April 2011

30 April

Roberto Spada leads as bubble bursts in San Remo

The European Poker Tour main event in San Remo rumbled on this afternoon, 165 players returning for Day 3, the day during which the money bubble would burst. By the close that field would be reduced to just 60. After five quick levels, Italian Roberto Spada is the leader...more

EPT San Remo: Day 3, level 17, 18 & 19 updates (blinds 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante)

8pm: Day 3 is over That's it for Day 3. The chips have been bagged and it's looking like Roberto Spada is out ahead as chip leader with 1,441,000. Full wrap and chip counts to come. -- RD 7.44pm: Three more hands Three more hands have been announced and...more

EPT San Remo: Day 1B, level 15 & 16 updates (blinds 2,500-5,000, ante 500)

3.12pm: Level ends That's the end of the second level of play today, just 116 players remain. Those players are now taking a 15 minute break. 3.05pm: Eames adrift John Eames is down to his last five big blinds, and that's after doubling up. He had been crippled after...more

29 April

EPT San Remo: Georgios Manousos leads but big names lead chase

If there was a running theme at this year's European Poker Tour main event in San Remo, it might be one regarding established, recognisable professionals being foremost in the field; names we're all familiar with defying the San Remo convention of new and temporary local heroes barnstorming their way...more

EPT San Remo: Day 1B, level 12, 13 & 14 updates (blinds 1,500-3,000, ante 300)

7.40pm: Play ends, Manousos leads Georgios Manousos of Greece (who would have thunk it) looks to be our overnight chip leader. Packing 573,900 he is ahead of a talented chasing pack containing a whole host of EPT winners and Team PokerStars Pros. Read the full wrap to find out...more

EPT San Remo: Day 2, level 10 & 11 updates (800-1,600, 200 ante)

2.55pm: News in brief as we reach the break Team PokerStars Pro Max Lykov is continuing to grow his stack and is now up to 150,000 chips. Another Max on the rise is Heinzelmann. He's chasing his namesake but is lagging 15,000 behind with 135,000 chips. British player Tom...more

28 April

EPT San Remo: Ruben Visser leads as Team Pros shine on Day 1B

In a poker tournament that usually attracts the hopeless and the hopeful of the amateur world, especially among their enthusiastic Italian cousins, it was a day for the professionals in San Remo, notably the Team PokerStars Professionals, these liveried raiders making up the bulk of the top slots tonight....more

EPT San Remo: Day 1B, level 7, 8 & 9 updates (blinds 500-1,000, 100 ante)

12.50am: Play concludes Play has ended for Day 1B. The combined field will start all over again tomorrow at 12pm. Full chips counts will appear here overnight but the runaway leader is Ruben Visser on 251,500. A full wrap of today's events will be up shortly as well. --...more

EPT San Remo: Day 1B, level 5 & 6 updates (blinds 200-400, ante 50)

9.22pm: Payouts We've just received the EPT San Remo payout structure and will get that online as soon as we can. The top line is that the winner pockets €930,000 and a total of 144 players will get paid. Now that seems a handy time to bring this level...more

Chess and Poker: From 64 squares to 52 Cards

As I write this, the U.S. Chess Championships and U.S. Women's Chess Championships are wrapping up at the Saint Louis Chess Club. The latter is a competition I have won twice, and this tumultuous time for American poker is a perfect occasion to compare my two favorite skill-based games. Chess...more

EPT San Remo: Day 1B, level 3 & 4 updates (blinds 150-300)

6.15pm: Break time That's the end of the level. Players are now taking a 15 minute break. 6.14pm: Wice storm off "I'm shoving the river anyway," said Jackson Genovesi, his J♠8♠ taking the 30,000-plus pot from Alex Wice on a 4♥T♥6♣3♦J♥ board. Wice was looking decidedly unhappy that Genovesi...more

EPT San Remo: Day 1B, level 1 & 2 updates (blinds 75-150)

4pm: It's been a tough level for Melanie Wiesner, losing two hands in quick succession before the break. In the first the board was already reading 5♥3♠5♦J♦2♥ when Thomas McCormick bet 8,000 into a pot of about 13,000. Weisner was tanking, her leg tucked under her in a kind...more

27 April

EPT San Remo: Leonid Bilokur leads but Italians out in force on Day 1A

Three years ago the European Poker Tour was welcomed into San Remo for its inaugural tournament. The first day presented an entirely new experience for visiting players and press alike. In scenes straight out of St Trinians, local players adopted dazzling new strategies, busting out or doubling up within...more

EPT San Remo: Day 1A, level 7, 8 & 9 updates (500-1,000, 100 ante)

1.20am: Play concludes for the night That's Day 1A in the books. We'll be back for the same with all the Day 1B players tomorrow. Play is due to start at 1.30pm. Official chips counts will appear here overnight but Russian Leonid Bilokur seems to be the overnight chip...more

EPT San Remo: Day 1A, level 4, 5 & 6 updates (blinds 200-400, ante 50)

9.55pm: Break time once more There is a 15 minute break in play before all players reconvene for level 7. -- MC 9.50pm: Blom can't win this showdown Team PokerStars Pro Viktor Blom is out after getting his chips in the middle in a great spot. He just Tweeted:...more

Twitter Poker League ends sixth season

It was the final week of the sixth season of the Twitter Poker League and 649 players turned out to fight for a few last minute points. Last week's top four finishers "zakhar0203", "Ex-Ray 24", "schiber23" and last week's winner "Serj.Turchik" were given 300FPP bounties for this week. "Ex-Ray 24"...more

EPT San Remo: Day 1a, level 1, 2 & 3 updates (blinds 100-200)

5.35pm: Spets stacking up Swede Roger Spets seems to have rushed off to an early chip lead with 90,000, even though he wasn't the player to benefit from an overzealous shove by Amos Angelini who was a couple of seats to his right. Emphasis on was. Vincenzo Scarpitti had...more

panayri powers through, takes 4/26/11 Super Tuesday

The last Super Tuesday of April drew 198 runners, creating a $198,000 prize pool and thereby besting the $150K guarantee. The top 27 finishers stood to realize a profit in this one, with $42,570 due the winner. A little over two-and-a-half hours into the tournament the field had been cut...more

26 April

Online Poker Show Sunday April 24

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How to say "Where is a fun bar?" in Spanish, and other details

With the Grand Final in Madrid just around the corner, May 7-12 to be exact, it's time for all of us to brush up on our Spanish a bit. So here are a few words you absolutely must know: cerveza (beer), bano (bathroom), muchas gracias (thank you), and lo siento...more

25 April

2011 SCOOP events get new schedule

We are just a little more than 12 days from the start of spring's biggest tournament series. Beginning on May 8 at 10am, the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker will kick off with $25 million in guaranteed prize money. PokerStars has just announced that the start times for the...more

EPT Champion of Champions: Who's in?

It's only been a few weeks since I sat across a barroom table with some fellow PokerStars Blog writers and played the equivalent of a PokerStars parlor game titled "Who's In and Who's Out?" The topic was the recently-announced EPT Champion of Champions event, a televised freeroll only open to...more

PokerStars Sunday tournament results (4-24-11)

The last Sunday of the month is always a big one at PokerStars. This Sunday was no exception. From a SuperStar Showdown, to the Sunday majors, to saying goodbye to the Turbo Takedown, it was a day and a half to end a month that's felt more like a year....more

Victory for VanDerPelto in April 24 Sunday Million

Very few holidays or religious observances put a dent in normal Sunday online poker tournament play, but when Easter Sunday calls families together, some players will respond to the call and turn their computers off. On the other hand, most players did show up for the festivities, especially for the...more

24 April

Turbo Takedown: turu90 takes the last Audi TT on the lot

The last episode of Seinfeld, the last hand of the World Series of Poker pitched to Team PokerStars pro Joe Hachem in Benny's Bullpen at Binions, and now the final hand of the Turbo Takedown here at PokerStars. All great things must come to a close and tonight's $750,000 Turbo...more

SuperStar Showdown: Blom gets the best of "Mastermixus," banks $1,279

After playing through a pair of multi-part high-profile matches over the last few weekends (scoring decisive victories over Daniel Negreanu and Scott "urnotindangr" Palmer), Viktor Blom took his second shot at an online qualifier in a special 1/10-sized edition of the SuperStar Showdown. Playing his way to a heads-up match...more

