February 2009

27 February

Stud: Tournament play

by Adam "STUDstood" Roberts These past few months, many of you have suggested different topics for me to blog on. One of the most common is tournament play, and all its aspects. I have decided to write on this important topic for the next few weeks. To segue into that,...more

26 February

J.C. Alvarado joins Team PokerStars Pro

It's only been a couple of months since we saw Mexican poker superstar Juan Carlos Alvarado stand front and center with Team Mexico at the PokerStars World Cup of Poker V. He's the type of player who always seems to be smiling and he is the kind of guy you...more

25 February

Team PokerStars Pros, qualifiers to go heads-up on NBC

When March rolls around, most right-thinking folks' minds drift to March Madness, the Big Dance, the Final Four, and all things related to NCAA basketball. At least, that's how it goes in America. Elsewhere, March may mean nothing of the kind. When it comes to poker, however, March means something...more

Team PokerStars Pros cash in, miss final table

When battling against more than 600 of the world's top poker players, even making it into the money of the L.A. Poker Classic is an accomplishment, It's safe to say, however, that three members of Team PokerStars Pro are a little more than disappointed this morning. Andre Akkari, ElkY, and...more

Akkari, ElkY, and Paul-Ambrose in the money at LAPC

Which one of these things is not like the other? Andre Akkari. Betrand "ElkY" Grospellier. Steve Paul-Ambrose. Sure, you can probably come up with a good argument for any answer here, but for the purposes of this discussion, the answer is "Andre Akkari." Why? Well, out of the three remaining...more

Online Poker Show: Sunday Warm-up, Feb 22, 2009

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Online Poker Show: Sunday Million, Feb 22, 2009

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February 22 Online Poker Show

PokerStars.tv is back with another couple of great episodes of the The Online Poker Show. Since we're not big on spoilers, we won't give away how this Sunday Million ends. If you want to know in advance who wins, you can always check out our 2/22/09 Sunday Million final table...more

23 February

Team PokerStars Pro headed for money at LAPC

Looking at the chip counts from the World Poker Tour's L.A. Poker Classic is a lot like looking at the beginning of Day 3 chip counts of a PokerStars-sponsored event. With 167 of the original 695 players still in the hunt, Team PokerStars Pro is well-represented and looks to have...more

PokerStars Sunday tournament results (2-22-09)

Is this month nearly at its end? With only 28 days to its name, February is one of those months where the big Last Sunday of the Month seems to come around a lot faster than normal. And so, on just the 22nd day of the month, we saw the...more

February 22 Sunday Million worth $213,136 for cmyworth

Anyone watching the last few tables knew it was going to be a long night. Play was steady and cautious, and the money jumps were becoming more significant, with more than $700,000.00 awaiting the final nine. These Sunday Million players weren't messing around. Action began in the afternoon hours of...more

annanoplay got plenty of play in winning February's $1 Million Turbo Takedown

11,205 players dove into one of the best values in the online poker landscape tonight. The $1 Million Turbo Takedown pays out to 4,000 places (receiving at least $90.00) and doesn't cost these players anything but their Frequent Players Points. 5,000 FPPs will grant you seat with $100,000.00 sitting at...more

lrdvoldemort vanquishes his foes in Sunday Warm-Up win

Ah, back to quiet way of life in these poker parts. After the dash for the 25 billionth hand promotion had people multi-tabling like never before, and over 6,000 players playing the juiced up promotional $1.25 million guarantee Sunday Warm-up last week it's time to roll back to simpler times....more

Kirua wins the February Battle of the Planets triple shootout

Champions of the Mercury, Mars, Venus, Earth, Neptune, Uranus, Saturn, and Jupiter divisions all lined up again at the end of the month to face off for the a big chunk of the monthly Battle of the Planets SnG promotion. Having given away over $3 million to date for SnG...more

21 February

EPT Copenhagen Season 5: Winner Jens Kyllönen

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EPT Copenhagen: Kyllönen crushes Copenhagen

Veterans of the European Poker Tour know that final tables in Copenhagen can take some time. From the epic Mads Anderson/Edgar Skjervold battle of season two, to the four-hour Tim Vance/Soren Jensen heads up of a year ago, television directors know to bring extra tapes, journalists are well-stocked with caffeine...more

EPT Copenhagen: Level 25 updates

This post shows updates from level 24 of EPT Copenhagen, updated on a regular basis. The blinds are 20,000-40,000 with a 3,000 ante. Updates are brought to you by Stephen Bartley and Howard Swains. You can find the most recent official chip count on the chip-count page. Prizewinners to date...more

EPT Copenhagen: Level 24 updates

This post shows updates from level 24 of EPT Copenhagen, updated on a regular basis. The blinds are 15,000-30,000 with a 3,000 ante. Updates are brought to you by Stephen Bartley and Howard Swains. You can find the most recent official chip count on the chip-count page. Prizewinners to date...more

EPT Copenhagen: Level 23 updates

This post shows updates from level 23 of EPT Copenhagen, updated on a regular basis. The blinds are 10,000-20,000 with a 2,000 ante. Updates are brought to you by Stephen Bartley and Howard Swains. You can find the most recent official chip count on the chip-count page. Prizewinners to date...more

EPT Copenhagen: Level 22 updates

This post shows updates from level 22 of EPT Copenhagen, updated on a regular basis. The blinds are 8,000-16,000 with a 2,000 ante. Updates are brought to you by Stephen Bartley and Howard Swains. You can find the most recent official chip count on the chip-count page. Prizewinners to date...more

EPT Copenhagen: Our finalists

With the elimination late last night of Mikael Lundell, the final table was set for EPT Copenhagen. The following players return today to play down to our champion. Play begins at the start of level 21 and we will have complete coverage of all the action here until the day...more

20 February

EPT Copenhagen: Charge of the Nordics

Eight hours ago their tournament hopes were alive. Now, the dream of EPT glory lies in ruins for 32 of 40 players who returned to Casino Copenhagen this afternoon for the business end of another great EPT event. That we bring this news on the cocktail side of midnight...more

EPT Copenhagen Season 5: Interview with Christian Saxin

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EPT Copenhagen: Level 21 updates

This post shows updates from level 21 of EPT Copenhagen, updated on a regular basis. The blinds are 6,000-12,000 with a 1,000 ante. Updates are brought to you by Stephen Bartley and Howard Swains. You can find the most recent official chip count on the chip-count page. Prizewinners to date...more

EPT Copenhagen: Level 20 updates

This post shows updates from level 19 of EPT Copenhagen, updated on a regular basis. The blinds are 5,000-10,000 with a 1,000 ante. Updates are brought to you by Stephen Bartley and Howard Swains. You can find the most recent official chip count on the chip-count page. Prizewinners to date...more

EPT Copenhagen Season 5: Interview with Andreas Hoivold

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EPT Copenhagen Season 5: Interview with Michael Aston

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EPT Copenhagen Season 5: Interview with Ramzi Jelassi

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EPT Copenhagen: Level 19 updates

This post shows updates from level 19 of EPT Copenhagen, updated on a regular basis. The blinds are 4,000-8,000 with a 1,000 ante. Updates are brought to you by Stephen Bartley and Howard Swains. You can find the most recent official chip count on the chip-count page. Prizewinners to date...more

EPT Copenhagen: Level 18 updates

This post shows updates from level 18 of EPT Copenhagen, updated on a regular basis. The blinds are 3,000-6,000 with a 500 ante. Updates are brought to you by Stephen Bartley and Howard Swains. You can find the most recent official chip count on the chip-count page. Prizewinners to date...more

