December 2009

31 December

Trapping with a big hand pre-flop, by Alex Kravchenko

by Alex Kravchenko One of the most important strategies in MTTs is varying your game. That means that in similar situations with similar hands you must occasionally play a different way. For example, when you have a big hand pre-flop and there's a raise in front of you, sometimes you...more

2009 PokerStars Year in Review

As the calendar trips from one year to the next, folks tend to find moments of introspection. We look at ourselves and wonder what we might have done better, what we could've done worse, and what we hope to achieve in the coming 365 days. We here at the PokerStars...more

30 December

Watch Mike Kosowski win a million

By now you know that the first first season of the PokerStars Million Dollar challenge ended with one of the contestants beating Daniel Negreanu for $1 million. If you somehow missed the covers of the New York newspapers and all the poker industry web sites, the winner, Mike Kosowski, was...more

29 December

Resting before the PCA, by Chad Brown

by Chad Brown I really enjoy Christmas. It is the time of the year I get to spend with my family, and after traveling all over the world, it's great to have a couple of weeks to just chill. Now, after having two weeks of relaxing, I'm really looking forward...more

PCA preps for parties, Kelly Rowland

If there is one thing PokerStars does almost as well as it runs a poker site, it's throw parties. It's hard to say exactly how this came to be. The people behind the scenes are really quite upstanding, thoughtful people who don't cotton to random Bacchanalian adventures. Nevertheless, over lo...more

28 December

PokerStars Sunday tournament results (12-27-09)

If you play at PokerStars, you knew the last Sunday of the year was going to be a big one. With that understood, no one knew exactly how big it was going to be. Enter, the new Guinness World Record for the biggest ever poker tournament ever held. For the...more

5-Way Deal means 6-figure payouts as coach6999 comes from behind to capture Sunday Million glory!

The PokerStars Sunday Million ended 2009 with the bang of a blown-up guarantee, as 9,344 players built a whopping $1,868,800 prize pool in the last Sunday Major of 2009. The field was huge, the final table was grueling, but in the end it was coach6999 triumphant, locking up over $143,000...more

Turbo Takedown: Wire to wire spells victory and an Audi for ImDaNuts

The $1 Million Turbo Takedown went out of 2009 with a bang and some vrooom this evening. The field was relatively small having just 17,755 entries as compared to the 149,196 players in the just finished Guinness Book of World Records $1 tourney. But the good part was the buy-in...more

27 December

NinjasTyle87 chops down competition on the way to a Sunday Warm-Up win!

PokerStars definitely brought out the holiday spirit in this week's edition of the Sunday Warm-Up, as 4,605 players took to the field to trim the tree with a $921,000 prize pool. With the top 675 players taking home a little something extra in their stocking, the big money was reserved...more

The World Record ceiling has been raised to 149,196

We have a new record: In total, 149,196 people lined up their one dollar bills this evening to be a part of history. To put this massive Guinness Book of World Records breaking tournament into perspective here's how many people played tonight: That number represents three times the population of...more

Battle of the Planets: Godfatti and ruipinto74 chop it up to close out 2009

As 600 SnG champs cashed in their tickets earned throughout the month for 2009's final $50,000 Battle of the Planets Triple Shootout freeroll, we had some well-known players make their runs at the $12,000.00 first prize sitting at the end of these three SnGs. New minted Team PokerStars Online Pro...more

24 December

Million Dollar Challenge spoiler: The $1 million winner

There are no secrets anymore. You probably knew that. Between the internet, the paparazzi, and that neighbor who just won't be quiet about what you looked like when you went out to get the mail in your underwear, there's no keeping anything quiet these days. So, it should come as...more

23 December

PokerStars VIP Club adds Stellar Rewards

PokerStars is ready to give you $1,000 just for playing. We'd tell you more, but it's time for... Lightning round trivia! Do you know who is on the American $1,000 bill? If you answered, "There is no such thing as a $1,000 bill," you responded exactly as we did when...more

EPT announces new stop in Berlin

There was never any secret about whether the EPT would return to Germany. There was hardly a person on tour who didn't like Deutschland. The only question when the Season 6 EPT schedule came out was where in Germany the EPT would end up. That answer came this week when...more

PokerStars announces Team PokerStars Online

Two thousand people applied. Only 1% ended up with a spot. That 1% makes up the inaugural lineup for the brand new Team PokerStars Online. The online Team PokerStars Pro group joins the dozens of live pros who have made up the team for years. Now 23 online pros have...more

22 December

Weekly Dose: Million Dollar woman?

This is a really important week for the PokerStars Million Dollar Challenge. You may or may not have heard, somebody is going to win a million bucks this weekend on FOX. We'll have more on that later this week. However, today is the day for the Weekly Dose, our time...more

21 December

RPT goes to Africa, and underwater

To live in the poker world, you have to be able to handle a little cognitive dissonance from time to time. For instance, you have to be able to accept that the Russian Poker Tour just finished up an event in Egypt. Yes, Egypt. The most recent event in drew...more

PokerStars Sunday tournament results (12-20-09)

It's around this time of year that the PokerStars Blog usually gets a frantic phone call in the middle of the night. Over the past few years, the transcript of the call has read something like: Caller: "Dude, are you awake?" PokerStars Blog: "I haven't been awake in 12 hours...eggnog."...more

Holidays Brighter for hassan77 with 12/20 Sunday Million Victory

December 20 was upon us. Less than two weeks away was a new year - 2010. (Grasp that if you can.) And another Sunday Million came upon the poker world with the regularity that many craved as the holiday season whipped most everyone into a frenzy. In the midst of...more

Sunday Warm-up: jdawg271 wins one for the crew

Last call for holiday cash on PokerStars as next week people will be making their plans for New Year's parties and resolutions (my own will include an attempt to take a seat at the 2010 WSOP and eat more vegetables). While we did not quite reach the 5,000 players necessary...more

20 December

MPCC: Devan Tang crowned inaugural champion

Devan Tang did it easy - so easy, he wasn't even here when the opening hand was dealt today. The first Macau Poker Cup Championship (MPCC) Main Event title has been decided after the 32-year-old poker pro from Hong Kong running roughshod over the final table to pocket the...more

MPCC: Level 19 updates (final table)

Live updates from the final table, level 19 (12,000-24,000, ante 4000) of the Macau Poker Cup Championship Main Event brought to you by Sean Callander from the Grand Lisboa Hotel and Casino. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest chip counts can be found by...more

MPCC: Level 18 updates (final table)

Live updates from the final table, level 18 (10,000-20,000, ante 3000) of the Macau Poker Cup Championship Main Event brought to you by Sean Callander from the Grand Lisboa Hotel and Casino. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest chip counts can be found by...more

MPCC: Level 17 updates (final table)

Live updates from the final table, level 17 (8000-16,000, ante 2000) of the Macau Poker Cup Championship Main Event brought to you by Sean Callander from the Grand Lisboa Hotel and Casino. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest chip counts can be found by...more

MPCC: Level 16 updates (final table)

Live updates from the final table, level 16 (6000-12,000, ante 1000) of the Macau Poker Cup Championship Main Event brought to you by Sean Callander from the Grand Lisboa Hotel and Casino. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest chip counts can be found by...more

MPCC: Level 15 updates (final table)

