June 2017

30 June

Usain Bolt and Kevin Hart take on PokerStars #GameOn Battle of the Brains

It's fast vs funny in social media skirmish The world's fastest man, Usain Bolt, and the world's funniest man, Kevin Hart, are going head-to-head to see who has the most maverick mind, in a challenge presented by PokerStars. The pair will be aiming to outsmart one another in the biggest...more

Weekend Warm-Up: From the week on PokerStars

From the week on PokerStars... • Marbella crowns two winners • Celebrate Discord at PokerStars • Royal Ascot sends one man to PokerStars Festival Lille PokerStars Festival Marbella There was no doubting the big news this week. (The) PokerStars Festival Marbella came to a close, with the Main Event won...more

28 June

PokerStars Festival Lille: French legends of poker

The French have always had an innate passion for all kinds of card games. In fact, the old French card game poque, which involved skill and bluff, is believed by many to be an early forerunner of poker. It's thought the game reached the United States via French settlers...more

Stephen Hendry battles Lex Veldhuis at PokerStars Festival Marbella


27 June

Super Tuesday: Winding path leads Ferran789999 to $49K victory (6-27-17)

This week's Super Tuesday final table kicked off with two past champions in the lineup. Both two-time winner Andreas "mrAndreeew" Berggren and 2015 champ Rebel FishAK had finished in second place in the Super Tuesday in recent weeks, too, adding some extra motivation to their quests for a repeat title....more

Going to Barcelona via Discord

You may already be aware that PokerStars now has a presence on Discord, the popular e-gaming discussion and voice chat platform. If you're not, you can read all about it here. To celebrate a successful first two months on Discord, we're throwing a bit of a party. On Saturday July...more

26 June

Weekend Review: Marbella and the Million

A look at the major results on PokerStars this weekend. Weekend highlights on PokerStars • Andreas "daskalos20" Christoforou wins the Sunday Million • Ignacio López wins in Marbella Sunday Million If you haven't already read Jason Kirk's report of this week's Sunday Million, be sure to do so here. Not...more

Sunday Million: Dominant daskalos20 cruises to career-best $165K win (6-25-17)

Flashbacks to last December might have entered Andreas "daskalos20" Christoforou's mind toward the end of this week's Sunday Million. Holding the chip lead at the start of heads-up play hadn't prevented his opponent from mounting a big comeback mind at the end of the Super Tuesday, and his lead then...more

25 June

PokerStars Festival Marbella: Ignacio López wins record-breaking Main Event for €152K

A few days ago, we took you on a walk down Marbella memory lane to see all of the previous winners of PokerStars events here. After four years, there had been two Spanish winners, and two British winners. While the Spaniards dominated this final table, there was a sole Brit...more

PokerStars Festival Marbella: And then there were three

When we last checked in with the Main Event there were seven players left. We predicted that it might not stay that way for long as there were four stacks of less than 20 big blinds left in the tournament. Well, we don't always get it right, but in two...more

PokerStars Festival Marbella: Main Event down to seven, Margets third in chips

I think that headline says it all, don't you? But OK, I'll give you more details. They're down to seven in the PokerStars Main Event, but that could change quickly as there are some short stacks in desperate need of a double up right now. Naveiro leads Iñigo Naveiro is...more

PokerStars Festival Marbella: Final table player profiles

We've just lost Mazvydas Simaitis in 10th place, which means we have an unofficial final table forming right now. With no further ado, let me introduce you to the final nine in the PokerStars Festival Marbella Main Event. Fernando Curto Coming into the final day as the chip leader with...more

PokerStars Festival Marbella: Plenty up for grabs as final day = day of final tables

Today's the day that the week long PokerStars Festival Marbella draws to a close and it's going out with a bang. Over the last six days only five players have had the honour of winning a spadie. Today we'll double that number. Five spadies will be won today Whilst the...more

24 June

PokerStars Festival Marbella: Fernando Curto leads the final 10 in the Main Event

Curto played his cards right Earlier today we postulated that today was the day when the fight for a place at the final table really began. At noon local time 76 players returned with that goal in mind. They couldn't win the tournament today, the final table was as far...more

PokerStars Festival Marbella: 20-year-old Oriol Fernández takes down High Roller for €78,200

Y'know, it can be pretty hard to sit in an air-conditioned room playing cards when the blazing sun, gorgeous beaches and amazing food and drink that Marbella has to offer are enticing you outside. But for one young man in particular tonight, that was a sacrifice he's now very happy...more

