September 2009

30 September

2009 WSOPE: PokerStars' Negreanu and Mercier make final table

While we have been concentrating on the EPT London £20,000 High Roller, there was another event being played out just down the road at the Empire Casino in Leicester Square. There, the WSOPE Main Event was reaching its climax. At the end of play today (wednesday), the final table was...more

EPT London High Roller: Ilari Sahamies rolls into day one lead

It all ticked along nicely, "slow and gradual," as Vicky Coren tweeted at the start, but as she also wrote: "for twenty grand that's what you should expect." Seventy players had paid that prior to the noon start but by the close of play only 32 had more than...more

EPT London High Roller: Level 10 updates

Live updates from day one, level 10 of the EPT London High Roller event brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Howard Swains and Simon Young. Click refresh to see the latest updates below. The up-to-date selected chip counts are on the chip count page. Blinds: 1,000-2,000 (200 ante) 1.02am: That's...more

EPT London High Roller: Level 9 updates

Live updates from day one, level nine of the EPT London High Roller event brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Howard Swains and Simon Young. Click refresh to see the latest updates below. The up-to-date selected chip counts are on the chip count page. Blinds: 800-1,600 (200 ante) 11.40pm: Waiting,...more

EPT London High Roller: Level 8 updates

Live updates from day one, level eight of the EPT London High Roller event brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Howard Swains and Simon Young. Click refresh to see the latest updates below. The up-to-date selected chip counts are on the chip count page. Blinds: 500-1,000 (100 ante) 10.35pm: Break...more

EPT London High Roller: Level 7 updates

Live updates from day one, level seven of the EPT London High Roller event brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Howard Swains and Simon Young. Click refresh to see the latest updates below. The up-to-date selected chip counts are on the chip count page. Blinds: 400-800 (100 ante) 9.30pm: Gallery...more

EPT London High Roller: Level 6 updates

Live updates from day one, level six of the EPT London High Roller event brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Howard Swains and Simon Young. Click refresh to see the latest updates below. The up-to-date selected chip counts are on the chip count page. Blinds: 300-600 (75 ante) 6.55pm: The...more

EPT London High Roller: Level 5 updates

Live updates from day one, level five of the EPT London High Roller event brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Howard Swains and Simon Young. Click refresh to see the latest updates below. The up-to-date selected chip counts are on the chip count page. Blinds: 200-400 (50 ante) 5.55pm: Moneymaker...more

EPT London High Roller: Level 4 updates

Live updates from day one, level four of the EPT London High Roller event brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Howard Swains and Simon Young. Click refresh to see the latest updates below. The up-to-date selected chip counts are on the chip count page. Blinds: 150-300 (25 ante) 4.40pm: Break...more

EPT London High Roller: Level 3 updates

Live updates from day one, level 3 of the EPT London High Roller event brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Howard Swains and Simon Young. Click refresh to see the latest updates below. The up-to-date selected chip counts are on the chip count page. Blinds: 100-200 (25 ante) 3.45pm: Waiting,...more

EPT London High Roller: Level 2 updates

Live updates from day one, level two of the EPT London High Roller event brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Howard Swains and Simon Young. Click refresh to see the latest updates below. The up-to-date selected chip counts are on the chip count page. Blinds: 75-150 2.25pm: Take fifteen minutes...more

EPT London: Places please, places

Play has started. Kind of. Or it would if enough of the 60 registered players were able to take their seats. When Tournament Director Thomas Kremser gave the order to start firing there were more players on the rail trying to find their seat than there were sitting down....more

EPT London: That's how we roll

You can tell a lot about the calibre of a rock band by looking at the support acts they attract. Back in the day, there were these awe-inspiring bills featuring the likes of the Rolling Stones jostling with The Beatles, Bob Dylan appearing with Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix and the...more

29 September

2009 WSOPE: It's a skill game

As the World Series of Poker Europe reaches the money tonight, we're reminded of Mike McD's rhetorical question, "Why do you think the same five guys make it to the final table of the World Series of Poker every year? What, are they the luckiest guys in Las Vegas?" As...more

Weekly Dose: Men in tights

Some days you wake up with high expectations and end up seeing nothing interesting at all. And some days you wake up not expecting anything and get to see a man in tights pounding on his nipples. You just never know how fate's coin flip is going to go. Today,...more

PokerStars record gets broken

When Takeru "The Tsunami" Kobayashi ate 63 Nathan's hot dogs in 2007, there were probably people who sat back and said, "Well, that should just about do it. There is a record that will never be broken." Then Joey Chestnut came along and ate 68 in 2009 and the Tsunami...more

PokerStars Sunday Million 9-27-09

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28 September

World Cup of Poker VI headed to live finals

After several weeks of hardcore online battle, the final nine teams in the PokerStars World Cup of Poker VI have been set. Now, they're ready to pack their bags for the live finals in the Bahamas in January. Once again, the final field is a true worldwide battle. The United...more

CSPT: Cintula wins in Ostrava

Over the past six or seven years of writing about poker, I've been looking for the perfect opportunity to use the phrase "Czech-raise." Now, I have it. If you've not been paying close attention, you might have missed PokerStars kicking off another regional poker tour. The Czech-Slovak Poker Tour kicked...more

PokerStars Sunday tournament results (9-27-09)

PokerStars players don't take a break. That much is clear. If there was ever a time to do it, it would be after the two and half weeks of the World Championship of Online Poker. After 45 events and marathon nights, we all would've understood if everybody just took a...more

Angry No More, nomaddman Claims 9/27 Sunday Million Victory

It's baaack! After a several-week hiatus due to the unbelievably exciting and historic 2009 WCOOP tournaments, the Sunday Million was back in action on Sunday, September 27. And the online poker world seemed in order once again with the biggest guaranteed prize pool in the business and thousands of players...more

27 September

Sunday Warm-up: KenT351 locks up a win, Team PokerStars Pro Gomes 8th

Vamooooooooooooooooooooo! If railbirds and players were feeling any post-WCOOP hangover they certainly didn't show it at tonight's $750,000 Guarantee Sunday Warm-up. With 4,417 players signed up for the $215 buy-in NLHE tourney it smashed the guarantee and created a $883,400.00 prize pool that paid out 630 places with $138,587.80 of...more

Battle of the Planets: so awful anything but, winning $12K in monthly triple shootout freeroll

As a Minnesota Vikings fan watching the future Hall of Famer Brett Favre throw a last second touchdown to win today (tune into ESPN for the next two months as they show the replay on loop) was similar to what are final nine will be facing today. PokerStars' monthly Battle...more

26 September

2009 World Championship of Online Poker winners

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2009 WCOOP: The way it was

Each year, we look at the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker and simply say...wow. This year, we're looking for a word bigger than "wow." Since WCOOP started in 2002, PokerStars has awarded more than $156 million in WCOOP prize money. This year made up nearly 1/3 of that purse....more

25 September

King James poker

No one ever really questioned whether LeBron had game. I'm pretty sure he can toss the ball behind his head from Cleveland and sink it in the hoop in my driveway. Turns out, he might just be enjoying himself another game...on PokerStars. Or, at least that's what one of the...more

24 September

2009 WCOOP Main Event Final Table

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EPT packing for London

The first time a PokerStars Blog writer walked into an EPT London event, he did it beside a then-young poker phenom known as Jason Strasser. When the writer reached the front door of the Vic, he made it through with minimal difficulty (apart from the supercilious gaze offered to all...more

23 September

2009 WCOOP: How Timoshenko did it

We have never had the pleasure of trying to receive a $1.7 million wire. So, we're not entirely sure what goes into something like that. We're pretty sure it doesn't involve someone bringing an envelope stuffed full of twenty dollar bills or Ed McMahon showing up at the front door...more

22 September

2009 WCOOP: Yevgeniy "Jovial Gent" Timoshenko Claims Main Event Title & $1,715,200 ($5,200 NLHE)

The second day of the 2009 World Championship of Online Poker brought the biggest annual online tournament to a close and a new ultimate champion to the world of online poker. After 45 events and the distribution of more than $50 million in prizes, the WCOOP was over and Yevgeniy...more

21 September

2009 WCOOP: Main Event Day 2 live blog

The PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) live blog coverage is brought to you by Martin Harris and Change100. Follow us on Twitter at @PokerStarsBlog, e-mail us at blog@pokerstars.com, and be sure to see our previous WCOOP coverage. Click REFRESH to see the latest updates. 2:46am-- Yevgeniy "Jovial Gent"...more

2009 WCOOP A night for doubles as Daniel "djk123" Kelly wins his 2nd bracelet in Event #44, $10,300 High Roller H.O.R.S.E.

