April 2017

30 April

PokerStars Championship presented by Monte-Carlo Casino®: Speranza shines to bag Day 1B lead

Speranza's the Day 1B leader When the roof was open and the sun was beaming into the stunning Salle des Etoiles poker room just before midday today, all of the early Day 1B arrivals must have felt like this was going to be their day. Because this was the €5,300...more

29 April

King Kenney crowned 100K champion again at PokerStars Championship presented by Monte-Carlo Casino®

Champion Bryn Kenney If you were offering odds at the start of Super High Roller poker tournaments, you would list a clutch of about three or four players as all-but inseparable favourites. The likes of Steve O'Dwyer, Fedor Holz, Ole Schemion and Erik Seidel have all been there and done...more

Kevin Hart recruits PokerStars to change the face of poker

Kevin Hart: Now listen up You had to know something was afoot when Kevin Hart--yes, the world famous actor and comedian with 32 million Twitter followers--decided he was going to call his own news conference in Monte Carlo. The clues were all there the moment Hart landed in Nice, boarded...more

PokerStars Championship presented by Monte-Carlo Casino®: Jeffrey Hakim ahead on Day 1A

Midday to midnight - after a 12 hour stretch the opening day of this Main Event is in the books. 237 players ponied up the €5,300 entry fee but when all was said and done only a fraction of that made the cut to secure themselves a seat on Day...more

PokerStars Championship presented by Monte-Carlo Casino®: €100K SHR final table live updates

• Bryn Kenney wins Super High Roller for €1,784,500 • Viacheslav Buldygin finishes second for €1,290,800 • Dvoress, Peters, Schemion Sontheimer, Kabrhel, Greenwood final table 6:25pm: Bryn Kenney wins €100K Super High Roller (€1,784,500); Viacheslav Buldygin runner-up (€1,290,800)! Level 23 - Blinds 80,000/160,000 (ante 20,000) The end has arrived. Here's...more

28 April

Kevin Hart makes a spectacular entrance

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PokerStars Championship presented by Monte-Carlo Casino®: Bryn Kenney leads talented nine into $100K SHR final

It's a Super High Roller. The buy-in is six figures. You knew the field for this $100,000 Super High Roller in the PokerStars Championship presented by Monte-Carlo Casino® would be heavily stocked with top tournament talent, and from that field a final table would concentrate that talent down to handful...more

Weekend Warm-Up: Mercier, Millionaires, and all Hart in Monaco

This week on PokerStars... • Monaco gets under way, or is it Kevin Hart? • Jason Mercier talks about the hand that launched his career • Find out more about the latest episode of Poker In The Ears • Find details of new PokerStars Festivals for 2017 • PokerStars makes...more

27 April

New PokerStars Festivals set to visit France, Romania, and Ireland

PokerStars adds new stops to 2017 festival schedule While the Super High Rollers get things off to a start in the PokerStars Championship presented by Monte-Carlo Casino, we bring news of brands new PokerStars Festivals for later this year. Following debut Festivals in New Jersey, London and Rozvadov, PokerStars has...more

26 April

PokerStars Championship presented by Monte-Carlo Casino®: Two Canadians named Daniel, and an American named Kevin Hart

Daniel Dvoress: Chip leader at end of Day 1 Today we learned something that we forgot we already knew. Poker and Monte Carlo go together like hand in glove. For eight hours, we watched the opening exchanges in the first flagship event of the PokerStars Championship presented by Monte-Carlo Casino®....more

PokerStars Championship presented by Monte-Carlo Casino® live coverage starts Thursday

The sky is blue. The water is blue. Breathe that air. Refreshing. It's not called the Grand Final anymore. But the view from an upper-floor balcony out onto the Mediterranean Sea remains grand, to be sure. We'll enjoy that view as much as we can over the next week-and-a-half. But...more

Hatrick19911 knocks SinKarma out of top All Star spot

Don't miss our in-depth profile of All Star LLinusLLove. We're now halfway through the All Stars Challenge, and the Ukrainian player Hatrick19911 is leading the way with an impressive $16,542 in profit against the toughest of tough competition. Spanish player SinKarma had been in the lead until yesterday when a...more

