PokerStars PCA Report: Sam Greenwood wins the $100k for $1.7m

PokerStars PCA Report: Sam Greenwood wins the $100k for $1.7m

Another report from the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure at the Bahamas and Sam Greenwood has won the first of two $100,000 No-Limit Hold’em events, banking $1.7m in the process. When it comes to walnuts, Sam Greenwood’s is bigger and more impressive than most. The Canadian has just taken down the first of two $100,000 No-Limit Hold’em […]

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PokerStars Platinum Pass Adventure: storytellers, givers & gamers at the ready

PokerStars Platinum Pass Adventure: storytellers, givers & gamers at the ready

PokerStars continue the Player’s No-Limit Hold’em Platinum Pass Adventure giveaway with new competitions from Daniel Negreanu, Lex Veldhuis, Maria Konnikova, Jeff Gross, and Jennifer Shahade. I get it now. When the concept for PokerStars’ Platinum Pass Adventure first rolled out in May, I wasn’t a fan. I’ve changed my mind. In January, PokerStars will attempt […]

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Is PokerStars Rigged? Here Are the Facts

People still ask me all the time if PokerStars is rigged. Or if online poker in general is rigged.

And I have never written an article about it before because I think this just legitimizes what is inherently a pretty ridiculous question.

But I know that the emails and the comments about online poker being rigged won’t stop. And therefore hopefully this article will solve the Great Debate once

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Why HUDs are at the Center of a Philosophical Online Poker Civil War

This is a guest post by Ivan Potocki of BeatTheFish.com

Heads Up Displays, or HUDs as they are commonly referred to in the poker community, are among the most useful and most powerful tools serious poker players (grinders) have at their disposal.

While the exact setup and the on-screen appearance of a HUD can vary greatly, all of them have the same common goal: gather relevant information

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PokerStars Festival Dublin: McGinty & Silver win titles, Hand the McGregor of poker

PokerStars Festival Dublin: McGinty & Silver win titles, Hand the McGregor of poker

A round-up of news from the PokerStars Festival in Dublin including wins for Gary McGinty and Max Silver, and Fintan Hand wants to be the Connor McGregor of poker. Terrence Chan, no chance. Olivier Busquet, too dandy. ElkY, too pasty. Nope, none of these kick-ass poker stars is going to be the next big thing. […]

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PokerStars Live Reverts to Old Payouts, Overhauls Online Rewards

PokerStars Live Reverts to Old Payouts, Overhauls Online Rewards

It’s been a busy week for PokerStars with the introduction of a new position, an old payout structure for live events and a new rewards program for online players.

PokerStars started by announcing Garry Gates as the New Senior Consultant of Player Affairs. Gates, a poker industry veteran, promptly posted a blog where he talked about how he hopes to serve as a link between the company and players.

In the blog post Gates also mentioned he’s already hosted a Players Advisory Council meeting, which is a first for PokerStars.

The result of that meeting was PokerStars shifting the payout structure back to the old, more top-heavy, 15% for all its upcoming live events. Many big-name poker pros were highly critical of the company when it switched to 20% back in 2016.

Stars Rewards Emulates Video Game “Chests”

The new PokerStars rewards program should be familiar to anyone who plays video games like Overwatch or Hearthstone.

Simply called Stars Rewards, the new program awards randomized chests to players based how many real-money hands they play. The more you play the bigger the chest.

Garry Gates

Garry Gates

Each chest represents a chance at winning big. There are a variety of potential rewards that could drop in chests including cash, StarsCoin or seats to live events like the PokerStars Championship.

The rewards will be personalized for each player and a tournament player will be more likely receive MTT tickets in their chests.

The program will also have cross-platform functionality so that if you’re a sports bettor with BetStars you could potentially receive a sports-betting reward from your chests.

Players will also be able to acquire boosts, which will double the speed of acquiring chests.

PokerStars plans to roll out Stars Rewards in Denmark later this month with Italy shortly thereafter. Other markets are planned for late Summer.

SCOOP Outage Leads to $105k Freeroll

Earlier this week PokerStars was down during a particularly busy day of SCOOP and the site is going to run a $105,000 freeroll for players who were hampered by the outage.

scoop

The freeroll will run Thursday, May 18, and will award 100 in tickets to a $5m-GTD SCOOP event.

The free tournament is open to anyone who was playing on a scheduled tournament as of 17:00 ET on May 15. That’s one minute before the nearly two-hour outage on PokerStars began.

PokerStars will send an email to all eligible players with an exact time for the freeroll.

Interestingly SCOOP will be extended by one day, next Tuesday, in order to play out the events that were originally scheduled for May 15.

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Pick the Game in Upcoming Players’ Choice SCOOP Event

Pick the Game in Upcoming Players’ Choice SCOOP Event

The latest edition of the Spring Championship of Online Poker is in full swing on PokerStars but it’s the players who will get to decide what game gets played in an upcoming tournament.

Once again PokerStars has opted to set aside one tournament (this time its SCOOP-57 on May 22) as a “Players’ Choice” event.

That means players can choose from four games hand-picked by Team PokerStars Pro Online. Voting will take place on Facebook.

Its a marked change from the usual SCOOP schedule, which is set months before the online series even begins.

Staples, Veldhuis Contribute Options

This year Team Online Pros Jaime Staples, Mikhail Shalamov, Randy Lew and Lex Veldhuis got the honor of putting forward their choices for Players’ Choice.