Live updates from the final table, level 15 (4000-8000, ante 1000) of the Macau Poker Cup Championship Main Event brought to you by Sean Callander from the Grand Lisboa Hotel and Casino. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest chip counts can be found by...more

MPCC: Final table profiles

The 10 players who'll contest the first MPCC Main Event final table Seat 1: Bryan Huang, Singapore, PokerStars.net Team Asia Pro (194,000 in chips): One of only a handful of players to have cashed in three APPT events, the 24-year-old also won the HKD $1000 buy-in event at the...more

19 December

MPCC: Level 15-17 updates (day 2)

Live updates from day 2 of the Macau Poker Cup Championship Main Event brought to you by Sean Callander from the Grand Lisboa Hotel and Casino. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest chip counts can be found by clicking here. 2.45pm: Tae Jun takes...more

MPCC: Asia's finest on show in season finale

The thought of having a top-20 line-up of players from China, Hong Kong, Korea, Malaysia, Taipei, the USA, Canada and the UK in a major international poker tournament would have been unthinkable as little as two years ago. But that's the "league of nations" represented heading into the final...more

MPCC: Money men decided, now for the serious stuff

The Macau Poker Cup's reputation for high drama and swashbuckling poker was delivered in spades on day one of the Macau Poker Cup Championship Main Event at PokerStars Macau in the Grand Lisboa Hotel and Casino today. The field of 158 players far exceeded expectations, and ensured a prizepool...more

MPCC: Level 13 & 14 updates

Live updates from day 1, level 13 (blinds 2000-4000, ante 500) & level 14 (3000-6000, ante 500) of the Macau Poker Cup Championship Main Event brought to you by Sean Callander from the Grand Lisboa Hotel and Casino in Macau. Click refresh to see the latest updates below. 12am:...more

MPCC: Level 11 & 12 updates

Live updates from day 1, level 11 (blinds 1000-2000, ante 300) & level 12 (1500-3000, ante 200) of the Macau Poker Cup Championship Main Event brought to you by Sean Callander from the Grand Lisboa Hotel and Casino in Macau. Click refresh to see the latest updates below. 10.30pm:...more

MPCC: Level 9 & 10 updates

Live updates from day 1, level 9 (blinds 600-1200, ante 100) & level 8 (800-1600, ante 200) of the Macau Poker Cup Championship Main Event brought to you by Sean Callander from the Grand Lisboa Hotel and Casino in Macau. Click refresh to see the latest updates below. 9pm:...more

Riding the HORSE, by Tom McEvoy

by Tom McEvoy In 2006 the World Series of Poker electrified the poker world by introducing a $50,000 HORSE tournament. This was the biggest buy-in in poker history. HORSE, stands for Limit Hold'em, Limit Omaha Hi-Low Split, Razz, 7 Card Stud, and Stud 8 or Better. This tournament was televised...more

MPCC: Level 7 & 8 updates

Live updates from day 1, level 7 (blinds 300-600, ante 75) & level 8 (400-800, ante 100) of the Macau Poker Cup Championship Main Event brought to you by Sean Callander from the Grand Lisboa Hotel and Casino in Macau. Click refresh to see the latest updates below. 7pm:...more

MPCC: Level 5 & 6 updates

Live updates from day 1, level 5 (blinds 150-300, ante 25) & level 4 (200-400, ante 50) of the Macau Poker Cup Championship Main Event brought to you by Sean Callander from the Grand Lisboa Hotel and Casino in Macau. Click refresh to see the latest updates below. 5.30pm:...more

MPCC: Level 3 & 4 updates

Live updates from day 1, level 3 (blinds 100-200) & level 4 (100-200, ante 25) of the Macau Poker Cup Championship Main Event brought to you by Sean Callander from the Grand Lisboa Hotel and Casino in Macau. Click refresh to see the latest updates below. 4.30pm: Clark making...more

MPCC: Level 1 & 2 updates

Live updates from day 1, level 1 (blinds 25-50) & level 2 (50-100) of the Macau Poker Cup Championship Main Event brought to you by Sean Callander from the Grand Lisboa Hotel and Casino in Macau. Click refresh to see the latest updates below. 2.30pm: Region's best out in...more

18 December

MPCC: Season-ending classic in the world's gaming capital

It's just over three months since the final hand was dealt in the PokerStars.net APPT Macau Main Event, and much has changed since Irishman Dermot Blain took down the opening event on season three of Asia's largest and most prestigious poker tour. The heat and humidity of spring has...more

One dollar buys piece of world record

PokerStars breaks records. It breaks records like it was its job. Now, PokerStars is making it easy--and cheap!--for you to be a part of a world record breaking attempt. The Guinness Book of World Records started paying close attention to PokerStars at the end of 2008. That's when PokerStars hosted...more

Stud: Analysis, by Adam Roberts

As promised, in this, and upcoming blogs, I am going to delve into the analysis of specific hands. Today's blog will cover a "classic" Stud hand, specifically when to play the split underpair, with an unrelated kicker, against a raising or re-raising higher door card on 3rd street. Whenever I...more

New UKIPT Galway web show

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17 December

UKIPT gives birth to new web show

Welcome to "Things You Don't Know About the UKIPT!" In all fairness, there is probably a decent chance you didn't know the UK & Ireland Poker Tour (UKIPT) even existed before this past week. That's when you might have seen the PokerStars Blog's live coverage of the very first event...more

ANZPT announces Season 2 schedule

Poker down under is back. This week, PokerStars announced it will be bringing back the most popular poker tour to ever hit Australasia. The Australia New Zealand Poker Tour (ANZPT) has just announced the first six events of its Season 2 schedule with stops confirmed in every mainland state of...more

16 December

Team PokerStars Pros eye up the PCA side events

Ok.. so obviously they all want to win the main event.. and the $25k high roller if they can squeeze that in as well. But what else are members of Team PokerStars Pro eyeing up on the PCA schedule? It's not like there's a shortage of events going on -...more

Joe Cada gives you the Inside Deal

Like us, you might be wondering what Joe Cada's life has been like since he made an improbable comeback at the World Series of Poker final table, won the Main Event, and subsequently joined the elite ranks of Team PokerStars Pro. Frankly, that should be enough for one year, no?...more

Knowing 'why', by Steve Paul-Ambrose

by Steve Paul-Ambrose Often when playing poker you'll instinctively know that a given raise, call or fold is right and make it. That's an important skill, but often not knowing why can get you in trouble. A good example of this: in the ante stage of a tournament, it folds...more

15 December

Weekly Dose: Firefighter in diapers ready for Kid Poker

It's hard to be original these days. With so many people out there actively trying to be unique, most folks end up failing or copying their fellow aspirants-to-originality. And so, it's always nice when we spend our Tuesday mornings wading through the vast resource of internet videos and find something...more

Isaia claims IPT championship

The Italian Poker Tour has a new champion in San Remo. This past weekend, Italy's Alessio Isaia outlasted the ten-hour final table to collect the trophy and €140,000. At just 23 years old, Isaia already has four years of live poker experience behind him. In his short poker career, he's...more

Padraig Parkinson wins UKIPT Galway

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14 December

UKIPT Galway: Irish eyes are smiling!

