January 2018

31 January

Big prizes for two Big Anniversaries this weekend

The comedy western A Big Hand for the Little Lady opens with a scene which I like to think sums up a poker player's urge to play cards. In the film (which features an all-star cast of Henry Fonda, Joanne Woodward, Jason Robards, and Burgess Meredith) the "five richest men...more

30 January

Super Tuesday: Dominik "Bounatirou" Nitsche wins $58K, finally chases down elusive title

With four WSOP bracelets, $11.4 million in live tournaments earnings, and another $4.2 million in PokerStars winnings to his credit, Dominik "Bounatirou" Nitsche is one of the most successful poker players of the last decade. But for all that winning over all that time, there's been one tournament title that...more

Two-year wave: 2016 tourney morphs into Platinum Pass for Kelvin Kerber

It took Kelvin Kerber two years to do it, but tonight he is the latest owner of a shiny PokerStars Platinum Pass. Kerber was a different man when he started all of this. He was two years younger, he looked radically different, and he had no idea that his 2016...more

Tiago Magalhães claims his time...and his Platinum Pass

Tiago Magalhães didn't know what he was getting himself into this week. Literally. When he showed up in São Paulo, he had designs on winning the Brazil Series of Poker Main Event, which seemed like a good achievement in itself. He had no idea that he would end up against...more

Truth or Bluff your way to a #PlatinumPass

By now, and with last weekend's timely reminder, you'll know that you can win your way to the PokerStars Players Championship by winning big in PokerStars events. Kalidou Sow is just the latest example. That's certainly one way to win a Platinum Pass, but what if your bankroll is, let's...more

Kevin Martin wraps up the weekend in style

It turned out to be a good conclusion to the weekend for Team Online's Kevin Martin yesterday, who finished second in the $109 Sunday Wrap-Up. That was worth $5,489.52 to the Canadian. Kevin Martin has reasons to be cheerful That was reason enough to be happy. GG. What a start...more

29 January

Beast Mode, Beefy and the Fossilman: The best names in sport

Ahead of the 2018 big game, join us as we countdown the best sporting nicknames in the world Where did poker go wrong? Nicknames were de rigueur back in the day. In fact if you didn't have a nickname you weren't really a player... 'Texas Dolly', 'Amarillo Slim', 'Puggy'...more

Kalidou Sow wins Platinum Pass after incredible back-to-back Main Event wins

This guy hasn't been been knocked out of a PokerStars poker tournament in 67 hours of playing PokerStars poker tournaments. Sow has won two Main Event in consecutive months. And now a Platinum Pass too! Back in December 2017, while action was taking place in the PokerStars Championship Prague Main...more

Sunday Million: Strong finish in second final table appearance propels soleeJ to $165K win

João "soleeJ" Ferreira earned the biggest single score of his career at PokerStars three months ago when he appeared at the Sunday Million final table, ran into an opponent's pocket jacks, and cashed out for more than $17,000 in seventh place. If he felt a sense of déjà vu tonight,...more

Weekend Review: Platinum Passes for Sow and Caridi, while soleeJ wins Sunday Million

A brief round-up of the results on PokerStars this past weekend... Weekend highlights on PokerStars • soleeJ wins the Sunday Million • Kalidou Sow makes it back to back wins, picking up a Platinum Pass along the way • Giuseppe Caridi win Platinum Pass in London Cup: "It was absolutely...more

28 January

Bellisimo! Giuseppe Caridi wins Platinum Pass and ends 10-year quest for a PokerStars title

If you followed our PCA coverage this year you'll know that anyone who made a final table received a little something extra, a gift from PokerStars. The lucky dip included a drone, a Nintendo Switch and a PS4. You can pick up a PS4 for about £330, which is the...more

Sow hard to beat! Prague champ Kalidou Sow takes down the PokerStars Festival London Main Event

Last night, Kalidou Sow dreamt that he would get heads-up in this event with Paul Dando. After nine hours of play today, his dream came true in more ways than one. Another amazing win for Sow He told Dando about his dream when the two got heads-up in today's PokerStars...more

