July 2017

31 July

MicroMillions 13: ElCheikhh tops Main Event for $95K in five-way deal

Ever had a friend who didn't like pocket aces? Someone superstitious who'd had them cracked one too many times and swore off the starting hand more likely to win than any other in the game of hold'em? If you do, and you care about their feelings, don't tell them about...more

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Weekend review: MicroMillions set to crown a champion

We told you it was going to be a big weekend on PokerStars, and it was. For starters, just check out these final table finishes from more than 50 of the top tournaments on PokerStars this weekend. July 29-30, 2017 PokerStars weekend majors results And that was before we even...more

PokerStars Championship Barcelona: Seat open for Zedd!

Anton Zaslavski has a poker table in his house. He plays cards with his buddies just like any normal guy...except his poker table is personalized. And most of the people who know him don't know him by his Zaslavski surname. Most people of the five million people who follow him...more

Sunday Million: Late surge earns dlanger610 $165K (7-30-17)

Timing is everything in tournament poker. Just ask dlanger610. A two-outer at the start of this week's Sunday Million final against two different players holding overpairs kept the desperately short-stacked past Sunday Warm-Up champ in the hunt. Two hours later things the Dutch player was one "I agree" in the...more

28 July

Weekend planner: Mmmmmmm...MicroMillions, Manila, and More

We always forget this business is a marathon, and the weekends make us want to sprint. Or maybe it's our ongoing relationship with Usain Bolt. In any case, we've been going at full speed for a bit. After last weekend's WSOP, Usain Bolt, and Korea adventures, we're not entirely sure...more

26 July

New 'Time to Act' settings to be trialled

One of the most frustrating aspects of playing cash games can be making a disciplined fold and then having to wait for your opposition to play out a painfully slow hand before you get to make your next decision. Unsurprisingly one of the most common complaints we receive is about...more

2017 ACOP: Official schedule unveiled

PokerStars LIVE Macau has unveiled the official schedule for the 2017 Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP) -- where the world's best poker players come to compete in Asia's richest annual poker series. This year's ACOP takes place from October 13-29 and will feature 24 ACOP Title Events where each victor...more

25 July

Super Tuesday: Comeback bags Cashcid Linc $59K, third title (7-25-17)

Winning the Super Tuesday once is a notable feat. Winning it twice is enough to join some select company. What about a third win? That's a great question to ask Germany's Cashcid Linc. After surviving all-in coin-flip situations a few times early on, claiming the chip lead, and then losing...more

24 July

Weekend Review: Blumstein's WSOP, Han's Korea, Bolt's Monaco

This was a weekend we won't soon forget. Our team was spread out all over the world, and they saw everything from bad beats to big wins to history as it happened. Here's a quick rundown of our biggest stories from the weekend. BLUMSTEIN'S DEUCE For the 13th consecutive year,...more

Boltmania in Monaco: Usain Bolt talks final races, poker heights, and being stalked by Kevin Hart

In 2016, a respectable crowd of just over 3,000 gathered at the Louis II Stadium on the edge of Monaco to witness the IAAF Diamond League athletics meet. But on Friday 21 July, at 2017's equivalent, the year-on-year turnout had more than sextupled. The sold-out, jam-packed stadium saw 20,000...more

PokerStars Festival Korea: Taehoon Han takes the title!

New Zealand's Taehoon Han has just been crowned the PokerStars Festival Main Event champion! Along with the prestigious title and trophy he also takes home ₩83,130,000 ($74,651). The 26 year-old from Aukland was born here in Korea and has earned his homeland's poker crown. Han doesn't class himself as a...more

Sunday Million: Dominant Kabotajoe cruises to $162K victory (7-23-17)

With a resume that includes past appearances at SCOOP and Sunday Warm-Up finals, plus three separate Super Tuesday finals in the first six months of this year alone, Germany's Kabotajoe knows what it's like to be within sight of big money here at PokerStars. All of those previous finishes ended...more

23 July

PokerStars Festival Korea: Heads up set as three more fall

Heads up between Yuki Ko and Taehoon Han is now set here in the PokerStars Festival Korea Main Event after Harunobu Kojima, Mitsuru Sano and Weikuo Hsiao have all been relegated to the rail. Han enters heads up play with 4,400,000 in chips for a slight advantage over Ko and...more

PokerStars Festival Korea: Down to 5 as Kovalevskii, Kim and Janik exit

We're down to just five players now in the PokerStars Festival Korea Main Event. Dmitrii Kovalevskii, Jwahyoung Kim and Scott Janik have all fallen since today's action began. Kovalevskii was the first to find the rail after a bad beat from Janik ended his Main Event dream. Kovalevskii was really...more

PokerStars Festival Korea: Final table player profiles

Courtesy of PokerStars Media Coordinator Jan Kores Seat 1: Mitsuru Sano, Japan, 865,000 Fresh from a second place in the Asian Poker Tour (APT) Southeast Main Event in Cambodia for $12,000, Mitsuru Sano in now nearing another five-figure notch, making it to the final table. The Japanese player needs to...more

Kevin Hart ups the #GameOn ante by following Usain Bolt to Monaco

Fierce competitors create fierce rivalries. You only have to look at the recent insult-slinging matches between 'The Notorious' Conor McGregor and Floyd 'Money' Mayweather in the build-up to their fight to see how heated things can get. In the NBA, Michael Jordan is considered the best trash-talker and psych-out artist...more

PokerStars Festival Korea: Yuki Ko commands final eight

The penultimate day is in the books and the official final table is set here at the PokerStars Festival Korea Main Event. When the day started the plan was to either play through 12 levels or down to the final eight - whichever came first - and we reached eight...more

PokerStars Festival Korea: Yuki Ko headlines strong Japanese contingent

There's no denying that the Japanese are out in force for PokerStars Festival Korea this week. Players from the neighbour to the East made up 86 unique entries for 43.65% of the Main Event field. Perhaps the most notable of the sizable contingent is PLO wizard and high stakes cash...more

PokerStars Festival Korea: Kimura bubbles as Chan takes chip lead

It's been a tense few levels here at PokerStars Korea as the Main Event bubble loomed and players were all sweating a payday. Now the remaining 39 can rest easy as the bubble burst with the elimination of Taro Kimura in 40th place. The action folded around to Kimura and...more

WSOP 2017: Deuce hits Blumstein to sink Ott and crown new World Champion

Nothing is ever easy about the World Series of Poker Main Event. And tonight in Las Vegas, the poker fans of the globe witnessed nearly seven hours of grit and patient determination, punctuated with moments of exceptional high drama, before Scott Blumstein, a 25-year-old professional from Morristown, NJ, walked away...more

