Monday January 7, 2019 at 4:16 pm
HOT !

The PokerStars Player Championship got off to a sensational start when it passed 1,000 entries. The total is 1,014 runners. First place will pay out over $5 million and that includes an extra $1 million bonus on top. It was a Who's Who of poker at Atlantis Casino in the Bahamas for the start of the inaugural PSPC. After the first complete day of action, only 756 players remaining and The U.K.'s Talal Shakerchi is the big stack with over 420K. Registration is still open.

ShakerchiTalal
Pic by venustyle

Whoa there, Nellie Kane. Did you think that PokerStars would surpass 1,000 entries in the Players Championship? I did not have faith, but I'm a total jaded vet. Even with an additional 320 entries due to Platinum Passes, there was still nearly 700 other runners who took a shot at the largest tournament that PokerStars ever hosted.

With $5 million set aside for the champion, the 2019 PSPC will also have the largest first-place prize in the history of all things PokerStars.

It was truly a historic day in the Bahamas. I'm sure every Stars suit and exec is currently in the Bahamas as we speak, so I could only imagine the relief and excitement among the crew when the official number ticked over from 999 to 1,0000. We're talking about popping oodles of corks on (premium) champagne bottles and getting super lit (ho hum, the jet ski guys take care of you) because PokerStars pulled off a sick feat for a single-entry event with a $25K price tag.

Yeah, these numbers were not boosted by re-entries and double-bullet affairs. Nope, it was an old-school freezeout. One ticket, one event. As HST said, “Buy the ticket, take the ride.”

As of press time (ho hum, Monday morning Vegas time), a total of 1,014 brave souls took part in the historic event with registration still open. That total event number includes 320 Platinum Passes (and supposedly a handful of winners were no-shows).

When the dust settled at the end of the first day, only 756 players remained and a good 25% of the field was liquidated. Dunzo. Fini. Pooof.

Talal Shakerchi, best known as that British bankster who has been crushing the virtual tables and navigating the rough seas of Euro-centric high roller events, bagged up the big stack. He nearly 7x his starting stack of 60,000. London's Shakerchi amassed the biggest stack in the room with 425K.

Dan O'Brien is the second-biggest stack with a shade over 301K. Other notables in the top ten included Americans Jon Dolker and Dylan Wilkerson.

The one and only Kevin Mathers is still alive. KevMath survived the cut with nearly 76K in chips. I'd love to see the WSOP Information Czar go deep.

Other noteworthy names still alive include... Kristen Bicknell, Dan Shak, Mustapha Kanit, Christoph Vogelsang, Celina Lin, Patrik Antonius, Chris Moneymaker, Johnny Bax, Justin Bonomo, Jason Somerville, Natalie Teh, Kevin Martin, Aditya Agarwal, Lex Veldhuis, Phil Hellmuth, Leo Margets, Linda Johnson, Jake Cody, Bill Perkins, David Peters, Bruce Buffer, Daniel Dvoress, Diego Sanchez, Vincent Moscati, Brian Rast, Noah Schwartz, Matt Salsberg, and Jennifer Shahade.

Several French players are still alive. Adrien Delmas is the biggest stack among Les Bleus with 211K, followed by Julian Martini (166K), Johan Girad (123K), Laala Redjouh (122K), and Corentin Ropert (111K). Also still alive are.... Jeremie Sarda, Illan Serruya, Benjamin Pollak, Bruno Lopes, Thi Nguyen, Pierre Lewandowski, Gino Cardenia, Alex Reard,Paul Tedeschi, Adrien Allian, Romain Lewis, Victor Chopeaux, Gaelle Baumann, Pierre Calamusa, Guillaume Diaz, Nicolas Dumont, and Jimmy Guerrero.

Follow along for top-notch coverage via venustyle, who is reporting from the front lines in the Bahamas.

Among the notables who busted on the opening day included best-selling author Maria Konnikova and former NBA star Paul Pierce. Pierce busted late on Day 1 and failed to advance to the second day of action. I wonder if he was betting NBA action at the sportsbook?

Overall action for the PSPC resumes on Monday for Day 2 with the start of Level 9. Head over to PokerStars Blog to follow along with the action.

You can watch the stream starting at noon local time...

Latest news
Wednesday February 26, 2020 at 3:18 am
Telex
Live at the Bike: Kitty Kuo, Marle Cordeiro and Kelly Minkin

Live at the Bike cash game stream is up and running right now from the Bicycle Casino in Los Angeles, CA. Tonight's marquee players include Marle Cordeiro , Kitty Kuo, and Kelly Minkin. The action is $5/$5 NL with a $50 Big Blind Ante. Check out the action here.

