December 2016

29 December

2016 PokerStars Year in Review

It was the year PokerStars made it back to the USA for the first time since 2011. It was the year we said goodbye to the European Poker Tour and many other regional circuits that spread the gospel of PokerStars for more than a decade. It was, no matter how...more

27 December

Super Tuesday: goddy arthur sinks FireFaux in second for $77K win

Another year of weekly high-stakes action came to a close tonight with the final 2016 installment of the Super Tuesday. The field was loaded with accomplished players as usual, chasing one of the most prestigious tournament titles on the weekly PokerStars schedule. When heads-up play rolled around Rohid "FireFaux" Omari...more

Monday Million: iyisinabi tops four-way deal for $440K (12-26-16)

With Christmas Day landing on Sunday this year, the Sunday Million was postponed for a day - but in classic PokerStars fashion, the prize pool was doubled to $2,000,000. Dubbed the Monday Million, the event drew a field of players larger than the last month's worth of Sunday Million fields,...more

23 December

Happy Holidays! Wanna play for $2 million?

Here's the thing. No matter whether you are already knee-deep in your figgy pudding or have set out for parts unknown to escape the carols, if you're a poker player, this Christmas is going to have an effect on you. It has been five years since Christmas last fell on...more

Another week, another Spin & Go millionaire

The word "millionaire" was first uttered in English almost 200 years ago. Since then it has become a term used to describe something to aspire to, an indicator of financial success. The value of a million dollars has changed somewhat in that time, of course, but the term has stood...more

22 December

Listen to the latest EPT Not Live podcast

As the European Poker Tour comes to an end so too does the EPTNotLive podcast - but only in name. While the EPT becomes the PokerStars Championship, the podcast is also making a few brand changes. While you can listen to the latest episoide of EPTNotLive below, from January it...more

21 December

Goodbye from the European Poker Tour

This morning when I opened my underwear drawer, I saw a pair of black boxer briefs that I didn't dare grab. They have been there since January of 2005 when Lufthansa misplaced my luggage on the way to what was then called the Scandinavian Open. It was 2005 and the...more

Looking back: Day by day at the last ever EPT in Prague

So this was it. The last ever EPT event before the PokerStars Championship came into being. For some it was the jumping off point for a new era, while others couldn't help feeling a little bit of nostalgia for 13 seasons of the most prestigious poker tour in the world....more

20 December

Super Tuesday: littleMiyaa denies daskalos20 heads-up, wins $71K

EPT10 Barcelona finalist Andreas "daskalos20" Christoforou has been a relatively frequent Super Tuesday finalist as well. Before today he had advanced to the final three times since 2013, most recently in May 2016, going relatively deep each time. He was in position to improve on fifth-, fourth-, and third-place finishes...more

Team PokerStars' New Year's Resolutions

Ushering in the arrival of a new year is a tradition as old as time itself, and with it comes the common cultural practice of resolving to make next year better than the last. The ancient Babylonians, seeking a fresh start with another year ended, swore an oath to settle...more

19 December

EPT13 Prague: Jasper Meijer van Putten dominates finale, claims last EPT title

Jasper Meijer van Putten: Final EPT champion Jasper Meijer van Putten, a 29-year-old poker player from Alkmaar in The Netherlands, is the final Main Event champion on the European Poker Tour (EPT), prevailing from a field of 1,192 players in Prague to win almost €700,000. As has been documented, the...more

EPT13 Prague: Will Kassouf wins last ever EPT High Roller title and €532,500

You'll no doubt be familiar with Will Kassouf. He's been the most talked-about man in poker ever since the summer when his play in the WSOP Main Event made headlines around the world. Many dislike his speech tactics; others herald him as great for the game. And despite his...more

Christmas gifts come early with PokerSchoolOnline

Christmas Day is less than a week away and by this time you've probably got presents hidden all over the house, waiting to be wrapped at the last possible moment before spreading joy to anyone lucky enough to receive one. And if you haven't got your presents by now, well,...more

Weekend review: EPT wraps up for good, Bager1988 bags the million, Martin wins big

It's the last Monday before Christmas, and everything has become one big celebration. The European Poker Tour is saying goodbye, the Sunday Million has crowned a new winner, and Team Online's Kevin Martin got himself a big win yesterday. And this has all happened before next week's $2 million Monday...more

EPT13 Prague: Main Event final table live updates

• EPT PRAGUE MAIN EVENT FINAL DAY RECAP 10:45pm: Jasper Meijer van Putten wins EPT Prague Main Event (€699,300), outlasts Marton Czuczor (€630,000) Level 34 - Blinds 150,000/300,000 (50,000 ante) With just over 27 million to start the hand, Jasper Meijer van Putten raised to 700,000 from the button with...more

