October 2009

31 October

Baltic Festival: Partridge wins battle of Britons to walk tallest in Tallin

A few years ago, when jetting was not yet Easy and before Ryan had taken to the Air, the idea of a Briton visiting Estonia would have been laughed out of the departure lounge. But low-cost air travel has not only allowed stag nights to go rampaging around Europe's medieval...more

Baltic Festival: Day three, level 20 updates

This post contains live updates from day three, level 20 of the PokerStars Baltic Festival in Tallinn. It's now final table time. The full chip counts at the start of the level are available on the chip counts page. Approximate counts will appear here updated throughout the level. A full...more

Baltic Festival: Day three, level 18&19 updates

This post contains live updates from day two, levels 18 and 19 of the PokerStars Baltic Festival in Tallinn. It's now final table time. The full chip counts at the start of the level are available on the chip counts page. Approximate counts will appear here updated throughout the level....more

Baltic Festival: Day three, level 16&17 updates

This post contains live updates from day two, levels 16 and 17 of the PokerStars Baltic Festival in Tallinn. At the level's start, 17 players remained from a starting field of 307. The full chip counts at the start of the level are available on the chip counts page. Approximate...more

Baltic Festival: It's final day

Good afternoon, good morning, good everything and welcome to the final chapter in the first book of the PokerStars Baltic Poker Festival. It's the last day of what has been a terrific week: 307 players parted with €1,000 apiece (or the online qualification equivalent) to take their place in the...more

30 October

Baltic Festival: Keys unlocks secret to Baltic chip lead

It's a thankless task following British poker players at major international tournaments across the world. Sure, there have been the occasional triumph, but more often than not it's a story of so near and yet so far. No one told us - no one even hinted - that all we...more

Baltic Festival: Day two, levels 15-16 updates

This post contains live updates from day two, levels 15 and 16 of the PokerStars Baltic Festival in Tallinn. At the level's start, 29 players remained from a starting field of 307. The full chip counts at the start of the level are available on the chip counts page. Approximate...more

Baltic Festival: Day two, levels 13-14 updates

This post contains live updates from day two, levels 12 and 13 of the PokerStars Baltic Festival in Tallinn. At the level's start, 85 players remained from a starting field of 307. The full chip counts at the start of the level are available on the chip counts page. Approximate...more

Baltic Festival: Day two, levels 11-12 updates

This post contains live updates from day two, levels 11 and 12 of the PokerStars Baltic Festival in Tallinn. At the level's start, 85 players remained from a starting field of 307. The full chip counts at the start of the level are available on the chip counts page. Approximate...more

Baltic Festival: Day two, levels 9-10 updates

This post contains live updates from day two, levels nine and 10 of the PokerStars Baltic Festival in Tallinn. At the level's start, 121 players remained from a starting field of 307. The full chip counts at the start of the level are available on the chip counts page. Approximate...more

Baltic Festival: "At least" a very long day two

As poker tournament reporters across the world, we grow fearful of some of the most innocuous words. This morning, for instance, our tournament director Teresa Nousiainen told dealers and players that we were to play "at least eight levels" and those two words "at least" sent shivers down the spines...more

29 October

Baltic Festival: Lozkin prospers on day the stars came out in Tallinn

Day 1B of the PokerStars Baltic Festival is done. And that means day one proper - of the A and the B variety - is also at a close, giving us all we need to know for the shape of the tournament ahead. This time yesterday, it was Bo Erichsen...more

Baltic Festival: Entering the final straight

The past hour has not been kind to our sports stars. Kenneth Carlsen, the Danish tennis player, was seen wandering around the tournament floor and his chair, next to Morten Ramm, was empty. Carlsen went to the other side of the tournament room, near to where Mats Sundin was sitting....more

Baltic Festival: One .. oh! .. two down from the Team

Team PokerStars Pro has lost its first representative, not just of today but of this whole tournament. Yesterday's solitary player in the familiar garb, JC Alvarado, bagged up one of the chip-leading stacks at the end of the day. And Peter Eastgate, Johnny Lodden and Katja Thater are still going...more

Baltic Festival: Winning strategies

The Swedish EPT stalwart Peter Hedlund could not make the journey to Tallinn for this week's buoyant festival, which was good news for eardrums but not so great for bar takings. In case you're unaware of his work, Hedlund is the vivacious raconteur who occasionally gets a bit too...more

Baltic Festival: A whole post of tournament housekeeping

Breaking news The full details of the prizes available this week in Tallinn have just been released. From the starting field of 307, 32 players will be paid. The top nine will get the following: 1 - €76,750 (1,197,300 EEK) 2 - €48,505 (756,693 EEK) 3 - €30 085...more

Baltic Festival: A sporting chance

The debate as to whether tournament poker qualifies as a sport is one that will continue to rumble as long as cards are shuffled. But one thing not up for discussion is the appeal this most competitive pursuits holds for established stars of more familiar sports. There has been a...more

LAPT announces four more stops

Those people behind the LAPT can be a bit of a tease, can't they? It's just been a couple of weeks since we were able to announce the first stop of the LAPT's third season. We're all headed down to Playa Conchal, Costa Rica in November. After that announcement, however,...more

Baltic Festival: Strategically late

Being "fashionably late" is the preserve of movie starlets, catwalk models and businessmen with ideas above their station. But recently in poker circles, the idea of being "strategically late" has taken off. At the recent High Roller event at the EPT London Festival, the Team PokerStars Pro William Thorson and...more

Baltic Festival: Stars packed on one table

We've said this is a star-studded field today, but we really didn't appreciate just how twinkling it was. I have just handed a list of notable players to our already overwhelmed photographer that dribbled onto two full sides paper. As the day progresses, we'll do our best to introduce all...more

Baltic Festival: Packing them in for day 1b

Last night in the restaurant on the 31st floor of the Swissotel - with the lights of Tallinn shimmering and blinking in a 360 degree panorama in the background - the conversation turned inevitably to the ten hours before in the conference facilities on the sixth floor, where the opening...more

28 October

Baltic Festival: Last gasp Erichsen takes chip lead, ending Deeb's and Tallinn's first day

Today in Tallinn, there was not just a new location but an almost entirely fresh line up of players for the inaugural PokerStars Baltic Poker Festival. But wouldn't you know it, the two players among 130 starters we knew most about hogged the headlines pretty much all day. The Team...more

Baltic Festival: Welcome to Scandie-land

Although we're not actually in Scandinavia, and Finland (a short ferry ride away) isn't officially Scandinavia either, no one could be blamed for thinking that's precisely where we are. There's a lot of "fashionable" angular hair-cuts (much of it blonde), there's a lot of beautiful people dressed impeccably, and there's...more

Baltic Festival: Deeb the vacuum cleaner and the globetrotting Ellis family

Shaun Deeb has been seen more of this tournament room than most, having had his table broken three times already in the first five levels of the first day. Everywhere he has gone, though, he's been picking up chips -- and he's an equal opportunities vacuum cleaner. Most recently, he's...more

Baltic Festival: The first couple of Tallinn

Chad Brown and Vanessa Rousso. Christer and Birgitta Johansson. Thomas and Marina Kremser. Max and Maria Stern. Katja Thater and Jan Von Halle. The roll-call of poker-playing (or poker associated) married couples is not too lengthy to keep tabs on, but there are more than you might think. In Estonia...more

Baltic Festival: The latest fashions

Over the past eight years, the fashions of the poker community might have changed dramatically, but one particular style has remained at the vanguard. The garb of the serious internet player has always featured a familiar red spade and the word "PokerStars" in its design; the font has been modified...more

Baltic Festival: Assessing the field

After plates/glasses full of mid-afternoon sustenance, players have returned to the fray. Registrations are now closed, so we have our final total for day 1a: 130. With at least another 150 pre-registered for tomorrow, there seems to be a good chance we'll hit the magic 300. That's a remarkable number...more