LLinusLLove and the one-way ticket to All Stardom

There is a certain brand of confidence reserved for the young or inebriated. It speaks to you from a more primal part of your brain, and it tells you, "Yes, you can make this leap, and yes, it will all be fine if you do." For the intoxicated set, it...more

Nine years on, Jason Mercier on the hand that launched his career

On the eve of the PokerStars Championship Monte Carlo, we look back on one of the most memorable hands in what was then EPT history, a hand between Jason Mercier and Eric Koskas, played out a short drive along the Riviera in Sanremo, and one that's remembered as one of...more

25 April

Super Tuesday: Mr.Scisso cuts through to $62K victory (4-25-17)

Not all final tables are created equal. Some are all about survival, while others put a greater emphasis on stack management. After arriving a bit early, this week's Super Tuesday final played like a double feature. It took almost an hour and a half to knock the first player out,...more

PokerStars makes another millionaire out of nick2101983

"Three-way all-in? For real? Oh my God." Imagine Felix Schneiders, a man who has seen just about everything, pulling his hands up to his head in sheer disbelief as three-way all-in turned into a millionaire-dollar heads-up final. That's what happened right here. "That's it," Schneiders explained. "No bubble. No sweat!...more

24 April

PokerStars Championship WPT® MonteDam Swing™ Preview

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Results from the weekend, plus a look ahead to PokerStars in Monaco

A look at the major results on PokerStars this weekend. Weekend highlights on PokerStars • Drudz777 wins the Sunday Million and a first prize of $133,595 after a heads-up deal. • The PokerStars Championship heads to Monaco this week. Sunday Million Brazil clocked up another win in the Sunday million,...more

Sunday Million: Drudz777 abides, chops heads-up with mahmuttt88 for $133K (4-23-17)

In a large-field tournament like the Sunday Million, the final table is a lot like the playoffs in professional sports. The big stacks are the higher seeds, their regular-season performance having earned them an advantage, while the short stacks are the underdogs. But as in sports, being the underdog means...more

21 April

Join Felix Schneiders this Sunday for his annual charity tournament

It's an event has quickly become an annual fixture on the online poker calendar with attendance from a range of poker pros from around the globe, and this Sunday Team PokerStars Pro Felix Schneider's charity poker tournament is back on PokerStars.com, starting at 19:30 CET (13:30 ET). This year the...more

Monaco, MonteDam and MEGASTACKS make up the Weekend Warm-Up

A few things to get stuck into this coming weekend. Next up: Monaco After stopping in Macau for the first time earlier this month the PokerStars Championship returns to the more familiar streets of Monaco next week. It's been a near permanent fixture for PokerStars combining the odd flash of...more

The ultimate Chile guide, part two: Three days in Chile

So, you've won a seat to the PokerStars Festival Chile Main Event, and your flights and hotel are booked. And you've already read part one of our guide to the festival, including everything you need to know about this beautiful country. Great job. What's next? Of course, your main...more

20 April

The ultimate Chile guide, part one: What you need to know

PokerStars will be bringing a ton of fun and poker excitement to South America when its latest PokerStars Festival event invades Viña del Mar, Chile May 20-27. Viña del Mar is an exciting beach resort area that has played host to a very popular stop on PokerStars' Latin American...more

Spin & Go...Omaha!

You drink your coffee with a side of Red Bull. You shave with flint, steel, and gasoline. You skydive with a grocery bag. We get it. You're in it for the action. Alright then, try this on for size. Four cards. Hyper turbo. Three-handed. It's like riding a greased cheetah...more

Go big in more places: MEGASTACK goes international

You know something is a big deal when it reaches ALL-CAPS status. PokerStars MEGASTACK (say it in a big voice like you were the progeny of Orson Welles and a woman named Zeus) is grabbing its mega-passport and heading off for other countries. Having launched to much fanfare at London's...more

19 April

It's SinKarma leading after week 1 of PokerStars All Stars

The All Stars Home Game launched a week ago with 72 of the world's strongest cash game players registering to play. It took the favourite OtB_RedBaron just one day to take the lead, booking a $4,937 win in a single 373 hand session. Two days into the competition and things...more