Padraig Parkinson wins the UKIPT Galway! Ladies and gentlemen, sharks and fish, hometown hero Padraig Parkinson has won the inaugural UKIPT Galway scooping an enormous €125,000 as well as bagging a bonus £5,000 seat into the EPT London. Parkinson, who was born just down the road in Galway, beat Paul...more

UKIPT Galway: Day 4, level 25&26

Updates from day 4, level 25&26 of UKIPT Galway, brought to you by Rick Dacey. There's just five players left at the break of the UKIPT Galway. Former chip leader Paul Marrow lost a huge stack to Ben Lefew just before the break and will be having a stressful hour...more

UKIPT Galway: The final day

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UKIPT Galway: Day 4, level 23&24

Updates from day 4, level 20&21 of UKIPT Galway, brought to you by Rick Dacey. Level 23: blinds 10,000/20,000 (2000) 3.50pm: Lefew is big chip leader It's a 15 minute break and the purple 500 chips are being coloured up. We've done a chip count which can be found by...more

PokerStars Sunday tournament results (12-14-09)

What do you get when you mix a RaiNKhAN with a newhizzle and enough money to get most people through a couple years of the good life? Well, that, of course, is the PokerStars Sunday Million. It's always safe to call the Sunday Million "star-studded," because even if the table...more

UKIPT Galway: Day4, Level 21&22

Updates from day 4, level 20&21 of UKIPT Galway, brought to you by Rick Dacey. Level 21: blinds 6000/12,000 (1500) And the action is under way with Michael Graydon leading the early aggression. He wins the first pot after raising into Cat O'Neill's big blind and betting the 4♣ 8♠...more

UKIPT Galway: Final table ready to kick off

So this is it. The final table of the inaugural United Kingdom and Ireland Poker Tour (UKIPT) and it's Galway that has had the pleasure, nay, the honour, of hosting the first event. We've got five Irish players at the final table; Padraig Parkinson, Michael Graydon, Cat O'Neill, Paul Dooley...more

I can't wait for the PCA!

by William Thorson This years PCA looks fantastic, I'm really looking forward to it. Two years ago I was at the final table in the Main Event; unfortunately I busted in 9th. But it was still a very nice finish out of 900 players, although it is always very frustrating...more

newhizzle sizzles in 12/13 Sunday Million win

The guarantee is $1.5 million. Has been for some time now. Even so, they still call it the "Sunday Million" -- a.k.a., the most popular Sunday "major" around. This week saw that massive guarantee easily met once again, as 8,358 players entered the $215 tournament, making for a total prize...more

13 December

Sunday Warm-Up: cotrim333 controls final table, triumphs

A total of 4,526 players posted the $215 buy-in for this week's Sunday Warm-Up, creating a $905,200 prize pool. The top 675 finishers would be seeing a profit, with $142,009.00 due the last one standing. It took nearly four hours for the money bubble to burst. With 676 left and...more

UKIPT Galway: YES, WE CAN!

For some reason, possibly only fathomable to Padraig Parkinson, a small contingent of the Irish players spent much of the earlier levels of the day cheering President Barack Obama's campaign catchphrase, 'YES, WE CAN!' If it was a call to arms for the irish players to keep the inaugural Galway...more

UKIPT Galway: Day 3, level 20&21

Updates from day 3, level 20&21 of UKIPT Galway, brought to you by Rick Dacey. Level 20: blinds 5000/10,000 (1000) 8.01pm: Back from the break and Abrahams takes a big hit A huge pot looked ready to take place between Paul Marrow, Javed Abrahams and Reggie Corrigan. The three players...more

UKIPT Galway: Day 3, level 18&19

Updates from day 3, level 18&19 of UKIPT Galway, brought to you by Rick Dacey. Level 18: blinds 3000/6000 (500) 4.45pm: Paul Marrow claims the chip lead Following the count at the break we've found that Paul Marrow's late tournament charge has put him into the chip lead with a...more

UKIPT Galway: Day 3 intro

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UKIPT Galway: Day 3, level 16&17

Updates from day 3, level 16&17 of UKIPT Galway, brought to you by Rick Dacey. Level 16: blinds 2000/4000 (400) 2.05pm: William Martin (36th) and John Duthie (35th) fall William Martin was the first out getting it all in with K2 and was called by with KJ. Team PokerStars Pro...more

UKIPT Galway: Day 3, Money ladder madness

The UKIPT Galway started two days ago with 259 runners, quite some turn out for a €2,000 buy-in event a fortnight before Christmas, and here we are with 36 players remaining at the business end of the tournament. Poor old Aidan Connolly was the unfortunate bubble boy, getting it in...more

UKIPT Galway: Day two intro

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12 December

UKIPT Galway: Day 2, End of the day wrap

Every tournament is a little like a war film. You start out with hundreds of extras wading through bull rushes or galloping across hills and most of them find themselves falling in a hail of machinegun fire or hacked down by an evil rampaging horde of barbarians. And what does...more

UKIPT Galway: Day 2, level 14&15

Updates from day 2, level 14&15 of UKIPT Galway, brought to you by Rick Dacey. Level 14: blinds 1200/2400 (200) 9.58pm: John Duthie resurgent The Team PokerStars Pro has had his ups and downs but he looks like he's found his stride and is up to around 95,000, which is...more

UKIPT Galway: Day 2, level 12&13

Updates from day 2, level 10&11 of UKIPT Galway, brought to you by Rick Dacey. Level 12: blinds 800/1600 (200) 7.51pm: Frost freezes on the corner Players have returned from the dinner break and with just 79 players the money is starting to get near. Thirty-six spots are due to...more

UKIPT Galway: Day 2, level 10&11

Updates from day 2, level 10&11 of UKIPT Galway, brought to you by Rick Dacey. Level 10: blinds 500/1000 (100) The players are back from the first break of the day and as mentioned we've already lost some 40 players. Nelius Foley (Nines into Kings) and Fergal Coyle (top pair...more

UKIPT Galway: Day 2, level 8&9

Updates from day 2, level 8 of UKIPT Galway, brought to you by Rick Dacey. Level 8: blinds 300/600 (75) Play has started for the day with a redraw and players have taken to their seats. Chipleader Gavin O'Rourke, who has been drawn to the right of a jealous looking...more

UKIPT Galway: Another day dawns

While sleep is being rubbed out of eyes and breakfast is being shovelled down necks around Galway there are 170 stomachs that may be having a little more trouble settling down than most. The inaugural €2,000 UKIPT Galway main event enters its second day and it's going to be...more

Team Pro Tuesdays makes debut

You might be one of those fortunate people who gets out once a week for a home game with your buddies. You look forward to it all week and when the day finally comes, you can't wait to get to the game. PokerStars has found a way to bring the...more

11 December

UKIPT Galway, Day 1, level 7 to close of play

Updates from day 1, level 7 of UKIPT Galway, brought to you by Rick Dacey. Level 7: blinds 200/400 (50) It's the final level of the night and much like 80's pop-horror classic Gremlins this is where stacks can start multiplying in a shocking and horrifying way. Well, for everyone...more

UKIPT Galway: Day 1, levels 5&6

Updates from day 1, level 5&6 of UKIPT Galway, brought to you by Rick Dacey. Level 5: blinds 150/300 We're back from the break and have got 26 players so far knocked out. With the final number of entries locked in at 259 the resident tournament directors have worked the...more

UKIPT Galway: Day 1, levels 3&4

Updates from day 1, level 3&4 of UKIPT Galway, brought to you by Rick Dacey. 6.30pm: Time to break over Breaktime is a wonderful thing. You get to step outside to enjoy some fresh air, nip to the bar to pick up that pint the cocktail waitress forgot to bring...more

UKIPT Galway: Day 1 gets under way

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UKIPT Galway: And they're off...

