October 2017

30 October

Weekend Review: Aponokov wins Sunday Million as ACOP wraps up in Macau

A brief round-up of the world of PokerStars this past weekend... Weekend highlights on PokerStars • APonakov wins the Sunday Million • Alan Lau wins ACOP Main Event win • Meanwhile Dmitry Yurasov wins High Roller APonakov wins Sunday Million Every winner of the Sunday Million has their own story...more

Sunday Million: APonakov makes winning $158K look easy (10-29-17)

Latvia's APonakov is one of those poker players who has shown up here on the PokerStars Blog only in passing over the last few years. There were a few tough finishes in 2016 - bubbling the money in the Super Tuesday last November, and bubbling the final table of the...more

29 October

2017 ACOP: Yurasov cruises through High Roller for HK$3.5 million triumph

Dmitry Yurasov: Champion! The 2017 Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP) is in the books and ended in spectacular style: a shove of close to 6 million chips with flopped trip sixes, snapped at by a defeated pair of nines. It was only the fourth or fifth hand of a heads-up...more

2017 ACOP: A summary of a record-breaking series

The PokerStars Live card-room at the City of Dreams, Macau, has been the centre of the poker for the past two weeks, but now the focus is gradually shifting away. That's because the 2017 Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP) is winding down. Dozens of tournaments, with buy-ins of all sizes,...more

28 October

2017 ACOP: High Roller final table live updates

• CLICK TO REFRESH FOR LATEST UPDATES • PLAYERS LEFT: 1 (of 40 plus 8 re-entries) • CHIP COUNTS | PAYOUTS • ALL ACOP INFO | SCHEDULE & STRUCTURE • DOWNLOAD POKERSTARS | FOLLOW @PokerStarsBlog 8:20pm: Dmitry Yurasov is the new ACOP High Roller Champion Level 19 - Blinds: 50,000/100,000...more

ACOP 2017: Lau leaps into spotlight with landmark Main Event title

Alan Lau: POY and ACOP champion Before this week, one of tournament poker's great injustices was that few fans outside of Asia knew of a 30-year-old player from Hong Kong named Alan Lau. But that will change immediately. Lau, who was Asia Player of the Year in 2015, was already...more

27 October

ACOP 2017: Main Event final table live updates

The 2017 Asia Championship of Poker Main Event is over. Read a full recap and relive the action with our • PLAYERS LEFT: 1 (of 308) • CHIP COUNTS | PAYOUTS | PLAYER PROFILES • ALL ACOP INFO | SCHEDULE & STRUCTURE | DOWNLOAD POKERSTARS • Follow @PokerStarsBlog on Twitter...more

2017 ACOP: Dmitry Yurasov leads final 7 in High Roller

The last major final table of the 2017 ACOP is set. It's a star-studded high-rolling table led by Dmitry Yurasov. Yurasov already has a stunning resume that includes more than $2 million in live-tournament earnings and World Series of Poker bracelet. But the Russian player is hardly the only one...more

2017 ACOP: Main Event final table player profiles

Some more information on the final six in Macau: Seat 1: Brian Altman (USA) - 1.495 million With more than $2 million in live tournament earnings, 28-year-old Brian Altman already holds a major title after taking down the WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open for a $723,008 payday - also his...more

2017 ACOP: Superlative Lau tightens grip on Asia POY award

Editor's note: The post below was written on the evening of October 25, at which point the 2017 Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP) Main Event was still nine-handed. Alan Lau was among those still in the 308-player tournament. The following day, Lau won that tournament, capping an exceptional 2017 at...more

2017 ACOP: Aaron Been the big stack among Main Event final six

The 2017 ACOP Main Event official final table is now set after another 13 hours at the felt saw 23 players cut down to just six. They'll be back from 2pm tomorrow to battle it out for the title, the gold Spadie and HK$6,815,000 (~$873,000)! The man with the best...more

