December 2017

31 December

2017 PokerStars Year in Review

There is a concept that exists in many cultures called the "gap year." The idea is beautiful in its simplicity. Young people take 12 months or so before heading off to university studies and use that time to mature, prepare, and, if truly fortunate, find a truer version of themselves....more

28 December

How deliberate practice can improve your game

Yesterday we published a detailed look at how deliberate practice, can help you improve as a player, and the thoughts of Team Pros on how they practice and constantly work to improve their game. (Click here if you missed yesterday's feature). This follow up serves as a useful recap, a...more

27 December

Winter Series: LadPark slays table of Goliaths in Event #04-High ($2,100 NLHE Super Tuesday SE)

The Super Tuesday is one of those tournamnents where you expect everyone at the final table to have been there before. And today, in the first of two Super Tuesday Special Editions on this year's Winter Series schedule, nearly everyone actually had. So at a table with a collective resume...more

Sporting battles your eyes couldn't believe

The world's fastest man Usain Bolt and comedy heavyweight Kevin Hart have pitted wits all through 2017 in PokerStars's #GameOn campaign. The long-running feud will come to an end in January at the 2018 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, when the two will tangle for supremacy in a final heads-up battle....more

Deliberate practice, and how Team Pros get good

It's the holiday period, the perfect time to reflect on the year that just passed, and the one about to begin. For poker players that might mean examining how to improve your game. Here we look into practice: how the pros do it, and how a particular type of practice...more

26 December

Winter Series: onebrl breaks through with $119K win in Monday Million (Event #1-M)

After six years of playing small-stakes poker, onebrl of the Netherlands enjoyed a breakthrough this October by winning an $11 tournament for a career-best cash of $4,216. If the year had ended without another sizable score that probably would have been plenty for the Dutch player. Instead onebrl entered the...more

22 December

Weekend Planner: Winter Series &...let's talk about those PSPC Platinum Passes

Earlier this week, I had someone ask (and I'm paraphrasing here), "Hey, man, this PokerStars Players No-Limit Hold'em Championship sounds pretty cool, but there aren't a lot of people out there who can afford a $25,000 buy-in, a flight to the Bahamas, and a hotel room at Atlantis. This is...more

Expansion of new Time to Act settings

After a successful trial of reduced Time to Act at $0.01/$0.02 we are happy to announce a wider roll out of new Time to Act settings at stakes up to and including $0.10/$0.25 for NLHE and PLO ring games. There are no changes to Zoom settings. As mentioned in the...more

20 December

How to win a #PlatinumPass

By now you'll have heard about the PokerStars Players No-limit Players Championship, and that PokerStars is giving away $8 million in Platinum Passes - 300 of them - each worth $30,000. The first Platinum Pass was won by Mihai Manole during the PokerStars Championship Main Event in Prague. But what...more

Day-by-day at the PokerStars Championship Prague

Prague has a unique place on the PokerStars calendar. For one it's the only event during which there's a good chance of snow. Then there's its popularity, which gives the year a good send off. This year there was an added element, the news of the PokerStars Players No-Limit Hold'em...more

19 December

Super Tuesday: Perrymejsen and the Case of the Repeat Champion

With its trademark combination of deep stacks, slow structure, and top-flight competition, nobdy wins the Super Tuesday easily. Tonight was no exception. Despite holding the chip lead for the better part of an hour before the bubble, former Super Tuesday champion Jerry "Perrymejsen" Ödeen spent the bulk of the final...more

Big (Kevin) Hart and a check just as big

"Kevin Hart's a nice guy," Kevin Hart humbly said, referring to himself in the third person at a private lounge in Rockefeller Center. If the confident assertion of kindness wasn't enough to convince you, the giant Kevin Hart-sized check might have done the trick. Not only was the check as...more

The greatest moments in PCA History

In the second half of 2003, the reverberations from Chris Moneymaker winning the WSOP Main Event were just starting to shake the poker world. The PokerStars Caribbean Adventure set sail on board a state-of-the-art cruise ship at just the right time, before landing in Atlantis on Paradise Island in...more

18 December

Danny Tang gets trophy, Sergio Aido top cash in PokerStars Championship Prague High Roller

This time last year we were reporting on how Will Kassouf took down the last ever EPT High Roller, earning the trophy thanks to a heads-up deal that saw the bigger-stacked Patrick Serda take away a larger final prize. Twelve months on, and now we're reporting on how the last...more

PokerStars Championship Prague: Watch the action live!