Updates from day 1, level 1&2 of UKIPT Galway, brought to you by Rick Dacey. After a brief announcement to mark the beginning of the UKIPT the players have made their way to the seats filling up some 23 tables so far. Late registration is running for two hours and...more

UKIPT Galway: A new tour is born

So here we are at another great moment in poker history, cue the fanfare... it's the launch of the PokerStars.com United Kingdom and Ireland Poker Tour! Hitherto to be known as the UKIPT - or the mighty UKIPT, if you like. I certainly do. Some 300 players are busying themselves...more

10 December

East Coast, West Coast, both Elite

We've always thought the whole U.S. East Coast vs West Coast gangsta rap battle should've had more legs. It seemed like something that could've lasted a lot longer and ended 20 years later with a steamboat war on the Mississippi River. Fortunately, we have a new battle brewing (or one...more

Chess master among PokerStars' Elite

At 34 years old, the PokerStars player simona75 has done something only a select few PokerStars players do in a year. He's made it to the level of Supernova Elite. This marks him among the top 160 or so most active players at PokerStars. So, you might think it odd,...more

9 December

Depositor freeroll finals this weekend

How many places do you go for the first time and the proprietor says, "Hey, man, thanks for coming! Want two grand?" That's sort of what PokerStars is doing this weekend as it throws its depositor freeroll finals. Pokerstars is currently offering eight freerolls a day to people who reload...more

8 December

EPT Prague: Jan Skampa's victory

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Weekly Dose: Topless world record by JoeIngram1

So, the other day, we wrote a piece here about a Russian gentleman who did something fairly significant. He played more than 40,000 hands in less than 24 hours. We gave the accomplishment its due applause, and then started hearing, "Well, I can do that!" from a lot of people....more

Making another final in Amsterdam, by Noah Boeken

by Noah Boeken Poker started for me a few years after I found out that there was a Master Classics of Poker. I saw an ad once on TV; it was for one of Europe's biggest poker tournaments held in the Amsterdam Holland Casino each year. At the time I...more

7 December

PCA ready to support amfAR charity

The PokerStars Caribbean Adventure has spent years awarding millions of dollars to it winners. Now, the PCA and its players are set to give something back. PokerStars has long been a supporter of AIDS research charities. Going back several years, PokerStars has been a proud supporter of the AIDS fundraising...more

PokerStars Sunday tournament results (12-6-09)

This is the end, my friend. Actually, it's just the beginning of the end. And really, it's only the beginning the end of 2009. We still have another three years before we really have to worry about the end (and that's only if we believe the Mayans, Hollywood, and a...more

ran77 Ran Good and Ran Away With the 12/6 Sunday Million Title

The first Sunday in December finds many people arranging holiday plans to visit family and friends, decorating and shopping, and making lists to check twice. Others are battling harsh winter weather or searching for cheap airfare to warmer end-of-year vacation locales. But poker players are steadfast in their Sunday responsibilities....more

APPT Sydney: Benton puts cherry on season 3 pie

With Van Marcus' victory in the 2009 PokerStars.net APPT Tournament of Champions, the book closes on season three of Asia-Pacific's largest and most prestigious poker tour. The APPT Tournament of Champions again attracted a world-class field, which comprised PokerStars.net Team Australia Pros Joe Hachem, Grant Levy, Tony Hachem and...more

6 December

Sunday Warm-up: ely_cash41 adds Sunday Warm-up win to an impressive resume

We getting closer each week to my prediction of the $750,000 Guaranteed Sunday Warm-up reaching the one million dollar prize pool by the end of the year. There's only three left in 2009 as this week saw 4,718 players put down the $215 necessary to take a shot at the...more

APPT Sydney: Tournament of Champions updates

4.30pm: Van Marcus wins APPT Tournament of Champions Van Marcus is the 2009 PokerStars.net APPT Tournament of Champions winner, earning $10,000 for his charity of choice, the Child Fund. Marcus defeated The Poker Star winner Amanda De Cesare heads-up after Marcus eliminated Joe Hachem in third. Van Marcus becomes...more

APPT Sydney: Champions, one and all

We suspect that he might not have had much sleep, but Aaron Benton will be back in the Sports Theatre at Star City Casino to complete his first duties as 2009 PokerStars.net APPT Grand Final winner. Benton will join the field for the traditional finale of the season -...more

EPT Prague: Jan Skampa skittles all-comers to become new Czech master

In June this year, PokerStars launched the Czech and Slovak Poker Tour, a gentle four-event series costing about $750 a pop, with the intention of bringing affordable poker to a whole region of inexperienced players. The thing is, a young student from Prague named Jan Skampa has clearly been putting...more

EPT Prague: Final table, level 32 updates

Updates from the final table, level 32 of EPT Prague, brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc "The Conv" Convey, Howard Swains and Simon Young. Latest chip counts are on the chip count page. The EPT tournament structure can be found on the EPT tournament structure page. Full details of...more

EPT Prague: Final table, level 31 updates

Updates from the final table, level 31 of EPT Prague, brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc "The Conv" Convey, Howard Swains and Simon Young. Latest chip counts are on the chip count page. The EPT tournament structure can be found on the EPT tournament structure page. Full details of...more

EPT Prague: Final table, level 30 updates

Updates from the final table, level 30 of EPT Prague, brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc "The Conv" Convey, Howard Swains and Simon Young. Latest chip counts are on the chip count page. The EPT tournament structure can be found on the EPT tournament structure page. Full details of...more

EPT Prague: Final table, level 29 updates

Updates from the final table, level 29 of EPT Prague, brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc "The Conv" Convey, Howard Swains and Simon Young. Latest chip counts are on the chip count page. The EPT tournament structure can be found on the EPT tournament structure page. Full details of...more

EPT Prague: Final table, level 28 updates

Updates from the final table, level 28 of EPT Prague, brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc "The Conv" Convey, Howard Swains and Simon Young. Latest chip counts are on the chip count page. The EPT tournament structure can be found on the EPT tournament structure page. Full details of...more

APPT Sydney: Final table, level 29 updates

Live updates from the final table, level 29 (blinds 60,000-120,000, ante 10,000) of the PokerStars.net APPT Grand Final brought to you by Sean Callander and Landon Blackhall from Star City Casino in Sydney, Australia. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can...more

EPT Prague: Final table, level 27 updates

Updates from the final table, level 27 of EPT Prague, brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc "The Conv" Convey, Howard Swains and Simon Young. Latest chip counts are on the chip count page. The EPT tournament structure can be found on the EPT tournament structure page. Full details of...more

EPT Prague: Introducing the final table

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APPT Sydney: Final table, level 28 updates

Live updates from the final table, level 28 (blinds 50,000-100,000, ante 10,000) of the PokerStars.net APPT Grand Final brought to you by Sean Callander and Landon Blackhall from Star City Casino in Sydney, Australia. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can...more