Weekend Warm-Up: Catching up on the stories from this week on PokerStars

Another weekend is before us, but first here are the stories from the week on PokerStars. • ACOP playing down to a Main Event final table • PokerStars School adds to its Twitch roster • Poker In The Ears latest • Daniel Negreanu talks poker on TV • What you...more

2017 ACOP: Mikita Badziakouski leads after Day 1 of the High Roller

The first day of the HK$250,000 High Roller here at the PokerStars LIVE Macau card room in the City of Dreams was a short and sweet affair. Just six levels of play were scheduled - rather than the usual eight or ten - and by the end of the opening...more

26 October

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Something you didn't know about... Victor Ramdin

The Team PokerStars Pro opens up about swapping sun-kissed Guyana for the mean streets of the Bronx, his inspiring career journey and his devotion to helping sick children in his home country... With over $4m in live poker earnings, 49-year-old business owner and philanthropist Victor Ramdin has sure come...more

Team Pro Daniel Negreanu on how TV changed poker

PokerStars returned to TV screens last night with the start of its coverage from the PokerStars Championship in Monaco earlier this year (viewers outside the UK and Ireland can watch this on PokerStars.tv). It's a long-awaited return to the TV screens for PokerStars, with episodes focusing on the action from...more

25 October

2017 ACOP: Dominik Nitsche leads final 23 in Main Event, Le Jossec hunts second ACOP title

It's not easy starting strong and ending strong, but that's exactly what Dominik Nitsche did in day 3 of the 2017 ACOP Main Event. The German pro started the day first in chips and continued his steady ascent throughout the day. Nitsche stack got a big boost on the bubble...more

Dream day for Nitsche as German pro leads ACOP Main Event

Dominik Nitsche: Leading the last 89 So it's the end of Day 2 at the biggest ever Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP) Main Event at the PokerStars LIVE! card-room at the City of Dreams Casino, Macau. When registration closed today, 308 players had entered, beating last year's record by six....more

Super Tuesday: Anjeyyy returns, finishes business in $61K win (10-24-17)

Anjeyyy is no stranger to big paydays. A third-place finish for $75K in the Sunday Million this April and a runner-up finish in a SCOOP-Medium event in May were just the latest major scores, withcareer winnings of $3.3 million - and that's just on PokerStars. The largest came in a...more

24 October

Brian "BFizz11" Fite looking ahead to PokerStars Twitch debut this week

So you're a young guy, not long out of school, learning everything you can about poker having been inspired by the sight of Chris Moneymaker sitting alongside a giant pile of money at the 2003 World Series of Poker. You're living with five other pros, and blogging about being a...more

2017 ACOP: Shaoqing Liu leading the pack on Day 1B

Nothing short of a stellar field showed up for Day 1B of the ACOP Main Event today, and eight levels later, those who managed to survive the action were bagging up chips. The 169-player field was truly stacked with notables. Adrian Attenborough, Kitty Kuo, Russel Thomas, Elliot Smith, Sam Cohen,...more

PokerStars returns to TV screens this week

PokerStars is making its long overdue return to UK television screens this week, with the PokerStars Championship featuring on Channel 4. It's been a quiet year for PokerStars in terms of broadcasting, but the familiar coverage of PokerStars' most prestigious competition starts with events in Monte Carlo from earlier this...more

23 October

2017 ACOP: Wayne Yap wins Single-Day High Roller and HK$5,614,000

There are few places in the world where millions of dollars can be collected and distributed in a single day. The ACOP is one of them. The 2017 ACOP Single-Day High Roller had a HK$300,000 (~US$38,000) buy-in and drew 68 entries for a total prizepool of HK$19,192,320 (~US$2,450,000). That meant...more

Fast holds firm against O'Dwyer to claim ACOP Super High Roller title

ACOP Super High Roller Champion: Dietrich Fast The curtain has come down on the first flagship event at the 2017 Asia Championship of Poker, and that's a great shame. This tournament, the HK$800,000 Super High Roller at PokerStars LIVE! at the City of Dreams, was spectacular. The one man who...more

