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WCOOP 2019: "Mr. No way" on denying Dzmitry "Colisea" Urbanovich, winning #47-L

When I saw among the many winners of WCOOPs over recent days that a player from Norway named “Mr. No way” had beaten out the phenom from Poland Dzimtry “Colisea” Urbanovich to win Event #47-L ($5.50...

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WCOOP 2019: All the news from Day 18

Are you in? The Main Event of the World Series of Online Poker (WCOOP) started yesterday and the hunt for the $10 million guaranteed prize pool is under way. Here’s how things are shaping up… TODAY’S...

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Track each Platinum Pass using our interactive map

Keep up to date with how to win a Platinum Pass by bookmarking the PSPC homepage of the PokerStars Blog. You’ll find up-to-date information about where the next Platinum Pass is being awarded. You’ll...

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Twitch mods Croaks and RuthAnnK play $5K WCOOP Main Event

Lex Veldhuis and PokerStars teamed up to turn the tables (in the nicest possible way) on Twitch moderators extraordinaire Croaks and RuthAnnK yesterday. If you’ve been following Lex on Twitch...

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It's Poker Movie Monday on Poker In The Ears!

It’s the start of a new week, which means all sorts of things in this crazy world. Garfield is in a bad mood, Peter Gibbons has a case of the Mondays, and most importantly for the purposes of this...

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WCOOP 2019: Maxim "Pylusha" Pylev pushes through to NLO8 victory

The final days of WCOOP 2019 are producing plenty of excitement — and not just for those still battling the Main Events. Just as Maxim “Pylusha” Pylev of Russia, winner of the 835-entry Event #60-M,...

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WCOOP 2019: All the news from Day 19

As the biggest prize of the series draws ever closer, the final numbers are in for this year’s World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP). And they are huge. How huge? Read on… TODAY’S HEADLINES • Main...

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Al Alvarez: A celebration of poker's poet

Yesterday the poker world was saddened by news of the passing of one of best ever to write about the game, Al Alvarez. The British writer, poet, and critic died after succumbing to viral pneumonia. He...

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WCOOP 2019: All the news from Day 20

There’s only one day left of the 2019 World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP). That means we still need to find our ultimate champion. Here’s what’s going on as the curtain gradually comes down....

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This Thursday, come and be part of Twitch poker history

Poker has always been a solitary pursuit. But that’s about to change. This Thursday we’re inviting you to try out something new on the PokerStars Twitch Channel. It’s an innovative Twitch poker...

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Jason Somerville: Chat Plays Poker has "endless possibilities"

If you tune into the PokerStars Twitch channel this Thursday at 12 p.m. PT, you’ll see a unique new home game from host Jason Somerville and the team at Run It Up. Chat Plays Poker puts you and fellow...

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WCOOP 2019: Dan "woodbine ave" Scott battles back, wins $1K NLO8

We might have called this article “The Return of Dan Scott.” Such a title would have had a few different meanings, all of which apply pretty well here. Playing from Canada as “woodbine ave,” a few days...

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WCOOP 2019: "BigBlindBets" wraps up Main Event, ends record-breaking series

Back in April 2015, a player wrote a post on an online poker marketplace forum in which he told potential backers that he had been taking the game seriously for about two years, “where I started the...

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WCOOP 2019: All the stats, records and oddness

As you likely know by now, the World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) of 2019 was a record breaker. But here are even more stats-based observations from the past three weeks than you can possibly...

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WCOOP 2019: Nothing fazes Rens Feenstra, #1-H champ ($215 NLHE Phased)

A couple of days ago, Dutch poker pro Rens “Rens02” Feenstra won a big WCOOP event. In fact, it took him weeks to do so — it was the “phased” Event #1-H ($215 no-limit hold’em) that began way back at...

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WCOOP 2019: Quick work nets Patrick "pmahoney22" Mahoney first WCOOP title

We’ve known Patrick “pmahoney22” Mahoney for a good while here at PokerStars Blog. That’s him up above, on his way to the final table of an LAPT event in Panama several years ago. He’s won plenty on...

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Chat Plays Poker launches on Twitch

For three hours on Thursday afternoon, several hundred players around the world gathered in Twitch chat to play poker with a world champion, a comedian, and a guy who works for Run It Up. You know,...

