March 2017

31 March

PokerStars Championship Macau: Michael Egan leads $400K Super High Roller

As play ends on the first day of the PokerStars Championship Macau Super High Roller, there are things we're pretty clear on, and other things of which we have, well, no clue. Here's what we don't know. Who will win is still anybody's guess, with a field of the very...more

Sunday Million anniversary kicks off millionaire-making campaign

This is going to be a fun time to be playing on PokerStars. Over the course of the next ten weeks, ten people are going to become PokerStars millionaires, and it all begins this weekend with the eleventh anniversary of the world's biggest weekly poker tournament. Sunday, PokerStars will host...more

29 March

Live coverage of PokerStars Championship Macau starts this weekend

The Blog team is heading out on the road again (or up in the air again), this time for the first ever PokerStars Championship in Asia. The City of Dreams in Macau will play host for what will be 11-days, with 52 tournaments on the schedule, and you can follow...more

The next MEGASTACK event is coming to The Hippodrome London

As we've said before, it's great to read about the big buy-in events, to follow coverage and watch as a winner collects a six figure payday and a place in poker's history books. But to the recreational player it can sometimes feel detached from their home game, or local rebuy....more

28 March

Super Tuesday: bauruzito chops heads-up with AdvancedFear, books $59K win

Brazil's Renato "bauruzito" Valentim has a long and successful track record playing tournaments here at PokerStars. With more than $1.8 million in cashes over the last five years, including dozens of victories and a SCOOP-Medium win in 2016. Scattered among that record are a handful of cashes in the Super...more

Announcing the 2017 Spring Championship of Online Poker schedule

The weather is warming, trees are coming into leaf, and flowers are budding. For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, it's nearly spring! With a token nod to nature now out of the way, let's talk about the best part of the season of renewal: the Spring Championship of...more

Recife to host Brazilian Series of Poker for the first time in history

Capital of the state of Pernambuco will be stage for Latin America's largest poker tournament from May 4 to 9 The Brazilian Series of Poker (BSOP) already knows what is going to be its next destination for the third stage of the 2017 season. It is the city of Recife,...more

27 March

PokerStars Festival Chile gets $500,000 guarantee

If you play the $1,650 PokerStars Festival Chile Main Event, you'll be playing for a prize pool worth at least $500,000 no matter how many show up to play. Today, PokerStars revealed that it's put up a half-million-dollar guarantee on that Main Event. By now, you've probably familiarized yourself with...more

Top 5 PokerStars Twitch Moments

If you're over the age of 30 we'll forgive you if you haven't heard of Twitch. A spinoff from the site Justin.TV, Twitch was originally a live streaming platform for video gamers (named after Twitch gameplay), and it quickly grew into a monster. In 2014 it was the fourth...more

Weekend Review: Graduation time for Sunday Million winner

A brief look at the major results on PokerStars this weekend. Weekend highlights on PokerStars • MedStudent91, from New Zealand wins the Sunday Million and a first prize of $152,454. Sunday Million MedStudent91 graduated with honours in the Sunday Million this weekend, sealing a first prize of $152,000 despite several...more

Sunday Million: For MedStudent91, $152k is just what the doctor ordered

With five players still remaining, MedStudent91 could already see his endgame. All four of his opponents were below 7 million in chips as he approached 27 million. He was willing to negotiate a deal-- so long as he made first-place money-- allowing the other four to hammer out a scenario...more

24 March

Weekend Warm-Up: What was, what will be, and everything in between

After the events in Panama concluded it felt like a quieter week than usual on PokerStars, but there's still plenty to catch up on, and look forward to, as we detail below... That was Panama... There was a new champion for the record books this week in the form of...more

22 March

PokerStars New Jersey celebrates one year anniversary

A year ago this week PokerStars made its first tentative steps back into the United States. It was in March 2016 that, after several dark years, we opened the doors onto a bright new future, all of which started in New Jersey. It was an industry wide foothold, with a...more

PokerStars Championship Macau: Tournaments Deciphered

I've been part of the Asia Pacific Poker Tour for nine of the tour's ten seasons but even after back-to-back records for APPT Macau, the PokerStars LIVE Macau poker room has never seen a tournament schedule quite as ambitious as the rebranded PokerStars Championship Macau which begins next week (March...more

21 March

Super Tuesday: Ivan Banic steamrolls final table for redemption, $67K

The last time Ivan "BanicIvan" Banic found himself heads-up for a Super Tuesday title, back in October 2016, it was as the underdog. After fighting uphill for the entire final table, Banic managed to steal the lead from Andoni "Pollopopeye" Larrabe Sanchez before eventually falling as Larrabe Sanchez earned his...more

Andre Akkari tops Neymar Jr's celebrity poker home game, raising €52,300 for charity