18 April

Super Tuesday: Die Ventura stays alive, tops OempaLoempah for $67K

Whether he's playing live or online, Diego "Die Ventura" Ventura is plenty familiar with tournament success. The PCA 2015 runner-up and SCOOP 2016 champion tops Peru's all-time money list for live tourneys and has booked more than $2.25 million in earnings at the PokerStars tables since 2009. Tonight the flow...more

Two great events, two poker towns, one MonteDam Swing

What do you get when you combine two poker tours and two of the most popular poker destinations in Europe? You get a unique double act called the PokerStars Championship WPT® MonteDam Swing™. You might be scratching your head at this point wondering what that could possibly mean. Well, allow...more

17 April

For the want of a dignity harness

It wasn't quite a yelp, but it wasn't quite a whimper either. I heard her across the kitchen sink. She was feigning helplessness to hide her broken heart. In another world, that would be hyperbole. In this one, it was a strong woman turned feeble by the death of...more

Sunday Million: Five-way chop leads to victory for Lincownz, top dollar for ya3thabe

It was a British invasion at the final table of this week's Million as four of our nine finalists played under the Union Jack. While greeno99 and deanjlfc went out in ninth and sixth places respectively, Martinelly09 and ya3thabe made it to the final five, who agreed to a chip...more

All the weekend's results on PokerStars

A brief look at the major results on PokerStars this weekend. Weekend highlights on PokerStars • Lincownz, from Brazil wins the Sunday Million and a first prize of $128,620. Sunday Million Brazil came out top again in the Sunday Million this week with a win for Lincownz. That was worth...more

13 April

One year of PokerStars New Jersey and more to come

Yes, it's been nearly a month since the official PokerStars NJ one-year anniversary, and we're still celebrating. Team PokerStars Pro Barry Greenstein was there for the year of festivities. "It was a hint of things to come and a reminder that PokerStars will be running more live events in the...more

12 April

The best of the best gather for PokerStars All Stars

Our new cash game series PokerStars All Stars, which runs from April 12 to May 10, will feature many of the very best cash game players in the world, battling across $1/$2 and $10/$20 rake-free cash tables! It's invitation-only, which means that only the best current online players - as...more

Relive the moment Aaron Paul hit the Bahamas

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The PokerStars Business Intelligence Graduate Program

Do you have a way with numbers? "We like nothing more than finding something we don't understand". This is a statement you won't often hear coming from inside one of the world's biggest gaming companies. But then this came from Steve Walmsley, Director of Business Analytics in the PokerStars Business...more

11 April

Super Tuesday: Late rally helps sousinha23 best Mortan23 for $68K victory

sousinha23 has enjoyed major success at PokerStars in the past, having earned a WCOOP title during the 2016 series. After entering that final table second in chips, sousinha23 ended up winning the Win The Button event only after a grueling heads-up battle. Tonight's Super Tuesday final table started much the...more

What happens to your body when you win a million?

Winning a million dollars is undoubtedly a huge shock to the system - a pleasurable one of course, but certainly a life changing moment you won't forget. Upon learning that you've won big, it will take you a few seconds to compute and make sense of the news. You need...more

Monte Carlo: The World's Most Stylish Gambling Destination

Monte Carlo has always commanded a certain mystique and exclusivity. Much of that is due to the fact that this desirable and chic district of Monaco is where the uber-rich and famous flock to flaunt the accoutrements of their wealth, namely eye-wateringly expensive holiday homes, impractical supercars and the...more

10 April

Weekend review: Is it really over? Yes, for now.

Think of all the things you did with half of your day yesterday. Maybe you spent 12 waking hours with your family. Maybe you spent that times doing a dozen different things. Chances are, however, you didn't spent 12 hours engaged in deal negotiation and a heads-up poker battle. That's...more

Can't stop, won't stop: PokerStars Championship headed to Monaco

Oh, you thought we were tired after the 12-hour heads-up match in Macau? You thought we didn't have it in us to get right back on the road? You thought we wouldn't be so crazy as to jump right back on the horse? Well, think again, folks, because we're already...more

Sunday Million: EVitoy fights off shibonimo after three-way deal for $136K win (4-9-17)