EPT13 Prague: €10k High Roller final day live coverage

12:25am: Deal has been agreed and Will Kassouf will take the title and the trophy After lengthy negotiations a deal has been agreed and it's a surprising one. Patrick Serda has taken some extra equity and for that has handed the title and trophy to Will Kassouf rounding off an...more

Sunday Million: Bager1988 rules them all with $146k win

This year, we've certainly seen our fair share of folks earn their chance at a repeat Sunday Million win. Only last week, Brazil's Guilherme "VinceVegaMFR" Cheveau was a few spots away from taking down a historic third title. Tonight's candidate for a potential repeat was Canada's emjkemjk, who won the...more

18 December

EPT13 Prague: Czuczor leads, Peters second heading into Main Event finale

Marton Czuczor: Leading the finale A surprise ending confirmed the final six players who will return tomorrow for the last ever EPT Main Event final table, a hand that might be described as a blow up, and might well keep the victim reliving it as he stares at the ceiling...more

EPT13 Prague: Wyraz leads €10K High Roller into final day; Kassouf, Mateos, Finger, Cimbolas still in

While the last ever EPT Main Event played down to a final table of six, another tournament boasting an almost identical first place prize played down to a final three tables. Today was Day 2 of the €10K High Roller, and while more than 195 players came back this morning...more

17 December

EPT13 Prague: Meijer Van Putten leads, but Peters lurks with 18 left

Jasper Meijer Van Putten: Leads the last 18 There are only 18 players left with the chance to etch their names in the history books of the European Poker Tour. After a long day at EPT Prague, the final stop after 13 years of the tour, a field of 1,192...more

EPT13 Prague: Jerry Wong on top after Day 1 of €10K High Roller

Wong leads the way The final High Roller event on the EPT Prague schedule had a lot to live up to and if the first day is anything to go by it won't disappoint. Already this festival we've witnessed sensational High Roller victories for Stefan Schillhabel, Leon Tsoukernik and Ike...more

16 December

EPT13 Prague: David Peters dominates Day 3 as field trimmed to 65

The change to the payout structure of EPT Main Events means that the bubble will always burst right around the end of Level 14--i.e., the end of Day 2. As we saw last night, Attila Valentai went out at the absolute death, leaving 231 players in the tournament and in...more

15 December

EPT13 Prague: Nicholas Chouity leads final 231 as bubble bursts to end Day 2

Headline out of the way first. Day 2 is done at the European Poker Tour Prague Main Event, and with 231 players left, EPT6 Grand Final champion Nicolas Chouity rose up the counts to take the chip lead heading to tomorrow with a huge stack of 644,000. Nicolas Chouity, chip...more

$100 Spin & Go goes off and makes jrww86 an instant millionaire

Just after 3pm ET today, all the bells and whistles at PokerStars HQ started buzzing. In what might have been a quiet night for everyone, things got crazy fast. Why? Well, a $100 Spin & Go tournament had just gone off for the $1.2 million jackpot, and three players were...more

If it's Christmas, it must be a SlemPastor win

It may have flown under your radar last Christmas season when a man who goes by SlemPastor won $40,000 in the weekend Supersonic tournament. To be sure, $40,000 is a nice score, but it wasn't so big that it got flagged up as news, and it happened in the holiday...more

14 December

EPT13 Prague: Ronald Morandini leads record-breaking field at Day 1B end

We've got ourselves another record breaker here, folks. After the Eureka6 Prague Main Event smashed its record for the biggest turnout, so too has the EPT13 Prague Main Event. Today was Day 1B and it drew a massive field of approximately 935 players. This means that, when those are combined...more

EPT13 Prague: Isaac Haxton wins the €25,000 Single Day High Roller and €559,200

It's only his third win of a stellar career and his first high roller title. Isaac Haxton beat a star-studded field and then Julian Stuer heads up to win one of the last ever EPT trophies (a really prestigious one) and €559,200. It came after 14 hours of typically...more

Super Tuesday: A year later, Cristian "progre69" Sampaoli wins again (12/13/16)

Everybody has a favorite time of year. If Cristian "progre69" Sampaoli's favorite time of year wasn't mid-December before, it probably is now. Sampaoli won his first career Super Tuesday title on December 15, 2015. Fast-forward 363 days and he found himself not just at another Super Tuesday final table, but...more

13 December

Eureka6 Prague: Hubert Matuszewski wins never-ending event that literally took us to new levels