Team PokerStars Pro Andre Akkari beats star-studded field; but the real winner is Neymar Jr Institute and Right To Play There were quite a few stars at the Neymar Jr Charity Home Game held in Spain last Thursday night, but one got to shine a little brighter. Andre Akkari defeated...more

20 March

Kenny Smaron rides the storm for landmark win at PokerStars Championship Panama

Kenny Smaron: Champion in Panama Back in 2015, in a cold December in Prague, Kenny Smaron tucked himself away in a quiet corner of a conference room at the Hilton Hotel and won a €10,000 buy-in High Roller poker tournament without all that many people noticing. Flash forward 15 months...more

PokerStars Championship Panama: O'Dwyer on fire, captures another High Roller

The first PokerStars Championship High Roller two months ago ended with a Team PokerStars Pro finishing fifth and a heads-up deal between a man named Greenwood from Toronto and a former Global Poker Index rankings leader. This time, however, the Greenwood came up one spot shy of the win. But...more

PokerStars Championship Panama: Prosperous Panamanian Poker

Panama had never had a tournament with a prize pool that exceeded $1 million before the PokerStars Championship, now it's had three. Just a few meters away from eachother, two different sets of players are playing for six-figure prizes in tournaments that each had prize pools in excess of $1...more

PokerStars Championship Panama: Main Event Final Table live updates

10:20pm: Kenny Smaron wins PokerStars Championship Panama Main Event Level 29 - Blinds 50,000/100,000 (ante 10,000) After Smaron moved out to a commanding chip lead, he didn't look back. Smaron won the fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth hands heads up. Finally, on the ninth, Gill tried to make a...more

PokerStars Championship Panama: Five players, one $10K High Roller trophy

Just five remain with a shot at the next PokerStars Championship High Roller trophy. A total field of 110 entries meant a $1 million-plus prize pool, with the majority of it -- about two-thirds -- still up for grabs. With the chip advantage to start play today is no surprise....more

Weekend Review: A long list of winners...

The weekend is over leaving in its trail a long list of winners, some of whom are featured here. Weekend highlights on PokerStars • Apekatt666 of Norway wins the Sunday Million and a first prize of $100,722 after a five-way deal. Sunday Million As Jason Kirk reported this week, the...more

Sunday Million: After five-way deal, Apekatt666 surges to $100K victory (3-19-17)

Monty Hall may not have been an online poker player, but the host of TV's Let's Make A Deal he would almost assuredly have been a fan of PokerStars tournament final tables if he'd ever witnessed one. With big money on the line and no chip stack ever safe from...more

19 March

PokerStars Championship Panama: O'Dwyer leads the High Roller final five

A total of 52 players started Day 2 of the PokerStars Championship Panama High Roller and we managed to make it down to just five after 10 more levels of play. Steve O'Dwyer started the day near the middle of the pack, but he consistently scored eliminations throughout the day...more

PokerStars Championship Panama: Runner runner Greenwood

There's been a Greenwood at every single High Roller final table in PokerStars Championship history. Granted, the nascent series has only had two High Roller events, but the Greenwood twins are now 2-0 for these final tables. Luc Greenwood took down the inaugural PSC High Roller in the Bahamas this...more

PokerStars Championship Panama: Mystery tea and multiple Argentinians

Panama provided a lot of firsts for several players. It was the first major tournament for some lucky qualifiers and a maiden voyage to Latin America for others. Many were surprised by the lush patches of green surrounding and dotting the city. Panama City is the only city in the...more

PokerStars Championship Panama Main Event: Timofeev storms back to claim final table chip lead

Final table chip leader Denis Timofeev Denis Timofeev looked like he might be the man who entered the penultimate day of play with the chip lead and then failed to make the final table. In fact, just minutes before the end of the day, he made an excruciatingly tough call...more

PokerStars Championship Panama: Take two... $10K High Rollers return for Day 2

We've mentioned before in this space how often the Greenwood brothers, Sam and Luc, cause double-takes for those of us following and reporting on tournament action. The Toronto twins don't look exactly alike, but the resemblance about as close as live suited overcards versus a pocket pair. One of the...more

18 March

PokerStars Championship Panama: Sam Greenwood leads Day 1 High Roller field

Sam Greenwood leads the final 43 players in the $10k High Roller and he's looking to win his second PokerStars Championship High Roller tournament of the year. Actually...wait, no he isn't. That was Luc, Luc Greenwood, Sam's twin brother. Luc won the PSC Bahamas High Roller this January and now...more

PokerStars Championship Panama: Bicknell's race to the top

In order to go fast, you need to know when to go slow. It's just as true now for Kristen Bicknell as it was when she raced go karts as a teenager. As the daughter of a race car builder, Bicknell grew up surrounded by racing. "I love racing," Bicknell...more