Sunday Warm-up: honest abeainy wins $105K after win

Six a.m. and they could not wait any longer. We could hear the kids wanting to get out of their room to see if the Easter Bunny dropped a few eggs around the house. Purple and yellow for the girl, blue and orange for the boy as the easy eggs...more

Battle of the Planets: deTorkemada plays it out to win after a nine-way chop

Spring is here even in the normally frozen landscape of my backyard. The buds popping from the trees, woodland creature quickly gathering up winter's spoils, and PokerStars coming out with yet another round of the Battle of the Planets $50,000 triple shootout freeroll. 330 players would try to turn their...more

GanatodoAA Grabs April 24 Women's Sunday Title and Nearly $2K

It was Easter Sunday, a religious holiday for some, a children's chocolate playground for others. But for those who were able to sneak away from familial and traditional obligations for a few hours, it was Poker Sunday. The women who registered for this week's Women's Sunday tournament were among those...more

21 April

Bag a free SCOOP ticket with The Daily Bigs

They're big and they're daily, so it is no great surprise to see PokerStars has called its exciting new series of daily guaranteed tournaments The Daily Bigs. What has come out of the blue, however, is that playing just a few of them will earn you a free SCOOP ticket....more

20 April

SCOOP up a big PokerStars reload bonus

Well, this isn't something you see everyday. In fact, I'd suspect few readers here have ever seen a PokerStars reload bonus this big. Say it with me: "How big is it?!!" How about 50%? That's right PokerStars loyalists. In the run-up to this year's Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP),...more

Super Tuesday 4/19/11: AELISTAS1987 makes the A-List, wins $42,570

This week's edition of the Super Tuesday started with a field of 198 players, creating a prize pool of $198,000 to be divided among the final 27 players. Several members of Team PokerStars turned up this evening, headlined by Team Nordics Pro Viktor "Isildur1" Blom, getting ready for for this...more

19 April

Online Poker Show: Sunday Million April 17

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Vicky Coren, the Royal wedding and cucumber sandwiches

London-based Team PokerStars Pro Vicky Coren is a poker columnist for The Guardian and a commentator for The Observer. She is one of the biggest names on Britain's poker circuit and is also one of the highest-earning female players. Vicky, are you beside yourself over the Royal Wedding? What will...more

18 April

4-17-11 PokerStars Sunday tournament results

It's Monday morning, so that must mean it's time to check in with the big poker news from the weekend. As always, there's nothing bigger in weekly tournament poker than the PokerStars Sunday Million. As our Jen Newell reported, the Sunday Million drew 6,475 players this weekend. The $1,295,000 prize...more

Guaicuru 07 of Brazil Bests the April 17 Sunday Million Field for $121,830.20

There was no lack of excitement in the poker world on April 17, as live tournaments wrapped up in Sydney as part of the ANZPT and Lima as part of the LAPT. Champions were crowned, money was won, and players were logging on to their computers for Sunday online poker...more

17 April

Campeao200 Climbs to Victory in 4/17/11 Sunday Warm-Up

The name of the Sunday Warm-Up may indicate that it's a good tournament to play in preparation for other Sunday tournaments, which is certainly the case. But it has developed into a staple and a "main event" of sorts in its own right, having been on the schedule weekly since...more

LAPT Lima: Kemal Ferri from Peru surges to victory

Our week in Lima, Peru has been nothing short of wonderful. On our first evening here, we were treated to a hospitable welcome party alongside the ancient ruins of the Huaca Pucllana pyramid. We had the rare opportunity to tour the ruins at night and learned about early Peruvian culture,...more

Bright Day for BettyBrite, Winner of April 17 Women's Sunday

The Women's Sunday has been growing at a rapid pace, and by the fourth week, the guarantee was raised from $5K to $7K. It was an indication of how popular the women-only events have become and how much the women of PokerStars enjoy such offerings from PokerStars Women. The starting...more

LAPT Lima: Day 4 live updates, Levels 27-29

6:43pm: Kemal Ferri wins! The gradual chipping away of Raul Pino's stack that characterized the almost-half-hour of heads-up play had left the Panamanian with around 800,000, small change compared to Kemal Ferri's 6 million-ish stack. Finally, Pino pushed that stack all in from the button, and Ferri quickly called. Pino...more

LAPT Lima: Day 4 live updates, Levels 24-26

3:10pm: Players take a 15-minute break Smoke' em if you got 'em. 2:45pm: Chatting with Karlo Lopez The lovely Lynn Gilmartin spoke with PokerStars Team Online Karlo Lopez.... 2:33pm: Chip counts with six left Not too much to report from the last 20 minutes, other than to say the two...more

LAPT Lima: Seeking victory at today's final table

Welcome back to the Atlantic City Casino here in the Miraflores district of Lima, Peru, where later today we'll be learning who among the final eight players will emerge as the newest Latin American Poker Tour champion. It has been an entertaining week here in Lima for my colleague, Paul...more

Kanaan claims lightning victory at ANZPT Sydney

The term "run good" in poker can mean a few different things. For the poker player, it means having some luck, catching the right cards at the right times, and enjoying some win. However for the humble tournament reporter, when we talk about run good, we're talking about a final...more

ANZPT Sydney Final Table: Level 19 (blinds 25,000-50,000, ante 5,000)

Michael Kanaan wins ANZPT Sydney Main Event A big congratulations to Michael Kanaan who came in today as our chip leader, applied relentless pressure to his opponents throughout, and ultimately came up as king of Sydney with a well-deserved victory. He collects the coveted trophy and a whopping $195,714 in...more

16 April

ANZPT Sydney Final Table: Levels 17 & 18 (blinds 20,000-40,000, ante 4,000)

4:40pm: Ten-minute break 4:35pm: Andy Lee eliminated in 3rd place It was the rise and fall of Andy Lee today at the ANZPT Sydney final table, as the one-time chip leader as he has been bundled out in 3rd place. Lee completed from the small blind and Michael Kanaan checked...more

ANZPT Sydney Final Table: Levels 15 & 16 (blinds 12,000-24,000, ante 3,000)

2:30pm: Ten-minute break 2:25pm: Six-bet shove from Kanaan An interesting preflop clash between Andy Lee and Michael Kanaan has resulted in the overnight chip leader regaining some chips as these two continue to butt heads. Kanaan opened to 65,000 in the cutoff before Lee made it 125,000 from the big...more

LAPT Lima: Ospina leads field for third day in a row; final table set

On Day 3 of the LAPT Lima, 24 players entered the Octagon and only eight survived. Okay, I took a bit of artistic liberty -- the Octagon was actually the swanky Atlantic City Casino -- but the fighting to the death metaphor still fits. With $207,400 on the line, the...more

LAPT Lima: Day 3 live updates, Levels 23-24

6:36pm: Mayu Roca eliminated in 9th; final table set Mayu Roca had not been able to do much more than tread water since the move to the nine-handed table, and was still sitting with just under 300,000 when he open-pushed all in from middle position. Samar Hodali, sitting to his...more

LAPT Lima: Day 3 live updates, Levels 21-22

4:37pm: Break time Ten are left, eight of whom will be coming back for tomorrow's final table. Let's take 15 minutes to think on it. 4:36pm: Hugo Kahan eliminated in 11th place On the final hand of Level 22, Hugo Kahan opened with a raise to 56,000 from under the...more

LAPT Lima: Day 3 live updates, Levels 18-20

2:20pm: Players take a 15-minute break Smoke 'em if you got 'em. We believe it might bring you luck to do so. 2:15pm: Slowing down We had eight bustouts in the first 90 minutes of play, but since then, the action stagnated. 16 players remain. 2:02pm: Lerner avoids going up...more

ANZPT Sydney Final Table Profiles

After three long days of hard toil, the following nine players have overcome a starting field of 393 players to reach the 2011 PokerStars.net ANZPT Sydney Main Event final table. They'll return to the dedicated final table area in the 36 Degree bar at Star City Casino to play it...more