Baltic Festival: Lasting longer

Poker has never much respected reputations, not even those as towering as that of Martin Müürsepp, the giant NBA star who is the only Estonian ever to play in the game's most prestigious league. He joined the poker party here in Tallinn but it has already been pooped: he got...more

Baltic Festival: Early risers

We have just entered level three of this tournament, and proceedings are already getting messy. It doesn't matter how prestigious the event nor how deep the stacks, players will always get their chips in early -- and that means some will always be heading for an early bath. The tournament...more

Baltic Festival: Stars of felt, screen and court

There's no such thing as a distant venue in poker these days. Just as the Latin American Poker Tour packed in the players even from far and distant lands, Tallinn this week has drawn some of the stars of the game from all across the world, even though it is...more

Baltic Festival: Welcome to Tallinn

One of the first things a visitor sees when he or she arrives at Tallinn international airport is an advert for a local department store, whose tagline reads: "Tallinn is quite nice!" As cynics from the other side of the world, we know not to believe what we see in...more

27 October

Weekly Dose: Shooting bullets for a million

With all the live events running over the past few weeks, we haven't had time to get in our Weekly Dose of internet television. So, here's some of the best stuff we've found online in recent days. First off, we'd be remiss if we didn't mention the ongoing PokerStars Million...more

26 October

PokerStars Sunday tournament results (10-25-09)

And there goes October. By this time next week, our Halloween costumes will be in the closet and we'll have come up with a new reason to dress up as Wolverine (as if we needed any excuse!). That must mean we just saw the last weekend of October and more...more

Aggressive grifo173 dominated and won the 10/25 Sunday Million

Autumn officially kicked in. Sure, it was apparent enough by the weather and foliage changes, but it was officially so because the online poker world seemed to find players it had lost throughout the summer months. Some players - gasp - actually tend to miss out on tournaments like the...more

Sunday Warm-up: a$$ou makes more dollar signs in six figure win

As the final table wound down to its conclusion after a ten hour battle and the New York Yankees dancing across their newly minted field securing their spot in the World Series it was time to put this week's $750,000 Guarantee Sunday Warm-up to bed as well. Ever creeping toward...more

25 October

Battle of the Planets: xx23xx rallies for the win in triple shootout

Autumn time in North America, NFL football on the TV, good beer in hand, and a steady stream of leaves in different shades to rake into 30 gallon lawn bags until your hands resemble a war zone of blisters. The term freeroll is a misnomer here as players worked hard...more

EPT Warsaw: Christophe Benzimra wins title

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EPT Warsaw: Benzimra schools the kids to take Polish poker crown

You might have thought that this season's EPT was all about poker's kids running the schoolyard. But just as anyone older than about 22 might have considered packing up and going home, the French player Christophe Benzimra won the Main Event of EPT Warsaw, halting a run of three whipper-snapper...more

EPT Warsaw: Day 5, level 25/26 updates

Live updates from day five, levels 25 and 26 of the EPT Warsaw Main Event event brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Howard Swains and Simon Young. Click refresh to see the latest updates below. Click through to the chip count page for selected notable chip counts, updated regularly throughout...more

EPT Warsaw: Day 5, level 24 updates

Live updates from day five, level 24 of the EPT Warsaw Main Event event brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Howard Swains and Simon Young. Click refresh to see the latest updates below. Click through to the chip count page for selected notable chip counts, updated regularly throughout the day....more

EPT Warsaw: It's the final table!

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EPT Warsaw: Day 5, level 23 updates

Live updates from day five, level 23 of the EPT Warsaw Main Event event brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Howard Swains and Simon Young. Click refresh to see the latest updates below. Click through to the chip count page for selected notable chip counts, updated regularly throughout the day....more

EPT Warsaw: Day five, level 22 updates

Live updates from day five, level 22 of the EPT Warsaw Main Event event brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Howard Swains and Simon Young. Click refresh to see the latest updates below. Click through to the chip count page for selected notable chip counts, updated regularly throughout the day....more

24 October

EPT Warsaw: Jeff Sarwer, child chess genius

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EPT Warsaw: Final table player profiles

The final table is set for the Main Event of EPT Warsaw season six, with Oleksandr Vaserfirer leading Luca Pagano at the top of the starting leaderboard. You can see the full chip counts on the chip count page, which will be updated as play progresses on Sunday. Play is...more

EPT Warsaw: Day four/five, level 21 updates

Live updates from day five, level 21 of the EPT Warsaw Main Event event brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Howard Swains and Simon Young. Click refresh to see the latest updates below. Click through to the chip count page for selected notable chip counts, updated regularly throughout the day....more

EPT Warsaw: Blazing Vaserfirer scorches to final table lead

There's been a regular pattern to the end of each day at EPT Warsaw. Each night a new chip leader has bagged up their chips, usually with an overspill into a second bag, with a colossal lead, a mere dot on the horizon to the second placed player. Well...more

EPT Warsaw: Day four, level 20 updates

Live updates from day four, level 20 of the EPT Warsaw Main Event event brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Howard Swains and Simon Young. Click refresh to see the latest updates below. Click through to the chip count page for selected notable chip counts, updated regularly throughout the day....more

EPT Warsaw: Race for the final table

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EPT Warsaw: Day four, level 19 updates

Live updates from day four, level 19 of the EPT Warsaw Main Event event brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Howard Swains and Simon Young. Click refresh to see the latest updates below. Click through to the chip count page for selected notable chip counts, updated regularly throughout the day....more

EPT Warsaw: Day four, level 18 updates

Live updates from day four, level 18 of the EPT Warsaw Main Event event brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Howard Swains and Simon Young. Click refresh to see the latest updates below. Click through to the chip count page for selected notable chip counts, updated regularly throughout the day....more

EPT Warsaw: Day three/four, level 17 updates

Live updates from day four, level 17 of the EPT Warsaw Main Event event brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Howard Swains and Simon Young. Click refresh to see the latest updates below. Click through to the chip count page for selected notable chip counts, updated regularly throughout the day....more

EPT Warsaw: The last 24

The last 24 players are in the money and now and today we discover who gets what sized share. Freed from the threat of poverty, if that was ever an issue for these guys in the five stars Hyatt Regency, they'll be no more hanging on, no more excruciating...more

23 October

EPT Warsaw: Jeff Sarwer plays game of his life to lead in Poland

The denouement of the chess-based film Searching for Bobby Fischer features a match played between a couple of pre-pubescent prodigies, one named Josh Waitzkin and the other Jonathan Poe. Waitzkin was a real-life player, whose father wrote the book on which the movie is based, but fewer people know that...more

EPT Warsaw: Day three, level 16 updates

Live updates from day three, level 16 of the EPT Warsaw Main Event event brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Howard Swains and Simon Young. Click refresh to see the latest updates below. Click through to the chip count page for selected notable chip counts, updated regularly throughout the day....more

EPT Warsaw: Day three, level 15 updates

Live updates from day three, level 15 of the EPT Warsaw Main Event event brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Howard Swains and Simon Young. Click refresh to see the latest updates below. Click through to the chip count page for selected notable chip counts, updated regularly throughout the day....more

EPT Warsaw: Day three, level 14 updates

Live updates from day three, level 14 of the EPT Warsaw Main Event event brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Howard Swains and Simon Young. Click refresh to see the latest updates below. Click through to the chip count page for selected notable chip counts, updated regularly throughout the day....more

EPT 6 Warsaw: Fight for the cash

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EPT Warsaw: The race to the money

It's just past noon on another grey Warsaw afternoon. It's been grey since we got here on Monday, and I'm expecting it to be grey until we leave. But -- get your analogy crowbars at the ready -- the action in Casino Poland at the Hyatt Regency hotel has been...more

EPT Warsaw: Day three, level 13 updates

Live updates from day three, level 13 of the EPT Warsaw Main Event event brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Howard Swains and Simon Young. Click refresh to see the latest updates below. Click through to the chip count page for selected notable chip counts, updated regularly throughout the day....more