When you're hot... you're hot. Let's just pause for a moment and talk about what Daniel "djk123" Kelly has already accomplished in this year's WCOOP. He had an auspicious start, taking down Event #2, $215 Razz, then went on to cash eight more times in WCOOP events over the next...more

2009 WCOOP: Sick! ElkY scores 2nd bracelet in Event #43, $215 NLHE

Event #43, the last of the $215 buy-in no-limit hold'em events in this year's WCOOP series, drew a whopping 9,220 entrants, making for a $1,844,000 prize pool. That was well beyond the $1 million guarantee, and the eighth time during the series we've seen a prize pool of greater than...more

2009 WCOOP: TheMasterJ33 Tops the Day 1 Leaderboard in the $5,200 NLHE Main Event

By far, it is the pinnacle of the year in online poker. The World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) Main Event is the largest online tournament of the year by virtue of its $10 million guarantee alone. The money in play and the prestige of the WCOOP title combine to...more

20 September

WCOOP Profile: The Terrence Chan assignment

PokerStars was trying something new. After holding the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure on a cruise ship in 2004, it moved the growing event to the Atlantis Resort and Casino in 2005. PokerStars also decided it wanted to hire a blogger...just for the week...to cover the event. That blogger was me. Within...more

2009 WCOOP: Main Event Day 1 live blog

The PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) live blog coverage is brought to you by David Aydt, Martin Harris, Change100, and Brad Willis. Follow us on Twitter at @PokerStarsBlog, e-mail us at blog@pokerstars.com, and be sure to see our previous WCOOP coverage. Click REFRESH to see the latest updates....more

WCOOP Profile: ElkY, the man who wins

When anybody wins a big tournament, there is usually a sense of excitement and surprise. When ElkY wins a tournament, people are starting to yawn. No, not literally. It's still exciting, but ElkY winning something or getting close to it has become so commonplace that people are starting to expect...more

2009 WCOOP: robert07 outlasts them all in Event #41 $530 PLO [Heads-up Matches] win

There are hopes that the 526 players who forwarded their $530 buy-ins for tonight's WCOOP Event #41 Pot Limit Omaha Heads-Up Matches found plenty of things to do in between the match levels. The prize pool did surpass the $250,000 guarantee, but the near 21 hours to the tourney's completion...more

WCOOP Profile: From big rake to big money

Every poker player has his back-in-the-day story, and most poker players who didn't have their day around a casino have a story of a game they played where they paid to play. Just about any city without a casino has a list of people willing to host poker games for...more

WCOOP Profile: Pi R a winner

With the ranks of Team PokerStars Pro growing every day, it's pretty common for a WCOOP player to run into a member of the Team at the table. It's less common to meet a member of the Team with whom you have shared a pretty significant moment. That's exactly what...more

2009 WCOOP: David "RugDoctor" Williams sweeps up victory in Event #42, $2,100 8-Game

Looking at the list of entrants for the WCOOP's $2,100 8-Game event was like reading a "Who's Who" of online poker. MrSmokey1. Tmay420. PearlJammer. AJKHoosier1. THE__D__RY. Boosted J. Shaundeeb. High-stakes cash gamers and tournament specialists alike came out for this event, but in the end, it was a WSOP bracelet...more

19 September

2009 WCOOP Event #39

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WCOOP Profile: The boy from Binghamton

Take any sport. Pick one. Ready? Okay. It's guaranteed that, no matter which one you picked, there are more people in poker than any other game who can tell you where to find Binghamton. The 1998 poker classic Rounders made sure of that. That said, the extent of what most...more

2009 WCOOP Event #37

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2009 WCOOP: Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier Claims Event 38 Title ($530+1R1A NLHE)

The first two weeks of the 2009 WCOOP were coming to a close, and the last weekend of tournaments, including the highly anticipated Main Event, were on the horizon. But many players realized that the opportunities that come with such a series - stellar guarantees and fields comprised of many...more

2009 WCOOP: Terrence "Unassigned" Chan pairs WCOOP bracelet with SCOOP titles in Event #39, $1,050 6-max limit hold'em

"#WCOOP 39 has begun! Time to unify the titles," wrote Terrence "Unassigned" Chan on his Twitter account yesterday afternoon. To say the event on tap was in Chan's wheelhouse is a gross understatement, as last April he managed an almost unthinkable feat, winning two 6-max limit hold'em SCOOP championships in...more

2009 WCOOP: PiMaster circles the final table in Event #40, $215 NLO8 win

Last year in the 2008 WCOOP there was the double turbo tourney which shot out a winner so fast; the PokerStarsBlog live blogging crew's fingers had blisters from trying to keep up with the action. While that tourney was of the NLHE variety, tonight's Event #40 $200,000 Guarantee No Limit...more

18 September

2009 WCOOP: Greenstein finds another way to multi-table

One of my favorite blog posts I've written here was Seventeen steps with Barry Greenstein. That was back during the 2007 World Series of Poker when Greenstein managed to get himself involved in two tournaments at once. Instead of doing what a lot of people do at the WSOP--play one...more

Ante Up For Africa Monte Carlo hits CBS tomorrow

For those Americans who don't have a chance to head across the Atlantic to see the European Poker Tour in action, it's pretty hard to see some of the great poker television that comes from that part of the world. Saturday, CBS viewers will finally get their chance and it's...more

WCOOP Profile: Pay dat man his money

There are screen names and there are screen names. Some are boring, some are clever, some are dirty. And some are just perfect. Meet Unsyatisfied. Anybody who has ever seen the movie Rounders (or anybody who watches it at least once a year, and keeps it on his iPod to...more

WCOOP Profile: VAMOOOOOOO for the former banker

Hang around enough Brazilians, and you'll hear it eventually. "VAMOOOOOOO!" Hang around enough poker tournaments with Brazilians doing well, and you'll hear it even louder. "VAMOOOOOOO!" Hang around a final table of a poker tournament a Brazilian ultimately wins, and you'll be hearing it in your dreams. "VAMOOOOOOO!" And, so,...more

WCOOP Profile: Danzer's bracelet

We wait for it every year. Which member of Team PokerStars Pro is going to go deep in a WCOOP event? We've seen Raymer, Rousso, and Moneymaker (among many others) do it. This year, we've seen Peter Eastgate get close, but so far, German George Danzer is the only one...more

2009 WCOOP: kiiski proves he's no fish in Event #37, $2,100 PLO 6-max

Translated from Finnish, "kiiski" means fish, and a quick Google search of the word will yield dozens of photos of the scaly, water-bound creatures. Though tonight's champion boasts a now-ironic choice in screen name, this kiiski was far from fishy at the tables tonight, defeating an elite field in Event...more

