August 2009

31 August

2009 WCOOP Preview Show

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2009 WCOOP: Barry and Behind the Scenes

You may not know Bryan Slick, but you know his work. To put a finer point on it, you know what he calls, "his baby." Slick is the man in charge of making sure $40,000,000 worth of poker tournaments go off without a hitch. Slick runs WCOOP from an underground...more

PokerStars Sunday tournament results (8-30-09)

I'm not sure about you, but I can't sleep. My nights are filled with stuttering dreams of big wins, sick rivers, and life-changing money. It's like Christmas Eve for a Midwestern American five-year-old. WCOOP is here. Almost. This Thursday starts the biggest online tournament series in the world. And lemme...more

angiebug4 crept into the 8/30 Sunday Million winner's circle

What a Sunday! First of all, it was the last Sunday of the month, which presented players with an extra opportunity. The Battle of the Planets $50,000 Triple Shootout offers the top sit-n-go players of the month a chance at an astounding end-of-month freeroll, and there were 602 players who...more

30 August

See me win $120K, CuCbKu takes down Sunday Warm-Up

With the WCOOP on everyone's mind and players looking to grab some extra bankroll cash for the two and a half week long extravaganza starting September 3rd 4,100 showed up at the cashier's window for tonight's $750,000 guarantee Sunday Warm-up. With a prize pool of $820,000.00 and $128,740.00 of that...more

patsaiyan passes all in Battle of the Planets Triple Shootout win

Over 600 SnG players (602 to be exact) from all walks of bankrolls gathered here at PokerStars this Sunday for the monthly running of the Battle of the Planets $50,000 triple shootout freeroll. One such SnG player has been featured on the PokerStarsBlog page for his epic quest to turn...more

APPT Macau: Poker earning its stripes in the east

This is the third year that the PokerStars.net Asia Pacific Poker Tour has visited the world's gaming capital Macau, and with each visit has come more milestones and records. In 2007, it was the first No Limit Hold'em tournament to be played in the People's Republic of China. Last...more

APPT Macau: Level 27 updates (final table)

Live updates from day 3 of the PokerStars.net APPT Macau Main Event brought to you by Sean Callander and Landon Blackhall from PokerStars Macau at the Grand Lisboa Hotel and Casino. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be found by...more

APPT Macau: Level 26 updates (final table)

Live updates from day 3 of the PokerStars.net APPT Macau Main Event brought to you by Sean Callander and Landon Blackhall from PokerStars Macau at the Grand Lisboa Hotel and Casino. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be found by...more

APPT Macau: Level 25 updates (final table)

Live updates from day 3 of the PokerStars.net APPT Macau Main Event brought to you by Sean Callander and Landon Blackhall from PokerStars Macau at the Grand Lisboa Hotel and Casino. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be found by...more

APPT Macau: Level 24 updates (final table)

Live updates from day 3 of the PokerStars.net APPT Macau Main Event brought to you by Sean Callander and Landon Blackhall from PokerStars Macau at the Grand Lisboa Hotel and Casino. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be found by...more

APPT Macau: Level 23 updates (final table)

Live updates from day 3 of the PokerStars.net APPT Macau Main Event brought to you by Sean Callander and Landon Blackhall from PokerStars Macau at the Grand Lisboa Hotel and Casino. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be found by...more

APPT Macau: Level 22 updates (final table)

Live updates from the final table of the PokerStars.net APPT Macau Main Event brought to you by Sean Callander and Landon Blackhall from PokerStars Macau at the Grand Lisboa Hotel and Casino. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be found...more

APPT Macau: Level 21 updates (final table)

Live updates from the final table of the PokerStars.net APPT Macau Main Event brought to you by Sean Callander and Landon Blackhall from PokerStars Macau at the Grand Lisboa Hotel and Casino. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be found...more

29 August

APPT Macau: Final table profiles

Seat 1: Dermot Blain, Dublin, Ireland (507,000 in chips): Having switched to playing poker full time from his original job as a sales manager, the 25-year-old resident of Dublin said that he has only won a few small tournaments live and online. He took up poker a few years...more

APPT Macau: Local favourite leads field into final table

A massive day of action at PokerStars Macau in the Grand Lisboa Hotel and Casino has ended with the final table decided for the 2009 PokerStars.net APPT Main Event. Despite a star-studded field that included four WSOP Main Event champions and numerous Team PokerStars Pros, it will be a...more

APPT Macau: Level 22-23 updates

Live updates from day 3 of PokerStars.net APPT Macau Main Event brought to you by Sean Callander and Landon Blackhall from PokerStars Macau at the Grand Lisboa Hotel and Casino. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be found by clicking...more

APPT Macau: Level 21 updates

Live updates from day 3 of PokerStars.net APPT Macau Main Event brought to you by Sean Callander and Landon Blackhall from PokerStars Macau at the Grand Lisboa Hotel and Casino. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be found by clicking...more

APPT Macau: Level 20 updates

Live updates from day 3 of PokerStars.net APPT Macau Main Event brought to you by Sean Callander and Landon Blackhall from PokerStars Macau at the Grand Lisboa Hotel and Casino. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be found by clicking...more

APPT Macau: Level 19 updates

Live updates from day 3 of PokerStars.net APPT Macau Main Event brought to you by Sean Callander and Landon Blackhall from PokerStars Macau at the Grand Lisboa Hotel and Casino. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be found by clicking...more

APPT Macau: Level 18 updates

Live updates from day 3 of PokerStars.net APPT Macau Main Event brought to you by Sean Callander and Landon Blackhall from PokerStars Macau at the Grand Lisboa Hotel and Casino. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be found by clicking...more

APPT Macau: Level 17 updates

Live updates from day 3 of PokerStars.net APPT Macau Main Event brought to you by Sean Callander and Landon Blackhall from PokerStars Macau at the Grand Lisboa Hotel and Casino. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be found by clicking...more

APPT Macau: Level 16 updates

Live updates from day 3 of PokerStars.net APPT Macau Main Event brought to you by Sean Callander and Landon Blackhall from PokerStars Macau at the Grand Lisboa Hotel and Casino. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be found by clicking...more

28 August

APPT Macau: High stakes in global gaming capital

As we head towards the big money in the PokerStars.net APPT Macau Main Event, it's only appropriate to take a quick look at how Macau became the world's gaming capital - yes, it turns over more money than Las Vegas. It's hard to imagine two more diverse cities than...more

Italian Poker Tour back in San Remo

Ah, San Remo. It was as if we'd barely left ye. Between the EPT and the first generation of the Italian Poker Tour, it's as if San Remo has become our home away from hotels. That's right. Italy's top poker tour is back for another stop in the land that...more

EPT London looking for some ladies

Though we haven't mentioned this to our wives and significant others (for perfectly legitimate reasons) Europe's biggest city is not short on women. Not that we have noticed (because we never look and would turn our head away if one were pointed out to us), but they seem to be...more

World Cup of Poker VI moves to regionals

Like a train full of coal (or a poker player after a Vegas buffet), it takes a lot of effort to get the World Cup of Poker moving. Deciding who will fight for national pride and nearly $300,000 is a slow and sometimes lumbering process. But, like the train, once...more

APPT Macau: Cheong on song heading into day three

By Landon Blackhall The final 42 players have been decided for day three of the 2009 PokerStars.net APPT Macau Main Event after a gripping day at PokerStars Macau in the Grand Lisboa Hotel and Casino. After eight one-hour levels, the field was slashed by more than 75 per cent...more

APPT Macau: Level 15 updates

Live updates from day 2 of PokerStars.net APPT Macau Main Event brought to you by Sean Callander and Landon Blackhall from PokerStars Macau at the Grand Lisboa Hotel and Casino. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be found by clicking...more

