Weekend warm-up: Play, follow, listen and win

The first weekend review after WCOOP, which also includes live festival coverage, interviews, and details on how you can win your way to the PCA in January.

WCOOP 2017 comes to a close
PokerStars Festival Dublin begins
Poker in the Ears turns 100
Aussie Champion proves it's not about the money
Win your way to the PCA


WCOOP 2017 comes to a close

After three weeks and 81 events the World Championship of Online Poker concluded this week, the curtain coming down shortly after Steven "SvZff" van Zadelhoff won the Main Event and a first prize of more than $1.6million.

steven_van_zadelhoff_wcoop_29sept17.jpgWCOOP Main Event winner Steven van Zadelhoff

Van Zadelhoff's win was one of several highlights of the Championship. Others included two double winners, as well as the combined performances of Leader Board winner and Player of the Series ImluckNuts.

Check out all the reports from WCOOP 2017 by checking out our coverage page. Results, and more details of the leader board, can be found on the WCOOP homepage.

PokerStars Festival Dublin gets started

PokerStars returns to Dublin this weekend for the next Festival on the calendar. The Main Event, featuring among others Team Pro Chris Moneymaker and snooker legend Stephen Hendry, got started yesterday.

hendry_moneymaker_29sept17.jpgStephen Hendry and Chris Moneymaker

Our team of Howard Swains and Nick Wright are on the scene with regular reports from the tournament room at the Regency Hotel. You can read those on our Dublin coverage page. One particular highlight was a behind-the-scenes look at how a Festival like Dublin is put together. You can read that by clicking here.

Poker In The Ears turns 100

"For their 100th episode, James and Joe recorded the podcast on stage at The Hippodrome in London's West End on Tuesday 26th September, in front of an audience of fans.


"This special edition of the show features... a "tight five" (short stand-up set) from Stapes; the latest poker news, including behind-the-scenes tales about the new PokerStars Winning Moments videos; 'Adventures in Online Poker', recounting Joe's #WCOOP odyssey; a preview of #PSFDublin; a Q&A with Jake Cody and Chris Moneymaker from Team Pro; a recap of the Hippodrome tournament James and Joe played at the weekend; "Happy 100th Anniversary" messages from some former podcast guests; the password for the $5k 'Poker in the Ears' freeroll taking place on Sunday 1st October; special guest star Dexter Fletcher, discussing his career in movies, as both an actor and director, and his love of poker; plus the ultimate edition of 'Superfan vs Stapes', as Joe Lipscomb (aka: Skuff) enlists the help of other members of the audience to win a bag of poker goodies!

"Please don't forget to rate and subscribe to #PokerInTheEars on your favourite podcast platform."

Click here to listen to Episode 100.

Aussie champion proves it's not about the money

Poker isn't all about money, as the popularity of PokerStars' Play Money games prove. So when Patrick Millard, winner of the Aussie Challenge earlier this month described how tense the final stages had been we shouldn't have been all that surprised.


In our interview with Millard, who plays under the username "Pattymillion", he explained what it was like to top the leader board, earning himself a billion play money chips in the process. You can read that here.

Road to Bahamas; win your way to the PCA

The PokerStars Caribbean Adventure is still a few months away but the opportunities to qualify and win a package worth more than $15,000 are plentiful. The latest is the news of two Road to Bahamas Ultra Satellites (I know, it can be difficult to tell the difference between words like "Ultra", "Mega", etc).

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These two events will guarantee more than 200 seats to the Bahamas, with packages including Main Event buy in, nine nights' accommodation at the Atlantis Resort & Casino, $1,000 credited to your Stars Account and another $1,000 resort credit to sped at Atlantis.

Read more about these events, and other ways to win your way to a brighter New Year, here.

Stephen Bartley is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog. Follow him on Twitter: @StephenBartley. What did you think about this post? Let us know on Twitter: @PokerStarsBlog.

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