Weekend Review: ezynow99 wins Sunday Million as Super High Rollers play on in Macau

A brief round-up of the world of PokerStars this past weekend... Weekend highlights on PokerStars • ezynow99 wins the Sunday Million • Timothy Adams leads 2017 ACOP Super High Roller final as Main Event gets under way ezynow00 wins Sunday Million There's some inspiration to be had from this week's...more

Sunday Million: Brazilian grinder can take it ezynow99 after $144K win (10-22-17)

Brazil's ezynow99 has been grinding PokerStars tournaments for a few years, piling up strong results in small- and mid-stakes tournaments like the Mini Sunday Million, MicroMillions series, and the Sunday Kickoff. Looking back now, all that dedication appears as the prelude to this week's Sunday Million. ezynow99 came into the...more

22 October

2017 ACOP Super High Roller: Final table live updates

Click to read about Dietrich Fast's Super High Roller victory 6:45pm: All over! Dietrich Fast is our new Super High Roller Champion Level 22 - Blinds 3 million/6 million (ante 500,000) In what turned out to be the final hand of the the 2017 ACOP Super High Roller, Dietrich Fast...more

2017 ACOP Main Event: Nan Hong leads at end of Day 1A

A talented field took to the felt today on Day 1A of the HK$100,000 2017 ACOP Main Event. By the end of the first eight levels of action, 125 players had received a stack of 50,000, many of whom had been involved in the Super High Roller. Timothy Adams, who...more

2017 ACOP Super High Roller: Adams leads last nine after wild day in Macau

Timothy Adams: Leader after a tumultuous day Without a moment's hesitation, I'm going to make a suggestion. It's actually more of an order. You should scroll down through the lengthy post below and read about a sensational day at the 2017 Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP). Today was Day 2...more

Carson Ka Shing Wong wins the ACOP Warm-up

The ACOP Warm-up just reached boiling point as Ka Shing Wong lifted the trophy after three days of play. Wong overcame a tough field of 267 to emerge victorious and take home HK$1,414,700! Remarkably, he entered heads-up play with a 7:1 chip deficit but that wasn't enough to stop...more

21 October

2017 ACOP: Warm-up final table coverage archive

Congratulations Ka Shing Wong; winner of the ACOP Warm-up and HK$1,414,700! Ka Shing Wong is lifting the trophy after three days of play. He overcame a field of 267 entrants to claim the title and HK$1,414,700. We'll have a full wrap of today's proceedings on the PokerStars Blog soon. Stay...more

2017 ACOP: Tong's flopped quads send him to top of stacked SHR field

Poker players flock to Macau expecting the unexpected. This is the land of the unpredictable player: deep pockets and a willingness to delve into them. But Macau, and specifically the PokerStars LIVE! card-room at the City of Dreams, is becoming hugely predictable in one crucial way. This is where you...more

20 October

2017 ACOP: Huntly leads final 9 in Warm-up, Lunt in hot pursuit

That's it for day 2 of the Warm-up and things have definitely warmed up. We're down to our final nine and they're all guaranteed HK$143,000. They'll come back later today to battle for the grand prize of HK$1,414,700. Dennis Huntly is currently in the lead, but Lunt is just two...more

Bigger, Better, Hotter Tournaments

Though it may not be as flashy as our *COOP Series or Live Events, the weekly tournament schedule at PokerStars is a behemoth. While SCOOP and WCOOP make headlines for their record-setting prize pool numbers, the weekly tournament schedule has quietly generated almost $1.5 billion in prizes so far in...more

Win your way to the PCA: second 100-seat Ultra Satellite

Alongside the weekend majors there was an event you might have missed on PokerStars last weekend. In fact, we know you missed it. How? Because behind the scenes the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Ultra Satellite had a few people looking anxiously at the tournament counter as the field fell short of...more