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Welcome to the Platinum Pass Experience

Do you want to get your hands on a Platinum Pass to the PokerStars Players Championship (PSPC) 2020? Of course you do. Well, if you happen to live in the UK and Ireland, a brand new experience could...

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Become the next member of Team PokerStars Pro (without leaving the house)

PokerStars is looking for a brand new member of Team Pro, but not the type you might have seen before. They’ll have the same passion and enthusiasm for the game. And they’ll be an active community...

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WCOOP 2019: Meet “GODofHU”, the man who beat Lex to win $121K

When you get down to the final two players in a big online poker tournament, having the screen name “GODofHU” is sure to send shivers down the spine of your opponent, particularly when you have the...

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WCOOP 2019: Jesse "Jesseonboss" Laakkonen is boss, tops 37K-entry field to...

WCOOP was wild, man. Record-breaking, too. And it climaxed with two huge Main Events, including the $55 buy-in “Low” version won by Finland’s Jesse “Jesseonboss” Laakkonen for a $130,035.12 first...

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Weekend Review: Big wins for Kurganov and Addamo

Still getting over WCOOP? Don’t worry, there’s still plenty of exciting action to report from the online felt. Here’s everything you need to know from the weekend on PokerStars. HEADLINES PokerStars...

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WCOOP 2019: "Big joy" for Adrián "marval231" Kott

Adrián “marval231” Kott has lived on the Atlantic coast in Miramar, Argentina, his entire life. In those 49 years he’s celebrated many milestones. First came his marriage (“my wife is my biggest...

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WCOOP 2019: Fraser “BigBlindBets” Russell on how he won the $5,200 Main Event...

There’s no need to travel. There’s no need to book a hotel room. Heck, there’s no need to even get dressed if you don’t want to. The $5,200 Main Event of the World Championship of Online Poker is the...

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WCOOP 2019: Perseverance pays for Nick "FU_15" Maimone, $1K 6+ champ

There were a number of familiar usernames at the top of the payouts in WCOOP Event #53-H, the $1,050 6+ Hold’em event that drew 178 entries. That includes the player who finished at the top of the...

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Benny Glaser recaps WCOOP 2019 with Poker In The Ears

WCOOP 2019 is officially in the history books now. It was another huge success, smashing records over the course of 219 events and crowning champions both new and familiar. This week’s guest,...

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LEX LIVE 2: Kicking ass and taking names in London

As we enter the Asper’s Casino in Stratford on a wet, blustery Tuesday evening, one thing becomes abundantly clear: this weather is perfect for live poker. After all, why would you want to go outside...

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LEX LIVE 2: Meet the online qualifiers

If you can get yourself to London this week, you definitely should. Lex Live 2 is heating up, with just a few more Day 1 flights of the £230 buy-in, £100K guaranteed Main Event still to go. While the...

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LEX LIVE 2: A very special scavenger hunt

You know on game shows when they ask contestants whether they want to take their winnings so far or gamble it all on a “mystery prize”?  Well, this is like that. Except the only thing you need to give...

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LEX LIVE 2: The High Rollers (and Spraggy) are in the building

While the £230 Main Event—currently playing through its fourth Day 1 flight—is the apple of Lex Live 2’s eye, the biggest buy-in on the schedule, the £750 High Roller, will no doubt be grabbing its...

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LEX LIVE 2: Poker in the Ears podcast pits Stapes vs Veldhuis super fan

A very special live edition of the Poker in the Ears podcast was recorded yesterday at Lex Live 2, here at London’s Aspers Casino. James Hartigan was in the house, while Joe Stapleton transmitted his...

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Dressing up for success: Halloween (and other) costumes in poker

October is now upon us, which in the northern hemisphere means the nights drawing in, the temperature gradually dropping and circumstances improving for long nights on the poker grind. It’s best to be...

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LEX LIVE 2: First-time traveller 'DAMMO_23' on why he flew 23 hours from...

Damiano ‘DAMMO_23’ Aloi had never been outside his native Australia prior to last week. Now he’s here in London, 10,100 miles from home, having the time of his life. “Has it been worth it? Let me tell...

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LEX LIVE 2: Welcome Party photo gallery

We’re here for the poker, sure, but also…to party. Last night (Wednesday, October 2) The Lex Live 2 Welcome Party brought an entire community together in the confines of a drinking establishment with...

