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Here’s a round-up from the week on PokerStars Blog…

  • $11 buy-in, $1M Gtd Sunday Storm anniversary edition announced
  • Jeopardy James and other poker near-misses
  • SCOOP winner interviews with Kenny Hallaert, Joris Ruijs, “Tiu Patinh@s”
  • Book excerpt: ‘From Vietnam to Vegas!’ by Qui Nguyen
  • WSOP bracelet winners this week

Sunday Storm 8th anniversary next week (June 16)

The Sunday Storm turns eight this month. To celebrate, PokerStars is guaranteeing a $1 million prize pool, and $100,000 to the winner. Not bad for an $11 tournament.

Click here to find out how you could turn $11 into $100K.

Jeopardy James and other poker near-misses

It finally happened. James Holzhauer lost on Jeopardy! After 32 straight victories on the popular quiz show, “Jeopardy James” has finally been defeated.

All told, Holzhauer won an eye-popping $2,464,216 during his time on the show, coming oh-so-close to breaking the all-time record of $2,522,700 million won by Ken Jennings back in 2004. Indeed, if Holzhauer had won on Monday while earning something close to his average win, he would have broken the record last night.

That twist got our own Martin Harris thinking about some of the big near-misses we’ve seen in the poker world over the years, from Mike McDonald’s EPT run to Johnny Chan’s near three-peat in the World Series of Poker Main Event.

Have a read of those poker near-misses here.

SCOOP winner interviews

This week our team have been sitting down to talk with some more champions from the 2019 Spring Championship of Online Poker.

First we had Kenny “SpaceyFCB” Hallaert, who won his second title in a $2K turbo for $94K. Hallaert told us about his rise in the game, and how he hopes to win a WSOP bracelet this summer.

Then we spoke with Joris “BillLewinsky” Ruijs, who also won his second SCOOP title this summer in the $215 Sunday Million Special Edition, a win worth $217K. Ruijs told us how his ambition moving forward is to reach the $100K Super High Rollers.

We also had a chat with Brazil’s William “Tiu Patinh@s” de Oliveira who made two SCOOP final tables in one day.

Book excerpt: “From Vietnam to Vegas!” by Qui Nguyen

Three years ago Qui Nguyen of Vietnam captured poker’s most prestigious title when he topped a field of 6,737 to win the 2016 WSOP Main Event. His victory culminated with an exciting final table, and following his win Nguyen collaborated with Steve Blay of Advanced Poker Training to explain the strategies he employed on his way to winning the bracelet and more than $8 million first prize.

In the resulting book From Vietnam to Vegas!, Nguyen reviews 176 key hands, with commentary from Blay analyzing the mathematical basis behind Nguyen’s decisions

Check out an excerpt from that book right here.

WSOP Bracelet winners

Here’s a look at some of the World Series of Poker 2019 winners this week:

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