One hour of play at this week's Sunday Million final table was all it took to narrow the field to the final two competitors. Separated by just three big blinds were shibonimo from Canada, a TCOOP 2016 Sunday Supersonic Special Edition champ, and past Super Tuesday finalist EVitoy from Brazil....more

9 April

It all comes up roses for Elliot Smith at PokerStars Championship Macau

Elliot Smith pushes winnings past $2 million The sun has just set on the first PokerStars Championship Main Event to be played in Macau, but it is rising ever higher on the poker career of Elliot Smith. Smith, a 29-year-old from British Columbia, Canada, tonight became the third winner of...more

PokerStars Championship Macau: Main Event final table live updates

Elliot Smith is PokerStars Macau Main Event champion. Read a full recap of the final table. Day six archive: 1:55am: It's all over! Level 33 - Blinds 125,000/250,000 (ante 25,000) And what an unbelievable final hand it was to end the PokerStars Championship here in Macau. It all began with...more

From wildcard to champion: Sosia Jiang wins PokerStars Championship Macau High Roller for $3.87 million

Jiang's our newest High Roller champ Earlier today I broke down the final table of this HK$100,000 High Roller tournament, separating the finalists into groups. The woman who would go on to win this event, for HK$3.87 million and the shiny gold trophy, was pegged as a "wildcard". That's because...more

PokerStars Championship Macau: High roller table down to just three

Sometimes the High Rollers can run so hot they seem unbeatable. But they are only human (apart from Fedor Holz, who is almost certainly a cyborg-robot), and they still do bust out of tournaments. A few hours into the Final table of the PokerStars Championship HKD $100,000 High Roller and...more

PokerStars Championship Macau: Tableside with Dan Smith on the High Roller FT

Dan Smith made the final table of today's PokerStars Championship $100,000 High Roller here in Macau, and I observed the high-roller specialist in the action as play kicked off. Smith in the middle of the pack As I watched over the table it's Smith's presence on the felt that I...more

8 April

A sneak peak at the PokerStars Championship Macau "trip saver"

If you were to buy into every event that took place on this PokerStars Championship schedule without cashing once, that's going to make your trip very expensive indeed. We all understand how variance works; even the best players are going to brick a bunch of tournaments from time to time....more

The anatomy of a HK$100K High Roller final table

It takes several crucial components to make a riveting final table. Let's break them down. The chip leader That title goes to India's Raghav Bansal. He emerged as an early frontrunner yesterday, before letting the lead go to Dan Smith. A late resurgence took him back to the top...more

Petrangelo and Smith make it, but it's Bansal who leads $100K High Roller final table

It's been another super fast day here in Macau. Earlier on, the Main Event got down to the final six in less than seven hours, and this High Roller has just got down to a final table before the end of Day 2. 80 players returned at midday today, and...more

Elliot Smith leads final six in Main Event of PokerStars Championship Macau

The top two players were separated by just one big blind this time yesterday, and a day later it's the exact same story in the PokerStars Championship Macau Main Event. Chip leader Elliot Smith leads by the narrowest of margins over Terry Tang, after a thrilling end to the fifth...more

PokerStars Championship Macau: Shot clocks - a waste of time, or couldn't come quicker?

The shot-clocks sitting on the tables of the High-roller events in Macau have been a hit among the players. They've been used twice this week - once in the HKD $400,000 PokerStars Championship Super High Roller and again for the HKD $103,000 High Roller. Following the introduction of the tank-busting...more

PokerStars Championship Macau: Ramos busts, Smith leads with 19 left in the $100K

Just 19 players remain in the HK$100K High Roller. Unfortunately, PokerStars Team Pro Felipe Ramos is not one of them. Damn, GG! QQ x AKo for +-800k pot w/450k avg stack. Fruit tweet didn't work :( #PSCMacau #HighRoller pic.twitter.com/OCSlklOkQI— Felipe Mojave Ramos (@FelipeMojave) April 8, 2017 Ramos got his money...more

PokerStars Championship Macau: A speedy bubble burst in the High Roller

With 27 players now remaining in the PokerStars Championship, it means the money bubble has officially burst for the HKD $10,000 High Roller. It was the unfortunate turn of Zdravko Duvnjak to leave today empty handed as the remaining field share a chunk of the HK $17,460,000 ($2.1 million) prizepool....more