22 July

PokerStars Festival Korea: Red Spades fall as Lin and Lew eliminated

Team PokerStars members Celina Lin and Randy 'nanonoko' Lew had high hopes of a deep run when they returned today but unfortunately for the Red Spades they've already both been eliminated shy of a payday. Lew was first to go after clashing with Day 1A end-of-day chip leader Dmitrii Kovalevskii....more

WSOP 2017: Dramatic three-way all-in stops Benjamin Pollak's run in third

It's as though we're reporting from a baseball game. What has happened? Two doubles, a triple, and an out. All that's trivia for the box score as far as Benjamin Pollak is concerned, as now he's on the rail as the third-place finisher of the 2017 World Series of Poker...more

PokerStars Festival Korea: Final table hunting on Day 2

It's the penultimate day here at PokerStars Festival Korea and the 98 remaining players will all be final table hunting. The plan today is to play through 12 one-hour levels or until we're down to just eight players. Blinds will recommence at 1,200/2,400 (400 ante) with the average stack sitting...more

WSOP 2017: No lack of action, but still waiting for heads-up

There was about an hour-and-a-half left in Level 41 of the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event when play began tonight, with blinds 1M/2M and a 300K ante. They've almost made it through those 90 minutes of tournament time, though with commercial breaks it has taken over two hours....more

WSOP 2017: Players in position...now play

The first people in are the security guards, the ones who go undercover. Then there's a man who adjusts something on the table, then there's a floor producer, then there's a small team of camera operators, Kara Scott adjusting her dress, the four dealers chatting and sending messages on their...more

WSOP 2017: Three men and a bracelet; Blumstein, Ott, Pollak battle for $8.15M

It was a festive scene last night in the Brasilia shortly after the penultimate day of the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event concluded. A rapid-fire sequence of knockouts had swiftly reduced the field to just three players, all that remains of the 7,221 who started the event two...more

PokerStars Festival Korea: Celina Lin lives as Dosun Park trumps turbo Day 1D

Day 1D was host to some quick and exciting poker action - as is the case with turbo flights. The final chance to qualify for Day 2 of this PokerStars Festival Main Event, Day 1D featured 20-minute levels instead of the usual 45. 12 of those levels and four hours...more

PokerStars Festival Korea: From Partying to Poker

There's been a dramatic change of pace for the poker players here in Korea tonight. Not just the fact that the fourth and final Day 1 flight is a turbo with 20-minute levels instead of the usual 45, but at this time yesterday everybody was away from the tables and...more

PokerStars Festival Korea: Janik jumps ahead on Day 1C

The penultimate Day 1 flight has now punched out. Day 1C here at the PokerStars Korea Main Event saw 118 join the action and they were whittled down to just 38 across 12 45-minute levels of play. That takes our total entrants up to 238 so far with the final...more

PokerStars Festival Korea: Lin leaves us while Lew lifts on Day 1C

Main Event Day 1C is chugging along but one player who has been felted after a tumultuous time at the table is Team PokerStars Pro Celina Lin. She opened in late position with pocket queens and after an active player three-bet from the small blind, Lin piled her chips in...more

21 July

PokerStars Festival Korea: Boyuan Qu conquers the High Roller

The inaugural PokerStars Festival Korea High Roller event now has a champion. The man earning the title, lifting the trophy and taking home ₩72,160,000 (~$64,500) is China's Boyuan Qu. Remarkably, the 21 year-old began Day 2 with the chip lead and maintained it all the way to victory as he...more

WSOP 2017: Down to three at the WSOP as world bids farewell to John Hesp--for now

Only three players are now left at the World Series of Poker Main Event. In a crash-bang 40 minutes of play late Friday, Bryan Piccioli, Antoine Saout and John Hesp were knocked out, ending the second phase of the final table and leaving Scott Blumstein, Ben Pollak and Dan Ott...more

WSOP 2017: Devastating river sends Damian Salas railward in seventh

Damian Salas stood from the table, patting his chest and nodding as he rocked back and forth on his heels. Salas steels himself After subsisting over two hours on a short stack, he was at last all in and in position to double what had become a less than seven...more

PokerStars Festival Korea: Set your sights on Day 1C

We're back at Paradise City for Day 1C of the PokerStars Festival Korea Main Event! It's an 11am start today (the morning after the Players Party... so cruel) to make room for the final Day 1 flight tonight. The turbo Day 1D is scheduled for 9pm tonight but for now...more

WSOP 2017: Hesp back and bouncing as Salas refuses to budge

It feels like a while since we wrote anything about John Hesp. Losing pots worth 150 million, as Hesp did yesterday, tends to leave a player slightly muted. But over the past hour, Hesp has found reason to go dancing around the stage once again. There's a pep in his...more

WSOP 2017: No one laddering yet as short stacks survive

Way back during the afternoon, a couple of hours before play began, the tournament staff and television crew were readying for another night staging the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event final table. In front of the stage was a tall ladder, almost reaching the ceiling from which lights...more

WSOP 2017: All we know is how much we do not know

The second phase of final table play is now under way in the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event. We'll be bringing you updates from the Brasilia Room of the Rio Hotel & Casino at approximate hourly intervals, but here's something we're happy to admit: we've absolutely no idea...more

WSOP 2017: Blumstein comes back to big stack for final table restart

"Okay, fellas... back here tomorrow at five-thirty." A lengthy hand between chip leader Scott Blumstein and Dan Ott had just ended with an anguished-seeming river fold by Ott. Seven players were left, meaning all were waiting for one more knockout before the first night of the three-night 2017 World Series...more

PokerStars Festival headed to little Paris (aka, Bucharest)

Head out to eastern Europe. Turn yourself to the south. Set your GPS for Bucharest and the JW Marriott Hotel. Before long, you will find yourself in what folks call the Paris of the East. PokerStars is gearing up for its next Festival stop in Bucharest, Romania. The schedule has...more

MicroMillions: Results from events 34 to 39

Looking for results from the latest MicroMillions tourneys? We have them here. Results from Events 1 to 4 Results from Events 5 to 23 Results from Events 14 to 23 Results from Events 24 to 33 Below you will find the results from Events 34-39. PlaceMicroMillions-34: $3.30 NLHE [Hyper-Turbo, Total...more

PokerStars Power Up Alpha Insights

After having PokerStars Power Up in Limited Access Alpha for two weeks, we have now ended this test and I think it's a good time to share a few facts and insights. Firstly, I would like to thank our players. We had more than 150,000 games played by more than...more

What Big Brother Canada can teach you about poker strategy

Fans of eviction-based reality TV shows are quick to recognize how these "games" overlap with poker. Ultra-competitive shows where players are pitted against one another and removed until a single winner remains uncannily mimic the familiar trajectory of poker tournaments. The searing ambition; the swinging fortunes; the impassioned departures....more

Weekend Warm-Up: World Series, Korea, and MicroMillions. Take your pick

A few things from the week on PokerStars, and a look at what's coming up... • World Series of Poker Main Event coverage • MicroMillions • PokerStars Festival Korea begins • PokerStars welcomes two new members to Team Online World Series of Poker coverage continues The World Series of Poker...more

PokerStars Festival Korea: Yuki Ko climbs the highest on Day 1B

Another day of chips flying, another 12 levels and another Day 1 flight in the books here at the PokerStars Festival Korea Main Event. Day 1B was much the same as yesterday, in fact the only real difference was the absence of a dinner break to make way for the...more

The nuts and Bolts of why we've sprinted back to Monte Carlo...

