It’s been a very busy week at PokerStars Blog HQ. Here’s a round-up of all the latest goings-on:

• WCOOP concludes with 1.1M entries and almost $100M in prizes
• Liv Boeree interview on her WCOOP
• Tell Maria Konnikova your poker story and win a $30K Platinum Pass
• Lex “The Rolling Stones of poker” Veldhuis plays to almost 33,000
• Arlie completes first Poker Gods challenge
• Play the $2 Big Race and win an EPT Prague package
• New Poker in the Ears episode


WCOOP concludes with 1.1M entries and almost $100M in prizes

The 2018 World Championship of Online Poker came to an end on Tuesday night, and we’ve not quite known what to do with ourselves ever since.

When all was said and done, we’d seen a staggering 1.1 million entries and almost $100 million awarded in prizes throughout what we believe was the greatest WCOOP yet.

For all the WCOOP info, click on the links below:

All the news from the final day
WCOOP Leader Board Winners
WCOOP stats and big winners
Best ever WCOOP?


Liv Boeree interview on her WCOOP

Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree had a successful WCOOP, making two High Roller final tables. Her biggest result came from a fourth-place finish in a $2,100-M High Roller for $82,710.80.

Liv Boeree

We caught up with Boeree afterwards, so check out that interview below.

PokerStars Blog: What was your plan going into WCOOP? What events did you intend to play?

Liv Boeree: I didn’t have much of a plan to be honest. I had to miss the first half of it due to being in the US for Burning Man, and my approach to the WCOOP this year has just been to play a handful of events on the days I can. It seems to have worked out!

Blog: As a player are you pleased with reaching a final table, or is the feeling more of “not winning”?

LB: I’m definitely pleased to have made two final tables in such a short space of time. However I am a little disappointed not to have taken home a title yet. I would love to add a WCOOP event to my repertoire!

Blog: How much do you play live compared to online? (and why is it that way?)

LB: This year has been pretty intense for me away from the felt, so I haven’t had as much time to play either live or online as I’d like. I love both, but I think I still prefer live – I love the atmosphere, the chatter and live-reading that goes on top of the theory of both formats of game.

Blog: What are your plans after WCOOP?

LB: I have a few talks coming up that I need to prepare for, so will mostly be writing, making slides and getting better at calming my public-speaking nerves!


Tell Maria Konnikova your poker story and win a $30K Platinum Pass

“Find a moment in your past when you excelled (or failed!) at any of these, and tell me about it. What happened? Why has it stuck with you? What did you learn?”

Those are the words of Team PokerStars Pro Maria Konnikova, who has a $30,000 Platinum Pass to give away. All you have to do to enter is tell her your best poker story.

Easy right? To find out more info, and to watch Konnikova’s example of how to do it, head to the links below.

How to ensure your story is a good one (watch Konnikova’s example)
All #MyPokerStory info, including how to enter


Lex “The Rolling Stones of poker” Veldhuis plays to almost 33,000

Had Lex Veldhuis chose to play his WCOOP Main Event at London’s 20,000 capacity O2 Arena instead of on Twitch, he would have sold it out more than one and a half times over.

Lex Veldhuis

On Monday night, Lex was streaming to an audience of almost 33,000. It was an epic night, a fantastic stream, and a great performance that resulted in us donning Lex as “The Rolling Stones of poker”.

Read all about it at the link below:

Two enormous evenings with The Rolling Stones of poker


Arlie completes first Poker Gods challenge

In case you’ve missed it, Arlie Shaban was set a big challenge by the Poker Gods, right here on PokerStars Blog.

His first challenge? “Skin the Dutch lion”. In other words, defeat Lex Veldhuis heads-up.

Shaban managed to do it, and you can read how it went at the links below.

Did Arlie “Skin the Dutch Lion”? Here’s the story so far…
Congratulations Arlie…


Play the $2 Big Race and win an EPT Prague package

Free bets, prize money, and a full EPT Prague package to be won. Does that make The Big Race (buy-in $2) the single best value tournament online this weekend?

Without question, we think it does.

The Big Race: This Sunday 23 September. 14:00 ET/ 7PM BST

For all the info, click the link below.

Why the $2 Big Race (top prize an EPT Prague package) is the best value tournament anywhere this weekend


New Poker in the Ears episode

James Hartigan and Joe Stapleton kick off the show with the final results and stats from #WCOOP2018, and discuss the recent controversy surrounding William Kassouf. But, for the most part, it’s another #PlatinumPass themed episode, with an update on the number of #PSPC packages awarded so far, plus an interview with Platinum Pass winner Jennifer Carter from Canada.

The boys also have ALL the details on the #PokerInTheEars Freeroll League – running from 1st October to 19th November, and streamed live at twitch.tv/pokerstars – which will award TWO Platinum Passes (worth $30k each) to podcast listeners.

Finally, James Satchell from the UK goes up against Joe in a ‘Team America: World Police’ quiz in ‘Superfan vs Stapes’. Please don’t forget to rate, review and subscribe to the podcast.


Have a great weekend everyone.


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