22 October

EPT Warsaw: Mozdzen with the most at day two close

Like all good plans today's one was simple: reach 56 players or play through five 75 minute levels. It turned out those two points almost coincided. Just 32 minutes remained on the clock when the 56th player Gianni Giaroni busted from EPT Warsaw, the last of today's 92 eliminations....more

EPT Warsaw: Peter Eastgate reveals all

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EPT Warsaw: Day two/three, level 12 updates

Live updates from day three, level 12 of the EPT Warsaw Main Event event brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Howard Swains and Simon Young. Click refresh to see the latest updates below. Click through to the chip count page for selected notable chip counts, updated regularly throughout the day....more

EPT Warsaw: Day two, level 11 updates

Live updates from day two, level 11 of the EPT Warsaw Main Event event brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Howard Swains and Simon Young. Click refresh to see the latest updates below. Click through to the chip count page for selected notable chip counts, updated regularly throughout the day....more

EPT Warsaw: Day 2, level 10 updates

Live updates from day two, level 10 of the EPT Warsaw Main Event event brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Howard Swains and Simon Young. Click refresh to see the latest updates below. Click through to the chip count page for selected notable chip counts, updated regularly throughout the day....more

EPT Warsaw: Get Carter!

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EPT Warsaw: Day two, level nine updates

Live updates from day two, level nine of the EPT Warsaw Main Event event brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Howard Swains and Simon Young. Click refresh to see the latest updates below. Click through to the chip count page for selected notable chip counts, updated regularly throughout the day....more

EPT Warsaw: The middle bit

Not a lot has changed since yesterday. The first clue this morning was the weather. Warsaw has been snuggled beneath a thick grey cloud all week now, one that has kept the rain and cold temperature at ground level. The landmarks of the city, like the Palace of Culture...more

EPT Warsaw: Day two, level eight updates

Live updates from day two, level eight of the EPT Warsaw Main Event event brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Howard Swains and Simon Young. Click refresh to see the latest updates below. Click through to the chip count page for selected notable chip counts, updated regularly throughout the day....more

21 October

Oh, baby! Oh, Danny! That's a lot of VPPs!

Anyone who ever told you parenting a newborn is easy was lying to you. It was a very bad joke and, in the estimation of some very smart people, in very bad taste. We've done it and it makes the time we spent doing hard time at Folsom* seem like...more

EPT Warsaw: Antony Lellouche leads the lot in chase for the Polish zlots

We're used to surprises on the EPT, but today's surprise was that there wasn't one. Not really. We may have found out at the mid-point of the afternoon that the most represented country in Poland was France, with 28 players from the total 203, but that's not exactly seismic in...more

EPT Warsaw: Day 1b, level seven updates

Live updates from day 1b, level seven of the EPT Warsaw Main Event event brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Howard Swains and Simon Young. Click refresh to see the latest updates below. Click through to the chip count page for selected notable chip counts, updated regularly throughout the day....more

EPT Warsaw: Michelle's big day

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EPT Warsaw: Day 1b, level five and six updates

Live updates from day 1b, levels three and four of the EPT Warsaw Main Event event brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Howard Swains and Simon Young. Click refresh to see the latest updates below. Click through to the chip count page for selected notable chip counts, updated regularly throughout...more

EPT Warsaw: We start again

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EPT Warsaw: Day 1b, level three and four updates

Live updates from day 1b, levels three and four of the EPT Warsaw Main Event event brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Howard Swains and Simon Young. Click refresh to see the latest updates below. Click through to the chip count page for selected notable chip counts, updated regularly throughout...more

EPT Warsaw: Day 1b, level one and two updates

Live updates from day 1b, levels one and two of the EPT Warsaw Main Event event brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Howard Swains and Simon Young. Click refresh to see the latest updates below. Click through to the chip count page for selected notable chip counts, updated regularly throughout...more

EPT Warsaw: Day 1b never fails

Welcome back to Warsaw and, ladies and gentlemen, what can we say about our friend day 1b? Day 1b has been a great occasion since it first appeared on the EPT in season four, never failing once to comfort us after the stark culture shock ride of day 1a...more

EPT Warsaw: Playing the field

It's day 1b in Warsaw, and that means a day 1b kind of field. Who knows why it happens, but as ever there will be more players--more recognisable ones at that--and probably even more action than yesterday. That's going to take some doing because although small, yesterday's field was awash...more

20 October

EPT Warsaw: Carter Phillips dominates day 1a in Poland

It's the European Poker Tour's oldest chestnut but we can hammer away at endlessly, again and again. Until there is a first double winner on the tour, we will always wonder why not. Over recent years players have emerged to win the Triple Crown, Main Events and High Roller...more

EPT Warsaw: Day 1a, level seven updates

Live updates from day 1a, level seven of the EPT Warsaw Main Event event brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Howard Swains and Simon Young. Click refresh to see the latest updates below. Click through to the chip count page for selected notable chip counts, updated regularly throughout the day....more

EPT Warsaw: Day 1a, level five and six updates

Live updates from day 1a, levels five and six of the EPT Warsaw Main Event event brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Howard Swains and Simon Young. Click refresh to see the latest updates below. Click through to the chip count page for selected notable chip counts, updated regularly throughout...more

EPT Warsaw: Day 1a, level three and four updates

Live updates from day 1a, levels three and four of the EPT Warsaw Main Event event brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Howard Swains and Simon Young. Click refresh to see the latest updates below. Click through to the chip count page for selected notable chip counts, updated regularly throughout...more

EPT 6 Warsaw: Welcome to Warsaw

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EPT Warsaw: Cast in order of appearance

With just three minutes left on the clock until the start of EPT Warsaw I counted three players in their seats. That trio were filling out their waiver forms, huddled over the page like they're taking a multiple choice math test, while those in no hurry loitered around the...more

EPT Warsaw: Day 1a, level one and two updates

Live updates from day 1a, levels one and two of the EPT Warsaw Main Event event brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Howard Swains and Simon Young. Click refresh to see the latest updates below. Click through to the chip count page for selected notable chip counts, updated regularly throughout...more

EPT Warsaw: Whirling into Warsaw

Good afternoon everyone and welcome to Warsaw. We've done the three "ains" of the European Poker Tour--Ukraine, Spain and Great Britain--and now here were are already in Poland. It's event four of season six of the EPT, and if past history is anything to go by, we're in for a...more

19 October

PokerStars Sunday tournament results (10-18-09)

With all the live events going on, it's hard to keep our heads straight. We just finished up the APPT Auckland event and we're getting ready to kick of EPT Warsaw tomorrow. In between we managed to sneak in a few million dollars worth of tournaments online. It's a busy...more

Comeback for vuki equals 10/18 Sunday Million win

In some parts of the hemisphere, the weather indicates that Mother Nature would like to skip the season of autumn altogether and head straight into winter. Temperatures have been colder than one would expect for October, and between the snow and rain, many poker players found themselves sitting indoors anxiously...more

18 October

Brianm15 stages spectacular comeback to take down Sunday Warm-Up!