LAPT Lima: Day 3 Awaits

After a long, exciting Day 2 yesterday, just 24 players will be returning to the Atlantic City Casino today when the LAPA Lima $2,300+$200 Main Event resumes. They are all that remain from our starting field of 350 players, having earned themselves the right to fight for the lion's share...more

Kanaan survives the rain to lead ANZPT Sydney final table

As the old saying goes, when it rains, it pours! We've enjoyed beautiful sunshine all week here in Sydney, but those out-of-towners looking to spend their final days enjoying the sights of Sydney would've been a little frustrated as they were greeted with a torrential downpour that lasted most of...more

ANZPT Sydney Day 3: Level 22 (blinds 10,000-20,000, ante 2,000)

7:35pm: Josh Barrett eliminated in 10th place; Final table is set! Josh Barrett had a great tournament and we really thought the Peking Duck was going to carry him all the way to the title. However unfortunately his run has come unstuck in 10th place, just short of the final...more

ANZPT Sydney Day 3: Level 20 & 21 (blinds 8,000-16,000, ante 2,000)

7:00pm: Ten-minute break 6:50pm: Bang! Bang! We've just seen two rapid-fire eliminations to see us down to our final thirteen players. Luis Arrilucea first eliminated Joey Lawrence in a preflop clash with Arrilucea's 9♥9♦ holding against the K♥Q♣ of Lawrence when the board ran out 9♠3♥8♠K♣K♠. He was soon followed...more

15 April

ANZPT Sydney Day 3: Levels 18 & 19 (blinds 5,000-10,000, ante 1,000)

4:40pm: Ten-minute break 4:35pm: Grujic goneski Jesse McKenzie has found a double up when last chips were in the middle with J♠T♦ against Oliver Grujic's 9♥9♦. The board ran out T♣T♥A♥A♣9♠ and despite Grujic filling up on the river it wasn't enough to stop McKenzie from doubling up to 250,000...more

LAPT Lima: Ospina On Top (Once Again) for Day 2

Day 2 was moving day at the LAPT Lima. 116 players survived the cut on Day 2 out of the original 350 runners, but 68 of those unfortunate players would fail to make the money. The top 48 places paid out, but it wouldn't be until the fifth level before...more

ANZPT Sydney Day 3: Levels 16 & 17 (blinds 3,000-6,000, ante 500)

2:30pm: Ten-minute break Well it seems that the deadlock just cannot be broken! Hopefully a ten-minute break will be just what our players need! 2:20pm: Lawrences doubles through Barrett Josh Barrett's aggression on the bubble has come back to bite him after the double up of Joey Lawrence. The chips...more

LAPT Lima: Day 2 live updates, Levels 17-18

8:51pm: Schernthaner out in 25th; play concludes With a few minutes left in Level 18, we've had our final elimination of the night. Daniel Lerner had just doubled through the German, Michael Schernthaner, a few hands before after winning a race with A♥K♣ versus Schernthaner's Q♠Q♦. On that one a...more

LAPT Lima: Day 2 live updates, Levels 14-16

6:44pm: Players take a break The final 35 players are on a 15-minute break. The staff will also be removing the pink 500 denomination chips from play. 6:35pm: Down to 35 players; Recent eliminations Here are the most recent eliminations. Each earned $3,870: 39th - Andrey Lobzhanidze 38th - David...more

LAPT Lima: Day 2 live updates, Levels 11-13

3:15pm: Level 13 ends; 70 remain 3:01pm: Fernandez still fighting Team PokerStars Pro Leo Fernandez began today on the super short stack, built up over 100,000, then had slipped back down into below-average territory. We just came upon another reversal of fortune for Fernandez. We didn't see at what point...more

ANZPT Sydney: Seabeast, Toothpick and the Lucky Duck

Day two is usually the day that defines a poker tournament. Have a bad day one and you can often manage to still sneak through to live to fight again. A bad day three, and well you'll probably still get some cash. However a bad day two and it's a...more

ANZPT Sydney Day 3 Seating Draw

Table 15 Seat 1: Nicholas Polias (Australia) - 83,000 Seat 2: Brett Murtagh (Australia) - 109,000 Seat 3: Mark Samaan (Australia) - 200,000 Seat 4: Michael O'grady (Australia) - 198,000 Seat 5: Hoang Tu (Australia) - 153,500 Seat 7: Todor Kondevski (Australia) - 215,000 Seat 8: Michael Kanaan (Australia) -...more

Jason Mercier bags repeat NAPT title

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LAPT Lima: Proving Poker is the World's Game

Good morning from Lima, the capital city of Peru! And, for the next few days, Lima is also one of several cities (along with Sydney, Australia and Uncasville, Connecticut) serving as one of the capitals of the "poker world" this week. Players traveling from more than 30 countries converged on...more

Only a few more days to help Japan's relief effort

The generosity of PokerStars players is never in doubt. Over the years you have used your online poker bankrolls to donate to worthwhile causes around the world, and once again you have given up your cash, this time following the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan. With thousands dead, and...more

ANZPT Sydney Day 2: Levels 14 & 15 (blinds 2,000-4,000, ante 400)

9:00pm: That's a wrap from Day 2 The players have played out their last three hands with 49 players still remaining in contention. There will be a few restless nights this evening we imagine. Josh Barrett once again surged late in the day to amass 398,000 which is good for...more

ANZPT Sydney Day 2: Levels 12 & 13 (blinds 1,200-2,400, ante 200)

7:00pm: Ten-minute break 6:40pm: ANZ Player of the Year heating up ANZPT Perth champion Grant Levy has taken a hit recently as we wandered past his table to see his stack down to around 40,000 in chips. We're not sure what happened but suspect Jesse McKenzie may have been involved...more

14 April

LAPT Lima: Ospina Overwhelms On Day 1

The LAPT returned to Lima, Peru for the a second season in a row, and Peru has quickly become one of the most popular stops on the international circuit. It's easy to see why because everywhere you look, a waiter is thrusting a plate of ceviche at you face, along...more

ANZPT Sydney Day 2: Levels 10 & 11 (blinds 800-1,600, ante 200)

4:40pm: Ten-minute break 4:30pm: Levy runs into kings Grant Levy was making solid progress today in his quest to go back-to-back at the ANZPT. After building his stack up towards 100,000 in chips, Levy has just taken a hit when he got his Q♣Q♠ in preflop but ran into an...more

ANZPT Sydney Day 2: Levels 8 & 9 (blinds 500-1,000, ante 100)

2:30pm: Ten-minute break 2:15pm: Sydney slides After enjoying a relaxing day on the Sydney harbour yesterday, PokerStars qualifier Sydney VanderHorst is back on the felt today looking to turn her trip all the way from the Unites States into a profitable one. It's going to be tough work from here...more

NAPT Mohegan Sun: Mercier follows Selbst to seal incredible double defense

Double double. Repeat repeat. Double double. Repeat repeat. If I hadn't seen this with my own eyes, I would never have believed it. But after Vanessa Selbst successfully defended her NAPT Mohegan Sun title yesterday, her Team PokerStars Pro colleague Jason Mercier has just defended his High Roller Bounty Shootout...more

LAPT Lima: Day 1 live updates, Levels 6-10

12:11am: Bag 'em up! We're done! It looks as though approximately 120 players have made it through to tomorrow's Day 2, with Daniel Ospina sporting what looks to be the biggest stack in the room with 264,200. Stay tuned for more details, including a full recap of today's action. Daniel...more

LAPT Lima: Day 1 live updates, Levels 1-5

5:33pm: Some chippies Leo Fernandez 29k Marcelo Dabus 23k Alex Gomes 22k Francisco Rios 74k Jose Rosenkrantz 20k TwinCaracas 23k Daniela Zapielo 50k Humberto Brenes 58k Derek Lerner 50k Alex Brenes 51k Roberto Brenes 48k Gualter Salles 7k Angel Guillen 32k Andre Akkari 23k Aarron Lerner 30k Freddy Torres 50k...more

ANZPT Sydney Day 2 Seating Draw

Table 5 Seat 1: George Mariglis (Australia) - 21150 Seat 2: Tim English (Australia) (PokerStars Qualifier) - 14325 Seat 3: Wayne Carlson (Australia) - 25425 Seat 4: Marc Liddell (Australia) - 15225 Seat 5: Patrick Woodley (Australia) - 54600 Seat 6: Oliver Grujic (Australia) - 62175 Seat 7: Jonathan Karamalikis...more