Here’s a look at each individual player picked for this year’s SCOOP:

Jaime Staples

Jaime Staples – Progressive KO

“I think my format is going to win. Progressive Knockouts are the future of tournament poker, I believe. It adds a layer of complexity and excitement that starts from the very beginning of the tournament. Also making the tournament slow down towards the end lengthens the ‘exciting parts’ of the tournament and lets the true players shine. I am pumped to play it!”

Mikhail Shalamov – Win the Button Turbo

“I think this format is great, even when you’re not in the hand you get to cheer for other people to win the pot so that you don’t have to post the big blind. It’s especially interesting when blinds are significant, so turbo format works best.”

Randy Lew – Deep Stacks Turbo

Randy Lew

Randy Lew

“I picked NLHE 6-max Deep Stacks Turbo because coming from a 6-max cash game background, I find that the 6-max tables are much more action-heavy and fun.

“I think a lot of times in tournaments we don’t get the option of playing with deep stacks like in cash games, so I would love to see more deeper stacked tournaments come into play. A lot of players though, myself included, can get tired after playing for very long hours so I think a turbo format fits very well in allowing us to play with deep stacks but be able to finish the tournament rather quickly.”

Lex Veldhuis – 6-max PLO

Pot Limit Omaha is a great game. There is a lot of depth to it. Even when you’re short stacked in tournaments there is a still a lot of room to play. Every street is an all-out war because people can represent so many different hands. If you thought 6-max Hold’em was fun, wait till you see PLO. It’s really fun to watch, and I’m proud to champion a tourney like this.”

You can vote for your favorite of the four options by heading over to the PokerStars Facebook page. Voting closes next Monday. The Players’ Choice tournament will close out the 2017 SCOOP on May 22.

To start playing SCOOP right now you can get head over to our PokerStars review and grab yourself an account.

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Holz, xflixx to Host Online Charity Tournament on PokerStars

Holz, xflixx to Host Online Charity Tournament on PokerStars

MTT legend Fedor Holz and streaming sensation Felix “xflixx” Schneiders will host a special charity tournament on PokerStars next week.

The CPT-LA, that’s Charity Poker Tournament – Lennestadt Altenhundem, will take place on April 23 at 19:30 CET.

The tournament always utilizes a bounty format and a number of pros, besides the aforementioned Schneiders and Holz, are scheduled to play this year’s event.

Streamed Live on Twitch

The entire tournament will be streamed on Twitch.tv and Felix Schneiders will no doubt take a turn in the commentary booth.

xflixx on the mic

Xflixx on the mic.

There will be a variety of special prizes for players who go deep in the event with more information to be released shortly.

As usual proceeds from the tournament will go to a series of charities hand-picked by the organizers.

The CPT-LA, which began in 2012, has become a fixture of the German poker scene with numerous pros international pros making the trip out to Lennestadt to play for a good cause. It consistently sells out all 540 seats.

Now the CPT-LA is opening the event up online for people who weren’t able to make the trip to Lennestadt or want to support the cause further.

Generally the buy-in for CPT-LA is just €15, with all proceeds going to charity, so it’s likely the online buy-in will be pretty reasonable for anyone with a smaller bankroll. All prizes are donated.

If you want to participate in the tournament or learn more about it you can email onlinechampion@cpt-la.com.

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Rec Players In, High-Volume Players Out in PokerStars New Rewards Program

Rec Players In, High-Volume Players Out in PokerStars New Rewards Program

PokerStars is once again tweaking its rewards program with an eye towards recreational players.

The company already announced it was designing a new program in September but Severin Rasset, PokerStars Director of Poker Operations, detailed some of the changes today.

The main focus of the new program will be a shift from volume-based rewards that span months to shorter-term rewards that will provide instant gratification.

PokerStars already incorporated some of those recreational player focused changes last year with VIP Steps but more are coming, according to Rasset.

Crossplay with Casino, Sports Sites

The new rewards program will work seamlessly across PokerStars’ poker, sports betting and casino products.

That means casino players can use the various StarsCoins they’ve accrued on poker and vice versa.

The old monthly volume-based rewards plan, made famous by the fabled SuperNova Elite status, will be retired completely.

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PokerStars ambassador Daniel Negreanu

The majority of players on the site won’t be affected by the changes but extremely high-volume players could have their potential rewards reduced by as much as 80-85% (based on rakeback).

Meanwhile the new program will still reward players for volume but there will be a number of other factors taken into consideration including stakes, frequency of play and net deposits.

The new system will also incorporate “gamification” with rewards for small achievements but the exact details are still being hammered out.

In addition the new loyalty program will feature random rewards at various points. The random rewards will usually be small but sometimes players will reap huge rewards, similar to a Spin & Go.

Earlier this week PokerStars sent direct emails to high-volume players to help communicate the change and avoid the issues that came with axing Super Nova Elite in 2015.

Details about the new loyalty program will be released over the next few months with plans to roll out the program first in Denmark in May and then the rest of the world by summer.

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Panama’s Xavi666 Soars to $1.1m Sunday Million Win

Panama’s Xavi666 Soars to $1.1m Sunday Million Win

When your previous best online poker cash is $3,500 and suddenly you’re discussing a deal at the Sunday Million final table for hundreds of thousands, you take it, right?

Not Panama’s Xavi666.

Outlasting 55,000+ entries in the 11th Anniversary Sunday Million for a life-changing score just didn’t cut it for Xavi so he shut down talk of a deal 4-handed that would have secured him $663k.

Luckily for him, he held his ground and went on to win it all to collect the whole $1.1 million first-place prize for himself – and, we assume, make himself a legend in the Panamanian poker community.

