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The PokerStars lobby is the gateway to being dealt into a hand. You may wll have noticed that the ring game lobby has recently changed in a few very noticeable ways. Among the improvements, there are now a total of six ways to get directly seated in the ring game of your choice.
Some of these seating methods only show up with certain lobby view options or for full/empty tables. Use the ‘Combo View’ along with a graphical preview of the selected table to have full access to all of the seating methods discussed here. Have a play around and see what works best for you.
Combo View groups tables of specific type in the right pane. All tables of that group are listed in the middle pane and a preview of the selected table is shown in the left pane.
The ‘Find me a seat’ button is great if you know what type of table you want to play but don’t care about which table you’re on. This button immediately seats you at an open seat of a specific game, stakes, and type.
The ‘Find me a seat’ button is shown in the right pane for each row: it’s that square button with a Play symbol. It’s also shown if a table with no open seats is selected, under the table preview area.
Multi-tabling tip: If you’re already sitting at a table and don’t want to open the lobby to add another table of the same type, try pressing Ctrl+S!
2. Seat me
The ‘Seat me’ button allows you to be seated in an empty seat at a specific table. It will open the table and seat you automatically, saving a couple clicks!
The Seat Me button is shown under the table preview area for tables with at least one open seat.
3. Table preview pane
The third pane of the lobby shows a graphical preview of the selected table. This preview shows who is at the table in which seats and where the open seats are. If you have a preference of a certain open seat, just hit the open seat graphic on the table preview.
4. Waiting list
Join the waiting list of a full table to be offered a seat when one opens. The waiting list button only shows up on full tables, for the table you have selected.
5. Table starters
Table starters allow you to be seated at a table without waiting for an open seat or playing shorthanded. Table starters open a new table and seat players on the list once a certain amount of players have joined. More detailed information on table starters is available at the PokerStars website here.
6. Easy Seat (Beta)
This powerful feature seats you at the number of tables you select at a specific type of game and stakes. This feature is useful for multi-tabling and is currently in Beta mode.
8.15pm: Eruption! Ludovic Geilich is your PokerStars Marbella Festival champion! It began as they had been beginning. The pot that is. Ludovic Geilich opened for 400,000 and Pablo Rojas moved all-in. Geilich checked his cards and made the quick call. Each players’ contingent rushed past the rail and crowded the table.
“Out,” Tournament Director Toby Stone ordered. The staff moved everyone back, but they were busting at the seams.
Geilich tabled [9s] [9d], a hand he was quick to point out was Phil Hellmuth’s to win the Main Event way back in 1989.
Rojas flipped [Qs] [Jc], his life now resting on a coinflip.
With the situation under control, the dealer took three cards off the top of the deck:
[Kc] [Td] [Tc]
To say it was loud would hardly capture the atmosphere. This was a sweat. Everyone was calling out, some bellowing, the card their hero of the moment would desire.
Rojas had flopped very well and it was still anyone’s game.
The fourth card arrived:
Now the Spanish cheers reached a fever pitch, desperate for their man to continue in this event. One card to go, Geilich’s contingent hoped.
Boom goes the dynamite. The fans could not be contained and the rail dispersed as if it had never been there in the first place. Geilich encircled by his friends, jumped up and down to “LUDO! LUDO! LUDO!”
Breaking away from the pack, Geilich found Rojas in the chaos, the two competitors turned friends embraced and exchanged hearty congratulations. Rojas takes home a treasure — €98,000. But it is Geilich who is the envy of all, awarded €130,000.
That is what has been witnessed. Ludovic Geilich had conquered Marbella in a virtuoso display of no-limit holdem prowess. — GC
7.58pm: Grinding, grinding, ground
The trend continued — Geilich winning more than his share of small pots. Rojas was down to a re-shove stack, dipping dangerously below twenty big blinds. Two hands were representative of this stretch:
Geilich opens for 400,000 and Rojas moved all-in. Geilich folds.
Rojas folds his button.
Rojas was down to somewhere in the 2,500,000 neighbhourhood. Thirteen big blinds can not last long without an all-in confrontation. — GC
There was a lot of folding in the first ten hands to start this level, with Rojas continuing to vary his open size. Here is the break down of how it began:
1) Rojas makes it 500k on the button, Geilich folds.