NAPT Mohegan Sun Bounty Shootout Final: Live updates (2,000-4,000-500)

8:50pm: Double-double! Jason Mercier repeats as NAPT Mohegan Sun Bounty Shootout champion During the dinner break, several of us speculated as to the real, concrete, mathematical odds of not one, but TWO champions repeating here at Mohegan Sun. Whatever they were (help us, math people), Jason Mercier has defied them,...more

LAPT Lima: Poker in Peru

By Martin Harris and Paul "Dr. Pauly" McGuire Welcome back to the Atlantic City Casino located in the scenic Miraflores district of Lima, Peru. We're getting close to the start of Season 4's LAPT Lima $2,500 buy-in Main Event. We're done with the planes, the partying, and all the other...more

Tran tames the stars on Day 1b in Sydney

The Star City Poker Room was filled to capacity today as 241 entrants took to the felt on Day 1b of the PokerStars.net ANZPT Main Event. It was great to see the room buzzing with excitement with the cream of the Australian poker crop joining a throng of local qualifiers...more

ANZPT Sydney Day 1b: Levels 7 & 8 (blinds 400-800, ante 75)

9:00pm: Tran leads as Day 1b draws to a close The clock was paused and each table played out another two uneventful hands before the chips were bagged up for the day. Jimmy Tran has held onto the chip lead with 142,475, just short of the mark set yesterday, with...more

13 April

ANZPT Sydney Day 1b: Levels 5 & 6 (blinds 200-400, ante 50)

6:50pm: Ten-minute break 6:45pm: This flight has a Pilat The pace of play today has been a little slower than yesterday. Perhaps we'll see a late flurry of activity as the short stacks start to get troubled by the blinds and antes. There was discussion earlier on today as to...more

ANZPT Sydney Day 1b: Levels 3 & 4 (blinds 100-200, ante 25)

4:40pm: Ten-minute break 4:25pm: Early exit for the Croc Billy "The Croc" Argyros is traditionally a late starter on opening days, but he's rarely an early elimination. However Day 1b of the ANZPT Sydney Main Event hasn't been kind to the Australian Poker Hall of Famer as he has just...more

ANZPT Sydney Day 1b: Levels 1 & 2 (blinds 75-150)

2:30pm: Ten-minute break 2:25pm: Assadourian ready to play for stacks Eric Assadourian opened with a raise to 350 and found a caller before the button raised it to 850 to go. The small blind cold-called and the other two players came along to see a four-way flop of A♠9♦6♣. Action...more

NAPT Mohegan Sun: All hail Vanessa Selbst, back-to-back NAPT champion

Vanessa Selbst has won NAPT Mohegan Sun. Vanessa Selbst has won NAPT Mohegan Sun. You read it twice because it has happened twice. Really, she has done it again. This time last year, the Team PokerStars Pro from Brooklyn, New York, bested a field of 716 to win $750,000 and...more

NAPT Mohegan Sun Final Table: Levels 27-30 updates (60,000-120,000-10,000)

10:31pm: Selbst secures second NAPT title, Dan Shak eliminated in second place Pop the champagne corks, poker fans--Vanessa Selbst has done it. Back-to-back NAPT Mohegan Sun titles. On the second hand after we returned from the break, Dan Shak limped in on the button and Vanessa Selbst checked her option....more

Have fun and raise money for Barnardo's at UKIPT Cork

PokerStars is proud to announce a special charity event at UKIPT Cork in aid of Barnardo's, the children's charity. The buy-in will be affordable, with an entry fee donation made by each player and matched by PokerStars. To make the event more fun it will feature celebrity poker bounties with...more

NAPT Mohegan Sun Final Table: Levels 24-26 updates (25,000-50,000-5,000)

4:15pm: Joe Tehan eliminated On the last hand before break, Joe Tehan got it all in with K♦6♠ and ran directly into Thomas Hoglund's 8♣8♦. The board was no help for Tehan and he went out in sixth place for $70,000. Hoglund ended that hand with 1,590,000. Joe Tehan eliminated...more

NAPT Mohegan Sun final table player profiles

The final table of NAPT Mohegan Sun is scheduled to begin at noon Wednesday April 13. Tyler Kenney, the 21-year-old from Long Beach NY leads the field. Two of the final eight, Vanessa Selbst and Joe Tehan, already have NAPT titles to their name. Check out the final table player...more

Kinkade royally rampant on Day 1a in Sydney

The Star City Casino has played host to some of Australian poker's most memorable moments. Grant Levy's historic win back in 2007, Jarred Graham going back to back in the APPT High Rollers, Paren "Puzz" Arzoomanian's emotional ANZPT win, Aaron Benton's stunning victory in 2009 and of course Jonathan Karamalikis...more

Valuelol Found Value and Victory, and $72,175.50 for the Super Tuesday Win

Tuesday so often gets discounted. It's not as bad as Monday, it doesn't signify the middle of the work week like Wednesday, and it's certainly not Friday. And in the poker world, Sunday is credited with the majority of online poker tournament action. But PokerStars has given Tuesday new meaning,...more

ANZPT Sydney Day 1a: Levels 7 & 8 (blinds 400-800, ante 75)

9:00pm: Bag, tag and party! The play has wrapped up here at the Star City Casino on Day 1a of the PokerStars.net ANZPT Sydney Main Event. Out field of 152 was reduced to around 70 by the end of eight levels of play, and while we had several different chip...more

ANZPT Sydney Day 1a: Levels 5 & 6 (blinds 200-400, ante 50)

6:50pm: Ten-minute break 6:45pm: "What's the chip leader got?" When roaming the tournament floor, it's a question we often get asked by players. Funnily enough, it's never a short stack who is asking. It's always a big stack as they are curious if they are numero uno in the room....more

12 April

ANZPT Sydney Day 1a: Levels 3 & 4 (blinds 100-200, ante 25)

4:40pm: Ten-minute break 4:20pm: You can't steal from the Toothpick With a button raise to 500, Antonis "Toothpick Tony" Kambouroglou made the call in the small blind and Liam Moffett came long in the big to see a flop of Q♦Q♠4♥. Toothpick and Moffett checked and the button fired 1,000....more

ANZPT Sydney Day 1a: Levels 1 & 2 (blinds 75-150)

2:30pm: Ten-minute break 2:25pm: Monster for Hinrichsen Following an under-the-gun limp, Andrew Hinrichsen popped it 450 and found a cold call from the middle position player before the UTG-player sprung to life to make it 1,550 to go. Both players made the call and saw a flop of 8♦4♣7♦. The...more

NAPT Mohegan Sun Bounty Shootout B: Levels 5-10 updates (2,500-5,000-500)

Day done! And with that, day one of the $10,000 Bounty Shootout comes to a close. Just like Vanessa Selbst has a chance of pulling off an historic double in the Main Event tomorrow, her Team PokerStars Pro colleague Jason Mercier has the chance of going back-to-back in the Bounty...more

NAPT Day 4 wrap-up

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NAPT Mohegan Sun: Kenney looks to deny Selbst, Tehan second titles

Tyler Kenney couldn't play NAPT Mohegan Sun last year. At just 20 years old, he would've been kicked out the moment anyone looked at his drivers license. Now 21, he's woken up every morning, drank a Vitamin Water, and sat down to play poker with the singular focus of making...more

NAPT Mohegan Sun Bounty Shootout B: Levels 1-4 updates (400-800-100)

10pm: Level over Level four is over. We now usher in level five. 9.55pm: Small pairs Daniel Negreanu's bounty has been claimed. Joe Gibbons and the Team PokerStars Pro found themselves all-in preflop. Negreanu: 2♦2♠ Gibbons: 6♦6♠ The board, 5♥3♣J♣Q♠T♦, brought Negreanu no help and he was sent to the...more

NAPT Mohegan Sun Bounty Shootout: Levels 5-10 (1,500-3,000-400)