Now playing: PokerStars Championship Prague final table replay...more

Sow tops Wheeler as PokerStars Championship Prague turns frosty and feisty

All the chips to Kalidou Sow For all the vast sums of money and high levels of tension, major poker tournaments are often pretty serene, even at the very end. But the finale today of the PokerStars Championship Prague Main Event--the last ever tournament in this series, and the final...more

PokerStars Championship Prague: Notable side event results

While our attention is currently firmly on the conclusions of both the Main Event and the €10K High Roller, we thought we'd take a look through all of the notable results here in Prague. Enjoy. Event #2: €10K NL Hold'em - Single Re-Entry Players: 35 Re-entries: 14 Prize Pool: €475,300...more

A poker player's Christmas gift list

As December rolls on and people are no longer mocking others for having their Christmas decorations up, it also means the time to buy presents for friends and family is dwindling. When you factor in shopping and delivery times, the time to think of gift ideas is even less....more

Weekend Review: Champions in Prague, TalonChick...everywhere!

This weekend, PokerStars looked a little bit like a reboot of Being John Malkovitch with Adrienne "TalonChick" Rowsome in the titular role. If you were looking at a final table, there was a good chance you saw her face. We'll get to that craziness in a moment, but before we...more

PokerStars Championship Prague: Meet the new faces deep in the high roller

We've reached a final table in the €10K High Roller, and Ben Heath - a regular in these events - is out in front, closely followed by Kfir Ivgi. If the name Kfir Ivgi isn't familiar to you, don't worry; it wasn't to us either. But that's the great thing...more

PokerStars Championship Prague: Main Event final table live updates

• Kalidou Sow wins PokerStars Championship Prague Main Event for €675,000 • Jason Wheeler finishes second for €570,000 • Czech player Michal Mrakes takes third in 855-player field 7:05pm: Kalidou Sow wins title (€675,000), Jason Wheeler runner-up (€570,000)! Level 31 - Blinds 80,000/160,000 (ante 20,000) With just over 6 million...more

PokerStars Championship Prague: Final table player profiles

The final six A little more information about the final six players at the €5,000 PokerStars Championship Prague Main Event (compiled by Jan Kores, Media Co-ordinator, and team): Seat 1: Harry Lodge (United Kingdom) -- 1.23 million (15 BBs) Harry Lodge is a 23-year-old professional poker player from Haywards Heath,...more

Sunday Million: Unstoppable pokerjeff370 banks $142K after heads-up deal (12-17-17)

Before tonight, the biggest PokerStars tournament cash on record for Canada's pokerjeff370 came this past October with a 236th-place finish in the Sunday Million. Winning three times your initial buy-in is nothing to scoff at, but outlasting thousands of players before earning a cash like that can get a player...more

17 December

PokerStars Championship Prague: Aido bags big lead over final 16 in €10K High Roller

It certainly seemed like a long Day 2 in this €10K High Roller, mainly because there had been a lot of changes come the end. The start-of-day chip leader now had a short stack, while the chip leader throughout much of today's play - Christopher Kruk - will be coming...more

PokerStars Championship Prague: Greenwood's patience pays off as it's Palumbo who bubbles

Coming back from a dinner break directly on the stone bubble creates a weird dynamic. Nobody wants to return after a somewhat rushed meal only to then bust with no money, right? That might be true in lesser buy-in tournaments, but this is a €10K, and the vast majority of...more

PokerStars Championship Prague: Kalidou Sow pips Jason Wheeler to final table lead

After nearly eight hours of play we have our final six in the PokerStars Championship Prague Main Event. Here's how they'll line up. NameCountryChipsBBs Kalidou SowFrance8,135,000102 Jason WheelerUSA8,100,000101 Michal MrakesCzech Republic5,010,00063 Gabriele LeporeItaly1,815,00023 Colin RobinsonUSA1,425,00018 Harry LodgeUK1,230,00015 The final six players return tomorrow to do this all again, but this...more

PokerStars Championship Prague: Kruk clutches colossal chip lead in the €10K HR

There's a lot to fill you in on in the €10K High Roller, so we won't waste any time being cute. First off, it has been snowing quite heavily here in beautiful Prague, and the fallen snow has created a gorgeous white blanket over the the cars and trees. Even...more

Who tops the PokerStars Championship Prague GPI Leaderboard?