PokerStars Festival London: Main Event Final Table Player Profiles

Get to know our Final Table players a bit better thanks to Media Coordinator Jen Mason. Final Table line up Final Table live updates are here. Seat 1: Attila Farkas, Hungary/United Kingdom - 2,070,000 Attila Farkas Attila Farkas, 41, hails from Hungary but now resides in London where he finds...more

PokerStars Festival London: Main Event Final Day coverage archive

• KALIDOU SOW WINS LONDON MAIN EVENT AND PLATINUM PASS • PRIZE POOL AND PAYOUTS • ALL POKERSTARS FESTIVAL LONDON INFO | TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE • DOWNLOAD POKERSTARS • Follow @PokerStarsBlog on Twitter 9:45pm: Back to back wins for Sow, our new PokerStars Festival London Main Event Champion Level 31: Blinds...more

27 January

PokerStars Festival London: Farkas carries lead into third and final day of Main Event

When Day 2 action kicked off at 12pm today, the PokerStars Festival London Main Event had just 295 players left of its 852 total entries. But if you thought that was low, just wait until you see how many are left now. Attila Farkas leads into Day 3 Twenty one....more

26 January

Exclusive Daniel Negreanu interview: How to prepare for the PSPC and much more

When Daniel Negreanu made the announcement of the PokerStars Players No Limit Hold'em Championship (PSPC) in Prague last December, it was obvious this was going to be big. But nobody knew it was going to be this big. PSPC coverage has dominated the poker news and 18 $30,000 Platinum Passes...more

PokerStars Festival London: Perfect ten gives Neophytos Neophytou Day 1D chip lead

What did you do for the last six hours? That's not even time to watch the first two Lord of the Rings films back to back and if you were flying from London to New York you'd still be a couple of hours from your destination. Whilst both are, depending...more

Weekend Warm-Up: Platinum Passes and podcasts (plus a pop quiz!)

What you missed on PokerStars this week. Weirdly, they all begin with P.... • Platinum Pass: a new winner in London • PokerStars Festival London plays on • Prize money: just how much? • Podcast: a new episode! • PokerStars Championship Cash Challenge: Episode 3 Dragos Trofimov becomes the latest...more

PokerStars Festival London: Irena Macesovic becomes overall chip leader after monster Day 1C

What's 15 minutes really? A quick smoke break? Half an episode of Eastenders? The time it takes you to whip up a lean meal? Yeah, 15 minutes isn't really that long a time. Take 15 minutes off the levels in a poker tournament though, and it makes a massive difference....more

The best players and moments in Australian poker history

Happy Australia Day! To celebrate, we're taking a look at the history of Aussie poker, including the best players, moments and places to play should you find yourself Down Under. Australia's best players What is a country without the people who live there? And what is a poker game...more

25 January

Moldovan student Dragos Trofimov is living the Platinum Pass dream

"It's been a long time since I had a cash. I'm just happy to be in the money!" When the bubble of the PokerStars Festival London £2,200 High Roller burst around 6pm yesterday, those were the words of Dragos Trofimov, a 24-year-old chemistry student from Moldova who was battling away...more

PokerStars Festival London: Dragos Trofimov wins HR for £73,990, plus Platinum Pass!

This final table had one of the UK poker scene's most familiar faces, an Italian grinder with more than $2.2 million in earnings, and it was led by a UK pro with an EPT final table under his belt. But in the end, they were all bested by a 24-year-old...more

VIDEO: PokerStars Championship Cash Game, Episode 3

It's been hyped for months, but now you can finally watch the hand that the poker world has been talking about. Whether you think it's the greatest hand in poker history, the worst or something more suited to a Monty Python movie, you're sure to be entertained. The hand in...more

PokerStars Festival London: Stylianos Nykteridis finishes as chipleader in Main Event Day 1B

It has been a busy day here at The Hippodrome Casino in central London. We have just seen the Main Event Day 1B draw to a close and out of the 280 players who took a seat today, we concluded the night with 84 making it through, who join yesterday's...more