5pm: End of flight A Flight A is now complete. There will be another five tables starting at 7pm as we look to fill that final. See the full results of this flight on the results page. -- HS 4.50pm: Berg sunk by Guinther We are done for flight A...more

NAPT Mohegan Sun: Day 4, levels 19-24 updates (15,000-30,000-3,000)

7:45pm: Corey Hochman busts in 9th, final table set Down to around 300,000, Corey Hochman open-shoved from middle position and after asking for a count, Vincent Rubianes re-shoved from the small blind. Steve O'Dwyer folded his big blind and the cards went on their backs. Hochman Q♥T♥ Rubianes A♦Q♦ It...more

NAPT Mohegan Sun Bounty Shootout: Levels 1-4 updates (400-800-100)

1.25pm: Level over, break time Players are taking a 15-minute break at the end of level four. 1.24pm: Be careful what you wish for Adriano Pucci was faced with Richard Lyndaker's all-in -- it would cost him 9,375 more to call. Pucci lifted up his sunglasses and stared at his...more

majocar1 drives off with Twitter League prize

"majocar1" sped past the rest of the field this week to claim first place. 1,075 players took part in this Sunday's Twitter Poker League game. Two of the four nominated bounty players turned out this week, too, "Lunathick" and last week's winner "wampir69". "Ex-Ray24" was lucky enough to knock out...more

New time and $10K guarantee for Women's Sunday

The PokerStars Women's Sunday Tournament has been a huge success in the first two weeks, but who says we can't improve on success? First we blasted the $5K guarantee right out of the water on the first week when we had two times the number of players needed to meet...more

Australia's best ready to shine at ANZPT Sydney

Over the years, Sydney has been home to some of the Australia's great sporting events, so it's no surprise that the harbour city also has a special place in the history of Australian poker. Way back in 2007, a Sydney school teacher became the first Australian to win one million...more

11 April

NAPT Mohegan Sun: Day 4 seating assignment

After a lightning quick day three, the field of the NAPT Mohegan Sun main event was trimmed to 24. Those players will reconvene on Tuesday to play down to a final table of eight. How they will line up is below. Check out the prizewinners page for the names of...more

NAPT Mohegan Sun: Seeking second title, Selbst vaults to the chip lead

If you have a sense of deja vu, you're not alone. One year and two days ago, Vanessa Selbst ended Day 3 of the NAPT Mohegan Sun with the chip lead. 48 hours later, she went on to win the tournament. This year, it looks like we're doing it all...more

NAPT Mohegan Sun: Day 3, levels 17-19 (5,000-10,000-1,000)

6:36pm: Selbst ends day with chip lead Last year's NAPT Mohegan Sun champion has ended Day 3 with the chip lead after a massive hand against Vincent Rubianes. It began when Olivier Busquet came in for a raise to 21,000. Rubianes made it 51,000 to play. With the button,...more

NAPT Mohegan Sun: Day 3, level 15-16 updates (2,000-4,000-400)

2.24pm: It's not for everyone It might seem as though the secret to tournament success is shoving hard pre-flop with filth, running into big pairs and cracking them. Just ask Vanessa Selbst. But like a government road safety video, I'm here to advise against such a reckless approach, and...more

PokerStars Women's Poker League gets into full swing

Women are now the largest-growing demographic in poker and this is very evident twice weekly as women from around the globe converge online to play in the women's league tournaments on PokerStars. The Poker Stars Women's Poker League is now in the second month of the first full season of...more

Diegoaiz Claims Second Sunday Million Title and $243,396.43 for the Win

PokerStars' online tournaments are the big draw every Sunday, with millions of dollars in guarantees spread out over a handful of major tournaments. But sometimes, PokerStars creates live tournaments that encourage players to head out of town. Some are currently in Uncasville, Connecticut, for the NAPT Mohegan Sun, others are...more

10 April

NAPT Mohegan Sun Day 2 wrap

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Sunday Warm-up: 86'ing the table, narbe86 take down the win

Tonight's $750,000 guaranteed Sunday Warm-up is big enough, especially with 4,634 players dropping by to create another guarantee smashing $926,800.00 prize pool. But, in less than one month the Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) descends once again on PokerStars with 114 tournament buy-ins varying from $5.50 for the budget...more

SuperStar Showdown: Hail the Viktor, Blom bests "urnotindangr" for $61K over 5K hands

For the fourth straight week, PokerStars' resident heads-up warrior Viktor "Isildur1" Blom was back in action for another SuperStar Showdown, this time to continue his two-round match with the formidable Scott "urnotindangr" Palmer. And after another efficient session lasting just over four-and-a-half hours, Viktor was the victor yet again, besting...more

NAPT Mohegan Sun: A tale of two Aarons

If you made a spreadsheet of the NAPT Mohegan Sun players going to Day 3 and sorted it by first name, you would find two Aarons. Sort the page by chip count and look at the top two spots. Guess what? Yep. Both Aarons. If you're not familiar with the...more

NAPT Mohegan Sun: Day 3 seating assignment

Interested in where the 74 remaining players will be sitting when they return on Monday? We thought you would be. When everybody comes back at noon tomorrow, they'll be first trying to sneak into one of the top 56 spots. That way they'll earn at least $7,500. After that, it...more

NAPT Mohegan Sun: Day 2, levels 13-14 (1,200-2,400-200)

8:55pm: That's all, folks The board shows 74 players remaining, all of whom are bagging and tagging their chips (and putting in last-minute orders for Bobby Flay burgers). Aaron Overton is the far and away chip leader with nearly 600,000-- over 200,000 more than his closest competitor. We'll have a...more

AAmazon Wins Big in Women's Sunday for Title and $2,362.08

Women often go above and beyond expectations. Set the bar, and we'll not only surpass it but ask that it be raised. The Women's Sunday tournament is the perfect example. The first of the weekly $55 buy-in tournaments was set on March 27 with a $5K guarantee, and turnout for...more

Ben Wilinofsky dominates to win EPT Berlin and €825,000

If there was a defining hand of the EPT Berlin main event final, it came just 20 minutes into the day's play. With short stacks making up the bulk of the landscape the two big stacks, Ben Wilinofsky and Maximilian Heinzelmann, were expected to simply knock them aside. Instead, they...more

NAPT Mohegan Sun: Day 2, levels 11-12 updates (1,000-2,000-200)

5.50pm: Level over It is. We're going into level 13. -- HS 5:39pm: DeBora (more than) doubles Greg DeBora is not the type of guy who goes away easily. When he finished yesterday, it was at his peak for the day. He hadn't done much throughout this afternoon until...more

NAPT Mohegan Sun: Day 2, levels 9-10 updates (600-1,200-100)

2:56pm: Level ends The players are now on a 15-minute break. We'll be closing out this post and moving on to a new one. Join us there. --BW 2:50pm: Mercier (inexplicably) loses I was in the middle of watching a hand with Vanessa Selbst when one of the floor guys...more

NAPT Mohegan Sun: Day two seating assignment

Here's the table and seat assignment for day two of NAPT Mohegan Sun. The plan for the day is to play six 75-minute levels, which will get us done at around 9pm. We should also trim the field down to fewer than 100, by which point some mighty stacks will...more

Macau Millions Final Table: Level 16 (blinds 60,000-120,000, ante 10,000)

Hung-sheng Lin goes coast-to-coast on Day 3 to claim memorable victory Arriving at the Macau Millions and perusing the Day 1a field some eight days ago, I must admit, I was a little daunted as I looked around the room and couldn't recognized too many familiar faces in the local...more

EPT Berlin: Final table, level 29, 30, 31 & 32 updates (blinds 100,000-200,000)

9.40pm: Ben Wilinofsky wins EPT Berlin (€825,000) PokerStars online qualifier Ben Wilinofsky has finally converted that early and enormous chip lead into victory here in Berlin. On a flop of 8♠5♣3♦ Max Heinzelmann check-raised all-in for 4,250,000 and Wilinofsky was put to the test. "It's sick, because I'm ahead...more

Macau Millions Final Table: Levels 13 - 15 (blinds 50,000-100,000, ante 10,000)