Monday February 24, 2020 at 8:24 am
Eric Afriat wins 2020 WPT Fallsview for 3rd WPT title

Canadian pro Eric Afriat took down his third WPT title since 2014. He's secured wins at the Borgata Casino in Atlanta City and the Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood, Florida. However, he finally won an event on his own soil. Afriat faded a field of 594 runners in the CAD $5,000 buy-in WPT Fallsview Classic at the Fallsview Casino in Niagara Falls, Canada. Afriat banked $508,021 CAD or approximately $379K USD. Last year's champ, Demo Kiriopoulos, finished in fifth place and missed out on winning the same event in back-to-back years.

Sunday February 23, 2020 at 9:56 pm
Christopher Puetz wins 2020 WPT Germany for €270,000

Christopher Puetz outlasted a field of 510 players to win the 2020 WPT Germany at the King's Casino in Rozvadov. Puetz banked €270,000 (or approximately $293K USD) for the win and he faded a final six that included Josef Gulas, Laszlo Papai, Joep van den Bijgaart, Gianluca Speranza, and Farukh Tach. The 2019 WSOP Main Event champion, Hossein Ensan, finished in seventh place.

Thursday February 20, 2020 at 4:19 pm
Sahara Casino in Las Vegas re-opens their poker room

Poker returns to the historic Sahara Casino after a nine-year hiatus. The Sahara branding returned to the property in August 2019 after five years as the SLS. Six months after the Sahara reboot, the new seven-table poker room opened with a soft launch on February 14. The swanky poker room will cater to locals with a better overall poker experience, plus free parking with less than a five-minute walk to the newest room on the Strip in almost a decade.

Tuesday February 18, 2020 at 9:59 pm
Pablo Silva wins the 2020 partypoker MILLIONS South America

Brazil's Pablo Silva shipped the 2020 partypoker MILLIONS South America at the Enjoy Resort and Casino in Punta Del Este, Uruguay for $1 million. The $10,300 buy-in Main Event attracted 465 runners. Silva outlasted a final table that featured Dzmitry Urbanovich and also included Fabian Gunz, Fabio Colonese, Dan Rezaei, Andres Viola, Sergio Di Pego, Pedro Madeira, and Rafawl Caiaffa.

Friday February 14, 2020 at 3:59 pm
2020 WSOP: 14 online bracelet events added to schedule

The higher-ups at the 2020 World Series of Poker released their schedule for 14 online bracelet events, which is an uptick from last year's virtual schedule. Buy-ins will range from as low as $400 all the way up to $10,000. Players are eligible to play within the state limits of Nevada and/or New Jersey. All 14 online events at WSOP.com are bracelet events.

Thursday February 13, 2020 at 11:03 pm
Awkwafina to Star in Phil Ivey edge sorting film 'Baccarat Machine'

Awkwafina will star in a new film titled 'Baccarat Machine', which is based on a Michael Kaplan article about the Phil Ivey edge sorting case and his accomplice, Kelly Sun (real name Cheung Yin Sun). Awkwafina will play Kelly Sun, the mysterious Chinese woman who accompanied Ivey during highstakes baccarat adventures in Australia, Asia, Monte Carlo, and the United Kingdom. The two bilked casinos for millions by Sun manipulating edge sorting techniques in their favor. The two were eventually busted.

Thursday February 13, 2020 at 1:59 am
Phil Galfond stuck €900K, Galfond Challenge vs. VeniVidi postponed

Phil Galfond suspended the Galfond Challenge against VeniVidi after losing over €900,000 over 15 sessions playing €100-200 PLO. The two played less than 10,000 hands of the 25,000-hand challenge. Galfond wants to take an extended break while thinking about his decision to quit or continue to play on. For now, Galfond will pay a €3,000 per day penalty while missing scheduled playing days.

Tuesday February 11, 2020 at 3:46 pm
2020 PSPC Platinum Madness: 21 Platinum Passes in 21 days

The folks at PokerStars are running a new promotion for their 2020 PokerStars Players Championship, which will be hosted in Barcelona, Spain at the end of the summer. Starting today, PokerStars will award 21 Platinum Passes to the 2020 PSPC over the next 21 days. They dubbed this maddening promotion, "Platinum Madness", which has a catchy ring to it.

Tuesday February 11, 2020 at 2:26 am
WSOP Circuit: Philip Shing wins Potawatomi (Milwaukee) Main Event

Brooklyn's Philip Shing won his second WSOP Circuit ring with a victory at the WSOPC Potawatomi (Milwaukee). The $1,700 buy-in Main Event outside Milwaukee attracted 524 runners. Shing faded the field and outlasted a final table that included Ken Donarski, John Gallaher, James Pupillo, Cero Zuccarello, Chris Roth, Michael Hartzheim, Marcus Yofon, and Fadi Hamad.