2009 WCOOP: Astrolux85 Rockets to Event 36 Victory ($530+R NLHE)

As the WCOOP begins its last few days of tournaments, instead of players seeming weary of the no-limit hold'em action, they cannot seem to get enough. Event 36 brought an opportunity for a NLHE rebuy tournament with short-handed tables, and the takers were certainly not difficult to find. When registration...more

17 September

WCOOP Profile: ShawnZJones takes road less traveled

It's easy to find a hold'em game--at your local casino, anywhere online, on just about every TV station at night. Hold'em is king and that probably won't change anytime soon. To be royalty in that kingdom takes more than just being good. And so some people, like Shawn "ShawnZJones" Grant,...more

WCOOP Profile: Fish plays poker, wins

A lot of people will tell you that it's always darkest before the dawn, that every cloud has a silver lining, that the light at the end of the tunnel is not, in fact, a train, but actually salvation. These people are relentless optimists who are probably going slip on...more

Exit Gulf Coast, enter WCOOP for Brown

You might have seen a little less of Chad Brown at the WCOOP tables in recent days. That's because he was busy padding his bankroll by several hundred thousand dollars in live events. Now that he's done with that, he's ready to move on to WCOOP, where he's suggesting you...more

WCOOP Profile: From Longmeadow to WCOOP

Longmeadow, Massachusetts is a nearly 400 year old town with which Puritan settlers fell in love. The soil was rich, the grazing land was good, and there were enough beavers to kill and skin that everybody was going to line their pockets with cash. Three hundred something years later, Jonathan...more

2009 WCOOP Event #33

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2009 WCOOP Event #32

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2009 WCOOP: Eastgate reflects on big cash

You might think when a guy is less than one year removed from winning the World Series of Poker Main Event that he might get a little complacent. You might think he is happy to rest on his laurels. Not Peter Eastgate. Nope, this member of Team PokerStars Pro came...more

2009 WCOOP: twenty305 takes down Event #35, $320 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi/Lo

1,567 players came out in search of a WCOOP title today in pot-limit Omaha Hi/Lo, a hybrid game that combines the explosive action of pot-limit Omaha with the finesse of limit Omaha Hi/Lo. With a $500,000 guaranteed prize pool there was a bit of an overlay, with 234 players claiming...more

2009 WCOOP: Koln4ever captures Event 34 Title ($215 NLHE)

Some might call it a turbo tournament, because despite the 20-minute levels, antes were introduced at the very first level and continued to escalate throughout the event. The title of the event even noted that it was a no-limit hold'em tournament with "big antes." With a little extra incentive for...more

16 September

WCOOP Profile: Not laying down the law...yet

So, here's more than a quarter million dollars. It's not going to hold you for the rest of your life, but if you're 25 years old, it's going to feel pretty darned good to get it. Now, keep in mind, you need to get to class. You're in law school...more

WCOOP Profile: A Crib Clown Teen Power

A crib clown teen power! Think on that for a second. Let it rest on your noodle while we introduce one of WCOOP's newest bracelet winners, Thomas "soterdelf" Osterfeld. It's been just a couple of days since Osterfeld won $174,594 in the WCOOP $215 rebuy tournament. "It was a great...more

WCOOP Profile: Firefighter, todch, smokes competition

"Now I know I can compete with the sharks," said the man when I asked him what it was like to take down a WCOOP event. It's rare to hear something like that from a winner of a World Championship of Online Poker tournament. Most everybody who wins one of...more

2009 WCOOP: MyRabbiFoo revealed

I've been watching PokerStars players for longer than my kids have been alive. At the very same time I started the PokerStars Blog, a player with the screen name MyRabbiFoo started playing on the tables. He almost immediate started winning, which meant I started seeing the name on a regular...more

2009 WCOOP Event #28

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2009 WCOOP: df1986 dials up a win in $1,050 NLHE Event #33

The nightcap of the WCOOP's tournaments today was its most expensive as the $500,000 Event #33 $1,000 + $50 NLHE overshot its guarantee by the size of small town as tonight 1,240 ponied up the entry fee. With the $1,240,000 prize pool there would be three six figures prizes on...more

2009 WCOOP: Vicky shouldn't complain

Among the best writers--if not the best--on Team PokerStars Pro is Ms. Vicky Coren. We're very happy when we get a submission from the lady who wrote the book on poker (or, a book at least, titled For Richer, For Poorer), not to mention who wrote the book on pornography...more

2009 WCOOP: ShawnZJones scoops them all in Event #32, $530 Stud Hi/Lo

Who said stud poker was dead? Not anyone who has been watching the WCOOP action over the last two weeks. Yesterday, 510 players chose to spend their Tuesday checking and raising, scooping and splitting in Event #32, $530 Stud Hi/Lo. 80 players earned shares of the $255,000 prize pool with...more

2009 WCOOP: KRUTHE Krushes final table Event #31 $320 PLO 6-Max (w/Rebuys)

799 brave souls with little regards for money stepped up to the plate this afternoon to put down their first $300+$20 investment into tonight's WCOOP Event #31. If the Pot Limit Omaha game of the event wasn't enough gamble for them, add in the short handed 6-max and re-buy aspects...more

15 September

Chad Brown hosts and wins

Have you ever gone to a party and been so impressed with the host that you just gave him all your money? Well, that's not exactly what happened in America's deep south this week, but it's close. Over the past several days Vanessa Rousso and Chad Brown have been hosting...more

Weekly Dose: Holy WCOOP!

Is it just us or is time flying while we're having fun? We did a little math this morning and, sure enough, by this time next week, the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker will be over, just a happy memory dancing on our tired synapses. All we'll have left...more

WCOOP Round Up Show 2

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2009 WCOOP Event #27

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2009 WCOOP: spencerman3 sails to victory in Event #30, $320 2x chance NLHE

Double chance? It really is just that. It's not a freezeout, it's not a rebuy, it's not even a single rebuy. Event #30 of the 2009 WCOOP gave players a one-hour window where if they happened to get felted, they had one shot to rebuy back into the event....more

2009 WCOOP: Unsyatisfied Likely Satisfied with $513,076 Win in Two-Day $1050 NLHE

It was a two-day event that began on Sunday, September 16. After 22 levels and a very full day of poker, only 176 out of the 3,268-starting field remained, and they were given a little over 11 hours to recuperate, rest, and return to the WCOOP tables. Event 28 began...more

2009 WCOOP: g0lfa clubs competition, lands 2nd bracelet in Event #29, $320 PLH/PLO

The $320 buy-in Event #29 combined the two flop games -- hold'em and Omaha -- with the pot-limit betting format ensuring many flops would be seen. A total of 1,407 entrants came out for this one. That meant a total prize pool of $422,100 (thus beating the $400K guarantee), with...more

14 September

WCOOP Profile: It's Science.

Yadin Shemmer is no dummy. The man worked on Wall Street and ran a hedge fund. He plays poker--high stakes Pot-Limit Omaha, to be exact--as a hobby. Yes, a hobby. That's a short way of saying, you don't expect him to do anything boneheaded. "Making the final table was unexpected,"...more

WCOOP: Baby needs a new pair of shoes!