9:25pm: Ten-minute break 9:22pm: Jordon Lo eliminated in 5th place With a dead button, Jordon Lo moved all in from the cutoff very next hand for around 800,000. Hung-sheng Lin thought for several minutes before making the call in the big blind. Lo: A♥4♦ Lin: K♥9♥ Lo was in front...more

EPT Berlin: Final table, level 26 (cont.), 27 & 28 updates (blinds 40,000-80,000, 5,000 ante)

3.22pm: Cooler for Jacobson and Heinzelmann Martin Jacobson opened under-the-gun for 160,000 and was called by Max Heinzelmann in the big blind. Jacobson c-bet 165,000 into the 5♥J♣T♥ flop and was check-raised to 470,000. Jacobson moved all-in and was instantly called. Jacobson: J♠T♣ Heinzelmann: Q♥J♥ It was a huge...more

Macau Millions Final Table: Levels 10 - 12 (blinds 25,000-50,000, ante 5,000)

6:45pm: 40-minute dinner break On the final hand of the level Jordan Lo raised to 150,000 before Hirotoshi Nakabo sprung to life with a re-raise to 380,000. Lo folded and Nakabo celebrated like it was Christmas. Nakabo will go to dinner in a good mood as the final seven players...more

9 April

Macau Millions Day 3: Levels 10 - 12 (blinds 25,000-50,000, ante 5,000)

4:20pm: Ten-minute break 4:18pm: Nakabo raises the roof! The roof has been raised here in the PokerStars Macau Poker room as Hirotoshi Nakabo has done it again with another double up. This time his theatrics and shouting were equally matched by the ferocious Sixiao "Juicy" Li and her entourage. Nakabo...more

Macau Millions Day 3: Levels 7 - 9 (blinds 12,000-24,000, ante 3,000)

2:05pm: Ten-minute break 2:00pm: Jay Tan eliminated Jay Tan is another short stack who had been waiting patiently for the right moment to strike. She chose to move all in from the small blind holding K♠Q♥ after Huimin Huang had raised from early position. Unfortunately for Tan, it was the...more

Mohegan Sun Day 1 wrap-up

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NAPT Mohegan Sun: Chris Tryba takes charge at end of day one

Chris Tryba leads after day one of NAPT Mohegan Sun, a day on which 387 players came to Uncasville, Connecticut, parted with $5,000 for a seat in the game, and looked to battle through eight one-hour levels to keep dreams alive of a $450,000 payday. Only about 230 managed it,...more

NAPT Mohegan Sun: Day 1, levels 5-8 updates (200-400-50)

8:43pm: Bernard Lee doubles Bernard Lee found himself on the right end of a coinflip to close the night his A♥K♥ flopping top pair against his opponent's pocket jacks. Lee is up to 90,000. --KB 8:39pm: Tryba takes over As longtime tournament reporters, we have years of experience in nailing...more

Third final for Jacobson but Wilinofsky leads at EPT Berlin

The Grand National was raced today, the longest, toughest steeplechase in the world; four-and-a-half miles of Aintree turf, over 30 jumps, including twice over the infamous Bechers Brook (four feet 10 inches on the way up, five feet six inches on the way down), and The Chair (six feet...more

NAPT Mohegan Sun: Day 1, levels 1-4 updates (150-300)

4.25pm: Level over That's the end of that level, and we're going into a break. We're also going into a new post, so head on to the main NAPT page to see that. 4:20pm: Tall stacks, small stacks Kathy Liebert had a rough go of it today, losing a...more

Macau Millions Day 2: Levels 5 - 7 (blinds 8,000-16,000, ante 2,000)

Day 3 Seating Draw Table 1 Seat 1: Wenlong Jin (China) - 614000 Seat 2: Hubert Sy (Philippines) - 410000 Seat 3: Kou Yang Huang (Taipei) - 304000 Seat 4: Terry Fan (USA) - PokerStars Player - 346000 Seat 5: Albert Wing Fai Kwan (Hong Kong) - 708000 Seat 6:...more

EPT Berlin: Day 4, level 25 & 26 updates (blinds 25,000-50,000, 5,000 ante)

9.20pm: Play end as Pidun pushed out in 9th (€45,000) Poor old Daniel Pidun. Picking up pocket queens at this point is a dream come true, but not when your opponent has pocket aces. Pidun held Q♠Q♦ to Armin Mette's A♥A♦ and there was never any doubt that it...more

Macau Millions Day 2: Levels 1 - 4 (blinds 4,000-8,000, ante 500)

10:25pm: Ten-minute break 10:15pm: Nakabo busts Chen With a raise to 20,000 in front, Hirotoshi Nakabo and Victor Chen made the call to see a flop of 5♠3♠J♠. All three players check before Chen moves all in for 97,000 on the 6♦ turn. The preflop raiser let it go but...more

EPT Berlin: Day 4, level 22 (cont.), 23 & 24 updates (blinds 15,000-30,000, 3,000 ante)

4.05pm: Split pot and break Luis Jaikel opened for 120,000 from the button and Thomas Traboulsi moved all-in for 350,000 from the small blind. Martin Jacobson passed in the big blind. Jaikel: A♥Q♥ Traboulsi: A♠Q♠ The flop dropped A♦Q♣5♦ and with no backdoor flush draws that was all we...more

Macau Millions Day 1g: Levels 11 - 16 (blinds 6,000-12,000, ante 1,000)

Raiden raidin' chips on Day 1g Day 1g saw a mega-field of 270 players hit the PokerStars Macau Poker Room for their final opportunity to progress in the Macau Millions Main Event, producing an overall total of 1,329 entrants - easily a record for the largest poker tournament in Asia...more

8 April

Macau Millions Day 1g: Levels 6 - 10 (blinds 1,000-2,000, ante 200)

4:30pm: Ten-minute break 4:15pm: Price is right for Huang Moments later, Bryan Huang took another hit after making a gambling call in the big blind. The price was right as it only cost Huang around 5,000 more to take a shot with his Q♠2♥ up against a short stack's A♦K♦....more

Macau Millions Day 1g: Levels 1 - 5 (blinds 300-600)

2:15pm: Ten-minute break 2:05pm: Full house for Nakabo One of the highlights of the week has been the entertaining theatrics of Hirotoshi Nakabo. Constantly chattering, sweating cards and getting a wee bit excited when a player is all in (especially himself), we've enjoyed watching Nakabo on the felt this week....more

Daniel-Gai Pidun leads as EPT Berlin enters penultimate day

Wherever it goes there are familiar roles to be filled in any European Poker Tour main event, positions refined over several seasons and proven to effectively serve as a stereotypical comforter; a blankie to rub against your face for some artificially introduced poker continuity. Vacancies for those positions began...more

EPT Berlin: Day 3, level 20, 21 & 22 updates (blinds 10,000-20,000, 2,000 ante)

12.46am: Pidun leads the field into the final 24 Daniel Pidun (2,420,000) leads the field ahead of Maximilian Heinzelmann (2,140,000) and Ben Wilinofsky (2,046,000). Full wrap of the day's events and chips counts to come. -- RD 12.36am: Thotatinsson departs in 25th Icelandic player Anton Thotatinsson has been eliminated...more

Macau Millions Day 1f: Levels 10 - 16 (blinds 6,000-12,000, ante 1,000)

Thommy Lam pockets more cash and a big stack on Day 1f Another long flight of the Macau Millions has come to a close with Day 1f reaching the final 17 after a massive 246 runners started earlier this evening. The Macau Millions has smashed through the 1,000-player mark, still...more

EPT Berlin: Day 3, level 18 & 19 updates (blinds 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante)

6.38pm: End of level Dinner break for 90 minutes. 6.35pm: Big stack attraction Ben Wilinofsky has just been moved to the seat directly to the left of Anton Morgenstern. That's over 2 million chips between them with Morgenstern packing the slightly larger 1.17 million stack. Could be a very...more

Macau Millions Day 1e: Levels 11 - 16 (blinds 6,000-12,000, ante 1,000)

Shaq attack brings Day 1e to a close as Aman Dhamija claims chip lead That's it from Day 1e of the Macau Millions Main Event as our field of 191 players have been reduced to a baker's dozen. It ended up being the longest of our opening flights so far...more