2) Ludovic Geilich opens to 400k, Geilich folds.
3) Pablo Rojas open folds his button.
4) Geilich makes it 400k and Rojas calls. The flop is [Qs] [6c] [2d] and Rojas leads for a suspicious 225,000, which Geilich calls. The turn was the [Qh] and Rojas lead again, but for 475,000. Geilich releases his hand quickly.
5) Rojas folds another button.
6) Geilich raises his button the minimum and Rojas folds.
7) Rojas raises to 450,000, Geilich says “all-in,” and Rojas folds.
8) Geilich raises to 400,000 and Rojas folds.
9) Rojas shows [Tc] [4s] and folds his third button of the last four.
10) Geilich makes it 400,000 and gets one caller. Guess who? The community cards start [Kh] [7h] [5c] and check matches check.
The [Kd] turns and Geilich wins the pot for one quarter of the pot, betting 200,000 when checked to.
That’s an eight to two tally in Geilich’s favour. Rojas is going to have to start scrapping over the small pots if he is going to swing the match. This much is certain: Geilich will never take his foot off that gas pedal. — GC
LEVEL UP: BLINDS 100,000-200,000
7.30pm: Level 31 is over
Wow next level is 100k/200k.
The chip stacks are like this currently, Geilich getting the better of the duel.
Geilich – 10,500,000
Rojas – 4,500,000 — RS
7.15pm: Geilich pushes for dominance in the four-bet realm
With the blinds getting to semi-ridiculous levels and every single button opened, the number of three-bet re-steals is rising and naturally this has led to this aggressive pair increasing the regularity of a big four-bet re-re-steal.
RIght now Geilich is the one getting away with these lucrative manoeuvres most effectively. Two recent hands saw him pop the button to 320k, Rojas dig out a 700k move and Geilich pick up the Spaniard’s chips with one final definitive act of aggression – betting 1.5 million and getting a pair of mucks for his efforts. — RS
7.09pm: Value betting like a champion
These two love to play pots. You might think the fact the stacks are slow to change is down to nittery but the truth is the chips are ebbing and flowing back and forth almost every pot. The result is a very fluid dynamic between these two that is probably just favouring Geilich.
Recently the pair played out a very interesting pot – Geilich peeling a Rojas raise preflop, before the pair checked the [Jd][6d][6h] board.
A [4d] on the turn saw Geilich lead for 395k, called by Rojas with the comment, “let’s see if your jack is better than mine then,”
The [Js] on the river saw Geilich consider his options before popping out a 975k bet.
Rojas called, only to muck when Geilich showed him [As][7s] for ace-high.
Rojas was visibly annoyed at this, having made a hero-call with what we think was king-high.
“You make the same bet with any two cards,” he grumbled. Geilich disagreed.
“No, no I don’t!”
Is there trouble in paradise? — RS
6.56pm: The mucking metagame
Here are the rules, if you want to see, you have to show. Last aggressor (ie who made the last bet) has to show first if called. If they don’t show and muck their hand, the other player can take the pot without showing themselves. Got it? Good.
Geilich min-raised the button and Rojas called. Three cards were dealt face up (strange game this), and they were [Qc] [7s] [3h].
Rojas made an action we are told is referred to as a “check.” Then Geilich cut out a 345,000 chip bet. Rojas called.
Another card was added to the board, the [6h]. Both players dabbled in the art of checking on this street.
Then, yet another card, the [5c]. Rojas fired out 425,000 and Geilich called. Rojas mucked and so did Geilich, in that order.
“I call so you need to show,” reminded Geilich.
Rojas had a deep laugh about that, leaned across the felt, and the two exchanged fist bumps. A mutual respect has been mutually earned and the pre-chop bromance is back in full effect. — GC
6.43pm: Five easy pots
Rojas and Geilich have entered into a protracted poker match. Who would have thought? Five recent hands went like this:
1) Ludovic Geilich raises to 320,000 and Pablo Rojas folds.
2) Pablo Rojas raised to 390,000 on the button and Geilich folds.
3) Geilich raises to 320,000 and Rojas folds.