One thing we know for sure about Prague is that it's snowing like crazy outside right now. If it continues at this rate, we're going to have to add a lot more tournaments to extend the schedule. But what we don't know right now is who will be crowned...more

NEGREANU: The Player's Player talks the Players Championship

He may be the face of PokerStars, but Daniel Negreanu has always been active behind the scenes too, providing a voice for poker players of all skillsets and experience. We caught up with him in Prague to discuss the announcement of the exciting new Players No Limit Hold'em Championship, which...more

16 December

PokerStars Championship Prague: Zinno, Alvarado and Cody bag big after €10K HR Day 1

The final flagship tournament of the PokerStars Championship Prague kicked off today, and as expected it had a very big turnout. A mixed field of high roller regulars, relative newcomers, and business men and women turned card sharks made for a very interesting session. One of those regs, J.C. Alvarado,...more

PokerStars Championship Prague: High Roller hors d'oeuvres

The $10,000 Single Re-entry High Roller has reached its dinner break after six 60-minute levels. But before the players (and us reporters) go and grab a main course, here's are your high roller hors d'oeuvres (i.e. a quick run through what's happened so far). While registration is open until the...more

PokerStars Championship Prague: Mrakes moves back on top to end Main Event Day 4

Czech player Michal Mrakes is having quite an end-of-year run for himself here in his home country. First came five cashes in the WSOP Europe series in Rozvadov, including a 14th in the Main. Since then he's made a couple of final tables, including one in a side event here...more

PokerStars Championship Prague: The high rollers are riding back into town

The €10,300 High Roller event has been one of the big success stories on the EPT and Championship over the years. The tournament attracts huge numbers of top pros and any win would get the bold treatment on a player's poker resume. It's easy to forget that the event had...more

15 December

BREAKING: PokerStars launches Players No-Limit Hold'em Championship #AreYouPlaying

There's something new coming to the poker world, which today we're proud to unveil as the PokerStars Players No Limit Hold'em Championship (PSPC). It's a tournament like no other, one that defines a new era of poker, and one that will make 2018 a year to remember. As Team Pro...more

"This is our thing"-- The PokerStars Players No-Limit Hold'em Championship

If you watch David Carrion long enough at a poker tournament, you will see it. Most of the time, he's a picture of stoic control. He's on top of everything without seeming the least bit hurried or bothered. But keep watching, and you'll see it. The look begins with a...more

Something you didn't know about... Aditya Agarwal

The Team PokerStars Pro chats about the exploding poker scene in his home country of India, his early years at boarding school in a Himalayan hill region, and why he's fine with his wife doing his clothes shopping... Aditya Agarwal's passion for poker was first ignited when he tuned...more

Michaelis leads again after Day 3 of PokerStars Championship Prague

Another day at the top for Paul Michaelis So that's that. Play has concluded for Day 3 of the PokerStars Championship Prague Main Event. There are 49 players left of 855 starters who are all in with a shot at winning the €775,000 first prize and the title. They will...more

14 December

Michaelis leaves it late to snatch Day 2 lead at PokerStars Championship Prague

Paul Michaelis: Day 2 leader The PokerStars Championship Prague Main Event is delicately poised at the end of its second day. We know how much they're playing for (€4 million in the prize-pool; €775,000 for first) and who is still in the running (keep reading), but the first walk to...more

13 December

PokerStars Championship Prague: Tsugunari Toma leads Day 1B, Mrakas keeps the overall

Day 1B in Prague looked a lot like any other Day 1B in Prague. A big room, a vast crowd of players, the occasional gust of cold wind coming from a cigarette break, and by the end of play, some 12 hours after it started, a tournament room that still...more

12 December

Super Tuesday: leitalopez outlasts tough competition for $39K victory (12-12-17)

There are plenty of PokerStars players who know a thing or two about staying patient in the face of tough competition. Leandro "leitalopez" Bustillo of Argentina is among their ranks. Having once battled three hours against Roman "RomeOpro" Romanovskyi to win a WCOOP title and nearly $300K along with it,...more

PokerStars Championship Prague: Michal Mrakes makes most of Main Event Day 1A to lead