PokerStars Festival Marbella: The Main Event sweet 16

We're deep into Day 3 of the PokerStars Festival Marbella Main Event, and there are just 16 players over two tables remaining. The players have gone on a well-earned dinner break, and it's Fernando Curto who holds the chip lead currently with 3.77 million. When players return, the blinds will...more

PokerStars Festival Marbella: Hand of the Day

We're not going to sugar coat this at all. What you'll read below is a brutal hand that sent three players tumbling out of the tournament and created a new chip leader. Hand of the day. Certainly. Hand of the tournament: quite possibly. Let's get into it... With blinds at...more

PokerStars Festival Marbella: One Team Pro and one former champ still in with 37 left

Just over half of the 76 players who returned for Day 3 of the PokerStars Festival Marbella Main Event have now been eliminated, so it seems like the perfect time to bring you an update on the goings on. They're down to 37 players right now, and the man out...more

PokerStars Festival Marbella: Side event wins for Poland, France, Romania and Switzerland

Poker is a global game and its language is universal. For proof of that, you need to look no further than the nationalities of the side event winners thus far at this Marbella festival. Yes we might be in sunny Spain but no Señor's or señora's have found their way...more

PokerStars Festival Marbella: Simultaneous bust-outs burst €2,200 High Roller bubble

While the Main Event is playing out in the main poker room here at PokerStars Festival Marbella, there's another tournament going on down in Casino Marbella's La Caseta. The €2,200 High Roller kicked off yesterday, attracting a field of 184 players. That created a prize pool of €353,280 to...more

PokerStars Festival Marbella: The fight for a final table spot begins

Us reporters like to pigeonhole different days of a poker tournament, it helps liven things up after years of reporting on them. So with that in mind, if Day 1 is as much about survival as accumulation and Day 2 is moving day - where a stack to make a...more

23 June

PokerStars Festival Marbella: Thomas De Rooij leads 76 survivors after bubble-bursting Day 2

Despite the fact than an hour level was knocked off the Day 2 schedule, I'd say we still manage to cram in just as much action. After three Day 1 flights, this tournament with 949 total entries had got down to 354 players, all of whom returned to battle at...more

Snooker legend Stephen Hendry on poker ambitions, O'Sullivan's tilt, and "the subtle art of not giving a f**k"

There's only one pool table tucked away in a corner room of the H10 Marbella hotel lobby, and it's usually unattended. This is Marbella after all; when the sun goes down, the eating, drinking, and partying usually begins. Staying inside to shoot spots and stripes isn't normally on the...more

PokerStars Festival Marbella: Lex Veldhuis - Twitch is my grind now

Lex Veldhuis on a rare break from the Twitch grind Over the past month or so the most common question Lex Veldhuis has had to field from the comfort of his own home is why he isn't currently playing poker 8,500 kilometres away in Vegas. There's a simple answer. Twitch....more

PokerStars Festival Marbella: The bubble has burst and the big names are building

We're just a few hours away from play ending on Day 2, and the bubble has finally burst, a little later than expected. During Level 16, 2,500/5,000, we were down to 136 players, meaning one more elimination guaranteed everyone remaining in the tournament a €1,795 payday. And for a moment...more

PokerStars Festival Marbella: Day 2 of record-breaking Main Event kicks off

While Wednesday's Day 1A of the PokerStars Festival Marbella wrapped up after 11 45-minute levels, yesterday went on until around 2am. That's because not only did we have the usual length Day 1B, but straight afterwards we also had a turbo Day 1C flight with 20-minute levels. It's essentially a...more

Weekend Warm-Up: Seeking that moment in the sun

What to look out for this weekend on PokerStars... • Marbella • More from the World Series of Poker • Poker In The Ears • Sunday Million Live PokerStars Festival Marbella Marbella is traditionally on the list of places British poker players head to for some sunshine with their poker....more

22 June

PokerStars Festival Marbella: Thora tops them all as big names fall

Sure as night follows day then Day 1B follows Day 1A in a PokerStars Festival Main Event. Almost as sure is that Day 1B will attract more players than Day 1A and blow me down that's what happened today at the Casino Marbella in the PokerStars Festival Marbella Main Event....more

PokerStars Festival Marbella: Where some of Spain's best online players come to play

While Adrian Mateos, Sergio Aido and the rest of Spain's high rollers are busy chasing gold bracelets in Las Vegas (and winning them, in Mateos' case), there are plenty of the best Spanish online poker players right here in Marbella. The thing is, as Spanish players who still live...more

