Just when we thought PokerStars was over and done with Sports Stars to attract new players to the site. Last week, the world's largest online poker site announced that it has signed eight-time Olympic gold winner Usain Bolt. The signing of Bolt came just weeks after comedian Kevin Hart joined.
Amaya Gaming, PokerStars' parent company, has announced its plan to rebrand to "The Stars Group Inc, due to a very successful first quarter of 2017. It has also announced their intention to relocate to Toronto from Montreal. Both of these decisions shall be subject to shareholders' approval next month.
US-facing poker site Americas Cardroom hosted its biggest-ever Million Dollar Sunday tournament (part of the OSS Cub3d) last weekend. In total, the tournament attracted 2744 players to boost the original $1,000,000 guarantee with an additional $372,000!
Amaya is looking to change the marketing strategy for PokerStars as it has recently dropped endorsement from their brand ambassadors. The company has officially stated that their brand marketing strategies will focus mainly on in-site offers.
The 11th anniversary Sunday Million attracted 44,017 players (+11,818 re-entries) with its massive $10,000,000 guaranteed prize pool. The final hand of the tournament was played nearly 16 hours after the tournament kicked off on Sunday evening.
The Sunday Million is celebrating its 11th anniversary this Sunday (April 2) by guaranteeing an incredible $10,000,000 in prizes, including at least $1,000,000 for the winner.
Buy-in directly for $215 or win entry for only $1 in satellites running now, plus PokerStars is giving away 600 free seats in weeklySunday Million Anniversary Freerolls. Cash and other rewards are also up for grabs in the run-up to the tournament.
Join PokerStars & get $30 extra when you make your first deposit of $20!
The eGaming Review awards took place two days ago at the Honourable Artillery Company gardens in London with more than 700 industry professionals from the world's leading online gaming firms attending.
The Spin & Go anniversary found its fourth millionaire on Monday! It all happened on a $100 Spin & Go table. With more than 2,600 people watching and the stacks nearly even, Estonia's barrakuuda4 shoved with 4[c]4[h] and got called by Hungary's minargyuri with 10[h]A[h].
PokerStars is currently celebrating the 1-year anniversary of Spin & Go tournaments by having, for example, permanently increased the top prize multiplier to 10,000 times the buy-in instead of 1,000 times the buy-in!
At least $5,000,000 in prizes are up for grabs during PokerStars' special Knockout Week, October 12-18, with 35 different Knockout, Super Knockout and Progressive Super Knockout tournaments on the schedule.
If you've followed the high stakes games on PokerStars lately, you probably know that the action has been great and that Viktor "Isildur1" Blom has won some serious cash. The fact is that the Swede has won over $3 million since the end of August and is currently up $3.7 million this year (Hands: 194,493 hands; most played game: Draw).
Pokerstars are hosting a Common Cents Freeroll satellite for all members of BankrollMob tonight at 19:00 GMT / 21:00 CET / 15:00 EST. The top 100 finishers in this freeroll will win a ticket to the $25,000 GTD Common Cents Main Event which will be played on October 11th at 19:00 GMT / 21:00 CET / 15:00 EST.
This freeroll is password protected. You can retrive the password 15 minutes before the tournament start on our Freeroll Page!
The United Kingom & Ireland Poker Tour stopped by Isle of Man between the 1st and 4th of October. UK's Dan Stacey took home the first prize of £24,170 after just 8 hours at the final table. The runner up was Paren Arzoomanian who offered Stacey an "even chop deal" which guaranteed both players £19,000 and left £5,170 to battle for. Stacey accepted and Arzoomanian was defeted after the +4 hour long heads-up. Arzoomanian was holding a straight in the final hand but Stacey hit his full house on the river.
On Wednesday, Amaya announced that its PokerStars and Full Tilt brands (currently more than 95 million registered costomers combined) had been authorised to operate in New Jersey, USA. Both sites have been "offline" in the United States for more than four years after Black Friday, so this is definitely good news to many online poker enthusiast in the state of New Jersey, where 888, partypoker and two other sites currently operate.
Here's something to look forward to. On Sunday, October 4, the $55 Red Spade Open is back on the world's largest poker site. This special tourney has a $1,000,000 guarantee prize pool, including at least $100,000 to the winner, plus $500 bounties on the head of all Team PokerStars members. That's not all! If you eliminate Team Pro Online's Ike Haxton, you'll get to play him heads-up for an additional $1,000!
It was a while ago since PokerStars added players to its Team Pro roster. On Wednesday, however, it was announced via PokerStars Blog that the world's largest poker site had picked two new Team Pros in Asia, Chen-An and Yaxi Zhu.
"Chen-An Lin from Taiwan and Yaxi Zhu from China are both popular and successful poker players in Asia, and today, they put on their red spade patches to make it official," said PokerStars Blog's Brad Willis.
