel and Casino in Reno, Nevada. I was fortunate enough to attend - not as an organizer,...more

Weekend Review: Kingarthurcc beats bravest and finest to headline weekend

A review of all the major results from the weekend on PokerStars. Weekend highlights * kingarthurcc wins Sunday Million for $132,000 after a three way deal Round up of latest results It's not often we get a reference to Monty Python in a Sunday Million report. Actually, I don't think...more

Sunday Million: kingarthurcc's quest ends in victory

"Cut down a tree with a herring? It can't be done." - King Arthur, "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" With only 12 1/2 big blinds to start the final table, we may as well have asked the same of kingarthurcc. Not only did he have little to fight with,...more

3 June

Curing WSOP Envy

If you're anything like me (and, if you are, I'm really sorry) you probably have a nagging case of World Series of Poker Envy creeping up on you. It starts like a summer cold. You hope maybe it's just allergies. There are a couple of random tweets coming out of...more

1 June

The Poker-Capoeira Connection

Check. Bet. Raise. All-in. Sound familiar? It's this sort of back and forth that you'll hear constantly in a poker tournament room. Players toss chips into pots in an attempt to increase their stacks by outsmarting their opponents, while the dealers announce the action in phrases that echo through the...more

Build your Pyramid, win up to $5,000 a day

We've all built pyramids with poker chips, beer cans, and just about anything that can be stacked up. Now, PokerStars wants you to build one with your poker victories. Today, PokerStars announced a new challenge, and this one is going to test your abilities every day for the next week...more

$1 million Spin & Go: They're baaaaaaaaaack!

It's like hearing a long lost friend is coming back to town. The $1 million Spin & Go tourneys are back at PokerStars as of right now! For the better part of the last couple of years, we've been talking about how PokerStars makes millionaires, and a big part of...more

KidPoker hits Netflix

So, you've heard about it. You've even heard from people who have seen it, but you still haven't had a chance to see KidPoker for yourself. For a great many of you, that is about to change. Today, Netflix released KidPoker for all viewers in the UK, Ireland, USA, Canada,...more

CrownUpGay outlasts Elliott "elliottpet" Peterman in lengthy heads-up, wins 5/31/16 Super Tuesday.

It took almost exactly 13 hours for this week's Super Tuesday, PokerStars' weekly marquee $1,050 no-limit hold'em event. to play down from 430 entries to just one. Almost the last two hours of that was required for the final elimination to occur, as the last two players -- CrownUpGay and...more