April 2018

30 April

EPT Monte Carlo: David Peters surges ahead as Main Event Day 2 ends shy of bubble

Day 2 of the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo©Casino EPT Main Event began with a full room of players hoping to win a Platinum Pass. It ended with decidedly fewer players bagging up chips with renewed hopes to earn a Platinum Pass -- and, of course, a European Poker Tour Main Event...more

Catching up with a Day 2 that broke the land speed record

If Director of Live Events Marta Norton's hair looked a little more windblown than usual tonight, she has an excuse even better than the stiff breeze outside. Something just blew by here so fast, we didn't even know what it was. Turned out, that something was Day 2. So, that...more

Tedeschi trucks flip-out field, scores free entry to $25,000 PSPC

Paul Tedeschi, a smiling French pro who made Day 2 of the EPT Monte Carlo Main Event, had no idea he would be the star of the day when he walked into the tournament room at noon. He had no idea that by 12:30 he would have a three-part run...more

Sunday Million: Adam4_Condor soars to victory, collecting $117,195.36

Creating memorable nights for poker players is what the Sunday Million is all about. Last night's Sunday Million will live long in the mind of newly-minted champion Adam4_Condor, following an evening that saw three players rack up six figure scores. The 6,382 entrants combined for a $1,276,400 prize pool, whittled...more

Fish tag revenge on Lex Veldhuis

They say revenge is best served cold. In this case--one involving fish--it might be best served with white wine. Oh, and also served live on one of the strangest poker streams in recent memory. When PokerStars qualifiers show up for a live poker event, it's not uncommon to find an...more

The best poker Twitch streamers you might not know

Poker and Twitch. It's a match made in heaven. Twitch is now the number one live streaming platform in the world with more than 2 million unique monthly broadcasters, and it's the perfect place for poker players to show their hands, express their personality and grow a community of active...more

29 April

A solid day's work for Steve O'Dwyer, wins €50K Single Day HR at EPT Monte Carlo

It's been a little over three months since Steve O'Dwyer last won a PokerStars €50K High Roller. Something had to give, didn't it? O'Dwyer, the champ O'Dwyer took down the €50K Single Day High Roller in the Salle des Americas room today, which kicked off at 12:30pm and wrapped up...more

Feeling Twitchy? Have we got a stream for you

It's Sunday. It's Grind-Day. It's the time you might find yourselves watching Twitch and your favorite streamers doing their thing. But...what? They aren't in front of their computers? The first thing you should do is panic. Check to see if your internet is working. Run into the street, fall to...more

EPT Monte Carlo: Fatehi finishes atop Day 1B field, Demirdjian leads overall

The starting flights are done and your EPT Monte Carlo Main Event field is nearly set. Players can still buy in until the start of tomorrow, but our chip leaders are already decided. While no one was able to top Mark Demirdjian's 350,500 here on Day 1B, Ali Reza Fatehi...more

EPT Monte Carlo: Mark Demirdjian talks about his big Day 1A

Last night Mark Demirdjian bagged up the lead in the EPT Monte Carlo Main Event. He did so having accumulated a huge advantage, with more than 350,000 chips -- a lot for an opening day. We spoke to Demirdjian shortly after he'd bagged up, to ask one important question: How...more

28 April

EPT Monte Carlo: Greenwood there from first to last, claims Super High Roller title

Typically in major poker tournaments, there's nothing but scorn reserved for the first player to take his or her seat. If you're showing up so early that you're sitting down before the scheduled start time, you're green, you're a noob. You're not going to win. Here's some news: It's time...more

Guillaume Diaz passes concussion protocol, collects Platinum Pass

When 27-year-old Guillaume Diaz plays poker online, he goes by the name volatile38. When he plays poker live, he's just outright volatile. He would've been great as a sportsman. "I used to be kind of good at golf. Now I just play for fun," Diaz said. If, however, he played...more

Watch a Platinum Pass winner...lose!