PokerStars Blog has returned to Monte Carlo quicker than expected, only this time there are no flops, turns and rivers nearby. Actually, that's probably not true; after all, this beautiful part of Monaco is either the physical or spiritual home of many of Europe's biggest poker high rollers. There's no...more

PokerStars Festival Korea: Prepare to Party

This city is renowned for its grandiose nightlife and in just a few hours' time everybody here for PokerStars Festival Korea will get a chance to make the most of it. Sure, tournaments are exciting, but it's time for my favourite event on the schedule - The Players Party. Kicking...more

PokerStars Festival Korea: Bubble looms in the High Roller

While Main Event Day 1B fires up it's the final day of the ₩4,350,000 High Roller that has taken centre stage. The bubble is now fast approaching with eight places paying and only 12 remaining players. They'll first be looking to secure a ₩9,620,000 (~$9,000) payday before vying for the...more

20 July

WSOP 2017: Blumstein takes overwhelming lead with seven left

Scott Blumstein: Leading the last seven The first stage of our three-day plan is complete. Sort of. Through five-and-a-half hours of play on Thursday evening in the Rio Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, the final nine of the World Series of Poker Main Event was cut by two. What started...more

WSOP 2017: Jack Sinclair does the math, but falls in eighth

The half-hour following the earthquake hand between Scott Blumstein and John Hesp produced little in the way of aftershocks. After all, Blumstein's huge double-up to more than 158 million represented a seismic shift in the chip counts. That was more than twice closest challenger Benjamin Pollack, and between five and...more

PokerStars Festival Korea: Another flight takes off as Day 1B begins

Welcome back to Paradise City! We have a huge day on the cards with the High Roller already underway and charging ahead to its exciting conclusion tonight, Day 1B of the Main Event has just kicked off, and after all the chips have been bagged and tagged we have...more

WSOP 2017: Blumstein takes Hesp for the maximum, turns final table on its head

Tear up the screenplay. Pinch the dreamers viciously on their arms. The fairytale story that ended with John Hesp becoming the most unlikely World Series of Poker champion since the tournament began has just turned into cruel nightmare. The headline news from the past hour here at the Rio Hotel...more

WSOP 2017: Beware the friendly fist-bumping Brit

Drawing Seat 1, John Hesp was the first player introduced at the start of play tonight. Of course, if they had listed the players on a marquee out front of the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino, Hesp would have probably earned top billing, anyway. Hesp the headliner He's certainly been...more

WSOP 2017: Saout and Ott survive as blinds--and Hesp--make life difficult

At around 7:05pm Las Vegas time, Jack Effel told tournament players at the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event final table that they now had no choice but to part with 1 million if they wanted to play. "OK guys, we're at a new blind level," Effel said. "Five...more

WSOP 2017: Early exit for Ben Lamb following final table return

After finishing 14th in the 2009 World Series of Poker Main Event, then following that with a third-place showing in the 2011 WSOP Main, Ben Lamb's third deep run in nine years is over, ending with a ninth-place finish in this year's installment of poker's most prestigious event. Lamb entered...more

WSOP 2017: Players meet their fans and prepare to meet their destiny

It is now, officially, final table time at the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event. Within the past 10 minutes, Jack Effel--with the help of last year's champion Qui Nguyen--instructed his dealers to put the cards in the air and get the final table started: nine players are now...more

WSOP 2017: Ready or not, curtain rises on Main Event final table tonight

No more waiting. Who's excited? Time to get excited After nearly a decades' worth of delayed "November Nine" finales for the World Series of Poker Main Event, having to wait only two days between the tournament reaching nine players and the start of the final table seems like nothing at...more

PokerStars Festival Korea: Kovalevskii crushes Day 1A

Day 1A done and dusted. It was somewhat of a slow start with just a few tables in operation at the 2pm kick off but by the time late registration had closed six hours later there were 54 runners who put up ₩1,650,000 to join the Main Event hunt here...more

PokerStars Festival Korea: Location, location, location

What better way to accompany a new PokerStars Festival than with a new venue. And I don't just mean the venue is new to hosting poker, or new for PokerStars, the entire Paradise City facility is brand new, having only opened in April. Paradise City now exists as the first...more

MicroMillions: Results from Events 24 to 33

There were ten MicroMillions events played yesterday, and ten new winners. If you were one of them you'll be listed in the latest results update below. Results from Events 1 to 4 Results from Events 5 to 23 Results from Events 24 to 23 MicroMillions-24 $5.50+R (Bubble Rush) Entries: 2,245...more

PokerStars Festival Korea: 'nanonoko' leads notable names

The PokerStars Festival Korea High Roller may be small (for now) but it's definitely stacked. The ₩4,350,000 buy in super-deep event kicked off just after midday today and so far 23 players have hit the tables. Among those are the likes of Celina Lin and Randy 'nanonoko' Lew representing the...more

PokerStars Festival Korea: Slow and Steady

"Shuffle up and deal. Game on. Good luck!" With those words from PokerStars Live's Rex Cheong cards were officially in the air for Day 1A of the PokerStars Festival Korea Main Event. Rex Cheong For now it's just a modest few tables to kick things off, but with nine levels...more

19 July

PokerStars Festival Korea: Setting it off in Seoul

Welcome to Seoul! It was right around this time last year we were here for the APPT but with the legacy of that series coming to a close we're rolling out the red carpet for the inaugural PokerStars Festival Korea! The 11-day schedule is already in full swing but today's...more

WSOP 2017: John Hesp's Vegas vacation continues; or, "When I'm Sixty-Four"

