May 2017

31 May

Shirshikov tames Troyanovskiy to claim PokerStars Championship Sochi Main Event victory

Champion! Pavel Shirshikov The first major PokerStars tournament to be held in Russia is over, and tonight a 30-year-old professional player from St Petersburg named Pavel Shirshikov hoisted the PokerStars Championship Sochi Main Event trophy. Shirshikov wins more than 29 million rubles--around $500,000--which is the lion's share of the guaranteed...more

PokerStars Championship Sochi: Main Event final table live updates

This is an archive of full event coverage from PokerStars Championship Sochi. Click through for a full tournament recap. NOTE: For local readers who have been using, go to to read the coverage. 9:15pm: Shirshikov ships it! Level 28 - Blinds 40,000/80,000 (ante 10,000) Pavel Shirshikov has overcome...more

PokerStars Championship Sochi: Final table player profiles

A little bit more information about our final six players. (Research by Jan Kores, Media Coordinator). Seat 1: Seyed Ghavam, 35, Tehran, Iran Seyed Ghavam is an amateur player, but is involved with gambling as a career: he runs a sports book. Ghavam, who will turn 36 next week, plays...more

30 May

Super Tuesday: uWannaLoan? forecloses on mrAndreeew's potential third title (5-30-17)

With 71 percent of the chips in play as heads-up play began, SCOOP 2014 champ Andreas "mrAndreeew" Berggren was on the verge of joining some very select company. Already a two-time Super Tuesday champ - in 2013 and 2015 - managing to lay hands on the rest of those chips...more

Weekend Review: As Sochi nears a champion, Chile crowns one

With the Spring Championship of Online Poker now slowly fading in our rearview mirrors, it's time we turn our northern hemisphere brains to summer fun. The World Series of Poker is nearly upon us. The PokerStars Championship and Festival events are finding new champions. The PokerStars weekend majors are back...more

PokerStars Championship Sochi: Lavrentiy Ni leads last six into final table

It proved to be another speedy day in Sochi. The plan to reduce the remaining field of the PokerStars Championship Main Event from 16 to six took less than four and a half hours, and it leaves us with the prospect of an enticing finale tomorrow. Lavrentiy Ni, a 28-year-old...more

29 May

Another day at Sochi summit for Shirshikov, with ElkY and Moneymaker chasing still

The inaugural PokerStars Championship Sochi Main Event is nearing its business end, and despite a starting field of names typed predominantly with the neglected keys of the laptop, there's still a whole lot of mainstream interest going into Day 5. With 16 players left, two absolute global superstars remain in...more

Sunday Million: L1VeYRdrEamS's comeback denies Timonpoika a second title (5-28-17)

L1VeYRdrEamS's Sunday Million tournament life teetered on the edge of elimination for more than an hour and a half at this week's final table. The Australian player survived four separate all-in confrontations and emerged from the chaos, short-stacked but battle-tested, with all the motivation a poker player could ever need...more

28 May

PokerStars Championship Sochi: Pavel Shirshikov leads with 30 left in Main Event

"Pay that man his money." Teddy KGB's famous quote seems fitting in the character's motherland tonight as we burst the bubble on Day 3 of the inaugural PokerStars Championship Sochi Main Event. When proceedings began at midday we were 27 players off the money and four hours later the lucky...more

27 May

Kakhmazov leads Russian-heavy field, as ElkY and Moneymaker fly Red Spade still

Only 82 players remain in the Main Event at the inaugural PokerStars Championship Sochi. That's great news for them because the first prize today was revealed today as close to 30 million rubles--which is more than $520,000 in Uncle Sam's greenbacks. You have to say, the high chance is that...more

26 May

Many Helping Hands

'Life changing sum of money' is a term we hear quite often in poker. Playing for enormous prizes adds to the excitement and the allure of the game. It's one of the reasons we play. But as the game grows and more and more records are broken anyone could...more

Weekend checklist: Sochi, Marbella, Barcelona, Macau, and on and on

Depending on where you live in the world, this could very well be a long weekend, one that will stretch past your inevitable early weekend on Friday, your normal Saturday, and the dreaded Sunday night. You might find yourself asking--especially if you have Monday off--what in the world you are...more

PokerStars London Series kicks off this weekend

If you're in London and fancy playing some poker, the PokerStars London Series returns this weekend. The Series, which officially started yesterday, runs through to Sunday, with a £275 buy-in and a 25,000 starting stack. What's more there's a guarantee of £40,000 (up from £35,000 last time). Last time around...more

MPC27: Schedule Announced

PokerStars LIVE Macau has announced the official schedule for the 27th installment of the Macau Poker Cup (MPC27) which takes place from August 25 to September 10. MPC27 will once again feature the legendary HK$15,000 Red Dragon Main Event which comes with a HK$10 million prize pool guarantee. The 17-day...more

PokerStars Championship Sochi: Jason Wheeler leads Day 1 field, ElkY on to Day 2

Our overall Day 1 chip leader, Jason Wheeler The starting flights are done and Jason Wheeler has emerged atop the onslaught with 180,800. That makes Wheeler the overall leader going into Day 2. It was a larger field to come out ahead of. Day 1B drew about 240 players and...more

25 May

Manila Megastack 7: The Preview

Manila Megastack 7 (May 29-June 4) kicks off on Monday at PokerStars LIVE Manila and it's time to take a look at what's arguably the fastest growing poker series in Asia. The seven-day schedule features a ₱30,000 Main Event which comes with an ₱8 million prize pool guarantee. The Main...more

PokerStars Championship Sochi: Andrei Shkerin leads after Main Event opening day

If you're a fan of Russian poker, today was the day for you. Day 1A of the PokerStars Championship Sochi Main Event drew 132 players, with the vast majority of them hailing from the home country and nearby. They included online superstar Alexander Kostritsyn, former EPT champion Maxim Lykov and...more