Silly us. We feel sort of bad about this. See, we like to hear from more voices than our own during WCOOP, so we always look to our friends over on Team PokerStars Pro. They're usually playing every event, winning scads of money, and even winning bracelets, (see Danzer, George)....more

Macau Poker Cup ready for October

PokerStars is set to kick off satellites that could get you playing in China's first-ever live poker room in the Macau Poker Cup Red Dragon Main Event October 22-25. Word has just crossed the wire that PokerStars will be hosting Red Dragon event satellites that will get winners into the...more

2009 WCOOP: Event 26 title goes to lelijk22 for $215 NLHE win

No frills. No complications. Event 26 simply brought no-limit hold'em action with a reasonable buy-in for the poker-playing masses. It was simple, straight-forward, and still as exciting as any WCOOP tournament can get. But that plain, ordinary NLHE tournament boasted of a $1 million guarantee. And that brought 9,795 players...more

2009 WCOOP: Day 1 of Event 28 finds padjes with chip lead ($1050 NLHE)

In light of the 21+ hour tournament that was Event 24, let's take a moment to hail the greatness that is the two-day tournament. For players, it allows them to plan their poker tournament schedule, not to mention non-poker activities and obligations, while managing to allow them to sleep on...more

2009 WCOOP: Iftarii tops elite field in Event #27, $25,500 Heads-Up NLHE

A staggeringly elite field of the world's best no-limit hold'em players spent their Sunday glued to their screens for the WCOOP's High Roller Heads-Up NLHE event. Carrying a buy-in larger than the WSOP Main Event and the EPT Grand Final, this event saw 36 players put up $25,500 each for...more

13 September

WCOOP Profile: Jellybeans for everybody!

We always ask people what they are going to do with their winnings. It's a natural question to someone who has just won a ton of cash. More often than not, the answers are throwaways, because people have barely had time to consider what they're going to do with five...more

WCOOP Profile: MUSTAFABET goes from freerolls to bracelet

When you don't have a bankroll big enough to throw money off a bridge just to see the fish nibble at the bills, you sometimes have to start a poker career with next to nothing. Or in the case of Matthew "MUSTAFABET" Ashton, actually nothing. "I learnt myself through playing...more

2009 WCOOP: todch takes down Event #25, $320 H.O.R.S.E.

1,180 mixed-games enthusiasts saddled up for the WCOOP's $320 buy-in H.O.R.S.E. event and enjoyed a bit of an overlay on the $400,000 guaranteed prize pool. 176 places were paid with first place set to earn $70,400. Flying the flag for Team PokerStars Pro in this event were Katja Thater,...more

2009 WCOOP: MyRabbiFoo Wins Marathon Event 24 ($530 NLHE Heads-Up)

Heads-up poker is considered by many to be the rawest and purest form of poker. The pitting of two players against each other leaves no room for folding around or sitting out a few hands. Every hand matters, every chip is winnable, and knowing your opponent is everything. And it...more

WCOOP Profile: Brothers match bracelet for bracelet

It's been just a little more than a year since a man named Max Greenwood bought into the $1,000 no-limit hold'em rebuy event at the WSOP and took it down for nearly $700,000. He walked away with a gold bracelet on his wrist and a brother who was no doubt...more

2009 WCOOP Event 21

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12 September

2009 WCOOP Event #19

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WCOOP Profile: iCeVeNoM foils pesky ape

For some people, there is a great white whale in poker's waters. They spend their day playing Ahab around a virtual felt sea and never capture their prey. Such it is for the player known as iCeVeNoM. The 23-year-old UCLA grad plays poker full time while waiting a bit to...more

2009 WCOOP: Sleep is the winning formula for Science in Event #22, $530 Omaha Hi/Lo

We've all done it. Shut our eyes between hands, grabbed a few winks on a break, nodded off during hand-for-hand play. Heck, some of us have even fallen asleep in front of a screen full of blinking sit-n-goes, only to wake up hours later to the damage. Typically running over...more

2009 WCOOP: Soterdelf Takes Event 21 Title to Germany for $215+R NLHE Victory

Rebuy tournaments have been player favorites for years, as they allow for a more aggressive style of play and the opportunity for second (and third) chances if the plan fails. Though rebuys sometimes receive a bit of scrutiny, as some claim that they allow the higher stakes players a much...more

2009 WCOOP: Straight to the top for Str8$$$Homey in Event #23, $320 NLHE (10-min. levels)

The last WCOOP event of the day, a $320 buy-in no-limit hold'em event (with 10-minute levels), attracted a total of 2,676 entrants, creating a prize pool of $802,000 -- well over the tourney's $300,000 guarantee. The top 396 finishers got paid, with the winner scheduled to receive $126,441.01. It took...more

11 September

WCOOP Profile: lebordelaii nurses win, knee

Normally on a nice weekend, the PokerStars player known as lebordelaii could be found on the pitch. At just 21-years-old he still has a lot of that youthful energy that poker players lose after too much time at the tables. So, a weekend of football (you might know it as...more

2009 WCOOP: Timmy K topples the field in Event #20, $320 2-7 triple draw

Today's WCOOP schedule amounted to nothing less than an action junkie's paradise. Event #19, a 6-max Pot-Limit Omaha rebuy started off the day, followed by Event #20, a $320 2-7 Triple Draw tournament that shot past its $100,000 guarantee. 468 players put up $320 apiece for their shot at...more

2009 WCOOP: Team PokerStars Pro George Danzer Takes Event 19 Title ($320+R PLO)

Pot-limit Omaha is all the rage with the kids these days. Truthfully, it has been gaining popularity with poker players of all ages for years. While PLO is similar to hold'em - enough so that the concept is relatively easy to pick up for hold'em players - it requires additional...more

10 September

PokerStars hosts Kent Senter benefit

If you have reached adulthood and your life takes a unimaginable, terminal turn, it's rare to find yourself in a position where one of your lifelong dreams comes true. For Kent Senter, it happened. You might have heard about Senter, a man on the top of the world with a...more

WCOOP Profile: Zen for the win

It almost seems rude to profile somebody who has been around PokerStars almost as long as it has been around. It seems a tad gauche to "introduce" you to someone who has a really hard time counting the number of final tables he's made. And yet, we must, because just...more

2009 WCOOP Event #16

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2009 WCOOP Event #15

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2009 WCOOP: g0lfa scores a hole-in-one in Event #18, $320 8-Game

Poker players are a superstitious bunch. Some refuse to change their clothes in the middle of a rush. Others believe in lucky starting hands that never seem to lose. More still put their faith in charms, card protectors, and coins. Conspiracists, numerologists, and apocalypse-watchers everywhere today had their eyes...more

2009 WCOOP: iCeVeNoM freezes competition in $530 NLHE Triple Shootout (Event 17)

Shootout tournaments are a big draw in online tournament poker, primarily as a result of the popularity of sit-n-goes. Many look at a shootout as an opportunity to beat out two or three tables worth of players rather than a field of hundreds or thousands; simply play the table as...more

9 September

How Carter Phillips won EPT Barcelona

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WCOOP Profile: Peachy win for yhcaep

The PokerStars Blog staff has grown by leaps and bounds over the past several years, and I'm sure we have some people on the staff now who are pretty good with anagrams and things of the like. That said, when the name yhcaep popped up on the screen (again) at...more

EPT Barcelona: Catalonia belongs to Carter Phillips - and €850,000

Catalonia may not have started the sixth season of the EPT, but it remains one of its most cherished stops. Hundreds of players take part in poker's Battle of Barcelona, injecting the tour with stocks of sunshine and energy to last through the winter and to the Grand Final...more

EPT Barcelona: Level 30 updates

Live updates from day five, level 30 of EPT Barcelona brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Rick Dacey, Marc Convey and Howard Swains. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest chip counts can be found by clicking right here. Follow the feature table action on EPT...more

EPT Barcelona: Level 29 updates

Live updates from day five, level 29 of EPT Barcelona brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Rick Dacey, Marc Convey and Howard Swains. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest chip counts can be found by clicking right here. Follow the feature table action on EPT...more

Team PokerStars Pros up for Poker Hall of Fame

The poker world is set to bestow one of its highest honors to a veteran of the game, and three members of Team PokerStars Pro have been nominated for the spot. Members of the Poker Hall of Fame voting committee are preparing to decide which of the nine nominees should...more