In the Beatles' song "When I'm Sixty-Four," a young man light-heartedly imagines what the future holds for himself and the woman he loves. Specifically he wonders whether she'll stay with him as they grow old together, and continue to care for him and love him as they ease into retirement....more

WSOP 2017: Join Liv and Igor's team! Your chance to own some WSOP history

Own some WSOP history With only one day left until play begins on the World Series of Poker Main Event final table, you might think your chance at getting your hands on a bracelet from the 2017 series had passed. But that's not true. Although Scott Blumstein, John Hesp, Antoine...more

Something you didn't know about... Lex Veldhuis

The Team PokerStars Online pro opens up about his love of computer games and why the new series of Game Of Throne has caused winter to come early in his household... If you play poker for a living, the chances are you keep unsociable hours. But you don't have...more

MicroMillions: Results from Events 14 to 23

Another eight MicroMillions events played out yesterday, with tens of thousands paid out in prize money. You can find the latest results below. MicroMillions-14 $1.10 NLHE (4-Max) Entries: 7,138 Prize pool: $7,138 Places paid: 1,191 1. TanechkaLove (Russia) $1,018.93 2. Richuy_caleb (Mexico) $639.14 3. kudre80 (Kazakhstan) $403.03 4. Krego82 (Brazil)...more

18 July

Super Tuesday: theonejlle tops three-way deal for $49K (7-18-17)

A newly flush bankroll can open up all sorts of new paths for a determined poker player. Just ask theonejlle. Late last year the Brazilian player was a relatively small-time grinder, playing tournaments with buy-ins in the single digits. A final table cash worth a few thousand dollars two weeks...more

WSOP 2017: Rock in the Rio at KISS Mini Golf

Starting with the memorable 2003 final table won by Chris Moneymaker, players making the final table of the World Series of Poker Main Event have found themselves the central figures of ever growing spectacles of light, sound, and action. They become rock stars, in a way, at least for a...more

WSOP 2017: A statistical overview of this year's World Series

Only one more bracelet to be awarded Only three more days are left in the 2017 World Series of Poker (WSOP). It's been a marathon, but the finishing line is now in sight. This year's WSOP began on Wednesday May 31st with the $500 Casino Employees' Event and will conclude...more

PokerStars Festival Manila: ₱20 Million Guarantee Main Event and More

It's an action packed period for poker in Asia and the good folks at PokerStars LIVE Manila are putting the finishing touches for PokerStars Festival Manila which runs from July 28 to August 7. If you haven't heard, PokerStars Festival Manila has replaced APPT Manila as the Philippines' annual big...more

Interview: Ben Spragg joins Team Online

Everyone at PokerStars got a big kick out of the news that Jeff Gross joined Team PokerStars Pro this week. He brings a fascinating new perspective to the game, and one which he shares with great success on his Twitch channel. But Gross was not the only pro to join...more

Interview: Fintan Hand joins Team Online

PokerStars signed two new members to Team Online this month. The first was Ben Spraggy and the other was Irishman Fintan Hand. Both are accomplished poker players, and accomplished Twitch presenters, and appear in a podcast together, which you can check out here. We spoke to both of them as...more

MircoMillions: The latest winners from Events 5-13

MicroMillions is in full swing with eight more events concluding since yesterday. Results from all of them are listed below. Don't forget you can find all the details of the latest MM series on the MicroMillions homepage, where you'll find details of each of the 129 tournaments and how to...more

WSOP 2017: Blumstein leads cosmopolitan final nine seeking poker's biggest prize

Final nine for the 2017 WSOP Main Event (l-r): John Hesp, Scott Blumstein, Antoine Saout, Benjamin Pollak, Jack Sinclair, Damian Salas, Ben Lamb, Bryan Piccioli, Dan Ott The $10,000 Main Event of the 2017 World Series of Poker reached its final late tonight in Las Vegas, leaving nine players, from...more

17 July

WSOP 2017: Sinclair leads final 14, but nothing in poker is inevitable

Following the knockout of start-of-day chip leader Christian Pham in 19th, the attention of spectators in the Brasilia room has been divided between the final two tables -- the "feature" on the main stage surrounded by stadium-like seating, and the "secondary" nearby from which observers must watch from the rail....more

WSOP 2017: Fun while it lasted for start-of-day leader Christian Pham

Before the start of play today, Anton Morgenstern was here in the Brasilia room, having stopped in to have a look and likely to wish his roommate Jack Sinclair well before play began. Morgenstern then exited, reviving for a moment the memory of his having made Day 7 exits himself...more

WSOP 2017: Champions, runners up and the award winners who photgraph them

The sight towards the top of the World Series Main Event chip counts today of Valentin Messina--second overnight, in fact, as Day 6 gave way to Day 7--will remind all poker watchers in Europe of one of the defining moments in EPT history. Messina once finished second at EPT Malta,...more

WSOP 2017: Poker, the world's game

Some call poker "America's game," given its origins and history. While it's true the United States was the game's birthplace, there were many earlier card games from Europe and elsewhere that served as important precursors, providing elements later gathered and modified to become poker. In truth, poker is the world's...more

WSOP 2017: Controversies? We've had a few

On this day last year, the World Series of Poker Main Event bubbled over. The simmering cauldron that was William Kassouf vs. The Rest of the World finally hit boiling point in what is likely to remain one of the tournament's most dramatic hands. Kassouf had been getting under people's...more

WSOP 2017: Advice to the final 27 for Day 7 -- "Do what you do"

"Look... over there. Michael Ruane." During last night's dinner break, members of your intrepid reporting team made an excursion to Pasta Mia West, a favorite spot for fans of Italian cuisine located not too far from the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino. At the time there were 43 players remaining...more

Weekend Review: End in sight for WSOP (sort of) as MicroMillions begins

A look at the major results on PokerStars this weekend. Weekend highlights on PokerStars • toddxxx wins the Sunday Million • MicroMillions now under way • World Series Main Event down to 27 Sunday Million It was a good one this week. As Jason Kirk reported for the PokerStars Blog,...more

Sunday Million: toddxxx weathers the storm, wins $161K (7-16-17)

A lot can happen in two hours - even it doesn't look like much has happened at all. toddxxx and stormi22 sat 1-2 atop the chip counts at the start of this week's Sunday Million final table. They were both still there 100 minutes later, separated by one good pot's...more

16 July

WSOP 2017: The best spectacle in the world...so long as you're watching on TV

In most professions (except, maybe, the oldest) spending time in a hotel room during working hours is shirking. But here at the World Series of Poker Main Event, a few hours spent upstairs is arguably the smartest move a reporter can make. For long periods during this tournament, the action...more

