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Five things to enrage and delight you ahead of the weekend on PokerStars.

Panama makeover

The big news this week centred on the next PokerStars Championship on the calendar, taking place in Panama next month. Things will look a bit different to the last event in the Bahamas, with emphasis on making changes that players want.

At the PokerStars Championship in Panama the schedule has been trimmed slightly, while at the same time registration time for has been extended. Then there are the guarantees, plenty of them, which you can read about here.


There’s still time to qualify and win your seat to Panama, and you can read details of how to do that here. Meanwhile if you’re ready to plan your trip to Panama you’ll also find details of how to save money on your hotel bill by clicking here.

New events, new destinations

Alongside the Panama news there was more detail on the upcoming PokerStars Championship and PokerStars Festival venues, with new destinations getting a first taste of these events.

They include South Korea, Marbella, Manila, Chile, and Uruguay, although not necessarily in that order.

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Not only does that mean we begin a series of arm wrestling contests in the officer to determine which of us goes where, it also means you can experience a few new towns and cities around the world by winning a package to any or all of these stops on PokerStars.

How do you do that exactly? Well funnily enough you’ll find details by reading about the new events here.

Call the floor, the police, and maybe the UN…

Yesterday we unveiled the latest video from the vast PokerStars TV archive, this time profiling our Top 5 most controversial hands.

As we wrote, the videos feature a mixture of etiquette breeches, rule violations, and out-right Human rights abuses, all of which will make you either seethe or more likely laugh. Along the way you get a glimpse of the best of players, and arguably the worst, serving as a useful reminder that there is very little justice in the world.

Things can happen when you open a PokerStars account, and getting one couldn’t be easier. Click here to get started.

The latest episode of Poker in the Ears

There’s a new episode of the Poker In The Ears podcast available…

“James, the die-hard NFL fan, didn’t watch Super Bowl LI. But Joe did, and the result has left him feeling a little low. Luckily, he’s got the banging beats of ‘Space Monkey’ to cheer himself up.


“Jaime Staples from Team PokerStars Pro Online is this week’s guest, talking about his American Poker Award nomination, his victory in the recent ‘TwitchStars’ tournament at #PSCBahamas, and his plans for ‘Streamboat 2017’! James has details of the forthcoming #PokerStarsTV Home Game, including the all-important date. And one of the greatest poker movies of all time is the subject of ‘Superfan vs Stapes’, as Thomas Shevlin from Scotland faces off against Joe in a game of ‘Rounders’ trivia.”


Click here to listen to the latest episode

For the love in the game

Valentine’s Day might not apply to you, it might apply while you wish it didn’t, or it might not while you wish it did. Nevertheless our post about the big day provides some proof at least, that it can be done; although admittedly it offers little as to how.

Whether you’re jaded about Vaentine’s, or loved up, the post is worth a look for the picture of Liv Boeree and Igor Kurganov (beautifully deadpanned by Kurganov) that, whether intended or not, captures something of the male-female dynamic in the prehistoric and post-prehistoric age. Bravo to them both.

liv_igor_sticks_10Feb17_v2.jpgLiv Boeree and Igor Kurganov enjoying some time together

Such images bring another week to a close on PokerStars, at least before the main business of the weekend begins, which we hope will be a good chance to write your own story of poker success. If it is, let us know about it on Twitter:

In the meantime, good luck.

Stephen Bartley is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog. Follow him on Twitter: @StephenBartley. What did you think about this post? Let us know on Twitter: @PokerStarsBlog.

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