Tevosov beats Kravchenko to RPS Kiev title

The first event of Season 2 of the PokerStars Russian Poker Series was staged in Kiev, and it was so nearly a big win for Team PokerStars Pro Alex Kravchenko. He was beaten heads-up by Garry Tevosov, 22, who won the title and $180,087. Kravchenko took $113,100 for second. Ivan...more

EPT Berlin: Day 3, level 15 (cont.), 16 & 17 updates (blinds 3,000-6,000, 500 ante)

3.33pm: End of level We have 71 players left here at the end of level 17. Playing down to 24. -- RD 3.30pm: Kollmann coolered Erich Kollmann has been knocked out by Maksim Kolosov after running jacks into queens. It all went in pre-flop and when Kolosov flopped a...more

Macau Millions Day 1e: Levels 6 - 10 (blinds 1,000-2,000, ante 200)

6:30pm: Ten-minute break 6:20pm: Too cheap by Chiu Ka Ho Chiu is a smiling assassin. Always happy and enjoying himself at the table, Chiu just had the smile wiped from his face after letting Shafiq Barqawi catch a cheap card that led to Chiu's elimination. Chiu raised to 4,500 preflop...more

7 April

Macau Millions Day 1e: Levels 1 - 5 (blinds 300-600)

4:15pm: Ten-minute break 4:05pm: One down, one up for Bobo With a raise to 1,600 and call in front of him, Daoxing "Bobo" Chen decided to squeeze all in from the small blind for just under 10,000. The original raiser called off his last chips as the third player stepped...more

EPT Berlin: Soulier soars into lead as play reaches the money

The instruction from Thomas Kremser was to play six levels or into the money. That moment came with 27 minutes remaining of play tonight, a pretty good guess at how long it would take to lose 233 players. Day 2 of any European Poker Tour event has a character...more

EPT Berlin: Day 2, level 14 & 15 updates (blinds 2,000-4,000, 400 ante)

10.06pm: Bubble bursts Play has ended for the day after two of the three all-ins meet their demise (read below). The shorter stacked player was Andrey Alexandrovich Lobzhanidze and he becomes the actual bubble boy. Full wrap and chip counts to come but it is Fabrice Soulier who leads...more

Macau Millions Day 1d: Levels 11 - 16 (blinds 6,000-12,000, ante 1,000)

Hoi Ting Lee is chip leader as Day 1d is done That brings an end to our coverage of Day 1d of the Macau Millions Main Event as our field of 210 has been reduced to the final fifteen. In the frantic final minutes of play, Hoi Ting Lee has...more

Macau Millions Day 1d: Levels 6 - 10 (blinds 1,000-2,000, ante 200)

12:25am: Ten-minute break 12:10am: Lowe name, big stack Justin Lowe has recently joined Hoi Ting Lee in the six-figure club as the two biggest stacks in the room at the moment. Lowe grabbed a large portion of his chips when he flopped a set of nines on a queen-high flop...more

Moneymaker to give Farha another chance

Ali vs. Frazier. Tunney vs. Dempsey. Tom vs. Jerry. If the first fight was a good one, it's only a matter of time before the screaming, bloodthirsty fans start clamoring for more. It's been nearly eight years since Chris Moneymaker took the poker world in his amateur hands and turned...more

EPT Berlin: Day 2, level 12 & 13 updates (blinds 1,200-2,400, 200 ante)

6pm: End of the level That's the end of the level. Players are now taking a 90 minute dinner break. Play resumes at 7.30pm local time. -- SB 5.56pm: Gorodetsky rising Ilya Gorodetsky just effectively doubled up to 140,000 after eliminating a player. The Russian opened for 5,700 in...more

Japan relief effort continues

In the movies, disasters last for two hours. On the news, disasters last for two days. In Japan, the disaster and recovery effort has been going on for weeks. There is no end in sight. Last month's devastating earthquake and resulting tsunami killed thousands of people, left thousands more missing,...more

Macau Millions Day 1d: Levels 1 - 5 (blinds 300-600)

10:10pm: Ten-minute break 10:00pm: Mistimed value Justin Chan has taken a hit to his stack after a mistimed river shove. Chan called 2,000 on the flop, checked the turn and was then faced with another bet of 2,000 on the river on a board of 6♠K♠Q♥A♦3♣. Chan thought for several...more

EPT Berlin: Day 2, level 10 & 11 updates (blinds 800-1,600, 200 ante)

3pm: The chip leader is dead, long live the chip leader! Overnight chip leader Sander Berndsen has not had a good day. He started with 242,900 and was down to 130,000 when he busted to Nima Ahrary, who with 330,000 has become the new chip leader. Berndsen had called...more

6 April

Sander Berndsen leads as EPT Berlin reaches Day 2

Another day and another rich mixture of events on Day 1B of the European Poker Tour main event, in Berlin. As detailed yesterday, Day 1 is not really the day to be predicting winners, but if early form is anything to go by (another big "if") several players leave...more

EPT Berlin: Day 1B, level 7, 8 & 9 updates (updates 500-1,000, 100 ante)

12am: Play ends for the day Day 1B has come to a close. Sander Berndsen seems to be the overnight and overall chip leader on 242,400. The official counts will appear here shortly and a full wrap of today's play will be up for your reading pleasure very soon....more

Macau Millions Day 1c: Levels 11 - 16 (blinds 6,000-12,000, ante 1,000)

Runaway Loo claims big chip lead as Day 1c concludes A huge day of action in the PokerStars Macau Poker Room as seen a capacity field of 182 players reduced to a dozen as Day 1c of the Macau Millions Main Event has come to a close. It was a...more

A look around Berlin

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EPT Berlin: Day 1B, level 5 & 6 updates (blinds 200-400, ante 50)

6.55pm: Dinner time All the players are now on a 90 minute dinner break. Play will resume 8.25pm: 6.48pm: The 58,000 chip men Team PokerStars Pro Max Lykov and Jens Thorson both just took down pots to move to exactly 58,000 chips. Lykov raised preflop, bet 1,500 on the...more

PokerStars unveils Belgian Poker Series

There is something about the Belgian people that until recently didn't scream, "Poker!" They are friendly but reserved folks from a small country. It's only been in recent months that the nation has started making serious headway in the world poker community. At this moment, the country sits atop the...more

Macau Millions Day 1c: Levels 6 - 10 (blinds 1,000-2,000, ante 200)

12:30am: Ten-minute break 12:20am: Loo dominant Malaysian Junzhong Loo has shot to the top of the chip count leaderboard as we approach the next break after the elimination of Russia's Artem Grechko. Grechko was down to his last 12,000 chips which he moved in preflop with K♣Q♥ but he ran...more

Super Tuesday 4/5/11: Boris.bee Busily Busts Out on Top, Isildur1 Finishes 11th

A new month brings another round of Super Tuesday action on PokerStars as a field of 367 players created a prize pool of $367,000 to be divided among the final 45 players. A Team PokerStars pro best known for his abilities in cash games decided to play tonight and...more

wampir69 takes a bite out of TPL

1,250 players took part in the 5th week of Season 6 this Sunday, a big increase on last week's 875! With a nice round 1250 players this week 180 would be paid, and receive a minimum of five points for the leaderboard. Last week's top four players "abra1304", "bandita747", "rivermenow"...more

EPT Berlin: Day 1B, level 3 & 4 updates (blinds 150-300)

4.40pm: Danzer provides irritation (for us) It can be an annoying affair, this blogging malarkey. You stand, you watch, you wait, you frequently get disappointed. Dimitri Holdeew opened for 700 from early position and was called by Orpen Kisacikoglu on the button before the action reached Danzer in the...more

Macau Millions Day 1c: Levels 1 - 5 (blinds 300-600)

10:15pm: Ten-minute break 10:12pm: Bryan busto We've lost two of our Team PokerStars Pros in a matter of minutes as Singapore's Bryan Huang has also crashed out of the tournament. Huang opened with a raise to 1,200 from the hijack position with James Potter flat-calling in the cutoff to see...more

EPT Berlin: Day 1B, level 1 & 2 updates (blinds 75-150)

2.20pm: Break time That's the end of the level. Players are now taking a 15 minute break, 20 minutes of which will be spent getting in and out of the tournament room. 2.18pm: Bansi bashed Praz Bansi is down to 18,500 after paying off PokerStars qualifier Marko Neumann on...more