As we spend countless words and digital frames telling you how people's lives have been changed by winning a Platinum Pass to the PokerStars Players No-Limit Hold'em Championship, we thought you might be interested to know that these big time winners are also vulnerable to...brace yourselves...lose. Yes, we weren't sure...more

EPT Monte Carlo: €100K Super High Roller final table live updates


How you can win a Platinum Pass watching PokerStars Live

This week, PokerStars is giving out a lot of Platinum Passes here in Monte Carlo and in other locales around the world. There is one, however, you don't have to leave your house to win. All you need to do is what you normally would: watch our EPT Monte Carlo...more

EPT Monte Carlo: Mark Demirdjian bags enormous Main Event lead at the end of Day 1A

Let's start with a cliché. You can't win an EPT on Day 1, but you can lose it. Actually you can lose it twice. The EPT returned to Monaco with aplomb today, one of the Tour's spiritual homes, and with a field of nearly 300 to prove it. Topping that...more

27 April

EPT Monte Carlo: Christoph Vogelsang leads last six into €100K Super High Roller finale

A fast Day 2 in the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo©Casino EPT €100K Super High Roller saw the money bubble burst and the field chopped to just six players. Several enjoyed the chip lead today, but in the end everyone left trailed behind leader Christoph Vogelsang. Like his scarf. Christoph Vogelsang, and...more

The ghost of the PSPC: Miguel Montoya wins Platinum Pass in absentia

Imagine yourself walking around, late for a tournament you're supposed to be playing, having no idea whatsoever that your plans for 2019 had just changed dramatically. Imagine walking into a room full of people who know you won a 2019 PSPC seat when you don't even know where your seat...more

26 April

Poker In The Ears: Monaco Preview Show

On this week's podcast, we preview EPT Monte Carlo with fellow PokerStars TV commentator Maria Ho... We'll let the team introduce things... "It's the Monaco preview show, as James and Joe prepare for a week of live streaming from #EPTMonteCarlo. They've got details of the broadcast schedule, freerolls, #PlatinumPass giveaway,...more

EPT Monte Carlo: Mikita Badziakouski bags lead to end rollicking €100K Super High Roller Day 1

When this first day of the three-day PokerStars and Monte-Carlo©Casino EPT €100,000 Super High Roller began your intrepid reporting team was enjoying watching the waves crash along the picturesque shore that abuts the Salle des Etoiles where the tournament is being played. The afternoon and evening were also enjoyable, largely...more

25 April

Daenarys T on his $1m SMT2 win: "I slept for one hour. I just bought a Rolex."

Last Sunday Dutch player Daenarys T enjoyed the biggest online cash of his career. Three days after thinking he ought to get his act together and start grinding online like a proper pro, he broke his own record. The amount? $19,000. "This was the third or fourth day online....more

24 April

Coming up from EPT Monte Carlo this week

Live reporting from the European Poker Tour in Monaco starts later this week. The PokerStars blog will have extensive coverage from Monte Carlo, with three headline events covered start to finish. We'll also feature news from Monaco as events take shape in the tournament room. Here's what's in store. First...more

Sunday Million Anniversary Take 2: Daenarys T burns down rivals to win a million dollars

Winning a million dollars in a poker game is the sort of life-changing fantasy every player dreams about. The opportunities to do this are rare. The chances fleeting. But the stars aligned for Dutch player Daenarys T. He saw off a monster field to win a that life-changing $1,000,043.77 first...more

Beginner bags EPT Monte Carlo seat 14 minutes after first deposit

Flick through the poker history book and you'll find some incredible stories. Nikola Damcevski may have written a new one. Last weekend proved to be an eventful Saturday afternoon for the Frenchman. It went something like this. Damcevski opened a PokerStars account at 1:01pm. Admin done, he made his first...more

23 April

Winning dirty is still winning...even when it's for a Platinum Pass

If there is one adage we have come to appreciate, it is this: It's always coming seven. Pierre Lewandowski is now a believer in that axiom. He is also the newest owner of a Platinum Pass to the PokerStars Players No-Limit Hold'em Championship. Lewandowski is a 24-year-old French Irishman. Originally...more

