February 2017

28 February

Super Tuesday: Junki84 scores $76K, ImaLucSac second

South Korea's Junki84 came to the final table of this week's Super Tuesday as the chip leader, though not in dominant fashion. Less than 10 big blinds back were three different players with noteworthy tournament runs on their resumes, each more than ready to pounce on the slightest opportunity to...more

Looking to play some poker this March?

Just when you think you have the right expression to describe the upcoming month on PokerStars, it turns out some basketball folks have already claimed the rights to March Madness. But between Thursday 2 March and Sunday 9 April there is really no other way to put it, at least...more

27 February

Introducing the Championship Cash Challenge: "Run 'em out, baby."

PokerStars is not just about online poker. Some of our best winning moments have come away from the virtual felt; on real tables with real cards and chips. These moments are made even more special when the gifted amateur takes on the professionals toe-to-toe. This is one of the reasons...more

Top 5 poker mistakes (caught on camera)


Weekend Review: And the award goes to...

While it would be easy to find some sort of Oscar's analogy to accompany this week's results round up, I'm not really that clever, or tuned into popular culture in any way. Suffice to say that we'll leave the dramatics to the professionals and stick to cold hard numbers in...more

Sunday Million: TheFan83 rides final table wave to $122K victory

The last time TheFan83 was within close reach of a major title on PokerStars was in 2011. The Austrian player was heads-up for a WCOOP title against fellow countryman Schildy1984 and flopped two pair just 10 hands into their match, only to be taken down when the turn card gave...more

24 February

Silverware for Somerville, Stapleton and Mercier at the American Poker Awards

Amid the canapés and the champagne it proved a good night for three members of PokerStars family last night, as the third annual GPI American Poker Awards took place in Beverley Hills. Jason Somerville's work behind the microphone earned him the Twitch Poker Streamer of the Year award, being nominated...more

Weekend Warm-Up: Racking up the week in PokerStars

Well, we made it through the week again, which means it's time to check if the boss is looking before catching up on what's been going on with PokerStars this past week. So here they are, in no particular order... Racking up the week in PokerStars From play money players...more

PokerStars Festival: The Newbie's Guide to Rozvadov

Kicking off on March 2 at the Kings Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic, the next PokerStars Festival is a perfect chance to understand how a small village of 1,000 became one of Europe's hottest poker destinations. Strategically located a stone's throw from the German border, Rozvadov has everything a...more

23 February

Play money poker, real life life-savers

At first, it seemed like everything was going to be okay. She had a wound on her leg that started bleeding, and she was having a hard time getting it stopped. Her blood pressure spiked. She tried to calm herself with some yoga breathing. That's when it all went south....more

Top 5 poker mistakes (caught on camera)

The rarest breed of poker player is the type that has never made a mistake, although statistically they're more likely to be known as liars. We've all made them, even after years of experience as keen amateurs or even as professionals. The best you can hope for is that when...more

21 February

Super Tuesday: Chris "Apotheosis92" Kruk conquers all for $70K

Chris "Apotheosis92" Kruk knows well what it's like to be within striking distance of a major title. With a third-place finish at a World Series of Poker final table, another third at an EPT High Roller side event final, and a runner-up finish in a SCOOP-High event all added to...more

Set sail on the #StreamBoat with Bill Perkins & friends

Call me crazy, but I think being friends with Bill Perkins might come with some serious fringe benefits. As you might know, Bill Perkins has a good amount of money, an undying love for poker, and a newfound interest in the poker streaming world. You might have seen him and...more

Leicester City Stars take on the Ultimate Football Machine

When you're an English title winning football team about to play your first knockout match in European competition, there's really only one logical way to prepare for the big game - a series of challenges against a cocky robot constructed by a team of sporting experts. That's what players from...more

20 February

Weekend Review: Macau and Million dominate headlines again

This week, a player with a Donald Trump avatar crushed a tiny cat in the world's biggest weekly poker tournament. A woman named Juicy won a record-breaking event in Macau. Weekend highlights on PokerStars * The Sunday Million Orange Crush * Other crushing weekend wins * The Juicy Macau Victory...more

Sunday Million: thx4urm0n3y rolls over final table en route to $145k win

Sometimes the avatars say it all. Thx4urm0n3y, sporting the angry orange visage of Donald Trump, crushed his heads-up opponent tomc1s, bearing an image of a tiny grey kitten peering at us from inside a container of Pringles. It was the second trip to the final table of the Million for...more