This week's Sunday Warm-Up once again saw the $750,000 guarantee shattered, as 4,412 entrants built a massive $882,400 prize pool. As always, the final table was a hard-fought affair, lasting ninety minutes before brianm15 came from a huge short-handed chip deficit to top chip leader witcherd heads up for...more

APPT Auckland: New generation making their mark

It wasn't long ago that the number of casino-based poker tables in New Zealand's could be counted on one hand, the country's most famous poker player spoke with an American accent and the country's North Island was a tournament poker wasteland every bit as barren as the volcanic plateau...more

APPT Auckland: Final table (level 23)

Live updates from the final table & level 23 (blinds 15,000-30,000, ante 5000) of the PokerStars.net APPT Auckland Main Event brought to you by Sean Callander and Landon Blackhall from SKYCITY Casino in Auckland, New Zealand. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip...more

17 October

APPT Auckland: Final table (level 22)

Live updates from the final table & level 22 (blinds 12,000-24,000, ante 4000) of the PokerStars.net APPT Auckland Main Event brought to you by Sean Callander and Landon Blackhall from SKYCITY Casino in Auckland, New Zealand. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip...more

APPT Auckland: Final table (level 21)

Live updates from the final table & level 21 (blinds 10,000-20,000, ante 3000) of the PokerStars.net APPT Auckland Main Event brought to you by Sean Callander and Landon Blackhall from SKYCITY Casino in Auckland, New Zealand. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip...more

APPT Auckland: Final table (level 20)

Live updates from the final table & level 20 (blinds 8000-16,000, ante 2000) of the PokerStars.net APPT Auckland Main Event brought to you by Sean Callander and Landon Blackhall from SKYCITY Casino in Auckland, New Zealand. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip...more

APPT Auckland: Final table (level 19)

Live updates from the final table & level 19 (blinds 6000-12,000, ante 2000) of the PokerStars.net APPT Auckland Main Event brought to you by Sean Callander and Landon Blackhall from SKYCITY Casino in Auckland, New Zealand. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip...more

APPT Auckland: It's NZ versus the rest of the world

Welcome to our coverage of the final table in the 2009 PokerStars.net APPT Auckland/NZPT SKYCITY Festival of Poker Main Event from SKYCITY Casino in Auckland. Play will be wound back one level to 6000/12,000 with a 2000 ante for the start of play. We should be underway in the...more

APPT Auckland: Final table profiles

Final table profiles for the PokerStars.net APPT Auckland Main Event brought to you by Sean Callander and Landon Blackhall from SKYCITY Casino in Auckland, New Zealand. The latest chip counts can be found by clicking here. Seat 1: Jason Brown, Auckland, New Zealand (709,000 in chips): The married father-of-two...more

16 October

APPT Auckland: Level 20 updates

Live updates from day 3, level 20 (blinds 8000-16,000, ante 2000) of the PokerStars.net APPT Auckland Main Event brought to you by Sean Callander and Landon Blackhall from SKYCITY Casino in Auckland, New Zealand. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can...more

APPT Auckland: Level 19 updates

Live updates from day 3, level 19 (blinds 6000-12,000, ante 2000) of the PokerStars.net APPT Auckland Main Event brought to you by Sean Callander and Landon Blackhall from SKYCITY Casino in Auckland, New Zealand. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can...more

APPT Auckland: Level 18 updates

Live updates from day 3, level 18 (blinds 5000-10,000, ante 1000) of the PokerStars.net APPT Auckland Main Event brought to you by Sean Callander and Landon Blackhall from SKYCITY Casino in Auckland, New Zealand. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can...more

APPT Auckland: Level 17 updates

Live updates from day 3, level 17 (blinds 4000-8000, ante 1000) of the PokerStars.net APPT Auckland Main Event brought to you by Sean Callander and Landon Blackhall from SKYCITY Casino in Auckland, New Zealand. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can...more

APPT Auckland: Level 16 updates

Live updates from day 3, level 16 (blinds 3000-6000, ante 1000) of the PokerStars.net APPT Auckland Main Event brought to you by Sean Callander and Landon Blackhall from SKYCITY Casino in Auckland, New Zealand. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can...more

APPT Auckland: Local hopes high heading into day 3

It's a more relaxed atmosphere in the SKYCITY Casino poker room this morning as players mill about prior to the start of play on day three of the PokerStars.net APPT Auckland Main Event. The 32 players still in the race for the title are all assured a minimum cash...more

PCA Freeroll Fantasy kicks off this weekend

Your attention, please. Beginning in a little more than eight hours, PokerStars is going to start the process of giving away 27 $15,100 prize packages to the 2010 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. Listening now? Alright, here's how it works. You will have to put forth a little effort, but absolutely no...more

Supernova, concert pianist, two-time winner

Being a PokerStars Supernova affords a player a lot of different opportunities. For every one FPP you earn, you are awarded three and a half. You can purchase bonuses worth up to $4,000. You can use your FPPs to buy into major events like the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. But for...more

PokerStars hooks up with England's Rugby Football Union

Over the past several years, we've seen PokerStars pop up in professional basketball, hockey, auto racing and countless other sports. Now PokerStars has written another chapter in its long history of partnering with the world of sports. Starting soon, rugby fans in England are going to start seeing a lot...more

Bar the doors! The Supernova Elites are coming!

In March and April, finding the first PokerStars Supernova Elite of the year is a fun little challenge. When will it happen? Who will it be? When autumn dawns and slumps toward winter, however, the Supernova Elites begin to come out of the woodwork. Their ten months of effort has...more

APPT Auckland: Day 3 seat draw

Here's the draw and chips as the players rest ahead of day three. If you'd like to see the chip counts only, what better place to go than the, er, chip count page. PokerStars.net APPT Auckland Day 3 seat draw Table 6 Seat 1: Daniel Craker (New Zealand) 131,500 Seat...more

APPT Auckland: Shi left four-lorn as Brown bursts bubble

The final 32 players have been decided after a tense and fiercely contested day two in the PokerStars.net APPT Auckland Main Event. SKYCITY Casino was packed with a wine o'clock crowd for the latter stages of play, which added plenty of atmosphere to the race for the money. The...more

APPT Auckland: Level 15 updates

Live updates from day 2, level 15 (blinds 2500-5000, ante 500) of the PokerStars.net APPT Auckland Main Event brought to you by Sean Callander and Landon Blackhall from SKYCITY Casino in Auckland, New Zealand. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can...more

APPT Auckland: Level 14 updates

Live updates from day 2, level 14 (blinds 2000-4000, ante 500) of the PokerStars.net APPT Auckland Main Event brought to you by Sean Callander and Landon Blackhall from SKYCITY Casino in Auckland, New Zealand. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can...more

APPT Auckland: Level 13 updates

Live updates from day 2, level 13 (blinds 1500-3000, ante 500) of the PokerStars.net APPT Auckland Main Event brought to you by Sean Callander and Landon Blackhall from SKYCITY Casino in Auckland, New Zealand. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can...more

15 October

APPT Auckland: Level 12 updates

Live updates from day 2, level 12 (blinds 1200-2400, ante 300) of the PokerStars.net APPT Auckland Main Event brought to you by Sean Callander and Landon Blackhall from SKYCITY Casino in Auckland, New Zealand. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can...more

APPT Auckland: Level 11 updates

Live updates from day 2, level 11 (blinds 1000-2000, ante 300) of the PokerStars.net APPT Auckland Main Event brought to you by Sean Callander and Landon Blackhall from SKYCITY Casino in Auckland, New Zealand. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can...more

APPT Auckland: Level 10 updates

Live updates from day 2, level 10 (blinds 800-1600, ante 200) of the PokerStars.net APPT Auckland Main Event brought to you by Sean Callander and Landon Blackhall from SKYCITY Casino in Auckland, New Zealand. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can...more

APPT Auckland: Level 9 updates

Live updates from day 2, level 9 (blinds 600-1200, ante 200) of the PokerStars.net APPT Auckland Main Event brought to you by Sean Callander and Landon Blackhall from SKYCITY Casino in Auckland, New Zealand. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can...more

APPT Auckland: Level 8 updates

Live updates from day 2, level 8 (blinds 500-1000, ante 100) of PokerStars.net APPT Auckland Main Event brought to you by Sean Callander and Landon Blackhall from SKYCITY Casino in Auckland, New Zealand. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be...more

APPT Auckland: Tahtouh hungers for debut title

Brilliant sunshine bathes the "City of Sails" this morning as players arrive for day two of the PokerStars.net APPT Auckland Main Event, known locally as the NZPT SKYCITY Festival of Poker Main Event, here at SKYCITY Casino in Auckland. In a rarity for many tournament poker players, some of...more