24 January

PokerStars Championship Cash Challenge continues tonight

The PokerStars Festival London plays on today, with the Main Event underway and the High Roller playing down to a winner, who will also be known as a Platinum Pass winner. That'll finish late tonight, just in time for poker fans to switch from updates on the Blog to Channel...more

PokerStars Festival London: Wong leads High Roller finale, but Schwartz is the headliner

OK. So I know we promised you a High Roller/Platinum Pass winner would be crowned tonight. But the game of poker is a beast that cannot be tamed. If it wants to go on for one more day, then go on one more day it shall. We had a long...more

PokerStars Festival London: Karan Dewan claims Main Event Day 1A chip lead

So, who will win the £500,000 guaranteed PokerStars Festival London Main Event title, the cash spoils and the $30,000 PSPC Platinum Pass? We won't find out the answer to that question until Sunday night (or maybe Monday morning) but the journey for some of the hopefuls began today at The...more

23 January

Super Tuesday: NEED100KFAST wins $52K, second title in four tries

NEED100KFAST has been building a reputation for strong performances in the Super Tuesday over the past two years. In three previous appearances at the final table the Swede has improved each time, finishing fifth and then fourth before winning the tournament last August. Despite entering tonight's final table near the...more

PokerStars Festival London: Lars Bonding leads into Final Day of High Roller

Day 1 of the High Roller event at this year's London Festival has now drawn to a close at the Hippodrome Casino in London's West End. We had a field of 164 hopefuls, of which 22 were re-entries. Each of them with hopes, not only of lifting the coveted trophy,...more

22 January

PokerStars Festival London: £500k Main Event guarantee and 3 Platinum Passes to be won

No two PokerStars events are the same. If you need proof just look back at the last live event we reported from, and ahead to the next. We'll admit the sandy beaches of the Bahamas, where the PCA concluded a little more than a week ago, is a long way...more

PSPC Look Ahead: Just over the bridge

So, you've already blocked out that second week in January of next year so you can participate in the PokerStars Players No-Limit Hold'em Championship (hereinafter PSPC). Maybe you'll bink a Platinum Pass, maybe you'll just rock up and be part of the celebration of poker players, but you're going to...more

Weekend Review: Career best win for auercan headlines the weekend on PokerStars

A brief round-up of the results on PokerStars this past weekend... Weekend highlights on PokerStars • Latvian player auercan wins the Sunday Million Career best for auercan in Sunday Million The Sunday Million title went to Latvia this weekend, won by auercan who collected $159,131 for first place. As Jason...more

Sunday Million: auercan enjoys most successful Sunday yet with $159K victory

Over the last decade auercan has piled up a long list of cashes in PokerStars tournaments, punctuated emphatically by two results from 2012. The first was a $112K win in the Sunday Warm-Up. The second a $101K runner-up finish to Dan "djk123" Kelly in a WCOOP rebuy event. Tonight,...more

19 January

VIDEO: PokerStars Championship Cash Challenge, Episode 2

What do Sylvester Stallone, Jack Bauer's 24 and episode 1 of the PokerStars Championship Cash Challenge all have in common? They all love a good cliff-hanger. Last week's debut episode ended with Charlie Carrel facing an all-in shove from Faraz Jaka on an A♥J♠K♠6♥7♠ board. Carrel had Ac-Tc. And Jaka?...more

Weekend Warm-Up: Stories from this week on PokerStars

What you missed on PokerStars this week.... • Maria Lampropulos brings PCA to a close • PokerStars announces Turbo Series • the Sunday Million and Sunday Storm celebrate another anniversary • Fintan Gavin wins Platinum Pass • the latest episode of the PokerStars Championship Cash Challenge Maria Lampropulos wins the...more

France and Spain: New pricing, new possibilities

Setting the right price is perhaps the biggest challenge that any company faces: what are my costs, how much are my customers willing to pay, how does the price match the quality of my product, how much does the competition charge... In a world where many services are presented as...more