PokerStars Championship Panama: The student becomes the master

"As a mixed martial arts fighter, what kind of skills do you have that would be good for poker?" Team PokerStars Pro Felipe Ramos asked Tito Ortiz when the training began. "I'm very disciplined," Ortiz said. That's exactly what Ramos wanted to hear. Ramos has been coaching professional athletes in...more

PokerStars Championship Panama: Timofeev ends Day 4 tops among final 12

Last night play ended in the PokerStars Championship Panama Main Event with a fish story -- or fish and chips story -- as James Salmon had the most chips of the 30 survivors from the field of 366. Salmon continued to swim near the front all day today, leaving most...more

PokerStars Championship Panama: High Rollers roll back in for the $10K

While the PokerStars Championship Main Event moves another step closer to Monday's finale at the Sortis Hotel, Spa & Casino, another marquee event gets going today to share the spotlight -- the $10K High Roller, sure to attract many of poker's best and brightest. Luc Greenwood won the High Roller...more

17 March

PokerStars Championship Panama: What a fish! James Salmon leads Main Event

It's not as if it hasn't happened before, but goodness, it was impressive to watch what Igor Yaroshevskyy was doing here in Panama. He led both Day 1 flights by a country mile. He led at the end of Day 2 on the money bubble. After a full day of...more

Weekend Warm-Up: Panama headlines, with a Sunday Storm brewing

As we welcome another weekend on PokerStars, we look back on the week, which includes events in Rozvadov, as well as Panama, where the PokerStars Championship continues into the weekend. We also look ahead to some landmark anniversaries for our online events, all of which should keep things interesting this...more

How Macau Overtook Las Vegas as the World's Top Gambling Destination

Poker in Asia is booming at the moment with Macau leading the way Gambling in Macau has been legal since the 1850s, yet just 20 years ago, this was a grimy, down-at-heel city with a seedy and dangerous underbelly controlled by the Triads. Fast forward to 2017 and the...more

16 March

Yaroshevskyy starts strong, finishes stronger to lead PokerStars Championship Panama

Igor Yaroshevskyy gets off to a flier Registration closed on the PokerStars Championship Panama Main Event today, leaving 366 players to do battle for a $293,860 first prize and knowing that consolations will be offered all the way down to 71st. But from the very moment cards went in the...more

PokerStars Celebrates Sunday Million 11th Anniversary

Twelve different routes to the $1,000,000 top prize It's the event we feature every week, and the one that players most want to win. The Sunday Million turns 11 next month, and PokerStars plans to celebrate. That means an event bigger rendition of our flagship tournament, guaranteed to make one...more

PokerSchoolOnline veteran hits biggest win in huge freeroll

If you regularly read the PokerStars Blog it may seem that huge tournament wins are easy to come by. Another day, another Super High Roller winner or a Sunday Million champion sees their happy, smiling face land on the front page alongside a large trophy and an even larger...more

PokerStars Championship Macau: Team Pros & StarsFun

We're just two weeks away from the March 30 start date for the inaugural PokerStars Championship Macau. If you haven't already checked out the action-packed schedule then you should take a look here. While your goal will surely be to compete and win one of the glorious PokerStars titles, you'd...more

15 March

PokerStars Championship Panama: Jiachen Gong sails through to Day 1B lead

It was another full day of poker from Panama, known for its famous canal providing a passage from one ocean to another. With today's Day 1B playing down to a finish, we've made the slow, steady voyage through the early stages of the PokerStars Championship Panama Main Event, passing through...more

Elite Series concludes with a win for Alberto19865 (and plenty of zeros)

Have you ever seen a tournament with a one million buy-in? It's quite something. That many zeross tends to make it a widescreen event, as pots, bigger than you can possibly imagine, and worth billions, move from one side of the table to the other. Welcome to the world of...more

How PokerStars deals with unexpected hardware failures

Yesterday, we had an interruption of our services from approximately 18:10 to 20:10 Eastern Daylight Time. During that time, our games were not accessible for most of our players. First, I would like to acknowledge how frustrating it can be when you're unable to access games you would expect to...more

14 March

PokerStars Championship Panama: Betting big on De Mario

Massimo De Mario isn't the biggest name in the field today, but he probably has the most attentive and passionate fans. A victory for De Mario this event means big money for a lot of people. The 20-year-old German player placed 350-1 odds on himself to win the tournament and...more

PokerStars Championship Panama: Igor Yaroshevskyy & Tito Ortiz bloody Day 1A

What do you get when you put a cage-fighting mountain of a man and one of the Ukraine's fiercest poker players in the same Panamanian octagon? You get a Day 1A bloodbath that ends with both men still standing at the top at the end of the night. You know,...more

PokerStars Festival Rozvadov: Svoboda survives the wearisome session to scoop Main Event success

