PokerStars announced a new PokerStars Rewards program for players in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. These easy to understand rewards start at 15% but they can reach as high as 33%. It includes real money cash games and tournaments other verticals including sports betting and casino. Head over to PokerStars Blog for more details.
PokerStars hosts their 17th Anniversary Sunday Million Special this weekend, and you still have a chance to qualify for a seat through various satellites. PokerStars is giving away over 3,000 seats to the $215 buy-in tournament that has a $7.5 million guaranteed prize pool. There's $11 Mega and $22 Mega Turbo satellites, plus Turbo Phase events for as little as $2.20. There's also the Sunday Million Anniversary Fast Track which allows you snag a seat for as little as $0.50 via Spin&Gos. Head over to PokerStars Blog for more details.
British banker and poker pro Talal Shakerchi outlasted a stacked final table to win the $100,000 buy-in Main Event at the 2023 Triton Super High Roller Series Vietnam at the Hoiana Resort & Golf in Quang Nam. Shakerchi defeated Michael Soyza heads-up to secure his largest score to date with a first-place prize worth $3,250,000.
PokerStars announced that the Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) returns to American players in three states. The 2023 SCOOP has 42 events and the popular online tournament series will be available to PokerStars players on in Pennsylvania (PASCOOP) and a shared player pool in New Jersey and Michigan (MI/NJSCOOP) beginning March 17 and running through April 3. There's a total of $5 million in guanarteed prize pools.
The European Poker Tour hosted the inaugural EPT Paris at the Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile. The €5,300 buy-in Main Event at the EPT Paris attracted 1,606 entrants with 447 re-entries. Razvan Belea from Romania parlayed a €530 satellite seat into a €1.1 million payday when he was the last player standing to become the first Romanian champion in EPT history.
Finland's Patrik Antonius won a pot worth nearly $1.98 million pot on PokerGo's No Gamble, No Future stream. Antonius was involved in a multiway pot with casino owner Eric Persson during a hand of $1,000/$2,000 NL hold'em. Antonius doubled up and set a record for the largest cash-game pot in American televised poker history.
Aliaksandr Shylko from Belarus shipped the second-ever PokerStars Players Championship (PSPC) for a $3.1 million score after he worked out a three-way money chop with Germany's Max Menzel and Philipe Pizzari from Brazil. Nacho Barbero went deep in the 2023 PSPC with a fourth-place finish at Baha Mar in the Bahamas. Shylko outlasted 1,014 runners who generated a prize pool worth over $24.8 million
The World Series of Poker returns for its 54th installment and its second year on the Las Vegas Strip at Paris and the newly branded Horseshoe Casino. The 2023 WSOP features 95 live bracelet events, and 34 online bracelet events with 20 up for grabs on the virtual felt in Nevada/New Jersey, seven in Michigan, and seven in Pennsylvania.
Portugal's Michel Dattani and Pedro Neves chopped the 2023 PCA $10,300 Main Event during the epic return of the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in the Bahamas. Neves banked $1,183,037 for second place, and Dattani won $1,316,963 and the coveted trophy for first place after the two Portuguese players outlasted a field of 889 entrants.
After a seven-year layoff, PokerStars will relaunch the Latin American Poker Tour (LAPT). The LAPT returns to Brazil with a stop in Rio de Janeiro on March 2, 2023. There will be an event in Montevideo, Uruguay in April, plus two more events planned in Sao Paolo, Brazil in July and November. And there's other LAPT dates and locations that will be announced soon.
PokerStars wants you to save a special date on Sunday March 26, 2023. PokerStars s celebrating the 17th Anniversary of the Sunday Million. Yes, the Sunday Milly turns 17 in March! The buy-in is only $215, and this year's celebration will have a $7.5 million guaranteed prize pool. This year's winner will bank at least $1 million. Germany's Blackbeaty won the Sunday Million's 16th anniversary special.