Hubert Matuszewski wins last ever Eureka title Remember when 'Y2K panic' was a thing? If you're a young whippersnapper, perhaps you won't. But essentially, as the year 2000 approached, there was a sense of dread in the air due to the digits of the year. People thought that when computers...more

EPT13 Prague: Tsoukernik is the King, lands final blow against Carrel to prevail in Prague

A maiden title for Europe's poker king, Leon Tsoukernik Thirty-nine players entered the €50,000 Super High Roller tournament at EPT Prague this week, but rarely have 37 of the world's best poker players been relegated so readily to the background. From the very moment that Leon Tsoukernik sat down alongside...more

PokerStars booming in Portgual

It's only been a couple of weeks since PokerStars re-opened in Portugal as the only licensed online poker site in that country, but it seems the Portuguese people were ready to see the big red spade back in their country. After jumping right back into the market as the #3...more

EPT13 Prague: €50K Super High Roller final table updates

6:35pm: Carrel succumbs to Tsoukernik who wins the title on home soil Level 22 - Blinds 60,000-120,000 (20,000 ante) An all-in showdown was brewing, you could just smell it, and it ended with Charlie Carrel being eliminated as the runner up. A delighted Leon Tsoukernik is the Super High Roller...more

The 11 Gifts Every Poker Fan Needs This Christmas, Part Two

Christmas is just around the corner and poker fans around the world will be hoping for some Hold'em related goodies in their stocking this festive season. PokerStars Blog is on hand to recommend some of the best gifts to give the poker player in your life this Christmas. If...more

The 11 Gifts Every Poker Fan Needs This Christmas, Part One

The trees have fully turned, the weather has gotten colder and lights are finding their way onto city streets and homes around the world. It all signals the start of a mad scramble to find the best possible Christmas gifts for friends and family. But for those of us...more

EPT13 Prague: Hecklen bags first Main Event lead in Prague

Henrik Hecklen bags up lead on Day 1A This Day 1A was much like any other Day 1A. Some highlights, as well as the overriding feeling that nothing would be decided. Which meant it felt like there was a long day ahead at the start, but that it all...more

Eureka6 Prague: Final table live updates

12:10am: It's over! Hubert Matuszewski wins Eureka6 Prague! Level 41 - Blinds 800,000/1,600,000 (200,000 ante) It's finally over, folks. First Vladas Tamasauskas doubled up with the K♠9♣ against Hubert Matuszewski's A♠3♠. The board ran out 5♥6♣J♠6♥9♠ and the river saved him. But then in the next hand it was Matuszewski's...more

12 December

Weekend Review: EPT says goodbye, WestCliff21 cashes in

It's Monday, and we're scattered all over the place. You'll forgive us if we smell like jet fuel and desperation. The end (of the year, of the EPT, of our collective sanity) is nigh, and it's already been a big week. But let's recap that weekend first. WEEKEND HIGHLIGHTS *...more

EPT13 Prague:Tsoukernik leads final six of €50K SHR as ElkY bubbles

The great thing about Super High Roller tournaments are that they write their own rules. For some it's not all about the money, it's about getting value for the money, a memory to go home with. Like taking on and trying to beat the best minds in the game. SHR's...more

Sunday Million: It's WestCliff21 with a wire-to-wire win as VinceVegaMFR's three-peat run ends in fifth

Eleven players in the history of the Sunday Million have won it twice, but no one has ever won it three times. Tonight, Brazil's Guilherme "VinceVegaMFR" Cheveau had the opportunity to make history. He won his first Sunday Million in February 2014, snagged his second title a year and a...more

Eureka6 Prague: Alessandro Giordano carries chip lead to final table

From 2,031 players who started this record-breaking Eureka Prague Main Event just 62 made it through to today's penultimate day, and that group speedily played down to an eclectic ensemble of eight players who'll be returning for tomorrow's final table. From seven different countries come these eight finalists, with an...more

11 December

EPT13 Prague: Golden boy Charlie Carrel leads whisky-fuelled Super High Roller

Charlie Carrel: Unstoppable The €50,000 Super High Roller tournament is always the jewel in the crown of European Poker Tour festivals. It has the biggest buy in and the biggest array of superstars, bringing the biggest wallets to the table. As play entered the last level tonight in Prague, they...more

Eureka6 Prague: Romanczukiewicz gifted enormous Day 3 chip lead in last hand of the night

Was it really only midday that we started with 617 Day 2 players? That feels like forever ago, due to the sheer chaos of today's action. We had the early fallouts of the overnight shorties; then the hand-for-hand play as we bursted the bubble; followed by the epic amount of...more

