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2015 ACOP: Not just fun and games (actually mostly fun and games)

The Asia Championship of Poker is the biggest and richest poker festival in the Far East and kicks off on October 30, 2015. Coming with the glory, fame, and life-changing prize money is an added level of stress you might not feel at other events. Clearly, the players have lots at stake but the mom...more

by Fred Leung on October 14, 2015 3:10 PM

2015 ACOP: The Race to Two - Part 2

Last year, I wrote a piece about the race to two Spadies and wasn't planning on a Part 2. In fact, I fully expected to be amongst heated arguments about how to compare ACOP title counts - such as open tournaments vs. restricted tournaments (e.g. Ladies Events) or whether two Main Event's Gold Spadi...more

by Brad Willis on September 28, 2015 6:09 PM

MPC23 High Roller: All glory to James Chen

Today saw once again what the Macau Poker Cup has become renowned for - records broken!The record 75-player MPC23 High Roller field just worked its way down to a champion after one of the fastest final tables in MPC history. And that champion was Taiwan's James Chen, who took only 75 minutes to navi...more

by Joshua Bell on September 14, 2015 11:26 PM

MPC23: Pan's push to victory!

What a week it's been here at PokerStars LIVE Macau!A new record for the summer edition of the MPC Red Dragon saw a field of 945 where a champion has now been crowned. After three days of play it took less than six hours for that champion to emerge tonight. China's Yue Feng Pan made light work of th...more

by Joshua Bell on September 14, 2015 11:23 PM

Chen-An Lin & Yaxi Zhu playing their first Red Dragon as Team PokerStars Pro

The first few days of any Red Dragon at PokerStars LIVE Macau is a like a giant reunion. Hundreds of poker players from around the world under one roof, catching up and getting ready to share in the experience of playing one of the region's favourite poker tournaments. China's Yaxi Zhu and Taiwan's ...more

by Joshua Bell on September 8, 2015 4:07 PM

EPT12 Barcelona: Gavrilovich grabs €2K Deepstack, last events underway

Like you, we're intently following the action on EPT Live, as curious as you are to discover who among the four players left will be the next Main Event champion. The show continuesBut the side action keeps churning along all about the center stage and the finale of the High Roller. That, too, is gr...more

by Martin Harris on September 2, 2015 12:33 PM

EPT12 Barcelona: Benjamin Pollak blitzes through tough €5K Turbo field

There were 71 events on the original EPT Barcelona festival schedule, the inaugural stop of Season 12. An extra -- in pot-limit razz (!) -- was added along the way to made 72, and alongside the Main Event and High Roller the final five side events played out.Earlier in the evening Germany's Daniel P...more

by Martin Harris on September 1, 2015 1:01 PM

EPT12 Barcelona: Wilfried Harig leads to end record €10K High Roller Day 1

Many of the stories emanating from the first day of a tournament revolve around numbers -- namely, the ones representing how many entrants there are, what the prizes will be, and the amount of chips those who survive the day accumulate.While we shared some of the other stories throughout the day and...more

by Martin Harris on August 29, 2015 1:17 AM

EPT12 Barcelona: Bubble and Badugi talk with Team Pro Online's Matthias 'Mat

Mati312, a boss at BadugiWhen we dream about how an upcoming poker tournament is going to go it's safe to say that in no scenario does this dream involve us hugging the bubble and just barely scraping into the money. But that's the exact scenario that confronted Team Pro Online's Matthias 'Mati312' ...more

by Nick Wright on August 28, 2015 4:59 PM

EPT12 Barcelona: Olekseii Khoroshenin heads the hunt for €1.4m

Oleksii Khoreshenin: Leading the wayDay 3 of the Main Event on the European Poker Tour is the favourite of pretty much all the people involved. For one thing, it's always when the bubble bursts, guaranteeing heartache and elation in equal measure, and it's also when players begin building the kind o...more

by Martin Harris on August 27, 2015 9:21 PM

EPT12 Barcelona: Martin Finger wins EPT €25K High Roller, €865,900

Day 2 of the "Single Day" €25K High Roller was not part of the original plan at EPT12 Barcelona. But while the first day was a marathon, the second added one was a sprint, ending in short order with Martin Finger earning the trophy and €865,900 first prize.Martin Finger, EPT12 €25K High Roller champ...more

by Martin Harris on August 27, 2015 6:30 PM

EPT12 Barcelona: Spaniards collecting silver spades

Host countries for every European Poker Tour stop tend to be well represented in the festivals they stage. Indeed, for the larger countries they almost invariably tend to have the highest percentage of players in every field, and for that reason alone -- and perhaps the less tangible edge provided b...more

by Martin Harris on August 27, 2015 12:19 AM

EPT12 Barcelona: Two hands, two EPT11 POY trophies for Urbanovich

Dzmitry Urbanovich returns to this 12th season of the European Poker Tour having become an EPT star during the previous go-round. The Polish player 15 final tables and collected six trophies over the course of Season 11, including a record four at a single stop in Malta.Following the first break of ...more

by Martin Harris on August 26, 2015 4:28 PM

EPT12 Barcelona: An orbit with Mikhail 'innerpsy' Shalamov and Marc-Andre 'F

The random seat draw today conspired to throw together two of Team Pro Online's finest. You may not know their faces but you most likely know their names, or more pertinently their screenames. Whilst both Mikhail 'innerpsy' Shalamov and Marc-Andre 'FrenchDawg' Ladouceur, are Supernova Elites on Poke...more

by Nick Wright on August 25, 2015 9:31 PM

EPT12 Barcelona: The most important last longer

We were remarking earlier about the long, winding path to victory presented by any poker tournament, even a fast-structured affair like the single-day €25K High Roller, now approaching the dinner break. Like your typical high buy-in contests, side bets have been the order of the day, including sever...more

by Martin Harris on August 25, 2015 5:08 PM
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