PokerStars will launch a special virtual version of the PokerStars Players Championship for American online poker players in New Jersey and Michigan with the PSPC Online. The special series runs from January 13 through Jan 30 on PokerStars for a combined player pool in New Jersey and Michigan. The PSPC Online has 85 events and a guaranteed prize pool worth $2.5 million. Oh, and there's a special PSPC Online for online grinders in the state of Pennsylvania as well with 72 events.
Eliot Hudon from Montreal, Quebec, Canada outlasted a record-setting field of 2,960 runners to win the 2022 World Poker Tour Championship at the Wynn Las Vegas for a score worth $4.1 million. Hudon outlasted a final table that included Benny Glaser, J.C. Moussa, Adam Adler, Frank Funaro, and Colton Blomberg.
The World Series of Poker returns to the Paris Casino and newly branded Horseshoe Casino on the Las Vegas Strip next summer. The 2023 WSOP kicks off May 30 and runs through July 18 with the 54th version of the iconic tournament series. The 2023 WSOP $10,000 buy-in Main Event begins July 3.
High Stakes Duel III at the Aria Casino in Las Vegas continued with HSD3 heads-up champion Phil Hellmuth taking on challenger Jason Koon in Round 5. Koon defeated Hellmuth and banked $1.6 million. Hellmuth has the option for a rematch in Round 6, but the stakes are doubled to $3.2 million.
PokerStars announced their 2023 live tournament events schedule for the European Poker Tour which includes five stops including two first-time destinations. The EPT kicks off in February 2023 with their EPT Paris debut. In the fall, the EPT heads to the EPT Cyprus for the first time. There's also usual stops at the EPT Monte-Carlo, EPT Barcelona, and the EPT Prague.
The Road to the PSPC continues. Here's your chance to snag a Platinum Pass to get a free trip to the Bahamas to play in the PokerStars Players Championship at Baha Mar Resort during the return of the PCA in January 2023. You can win a pass through a freeroll hosted by Gotaga, aka France's #1 Twitch streamer. Americans have a chance to win a Platinum Pass at a $400 buy-in tournament at Resorts World Las Vegas.
The 2022 World Series of Poker Europe Main Event at the King's Casino in Rozvadov has come to an end with Sweden's Omar Eljach edging out France's Jonathan Pastore to win the bracelet and €1.38 million in cash. The €10,350 buy-in affair attracted 763 runners. The final table also included Shaun Deeb, Barny Boatman, Alexandre Read, and Tim Adams.
Orpen Kisacikoglu from Turkey won his first bracelet with a victory in the World Series of Poker Europe Event #11 €50,000 Diamond High Roller at the King's Casino in Rozvadov. Kisacikoglu won €748K and outlasted a stacked final table that included Sam Grafton, Shaun Deeb, Nick Petrangelo, Timothy Adams, Daniel Pidin, and Daniel Dvoress. Last week, Paul Phua secured his first bracelet with a victory in WSOPE Event #8 €25,000 Platinum High Roller for a €482,433 score.
The 2022 World Series of Poker Europe is underway at the King's Casino in Rozvadov, and Yan Shing 'Anson' Tsang was the last player standing in 2022 WSOP Europe Event #4 €2,000 PLO to win €95,461 and his third-career bracelet. Tsang outlasted a final table that included Tomasz Gluszko, Shawn Stroke, Dario Alioto, Oswin Ziegelbecker, Vivian Saliba, Farid Jattin, Pavel Izotov, and Jorryt van Hoof.
The World Poker Tour crowned a new champion when Chad Eveslage took down the 2022 WPT Five Diamond Classic at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. Eveslage banked $1,042,300 for the victory and claimed his second WPT title. The final table also included and Steve Buckner, Michael Gathy, Brian Kim, Albert Calderon, and David Kim.
After whiffing in numerous high rollers, Daniel Negreanu outlasted 23 runners to win the $300,000 buy-in 2022 Super High Roller Bowl VII in Las Vegas. Negreanu banked $3.3 million for the victory, which marked the second-highest payout of his illustrious career. Negreanu edged out a final four at the SHRB VII that included Nick Petrangelo, Justin Bonomo, and Andrew Lichtenberger.