10 December

EPT13 Prague: Skilful Schillhabel beats 100 of the best to kick off final EPT

Stefan Schillhabel: First major winner at EPT13 Prague As Stefan Schillhabel's friends sat and watched the topsy-turvy heads up battle at the conclusion of the €10,000 single re-entry no limit hold'em event here at EPT Prague, they whiled away the time trying to think of a nickname. After running through...more

EPT13 Prague: €10K single re-entry Day 3 live coverage

• CLICK TO REFRESH FOR LATEST UPDATES • PLAYERS: 1 (108 unique entries; 25 re-entries) • PAYOUTS | EUREKA COVERAGE | DOWNLOAD POKERSTARS Click for a full recap of today's action. 12:55am: Cooler seals it for Schillhabel, winning him €248,046 Sergio Aido wins €177,965 for second Level 28 - Blinds...more

Eureka6 Prague: Shyam Srinivasan, Gabriel Nassif biggest Day 1B stacks

Today's second and final starting flight of the last ever Eureka Prague Main Event felt a little like three days in one. There was the initial "And they're off!" start back during the noon hour, when (before long) a thousand players were in action. Then came a second wave that...more

9 December

Ronaldo and Wade #RaiseIt battle flips out

If you have a child who is strong enough to hold a bottle of water and old enough to use the internet, you likely know the sound. It's a crackling, thunking, irregular car engine of adult misery punctuated at regular intervals with either a resigned sigh or celebration big enough...more

Fold Equity, Baby: Nine Months on the Circuit

One of the best things about pregnancy is the amazing advice you get from Internet message boards, coworkers, friends and even strangers on the street. Now it is my turn to reveal hidden benefits and tips for preggo poker, while I gratuitously name-drop every tournament I made a run in....more

EPT13 Prague: Billard leads final 19 as €10K bubble just won't burst

Billard bagged up the biggest stack Today was all about busting the bubble, except it wasn't. By the time late registration closed, a field of 108 unique entries and 25 re-entries meant that 17 players would get paid. At a little past 11pm, 21 players returned to play the final...more

EPT13 Barcelona: Super High Roller Final Table


Try PokerStars On-Demand Sit & Gos

Imagine that you log on to PokerStars looking to play a multi-table tournament. Unfortunately, at this exact moment, there isn't one starting (I know, with the amount of tournaments we are offering, this isn't a very realistic scenario, but bear with me). Fear not, we have a number of multi-table...more

Prague centre stage this PokerStars weekend

It's the weekend, which means there are plenty of things to keep you busy on PokerStars. Follow coverage from the last EPT festival It's arrived, the last ever EPT Festival. But as we wrote this week we find little reason to pile on the eulogies and downbeat recollections of 13...more

Eureka6 Prague: Jensen hits miracle jack to top huge Day 1A field

While the Hilton Hotel here in Prague is quite a spectacle, the tournament poker room leaves a little to be desired. Not in its appearance, mind; nor from its friendly staff. It's just that when you have as many players playing as we had today, a little more space wouldn't...more

8 December

EPT13 Prague: Late surge puts Finland's Niko Soininen on top of €10K pack

Niko Soininen: Late surge puts Finn on top The €10,000 event at the start of an EPT festival is a relatively new addition. It guarantees some high-stakes action early on for those people who need to be encouraged to get anywhere early, while it also acts as a barometer for...more

Bahamas Travel Guide: Eating Out in the Bahamas

The Bahamas may be most famous for stunning weather and world-class beaches, but the area also offers some excellent options for eating out too. The focus is on fresh and healthy seafood, including island dishes like red snapper, lobster and the Bahamian national food conch (a local shellfish that...more

7 December

Lex Veldhuis wants you off his front lawn

It seems someone got Lex Veldhuis angry. You see, Lex had a tournament named after him, the Lex Veldhuis Open, a $22 daily PLO 6-max turbo that had become something of his front lawn. It was his turf because he reached the final table of it three times in a...more

Super Tuesday: steakaddict. feasts on tough competition for $71K win (12-6-16)

In a way, Alex "steakaddict." Papazian had a breakthrough without a breakthrough earlier this year. He kicked the year off by finishing runner-up to Grayson "gray31" Ramage in a $2,100 TCOOP event, earning just a few dollars less than Ramage in a four-way deal that set his new career high...more

6 December

EPT13 Prague: Last ever EPT festival all set for this week

In a lot of ways this is the best time of year for the PokerStars Blog. The reason is pretty simple. As we speak our reporting team is packing for Prague, or at least thinking of getting the suitcase out of the attic in anticipation of packing, and the Czech...more