EPT Barcelona: Level 28 updates

Live updates from day five, level 28 of EPT Barcelona brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Rick Dacey, Marc Convey and Howard Swains. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest chip counts can be found by clicking right here. Follow the feature table action on EPT...more

WCOOP Profile: Restaurateur serves up WCOOP bracelet

If you're ever in Trnava, Slovakia and feeling a bit peckish, we suggest you stop in at a little restaurant owned by Emil Nosko. "I like a good meal and a good beer," he said. While you're there, ask Nosko about the daily special, the local cuisine, and that gold...more

2009 WCOOP: XTheDecanoX marked the spot with the Event 16 victory ($1050 NLHE)

This was no ordinary no-limit hold'em tournament. Not only was it set up with a $1,050 buy-in, making it a field of higher bankrolled players and those who battled tough satellites for entries, but it began at 8:00pm Eastern Time. Typical start times bring players to the tables much earlier...more

Final table set at EPT Barcelona

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EPT Barcelona: Level 27 updates

Live updates from day five, level 27 of EPT Barcelona brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Rick Dacey, Marc Convey and Howard Swains. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest chip counts can be found by clicking right here. Follow the feature table action on EPT...more

WCOOP profile: Sumpas gets his bracelet

It was a late September night and the man known as Sumpas sat in Sweden on the cusp of WCOOP greatness. He had made the final table of the 2008 WCOOP Main Event. He'd started the final table with one of the shorter stacks, but had somehow managed to survive...more

2009 WCOOP Event #13

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2009 WCOOP Event #11

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Carter Phillips talks through his huge bluff against Marc Goodwin

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EPT Barcelona: Level 25/26 updates

Live updates from day five, level 26 of EPT Barcelona brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Rick Dacey, Marc Convey and Howard Swains. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest chip counts can be found by clicking right here. Follow the feature table action on EPT...more

EPT Barcelona: The final eight

Our final table is set at EPT Barcelona, with eight players in sight of the €850,000 first prize. Play is scheduled to begin today at 2pm and we will play to a winner. You can find chip counts updated throughout the day on the chip count page. And you can...more

2009 WCOOP: Raymond "raydavis77" Davis rolls to victory in Event #15, $320 Badugi

Tonight marked a first in PokerStars history, as the WCOOP crowned its first-ever Baduigi champion. A natural addition to this year's lineup of events, Badugi began running on PokerStars earlier this year, thanks in no small part to the lobbying efforts of Team PokerStars Pro's Barry Greenstein, who had enjoyed...more

2009 WCOOP: Dang! dangdokodang took down Event 14 mixed hold'em title

Any mixed game requires players to change strategy and mindset with each level. In Event 14, there were only two games - no-limit and limit hold'em - but they alternated every ten minutes, so players had to be quick on their feet (hands?) and able to change gears continuously. But...more

8 September

EPT Barcelona: Carter Phillips leads the online brigade's Catalonian charge

For the past six years, the European Poker Tour has been the most visible arena for a fundamental clash occurring in the game: the collision between the established live circuit and the freneticism of the online tables. Internet sensations have buzzed into the bricks and mortar environment and won massive...more

EPT Barcelona: Level 25 updates

Live updates from day four, level 25 of EPT Barcelona brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Rick Dacey, Marc Convey and Howard Swains. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest chip counts can be found by clicking right here. Follow the feature table action on EPT...more

Luca Pagano likes the women on the EPT circuit

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EPT Barcelona: Level 24 updates

Live updates from day four, level 24 of EPT Barcelona brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Rick Dacey, Marc Convey and Howard Swains. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest chip counts can be found by clicking right here. Follow the feature table action on EPT...more

2009 WCOOP Events 1-10 roundup

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EPT Barcelona: Level 23 updates

Live updates from day four, level 23 of EPT Barcelona brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Rick Dacey, Marc Convey and Howard Swains. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest chip counts can be found by clicking right here. Follow the feature table action on EPT...more

Weekly Dose: WCOOP, EPT take the spotlight

Normally on the Weekly Dose, we go all cross-platform from You Tube, to ESPN, to the venerable PokerStars.tv in our attempts to find the best in poker video on the internet. This week, as the World Championship of Online Poker kicks off in record-breaking fashion and the EPT event in...more

EPT Barcelona: Level 22 updates

Live updates from day three, level 22 of EPT Barcelona brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Rick Dacey, Marc Convey and Howard Swains. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest chip counts can be found by clicking right here. Follow the feature table action on EPT...more

WCOOP Profile: From 180-mans to bracelet

Just a month or so back, Michael Overstreet hit the biggest score of his poker career. After five years of playing poker, the man known as FireGoblin on PokerStars stepped away from the computer as the runner-up finisher in a $20 180-man sit and go. It was to that point...more

EPT Barcelona: Now it gets serious

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EPT Barcelona: Level 21 updates

Live updates from day three, level 21 of EPT Barcelona brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Rick Dacey, Marc Convey and Howard Swains. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest chip counts can be found by clicking right here. Follow the feature table action on EPT...more

EPT Barcelona: Level 20 updates

Live updates from day three, level 20 of EPT Barcelona brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Rick Dacey, Marc Convey and Howard Swains. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest chip counts can be found by clicking right here. Follow the feature table action on EPT...more

EPT Barcelona: Level 20 updates

Live updates from day three, level 20 of EPT Barcelona brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Rick Dacey, Marc Convey and Howard Swains. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest chip counts can be found by clicking right here. Follow the feature table action on EPT...more

2009 WCOOP: yhcaep takes bracelet in Event #13, $320 7-Card Stud

Somewhat mirroring the scheduling tradition that has been established at the World Series of Poker over the last couple of years, Monday's non-hold'em event kicked off in the late afternoon (Eastern time, anyway), a $320 buy-in 7-card stud event that attracted 668 entrants. That meant another WCOOP guarantee ($150K for...more

2009 WCOOP: lebordellai victorious in Event #12, $215 4-max NLHE

Short-handed enthusiasts rejoiced today with the advent of WCOOP Event #12, a 4-max No-Limit Hold'em affair. The 4-max format was added to the WCOOP schedule last year and the 2009 installment proved to be even more popular than 2008's, drawing 3,864 entrants. 560 players came away with a share...more

2009 WCOOP: hustla16 wins more than $446K in $530 NLHE two-day event

It began on Sunday, September 6 when 6,219 players each ponied up a $530 buy-in to participate in the first two-day event of the 2009 WCOOP. The excitement of the day increased as the tournament hit the last hours, when 900 players found their way into the money and many...more

7 September

EPT Barcelona: Georgios Kapalas leads four-way duel at close of day three

Today's specific task in Casino Barcelona was to turn 72 players into 24 or to die in the attempt. But like so many days on the European Poker Tour, eliminating players was outrageously simple. Hitting our target was no problem at all. Deeper stacks? Longer levels? An extra day for...more

EPT Barcelona: Level 19 updates

Live updates from day three, level 19 of EPT Barcelona brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Rick Dacey, Marc Convey and Howard Swains. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be found by clicking right here. Blinds: 5,000-10,000 (1,000 ante) 7.38pm: From...more

Jason Mercier tells of his rise to poker fame

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EPT Barcelona: Level 18 updates

Live updates from day three, level 18 of EPT Barcelona brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Rick Dacey, Marc Convey and Howard Swains. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be found by clicking right here. Blinds: 4,000-8,000 (500 ante) 6.05pm:...more

2009 WCOOP Event #7

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2009 WCOOP Event #6

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EPT Barcelona: We're in the Cash

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EPT Barcelona: Level 17 updates