EPT Prague: Final table, level 26 updates

Updates from the final table, level 26 of EPT Prague, brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc "The Conv" Convey, Howard Swains and Simon Young. Latest chip counts are on the chip count page. The EPT tournament structure can be found on the EPT tournament structure page. Full details of...more

APPT Sydney: Final table, level 27 updates

Live updates from the final table, level 14 (blinds 40,000-80,000, ante 5000) of the PokerStars.net APPT Grand Final brought to you by Sean Callander and Landon Blackhall from Star City Casino in Sydney, Australia. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can...more

EPT Prague: Final table, level 25 updates

Updates from the final table, level 25 of EPT Prague, brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc "The Conv" Convey, Howard Swains and Simon Young. Latest selected chip counts are on the chip count page. The EPT tournament structure can be found on the EPT tournament structure page. Full details...more

EPT Prague: Final table player profiles

Eight players will contest the EPT Prague final table, starting at noon on Sunday at the Hilton hotel in the Czech capital. Details of the full prize-pool, and winners so far, is on the prizewinners page. The chip leader is the only local player remaining in the field, the Prague-based...more

APPT Sydney: Final table, level 26 updates

Live updates from the final table, level 26 (blinds 30,000-60,000, ante 5000) of the PokerStars.net APPT Grand Final brought to you by Sean Callander and Landon Blackhall from Star City Casino in Sydney, Australia. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can...more

APPT Sydney: Final table, level 25 updates

Live updates from final table, level 25 (blinds 25,000-50,000, ante 5000) of the PokerStars.net APPT Grand Final brought to you by Sean Callander and Landon Blackhall from Star City Casino in Sydney, Australia. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be...more

APPT Sydney: Final table, level 24 updates

Live updates from final table, level 24 (blinds 20,000-40,000, ante 5000) of the PokerStars.net APPT Grand Final brought to you by Sean Callander and Landon Blackhall from Star City Casino in Sydney, Australia. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be...more

5 December

APPT Sydney: Final table, level 23 updates

Live updates from the final table, level 23 (blinds 15,000-30,000, ante 3000) of the PokerStars.net APPT Grand Final brought to you by Sean Callander and Landon Blackhall from Star City Casino in Sydney, Australia. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can...more

APPT Sydney: Final table, level 22 updates

Live updates from final table, level 22 (blinds 12,000-24000, ante 3000) of the PokerStars.net APPT Grand Final brought to you by Sean Callander and Landon Blackhall from Star City Casino in Sydney, Australia. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be...more

APPT Sydney: Australia versus the rest of the world ... again

In 2008, the APPT Grand Final featured seven Australians and two international players. In 2009, the APPT Grand Final will comprise seven Australians and two international players. Welcome to the finale of season three of the PokerStars.net APPT, with about 30 minutes to the start of the final table...more

EPT Prague: Jan Skampa's into final table lead

At times it was fast, other times slow, but at the end of play on day four of EPT Prague few were left in any doubt that tomorrow's final was likely to get a few pulses racing, be they Czech, Italian or neutral. Jan Skampa, a student in Prague...more

EPT Prague: Day 4, level 25 updates

Updates from day 4, level 25 of EPT Prague, brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc "The Conv" Convey, Howard Swains and Simon Young. Latest selected chip counts are on the chip count page. The EPT tournament structure can be found on the EPT tournament structure page. Full details of...more

EPT Prague: Day 4, level 24 updates

Updates from day 4, level 24 of EPT Prague, brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc "The Conv" Convey, Howard Swains and Simon Young. Latest selected chip counts are on the chip count page. The EPT tournament structure can be found on the EPT tournament structure page. Full details of...more

APPT Sydney: Final table profiles

Seat 1: David Formosa, Sydney, Australia (856,000 in chips): This 41-year-old father of two sports centre manager satellited his way into this tournament via Star City Casino and has been playing the game for six years. "I played a couple of the $1500 events in the WSOP, but this...more

EPT Prague: Day 4, level 23 updates

Updates from day 4, level 23 of EPT Prague, brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc "The Conv" Convey, Howard Swains and Simon Young. Latest selected chip counts are on the chip count page. The EPT tournament structure can be found on the EPT tournament structure page. Full details of...more

APPT Sydney: Day 3, level 22 updates

Live updates from day 3, level 22 (blinds 12,000-24,000, ante 3000) of the PokerStars.net APPT Grand Final brought to you by Sean Callander and Landon Blackhall from Star City Casino in Sydney, Australia. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be...more

EPT Prague: Fight for a final table seat

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EPT Prague: Day 4, level 22 updates

Updates from day 4, level 22 of EPT Prague, brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc "The Conv" Convey, Howard Swains and Simon Young. Latest selected chip counts are on the chip count page. The EPT tournament structure can be found on the EPT tournament structure page. Full details of...more

APPT Sydney: Day 3, level 21 updates

Live updates from day 3, level 21 (blinds 10,000-20,000, ante 2000) of the PokerStars.net APPT Grand Final brought to you by Sean Callander and Landon Blackhall from Star City Casino in Sydney, Australia. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be...more

EPT Prague: Day 4, levels 20&21 updates

Updates from day 4, level 20&21 of EPT Prague, brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc "The Conv" Convey, Howard Swains and Simon Young. Latest selected chip counts are on the chip count page. The EPT tournament structure can be found on the EPT tournament structure page. Full details of...more

APPT Sydney: Day 3, level 20 updates

Live updates from day 3, level 20 (blinds 8000-16,000, ante 2000) of the PokerStars.net APPT Grand Final brought to you by Sean Callander and Landon Blackhall from Star City Casino in Sydney, Australia. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be...more

EPT Prague: Day four table draw

It's day four, which means three tables, 24 players, and the target being the final table of eight. The Israeli player Eyal Avitan leads at this stage, from the 2007 final tablist Juha Lauttamus. The full list, and where they are sitting, is below. Day four seat and table draw:...more

EPT Prague: Eyal Avitan 'avin it largest of final 24

Day three on the EPT means the race to 24. Although our opening flights are dictated only by the clock, furniture becomes the crucial concern in these later stages. There is only room on the penultimate day for three tables, around which there are only eight chairs apiece. The scrap...more

APPT Sydney: Day 3, level 19 updates

Live updates from day 2, level 19 (blinds 6000-12,000, ante 1000) of the PokerStars.net APPT Grand Final brought to you by Sean Callander and Landon Blackhall from Star City Casino in Sydney, Australia. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be...more

APPT Sydney: Day 3, level 18 updates

Live updates from day 2, level 18 (blinds 5000-10,000, ante 1000) of the PokerStars.net APPT Grand Final brought to you by Sean Callander and Landon Blackhall from Star City Casino in Sydney, Australia. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be...more

APPT Sydney: Day 3, level 17 updates

Live updates from day 2, level 17 (blinds 4000-8000, ante 500) of the PokerStars.net APPT Grand Final brought to you by Sean Callander and Landon Blackhall from Star City Casino in Sydney, Australia. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be...more

4 December

APPT Sydney: Day 3, level 16 updates

Live updates from day 2, level 16 (blinds 3000-6000, ante 500) of the PokerStars.net APPT Grand Final brought to you by Sean Callander and Landon Blackhall from Star City Casino in Sydney, Australia. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be...more