18 January

PokerStars reveals details of upcoming Turbo Series

You've probably noticed something by now. This would usually be the time we're screaming about the Turbo Championship of Online Poker, making lots of references to Red Bull, and girding ourselves for some breakneck coverage. And you haven't heard a peep from us about that. Turns out there is a...more

MPC28: USD $120,000 in Platinum Passes Added Value

PokerStars LIVE Macau will be hosting the 28th installment of the Macau Poker Cup (MPC28) from January 26 to February 11. MPC28 will once again feature the legendary HK$15,000 Red Dragon Main Event which comes with a massive HK$10 million prize pool guarantee. Last September, the Macau Poker Cup festival...more

16 January

Super Tuesday: Dominant KayhanMok wins the day for $49K

KayhanMok began the final table of this week's Super Tuesday with the chip lead. Eventually he emerged its champion. It would be natural to assume that the journey was an easy one. Natural, but not correct. The Norwegian spent most of the first hour on defense before ceding the lead...more

Fintan Gavin secures Platinum Pass with Megastack Ulster win

Well-known Irish poker player Fintan Gavin has won back-to-back Irish Megastack events - and has now bagged a coveted $30,000 PokerStars Players Championship Platinum Pass as a result. Gavin, 49, scooped the PokerStars Megastack Galway main event in November, 2017, turning €170 into €9,000. Over the weekend he added the...more

$11 million guaranteed in Sunday Million and Sunday Storm anniversaries

PokerStars is putting together huge guarantees as it gears up to celebrate the anniversaries of two signature tournaments. In total, a whopping $11 million is being put on the line for the 12th anniversary of the Sunday Million, and the seventh birthday of the Sunday Storm, both on February 4....more

15 January

Sunday Million: Following four-way deal, late surge puts panda713 over for $108K (1-14-18)

At a final table where more than half of the players entered in a comfortable chip position, panda713 was just looking to survive. As a recreational player with less than $15,000 in career tournament cashes here at PokerStars, even surviving to seventh place would have been enough to double panda713's...more

14 January

PCA 2018: Maria Lampropulos rides highs and low to triumph in Main Event

Through 14 previous years of the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA), champions have come from all walks of life and all levels of the game. There have been elite pros, young guns and amateurs, stepping into the brightest spotlight and celebrating victory in one of the most prestigious tournaments in the...more

VIDEO: The best of the 2018 PCA

It was among the best PCAs ever. Here's a look back at some of the best of what we covered Want to watch more videos from the PCA? We have lots in our Video Gallery....more

VIDEO: And the Platinum Pass goes to... David Peters

We expected winners of Platinum Passes to have a broad range of experience - everyone from the recreational players to the seasoned pro. But when the draw was made today for the wild card winner of the latest Platinum Pass, picked from practically everyone who played this year's PokerStars Caribbean...more

VIDEO: No joke, Steve-o. You're a Platinum Pass winner

It was dark on Paradise Island. Steven Jost had cashed in the Main Event days earlier after winning a PokerStars Caribbean Adventure package for $27. It was a vacation, one that turned pretty profitable for the man from Switzerland who prior to this week had never won more than $4,000...more

PCA 2018: Main Event final table live updates

• Maria Lampropulos wins PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event for $1,081,100 • Shawn Buchanan finishes second for $1,081,100 • Koray Aldemir third, Adrian Mateos fourth at stacked final table Maria Lampropulos, 2018 PCA Main Event Champion 10:50pm: Maria Lampropulos wins! Shawn Buchanan runner-up Level 33 - Blinds 125,000/250,000 (ante 25,000)...more

Christopher Kruk's apotheosis? A win in the $25K for $836,350

Five hours. That's all it took for this eight-player final table to play down to a winner. But when it got down to heads-up between Jonathan Jaffe and Christopher Kruk, it sure seemed like we'd have a different person hoisting the trophy and winning the $836,350 first-place prize. The apotheosis...more