Svoboda is the only survivor I'm writing this wrap of the inaugural PokerStars Festival Rozvadov Main Event from a cafe at Prague Airport, instead of the King's Casino. That's because Day 3 - the final day - went on for more than 18 hours, running from 12:30pm Monday to 7am...more

13 March

PokerStars Festival Rozvadov: Kuzmanovic wins the High Roller as Malec is pipped at the post

The battle to crown the winner of the PokerStars Festival High Roller has ended - and what a battle it's been. The title has been taken by Croatian Boris Kuzmanovic, who scoops both the trophy and a €37,791 portion of the €228,920 prize-pool. But how did we get here?...more

PokerStars Festival Rozvadov: Main Event final table player profiles

Get to know a bit more about our final table players, including their position and chip counts at the beginning of this final table: Stanislav Koleno Position: 5th Chips: 4.34 million Slovakia's Stanislav Koleno is one of the more accomplished live tournament players left in the field, with a resume...more

PokerStars Festival Rozvadov: It's taken more than 11 hours, but the Main Event final table is officially set!

The grind to get from 37 down to just eight was always going to be a long slog when the levels were increased to 75 minutes today. But eleven hours later and, by golly, we've only gone and done it! Here's how the final table looks: SeatNameCountryChips 1Péter KamarásHungary5010000...more

PokerStars Championship Panama: Ruthless Tollerene makes short work of $50K final table

Ben Tollerene: Our first major champion in Panama As a former winner of the WCOOP Super High Roller event on PokerStars, Ben "Ben86" Tollerene is well known as a ruthless poker player. To win that tournament, he had to beat a final table featuring not only Mike "Tîmex" McDonald, but...more

PokerStars Championship Panama: $50K Super High Roller updates

READ A FULL WRAP UP OF THE FINAL TABLE HERE 4:28pm: Ben Tollerene wins $50K Super High Roller ($538,715); Daniel Dvoress runner-up ($372,360) Level 19 - Blinds 30,000/60,000 (ante 10,000) Ben Tollerene got a walk, shoved the next hand and Daniel Dvoress folded, then on the next one Dvoress...more

PokerStars Festival Rozvadov: Koleno leads the last 12 as Main Event very slowly approaches final table

It's already been a long nine-hour-plus day here at King's Casino, as we watch the PokerStars Festival Main Event ever so slowly trickle its way down to a final table. When we last spoke we had 16 remaining, and two 75-minute levels later we're only down to 12. But here's...more

PokerStars Festival Rozvadov: Kuzmanovic leads the final table of high rollers, with Malec in hot-pursuit

The high rollers of Rozvadov As the clock struck 8pm here in Rozvadov, the final table bubble burst for the PokerStars Festival High Roller. Now eight players remain from the 118 that started. The eventual winner will be rewarded with a tidy €47,929 for their efforts, as well as a...more

PokerStars Festival Rozvadov: So sick for ElkY; Main Event now down to final two tables

With another two 75-minute levels in the books, it's time for an update. Warning: if you're an ElkY fan, you're not going to like it. It's fair to say the Team Pro had a pretty lousy day. Nothing went ElkY's way - from doubling up Mindaugas Jonuskis with top two...more

The Poker Player's Guide to PokerStars Championship Macau

The beguiling island city of Macau plays host to the next leg of the PokerStars Championship as the globetrotting tour touches down for its third stop from March 30 to April 9. Macau, which is a short ferry ride from the bustling metropolis of Hong Kong, is a magnet...more

PokerStars Festival Rozvadov: A dramatic bubble-burst in the High Roller

Who says money bubbles are painful? In Rozvadov they've been a walk in the park. In the Main Event yesterday the bubble burst a mere two hands into hand-for-hand play - but it happened even faster moments ago in the High Roller with 22 players remaining and just two away...more

Millions to be won as PokerStars heads for the Riviera

More than €30 million in prize money up for grabs at PokerStars Championship Presented by Monte-Carlo Casino® If there's a PokerStars destination that heralds the arrival of warmer, brighter times, it's the French Riviera, and this year there's even more reason to head to Monaco. The PokerStars Championship presented by...more

PokerStars Festival Rozvadov: Kassam's title defence ends & Kabrhel busts too; we're down to 25 after two levels

Everyone involved in the PokerStars Festivals was getting very excited about the prospect of Rehman Kassam making the final table of the Main Event here in Rozvadov. Kassam, yesterday Why you ask? Well, Kassam is the only player to have ever won a PokerStars Festival (on European soil anyway). You're...more

PokerStars Festival Rozvadov: Recent winners in Rozvadov

As we hit the final day of the PokerStars Festival Rozvadov, the event is drawing to a close. But it's not all about the Main Event and the High Roller - the Festival held host to a total of 37 events throughout the week to suit all bankrolls. The winners...more