WSOP 2017: 52 players, 52 cards, one champion

A quick check-in to share the "so far" and "what's next" from the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event as the midway point of Day 6 approaches. The Brasilia room has grown relatively quiet as the money jumps increase and the tension rises. The cranberries are out as well....more

WSOP 2017: Laid back Vas Nunes taking another deep run in his stride

For a man who stands around 6'3" and has won close to $1.5 million in high-profile live poker tournaments, Paul Vas Nunes does a pretty good job of flying under the radar. But today Vas Nunes is sitting in Seat 1 of the ESPN feature table at the 2017 World...more

WSOP 2017: Back from a break, Ben Lamb returns to the spotlight

It's good to take a break sometimes. To recharge. To refocus. Players are now back from the first break of the day, the first two-hour level seeing 17 eliminated to leave just 68 still in the hunt for the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event bracelet. 2011 WSOP Player...more

WSOP 2017: Ruane, Hallaert, and Saout making a familiar Day 6 scene

There's something uncannily familiar about one of the secondary feature tables here at the start of Day 6 of the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event. Wait a minute... do I know you? When Mark Newhouse managed what seemed an unthinkable feat of making back-to-back final tables in 2013...more

WSOP 2017: Silver's $90K burger and Moorman's $160K dream?

Max Silver aka Agent B There's been a lot in the news recently about meetings in hotels--and we've got one to report ourselves. Last July two agents met in the newly-opened Smashburger restaurant at the Rio Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, and traded verbal promissory notes over an unspecified cash...more

WSOP 2017: Robin Hegele ends Day 5 on top while Salas, Saout, Ruane, Hallaert remain

If you stood outside behind the Rio earlier today, you might have seen the moving men loading dealer's chairs, one at a time, onto the back of a truck. If you then walked inside, you'd pass by the Amazon room, emptied of chairs and tables and with supporting beams that...more

15 July

WSOP 2017: nano-oh no! Randy Lew busts Main Event, ends PokerStars' run

The news reached us from two different sources simultaneously. Poker News' ace reporters (come on, king at worst; OK, jack) told us that nanonoko's chair was empty. Right about then, a WhatsApp message came from the man himself. "I busted 99v AK. I 3bet shoved sb v co" And with...more

WSOP 2017: Hegele, Craft, Lee and Saout setting pace with 200 left

There are 200 players left in the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event. Current cashers are being awarded $46,096. Not a bad consolation prize, but around 1/176th of the $8.15 million sitting up top for the winner. Right now the lone remaining Team PokerStars Pro Randy Lew is on...more

WSOP 2017: Think you know the Day 5 field? Try our fiendish quiz

Two hundred and ninety-seven players came back to play Day 5 of the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event. They included many, many players who have made their mark in one way or another on the world of poker over the past decade and beyond. But how well do...more

WSOP 2017: Covering the field from A to Z

They're all in one room (finally) to start today's Day 5. Typically we're used to the summer ending down the hall in the Amazon Room, but this year the fun is happening in the smaller Brasilia. The room is filled to capacity today, making it seem somehow more intimate (if...more

WSOP 2017: Day 5 begins with Lew looking to extend holiday within a holiday

Randy Lew: Extending his holiday I don't know about you, but I measure the passing of days at a major poker tournament with reference to my underwear draw. One by one, the clean items dwindle, and when the drawer is more fresh air than linen, we're getting to the end....more

14 July

WSOP 2017: Salas crushes Day 4 as Lew flies solo for Team Pro

More than 850 players were knocked out on Day 4 of the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event, but their disappointment was at least cushioned a little by an embrace in the consoling arms of the Rio Hotel & Casino cashier. After last night's frantic and late bubble period,...more

WSOP 2017: Halfway through, it's all uphill from here

The Day 4 dinner break is nearing and they are closing in on the end of Level 22. That means the 440 or so players left in the 2017 World Series have all played around 43 hours' worth of poker. That's more than likely just a little over half of...more

WSOP 2017: The other side of the table with Alexandra Janikova

EPT champions Liv Boeree, Tom Middleton, Davidi Kitai, Martin Finger, Aaron Gustavson, Andrey Pateychuk and Aliaksei Boika are still in World Series of Poker Main Event. Meanwhile EPT stalwarts Max Silver, Marcel Luske, Peter Eichhardt, Ihar Soika and Jeff Hakim still have chips too. But even adding together that wealth...more

WSOP 2017: A Round With... Liv Boeree and Andre Akkari, table-mates

Not since Day 1C of the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event have two Team PokerStars Pros found themselves on the same table. Back then, it was Daniel Negreanu and Jason Mercier and they were on the ESPN feature table. Today it has happened again, and it's Andre Akkari...more

WSOP 2017: Mickey Craft is must-see poker

We'd been hearing about this one player in the field, Mickey Craft. Had a lot of chips. Some great table talk, too. "See him hit that gutterball on the river for a two-million pot?" someone asked. They ought to put him on the feature table, was the word. Okay, okay,...more

WSOP 2017: Poker mythbusting: Is Day 4 'Moving Day'?

Followers of poker tournaments sometimes talk of "moving day"--supposedly a particular day on which the dominant players make a big move up the chip counts and set themselves up for a run at the title. But here's a confession from someone who has been covering poker tournaments for more than...more

WSOP 2017: Greenstein outlasts the vultures to report own bust

"Here come the vultures," said Barry Greenstein with a wry grin, and the table chuckled. The Team PokerStars Pro has been playing tournaments for several decades, and for a lot of that time -- since the Chris Moneymaker "boom," anyway -- he and those who play with him have become...more

WSOP 2017: K.L. Cleeton continues inspiring run into Day 4

As the 1,084 players returning to start today's Day 4 of the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event arrived to find their seats in the Amazon and Brasilia rooms this morning, lots of good vibes were being passed back and forth between players as they entered. Congratulations for getting...more

Weekend Warm-Up: World Series plays on while MicroMillions returns this weekend

Stories from this week on PokerStars... • World Series of Poker Main Event coverage continues • Micro Millions starts this weekend • SlemPastor wins Super Tuesday • MEGASTACKS is heading for New Jersey World Series of Poker coverage continues We're nearly a week into the WSOP Main Event, and our...more

WSOP 2017: Slow build ends with excitement as Day 3 ends reaching the cash

Sometimes you'll hear someone recommend a favorite film or novel or television series as a "slow build." Usually such a descriptor functions as a kind of warning not to expect too much too soon. Be ready to wait a little. Let the exposition play out, the characters start to be...more