Live updates from day three, level 17 of EPT Barcelona brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Rick Dacey, Marc Convey and Howard Swains. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be found by clicking right here. Blinds: 3,000-6,000 (400 ante) 4.45pm: Castelluccio...more

2009 WCOOP: ternoplayer takes down Event #9, $215 NLHE

For thousands of online tourney grinders, Sunday afternoon means one thing -- no-limit hold'em. So it was fitting for the first WCOOP event of the day to be a familiar one, the $215 buy-in NLHE event. One knew something was different this Sunday, however, when the number of total entrants...more

Here's EPT Barcelona chip leader Matt Lapossie

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EPT Barcelona: Level 16 updates

Live updates from day 3, level 16 of EPT Barcelona brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Rick Dacey, Marc Convey and Howard Swains. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be found by clicking right here. Blinds: 2,500-5,000 (500 ante) 3.14pm: RULING!...more

2009 WCOOP: Sumpas soars to victory in Event #10, $10,300 High Roller NLHE

The field was as elite as it gets, a comprehensive, international "Who's Who" of high-stakes tournament poker. The prize pool was massive, eclipsing those of the last four World Poker Tour events. And the play was nearly flawless, a virtual master class in aggression, position, and timing. This year's...more

EPT Barcelona: Level 15 updates

Live updates from level 15 of EPT Barcelona brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Rick Dacey, Marc Convey and Howard Swains. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be found by clicking right here. Blinds: 2,000-4,000 (400 ante) 1.31pm: Smith doubles In...more

EPT Barcelona: And so day three

Somewhere near to the moment that last night became this morning, the Team PokerStars Pro Thierry van den Berg walked through the lobby of the AB Skipper hotel and into a flurry of handshakes from friends. "Congratulations on another good cash," said one member of the media, speaking for them...more

2009 WCOOP: CONOW dominates, RaiNKhAN soars in Day 1 of $530 NLHE

The two-day events of the WCOOP are highlights of the series. Not only does the structure and starting chip stacks allow for ample play, but the fields are large and the prize pools are staggering. That was the case in Event 11, and the first day's action and participation was...more

6 September

EPT Barcelona: Matt Lapossie the man on day two

It's hardly unusual for players to bust on the very first hand of day two, but for long stretches today it seemed a player was sent packing on every hand, adding to what became a large and disappointed rail. We played five and a half levels today, more than...more

EPT Barcelona: A video interlude

As you wait for the final day's wrap from EPT Barcelona (I can almost hear the hammering of refresh buttons from here), why not enjoy a couple of video blogs, featuring the Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Rousso, whose tournament unfortunately ended on day one, and Carter Philips, who is...more

A chat with Vanessa Rousso

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WCOOP Profile: 2FLY2TILT can play on clay, grass, and felt

Find a tennis player who can play equally well on clay, grass, and hard courts and you've found a player you should watch. Until just a few years ago, you might have been watching a man named Joel Adam Gordon. London born and raised, Gordon moved to Barcelona, Spain at...more

EPT Barcelona: Day 2 level 14 updates

Live updates from day 2, level 14 of EPT Barcelona brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Rick Dacey, Marc Convey and Howard Swains. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be found by clicking right here. Blinds: 1,500-3,000 (300 ante) 8.00pm: Hought-done...more

EPT Barcelona: Day 2 level 13 updates

Live updates from day 2, level 13 of EPT Barcelona brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Rick Dacey, Marc Convey and Howard Swains. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be found by clicking right here. Blinds: 1,200-2,400 (200 ante) 6.43pm: Reasons...more

EPT Barcelona: Race for the money

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EPT Barcelona: Day 2 level 12 updates

Live updates from day 2, level 12 of EPT Barcelona brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Rick Dacey, Marc Convey and Howard Swains. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be found by clicking right here. Blinds: 1,000-2,000 (200 ante) 5.05pm: Cirstea...more

EPT Barcelona: Day 2 level 11 updates

Live updates from day 2, level 11 of EPT Barcelona brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Rick Dacey, Marc Convey and Howard Swains. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be found by clicking right here. Blinds: 800-1,600 (200 ante) 3.50pm: Before...more

EPT Barcelona: Nuijten drops in

There's an oft-heard tale in poker circles of a young university student taking up the game in between lectures, qualifying for a major tournament, winning it, deciding that those lectures aren't necessarily as profitable as what he gets up to in his spare time and so giving them up to...more

EPT Barcelona: Turning it up

Not that we needed any sense of urgency injected into things but the playing of "Sing Sing Sing," over P.A. Yesterday the casino went classical and things ticked along nicely, but Louis Prima has changed that, giving level 10 a car chase feel and the drumming is chasing a...more

EPT Barcelona: They can't buy the sunshine

Welcome back to EPT Barcelona. While the sun bakes the beaches just a few feet from the casino entrance, 240 players have returned, shunning that in favour of climate-controlled air conditioning and a long day at the office. That's the best case scenario. The worst case version involves early...more

EPT Barcelona: Day 2 level 10 updates

Live updates from day 2, level 10 of EPT Barcelona brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Rick Dacey, Marc Convey and Howard Swains. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be found by clicking right here. Blinds: 600-1200 (100 ante) 2.05pm: Level...more

2009 WCOOP: iacog4 followed instincts and won Event 8 ($215 FLHE)

Limit hold'em is for the patient, calculating player. It is a game that many learn when they first walk into a casino or log on to an online poker site, as the buy-ins are lower and the betting is more controlled, and while some eventually move on to no-limit or...more

2009 WCOOP: CesarSPA rules them all in Event #7, $215 Pot-Limit 5-Card Draw

Pot-Limit 5-Card Draw. It's like your grandma's card game with an action junkie's twist-- six-handed play and pot-limit betting. In this seventh event of the 2009 WCOOP the play was fast and the swings often gut-wrenching, but it was enough to draw 844 players into the fray, each of...more

5 September

2009 WCOOP: vakAAttack relentless, takes Event #6, $109 NLHE

Fifteen thousand, six hundred and seventy-four. That's how many runners came out on Saturday for Event #6, the $109 buy-in No-Limit Hold'em event -- by far the most ever in the eight-year history of the World Championship of Online Poker event. Kind of mind boggling, really. 15,675 players. All logged...more

EPT Barcelona: Matt Woodward leads the stars after day 1b in Catalonia

Oh my. Day 1b of EPT Barcelona is now in the books, and that'll be a chapter remembered for some time as one of the toughest for all concerned. After a relatively pedestrian day 1a -- small-ish field, newly-reorganised tournament area, hungover star players biding their time -- today was...more

EPT Barcelona: The Noah post

Consider this to be the "Noah post." It comes around at most EPTs when the young Dutch Team PokerStars Pro reaches the brink of something great. Sometimes it ends badly, while other times it's a high octane superlative adventure requiring air sickness pills and a big bag for his...more

EPT Barcelona: Day 1b level 9 updates

Live updates from day 1b, level 9 of EPT Barcelona brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Rick Dacey, Marc Convey and Howard Swains. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be found by clicking right here. Blinds: 500-1000 (100 ante) 11.45pm: It's...more

EPT Barcelona: Day 1b level 8 updates

Live updates from day 1b, level 8 of EPT Barcelona brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Rick Dacey, Marc Convey and Howard Swains. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be found by clicking right here. Blinds: 400-800 (75 ante) 10.38pm: Knighted,...more

EPT Barcelona: Boris speaks

The tournament might be over in Barcelona for Boris Becker, but the PokerStars SportStar has, as ever, enjoyed his time in Catalonia, the latest step on his transformation from tennis champion to poker player of some repute. Becker caught up with our video blog team earlier in the day to...more

EPT Barcelona: A Kyiv reunion

If you can imagine the European Poker Tour as a huge magnet -- stick with it, stick with it -- then our recent trip through Kyiv, Ukraine, found an army of players dressed in metal suits. Everyone knew that once the CIS countries got the taste for poker, we would...more

Boris Becker chats about his poker journey

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EPT Barcelona: The view from the rail

It's Saturday night in Barcelona and the casino, that's everything from the tournament area to the video roulette machines, is crammed full of people, weekend revellers and poker enthusiasts alike, either looking over the rail at something they'd like a go at themselves or at what they were doing...more

EPT Barcelona: Day 1b level 7 updates

Live updates from day 1b, level 7 of EPT Barcelona brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Rick Dacey, Marc Convey and Howard Swains. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be found by clicking right here. Blinds: 300-600 (50 ante) 9.18pm: Hey...more

2009 WCOOP Event #2

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EPT Barcelona: Prizes!

