January 2017

31 January

Super Tuesday: Meditati0n breathes deep, denies Dhr. Awesome a third title (1-31-17)

To win the Super Tuesday twice is quite a feat, something Dhr. Awesome knows well from experience. Fresh off a TCOOP 2017 victory last week, the Dutch player made it past seven of the other eight finalists this week in search of a third career victory in this tournament. But...more

Plan your trip to PokerStars Championship Panama

A man, a plan, a canal, a PokerStars Championship. It doesn't quite work like the original palindrome (A Man, A Plan, A Canal: Panama), but it's close as we're going to get as we get ready to kick off the next stop on the new PokerStars tour. After its kick-off...more

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30 January


Name Date Won Pic Moose Pants, the grandest of all Moose Apparel, won his Platinum Pass after besting an elk in a best of three darts game. Pants, clearly elated, said, "Elks can't handle their liquor. Also their hooves are bad for darts. 15/12/2017...more

TCOOP winner K123K on the important things in life (friendship, love... beer)

K123K won Event #32 (Stud Turbo) in TCOOP last week. As with a lot of winners he was good enough to spare some time to talk to us about his win and his career as a poker player. K123K was apologetic in his reply, pointing out a lack of time....more

From Yugioh to TCOOP champ (via World of Warcraft): James "Jmm256" Maxwell

Winner of Event 41 last week was James "Jmm256 Maxwell. Maxwell, 27, grew up in Scotland ("the cold hard streets of Glasgow"), and came around to poker as a gamer. Having played other cards games such as Yugioh and World of Warcraft--being realm champion of the UK in the latter...more

Marcella "MenininhaMah" Camargo on following her heart to TCOOP success

It's not unusual to hear stories of poker getting people out of a hole, and not necessarily the financial kind. There are servicemen who try poker during convalescence, or sports stars, careers cut short by injury or just the passing of time, finding their competitive instincts met at the poker...more

TCOOP 2017 Epilogue: Maxv2 takes down Main Event while Caprioli tops leader board

The news for the day after TCOOP; a long list of players added their name to the TCOOP honour roll this weekend, chief among them maxv2 who won the Main Event. Meanwhile it was caprioli who finished top of the leader board. He was seldom off top spot and finished...more

Sunday Million: stragerpoker tops five-way deal for $86K victory (1-29-17)

It took 11 and a half hours to reach the final table of this week's Sunday Million, and another two and a half to finish it from there. Russia's stragerpoker entered second to last in chips and held on with a few double-ups in the early going to make it...more

29 January

TCOOP 2017: Domination from ihaterivers in Event #64 ($11+R NLHE 6-Max)

The penultimate event of the 2017 Turbo Championship of Online Poker was Event #64 of the series -- an $11 No Limit Hold'em Six-Max Rebuy Event -- otherwise nicknamed the "Big Splash"! One player made the biggest splash of all in this tournament, turning an $11 investment into almost $50,000...more

TCOOP 2017: Romania's posetuta wins Low-Stakes Main Event (Event #63-L $27 NL)

Sometimes even turbo events get bogged down in an intense battle. The final three players in TCOOP Event #63-L a.k.a. the Low-Stakes Edition of the TCOOP Main Event slugged it out for nearly 50 minutes before someone busted. Talk about alligator blood! The trio consisting of Doktor Dose, Zanetti89, and...more

TCOOP 2017: 99_shark_94 denies veeea a Triple 'COOP and Stars Slam in Event #65 ($700 NL Hold'em [6-Max, Hyper-Turbo, Ultra-Deep])

Four days ago, Mike "goleafsgoeh" Leah became the fifth player to earn a Triple 'COOP-- WCOOP, SCOOP and TCOOP titles-- with his victory in Event #38. Tonight we had two more players going for those same honors... and more. Two-time WCOOP champion and SCOOP champion Brian "brianm15" England also had...more

TCOOP 2017: 1tuffcall wins one big tournament in Event #62 ($27 NLHE, Turbo)

1tuffcall got a massive ROI in Event #62. A total of 14,003 players signed up for the $27 tournament and 1tuffcall won $81,906.84 for outlasting them all. That's more than 3,000 times the buy-in. It was a long, multi-day battle though and 1tuffcall also faced a tough final table. Throughout...more

TCOOP 2017: maxv2 earns the max, wins $489K in $1,000 NLHE Main Event (#63)

A theme running through Turbo Championship of Online Poker is efficiency. The events get done ASAP, or PDQ if you prefer. And with big fields the winners recognize big paydays, too -- big returns for their investments and what is usually an impressive hourly rate as well. This year's Main...more

TCOOP 2017: Vicente "vicenfish" Delgado wins his second 'COOP High Roller title in Event #61 ($3,000 NL Hold'em [8-Max, Turbo, High Roller])

Talk about a stacked final table! The TCOOP $3k High Roller event resulted in a final eight worthy of its name, that included three WCOOP champions: 2015 Main Event champ Coenaldinho7, 2015 titleholder Matthew "mjw006" Wakeman and 2014 $10k High Roller champ Vicente "vicenfish" Delgado. They faced off today with...more

PokerStars Festival London: Kassam overcomes Harwood for big win at the Hippodrome

Rehman Kassam: Festival Main Event Champion The first PokerStars Festival to take place on European soil has its inaugural Main Event winner: Rehman Kassam, a 23-year-old law student from London, beat Daniel Harwood heads up on the very stroke of midnight at the Hippodrome Casino, London, to win £89,320 tonight....more

TCOOP 2017: First COOP win for Ryan "newguy89" McEathron in Event #59, $215 NLHE (Turbo, Ultra-Deep)

Ryan "newguy89" McEathron has had a few shots at winning COOP titles in the last six months. He took fifth in the WCOOP 2016 Marathon Event for the largest cash of his career at PokerStars, and then he finished seventh in Event #16 of this series, a $700 Zoom tournament...more

TCOOP 2017: gregor7878 wins Event #60 $700 Eight-Game; Rodrigo 'caprioli' Caprioli fighting for Player of the Series

The final day of the 2017 TCOOP had a little extra drama at the final table for Event #60 $700 Eight-Game. Two-time WCOOP winner gregor7878 added another COOP title to an already impressive resume after winning TCOOP Event #60 Eight-Game. Poland's gregor7878 navigated a tough field and final table including...more

PokerStars Festival London: Harwood leads the final four

Harwood has continued to accumulate chips The headline news from the first two levels of the final table is that just four players remain, Ludovic Geilich is one of the players out and Daniel Harwood has extended his chip lead. The latter two are connected. The Scotsman had slipped to...more

PokerStars Festival London: Bach busts to leave us with eight

Seven of our last eight (Rehman Kassam not pictured Level 28 of the PokerStars Festival Main Event very nearly set a record. Very nearly. The clock had only about five minutes on it and not a single player had been eliminated, making it the first level of the entire tournament...more

PokerStars Festival London: Final table player profiles

Seat 1: Alexis Fleur, 27, France, 1,750,000 Alexis Fleur Alexis Fleur, a 27 year old amateur player from France (based in London) had to make use of the Re-entry Turbo Day 1d in the Main Event after busting Day 1b. However, he built a good stack in it - a...more

PokerStars Festival London: From the penthouse to the outhouse

The king is dead, long live the king! The headline news is that the chip leader of two levels ago is out and the exit of Francesco Cortese was dripped in drama. Daniel Harwood was already top of the pile by the time the two players clashed in a huge...more

PokerStars Festival London: Cortese profits as ten bust in first two levels

Francesco Cortese takes over chip lead The PokerStars Festival London is closing in on its final table after a fast, slow, really-really-fast, start to Day 3 at the Hippodrome. Ten players were knocked out in the opening two hours, including a flurry of four in a matter of five minutes....more

PokerStars Festival London: The final countdown

After a marathon Day 2 yesterday at The Hippodrome Casino just 24 players remain in contention to win the PokerStars Festival London Main Event title. Those who've made it this far have locked up a minimum of £4,250, which while not a bad return on investment, will seem like chump...more

28 January

TCOOP 2017: Another win for Brazil! Machadada RS victorious in the Saturday Speedway SE Event #58 ($82 NL)