Weekend Review: Admiral19793 finds sea legs to headline weekend

That's another weekend in the books. Depending on how you got on, you may or may not want to read on.... Weekend highlights on PokerStars • Admiral19793 wins the Sunday Million and a first prize of $153,203 Sunday Million It was all aboard another Sunday Million yesterday, this week won...more

PokerStars Festival Rozvadov: ElkY, nanonoko & other notables return for Main Event and High Roller finales

Both the €1,100 Main Event and the €2,200 High Roller of the PokerStars Festival Rozvadov have reached their final day, which means it's our last day here at the King's Casino. It's going to be another long one. With 37 players remaining in the Main and 29 left in the...more

Sunday Million: Admiral19793 earns top rank, $153k 

From the jump, this final table was a battle between two big stacks-- Russia's Admiral19793 and Germany's GrekoGreg. Between the two of them, they knocked out the entire final table and traded off the chip lead for most of it. While GrekoGreg along with short stack solanj was interested in...more

12 March

PokerStars Festival Rozvadov: Kamaras leads once again with 37 left; ElkY and London champ still in

Listen up. It's now 3:40am. We've been at this for more than 16 and a half hours now. We're sleepy, hungry, and a little achey. But you know what? Today was too good not to tell you about. When the 507-strong Day 2 field sat together for the first time...more

PokerStars Championship Panama: Right as rain, Tollerene leads $50K HR final six

Thunderstorms and sheets of rain marked this Sunday in Panama City, though the skies were clear by early evening. Meanwhile the $50,000 Super High Roller, with action accelerated by the 30-second shot clock, stormed through to a final table today as well, and by the time play concluded and the...more

PokerStars Festival Rozvadov: Kiselev leads remaining 29 going into final day of High Roller

It's been another eventful day here in Rozvadov as Day 2 of the PokerStars Main Event powered on, and the PokerStars High Roller kicked off. With 118 entries in total, the remaining 29 will all share a piece of the €228,920 prizepool - and the winner will take home a...more

PokerStars Championship Panama: National Championship booming

If anyone at PokerStars HQ was worried about the National Championship here in Panama not meeting the guarantee, they can rest easy tonight. The very first flight of players managed to bust the $400,000 guarantee on their own. On Saturday, the $1,100 PokerStars National Championship Day 1A flight pulled in...more

PokerStars Festival Rozvadov: Jokes, chips and payout info from the ME and HR

"A woman goes to see a doctor in the USA to get her test results. The doctor says 'First you have to pay me. It costs $302.' The woman reaches into her wallet and hands the doctor $300. The doctor looks at the money, looks at the woman, and says...more

PokerStars Festival Rozvadov: Tableside with Randy 'nanonoko' Lew

Nanonoko. A murderer? PokerStars Team Online pro Randy 'nanonoko' Lew is "killing the table" at the PokerStars High Roller here in Rozvadov according to fellow table-man Vytautas Laurinaitis. Having busted mid-way through Day 2 of the Main Event, he late registered into the High Roller where he was able to...more

PokerStars Festival Rozvadov: Kabrhel has the ME chip lead; Kleyman scores double knock-out

You're never going to guess who's the PSF Rozvadov Main Event chip leader. Go on, guess. I bet you can't. I'd bet my life savings you can't. I'm all in that you can't. *colleague whispers in ear* What?!! Whaddaya mean Kabrhel's name is in the headline followed by 'has the...more

PokerStars Festival Rozvadov: Randy 'nanonoko' Lew leads the High Roller

As the PokerStars Festival Main Event field dwindles, we're seeing a lot of players move from one side of the Poker Room to the other, to enter the €2,200 High Roller. The 44 who started at the beginning of the day have since been joined by double that again, as...more

PokerStars Festival Rozvadov: The least painful bubble ever

Money bubbles are like King's Casino hotel shuttles; sometimes you wait an hour for one, and then three turn up at once. Here in Rozvadov, the latter was true (for the bubble at least). It took just two hand-for-hand hands for us to burst the bubble, and yet the burden...more

PokerStars Festival Rozvadov: Live stream

Live Day 2 coverage from the PokerStars Festival Rozvadov Main Event Check out feature table action here at King's Casino, with commentary from Matt Broughton and Lee Jones. The €1,100 Main Event had 1,123 total entrants, with 215 making the money....more

PokerStars Festival Rozvadov: Schulze catapults to big Main Event chip lead as bubble approaches

Schulze sits on top right now We have a new chip leader in the PokerStars Festival Rozvadov Main Event, and it's Germany's Felix Schulze. He's up to 450,000 right now, while the average stack is only 135,846 towards the end of Level 14. His big upwards chip swing came courtesy...more