Stud: Keeping you eyes open

by Adam "STUDstood" Roberts Danny Robison is now in his early 60s. He is a fixture in the $2000/$4000 limit Stud game at the Hustler Casino in Los Angeles. But in 1989, he had just returned from a self-imposed five-year hiatus from poker. Although I had heard people talk...more

EPT Copenhagen: Level 17 updates

This post shows updates from level 17 of EPT Copenhagen, updated on a regular basis. The blinds are 2,500-5,000 with a 500 ante. Updates are brought to you by Stephen Bartley and Howard Swains. You can find the most recent official chip count on the chip-count page. Prizewinners to date...more

EPT Copenhagen: Hansen still handing out the lessons

Thor Hansen just doubled up and took a chunk out of the otherwise impenetrable stack of Rasmus Nielsen. It was aces for Hansen, jacks for Nielsen, and about 80% of those coups have been going the way of the aces for as long as Hansen's been playing the game. The...more

EPT Copenhagen: Benelli downed

The Rasmus Nielsen show continues on the feature table, with the fearless Italian Andrea Benelli having his aces cracked. All the money went in on the flop -- it was 8♠-9♣-Q♦, and Benelli shoved, which Nielsen called. Benelli had those aces, Nielsen was behind but had plenty of outs with...more

PokerStars to host Australian bushfire fundraiser

The people of Australia need help. Thousands of families have been displaced by the February wildfires that killed more than 200 people. The charities have been overwhelmed by the need. More than 7,500 people were left homeless by the bushfires. As you might expect, Team PokerStars Pro Joe Hachem is...more

EPT Copenhagen Season 5: Interview with Feldman and Romanello

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EPT Copenhagen: Eight down

"Danish people scream a lot," said Aleksander Strandli on table four as an almighty commotion kicked off on the neighbouring table three. The Danes in question were Frederik Hostrup and his twin brother, who were bellowing for a king (or "Kange!!!") with all of Frederik's chips in the middle. He...more

EPT Copenhagen: As flies to wanton boys

The Norwegian player Tore Lagerborg is out, with all his chips going to Denmark and the returning EPT Copenhagen final table player Rasmus Nielsen. They got it all in pre-flop after a raise, a re-raise, a re-re-re-raise and an all in re-re-re-re-raise, which was followed by a call. It was...more

EPT Copenhagen: Wrecking ball

The wrecking ball that is Anders Langset has gone clattering through its first victim today, bludgeoning Ola Brandborn to the rail in dramatic fashion. I'm unsure how the hand played out, but Brandborn was seen leaving a table on which the following board remained: 7♥-9♦-Q♥-8♥-6♠. The A♥-J♥ in front of...more

EPT Copenhagen: Chips and beer

Four months ago Michael Aston was working a regular job in a cafe back home in Malvern, England. But in his spare time Aston was making money playing poker online, making more money there than serving tea and cake could ever pay. So he ditched the job and swapped...more

EPT Copenhagen Season 5: Day 3 intro

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EPT Copenhagen: The tournament within the tournament

Welcome to day three at EPT Copenhagen, the fourth day of competition after the double-tiered day one. In previous seasons of the European Poker Tour, we would already be home by now, the tournament would be wrapped and we would know our winner. These days, however, it feels as though...more

19 February

EPT Copenhagen: Sprinting through the middle stages

The tournament officials at Casino Copenhagen tinkered with the schedule today. We were originally intended to play down to 32 players, which would probably have taken about eight levels, but they decided at the last minute to make it 40, perhaps fearing we would be here all night. Had they...more

EPT Copenhagen: The hands of others...

It's an oft told story, one of the many faces of hand for hand combat. Remy Biechel, whose stack was a modest multicoloured thing, was closest to extinction and he knew it. More than once he looked long and hard at his cards before passing, hoping another hand somewhere...more

EPT Copenhagen: Thanks for playing...

The race for the money has been in full since the dinner break and after two fraught levels the players deserve a break. But this will be the last cigarette for three players, unknown to us right now but needed before this day comes to a close. The initial...more

EPT Copenhagen: Continuing the sprint

This is mighty hasty. There are now only 47 players remaining, which means the bubble is floating into view. The pots are becoming increasingly hotly contested and the beats are becoming harder to take. As the tension mounts, so does the conversation, and there's plenty going on between Thor Hansen,...more

EPT Copenhagen: Thor hammers back

Jussi Nevanlinna started it, and Jussi Nevanlinna finished it. It was the hand which saw another notable departure with Jonas Molander, a veteran of the EPT without appearing to have aged, busted as play charges towards the money. With a pre-flop Nevanlinna bet of 5,500 the action was folded...more

EPT Copenhagen: Tweaking the schedule

Players have returned from the dinner break, but some clearly enjoyed their time away from the poker tables more than most. So much so, in fact, that they've got right back to the bars and restaurants pretty much instantly: 12 players bust in the first 20 minutes since the break....more

EPT Copenhagen Season 5: Interview with William Reynolds

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EPT Copenhagen: Benelli burned

Andrea Benelli had been teaching PokerStars qualifier Michael Aston a lesson or two, hand after hand, the Italian mercilessly re-raising the Englishman's pre-flop bets, forcing him to fold. Then came this hand which saw Aston draw the line... He had good reason, but Benelli's hand was also strong as...more

EPT Copenhagen: Swings and slides

As the exodus of players continues -- an exodus, incidentally, that now includes Noah Boeken in its number -- there are some huge pots also developing as the big stacks clash. No sooner is Allan Baekke immortalised on PokerStars blog, for example, than he's shipping a huge chunk of his...more

EPT Copenhagen: We are the champions

It's that time again, when we dust off the old chestnut, dragged from one EPT event to another, and forecast the likelihood of a first "second" time EPT winner. Numerous one time ("one time!") champions arrived in Copenhagen to contest this one, five of whom were still standing, or...more

EPT Copenhagen Season 5: Day 2 intro

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EPT Copenhagen: Read all about it

Readers of the best-selling Danish newspaper Ekstrabladet have been at a significant advantage in their attempts to qualify for EPT Copenhagen this year. Allan Baekke, a PokerStars Supernova known online as "Sifosis", has been writing a regular column containing strategy tips on how to make it through the steps satellite...more

EPT Copenhagen: The schedule

"Welcome to Scandinavia. This is how we play poker here." These were the words with which the PokerStars Swedish blogger Lina Olofsson, a Scandinavian, announced the news to the press room that we have lost 72 players in the opening couple of levels of day two. She's not wrong. We...more

EPT Copenhagen: Fourth time unlucky... again

Sigurd Terpling was out of his chair watching a do or die board being dealt, determining the wisdom behind his all-in move. When things went his way Terpling shouted something that sounded like "Sha-ten!" which may actually be the Danish "one time!" inadvertently creating exciting new marketing avenues for...more

EPT Copenhagen: Introducing the PokerStars Blog One Time Chip™

By Howard Swains A couple of years ago at the World Series Main Event, the tournament organisers introduced something known as the "All In Chip", which rapidly became one of the most controversial, then universally derided, innovations seen in poker in the modern era. The idea was that instead of...more

EPT Copenhagen: In, out, Shyam all about

Word came through that Team PokerStars Pro Luca Pagano, who began today with 24,400, was out. He wasn't in his seat, that much was certain, but could he really have lost all that? In the meantime he would go on to the missing in action, only for the few...more

EPT Copenhagen: Who's that girl?