APPT Macau: Level 14 updates

Live updates from day 2 of PokerStars.net APPT Macau Main Event brought to you by Sean Callander and Landon Blackhall from PokerStars Macau at the Grand Lisboa Hotel and Casino. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be found by clicking...more

APPT Macau: Level 13 updates

Live updates from day 2 of PokerStars.net APPT Macau Main Event brought to you by Sean Callander and Landon Blackhall from PokerStars Macau at the Grand Lisboa Hotel and Casino. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be found by clicking...more

APPT Macau: Level 12 updates

Live updates from day 2, level 12 (blinds 1200-2400, ante 300) of PokerStars.net APPT Macau Main Event brought to you by Sean Callander and Landon Blackhall from PokerStars Macau at the Grand Lisboa Hotel and Casino. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip...more

APPT Macau: Level 11 updates

Live updates from day 2, level 11 (blinds 800-1600, ante 200) of PokerStars.net APPT Macau Main Event brought to you by Sean Callander and Landon Blackhall from PokerStars Macau at the Grand Lisboa Hotel and Casino. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip...more

APPT Macau: Level 10 updates

Live updates from day 2, level 10 (blinds 800-1600, ante 200) of PokerStars.net APPT Macau Main Event brought to you by Sean Callander and Landon Blackhall from PokerStars Macau at the Grand Lisboa Hotel and Casino. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip...more

APPT Macau: Level 9 updates

Live updates from day 2, level 9 (blinds 600-1200, ante 100) of PokerStars.net APPT Macau Main Event brought to you by Sean Callander and Landon Blackhall from PokerStars Macau at the Grand Lisboa Hotel and Casino. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip...more

APPT Macau: Level 8 updates

Live updates from day 2, level 8 (blinds 500-1000, ante 100) of PokerStars.net APPT Macau Main Event brought to you by Sean Callander and Landon Blackhall from PokerStars Macau at the Grand Lisboa Hotel and Casino. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip...more

27 August

APPT Macau: Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines!

Macau is home to one of the most iconic events on the world's sporting calendar each year, not that many outside a core of enthusiasts know of its existence. Each November, the streets of the city roar to life to the sound of racing cars representing the four corners...more

2009 WCOOP: Katja loves September

Okay, folks. One week from today, it happens. We get into the World Championship of Online Poker like it's our job (which incidentally, for many of us, it is). One person who is particularly excited is Team PokerStars Pro Katja Thater. WCOOP is appointment poker for her (and just happens...more

APPT Macau: Day 2 seat draw

PokerStars.net APPT Macau Main Event day 2 seat draw Table 1 Seat 1: Dennis Huntly (Australia) 4400 Seat 2: Yik Hei Lo (Hong Kong) 34,700 Seat 3: Jaime Ballester (Spain) PokerStars Qualifier 29,400 Seat 4: Shen Yu (China) PokerStars Macau Satellite Winner 6100 Seat 5: Wing Leung (Andrew) Chung...more

APPT Macau: Chiang leads day 1C, Myhre still on top

We've reached the end of the beginning in the 2009 PokerStars.net APPT Macau Main Event, with the last of the three day one flights consigned to history and the day two field decided. A total of 196 players will return to PokerStars Macau at the Grand Lisboa Hotel and...more

APPT Macau: Mahjong man welcomes new challenge

Players in the PokerStars.net APPT Macau Main Event at the Grand Lisboa Hotel and Casino are taking their final break for the day, meaning there's just one-hour left before the day two line-up is finalised. Day 1C started with 185, with almost half (86) sent to the rail in...more

APPT Macau: Hachem lops the legs off 'Final Table'

By Landon Blackhall It's still been tough going in the PokerStars.net APPT Macau Main Event with some of the PokerStars contingent finding it hard to gain traction. Team Asia's Celina Lin and PokerStars Pro Lee "Final Table" Nelson have been struggling to find hands, down to 12,500 and 6000...more

APPT Macau: Poker spotlight firmly focussed on Grand Lisboa

By Landon Blackhall and Sean Callander When the Grand Lisboa opened in 2007, the mould for everything that came before in Macau had been shattered. The excitement of the Grand Lisboa opening had barely subsided when new broke that the property would also become home to the new "PokerStars...more

APPT Macau: Record prizepool for Asian event confirmed

The numbers have just been confirmed for the 2009 PokerStars.net APPT Macau Main Event at the Grand Lisboa Hotel and Casino, with a field of 429 players. That's down from last year's figure of 538 but with a buy-in HKD $15,000 higher than 2008, the prizepool of more than...more

APPT Macau: Hello old friend, nice to see you again

Two years ago, UK-based Vietnamese player Dinh Le wrote himself into the Asian poker history books when he won the first APPT Macau Main Event, worth USD $222,640. Le, who earned the nickname "All-in" thanks to his fearless aggression, claimed the scalp of 2005 WSOP champion Joe Hachem on...more

APPT Macau: One step for man, a giant leap for Asian poker

We've just witnessed another historic moment in Asian poker history at an official ceremony to open day 1C of the PokerStars.net APPT Macau Main Event at the Grand Lisboa Hotel and Casino. Dignitaries including Sociedade de Jogos de Macau (SJM) Director and Chief Operating Officer Mr Louis Ng and...more

26 August

APPT Macau: A recipe for success

It's amazing what can be achieved with some full cream milk, whipped cream, castor sugar, egg yolks and some puff pastry. Let me introduce you to one of Macau's hidden treasures - the Portuguese egg tart. One of the many manifestations of European culture in this former Portuguese colony,...more

Dustin 'Doc Holatcha' Sitar interview

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2009 WCOOP: Doc Holatchya hollas

The Excalibur has launched an untold number of poker players' careers. And by untold, we mean at least one and perhaps a few more. Most notable of those people who sat down at the felts for $2-$5 spread games under the spires of Las Vegas' Camelot is a man named...more

APPT Macau: Scandi steamrolls his way to chip lead

The girls from Tokyo Nights, one of the shows here at the Grand Lisboa Hotel and Casino, have just made their nightly parade past PokerStars Macau, meaning we must be into the final hands of the night on day 1B of the 2009 PokerStars.net APPT Macau Main Event. The...more

APPT Macau: Standing room only

By Landon Blackhall Any sceptics who question the potential for poker in Asia should take a walk through PokerStars Macau at the Grand Lisboa Hotel and Casino this evening. There's a nice crowd playing on the baccarat tables, but the poker room is the heart of the action; abuzz...more

APPT Macau: Rahme removed; Myhre on the march

Team PokerStars Pro Raymond Rahme has been eliminated from the APPT Macau Main Event, ending his all-too-brief stay at PokerStars Macau and the Grand Lisboa Hotel and Casino. The story of Rahme's demise started with a raise from middle position to 800, Team PokerStars Pro Chris Moneymaker re-raised to...more

APPT Macau: Slow road in China

By Landon Blackhall and Sean Callander The second of the three day-one flights here at PokerStars.net APPT Macau Main Event at PokerStars Macau in the Grand Lisboa Hotel and Casino is slowly taking shape, well, very slowly. Just 18 of the 125 players have been sent to the rail...more

APPT Macau: Time for intervention as sleeping giant stirs

By Landon Blackhall and Sean Callander Poker has found an Asian home in Macau, with players nearby markets such as the Philippines, Thailand, Singapore, Taiwan, Japan and Korea also picking up on the game that is sweeping the planet. But there's another Asian country that is being touted as...more

APPT Macau: Moneymaker's appeal crosses all borders

By Landon Blackhall and Sean Callander The big names are taking it easy during the early stages of day 1B of the PokerStars.net APPT Macau Main Event, here at PokerStars Macau in the Grand Lisboa Hotel and Casino. TeamPokerStars Pros Chris Moneymaker and Raymond Rahme, who surprised everyone when...more

APPT Macau: Ruins to riches, welcome to day 1B

If there's an ideal time to take a leisurely walk around Macau, it's in the early morning, before the humidity kicks-in and the city comes to life. To be honest, this is a city that never really sleeps - more than a few insomniacs could be seen squinting their...more

25 August

Weekly Dose: Negreanu Frenchy?