PokerStars Festival Rozvadov: High rolling in RozVegas

Busted the Main Event? Why not hop in the High Roller? It's not an option available to every player here at the PokerStars Festival Rozvadov, but those with bankrolls big enough came here to play and play some more. There's a reason this village is called RozVegas, after all. More...more

PokerStars Festival Rozvadov: Kassouf-like Kabrhel gives 'em hell

"I like you, that's why I want you to make the money. We're less than 100 away now - why do you want to bust!?" comes a shout from across the Poker Room at the King's Casino. "Don't do anything stupid!" It's not the first outburst to come from this...more

PokerStars Festival Rozvadov: Jaime Staples on living in Europe, Kevin Martin's Big Brother chances and Bill Perkins' StreamBoat

Chances are you've already stumbled across a little viral video which surfaced online two nights ago, featuring PokerStars Team Online's Jaime Staples busting a few moves at a party with two pretty girls alongside him. If you haven't seen it yet, you can check it out here. The reason we...more

PokerStars Festival Rozvadov: Record-breaking field returns for Day 2

A very warm welcome from a packed King's Casino in Rozvadov as we play out Day 2 of the PokerStars Festival Main Event. A whopping 1,121 players entered the four starting flights (plus two no-shows), making this both the biggest PokerStars event to be held in Rozvadov and the biggest...more

11 March

PokerStars Championship Panama: O'Dwyer beats clock & rest for $50K SHR chip lead

Someday we'll just create a macro for our computers that allows us to press one button and produce the phrase "Steve O'Dwyer is the chip leader." Until then, we'll just make do typing it over and over again. O'Dwyer was the first chip leader of the day, and he was...more

PokerStars Festival Rozvadov: Weide bags Day 1C chip lead; now it's turbo time!

Full house here in Rozvadov It's a good job that King's Casino owner Leon Tsoukernik is adding more space to his poker room here in Rozvadov, because this place was bursting to the seams today. Maybe it was due to the cold outside; maybe it was because it's a Saturday...more

PokerStars Festival Rozvadov: Malec vs Staples

When PokerStars Team Online player Jaime Staples late registered into Day 1C of the main event, he pulled up a seat at one of the many tables here at the King's Casino. A normal seat among the field of 475 runners in Rozvadov. As he sat and gave a cheerful...more

PokerStars Festival Rozvadov: Last ever Eureka Prague winner and inaugural London Festival champ go back to work

There are two players out in today's Day 1C field that are of particular importance. They might not be household names in the poker world, but Hubert Matuszewski and Rehman Kassam represent the incredible past and amazing future of PokerStars live events. 'The Hube' is back Kassam's here too You...more

PokerStars Festival Rozvadov: All the happenings from Day 1C so far

As Level 5 dwindles down and mutates into Level 6, let us give you a brief recap of how Day 1C of the PokerStars Festival Rozvadov has gone so far. Things kicked off an hour before play even started. PokerStars pros Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier, Jaime Staples and Randy 'nanonoko' Lew...more

PokerStars Festival Rozvadov: Jaime Staples busts a move at the Players' Party

Here on the PokerStars Blog, we don't party. No, no. We're too busy reporting every limped pot, long tank, every cooler and all-in to make sure that you - the poker enthusiast - know about it before anyone else. But sometimes, just sometimes, we reluctantly step away from the action....more

PokerStars Festival Rozvadov: Qualifiers from around the globe

One minute you're sitting at home, settling in for a cheeky online poker session. The next thing you know, you've won a package to a big live event. A week or two later, you're in a different country, sitting down to try your luck in a record-breaking PokerStars Festival....more

PokerStars Festival Rozvadov: All set for a record breaking field on Day 1C & D

nanonoko is here in Rozvadov Dobré Ráno from Rozvadov, where we find ourselves surrounded by some tired looking faces at the King's Casino. Either a symptom of all the poker action here, or a little too much dancing and apple juice had at the Players' Party last night... more to...more

PokerStars Festival Rozvadov: Jaime Staples, ElkY and nanonoko on all things Twitch

"A lot of people get worked up in the beginning," says Jaime Staples. "Thinking 'How does this work? How do I stream?'" That's becoming an increasingly common query among online poker players of late. If you're thinking of starting your own Twitch stream yourself, then this is the article...more

10 March

PokerStars Festival Rozvadov: Michal Mrakes wins 'Hand of Day 1B' & carries chip lead from start to finish

Mrakes dominated the day Having seen how big Day 1A and 1B of this PokerStars Festival Rozvadov Main Event have been, we can only guess how crazy tomorrow will be. A total of 183 entered yesterday (a new Day 1 record for the Festivals), with an additional 255 here today....more

PokerStars Festival Rozvadov: So sick...a catch up with ElkY

When I sat down to chat with Team Pro Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier, I wondered what most fans would be wondering just before talking to the man: How many times will he utter the words "so sick" during our conversation? It's become somewhat of a catch-phrase for the Frenchman who...more