18 February

Sixiao Li wins record breaking MPC26 High Roller

MPC26 High Roller Champion Sixiao 'Juicy' Li After two fast-paced action-packed days China's Sixiao Li emerged triumphant over the record breaking 130-strong high-rolling field to take down the massive HK$2,436,000 (~US$313,867) first prize. Holding more than a 5-1 chip lead when play got down to heads-up, Li defeated China's...more

17 February

MPC26: High Roller coverage archive

Congratulations to MPC26 High Roller Champion Juicy Li! Juicy Li has hoisted the High Roller trophy and collected HK$2,436,000 after overcoming a record-breaking field of 130 players. 2:05am: Xuming Qi eliminated in 2nd place (HK$1,646,000) Level 24 - Blinds 80,000/160,000 (20,000 Ante) It only took one hand of heads up...more

Weekend warm-up: Flight planning and flying spectacles!

It's Friday. Depending on where you are in the world, you're either minutes from the pub, already in bed for Saturday, or clock-watching like it's your damned job. Even if you have a real job, you could probably do with a little you-time right now. Why not spend some of...more

MPC26: Alan Lau slays the Red Dragon

The Red Dragon once again established itself as the biggest ever freezeout tournament in Asia with a record 1,216 runners and after a week of exciting action it was 2015 Asia Player of the Year Alan Lau who emerged triumphant. Ultimately Lau overcame Chien Fa Chou in the heads up...more

16 February

MPC26: Red Dragon final table player profiles

Player profiles for the final nine Red Dragon final tablists. Seat 1: Alan Lau, 30, Hong Kong -- 3,790,000 Alan Lau The 30-year old Hong Kong poker professional will be a familiar face to many at PokerStars LIVE Macau after winning Asia Player of the Year back in 2015 and...more

MPC26 Red Dragon: Final table coverage archive

Congratulations to MPC26 Red Dragon Champion Alan Lau MPC26 Red Dragon Champion Alan Lau and fiance Amy Li Man Ying Hong Kong poker professional Alan Lau wins record-breaking 1,216-strong MPC26 Red Dragon Main Event for HK$3,265,000. 10:50pm: Chien Fa Chou eliminated in 2nd (HK$1,954,000) Level 31 - Blinds 100,000/200,000 (30,000...more

PokerStars Top 5 Best Hands of 2016


The Poker Player's Guide to PokerStars Championship Panama: Part 1

The high-stakes poker world is preparing to descend upon Panama with the second event on the inaugural PokerStars Championship schedule hosted in Panama City, Panama from March 10-20. Panama City has played host to one of the most popular stops on PokerStars' Latin American Poker Tour since 2012 and...more

The Poker Player's Guide to PokerStars Championship Panama: Part 2

So, you've won yourself a seat to the inaugural PokerStars Championship Panama Main Event, you've read Part 1 of our Panama guide and your flights and hotel are all booked. Sweet. What's next? Well we've outlined a few great days in Panama to make sure your trip is truly...more

15 February

MPC26 Red Dragon: Day 3 coverage archive

After a week of exciting poker action here in Macau the Red Dragon final table is set! There were 75 poker hopefuls from a record field of 1,216 who returned today but after 10 hours only nine of those players remained. They will return tomorrow in the hunt for the...more

PokerStars Festival sets sights on Rozvadov

With the first PokerStars Festival of 2017 finished in London, it's now time to turn our attention to the next spot in the series. In just a few weeks, we'll be putting our feet down at King's Casino in Rozvadov right on the German border with the Czech Republic. Situated...more

PokerStars Top 5 Best Hands of 2016

By anyone's reckoning 2016 was a big year for poker. Aside from all the tour changes, there were some memorable winners from events played in all corners of the globe. Inevitably that meant some big hands, and some brilliant ones, five of which are highlighted in our latest Top 5...more

Does your poker game need warning lights?

