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My first double-up

As I wrote about in a previous blog entry, I am in the process of spinning up one million play chips on PokerStars to 100 million. Those of you conversant with your base-2 logarithms will realize that it's going to take me about five and a half double-ups of my bankroll to get there. First double-up complete. I started playing 250/500 PLO, thinking I should give myself 20 buy-ins. I was up to about 1.5 million and thought, "I think I can get along with 15 buy-ins", so I switched...more

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EPT10 Deauville: Katchalov looking to thwart Koutoupas in Greek odyssey, Triple Crown within reach


Eugene Katchalov is on the verge of completing his Triple Crown with his second-ever EPT Main Event final table appearance. The Ukrainian Team PokerStars Pro will have his work cut out if he's to convert his second-place stack into a first Ukrainian EPT win: chip leader Sotirios Koutoupas is playing...more

Rafa Nadal takes on Spain, emerges with victory for charity


Give it to PokerStars SportStar Rafa Nadal: the man is not afraid of competing at a disadvantage. And then give it to him again: even when the odds are stacked against him, he can still win. That's what happened today as tennis' living legend took on Spain's poker players in...more

Doing things differently in 2014

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It's another year, and looking ahead the schedule for me looks a lot like what it has been in past years. However, there are a few things I'm looking forward to doing a little differently in 2014. The last few months of 2013 weren't that great for me in terms...more

Rafa to go heads-up against Spain


Fresh back from a runner-up finish at the Australian Open, Rafa Nadal is ready to get back in action. Friday night at 5pm UK time, Rafa will take on the entire country of heads-up Zoom poker on Rafa will sit down in his hometown of Porto Cristo, Mallorca...more

On to the next one

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I wish I could tell you that I went to the Bahamas and won the first tournament I entered. Unfortunately, my return to poker after a two month absence didn't go as perfectly as I dreamed. Despite not cashing in the Super High Roller or High Roller events, I was...more

EPT10 Deauville: Ole Schemion and Toby Lewis win big at the European Poker Awards, Boatman's grind recognised


The glitterati of European poker gathered last night to applaud the brightest and best in the game at the Global Poker Index European Poker Awards, sponsored by PokerStars. The event, which took place during the EPT Deauville poker festival, handed Ole Schemion and Toby Lewis top honours, in live and...more

Another lesson from Dad

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A lot of people probably remember seeing my Dad on ESPN's coverage of the 2003 WSOP and so know that we're pretty tight. People ask me about him all the time, thanks to those shows. Unfortunately he's been dealing with some health issues for the last three years or so...more

Learning from the Best: Vanessa Rousso

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In my quest to become a better poker player, I have been studying female Team PokerStars Pros and their playing styles to see what I can learn from them. Recently, Vanessa Rousso has captured my interest; with success in so many areas of her life, I think there is a...more

More Main Events, more Rational players


We are poker. It's not only our business, it's a passion too. But those of us who work at PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker are in a bit of a netherworld. We provide the most online poker games of any company on the planet (by far), but we can't play...more

If at first you don't succeed...


I am writing just after the conclusion of the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure where I got knocked out of the Main Event. It wasn't the greatest start to the year, but the story has a good ending as I immediately went from the Bahamas to Atlantic City for the Borgata Winter...more

Spotlight on PS Women: Nilda Cerna's life lessons from poker

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The beginning of the year seems likes a good time to talk a little about some of the contributors at PokerStars Women, so I took the opportunity to chat with Nilda Cerna of our Spanish and Latin American blogs. Nilda has been writing for PokerStars Women for more than two...more

What goes around comes around

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I had a great trip to Prague in December, once again joined by my father. Also, Gustav decided to join me, and I want you to guess whether he's the type that books a hotel three months in advance or when he's standing in the hotel lobby. When he told...more

It's not always about the money


I have never actually blogged about any private coaching experiences I have had, as most of the things I discuss or review with my clients will usually be confidential and they would rather not have me write about it. Last week when I was staying at Atlantis during my first...more

Katie's anatomy of a Sunday grind: January 19

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What if I could offer you a magic pill that would give you the ability to rid yourself of all distractions while playing poker? Like Neo in "The Matrix," I took that pill for the first time on Sunday, and fortunately, the pill didn't involve swallowing bizarre chemical substances. The...more

PokerStars weekend review (January 27, 2014): Dan Smith, Sam Stein, Steven Silverman and Kevin MacPhee among the TCOOP heroes


Every weekend is a hectic one at PokerStars, but when a COOP sets out its stall things get really busy - that's without factoring in, you know, the EPT Deauville festival and the Aussie Millions. The Turbo Championship of Online TCOOP has revved its engine and put rubber to track:...more

Niniko68 notches Women's Sunday win

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Have you heard about the relaunch of the PokerStars Women's Club? On Monday, the Club began offering more cash prizes, tournaments, and lower buy-ins. It's the perfect time to get acquainted with other women in the PokerStars community for weekly guarantees and good times! And today is the last of...more

Rafa backed off at Australian Open


It was meant to be his 14th Grand Slam title. It was meant to give him the distinction of having won all the majors twice. It was meant to start off a year of majors in amazing way. Instead, Rafa Nadal had to settle for a runner-up finish at the...more

TCOOP 2014: Sam Stein pips Kevin MacPhee, PokerStars Blog chops one


The Turbo Championship of Online Poker (TCOOP) is the youngest of the COOPs. While the World Champion of Online Poker (WCOOP) and Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) have been around since 2002 and 2009 respectively, the current fast-paced online series has only been shuffling around since 2012. This, it's...more

2013: A year of million dollar swings


My favourite poker moment of 2013 came when my girlfriend asked me if I wanted to eat dinner with her one evening or if I was going to keep playing poker. I was two-tabling Viktor Blom heads-up at 400/800. We both had about $120k at each table, and we were...more

What did she say? Play PS Women's Club caption competition

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Last week, we announced the relaunch of the PokerStars Women's Club. It was a happy day. Women were glad for the additional cash prizes offered in the Sunday freerolls, as well as the lower buy-ins and cheap 30-day tickets for Diamond players. This weekend, we celebrate with a caption competition...more

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