Weekend Warm-Up: From Sochi, to Macau, to London

Some of the stories from the week on PokerStars. • PokerStars in Sochi, and back again in 2018 • The latest Poker in the Ears podcast • Introducing PokerStars School • 2017 ACOP begins • MEGASTACK London this weekend To Sochi and back Not only are we back in Sochi...more

Drop the hammer: The five best power ups in video game history

Some games just wouldn't be the same without power ups and hold'em has just made the list... Join us as we look at poker's brash new brother and countdown the top five power ups in video game history. If you haven't heard the news, there's a new game of...more

PokerStars Championship to return to Sochi in 2018

This week PokerStars is in Sochi for the PokerStars Festival. Well today we're announcing a new event for the 2018 calendar, with the PokerStars Championship Sochi, taking place next March. The event will take place over ten days in what is one of Russia's premier holiday resorts, with a series...more

19 October

2017ACOP: Bjorn Wiesler bests Warm-up Day 1

The ACOP Warm-up is now cooling down here for Day 1. The action started at 6pm and by the time late registration was locked out at 12:45am we had a total of 267 runners. With the field numbers finalized that meant we were also privy to payout information and can...more

6-Max Cash Game Guide, Episode 1 - The Basics


Stephen Hendry and Jake Cody to play MEGASTACK London this weekend

One is a former snooker World Champion, the other is a World Series bracelet and EPT winner. Both will be representing PokerStars in London this weekend. Stephen Hendry and Jake Cody will be at the Hippodrome to play the PokerStars MEGASTACK London event. These are great tournaments to play -...more

18 October

Top 5 table nightmares


Introducing PokerStars School

We all have to start somewhere, and for thousands of players over the years that place has been PokerSchool Online. Regular users of PSO might have noticed a few changes in the past few days. For one thing PSO is now PokerStars School. But also, and more obviously, there's a...more

17 October

Super Tuesday: Rocket-powered airlewis flies high in $65K victory (10/17/17)

Back in 2016, airlewis was within sight of a major PokerStars title. That January the Brit kicked off the year by reaching a Sunday Warm-Up final, losing a key pot heads up to finish second. A shot at redemption came along tonight, albeit against a tough Super Tuesday line up....more

16 October

Your guide to Sochi and the PokerStars Festival

You've got your visa. You've booked your flights. Maybe you've even bolstered your bankroll with a nice online score. There's nothing left to do now but get excited about one of the more unique poker stops out there. Following on from May's PokerStars Championship, we're returning to the Russian...more

2017ACOP: 5 Burning Questions

The 2017 Asia Championship of Poker (Oct. 13-29) is officially underway and if you've missed the previous blogs, info, and news I've got the key pieces right here for you below. Events you need to know about The Race to Three Spadies Schedule & Structures For regular ACOP updates follow...more

Weekend Review: Sunday Million no longer a pipe dream for Dietrich

A brief round-up of the world of PokerStars this past weekend... Weekend highlights on PokerStars • Pipedream17 wins the Sunday Million • New look PokerStars School launched Pipedream17 wins Sunday Million A two way deal secured Mike "Pipedream17" Dietrich a first prize of $142,000 in this week's Sunday Million, with...more

Sunday Million: After lengthy battle, Mike "Pipedream17" Dietrich defeats RichieA7s for $142K (10-15-17)

With more than $5.7 million in cashes and a final table appearance at the EPT8 Grand Final Main Event in Monte Carlo, Mike "Pipedream17" Dietrich has enjoyed considerable success over the last decade. By the time he cut a heads-up deal in tonight's Sunday Million he'd already set a new...more

13 October

Are you dreaming big? Then try this experiment.