24 May

Daily SCOOP Day 17: Main Event finals shock and awe

And just like--with the exception of the mulligans finishing up--that SCOOP 2017 comes to an end for another year. It signed off in style though, as the results below prove. Read on for the conclusion of this year's Championship Main Events. Day 17 The headlines Quite simply they all belong...more

PokerStars Championship Sochi: ₽8.31 million awaits National Championship winner

Outside the exquisite Sochi Marriott Krasnaya Polyana hotel and casino, there are a few things amiss. There's a large swimming pool, empty of water and people; idyllic mountains for skiing, sans snow; a festive market, vacant of tourist hustle and bustle. It makes sense, though; it's out of season here...more

Team PokerStars Pros Hit the Grill to Prep for BBQ Season

Summer is here and in most parts of the world that means more than just warm weather and sunshine. Even poker players, who spend most of their time indoors playing poker, will spend a lot more time outside. That's because it's officially grilling season. Family and friends are cooking...more

PokerStars Championship Sochi: Where in the world?

Our arrival to Sochi this week represents our fifth stop of the PokerStars Championship era. In case you haven't been paying attention, we've watched Christian Harder prevail in the Bahamas in January, before Kenny Smaron laid Panama to waste in March, Elliot Smith won the Macau marathon in April...more

23 May

SCOOP 2017: Charlie "Epiphany77" Carrel corrals Main Event ("High"), $1.2M after heads-up deal with Gimbel

It was just a few months ago we were chatting with the young U.K. pro Charlie Carrel a few days removed from another deep tournament run by him, in that case to a runner-up finish in the PokerStars Championship Bahamas Super High Roller. Since that chat he'd collect four more...more

SCOOP 2017: ROFLshoves laughs all the way to $787K win ($1,050 Main Event)

There had to be a point in the first hour of the SCOOP $1,050 Main Event final table at which nearly every player couldn't stand the screwed-up visage of Jim Carrey. There had to be a point that nearly every player thought of Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and considered it...more

SCOOP 2017: madalin takes no prisoners in Low-Main for $221k win ($109 NLHE, Main Event)

One billion, one hundred and sixty-five million, eight-hundred thousand. That's the number of chips the winner of the SCOOP-55-L: $109 NLHE, Main Event ended up with. It sounds funnier, and more unbelievable when you say it out loud. And what's even crazier is that one person, and one person alone,...more

Daily SCOOP Day 16: Harrison Gimbel leads Main Event final nine, TWO more days of SCOOP. The Main Event is finishing up, and PokerStars is making good one some missed opportunities. For more, read below... DAY16 The headlines It looks like another day when PokerStars is going to make a millionaire, and right now, onetime PokerStars Caribbean Adventure champion Harrison...more

22 May

SCOOP 2017: Gordon "holla@yoboy" Vayo outlasts girafganger7 to win Event #1-H ($1,050 NLHE)

It was two weeks coming, but we finally have a result from the "high" version of Event #1 of the Spring Championship of Online Poker to report. And what a finish! Well worth the wait. Imagine going deep in a poker tournament with a seven-figure first prize up top. Hard...more

SCOOP 2017: no compromise as compris wins $320K and Event #54-H ($2,100 NLHE, 8-Max)

If three-handed play was Bacardi 151 mixed with a Fireball shot at Hakkasan in Vegas, the heads-up match was a relaxing 20 year single-malt scotch, enjoyed on a deck at a lakeside cabin with only the occasional loon warbling in the background. The Spring Championship of Online Poker's Event #54-H...more

Daily SCOOP Day 15: Jordan 'JWPRODIGY' Westmorland leads Main Event

After the biggest day in online poker history, PokerStars is about to make more millionaires as the Spring Championship of Online Poker nears its end. But it's not over yet! Read more below... Day 15 The headlines As you might have heard, PokerStars was guaranteeing at least $28 million in...more

SCOOP 2017: Talibaf triumphs over Wong and Mandavia to take title ($530 PLO, 6-max)

As we approach the end of SCOOP, I can honestly say I've fallen in love with PLO. As I explained in the write-up of SCOOP Event #11-H ($530+R) last week, as a NLHE only kind of guy, I've been well and truly won over by the game. It's up's and...more

21 May

SCOOP 2017: Tagomaga survives marathon saga in Win the Button (Event #50-H $530 PKO)

Win the Button. Save the universe. Okay, maybe the stakes are slightly exaggerated. Win the Button will not save Earth from an invading armada of galactic ships, helmed by hostile Reptilian shapeshifters. But in the meantime, Win the Button is fun in an Alexander Pope "trivial pursuit" kind of way...more

SCOOP 2017: andyafc#1 is number one in Event #49-H ($2,100 NLHE 6-Max)

On a lot of days a $2,100 buy-in, six-handed no-limit hold'em tournament with a $500K guarantee would be the main story in online poker, easy. Of course on this special Sunday on PokerStars, the conclusion of Event #49-H of the Spring Championship of Online Poker is just one of several...more

SCOOP 2017: generdir flips for joy after winning Event #51-H ($2,100 NLO8, 6-Max)

Coming into a game like the Spring Championship of Online Poker's Event #51-H No Limit Omaha Hi/Lo it would be best to pack adequate provisions. Not the standard sugar-infused caffeine bomb wrapped in aluminum or soothing classical music in the background, but rather enough buy-ins to take a beat or...more

SCOOP 2017: Rast rattles Seiver to claim first SCOOP title ($1,050 No Limit 2-7 Single Draw)

I opened my PokerStars client to a message written in bold red letters across the screen. "Today will be the biggest day in online poker history!" Wowzer. With $28 million guaranteed in MTTs over the course of the day, it was certainly set to be a monumental day - and...more