The gauntlet? Yeah, that's it on the ground there. It's been thrown. Imagine this: three men in middle America in the middle of a birthday celebration that take time out of their party to call out Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu. Last week, the PokerStars Blog debuted the Weekly Dose,...more

APPT: Seoul under construction

A good friend of mine once said any home improvement project should be planned by the Rule of Threes. It will be three times more difficult to complete than you expect. It will cost three times as much as you budget for it. It will take three times as long...more

APPT Macau: Demes the dominator on day 1A

By Landon Blackhall and Sean Callander We started with the traditional changing of the mask and finished with the traditional bagging of the chips - the 2009 PokerStars.net Asian Pacific Poker Tour is off and running after the first of three day one flights in the APPT Macau Main...more

APPT Macau: Famine for most, feast for Steicke

APPT tournament director Danny McDonagh has just announced that there will be just one more level of play this evening, making a total of seven for the opening day of the PokerStars.net APPT Macau Main Event. Good deal for the remaining 71 players, who'll be able to start making...more

APPT Macau: Teammates in another test of loyalty

By Landon Blackhall PokerStars.net Team Australia Pros Eric Assadourian and Emad Tahtouh are good friends, but when it comes to big events (particularly on the APPT) they've had more than their share of battles. In the first year of the APPT, they both made the final table of the...more

APPT Macau: Lin rides poker's new wave in Asia

By Landon Blackhall and Sean Callander Amid the rapid growth of poker in Asia, Taiwan counts as a newcomer on the scene. However, it's widely recognised as one of the boom markets in Asian poker, as reflected by a sizeable delegation from the island, which lies off the south-east...more

APPT Macau: Smoke 'em if ya got 'em

Poker players who travel the world become accustomed to the quirks of playing in different countries, where the rules are mostly the same with the odd local variant. Here at the Grand Lisboa, players are warned to be extremely careful about betting out of turn, as any chips that...more

APPT Macau: Steicke v Chan, a clash for the ages

By Landon Blackhall, level 1 update Though the locals have come out in force this year for the PokerStars.net APPT day one flight, the internationals are getting involved in some heavy action in the early going. In particular, table seven is bound to offer some of the best play...more

APPT Macau: Mask unveiled on tour's third season

The ceremonial duties have been completed, the mask has been changed, handshakes have been exchanged and the cards are in the air for season three of the PokerStars.net Asia Pacific Poker Tour. The buzz is electric in the PokerStars Macau room at the Grand Lisboa Hotel and Casino where...more

24 August

APPT Macau: Poker on the menu at world's biggest gaming buffet

Less than four years, it was almost unthinkable to envisage an international poker calendar that included stops such as Kyiv and Macau. But just days after the opening event on season six of the PokerStars.net EPT wrapped up in the Ukrainian capital, the eyes of the poker world turn...more

2009 WCOOP: Mercier looking for breakout performance

Jason Mercier wins. That's what he does. Put him on the EPT, he wins. Put him in the WSOP, he wins. Play him in a game of Hi-Ho Cherry-O, he'll win. That said, despite his many years on PokerStars, he has yet to go really, really deep in a World...more

PokerStars Sunday tournament results (8-23-09)

When can you win but still not quite win? When can you lose but still claim victory? There's probably some deep theological discussion we could have on those questions, but the easiest answer comes from yesterday's Sunday Million. Deals are pretty common in the big tournaments, but it's rare for...more

Max Lykov wins PokerStars EPT Kyiv Sports Poker Championship

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tysonduke23 fights for victory and wins 8/23/09 Sunday Million

It happened again. Live tournaments have revved up around the globe, keeping people from their trusty laptops and home computers. Whether people are wrapping up their trips to the European Poker Tour stop in Kyiv or heading out to Macau for the start of the third season of the Asia...more

23 August

calvo1989 comes from behind heads up to claim Sunday Warm-Up Title!

The dog days of summer wear on and on, and the prize pool for the Sunday Warm-Up goes up and up. This week another guarantee-busting field turned out, with 3,911 players building a monstrous $782,200 prize pool. After a marathon Sunday performance calvo1989 came out on top in a huge...more

EPT Kyiv: Max power as Lykov licks Kyiv

Confidence in poker can go an awful long way, and the abundance of that commodity in Maxim Lykov has made him the first ever champion of EPT Kyiv. "I'm already thinking of my second title," said Lykov in the moment after his dominant display in the first EPT event of...more

PokerStars EPT Kyiv: Day 5 Level 28 updates

Live updates from day 5, level 28 of EPT Kyiv Sports Poker Championship brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc Convey, Howard Swains and Simon Young. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be found by clicking right here. You can also...more

PokerStars EPT Kyiv: Day 5 Level 27 updates

Live updates from day 5, level 27 of EPT Kyiv Sports Poker Championship brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc Convey, Howard Swains and Simon Young. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be found by clicking right here. You can also...more

PokerStars EPT Kyiv: Day 5 Level 26 updates

Live updates from day 5, level 26 of EPT Kyiv Sports Poker Championship brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc Convey, Howard Swains and Simon Young. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be found by clicking right here. You can also...more

PokerStars EPT Kyiv: Day 5 Level 25 updates

Live updates from day 5, level 25 of EPT Kyiv Sports Poker Championship brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc Convey, Howard Swains and Simon Young. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be found by clicking right here. You can also...more

EPT Kyiv: Final table introduction

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PokerStars EPT Kyiv: Day 5 Level 24 updates

Live updates from day 5, level 24 of EPT Kyiv Sports Poker Championship brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc Convey, Howard Swains and Simon Young. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be found by clicking right here. You can also...more

EPT Kyiv: Final table profiles

Welcome to the final table of EPT Kyiv. The following eight players will today play down to a winner; there will be a new champion and the first in a CIS country. Here is some brief biographical information about those players -- get used to it, especially if you're listening...more

22 August

PokerStars EPT Kyiv: Day 4/5 level 23 updates (CONT)

Live updates from day 4, level 23 of EPT Kyiv Sports Poker Championship brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc Convey, Howard Swains and Simon Young. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be found by clicking right here. You can also...more

PokerStars EPT Kyiv: United Nations again on the European Poker Tour

Today's story is simple: the final table of EPT Kyiv will be one of the most cosmopolitan ever seen on the European Poker Tour -- a notable achievement on what is already the greatest celebration of the international appeal of this game. From a starting field of 296, eight players...more

PokerStars EPT Kyiv: Day 4 Level 21/22 updates

Live updates from day 4, level 22 of EPT Kyiv Sports Poker Championship brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc Convey, Howard Swains and Simon Young. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be found by clicking right here. You can also...more

PokerStars EPT Kyiv: Day 4 Level 20 updates

Live updates from day 4, level 19 of EPT Kyiv Sports Poker Championship brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc Convey, Howard Swains and Simon Young. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be found by clicking right here. You can also...more

PokerStars EPT Kyiv: Day 4 Level 19 updates

Live updates from day 4, level 19 of EPT Kyiv Sports Poker Championship brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc Convey, Howard Swains and Simon Young. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be found by clicking right here. You can also...more

PokerStars EPT Kyiv: Day 4 Level 18 updates

Live updates from day 4, level 18 of EPT Kyiv Sports Poker Championship brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc Convey, Howard Swains and Simon Young. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be found by clicking right here. You can also...more