4) Pablo Rojas raised to 380,000 and Geilich three-bet to 840,000. After a quick think Rojas made it 1,835,000. Geilich looked to have bad intentions, but folded.
5) Geilich raised to 320,000 and Rojas called. The flop came [Jd] [2s] [8c].
Rojas checked, Geilich bet 315,000, and Rojas raised to 650,000.
“If I fold, will you show me?” Geilich asked. Rojas now has ear buds in and likely didn’t hear.
When Geilich folded those ear buds came out.
“The cards? You know that’s not possible.” Rojas grinned.
“I wish we had hole card cameras here,” he continued, “so you could see everything tomorrow.” — GC
LEVEL UP: BLINDS 80,000-160,000, ante 20,000
6.34pm: Rojas fights back
Prior to the dinner break Rojas was beginning to show a few signs of frustration and dejection. Since the resumption though he has cut a different figure.
Little talking, sunglasses on, earphones in – Rojas looks the model of focus – a hermetic seal wrapped round his visage to protect him from leaking any useful information to the alert Geilich, who soaks it up like a sponge.
And you know what? His new strategy’s working…he has won a series of small pots to reduce Geilich’s lead ratio from 3:1 to 3:2 and the rail cries of “Vamoooo” that signal Spanish success are increasing in frequency.
Could the tide be turning?
9 million for Geilich, 6 million to Rojas… — RS
Both players are active on their buttons and a few moments ago the pair engaged in a game of preflop chicken. It started with a standard Ludovic Geilich preflop button open to 240,000 – Rojas looking to end the positional aggression with a three-bet from the big blind to 575,000.
Geilich pondered things in his usual way clicking chips and thinking it over before cutting out 2 big stacks of 25k chips totalling 1 million and scattering a number of 25k and 5ks on top as icing – 1,200,000 the giant 4-bet – before pushing the chips over the line.
Rojas looked briefly interested but something changed and he blinked first, mucking his hand leaving Ludovic to sweep up a tasty pot with no showdown. — RS
6.05pm: Calm before the storm?
Rojas limped his button and Geilich checked. The flop?
Can’t take the suspense?
It was [8c] [3s] [5d] and both players checked.
[2h] turn and both players… checked.
The [9d] smashed down on the table with a thunder usually reserved for Thor’s hammer or Zeus’ bolts of lightening. No, not really — it arrived without even a soft whimper. Geilich quickly check-folded to a nearly minimum bet from Rojas. — GC
5.55pm: Small pot procession
The final table may have began with a flurry but the melee has turned to a war of attrition between two heroes.
Geilich raised the button and Rojas called. The flop came [Ah] [Ac] [Kc] and both players checked. On the [2h] turn Rojas check-called a 245k bet from Geilich, who checked the [4d] river back in position.
Rojas: [Kh] [Ts]
Geilich: [4h] [Th]
On Rojas’ button he raised to 325,000 which, after a handful of previous folds, elicited a call from Geilich. The flop was [Kd] [Jd] [4c] and it went check, bet 375,000, call. Both players checked the [5h] turn and the [7h] river.
Geilich mucked when he saw Rojas hadn’t deemed the [Js] [8c] worthy of a river value bet. — GC
5.45pm: Rojas is a chameleon
His words, not ours. But well said. Rojas was opening the button to 325k at 60k-120k, which was unusual enough. But in addition to that he’s also been limping buttons, three at the least. Geilich doesn’t quite know what to make of it at this point, but remains a confident bruiser. — GC
5.35pm: Meet your chip-leader
The incomparable Nick Wealthall had a chat with Ludovic Geilich before final table play began this morning:
LEVEL UP: BLINDS 60,000-120,000, ante 10,000
5.30pm: Two left gunning for the title
Folllowing the break, we’re back heads-up with hand-reader extraordinaire Ludovic Geilich holding a roughly 3-1 chip lead over his sparring partner, Spaniard Pablo Rojas. –RS
You never know who you’ll run into when you’re out for a night of poker. For instance, if you had been in Madrid and visiting the PokerStars room at Casino Gran Madrid, you might just have seen one of the most famous tennis players in the world.