20 May

SCOOP 2017: Nicolas 'chilenocl' Yunis wins second SCOOP title with Shootout win (Event #47-H $2,100 NL 6-Max)

Welcome to the Shootout at the Fantasy Factory. A simple game of deception and disruption. Six players entered the Hexagon. Equal stacks, equal footing. Only one player was left standing. Half of the final table in the 6-Max Shootout were bona fide champions and had captured the glory of a...more

SCOOP 2017: ross_654 is boss with crushing win in Event #46-H ($1,050 NL Rebuys)

Kicking it old school. PokerStars fired up the wayback machine for SCOOP Event #46-H with a classic re-buy/add-on event. These card-slinging combatants were vying for a $99K first-place prize. Sami 'Lrslzk' Kelopuro made another SCOOP final table, but his quest for another crown fell short of the mark when he...more

SCOOP 2017: B1GL1P$$$ earns $191K after heads-up deal with bagoch in Event #44-H ($2,100 NLHE, Progressive KO, Thursday Thrill SE)

The importance of the bounties in knockout tournaments usually recedes once the final table rolls around and the big prizes are on the line. But if one player can dominate the late game, especially in a Progressive KO format like the one at play tonight, the extra prize money can...more

19 May

SCOOP 2017: Arne "juarnes" Coulier can't be cooled, wins Event #43-H ($530 NLHE Deep Stacks)

It's getting to that point in the Spring Championship of Online Poker -- when more than 100 events have completed and the final weekend looms -- that the SCOOP stars are really starting to emerge. Among the ones cashing over and again and making multiple deep runs has been Arne...more

SCOOP 2017: Antonio7 zooms past all in Event #48-H win ($1,050 5-Card NLO8, 6-Max, Turbo, Zoom)

Similar to dropping by a Ben & Jerry's ice cream parlor, there are a number of flavors to taste while roaming through the Spring Championship of Online Poker tournament series. Much like tasting everything from basic vanilla to Chocolate Cherry Garcia and Truffle Kerfuffle, a player here can hold two,...more

SCOOP 2017: u1ker wins 5-Card Draw (Event #45-H $1,050); denies Chance 'ChanceCU' Kornuth back-to-back SCOOPs

Here's a little story, I've got to tell About Chance Kornuth, you know so well ChanceCU won SCOOP KO, only yesterday He's running good, whole month of May Five-Card Draw, isn't that lame? The rage is PLO, not your grandpa's game Your friends think, draw poker is kinda wack Wasn't...more

Matt Broughton takes you to school: exclusive interview with the PokerStars TV host

If Matt Broughton was given a dollar for every job he's had in the poker industry, he'd be rolling around with the Super High Rollers right now. After starting his career in the computer games industry, working on legendary titles such as Mortal Kombat among others, Matt got into...more

The winner's chill: Luciana Manolea's trip to zen...and a SCOOP title

The lesser temperatures don't get a lot of respect in poker. Talk about cold deck, getting dealt a cooler, or running cold, and you're bound to get at least a couple sympathetic looks. Sorry, man. It's a cold and cruel world out there. Luciana Manolea doesn't care. She's about as...more

Daily SCOOP Day 12: Looking ahead to the final weekend

A lot to talk about ahead of the final weekend of SCOOP 2017. New winners, new names at the top of the leader board, even if they are familiar ones. Dozens more events to play over the weekend. Read on for details... Day 12 The headlines Looking at the four...more

18 May

SCOOP 2017: At second final, mikki696 earns first win in Event #42-H ($530 NLO, 8-Max, Win The Button)

mikki696 got this year's SCOOP series off to a great start, sharing in a four-way deal at the end of Event #5-H ($2,100 PLO) last week. Now, as the series prepares to enter its final weekend, another Omaha tournament has given the Austrian player a first career COOP title. Seven...more

SCOOP 2017: €urop€an breaks the code, takes down Event #41-H ($5,200 NLHE, 8-Max)

While day one's activities most of the time have nothing to do final day's results, sometimes momentum carries over and blossoms into a major title. Of the top four day one chip counts for the 2017 Spring Championship of Online Poker's Event #41-H, three of those players would go one-two-three...more

SCOOP 2017: Ognjen 'psjebemvas' Sekularac wins second-career SCOOP with PLO High Roller victory (Event #40-H $10,300 PLO 6-Max)

SCOOP 10K PLO. Talk about a prestige tournament and not one of those fetishized gimmick events. The premier PLO players in the world swarmed to this high-balling, highfalutin, High Roller affair. At stake? $1.6 million in prize money and $386K for first place. This PLO High Roller wasn't a sentimental...more

SCOOP 2017: Chance "ChanceCU" Kornuth KOs most, wins Event #39-H ($1,050 NLHE Prog. Total KO)

After two days of poker, just two remained with a chance for the title -- Chance "ChanceCU" Kornuth and Team PokerStars Pro Andre "akkari" Akkari. It was an unusual tournament, Event #39-H, a $1,050 buy-in no-limit hold'em event featuring progressive knockout bounties. Rather than only part of the prize pool...more

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Daily SCOOP Day 11: Back in action

After a day of cancellations SCOOP came back to life with three more events concluding. But things remained constant at the top of the leader board... Day 11 The headlines That's enough sitting in front of your computer screen doing nothing. Time to sit in front of your computer screen...more

SCOOP 2017: caaaaamel completes comeback for $216K in Event #37-H ($2,100 NLHE, Super Tuesday SE)

The world is full of hardy creatures that adapt to thrive in harsh environments. Long ago domesticated by desert-dwelling peoples of Asia and Africa, the camel is one of these versatile creatures. And in Event #37-H, the final Super Tuesday Special Edition of SCOOP 2017, Austrian player caaaaamel was the...more

17 May

SCOOP 2017: lulDocuments denies Cal 'cal42688' Anderson another title; wins Event # 38-H ($1,050 Stud 8)