5 April

Duhamel joins the Ultimate Home Game in Macau

One thing you learn about PokerStars is that they don't do promotions by halves. Whether it's the $5 Million Sunday Million Anniversary, $45 million in guaranteed prizes at the upcoming Spring Championships of Online Poker, or the brand new $100,000 Game of Your Life promotion - PokerStars know how to...more

EPT Berlin: Cristian Dragomir snatches lead at end of Day 1A

It's notoriously difficult to come up with any meaningful conclusions after the opening day of a European Poker Tour main event. While it's easy to pick the player with the most chips, forecasting what they will translate into in the long run is nearly pointless. As cricket writer Gideon...more

EPT Berlin: Day 1A, level 7, 8 & 9 updates (blinds 500-1,000, 100 ante)

11.40pm: Play ends for the day Four of the last five hands passed without incident. The last hand at table eight had a lot of drama though. We don't have the details of the hand but Cristian Dragomir eliminated Benny Spindler and in doing so leap-frogged Martin Jacobson (177,000),...more

March madness

My March was pretty mad. It was crazy, and I just about wanted to punch Butler in the stomach for binking off the remainder of my NCAA bracket. But, it was a pretty fun month too. There is no greater sweat than the NCAA tournament (outside of poker), and speaking...more

What a month of March!

The last month has been hectic for me with a long trip planned on the United States west coast. To refresh your memory, I finished my last blog by talking about the bet I lost against Matt Jarvis. He finished in a better position than I in our last tournament...more

EPT Berlin: Day 1A, level 5 & 6 updates (blinds 200-400, 50 ante)

6.51pm: Dinner break It's a 90-minute break for food and we're down to 243 players from the starting 315. -- RD 6.50pm: Weekes doesn't look happy Jon Weekes is not looking thrilled and it's little surprise given that Simon Charette backed into Broadway against his turned trips. Weekes is...more

EPT Berlin: Day 1A, level 3 & 4 updates (blinds 150-300)

4.36pm: Among the leaders Chip leader right now as Level 4 reaches the end of its natural life is German player Nasr El Nasr, overtaking the previous best held by another German, Benny Spindler. Spindler, however, plays in his usual dazzling fashion, pitched against the French duo Arnaud Mattern...more

March Poker: Bounty Shootout and Breaking Even

One thing I considered crucial to a proper poker approach for 2011 was focusing my energy on the online quotidian and not spending time and energy travelling to the big "live" poker tournaments that take place all over the world, all year around. Last year at this exact time, I...more

Online Poker Show: Sunday Million April 3

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EPT Berlin: Day 1A, Level 1 & 2 updates (blinds 75-150)

2.20pm: Break time That's the end of the level. Play restarts in 15 minutes. 2.10pm: No win for Lellouche? Not only will Madrid host the EPT Grand Final next month, it will also be the venue for a special Champion of Champions event, a finale to the season that...more

4 April

4-3-11 PokerStars Sunday tournament results

It's a real pleasure to have April Fools' Day behind us. People just don't take anything on the internet seriously in the hours leading up to that day. And, frankly, the kinds of things that tend to appear on this blog can sometimes seem rather unbelievable. More than 150,000 people...more

Spring, betting on the royals, and maybe a bank heist

Spring is here. The clocks have changed. Daffodils have sprung and everyone's juice is up. I'm going to dedicate my spring and summer to finding ways not to be in these dismally cloudy isles for next winter. It's been a slog! I'm hoping I won't need to resort to a...more

Win a $100,000 trip to the Game of Your Life

If this new PokerStars promotion had been released last Friday, everyone would've thought it was an April Fools' Day gag. It's that crazy. This new promo is the ultimate fantasy for a sports fan. It's the type of thing you'd discuss over beers with your friends. It would sound a...more

PokerStars qualifier Antonio Dieguez wins Estrellas Poker Tour Málaga

After four intense days of poker action, the Málaga leg of the Estrellas Poker Tour finished with PokerStars qualifier Antonio Dieguez as the winner. Dieguez, who was second at the PokerStars Eureka Poker Tour event in Prague last month, took home the trophy, a first prize of €81,500 and a...more

Rens02 rallies, wrestles, and wins the Sunday Million title and $234,000

There are many decisions facing online poker players on Sundays. How many tournaments to play? Try satellites or buy in directly? Play from the couch or at a desk? What to type in the chat box? Tweet the table action or retweet the Big Ben clock? You get the picture....more

3 April

4/3/11 Sunday Warm-Up: Slam Dunk for MatchBalla

The first Sunday Warm-Up of April saw 4,629 players lay down the $200+$15 entry fee, together building a total prize pool of $925,800 -- well above the tourney's $750K guarantee. The top 675 finishers got paid in this one, with the winner due $145,241.61 barring any late night deal-making. When...more

SuperStar Showdown: Round one goes to "urnotindangr" with a $5,245 win over Blom

Of all the opponents he's faced in the SuperStar Showdown thus far, Viktor Blom has probably logged the most hours at the tables with the man who took him on today, nosebleed-stakes fixture Scott "urnotindangr" Palmer. Although the 20 year-old may not be a household name yet, he regularly trades...more

Hetzandrea of Austria aces April 3 Women's Sunday, wins $2,065.45

Some poker players believe in beginner's luck, and we've all seen it happen. A new player comes into the game, hardly seems to understand the rules, and scoops every pot. So we wondered if our first Women's Sunday event last week was just that - the luck of the first...more

Macau Millions Day 1b: Levels 11 - 16 (blinds 6,000-12,000, ante 1,000)

Day 1b is complete - Terry Fan is the man to catch We started out today with another 103 entrants and after seven hours of play we reduced that to our final seven players. With the 127 entrants from yesterday, it appears we are well on track to crack the...more

Macau Millions Day 1b: Levels 6 - 10 (blinds 1,000-2,000, ante 200)

6:30pm: Ten-minute break 6:25pm: Another one down Terry Fan has dispatched of short-stacked Chin Hao Hsu who was all in for just 3,500 in chips. Fan held 6♣6♠ against Hsu's A♦J♣ and improved to a set on a flop of 6♦K♥T♣. Hsu picked up a straight draw but missed on...more

2 April

Macau Millions Day 1b: Levels 1 - 5 (blinds 300-600)

4:10pm: Ten-minute break 4:05pm: Celina Lin eliminated Celina Lin has also become a casualty of the Day 1b field as the players are falling away at a rapid pace, with the 300-600 level in particular putting a lot of pressure on the short stacks. Lin was down to around 8,000...more

Macau Millions Day 1a: Levels 11 - 15 (blinds 4,000-8,000, ante 1,000)

Day 1a concludes - Haifeng Xue leads the way That's a wrap from the PokerStars Macau Poker Room as our field of 127 players have been reduced to the final nine. It was non-stop action today right from the opening bell, as the fast structure and gambling mindset of our...more

Macau Millions Day 1a: Levels 6 - 10 (blinds 1,000-2,000, ante 200)

12:25am: Ten-minute break 12:10am: Last female standing We have one female left in our final three tables and she's still fighting hard after finding a recent double up. Jay Tan was all in preflop for her last 6,500 from under the gun with Andrew Marks making the call in the...more

Macau Millions Day 1a: Levels 1 - 5 (blinds 300-600)

10:10pm: Ten-minute break 10:05pm: Straight for Marks and a pair of Lins Just prior to the break, Andrew Marks found a big double up when he turned a straight to crack pocket aces. The board was T♠9♣7♣6♦ when the chips went in with Marks showing 8♦7♦. The river bricked the...more

1 April

SuperStar Showdown: Blom in danger? We'll see.

Viktor Blom isn't the type of guy who seems like he considers danger. Depending on the day, he's either the Roadrunner or Wile E. Coyote. On neither day, however, does it appear he gives one diddly-damn whether he's in peril. As he told me a couple of months ago over...more

Another year with Team Online

I am proud to announce that I have renewed with PokerStars to continue to be a Team Online Pro. I am really looking forward to remaining with PokerStars. I didn't even give it a second thought when they asked me to continue being a team online pro when my contract...more

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