There are a handful of players in the international poker community for whom a last name is all but superfluous. Competitors and commentators chat about Doyle, Gus, TJ and Stuey, for example, without ever needing to add the Brunson, Hansen, Cloutier or Ungar. And ever since since a young diminutive...more

EPT Copenhagen: Battles and bruises on the way

Danny Ryan is not dead, but Team PokerStars Pro Alex Kravchenko is - in tournament terms anyway. In typical fog of war style late last night, what we thought was true with two hands to play became completely untrue with one hand to play. Kravchenko busted in a make...more

18 February

EPT Copenhagen: Coping with Copenhagen

And there we have it; day 1b is in the books. In keeping with what we have seen countless times before, this was not a day for the faint hearted. Right from the off, when the seat draw pitted Bertrand Grospellier, Gus Hansen, Michael Tureniec, Jesper Hougaard and Annette Obrestad...more

EPT Copenhagen: Eight levels played... and relax

As is standard now in the last few minutes of play, the all-ins began, resulting in either a double up or a head start at the taxi rank. A notable beneficiary of this tactic was Andrea Benelli, boosting his stack even further when he called an all in with...more

EPT Copenhagen Season 5: Peter Eastgate's language school

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EPT Copenhagen: The last outlaws

The end of the day may be fast approaching, but for some out there in the tournament room it's more like high noon. Last chance duels are taking place in all corners to determine who stays and who rides out of town. The player's name hasn't been confirmed but...more

EPT Copenhagen: Level seven rumbles

Looking in one direction only means you're missing what's taking place behind you, so here are the latest dispatches from the floor... Thomas Peterson pushed all-in for a few thousand on a flop of 8♥-7♥-K♠. After Michael Schultz folded it fell to Austrian Marcus Golser to oblige with the...more

EPT Copenhagen: Pasta and pizza replaces cold cuts and herring

During the break before level seven, the Swedish player Ola Brandborn came into the press room to share his ill fortune with our Swedish blogger Lina Olofsson. The conversation sounded a lot like plimsoles squeaking on a gymnasium floor (such is Swedish), but I'm reliably informed by an interpreter than...more

EPT Copenhagen: Closing the books

Well, so long Gus. The book closes on Gus Hansen's EPT Copenhagen thanks to Annette Obrestad, who yesterday was tipped by one Norwegian bookmaker to outlast Hansen and World Champion Peter Eastgate. She wielded the dagger over Hansen herself and a table along Eastgate is close to the felt....more

EPT Copenhagen: The sound of silence and hysterics

There are all sorts of emotional responses made in poker tournaments, some specific, some unpredictable... Apologies aren't always common for example, sounded mostly in times of stress and when trying to appease the bashed nerves of a bad beat victim. One player tried the commiseration route, wishing to sooth...more

EPT Copenhagen: Why are people?

Gus Hansen has got his feet up. He's rocking back in his chair, ripped jeans and trainers propped onto a vacant seat, occasionally riffling a few chips and entering the odd pot, but mostly seemingly engrossed in a book. That tome has been capturing his attention far more than the...more

EPT Copenhagen Season 5: Interview with Victor Greeley

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EPT Copenhagen: Numbers

Players are just making their way back from the dinner break, and they return to their seats to learn the following news: this is the largest ever European Poker Tour event to be held in Scandinavia. There were 462 players at final count, paying DKK 50,000 to create a prize...more

PokerStars announces Spring Championship of Online Poker

If you're like me (and chances are you're not, because Mama always said I was special and could someday be President), you have longingly looked at the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker and thought, "I wish I could afford to play every event!" And who wouldn't, really? The PokerStars...more

EPT Copenhagen Season 5: Interview with Tony Viklund

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EPT Copenhagen: Tureniec toast

We're approaching the dinner break on day 1b and there has been the first casualty on the table of Scandinavian slaughter. The man to depart was Michael Tureniec, whose A-K was never ahead against Lars Christiansen's pocket sixes, even though there was a king on the flop and an ace...more

EPT Copenhagen: Ladies. And gentlemen...

Isabelle Mercier's hands always sparkle, her fingers I mean, thanks to an assortment of shiny rings and bracelets, but for a short period a few moments ago they shone even more thanks to a double up hand which took Mercier to 25K and into the realm of chip leader...more

EPT Copenhagen: Free parking?

The news from the tournament floor is that Gus Hansen has now arrived and taken his seat between Annette Obrestad and Bertrand Grospellier in a little corner of the poker globe that is among the toughest ever assembled. A colleague in the press room likened playing at that table to...more

EPT Copenhagen: Nothing up his sleeves...

The news from Camp Thorson is not good. The Team PokerStars Pro William is among the first to fall on day 1b, getting his chips in with pocket jacks on a low flop of clubs against pocket queens. You can predict the rest; the Swede's day over before it...more

EPT Copenhagen: Fallers

Players have now started heading out of the door: the French player Stephane Bazin couldn't get his aces to hold up all in pre-flop against Martin Wendt's pocket jacks. The jacks four-flushed Bazin out of the tournament. There's also an empty chair beside Andrew Chen and about 18,000 chips in...more

EPT Copenhagen: A walk in the park

There's something up in the state of Denmark, and while it's not necessarily rotten, it is certainly unusual. We are 45 minutes into level one of day 1b and not a single player is out. Honestly. The board that shows the number of entrants has today's figure at 236; the...more

EPT Copenhagen: On court one...

Sweden's Micke Norinder was dealt some early excitement, moving all-in armed with a pair of aces. His opponent called the all-in, also armed with a pair of aces. "Argh!" a noise that comes naturally to most players... "That's a bad beat! Now you know I don't bluff, ok?" It...more

EPT Copenhagen: And how about this bunch?

Play has begun on day 1b, and there are few surprises as to where most of the railbirds' attention is now focused. But take away that table of doom and there are still another 240-odd players fancying their chances of progressing through today's eight hours. Representing Team PokerStars Pro are...more

EPT Copenhagen: Redefining the table of death

It's the start of day 1b at the EPT Scandinavian Open at Casino Copenhagen, Denmark. It's traditional at this point to run through a few details of the tournament, set the scene with a stroll around the city and spew purple prose onto the page to whet the appetite for...more

25 Billion Bash: The big winners

It seemed like a long shot. Even to the most optimistic person, the odds seemed pretty rough. There were thousands upon thousands of tables running early Monday morning on PokerStars. Not only did an optimist have to be sitting at the right table, but he also had to be dealt...more

EPT Copenhagen: Hansen jumps to day one lead

Less than 24 hours ago the mood in Copenhagen's poker circles was one of jubilee; an evening spent toasting the latest winners at the Scandinavian Poker Awards, names like Eastgate, Sahamies and In de Betou. Tonight though, after eight day 1a levels of play, the mood is more of...more

17 February

EPT Copenhagen: Sliced and diced

The day is drawing inexorably to its close and with only 102 players remaining at the mid-point of level eight, it seems certain that around 90 of the 225 starters today will be heading into day two. Conducting a quick sweep of the room, there are some predicable patterns. The...more

EPT Copenhagen: Friends reunited

There are some sizeable stacks appearing in front of immediately recognisable faces here in Copenhagen, including about 35,000 in neat order in front of the Norwegian Trond Erik Eidsvig. Like Joao Barbosa this season, Eidsvig is another of those players who burst onto the tournament scene with a string of...more