As the saying goes, "If you don't eat yer meat...you can't have any pudding!" Machadada RS earned enough money on Saturday Night, that the Brazilian can have a feast with various meats and pudding for the whole neighborhood. Chalk up another victory for Brazil. Machadada RS overcame a heads-up deficit...more

TCOOP 2017: 8 - 7 = 271066 in Event #56, $82 NLO8 (8-Max, Progressive KO [33%], Players' Voice #2)

This year's TCOOP schedule featured two unique tournaments known as the Players' Voice Events, each featuring a game and format chosen by PokerStars players. The second of those tournaments played out today as Event #56, with No-Limit Omaha Hi/Lo the game of choice and a 33% Progressive KO bounty on...more

TCOOP 2017: Busyman919 has the need for speed, annihilates Event #57 final table ($215 NL Omaha Hi/Lo [6-Max, Hyper-Turbo, Ultra-Deep, Win the Button])

This humble TCOOP event quite possibly set some PokerStars records today. First off, the tournament format-- No-Limit Omaha Hi/Lo 6-Max, Hyper-Turbo, Ultra-Deep, Win the Button-- has got to contain a record number of modifiers. And secondly, it was one of the fastest final tables of an online major we have...more

TCOOP 2017: Tinas21 outkicks the field in Event #55 ($82, NLHE, Mix-Max, Part 3: 3-Max)

As a rule, the total number of players at the table for poker tournaments shrink the longer it runs. However, the Turbo Championship of Online Poker's Event #55 added a twist to the field size getting smaller. The $82 mix-max tournament would play through a set amount of levels (24)...more

TCOOP 2017: Anywhat beat any and all challengers in Event #54 ($215 PLO, Heads-Up, Turbo)

Only nine heads-up PLO matches stood between any player and victory in Event #54. It doesn't sound like an easy feat and it wasn't. Only one player out of the 350 that signed up for $215 tournament was able to do so. After nearly eight hours of heads up madness,...more

PokerStars Festival London: Fleur blooms late to lead heading into final day

Alexis Fleur: Biggest stack of last 24 It was advertised this morning as "moving day" and that was a stone-cold true fact. By the time the PokerStars Festival London Main Event had played through the 11 levels that constituted Day 2 today, all but 24 of the 347 players returning...more

TCOOP 2017: Kosei "shinbunshi" Ichinose triumphs in Event #53 ($215 H.O.R.S.E.)

A busy schedule of TCOOP events got going early Saturday as players saddled up for some mixed-game fun in Event #53, a H.O.R.S.E. tournament in which the games rotated between limit hold'em, Omaha hi/lo, razz, seven-card stud, and seven-card stud hi/lo. The players got busy quickly, too, needing just five-and-a-half...more

PokerStars Festival London: Side event success for Sol, Jespersen and Nougue

Much of our focus for the past five days at The Hippodrome Casino has focused on just two events of the PokerStars London Festival. The High Roller and Main Event have taken centre stage and rightly so given their size and prestige. However, there are 22 events in total on...more

PokerStars Festival London: Flying in from across the globe

Nearly 20 million people came as tourists to London last year, making it the second most visited city in the world. This week, the PokerStars Festival in the Hippodrome did its bit to add to the tally for 2017, but where did they all come from? Well, I'm glad you...more

PokerStars Festival London: Big stacks, big field, big city

Ludovic Geilich: Big stack in a big tournament in the big city The largest event played in London on the United Kingdom and Ireland Poker Tour (UKIPT) took place in the Connaught Rooms in Covent Garden as part of the European Poker Tour festival in 2014. It was Season 4...more

PokerStars Festival London: Let's party like it's 1929

Poker players like to party, of that there is no doubt and last night those players attending the PokerStars Festival London had the chance to get on down. To do that they had to had to go deep into the underbelly of The Hippodrome Casino and travel back in time...more

PokerStars Festival London: Hunter becomes the prey as bubble bursts

Jose Ruben Rubio Garnito: Knocked out Hunter on the bubble Bubbles come and bubbles go, and as far as the PokerStars Festival London's went, this wasn't one of the most dramatic. "I've been done here," Marc Hunter confided as his fate seemed sealed. He was indeed done: quietly, ruefully and...more

PokerStars Festival London: Richard Evans on finding happiness with the fish

Richard Evans There were many memorable moments and winners on the UKIPT but one who stands out from the pack is Richard Evans and his victory in Dublin in May 2012. Not only was the triumph remarkable for a comeback from 1.2 big blinds, but it was a win for...more

PokerStars Festival London: Box office Kassouf tops the Friday night bill

William Kassouf: Here to stay This time last year, not a lot of people knew about William Kassouf. Although the self-styled "king of speech play" had been a vocal presence in London card-rooms for quite some time (and he flickered on to the global stage in a memorable televised encounter...more

PokerStars Festival London: Day 2 is moving day

Welcome to Day 2 of the PokerStars Festival London Main Event. A total of 944 entries (778 uniques and 166 re-entries) took part in the tournament over four starting flights and 314 have advanced to Day 2. The £400,000 guarantee has been well and truly smashed and the top 183...more

27 January

TCOOP 2017: Timonpoika outpaces packed final table in Event #52 ($700, NLHE, Progressive KO)

A few months ago we watched Jonas "llJaYJaYll" Lauck take down one of the largest prizes of the year at PokerStars, the World Championship of Online Poker Main Event for over $1.5 million. During that epic run, he was looking up uknowProsky* entering that final table. Despite the massive chip...more

TCOOP 2017: Vamos! Brazil's IneedMassari wins another COOP and binks Event #51 $82 Limit Hold'em

Brazilians do not need much of an excuse to initiate a celebration, but João 'IneedMassari' Simão is going to have a little extra fun this weekend after winning TCOOP Event #51. IneedMassari notched yet another TCOOP title for Brazil, which makes at the least six TCOOPs this series. IneedMassari defeated...more

TCOOP 2017: pistecaloze runs through the final table in Event #50 ($215 NLHE Turbo, Ante Up, Prog. KO)

pistecaloze didn't just win Event #50, our Dutch champion demolished it. At the final table, pistecaloze eliminated every player except for one. pistecaloze finished the tournament with $8,085.89 in bounties while the closest contender, kuka1101 finished with $2,617.18. Aside from taking the largest portion of the bounty prize pool, pistecaloze...more

TCOOP 2017: alexMFNb tops four-way deal in Event #49, $215 NLHE (6-Max, Turbo)

Deals are funny things. Usually making one four-handed at a final table will shift the action into high gear, especially when the tournament is a TCOOP event with blinds going up every five minutes. But that's not necessarily a hard-and-fast rule. In today's Event #49, three of the players who...more

PokerStars Festival London: James Mitchell leads record-breaking Main Event

Mitchell has run up a massive stack Anywhere tournament staff could fit poker tables today they did. You suspect if they could have put felt over the tables in the Hippodrome Casino's steak house that they would have. They needed to too as 444 players showed up to play Day...more

PokerStars Festival London: Walker sprints to blackjack title

Matthew Walker: Only one winner in the blackjack tournament At the official party time of "9pm til late" tonight, Lola's Underground Casino in the Hippodrome, London, will host the first players party of the PokerStars Festival era. It's free booze "until we run out" and is likely to be a...more

TCOOP 2017: MarkBang outdraws field, wins Event #48 ($82 NL Draw)

The 65 events on this year's Turbo Championship of Online Poker feature a huge variety of game types. Sure, there's plenty of no-limit hold'em, but other variants are well represented, too, as are a host of other options like short-handed games, various kinds of re-entry formats, events with "knockout" bounties,...more

PokerStars Festival London: Hand of the day

Needle in a haystack comes to mind when trying to catch down decent action in a tournament that's spread over three floors, five different areas and near 50 tables. Imagine firing up PokerStars and trying to observe 50 tables across a computer, tablet and phone. You'll miss a lot...more

Jumping up and down chased by a two year old: "Purkenya" and her TCOOP win

It's not easy looking after a two year old, particularly when you're trying to get them to sleep. It's even harder when you're trying to get them to drop off while deep in a TCOOP event with an eye on a first prize of nearly $22,000. You want to do...more

PokerStars Festival London: Bursting at the seams

A packed house at the Hippodrome Final confirmation is now with us for a fact that has been abundantly clear for quite a while. The inaugural PokerStars Festival on European soil is a smash. At time of writing--minutes before the end of Level 6, which is the mid-point of Day...more

