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Back at the WSOP

If you've been around the online poker world for a while, you may remember the days when PokerStars was a powerful presence at the WSOP. Of course, there was the magical year of 2003, when Chris Moneymaker shocked the other poker players, the pundits, and likely himself by winning the main event. Fr...more

by Lee Jones on July 3, 2015 1:29 AM

Remembering Chad Brown one year on

It was about a year ago this week that we went to downtown Las Vegas for Chad Brown's memorial service. It took place upstairs at Binions; a casino that before the internet came along was home to the WSOP and the beating heart of world poker. Like many others we'd come from its new home, the Rio, to...more

by Stephen Bartley on July 1, 2015 8:45 AM

Fixed. MissBroke on that Sunday Million win

One minute you're sitting with ten big blinds wondering how you're going to reach the money, the next you're winning the Sunday Million. That would be the short version of MissBroke's journey from short stack to biggest last Sunday, a trip worth $160,314 to the Israeli. The long version might be one...more

by Stephen Bartley on June 30, 2015 5:47 AM

Mercier misses out (again) while Danzer digs in

There's a common theme among performers, whether in sports, the arts, or any pursuit measured by achievement. It's this. Talent is one thing, but without hard work and dedication that talent usually comes to nothing. Actually, it's such a common sentiment it's almost a cliché. I googled a long list ...more

by Stephen Bartley on June 29, 2015 8:26 AM

Weekend Review: Big wins for MissBroke and Elio Fox

Given that we were thinking that all the regular headline grabbers were off limits over in Las Vegas right now, the weekend's Major events involved names we knew and faces we recognised. The Sunday Million got its fair share. Out in ninth was the story laden name of Dario Minieri, a former pocket si...more

by Stephen Bartley on June 29, 2015 5:37 AM

Qualify for this week's big online events

PokerStars hosts the biggest and best poker tournaments in the world every week. Check out five of the best right here. Clicking the links will take you straight to the tournament lobby so that you can register right away.• UKIPT Bristol direct satellite, £11+R [3x-Turbo], 1 UKIPT Bristol main event...more

by Brad Willis on June 29, 2015 4:03 AM

Another Akkari moment

I'm not sure there's anyone who works in at poker tournaments who has not had an "Akkari moment". It typically follows the same process. In a crowded tournament room a man with a beaming grin picks you out to shake your hand and say hi, or do one of those half man-hugs we British find so hard to per...more

by Stephen Bartley on June 26, 2015 7:32 AM

Masters of the play and real money universe

There was a moment this week when it looked like Daniel Negreanu might do it again. That moment was quickly followed by another moment, when it looked like Jason Mercier might do it again as well. Neither did, but it was fun to watch.Reading the blog earlier this week you would have seen the story o...more

by Stephen Bartley on June 26, 2015 4:47 AM

Zoom Accumulator: One more week to cash in

Hey, you're a busy person. I get it. You've had laundry to do, Netflix to binge on, and a lot of staring off into the distance without thinking about anything. The day can get away from you pretty quickly. Even in your fugue state, you might have heard about people winning big money by taking down p...more

by Brad Willis on June 25, 2015 8:20 AM

Mercier seventh and O'Kearney poised for feel-good win of the summer

Much like the Super High Rollers on the European Poker Tour, the Players Championship at the World Series of Poker is one of those awe inspiring tournaments. These are the tournaments that you mention when you're trying to stagger someone. You know, the person who asks a rudimentary question about t...more

by Stephen Bartley on June 25, 2015 5:54 AM
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