PokerStars will be hosting its biggest-ever poker festival in the Bahamas next year. You read it right. The 2016 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, January 6 - January 15, will feature an incredible 104 different poker tournaments at Paradise Island's Atlantis. That's a big difference from last year's 35 events!
A brand-new two-day tournament called 'The Weekender' will take place on Saturday, August 15 on PokerStars. The Weekender, an 8-max No-Limit Hold'em event with a buy-in of $530 and a guaranteed prize pool of $100,000, is great for players who don't want top spend too much time in one day playing poker, as it will pause after 25 levels (blinds levels start at 12 minutes, then increase to 15 minutes after ten levels) and resume the following day.
The first ever The Weekender, which will run every weekend from now on, kicks of on Saturday at 16:30 CET. You can qualify for the tournament for just a few dollars or player points. Good luck!
Love them or hate them, but the fact remains that over 7.3 million Spin & Go games were played during the first 10 days of the launch in October 2014! The fast-paced 3-handed 'jackpot' games are still going strong, and that's the reason why PokerStars recently introduced the most expensive of its kind to date.
PokerStars might have gotten rid of several well-known pros since Amaya took over the company. However, one shouldn't forget that they also have signed some of the most famous people in the world, including football stars Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar Jr.
Football superstar Neymar Jr is PokerStars' newest Brand Ambassador! The young Brazilian, who has more than 18 million Twitter followers and 51.2 million Facebook fans, will promote Pokerstars in advertising, charitable events and special appearances, including participating in major live and online poker tournaments.
As a part of the PokerStars Makes Millionaires promotion, the special $5 buy-in $1 Million Spin & Go's were recently introduced again. On Thursday, in the early hours of the morning, the first millionaire of this amazingpromotion was crowned.
Rumours that PokerStars and Jonathan Duhamel had split up started earlier this month after the 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event winner showed up at the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown without PokerStars patches.
The last 37 players of 1,026 entrants returned on Sunday to play the final day of the UK and Ireland Poker Tour Nottingham Main Event. Among the 37 players were a former UKIPT winner, a UKIPT leaderboard winner and three players who had previously played a UKIPT final table.
The Sunday Storm only costs $11 to play and usually has a prize pool of $300,000. To mark the fourth anniversary of the popular weekly tournament, PokerStars will be hosting a special version (still $11 buy-in) with $1,000,000 in prizes, of which $100,000 is reserved for the winner!
The tournament will be played on Sunday April 19, 2015, at 13:30 ET and you can already now qualify for it through one of many cheap satellites, running around the clock, on PokerStars. Good luck!
On Tuesday, PokerStars announced that it had signed Japanese celebrity Yuiko Matsukawa as a new brand ambassador. Matsukawa is 24-year-old actress and model who recently received significant public attention in Japan by starring as the heroine of recent release Terrace House Closing Door, a movie based on a reality TV show series about six men and women living in a shared house.
Besides winning millions of dollars playing poker online and live, Jason Somerville has gotten himself a decent fan base over the past 2 years through his live streaming videos of Youtube and Twitch. Today, PokerStars announced via a press release that the 27-year-old American has joined its Team PokerStars Pro.
In case you missed it, PokerStars and Vanessa Rousso recently parted ways. The world's largest poker site nor the long-time American pro have mentioned anything about the split, but many believe the break up occurred at the end of January this year and that it was yet another move by new owner Amaya Gaming to cut expenses.
In case you missed it, another two $1.2 million Spin & Go's were played over the weekend on PokerStars. On Saturday, ‘Tornado111' of the Czech Republic bested newann and RusGreen for the $1 million first-place prize. The way Tornado111 won the 10 million to 3 odds Spin & Go has shocked many. Well, watch the video for yourselves here and let us know what you think.
On Tuesday, PokerStars announced on 2+2 that it has cancelled the increased rake, which was implemented in November 2014, for all games expect Spin & Go's. The introduction of increased rake and more changes for 2014 were not well received when announced in October last year, so the cancellation of those changes are very good news for the players of PokerStars.
The first ever December Festival kicked off on PokerStars yesterday. Every week of December there will be new, exciting promotions running on PokerStars, including special $1 million Spin & Go's, 300 Milestone Hands with $1 million in prizes, Knockout and Progressive tournaments with more than $5 million guaranteed, Double Vision Sunday, and a $5 million guaranteed Sunday Million on December 28 where the winner is guaranteed at least $500,000!
The December Festival has something for all types of bankrolls... and who knows? Maybe you will score a big payday and finally be able to purchase that dream car of yours for this Christmas! Best of luck!
pokerstars Posted on Thursday, October 16, 2014 by "T".