LAPT Season 3 to begin in Costa Rican paradise

On Costa Rica's Gold Coast, time has created a beach made up of millions of tiny shells that have been crushed into sand. Just north of Guanacaste province on the shores of the Pacific Ocean sits Playa Conchal, one of the most luxurious and exotic beaches in that part of...more

Poker-playing priest hits the small screen

We've seen it happen too many times...poker players falling down on their knees to beseech the poker gods for some luck...just...one...time! Although that scene plays itself out all over the world, we never really considered what would happen if one of them combined some of the most powerful possible forces....more

Million Dollar Challenge Episode 1

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Germany (finally) settles World Cup team

In its six year history, the PokerStars World Cup of Poker has seen just about everything. It's been played on a boat, in a TV studio, and at one of the world's greatest resorts. It's seen two-time champions and first-time winners. However, in all the time since PokerStars created the...more

APPT Auckland: Day 2 seat draw

PokerStars.net APPT Auckland, day two seat draw Table 3 Seat 1: Rohin Rup (New Zealand) 63,300 Seat 2: Angela Whorton (USA) PokerStars Qualifier 21,700 Seat 3: Donald Garcevic (New Zealand) 11,100 Seat 4: Michael Pedley (Australia) 26,200 Seat 5: Richard Lancaster (New Zealand) 65,100 Seat 6: Paul Foltyn (UK)...more

APPT Auckland: Last-chance Lance leaps to lead

Lance Climo has signalled that the locals are not a spent force after clawing to within reach of overall chip leader Emad Tahtouh during the final level on day 1B of the PokerStars.net APPT Auckland Main Event at SKYCITY Casino. He claimed the chip lead after eliminating Tony Dunst...more

APPT Auckland: Diamonds are Hachem's best friend

One for the grandkids ... the orders have just been dispatched for a round of drinks after PokerStars.net Team Australia Pro Tony Hachem just made a royal flush. Midway through level six on day 1B of the PokerStars.net APPT Auckland Main Event at SKYCITY Casino, Hachem declared he was...more

APPT Auckland: Bryan busts, Raj on the rise

By Landon Blackhall That's the problem with chips ... here one second, gone the next. That was certainly the case for Ralf Westphal during level five on day 1B of the PokerStars.net APPT Auckland Main Event at SKYCITY Casino. Leading after the first four hours of play, the stack...more

14 October

APPT Auckland: Moving heaven and (middle) Earth

By Landon Blackhall and Sean Callander Emad Tahtouh's chip lead isn't looking in any imminent danger with no big stacks yet to emerge as we reach the halfway point of day 1B of the PokerStars.net APPT Auckland Main Event. Hoping to follow Tahtouh, Grant Levy and Celina Lin into...more

APPT Auckland: Main Event spiced up with international flavour

By Landon Blackhall There was a distinct hometown feel to day 1A with scores of SKYCITY Auckland qualifiers seated in the PokerStars.net APPT Auckland main Event. It's a different story today, with a diverse line-up of starters from across the region and around the world. We've spotted PokerStars qualifiers...more

APPT Auckland: Port, isn't that something you drink?

By Landon Blackhall Auckland may not have the historical remnants of a city dating back hundreds or thousands of years, but it more than makes up for it with a unique blend of attractions that combine the city's best elements. Known as the "City of Sails", Auckland boasts the...more

APPT Auckland: Setting sail for NZ's biggest poker prize

The skies are starting to clear just in time for players to make their journey to the SKYCITY Poker Room for today's second day-one flight in the PokerStars.net APPT Auckland Main Event. The northerly breeze and slight seas made for great sailing conditions on Auckland Harbour this morning as...more

Peter Eastgate: The right decision

There wasn't much clamoring in the poker world for Team PokerStars Pro Peter Eastgate to prove himself after his WSOP win. That said, if anybody still needed some proof that the man from Denmark had some pretty serious poker chops, they only needed to be tracking Eastgate's progress last week...more

APPT Auckland: Team Pro tops the tables

By Landon Blackhall Day 1A of the PokerStars.net APPT Auckland Main Event at SKYCITY has come to a close and the remaining 67 players have bagged and tagged their chips in preparation for Day 2 on Friday. Play started shortly after noon with a performance by representatives of the...more

APPT Auckland: Leaps of faith

By Landon Blackhall With less than an hour left on day 1A of the PokerStars.net APPT Auckland Main Event, less than 80 of the 135 starters are in line to return on Friday for a shot at a share of the estimated NZD $1 million prize pool. PokerStars.net Team...more

APPT Auckland: Here's cheers to Tahtouh

By Landon Blackhall and Sean Callander Having just returned from the most recent APPT event in Macau, one of the world's great dining destinations, we find ourselves in New Zealand. OK, we're struggling to come up with a signature Kiwi dish but that's not to say that we're lacking...more

13 October

APPT Auckland: Pyrite is all right for Aussie Millions champ

By Landon Blackhall and Sean Callander It's been an unforgettable year for Stewart Scott. Back in January, he became the first Australian to win the Aussie Millions Main Event and followed that up with a top-three finish in the $5000 NLHE event at the Bellagio Cup in Las Vegas....more

APPT Auckland: Time for a cool change

By Landon Blackhall The field for day 1A of the PokerStars.net APPT Auckland Main Event has been confirmed at 135 players, and with expectations of a total field in excess of 300, that means many of our visitors are out enjoying the sights of the city today. SKYCITY Poker...more

APPT Auckland: Putting the Pacific in the Asia Pacific Poker Tour

By Landon Blackhall and Sean Callander PokerStars tours take players to all parts of the world, and we're continually impressed with some of the journeys undertaken by qualifiers chasing their poker dreams. It's not like they don't have poker tournaments in Scandinavia, the USA and Brazil but that hasn't...more

APPT Auckland: Sherif gets his man in early going

By Landon Blackhall and Sean Callander During the opening ceremony for the PokerStars.net APPT Auckland Main Event, Lee "Final Table" Nelson warned the day 1A field to stay of his way. Those words proved prophetic when the PokerStars Sponsored Player had a beeline for the exit just minutes into...more

APPT Auckland: Haka gets blood pumping for day 1A field

By Landon Blackhall It's a tradition at international events held in New Zealand (like the PokerStars.net APPT Auckland Main Event) for visitors to be welcomed with a spine-tingling performance that culminated in the traditional "Ka Mate" or haka, which we've just watched in awe at SKYCITY Casino in Auckland....more

Figuccia wins IPT Nova Gorica Championship

Three years ago, Marco Figuccia decided he would try his hand at playing poker professionally. This week he entered the final day of the PokerStars.it Italian Poker Tour Nova Gorica event as the chip leader. Tonight, he is an IPT champion. IPT Nova Gorica was the Italian Poker Tour's first...more

APPT Auckland: Poker's newest pearl of the Pacific

Albert Einstein once said: "It is strange to be known so universally and yet to be so lonely." That's a pretty good description of New Zealand. Welcome to Auckland, one of world's most remote cities, for the second event on season three of the PokerStars.net Asia Pacific Poker Tour...more

12 October

PokerStars Sunday tournament results (10-11-09)

Some weekends are just about poker. As summer gives way to autumn, the first snows start to fall, and the live tournament scene has taken an ever-so-brief respite, it's easy to slip back in bed with that old familiar lover known as PokerStars. Or something like that. It was again...more

$225,000 to sumai for scoring 10/11/09 Sunday Million victory

In the United States, summer has undoubtedly left the part of the world in exchange for cooler temperatures and inclement weather. But sports fans are excited for soccer, football, and baseball, the latter of which is in the playoffs portion of the season. Parents are content that their children are...more

11 October

Sunday Warm-up: Maudi138tt won't be bullied, takes down THUGer and Sunday Warm-up title

4,379 players broke away from their television sets with a massive amount of World Cup qualifiers, Champions League, and for Americans the road to baseball's World Series with the divisional series going on this weekend. Away from the pitch and the diamond, a different kind of diamond could prove to...more