PokerStars Championship Macau: Chen continues to crush in Macau High Rollers

If you're not familiar with James Chen, let me bring you up to speed in five points. 1. Taiwan's best Chen is Taiwan's all-time money winner, having earned almost $1.5 million in his career to date. 2. Cash game grinder When he's not in tournaments, Chen is a high...more

PokerStars Championship Macau: Final table player profiles

Learn a bit more about the last eight at the PokerStars Championship Main Event. (All information provided by Jan Kores, PokerStars Media Coordinator.) Seat 1: Aymon Hata, 33, born in Germany, lives in London/UK Aymon Hata may not have a particularly long live tournament résumé just yet but he'll certainly...more

PokerStars Championship Macau: Peters looks to right yesterday's rare wrong with High Roller cash

There are many things to admire about David Peters. He has one of the most impressive poker résumés going, chock full of big EPT scores, huge cashes at the Aria, Asia Championship of Poker, and Super High Roller Bowl, and even a WSOP bracelet in a large field event....more

PokerStars Championship Macau: What a table!

The PokerStars Championship High Roller is drawing all the big names. And as Day 2 kicked off just a couple of hours ago they were all in action for the HK $100,000 (around $10k) event. As I walked through the tables towards the end of Level 10, it turned out...more

PokerStars Championship Macau: More than half a million to the High Roller winner

This HK$100K High Roller tournament is bigger than we predicted, but we're by no means surprised of the great turn out. Back in the old EPT days, the final $10K of each stop was so popular that even the Super Duper High Rollers considered it one of the must-play...more

7 April

Hata comes back from the brink to lead Guo in PokerStars Championship Macau

Aymon Hata: Last-gasp chip leader Shot-clock or no shot-clock, things move quickly in Macau. Day 4 of the PokerStars Championship Main Event, at the PokerStars LIVE card-room at the City of Dreams, lasted for a little more than five hours. That was all that was necessary to trim an overnight...more

PokerStars Championship Macau: Petrangelo powers his way to the top in the High-Roller

The field was awash with notable faces here for day one of the PokerStars Championship HK $100K Single Re-Entry Shot Clock High Roller. They were everywhere I turned. Oh look, there's Ike Haxton, oh... no, he's gone. Oh cool, Mustapha Kanit is at a table with John Juanda - this'll...more

Free poker for an entire year? PSO makes an offer you can't refuse

There's an old saying that there is no such thing as a free lunch. Even if it appears you're getting something for free - such as a healthy chicken salad or guilt-laden double burger with fries - there will always be a cost associated with it somewhere. Well, PokerSchoolOnline has...more

PokerStars Championship Macau: Wang out in front, with Lovgren sitting pretty in high-roller

I made a post earlier saying that all the high-rollers are out to play today - and I mean it. Having just walked over to the far end of the PokerStars LIVE room to catch-up on the action, 147 had registered by the end of Level 7 (including 17 re-entries)...more

PokerStars Championship Macau: The high-rollers are out to play in Macau

Macau. With casinos as far as the eye can see down the Cotai strip and beyond, CNN reported that the gambling industry was seven times bigger than that of Vegas itself in 2014. And with over 34 casino's in close proximity, it's no surprise that the glitzy-gambling capital of Asia...more

6 April

PokerStars Championship Macau: Like a $100K High Rollin' stone

How does it feel? To be on your own? Seven deuce in the hole? Like a High Rollin' stone? We're back at the City of Dreams and Hard Rock Hotel poker room (hence the Bob Dylan, y'see) in Macau, and today kicks off the $100K HK Single Re-Entry Shot...more

5 April

PokerStars Championship Macau: Tan's the man with Peters in hot pursuit at Day 3 end

Xuan Tan out in front It's been another eventful day here in Macau as Day 3 of the PokerStars Championship Main Event comes to a close. Of the 151 hopefuls that started the day, just 37 remain to battle it out for their share of the HK$20,796,800 guaranteed prize-pool. Leading...more