PCA 2018: $25K High Roller final table coverage archive

• Christopher Kruk wins the $25,000 High Roller and $836,350 • PRIZES • MAIN EVENT COVERAGE | SIDE EVENTS • ALL PCA INFO | TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE | DOWNLOAD POKERSTARS • POKERSTARS BLOG'S PCA VIDEOS • Follow @PokerStarsBlog on Twitter That's it for the 2018 PCA High Roller. Congratulations to Christopher...more

13 January

PCA 2018: From short to stacked, Adrian Mateos takes lead to Main Event finale

Day 5 of the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event was a topsy-turvy day of tournament poker, one in which chip leaders kept tumbling, short stacks kept climbing, and the day kept rolling on and on and on. It was an unusual day, to say the least. But when the dust...more

PCA 2018: Final table player profiles

A little more information about the six players taking their seats at the PCA 2018 final table (with thanks to Jan Kores and Alex Hernando, media co-ordinators): PCA Final Table (l-r): Daniel Coupal, Koray Aldemir, Maria Lampropulos, Adrian Mateos, Christian Rudolph, Shawn Buchanan Seat 1: Maria Lampropulos, 36, Buenos Aires,...more

VIDEO: Kevin Martin makes the best of a cloudy day

The weather was bad, so Kevin Martin, one of the poker's best Twitch streamers, jumped into a side event, where he made the final table with his favorite person on the rail. The first video is with her, and the second is how Martin looked when he was finished. Want...more

PCA 2018: Jonathan Jaffe leads the High Roller final table, Richard Seymour in 3rd

It's been a few years since Jonathan Jaffe had a six-figure score in a live tournament, but now he's leading the final eight in the $25K High Roller with 2.14 million and is guaranteed at least $108,030. Jonathan Jaffe If Jaffe can make it all the way, he'll get the...more

12 January

VIDEO: Honeymoon in Paradise

George Hadweh got married one day, won a PCA package the next, took his honeymoon in the Bahamas, and cashed in the Main Event! That's not a bad couple of months. Want to watch more videos from the PCA? We have lots in our Video Gallery....more

PCA 2018: David Peters makes Day 4 of the Main Event his own

When asked the question "what happened" today in the PCA Main Event, the answer is easy. It's David Peters. That's what happened. Another suggestion for this report was to simply put the words "David" and "Peters" in the headline, followed by a photo of David Peters in the main post,...more

PokerStars Festival London kicks off a busy calendar for 2018

You might have noticed that the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure is the centre of the PokerStars world right now. But the PCA is just one event in a big PokerStars calendar for 2018. We're happy to report that the action continued almost as soon as the PCA shuts up shop for...more

PCA 2018: Badziakouski leads but beers are on Petrangelo after Day 1 of the $25K

The final flagship tournament of the 2018 PCA kicked off this afternoon, and it brought out many of the game's best and brightest. Badziakouski's the boss Mikita Badziakouski is certainly one of them. The Belarusian took the chip lead early on, and always had a top three stack from then...more

11 January

PCA 2018: A family affair in the final 40?

They are so quiet, you'd almost not know they are close to making the Top 40 of the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure 2018 Main Event. They aren't brash. They aren't wild and crazy. They aren't anything that would make them stand out in a crowd...unless that crowd is listed by surname,...more

VIDEO: Inside the bubble

A money bubble is a make or break moment for a lot of players, but it's a lot more than that. Let TD Luca Vivaldi take you you through the ins and outs of Bubble Time. Want to watch more videos from the PCA? We have lots in our Video...more

VIDEO: PokerStars Championship Cash Challenge, Episode 1

One of the questions we get asked the most at PokerStars Blog is when will high-stakes cash games return to our TV screens? You kept asking, we kept listening and now we have delivered. The PokerStars Championship Cash Challenge is finally here and it's worth the wait. This new concept...more

PCA 2018: Stark edges Peters as bubble day delivers thrills and spills

Day 3 of the $10,000 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) Main Event was bubble day, and that meant the promise of high drama. We were going to witness the moment in a poker tournament when suddenly everyone joins in a common cause: to ruin someone else's life. The rule of bubble...more