APPT Sydney: Day 3, level 15 updates

Live updates from day 2, level 15 (blinds 2500-5000, ante 500) of the PokerStars.net APPT Grand Final brought to you by Sean Callander and Landon Blackhall from Star City Casino in Sydney, Australia. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be...more

APPT Sydney: Day 3, level 14 updates

Live updates from day 3, level 14 (blinds 2000-4000, ante 400) of the PokerStars.net APPT Grand Final brought to you by Sean Callander and Landon Blackhall from Star City Casino in Sydney, Australia. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be...more

APPT Sydney: Chairmen of the board

It started with a casual conversation in the Star City Poker Room, and ended with the two very nervous Scandinavians standing on a Sydney beach at 7am on a Saturday thinking, "what the hell are we doing here?" Whether it was just bluff or bravado, credit to PokerStars Qualifiers...more

EPT Prague: Day 3, level 20 updates

Updates from day 3, level 20 of EPT Prague, brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc "The Conv" Convey, Howard Swains and Simon Young. Latest selected chip counts are on the chip count page. The EPT tournament structure can be found on the EPT tournament structure page. Full details of...more

EPT Prague: Day 3, level 19 updates

Updates from day 3, level 19 of EPT Prague, brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc "The Conv" Convey, Howard Swains and Simon Young. Latest selected chip counts are on the chip count page. The EPT tournament structure can be found on the EPT tournament structure page. Full details of...more

EPT Prague: Day 3, level 18 updates

Updates from day 3, level 18 of EPT Prague, brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc "The Conv" Convey, Howard Swains and Simon Young. Latest selected chip counts are on the chip count page. The EPT tournament structure can be found on the EPT tournament structure page. Full details of...more

EPT Prague: Day 3, level 17 updates

Updates from day 3, level 17 of EPT Prague, brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc "The Conv" Convey, Howard Swains and Simon Young. Latest selected chip counts are on the chip count page. The EPT tournament structure can be found on the EPT tournament structure page. Full details of...more

EPT Prague: Day 3, level 16 updates

Updates from day 3, level 16 of EPT Prague, brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc "The Conv" Convey, Howard Swains and Simon Young. Latest selected chip counts are on the chip count page. The EPT tournament structure can be found on the EPT tournament structure page. Full details of...more

APPT Sydney: Day 3 seat draw

PokerStars.net APPT Grand Final day 3 seat draw Table 80 Seat 1: Paul Albino (USA) PokerStars Qualifier 83000 Seat 2: Roel Pijpers (Netherlands) PokerStars Qualifier 192700 Seat 3: Alan Brown (United Kingdom) PokerStars Qualifier 192900 Seat 4: Barry Forrester (Australia) 36300 Seat 5: Joseph Allis (New Zealand) 398000 Seat...more

EPT Prague: Closing in on the cash

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APPT Sydney: Grigg's big day out

From the moment that 2008 APPT Grand Final winner Martin Rowe was eliminated in the opening hand of the day, the steady stream of departures showed little signs of slowing as the field of 226 was slashed to just 66 in an enthralling day of poker in the PokerStars.net...more

EPT Prague: Day 3 level 15 updates

Updates from day 3, level 15 of EPT Prague, brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc "The Conv" Convey, Howard Swains and Simon Young. Latest selected chip counts are on the chip count page. The EPT tournament structure can be found on the EPT tournament structure page. Full details of...more

EPT Prague: Day three table draw

Day three of EPT Prague begins at noon today, with 95 players returning. As ever on day three, the target is 24 players remaining at the end - they'll play however many levels are necessary to reach that goal. The first order of business once the players reconvene will be...more

EPT Prague: Yann Brosolo ahead with money on horizon

Day two at an EPT main event is always good for some action. The pace of eliminations is always frenetic with more players busting than anyone ever anticipates, with high- and low-profile casualties along the way. For them an immediate future of side events and hotel bills, for the rest,...more

APPT Sydney: Day 2, level 13 updates

Live updates from day 2, level 13 (blinds 1500-3000, ante 300) of the PokerStars.net APPT Grand Final brought to you by Sean Callander and Landon Blackhall from Star City Casino in Sydney, Australia. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be...more

APPT Sydney: Day 2, level 12 updates

Live updates from day 2, level 12 (blinds 1200-2400, ante 300) of the PokerStars.net APPT Grand Final brought to you by Sean Callander and Landon Blackhall from Star City Casino in Sydney, Australia. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be...more

APPT Sydney: Day 2, level 11 updates

Live updates from day 2, level 11 (blinds 1000-2000, ante 200) of the PokerStars.net APPT Grand Final brought to you by Sean Callander and Landon Blackhall from Star City Casino in Sydney, Australia. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be...more

3 December

APPT Sydney: Day 2, level 10 updates

Live updates from day 2, level 10 (blinds 800-1600, ante 200) of the PokerStars.net APPT Grand Final brought to you by Sean Callander and Landon Blackhall from Star City Casino in Sydney, Australia. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be...more

APPT Sydney: Day 2, level 9 updates

Live updates from day 2, level 9 (blinds 600-1200, ante 200) of the PokerStars.net APPT Grand Final brought to you by Sean Callander and Landon Blackhall from Star City Casino in Sydney, Australia. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be...more

APPT Sydney: Day 2, level 8 updates

Live updates from day 2, level 8 (blinds 500-1000, ante 100) of the PokerStars.net APPT Grand Final brought to you by Sean Callander and Landon Blackhall from Star City Casino in Sydney, Australia. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be...more

APPT Sydney: Sharks circling for the cash

The perception that many visitors have of Australia and the reality are often far apart. No, there aren't kangaroos bounding through the Sydney CBD, we don't speak "Austrian" and don't normally end every sentence with the word "crikey". But thanks to the late, great "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin, visitors...more

APPT Sydney: Day 2 seat draw

PokerStars.net APPT Grand Final day 2 seat draw Table 1 Seat 1: Julius Colman (Australia) 24200 Seat 2: Gary Sue Fong (Australia) 30000 Seat 3: Nino Marotta (Australia) 60800 Seat 4: Aaron Benton (Australia) PokerStars Qualifier 34700 Seat 5: Anthony Campbell (Australia) 49200 Seat 6: Andrew Capelin (Australia) 43500...more

EPT Prague: Day 2, levels 13 and 14 updates

Updates from day 2, levels 12 and 13 of EPT Prague, brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc "The Conv" Convey, Howard Swains and Simon Young. Latest selected chip counts are on the chip count page. The EPT tournament structure can be found on the EPT tournament structure page. Full...more

EPT Prague: Lellouche - verb. To vacuum chips

Winning an EPT is without doubt impressive. Few players can win an event playing just on luck, and if they do they're quickly exposed when they try it for a second time. But there are some players who have superlative poker talent in every fibre of their unexercised, steak-powered, nicotine-ravaged...more

EPT Prague: Day 2, levels 11 and 12 updates

Updates from day 2, levels 11 and 12 of EPT Prague, brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc "The Conv" Convey, Howard Swains and Simon Young. Latest selected chip counts are on the chip count page. The EPT tournament structure can be found on the EPT tournament structure page. Full...more

EPT Prague: Vilamoura veterans Czech out this week's competition

Most EPT main event champions tend to return immediately to the felt. The chance to become not only the first double winner, but also a back-to-back champion, is usually too enticing to resist. Our last winner, on his home soil in Vilamoura, was the Portuguese businessman Antonio Matias, but something...more