You recognize him? If you know the first thing about tennis, you know that’s Rafa, the King of Clay, Rafael Nadal, the 11-time Grand Slam winner and PokerStars ambassador.
Rafa is in Madrid right now getting ready for this week’s ATP Mutua Madrid Open. He thought he would take a few minutes to see what PokerStars Madrid was all about. He didn’t have the time to play–apparently training for a tennis tournament is pretty time consuming–but he did spend a little time checking out the room.
When Rafa arrived, he found he wasn’t the only celebrity there. Among the crowd was Team PokerStars Pro Juan Manuel Pastor.
Rafa was the one who ended up doing interviews.
Rafa, ranked number five going into the tournament, is scheduled to play in Madrid later this week. We’ll keep an eye on him when he gets back to the court.
It’s been some Monday, let alone weekend, on PokerStars. This morning saw three players pocket more than $ 800,000 in the 7th Anniversary Sunday Million which pulled together a prize pool of close to $ 10,000,000. On top of that we’ve had the not-so-small matter of the 95 billionth hand dropping $ 122,030 onto a table of nine micro-stakes players!
Read on to get the skinny on the weekend’s action.
* RichB17 pocketed $ 23,920 winning the 95,000,000,000th hand to take place on PokerStars. That one hand paid out $ 122,030 to the nine micro-stakes players which you can read about here.
* In other action, LeBron2333 dunked the Warm-Up for $ 144,172.72.
It’s no secret that Team PokerStars Online’s Adrienne “talonchick” Rowsome enjoys the game of Omaha.
Her player bio highlights some of her Omaha tournament accomplishments, and she even won the $ 1,000 Omaha/Stud Hi/Lo tournament at the 2012 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. Her personal website often chronicles her experiences with poker, too, such as her recent success in a higher-stakes Omaha Hi/Lo Split cash game.
Adrienne’s love of mixed games also took her to victory at the 2013 PCA, as she took down the $ 1,000 Triple Stud tournament.
Most of the women who play on PokerStars enjoy Hold’em, but the ever-growing popularity of Omaha has them interested in pursuing another poker variation. It can be intimidating to start playing a new game, though, and taking on the challenge of learning new strategies. We sat down with Adrienne at the 2013 PCA to talk Omaha and ask for some advice.
PS Women: Let’s start with your progression of poker games. You began with Five Card Draw when you were younger and came to love Omaha. Can you tell me how that came to be?
Adrienne Rowsome: I started with Five Card Draw when I was very little. I was certainly very lax on the rules; I think my father let us draw until we made a flush or something exciting. When I started playing poker, casinos only offered limit games, so I played $ 3-$ 6 limit. You played a half hour of Omaha and a half hour of Hold’em, so I never played poker without Omaha. When the boom hit and No Limit Hold’em came crashing in, it wasn’t a game that I enjoyed playing. I found that there was much more fun to be had in the limit games; the pots were a bit splashier and you weren’t always out to take somebody’s last dollar. In the end, you’d be happy if you did, but you’d do it gradually. I really wanted to stay in the limit games as somebody who was working and who enjoyed the fun in the game more than being so cut-throat.
I was working part-time and looking for a daytime game to play, and I found one in Edmonton that was a dealer’s choice game. Twice a week, they played mostly Omaha Hi/Lo Split. I thought, how hard can it be? I’ve played Omaha High, and with two ways to win, it seemed easy. This should be a cinch! I was not. (laughs) I certainly lost. But I found I really enjoyed the game. It was at that time that I started playing online as well. I was playing Limit Hold’em mostly online but not having the success that I had live in that game, so I started looking at the Hi/Lo Split games as a home for me. I wanted to see if I could work the math and the strategy. That’s where I ended up, and it’s been a good run so far.
PSW: Why do you prefer Omaha?
AR: In Omaha, you have four cards. With most people, you hand them four cards and they’re overwhelmed with the opportunity of the hand. I find that the pots are bigger, people play a little bit more optimistically. I remember playing in a live game. The flop came something like 6-J-Q maybe, and on the river, somebody rolls over 3-4-5-7 for the runner-runner straight. Their response was, quite seriously, “I was wrapped around the six.” People choose to call flops so they can try to pick up a draw on the turn, which I do not advise. However, it does make for some exciting pots and some upsetting rivers.