Swapping bad for good - Tekelsen221 on a TCOOP win and turning pro

For Tekelson221, 2016 was in no way a good year. In fact it was one of the worst. On top of a difficult time in his job, and health issues, there was bereavement in his family and the loss of someone close. It's easy to see why he wanted the...more

PokerStars Festival London: All aboard the Baytrain

Craig 'Baytrain' Bayliss Yesterday we put out a request for you to let us know if there was anyone playing in the PokerStars Festival Main Event whose progress you'd like us to follow. No one called that opening bet, but this morning we had three requests. All three were for...more

PokerStars Festival London: Snooker great Hendry trades pots for pots

Stephen Hendry: A new kind of felt The PokerStars Festival London this week has in its midst a player who is accustomed to performing wonders in a theatrical location, but who is not by profession an actor. Throughout the 1990s, Stephen Hendry made a second home of the Crucible Theatre,...more

PokerStars Festival London: #Starsfun begins with win for Persaud

Let the StarsFun begin Once you get immersed in the poker world it does become a bit of a bubble. I'm sure many of you out there have had conversations with, for want of a better phrase, 'non-poker friends', in which they're astounded that there's strategy to the game and...more

PokerStars Festival London: Long and short of it on Day 1C at the Hippodrome

Full house expected at the Hippodrome The long and short of Friday at the Hippodrome Casino, London, is that we're in for a long and a short day. From 11am this morning, Day 1C of the £990 Main Event of the PokerStars London festival plays through its scheduled 12 levels....more

TCOOP 2017: Big day for Lena900 as Championship reaches final stages

The news for Friday; in the last TCOOP update before the final weekend we report on the latest winners along with the changes in the leader board which could prove decisive as we approach the end of the Championship. We also look ahead to what's coming up today, and across...more

26 January

TCOOP 2017: Dutch domination as Thomas823 wins Event #47 ($27 NL Omaha Hi-Lo Six-Max)

Is it just me, or are the Dutch pretty much good at everything? It was an all-Dutch finale at the PokerStars Turbo Championship of Online Poker today with Event #47 of the series coming down to a battle between bokkie87 and Thomas823. Both hailing from the Netherlands, Bokkie87 was a...more

TCOOP 2017: 2016 WCOOP Main Event Champion Jonas 'llJaYJaYll' Lauck wins Event #46 ($700 NL 8-Max PKO)

Chalk up another COOP for Jonas 'llJaYJaYll' Lauck. The 2016 WCOOP Main Event champion added a TCOOP win to his growing resume of online victories. He's only a SCOOP win away from a Triple COOP. Jonas 'llJaYJaYll' Lauck rallied from behind to win TCOOP Event #46 $700 NL Progressive Knockout....more

TCOOP 2017: BigBluffByTJ scores largest victory in Event #45 ($82 Razz, Turbo)

You had to go low to finish high in Event #45 and no one went lower than BigBluffByTJ. BigBluffByTJ outlasted a field of 738 players in this Turbo Razz event and took the largest bite of the $55,350 prize pool. BigBluffByTJ won $9,423.27 for taking down the tournament. It was...more

TCOOP 2017: Pocket pairs propel Lena900 in Event #44, $11+R NLHE (6-Max, Turbo, Splash)

It's been a good week on PokerStars for Niklas "Lena900" Åstedt. The past Super Tuesday champ sat ninth in the TCOOP 2017 leaderboard coming into the day after he finished fourth in Event #38 yesterday and runner-up in Event #22 earlier this week. He guaranteed himself a move into second...more

PokerStars Festival London: Turning nothing into something with Joe 'Magic' Johnson

One thing we learned from the £2,200 High Roller event at the PokerStars Festival London this week is that there's no easy money in this game. But, by the same token, you can get something for nothing if you're prepared to put the hours in. The tournament with the highest...more

TCOOP 2017: Diego "diego_1901" Yonashiro dominates Event #43 ($82 NL Omaha 6-Max Prog. KO)

Action seekers were loving the $82 buy-in Event #43 of the Turbo Championship of Online Poker. The turbo format meant a fast structure, with five-minute levels translating into rapidly-increasing blinds and antes. The game was six-handed, another prompt to action, and the variant no-limit Omaha, one of the wilder formats...more

PokerStars Festival London: Jules Dickerson tops Day 1B field

Dickerson finshed on top...just Sure as night follows day then Day 1B follows Day 1A. So today it was time for the second of four starting flights in the £400,000 guaranteed PokerStars Festival London Main Event. An earlier start time of 11am - compared to Day 1A's 2pm - led...more

PokerStars Festival London: Spin it to win it

McGlynn spun £50 upto £990 I don't get out of bed for less than a grand is a phrase that gets used as often as 'I put you on ace-king,' but for John McGlynn, it actually was the case on the afternoon of January 11th. That's when PokerStars launched Spin...more

It's not always about the professionals: ludd£90 on his TCOOP victory

If you were thinking TCOOP titles were the exclusive domain of the serious professionals putting in 14 hours days at the screen, then you'd be mistaken. It's not just for the diehards. In every COOP festival amateurs take their share of the spoils. After all, they make up the vast...more

MPC26: Who's Two Timing?

The 26th installment of the Macau Poker Cup begins next week (February 3-19) and if you missed the early preview of the exciting new schedule then you can read it RIGHT HERE. Before we look ahead, let's take a look back to the last MPC where impossible happened. TOM ALNER...more

How poker has helped me cope with cancer

To some, poker is merely a game. To others it's a therapeutic remedy to help cope with a life-threatening illness. My name is Damon Ferrante. I'm a longtime poker player and a man with "CLL" (Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia). I've been happily married for more than 25 years. I have 2...more

"It's about time!" Simeon "AstraLito" Todorov on his TCOOP title

Simeon "AstraLito" Todorov, 32, won Event #31 of TCOOP earlier this week, a win worth $35,053 as well as a first title. Here he talks about TCOOP, being a professional player, and poker in general. Plus the hardest thing he's ever had to do... On reaching the final table... "It...more

PokerStars Festival London: Mid-day update: Pagano leads Main Event

The plan today in the Main Event is to play a dozen levels. Each level lasts 45 minutes and we're currently in the sixth of the day. The blinds are 250/500 ante 75. Let's take a look at the key action so far. Mid-day update It seems that 11am is...more

Caprioli on what's proving a memorable TCOOP campaign

If you've been following our TCOOP coverage this past week you'll know that one player has never been far from top of the leader board. That's Brazilian pro Rodrigo "Caprioli" Caprioli, who won Event #11 and has since gone deep in numerous others. Caprioli's story is one of the successful...more

PokerStars Festival London: What to expect from your first live PokerStars tournament

The PokerStars Festivals scheduled across the globe this year will probably present many new players their first taste of major tournament action. These events are open to players of all levels of experience, of course, but the emphasis is on the grassroots. You can qualify online for next to...more

PokerStars Festival London: Koran scores first knockout on Day 1B

The topic of conversation at a number of tables during the opening orbit or two was the early start time. Well, that and the need for caffeine. This starting flight of the Main Event (and Day 1C) both kick off at 11am, whereas Day 1A had a more poker player...more

PokerStars Festival London: Stack tracker: We'll follow your friend through the tournament

Do you know somebody playing in the PokerStars Festival London Main Event? Do you want to know how they're getting on? While our friends at Poker News are providing hand-by-hand updates from the tournament floor, PokerStars Blog is also on hand to track any particular player you want. Get in...more

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PokerStars Festival London: Up bright and early for Day 1B of the Main Event

Welcome to Day 1B of the £400,000 guaranteed PokerStars Festival London Main Event, which is taking place at The Hippodrome Casino. Not much has changed since yesterday, London is still grey and overcast. Chance of clouds 100%. Another dead cert is that we're in for another thrilling day of poker...more

TCOOP 2017: Wins for Leah and LaPlante headline busy Day 8

The news for Thursday; there are now only four more days of TCOOP 2017 left to play, and five more winners were added to the roll call yesterday, including another COOP title for Canadian Mike "goleafsgoeh" Leah. Caprioli is back on top of the leader board for a third time....more

25 January

TCOOP 2017: rodajc90 wins Phase Event #42 ($27 NL Omaha Hi/Lo, 6-Max)