EPT Copenhagen: Reading from the same page

It had the same effect as a wrecking ball. With one swing everything within its path was brushed aside. A short pause for it to be hoisted back before it was unleashed on another target with the same effect, then again and again until nothing was left standing to...more

EPT Copenhagen: Barbosa ya-ya

He boasts one of the best records for season five of the European Poker Tour - a title won in Warsaw and four cash finishes from Barcelona, London, Warsaw, the PCA and Deauville - but to that list Copenhagen will not be added. Rumour has it that Joao Barbosa...more

EPT Copenhagen Season 5: Thor Hansen on Day 1A

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EPT Copenhagen: The god of thunder

At the Scandinavian Poker Awards ceremony last night, Thor Hansen was called upon to present the Rookie of the Year trophy to Peter Eastgate in a moment that spanned poker's generation gap. Eastgate might be the youngest ever world champion, but he would probably never had had the opportunity even...more

EPT Copenhagen Season 5: Luca Pagano on Day 1A

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EPT Copenhagen: No hold up for Hostrup

A flurry of activity in level five, summed up by the simple but effective statement - more chips to some, less for others. With the temperature outside a nippy 28 degrees there's little reason to rush from the confines of the Radisson hotel, but with blinds at 150-300 it's...more

EPT Copenhagen: Transition time

Laurence Houghton has a lot of chips. In this case "a lot" means more than 30,000, which puts him in the top five players during level five of day 1a. Although the cash desks of live tournaments haven't been troubled by Houghton as much as he would probably like, he's...more

EPT Copenhagen Season 5: Marcin Horecki on Day 1A

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EPT Copenhagen: Marcin on and on

With players back from a 45 minute dinner break the second half of day 1a begins. Shortly before the break a few minutes watching Team PokerStars Pro Marcin Horecki proved a good glimpse of how his day is going - a careful accumulation of chips to the 18,000 mark,...more

EPT Copenhagen: I will survive

Mikael Lundell first came to poker journalists' attention in Barcelona last summer where he made the "pseudo" final table of the first EPT event of the year, busting in ninth, one place away from the "official" final table of eight players. It's not as though he really needed the television...more

EPT Copenhagen Season 5: Day 1A intro

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EPT Copenhagen Season 5: Interview with PokerStars qualifier Chris Black

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EPT Copenhagen: Moving pictures

As ever, we're joined in Copenhagen by our crack (cracked?) team of video bloggers, effortlessly filling their brief of catching up with PokerStars qualifiers in the field today, and setting the scene for the action from the tables. Here, for instance, are two of their latest offerings. In order, catching...more

EPT Grand Final to be grander than ever

Over the past several years, it has been clear that the European Poker Tour's Grand Final was the biggest thing going in European poker. The Grand Final has been growing every year. Every time we go back, it gets more luxurious and and rich. Apparently, we haven't seen anything yet....more

EPT Copenhagen: A deal with the devil

Table sixteen shaped up early to be a tough one. In one corner Jani Sointula, still with his trademark long blond hair that should belong to a friendly creature in a kid's fairytale. In the other corner sits Juha Helppi, who once recounted how he felt like Ivan Drago...more

Online Poker Show: Sunday Million, Feb 15, 2009

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Online Poker Show: Sunday Warm-Up, Feb 15, 2009

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The Online Poker Show: 2/15/09 Sunday Million and Sunday Warm-Up

PokerStars.tv could not have picked a better week to kick off the The Online Poker Show. This weekend marked PokerStars' 25 billionth hand. To celebrate, PokerStars not only gave away hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash and prizes, it also hosted some massive tournaments with big guaranteeds. Among those...more

EPT Copenhagen: World champion in the house

It must be nice to be able to bowl up 90 minutes late to Casino Copenhagen, open your wallet and take out 50,000 Danish Kroner (something like the equivalent of $8,500, £6,000 or €6,700), grab your chips, find your seat, and have your eight table-mates quiver at your arrival. In...more

EPT Copenhagen: The warm up act

There's something about the appearance of Marc Karam in an EPT that reminds you that the Grand Final is fast approaching. Like a thoroughbred being raced as a prelude to a big show in the Derby, Karam's real effort always seems to come in the season finale where he's...more

EPT Copenhagen: An 'Exclusive' club

Noah Boeken wrote himself into the poker history books with a sensational victory at the first EPT event to be held in Copenhagen, back in January 2005. There he defeated a star-studded final table, including the EPT heavyweights Julian Thew and Ram Vaswani, and edged out the Hendon Mobster in...more

EPT Copenhagen: The first waltz. . .

Luca Pagano occupies one of the least favoured seats in the field today, immediately to the right of Portugal's Joao Barbosa. Needless to say Barbosa, who plays with an air of bewilderment, is re-raising his way to some early pots, forcing others out of the action; a plan used...more

EPT Copenhagen: Running good

"I'm not so aggressive anymore. I only play aces if they're suited." This was the Danish player, Peter Hedlund, toying with our preconceptions of what characterises the classic Scandinavian poker star. He took another swig from his glass of beer, smiled to the rail and continued: "Drink lots and aces...more

EPT Copenhagen Season 5 promo

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EPT Copenhagen: The start of a long one. . .

At one point yesterday it was touch and go as to whether I'd get to Copenhagen at all. Work related of course, all down to the 25th billionth hand being dealt on PokerStars which happened to flash up a few minutes before I was headed out the door. But...more

2009 Scandinavian Poker Awards highlights

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EPT Copenhagen: Into the fire

"The competition in Scandinavia is not like it is anywhere else in the world." These were the words of Peter Eastgate, spoken in Copenhagen, Denmark, tonight. Eastgate, for those cave-dwellers among us, is the man who made the journey from Scandinavia to Las Vegas last summer, then went back in...more

16 February

25 Billion Bash: Big hand ends with split pot, more prizes

In all the excitement leading up to PokerStars' 25 billionth hand, no one could've predicted how interesting the big hand would be. It happened in the early morning hours of Monday February 16th. PokerStars had given away hundreds of thousands of dollars in milestone hand money. All that remained was...more

Special Sunday Million with $2.5 Million guarantee leads to victory and $229K for Ferl0k

It was a special night for the Sunday Million. In the spirit of generosity and the anticipation of the celebration of reaching the 25 billionth hand of poker, PokerStars upped the ante on the Sunday Million, adding an additional $1 million to the prize pool promise. With $2.5 million guarantee...more

25 Billion Bash: Countdown live blog

Sometime within the next several hours PokerStars, the world's biggest online poker site, will deal its 25 billionth hand of poker. We have decided to count down from 24,900,000,000. Click refresh to see the latest information or visit our previous 25 Billion Bash coverage while you wait. 5:22am ET--25 billion...more

Mug 1515 downs a cool $143K in 25 Billion-enhanced Sunday Warm-up!

The PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up always draws a great crowd, but with the 25 Billion Hand promotion running the guarantee up to a staggering $1,250,000, that news brought a whopping 6,241 runners out of the woodwork this week to take their shot at a first prize that was over $150,000. With...more

25 Billion Bash: 16 to go

Wow. It has been quite an afternoon. Throughout the day, we have see around a quarter million people trying to hit the milestone millionth hands. We're now just 16 hands away from hitting the big one, and when we do, it's going to be a doozy. The winner will automatically...more

15 February

25 Billion Bash: Watch it happen

If you happen to be playing on PokerStars today (and, really, if you're not, you are missing out), you might have noticed the rotating message in the corner of the lobby looks a little bit different. Instead of telling you about the most recent EPT win or how you can...more

25 Billion Bash: Weekend of winners

Jenn415 is goal-oriented. That's never a bad thing to be if you are a poker player, but it's 100% required if your goals look like Jenn415's. Not only is she a no-limit high-stakes cash game regular on PokerStars, she also is gunning to be a Supernova Elite. That takes some...more

25 Billion Bash: Getting closer

PokerStars Sinistral7 was playing some cards on Thursday. "It was kind of a surreal experience," he said. He knew that PokerStars was running the 25 Billion Bash promotion, but he wasn't sure of all the particulars. "I wasn't even aware of the VIP multiplier or that the bonus was bigger...more

Get to know the Friends of PokerStars

Let's start Saturday off with a riddle. What do you get when you put together a famous actor, a baseball legend, a stock car driver, a legendary author, and a few top poker players? Answer #1: One very entertaining cocktail party. Answer #2: The Friends of PokerStars PokerStars just announced...more

13 February

25 Billion Bash: Milestones hit, guarantees going up

PokerStars simply gave away $86,054.84 yesterday. Just gave it away to people who were dealt into particular hands. In one notable hand, PokerStars handed $15,850 to a table when it played hand #24,862,000,000 Why? Well, if you're asking that question, you missed our big announcement about PokerStars' 25 Billion Bash....more

Stud: More about Adam

by Adam "STUDstood" Roberts In my recent blogs I have been trying to give you some sense of the various ways to help improve your game. Those include figuring out from what sources to learn, i.e. books, videos, television shows, teachers (both knowingly and otherwise), your own live and online...more

This week's Sunday Million highlights show

Watch Sunday Million Highlights 1: Feb 8, 2009 on PokerStars.tv...more

12 February

EPT Deauville winner Moritz Kranich, EPT Deauville, Season 5

Watch EPT Deauville S5: Final Table Winner Moritz Kranich (English) on PokerStars.tv...more

Interview with Arnaud Esquevin, EPT Deauville, Season 5

Watch EPT Deauville S5: Final Table Arnaud Esquevin (English) on PokerStars.tv...more

Interview wih Bruno Launais, EPT Deauville, Season 5

Watch EPT Deauville S5: Final Table Bruno Launais (English) on PokerStars.tv...more

Final table intro, EPT Deauville, Season 5

Watch EPT Deauville S5: Final Table Introduction (English) on PokerStars.tv...more

Interview with Jorn Walthaus, EPT Deauville, Season 5

Watch EPT Deauville S5: Interview with Jorn Walthaus Day 3 (English) on PokerStars.tv...more

Escarstay or escargot? EPT Deauville, Season 5

Watch EPT Deauville S5: Escarstay or Escargot? Day 3 (English) on PokerStars.tv...more

Interview with Tomas de Hoog, EPT Deauville, Season 2009

Watch EPT Deauville S5: Interview with Tomas De Hoog Day 3 (English) on PokerStars.tv...more

Interview with Mercedes Osti, EPT Deauville, Season 5

Watch EPT Deauville S5: Interview with Mercedes Osti Day 3 (English) on PokerStars.tv...more

More with David Ulliott, EPT Deauville, Season 5

Watch EPT Deauville S5: Interview with Devil Fish Day 3 (English) on PokerStars.tv...more

Deauville dealers, EPT Deauville, Season 5

Watch EPT Deauville S5: Deauville Dealers Day 2 (English) on PokerStars.tv...more

Introduction to Day 3, EPT Deauville, Season 5

Watch EPT Deauville S5: Introduction into Day 3 (English) on PokerStars.tv...more

Abstract poker, EPT Deauville, Season 5

Watch EPT Deauville S5: Abstract Poker Day 2 (English) on PokerStars.tv...more

Isabelle Mercier after the bubble, EPT Deauville, Season 5

Watch EPT Deauville S5: Isabelle Mercier post-bubble! Day 2 (English) on PokerStars.tv...more

Interview with Jesper Hougaard, EPT Deauville, Season 5

Watch EPT Deauville S5: Jesper Hougaard Day 2 (English) on PokerStars.tv...more

Day 2 interview with Tony Dobson, EPT Deauville, Season 5

Watch EPT Deauville S5: Tony Dobson Day 2 (English) on PokerStars.tv...more

Interview with Donovan Baer, EPT Deauville, Season 5

Watch EPT Deauville S5: Donovan Baer (English) on PokerStars.tv...more

Introduction to Day 2, EPT Deauville, Season 5

Watch EPT Deauville S5: Introduction into Day 2 (English) on PokerStars.tv...more

Interview with Tommi Etelapera, EPT Deauville, Season 5

Watch EPT Deauville S5: Interview with Tommi Etelapera Day 1b (English) on PokerStars.tv...more

Interview with David Ulliott, EPT Deauville, Season 5

Watch EPT Deauville S5: Interview with Devil Fish Day 1b on PokerStars.tv...more

Interview with Luca Pagano, EPT Deauville, Season 5

Watch EPT Deauville S5: Interview with Luca Pagano Day 1b (English) on PokerStars.tv...more

Interview with Arild Sletta, EPT Deauville, Season 5

Watch EPT Deauville S5: Interview with Arild Sletta Da y 1b (English) on PokerStars.tv...more

Interview with Gavin Griffin, EPT Deauville, Season 5

Watch EPT Deauville S5: Interview with Gavin Griffin Day 1b (English) on PokerStars.tv...more

Interview with Andy Black, EPT Deauville, Season 5

Watch EPT Deauville S5: Interview with Andy Black Day 1b on PokerStars.tv...more

Introduction to Day 1B, EPT Deauville, Season 5

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Inside their minds, EPT Deauville, Season 5

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Interview with Isabelle Mercier, EPT Deauville, Season 5

Watch EPT Deauville S5: Interview with Isabelle Mercier Day 1a on PokerStars.tv...more

Interview with Vanessa Rousso, EPT Deauville, Season 5

Watch EPT Deauville S5: Interview with Vanessa Rousso Day 1a on PokerStars.tv...more

Interview with Tony Cascarino, EPT Deauville, Season 5

Watch EPT Deauville S5: Interview with Tony Cascarino Day 1a on PokerStars.tv...more

Interview with Tony Dobson, EPT Deauville, Season 5

Watch EPT Deauville S5: Interview with Tony Dobson Day 1a on PokerStars.tv...more

Interview with ElkY, EPT Deauville, Season 5

Watch EPT Deauville S5: Interview with ElkY on Day 1a on PokerStars.tv...more

Intro to Day 1A, EPt Deauville, Season 5

Watch EPT Deauville S5: Introduction to Day 1a on PokerStars.tv...more

A taste of things to come, EPT Deauville, Season 5

Watch EPT Deauville S5: A taste of things to come on PokerStars.tv...more

Poorya Nazari wins PCA Main Event, PCA 2009

Watch PCA 09: Poorya Nazari wins the PCA Main Event on PokerStars.tv...more

Humberto Brenes swims with dolphins, PCA 2009

Watch PCA 09: Humberto and Qualifiers swim with the dolphins on PokerStars.tv...more

