Posts Tagged ‘road’
Kara Scott – I was in Manchester for the first ever “Road to Old Trafford” and had a brilliant time!
What a week! It’s always great to be back in England and get to see some familiar Party Poker faces. A number of Manchester United Legends were on hand to welcome the lucky players, take photos and sign some merchandise and Darren Fletcher even played the Main Event.
On one of the days, it was Bryan Robson, Captain Marvel himself who showed up. I even managed to snag a couple of signed tops for my Man U mad friends, so in about to be the most popular person in my group for a while!
Sit n Go Go Go’s!
The next day, as we played down to a winner, Norman Whiteside, Quinton Fortune and Dwight Yorke came in to play a few Sit n Go’s.
I was really surprised when my colleagues & friends at Party Poker presented me with a football shaped birthday cake as I had to be away from home for my big day. People keep asking me if we’ll be doing it next year and I can only answer – I hope so! ~ Kara Scott
February may have been the shortest month of the year, but it was filled with plenty of poker fun and information to keep it quite busy. PS Women Team Pros were in action in places like Deauville and Melbourne, while some were spending time in the kitchen and even on TV. Meanwhile, our writers were busy covering them all, as well as featuring some of our regular PS Women online players.
The PokerStars Women’s Club picked up some steam in February, with more women getting involved in the weekly winning opportunities. If you haven’t checked it out yet, it’s free to join, and there are Club options for players of all bankrolls!
Bloggers were busy preparing for the excitement of WBCOOP in February, the World Blogger Championship of Online Poker that began on March 1. The weeklong series offers players the chance to compete for SCOOP tickets, prizes, and freeroll cash for simply writing about their favorite PokerStars moment and spreading the word with a blog post. Players without blogs could sign up here, and women were given an extra chance to win with a prize of $ 500 available to the best female blogger. Stay tuned for information as WBCOOP plays out this week.
The opportunities for women-only tournaments continue to grow on PokerStars. The Women’s Tuesday has become a staple in the lineup, with an $ 11 buy-in No Limit Hold’em 6-Max offered each Tuesday at 15:00 ET. Its $ 1K guarantee draws players in every week. And the recent addition of the Women’s Daily Special offers even more 6-Max action, with two $ 5.50 buy-ins per day – one at 6:00 ET and the other at 14:00 ET.
The Women’s Sunday is as popular as ever, with satellites throughout the week for each Sunday’s $ 55 buy-in NLHE tournament. Players can qualify or buy-in to compete for the weekly $ 10K guaranteed prize pool, not to mention the $ 50 bounty on Team Pros who participate. February’s exciting results were:
Prize pool: $ 12,400
Winner: Liza_plus_EV (Russia) – $ 2,535.80
Prize pool: $ 11,750
Winner: tenteli19 (Russia) – $ 2,402.98
Prize pool: $ 11,750
Winner: Kg7xKg8 (Canada) – $ 2,402.98
Prize pool: $ 10,850
Winner: vegasdream29 (Greece) – $ 2,218.93
We decided to get to know more of the regulars at the women’s tables, so we featured several of them in February. If you recognize the name cardkahleesi from the weekly women’s tournaments, you’ll want to read more about her here. And if you’ve played some poker with HUSTLheR0, you should meet her as well.
Several women stood out in the Women’s Sundays early in the year for making two final tables in a very short amount of time. We talked to Pkrbadgirl, Kristiine ’88, and Hotjenny314 to find out how they did it. It turns out that Hotjenny314, also known as Katie Dozier, enjoys poker so much that she let us in on one of her Sundays in the “Anatomy of a Sunday Grind” piece, something that will be a regular monthly feature on the blog.
Ladies in Live Events
When February began, players were converging on the French city of Deauville for some wintery poker fun in the EPT tournaments. Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree commented on the growth of ladies events just before the Women’s Event started there. The first report from the live action showed that the familiar face of Friend of PokerStars Charlotte Van Brabander made the final table, and the final report revealed that Anais Lerouge ended up winning it for €7,500.
Speaking of Charlotte, her sister Camille also ran deep in the EPT Deauville Women’s Event, and the latter wrote about it here. Luckily, she also wrote about some of her other experiences for us, including the story of her online poker birthday gift and appearing on Belgian TV.
Still at the EPT, Team Pro Vanessa Rousso had a great time, which was displayed in her table talk and excitement in this video and a blog post about celebrating her birthday in France. And at the tables, there was much chatter about her big bluff of the tournament, which was discussed here.
Meanwhile, Team Pro Celina Lin ran deep in the 2013 Aussie Millions in Melbourne, and we caught up to her to discuss that tournament, as well as marriage and ambassadorship.