Thursday February 6, 2020 at 5:27 pm
2020 WSOP: All 25 $1,500 events added to schedule

The World Series of Poker continued to release their 2020 schedule a little bit at a time. In the latest update, the WSOP added all 25 events at the $1,500 price point. There will be at least 18 different games and variants played at the popular $1,500 price point. The Milly Maker is one of those branded events at the $1,500 price point along with a Mystery Bounty, the Closer, Monster Stack, and the Fifty Stack.

Wednesday February 5, 2020 at 8:57 pm
Macau shuts down casinos for 2 weeks to contain coronavirus

On February 5, announced they were shutting down all casinos for two weeks during an outbreak of coronavirus that killed at least 500 people in mainland China. Hong Kong and Macau reported their first cases of coronavirus, including a casino worked in Macau. Hong Kong also reported its first death from coronavirus. Macau's decision to shut down gambling operations for two weeks could not come at a worst time. Casinos in Macau saw a huge downturn in profits over the last year, including four consecutive months of declining revenue.

Monday February 3, 2020 at 5:03 pm
Doyle Brunson loses $175K betting on San Francisco to win Super Bowl

While America prepared for Super Bowl Sunday between the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers, Doyle Brunson revealed he has bet on every Super Bowl since the first one back in 1967. Tex Dolly fired away at the San Francisco 49ers and kept firing away. By kickoff, he loaded up $175,000 on the 49ers. However, the Kansas City Chiefs beat the Niners 31-20 to win Super Bowl 54 and Tex Dolly coughed up $175K.

Friday January 31, 2020 at 7:32 am
2020 WPT Winter Borgata Poker Open: Veerab Zakarian chip leader at final table

The 2020 WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open, hosted at the swanky Borgata Casino in Atlantic City, NJ, played down to its final table after starting with 1,290 runners. The final six resumes action in Las Vegas at the HyperX eSports Arena on April 1. Veerab Zakarian bagged the chip lead with 12M. The rest of the final table include Brian Altman, James Anderson, Andrew Hanna, Bin Weng, and Nathan Russler. Altman seeks a third WPT title and second in 2020 after winning the WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open a week ago.

Wednesday January 29, 2020 at 9:56 pm
2020 WSOP: Nine high roller events on schedule including $250K Super High Roller

Nine high roller events ranging from $25,000 to $250,000 will be on the 2020 WSOP schedule this summer at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas. The WSOP added a $250,000 Super High Roller to go alongside the $100,000 High Rollers. There's four $50K events including the Poker Players Championship and a trio of $25K events including the Heads-Up Championship.

Tuesday January 28, 2020 at 1:31 am
2020 WSOP: 17 new events added including Freezeout Series and $250K Super High Roller

The World Series of Poker announced 17 new events to the 2020 WSOP schedule including the "Freezeout Series" or six single-entry events ranging from $500 to $5,000. Three more High Roller events were added including a $250,000 Super High Roller and $50,000 PLO. There's also the mysterious $1,500 buy-in "Mystery Bounty NL" event, a Mixed 9-Game, and the Heads-Up bracelet will now have a buy-in of $25,000.

Thursday January 23, 2020 at 1:24 am
Brian Altman wins WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open, First player to win same event twice

Brian Altman made World Poker Tour history when he became the first player to win the same event twice. Altman shipped the 2015 WPT Lucky Hearts Open at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood, Florida and he just took down the 2020 WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open in a history victory. Altman faded a field of 843 players to win $482,636 and a seat into the season-ending Tournament of Champions.

Wednesday January 22, 2020 at 1:33 am
Telex
Aussie Millions Main Event Down to 37

Day 4 of the 2020 Aussie Millions Main Event is about to start with 37 remaining out of 820. First place pays out $1.85 million AUD. Nino Ullmann from Germany is the chipleader. Also still alive are Maning Loeser, Erik Seidel, Bryce Yockey, Fabian Quoss, Randy Lew, Pete Chen, and Mike Del Vecchio. They intend to play down to a final table. can stream the action on PokerGO.

Free tournaments and added prizes

The Club Poker organizes freerolls and special tournaments with added prizes.
To qualify for free, register on our poker partners websites:

Tournaments Club Poker
6-MAX
$2.20
Big Poker League
tomorrow at 8:04 pm
$125 added
6-MAX
$2.20
Big Poker League
Thursday March 5, 2020 at 8:04 pm
$125 added
6-MAX
$2.20
Big Poker League
Thursday March 12, 2020 at 7:04 pm
$125 added
6-MAX
$2.20
Big Poker League
Thursday March 19, 2020 at 7:04 pm
$125 added
6-MAX
$2.20
Big Poker League
Thursday March 26, 2020 at 7:04 pm
$125 added