Only a few days after winning his record-setting eighth SCOOP title, the electrifying Cal 'cal42688' Anderson had a shot at number nine. In this rare instance, cal42688 fell short of the mark. lulDocuments prevailed in Event #38-H $1,050 Stud Hi/Lo and denied one of the single-greatest tournament players in the...more

SCOOP 2017: Victory sweet for Jonas "donut604" Mackoff in Event #36-H ($1,050 PLO8 8-Max)

It was another fantastic finish in Event #36-H, a $1,050 buy-in, eight-handed pot-limit Omaha eight-or-better event that attracted tons of familiar names and "usual suspects," with a number of them making deep runs and appearing at the final table. After two days' worth of quarterings, split pots, and scoops, Jacob...more

Beating Blom: An unlikely story of motorcycles and heartbreak

You should know this from the very beginning: things were not going very well for Lukas Hlavac. This was not the normal state of affairs for the man from Slovakia. Hlavac was the type of guy who could see his future even when others could not. He had the kind...more

Rolling out Stars Rewards

I'm happy to announce that this summer we will be launching Stars Rewards, our new rewards program. Stars Rewards is an integrated rewards program that will offer an exciting, personalised gaming experience that rewards players for their play in poker, casino, and sports (where available) making every game count. Stars...more

16 May

Making good on SCOOP

PokerStars was yesterday hit by an outage. This technical issue problem, which has since been resolved, stopped all play across our sites for about two hours. While this wouldn't be good at any time it's particularly bad timing for it to take place during the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online...more

Daily SCOOP Day 9: Wins for Hallaert, Mateos, Wasserson and Naza114

More results from Day 9 of SCOOP 2017, including another change at the top of the Leader board. Day 9 The headlines on Day 9 It was all about the bounties in SCOOP 29-H, which was won by DBerglin. There was also a SCOOP title for former November-Niner Kenny "SpaceyFCB"...more

SCOOP 2017: Four hours to victory for thechips55 in Event #32-H ($1,050 PLO, 6-Max, Progressive KO)

PLO SCOOP tournaments are great for action, especially when they're of the short-handed variety. There's always the sense that anything could happen at any moment when a bunch of skilled players get four hole cards and pay the blinds at an accelerated pace. The final table of Event #32-H, one...more

15 May

SCOOP 2017: FaNjkEEE finds a victory in Event #31 ($2,100 NL Hold'em)

FaNjkEEE had accumulated more than $4 million in online tournament earnings without ever cracking a six-figure score. That is, until today. FaNjkEEE managed to best a field of 876 players in this $2,100 buy-in tournament to take a whopping $284,918.82. It was the largest portion of the $1,752,000 prize pool...more

SCOOP 2017: Memory of our betters, Adrian "Amadi_017" Mateos wins Event #30-H ($2,100 NL 6-Max)

Quarter of a mil. That's nothing to sneeze at. Heck, I'd sneeze every 3 minutes for a 24 hour period if I knew I could win $250K in cash! Luckily, no one had to sneeze nonstop and become a public health risk in order to win SCOOP Event #30-H 6-Max...more

SCOOP 2017: All hail Kenny "SpaceyFCB" Hallaert, Event #29-H champ ($1,050 NLHE 8-Max)

Today we learned the delayed final table is no more at the World Series of Poker Main Event. That is to say, the WSOP Main Event will be playing down to a winner this summer rather than halt things with nine players left and finish the tournament out months later....more

PokerStars names Player Affairs Consultant

My father was usually the first to greet me at the door during visits home from college. One fateful summer day in 2002, I received no such greeting. It was a day that would alter the course of my existence for years to come. I was 20, entering my senior...more

The Poker Starting Five: Who Is On Your Team?

After a lengthy lead-up, the NBA Finals has at last arrived. Following such a long regular season and multiple rounds of playoffs, it's a bit like what happens when a large field poker tournament finally reaches its conclusion - there's just one more heads-up battle to go and a...more

Daily SCOOP Day 8: How to fit 28 results into a headline?

A quite ridiculous number of results, more events starting, more to conclude, and more changes on the overall Leaderboard. It can only be Day 8 of SCOOP 2017. Day 8 The headlines at the start of the second week I can highly recommend trawling through the results from the weekend...more

SCOOP 2017: DBerglin turns tables on PanchoSuper to claim title ($530 NLHE - Progressive KO)

Is there a better feeling in the world than winning a bounty? Well, of course there is, but humor me for a moment. In the world of tournament poker, it has to be right up there with the feeling you get when the person to your right announces all-in when...more

14 May

SCOOP 2017: SamSquid squeezes past three Brazilians in Event #27-H ($1,050 NLO8, 8-Max)

Sam "SamSquid" Grafton has banked some significant SCOOP cashes in the past, winning $234K back in 2012 and another $153K in 2013. Coming into this evening he had never won a COOP title, and his opportunity to make it happen this time was a difficult one. But after a grueling...more

SCOOP 2017: Rino2016192 denies etxnl01 another K.O. victory, wins Event #24-H ($530 NLHE, 6-Max, Prog. KO)

It was an uphill battle for Rino2016192. The Romanian player started the final table fourth in chips and a non-existent amount of experience in high stakes tournaments. Before today, Rino2016192's biggest buy-in was $200 and our champion's largest cash was for $123.99. Then Rino2016192 had a great run in this...more

SCOOP 2017: Ben "Sauce123" Sulsky with a second SCOOP ($25,000 Heads-Up, High Roller)

Heads-up poker continues to be a popular format and there is a small, talented group of players who play in the nosebleed stakes. The heads-up cash tables draw big crowds when the money is flying but the SCOOP $25,000 Heads-Up High Roller pulled them into the tournament arena offering up...more

SCOOP 2017: Bonomo snags second SCOOP title in Event #25-H ($2,100 8-Game)