$11.1m Prize Pool Smashes Guarantee

With a $10m guarantee it was no surprise poker players around the globe found $215 for the buy-in by hook or by crook. So many players entered (or re-entered) in fact, the prize pool soared to over $11.1m. 

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Congratulations indeed!

The top 9,206 players shared in the money with $78,086 secured for making the final table.

It was an intriguingly global mix of players who prevailed all the way to the final nine with players from Panama, Sweden, Vietnam, Colombia, Belgium, the UK, Belarus and Australia representing.

Unfortunately for the two Aussies they got the smallest share of the purse when they busted in 9th and 8th.

The heads-up battle between Sweden’s Mouzen and Xavi666 was one of two players about to make poker dreams come true as Mouzen also had a career-best score of under $10k prior.

On the 4th hand of HU Mouzen must have thought his ship had come in when he found KK but Xavi666 hit a T-high straight on the turn and that was that. Mouzen’s runner-up finish was worth $785,999.34, though – a substantial climb from $10,000.

Read the full report of the 11th Anniversary Sunday Million playdown over in the PokerStars blog. Final-table results below:

4/2/17 Sunday Million 11th Anniversary ($215 NL Hold’em) results
Entrants: 55,835 (44,017 entries, 11,818 re-entries)
Total prize pool: $11,167,000
Places paid: 9,206

1. Xavi666 (Panama) $1,093,204.63
2. Mouzen (Sweden) $785,999.34
3. TranBrothers (Vietnam) $565,140.65
4. gabito h261 (Colombia) $406,341.44
5. girafganger7 (Belgium) $292,163.33
6. Peter804 (United Kingdom) $210,069.13
7. v0nder (Belarus) $151,042.60
8. NormyDozer (Australia) $108,601.30
9. RTAPEX (Australia) $78,086.36

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€50k in Free Tickets Added to $10m Sunday Million April 2!

€50k in Free Tickets Added to $10m Sunday Million April 2!

Need some added incentive to play the $10 million Anniversary Sunday Million this weekend?

Probably not. But if so:

PokerStars has announced it will also randomly distribute up to 99 tickets to this Sunday’s €530 Monte Carlo Mega Satellite during the Sunday Million.

So on top of shooting for the $1m first-place prize in the Milly you might also spend your Sunday vying for 1 of 50 €8,500 packages available for the upcoming PokerStars Championship Monte Carlo Casino Main Event.

Take Your Seat Early

With $10m up for grabs in the 11th Anniversary Sunday Million, there’s no time for dawdling or late reg anyway. But if you need some extra motivation to get to your seat early, here it is:

sunday million

The free tickets to the Mega Satellite will be dropped randomly on the tables starting at 14:30 ET — just 30 minutes after the start of the Sunday Million.

Tickets will be awarded to 11 tables at random corresponding to the number of players at each table.

If you are one of the lucky ones who receive a ticket, you’ll have to flash some of those multi-tabling skills as the Monte Carlo Mega Satellite begins at 14:35 ET.

If you’re still looking for an entry into the big dance on Sunday for less than the $215 buy-in, opportunities still abound. A Hyper-Turbo freeroll with 200 seats to award will run on April 1 and all you need to do to get a ticket is open a new PokerStars account.

An $11 Deadline Satellite with 1,000 seats guaranteed will run on April 2nd at 13:00 ET, just before the Sunday Million. To create a new PokerStars account and access our $600 sign-up bonus, click through to our PokerStars review.

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$55m PokerStars SCOOP Biggest in History, Starts Apr. 30

$55m PokerStars SCOOP Biggest in History, Starts Apr. 30

The bar has been raised for online poker series yet again.

On the heels of yesterday’s $20 million Powerfest announcement, PokerStars has released the schedule for the upcoming 2017 Spring Championship of Online Poker and it’s a whopper.

In fact, it’s the biggest ever. 

With a total series guarantee of $55 million, which is $15,000,000 more than SCOOP 2016, the 2017 SCOOP will be the biggest series in the history of online poker.

New Phase Tournaments from $5.50

The 2017 SCOOP will also be the most accessible in its history with buy-ins starting as low as $5.50.

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It’s all happening again.

An extra week has been added to the series as well to accommodate new ‘phased’ tournaments running at $11, $109 and $1,050 buy-in levels.

After that first week things get back to a more traditional SCOOP schedule packed with diverse events and buy-ins.

With three tiers of buy-ins – $5.50 (low), $55 (medium) and $530 (high) – there should be an event for everyone with the gamut of No-Limit Hold’em and PLO events alongside lesser-known variants like 5-Card No-Limit Omaha 8 and Fixed-Limit Badugi.

Popular specialty events like Win the Button and Progressive 100% Knockout also return.

Check the full 2017 SCOOP schedule below; open a new account via our PokerStars review to access our $600 sign-up bonus.

