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Here’s a quick catch up from the week on PokerStarsBlog… 

  • Lex Live 2 underway in London
  • Simon Gilles: From 50 StarsCoins to a Platinum Pass
  • Attention U.K. poker players: PSPC Satellites running this weekend!
  • EPT Open Sochi begins
  • Book excerpt: Alexander Fitzgerald’s “Exploitative Play In Live Poker”


Our own Jack Stanton is on the scene at the Hippodrome Casino in London this week to capture the madness that is Lex Live 2.

Lex Live 2 is in full swing

Between the poker tournaments, the social events, and people traveling from all over the world to join up with the rest of Lex’s Twitch community, there are lots of stories to catch up on.

Patrick Winterbottom wins Streamer Showdown for Platinum Pass to PSPC
Spraggy wins FU Flip, his brother takes 3rd
Community bonding over booze and beer pong
First-time traveller ‘DAMMO_23’ on why he flew 23 hours from Adelaide to London
Poker in the Ears podcast pits Stapes vs Veldhuis super fan
Welcome Party photo gallery


Simon Gilles: From home-made poker tables to the PSPC

Here’s one you need to read to believe.

“I had exactly zero euro in my PokerStars account, but I was bored and looked to see what I could play with my StarsCoins,” said Simon Gilles.

The 31-year-old supermarket marketing manager from Germany, a dedicated micro-stakes player since 2007, decided to exchange his coins for a $2 Mega Path Sit & Go ticket. What happened next is the stuff poker dreams are made of.

Robin Scherr has the full story.


A Platinum Pass awaits you…

There’s no hotter commodity in poker right now than a Platinum Pass. So it’s good news that there are two new ways for U.K. players to book passage to Barcelona next summer.

Satellites to Chris Moneymaker’s Road to PSPC events in the UK are now running online. Feeders to the main satellite start at £1.10, while the main satellite itself is £11. Once you have your ticket, you can choose which stop you want to play — London Hippodrome from October 24 to 27, Aspers Casino Newcastle from October 28 to November 3, or Aspers Casino London + Milton Keynes from November 4 to 10.

Here are look at the satellites running this weekend:

There’s also the Platinum Pass Experience UK, an online promotion that allows you to play for a Platinum Pass in a live setting. For only £5.50 you can play one of eight online tournaments. The winner of each will play it out for a Platinum Pass on the 11th November at Aspers Casino.

This weekend’s Platinum Pass Experience UK satellites run at 20:05 BST on October 5 and October 6.


It’s EPT Open time once again in Sochi

The European Poker Tour (EPT) is back in action for the second time this season. This time it’s taking over Sochi Casino in Russia for the EPT Open Sochi. The EPT Open debuted here last year, providing the top-shelf live poker experience of the European Poker Tour standards while allowing wider accessibility through reduced tournament buy-ins.

The highlight of this year’s schedule is the Moneymaker Road to PSPC event. With a buy-in of RUB 10,500 (just under €150), the tournament runs October 11-13, and the eventual champion will claim the Pass in addition to the first-place prize. Valued at more than €26,000, the Platinum Pass includes a €22,500 entry fee as well as hotel accommodation, transport, and various expenses.

Check out the full EPT Open Sochi schedule here.


Win a copy of Alexander Fitzgerald’s “Exploitative Play in Live Poker”

Over more than a decade as a pro, Alexander Fitzgerald has collected more than $3.5 million in tournament earnings around the world both online and live, final tabling EPTs, multiple WCOOPs and FTOPs events, along with practically every regular tournament online.

Subtitled “How to Manipulate Your Opponents Into Making Mistakes,” Exploitative Play in Live Poker concentrates on teaching players how to take advantage of opponents’ missteps and as a result consistently force them outside of their comfort zone.

Check out an excerpt here — and don’t forget to enter the contest to win a free copy of the book.

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