The first step of the PokerStars Championship Prague Main Event has come to an end. Day 1A attracted 193 players and after eight 75-minute levels, Michal Mrakes bagged up a top stack of 202,700 after leading for the majority of the day, and he will enjoy a nice rest day...more

Right To Play in Tanzania

Staring over the pot at one of the greatest strikers in the history of football, and praying your ace-high hand will hold, can be distracting. So can trying to count your chips in the substantial shadow of former-England International Rugby captain Mike Tindall. Or keeping your cool when you suspect...more

Three cheers for PokerStars Championship Prague €50K SHR champ Timothy Adams

Timothy Adams takes it down for €555K Three's a crowd. Three is the magic number. The best things in life are three. But apparently three days is almost too long for a Super High Roller tournament these days. This €50K event at the PokerStars Championship Prague whizzed past so fast...more

PokerStars Championship Prague: €50K SHR final day live updates

This tournament is over. You'll find a full recap here. 1:45pm: Timothy Adams in the new Super High Roller Champion! Level 20: 40,000/80,000 (ante 10,000) So that's it. Timothy Adams is champion. Here's how he did it: Mikita Badziakouski had 780,000 at the start of the hand, as we found...more

11 December

An Arcade Bomb jackpot worth $1.8 million

We don't feature many cross over posts on the Blog, but in this case we've decided to make an exception. We have a pretty good reason. You could say we have 1.8 million reasons, or at least German PokerStars Casino player beckskr has. Yesterday afternoon he logged into his account...more

PokerStars Championship Prague: Adams bags huge lead over Mateos and Badziakouski as Day 2 ends three-handed

There was a bit of confusion about when play was going to end today. Some players wanted to play until a winner was crowed, others wanted only to play the scheduled 10 levels. Ultimately, the latter option is what happened, and after ten 60-minute levels of Day 2 action in...more

Weekend Review: Quick work in Half-Price Sunday Million as Prague gets under way

A brief round-up of the results on PokerStars this past weekend... Weekend highlights on PokerStars • SitPro2011 win the Sunday Million • Day 2 of Super High Roller under way in Prague SitPro2011 wins Sunday Million Half the prize and twice as fast. Well not quite on that second part....more

Half Price Sunday Million: SitPro2011 stands tall in crowded field

This Sunday Million this week was the stuff holiday dreams are made of. A half-price buy-in attracted a massive field and set up six-figure scores for three players up top, including nearly $200,000 for the winner. There was a bit of a throwback feel to the proceedings as well, with...more

10 December

PokerStars Championship Prague: Aldemir's perfect day sends him top of Prague €50K Super High Roller

The €50,000 Super High Roller tournament at the PokerStars Championship Prague is through its first day of play. There might be snow across Europe, and sub-zero temperatures through almost all of the region, but it's never chilly enough to deny the world's poker players their pre-Christmas jaunt to the Czech...more

8 December

A few drinks, a Twitch idea, and a 24/7 plan that nearly worked

Like a lot of great ideas, this one came about while drinking. "That's how all good things start right?" It's not clear how many drinks Kevin Martin and his good pal Ryan had got through when the eureka moments struck, but given the enormity of the plan it would have...more

Five things for the weekend on PokerStars

A quick look at some of the stories from the week on PokerStars. • PokerStars Championship Prague begins this weekend • Andy Wilson on his Thrill win • Christmas on PokerStars • What you can learn this week from Poker Schools • Discord home game opens Back to Prague It's...more

The Veldhuis verdict on that fold fit for kings

This is one of those stories where words typed here don't mean very much in comparison to video of what happened. You might already have heard of this hand, played by Lex Veldhuis, which in some ways has become a "Fold heard around the world." Then again, more and more...more

7 December

Low Stakes Winners: Turning a few dollars into five-figure wins

Alongside the Sunday Majors were the other "Sundays". We hesitate to call them minors because they aren't, as the winners would back us up on, having turned a few dollars into what can be a five figure pay day. Congratulations if you're among the winners listed below. Low Stakes winners...more

6 December

PokerStars School: Three ways to make this weekend better than last weekend

It's midweek, or hump day, when results from last weekend begin to fade in favour of happier thoughts of what could be this weekend. There's nothing like a new slate of tournament to erase the memory of the week before. That makes midweek a good time to see where things...more