NAMEDATEDaySTART TIME

SCOOP-01 Phase 1 tourneys Low, Medium, High
30 Apr – 6 May
 
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SCOOP-02-L: $11 NLHE
07-May
Sunday
08:00

SCOOP-02-M: $109 NLHE [Sunday Kickoff SE]
07-May
Sunday
08:00

SCOOP-02-H: $1,050 NLHE
07-May
Sunday
08:00

SCOOP-03-L: $27 NLHE [Progressive KO]
07-May
Sunday
11:00

SCOOP-03-M: $215 NLHE [Progressive KO, Sunday Warm-Up SE]
07-May
Sunday
11:00

SCOOP-03-H: $2,100 NLHE [Progressive KO]
07-May
Sunday
11:00

SCOOP-04-L: $27 NLHE
07-May
Sunday
14:00

SCOOP-04-M: $215 NLHE [Sunday Million SE]
07-May
Sunday
14:00

SCOOP-04-H: $2,100 NLHE
07-May
Sunday
14:00

SCOOP-05-L: $27 PLO [6-Max]
07-May
Sunday
15:30

SCOOP-05-M: $215 PLO [6-Max]
07-May
Sunday
15:30

SCOOP-05-H: $2,100 PLO [6-Max, Sunday Grand SE]
07-May
Sunday
15:30

SCOOP-06-L: $11 NLHE [6-Max]
07-May
Sunday
17:00

SCOOP-06-M: $109 NLHE [6-Max]
07-May
Sunday
17:00

SCOOP-06-H: $1,050 NLHE [6-Max]
07-May
Sunday
17:00

SCOOP-07-L: $27 NLO8 [6-Max, Progressive KO]
08-May
Monday
11:00

SCOOP-07-M: $215 NLO8 [6-Max, Progressive KO]
08-May
Monday
11:00

SCOOP-07-H: $2,100 NLO8 [6-Max, Progressive KO]
08-May
Monday
11:00

SCOOP-08-L: $5.50+R NLHE
08-May
Monday
13:30

SCOOP-08-M: $55+R NLHE
08-May
Monday
13:30

SCOOP-08-H: $530+R NLHE
08-May
Monday
13:30

SCOOP-09-L: $11 HORSE
08-May
Monday
15:00

SCOOP-09-M: $109 HORSE
08-May
Monday
15:00

SCOOP-09-H: $1,050 HORSE
08-May
Monday
15:00

SCOOP-10-L: $27 NLHE [Win the Button]
08-May
Monday
16:30

SCOOP-10-M: $215 NLHE [Win the Button]
08-May
Monday
16:30

SCOOP-10-H: $2,100 NLHE [Win the Button]
08-May
Monday
16:30

SCOOP-01-L: $11 NLHE [Phase 1]
09-May
Tuesday
11:00

SCOOP-01-M: $109 NLHE [Phase 1]
09-May
Tuesday
11:00

SCOOP-01-H: $1,050 NLHE [Phase 1]
09-May
Tuesday
11:00

SCOOP-11-L: $5.50+R PLO [6-Max]
09-May
Tuesday
12:00

SCOOP-11-M: $55+R PLO [6-Max]
09-May
Tuesday
12:00

SCOOP-11-H: $530+R PLO [6-Max]
09-May
Tuesday
12:00

SCOOP-12-L: $11 NLHE
09-May
Tuesday
13:30

SCOOP-12-M: $109 NLHE
09-May
Tuesday
13:30

SCOOP-12-H: $1,050 NLHE [Super Tuesday SE]
09-May
Tuesday
13:30

SCOOP-13-L: $5.50 NLHE [3-Max, Turbo, Zoom, Progressive KO]
09-May
Tuesday
17:00

SCOOP-13-M: $55 NLHE [3-Max, Turbo, Zoom, Progressive KO]
09-May
Tuesday
17:00

SCOOP-13-H: $530 NLHE [3-Max, Turbo, Zoom, Progressive KO]
09-May
Tuesday
17:00

SCOOP-14-L: $27 Razz
10-May
Wednesday
11:00

SCOOP-14-M: $215 Razz
10-May
Wednesday
11:00

SCOOP-14-H: $2,100 Razz
10-May
Wednesday
11:00

SCOOP-15-L: $215 NLHE [8-Max, High Roller]
10-May
Wednesday
13:30

SCOOP-15-M: $2,100 NLHE [8-Max, High Roller]
10-May
Wednesday
13:30

SCOOP-15-H: $25,000 [8-Max, High Roller]
10-May
Wednesday
13:30

SCOOP-16-L: $11 PLO8 [6-Max]
10-May
Wednesday
16:00

SCOOP-16-M: $109 PLO8 [6-Max]
10-May
Wednesday
16:00

SCOOP-16-H: $1,050 PLO8 [6-Max]
10-May
Wednesday
16:00

SCOOP-17-L: $11 NLHE
10-May
Wednesday
17:00

SCOOP-17-M: $109 NLHE
10-May
Wednesday
17:00

SCOOP-17-H: $1,050 NLHE
10-May
Wednesday
17:00

SCOOP-01-L: $11 NLHE [Phase 1]
11-May
Thursday
11:00

SCOOP-01-M: $109 NLHE [Phase 1]
11-May
Thursday
11:00

SCOOP-01-H: $1,050 NLHE [Phase 1]
11-May
Thursday
11:00

SCOOP-18-L: $27 FL Triple Draw 2-7
11-May
Thursday
12:00

SCOOP-18-M: $215 FL Triple Draw 2-7
11-May
Thursday
12:00

SCOOP-18-H: $2,100 FL Triple Draw 2-7
11-May
Thursday
12:00

SCOOP-19-L: $11 NLHE [Progressive KO]
11-May
Thursday
13:30

SCOOP-19-M: $109 NLHE [Progressive KO]
11-May
Thursday
13:30

SCOOP-19-H: $1,050 NLHE [Progressive KO, Thursday Thrill SE]
11-May
Thursday
13:30