Another year, another Bahamas High Roller for Jason Koon

Twelve months ago, Jason Koon took down the $100K Super High Roller here in the Bahamas. Tonight, he won yet another High Roller title to add to his ever-growing collection, defeating Belarus' Mikalai Vaskaboinikau heads-up after a 13-hour tournament session in the $25K Single Day event, and banking $421,080 in...more

PokerStars Casino makes nine millionaires in 2017

We're used to describing the large sums players are winning in poker tournaments and cash games - there's quite a lot being pocketed in the Bahamas right now - but we don't often share the big wins from PokerStars Casino. Well, let me tell you NINE players became millionaires on...more

10 January

VIDEO: Chance meeting, crypto company to save lives

You never know who you'll meet at the table. It may happen that you're a man worrying about how to fund your annual charitable mission to Guyana to provide medical treatment and heart surgeries for children. It might be that you are the CEO of a blockchain company and have...more

VIDEO: Kevin Martin, over-served, amped up

How does Kevin Martin start Day 2 of the PCA? Mildly hungover and ready to take on the world, apparently. Martin is a very popular Twitcher streamer who you can watch on his channel here when he's not running roughshod over a live field. Want to watch more videos from...more

Thai Ha right on time for his Platinum Pass win

Day 2 of the PCA Main Event was about to begin, and Thai Ha was running a little late. He was in luck--more luck, in fact, than he would realize. As part of the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure promotions, PokerStars decided to do a draw for a Platinum Pass at the...more

VIDEO: Watch Thai Ha win a PSPC Platinum Pass

Thai Ha showed up just in time to wi the Day 2 draw for a PSPC Platinum Pass. Watch his reaction! Want to know more about Platinum Passes and how you can get one? Click here! Want to watch more videos from the PCA? We have lots in our Video...more

PCA 2018: Oleg Titov towers over field to end Main Event Day 2 on top

There's a lot to see here at the Atlantis. Some of us at the PokerStars Blog have been diverted each morning watching the sea turtles who live in the lagoon just outside the Royal Tower as they gracefully swim about, occasionally bobbing their heads above the water's surface. Speaking of,...more

Nine free $30,000 Platinum Passes awarded already

Like a snowball rolling down a hill, this is just going to get bigger and bigger. Following journalist Maria Konnikova's stunning win in the PCA National Championship yesterday - and I'd urge you to read why that was so special here - we have now handed out NINE, yes NINE,...more

9 January

Super Tuesday: skyboy69 flys high with $42K victory (1-9-18)

With dozens of victories and $1.5 million in cashes on his PokerStars resume, Pedro "skyboy69" Oliveira knows plenty about tournament poker success. Multiple times over the past few years, though, he's found himself within reach of a major title only to come up just short. He won more than a...more

VIDEO: Maria Konnikova has a new story for her book

She wanted to write about poker, so she hired a top coach. Now, she's a poker champion. Want to watch more videos from the PCA? We have lots in our Video Gallery....more

PCA 2018: Konnikova seals the deal as the Biggest Bluff pays off

The 2018 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) is due to crown at least five major champions through its ten days of play, but it's going to take something spectacular to just top what has happened on only day four. Maria Konnikova, the journalist from New York, whose latest book project involves...more

PCA 2018: Steve O'Dwyer makes the right move, wins $50K High Roller

There are countless decisions made throughout any poker tournament affecting how it plays. Of course, there are usually a small number of choices that emerge -- usually during the later stages -- that can be highlighted as essential when it comes to determining a tournament's outcome. In the 2018 PokerStars...more

Maria Konnikova completes 'student to master' journey with $84,600 victory, plus Platinum Pass

Great authors require great stories. Great students require great teachers. And great poker tournaments require great winners. Maria Konnikova - from student to master New York Times best-selling author Maria Konnikova certainly had the great story down when she decided to enter the poker world around a year ago with...more