We interrupt this broadcast to give you some crucial news. The prize pool for EPT Barcelona has just been decided and they're all playing for a first prize of €850,000. The full structure is as follows, with 72 players being paid. That's a long way off yet, but we're getting...more

EPT Barcelona: Going public

It's the future, apparently, the ability to let people know exactly what you're doing when you do it, everything from eating breakfast to what music you might be listening to; but all in no more than 140 digits. It's an exciting new wave of technology making the private public...more

EPT Barcelona: Day 1b level 6 updates

Live updates from day 1b, level 6 of EPT Barcelona brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Rick Dacey, Marc Convey and Howard Swains. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be found by clicking right here. Blinds: 200-400 (50 ante) 7.20pm: Breaktime...more

EPT Barcelona: An overview, a video, a picture

Today has been a tough one on the EPT, and none of us is even playing. The diversity, interest and quality of the players in today's 271-strong field has made this a relentless, blurry bombardment of hands, chip counts, eliminations and double ups, and we're not even at the dinner...more

EPT Barcelona: We are the champions

There are 13 champions in today's field. But instead of simply listing them, why not stop by to see each of them play a hand? Win or lose it's a glimpse into their world, brief as it might be. It was a grand idea that would fizzle out quicker...more

EPT Barcelona: Day 1b level 5 updates

Live updates from day 1b, level 5 of EPT Barcelona brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Rick Dacey, Marc Convey and Howard Swains. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be found by clicking right here. Blinds: 150-300 (25 ante) 6.27pm: Super...more

EPT Barcelona: Once more with feeling

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EPT Barcelona: The life of Brandon

If you're going to sub-head a personal blog "The Life of [Insert Name Here]", you had better make sure you've got a life worth blogging about, otherwise there will be issues. Thankfully Brandon Schaefer, of "The Life of Brandon" fame, has the kind of life others might write novels about...more

2009 WCOOP Event #1

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EPT Barcelona: Day 1b level 4 updates

Live updates from day 1b, level 4 of EPT Barcelona brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Rick Dacey, Marc Convey and Howard Swains. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be found by clicking right here. Blinds 150-300 5.02:Break time The end...more

EPT Barcelona: It's their words against ours

For some people table talk is an integral part of the game, the thing that makes live play all the more enjoyable; a social experience worth more just the buy-in. For others though it's a living nightmare, a private shame that can expose your weaknesses, leaving you stuck in...more

EPT Barcelona: Pictures are included

Lesser poker reports than this would be over the moon today at the news that Sandra Naujoks and Fatima Moreira De Melo are on the same table. Those poker reports, curse their predictable shallowness, would be mentioning things like Naujok's piercing glassy green eyes, or Moreira De Melo's cascading blonde...more

EPT Barcelona: Day 1b level 3 updates

Live updates from day 1b, level 3 of EPT Barcelona brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Rick Dacey, Marc Convey and Howard Swains. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be found by clicking right here. Blinds 100-200 4.03pm: Big name battles...more

EPT Barcelona: Across the barricades

It sounded to me like "no molesta," and the security man turning me away seemed in no mood to negotiate. The way in and the way out of the tournament area is restricted today by staff in waistcoats looking a lot like dealers. There are greater numbers of people...more

EPT Barcelona: day 1b level 2 update

Live updates from day 1b, level 2 of EPT Barcelona brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc Convey, Howard Swains and Rick Dacey. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be found by clicking right here. Blinds 75-150 2.48pm: Purple patches and...more

2009 WCOOP: 2FLY2TILT soared to victory in Event 4 ($215+R NL Single Draw 2-7)

Long gone are the days when online poker tournament series consisted of primarily hold'em. Players have increasingly expressed a desire for more games, a mix that includes Omaha and draw games, variations on the games the make for a well-rounded card player. The premiere online poker site heard the cries,...more

EPT Barcelona: Solve the puzzle, admire the field

What is it about day 1b? Why does it always attract so many more players than the first day one? Plenty of people will no doubt give different answers -- everything from superstition to momentum to saving a night's hotel accommodation -- but the simple fact is that there's always...more

EPT Barcelona: Tucking in to day 1b

If the key to a good day is a good breakfast then the hotel lobby of the AB Skipper could be the spot from where the day 1b leaders, and even the tournament champion, will emerge. It was there, amid comfy seats and starched linen, that today's cast of...more

EPT Barcelona: Day 1b level 1 updates

Live updates from day 1a, level 1 of EPT Barcelona brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc Convey, Howard Swains and Rick Dacey. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be found by clicking right here. Blinds 50-100 1.52pm: Caught in a...more

2009 WCOOP: MUSTAFABET Takes Event #3, $215 PLO 6-max

Action junkies came together for the $215 buy-in six-handed pot-limit Omaha event on Friday. The field of 2,738 created a total prize pool of $547,600, more than exceeding the $500K guarantee as well as besting the total of 2,457 who played in the same event last year, won by Mary...more

PokerStars EPT Barcelona: Diego Arias leads at close of day 1a

Beautiful Barcelona; full to the brim of excitement (a queue to get in), sunshine (humid and overcast) and energy (deep lethargy thanks to last night's welcome party). The 207 players arriving today were skipping the pot-limit Omaha 6-max, the no limit single draw 2-7 with re-buys and 8-game events...more

2009 WCOOP: FireGoblin burns through the field in Event #5, $109 8-Game

In the beginning, it was no-limit hold'em. Everyone wanted to learn the game they saw on TV. Then, as poker evolved and more players hopped online, pot-limit Omaha was in vogue. Next it was H.O.R.S.E. that began gaining momentum, bringing Generation Y into the stud variations that were once the...more

4 September

ElkY's world record

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EPT Barcelona: A stylish start

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EPT Barcelona: day 1a level 9 update

Live updates from day 1a, level 1 of EPT Barcelona brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc Convey, Howard Swains and Rick Dacey. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be found by clicking right here. Blinds 500-1000-100 11.40pm: Day done Day...more

WCOOP Profile: Price of ChopSueyyy goes up

Kaapo Martinmäki cannot just walk out of his house a find a casino to play poker. "There's no live poker here besides random home games," he lamented. Furthermore, he can't even call a father, mother, sister, or brother for a quick heads-up game of poker. "I am the only one...more

EPT Barcelona: Into the unknowns

When out scouring the tournament floor for something to report the tendency is to drift towards the recognisable, the bigger names you've seen and talked to before. But this is a new season, it's time to embrace the spirit of adventure and head off to find a lesser known...more

EPT Barcelona: German and pretty good too

There was a glaring omission from the last post here, the drivel entitled "German and pretty good". I'm not quite sure how come I failed to mention Malte Strothmann in that round up. He's as German and as good as any of those mentioned, and he has 110,000 chips. "Kings...more