SCOOP-20-L: $27 PLO [Heads-Up]
11-May
Thursday
15:30

SCOOP-20-M: $215 PLO [Heads-Up]
11-May
Thursday
15:30

SCOOP-20-H: $2,100 PLO [Heads-Up]
11-May
Thursday
15:30

SCOOP-21-L: $11 FL Badugi
12-May
Friday
11:30

SCOOP-21-M: $109 FL Badugi
12-May
Friday
11:30

SCOOP-21-H: $1,050 FL Badugi
12-May
Friday
11:30

SCOOP-01-L: $11 NLHE [Phase 1]
12-May
Friday
13:00

SCOOP-01-M: $109 NLHE [Phase 1]
12-May
Friday
13:00

SCOOP-01-H: $1,050 NLHE [Phase 1]
12-May
Friday
13:00

SCOOP-22-L: $11 FLO8 [8-Max]
12-May
Friday
14:30

SCOOP-22-M: $109 FLO8 [8-Max]
12-May
Friday
14:30

SCOOP-22-H: $1,050 FLO8 [8-Max]
12-May
Friday
14:30

SCOOP-23-L: $27 NLHE [6-Max, Zoom]
12-May
Friday
16:00

SCOOP-23-M: $215 NLHE [6-Max, Zoom]
12-May
Friday
16:00

SCOOP-23-H: $2,100 NLHE [6-Max, Zoom]
12-May
Friday
16:00

SCOOP-24-L: $5.50 NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO]
13-May
Saturday
09:00

SCOOP-24-M: $55 NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO]
13-May
Saturday
09:00