PCA 2018: Ateba, Vela lead Main Event on way to Day 2

Right now, Jean Ateba, thinks it could be him. He has the chip lead. He has momentum. He still has a path to the trophy and riches. That's the heady recipe of adrenaline and hope that a chip leader gets to take to bed tonight. So, congrats, Jean, on your...more

We have our first Platinum Pass winners of 2018

If we've been doing our jobs right and you haven't been under a rock, you know about the PokerStars Players No-Limit Hold'em Championship, the $25,000 buy-in event here in the Bahamas this time next year. You know, the one in which PokerStars is giving away a whopping 300 packages? Yes,...more

VIDEO: Team Konnikova/Seidel

Maria Konnikova is proving to be a poker force. Most of that she accomplished on her own, but it doesn't hurt to also have a good coach. Want to watch more videos from the PCA? We have lots in our Video Gallery. Lot to smile about for Maria Konnikova...more

PCA 2018: $50K High Roller final table live updates

That's it for the 2018 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $50,000 High Roller. Click here to read our recap of the event and if you want to read all the final table action, scroll through today's coverage below. 9:05pm: Steve O'Dwyer wins the $50K High Roller! Kaverman runner-up Level 19 - Blinds...more

8 January

Winter Series: The Haamer bangs out career-best $284K Main Event win (Event #37-Medium, $215 NLHE)

PokerStars online tournament series are beloved for all sorts of reasons, not least of which is their ability to give players of modest means a chance to boost their bankrolls in a serious way. Even with half the lineup consisting of veteran players, the final table of the $215 Winter...more

Winter Series: freezeplay avoids a thaw in $363K Main Event victory (Event #37-High, $2,100 NLHE)

After a slow and short-stacked start to the final table, Alexandros "mexican222" Kolonias picked up momentum with six players left in the $2,100 Winter Series Main Event. The only player able to keep up with him at that point was Canada's freezeplay, who had followed a similar trajectory. One by...more

Katz gets the cream as PCA 2018 kicks off with American 1-2-3

Cary Katz: The PCA's first flagship champion You may have been led to believe over the past couple of years that to win a Super High Roller poker tournament you have to be German. But not in these parts. Today at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA), three American players pulled...more

VIDEO: Daniel Negreanu on a scooter!

All aboard! Daniel Negreanu is hobbled. For real. He has to get to the final table! What does he do? Want to watch more videos? Check out our PCA Video Gallery....more

VIDEO: The serious side of Kevin Hart

You might think Kevin Hart is all funny man. Turns out he has a serious side, including a serious desire to be good at poker. Want to see more videos? Check out our PCA Video Gallery. Kevin Hart...more

PCA 2018: Super High Roller final table updates

That's it for the 2018 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $100,000 Super High Roller. Check out our recap of the event and if you want to read all the final table action, scroll through today's action below. Cary Katz's winning moment 9:25pm: Bonomo busts, Katz crowned SHR king Level 22 - Blinds...more

PCA 2018: Affif Prado takes opening day lead in Main Event

So what are you looking for on your opening day of the PCA? If you're Affif Prado it's the chip lead, a grand sum of 137,500, bagged up tonight after eight levels of poker to set a benchmark for tomorrow. Opening days can often pass by in a blur, with...more

PCA 2018: Kaverman leads final six in $50K High Roller

You've got love these semi-turbo high roller tournaments. The action is normally fast, fun and full of action. Today's $50,000 High Roller Single Re-Entry didn't disappoint. The tournament attracted 46 entries and took 10 minutes fewer than fifteen 30-minute levels to whittle them down to six players who all made...more

7 January

PCA 2018: Luca, Bonomo, Negreanu lead final seven of Super High Roller

What happened to Scott Seiver? That was the question of the afternoon after the one-time Super High Roller champion arrived as a big chip leader and left long before the sun set. What happened was Ivan Luca. What happened was a massive cooler. Seiver's queens to Luca's kings. Neither man...more