EPT Prague: What Leo wants Margets

There are various ways to get yourself noticed as a new player on the poker circuit. Putting on a big hat and wearing a dressing gown at the table will get your picture taken. Mouthing off about the opposition in public also sometimes works. Or you can try the...more

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EPT Prague: Day 2, level nine and ten updates

Updates from day 2, levels nine and ten of EPT Prague, brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc "The Conv" Convey, Howard Swains and Simon Young. Latest selected chip counts are on the chip count page. The EPT tournament structure can be found on the EPT tournament structure page. Full...more

EPT Prague: A round with the Mattern, Luske and ElkY

The "A Round With..." format has served us well. This is the post where we choose a single table and log all the action for an entire orbit. It offers more of a complete picture of the way a poker tournament works, away from the big hands and bust...more

I followed my own bankroll management advice, by Vicky Coren

by Vicky Coren The new UKIPT (UK and Irish poker tour) was announced the same week I made a very grown-up decision. I wanted to go and play the Master Classics of Poker in Amsterdam, but I decided not to because the buy-in was too big. I'm moving house soon,...more

EPT Prague: Day two seat draw

It's day two of EPT Prague, season six, and a spectacular 328 players are still involved in this one. Many of them, as well as weary spectators and press representatives, have now had the chance to sample all that majestic Prague has to offer, and in the wake of that...more

APPT Sydney: Blagov gets judges' nod on day 1C

After two run-of-the-mill day one flights, the gloves were well and truly off day 1C of the PokerStars.net APPT Grand Final at Sydney's Star City Casino. Perhaps inspired by Danny Green's stunning first-round victory over Roy Jones jnr in the previous evening's IBO Cruiserweight title fight at nearby Acer...more

APPT Sydney: Hachem's hopes dashed for another year

Joe Hachem tasted success here in Sydney two years ago when he won the first APPT Tournament of Champions, earning his charity of choice the Shane Warne Foundation a $50,000 donation. But it's otherwise been leaning pickings on home soil for the 2005 WSOP champion and PokerStars.net Team Australia...more

EPT Prague: Marius Heiene out-shines day 1B's brightest stars

Like little twinkling lights strung around a Christmas tree in Prague's Old Town Square, the stars of European poker came out to play at the Hilton this afternoon. And if you can bear to read on after perhaps the most ghastly, twee, laboured and crow-barred lead into a PokerStars blog...more

APPT Sydney: Or is it APPT Sid-ney?

By Landon Blackhall The 2009 PokerStars.net APPT Grand Final field has been confirmed at 396, with a total prize pool of AUD $2,376,000. The winner will take home AUD $594,000 with 48 players ensured a slice of the pie over the next two days. One player's who's put his...more

APPT Sydney: Eastgate out the gate; bell tolls for Tahtouh

By Landon Blackhall The PokerStars Team Nordics Pro contingent has been reduced from one to zero after 2008 WSOP Main Event champion Peter Eastgate was eliminated at the hands of Taiwanese PokerStars Qualifier Carlos Chang. The action folded around to Chang who raised to 600 pre-flop; another opponent and...more

2 December

APPT Sydney: The Iceman cometh

Early this year, the first induction of the Australian Poker Hall of Fame was announced. The eight inductees were PokerStars.net Team Australian Pro Joe Hachem, PokerStars Sponsored Player Lee "Final Table" Nelson, dual WSOP bracelet winner Mel Judah, Gary Benson, Billy "The Croc" Argyros, Tony G, local poker identity...more

APPT Sydney: A span with a plan

By Landon Blackhall It's one of the most famous landmarks in Sydney - the locals know it as "The Coathanger" but to the rest of the world it's known as the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The 39,000-tonne, 134-metre high steel and concrete structure spans more than 1.1 kilometres from Millers...more

APPT Sydney: Dreams dashed by early double-ups

So you've won your way into one of the Australia's biggest poker tournaments, made your way to Sydney, hung out around Star City and taken your seat in the Main Event. The anticipation, excitement, hopes, dreams are all realised and ... you're heading for the rail inside five minutes....more

APPT Sydney: Galaxy of stars light up day 1C

One of the best fields ever assembled for a single day on the Asia Pacific Poker Tour is starting to arrive for day 1C of the PokerStars.net APPT Grand Final here at Star City Casino. Welcome to sunny, summery Sydney for the final day one flight in the last...more

EPT Prague: Day 1b, level seven and eight updates

Updates from day 1b, levels seven and eight of EPT Prague, brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc "The Conv" Convey, Howard Swains and Simon Young. Latest selected chip counts are on the chip count page. The EPT tournament structure can be found on the EPT tournament structure page. Full...more

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

Updates from day 1b, levels five and six of EPT Prague, brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc "The Conv" Convey, Howard Swains and Simon Young. Latest selected chip counts are on the chip count page. The EPT tournament structure can be found on the EPT tournament structure page. Blinds:...more

EPT Prague: Czech-check for chess champs

There are countless stories of poker players arriving at the baize having surmounted their first calling and wanting a more profitable challenge. And we're not talking about pursuits that involve running around and jumping - like soccer or tennis. Noah Boeken famously made the switch to poker from Magic:...more

EPT Prague: The bridesmaids

No one remembers the guy who came second. It's the adage that haunts every sportsman as they look down upon their silver medal, listening to the congratulations heaped upon the champion, peering through misty eyes at the winner thinking: "That would be me if it wasn't for that donkey my...more

Back for Day 1B of Prague

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

Updates from day 1b, levels three and four of EPT Prague, brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc "The Conv" Convey, Howard Swains and Simon Young. Latest selected chip counts are on the chip count page. The EPT tournament structure can be found on the EPT tournament structure page. Blinds:...more

EPT Prague: Wish fulfillment

If you rubbed a lamp and a genie granted you the wish of seeing all the cards of one poker player throughout an entire tournament, who would you choose? Few would argue against a nod for ElkY, or for Dario Minieri; they play pretty much any two cards in any...more

EPT Prague: The Italians

If you followed the PokerStars Blog's coverage of European Poker Tour a year ago you might remember how the shape of the tour changed in front of our very eyes. Poker's evolutionary trail has always wound its way through different jurisdictions, be it north America, Scandinavia, Germany, Luton or...more

APPT Sydney: Boxell turns back the clock to top day 1B

The stars will be out in force tomorrow for the final day one flight in the PokerStars.net APPT Grand Final, and they'll be aiming to join the 68 players who survived day 1B of the 109 starters. The total field is at 190, with 119 players through to Friday's...more

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

Updates from day 1b, levels one and two of EPT Prague, brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc "The Conv" Convey, Howard Swains and Simon Young. Latest selected chip counts are on the chip count page. The EPT tournament structure can be found on the EPT tournament structure page. Blinds:...more

EPT Prague: The best Who's Who list in the world....ever!