Bill Chen talks about rebuilding his roll, PCA 2009

Watch PCA: Bill Chen talks on rebuliding his roll on PokerStars.tv...more

Alex Gomes bust out interview, PCA 2009

Watch PCA 09: Gomes Bust Interview with Kara on PokerStars.tv...more

Final tablist Tony Gregg, PCA 2009

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Alex Gomes talks ahead of the final table, PCA 2009

Watch PCA 09: Alex Gomes Pre Final Table on PokerStars.tv...more

Lee Nelson and ElkY discuss ElkY's win, PCA 2009

Watch PCA 09: Lee Nelson and ElkY discuss ElkY's win on PokerStars.tv...more

Intro to the final table, PCA 2009

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Alex Gomes makes Day 4, PCA 2009

Watch PCA 09: Alex Gomes makes Day 4 on PokerStars.tv...more

Interview with Felipe Ramos, PCA 2009

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Interview with Hafiz Khan, PCA 2009

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Intro to Day 4, PCA 2009

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Interview with Kathy Liebert, PCA 2009

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Joe Hachem talks to ElkY after his High Roller victory, PCA 2009

Watch PCA 09: ElkY wins the High Roller Event on PokerStars.tv...more

PokerStars Poker Camp, PCA 2009

Watch PCA 09: PokerCamp during the PCA on PokerStars.tv...more

Gus Hansen talks about ElkY, PCA 2009

Watch PCA 09: Gus Hansen on ElkY on PokerStars.tv...more

Alex Gomes talks about his Day 3, PCA 2009

Watch PCA 09: Alex Gomes on his Day 3 of the PCA main event on PokerStars.tv...more

Interview with Benny Spindler, PCA 2009

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Vanessa Rousso video diary Jan 8, PCA 2009

Watch PCA 09: Vanessa's Vblog Jan 8th, Day 3 on PokerStars.tv...more

High Rollers' thoughts, PCA 2009

Watch PCA 09: Some High Rollers give us thier thoughts on PokerStars.tv...more

Lee Nelson on poker math, PCA 2009

Watch PCA 09: Lee Nelson on poker maths on PokerStars.tv...more

Interview with Victoria Coren, PCA 2009

Watch PCA 09: Coren makes Day 3 on PokerStars.tv...more

Intro to Day 3, PCA 2009

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Intro to Day 3, PCA 2009

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Intro to Day 3, PCA 2009

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Dealer's tales, PCA 2009

Watch PCA 09: Michelle Domsic - dealer tales on PokerStars.tv...more

Vanessa Rousso on playing the short stack, PCA 2009

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Interview with Ylon Schwartz, PCA 2009

Watch PCA 09: Ylon candidly talks about life post WSOP on PokerStars.tv...more

PEter Eastgate talks about life since winning the World Series, PCA 2009

Watch PCA 09: Peter Eastgate post WSOP victory on PokerStars.tv...more

Gavin Griffin on the lazy river, PCA 2009

Watch PCA 09: Griffin takes the plunge.. on PokerStars.tv...more

Table talk with Daniel Negreanu, PCA 2009

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Vanessa Rousso's video diary Jan 7, PCA 2009

Watch PCA 09: Vanessa's Vblog Jan 7th 2009 (Day 2) on PokerStars.tv...more

Jason Mercier in the high roller event, PCA 2009

Watch PCA 09: Jason Mercier High Roller on PokerStars.tv...more

Chad Brown on handling bust outs

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Steve Paul Ambrose on PLO, PCA 2009

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Intro to Day 2, PCA 2009

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Alex Gomes heads for Day 2, PCA 2009

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Vanessa Rousso's video blog, Jan 6, PCA 2009

Watch PCA 09: Vanessa's Vblog Jan 6th 2009 (Day 1b) on PokerStars.tv...more

Peter Eastgate's tips on playing fish, PCA 2009

Watch PCA 09: Eastgate's tips on playing with fish on PokerStars.tv...more

Chad Brown on bad beats, PCA 2009

Watch PCA 09: Chad Brown on resolve after a beat on PokerStars.tv...more

Interview with Brandon Schaefer, PCA 2009

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Defending champ ElkY at PCA 2009

Watch PCA 09: Elky the defending champion on PokerStars.tv...more

Katja Thater at the PCA, PCA 2009

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Day 1B intro, PCA 2009

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Victor Ramdin at the pool table, PCA 2009

Watch PCA 09: Victor Ramden Poolside.... on PokerStars.tv...more

Hevad Khan's ride on the lazy river, PCA 2009

Watch PCA 09: Hevad's lazy river on PokerStars.tv...more

Andre Akarri talks about his year, PCA 2009

Watch PCA 09: Andre Akkari on his year on PokerStars.tv...more

Vanessa Rousso's video diary Jan 5, PCA 2009

Watch PCA 09: Vanessa's Vblog Jan 5th 2009 on PokerStars.tv...more

Interview with Maria Mayrinck, PCA 2009

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Boris Becker on Battle Boris, PCA 2009

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Interview with Alex Gomes, PCA 2009

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Interview with Derek Pasuuarella, PCA 2009

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The welcome party, PCA 2009

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Interview with Barry Greenstein, PCA 2009

Watch PCA 09: Barry Greenstein on Day 1a on PokerStars.tv...more

Day 1A intro, PCA 2009

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A sample of the PCA field, PCA 2009

Watch PCA 09: A sample of the PCA field.. on PokerStars.tv...more

Vanessa Rousso's video blog, Jan 4, PCA 2009

Watch PCA 09: Vanessa's Vblog Jan 4th 2009 on PokerStars.tv...more

Victoria Coren arrives in paradise, PCA 2009

Watch PCA 09: Victoria Coren arrives in paradise on PokerStars.tv...more

ElkY and Tom McEvoy discuss a key hand from last year, PCA 2009

Watch PCA 09: Hand analysis from 2008 Final Table on PokerStars.tv...more

A taste of things to come, PCA 2009

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The final table winner. EPT Prague, Season 5

Watch EPT Prague S5: Final Table Winner on PokerStars.tv...more

Poker Aid! EPT Prague, Season 5

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Best and worst Xmas presents, EPT Prague, Season 5

Watch EPT Prague S5: Best and worse christmas presents. on PokerStars.tv...more

Final table tension, EPT Prague, Season 5

Watch EPT Prague S5: Final Table Tension on PokerStars.tv...more

What the players want for Xmas, EPT Prague, Season 5

Watch EPT Prague S5: Christmas gifts the Players Want on PokerStars.tv...more

Interview with Andrew Chen, EPT Prague, Season 5

Watch EPT Prague S5: Interview with Andrew Chen Final Table on PokerStars.tv...more

Interview with Raul Mestre, EPT Prague, Season 5

Watch EPT Prague S5: Interview with Raul Mestre Final Table on PokerStars.tv...more

Inside their minds, EPT Prague, Season 5

Watch EPT Prague: Inside their minds Day 3 on PokerStars.tv...more

Kara Scott walks the floor, EPT Prague, Season 5

Watch EPT Prague S5: Kara Scott with the players. on PokerStars.tv...more

The art of live event poker management, EPT Prague, Season 5

Watch EPT Prague S5: EPT Live Event Management. on PokerStars.tv...more

Behind the scenes at EPT Live, EPT Prague, Season 5

Watch EPT Prague S5: Behind the scenes at the EPT Live on PokerStars.tv...more

There's only Juan Maceiras, EPT Prague, Season 5

Watch EPT Prague S5: Juan Maceiras Day 3 on PokerStars.tv...more

EPT goes Film Noir, EPT Prague, Season 5

Watch EPT Prague: EPT Noir Day 3 on PokerStars.tv...more

Interview with John Riley, EPT Prague, Season 5

Watch EPT Prague S5: Interview with John Riley Day 3 on PokerStars.tv...more

Introduction to Day 3, EPT Prague, Season 5

Watch EPT Prague S5: Day 3 Introduction on PokerStars.tv...more

Interview with Arnaud Mattern, EPT Prague, Season 5

Watch EPT Prague S5:Interview with Arnuad Mattern Day 2 (English) on PokerStars.tv...more