9 October

2010 PCA to host 50 events in paradise

The PokerStars Caribbean Adventure is a lot of things. It's a tournament. It's a vacation. It's a reunion for a large subset of the poker world, the PokerStars family. This year the family is getting bigger. Much bigger. What we're going to see January 4-14 will rival just about any...more

Million Dollar Challenge hits screens Sunday

They qualified on PokerStars. They produced their own casting video. Now, they are facing off against Daniel Negreanu for a chance to win a million bucks. Starting this Sunday on the American FOX network, the PokerStars Million Dollar Challenge will hit the small screen at 4:30pm ET. If you're not...more

7 October

Aaron Gustavson wins EPT London

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EPT London: Gustavson defeats Eastgate for £850,000 and EPT title

Aaron Gustavson had the credentials to be here. There was no doubting that. Just a few months back, he won the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up for $135,000. He'd done well in the World Championship of Online Poker. He'd won a tournament at the Borgata in Atlantic City. He didn't doubt his...more

EPT London: Final table, level 32 updates

Live updates from day four, level 32 of the EPT London Main Event event brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc Convey, Howard Swains, Brad Willis and Simon Young. Click refresh to see the latest updates below. Click here for EPT London Chip Counts. Look back on the tournament so...more

EPT London: Final table, level 31 updates

Live updates from day four, level 31 of the EPT London Main Event event brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc Convey, Howard Swains, Brad Willis and Simon Young. Click refresh to see the latest updates below. Click here for EPT London Chip Counts. Look back on the tournament so...more

EPT London: Final table, level 30 updates

Live updates from day four, level 30 of the EPT London Main Event event brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc Convey, Howard Swains, Brad Willis and Simon Young. Click refresh to see the latest updates below. Click here for EPT London Chip Counts. Look back on the tournament so...more

EPT London: The Final Table

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EPT London: William Thorson wins £2,000 PLO event

Team PokerStars Pro players are continuing to take the EPT London side events by storm. First Joe Hachem won the £2,000 European 8 Game Championships, then Jason Mercier took down the £2,500 No Limit, and now Team PokerStars Pro: Nordics William Thorson has bagged the £2,000 PLO. Despite being the...more

EPT London: Final table, level 29 updates

Live updates from day four, level 27 of the EPT London Main Event event brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc Convey, Howard Swains, Brad Willis and Simon Young. Click refresh to see the latest updates below. Click here for EPT London Chip Counts. Look back on the tournament so...more

EPT London: Final table player profiles

The final table of EPT London has been decided. The following eight will play down to a winner today, taking £850,000 for first place. The full details of prizewinners so far can be found on the prizewinners page and results will be updated there throughout the day. The chip counts...more

EPT London: Day four, level 28 updates (continued)

Live updates from day four, level 27 of the EPT London Main Event event brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc Convey, Howard Swains, Brad Willis and Simon Young. Click refresh to see the latest updates below. Click here for EPT London Chip Counts. Look back on the tournament so...more

6 October

EPT London: Aaron Gustavson leads United Nations in search of £850,000

Take a trot down the Edgware Road in London, or even just a walk, and you're likely to pass by people originating in a hundred countries across the globe. This is a cosmopolitan hub unrivalled on the planet and if tomorrow you were to stop by the Hilton Metropole Hotel,...more

EPT London: Day four, level 28 updates

Live updates from day four, level 27 of the EPT London Main Event event brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc Convey, Howard Swains, Brad Willis and Simon Young. Click refresh to see the latest updates below. Click here for EPT London Chip Counts. Look back on the tournament so...more

Mercier and Boeken do the shuffle

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EPT London: Day four, level 27 updates

Live updates from day four, level 25 of the EPT London Main Event event brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc Convey, Howard Swains, Brad Willis and Simon Young. Click refresh to see the latest updates below. Click here for EPT London Chip Counts. Look back on the tournament so...more

Aaron Gustavson, big in chips

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EPT London: Day four, level 26 updates

Live updates from day four, level 25 of the EPT London Main Event event brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc Convey, Howard Swains, Brad Willis and Simon Young. Click refresh to see the latest updates below. Click here for EPT London Chip Counts. Look back on the tournament so...more

EPT London: Day four, level 25 updates

Live updates from day four, level 25 of the EPT London Main Event event brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc Convey, Howard Swains, Brad Willis and Simon Young. Click refresh to see the latest updates below. Click here for EPT London Chip Counts. Look back on the tournament so...more

EPT London: A day to make a fortune

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EPT London: Day four, level 24 updates

Live updates from day four, level 24 of the EPT London Main Event event brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc Convey, Howard Swains, Brad Willis and Simon Young. Click refresh to see the latest updates below. Click here for EPT London Chip Counts. Look back on the tournament so...more

EPT London: Day four, level 23 updates

Live updates from day four, level 23 of the EPT London Main Event event brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc Convey, Howard Swains, Brad Willis and Simon Young. Click refresh to see the latest updates below. Click here for EPT London Chip Counts. Look back on the tournament so...more

5 October

EPT London: Michael Berry freerolls to final 24

If Wall Street fortunes changed as quickly as EPT London's Day 3, there would not be enough Prozac in the world to save the traders from themselves. No sooner had we identified a chip leader than every one of the chips would be gone. No sooner had we written off...more

Team PokerStars Asia Pro Raymond Wu

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EPT London: Jason Mercier bags another $185,000

What more can we say about Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier? Well we've done 'Mercier wins this', we followed up with 'Mercier wins that', and now we can top it with 'Mercier wins the other'. The young player from Florida has just added the £2,500 No Limit side event here...more

EPT London: Day three, level 22 updates

Live updates from day three, level 22 of the EPT London Main Event event brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc Convey, Howard Swains, Brad Willis and Simon Young. Click refresh to see the latest updates below. Click here for EPT London Chip Counts. Look back on the tournament so...more

EPT London: Day three, level 21 updates

Live updates from day three, level 21 of the EPT London Main Event event brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc Convey, Howard Swains, Brad Willis and Simon Young. Click refresh to see the latest updates below. Click here for EPT London Chip Counts. Look back on the tournament so...more

EPT London: Day three, level 20

Live updates from day three, level 20 of the EPT London Main Event event brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc Convey, Howard Swains, Brad Willis and Simon Young. Click refresh to see the latest updates below. Click here for EPT London Chip Counts. Look back on the tournament so...more

EPT London: Ladies only

It must rank as one of the more obvious additions the European Poker Tour this year. In all there are sixteen events taking place in this festival of poker, but while one might look like another from the rail, it's hard to mistake today's side event as anything other...more

EPT London: Berry nice indeed

Table one, seat one usually holds no particular significance in poker tournaments beyond its occupant featuring top of the table draw printouts. But today that seat is occupied by Michael Berry, who should be feeling accustomed to that lofty feeling. In the past couple of months, Berry beat a total...more

Akkari/Gomes Hand Strength Challenge

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EPT London: Day three, level 19 updates

Live updates from day three, level 19 of the EPT London Main Event event brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc Convey, Howard Swains, Brad Willis and Simon Young. Click refresh to see the latest updates below. Click here for EPT London Chip Counts. Look back on the tournament so...more

EPT London: Day three, level 18 updates

Live updates from day three, level 18 of the EPT London Main Event event brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc Convey, Howard Swains, Brad Willis and Simon Young. Click refresh to see the latest updates below. Click here for EPT London Chip Counts. Look back on the tournament so...more

Idiot's Guide to Poker Part II

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EPT London: Run for the money

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EPT London: Day three, level 17 updates

Live updates from day three, level 17 of the EPT London Main Event event brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc Convey, Howard Swains, Brad Willis and Simon Young. Click refresh to see the latest updates below. Click here for EPT London Chip Counts. Look back on the tournament so...more

EPT London: Day three, level 16 updates

Live updates from day three, level 16 of the EPT London Main Event event brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc Convey, Howard Swains, Brad Willis and Simon Young. Click refresh to see the latest updates below. Click here for EPT London Chip Counts. Look back on the tournament so...more