PSW: Why should players consider a new game? If they’ve always played Hold’em, is there a reason to consider a new game like Omaha?
AR: Ultimately, the more games you know, the more well-rounded you are as a player. It also gives you a getaway. I enjoy Hold’em, but it can become very mundane, very mathematical, very tough. And there are a lot of really exceptional Hold’em pros. They are a little fewer and farther between in the mixed games. I think the challenge of learning a new game is good for even reenergizing your poker game and makes you start thinking of approaching situations in a different way. I would expect that Stud players, for example, would have more success in learning Open Face Chinese, which is just all the rage, than someone who just plays Hold’em because Stud players are used to looking at the up cards, what’s been dealt, what I am drawing to, what flush draws do I have, and those sorts of things. I think that gives them an advantage in those sorts of games.
PSW: Do you think women have any advantage in Omaha?
AR: I think in Hi/Lo Split, there is a higher percentage of women than in Hold’em, at least in the games that I play. But I think the limit variety draws a more conservative type of player. Limit mixed games appeal to women a little more. Have I ever felt that I had an edge being a woman in the games? Not any greater than I do in my Hold’em games. People underestimate women all over the place. (laughs)
PSW: For first-time Omaha players, what are some basics of the game?
AR: The ultimate one is that you must and can only use two cards from your hand. No matter what comes on the board, you have to use three cards up there and two from your hand. It’s such a common mistake that people, for example, see four hearts on the board and think they have one heart in their hand, but you have to have two to make the flush. That’s the most basic mistake that gets made, and it can be very defeating.
Otherwise, you want to play hands in which four cards are working together. Hands like A-2-3-4 are good in Omaha, cards that are consecutive or double-suited, but high cards that are double-suited because you want to be drawing to the nuts.
PSW: What’s your favorite variation of Omaha?
AR: Certainly, it’s Hi/Lo Split because I believe that people misplay their hands far more than they think. People look at it as a game that can’t be fun because you’re always splitting pots, when in reality you need to be playing hands that can win the high and the low. Players put too much emphasis on one side of the hand, like they might have the high only and be raising and raising, but you might be there with the nut low and the redraw. If the board pairs, you could beat their flush only. Players tend to put in too much money without hands that can scoop. It’s all about making that nut.
PokerStars Women is proud to introduce the PokerStars Women’s Club!
Mark your calendars for January 7. Next Monday will launch a new era that will provide an innovative way for women to enjoy their favorite games on PokerStars, win weekly prizes, and join a rapidly growing community of amazing online poker players. The friendly environment offers regular prizes and the chance to play in friendly games with other female players.
The much-anticipated PokerStars Women’s Club is a new endeavor from the PS family that was created with the help of players around the world. Your suggestions and input helped form this exciting virtual club as an exciting place for women to play poker.
Registration is free, and players will be able to compete in free and low buy-in tournaments around the clock. Players can choose from three levels of play and build bankrolls through a series of tournaments and freerolls. Walk away with cash prizes, VIP store vouchers, and freeroll tickets. The levels offer the following opportunities:
Buy-in: 100 FPP 30-day ticket (purchase from VIP store)
Daily times: 6:00 ET, 14:00 ET, 21:00 ET
Prizes: Tickets to Diamonds Sunday Club Freeroll, $ 5 guaranteed prize pool
Buy-in: $ .10
Daily times: 5:00 ET, 13:00 ET, 20:00 ET
Prizes: Tickets to Hearts Sunday Club Freeroll
Buy-in: $ 1.10
Daily times: 5:30 ET, 13:30 ET, 20:30 ET
Prizes: Tickets to Spades Sunday Club Freeroll
The Sunday Club freerolls will offer the chance to win cash and vouchers with which to claim free gifts from the VIP Store. We’ll be offering women’s clothing, jewelry, iPhone cases, and much more!