Kara Scott interviews Mike Martin, EPT Prague, Season 5

Watch EPT Prague S5: Kara and Mike Martin Day 2 on PokerStars.tv...more

Interview with Mike McDonald, EPT Prague, Season 5

Watch EPT Prague S5: Interview with Mike McDonald Day 2 on PokerStars.tv...more

Interview with Martin Klaser, EPT Prague, Season 5

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Interview with Chris Moorman, EPT Prague, Season 5

Watch EPT Prague S5: Interview with Chris Moorman Day 2 on PokerStars.tv...more

Introduction to Day 2, EPT Prague, Season 5

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Interview with Iliodoros Kamataki, EPT Prague, Season 5

Watch EPT Prague S5: Pre Play Interview with Iliodoros Kamataki Day 2 (English) on PokerStars.tv...more

Players reveal the Xmas gifts they have received over the table, EPT Prague, Season 5

Watch EPT Prague S5: Christmas Gifts on PokerStars.tv...more

Interview with Joao Barbosa, EPT Prague, Season 5

Watch EPT Prague S5: Interview with Joao Barbosa Day 1b on PokerStars.tv...more

Interview with Matt Kay, EPT Prague, Season 5

Watch EPT Prague S5: Interview with Matt Kay Day 1b on PokerStars.tv...more

Part II: Interview with William Fry, EPT Prague, Season 5

Watch EPT Prague S5: Interview with William Fry Part 2 Day 1b on PokerStars.tv...more

Part I: Interview with William Fry, EPT Prague, Season 5

Watch EPT Prague S5: Interview with William Fry Part 1 Day 1b on PokerStars.tv...more

Interview with Peter Eastgate, EPT Prague, Season 5

Watch EPT Prague S5: Interview with Peter Eastgate Day 1b on PokerStars.tv...more

Introduction to Day 1B, EPT Prague, Season 5

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Interview with Christian Grundtvig, EPT Prague, Seaon 5

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Interview with Christian Oman, EPT Prague, Season 5

Watch EPT Prague S5: Interview with Christian Oman Day 1b on PokerStars.tv...more

Interview with Lukas Schwartz, EPT Prague, Season 5

Watch EPT Prague 08: Interview with Lukas Schwartz Day 1a on PokerStars.tv...more

The EPT Prague, Season 5, bust out guide

Watch EPT Prague: Siktilt's Bust Out Guide on PokerStars.tv...more

Interview with Phil Hepburn, EPT Prague, Season 5

Watch EPT Prague 08: Interview with Phil Hepburn Day 1a on PokerStars.tv...more

Interview with Dominykas Karmazinas, EPT Prague, Season 5

Watch EPT Prague 08: Interview with Dominykas Karmazinas Day 1a on PokerStars.tv...more

Interview with Ilan Rouah, EPT Prague, Season 5

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Interview with Anthony Lellouche, EPT Prague, Season 5

Watch EPT Prague 08: Interview with Antony Lellouche Day 1a on PokerStars.tv...more

Introduction to Day 1 at EPT Prague, Season 5

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Luca Pagano prepares for Day 1 at EPT Prague, Season 5

Watch EPT Prague 08: Luca Pagano Day 1a on PokerStars.tv...more

Promo video EPT Prague, Season 5

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11 February

Celebrate the 25 Billion Bash with PokerStars

It's well known that McDonald's gave up on on counting burgers served a long time ago. Now, if you look at a sign under the golden arches, you will see the simple "billions and billions served." PokerStars has not given up on counting. The people with the calculators tell us...more

10 February

Get ready for the The Online Poker Show

You've played in the Sunday Million. You've watched people play the final table out live. Now, you're going to see how the winners collect the big money. Starting February 16, you're going to see the Sunday majors on PokerStars in a whole new way. PokerStars.tv, your video portal to all...more

9 February

LAPT looking to go south...really south

Who wouldn't want to go to a place known as the "Happy City?" PokerStars has just announced a final addition to the LAPT season 2 schedule. This one is going to take us to the luxurious Mar del Plata, Argentina. Known across South America and the world for its hospitality...more

PokerStars Sunday Tournament Results 2-8-09

With the Super Bowl behind us, Punxsutawney Phil refusing to cooperate, and six more weeks of winter ahead of us, we should've expected the huge fields in this weekend's big tournaments. It's safe to say, no one was disappointed with the size of the prize pools in this weekend's big...more

THE_ALPACA Herds the table and grabs a Sunday Million title

There isn't much significance to February 8. It's a week before Valentine's Day, a week after the Super Bowl, and it doesn't conflict with too many major tournament series on the global circuit. What does make it significant is that it's a Sunday, and Sundays are always major on PokerStars....more

8 February

Watte No Longer: Watte takes down Sunday Warm-Up

This maybe a bold prediction, but the Sunday Warm-up may become the Sunday Warm-up Million by the end of the year with more and more players entering this "early" $215 buy-in tournament. Tonight 4,394 players lined up to take their shot at a six figure score, creating a $878,800.00 prize...more

7 February

ANZPT Adelaide: Online qualifier triumphant

Karl Krautschneider with the money, the hand, the chips and the trophy Melbourne-based Karl Krautschneider has taken the title for the inaugural PokerStars.net ANZPT event at the SKYCITY Casino in Adelaide. Karl rarely let the lead slip at any time on the final table, eliminating most of the other eight...more

ANZPT Adelaide: Krautschneider wins title and $170,215

His hand made a flush, and now Aussie Karl Krautschneider - who got here for just $33 in a PokerStars qualifier - is flush with cash after winning the first ANZPT event in Adelaide. The seven of clubs, a card he will remember for a long time, made his flush...more

ANZPT Adelaide: Heads up - now for the big money

Down to the final two Karl Krautschneider has been eliminating most of the players from this final table and has therefore commanded the majority of the chips. Tony managed to close that gap slightly by busting Daniel. Here's where they stood at that point: Karl Krautschneider, Aus, PokerStars qualifier, 2,454,000...more

6 February

ANZPT Adelaide: Final table action

3:30pm - Daniel builds, then... Three-way action and Daniel comes out of the blocks racing. He makes some great hands against Tony and then takes chips from Karl. He passes Tony for the second in chips position. Then one of those classic match-up hands. Daniel has top pair on the...more

ANZPT Adelaide: Hand 1 and there's no waiting today

Sit down, shake hands, get introduced by David the poker room manager, high card for the button, first hand, let Bruno Potaro raise the blinds, check your hand, see A-K, raise yourself, see Bruno contemplate then go all-in with 7-7, call, see the board come 3-J-J-8-T. Shake hands again, get...more

ANZPT Adelaide: Final table ready to go

The final table will begin shortly here at the PokerStars ANZPT event in Adelaide. Blinds will be wound back one level to 6,000-12,000 Here are the triumphant nine hoping to take the $170,000 first prize: Seat 1: Bruno Potaro, Melbourne, Australia, 552,000 This is the great survival story of the...more