The beauty of the Spring Championship of Online Poker is that players are not locked into bankroll or game constraints. Low limit grinders have the low limit buy-ins while mixed game players have non-hold em' event ranging from no limit omaha eight-or-better to five-card draw. The final pairing for Event...more

13 May

SCOOP 2017: Feeding fear and assaulting calm, Andrey 'Gigaloff' Zhigalov wins FLO8 Event #22-H ($1,050 Limit O8)

FLO8. Sounds like a deep-house DJ from Berlin, or one of those wonder drugs from BigPharma that helps you alleviate yourself with a smooth and steady stream. FLO8. It's really a cool acronym for Fixed-Limit Omaha Hi/Lo. You know the game, it's a favorite past time for those old cantankerous...more

SCOOP 2017: Mr. Badugi Matthias "Mati312" Brandner wins Badugi SCOOP ($1,050 FL Badugi)

Badugi is a twist on the game a lot of people played around their kitchen table with family members. A draw game but for a little more money than the nickel/dime games with grandma. The SCOOP high buy-in $2,100 Badugi event drew a small but talented field including Matthias "Mati312"...more

SCOOP 2017: Patience nets KornmeisterX 2nd COOP title in Event #19-H ($1,050 NLHE, Progressive KO, Thursday Thrill Special Edition)

Germany's KornmeisterX has enjoyed COOP success before, having won a NL Omaha Hi-Lo event during TCOOP 2016. With its slow structure and two hole cards versus four, the challenge in SCOOP 2017's first Thursday Thrill Special Edition was a very different kind. And instead of coming in with the chip...more

12 May

SCOOP 2017: Robert "pokerguru740" Kuhn Zooms to second SCOOP ($2,100 6-Max, Zoom)

The 2017 Spring Championship of Online Poker moved into the second weekend and Event #23 drew a lot of interest with fast-fold action and short-handed tables. The high buy-in version of the tournament drew some talented players and created a stacked final table. Former WSOP Circuit Main Event champ Robert...more

SCOOP 2017: _TheJds_ denies James 'Andy McLEOD' Obst a 5th SCOOP; wins Event #20-H ($2,100 PLO Heads-Up)

Sometimes you have to defeat a legend in dramatic fashion to make history of your own. _TheJds_from Finland thwarted Andy McLEOD's daring attempt at his fifth SCOOP title and seventh overall COOP in Event #20-H $2,100 Heads-up PLO. In a pugnacious bout that lasted ten frantic levels, _TheJds_delivered the crushing...more

SCOOP 2017: flong78 tops Galfond, George to take Event #18-H ($2,100 TD 2-7)

These "High" buy-in events in the Spring Championship of Online Poker are all attracting tough, talented fields -- as expected. That means anyone coming away with a win in these events has achieved something special. Add on top of that going from dead last in chips to start a final...more

Daily SCOOP Day 5: Wins for Carrel and Wong, while Anderson tops leaderboard

More results from the first week of SCOOP and more familiar winners. The same goes for the overall leader board with a familiar name assuming top spot. Three more events begin today with four more concluding... Day 5 The headlines from the fifth day We're well into SCOOP 2017 now...more

11 May

SCOOP 2017: Charlie "Epiphany77" Carrel adds second COOP in Event #16 ($1,050 PLO8 6-Max)

One of the midweek tournaments on the 2017 SCOOP schedule was a little split pot, pot limit, four-card fun. Event #16 was a $1,050 Pot-Limit Omaha/8 tournament played on short-handed tables that better than doubled its $150,000 guaranteed prize pool. The tournament was a long process of chopping up pots...more

SCOOP 2017: drew.derzh goes from penny poker to a $100K victory in a year, wins SCOOP #17-H ($1,050 NLHE)

Just a bit over a year ago, drew.derzh was playing for pennies on PokerStars. After signing up and failing to cash in his first two $0.10, 360-player turbo tournaments, drew.derzh finished 4th in a $0.50, 45-player tournament. It was his first cash on PokerStars and the Ukrainian player won a...more

SCOOP 2017: Russia's BIack88 wins second SCOOP with $25K High Roller title (Event #15-H $25,000 NLHE)

"In order to be the Man, you got to beat the Man. Wooooo!" said Rick Flair. The flamboyant wrestler paraphrased an common theme, no matter the time and place in history. Simply... if you wanted to be the best, then you had to beat the best. BIack88, from Russia, was...more

SCOOP 2017: Win for Jerry "hummylun" Wong in Event #14-H ($2,100 Razz)

The World Series of Poker is coming back around later this month. For Jerry "hummylun" Wong, the WSOP's return is welcome -- after all, just a year ago he made it all of the way to eighth place in the WSOP Main Event for a career-best $1.1 million-plus score. For...more

Hatrick19911 tops All Stars Challenge

The All Stars Challenge has reached its conclusion, and Hatrick19911 is our champion. The Ukrainian player held the lead since around the midway point and finished with $25,453 in profit. He will also take home the $20,000 first prize... not a bad return for the 4,686 hands he played during...more

Changes in Progressive KOs

We're in the process of making changes to the display of Progressive Knockout tournaments. These changes will be gradually rolled out over the month of May as the latest software is released. The point of the changes is to make it clearer how much stands to be won, and how...more

Daily SCOOP Day 4: Can saying it's true make it true?