WSOP 2017: Quan Zhou bluffs his way to Main Event bubble on night of high drama

Money bubble chaos at 2017 WSOP Two words describe the bubble period at the World Series of Poker Main Event: tension and chaos. They're useful because you can arrange them in any order of adjective and noun. It's chaotic tension, and it's tense chaos. And there's nothing anyone can do...more

13 July

WSOP 2017: Before the bubble, surveying the scene

Morning has become afternoon, and the show continues apace. They're halfway through the day's scheduled five levels, although it's been made clear they could possibly go longer if needed in order to burst the money bubble here on Day 3 of the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event. In...more

WSOP 2017: Team Mercier preparing for success on and off the tables

By the standards of some high-profile players at the World Series of Poker, Jason Mercier tends to keep himself to himself. He lets his results do the talking. Last year, those results were practically yelling. Mercier won two bracelets (the fourth and fifth of his career) and narrowly missed out...more

WSOP 2017: Real updates in real time from Felipe

Felipe Ramos held his phone forward, snapping a picture of his chips before standing from the table. He typed a caption before sending it to the tens of thousands following his progress online. "First break. Bad level," he typed. Ramos has had as much as 250,000 earlier in the tournament,...more

WSOP 2017: Level-by-level with Aditya Agarwal

Aditya Agarwal was playing his 12th World Series of Poker and, having cashed in six of his previous outings, including last year, he was in confident mood ahead of this year's tournament. We followed the 32-year-old Team PokerStars Pro from India level-by-level through the Main Event, until he was knocked...more

WSOP 2017: Three rooms, two cards, one goal

Play has begun, and so far during the first few minutes nothing too remarkable stands out as the massive 2,572-player restart got going in three different rooms. That last detail, though -- three different rooms -- puts a thought in the back of everyone's minds. The plan is to play...more

WSOP 2017: Field combines and bubble looms; Day 3 thriller begins

There is not an official word in the poker lexicon to describe what happens at the start of Day 3 of the World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event. But it is significant nonetheless. This is combination day, or maybe amalgamation day. It's the moment that every player still with...more

The new Stars Reward program (explained)

You might have read recently about the new Stars Reward Program. You might even have a few questions as to how it all works. Well, we've put together a handy infographic which we hope makes it easier to understand and might just answer any of those questions. Check it out...more

WSOP 2017: Late exits for Negreanu, Hellmuth to close Day 2C as Dedusha leads

The last Day 2 flight is done, signaling the conclusion of the multiple-flight portion of the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event. Getting through Day 1 is an achievement, no doubt. We were remarking a couple of days ago how theoretically a player could fold every hand the first...more

12 July

WSOP 2017: Lights, camera, Negreanu

Some people like the attention. Some people don't. And some people just have no choice but to accept it. Daniel Negreanu exists somewhere in the overlap between the "like" and the "no choice" camps. He thrives in the spotlight, but wouldn't be able to shift it even if he decided...more

WSOP 2017: Vanessa embraces the variance

It's the fifth day of a tournament that will ultimately take another 10 days to complete. Thousands upon thousands of hands have been played already, and many more will be needed to decide a champion. But so far people are still talking about a hand from Day 1 -- from...more

WSOP 2017: Good news and bad news as Team Pro soars and sinks

We've got good news and we've got bad news. Which would you like first? Click here for the good news and click here for the bad. (Alternatively, just read on.) GOOD NEWS Andre Akkari, Felipe Ramos, Aditya Agarwal, Jason Mercier, Fatima Moreira De Melo, Jake Cody and Daniel Negreanu are...more

WSOP 2017: Jake Cody, the Rochdale globetrotter

Jake Cody: Continent hopping Yesterday afternoon, Randy Lew told PokerStars Blog about his hectic travel schedule, about how the best part of being a poker player was sometimes sacking it off to go hopping country to country. This afternoon at the World Series of Poker Main Event in Las Vegas,...more

WSOP 2017: Kevin Martin looking to grow his stack, as well as the game

"Tons! Heaps! Piles!" If you had checked in with Team PokerStars Online Pro Kevin Martin at the first break today like we did, it never would have occurred to you that he was below the average in chips. Down from 53,200 to a bit more than 36,000 after the first...more

WSOP 2017: ElkY denies the vultures, clings on with Main Event short stack

There's a certain level of masochism to tournament poker. All the destruction and slaughter could get you down if it wasn't quite so compelling. What's more: sometimes you actually have to go seeking out the misery, as was the case early today. Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier returned to a stack of...more

WSOP 2017: Level up! More stories to come on Day 2C

Reporting on poker tournaments is a kind of storytelling. Granted, it's a peculiar kind, with the players and plot beholden to a card game that carries them through often familiar yet still somehow novel twists and turns. But these are stories we're telling, nonetheless, and it's the stories that keep...more

PokerStars Festival Korea: Sippin' on Dom

When you strip away the tables, chips, and cards from a poker tournament it all comes down to the people who determine whether an event becomes a great success or something less desirable. As we gear up for PokerStars Festival Korea (July 14-24) there's a big reason for optimism and...more

Super Tuesday: SlemPastor celebrates $52K Christmas in July (7-11-17)

"If it's Christmas, it must be a SlemPastor win." So PokerStars blogging guru Brad Willis told us last winter when Stian "SlemPastor" Hansen won the MicroMillions Main Event, a victory that came on the heels of his Sunday Supersonic victory the previous Christmas. The reverse doesn't necessarily hold true, though....more

11 July

WSOP 2017: Another hurdle jumped in the race for $8.15 million as Day 2AB concludes

No one ever said it was going to be easy, and Day 2 players at the World Series of Poker Main Event know that better than most. Day 1 might have been all about avoiding tough spots and making easy profit when the cards offered it, but Day 2 (specifically...more

WSOP 2017: Grafton + chips + Polk + guns = high-volume Day 2AB

Sam Grafton: Chip leader The volume in the Brasilia Room of the Rio Hotel & Casino hit a new peak this afternoon when British pro Sam Grafton, indisputably one of the loudest players in world poker, was moved to the feature table of the World Series Main Event. The dazzle...more

WSOP 2017: A dozen cashes for Greenstein, but summer's not over yet

Of all the Team PokerStars Pros making it through the first three Day 1 flights, Barry Greenstein had one of the better starts of all of them. He nearly tripled his starting stack back on Day 1B to position himself nicely for his return to today. Of course, Greenstein knows...more

WSOP 2017: In praise of the min-cash

Let's hear it for the min-cash When players sit down at the start of the World Series of Poker Main Event, they'll tell you, with a surprisingly genuine tone, that they're here to win it. Fair enough. Who wouldn't want to be World Champion. The thing is, when they actually...more

WSOP 2017: The math geek turned polymath, aka the maturation of Randy Lew

Randy Lew: The Team Online star grows up For the first few years in the social media life of Randy "nanonoko" Lew, fans headed to his Twitter page, YouTube channel, Twitch stream, etc., etc., for a strict diet of high-octane, high stakes, multi-table poker action. It was poker, poker, poker,...more

WSOP 2017: Community watch -- scenes from the multiple Day 2 flights

Setting aside the occasional tag team tournament, poker is a game played by individuals. Yet, paradoxically, it's also a game that not only needs multiple players, but requires some form of coordination between those players in order to go off at all -- e.g., agreement to abide by the rules...more

WSOP 2017: "I bet you I can guess how many physical chips are in play..."