Jason Mercier takes down Seminole Hard Rock High Roller

Just look at Jason Mercier's last 12 months. He crushed the 2016 Spring Championship of Online Poker and finished second on the overall leaderboard. He won two World Series of Poker bracelets (and nearly a third one). He was the WSOP player of the year. He got engaged. He got...more

Super Tuesday: Sphinx87 tops epic final, chops with joaoMathias for $69K (4-4-17)

Poland's Sphinx87 has been within sight of a Super Tuesday title on a number of occasions in the past. The SCOOP and Sunday Million finalist came closest the first time around, finishing third back in mid-2010. Two more final table appearances in 2011 ended in ninth place, along with a...more

4 April

Lisawad lands PokerStars Championship Macau lead on Day 2

Another day, another six levels in the books, and Day 2 of the PSC Macau Main Event is officially done and dusted. Late registration was still open for the first two levels of play today and we saw 26 players make the most of that opportunity. They joined the 344...more

Ring up a WSOPC win for Team Pro Marcin Horecki

Team PokerStars Pro Marcin Horecki was due for a win in the Czech Republic. Over the course of the last few months, he'd monied in that country five times. He'd made three final tables. He had not, however, booked a win. That changed yesterday when Horecki picked up a WSOP...more

PokerStars Championship Macau: A bold start from Joachim Bold bags him the Day 1B lead

Usually by 6pm on a Day 1B of a PokerStars Championship Main Event, you're just a couple of hours away from the end of the day. But everything's different here in Macau. Today's play didn't kick off until 6pm - presumably so the locals could finish work and get here...more

3 April

Weekend results: PokerStars makes 200th millionaire

Well, this weekend was one for the books. While Steve O'Dwyer and his mango (yes, mango) shocked absolutely no one by winning the PokerStars Championship Macau Super High Roller, and the coverage of the Main Event kicked off, PokerStars celebrated a big and rich anniversary. Sunday marked the 11th anniversary...more

PokerStars Makes Millionaires: The Ten Biggest Million Dollar Wins In PokerStars History

Whether in prestigious live events or in huge online ones like the upcoming Spring Championship of Online Poker, PokerStars has been making millionaires for a long time. It's only fitting, then, that PokerStars has come up with several more ways to give players opportunities to earn seven-figure scores in...more

O'Dwyer bests Holz in clash of the titans at PokerStars Championship Macau

It's the conundrum that has vexed physicists and philosophers since time began: What happens when irresistible force meets immovable object? Ontologically speaking, the jury is still out. But we got to see precisely that showdown in a poker sense this evening in Macau where Steve O'Dwyer went heads up against...more

Modernising how we deliver rewards

Last September, we announced that we were designing a new rewards program. Since then it has been an exciting challenge to work on with many questions to solve but only one mission: create the best rewards program in the industry. As we enter the final stages of pulling it all...more

Xavi666 tops Sunday Million 11th Anniversary for $1.09 million

The biggest weekly tournament in online poker got its start 11 years ago this month. To celebrate that momentous occasion back in 2006, this week's Sunday Million sported a guaranteed prize pool of $10 million and a guaranteed first place prize of at least a million dollars. The prospect of...more

2 April

PokerStars Championship Macau: $400K Super High Roller live updates

• Steve O'Dwyer wins Super High Roller for HK$8,460,830 • Fedor Holz finishes second for HK$6,749,170 8:45pm: Steve O'Dwyer wins it all for HK$8,460,830 Level 24: Blinds 100,000/200,000 (ante 25,000) While the deal making took a long time, the heads up bout did not. Steve O'Dwyer took a few...more

PokerStars Championship Macau: Zigao Yu leads after Day 1A

Let's face it. Nobody ever won anything on Day 1A of a Main Event. The plan is usually straightforward. Survive the day and go on from there. A big stack helps of course, but you have to be in it to win it, and you can't live by that type...more

1 April

PokerStars Championship Macau: Lucky mango (aka Steve O'Dwyer) leads $400K SHR on the overnight bubble

O'Dwyer leads...thanks to his lucky mango? Steve O'Dwyer. Fedor Holz. Dan Smith. Ike Haxton. We've come all the way to Macau, and yet we still end up with the usual suspects. That's because these guys are Super High Roller bosses of the highest order, and they've all made it to...more

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