PokerStars Festival Marbella: Main Event eclipses guarantee; record breaker in sight

It's a full house at PSF Marbella The signs were there. No not the ones directing players to 'La Caseta', although that was, in fairness, just as big a clue. La Caseta - which literally means 'the house' is the secondary tournament room which is only pressed into action if...more

Ascot Gold Cup set to send one player on an action packed poker trip

So last week we told you how PokerStars players could take part in The Big Race, a cross promotional thing between PokerStars and BetStars. At stake was a PokerStars Festival package worth at least $2,000, or some free BetStars bets. Well we're a step closer to giving out those prizes,...more

PokerStars Festival Marbella: Meet Stephen Hendry by the pool (table)

There's a set expression we use in life when times get tough: "it's not all fun and games". But you'll never hear that expression here in Marbella at the PokerStars Festival. Fun and games is quite literally all it is. Bust a tournament? No problem, go for a swim....more

PokerStars Festival Marbella: The misery of Medina

If you live in Spain and watch any of the PokerStars TV coverage of PokerStars Championship events then you're probably familiar with Francisco Medina. Or, at the very least you'd recognise his voice. Medina and his co-commentator Guillermo Sanz are the Stapes and Hartigan of Spain. "I'm more Stapes," Medina...more

PokerStars Festival Marbella: More familiar faces about for Day 1B

Buenos Dias mi amigos, and welcome back to the Casino Marbella in...you guessed it, sunny Marbella. The south of Spain is glorious right now, but for the players who have come here to take part in the €1,100 PokerStars Festival Marbella Main Event, the outdoor distractions are going to...more

21 June

PokerStars Festival Marbella: Hugo Benitez bags Main Event Day 1A chip lead

In many ways, the opening flight on the €700,000 guaranteed PSF Marbella Main Event at Casino Marbella was a poker day like any other. Kings ran into Aces, a player made quads, Queens lost races to ace-king, the blinds went up and players were eliminated. But for Hugo Benitez it's...more

PokerStars Festival Marbella: Michal Janczarski takes down huge MegaStack event

Michal Janczarski - MegaStack champ It's tough for people to be lured out of the sun, sand and surf and enticed into a cool, air-conditioned poker room. But when there's an event like a MegaStack, which combines an affordable buy-in with a healthy prize pool, it was no surprise to...more

PokerStars Festival Marbella: A trip down Marbella's memory lane

While this might be the first time the PokerStars Festival has touched down in Marbella, there's been plenty of hot poker action here over the years to match the weather outside. Every year since 2013 PokerStars has paid a visit to the wonderful Casino Marbella with the Estrellas and UKIPT...more

PokerStars Festival Marbella: Veldhuis, Moreira de Melo and Hendry headline Day 1A

One's a self-proclaimed 'old-school' member of Team Liquid for Starcraft: Brood War. One's an Olympic gold medal-winning field hockey striker. One's a seven-time world snooker champion, and one of the greatest players of all time. Forget about the poker for a second; this Day 1A field here at the PokerStars...more

PokerStars Festival Marbella: The man who beat 14,000 people to get here

For the Lex Veldhuises and Fatima Moreira de Melos of the poker world, this €1,100 PokerStars Festival Marbella Main Event will be just another day (albeit an exciting one) in the 'office'. Just another chance to ply the trade they've been working on for years. But for many players here...more

PokerStars Festival Marbella: €700,000 guaranteed Main Event starts today

The calm before the storm Good afternoon all, and welcome to a bright and sunny Marbella. Or, to put it another way, welcome to Marbella. We've been running events in conjunction with Casino Marbella since 2013. For the past four years it was a Estrellas/UKIPT mash up but this week...more

Negreanu eyes another title in the Limit Hold'em Championship

It was another long night for Daniel Negreanu, but then you suspect he would have wanted it this way. A few hours ago play stopped for the night in the $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship in Las Vegas, with plans to play down to a final table discarded with 14 left....more

Relive the winning hand from PokerStars Championship Sochi


20 June

Super Tuesday: Dominant vicenfish lands a $59K whopper (6-20-17)

Vicente "vicenfish" Delgado Zamorano is no stranger to success at the highest levels of PokerStars tournaments. Among his more than $4.8 million in career earnings here are wins in high-roller events at WCOOP 2014 and TCOOP 2017, worth more than $900,000 combined, and a victory this February in the Sunday...more

19 June

Weekend Review: buba971 wins Sunday Million while Mercier and Negreanu go deep at WSOP