The Sunday Club freerolls have several time offerings as well:
Sunday times: 6:00 ET, 14:00 ET, 21:00 ET
Prizes: $ 50 guaranteed prize pool, three (3) Club vouchers
Sunday times: 5:00 ET, 13:00 ET, 20:00 ET
Prizes: $ 50 guaranteed prize pool, five (5) Club vouchers
Sunday times: $ 200 guaranteed prize pool, five (5) Club vouchers
All of the daily tournaments can be found in the PokerStars lobby beginning on January 7. Under the “Tourney” tab in the lobby, look for “PokerStars Women’s Club” games, all of which are listed in pink.
All PokerStars Women’s Club information can be found on its main website page. Also stay tuned to this blog space, as well as our Facebook and Twitter pages for the latest information. All we can say now is there will be a “welcome” freeroll and a chocolates giveaway. Happy New Year!
I’m a Vanessa Selbst man. I need you to know that right now. It’s a full disclosure of bias in advance of this important news: you can win $ 100 bucks by picking which Team PokerStars Pro will go the deepest in the 2013 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure main event.
That’s right. You chose from a list of Team PokerStars Pros and deposit up to $ 100. If your choice in Pros makes it the deepest, PokerStars will match your deposit up to $ 100. It’s as simple as that.
Or is it?
See, it’s not necessarily a short list, and you have to lock in your choice at the time of the deposit. What’s more, it’s more than Team Pros. There are also a few members of Team Online and PokerStars SportsStars thrown in there for good measure. Here’s the list of eligible Pros.
- Vanessa Selbst
- Maxim Lykov
- Jose Ignacio Barbero
- Eugene Katchalov
- Bertrand Grospellier
- Daniel Negreanu
- Jonathan Duhamel
- Liv Boeree
- Jason Mercier
- Andre Akkari
- Jan Heitmann
- Randy Lew
- Isaac Haxton
- Mickey Petersen
- Fatima Moreira De Melo
Vanessa Selbst: the clear choice?Now, there are a lot of things to consider here. ElkY has actually won the PCA before. Isaac Haxton placed second. But every one of those players you see up there right now is on form. Fatima Moreira de Melo just won the Dutch version of Survivor for goodness sake. It’s not going to be easy.
For now, know this: you have until 23:59 ET on January 6 to make your choice and deposit. What’s more, you need to make sure you have the right deposit codes for your choice. For those, visit the PCA 2013 deposit offer home page.
The holiday season is nearly upon us, so it’s time to think nostalgically about Christmases past and celebrate the special family things we repeat every year. This might mean helping the children find a carrot for Rudolph, or watching Grandad drink sherry until he slurs. We all know those special family times.
PokerStars is the biggest poker site in the world, but players throughout the world share common experiences, and in some ways it makes us one big (…very, very big) family. So as we wallow in festive nostalgia, I will raise a glass to my PokerStars friends and family everywhere, and share with you some of my favourite PokerStars traditions.
PCA satellites in December
It might be chilly outside, but it’s never cold when you’re logged into PokerStars Events lobby. In deep midwinter we can all dream of January sun. Check out details of PokerStars Women’s satellites here or read about your last chance to qualify for the PCA main event here.
MicroMillions winners turning loose change into big cash
Another tradition I like is the happy-ever-after poker fairytale of the little player winning big. Like SoyDelGlobo who turned a $ 22 buy-in into $ 157,218.68 by winning the MicroMillions II Main Event. That’s a 714,531% ROI!
This leads to…
The success behind the User ID
Like axel397, Ned_bg, ADP1985… Yeah, who? They’ve won loads more than I can ever dream of, so I’m sure they didn’t just let the cat walk on the keyboard when they chose a name.
I like it when I read PokerStars Blog and suddenly some random user name takes on a human face. We learn what they do for a living, how they’ll spend the cash, maybe even why they chose a name like guxcg6ryerikti9. (Okay, I did let my cat make that one up.)
My special favourites are when a woman steps from behind an anonymous nickname. Like sexylady409 who won the Sunday Million last month. Who’d have guessed she was a lady with that double bluff of a name?
The Sunday Majors
They’re as regular as a turn card after a flop, or a re-raise every time I bluff… They’re a constant, always there, with happy winners claiming loads of cash every week. It’s just like someone finds Christmas every Sunday.