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LEX LIVE 2: Spraggy wins the FU Flip (while his brother finishes third)

Had this many Twitch streamers ever been in the same place at the same time? I’ll even take it one further. Had this many Twitch streamers ever all been awake at 11am before? Doubtful. It can only mean...

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LEX LIVE 2: Platinum Pass up for grabs in today's Streamer Showdown

After this morning’s community trip to the cinema–courtesy of Lex Veldhuis, who booked an entire theatre for a private screening of Joker–it got us thinking about movie poster taglines.  If today’s...

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Simon Gilles turns 50 StarsCoins into Platinum Pass

Simon Gilles is a 31-year-old marketing manager in a supermarket, from Hennef, Germany. A keen micro-stakes poker player, he won a Platinum Pass to the PokerStars Players Championship (PSPC) by playing...

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Coming soon: New $25m GTD Bounty Builder Series

It’s the tournament series for action minded players who don’t want to wait until the final table to make some money. The Bounty Builder Series is back this month. There’s $25 million guaranteed, a...

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LEX LIVE 2: Community bonding over booze and beer pong

Lex Live isn’t your typical poker festival. There’s poker to be played, sure, but it’s what happens away from the felt which really matters to this community. Take last night, for example. Lex Veldhuis...

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Book excerpt: "Exploitative Play in Live Poker" by Alexander Fitzgerald (Win...

An excerpt from Alexander Fitzgerald’s Exploitative Play in Live Poker in which the poker pro sets aside “GTO” play to show players how best to profit from others’ mistakes. READ ON AND WIN A FREE COPY...

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FAST FIVE: Things you might have missed this week

Here’s a quick catch up from the week on PokerStarsBlog…  Lex Live 2 underway in London Simon Gilles: From 50 StarsCoins to a Platinum Pass Attention U.K. poker players: PSPC Satellites running this...

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LEX LIVE 2: Patrick Winterbottom wins Streamer Showdown for Platinum Pass to...

“It all feels slightly surreal,” Patrick Winterbottom tells PokerStars Blog, after a whirlwind couple of minutes consisting of photoshoots and non-stop handshakes. “Nothing like this has ever happened...

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Today at Lex Live: Saturday October 5

Play-by-plays, features and results from the huge meeting in London arranged by Twitch streaming extraordinaire Lex Veldhuis. TIMELINE | SCHEDULE | NEED TO KNOW | GUIDE TO LONDON Live today: Saturday,...

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Steve Zander first out the blocks to win Platinum Pass

Steve Zander won his Platinum Pass in a Mystery Chests promotion almost immediately after the announcement was made that the PokerStars Players Championship (PSPC) was returning to Barcelona in August...

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LEX LIVE 2: Platinum Pass up for grabs to Lex Live Adventure winner (tune in...

It hasn’t all been fun and games here at Lex Live 2. All week Lex Veldhuis’ Twitch community has been working hard, completing tasks and collecting stamps on their Lex Live Adventure cards. Tasks...

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LEX LIVE 2: Tom “Predator410” Parsons stamps and flips his way to euphoric...

Incredible stories keep emerging from Lex Live 2 in London, and today we’ve created one more. The Lex Live Adventure was a scavenger hunt in which members of Lex Veldhuis’ Twitch community each...

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LEX LIVE 2: Georgina "GJReggie" James on her amazing experience

If you’ve been reading along with our Lex Live 2 coverage, there’s one sentiment you’ve likely figured out: this thing is a whole lot of fun. PokerStars streamer Georgina “GJReggie” James certainly...

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LEX LIVE 2: PokerStars’ own Brandon Nguyen takes down Saturday Super Side for...

It’s a testament of how much fun Lex Live is that many PokerStars employees chose to fly over from the Isle of Man for a vacation at Aspers Casino, London. Brandon Nguyen isn’t one of them. Oh, he...

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LEX LIVE 2: James "OP-Poker James" Mackenzie on winning a VRPT Bracelet here...

Earlier this week, PokerStars Ambassador and Twitch streamer James “OP-Poker James” Mackenzie took down the PokerStars Virtual Realty Poker Tour (VRPT) Ultra High roller–a 25 million chip buy-in VR...

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LEX LIVE 2: The Lex Veldhuis interview

Ten days of laughing, drinking, hanging out, hangovers, beer pong, movies, football, Twitch talk, selfies, saying “F**k Croaks”, Platinum Passes, virtual reality, and of course, poker. It could only be...

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