PokerStars Festival Rozvadov: ElkY freeroll winner sets his sights on victory

The joy of freerolls. Not something pros would bat an eyelid over, but often a great way for amateurs to win free money to build up their bankroll. And although the prizepools might not always be worth writing home about, one pops up every so often that's worth braving the...more

PokerStars Festival Rozvadov: The Midday update from Day 1B of the Main Event

As the enormous clock in the tournament area ticks down towards the end of Level 5, we thought we'd bring you all the happenings here from Day 1B of the PokerStars Festival Rozvadov Main Event. Right now, there are 214 players left from the 248 who have taken their seats...more

PokerStars Festival Rozvadov: 10 reasons to come and play poker at King's Casino

As a first-timer here in Rozvadov, I've got to admit: I didn't know what to expect. When you search for the place on Google Maps it looks like it's a small village in the middle of nowhere. And then you get here, and...that's exactly what it is. But when you...more

PokerStars Casino makes three millionaires in one month

It's not just poker that turns people into millionaires on PokerStars. This month gave a good demonstration of how PokerStars Casino often does the same. PokerStars Casino's exclusive million dollar slot game, Millionaires Island, has struck twice in 27 days, paying out over $2.9 million to two university students. Two...more

PokerStars Festival Rozvadov: All the winners so far

With 37 tournaments on the PokerStars Festival Rozvadov schedule, that means there were 37 trophies just waiting to be handed out. Here's a look at all of the winners so far: Side event results Event 2: €250 NL Hold'em PokerStars Open Entries: 730 (629 plus 111) Prize pool: €179.450...more

PokerStars Festival Rozvadov: Troyanovskiy defeats Katchalov heads up to claim King's High Roller title

What were you doing at 4:30am this morning? Chances are you were tucked up between the sheets, with the soothing sounds of poker chip ruffling quietly still playing on the stereo hours after it helped you doze off. For two of Eastern Europe's biggest poker stars, 4:30am looked a...more

PokerStars Festival Rozvadov: Day 1B - Who's in the house?

A very good morning here from a slightly sunnier Rozvadov for Day 1B of the €500,000 guaranteed PokerStars Festival Main Event. As we hit the end of the first level, 196 players have already taken a seat at the tables. Among them include the infamous Czech Martin Kabrhel, whose table...more

Weekend Warm-Up: Rozvadov and Panama ready to make headlines

It's Friday, which means we get to look ahead to the weekend on PokerStars, and look back at a few of the highlights from the past few days. There's plenty to get through... Live events It's all go again on the live event coverage this weekend on the PokerStars Blog....more

9 March

PokerStars Festival Rozvadov: Big turnout for Day 1A sees Kamaras bag the lead

Kamaras thanks the heavens With 183 players taking a seat during the course of Day 1A, it's safe to say that the field size here in Rozvadov has surpassed all expectations. And with a free buffet why wouldn't it? For a comparison, the PokerStars London Festival attracted 169 entrants on...more

PokerStars Festival Rozvadov: Troyanovskiy, Katchalov & Staszko headline King's High Roller final table

While the majority of the high roller regulars are no doubt packing their bags for Panama right now, a few opted to stop by King's Casino this week for the PokerStars Festival Rozvadov King's High Roller. Its €5,300 buy-in might seem small compared with the €50Ks and €100Ks of...more

PokerStars Festival Rozvadov: A midday-ish update from Day 1A

As level six comes to a close on Day 1A of the Main Event here at PokerStars Festival Rozvadov, we're now way over the mid-way mark. It's strange giving a midday-ish update given that it's just gone 9pm here in the Czech Republic, but as the saying goes, when in...more

PokerStars Festival Rozvadov: Strokolis wins Super Deep; Harwood on super streak

Super Deep champ Strokolis: If the gloves fit... It wouldn't be a true festival if there were only a Main Event and High Roller on the schedule. Here at King's Casino in Rozvadov there's plenty for players to enjoy; even those with smaller bankrolls. For half the cost of Main...more

Top 5 "WTF" Moments


Promoting Poker: The More the Merrier

PokerStars this week announced sponsorship of what will be the largest poker tournament ever held in Russia with PokerStars Championship Sochi in May. We're going to the site of the 2014 Winter Olympics and putting on an Olympic size and quality poker event. And if you're watching the PokerStars live...more

PokerStars Festival Rozvadov: Looking back on Luca's triumph of love, and other winners from King's

What does your girlfriend make of your love of poker? Does she get angry at you for spending too much time on the felt? Do you find yourself having to make apologetic meals when it gets a bit too much and promising that you'll pay her more attention? Here's a...more