First Place for Fraram in October 4 Sunday Million

Autumn has officially arrived, as has football season in America. The hours of daylight are in the process of changing with the seasons and the weather. But one thing that remains a constant no matter the temperature or sport being played on television is the Sunday Million. The biggest tournament...more

Sunday Warm-up: lbkslim gets big with $135K victory

The WSOPE wrapped up after Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu narrowly missed adding another bracelet to his collection in the WSOPE Main Event getting to heads up play against Barry Shulman and came one card away from victory. Currently the PokerStarsBlog team is covering another London-based event with the EPT...more

4 October

EPT London: Quo Vedes

Six levels of poker served with the usual dollop of drama and coated in rich tension gravy. It's a tried and tested EPT recipe, passed down from season to season, good for some highs, some lows and a whole lot to talk about in the middle. What's left at...more

EPT London: Day 2, Level 15 live updates

Live updates from day 2, level 15 of the EPT London Main Event event brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc Convey, Howard Swains, Brad Willis and Simon Young. Click refresh to see the latest updates below. Click here for EPT London Chip Counts. Live updates: Level 10 -- Level...more

EPT London: Ups and down and staying the same with Team PokerStars Pro

We can't really dress this one up too much: it's been a fairly catastrophic day for Team PokerStars Pro. Today we have watched helpless as William Thorson, Dennis Phillips, Noah Boeken, Leo Fernandez, Angel Guillen, Lex Veldhuis, Pieter de Korver, Florian Langmann, Sebastian Ruthenberg, Ivan Demidov and Victor Ramdin hit...more

The Idiot's Guide to Poker

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EPT London: Day 2, Level 14 live updates

Live updates from day 2, level 14 of the EPT London Main Event event brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc Convey, Howard Swains, Brad Willis and Simon Young. Click refresh to see the latest updates below. Click here for EPT London Chip Counts. Live updates: Level 10 -- Level...more

EPT London: One for the books

Cast your mind back with us, if you will, to a time when the idea of an EPT London Festival of this size was a flight of fancy. When creator John Duthie took his much-fabled bath and conceived the European Poker Tour, he knew, of course, he was going to...more

EPT London: Day 2, Level 13 updates

Live updates from day 2, level 13 of the EPT London Main Event event brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc Convey, Howard Swains, Brad Willis and Simon Young. Click refresh to see the latest updates below. Click here for EPT London Chip Counts. Live updates: Level 10 -- Level...more

EPT London: You know you make me Antoine Saout!

In this job you soon discover many ways in which to humiliate yourself. Falling over a drinks tables for instance or missing a big elimination. I find the easiest way is to ask someone their name. I did this yesterday, following a hand to the finish then asking the...more

EPT London: Day 2, Level 12 updates

Live updates from day 2, level 12 of the EPT London Main Event event brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc Convey, Howard Swains, Brad Willis and Simon Young. Click refresh to see the latest updates below. Click here for EPT London Chip Counts. Live updates: Level 10 -- Level...more

EPT London: A Round With .... Table 23

Before play started today, Mikael Lundell came bounding over to my Swedish colleague Lina Olofsson to tell her the news of his table draw: "Hä ördiå gurda, ordæ gürda urddüe hurdy, gårdy hurdy, hurdy gårdy, hürdy," he said. Olofsson translated and revealed that Lundell was strangely delighted to learn he...more

EPT London: Big field, big names, big cash

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EPT London: Day 2, Level 11

Live updates from day 2, level 11 of the EPT London Main Event event brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc Convey, Howard Swains, Brad Willis and Simon Young. Click refresh to see the latest updates below. EPT London Chip Counts -- Level 10 live updates Blinds: 800-1,600 (200 ante)...more

EPT London: Sunday, blooming Sunday

Welcome back for day two of the EPT London event here in, well, London. It's Sunday, a day traditionally given over to slow starts, aspirin, television and a roast dinner before a miserable evening spent dreading work on Monday. Well we may not be able to change any of...more

EPT London side events drawing big names, results

Several months ago we began to hear rumblings at the European Poker Tour event here in London was going to be much more than one tournament and a couple of second chance events. We started hearing words like "festival" and "series." And when the final schedule came out, there were...more

EPT London: Day 2, level 10 updates

Live updates from day 2, level 10 of the EPT London Main Event event brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc Convey, Howard Swains, Brad Willis 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: 600-1,200...more

3 October

EPT London: Nikolai Senninger surges into day-end lead

It was London, there were a bunch of poker players, some were good, others not so much, they played some poker and some got knocked out. The end. If ever we've been tempted to publish our much loved "econo-wrap", today was the day. The attempt to distill the nine levels...more

Has Vicky Coren got a book out?

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EPT London: Day 1b, level 9 updates

Live updates from day 1B, level nine of the EPT London Main Event event brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc Convey, Howard Swains, Brad Willis 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...more

EPT London: Alien in our midst

It was 1988. The Cold War was about to end. Hustler's Larry Flynt won a landmark case in the U.S. Supreme Court. Super Mario Bros. 3 was released in Japan. And in Kharkiv, Ukraine, a boy was born who a mere 21 years later would be described as "not human."...more

EPT London: All the way from...

We may be in the Hilton Metropole for the first time but London has been a regular stop since the European Poker Tour first unfurled its banners back in 2004. The Vic was its spiritual home but it turns out that spirits can be easily moved and they've settled...more

EPT London: Day 1b, Level 8

Live updates from day 1B, level eight of the EPT London Main Event event brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc Convey, Howard Swains, Brad Willis 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...more

EPT London: Day 1b, Level 7

Live updates from day 1B, level seven of the EPT London Main Event event brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc Convey, Howard Swains, Brad Willis 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...more

EPT London: Phenoms

"You wanna know someone else you should follow?" said our friend Maria Mayrinck, with every indication in her voice that we were going to be told whether we liked it or not. "That guy in the green hoody down there. His name is James Obst, but plays on PokerStars as...more

EPT London: Day 1b, Level 6

Live updates from day 1B, level six of the EPT London Main Event event brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc Convey, Howard Swains, Brad Willis 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...more

EPT London: South meets North

The scene looked like a classic film. It smacked of Vito Corleone ambling down the street and inspecting the oranges on the fruit cart. When Humberto Brenes walked in the room, the tables that had been bustling and noisy grew immediately silent. Then, with a quick wave of his hand,...more

EPT London: Day 1b, level 5 updates

Live updates from day 1B, level five of the EPT London Main Event event brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc Convey, Howard Swains, Brad Willis 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...more

EPT London: On the shoulders of giants

The old tenet that day 1b hosts a stronger field then day 1a seems to be true here in London. Whether it's to cut down a hotel bill or personal preference, look in any direction and there's a familiar face with an EPT story or two in their back...more

EPT London: Day 1b, level 4 updates

Live updates from day 1B, level four of the EPT London Main Event event brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Mark Convey, Howard Swains, Brad Willis 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...more

EPT London: Joe Hachem: "There's nothing like winning"

As you have probably heard once or twice before, the Team PokerStars Pro Joe Hachem won the World Series Main Event in 2005, the first Australian to do so and the last player to win it at Binion's Horseshoe in downtown Las Vegas. As you possibly haven't heard, because it's...more

Greenstein and Moneymaker race to see The Queen

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EPT London: Day 1b, level 3 updates

Live updates from day 1B, level three of the EPT London Main Event event brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Mark Convey, Howard Swains, Brad Willis 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...more

EPT London: What are the chances?