EPT Kyiv: How to act in a live tournament

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PokerStars EPT Kyiv: Day 4 Level 17 updates (cont)

Live updates from day 4, level 17 of EPT Kyiv Sports Poker Championship brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc Convey, Howard Swains and Simon Young. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be found by clicking right here. You can also...more

21 August

2009 WCOOP: Negreanu lays out war plan

Daniel Negreanu is a man with a plan. Although he is going to be jetting all over the globe for live tournaments and trying to fit in some golf time in the sweet September weather in Las Vegas, he's got his eye on some big time events in this year's...more

EPT Kyiv: Lykov lives day three to the Maxim

Boiled down and stripped of any flashiness, stress or emotion, today's objective for each of the 68 players was simple: survive into the money and then into day four. With the flashiness, stress and emotion stuck back on, that objective became a more complicated light-brigade charge into the unknown...more

PokerStars EPT Kyiv: Day 3 Level 17 updates

Live updates from day 3, level 17 of EPT Kyiv Sports Poker Championship brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc Convey, Howard Swains and Simon Young. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be found by clicking right here. Blinds 500-3,000-6,000. 6.45pm:...more

PokerStars EPT Kyiv: Day 3 Level 16 updates

Live updates from day 3, level 16 of EPT Kyiv Sports Poker Championship brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc Convey, Howard Swains and Simon Young. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be found by clicking right here. Blinds 500-2,500-5,000. 6.10pm:...more

PokerStars EPT Kyiv: Day 3 Level 15 updates

Live updates from day 3, level 15 of EPT Kyiv Sports Poker Championship brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc Convey, Howard Swains and Simon Young. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be found by clicking right here. Blinds 400-2,000-4,000. 4.25pm:...more

PokerStars EPT Kyiv: Day 3 Level 14 updates

Live updates from day 3, level 14 of EPT Kyiv Sports Poker Championship brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc Convey, Howard Swains and Simon Young. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be found by clicking right here. Blinds 300-1,500-3,000. 3pm:...more

EPT Kyiv: Setting the agenda for day three

Day three at EPT Kyiv and the chairman of a board of directors has drawn up the following agenda: Item one: Minutes from previous meeting. Item two: Analyse statistical data. In this case, chip counts. Item three: Reassemble field of 68 remaining players. Item four: Set clock to start of...more

PokerStars EPT Kyiv: Day 3 Level 13 updates

Live updates from day 3, level 13 of EPT Kyiv Sports Poker Championship brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc Convey, Howard Swains and Simon Young. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be found by clicking right here. Blinds 200-1,200-2,400. 1.25pm:...more

20 August

EPT Kyiv: Vitaly Tolokonnikov emerges highest from the rubble of day two

We began predicting chaos and Biblical fury; in the end it was just the regular whirlwind that howls through day two fields on the European Poker Tour. EPT Kyiv was seven levels old when 203 players returned to the Palace of Sports at noon on the second day. "We will...more

EPT Kyiv: Fitzgerald from the rail

My curiosity as to the progress of Alex Fitzgerald had inadvertently turned me into a stalker. I'd been hanging around his table for far too long, moving position every once in a while to keep the blood flowing in my feet and so not to draw attention to myself,...more

PokerStars EPT Kyiv: Day 2 Level 12 updates

Live updates from day 2, level 12 of EPT Kyiv Sports Poker Championship brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc Convey, Howard Swains and Simon Young. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be found by clicking right here. Blinds 200-1,000-2,000. 7.35:...more

EPT Kyiv: Action Deeb

If you give action, you get action. It's an adage that's been bandied around poker rooms since the internet generation of deranged and nose-bleed players ripped up the poker rulebook and brought their near-suicidal aggression into the live arena the game was invented. And one of the most renowned action...more

EPT Kyiv: I'll get you Sarwer

Watching Jeff Sarwer play, you realise he's a man who likes to put on a show. Resembling ever so slightly (when he grins) the Hooded Claw/Sylveter Sneakly, who caused Penelope Pitstop all that trouble, Sarwer likes to talk. There's no trash, no goading, just happy chit-chat as he enjoys...more

PokerStars EPT Kyiv: Day 2 Level 11 updates

Live updates from day 2, level 11 of EPT Kyiv Sports Poker Championship brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc Convey, Howard Swains and Simon Young. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be found by clicking right here. Blinds 200-800-1,600. Great...more

EPT Kyiv: The enigma of Alex Kravchenko

It's an enduring mystery among the writers of PokerStars blog: How does Alexander Kravchenko do it? We've followed the Russian Team PokerStars Pro across the whole continent and to the United States for more than two years now, and I don't think any one of us has ever seen him...more

PokerStars EPT Kyiv: Day 2 Level 10 updates

Live updates from day 2, level 10 of EPT Kyiv Sports Poker Championship brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc Convey, Howard Swains and Simon Young. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be found by clicking right here. Blinds 100-600-1,200. 2.35:...more

EPT Kyiv: Malott has a lot...

Racing handicappers often look for what's called a "key race" when studying the form, a race in which several of the front finishers go on to greater success. Well table four yesterday could be described as a "key table". It featured Shaun Deeb, Andrew Malott and Carter Phillips, three...more

EPT Kyiv: Luca Pagano on the year so far

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EPT Kyiv: Ivanchenko freerolls from Kazakhstan to Kyiv

Everyone dreams of their first EPT and everyone dreams of their first hand. They want a monster to kick the whole thing off and they want a trophy and hundreds of thousands of dollars by the end. For Alexsander Ivanchenko, things really couldn't have got off to a better start....more

PokerStars EPT Kyiv: Day 2 Level 9 updates

Live updates from day 2, level 9 of EPT Kyiv Sports Poker Championship brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc Convey, Howard Swains and Simon Young. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be found by clicking right here. Blinds 100-500-1,000. 3pm:...more

EPT Kyiv: The first fifteen minutes

"Seat open, table eight." That was 2 minutes 4 seconds into the level and the eliminations didn't stop there. It's kind of a tradition now in tournament coverage to highlight how fast players can bust within minutes of the start. Well, we're nothing if not traditional... Arriving here third...more

EPT Kyiv: Into day two

It's day two at EPT Kyiv, and after the thunderstorms of day 1a and the blackout of day 1b, we're preparing for earthquakes, tidal waves and a plague of locusts this afternoon. While we wait for today's Biblical torment to be unleashed, there's a poker tournament going on -- and...more

PokerStars EPT Kyiv: Day 2 Level 8 updates

Live updates from day 2, level 8 of EPT Kyiv Sports Poker Championship brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc Convey, Howard Swains and Simon Young. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be found by clicking right here. Blinds 75-400-800. 1.25pm:...more

19 August

EPT London unleashes the hounds

EPT London has long been an interesting stop for the EPT. It happens in Europe's biggest city and in one of the world's quaintest casinos. The Vic (more properly known as the Grosvenor Victoria Casino) has a certain old school charm to it that reminds us all of how poker...more

EPT Kyiv: Viktor Ivanov leads after day one

How to sum a day like day 1b... 166 players arrived, a figure changed to 167 when Gus Hansen showed up in the nick of time to play, before deciding to return tomorrow instead. When he changed his mind again and took his seat he became part of the...more

PokerStars EPT Kyiv: Day 1B Level 7 updates

Live updates from day 1B, level 7 of EPT Kyiv Sports Poker Championship brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc Convey, Howard Swains and Simon Young. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be found by clicking right here. Blinds 50-300-600. 8.25pm:...more