Now THAT is a table draw! Sunday grinder lucks into Platinum Pass contest, wins

So, you might have heard, PokerStars decided to rerun its Sunday Million anniversary event under the dubious title Take 2. This time, it worked out much better than the first. For one person, it worked out a whole lot better than that. See, shortly after the Sunday Million Anniversary Take...more

Weekend Review: $1 million to the winner of the Sunday Million Anniversary Take 2

A brief round-up of the results on PokerStars this past weekend... Weekend highlights on PokerStars • Nobody wins the Sunday Million (at least not yet) • The big winners from the weekend • Macau Million Main Event concludes Nobody wins the Sunday Million The focus of the weekend was the...more

735 remain in Sunday Million Anniversary Take 2

It's usually at this point on Monday that we announce the winner of the Sunday Million. So why is this week an exception? Well, for good reasons. Yesterday we began the Sunday Million Anniversary Take 2. We won't bore you with the details, other than to say that this incarnation...more

Taiwan's Chen An Lin is the 2018 Macau Millions Main Event Champion

2018 Macau Millions Champion Chen An Lin Chen An Lin overcame a record-breaking 2,499-strong Main Event field to take the trophy, title and a monstrous HK$1,159,000 (~US$147,000) top prize and a PSPSC Platinum Pass worth another US$30,000. The 33-year-old poker pro from Taiwan was amongst the chip leaders from the...more

22 April

2018 Macau Millions Final Table: Live Updates

• CLICK TO REFRESH FOR LATEST UPDATES • PLAYERS 2 (of 2,499) • MACAU MILLIONS SCHEDULE | DOWNLOAD POKERSTARS 5:25pm Game Over - Chen An Lin is our Winner for HK$1,159,000 - Xu Huang 2nd for HK$683,000 Level 33 Blinds 100,000/200,000 Ante 30,000 The final hand of the 2018 Macau...more

Macau Millions: Final table player profiles

A little bit more about the eight men who take their seats at the 2018 Macau Millions final table (words by JJ DeCeglie and Ben Wilson): Seat 1: Max Menzel, Germany, 2,720,000 The final table's sole German dominated a great deal of the Day 1C standard flight action and started...more

2018 Macau Millions Main Event - Day 2 Live Updates

• CLICK TO REFRESH FOR LATEST UPDATES • PLAYERS 8 (of 2,499) • MACAU MILLIONS SCHEDULE | DOWNLOAD POKERSTARS 1:00am 2018 Macau Millions Final Table Set: Xu Huang Chip Leader That's a wrap for Day 2 of the record-breaking Macau Millions. We're left with 8 players instead of 9 due...more

20 April

VIDEO: $10 million Gtd in the Sunday Million Anniversary Take 2 this weekend

It's the Sunday Million Anniversary Take 2 this weekend -- an attempt by PokerStars to simultaneously make up for missing the guarantee the first time around, and award life changing money to the winner. That winner will walk away with a guaranteed $1 million, from a $10 million guaranteed prize...more

This week on PokerStars: Sunday Million Take 2!, events in Dublin, Podcasts, the EPT, and a hat tip to the game's best player

Looking back on the week on PokerStars... • Sunday Million Anniversary Take 2 • Campione to host the Italian Open • Dublin to host Mammoth Poker Festival • The latest from Poker in the Ears • The European Poker Tour heads to Monaco next week • This week's Platinum Pass...more

Poker in the Ears: Jaime Staples talks Ultimate Sweat and Ultimate Sweat 2!

The podcast is back, with special guest star Jaime Staples, talking Ultimate Sweat and Ultimate Sweat 2! Here's what's in store this week... "James and Joe are back after a three-week break, which means there's plenty to talk about, including the recent #EPTSochi live stream, which had its highlights (Appendix...more

Stephen Chidwick becomes first Brit to top GPI rankings

There was never any question that Stephen Chidwick ranked among the very best poker players in the world. This week though he made it official. Chidwick has a lot of things he can claim for his ten-year (and counting) poker career. Something like ten titles to his name and more...more