A look at the major results on PokerStars this weekend. Weekend highlights on PokerStars • buba971 wins the special half price Sunday Million • Mercier and Negreanu go deep in WSOP HORSE championship Sunday Million It cost half the usual fee to play and got roughly four times the usual...more

Half Price Sunday Million: buba971 swings $183K victory in classic underdog style

This week's special Half Price edition of the Sunday Million was everything you could have expected and more. With a field five times its normal size and a final table lineup that included one former champion and three others who had made it as far as the final table in...more

17 June

WSOP 2017: Daniel Negreanu, Jason Mercier among final 15 in $10K HORSE

Well, well, well. Isn't this interesting? Tonight, the World Series of Poker will crown the new champion of the $10,000 HORSE event. It will be replacing the man who has held the title to that event for the past year: Jason Mercier. It's been a good run, Jason. But wait...as...more

16 June

Summer of Sport: The summer's ultimate sporting spectacles

With the close of another English football season, Chelsea fans are celebrating a triumphant return to the top while Arsenal supporters are no doubt glad to see the back of the Premier League, if not Wenger himself (which won't be happening at all after the Frenchman signed a new...more

Weekend Planner: Sunday Million goes half price (and Live)

What to look out for this weekend on PokerStars... • Half price Sunday Million • First ever Sunday Million LIVE • Poker In The Ears • Latest from the World Series of Poker Half price Sunday Million It's a big weekend for the Sunday Million. Not does the Sunday Million...more

First ever Sunday Million LIVE starts this weekend

If you hadn't already heard there's something unique kicking off on PokerStars this weekend. Having become the biggest event of the week in the world of online poker the PokerStars Sunday Million is about to take its first tentative steps into the real world, with the Sunday Million Live. The...more

15 June

PokerStars and BetStars team up to boost your bankroll this weekend

Special tournament this Sunday will award free BetStars bets and a poker holiday One day we'll track down the small dark office, illuminated by a single lightbulb and hidden away somewhere in PokerStars HQ where promotional ideas are dreamed up, but for now we'll just have to admire their work...more

14 June

WSOP 2017: Barry Greenstein close to gold again

As the World Series of Poker fires back up today, there are varying degrees of satisfaction among the members of Team PokerStars Pro. There are some who will have to start fresh. There is one who could win a bracelet tonight. There are a couple more who are still legging...more

Super Tuesday: Up-and-down final table nets Tuczas $67K (6-13-17)

Tuczas looked set to roll to the title. After entering the final table of this week's Super Tuesday with a middle-of-the-pack stack, the player from Poland ran it up into the chip lead. Then a 90-minute-plus drought of major pots turned what should have been a deep stack of ammunition...more

12 June

Weekend Review: kZhh, Negreanu and a Bolt from the blue

A look at the major results on PokerStars this weekend. Weekend highlights on PokerStars • kZhh of Hungary wins the Sunday Million and $176,000 • Bolt from the blue • Negreanu misses out on seventh bracelet Sunday Million It took kZhh a little more than an hour and a half...more

Sunday Million: Dominant 96-minute run worth $176K to kZhh (6-11-17)

Some Sunday Million final tables run long. Not this week's. TCOOP 2017 champion kZhh came to the final with a stack worth 45 big blinds more than anyone else's and immediately began attacking pots. Bad card luck prevented an outright runaway victory but the same consistent aggression that was on...more

9 June

Weekend planner: Series, Speed, & Stupid

With Congressional hearings in the States, elections in the UK, and turmoil around the globe, it feels like a good time for some weekend distractions. We have a bunch for you. Here are some good diversions for the next couple of days. SERIES We've been keeping tabs on the World...more

8 June

WSOP 2017: Bracelet hunt continues with Agarwal, Mercier, Negreanu in contention

Team PokerStars Pro appears intent on gold mining all summer, and today marks another chance to fill the trophy case. Aditya Agarwal is just 22 eliminations away from a World Series of Poker gold bracelet. Jason Mercier is running strong in the $10,000 Heads Up event. Meanwhile, Daniel Negreanu is...more

Usain Bolt, world's fastest man, partners with PokerStars

Don't blink, folks. This is gonna move pretty fast. Just a few minutes ago, Usain Bolt, the world's fastest man, announced he was teaming up with PokerStars to help promote the game around the world. Moreover, in the process, the eight-time Olympic gold winner called out PokerStars' favorite funnyman, Kevin...more