5 December

PokerStars announces TCOOP 2017 schedule

Hello again, everyone! I'm pleased to announce that the schedule for the 2017 Turbo Championship of Online Poker (TCOOP) is set after much discussion and consideration of feedback. The schedule is shown below. Please note that the guarantees for individual Events will be posted when the Events are deployed to...more

Best of the EPT - Episode 3


Weekend Review: Miracles in Manila, and best foot forward in Sunday Million

A look at all the results on PokerStars this past weekend. Weekend highlights on PokerStars * Myleftfoot33 wins the Sunday Million to collect $148,000. * Siong Boon Heng comes back from 5-to-1 down to win Manila Megastack Not a foot wrong in the Sunday Million As Jason Kirk reported for...more

Sunday Million: myleftfoot33's solid year continues with $148K victory (12-4-16)

It's been a pretty good year at the PokerStars tables for Ireland's myleftfoot33. A week and a half after winning a $55 tourney back in the spring, myleftfoot33 made a deep run in the Sunday Million, eventually bowing out in 13th place. Another win in August and a deep run...more

3 December

Manila Megastack 6: Heng wins after miracle comeback

Heng stages miracle comeback to win Manila Megastack 6 Singapore's Siong Boon Heng emerged triumphant over the Philippines largest-ever international tournament field for a payday of ₱2,771,000 (~US$55,850). Boon battled back from a 5-1 chip deficit against Taiwan's Yi Te Wu in what proved to be one of the greatest...more

2 December

Manila Megastack 6: Day 1B Live Updates

Main Event sets all-time Philippines record Manila Megastack 6 chip leader, Singapore's Aurelius Tan With the second of two starting flights now concluded the Manila Megastack 6 has made Filipinio poker history, attracting 646 players to become the Philippines' largest field for an international poker tournament. The previous record -...more

Filling time on the PokerStars Blog this weekend

A few things to do on PokerStars this weekend. Check out history being made at the LAPT There may have only been one empty page left in the LAPT history books, as the last event of the tour (before things become PokerStars Championship and Festivals) played out in Sao Paulo,...more

PokerStars hits the ground running in Portugal

Just a few days ago Portugal opened its doors to PokerStars. In turn we then opened our doors to Portuguese players. It's fair to say that the results have surprised everyone. In the first week the Portuguese PokerStars site became the third most populous site (according to PokerScout), with the...more

GPL Playoffs: Montreal Nationals win title after 11-game thriller

The Montreal Nationals were crowned the first ever champions of the Global Poker League after a season finale against the Berlin Bears. The two teams, consisting of some of the biggest names in poker, faced off against each other in the CUBE, a unique playing environment that pitted players against...more

Manila Megastack 6: Day 1A Live Updates

Tanaka tops record Day 1A Japan's Shinobu Tanaka finished Day 1A as chip leader Play has now concluded and the Manila Megastack Day 1A is now in the books. A record-breaking 284 players coughed up the ₱25,000 (~US$500) entry fee meaning that the ₱6 million guarantee has been reached on...more

Manila Megastack 6: Stage set for Main Event

It is fitting that the last event of the Asia Pacific Poker Tour is taking place in Manila, as it was here the tour began back in 2007. This marks the end of an era for Asian poker with the APPT concluding, but also heralds a new beginning with...more

1 December

LAPT9 Brazil: Nacho Barbero wins record-breaking 3rd LAPT title for R$341,182

He actually did it. Jose Ignacio "Nacho" Barbero won a third LAPT at the final stop of the series. Barbero is the only player with an LAPT hat trick and now that the tour is over, no one will be able to match his achievement. "It's incredible," Barbero said. "It's...more

LAPT9 Brazil: Day 3 live coverage (final day)

* PRIZEPOOL AND PAYOUTS * Jose Ignacio "Nacho" Barbero wins record-breaking third LAPT title for R$341,182 12:40am: It's over! Jose 'Nacho' Barbero wins record third LAPT title! Level 29 - Blinds 80,000/160,000 (20,000 ante) Wow. Jose Barbero just made history. He is, and will always be, the only player in...more

PokerStars Christmas Festival in full swing

As we wrote a little more than a week ago the holidays are on the way, and with it all the seasonal cheer appropriate for this time of year. On PokerStars that means our Christmas Festival. You might have read details of it already on the Blog. Highlights including a...more

GPL Playoffs: Wolverines and Bears scrap for place in final

If you struggled to find something on the box last night, there was plenty going on inside the box (well, technically a CUBE) to fill 12 hours of your time. What's more you would have been treated to a fascinating four-way battle for a chance to face the Montreal Nationals...more