A little quieter on the SCOOP front with just two events concluding today (and by that we mean six when you count the three buy-in levels). Then there was the leader board to think about, and events coming up today... Day 4 The headlines from the fourth day As Dan...more

SCOOP 2017: Third time's the charm for anti-durrr in Event #12-H ($1,050 NLHE Super Tuesday SE)

A few hundred players enter the Super Tuesday every week, putting up $1,050 for a deep stack and the chance to put it to use against top players with a slow blind structure. The stacks at the final table are deep and the best players shine through, making it the...more

10 May

SCOOP 2017: sadface11 left smiling after SCOOP #11-H victory ($530+R PLO, 6-Max)

They say if you repeat a phrase often enough it might just come true. Think of Muhammed Ali's now infamous "I am the greatest". The slogan had the power not only to propel Ali into early stardom, but to manifest itself into reality as he went on to become arguably...more

Darrell Goh and the itchy feet: A SCOOP success story

If we outfitted Darrell Goh with a red and white striped shirt, we could play a live game of Where's Waldo. When he first slipped onto our radar a couple of years ago, the young man was decidedly rootless. Though he was originally from Northern Ireland, he had spent that...more

Daily SCOOP Day 3: Win for Jacobson, but number eight for Anderson

There were more familiar winners over night as SCOOP 2017 began to stretch its legs, with a new record set for Championship titles. Meanwhile there is a new name at the top of the leader board, which may change this time tomorrow, with four events to start today, with two...more

9 May

SCOOP 2017: Calvin "cal42688" Anderson zooms to 8th SCOOP win in Event #13-H, $530 NLHE (3-Max, Turbo, Zoom, Progressive KO)

Whether you're talking poker or life in general, there aren't many sure things in this world. But there are a few. The air smells great after a rain. Late-night Vegas pai-gow is a good idea. And if Calvin "cal42688" Anderson gets within striking distance of a SCOOP title, there's very...more

SCOOP 2017: Ro4dToBrook3 defeats Nitsche to win the button and Event #10-H ($2,100 NLHE Win the Button)

Win the button. It's a relatively new concept in tournament poker; most players are still working out their logistics/strategy/optimum plays with the game but they seem to have fun playing it. The $2,100 buy-in version of the tournament drew 246 players to participate in the interesting variation, from hugely successful...more

SCOOP 2017: More HORSE for Maicoshaa, Somerville takes 10th in Event #9 ($1,050 H.O.R.S.E.)

HORSE is where all the cool kids do their work. At least that's what Team PokerStars Pro Jason Somerville told his thousands of Twitch viewers as he tried to make the final table in SCOOP #9-H. Somerville was one of the 25 players to return to Day 2, but he...more

SCOOP 2017: Martin 'M.nosbocaJ' Jacobson with Oracular Spectacular Win in Event #8-H ($530 NL Rebuys)

This final table for 2017 SCOOP Event #8-H $530 NL with old-school rebuys featured four SCOOP champions: Jeff 'jeff710' Hakim, TUTI88, TheDegenFund, and etxnl01. When the virtual dust settled, Martin 'M.nosbocaJ' Jacobson denied all four of them a multiple SCOOP win. Yeah, you know him. Jacobson etched his name in...more

SCOOP 2017: PokinStaR shines brightest, wins Event #7-H ($2,100 NLO8, 6-Max, Prog. KO)

Sometimes the "endgame" portion of a poker tournament just seems to belong to one player rather than any of the others. Such was the case today in the "High" version of Event #7 of this year's Spring Championship of Online Poker, a $2,100 buy-in no-limit Omaha Eight-or-Better tournament played six-handed...more

Sick hold mints next PokerStars millionaire

You should know this much: the chips went in on the flop. There was no stopping it from happening. It didn't matter that there was a million dollar first prize on the line. It didn't matter that fate is cruel, life ain't fair, and the sun would still, we assume,...more

Daily SCOOP: Introducing some familiar faces on Day 2

At last results from SCOOP 2017, with the five opening events drawing to a close as five more got started. Dylan Lind tops the leader board thanks to his opening day win. Day 2 The headlines from the second day Chief among the winners today was Dylan "ImaLucSac" Lind who...more

8 May

SCOOP 2017: A two-hour FT bubble, a $2 deal and a second SCOOP for Dylan Linde in Event #6-H ($1,050 NLHE)

It was a final table bubble to behold. Our eventual champion, Dylan "ImaLucSac" Linde was short-stacked when we got seven-handed, but nearly two-and-a-half hours of play later, he started the final table near the middle of the pack and went on to win his second SCOOP title and $126,852.24. Dylan...more

SCOOP 2017: Mr.Bittar chops with sk2ll_m0dR, wins race to take Event #04-H ($2,100 NLHE)

Diego "Mr.Bittar" Bittar was last seen competing for a SCOOP title in 2015, when he entered the final of Event #40-M with the chip lead and eventually finished fourth. Now, two years later, despite not leading for the first time until just two hands before the tournament ended, the Brazilian...more

SCOOP 2017: raconteur denies Makarov and Holz for Event #5-H title ($2,100 6-Max, PLO, Sunday Grand SE)

CrownUpGuy: "greetings to my boys and god bless the beautiful game of PLO" Yes, nothing like a game of chicken with a hundred thousand dollars on the line. The Spring Championship of Online Poker Event #5-H PLO 6-max Sunday Grand Special Edition final table would feature one of the longest...more

SCOOP 2017: u3meha defeats Danchev for Event #3-H Knockout title ($2,100 NLH Progressive KO)

The 2017 Spring Championship of Online Poker kicked off on Sunday with a handful of tournaments finishing out on Monday. There are six opening events (times three different price points) playing down to a winner and Event 3 saw players making some serious money long before they hit the payout...more

SCOOP 2017: FourSixFour claims SCOOP #2-H victory for $123,780 ($1,050 NL Hold'em)

It's May, and spring has well and truly sprung. While many can be found enjoying the warmer weather outdoors, the grinders among us are most likely to be found inside next to a pile of month-long provisions and Vitamin-D pills with no intention of seeing a single ray of sunlight...more

Davidi Kitai's partner owns the rail in Monaco


Daily SCOOP: An unusually quiet start for Day 1

SCOOP 2017 is underway, it's just you'd have a hard time noticing it from what follows. While opening day featured five events to kick things off we still await the first result... Day 1 The headlines from opening day Hello, yes, welcome. Headlines... headlines. Well, we don't have any. We...more