Is poker all about the money? Of course not. But we all like winning money when we can, so we're taking a moment with this post to provide those of you not playing in today's tournament a way to earn some cash from it, anyway. You've heard the news about...more

WSOP 2017: Hard light of day begins Day 2 scrap

Time for business at the WSOP Late yesterday in Las Vegas, as the blistering sun dipped behind the Spring Mountains and the shimmering neon dragged its disciples to the Strip, PokerStars Blog got a little spiritual about the World Series of Poker. We were caught up in the wonder of...more

WSOP 2017: Akkari, Agarwal, Fatima shine as huge Day 1C turnout creates largest field since 2010

Not to get all mystical here at the end of the third and last Day 1 flight of the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event, but we were thinking... People play poker. But poker plays people, too. (Insert mind blown animated .gif here.) Practically all of the players we've...more

10 July

WSOP 2017: Daniel Negreanu on hole cards, double-dipping and the WSOP POY race

Daniel Negreanu: Feature table star attraction When Daniel Negreanu showed up for the World Series of Poker Main Event today, he wasn't surprised to learn that he would be taking centre stage on the featured table, broadcasting live to the world once again. His hole cards would be shown. He...more

WSOP 2017: Sound the alarm -- Main Event turnout pushing past 7,000

The Day 1C dinner break is nearly here, and while that feeling of gnawing hunger motivates us to escape for some nourishment, the day moving past the midway point encourages us first to offer some variety of update on what's been happening in all of the ballrooms on this side...more

WSOP 2017: Dealing with the dog days? Ask Akkari

There was a rainstorm this afternoon in Las Vegas, something many of us only just discovered during the last break here on Day 1C of the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event. The rain cooled things off a little... all the way down to 96°F (about 36°C). In other...more

WSOP 2017: Comfortable and confident, ElkY takes a seat

He's easy enough to spot, even when standing amid a crowd of other players. See, there he is... right over there. Like a curiously-placed capital Y. Of course, this summer Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier has gotten perhaps a even more attention than in past years at the WSOP, given how his...more

WSOP 2017: Housekeeping done, the big flight is now airborne

Two poker supporters wandered into the Amazon Room at around 11:05am today. "Wow," one of them said, surveying 39,000 square feet of poker room in front of him. "Did he tell you which table?" It immediately became clear that these guys were here to look for their buddy who had...more

WSOP 2017: When the play is tight, calling it "action" is loose

It's the first level... again. It's going to be a crazy one, too, with the Day 1C field undoubtedly much bigger than 1A and 1B combined. Players are seated in the Amazon, the Brasilia, the Miranda, and the Pavilion already, and the halls on this side of the Rio All-Suite...more

WSOP 2017: Welcome to the team, Jeff Gross!

Ahead of Day 1C of the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event, PokerStars had some exciting news. The ranks of Team PokerStars Pro, the world's premiere stable of poker players, has just added another exceptional talent to its ranks. Today, for the first time, Jeff Gross will be wearing...more

WSOP 2017: The end of the beginning

Good morning everybody and welcome back to Las Vegas for what is best described as the end of the beginning. Today is Day 1C of the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event, the final flight in this three-pronged opening day. In short, if you haven't ponied up $10,000 by...more

Why Online Poker in Australia Needs You

This is a guest contribution from Joseph Del Duca, founder of the Australian Online Poker Alliance (AOPA). The AOPA is a community run organisation and advocate for safe and sensible online poker legislation ensuring that Australian poker players are heard. If the poker community doesn't act now, online poker will...more

Weekend Review: Heroics in the Sunday Million (and the WSOP)

A look at the major results on PokerStars this weekend. Weekend highlights on PokerStars • veeea wins the Sunday Million • World Series of Poker Main Event coverage begins Sunday Million Among the names that we see again and again in online results, "veeea" is one of the most formidable....more

PokerStars MEGASTACK to debut in New Jersey this October

Resorts Casino to host first ever New Jersey Sunday Special Live We have another first to report. PokerStars' popular new live poker tournament series MEGASTACK is coming to New Jersey after a successful debut in Europe. The Sunday Special Live is a part of the brand's MEGASTACK schedule and brings...more

Sunday Million: Artem "veeea" Vezhenkov bags second title, $166K (7-9-17)

There are few things more dangerous in a poker tournament than letting Artem "veeea" Vezhenkov get hold of a chip lead. The Russian player has won after bringing the lead to the final table of several high-profile tournaments in the past, including his SCOOP 2015 victory and one of his...more

9 July

WSOP 2017: Selbst, Moneymaker slain but Greenstein motoring on packed Day 1B

Day 1B of the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event has just concluded and we are looking at a bumper-sized tournament. When registration closed at the start of Level 4 today, there were 2,164 names on the list of players. That's up 431 on the same day last year...more

WSOP 2017: A tag team talk with bracelet winners Liv and Igor

Among the Team PokerStars Pros joining the fray today are the two who have this year claimed bracelets among the group. You might have heard something about it earlier this summer -- and how they did it in the same event! Liv Boeree and Igor Kurganov began their summer vacation...more

WSOP 2017: Mayhem at the Rio as 2,000+ descend for Day 1B

Tournament director Jack Effel welcomes a huge field for Day 1B The general idea behind our regular midday updates from the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event is to give you a broad overview of the situation at the Rio, to keep you posted as to the major tournament...more

WSOP 2017: Konnikova seeking answers in the cards about life, poker, and everything

Maria Konnikova is among the hundreds of players starting today's Day 1B. Like everyone else, she's ready to test her poker skills against those of her opponents, and against the chance element represented by the cards that will be dealt. Like others, Konnikova enjoys the competition and the conflict the...more

WSOP 2017: No more stack, but a story to tell for Selbst

Vanessa Selbst stood up from the feature table, a smile on her face. "Well, I have a story to tell," she said. Talk about a story. This is a doozy. They start with 50,000-chip stacks here in the Main Event, with the blinds just 75/150 and no ante for the...more

