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 things at your own pace, try these stories from the week on PokerStars.
• WCOOP delights
• Poker in the Ears 101
• Namur sets new MEGASTACK record
• A Super Tuesday for jobetzu
Done, dusted, and delighted
With the dust settled on WCOOP 2017 our team behind the scenes have had a chance to go through the numbers. Here are a few of them...
• A record $90+ million in prize pools
• More than 107,000 unique players
• 164 tournaments
• Biggest WCOOP Main Event since 2010
• A brand new WCOOP Low series
Poker In The Ears
Episode 101 of the podcast - featuring Stephen Hendry - is now live.
"James and Joe are still on a high after their big night at The Hippodrome. They tell some behind-the-scenes stories from last week's live show, and recap the poker tournament that followed. They also run through some #WCOOP and #PSFDublin results.
"This week's guest is seven-time Snooker World Champion Stephen Hendry, who was at the Dublin Festival, and is planning to play more tournaments in the coming months. James has details of the London Series this weekend (6th-8th October), and the 'Road to Bahamas' promotion now running on PokerStars.
"Plus, maths student Christopher Wathen tries to out-'Archer' Joe in 'Superfan vs Stapes'. Next week, the boys will be re-watching two of the worst films ever made, and recording a special 'Bad Poker Movies' episode.
"If you'd like to try winning a $109 PCA satellite ticket by answering questions about 'Lucky You' (2007) and/or 'Deal' (2008), please hit us up: #PokerInTheEars"
Please don't forget to rate and subscribe to #PokerInTheEars on your favourite podcast platform.
It's not the richest event PokerStars hosts, but it is now arguably one of the biggest, and not just because of the capital letters used in its title.
Last week the Belgian town Namur hosted the latest MEGASTACK event, which exceeded every expectation by attracting a field of more than 1,000 players - a new record for Casino de Namur. The event was won by Zak Bryan who turned his €170 buy in into €12,789. If you're thinking "that's a pretty good ROI" you can find details of more MEGSTACK events coming up in October on the MEGASTACK homepage.
There were 379 players in this week's Super Tuesday, which mean first prize for eventual winner jobetzu of Finland amounted to $69,354 from a prize pool of $379,000. Jason Kirk was on hand with the full report, which details jobetzu's come from behind win. You can read that 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.