EPT Barcelona: Day 1a level 8 updates

Live updates from day 1a, level 1 of EPT Barcelona brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc Convey, Howard Swains and Rick Dacey. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be found by clicking right here. Blinds 400-800-75 9.30pm: de Wolfe sinking...more

EPT Barcelona: German and pretty good

I'm going to stick my neck out here and make a prediction. Here is comes; get ready. I don't make many of these so savour it. It's on its way right now. There's going to be a German winner of EPT Barcelona. There, I said it. And I mean it....more

EPT Barcelona: Not yet ta-ta for Thater

Carter Philips faces a row of heads, just heads mind, the eyes in them look straight at him waiting for him to do something with his 55,000 chips. The heads are all he can see above the barrier running along the dealer's side of his table. Except for Boris...more

WCOOP Profile: djk123 best of the worse

It's been said that it's hard to find Razz players anymore because they have all either died of old age or killed themselves in a fit of depression. In most casinos, it's nearly impossible to find a room spreading Razz, and if you do find it, it's usually in a...more

EPT Barcelona: Day 1a level 7 updates

Live updates from day 1a, level 1 of EPT Barcelona brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc Convey, Howard Swains and Rick Dacey. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be found by clicking right here. Blinds 200-400-50 9.20pm: Deeb 1 -...more

EPT Barcelona: The essential guide

Last night at the well-soaked PokerStars welcome party, a new face on the tour asked a simple question. "So, what's in the essential EPT survival guide?" said JP Kamath, the webmaster of EPT.com, who is attending one of these jamborees for the first time. At that precise moment, it was...more

EPT Barcelona: Perils of the press

In one corner of the casino a small cinema shows a series of short films, each involving a ball rolling around a roulette wheel and landing on a number. One person in the audience tends to like the ending, but rarely the next. In the other corner of the...more

EPT Barcelona: day 1a level 6 update

Live updates from day 1a, level 1 of EPT Barcelona brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc Convey, Howard Swains and Rick Dacey. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be found by clicking right here. Blinds 200-400-50 7.15pm: Thorn in the...more

Brazil wins first Americas Cup of Poker

There was a time when people believed poker belonged to America. When they said "America" they discounted everything but the "United States of..." To be fair, the USA is where poker rose to popularity, but these days the game belongs to the world. Still, PokerStars saw fit to hold a...more

EPT Barcelona: Far from a regular Joe

These are strange times for Joseph Cada. In most observers' eyes at EPT Barcelona, he is just another player, just another guy, vying for a shot at the final table and a payout of something like €1m. He doesn't have any prior form on the EPT. He's 21 and is...more

EPT Barcelona: Double Deutsch

The EPT Barcelona is one of the most popular stops on the tour and it's not hard to spot why. It's early in the season, when everyone is keen and theoretically wealthy, it's late-summer-warm and the beach, with the restaurants along it, are just beyond the revolving door at...more

EPT Barcelona: Day 1a level 5 updates

Live updates from day 1a, level 4 of EPT Barcelona brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc Convey, Howard Swains and Rick Dacey. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be found by clicking right here. Blinds 150-300-25 6.10pm: Not a bad...more

EPT Barcelona: Day 1a level 4 updates

Live updates from day 1a, level 4 of EPT Barcelona brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc Convey, Howard Swains and Rick Dacey. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be found by clicking right here. Blinds 150-300 5.05pm: Benny's Breaktime Blues?...more

2009 WCOOP: Daniel "djk123" Kelly dazzles in Event #2, $215 Razz

Online poker's biggest names were out in force today for the first day of the 2009 World Championship of Online Poker, 1,526 of them putting $215 down to play in Event #2. This deep-stacked Razz event blew through its $200,000 Guarantee, the prize pool swelling to $305,200. 224 places would...more

2009 WCOOP: ChopSueyyy serves up NLHE victory on a platter for Event 1

And we're off! The first event of the 2009 World Championship of Online Poker is history, and it was an amazing tournament to launch into the much-anticipated series of big names, new stars, and $40 million in guarantees. What better way to start than with a $1.25 million guarantee event?...more

EPT Barcelona: A table full of action

The PokerStars Supernova Kelly Corbin is in the house. You know him because you can hear him: he's a player who hascome to our notice before, always keen to get involved in whatever verbal joust is going, and frequently leading the entire table in spirited conversation. "I think it's a...more

EPT Barcelona: Day 1a level 3 updates

Live updates from day 1a, level 3 of EPT Barcelona brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc Convey, Howard Swains and Rick Dacey. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be found by clicking right here. Blinds 100-200 3.53pm: Straight Flushin' Marcin...more

EPT Barcelona: Getting up to speed

Clean shaven, large sunglasses and wearing a pink short-brimmed trilby made famous by Vicky Coren, is Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier. It's been a year and five months since he won the EPT San Remo and more than $1.3million, 11 months since he won the High Roller event in...more

EPT Barcelona: These guys too

With customary good grace this morning, your PokerStars Blog team elbowed their way past a line of players at the casino registration desk, bundled through a scrum of others on the tournament floor, and into the press room, leaving behind aching ribs, a sea of tutting and the odd raised...more

EPT Barcelona: Day 1a, level 2 updates

Live updates from day 1a, level 2 of EPT Barcelona brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc Convey, Howard Swains and Rick Dacey. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be found by clicking right here. Blinds 75-150 3.00pm: Brag post of...more

EPT Barcelona: Who was that guy?

You turn up, you pay your fee, you take your seat, you play a hand and then you leave. It's the poker player's lifetime refined into one sentence, with all variations such as pleasure and pain removed. But right now it's the fate of Polish player Pawel Chmiel who...more

EPT Barcelona: Day 1a level 1 updates

Live updates from day 1a, level 1 of EPT Barcelona brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc Convey, Howard Swains and Rick Dacey. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be found by clicking right here. Blinds 50-100 1.58pm: Telcher takes a...more

PokerStars EPT Barcelona: A return

And so, Barcelona. This year the EPT tried to fool its regular followers by changing the habit of a lifetime. Season six began in mid-August and we were in Kyiv, Ukraine. It took everyone a while to grow accustomed to the new environment, but soon enough a poker tournament broke...more

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3 September

Canada leads Americas Cup of Poker

It's winter in Barliloche, Argentina, but for two days in September PokerStars is turning up the thermostat. Usually the name Americas Cup is reserved for the biggest soccer tournament on the continent, but PokerStars is introducing something new this winter: The Americas Cup of Poker. It started yesterday with the...more

2 September

2009 WCOOP: On the precipice of a broken record

It's here. It's really here. We realize we've mentioned this more than a couple of times in the past few weeks. We realize we've begun to sound a bit like a broken record. We realize the anticipation can only last so long. We felt it was worth repeating. And now,...more

A WCOOP bracelet and Supernova Elite

PokerStars has its newest Supernova Elite and it's a name you may very well already know. After all, the guy has been on PokerStars forever, has won a WCOOP bracelet, and famously beat a Team PokerStars Pro heads up in one of online poker's biggest events, the $25,000 Heads-Up Championship....more

1 September

Weekly Dose: Ramdin wheeling and Dealing

What do you get when you mix a qualifier for the Million Dollar Challenge with a guy who can draw Iron Man? Well, you get Jerry Bingham, a guy, who quite frankly shocked us with his audaciousness and lack of manners. Well, something like that. You'll have to watch to...more

Sweden invades Italy and takes down IPT San Remo

Leave it to a Scandi to head to southern Europe go back home with all the money. That's just what Sweden's Ramzi Jelassi did this past weekend on the PokerStars Italian Poker Tour. A 22-year-old poker pro, Jelassi flew down from Sweden specifically to play in the event and ended...more

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Congratulations to CrownUpGuy, winner of the World Championship of Online Poker Main Event and $1,300,000

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