WSOP 2017: Moneymaker (and the dinosaur guy) returns to the scene of greatest triumph

Chris Moneymaker: The most significant figure in the modern era Chris Moneymaker today began his 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event, but the day did not get off to a great start. The 2003 champion and Team PokerStars Pro had a massage scheduled for 9am, which he then had...more

WSOP 2017: It's Day 1B and the "B" stands for bigger

Our planet -- the "big blue marble," a phrase some of a certain age might recall from an old children's television show -- has a radius of 3,959 miles. It has a mass of 13 septillion, one hundred and seventy sextillion pounds. It has an area of 196.9 million square...more

8 July

WSOP 2017: Morten Mortensen secures top stack to conclude Day 1A

There's nothing quite like the start of the World Series of Poker Main Event. It's the beginning, sure. But it's also a climax of sorts, marking the end of many months of anticipation by players and fans alike. It was just after 11 a.m. this morning when the directive to...more

WSOP 2017: Secret's out: Jennifer Shahade now playing for two

Jennifer Shahade: Returning to the Rio and playing Day 1A As Jennifer Shahade progressed to Day 5 of the World Series of Poker Main Event last summer, she was concealing a pretty significant secret. Although there were some clear hints over the subsequent six months, the full reveal didn't come...more

WSOP 2017: First in flight, Boatman boasts big stack early

The Main Event naturally gets top billing on the World Series of Poker marquee today. Even so, with the first of three Day 1 flights featuring a typically smaller turnout relative to what we'll see the next two days, and with other preliminary events still playing out all around the...more

WSOP 2017: All the Red Spades and what they've won

It's been a long and successful summer for players wearing the Red Spade of PokerStars. As ever, the World Series of Poker Main Event, which got under way today, is the tournament that sets the pulse racing fastest across this month. But the World Series is precisely that--a series--and...more

WSOP 2017: As the world comes to Vegas, the World Series goes to China

It's here! After 70-plus preliminary events involving tens of thousands of players from over a 100 countries -- and a staggering number of 100-plus degree days here in sweltering Las Vegas -- the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event has finally arrived. A half-hour before the start of today's...more

WSOP 2017: Poker's best battle for world title, prestige and millions of dollars

Thousands of poker players expected to Rio Hotel for WSOP LAS VEGAS, NV (JULY 8, 2017) -- The World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event started today at the Rio Hotel & Casino here, promising 14 days poker action until the game crowns its latest World Champion on July 22....more

7 July

Looking ahead to the weekend on PokerStars

What to look out for this weekend on PokerStars... • Negreanu comes close to bracelet • World Series of Poker Main Event coverage to begin • Record Scratch & Match winner • Putting players first • Coming up: PokerStars Festival Korea Negreanu goes deep (again) Our coverage from the World...more

6 July

WSOP 2017: Packed rail left disappointed as Negreanu comes up short

It is a truth universally accepted that whenever there is a three-deep crowd surrounding a poker table, one of the seats at the felt will be occupied by Daniel Negreanu. Nobody in poker draws a crowd like Team PokerStars Pro's leading light. There's no choreographed late arrival. There's no shower...more

Putting Players First

For online poker operators, nothing is more important than protecting players' bankrolls. PokerStars keeps player money and operating funds separate and protected - we always have. Players' bankrolls are *their* money and we aim to make sure it's always available to them. As we learned in April 2011 and again...more

WSOP 2017: Negreanu edges closer to bracelet, leads Players Championship

Yesterday it was about reaching the final table of the $50,000 Players Championship for Daniel Negreanu. Some 24 hours later he leads it, with six players left, and his seventh career bracelet in sight. The field was reduced from 15 to six after another long day, with Negreanu now leading...more

PokerStars Festival Korea: APOY Mid-Year

It's hard to believe that half of the PokerStars Asia season has already passed but here we are. On deck are two critical mid-year events for any serious challenger of the 2017 Asia Player of the Year (APOY) title: First up is PokerStars Festival Korea (July 14-24) held at the...more

Join "multisurf" in celebrating record breaking Scratch & Match win

We tend to like big jackpots around here; anything with a superlative attached is likely to get some attention. So it goes for Russian player "multisurf", who won our biggest ever Scratch and Match Jackpot, collecting $9,010.43. "Multisurf" won this via our Russian Poker School (PokerStarter), and what's good for...more

5 July

Poker tips for babies

With the action in Vegas heating up, I'm sure you're wondering, how do I get ready for the WSOP Main coming up in just 246 months? Some baby tips: HUForTOyz: Don't Risk More than 10% of your toys on any transaction. Since you are young and have all your...more

2017 ACOP: The First Draft - 25M GTD Main Event

PokerStars LIVE Macau has released its first draft of the 2017 Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP) schedule which will take place from October 13-29. The early schedule indicates that there will be 24 ACOP Title Events -- that award the ACOP Spadies trophy -- and, when including the smaller buy-in...more

WSOP 2017: Negreanu into last 15 of Player's Championship

There are late nights caused by excess, and then there are late nights in Las Vegas, caused by a deep run in the $50,000 Players Championship, with a first prize of nearly $1.4 million waiting for someone at the pay-out desk. We've all had the former; Daniel Negreanu has had...more

4 July

Super Tuesday: Chris "Apotheosis92" Kruk wins $58K, 2nd title of 2017 (7-4-17)

The first win is the toughest, but what about the second? For Chris "Apotheosis92" Kruk, it was a breeze. He came to the Super Tuesday final table as one of the shorter stacks back in February and fought heads-up for the better part of an hour to earn his first...more

Stars Rewards Goes Global

It has been approximately a month since we launched Stars Rewards in Denmark and Italy. And in that time, more than 1,000,000 Chests have been opened with over 150 instant $1,000 or €1,000 top prizes. On the eve of its global roll-out, I thought it was time to give you...more

PokerStars Festival Korea Preview


3 July

Weekend review: Sunday Million dreams of Barcelona, Team Pro dreams of gold

It must be that I'm getting old. (In fact, let's just say it: It's because I'm getting old.) But I remember a time when the World Series of Poker introduced a $50,000 buy-in tournament, and everyone was like, "Damn, man. Fifty K? Really, dog? You might be pushing it a...more

Sunday Million: Late run plugs powerpokerBR into $180K victory (7-2-17)

The stakes were high. Nearly two hours had passed at this week's Sunday Million final table and five players remained. Brazil's powerpokerBR had looked ready to hit the rail for much of the latter half of that time, hanging on with a short stack and looking for an opportunity to...more