SCOOP-24-H: $530 NLHE [6-Max, Progressive KO]
13-May
Saturday
09:00

SCOOP-25-L: $27 8-Game
13-May
Saturday
11:00

SCOOP-25-M: $215 8-Game
13-May
Saturday
11:00

SCOOP-25-H: $2,100 8-Game
13-May
Saturday
11:00

SCOOP-26-L: $215 NLHE [Heads-Up, High Roller]
13-May
Saturday
13:30

SCOOP-26-M: $2,100 NLHE [Heads-Up, High Roller]
13-May
Saturday
13:30

SCOOP-26-H: $25,000 NLHE [Heads-Up, High Roller]
13-May
Saturday
13:30

SCOOP-01-L: $11 NLHE [Phase 1]
13-May
Saturday
14:30

SCOOP-01-M: $109 NLHE [Phase 1]
13-May
Saturday
14:30

SCOOP-01-H: $1,050 NLHE [Phase 1]
13-May
Saturday
14:30

SCOOP-27-L: $11 NLO8 [8-Max]
13-May
Saturday
16:30

SCOOP-27-M: $109 NLO8 [8-Max]
13-May
Saturday
16:30

SCOOP-27-H: $1,050 NLO8 [8-Max]
13-May
Saturday
16:30

SCOOP-28-L: $5.50 NLHE [Progressive KO]
14-May
Sunday
05:00

SCOOP-28-M: $55 NLHE [Progressive KO]
14-May
Sunday
05:00

SCOOP-28-H: $530 NLHE [Progressive KO]
14-May
Sunday
05:00

SCOOP-29-L: $11 NLHE [8-Max]
14-May
Sunday
08:00

SCOOP-29-M: $109 NLHE [8-Max, Sunday Kickoff SE]
14-May
Sunday
08:00

SCOOP-29-H: $1,050 NLHE [8-Max]
14-May
Sunday
08:00

SCOOP-30-L: $27 NLHE [6-Max]
14-May
Sunday
11:00

SCOOP-30-M: $215 NLHE [6-Max, Sunday Warm-Up SE]
14-May
Sunday
11:00

SCOOP-30-H: $2,100 NLHE [6-Max]
14-May
Sunday
11:00

SCOOP-31-L: $27 NLHE
14-May
Sunday
14:00

SCOOP-31-M: $215 NLHE [Sunday Million SE]
14-May
Sunday
14:00

SCOOP-31-H: $2,100 NLHE
14-May
Sunday
14:00

SCOOP-32-L: $11 PLO [6-Max, Progressive KO]
14-May
Sunday
16:30

SCOOP-32-M: $109 PLO [6-Max, Progressive KO]
14-May
Sunday
16:30

SCOOP-32-H, $1,050 PLO [6-Max, Progressive KO]
14-May
Sunday
16:30

SCOOP-01-L: $11 NLHE [Phase 1]
14-May
Sunday
18:00

SCOOP-01-M: $109 NLHE [Phase 1]
14-May
Sunday
18:00

SCOOP-01-H: $1,050 NLHE [Phase 1]
14-May
Sunday
18:00

SCOOP-01-L: $11 NLHE [Phase 1]
15-May
Monday
11:00

SCOOP-01-M: $109 NLHE [Phase 1]
15-May
Monday
11:00

SCOOP-01-H: $1,050 NLHE [Phase 1]
15-May
Monday
11:00

SCOOP-33-L: $27 FLHE [6-Max]
15-May
Monday
12:30

SCOOP-33-M: $215 FLHE [6-Max]
15-May
Monday
12:30

SCOOP-33-H: $2,100 FLHE [6-Max]
15-May
Monday
12:30

SCOOP-34-L: $27 NLHE [4-Max]
15-May
Monday
14:00

SCOOP-34-M: $215 NLHE [4-Max]
15-May
Monday
14:00

SCOOP-34-H: $2,100 NLHE [4-Max]
15-May
Monday
14:00

SCOOP-35-L: $5.50 NLHE [Bubble Rush]
15-May
Monday
16:30

SCOOP-35-M: $55 NLHE [Bubble Rush]
15-May
Monday
16:30

SCOOP-35-H: $530 NLHE [Bubble Rush]
15-May
Monday
16:30

SCOOP-01-L: $11 NLHE [Phase 1]
16-May
Tuesday
11:00

SCOOP-01-M: $109 NLHE [Phase 1]
16-May
Tuesday
11:00

SCOOP-01-H: $1,050 NLHE [Phase 1]
16-May
Tuesday
11:00

SCOOP-36-L: $11 PLO8 [8-Max]
16-May
Tuesday
12:00

SCOOP-36-M: $109 PLO8 [8-Max]
16-May
Tuesday
12:00

SCOOP-36-H: $1,050 PLO8 [8-Max]
16-May
Tuesday
12:00

SCOOP-37-L: $27 NLHE
16-May
Tuesday
14:00

SCOOP-37-M: $215 NLHE
16-May
Tuesday
14:00

SCOOP-37-H: $2,100 NLHE [Super Tuesday SE]
16-May
Tuesday
14:00

SCOOP-38-L: $11 Stud8
16-May
Tuesday
16:00

SCOOP-38-M: $109 Stud8
16-May
Tuesday
16:00

SCOOP-38-H: $1,050 Stud8
16-May
Tuesday
16:00

SCOOP-39-L: $11 NLHE [Progressive 100% KO]
17-May
Wednesday
11:00

SCOOP-39-M: $109 [Progressive 100% KO]
17-May
Wednesday
11:00

SCOOP-39-H: $1,050 NLHE [Progressive 100% KO]
17-May
Wednesday
11:00

SCOOP-40-L: $109 PLO [6-Max, High Roller]
17-May
Wednesday
13:30

SCOOP-40-M: $1,050 PLO [6-Max, High Roller]
17-May
Wednesday
13:30

SCOOP-40-H: $10,300 PLO [6-Max, High Roller]
17-May
Wednesday
13:30

SCOOP-41-L: $55 NLHE [8-Max]
17-May
Wednesday
15:00

SCOOP-41-M: $530 NLHE [8-Max]
17-May
Wednesday
15:00

SCOOP-41-H: $5,200 NLHE [8-Max]
17-May
Wednesday
15:00

SCOOP-42-L: $5.50 NLO [8-Max, Win the Button]
17-May
Wednesday
16:30

SCOOP-42-M: $55 NLO [8-Max, Win the Button]
17-May
Wednesday
16:30

SCOOP-42-H: $530 NLO [8-Max, Win the Button]
17-May
Wednesday
16:30

SCOOP-43-L: $5.50 NLHE [Deep Stacks]
18-May
Thursday
11:00

SCOOP-43-M: $55 NLHE [Deep Stacks]
18-May
Thursday
11:00

SCOOP-43-H: $530 NLHE [Deep Stacks]
18-May
Thursday
11:00

SCOOP-44-L: $27 NLHE [Progressive KO]
18-May
Thursday
14:00

SCOOP-44-M: $215 NLHE [Progressive KO]
18-May
Thursday
14:00

SCOOP-44-H: $2,100 NLHE [Progressive KO, Thursday Thrill SE]
18-May
Thursday
14:00