Holland 1, Germany 0. With 30 or so players remaining in Day 2 of the "Phase" TCOOP Event #42, CupiRuleZ from Germany emerged as the big stack and the player to beat. CupiRulez held off a slew of contenders until someone rocketed ahead of the German on the final table...more

TCOOP 2017: First COOP title for Ryan "PROTENTIALmn" LaPlante in Event #39, $215 NLHE (6-Max, Turbo, Shootout, Progressive KO [50%])

Ryan "PROTENTIALmn" LaPlante has had a good run at the tables in recent years, with a signature bracelet win in Pot Limit Omaha at the 2016 WSOP and more than $1.6 million in career earnings here at PokerStars. The serial COOP finalist had never made it to the end of...more

TCOOP 2017: Jmm256 takes the title, PokinStaR gets the cash in Event #41 ($82 NLHE Big Antes)

Deal making is an underrated skill in the poker world. Deals are quite common in tournament poker, and having the ability and confidence to negotiate a good deal can be worth thousands of dollars in real cash to a player. Today's TCOOP Event #41 threw up the situation of the...more

TCOOP 2017: abeainy takes first COOP title in Event #40 ($700 PLO, 6-Max, Turbo)

abeainy has been coming close to a COOP victory for years and was finally able to tick that box off today. Before today, abeainy's closest finish was a 4th place in a 2013 SCOOP-H event. abeainy came close again in the 2015 SCOOP-H Main Event, but busted out in 8th....more

PokerStars Festival London: Late night/early morning expected for High Rollers

At about 9.15pm on Wednesday night, a member of the PokerStars LIVE tournament staff gave an estimation as to what time the £2,200 High Roller event might finish. "By my calculations, 9.30am." This was a gloomy prognosis (albeit slightly tongue-in-cheek). This tournament started yesterday at 3pm with 166 players. After...more

PokerStars Festival London: Big names run up huge stacks in the Main Event

If you were to take a cursory glance at the top of the chip counts in a poker tournament and see David Docherty, Philipp Gruissem and Slaven Popov as the names occupying the podium positions, you'd be unlikely to think you were following an event with a buy-in of £990....more

PokerStars Festival London: Mo' Money Mo' bubble

Abecassis (seated, centre) during the bubble hand The bubble is always painful; of that, we can be certain. Although they come in many shapes and sizes there's always at least one player who's shunned by the Poker Gods. No one likes to leave empty handed and it hurts a hell...more

TCOOP 2017: Mike "goleafsgoeh" Leah goes and gets another, wins Event #38 ($82 NL Draw 2-7)

Canadian pro Mike "goleafsgoeh" Leah has proven time and again his tournament poker prowess, both in no-limit hold'em and a wide variety of other variants. After collecting a couple of WCOOP titles previously, Leah won two SCOOPs last spring (one in limit hold'em, the other in seven-card stud) to go...more

PokerStars Festival London: Andrew Christoforou on the WSOP and, of course, Will Kassouf

A return to action for Andrew Christoforou At the World Series of Poker Main Event in Las Vegas last year, nearly 7,000 people tried to answer the following question: How on earth do you deal with Will Kassouf? All but one of them failed to come up with any adequate...more

Team Perkins in the Bahamas Pt. 2: Bahamian Battle Plan

Dan Jones is an amateur poker player from London who was most recently was featured in the PokerStars Blog audio feature The New Guy. As he mentioned here, he dipped into his girlfriend's bikini drawer to score a free trip to the Bahamas. Yesterday he told the first part of...more

PokerStars Festival London: An orbit with the qualifiers and the WSOP stars

When we checked in yesterday on the satellite event for the £2,200 High Roller at this PokerStars Festival London, we watched Valentin Fruze and Mikhail Drozdov among eight players to book their seat in the highest buy-in tournament for a mere £170. Satellites have been making lumberyards out of toothpicks...more

The Game of Games: Poker Lessons from Five Famous Football Plays

The biggest football game of the season kicks off soon, a game that will be watched by an estimated audience of over 100 million people in the United States alone. Every play and coaching decision made will be scrutinized forever -- much as happens with hands at poker's biggest...more

PokerStars Festival London: Bottoms up for the Main Event

Regular attendees of PokerStars Live events down the years have probably got a drawer full of t-shirts, another for hoodies and a third for caps. They're the holy trinity among a sea of items that were included PokerStars player bags down the years. Sure there were some funky gadgets too...more

PokerStars Festival London: £400,000 Main Event guarantee waiting to be shattered

More shimmering action at the PokerStars Festival London Good afternoon all, and welcome back to a grey and overcast London. Or, to put it another way, welcome to London. It may be wintry outside, but conditions are far more clement at the Hippodrome Casino, in Leicester Square, where it is...more

Improving the game of poker for our customers

At PokerStars, we are constantly looking for ways to better provide a safe and fair environment, and to improve the overall experience when a customer chooses to play with us. Protecting the game of poker that we all love is at the core of everything we do. It ignites very...more

Top 5 Phil Hellmuth meltdowns

He's the poker player we love to hate, or should that be "hate to love"? Whatever your opinion is about Phil Hellmuth there's no denying that when he plays things happen, and when things happen he has a tendency to explode. That makes life a little awkward for him, but...more

TCOOP 2017: Player of Series contest heads-up, and five more winners for Day 7

The news for Wednesday; there were five more winners since yesterday, with Polukalos, Leukotape, K123K, gzp74, and luismi1912 all in the winner's column. GeraldoCesar and caprioli continue to duel for top spot on the leader board, with five more events scheduled for today. Day 7 The headlines from the seventh...more

24 January

Super Tuesday: Arne "juarnes" Coulier tops tough table for $85K (1-24-17)

Arne "juarnes" Coulier is no stranger to tournament success. He won the Main Event of the Belgian Poker Challenge Namur in 2014, and then returned in 2015 and did it again. This week he found himself in great position to add a major online title to his resume. Sitting second...more

TCOOP 2017: luismi1912 denies Brazil another title and wins Event #37 Fat Tuesday

Last Spring, the online poker realm witnessed a Brazilian Storm. Our colleague Stephen Bartley used that surfing term to aptly describe the abundant wave of Brazilians that dominated the 2016 SCOOP. Was it time for another Brazilian Storm? Brazilians got off to a hot start at the beginning of the...more

TCOOP 2017: gzp74 goes ultra deep in Event #36 ($700 NLHE Ultra-Deep 8-Max)

The PokerStars Turbo Championship of Online Poker is one of the most popular online poker series in the world. In today's fast-paced lifestyle, people don't have time to grind all day, so they love the turbo structures and the chance to win big money in a short amount of time....more

TCOOP 2017: K123K crowned king in Event #35 ($82 Stud, Turbo)

Turbo Stud could be the name of a reality show, but those words were also the descriptors of Event #35. A total of 647 players signed up for the tournament, but after seven and a half hours, only one player was left standing. K123K is the newest TCOOP champion and...more

PokerStars Festival London: Winner of High Roller to receive £67,290

The poker room at The Hippodrome Casino was packed The theme of today was big. For instance, it didn't take long for us to realise we had a huge tournament on our hands here at The Hippodrome Casino in London's West End. Fairly swiftly the PokerStars Festival London High Roller...more

PokerStars Festival London: What brings the stars out to play?