19 April

Manila Megastack 9: ₱17M in Guaranteed Prize Money

The Asia Pacific Poker Tour has had an action packed April and the month's exciting conclusion arrives at PokerStars LIVE Manila for Manila Megastack9 from April 27-May 6. Over ₱17 million in prize money has been guaranteed in the 10-day series which includes 26 Official Asia Player of the Year...more

17 April

Hammering a dream into reality, Bas Haamers headed for the beach

Bas Haamers' mind is somewhere between the sunshine and the sand. He's a dreamer living in what is, for him, a bit of a meteorological nightmare. He's Dutch, which might start to explain things. "My dream was always to live in the sun and the beach. The weather is always...more

Freeroll every day for followers of new @PSTwitch account

What question is most likely to get poker players saying "yes"? I'm guessing, but I'd say "Do you like freerolls?" must be up towards the top of the list. All of which means you might be saying yes a lot this week. The reason for that has something to do...more

16 April

Homebody and family man Gonzalo Robles headed for uncharted poker waters

It's 6:45am, and Gonzalo Robles has a day ahead of him. The boys have to be taken to school, and it's up to Robles to get them there. When the boys are safely in their classrooms, Robles heads for the gym. It may be the only exercise he gets all...more

Muskan Sethi becomes new PokerStars India Ambassador

PokerStars.IN introduces a new Ambassador to the team this week, welcoming Indian poker player Muskan Sethi. Sethi (pronounced say-thee), joins the Team as PokerStars.IN prepares to open its door to India players. She joins Aditya Agarwal representing the biggest poker brand in the world, in one of the biggest countries...more

Weekend Review: 88pro88 wins the Sunday Million as Soyza takes top prize in Korea

A brief round-up of the results on PokerStars this past weekend... Weekend highlights on PokerStars • 88pro88 wins Sunday Million • Michael Soyza win in Korea • Two more Platinum Passes awarded in APPT 88pro88 wins the Sunday Million The Sunday Million went to British player 88pro88 this weekend, who...more

Sunday Million: Big pairs propel 88pro88 to title, $131K share of three-way deal

Six players came to this week's Sunday Million final table with more chips than 88pro88, but nobody left with more cash. A couple of big pocket pairs boosted 88pro88's outlook considerably. Taking the chip lead at that early stage allowed the British player to earn the largest share of a...more

15 April

Michael Soyza secures APPT Korea Main Event title, ₩158,700,000, and Platinum Pass

We have a champion in Korea. Michael Soyza overcame a field of 449 entries and a tough final day to win his first APPT title, ₩158,700,000 (~US$150K) and a Platinum Pass. Just today, Soyza had to beat the reigning champion in Korea, a Team PokerStars Online Pro, a former APPT...more

Michael Soyza saves a kidney by winning his entry to the PSPC at APPT Korea

At one stage today, it looked as if Japan were going to have two Platinum Pass winners from this week representing at the PokerStars Players Championship (PSPC) in 2019, such was the chip lead that Mitsuhiro Shiga held over Michael Soyza heads-up in the APPT Korea Main Event final table,...more

14 April

APPT Korea: Main Event Final Day coverage archive

• MICHAEL SOYZA WINS ₩158,700,000 (~US$150K) + PLATINUM PASS • PAYOUTS • ALL APPT KOREA INFO • DOWNLOAD POKERSTARS | Follow @PokerStarsBlog on Twitter 10:05pm: We have a champ! Michael Soyza wins ₩158,700,000 and Platinum Pass Level 31 - Blinds 80,000/160,000 (ante 20,000) It's all over! Soyza wins! After...more

Sumit Sapra flips his way to the PSPC at the PCA

Over 300 Platinum Passes will be awarded over the course of 2018 and APPT Korea was allowed in on the promotion with four up for grabs during this festival. Three have (or will) be awarded the old fashioned way with tournament wins, but the other one was awarded before Day...more

APPT Korea Main Event: Soyza leads final 14; Han hopes to defend title, Ko hunts treble and Lew looks for 2nd APPT title