Have you ever considered what it would be like to have warning lights in your poker game? Something that flashed red when you did something wrong or an automated voice perhaps that urged you to apply the brake and vacate the table as soon as possible. Maybe we could all...more

Super Tuesday: Kakalala conquers epic final table for $64K

Kakalala had come close to winning a major PokerStars title twice in the past, finishing seventh in the WCOOP 2012 Main Event and then fifth in a SCOOP 2014 Medium event. Tonight the player from Denmark got even closer in the Super Tuesday - and then had to go toe-to-toe...more

14 February

MPC26 Red Dragon: Day 2 coverage archive

Rundulf Gonzales A total of 1,216 players took their shot at the largest Red Dragon event in history this past week. It was a field riddled with pros, gamblers, enthusiasts and former Red Dragon champions. Both two-time Red Dragon champions, Tom Alner and Celina Lin, tried to go for the...more

Poker product innovation: A broad and exciting challenge

It might come as a surprise to learn how long it takes to convert an idea on a whiteboard, to an actual game that people can play and enjoy. Dozens of projects don't even see the light of day and get canned for a variety of (good) reasons. The rest...more

MPC26 Red Dragon: Day 1C coverage archive

Another 12 levels of poker are done and all Day 1s have come to an end. Only about 170 players made it through Day 1C and Saul Oliver Fortea is leading the survivors with 210,900. While that was enough to top the Day 1C field, it wasn't enough to...more

13 February

Weekend Review: Usernames, real names, and more...

I know what you're thinking. Why do I need to see another long list of results featuring usernames I've never heard of, and which don't include mine? You're right. What follows IS a long list of usernames, those that won big events over the weekend. These are the online poker...more

Sunday Million: bargeeeld goes worst-to-first for $120K win

Coming to a final table short-stacked usually means being one of the first players to collect a payout. But the beauty of no-limit hold'em is that you're never out of the game as long as you have a chip and a chair. Germany's bargeeeld got to experience the upside of...more

12 February

MPC26 Red Dragon: Day 1B coverage archive

Zhun Zhong Another Red Dragon day is in the books. Day 1B has come to an end and Zhun Zhong appears to be leading the field with 169,200. There were a few other strong finishes today including Corbin White (85,400) and Raiden Kan (93,500). They're joined by approximately 140 other...more

MPC26 Single Day High Roller: Sergio Aido takes the title

Aido Takes Down HK$100,000 Single Day High Roller Single Day High Roller Champion Sergio Aido It took just over thirteen and a half hours and twenty-five 30-minute levels for Spain's Sergio Aido to carve the 81-strong MPC26 Single Day High Roller down to the last man and claim the lion's...more

11 February

MPC26 Red Dragon: Day 1A coverage archive

JP Kelly That's it for Day 1A. After 12 levels of play, JP Kelly is leading the field with 247,300. Kelly has several tournament wins and more than $2.6 million in live tournament earnings. Kelly finished 12th in the HK $258,000 Macau Super High Roller back in 2012, but hasn't...more

10 February

Baby Dragon Day 2 Live Coverage

• CLICK TO REFRESH FOR LATEST UPDATES • PLAYERS: 2 (of 602) • MPC26 SCHEDULE | DOWNLOAD POKERSTARS Feng Wen Chen Tames Record Breaking Baby Dragon MPC26 Baby Dragon Champion Feng Wen Chen It took nearly twenty-hours and twenty-nine 40-minute levels to whittle the 602-strong record breaking Baby Dragon field...more

Russian Super High Roller Igor Kurganov joins Team PokerStars Pro

The week is nearly at an end but not before we announce that the ranks of Team PokerStars Pro expanded by one this afternoon with the news that Igor Kurganov had become its newest member. Kurganov, a super high roller of distinction who has played and won some of the...more

Five things from the week in PokerStars

Five things to enrage and delight you ahead of the weekend on PokerStars. Panama makeover The big news this week centred on the next PokerStars Championship on the calendar, taking place in Panama next month. Things will look a bit different to the last event in the Bahamas, with emphasis...more

Baby Dragon Live Coverage

• CLICK TO REFRESH FOR LATEST UPDATES • PLAYERS: 101 (of 602) • MPC26 SCHEDULE | DOWNLOAD POKERSTARS Sun Leads Record Breaking Baby Dragon Field Jianfeng Sun Leads Baby Dragon The first and only starting flight for the MPC26 Baby Dragon has come and gone with players duking it out...more

Top 5 Most Controversial Poker Hands


9 February

Be My Valentine: Poker's power couples in love

We are now less than a week from Valentine's Day, a time to celebrate love in its myriad forms. Moving into this season of overpriced flowers and heart-shaped candy, let's remember that the real gift is getting to watch these relationships play out like we're in our own little...more