Towards the end of Level 7 of the High Roller event here at the PokerStars LIVE card-room in the Hippodrome Casino, London, Igor Kurganov got moved to the vacant seat alongside James Akenhead. That put a Super High Roller regular, with more than $12 million in recorded tournament winnings, alongside...more

PokerStars Festival London: Cody-Vision™

Unless you've been hibernating for the last couple of months - and if you have who can blame you - you'll be aware that Jake Cody has entered the vlogosphere in a big way. The Team PokerStars Pro uploaded his pilot to YouTube on November 13th and since then he's...more

TCOOP 2017: Leukotape wraps up a win in Event #34, $82 PLO/8 (8-Max, Turbo, Progressive KO 50%)

TCOOP is all about action, and there was no lack of it on display today in Event #34. An $82 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi/Lo tournament with a 50% Progressive KO bounty on every player's head, it encouraged raises and re-raises the way that owning an orchard encourages one to do a...more

PokerStars Festival London: The cheap route to the High Roller

Leon Louis (pictured at UKIPT Edinburgh): It's me or him or him At time of writing, players in the High Roller field are preparing for their dinner break, while some other sharks mingle in the corridor waiting for their first taste of the action. Liv Boeree, Igor Kurganov and Philipp...more

TCOOP 2017: PoluKalos KOs seven straight, wins Event #33 ($27+R NLHE Little Splash)

These Turbo Championship of Online Poker events are speedy, all right, the "Turbo" in the title no misnomer. Event #33, for instance, took just over four-and-a-half hours to complete, with the final table taking only the last 30 minutes. The five-minute levels in this $27 buy-in no-limit hold'em event (with...more

PokerStars Festival London: The history of the High Roller in London

While this is the first PokerStars Festival to be held in London there's a rich history of High Roller action in the nation's capital. Every year since 2011 the UKIPT pitched up in London - sometimes as part of an EPT festival - and those half-dozen events have proved, well,...more

PokerStars Festival London: Sea-lions, Judy Garland and Felipe Ramos; treading the boards at the Hippodrome

The Hippodrome at the heart of London's entertainment scene If you travel the world for business, you get accustomed to shrugging it off when friends tell you how jealous they are. They talk green-eyed about your lucky, jet-set lifestyle, imagining that you step off the plane and on to the...more

PokerStars Festival London: Kick-off with the £2,000 High Roller

Good afternoon everybody and welcome to London for a good old Cockney poker knees up to shake away the winter blues. You join us for the first PokerStars Festival of 2017 and only the second ever, after the shindig in New Jersey at the end of last year. We are...more

Team Perkins in the Bahamas Pt. 1: Failures, triumphs, & trophies

Dan Jones is an amateur poker player from London who was most recently was featured in the PokerStars Blog audio feature The New Guy. As he mentioned here, he dipped into his girlfriend's bikini drawer to score a free trip to the Bahamas. Below, he begins to tell the story...more

Renato Akio Kaneoya on life, poker, and that first TCOOP title

For Renato Akio Kaneoya life is about being the best you can be, and then some. It means self-improvement, whether that's in the way you live, or the way you act, and taking a risk when circumstances demand it. It's a way of living that Brazilian pro Kaneoya, 26, believes...more

TCOOP 2017: Five more winners for Day 6 as Series reaches halfway

The news for Tuesday; there were 5 more winners overnight with wins for bokkie87, smurf0, The Cooker, AstraLito and MenininhaMa who becomes the fifth Brazilian to win a title so far in TCOOP 2017. Having had joint leaders yesterday it's GeraldoCesar who nudges into top spot on the leader board....more

23 January

TCOOP 2017: MenininhaMah outlasts the crowd in Event #32 ($27, NLHE, Win the Button, Bubble Rush, Progressive KO)

The $50,000 guarantee for Event #32 of the 2017 Turbo Championship of Online Poker was ignored early as players embraced the ability to re-enter while trying to take full fiscal advantage of the 75% Progressive Knockout structure. Thanks to the Progressive KO, most got their funds back with a little...more

TCOOP 2017: The Cooker whips up a second COOP win in Event #30, $82 Limit O/8 (8-Max, Turbo)

With their massive fields and reputation for drawing poker's best and brightest to the virtual felt, PokerStars COOP events - those tournaments held during the World Championship, Spring Championship, and Turbo Championship of Online Poker - are all exceptionally difficult to win. Of the three series, the toughest to earn...more

TCOOP 2017: AstraLito with hyper-galactic win in 10-Stack Event #31 ($215 NL 6-Max, Hyper-Turbo, 10-Stack)

If turbo events are not enough adrenaline for you, then hyper-turbos are the ultimate test for the most adventurous poker players that prefer to live life on the edge and flirt with disaster at any street. With three-minute blind levels, TCOOP Event #31 was a rapid-fire affair. This Hyper-Turbo featured...more

TCOOP 2017: smurf0 not smurfing around with Zoom victory in Event #29 ($82 NL 3-Max PKO)

How about a Zoom curveball today? The 2017 TCOOP Event #29 was not your granddaddy's Cadillac and an old-school no-limit freeze out. This particular $82 buy-in event had more twists than a M. Night Shyamalan film. Event #29 was a 3-handed no-limit hold'em Zoom tournament with a 50% progressive knockout...more

TCOOP 2017: bokkie87 books win in Event #28 ($82 5-Card PLO, 6-Max)

Pot-limit Omaha is already an action game, those four hole cards providing a lot more possibilities than the two of hold'em. Add a fifth card and things get even more interesting, and making the game six-handed ramps the action up even more. Such was the game in TCOOP Event #28,...more

TCOOP 2017: Results galore from big weekend

The news for Monday; there were 17 more winners over the TCOOP weekend (not to mention in the Sunday Million), with significant wins for caprioli, GeraldoCesar, WushuTM, robinho and others. That mixed everything up on the leader board, now led by the two Brazilians caprioli and GeraldoCesar. We're onto Day...more

Sunday Million: Tarmooo tops tough table, earns $91K in deal (1-22-17)

Chip leaders get all the glory, and it's easy to see why. They make the big plays, they make the headlines, and they generally make the action go 'round the poker table. But holding the chip lead, even at the final table of a tournament, is certainly no guarantee of...more

22 January

TCOOP 2017: konway scores the final KO in Event #26 ($82 PLO [4-Max, Zoom, Progressive KO (50%)]

There are plenty of ways to turbo-charge a tournament. Make it short-handed. Add significant bounties. Reduce the level length. Make it Zoom. How about all of the above, you say? Witness tonight's TCOOP Event #26, an $82 Zoom PLO affair played on 4-max tables with a Progressive KO. There was...more

TCOOP 2017: ludd£90 goes from six big blinds to Event #24 champion ([$215 NLHE 6-Max, Progressive KO (50%), Win the Button, Players' Voice Event #1]

A new quirk in this year's TCOOP? For the first time in series history, PokerStars players voted on the format of two events-- one no-limit hold'em tourney and one non-NLHE. Today brought the NLHE Player's Voice event and the official moniker is quite the mouthful-- No-Limit Hold'em 6-max, Win the...more

TCOOP 2017: jeanfranco07 rides all the way in Event #27 ($215 NLHE Hyper-Turbo 6-Max)

If the turbo-charged events of the TCOOP still weren't fast enough for you then you should've jumped into Event #27 of the series. That was where the "turbo" was taken to a whole new level with the addition of the word "hyper". Thousands of players, over half a million dollars...more

TCOOP 2017: vip25459 takes the title, Boeree finishes 5th in Event #25 ($700 NLHE Turbo, Prog. KO 50%)

Event #25 was a wild free-for-all with ever-growing targets and more than $1 million in prize money. A total of 1,733 players signed up for the $700 progressive knockout NLHE tournament and the entire $1,142,445 prize pool was collected and distributed in just six hours Bounties and blinds kept rising...more

TCOOP 2017: Second time's the charm for GeraldoCesar in Event #23, $215 NLHE (6-Max, Bubble Rush)

This afternoon, for the second time in as many days, Geraldo Cesar "GeraldoCesar" Neto was heads-up for a TCOOP title with the chip lead. Yesterday he saw his lead in Event #20 slip away into a runner-up finish within moments, his opportunity for a second TCOOP title in as many...more

TCOOP 2017: sup-sport777 bashes a home run in Event #22 ($215 NLO8, 6-Max, Progressive KO)

Taking a deal while at the final table of a tournament will always be a hotly debated subject around poker circles. Personality, past performance, alcohol, and current financial situation can always influence the decision. The end of the 2017 Turbo Championship of Online Poker Event #22 $215 6-max NLO8 Progressive...more

TCOOP 2017: Dhr. Awesome earns a second COOP title and $21,648 in Event #18 marathon ($215 NLHE Heads-Up)

Since the TCOOP was introduced to PokerStars' MTT canon five years ago, we've seen four online legends earn a "Triple COOP"-- our euphemism for one who has WCOOP, SCOOP and TCOOP titles. Shawn "buck21" Buchanan, James "Andy McLEOD" Obst, Rui "RuiNF" Ferreira, and Fabrizio "SixthSenSe19" Gonzalez have all managed the...more

TCOOP 2017: Purkenya punishes in Event #21 ($27 NLHE Saturday Speedway SE)