5 December

Super Tuesday: fityfmi's first final ends in a win, daskalos20 runner-up again

fityfmi has enjoyed plenty of tournament success at PokerStars, but tonight's appearance at the Super Tuesday final table was a first for the Norwegian. That wasn't the case for most of the other finalists. Among them were a three-time past Super Tuesday champion, two past runners-up, a WSOP Europe High...more

Andy Wilson on how the BowieEffect became the RaSZi effect

You might have seen Andy Wilson tweeting last week - one of those feel-good stories that you can't help enjoying. Just days after Lex Veldhuis seemed to crush everything he played, Wilson, playing as BowieEffect (the term, coined by his mum, that referenced the David Bowie t-shirt Wilson wore when...more

The Discord Home Game Club is Open

Most of you know that PokerStars has a pretty cool feature called "Home Games"; it allows you play poker with your friends or a specific community. And many of you know about our Discord community, where we hang out and talk about poker. I mean all aspects of poker -...more

4 December

Sanderssi tops four-way deal for $294K in High Rollers Main Event

The inaugural High Rollers Series made this a big-money week on PokerStars, with 22 events paying nearly $15 million in prize money. The biggest payday though was reserved for the final event of the series, the $2,100 Main Event. The $2.2 million prize pool provided more than enough incentive for...more

Red Spade Open: Moneymaker among field for Day 2

It's Monday, which means by 8pm tonight (UK time) you'll be one with dinner, only to discover that there's nothing on television. Short of calling it a night, and going to bed earlier than when you were eight years old, you could skip the box set, or Netflix, log into...more

Weekend Review: Franklin wins The Million, Negreanu wins a million (ish)

A brief round-up of the results on PokerStars this past weekend... Weekend highlights on PokerStars • HITTHEPANDA win the Sunday Million • Negreanu reports on win by, err, Negreanu • Manila MegaStack won by Akinari Yokomizo HITTHEPANDA wins Sunday Million Two big names battled heads up for this week's title...more

Sunday Million: After NL_Profit dominates, HITTHEPANDA hits the $159K jackpot

Anatoly "NL_Profit" Filatov entered tonight's Sunday Million final table with the chip lead, and went from strength to strength, scoring a dramatic double-knockout with quad jacks to lay claim to more than half the chips with just four players left. At that point one of the short stacks suggested a...more

2 December

Manila Megastack 8: Yokomizo Wins the Biggest Manila Megastack Main Event Championship in History

Japan's Akinari Yokomizo emerged victorious over the series' biggest and best tournament for a payout of P3,210,000 (~US$62,940), the largest payout so far for a Manila Megastack. Swiftly defeating the Philippines' Alexis Lim with 7♦K♠ over Lim's pocket threes in less than five hands and not even needing to...more

1 December

Manila Megastack 8: Main Event Day 1B Live Updates

11:28pm: Record-Breaking Day 1B ends with Dante Antipuesto overtaking the group Day 1B Chip Leader Dante Antipuesto (370,000) Day 1B comes to a close, making this Manila Megastack 8 the series' largest ever event by prize pool. With the Main Event garnering 624 entrants - with today's 370 entries completely...more

Daniel Negreanu banks nearly $1 million, live reports entire final table

If a million dollar tree falls in the middle of a casino and no poker reporters are there to write about it, did anybody get rich(er)? I don't even know what that's supposed to mean. I just know that it's a pretty interesting night when there is a $100,000 buy-in...more

6-Max Cash Game Guide, Episode 8 - Dealing with C-Bets


What's the opposite of a damp squib hand? Is it a SamSquid hand?

This one comes from the file marked "crazy hands". It would could also go under "Dream hands", "Rare hands", and "type of hands that, when played, will make you dance around the room". Sam "SamSquid" Grafton It would also count as one of those hands that gets talked about. So...more

Weekend Warm-Up: 6 Stories from the week on PokerStars

A quick look at some of the stories from the week on PokerStars. • Bolt and Hart #GameOn • Coming up this Christmas • Paul Vas Nunes on his Sunday Million winner • The only known cure for winter • Team Pros big week on Twitch • High Rollers concludes...more

Manila Megastack 8: Main Event Day 1A Live Updates

2:21am: The Official Chiplead Clock Paused at Level 15 - Blinds 2500/5000/500 And the official chip leader of Manila Megastack 8 Main Event Day 1A is no other than Edmund Kok Hui Eng of Singapore! At 278,000, Eng cruises ahead of the competition with a head start at the main...more