The New Year is off to a flying start with the Blowout Series concluding, Twitch streamers hitting new highs, new events (and Throwables) being launched, and the usual number of other top-quality features appearing on PokerStars Blog.
Here’s a quiz to test how well you’ve been paying attention through January.
Have a stab at the questions. We’ve written about everything included here this month.
Let us know how many you got right in the comments below. Enjoy!
#1. Which of the following players did NOT win two titles during the inaugural PokerStars Blowout Series?
As remarkable as it sounds, Adrian “Amadi_017” Mateos didn’t even win ONE event this time around. All the others were among the 11 double champions.
#2. Eike “Mr. Havener” Onodera won $167,360 for finishing sixth in the final Big Blowout! of the Blowout Series. How much did he pay to enter?
Let’s face it, any of those answers represents a ridiculous ROI. But it was the most ridiculous of all: Onodera was in it for absolutely nothing. We talked to him.
#3. Lukas "RobinPoker" Robinson is attempting to beat WHOSE Twitch streaming record, by streaming 1,000 hours of play in 100 days?
Nobody thought it could be done when Arlie “Prince Pablo” Shaban managed 1,000 hours in 125 days. If Robinson manages it, it’s going to be emotional.
#4. If you tinker with your PokerStars settings, you can "tile, cascade or stack". This will help with what particular online poker skill, which can help improve your game?
All are important skills to study and improve in 2021, but “tile”, “cascade” and “stack” are terms referring to the arrangement of windows on your screen and will help when MULTI-TABLING.
#5. The latest Throwable on PokerStars allows you to hurl what at an opponent?
Although poker players have been known to chuck around all of the others, the latest official Throwable allows you to make it rain.
#6. Who took a day off from streaming and ended up winning an event in the Blowout Series, with nobody watching?
That was Arlie “Prince Pablo” Shaban too, who was tired and feeling slightly unwell, so decided he couldn’t put in a proper show for his viewers. But then he went and won. “It feels really, really good,” Shaban told us in an exclusive interview.
#7. We took an in depth look at the history of playing cards, learning that early decks in Spain and Germany omitted which card?
In a depressingly early example of sexism in card games, it was the queen who was replaced by male figures. In Spain, there was a caballero (a knight or horseman) instead. In Germany there was the könig, obermann, and untermann (king, “over-knave” and “under-knave”). It’s a fascinating look through the full history.
#8. Which actor hosted a celebrity-packed home game on PokerStars, with the $50,000 prize pool donated to charity?
It was called Hank’s Home Game because it was hosted by Hank Azaria. The Simpsons star invited Don Cheadle, Michael Cera, Jon Hamm, Michael Ian Black and Josh Charles to join him.
#9. A seller on Ebay is asking $10,000 for what piece of World Series of Poker memorabilia?
A $10K bag
It’s the bags, believe it or not. We delved down the poker memorabilia rabbit hole to take a look at some of the most interesting and unusual items on offer on Ebay at the moment.
#10. Another year, another Sunday Million Anniversary tournament. The grand old dame of internet poker is 15! Keep Sunday March 21 clear for the tournament, when there will be how much in the guaranteed prize pool?