Event #21 of the TCOOP was a $27 No Limit Holdem Turbo Event and a Special Edition of the Saturday Speedway. It seems that "Speedway" was a fitting name for this event, because a few of our players were definitely in a hurry! There was plenty of action throughout the...more

21 January

TCOOP 2017: Austria's Thomas 'WushuTM' Muhlocker wins Event #19 $82 NL

Even if Thomas 'WushuTM' Muhlocker never played another hand of poker the rest of his life, he could go to the grave knowing that he once beat Daniel Negreanu heads-up for a High Roller title. The tournament took place at the EPT10 Barcelona in 2013. The young Austrian rallied from...more

TCOOP 2017: thehushpuppy denies GeraldoCesar in Event #20, $82 NLO8 (6-Max, Hyper-Turbo)

The number of people in the world who make thousands of dollars per hour for their work is usually restricted to those who have spent years or even decades becoming educated and learning their craft. When January rolls around, a handful of No-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo players get a chance to...more

TCOOP 2017: Russia's Dmitry1967 wins Big Splash Event #17 ($7.50+R NL 8-Max)

To win the Big Splash, Russia's Dmitry1967 faced a tough final table in TCOOP Event #17 that included 2012 WSOP bracelet winner Naoya 'nkeyno' Kihara and 4-time COOP champion Rodrigo 'caprioli' Caprioli from Brazil. Caprioli, fresh off his victory in Event #11, attempted to become the first player to win...more

TCOOP 2017: girafganger7 gallops to Event #16 victory ($700 NL Zoom)

girafganger7 had come close before in a TCOOP, finishing fifth in an event last January. Today the player from Belgium finally got there, winning Event #16 for a score of $83,049.76 following a heads-up deal. And as has been the case with most of the TCOOPs, it didn't take long...more

20 January

TCOOP 2017: Jani "kiiski" Vilmunen scoops TCOOP title in Event #15 ($82 Stud Hi/Lo Turbo)

Some people think that Stud Hi/Lo is not an exciting form of poker. Seven streets. Limit betting. Split pots. It's not everyone's cup of tea, but if you watched the final table of TCOOP Event #15, you could mount a pretty strong argument to the contrary. The event was an...more

TCOOP 2017: tsikwz tames Tiggrron in Event #12, $82 NLHE (6-Max, Turbo, Shootout)

TCOOP is well-known for tournaments that come and go in the same amount of time that a final table of another series might take. The one kind of tournament that passes at something a normal pace is the shootout. Even with a turbo structure, the next round doesn't start until...more

TCOOP 2017: Robin "robinho" Ylitalo earns third TCOOP title in Fast Friday Event #14 ($320 NL Zoom)

Sweden's Robin "robinho" Ylitalo has won before on PokerStars. A lot. In fact, he made it to the winner's circle during last year's Turbo Championship of Online Poker series, winning a $700 NL event for an $85K payday, and that marked his second time winning a TCOOP title. Ylitalo tonight...more

TCOOP 2017: tekelson221 takes down Event #13 ($27+R Turbo, Win the Button)

Aside from chips, every pot came with a side of button in Event #13. The start of the tournament saw buttons dart around hundreds of tables, but the madness dwindled until there was just one button left. That lonely overworked button finally came to a rest when tekelson221 took down...more

TCOOP 2017: Rodrigo "caprioli" Caprioli captures Event #11 ($82 PL Omaha Prog. KO)

Another TCOOP event is in the books, and another Brazilian player has captured a title. In fact -- speaking of familiar stories -- we've reported on winner Rodrigo "caprioli" Caprioli's successes before, as he's won no less than three SCOOPs in the past, the most recent in 2013. Now Caprioli...more

TCOOP 2017: More results in, even more to come this weekend

Five more events played in TCOOP and a good day for Sweden, with two winners _pippzor_, and Ector. There were also titles for monzemann, DannyDawkins and letsgodody. Meanwhile sim.sut nudges ahead on the leader board despite not yet winning a title. Five more events feature today, with another 12 taking...more

Hosting the Ultimate Poker Home Game

Playing online poker from the privacy of your own home is something that all poker players love to do. It's a great way to learn, considering the number of hands you'll play compared to live poker, tremendous fun, and can even result in you winning some cash if you're...more

19 January

TCOOP 2017: Sweden's Ector fat and sassy after winning Fat Thursday SE Event #10 ($320 NL)

Sometimes your luck runs out. Poland's fronk_donk had a heck of a rollercoaster ride at the final table of Event #10 $310 NL Fat Thursday SE. The Pole had a near-chip and a chair situation late in the final table and rallied after getting his stack decimated in a costly...more

TCOOP 2017: _pippzor_ pips them to win Event #9 ($82 NL Omaha Hi-Lo 6-Max)

The PokerStars Turbo Championship of Online Poker continued today with an event well suited to the Turbo format. No Limit Omaha is already an action game, so it was no surprise to see a big field turn out for Event #9 of the TCOOP series - and $82 No Limit...more

TCOOP 2017: letsgodody is top marksman in Event #08 ($82 NLHE 6-Max, Prog. KO, Turbo)

You couldn't fold your way into the money in event #08. Every dollar had to be earned through coldblooded eliminations. The entire $616,425 prize pool was designated to bounties and each of the 8,219 players started off with a $75 target on their hands. Half of that bounty went straight...more

TCOOP 2017: DannyDawkins tops R_Caiaffa in Event #7 ($82 PLO, 6-Max, Turbo, Win The Button)

Day 2 of TCOOP 2017 marked the first appearance of a game and format tailor-made for the series: 6-max Win The Button Pot-Limit Omaha. Turbo blind structures and shorthanded tables already encourage aggressive tactics, and PLO thrives on raises and re-raises, but the addition of the Win The Button format...more

TCOOP 2017: monzemann is top man in Event #6 ($215 NL Prog. KO)

You hear a lot about certain poker players "finishing well" in tournaments, frequently making final tables and tending to finish in the top spots whenver they do. Austria's monzemann, winner of Event #6, demonstrated an example of that this afternoon after starting the final table in the middle of the...more

TCOOP 2017: All the stories from Day 1 of the Championship

The news for opening day; five events start and all finish to get the Championship under way with wins for kaneoya and Muke82 of Brazil, as well as ratajpoker, Pokerfan_lol and kZhh. That put kaneoya on top of the Leaderboard, if only by virtue of the alphabet. Five more events...more

The Best of Tom 'durrr' Dwan

Over the course of the last decade Tom Dwan has emerged as not only one of the games' more elusive players, but also one of its most bewildering. To watch him is to be left scratching your head asking "how?", while to imitate him is to find yourself drawing dead...more

18 January

TCOOP 2017: kZhh takes no prisoners in Event #5 ($82, 8-Max Bubble Rush)

One card changed the header of the 2017 Turbo Championship of Online Poker's Event #5 final table write-up. Aces getting cracked in a pivotal spot was costly for csikken, but gold for kZhh. The Event #5 champ, kZhh, would use those chips to take over the final table and after...more

TCOOP 2017: ratajpoker rakes in biggest victory in Event #3 ($82 NLHE Turbo)

There's no better way to bring in the year than fast-paced poker action and millions of dollars in prize money. Lucky for you the 2017 Turbo Championship of Online Poker started today. Several tournaments have already started, hit the money and played down to a champion. Event #03 saw 4,944...more

TCOOP 2017: PokerFan_lol sidesteps NorBaggio in Event #4 ($27 NLHE, 6-Max, Hyper-Turbo, Progressive KO [50%])

Even though it's just the first day, it seems fair given the nature of the tournaments on the schedule to say that the 2017 Turbo Championship of Online Poker is in full swing. Players are already rolling through their events at top speed, experiencing all the highs and lows of...more

TCOOP 2017: LAPT Chile champion Murilo 'Muka82' Figueiredo wins Event #2 ($82 PLO Hi/Lo PKO)

Here come the Brazilians! It took just two events before a Brazilian basked in the warm glow of the winner's circle at the 2017 Turbo Championship of Online Poker. Murilo 'Muka82' Figueiredo came from behind to win TCOOP Event #2 PLO8 Prog-Knockout at a final table that featured a trio...more

TCOOP 2017: kaneoya KOs six at final table, wins Event #1 ($215 Ultra-Deep, Kickoff)