Top 5 most controversial poker hands

As the distinguished etiquette experts Debretts would tell you: manners are there to ensure that the hell of other people is made more bearable. I'm paraphrasing of course, but that's about the gist of it. You don't play your music loud, and I'll chew my food with my mouth closed....more

8 February

PokerStars Championship Panama schedule gets a makeover

Changes afoot in Panama The upcoming PokerStars Championship Panama is going to look a bit different than its predecessor in the Bahamas, and that different look will involve more than a big canal. Neil Johnson, PokerStars' head of Live Poker Operations, spent some time looking at the schedule after the...more

MPC26: Year of the Rooster? It's still about them Dragons

Happy Chinese New Year everyone! For those who don't know, this is the Year of the Rooster but on the minds of many it's still about the Dragons as the Macau Poker Cup (February 3-19) enters its second weekend. BABY DRAGON The MPC26 Live Coverage schedule features four key events...more

New PokerStars Festivals mean new opportunities for players

This week PokerStars announced details of the upcoming PokerStars Championships and Festivals for 2017. Our priority of course is thinking ahead to how best to report on these events, and the logistics of carrying out that job. That's the official answer at least. Off the record it's more about looking...more

7 February

Super Tuesday: teckidtq rides final table wave to $75K win (2-7-17)

It's not uncommon for the final table of the Super Tuesday to become a drawn-out battle, a side effect of both the elite field and the slow blind structure in play. Sometimes, though, one player manages to win all the right pots and at the right times, closing out the...more

PokerStars adds new live events in Latin America and Asia to 2017 calendar

PokerStars' new tours head to Chile, Marbella, Korea, Manila and Uruguay in 2017 Today came the announcement of more PokerStars Championship and PokerStars Festival stops to the year ahead. After debut events in New Jersey, London and the Bahamas, PokerStars Championship and PokerStars Festival 2017 will visit Panama and the...more

Top 5 - Hollywood hands


Get hold of exclusive tickets to top football matches in the VIP Store

If you're the kind of football fan who likes to watch a match in, shall we say, more refined surroundings, then you might want to take advantage of a new offer we have open to our PlatinumStar+ players. For a limited time (and in limited numbers) you can use your...more

6 February

Weekend Review: MORTIIIIIIII alive and well in Sunday Million

What follows is a look at this weekend's results on PokerStars and with an effort to see if it's possible to write anything, about anything this morning, without reference to the Super Bowl. The big winner yesterday was MORTIIIIIIII in the Sunday Million, while there were results Lena900 and others...more

Sunday Million: MORTIIIIIIII is one singular sensation, ending pokerjoe485's second- chance run

In a game of skill, the best continually rise to the top. So with our sample size of Sunday Million finalists growing by nine each week, it makes perfect sense why we see more and more players making repeat final table appearances. However, this time, four players were doing just...more

3 February

Killing time & winning $1.5 million

If you're the type of person who likes to go to a restaurant, eat, and get out, you know the other kind of people: the folks who stroll in and spend an eternity talking before they even pick up a menu. There is a student in Uruguay who rests firmly...more

This week on the Blog: TCOOP, Festivals, those guys who win, and the perfect seat draw

Five things to inspire (or deflate) you from the week on PokerStars. TCOOP 2017: It all looked so easy You start TCOOP looking at the schedule--66 events long--thinking: "surely I can win one of these?" Then ten days later you're looking back at the schedule thinking: "how did I miss?"...more

2 February

Big deal for first time player of The Deal

It took seven StarsCoin, the rough equivalent of what you might find in a vending machine change return than someone didn't bother to check before running off with their bag of treats. But for just that amount, a Polish man has banked more than a quarter million bucks in PokerStars...more

Watch New Jersey player turn lunch money into $100,000

"This didn't just happen," he said. James Piccolo was looking at the cashier section of his PokerStars NJ lobby, and it looked a lot different than it had just a few minutes earlier. Moments earlier, he'd had less than $600 in his account. Now... Well, after buying in for $10,...more

1 February

Top 5 Hollywood Hands you won't believe!

This week's journey into the vast archives of PokerStars.tv focuses on the Top Five Hollywood Hands. Hands so lacking in signs of the ordinary that they actually make the associated bad beat stories fascinating to bear. There are five of them, each of which could easily have been placed at...more

Practice (of the right kind) makes perfect

So it's February, not exactly the time for New Year's resolutions, except when it comes to ditching them. But if you're one of those poker players looking to improve, or if you're an existing player still keen to learn a thing or two, then it's never too late to add...more