Sportbladet Poker, the poker section of Aftonbladet - Sweden's biggest newspaper, recently met up with Daniel Negreanu at Arts Hotel (during EPT Barcelona) for an interview. In the interview, Daniel talked about getting his heart broken and meeting his new girlfriend, Marissa Rachelle Rodney - a hairstylist in Las Vegas.
British Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree, 30, has earned an incredible 2.4 million dollars playing live poker since 2007, including her victory at the 2010 EPT San Remo for $1.6 million - which probably was one of the reasons PokerStars signed her a few months later.
Curious to know what it's like to win millions of dollars playing poker and to be sponsored by the world's largest poker site? You can stop wondering because BankrollMob is now giving you the unique opportunity to ask five members of Team PokerStars Pro (Daniel Negreanu, Barry Greenstein, Liv Boeree, Jason Mercier and Jonathan Duhamel) yourself!
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Still there's not a two-time winner at this year's Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) on PokerStars, however, there have been a few notable winners! One of them is Team PokerStars Pro George Danzer, from Germany, who took down Event #33-H on Tuesday.
The 2014 Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) is underway on PokerStars. The tournament series kicked off three days ago (May 4th) and already two of poker's big names have come close to a title each.
Day 3 of the 2014 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino European Poker Tour Grand Final Main Event (buy-in €10,600) saw 123 players returning to the tables. After several 90-minute levels of play, the field was narrowed down from 123 to just 41 players, who will battle for a seat at the final table over the next two days.
A big congratulations to Team PokerStars Pro Vicky Coren who ended up winning the EPT Sanremo Main Event yesterday for €476,100 and a SLYDE watch! Coren, from UK, was the first women to win an event on the European Poker Tour when she took down the EPT London Main Event in 2006.
Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree has already won $130k in three major tournaments this year, and in total she has an incredible $2.4 million in live tournament earnings since 2007!
Being sponsored by the world's largest poker site and winning lots of money playing poker while getting to travel all over the globe sure sounds like a dream to many poker fans. Well, it sure is an incredible way of spending the short time we have on planet earth, however, according to Liv Boeree's latest blog, 'Great Expectations', it's not always a bed of roses to be a poker pro...
Only 16 players remain after 4 days of intensive play at the EPT Deauville Main Event. The remaining players have already outlasted 96% of the field, but only 50% of the remaining players will make it to the final table. Sotirios Koutiupas holds the lead heading into Day 5 with 2.6 million in chips. The Greek poker professional had a runner-up finish at EPT9 Prague. Will he get his first EPT title now?
Now, the biggest name among the remaining 16 is, of course, Team PokerStars Pro Eugene Katchalov from Ukraine. Katchalov will enter the 5th day of play 10th in chips with a below average 1 million. However, he is by far the most experienced of the remaining players, so don't be surprised if he's among the finalists tomorrow, fighting for the first prize of €614,00, a Slyde watch, the trophy and not to forget Poker's Triple Crown! (EPT, WPT and WSOP titles).
On Monday, after a month of "youtube-silence", Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu uploaded another video blog to youtube! This time he talked about 5 recent books he read and how some of them have affected him; how he organises his time, his plans for November, and more. Enjoy!
On Sunday, the first day of the 2013 EPT Barcelona Main Event kicked at the Casino Barcelona. 518 entered the tournament for €5,300 each and battled for eight 75-minute levels. A total of 308 players made it through the day and Dragan Kostic was the only player to surpass 200k in chips. The Spaniard, who finished second to Martin Schelich in Season 8's EPT Barcelona Main Event, will be joined to Day 2 by Team PokerStars Pros Marcel Luske, Vanessa Selbst, Jonathan Duhamel, Jason Mercier, Eugene Katchalov, and others.
According to PokerStars Blog, several big names have already signed up for Day 1B, including Team PokerStars Pros Daniel Negreanu, Nacho Barbero, Martin Hruby, Max Lykov, Ivan Demidov, Christophe and Matthias De Meulder, Luca Pagano, Toni Judet, Johnny Lodden, Leo Fernandez and Team PokerStars SportStar Fatima Moreira De Melo and Friend of PokerStars Pierre Neuville.