VIDEO: Last-minute decision benefits charity at PCA

The PCA schedule was set, and then Igor Kurganov and Liv Boeree had an idea. Let's throw a High Roller...and donate the rake ($1,000 from each buy-in) to Raising for Effective Giving (REG). And so they did. Here's Liv talking about it. Want to see more footage from the PCA?...more

Jason Mercier bids farewell to Team PokerStars

Editor's note: Jason Mercier wrote the following after the decision to step down from Team PokerStars Pro at the start of this year. We've published it here in full, with a footnote from ourselves below. "I knew I would eventually write a piece like this. The question in my mind...more

VIDEO: Behind the scenes at the PCA

We show you all the big stuff that happens on the tables at the PCA. Now take a walk with us as we show you what happens off the felt. Want to see more videos from the PCA? Check out our video gallery....more

VIDEO: Is Usain Bolt going to play professional football?

He worked his entire life to be the world's fastest man. Does Usain Bolt really want to start training to be a professional football (soccer) player now? He answers in the video below. Want to watch more videos? Check out our PCA Video Gallery here. Sitting down with Usain Bolt...more

6 January

PCA 2018: Seiver ends $100K SHR Day 1 on top

Y'know what? It's pretty damn sweet to have the PCA back in our lives after a one-year absence. Welcome back, old friend. Today marked the first day of our 2018 coverage here on the PokerStars Blog, and we couldn't really have asked for a better tournament to kick things off...more

VIDEO: Usain Bolt has a game plan, Kevin Hart slays high rollers

Usain Bolt tells PokerStars Blog how he is working on his game - while a high-spirited Kevin Hart talks, and talks some more about his Day 1 performance at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $100,000 Super High Roller. See our PCA Video Gallery for more great clips....more

Nick Petrangelo brings PokerStars Championship to a close winning POTY title

Last night the first event of the PCA played down to a winner, at the same time closing the lid on the PokerStars Championship. The PokerStars Championship Player of the Year title would be won by Nick Petrangelo, winner of an exclusive six-max sit and go with seats filled by...more

VIDEO: This prop bet is crackers

Stick around poker players for a short length of time and it won't be long before a prop bet plays out. At the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in the Bahamas, it was Daniel Dvoress who had a challenge with thousands of bucks on the line: could he eat six crackers in...more

5 January

Building the PCA

When you see a big production - a Broadway show, a concert extravaganza, whatever - do you ever wonder what it takes to put it together? All the tedious hard work that must happen before the audience experiences the magic? Of course, the PCA requires a ton of work before...more

Hello, sunshine

Are you ready for some serious, sunny poker action? The PokerStars Caribbean Adventure begins tomorrow (Saturday) and you can follow all the action right here. We're kicking off with brilliant coverage of the $100,000 Super High Roller. If you have a spare $100,000 sitting around - and who doesn't? -...more

Seat Me released on PokerStars.fr after success in Spain

Almost one year ago we released Seat Me, a new feature to protect our cash game tables, on PokerStars.es. The goal was to protect the games by removing the option for players to pick their tables, and seats at the tables, and get them straight into the action. Throughout 2017,...more

3 January

Winter Series: Martin Jacobson dominates Super Tuesday SE for $129K (Event #22-High, $1,050 NLHE)

A heavyweight battle was in the making for the better part of two days in this week's Winter Series Super Tuesday Special Edition. In one corner was 2014 WSOP Main Event winner Martin "M.nosbocaJ" Jacobson, the chip leader at the end of Day 1 and almost all of Day 2....more

Get some help with your poker goals for 2018

We don't wish to be predictable but it's usually about now that people start thinking of their goals for the coming year. As a poker player, this may well sound familiar. Coupled with this is that sense of not knowing where to begin. It's one thing to set goals, but...more

2 January

Winter Series: VistaDT23 tops three-way deal in Monday Million (Event #19-M, $215 NLHE Progressive KO)

The first Sunday Million of 2018 was a Winter Series Monday Million, just like the last one of 2017 was. The tournament kicked off on New Year's Day with a million dollars guaranteed and a Progressive KO payout structure in place, then ticked over to Tuesday for a second day...more