Though PCA was in January, some players were still reflecting on the action there and lessons they learned. No one was better suited to talk about those life lessons than Jen Shahade, who learned to replace alcohol with Open Face Chinese Poker and to follow the adventurous spirit of Vanessa Rousso.
It is nice to get to know our Team Pros off the poker tables, too, and Liv Boeree wrote about being a first-time home buyer here. Vanessa Selbst talked about her not-so-secret passion for cooking, sometimes known as the “kitchen range merge”.
Vanessa Rousso opened up to our own Rebekah Mercer about poker, her dual citizenship with France and the United States, and guilty pleasures. And last, but not least, Liv Boeree disclosed her plans for the Vertical Rush, a race she is planning for charity. She and a team of four other Team Pros will run up 920 steps to help the homeless in London.
On that note, thanks for following us throughout the month of February. We have big plans for March, so stay tuned!
The Road to 100 Billion is paved with good intentions. Actually, it’s not. It’s paved with loads and loads of free money: $ 351,930 up to and including Milestone hand #89,889,000,000. PokerStars is paying out big bonuses to everyone dealt into each millionth hand from the 89,700,000,000 all the way through to 90,000,000,000. The winner of the 90 billionth hand will win big, real big. If one of this afternoon’s winner’s, yandex182, had binked that hand he would have won $ 361,940*, which isn’t to say that the $ 20,556 they won in their $ 10-$ 20 FL Hold’em game wasn’t astounding enough. Winning a thousand big bets in a fixed limit game? That would take some grinding.
* This is according to limited skills of the PokerStars Blog’s arithmetic. It’s safe to say, it would have been a lot.
Maximise your chances of hitting a Milestone
* Play on more tables: If you are able to play on more than one table at a time, you will increase your chances of being dealt into a milestone hand.
* Play longer sessions: The size of the prizes depends on the number of VIP Player Points (VPPs) you have earned while sitting at the table. Try to take a seat at a table well in advance of the next milestone hand to increase the amount of your potential prize.
* Loosen up: You earn VPPs every time you contribute to a raked pot. The more pots you play in, the more VPPs you will earn.
Your tank is full of fuel. You’ve packed a cooler full of snacks. The in-dash navigation system is ready to roll. For you and the rest of the world, the next leg on the Road to 100 Billion starts today.
Sometime around 16:00 ET today, the milestone hands in the 80 Billionth hand celebration will kick off. The milestone hands begin at 79,700,000,000 and will hit every million hands until PokerStars deals its 80 billionth. When you get dealt into one of the big hands, you’ll earn big money. If you manage to hit the 80 billionth hand and win it, you’ll earn at least $ 20,000
As you might know by this point, your VIP Club status can earn you more money in the milestone hands celebration. The higher your status in the VIP Club, the bigger your payday. That’s because your prize is based on the number of VIP Points you have earned at the table in the hands leading up to the big hand.
Again, it all kicks off in about four hours, so buckle up and get ready to roll.
For all you need to know about this week’s celebration, check out the Road to 100 Billion information page.
Get ready, folks, because you don’t want to be left behind.
After a few weeks on the road, it is great to get back home to Santa Barbara. I ended up sitting next to a famous American TV show host on the plane from Austria to LAX, although given my atrocious lack of knowledge about American pop culture due to the many years I spent living in England, I blithely assumed he was in a band or something. I could tell that he was famous though, as those people do seem to have something sparkly about them, as well as really impressive dental work. He was surprisingly friendly and very good company and in good humour, he let me prattle away at him for hours. He was pretty much the best seat-mate ever; supplying gum, trail mix and technical help whenever he saw me wrestling to try to make my seat or tv screen work. I also managed to drop my phone on his foot no less than 3 times. Yes. I was that person. I promised him a thank you in my not-yet-written memoirs and he seemed bemused.
I can’t even blame Ambien for my somewhat annoying behaviour on this flight. I think it was simply a matter of having reached the absolute limits of my energy. I was dog tired. After a really intense few weeks of work, I was so tunnel-vision focussed on getting home that I was doing a pretty good imitation of Godzilla destroying a city in it’s single-minded pursuit of a goal.
And it is good to be home. I’ve got 3 weeks here and then I’m back on the road pretty much until August so I’m doing my best to enjoy it and spend as much time as I can with my friends. Somehow I also seem to be doing a lot of babysitting right now. I like watching my friend’s kids and all but I’m always shocked that they’d trust me. Lets be honest, I don’t even have a houseplant! Brave people…