The Canadian Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu has been running very well this year. Last month, he won the WSOP APAC Main Event for $1,087,160 and received his fifth gold bracelet. Then, a few weeks ago, he finished 4th in the EPT Monte Carlo Main Event for $490k! Now he has won his first major title online as well! On Saturday, he outlasted a field of 180 opponents (Isaak Haxton, Jason Mercier, Joe Ebanks, Shaun Deeb, Ville Wahlbeck, Justin Bonomo and many other pros) in Event #39-H ($5,200 PLO 6-Max -Spring Championship of Online Poker at PokerStars) and received $216,000!
Team PokerStars Pro Marcel "Flying Dutchman" Luske, 60, who's well known for always wearing a suit and singing at the poker tables, has been running extremly well in the past five months or so. It all started in December 2012 when he bested a field of 130-players at the PokerStars Hold'em Challenge Winter Edition €500 NLH event at the Casino de Namur in Belgium ($15,162).
A month later, he went across the world to take part in the 2013 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure and managed to win two events: Event #16 $1,000 HORSE for $18,500 and Event #32 $1,000 8 Game for $13,810.
Day 4 ended up being a short day of poker as the field of 32 players only had to be cut in half to 16. However, 15 players remained when the tournament crew called it a day and the American poker pro Steve O'Dwyer had the largest stack (2,279,000).
Day 4 of EPT London will kick off in a few hours time and there are only 32 players remaining. The plan for Day 4 is to play down to 16 players, who tomorrow will continue the road leading up to the final table (Day 5).
In case you missed our news stories on the Full Tilt vs PokerStars challenge last week - we recommend that you check them out before continuing. Now, the match between Full Tilt Poker's The Professionals and Team PokerStars Pro took place yesterday at EPT London. In the first match Viktor "Isildur1" Blom (Full Tilt Poker) was up against Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier from Team PokerStars Pro...
A total of 1,099 players entered the UK and Ireland Poker Tour London Main Event over 3 starting days. The day is being played at the moment and there are 160 players left. Day 2 is being played at the moment and the chip leader is Salman Behbehani with 2,880,000, closely followed by Georgios Zisimopoulos. Liv Boeree was eliminated a while ago, which means that Juan Manuel Pastor (picture) from Spain is the last remaining Team PokerStars Pro in the tournament (about 70k chips).
144 players will receive a piece of the total prize pool of £746,221. The winner will take home £156,800 and the runner-up gets £104,600.
It seems like there will be a challenge between Team PokerStars Pro and Full Tilt Poker's The Professionals at the the 2013 EPT London (March 5-16). It started last week with Gus Hansen sending a Tweet to Daniel Negreanu reminding him of a classic hand they played on High Stakes Poker in 2006.
A total of 782 players entered the 2013 EPT Deauville (France) Main Event. The field has been reduced to 155 players over 2 days of play, and Andrei Stoenescu, a former third place finisher at EPT Madrid, holds lead with 485,600 chips. There are 3 PokerStars Pros left in the tournament: Matthias De Meulder (186k), Sandra Naujoks (73k), and Vanessa Rousso (34k). A part from those three, Fabrice Soulier (126k) and Freddy Deeb (114k) are 2 familiar names who are "alive and kicking".
Day 3 of the tournament will start in few hours and the money bubble will burst when 120 players remain (a minimum of €8,000 guaranteed). The winner will take home a sweet €770,000, while the runner-up gets €475,000 as a consolation.
There's a lot of action at Atlantis Casino Resort in The Bahamas at the moment. Not only was the final table of the Super High Roller ($100k buy-in) played yesterday, but also Day 1A of the Main Event kicked off with 320 participants. 150 survived the day with Maxim Lobzhanidze, from Italy, out in front (248,900). Also heading to Day 2 are Team PokerStars Pros Ville Wahlbeck, Luca Pagano, George Danzer and Joe Cada.
