Lee Jones' Journal

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 - we even have a special channel c...more

by Lee Jones on December 5, 2017 2:27 AM

Getting poker lessons for free

You may have heard the expression that "Everybody has to pay for their poker lessons". This is an old saying that acknowledged that most people learn to play poker by sitting at the table and playing. Needless to say, the lessons you learn at the table aren't free (and are sometimes painfully expens...more

by Lee Jones on October 5, 2017 7:07 AM

Going to Barcelona via Discord

You may already be aware that PokerStars now has a presence on Discord, the popular e-gaming discussion and voice chat platform. If you're not, you can read all about it here.To celebrate a successful first two months on Discord, we're throwing a bit of a party. On Saturday July 1st, at 1:00pm Easte...more

by Lee Jones on June 27, 2017 1:26 AM

Discord is here

Don't panic - it's good news this time. While "discord" generally means a lack of agreement and people not getting along, in this context it means the exact opposite. Now, if you're of a certain age and bent, you're already saying "Wait - PokerStars is on Discord?" But if this is all new to you... D...more

by Lee Jones on May 2, 2017 4:59 AM

Making it right for a customer

The names in this story are fictitious. The story is not.Because I've been associated with PokerStars for more than a dozen years, people often reach out to me with concerns and issues that are no longer part of my official responsibilities. Which, from my perspective, is plenty cool. They tell a st...more

by Lee Jones on November 18, 2016 6:26 AM

Get your hand reviewed and win

One of the best ways to get better at pretty much anything is to go back and review how you did it previous times. Why do you think pro sports teams look at game films and chess players crawl through previous games they've played (and that the experts have played)?Needless to say, this applies to po...more

by Lee Jones on October 28, 2016 2:35 AM

A thread from a problem to a streamathon

Let's start with the core issue and work from there:According to this report from the United States Center for Disease Control (CDC):African American children [aged] 5-19 drown in swimming pools at rates 5.5 times higher than those of whites. This disparity is greatest among those 11-12 years where ...more

by Lee Jones on October 12, 2016 2:07 AM

Poker as distraction

So there we were... me and my wife and six others parked in a beach house about 50 feet from the Caribbean Sea. Doing the things you're supposed to do - eating too much, snorkeling, and having deep conversations. I mean, as deep as the conversations can get when you're standing in three feet of clea...more

by Lee Jones on July 22, 2016 2:04 AM

Letting one off the hook

Over the course of a poker career that's lasted a bit over three decades, I don't remember all the times I've flopped the nuts. Or "been dealt the nuts" in those dusty evenings of ace-to-five lowball games at Garden City in San Jose.But I'm pretty sure I'll remember this one. It's been a few months ...more

by Lee Jones on June 7, 2016 8:09 AM

A newbie at Run It Up Reno

Less than a month after PokerStars and Jason Somerville jointly hosted the Run It Up Rumble in Atlantic City, Jason did the third installment of his Run It Up event at the Peppermill Hotel and Casino in Reno, Nevada. I was fortunate enough to attend - not as an organizer, but as a representative of ...more

by Lee Jones on June 6, 2016 7:03 AM
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