SCOOP-45-L: $11 NL 5-Card Draw
18-May
Thursday
15:00

SCOOP-45-M: $109 NL 5-Card Draw
18-May
Thursday
15:00

SCOOP-45-H: $1,050 NL 5-Card Draw
18-May
Thursday
15:00

SCOOP-01-L: $11 NLHE [Phase 1]
18-May
Thursday
16:30

SCOOP-01-M: $109 NLHE [Phase 1]
18-May
Thursday
16:30

SCOOP-01-H: $1,050 NLHE [Phase 1]
18-May
Thursday
16:30

SCOOP-46-L: $11+R NLHE
19-May
Friday
11:30

SCOOP-46-M: $109+R NLHE
19-May
Friday
11:30

SCOOP-46-H: $1,050+R NLHE
19-May
Friday
11:30

SCOOP-47-L: $27 NLHE [6-Max, Shootout]
19-May
Friday
14:30

SCOOP-47-M: $215 NLHE [6-Max, Shootout]
19-May
Friday
14:30

SCOOP-47-H: $2,100 NLHE [6-Max, Shootout]
19-May
Friday
14:30

SCOOP-48-L: $11 5-Card NLO8 [6-Max,Turbo, Zoom]
19-May
Friday
16:00

SCOOP-48-M: $109 5-Card NLO8 [6-Max, Turbo, Zoom]
19-May
Friday
16:00

SCOOP-48-H: $1,050 5-Card NLO8 [6-Max, Turbo, Zoom]
19-May
Friday
16:00

SCOOP-01-L: $11 NLHE [Phase 1]
19-May
Friday
17:00

SCOOP-01-M: $109 NLHE [Phase 1]
19-May
Friday
17:00

SCOOP-01-H: $1,050 NLHE [Phase 1]
19-May
Friday
17:00

SCOOP-49-L: $27 NLHE [6-Max]
20-May
Saturday
10:30

SCOOP-49-M: $215 NLHE [6-Max]
20-May
Saturday
10:30

SCOOP-49-H: $2,100 NLHE [6-Max]
20-May
Saturday
10:30

SCOOP-50-L: $5.50 NLHE [Progressive KO, Win the Button]
20-May
Saturday
12:00

SCOOP-50-M: $55 NLHE [Progressive KO, Win the Button]
20-May
Saturday
12:00

SCOOP-50-H: $530 NLHE [Progressive KO, Win the Button]
20-May
Saturday
12:00

SCOOP-51-L: $27 NLO8 [6-Max]
20-May
Saturday
13:30

SCOOP-51-M: $215 NLO8 [6-Max]
20-May
Saturday
13:30

SCOOP-51-H: $2,100 NLO8 [6-Max]
20-May
Saturday
13:30

SCOOP-01-L: $11 NLHE [Phase 1]
20-May
Saturday
15:00

SCOOP-01-M: $109 NLHE [Phase 1]
20-May
Saturday
15:00

SCOOP-01-H: $1,050 NLHE [Phase 1]
20-May
Saturday
15:00

SCOOP-52-L: $11 NL 2-7 Single Draw
20-May
Saturday
16:00

SCOOP-52-M: $109 NL 2-7 Single Draw
20-May
Saturday
16:00

SCOOP-52-H: $1,050 NL 2-7 Single Draw
20-May
Saturday
16:00

SCOOP-53-L: $5.50 PLO [6-Max]
21-May
Sunday
08:00

SCOOP-53-M: $55 PLO [6-Max]
21-May
Sunday
08:00

SCOOP-53-H: $530 PLO [6-Max]
21-May
Sunday
08:00

SCOOP-01-L: $11 NLHE [Turbo, FINAL Phase 1]
21-May
Sunday
09:00

SCOOP-01-M: $109 NLHE [Turbo, FINAL Phase 1]
21-May
Sunday
09:00

SCOOP-01-H: $1,050 NLHE [Turbo, FINAL Phase 1]
21-May
Sunday
09:00

SCOOP-54-L: $27 NLHE [8-Max]
21-May
Sunday
11:00

SCOOP-54-M: $215 NLHE [8-Max, Sunday Warm-Up SE]
21-May
Sunday
11:00

SCOOP-54-H: $2,100 NLHE [8-Max]
21-May
Sunday
11:00

SCOOP-01-L: $11 NLHE [Phase 2]
21-May
Sunday
12:30

SCOOP-01-M: $109 [Phase 2]
21-May
Sunday
12:30

SCOOP-01-H: $1,050 NLHE [Phase 2]
21-May
Sunday
12:30

SCOOP-55-L: $109 NLHE [Main Event]
21-May
Sunday
14:00

SCOOP-55-M: $1,050 NLHE [Main Event]
21-May
Sunday
14:00

SCOOP-55-H: $10,300 NLHE [Main Event]
21-May
Sunday
14:00

SCOOP-56-L: $11 NLHE [Turbo, Progressive KO]
21-May
Sunday
17:00

SCOOP-56-M: $109 NLHE [Turbo, Progressive KO]
21-May
Sunday
17:00

SCOOP-56-H: $1,050 NLHE [Turbo], Progressive KO]
21-May
Sunday
17:00

SCOOP-57-L: $11 [Player’s Choice]
22-May
Monday
14:00

SCOOP-57-M: $109 [Player’s Choice]
22-May
Monday
14:00

SCOOP-57-H: $1,050 [Player’s Choice]
22-May
Monday
14:00

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$50 Free, $100k Big Sunday Mark 1 Year of PokerStarsNJ

$50 Free, $100k Big Sunday Mark 1 Year of PokerStarsNJ

It’s now been just over a year since PokerStars returned to the US online poker market.

After a 5-year exile after Black Friday, PokerStars re-launched in New Jersey last March to much fanfare and has slowly worked to build back a healthy in-state market.

Included in that rebirth has been the largest tournament series ever held in NJ – the New Jersey Championship of Online Poker (NJCOOP) – and the first-ever PokerStars Live Festival in Atlantic City.

To celebrate the 1-year anniversary of PokerStars’ return NJ players are now getting some enticing promotions to keep the momentum going including $50 in free play.

$30 Cash, $20 in Spin & Go Tickets

To start with, players who make their first deposit this month will automatically access $50 in free play for their budding bankrolls.

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$20 in Spin & Go tickets.

Deposit $20 or more with bonus code ‘FREE50’ and you’ll get a cash bonus of $30 plus $20 in Spin & Go tickets.

The first $15 will be credited to your account within 36 hours and the second $15 will be credited seven days after your first deposit.

PokerStars will email you after each credit is made to let you know. You’ll also get the following Spin & Go tickets:

Day 1: 3 x $1 Spin & Go tickets
Day 2: 1 x $2 Spin & Go ticket
Day 3: 1 x $5 Spin & Go ticket
Day 4: 1 x $10 Spin & Go ticket

If you’ve yet to play Spin & Gos, you’re pretty much guaranteed to enjoy them.

$5,000 Freeroll, 1M in Play Money

Another nice perk? New players are also give a free ticket to the $5,000 Depositor Freeroll which runs on the last Sunday of every month.

If you want to dabble in even more free poker before you get your feet wet at the real-money tables, you’ll also receive 1M in free Play Money chips!

The Freeroll ticket and Play Money chips are credited to your account instantly after making your deposit.

Need any more incentive? On April 2 the weekly Big Sunday tournament will boost its guarantee to $100,000.

Create a new PokerStars NJ account via our review page to access even more new player perks including a $600 sign-up bonus.

To play on PokerStars New Jersey you must be a resident of the state or physically inside the state boundary.

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PokerStars Gives Players 12 Routes to $10m-GTD Sunday Million

PokerStars Gives Players 12 Routes to $10m-GTD Sunday Million

The Sunday Million will officially turn 11 years old next month and PokerStars is celebrating by running a special $10m-GTD edition of the venerable tournament.

PokerStars is mixing things up this time around by giving players 12 different ways to qualify for the momentous tournament including $1 satellites, Spit & Go’s, big MTT qualifiers and many more.