EPT Kyiv: Enter the Dragan

Earlier this afternoon, there was no doubt where the fun table was, featuring Shaun Deeb, Andrew Malott and a clutch of other big online players, who all seemed to know one another from their time around the virtual tables. The conversation was typical. On the one hand it was self...more

EPT Kyiv: The wild wild east

A cowboy leans back in his chair, part of a well fed gut protruding over a fine looking belt buckle, and fans himself with a giant Stetson. He nods amiably at a passerby while enjoying the wet end of a cigar and tolerating as best he can the afternoon...more

PokerStars EPT Kyiv: Day 1B Level 6 updates

Live updates from day 1B, level 6 of EPT Kyiv Sports Poker Championship brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc Convey, Howard Swains and Simon Young. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be found by clicking right here. Blinds 50-200-400. 6.05pm:...more

EPT Kyiv: Uniting the nations

EPT Kyiv has really begun to take shape in the past couple of hours. Yes, there was that power cut, but there was also the arrival into the building of Gus Hansen, some notable eliminations -- Dario Minieri, Leo Fernandez and Pierpaolo Fabretti -- plus the announcement of the grand...more

PokerStars EPT Kyiv: Day 1B Level 5 updates

Live updates from day 1B, level 5 of EPT Kyiv Sports Poker Championship brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc Convey, Howard Swains and Simon Young. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be found by clicking right here. Blinds 25-150-300. 6.15pm:...more

EPT Kyiv: Watching the fun table

Some years ago there was a peanut commercial featuring a man in a halted train carriage, all dark and dreary, with a handful of monochrome people seated around him, oblivious to what looked like a bleak future. The man is resigned to his fate until he sees another train,...more

EPT Kyiv: Poker in the dark

You've heard of Poker After Dark, well, EPT Kyiv has just introduced us to Poker In The Dark. A power cut within the past hour at the Palace of Sports plunged the tournament cavern into pitch black. There are no windows in this huge hall and the total blackout, interrupted...more

PokerStars EPT Kyiv: Day 1B Level 4 updates

Live updates from day 1B, level 4 of EPT Kyiv Sports Poker Championship brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc Convey, Howard Swains and Simon Young. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be found by clicking right here. Blinds 150-300. 5.10pm:...more

EPT Kyiv: The Italian job

It was a bad day yesterday for Luca Pagano. Despite the deepest of stacks and all the experience in the world, Pagano departed in something like level five, consigning him to a round of media interviews today and a stroll around Kyiv. But one thing we have learned over the...more

PokerStars EPT Kyiv: Day 1B Level 3 updates

Live updates from day 1B, level 3 of EPT Kyiv Sports Poker Championship brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc Convey, Howard Swains and Simon Young. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be found by clicking right here. Blinds 100-200. 3.40pm:...more

EPT Kyiv: From Dallas, Texas... just

The distance between the Premier Palace hotel and the Palace of Sports is no more than half a mile, at least it looks it when you use a crayon to draw a straight line on the free tourist map. But the task of finding the most efficient route from...more

PokerStars EPT Kyiv: Day 1B Level 2 updates

Live updates from day 1B, level 2 of EPT Kyiv Sports Poker Championship brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc Convey, Howard Swains and Simon Young. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be found by clicking right here. Blinds 75-150. 2.05pm:...more

EPT Kyiv: Superstars arrive in Ukraine

As documented yesterday, Kyiv is the furthest flung destination we have visited on the European Poker Tour to date. Not if, like, you live in Ukraine, but, well, you know what I mean. One of the great things about the EPT, however, is that it remains a magnet for poker's...more

PokerStars EPT Kyiv: Day 1B Level 1 updates

Live updates from day 1B, level 1 of EPT Kyiv Sports Poker Championship brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc Convey, Howard Swains and Simon Young. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be found by clicking right here. Blinds 50-100. 1.18pm:...more

EPT Kyiv: Again with day one

A crowd of expectant players buzzing around the doors with the friends they bring with them in tow; dealers seated, armed and ready to shuffle; chips poised to act as great armies on the baize battle field; thirty degree heat and slight dehydration. The uninitiated might not recognise them...more

18 August

Weekly Dose: Greenstein hits ESPN

Here at the PokerStars Blog, we try to teach the young ones that almost all things are okay in moderation. That is, it's fine to play poker on 24 tables, but don't do it for more than 12 hours at a time without going to the bathroom. Or, if you...more

EPT Kyiv: A profitable first day beyond the new frontier

No one knew what to expect of Ukraine. After five seasons on the EPT, we had a new starting location, a new country to visit, a new city to explore and a new poker experience to investigate. As has been well documented, we were supposed to have been in Moscow...more

PokerStars EPT Kyiv: Level 7 updates

Live updates from level 7 of EPT Kyiv Sports Poker Championship brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc Convey, Howard Swains and Simon Young. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be found by clicking right here. Blinds 50-300-600. 8.02pm: Two to...more

EPT Kyiv: Bække is bæck

The relatively small field here in Kyiv is good news for Allan Bække. Well, actually that's not completely true: Bække tends to like his fields even smaller, something in the region of two. Known online as Sifosis, Bække is one of the biggest winners of heads up sit and goes...more

PokerStars EPT Kyiv: Level 6 updates

Live updates from level 6 of EPT Kyiv Sports Poker Championship brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc Convey, Howard Swains and Simon Young. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be found by clicking right here. Blinds 50-200-400. 7.10pm: Dallying Around...more

EPT Kyiv: Noises on the roof

There's a noise coming from the roof like someone is bowling on corrugated iron. It can't be that, based on the architecturally concave ceiling that would render the bowler and ball dangerously exposed, but it's getting louder. A bang, followed then by a rumble and a momentary flash of...more

PokerStars EPT Kyiv: Level 5 updates

Live updates from level 5 of EPT Kyiv Sports Poker Championship brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc Convey, Howard Swains and Simon Young. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be found by clicking right here. Blinds 25-150-300. 6.04pm: Haven't we...more

EPT Kyiv: Sergil's start

If you'd have needed five guesses to find the PokerStars blog team on their first evening in Ukraine, you'd have wasted four of them. It was kind of obvious: we were in Fan Fest sports bar in the basement of the Premier Palace hotel, the only place amid the opulence...more

EPT Kyiv: The man in red

Finally, an EPT event a little closer to home for Team PokerStars Pro Alex Kravchenko, at least geographically, and one where unlike many, he'll be at an advantage when it comes to reading road signs and working out just where the hell he is on the hotel tourist map....more

PokerStars EPT Kyiv: Level 3/4 updates

Live updates from level 3/4 of EPT Kyiv Sports Poker Championship brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc Convey, Howard Swains and Simon Young. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be found by clicking right here. Blinds 150-300. 4.55pm: One in,...more

EPT Kyiv: Our surroundings

When the European Poker Tour first started, it wasn't quite the far-reaching operation its name suggested it to be. Although we did indeed stick in Europe, we were more concerned with the western fringes of the continent: the Mediterranean, the British Isles and Scandinavia, at a push. These days, things...more

PokerStars EPT Kyiv: Level 2 updates

Live updates from level 2 of EPT Kyiv Sports Poker Championship brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc Convey, Howard Swains and Simon Young. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be found by clicking right here. Blinds 75-150. Chip building PokerStars...more

EPT Kyiv: The PokerStars Blog Feature Seat

After the drumming and the dancing and the spinning and the smiling of the shock and awe opening, it's back to the molten coal face of an EPT day 1a with all the trimmings of one hour levels and a new 30,000 starting stack designed to re-confirm the EPT...more

PokerStars EPT Kyiv: Level 1 updates

Live updates from level 1 of EPT Kyiv Sports Poker Championship brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc Convey, Howard Swains and Simon Young. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be found by clicking right here. Blinds 50-100. 1.50pm: Calling with...more