Day 1B starts tonight and, according to PokerStars, a gigantic field is expected to show up. Let's hope that they are right about that! We will be back with another brief update tomorrow.
Day 4 started with 3 players with more than a million chips each: Ramzi Jelassi, Chris Brammer and Sotorious Koutoupas. Brammer didn't make it, but both Jelassi (1,975,000 - 3rd place) and Koutoupas (1,450,000 - 8th) pressed on and made it through the day with healthy stacks.
Another love saga has come to an end as Vanessa Rousso and Chad Brown announced that they are getting divorced last Tuesday. Rousso and Brown marriage only lasted about 2 years and neither of them have announced why they decided to split up.
But, as always, there are plenty of rumors circulating on the web. One is the 20-year age diffidence between the two, another one is that Brown's cancer struggle last year took a hard hit on the relationship.
After 2 days and several hours of final table action, the PCA Super High Roller event's player field had been narrowed down from 30 to only 2 players, Viktor Blom and Dan Shak. It was a quite short heads-up match that mostly went the young Swede's way. And it didn't take long before the final hand was played:
9[d]7[c]6[h]Q[h] was on the table and Blom betted 180,000. Dan Shak moved all in almost straight away. Blom called with K[c]
Q[s], and Shak flipped over A[h]5[h]. The turn card was the 4[s] and Blom took home the tournament.
Last Sunday, rumors that John Duthie, the man who created European Poker Tour and has $2,7 million in career tournament winnings, was no longer part of Team PokerStars Pro started circulating in different poker forums. It didn't take long before Duthie confirmed that he didn't sign a new contract after the last one expired in December 31, 2011. Duthie's departure comes just a few months after that JP Kelly left Team PokerStars Pro. This leaves only Liv Boeree, Victoria Coren and Jude Ainsworth representing Team UK and Ireland.
It's soon time for another world record attempt by the world's largest poker site, PokerStars. The upcoming world record attempt will take place on December 4, 2011 at 12:30 EST and the aim is to create the biggest ever online tournament in poker history.
The current record was set in 2009 when 149,196 players participated in a $1 tournament that "oskar69" won for $50,000. Now PokerStars hope to break that record with a $1 buy-in tournament with a guaranteed prize pool of $250,000 + $10 bounty to whoever knocks out a member of its Team PokerStars Pro.
Team PokerStars will not renew Tom McEvoy, Dennis Phillips and Bill Chen's contracts . The decision comes as a consequence of Black Friday when the site's American market was closed down. McEvoy, Phillips and Chen are 3 of Pokerstars least known players outside the north American market, so it didn't come as a big surprise that they had to go first. Yes, we can expect more PokerStars pros to not have their contracts renewed in the near future, and also we can expect the site to do further cut downs.
The 2011 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event is getting closer and closer to its final table. 3 days of poker have been played so far, and now we are are waiting for Day 4 to start. 48 players will return today and continue the fight towards the final table - in order to get a big share from the huge prize pool.
Chip leader of the tournament is Chris Oliver with 3.6 million chips. Other players with healthy stacks that will join him at the poker tables today are, for example, the 2003 WSOP Champ Chris Moneymaker (1.6m), Max Lehmanski (2.3m), Mike Sowers (1.36m), and Sam Stein (970,000).
In Case You Missed It, the mystery swede Isildur1 signed with PokerStars a few days ago, and now the whole poker world is waiting for PokerStars to reveal his identity. When Isildur1, for first time as a Team PokerStars Pro, hit the poker tables the other day we got to watch him run over his opponents (theASHMAN103, urnotindangr, RealAndyBeal and a few other pros) and win a bit more than $300,000! In other words, an amazing start for him and extremly good PR for his sponsor, PokerStars.
Let's hope for more high stakes action at PokerStars this weekend! Hopefully, Isildur1 will be involved in some crazy games - just like back in the good old days.