Earlier this week we featured a short interview with Jan-Mikael "Kesjan" Kesänen, winner of the Sunday Million last weekend, and now enjoying the prospect of $157,000 in his PokerStars account. In Kesänen's case it started with a dream. Two days before the win he'd had one of those dreams you...more

Weekend Warm-Up: Power Up and dreaming big

As well look forward to another weekend, here are some of the stories from the week on PokerStars. • PokerStars launches real money Power Up • Poker In The Ears episode 102 • MEGASTACKS in New Jersey • Dreaming Big • More Winning Moments Power Up gets real money launch...more

12 October

A Winning Moment for #TeamTalon

You don't have to look far for stories during WCOOP. That was certainly the case during the most recent Series last month. The more you look the more you uncover, including this story, not from one of the big winners, but from the type of players who get an enormous...more

10 October

Super Tuesday: Fepoker20 dodges, ducks, dips, dives, dodges to $69K win (10-10-17)

Coming from behind to win at a final table is never easy. Whether it's hitting a river card to stay alive after a bad flop or picking up a big pocket pair at a key moment, a lot of things need to go right for a short stack. But sometimes...more

PokerStars' futuristic Power Up goes live for real money

The year 2047 is apparently going to be a wild one. If you don't believe me, just do a quick Google search. Doomsayers are saying we'll see singularity by then, the earth will hit the point of climate departure, and everyone will be just a couple of years away from...more

How to play Power Up

Here you'll find everything you need to know to get started with Power Up and how to play this great new game from PokerStars. • Introduction to Power Up • Logging in to play • How to play • Power cards and what they do • How to use your...more

For Jan-Mikael "Kesjan" Kesänen it started with a dream...

Jan-Mikael Kesänen had a dream. It was one of those perfect dreams. You might even had had one of these dreams yourself. Something fantastic happens, and the dream feels so real, and is so enjoyable, that waking up is nothing short of disappointing. In Kesänen's case the dream involved poker....more

9 October

Extending the runway: The flightpath of a recreational poker champion

As far as you and most of the rest of the poker world are concerned, there is a Finnish grinder who goes by the name messigoat10 who does pretty well for himself. Everyone can be forgiven for imagining this dude sitting in some Finnish outpost and using his winnings as...more

Big Things

I came to Las Vegas this summer to attend the WSOP, same as I have annually since I was 20 years old. I had fallen in love with poker before I was old enough to battle at the Rio, and gladly spent that first pre-21 summer grinding online while rooting...more

Weekend Review: Kesjan's win headlines weekend on PokerStars

A brief round-up of the world of PokerStars this past weekend... Weekend highlights on PokerStars • Kesjan wins the Sunday Million • 2017 ACOP starts this week Kesjan wins Sunday Million Kesjan of Finland came out top in the Sunday Million this weekend, beating a field of 5,832 to a...more

Sunday Million: Kesjan runs down a $157K dream (10-8-17)

Starting a final table with plenty of chips is always helpful, but it's far from a requirement for winning - even if you had them in your possession just a few minutes earlier. Kesjan proved the rule in this week's Sunday Million having entered the final with the third-shortest stack....more

6 October

2017ACOP: Choose Your Own Adventure

The 2017 Asia Championship of Poker (October 13-29) has a massive 17-day schedule and you may very well be intimidated by the vast options. Have no fear, I'm here to guide you through it all! Remember, choice is a good thing and this year, more so than any other year,...more

Weekend Warm-Up: Records and wins for the weekend

Let's not join the clichéd chorus of those who say "phew, we made it to the weekend!" or "Happy Friday!". Let's reflect instead on how brilliant Tuesday was, and how lunch on Wednesday was, well, fabulous. But if you are looking to kick back this weekend and catch up on...more

5 October

Getting poker lessons for free

You may have heard the expression that "Everybody has to pay for their poker lessons". This is an old saying that acknowledged that most people learn to play poker by sitting at the table and playing. Needless to say, the lessons you learn at the table aren't free (and...more