The Turbo Championship of Online Poker series has arrived, starting today with a $215 no-limit hold'em "ultra-deep" kickoff event with a big $500,000 guarantee. Goes without saying things got off to a fast start, what with TCOOP events generally featuring five-minute levels and rapidly-paced events. Sure enough it only took...more

Looking back: Day-by-day at the PokerStars Championship Bahamas

After the anticipation the first ever PokerStars Championship got under way at the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas. A familiar venue for past PCA regulars it was now under new branding, and greeting players by their hundreds looking to write their name into poker history. By the end of nine...more

The Turbo Championship of Online Poker starts today

Of all the 'COOPs on PokerStars the Turbo Championship of Online Poker is the special one. Sure, the WCOOP is the most prestigious and SCOOP boats the most events. But TCOOP is different. It's the COOP for the high speed internet generation, it's the COOP for the Spin & Go...more

Super Tuesday: Nolet20 tops ludovi333, littleMiyaa for $74K win (1-17-17)

Things went pretty well at the PokerStars tournament tables for Nolet20 in 2015. The player from Canada, who had never won more than $2,000 in a PokerStars tournament up to that point, turned a $22 investment in the MicroMillions 11 Main Event into just shy of $90,000 that July. The...more

17 January

'noTeorem' scoops school Jackpot tournament

Every now and then it's nice to freeroll your way to a few extra dollars. For PokerSchoolOnline members that happens more often than you think, thanks to the Scratch and Match Progressive Jackpot game. Each time the jackpot (now standing at nearly $13,000) is won, 25% of the total goes...more

16 January

MPC26: 10 million reasons to play the Red Dragon

Happy New Year folks and welcome to 2017! Grab your calendars and ready your pens as PokerStars LIVE today announced the 2017 calendar for special events in Asia headlined by the inaugural PokerStars Championship Macau - replacing the previous APPT Macau stop - which begins on March 30. Here are...more

Three Days in London for the PokerStars Festival

So you've traveled all the way to London to play a poker tournament and you've had your aces cracked early on Day 1 to bust. This is not how you saw it going. Life sucks and you now find yourself with three days on your hands and nothing to...more

Christian Harder makes poker history


Sunday Million: AAadrift rights course, earns $157k in powerhouse performance

Two players in the final three of this week's Sunday Million were looking to make good on a second chance. A little over two years ago, Bulgarian Supernova StoyanB finished sixth in the Million, earning over $43k but falling short of the coveted title. A year ago this week, Brazil's...more

14 January

Harder makes it look easy, beats former backer to PokerStars Championship Bahamas title

Christian Harder: Inaugural PokerStars Championship winner The PokerStars Championship series has its first Main Event winner and it's the name of a 29-year-old from Maryland to be placed beside those of Alexander Stevic and Gus Hansen, the inaugural champions of the EPT and PCA, respectively. Christian Harder never did manage...more

Oh, brother! Luc Greenwood earns first major, captures PokerStars Championship Bahamas $25K High Roller title

For years on the tournament circuit we've been doing double-takes with Luc and Sam Greenwood, the poker-playing twins from Toronto. Besides resembling one another, they both play pretty good games, too. Even so, over time Sam's been the one to accumulate more six-figure scores (nearly a dozen) and even a...more

PokerStars Championship Bahamas: Kaverman and Rocco exit $25K HR, leaving Petrangelo and Greenwood heads up

We're heads up folks. Well, not 'we'; they are heads up. 'They' being Nick Petrangelo and Luc Greenwood. Byron Kaverman exited in fourth place, busting to Luc Greenwood in a brutal fashion. Kaverman three-bet shoved for 835,000 over Greenwood's 70,000 under-the-gun open, and after getting a count Greenwood made the...more

PokerStars Championship Bahamas: Petrangelo picks off two more; Barbero, Negreanu out

Off to the side of the feature table where the Main Event is playing out, the $25K High Roller final table has at times appeared a much less ostentatious, humble affair in the early going. One exception to that rule was the boisterous rail supporting Nacho Barbero during the first...more

PokerStars Championship Bahamas: Kenney, Radoja, Chidwick all fall, Negreanu short in $25K HR

It's been an action packed first few levels here on the final table of the $25K High Roller. In just two levels (each an hour in length) we've gone from nine players to six. The biggest story of the bunch is that Bryn Kenney won't be winning his third High...more

PokerStars Championship Bahamas: Main Event Final Table Updates

READ A FULL WRAP-UP OF CHRISTIAN HARDER'S WIN Main Event Final Table Updates Archive 9:08pm: Christian Harder wins first PokerStars Championship Bahamas Main Event Level 30 - Blinds 80,000/160,000 (ante 20,000) Once the deal was reached, we figured it wouldn't take long to get to a winner, and that winner...more

PokerStars Championship Bahamas: Petrangelo looks to secure High Roller win; Negreanu among final nine

What a wild 10 days it has been. And the 11th promises to be even wilder. The inaugural PokerStars Championship Bahamas series comes to a close today, marked by the twin climaxes of the Main Event and $25K High Roller finales. In the latter we'll be watching to see if...more

13 January

PokerStars Championship Bahamas: It's Nick, again; Petrangelo carries lead to $25K High Roller finale

The second day of the PokerStars Championship Bahamas $25K High Roller provided numerous subplots to help fill out the tournament's narrative. But the main plot, and, well, the story's "hero" (so far), remained the same as it was last night, with Nick Petrangelo once again grabbing the headline as the...more

PokerStars Championship Bahamas: Friday the 13th bubble unlucky for Kurganov

It's Friday the 13th, a day some playfully designate as unlucky. Or not so playfully. Fear of the number 13 is called triskaidekaphobia. Fear of Friday the 13th gets its own name -- paraskevidekatriaphobia. Meanwhile, those who fear bubbles suffer from a malady called ebulliophobia. Players in this $25K High...more

Gentili and Harder lead final six into PokerStars Championship Bahamas final

Historically the process of reducing a field of 16 to six (when there's a final table at stake) takes a while. But there's something about the climate in the Bahamas, or maybe it's the pink drinks, that has stepped things up a little this week, defying the more leisurely "island...more

PokerStars Championship Bahamas: Main Event final table player profiles

How they line up for the final day of the inaugural PokerStars Championship Bahamas Main Event: Seat 1: Michael Vela, 50, Newburgh, New York, USA - 1,755,000 chips New York's Michael "MVP" Vela has been playing poker for more than a decade. He has earned nearly $2 million in live...more

PokerStars Championship Bahamas: High Roller history; ElkY seeks second title

The High Rollers are back from the second break of the day, with 39 left from the starting field of 159 entries. Just 23 of them will be getting paid, and as my esteemed colleague Jack Stanton shared a short while ago, there's a huge reward of $905,760 waiting for...more

PokerStars Championship Bahamas: Money money money in the $25K HR

There's a reason that a bunch of high rollers are sat over to the right of the Main Event unofficial final table. Guess what it is. Nope - it's not to play Lodden Thinks. Nope - it's not to discuss their new business ventures. And no, it's not to listen...more

PokerStars Championship Bahamas: Rest in peace, Mushu Negreanu

How long have you known your best friend? Ten years perhaps? Twenty? Thirty?! Well, Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu had you beat, even at just 42 years of age. He'd known his best friend for a staggering 82 years. 82 dog years, that is. This morning, Negreanu's best friend tragically...more

PokerStars Championship Bahamas: 25 big blinds for $25K

Day 1 of the $25K High Roller ended with 77 players, and yet right now, the tournament screen says 82 remain. That's because registration was open right up until the start of play today, and you know what these high rollers are like. Even though ten 60-minute levels already went...more

Alice's Ukulele

If you're a regular on the European poker circuit (or at the PCA/PokerStars Championship Bahamas), I could show you a picture of Alice Halle and you'd say "Oh yeah - Alice - the amazing dealer." Alice routinely works at feature and final tables at PokerStars events, sliding the cards over...more

12 January

PokerStars Championship Bahamas: Petrangelo leads the pack in the most beautiful $25K HR

Petrangelo leads the beautiful beasts In the words of one of PokerStars Blog's brilliant photographers Carlos Monti, this $25K High Roller might be "the most beautiful tournament." Oh sure, we had the Liv Boerees and Igor Kurganovs of the poker world out in the field, but he wasn't talking about...more