EPT Kyiv: The show is on the road

It's the start of something new and things are chaotic in Kyiv. The first European Poker Tour event to be held in these parts is imminent, and the players, press and spectators have found their way to the cavernous Sporting Palace in the heart of the city. It's a vast...more

17 August

EPT Kyiv: Welcome

Hello folks and welcome to the start of EPT season six. As ever, if the boarding pass says EPT, it means Barcelona. And here we are in Catalonia, on the sun-kissed beaches of the Costa Brava. Oh. Well. OK. It turns out we're in Ukraine. But I swear it took...more

2009 WCOOP: Steve-Paul Ambrose opens his playbook

With just 16 days to go until the start of the biggest online tournament series in the world, the anticipation is near its peak. Bankrolls are being assembled, schedules created, and family members sent to the hinterlands until October. We are please to report Team PokerStars Pro Steve Paul-Ambrose is...more

PokerStars Sunday tournament results (8-16-09)

You can feel it, too, can't you? That electricity in the air, the crackle of ethereal chips, the slight hiss of wires as money moves from one account to another. All of that is the antici.......pation of what's going to happen in a couple of weeks. Yep. WCOOP is on...more

HectorPva Makes Comeback to Win 8/16/09 Sunday Million Title

It is just a staple in the online poker industry. Almost every poker player wants to play in the Sunday Million on PokerStars. Not only is there always a $1.5 million guarantee awaiting players, but the title is one of the most recognized in online poker. Oh, and incidentally, the...more

16 August

Live Cards equal Sunday Warm-up win for plz be live

Some nights the $750,000 Guarantee Sunday Warm-up final table is a close battle with extra thin value bets determining the winner. Other nights, like tonight, the players bust out their sledgehammers and go to work on the weak. After starting out with 10,000 chips and 4,075 other players signed up...more

14 August

World Cup of Poker VI begins next week

We've been around the world covering poker tournaments for most of the last five years, and we've only seen one things that motivates people as much as money: national pride. Most poker tournaments begin as an every-man-for-himself affair, but at the end, huge groups of people form around their countrymen,...more

2009 WCOOP: Brown ready for action

Team PokerStars Pro Chad Brown is not only a deserving member of his spot on Team PokerStars Pro, he is also a frequent contributor to the PokerStars Blog. He's been having a year of final tables and is planning to do just as well in the 2009 World Championship of...more

13 August

Supernova Elite no accident for Ioli

You've seen them all over--the people who luckboxed their way into a major score and used that score to work their way into the big time poker scene. It's a tale told too many times to be told again. Fortunately, there are stories out there that don't follow that formula....more

Stevesbets, the man who beat ElkY

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12 August

2009 WCOOP: The man who beat ElkY

It's not easy to beat Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier heads-up. Just ask the people who faced him at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, the WPT Festa el Lago, or any other of the countless tournaments ElkY has won. There is one man, however, who has done it and won more than half...more

11 August

Moneymaker, Brown lead World Poker Open final table

It's a question for the ages: If a poker tournament happens in the middle of Mississippi and a television camera isn't there to cover it, did it really happen? The short answer is yes, it's happening right now, and two of the world's best known poker pros are leading the...more

Dennis Phillips hits Inside Deal

Tuesday has pretty much become Poker Day in America. Once the WSOP passed and ESPN started running its original programming around the Series, people have started scheduling their days and nights around the news from Las Vegas. If you are like a lot of people and can't survive until after...more

10 August

2009 WCOOP: Greenstein's tips

Team PokerStars Pro is a vast and deep well of resources when it comes to all things poker. Whether it's high stakes cash games or deep stacked tournaments, Team PokerStars Pro has somebody who can talk to you about it. When it comes to the World Championship of Online Poker,...more

PokerStars Sunday tournament results (8-9-09)

We really shouldn't covet, should we? We really shouldn't sit there and put together some inordinate yearning for what others have. Unless, of course, it's after a big Sunday on PokerStars. After that, there is no real holding us back. After all, when we see weekends like the one we...more

Drink Up! h2oace Wins More Than $240K for Sunday Million Victory

A little money here, a little there. For some players, an extra $100,000 in the prize pool isn't anything to get excited about. For most, every extra buy-in contributing to a larger prize pool matters; not only do a few extra people receive a payout in the end, but each...more

9 August

mellowGold11 takes down Sunday Warm-Up

It's getting almost mundane, if by mundane we mean really exciting and super-cool, especially for the folks who make the final table and drag down some serious coin, but the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up blew up the guarantee again this week, with 4,090 players building a humongous $818,000 prize pool....more

ANZPT Queensland: Kerr's win caps a memorable debut season

Many talked about it, but it wasn't until the first hand was dealt on a sweltering Adelaide afternoon back in February that Australia and New Zealand finally had a poker tour to call their own. The first season of the PokerStars.net Australia New Zealand Poker Tour has been run...more

ANZPT Queensland: Wick lit on latest trans-Tasman showdown

By Landon Blackhall The heads-up duel has been decided for the PokerStars.net ANZPT Queensland Main Event, with the great trans-Tasman rivalry set to be reignited by the battle between PokerStars Qualifiers Phillip Willcocks from New Zealand and Aussie Scott Kerr. This is the first time that the two nations...more

ANZPT Queensland: Kiwi comes from the clouds

The PokerStars.net ANZPT Queensland Main Event has been turned on its head with a new chip leader and two quick eliminations leaving just four players chasing the first prize of AUD $168,075. New Zealand's Phillip Willcocks has nosed ahead of Joel Dodds in the chip count, not that the...more

ANZPT Queensland: Sun sets on Sunshine State's last hope

By Landon Blackhall Level 21: It took most of the level for the next elimination with the hopes of a local player winning the first PokerStars.net ANZPT Queensland title ending. Danny Joukhadar kept his hopes of a top-three finish in the overall points title alive when he took out...more

ANZPT Queensland: Fraser felled in eighth

By Landon Blackhall Level 20: It's strongplay all the way in the early going with Joel Dodds extending his lead at the head of the chip count in the PokerStars.net ANZPT Queensland final table. More and more people are joining the rail as the afternoon ticks by, from where...more

8 August

ANZPT Queensland: Dodds dents Shoshiro's short stack

By Landon Blackhall Though we are in the in the heart of the Conrad Jupiters Casino on the Gold Coast, with the whizzing and clunking and trickling of gaming machines and table games operating around the poker area, the PokerStars.net ANZPT Queensland final table began in more subdued fashion....more

ANZPT Queensland: Scene set for season one finale

The final day has dawned on the first season of the PokerStars.net Australia New Zealand Poker Tour, with the final eight players starting to arrive for the final table in the PokerStars.net ANZPT Queensland Main Event. There are one or two sore heads in the room after last night's...more

ANZPT Queensland: Final table profiles

Seat 1: Paul Gibson, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia (352,000 in chips): Down to just 30,000 in chips with 11 players remaining, this 35-year-old from Brisbane clawed his way back into contention for the title in dramatic fashion. Currently out of work, he's been playing poker for two years and elected...more

ANZPT Queensland: Dodds leads; daylight second

The final table has been decided for the final event in the first season of the PokerStars.net ANZPT, with Joel strongplay Dodds in the box seat to take home the chocolates. Dodds takes a massive chip lead into tomorrow's final table with almost 30 per cent of the chips...more

ANZPT Queensland: Skirting around the final table

Saturday night's alright for ... dragging out the shortest skirt in your wardrobe, slapping on three inches of make-up and tagging along with five other girls for some rainbow-coloured cocktails at Jupiters, judging from tonight's crowd. But the faux catwalk parade going on adjacent to the tournament area isn't...more