ANZPT Adelaide: Final table set

We're down to the final table of the ANZPT Adelaide event - and the nine players will be back tomorrow to slug it out for the bumper $170,215 that comes with first place. Spare a thought for Tian Shou, the day's early chip leader, who went out in tenth, one...more

Stud: A little background

by Adam "STUDstood" Roberts I would like to discuss the best ways to hone your game, to become a better poker player. But first, this week I'd like to fill you in a little on my own history, to give the discussion some context. I think my poker career...more

ANZPT Adelaide: Chip count Day 2 - 18 in the money

Into level 17 and the bubble boy has just been eliminated - step forward Emad Tahtouh, the PokerStars sponsored player who finished 19th and just one play out from the money. The remaining players are guaranteed to get $5,870, which is the payout for all those finishing from 14th to...more

ANZPT Adelaide: Nearing the money

The dreaded bubble approaches! We've got 21 players left, and only 18 of them will get paid. You do the math: it means three of them will go home empty-handed. None of that should concern Bruno Potaro, who has moved into the lead with 430,000 in chips. James Broom has...more

ANZPT Adelaide: Table 1 the place to be if you want to win

Just in front of where we sit is Table 1, one of two tables that will not be broken today. Even now, at this early stage, the chips there make it look like a final table: Seat 1 Tian Shou 383,000 Seat 3 Nobbi Tanaka 140,000 Seat 5 Julius Colman...more

ANZPT Adelaide: Hot inside and outside

Obviously you know it can get fairly hot in Australia, but right now we're sweltering in a 43-degree heatwave that has even the most hardy of locals in a sweat. Outiside everyone is keeping to the shade, trying to stay out of the hot spots. It is the same inside...more

ANZPT Adelaide: Chip count Level 12 Day 2

At the end of level 12 (the third level of today) we are down to 43 runners with an average of about 100,000 chips. There have been many moves up the list, as James Obst takes the lead on table one with over 245,000. On the same table is Julius...more

5 February

ANZPT Adelaide: Early Day 2

It's early in day two at the ANZPT Adelaide tournament and the numbers are already dwindling. Of the 77 who started, there are now just 56 left shortly before the end of the day's second level. Those we have loved and lost include Diego Walsh, Steven Downing, Andrew Demetriou, Joel...more

ANZPT Adelaide: Chip count end of Day 1

The survivors of Day 1B will now combine with those who came through Day 1A to form a new field for Day 2. That means 77 come back to fight on for the ANZPT Adelaide crown. Click here to see the latest counts....more

ANZPT Adelaide: End of Flight 2 and a new chip leader

The key word for the second of two Day 1 flights of the ANZPT event in Adelaide was calm. Day 1A had a field that included many satellite winners from the casino, and they were not shy in pushing there chips around, often ending in disaster (ie elimination!). Today, however,...more

ANZPT Adelaide: Prize pool announced - Adelaide record

It has recently been announced that the 215 players have contributed to a SKYCITY Adelaide casino record poker prize pool of $586,950.00. The ultimate survivor will collect $170,215.00 and the last man/woman to be knocked out will take home $111,520.00. The payouts go down to 18th with 14th-18th collecting $5,870.00....more

ANZPT Adelaide: Words from the felt

PokerStars qualifier and Australian online poker phenomenon Tony 'Bond21' Dunst has been doing some sterling work while playing today. On a table that includes PokerStars sponsored Tony Hachem and well known Sydney player Joel Dodds, Tony decided he wanted to give us his thoughts. He took the pad and began...more

ANZPT Adelaide: Chip count

As the day proceeds eventually some of the players have to give up their seats so we can get on with finding a winner. With 37 minutes to go in the 6th level we are down to 85 out of the days 111 entrants. The average stack is 26,100 A...more

ANZPT Adelaide: Poker players from two different backgrounds pull ahead

Just a quick aside local identity Paul "The Virus" Ravesi has finally graced the tournament with his presence well into level 3. He joins an already spirited Table 1 including Sam Khouiss and Mike "Timex" McDonald. Paul sat down, naturally his blinds had been removed from the stack but he...more

4 February

ANZPT Adelaide: Day 1 Flight 2 nearly full

Day 1 Flight 2 of Adelaide's ANZPT Main Event has started in a very quiet way. It is as if today's players are the contemplative type as opposed to yesterday's field dominated by local casino satellite qualifiers, 60 in total out of the 104 field. Scanning the room I can...more

ANZPT Adelaide: At the bell there are still 37 in the ring

The first day of the PokerStars-sponsored ANZPT Main Event began with 104 players sitting down for the 12:15pm "shuffle up and deal" announcement performed by Team PokerStars Pro Joe Hachem. The poker room at the SKYCITY casino in Adelaide has 12 poker tables, all of which were initially in use....more

ANZPT Adelaide: Broom starts to clear a space

In the last few levels of the tournament here in Adelaide, James Broom has started to stamp his mark on the leader board and begin to thin the field in his wake. Springing from relative obscurity, James started to produce some money results in 2006 and 2007 at CROWN casino....more

ANZPT Adelaide: Chip count at dinner

We started with 104 players at 12:20pm today, but the structure is very player friendly and each level is played for one hour. At the dinner break, some 60 minutes, we have completed six levels of play and the remainig entrants number 67. The next level requires a 75 ante...more

3 February

ANZPT Adelaide: Let the chips fly

In nearly all poker tournaments the players gather just outside the tournament area swapping stories exclusively about poker and mostly about bad beats before the event is due to start. It's no different on the first floor of the SKYCITY Adelaide casino this morning. Old stagers mix with "young guns",...more

ANZPT Adelaide: Train stations, churches and red wine

The inaugural PokerStars ANZPT - Australia New Zealand Poker Tour - kicks off in the delightful capital of the Australian state of South Australia, Adelaide. Adelaide is the fifth largest city in Australia, population now officially over 1.2 million. European colonisation starting in the mid 1830s with the English looking...more

vballbobbi: 100 FPPs enough for $100K

The lady who goes by the name vballbobbi should've been playing golf. The weather in Texas was great on that Sunday afternoon. There was only one earthly excuse for her to stay inside instead of hitting the links. "I decided to stay home and play the tourney instead," the young...more

2 February

PokerStars Sunday tournament results (2-1-09)

PokerStars is a worldwide poker table. We are the first to admit and understand that the Super Bowl is not the biggest sporting event in the world. With that concession, there was no greater sporting event yesterday than the Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Arizona Cardinals match, one already being described as...more

huztlerCrew scores Super Bowl Sunday Million win

As the Pittsburgh Steelers hit the field to take on the Arizona Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII, 7,513 players sat down to take their shot at a six-figure payday in the Sunday Million, creating a prize pool of $1,502,600. Two members of Team PokerStars Pro were among the 1,080 players...more

1 February

Wurevolution wins epic heads-up battle in Super Sunday Warm-Up!

It was definitely a super Sunday Warm-Up this week at PokerStars, as over 4,000 players logged on to battle their way towards a $105,000 top prize and the Sunday Warm-Up title. A whopping 585 players made the money this week, with the big money reserved for our final table players....more

RPT St Petersburg: From zero to $300,000 hero

When you start a final table as the short stack, you have two real choices: show no fear and go for the win, no matter how unlikely, or exert minimal risk and hope to climb a few cash positions. Oleg Suntsov was in just this sticky spot yesterday, starting the...more

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