Are you one of those who don't believe that the cards are randomly dealt when playing online poker? Or/and maybe you are just a bit curious how a virtual deck is shuffled? As for the world's largest poker site, you can stop wondering as they have released a video where the entire process is explained.
Just about a month ago, PokerStars parted ways with Latin American players Humberto Brenes, Angel Guillen and Jose "Nacho" Barbero. Now, the world's largest poker site has cut ties with another three pros, including 2009 WSOP Main Event champion Joe Cada, who has over 10 million in live tournament earnings.
Brazilian football legend Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima and 14-time Grand Slam winner Rafa Nadal will face each other at the poker table in a heads-up battle named ‘The Duel' on November 6th in London (will be broadcasted here on Bankrollmob).
As a part of the promotion HEADS UP SHOWDOWN, Full Tilt Poker pros Viktor "Isildur1" Blom and Gus Hansen were supposed to play against each other on Sunday, September 14. Many had looked forward to the battle ever since Full Tilt Poker announced the challenge last month, but, unfortunately, many were left disappointed as Gus Hansen never showed up.
Mikal "mikal12345" Blomie has done it again! On Sunday, the Norwegian pro bested a a field of 7,801 players in Event #19: $109 No-Limit Hold'em to lay hands on $109,566 in prize money and his third World Championship of Online Poker title! The victory means that Blomie is one WCOOP victory behind Dan "djk123" Kelly's record of four titles.
The 10 nominees (selected by the public for the sixth year in a row) for the 2014 Poker Hall of Fame were announced by World Series of Poker on Tuesday. The list of nominees include 5 returning candidates (highlighted in blue) and five new players, including Daniel Negreanu who turned 40 this year and now meet the criteria* to be inducted.
The 2014 World Championship of Online Poker (Sep. 7 - Sep. 28) kicks off on Sunday on PokerStars. A massive $40,000,000 guaranteed prize pool is spread across 66 exciting events, available in a wide variety of games, with buy-ins ranging from $109 to $10,300!
The highlights of the 2014 WCOOP will of be the the €10,3000 High Roller Heads-Up event on September 21st and the Main Event on September 28th with a $10,000,000 prize pool. The Main Event (winner guaranteed to get $1.5 million!) will be broadcasted live (with a 10-minute delay) on PokerStars.tv for the first time ever! In addition to the massive prize pools guaranteed by PokerStars, there will be a Player of the Series Leaderboard with some amazing prizes up for grabs, including a 2015 PCA package!
Wanna participate but don't have a few hundred bucks to spare on buy-ins?Don't worry, there are cheap satellites running around the clock on PokerStars. You don't have to spent more than a few dollars or FPPs to take a shot at the massive prize pools! Good luck!
Curious to know how successful poker players live? Well, now you can tick off Daniel Negreanu's house on your "bucket list" as PokerStars has uploaded a behind-the-scenes tour video of his Las Vegas home, which was renovated about a year ago to a "Austin Powers Meets Pee-wee Herman"-style. Also, if you are curious to know more about the lady in the video, then we recommend that you read Daniel Negreanu's New Girlfriend.
The third and final day of the EPT Barcelona High Roller started with 21 players from a record field of 295 (+98 re-entries). It took some time before the final table of eight players was set due to some small stacks that managed to hang on for a bigger payday.
A big congratulations to Andre Lettau, the winner of the richest Main Event (100th) in European Poker Tour history! Lettau, a 27-year-old online pro from Germany, entered the final table in the middle of the chip counts. After several hours of play, he the other two remaining players struck a deal (Hossein Ensan €652,667, Lettau €704,058 and Sam Phillips €1,021,275) that left €90,000 and the title to play for.
A total of 295 players (+98 re-entries) entered the High Roller to make it the by far richest HR-event in European Poker Tour history! There are 21 survivors after two days of play and Amir Barer, winner of the 2014 Aussie Millions Main Event, will lead the way into Day 3 with 1.953 million in chips.
The recording-breaking field of 1,496 players has been narrowed down to a final table of eight after five intensive days of play. Out front is a German named Hossein Ensan who won Event #3 of this festival 10 days ago for €4,535, the biggest live cash of his career.
On Monday, 102 players returned for Day 4 of the biggest EPT Main event in history. After six levels of play and 12 long hours, 25 players bagged up chips and the chip leaer was Bram Haenraets of Netherlands with 4,395,000 in chips!
In case you missed it, the Main Event of the 2014 European Poker Tour Barcelona kicked off last Thursday and saw a field of approximately 470 players battle it out for eight 75-minute levels of play. Believe it or not but over 1000 players showed up for Day 1B and made the tournament the biggest EPT event on European soil ever! After three day of intensive play there are now 102 of the original 1,496 players left in the field.