Ever wondered what your life would be like if you had made millions of dollars from playing poker and got to travel around the world and play in the biggest tournaments for free? No need to speculate anymore! We are now giving you a unique opportunity to get answers to your questions from 3 of the hottest names in the poker world - PokerStars Pros Vanessa Rousso, Daniel Negreanu and Jonathan Duhamel (2010 WSOP Main Event winner).
The two starting days of the EPT Vienna Main event are already set. 278 of a 587 (from 48 countries) men strong field have made it to Day 2 of the tournament. In the lead is Laurence Houghton from London, UK with 190,300, closely behind him are Szymon Pieszczoch (183,000) and Claudio Simaldoni (181,000). The Day 2 field includes a few big names as well - Team PokerStars Pros Daniel Negreanu, EPT London High Roller winner Nacho Barbero, Daniel Minieri and Sebastian Ruthenberg as well as Team PokerStars SportStars Boris Becker and Fatima Moreira De Melo.
It will be interesting to see if the Londoner, who seems to be very relaxed in the photo, can keep up the good game in Day 2 of the tournament, which kicks off in a few hours with blinds 500/1000 + 100 ante. Personally, as usual, I hope for some big names to climb up to the top of the field *fingers crossed*.
It's not long ago since William Thorson, the swedish poker pro, announced that he was leaving Team PokerStars Pro after 2 successful years. Now, about a month later, PokerStars announces that they have found someone to replace him. Theo Jorgensen from Denmark is PokerStars' new pro who will get to travel around the globe and play with the rest of Team PokerStars Pro - for free!
Thanks to some fantastic results at WPT, EPT and WSOP over the past few years, Theo Jorgensen has really created a name for himself in the poker world. For some of you, the alias "THEDONKEY01" might sound a bit familiar? That's no one else than Theo Jorgensen playing at the nosebleed tables online against some of the best poker players in the world.
Best of luck to Theo Jorgensen and his future with Team PokerStars Pro.
The world's biggest poker site has just announced that Poker Pro Liv Boeree now is a part of its Team PokerStars Pro. Liv Boeree will now get to travel the world with the rest of the team and play in the biggest tournaments - absolutely free. She will make her Team Pro debut this week at PokerStars EPT London. Boeree has an EPT title since before, so it will be really interesting to see how she will do this time. If she doesn't cash in EPT London, I'm still sure it's only a matter of time before she makes PokerStars proud of her.
The swedish poker pro William Thorson has been a Team PokerStars Pro for 2 years and been PokerStars face on the swedish poker market during this time. However, his contract with PokerStars expired some time ago and according to the world's biggest poker site it was just a matter of time before he signed a new one. Now, William Thorson announces that he wont sign another contact with PokerStars and that he has other plans.
"After 2 years in PokerStars colors as a member of Team PokerStars Pro I have decided to move on. I have decided to to quit and move on with new projects and challenges.", says William Thorson to a swedish poker magazine.
The finnish poker pro Ville Wahlbeck, 34, had a fantastic 2009 with over $1 million in winnings from different live tournaments. He ended up second (after Jeff Lisandro) in the WSOP ranking and he was voted the best live player of 2009 at Nordic Poker Awards. Ville Wahlbeck is one of the most successful poker players ever from Finland. Many compare him and his success with finnish poker giants such as Patrik Antonius and Juha Helppi.
Ville has now signed a sponsorship contract with PokerStars and will from now on represent them in different tournaments around the globe. Let's hope that Ville gets a warm welcome from the rest of the PokerStars Nordics (Peter Eastgate, Johnny Lodden, William Thorson, Mats Sundin and Sami Selio) and that his success at the poker tables will continue.
Yesterday the final table in the $25k High Roller tournament was played. The final Table included some of the best tournament poker players in the world and millions of people around the world were watching and discussing the hands and the players on different forums on the web. The favorite to win the final table was the 27 year old Frenchmen Bertrand"ElkY" Grospellier who had already won a World Poker Tour (WPT) and a European Poker Tour (EPT). And Elky left no one disappointed who believed in him before and during the tournament as he won it and received $433,500 in first prize.