ANZPT Queensland: No final table, but Nelson ticks another box

Lee Nelson's hopes of adding another major regional title to his long list of achievements have ended with a respectable 15th placing in the PokerStars.net ANZPT Queensland Main Event. This was the first ANZPT cash for the PokerStars Sponsored Player from New Zealand, but that's a rare blip on...more

ANZPT Queensland: Sun sets on Smith's big lead

After a veritable "red spot" of activity at Jupiters all afternoon, the diminishing sunlight has signalled diminishing action as play tightens up considerably late on day three of the PokerStars.net ANZPT Queensland Main Event. Just 15 players remain - six short of the final table, which will be decided...more

ANZPT Queensland: Punty on parade as field reaches 18

The Scott "Punty" Smith show continues as the laid-back Sydney youngster comfortably leads midway through day three of the PokerStars.net ANZPT Queensland. With the weekend crowd curiously watching the action - not surprising since this is the first major tournament played here at Jupiters - players are taking a...more

ANZPT Queensland: Tom's tumble from grace complete

The riches to rags story of Tom Zhou is complete after the former chip leader's charge towards the PokerStars.net ANZPT Queensland title ran off the rails early on day three at Jupiters. After losing that massive pot to Scott Smith, Zhou's stack ricocheted up and down like the Giant...more

ANZPT Queensland: You say Neilson, I say Nelson

The remaining 27 players are having a group hug just outside the tournament area to celebrate their in-the-money finish in the PokerStars.net ANZPT Queensland Main Event here at Jupiters Casino on the Gold Coast. No hand-for-hand play was required after Daniel Neilson shoved all-in over the top of Lee...more

7 August

ANZPT Queensland: That's Zhou he rolls

We're quickly closing on the bubble in a lightning quick start to day three of the PokerStars.net ANZPT Queensland Main Event. Already nine players have been sent to the rail today, meaning we're just four spots short of the money in the last ANZPT event for 2009. Lyle Higgs...more

ANZPT Queensland: Top 40 countdown is underway

Yep, you guessed it, mild and sunny again here on Australia's Gold Coast (we could get used to winter here) as our top 40 take their seats in the chase for the final title in the first season of the PokerStars.net ANZPT. After three days of play with the...more

Boku87 doing it again, and bigger

Thomas Boekhoff has a job. It's eight hours a day, in front of a computer, slaving away with his top money management skills. Frankly, it doesn't sound very fun until one realizes Boku87 is playing poker, and playing it so well he can start without a bankroll and end with...more

Shaun Deeb speaks on WCOOP

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2009 WCOOP: Being the Deeb

If you're sitting there on this Friday and thinking, "Man, I have a good life," we congratulate you. Nice work. Hope it all works out. That said, your life can't possibly be as good as Shaun Deeb's. See about this time last year, Deeb was in between two big European...more

ANZPT Queensland: Day 3 seat draws

Seat draw, PokerStars.net ANZPT Queensland day 3 Table 9 Seat 1: Andrew Meldrum (Australia) PokerStars Qualifier 122,600 Seat 2: Zhicong Wu (Australia) PokerStars Qualifier 164,500 Seat 3: Lee Fraser (Australia) PokerStars Qualifier 144,500 Seat 4: Michael Soranson (Australia) PokerStars Player 52,000 Seat 5: Linda Tyler (Australia) 114,000 Seat 6:...more

ANZPT Queensland: Vault closes on impressive debut for Treasury team

By Landon Blackhall The players at Conrad Treasury were sent on a 10-minute break before the sixth level of the day, so that play at the two venues would restart in sync late on day two of the PokerStars.net ANZPT Queenstown Main Event. The first elimination after the break...more

ANZPT Queensland: Punty backs a winner at Jupiters

To steal a line or two from Dr Evil in Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, this was the semi-bubble; the quasi-bubble; the margarine of bubbles; the Diet Coke of bubbles - just one calorie, not quite bubble enough. With 48 players remaining in the PokerStars.net ANZPT Queensland...more

ANZPT Queensland: Team Australia decimated late on day 2

We thought the action was fast fierce during the annual IndyCar Carnival hosted on the Gold Coast each November ... just 56 players are still in contention for the first PokerStars.net ANZPT Queensland title. In the final stages of day two, the hopes of Emad Tahtouh capturing his first...more

ANZPT Queensland: Treasury banks a piece of Aussie poker history

By Landon Blackhall The PokerStars.net ANZPT Queensland event continues with day two here at the historic Conrad Treasury Casino in Brisbane. This event is historic for many reasons, but that does not discount the history of this casino. The Conrad International Treasury Casino is located inside the former Queensland...more

ANZPT Queensland: Scott riding wave of success

Stewart Scott has recently relocated to the Gold Coast from Adelaide, and life in Australia's Sunshine State certainly seems to be agreeing with the 2009 Aussie Millions champion. Earlier today, he caught a few waves at famous local break Duranbah (former world surfing champion Mark Occhilupo was also there...more

ANZPT Queensland: Nelson rockets to lead at Jupiters

More than a quarter of the players who started day two have been eliminated in the opening two levels of the PokerStars.net ANZPT Queensland Main Event. The cream is rising to the top today, with PokerStars Sponsored Player Lee Nelson topping the chip count at Jupiters on 145,000. The...more

ANZPT Queensland: Hachem confirmed as points champion

By Landon Blackhall Team PokerStars Australia Pro and ANZPT Overall Points leader Tony Hachem didn't have the best start to Day 2 of the ANZPT Queensland event here at the Conrad Treasury in Brisbane. With the money all-in pre-flop, Hachem rolled up both black jacks, well ahead of the...more

6 August

ANZPT Queensland: Synched and stoked for day 2

Players have started making their way into the tournament area on another stunning Gold Coast day for day two of the PokerStars.net ANZPT Queensland Main Event. A total of 68 players remain in contention for a day three berth. The Jupiters poker room is a hive of activity as...more

Carter King Interview

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2009 WCOOP: What's it like to be a champion?

A little more than a year ago, I sat here in front of my computer and watched a man win a sick amount of money in the biggest and richest ever online poker tournament. Had I had a little foresight, I could've hopped in my car and driven 90 minutes...more

Mystery man 1Bunn snags third Supernova Elite spot in 2009

Many people revel in the celebrity poker can bring. Whether it is an appearance on television or a huge online win, it is pretty common for a person's real name to become inextricably tied to his screen name. Not so for the man known as 1Bunn on PokerStars. "I like...more

ANZPT Queensland: Day 2 seat draws

Seat draw, PokerStars.net ANZPT Queensland day 2 (Jupiters, Gold Coast) Table 2 Seat 1: Julius Colman (Australia) 23,850 Seat 2: Yvonne Grant (Australia) 26,600 Seat 3: Rajesh Patel (Australia) PokerStars Qualifier 24,625 Seat 4: Celina Lin (Australia) PokerStars Team Australia 33,275 Seat 5: Craig Matthews (Australia) 12,175 Seat 6:...more

ANZPT Queensland: Tom-Tim-Tim sets rhythm at Treasury

By Landon Blackhall After a relatively sedate day at Treasury Casino in Brisbane, all hell broke loose in the final minutes of day 1B of the PokerStars.net ANZT Queensland Main Event. After 68 players had taken the order to shuffle up and deal just over eight hours earlier, less...more

ANZPT Queensland: Duffy's big day out at Jupiters

The future of casino-based tournament poker in Queensland has received a massive boost with a field of 249 players creating a prizepool of AUD $622,500 in the first PokerStars.net ANZPT Queensland Main Event. The number of entrants makes this the second biggest event on the first season of the...more