7 June

WSOP 2017: Second deep run of series leaves Negreanu just shy of bracelet #7

We all know Daniel Negreanu is a man who sets goals. And he often achieves them, in particular at the World Series of Poker where he's won six bracelets over the years and come close many times over to earn more. That Negreanu focus This year's installment of the WSOP...more

PokerSchoolOnline Progressive Jackpot reaches $30,000

What with all the World Series stuff going on you might have missed a chance to win big a little closer to home, and in a way that doesn't require you to beat the likes of ElkY or Daniel Negreanu along the way. It's called the PokerSchoolOnline Progressive Jackpot, and...more

WSOP 2017: Play stops with Daniel Negreanu heads-up for potential seventh bracelet

Tonight we were on the brink of writing a story we've encountered countless times. And yet, like the player it features himself, one that never seems to get old. If you haven't been following Daniel "Kid Poker" Negreanu's progress in the $10,000 pot-limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship it...more

6 June

Super Tuesday: Two months later, Mortan23 strikes back for $68K (6-6-17)

Mortan23 was in a position any poker player would envy. With the Super Tuesday title on the line, the past Sunday Warm-Up champ had come into heads-up play with a 4-to-1 chip lead and then managed to get the other player, sousinha23, all-in with pocket eights against Mortan23's own pocket...more

WSOP 2017: ElkY runner-up to Polk in High Roller for One Drop

It's almost become required of us to forget the player who finishes second. A cliché even. As Stu Ungar famously said, "show me a good loser and I'll show you a loser". But then, undoubted heroics aside, I always wondered if Mr Ungar might not have been the most empathetic...more

5 June

SCOOP leader board winners named: Joao "Naza114" Vieira tops overall

The Spring Championship of Online Poker might have finished more than a week ago, but there are still a few loose ends to tie up, and trophies to award. While we've become familiar with event winners, the leader boards took a little longer to tally, check, recheck, put in a...more

Chris Moneymaker proves he's still got game


4 June

WSOP 2017: Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier leads $111,111 One Drop final table

Don't be alarmed, but the Ghost of ElkY Past is haunting Las Vegas. It's been years since his last live final table. It's been years since his last live six-figure score. It's been years since he won a live poker tournament. Forget all that, because Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier's may be...more

3 June

Manila Megastack 7: Wu wins after epic heads-up battle

Taiwan's Po-yi Wu defeated Canada's Linh Tran to win his first major tournament title after an epic back-and-forth heads-up battle that took 26 hands to play out. The two players made a deal before heads-up began with Wu guaranteed a payday of at least ₱2,147,300 (~US$43,520) and Tran ₱1,900,000...more

2 June

Manila Megastack 7: Day 1B

Manila Megastack 7 Day 1B chip leader Kotaro Tsunodo The second and final starting flight of the Manila Megastack 7 Main Event is now in the books. A total of 284 players anted up the ₱30,000 buy-in to bring the total number of entries up to 507 and balloon the...more

WSOP 2017: Liv Boeree & Igor Kurganov team up to win gold

Many a poet has sat at his table, pen in hand, heart wringing in his chest like a soaked piece of laundry. He's scribbled and scratched out stanza after stanza in a futile effort to describe the burning love in his heart. Tonight, we have a new spring of...more

Weekend planner: Team Pros vie for WSOP gold

Daniel Negreanu The week may be done, but that doesn't mean the action is going to ease off. After a long week in Sochi and crowning the first PokerStars Championship winner there, we're turning our attention to the American desert and the gold mining that began this week. Here's what...more

Manila Megastack 7: Day 1A

Beveridge Leads Day 1A of Manila Megastack 7 Main Event Manila Megastack 7 Day 1A chip leader John Beveridge Day 1A of the Manila Megastack 7 is done and dusted with a total of 223 players anteing up the ₱30,000 (~US$600) buy-in and fighting it out at the felt over...more

1 June

PokerStars Festival Marbella: Off the beaten path on the Marbella food trail

The second European leg of this season's PokerStars Festival touches down in Marbella between June 19 and June 25 - and this chic destination in Southern Spain promises to be a real treat for visiting poker players. Situated between Málaga and the Strait of Gibraltar, and overlooked by the...more

Manila Megastack 7 Main Event set to start

PokerStars LIVE Manila card room at City of Dreams Greetings poker fans and welcome to the Manila Megastack 7 brought to you from the PokerStars LIVE Manila card room located at the luxurious City of Dreams resort in the Philippine's capital. The first of the ₱8 million (~US$160,786) guaranteed Main...more