5 May

Globetrotting Sorrentino hits career high to claim title at PokerStars Championship presented by Monte-Carlo Casino®

The newest Championship winner: Raffaele Sorrentino Raffaele Sorrentino, a 37-year-old professional poker player from Catanzaro in Italy, has lived the life of the travelling pro over the past few years. His permanent residence is officially Malta but he lives primarily out of a suitcase, like many hundreds of others on...more

PokerStars Championship presented by Monte-Carlo Casino®: Julian Stuer storms through the high roller final table

It was a Stuer slaughter at the final table. After we got down to six players at the €25,000 High Roller tournament of the PokerStars Championship presented by Monte-Carlo Casino®, Germany's Julian Stuer took care of every single elimination. By the time he got heads-up with John Juanda, Stuer had...more

PokerStars Championship presented by Monte-Carlo Casino®: Main Event Final Table live updates

10:25pm: Raffaelle Sorrentino wins the PSC Monte Carlo Main Event Level 32 - Blinds 100,000/200,000 (ante 30,000) It's all over and it took a massive cooler to end it. It started with a raise to 450,000 from Andreas Klatt. He had a premium hand, Q♠Q♦ to be precise. Raffaele Sorrentino...more

PokerStars Championship presented by Monte-Carlo Casino®: The king of yachts in the land of yachts

It's hard to impress a bunch of poker players playing for millions of Euros in a casino flanked by Ferraris and Lamborghinis, but Monaco has a way of doing that. Players were awestruck when the largest sailing yacht in the world, Sailing Yacht A, docked in plain view of the...more

PokerStars Championship presented by Monte-Carlo Casino®: Celina Lin still inspired to grind

Team PokerStars Pro Celina Lin seemed a little dejected when she spoke to us this afternoon, but that's exactly what can happen when you get two-outered in a high equity spot on a final table. Luckily for Lin it's hard to stay down for long in such a beautiful city....more

PokerStars Championship presented by Monte-Carlo Casino®: High rolling Ramos

It was a tough flip to lose. Team PokerStars Pro Felipe Ramos had been coming close to a High Roller victory for some time. Then he found himself deep in the €25,000 PokerStars Championship presented by Monte-Carlo Casino® with a decent stack. There were 12 players left and Ramos got...more

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Watch a replay of the final table coverage from the PokerStars Championship presented by Monte-Carlo Casino®. Now playing: Monte Carlo Main Event final table re-play LIVE UPDATES | CHIP COUNTS | PAYOUTS...more

PokerStars Championship presented by Monte-Carlo Casino®: Hopping from High Rollers with Igor Kurganov

Igor Kurganov is no stranger to High Roller tournaments, and he's acquainted himself with a few more here in Monaco this week. Already No 1 on Russia's all-time money list with over $12 million in live cashes to his name, the recent addition to Team PokerStars Pro spoke to us...more

Weekend Warm-Up: It's all about SCOOP and Monaco

Five things from the week on PokerStars... • The Spring Championship of Online Poker is here. • Jason Somerville looks forward to SCOOP 2017 • Kevin Hart teams up with PokerStars to "make poker fun again". • Final day for Main Event and High Roller at PokerStars Championship • Bryn...more

4 May

PokerStars Championship presented by Monte-Carlo Casino®: Muehloecker leads final 27 in €25K High Roller

After a short Day 1 and a long Day 2, only 27 players remain in the €25,000 High Roller. While Day 1 was cut short due to a soccer game, Day 2 dragged on thanks to a pesky bubble. The day finally ended when Steffan Sontheimer moved all-in with in...more

Ace-cracker Kolkowicz takes final-day lead at PokerStars Championship presented by Monte-Carlo Casino®

Michael Kolkowicz: Chip leader after a topsy-turvy day When it comes to the final day of a PokerStars Championship Main Event, there's really no need for a slow build up. Over the best part of the past week of competition, a starting field of 727 has been whittled down to...more

PokerStars Championship presented by Monte-Carlo Casino®: Main Event Day 5 live updates

• Ace-cracker Michael Kolkowicz takes final-day lead in PokerStars Championship presented by Monte-Carlo Casino® Main Event Day 5 coverage archive: • PLAYERS: 6 of 727 | CHIP COUNTS • POKERSTARS TV | DOWNLOAD POKERSTARS • PAYOUTS (€3,525,950 total; €500,800 for first) • ALL MONTE CARLO INFO | SCHEDULE | SIDE...more

PokerStars Championship presented by Monte-Carlo Casino®: Final table player profiles

A little more about the eight men at the final table of the Stars Championship presented by Monte-Carlo Casino® Main Event. (With thanks to Jan Kores, PokerStars Media Co-ordinator). LIVE UPDATES | CHIP COUNTS | PAYOUTS | POKERSTARS.TV STREAM Seat 1: Andrey Bondar, 44, Orenburg/Russia Andrey Bondar's road to the...more

Schemion, Gruissem & Holz headline side event winners at PokerStars Championship presented by Monte-Carlo Casino®

So much poker has been played throughout the past two weeks here in Monaco that it's been hard to keep up with it all. From the Main Events to the cash games, side events to charity tournaments, you're never more than a few metres away from a three-bet. We've already...more

PokerStars Championship presented by Monte-Carlo Casino®: A wild Jungleman appears

Daniel "Jungleman" Cates is like a rare Pokemon who'll pop up in random places around the world when you least expect it. There was no sign of Cates in the €100,000 Super High Roller, the Main Event or Day 1 of the €25,000 High Roller; so it was quite the...more

It must be the money! Prizes for €25K HR announced at PokerStars Championship presented by Monte-Carlo Casino®