PokerStars Championship Bahamas: Fast starts for Khoroshenin, Grospellier in $25K High Roller

It's the first part of the first day of what will be a three-day event, so no one is winning anything for a while. Even so, we can pass along some ideas about who is starting well, who isn't, and a little about those in between in the PokerStars Championship...more

PokerStars Championship Bahamas: Spin & Go winner gets trip of a lifetime & another down memory lane

Growing up, I had an uncle who was heavily into poker. Back then though, I had no idea what poker was. Whenever we'd visit, his dimly-lit study room had a large round table with what looked like snooker felt ironed over it. There were round coins resembling Pogs (how great...more

Michael Gentili's ends best of days with PokerStars Championship Bahamas chip lead

Rasmus Glæsel arrived at Michael Gentili's table and looked at Gentili's ridiculous stack. Glæsel appreciated it the way it should be appreciated, full of wonder, delight, and purposeful awe. Gentili begged off. "I've had better days," he said. "You've had better days?!" Glæsel said with incredulity dripping from his face....more

PokerStars Championship Bahamas: Charlie Carrel makes it look easy while knowing it's not

We're watching top-of-the-toppermost in action again today when it comes to tournament poker players, with the start of the $25K High Roller. The number of entrants has already exceeded 100 during the early levels, with late registration open all of the way until the beginning of Day 2 tomorrow. It's...more

PokerStars Championship Bahamas: High-stakes poker in Paradise as $25K High Roller kicks off

It's been a beautiful week here on Paradise Island, with blue skies and warm temps outside, and nonstop poker indoors in the Atlantis as the first ever PokerStars Championship Bahamas series has been playing out. Today arrives the start of the last big high roller event on the schedule, the...more

11 January

PSC Bahamas: Nick Maimone bags lead of last 32, but Mercier lurks

Nick Maimone: Hands up who's chip leader again The 2017 PokerStars Championship Bahamas Main Event is moving quickly, very quickly indeed. At the end of Day 3 tonight only 32 players from a starting field of 738 remained and the first prize of $480,012 may appear to be in sight....more

10 January

Super Tuesday: Vaga_Lion deals, holds off 1_conor_b_1 heads-up for $68K (1-10-17)

Rob Akery has been playing online poker at PokerStars since at least 2006, long before there were recaps of all the major weekly tournaments. When the player known as "Vaga_Lion" won the Sunday Million back in 2008, the only resulting documentation was a brief results round-up after the weekend was...more

Nick Maimone runs it up to lead PSC Bahamas Main Event, Dan Colman second

Two days down and four to go in the inaugural PokerStars Championship Bahamas, where 125 remain with a chance to hoist the first ever Main Event trophy. Nick Maimone enjoys the headline-earning title as end-of-night chip leader, a nice bit of recognition, to be sure, although everyone's eyes remain on...more

9 January

PSC Bahamas: Aaron Paul stars, but Juvancic leads after Day 1B

James Juvancic started today as one of hundreds of faces, each with the same starting stack, the same thoughts of stardom this time next week, and a plan to get through eight levels. Before long Juvancic became one of those players that boosts their starting stack, sends others to the...more

PSC Bahamas: Bryn Kenney's Bahamas hot streak continues with $50K HR victory

Another victory in Paradise for Bryn Kenney It was just 12 months ago here in the Bahamas, at what would eventually become the last ever PCA, that Bryn Kenney took down the $100K High Roller for $1.687 million. He also final tabled the $50K that year too, finishing seventh for...more

PSC Bahamas: Main Event Day 1B live updates

Day 1B Live Coverage Archive See a full wrap-up of Day 1B here 11:11pm: James Juvancic leads At the close of play, James Juvancic is sitting on 271,800 good for the Day 1B chip lead and the lead overall. Andrew Ryan will be sitting in second place with 224,300. We'll...more

Sunday Million: birs320 banks $158K after big comeback (1/8/17)

Hungarian poker player Balazs "birs320" Botond is no stranger to tournament success with big money on the line. Just ask the other players who faced him at the final table of the Eureka Poker Tour Prague in 2014. He took down the title and more than 200,000 euros at that...more

8 January

PSC Bahamas: Survival of the fittest as Jason Koon prevails in $100K SHR

Jason Koon: First Super High Roller champion of the Championship era The $100,000 Super High Roller tournament that kicked off the inaugural PokerStars Championship meeting in the Bahamas this week attracted the very cream of poker's young, modern crop. Just a glance at the last seven who divvied up a...more

PSC Bahamas: $100K SHR Day 3 live updates

• POKERSTARS CHAMPIONSHIP BAHAMAS $100K SHR FINAL TABLE RECAP 7:10pm: Jason Koon defeats Charlie Carrel heads-up to win title Level 22 - Blinds 60,000/120,000 (ante 20,000) It's over. Jason Koon is the champion. The final hand was the latest -- and last -- in a pattern that has developed over...more

James Martyn rides Kid Poker advice to PSC Bahamas Main Event Day 1A chip lead

This morning, James Martyn sat in on Daniel Negreanu's Q&A and had a simple question. Why do some of the big name pros show up late and not start the day on time? Negreanu's answer ended with some advice: the earlier you're there, the more chips you can accumulate. Today,...more

7 January

Charlie Carrel's heater burns on, leads $100K SHR final at PSC Bahamas

The unstoppable Charlie Carrel Seven players remain in the hunt for the first major paycheck of the PokerStars Championship era after the $100,000 Super High Roller event at the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas played to its final table tonight. There were 41 players involved, plus 13 re-entries, each costing...more

6 January

Nick Petrangelo leads first PokerStars Championship Bahamas Super High Roller

On most days, a tournament with a $100,000 buy-in is serious business. There are millions at stake, and the people who compete for that cash are businessmen more than gamblers. Today, however, the first tournament of the first PokerStars Championship was as much comedy show as it was poker tournament....more

The Poker School Progressive Jackpot has been won!

2017 could not have got off to a better start for one lucky school member thanks to the Progressive Jackpot game at PokerSchoolOnline. Just as the fireworks displays from around the world began to settle down the screen on 'ursu1anr's computer lit up to match three jackpot symbols and bagged...more

Anatomy of a PokerStars Championship

Ask any poker player -- in any hand of poker, there's a lot more going on than meets the eye. Those on the rail or watching over a live stream or on television don't always realize just how much that goes unseen can affect every bet, raise, call, or...more

5 January

Starting tomorrow: The PokerStars Championship Bahamas

It is the familiar story every January. Touch down in the Bahamas follows a long tiring flight. You step out of Lynden Pindling airport and into the heat - not Las Vegas heat, which singes your eyebrows and moves them an inch further up your forehead - but the humid...more

4 January

I've got a golden ticket...to the Bahamas

It's a Wednesday afternoon and I'm sat in a half-empty bathtub wearing my girlfriend's bikini with a sign that reads "Send me 2 the PCA" taped to my chest. As a 28-year-old man, it may or may not surprise you to hear that this isn't part of my daily routine....more

Coming soon: PokerStars Festival London

Pining for New Year poker action? Found yourself wishing you had found a way to make it to the PokerStars Championship Bahamas? Itching to get in the game? Well, if you can make it to London January 22-29, you can take part in the very first PokerStars Festival of the...more

Super Tuesday: kirdface wins $76K, denies munchenHB a second title (1-3-17)

The first Super Tuesday final table of 2017 was an opportunity for two different players to win the tournament for the second time in their respective careers. One was knocked out in the earliest stages of the final, but Mike "munchenHB" Telker managed to maneuver himself to a heads-up duel...more

2 January

Weekend Review: New Year's riches & Bahamas beaches on the way

While today is the day we all (wait, what am I doing here?) get off work to observe New Year's Day, that holiday was officially yesterday. Nevertheless, the Sunday majors continued unabated as we kicked off the beginning of a new year. We began the first week of the year...more

Sunday Million: Russia's tolstiykry Kicks Off New Year with $178,747.90 Win

The first PokerStars Sunday Million of the New Year was a big one with 6,289 entries (5,283 unique + 1,006 re-entries. At $200 + $15 a pop, the $1 million guaranteed prize pool was surpassed as 872 players earned a portion of a $1,257,800 prize pool. After nearly 14 hours...more