Making a Fashion Statement: Poker Styles Through History

Poker has seen a huge evolution in fashion trends over the years. From hoodies, gaudy t-shirts and old-school cowboy hats to tracksuits, baseball caps, polos and walking billboards, poker has always had a chequered relationship with fashion. Join us as we take a trip down memory lane, revisiting the styles...more

PokerStars Festival Rozvadov: Troyanovskiy leads King's High Roller on Day 2

Vlad the chipleader When we arrived at the King's Casino yesterday evening, the action was already well underway. The PokerStars Festival Rozvadov Main Event might be kicking off today, but the King's High Roller - which, with a €5,300 buy-in, is the priciest event on this schedule - gave the...more

PokerStars Festival Rozvadov: Keeping things in Czech

Let the festivities commence... It seems like only yesterday we were struggling with our Czech while trying to order dinner in Prague, during our coverage of the last ever EPT back in December. Well, just a few months later, we're now back in the Czech Republic for the third PokerStars...more

Our Search For The Best - Introducing All Stars

Who are the best cash game players in the world? In the coming weeks, PokerStars will be launching an exciting initiative that may finally help us to answer this question. I have always liked cash games. They are usually played with deep stacks, players have the ability to play for...more

8 March

From the archives: Top 5 "WTF" Moments

As Joe Stapleton puts it: "Holy... Schneiky", and when you see some of the hands in our latest video, well, there's really no other way of putting it. That goes for when in polite company at least. But between us we're calling them out Top 5 WTF moments, and after...more

7 March

Super Tuesday: elmerixx tops Tomatee for $60K after heads-up deal

With more than $5 million in winnings, Tomi "elmerixx" Brouk is more than familiar with online poker tournament success. Tonight the past TCOOP runner-up and SCOOP and WCOOP finalist one-upped almost all of his past accomplishments at PokerStars, overcoming a lineup full of competitive players from around the world to...more

$1 million guaranteed: Sunday Storm celebrates 6th anniversary

Sit for a moment and take some time to yourself. Maybe grab a cub of coffee and a scone and ruminate on what $11 could buy you on any given day. For instance, it could probably buy you that cup of coffee and that scone. Maybe it buys you a...more

PokerStars Championship eyes Macau & Monte Carlo with new guarantees

We're currently packing our bags for the next PokerStars Championship in Panama, but as we finish up, it's imperative that we let you know what just hit our desk. It seems (just as they did with the Panama schedule), the PokerStars Championship organizers are making some important changes to the...more

6 March

Top 5 table nightmares


Weekend Review: geob000 works quickly to get the job done

No fireworks or theatrics this week, just a straight down the middle, run of the mill weekend of big results culminating with the Sunday Million. Read on for all the details. Weekend highlights on PokerStars • geob000 of Greece wins the Sunday Million and a first prize of $149,332. Sunday...more

New PokerStars Championship Sochi set to be biggest tournament in Russia

We get to announce a lot of big news on the PokerStars Blog, not least the launch of the PokerStars Championship, but the news today is arguably even more significant, with the announcement that PokerStars will host the biggest event ever held in Russia this coming May, with the PokerStars...more

Sunday Million: geob000 steamrolls final table for $149K win

Sometimes the Sunday Million final table takes a few hours to play out, with short stacks surviving seemingly every all-in confrontation and unlikely cards finding their way from the deck to the board with regularity. Other times, you get a table like tonight's, where the journey from nine to one...more

3 March

Weekend Warm-Up: The stories from this week on PokerStars

These five stories came to mind immediately this week, which goes someway to describing what has been a busy week for news on the Blog. Click through the links below for more details of each story. Championship Cash Challenge If you're going to start the week well you may as...more

PokerStars MEGASTACK: A brand new tournament series for grassroots players

It's great to read about the big buy-in events, to follow coverage and watch as a winner collects a six figure payday and a place in poker's history books. But to the recreational player it can sometimes feel detached from their home game, or local rebuy. So while we highlighted...more

2 March

2017 APOY: Big Three First Quarter Spotlight

It's hard to believe but we're already through the first quarter of the 2017 Asia Player of the Year (APOY) season (which runs from November 29, 2016 to October 29, 2017) and the leaderboard is full of familiar names. We're going to take a look at our Big Three contenders...more

1 March

Live on Twitch: The Sunday Million winner, TheFan83

If you're going to make a plan, you might as well make a big one. For example, consider what the guy known as TheFan83 decided. He had a bankroll of $30,000. He wanted to run it up to $3 million, the amount it would take to consider himself a success....more

The latest Top 5 video: Table nightmares

Let's face it, we don't watch poker on television solely to see the good hands, we want to see the bad hands as well. For every memorable hand played brilliantly by players at the top of their game, there is a nightmare hand that leaves an even longer lasting impression...more