In fact I don’t call it Sunday, I call it PokerStarsday.
Team Pro winning things
Vanessa Selbst wins everything, Martin Horecki is MicroMillions player of the series again…. yawn.
I love seeing good players proving their skills, but I wonder if Jason Mercier ever gets up and thinks, ‘Hmm, maybe I should try something different today?’ Like lose.
It’s inspiring to see skill rewarded. It makes me want to keep keep improving, I might never get to the top, but I’m encouraged to play the best I can.
The Mega Milestone
Like hand 90,000,000,000… (is that enough zeroes yet?) landing on a $ 0.01/0.02 table and Somebodski from Russia claiming enough cash to buy a new car. It’s like PokerStars having a hand history birthday party and giving random guests the presents.
Santa’s Christmas PokerStars visit
This is the PokerStars tradition I like most of all. It’s a little known fact that Santa Claus stops by the PokerStars tables every year, here’s what happened last year.
We suspect the jolly bearded man might be visiting again very soon, so…
You’d better watch out,
You’d better not cry (even when aces get cracked…)
You’d better not pout,
I’m telling you why
Santa Claus is coming to PokerStars..!
You probably have a favourite PokerStars tradition too, let us know by contacting PokerStars Women on Facebook or Twitter.
Have a lovely festive season, and don’t eat too much Christmas cake or you’ll spend Boxing Day hoovering crumbs out of your laptop fan.
You’ve probably seen some big $ 1/2 no-limit hold’em games, but chances are you’ve never seen one as big as the one that marked PokerStars’ 90 billionth hand. When the big PokerStars cashier machine stopped spinning, that one hand of six-max NLHE paid out $ 229,630.
Leave it to PokerStars player “m1sspiggy” to hog the lion’s share of it, too. When all the cards were on the table, m1sspiggy’s [4c][7c] had made two pair. The pot itself was worth $ 1,200. The doubled bonus prize for winning PokerStars 90 billionth hand? It totaled $ 66,380.
In the run-up to the 90 billionth, PokerStars threw a million-dollar party. Every million hands, PokerStars had been giving out money to winners of special milestone deals. In total, players won more than $ 1,150,000 in bonus money. It happened almost every hour for a week, but the big one came today.
The 90 billionth hand hit at the $ 1/2 NLHE table “Ornamenta.” The players could barely type their shock. One wrote “sick.” Another wrote “wow.” Another wrote “Let’s limp.”
There would be no limping. None at all, as you can see for yourself in the video below.
Milestone Hand: #90000000000
m1sspiggy — $ 66,380.00
Balázska87 — $ 36,370.00
carambaWOW — $ 14,770.00
guss23778 –$ 48,130.00
Kud3 — $ 32,190.00
SHUR43 –$ 31,790.00
Total: $ 229,630.00
Now, the 90 billionth party is done, but, unlike most parties, you don’t have to go home. In fact, you should stay right here. If the math holds, PokerStars will likely deal its 95 billiionth hand sometime in February, and then will reach the end of the Road to 100 Billion sometime in May.
For now, though, congratulations to m1sspiggy for winning PokerStars’ 90 billionth hand.
The first EPT Champion of Champions event took place just after the EPT7 Grand Final in Madrid. It was a poker star-studded affair which heaved together EPT winners from across all seven seasons into one room to battle it out in a €100,000 freeroll. Not bad for a one-day turbo. There were names and faces you’d recognise in the flash of a card (Vicky Coren, Mike ‘Timex’ McDonald, Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier, Jason Mercier) and those that may have taken some more head scratching, and possibly some reference to the PokerStars Blog archives (Antonio Matias, Joseph Mousawad, Mats Iremark, Bjorn-Erik Glenne).
Mercier and Hall clashed in a major pot at the televised table which was being recorded as a ‘Sweat the Hand’ segment where you see the hand from just one player’s point of view. In this case, you’ll be standing over Mercier’s shoulder. What would you do when the pressure drops? Suffice to say that Mercier makes the correct decision, he ends up winning the entire tournament and taking the inaugural Champion of Champions crown.
You can read all the Champion of Champions coverage here at the PokerStars Blog. And you can watch more poker TV at PokerStars.tv.