Roll a die, flip a coin, hit a button on a random number generator. It's ridiculous how little control you have over the outcome. No matter how many times you do it, your odds don't change. Frankly, this makes us feel better. We rest easy at night because we know...more

EPT London: Back for Day 1B

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EPT London: ElkY Stardust

We could see some flickering in the distance. Were those LEDs on ElkY's shirt? No, he had just caught the light, or maybe the light had caught him? Either way his sparkly t-shirt was ablaze. Or was that his real chest? It's a shine that could solve the energy...more

EPT London: Day 1b, level 1&2 updates

Live updates from day 1B, level one and two of the EPT London Main Event event brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Mark Convey, Howard Swains, Brad Willis and Simon Young. Click refresh to see the latest updates below. The up-to-date selected chip counts are on the chip count page....more

EPT London: Day 1b: The same but different

My colleague Brad Willis arrived at the press box morning and said: "When you dream of Thomas Kremser, you know you're working too much." In his defence, it's been a long time since Willis trod the hallowed turf of the European Poker Tour, and yesterday's day 1a of the £5,000...more

2 October

EPT London: Cordero leads on Day 1a down Edgware Road

Along London's Edgware Road you can find just about any kind of storefront you want. You can enjoy a piece of fried fish the size of a human infant, a warm bitter ale, or a big messy plate of bangers and mash. There are betting shops, fruit stands, and more...more

EPT London: Day 1a, level 9 updates

Live updates from day 1A, level nine of the EPT London Main Event event brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc Convey, Howard Swains, Brad Willis 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...more

EPT London High Roller: Matt Glantz rolls the highest and sweeps up half a million

It was the £20,000 appetiser to a banquet scheduled to last ten days. On Wednesday just gone, 75 high rollers sat down to kick off the EPT London Festival and for once it probably really was the trophy that was most important. If you've got the odd twenty-large to spare...more

EPT London: Rio happily in tears

If you see tears in Maria "maridu" Mayrinck's eyes, don't bother comforting her. She doesn't need it right now. Her tears will only fall as far as her highest stack, and with one of the biggest counts in the room, it's not a long trip from her eyes to the...more

EPT London: Day 1a, level 8 updates

Live updates from day 1A, level eight of the EPT London Main Event event brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc Convey, Howard Swains, Brad Willis 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...more

EPT London: Day 1a, level 7 updates

Live updates from day 1A, level seven of the EPT London Main Event event brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc Convey, Howard Swains, Brad Willis 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: 300-600/50...more

EPT London High Roller: Level 22&23 updates

Live updates from day three, level 22 & 23 of the EPT London High Roller event brought to you by Stephen Bartley and Howard Swains. Click refresh to see the latest updates below. The up-to-date chip counts are on the chip count page. Follow all the action too on EPT...more

Party time at EPT London

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EPT London: Sun still shining

In the background Boris Becker does another piece to camera about the high roller, you may even have seen it on EPTLive. But in the foreground though is another PokerStars SportStar - Fatima Moreira de Melo. She may be less high profile than Becker, whose hair shines the same...more

EPT London: Day 1a, Level 6

Live updates from day 1A, level six of the EPT London Main Event event brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc Convey, Howard Swains, Brad Willis 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...more

EPT London: Generation gap

"That's dumb." The sexagenarian woman stood with her back to the elevator wall. She stared with a grandmother's eye at the young man on the other side of the lift. "To lose all that money, it's dumb," she said. Philip Byers didn't scowl. He didn't smile. He said, as matter-of-factly...more

EPT London: Day 1a, Level 5

Live updates from day 1A, level five of the EPT London Main Event event brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc Convey, Howard Swains, Brad Willis 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...more

EPT London High Roller: Level 21 updates

Live updates from day two and three, level 21 of the EPT London High Roller event brought to you by Stephen Bartley and Howard Swains. Click refresh to see the latest updates below. The up-to-date chip counts are on the chip count page. Follow all the action too on EPT...more

EPT London: Mattern matters

I can't be certain but I thought I noticed a bounce in the step of Arnaud Mattern, the newest member of Team PokerStars Pro - French wing. When I passed him going down the stairs he was galloping up them and talking to three people at the same time....more

EPT London: Day 1a, level 4 updates

Live updates from day 1A, level four of the EPT London Main Event event brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc Convey, Howard Swains, Brad Willis 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...more

EPT London High Roller: Level 20 updates

Live updates from day two and three, level 20 of the EPT London High Roller event brought to you by Stephen Bartley and Howard Swains. Click refresh to see the latest updates below. The up-to-date chip counts are on the chip count page. Follow all the action too on EPT...more

EPT London: Day 1a, level 3 updates

Live updates from day 1A, level three of the EPT London Main Event event brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc Convey, Howard Swains, Brad Willis 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...more

EPT London: Coren, Canadians, and tilt

The world of Twitter belongs to Vicky Coren and it's best not to cross its borders unless you plan to behave. Today, the Team PokerStars Pro sits across this vast room with a look on her face that makes it appear we can approach. Then, just as well do, she's...more

EPT London High Roller: Level 19 updates

Live updates from day two and three, level 19 of the EPT London High Roller event brought to you by Stephen Bartley and Howard Swains. Click refresh to see the latest updates below. The up-to-date chip counts are on the chip count page. Follow all the action too on EPT...more

Welcome to EPT London

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EPT London: Day 1a, level 2 updates

Live updates from day 1A, level two of the EPT London Main Event event brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc Convey, Howard Swains, Brad Willis 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...more

EPT London: Picture a room full of poker tables...

Take a look around. What do you see? Well, wipe the sleep from your eyes and you'll find a couple of interesting match ups to focus on for a while. Shaun Deeb and Andrew Chen; Teddy Sheringham and Marcel Luske; Carter Phillips and Erik Seidel; even Michael Greco, Florian...more

EPT London High Roller: Level 18 updates

Live updates from day two and three, level 18 of the EPT London High Roller event brought to you by Stephen Bartley and Howard Swains. Click refresh to see the latest updates below. The up-to-date chip counts are on the chip count page. Follow all the action too on EPT...more

EPT London: Day 1a, level 1 updates

Live updates from day 1A, level one of the EPT London Main Event event brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Mark Convey, Howard Swains, Brad Willis 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: 50-100...more

EPT London: At last day one begins

What with high roller final tables, World Series main events finishing a few hours ago and countless side events already done and not yet started, it's easy for forget that the real reason we're tucked in on the third floor of the Hilton Metropole in London is for today...more

Negreanu just misses WSOPE title, breaks money record

Under almost any different set of circumstances, Daniel Negreanu would've been down the street at the Cafe de Paris where the EPT London revelers were lubricating their minds and joints at the European Poker Tour welcome party. On any other night, Negreanu would've been on the mic, glad-handing in the...more

EPT London High Roller: The highest rolling eight

It's a full on festival at the Hilton Metropole today, with the first day of the EPT Main Event running alongside the final table of the £20,000 High Roller event. Have no fear: we've got it covered. As the High Rollers pose for their final table photos, here's a quick...more

1 October

EPT London High Roller: Erik Cajelais steam-rolls to final table chip lead

At a "normal" EPT Main Event, the penultimate day usually begins with 24 players and the target of reaching a final eight before everyone turns into pumpkins. We usually make it but it can take a while. We've lost damn good men to the fruit bowl. On day two of...more

EPT London High Roller: Level 17 updates

Live updates from day two, level 17 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: 6,000-12,000 (1,000 ante) 8.30pm: That'll...more

EPT London High Roller: Level 16 updates

Live updates from day two, level 16 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: 5,000-10,000 (700 ante) 7.16pm: A...more

EPT London High Roller: Level 15 updates

Live updates from day two, level 15 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: 4,000-8,000 (700 ante) 6pm: The...more

EPT London High Roller: Level 14 updates

Live updates from day two, level 14 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: 3,000-6,000 (500 ante) 4.45pm: Break...more

EPT London High Roller: Level 13 updates

Live updates from day two, level 13 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: 2,500-5,000 (500 ante) 3.40pm: Thorson...more

EPT London High Roller: Level 12 updates

Live updates from day two, level 12 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: 2,000-4,000 (400 ante) 2.21pm: Time...more

EPT London High Roller: Level 11 updates

Live updates from day two, level 11 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: 1,500-3,000 (300 ante) 1.15pm: Joe...more

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