ANZPT Queensland: Local qualifiers livin' the dream

As we click down to the end of day 1B in the battle for the first PokerStars.net ANZPT Queensland title, excitement is starting to build as players - those who've already qualified from yesterday's day 1A flights and those with big stacks heading into the final level of today....more

ANZPT Queensland: Jupiters' chip lead sweet for Honeybone

Observations from the floor of Jupiters Casino ... in lieu of much action to report (we're still at 56 players midway through level five on day 1B of the PokerStars.net ANZPT Queensland Main Event). In Las Vegas, you get accustomed to seeing senior citizens in casinos. That's certainly the...more

ANZPT Queensland: Don't trip(s) over your set

By Landon Blackhall The Queensland contingent have come out in force to represent their state and are proud as punch to have a major poker tournament like the PokerStars.net ANZPT in their casinos after many years of waiting. Not only are Queenslanders quickly adapting to the ins and outs...more

ANZPT Queensland: Canuck soaks up some Aussie culture

"Any idea of where you can party on a Wednesday night around here?" asked PokerStars qualifier Jon Weitzel while watching the latter stages of day 1A in the PokerStars.net ANZPT Queensland Main Event at Jupiters. "Sorry, Jon, bloggers are sworn off alcohol during events, they're the rules ... nah,...more

5 August

ANZPT Queensland: Nines just fine for Neilson; Scott out

Andrew Scott will finish the first season of the PokerStars.net ANZPT with 40 points - that's 10 points for participating in four of the five events. Sadly, the hopes of a first cash for the 2008 APPT Macau High Roller runner-up have come to an early finish after he...more

ANZPT Queensland: Full house signs set to be posted

The brekky bars in Broadbeach and Brisbane have been working overtime this morning as players fuel up for day 1B of the PokerStars.net ANZPT Queensland Main Event, the final event in the first year of the tour. Yesterday, 60 players qualified for day two - 27 in Brisbane and...more

Americas Cup moving toward the slopes

With more than 35,000 entries into the PokerStars Americas Cup of Poker, the pre-event favorites have pulled out to a commanding lead. As you've likely heard, the Americas Cup is pitting people from all over North and South America against each other in a battle for bragging rights and big...more

2009 WCOOP: One stop shopping

We'll be honest here. We like to believe we are the best possible place to turn when you're looking for your information about the World Championship of Online Poker. And, even if we're being humble, we think we do a pretty good job of telling you all that happens around...more

ANZPT Queensland: Hachem keeps the flame burning in Brisbane

The PokerStars.net ANZPT Queensland Day 1A Brisbane flight has also wrapped up -the chips have been cut down, counted and listed. From a tense start to a fast finish - those who survived the carnage on the felt today will return on Friday afternoon to continue their quest for the...more

ANZPT Queensland: Joukhadar gets the jump at Jupiters

A new chapter in Australian poker history was written today when the first hand was dealt in the PokerStars.net ANZPT Queensland tournament, the final event in the fledgling tour's first season. In addition to the 54 players who shared in the celebrations at Conrad Treasury Casino in Brisbane, a...more

ANZPT Queensland: Barry's bonkers about Brisbane

Sharing is very much the theme for the PokerStars.net ANZPT Queensland event. Conrad Treasury Casino in Brisbane and Conrad Jupiters Casino on the Gold Coast are sharing the state's first major poker tournament. They are also sharing with the players, as there is no rake or fee charged on the...more

ANZPT Queensland: Local players basking in the limelight

We're thrilled to announce that the first major poker tournament to be held in Queensland has surpassed all but one other ANZPT event in terms of entries and prizepool. With seats still available in Brisbane for tomorrow's day 1B flight, the field has already surpassed 230, making it the...more

ANZPT Queensland: Cooper barrelled on the river

The Gold Coast is recognised as Australia's holiday capital, for good reason. Beaches, theme parks, nightclubs, restaurants, tropical weather, major events like the IndyCar Carnival and the annual influx of school-leavers known as Schoolies Week ... everyone comes here to recharge the batteries and have a little fun. Kim...more

ANZPT Queensland: They're not mucking about

Queenslanders are among the most parochial people in Australia. The State of Origin rugby league series played between Queensland (the Maroons) and New South Wales (the Blues) is the most fiercely contested sporting rivalry in Australia. The Queenslanders also love to rib those who relocate north for the sun...more

ANZPT Queensland: Bucking the button trend

The innovation of using two venues is creating plenty of interest early on day 1A of the PokerStars.net ANZPT Queensland Main Event. There are plenty of SMS messages, phone calls and MSN pings going back and forth between Conrad Jupiters on the Gold Coast and Conrad Treasury in Brisbane,...more

4 August

ANZPT Queensland: Two venues, twice the fun

Queensland's tourism motto is "beautiful one day, perfect the next". That's certainly the case today with brilliant sunshine greeting players making their way to the two venues being used today for the opening day of Queensland's first major casino-based poker tournament. The battle for the final PokerStars.net ANZPT title...more

PokerStars announces giant deposit bonuses

You ever wake up one day expecting nothing out of the ordinary, only to find that someone has come to your house and written you a big check just for waking up? I haven't either, but as far as PokerStars is concerned, this is one of those days. Just a...more

McEvoy shows champions the way

Tom McEvoy is the first person person to ever win the WSOP Main Event after winning a satellite entry. Tom McEvoy is one of the longest-running members of Team PokerStars Pro. Tom McEvoy has in the neighborhood of $3 million in lifetime live tournament winnings. Tom McEvoy is a candidate...more

The Online Poker Show (8-2-09)

As our northern hemisphere summer begins winding through it's last miserably hot days, we've found quite a bit of comfort. ESPN is kicking out the jams with WSOP coverage, of course. And if that's not enough--and is it ever?--PokerStars.tv is doing its thing once again. The Online Poker Show and...more

Sunday Million Online Poker Show (8-2-09)

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ANZPT Queensland: Finale fires-up under the tropical sun

The face of poker in Australia will never be the same again after the first season of the PokerStars.net Australia New Zealand Poker Tour (ANZPT) so it's only appropriate that the bar is again raised for the final tournament of 2009. After a week in New Zealand's Southern Alps...more

3 August

PokerStars Sunday tournament results (8-2-09)

I haven't been able to find a calendar that shows this specifically, but I'm fairly certain we are smack dab in the middle of the dog days of summer. If you're not familiar with the dog days (a concept that goes back to the Romans), it is that time in...more

UK's Matt Perrins wins PokerStars IPT Venice

As we all know, a big poker tournament is a marathon, not a sprint, and holding a day one chip lead rarely leads to outright victory. It takes something special to seize the lead early, then hold it to the very end, but Matt Perrins, from Manchester in the UK,...more

Sosnoviy Wins First August Sunday Million From Russia With Love

For some people, the first Sunday in August means vacations, family barbecues, or outdoor activities. But for poker players, it means the same as any other Sunday - PokerStars tournaments. Sure, the spot in front of the laptop might be accompanied by a cool beverage or a fan to bring...more

2 August

vluff cruises to Sunday Warm-Up victory

The summer is almost over with retailers hawking their Back-to-School wares and getting parents like myself to make a double-take at the calendars wondering where the sunshine and beach trips went. One constant besides death and taxes is the Sunday Warm-up at PokerStars with its $750,000 Guarantee and habit of...more

1 August

Demma leads PokerStars IPT Venice Day 2, Rousso fourth

Marcello Demma held a convincing chip lead as the survivors of both day one flights converged for the start of Day 2 of the PokerStars IPT Venice event. The Italian had 184,000 chips in the bank, 32,400 ahead of day 1A leader Matt Perris. After registration closed on Day 1B,...more

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Congratulations to Edison Nguyen, ANZPT Melbourne champion ($217,500)!

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