The "who's playing" post has become a staple of PokerStars Blog's EPT main event coverage, so much so that we're thinking of releasing a "Best Of The PokerStars Blog's Who's Playing Today At This EPT" compilation album. If we did, today's "Who's Playing Today At This EPT" post would...more

EPT Prague: Rewind and press play

We could spend a few hundred more words talking about Prague, but our introduction yesterday seemed to sum the place up perfectly and the 119 players who survived day 1a yesterday are now free to shake off a late night and head out exploring. It may be winter, with...more

EPT Prague: Marc Gork leads on day one

It's good to be back. That was the main theme of day 1a in Prague, a welcomed return to one of the European Poker Tour's prestige destinations. The best players, a tournament room with space to breathe and surrounded by a town you can happily get lost in and...more

APPT Sydney: Jarred's jaw-dropping repeat

By Landon Blackhall and Sean Callander It's hard enough to win one poker tournament at this level, but Jarred Graham has achieved one of the most remarkable feats in Australian poker history with successful defence of the APPT Sydney High Roller title he won in 2008. He won AUD...more

APPT Sydney: Cohen showin' how it's done

The dealers' cries of "all-in, call" have been increasing through the day in the PokerStars.net APPT Grand Final, and through all the carnage Australian David Hibbott has quietly amassed a mountain of chips ... well, actually a kaleidoscope of chips that are spread liberally in front of him. It...more

APPT Sydney: A Poker Star in her own right

By Landon Blackhall Ladies and gentlemen, meet Amanda De Cesare. She's a 34-year-old speech pathologist and single mother of two living in Melbourne, who was plucked not-quite-from-obscurity to take part in Joe Hachem's reality television show, The Poker Star. From a field of 11 contestants, she was singled out...more

APPT Sydney: Leo's in the box seat

Tony Dunst's chart-topping day 1A chip count of 104,300 has been surpassed inside four levels on day 1B of the PokerStars.net APPT Grand Final. First, it was wunderkind Brendon Rubie who broke the 100,000-barrier, and he's recently been joined by a player from the other end of the experience...more

1 December

APPT Sydney: Good vibrations for WSOP bracelet winner

It's great to see a WSOP bracelet winner in today's 1B field, with American Brian "Rookie" Wilson taking his seat in the Star City Poker Room along with 108 other hopefuls in pursuit of the 2009 PokerStars.net APPT Grand Final title. The 42-year-old won his bracelet in the same...more

APPT Sydney: If the shoe fits, use it

By Landon Blackhall The sounds of a poker room don't change all that much from country to country ... the clicking of chips, chatter of players. But here at Star City, the relative tranquility is often broken by a sharp snapping noise AKA the Star City Snap. The men...more

APPT Sydney: Rowe sails in for title defence

Play is underway in the brand new Star City poker room on day 1B of the PokerStars.net APPT Grand Final, with more of the region's biggest names in action today. Leading the field is 2008 APPT Grand Final winner and Sydney's own Martin Rowe. The million-dollar man has kept...more

APPT Sydney: That's how Graham (high) rolls

For the first time in recent days, players were greeted by a bright, sunny morning as they headed for brekky at one of the many eateries spread around Darling Harbour, just across the road from Star City Casino. Not quite beach weather, but heading in the right direction. Players...more

EPT Prague: What matters to Mattern

Arnaud Mattern stopped by our onstage media perch earlier today. He hadn't even opened his mouth before Lina Olofsson, the most Swedish of all our Swedish bloggers, was on to him: "My Swedish friend doesn't like you." We skip hellos. She was talking about Martin Jacobsson, who had five...more

EPT Prague: Day 1a, level seven and eight updates

Updates from day 1a levels seven and eight of EPT Prague, brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc "The Conv" Convey, Howard Swains and Simon Young. Latest selected chip counts are on the chip count page. The EPT tournament structure can be found on the EPT tournament structure page. Level...more

EPT Prague: Germans sticking together

Last year's EPT Dortmund final table was nothing if not German. For the only the second time in the tour's six-year history, the home country (Germany) finished in first, second and third position, with the Team PokerStars Pro (Germany) Sandra Naujoks at the very top of the tree. One of...more

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

Updates from day 1a levels five and six of EPT Prague, brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc "The Conv" Convey, Howard Swains and Simon Young. Latest selected chip counts are on the chip count page. The EPT tournament structure can be found on the EPT tournament structure page. Level...more

EPT Prague: Quadruple Dutch

Time was when Team PokerStars Pros were like golden eagles: they were a magnificent sight but there weren't very many of them. These days things have changed. On the whole, these players are still well worth watching as they circle through the fells of an EPT Main Event, but they're...more

EPT Prague: Qualified for success

There was a time when PokerStars qualifiers, or any breed of qualifier for that matter, matched a certain profile. Usually male, they were aged between 18 and 22, were studying something at university and had no facial hair. Sent up against the experienced pros of European poker some would...more

Action kicks off in Prague

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EPT Prague: Day 1a, level 3 and 4 updates

Updates from day 1a levels three and four of EPT Prague, brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc "The Conv" Convey, Howard Swains and Simon Young. Latest selected chip counts are on the chip count page. The EPT tournament structure can be found on the EPT tournament structure page. Level...more

EPT Prague: Deeb meet Weisner, Weisner meet Deeb

PokerStars welcome parties are not massively different from any gathering at which there are a bunch of strangers and an open bar. The pockets of folk who are already acquainted liberally swill free liquor and grow nostalgic about the last time they liberally swilled free liquor in each other's company,...more

EPT Prague: Back indoors

That's the outside world taken care of, full of cobbles, church spires and hot booze, time now to look inwards, at ourselves and our surroundings, to tiled floors, fluorescent lighting and cold sandwiches. As far as tournament rooms go what the function suite at the Prague Hilton lacks in...more

EPT Prague: Tournament rules

The measured, calming tones of the EPT Tournament Director Thomas Kremser welcomed us to Prague this afternoon and ran through the details of today's play. As has become standard, we'll be playing eight one-hour levels with no dinner break, taking us through to about 8.45pm. There will be a...more

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

Updates from levels one and two of EPT Prague, brought to you by Stephen Bartley, Marc "The Conv" Convey, Howard Swains and Simon Young. Latest selected chip counts are on the chip count page. The EPT tournament structure can be found on the EPT tournament structure page. Blinds: 75-150 2.15pm:...more

Welcome to Prague

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EPT Prague: Back to majestic Prague

For three years, the European Poker Tour trundled along as if the city of Prague did not even exist. But as soon as the stop was added to the calendar in 2007, it instantly became one of the most popular destinations: like a new kid rolling into school half-way through...more

APPT Sydney: Dunst and dusted for day 1A

A dramatic opening day of the PokerStars.net APPT Grand Final has been consigned to history after seven one-hour levels in the brand new poker room here at Star City Casino. A total of 81 players took their seats at the start of play, with 51 set to return for...more

APPT Sydney: ... just when we thought we'd seen it all

After an unscheduled break, players in the APPT Grand Final and APPT High Roller events have returned to their seats. Let's just say there was an altercation between person "A" and person "B", which required the room to be cleared for a few minutes. We're into level six of...more

APPT Sydney: A case of landmark envy

By Landon Blackhall Star City Casino isn't the only iconic Sydney property receiving a facelift at the moment. More than AUD $1 billion is being invested in the refurbishment of the Sydney Opera House, one of the most instantly recognisable landmarks of a city anywhere on the face of...more

APPT Sydney: Early to rise for High Rollers

A new feature of the APPT Sydney schedule for 2009 is the positioning of the High Roller tournament at the start, rather than end, of the APPT Grand Final. As such, players have just taken their seats for the AUD $15,300 APPT High Roller event. The line-up of 26...more

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