Only 14 players are left fighting for the APPT Korea Main Event trophy and Michael Soyza is leading the pack with 2,397,000. Soyza has more than $1 million in live tournament earnings, including a Macau Poker Cup High Roller title, but now he's in the hunt for his first APPT...more

13 April

APPT Korea Main Event: Ota tops Day 1B, Janik leads overall

That's it for Day 1B folks. Only about 90 players survived today's 12 levels of play and after the chips settled, Tsuyoshi Ota had the biggest stack with 266,200. Kojiro Mizukami is close behind with 250,800, but they're both a fair bit behind yesterday's leader. While Ota topped today's field,...more

APPT Korea: Mr & Mrs with Randy & Celina

Celina Lin & Randy Lew How well do you know your loved one? If you're going to get married, one would expect that you should know your other half very well. PokerStars' Celina Lin and Randy Lew announced their engagement earlier this year and we at the PokerStars Blog thought...more

Brand new feature on PokerStars: Early payout tournaments

Did you notice the new feature on PokerStars we introduced last week? It was only a small tweak in the way we do things, but it's already had a positive effect for players. They're called early payout tournaments. Once an MTT reaches the money, all players still in the tournament...more

The week on PokerStars: APPT Korea, Sunday Million repeats, and early payouts

The week on PokerStars... • APPT Korea Main Event in action at Paradise City • Sunday Million Anniversary... Take 2 • Introducing early payout tournaments APPT Korea Main Event The Live poker action comes from Korea this week. The Asia Pacific Poker Tour in is Paradise City, Incheon, where play...more

12 April

Players chip in to help PokerStars raise $50,000 for Right To Play

First ever PokerStars Play Money charity tournament smashes $5 billion Play Money guarantee to help raise funds for 1,660 disadvantaged children. Poker players typically come through when asked. Take the recent event held by PokerStars, a play money tournament to raise money for Right To Play, who help disadvantaged children...more

APPT Korea Main Event: Janik tops Day 1A, Han in hot pursuit

Towards the end of the day, it looked like Scott Janik couldn't lose a hand. Janik won pot after pot and mercilessly sent players to the rail. When it was time to bag, his stack stood above the rest at 307,500. But while Janik was the only player to bag...more

11 April

Ten-year BSOP run to send Marcelo Horta on Platinum Pass flight to Bahamas

Marcelo Horta is a Brasill Series of Poker veteran. He's been on the circuit for a decade. He's also a local grinder, one of Brasilia's well-known tourney players. On Tuesday, he made sure the BSOP title stayed in his hometown. Navigating through a field of 1,136 entries, Horta took on...more

Book your seat in the $10 million guaranteed Sunday Million Anniversary... Take 2

By now you'll know the answer to this new bit of online poker trivia. It's the one that asks: What is the biggest overlay in the history of online poker? Yep. You got it. That's right. It was us. How much? Back in February we staged the Sunday Million Anniversary...more

No stopping Yuki Ko this time as he beats his nemesis to win a Platinum Pass

"I'm so happy that I also won the Platinum Pass, which I have been dreaming about for a long time!" APPT National champion Yuki Ko PokerStars' Platinum Pass promotion continued in Incheon this week with four passes worth $30,000 apiece up for grabs during the APPT Korea festival that's taking...more

10 April

APPT Korea: Yuki Ko clinches National Championship title in rematch against Taehoon Han

It felt like, déjà vu, a glitch in the Matrix or a weird sort of poker-themed Korean groundhog day. We'd seen this scene before, Taehoon Han and Yuki Ko heads-up for a PokerStars title in Korea. But things were a bit different this time. First of all, it was 2018,...more

Brazilian emotion peaks, crowd goes wild, male model going to PSPC on Platinum Pass

So...here's the thing. The Platinum Passes PokerStars is giving out are special, because they are all going to unique people, and because of that, the story we tell is almost always about the person. But...and listen, I'm just going to be honest here, our winner is a piece of work...more

9 April

Weekend Review: Brazilians go Platinum, but fall short of Germans in the Million

You could be forgiven if you thought this was the Brazilian PokerStars Blog this weekend. Those kids tore it up down there in South America. If for some reason you missed it, the Brazilians were winning Platinum Passes like it was their job (okay, for some people, it is their...more

2018 Macau Millions: HK$3,000 for a chance at HK$3,000,000 prize pool

The next stop on the Asia Pacific Poker Tour is the 2018 Macau Millions which will be held at PokerStars LIVE Macau from April 17-23. Whether you're familiar with the biennial event or not, you definitely want to take a look at what's in store so read on! BUY-IN &...more

Hey, Murilo Figueredo, it's not a virus. You won, a Platinum Pass, dude.