A new MEGASTACK record in Namur

Of course, it depends on who you ask. What is the highlight of a visit to Namur, the capital of Wallonia, between Liege to the east, and Charleroi to the west? To most visitors making their way to this gateway to the Ardennes, it would likely be the citadel, with...more

4 October

Super Tuesday: jobetzu overcomes smir9david's challenge for $69K victory (10-3-17)

A win looked like a sure thing at this point. After entering the final table near the back of the pack, remaining patient for more than an hour and a half before finding an opening, and then surging ahead to a 77-big-blind lead as heads-up play began, Finland's jobetzu had...more

3 October

WCOOP 2017: Done, dusted and delighted

Now that the last hand of WCOOP 2017 has been dealt we can finally exhale and reflect on this year's Series. The numbers are absolutely insane: a WCOOP record $90+ million in prize pools, over 107,000 unique players across 164 tournaments, and the biggest WCOOP Main Event since 2010. So,...more

2 October

Weekend Review: ad144 wins online as McGinty and Silver do same in Dublin

A brief round-up of the world of PokerStars this past weekend... Weekend highlights on PokerStars • ad144 wins the Sunday Million • Wins for McGinty and Silver at the PokerStars Festival Dublin • PokerStars London Series begins this week ad144 wins 148 in Sunday Million When does ad144 add up...more

Sunday Million: Tight squeezes, big pairs lead ad144 to $148K victory (10-1-17)

When it came to big pocket pairs, the United Kingdom's ad144 had it both ways at this week's Sunday Million final table. After entering with the chip lead, ad144 had to crack a pair of aces with pocket nines - on the river, no less - just to stay alive...more

1 October

PokerStars Festival Dublin: No stopping McGinty as two-day charge ends on podium top

Absolutely nothing is ever certain in tournament poker, at least not until the final card is turned. But around about 5pm yesterday, which was Day 2 of the €1,100 PokerStars Festival Dublin Main Event, Gary McGinty emerged from the pack of players still involved and began a rampage that was...more

PokerStars Festival Dublin: Gold for Silver, while Konnikova goes close

There was a moment today in the poker room of the PokerStars Festival Dublin where three tournaments were simultaneously heads-up and all three had interesting storylines. Gary McGinty was winning the Main Event, Max Silver was heads-up in the High Roller against Fraser MacIntyre and Maria Konnikova was up against...more

PokerStars Festival Dublin: Final table decided after nine-handed grind ends

The PokerStars Festival Dublin Main Event has reached its final table. There were 544 entries (that's 396 unique players, plus 148 re-entries) but only eight players are now left. This is where the lion's share of the €700,000 prize pool is carved into its biggest portions, and there's a pride...more

PokerStars Festival Dublin: MacIntyre on top in the High Roller; Silver going for gold

It's the business end of the festival here in Dublin and they'll be five trophies handed out on the final day of proceedings. Whilst the €130,410 that the Main Event will receive will be the largest prize awarded today, the spoils on offer in the €2,000 High Roller are...more

PokerStars Festival Dublin: #PlayWithJake

If you follow Jake Cody on Twitter you'll probably be aware that he runs an occasional series called #PlayWithJake. The way it works is that Cody will describe a hand that he's played, but omit his hole cards. If you're the first person to guess his exact holding -...more

PokerStars Festival Dublin: The natural imbalance of a tournament's business end

They have played one-and-a-half levels so far on the final day of the PokerStars Festival Dublin Main Event, and only one player of the returning 16 has been knocked out. Sacha Lebreton's pocket nines were no good against Gary McGinty's A♦K♠. Sacha Lebreton: First to fall That's not to say...more

PokerStars Festival Dublin: Gary McGinty's G.O.A.T.?

Approaching midnight last night at the Regency Hotel, Dublin, Gary McGinty was asked if he had just finished the single best day of poker of his career. Surprisingly for a man who was in the process of bagging up 2.835 million chips, the runaway chip lead of the 16 players...more