The 11th Anniversary Sunday Million will take place April 2, 2017. The special event will feature the usual buy-in of $215 but will allow up to three re-entries.

First Place to Pay Out $1m, Free Seats

The 11th Anniversary Sunday Million will join an elite crowd by becoming one of few online tournaments with a guaranteed $1m first-place prize.

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Last year Canadian online player a.urli took home $970,000 for winning the 10th Anniversary Sunday Million but that was taking into account a four-way deal.

Even if you don’t have near the bankroll to get into the Sunday Million there are some straight-up freerolls into the massive event.

PokerStars will host three Hyper-Turbo Freerolls, which each award 200 free seats into the Sunday Million 11th Anniversary event plus $1,000 in cash.

The freerolls will take place March 18, March 25 and April 1 and all you need to get them is one ticket, which you can get for signing up for a PokerStars account.

The biggest qualifier of all, with 1,000 seats guaranteed, is the $11 Deadline Satellite on April 2nd at 13:00 ET, just before the big dance.

For more information or to sign up for an account just head over to our PokerStars review.

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Best of the Best: PokerStars Introduces All-Star Cash Game

Best of the Best: PokerStars Introduces All-Star Cash Game

For years the poker industry has been gravitating towards recreational poker players but PokerStars is introducing something for hard-core players with its brand-new All-Star Cash Game.

The All-Star Cash Game is perhaps the first-ever poker initiative that pits the best against the best in a segregated arena.

Why would anyone want to play? Well there’s ego but PokerStars is also putting up $100,000 in leaderboard prizes. The competition will also be rake free.

One Month, $100k in Prizes

The All-Star Cash Game will take place over one month with two stakes NL200 (Masters) and NL2000 (All Stars) in No-Limit Hold’em.

Jason Mercier

Yeah Jason Mercier would likely qualify.

Players will benefit from a rake-free environment with $100,000 in added leaderboard prizes.

Qualifying for the All-Star Cash Game will be tough. Here are the requirements:

Masters level: From NL100-NL400 – at least $10,000 in winnings
All Stars level: From NL500 and up – at least $25,000 in winnings

According to PokerStars there will be no other way to get into the competition.

All-Star players will still be able to play any other games they choose on PokerStars.

In the coming weeks elite players will start getting emails about their eligibility. The plan is to run the event in April-May.

The future of the All-Star Cash Game is entirely dependent on player attendance, according to PokerStars, but there are already plans for second season.

To learn more about the client or sign up for an account check out our PokerStars review.

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PokerStars Bumps 6th Anniversary Sunday Storm to $1m GTD

PokerStars Bumps 6th Anniversary Sunday Storm to $1m GTD

The weekly Sunday Storm is being upgraded to a Category 5 hurricane with a guaranteed $1m prize pool on PokerStars.

The popular $11 buy-in tournament is celebrating its 6th anniversary on Sunday, March 19, and PokerStars will also guarantee at least $100,000 for the first-place prize.

The $100,000 first-place prize is approximately three times larger than the regular payout. It also represents at least 9,000 times the buy-in for a very decent return on investment.

Over 10m Entries in Six Years

The Sunday Storm has consistently ranked as one of the most popular Sunday tournaments on PokerStars since being introduced six years ago.

ElkY Grospellier

Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier

As of this week the Sunday Storm has been played by over 1.2 million players with a staggering $10m+ in entries.

Despite the relatively modest buy-in, you can qualify for the tournament for even less via PokerStars numerous qualifiers.

There will be three special mega-qualifiers, all taking place on March 19 before aforementioned Storm, that will divvy out 1,000 seats to the tournament. The buy-in is just $1.10.

Of course there are also regular daily satellites for the Sunday Storm Special that are already running on PokerStars including a Sit & Go shootout that’s available for just six StarsCoin.

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Win €13k+ to Play Pros in PokerStars Cash Challenge

Win €13k+ to Play Pros in PokerStars Cash Challenge

PokerStars is reviving the old Big Game-style format where an amateur player faces off against a group of well-known poker pros in its upcoming Cash Challenge.

The site is giving two players the chance to fly to Monte Carlo and take part in a high-stakes €12.5K buy-in cash game.

PokerStars will supply the €12.5k buy-in but it’s up to the players to actually make a profit for themselves as they get to keep everything they make over the original buy-in (after a minimum of 150 hands.

Cash Challenge Freeroll

Online qualifiers for the Cash Challenge take place four times daily and you can use a PokerStars ticket.

Daniel Negreanu6

You might get a shot against this guy.

If you’re not already signed up for PokerStars you can deposit on the site using the code “CASHCHALLENGE” to receive seven free tickets.

In addition to a prize pool of $1,000 the top 20 finishers will advance to the casting stage.

During the casting stage players will be invited to send a video audition for the Cash Challenge. PokerStars is asking for plenty of personality, humor and enthusiasm (so long as it’s under two minutes).

Simply upload your video to YouTube and email the link to cashchallenge@pokerstars.com no later than Sunday, March 12, 2017.

The two players who are eventually picked will receive the following:

Return flights for two to Monte Carlo
Four nights’ stay for two at Le Meridien, Monte Carlo
€500 in spending money (credited to your Stars Account)
A €12,500 buy-in to an unforgettable cash game!

It’s not clear exactly when the Cash Challenge shoot will take place but there’s a good chance its during the PokerStars Championship in Monte Carlo, which takes place April 25-May 5, 2017.

To sign up for a PokerStars account and get PokerListings coveted sign-up codes just head to review page.

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