To know Murillo Figueredo, you have to know he's a man unafraid to cry and sometimes a man who is unable to stop himself from doing so. The first time we saw it, Figueredo was sat on the floor, his head clutched in his hands, his eyes dropping tears all...more

Crema the crop: Thiago Crema locks up quest to beat the best

Here's how Thiago Crema's dilemma shaped up: he was a popular guy with a couple of competing invitations. Someone had invited him to a wedding in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The Brazil Series of Poker had invited him to play for a PokerStars Players No-Limit Hold'em Championship Platinum Pass. He was...more

Sunday Million: Kenu V takes the title, $134K after heads-up chop with peterwhooo

It was a Sunday Million final table half-filled with players cashing for many times their previous personal bests. But one player stood out from the rest. peterwhooo was the only return visitor, making a second appearance sincea fifth-place finish back in 2014. He trailed two players as the final table...more

6 April

Split Hold'em: I don't know what I'm doing and I love it!

"I have no idea how to play, but I have top pair on the first board." That, ladies and gentleman, is Spraggy with with some straight-up honesty as he looks at PokerStars' newest offering, Split Hold'em. If I were writing the marketing copy, it would have an announcer's voice saying...more

Pedro Padilha: Sorry I won a Platinum Pass!

Pedro Padilha was a favorite in this weekend's Top do Brasil poker tournament, a contest that's bringing in the best of Brazilian poker players, pitting them against each other, and giving the winner a Platinum Pass and all its benefits...including a free seat in the $25,000 PokerStars Players No-Limit Hold'em...more

5 April

From Street Fighter II to Super Mario Kart: The top 10 video games from the 90s

If the 80s were the birthing pool for huge franchises and some of the best-loved classic arcade titles, the 90s was the time games got serious. Some of the games released in this decade changed the landscape forever, as first-person shooters were unleashed and developers finally got to take their...more

$65 million guaranteed SCOOP set for May 6 kickoff

Here's how to look at this year's Spring Championship of Online Poker: every day for the duration of the series, there will be at least one tournament with a $1 million guarantee. It begins on May 6 and wraps on May 21, and by the end of the championship, SCOOP...more

4 April

VIDEO: PokerStars Championship Cash Challenge Finale

After 300 hands, ten episodes and some sensational cash game poker it's time to say goodbye to the PokerStars Championship Cash Challenge. But not before watching the thrilling finale... Whether it was Kevin Hart accidentally winning a huge pot with King-high, cheering on our amateur Challengers or enjoying best friends...more

3 April

Weekend Review: FLBonatto wins the Sunday Million as EPT concludes in Sochi

A brief round-up of the results on PokerStars this past weekend... Weekend highlights on PokerStars • FLBonatto wins Sunday Million • EPT Sochi concludes in Russia, awarding four Platinum Passes • Arseniy Karmatskiy wins Main Event Sunday Million The Sunday Million was all about a Brazilian player this weekend. Fabio...more


APPT Korea begins this Friday at Paradise City (Incheon, South Korea) and the 10-day poker festival has been touted to be the biggest the country has ever seen! How is it different this time around? I'm glad you asked. But before we break it all down, let's take a quick...more

2 April

Sunday Million: After up-and-down ride, FLBonatto tops tough final table for $172K

Here's a simple formula for winning the Sunday Million: bring the chip lead to the final table and ride it to the win. Fabio "FLBonatto" Bonatto managed to pull off the first part, with two key wins on the final table bubble. The second part proved much more difficult....more