On the most recent 15-minute break just outside of the Salle des Etoiles poker room here in Monaco, we saw the usual clusters. Steffen Sontheimer, Stefan Schillhabel, Reiner Kempe and Dominik Nitsche - aka 'The Germans' - were huddled together by the fountain. Mike Watson, Sam Greenwood and Justin Bonomo...more

Negreanu's intentions are clear; he's chip leader in the €25K HR at PokerStars Championship presented by Monte-Carlo Casino®

Daniel Negreanu doesn't do anything by halves. From his 100% vegan diet and his recent transformation into a gym body, to his podcast and YouTube channel, and his work ethic as one of poker's greatest ambassadors. Notice I've left the game of poker itself off that list. That's because why...more

PokerStars Championship presented by Monte-Carlo Casino®: €25K High Roller rolls into Day 2

Technically, it's Day 2. But in a way it's still Day 1. Let's explain. Yesterday saw the much-anticipated €25K High Roller event in the PokerStars Championship presented by Monte-Carlo Casino® get underway, though a shortened schedule meant only seven one-hour levels have played out thus far -- a bit shy...more

Kevin Hart and PokerStars announce exciting partnership


3 May

Nardin heads last 16 at PokerStars Championship presented by Monte-Carlo Casino®

Romain Nardin: Leader after a series of huge pots Forty-five players walked up the curvy Monte-Carlo Bay Casino road, past Ferraris and Lamborghinis to take a shot at one of the year's most prestigious poker titles this morning. They took a seat in a tournament room that looks out into...more

PokerStars Championship presented by Monte-Carlo Casino®: Khoroshenin, Dvoress lead €25K High Roller Day 1

Are you ready for some football? Oui, oui, say several participants of today's first day of the three-day €25K High Roller, one of the several exciting events helping conclude this PokerStars Championship presented by Monte-Carlo Casino®. Thanks to tonight's big Champions League semifinal football match between AS Monaco and Juventus...more

PokerStars Championship presented by Monte-Carlo Casino®: Silver leading usual suspects early in €25K High Roller

We'd like to offer a midday report for you high roller fans. But it's a shortened Day 1 for this €25K High Roller, one of the marquee events of the PokerStars Championship presented by Monte-Carlo Casino®. That means "midday" has already passed, as the first four of seven scheduled one-hour...more

PokerStars Championship presented by Monte-Carlo Casino®: Daniel Dvoress on the High Roller radar

Those who follow high roller tournaments like the €25K High Roller that's getting started today in the PokerStars Championship presented by Monte-Carlo Casino® -- as well as the super high rollers with even bigger buy-ins -- have become familiar with Daniel Dvoress. And if not, well, they should have. Daniel...more

PokerStars Championship presented by Monte-Carlo Casino®: Here come the High Rollers, €25K begins today

My colleague opened up the Day 4 Main Event live updates today with a reference to an excursion made by your humble band of scribblers last night -- some bowling at the nearby Ni Box alley located just a short walk from the venue. It is possible beers might have...more

2 May

Super Tuesday: Joshua "slayerv1fan" Hoesel tops four-way deal for $50K (5-2-17)

It's fair to say that Joshua "slayerv1fan" Hoesel lives the dream. He's been grinding away in the poker ex-pat community of Rosarito, Mexico, for the last six years. During that time he's booked more than $1.5 million in PokerStars multi-table tournament winnings, including a $245K SCOOP 2016 win, around his...more

SCOOP Players' Choice: You pick the game!

In the bunker of the PokerStars HQ where we keep the smart people who know about these things, there is a certain team of people who put together the schedules for the major PokerStars Online Championships, better known as COOPs. For the most part, these folks fill in the entire...more

Discord is here

Don't panic - it's good news this time. While "discord" generally means a lack of agreement and people not getting along, in this context it means the exact opposite. Now, if you're of a certain age and bent, you're already saying "Wait - PokerStars is on Discord?" But if this...more

Kolkowicz krushes frantic day at PokerStars Championship presented by Monte-Carlo Casino®

Michael Kolkowicz: Leading at the end of a high-octane day It was another fast and frantic day at the PokerStars Championship presented by Monte-Carlo Casino® Main Event. Fast because they cut a level from the five that were scheduled; frantic because everybody seemed to want to get their chips in...more

1 May

We have a challenge for you. A £100 Million challenge

We have a challenge for you. A £100 Million challenge Today the Stars Group is announcing details of the biggest prize in Sport Betting & Gaming. It's free to enter. And you could win £100 Million, or similar eye-watering amounts in Krone, Krona or Euro. You read that right. All...more

PokerStars Championship presented by Monte-Carlo Casino®: Petrangelo leads as Graziano bubbles

Petrangelo - top of the class again Today, for the first time in the PokerStars Championship Main Event presented by Monte-Carlo Casino®, the field began to shrink instead of grow. Before play began there were 11 new entries meaning the field topped out at 727 runners. Only 340 players had...more

Weekend Review: SPEWTARD triumphant in Million, while events in Monaco play on

A look at the major results on PokerStars this weekend. Weekend highlights on PokerStars • SPEWTARD wins the Sunday Million and a first prize of $155,588 after a heads-up deal. • The PokerStars Championship Monte Carlo plays on Sunday Million It was SPEWTARD who came out best in the Sunday...more

PokerStars Championship Sochi: The Best Russian Players Ever

PokerStars and the world of high-stakes poker will roll into Russia in just a few weeks when PokerStars Championship Sochi kicks off on May 20. Of course, Russians are no strangers to high-stakes poker with the game's popularity growing in the country over the past few years. So, players...more

Sunday Million: SPEWTARD takes the title for $155k victory

Deception is among the most important traits of the trained poker player. And in an online game where getting a read on your opponent can be tricky - what better way to convince the opposition that you're nothing more than a mega-fish than by choosing a cunningly disguised screen-name? With...more